Saturday, September 24, 2011

life is unpredictable

I am a planner.  I like to know what is going to happen and when and how. 

I'm not spontaneous. 

I'm not much for surprises.  Well, unless they include cash or gift cards..........:)

I don't like drama. 

I sound like a ball of fun don't I?  I am........I can be........I try to be.......

The past several weeks have been laden with surprises and drama. 

Accidents, deaths, work drama, kid drama............blech! 

What I'm trying to say is I kinda went into hermit mode.  I do that when things become overwhelming.   But things are looking better again.   

So I wanted to share with you a few things from the last few weeks.  I was still taking pictures and thinking about blogging.  But when I would sit down to blog, I just didn't feel like it.  Sorry, nothing personal. 

The garden is still limping along.  The heat and the aphids are doing a number on the squash and cucumbers.  The sunflowers are super happy and so are the bees.

I think if I ever had any real property, I would like to keep bees.  They just seem so happy to discover all this great pollen.

Simply Soft set and old old old retired word set.  Crumb cake, baja breeze and whisper white cardstock.  Black Stazon, old olive, whisper white and baja breeze inks.  Paper piercer, linen thread, bitty buttons, dimensionals, cutter kit,  and aquapainter.

In the past 4 weeks, I've known 4 people that have died from cancer.  One person I knew very well and that one really got to me.  I cried for days.  

Even as I was crying I was thinking, why am I crying?  I mean, on one hand its sad for her family (and me) that she is gone.  On the other hand, she is with God and out of pain.  Shouldn't that make us feel better? 

Here is something I found in the Bible:

Psalm 30:5  Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning

Can you see the clear heart Bitty Button?  I just love them.  See those white splotchy spots?  That is another stamp from the set.  Its supposed to be a fill-in for one of the flower stamps but I thought they kind of looked like fluttery butterflies.......if you don't look too close.

Now, I didn't start hitting the booze to console myself.  I did a little celebrating. 

We finished our CELDT (Califorina English Language Development Test), testing on our kinders at school under the deadline, despite all the obstacles we've had. 

We had wanted to go out for margaritas but our schedules didn't work out.  So we made a date to have margaritas at our respective homes at 7:00 that night and texted each other the whole time.  Strange celebration but it was fun. 

Our one and only pumpkin turned orange.  I'm going to pick it tomorrow.  Its been so hot that all the baby pumpkins that try to start, just wither.  The aphids LOVE this plant.  I've been spraying them with soapy water every few days but they just keep multiplying. 

A few weeks ago, I started a new dinner planning system.  Another one....   It just goes along with my desire to plan.  So far its working out pretty well.  Here is what we did:  I gave everyone 10 min. to write down all the meals that they would like to eat on a piece of paper.  I did it too.  Then I took those choices and wrote them down on popsicle sticks.  Some wrote down side dishes.  I guess they think that is a meal. 

Every Sat. night, we pull 6 new sticks.  Some come up side dishes so we have to pull again.  And if we pull 4 different chicken dishes, we'll pull again.  It still doesn't make everyone happy but its made me much happier because I know what I'm making that night.  Try it.

These aren't on the popsicle sticks.

Grace and I went shopping the other day and we spotted these.  Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts?!  YEAH!  I mean, Pop Tarts!  You gotta love them.  But PUMPKIN PIE POP TARTS?  Bring 'em home! 

Results:  they're okay.  They taste better warmed up.  And I didn't have any whipped cream but I bet that would make them totally delicious.  Must try that.  I'm all about healthy snacks.

Alrighty then.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  And God Bless You if you read all the way down to the bottom here.  You are a rock star!  Regular posting will commence. 

Blessings, b.

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