Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - 01/22/2018

Good morning friends, hope you've all had a good weekend.

I had a quiet, uneventful and even at times, slightly boring weekend.  I don't often get the chance to feel bored, so when I do it's quite a weird feeling and I don't really know what to do with myself hahaha

It's a good thing though, I think we all need a chance to just sit, be bored and do absolutely nothing, helps replenish the soul :)


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shooing away that anxiety

I have to start by thanking every single one of you, who left a comment, offered words of advice, let me know I wasn't going through this alone, and gave me hope that there IS an end in sight.  Actually a very easy end in sight, if only my anxiety and brain would cooperate.

But I'm trying very and I mean VERY hard to beat this negative way of thinking and to get back to the happy, go lucky, go with the flow and whatever happens happens, Sandra.

So again, thank you, you all made me feel so much better.

I do think, and actually have suspected for a while that I may be in Perimenopause.  Many of the symptoms are things I'm dealing with, I just didn't know that anxiety, and this crazy paranoia was one of them.  Good grief.

Anyway, I thought I would share with you a little of my day before going to sleep.  I need to do it quite quickly as I'm drinking some hot milk with whiskey to knock out whatever is lingering around my son and I.  He has a sore throat and sore body/weakness, I don't have a sore throat but around 10am it hit me out of nowhere and my body is really achy.  I started meds right away and felt great for 5 hours but it came back again, so I've taken more cold meds and now I'm doing my grandpa's trusty hot milk and whiskey.  I'll be sweating like a pig here in a few but it will be worth it......only thing is, I've been having night sweats for about a month, so yeah didn't need more LOL

I've finished a few devotionals on my Bible app and picked up a few more.  It has been amazing to start feeling that shift in my way of thinking and the closeness to God.  There's something beautiful about the moment you start letting go.  I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but definitely moving in the right direction.  Every day is a struggle with my mind.

January 17, 2018

You Don't Look Adopted by Anne Heffron - TLC Book Tour - Giveaway

 

About You Don’t Look Adopted

Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Running Water Press (February 5, 2017)
When you take away the habits of your life, you get to the question of Who am I? And if you sit with that, you get to the question of How far am I willing to go to find the answers? If you are Anne Heffron, someone who had no idea where she was the first ten weeks of her life, you’ll give away almost everything you own, pack what’s left, and head for the city of your birth on a voyage you call Write or Die with the pledge you won’t go home until you find what’s real about yourself.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Here I am.....this is me!!!

I've been debating sharing this post with you all.  Let's just say that I've thought about it, started to type it, deleted it and forgot about it.  Then thought about it again and talked myself out of it.

There's this thing with being human, and that is that we feel we have to portray ourselves as something stronger than we are, we are afraid to be vulnerable, to show emotion, to show weakness or to ask for help.

We don't want anyone looking at us with pity or thinking any less.  Problem is, all those thoughts are usually what we tell ourselves to stay in that bubble.

Over the last 12 years of sharing on my blog, I like to think that I've always been pretty open about who I truly am, and I've shared quite a lot of my life, my struggles and thoughts and have tried to always be as truthful and honest as I can. But there's a little part of me that has held back, and that is the part that I am going to lay out today.

Happy Homemaker Monday - 01/15/2018


Good morning everyone, how was your weekend?  Can you believe that we're about halfway through January already? 

Goodness.

I've just sat down with a cup of coffee and my rice and lavender heating pad. I desperately need a good pillow because the ones I have are not working and just making me more sore. If you have any suggestions of a good neck and shoulder pillow, please do let me know, I'm getting desperate to find the right one so I stop getting neck/shoulder/back aches.

Right, now let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekend in Review

Good evening friends, won't you come in and sit with me a little.

It's been a pretty good weekend so far, and even though tomorrow is a public holiday and there is no school, and no work, I still decided to treat it as a normal blogging day and just go ahead and do my weekend review today.

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Friday::::

I received a few more cookbooks in the mail, and there are a few recipes from these that I've added to my menu plan and will be trying out in the next two weeks.  I still have two other cookbooks I will be reviewing as well this coming week.

I have to admit that the one that really caught my eye was the Retro recipes from the 50's and 60's and I can tell you that after paging through it, I wasn't disappointed at all.

I didn't do much on Friday, aside from the usual housework.

My daughter had gone in to work with her daddy, to shadow him and see if it was something she would enjoy.  She's trying to figure out which way to go with her education and is not sure, so it was a good way for her to see another option.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lazy homemaking days

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Oh Texas, when are you going to pick a season and stick with it?

I don't even know what to think anymore, we have gone from a high of 71 yesterday to super windy this morning and 30 degrees.  That's a 40 degree difference from one day to the next, like what??

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I've been spending a lot of time indoors.  Some people love being out and about but I've always been a homebody, much happier in my house, surrounded by my things and my family and puttering around.  I don't get bored, I don't get frustrated, I just enjoy being where I am.

Cooking Thursday - Candied Pecans

Good morning everyone.

You're probably seeing this post and thinking "What???  A cooking Thursday post, what on earth?" hahah

I know, it's been a very long time since I've done one, but I thought I would share one today.  I'm not sure if I'll do it every single week, but we will see how it goes.

The recipe I'm sharing today is a great snack, and even a good gift to give if you're wanting to make something homemade. 

Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup boiling water
3 cups pecan halves
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Stir together the sugar, cinnamon, cream of tartar, and boiling water in a small saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
Continue to cook at a slow boil over medium heat for about 8 minutes or so, stirring constantly.
Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in pecans.
Let cool for a few minutes, and then add vanilla, and continue to stir until pecans are evenly coated.
Pour pecans onto a sheet of parchment paper.
Separate nuts that have clumped together with a fork.
Let cool.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.