Friday, September 19, 2014

5 thing Friday - roses, trail mix, clothes, computers, and less stuff

Things are settling back into a pattern here at Camp Rustown.  It's been a rough go for me, physically, mentally, every other -ly.  My knee and foot pain make me want to kill someone.  And yet I haven't called out at work or shirked my duties, either there or here.  More on that later...
We brought home some roses from Dallas two weeks ago.  My nephew rigged them up on this hanger to dry so they would stay upright in a dried flower arrangement.  A man after my own heart.  I do this with Valentine's roses for pot pourri, too.  However, I think I will move these to the garage - they smell a little like dead roses...yuck.
I made a Fall trail mix with pumpkin spice M&M's, golden raisins, and almonds.  Bubbie found it in the pantry so it didn't stick around for long.  It was merely "ok".  Next time I'll use Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips.  It won't necessarily need to be Fall-flavored.
Clothes shopping wears me out.  It's a little depressing and very time consuming.  But I slogged through an hour or so of it in Kohl's this week and found these two tops to wear with skirts for less than $5 total, and a pair of Lee jeans on sale for $30.  This is going to be a slow process.  I may resort to Zappos for the shoes.
I vowed to get all of my files and programs transferred from my old laptop to my new one and I DID IT.  Only took me about three weeks.  Have I mentioned that I am not technically savvy?  Again, the cat was in the way helped.  The only thing I left to do is work on my iTunes files, but that's not at the top of my list.
My next big project will be to further empty our master closet.  I got Hubby to admit that we needed to purge some more.  No one needs textbooks from college in the eighties.  No. One. 
Keep your fingers crossed that he is still on board and WWIII doesn't break out at Camp Rustown...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Closet and drawer prep for clothes shopping!

I re-organized all of my clothes in preparation for getting some new things to wear.  I am tired of looking in the closet and choosing the same old things, some that I have had for years.  Some don't flatter, others I have nothing to wear with.  I needed to weed through it.
 Sugar was right in the way helped.
I pulled each drawer out of the dresser and went through it with a critical eye.  If it was stained, misshapen, or too big/small, out it went.  I ended up with a small laundry basket of items to give away.  I've been doing this for years with the kid stuff, too.  It gets taken to Goodwill or left outside of the garage for ARC to pick up.
 My tee shirt drawer is FULL.  No more tees for me, please.  I wear them all the time, but seriously, no more.  I tucked some unwrapped bars of soap in there to make them smell nice.
 I tossed about half of my socks.  Ditto for old undies and bras that were too tight.  There's just no sense in having a billion of something.  And digging through these drawers on work mornings is for the birds. 
 I went thru the hanging things, too. Then I made a list of some basics I need to get in order to make complete outfits:  a solid color jumper, a pair of nice jeans to wear with heels, a pair of brown clogs, some low heels for skirts, a couple of button down tops to wear with skirts.  I organized all of it by function or sleeve length and weeded out those two hanging shoe organizers as well. Next up will be emptying the shelves in there, but that's another project for another day...
 Time to clothes shop!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Mealplan Monday #128 and the boys

Sometimes my kids make me want to spank them til their heads fall off.  They can be smartalecky, stubborn, hard to get along with, and just plain ridiculous.
{Too bad I was never a spanker, right? } 
But seriously, they pluck my last nerve til I am ready to cry.  Then they will make me proud, or laugh to make up for it...
Such was the case while we were in Dallas.  All in all, I think they handled the weekend better than their mom did.  Their calm demeanor at the funeral was beyond reproach.  While I was a crying mess, they were able to keep it in perspective.  While everyone was proselytizing about how my SIL wouldn't want us to be sad and crying, and all the while crying...
Monday - Chicken and Dumplings
Tuesday - Meatball Subs, Rosemary Fries (we never had this week before last...)
Wednesday - Easy Chicken Enchiladas, salad*
Thursday - OUT - Game Night
Friday - Brisket Sammies, chips
Saturday - YOYO, camping weekend
Sunday - Mississippi Crock Pot Roast, masheds, green beans
*Recipe coming soon
Dessert this week is Easy Spice-y Pumpkin Cake  (cause I can't wait for the Season Of Pumpkin!)
...Scout and Bubbie heard what was said and took it to heart.  Sharon would have laughed at their silly selfies outside of the funeral home.  She would have engaged them in conversation and reminisced about how similar they are to their dad.  Being sociable was what Sharon always was.  She loved life and she loved laughing.
She would have thought they were cute and fun to hang out with.  
And they are, for the most part.
Sweet boys.  How you drive me crazy.  And make my heart glad.  
And let God and Sharon speak to my heart.  All at the same time...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to The Girl!

Happy Birthday to my pretty little girl, 23 years old!
You'll always be my smiling, sweet little girlie, no matter how old you get...
The Girl, ca. 1994

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about

-Angela Schwindt

Amen to that!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I hauled all of the Fall stuff out and arranged it here and there...I wasn't aiming for Pinterest-worthy vignettes.  Just a touch here and there to remind us that cooler weather is coming, and hopefully, some happy family times.  The house got a thorough cleaning, too...

Welcome, Fall.  What took you so long?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mealplan Monday #127 and Strawberry Bread

I wanted to take some things to Dallas with us to lessen the hostess load on my nephew's family.  They were very generous to let all five of us stay at their house.  They have small children - I know how tough it can be when your kids are out of their normal schedule with sad faces all around and hubbub. Strawberry Bread sounded like a good thing to bring - I got the recipe from Sharon so many years ago. We were visiting her around the holidays and she had set out a couple of breakfast breads with butter. It was wonderful!
She was a great hostess and cook and she shared her recipes with me whenever I asked, which was often.  So, in honor of her...
Strawberry Bread
Pre-heat the oven to 350. Sift together in a large bowl:
3 c. flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 c. sugar*

In another bowl mix:
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 c. canola oil
2 small cartons strawberries in syrup, thawed

Combine the two, stirring gently.  Grease and flour 4 loaf pans.  Divide batter evenly between the pans. (You can also add some finely chopped nuts to the batter if you like)  Bake at 350 for 45 min to an hour, depending on your oven.  Let cool and slice. Or freeze them for the holidays!
I broke my no oven rule and the house smelled so good!
Monday - (Leftover from freezer) BBQ Pulled Chicken for sammies, chips
Tuesday - Spinach Salsa Chicken (freezer meal), brown rice,corn
Wednesday - Four Cheese Bacon Lasagna Skillet, salad (And Back to School Night for only ONE kid - I can hardly believe it!!)
Thursday - Pan Fried Pork Chops, white beans with tomatoes, cheesey garlic toast
Friday - Game Night - OUT
Saturday - Dad grill
Sunday - Chicken Parmesan Casserole, salad
The loaves don't rise really high - they are so moist.  Also, I've made them with a little less sugar and oil in the past and they turn out OK.  Your call.
Strawberry Bread will forever remind me of family, holidays, home, and Sharon.

Friday, September 5, 2014

5 thing Friday - clouds, birthday blues, Fall decor, jewelry, sign

It's been an OK week.  We're all trying to get back into the school/band/college/work groove here, but it's been a rough start with my SIL passing.  Looking forward to a better week soon...meanwhile..
 The humidity and heat are back.  Don't let these dark clouds fool you into thinking we will actually get rain.  They are merely there to taunt my trees and grass.  Thunder apparently means nothing, too.
 The Girl turns 23 next week.  23!  I might not get to Waco next Friday, which pains me.  She said the next time she is coming home is Thanksgiving.  I work Thanksgiving.  So, yeah.  Eventually mama will bake girlie a cake!
I pulled all of the Fall crap out yesterday to start Fall-ifying in here.  I am over Summer.  I made a gigantic mess all over the dining room, but I got everything prettied up so now the house is clean and smells good and looks great. More pics coming soon.
 Here is a little bit of it in the kitchen.  A couple of Fall bushes in a cookie crock next to my cookbook collection.  I've been able to re-use sprigs of greenery and excelsior and florist foam.  I actually buy less and recycle more.
 Did you know that James Avery will clean up to 10 pieces of your JA jewelry at a time fo free?  I only took four things in, but they all looked so shiny it was like getting four new pieces!  I need to take Hubby's silver/gold ring and his cross in.  And I need The Girl to get her finger sized so we can order her "class ring".
I don't know why I ever took down my homemade No Soliciting sign but I finally made a new one.  Someone at the door actually told me they weren't trying to sell me anything, as they were standing about a foot from the door.  Step off, dude.  Sorry, but the sign means I don't want to give opinions or sign petitions, either.  Hopefully this will decrease some of the aggravation...
Like I said, better days are coming!


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