Wednesday, August 20, 2014

End of the summer for The Girl

When the girl heads back to Waco, it feel like the official end to summer.  That always makes me feel down in the dumps, even though there's a lot to look forward to in the fall.  Time to get this room packed up and back to being a sewing room.  I will miss knowing she will be at home every night, even if it was pretty late when she got in.
 I feel like I barely saw her  - she would come home briefly to plop down on the air mattress for a snooze before showering and heading off to another shift.  We only saw her for a couple of meals here and there.  (tho occasionally she took her brothers out to eat lunch and get a slushie at 7-Eleven)  I so hope she can drastically scale back her work hours and enjoy her last year at Baylor.  I'm not promising I won't stand here in the doorway of the empty room and shed a tear next week... 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mealplan Monday #124 and a sore knee

I had the best of intentions on getting the mealplan posted this morning...but things just didn't go my way...
My knee has decided to wage war on the rest of me.  After a weekend spent taking Aleve, using Icy Hot, and limping around like an assault victim, I made an appointment with my regular doc.  Result - possible osteoarthritis.  Still more testing to come, though.  And for dinner tonight Ill be having tramadol.  Everyone else will have:
Monday - Mediterranean Pork Chops, rice, green beans
Tuesday - Order pizza out (we're going to start doing this every Tuesday for a while)
Wednesday - Chicken tacos, beans, pico de gallo
Thursday - Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet, carrots
Friday - Turkey Lazy Daisy Meatballs, masheds, limas
Saturday - Dad grill
Sunday - Ham and Cheese party sammies, chips, coleslaw
My doc actually asked me if I had started a new exercise program.  Um, no. But probably I should.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The stuff you do for your favorite band kid...

I volunteered to clean the ice rags for marching band practice last night.  The ice rags help the sweaty kids cool off so they don't pass out at practice - it's a good thing.  It involves picking up the rags, washing them, then returning them to school.  Not rocket science, but time consuming.  My washer got a real workout yesterday with the regular laundry during the day, and rags at night.
The lady that coordinates it all calls herself the Ice Rag Nazi and offered to give a demo the first day of band camp.  I'm not even kidding.  Here's the info from the sign-up page:

- if you signed up to do the ice rags on a Tuesday you need to come on Monday to get the rags (if you come @ lunch the rags are in the parking lot where the band is playing / if you come later in the day they get moved to the band hall).  Take them home and wash them all - there should be 3 igloo coolers of them).  Then return on Tuesday and do the following:
- take the rags to the band hall to the room where the ice machine is located (if you don't know where this room is ask or snoop around)
- get a pitcher of water and fill it up  (you will need to do this multiple times)
- spread about 10 rags on the bottom of the ice chest 
- pour water and ice on these rags
- throw another 10 rags (spread evenly) on top of the first ice rags and repeat the water and ice and rags (which is why I grouped them in tens)
Do this until you fill up all 3 coolers with ice cold rags.
The most important thing, I have been told, is to make sure all of the ice rags get good and wet.
(so...why would you dry them the night before?  Just curious.)
Consequently, if you are signed up for Monday you must come pick up the rags on Friday.

 So....I washed all of the rags with a little bleach ('cause YUCK), then spun them well, then grouped them in tens in the coolers.  It makes no sense to dry them in the dryer to turn around and wet them down tomorrow, but when I called the lady to make sure we were still doing ice rags tomorrow, that was her suggestion...
I also cleaned out the inside of the coolers, because, again, YUCK.  
I'm no genius, but I can read and have enough common sense to be able to figure this one out.  Does it ever seem to you that there are those certain moms who try to make the rest of us look like we don't know what's up and they are the only ones on the ball?  Because in the 24 plus years I've been a mom and been involved in various volunteer opportunities, it's always these "gate keepers" that seem to scare away  moms who just want to help out.  That's a shame.  
'Cause ice rags are a nifty thing on your neck when it's blazing hot at practice...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Faithful correspondents

 Years ago my mother mentioned that she wanted the letters she wrote me while she was working overseas typed into a sort of journal of her time there.  Then life got busy, and it never happened.  But I had been thinking about it recently and decided it was time to reclaim the box from her and get started on it.  Re-reading some of the letters really put some things in perspective.
There must around 200 letters here, all in my mother's neat, small cursive.  Plus a few photos and postcards and newspaper clippings... I plan on transcribing the letters I wrote to her as well - she saved every one.  I'm not sure everyone else will find them as interesting and entertaining as I do.  Some of the letters express her frustration at being halfway around the world and feeling let down by those closest to her.  And a lot of the past is just plain not fun to re-live.  It seems a daunting task to me, but I will just take it one step at a time...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mealplan Monday #123 and lunch in Brenham

Friday was a super hot day and I had a nice visit with my mother and Carol (a friend from college days!) in Brenham.  Mother and I spent the morning talking and looking at quilts and learning how to do fancy stitches on her new Bernina and feeding the chickens bread and petting Gus.  Time seemed to go by fast.
 At about 12:30 I met Carol for lunch at the Funky Art Cafe just a couple blocks away.
 It was a fun place full of ladies who lunch.
 We feasted on mahi mahi tacos and chicken salad and caught up and what our peeps are doing.
Monday - Baked Mexican Tilapia, squash, rice
Tuesday - Spagetti and Meatballs, salad
Wednesday - Chicken Lazone, masheds, fresh veggie
Thursday - Taco Salads
Friday - One Pot Tortellini in tomato cream sauce, broccoli
Saturday - Dad grill
Sunday - Sloppy Joes, chips, carrot and celery sticks
Dessert will be ice cream - it's so hot I barely feel like cooking, but ice cream makes all of us feel better!
Next to the cafe there was a cute gift shop we wandered through.
(There were a couple of men lunching here, too...)
 Full of stuff that ladies who lunch like to look at.  Then we strolled up the downtown streets, ducking into cute gift and antique shops, pausing to admire a town garden and a cistern with historical plaques.

 Brenham is a cute little town and the downtown area is being revitalized.
 Which led us to Must Be Heaven, another place to try for lunch on another visit:
In all of time my mother has lived here, I have never been to the creamery.  
I've got to get better at taking photos (Not one decent pic of either Mother or Carol!) I even got a new point and shoot that takes better pics, I just need to play with it more.  And I want to visit Brenham again soon and take my mother out to lunch.
Can you believe how quickly summer has slipped by?

Friday, August 8, 2014

5 thing Friday - frugal cooking, twins?, dates, band camp, patches

Groceries are starting to become a luxury item - so expensive!  I'd rather not throw food away, and sometimes I just want to work with what we already have.  So, I find things in the freezer and pantry that challenge me to be frugal and creative.  Like these cupcakes:
(See the Halloween cupcake liners?)  Key Lime cake plus blue raspberry vanilla frosting = Sharkbite Cupcakes.  Dessert recycled from here.
And leftover grilled chicken plus a couple of grilled corn on the cobs with everything you have from the crisper drawer and some grated cheese = BBQ Chicken Salad.  Oooh, that was good.
These two are looking more and more alike every day.  Some lady in Walgreen's asked them if they were twins, then asked who was older, then asked Scout if he was 12.  I almost pee'd myself laughing.  Scout was not amused.
Hubby and I are going to start going out for date nights where we don't discuss the kids.  We discovered that Whole Foods is a dandy place to drink beer, people watch, then spend too much on baked goods.  There are tables and leather couches to kick back in, or you can sit out on a deck watching the sun set.  Next time we plan on eating dinner there, and playing cards afterwards.too.
Band camp started.  Yay and Boo, all at the same time.  Summer is winding down, marching season is ramping up, life is going to get more hectic until Winter Break. And meanwhile, I've got one hot, tired, hungry, grouchy teen on my hands who meanmugs me in the afternoon if I ask how his day went.  Fun times.
Said teen outgrew his scout sash.  Guess who gets to re-sew all the patches on?  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tourist in our town - Katherine Fleischer Park

Scout and I had about an hour to visit this North Austin park off Wells Branch Parkway - I never even knew it existed.
 Huge park, very large trees, a gravel track that goes on forever.

 It had me at trees...

 It was relatively quiet, except for the swimming pool area which had a lot of elementary-aged kids having a great time.  The weather was mild and breezy and beautiful for late July.

 The park site was once a homestead way back when, so there are pioneer era buildings with a sign saying they do tours.

I wish we'd had more time to spend there.  It would be a great place for me to walk when school starts back up


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