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Ramblings on a weirdly warm January day..

For the Indiana readers of this blog, how weird is this weather right now???  I feel like I’m living in some alternate universe right now where nothing is as it’s supposed to be.  Like windows open and cooking on the grill in January….seriously, what the crap is up with that?


I have been crocheting my fingers off since early December making these messy bun hats that everyone is going crazy over.  Not that I’m complaining.  For a family that never takes trips, like ever, we have 2 week long beach vacations planned this year and a trip to Michigan, so the extra money is helping tremendously with that.  I’ve got more projects lined up so I’m going to be happy to finish up these hats, if the orders ever stop coming in.


Aside from that, Hannah can’t stop breaking her feet.  The right in October and now the left one!  Both times while playing basketball.  She loves to play, and of course, we love watching her, but I’ll be kind of glad when her IGHL league ends in mid-February so I can stop wincing every time her feet hit the court!  Softball is a little less demanding on her ginormous ski’s and on her new team, she’ll rarely catch, so it will be less strain on her achillies, which has been another problem area for her.  We’re looking forward to her getting healthy and back into action on the field.

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In other news, Katie went to a camp at Franklin college and had some very nice compliments from the coach, as well as him letting us know that she was put on their recruiting list.  (per NCAA rules, he can’t contact her until her Junior year, but that was pretty cool and encouraging for her to see that her hard work over the years is paying off.



So that’s the happs with us right now.  I sometimes get so caught up in posting all my fitness stuff here that I forget to document things for the fam.  But you know I’m not gonna leave you hanging with nothing in that category, so I’m going to share this yummy recipe that we had the other day.  Oh, and Haaaiii, Christina, don’t worry girl, I got you!   I will be posting those dressing recipes for you very soon! 😉

Here’s a very simply recipe for Beef Quesadillas with Homemade Guacamole & Pico.


Just brown 1 lb beef with an onion and 2 tsp minced garlic.  Drain and add 1-2 T. homemade taco seasoning.

Fill one half of tortilla with beef mixture.  Sprinkle a little bit of shredded cheese on top if you wish.  Fold over and cook on griddle until crispy, then flip and repeat on other side.

Now for the Pico. I just chopped up and drained 2 ripe tomatoes, added salt, pepper, juice of one lime, some fresh cilantro, garlic, 2 jalapenos (diced fine), and about half of an onion, (diced fine).

For the guac, I peeled and chopped 2 avocado, added the juice of one lime, salt and pepper and mashed it all together with a fork.

That’s it!  Super easy and perfect for a busy week night!

Cold & Rainy Sunday

It is Sunday morning and I am sitting in my chair contemplating what to do with this day.

I’ve got 2 sicky-poo daughters upstairs sleeping and I am hoping that by allowing them to sleep in today, they are gonna wake up feeling better this morning.  They went to bed last night with red cheeks & sore throats and Hannah didn’t even eat supper.  Now my throat is a little tickly this morning.  😦  So, we are staying in and resting today.  Which really stinks because we were to start a new Sunday school series this morning and now we are missing the first one.

I also have one exhausted husband upstairs sleeping who has had quite a hard transition from first to second shift.  For the past 3 years, he has been accustomed to getting up at about 10 AM.  He is now getting up at 3:30 AM and it has definitely taken a toll on him.  All most definitely worth it though.  We’ve all been enjoying him being on day shift.  Hopefully it won’t be too much longer until he is used to his new routine.

Right now it is storming, dark & grey outside.  I am thinking that perhaps some crochet or reading may be in order for the day.  Speaking of crochet, I don’t think I ever posted a picture of this afghan that I started last year.


Well here it is all finished & being put to good use.


This is the warmest thing!  I love it.  However, I probably would never make one like it again.  It is actually 4 pieces that you then sew together and I didn’t enjoy that part of it at all.  On the one side, it looks really nice, but on the other side, you can very plainly see the seams, so I’m not crazy about that.  But I do like snuggling with my girls underneath it. 🙂

I’m also working on something SOOO cute right now!  I’m not even gonna say what it is, I’ll just show you when it’s done.  It’s so stinkin’ cute!  But I need to get over to Mamaw’s house because I’m stuck on this one part & can’t seem to figure it out.

It is certainly yucky looking outside right now…


Rather cold out there right now too.  A typical spring day.  I think I’ll put the coffee on, sit here in the quiet and listen to the thunder and maybe get my bible study done before everyone starts waking up.

Have a great Sunday.



The I-Don’t-Know-How-Many-Years Annual Pumpkin Carving Party!

We had our awesome pumpkin carving party again last night.  It was so much fun, as usual.  The Spinster really outdid herself this year with some really awesome Halloween treats and even a craft for all of us to do.  We tried to figure out how long we’ve been doing this and we aren’t really sure.  It’s been at least 5 or 6 years, but we’ve only been documenting it since I’ve had my blog.

Anyway, I got some great pictures and am very happy to report that I actually did a good job on my pumpkin this year!!  If you’ll recall, last year I ended up doing just a regular jack-o-lantern face because I was so traumatized over the pumpkin-carving incident from the year before.  So, this year I was determined to redeem myself and just feast your eyes on my creation!

Never mind the fact that I completely blocked everyone & everything out for at least an hour while I was in deep concentration on my pumpkin.  Never mind the fact that I had pumpkin pulp from head to toe by the time I was finished and never mind the fact that I looked like I had been run over by a mack truck from the amount of stress I was under to be successful.

Never mind all that, k?  I was a pumpkin carving queen, people!

My sister was a lazy bum and just carved a heart into her pumpkin.  Puh-lease!  But we did get a really cool picture of the heart that she cut out, so I’ll let it slide…this time.

Nanner decided to draw on hers instead of carve (thank you, Lord!).  And then after we had put candles in all of them and she saw how cool they looked, promptly changed her mind.  We were out of daylight at this point, so I am gonna help her carve it this weekend.

Katie did an EXCELLENT job on hers.  I expected no less, she is a perfectionist.

My niece, Madie, made an “I {HEART} Candy” pumpkin.  😀

Mamaw wasn’t feeling well, so she didn’t carve this year & the Spinster made a cool ghost picture on hers.

This crocheted candy bowl was the secret project that I told you about a while back.  I made it for the Spinster as a thank-you for always hosting such a great party.

Look at the awesome spread that the Spinster prepared!

After we were all done with carving & eating, we sat down to do a fabulous bonfire.

Did you happen to notice the goose in the noose up in the tree in that last picture?  Well, you might think that was part of our spooky party decor, but actually that is a practical joke that my uncle (the Spinster’s brother) played.  He was supposed to take that goose to the dump for Mamaw, but instead came over & hung it in the Spinster’s tree.  We thought it went along perfectly with our party’s theme.

We ended the night with an adorable little craft.  The Spinster went over to the graveyard the day before and collected some small rocks.  She then got some twigs, orange acrylic paint & tacky glue.  We painted the rocks orange, attached pieces of twigs to the top for stems & then used black Sharpies to draw on jack-o-lantern faces.  It was quick and easy & I thought they turned out awesome.  What do you think?

Sneak Peak

Yikes! Has it really been 2 weeks since my last post?

I don’t have but a minute, I’m getting ready to go to town with George, but I thought I’d share a little sneak peak at my latest crochet project.

It’s going to be an afghan for our couch.  I’m real excited about it.  Well I was until I lost my pouch that holds all my crochet hooks.  I took it to Nanner’s soccer practice last night so I could sew in more of the millions of ends from the rainbow afghan (yes,  I still am working on it!!) and now I can’t find it.  The girls and I went over to the soccer field this morning before school and looked for it, but it wasn’t there.  I’ve also looked everywhere in this house.  I will be heart-broken if I have lost all of my hooks.

We’ve been busy…I feel like I am saying that more and more these days.  Our town’s Heritage Days festival was this weekend and we had so much fun even though it rained.  I, of course, neglected to take a single picture.  😦  But I am happy to report that the Spinster & I are still the reigning champeens of the ping pong table!

Other than that, there hasn’t been much and yet it still seems like we are always busy.  I guess we are just busy in the every day routines our life.

And speaking of routines.  My favorite routine is this one…

Every morning after I get the girls off to school, I come home and have my coffee & bible study.  It really brings me peace in the mornings and allows me to try to focus on the fact that I am not my own.  I am God’s and I need to seek ways to bring Him glory every day.  On the days when this doesn’t happen first thing, I can literally feel the absence of that peace.

Hope everyone has a great rest of the week.  Hopefully I will have some more posts soon.  I am thinking about doing a week-in-review type thing that my cousin does on her blog.  Just a few random snapshots of what went on during the week.  Of course, that means that I actually have to have my camera out & ready, so…we’ll see!

Late Breaking News!

Guinness Book of World Records reports local blogger found dead of exhaustion beneath the world’s largest afghan.

Seriously…this thing has almost killed me dead.   I had such high hopes of completing this in time to be able to use for those cold Saturdays at the soccer field.

Remember that song by Bruce Springsteen, Cover Me? (Ha!  How fitting.  Cover Me.  Get it?  Afghan-Cover? Okay, so maybe that’s only funny to me.)  You know how in the beginning, you can’t understand a word he says because he’s basically mumbling instead of singing?   Okay, well that’s most of his songs, but you get my meaning, right?  Well, towards the end of this project, that was me.  I was mumbling in one big run-on sentence that made no sense to anyone.  My own family would take a wide berth around me as they passed through the room.  They would look knowingly at each other and whisper, “She’s working on the afghan again.  Let’s leave.”

Did I happen to mention that soccer is already over?


Operation: Finish the Afghan Before Soccer is Over and All My Time was Wasted and We Will Have to Wait Til Fall to Use It!

This thing is a beast.  It is probably the world’s largest afghan.  You see, it needs to be long enough and wide enough to cover a slew of lawn chair-bound-Saturday-morning-soccer faithfuls.  Which would explain the fact that it still isn’t finished.

But I am close, people!  So close.  I am going to try to devote all my free time this week to getting this thing done.  See those two little strings hanging down in the front?  Well, what you can’t see is that on each end of the afghan are millions upon millions of strings just like those that have to be sewn  into the afghan one by one.

Does anyone believe that I will get this done before the next soccer game?

I didn’t think so.  Me neither.

Wish me luck.

Rainbow Afghan Is Almost Finished!

I don’t know if I’m gonna make the first soccer game deadline that I set for myself, but I’m really really close!

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