Wednesday, January 28, 2015
So most of us parents lovingly refer to our children with beautiful terms of endearment such as "Sweetheart", "My Love", "Darling", "Bug", even the occasional "Pooh". I want to say right now that I say some of these myself as does my husband... however for the next few weeks they will lovingly be referred to as "Carrier Monkeys"!
Now anyone who has seen the wonderful movie "One Fine Day" will get that reference.. if you have not, I highly suggest it. It is in this dayquil, codeine laced cough syrup induced fog I find myself tonight. Now I was a good mom and took the cough syrup while my responsible still miserable feeling hubby was home so one of us could be the adult and make sure noone burned down the house.
However tonight was also Scouts for Dimon, and Young Women's for Izzy, and swim time for Xander. Which means at that magical time of 630 I am home alone with the baby! Not so bad... we were doing great, then we bonked heads while doing a puzzle and sneezed on each other. Ya... that was gross. Nothing like sharing snot with the 18 month old because she is trying to be independent by wiping her nose on you! But I digress... we were happily watching YouTube videos of 80's musical montages- Elle dancing the entire time - when Xan came home. (for those of who don't know, Xan has Autism and has a helper that comes twice a week and takes him to swim, he loves it!)- Well said helper left and so me, baby and Xan are here at home. Baby and Xan go running amuck through the house. Yes "Amuck, Amuck, Amuck!" I tell you! They were being super cute however it required me to move from my bed to the living room. So a dutiful mom I was and hauled my sick sorry butt off to the couch.
This should have been plenty to divert disaster... any normal day yes. I would be alert and know what the heck was going on! But no.... codeine cough syrup is bad for the mommy, even when I took it 3 hours before being left alone with minions. But I was still happily involved in my 80' s montage musicals.
Since I wasn't feeling great when Xan made his own chicken patty I was thrilled because one he made it himself! That is huge! Second I could hear the microwave and knew exactly what he was doing. Third (with my head hung in shame I admit this...) I didn't have to get up again. Well this is where I failed.
In my little happy music filled YouTube world with the baby running around I failed to notice Xan had stuck another one in the microwave. These things cook for about one minute... maybe a minute 30 if needed, I don't know how long it was in there... all i know is that I was called to the bathroom by Xan and when I stood up I saw the smoke!
Yes smoke!!! I was sure that microwave was on finre. I literally threw the baby on the bed and ran back to the kitchen, leaving Xan on the potty and sure the house was ablaze or soon would be. At the very least I knew the very loud very good smoke alarms were going to be set off.
Five minutes later my house is filled with smoke, nothing is on fire... all kids are safe... but now in January in 19 degree weather the windows are open and fans are on.... all because of the stupid January cold!
I love my monkeys... they are my circus.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Our family has grown since last updating this blog 3 years ago. Since I am under no delusion that this is more a journal for myself and my family then anything else, I will keep my explanation short as to why i have been absent. simply put LIFE, happened. When last I left you we had just completed our first year in 4H and were getting ready for school.
Since then we have been involved in ATA Tae Kwon, DO, Special Olympics, Boy Scouts, 4H for 2 kids, Girl Scouts, various school (PTO) committees finding a new job for both Andy and I as well as adding a new little treasure to our lives. I think that covers it...maybe.
Life has not slowed down or gotten easier. In fact we are busier then ever, but I personally need this blog back and running. If nothing else for personal venting time. Whether I gain followers or not does not matter, I want to chronicle my little families journey through the world.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Can You Hear the World Through My Ears?
Can you hear the World thru my ears,
that hum that fills my head.
I think it would be amazing to you
how I ever go to bed.
The sounds at school, the bus, the hall,
they fill our everyday.
The thunder of children’s passing feet
can make my nerves go fray.
I try to work and learn like others,
and you can see my efforts, no doubt.
But even that “Good job, Cameron,”
if too loud, can make me totally freak out.
I want to forget the heater, the lights,
the bells, and the one chewing gum.
So sometimes when it’s all too much,
I begin to run, flap, and hum.
I know there are places that I need to go,
to gym, to music and to lunch.
But all of them can be overwhelming,
and make me spaz a bunch.
I know I need your patience to learn,
grow, and overcome my fears.
I just hope and pray you can try to hear
the World thru my ears
Sunday, April 3, 2011
I found a nice little tool that calculates exactly how many of each kind of plant you will need to be self sufficient. Its great and kind of daunting if you plug in peas or beans for a family of 5 like ours.
Now I'm guessing that this is for the length of the season, or until you pull the veggies out of the garden, like carrots.
Here is the list of how many plants we need:
100 pole beans
15 broccoli 30 Corns 100 Peas 20 Spinaches
75 carrots 10 Cucumbers 10 Hot Peppers and
15 cauliflowers 15 Kales 15 Strawberries 5 Pumpkins
20 celery 20 Lettuces 20 Tomatoes
20 chives 10 Melons 35 Radishes
So I know I've got the carrots, cauliflower corn, cucumbers (by 5 x's that), tomatoes (just barely), and radishes. Lettuces are really over covered and we may be giving away alot peppers should keep my dad making his dip for this winter and next I think without this we did pretty well! But it was still fun to see and know that we did something right just by chance!
Here is the link.
In fact the entire website is awesome and I fully intend to start using it. It offeres a garden journal, where you can upload pics and keep your thoughts on it. A To Do List where you can keep your ducks all lined up! Its got way more stuff that I'm just gonna play with. Registration is free so there is nothing to lose. So here goes!
here is a link to the tour and some of the features it offers.
That took most of Saturday. The first part of the day was taken up with attending the first outdoor Farmers Market of the year! We bought 2 pea plants, because our pea starts are not looking so good. The rest of the day was spent cutting down the trees and planning the garden. We are doing a combination of square foot gardening and traditional gardening. Below is a link that explains more fully what Square Foot Gardening is. It is ideal for small spaces and limited space.
It is an excel sheet but if you don't have excel she has a pdf file on her site as well. But this is an awesome site.
Today was all kinds of crazy and didn't get to the garden at all except to water the plants! We still have to lay out our squares because I'm gonna be a little nuts about my space because lets face it I'm that way! But tomorrow provided the rain doesn't come will be planting day.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Tomorrow is Light It up Blue day to raise awareness of Autism. 1 in 110 children are diagnosed with Autism
WELCOME TO LIGHT IT UP BLUE
On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2.
We’re aiming to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities.
What you can do to Light It Up Blue
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The last of the 4 pictures here contain the 'poor poor tomatoes' that have never sprouted. So sad..... the first 3 contain the cucumbers, peas, and broccoli. The flat with the cucumbers and broccli have sprouted! We have about 30 healthy little sprouts and had it not snowed this weekend they would be int he ground. They love the cold frame and I'm so excited that they are growing. But that is a lot of broccoli and cucumbers and I don't do pickles.... So i guess we need to buy one of the vacuum sealer thingy so we can freeze. Add one more new thing to learn to do.
I'm so excited. Because of the snow and the freezing rain that hit this weekend the flats are currently sitting on the wsher and dryer next to the cat food. Much the the chargin of the cats. I keep spraying them with the mister I have for watering when they venture a step onto the seedlings. Ya they hate me right now.
The next step was to dig the holes for the frames to sit in. We did this because it helps to keep the plants warmer by filling the hole with about a foot of compost/manure covering with straw then dropping soil on top of it. As the manure decomposes it will create heat for the plants and provide nutrients! Plus we got the manure for free! Love free stuff! We did pay for the soil, but that is ok, $30 for a
truckload of soil that I know is gonna grow stuff, no problem. This was a huge job to do by hand, but thanks to my loving husband we quickly had 2 ‘graves’ in the front yard. I’m not kidding you, they looked like graves! Same shape, both a little over
4 foot deep and the bus drivers were wondering what was going on for a week or so. But we just have to plant now! And try to figure how to utilize these in the hot humid Summer of Indiana.