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As I write this, I am sitting on my front porch watching the sun set.  What a gorgeous day it has been!  I am so grateful for warmth and sunshine!  Had the doors open and the cats loved being able to run in and out all day.  Since it’s almost mid-March I thought I’d give you a recap of new things for February.  Better late than never, right?  🙂

English: A tape measure. Deutsch: Massband

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The big change, of course, has been restarting my T-Tapp routine.  You can read more about my T-Tapp journey here.  Total inches lost for February was…drumroll please…14 1/2!  I have to say that I am somewhat disappointed in myself though.  I only actually worked out 6 times for the whole month.  😦  Imagine what it could have been…sigh…But this is a new month!  I will do better!

The other major change in Feb. was the decision to not use the microwave anymore.  Most of the time it hasn’t been an issue, but I do miss the convenience of the spur of the moment baked potato!  I really hate heating up my oven to bake one potato.  I am looking at replacing the microwave with a toaster oven/convection oven.  It would be about the same size as my microwave, but much smaller than my oven, so I wouldn’t mind baking just one potato as much.  Of course, I could always bake more than one and then shred or cube them to freeze for other meals liked Loaded Baked Potato Soup or breakfast items like hash browns or fried potatoes.  Hhhhmmmm…definately something to think about.

That just about sums up the month of February.  If I remember anything else, I’ll add them to the March re-cap that will be coming up in about 3 weeks…You know, they say that the older you get the faster time flies by.  While I’m not really sure who “they” are and why I should believe anything “they” tell me, I can’t help but wonder what it’s going to be like in another 20 years…

Blessings

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Dinner Tonight


I love this picture!

I was gone for 3 days attending a family wedding in Phoenix.  When I came home, I brought a nasty sinus infection back with me.  Not sure what I was thinking there…Anyway, today is the first day I have actually felt good in almost 2 weeks.  So of course, I spent the day in the kitchen!  Well, not all of it.  🙂  But since it was stormy and rainy it seemed like the thing to do.

Dinner menu for tonight:

Beef and Vegetable Soup

Cracked Wheat French Bread

Lemon Poundcake with home canned peaches.  Yummy!

Right now the soup is in the crockpot, the poundcake is in the oven and the bread is rising on the cabinet.  Wow my house smells good.  I’m so glad I can smell again!

I’m not sure if Beowulf and the Village People survived my unintentioned neglect, though.  Right now Beowulf (my sourdough starter) has been newly fed and is snuggled up to the crockpot.  And the Village People (my water kefir grains–there’s a lot of them and they look funny 🙂 ) have been submerged in a fresh batch of sugar water in hopes of having a lemon-lime soda-y beverage soon.  I’ve only gotten one batch of water kefir so far–hope these Village People aren’t a one-hit-wonder…Y-M-C-A…But I digress…

Things are slowly getting back to normal, although I haven’t had the energy to tackle the bathrooms yet.  Maybe tomorrow?

What’s on your menu tonight?


Today I am thankful that I was blessed to attend the wedding of my beautiful niece Jessica and her adoring Derek.  If ever there was a match made in heaven, this is it.  And it is a marriage with Jesus as the center and foundation.  What joy to witness!  My heartfelt congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Derek Rogers.  May Jesus continue to be the center of your relationship, and your anchor in every storm!  Much love.

What are you thankful for today?


This episode of the New Year, New You series is all about movement.  I don’t want to use the “e” word because that word comes with way too much baggage.  I kinda fell off the wagon last summer when it got so hot.  There were other reasons, too, but I’ll talk about that another time.  Now with my Babygirl’s wedding less than five months away, I decided I had better get back on it.  I have a goal size for the wedding as opposed to a goal weight.  The particular workout that I use builds lots of core muscle density while burning off pounds, so you can actually weigh more at a smaller size.  I know, right?  “Sounds kinda hinky”, you might be thinking.  I don’t blame you.  I thought the same thing when I first heard about it.  Then after 30 days of doing the 15 minute workout I lost 2 whole dress sizes (almost three-I could get them zipped up but would likely have gotten arrested if I had left the dressing room 🙂 ) and only 2 pounds on the scale.  33 1/4 total inches lost.  Honest.  It really happened.  AND I didn’t even change the way I was eating.  Cross my heart.

This workout is called T-Tapp.  It was developed by Teresa Tapp, an exercise physiologist from Florida (and just a really great human being :)).  You can check out her website for yourself here.  I heard about it on Facebook and decided to give it a try.  I was skeptical at first.  I ordered her book, Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, and read it 3 or 4 times before I ordered the workout DVD.  The book has the program in great detail in it, but I needed to watch someone do it.  I think I probably watched the workout several times and watched all the interviews with the people on the DVD before I ever actually did it myself.

The first day seemed pretty easy.  The second day I was pretty sore.  On the third day I though all kinds of bad things about her (and her little dogs too!) as I was trying to get out of bed.  The fourth day I repented.  🙂  It is indeed the “workout that works”!  Anyone, no matter your size, fitness level, or disabilities can do this because you do it to your best ability.  Need to stop and catch your breath?  No problem.  Need a drink?  Go get one.  Seriously.  I encourage you to check this out.  I am not an affiliate or anything and I’m not getting paid to say this.  It’s just that good.

And I’ll keep you updated on my progress.  Nothing like a little accountability to keep me motivated!

I shared this at Monday Mania.


In my internet browsing recently I have been drawn to several blogs about families’ adventures in homesteading.  I just love the way they are returning to the land and learning about organic gardening, animal husbandry, and traditional foods.  One of my favorites is Katie Riddle’s blog, Riddlelove.  I am living vicariously through them all for sure.  Every time I read one, my heart aches to have my very own piece of land where anything is possible and everything is allowed.

As I was reading the other day, a very disturbing thing happened.  From the deep, dark, recesses of my mind came this ugly, mean, nasty voice.  It said things like, “Don’t you think you’re a little too old for that kind of thing?”.  And, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, ya know”.  After listening to that voice for a few minutes I got really sad.  Maybe that voice was right, maybe I was too old.  Maybe a single woman doesn’t have any business living out in the country.  Blah blah blah blah blah.  I almost started crying over all the reasons this deep, heart-felt desire of mine was a bad idea.

Then I started getting mad.  How dare that ugly voice try to steal my dream!  Just who did that voice belong to anyway?  I don’t believe I’m too old!  I’m not even 50 yet!  And this old mature dog can learn just as many new tricks as she wants to, thank you very much.

Here’s what I learned through this:

1.  The Bible warns us that the devil is here to steal, kill, and destroy.  That includes our dreams and passions,

2.  It’s important that you feed your dream and keep it in front of you, and

3.  It’s really important that you guard your dream and don’t let anyone talk you out of it.

So, next time you begin to hear that nasty voice trying to talk you out of your dream go get your pointy toed shoes on and kick some devil hinny!  And dream on, Baby, dream on!

Thankful Thursday #8


Today I am thankful for drains that actually, well, drain.  That’s not something I think about much really.  I just run water down the drain and assume it’s going to go where it’s supposed to.   Over the weekend we had a cold snap with a few inches of snow and everything.  So much for it being mild the rest of the winter.  🙂  Anyway, whether it was frozen or just blocked I don’t know, but last Friday night the large drain out to the sewer stopped draining.  Water backed up into the bathtub, flooded the garage, the whole thing.  Not a lot of fun.  Which left us with 3 stinky people, lots of dirty dishes, and no clean laundry.  And the potty situation was just, well, eeewwwww!

Monday evening the Roto Rooter guys were finally able to get to my house.  Bless them, they apparently had a very busy weekend.  And in a matter of 20 minutes from the time they got there to the time they left, they had cleaned out the pipe so everything could flow smoothly the way it was designed.  A. Maz. Ing.  The thing that was causing such a huge mess in my life was taken care of just like that *Insert finger snap here* by someone who knew what they were doing.  Pretty sure there’s a spiritual application somewhere in this little adventure of mine.  🙂

So what are you thankful for today?  If you have a blog link up your post below.  If not, share with us in the comments.

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Thankful Thursday #7


I know, I know, it’s Friday all ready.  I had some technical difficulties yesterday, so this didn’t get posted.  But it’s here now!  Yeah!

Today I am thankful for my parents.  I have had the great privilege of having lunch with my parents every Tuesday for the past several years.  After lunch Dad goes home and Mom and I spend the rest of the day running errands and shopping.  I am so very fortunate to live in the same town with them.  Our lunches have deepened our friendship and my appreciation for their wit and wisdom.  We have a lot of fun together and these times are very precious to me.  Occasionally one of my kids or another family member will join us when they are in town.  But as much as I love them, I have to confess that I truly treasure most those days when it’s just the three of us.

The older I get the more I understand what life is really about.  Life is about relationships.  Real, heart-to-heart relationships.  And as it is with so many other things, quantity is no match for quality.  I have determined to be more deliberate with the relationships in my life.  They are gifts from Father to be nurtured and cherished and celebrated.

What special relationships are you thankful for today?  If you would lile to share a blog post, click on Mister Linky below, or share with us in the comments.

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