Monday, March 23, 2015

Menu Monday!






My blogging has been sparse lately. I've been very busy. This week my menu is a bit iffy. Hubby and I are going away for a couple of days to celebrate my birthday. So my boys will be winging it. I'm giving them some 'suggestions' with this menu.. but most likely, knowing them, they will live off of easy food. They can cook, but it's not their favorite thing to do!  ~smile~ 

I'll be back to blogging more regularly very soon!!


Monday
Tacos w/all the trimmings

Tuesday
Hamburgers

Wednesday
Chicken enchiladas, chips & salsa, salad

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Teriyaki meatballs, noodles, salad

Saturday
Navy bean soup (home canned), biscuits, salad

Sunday
Beef stew, french bread, salad



 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Menu Monday!






Due to some internet issues, this is a bit late today!! Hope your Monday is going great!



Monday
Chicken veggie soup, dinner rolls, salad


Tuesday
Taco's w/all the trimmings


Wednesday
Tuna patties, mac & cheese, salad


Thursday
Leftovers


Friday
Beef stroganoff over pasta, salad


Saturday
Clam chowder, biscuits, salad


Sunday
Leftovers


 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Getting Fit in the 50's!


I'm still walking. Last week I walked 10 miles in total. May not seem like a lot to some but for me it has been a great thing. Normally I walk in my 'neighborhood'.. But for the past couple of weeks my daughter Hannah and I have been getting together to walk, with the grandkids, once a week. As long as the weather continues to hold out we plan to make this a regular occurrence.

It has been so fun to get together with her and the kids and be outdoors and active. She brings a stroller for the younger ones, but her oldest daughter has no problems with 2+ mile walk. And since I'm not into “power walking” .. that distance has been great for all of us.

We live in a beautiful area and the walking trails are everywhere. So we plan to pick a new area each week and check it out.

Walking is amazing and easy to do, it is free, and fun. I truly believe that just getting outdoors and moving makes a person feel so good. The outdoors is wonderful therapy for everyone. The grandchildren love getting out and Hannah loves the fact that by bedtime they are worn out and exhausted and ready for a good nights sleep.

I encourage you if you feel like you need to exercise just simply walk. It does not have to be far, it does not have to be fast. When I started I had one goal.. just move.. very simple, very easy. Your strength will grow. I've seen that so much in the last few months. And you will feel amazing, not just physically but mentally as well as you get out and enjoy the world around you.


Here are a few pics for our walks in the last couple of weeks...







We live in the Northwest.. it is Big Foot territory..  where it all started.  The park we were at for our walk has gone all out on this.  They have these Big Foot carvings everywhere.  My granddaughters could not resist getting their picture taken with them!! 


 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Menu Monday!





Happy Monday!! How's your menu coming along this week?



Monday
Tater tot casserole, salad


Tuesday
Sweet potato bacon soup, muffins, salad


Wednesday
Crockpot pork chops, egg rolls, salad


Thursday
Leftovers


Friday
Pizza, salad


Saturday
Beef veggie soup, cornbread, coleslaw


Sunday
Sausage gravy over biscuits, salad


 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Monday Blues






I've seen a lot on the internet about how if you are not happy with your current situation, then YOU can change it!!!! To a point agree with this type of sentiment. If you are dealing with emotional issues, living in an unhealthy situation and so on, then yes.. change is up to you.

Recently I read an article on “Monday Blues”. You know, that sinking feeling on Sunday night that tomorrow you will be back at it again and the weekend is over. I think we all deal with this to some degree or another. So I was eager to read this article and see what the authors thoughts and solution was to it.

His solution was to get a new life, find a job or profession that you love. Wow, for a Christian author I think I was little surprised.

Sometimes in life it is not a reality that things can be changed just because you want them to be. Life, especially as you get older, can often times be complex.

When it comes to dealing with “Monday Blues” I think there is a healthier way to deal it. A better focus than, getting a new life or a change in jobs. I realize that sometimes that is a solution for some.

My hubby and I have gone through our own 'monday blues' from time to time. Who doesn't? My hubby has his Monday on Thursday.. we've had plenty of “Thursday Blues” . But we've come to the conclusion that how we view life has a lot to do with our minds.. not necessarily reality.

Here is our story. My hubby went to school to be an aircraft mechanic. It was a 2 year program. We had a baby. We paid for the schooling with grants. We sustained ourselves by working as apartment managers. We got our rent free and had a small salary that provided groceries and paid the utilities.

By the time he finished school we had another baby and no money. Our job ended and we moved in with my husbands father. I went to work as a CNA for a nursing home. My hubby searched for work. It was tough times for us. He got a job at a local airlines working as a temp. It was not full time. I took my kids to my fathers who would babysit them while I worked. Hubby worked his job. Finally still as a temp the hours picked up but the stress level was high. I quit my job and we got a rental house. He finally got hired full time.

We were SOOO incredibly thankful when he was hired full time!! Finally we had a job we could count on, income we could use to get back on our feet. And we had baby #3.

Now, fast forward 28 years and 8 kids later... he still works for the same airlines. He has seniority, he makes comfortable money. But yet, every Wednesday we know that tomorrow brings Thursday.. his “Monday”... and we are back at it again. After this many years, even a job you like gets old... very old sometimes.

So according to this article.. you just find a new life!!!! Really? We have a home, we have children, we have lives here. We have grandchildren. Do you really just decide it's time to find fulfillment somewhere else?

No, I don't think so. What you find is thankfulness and contentment. Nothing has really changed in the last 28 years. We still need his job, we are still thankful, maybe even more so in today's world, that he has had a steady job for 28 years with no layoffs.

What we tire of, as I suspect with most people, is what I call the mouse wheel.. you get on it and keep walking and it just goes around and around and around with no end in sight.  It is true that there may be better opportunities out there, but weigh decisons carefully.   Leaving one mouse wheel to jump into another may not really solved your issues.  

What I've come to believe is that Monday (or Thursday ;) is a heart issue. It is a contentment issue.. it is a constant reminder to ourselves to be thankful for God's provisions. That we can learn to be content and walk into Monday morning with that same thankfulness that we had 28 years ago when we had nothing and rejoiced when he went to work on Monday... 


Embrace Monday..  thank God for it..  and reach for contentment with what God has provided for you.  


Monday, March 2, 2015

Menu Monday!




Monday
Meatloaf, mac & cheese, salad


Tuesday
Chicken veggie soup, dinner rolls, salad


Wednesday
Pork chops, sauerkraut, rice pilaf, roasted cauliflower


Thursday
Leftovers


Friday
Chicken pot pie, french bread, salad


Saturday
Beef & rice chile relleno casserole
, refried beans, salad


Sunday
Leftovers

 


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Updates from the Homestead


Life has been busy. Leanne got a job in S. Korea at the beginning of the month. She'll be teaching English again for another year. This month has been a crazy month of paperwork and packing and helping her take care of endless details. This morning, bright an early, my hubby and I took her to the airport to see her off. As I write this blog post she is about half way through the 12 hour flight.

It's been a bittersweet day. I want my children to spread their wings and fly and live their dreams. But boy will I miss her. For the last 15 months aside from a few part time jobs she had, she has been my buddy. We've shopped together, worked together, cooked together, spent mornings having coffee, evenings watching movies and drinking tea.. the memories we've made together have been priceless. I'm so thankful for the time we've had. But the emotions do run through me at the moment. For now, I'll be adjusting to my new normal. At this point Isaac is the only one at home during the day. My son Jacob works full time and is home in the evening. So as it stands, it is just me and the boys at home!

Now for some fun... at least it was fun for us.. Leanne left out of Portland International Airport (in Portland Oregon).. for some reason over the last few years people taking “foot selfies” has gotten very popular. More popular than what I see from other airports. The foot selfie is like a statement.. either.. I'm home!! Or.. I'm off on an adventure!! This year the airport said they were replacing the carpet at the airport.. the famous carpet for all those foot selfies.. and now there is a mad rush for people to get their foot selfie on the 20+ year old carpet. So today we could not resist the temptation to be part of this bit of history.. we had to take our own foot selfie.. and I share it here for you. My feet (bottom of the pic), Leanne's (to the left) and hubby's single foot...



Just a bit of fun to share!!