Sunday, January 29, 2012

and "organize" is my word?

Goodness! This head cold has got me down! This is about day 10 of it. Because of it, I have slacked off big time in getting organized! All I have done in the past week was work and homework. I am still not caught up on all the homework that I was behind on. I still have about a chapter and a half to go and to think that I have another two chapters that I need to read this week! ARGH!

I need to get my act together and get some organizing done! Our meals are sorely lacking also because I have been sick. The man has pretty much taken care of meals, aka: take out, for most of this past week. That will change this week!

Ok, not a very organized post, but one mainly to vent! Tomorrow is another day. I will get last week's homework done and get myself a list of things to do for the week so I can be organized by the end of my workweek (Thursday morning!)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Kombucha baby...I mean mama!

Yep! I got mine started. Well, I got the mama growing...I hope.

Shaye over at the The Elliott homestead introduced me to Kombucha through a few of her posts on the drink. It is supposed to be so yummy tasting. I sure hope so!

I had no way to get a mama SCOBY so I googled if there was a way to make one. Sure was! Over at there are directions on just how to do it. Here they are

I will let you know in about a week how my mama is growing!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What you gonna grow?

(Yes, I am avoiding my homework!)

I have been thinking of what I want to grow this year in a garden. I have had many ideas...from growing a little of a lot of a few things.

I think we are going to go with a mixture. I know we want tomatoes...and lots of them! The rest is up for debate.

I have been making mental notes on the types of veggies we have been consuming. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, greens, lettuce, garlic, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, asparagus, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, potatoes, among a few others.

Sweet potatoes I can glean each fall from a local farmer. I was able to get five 5 gallon buckets full of them last year and even more if I wanted.

I started an asparagus patch in a bin last year and will put it in the ground soon. I have saved some wood for the man to make me some frames that I will grow potatoes in. As the potato plants grow up, I will add another frame and more straw or whatever is needed. I think we will grow some green stem onions also. I would like some herbs also, but I havent even begun to figure out which ones I want to grow. I think also we will grow tomatoes (roma and slicing), cucumbers, peppers (this is as far as I got. Maybe green, red, banana, jalapeno), and in cooler weather would be lettuce and greens.

Besides eating fresh, I would like to preserve our bounty also. Freezing peppers would be great. Maybe even make some jalapeno poppers! Some pickles would be nice. Since our son cannot have much sodium, making low sodium pickles would be nice for him. As far as the tomatoes, I have major plans for them! Pizza sauce, BBQ sauce, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, and just plain ol canned tomatoes for whatever.

I see a busy gardening and canning season ahead!

Kitchen organized

Well, somewhat. Even with having a cold, I got off by arse and rearranged some cabinets. The one thing I hate about moving to a new place is organizing things in cupboards. It takes me a few months to figure out what cupboards I want things. I think I am almost there. I moved around four cupboards. So far I got a high five from the man. I hope it is more user friendly than it was previously arranged. I would take a picture, but alas I am lazy, plus I have no clue where my camera is from the move.

I still have to conquer the homework, maybe in an hour.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Seriously? He shares THIS?

I have taught my kids to share.

I have taught them too well.

My boy has shared his sinus cold with me. Having a plugged up nose that still runs and is rubbed raw from tissues that are about as soft as sandpaper is not what I would call a fun time on my day off of work.

Oh and did I mention that because I am now a full time mouth breather that my lips are super chapped and burn no matter what I put on them?

I also did not inform you all that I feel like a toddler sniffling (sniffling? is that a a word?) my runny nose because it hurts too much to wipe it.

Thanks for sharing, right? Quit your whining, huh? I just got off work and have so much I need to do...but I am just going to bed and throw a big, fat phooey to the housework, homework, and organzing today.

If you need me, I will be in bed.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Back to the daily grind

School has started again for me. I really debated about going back, but after some praying and talking it over with my husband, I decided to at least go this semester. I will probably continue through the whole program, God willing.

With school, I am definately getting organized. I finally got the entrance way cleared. I am working on the kitchen now.

A new hobby I am trying to get into....deer hunting! The season is over for now, but I figure I have about 10 months to prepare! The husband and I are gun shopping now. I think we have settled on a Mossberg Maverick 30-06. Not sure what all that means, but it seems to be a decent rifle we have been told. We have not bought it yet, but we are planning on buying them soon. Fun!

How has your year started?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 goals

So ya all know my word for the year is "organize". Today I have been thinking of ways, or things, that I want to organize. I guess I was organizing my thoughts...haha. So here is what I am looking forward to in 2012.

2012 goals
1. Prepare my family for any disaster.
- This is going to be an ongoing adventure. I will be making B.O.B (bug out bags) and building my food storage supply, among other things.

2. Get healthy. The whole family, that is. I will be making more nutritious meals that the family will enjoy. I am moving away from pork and decreasing the amount of red meat we eat also.

3. Weight loss. Along with getting healthy is losing weight. My 2012 goal is to lose all my extra weight. This will be a tough one, but attainable if I keep at it. The amount I want to lose? At least 60 pounds. I have lost about 5 pounds so far. Yay me!

4. Continue with school. I have no clue if I will be in school this semester due to some mess ups with financial aid, but even if I do not continue with my current program, I will find another one to start in the fall.

5. Organize the house. I want this household to be a fine tuned machine and I want it this way quick!

6. Lower debt. Even with school, I want to work a little OT to reduce the family debt. Plus there are some major purchases I want this year.

7. Learn new skills. The major ones? hunting and fishing, along with gardening at our new place.

8. Continue to learn about God and his will for me and my family. This means starting to attend church again and reading my Bible.

Eight goals, not bad. What are yours???

Happy New Year!

Well, this year started off not like I thought it would. We went to a friend's house for a bonfire to ring in the new year. The man and I had fun, but the kids weren't thrilled. Oh well, that is part of being a kid, sometimes you just have to suffer through things.

So, at the bonfire, I snacked quite a bit. Earlier for dinner, we had french fries with tacomeat and taco cheese. Oh it was all so good, but I sooooo paid for it this morning! After eating healthy for about two weeks, this big splurge did not settle well at all. I woke up sick as a dog, as they say. I actually even vomited a little, then went to my recliner and fell back asleep. One would think I drank too much last night. I doubt a sip of champaign at midnight qualifies as too much! I could really sleep some more, but that would just be a little over the top. I cannot sleep the day away! I have to get motivated!

So, since I now have realized that my body is used to the healthy eating, I am not going to give it up. Today I am pretty much just sticking with tea and some bland foods to calm my system. Oh I feel so bad today. ick ick ick!

Today I will create a menu of the foods I will prepare for the week. Nice healthy foods. Tomorrow I will go shopping for the good foods. Yep, that is what I am going to do.

How are you starting off the new year??