Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A blurr

Today is Wednesday. When did that happen?? Are you sure it's Wednesday?

That's what happens when you nap, lounge, have kids who help with cleaning and clean up, have friends visit, visit friends ( I had to get out of the house), and your mom brings food and dessert every day!

I am so very thankful for my family and friends - I dunno what I would do without them.

The pain pills are mainly at night to help me relax and induce sleep; since I'm not busy during the day it's hard to be tired at night.

My kids say I MUST be feeling better since crumbs on the cabinet, dishes on the bar and papers on the living room floor are bothering me as much as they do. I am glad they are home for spring break, or I am sure I would have gone stir crazy or done waaaay too much too soon.

There are the simple things that make me feel 100 times better: The volunteered foot rubs with such tenderness, the cookies baked, the text messages, surpise background changes on my computer, the sitting with me watch TV so I'm not totally alone, and the asking if I need anything.

Each day gets better and easier, but the naps still feel awesome!

Monday, March 29, 2010

improving

Each day get a bit better. I'm getting back into the swing of things. I'm surprised at the pain from the incisions for the ports and how long the pain it is lasting. I don't remember being in this much pain for my Csection. Yipes!

Naps are good. I actually got 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep last night. Putting the pain pill next to my clock with some water to take BEFORE getting out of bed has been a life saver. Why didn't I know this already??? Live and learn!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

traditions

Today is Palm Sunday. My mom brought me home some palms that she twisted into a cross. Many wonderful memories this week, first starting with the palms twisted into crosses.

Friday is Good Friday. We gather at my mom's house with our boiled eggs. We dye the eggs with a tradition too. First, we make an egg for each person. We use colors to color or write on the eggs. The kids usually do something that reminds them of that person. We write their name on the egg and that's their egg for pocking. Then we move to making designs on eggs. The colored part does not dye, but by matching crayons with dyes you can get some pretty eggs. Everything from flowers to polka dots and eggs to look like critters.

While some are dying eggs, others are preparing the food. Fried fish, homemade fries, onion rings and then we usually make deviled eggs with the eggs that were broken during dying.

My grandmother brings a special tradition for Good Friday. Nobody is allowed to dig in the ground. Nobody is allowed to hammer a nail. When she was small they usually fasted until lunch. At lunch they had boiled beets, boiled eggs and boiled potatoes sliced on a platter. YUMMY! I love family traditions.

This is such a special time for use to get together and do something fun and creative. This also frees up our Sunday to do our own thing with our family.

I'm so looking forward to Friday. My grandmother is 89 yrs young.. each gathering is so much more special with her there to tell us stories from the past and their traditions.

cannot sleep

I explained to the doctor that I am a mother. A mother will get up and do things even when she is not supposed to, say like, after surgery. Knowing this, I asked the doctor for good drugs after surgery. Afterall, I am supposed to be resting and healing. My husband is home and my kids are not babies anymore.

The drugs are good. I just cannot sleep! I was so tired at 8:30, I didn't think I could stay awake until Richard made it to bed to join me. Pills had been taken, supper had been eaten and I was tired. Sweet sleep. I rolled over at midnight. You cannot toss and turn too much when your tummy muscles are so tender. I popped another pain pill and decided maybe I needed the bathroom. After making my way tenderly across the room and using the bathroom I was fully awake. I am tired, I just cannot sleep. I know in an hour I will be ready for bed again... until then, hopefully the TV and internet can keep me company.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ablation and Ovarian Removal

I finally decided to see my doctor for my heavy cycles. While evaluating me for that, a huge cyst was discovered on my right ovary.

I had surgery this past Thursday. The ablation was NOTHING. If that had been the only procedure, I would so be out shopping and enjoying this beautiful weather. The ports sites for my ovary/cyst removal hurt. It's like having a csection all over again - minus the screaming baby. thank goodness for that. I dunno HOW i would take care of a baby. I'm stiff and sore and tired of lounging around.

Each day gets better. I know my cycles are now under control and no more pain on the right and no worries the cyst will rupture or torse my ovary.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

coupons and sharing deals


I wanted to share the great deals I cashed in on! Hubby was working Saturday and I was up and raring to go. I hopped on over to albertson's. they were having a great deal on cereal - buy 4 get 3 free AND get a coupon for 3 gallons of free milk. I had coupons for the cereal. They also had buy a tub of butter and get a loaf of bread free. I had a coupon for the butter too. Sweet! i had a coupon for everything in the above picture except the cookies. I needed 1 more item to make my 16 items for the mix and match to save 4.00 at kroger.
I was giddy with excitement after getting home and stacking my goods for a picture. I figured it out:
I paid 70.76 and saved 107.00! That includes my 6 gallons of free milk :)
After that, daughter and swung by old navy with a save 30% coupon from the internet and then off to payless with a save 20% coupon from the mail. I saved 23.00 at Old navy and 4.00 at Payless.
now it's time to cut coupons from Sunday's paper and get ready for another week of savings.
how did you do this week?


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ready

I have my list and coupons ready. There are some really great deals this week and I'm hoping to cash in on some good savings. Hopefully I can get it done early!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A new home for RED

Our neighbor had a rooster and some hens. They divorced and gave the rooster and 2 hens to another neighbor. Ol Red frequently got out and would walk up and down the fence to our pen and taunt the hens and Big Daddy (blog picture). The hens walked the yard. The neighbors stopped coming to catch their animals. We feed them and pick the eggs from the hens.

My youngest child is in the Ag program at her school. It's to teach the kids about agiculture in our area - farming, raising animals, building things. Sarah signed up for Poultry classes. She recently went to a judging contest and we are waiting on the results. She has learned how to grade eggs, parts of a chicken and taking care of chickens. This is great since we have chickens and she's pretty much hands-on with them.

The teacher purchased chicks for the class. I asked if they needed a rooster to raise some more chicks. It's a great learning experience for kids. We have done it for our own kids and it was so exciting to count the days and wait patiently for baby chicks. Peep! peep! They chirp a LOT.
The teacher said Sarah could bring the rooster. Whoohoo! He has a new home at her school and his own lil flock of hens to call his own.

We don't need 2 roosters. They fight for control of the hens and get really aggressive. The neighbors don't want Red. I don't want Red greeting me every morning - including weekends - on the porch outside my window way before I am ready to wake up.

Enjoy the new place Red! We'll miss you, but not your crowing!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Solar Power

We are very interested in solar powering our home. Does anyone out there do this already? We have several places here in Louisiana that will set you up. Louisiana also has the best refunds! Whoohoo. This is a dream of ours and hopefully it will come true.

If anyone is interested, this is the place we are considering:

Wilhite Solar Solutions

Thursday, March 11, 2010

it won't last forever

Time stands still for no one. How true.

My sister has come up with a new way to deal with things. You know how you are dreading something happening? It eats at you and sometimes can even make you physically ill? She is having her toenail removed and the roots killed so it will not grow back. She is nervous. Very nervous of the shots. After that, it will be a breeze. So, she tells herself:

The shots will take just a few moments in time. They will not last forever. They shots will come and go and then the procedure will be done. It will be fast and easy. The staff will move on the next patient and I will go home to recover. It will be over and done with faster than I think.

My baby sister is full of wisdom. I have now resorted to telling myself the above whenever things arise for me! And... it works!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

swapping coupons

A small group of us gathered last week to swap coupons and tips for getting the best deals with sales.

This week my bill went from 318 to 176. I was able to stock up on body wash and deoderant pretty much for the rest of the year. whohooo! Buying in bulk is nice. Again, I need toothpaste! Cmon sales.

Such a rush to buy things at their cheapest.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

My Peeps

Last night I had so much fun. Eight friends gathered for dinner. Girl friends. After dinner we gathered at my house for a card game called Cadillac. FUN!

I don't know what I would do without my girlfriends. We played until almost 2am. My sides hurt from laughing. What great company. We may not always agree, but we always try to be supportive and understanding and keep an open mind.

I am blessed to have such awesome women in my life.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

trying to stay organized - home binder

My job now keeps me busy. Very busy. CRAZY busy. Factor in hauling kids around and keeping up with a house, the bills, the cleaning, shopping, errands and cooking when Rich doesn't and you get one tired mamma.

In my quest for organizing I stumbled across FlyLady. Taking her idea and making it work for my home and life... wow.

I sat down one day and thought about all the things I wanted done each week and then in each zone. Once the list was made my thinking days were over. FREEDOM. I can look at my list for the day or the zone and see what needs to be done. No more thinking when was the last time I cleaned the windows or purged the drawers or closets. It has all be thought out for me!

At the end of a 12-16 hour day, my brain is mush and I don't want to make decisions or think anymore. Now I don't have to. My menu planner tells me what to make and the home binder tells me what needs to be done in the house. This means more free time for me and much less stress.

If I slack off or get swamped at work, I can just pick up the binder and jump right in knowing in a month whatever got skipped over will get done.

Think once, use a list after that. It works for me.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

trying to stay organized - meal planning

Meal planning is a must for my sanity. There were many years I went from freezer to cabinet scratching my head trying to create something for supper. Naturally, I was always out of that ONE thing I needed to complete a meal. After 3 kids, I realized I needed to get better organized when it came to meals. Dragging 3 tired kids to the store for 1 or 2 items was not fun. It also meant supper was usually later than I wanted.

Menu planning! What a novel idea. The internet has truly helped me become organized. A quick search brought many web pages (there were no blogs back then LOL) of women who planned menus. whoa. Why didn't I think of that before?

Everyone gives input for the weekly menu before I do the shopping. I find the kids eat better when they get what they want, which also takes a lot of burden off me when it comes to thinking up meals. Most of the meals are based on the sales ads for that week, but I'm willing to splurge or dig into our stock pile.

After a few weeks of having menus planned I was hooked. I keep a pretty good stock on hand and have a few of our favorite standbys and quick meal fixings in case we change our minds or something comes up. The planned meal just gets pushed over to another day. Gotta be flexible you know. Having everything in the house for 7 complete suppers to mix and match that week is .. well.. AWESOME. I check the menu list the night before and take out anything needing defrosting.

The list for the week is on the fridge and everyone knows what to expect. No more "what's for supper? " or "Ugh, I am not hungry for THAT."

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

coupon catchup

I love saving money and I am having a ball doing it! Kroger has been having great sales these past few weeks. I started couponing in 2005 and haven't looked back. Thru trial and error I have muddled my way thru couponing 101.



Here recently, my stock was starting to get depleted so I'm working on getting it built back up. I don't order coupons and buy in mass quantities, but I do stock up when prices go low enough with or without coupons. The extra freezer is stuffed with hotdogs, veggies, cheese and meats. The hot pockets and stroudels were the first to go. I don't think I could ever have enough of those. The cabinets are full of canned goods and boxes of brownies and cakes mixes. The snack cabinet is filled with cereal, cookies, bread and chips. The medicine cabinet is stocked full of cold and cough meds, aspirin, Tylenol, Excedrin. The bathrooms have xtra soaps and shampoos. The cleaning cabinet is packed with cleaners, and I probably have 6 to 8 months of laundry detergent, softener and dryer sheets, and dishsoap.



I'm needing toothpaste, toilet paper and paper towels, and deoderant. Not too shabby!!



I will never forget when I first started using coupons my oldest asked, "Are you embarrassed?" hahaha, not at all! I usually save 60.00+ a week on my grocery bill. I also buy EVERYTHING at the grocery store.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Menu Monday

Monday - Homemade chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes

Tuesday - Salisbury steaks w/rice, veggies

Wednesday - Hot dogs w/chili, chips

Thursday - Spag with garlic bread, salad

Friday - leftovers.


It's been awhile since I have posted my menu for the week, but I do plan them before shopping and based on the calendar that week. The menu may seem sparse or lacking of veggies and fruit, but remember the kids have a snack after school (around 3) with supper at 6. Snacks are usually fruits or veggies. :)