Thursday, January 22, 2015

lots going on....

Lots going on in our lives..... I have not had a second to sit down and blog.... I am trying to bring back simplicity back to my life.... I am going to take a small break....

Everything is okay with Russ and I... We are loving the empty nest thing.... Since my son moved out and I went into the room, I about died... He left a huge mess which I will not go into.... I will never allow him to move back  in... I didn't see it coming with the huge mess... The disrespect of our home...  Russ and I are so disappointed and it is taking a lot of work to repair and redo the room.... But I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it will become a beautiful guest room and grand child\s room..

My sewing room is a mess because of putting things in there to redo the room that Dan left a mess...

I bought paint to paint 4 rooms in our home.... The new guest room, the main bathroom and our new master bedroom and bathroom that use to be our daughter's room... I am painting everything in a warm beige.... I want to be able to change out the rooms when ever I want and all colors go with beige.....

The wedding plans for David and Stephanie are coming along.... it is going to be a beautiful garden theme wedding....

Tim and Jessica have found a new house and will be moving in the middle of Feb.... I am excited for them...

The garden catalogs are coming and I have no desire this year.... I may buy a couple of tomato plants to  have fresh tomatoes.... But we will be going to the farmers market this year and also to the new stores that carry organic foods.... Maybe I need a year break.... Usually when the catalogs come I get all excited.... not at all this year...

I hope you all are doing well and that your staying warm.... May you day be filled with many blessings....



Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday

Where is the time going... Already January 12th.... It's zooming by... The weekend was gone before we knew it...

My daughter Kim and I went to Davenport to meet up with Stephanie and  her mom and sister Jennifer to try on bridesmaid dresses.... Stephanie had one in mind which she saw on David's bridal web site... Why do companies put on their web sites stuff they don't have.... They don't know when it will be in... It doesn't make sense to me.... With the wedding date in June and not knowing the dates of when new dresses are coming in they have to choose another dress....So they left with no dresses picked out and Stephanie is searching for new dresses that hopefully with be in stock.... I felt so bad for Stephanie..... She loves Victorian things and that is what her dress is and she wanted the bridesmaid dresses along the same line.. Don't blame her one bit....

We went to Crackle Barrel for lunch again and it was nice to sit with other ladies and enjoy some down time....

 While I was having fun Russ cleared the driveway of snow.... We only had snow ONCE....it was a light fluffy snow, so when the wind blows the way it has been blowing we get another couple of inches on our driveway.... We are tired of the shoveling....And it has been so darn cold, bitter cold....if it wasn't so cold the shoveling wouldn't be so bad... Yesterday it reached 21*s!!! A heat wave!!!! This weekend they are talking in the 30's.....I can't wait....

I have to tell you this empty nest thing.... Is sweet!!!!! I mean Sweet!!!!! I was really scared of the whole empty nest thing.... It has only been a week and I see we still had food left!! I have to learn to cook with less food.... This past week I had some meat left over..... So I got out my food processor and ground the left overs in to a moist dog food for the dogs.... Addie and Remmy went nuts over it.... I mixed the moist with the dry and there wasn't an smidgen of food left....Not even dry food...Addie kept looking for more...I frozen the rest....this will be a treat for them.... I had two baked potatoes left and threw it in with the meat....

I have projects lined up for our home.... I need to buy paint.... Paint for our bedroom, paint for the room that Dan had, and the main bathroom.... I am tired of the chocolate brown bathroom.... it will take some primer to cover that brown.......I want it to be a light neutral color so I can add different colors anytime I want...Same with our room and Dan's old room.... Now I just need to decide on the paint colors.....

Have a wonderful week and may your day be filled with many blessings.....



Thursday, January 8, 2015

oh so cold and white out conditions...

Oh winter is here....... All the years I have lived in Iowa have I ever had to wear two shirts and two pairs of socks, two hats, and scarf and heavy duty coat and thick gloves to shovel snow.....Because normally when we have it -30 below zero we don't have snow....we had 6.5 inches of snow..... And boy do I ached from shoveling......
 
This is the first full week of being a empty nester and boy oh boy I don't like it...... I don't like the fact that I don't have a young person to help shovel.... other wise I love the quiet in the house when I am not shoveling...
 
My first week thus far has been very buys....
Monday- it was my daughters birthday and she went shopping by herself.... then she came buy and I took her to lunch...First before she went shopping she came by to get her present.... MONEY.... So she could enjoy shopping even more....She didn't want to go with anyone because she wanted to go to the stores she wanted to and window shop and dream.... So when she came back I took her to lunch and she wanted to go to Applebee's....We had a nice lunch together..... After lunch she left because she wanted to pick up food for the week before the big winter storm came... She took Tuesday off to and she said she was going to get food and hunker down for Tuesday...
 
Tuesday, - Russ and I got up and had to shovel 6.5 inches snow on the driveway....Well he had not prepared the snow blowers and while I was shoveling he was trying to start them...I wasn't happy that he had 12 days off and hadn't checked to see if they were in working condition.... I got his side of the driveway  done and was working on mine and was half way done... He decided to quit working on the snow blowers and I was not happy with him and told him to just go to work.... He said he didn't want to leave me with the rest....I looked at him with killer eyes... Said it is mostly done so go and get your stuff and go to work.... I told him that I was upset because he should have done this while he was off from work and nothing he says is going to help me right now.... Any one who knows me needs to just walk away when I am upset....I cool off this way.....I went inside while he was getting his stuff gathered together....  Told him I was sorry.... We hugged...I didn't want him leaving in this this weather with me being upset.... So after he left I went and did some more of the driveway up to the sidewalk.... I did the sidewalks and the sidewalk up to the front door.... I was going to do the driveway from the side walk to the street but I had used up every bit of energy had and I was so cold.... So I went in doors..... Had breakfast and laid down for a while.... I knew I had to do the rest of the driveway and I still needed to do the deck for the dogs....  I prayed for energy so I could get everything done.... As I was getting up Dan walked in..... I had texted him if he could see if he could get the big snow blower working...He goes out and starts it up... HUH???? He did the rest of the driveway..... I was praising God for sending Dan.... I gave him some homemade potato soup that I had left over from the night before....After he left I took the dogs out with me and I shoveled the deck.... we have a large deck.... They love when I shovel the deck....Dan is coming over to show Russ how to start the snow blower....
 
Wednesday - David came and has been sick..... 2 weeks ago he was tested for the flu and it was positive....  He got better and then came down with a cough and he likes the doctors here than in Dubuque.... The doctor told him he has drainage from his ears causing all his coughing.... Put him on meds and just being on the meds for 2 days he feels better.... but has a ways to go....
 
Thursday- David has spent the night because Stephanie was coming here and they were getting their engagement pictures taken....They have them already and they came out great.... Both of them were going to go back to their own homes.... Stephanie's mom called David's phone and he gave it to Stephanie..... I had told both of them they needed to leave in the daylight but they didn't.... They were going to grab a bit to eat and then leave....Well Stephanie's mom said there were snow drifts all over the place where she lived and to please stay at our place which I had already told her she needed to stay....Her mom was calling David to make her stay.... David said he HAD to go back home because he had to be at work at 8am and he lives an hour and half away....I told him to go NOW then.... Well he left and was back with in 20 minutes.... He said it was bad and he was 10 minutes out from our home and said he knew it wasn't a good situation to be on the road....So glad he came back because all I saw on facebook was white out conditions....So he will leave when Russ leaves for work....
 
Stephanie will stay here tomorrow probably and go back Saturday morning with Kim and I...And we will follow her and go to Davenport to pick out bridesmaid dresses for Kim and Jennifer (Stephanie's sister)...
 
So for my first week of being a empty nester has been a busy one.... I love the fact that it has been pretty busy.... I just don't like this bitter cold that we were are having...it is not suppose to snow with bitter cold.... One thing I am thrilled about is we have 6.5 inch base of snow in the back yard for the dogs to play in and I  don't have to worry about muddy paws for a while....
 
I hope everyone is having a safe winter and stay warm......

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Empty nest.....

I Hope your New Year is off to a good start.... Ours has been busy.. Russ has been off and there are days I did not know which day it is....He goes back to work on Monday....

We are empty nesters.... 100%.... Dan has moved out... He moved in with a friend...He hasn't been here much for the last couple of months...I knew something was up....He informed me yesterday he was moving out.... Most of his stuff is gone... Since he has been gone so much I realized that I loved the peace and quiet.... So when he told me he was moving out I was trying to contain my excitement.... Most of my friends know what I have gone through with Dan.... I will not go into it.. Russ and I are so thrilled to be empty nesters.......

Since Dan has moved out, I will have a bedroom to make over and let me tell you it is going to be a huge make over... I will have to paint and replaced the carpet.... the carpet is 19 years old to begin with..... so it needs replacing.... I am excited to get started..... The room is going to be a guest room/grandbabies room....well I only have one grandbaby... Next week I will begin the make over....

So this is the beginning of my New Year..... Lots of changes...

Does anyone have a NuWave oven???  Do you like it???
Have a wonderful day.....

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

very busy....

 I am wishing you all a very Happy New Year....May it be filled with many blessings....

Year 2015 looks like it is going to be a very busy year....at least the first 6  months.... With David and Stephanie's wedding in June, and Tim and Jessica just signed a contract for a new home... they close sometime in the middle of February..... It is closer to us and a much bigger home for them... They want a home that has all bedrooms on one floor.... Right now it is 2 on one floor and 2 on another.... It will be a great home for them to bring up Jack and any other children in the future....it has a wooded lot that belongs to them and Tim kept telling me he can't wait to explore the woods with his son.....

My daughter and I went with Stephanie to try on bridle gowns, She picked out her dress and it is just beautiful..... In a couple of weeks Kim and I will be going back and picking out Kim's bridesmaid dress with Stephanie and her sister and mom...I was honored Stephanie wanted me to come with her mom and sister to pick out her dress....

Russ is home till New Years..... It has been nice sleeping in, not having to get up at 5:30 am and fixing his lunch for the day...and making him breakfast....

With this time off we have been doing a lot of reorganizing in our home.... I have redone the kitchen cabinets.... I redid my sewing room... My sewing is still in David's old room, Russ and I decided and yes it was both of us...Usually it is just me.... After we lugged  up the Christmas stuff up from the basement, both our knees were killing us... A light bulb moment hit us both at the same time.... Lets use the closet in David's room as the Christmas closet and the fall decorating closet.... All my sewing fabric was in the closet....The closet has shelves from floor to ceiling....We have three plastic shelving units that are have 5 shelves each down stairs and I cleared one off and brought it up to David's room.... Now all my fabric is out and I can see what I have at all times.... I went to the dollar tree store and bought plastic bins to put my fabric in.... All the same color...Bought 20 bins...I will take a picture when all is done...it's 95%...We now have all Christmas and fall decorating in David's old room.... I won't need to climb stairs to bring out things....it will be the decorating closet for now on...

My daughter bought me a Nu Wave oven.....I am excited to learn to make things using it this coming year.... David bought me a blender....Mine broke and I love making daiquiris ..... non booze ones.... I bought myself a 5 qt. cast iron dutch oven pot..... I saw on a web site how you can make bread in it....I do have a bread machine.... I also want to make things in the dutch oven pot  my moms home made mac and cheese.......I do have a crock pot....I just wanted to try different health foods that have great flavor.....

This year is going to be our very lean year......but we are going to have fun at the same time.... We are going to go to free things... We got some gift cards to go out to eat.... we are cutting back on eating out.... That has been slashed from our budget is eating out... We have a lot of expenses coming up... So we will go out on a date night each month.... I have 3 of them.. Lots of changes for us....

Today we are returning things that we had bought....I bought some shirts for Russ and they are to small....I bought a Lands End coat for Russ and he doesn't like it... He wanted a heavy duty coat for our frigid winters and it said it was for very cold weather.... When we got it we realized it was not... It said in the packing slip we can return it to Sears to get a refund....So we will take it to Sears..... Mean while I found a coat for Russ that is doing it's job and it cost half of what Land's Ends was....

We have stuff to take to GoodWill for a tax deduction.... So many errands...

I do have to tell you Addie has been so good....KNOCK ON WOOD.... We have been leaving her out of her cage while we go somewhere....It started off with very short trips..... I left the TV on.... leaving the TV was a good idea.... We even left Addie for a few hours and she has been very good.... She did chew up a cats toy.... So we are very fortunate we can leave her out.... I do not like caging a animal at all.... It's just my opinion..... Addie turned a year old on December 26th..... She has turned out to be a sweetie.... Going through puppy stage is not fun.... Even tho she is still in the puppy stage till 2.... She has come along way since getting her in April.... We couldn't pet her or get near her and now all she wants is attention and loves being petted and curls up beside you...

Again I am wishing you a very Happy New Year....this will be the first new year Russ and I will be by ourselves..... I am so looking forward to a quiet evening .....I am not cooking a big meal tomorrow.... I have no idea what I will be making...I am so done with cooking large meals.... I did tell my kids after our Christmas diner  I will no longer be making the whole meal.... That future dinners everyone will be contributing to the dinner...They all agreed with it...Actually they had no choice... HEE HEE.. I never get to relax with them because I am cooking like crazy.... Lots of changes for now on...

Stay safe and warm tonight....Cuddle with your love bug and may your new year bring you happiness and health and wealth....