Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Pumpkins

The boys made these little Thanksgiving pumpkins the other day. They're really simple and easy, which is always a good thing for my boys. You can find all sorts of links how to make them online. I had to laugh when we were putting them together because it reminded me of the RHCP logo. I've got a one-track mind, obviously. Haha! Anyway, they were fun to make, so I thought I'd share there here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PB Fudge

Okay, so I came across another "meme recipe" on Facebook yesterday. Some of those have turned out to be really good—others—not so good. I decided to try this one for peanut butter fudge yesterday. I wasn't sure if it would even work, more or less, taste any good. It worked just fine. It's super sweet, but if you like peanut butter, it's a good one.

I some of it with a glass of unsweetened almond milk, which helped with the super sweetness of the fudge. I'd definitely make it again. Even so, you never know with those memes!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Parking Lot Photography

It's seriously hard for me to get in or out of the car without finding something to take a picture of. Rick's always looking back saying, "You're going to get hit by a car!" and things like that. Seriously, there are cool things to photograph all around us. You don't have to go on a five mile hike to find them. The berries pictured above were taken near Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Above flower by Twisted Bliss Frozen Yogurt.
More berries from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
Yellow flower near Walmart.
Pink flower by Target.
Yellow flower at Target.
Changing fall leaves next to Walmart.

The beauty is out there. You just need to take a moment to look at it. These were all taken with my iPhone, by the way. I rarely carry my Canon to the big chain stores. ;)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Eight years ...

As of today, it's been exactly eight years since we moved to Montana. We actually left California a few days before, but it was October 26, 2006 when we spent our first night in this house. It's hard to believe we've been here this long. However, some days it feels like we've just gotten here, and other days it feels like we've been here forever. So strange. 

I took this picture of the house not too long ago. Those double doors on the lower level towards the left lead into our classroom. It's a great place for our homeschool room, especially since we get the afternoon sunshine there. Denny loves it. That's also where he begs to be let out to eat grass, or for "recess" as we say. But still—eight years—pretty unbelievable.

Friday, October 24, 2014

CrAzY WeEk!

First of all, thank you to everyone who has visited my blog recently. I know I've completely sucked at blogging lately. I've been even worse at visiting my favorite blogs. I have no excuse. I just suck. I hope to get better though, so please bear with me.

This week has been crazy. Actually, it started last week with a health screening for Rick's work. We do this once a year to get some money off our insurance fees. Then Monday I had a root canal. I was actually looking forward to it because the tooth has been a problem for awhile and it had just started hurting. It already had a root canal done previously, but something was wrong, so I had to have a second one. Turns out the remaining root has a fracture in it, so the endodontist suggested it be extracted. Ugh -- not exactly the news I was hoping for.

Then Tuesday I had a podiatrist appointment for something going on with my foot. I'm not sure if he's making it better or worse. I can barely walk without hobbling now. Wednesday was free, but Thursday the boys had dentist appointments. Those were just cleanings and check-ups. Neither had any cavities, which was good. While I was there, they slipped me back for a consultation about my tooth. My dentist gave me options of what to do--bridge or implant--and then prescribed some stronger antibiotics than what my endodontist gave me. Those darn things cost $40 for 6 tablets.

Today is Friday and I have an eye exam, which is part of the requirements for the health screening I mentioned earlier. To be honest, I'd rather have another root canal than have anyone mess with my eyes ... or my feet, for that matter! It's been a sucky week. I'm looking forward to the weekend. I'd like to think I have all this behind me, but it seems I have more in the future with a foot check-up on Halloween, the extraction as soon as the infection is cleared up, followed by the three month wait before I can get the implant put in, and then ... another three month wait to finish the tooth completely. Sheesh! I hope you are all doing well!

Sunday, October 12, 2014


I finished reading Coraline last night. My daughter, Nicole lent me her book awhile back, and I've had it sitting on my nightstand for the longest time. I finally gave myself time to read it. I've been a big fan of the film for a long time, so the book didn't disappoint at all. It's funny how people call her Caroline Jones in the book. That's my mother-in-law's name. Coraline is such a unique name, just as the story is unique.

Now that I've finished the book, I'll probably watch the movie again. I was going through some old photos recently when I came across the one I did after the movie came out. They used to have the photo thing on their site, but I don't see it now. Talk about The Other Mother ...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blue Jays

I've really enjoyed seeing blue jays at the feeders lately. We have blue jays everywhere, but they haven't been regulars at my feeders. A pair has been coming by lately, so I've been trying to get some good photos of them. They're really noisy birds, so it's easy to hear when they're out there, but they aren't so easy to photograph. They see the slightest movement, even from inside the house. Hopefully I can get some better shots of them soon.