Let’s get started

19 Nov

Someone suggested I start a blog. I’m not sure how this will go, but here goes. This is just going to be my thoughts, feelings and things I find along the way.

Today I thought about starting a cookbook. Here’s the first recipe as I posted it on Facebook.

My favorite is “Whatchagot stew”. A package of meat from the freezer in the bottom of the pot. Yes, frozen. Who plans anymore? Add any and all veggies hanging out in the bottom of the chiller drawer, even the wilted ones. Some potatoes and onions if you got them. A can or two of whatever veggies you have in the cupboard and maybe a can of beans(with the liquid, potatoes always need salt). Add a seasoning packet or two from a ramen package, save the noodle part for later. Add some water, usually half a pot, don’t worry, it’ll make more. Let sit on low all day or high if you started at noon when you realize you forgot to plan dinner. Just before eating, check for taste. Probably needs salt, remember those potatoes? Also pepper, garlic powder, parsley if you’re lucky enough to have it. Now crush up those ramen noodles you saved from earlier and add them. Stir through. By the time you find all the kids and get them washed and to the table, dinner is ready. Just add milk and bread and butter. Said kids will love you forever. Or at least until you take away their phone for not taking out the garbage and helping with the dishes. Enjoy!

I also need a place besides Facebook to keep my Gratitude List.

  • Today I’m grateful to really start a blog. I hope it goes well. I’m grateful to be feeling better from my tooth extraction. It’s making me spunky. Grateful to have my child here today. No matter how often we fight, argue and generally disagree, I always have his back. I remember a time when he wasn’t sleeping across the room. LOVES

Does your name say who you are?

18 Jan

I was part of a conversation today with a newlywed who’s afraid she’s losing herself since she’s gotten married because her name changed.

And it made me think about when I got married. I was so excited to finally legally use my husband’s name, I didn’t think twice about it. Now that it’s been 30 years, I’m not sure if I know who someone was talking to if they didn’t use it.

When the divorce was final, I just added my maiden name into the mix so now I have this ridiculously long name. But I’m happy with it. It makes me who I am. And like I told the young lady today, I’m proud to carry the names of the two men who chose me to share their names with.

  • I’m grateful to be who I am. Especially as I grow and learn who she is. I’m grateful the Oregon sunshine has returned. I was afraid I was going to get a sunburn. I’m grateful it’s Wednesday. We’re on the downside of the week with 3 more appointments to go.

Night all. LOVES


16 Jan

How many times do you sneeze at once? Are you a single sneezed or a multiple sneezed? My ex-husband always sneezes in threes in quick succession. My youngest sneezes twice but there’s a lag between. I sneeze a bunch every time I sneeze. It’s never a set amount, but always more than one.

Did you know you can’t do other things while you’re sneezing? Like blowing your nose or coughing. It’s like your body is on a short disconnect while it’s resetting itself.

I woke up sneezing this morning. You can’t even sleep while you’re sneezing. I’m trying really hard not to sneeze because my mouth isn’t quite healed and I’d hate to lose the blood clot that’s covering the socket. That would be bad and super painful. So I’m doing lots of blowing my nose. In between the sneezing.

  • I’m grateful that it’s been a few days before I started sneezing. I’m almost healed. I wouldn’t want to be sneezing over the weekend. I’m grateful to be awake to watch the Mormon message this morning. Maybe that’s why I woke up early. I’m grateful that my child goes to the dentist today. I get to check in about me. Have I said how much I love my dentist!

Night all. LOVES

I think I’m bored.

16 Jan

I’m still nursing my mouth so I’m not been very active. I do know that I am really tired of soft foods. I want a king size Snickers bar! Otherwise, I’ve spent the weekend watching old Match Game episodes on YouTube trying to match my answers to theirs to see how rich I would be. Just sounds so exciting doesn’t it?

  • I’m grateful I still like oatmeal. I’m grateful I’m out of eggs. I’m grateful that I could have been a millionaire if I was old enough to go on tv game shows when they were on.

Night all. LOVES


14 Jan

Still feeling yucky today, but I got up and went to church anyway. Still, I came home early. This thing with my mouth is difficult. I’m not eating much so my sugar numbers are way low. When I got home today, I had an 85. So I made mac and cheese for lunch. I was surprised to see it that low because I had oatmeal with a banana for breakfast. I guess I better keep an eye on it.

  • I’m grateful to get to Sacrament Meeting today. It’s a great way to start the week. I’m grateful to have gotten a blessing to help me with my troubles. I’m grateful to have made it home to eat before my sugar was way too low. I probably should go gave seconds because it’s only 130 now. Then naptime.

Night all. LOVES

My Friday adventure

14 Jan

Yesterday started with my child’s father yelling and calling me names over the phone because I wouldn’t keep him home from school so dad could pick him up early for a weekend visit. There was an all day field trip that my son was really looking forward to. I couldn’t keep him home anyway because I had appointments all day and wouldn’t be home. So I told my ex that I wasn’t going to let him talk to me that way and hung up on him. And sent my son to school.

My first appointment was to the dentist to see how my abscess was doing. It just wasn’t getting better. It was decided that the best solution was to pull the tooth and clean out the infection. One of the drawbacks of my past drug use is massive bone loss in my mouth. I think all my teeth will be out within a few years. SIGH!

While at the dentist trying to find a ride home because I couldn’t ride the bus home, the Diabetic Clinic called to cancel my afternoon appointments because the person I was seeing was sick. Talk about things working out.

I was able to go home and take care of myself. Which was a very good thing because the dentist had prescribed a narcotic pain medication. Because I’m an addict, I don’t generally get narcotics, but he felt it was best because of all the cleaning out of the socket he needed to do.

  • I’m so grateful to have the medication today because the whole side of my head is killing me today. I’m grateful my son had a great time at his dance party field trip. I’m grateful to get a ride home from a friend from church. Especially because her husband had spent the night in the hospital. She didn’t say anything until she was dropping me off.

Night all. LOVES

Friday, January 12, 2018

13 Jan

Today is short and sweet because I’m under the influence of pain meds. My emergency dental appointment this morning turned into a major extraction and cleaning of the socket because the infection was so bad and they couldn’t save the tooth. I’ll tell you the tale tomorrow or Sunday depending on how I feel.

  • I’m grateful to have such an amazing dentist. He rearranged his schedule so he could take care of me instead of me seeing the other dentist in the office. He even called me tonight to make sure I’m okay. I’m grateful that my Heavenly Father has got me. Everything fell into place today so I didn’t have any worries. I’m grateful for my youngest. He is becoming such an amazing young man.

Night all. LOVES


12 Jan

Yesterday we spent 2 hours on my house and today we spent 3. I am so sore, I can barely move. But my house is starting to show a difference. It’s not perfect. There is so much more that could find a new home but I’m doing this a step at a time. I want to feel accomplished, not anxiousness.

The best part about all this sorting and purging is I’m not feeling guilty about just throwing stuff away. Most of it is going to Deseret Industries, which is the Mormon version of Goodwill. It’s all reasonably good stuff, but I don’t need it anymore. I probably didn’t need it to begin with either. Sometimes, that’s the way it is.

The number one rule while all this is going on is no new stuff until it’s ALL done. It will make the reward that much sweeter. I just haven’t figured out what the reward is going to be yet. I need to think about it a while.

  • I’m grateful to get through the second day without the “what if I need it?” regrets. I’m grateful to find my very first gratitude list from June 2009. It’s going to be my bedtime reading. I’m grateful I’m still feeling determined to get this done.

Night all. LOVES