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

October 14, 2021

15 Oct

My youngest son brought a girl home from school today. It’s exciting that he has a friend. Especially one that he will bring home. He doesn’t bring many people home. The thing is, I have a rule that if he has a girl over, the bedroom door stays open. I was told I’m too old fashioned. That he is 20 and can have his door shut if he has a girlfriend over. I’m just not comfortable with it. I don’t know if they are even to that part of a friendship.

I’m grateful he has a new friend. I’m grateful I stuck to my standards. I’m grateful he walked her to the bus stop.


It’s a lot

13 Oct

I don’t know how many of you know that my youngest is on the autism spectrum. And he’s 20. I had someone tell me today that I’m failing him. I’m letting him get away with not growing up. This person asked me what would happen to my son if I wasn’t here anymore. That has been one of my biggest worries since he was diagnosed.

So what would happen? He can’t cook or clean or take care of himself. I feel I’ve failed as a mom by not making him learn to do these things before now. And now that he is so much bigger than I am, (He’s 6’4″ and 220 pounds), it’s difficult to make him if he doesn’t want to.

He would rather spend all his time in his room playing video games and watching TV. I’ve started telling him to do the dishes and he’s started to do his own laundry and I feel he’s getting better at keeping his room clean, but the other things a person needs to know are harder to teach. Mostly because it has become easier for me to do them myself rather than arguing with my man child. I know I need to though. It’s just so hard.

I’m going to try to set a goal. 1 extra chore a week. And I need to be okay with how he does it to start. I need to be willing to let him fail. Wish me luck.

And for my gratitude tonight? I’m grateful to my friend for telling me like it is. I’m grateful to be warm and dry tonight. I’m grateful he does his own laundry.


October 3, 2021

4 Oct

Just gratitude tonight. I’m grateful for hot and cold running water for a shower this morning. I’m grateful to be sleeping indoors on a bed in my own room. I’m grateful for a fridge and cupboards full of food.


September 28, 2021

29 Sep

I’ve had a terrible cold this week. And it seems to be lingering. I made chicken noodle soup tonight and hopefully it helps. I just want to know how 2 chicken breasts made so much soup. I didn’t intend to fill the instant pot.

I started with 2 frozen chicken breasts on high pressure for 25 minutes. Then I let it sit until my onions were delivered. I pulled the chicken out of the pot and diced up some celery, carrots and and onion pretty small and did them at high pressure for 5 minutes. Added a can of corn, some frozen peas, and the chicken that I had shredded with a couple of forks. Boiled some macaroni noodles and added them with some better than bullion chicken and veggie base and stirred well. Now I have this huge pot of soup that I’m too tired to eat and I can’t share for the life of me. Oh well. Dinner tomorrow is made.

I’m grateful for the instant pot for making it easier. I can’t imagine how tired I would be without it. I’m grateful the instant pot is a 6 quart. Lots of soup to pawn/share with whomever I can find. I’m grateful I’m starting to feel better today. I really don’t think I could feel any worse that I have been feeling.


September 22, 2021

22 Sep

I guess I’m doing a weekly blog now instead of a daily. Maybe it’s because I actually did something yesterday that involved more than staying home. I went to a memorial with a friend. It was for his family member. I was just there as a familiar face and a place of refuge amid the chaos. In other words, it was an afternoon of people watching. It was interesting watching the different dynamics at play. Funerals seem to bring out the basic elements of some people.

I’m grateful I could be there for my friend. I’m grateful to spend the afternoon at the park. Although I didn’t think about my allergies because I was wearing a mask all the time. I’m grateful I KNOW what true friendship can be.


Why keep going

17 Sep

I’ve been writing a gratitude list for 11 years now. Mostly consistently for pretty much all of it until this last 6 months or so. I just haven’t been up to writing. It’s not that I’m not still grateful or that I don’t find things to be grateful for, but more along the lines of why bother. What is the purpose? I started to help me get clean and sober. Then I kept it up to help me stay clean and sober. I have 12 years now. Shouldn’t it be enough that I’ve just decided I don’t want to use? I don’t know. I suppose I should probably figure it out.

I’m grateful to have 12 years. I’m grateful to have possibilities ahead of me. I’m grateful to see a new day.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

13 Sep

I’m grateful for getting to watch stake conference on zoom today. I’m grateful to record it so I can watch it later too. I’m grateful it’s almost bedtime.


Being there

9 Sep

Its great to know that I can be there when a friend is in need.

I’m grateful for opportunities. I’m grateful to know when to say yes. I’m grateful for sour Mike and Ikes.


Starting simply

8 Sep

I seem to be struggling to write every day. I’m also struggling at home. So 3 simple things I’m grateful for it is.

I’m grateful for starting over. No matter what it is, you have the ability to start over. I’m grateful for a new school year. It gives me a starting over point of reference. I’m grateful for chicken strips for dinner. Yumminess.


Cool tonight

31 Aug

The weather has cooled tonight. I might need to put an extra blanket on my bed. I’m grateful to have extra blankets to use. I’m grateful to be thinking it’s cool enough for more blankets. It’s still early in the year. I’m grateful it’s not too cold to leave the windows and doors open.