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My camper is home!

16 Aug

My son came home from camp this evening. I think he had a great time. But now we have to deal with what always happens after a vacation. Getting back to the real world.

He’s tired and grumpy. He’s overloaded on peopling. Too much stimulation over the last week. He didn’t get his meds until way late in the day. And mom did stuff while he was gone. I was supposed to lock myself in the closet and not do anything until he came home. I love how kids think the world stops when they aren’t there.

His dad is coming in the morning to have him for his last extended visit for the summer. And he’s NOT happy about that either. I’m pretty sure he is going to be asleep before too much longer because of how irritable he’s being. I’m so happy he’s home. I missed him.

  • I’m grateful that he made it home in one piece. And everything he took came home too! I’m grateful that it’s close to bedtime because he really needs some sleep. I’m grateful that I can find the humor in the whole situation.

Night all. LOVES


15 Aug

The grandsons were here overnight with their father until about noon today. There is a reason people have kids when they are young. Chasing toddlers is tiring. And I wasn’t even doing much of the chasing.

It was nice to know that I can still wrangle a child into a clean diaper and clean clothes faster than they can wriggle out of them. I can still rock a baby to sleep without resorting to real rocks. And I can shovel food into a little  face fast enough to keep him happy.

But the best part about having them here? The minute they went home! Can’t even tell my house was clean last week. All my dishes are dirty. I have movies and toys everywhere. And I’m exhausted. Looking forward to bedtime.

  • I’m grateful that they came to visit. And it was nice rocking them to sleep. I’m grateful that they survived the visit. I didn’t kill them or myself. I’m grateful that I’ve turned the ringer off and locked the doors. I’m out of order until the youngest son gets home from camp.

Night all. LOVES

My to-do list today

10 Aug

My child is going to sleep-away camp at 8 am in the morning. So today was going to the store picking up all that last minute stuff that you always need to get. Plus, while we were at Goodwill, we got some stuff for school because it was awesome and cheap!

After Goodwill, we went to Freddy’s because I have been putting off grocery shopping and today I had access to a car. How is it that you can go into the store for almond milk, eggs, and butter and come out $150 poorer? I have no idea either. I just know I did.

I get to do some laundry tonight for camp to make sure he has enough socks because there is no such thing as too many socks! Plus, we both need other things washed and I want to do it while I have someone here to fetch and carry for me.

Lots of stuff on the list for today. And I’ve gotten most of it done. Not too shabby considering the ambulance was here late last night because my blood sugar was 50 and falling. Some honey, peanut butter, and pears helped it come up enough that the EMT’s said I didn’t need to go to the hospital if I ate something else before I went to bed. Every time I’ve checked my sugar today, it’s been in the high 100’s. Right were it’s supposed to be. But I think I’m sleeping well tonight!

  • I’m grateful to my youngest son for all the help he gave me last night and how calm he was. I’m grateful to my middle child and his friend for providing me a ride today for my errands. I don’t think I could have accomplished so much without it. I’m grateful to have nothing scheduled after 9 am tomorrow. I’m going on vacation to a very secret location. I’m not answering the door either.

Night all. LOVES

What are you eating?

9 Aug

I’m being lazy this month. The high temperatures haven’t helped. But here it is into the second week of the month and I haven’t gone grocery shopping yet. We’ve been eating and making do with what’s in the cupboards.

This morning for breakfast I made some baked oatmeal. I started with almost a cup of rolled oats. I added one grated pear, the juice from 2 small oranges (about 2/3 cup), some cinnamon (I didn’t measure because the lid was open and more than I wanted went into the bowl) some freshly grated nutmeg (didn’t measure that either), 1/4 cup brown sugar. Blend it all together and spread on a greased tray and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Until it’s brown and toasty.

For dinner I’m doing some chicken. I put 2 frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a pan of  water. I added some pepper, garlic powder, sriracha, Italian seasoning, soy sauce and some fish sauce to the water. I also added a handful of frozen celery and a handful of frozen onion. Brought it to a boil, lowered to a simmer and let it hang out until the chicken isn’t pink in the middle. Then I have chicken I can chop up and use in some noodles, the child likes ramen. And I have about a quart of chicken broth. I might add some of the frozen brown rice I have in the freezer to made some chicken rice soup.

I’m hoping the chicken will help us both feel better. I have a scratchy, sore throat, a growly voice, and a runny nose. I’ve used most of a roll of tp just since last night. The child has a cough and sore throat. I had the windows and doors open late last night because I figured all the smoke had dissipated, but I guess not.

  • I’m grateful to have stuff stashed in the house for those moments when I just can’t get out to the store. I’m grateful to be able to make excellent Whatchagot stew. I’m grateful that the weather is cooling off. Haven’t even turn the air conditioning on yet today.

Night all. LOVES

Nothing much happened today

8 Aug

I was supposed to have a housing inspection today that I have been stressed about for over 2 months. I mean really, really stressed. Make myself sick with worry stressed. It was supposed to be the last Friday in July, but because of a scheduling error, they made it for today. Plus threw in a pre-inspection inspection last week.

So I was up early to do all those last minute things you do. Like pick up all the bigger pieces, by hand because the vacuum is broken, of shredded paper your child has dragged out into the room from who knows where.

Make all the beds. Including the one that said child is still sleeping in because he doesn’t sleep during the night.

Do the dishes because said child who doesn’t sleep at night and drags scattered pieces of confetti paper through the house decided that he was hungry at 3 am! He wanted mashed potatoes and gravy!

Cleaning the toilet because after the child had mashed potatoes and gravy at 3 am, he was in the bathroom forever! Do I really need to be specific here?

Plus I cancelled my appointment for today because an adult needed to be here.

So I’m sitting there on pins and needles worrying about if I’m going to pass because my child has been home for two weeks since they were supposed to be here. And after I paid someone to come clean my bathroom and front room.

And guess what? They decided NOT to come to MY apartment! They only did random ones! And mine wasn’t one they picked.

  • I’m grateful they didn’t come to my house today. But I’m still a bit annoyed. I’m grateful that I was able to take a nap this afternoon because I needed one. I’m grateful that my child is going to sleep-away camp this weekend and then his dad’s for 10 days. Because dad needs to get up at 3 am to make mashed potatoes and gravy.

Night all. LOVES


Day 2 of the Oregon blast furnace

4 Aug

Today the temperature has gotten up to 104. It’s not as high as expected because we have a layer of smoke from the forest fires between us and the sun. Good thing because it helps keep it cooler. Bad thing because you can’t go outside without seriously impacted breathing. They’ve even closed all the outdoor pools in the county.

We attempted to sleep downstairs last night because it was just too hot upstairs. I don’t think it got below 75 up there all night. I say attempted because I was on my broken couch. It has started to eat me and is funny to watch me climb out of it. Carson was in the recliner using a chair as a footstool because it doesn’t recline anymore. Neither of us slept much. And we’ve been nodding off and on all day. He is currently snoring!

I wanted to throw out a quick little snack that we like when it’s warm out. Or anytime actually. Especially for breakfast.

Put 1 cup ice in a blender cup. We have a Ninja with the single serving tumblers. Add a tablespoon of unsweetened vanilla coffee creamer, 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix (like Nestle or Swiss Miss), 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and 1 cup of milk. Pulse until smooth. We add a banana if we have it. Or a 1/2 cup of yogurt. It’s also really good to use other types of fruit and leave out the chocolate. If the fruit is frozen, use less to no ice, depending on desired thickness. I also use non dairy milk like almond, soy, or the like. If it’s a lean week and we’re out of milk of any kind, I’ve used 3 tablespoons of dry milk powder and ice cold water with a dash of vanilla essence. Serve with a straw. I came up with this when I was looking for ways to get more protein in our diet. Especially for my non meat-eating child.

  • I’m grateful that we have options to stay cool. There are many here in the city that don’t. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to keep us drinking fluids. Mostly water even. I’m grateful it’s supposed to cool down to 102 tomorrow!

Night all. LOVES

Gonna be scorching hot!

30 Jul

This upcoming week is going to be challenging. Already getting weather alerts that the temperature is going to skyrocket by the middle of the week to triple digits.

Normally, we would move our beds downstairs to the living room and camp out for the duration because the a/c is downstairs. But we have an inspection on Tuesday and another the following Tuesday. So do I move us downstairs and hope the inspectors understand, or do I not?

Another factor is that Carson’s dad is very susceptible to heat stroke and seizures. Carson is starting to look like he has some if those effects also. He hasn’t had seizures, but he does get really miserable. Lots of nausea and headaches.

I’m filling the fridge full of water this evening. Cold water is easier to get into him to keep him hydrated. I think I’m going to call the advice nurse Monday morning. Maybe I’ll get one of the older boys to come over Tuesday afternoon and carry a mattress downstairs and then haul it back up before the next week’s inspection? STAY COOL EVERYONE!

  • I’m so grateful to have the a/c. I’m grateful that I’ve been using just the fans so I will be more used to the warmer weather. Grateful to have an emergency plan in place in case it’s needed.

Night all. LOVES