Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Update on Family Sickness

Sarah Beth seems completely recovered. She was back to her normal, playful self yesterday which was nice to see. Sometimes, however, it was hard to deal with since I still felt so poorly. Poor Daniel was fussy all day with a runny nose and a cough. It wouldn't surprise me if his throat hurts or something like that. John was able to go back to work yesterday, and that was a good thing.

I started my antibiotics Monday evening, and I felt better yesterday, but I was still only running between 50 and 75%. At least, I was able to get some things done, things that I could sit while I did them, like folding clothes. Today I feel a little bit better, but the big news is that I can breathe through my nose and I spent all of last night in our bed. Breathing through my nose has been so hard since I got this awful cold last week that I haven't been able to sleep. Not only have I been wide awake at 2:30 a.m., but I have also been afraid that my breathing was bothering John. So I have gotten out of bed every day since last Wednesday between 2:30 and 5:00 in the morning. Last night was nice because I could breathe all night long; I still didn't sleep well, but I didn't have to get up either. My whole face still hurts because my sinuses are all full; it hurts just to touch my forehead. And when I bend over, it feels like someone is sticking a knife in my face. I'm learning to pick things up correctly, by bending my knees!

I'm sorry that I don't have anything more uplifting to write about, but I cannot remember when I have felt this badly for such a long period of time. Have you ever felt this badly? How are you feeling now?

Monday, December 28, 2009


Last week, our children came down with a cold which they proceeded to give to me. We had to miss all of my family's Christmas celebrations because we were so sick. Both Daniel's and Sarah Beth's conditions improved while mine deteriorated. Now, I have a sinus infection. I started antibiotics today, and I really, really, really hope that I feel better tomorrow. I haven't felt this badly since I had mastitis last year, but I only really felt bad for one day. This sickness just drags on.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know where I am and why I'm not posting anything new. I feel miserable and cannot breathe which is really bad when you are breathing for two.

I hope you had a better Christmas than we did.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mondays (cont.)

I'm not nearly as tired as I have been the past few Mondays. Is it because we were "heathens" and didn't go to church last night? John got home from a weekend hunting trip right before church was to start. He had missed the children terribly while he was gone, and of course, they had missed him. So we all skipped church so we could all spend time together. This trip was John's first time hunting in ten years, since before we got married. One of his college friends keeps inviting him to come and hunt, but it just hasn't worked out lately. I'm so glad he got to go this weekend, even though it was the weekend before Christmas. And he even got a deer! Yea!! Free meat!!

How is your Monday going?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Handmade Christmas

I finally finished my Christmas stars project last week. It has only taken me two and a half months, but I am very proud of what I have accomplished. Maybe it will even become a family heirloom; it's a bit early to tell. Right now they are sitting just like that on our dining room table which is the only place big enough to hold them (and enough out of the way that they won't get spoiled by little fingers!).

If we do any entertaining this week coming up, I plan to do this with it. I just need to get a pillar candle. I don't want to leave the crystal candle holder there, again, because of little fingers. (I can just see little shards of glass all over the floor.)

To see what others have been making for Christmas, or to add your own link, head over to Proverbs 31 Living.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

WIP Wednesday

I know that I should be working on my Basket Weave blanket for "Baby Sister," but I just could not resist my new yarn. There are all kinds of reasons for working on the other blanket, but this yarn is lovely to work with. And I really like the pattern. It is so simple and easy to work on; it's almost mindless. (I say "almost" because I didn't think about what I was doing and had to take out three rows last week. *Sigh*) I think this will make a nice springtime blanket for "Baby Sister."

What kinds of works in progress do you have?

Monday, December 14, 2009


Do Mondays wear you out like they do me? I thought I was so tired last Monday because I had worked the prior weekend, but I am exhausted again today. I guess it doesn't help that we were out late Saturday night at a party or that it is a gray, cloudy day today. Let me make a list of what I have done today (my usual Monday chores) to see if there is anything that I could do differently or at a different time to help.
  • laundry. It piles up over the weekend. I did a couple of loads on Saturday, but I still have five more to do today. Thankfully, the last load is in the dryer right now. And hey! I get to sit down while I fold the clothes!
  • clean the kitchen sink. That's not a big deal since it takes about five minutes, and I usually get it done while waiting for Daniel and Sarah Beth to finish breakfast.
  • bake bread. This chore shouldn't be difficult or time consuming since I let the bread machine do most of the work. I just bake it in the oven.
  • supper preparation. I try to schedule easy meals for Monday since I know I will be busy and tired. Supper is in the crock pot as I type, and it wasn't too difficult to prepare.
  • menu planning. This chore does take too long, but I don't know how to do it more quickly. I like to wait until Monday so I can base our menu on what's on sale for the week. At least, I get to sit down while I do this.
  • grocery list. Not a big deal, once the menu is done. I need to get this done since I usually go to the grocery store Monday evenings.
  • sweep. The junk that piles up on the floor over the weekend! Since Sunday is a day of rest, I try not to do chores that can wait until Monday, like sweeping and laundry.
  • dishes. The dishwasher does most of the work there.
  • make the bed. That needs to be done everyday, although I guess if we didn't sleep in the bed, I wouldn't need to make it.
  • dress the children. They could run around in pajamas all day, but I think their diapers would overflow and make a mess. And if I'm going to take off their diapers, I may as well put fresh clothes on them, too.
  • my shower. I think I would feel worse if I didn't get this.
What do you think? Do you see anywhere I could cut back, or better yet, do you see anything I could eliminate?

Do you think my weariness could just possibly be because I'm seven months pregnant with two little ones? But that happens everyday. Why is it that Mondays are more tiring to me than other days?

I hope my post next Monday (assuming there is one) will not be about exhaustion.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Big Sister

The other day, I caught Sarah Beth. She had made a nice, little changing pad for her "Pink Bear" and was changing his diaper. Do you think she is excited about "Baby Sister" coming to live with us? Do you think she will make a good big sister? Do you think she likes pink?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

WIP Wednesday

Instead of showing you my current crochet project (which I have been showing you for months), I thought I would show you my project for today. When I saw these cookies in a magazine, I knew I had to make them for Christmas. Don't they look absolutely scrumptious? And they taste as good as they look. I'm a sucker for a chocolate-mint combination.

Sarah Beth loves to help me in the kitchen; her favorite part, I think, is helping to clean up!

My mother came over yesterday and brought me a few things of mine she found while she was cleaning out her sewing room: my wedding pictures and this project. You may not be able to see that it is counted cross-stitch in this picture. I worked on this and almost finished it while I was in high school. I have no idea why I did not complete it; I don't remember what distracted me. However, when my mother found it, it was in the same plastic bag with all of its thread that I left it in fifteen years or so ago. Wow! What do you think? Do you think I ought to finish it now? I do. After Christmas, maybe I will be able to find some time. Ha! Is that before or after "Baby Sister" comes? I don't know what I will do with this picture, but it might look nice in Sarah Beth's room at some point, or maybe the guest room.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Rainy Day

It's a cold and rainy day here. I'm glad that it's raining, though, because I hate cloudy days when it doesn't rain. What's the point in a cloudy day with no rain? Days like that depress me, but I enjoy a nice rainy day. I think when I get off the computer, I will make myself a cup of tea (I always want to pronounce it cup o' tea) to drink while I crochet. Both children are upstairs: Daniel is sleeping, and Sarah Beth is playing in her room.

I do hope it stops raining, however, before I go to the grocery store tonight.

Monday, December 7, 2009


I am too tired to come up with anything fun and original. I'm just glad that:
  • both children are upstairs. Daniel is asleep, and Sarah Beth is playing in her room.
  • the last load of laundry is in the dryer and almost done.
  • the dishwasher is empty.
  • we're having leftovers for supper.
  • I did get something accomplished today -- the menu is done as is the grocery list.
  • you understand days like today.
  • this past weekend was my last one to work until after "Baby Sister" comes. That one should get me pumped up and doing a Happy Dance, but I'm too tired from working all weekend.
I hope you're having a more energetic day.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cooking for the Freezer

Yesterday and today, I spent some time in the kitchen cooking and baking some things to put in the freezer for future use. I plan to have my freezer good and stocked before "Baby Sister" arrives. I did not mean for my cooking to coincide with Crystal's Freezer Cooking Day; it just happened that way. But I am glad to add my link to her list. There is no way I could spend as much time in the kitchen as she does. It would wear me out, and I just don't want to.

Yesterday, I cooked some chicken to use in a casserole. When I was done, I realized that I had enough for two casseroles. Thankfully, I had the necessary ingredients for the second casserole. (When I make one casserole, I am able to divide it into two parts because my family is still small enough to need only half a standard casserole.) Last night, the urge hit me to do some baking, so I made that my goal for this morning. What did I accomplish?
Yesterday, I cooked the chicken for both casseroles, and I put together the Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole. Today, I baked the muffins and the bread, and I put together the Wild Rice and Chicken Casserole. In the picture above, the Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is missing; I just forgot it. But doesn't the bread look delicious? I hope it tastes as good as it looks. (It should, since it has chocolate chunks in it!)

In my defense about all of the chocolate, I am pregnant! And I healthified both recipes by using half whole wheat flour and adding some flax seed. It makes me feel better anyway.

Oh, and I learned something important: don't bake four dozen muffins at the same time. The ones on the top shelf didn't cook quite right, and some of the ones on the bottom shelf burned. Oh, well. I still have a bunch in the freezer!

I bet the casseroles are frozen enough now to take out of the 8x8 pans, stick in a plastic bag, and label. I'll have to check. I always write directions on the casserole so I don't have to look it up later.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

WIP Wednesday

Well, I finished the red star last week, and I was able to start on the green one over the weekend. I cannot wait to finish this project so I can show you the finished product. (And so I can see it for myself!)

On Friday, John needed some things from the Bass Pro Shop. Since we don't have one in our town, we took a day trip to a small city where there is one. I decided that if we were going to ride all of that way to shop for him, we could do a little shopping for me, too. We don't have a nice yarn shop in our town, either, so I looked for one there. They had one, so we visited it. I found some lovely yarn that I cannot wait to make into a blanket for "Baby Sister." I tried to find a picture of it online, but the only one I could find did not do it justice. Unfortunately, before I can start using this yarn, I need to finish my Basketweave blanket. And I haven't crocheted a single stitch on it since I took that picture. If only there were more hours in the day.