Thursday, December 14, 2006


I have vertigo possibly caused by Meniere Disease. I haven't been to a doctor for a confirmation because I'm not excited about the tests I'd have to go through. Besides, there's no known cure for Meniere Disease. There are only treatments with various perscription drugs and operations that will leave me deaf (if I decide to have them done). If left untreated, I will have spells of vertigo with me with no warning.

Therefore, based on my own readings and experiementation, I'm trying self-treatment for the time being. I'll probably see a specialist after I have my wisdom teeth removed at the end of the month.

Vertigo: I read that this is possible caused by fluid retention in the inner ear. The vertigo I experience includes dizziness in various forms, loss of balance, loss of direction ( I see the bathroom doorway and I walk into the wall instead), fatigue and nausea. (This is worst case...usually I just feel motion sick. In the medical field, I'd be treated with motion sickness drugs and perscription diuretics. However, I realized by accident that if I exercise in the morning (a good heart-pounding aerobic exercise) the vertigo is little to non-existant during the day. Exercise can prevent fluid retention. I also make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a low-sodium diet.

Tinnitus: I've had ringing in my ears all my life. The other day I could hear music that wasn't really playing. It was beautiful so it didn't bother me. To keep it from taking over my hearing, I limit noise exposure.

Hearing Loss: I saw a specialist for possible hearing loss when I was a teenager. He said I had no hearing loss despite the ringing in my ears. He asked me if I was involved in music. I told him I was a singer. He said that my forcing myself to listen to music and notes and pitches was actually preserving my hearing. (Foreign language learning helps too). So I'm considering checking into voice lessons again.

The funny this is, I can tell you what is music and what is noise just by how it affects my hearing. Sorry, but rap is noise and so is most pop music.

Stuffy feeling in ears: I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do about this.

Ginko Biloba has been known for reducing vertigo and tinnitus.

Meclizine can be taken for the motion sickness feeling. I take Bonine. It doesn't work as well as the perscription stuff I got before.

I'm also taking immune boosters such as vitamin C, echinacea and zinc (in appropriate forms and amounts) to ward off any infections that may cause or aggrivate symptoms.

Unfortunately, when I get pregnant again, they don't recommend taking Ginko Biloba or Meclizine.

I am going to check out Candy's Re-learning to See.


Monday, December 11, 2006

Here's an Update


1. I have a new vehicle! It's a Chevy Trailblazer and I LOVE it (other than the gas it guzzles). We needed a vehicle that could haul a trailer AND carry children. Hubby gave it to me as my grocery-getter. :) It has a CD player in it! I feel like a queen!

2. we're trying to get rid of my old car. Anyone want to 2000 Ford Taurus SE? I'm only asking $3,000 for it, but am willing to dicker.

3. Ohhh....I should have posted this as NUMBER 1 because it's just so wonderful! Bubby is CRAWLING! He also has a new nickname. It's no longer Bubby. It's Spike because his hair stands up in spikes on it's own and NOTHING keeps it down.

4. I've been diagnosed with vertigo and will be seeing a specialist about my inner ears. I may have Meniere Disease. Please keep me in prayer. The vertigo can be debilitating and I can possibly go deaf if I have this disease.

Well, that's all I have time for today! I'll try to post more, but I've been sooo busy with the mundane that I haven't had a chance to write a blog post of quality.


Saturday, November 11, 2006

Outdoor furnace

Our outdoor furnace is installed and running! What a difference! Our house is so warm, I have to wear summer clothes indoors and keep the enclosed porch open. The heat radiating off the water pipes from the furnace outdoors to the exchange unit in the basement keep the whole basement toasty warm! Hurray! Now we can actually use the basement in the colder weather!

The house is this warm because we're having indian summer right now and hubby chose a furnace that's actually too large for our little cottage because we're going to add a second storey onto the house. I am so happy to have this furnace. The wood is free and we're free from dangers of fires within the house.

God is so good!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

a budget

This post is for wives who's husbands have charged them with tending to the household finances. Some women have strong convictions that only the man should care for the finances, but as Mrs. Pearl points out, we are to obey and submit to our husbands....therefore, if he asks us to take care of finances, please do so. My husband has asked me because he doesn't want to. He believes me to be better at such book-keeping and he trusts me with the money he brings into our home.

However, with this added responsibility comes an issue. You see, it is natural for your husband to want to know where the money is going and what you are doing with his paycheck. Especially if money is tight and he doesn't see any reward for his efforts. A wife in charge of finances needs to put together a simple budget and balanced checkbook that she can show her husband frequently so he knows where his hard-earned dollars are going.

I am going to show you my method of financial organization. You're free to follow it or adjust it according to your preferences. I'm not saying this is the be-all end-all method. It's just the one that works for my family.

1. Make a budget. I make one for the week based on my husband's weekly paycheck (which is consistent). To make sure I always have a little extra money, I round my husband's paycheck down and bills up. I list every bill and expense from what hubby needs per week to the mortgage, phonebill, etc. If they are monthly payments, I break it down per week. For example, my electric bill is budgeted at $80.00. On my weekly budget, I list $20.00 under electric bill. Why? Because of the envelopes.

2. Use the envelope system. Write one payment per envelope for the envelope for the electric bill...etc. Every week according to your weekly budget, place cash in the envelope. For example, every week I place $20.00 in my electric bill envelope. Then when it comes time to pay my bill, I have the money already set aside to pay it.

3. Always keep your checkbook balanced and well-written. Use both lines. The first line write where the expense went to, the second line what for. For example, say I wrote a check for Walmart. In the first line I write "Walmart" in the second line I write a brief description of what I bought, "baby needs, b-day card." That way when hubby takes a look at the checkbook he not only sees where the money went, but why it went there.

4. Stay within your budget!

Happy Budgeting,


Saturday, October 21, 2006


White Socks floors....I've found this to be virtually impossible. Between my dog and my husband (who works outdoors, so his boots track in all sorts of stuff) and living in the country, I cannot seem to get let alone keep my floors white socks clean. I'd have to sweep, vaccuum and scrub my floors 3 times a day. Or, get rid of my dog and teach hubby to fly. :) However, my floors are cleaner overall since I took on this challenge.

Spiritually stifling stuff.....As I started declutter such items, I suddenly realized that I already did this! There's only one book I need to get rid of. It's a non-fiction book about the history of redheads. It's interesting, but contains rather explicit materials.

Declutter my basement....I found the best way to be rid of fabrics is to make stuff out of them. I've been having a hard time finding lovely feminine clothing lately, so I'm making some new items for myself. The one I'm working on now is a mauve riding jacket based on the 18th century military coats. I took an original pattern and modified it to my figure.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Spiritually Stifled by Stuff

First of all, I would like to point out an excellent article by Mrs. Wayne Hunter called More Time in a Day. You can find this article at:

I printed out the article for my Home Management Binder (see for info on putting together a Home Management Binder)

And now, onto my post:

Do you ever feel spiritually stifled by your stuff? Do you ever feel like you can't move forward in your walk with Christ because of the junk you're harboring? Or perhaps you can't figure out why you don't feel spiritually at peace in your home? It could be your stuff. Do you have things that you'd be embarrassed to have around the house should Jesus come for a visit? Do you realize that Jesus visits you every day and stays for a LONG time? :)

I've been feeling this lately. I have some books, clothes, movies, magazines, etc that I really shouldn't have. I'm going to get rid of them.

This applies to my stuff, not hubby's. We may not be happy with a particular movie our hubby owns, or a book he has, but remember, we answer to God for our own stuff. However, keep in mind that if someone in our home has something that is not Godly, that is degrading/discusting/demoralizing, we should pray hard for God to help them be rid of it.

We should also keep in mind whether or not something should be given away or destroyed. Would we really want to be responsible for placing something unedifying in the hands of a delicate soul?

When we get rid of such things, we are telling God that we need Him more than earthly pleasures; that He matters more than that romance novel or that movie that's really cute but has that dirty scene in it, or that cd with good music but questionable lyrics. I can be sure, we'll be happier in the long run and perhaps set an example for those living with us.

I do encourage parents to take this principle in hand concerning your children's stuff. If you're feeling convicted that your daughter shouldn't have a Bratz doll, then by all means, be rid of it. Get her a more edifying doll (like from Vision Forum ). But don't just grab and go. Sit down and explain to your children that you made a mistake in getting them that doll/allowing them to have it and that you'd like to be rid of it and why. You may be surprised that your children will be willing to clean house with you. Also, make sure you ALWAYS pray before doing this with your children. Don't just go all legalistic and Tsar-ish on them.

I'll let you know how I do.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


The roller coaster of emotions....the stages of grief....and the amazing love of Christ that heals and sustains me has been my life these past few days. :)

I thank God for my son. Having him really helped me get through the miscarriage. I had a baby to hold, love and take care of rather than empty arms. My husband grieved in his own way. He worked on chores about the house with an occupied determination. Yet, he would check on me nearly every 15 minutes and offer gentle kisses and loving words. He called my mom to come sit with me and help care for my son. He went out and bought a tasty, hearty dinner for us and made sure I had plenty of water to drink. I thank God for my husband and my mother.

My emotions were so strange. I went from utter dispair and grief to almost a non-chalant acceptance and back again. But one thing rings true over and over baby is in Heaven with Jesus.

A deep feeling within me leads me to believe the baby was a boy. I named him Duncan. Maybe it's just a silly notion, but it does help. :) I wonder what God named my baby, though. I actually feel a great honor and knowing that God has my baby and that the baby's in Heaven with his three cousins who were miscarried.

Today, I am doing much better. I don't feel so depressed and out of it. However, I can't seem to stay at home. So, here I am at my parents' house.

Life is slowly returning to a normalcy, though deep down, I will always wonder about the child I didn't have. I will always have that little piece of my heart missing.

But, thank you, Jesus for allowing me to be a vessel for a life, and a life that has only known the joys of Heaven. Amen.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Sad news....

Notice my ticker is gone? I miscarried my baby on Sunday morning.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Cleaning out the garden

First of all, I uproot all plants that need to be replanted next spring. Then, I let them dry and burn them. Next, I turn the soil and remove the rocks. Lastly, I cover and protect my lavender plant for the winter.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

October News

Autumn is upon us. The leaves look so beautiful! I just love living in an area where I get to experience all 4 seasons!

We're getting our outdoor furnace installed! I'm so excited! Our home will be so much warmer and we'll save loads of money every winter! Hubby's been working so hard on it. I appreciate him so much!

I made salsa this morning from the last of my tomatoes and peppers. Now, I can clean out my garden. I'm already planning on next spring's garden.

I switched from grocery shopping once a month to every two weeks. The once a month shopping didn't pan out. I did have a menu and worked from that, but I still ended up running out of food and spending more money than my budget allowed. The every two week deal helps me plan better and I food doesn't go to waste.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Allergies, Jury Duty, Muddy Boots

I have allergies. Yuck. I'm just a bleary eyed, stuffy/runny nosed mess! :( I've been sick for a week like this and completely fed up. The problem is I have no idea what I'm allergic to. My allergies are never consistant and I could go years without allergies and then suddenly, I'm sick! Hmmmmm......

I was called for Jury Duty. Now, I'd actually like to serve on a jury. It's part of being an American citizen. However, having a 6 month old baby kinda made me worried about serving. Thankfully, the matter was settled out of court and I don't have to report.

Tis the season for muddy boots. My floors are a mess. :)

Oh, one more thing....Bubby's rolling over now!!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dangerous Cutie

Two nights ago, I let my dog out into her fenced in area to go potty. There are two spotlights, one that shines in the kennel area, and another that shines into the yard. There in the yard was the cutest raccoon eating grubs. I grabbed the camera, took a few shots and thought nothing more of it.

Yesterday, I went to let the dog out during the day and there was the raccoon. RED FLAG!! Then my dog started barking at it and it didn't phase the critter. RED FLAG #2!! Then, it started to walk away and it had no hind legs!! RED FLAG #3!! I don't think it is rabid, but I think it has distemper.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

My son!

Isn't he the cutest!!!??
I am such a proud and happy momma!
Of course, my hubby is a proud and happy daddy, too!
We are just so thrilled to be parents and thank God every day for our little man.

A little organization tip

While reading a back issue of Reiman Publication's Quick Cooking, I came across an article of kitchen tips. One reader posted a tip of how she uses paper towel tubes to organize her grocery bags. I thought it was a wonderful idea and used the tip!

I have a drawer in my kitchen that keeps plastic grocery bags. I reuse the bags either at the store, or as garbage bags. Usually, it's a fight to keep the drawer from bulging and bags from popping out. So, I had a paper towel tube and an empty wrapping paper tube. I was able to cut the wrapping paper tube into 3 lengths for a total of 4 tubes. I labeled each tube and stuffed them with the appropriate bags! Now my drawer is so neat and tidy and I don't have to hunt for a particular bag!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

My Porch

I'm sorry, I don't have a digital camera available to me and I have no computer. I have to use my father's computer, so I can only paint you a picture with words.

I have a lovely 3 seasons porch on Taigh Beag. Now, for those of you who may not know what that is, in the north country where I live, a 3 seasons porch is an enclosed porch one can use in Spring, Summer and Fall, but is just too cold in winter. Up until now, the porch was either a place of business or a storage room. But now, it's a haven for my little family that cost me less than $30.00 to transform this week!

First of all, the porch is around 6 by 12 or 14 feet (can't recall exactly). It has 3 large windows, a door to the outside, a door to the living room, and a small walk-in closet (this is where I keep my wardrobe because the master bedroom closet is miniscule). The walls are a lovely knotty pine! Such a warm, cabin-y feeling, I just HAD to live in it.

So, I pulled out an old rope bed I had in the shed and covered it was a foam and ticking pallat I made from foam rolls I bought at Walmart in the craft department and ticking I had laying around the house. I now have a home for all those wool plaid blankets I keep getting for Christmas! Then, next to the bed, I placed the backgammon table. At the foot of the bed, against the wall, I have a bookcase full of my magazines (issues of Victoria, Cottage Living, Colonial Homes, Reiman Publications, pregnany magazines and Country Living) I also have two milk containers that hold bird seed and animal feed for my local wildlife.

It's soooo cozy out there now, and my son loves it. We sit on the bed together, and he plays with his toys while I work on a cross-stitch I'm making for my father-in-law.

As I find time and materials, I'm going to make some pillows for out there, too.

Wonderful Opportunity

For a more feminine wardrobe! You see, I've been decluttering and that includes my clothing. So much of it doesn't fit, is outdated, old, and simply getting ruined by seemingly gallons of spit-up that emerges from my son! (My son is actually not a big spitter-upper, but when he does, he aims good...) So, as I'm getting rid of bags of clothing, I'm taking keeping in mind what I need and finding feminine alternatives for other things.

Apparently Victorian Trading Company now has a clothing catalog! I'm going to check it out. :)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Apologies to anonymous

Anonymous posted in the comments section: "That's still bizarre. They're little kids. A position of authority? I pray your husband never leaves you because you're entire sense of self worth is tied up in being a Mrs. How about being a warm loving person? You seem very angry all the time."

Such is to be expected when one gripes in public. :) Someone always misunderstands, takes it out of context, takes it too far, or simply disagrees. I'm not bothered by that. I am bothered that it causes an appearance of being cold and stuck-up. Whether that's true or not, it's something to be addressed.

I am sorry I appear angry all the time. Perhaps my blog does need to be more uplifting, but it is my personal space where occassionally I post muses and thoughts going through my mind. Sometimes those thoughts are the negative.

But, anonymous has reminded me of some Bible verses, "Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report...think on these things."

So, anonymous, I'm sorry. *smiles sweetly*

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Correction on a previous blog post

I do not expect my SIL to have her children call me Mrs. Scott. I'm Aunt Kate! However, my SIL is head of the nursery at my church and she introduces me to the other children as Miss Kate.

I really don't mind being called Kate by those who I am familiar with, but when I'm in a position of authority, I'd rather be called Mrs. Scott.


Thursday, August 31, 2006

Why I Want to Homeschool Reason #7

Two words: School bus!

I had a 45 minute school bus ride growing up. I HATED it! We had assigned seats and I usually got the 8th row, which is the seat over the rear wheel. I was usually surrounded by loud, brash, misbehaving kids. They usually had knives and cigarettes and would vandelize the bus. I lived in fear, hoping I would never get in trouble for their misdeeds, such as cutting the seats or smoking.

Sometimes, I'd be refused a seat. I remember when I was in kindergarten, the bus was so packed (way over the legal limit) and there were no seats. The bus driver screamed at me to sit down, but there was no place to sit. Some high school seniors in the back of the bus told me they'd find me a place to sit. They made me (at 4 years old) sit behind the last seat of the bus, crammed between the seat and the emergency door.

I had my glasses crushed on the bus.

And then they installed seat belts, but we never used them. Instead, they had to be draped over the backs of the seats, so the person in the seat behind you would push them off and let the metal clasp whack you in the head.

I learned some "sex ed" on the school bus, and some rather nasty words and phrases, too. Dirty songs, dirty jokes, and was forced to listen to really bad music and raps. I would lean my head up against the window and sing quietly to myself to shut it all out.

I would think about the 45 minutes of bus ride where I could have gotten my homework done. I can't read in a moving vehical.

And the worst! The looooong stop and go bus ride that would make me sick nearly every day.

By the time I was in high school, my bus ride was only 3 miles long. But while I was in elementary it was a living torture!

I'm sorry, but I just have to gripe...

What is it with this trend of calling women "Miss" and their first name? I really dislike being called "Miss Kate." First of all, I am NOT a "Miss" and secondly, Kate is my familiar nickname. I am very proudly Mrs. Scott. Calling me Mrs. Scott does not make me feel old or detached. On the other hand, "Miss Kate" makes me sound like a child and lowered in societal and respectable standards rather than the married mother that I am.

I don't want to be called Miss Kate, nor do I want my children to address adult women in that manner. Which brings up another point; men don't receive that kind of watered down respect. They get addressed properly as Mr. Smith, not Mr. John.

Unfortunately, the three greatest offenders are a close friend, my sister-in-law, and my church. My close friend, I allow her daughter to call me Kate. We've known each other for so long and she's growing into a young lady, so I have no problem with the familiar. But how do I make mention to my sister in law and to my church family that I'd rather be addressed as Mrs. Scott by children and if I'm being reffered to to children? The key here is not appearing aloof, snobby, or asking too much of someone.

Frankly, with my church family, I'd even go so far as allowing my first name. Just please, NOT Miss Kate!!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

White Socks

No, not the sports team.....

Last week, I visited my maternal Grandparents. My Grandmother is my inspiration and mentor. She has always kept house perfectly. She's so feminine and graceful and full of God's love! My Grandfather is very special, too. Unfortunately, he's suffering from dementia and Parkinsons.

Anyhoo, while I was there, I noticed my Grandfather's socks. He was wearing white socks. They looked as if they were fresh out of the package! The bottoms had no dirt or dust on them! My Grandmother's floors are spotless and so clean and tidy. I'm inspired! I'm going to clean my floors and do a white socks test. I happen to have a package of unused white socks.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Why I Want to Homeschool Reasons #5 and #6

I want my children to see the changing sun throughout the day.
When I was school-aged, I remember vacation days, summer days and days when I stayed home sick and I enjoyed the late morning sun. I really liked the sunlight at that time of day, and I still do. I remember thinking that I never really noticed the sun, and there were days in the autumn and winter when I hardly saw sun at all. I want my children to enjoy the sun.

I want to my children to be free.
Schools today are like prisons! You're locked into the building. You're locked into the classroom and you're metaphorically locked into your desk! You only see the same people day in and day out. You're sometimes treated like a prisoner and the staff are sometimes like wardens. You're guilty until proven innocent. You're heavily monitored at all times and can't even go to the bathroom without an interrogation. With all these rules and regulations, there's still an air of anarchy among the youth.
Now, I'm not really blaming the school system. They have to be super-secure and act this way because of so many troubled youths. Too many parents aren't being parents. Too my children are raising themselves or each other. Schools just aren't what they used to be anymore.

Laundry Musing

I love my homemade laundry detergent! I can't remember who I got the recipe from, but I belive there's a link to it on Candy's site...

Anyhoo, this laundry detergent is so inexpensive, doesn't take long to make and works better than any commercial stuff I've used. Not only does it get my clothing cleaner, but it also makes them softer! I figured, for 2 gallons of the stuff, I pay approximately 63-69 cents.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

How Does Your Garden Grow

Beans and LOTS of 'em!! I knew I should have chicken wired my cucumbers. They're growing wild and it's hard to find them to pick, so I keep tripping over HUGE yellow cucumbers that I have to throw away. A fair amount of summer squash is growing, but my zucchini isn't doing so hot. A goodly amount of sweet peppers are growing and I believe there are monkeys in my tomato plants. Why? Because it's a jungle in there!!

A few things I've learned about my garden that I need to remember for next year are these:

1. Plant the mint somewhere else! It grows worse than the weeds!

2. Use something stronger than weak pine branches to string up pole beans.

3. Leave even more room than I ever imagined for tomato plants and buy bigger, stronger cages

4. No matter what, thin those carrots!!

5. Cage in those cucumbers!

6. Don't bother planting lettuce. I only eat spinach anyway.


We just went through a triple diget heat wave!! To help keep the house cooler, I rigged an awning over the west-facing picture window in the living room out of 3 yards of fabric and ropes and stakes from our re-enacting tent. It worked!! The sun wasn't beating into the window, baking the house.

Next year, I'd like to make an arbor and plant a vining plant there. That way, in the summer, the plant will shade the window and in the winter, the plant will be dead, allowing the sun to shine through.

Housekeeping lately has been some more declutter (books) and preserving foods. I pickled peaches yesterday! :)


News on the Baby Front! Bubby has started rice cereal! Also, I'm not making enough milk, even with trying all the increase your milk techniques. I'm still doing all I can to give him mostly breast milk, but he's on a bottle 50% of the time (of breast milk) and I'm pumping nearly every 2 hours! I'm sad, though, because I know it won't be long and he won't be breast feeding.

I've got my eye out on Candy

She's due to give birth soon, if she hasn't already!

Friday, July 28, 2006

A Sitcom made sense and my wonderful hubby!

My dad gave us an antenna for our TV. I hooked it up and I get WB really fuzzy. One day, while breast feeding, I flipped it on and watched an episode of "Yes, Dear." I'm not a sitcom fan at all, especially since most portray the wife as really contentious and the husband as a doofus and the children are really poorly behaved and run the family. But, I watched this episode and it was actually a good one:

The wife is concerned that her marriage is getting boring because all they seem to talk about is their son, Sammy. The husband doesn't really see this as a problem, but it bothers the wife so much, she tries a variety of games to induce non-family-topic conversations. It doesn't work, so she asks her husband to take a wine course at the local college with her. He agrees and it seems to boost their conversations.

However, the reading is rather demanding and the wife can't find the time to read the text book because she's too busy taking care of Sammy. Test time comes, and the wife is caught cheating. She's embarrassed and leaves the room. Her husband follows and asks what was going on. She confessed she didn't have time to do the reading because she was busy with Sammy. She explained that she set aside Thursday to read, but Sammy learned a new word, "zebra" and said it over and over again, so she took him to the zoo to show him the zebra. The husband thought this was so great and told his wife that THIS is what they need to be talking about. THIS is what's important in their lives, their family and son, Sammy.

The other day, my son spent all evening crying and screaming. He had 4 vaccinations (yes, I've heard all the arguments on whether or not we should vaccinate our children, so please refrain from repeating them to me) so he was a bit upset. I was getting frustrated with his crying and hubby noticed. He gave me a big hug and rubbed my back and told me that he knew I was doing my best, but baby just needed to cry.

I've got $105.26 saved up for a new fridge!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

How to stack your fridge and to-do

I heard on the radio today the proper way to stack your fridge:

Crisper 1: veggies like broccoli, peppers, eggplant, etc
Crisper 2: apples only (apple give off gasses that can rot other fruit)
Door: Condiments and bottles of wine layed flat
Top shelf: fruits and veggies (this is the warmest part of your fridge)
2nd shelf: milk, butter, beverages
3rd shelf: raw meats, lunch meats, eggs

Tuesday play by play:

5:30 am woke up
hubby's lunch
measured my weight loss 129 lbs, 29" waist, 39" hips, 20 1/2" thighs
fed and changed baby
fed fish
fixed bed
got dressed
put mail out
7:00 am ate breakfast
meal ideas for the weekend
transfered water
tidied sofa
sewed pants
fed, changed baby
changed clothes (baby peed on me)
called parents
went grocery shopping
got gas
visited parents
fed and changed baby
had lunch
changed baby
sewed pants
got mail
sewed baby clothes
fed and changed baby
sewed baby clothes
put baby down for nap
brought back garbage pail
read Bible
wrote in diary
put laundry away sewed baby clothes
fed and changed bby
played with baby
made dinner
read paper
washed dishes
boiled eggs
finished baby clothes
fed and changed baby
made rice crispy treats
made egg salad
watched CSI Miami with hubby
fed and changed baby
put baby to bed
bed by 8:30 pm

Wednesday Play by Play
5:30 am awake
got hubby up
fed and changed baby
went back to bed
7:15 awake
had breakfast
put clothes away
mail in box
tidied sofa
laundry fixed bed
8:30 fed baby, changed
read Bible
washed up
cut up melon
hung laundry
got mail
wrote in diary
fed and changed baby
lunch dishes
hung laundry
another load of laundry
sew caraco jacket
fed baby
put baby down for nap
sew caraco
put laundry away
fed and changed baby
freshened up
put more laundry away
cooked dinner
ate dinner
fed and changed baby
read paper
made cookies
went for walk
bath for baby
fed and changed baby
put bay to bed
8:45pm in bed

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Catching Up and My To-Do

Sunday, our neighbor asked if we wanted to go swimming. It was so hot, we couldn't refuse. My dilemma was there was no way I was wearing my old swimsuit! It's a modest swimsuit, but my figure has changed since having a baby. So, instead, I wore a pair of sports shorts, a sportsbra and a t-shirt. You know, it's so much better going swimming when you're covered up! No worries about the figure, any missed shaving, or getting sunburned!

My son had a great time bobbing around with mommy in the pool!

I cleaned out my fridge yesterday and I realized how much food goes to waste. I wonder how I can reduce food waste. I already write out menus for the week, but I always make a little extra because it's hard to judge how hungry hubby's going to be when he comes home from work. When my brother lived with us, I rarely had leftovers, and when I did, he gobbled them up the next day! It was great! Any suggestions?

I think I'm going to write my own recipe book to sell....possibly as an e-book. I'm thinking of calling it: "The Way to a Man's Heart" because they're all my recipes taste tested by the men in my life (hubby, brothers, father, father-in-law). But I'm wondering if people might consider that title derrogatory. What's your opinion?

My Mother told me that my Grandmother used to and probably still does clean the bathroom every day! I'm beginning to think I'll have to do something similar. Right now, I deep clean once a week and quick clean once a week. It's not enough. Hubby and I have long hair and hubby works a messy job. We also have a dog. That bathroom needs cleaning more least the floor needs washing more often.

I'm glad we live in a cottage and not in that single wide trailer any more. That trailer was an easy bake oven in the summer time! This cottage stays much cooler! Thank you, Jesus for our cottage!

Back to school is a great time to organize, especially paperwork and recipes! Binders, folders, caddies, etc can really get that clutter organized! And they're on sale to!

All right. Here's a play by play on yesterday:

5:30 am woke up
Made hubby's lunch
fixed bed
fed fish
fed and changed baby
bathed baby
read bible
wrote in diary
put mail out
cleaned fridge
put out garbage
one load laundry
cleaned out medicine drawer in bathroom
moved sewing to basement
fed pond fish
read bible
hung laundry

9:00 am I had a snack
Cut recipes from magazine
cleaned bathroom
fed and changed baby
played with baby
did life insurance paperwork
froze peas from the garden

11:00 am had lunch
organized clipped recipes
took a nap
fed and changed baby
got mail
tidied house
parents came to visit
sewed pj pants for a friend's daughter
fed and changed baby
made icebox pie
wiped down counter tops
put baby down for a nap in cradle
cooling shower
did my hair, make-up and changed for the evening
brought in and put away laundry
chose recipes for recipe book
fed and changed baby
read Bible
got hubby's shower and clothes read
went to inlaws house for dinner
fed and changed baby
put baby to bed
fed fish

9:45 pm asleep

Today's To-Do list:

Check weight loss
e-mail friends about weekend
update blog
Grocery shop clothes, finish pj pants, 18th century caraco jacket

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Raining, Raining

What a wet summer we're having! I'm not really complaining. My tomato plants look great and everything is so green still! I'm not fond of cloudy days, but I do like rainy days. :)

Be sure to check out Beautiful Womanhood (or LAF). They've updated.

Also, I'm going to participate in Candy's To-do challenge. I'll post my to-do's on this blog at the end of next week. :)

I'm I want a new computer or a new refrigerator more? I'm actually leaning towards a new refrigerator. Both are wants at this point in time, but a new fridge will be more of a need eventually. :)

So far, I have $81.87 saved up for a new fridge. I'm considering one with the freezer on the bottom, but I know I don't want a side by side.

I finished reading Kateri of the Mohawks. It was interesting, but the end was rather disturbing. The author portrays Kateri Tekakwitha as basically dying from paying penance. She pretty much starved herself and beat herself and branded herself to pay for the sins of her and her people.
For this, they considered her very holy. I thank God that we don't need to pay penance for our sins. God has already forgiven us.

My next read I hope will be John Taylor Gatto's book Underground History of American Education. I just have to acquire the book. It's expensive to buy and hard to find.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Mid-July Musings

My son is 3 1/2 months old now! I love experiencing all his growing and all his developments. I'm so glad I can stay home and experience every little bit of his life! He's working his hands better and starting to actually grab and things and sort of play with them. He can pull his own binky out of his mouth, but not put it back in yet. He also looks forward to his routine, but has made a change. He doesn't want me reading to him at night. Every time I try, he cries.

I was showering this morning and the power went out! How annoying!

Oh, by the way, my foot is better. Still a touch sore, but better.

Well, I'm hungry....tootles!

Monday, July 10, 2006

I can't think of a title

Hubby and I went out on a date on Saturday. We saw the Pirates movie. BIG cliff-hanger ending!

Otherwise, it's been a fairly peaceful existance other than last night. At 10:30 pm, my husband was getting in and out of bed. I asked him what was wrong and he said that a storm was coming and he wanted to the tent down outside. So, I said we could run outside and take it down, but he was worried about leaving our son in the house. (What a sweet, caring man I have!) I reassured him that our son was sound asleep and that we could have the tent down in 5 minutes.

So, we ran outside and I realized that the storm wasn't coming. It was already here!! The lightening was fantastic and frightening. I dislike electric storms, and I dislike them more at night and I hate being outside during one. In my growing panic, I was pulling the heavy beams that hold the ridge pole up (this is a rather large 18th century reproduction tent) and I stumbled a little and dropped the pole right on top of my foot. Well, today I can hardly walk.

I couldn't last night. I stayed up with my son asleep in my arms reading the book "Kateri of the Mohawks."


Friday, July 07, 2006

July So Far

Bible Reading:

I finally figured out how I can get a substantial amout of Bible reading in per day. I read the Bible out loud to my son while he's nursing. It's great! I can usually get in 2 chapters per feeding AND I have a better understanding of the Word when I read it out loud!

To keep track, I wrote out each book and each number of chapters and I highlight the chapter numbers as I read them.


The Case of the Missing Checkbook: I lost my checkbook and was frantic to find it. I was so stressed out, wondering what happened to it. Finally, after just about turning my house upside down, I found it among some recipes! Thank the Lord!

Raspberries and Peas:

That's what I'm harvesting now in my garden. :) I love the raspberries in a bowl with sugar cane sprinkled on top and vanilla rice milk added.

New Fridge Fund:

I am saving up to buy a new fridge. And I mean a NEW fridge. No second hand, no give-aways. I want a NEW fridge.

Forth of July:

My husband wanted a picnic, so we put together one with his parents, our neighbors and my little brother. It was a grand time with yummy food.


Made in America Products Catalog

Turkey Hill Ice Cream Strawberry Cheesecake

Saturday, July 01, 2006

New computer....

Getting a new computer will be delayed some. You see, my husband's truck needed some big repair work. It cost us nearly $1,000.00 that we didn't really have to spare. Thankfully, God provides, and we were able to pay cash, though our savings account was just about wiped out and all the money I saved up for another vehicle was used up. But, it was still there. I really didn't want to put it on a credit card.

I'm not too worried, though. God always provides! I'll be able to get a new computer when God wants me to have a new computer. He HAS been dealing with my computer addiction for a while. :)

My parents don't live too far from me, so I'll be able to blog at their house. So, don't disappear on me, dear readers. I'll still be here.

A blessing for my home

A few days ago, my Aunt called my mother and told her she had a rug she wanted to be rid of. My mom told me about it, and I gladly took it off her hands. It's an 8 foot by 10 foot braided rug that was in her living room. She was worried about it being worn, but it looks just about brand new!

So, yesterday, I rolled up the old rug in the living room that the previous owner's dog peed on, and put down the new rug. It looks so good! Thank you, Jesus!

I got to visit with my Aunt and I was inspired by her little home. She lives in a single wide mobile home with her husband and teenage son. She has it done up so cute, uncluttered and spotless! I immediately tackled my home and have been doing so since! Here and there I'm cleaning and decluttering more and more...the ongoing battle.

My goal is to get down to 125 pounds and be organized before I become pregnant with my next child. :)

Thursday, June 29, 2006


Hello, my readers:

My computer died. So, I'll only be able to hop on my dad's computer about once a week to update, but I'll try to keep updating. :)


Monday, June 26, 2006

I've been tagged!

1. What's the last book you read?
The second Baby Whisperer book by Tracy Hogg

2. What did you eat for breakfast?
Cinnamon Life cereal and a peanut butter no-bake cookie

3. What was your first pet and what was it's name?
When I was born, we had a dog named Patches, but my first pet of my own was a black cat named Cinder.

4. Do you know latitude from longitude?
5. If you could take your dream vacation, where would you go?
Hmmm.....I'd go back to Scotland and I'd take my husband with me. :)

6. What's your favorite shower soap?
Right now, I love Gerber Baby Body Wash in Oatmeal. I loved Irish Spring vitamin soap, but they don't make it anymore.

7. Mustard or mayo?
Spicy Brown Mustard

8. Tell a knock-knock joke you know.
Knock Knock. Who's there? Ivana. Ivana who? Ivana come in!

9. How old were you when you got your driver's license?

10. If you cook or bake, what's your favorite thing to make? If you don't cook or bake, what's your favorite thing that your mom makes?
Oatmeal raisin cookies. I also like experimenting with old recipes

11. From memory - who wrote Beowulf?
I should know this, but I know Seamus Henry read it on audio book.

12. What's your worst quality?

13. What's your best quality?
My undivided loyalty to my husband.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Housekeeping Goals and a Personal Observation

I started a list of housekeeping goals/rules to help me keep my little cottage tidy:

1. Nothing sits on top of the microwave
2. Radiators are NOT shelves
3. The desk should remaid tidy and the dropleaf closed when not in use.
4. The dining room table is not a desk or work station
5. Chairs are not catch-alls
6. The vacuum belongs in the porch closet when not in use
7. The mop and broom belong on the basement landing when not in use
8. The porch bench is not a catch-all
9. I must be able to close the grocery bag drawer (sometimes it's so stuffed with grocery bags, I can't close it all the way)
10. The dining room bookcase is not a catch-all
11. My dresser is not a catch-all

Lately, I've been noticing my posture and presense has been horrible. Not only that, but I'm starting to acquire that slapped together look busy moms tend to have. While shopping in Aldi today, I noticed a young lady shopping as well. She wore a simple, long denim dress. It could have been dowdy, but it was clean and neatly pressed. Her hair was a non-descript medium blond, but the braid down to her hips was neat without a hair out of place. Her posture was very upright and she moved gracefully. She didn't shlump when she walked. She didn't bend or reach sloppily. Her countenance was lovely. Her eyes were soft, her chin held high, her lips bore a slight smile. Her brows weren't furrowed, and her mouth wasn't gaping.

I took mental note of myself. My brows were furrowed. I shoved the shopping cart rather than pushed it smoothly. My mouth held a concentrating frown. My shoulders were stooped, my walk was a plod, and my jeans and pilled knit shirt suddenly seemed sloppy.

She was all loveliness. I was not. I did not envy her. Envy is for lazy people who don't get up and get it done. I admired her politely. :) She was an inspiration, and so young! Thank you, God for showing her to me. From now on, I work on being more lovely.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Basic Wardrobe 1964

My mother was giving away a bunch of books, and among them I found this book:

Secrets of Loveliness by Kay Thomas (1964)

It is a cute paperback for teenaged girls on how to be lovely both inside and out. In it includes practical tips on what to wear and how to manage your wardrobe. Here is their basic wardrobe checklist:

Coats: 1 heavy winter
1 rain - year round
1 lightweight for spring and fall (optional)

Suits: 1 wool for spring and fall (optional)

Dresses: 3 cotton - year round
1 velveteen for parties
1 silk or nylon for Sundays and dress-up occasions
1 full-skirted silk or chiffon for dances

Separates: 4 cotton skirts - 2 straight or flared in solid colors; 2 full or dirndle style, prints or plain
2 wool, velveteen or corduroy skirts
4 cotton blouses (8 are better)
3 sweaters (including 1 cardigan to throw over party dresses)
2 pairs of shorts or pants

Hats: 1 fall and winter
1 spring and summer

Bags: 1 for every day
1 for dress-up

Gloves: 1 pair warm winter
2 pairs short white cotton
1 pair long white for evening (optional)

Shoes: 2 pairs low-heeled for school
1 pair high-heeled for dress up
1 pair sneakers
1 pair sandals or flats
1 pair overshoes
1 pair winter outdoor boots

Stockings and sockes: 3 pairs nylon stockings
4 pairs short white socks
3 pairs short dark socks
2 pairs knee length socks
2 pairs tights (optional)

Lingerie Check List:

3 bras
4 pairs of panties
2 girdles or garter belts
2 panty girdles (optional)
1 petticoat (optional)
3 full slips
3 half-slips
3 nightgowns or pajamas
1 tailored bathrobe
1 housecoat or negligee (optional)

Makes me want to tackle my wardrobe and narrow it down to essentials! But not today. I have other things to do. :)


Monday, June 19, 2006

A blessing, but a little dilemma

I've been offered an upright piano for free! I've always wanted a piano! Hubby said I could have it, but we have a little dilemma.....where to put it! The spot I originally planned for it is against the wall between the living room and dining room. The problem is the 55 gallon fish tank is on the other side of that wall. I feel it's too much weight for that area at once. I can't move the fish tank because we actually have very little wall space in our Taigh Beag (little house). The only other available wall space is in the living room where the sofa is. I do have a pretty good idea of how to rearrange the living room, BUT I'd have to be rid of the current entertainment center and get an armoire instead. We can't afford that right now. Hmmmm.....

Baby Einstein

In the comments section, I was sent a comment from Anonymous concerning my son watching Baby Einstein videos (or any TV for that matter). The writer warns me that TV can be detrimental to my son's development and to his eyes. Lately, I have been hearing and reading about this and that Pediatricians recommend that children not be exposed to TV until they're at least 2 years old.

I've also been convicted that I'm not spending enough time with my son in one on one playtime and games. And while I thought he liked his Baby Einstein, he does get fussier and more difficult to calm on the days that I let him watch it.

Soooo....away goes the Baby Einstein until he's a bit older.

Father's Day Weekend

I had a pretty active weekend.

Saturday, hubby and I went to see the movie "Cars." It was really cute, but I would have enjoyed it more if the little girl behind me stopped talking, kicking my seat and pulling my hair. What was worse was she was sitting on her dad's lap and he did nothing to stop it! That clinched it for me. My children are not going to the movie theatre until they can prove that they can behave through it.

After that, we went to my parents' house where my two older brothers and their wives and children were visiting. It was great seeing all the cousins together again! We had my mom's homemade pizza (YUM!) and just chit-chatted. When we got home, we did some yard work and let the dog play outside. When it was time to come in, I noticed blood on the floor. My dog's mouth was covered in blood, so I checked it out and didn't see any flowing blood. So I threw her in the bathtub and started washing her off. That's when I noticed that the fleshy bit on the back of her forepaw had a huge gash. So, I call my husband in to the bathroom. He examines it, and goes to get the first aid kit while I was the dog. We got her clean and bandaged up, and she proceeded to bite the bandage off. It had stopped bleeding, so we let her go.

In the middle of the night, it started bleeding again, but we didn't know until morning when I saw her blanket was covered in blood. So, I bandage her up this time. That lasted longer, but she bled through. Thankfully, our neighbor had bandages and ointment used for horses and cows. Hubby got her re-bandaged, and she's doing much better.

This is now Sunday.

Father's Day was a busy one. I took hubby out to breakfast and we spent the late morning doing yard work. Bubby was extra fussy yesterday, so I was constantly back and forth tending him. We had hamburgers, pasta salad, asparagus for hubby and cucumber/carrot/tomato salad for me for dinner. By the evening, hubby had fallen asleep in his recliner with the book he's reading, "The Turk, The Life and Times of the Famous 18th Century Chess Playing Machine" by Tom Standage. I cleaned up as best I could while tending to my little man.

Busy, but a good weekend!

I am so thankful for my husband. He's a wonderful husband, father, provider and friend.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Hillary Clinton

I recently sent an e-mail to my state's senators, Chuck and Hillary. I don't agree with either of their politics or agends, but at least Chuck sent me an automated responce in a timely fashion. Hillary sent nothing in return.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Why I want to homeschool Reason #5

Socialization within the public school is highly limited.

Ooohhhh....what's this now? The most oft said comment I hear when I mention homeschooling is, "But your children won't get the socialization a public school provides."

What?! What socialization! Cliques, gangs, teachers yelling above the classroom din, and the only people to talk to are your own age.

With homeschooling, my children will have many opportunities to socialize with children of all ages, including their own through homeschool get-togethers, sports or extra classes (art, music, etc), church, my own family, and re-enacting. Re-enacting and church also will involve my children in socializing with adults as well, and people from all walks of life with many different backgrounds, stories, experiences and skills that can be passed on to my children.

And what socialization does public school provide when your child becomes "too cool" to talk to you and only utters caveman talk:

Mom: Hi John. How was school today.?
John: 'K
Mom: Did you pass your math test?
John: uh-huh
Mom: That's great, hon! What grade did you get?
John: Dunno
Mom: Well, I'm proud that you studied for it and did your best.
John: Mmm

Or, what about your daughter who becomes a raving drama queen because she's so peer pressured into being pretty, cool, and having boyfriends?

Hey, I went through this in public school. I did the time. 13 years from K-12. I did it. In the same school, too. So, I know how it is and I know that there's another way....a better way.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Home Sweet School....Already?

My son is only 2 months old and I'm already establishing education in the home. Most moms do this naturally. Your infant is constantly learning and absorbing information. I'm doing it more consciously.

It's nothing major, really. After all, he's only 2 months old! He still spends much of the time sleeping.

I have him watch his Baby Einstein video every other day. I think every day is too much, personally. Plus, I don't want to get into the habit of using the TV set as a babysitter, or needing the TV set to occupy him son. I'd rather cultivate his creativity in occupying himself otherwise. However, Baby Einstein videos are so cute and rather good for his developing mind. He has Baby Neptune right now. The next one I want to get is Baby MacDonald.

At night, I read a book or two to him before leaving him to fall asleep. At first, he fussed because I turned off his turtle (a cribside toy that plays classical music, lights and swimming fish). Now, he seems to like listening to my voice. Dr. Seuss rhymes are good because of the repetition and aliteration.

Still, it IS early to be concentrating on education, but I believe it's good to get into the habit now. Besides, he's growing up so fast! He'll be saying his first words before I know it and by then, I'll really be concentrating on regular home education.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Organizing Thoughts

While in Lowes today buying paint, I spotted a Better Homes and Gardens publication on organization. I flipped through it, but put it back with a chuckle. It would be a great magazine if you had all the space in the world to organize with. These closets were bigger than my son's bedroom!!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Why is it...

Why is it that when I seem like I'm the busiest and face deadlines that my sweet son becomes a screaming, crying, needy, hysterical mess. And then I become frustrated with him because I want him to be calm, but he needs me.

Key words here: I WANT him to be calm, but he NEEDS me. Sometimes, I feel I NEED him to be calm because I'm facing a deadline for getting something made for a customer. (Before I had my son, I had some garments I was sewing for customers, planning on getting them done before he was born, but he arrived early).

Then I have to remember that my son arrived on God's timing. Also, my son is more important than some customer. My business is actually closed, but these are residual orders. I can't wait to be unloaded of them so I can put all my focus on my son without that added stress of needing to sew something for someone by sometime.

Speaking of which, I best be off and getting some sewing done.

Taking the plunge

Yesterday, I tried cloth diapering my son with the simple rectangle cloth diapers you have to pin. You know, the ones that most people buy at Walmart to use for burp cloths. My son soaked the whole thing in an hour. It ruined his nap.

Pride goeth before a fall.

I proudly touted that I was going to use cloth diapers for my son. Mothers smuggly smiled and said, "no you're not." Even my own mother said so. Well, my pride took a fall yesterday.

But I haven't given up hope. I'm going to make or buy an all-in-one cloth diaper to try first. If that works, then I'm hooked! If not, well, I went out with a fight and I'll have to suck it up and admit that I was wrong.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


I realized a few things today:

1. How untainted my son's body is and how I hope to maintain a healthy lifestyle for him.

2. How I felt I spent my grocery money wisely when I brought home healthful foods.

3. How buying cheap, bulky processed foods is not a wise way to spend grocery money. Not only is it less healthful, it also usually ends up wasted because the unused portion ends up rotten in the back of the fridge. It's better to spend the money on portion sizes of more healthful foods. Sure, it's more expensive in comparison, but at least I'm using it and my body is using it better.

Why I want to homeschool Reason #4

I want to homeschool because the theory of evolution is just that...a THEORY! Schools teach it as fact and refuse to teach "intelligent design."

I have no idea why they teach evolution as fact when Darwin himself at the end of his life didn't believe it.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


This afternoon, we had a bad storm. I could see it coming, but usually we have pretty mild thunderstorms this time of year. Suddenly, the wind started whipping really hard. I couldn't even see out the windows because of the amount of debris blowing in the air. There was a big crash and I grabbed my son and called for the dog and down in the basement we went. Looking out the basement window, I could see trees crashing down in the woods next to us. We were down there for an hour before my neighbor tapped on the window. He checked up on us and let me know that a tree came down and hit the side of his garage and took out his power line.

There was a worse storm up north a bit where my husband was working. He watched the tornado, but it never touched down. Thankfully, he's home safe and sound.

Memorial Day Weekend

Thank you, veterans! My maternal grandfather and my father are both veterans.

Memorial Day weekend was well spent. :) Saturday, we spent the evening with our neighbors and ordered out pizza. Sunday, hubby had a re-enactment and I went to church. I missed sermon, though. My son messed his diaper and got hungry, so I spent it in the nursery. :/ The sermon was from John 11, so I'll have to read that. After church, I spent time at my parents' house, but decided to come home and putter around the house. I had allergies all weekend, so I was a bit under the weather.

Memorial Day, hubby and I packed up Donald and went grocery shopping. We got 100 mahogany clams and 100 littleneck clams for the picnic. I made strawberry shortcake. At 3pm, we had a family picnic, and for the first time, all the grandchildren got together. We had a photo shoot of course. I played badminton and bocce ball. It felt good to be active and agile again after being pregnant.

My dear grandmother and grandfather were able to attend. My grandfather has dementia and can't get out much. My grandmother is such a lady and has such grace. She's graceful and she's full of grace. She takes care of her husband round the clock. I've always wanted to follow her lead in life. She is leaving such a legacy in her actions and love alone. From her three daughters, she has 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren (so far). We're all close, we all live close and most of us are born-again Christians.

Hotdogs, hamburgers, turkey burgers, bratworst, polish sausage, clams, potato salad, tuna macaroni salad, fruit salad, italian pasta salad, baked beans, salt potatoes, strawberry shortcake, lemon delight, and melon.

4 generations of family.

From my grandparents in their 70's, to my son who's 2 months was a blessed Memorial Day.

Thank you, veterans, but most of all, Thank You, Jesus.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Why I want to homeschool Reason #3

So my children aren't penalized for being absent due to illness, religious reasons, or going to re-enactments.

The local public school has some really messed up policies on catching up on schoolwork if you're absent. Our neighbor's son's friend was not allowed to catch up on school work after he took a week off from school when his grandmother died.

A sore throat and a confection

Yesterday, I felt the tingle. Overnight, it became full-blown...a sore throat. I HATE sore throats. My bathroom vanity is covered in my arsenal against sore throats....salt water, listerine, hydrogen peroxide, and when I'm done with my errands, I'll gargle with 15 year Scotch. I also suck on chewable vitamin C tablets and take in plenty of fluids. I just pray that if it's contagious, my son doesn't get it.

My brother introduced my husband and I to a fantastic confection. Neither hubby nor I can eat chocolate. (Don't feel bad for us, we don't even like the taste of it anyway.) It's made by Ferrero and called Raffaello. "An almond surrounded by a fine milk cream, then covered with a crisp delicate wafer and sprinkled with tender, shredded coconut." It is SO good and apparently hard to find.