Saturday, January 31, 2009

Garden plans

Hubby and I decided to go ahead and order our garden plants and seeds anyway. We haven't heard from his potential job yet and we figured it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Besides, if we do have to move and put our house on the market, perhaps it'll help bump up it's sell-ability. I hope my elderberries survived the winter.

I bought "We Help Mommy" on ebay. :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Golden Books and Winter Tasks

We already have quite a collection of books for the children. The collection includes many beloved "Little Golden Books." Two of my personal favorites are Little Mommy by Sharon Kane and We Help Daddy by Mini Stein and Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. The Little Mommy book I bought for my daughter for Christmas. It is so charming and sweet and reminds me that motherhood is exactly what I spent my childhood dreaming about. I'm living my dream. I grew up to be exactly what I wanted to be, a mommy.

Winter does afford me some free time. I can't travel as much and there's no gardening, yard work or canning to occupy my time. I've begun a sewing marathon. My daughter's 18th century frock is almost completed. I've also started reading books again. I'm finishing up a book I started in 2007! After that, I really need to discipline myself to read Well-Trained Mind.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Computer Needed, Will the real USA please stand up, my diet

I'm in prayer for a new computer. This one is so old and diseased and slow, it's such a time waster! Besides, it's not even mine. It was supposed to be a short-term loan that went on and on and on. It's an old network computer that sometimes still thinks it is hooked up to a network.

I would love a laptop. We live in a small house, so the smaller the computer the better.

The local radio station advertises a website where you can apply for a free laptop. I'm leary of it because, crazy or not, I feel like if I get one of these free laptops, it'll have some sort of government scan chip in it to spy on me. Maybe I'm looney, but maybe I'm not! Tee hee.

So tell me...which states have considered separating from the Obama-run United States and want to return to the Constitution? I want to get on board and move to this "Jesus Land" or whatever they're going to call it this new nation. Frankly, if we had secession even during the Bush administration, hubby and I would have booked for "Jesus Land" or what have you.

I lost a pound last week. This week I haven't been able to exercise because I have a cold. I'm too run down. This week, I am making a concerted effort to not eat sweets and treats. As a result, my cravings are killing me and at random I smell goodies like apple pie. I can pass up candy, no problem. But I'm a pastry-buff. I did promise myself that when I get pregnant again, I can treat myself to a donut or a generous hunk of coconut creme pie...oooohhh or maybe a cheese danish! When I was preggers with my daughter, almost every time I picked up milk, I would grab a cheese danish! See! I'm half-crazed! This convinces me that sugar is a drug! I'm having sugar withdrawls!

I have noticed that my portions are much smaller now. I also can more easily pass up snacking and I recognize when I'm thirsty. (I used to read thirst as hunger and then grab something to eat rather than a glass of water.)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Closer to God's Creation

In this past Sunday's paper, there was an article about a local family that lives as self-sustaining as they possibly can right now. They have 50 acres of land and grow their own food, including fish ponds. They harvest their own timber, live in an environmentally-friendly house, cloth diaper, etc. They hope to live "off the grid" in the coming years.

The article intrigued me. I have always been drawn to a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Frankly, it drives me crazy to spend so much money on groceries. I keep thinking, "I could grow/raise this!" I do, to a point, and expand upon it every year.

I made bread today out of animal grade wheat from the farm next door to me. It was delicious. Why should I pay nearly $5.00 a bag of wheat flour when I get get a 50 pound bag of wheat berries for much cheaper at the feed mill and grind it myself!?

Cottage Living magazine is no longer being published. I'm being reimbursed by the company and am now looking for a magazine to replace it. So far, I've looked into Cottages & Bungalows and Romantic Homes. I'm leaning towards Cottages & Bungalows. Romantic Homes is too romantic for my taste. Cottages & Bungalows is more up my alley. Any other suggestions?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

All Sorts

We're moving forward. It is amazing how quickly life goes on. We're at peace because we know our baby is taken care of. So, we focus on the blessings we have here and now and move forward.

One of our forward steps is health and weight loss. We're both joining forces and losing those few pounds we have. Starting just yesterday, I resumed my morning exercises. Of course, still recovering physically, I did mostly upper body and seating or laying down exercises. I only worked my upper abs rather than all of my abs. Today, I feel better and worked just a little harder at my routine. I still had to take it easy. Jumping hurts and so do lower ab work-outs, so I kept it simple and flowing.

While still touching the topic of miscarriage, I want to give some advice to those who might have someone close to them miscarry some day. (Thanks to all the ladies who left me beautiful prayers and comforting words to me through this blog.) The experts give a list of things not to say to a woman who miscarries. I've read the list and find that none of those sayings bother me. The ONE thing that bothers me after I miscarry are the well-meaning people who speculate as to why I've miscarried. 9 times out of 10, it's a blame on me in a round-about way. "Maybe you shouldn't have drunk the raw milk." "You shouldn't have put wood in the furnace." "You shouldn't have gotten pregnant so soon after giving birth." Whatever they may say. The doctor says it wasn't my fault. There was nothing that could have been done either way. It's just one of those things that happens in a fallen world. Never, ever speculate to a woman who's just miscarried as to why it happened. That is the biggest slap in the face and the most salt in the wound you could inflict.

Now onto something completely different. We had duck today! I never cooked duck before. I roasted it and it was delicious!! I'm sold on duck now. Besides that, it makes a great broth. The gizzards are great ground up and mixed with ground beef. You can render the fat and crisp the skin into cracklings that are better than bacon. Save the fat and use it to fry up some potatoes and YUM! If you think all this is unhealthy, then read Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and find out differently.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Another Great Loss

I'm recovering from my 3rd miscarriage and 2nd emergency D&C in 2 years. I'm wiped out. Thank God for His grace and that my baby is with his siblings and with Christ Jesus in Heaven.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

January Blahs - and how to beat them

Oh, what a "blah" month this is! It snows several times a week. It's cloudy most of the time. And now we're facing an arctic cold snap with sub-zero wind chills.

I'm beating the blahs by eating healthfully, exercising every morning (even if it's just marching in place while I watch the 6 am news), playing with the kiddos and going through the house with a fine tooth comb.

On to preggy news...I had a miscarriage scare last Friday. The bleeding was only spotty and stopped and by Saturday and Sunday I had stronger morning sickness and greater fatigue. However, today I don't feel pregnant, so now I'm back on the "am I going to miscarry" road. Only time will tell.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Door closed, window opened

First of all, hubby is now on the list. So, all we have to do is wait for a phone call and hopefully that call will come in soon.

The house we were looking at was taken off the market. The owner decided not to sell. I was disappointed at first and begged the realtor to talk to the owner, but now I feel a sense of relief. That house would have needed a LOT and I mean a LOT of work. The realtor directed us to a house that just went on the market. It's a cute little cottage (small, like the one we're living in now, but with 3 bedrooms instead of 2) on more land than the previous house. This little cottage is in perfect condition. It's nearly $20,000.00 more, but like I said, it's in mint condition. So, we're keeping an eye on that one.

The main thing is for hubby to get this job and for us to trust that the Lord will sell our little cottage quickly and for a good price. We've already had people say we probably won't sell it because the market stinks, but we already have a small list of interested buyers and we haven't even put it on the market yet!

I look around and can hardly think of where to begin to start packing and decluttering! I've decided to clean off our enclosed porch and start putting things out there for a moving sale. We just have so much more stuff than we did when we moved into our little cottage! I'm going to have one doozy of a moving sale!

Monday, January 05, 2009

A step closer...

Hubby got a hold of the foreman who wants to hire him down south and the gentleman is so eager to get hubby on his crew. There are a few more road blocks for hubby to get past. It's a huge company, so it's not as simple as the foreman liking you and hiring you. There's other stuff to go through, first. But, it's nice to be another step closer to a final answer.

I don't believe in omens....

but I like the quirkiness of things that can be seen as omens. Here we are wondering whether or not we're going to be able to (or have to) move from New York State to Virginia. Along comes to my blog a lovely lady only a couple years younger than me, due to have a baby only 5 weeks before me, and who lives in Virginia...about an hour from where hubby and I are looking at a house!

The other day, I get a little postcard in the mail from one of my favorite magazines, Cottage Living. They've informed me that the magazine is no longer going to be published and that the remainder of my subscription will be filled by Southern Living!

I know neither are indicators as to whether or not we're moving, but it is neat the way things kind of add up and fall into place at times.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

What to do while in limbo

Hubby and I are in limbo while we wait to hear from the foreman who might hire him. I'm also waiting to hear from the real estate agent who's selling the house we're interested in.

Limbo can be really difficult. I'm doing my best not to get impatient and have decided to just go ahead with the things I've been wanting to do. Any home improvement project, after all, will only add to the value of the house if we sell and move. If not, we'll have a nicer home to enjoy here.

If we don't move, hubby and I are up against another wall. It's just so expensive to live here that we won't be able to afford to second storey on the house even if we did most of it ourselves. It'll take quite the mustard seed of faith to figure out how to fit our growing family in such a small home.

I have a few ideas. One is turn the enclosed porch into a bunk room. I don't like this idea because it is too easily accessed from the outdoors. Bad people could break in and boys could escape. The second is squeeze hubby and I into the kids' room and give them kids our master bedroom. However, that'll only work until puberty kicks in and privacy becomes a greater need. The third is to knock out the ceiling of the dining room and turn the attic into a sleeping loft accessed by a ladder. The problem with this idea is I'm not sure it is legal according to homeowners and building codes. The other problem is the only place you can stand straight up in the attic is at the peak.

We can't add out because our property is too difficult in terrain to handle it AND it requires extra by way of zoning AND it jacks property taxes WAY up.

It wouldn't be so bad if our politicians weren't so corrupt and wasteful and choking every last penny out of us! People say, "Well you voted them in." As a matter of fact, I didn't. I voted for the guys that didn't make it.

Oh, to have answers now.