Monday, 31 March 2008
Friday, 28 March 2008
There were 30 t-shirts just like this one. Some organization, presumably Extreme Soccer, must have donated a large batch of last year's shirts (still new with original tags). This was a super find for me because Chloe is crazy about soccer. She is so looking forward to soccer season starting up again soon, and she's been talking about having a soccer birthday party. This find solidified the birthday plan. I bought a dozen soccer shirts for $0.99 each. Score!
I popped into Superstore - my discount grocery store that now carries it's own clothing brand.
I got a funny look from an employee for taking a picture in the store - not that long ago I also would have thought it was strange behavior.
.I found Carmen's pink pleated skirt on the clearance rack for $1.94! The jacket is also from Superstore; I bought it with my PC Points (credit earned by shopping and banking through Superstore) so whatever the tag said it cost, it was free to me. Ken reminds me that it is possible to buy groceries with PC Points, but I say NO WAY! PC Points are a reward and I'm going to treat them that way!
Here's a close up of my dressy t-shirt that matches my new fruit punch poppy bobby pin. I think I might love this shirt and hair accessory too much. I'm concerned I'll quickly wear out the shirt - not sure I trust the quality of grocery store clothes. I just have to keep reminding myself that I've been very happy with the furniture I've bought there, which gives me hope of Superstore's general product quality. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'm also hoping I don't lose the pin, thanks for that April. Ha! .
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
It has taken me 3 hours to get this good mail uploaded to blogger. (With distractions like talking on the phone for an hour, picking up kids from a friend's house, making sandwiches for dinner. My afternoon has been strenuous like that.)
When I finally seriously tried to upload my good mail I experienced some technical difficulties that I could only overcome by dividing up the photos. I wonder if I had trouble because I scanned rather than photographed the images?
Going way back, Lucy sent me this personalized card with a thoughtful note inside. I'm using it as a bookmark, and if you know Lucy at all you know why.
Elizabeth sent me a note, and the envelope was a work of art! Look how beautifully the stamps are arranged.
Elizabeth has a cute stamp that looks like the back of a postcard which she transferred onto the back of the envelope. Or is the post office in Hawaii is extra special, and this came through the stamp cancelling machine. I really don't know!
This is what was inside, but only one of them. They were $6 each, so I stopped there. I have the perfect dressy t-shirt to go with this hair pin. Can you get cute clothes at your grocery store? I have been enjoying shopping for the change of season, but that would be another post for another day.
Carlo sent me a sweet note. I appreciate your words, Carlo. The note was like one giant happy comment.
This was the most I could unfold the envelope and have it fit in my scanner. The center rectangle was 5x7. The rounded flaps fold exactly to center, spiraling together, and she secured it with a sticker. I would have been afraid to trust Canada Post not to tear the envelope apart, but it arrived intact, so now I will have some confidence to make some of these envelopes myself!
Ken sometimes describes blogging as a giant affirmation exercise - he's teasing, but there is some truth to it. Only it's more sincere and genuine and relationship-based than he makes it sound. Thanks for brightening my mailbox these past weeks!
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
I sent Chloe into our side yard, but Carmen scooped her on the egg hidden in the hockey net.
Saturday we went with my parents to Writing-On-Stone for the afternoon, and I couldn't help thinking
Monday, 24 March 2008
2 c. washed red lentils (but I never wash them any more)
6 c. water
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped (or dry onion from the food storage)
2-3 stalks celery, chopped (worst case scenario: omit)
1 garlic clove, chopped (another dehydrated substitution here)
3-4 carrots, chopped (I've used dehydrated carrots)
2 potatos, peeled and diced (hello - potato pearls)
1 (19 oz.) can diced tomatoes (a food storage essential)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 T. dried parsley
1/4 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
Combine lentils and water. Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes. Rehydrate the onion and garlic if you've gone with the dry storage foods. Saute onion, garlic, and celery in olive oil until tender. Stir into lentils. Add all other ingredients and simmer 1 hour. Or: if using dried vegetables, add one cup of potato pearls and 1/2 cup dried carrots with maybe 15 minutes of simmering time to go.
(Christy: this is from the 'Celebrate' cookbook page 58, but I added the potatos, which changes the soup completely - don't omit the potatos!)
As for the cornbread, I don't think my recipe is anything special. I'm sure freshly ground cornmeal would improve any recipe.
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Thursday, 20 March 2008
I got out my instruction manual.
And then, instead of grinding wheat, I decided to experiment. I'd heard that you can grind popcorn into cornmeal, but I didn't know anyone personally who had tried it.
When the cry goes out, "The sky is falling!" we'll fill our tummies with red lentil soup, and now, cornbread on the side.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
I'm more of a:
However, there is one place I wander, without thinking, my feet and heart leading the way . . ..
To look in on my sleeping littles before I go to sleep myself.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Monday, 17 March 2008
Best friends moving to our school!
One of my best friends just told me today that she is transfering her kids to our school. I am so excited to have them with us next year - her 3 kids match up in age very closely to my youngest 3 kids, and we are looking forward to seeing more of them by sharing the same school.
Erin, you are a blessing in my life and it will be fun to be *school mom* friends.
Sunday, 16 March 2008
They didn't turn out as well as they look in this photo.
Friday, 14 March 2008
Nope, it doesn't expand. Why do some pictures take you to their own image web page and some don't? Try this photobucket page then click on the image to get a full sized template.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
The dog comes in the deck door. He's left his smudges all over it, but I sit with my back to this door during presidency meetings, so I don't have to look at it. But I suppose my counsellors do.
The family comes in the garage door. The kids don't have house keys, but they know the garage keypad code. The tape marks on the door have been there forever - I can't get them off. They're a sad reminder of a failed organization system.
I'll open up, even if I'm a little tired. Right after I hide the paper towel tube Chloe's left laying in the front entrance.