Thursday November 2, 2006

It’s Thursday already!!  Sometimes the days (and weeks!!) seem to fly by.  My header mentions that here on this blog I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of my days. That’s what I have today – bits and pieces.

Copper’s not feeling well.  He went to work anyway.  I hope that my sons understand the work ethic and love for his family that this shows.  I need to remember to take a few minutes today to explain to them that Daddy would much rather have stayed home today and rested by the wood stove, than get up at 4:30 a.m. to work a 12 hour shift at our county’s main jail facility.  He went because it is his job.  He went because he loves his family and is a good provider.  One of the things I most admire about my husband is his steadiness and dependability.  I’m praying that he feels better.

No, I have not yet cleaned all of those “scary” places I posted pictures of on Tuesday.  I’ll get to some of them today, and the rest tomorrow.  I’m still playing a bit of “catch up” from being down a week or so ago.  As of today, the laundry is all right back on schedule, and even a bit ahead; and I should get the ironing back on track as well.  As for the rest of the house, just getting back to my regular home cleaning schedule will have things back to ship-shape in no time.

I’m beginning to wonder why I’m not panicked about all of the Christmas gifts I plan to make this year.  Most things have not yet even been started.  In fact, I just placed my final pre-Christmas yarn order yesterday.  Not only am I not panicked, but I’m actually looking forward to all of the hours of sewing, knitting and embroidery ahead of me!!  I know there are several weeks left until Christmas, but I have a lot of work yet to do.  And I’m really, truly looking forward to it!!!

The change of weather is doing its annual “thing” on my brain.  A week ago our temperatures were still hovering near 80 every day and we were sleeping with the windows open.  Today, there’s a fire in the wood stove and we’re having showers off and on. YeeeHaaawww!!!  The “thing” that happens in my brain every year with this weather change is this: Where I’ve spent the last several months wandering about our yards and property planning the next several projects I’d like to accomplish outdoors, my thoughts now turn to indoor projects.

For example, I’ve a wall in the dining area of my kitchen that I’m longing to paint dark red.  We also need to replace just a few feet of baseboard on that wall. (We’re slowly replacing all of the baseboard in our home.)  My front hall way and the entry way need to repainted, but those will have to wait until Copper has the time to re-trim the entry way windows.  Maybe after the holidays.  Of course, I’m mentally planning the “dream” projects, too.  Like re-doing my parlor!!  I always crack up that, when it comes to home projects, we’re always either lacking the time or the money to accomplish them! Still, when all is said and done, I think I can cash in my “My Points” now for a Home Depot gift card.  I think I have enough points to swing a gift card that will cover the paint and baseboard for that kitchen wall. (If you don’t know about My Points, check out my post about it here).

The change in the weather is also prompting a change in the dinner fare here. We had a wonderful creamed chicken and vegetable soup for lunch yesterday and a yummy roast pork loin for dinner last night.  I think I’ll make Quick Chicken Noodle Stew for dinner this evening.  I’ll post the recipe at the end of this post.

Copper gave the go ahead for the homeschool tune-up I mentioned here and here last week.  I have the new weekly schedule written down.  It’s basically the same schedule we’ve been using; I’ve just removed the art, hand crafts and science projects.  The Saturday schedule is written up now WITH art, hand crafts and science projects all included, along with some computer math drill time.  I’m also including a second computer time for each boy on Saturday and will pull out a stack of educational software for them to use only during that time.  I have one other thing that I’m planning for Saturdays, but I’ll tell you about that another time.  I’ve not told the boys about the changes yet, but I’ll be surprising them with it day after tomorrow!

I’m wondering why I haven’t done much personal reading lately.  Well, I KNOW why, I’m just wondering how to remedy it.  I’ve been knitting or embroidering in the evenings for weeks now instead of reading.  Well, lest too much outgo and not enough inflow make Copper’s Wife a dull girl, I really need to get back to the books!  I used to read for a bit in the early afternoons and then again most every evening.  I need to get back to a bit of afternoon reading (just long enough to sip a cup of tea) and try to spend at least three evenings a week reading.  So, for those of you that have been checking, the books in my side bar haven’t changed recently, but they should start changing again soon.

We’re still working on getting all of the refined stuff out of our diet for the benefit of the seven year old.  It’s not hurting the rest of us a bit either.  In fact, just doing this has resulted in my losing 11 pounds.  When we’re diligent and successful, the results with my son are very rewarding.  I do have a funny story to share with you about this, though.  Last Friday evening, our church held their annual Reformation Day bash. (I must tell you that this is strictly an observance of Reformation Day and is not meant to replace or incorporate any other fall festivities.).  In any event, we watched what the seven year old ate very carefully, and were pretty pleased that the worst he’d had was a white bread roll.  No big deal.

Well, the next day was horrid!!!!  Copper called from work to see how our day was going, and I told him that someone at the party had snatched my son and mainlined sugar into his veins.  It was that bad!!  I told my sweet husband that Dani and I had been racking our brains trying to figure out what he’d had that had  caused such a huge reaction.  Things got very quiet on Copper’s end of the
conversation.  He then told me that he remembered there were some children at the party with pockets full of M & M’s that they were sharing.  Ah ha!!  Sugar AND red food coloring!!  Mystery solved!!  LOL!!  I was so relieved to find out that he’d had those M & M’s!!!

So, you see, the bits and pieces make up for a very full plate before me just now.  There’s nothing wrong with a full plate.  I remember quite well that I am called to be busy and not idle!  Know what?  I like it!

“…aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands….” 1 Thessalonians 4:11

“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness” Proverbs 31:27

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household.
Proverbs 31:27

Remember to pray for Karen!



Quick Chicken & Noodle Stew

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite size pieces
4 cups chicken broth
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1-4oz. jar diced pimiento
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/8 teaspoon pepper
6 oz. dry noodles (whole wheat noodles work great!)
2 Tablespoons flour (I’ll be using whole wheat pastry flour)
1/4 cup cold water

In large pot, place cut up chicken, chicken broth and milk.  Bring to a boil and add celery, onion, pimiento, salt, poultry seasoning and pepper.  Bring back to a boil and slowly add noodles.  Boil, uncovered, for 10 – 15 minutes.  Combine flour and cold water and pour into stew, stirring continuously until thick and bubbly.  Serves 4 – 6.

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7 comments to Thursday November 2, 2006

  • Ummm… yah… M-n-Ms… that would have been MY son.

    I’m so sorry!!!


  • Kenj – In the first place, it’s really no big deal.  We were just glad to know what he’d had.  In the second place, it was NOT one of your children that gave him the M&M’s. 😉   Finally, the children who were passing out the M&M’s were doing so out of love and kindness and were sharing with their friends on what is a really big deal day for them!!  If I were going to be placing blame, it would be placed squarely at my own door for not supervising my son better.  Heeheheehee….I’m still LOL at the whole thing.  HONESTLY, I was RELIEVED to find out that he’d had something and wasn’t just being crazy for no reason.:lol:

  • That recipe looks delish. I am going to try it soon. Just the thing for cooler weather.

    Glad you figured out what was “winding up” your ds. I am looking more and more into our diet and seeing places I can do better for my family.

    Thank you for your blog. Its encouraging to me.


  • I can so relate to with the food coloring issue.  My son was usually a very quiet, mild mannered child UNTIL he ingested ANYTHING with the Red #5 food coloring.  Until we figured it out I would sob because I couldn’t understand why there was such a drastic change in his behavior. It was literally like a Dr. J, Mr. Hyde kind of change.  Kool-Aid and (kid) cereals seemed to be the biggest culprits.    I alerted ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS the “no no”s in his diet and after that things leveled off, Praise the Lord!  Good luck in your journey. 

  • Believe it or not….My sweet Dani girl once had a HORRIBLE reaction to the red dye in some cough syrup.  She was an adorable, sweet toddler with a bad cough.  The doctor prescribed some cough syrup.  Next thing I know, my sweet, adorable little girl was picking up a rocking chair and HURLING it at her sister!!!  Yikes!!!!!  When I called the pediatrician and asked if it could be the cough syrup, they knew right away it was the red dye in it and prescribed a colorless one instead!!!  Geesh!  😡

  • Just stopped in to say hello!  Enjoyed reading your posts and catching up on what you and your family have been doing…Take care, ~*Kim*~