Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015 Ice Storm

I just know that you have all been wondering, "where is Paula? Why didn't she post her Simple Woman's Daybook on Monday? We really miss her when she isn't here." LOL! Maybe you weren't wondering at all. But here's the story:

First night the tree is up
We had our Thanksgiving on Friday. Only 6 of us at the table but it was laden with all of our favorites. And we had plenty leftover for sandwiches and leftovers the rest of the weekend. On Saturday, Justin got the tree put together and the girls decorated it. I decorated the mantle and got the Christmas dishes out! Then the ice storm began. We had 1/2 inch of ice on all the trees and lines around our house. All was well, though, as we still had power. We didn't have anyplace to go so we were safe at home.

Justin and Paige left on Sunday afternoon and made it home safely. School was canceled for Monday due to the icy conditions and the many homes without power. The kids and I went to bed early. It was a long weekend.

The pool pad in back
Frozen trees
Around 4 a.m. on Monday morning I was awakened to a very silent and dark house. Our power was off. Stepping onto the front porch told me the power was off all over the neighborhood. While standing on the porch I could hear the popping and cracking of trees all around us. Early Monday, when it was finally light enough to see, I found piles of tree limbs in the back yard. I haven't taken pictures of those yet. I am talking about BIG tree branches. Branches that drug down power lines and cable lines and even the old telephone line that was still attached to my house. (I no longer have a landline here).
Harley in the pool
I reported the outages and was told it would be WEDNESDAY before power would be restored. There were more than 4,000 residents without power. The hotels were full with power refugees and men coming into town to help with the outages.

So we loaded up and went to Maize, Kansas. This is close to Justin. He booked us into the Holiday Inn Express there. A pretty new hotel and very nice I must say. Then he met us there and took us to dinner. Harley enjoyed the pool and Darian enjoyed the gym. And granny enjoyed the warmth!

At 6:15 this morning I received a text message that my power was back on. But we stayed and ate breakfast, visited the gym again (Darian, not us girls) and took a morning nap. We arrived home about noon. The kids changed, grabbed their book bags and I drove them to school. Life was back to normal.

Not yet....

Power went off again. And came on. And went off. It's now on. Cross your fingers. I spent the afternoon dealing with Cox Communications trying to get my cable and internet back on. They kept telling me they were showing that I had no  problem here. Duh, I was!! About 30 minutes ago we finally got TV and internet. I am about to go pick up Harley from basketball practice. Hopefully this will be the last ice storm for us this year!!!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Time to Love


Overview from Barnes and Noble:
War correspondent Jennie King thinks she’s just a temporary guest in her grandmother’s Amish community while she recuperates from the devastating injuries sustained in a car bomb attack that changed her world. But when she meets Matthew Bontrager, the man she had a crush on as a teenager, she wonders if God has a new plan for her. Jennie has emotional and physical scars and though she feels she has come home to this man and this place, she's not sure she can bridge the difference between their worlds.

A Love story! Jenny was a war correspondent who was hit by a bomb and injured badly. She went to her Amish grandmother's place to heal and fell back in love with the man she had once loved as a teenager. Very predictable story. Predictable ending. Easy to read. Lots of things in the book about the Amish and their culture. This was a free book from Barnes and Noble and typical of a freebie! A nice, gentle story if you are into these kinds of stories.

My favorite quote from this book:

"Worrying is arrogant because God knows what he is doing."

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I am grateful for each and everyone
of you.
This is my menu for tomorrow!
Today we are watching the
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and
getting ready for our dinner

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Hodgepodge

The Day before Thanksgiving!! That is crazy. This year has flown by and we are looking to another in the very near future. How on earth are we going to slow down time?? For now lets join Joyce From This Side of the Pond and see what prompts she has for us to answer today. 

 1.What's something you wish you knew how to do, but feel like it's too late to learn?

I don't know if it is too late to learn how to ice skate, but I am not going to take any chances with any broken bones at my age. So I will not learn how. But this has been a dream of mine for many years. I used to tell my boys that if I believed in re-incarnation then I wanted to return as an Olympic figure skater. I love watching. So delicate. Yet so strong!

 2. Your least favorite thing to shop for? Why?

I strongly (okay, hate) dislike shopping for clothes for myself. I hate undressing in those tiny little stalls and looking at myself in those awful mirrors with all that awful lighting. So for years I have shopped online. Nothing fits right! And it never looks as good on me as it does on the model who is wearing it. Something I have never understood is why they show "plus size" clothing on a non-plus size model. And speaking of plus size, can you believe that the clothing industry considers plus size to be anything size 8 and above? That is so ridiculous! I looked up the term plus size and this is what I found:

(of clothing or people) of a size larger than the normal range.
"a new line of plus-size bathing suits"."
Have you ever looked around while you are out and about? The normal range of women these days are much larger than a size 8. No wonder so many people have body image issues.

 3. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were growing up?

I have been pondering this question for quite awhile. I don't know if I am unusual (well, I know that I am) but I cannot remember much about my childhood prior to around the 7th grade. The Thanksgivings that I most remember are after all of my siblings and myself left home. We would take turns hosting the family for the big meal. Usually at noon-time on Thanksgiving day. Today, there are much fewer people at the table. But that is about the only difference. I still fix all the same things. I don't remember a single holiday meal at my grandmother's house. Nothing! Nada!

 4. What's something that when other people see it, reminds them of you? Explain.

All those who know me REALLY well, know that the alstroemeria is my favorite flower. My good friend, Rozann, sent me a text this past summer, while visiting with her son in Kansas City. She said she thought of me when she passed a clump of these in front of his apartment building. I love buying these in the grocery store and arranging them on my table. They will last for up to two weeks. And they come in a variety of colors. The above color is my favorite. I'll be waiting for them to arrive at my door!! Hint! Hint!

5. If you could guest star in a TV show, what would it be and why?

There isn't any way that I would want to appear in a TV show.

 6. Have you ever farmed or spent any time on a farm? Are there farm stands in your little corner of the world and do you make it a point to shop there? If so, what item do you particularly like to buy from a roadside stand or farm shop?

No, I have never farmed or lived on a farm. And I have never wanted to. I stayed with my aunt a couple of times ,as a child, and I didn't find it all that fascinating. I guess I am just a town child. We have a Farmer's Market here. It is open once a week. You have to get up early to get the good stuff. I don't get up early. Not for tomatoes or cucumbers anyway! When we used to make the yearly trips to Colorado we always stopped in Rocky Ford, Colorado and bought fresh Rocky Ford cantaloupes at the roadside stands.  

 7. What's something you've experienced recently that made you feel a sense of awe or wonder?

Night before last I walked out my front door and stood on the sidewalk. It was after midnight. I gazed into the sky and stood in awe of what a beautiful universe we live on. The sparkle and shine of a billion plus stars and an almost full moon makes me feel small in a universe that is so large.

 8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all. Don't forget to be thankful for all that we have. Freedom! Freedom to speak as we want, to read what we want, to worship how we want, to live how we chose! Freedom is what I am thankful for this year!

Monday, November 23, 2015

My Simple Woman's Daybook-November 23rd Edition

For Today... 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Outside my window...

Currently, at just a little after midnight, the sky is dark, but an almost full moon is shining. In fact it is shining so brightly that you can see the shadows of the tree from the front yard falling on the reading room carpet. The stars are shining. And like sometimes when we were in Colorado they feel close enough to pluck from the sky. It is 36*, 5 mph wind, 62% humidity! A nice winter night. Soon it will be winter.

I am thinking...

I am thinking about the blister on Harley's heel from her new basketball shoes. We bought a blister guard at the store. I hope it helps her later today during practice.

I am thankful...

I am thankful to be feeling better. I am not sure what took hold of me during the night Friday/Saturday but I was so sick. Vomiting and diarrhea (sorry if this is TMI). A dose or two of good old Pepto and a day of sleeping on the couch off and on and I feel better today.


I am creating...

The only thing I am creating is my menu for the coming week. I have Thanksgiving covered! But I need to decide what simple meals we will have the remainder of the week.

I am going...

I am going to continue cleaning the carpets later today. (If I'm up to it). I need to, at least, get the reading room done so we can put up the Christmas Tree.

I am wondering...

I am wondering about Christmas lists and shopping. I have a few ideas from the kids but what they mostly want is money. The three grands like to shop and spend their money how they want to spend it. And that sure makes Christmas easy for me.

I am reading...

I am continuing to read, A Time To Love by Barbara Cameron. It's a love story that takes place in an Amish community. How many different ways can a love story be told?

I am hoping...

I am really hoping she was only kidding when she picked this guy up at the store and said, "This is what I want for Christmas." Then she posted this very picture on her social media sites with this captian:

"Bears are better than boys"

I am learning...

I am learning, all over again, about teenagers. This is my second time around with raising them. The first time I was also building a new career. So I was juggling the working mother life-style. And now, retirement, grieving, and teenagers again. And one of them is a G.I.R.L. Yikes!!

In my backyard....

I just stood at the darkened dining room window, looking into the backyard, and watched a opossum feed on the bread I had thrown out earlier for the birds and the squirrels. This opossum comes around so frequently we have started calling her Polly! Scoot away and hide before the sun comes up, Polly!

In my kitchen...

Monday...Grabbing to go

Tuesday...Hamburger Foil Packs

Wednesday...Chicken Mac & Cheese




Sunday...Cranky Turkey Sandwiches

We are having Thanksgiving on Friday when Justin and Paige can be here with us. I am keeping the menu simple all week so the big cooking can be done on Friday!!

A favorite quote for today...


A peek into my week...

Today Darian is judging a debate, so won't be home until 10. Harley has basketball practice. We'll grab a burger on the way home. On Tuesday just a normal day. But the last day of school for the week. Wednesday, Harley has basketball practice from 9-11. There will be no youth group. Thursday will just be a hang out at home day. Friday we'll have our Thanksgiving. On Saturday, along with leftovers, we'll start the Christmas decorating. Sunday we will start to prepare for the new week ahead. What are your plans for this busy week? 


One of my favorite things...

When we talk about Thanksgiving and all the wonderful food do you have a favorite. Something that you HAVE to have or it isn't Thanksgiving? Mine is cranberry sauce. From the can. Gelled! Yep, we think it is yummy. In fact we have it all through the year. That is how much we love it. But we have to have it on Thanksgiving.

From the photo album...

Justin texted me this picture of Paige and him on Sunday afternoon. They spent some time together playing miniature golf. We didn't see them this weekend. Look at that growth on his face....what the heck??



Post script...

Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends. And I am especially thankful for the wonderful people I have "met" here on my blog. You are the reason I keep writing. I wish each of you a very special day in your home with your loved ones. Know this: I love each and every one of you!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Just saying....

I usually write letters on Friday. You know that I do! But this week it is just going to be a little update of what is going on with us.

My oldest brother is moving!! He just purchased a home in Louisiana to be closer to his daughter. His son lives in the state of Washington. Do you think they could get any further apart? Chuck has been a frequent visitor at my house over the past three years. His beautiful wife Pam (with the best laugh ever) died in June of 2011. This was just before Richard had his stroke in September. Chuck was here for me during all the recovery, taking care of, and death of Richard. And in the past year we have had coffee twice a week. I'll miss him!! But he will be close to his granddaughter. And it gives me another place to go visit someday!

This is Harley's ring.  Class of 2018
Harley got her class ring this week. It is beautiful. Class rings of today are simply not like the ones from my high school years. When my class of 1969 ordered ours all the girls rings looked the same and all the boys rings looked the same. Now they design their own. And make them personal. And get them when they are sophomores so they can wear them all during the remainder of their high school years. Which is a good thing. Since they are not cheap! Harley's has two amethyst (her birthstone) a Christian cross on one side (to represent her love of her church) and of course a basketball. There are no two rings that are alike! Just like snowflakes.

Speaking of snowflakes, hope we don't get any of that soon. I am seeing forecasts for snow all over the USA coming up. The big news here, at my house, happened at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning. I was once again awakened by an earthquake. 4.7 magnitude. What the heck?? My bed was shaking and the lamp on the desk was wobbling all over the place. And Darian and Harley slept soundly through it! You can read all about it here.

Remember sometime ago when I talked about cleaning my carpets? Well that is what I have been working on. A couple of more rooms tomorrow (Friday) and then I will stop until after Thanksgiving. I am hoping to get the Christmas tree up on Saturday. With Justin's help. And the girls can decorate it. I just cannot believe it is already Christmas.

Hoping everyone will have a good weekend!!