Sunday, July 16, 2017

Catching Things Up

So I figured I'm long overdue for a post. There has been a lot going on over here so I'm going to just probably gloss over a lot because I've forgotten more than I can even think of.

At my last post update the kids were still in school and we were dealing with pretty normal stress. Since then... Oh boy...

Well my daughter started letting her boyfriend into the house during the middle of the night... yup new locks, security stuff, police, phone calls and well I think I'm still the most hated mother as I am forcefully removing this person from the picture. I can't help my daughter has no common sense but this boy oh jeeze piece of work his family no better. LONG story with lots of boo hoo wooh is me... Yeah don't care.

Then my grandfather died right before OMGcon. So I made arrangements to go to his funeral later that week which was going to be a long drive but we were in still full gear trying to get costuming for the kids done for OMGcon. Of course the costume I was sewing my daughter never got a picture in instead got a picture in her silly sheet ghost one on a different day.
Anyways why was I at OMGcon and not at my Grandpa's funeral? Well my husband was cutting on some plastic and stupidly was forcing the exacto knife towards him and tried to remove his finger he succeeded in having a large flap of a fingertip aka we were at the emergency room all night and I stayed home to help take care of him. I late find out that while I wasn't there my uncle while talking with the lawyer and settling the estate with my other uncle and mother decided he wanted to try and push to sue me to pay me back for gifts my grandfather sent 8 years ago. No joke. It's amazing what you find out about family but my mom and other uncle quickly put a stop to that.

So after all this life moves on I decide now is the time to get the floors in the kitchen and living room redone and redo the kitchen so I can have a built in dishwasher this was back on June 16th. Well the floor was a disaster so of course I complained and the contractor took me for $1700 not counting materials so he quit. So there we are with a floor not properly done and NO kitchen as in everything was ripped out. Thankfully we were able to get another guy in because it's good to know people and it's good to know good people that while they are tired and over worked they won't leave people in a bind.
Oh yeah our floor was bad. I mean really bad! It would have been destroyed by this winter because it was not properly installed. We are trying to proceed in recovering from that. If you want to see some of the videos (my husband has the rest because some of the times my phone was dead) I will post the links down below.
So here we are in the middle of July and I finally have a house back. We just got furniture back in the house Saturday and we're starting to try and unpack and move back in which has turned into a long process.

Oh I also took over being 4-H STEM leader because no one else stepped up. It hasn't been the most positive experience before but hopefully that will change.

On a positive note Peter and I did get to go see Jeff Dunham last week so that was a lot of fun and we really needed some time to laugh and destress.

Hmm other stuff. Magic the Gathering had another pre-release so pretty much everyone but Katherine has put in several hours working at the gaming shop last week to try and get store credit to feed the addiction of card games and board games.


Links:
When The Contractor Quit
Day 1 Start
Day 1 Pulling Floor Up Kitchen
Day 1 Floor Going Down Kitchen
Day 2 Work
Kitchen Work
Kitchen Done
Living Room Done

Okay so what's planned for Monday? Well move moving stuff in. Brielle needs to babysit. Both kids have to get their acts in gear to finish stuff to turn in for the fair Tuesday. They also want to can salsa so we will just see where we get.
I have an appointment for B-12 shot too.

Rest of the week? Work mostly. Brielle is volunteering down at 4-H taking fair entries Tuesday. Weekend we have some birthday parties to go to.

That's stuff in a nutshell. We cannot thank our friends enough with offer of food, help with labor, help with moving us back in... just with everything even just being emotional support. I'm sorry I haven't been posting but that's life.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Busy Monday, May 8

Today's 'To-Do' List
  • Cleaning around the house
  • Make a menu
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Lunch with Peter
  • Try and work on Wind Turbine Project
  • Mow the lawns
  • Work in the Garden area
Menu
  • ?
  • Chicken & Something got to figure this out
  • Spaghetti w/Italian Sausage
  • Pork Tenderloin (crockpot) & unsure of sides I'll put with it yet 
  • Pizza
  • ?
  • Mother's Day so I figured I'd let the family figure this one out
A lot of work still needed on the menu but I figured I'd post this up so I don't miss yet another week. 

This Week's 'To-Do' List
  • Thursday
    • Choir Concert
    • Band Concert
  • Friday
    • Start of city BBQ Festival
    • 7-9 Middle School Dance
    • Pokemon Night
    • Friday Night Magic Card Game
  • Saturday
    • City BBQ Festival Continues
    • 9-11 4-H Marksmanship
    • Brielle has a field Trip meeting at 3:30
  • Sunday
    • Mother's Day so I plan to take the day off and perhaps workoutside.
Last Week

I'm not sure what even to write on this since it has been several weeks. We've been busy with school stuff, shooting competitions, dances, camps, etc.
Been keeping super busy and been trying to go out and help friends with their projects too so I'm pretty just worn down. I took yesterday (Sunday) off and tried to just relax some though I have to get stuff done today and try and catch up on some things that have been falling behind.
You'll notice I mentioned a Wind Turbine project too. I'm taking over the 4-H STEM club in our area so the project I have planned is to make Wind Turbines with them. I've gotten a lesson plan together but now I need to build a working Wind Turbine and get project kits together.
I've also purchased a bunch of fabric to start on costumes for the June OMGcon but that requires having space to work so that's an ongoing project just to find space.

A few pictures from the last few weeks.
Shooting Competition

Cupcake Making Class

Katherine in the Bunk area for Movie Making Camp
Brielle from before her Junior Prom

Monday, April 17, 2017

Busy Monday, April 17

Today's 'To-Do' List
  • Take Brielle into School for Beta Club
  • Meet with Johanna to go to the Church Store
  • Lunch with Peter
  • Make a menu
  • Groceries
  • Make dinner
  • Class (taking Brielle with me tonight)
Menu
  • Tonight it is Bison Burgers and Turnip Fries
  • Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
  • Grilled Pork, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies
  • Parm Chicken & Spaghetti
  • Friday not sure because I was going to move Pizza to Saturday this week. 
  • Pizza
  • Eat Out
This Week's 'To-Do' List
  • Tuesday
    • Take Polly to the Vet - Oh yeah I did that last week too. Polly is our cat and she's having problems. Right now we think the flea medication caused nerve damage and she is having problems pooping... TMI I know
    • Anime Club for the kids
  • Wednesday
    • Open?
  • Thursday
    • 4-H Banquet 6pm
    • Orchestra 7-8 (Will have to leave the banquet early because I can't miss this class)
  • Friday
    • Open?
  • Saturday
    • Botanical garden sale 8am
    • Shooting match 9-11
    • Pre-Release MtG 6pm
  • Sunday
    • All day Orchestra Arts Festival
  • Monday
    • B-12 Shot
    • Blacky goes back to the groomer they thought I only wanted a trim on him so back to the groomer he goes.
    • Orchestra Class
  • Tuesday
    • Band Arts Festival
    • Jr. Homemakers Club @ 5:30 (If we are out of Band Fest by that time) 
  • Wednesday
    • Pick up Brielle from school and go out to the 4-H office to go over getting Brielle's paperwork done and also I'm starting paperwork to take over the STEM club next year. 
  • Thursday
    • Orchestra Class
  • Friday
    • Drive Katherine out to camp
    • Peter has his card game
  • Saturday
    • Katherine is still at Camp
    • Brielle has Junior Prom (which I still need to fix her dress for)
  • Sunday
    • Drive out to go pick up Katherine from Film Camp
I figured I'd add in next week incase I don't get to my blog again next week.


Last Week

So actually this should say the last few weeks because I haven't been posting. With stuff going on with the kids in school. Teenage drama. 4-H, Brielle's volunteering schedule, art shows, etc etc I don't get much time to sit down and think let alone type anything up like this; instead it turns into more of just quick blurbs on facebook to family to let them know I'm alive and going bald. 
I hope things calm down once summer break gets here. As far as spring break went Brielle volunteered 32 hours that week, Katherine just kept on her computer as far as I can tell and Peter and I worked. We all could really use a vacation though.

I'm going to post up some pictures of random days from the last few weeks but first let's cover yesterday's adventure just so we can have a story up. 

So yesterday was Easter Sunday and as many people know we aren't a very religious family. Peter and I both grew up Roman Catholic so that might have something to do with it all that Sunday exercising; sit, stand, kneel, sit, stand, kneel.... Anyways so we spend the time at home with our children most years and just relax. That was not this year.
It has been very hot out here in Kentucky the last few days so hot we had to break down and turn on the central air. I've been moving my plants out of the greenhouse so they don't bake and then keeping them well watered. Up until this point I had been using my watering can but with them being outside there was no point and was just easier to cut out the middle step and spray them down using the hose. Well my sprayer nozzle apparently broke over the winter. I found one of my other ones it too had apparently broke and gave me a shower instead of the plants. So I went on the hunt for a sprayer nozzle. First I went to Family Dollar which oddly didn't have anything like that so while I was in there Peter called me and asked for car jacks because we were missing a piece to ours and he decided Easter was a good time to start teaching Brielle how to change the oil on his car which we hope will become her car. Well Family Dollar isn't going to have floor jacks and I was right by Autozone but I thought no I'll go to Tractor Supply they should have my sprayer and Peter's jacks. So I stopped for gas because I was literally counting the miles to try and stay within my reserve since I had been driving around on E for two days. I then went to Tractor Supply. Guess who isn't open on Sundays? Tractor Supply which good for them give their employees some important family time. Not irritated or mad at all about this. So then it's criss crossing roads again to get to a Dollar General for my sprayer and then back over to Autozone. 

Good deal things are taken care of I get home and see Johanna is there Peter called her over goes into that whole teenage drama thing and sometimes an adult other than Mom and Dad can get through better. In any case, Johanna has never changed the oil in a car before so she was fascinated and asked if she could learn too while Brielle was learning.
Let's fast forward this some... 5 Autozone trips later.
Peter is working on the spark plugs on Johanna's car because they were in bad need of it and were misfiring. We get through all that.
Brielle did a good 80% of the oil change herself her dad just needed to help her with some of the harder parts like breaking the seal on the pan screw and the old filter to get them off. Johanna got under her car and did about 80% of her oil change too.
Then there was a lot of extra time ate up by Peter dropping a tool in the engine so we had to try and get it out without a grabber tool. 

All said and done around 5 o'clock two cars had had oil changes and one got the plugs changed. We did good and were all patting ourselves on the back. I didn't do too much, I supervised! That means I get the biggest paycheck right?
So Johanna gets ready to leave and well she couldn't she locked her keys in the car. We tried the coat hanger trick. We opened the door just a smig so we could get a rod down in it and they were pushing on the button but it wasn't doing anything so 9 o'clock at night we had to get a locksmith in which did basically the same thing we did to push the button going in through the door but it worked for him... S.O.B.! Seriously!
But that was our crazy day. I had eggs all boiled and ready to dye since we didn't have time during the rest of the week prior but I guess those will wait. 


Now for random pictures. 



Apparently my phone has decided to stop uploading again. *sighs* 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Busy Monday, March 20 (Wednesday Edition)

Today's 'To-Do' List What happened to Monday? What happened to Tuesday?

So Monday got pretty messed up. I drove Brielle into school. I got my meal plan done. I took some time to watch my show (The 100) and things were going about like normal. I was a bit slower than normal though so before I could get the shopping done it was time for me to go to Lunch with Peter. We didn't get out of the parking lot before he got called back in. So I waited in the parking lot 45 minutes before he came back out and then on the way to lunch he got another call so after lunch I drove him to his next work site and then back to the homesite (hospital has offices spread across the city). It ate up a bunch of the day and then had to do the grocery shopping and take Brielle to the orthodontist. Class got canceled so I watched shows with my husband since I was out and about a lot this past week so he was feeling neglected. 
Tuesday, I drove Brielle into school again she's got some late work she has to get done and her school laptop got stolen so she is having a hard time keeping up with the work (yeah found out about that Monday). It was a normal day of work but forgot that the girls had Anime Club that night so I double booked myself. After I got out of work I was putting away my prescription safety glasses and the arm snapped so I had to take them to eyemart to see if I could get just the arm which I couldn't and they wouldn't put the lenses into different frames since I had some frames at home. So when I did get home I stole the arm off my old frames and put them on my new ones and other than a color difference it's all fine. So got home made dinner and then Peter took the girls to club because Johanna was coming over for me to help her with sewing again. Which was a bit of a mess because I was having to guess things and I was tired. Thankfully a friend of the girls their mom contacted me and asked about driving the girls back so we didn't have to go back out to pick them up. 
Menu
  • Spaghetti w/Meatballs
  • Chicken, Pasta & Salad
  • Pizza
  • Chicken Nuggets w/French Fries
  • -- Does I forgot count? I'm pretty sure I bought something I just can't remember what.
This Week's 'To-Do' List
  • Wednesday 
    • Work/School
    • Johanna comes back by to work on more sewing. 
  • Thursday
    • Work/School
    • 5:30 -7 Band Concert
    • 7-8 Orchestra (I'm going to have fun getting between these)
  • Friday
    • Peter's Card game I may or may not join this week
    • Brielle may be Volunteering at the Library
  • Saturday
    • Take Brielle out Driving in the morning
    • Katherine has 4-H Marksmanship
    • Katherine has a friend spending the night
  • Sunday
    • Brielle Volunteers at Humane Society
Last Week

I got some lovely cards from the gardening group I'm in. Peter was sick on my actual birthday. Johanna took me out for coffee though and then we went out for coffee Thursday too. 

Thursday, Peter was feeling better so we went to Golden Corral for dinner thankfully for the lunch with the ladies from work (Tuesday) I asked for my gift card to there because it took that, my free meal for my birthday plus an extra $7 not including tip just to cover the 4 of us to go eat there. It won't be something we do as a family very often that is for sure. And then I went to class directly after which is how I ended up with Johanna because after class I knew Thursdays she would be shopping at Dollar General (she's a couponer from heck) so I met with her to discuss some ideas and then ended up sticking around and then we went to coffee. I didn't get home until about 11:30 Wednesday and Thursday. 

I had my first job embroidering some onesies they had to be done for this past weekend for a baby shower



Friday was Pokemon night so I decided not to join in the card game (that and it had a huge entry fee last week) so I stuck around and talked to some friends and I bought a very adult card game called Joking Hazard and we played that. 
After I got the kids home I went to bed. I went to bed early pretty much all weekend. 

Saturday, Johanna and Courtney joined me out in Evansville and we had a lovely lunch at a greek restaurant and then went to the big Jo-Anns there. Jo-Anns was AWFUL! Every one was awful I even put in a complaint. Who knows how far it will go and part of me wishes there was some competition for how poorly we were treated but there won't be and I'm not going to demand it because the important part was noting just how bad the service was. We will never go back to the Evansville Jo-Ann Fabrics. 
That night I went to a St. Patties day Party and talked and stayed up way too late.

Sunday... I truthfully can't remember Sunday too much I know I slept a lot and I know Peter and I went out and picked up flooring samples as we are trying to figure out how we are going to redo the kitchen and the living room but that is about all I remember. 

Well that's a run down pretty much. 
Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Busy Monday, March 13

Today's 'To-Do' List
  • Is as done as it is going to be given it's 10:30pm. I drove Brielle into school. Made a bit of a meal plan and got groceries. Had to switch out some thread at Jo-Ann Fabric's because mine had a big black mark on it I didn't notice when I bought it. I had lunch with Peter and then we stopped by Starbucks for my Birthday drink (Not my birthday yet but they loaded it early) and then took him home. I worked on some embroidery stuff. I paid some bills (sadly paid medical with credit card and not HSA I was too scatterbrained today). Katherine made dinner of Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. I went to Orchestra class and then I came home and watched a little TV with the hubby. He surprised me when I came home and had a bunch of laundry folded and vacuumed! 
Menu
  • Tacos or Spaghetti it will depend on if my avocado is ready or not yet. 
  • Birthday Dinner so we are going to the Golden Corral that opened in town. I have my free meal email from them and I told the ladies from work I wanted my gift card from there. 
  • Tacos or Spaghetti... whichever one we didn't have on Tuesday.
  • Crockpot Corned Beef (potatoes, carrots, onions all stewed in with it yum)
  • Pizza
  • Not sure yet but I bought plenty of stuff for meals so we will be cooking in. 
This Week's 'To-Do' List
  • Tuesday
    • Johanna is suppose to come by so I can help her with sewing again. 
    • The library is having a stop motion movie class for the teens I'd really like it if the girls could go but I need to talk to Peter about it since I'll be helping Johanna.
  • Wednesday
    • My Birthday woot another year older and more senile.
    • 4-H STEM Club
  • Thursday
    • Orchestra Class
  • Friday
    • Brielle is suppose to be Volunteering at the Library helping older folks with tech like the library websites.
    • FnM is going to be a Draft for the new Modern Masters so Peter will be playing in that.
    • It is a Pokemon week so Katherine will be down there for that and I will be helping her because I won't play in a draft it cost too much. 
  • Saturday
    • Going to the city about 40 minutes away to go to their big Jo-Ann store and maybe Michaels too. I will be going with some of my Stitch N Bitch gals and going out to the Greek restaurant for lunch. 
    • Friends are having their annual St. Patties day party so we'll drop in there that evening. 
  • Sunday
    • Brielle will be volunteering at the Humane Society most likely.
    • Get laundry and stuff done and get ready for the work week.
Last Week

So last week was pretty messed up. I won't go into it all but let us say a lot of teenage drama. Break ups. And mom don't know sh* apparently moments at least in my teenage girl's mind. On top of all that stress was the fact I came down with a weird illness. I pushed through it and went to work every day but I really felt horrible the whole time I was there and wasn't nearly productful enough which means this next week is going to be rough on me to catch back up on things. 

I still haven't figured out what is going on with my phone backing up to the internet. Grr this blog look so plain with no pictures at all on it. 

Weather has been freaky around here and we had snow today of all things. I'm not sure about anyone else but I'm just ready for Spring. I don't want summer no I just want a nice mild spring where I can have some time to get some stuff done outside or heck just a day where I don't feel that it is so nasty I don't want to go clean out my car because it could really use some cleaning. 

Well I better get to bed it's 11 o'clock and it's a work night. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Busy Monday, March 6

Today's 'To-Do' List
  • Drive Brielle into School for Beta - Did this then on the way home got a message they weren't having Beta this morning. Very inconsiderate not to give proper notice. 
  • Write this Blog
  • Make a Menu 
  • (Additional update while writing this) Got a phone call to go have breakfast with friends.
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Lunch with Peter
  • Go down and buy flea/tick meds for the cat she's out and today's treatment day gotta keep up with that the ticks are already out can you believe that! We just got a notice from our local news station about it.
  • Plant some more seeds. I got some planted Friday but Johanna got off work early so since I was hanging out with her we did some embroidery stuff so I didn't get as much done as I needed but she helped me get some done at least. 
  • Pay bills. 
  • Update credit card info on stuff I got sent out a new card. Don't you just hate that they send you out a new card just because they changed the design and now you have to go back through everything and update all your information on your bill pays. 
  • Try and find time to catch up a little on the house. The laundry monster is by far the worst! 
Menu
  • Chicken, Pasta & veggies - Held over from last week was suppose to be Sunday's meal but with me helping Johanna sew the day got away from us so Peter just went down to Subway for a couple Meatball subs we split among the family. Ever do that? Decide it's just not worth the stress.
  • Crockpot Pork Roast, Potatoes & more veggies (pretty much I'm going to see what veggies I can find on sale)
  • Spaghetti w/Turkey Sausage
  • Sloppy Joes & Chips
  • Pizza
  • Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
  • Hamburgers & French Fries
This Week's 'To-Do' List
  • Tuesday
    • Close the Deal "Scheduling Fair" 3:30-6pm - This is the HS class registration for the next year. Hard to believe my baby is going to be a senior!
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • Orchestra 7-8pm
  • Friday
    • Peter's Card Game
  • Saturday
    • Marksmanship 1-3pm
  • Sunday
At some point Johanna said she may be back over to work on her project again this week I'm unsure of what day that will be. 

I also plan to make it down to the gym a few days this week. 

Last Week

So last week I didn't do a post. I was so busy doing so much running that by time I got home it was pretty much time to make dinner and I just didn't feel up to it at that point.
So let's touch on the week before last. As always I forget to put things down on the schedule one of those things was I took Brielle out to get her Driver's Permit. 

We've been out driving in a parking lot twice since then. I do believe instead of gray my hair is going to go pure white. 

(I need to find why my phone won't sync photos anymore with blogger this is a tad annoying it's easiest to post them to facebook and then download them to my pc to then upload them to here... yup too many steps but it's not going to hit today's 'to do' list.)

Last week was just a lot of work and stuff. I decided by time I got to Thursday that I was taking Friday off as a vacation day. I pretty much took Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off mentally as a vacation and god did I love it! I was happy all weekend. I went and saw friends. We had a Stitch N Bitch meeting I went to (though I was really sick Saturday so I didn't do much at SnB) and Saturday night I went to a friend's house and played board games. Sunday got a bit shot after I dropped some tools off and talked with a friend I met back up with Johanna she needed help with her sewing project and she's never really explored her sewing machine before or done any larger projects before so I spent the evening helping her learn and it got progressively faster as she got more comfortable which is good.

Oh so that week I didn't post about yeah we were in like the mid-70's breaking temperature records. This past Friday it Snowed! I'm not joking. This is NUTS. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Busy Monday, February 20

Today's 'To-Do' List
  • Drop Brielle off at School
  • Menu
  • Groceries
  • Lunch with Peter
  • Email Teachers (various stuff field trips, time out of class etc)
  • Plant some seeds?
  • Drop some seeds off to a lady
  • Clean up the house?
  • Orchestra
Menu
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Pork, Mashed Potatoes, and Peas
  • Spaghetti w/Meatballs
  • Crockpot Chicken Tacos
  • Pizza
  • Chicken strips and french fries
  • Hot Dogs & Chips
This Week's 'To-Do' List
  • Tuesday
    • Pick up Eggs from Shop I get them from a friend who has chickens so straight off the farm. 
    • Kids have Anime Club
  • Wednesday
    • Pick up Katherine from school she got a detention what throws me off about this is she still has all of her behavioral cards it was just out of the blue and she even said she was sorry had she known she was doing something she would have tried to stop. Apparently she was talking too much and drawing in class. 
  • Thursday
    • Orchestra for me
  • Friday
    • Cards for Peter
  • Saturday
    • 4-H Marksmanship for Katherine
  • Sunday
    • Free?
Last Week

I really should write these posts out during the week because I always forget everything by Monday. I know work was really stressful for myself and for Peter. We've had a lot of crazy things hit at my work and at Peter's work they just fired 5 people because they didn't get all their certification tests done in time and so they are piling jobs on Peter that he has no clue how to do. 
I did take a friend of mine down to the Quarter Store so she got to do that and I bought a prom dress for Brielle down there that will need some adjustments. It's got a few snags but nothing I think anyone will notice and can't beat the price of $5. 
Friday was a messed up day for me I just had a bad day from beginning to end. I knew I needed to stop caring so much about it that in the long run it really didn't matter and if I just moved on I would be happier but I never quite could.
Saturday, Katherine had 4-H Marksmanship and then that evening I went and played cards with Peter and the boys.
Sunday we had company over and cooked out since it was nice out and looks like it will be nice out for most of this week. 

Apparently I didn't take any pictures of anything this week which I think is bunk and that for whatever reason they just aren't loading correctly but I'm not going to argue with it right now since it is 10:30.
I was up til near 1:30 trying to catch up laundry so people would have clothes to wear today and then back up at 6 and back down to bed around 6:10 and then back up at 6:50 and then just been trying to get things done since then.
I feel like I'm sitting here drooling on myself and that's the best accomplishment I've had with the help of 2 cups of coffee. 


It should be beautiful out here in Kentucky being in the low 70's all week. It is hard to believe it is February! Hope everyone has a great week. I'm going to go drool on myself in the shower and see if I can start feeling like a human.