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Garden Goodies

Monday, June 11, 2012

I wish I would have planted a garden this year. My husband and I didn't have the motivation to plant one this year because what happened last year. We planted okra, tomatoes, eggpant, brussel sprouts, cabbage, green beans, all in all we had about 20 different veggies. The summer was exceptionally hot with over 100 days of 100+ degree days. We tried to keep it watered but our water bill shyrocketed from $40 a month to over $120. We really didn't have much of a choice but to let our crops burn up in the sun.

My father-in-law and several of our neighbors share what they grow. The crops are doing better so far and already we've been given some cuccumbers, yellow squash, peaches, and hot peppers (I can't think of what kind they are at the moment). What I enjoy the most is watching my children gobble down the fresh produce. If it comes from a can I have a hard time trying to get them eat their vegetables but they have no reservations about eating something fresh off the vine and washed off under the garden hose.

I'm trying to be less reluctant about allowing my kids to be in the kitchen when I cook and so far its working out pretty good. They help me plan our meals, there's less fuss about what's for dinner, and we are all eating healthier. Tonight we had ratatouille (son's request) with cuccumber slices on the side (daughter's request), and grilled tilapia (only my husband and I ate the fish).

We're looking forward to making "Neighborhood Salsa."


Getting sleep

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

During the school year we would wrap everything up and get ready at a reasonable time. Friday and Saturday nights were our "stay up late" nights. Now that the kids are out of school we find ourselves staying up later and staying in bed for half of the morning. I don't want to fall into a night schedule.

I know what I should do, I should stop giving myself permission to stay in bed. Even if I go to bed at 1:00am I seem to naturally wake up around 6:30am everyday. I'm going to make it a goal to just get up out of bed instead of waiting for the rest of the household to stir. I'm sure that after a few days of 6:30 mornings, I'll want to go to bed at a decent hour in the evenings. I'll let everyone sleep until 8:00am then, if I have to use a fog horn, wake everyone up.

I think it'll be nice to have an hour and a half for some quiet, me time. My house is tiny and one of my rules are: no one is allowed to be in the kitchen when I'm cooking. No more hassle of someone trying to get a cup from the cabinet while I'm trying to take a tray of biscuits out of the oven. No more arguing of (me) "Don't eat anything, I'm cooking!", (child) "But when is breakfast going to be ready? I'm hungry." It will all be ready and on the table before they can rub the sleep from their eyes.

I will make this an effort to reach a goal until it becomes a habit. Wish me luck.



Sunday, June 03, 2012

Are you a glass is half empty or a glass is half full person? For me, I have no doubt, whatsoever, that no matter how bad things get, the sun will rise every morning. I use that as something to look forward to.

I'm having a good day so far. I found an old friend's email. I'm pretty sure she still uses it so I sent her a few sentences on how things are going in my life. She happens to also be a manager at the place I just put a job application in at. For you pessimists out there, No! I did not send her an email just because I want to get the job. She is first and foremost my friend. I miss her and I can't wait to hear back from her.

Back in 2009 I had a stroke which left me with some mobility issues. Here it is, 4 years later, and I am ready to get off of disability and earn my own way of living. The job I've applied for is a huge company. My friend is a manager there but I will not be a part of her team.

Sorry, I can't curb my excitement and I don't want to either. 2009 was a bad year for me... I had a stroke, I had to drop out of college, I lost my house and had to move my family into a 30 ft travel trailer, I filed for bankruptcy. I didn't let that get me down. I had a stroke but I didn't lose my intelligence, I dropped out of college but I was doing algebra less than a week after the stroke and still studied, I lost my house but my family and I were still together with a roof over our heads, food to eat, and warm beds to sleep in...

Life is a challenge and the fact that I make it through another day and see that sun shining the next morning proves that I am stronger than any obstacles that are put in my way.

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MIAJOEB 6/4/2012 12:21PM

    Thank you for reminding me it is my attitude that decides if I am going to have a good day or make myself miserable. Bad things happen to good people but the people I respect are the ones who have the faith that they will not only survive but triumph. I will look forward to more of your blogs. emoticon

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RADFEN 6/3/2012 7:41PM

    emoticon Good for you!

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MEETSADMAMA 6/3/2012 3:59PM

    Great to hear how you've overcome so many obstacles in life. Sometimes we have to hit out all-time lows before we're ready to hit the all-time highs =] I know what you mean when you say a bad year - mine was more like a year and a half before my life started seeing some sort of sunlight in the distance.

Half full or half empty?? Usually half full but some days I get up on the wrong side of the bed and then it's somehow half empty lol.

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About the title

Saturday, June 02, 2012

"My Rear-View Mirror," is the first thing that came to mind when I started this blog. My first post on the message board is under the title "Introduce Yourself" www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb

It may only be a 2-3 minute read but it took me over 5 hours to write it. I wanted to convey my feelings on how I feel about myself. Realistically, though, I am not in constant misery. I do look in the mirror sometimes and think "Wow, God put a very beautiful person on this earth and there she is right now, looking back at me."

I am going to imagine that I put all of the bad decisions and choices I've made into a big trash pile. I am going to get into my car and drive away. In my rear-view mirror that trash pile will get smaller and smaller until I can't see it anymore. The horizon has a better view and that's where I am going.

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MIAJOEB 6/3/2012 12:07AM

    Wonderful! Be proud of your self. I hope you will keep in touch and I will subscribe to your blog.

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