Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I'm BURSTING with gratitude over what I generally take for granted--MY HEALTH! I feel better today than I have in almost a week! PRAISE THE LORD!!! And I can REALLY truly taste my food! Ahhhh, the simple joys of life! I MIGHT even be able to resume my exercise tomorrow! Looking VERY forward to that!!!
Today I took my 5oz. can of tuna and added my homemade guacamole and fresh tomatoes from the garden! Oh my goodness!!!!! AMAZING!!! I absolutely love the combination! So glad I tried it! Then I cooked beets from the garden and added a cold sweet potato for dessert. And ALL this for 338 calories, 12 g. fat 33 carbs, and 29 gr. of protein!
Okay, I need to brag for a minute on two of my boys! Thank you for indulging me! hehe
As many of you know, Jonathan  has been doing an art form called Intarsia [ stores.northernwoodsintarsia.com/Sto
reFront.bok ] for almost 3 years. The link is to his website and to explain a little history of intarsia. Several months ago, Jonathan was commissioned by a company to make this world map! I'm SPEECHLESS over his choice of woods--all hardwoods and NO STAINING! God is SO awesome to make so many different woods! These pictures don't begin to compare to the real life version, but at least you get a taste of his work.
For those interested, here is a list of the woods and some countries so you can look at the name of particular wood:
Maple, Bolivian Rosewood, Olivewood, Purple Heart, Red Heart, Osage Orange, Pink Ivory, Tamboti, Black Walnut, Lace Wood, Wenge, Colored Maple, African Amazouke, Kauri(A wood from New Zealand that was buried for 1200 years) Canary Wood, Santos Mahogany, Bloodwood, Rho Teak, Santos, Jatoba, Iroko, Australian Myrtle, Bubinga, Cherry, Andiroba
Alaska: Bolivian Rosewood
Canada: Olive wood
North America: Narra
Mexico: Osage Orange:
Argentina: Red Heart
Greenland: Purple Heart
Great lakes: European Beech
Africa: Wenge, Osage Orange, Amazouke, Wenge, Rho Teak, Narra, Canarywood, Santos Mahogany, colored maple, Pink Ivory, Kauri
China: Australian Myrtle
India: Pink Ivory(Africa's sacred wood)
Peru: Canary wood
Mongolia: Purple Heart
Indonesia: Red Heart
New zealand: Bubinga
Japan: Bolivian Rosewood
Nate  is an amazing artist and an INCREDIBLE geography whiz--combining those two qualities and we have the designer of Jonathan's project. As a side note, Nate did this map BY HEART. He took a wonderful school course called, "Mapping the World by Heart" and he can pretty much name [and DRAW FROM MEMORY] every single country and also give MOST of the capitols!!!! Unbelievable! He puts his mother to shame! ha! Geography was not my forte!
And FINALLY, tonight we finally have Mary's birthday dinner! New York Cheesecake is about to go in fridge to chill. Homemade Whole Wheat French bread is almost done kneading [has to knead for 10 minutes and then rest 10 minutes for 5 TIMES!--quite the process but SO worth it!!!!] I will make her pork chops, mashed potatoes, creamed corn and salad later on.
Then Sunday night will be Nate's birthday dinner, and then I'll be caught up until my dh's HUGE 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH on the 25th!
And I'll end this blog with a pic from our 'sick days'. I HATE being sick, but this picture of two of my boys [17 & 5] sleeping together is PRECIOUS!!!!
Love and hugs, my precious, most treasured friends!!!!! Susan
P.S. Even with my daughter's cheesecake for her birthday, I'm staying within range on everything, and I'm going to hit 80 grams of protein today! PRETTY thrilled!!! I'm stir frying my pork with veggies [instead of fried pork chops] and I'm eating beets & sweet potatoes instead of mashed potatoes and creamed corn. So I'm indulging in 1/2 piece of homemade cheesecake with blackberry pie filling on top.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Oh, my goodness, I'm SO, SO, SO thankful to be feeling better today! I haven't felt good since last Wednesday, and I HATE being sick! I would make a terrible JOB from the Bible! ha!
Thankfully, the LORD gave me enough strength Saturday to make a homemade pot of soup, and make my Nate some of his favorite pizza: chicken alfredo, his birthday dinner was postponed [as was Mary's]. But Saturday night I put in TONS of veggies [onions, celery, zucchini, broccoli, potatoes, summer squash] in my big Nesco roaster with all the chicken bones to simmer overnight. Well, yesterday, I felt WORSE than I had in the whole sickness! It was horrible! The sinus pressure was so bad that I just cried in pain [and this was after 4 IBprofen!] so my simmering had to go yet another night. Now I've taken all the veggies and pureed them and added them back into the chicken stock, and it's in the fridge so I can skim the fat and then can the broth.
I also was able to clean out the fridge, make bread, do homeschooling, and help make granola [Monday afternoons are our home economics time]. Do you know HOW AWESOME it feels to have a tad of energy back. My dh went to town yesterday and it completely wiped him out, so I'm hoping I didn't overdo today! But for sure, I'm not exercising until this stuff is further out of my lungs! My cough is HORRIBLE!
Mary went with Andrew and Daddy today to Duluth. I was planning on the trip, but dh didn't think it would be a good idea with my sickness. Andrew has ortho appt. and Mary is getting her baby mini blue rex bunny [show worthy] and is MORE THAN EXCITED!!!! We were so tickled to find a source in Superior WI that was WILLING to pick one up for her at a bunny show this weekend! God is SO good! She has been so grieving the loss of her cat, that this will hopefully fill a void in her little heart!
Well, that's all for now! Thank you EVER so much for the tremendous prayer support! I love you guys and have VERY MUCH missed sparking!
Huge hugs, Susan
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Good-bye Gussie Boy--we love you and THANK YOU for all the memories!
Our special guy came to live with us in 1995. He was a Manx cat with 6 toes! And he was HUGE! One time he weighed 18#'s.
I will NEVER forget my 4 little boys [5, 4, 3, 2] when they met their kitty for the first time. Immediately, there was a bond of love, and Gussie certainly took lots of loving 'abuse'! ha!
Here's an example of some the loving abuse! ha!
I remember the time that Nate TRACED him so he could draw the cat! My Nate [almost 20 now] had an insatiable hunger for tracing and drawing. All he did from the time he was 4 years old was TRACE! He just wanted tracing paper for his birthday! Now he is a talented artist, and to think it all started with tracing the cat!
Nate and Gussie were HUGE buds!
One time he was meowing and Mary meowed back and Gussie took his paw and swatted her!
It was SO cute when he took dirt bathes in the flower beds.
Sammy getting ready to drive his car over Gussie--Gus NEVER was bothered by anything the kids did to him [we taught them early on not to hurt the kitty].
And Gussie getting kisses:
When the kids would come out of the tub or shower, he would lick them dry! ha!
We loved watching him sun himself.
And BIG stretches after his sun bathing:
Saying good-bye to our friend:
WE LOVE YOU, GUSSIE--see you when we get to heaven.
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