Tuesday, June 15, 2010
WHEEW! What a whirlwind, and I am not even sure where it started, but I think that it started when I was complaining that my computer was "doing funny things" and my DH took it to the repair guy.
Maybe it started when my #2 son flew in from Utah in the middle of the night and borrowed my car to go to Va and back.
Next my parents arrived .
Then my #3 son graduated from high school. (Being home schooled this arrangement fell to the HS teacher )
After that was the last minute preparations for DD's wedding.
#3 sons arrival to help.
#3 brother and sister arrival for wedding (another trip for someone to Columbus).
Smoking meat and preparations for rehearsal dinner.
Lots of other out of town relatives arrival, each one contributing something to the whirl!
Decorating Reception area, rehearsal, rehearsal dinner for 50 (Maybe only 40 stayed),
last minute alterations :(, wedding and then clean up. All in the same day.
Needless to say by that night I was a wash. Just stuck everything in the basement of the church. I was so grateful that an angel impressed on a friend to spend a couple of hours the next day helping to right the church because son #3 and wife had to return to Columbus for their journey home.
Sunday is always a very busy day for us and then on Monday, I went with Parents and brother & wife went to Amish country.
Unfortunately I have put Spark People on the back burner and not been able to even log on when I sat down. My mind could not even think. I am hoping that today is the beginning of getting every day life back in order.
I haven't weighed in, but am praying that all the effort that I extended will counter the calories that I might have eaten. How do you count all that activity? I must have honestly climbed the stair way close to 100 times in 48 hours. Unfortunately meal preparation was not high priority, so snacking was too often the way to get by.
Bottom line, my only daughter was a beautiful bride; I was grateful to have so many family present from great distances; and there were not major catastrophes left behind from the whirlwind.
Monday, May 31, 2010
When I saw the Memorial Day tribute on another friends page, I was immediately reminded of one of the most emotional places that I have ever been. In 2008 we were privileged to go to visit our son in Europe. One of the places that he took us was to St. Avold, in France. This is the largest American cemetery on non American soil.
I was struck with all the sons, fathers, and husbands that never returned home in a way that I had never thought of before. I also realized the sheer numbers of families that will never have the opportunity to personally view the place where their loved ones lay. Even to this day I am brought to tears over the immense sadness of this event that occurred before my life began, but still effects many families today.
I am also so very grateful that my son has always returned home alive and well. The emotions of his tours will effect his entire life, as it will all those that are fighting to give us a freedom that so many take for granted.
I fear that too late we as a people will really cherish what our predecessors have tried to maintain. We are willing to give our freedom away, not in battle, but in the very ways that we complacently live our lives.
To honor those that have given so much, we in turn must give of ourselves to serve our communities, to support the freedoms of those around us, and to lift up the reasons that people need the freedom to choose to worship and celebrate. In many countries of the world these chooses are dictated to the people. We have the choices, yet many choose to not participate in them.
Show your appreciation. Make a positive choice and show your support!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
...hot dog that is!
With summer coming up I have been hungry for a really good hot dog. I had stopped with a friend at Hill Billy Hot Dogs and maybe that is what triggered this hunger. The amount of calories and fat is shocking for just 1 hot dog, and who wants to stop at one.
To have a good dog at a reasonable rate I contemplated it a few days and then decided that I can do this. I worked on a recipe for hot dog sauce that has 0 fat. I used TVP with a decent results, considering the fat content. My recipe used no additional salt, although you could. I thought that DH might share (if I can get him to try the TVP thing) and he is salt restricted.
I entered it as Fat Free Hot Dog Sauce on the Spark Recipes. . http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
Monday, May 24, 2010
Today my DH and I went down to where his family is from. Where we live there are hill and hollers, but lots of level as well. Where he is from, there is only down or up. We visited 4 different cemeteries. He cleaned one of them off with the weed eater, while I just bagged up the garbage that had collected since last year. Got plenty of cardio, mountain climbing with under 10 lb load. His was over 10 lbs because he had to carry the ww & the blower. I got the clippers, the gas and the trash bags.
These are beautiful, still sites with wonderful views, and lots of family memories. Unfortunately one of the visits was to lay to rest a family member that meet his end too soon in a mining accident. There were lots of well wishers and those wanting to show their respect. I pray that this continues in the coming weeks as his family will certainly need their support.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I find that I often write about when things are not what I want them to be, but perhaps neglect to tell about the positive.
Yesterday my DH, a friend and I made a trip to a tiny community that is a distance away to place the ashes of a departed friend in the grave with her deceased husband. Now you may think that this is a totally morbid thing to do, and that is what I expected.
The light began when I had evidently moved her from my spare room closet when a guest was here and couldn't remember what I had done with her. The panic subsided when one of my sons found her on a shelf in the basement.
The weather yesterday was beautiful, even early. I hadn't seen the friend in a few weeks because of schedule complications on both parts, so the visit was pleasant. The ride was enjoyable because we went early and there was very little traffic on the roads. The scenery was magnificent. Green grass, strutting turkeys, braying donkey, curious horses, pastoral roads, meandering stream, sweet peonies, old trees and beautiful view. It was a very nice location for a final resting place for a friend that had known lots of turmoil and unrest in her life.
On the return trip my friend convinced us to stop at the Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage. Now I have driven past this place many times and had no interest in eating there just because of how it looked. You would have to see it to believe it. At her urging, I tried the "WV dog". She got the "junk yard dog". My hot dog was good, but totaled about 500 calories and 20 g fat. Since I don't usually eat hot dogs it tasted very good going down, but didn't settle the best.
Overall, I would say that this was an interesting eating experience. If you have the opportunity, try it. It is definately different.
The rest of the day worked out well and I am so grateful that a day I was not looking forward to, but felt obligated to do, turned out to be nice, low key, and almost like a mini-vacation.
friend & I
at Hillbilly Hotdogs
Check out this "junk yard dog."
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