Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Friday, February 26, 2010
Keeping the doctors visits down to a bare minimum will save us money, and we will live healthier and longer lives. Although the medical bills are from an accident, I am seriously looking at my health, and everyone else's health (kids, husband) differently. Now, don't get me wrong. That doesn't mean I am running out and getting a physical, mammogram and everything else that's required at my age. It means I am faithfully exercising daily, watching what we eat more than ever, and drinking more water than juice and pop.
Then, just maybe, after I lose weight and get in shape, will I consider getting my physical. Maybe.
After I challenged myself to 30 days of walking for at least 10 minutes a day, I lost 2 pounds. I missed one day and the other days were anywhere up to 20 minutes of walking. Now, I am up to 30 minutes and some days, I walk 1 hour. I feel better, but I have a loooooong ways to go.
I'm getting a lot of reading done on the treadmill these days, but I should have invested in a Large Print Bible. I could be reading my daily reading while walking too. I've influenced the kids too. I know have to fight for the treadmill. They come toting books and invade my room for hours. At least they are staying fit.
Now....if I could just stop eating Milk Duds while I sit and read my Bible.....and whoever said prunes were tasty must have been sleep deprived.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
"What was that?"
"I don't know?" she answered with raised shoulders.
"Sounded like the roof was coming down!"
I continued to type, and after getting frustrated with no one to "observe" I put the computer away. I read a bit of my Bible and soon we had to leave.
After we arrived home, I got a text from Mom. There was an earthquake in a town 10 miles from our house and further from where we were at the library. An earthquake. I couldn't believe it.
My son was home, and after sharing the news, he said that the dogs went crazy about that time. I guess they started barking when it happened.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The girls made tissue paper flowers over the weekend, and I fell in love with them. Immediately I stole two of them, and the vases they crafted, and placed them in two kitchen windows. It was like bringing spring into the house early.
However....yep there is a however in the story. The flowers disappeared during the night. Vases were toppled and we soon found out what happened.
"JASPER!" Or could Tiger have helped?
The girls removed the flowers to a safer place, or so they thought. Ha ha ha!
Just minutes ago, Jasper, tailed by Tiger, went flying through the kitchen with his prized possession - the chenille stem with the tissue paper flower!
Monday, February 22, 2010
"Yes, it's true!"
After eating my delicious farm fresh egg omelet, I decided to make my mother's homemade zucchini bread. I had frozen shredded zucchini last summer (from our garden) and used farm fresh eggs again. Yum. I decided to make mini-muffins so the kids could take them in their school lunches today. I love baking, and if the garden is involved I love it even more.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
"Hang out all day in your pj's and do whatever you want!"
Of course there are limitations regarding the use of electronics around here. Those are really limited anyway.
I do have the urge to write an article, what writer doesn't? I have to restrain myself and rejuvinate for one day. It's going to be a challenge, but as a mother of six kids, I need to do this for myself. If I don't, what good will I be for anyone else?
The snow is not packing, so building another snowman is not going to happen today. I woke up with my 8 year-old poking at my face. I told her she ruined my good dream. I was dreaming that I was ramping snow banks with a motor bike, and having a blast!
"That ain't gonna happen" laughs my husband.
We all remember what happened when I went rollerblading with the kids. With a crushed wrist, I had to have him hold our youngest, at the time, so that I could still nurse with a broken wrist. Well, at least I tried it and I did spend time with the kids. And I made memories that we can laugh at now.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Speaking of barn cats, we have not see the stray gray cat today. He/she sits on our wood pile and waits to sneak up to the house to eat. I wonder if it will stick around or move on?
It's amazing how different our cats are. We adopted our first cat over eleven years ago. That's a long time to get to know your cat huh? Now, not including the stray, we have six cats now. I never thought I would even have more than one animal. Now, here we are, considering raising goats too.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today, these snowmen are decorated with yellow spots. One of our dogs decided they needed to mark their spot - on both of them! I'm sure the kids will laugh about it when the get home from school.
As for me getting caught, well this is funny. Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I hear my 13 year-old daughter yell "Mother! I object" as she walked briskly to my bedroom. Raising my eyebrows, I asked her what in the world was she talking about. Trailing her footsteps, was my 8 year-old daughter.
"What's this I hear that you write her (pointing to my 8 year-old) notes and give her a piece of candy every day - in her lunch?!" she loudly demanded.
"uh..." was all I could say.
So, I was caught. I was asked to write notes in their lunches and give them a surprise piece of candy. Just after that, my 8 year-old daughter asked if I "notered her." As I sit here, I just realized I wrote one for the other kids, and had planned to write out one for my 8 year-old, but forgot. Ugh! I'm going to be in big trouble when she gets home. How could I have forgot?! I better make sure she gets "notered" tomorrow with an extra piece of candy.
Monday, February 15, 2010
A few minutes later, my son came out laughing and helping build one too. Not soon after that, my oldest daughter was peeking around the side of the house - with the video camera! They were so shocked at my "childlike" behavior that they had to out it on tape.
I can now sit in my work space, and view the snowmen as I write today. I need two more on the other side so my view is all about fun, fun, fun! You should see them this morning. I put sprigs of evergreen on the top of the larger one for hair. We had a bit of freezing rain or drizzle, so everything this morning has a beautiful coat of white. Just gorgeous.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Today I dressed in an Indian top that flows past the knees. It came from India and is decorated with sequins. Immediately, this kids who are home for another snow day, sent me their "ews" and "ahs" as I walked into the kitchen. I realized that after writing, I did find my "muse" and that is to dress for "work" and to accessorize with my the style I prefer.
Today, however, I did not work at the built in desk in the kitchen. I moved a table to my bedroom, and faced it towards the glass doors, so that I could view the outdoors. I burned a candle, sipped ginger ale, and got a lot of work done. In fact, some of the kids are now interested in what I did write for the day. Could it be that I did not "hog" the family computer and they had more freedom? I have not idea, but for some reason they are respecting my "work" time a little bit more today.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
We did not get an extreme amount of snow. The wind caused terrible drifting, and a driver went off the road out in front of our house. She was able to get her truck back on, but that's how bad the roads were.
The kids are loving it. The drifts are very tall, and they are sledding down them. I see that the snow is coming down again this morning. I'm sure they will be praying for a snow day tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Now I have to come up with another, off of the wall, treat for after school. I may have to bake something this time. Hmmm?
Monday, February 1, 2010
So I did. They took all of the cards, with nouns, from a game we have called Whoonu. They shuffled the cards, and each player took one, but could not look at it. Then another player would tape the card to your forehead, so that everyone else could read it. Each player was allowed to ask one question each time around, until someone guessed what their card said correctly. It takes time to play this game, so my reading didn't happen. Was I sorry I played with the kids instead? Nope. It was kind of fun actually.