I have been dreading tomorrow for the whole month of January. Well, for the past year, actually.  Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the day my dad died. It was the worst day of my life! And the closer we get to the anniversary, the harder it is.

It’s been a tough year, missing him. He was the best dad! He worked hard to provide for us kids. There will never be another like him.

His passing was a blessing, I understand that now. He suffers no more. He’s happy. He’s healthy. He can eat and drink what he likes, as much as he likes. He can spend time with those he loves who are there with him. And, he can spend time with those of us still here. I feel his presence frequently. He is at peace. And, for that, I am grateful.

I love you, Dad, and I miss you!


All done!

Tonight, in less than an hour, Adam will be done with drivers training. He had three nights of classes this week for Segment 2. Tonight is the last night. He can’t get his license until he turns 16 in May. But, the classes are done. He’s glad. He’s my youngest, so there are no more kids to put through drivers training.

These kinds of things, these “lasts”, usually make me sad. But, this one just makes me a little scared. My baby will be out on the roads in a few short months. By himself. He’s been driving with us for months, and will continue until his birthday. He’s a good driver, responsible. But, as his mom, I can’t help but worry about him out there on the roads. I still worry about Christopher on the roads and he doesn’t even live at home anymore. I’m thinking that part of me, the worrying mom, will never go away. I can only hope that the classes and our guidance will keep him safe when he pulls out of the driveway by himself.

Time is going just a little too fast!

Too cold!

Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on my running schedule! It’s freezing cold here with a windchill that is below zero. And our street is a sheet of ice that is now covered with snow. I know lots of people run in any kind of weather. I am not one of those people. I don’t feel the need to run when it’s this cold, and I won’t risk a fall on icy streets. But, I’m itching to run! I’m keeping up with working out by getting miles in on my exercise bike and doing ab work and weights. But, I’m missing running. Never thought I’d say that!

Instant Pot

I’ve been tossing around the idea of getting an Instant Pot. It’s an electric pressure cooker. You can also use it as a slow cooker. You can make just about anything in it in a short amount of time. You can saute in it, it’s a rice cooker and you can also make yogurt. Lots of people make cheesecake in it, and other desserts. ¬†I’ve never made a cheesecake before, lol. It’s considered a kitchen wonder by the group I follow on Facebook. They post recipes of all kinds in this group and share tips. It looks like a pretty awesome thing to have. Should I get one? Do you have one? Do you love it?



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Too early?

It’s the first week of the new year, and I’m already itching to do some spring cleaning. Ok, maybe what I really want is to overhaul this house! You know, a new kitchen, new floors, new carpet in the living room. Most of that is probably not gonna happen. So, I guess I’ll have to settle on doing some deep cleaning.

First on the list, cleaning out drawers and closets. I’m sure we all have things that don’t fit or we haven’t worn in a long time. Once that is done, we”ll have a nice donation of used things.

I probably should wash walls this year, cuz that’s always fun! Just kidding! I’d rather scrub toilets! Lol The living room and kitchen need to be painted, and the walls are dusty. So, walls have to be cleaned first. Not sure if the painting will actually get done, it was my goal last summer. Still not painted! Hopefully, I can make it happen this year.

Motivating myself to get things done around my own house is not an easy task. When you clean for other people, the last thing you want to do is clean your own house when you get home. If only someone would do my cleaning while I’m not home!

It’s always a great feeling when you know your house is totally clean, and all the clutter is gone, and closets and drawers are neat and tidy. If only it could last!

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