Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cops, Visitors & our 5-Year Anniversary

I'm hesitant to write this post because I have that "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" drilled into me. I've been in a funk since last Wednesday & that's why I haven't written since Tuesday.

It started with a phone call from Olin about going out to eat for lunch that day. I didn't want to spend the money, but the IT guys were going out for Chinese & he wanted to go, so we did. On the way there, I was pulled over by an unmarked cop. When I couldn't find my current insurance card, I asked him if there was any way to verify that I had current insurance in his system somewhere & he lied & told me no. When I got home I looked for the card & couldn't find it anywhere. I had to print a temporary one off the website & request a permanent one be mailed. This alerted me to the fact that I am in desperate need of some paper sorting in the office. Mail just goes into piles & gets stuffed in drawers when company comes. I hate paper. Whatever happened to the myth of a paperless society?

Anyway, I went for a walk with my friend Pam & worked off all my frustrations. He had only given me a warning, after all. I made granola that night for Jan. I didn't measure the cinnamon, so it turned out extra cinnamony - yum!

Thursday I got the oil changed & planned to get new tires in the afternoon, but the tires didn't come in. We have to wait until Wednesday morning, which is tight since we're leaving Wednesday afternoon for a road trip to Iowa. I worked several hours at the Parelli office helping answer some questions & fix some problems, then went to Mexican for lunch with Jan. I went to Aurora's that evening & watched Survivor with her.

Friday was the day to prepare for guests, after doing home delivered meals. Friday evening the ladies of the church fed the DayStar Academy students & staff haystacks at the church, then enjoyed their musical concert before "divvying them up" & taking them home with us. We took a staff couple & their 2 girls plus 3 Academy girls. They followed us home in a big van, so we didn't have to fit them in our car.

Mr. Hicks was sick with a throat infection & so was one of the girls. We offered them tea & vitamin c & echinacea & colloidal silver & ambrotose & immunostart & a hot bath or shower. They took us up on most of it. We fed them waffles with strawberries & peaches for breakfast. Simple, but good. We sent them off to the Shell station in the morning to meet up with the rest of their crew. Mr. Hicks left his violin at our house, so we ran it up to the Shell & were able to see Matthew off with the other kids.

The church school kids did the entire church service & did a wonderful job under the direction of the new schoolteacher, Dwight Thompson.

Olin had a drive planned for our 5 year anniversary that afternoon after church. He had expected it to take 3 hours, but it took more like 5. We drove down towards Summitville then turned & then veered left where Elwood pass veers to the right. We went through a town called Platoro, then back home through Chama via 84.

Today we just hung out at the house, had spaghetti for lunch & here we are! Hopefully will have some good things to report soon...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thunderstorms & Health Food Stores

This morning we were awoken by one of the most "wow" thunderstorms I've heard in my lifetime (this is impressive considering I grew up in Central Florida, the lightning capital of the world). Never heard thunder quite like that before.

We were going to stay in bed & read for a while but I got an idea & popped out of bed like toast from a toaster shortly before 5 a.m. It's off-peak time!

I'm on what's called a watt-watcher rate for my electric bill & during the winter the off-peak time is between 10 p.m. & 6 a.m. & between 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. I had made waffle batter yesterday & it was nice & thick when I pulled it out of the fridge, so I cooked up 5 waffles, 1 of which I ate.

I'm trying to get a bunch made up & ready for the group of teenagers from DayStar Academy that are coming to stay at our house Friday night.

I left with Karla for Durango around 9 a.m. She dropped Meghan at the dentist, dropped me at Vitamin Cottage & went back to be with Meghan, who ended up having her baby tooth pulled. I unfortunately hadn't thought ahead, so had no cooler to put groceries in. I looked around the store & mentally picked out all the things I wanted. I ended up getting it all because the prices were so good. We went to another health food store (Nature's Oasis) later & EVERYTHING was more expensive there, to the tune of $1 or more on items in the $4 range, which made me even more pleased with my purchase at Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage.

Just a small note to myself: this morning after being awakened to the thunderstorm I was feeling kinda blah & this evening I'm happy. It was a good day. Meghan, Karla & I had fun brainstorming menu items & names for our upcoming restaurant on the way home from Durango. Mark even chimed in with some ideas when he called to talk to his mom.

Also, I got Judith Driver signed up as a Preferred Mannatech associate on her dial-up connection! I'm so impressed.

Finally, the new church school teacher called this evening to ask me to be the girls' Pathfinders counselor & to show up tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. I guess I'll give it a go. After all, it's just Meghan & Cheyenne currently. That sounds doable. I told Dwight that I wasn't very creative but that if he gave me the structure, I could follow it. I am a bookkeeper, after all. I can deal with procedures & clear expectations. Kids, I like, although I'm not a genious with them, as long as they like & respect me, we'll all get along fine. Don't I sound kind of robotic? I wonder if I'll ever be a mother. That's a thought to ponder more another day... Peace out!

Tomato Canning

Yesterday was another day at the Mundalls, only just Karla & I, this time canning tomatoes with chilis, which I will use in my super fabulous tofu scramble recipe.

Since Karla & I are dreaming about & discussing starting a healthy restauraunt in town, we decided we'd better not be hipocrites, so we need to start exercising, since that's one of the most important aspects of wellness. We were going to walk yesterday, but got busy with canning. We were supposed to walk today at 8:30 a.m., but Meghan has a cavity & was able to get a dentist appointment in Durango today at 10 a.m., so our morning walk is out. I decided to go with them & hang out at the health food store while they're at the dentist's office.

I hope Karla doesn't get tired of me. We spent 2 days in the car last Thursday & Friday together, saw each other at church & potluck, hung out playing games Saturday night, spent all day Sunday working on corn, yesterday on tomatoes & I'm going with her to Durango today. Hmm... Guess it's a test to see if we could be business partners. So far, it seems to be fine...

Monday, October 12, 2009

My first blogger post A.K.A. Sunday Munnday FunDay!

So I have no idea when I created this blog, but I decided it was time to put some content in here! I've been inspired by Adventist Homemaker.

Let's start with yesterday. Olin & I went to the Mundalls' so Karla & I could work on "some" corn & can some tomatoes. Between Karla & I, we had purchased 8 boxes of Olathe sweet corn from Grand Junction on Friday. We had gone up there on Thursday via Moab & Castle Valley to attend the 2nd Annual Colorado Entrepreneurship Marketplace, or at least the first part of it.

Karla brought up 2 more boxes from her basement to make a total of 10 boxes. We each shucked 3 boxes, leaving 4 untouched. Then we blanched the corn & put it in ice water before cutting it off the cob & putting it in ziplocks to freeze. We did her 3 boxes & 1 1/2 boxes of my 3. She fed us chili rellenos for supper. The boys (Les, Olin & Mark) & Mattie did some fishing after a game of Settlers of Catan, a game of Scotland Yard & a game of good ole Skip Bo.

I was supposed to do some other things yesterday but only got to 3 of them. One was getting rid of several bags of trash from the garage. Another was purchasing a chest freezer for the garage (which we did at Sears, but the freezer doesn't arrive until the 27th!). That was a disappointment because I paid twice what I wanted to for it. The last thing was figuring up how much Gramps would save if he refinanced his mortgage from 6% interest to 4.75%. Go Gramps! You're going to save over $20,000 in interest!

This morning I'm in chapter 28 of Patriarchs & Prophets - Idolatry at Sinai. Quite the page turner. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has read the Old Testament & tried to reconcile that God with the God of the New Testament. I assure you they are one & the same. Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Now off to live another day, so I have something to write about!