I actually think I am beginning to like routine. Home is running fairly smoothly, anxiety has been in check (for the most part), animals and plants are doing great. I always thought I would love to have an adventurous life, but lately I have settled for routine. No, I haven't settled, routine is nice and good. I still like to shake it up a bit, but when you're going to school, taking care of your Dad, and your own family (hubby and daughter) routine usually isn't very routine...lol. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Your routine usually gets screwed up every day...lol. At least I know that mine does. I set out each morning to get certain things accomplished and by the end of the day it seems that I have managed none of them. Such is life though when it's more than just you.
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't give up my family for anything. I love them to death and back (yes, even when my dad is being a brat...which seems to be many days anymore). But, I have learned over the last few months to let go of the small things. If it's not something that is gonna change my life if it does or doesn't get done, it's not a problem if I have to put it off for a day. Yes, I'm saying that some nights the dishes don't get done or the living room doesn't get vacuumed. These are not going to hurt anything if they are not done...right? I am slowly learning that I am not a superhero! I can't do it all every day. This has been a hard lesson. One that I look forward to working on more. Just knowing that I am me right now is enough!
I had an amazing weekend! We went to the Patagonia Fall Festival this year. There were so many amazing craftsmen and woman at the festival. I wish I could create the way many of these people are able to. Everything was hand made with love. There were so many booths I wish I could have gotten pictures of all of them, but that would have taken all day...LOL. Also some did not wish me to take pictures and I respected their wishes. However, I was able to get some pictures and I will provide a website or email for the vendor so that if anyone is interested in something they make you will be able to contact the vendor.
The drive up to Patagonia from my house takes about and hour and a half. It's beautiful scenery though so I didn't mind the drive at all and thankfully my anxiety allowed me to do this without a problem! (Yay! Go me! LOL). I know that when most people think of the desert, they think of dirt and cactus, which in many areas is completely correct. The drive to Patagonia, however, is not.
Now on to the crafts! The first is from Wood Turned Gifts done by Glen Eggers, an amazing craftsman out of Washington. He can be reached at Glen@GlenEggers.com or by phone at (360)936-9541. He made so many different things such as Pens! (Sorry this is my weakness).
Did I mention his pens? They were so neat! He had one that was lever action (just like the Marlin 30-30) and one that bolt action. They were amazing! So many different styles I was in love! Such craftsmanship too. This man is good.
Looking for recycled crafts? Marty's Wiggles Wobbles & Moans would be right up your alley. He is another craftsman here in Arizona and can be reached at email@example.com. All of his creatures are made out of recycled materials. They are so cute. I wanted to buy everything.
Are wood crafts more what you desire? There were two amazing booths with everything made out wood. Things Western is the first one and there website is Things Western or email is firstname.lastname@example.org. They are also out of Arizona. The craftsmanship was exquisite. Also there was one we saw that had a hidden drawer.
Finally, we saw gorgeous handmade furniture. For wood they were very comfortable. One peice was a glider with an ottoman. My favorite peice. Reiman Woodworking is the company, they are also out of Arizona and can be reached at email@example.com.
There were so many more I wish I could remember them all. The crafts were wonderful. We had so much fun walking through and looking at everything. One the way home we stopped in Sonoita, AZ for lunch at The Ranch House Restaurant. These people we wonderful! They had us laughing the whole time we were there. The food was great, the service was great. If you ever find yourself in Sonoita, AZ this is one place you must visit!
The ride home was a bit worse than the ride out there, but only because we were going home..LOL I would have loved to stay longer.
Since my husband's surgery, we are finally getting back to normal. He is back at work and I am better able to take care of the house. I read a beautiful post this weekend at Live to Write - Write to Live that speaks about living in the moment. I mean the world today is so fast. No one seems to "take time to smell the roses" anymore. It's sad really when you stop to think about it. With the advent of electronics (to make our lives easier.....yeah right! whoever came up with that statement has never met me....technology runs from me), kids no longer play outside (Of course with all the bad things happening to people right in their front yards, who wants to send their kids out to play anymore right?). Besides it's so much easier to watch them and you can get more done when they are occupied with something electronic (smart phone, tablet, computer....you get the picture). I know that I'm also guilty of doing this because I don't want my kids to go outside by themselves. So, they have to wait until I am done with what I need to do before we can go outside.
So, every day I try to pick one thing to work on for that day so that I can slow down a little. This whole week actually, though, I have been trying to get outside more. I remember when I was a kid, my favorite time of day was when I could go outside and play with my friends. I miss that. With that in mind, I've started my plants, I am raising chickens (by the way, any help with care would greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any willing to share advice on this). This gets me outside. I am noticing (with the exception of days like today when it is so windy outside that one could get blown away) that I spend a little more time outside each day. I am enjoying being outside of the house more and more. The sad part is I didn't realize I missed this until I started doing it again.
I guess what my plan is now, or another goal for me, is to get outside more. Even if this is just with a book for an hour or so. I just want to get outside. I am hoping that maybe now that the weather is cooling down (we are usually around 110 here in the summer time) I can get the family out to do some hiking and maybe a weekend of camping before it gets too cold. How much fun would that be? And let's not even think about the health benefits of this. I know that being outside really tends to help me when the anxiety hits so this is another plus.
Anyhow, I guess I have gone on long enough...lol. How do you like to spend your days if you are slowing down a bit? Any ideas?
When I was growing up my mother would make meatloaf and it would leave all of us kids (there were 6 of us) scrambling to find a friends house we could eat at that night. I mean seriously, we did not like her meatloaf. All you could taste was onion and ketchup! Not a good combination.
I remember after my parents split up, I was with my dad and he asked if I wanted meatloaf for dinner. My exact quote to him was "are you crazy! That's disgusting!"....LOL. He then told me that he found a recipe different from my mother's that he wanted to try so I said (albeit I was still not happy about this idea) ok. I wish that I could remember where he found this recipe so that I could give proper credit, but this was well over 20 years ago. All I can remember is that he said he found it in a magazine. I have been using this recipe ever since. Amazing stuff and for my family a real comfort food. The recipe itself is very easy. I will tell you upfront it really doesn't look too pretty, but the taste is amazing (especially with mashed potatoes and corn).
to make this meatloaf all you need is:
1lb ground beef (or for a smaller loaf use 1/2 lb)
1 lb ground sausage (again for a smaller loaf use 1/2 lb)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
crackers ( I usually use saltines, but Ritz would work just as well)
Preheat oven to 350
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
Mix until thoroughly combined and mix holds together fairly well
Put in a 9 X 13 baking dish
Place in oven for about an hour (a little longer if you like a harder crust on the outside)
Again I will warn you it doesn't look pretty but it is so good!
I was not able to get pictures before everyone started digging in, as I said my family loves this recipe. Although, I love this recipe on the first night, (if you have any left overs) it is even better the next day on a sandwich!
Hope you enjoy this as much as my family does.
If you do try this recipe, please come back and let me know how it turned out!
I have a bunch of old tires laying around the yard so I thought I would make use of them. I decided I wanted to make a couple planters. What I used was 4 tires (2 approximately the same size) and 4 cans of spray paint. I believe this is probably one of the cheapest ways to do this, but you could also glue rope around the outside of the tire on the tread or any other way you could imagine to decorate them.
Clean the tires if needed by spraying them down good with water.
Spray paint the tires and let dry for about 24 hrs.
That was the fun part! Once the tires dry:
Stack two tires together and fill with potting soil.
Wet the soil down really good.
Plant the seeds and wait!
I thought it would take about 2 weeks before we started seeing anything, but apparently my daughter has a green thumb.
We had sprouts in the one she planted within two days! Mine on the other hand still has nothing...LOL. Guess I should leave the gardening to her.
Hopefully I have inspired some creativity in you. Just remember, creativity does not have to be expensive. This whole project took about $40.00. All I had to buy was the soil and spray paint, but you have rope lying around you could glue that to the tread and still have a beautiful upcycled planter!
Have you ever noticed that everyone is such a hurry anymore? It seems that no one has the time to stop and smell the roses. I have recently been trying to slow things down a bit. I am tired! Tired of constantly being on the go, tired of running here and there, just plain tired.
I am on a journey and I would like to try to enjoy it while it lasts because we are not here forever. Because of this, I am doing more of what makes me happy rather than what I do not enjoy. Of course we all have to work but can't we enjoy our work? I think this is where we go wrong. We choose a career because it pays well or it will put our name "out there" but shouldn't we enjoy what we HAVE to do every day? We all want to make lots of money or be rich and famous, but we also know this does not happen to many people. So, what I suggest is that you find what you LOVE to do and figure out how to make money with it.
That said, this will be a testament to my journey. I am starting here. I love to write so I am going to try to do something with that. As I find things that work I will let you know and as I find things that do not work, I will also let you know. Maybe someone can use this information to do the same. I will try to get on at least once a day to update.
My other endeavor is to start eating a more clean diet. I plan on starting a garden for vegetables and cooking more things from scratch. As I find recipes that are good I will pass them along to you. No more buying bread for me either. Starting today I will be making my own as well.
I hope that someone finds this information useful.