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I was talking to you the other day, about the fact that I had stopped enjoying being a homemaker, had fallen off the wagon and only recently found that joy again.

I wasn't going to really talk about it much, but then I started thinking that maybe there are others out there going through the same.  One minute you're a happy joyful homemaker, loving what you do, and the next you find yourself not only enjoying it but completely off in a different direction.

Not to say that we're all exactly the same, or the circumstances are identical.  I think we all fall off the wagon for different reasons, at different times and due to different situations.




But I wanted to sit and talk with you a bit, kind of explain when I realized I had messed up and how I figured out why and how to get back on track.

For me, it all started when we went from being an active duty family to civilian, and moving from Arizona to Idaho.

I don't think I've ever said it here on the blog, but my husband and I both agree that was one of the worst mistakes we ever did in our lives.  We should have stayed in Arizona, but then again, things happen for a reason and if we had stayed we would not be where we are today.

Shortly after arriving in Idaho, my brother and his family moved to the States and moved in with us.  That was another huge change, so within a month we went from active duty military family with a set routine and schedule, to being in a different state, different house, adapting to civilian life and with a very uncertain future.

I tried my best to make the move as smooth as possible for the kids and us, all the same time trying to keep things as normal as possible as well.  But with everything going on, I started derailing, and I derailed pretty fast.


I often felt like I was in a whirlwind of emotions, like everything was moving around me too fast and I didn't know what to do or in which direction to go.  Normal homemaking chores that applied in Arizona, now had to be changed and adapted to a new place.  We moved from one house to another which was extremely frustrating because we so much wanted to pick one place and not have to worry about uncertainty or moving.

Shortly before we moved to Texas, which was yet another huge change in our already frantic and chaotic life, I started pulling away from homemaking.  I did the necessary jobs around the house, but nothing more.  There was no crafting, not much baking, no new recipes, my blogs were not being updated on a regular basis and I started focusing too much on things that pulled me away from the person I was and loved being.

Suddenly I was more focused on exercising, Zumba, losing weight.  It's like I wanted to feel younger and was fighting super hard to avoid my 40's.

I'm going to be absolutely blunt with you all......turning 40 scared the heck out of me.  Everything changed, my health, my well being, my skin, my hair, my body, my mental health and so on.

It may seem strange, but the more I focused on all of those things, the more I pulled away from homemaking, and I'm not saying it is like this for everyone, I'm saying it was like this for me.


This went on for years, from middle of 2014 to January of this year, so 2018.  Almost 4 years.

Know what's weird?   I strongly believe that all of this is what led me to my anxiety panic filled mini breakdown middle of last month.  I think in a way my body was  finally fighting back and saying "STOP, just STOP, enough is enough".

And so I did.  I stopped.

I started reading devotionals every single night before bed, and praying.  When I say praying, I mean actually praying with all my heart and soul, talking to God as if He is right there, holding a full on conversation.  I have NEVER been able to to do that, ever and it feels amazing.

As I started healing from the anxiety, learning not to worry and live fearlessly, I started opening my eyes to everything around me.  What I came face to face with, was ugly, because I had withdrawn from my family and from homemaking and doing all those little things that made them feel loved and taken care of.

I asked them if I let them down and they said no, that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was, but that they did notice a change, and missed me cooking and baking, and looking like I was enjoying what I was doing.


I didn't realize at the time, that I was so caught up on losing weight, hitting the gym, doing zumba, hanging with family and get togethers and so on, that I was taking away time from those that really matter.

The ugly truth is that, when we live in a worry full mindset, when we constantly catastrophize, live anxiously and stress......we don't feel well.  It takes over and we stop being able to do the things we usually love.  Our life, our thoughts are consumed and it leaves no place for joy.

It's like being in a constant state of irritation.

So when my mind and my heart started clearing up from that *cloud*, I was finding myself pulled towards the things that I love and enjoy, and that was homemaking and spending time with my family.

I was suddenly back in the kitchen, baking, trying new recipes, blogging more, crocheting, decorating, thinking about projects I want to finish.  It was like discovering homemaking for the first time.

I am loving my job again, and I find it to be such an important contribution to my family's life and well being.

My husband and children are really happy with everything they're seeing around them, and especially the baked goodies, if I do say so LOL

The bottom line is this, I am a homemaker, I love being a homemaker and I wouldn't have it any other way.



I'm in no way saying that all the other stuff isn't important too, but it's secondary in my eyes and I have plenty of time to focus on it all in a few years, when the kids are out of the house.  My job right now, is here, in the moment, being present physically and mentally because that is what they will grow up remembering.

If by some chance you find yourself off the wagon, don't fret, don't panic, if I was able to get back on, so can you.

If this post helps even just one of you, then I'm happy.

It just saddens me that in this day and age, homemaking is still often seen as a bad thing, when in reality, it is one of the most beautiful examples of love for our family.

I for one am going to continue on this homemaking journey, with a renewed love and inspiration.

Matter of fact, I am ending this post, and then getting busy setting up for tonight, as we have family coming over dinner.
Have a wonderful blessed Saturday friends, God Bless!!!
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About The Story of Our LivesPaperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Graydon House (February 6, 2018)

They think nothing can tear their bond apart, until a long-buried secret threatens to destroy everything.

Every year they have met up for a vacation, but their time away is much more than just a bit of fun. Over time, it has become a lifesaver, as each of them struggles with life’s triumphs and tragedies.
Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa have been best friends since they were girls. They have seen each other through everything—from Sophie’s private fear that she doesn’t actually want to be a mother despite having two kids, to Amy’s perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa’s spiraling alcoholism, to questions that are suddenly bubbling up around the paternity of Emily’s son. But could a lie that spans just as long as their friendship be the thing that tears them apart?


Purchase LinksAmazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble About Helen WarnerHelen Warner is head of daytime for Channel 4, where she is responsible for shows such as Come Dine With Me and Deal Or No Deal. Previously she worked for ITV where she launched the daytime talk show Loose Women and was editor of This Morning. She lives in East Anglia with her husband and their two children.

Connect with HelenWebsite | Goodreads
My thoughts:

I wish I could tell you just how much I loved this book, but fear there are not enough words to describe it.

For one, this book was written so brilliantly that the words just seemed to flow from page to page, effortlessly telling a story that had me hooked from the very first page.

The story is about 4 friends, Sophie, Melissa, Emily and Amy.  Every year, they meet up for a weekend of girl time, they talk, they drink wine, they eat good food and catch up on each other's lives.

Everything seems just perfect, but things suddenly start derailing into a world of secrets, lies, betrayals and most of all, friendship that will withstand the test of time and everything that is thrown their way.

Sophie is in a long term relationship with Steve, they are not married but they absolutely adore each other.  Sophie spends a night with a coworker and shortly after finds out she's pregnant.  The uncertainty of who her daughter Emma belongs to proves to be too much for Sophie who ends up not enjoying her pregnancy and almost resenting the baby once she's born.  She goes on to suffer a miscarriage and eventually another pregnancy that produces her beautiful son Theo.

Emily is a single mother to Jack, and has never told anyone, including her best friends, who his father is.  The girls suspect Anton, but she's never denied or confessed.  Years later, after a small accident with her son, the doctors run some blood tests and find out he has Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.  Emily is now faced with having to finally reveal who the father is.

Melissa is a party girl, and well on the way to suffering some serious consequences due to the amount of alcohol she ingests.  A drunken night encounter with Amy's husband puts a huge strain on the friendship with the other girls and she's forced to change her ways or lose the only family she's ever truly known.

Amy is married to Nick, this handsome seemingly perfect husband, and they end up having two children together, Megan and George, but not all is what it seems, and the friends soon begin suspecting that their marriage is not as perfect as Amy tries to portray, matter of fact, it's downright dangerous.

As the friends navigate their lives individually and together, secrets come to the surface, the paternity of Jack is finally revealed sending shock waves through the group, Amy has to come face to face with the reality that she is in an abusive relationship and if she doesn't get out, she will end up dead.  Melissa needs to change her life around and deal with the consequences and effects of alcoholism and Sophie is given the biggest shock of her life in the form of a huge betrayal by one of the women.

I could not put the book down and by the time the end page came around, I wanted to cry.  I wanted more, and was quite upset that it had all come to an end.

The Story of Our Lives is quite simply the perfect retelling of women friendships through many years from University to 20 years down the line.  I loved that Helen Warner chose to tell it in periods of year to year, in different holiday cottages, and always mentioning a big event from that year as well, from the death of Princess Diana to the release of the last Harry Potter novel and other world news.

This book made me a Helen Warner fan and I can not wait to read her previous books.

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I'm so completely confused the past week.  I keep having to check the calendar because my days are all switched around.

We had a long weekend, as you all know, so Monday felt like Sunday to me, then yesterday it was back to normal school and work, and today due to the Winter Storm there was no work for my husband so it was back to feeling like it was the weekend.

Goodness!!!


Yesterday we had a full day of rain, it started early morning and just came down, unrelenting, making driving a bit of a pain in the behind.  I always drive slower in the rain or snow, but my car has like no traction whatsoever and easily slides, so even though it had been raining all day, I still ended up hydroplaning between base and home.



I wasn't the only one, the truck behind me was all over the road as well.  Craziness!!!

I had another Physical Therapy appointment yesterday afternoon and it went pretty well, I'm able to do a lot more of the exercises that I wasn't able to before, but there are still a few that hurt.

I have another appointment tomorrow and then Friday morning my Doctor follow up where we will see how I'm doing, and where to go from here.  Either more therapy or I honestly don't know.


In between all these appointments, I've been rediscovering my love for homemaking.

I've talked many times about how I lost a part of me when I moved to Texas, and actually if I want to be completely honest, I will have to say that it started after my husband retired and we moved from Arizona to Idaho.

I don't know what happened, or why, but suddenly everything shifted and changed within me, and I was no longer doing what I loved.  I've tried to dig deep and find out what exactly caused this, and the only explanation I can come up with, is that I was used to a very set routine while we were an Active Duty family, and the minute that changed, with everything going on, I fell off the wagon and have been stumbling to get back one.


I never stopped homemaking, but I stopped enjoying it as much as I did, and most of all, I stopped making it a priority.

For example, baking and cooking.  Something I love doing, and before I would think "oh I would love to make so and so" and then got right in the kitchen and made it.

The past few years, I will think that I want to make something but then never did.  I just thought it was too much effort, or it will take too much time, so I didn't.



I'm back at it though, which makes my family extremely happy, and me as well.  The past few days I've been in the kitchen whipping up yummy treats, taking pictures, updating the food blog and really loving every second of it.  I'm back in my element :)


I woke up craving these cookies.  They take me back to my childhood, probably like no other food does.  My greatgrandma used to make these for us.  What I love about them is that they're not very sweet at all, and they're quite perfect to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.  The recipe is up on the blog if you want to try them for yourself.

I also made two batches of Portuguese rolls which are always enjoyed in my house.  One batch was for me and the other for my brother and his family.


Today I tried the Sheet Pan Crunchwrap, and it was a huge hit.  I'm thinking they would be great for a get together as well.  I will have the recipe up tomorrow.


This morning, we woke up to a winter wonderland.  My husband had gotten a call last night telling him that they would be coming into work 2 hours later because of the weather, but by 7am everyone was told not to come in.

Schools in the area were closed and the sleet started coming down.  We had run to the store to pick up some last minute essentials and by the time we left, it started really coming down, leaving a white sheet all over the roads and roofs of homes and businesses.

Within 10 minutes, the roads were already slick and it just kept coming down.


The temperatures plummeted and the roads looked deserted.  It is extremely slick out there and the sleet is still coming down.

The schools have been cancelled for tomorrow as well, but as of now, we're not sure if hubby is working or not.  If it's still looking like this, I will be cancelling my appointment as there's no way I'll attempt to drive to base in these conditions.



We snacked on some yummy tortilla chips and salsa, I made the Sheet Pan Crunchwraps which we had for lunch and dinner (they were that good), and we also snuggled under warm blankets and watched Blue Planet.  By the way, if you don't watch, you have to give it a try.

Every week we record and then watch together as a family.  It is so incredibly beautifully filmed, informative, interesting and makes for a great family show.

While doing all this, I've also been throwing myself back into my crochet.  In an effort to both work through my yarn stash and try to get ready for Spring, I've been cranking out a couple of Doilies.




I also watched Madame Bovary on Netflix and went through and added quite a few shows to my watch list.

Something else I've been loving lately, is reading again.  I used to have such a huge love for books, and I still do, but the past few years, reading has been more of a chore, something I do for my book reviews and not something I was enjoying.

That is until a few weeks ago, where I suddenly got the reading bug again and now I'm devouring my books and really enjoying it.

Speaking of which, I have a review coming up tomorrow for a wonderful book that I think you will enjoy.

Well, it's almost 8pm, so I'm going to end this post, and go read through my Devotionals, do my prayers and then read a little more before bedtime.
Have a wonderful night everyone :)
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Hello friends and welcome to another Happy Homemaker Monday :)

I hope you've been having a good weekend, especially since it's a long one.  I always enjoy these long weekends and having my husband home.

We've been relaxing the past two days, but today we actually have quite a few things we want to get done around the house, plus I would like to get some baking done as well.  We will see just how much we get done, you know how it is, lot of plans and to do's and sometimes even the best intentions don't come to fruition.

Anyway, hope you all have a beautiful week ahead, let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday!!!  






Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Already my breakfast.  A cup of coffee with vanilla creamer and mini toasts with butter.  You know the simplest of breakfasts bring me the most joy, they remind me of Portugal and my childhood.  We always had coffee and some sort of crusty bread either with ham and cheese, or some toast with butter.  My kids thought it crazy when they first saw me dip my buttered bread into the coffee mug, but then they tried it and now both do the same hahah 


On today's to do list::::
  1. Laundry - Last load of whites.  Nick's laundry
  2. Nick's bathroom - I've noticed a few areas with some mildew at the very top around the shower and walls, so going to spray it all down with bleach today.
  3. Baking -  Hoping to make some Portuguese Rolls
Currently reading::::
The Story of Us by Helen Warner, really enjoying this one.  I'll have a review up in a few days.

On the TV today::::
Jamestown Season 2
Coal House at War (you can watch on Youtube)
Medici - Masters of Florence

The weather outside is::::
Cloudy.  We're expecting rain every day this week, which I'm quite excited about as you all know how much I love a good rain storm. 


On the menu this week::::
I recorded some of our meals last week, just need to put it all together and upload, once that's done I'll come back and add it in here.  I'm also working on the new menu plan so only have meals until Friday.

Monday - Sausage Alfredo
Tuesday - Stir Fry
Wednesday - Peixe de Caldeirada (Fish Stew)
Thursday - Homemade Pizza
Friday -  Oklahoma Fried Burgers, Fries
Saturday -
Sunday -

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Not sure, but probably read or work on a little crochet.

What I'm sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating::::
I am on Part 10 of the Elements CAL.  I ran out of yarn and was only able to make one full square and half a square.  Have to wait until this coming weekend to get to Walmart for more yarn.  I'll tell you though, I'm really not looking forward to making 24 small squares, I get really bored easily so this is going to be hard for me to do.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
One Pan Crunchwrap Supreme.  I'll make it this coming weekend and hopefully get it on the blog.  I know, I'm terrible at updating my food blog, I apologize, need to do better in that area.


Favorite photo from the camera::::
My Marley :)



Bible Verse, Devotional::::


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Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 6, 2018)

Broken-down walls and crumbled stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own. What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?

Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved old woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .

Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a forgotten castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.

Bridging the past to present in three time-periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.


Purchase LinksAmazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble | iBooks About Kristy CambronKristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Book Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy’s first Bible studies, THE VERSE MAPPING SERIES, will release in 2018.
Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development from a Fortune-100 Corporation. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and could probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.
Visit Kristy online at www.KristyCambron.com, Twitter: @KCambronAuthor, Facebook: Kristy-Cambron-Author, Instagram: KristyCambron.
Connect with KristyWebsite | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
My Thoughts:

The Lost Castle was everything I enjoy in a good book, and more.

As per the title, it focuses on one single castle, but told through 3 different time eras, and 3 different women.  Aveline, Viola and Ellie Carver.  French Revolution, World War II and present day.

Each woman going through a different situation and different time and place, but all of them intertwined in the history of this castle, their memories, their lives, embedded in the walls of the building.

The setting, the struggles within each woman, the rich history and the way their stories are told, left me not only turning the pages as fast as I could, but wanting more, so much more.

Aveline is betrothed to the Duke's eldest son and on the night of the engagement party, the French Revolution begins, throwing everything into disarray, sending people scrambling for safety.  Aveline is left to fend for herself and ends up with severe burns and catching the attention of the Duke's youngest son.

Forward to World War II and Viola who was spying on the Germans in France and when caught was sentenced to death.  She manages to escape and ends up with the French Resistance.

Fast forward to present day and Ellie is on a mission.  She has but a photograph of her grandmother and this mysterious castle.  She is determined to find out everything she can before her grandmother slips into the hands of Alzheimer's.  What she doesn't know is that her grandmother is none other than Viola, and the story she has still left to tell will take her on a roller coaster of emotions.

The Lost Castle is the perfect mix of historical fiction and romance.

Don't be discouraged by the flashbacks between the three time periods, it is done in such a way that you don't feel confused or lost.

I absolutely loved The Lost Castle and have to give it a huge thumbs up.

 
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Hello?  Anyone still here?

Whenever I go some time without putting up a blog post, and I don't mean the Happy Homemaker Monday, but a proper chatty post, I feel like when someone returns to their summer house and needs to clean off the cobwebs and give it a good dusting.

It's been crazy.

I don't need to tell you that, you all are aware of what's been going on around here.

Good news is that we are all finally over the sickness and back to normal.  Yay!!!

So what does that mean?  Well for one, it means I can get back to being and feeling like my normal old self, in all areas of my life, including blogging.


The weather here has been deplorable.  Yesterday was 85 degrees, beautiful, hot and made me believe that maybe, just maybe, Spring was around the corner.

Fast forward to today.  Woke up to cloudy skies, high winds and 30 degrees.  I would cry but it's not even worth it, one thing I've learned with Texas is that it will do whatever it wants to when it comes to weather.

So where have I been and what have I been doing?

Cooking for one.  This week I was able to get back to fixing meals and I've even managed to record them every day, and will share them in a video on Sunday.

I've also been going to Physical Therapy twice a week.  On Tuesday I was in quite a lot of pain, I woke up already stiff and sore and it was cold that day, so I'm not sure if that was exacerbating the problem, but let's just say that I was not able to do much of anything at my PT appointment.  They actually ended up taping my arm with what I now refer to as their "magic tape".

Oh my word did that help.  It doesn't seem like it will, but it pretty much pulls your arm into it's natural position, and because it does that, it is allowing my shoulder to heal without my arm feeling so heavy all the time.  It's hard to explain, but if you've suffered with shoulder issues, you will know exactly what I'm talking about.

If you want to see more pictures, be sure to follow my Instagram account, I tend to share more daily pics over there.  :)


Valentine's Day came about this week too.  I will tell you that my husband and I don't usually celebrate, we find it a bit of an unnecessary holiday but once in a while we'll give each other a little something on that day.

This year we ended up giving each other a card and some chocolates, and I got a rose as well, which I absolutely love :)


We also gave both the kids a box of chocolates from each of us.  I know it's Valentine's Day but we always include the kids :)

I made a yummy dinner of ribs, steak fries and baked beans and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.  It was just the 4 of us, but after weeks of being unwell and not able to share meals, it was wonderful to have us all at the table enjoying a meal together.


I've managed to get finished with the big block part of the Elements CAL, this is Part 10, all I have left to do now is make the 8 smaller squares that will go around the blanket.

I don't know if it's the yarn I'm using or the pattern itself, but I've never had such issues with curling and twisting as I've had with this pattern.  I can see that some rows don't line up as they should and no amount of blocking is fixing it.  I'm trying one more blocking technique "wet blocking" and then leaving it be. 

Also need to pick up more yarn as I'm down to the very last bit of this skein, and I think I may only get one square out of it, if I'm lucky.

In other news, my anxiety is finally under control and I'm no longer living in a fight or flight state of panic.  I'm still reading my devotionals every night, making sure to spend time with the Lord and to just let go of the paranoia that seemed to engulf me for a week or so.

Life is so difficult on it's own, without us adding more to it, because that's exactly what I was doing, adding non realistic, imaginary issues to worry about.  The what if's and oh no's were exhausting.

We have a lot to look forward to this year, my niece is having her baby girl.  She is due the very first week of July, but as we all know, it could be last week of June or even a few days after her due date.  We're hoping to make it down to San Diego to see them around the time, that is if Curt can get the time off, if he can't it will just be me and my brother and sister in law.

In August, my stepmom is coming to visit and I'm so excited, I haven't seen her since 2008 :)

Jasmine is still looking into joining the Air Force, even though plans had to be put on hold the past month while she was extremely sick with the Flu.

My husband and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding Anniversary in August as well.

So yes, a year full of happenings and things to look forward to. 

I can choose to focus on what if's and imaginary problems, or I can choose God, choose peace and just live life to the fullest, and that's what I plan to do :)
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Good morning friends.

I just realized that I've been pretty MIA from my little corner here on the web, and actually the last post I made was last week's Happy Homemaker Monday.  For shame!!!

We've been extremely sick around here, when I say that the sickness grabbed hold of our house, I mean it really sunk it's clutches in and has been reluctant to let it go.  The kids are finally better, the hubby is still getting over his second bout with the cold and I'm slowly and I mean very slowly trying to get out of this crud that I caught.  For me, it's been sinus, congestion, feeling of being lightheaded and nausea.

Last week was the absolute pit for me, on Tuesday I felt ok, then bam got hit Tuesday night, was pretty much laid up on the couch without being able to eat much at all the rest of the week.  Friday I managed to get to my Physical Therapy appointment but by the time I got back home, I was once again on the couch with horrible nausea.  Saturday I was meant to get groceries, and got up, got dressed, only to have to get undressed again and back on the couch again.  Ended up doing Walmart grocery pick up and what a blessing that was, Curt drove me there and within 5 minutes we were headed back home with the grocery shopping.

So yes, it's been just horrible around here and I pray that we're all finally headed in the right direction and out of this sickness.

But let's get going with our HHM :) 




The weather:::
I'm so incredibly sick and tired of Texas weather.  I may as well have stayed in Idaho, because aside from the actual snow, it's colder there than there.  What the heck is going on?
75 degrees one day, down to 20 the next, then 60 the next day and down to 16 this morning.  It's no wonder everyone is sick.
Just as an example, here's this week's weather....can you say crazy?



As I look outside my window:::
Partly cloudy skies.  I won't lie, I'm quite looking forward to Spring, everything green and warm. 

Right now I am:::
Still on the couch, but finishing this up, getting dressed and starting with my day.  I've had my breakfast which was just a cup of coffee and some toast.

Thinking and pondering:::
On everything I need to get done this week, and specifically today.  I haven't been able to do much homemaking or cooking the past two weeks, and it's honestly thrown me completely off kilter.  My house is not dirty because I've tried to stay on top of things, doing a little here and there as I can.  The past two weeks have consisted of me doing chores in between lots of laying on the couch trying not to die hahaha
I'm needing to give my house a good cleaning and since I'm finally feeling better, it's a definite must.

On my bedside table:::
Bible, TV remotes, Tissues, alarm clock

On my tv:::
I've been catching up on my Portuguese soap *Jogo Duplo* and absolutely obsessed, love it so much.
I still haven't watched The Alienist, ugh, but hoping to do it this week.
Britannia
Want to rewatch Call the Midwife

On the menu for this week:::
Last week ended up being another lost case when it comes to cooking and staying on track with the menu plan.  I was so incredibly sick, I couldn't eat, I couldn't get up, it was awful.  I lost 4 pounds, absolutely insane.  I'm so glad to be back on track, and really looking forward to cooking and eating this week.

Monday - Spaghetti Bolognese, Garlic Bread
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken with Buttered Garlic Noodles, Green Beans 
Wednesday - Valentine's Day - BBQ Ribs, Steak Fries, Smoked Applewood Bacon Beans, Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Thursday - Slow Cooked Sticky Chicken, Rice
Friday - Best Chili Ever, Tortilla chips
Saturday - Sausage Alfredo, Garlic bread
Sunday - *Sundays are our leftovers and snack days*

On my to do list:::
Homeschooling
Put away clean laundry - washed everything yesterday just have to hang up, pack in the dressers
Kitchen - empty dishwasher and refill, clean counters, sweep
Bedrooms - make beds, open blinds and curtains, open windows, vacuum
Living Rooms - Vacuum, dust

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Took this weekend to finish Part 9 of the Elements CAL, and started Part 10.

Also have to crack on with my girly blanket.  My niece is pregnant and just found out that she's having a girl, so I'm making the blanket for her little one :)


Lesson learned the past week:::
That even when I don't want to slow down, my body will stop dead in it's tracks when it needs to.  The most frustrating part about being a mother/wife/homemaker, is feeling so unwell that the smallest of chores have to be left undone.
I have absolutely no patience or time for being on the couch, but sometimes our bodies need the break and the TLC, and mine completely shut down last week, forcing me to do just that, lay back and do absolutely nothing.  It was so hard, but I'm glad I did :) 

Looking around the house:::
Needs attention, obviously.  It's not bad but needs some tidying here and there and picking up.  I can't wait to sit later and be surrounded by a clean house.

From the camera:::
I honestly have not taken any pictures the past week, so don't have anything to share here.  Bummer, but I'll try to snap some pics today as I go about my day, and maybe be able to get a post up either later, or tomorrow morning.


Prayer List:::
Friends and family going through hard times.
My family, that this sickness finally leaves our household for good.

Bible verse, Devotional:::


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Good morning everyone.

I'm starting this post pretty early but having to take breaks as I go along.  This flu is kicking my behind and sitting up or standing for longer than a few minutes, is leaving me light headed and nauseous.  I'm not sure how long it will take to type this all up, but we'll just go at a slow pace and eventually get there right?

Sure hope you're all well and that you're not also dealing with a household of flu, this stuff is no joke, good grief.

The kids are starting to feel a little better, they came out of their bedrooms yesterday and actually sat the dinner table for a few minutes, something that hasn't happened in a week, so that made me happy to see :)  It's still slow going, they're pretty weak, but their appetites are back which is a great thing.  We'll all eventually get there.

Right, let's see what everyone's week looks like.   



The weather:::
18 degrees with a real feel of 14.  I just want Spring to come, like so bad.  Let's get rid of this nasty cold already.
The whole week we seem to be staying in the 50's, we have rain tomorrow, and then 70 on Friday.  Texas is clearly confused, as always.

As I look outside my window:::
Partly cloudy skies, it just looks quite miserable out there, and usually I'm ok with a dreary rainy looking day, but maybe the fact that I'm sick is making me wish it was glorious sunshine and warmth.

Right now I am:::
On the couch.  I have the laptop next to me and I'm taking breaks as I type this up.  I need to lie down every so often.  I've had some coffee which tasted amazing, considering the whole weekend I couldn't smell or taste anything (hate that feeling).  I haven't had anything to eat yet and I'm not really feeling hungry at all, so not sure what if anything I'll eat for breakfast.

Thinking and pondering:::
On our sickness, on how long this will take to go away and hoping it goes soon.  I have a Physical Therapy appointment tomorrow, I had to cancel both last week because of the kids being so ill, but my shoulder is really hurting and I am just needing to get in there and fix it.  I'm determined to kick this sickness today so I can feel well enough to go tomorrow.  this afternoon.

On my bedside table:::
Vicks, Dayquil, Nyquil, tissues, Motrin and Tylenol and a bottle of water.

On my tv:::
If I'm up to watching anything, I'll watch the second episode of Britannia.
Still haven't watched The Alienist so maybe that one.
Have all of last week's General Hospital to catch up on.

On the menu for this week:::
Last week was horrible, between the kids not able to eat anything, all the running back and forth to doctor appointments, urgent care and my needle treatment on my shoulder, we ate out more than ever.  I'm sick of take out, I'm sick of not cooking and I'm hoping this week we are back on track.  Not to mention how expensive all the take out food is.  Ugh!!!

Monday - Linguine with Peppery Beef Strips, Salad
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Chicken Curry 
Wednesday - Grilled Salmon, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic Potatoes
Thursday - Lasagna, Garlic Bread
Friday - Bangers and Mash, Green Beans
Saturday - Pork Chops Supreme, Rice, Steamed Broccoli
Sunday - *Sundays are our snack days, we pretty much just eat whatever all day long and no one ever wants a big dinner, so I'm actually going to stop planning meals for Sundays

On my to do list:::
Homeschooling
Jasmine's laundry and the rest of the bed sheets and comforters
Vacuum and tidy living rooms

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Just started Part 9 of the Elements CAL.  While pretty much just laying around all weekend with this crud, I crocheted here and there and caught up on the blanket. 


My simple pleasure:::
Sitting with my husband on the couch, just laying my head on his shoulder, closing my eyes and not thinking about anything at all.     

Lesson learned the past week:::
To continue to follow my instinct, especially when it comes to my kids.  On Thursday, I could not break Jasmine's fever, she was staying at 102.6, really unwell and I knew then that this had to be the flu and not just a cold.  I took her to urgent care and they confirmed she had the Flu.
Sometimes we second guess ourselves, or think that just because the doctor said it's such and such, we shouldn't doubt it or get a second opinion.
But our instinct as parents, speaks louder than anything else and it's never steered me wrong.  I'm glad I went with it and followed up.

Looking around the house:::
Needs a lot of attention.  Last week was absolutely dreadful, I didn't have time for housecleaning at all, aside from the kids bedrooms and constant washing and changing of bed linens.  The rest of the house has been left to fend for itself.  Even though I'm still not well, I do need to get stuff done around here, so I won't overdo it, but yeah, gotta get things cleaned and put away and tidied up.   

From the camera:::



Prayer List:::
Still continuing with prayers for Erika, Laura and my mother in law.
My children, to continue to improve and to beat this flu.
Me, to continue trusting in the Lord through everything.

Bible verse, Devotional:::



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Oh goodness.  I mentioned the other day that the kids were sick.  After taking them to the doctor, they didn't seem to be getting any better, matter of fact, on Thursday Jasmine got worse which prompted a trip to the Urgent Care.

I was there with her for a couple of hours, and after testing her for the Flu, it was determined that she has Flu Type B.

Because the 48 hour window had closed for the use of Tamiflu, we are having to just manage the flu as best as we can.  She had high fevers for 4 days, and thankfully yesterday it seemed to finally break, but she's weak, wiped out and extremely unwell still.  Her stomach hurts and she isn't able to keep down much food at all, only thing she seems to manage to eat is cereal, and I'm ok with that, as long as she's getting something in her tummy.  She is drinking a ton of fluids, and has been bedridden for days now.



Nick is feeling better in the sense of fever, but has developed laryngitis and has a severe sore throat and no voice.  He has also been sick to his stomach, but is able to keep eating with no problems.

I hate seeing the kids so sick.  They seem to be doing well this morning, both fast asleep, no fevers, so hopefully we're over the worst of it.


My life has consisted of doing laundry, constantly.  I've been changing bed sheets and comforters out ever day, taking care of the kids, which if you're a mom you know is exhausting when more than one kid is sick at the same time.

Homemade chicken soup has been made and consumed, and I've disinfected and cleaned out both of their bedrooms.  Once everyone is better, I'll pop open all the windows and get to work with some Lysol.


Unfortunately, I am now down with a cold.   I am not surprised in the least, considering I've been taking care of them for days and am around their germs, even though we've been going through hand sanitizer like crazy.

Yesterday was tough, I was so unwell and stayed in my pajamas all day, laid up on the couch so I could be within ear shot of the kids.  I took it easy, drank hot tea with lemon and honey, did some motrin and tylenol alternated to knock off my fever and tried to relax, but again, a sick mom can never really relax because there's still meals to be prepared, and with the kids sick, they can't take care of themselves at the moment.


When I wasn't feeling too poorly, I crocheted some on my Elements CAL.  Still on Part 8 so I'm a little behind at the moment, but that's ok, the pattern isn't going anywhere.


I'm so incredibly thankful that it's the weekend, my husband is home and he has taken over caring for the kids AND now me too.  It will be good to be able to just nap when I need to and work on getting better.

Just really hope that my children start feeling better soon.

Well friends, I'm feeling really tired and unwell, so I'm going to close this one for now.  Thank you all for the prayers, our family truly appreciates them. :)

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you either tomorrow or on Monday with our Happy Homemaker Monday.
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Oh my friends, what a crazy past two days it's been. 

Let me start by telling you about yesterday and my physical therapy appointment.  I went in there not knowing what to expect or what was going to happen.  My doctor was extremely nice, attentive and really went out of his way to figure out what is wrong with my shoulder and the best course of action.

The diagnosis is Rotator Cuff Tendonities, also have Impingement with my Scapula muscle and a pinched radial nerve....all on the right side, so right shoulder, right chest/breast area and right arm.

He did a Dry Needle treatment on two of the muscles, and it did feel really good afterward but I'm a bit swollen today and quite sore.  I've kept it iced like he told me too, but it's still quite painful.

I am now set for Physical Therapy twice a week for 3 weeks and then we'll see how I'm doing and where to go from there if needed.

Unfortunately today was my first appointment but I had to cancel it, as both my kids came down with a possible flu.


We've all been dealing with some sort of cold thing for a few days.  I had it last week, two days of chills, body aches and fever and chest pain.  My husband and the kids now have it, even though the kids seem to have it the worst.

I had an appointment this morning for Jasmine but Nick woke up quite sick as well, so I took him in to be seen with her.

Fevers, body aches, chest pain, congestion, cough, sore throat, headaches and chills.

The hospital was packed with people, so many kids and adults wearing masks, and while we were waiting to be called back they wheeled by a young girl on a stretcher, also wearing a mask and oxygen etc.  I felt absolutely awful watching the little girl go by with tears in her eyes and her worried mom following behind.

Anyway, once in, the doctor checked both kids over and informed me that they are so overwhelmed with patients that they can't test for the flu because they're completely out of flu tests, and out of Tamiflu as well.  He is however treating this as if it was the flu.

Basically he gave them meds, and said to keep them home, lots of rest, water, and keep an eye on them.  If they develop shortness of breath or racing heart etc., then to immediately take them to the nearest ER.  That's how severe this flu season is, it's not something to play around with at all.

Hence why I cancelled my appointment, I've been home tending to both kids, going between bedrooms, giving medicine, taking temps and keeping them comfortable.

I made a big pot of chicken soup (they love my homemade chicken soup when they're not well) and that's what the kids had for dinner.

I'm just praying that this sickness stays away, we're going to stay indoors as much as possible and if there was a way to only come out in the Spring, I would totally do it hahah

Well, I'm off to get in bed, take some Motrin and try to get this right shoulder rested and the swelling down.

Hope you all have a wonderful night, and if any of you out there are dealing with these horrible colds and flus, I pray you feel better and continue to heal.  And please, if you're not sure how sick you are, go in and get checked out, better safe than sorry.
Blessings!!!
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