Nov 122013
 

Busy Doing Nothing!
{or so it seems}

As I am falling into winter {or fall for most} I am realizing that things seem so different, yet they also feel the very same. I am once again sick. This time I had strep, tonsillitis and double ear infections with one ear canal actually swollen closed! Now as I finish round two of the antibiotics I find myself getting sick with some sort of chest cold resulting in me sleeping ALL DAY TODAY! I literally was up for maybe 3 hours in the last 24 and for those of you who know me you know that is definitely NOT my normal. I am a veteran insomniac, just not today!

Buddy is growing so quickly! It is hard to believe that four short weeks ago he was only 150 grams in size when he now weighs about a pound and a half! He is up walking around, using his nose, and even knows his name! I started him on food this week and it seems to be going good. All of his teeth came in in less than 24 hours. He was quite miserable and so was his mama for being gnawed on while nursing him!

Eating

I am excited to make a cinnamon roll cake when I am feeling a little better. I can’t imagine anyone being too keen on eating anything I make when I am in this condition! Perhaps that’s why they haven’t been waking me for meals? Oh well, this mama obviously needs the rest!

I am also going to make an *attempt* at some apple butter this year. I have never had it nor made it but it looks so darned good and if its an epic fail at least the house will smell amazing while it cooks! I have found a couple of recipes that look good but this is the one that I plan to use.
What are your favorite uses for apple butter?

I have also decided to try this Cranberry Pumpkin bread recipe. It sounds and looks awesome! Too bad I will have to take the nuts out for the kids lunches at school but I would hate for anyone with allergies to get sick because of my baking!

Another thing I found that seems cool is a recipe keeper that notices a recipe on my screen and asks if i would like to save it or print it and where! Check out this awesome addition here! So when I see a recipe it pops out of the corner and asks if I want to keep it. I am really enjoying that, so far!

I have once again decided that booting pop/soda out of my diet would be a good thing. Tomorrow is grocery day and I am actually sort of nervous about this. Not because I am addicted to pop but because it is so cheap and I don’t want to replace pop with a juice that is {almost} as unhealthy as the soda! Maybe it’s time for more water for this mama? What do you drink throughout the day and evenings? Last time I cut out pop I lost a ton of weight and felt way better. I drank water and used Mio to make the water taste like juice in a calorie and aspartame free way! I like to drink coffee but I am thinking that staying away from refined sugar would be best for my health. Stevia is rather expensive but it may be what I decide to use as a sweetener for my coffee and tea, or I may try honey.
Has anyone ever used honey in coffee?

Movies

I am presently watching Insidious Chapter 2 and I am not really sure about it. It doesn’t seem to be as well done as the first movie and seems to be of lower quality, though that just may be my feed.
Insidious in my opinion was very well done and seemed to stick to what possession and other paranormal things actually would reflect in a real life situation {if you believe in that}.
I struggle to not believe in the paranormal because even as a Christian we are taught in the Bible that evil exists and we are told how to cast it out.
I know many Christian families would never watch a movie such as this but for me I enjoy these types of movies and I know that the Lord placed scenario’s that are similar to the movies into the written Word for a reason and that reason shouldn’t be ignored.
One may say I am “asking for it” but I know that the protection of God’s unwavering love works to keep me safe in all areas, especially spiritually!
Not allowing myself to feel fearful of these types of things is my way of being able to justify that I am strong enough spiritually to watch.
For those of you who fear these things you MUST learn to trust that God is protecting you and yours in ALL things.
However, if you still don’t wish to take the chance and allow movies and TV that depicts these things into your lives then that is obviously a personal choice and must be respected.
That said, remember that ANY shows or movies that take away time from the Lord, your family or your duty as one of His servants is unhealthy for you. Even if you are glued to Christian programming or music! Unfortunately, I have met people who are so focused on being “born-again” that they neglect their duties as a parent and partner to stay immersed in the Word. Everything needs balance. The Word is of no use if we memorize it but never apply it to our daily routine!

Bible Time

What verse have you been studying and praying about in your life?

I am presently reading 1 Kings Chapter 18 and I am also reading a free e-book from Smashwords about the role women have within the church. I had started this year with the intent of reading through the Bible this year and unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. I know I NEED to start doing Bible studies again and I NEED to find and stick to a Bible in a year program. It is so easy to procrastinate and I fear that I am a professional!

I know several of you had planned to read through the Bible this year! How is your progress and what have your biggest trials been?

I have read through this book for the purpose of reviewing it and I believe this will be the book I use to succeed at reading the Bible in a year this time!

If anyone would be interested in starting a small group to encourage one another on reading through the Bible and using this book I would LOVE to talk to you and set up a reading/discussion group!

Small Accomplishments

Over the weekend I managed to get a few things done regardless of how ill I have been. I was able to clean up my bedroom {mostly} and get rid of the trash. I need to clean up the closet still and vacuum but standing on chairs and carrying the vacuum on the stairs can wait for a more balanced me!

I changed my sheets on my bed and washed the others and haphazardly put them away in the scary closet!

I set up my Kobo Mini and began reading a couple of e-books I had stored for some time.

I took some photos of the freshly fallen snow though everything looks so grey and dark as a result of the clouds.

I *think* I figured out Instagram though I have no clue why you can’t post from the computer. Any tips?

I sorted out my medications and got everything organized and everything outdated disposed of safely.

I moved Buddy from the bedroom to the living room where there is no carpet for him to soil so that his feeding on dog food instead of just mama milk will prevent me from scrubbing the carpet. Unfortunately, I learned that the hard way but he is doing great being an only child and his mama only goes and hangs out with him when he needs a drink or some extra warmth. Otherwise he mostly just hangs out sleeping or being manhandled by tiny and much welcomed hands! He has finally learned to walk though I am beyond sure he doesn’t carry himself up a flight of stairs and into the boys room and then onto the bed!

To Do

I have to mix up all of my cleaning supplies as I seem to have used each bottle up at the same time. I love the all natural company I am with and how concentrated everything is. It’s awesome to use a tsp of a stain remover and fill the rest of the bottle with tap water and have a safe yet extremely effective cleaner! Who else can say their favorite cleaner gives them about 126 liters for about 10 dollars?

I also have to mix up the disinfectant. It is concentrated but not as much as my other cleaner. Though I love using it around the pet areas. Even the bird has no issues!

I have to do some light dusting of all my wood which doesn’t take long, it’s just another thing to add to this procrastinators list! Then I intend to get out my fall wax melter and add a couple of fall touches including an amazingly scented candle!So far my to do list only involves things that I earn money from! Win-win!

Now, if only I got paid to organize that closet…

 

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