Homemade Mondays week 148

Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:

Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.

  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic.
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we’re pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.

The featured post from last week was Five Breads to Make at Home by The Homesteading Hippy.

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Meal plan for August 31st – September 6th

Ever have one of those days where you’re so beat, that you declare “movie night 2.0″, make nachos, and lay on the couch while your kid watches The Empire Strikes Back (for the first time ever)?

No?

Yeah, me either…

I just spent 20 minutes of writing this post trying to figure out how I accidentally zoomed in to epic glaucoma proportions on my browser.  Cause I thought only being able to see seven words at a time might be less efficient than trying to figure it out.  In case this ever happens to you, your fat sausage fingers (like mine) can fix it by holding down CTL and “0” at the same time.  Who knows how that happened.  Maybe it is because my nacho fingers are pretty fumbly.

Back to the point of this post so that I can free up my hands and go eat my “doctor prescribed” ice cream.  Cause you know, priorities.

After the hottest driest summer on record for Seattle – we had more days above 80 degrees than Chicago and Boston…which is pretty hard to tolerate in a region where less than 10% of people have air conditioning – we had a gorgeous amount of rain on Saturday.  It came with some pretty strong wind gusts of 35-60 mph.  Strong enough to where the power went out when Jack and I were at Trader Joes.  I wanted to shout “no one panic, I’ll eat all the ice cream and JoJos before they thaw”.  Nevermind that JoJos aren’t in the freezer section.  I’m a giver, and I was willing to just jump in and get to work.  Waste not, want not.

We slept with our windows open on Friday night, and the sound of rain was amazing to hear after nothing for so long.  It made me have to pee even more, but was totally worth it.  The chickens slept in on Saturday, and when I finally went to let them out, they ran out to their yard as normal, paused, looked at each other like “what the cluck”, and ran right back in to the coop.  The little princesses had forgotten what it was like to have wet feet.

My biggest hope is that some of this rain reached Central and Eastern Washington to help with all the crazy wildfires going on.

I sold plasma and a dozen (chicken) eggs yesterday in order to afford the giant list of school supplies that Jack’s school sent out.  Holy balls people, is this first grade or the prom?  The list had “ear buds (no more than $5)” on it, and the woman at Target laughed at me when I asked her where the $5 ear buds were.  She said the cheapest they had was $10, and a quick search on Amazon showed she was correct.  Whomever made that list needs a reality check.  Oh, and they require you to bring in two blue or two green dry erase markers.  Know how many of each color are in a pack of dry erase markers?  One.  So you have to buy TWO $3 packages in order to just get two markers of the same color.  No bueno list maker.  No bueno.

I then went and had to sell my hair to buy Jack some new shoes.  I didn’t buy him new shoes just because it is back to school, but his feet were busting out of his most current pair, so I decided to take advantage of all the back to school sales.  With the enormous foot problems my family has, I am always willing to invest in quality shoes.  Not to mention that Jack only ever has one pair at a time, because you know, boys.  My giant six year old is wearing a boy’s size 3.  THREE.  I held them up to my shoes (size 10) and his were getting pretty darn close to mine.  Troy wears a size 14 (and yes ladies, what they say is correct. The bigger the foot…the bigger the farking socks left all over the living room), so Jack is pretty much screwed to look like a Saint Bernard puppy for the next five years.

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No clue why this photo is sideways. Ever since I got my free Windows 10 upgrade, photos have been f’ed up between the download and WordPress upload.

Last Sunday, a coworker and my sister came over for “Pickle Academy”.  We took these

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and made these

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Oh hey, now my screen is super dark and I can barely see my typing.  Windows 10 for the win!

In the biggest news around these parts, my dad is out of the hospital. And on some heavy ass antibiotics.  When I tell people I know who are in healthcare what he is taking, they all say “whoa, the big guns”!  And they have to be administered twice a day, and it takes an hour each time.  Guess who is now rocking some rubber gloves and working a heparin flush and a Vancomycin drip?  This girl.  The same chick who wants to barf if she catches sight of her dad without his fake leg on, and almost hurled when she heard his shoulder had been drained?

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I’m doing my best to not disturb the sterile field by dry heaving.  Class C drugs are “exciting”.

I’m off to go inject some stuff in to some people, so let’s get down to the meal plan, m’kay?  It’s supposed to still be rainy today, so I’m making beef stew, dutch oven bread, and salad.

Monday:: Browned butter noodles with mizritha cheese, bruschetta, and salad.

Tuesday:: Homemade tacquitos, spanish rice, and salad.

Wednesday:: We’re trying these kebabs, and pairing them with green beans. (as I typed that, I realized I forgot to buy pineapple this weekend).

Thursday:: Breakfast for dinner.  It’s happening.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner, and I have been told, a viewing of Return of the Jedi.

Saturday:: Let’s not lie, I’m doing takeout or going to a restaurant because I am farking exhausted.

Sunday:: Family dinner.

This week I spent $33.91 at Trader Joes, $34.02 at Costco, and $48.53 at the grocery store.

What are you having this week?

 

 

It’s 1:29 am. Do you know where your health is?

My sister and I have realized that August is a month that is not friendly to our family.  For the last four years in a row, one or both of our parents have had serious medical issues in August.

It is a family trait to be consistent, and this month we did not disappoint.  Hence the radio silence around these parts.  We’ve already decided to skip August of next year.  The whole month just isn’t allowed to happen.

It all started with a fever my dad had a few weeks ago, when Troy and I were at the ocean with some friends.  Thankfully, my sis (a teacher) was around and able to help out in my absence. From there it continued on to my dad having horrible shoulder pain in a shoulder that is already due for a replacement.  And then my mom followed suit with feeling poorly at the end of last week.

I thankfully have an understanding boss, and oodles of sick leave, and was able to stay home and help out with both of them.  My dad’s shoulder continued to get worse, and we were all looking forward to his 3 pm appointment on Monday to receive a cortisone injection to end the pain.  And the whining.  Ahem.

He went in on Monday, and was told by the doctor that his shoulder was so inflamed that a cortisone shot wouldn’t fix anything.  The doc was concerned about the inflammation and ended up draining the shoulder (here is where I puke when my dad tells the story) and sending the gunk (barf) off for testing.

I had to work late on Tuesday, and I came home to just Troy, Jack, and my mom.  My dad was apparently on his way to urgent care at the insistence of his doctor who had called that afternoon to say that the fluid they removed contained evidence of sepsis in his shoulder.  Seemed like that warranted an ER visit to me, but for some reason their health insurance company has a total hard on for urgent cares.

The urgent care visit turned in to an immediate admission in to the hospital that very evening.  I spent the night downstairs with my mom, and was woken up by my dad calling very late to say he was headed in to surgery because they had to remove all the infection.  In my sleepy (I was straight up drooling) state, I simply said “ok, good luck, we love you and keep us posted”.

After hanging up, I had the “oh hell” moment of realizing I didn’t know which hospital he was at, or any contact information.

Go me.

I tracked him down the next morning, and the surgery went well and he is feeling a bit better. He’ll be in the hospital until they can identify what kind of infection it was, so that they may treat it appropriately before release.

This August, and all the previous ones have taught me some very important lessons:

1) Forcing my parents to move in with us, was hands down, the best bossy moment I’ve ever had.  I’m not sure how the circus of schedule juggling that is going on now would be successful if they were still an hour round trip from us.

2) I will forever be grateful for my sister.  Some family dynamics are weird and I get that not everyone has siblings that are let’s say “value added”.  When God decided to give both of my parents the short straw in life with health, he also decided that two super cooperative girls who get along (now.  Because when we were younger it was like two vipers in a paper bag) and lean on each other was his “whoops, my bad” consolation prize for their health.

We are also blessed with a supportive extended family, and my parents have a great caregiver who comes to the home, and is willing to pick up extra shifts in these moments.

3) People need to stop taking their health for granted.

Stop it.

Right freaking now.

If you are thinking about getting in shape, or eating better, cutting out chemicals in your home, or losing some weight, or whatever it is you plan on doing at some point, stop planning and get on with it.  Shit or get of the pot people, because this window of opportunity is fleeting.  The vast majority of us were blessed with normal health at birth.  Obviously I see the irony in saying that because 50% of my family was not, but we’re still in the minority.

And it is up to most of us to squander our good health.  It is ours to waste and crap on.  We as a society are often doing this to ourselves, and we need to freaking stop it. Ask any chronically ill person if they would like to be able to actually make changes to improve their health, and they would look at you like you’re an idiot.  What a dumb question that is!  And yet here we sit as a society, getting sicker and sicker, and we put the blame or organizations, corporations, and everyone else.  By doing that, we take away our power to make our own changes and start the healing process.

Stop.  Just take a deep breath, and be so thankful that you still have time to reverse all of this damage.  You still have time, so stop wasting it.

Today is the day.  Today is the day you can change your life, whatever that looks like for you.  Most of us still have the option to change something negative about our health.  Not everyone gets that chance.  If you have that opportunity, take it.  Change whatever it is you need changing, and move forward.  Do it for your family, friends, and your kids (if applicable).

Do it for yourself, because you are worth the effort to be well, happy, and healthy.  It absolutely will not be easy, but it will be 100% worth it.

4) I was trying to sleep the other night downstairs with my mom, and looked up at the ceiling to see this.

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My dad has one of those weird projection clocks, and seeing that just started the outline of this blog post in my head.  Nowhere did I think about item three above, but somehow I just started typing today and didn’t stop.  I’m not sure what part of my brain took over and just wrote that, but it absolutely wasn’t part of the outline.  Hopefully it isn’t something offensive my fingers typed before my brain comprehended my words.  Who knows. We’ll see.
Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I say a silent prayer each night with my hand on my belly. My prayer is “be strong, be brave, love life, be kind, be considerate, be open to others, be understanding, be gentle with others, and love to read”.
At 1:29 am the other morning, I added “be healthy and be grateful for your health”.
Amen.

Homemade Mondays week 147

Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:

Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.

  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic.
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we’re pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.

The featured post from last week was My Balanced Life Progress Report from Reviews, Chews & How-Tos.

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