Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Last week seeds like each day took an age.  Not necessarily in a bad way, just in a every day went by slowly kind of way.

My parents visited Sunday and brought Diva back from spending the weekend with them.

Monday, a precious friend came over from Marshall for an appointment so we went out for breakfast.

Throughout the week, I spent my time turning the 6 big bags of pears that we had picked into pear-vanilla jam, pear slices, pear honey, pear butter, pearsauce, pear peel jelly, carrot cake jam, pear wine, pear molasses, and pear mincemeat.  Dealing with pears (or any fruit you have to peel) takes a considerable amount of time as well as makes a considerable mess.

Engineer has started running with Diva in the evenings on the days she doesn't have practice.

We had dinner at our friends' house and played cards on Friday - something we hadn't done in a long time and really enjoyed.

Over the weekend, my friend and I explored a bit of the Shreveport/Bossier area thrift/junk/antique stores.  I guess I have been out of the finding-junk-in-an-actual-retail-setting loop long enough to not realize that now places are calling themselves purveyors of vintiques and junktage and such.  All that means is they sell new items bought at market!
At market for Pete's sake!
Where's the thrill of the hunt?  The fun in the game of finding authentic rusty treasure?
I don't know...I was a little taken aback by that discovery.  Finding reproductions of things that have been artificially aged seemed a little strange to me - a little too sanitary.  I guess there is something to be said for thwarting the risk of tetanus but still...

It is that time of year again, the time of year where we begin eating down the freezer in hopes that space will be filled with deer from hunting season.

On our menu:

Sunday - Friends for Dinner:  Sausages on the Grill, Cilantro Cole Slaw, Green Salad, Baked Beans, Carrot Sticks, Chips & Hotsauce, Watermelon
Monday - Crab Stuffed Tilapia, Salad, Chips & Hotsauce, Grapes
Tuesday - Leftovers
Wednesday - Curried Lentil & Rice Loaf, Salad, & Cantaloupe
Thursday - Caramelized Onion & Bacon Mac & Cheese, Ratatouille, & Baked Pears
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Madly in Love

I brought home an antique iron headboard and footboard the other day that I had bought at an estate sale.

While Engineer was talking to me about what he needed to complete the project (button pin rails) and how he could work around not having them with some angles, a welder, and a few other run-of-the-mill (not) items like a drill press.

Honestly, pretty much everything after "button pin rails" sounded like he was speaking a foreign language but at some point, I must have made it known that I had no idea what a drill press was.

The next evening, we were watching a drama on TV and in a serious moment on the show he said, "There's a drill press."

Sure enough, in the background of the scene, there was a drill punch.

I burst into a fit of laughter.

Who else would watch a TV show and see specialty steel fabrication equipment?!

1-4-3 EM because you see things I don't.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Sometimes life gets in the way of writing.  Then again, without living life, how would I have anything to write about?   It's the circle of bloggy life...

Last week our dryer stopped working which resulted in getting a new one.  It's always fun hanging laundry all over your house...notice the hint of sarcasm there.  Man, oh man how I wish I had a clothesline outside.

Diva and I started cross country practice.  By cross country practice I mean she runs with the kids and I bring up the rear with any stragglers.  Who am I kidding?  There are no other stragglers.

Y'all, if you are of southern descent, you are all too familiar with walking or running in very high temperatures.  Heat will suck the breath out of you.  Now those of you who are not only Southern, but live in high humidity areas know that running or walking in scorching and damp air makes you feel like you are walking (and breathing) in hot molasses.  Unpleasant is putting it very lightly.
It's a character building process.  At least, that's what I'm telling myself.

Our little trio visited another church.  It was unanimously decided that it was not for us.
Finding a church is also a character building exercise.

Sweet friends from Marshall were in town for family photos so we invited them to have dinner with us one evening.

Engineer's boss had a fish fry at work and I was invited.  Though, I'm pretty sure I was only invited so that I could bring the dessert.

More estate sales were shopped this past weekend; they were fabulous.  If nothing else, it is worth going just to walk through the gorgeous old historic homes.

Projects galore were started and are in various stages of completion.  Engineer and I cleaned out two-thirds of the garage, laid down the rugs that I had cleaned and worked on the weekend before, and moved furniture around.  Engineer looked at the bed frame that I had bought at an estate sale the week before and saw that we needed a certain type of rails to go with the headboard and footboard before he could put it together.

Diva spent the weekend in Marshall with my parents and the Operinos.  It was good for her to have that time with them.

Engineer and I picked pears at our friends' home and had a nice visit with them.

We also had dinner with our friends who are leaving to study and work in China.

Engineer had a couple of business trips during the week.

All in all, a fairly active week.  Which is good.  I like activity.

My menu didn't quite go to plan last week since we had a few unexpected twists and turns in our schedule.

This week we will be eating:

Sunday - Dinner w/Family
Monday - Stuffed Mushrooms (from last week's menu) Salad, and Roasted Okra
Tuesday - Spinach Pie, Carrots, and Ratatouille
Wednesday - Roasted Goose, Steamed Veggies, and Slaw
Thursday - Baked Potatoes, Baked Beans, and Salad
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Madly in Love

Engineer and I playfully tease each other all the time.

We tease about who is smarter, is more liked, and is better looking than the other.
Each of us always says that the other one is superior in every way.

However, it is Engineer who usually stops the banter by making some quip.
The other day was no different.

He was insisting (and I was resisting) his statements of adoration for me.
Our exchange ended with him saying, "I may not be good at much, but the handsome truck didn't pass me by."

No it didn't my dear.  You are the fairest of them all.  ;)

1-4-3 my very handsome and very self-aware EM!

Monday, August 18, 2014


Another church visited...still not the one.  I was stressed about finding one soon but now I am just sitting back and enjoying each church for how they further God's kingdom as a congregation.

It's really interesting to go to different services in different churches with different denominations.  Even the ones within the same denominations have some noticeable differences.

One thing that is the same in every church we've tried so far is that we stand out.  Sitting on the back row makes no difference when you are a young family in the traditional service (which starts early) and two-thirds of you are wearing hats.

Engineer and his workmate brewed another batch of beer.  Apparently he wanted to have an Oktoberfest brew ready when the time comes.  He also attended a local Homebrewers Association meeting.

I did a little dry canning and a little baking - nothing too exciting.

We had some new Bossier friends over to watch "The Goonies" as our summer of 80s movies winds down.

The next morning and one of our new Bossier friends and I went garage sale-ing where I managed to pick up a HUGE vintage rug (for FREE!) and an antique iron bedframe for a song.  It was a very successful shopping trip.

One of Diva's best friends and her family came over to spend the day Saturday.  It's always nice to catch up with that sweet family and I appreciate the role of Diva's friends in her life.

The biggest news is that Diva started at her new school.  She had a couple of setbacks but navigated the week well.

This week we are beginning to add some of the extra-curriculars into our schedule.

We will be eating:

Sunday - Fried Chicken & Salad
Monday - Chocolate Waffles, Bacon, & Strawberry Omelets
Tuesday - Duck Burritos w/Roasted Tomatillo Sauce & Black Beans
Wednesday - Hot Potato Salad & Franks, 5 Bean Salad, & Green Salad
Thursday - Stuffed Mushrooms Parmigiana, Spaghetti, & Salad
Friday - Dinner w/Family
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.
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