Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Tuesday Tackle #2

I tackled the rest of the closet that is our little office area. After Christmas I wasn't feeling well and stacked the books I had received haphazardly in there. Along with a few other things that weren't in their proper place.  
 I took it a shelf at a time and pulled everything out. I had been stacking Megan's schoolwork in there. Yes, I know she has been in school for five months. Sigh. I took the time to sort it and put into a binder.
As I was sorting the books I added some to my sell bag. I had already read a few of then that I had no interest in keeping. I also had been given a few that weren't my taste.
 I moved a few things around.
 Awww, so much better.
 I know this closet is rough.  When we made into our office area we moved shelves and never took the time to patch holes from where they previously were. There is also some missing paint that come off when the shelves were moved around. This area is on my list for a mini makeover this year. At this point pretty isn't my goal. I am working on culling things and organizing. Pretty will come later.
 
Next on my list was this cabinet in the kitchen.
Not everything had been put away after my trip to the grocery store and all of the Christmas goodies had been baked. Things were put into their proper place and a few things were tossed.
 
Now I feel like I can take a breath when I open the cabinet door. No longer do I fear what might jump out at me!
 
What project have you tackled in the last week? Tune in next Tuesday to see what homemaking debt I tackle.
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
 
A load for the thrift store. Putting it into the back of the van as I purge so it can get out of here!
Yummy lasagna ready for the oven.
Chuck and Megan playing with his new camera toy. It is pretty neat. You can feed the line through a drain and see what the problem is.
This towel screams Wendi.
Thankful for meat that is close to 63% off of the regular price.
 Ahhh, the sun! After several days of gray skies and rain the sunshine lifts me up.
 My birthday was celebrated Thursday. I am proud to say I am 46! I know many people that are at 39 and holding. Not me, I feel each year is gift many don't receive and I want to embrace it and enjoy it.
 Birthday flowers.
 A field trip to the downtown library. It is a beautiful building.
 The best part for Megan was playing with the robots. Since her school is so small all the 4th, 5th and 6th graders each had their own to experiment with. Fun!
Today I will finish up laundry and clean the shower. Tonight the in-laws are taking us out to dinner to celebrate my birthday. The rest of the weekend will most likely be spent home as ice is in the forecast for later tonight. Depending on who you listen to it could be over by Saturday afternoon or run into Sunday morning. I guess time will tell.
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Tuesday Tackle #1

I am trying to cut the clutter and get things organized plus neat and tidy. I also have little task that need to be completed that never seem to make it to the top of the list. I thought I would share with you what I have tackled each Tuesday. Some weeks it might be a huge task or multiple task, others it will be small. I am going to use this to motivate myself to get it done!

I tend to be an all or nothing person.  I will put things off and wait for a big clean.  I love the feel of that deep clean. The problem is that the deep clean does take quite a bit of time and energy. Plus the in between stage isn't always pretty. My goal is to break this habit! As Laine would say I have some homemaking debt to take care of. :)
Since I spruced up the laundry area the liner in the cabinets has been driving my crazy! For whatever reason the shelf liner did not stick well. It would pucker at the front edge and slide around.

For some time I had been meaning to add a dot of hot glue to make this stay. I mentioned it to Chuck and he suggested I use double sided tape as it would be flat and the glue might make it bumpy and lumpy. (my interpretation of what he said anyway ;) ).
Not very noticeable in a picture, but it so much better. I did a little decluttering while I was at it too. I no longer use fabric softener so I took that out and made minor adjustments. I also made a list of things I need to stock up on like the ingredients to make laundry soap.

The next area was the computer desk.
The computer is keep in a small closet in our third bedroom. The computer desk was a mess! My laptop is broken so I have been spending more time in here. I sat down to look at some blogs and balance the checkbook. I couldn't take it anymore and immediately tackled this area.

I put things away, organized the bill box, threw out a few things and found a container (an old plastic pretzel container from Aldi)  to contain our Coke points.

So much better! I have plans to tackle the other three shelves in the computer closet. You'll have to tune in next Tuesday to see me tame that mess.

Now it's time to share what projects you are tackling.
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Friday, January 06, 2017

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

 A drawer of new dish towels. 
A pretty basket makes laundry more enjoyable.
 Lots of great books to enjoy on cold, snowy days.
 A warm meal cooking away.
Planning, organizing and paying bills. Yuck to the bills part, but at least they can be paid. :)
 Megan showed me her snack and said "it's a fruit salad. Salad plus fruit, get it?" Silly girl!
 
The whole family is still not feeling 100%. Chuck missed two days of work this week. He rarely takes time off work for not feeling well. I am better but still not back to my normal self. Megan hasn't succumbed to it yet. She has been off and told me before bed last night that she thought she was getting a sore throat. Ought oh!

On these cold, wintry days we have been snuggled in at home as much as possible. Spending our time playing games and eating feel better foods.
I know that much of the nation is having cold and snow. I hope your weekend is warm and cozy.
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Since Chick-fil-A stopped serving their signature cole slaw they released the recipe due to popular demand. I decided to give it a try.
4 t vinegar
1/4 c sugar
1/4 t dry mustard
1/4 t salt
Wisk together.
Add 1 c mayo (when I worked there they used Kraft mayo)
Pour over
20 oz shredded cabbage
1/4 cup shredded carrot
Mix well.
 
After I diced my cabbage and cubed my carrots I put it into my mini food chopper. If you have ever eaten Chick-fil-A slaw then you know that it was finely chopped.
You might notice this is a little heavy on carrots. Well, that is the beauty of homemade, you can make it however you want. I just happen to like a little bit more carrot in mine.
 
I know that I have mentioned that I worked at Chick-fil-A for six years in the late '80's - early '90's. At one point I worked mornings in the kitchen doing food prep. I can't tell you how many pounds of this cole slaw I have made.
Having the cabbage and carrots prepped made this an easy side for dinner.  In case you are wondering how I got 20 oz of cabbage in a quart jar, well, I didn't. The recipe made a little much for my family of three. I cut the recipe in half. Another one of those perks of making it yourself. I am happy to say that it taste just like the real deal.
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Monday, January 02, 2017

A New Year Begins

I know that many are depressed and let down after Christmas. Not me. As much as I adore Christmas I find it refreshing to put the d├ęcor away. Everything feels fresh, in its place and I can breath. That lasted until Wednesday after Christmas anyway.
I have been knocked down with a bad cold. Most of my week was spent with a cup of tea, a good book and a box of tissue. Thankfully I had all of Christmas put away. I am feeling a little better although I still have a hoarse voice.
The monthly menu is complete as is the shopping.
 I was dragging when it was complete, but it is done. I had a couple of extra helpers with me so there are a few things here that I normally wouldn't buy. ;) There were some good sales so I stocked up on a few things. Many of these items will last us for more then a month. Such as the meat, packages of cookies and trash bags. I spent more then I wanted but I am okay with it as I have a stocked freezer of meat. This year I will track my grocery spending on my blog. I spent $275.95. $33.83 of this amount was on M&M's alone. (not all pictured above) I purchased enough 50% off bags to last us for a year. I use them in cookies in place of chocolate chips, in trail mix and keep a jar in the pantry to grab a few when someone needs a chocolate fix. It doesn't matter to us that they are red and green.
 
The rest of month the I will only purchase must have such as milk and fresh produce.

Blueberries were .99 cents a quart. I grabbed several of those. I had read that keeping them in a glass jar extends the life of your produce. It said to store the fruit unwashed. I washed them as I have a little one that eats better when the healthy snacks require no prep. I interested to see if this helps as we had more food waste then I want to admit last year.
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Projects and goals have been set. We have the material or an existing gift card (yay Christmas gifts!) to cover many of our projects. I am sad to say we are still knee deep in debt. Sigh. Those medical bills have killed us.  I don't want that to sound too much like a grumble as I am blessed with a good man, great marriage, healthy child, nice home, steady income, and plenty of food. The budget will be tight again this year as we have set a big financial goal.
My kitchen counter has looked like this for most of the week. :) Tomorrow we start the daily grind again as Chuck returns to work and Megan to school. I will miss the crafts, science experiments and most of all my people.
 
My friends, I must close. I have rolls rising that I must check on. Here's to a great 2017!
 
May your day be filled with joy in the journey! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Joy in the Journey

Christmas has past and I sit her in the after glow. The games are being played, the new clothes have been washed and put away and until after the first of the year my little family will be together at home. Pure bliss, I tell you!

I have been thinking about the passing year and the one to come for quite a while. I could sit here and tell you how tough 2016 has been, but I won't. Let's face it, we all have issues.  Some days, weeks, months and even years are better then others. As many of you know I am an avid reader. A couple of months ago I was reading a book and one of the characters asked when a quilt would be finished. The other lady laughed and her response was that it wasn't about the finished quilt, but each stitch taken while making the quilt.

I have been thinking about that since I read that book. Honestly, it was on my mind so much that I had to pull the book out of my sell bag and look for that conversation again. There is so much talk now about slowing. I would love to slow life down and honestly I do my best to keep my life slow and simple. The truth of the matter is that life is always moving. If we spend too much time waiting for things to slow down, for the last ten pounds to come off, for a task to be done or things to be perfect then we won't find joy in journey. 

Instead of a word for the coming year I will have a phrase... joy in the journey. No matter how crazy or stressful it might seem I want to savor the moments and find joy in journey. Not to be in such a hurry to get to the end of a task. As a believer I know what the end of my journey will be and my goal is to find joy in that journey.

I will be spending the remainder of this year enjoying my family. I hope you will join me in 2017 as I strive to find joy in the journey!