Embracing Winter

I am keeping my decorations up much longer this year.
In years past we had real Christmas trees. I always took them down the day after Christmas. Then I started putting away all the knick knacks. By Jan 1st the house was bare.

We have an artificial tree this year. We had it last year too. But last year I rushed as always and put everything away.

Not this year. I have been questioning many things I do in an effort to make my life more simple in activity and stress.

In past years I also rushed to put out my spring decorations. As if that would hurry up spring and make the cold gray days go away.

Not this year. I have pretty red and white decor that I am leaving out till Valentine’s day. I am going to try and put up photos of my red and white items

Chilly Morning Tea Time

Tea Time on a Chilly Morning.

I have bee playing with tea the last couple of months. My current favorite is the above!

One tea bag of each, seep in my favorite cup, add some milk. It was prefect this morning.

S’more Cookies – For a Fall Day

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I found a great little recipe I want to share.

I used it to make S’more Cookies, but I have also used it with other bags
of yummy add – in from the baking isle like the Andres Mints bits and the Butterfinger Bites, Mini M & M’s.

Basic Cookie Mix (to add stuff to)
½ C soft butter
2/3 C white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 C plus 2 TBS all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 Bag Hershey S’mores for Baking

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Tin foil cookie she with non-stick tinfoil.
In large bowl cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Add vanilla and mix well.
Add baking soda, salt and flour. Mix until creamy. Add your yummy candy of choice and mix.
Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from cookie sheet. Makes about 24 (2 dozen).

20 + Years

Life after Homeschooling

For over 20 years (5 children) at this time of the year I would be making lessons plans, gathering unit study supplies and making books lists in preparation for the new school year.
Not this year. This year I am under the shady tree with a cold drink and a stack of my favorite magazines.
#myjobisdone #lastchildgraduated

Glorious Saturday

I am stuck home today. The 2009 Kia Rondo had a breakdown. I had to leave it at the mechanic until next week.
The air conditioning compressor went out. On this car, it can not be by passed. I am not sure I would want to – the heat is on here in the central valley, California. 100+ days until October.

My husband had mandatory over time (and we can use the cash for the car repairs) and took the other car.

I spent time outside early this morning cleaning up two flower beds Henrietta clawed and pecked through.
Henrietta looking at me

Here she is looking at me like I am the cause of the problem.

We went to the California State Fair last week. I found out Henrietta is a Blue Gold Duckwing Phoenix.

The fair was fun as always!

Grilled Food State Fair California

Horse Arena Workout California State Fair 2016

Alex and Richard on the Sky Chair ride State Fair 2016

Mural at California State Fair 2016

We celebrated 2 more birthdays this week. Lots of cake and cheesecake too!
Lemon Cake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Birthday Month

July is the birthday month for us. It used to be April, but as our little family has grown via weddings, July is it.

First birthday of the month is our son-in-law. He turned 25 this year. He did not want a fuss. Our daughter/his new wife decorated the chocolate cake I made.

Alisha Putting on the Candles

Birthday Party for Juan

Here is a photo of Juan (on the left), it is his birthday and Josh (AnaMarie -daughter number 3’s beau).

Juan and Josh Birthday Party

Summer Time Summer Time

Hope this is not trend for the summer.

My husband was sick with a fever this week. It turned out he had a leg infection. He is diabetic so this was treated aggressively. We are home now. He waved and let me take a snap.

Poor Husband

Our daughter with the broken foot will be off work until the middle of July.

Orthopedic Check

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