Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Where I run(walk)

linking up with Jaime over at her blog talking about running in different places.

I haven't run in ages, but I have been walking in spurts.  I am really good for a couple of months & then I take a couple off, but currently, I am being semi-consistent! Here's this year's summary in photos:
  accountability treadmill photo from April.

 over Memorial Day Weekend, we found a few trails in the are of the cabin we rented to take the dogs for walks.  This is one of them They were a heck of a lot nicer than any walking trails we have around home.

 On most of our Field Trip Fridays we play at a park with a trail & the kids are always happy to go on a trail.
 for the past few weeks, I have been meeting my friend Melissa for some more early morning lap walking around our high school.  We both graduated from it & marvel about the changes that have been made to the building, as well as sharing stories of our times in it.  We get to see the sun rise every day we walk. I think its especially beautiful as it comes over the near by grain elevator.  We have also met up with a family of skunks and a couple of doe on our early  morning treks, as well as sharing 'good morning's with other fellow walkers or bikers that use the loop around the school in their personal routes.

thanks for this idea Jaime! I didn't think I had anything to report, but here you go :)


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Field trip #2

our local county museum. Wednesday June 10th.

I had no idea what to expect but WOWZERS! I couldn't believe the amount of stuff they have packed into that morton building!! There are no pictures from there because the trolley was late picking the kids up & I had to get another from his house on my way with the van & then unload 4 from the van while waiting on the trolley-hoping it really did make it to them, so the camera was forgotten in the van. but when we went from the building to the old school house then the log cabin, I grabbed it. To only take 3 photos LOL  oh well, such is life, the kids had fun, I have a fabulous friend that did a wonderful job pointing things out to the kids & making them think about the changes that have taken place.
 old bridge planks + old telephone poles = walking bridge to connect the 2 sides of the property, not very maneuverable by the stroller
 them checking out the bug collections in the old school house. BIG thanks to Stacey for making them think!!
the morton building that houses a ton of stuff!! 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Field Trip #1



On Friday, we had our first official field trip of summer! I say official because I sent 4 of them on the trolley on Wednesday to visit Dan Wardell from IPTV at our local library for a couple of hours yet, I kept the majority of the littler ones home.  So, today we had a mini boot camp at a local gym. AWESOME!!! the owner/instructor did AMAZINGLY with my group! they loved it & the boys want to go back & do a harder one :)  From there they walked across the street to a path that leads to the nearest city park  & I drove the van w/3 littles, picnic & other miscellany supplies, around the corner & into the park.  We had just finished unloading when the bigs arrived. TA DA! looooved it! they loved the independence while I appreciated that I could trust them to do what they needed to to get where they were supposed to be, so I could get the rest of supplies there as well. We then played & picnic'ed until 12:30, when the trolley arrived to return them.  

looking forward to the county museum tour on Wednesday & then an entire day on Friday of a different park! 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday 5: Summer week 1




  1. I have an A.MAZ.ING. group of kids! my bigs have been my anchors this week.  This is the first week of summer & our helper is on vacay to kick off her summer break from college, so she isn't able to help here. This coinciding, I have been awarding any & all of the following awards daily; 'matched time' rather than the 2 minutes of reading=1 minute of electronics, free electronic time & water paints at nap time .  I admit I was a bit concerned about how I was going to safely handle everyone at once on my own, but they reminded me that I don't have to. 
  2. This one is teething. Teething in the summer is miserable for all, but at least its not hot yet and we've had some new distractions this week with all the bigs filtering in & out daily.
  3. Thursday I finally followed through with a to-do.  We made homemade ice cream.  I had bought heavy cream from the food coop 2 weeks ago and kept putting it off, well getting more coop groceries last night, I decided to do it yesterday. 10AM.  Stop making everything so much harder than it needs to be, just do it.  so we inserted the canister & top, did the ice+salt layers by instruction of a 5 year old professional ice cream maker, plugged it in the outlet on the front step, & let 'er rip.  30ish minutes later we had amazing chocolate ice cream, to eat, before lunch. ahhhhh summertime! 
  4. coffee + kombucha- its how I am getting by this week. I am physically dragging but I think its more of the mental game I play that 'I can't handle them all on my own anymore' that weighs the body down unnecessarily. not sure what my excuse will be next week-ha! 
  5. I get to help some friends at their market booth tomorrow. Downtown Farmer's Market! YEAH BABY! I am excited! I love the buzz of the market, the excitement in the air, the sights, the sounds & even some of the smells :) Also, I love to help people out.  
This might be a fun little series to try to keep going... Are you on summer break yet? how did your week go?

Monday, May 18, 2015

comedy of errors

Every have one of those days that nothing seems to go right? Saturday was that day for my husband, Tim.  I can chuckle because it was all of our own making & things I didn't stress over but each one added a new level of tension for him..

It started when he called me that he needed the tire & jack brought to him from the driveway, so I loaded up & headed out.
First, he had blown out a front tire on the work car while heading home on the interstate, luckily he limped it to the next exit 2 miles down, so he wasn't changing in on the side of the road! He had the wrong size tires on the front-the other size was recently changed because wires were showing, there was front end work needed & now this. hopefully they will all be the right size from now on!

Then when we got home, he read the letter from the city warning us to mow the other property or pay a fine an obnoxious hourly rate for them to hire it done. He had been putting it off trying to decide how to fix the mower we own for that property.

THEN, after whining that I was making him attend a graduation reception & finally getting on the road 30 minutes later than HE had appointed our schedule, he missed the exit on the interstate having to go another 4 miles to get turned around.  I am not sure how he missed it other than he drives by it twice a day 6 days a week & its not a normal turn for him to make & I am sure he was distracted thinking about getting the mowing done.  

So, that was our Saturday's comedy of errors of sorts.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Photo 5 on Friday

Saturday I volunteered for the Iowa Food Coop during Osceola's Spring Fling event.

All week, we've had construction vehicles across the street at the neighbors' so this is how they've spent the majority of their mornings.

Sunday, I picked up fresh chickens, so one went right into the crockpot on Monday. Tuesday, this was the stock I drained out, YUMMMM! Wednesday's had less of a fat cap so its in the freezer.

Tuesday evening I jammed my toe on the dog gate in the hall. Reminded me why I always wear shoes. 

We upgraded Kora to a nice cone since she seems to need one at the constant right now.  hopefully now that we own a nice one, Murphy will take over & we won't need it again.  It does fit both dogs though, so that should take care of both via Murphy. 


How was your week? 

Friday, April 3, 2015

5 on Friday (scrapbooking)

Scrapbooking is a great combo of record keeping, lesson learning & being crafty to me.  I have 2 pages to share today that some scrappers might not have deemed scrap-able for their books, but in mine, they were important to get on paper and I am so thankful to have had the presence of mind to get photos.  The 5 lessons I gathered from the photos, the events around the photos and getting them scrapped are kind of a surprise to me, 

The first page is about the day that I prepped corn for freezing for the first time with my grandma. I am much more comfortable doing something the first time, with an experienced leader in the kitchen & Grandma is that.  Grandpa picked us up some big bags of corn on the cob from a friend that frequents the nearby Amish produce auction, I wish I could remember how many dozen came in the bag & how many bags we did.  I know I had corn in my freezer for over a year!  Not only was I rewarded with the corn but the bonding experience & stories I heard while spending this day with Grandma, were absolutely priceless. I am so glad I got photos of the day, so I could put it in my scrapbook forever.  I used some really old supplies on this one that a few years ago I would never have put on it, daisies on a page about corn? Those paper dolls don't resemble us at all, they can't go there.  But the blue & yellow combo was perfect for the corn pictures, so I just made myself do it & I love the results! 
So the 2 lessons I learned in this page were; (1) to be mindful of getting photos of 'uneventful' events along with the eventful ones, I never know what I might want to document later or have a terrific story to accompany them. (2) figure out a color scheme & try anything that coordinates even if it IS flowers for a corn page.  

The second one today is going to be it's accompanying page, conveniently also about produce from the same year. To me, that made sense to put them in the book together even though they happened months apart. This is a couple of phone pics that I snapped to share on Facebook and with my mom as I was baffled by what I was going to do with all of these tomatoes in varying stages of ripening yet, picked all at once. This is how I spent one morning before our first serious frost threat of the fall.  I learned how to let go of the perfectionism of following a recipe to can every time & just canned some stewed tomatoes to get these all processed before they spoiled.  I let go of some perfectionism while creating the page as well.  Nothing matches perfectly like I prefer to have, but it all coordinated close enough to work to tell the story of this harvest.  

So, the lessons I took from this were: (3) print the phone pictures along with the ones from the big camera. I might be surprised what will seem important later.  (4) lessons of life are important to document, it lets us point out, remember & teach others that we are human & how we overcame some imperfection.  (5) not every page needs to be a masterpiece (thank goodness!!) to be meaningful, I need to quit fighting them so much :) 

Where were you surprised to find life lessons this week? Do you find lessons in surprising places? I seem to find them when I am not looking for them. Have a great weekend!!!