Showing posts from September, 2010


Various people in our family have been sick these past couple of weeks. Last week it was M and this week, E is vomiting and has the Big D. I'm running a fever, and B is feeling crummy.

Pray for us.

It looks like we are all going to stay in for another weekend...missing a campout at a Civil War reenactment that we'd planned to attend, missing a wedding we'd hoped to go to, and missing Church..again. Early this week I'd wanted to take the kids and myself to Divine Liturgy for the Protection of the Theotokos tomorrow morning, but that ain't happening.

The big blessing is, I was able to get the grocery shopping done before falling ill this afternoon, so at least our pantry is stocked up. I think tomorrow I'm going to bow to the fact that many of us are sick and make a large vat of chicken soup...and eat it. Even if it IS Friday.

But though all the poopy laundry and all the misery, at least it's possible to have a peaceful heart. I've been so bless…

Just Pondering...

I've complained before about how my husband's company jacks up the price of the monthly health insurance premium by a hundred bucks a month if one does not participate in the twice yearly health screening. Of course for a savings of twelve hundred dollars I'll go get some blood drawn and my body fat measured, BMI scored, blood pressure measured...the indignity of it being that it's done in a public place.

Well, apparently next year the company is bending over backwards to pay for smoking cessation programs for the employees who smoke. Good for them. And for those who still choose to smoke...there's that extra hundred dollars a month they get to pay. Hmmmm, how do I feel about that?

Well, they are a private company and can do what they will w/ their health care plan. Employees and family members get to decide how to respond to it. It feels a wee bit "big brotherish" but that's the world we live in these days.

And it does make me wonder...will th…

Health Stuff

Well, I'm about five days into letting go of coffee and diet sodas. Funny, but suddenly this blog is misnamed. I NEVER thought I'd become a non-coffee drinker. It's just that I keep reading, over and over again, in place after place, about a connection between coffee drinking and adrenal fatigue. And coffee drinking and that it leaches minerals form one's bones. The same for diet sodas, not to mention the bad-for-me aspects of aspartame.

So, I'm working on changing a huge major habit in my life. It doesn't hurt that my old coffee maker broke, so I bought small Hamilton Beach number, and I hate it. I can't pour from the caraffee w/ o/ spilling it. I try, but I can't. I guess I'm as of yet still incapable of a slow, patient pour. At any rate, I think I'm going to get rid of it and just not have a coffee maker in the house. Will need to find a friend upon whom to bequeath my stash. Must cancel Gevalia subscription that I just signed u…


For the past several weeks I've been attempting to eat down what is in the freezer in anticipation of defrosting the narshty thang, and getting it cleaned up. I have a full sized upright freezer (love it) that is almost as big as the refridgerator. Bigger, perhaps, if one does not count the small freezer that is on top of the fridge. So, I like buying frozen foods.

We've eaten some but not all of the ginormous Costco bags of veggies, we've taken a stab and the frozen fruit... and finished off one variety of fish sticks. But tehre's just no getting to the bottom of it.

So today was chicken day from the farmer and I picked up my four pre-ordered freshly butchered pastured chickens today when I went to get my milk.

And I decided that I'd just cram as much stuff into the cooler as I could, and cram the rest into the small freezer, and defrost the big freezer today. So there it goes. I have the space heater up on a chair blowing warm air in there, a big bowl to…

Cherubim Hymn

We use this melody for the cherubic hymn quite frequently at St. Michael's.

"We, who mystically represent the Cherubim, and chant the thrice-holy hymn to the Life-giving Trinity, Let us lay aside the cares of life that we may receive the King of all, Who comes invisibly escorted by the Divine Hosts."

Orthodox Chanting

Tweeny Bopper Shopping Trip

The Tweeny bopper literally outgrew all her clothes with the near exception of a pair of shorts, a skirt and a few tank tops overnight. So, today was shopping day.

Thrift Store:

1 hot pink knitted beret
1 cute brown top
1 cute blue print flowy top
1 light blue sweater
1 adorable top, black w/ white dots
1 striped long sleeved t-shirt
pair of khaki pants
pair of jeans w/ applique hearts
...all for $15.75


3 pairs of jeans
1 hot pink tunic top w/ white accent and a wee bit of bling around neckline


2 pairs of jeans for $2.00 each on clearance (score!)
2 OP t-shirts, one dollar each to sleep in (big ugly OP logo on the front, but they are for sleeping and the price was right)
3-pack of belts, in hot pink, black and silver
card of tweeny looking earrings
1 pajama set
1 pair of black dress shoes, (women's size 7!!!)
Less than fifty dollars...

So the entire shopping trip was less than a hundred bucks!

No fighting and a VERY happy mom and daughter: Priceless.

Teen Fashion

One of my kids has recently out grown practically all her clothes. Fortunately we home school, so that means she can hang in her pajamas all day until her overly busy mom has a chance to take her clothing shopping. Hopefully, that will be this afternoon.

I'm a cheapskate. My kids hardly even know the mall exists, which has been just fine for my two olders, whom I've quite successfully inculucated with my cynical brand of anti-materialism. They like shopping thrift stores and have added their own environmentally conscious self righteous aspie-teen veneer to the process. All is well.

Now my youngest. She also doesn't know about that mall, and I plan on keeping it that way, but she's definitely developing in the more typical pre-teen directions. The other day she was standing in the bathroom, facing the door and I asked her what on earth she was up to. "I'm trying to see if it's possible to stand in here for one minute without looking in the mirror, mo…

Experimenting with Sugar Free Buttercream

Well, I sort of made myself sick on all the cakes I ate last month. Sick as in, some...ahem...lots of weight gain. So I wondered if this hobby could be continued in a sugar free fashion. Today I whipped up some Sugar Free Buttercream Frosting, using Splenda (my kids are in the background telling all about how bad Splenda is for us...grant it, they are right no doubt and I've just send the hubby out the door to buy a bag of Stevia...yes I know.

But I had some time on my hands this morning (yay, labor day!) and decided to give sugar free baking a try. I don't think I've ever made anything sugar free without also doing low carb, so this was new.

anyways, I found this recipe here. The only thing I modified is that I added twice as much splenda as it called for, and half again as much crisco. And then I just added water instead of milk, and kept adding one tablespoon at a time until it was the consistency I wanted. I still think it was a bit too dry, as my drop flowers …

What? We are Skipping Sunday School!!!???!!!

Wow, I have not been blogging very much lately. It's because I've been so busy. Crazy busy. I hate the amount of stuff there is to do. I've decided to step back from choir for a while in order to lighten my load a little bit. That will take a bit, a teensy bit, of the load off for a while.

Sunday was so nice, sitting with the family. We got there early and sat in the second pew and I loved it up there. The iconostasis is so beautiful to look at, and it was nice to be able to see and hear the liturgy so well...not that sound is ever a problem, but right up front, wow! And, it was a very non-distracting spot for the kids. Back ground noise is an issue for some in our family, so people shuffling, whispering, active kids nearby, etc. can be extra distressing.

Hmmmm, what else is going on...ah yes. We've made the potentially controversial and radical decision to NOT do Sunday School this year. Except for Maia...she wants to do Sunday someone will ta…