Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday morning...

Saturday, September 28, 2013

better than a CSA box.

The other day I came home from work to find this big box of beautiful tomatoes sitting on the porch. Inside was a note from one of Chris' friends that we haven't seen or heard from in quite some time. Nothing like a visit from a long lost friend bearing amazing produce!

I was thrilled. Especially since I had recently purchased a few tomatoes from the grocery store and could have sworn I was eating a wet sponge and not a tomato. This glorious gift was going to ensure that I get to eat delicious spinach salads for a little while longer!

And tomorrow...homemade tomato sauce will be simmering away on the stove. I've never made tomato sauce from scratch before...wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday in the Word

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


I know when my Iron level is low because I begin to crave spinach, mushrooms, onions and oatmeal...not all combined, mind you.

And lately, I can't seem to get enough spinach salad with Noni's vinaigrette. It's so good...and so simple. Fresh spinach, tomato, red onion, vinegar and olive oil, salt, pepper, granulated garlic. Toss a handful of spinach into a bowl, add very thinly sliced red onion, chopped tomato (fresh from the garden preferably...I bought a tomato the other day and it was so awful), a swish of oil and a swish of vinegar, some salt, pepper and garlic...toss, and eat! Not sure what I'm going to do when the summer tomatoes are gone and I am forced to buy them from the store because I'm convinced that the ripe, juicy tomato is what's really making this salad special. That, and lots of vinegar. Mm mm...

I've been having this salad with a snack after work...with dinner...once I even had it as an evening snack.

Isn't it so amazing that our bodies tell us what we need? I'm glad that I'm learning to pay attention.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It's official...

Seth is officially a college student! 
We moved him in Tuesday and so far he's having the time of his life. 

As for me? I've only cried a few times. 
Reminding myself that I am more happy for him than I am sad for myself.

Life is good...

Saturday, September 14, 2013

it is what it is.

Life is crazy...I just spent the last 24 hours sick with (what is believed to be) a kidney stone. Today is better but not best...taking it easy and laying low.

In the meantime, we are preparing to take Seth to college on Monday...he moves in Tuesday...and then spends the next week getting to know the school, the routine and his roommates...I can't believe it's really happening. I feel like there's so much left to do...but maybe most of it is internal. And maybe most of it really only has to do with me and how this is all going to play out in my my role as mom. The hardest part is all of the unknown...but it is what it is. May as well do my best to enjoy the ride.

So for today it's laundry (a nice slow, easy thing that I can do while feeling under the weather), drinking lots of fluids (to flush that sucker out), and eating soup and crackers. Not what I originally had planned for this weekend...but is what it is.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

like it was yesterday...

It was early in the morning. I was checking email. My husband had already left for work. He called me from his cell phone and said, "Turn on the news, an airplane hit the World Trade Center." I imagined a small plane...a 4-seater or something. But when I turned on the TV I couldn't believe my eyes. I hesitantly got ready for work, hesitantly took my kids to school and daycare...hesitantly got on the freeway to head to work...and about halfway there I realized there was no way I could be so far from my kids with all of this going on. I turned around and headed home.

I will never forget...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


  • the leaves are beginning to fall...
  • my oldest son is leaving for college in a week. I need to be ready.
  • my youngest son is learning to drive. I need to be ready.
  • the realization that my boys are men...that they will soon move unfathomable.
  • and the realization that I am halfway through my a sobering thought...but one that I am trying to embrace and learn to live optimistically...shifting gears and trying to figure out how to live it out well.
  • I've been fighting tears for, yesterday, (for the next week? or two?) they are proving inevitable. 
  • Life isn't easy, is it? 
No. Life isn't easy. But it's good. And full of good things. 
Doing my best to stay focused.

Monday, September 9, 2013


"Getting stuck can be the best thing that could happen to us, because it forces us 
to stop. It halts the momentum of our lives. We have no choice but to notice 
what is around us, and we end up searching for Jesus.” 
― Michael Yaconelli, Messy Spirituality

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday morning.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday so far...

The cheerio cracks me up.

  • Did you know that the old Ellen sitcom from the 90's is on again? I watched three episodes this morning and cracked up.
  • I've come to the conclusion that you just can't skimp on some things...mayonnaise and laundry detergent being two of them.
  • Wood floors...I like them. Easier to care for than I thought. However, I don't like being able to see every dog's disgusting. BUT, would it be even more disgusting if that was just soaking into carpet? I'm thinking so. Bleh.
  • Speaking of dogs...I think I am just more of a cat person.
  • Forecast says hot temps the next few days. I'm mad.
  • I went to an impromptu dinner out with girlfriends last was a much needed girly night. 
  • So far today I've done two loads of laundry, (watched three episodes of Ellen), taken a shower, vacuumed, dusted, made the bed, and ate some breakfast. For a second I thought that was pretty good...until I looked at the clock and saw that it was almost noon. 
Have a great Saturday...xoxo

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday in the Word.

Only He is perfect.
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. 
A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.  
Deuteronomy 32:4

Monday, September 2, 2013

3 days.

The Bay.
I don't know what it is about that third day off...but it makes such a difference. When I was a counselor in a group home years ago I worked four 10 hour shifts and had 3 days off every week...and it was wonderful. One day to work, one day to play, one day to rest. I think we should all have 3 day weekends all the time. Who do I talk to about that?

On Saturday both of the boys were hanging out with friends and running around here and there so Chris and I decided to "do something". We hopped in the car and headed to Benicia, a small town about 30 miles from here. We walked around, went to antique stores, had (a not-so-great) lunch, stopped at an estate sale, drove around the neighborhoods looking at homes...on the water, on the hills, with views, without...then stopped for a waffle cone. It was a good day...a much needed mini-getaway for the both of us.

Yesterday was a home day...not a lot going on...just moving slow, doing laundry, picked up some groceries...Chris made a fire in the fire pit in the evening and we made s'mores. The sunset was amazing...they have been lately. I'm not sure what's going on with the weather but during the day the clouds are so interesting...then when the sun sets on them the colors are so vibrant. I love sunsets...

As for today? Well, we're just getting started. (And not at a very fast pace.) More laundry...some meal planning...some paperwork...some bill paying...and hopefully Chris will make some homemade salsa. Our tomatoes have been so lame this summer he hasn't made batch yet! Thank goodness for neighbors who barter tomatoes for a bottle of ketchup!