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  1. Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck - my favorite! There's an old 70's short movie of it, but the book is even better. Santa Mouse is the Christmas eve book my husband grew up with. It is a sweet story, and we leave out a cube of cheese for Santa Mouse along with cookies for Santa. Stubby Pringles Christmas is my mom and dad's favorite. My parents would stay up late wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve, and one year sometime in the 80's, this movie with Beau Bridges came on the TV about a cowboy who wanted to go to a Christmas Eve dance and his adventure along the way. My pare
  2. not too long at all. You could do meal planning regularly and link to different recipes that you have previously posted! My favorite is the planned leftover where I may cook extra and use it in another meal that week.
  3. Your blog looks great! I know my young college kids needed just that kind of basic directions. My daughter once called for directions for mashed potatoes (with real potatoes.) Then told me that she made the same thing (chicken in the instant-pot and homemade mashed potatoes) three times that week - she was so excited to be able to fix a "real" meal.
  4. How far is Angel Fire, New Mexico? We have friends with a cabin there - they snowboard, etc. It's beautiful in the snow!! It looks like it's 12 hours from you. Hopefully there's something closer!!
  5. I heard back from my neighbor - he told me that they use a hitting net called the BowNet Big Mouth X. They set it up in front of the one car garage door (we have garages with a two car garage/one car garage split) and it basically covers the opening. And they hit off of a T - he said they just use a basic adjustable height T from Walmart. That's it. Super simple. It is probably not what you are looking for, but maybe it will be helpful for someone! They are big (adult sized) kids and seem to hit hard, but the balls don't fly all over the neighborhood, so I think it's pretty affective!
  6. I texted my neighbor and she is asking her son. I'll check back when I hear more!
  7. We have neighbors who have some kind of temporary batting cage in their garage. The boys are like 13 and 16 years old (so it's not a toy.) They have a net that they put across the front of the garage, but I'm not sure exactly the ball set up. I don't think they have a pitching machine, but it is possible, I guess. They could have a ball on a string kind of thing but I don't know. They use metal bats and a real ball (not whiffle) and it makes a good "nice-hit" ding when they are out. Let me know if you want more info, I can ask my neighbor what they use.
  8. No advice but just sympathy. I spent too much time with someone I love over the spring/summer - not living in the same house, but several times we spent one to three weeks together. I love her and enjoy being around her, but there was a point when I felt like I couldn't be in the same room with her. I'm sure my behavior was not great, but it's so hard to tell what is normal when you are trying really hard not to go crazy inside PLUS trying to keep within normal bounds of politeness to the very person that is making you crazy. We are both sort of quiet/nice people who have a hard time talk
  9. Thursday! ✅ tidy up ✅ kitchen clean up bedroom tidy ✅ violin lesson ✅ make sure ds gets his laundry going ✅ homework ✅ milk/granola/bread ✅ think about dinner?? I felt like I didn't get much done today, but I was able to finish a study/paper and do some basic housework!
  10. So exciting! He's lucky to have you!! I hope it is a smooth transition!
  11. I'm taking several online classes and they tend to have things due Wednesday and Saturdays. So I have several things to finish up for today! And somehow I was not on the ball Monday and Tuesday so I have more to do today than usual... ✅ Math videos ✅ Study/quiz/test ✅ Discussion ✅ Paper(s) ✅ Post office Tidy up ✅ Fold clothes ✅ Tikka Masala for dinner self pedi water x x x ✅ skate around the block with ds
  12. Last year about this time I listened to a This American Life story about Human Growth Hormone - it was an interesting listen, there are 3 stories and I feel like it was the last of the three - Small Things Considered. I am not quite 5'2" and my youngest daughter is just over 5' tall. She is an adult and doesn't seem too small - she looks like a real adult. She had a very best friend in elementary/middle school who was 6 feet tall by about 5th grade and they didn't look strange together. She learned how to drive in her dad's full size '99 Chevy Truck! I don't feel like her height hol
  13. Tuesday! So much to do and I'm avoiding it by making lists 😃 I hope it's okay to just join in with these posts. I have in the past but it's been a while. We had covid here at my home and though we have been released from quarantine since friday and free of symptoms for more than a week, I have barely left the house. I have some errands today and will be careful to mask/sanitize for others, but it feels a little weird (as my daughter said - release the kraken!) My husband was back to work immediately after he was cleared but it has been nice to not have to get back out too quickly.
  14. Totally on a different line, but what about a little necklace? I love these little disks and they are about the same price as a basic pedi! https://www.madebymary.com/collections/necklaces/products/evie-charm-stacker# My daughter is finishing yoga instructor training this weekend, and I just ordered this cutie for her: https://www.madebymary.com/collections/pause/products/inhale-exhale-disc-necklace-5-8 It's a little more than the first link, so more like a mani pedi! haha!
  15. We rarely use them. I have two boxes in the open living room/dining room but they are the same ones from when we moved in over a year ago. I think we just don't have runny noses very often. I keep a mini pack in my purse and that tends to get used more, but mostly because my eye get a little weepy in the car - I think it's the wind from the ac. No real allergies.
  16. I'm sure you don't mean that the sacrifices we all made this summer meant nothing! I mean, that feels almost hopeless to say that we learned nothing from the summer? I'm sure we are not the only family that went to great lengths to provide a safe outdoor wedding that only 16 people were allowed to attend... I hope that there was a reason for that, right?!? 😀 In my area we saw higher numbers Mid July to Mid August but the numbers dropped way off in September but are rising again now. We were told that it was thanks to people doing a better job of masking and staying home that we were able to
  17. I'm not trying to argue, I like the image of serial monogamy -that we need to really do all three. And I can see that the virus is spreading from small get togethers. I don't think you are wrong, but it feels like maybe we are missing something today with the Coronavirus. Yes masks. Yes stay home. But it feels like maybe we are so sure that those are the right things that we have stopped looking for other answers. In places where people have shown that they know how to mask and stay home to slow the curve, they are again seeing spikes. Yes, blame those who put their mask under their nos
  18. Monday! I'm moving slow but feeling good and ready for a great day. tidy up ✅ go on a walk/jog ✅ pull out some chicken for dinner ✅ talk to my mom ✅ fix lunch for ds ✅ set up my weekly assignment chart for school ✅ get started on my classes ✅ fold the towels ✅ empty the dishwasher ✅ wash laundry pull out felt for ornaments ✅ 1:00 online meeting ✅ Call about job in January (stop putting this off. do it!) ✅ water x x x x ✅ stick to food plan for today
  19. https://pws.byu.edu/covid-19-and-masks Making Sense of the Research on Covid 19 and Masks I feel like this study is really comprehensive. It was done in July and I would love to see an update. It is reviewing 115 studies and compiling the various findings. Our area is seeing a spike, but when I am out in public (which I haven't been since Oct 23rd due to covid in my home - we believe dh picked it up from work where they have pretty good mask rules and compliance) people are wearing masks and seem to be wearing them correctly more often then not. Staying home hasn't worked as well as
  20. My daughter is an ICU nurse in an area where there is a large spread of covid. She has mentioned that the hospital has not canceled "non essential" procedures yet, which is why her hospital is more full than it was in March/April when very few "elective" procedures were happening. She said that when the hospital says it is full, it is not just covid, but all of the usual things that fill the ICU beds. She has heard that her hospital will likely start limiting other procedures in the next few weeks, but there is pushback from doctors. I think it is a fine line. Hospitals need to have eno
  21. I just ordered a couple of badge reels for my daughter and her husband who are both nurses. I ordered the Super RN badge for him and a couple of cute ones for her. This etsy shop owner is amazing. I knew her when we were young moms. She was the first homeschooler I had ever met. She has overcome some incredible life challenges - she is my hero!! Not that you need to know that to order from her, her badge reels, Christmas ornaments, and even masks are adorable!!
  22. A simple feast One meal at a time simply food staples and spice mini feast food stamp feast hotplate dining food stamp fabulous No oven required small kitchen hacks Assistance Hacks No kitchen no problem Market to table SNAPpy meals (I hope none of these are offensive)
  23. About a year ago, I was working with a young woman who turned 18 and aged out of foster care, though she was just a junior in high school. She moved into a very small apartment (more like a small hotel room) run by a ministry for other young adults like her. She talked about wanting to learn how to cook, but it was daunting to do in her tiny apartment without a real oven. She did not have a car, so she had to be able to carry everything on the bus. I love the idea of your blog. I will think about a name... When you get it set up, please post a link to it!!
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