Once again I faded into non existence. I can’t believe how busy my life has gotten. And so much of it is business without purpose. Right now my entire schedule/routine has been thrown under the bus so I feel like I am spinning my wheels and going no where. I truly HATE this feeling. So now that Thanksgiving there is over there is more more major thing looming. Richard is having surgery on December 1st.

For years he had been dealing with pain and numbness in his hand, everyone thought carpel tunnel. Four years ago the pain spread up arm and to his neck, so they did an MRI. He had a “bulging disc.” Thankfully PT took care of that and everything was going great, until 2 years ago. It flared back up. Another MRI was done and it was definitely worse. Surgery was strongly suggested, but the surgeon was strongly suggesting retirement at that point. Richard was 2 years from the 20 years of service required, so that wasn’t an option. They decided on another course of treatment that involved injections into the neck. Thankfully that work.

It has been another 2 years and the pain is back, this time surgery is required. Since the original surgeon is no longer in the area we have seen a new one. He also has suggested surgery, but is not stressing the retirement. Thankfully Richard is at the training academy for another year or so. That puts him at a desk job and not out climbing ladders during they recovery time.

So on Tuesday afternoon, Richard will be having is long awaited (dreaded)surgery to fuse three vertebrae in his neck. He will be spending at least one night in the hospital, maybe two. After that he will have major limitations for the first few weeks.

If you are of the mind to pray, please keep our family in your prayers for the next few days. Richard for an easy surgery and healing. For me to have the grace to get the next few weeks.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Just a reminder from our Founding Fathers (who unlike the current President believes were Christians).

General Thanksgiving
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
A PROCLAMATION

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WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

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PROCLAMATION. OCTOBER 6, 1796.
[Independent Chronicle, October 17, 1796.]
Published by Authority [Seal] Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
BY THE GOVERNOR.

A Proclamation For A Day Of Public Thanksgiving.

Whereas it has pleased God, the Father of all Mercies, to bestow upon us innumerable unmerited favours in the course of the year past; it highly becomes us duly to recollect his goodness, and in a public and solemn manner to express the greatful feelings of our hearts :
I have therefore thought fit, with the advice and consent of the Council, to appoint Thursday the 15th day of December next, to be observed as a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Praise to our Divine Benefactor throughout this Commonwealth—Calling upon the Ministers of the Gospel, with their respective Congregations, and the whole body of the People, religiously to observe the said Day by celebrating the Praises of that all-gracious Being, of whose Bounty we have experienced so large a share.
He hath prevented Epidemical Diseases from spreading, and afforded us a general state of Health. He hath regarded our Pastures and Fields with an Eye of the most indulgent Parent, and rewarded the Industry of our Husbandmen with a plentiful Harvest.
Notwithstanding the unreasonable obstructions to our trade on the seas, it has generally been prosperous and our fisheries successful.
Our civil Constitutions of Government, formed by ourselves, and administered by Men of our own free Election, are by His Grace continued to us. And we still enjoy” the inestimable Blessings of the Gospel and right of worshipping God according to His own Institutions and the honest dictates of our Consciences.
And, together with our thanksgiving, earnest Supplication to God is hereby recommended for the forgiveness of our Sins which have rendered us unworthy of the least of his Mercies ; and that by the sanctifying influence of his Spirit, our hearts and manners may be corrected, and we become a reformed and happy People—That he would direct and prosper the Administration of the Government of the United States, and of this and the other States in the Union. That he would still afford his Blessings on our Trade, Agriculture, Fisheries and all the labours of our hands. That he would smile upon our University, and all Seminaries of Learning—That Tyranny and Usurpation may everywhere come to an end—That the Nations who are contending for true liberty may still be succeeded by his Almighty aid—That every Nation and Society of Men may be inspired with the knowledge and feeling of their natural and just rights, and enabled to form such systems of Civil Government as shall be fully adopted to promote and establish their Social Security and Happiness—And, finally, that in the course of God’s Holy Providence, the great Family of Mankind may bow to the sceptre of the Prince of Peace so that mutual Friendship and Harmony may universally prevail.
And I do recommend to the People of this Commonwealth to abstain from all such Labours and Recreations as may not be consistent with the Solemnity of the said Day.
Given at the Council Chamber in Boston, this sixth day of October, in the year of our Lord, one Thousand seven Hundred and Ninety-six, and in the twenty-first Year of the Independence of the United States of America.
Samuel Adams.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 11 — Garage and Storage Areas

Oh wow has this been going for almost 3 month now? How are you all doing?

This week we are in the dungeons of our home — the garage and other storage areas. And boy do I need to be doing this here. Our garage has become the dumping ground for the house. We have boxes and bags full of things just stuffed out there. I figure it will take us more than a week to get through it, unless we do it clean house style and take everything out. That may happen it makes for a LONG day, but then it is done.

Holiday Prep

— Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.

— Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.

— Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).

— Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.

— Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.

— Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.

— Review and revise menus and other plans.

— Plan table setting.

— Plan centerpiece, make as much as possible now (or order it from florist).

— Reserve any items needed to be borrowed or rented.

— Get everyone’s holiday clothes purchased/cleaned/pressed.

Hope everyone has a great and productive week!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Friday Fun

I am thankful today is Friday. The children had a very short week at school. Wednesday was an early dismissal for the elementary school. Everyone is are off for teacher workdays (again) yesterday and today. I also had conference day on Thursday for the elementary students. Becky and Emma are doing great. Patrick is having some challenges so Richard and I are going to be talking options this weekend.

Today we are going to take the day and do some family team building. The children have gotten quite snippy with each other lately. I think we need a family fun day, which hasn’t happened in a while. Just the basic chores and laundry will be done. After lunch we will haul out some games that haven’t been played in a while and spend the afternoon playing them.

Dinner is going to be something quick and simple. I rearranged the menu because of some mid-week craziness so tonight we are going to do soup and sandwiches.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

PrepWise Wednesday — November 4th

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It has been a while since I have talked about preparing. Winter is coming so now is the time to start thinking about cold weather preps.

Do you have an alternative heating source if you lose power? How about enough warm clothes (think layers) and blankets for everyone in the family? Do you have have a plan for the family to survive for a couple of days if you are snow or ice bound? Now is the time to check your supplies and make sure you have them in the house. That way you don’t have to make that mad dash to the store for toilet paper and milk along with everyone else in the area when that dreaded four letter word – SNOW – enters the forecast.

If you travel a lot you need to think about your cars too. Do you have an emergency kit in there? If so, make sure you add things like extra blankets and maybe hand and foot warmers. You may want to add some additional food items, think about some self heating MREs, that way you can have something warm if you are stuck in the middle of no where. Don’t forget to add kitty litter (non-clumping) and a small shovel to help dig out if you get stuck in the snow and ice. Oh and you may want to add some de-icer in case your locks get frozen.

So start your winter preps now and beat the rush.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Traditional Tuesdays — November 3rd

Well today I am going to show my flop at sourdough bread. This was my 1st attempt with the starter I showed in the Kitchen Carnival. It rose some for the 1st rise, but didn’t to much of anything for the 2nd rise. I am going to use it for bread crumbs I think.

The 1st rise was about 12 hours, overnight. The 2nd rise was in an moist oven for 3 hours. It was only opened once to replace the hot water at about 1.5 hours.

1st try at sourdough bread

Another brick

At least the LOOK good. They taste ok, just VERY heavy. Maybe I should make more and build a house with them. Or sell them as the perfect murder weapon.

my first flop

I think I figured out my problem. I fed the starter and then pulled out the dough for the bread without giving it time to proof. Next time I will definitely feed it in the morning and make the dough in the evening and see if that improves the bread.

Any one else have any ideas why it didn’t work?

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Kitchens Gone Wild Carnival

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My friend over Life in Small Town, Wyoming has started a Carnival for all things that grow in our traditional foods kitchens. This is the first time I have been able to participate since everyone was ill in my house. So here is what I have running wild around here.

I have several recipes that call for buttermilk that I want to try so I am getting some ready to go.

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I started a sourdough starter about 2 weeks ago and it is starting to look good!

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Look at all those bubbles!

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And here is a dough setting for its first rise. We shall see how this turns out!

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And Sunday I started an Amish Friendship Bread starter. So it will be 10 days before I use this one.

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What’s growing in your kitchen?

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome