Thankful Day 20…yep still behind.

This is very challenging for me to keep up with. It’s also getting rather hard to list ten things everyday.Oy!

So, for yesterday……..

1. Completing two hand made Christmas gifts

2. Getting a book from paperback swap. Love getting books for next to nothing!

3. A clean playroom.

4. The little girls’ room is clean.

5. Peppermint Mocha creamer.

6. Scoring an in perfect condition corkboard I needed at Goodwill. It will be decorated and given as a Christmas gift.

7. The delete button on Facebook.

8. My sister in law Kim. She is super sweet, very giving, and loves, loves my girls. I’m glad she is part of our lives.

9. My brother in law Jerrid, who married Kim. I’m not sure he would have made the list if he hadn’t. 😉 He is way laid back, funny, and he says I’m his favorite sister in law so he rocks.

10. Another day.

Thankful day 19

I did try to post on time last night but our internet was misbehaving so it was a no go. This is yesterday’s list.

1. Mom’s night out. A quiet meal and time to sit a knit

2. The work truck being fixed. Now I have my van back.

3. A new series on Netflix. Currently watching Zen.

4. Nancy Drew books. They sparked my love of mysteries.

5. Pumpkin scented candles

6. First snowmen of the year. Even though the building process sparked a big meltdown for one kid.

7. Time to help the aforementioned kid settle down and to talk her though her big emotions.

8. Being able to bring home Wendy’s to a teen in order to make a bad night better. It isn’t always that simple.

9. Having time to be with my kids.

10. Another day.

Soup! It’s what’s for lunch AND supper!

I love soup. Love, love, love soup. Soup does a really good job of making the cold days around these parts easier to handle. There is something lovely about wrapping my hands around a mug or bowl warmed by something that I made. I love the smell of soup cooking and how it fills the entire house. Unless of course I burn the garlic, then it’s not as lovely and romantic as I would like it to be. Then it just stinks.

Luckily for me, and all other residents of our home, I did NOT burn the garlic today. Today I made a super simple dairy free potato soup for myself and the youngest three for lunch. It was this recipe from Peaceful Mom. Super simple and quick and great flavor.  Then for supper I decided that a day could never have too much soup in it so I made our favorite tomato soup. The recipe can be found here. It is amazing! It does involve cooking garlic which I recommend you not burn. 😉 If you make it past step one without causing the house to stink the rest is cake! It is oh so yummy and a huge hit in our house. I had a grilled cheese with mine. I think everyone else just had multiple bowls. Of course we have left overs so lunch tomorrow is taken care of! Yay soup!

Now I am off to finish my second cup of coffee that is heavily loaded with peppermint mocha creamer. Yes, I know it is 8pm but this girl has a lot of Christmas presents to work on and get sent off to family in Mississippi. It’s going to be a late night folks!

Thankful post day 17 and 18

With my track record I am going to go ahead and knock out today’s thankful list as well as yesterday’s.

1.Sunshine on a bitter cold day.

2. Leftover turkey sausage.

3. Waffle maker.

4. Wind chimes.

5. Amazon prime.

6. Warm pajamas

7. Potato soup

8. Contact lenses. I don’t enjoy wearing my glasses.

9. The Greencards

10. Another day.

1. Kids that sleep in.

2. Not having to leave my house.  It’s very cold outside.

3. A 9yo that likes to help me cook.

4. My printer.

5. The time hop app.

6. The Blacklist.

7. Word games.

8. Journals

9. Clean laundry.

10. Another day.

Thankful post catch up

Super-d-duper behind.

1.Knit Klub. A great group of women. I love them all.

2. Mumford and sons.

3. Friends that make you laugh.

4. Can Can perfume. I’m not a Paris Hilton fan in the least but this is a perfume that I can wear and not get a headache.

5. Deodorant


7.Wine. Knit klub never disappoints.

8. Warm blankets.

9. Chili in the crockpot.

10. Another day.

11. Sleeping in.

12. Quiet mornings to myself.

13. Having somewhere to go for most of the day so I don’t have to listen to football on the tv.

14. Getting to see a sweet friend.

15. An in house Wine and Canvas painting party.

16. Getting to see more friends! It’s been too long.

17. Laughing with said friends.

18. Meeting new people.

19. A snow free drive home.

20. Another day.

21. New craft supplies at my door. Yay needle felting.

22. New bird feeder.

23. The 9yo who knew we had an entire bag of bird seed I knew nothing about.

24. An entire day to plan and craft.

25. First snow fall.

26. Dominos Pizza

27. Not having to cook.

28. Successfully needle felting a teeny tiny duck.

29. Only stabbing my finger once with the needle felting needle.

30. Another day.

I’ll post ten more tonight. I need more coffee.

Thankful post day 13

I’m typing this from my phone because I almost forgot again!

1. Hand me downs. Thanks to generous friends we have almost all winter items covered for the youngest three. That helps the budget a lot.

2. Indoor plumbing.

3. The flexibility of home schooling. We did reading lessons after supper tonight.

4. Tums

5. The endless free tutorials online that allow me to make a lot of gifts.

6. Well made winter coats. I’ve had the same Cabella’s coat for 10years now.

7. Wool socks.

8. Warm blankets

9. Hugs from my kids.

10. Another day.

Thankful post day 11 and 12

Hang onto your hats! Here we go with 20 things to be thankful for!

1.My brother. He is a rock for me when I need it. A jokester and someone that I know I can depend on no matter what.

2. My seester in law Jennifer. She is beautiful inside and out and loves my brother with her whole heart. I love her for that.

3. My sweet niece Amelia. Her presence makes the world a better place.

4. Pizza

5. Naproxen also known as Aleve. I had a headache today that just wouldn’t quit. Plus I now have arthritis in one finger on my left hand. It is managed well with this little pill.

6. Heat.

7. The five windows in my sewing room. Natural light is my friend.

8. Sewing Patterns given to me by friends across the miles.

9. Free fabric to go with the patterns.

10. The time and supplies(thanks to 8 and 9) to make a much needed pair of pajama pants for Emily tonight.

11. A teenager that has kitchen duty and is remembering to do the job.

12. I no longer have any kids in diapers.

13. Handmade gifts.

14. Postcards for our geography project.

15. Food in my fridge and pantry.

16. Old wooden shutters to repurpose.

17. Left overs.

18. My crockpots. I use them weekly.

19. The time I had with my dad. I will always wish for more but I am thankful for what I had.

20. One more day.

Thankful Post Day 10

I almost forgot to post this. I’m feeling bummed about my workouts. I tried a boot camp class with our oldest daughter tonight and I walked out in the first 20min. Way too out of shape to start at that level. I went from working out 5-6 days a week to just one Zumba class a week. 😦

I’m going to have to dig deep for these ten things since I am in a no good, very bad, mood.

1. I’m thankful that I don’t have to clean the kitchen tonight. Our oldest is home and it’s her week for kitchen duty.

2. I’m thankful that it is clean sheet Monday. Fresh sheets on the bed are always nice.

3. Diffusers for hairdryers. If you have curly hair you get this. If you don’t then lucky you!

4. Pretty coffee mugs.

5. My tool box

6. My sander

7. 3M hooks

8. Coke

9. A working washing machine

10. Another day.

Thankful Post Day 9

Our day started out a little rough. SiSi needs a new winter coat so she and I went out this morning in search of one. She has major sensory challenges. We fully believe she has Sensory processing disorder. This presents a challenge in everything from food, clothing and lighting, to the type of furniture she can sit on or how the seats are covered in our vehicle. So today was hard because she could not touch most of the coats that we looked at. Anything she could touch was not her style. I get it, when you are 16yo you usually don’t want to wear something your mom would wear. We went to six different stores today before she became too frustrated to shop. Of course this means we will have to try again. I’ll have to purchase more rum before that shopping trip.

After getting back with her I had the younger three get ready so we could head out for a visit to one of our state parks. Today we headed to Mounds State Park and that trip alone basically covers my thankful post for today.

1. State Parks. Having access to these anytime we like is a great gift. $35 for a year for our entire family just cannot be beat.

2. Selfies in the state park. I know some people do not like them. I however, think they are awesome and love the memories they can capture. Sometimes they are just funny and that is something to capture in pixels so you can download it later and smile.

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3. Streams. I love their sound.

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Second Photo credit goes to Ashlyn

4. Trees. Even though the leaves have almost all fallen they are still beautiful.

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(photo credit goes to Emily)

5. Nature centers. I didn’t take any pics of the one we visited today but it was jammed packed with info even though it was one of the smaller ones we have been to. They even had a craft event going on but the girls chose not to make the turkey call.

6. The preservation of history. Mounds state park is named such due to ten earthworks that are on the property. These have been protected so that the public can view them while hiking in the park. Our short hike took us past three of the ten. It is amazing to think of an ancient civilization creating these and wondering what the purpose was exactly.

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This is the right side of the large mound. Not the best picture.

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This is the left side. You can see better here the ditch between the outer and inner sections.

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In this pic you can see the higher outer ring to the right of Emily. This walk up takes you closer to the center of the mound but does not allow access.

7. Lower gas prices. It makes traveling less expensive!

8. Jorry’s encouragement of my Etsy shop today.

9. The Walking Dead. I really like that show. Dear Daryl, Please don’t die.

10. Another day. 🙂

Thankful Post Day 8

My time hop app says that a year ago today I had a status that said “Day 8-28 I am thankful for all the things.” Apparently I was done with the daily thankful thing. 😉 I’m still posting today and it will include 10 things. Here goes.

1. Wine. Two of my best friends and I went to a local winery today for tasting and a tour. Oliver Winery is a beautiful winery south of Indianapolis. The grounds are gorgeous, the staff is wonderful and the wine is so very good. I especially loved the blackberry wine.

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2. Cowls. I love cowls. I wore one today while we walked around outside on this cold November day. There was even cold November rain. You are welcome for the ear worm teenagers of the 90s.

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3. Our backyard. It is big for a subdivision yard, completely fenced, and it provides space for play and gardening.

4. Grapes because they can become wine.

5. Turtles (reptiles)

6. The ability to read

7. My gym membership

8. Slipper socks with rubber grips on the bottom. They allow me to dance on my living room floor free from the fear of falling.

9. Whoever it was that invented turtles, the candy. There is something amazing about the combination of chocolate, caramel and pecans.

10. Another day.