Pictures Tell The Story…Or Do They?

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For the past few days, I’ve been sorting out photos on my computer and my backup drive for printing for my daughter’s senior board. It’s something I planned to do earlier on in the year, but being sick for five weeks means I am still playing catch up, even after many nights of going to bed way too late.

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Super Tuesday

17796-american-flag-close-up-pvIt’s my first Super Tuesday.

A homeschool mom friend of mine today told me that I made her teary-eyed because unlike her, I had chosen to be an American citizen. I wasn’t born into it; I am one by choice. It made me think of the path I took to get to this point.

Way back in 1999 I met my husband online. He was in the U.S. and I was in Jamaica with a young child and going through a divorce. When the divorce was completed, my daughter and I came up, and my honey and I got married.

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Instant Pot Tasty Steamed Chicken

 

 

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Have I said yet how much I am enjoying my Instant Pot???? Every day as mealtime approaches, I look forward to seeing what I can cook next in my new kitchen device. It’s not that I dread cooking; rather, it is that I am still working on menu planning, and that means that if I don’t plan far enough in advance, I often end up with frozen meat and no plan of action at 5 p.m.

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Instant Pot Meatballs

 

Instant Pot Meatballs

 

Ever since I went over to a friend’s house a few months ago and watched her make rice in her pressure cooker in 10 minutes, I have been fascinated with pressure cookers. I told my hubby I wanted one, and I think he thought I might be just on one of my kicks. When we looked at the one my friend Vicki recommended, however, it was so expensive, and that put us off for a while.

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Water on the Rocks

 

 

It’s seldom that I get a good belly laugh from my husband. It takes a lot to get more than a chuckle out of him. This evening, I got not only a belly laugh, but a throw-your-head-back belly laugh from him.

My five year old daughter came to me as I was sending out some documentation by email. She was in the middle of dinner while I worked in the living room. “May I have some water on the rocks, please?” she asked.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

…Yes, I can now happily sing Christmas songs and carols, now that Thanksgiving and my birthday are over. 😉

 

All Tied Up

 

So this is total, shameless self-promoting post, because I KNOW there are many people out there who want to send Christmas cards, but do not have the time to address envelopes and attach stamps, and then get them to the post office. In addition, I heard a couple weeks ago that the US Postal Service expects a 10% increase in packages and other mail over the holiday season. That sounds like longer lines at the post offices. I don’t know about you, but I REALLLLLLLY don’t like waiting in long lines. I do, however, love sending out cards and gifts. Lucky for me I can do the latter, without contending with the former.

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October 27

Fourteen years ago, in a short ceremony on a cold and dreary Saturday afternoon, a 6’4″ Southern gentleman and I read vows that we had written to each other. Those vows bound him, his son, my daughter and me together. The witnesses were my second eldest sister, who was heavily pregnant, and my then 3½ year old daughter.

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Don’t Blink!

Yesterday was my daughter’s 5th birthday. When her Mema (Grandma on her daddy’s side) called and asked her what she was doing and if she was in school now, she told her that we do school at home, and no, Mummy had not done school with her that day because it was her birthday. I explained that it was the family tradition, to take off birthdays from school. After all, we don’t have snow days. 😉

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My Family’s Foray Into Feingold

I first heard about the Feingold Diet when I was sharing with a dear friend of mine how frustrated I was with my four year old daughter’s behaviour. My wonderfully funny, sweet girl had become increasingly full of temper tantrums and it was hard to enjoy spending time with her. Being a homeschool mom, that made for difficult days, because there were not a lot of breaks from her behavior. As I shared these things with my friend, she encouraged me to speak to another mutual friend about an eating program that her family was doing that had yielded fantastic results, particularly for one of her three sons.

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Perspectives

Lately I’ve been witness to some very different outlooks on life and things. On one side of the continuum there are those who are thankful and grateful for what they have, and who take pleasure in the “simple things” – family, love, laughter, card games, nature and so on.

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