Ever wake up one day and realize how weird your life has become?
You make plans. The plans don’t work out.
You criticize and blame yourself for not meeting your goals. You become embarrassed to tell people that things didn’t work out as planned and then you say to yourself, “Oh shoot! Why did I even tell anybody about what I am trying to do?”
Yep. I confess. I’m like that. This is why I never make New Year’s resolutions. This is why I never set goals for losing weight. This is why I don’t set dates for accomplishing goals.
It’s pointless for me to make long-term plans, because, oh gosh… my life has such ups and downs that sometimes, I feel like I can hardly breathe.
Have you ever felt that way? Or is it just me?
It’s been six weeks since I’ve updated you about this project. It’s been a little longer than that since I’ve given you a recipe or a new idea. I haven’t forgotten about you. I just had to make some choices.
1. I have Fibromyalgia. This means that occasionally, I have what is known as a Fibro Flare. When it happens, I feel unusually tired and achy – the kind of achy that you get when you first get the flu.
I’ve had Fibromyalgia since 1988. I have a good doctor and am getting great treatment, but even with that, sometimes life comes at me too quickly. I forget to pace myself because I feel good, and then I get sick because I haven’t been taking care of myself.
Yep, that’s what happened.
Also, I have recently learned that I have Sleep Apnea and so I haven’t been getting the kind of restorative sleep that Fibro patients need. My family tells me that my snoring is so loud that they can hear it clear across the house.
If I don’t get enough sleep, my Fibro goes nuts. The good news is that I’ve been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea now, have had my second sleep test in which they figured out what kind of machine I’ll need to help me breathe better at night, and soon I’ll have said machine. I want to sleep well, so I’ll go along with it, even though wearing the mask at night make me look like a space alien.
2. We moved Mom into our basement apartment. The ceilings in the basement are 9 feet high and there are large windows down there, so she doesn’t feel like she is in a basement. She likes it enough that she’s been wishing that my father was still alive so that he could enjoy it, too.
Here’s what her living room looks like. The other side of the apartment is even brighter because it has south-facing windows. She has two bedrooms and a huge bathroom.
3. We’re putting in a little kitchen and laundry room for Mom. We’re in the final stretch with that project. We are ready for the cabinets now and they’ll be installed next Wednesday. We’re hopeful that Mom can move into it before Christmas.
The tile floors went in this week. It’s brighter in here than the photo shows. The room doesn’t have a window, so Gary has set it up so it will have lots of light. He’s putting lights under the top cabinets and under the toe kicks. I wish you could see the tile better, because it’s really pretty.
We put up our Christmas decorations. Gary moved the family room furniture around recently and suddenly, we had room to put up our big Christmas tree. When we moved to this house, we had the family room set up all wrong. Thinking that our tree would never fit in there, we bought a new narrower, tall tree. Now have two trees and for the first time, they are both up!
We bought this Christmas tree 27 years ago. It’s still as beautiful as ever. You can’t buy trees like this anymore. It’s so full. I’ve collected some cute Santa Claus, snowmen and penguin ornaments over the years. They make me smile every time I hang them on the tree.
This is our newer tree. It’s the kind that already has the lights on it, so it’s easy to decorate. This tree has our “pretty” ornaments on it.
I love all the mixed colors and the birds I collected. Everything came from Target so it’s funky and fun.
One of my favorite things about this house is our entry way. As soon as we saw it, we all said, “Won’t it be fun to put garland on the railing at Christmas time?”
Because we don’t have a fireplace, I hang our stockings on the railings. I haven’t gotten around to that yet.
The little book shelf you see has our collection of Santa Clauses on it.
I didn’t take a photo of them, but I have lots of Nativity sets in our living room.
I love snow globes! Three years ago, I started collecting them. I haven’t bought this year’s installment yet, but I’m looking forward to shopping for it.
Gary collects CDs of Christmas music. Every year, he hauls them out and blasts the music out because he’s kind of deaf in one ear. (Yikes!)
We also have a substantial collection of Christmas movies. We always watch our favorites AND we spend lots of time watching cable Christmas movies. We’re hopeless.
Gary has to work on Christmas Eve this year, so we’re having our Christmas dinner on the 23rd.
I have ONE more thing to tell you and I’m so excited about it!
As I helped my Mom pack to move up here, I came across my grandmother’s cookbook. I vaguely – vaguely – remember seeing it as a child, but had completely forgotten that it existed. It’s so fragile that Mom kept it in a zipped bag.
I went crazy with excitement when I saw it. I carefully turned the pages and saw that Grandma had written or glued the recipes she collected over her lifetime right on top of the cookbook pages, because she was so poor during the Depression that she couldn’t afford to do it any other way. Mom said that Grandma got this cookbook in a class that she took in high school. She was only able to attend one year, because things were different then.
As I looked at through it, Mom told me that she was going to keep the recipe book for the rest of her life.
I said, “Well, at least you’ll be living in my house, so I can copy some of the recipes down.”
Imagine my surprise when Mom gave it to me on my birthday! Yay!
The front of the book
Grandma glued and inserted recipes she found. Most of the people she got recipes are gone now. That’s how old these recipes are.
This recipe for Hot Water Cake was my Great-grandma Johnson’s recipe. (Grandma’s mother)
My Plans for the Cookbook
Naturally, I’m going to share some of these recipes with you once things calm down a bit, because I’m excited to try them out.
I’ve also decided that I better type them into the computer so that we won’t lose them. I want to share them with the rest of my family.
And since, I’m doing that, I’ve decided that I will release them as collections, organized by recipe type, as Kindle books so that you can have your own copy, too!
I don’t know how long it will take me to get the Kindle books ready, but I’ll keep you updated. I’ll make sure to price them reasonably so that you can enjoy them.
My Progress on My Homemaking Goals
As you can imagine, I haven’t kept up with my goal of doing one homemaking thing every day. I was too sick for too long. However, I have managed to keep my kitchen clean and have developed some great habits to keep it easy for me to do. That doesn’t sound like much, but I had become such a slacker, I had to repent. Having Mom here helps me, because she pitches in when I’m having a bad day.
I’ve also started relieving Gary of some of the laundry duty, which he’s been grateful for.
I made most of our Thanksgiving dinner.
Hmmmm…. I guess that’s all I can remember right now.
Let’s all just do the best we can and try not to get upset with ourselves when things don’t go our way. It doesn’t matter that we fall down. It matters if we get up!
So…tell me… how are you doing? Anything new or exciting? I’ve missed you guys!