Well today is ramping up to be a hurdle filled one. We have had four of those in the row, and that’s not taking into account some of the events that took place last week. Yet, most of last weeks events were outside of our control and only influenced us because we are emotional vested in the situations. Always a hard place to be, nothing you can do, but you sure feel it!
So the direct ‘crap’ that hit started with me Saturday evening. We were watching Pearl Harbor with the boys and I felt like I had been punched in the stomach and about thirty seconds later I was running for the bathroom to vomit. It continued throughout the night and finally around dawn I called my mother to come and take me to the ER. I didn’t want to wake Justin as he had been up most of the night helping me, as I was a mess and made a few messes. Nor did I want the boys to have to wake up and go sit in the waiting room of the ER.
At first they thought it was food poisoning and I had eaten something Friday that I thought was the culprit as it tasted ‘off’. The ER doctor took me off of work for Monday and said not to leave the bed for at least a day so I could recoup. I was very dehydrated and three bags of fluids later I was finally feeling okay but not myself. I got home and crashed hard. I can’t tell you much of what happened on Sunday as I slept all day and all night long. Monday, even though it was against doctors orders I had a couple of places that I needed to be, but I took it easy and paced myself. Good thing too.
Monday night hit and middle man and little big man started with the vomiting and diarrhea that continued all night and into the next day. Middle man seemed to recover very quickly but he followed my guidance and slept as much as he could. Little Big man didn’t listen very well and is still sleeping today trying to shake off the last of this virus.
Bear’s started last night but the vomiting lasted for a shorter duration but the diarrhea lasted into the night and the morning and eventually I became concerned with dehydration and brought him in.
Big Man got home from work and began his adventures in the bathroom. Yes, it has gone through all of us now. I’m feeling slightly tired, but it is a combination of being sick and not sleeping from being up taking care of the family, otherwise I feel as though I am well on the mend. So lots of movies and quiet activities again today, which I hope will equate to a ton of writing time for mom! I can hope.
Peace Love Dreams
“Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature. It will nurture your mind, body and soul.” – Anthony Douglas Williams – Inside the Divine Pattern
I hated being outside in the dark. Hated it!
When our coon hound would ask to go out at night I would make her go on her lead, she’s a runner, so that I wouldn’t have to stand in my own back yard and wait for her to go. It terrified me to just stand there and wait. I couldn’t see into the darkness beyond the trees that bordered out backyard, there was too much unknown.
To be honest I could never really understand why I had this fear. I fear other ‘evil’ humans a thousand times over any animals that may frequent our area. We have occasional black bear, coyote, and yes even cougars, and although I am understanding of their raw power and deadliness, I do not regularly worry about it. I have always taken safety measures so that was not the cause.
So I tried to rationalize that it was was scary because it was uncontrollable, I am not able to master the darkness as a human because I was not made to see well in darkly lit places. I was wrong and it was not until I took a 5 week trip with my family that I finally found the answer.
I loved being in the dark outside.
Okay, you are surely thinking, “Wth? This lady doesn’t have a clue and now loves what she is scared of? How does that work?”
Let me tell you…
I yearn to be outside, previously it was just during daylight hours, but I had this weird pull to be out in nature, almost like a desire to run wild. My goals in life all have some major thread woven into them from nature itself. I would even dream about sitting in a clearing during the darkest of night hours and viewing the stars, more clear and vivid, seemingly closer than I ever thought possible.
It was not that I was actually afraid of being outside in the dark it was that on some level I knew I would love it and that, as crazy as it sounds, is what I was scared of. That thought goes against the status quo. That would mean I wouldn’t need some of the basic items that I did in fact think of as needs. It turns my whole perspective upside down. This revelation was not easy to come by but in the next few weeks I will explain how I found my way back to nature.
Peace Love Dreams
This evening the boys and I made apple roses. It was a very simply recipe and process that anyone slightly familiar with the kitchen can reproduce.
You can find the recipe we used here, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/556405728939829025/?fb_ref=447193575407581615%3A5b6b68817976ead29409e61
We did change the recipe we were working off a bit. Here were our mods.
We used peach jam, as that’s what we had on hand, it’s homemade. I considered using our homemade applesauce but decided to use the jam due to the sugar content.
We did not use as much as they did in the video, a lot less actually, maybe two teaspoons worth on each rose.
We used citric acid in the water instead of lemon juice, as we didn’t have any lemons…(weird I know and boys tried to get a grocery trip out of the deal to go and purchase some!)
We do not use a microwave for food so we heated two cups of water in a large pan and when it was hot, but not yet boiling, placed our sliced apples and citrified water in. Set the timer for 2 minutes and then drained in a colander. You want the apples soft but not cooked otherwise they will be too soft to manipulate and just mush.
Instead of a powdered sugar coating at the end, we VERY lightly sprinkled some cane sugar on the tops of the petals before placing in the oven.
Lastly, ours did not take as long as is suggested in the video. I removed them at 25 minutes and I feel like the pastry was cooked, yet still soft in the center, and the apples were not over done, but just starting to crisp on the tops.
Please let us know if you make this recipe and how it turns out. Share your photos!
Is there a recipe you would like the boys and I to try out for you? Let us know!
Cooking is a great way to practice practical math, and gain valuable life skills for years to come.
This summer I took our three boys on an incredible adventure. 5 weeks and the NCT. It was life changing, and I will get to writing about it at some point, but first this!
Many have asked me how I go about planning our some of our adventures. So, I am going to be sharing my process and the little bit of knowledge I have gained from the adventures already had. Follow our family on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/AFamilyOutOfTheOrdinary for some of our smaller, yet just as important daily adventures.
Stay tuned for trip planning and don’t forget to sign up for alerts so that you don’t miss our latest posts.
Peace Love Dreams
One seemingly common problem I have heard lately in many of the homeschooling groups I follow is, “my child hates to write.” I think there are a variety of possible reasons for this. They don’t like the content they are required to write about, they aren’t sure on how to organize their thoughts, or it could simply be that writing with a pencil and paper can take a VERY LONG time, time they would rather spend doing something else.
Luckily I have writers so general writing tasks go fairly smoothly. I would like to make it even more simple for our oldest two and will be implementing the computer starting this week for their writing tasks. It will be preparation for November and National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Each of the boys will be working on a book for the month. They set a monthly goal and work towards it, all while gaining some basic computer skills.
This is a great way to get littles interested in writing! Well, literature in general. I’ve always believed that if you can’t find something you like to read, then you should just write something yourself! That’s also a good line to use on the kiddos when they can’t seem to find a book or genre they enjoy, you may just encourage a future best seller to write his or her first book! The site also offers many guides, advice, how tos, inspiration, and general help for writing, making it a well rounded site.
You can find all the information, including some of the prizes, yes there are prizes, by visiting http://www.nanowrimo.com. You can also become my writing buddy on the main site, just search for Irelandwildrose. The boys will have their call names soon and I will update when that happens. Hope to be able to read many new novels from this year’s NaNoWriMo in 2015, and I would love for one of them to be yours or your child’s!
Peace Love Dreams
RE-blogged from FUNdamentallyweird, my joint blog.
Hello all! I know it has been such a long time! I tried my hand at a dual blog but alas it didn’t work out. I will be transferring my posts from that blog to this one over the course of a month or less. I have to say that I did learn a bunch about posting and content and look forward to bringing that new knowledge here.
In addition you will be able to see all of my blog posts here from now on. Some will still be dually posted on my other blogs as some people want only want to read one of the topics that I write about and those blogs are very topic focused. I hope that you will enjoy the new look and feel of this site.
PEACE LOVE DREAMS