Sunday, May 26, 2019


May is here with it's blowing winds and warming days (FINALLY!!!). Vacation plans are starting to push to the front as we prepare to leave for another bike vacation in June. My big news is I gave notice and started working at my new job this week!!! I have to get up earlier though so I'm working on reprogramming my body to get up a little bit earlier each week and hopefully I won't be too sleep deprived. It's so nice to be done at 2:30 pm though!

Other news on the homestead is that we have a house Mr. B bought to move down to our homestead! I'm still getting my head wrapped around it. All the plans I'd had for fixing things in the trailer or now on hold. He's hoping we can get everything moved, the ground leveled, and the foundation put in by winter and then move it down in the spring. It will be at least a year, possibly two, before we will be able to move into it. The inside has some cosmetic things that need to be done before we move in. The outside will need to be painted and a new roof put on.


My mom arrived for a week-long visit last week. The winds were high and the weather cold while she was here so several outings I'd planned (namely going to the Peace Gardens) didn't happen due to the weather. I'd hoped we could spend some time outside doing things like having her help me plant my patio garden and some flowers, but that didn't happen either. What did happen was we got to spend a lot of time indoors relaxing and watching TV and/or working on our craft projects. We also did some bird watching out the window as we have a beautiful yellow finch that has visited us.

Lil dude came up and spent a week also with me while my mom was here. The last day and a half were hard as the weather wasn't nice enough for him to go out outside and work off some energy so we had some issues but otherwise he was a lot of fun to have. He got to see planes at the airport when we picked up my mom and was so excited.


The day my mom left we tried out ND Asia Bar and Grill. They have hibachi tables or regular seating so mom and I decided on the hibachi table. It was such a good meal before she left and she had leftovers to eat for supper so she didn't have to buy airport food on the way home. I was surprised they actually had a lunch menu for the hibachi tables, normally it's a set price whether lunch or supper. I also ordered vegetable sushi, which was really good. Mom ordered chicken and I ordered steak for our meats and the meal came with a broth soup and an Asian-style salad - both were delish! I will definitely be returning to this restaurant.


One of my projects this month has been to start adding my favorite blogs to Bloglovin' so I can start reading them on Bloglovin instead of following them on Facebook. I've gotten so frustrated with Facebook and not being able to see all the blogs I follow because of their algorithms which only allow you to see the top 25 blogs/pages you look at. Considering I have way more blogs/pages I follow than that, something needed to be done.

I've also been noticing a lot of people taking hiatuses from Facebook or all social media lately. I can see the benefit in this and may consider it in the near future. I was listening to a podcast and the gentleman said he'd deleted all social media apps from his phone. Considering the average person spends over 3 hours PER DAY on their phones it's a pretty huge amount of time we could use for something more useful.


When I worked at Walmart I saw college girls constantly buying sugar-free pudding and protein shakes, I'm not over exaggerating when I say they'd buy close to 100 boxes of the sugar-free pudding at a time. I asked them what they did with all of it and they said they made protein shakes from it. So this morning I was trying to figure out something low carb to make for breakfast and decided to try it. I checked out Pinterest and decided on a combination of flavors I wanted and OMG was it good! Honestly, it was so filling I didn't drink the entire thing. I will probably start making these for my breakfasts on days I work so I can drink them on my way to work. Check Pinterest out as there are tons of recipes. Note: A package of pudding I estimate will make at least 3 shakes so keep it in an airtight container after opening.

Pudding Protein Shake

1 container of Premier vanilla protein shake
1 tablespoon PB2 powder
1 tablespoon sugar-free chocolate pudding

Put all ingredients in a blender (I use my Ninja). The more ice you use the thicker the shakes will be  - so adjust the amount of ice to your preference for thickness.


One of my spring/summer projects was to put in a raised bed garden this year. This got put on hold until we get the house moved down here to the homestead so I decided to do a patio garden to satisfy my gardening itch. I bought a package of 10 of these 5-gallon gardening bags to use as planters. I also got a package of 3 of these 7-gallon gardening bags.  I bought 4 tomato plants, jalapeno plant, anaheim pepper plant, and 2 green pepper plants to plant in these.  I used the 7-gallon bags for the tomatoes. I'll see if the tomatoes do better in the 7-gallon or 5-gallon bags.

My Seedsheet - I think this is the salad one
- less than a week after planting

I also ordered some Seedsheets to try - I bought the salad and the herb ones. These are from the Shark Tank show, which I never watch.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

First Bike Ride!!!

Sunday we went for our first ride of the year!!! It was a little strange riding and looking over the fields still scattered with snow but it was wonderful to be flying down the road again. The kids had bought a side-by-side and we met them in Bisbee for lunch at The Chocolate Shop. We warmed up there with a cup of hot chocolate and I had a bowl of corn chowder and a ham and cheese sandwich.

There was a sign in the restaurant with prices for camping in Bisbee so we decided to take a ride over and see the campground and the dam. With my ankle still messed up I wasn't able to walk out and look at the dam like I would have liked. 

I was worried about getting cold so I wore fleece leggings under my jeans, a thermal shirt, zippered sweatshirt and my leathers. I plan to buy a neck gaiter to keep my neck warm on future cold rides. I also tried to wear a knit cap but it was not tight enough and it started to blow off so I had to grab it and hold it until we got to our destination. I'll make sure I wear a tighter knit cap the next time.

Finally got my Christmas present from Mr. B. He'd originally gotten me a pair of knee high boots but they didn't fit my fat calves so I had to send them back. I looked for another pair but we never submitted the order. I'd recently found a pair I really liked on Facebook Marketplace but they were the wrong size so I contacted the person and asked what style they were but got no response. I went back on Amazon and looked for the boot style but couldn't find it but I did find these. I received them this week and they fit! I was so happy! I like the fact they're tall enough I can tuck my leggings in but not so tall I can't wear pants over them. Wish I would have had them Sunday for our ride. It's supposed to be nice this Sunday so with any luck we'll be able to ride again.


Tuesday I was hungry for a salad so decided to make a buffalo chicken salad. Romaine lettuce, cucumber and some chicken strips drizzled with bleu cheese dressing. Simple to fix and filled me up nicely without being heavy.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Grandma's Helper came for a visit!

Today has been another warm day. We can finally see our driveway! I was sitting on the bench swing watching Jasper and pondering how long the snow will take to disappear. You can see from the school bus on the far right how tall these snow mounds are.

Jasper and Bella were enjoying the outdoors this afternoon. They got out their containers of bubbles and were running and twirling around to make the bubbles. Bella brought baby Hadlee out in her stroller and she got to enjoy the bubbles they were blowing for her along with some sunshine. 

Jasper took off to climb the mountains of snow and explore on his own. I had to laugh watching him lay down in a puddle and move his arms and legs like he was making a snow angel. He came in absolutely soaking wet and cold after his exploration but happy as could be. If he hadn't been so cold I would have thrown him into the tub to warm up. I'm not sure if his snowboots will dry out any time soon. I need to invest in one of those boot dryers. He also came in exhausted and crashed while eating his snack. I couldn't let him sleep too long. The night before he had done the same thing  -  falling asleep at about 6  pm, waking up at about 11 pm and staying up until after 3 am - grandma was exhausted!!!!

My lil sleeping beauty!

We have baby chicks on the farm again! Desi and I picked up 8 new ones. Bottineau had them for 1/2 price so they picked up 10 more. She bought 4 different varieties. They're starting their ugly stage now. I was surprised that Jasper didn't show any interest. I thought for sure he'd want to hold them but he looked at them and walked off. He wouldn't even help feed them.

lil dude intently watching TV

Saturday, April 6, 2019

A Gray Day

It was a cold, gray windy and rainy day Thursday - which suits my mood. The rain had turned into a mix of rain, ice pellets and snow so it was an ugly day. Thankfully that mess quit before I left for town for my physical therapy appointment. I had very little motivation and just want to curl up with a blanket and sleep. I know it's because I was gone so much Wednesday and my body needed to recharge so I planned to take it easy after I got home from physical therapy.  I really would have preferred some sunshine to sunbath in through the window or sitting on the bench help recharge my batteries but nature hasn't cooperated this week.

So my plans for the day consisted of doing a quick pickup, unloading the dishwasher and curling up with my new books and magazine for the afternoon.  I finally got to Barnes and Noble on Wednesday to use the gift card that I got for Valentine's Day. Nothing I'd hope to accomplish got done due to events I describe below.


I took Annie, Mr. B's border collie, to the vet Wednesday as she had been having a lot of problems and had stopped walking or getting up. Blood work confirmed she had diabetes along with some other serious issues including kidney issues (from diabetes), a sinus infection and an infection in one of her legs that he wasn't sure the cause of. She was under close supervision as she was not doing well at all. The vet did multiple x-rays to rule out a couple possibilities and gave her two injections of antibiotics at the office and sent her home on insulin, an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.

When I got back from physical therapy Thursday I walked in and saw pale red blood scattered across on the kitchen floor. Being in the medical field, I was glad to see no bright red blood. It appeared she cut or bit her tongue and that was where the blood was coming from and mixing with her saliva (she had been drooling). I almost wonder if she might have had a seizure while I was gone. She wanted to continually drink water (a symptom of diabetes) so I had to put the water bowl on the counter and give her limited amounts or she'd drink until she threw up. Babies and pets are the worse when they're sick and have no way to communicate with us.

I did some research and the essential oils that are good for humans are good for dogs with sinus issues so I put some eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender in the diffuser. I thought it helped a little bit, she didn't sound as labored.

Unfortunately, Annie passed while Mr. B was trying to give her the evening medications after he got home. We had thought she might be able to make a recovery as she was only about 10 or 11 years old. It's been a rough winter. The kids lost two of their cats and a horse and we've lost two dogs since the beginning of the year.


I've been reading off and on for years about Ayurveda, a medical system that originated in India over 2000 years ago. There are three dosha types and I'm a Pitta or Pitta-Kapha, depending on which test I take. One of the books I just bought encourages you to eat based on how you feel at that moment, so you have to listen to your body. Since I've been feeling the cold and damp outside I decided to try one of their suggested breakfast ideas of cooked apples.

I took some apples that were starting to wrinkle and weren't pretty, peeled and cut them into thick slices. Then I put the apple slices into a saucepan with a little water and cooked on medium. The water was cooking off so I decided to use one of Jasper's apple juice packets and add some apple juice to boost the flavor a bit. I cooked the apples until they were tender but still firm, don't overcook as you don't want applesauce. I threw some Wolfberries / Gogi berries into the pot as I didn't have any cranberries for a pop of sweetness then added a bit of honey and a couple pinches of cardamon. Ayurvedic theory says not to combine fruit and dairy but I added a tablespoon or so of cream to it as it needed a bit of something. It was a nice light breakfast and I used up some apples that would have gone bad otherwise.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Winter-y Days

There are some days it's so nice not to have to be at work before the sun comes up and this morning was one of those. It's so beautiful outside in its starkness with the trees frosted, a light scattering of snowflakes and the fog in the distance. These are the best mornings for sitting on the couch and sipping on a cup of chai tea as one plans one's day.

It looks like it might be a nice day. It's currently 8' out and the forecast is predicting 25'! Temperatures that are above 0' practically swoon worthy! Okay, a bit over dramatic BUT we're tired of the arctic weather temperatures and the record amount of cold weather we've been having up here. We've had a record 28 days of below 0' weather so we're hoping this warming trend continues. The vehicles are starting to have issues with these continued low temperatures too, even ones that typically have no problem. Temperatures this low are hard on the engines.

Plans for the Day:
  • Organizing my office area in the living room better so I can get my new printer set up. I have to get the printer set up today as I have a bunch of papers I need to scan and get sent to my insurance and Worker's Comp. Keeping up with the Worker's Comp is taking more time than I thought it would and they still haven't approved my claim yet so I haven't been paid. It's becoming a little bit more than frustrating. 

  • I also have physical therapy this afternoon so I'll be gone at least 2.5 hours for that.

  • I plan on visiting Mr. B's dad after physical therapy as he's still in the hospital.

  • Set up my business Facebook page.


Last night I'd planned on making a roast chicken in the Instant Pot but we didn't get home until 7 pm so that wasn't going to work. I had some thawed hamburger in the fridge so I decided to try making salsbury steak for supper.

I don't remember my mom ever making it when I was growing up but I do remember having it in the frozen TV dinners on occasion. It seemed an easy enough recipe and ended up tasting great. Find the recipe HERE. I did use low-sodium brown gravy mix.

Mr. B said "Tasted better than if we'd gone to town!"

Sides were mashed potatoes and buttered corn.

This was a great budget meal and cost less than $6 for the whole meal. I'd gotten a clearance deal on hamburger a while back so that was only about $2 for the meat, the gravy packets were probably about 90c each, the corn was 88c for the bag on sale and I used half the bag, and the Idahoan mashed potatoes were $1. I had everything in my pantry so that was a huge plus. I was going to grab some rolls and heat them but forgot.

The recipe made about 8 patties so this would have fed four people. If I were feeding four people, I would have made 2 packages of the mashed potatoes and used the whole bag of corn. I think I might also have increased the gravy as we like gravy on everything so maybe another packet of that. I only ate one patty myself and Mr. B ate two. I have leftovers in the fridge for our lunches.

Some planned meals for the week include:

Roast chicken and sweet potatoes
Shrimp fettuccini and salad (for me)
Hot Dogs and baked beans
Brat burgers and potato salad
Pancakes and sausage


Purls and Potions: A paranormal cozy mystery (Vampire Knitting Club Book 5) by [Warren, Nancy]    Witch Summer Night's Cream (BEWITCHED BY CHOCOLATE Mysteries ~ Book 3) by [Hanna, H.Y.]   Living Lagom: A Swedish Guide to a Balanced Life by [Thoresen, Maya]   

A new book came out in the Vampire Knitting Mystery Series!!!! I'm so excited I've got it downloaded for my next read.

Witch Summer Nights Cream  - 57% completed

Living Lagom - 51% completed

Cozy Minimalist Home - 43% completed

Saturday, March 9, 2019


Physical therapy, doctor's appointments, Mr. B's dad was put in the hospital and visits with him, car breakdowns (see below), and attended a wedding. I feel like I haven't had a chance to catch my breath lately! All I want today is a simple and relaxing day after a hectic week.
Mr. B wants us to go snowmobiling today. I'm hoping he'll let me stay home but I have a feeling it's just wishful thinking. We have his family arriving throughout the day that will be staying at his dad's farm.

We all watch things on videos or TV and think we know how we'd react if it ever happened to us. I learned otherwise. I was heading into town for my physical therapy appointment when my front tire broke off and it rolled down the road in front of me (told you it had been hectic!). I learned that these moments are surreal and I didn't react at all. I remember thinking to myself "so that's what this is like." Called Mr. B and he came out and picked me up, took me to physical therapy and then met the tow truck. Isn't he awesome! He picked me up after my physical therapy appointment and we went to the garage where he had the Jeep towed. We have no idea why the lug nut posts broke off but thankfully it was a fairly cheap fix and he was able to do it in under an hour.

Then I was heading to Minot for my appointment with the specialist when I noticed smoke pouring out from under my hood and through the vents in the Jeep. Talk about scary! I was so worried it was on fire or would catch on fire. I was fortunate that I was close to the garage and drove it in. Thankfully it was only the water pump. I had to be rescued again though, this time by Desi, who kindly drove me to Minot for my appointment. It was her third day in a row having to drive someone to Minot for doctor's appointments so she was a great sport!


I finally got to break in my new-to-me KitchenAid mixer. Today for lunch I made Mr. B a homemade pepperoni pizza. I apparently have been depriving him of the homemade version because he ate nearly the entire pizza by himself! I used this recipe - pizza dough 

The dough takes about 15 minutes to make. A jar of pizza sauce or tomato sauce, pepperoni and a bag of mozzarella cheese makes it a fairly easy meal and typically less than $5, which makes it a great budget meal. A bag of pepperoni makes us about 3 to 4 pizzas so it's cost effective.

The kids went to Minot Friday so I picked up Bella from school and we made these Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies from Pretty.Simple.Sweet.

These were a definite hit and will be added to my recipe box for future batches. The vanilla pudding gives a wonderful boost to the flavor. I used Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips. 


I haven't gotten to read much this week as I've been on the computer nearly constantly. I did treat myself to lunch at Rancho Grande in town and enjoyed reading more of this cozy mystery while I sipped on my Marguiretta after my doctor appointment. I'm a little over halfway through the book so I should be able to finish it off this week, especially with another doctor appointment, this one in Minot.

I did download The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey and there are a couple other business books I want to read. Years ago I read The 7 Habits but I don't remember anything so it will be a good read for me. 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

February 2019 Ramblings

New air boot


It's definitely been an interesting month. I got injured at work on the 12th and I'm still off work. Initially, I ended up on seven days of no weight bearing and crutches. Went in for a follow-up appointment a week later and ended up with more x-rays, getting an air boot put on and getting an orthopedic surgeon referral and physical therapy referral and another seven days off. I'm waiting for a phone call with my appointment dates. I'll have to go to Minot for the orthopedic surgeon as there are none closer. I was supposed to go snowmobiling this weekend but that doesn't look like it will be happening.

I'm going to look at this downtime as a blessing. I mentioned last month that I'd started a virtual assistant course so I'm working on that. I'm also working on their tech courses and just finished with their Trello training module. I think I'm going to jump into their new LinkedIn module next. I'm still working on a name for the business. I really need to get that pinned down so I can order my EIN number.


lil dude totally focused on a cartoon
I figured that since I was going to be laid up for a while I would grab Jasper and bring him up so Desi and I drove down to Jamestown and got him. Mr. B wanted us to road trip with him to taking grain to the elevator. Lil dude, unfortunately, started throwing up on our way out to the farm so I had to turn around and bring him home. He appears to be fine now. Thankfully I'm well stocked with Gatorade and juice. We did manage to go with Mr. B the next day. The crew next door has been having this stomach bug over there so I'm assuming he picked it up from them.

I started a crockpot of chicken and noodles after I got back home and got lil dude's coat and clothes in the washing machine. I figured it would be good for whatever bug is going around. Mr. B won't eat it so he can have leftovers. A big bowl of hearty chicken and noodles sounds good.

I still need to take the car into the shop to clean it out. I'll hose his car seat off and let it dry in the shop. Hopefully, he didn't get vomit on anything non-washable.

Yup it's Prairie Gypsy and Mr. B
The Hadster after enjoying a cupcake
For Valentine's Day we went to Corrigador Bar for supper. They'd advertised they were having lobster tails. I haven't eaten lobster in ages and it sounded so good until I saw the price they put on them. I ended up getting a ribeye steak instead. I'll buy a frozen one and make it myself. We had a fun time with the kids despite having the worse service in history.

It was interesting to maneuver on crutches in deep snow, to say the least. Needless to say, I'm very glad I have the boot on now as it's so much easier to maneuver.


lil dude's on right with apples in middle and mine on right
For today's road tripped I'd packed a nice bento style lunch for lil dude and I. His (left) was ham slices, gouda cheese, munster cheese cubes and apples.

My bento style lunch (right) was a ham and lettuce wrap with Spicy Ranch, gouda cheese and apple slices.

Saturday I made some pancake bites. As you can see from the pan (below) they disappeared pretty quickly so I'll call them a success.

To make these yummy breakfast treats (or anytime treats), just mix up your favorite pancake mix per package. I used Bisquick to make these. Then fill the mini-muffin cups about 3/4 full and add whatever you want. I flavored these with mini chocolate chips, blueberries, grape jelly and cherry jam. Bake at 350' for about 12 to 15 minutes (make sure they're golden brown on top). I think this made 36 bites.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January - Welcome 2019!!!

Wow, January has flown by already and it's been a busy month! 

Our temperature today is -35 with wind chills in the -40's. I'm dreaming of a warmer climate! I'm so glad I wasn't scheduled to work today or tomorrow. Friday is supposed to be back up in the 20's which will seem absolutely balmy after these arctic temperatures.

Thankfully my Jeep has started every morning that I've needed it to. We did put it in the shop yesterday morning just to be sure I could get to work. I couldn't believe how many people called in the night before without knowing what the roads would be like the next day. Yes, there was a travel advisory out, but the roads were almost totally clear when I drove into work. It might not be a huge thing in most fields but when you work in the medical field, staff not showing up is a huge problem.

This morning I got up and did 35 minutes of yoga (on Gaiam TV) targetting the neck and shoulders since my back has been tight - a hazard of working as a CNA. Lunch was some leftover BBQ pulled pork I made Sunday. On Sunday I also did a batch of low carb chili to take for my lunches. I was nice and shared some with my traveling nurse since I know she can't make food like that in her hotel.

January 2nd we went snowmobiling with about a dozen family and friends. We rode from the farm to Rugby, stopped for lunch at the Eagles in Rugby, rode to the bar in Balta and then rode back to Wolford through Rugby. We stopped at the Corrigator bar in Wolford for supper before returning to our place. The trails weren't in the best shape as there had been a ride earlier that day so the trails had gotten pretty torn up especially when we returned. We saw a herd of deer that ran out of a slough and Mr. B's brother found a 4-point antler laying on the ground in the field he picked up to take home. Mr. B's sled broke down so he had to be picked up and his sled loaded to bring back.


Lil Dude enjoying his strawberry margarita (virgin)
My poor son was diagnosed with a huge kidney stone mid-month. Surgery was scheduled for the first week of February and all of a sudden I got a call on the 21st saying his surgery was the next day! Talk about having to change gears quickly! I had to pack and drive down to Jamestown so that I could drive him to Fargo the next morning. I decided to treat myself and stay in a hotel. My second thought was the pool would give my grandson a way to wear off some energy before having to be confined with me at the hospital the next day. 

My son was supposed to have surgery at 11:15 am, but they didn't get him into surgery until almost 4 pm.  While he was in recovery, I made the decision we would stay in Fargo for the night. The news reports were already advising that I94 was already becoming slippery and I didn't need to slide off the road with my son still coming out of anesthesia and my 3-year-old grandson, so I got a hotel room in Fargo. I'd planned to take lil dude to the pool to wear off some energy, but after a whole day of dealing with him at the hospital I was just too tired and let the TV entertain him. Unfortunately, I didn't get much sleep as he woke up at 1:30 am crying, pulling on his left ear and it took several hours before he fell asleep again. Needless to say, I came home totally exhausted.


I've been toying with trying to find a job working from home but hate the idea of dealing with other company's office politics and drama so I've decided to launch my own business. I was hired by an online transcription company but they take most of the profit away. I waste so much time having to research online that they pay isn't that great. I really want to work 40 hours or less and be able to set my own schedule again. I miss having my pet sitting business, but it's just not workable where I live. 

So based on my skills I've decided to launch a Virtual Assistant and Transcription business. There are a lot of things about launching this type of business I wasn't sure about so I researched and decided to join the Virtual Savvy Bootcamp and Savvy Tech Training courses. I found programs ranging in price from $300 to almost $5000, Abbey's program is somewhat in the middle ranging from about $1000 to $2600, depending on how many options you want. I added the Savvy Tech option as I know I need to learn some new programs and felt the cost for a year was affordable, especially since she adds about three new courses every month to chose from. If you're considering a change into the Virtual Assistant field, please check out their programs (and yes I will get a small reimbursement if anyone signs up).

Virtual Savvy Homepage

Savvy Tech Training

Jump Start
The Jump Start program was free when I took it but that might have changed.


In the Shadow of Denali (The Heart of Alaska Book #1) by [Peterson, Tracie, Woodhouse, Kimberley]  Hanish: House of Storms (Dragon Guardians Book 6) by [Grove, Scarlett]  Hygge: The Complete Book of Hygge To Discover The Danish Way To Live Happily by [Jensen, Sarah, Nielsen, Carl]  Dark, Witch & Creamy (BEWITCHED BY CHOCOLATE Mysteries ~ Book 1) by [Hanna, H.Y.]

I was able to read about a book a week, which for me right now is doing pretty good, and makes my Kindle Unlimited subscription worth keeping. I liked Dark, Witch & Creamy, so I downloaded the next book in the series. I haven't quite finished In the Shadow of Denali but I'm 75% done with it, and I'll be downloading the next in that series also. Hanish was an amusing romance.  I've downloaded Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith, The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker, Witch, Chocolate Fudge by H.Y. Hann and Aquaponics by Celine Walker for future reading.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

December Ramblings

Well, the New Year is here and hopefully this year will be filled with blessings and not fly by quite as fast as last year did. I pray all my readers had a great holiday! Working in the medical field makes holidays difficult, to say the least, and caused crazy scheduling. I felt like I never could get caught up or catch my breath. I was blessed my son and lil dude were able to join us although they returned home the day after Christmas so I didn't get much time visiting with them.

The day after Christmas I got stuck at the hospital overnight because of an incoming snow storm. The hospital informed us we were not allowed to leave if we couldn't guarantee that we could make it back in the next morning. I couldn't guarantee I could get back in so I had to stay. I decided to make it an adventure and went out for supper at my favorite Mexican joint in town (okay it's the only Mexican joint in town). Nothing beats a nice margarita to help a girl relax! I had put a bag in my Jeep with a pair of scrubs and other necessities along with a few food items just in case of such an event and was thankful it was there. The one thing I forgot to pack was a pair of pajamas so I stopped and grabbed some at Shopko after I ate supper, which helped kill some time. After returning to the hospital I made up my bed and then decided to try out the jetted tub for a relaxing bath. I was amazed at how well I slept. I was glad to go home to my own bed the next night though and Mr. B was very happy to have me home.

Right before Christmas, we did a road trip to pick up used oil. Mr. B has a furnace in the shop that reuses oil and we were low on oil to heat the shop. All our water pipes come from the shop to the houses so it's important they don't freeze and the shop has to be heated. He gets used oil from farmers and garages after they change the oil in vehicles or equipment. It was a beautiful day out so I took a lot of pictures while he was driving. Mr. B's brother also picked up some used oil by him and brought it up so we were able to get enough oil for at least a couple months.

Mr. B and I attended a wine pairing at Marie's in Bottineau on December 12th. It was a wonderful night of wines and food serviced in six courses. Mr. B won us a bottle of wine and a Fireball t-shirt. We returned home with several bottles of wine and the leftover cheese from the appetizer tray. It was something Mr. B had never done before and I was worried about him eating anything, but he was a sport and tried everything.

On the homefront I decided to finally break down and clean the oven, which I don't think has been cleaned since Mr. B's wife died four years ago. I felt it really needed to be done before I cooked the Christmas turkey in it. Unfortunately, the oven doesn't have an auto clean feature so I had to use Easy Off Extra Strength and a lot of elbow grease to get it clean. It was so bad I had to spray and let it set a second time before I finally got it clean.


I did manage to get some reading done in December. A lot of it focused on Hygge and Logam.

Hygge: The Complete Book of Hygge To Discover The Danish Way To Live Happily  Living Lagom: A Swedish Guide to a Balanced Life  Sweet Tea and Southern Grace


May is here with it's blowing winds and warming days (FINALLY!!!). Vacation plans are starting to push to the front as we prepare...