Happy Thanksgiving!

What a great day. It’s the only day out of the year where I actually don’t mind getting stuffed. I hate that feeling any other time.

We’re in Tucson this year. My contribution to dinner at Grandma’s was sweet potatoes and cranberries. I made cranberries from scratch for the first time, and I have to say that is how I will do it from now on. They were delicious! And it was super easy – just boil sugar water and throw the cranberries in for 10 minutes. And the sweet potatoes- wow! I found a killer recipe – normal ingredients (cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, marshmallows, butter) but add in cream cheese and crushed Post’s Cranberry Almond Crunch cereal and you have some pizzazz!

After the meal we watched “Cars”. It was my third time seeing it, but Mater still cracks me up :)

We’re home now, and I think I’m in a re-arranging mood. I need to tackle the office.

A huge answer to prayer: I have been so fatigued and just non-motivated to do ANYTHING for the last two months. Well, my blood work showed I my B-12 level (a vitamin) was really low. So I got a shot of B-12, and the next day I felt like a different person. I woke up before my alarm, I felt refreshed for the first time in a long time, I was happy to go to work, I was happy and energetic all day, I was motivated to do things around the house. WOW!! That stuff worked fast. Today was the same story – I woke up early feeling refreshed. I go in every two weeks for a while to get a shot. Who knew that one little vitamin deficiency could affect me so much?! I still don’t know why I am low, but it’s being worked on. We weren’t even positive that was the source of my fatigue, but now I think it is. So praise the Lord :) I’m back to my old self.

Three Day Weekend!!!

Woo hoo!!! Boy, do I sure need an extra day this weekend. I had today off, and it was fabulous. I slept in until 10:30 this morning and then pretty much did nothing except laundry.

This week went by pretty fast, and I have to admit that it is almost to that time of year that I love so much. I hate being a teacher up until Thanksgiving. From then on, it time flies by so much and I get breaks more often. From the start of school to Thanksgiving, I always wonder why I am doing this. I am a short distance person, not a long distance person. Give me small breaks more often, please, and I will last longer. I have been having a really rough time this past month, and I even took a vacation! But now that it is almost to the easy point, I wonder where the time has gone.

Here are some things that I love about this time of year: The beautiful weather; planting fall/winter flowers like pansies and marigolds; baking holiday dishes and goodies; chai tea; shopping for Christmas presents; spending time with family.

I am off to Phoenix tonight. Matt and Serene are having their house warming party tomorrow. I am riding up with Keeley and Justin tonight. Phil can’t go because he works on weekends :( I will be back tomorrow night.

I had ambitions about doing some more yard work this weekend, maybe some gardening. That didn’t happen today, and it won’t happen tomorrow. We’ll see about Sunday…

Attack of the killer weeds!!!!

So owning a home is fantastic, except for when monsoon season comes and with that TONS of weeds and unwanted bermuda grass, which then need to be killed immediately to prevent a complete take over!!! I was able to keep on top of it this summer when I was doing nothing all the time, but in the last 3 months since I’ve been back to work (it’s been 3 months already??), our yard has been taken over by alien weeds!!!!!! So, last Tuesday, we hired someone to come out and work on our frontyard. He spent 4 hours, and did a great job, but there was still chunks of the yard left to be worked on (and this is no reflection on his work – he worked hard).

Today I mustered up all the motivation and courage I could find and went out to face the 2-feet-high weeds in the corner of our front yard. Armed only with a weed eater, I faced the ferocious fiends fearlessly! (like my alliteration??) I chopped and then raked up all the fallen victims.

Next mission: spray with round-up. But that will have to come tomorrow, because my arms feel like rubber.