New Year goals

I never make resolutions because I really don’t believe in them. I have been making a theme of sorts for my new year and even carried the theme of “have more fun be more fun” over for about three years. I don’t think I was being more fun or having more fun so I needed to try again. 🙂 This year I decided I would “get out more” and that means just really getting out of the house more. This will entail more gas but possibly more fun and broader horizons this year. With a 2-year-old who naps and a 5-year-old in school for half the day my weekdays are somewhat shot during this time of year. I can go out in the early evening but really it gets dark so soon or it’s raining so hard that I usually don’t go out. I get errands done in the morning if possible but I want to start exploring more and getting out “there” a little more this year. So Portland and Vancouver here I come!

The other goal I have is to not so much eat healthier but try new foods and combinations. I used to make cheese and wine and will try to do that this year as well as try some raw recipes and some grain recipes out including quinoa and black rice as well as some herbal soups. I want to try a nettle soup very soon which is so good for you and is like a potato herb soup with benefits really. From age 16 to age 24 I was a vegetarian that ate fish. I don’t remember the term for that. Then I ate poultry on occasion and then went 6 months without it here and there. I still go through phases of eating chicken or not eating it but I don’t really think about it. I know I should think about it but really I just go with what I want to eat because I think your body is a good barometer of what it needs. We never need to eat meat for iron or protein but we have been conditioned to think we do. Also, kids don’t grow up eating broccoli and spinach with nuts to the point that they know how to supply this for themselves either I don’t think. Ok so enough of that. I want to try some new recipes out like tempeh ruebens, red quinoa and black rice with something and coconut water and miso and….

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Melody’s art

I ordered a roll of canvas with some Christmas money and am waiting till it gets here! I have canvases that were started but not finished yet. There is one canvas partially done, another 3/4 done (the trees and the path) and then a 6 by 6 gessoboard that has the background painted. While I was painting that I was standing next to Melody and telling her to be careful with the paint and not get any on the carpet. So what did Mom do? A giant blob of yello   w paint dropped onto the ca rpet and I had to clean it up. So I really have nothing to sho w exactly.

Melody got a two-pack of canvases from our friend Sara and she painted both the next day in about 15 minutes. They are hanging on the walls already. She also made several mandalas I took photos of. My husband has been doing mandalas the past year or so from a book and she likes to do them with him.



Well hi there

We had a wonderful holiday and I hope you did as well. 🙂 I was sort of worried like maybe Moms tend to be when presents are wrapped and you think it doesn’t look like much. We try not to go crazy around here because we can’t afford it and also it’s good to set a precedent while the kids are young I think that they aren’t going to get 50 presents from us every year. I also chose more quality things that I knew would be played with and not be cast quickly aside. For Willow this is her water and sand table that I finally found for about $27.00 instead of $80, a magnetic design kit, an owl book and for Melody art supplies and books and a scooter. She also got a globe which has been a great thing so far because she can see where different countries are and where people we know visit or where we have been.

I made two new things, well three really, this year in the kitchen. I made a chocolate torte, my great-grandma’s or great-great grandma’s? salty cookies, and then a Mexican orzo salad. For some reason we choose a theme for Christmas sometimes and go with that. It was a Mexican theme with my  Mom’s enchiladas so I made the salad which we are still eating. It’s very good and goes with my idea to try out new recipes this year or new foods or combinations. I tried a raw Kambucha strawberry drink this morning from the store and it sprayed all over my pants so I smelled like beer. It was a little too tangy for me even with the strawberry flavor so I added honey to it when I got home. I like the ginger pear variety better but I will still try new ones.