Share Your World-2014 Week 49-Again

I answered and posted once already this week.  This morning I clicked on my blog, clicked add a new post, finished, published.  Just like any other time I added a new post.  I clicked my twitter button and it added my Wordless Wednesday.  I clicked on my Google+ button and suddenly it said Share Your World-2014 Week 49.  In some unexplained very quick glitch, the new post overtook the old one and the link to it said Share Your World…if I went to the places I shared that…it went to Wordless Wednesday.  It was completely gone!  Now, if you might think I used the old one for a templet, that is not the case….after 100+ blog posts, I do know how to add a new one.  SO…frustrated as I am, I am going to answer the questions again, probably not the same, and I bet not as good!  But I wanted to make sure I had it here!

What is your preferred hot drink: coffee, tea, water, hot chocolate, or other?

This was easy and anyone who knows me, knows the answer to this one! Always coffee!  We grind our own beans..and yes, we are picky!  Nothing like a great cup of coffee!

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What was your favorite toy as a child  . . .  and now?

I wasn’t really into toys at all.  I do remember liking to use my grandma’s old school papers.  She had been a teacher in a one room school room.  I also hand made clothes for the Barbies. I do remember back in the 60’s being pretty excited about getting a Mystery Date game! Now?  My computer?  Does that count? Other than that, a card game called Cards Against Humanity.  Quite ‘interesting’ game!  It will shock you and made you laugh hysterically all at once.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

Not a candy fan much.  But if only one kind? I guess Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  They are pretty popular.  And I don’t mind them if they are cold!

Would you want $100,000 right now or $120,000 in a year (tax Free)?

Yes, please!  No?  Are they both tax free?  If so, I would take the $100,000 right now.  It would truly help.  If not, I guess I could wait a year.  Time flies anyhow!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week-a dear friend got good results from her scans.  Can’t be more grateful than that.  This week? Finishing up Christmas prep and enjoying my tree.

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Thanks for letting me share a bit of my world with you!

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Some Thoughts As Another Christmas Nears

Is it really only 11 days until Christmas?!  How is it possible?  Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were waiting for winter to be over.  Wasn’t it just yesterday we were watching the Fourth of July parade? Didn’t school just start again for everyone?  I am always amazed at how time flies. I wish many days that it would just slow down, even a little bit!

So what is on my mind this ‘Christmas is approaching too fast’ morning?

Family…of course.  But I will get to that.

First. White Christmas.  Not the movie or the song.  But WHY does everyone INSIST of having a white Christmas?!  I for one, am glad for NO snow on Christmas! Not right before, not during, not right after!  I want to ask everyone who says that, WHY do you think we need a white Christmas?  Does it really make it more of a Christmas?  Is that what it is really about?  For me, Christmas is about family. Living in the midwest at this time of year, snow at Christmas often means missing being with family at this time!  Last year, because of snow, some of my family could not make it here.  I missed them.  I certainly didn’t think, oh that is okay, we are having a white Christmas! I mean, hey, I live in Iowa…we get snow far too much for it to be special on Christmas day. At least for me.  I would rather have my family here every single time!

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I miss these days….the Santa was a rock star days!  I loved loved loved when the kids would get up very early and be SO excited to see what ‘Santa’ brought! I loved getting it all ready the night before and getting up early to get in on all the reactions and the joy of it.  When the kids were this young, of course, there was a LOT more family here!  It is at this time of year that we not only miss all of those gone, but it is hard when we remember losing my mom at Christmas time, then my mother in law the next year at Christmas time.  Sometimes you have to remind yourself to be happy, to remember the good times when they were here! It is such a emotional contrast in my heart at times during Christmas.

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Our lighted tree always always makes me smile.  I love to sit at night with all the lights other than the tree off. I don’t think you can be sad about anything when you sit and look at a lighted tree! I am always sad when Christmas is over and it has to come down!

One of my very favorite ornaments is the one and only one I have from my childhood.

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It makes me think of my mom every time I look at it. One of the most amazing things about this ornament-I posted on Facebook once about it and told that it was one of my mom’s and all I had. One of my friends on there, couldn’t believe it…she posted HER ornament from HER mom…It was IDENTICAL!  I got chills.  This friend, I have told you about in the past. She was the one who was also a cancer survivor.  The one I met in California. The one who hugged me so tight!  I still to this day, marvel at the ‘coincidence’.

At this time of year, I hope you have happy times, happy memories.  I hope you spend it with someone you love.

I wish you all the best at not only this time of year, but each and every day!

Random Picture Tuesday

I often think that each week is the last one of these I will do. I have said, it doesn’t seem to be very popular, but that is okay, it is still fun to share some random pictures with you.  Today I used number 16-for 16 days until Christmas.  This was the picture.  I tried to lighten it up so you could see the little one hiding behind the branches.

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I am sure I have told this story before, but this was the picture, so here is the story.  I was doing dishes one night this summer with the windows open. I heard such a sad, scared, tiny meow. I went outside thinking there must be a kitten stuck somewhere. I saw him sitting outside the old corn crib, near where he is in this picture.  He looked so sad and was so vocal.  He would run and hide when I went over there, but would come back out. I called my son’s girlfriend because I knew she would want to rescue him. She came out with a carrier and my daughter and her spent an hour coaxing and finally getting him out.  She took him home and gave him a bath. They decided to keep him although they had another cat. She spent a week working on them getting used to each other and now they are great buddies!  He has grown so much and is such a beautiful cat!

This is not the first cat we have found out on the farm.  We get wild ones that run when they see you, but we have also had several dumped out here. That makes me sad and it is hard when you can’t get anyone to take them.  I am glad this one turned out good!

Share Your World-2014 Week 48

After last week off for Thanksgiving, Share Your World is back!  I enjoy doing this challenge, so I was glad to see this weeks one!  Here are the questions with my answers.

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

Most of the time I just order beef.  Boring, huh?  I don’t like a lot on my pizza.  I love pizza, but I dislike a lot of toppings.  The only exception is when I find a good cheeseburger pizza-pickles and all!  The best one I have found anywhere is at Godfather’s. Many places just don’t make them good.  My son makes a great one from scratch!

I want to learn more about …

So many things, still. Life.  There is so much out there that I still don’t know and want to know about. Different places I have never been.  Things that I have never done. I want to know how to successfully run a small diner! I want to learn how to not be afraid. I want to learn about everything!!

What are three places you’ve enjoyed visiting?

New York City.  I always want more.  There is so much to see, so much to do! I need a return trip, soon!

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Second would have to be Ogunquit, Maine.  I had never heard of that town before a trip out there last year.  I loved everything about it.  Great shops, great food, a great Playhouse and the ocean!  This is another place I need to return too!

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So many possible for the third one…I think I have to pick Colorado.  It has been far far too long since I have been there.  I love the mountains and I have many many relatives out there that I haven’t seen in such a long time.  I think I feel a trip west in the future!!

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake or the cupcake first?

Actually, IF I eat the frosting, neither….has to be both at once!  Many times, these days there is far far too much frosting on the cupcake and I find myself scraping it off.  Sometimes less is more!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am SO grateful that the weather here in the Midwest last week was snowless and even warm.  And that is also what I am looking forward to in the week coming up-no snow and warm weather! Helps the winter go by a little less painfully!

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For Better Or Worse

I have been thinking about those words and what they mean when we say them.  I am obviously talking about when we get married! When you are young and planning your wedding, do you think beyond that day much?  Do you think about the words you are actually saying that day?  I wonder how we would feel or what we would say if we could look into the future at not only the better , but the so-called ‘worse’.

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I have been thinking about one part of it specifically. What happens when you become different people?  I am not talking about just acting different, or just getting older.  I am talking about actually becoming different people.  Things happen to us that are beyond our control to change us physically, whether it is by accidents or disease.

Then what?

For better or worse…..

Will you stay if it happens to you?  Is love enough?  Can you endure everything the changes cause?  Obviously the physical changes can change you mentally and emotionally, too. Will that change how you feel about your partner?

For us, the first change started over 12 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had all the treatments, including a bi-lateral mastectomy with reconstruction.  I have struggled with self-image ever since. I am thankful to be here, of course, but I can and do mourn the old me.  How can you not?  How can you feel the same?  You can’t. Because you aren’t. I am reminded every day I look in the mirror. I am reminded every day just watching tv. I often do not feel whole. I feel less of a woman. Those who have been through it, probably know what I mean. I suddenly became NOT the person my husband married.  He has said many times that he is just glad I am here and he HAS stuck around all these years…but it has to be different for him.  There is no doubt.

This year, it was his turn. Early in the year, he had a stroke.  He was lucky and he recovered fast. It happened in March and he was back to work in April. But, he also is not the same person and never will be. There have been changes to him that will always be there. Being on this side of change has been eye-opening.

So here we are.  29 years later…After ALL the for better or worse. Still married. To the same, but different people. I would have never guessed all those years ago when saying those words that we would have been able to go through everything we have, including these BIG changes. I would never have imagined that we would be able to get through it and endure. Has it been easy? No, but the good things in life never seem to be!

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Crock Pot Salsa Chicken Breasts

So what do you do when you want to throw something in the crock pot, but don’t have the ingredients to make what you planned on?  Make something up!  That is what I did yesterday. I will admit to being a little bit nervous all day as to how it would turn out, but found out that was uncalled for and maybe I should trust my cooking abilities a bit more!  It was awesome! Curious, even a little bit?

This is how it went….

I had 6 frozen chicken breasts that I needed or wanted to do something with.  I threw them, frozen into the crock pot. I chopped up a couple slices of onions and threw those in on top, followed by some red pepper flakes, black pepper and garlic powder.  No, I did not measure.  I am not one that likes to do that-I like to add according to taste. Over this, I poured a jar of Cookies brand Medium Salsa, a can of Ro-Tel diced tomatoes with green chiles and finished with a bag of Steamables frozen corn. I put the lid on and let it cook on low for 7 hours.

At the end of the cooking time, I broke all the chicken up with a couple forks. Some of us ate it in bowls, and some used tortillas.  Either way, it was DELICIOUS!  Doesn’t it look good?

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It was! I hear it was good reheated today, too!

Let me know if you try it out, how you liked it!

(And stay tuned SOON for the launching of a new blog ALL about food, recipes, reviews and family food traditions. It is going to be a family collaboration. I am excited to get it going and share it all with you!)