happy thanksgiving

Happy thanksgiving to you all! We had a great time over at my parents’ this afternoon/evening. So much delicious food!

I really have so much to be thankful for. And I’m thankful I can give thanks to my Heavenly Father all the time!

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enjoying the present, and the Bear

Phil worked really hard this weekend in the front yard spreading around all the dirt they drilled up from drilling the well and making the yard level again. I helped for about one wheelbarrow full :). Bear helped by digging in the dirt. He got some on his nose.20121119-171402.jpgI’ve been thinking today about making the most of what you’ve got. I looked out the window this morning at our back yard, which is fairly large (we have over .6 acres total), and about all the possibilities of what we could do with it. We have this land that we own, and we can use it–how fun!

We are planning to put in raised beds this winter for the coming spring, and we found some nice pre-cut 4-foot wood at Home Depot on Saturday. We’ll probably use something like that to make some 4×4 beds. I suppose I’ll try out this whole square foot gardening trend. I like the idea of less weeding.

Anyway, I got to thinking that I usually don’t fully utilize what I have already, whether it be our house, our food, the gift of holy spirit, etc. 🙂 And I think there’s a lot to be said about enjoying what you’ve got. We have already made lots of improvements to our house and our yard since we moved in this summer, and this weekend I looked around and was really blessed by our home. It is really becoming our home, and it is really looking a lot better than when we moved in (with the exception of our torn-up front yard currently from the well drilling.) I’m just really thankful for what we have and so blessed that Phil and I have our first home together and get to make it our own.

In other news, the pup is teething! His big boy teeth are coming in! It’s so cute because he kind of looks buck-toothed right now hehehe. Check it out:20121119-171502.jpgAnd below you can see his little bottom teeth coming in front of the baby teeth hehe. 20121119-171213.jpgSo I guess this has turned into a puppy post. In other Bear news, he got a new dog bed today at walmart that he is loving. (And I’m loving that I finally found one for no where near $100!)

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i’m back!

Blog, I have neglected you the past few days.

Well, Phil and I went to Spokane for a very quick trip this past weekend and before and after that we were busy with trip-related things. We left Friday and got back Monday–a quick trip for a friend’s wedding, and it was really fun! It wouldn’t be such a quick trip if nearly 2 days of it weren’t spent traveling, but with Spokane that’s the way it goes. I wish they would offer a direct flight there, but it’s not a busy enough route, and it’s so far. Next time we visit we’ll just have to take a week or so :). Oh, but it snowed while we were there; it was so pretty on all the evergreens.

The well water is working great still. The only issue is that it is still pretty chlorine-y from when they shocked the well when they drilled it. But the smell is dwindling down, so that’s good. I’m still not going to drink it yet, but I don’t mind showering in it now. And oh boy, does a full shower feel great! The water pressure is higher now too!

I really should get some holiday shopping done… but I still haven’t gotten any presents yet! Oy! Next thing I know it will be December, and both of my parents’ birthdays are in December as well. We’ve just been so busy. But I’ll fit it in somewhere. At least I did make some bows to put on the windows of our house. Nothing elaborate but they were quick and easy. Such a cheap way to decorate a little too.

well updates

So, they drilled and they drilled. Supposedly the average in our area for well depth is 150-250… don’t you just love it when you’re above average ;). They went 300 feet and got a mere 1 gallon per minute. Bah!

Oh well. Our pump guy Walter said that will be enough for us since we will have 300-400 gallons saved up in the well at any given time, but we will still have to be a little conservative about our water usage so we don’t run it dry. There goes my dream of doing laundry, running the dishwasher, taking a shower, and running a sprinkler system at the same time. Haha, just kidding. We should be fine. We don’t use that much water and we are only 2 people. And we can take full showers again!

It was pricier than we had hoped because they had to drill so far down (and we haven’t gotten the pump bill yet…) but I’m just glad we are getting it done and we know God promises to supply all our needs, so we are just trusting Him. I would have rather spent the money on a bathroom remodel or a fancy vacation to Europe, but hey, I’m really blessed to have water again soon!

As I promised, here are some pictures I snapped of the process. It was messy, but thankfully they protected some of our yard with their barrier they set up and laid down big mats for the truck tires to sit on.

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recipe: quick, healthy breakfast melt

Sometimes I want a warm, delicious breakfast, of the breakfast sandwich variety. Well, to avoid driving 5 minutes away to Breuggers bagels, spending $5, and eating way more calories than I need, I came up with this quick solution this week that I thought I’d share.

It involves cheese, so I consider it indulgent since I don’t allow myself a cheesy breakfast everyday. But, it’s only about 250 calories! And it sure beats a bagel with cream cheese on the health scale.

It also requires a microwave and a toaster oven for maximum speed of breakfast making :). Probably takes around 5-10 minutes to make. Not much cleanup either!

Ingredients:
1 slice whole wheat bread
1 egg
1 slice cheddar cheese (I used medium cheddar)
Water
Splash of vinegar

1. Set your slice of bread to toast light to medium in the toaster oven.
2. Fill a coffee mug halfway with water. Add a splash of vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar). Crack the egg into the mug, poke the yolk with a fork, cover the mug with a small plate or saucer, and microwave for 1 min. This will poach the egg. ( I found mine was still a little runny so I gave it another 15 seconds. Don’t go too long though, or your egg might explode little bits of egg all over you when you try to take it out, as happened to me once… It was shocking. Definitely throws off the morning routine!)
3. Remove egg from water and place on toast. Chop up the egg and spread around. Put slice of cheese on top.
4. Re-toast until cheese melts.
5. Enjoy your lean, delicious breakfast. No butter even!

Mine was 260 calories since we have bigger bread right now that’s 110 cals a slice, but I know some bread is a lot less. I’m sure someone already came up with this, but I felt inventive so I thought I’d share 🙂

And the best part–instead of spending $5-6 at a bagel store, I spent around $0.75 to make this. Frugal!

Well drilling, let’s go!

Yayy! Finally we got someone to commit to come out to drill our well. We kept trying to get up with people and they wouldn’t get back to us, or they are so busy they can’t fit us in for weeks! How frustrating. But, on the bright side, we had plenty of time to save up to pay for the new well. And now a company is going to come out Monday to drill it, woo!

We have had this tank hooked up to the house in the mean time. But the water is limited.

I can’t wait to take long, luxurious, 15-minute showers again :). And do laundry at my own house, like royalty! Oh, oh, and run the dishwasher! What a privilege! We have been washing dishes by hand and doing laundry at my parents’ house. Showers have either been short, Navy-style, or taken at the gym (or a kind friend or family member’s house). And cleaning tasks like mopping have been put on hold.

Living on less water sure has made us thankful that we don’t have to do that all the time.

This will be my first time witnessing a well being drilled, so I really have no idea what it will be like. So, I’ll update you with pictures along the way :).

…chicken invasion part 3.

I had hoped there would be no part 3 to this series. I had hoped the chickens would stop coming into our yard, stop hopping over the fence, and stop their invasion.

But, alas, yesterday there was a new category of chicken invasion.

Dead chicken invasion.

I looked outside in the morning, and there was a dead chicken lying right in the middle of our garden with another bird pecking away at its body. Gross!

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Thankfully I told the neighbor and she came and got rid of it. Either that or an animal took it. Haha. Not really sure.

I don’t know why, but I was surprised when I saw the open chicken body and it looked just like raw chicken at the store… Makes sense… Haha. But it was interesting.

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Okay no more pictures of dead animals! I promise! 🙂

As for our sad garden, I’m not sure if we will really get any produce out of it this year anyway. We tried… but the broccoli hasn’t even formed any broccoli yet and here we are coming up on the frost date. We’ll see. The kale at least has small leaves. I’m glad the dead chicken wasn’t on the kale. I can’t wait to build nice raised beds this winter and have a nicer crop in the spring hopefully.

P.S. I promise we did not kill it with our airsoft guns. It either died in the storm or some animal got it. It should have stayed in its coop where it belonged!