Friday, January 31, 2014

My Appliances have Caught a Deadly Virus

Apparently appliances can share deadly germs with each other because what started as a one sick appliance has turned into a full blown epidemic in our home.

It started with the washer this week.  Our expensive LG Steam front loader.  It stopped spinning.  With water in it.  That was interesting trying to figure out how to drain it so we could get the clothes out.  Your instinct is to open the door.  Don't do  that.  It causes a mess.

Then our blender broke.  That may not seem important but we use the blender a couple times a day at least.  I make a yummy green smoothie everyday with my lunch and the kids have one for snack.  I am frequently using it for some part of supper prep too now a days.  It lost a fight against frozen bananas.  That was Weds. night.

Today our stove/oven starting acting up( the really nice convection double oven that we just got in October, which was actually the 3rd or 4th one we have had in a year).  Eventually in the middle of cooking supper it had a full on revolt and started beeping at me and wouldn't stop.  We had no choice but to leave it unplugged.

All in one week.

And after all that, while still trying to salvage dinner( which didn't happen), all the toothpicks fell on me and the floor.  Just to add insult to injury.  I still haven't picked them up.  I am refusing.  I just told the kids to watch their step if they go into the kitchen.

Then while my husband is going out to get pizza, he notices lots of water in our garage.  At first he was thinking a pipe burst, but then realized the washer decided to fill itself back up with water all on it's own.  The water was leaking out because it simply couldn't hold anymore.


All of this is a mere nuisance compared to what so many others are dealing with right now.  A prayer just came across our prayer chain this week for a 10 year old who just found out they had stage 4 cancer and might not have much time left, a 4th grader had a relapse with leukemia and also a 4 month old who was headed to the children's hospital.  The baby either has a serious bone infection or cancer.

I can hardly complain about some dumb appliances.

I look at everything breaking down as great news too!  It must mean we are about to have something good happen ( I am going to assume with the house).  Otherwise, why would satan and his cohorts bother to pester and discourage us?  Quite pathetic actually.

We were also planning on using our extra income to pay off our pool liner and pump so it didn't have to come out of our equity of the house, thus having more money to travel with.  So I think those plans are trying to be thwarted too.

It's great to have confirmation that we are still on the path God wants us to be!

Many Blessings,
The Mama

P.S. Say a prayer for those 3 children I mentioned and their families.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Farm Bill to Blame for Immigration Problem, Obesity,and Insurance Woes?

Here is something to ponder:  

"For most of history, after all, the poor have typically suffered from a shortage of calories, not a surfeit. So how is it that today the people with the least amount of money to spend on food are the ones most likely to be overweight?"

I have never thought about that have you?  But it's true. 

Today's headlines were about the passage of the Farm Bill, which to most means our milk will remain cheap.  But what really IS the Farm Bill?  

Could it possibly be the smoking gun behind our immigration problems?   The culprit of our obesity epidemic and healthcare issues?

Could a government that is in the throws of trying to counter all these issues really be the one starting all of it in the first place?

Maybe, maybe not.

Here is an interesting article to check out and form your opinion:

Feel free to leave a comment after reading the article and tell me what you think.

Many Blessings,
The Mama

Monday, January 27, 2014

Help! I'm Frozen and I Can't Get Up!

Ugh.  This has been a BRUTAL winter here in the midwest.  We have had constant snow and constant frigid temps.  There is a Level 3 Emergency today.  What does that mean?  It means the roads are drifting because of fierce winds and the wind chills will be -25 to -35 today. BOO!! Even my husband has had a few days off of work because of the weather. Boo! Just kidding ;)  We love having him home.

It makes it even worse because we thought we wouldn't be here for the winter.  We thought sure we'd be be saying "Suckers!" as we enjoyed some warmer temps down south in our RV as people up here bundled up.  The jokes on us. Our winter has been filled with thawing out frozen pipes.  But as I looked outside today I thanked God for a warm, cozy house.

So, we have just been hunkered down.  We only go out for church( though sometimes we have even had to miss that) and I also venture out to grocery shop, but not today.  I had my schedule all made up last night and perfectly planned for today...until it was a Level 3 Emergency.

So what's a girl to do that can't go out but has limited food and a house full of hungry kids and a husband?  Time to get creative =)

We are also feeling ginormous spring fever.  Which is really bad when it's only January!!  So I am thinking about trying to do something out of the ordinary today to spice things up.  Not sure what exactly.  We've cranked the heat up before to 80 and donned summer clothes and had luaus while watching some summery movies.  Not sure our furnace can handle the strain today though.

I'll have to put my thinking cap on...

I finally got my pics loaded off of my camera.  They kept getting stuck at one video.  I had to erase it eventually and they loaded fine after that.  So I will leave you with some pictures of everyone over the last few months.

Stay warm!  And if you are already in a place that is warm-I hate you.

Our stay at a local hotel right before Thanksgiving.  Snuggle Bug and Little Miss are headed down to the basketball court.

Princess showing off her balling skills.

Little Miss hanging ornaments.

Little Miss pulled the computer on her little lap.  I took a pic and then told her no.

Bubba and Sissy with their annual Gingerbread Houses made of graham crackers and whatever left over candy and sprinkles we have in the house.

Snuggle Bug and his house.

The Hubby, Snuggle Bug and me at the Circus on Friday.  This was one of Snuggle Bug's Christmas presents.  Each child got an "Experience" this year along with a couple other gifts.  

Here I am doing my yoga in the morning ;)

Many Blessings,
The Mama

P.S.  We didn't have any showings in December being the holidays and then we had a couple showings right after the New Year. Now with freezing temps no one is doing much of anything of course.  So we just sit tight and wait for the right buyer! We are going to an RV/Camp show this weekend though, so that will be exciting =)