Menu Plan 2/22

Menu Plans for this week consist of:


Baked Ham, Baked bean, Salad

Ham and Potato Casserole, Brussel sprouts

Pork chops and Rice, with Spinach

Chicken ‘n Dumplings, Broccoli


Cresent Creations Pepperoni and Ham Calzone

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Chicken Noodle soup from a can. 😛




Crockpot Oatmeal

Fruit and yogurt smoothies


A little before and after

It’s Finished Object show off time!!!

I had mentioned in the beginning of January that I began a set of socks on my new size 2 circulars in magic loop.  Well, here are some pics of during and the completed pair.  They were for Valentine’s Day.  I finished them the week before.  It was driving me crazy having them sitting there and not allowing myself to wear them until the day of.

Then, I want to show you a few pics of the fog icicles.  We have never seen them in the northeast, but here in Iowa it seems pretty common.  I have some pics from January and then a month later I got some more.  These icicles are not as long as they have been this winter.  One day we woke with 4 to 6 inch spikes growing from all the branches.

Back to the beginning…

T. has always had to have me help guide him through each of the four math processes step by step.  Not able to problem solve on his own at all.  This has become such an overwhelming issue that he has now lost his ability to count.  SERIOUSLY!!  It is just gone.  So I am bringing us back to the very beginning of learning simple foundational math.  We will continue to advance with ever more complicated processes, but I will have an ongoing task of remedial math to work on with him.

Today, I decided to try Flash cards.  Now, Flash cards don’t teach, they access and when used creatively can help in the process of educating.  I figured I would start with a very simple 0-9 addition to 2 problems.  I really want to incorperate a little more geography into our lessons, so I created a game about destinations.  We chose 10 places as the route including the start and end locations from the world map.  I wrote each destination on an individual little slip of paper.  I asked T. to choose the route we were going to take to get to our final destination and we lined up our slips of paper to reflect the sequence.

I had the cards from the deck in sequential order.  I would lay down the 2+0 card and ask him “if our plane took off from the airport on time?”, then he would give me the solution to the card and if he got it correct I would lay down the next card under the next slip of paper and destination upon it; 2+1, “Did our plane land safely?” “Did we make our next flight to so and so?” “Adding geological and current  issues was interesting, Iraq, Baghdad  for instance, “Did our plane make it through enemy fire?”, India, Delhi: “Did we make it over the mountains?” etc etc for each sequential card.  As he got stronger with his skill of finding the pattern, we mixed up destinations and flight patterns, then I began to mix up the sequence of the cards.  If he couldn’t answer it, I woudl give a hint, but if after that he still couldn’t figure it out we started again with the same sequence.

T. got frustrated easily with the rules, but he did enjoy embellishing on the story line for each place we went to.  He distracted himself by doing so.  So, I realized pretty quickly how disorganized his thoughts were and the severity in lacking addition skills he is at currently.  Weird, how he has had a major drop in IQ.  Math was not something he has ever had a big issue with, but now I re-teach everything.  Huh.

Anyway, thought I would share this idea of making addition facts an interesting game.

Some of Life’s Lessons

Lessons of Life: (found in various locations amoungst the internet)

  1. Life isn’t Fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating someone.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends and parents will.  Stay in touch.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone.  It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. It’s OK to get angry with the world.  It can take it.
  9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.
  10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  13. Don’t compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But don’t worry, change just adds new adventures.
  16. Take a deep breath.  It calms the mind.
  17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, bountiful or joyful.
  18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.  But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the nice clothes.  Don’t save it for a special occasion.  Today is Special!
  22. Over Prepare, then go with the Flow.
  23. Be eccentric now.  Don’t wait for old age to enjoy yourself and be bold.
  24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  26. Frame every disaster with the words, “In five years, will this matter?”
  27. The Choice is yours to make. No one else’s.
  28. Forgive everyone everything.
  29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  30. Time heals almost everything.  Give time, time.
  31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  33. Everything is a miracle.
  34. You are loved for who you are, not for anything you did or didn’t do.
  35. Don’t audit life.  Show up and make the most of it now.
  36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
  37. Children only get one childhood.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Get outside every day.  You will never regret it.
  40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  41. Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.
  42. The best is yet to come.
  43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

I am may not always live life following these lessons, but its good to know they are there to return to.

Menu Planning

I don’t choose the days I will make these meals.  I don’t want to be stuck feeling pressure to make one or another, I just want the available food choices, for this particular week.  I have found that planning out my meals keeps costs down, usually, for the grocery shopping each week.

This week:


Baked Ham, with  Baked Potatoes and Fruit Salad

Sliced Ham, with Baked Beans and Potato Salad

Roast Beef with Rice and Steamed Broccoli

Mexican Chicken with Spanish Rice


Eggs Benedict(S. will make this on the weekend before grocery shopping or as a Dinner this week)

Pancakes and Bacon


Cheesy Eggs and Toast


Cresent Creation Calzone

English muffin Pizzas

Hot Dogs with Buns

Salmon and Rice sandwich wrap

As you can see I only plan for four meals, as I know there is at least one day during the week we are eating leftovers and other days we are too lazy busy to make anything.  It has worked so far.  Planning out the meals has been really time consuming, but I hope afterwhile that time will be reduced as I get used to being organized once again.

PS- I am not really blogging all that much since, I can’t really stand listening to the noise my laptop makes all the time.  It is very distracting and creates great annoyance.  I will try to work through it as much as I can, since I really do like blogging, but it will still be sparse until I can get this problem fixed which won’t be for a very long time.  Love trying to sell a house and rent one across the country at the same time.  It does wonders to your budget.  😛  Can you hear the sarcasm?  I am not sure that came across clear enough.  ;P