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Put It Away


My BLog


Cleaning day.

Posted on November 20, 2010 at 5:28 PM Comments comments (390)
Friday, I slept in until 7:30 am. Elizabeth and Rebeca were ill and I knew they weren't going to school. Felipe and David got themselves off and on the bus.
I did some work on the computer, then put all 3 girls to work (my niece is here) cleaning the house. I made them go from room to room and pick up things that didn't belong there and put everything away.
Actually, all three are really good cleaners. I received some phone calls I had to take, and one was almost an hour. When I got off the phone, I let the girls stop and I started cleaning. I worked all day.
A Spanish friend came about 2 pm and helped me until 4 pm. She did the dusting, while I finished other cleaning.
I made mashed potatoes and hamburger gravy for supper.
I also made more Poppy Seed Bread as we had given away almost all of it and we needed some for a party.
I then went to Sam's as my mom was out of diapers. A few years ago when Rebeca was finally out of diapers, I thought, "Yeah! After 23 years of diapers. I am done".
Well I spoke too soon, because within one year, I had my mom with me and was back to buying careful what you say!
When I came home, Fito and I left to go to a dinner and speaker event in downtown OKC. It was phenomenal!
We came home and watched A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott. It is one of my favorites as it uses Dickens's words. That story always makes me contemplate about my life.
Saturday, I awoke about 8 am. It is Felipe's birthday today. He is 16. He won't be able to get his license until February as he has to have his permit so many months first.
I made waffles for breakfast and made Pupusas for dinner for his birthday. Fito and I also towed Maria's car to the mechanic. Thank goodness, he let me be the front car. My dad always made us be in the following car and if you hit the brakes too hard or jerked the rope he got really angry.
Fito doesn't get angry and he drove perfectly, so it went well. We helped her buy a car for $600. It doesn't work, but we will now find out why and how much its going to take to get it running. We have our fingers crossed.
Another day with lots of phone calls and business to take car of. I finished Northanger Abby and am now reading Persuasion by Jane Austin.
My friend is coming to eat with us, then her daughter will stay here and play with the girls while we all go to a church meeting tonight.

Finished Emma.

Posted on November 17, 2010 at 8:33 AM Comments comments (164)
Tuesday, I got up around 6:15, worked on the computer, did the morning routine, then sat down to read the rest of my book, Emma.
I kept getting phone calls of things I needed to take care of. Then I was on the last 10 pages of the book and the door bell rang. I was still in my pajamas!
I peeked out the window and it was my Mom's visiting teachers. These are two ladies from our church that come to visit and check in on my Mom each month.
I let them in and we went down to my Mom's section. She was asleep (it was 12:30 pm) and woke her up. I stayed for the visit and it was really nice as always.(As we all like to talk politics, too.)
I then went to take a bath and finished my book in there. What a great book! It doesn't matter that I am almost 50. I still want the boy to meet the girl and fall in love. I must say, though, that my view point has sure changed since I was a teenager and last read these books. I can now see why Mr. Knightly and Emma were such a good match. Why their chances for success would be so much greater as their families, education, values, principles, and so forth were so equally developed.
Now it was 2 pm and I had to really get busy. I did a batch of clothes and started a pot of water to boil. I also had leftover beans from one of the fund raiser lunches that we hadn't eaten. I took them and put them into quart jars. I still also had some leftover de-boned chicken. I put some of it in pint jars. I processed the jars and cooked some egg noodles.
I then heated up the chicken in a skillet, then added it, and two cans of cream of mushroom soap to the cooked egg noodles. Sort of a Chicken and Noodles supper. I added salt and pepper. The chicken had seasonings from when I had cooked it before and there was broth, too, so it was really good.
The children came home on the bus. I went to go and pick up Felipe from his class. When I got back, Fito and I took the Suburban to the city to leave it for repairs. It appears that it is the differential and it is a 4 X 4, so it will not be a cheap repair.
On the way home, we stopped at Aldi's to get some groceries. We then went to KFC/Taco Bell and made an order for tomorrow. He is going to try bringing in fast food at lunch as a fund raiser.
We then went home. I was going to take the girls to the library, but now it was too late. We put away the groceries and I wiped down the shelves of the outside refrigerator. Felipe had been watching an old John Wayne movie so Fito joined him. I did the dishes, put away the food. I started to clean the stove, but it was too dirty, so I put some spray on it, will let it set all night, and will clean it in the morning.
I also emptied the canner. One of the jars had broken and there was beans all over the jars and canner. What a mess. I cleaned it up, and it is always so satisfying to see those jars lined up filled with food.
Two of the jars didn't seal. I put them in the fridge and we will have to use them soon. Perhaps burritos?


Posted on November 16, 2010 at 4:14 PM Comments comments (156)
Yesterday, Monday, I arose at 5:15 am and went to pick up the fund raiser donuts. Somehow the order was lost and they did not have them ready. They worked hard and quickly to assemble the order. The manager was exasperated, you could plainly tell. He gave me a hot chocolate while I was waiting and then offered me a discount when I went to pay for them.
Now that is a good manager. I told him, no to the discount, as I understand companies are run by human beings, and that errors occur. His graciousness allowed my graciousness. If he had been unconcerned about the tardiness or had not offered me anything, then I would have been frustrated and would have felt he owed me something.
I came home and took the children to school. I then came back home and sat down on the couch to read, Emma, by Jane Austin. I am toward the end of the book and only had time in the past week to read bits and pieces. I was going to be lazy today and read my book!
I hadn't read very long when I was overcome with sleepiness. I thought, I will take a 20-30 minute nap and then get up and go to work. When I woke up it was 12:15 pm. I slept the whole morning!
Well now I felt guilty and got to work. I did some work on the computer, did two batches of laundry and cleaned the laundry room. I changed my mom's bed and potty, and cooked supper.
For supper, I took out some frozen hamburger and cooked it with dehydrated onion. I then added water, tomato sauce, Italian seasonings, some leftover salsa in the fridge that had cilantro in it, 2 cans of pinto beans, 2 cans of kidney beans, a can of corn, and two packages of Goya Natural Seasonings. I added salt and pepper and garlic later. So basically, I made a Chili. It was really good as it is cold and rainy.
The children had ordered the Half Blood Prince from Netflicks so we all sat down to watch it as a family. Fito and I did not see the end as we had to leave at 6:30 pm. I was to be the program for the Lion's Club.
I was doing the Stereotypes (Diversity) from my training sessions. It is always fun to do for clubs and groups. We worked for almost 30 minutes to get the city's projector to work. At first we could not get the DVD player to come up on the SMART board, but then I used Media Player and it came up, but we had no audio.
We finally watched the segment on a laptop. Thank goodness it was a small screen. They are having me come back in January to do more. They wanted to see more last night, but the person who had invited me, told me to only take 20 minutes. And of course, after starting late, I felt I couldn't take extra time.
I could see their disappointment, and this is where I made my mistake. Fito told me I should've said something then instead of just ending it. That I should've let them decide if I should go on. Oh well, live and learn. I have always been taught that a public speaker's job is to fill the time given...whether it is 5 minutes or 4 hours. One entertains and provides information regardless of the time frame.
We came home, did our bedtime routine and were in bed by 9:30. Yea! Maria did call during the day, but it was awkward and strained. I wish I could get her to read Jane Austin's books and see the nature of a gracious woman, the folly of a poorly timed marriage...and more. Her vampire books (and she had read 3 different series are interesting, but do not have the classical teaching of virtue and character that Jane Austin includes. 

My life is a Jane Austin Novel!

Posted on November 10, 2010 at 3:56 PM Comments comments (151)
Auuuuugh!  My life is a Jane Austin novel at present. Maria (age 18) is engaged to Travis (age 19). During the summer they announced that they wanted to get married in September, but through much persuasion they postponed it.
Then they announced they would get married in December, but again we were able to convince them to wait.
Well...I just found out yesterday (and they weren't going to tell us until next week) that they are getting married on the 22nd of this month.
I keep telling them that age is irrelevant. I have a niece getting married in January that is 18, but the circumstances are completely different.
Maria is like Lydia in Pride and Prejudice in that she is blind to any of the perils, refuses to see many of the warning signs, is ignorant of family circumstances, and is dismissive of any other's concern. She has her Mr Wickham and only sees him, nothing else.
Whereas, I believe Travis is like Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park and I believe Maria is his Fanny, whom he must conquer and win. I fear for them both. There have been too many inconsistencies, too many indiscretions, too many lowered expectations. Oh, the folly of youth!
My spirit feels as though it has been hit by a car. If I think too much about it, I actually feel physically sick.
I have learned from past tragedies that when one is confronted with such sorrow or torment that only three things bring peace. 1.) Spiritual study or worship, 2.) Service to others, or 3.) Work.
Yesterday, thank goodness we still had tile to haul. I would have gone crazy without hard physical labor to do.
I also cooked 20 pounds of chicken I had. We had it for dinner with rice I made and I plan to use some later to make some meals. I also made brownies.
After school, I took the girls to do some errands. In the evening, Fito was gone for a school project so I had time to read. I am now reading Emma by Jane Austin.

Finished book.

Posted on October 16, 2010 at 2:59 PM Comments comments (297)
Yesterday, I slept in until 6:30 am. Felipe and I did not do his early morning class. I got ready and David and I went to his Doctor's appointment.
They took x-rays and the bone had healed well so he was able to get his cast off yesterday. He had broken a bone in his right palm about 5 weeks ago. So he was excited to have the use of his right hand again.
After I took David home, I went to teach my computer class. We were setting up email accounts and as always we were able to only create accounts for about one third of the class. Does anyone else hate those squiggly words that you can't make out?!? We will have to finish the rest of the class next week.
I did some errands after the class, then went home. I knew I had to make dinner tonight as I hadn't cooked since Tuesday. We had been eating leftovers and the pizza Felipe cooked.
There was some leftover chicken from Monday that I de-boned and mixed into rice (while it was dry and I was frying it) that I was cooking. Originally, I thought to add some shrimp, too, but there was enough chicken to make a nice meal.
David wanted goulash so he helped me and Maria make a batch. We made a big enough batch that we could give a small casserole away. That is one of the ways I like to serve...take food to others. And I always keep a supply of the disposable aluminum pans on hand. That way, I don't have to worry about losing pans or dishes.
And if you are making bread, cookies, pasta, etc.--why not just double the recipe?
When Fito got home from work, we ate outside and then after he and the boys checked on the animals we sat outside on the patio for more than an hour. The weather here has been absolutely perfect. In the high 70's or low 80's during the day and dropping down into the 50's at night. A light breeze is common to Oklahoma. Definitely football weather.
Fito went to watch his student's at their football game, so I just finished my book. We then stayed up and watched the movie, Ever After. It is one of our favorites. I was lucky to have married a man who likes romantic comedies.

Still Frustrated

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 8:48 AM Comments comments (155)
I still cannot edit my website. I have some new recipes, photos, etc. to share. Tony has a really neat photo of him and the West Point Glee Club at the Yankees playoff game. They sang the National Anthem for the game.
Yesterday, I taught Felipe (age 15) his religious class before school. He is supposed to go to the home of someone else for the class, but getting him out of bed at 5:30 am is akin to holding back lava or something impossible. I have poured water on him, put ice in the bed, taken his covers and pillow, grabbed his legs and pulled (extremely unsuccessful) and more. He is physically big and tall enough now, that any type of physical persuasion is not feasible.
However, the thought of sleeping another hour and not having to ride the bus...(I told him if he went to seminary (our name for this class) that I would drive them to school each day) far is working.
I then worked on the computer for awhile.  I have to do a IRB report on my dissertation for the institution where I did my research. I had changed emails since I first started and as the email was the user name it would not let me log in. Then as the email was an old one, emailing the info, of course, wouldn't work either. I finally had to contact the administrator and have her go in and reset the email, i.e., user name.
And we wonder why it seems that we don't accomplish things one day when we get stuck in electronic or paperwork gooblygook stuff?
I then went to teach my computer class, which is in Spanish. Well, at the end of class, one of the ladies asked me when we were going to start the Internet as we are learning WORD right now. I went to check the schedule and realized I wasn't even to have taught yesterday. The schedule for this week had me teaching Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday off. They were supposed to do keyboarding yesterday.
I was sooo embarrassed. My supervisor had not even said anything when I showed up. He was probably thinking, "Wow, she has a PhD, but she doesn't know how to read a schedule!"
I took David, Elizabeth, and Rebeca to look for some jeans. The girls are fun to shop with as they like to look for stuff and don't mind trying on clothes, etc. David and Felipe are impossible to shop with. They complain the whole time, do not want to try on clothes, want to go home. I told Fito that from now on he can take the boys when they need something!
I was just going to have leftovers, last night so I didn't cook, but then I came in from picking up David and Felipe had made pizza. Yea! I keep the crusts in the freezer (Sam's sells already made crusts by the their Deli area) and then I buy cheese, pepperoni, and sauce from Sam's, too. That way almost any age child can throw together a pizza to eat when they want.
I took the boys to scouts last night and while waiting for them (I can hardly wait until Felipe turns 16) was reading Pride and Prejudice. I haven't read for fun for quite some time. We watched the DVD about two Friday's ago and I thought, I need to read that. It is interesting to read a book when you're older than from when you read it as a teenager.
I see so much more now to the relationships, the deception, the manipulation, the pride; the types of pride and the many ways it manifests itself, the prejudices that we have. Very interesting stuff. I find myself asking questions such as: What prejudices do I have? Where am I blinded by my pride?
I teach a stereotype's class and each time I teach it, I am amazed at the many prejudices and stereotypes that abound. For example, one kind well-known man stated that he used to be a used car salesman. He said, "I have always had the same personality, the same values; however, when I worked in the capacity of used car sales...people treated me differently. I was the same, but people's perception of me was different.
It really made me wonder about myself and my own perceptions of others.