Being a Thankful Practical Dreamer

Good morning… it’s a cold start to Minnesota December day. We got about an inch or so of snow so far since last night. It’s still lightly falling. Sure hope it stops before tomorrow. We have a 2 1/2 hr. drive to look at a house up north. Yes I said to look at a house 🙂 I’m trying not to get my hopes up, But it’s a little hard not to at times. The house is in the area we have been looking, its a 3 bedroom home, 3 car garage with electric (sure hope its 220 so I can run my kiln) and its on half an acre. It’s not out in the country though. It’s in town. But the town its in is very small. One of those that if you blink while driving by, you will miss it. Lol!! But its a step in the right direction and gets us up in the area so that we can be in the loop and possibly find a house out in the country at some point in the near future.  The best part is that the rent is VERY affordable!

We have now been living at my brothers for two months. While I GREATLY appreciate being able to stay here, it’s just not the same as having our own space. Everything has went way more smoothly living here then I could have expected. It’s just with hubby and I staying in the travel trailer & the kids in the house there are a few things that I have noticed that bother me some. One of the biggest is that the 5 of us as a family unit aren’t spending time with one another the way we always have. That’s hard for me because I have always worked so hard to make sure that we stay close. The other biggest thing for me is… Its flippin cold!! What I mean is, if the temp outside drops below 10 degrees (which in MN is a given in December) the electric heater we have can’t keep the trailer warm (at all!), and when we go thru a 20 pound propane tank in less than 48 hrs., and at $20 per tank its just too expensive to keep the propane heater on. (that’s about $70 per week) Then there is the few times now that the power has went out for a few minutes each time (in the house too) and that causes the electric heater to turn off. and it stays off when the power comes back on. Needless to say we have woke up with it feeling colder in the trailer then it felt out side. So hubby & I sleep with layers of clothes and blankets with Gracie dog under the covers and the cats sleeping on us to keep warm. lol! So those are just a few of the things that REALLY make me hope the house we are looking at tomorrow is gonna work for us and that we can rent it!!

I have to say though that the past 2 months have definitely tough me a few things to. It has made me appreciate things a lot more. I thought I was already quite thankful and aware of the fact that even though we were struggling before that we were still more fortunate than others. But living the way we are now, I have an even more acute understanding of how very fortunate we were and we still are. The nights that hubby an I have had to wear layers to go to bed and cover our heads with layers of blankets to keep warm, it made me understand that there are folks even here in my own state that sleep outside at night with no shelter at all. It made me thankful, that even though we were cold… we had shelter to block wind and snow. we still could go in the house or shop to warm up, to use the bathroom, to cook a meal. So even though our situation may not be ideal… we are safe and have some where to lay our heads each night.

Ok now on to the part of me I am trying to keep in check…. My excited self that REALLY wants to rent the house!! (Sorry can’t help it… the dreamer in me has my mind runnin!!) Sleeping on my own bed, trying all the yummy recipes I keep finding… Having my family up there over for coffee or a meal. I am also already imagining bringing the Kiln so I can melt glass, my Carving tools and my lathe so I can let my creative side run wild!! Hubby & Son could set up the drums and guitars and have a practice space… Come spring I can play in the dirt and have a garden!! Oh the thoughts keep racing!! But then the practical side of me keeps trying to put a lid on the dreamer side of me!

 

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Sorry for the absence…

I haven’t been on here or facebook since last Friday…. between the computer issues i have been having (computer kept trying to auto update then restarting every time I tried to use it from Friday till Tuesday), and the mental break down that started about Monday till I just let it all out yesterday and had a hard cry that lasted about two hours… I just couldn’t bring myself to get on-line. when things start stackin up inside I tend to start to shut down and not engage with anyone more than is absolutely necessary (I take care of my mommy duties and that’s about it). I know it’s not healthy to do that but it just happens sometimes. I know it’s the begining of winter here in Minnesota (we got dumped with over a foot of it from Saturday night through Sunday night) and the start of the winter blues, pile that on top of the already stressful situation of our housing situation and I just lost it for a few days. But thankfully my Hubby let me unload it all last night to him (and I feel bad that I did, but very thankful I have him and that he lets me do that when I need to). So today I feel better and my mental load feels a little lighter.

I am a routine person and since we moved we haven’t been able to establish a daily family routine like we had before. I know everyone keeps telling me to go with the flow and I have really tried and it just isn’t working. I feel so disorganized everyday!

The other thing that I think helped fester my mental stress was the all day, every day constant checking of the different media that has homes for rent in the areas we would like to move to. And each time the same thing… NOTHING available. Well nothing that is big enough or affordable for a working class family of 5 with a dog, two cats and smoking adults! oh and that is NOT in the cities. As I read all the for rent ads its like they want a robotic couple (no kids, no animals, no smoking, no life)  to rent these places. it makes my blood pressure just rise even typing about it!

Ok enough venting! i could go on an on for a long time and all that would do is get me all in a tither again.

I am back again 🙂 can’t promise I wont need to take a mental break again but hopefully it wont be for a while again.

 

 

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Contest!!!!!!!

Here it is… My very first contest!! The prize will be a necklace that I have handmade!!

Here are the requirements…

1) Click the Follow button on the right side of the blog page.

2) like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/everywhichwaybutdown

3) Go to the Facebook page and click the share button on the contest announcement there.

That’s all you have to do and when I reach 100 fans on the Facebook page I will draw a winner from those that fulfilled the 3 requirements.

Thanks Everyone ❤

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Contest coming up… Stay tuned….

Good evening everyone 🙂 Just a quick post tonight to let you know to check back here tomorrow (11-28-2012) around 2pm Because I will be announcing my very first contest!! I am really excited to do this for you all!! Have a blessed evening ❤

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Homemade Hot Chocolate mix….

With the Minnesota winters often being VERY cold…. actually bone chillin cold mostly the entire winter, im betting we Minnesotans consume a butt load of Hot Chocolate!!

When I was little I spent a lot of time up in Pillager, Minnesota with my Grandpa & step-Grama. My step-grama would often take my uncle (he is only a month & ten days older than me) and I to her parents’ home to visit. My step-great aunt lived across the yard from my step-great grandparents and she had kids our ages so it was always a lot of fun. In the winter time GreatGrama would have a humongous kettle of homemade hot chocolate on top of the wood stove staying warm for us when we got in from playin in the snow. Oh how I miss Great Grama & Grampa… Anyways, I never got great Grama’s recipe but… one of my cousins on the other side of my family makes it too and I scored and got the recipe 🙂 I thought I would share it with all of you because its sooooo easy and you can have hot chocolate for you & yours ready to make at anytime. It also is much cheaper then buying the ready-made mixes!!

Homemade Hot Chocolate mix….

You will need to have an empty ice cream bucket or something similar in size that closes tight. and a hand sifter. If you don’t have a hand sifter then rub the mix through a colander (or strainer as some call it) a few times and that should work.

1 Box (4 lbs) dried powdered milk

3/4 lb Hersheys unsweetened powdered Cocoa

1 lb Chocolate Quik

1 (16 oz) jar powdered Coffeemate

1 (16 oz) jar generic powdered Coffeemate

2-2 1/2 lbs Powdered Sugar (to taste)

dash of salt

Mix then sift 3 times

Store in ice cream bucket or other covered container.

Then just add to hot water for a cup of yummy hot chocolate.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Creamsicles Recipe

Blueberry Cheesecake Creamcicles with Graham cracker sticks for those of you looking for healthier snack for yourself or your kids, These are sure to please the taste buds. My friend S.M. so graciously shared her recipe with me 🙂 hope you enjoy!!

Blueberry Cheesecake Creamsicles with a Graham Cracker Stick!!!

Ingredients:
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup cream cheese, light
3 Tbsp powdered sugar
2 cups Cool Whip Fat Free
A few drops of Vanilla (to taste)
Fat Free Graham Crackers

Puree blueberries and cream cheese, vanilla and sugar in a blender until smooth.
Gently fold in whipped topping.
Spoon into an ice-cube tray
Insert graham cracker pieces
Freeze

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Thankfulness…

Good morning all, thought I would post on what I am thankful for. I know its only Wednesday and tomorrow is actually Thanksgiving but incase tomorrow is to busy I thought it best to do today.

I have much to be thankful for… so here goes…. I am thankful each morning that the Lord allows me to open my eyes to a new day, I am thankful that the Lord put my husband in my life some 33-34 yrs ago and then saw fit to join our hearts 20 yrs ago… and thankful for my Husband who works hard each and every day for our family. I am thankful for my 3 beautiful children whom doctors thought I would never have. I am Thankful for my parents who have always stood beside me no matter what, for my brothers who I love dearly! For my sister-in-laws & my beautiful nieces and nephews. I am thankful for the grandparents I have had, as I wouldn’t be who I am today with out their teachings. I am thankful for the ginormous family of Aunts, Uncles and cousins as I never felt alone growing up! I am thankful for the friends that have become family as they have been there always for me. I am thankful for all of the life lessons I have learned, even the very tough and sad ones… they have helped shape the person I am today.

I may be “homeless” but I still know that I have an ocean of things to be thankful for!! you notice I didn’t mention anything material… that’s because material things can be replaced, the things I mentioned above can not! I guess I just wish some people would understand that. I always try to tell my kids to be thankful for what you have because there are so many folks out there that have less.

So below if you would like, please share what you are thankful for.

Blessings to you all! ❤

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