Minutes – January 19, 2014


  • today!
  • steel cut oatmeal with cranberries and walnuts
  • honest work
  • the convenience and wonderfulness of technology


  • good health for so many friends and family
  • comfort for our friends as they grieve the loss of their mother
  • maturity and common sense for certain teen boys

::pondering – household dynamics. Mom Pea has moved in with us, and Mr. Pea and I are now parents all over again, sort of.  I’ve discovered that you need a PhD to understand and navigate the world of Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, pensions, and elder-care.  Mom Pea wants to contribute to the running of the household, but she’s so physically limited. I bring her baskets of laundry to fold.  I’m trying to figure out a way she can help in the kitchen (what she really WANTS to do!!) that doesn’t involve standing for more than 15 minutes, lifting anything heavier than a quart of milk, or bending over.  I may need to re-arrange the cabinets and pantry to make things more accessible for her, as well as invest in some regular aluminum pans.  (I cook in cast iron and stoneware, and those babies are HEAVY!!)  I’m open to suggestions, my friends, if any of you have any ideas.

::healthy – Guess What?  I got a Road Bike!  Watch out Bombshells – I have skinny tires and bigger gears now!  It’s amazingly light and so much faster (with much less effort) than Princess Grace.  I still love love love Princess Grace and biking on dirt; I’m just going to be a more well-rounded cyclist now!

My Dorothy Levitt

Meet Dorothy – named after Dorothy Levitt!  Dorothy Levitt was one of the first female motorists in the United Kingdom, holding women’s land records and outright water speed records.  She was known as “the fastest girl on earth”. In her guide to women motorists, The Woman and the Car,  she combined fashion advice with instructions on how to rebuilt a carburetor.


Dorothy Levitt – from the cover image on “The Woman and the Car” ~ Image Courtesy Wikipedia


  • Hamburgers, Spinach Salad
  • Swedish Meatballs, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans
  • Chicken Curry, Brown Rice, Samosas
  • Pesto Pasta, Spinach Salad
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Mixed Veggies
  • Fish Tacos with Asian Slaw
  • Pulled Pork Sliders, Pinto Beans

::fun – It’s lacking lately, at least for Mr. Pea and me.  The kids are having plenty of fun – preparing for robotics, R.C. cars, biking, mudding with my Spare Son.  I told Mr. Pea that we need a date night. One that includes a movie or live music.

::this week –  Confirmation for the boys – The Architect is a peer minister, DirtBike is attending. Facilities Committee Meeting. Haircuts. Making a year’s worth of appointments with eye doctor, dentist, counselor.  Calling a plumber to fix leaking toilet that Mr. Pea just doesn’t have time to get to. Buying plane tickets for Mr. Pea and Mom Pea to return to the northeast for a week for Mr. Pea’s Godfather’s memorial service and to continue the process of sorting through Mom Pea’s belongings.  Walking and Yoga daily.  Biking as the weather permits.

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – January 5, 2015

::thankful for

  • today!
  • sun shining brightly
  • fresh, new year – like a new box of crayons!
  • friends
  • these guysThe Architect and Mr. PeaThat’s The Architect and Mr. Pea, on Christmas Eve…as we were walking from the parking lot to the church for Christmas Eve Mass.  I’m not sure who snapped the picture – either Princess Pea or DirtBike.

::praying for 

  • good health for so many friends and family
  • Fireman Dan – he starts his new job today!!

::pondering – a nickname for Princess Pea’s young man.  It’s becoming clear that he will be a permanent fixture, so he needs a nickname on the blog. And no…they did not run off to Vegas and get married.  Princess Pea went with him and his family for New Year’s. She said it was an ‘interesting’ place…fun to see for sure, but that once was probably enough for a lifetime.

Princess Pea and Prince Charming

I’m also still searching for my name for this new year.  It’s coming, but slowly.  May need to pull out the thesaurus.

::healthy – Well then.  I’m officially recovered, so it’s time to reclaim my strength  and endurance.  I actually started this back in November; I’m making it official by claiming progress in the minutes. I’ve been practicing yoga regularly – like every day – which has been a tremendous help working the kinks out of the damaged joints.  I’m getting on the bike as often as possible, working up to a 20 mile ride at a decent pace so I can tag along with the Bombshells.  I don’t mind being the sweeper, I just don’t want to always be the slowest one in the bunch!  I have some very specific goals for this year…more  on those later.


  • Roast Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Broccolini
  • Buffalo Chicken Soup
  • Sloppy Joes, Spinach Salad
  • Butternut Squash Soup (yeah, it’s been on the list frequently, but ohmygosh I love the stuff!)
  • Baked Ziti with Eggplant, more Spinach Salad
  • Chicken and Hatch Chili Tamales, Rice, Beans
  • Cilantro Lime Tilapia, Mixed Veggies

::fun – The Hobbit!  I finally, finally watched the two new Hobbit movies.  Now I need to head to the theater to see the last one.  Maybe this weekend. Or next.

::this week –  Back to School and Work!  I love the holidays, with long days of visiting, eating and resting.  I also love getting back into a solid routine – it makes me happy!

This week I’m focusing on planning for Mom Pea’s 90th Birthday Party this Sunday, researching a new bicycle purchase, uncluttering the homestead and laying out some new gardens and landscaping.  On paper, because it’s too cold to dig.

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – December 15, 2014

::thankful for

  • today!
  • coming days of celebration to be shared with friends and family
  • coffee and shortbread cookies
  • remission – I’m still happy dancing over my news

::praying for 

  • the young people in our life as they navigate through finals this week
  • Raymona, for continued healing
  • our family.  Mr. Pea’s mom is finally coming to live with us.  Mr. Pea leaves on Friday to pick her up and bring her to Texas.

::remission – I’ll continue with check ups every three months for another year,  then graduate to every six months for a few more years.  My next milestone is March.  If I’m all-clear then, long-term survival statistics take a giant leap UP!!


  • Spaghetti and Meatballs, Spinach Salad
  • Meatball Subs and Broccoli Salad
  • Chicken Soup
  • Tamales, Spanish Rice and Green Beans
  • Salmon, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Peas
  • Chili and Cornbread
  • Leftover Smorgashboard

::fun – So much going on!  We’ve been taking advantage of the unseasonably nice weather and hitting the bike trails.  Mr. Pea and I did a fourteen mile ride – FOURTEEN MILES!  It was Mr. Pea’s first time back on wheels since his knee surgery, and it was fabulous.  His knee is healing GREAT!  This ride was so much easier than our previous ride, for both of us. We were laughing at ourselves about how excited we were manage fourteen miles.  A little over a year ago, twenty to thirty miles was a ‘casual’ ride.

::this week –  Work. School. Lots of preparations at home for Mom Pea’s arrival, including removing furniture, packing up the remains of the kids’ belongings and hunting down a wheelchair and/or walker.  Wrapping presents, a trip to the post office.  Christmas Party at Rodeo Goat and stroll through downtown to enjoy the Christmas lights.

Keep the Faith.

angela pea