Minutes – September 19, 2016

::thankful – for so many things, especially for plans coming together for Cherry Ames’ and Fireman Dan’s wedding.  Six weeks and counting!!  I have not yet puddled into a blubbering sobbing mess; but then again, I’ve quite purposefully been staying away from childhood photo albums. And bridal magazines.  And sad movies/books/podcasts. And pictures of kittens.

::healthy – Oh yes!  Walking at least six miles a day or more, yoga-ing several times a week and I’ve been checking out the rowing machine in the gym.  It has this little game on the screen thingy that has fishes swimming.  Your rowing makes the fish move and you try to both a) eat other fish while b)not getting eaten by the bigger fish.  Yes, I’m easily entertained.

This!
This!

Mr. Pea and I rode fourteen miles on gravel Sunday morning.  Knobby tires on unpaved roads!  It was glorious, even if the flickering light through the trees tends to make me feel seasick (bikesick?). Autumn is on its way, my friends.  The sumacs are starting their slow slide into flame red and the Shumard oaks are just starting to show bronze tips.

::creative – I’ve been knitting like a fool.  It’s keeping me calm. Nothing that can be shown here, but not because of scandalousness.  Because of Christmas Surprises. And because it’s too much effort to go find my camera.

Princess Pea has been amazingly creative lately with her photos!  Her latest wedding session is absolutely stunning.  AND!!  One of her self portraits was shared on an artist’s site = Squeeee!!  Check it out here!

::delicious – ugh ugh and double ugh.  Dog days of summer, combined with crazy work and school schedules and I’m only feeling up to leftovers and sandwiches.  I did make cheeseburgers yesterday, because it was national cheeseburger day!  Today, though?  Leftover pasta for Mr. Pea and Mom Pea, and I made myself a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, because the boys noshed on the pasta this afternoon and there was only enough left for two people. Tomorrow – chicken tenders and green beans, and the rest of the week is up for grabs.  I vote for watermelon and ice cream.  Or maybe cereal.  The kind that’s vitamin fortified.  (Do cereal makers still do that?)

Keep the Faith.

angela pea

 

Minutes – September 5, 2016

::tired – It’s Labor Day here in the U.S….and that’s exactly what I did today! Kids went off in different directions with friends, and I spent the day taking care of Mom P., doing laundry and rearranging some furniture.  It’s incredible how much stuff you find behind furniture that rarely gets moved.  I mean, really weird stuff, stuff like

  • little Lego Bioniclelego bionicle
  • a ball of rubberbands
  • umpteen dead bugs (eeew!)
  • the top slat from the kitchen blinds that’s been missing forEVER – don’t ask, because I don’t have a clue
  • desiccated carrot stick
  • three pencils and a pen
  • a drumstick, the wooden kind, not kind from a chicken
  • a blue replacement lightbulb from Christmas lights
  • a picture of DirtBike from fourth grade – gads he was a cutiepie!

::grateful – So thankful for the professionals in our life, the ones who provide counsel, healing, sound advice and a path forward.

::wistful – I get so antsy every September, wishing that summer would fade just a bit more quickly.  Usually by the end of August I am DONE with summer, exhausted from the brutal heat and ready to move on.  My northern heart-sisters are all talking about cooler temps and I’d like to have some of that, thank you very much!

::tasty

  • Steaks, Cheese Potatoes and a Salad
  • BBQ Chicken, Pasta Salad and Cucumber and Tomato Salad.  Yes, I know that’s two salads for one meal.
  • Tacos and Black Beans
  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • Lemony Lentil Soup and Cheese Biscuits
  • Grilled Shrimp with Cheese Grits, Green Beans
  • Tilapia, Saffron Rice and Peas

::procrastinatey – The Wedding is in six weeks.  I really, really must find a new dress to wear.  And get one from Mom P., too!

Don’t Put Things Off!  Keep the Faith

angela pea

Minutes – August 22, 2016

::grateful – for continuing mild weather.  It’s been delightfully cool and the rain continues.  We may have half a chance at a fall tomatoes in the garden this year!

I’m grateful that The Architect and his friends found a place to rent for the coming year; thank you to the landlord willing to give a chance to a group of responsible college students.

I’m extra-grateful for Cherry Ames!  Tomorrow she will be 25 years old. Twenty Five!!  That’s a quarter of a century.  Have I told everyone that she’s getting married?  Two Months from Today!  I seriously need to start looking for a dress for the wedding…

Cherry Ames is Getting Married!
image courtesy J.Lynne Photography Co.

::prayerful – Praying for Nancy and her family, as they recover from the flooding that inundated their hometown.

::delicious

  • Pepper Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Garlic Green Beans
  • Turkey Paninis, Kale Slaw
  • Chicken Empanadas, Black Beans
  • Pasta with Vegetables, Salad
  • Leftovers!
  • Grilled Sausages, Corn and Tomatoes
  • Citrus Pork Chops, Grilled Peaches and Zucchini

::creative – I was in Central Market and saw a pile of rhubarb, which stirred up a flood of happy childhood memories. I grabbed a bunch of that tart goodness, came home, and put up several pints of strawberry rhubarb jam!   It tastes like summertime!

Summertime in a Jar!Capture Summer.  Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – August 16, 2016

::grateful – We’ve had a few unseasonably cool days this week!  OMGosh, 70-ish degrees in August!  It’s been delightful, especially since I’ve had to spend a great deal of time up on roofs at work this week, performing inspections and looking for leaks. I’m thrilled with the cloud cover and sprinkles.

::tired – Running ragged this week.  Back to school things,  taking care of Mom P. things, doctor’s appointments for Mr. Pea and getting The Architect set up in his new digs.  Maybe it’s just age, but Dang!  I just don’t have the stamina I used to have, or the ability to breeze through my days.

::frustrated – Lost yet another Fitbit. I love love love tracking my steps and exercise every day, but have always hesitated at the investment in the more high tech trackers – the ones that come with a real wristband that buckles so it can’t just go missing from a pocket or waistband.

*sigh*

Oh heck, why don’t I just come right out and say that I’d really like an Apple Watch.  Hear that Apple?  If you offer me one for review, I’d be happy to oblige.  (Maybe Mr. Pea will actually read the blog…hint hint.  Oh wait.  I don’t think he even KNOWS that I have a blog!)

::delicious – summer doldrums in the kitchen.  All I really want is a big bubbly pan of lasagna, but it’s too hot to turn on the oven. So – we’ll compromise with

  • Chicken Cacciatore and a Big ‘Ole Salad
  • Leftovers – clear out the fridge so there’s room for a watermelon
  • Steak Tacos, Black Beans and Guacamole
  • Ratatoulli, Baguettes
  • Turkey Sandwiches and Jicama Slaw
  • Salmon, Saffron Rice and Peas
  • Grilled Sausage, Corn, and Tomato Salad

::busy  – We’re hitting the bike trails this weekend – Yeah!  It will likely be hot, and I’m sure I’ll complain a bit, but it will be fun. And good for us.

Image Courtesy - Tyler Florence, Food Network
Image Courtesy Tyler Florence, Food Network

Dream of Lasagna.  Keep the Faith

angela pea

Minutes – August 8, 2016

::thankful – for safe travels to and from Colorado with a van loaded with kids and a ton of camping gear, backpacks and food.  Not an actual ton, but pretty darned close, I’m sure.

Outfall from Lake Irwin
Me! Waterfall on Ruby Anthracite Creek. (That’s DirtBike behind the tree…he was taking pictures in the other direction.)

::brave – Mr. Pea went camping for the very first time ever.  Seriously. Camping was the only sort of vacation my family had when I was a kid.  Mr. Pea’s family lived in a city, and their concept of “wild” was picnicking on the outskirts of town or trekking to Cape May and staying in a cabin near the beach. He did GREAT!!  We climbed mountains, hiked for miles, cooked on a camp stove, and drove the van off-road.  He even slept in a tent, in the rain. Mr. Pea was amazing, and I’m so glad he came with us.

Trail to Green Lake
Why yes, that IS snow! On the Ground! In August!

::creative – I finished knitting a sweater during the drive to Colorado, one that I started last summer. I also knit up a pair of socks and some baby booties.  It was a  l.o.n.g.  drive.  And no, the baby booties aren’t for anyone in particular; they’re going into my “stash” of adorable, soft, knit with love baby things for my someday grandchildren.

::gorgeous

View from the tent
Lake Irwin

::delicious: – The freezer is still alive.  Mr. Pea fixed whatever was wrong (thermostat? maybe?) and it’s been restocked with prepped meals for the craziness that is ‘back to school’.  This week’s menus include

  • Tandoori Chicken with Lemony Red Lentils
  • Chicken Pesto Pasta
  • Black Bean Burritos
  • Turkey Paninis and Veggie Soup
  • Tilapia Romano with Jicama Slaw
  • Grilled Shrimp, Corn and Tomato Salad
  • Burgers, Chickpea Salad.

Speaking of delicious, we ate at this amazing Mexican Restaurant in Colorado Springs,  Jorge’s.  Highly recommend it, along with Mikey’s in Crested Butte. Best. Pizza. Ever.

::prepared – It’s back to school this week! DirtBike remembered to remind me that the school supply stash was running low on paper (both the lined and the graph sorts) and ink pens.  Both were replenished BEFORE the first day of classes.

Climb Mountains. Keep the Faith.

angela pea

Minutes – July 25, 2016

::thankful – air conditioning.  That is all. We’re in full on summer scorching mode.  It’s so hot your eyeballs hurt when you go outside.

::excited –  There’s a camping trip on our calendar this year, and it will be Mr. Pea’s FIRST time camping!  Seriously – the man is well past the half-century mark and he’s never been camping.  Never slept outside in a tent, never roughed it with an old-timey percolator for the daily coffee dose.  He’s never hiked up a mountain or yanked a fish out of an ice cold lake.  He’s never gone more than a day without a proper shower, or used a composting toilet.   We’re going to take care of his cultural delinquency.  This is going to be So. Much. Fun!

::frustrated – Yes, it’s a zillion degrees outside and the deep freezer died.  On the bright side, I’ve been sort of lax keeping up on pre-assembled freezer meals, so I’m able to rescue most of the food and stash it in the kitchen freezer.  We’re having ice cream for dinner today, because it would be a shame to waste perfectly good Bluebell.

2016.07.25 Bluebell

As an aside rant…appliances should last at least 25 years. AT LEAST!

::delicious  –   This week’s menu is brought to you by Maytag, as we eat all the stuff that wouldn’t fit in the kitchen freezer

  • Ice Cream (no kidding)
  • Tilapia Romano and a Salad
  • Thawed Pulled Pork, Baked Beans and Coleslaw
  • Clam Chowder and Tomato Bisque
  • Steak Tacos
  • Pesto Chicken
  • California Cobb Salad with Avocado Dressing

::fun  –   My darling daughter Cherry Ames tagged me in some Facebook Thingie where I’m supposed to post seven pictures of me and Mr. Pea. We have gazillions of pictures of the kids, but not so many of me and Mr. Pea.  I may have to pull out a photo album.

Keep the Faith….and an extra freezer.

angela pea

Minutes – April 18, 2016

::thankful

  • spring!  It’s been a long winter, with colds, emotional upheaval, worry and too much darkness.  I’m so delighted with the fresh flush of spring, a renewal of hope and the promise of the future.
  • blueberry corn muffins for breakfast
  • iris blooming

2016.04.18 Eternal Bliss2016.04.18 Cherub's Smile

2016.04.18 Dusky Challenger

iris from top:  Eternal Bliss, Cherub’s Smile and Dusky Challenger

::prayerful

  • praying for my children, especially my youngest.
  • praying for friends who need some extra support

::healthy  Biking fell to the wayside during the dark days of winter.  I planned some nice rides this weekend, but family demands kept me busy.  I think I just need to go ride anyway and let the family fend for themselves.  On a more positive note, I’ve taken up yoga.  It’s been about a year since my first practice, and I’m sticking with it.  It helps keep me limber.

::delicious 

  • Spaghetti and meatballs, spinach salad
  • Greek chicken and orzo skillet, tossed salad
  • Taco [Soup] Tuesday!
  • Leftovers
  • Turkey Panninis, Strawberries
  • Grilled Veggie Pizzas
  • Burgers on the grill, cucumber salad

::fun – This past winter has been difficult, and it feels like we’re all just waking up from a really long sleep, sort of like Rip Van Winkle. We have plans, though, for some wonderful fun later this year, when school is out.  Princess Pea will be in Italy in the early summer, and I’m trying to figure out how to be a chaperon.  The Architect (should really change his name to The Engineer) is planning another camping trip to Crested Butte, and I’m already working on convincing Mr. Pea that sleeping in a tent, hiking in the rain and going a week without a shower is FUN.

Keep the Faith.

angela pea