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.


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!


  • 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.


  • 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