::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.
::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.
::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.
::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.
::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.
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
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.
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 from top: Eternal Bliss, Cherub’s Smile and Dusky Challenger
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.
Spaghetti and meatballs, spinach salad
Greek chicken and orzo skillet, tossed salad
Taco [Soup] Tuesday!
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.
remission!! I’ve made it to the two-year mark, my friends. Two years without recurrence. I met with my oncologist today. She confirmed that Friday’st CT scan was clear, and that I don’t have to come back for six months!! This is statistical milestone, the point where the odds start tipping in my favor, where the stars align, where I feel the abundance of God’s grace and mercy.