Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Welcome to the New Year

Now that we can put one year behind us, I think it important to be ever so grateful for what we have had, even though times are tougher. I don't know why I have been recently been thinking about this, but for some reason outside of Thanks Giving, I have been thinking about all that I have. I am sure there are many, if not most of you, who realize this on a daily basis. But as for me, it has now recently sunk in.

This Christmas, I can honestly say that I never went all. There was so much yummy food the table was overflowing. Even though there is less money, there is more family. Even though we can't have everything we want, we have everything we need. Even though its cold outside, its warm in our hearts. When winter comes, Spring is around the corner. When it seems the worst, people bring out the best. Though it seems lonely sometimes, there are always those to surround us. Ans when the year is at its worst, we can look forward to a fresh tomorrow.

I don't know where that all came from, but its just something that has been on my heart as I reflect on this past year. So as you go through the last few days of the year and into the next, I hope that you will constantly reflect on what you have and the ones you love.

Happy New Years!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 09

Another Christmas has come and gone, and like all, it was a good one. I completely forgot to take a picture of the food, so you will have just imagine. We had Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and pearl onions, dressing, mash potatoes, gravy, green been casserole, turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie.

It was definitely a feast. I was so full, that I didn't have any of the pecan pie the day after Christmas day! The first thing that we did Christmas morning was to take family pictures. I know most NORMAL families open presents upon awaking, well not us. First thing was eating our tradition Christmas breakfast of bread pudding and fruit salad; along with getting dressed for our family picture. The pictures really turned out nice. I am only posting a select few, as that if I were to post them all, there would be no room to tell you about them. If I might say, the family looked really nice. The theme for these pics was black, white, and gray with a vest. Not all of us are wearing vests, but for those who go the memo, did. We have pics of the entire family, along with those of just the boys, the girls, all the couples, and so on. It was a lot of fun, hurrying through the pictures so that we could open presents. No I have not grown up completely. I do like the whole present aspect of this season. This year, we did a Secret Santa, it was really quite fun. I had one my brothers.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Market and Carrots???

Tonight I had my first raw carrot since the farmers market....Don't panic, the last market was was only like a week ago and I have eaten cooked carrots since then. As I said before, I ate a salad that had some raw carrots from the store, in it. They were gross. Not sweet, rather they were bitter. I have no idea why. For some strange reason I have this strange addiction to market. It makes me so high. I always get so happy after I go to market. The atmosphere is so great. All the familiar people; I've met met many people there and many of the vendors have come to know me by name. I am definatly sad that it is all over. So to give me a lessor high, I thought I would reminisce and just show you some of the pics. I love to go to the Clintonville, Worthington, and Westerville markets. So who knows you may run into me some day.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My Moss

My dad and I recently redid my room. We repainted the walls, the ceiling, and put new trim in. I will admit, it looks pretty sweet. When I was redoing the room, I thought it would be really neat to have some moss plants in it, to give it that naturalistic rustic feel that I love. My sister had some very beautiful pots that were used as centerpieces for her wedding> I grabbed some of those and made out like a bandit. We have moss in the backyard, that was really attractive looking. My dad had brought it back when he went up to the Michigan house. It really shaggy looking with lots of bright and dark highlights. We also had some standard moss that feels more like velvet. Quickly I grabbed the moss and again made out like a bandit. I wish I had taken picks of the process when I was making it, but alas I did not, so use your imagination.
I added some crushed pop cans to the bottom, because I did not have enough potting mix to fill all three containers. Then I added a couple of inches of potting mix (depending on the height that I was looking for). Lastly, I applied the moss on top and secured it with metal hooks.
FYI; when you remove the moss from your yard (or wherever), you need to take some of the original soil with it. Just like all other plants, it needs it roots, no matter how shallow.