Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
down and order my flock! I even found a magazine
called Chicken at the local Borders tonight! I shall
puruse it this evening while stuffing my face with the
last of the Muddy Buddies and a big glass of water, to balance out the fact i have eaten like crap all day today. Gavin is doing MUCH better, we seem to be on the right track, however the beloved is scared to put him to bed alone so i think i shall have a sleep over with Gavin in his room so that everyone feels better :) right now the boys are all upstairs watching Ironman on the Blue Ray player some nice person (me me that would me moi!!) got the beloved for his birthday the other day. he was most pleased. I have to admit, i don't see a difference in picture quality but the men of the house assure me there is and it's "blowing them away"
this weekend Baby Diva and I will be heading to Concord, NH for a dance competition, we are staying over at the luxurious Best Western with some of the other families. Tres Chic non? So no blogging until i get back, i have to knit BD a pair of dance leg warmers and i'm under strict orders to get it done!!
Cheep Cheep cheep cheep!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Jeez Louise you would think getting some chicks would be easy!!! Ok so the continuing saga of owning chickens goes as follows. Took me and my Hoobie (Gavin) down to the local feed store to order our origianlly planned chicks...much excitment! Well, apparently there is a minimum due to the fact they do NOT want people to just buy chicks as a Easter toy for their kids (seriously??? well i guess it's possible) and i'm sorry my coop will just not hold 12 chicks..yeah, no. And to make matters worse i'm finding it near impossible to get the original chickens we wanted...but we did come across this beauty who is also part of that same family/breed of chickens...it's the Partridge Rock Chicken (beautiful plummage) and easier to find..so we are going with that one! I'll be ordering at the end of the week as i did find a place in CT that will let you order smaller amounts and they are close by so the little dears won't have long to travel. i guess if i could have found some fellow chicken raisers who were looking to replenish their flock we could have split a larger minimum but those i know who do are all set with their chickens so i'm on my own!
The Beloved mentioned pigs last night...i nearly fell off my chair. I'll be looking for the pod that hatched this person that looks like my husband today....not quite sure what has gotten into him at all.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Well, our adventure at the park was at the zoo only today (since it's February and a bit chilly to be playing on the swings!) my scouts all arrived sharply at 8:30 am to get the zoo up and ready for the day to begin. We started out with feeding and cleaning out the animal pens...pygmy goats, too many to name, Vito the Donkey..who was much spoiled by my boys with some pampering and major brushing, Gunther the very pot bellied pig...who despite his rather grumpy appearance is rather sweet in a tusky sort of way, llamas who were very happy to see us and of course the various sheep, chickens and Ruby the pony. the boys got right into it and i never heard a complaint or fuss from any of them...matter of fact they were fighting over who got to clean up what poop! Our zookeepers were wonderful with the boys and really let them do most of the work...which was awesome! We learned a lot about the animals and how to take care of them...and had fun all at the same time...they boys asked if we could go back again, i'm thinking that is a big old YES!!! Thanks to all our new friends at the zoo and to Andy Z for arranging our visit...i guess this means we are even for all the years i helped you in English class??? HA!!! Cody is still trying to figure out in his head that his Mom actually was young enough to be in school...minus the dinosaurs :)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
It's yucky wet nasty snow...too wet to make a decent snowman...however, that did not stop Gavin (you may remember him as tribble boy from the previous blog) to start begging to go outside and frolick in the snow....at 7 am. i held him off until 9:30 and we bundled up and ventured out. there was not much snow to use, but we managed to make a small and pissed off looking snowman. Now what to do with the rest of our day.
Cody had his first ever sleep over at a friend's house last night and successfully made it through! he is currently passed out on the couch as the boys didn't really sleep, big surprise! We are back to the orthodontist later today to get molds made of the pre-teen's mouth because TA DA he needs braces!!! Oh the joys!!! The ride home yesterday after he was told was very quiet except for him informing me that his teeth were fine (they are most definatly not) and that our orthodontist (graduate of Harvard dental school mind you) was wrong. He seems to have settled on the fact he is getting them even if his mother has to sit on him during the process. I spent the rest of the night threatening his teenage sister (who has already been there done that with braces) that if she tells him anything negative about it i would sell her to the gypsies...oh yeah, gypsies....they don't have cell phones or ipods...i checked....and i'll find them, mark my words i will find them. She kind of rolled her eyes at me and agreed, for now.
So here i sit, i wonder if anyone else even reads this junk that i write, but it is mighty fine therapy!
Monday, February 15, 2010
So here it is day one of school vacation and already i am dreading the entire week. I am hoping and praying the weather holds out so i can at least throw them outside to air out if the fighting gets too bad. Baby Diva is going to have her friend over so the girls will be fine but the boys have begun getting snippy with each other. Sadly, 12 yr old boys just don't have "playdates" anymore...not sure what exactly they do do. My guess is wait for the younger brothers to have friends over then run rough shot over the littler boys and boss them around....which then leads to screaming, spitting, clawing and mom intervention. There is not enough coffee in the house for me to deal with that today so looks like I'll be making a Dunkin' run later. Pictured is the yummy yarn i got downtown the other day. It started out as a cowl all cabled and lovely but i soon realized that project was a little ambitious for my limited skills...so now it's becoming a pair of cabled gloves that i must say are coming out pretty good. of course i won't be able to work on them until the youngest (tribble boy) is asleep...he is reving up his engines for the day and i'll need to wear my running shoes to keep up with him!!!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
we stopped into the library for some hot chocolate then off to the yarn shop! yes granted they were not giving out chocolate and of course they were quick to let me know, of course i was so busy drooling over all the yarn i barely noticed until finally one lady had to actually poke me in the arm to get my attention....as soon as she found out of course it was all about the yarn..spent a nice long time getting a tour of the store and some free patterns! all in all a marvelous day..and i have a bag of chocolate to eat tonight....what could be better?
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
There is left over cake from the pre teens grandparent birthday celebration yesterday (aka the 3 hours of hell i spent with my mother in law) and it mocks me from the counter. Yup, it's a gluten overload and it looks yummy. So i'll be heading over the farmer's market later this morning to see if my cake guy is there. he sells GF cake by the slice ($2.00 a slice..very worth it) and it's divine. I am hoping he has some coconut cake left when i get there but the lemon is very good too. if all else fails he always has some chocoalte chip muffins...again...yummy! they have a band playing this week Cactus Attack...and indie folk band who are excellent!
time for another coff a cuppy!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
i was informed this morning we have "no food" in the house. now, we have food...if you open the pantry there is actually food in there, it's just you have to be a little creative about it and the other inhabitants of chez hoppin hill seem to be having difficulty with that concept. i do buy food, i buy it quite often it's just that the human hoover boys i live with suck down all the stuff they like best within 2 days and then we are left with "no food" at least my daughter attempts to look outisde the food box but even she is complaining so it looks like i'll be grocery shopping at some point today....i'm hoping the girl scouts will NOT have a table set up out front selling their calorie packed, gluten filled cookies of doom, i am weak and delerious from medication...i might just buy them out.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
today is also the day my son cody starts riding lessons with his brother Gavin. Gavin has been riding for nearly a year and cody has desperatly wanted to join him....i caved in big time when he flashed those big green eyes up at me and offered up his piggy bank money to help pay for it. oh he know how to work the system let me tell you! it was a light dusting of snow this morning, i'm chugging down the coffee and getting the kids up and going for school. we also have teacher conferences and dance class today....it's going to be a multi cup of coffee kind of day for sure!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
It's been 15 weeks since i kicked gluten/wheat to the curb...i've never felt better. sure it takes a lot of label reading and some recipe tweaking but nobody in my house has complained much about the slight difference in taste in some foods (although they are not thrilled with the consistancy of the rice pasta...but it costs so much i have nooooo problem with making them the regular kind and just the "special" pasta for me...makes me feel like a diva anyway).
There seems to be a new theory that if you eat gluten free you are going to loose all kinds of weight. I did loose some, i go back and forth from 12-15 lbs gone but in all seriousness this is not a lo cal diet...matter of fact sometimes it can be a higher cal diet depending on how much playing with a recipe you do. I did it because i needed to feel better...and oh yeah, I can eat ice cream again, my digestive system is my BFF, my skin is clear, no more dark circles under my eyes, no headaches, i sleep better, more energy....seems like a no brainer.