Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pop!

Or soda, I don't know what you call it and in most of my adult life I have called it soda.  Don't ask why, I don't know.  Here in the middle of Oklahoma I have been made fun of for it for years.  But it doesn't matter what you call it, it is bad for you. 
I won't bore you with quotes from medical studies and such you know all the bad things they say about it just as well as I do. 
For years and years I have been quite proud of my ability to say I have never smoked cigarettes or ever even tried any kind of drugs but the truth is, that is true for the most part. I have always been grossed out by cigarette smoke and never felt the need to try any type of drugs.  But ya know what?  That sweet sugary liquid that most people are chugging down every single day is just a legal kind of drug.  You get addicted to the ingredients in it just like you would any of those other things. 
I have been drinking soda nearly all my life and I am now at this crazy age starting to see how it has taken its toll on me. 
So being all crazy and sleep deprived at work on Monday I decided that with September here I would start the new month with a new goal.  Kicking my soda habit.  (That idea came to me while sipping a nice cold Dr Pepper at about 11:45pm on August 31st) I had a few more sips and at straight up midnight I tossed half a can in the trash. 

Yay me right?
Ha! 
I thought I would be ok if I just drink my water & got some juice, (cran-apple and pineapple variety so I don't get bored with just plain water) and if I made some tea at home.  No tea isn't great either but asking me to give up all caffeine all at once is like asking me to stop breathing.  Are you crazy?  One vice at a time, one vice at a time.

It's been 33 hours, I cannot even describe the crazy headache I have had and I am positive the people I work with are planning to hire a priest for an exorcism.  I have been a beast to say it nicely.

So if you see me and I am drooling, babbling nonsense, angrily yelling, dazed, zoned out or pounding my head against the pop machine you'll know I haven't just fallen off the crazy train I am just wishing for soda while trying to stick to my goal.  (They also say it only takes 27days to form a habit) keeping my fingers crossed my new habit will be drinking water and not soda.
Maybe it will level out soon and things won't be so hard.
Maybe I can lose a little weight and then find more ways to torture myself for the sake of being healthier.

Hope you are having a great week.
Thanks for reading

tammyc


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Where does the time go?

I know, I know.  You all are thinking where the heck have you been?  There hasn't been a single post on the blog since late March.  I'm sorry but I was busy.  It was a rough few months there, the end of school meant my baby graduating from high school and the summer has kind of been a whirlwind.  But if I'm not blogging you can find me in one of 3 places...work :-(  the fabric store or in the sewing room.  
Yep that's right the sewing room not just the kitchen table a whole room just for sewing.

Here is a peek into it.  A place for everything and everything in it's place.  Ok that last part might be a bit of a stretch but you get the point.
 Let me tell you how this all came about.  Dreaming and scheming. Yep dreaming of a better place to sew without having to put everything away for dinner or running the risk of something being spilled on a project.  Both of which have happened. And scheming a way to try and turn an old feed shed into a quilting cabin.  
The dreaming has been going on for a few years really.  Since Stephen and I moved in to our home and I didn't have anywhere to set up my sewing stuff.  
In our tiny house even though it was small everywhere it had a huge laundry room that allowed for plenty of room for a table and sewing machine.  Ya know, no room for the family but tons of room for dirty laundry and a sewing machine ☺ so when we got a bigger home that lots of room for the family it had a small laundry room and no space for projects. 

The scheming started after visiting with dear friend and she was having the same "kitchen table sewing area problem and her fabric got juice on it.  I suggested maybe using the old feed shed.  The 2 problems would be talking Britt into letting us move all her animal stuff out & talking our husbands into finishing the inside so we could heat and cool it.  

I mentioned to my hubs and well it was not well received.  I had visited with my mil about it and she instantly suggested we turn the spare room at her house into a sewing room.  She had been looking for something to keep her busy since retiring.  It kind of snowballed from there there and we've spent tons of time in the sewing room since. 

If you need me you you can find me at the sewing machine at her house working on my next big idea ☺
It is super fun to be able to sit down and work on something without having to worry about something getting lost or ruined in the shuffle.  It's also quite funny that every time someone new comes to visit while we're in the sewing room they can't help but feel that crazy urge to sew something.  3 out of 4 of our daughters have started quilts of their own and Val & Britt have finished their firsts tops on their own. 

We even started a Facebook page to maybe help us make a little money by making and selling the quilts we finish.  Please look for us

Twisted chicks quilts

You never know there might be something you can't live without on there.  (And Christmas is closer than you think)

It's been a blast and I can't wait to see what all comes out of the awesome sewing space we share. 

Below are a few of the things I've finished up since having a sewing place

Have a great week & thanks for reading

 always
tammyc

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Twenty

1995

Our sweet little family
We've been married for twenty years.  Let me just say that again...We've been married for twenty years.  I know, it sounds funny when I say it out loud too.  I think it's because only your parents or aunts & uncles are married for twenty years right.  Not us we're too young for that huh?  But look at us though,  we have been married twenty years.  We are the parents, we are the aunt and uncle that has been married 20 years.  
I remember thinking when we said our "I do" that I hope we are married forever like my momma & daddy or like Nanny & Mikey at that time they were married over twenty years and that was the goal...it had to last as long as those guys. And here we are.  Those guys still loving strong too.  Mom & dad with nearly 44 years and Nanny & Mikey just celebrated their 41st.  That is my new goal.  I love that they give us such an awesome example of how it should be.  Thanks guys I know standing where I am now that it isn't always peaches and cream.  Sometimes it is straight out hard work but you have proven that it is very well worth the fight and work that goes into it.  I don't think either of you know how much we look to you as our example.  Thanks for making it look easy and attainable.
2015

Our sweet girls had us an anniversary party this past Saturday and the family and friends came out to help us celebrate this special anniversary and while there I was asked "So has it been easy?"  I had at that point had a little too much wine and just shook my head yes and laughed out loud.  But then I answered him honestly.  "No.  It had not always been easy"  But you know what nothing worth having ever really comes easy now does it?  I can tell you (most of you reading already know this)  between raising kids, dealing with in laws, a mortgage and all the bills that come with raising kids and having a home to call your own is tough.  There are always fights over who was right or wrong who is better at saving or who is the spender, where to spend holidays...and so on and so forth, but in the end it isn't the problems that make or break you rather how you handle them.  Maybe we didn't always handle them right because there were a few times one or the other of us walked out only to return a little while later (after cooling off) to kiss and make up.  How much fun would life be if you never got to kiss and make up anyway (right Uncle Mike)  ☺

Twenty years...sometimes it seems like they took forever but they flew by and I find myself looking back with nothing but smiles.  Yes smiles.  Even at the bad times because even though they were bad times they taught us lessons we needed to learn and can you be upset with that?  Nope not really.

I am looking forward to our next 20.  They are going to be even better.

Have a fantastic day & thanks for reading

always
tammyc

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas 2014

 
Wow, Christmas is over and the New Year is almost here.  Where does the time go?  This Christmas was a whirlwind really, I had to work until 9 in the morning on Christmas eve and as soon as I got off work I was headed to Scotty's to learn how to make pies.  Yeah, I probably could have looked up a cream pie or a coconut cream pie on Pinterest but it wouldn't have been the same.  The pies I wanted to learn to make are my grandma Hilton's pies.  I have tried to make them before without any luck at all they tasted good but never set up.  So this year I asked if I could be included in the pie making.  I think it's great that Scotty and Mikey get together every big holiday to make the pies just like she did.  Every time I take one bite they remind me of all the fun holiday memories I have that she helped to create.  This year a new memory was added to the collection.  I got to Scotty's house and the crust were already about to go in the oven, so I missed that part.  But I was there and the important part was about to start.  Let me start by saying that if Cathy and I didn't have bad luck we probably wouldn't have any luck at all on this day.  I was super excited to make meringue to top the pies with and well next time I think I will just skip that part.  We got the first few pies done and were ready to whip up some egg whites to put on top and let me tell you they looked fantastic.  Next we had to put them in the oven to toast the top just a touch.  We were all standing around talking and reminiscing about the past and what we could and could not remember from our pasts and how some of the memories we had were 20-40 years ago.  Right in the middle of all those sweet memories we realized that we had put the pie in the oven to lightly brown the top...well it was a bit more than lightly brown more like heavily black.  Yep we can remember 20-40 years ago but to heck with remembering 2 minutes ago when we put the pie in the oven...that was the first of many issues we had that morning. Burnt the meringue and had to make up some more.  It really was all down hill from there I don't  know how we made it out with 10 good and yummy pies, but we did.  We had an issue with the meringue and the mixer (the mixer decided it didn't want to play well with others and threw the meringue all over the kitchen)  Cathy picked up a pie that wasn't quite cool and spilled it all over the counter top...Yea, I really don't know how we got it done but I am betting that Uncle Scotty never lets Uncle Mike out of pie making again (he'll probably beg me not to help again that's for sure).  All in all it was a great lesson for me and I hope that when I try to make them on my own they turn out as well as they did for us this Christmas.  

Christmas eve with the family was a bit different this year, we usually have sandwiches on Christmas eve because of all the Christmas food everyone eats on Christmas day but this year we made lasagna.  Oh boy was it good.  My mom was worried that we wouldn't make enough so while shopping for all the things we needed to make it she kept "saying get two, we need to make sure we have enough, there are 11 of us you know."  I kept telling her I know what I'm doing but she kept insisting and I was just trying to get her out of Walmart.  This is probably a blog post in itself but I will clue you in...She walks slow ( like crazy slow and I worry she will fall) so the girls (Valorie & Haleigh) wanted her to drive the little buggy they have for the handicap people.  I was OK with that for all of 3 seconds until I realized how many stinking people were at the store and the fact that she drives that thing worse than she drives her car.  She had no regard for shelves or people...if it got in her way she was going to run it over, frontwards, backwards or in circles (me included while I was bending over to get something off the shelf)  The girls thought this was great though so they were no help at all.  We finally got all the things we needed and got the heck out of there. 
If you follow me on facebook or instagram you might remember one of my last garage sale finds...a HUGE roasting pan.  I used it at Thanksgiving for our turkey (BIG @#$ PAN)  Anyway, with all the stuff mom bought and all the worrying she was doing about not having enough for 11 people I pulled out the big pan and we started putting together one GIANT lasagna (thanks Val for your help)  The picture you are looking at is a nearly 20 pound $70 lasagna.  It was fabulous and all eleven people ate until they were nearly sick and guess what...we had enough leftovers for about 32 more people.  (there is still some in my fridge as I type)


Christmas day!  I love when the girls wake up to find gifts under the tree.  Yeah they know where the gifts come from but it is always fun to see them light up when they see the things they have been wishing for.  This year "Santa" left treats for the dogs under the tree as well and even though the girls were happy I am positive neither of them were more happy than our little doggies.  They were running circles and trying to decide which treat they wanted first.  It was sweet. (and Marty has not completely destroyed his stuffed toy yet either Janae)
 To top off my awesome Christmas post let me introduce you to my newest favorite kitchen item...you can call her Ruby.  She has found her new home right up on the kitchen cabinet ready to work at a moments notice.  I never really thought about what color I would like to have just that I have wanted one of these stand mixers for several years now.  But since being given this bright red beauty I don't think any other color would have worked as well as this one does.  Stephen keeps talking about taking better care of ourselves and eating better to lose some weight but I am afraid that with the addition of Ruby we are going to have to work extra hard because so far she has started off with making cookies (hope she knows how to make healthy stuff too)   ;-)

Stephen got a fancy new toy this year too (he is just as spoiled as the three of his girls) if you want to see it you will have to stop by and let him get it out of the safe to show you.

I truly am blessed beyond measure with the love of my family and friends.  I enjoyed my whirl wind holiday getting to spend so much time with you all.  The gifts mean nothing compared to each and every one of you.  I love you all.
 
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and may the up coming New Year bring you exciting new adventures.  I know I am looking forward to what 2015 has to offer.

Thanks for reading

always,
tammyc