Happy birthday Addison!

I can’t believe I am the mom of a twenty year old.

birthday geek

Hope you have a GREAT day!

It snowed

We woke up this morning to a somewhat white world. It was cold enough to actually snow, but I don’t think it will stay. It’s melted off the pavement already.

Poor Emma is confused. Halloween is tomorrow, and it is in fall. But it only snows in winter, right? 😀

Pictures forthcoming. ETA:
Snow! on apples!

Snow on the weeds in the field

I trhink I like the bottom one better. Click for bigger, and to see the more pics from the past few days. The snow is mostly gone now.

Photo things

I entered a photo contest today.

MOO’s Super-Duper Holiday Card competition and People-Powered Holiday Card Store. *whew* All entries will be available as cards to purchase on November 1st through to December 1st. Four winners will be chosen in 4 categories, with each prize being a whopping $2,000. Entrants are allowed to put in ten pictures or even illustrations, and I chose 9 of the best from last year’s Christmas batch and house tour.

I don’t think I’ll win, but I hope a lot of mine sell. ONE DOLLAR from each and every card goes to Doctors Without Borders. And that alone was reason enough to enter. You can see all submissions here.
And in other photo news, we went to a Matthew Good concert a couple weeks ago, and he had invited the audience to bring their cameras and take pictures. Which I did. Like, a couple hundred. I narrowed it down to these ones. I then submitted some to their official fan gallery, and they choose the best to showcase each location. They chose the pic of Sarah meeting Matt as the only fan-meet from that stop. 😀 She’s so jazzed about that.

I noticed a few there very similar to mine, and then I remembered seeing a guy off to the side with a great big camera bag and a camera with an absolutely HUGE lens. And our pics look pretty similar. So that’s cool. (Or maybe it was a guy behind me, who knows?)

I *love* my camera. It’s a Fuji Finepix s5200. Worth every penny we scraped for it.

Up to

I spent most of yesterday being sick. I was so sick, I actually took some Buckley’s. I didn’t die, but it seemed like a good alternative.

Ron and Sarah went over to the old house to check on it and stuff, so it was just me, Meaghan and Emma here. We laid around and did nothing. Oh, I read a book. My clean laundry pile is horrible. It is going to take a large chunk of the day to fold it and put it all away.

Why is it that I have such great ideas when I am too sick to actually do any work? And when I’m feeling better, I probably push forward too much and fall back to being sick-ish again.

On top of that, we have two birthdays coming up.

There’s probably a half-dozen people I should call.

I know there’s a good dozen people I should email. 😀

I’ve also got three other websties I’m trying to launch. This being sick is a serious damper to them all. I did manage to get one site up and running finally. WPMU Tutorials – it’s a tutorial site explaining how to use WordPressMU, which is the software that drives wordpress.com and homeschooljournal.net (plus many other sites out there). In short, it’s a buch of techy computer stuff. 🙂 (Note: it is not quite the same as the WordPress that runs *this* blog. It’s a slightly different version of the software to run multiple blogs.)

On the plus side, it has been distracting me from the swelly belly of hysto recovery. I discovered that almost all feeling is back and it is not quite as sore as it has been. I know, you totally needed to read that. When people say it takes about a full year to recover, they are not kidding.

Ron even updated his blog, so you should check that out too.

I need more tea.

Cinnamon casserole

It occured to me earlier this week that I need to blog more recipes and I need to do it regular. So welcome to Week 1 of Recipe Friday. Feel free to join the bandwagon!

1 pound ground beef (more or less, could use pork or ground turkey too)
2 cups of dry elbow macaroni
1 can tomato soup
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 or 2 cups shredded mozzarella (mmmm cheese)

Brown the ground beef, and boil them noodles. (Easy, so far, huh?). Drain the fat from the meat, drain the water from the noodles and toss both in the noodle pot. Dump in the tomato soup and spices. Stir well. Top with cheese. Broil for 5 minutes to melt.

You could also put it in a casserole dish in the oven at 350 for 30 mins, but if you work fast, all you need is to melt the cheese because everything else is still hot.

This is one reason why we don't buy cakes

My bff Sherry pointed me to .

I’m gonna assume that was over the phone. (Hint: bad idea.)