No instructions, big adventures

There are days I wish life came with instructions.  As in if A happens, do F, G and H only.  But knowing me, I’d ignore them.  Maybe then we wouldn’t find ourselves on the verge of major upheaval in the very place I hope for comfort and security.  My home. 

Like the classic books, my life has become A Series of Unfortunate Events.  Ok, so I’m overdramatizing it, but still…finding out one side of your house is leaking water inside and has been for oh, forever, is still highly unfortunate.  Especially in Florida, the humidity and mold capital of the US.  And in my children’s rooms to boot! 

Well.  On to big adventures.  While my industrious, Mr. Fix-It fabulous hubby was ready to tackle the challenges head on, truth be told, this is a bigger issue than one man’s time.  Especially when said man works two jobs to keep me home and the kids homeschooled.  After a few weeks of looking at the tasks, the costs, the “what ifs”…we decided if life’s throwing us lemons, we’re going to make lemonade.  With a splash of vodka.  And a pretty umbrella.  So, we’re going to the pros.  We’re going to walk the tight-rope of trying to refinance our home so we can put some grit and gristle into this place we’ve lived in for six years. 

Did I mention we’re doing this as our homeschool year begins?  Did I mention that I’m  majorly  a little bit OCD about stuff neat in my house?  There’s going to be rooms ripped apart, dry wall removed and insulation being redone.  Floors will be removed and replaced.  Furniture will be piled into various locations as tasks are done.  And three children will be trying to do school amidst the chaos and loss of space.  And me?  I’ll be the crazy woman crouched in the corner muttering under my breath. 

But I’m going to do my absolute best to remember that this is an adventure.  That life is messy and complicated but God reigns.  That I don’t have to freak out if we’re making a huge mistake.  God knows.  And even if we are, or we’re crazy or I do actually lose my mind in the process, He’s still with me.  And if that means school is done on the patio while men are chopping through walls, then that’s what will be.  We aren’t given specific instructions for every detail of life.  And let’s just be honest, the few instructions He does give me I blissfully ignore anyway…hence my need of Jesus! 

So on we go.  Saying a prayer every step of the way!

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On Island Time

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 5.13.44 PMI’m officially on island time.  Today, we traveled over the “fishingest bridge in the world” through Matlacha (rhymes with Oh! What a beautiful day!) on to Pine Island.  It’s a stay-cation and we’re housesitting for my folks in what I believe is the best house and neighborhood for kids.

With bikes on stand-by and a cheap slip n’ slide for the kids to enjoy, we are ready for the last “slow down” before another busy homeschool year.  With a pool, a library and the ever bustling Circle K and Dairy Queen within 1 mile from us, I’m ready to build a few memories into my kids about this wonderful place I grew up in.  I know I only live 15 minutes away and all (you know, back over on the Cape Coral side), but there’s a lot of things that are normal here that aren’t there.  Like bike ride everywhere on a six-foot bike path.  Walking….well ANYWHERE! Look at needlefish on the Bokeelia Pier and hope for a dolphin sighting. Watch as everyone disregards the “no shirt/no shoes/no service” signs.  Play in the front yard.  Watch the local wildlife congregate in the evening by the pond…and maybe get eaten by an alligator passing by.

Just don’t hang around outside at dusk.  The local mosquitoes will carry you away.

 

Smooth move

It seems like ages ago I had both the time, the fore-thought and the fiscal ability to do bulk freezer meals.  And while I still hold to the fact that it’s a great time saving endeavor…well…you have to have the time, fore-thought and fiscal ability to do so.

Is anyone else reeling from grocery prices?  I’ve been an extreme coupon person in the past and still shop the BOGOs and sale items weekly, but as our family has endeavored to eat healthier and simpler, there’s not as many ways to save on breads, dairy and fresh stuff.  And don’t get me started about meat prices…to my children’s dismay beans are becoming quite a staple in our weekly meals.

But, as I’ve been lately trying to limit my Facebook activity, I’ve been on Pinterest a lot.  I know…not really curbing the online habit there, just substituting.  Give me credit for the attempt, people.  Anywho….I had my green-smoothie mind blown on Pinterest a few days ago.  Pre-made smoothie packets in the freezer.  Who knew?  I mean, sure fruit can be frozen but chard, spinach, and other greenies?  I’ve lately been snagging these little smoothies as my lunch (not that my waist shows it) and the thought of just dumping a freezer bag in the blender is my kind of cooking.  In case you haven’t checked my blog out before, I’m not a chef.  I’m not a baker.  I’m not much of any good in the kitchen…anything tasting good is a sheer miracle of chance.  That I can sometimes repeat.  On a good day.

IMG_2432So, with today’s fresh produce run to Costco and seeing mounds of grapes, raspberries, and blueberries for happy-dancing prices…I planned a smooth move line up.  With two weeks of these little guys ready, maybe my waist-line will get the hint.  If not, at least I can say I’m getting all the fresh goodies to be healthy.  IMG_2433