Make A Difference

The seasons have changed. We had a week of Indian Summer and now winter is closing in. The first snow appeared this past week and made things very messy. We don’t have our wood cut for the fireplace but we will get there. Our building is up. It isn’t fully enclosed but there are still things we can do to keep it moving forward. I think the windows and walk door arrive today. Yesterday was #MakeADifferenceDay and my dad and husband spent the day helping on of the neighbors gather up their hay bales and moving them so they in turn could help their dad with a water pipe issue. That’s the great thing about living in the Midwest – people helping people. My job was the food, something I love.  It probably helps that I love my kitchen and don’t mind spending time there. This afternoon we will regroup and run all our weekend errands. Time to get ready for the workweek. Things are never done but there is always ‘later’. 

Can’t Fight Mother Nature

A few weeks ago we had a celebratory moment when we got all the walls up on the new shop. Lots of late nights, late dinners, dirt and grime. That moment of pride and happiness was wiped away a few hours later when 80 mph winds came threw the area and brought the entire project to the ground. A few neighbors suffered damage to barns, buildings and trailers but mostly uprooted trees and a huge amount of standing water. 

Devasted. That’s the only way to describe the continual set backs and heartache we have felt with this project but after a few days of mourning we rallied the troops. We have fantastic friends. They are the ones who will clear their schedule and drive 3-4 hours (one way) for a weekend to lend a hand. We would do the same for them in a moments notice. There was a short moment where we didn’t think it would happen. We got 4 straight days of rain and showers and everything was a muddy mess. We warned everyone that rain boots would need to be on the packing list. 

In 48 hours we had it completely back to where we left off and a whole lot further. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, food came too. The only thing I made all weekend was a stack of pancakes. We provided a cooler of water, Gatorade and beer on ice. It was great to see everyone. There were lots of sore muscles and a strong feeling of accomplishment. 

Down To Business

Earlier in the summer, when the evenings were longer and we had more daylight, I had the opportunity to cook supper almost every night. Most of the time it was on the grill. Now that the days are getting shorter we have been working well past dusk leaving supper to wait until we finish for the night. I liked the old system. It’s hard on the body to eat supper an hour before bed no matter how simple you make it. I also haven’t had time to prepare meals because I’m rushing home after work to tak advantage of the daylight as quickly as possible. 

Well, it rained today. As a result I spent over 2.5 hours in the kitchen doing meal prep. At least for this next week I don’t have to worry about lunches or supper. The fridge is stocked with homemade meals. I feel accomplished. 

No Place Like Home

So a couple of weeks ago I had some appointments back in my hometown. I scheduled a bunch of things and made a day of it, down and back. It’s between 7.5-8.0 hours on the road. It felt weird. This time I wasn’t commuting and going home for the weekend, and I wasn’t moving a carload of stuff. Being down there just for the day, I was ready to get home. The north central part of the state is my home now. 

I came to realize this summer that they just can’t grow sweet corn up here like they do in southern MN so I brought my cooler along on the trip. When I returned I had it filled with Anderson sweet corn and Zanz cheese chilitos.  You can’t find anything close to them up here and there are some things you just have to have once in a while. 

Over Labor Day my Sis and Bro-in-law visited. It gave us an excuse to take a break from our project and venture out. It was a fun night. Had some good food, drank some good beer, and listened to some good music. I definitely need to get out more!

Mother Nature, Please…

So we started the home build project 10 weeks late thanks to the appraiser. We recovered. The shop project started almost a year late for the same reason. Then it rained. Then it rained some more. The next thing you know you have had more than 12″ in 3 weeks. After 4 weeks of no action we finally got concrete poured, block laid and walls assembled to go up. There it sits. Today it rained. We have puddles everywhere and a soggy, muddy mess. I can hear the thunder going again so we will be getting more overnight and into tomorrow. It makes it very hard to get anything accomplished outside. I would like the sun to shine. 


I had been wanting to print photos to canvas for some time. I continually put it off cuz it’s one of those expenses that can wait. A few weeks ago I got a coupon for 80% off and free shipping and decided maybe now is the time. I’ve been holding off doing any decorating other than existing pieces we already had so adding family photos to the walls seemed fitting. 

I knew the package was coming last week from the tracking information but time got away from me. Next thing you know the delivery confirmation said “yesterday”.  What?!  After pulling in after work I immediately went to the front door and retrieved my package. Exciting! I was excited. 

Needless to say I got nothing else accomplished that night. I spent the entire time trying to figure out where each picture was going, measuring and hanging prints. It’s funny how certain things can consume your mind. Our house is looking more and more like a home everyday. 

Creature of Habit

If you have never taken a personality test you should think about it. They are fascinating. Because I work in the human behavior industry I have taken several and I know my natural tendencies pretty well. I like organization. I dislike fly by the seat of my pants. I am a creature of habit. 

Today I was set on making Rueben Chicken. My problem was that although I knew the ingredients by memory I needed the recipe for the order of them and the baking instructions. I could not find it. In my mind I was visualizing the location and I was positive where I thought it was but it was nowhere to be found. Thank goodness for Pinterest. 

Over the years I have learned to be more flexible and open to possibilities. I prefer to think of it as “plan for the worst and hope for the best”. That doesn’t mean that uncertainty and change don’t cause me some amount of stress. I just roll with the punches a little better. 

The weather was lousy today so I made good use of my time in the kitchen. AND It turns out that I could have made that dish from memory after all.