Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year - 10 Years.

As 2010 is looming on the horizon I am pleased to look back at the past 10 years. Things I'm grateful for over the past 10 years (in no particular order).

1. Our home (we bought it ~7 years ago).
2. Mike (together over 12 years now).
3. Our kitties (brought home at different times - but ~8 years with all three).
4. My friends (I have such a long list of wonderful people in my life ... I am blessed).
5. My family (living in a state near enough ... but not too close).
6. My hobbies (always keeping me busy).
7. Facebook & Twitter (where I have found long lost people).
8. iPods and iPhones (I know - crazy ... but I love them).
9. The great out doors - living in New Mexico for the past 10 years has been a challenge and fantastic. I like being so close to nature.
10. Courtney (finally coming into her own as a sweet chicka and going to Tech - very proud of her).

I hope everyone has a safe new years eve and 2010 greets you with more love and fun than 2009.

Friday, December 25, 2009

When It Snows.

I totally forgot to post photos from Tuesdays snow storm. I'm hoping we get another one before the holiday break is over!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Better -vs- Well.

While driving home the other day I was listening to the radio and they were talking about the difference from living better and living well. It was an interesting concept that I really hadn't given much thought. In the conversation they were saying living well is improving the wealth of your life (friends, family ... things that are not purchasable that make your life wonderful) - where as living better was buying a bigger house, getting more stuff. I'm probably not doing the concept justice - but the story hit a nerve. I decided to see in my own way what better -vs- well would mean. My first step in this process is to see if it is possible for me to spend a month not buying anything that isn't needed to live. I'm not talking about being harsh on my store shopping list and only buying 1 bag of potatoes to live on. But, not buying things I don't really need. Of course January is a tough month to choose (with all the after holiday sales) - but this seems like an even better time for me to try this out.

I guess I should finish up my thought. The plan is not to spend a dime on anything I don't need. The question of what is needed is a good one. Do I need to download that song? Do I need a latte with my friends at hot rocks? I'm going to try and come up with some rules for what is needed -vs- not. But, in the end ... I'm just going to try and live well .... not better!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New Furniture.

We went down to Mike's folk's place this weekend and picked up some furniture. The recliners everywhere are pretty sweet. And the cats seem to enjoy it as well. Moab was the first one to test it out.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day Five!

I have just finished day 5 of my yoga routine and am loving it! Thanks for the support people!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Wager.

Here is my new wager with myself. I do yoga. I do yoga some days. Not every day. Sometimes not for a week. My wager is to see how many days in a row I can practice and keep track. If I fall off the wagon I will not flog myself - but instead give myself inner support and carry on. I'm not saying 2 hours of power yoga. But, some. Anyone interested in tracking their practice with me?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Methow - Roving Princess

Methow loves wool fibers. Just loves them. It is actually pretty hard to keep her away from them!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Vegitable Soup.

I love to make this soup when Mike is gone (since he doesn't really like vegetables nearly as much as I do). I figured other people might like some hot and steamy vegetable soup on a cold winter night. The spices are really what make this dish though.

Mix all together and simmer.
4 cp (or as many as you like of broth)
1 onion diced
1 tablespoon garlic
frozen peas and corn (or canned)
kidney beans (1 can)
carrots and celery diced
1-2 potatoes diced
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 tablespoon of fennel seed, crushed red pepper, and oregano

Monday, December 07, 2009

Gas Insert Finished.

Insert done. I'm now toasty on the front and back side :)

Gas Insert - Step 1

Gas insert going in. They filled this box with foam to protect the cover plate. Very strange and a pain in the arse to watch the plumbers pull apart.

Winter Evenings.

You can see that each cat gets a pillow. They are facing the fire and sleeping pretty hard. It was reported that we were suppose to get a ton of snow today ... but nothing so far. I of course and waiting to hear from the plumber. They are suppose to be here around 8am to install the gas insert.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Weekend ... FINALLY!

New phone dangle from Japan. Yep. Pink Hello Kitty.

This week has been crazy. With Mike out of town and the holidays. Toss in work and getting the gas insert installed (or trying ... the plumber canceled on Thursday because of snow) .... hectic week! One thing I love about the holiday season is the holiday mugs. Both Mike and I do. There is something about thick glass mugs with Santa's face on them that just makes you smile in the morning. I'm pretty happy to be sitting in my pjs and not having to deal with the craziness that is my office right now. Ah .... Saturday!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Today is the first day of our advent calender and it was my day. Well a day that I get a little gift. A raspberry chocolate. From the photo I do believe that Methow likes to leave presents under the tree already. Her elk goes with her everywhere. Under the tree is probably where she'll keep it until after Christmas