Ok, honestly, by December 31st of last year, I was kind of glad that Project 365 was over. No more having to figure out what my picture of the day was. No more staying up late on Saturday nights because I had forgotten to post my pictures for the week. But mostly I was glad to never have to hear "Mom, seriously, put your camera away already!"
Yep, I was glad it was over. Then a funny thing happened. I started finding myself seeing something and thinking "Wow, that'd be a great 365 picture. By last week, I realized I missed it. I realized that it was fun to now look back over the years pictures and be reminded of something I may have easily overlooked or completely forgotten about.
By Wednesday of this past week, I went through my photos and found the pictures I wanted to use, because I was making the commitment and getting back in the game. I am not going to try to do an entire months worth to get me caught up, but I'll do a summary of sorts for January. So enough rambling, lets get to it:
I have been doing a lot of reading that is overwhelmingly in favor of eating a gluten-free/sugar-free diet for help with Fibromyalgia symptoms. Even if it doesn't help, I know it's a much healthier way for me to eat, so that's another commitment I made. It's been a challenge, but there has also been some fun as I learn to cook (without burning everything ha!).
One of my favorite breakfast meals now is scrambled egg beaters with some form of meat (usually diced ham), a variety of veggies, and just a little bit of cheese sprinkled in. Then I add in a side of fruit. Yum!
Out of all my new favorite dishes, is GF/SF homemade pizza. I found frozen crusts that are ah-MAZ-ing. I spray them with Pam with Olive Oil, top them with whatever I want, and in 15 min my mouth is in heaven. Seriously, it's so good that I don't miss delivery pizza at all.
Gabby was found to have bladder stones, so she had surgery for that. On the evening after her surgery I found her laying on the couch shivering, so being the "spoiled dog enabler" that I am, I laid her on top of this blanket, which had a heating pad on "warm" under it. I thought she still looked cold, so I grabbed jays sweatshirt and laid it over her. She never moved the rest of the night. :)
Then 2 days later, I was off to the vet again. Remember the kitten "Oliver" from last year that Chelsea bottle fed? He has been living with her and her other cat at her apartment. Well, little baby Oliver is 6 months old already and it was time for him to be neutered. Chelsea had classes from 8am to 7pm, so I offered to drop him off and pick him up. He was a happy kitty when I got to the apartment the night before....
But when I brought him to our house after his "delicate procedure", he was anything but happy. He hissed and growled at me if I even tried to open the crate door. Guess I can't blame him. ha!
It has been so cold outside (ridiculously cold!) that there have been days when the dogs don't even wait for me to take off their sweaters after they have been let out. They run right back into the living room and find anything they can to snuggle down into.
I came home from getting groceries on evening to hear these words everyone woman dreads to hear as soon as I walked in the back door. "Don't worry honey". And they were followed by "This will be great once I get it all done."
It" turned out to be a canvas golf net that he was suspending from the ceiling in what was formerly known as our family sunroom. This is why I call it the "Man Cave".
I even found this sign to give Jay for Christmas to hang out there.
Oh for snow pictures! I honestly do not remember EVER having a year with this much snow. One day we had a couple of visitors out behind our house. Two little lady pheasants were out for a stroll. In this picture, that is a 6' fence and as you can see, the snow is well above that. This little pheasant walked across from the old kennel yard into our yard that is supposed to be for the dogs.
While watching her walking around, I noticed her friend popped up to see what was going on. This drift is right outside our sliding doors and covers over half our deck. Ms. Pheasant would look around, and then she'd watch me for a bit. Eventually they continued on with their walk.
There have been many school day cancellations this year, which also means sporting events have been canceled as well. When time and schedules permit, schools work together to try to find a day to make-up the missed games. We still have had plenty to go to, and many more yet to attend. Since so many games are having to be made-up, many times schools will have multiple games being played on the same day, so elementary or junior high gyms are used.
This shows Jay coaching his team at a rec center gym used by a neighboring school.
Here is a shot of Austin at one of his games that I snagged with my phone. He is #31 in the front.
When Austin isn't busy playing in the JV games, he plays in the pep band for the Varsity games.
See the blond girl up top? Austin is directly in front of her playing his trumpet.
We made a road trip one weekend to Minneapolis to the Mall of America. Ashley's college dance team was in a competition up there, so we went to cheer her and the team on. Chelsea went along with us. She was feeling quite silly that day and was acting like she was on a modeling shoot. LOL
I came home one day to find Jay unclogging the very slow drain in my bathroom, and then he even cleaned the entire shower area for me. I love this man of mine!
Besides all the major amounts of snow we have been getting, January has also brought us other forms of weather we have totally delighted in (yes, that was sarcasm lol)
Here we have a picture of our dining window, covered in ice. Every single window in our home was covered in ice, as well as everything that was outdoors, including roads (groan). There were countless accidents and road closings on multiple days.
We have also had lots of deep, thick, heavy fog. Our gravel roads have been mostly snow covered. The ditches are full of snow. Everything is white. When you add in a white, pea soup thick sky full of fog on top of that, it makes it very hard to drive, as you can see in this picture.
And then we've also had frost. Thick, heavy, but beautiful frost. While I don't like the cold biting air, the trees do look absolutely gorgeous covered in frost.
Ever have this kind of conversation at your house:
Me: Honey, you look really tired, why don't you go to bed?"
Jay: Not yet, it's only 9:00.
And then 5 minutes later you find him like this. lol
Well there you have it...our summary for January. Sorry I'm late for joining in...I just hope I'm not too late. :)