Thursday, March 30, 2006

I'm back


I'm back
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
These are peach blossoms, pretty huh?



Just got back last night, it's so nice to be home again! We did have a nice time though. California is so beautiful this time of year, the grass it tall and green, there are things blooming everywhere and the sky was full of fluffy clouds most of the time while we were there. It was a family visit and so we didn't do a lot of sightseeing, heck we used to live there so we don't need to. We did go to a beautiful winery in a small town called Murphy's though and that was fun.



Paul's mom is almost 86 years old but she is amazing! She wanted to go shopping and she was like the ever-ready bunny, she doesn't seem to tire when she's shopping. I was happy that her and I got a couple of days to goof off together. When we go to visit the folks we always eat breakfast just around the corner from their house in the this little cafe. It is one of those little local places where everyone knows each other and most of them have been around there for many, many years. I find it so interesting to see the dynamics of that kind of meeting place, it would be interesting to know all the stories of the peoples lives that have been eating at that place all these years. We love going there and seeing who shows up, hopping tables to say hello to old friends and hearing the latest gossip. One couple who have been very close friends of Paul's family since he was a child eat there every day at noon. When I first met them they were about my age and very vibrant and fun loving, now they are in their eighties, she can no longer speak and has some mental problems he's pretty slow and stiff, they shuffle in and enjoy the comfort of familiarity along with their meals. I love that!



There are so many memories there too, I started going there when Paul and I first got married in 1973, (it was owned by someone else back then) at the time I thought it was kind of "hickish" and old fashioned. (I was all of 19 years old) Now I think it's just wonderful that the place has been in existence for so long. When Paul's sister, Rita, was murdered 4 years ago that same cafe where she had spent plenty of time over the years and everyone knew her, was a place where the locals met to discuss what had happened and try to figure it out, where lot's of rumors about what had happened were passed along and where lots of the locals comforted the family with tears and sweet stories and memories of Rita. Rita had been going there for most of her life and all of the kids in our family have been going there since they were born, we have pictures of the family in that place from years past. Funny how you come to appreciate things more and more over the years. I guess that is one of my favorite things about visiting the small town of Waterford, having breakfast at Cathy and Carol's Coffee Shop.



So now that we are home I'm faced with so many things that need done, and today I'm just not getting with it. Oh well, I guess I'm making the re-adjustment to getting back in the groove.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Goodbye for a Week


Goodbye for a Week
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
I just haven't had time to get on the computer much and that is why I've been missing for the most part and not posting anything.



Been helping in Tanner's class and various stuff that would be boring to list, let's just say really busy. We are leaving in the morning to go to see Paul's family in California. Tanner is very excited and lugged out a bag of toys and stuff that he wants to bring with us before he even got dressed this morning. It will make spring break more fun for him to get to go on a trip.



I've not been drawing nearly as much lately, it seems like there is always something that comes up and prevents me from taking the time. Even Tanner's soccer practice used to be a time when I could draw but right now it's so cold that a few of us mom's sit in my car together and so I don't draw, I talk. Oh well.



I feel so out of the loop with LJ since I've been away so much but I guess it's part of the ebb and flow of life. I do try and read the entries of my friends list when I get a chance. Maybe things will ease up sometime soon.



So as usual, I'm off to catch up with stuff and in this case, get things packed since today is a soccer practice day and we don't get finished until 7:00 P.M. Hope you all are well and happy and I'll check in when I get back.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Sick Guy and Irish Calcannon

Have you ever felt like this? Like when you have the flu or a bad cold? Poor guy, he's really feeling lousy.



Today Tanner and Paul and I got up and went to our favorite bagel bakery and had breakfast of fresh bagels and cream cheese with good coffee. A sunny window seat and the news paper while Tanner played with some ninja turtles made it a nice little time for us. After that we took a 40 minute, fast walk in a lovely subdivision with lots of ponds and waterfalls and enjoyed that too. Tanner says he wants to do this every Saturday.



I didn't fix any Irish dish for us last night so today I tried my hand at Colcannon. I've got it ready to go with our dinner tonight which I'm quite sure is not Irish fare. We're having Salmon and broccoli. Oh well, the Colcannon will go great with the Salmon and we'll enjoy it all. I've sampled the new dish and it's not exactly exciting, I'm hoping that the flavors will blend and it will get better in the next couple of hours. Here's what's in it:



Colcannon



3 pounds of Butter Gold potatoes (boiled well in salted water and mashed)

1 small head of Cabbage (boiled slightly in salted water and chopped fine)

1 onion chopped and sautéed in 1 TO. Butter for 5 minutes.

4 oz. cream added to the onion after it's sautéed.

A big pinch of dill weed

A small pinch of nutmeg

(both added to the onion/cream mixture)

Everything is mixed together with more butter (Maybe another Tablespoon) and salt and pepper to taste.

The recipe says to serve hot with a well in each pile on plates to which is added more butter that's been melted. Dip each fork full of Colcannon in the butter as it's eaten. Of course the butter and cream are really fattening so I cut back on both. I won't be adding the well of butter for dipping. I'm sure that makes the dish really good but it's just not worth it to me to add all those extra calories.



We'll see if it is a keeper.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Paddy's Day


Happy St. Paddy's Day
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Anybody fixing Corned Beef and Cabbage? I'm not, actually I've never had it and would like to try it. My mom was born in Ireland but as far as I know she's never made the dish. There are other things that are distinctly Irish that I grew up with but Corned Beef and Cabbage is not one of them. Steak and Kidney Pie, Soda Bread, Potato Bread and a few other things, even kidney soup were around when I was growing up and as I recall I liked them. (Well, maybe not the Kidney Soup which smelled like urine as it simmered :-( ) Tonight we are going to an open house and I'm not sure if it's a St. Paddy's theme or not, it would be fun if it is.



I'm staying home most of the day today which feels pretty good to me. I've been neglecting stuff around my house and if I get just a little of it done I'll feel pretty good.

Haven't started a new embroidery yet, just having a hard time deciding what to do. It's ok, we are going to take a little trip during spring break and I want to have a project to work on during that time. We are going to see Paul's folks and brother, we haven't been to see them in ages and this is the right time for us. (We will arrive on the anniversary of the murder of Paul's sister 4 years ago, we hope that helps his parents to split their focus a little and gives them some cheer.) I would also like to go and see Holly and Elton but just can't fit it in at this time. I would like to spend the next 6 days getting things in order so when we leave I will feel good about how I left things and be happy when we get back. We'll see, lately I've been giving in to whims and not taking care of business like I should.



That's it for now, I've got some stuff that needs done this morning and I'm going to make myself do it.....

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I've met my Goal!!!


I've met my Goal!!!
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Today I met my weight loss goal!!!!! 55 pounds!!! I'm so thrilled and enjoying the new me in many ways. However, I've been REAL sore since I played ball with Tanner the other day, whew! In spite of being in good shape my body wasn't used to hitting baseballs and chasing them. It's ok though, I plan to do it more regularly so I will not be so sore each time I do it.



Yesterday was the first day of spring soccer practice for Tanner. It was quite cold and although the kids didn't seem to mind, a few of us moms stayed in my car and watched from there. I'm sure we're in for some mighty chilly mornings when the games start. I know sports are really important for Tanner though, he loves them, does well at them they make him feel good about himself. He has a really great coach too, a wonderful role model for a kids with a great attitude.



Yesterday I bought a pair of short pants for summer and I'm going to embroider a design on them soon. Not sure what yet but I'm looking forward to the project. I've found that doing these projects can be very portable and I can work on them in spare minutes while in the car waiting for Paul or Tanner or in other waiting situations. I love to stay busy and feel productive and so this fits my life right now.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Fishy close-up


Fishy close-up
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.

Fish Pants and Baseballs


Fish Pants and Baseballs
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This is my latest design on my jeans, I'm very happy with it! I wore them to go out last night and it was so fun to wear my own art *grin* !



Been so busy with "stuff" and so I enjoy the time I've had to work on drawing with thread. I've got an idea for another design that I think will be really fun to do and quite beautiful. The only drawing I've gotten done is a few ideas for the embroidery.



Today after church Paul, Tanner and I had to do a few errands, we had lunch out and then came home. Tanner and I left promptly and played baseball at a local field for a while. Why is this significant? Well, because part of my motivation for getting in shape and losing weight was so I could play with the little guy and now I can! Let me tell you if felt really good to say, Hey Tanner, you want to go hit some balls? He loved it, and I like to hit best and he likes to catch best so the two of us did great together. It was cool and no wind so we didn't even need a sweatshirt after a few hits. I'm pretty sure my shoulder will be sore tomorrow because I'm not good at throwing and it hurt while I was there. I don't care, I'll let it get built up so I can do even more as spring moves along.



Tomorrow I have to be at Tanner's school to help with a mosaic project that they have going on. I hope it's fun and Tanner is glad I'm helping. I've said this before but let me say again: there are not enough hours in each day to accomplish the things that need done and those that I want to do. Oh well, better than being bored I always say.



I'm not getting to check in with my friends list hardly ever these days but I take a peek when I can. Will try to respond to comments to the best of my ability! I'll post a picture of the fish closer up in the next post since I'm doing this thru flickr and can only post one at a time this way.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Running


Running
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Running around all day and now I'm just wanting to sit down and relax. That is the plan for this evening, we are going to watch The Goblet of Fire and try to relax.



Besides that I've not anything to say. Hope all of you are having a good week and that the weekend is wonderful.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Image of the Day


Image of the Day
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Just posting a drawing today. I'm pretty much without much to say.



Will try to respond to yesterday's comments before Tanner gets home and I have to work with him.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Peeking in again


Peeking in again
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Ok, so this is how I'm feeling today. I haven't checked in for days because of a recent humiliating and horrible thing that has happened to our family. I won't say more but lets just say last week was a bad week.



On the positive side, well, I guess I'm thankful that things are going pretty well with Tanner, I adore my husband and we are best friends and in spite of the deep and difficult places of being a family and a mom, I adore my children. I'm 53 pounds thinner, I'm strong and healthy, my hair is grown out and I have many gifts and talents. So in spite of it all I am a person who can see the blessings and I appreciate them so much.



And as I always say concerning the challenges.... This too shall pass!



Today Paul and I took a really good walk and gave it a lot of energy, we enjoyed it and are glad we did. Tomorrow I'll be back at the pool. We also got the call that our new lodge pole bed is ready, not sure when we can get away to pick it up though. (It's in another town and will take a few hours out of the day to get it.) I'm thinking about setting my easel and pastels up so I can do some art in my studio even if it's just in short bursts. Also, I've started the embroidery on my second pair of jeans, I think it's going to look really cool.



I'm sorry that I've not responded to comments for a while, I hope I can do that this week but I'm not sure.
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