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We are done with wood.  Ten cord total when we got done.  It is a lot of work to do wood, especially when it comes by the log truck load.  To break it down for you ten cord=1280 cubic feet=24 tons=a yard full!  It feels good to be done and just before Nate takes a twelve day vacation!  And only using three vacation days!  Here we come relaxation.  So, here is an update in photos. First is Ash looking at the JCPenny wish catalog and then us carving pumpkins. Ash’s back up costume in case it is raining, otherwise he is a spider-man and finally the awesome wood pile!


Check out the site above. I found something for my mom and step brothers and sisters. If you are reading Grandma, Phil Shoop had something too. Check it out – just give me a finders fee!

We have made it past the fifteen week mark!  Let me introduce you (check out the poll at the bottem)



REESE’S Chewy Chocolate Cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside.

2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in peanut butter chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 9 minutes. (Do not overbake; cookies will be soft. They will puff while baking and flatten while cooling.) Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4-1/2 dozen cookies.

PAN RECIPE: Spread batter in greased 15-1/2×10-1/2×1-inch jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350°F 20 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack; cut into bars. About 4 dozen bars.

ICE CREAM SANDWICHES: Prepare CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES as directed; cool. Press small scoop of vanilla ice cream between flat sides of cookies. Wrap and freeze.

— Increase flour to 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons.
— Decrease baking soda to 3/4 teaspoon.
— Decrease sugar to 1-2/3 cups.
— Add 2 teaspoons water with flour mixture.
— Bake at 350°F, 7 to 8 minutes. Yield increases to about 6 dozen.


I made these the other day, and they are awesome!  You gotta love chocolate and peanut butter. Don’t make your cookie drop too big, they tend to fall apart after baking if too large.

I got a clean pap!  I finally got the letter saying everything was fine.  I was starting to panic a little, maybe more then a little.  I kept thinking about radiation and pregnancy.  What do you do if you do end up with cancer while pregnant?  Or anything the might make you choose between the baby and your own life.   Thank goodness I don’t have to make that choice today.  One big sigh of relief on this end.

MOLE Pictures, Images and Photos
Our yards are infested with moles.  It is crazy, hills everywhere.  I am not usually a fan of killing and trapping, but I have put my feelings aside for my yard.  If there was a way to deter them from my yard, I would do it.  (I have heard peeing in the hills works….)  So, I bought a couple of traps when we first moved in and I got one and one in my neighbors yard.  But our other neighbor does not want to deal with his problem and he is infested, triple what we have.  I think it will be a battle that wages for years to come.  As soon as the rain hit this fall they all popped up again, I expected it.  I have at least five tunnels going right now and no idea how many moles.  The battle has begun and I have taken one life so far.  I just don’t want a dandelion mole infested yard, I want Homes and Garden style.  Again with the wanting.

My Hair.  Last year I was given bangs and loved them.  But it was hard to see my hairdresser on a regular basis (Riss) and she is the only one who could cut the bangs right.  So, I started to grow them out.  They are almost to pony tail length but not quite.  They drive me insane by falling into my face and eyes, 1/2 an inch to go…

Potty Training.  Some days he gets and some days he doesn’t.  I just want it to be done.

Dogs.  All the neighborhood dogs are shitting in my front yard.  I am beginning to understand why they fenced the entire yard.  Although the poo has been gone since my one neighbor has been on vacation with the dog….

Cooking.  I just don’t know what to cook for Ash and I alone.  I’m a boring chef, spaghetti anyone!

Our Cars.  They are filthy inside and one needs a tune up.

Pregnancy.  I have never enjoyed pregnancy and don’t believe I ever will.

OB Clinic.  Still have not called me with pap results, starting to worry they are retesting.

Other Drivers.  Had one lady pass in me a major turn lane and pass the car ahead of me in a Safeway turn lane and then head done a one way street.  Don’t drive high, please.

Bills and Money.  Need I say more.

Sex.  Graveyard sucks for now.

Politics.  I am excited for a change and I am definitely an Obama lady, but I am sure sick of watching the crappy TV ads they do.  And watching the amount of money spent when the economy is in crisis. 

I could go on and on, but do I really need to?



We have made it to the thirteen week mark! I have been all around town lately to the second hand stores. Boy have I got a load of stuff for maternity clothes and infant clothes. I think I may have spent $100 and I don’t need a bit more and I don’t have to wear the same stuff I wore with Ash. Win for me!

I  have been a bit MIA lately, life has been pretty boring around here.  And that is all she wrote….I’m still alive and well.

Our life has been pretty boring lately, just plugging along.  So, with not much going I tend to start the worrying, more then usual.  I am starting to feel overwhelmed and tired.  Nate started graveyards for the next four months, and this is our first week at it.  We’ll see, I am sure we will adjust.  It is just hard cause everything changes.  When he eats, because he sleeps through dinner, when we make love, when he plays with Ash and on and on.  I have to pre-plan so that I don’t crash into the bedroom and wake him up.  One more stress.  I did make him some awesome curtains and our room is as dark as night during the day.  It is great!! 

My other stress has been money.  We are paycheck to paycheck and some dipping into savings.  Mostly because of our decision for me to stay home with kiddo.  The only reason I am starting to stress of because of what is going on.  We have a large sum in Englund Marine that we have not moved.  It is kinda back up plan if we fall on really hard times.   My problem is this:  there has been a credit freeze on business’.  Every year, Englund borrows money through the winter and pays it off the next year.  They do this to buy the inventory for the following summer.  What are the going to do if they don’t get credit?  Well, one year the pulled retirement funds to pay.  Now, this has to be done with the permission of all people who have money vested in the program.  But, it could happen and poof our plan B is gone.  I don’t want to move it yet fearing I might move it too early and gamble a big lose.  And then the other day, my step-grandpa gave me a quilt trip.  I said that we can’t really afford to put too much into savings.  He cries bullshit, everyone can.  We can cancel TV and Internet and yadda, yadda.  It is over whelming to think about college savings, house payments and retirement on the $30,000 Nate is making.  What about us?  The four of us need to still live.  The only thing we are doing is a house payment.  And then we have this ugly house that we can’t seem to afford to do much to.  Nate and I are talking $10,000 to $20,000 in renovations to the house in a whole.  I might be stuck in the 70’s for a while.  We still don’t qualify for WIC, but at least we can afford our food.  Now, we have a $1000 we owe to hospital and when the baby is born we’ll have more.  It just doesn’t end.  I know it will get better.  Then plan is for me to start working in about four years or so, but it might have to be sooner.  We’ll see what we get back on this year’s taxes if any.   Ahhhh, we need more money….. How about a piece of that 700 billion?