Tuesday, December 26, 2006

 

A Christmas I wont soon forget

I cant believe Christmas is here and gone. Im doubly suprised that it has been 2 months since my last post. It has been crazy preparing for the Holidays. But, what a let down.

Christmas Eve morning, my 8 year old awoke with a high fever and a terrible sore throat. After taking her temperature, we determined that her fever was 103.1. My other daughter is notorious for spiking fevers, but this child rarely goes above 99. So, with it being the holiday AND a Sunday, we took her to the ER. After being "assessed", the "assessor" tells us that her fever is "only 99", but takes us back to a room. Chest X-rays are performed. Im thinking, "Did I say she was having trouble breathing?" She wasnt. Sore throat, fever, stuffy nose. Hardly justifying chest X-rays. Grrrrr.We get back the doctor comes in for all of about a minute and a half to tell us she has strep throat and he will write a prescription. An hour and a half later, a nurse comes in to ask what we are being seen for.........um.......we've been seen, we are waiting on a script from the doc. She had our room as being empty. Grrrrrrrrrr. She goes to find the doctor and the script. 30 minutes later, she comes in to go over our prescription and sign out. She wants to check my daughters vitals one more time...............her temp is 103.7!!!! I told that nitwit that checked her out the first time it was 103.1, but she works in a hospital and Im only a mom who doesnt know as much as her. I know enough to know that if you dont keep your mouth shut while taking your temperature that you will get a false read. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. So, the nurse needs to go back and find the doctor AGAIN to tell him about this. 30 more minutes she comes back with Tylenol AND Motrin to take together. Forget that we have our coats on and ready to go out the door to the Pharmacy, which also carries both of those.

I get my baby home and in bed and take care of her all day. I didnt care that it was Christmas Eve and I didnt have anything done. I just wanted my baby well. Christmas Day, my 10 year old woke up with it.

We had to cancel Christmas dinner at our house and move it another family members house. A portable holiday. My family spent it together alone, quietly, munching on "left befores" that we scooped out before taking the food to grandmas house.

Everyone is exhausted and the girls still arent well. We are visiting our family doctor today and hope that the girls will soon be on the mend.

Monday, October 23, 2006

 

Oversleeping affects everyone.........

Darn it, I overslept this morning. As a result, the girls and I were rushing around getting ready, getting some food that vaguely resembled breakfast, making sure everything was in their backpacks ( even though I did check the night before). But.............I forgot that my oldest had safety patrol and had to be there 20 minutes early. As we passed the crosswalk and I saw her patrol partner standing in the freezing cold all by herself, I felt horrible. My poor daughter, felt guilty as well and cried on the way to school, sure that she had lost a good friend and will be kicked off of safety patrol. Ah, the mind of a 10 year old. I hope her day gets better.

As I type this, I just realized..........I forgot to give them lunch money. Oy! I hate Mondays!!!!

Possibly the reason I overslept and suffer from CRS ( cant remember shit), is that Im over committed to too many things. This weekend is going to be rough. Friday, I have to help with 2 class parties, a slumber party that somehow is now going to be at my house instead of the one who's idea it was to begin with. Saturday, my girls have play rehearsal at 9:00 am, then Dh and I are going to a halloween dance that night ( that Id just as soon not go to now), then Sunday Im helping with a party at the lodge for the kids. We are doing a haunted house that will look like crap because there are only 3 people helping. I am one of them. I hope it turns out for the kids.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

 

Ecclectic tastes

Wow! 3 posts in one week. ha ha. Im still trying to get into this blogging and since Stacy has been down with a miserable cold, Ive had some time at home to actually work on my blog and make some posts.

So, I was reading at my favorites and I realized how diverse they all are. I have sewing favorites, gardening favorites, food favorites, crafty favorites. I see other blogs that are dedicated to one or the other ( in general). But, that's just me. I always dabble in all sorts of things, but they usually all come together in one way. For instance, many of you know that I soap. I also adore herb gardening. I use my herbs in my soaps, but I also use them in cooking. Another passion. So where does the sewing come into play? Well, for gift sets with my soaps, I make cosmetic bags and lipbalm keyrings. So, the circle comes back to the soaping, which goes with the gardening, etc, etc. Its a bit like the song, "the kneebone's connected to the thigh bone".

On another note, I want to share my recipe for chicken and noodles. The easy way. Of course, homeade noodles are always best, these worked in a pinch.

2- 12 oz bags of Reames frozen noodles
1 chicken boullion cube
1 large chicken breast- boiled
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 stick of margarine
pinch of chicken seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsely
dash of garlic powder

1. boil the noodles in a pot of water seasoned with chicken boullion cube.
2. boil chicken breast or roast if time
3. shred chicken
4. do not drain noodles, add stick of margarine and can of soup
5. stir until well mixed
6. season with chicken seasoning, salt, pepper and parsley, garlic.

Wish I had a picture, but the family finished off the whole pot!!!

Monday, October 16, 2006

 

Hermit crab racing-revisited

Ok, I admit it. Im a crab racing junkie! Yes, Terry the Crab Guy was back at our local Moose Lodge this weekend. Saturday night we went back. The lodge arranged it so that the kids could participate this time, too. My daughters eyes were bulging from the excitement. Gretchen, my 10 year old, and I both won a "heat". Or, should I say, Sparkle and Fluffy won their heats. LOL. However, we did not finish in the top 3. The Buckeye Crab races t-shirt with "come out and catch the crabs on the back" has eluded me yet again.

3 weekends ago, was my husbands, Brett, 20th year high school reunion and we booked the crab guy. Told you I was a junkie.

If you would like to read a cute article with pictures, I googled one and am posting the link.

http://sptimes.com/2006/09/12/Floridian/The_shell_game.shtml

Thursday, October 12, 2006

 

From volunteering to teaching

When I started this blog, I didnt know what I was getting into. I enjoy reading other people's blogs, such as Alicia's http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com, or Farmgirl Fare ( www.foodiefarmgirl.blogspot.com). I get lost in their adventures and day to day lives. I now see how much time and energy they put into their postings.

When I started this blog, I was a stay-at-home mom who also ran a cottage soapmaking business. I had a lot more free time that I could have devoted to my blog. Things have changed a bit this school year. I was offered a job as a pre-school aide at our little co-op nursery school. I love volunteering at my girls' school, so I thought what the heck. I can still be home to take the girls to school, still be off work to pick them up from school, summer's off, the nursery school is on the district schedule, so any days the girls have off, I do too. Its great! The kids in the classes are hilarious. You never know what they are going to say or do.

As much as I love doing what Im doing, its zapping all of my time. My house is a wreck, Im always tired, Im grouchy- not like me at all. But, I want to keep doing it. I had decided this summer that I was going to "close up the store" and quit the business side of soapmaking for awhile. My heart just isnt in it. Oh, Ill still make it for our own personal use, but nothing much more than that. I guess my life is taking on a different direction.

I know its going to be a time management thing to get me on a schedule with a job, but by eliminating 1 of my full-time jobs ( I strongly feel being a mom IS a full time job), Ill be able to get back to the things I enjoyed that I just didnt have the time for with the business.

* If Im co-homeroom mom for both girls classes this year, I want to be at the parties, bake the cookies, make the treatbags.
* I want to make it to ALL of my youngest daugthers soccer games, not miss due to Farmer's Market.
* I want to re-plant all of the herbs that I let die due to neglect. I want to add some new ones.
* I want to host dinner parties again and not have the dining room overtaking with piles of soap.
* I want to be more dedicated to the blog and hopefully make a few friends in the process.

We'll just have to wait and see.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

 

Where is Eden Village?

Eden Village isnt a real place, sort of. Eden Village is actually the name of my little cottage business. From my previous post, you saw that I am a soapmaker. Yep, soap! I got the idea for this post from one of my favorite blogs, Posie Gets Cozy. Alicia, the owner of that blog, wrote an entry all about naming your business. Over the course of the past 8 years, Ive come up with many names for my business, but none had stuck until I came up with Eden Village.

So, where did it come from? Well, I live in a very small town in South Central Ohio. Actually, its so small that it is classified as a village. 2 stoplights, no McDonalds, no Wal-mart, 1 family owned grocery store, 3 gas stations, you get the idea. I love living here. Its quiet, there are tree lined streets, old homes, old family names, just about everyone knows everyone or at least, someone of their family. Many, many years ago, Sabina was named the Eden of Ohio. Well, there ya go........Eden Village. But, to me, my company Eden Village Soap Co. is more than just a name. I firmly believe in supporting your own community. I may pay more for some of my ingredients because I buy them at my local IGA. I have my printing done at our little print shop that has been in business for generations. I get my lard, beeswax, honey from local farmers. I grow my own herbs that I add to each soap. All that being said, when I ship off a bar of my soap to another state or country ( from my little post office where I never wait in line and the clerks are friends of mine), Im shipping off a piece of "Eden Village". It makes me feel good to know that Im sharing a piece of this quiet, slow-paced little village and when they hold the soap to their nose to take in its scent, they are stopping for a brief moment to escape the hustle and bustle of their busy day.

Monday, February 27, 2006

 

My passion




Soapmaking is a unique process. I love mixing the oils with the lye water and watching it turn into soap right before my eyes. Then taking herbs from my garden and sweet smelling essential oils and adding it to my new soap to make it beautiful and smell great. Then the hard part comes, waiting. Soaps need to cure once they are made to help harden them. Im always amazed after each batch of soap I make. I really never know how it will turn out.

 

Buckeye Crab Races

What the heck are Buckeye Crab races, you ask??? Well, I was asking myself the same thing last week. My husband and I belong to our local Moose Lodge here in our little town. Saturday nights they usually have a band or dance with a DJ and serve a fabulous dinner. This past Saturday, however, we were treated to crab races. I went ( mostly for the fish fry they served that night) and had the best time ever.

There is a "racetrack" set up. The man doing it brings along his crabs ( crawlers, he informs us, not hoppers- blush) we pick the hermit crab we think is going to bring us to victory. There is an entry fee. One catch, you must pick up your own crab! Yes, reach into a bin with 100 other crabs and pick it up and hand it to the guy. From there, you name your hopeful crab. After everyone has chosen, we go over the rules......1. no blowing your crabs 2. no banging your crabs 3. no pointing at your crabs and finally 4. no leaning over the finish line. (I cant help but giggle as I type this. ) Our crabs our placed in the center of a round track. When our host lifts the cover, you should have heard the commotion. People screaming out, "go Disco", " go Speedy", "go you stupid lifeless crab". The races are comprised of 12 heats. The winner of each heat then goes on to the "Championship Run". My poor crab, "Scooby" ( thus named because of his green shell emblazened with a characature of Scooby Doo) was not a winner, but we had a ball!!!

I cant wait for April, when we have our next chance at crab races!!!

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