Thursday, January 1, 2009

Beautiful Day!

This morning the snow was falling ever so slowly, there was wasn't any wind to speak of, and best of all, it was warming up! The trees are a winter wonderland with the snow on the evergreens and laying on each branch of the oaks. Breathtaking. I opened my blinds in the bedroom, sat up and started to read, what great thing to do on a New Year's day.

Our family seems to be doing all kinds of things this week. Yesterday, Leah had friends over, including her brother and his friend, they played cards and of course snacked! James was planning on going dancing, I don't know what Brian had planned. He is in southern Utah and had gone skiing the other day, said it was a perfect day with great skiing. Breanne and Josh had gone to he grandparents in Arizona for the week. Michelle and Dave watch movies at home. Although my intentions of waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square, I was sleeping by 10:30 and couldn't even wait another half hour. Today was quiet but relaxing.

I had bought a rump roast yesterday and put it in the crock pot today with a can of Campbell's beef broth and 3/4 can water, onions, carrots, spices (garlic powder, thyme, etc) and lots of dehydrated garlic. When it done, another can of undiluted mushroom soup went in. I really like the beefy mushroom best was out of it. I was able to take about 2 cups to make gravy. Drained and saved the rest of the juices and will take off the fat and us it in some soup with the last of the roast on Saturday. It really was tasty.

It has been very nice to be able to take time off during the holidays. Yesterday and today I went for walks. Ardmore walks about 3/4 mile to get our mile every day.

Michelle has been completing some of her little quilts that she has started over the years. I think she said she has finished three out of five. She will start school again next week so things will surely change for her then, between giving piano lessons and playing for a high school choir and going to school she is very busy.

Thought for the Day
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." - Albert Einstein

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