Posted By Cori on January 24, 2011
It’s been cold here in Utah. Really cold. We had thirteen days straight of sub-freezing temperatures. Now, having lived in Nebraska for a year and a half, I realize that’s nothing to some friends up North. Be we’re not used to that anymore and it was sure obnoxious. The snow was piled high and wouldn’t melt off the roads. Finally, the last week we’re starting to see some 30’s and 40’s. Quite nice. The snow is melting and we’re getting some rain to ‘reign’ in the snow. Last night it re-froze in the common and now we have a fun little frozen pond.
We’re drinking lots of hot cocoa to help beat the cold. I love it with a dollop of marshmallow creme and a candy cane. Or a sprinkle of cinnamon or chipotle chili powder. It just warms you from the inside out.
I’ve been trying to get back in the habit of making menus again. The last few months I haven’t done so well with these household necessities.
After all these years I finally figured out a great way to make my shopping list. I made my menu for a month then made a spreadsheet with four weeks worth of shopping for groceries and household needs. The first week of the month I shopped for all the staples and non-perishables for a month, and the produce for the first week only. Then each shopping week I made a list of staples to check and produce to buy for the next week. The whole month on one list and in one planning session. So far it’s working great.
My pots and pans have been in a rather pathetic state. I started to look into new cooking sets and decided quickly that I didn’t care for most of the sets out there. So many of them have tiny pots and pans I never use. I found these pots at Ikea and decided to give the 5-quart pot a try. I love it. I went back and got the 3-quart and 2-quart pots. They have measurements printed inside that aren’t right on, but are helpful for getting an idea of amounts. It’s the 365 series and I’m excited to add pieces a little here and there. Next I think I’ll get the roaster. Or a couple of the non-stick pans. Or…
Along with all my household chores I also let my hobbies go for a while. I know some of you are wondering what the heck I was doing for a few months. I don’t know. Not much. But my friend Coretta wanted to tat snowflakes for Christmas for all the Young Women in our ward (Church congregation) and I thought I’d help. It was kind of scary how much I’d forgotten in the few short months I hadn’t picked up a shuttle. Coretta ended up doing all 20-ish herself. I felt bad and vowed not to let myself go like that again.
I’ve been trying to stretch myself beyond what I had learned before by making these larger hearts and motifs. I’ve enjoyed being back at the shuttle again and Garret even bought me three new threads and a couple more shuttles. I like the little plastic ones because they’re inexpensive enough that I can just load a new one with each color of thread I buy.
And I’ve started to wear reading glasses now. At first it was just at night or when I was tired. Not so slowly it’s gotten to be anytime I read or write or do anything with my hands. I pretty much just aim at my lashes to get mascara on. Kind of annoying, but there are a lot of cute glasses out there. And I’m not going to complain since I got to almost 50 before I even needed glasses in the first place.
We also went to Disneyland with some of our family, and went to Arizona for Christmas. Both trips we had to endure horrific driving conditions on our way to our destinations. But both trips were very worth the white-knuckle drives. It had been a few years since we were in Disneyland and I just can’t describe how wonderful it was to be back. It was like a homecoming for us. Hopefully next time we go even more of our family can be there, but this time was the first for our two little Grandkids and what a blessing and joy it was to be with them for that! They were little troopers! We were in the parks for four days and they just kept trudging on. How delightful they are to my heart.