Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This and That

I have all these things that I keep meaning to post here, and every day I think,

 "I'll post before bed" 

and at bedtime I think,

"I'll get up and post early."

 And sigh... you see that it is a while before I post. 
Life is full. That's for sure. 

We have been busy with homeschool lessons resuming again after the long holiday break. It's so nice to have a break, but it's so nice to be on a schedule again. I love schedules, and lists, and all kinds of nerdy stuff like that. 
We received the game above for Christmas from some friends of ours. Oh, what fun!!! I love a good game and this is a dandy. It's right up there with Blockus, Sequence, and Settlers of Catan in my favorite board game type games. It's called Qwirkle. Easy to get started, a little challenging, and it makes you think! I love that. 

We got a teeny bit of snow last weekend, that's always a treat around here. Anytime you hear that word there is always a rush of people making sure the roads are safe, that they can get to the grocery store before they go home, and the news channel is always current with the latest radar so we can know if we need one gallon of milk or if we need 2... and how many loaves of bread too. 
It's seriously funny, but I love it. I love our little area and it's funny ways. It doesn't matter to us if there is snow on the way or not, I get milk 5 gallons at a time. hahah. So unless it's the day we go get milk, we should manage ok. ;) 

One thing I did do for the wintry weather weekend was make up a triple batch of chai tea. It's so nice to sip on and enjoy occasionally. The recipe is here. 
Like I said, we are back underway with our lessons, and with that, we have a new little learner with us. He is so funny and he can't stand it if all the kids are at the school table working and he is not up there too. So while I'm reading to them or we are discussing our next assignment, he has to have his "work". Two pencils... mind you, because one is simply NOT enough. ;) 
We love our bird watching around here, but look at this cutie-patootie! A chunky little grey squirrel was right outside my boys window having him a little snack. They sat there and watched him for a while and he didn't seem to mind. 
Have I ever told y'all about what we do after our first day of eating a pot of chili? Of course the first day we eat it 'as is' with some crackers or cheese toast or what not, but on the second day we turn it into "Chili 3-way" I think it may also be called "Cincinnati Chili"
We saw it a long time back at Steak and Shake. 
It's spaghetti noodles, ketchup (I know it sounds gross, but really it adds just what is needed), chili and then parmesan cheese. You can add stuff on top of that if you want it, like onions, or jalepenos, etc... I like onions! 
It's one of my sons favorite meals. He and Shannon made chili this weekend and he has eaten chili 3-way daily til the chili was gone! 

See that little stainless steel coffee mug? I won that in a 'dirty santa' game over Christmas break. I LOVE that little thing. LOVE it. It's the perfect size and it keeps my coffee hot because I am a sipper... I like to enjoy and savor and not gulp and I can drink it down to the last drop because it stays HOT. Best dirty santa present I ever got! WOOT!

Like I said, not much of a theme to todays post... just a little 'this and that' but I've enjoyed our little chat and hope to do it again soon. 
I have a bird-feeder project I hope to share with you in the next day or so, it's a lot of fun. 
Have a wonderful day friends! 


  1. I thought we were the only ones that did cheese toast! My children were just sure of it, because all their friends moms make grilled cheese! I will have to tell them we aren't the only ones. See I knew I was normal grilled cheese takes too much bread and too much time. Haha! I've never heard of 3 war chili I will have to remember that! My only problem is no matter how big the pot of chili I make it seems we never have but maybe a couple cups leftover! Thanks for sharing! I LOVE your school room!