The house gets Halloweeny

October 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Mack is still sick. We have been pretty housebound today. I only ran out to the post office to mail a couple of things. Other than that, I’ve just been doing stuff around the house all day while Mack convalesces (meaning, lays around staring at a computer all day…YouTube and Minecraft, I’m guessing).

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Last night the grotesque pork/apple sushi…

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turned into deliciousness in the crockpot.

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My creation was based on this recipe. The apples kind of cook down to nothing, but the flavor of the pork was excellent. The recipe doesn’t call for salt, but I added a little bit to the raw pork, and when it was done I still thought it needed a little more salt. I love salt.

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The boys had couscous and I had a piece of sweet potato.

Breakfast this morning:

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That’s homemade sausage and a cheesy egg that I made for Mack but that he didn’t feel like eating. Yay for cheese (in moderation)…NSNG!

For lunch I made a salad with lettuce, spinach, avocado, tomatoes, leftover pork, and homemade ranch dressing.

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I finally got all of the Halloween decorations out. We have this very small, very hot and dirty outside storage room.

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Most of the things we had in our old storage unit now live in this cramped space that is lined with shelves.

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At one point in the house’s history it was the boiler room. Of course now we have central heat and air (thank goodness) and the old furnace/boiler has been removed. The brick in the corner there is the old chimney for the furnace, and there are still holes in the cinderblock where the old ducts were.

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Pretty, right? When we have really heavy, prolonged rain some water does seep into here at the floor level. But even with days on end of torrential rains like we had recently, it was only ever enough to barely make the floor wet. My Rubbermaid bins keep everything dry (relatively…nothing in the bins showed any signs of moisture).

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There is also quite a bit of tile in there leftover from when they renovated the house around 1990.

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The extra tile came in handy when I had the trash compactor removed. The handymen were able to finish off the floor in the “nook” where the compactor used to be and it looks pretty seamless with the existing floor now.

So now the inside of our house is all Halloweeny.

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The kitchen/family room.

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This skull glows in the dark:

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Many of our decorations are from the boys’ preschool days.

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The dining room:

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This little stand is still a work in progress. I just sort of plunked a few things down there for now, but I’m going to tweak it. I need to get something to go in the tall vase and in the owl.

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The things on the other side of the dining room window sill are not Halloweeny…just there all the time.

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I need to find a cute pot for my chive plant. It loves that window. I snip off it constantly…I use it to make my homemade ranch dressing (instead of dried chives).

The mantle in the living room got a seasonal update also.

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The light strand is tiny skeletons.

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This vase and the grapevine pumpkins are from Tuesday Morning. The dried lavender is from Décor Steals.

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The masterpiece painting of the spooky black dress was done by me at Painting with a Twist while on the Chevy Fit4Life Tour. I thought it seemed sort of Halloweenish.

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The black raven is from Target. The photos were done by a friend of mine. That bridge is what is known as the “421 Bridge” in my hometown. Me and everybody I know jumped off that bridge into the river below at one point in high school. We were so smart back then.

More random Halloweeness:

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I started putting the Halloween decorations outside but I’m not finished. That will have to wait for another blog post. Another DAILY blog post. Day 3, so far so good.

Cya.

Mack is sick

October 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Dinner last night was Trader Joe’s Italian chicken sausage…

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roasted golden beets, and broccoli with my homemade ranch dressing.

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At 4:00 a.m. this morning Mack woke me up complaining of a very sore throat. It was so bad that he couldn’t sleep. He could barely talk or swallow and he was wheezing. I gave him some nighttime cold medicine and eventually he got back to sleep. I didn’t get back to sleep until about fifteen minutes before my alarm went off. Awesome.

So needless to say, Mack didn’t go to school today. Instead we went to the pediatrician’s office.

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He does not have strep throat. Most likely it is RSV or some other virus which you pretty much can’t do anything about. He may be out of commission for a few days. We’ll see. If he feels okay and doesn’t have a fever the doctor said he could go to school. So far no fever, but he doesn’t feel good at all.

After the doctor’s we went to Target to see about getting an inhaler that she prescribed for the wheezing. He doesn’t need the inhaler now, but if his breathing gets difficult he will need it. She said if it is RSV then the symptoms are usually worst on day five! The inhaler is going to be $35 dollars, so I decided to just wait and see if he needs it before getting it filled. At least now they have the prescription on file so I can just call it in if he needs it. Since I was there anyway I decided to go ahead and get a flu shot. $28 (out of pocket…my insurance won’t pay for a flu shot unless I go to my primary care doctor to get it and I’m never going there again, so…), but the pharmacy tech found me a $5 coupon so it was only $23. Mack took these:

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You can’t really see my shorts too well in those photos, but in August they were so tight that I would not wear them. Now they are loose and comfy. Yay whole30!

I got Mack a treat at Target since he had to endure two hours of the doctor and then Target while not feeling well.

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He said the chocolate would not make him feel better, but it would make him sweeter.

When we got home (now lunch time and I still hadn’t eaten anything today except for coffee with heavy cream), I put dinner in the crockpot. It is crockpot apple pork tenderloin, based on a recipe I found here.

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That looks like disgusting sushi.

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Also when we got home from Target the landscapers were at our house. They are removing our mystery pond and cleaning up a bunch of other stuff.

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I thought I had a “before” picture of the mystery pond, but I can’t find it. It was completely covered with ferns and you could not see it at all.

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We lived here for a couple of months before we even realize there was a pond. It was tucked back into this odd corner between the curved wall of our dining room and the pool table room.

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The pond had a pump and a light but they were not plugged in. There is an electrical outlet wayyyy back in that corner.

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This cute little guy was in there.

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Actually, seeing him through the ferns one day is how I realized that there was a pond there.

The landscapers are also removing the lava rock from all of the planting beds in our pool cage. I hate lava rock as mulch. Now that it’s almost fall (in Florida) and hopefully we’ll have some cool days soon, I am planning to do some work out there replanting all of the beds and mulching them with pine bark. I was more than happy to hire out removing the pond and the lava rock…not easy work.

I had planned to start putting up the Halloween decorations today, but Mack’s sickness has totally sidetracked that. I prioritized blogging! I am still challenging myself to publish a blog post every day in October. So far so good. Only 29 more days. Now I must go eat something.

Cya.