Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Taste of Home

Well....I have had my first 'Fish and Chips Supper' since arriving in the US
And I must say...it was delicious
 

One little criticism though....no peas!
Peas are a must with your meal....and there was no vinegar either
Apart from that....America...you did good
 
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x
 
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Walking with a Song in my Heart


All things bright and beautiful
 
All creatures great...
 
and small

All things wise and wonderful
 
The Lord God made them all

Even though I live in a city..I can still find beauty in Gods creations
I love my daily walks
 
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Halfway through the week already.Its time to join Joyce over at This Side of the Pond for the Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. When did you last have to interact, either by phone or in person, with someone in a government run agency? On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the experience? (10 being fabulous and 1 being pass the Tylenol)
For the past year, since applying to come to America to marry MrD I have had to deal with lots of agencys...both here and in the UK. The immigration process was long, complicated and expensive ..and now I'm here trying to become a citizen its still ongoing. For the most part people are helpful....when you can get to speak to them. I spend a lot of time pushing buttons and listening to machines. Since arriving here I feel like I'm floating in the wind. For example...right now Im trying to get a social security number so I can go on MrDs healthcare. A couple of very long waits in the Social Security office revealed I needed to have my alien registration number..which I now have...and I have to legally change my name...marriage dosnt automatically do it. I have a two week wait for the interview to do that. What would make life easier would be if they provided a check list of what needs to be done. I just want to make sure that I'm doing everything right and just dont know what else is round the corner
 

2. The current governor of Wisconsin is considering a run for President next time around. Walker attended Marquette University, but never graduated. In terms of any candidate running for the office of President (not asking here if you agree or disagree with Scott Walker's politics) would the lack of a college degree influence your vote or no? Would that be a factor in your support of any candidate running for public office, even a role less weighty than President?
It wouldn't bother me at all....lack of a college degree dosnt mean a lack of empathy or common sense. All I ask for is someone who is honest and carry out the promises made during an election campaign. I feel let down by so many politicians right now.
 
3. When did you last visit a place or site named for George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, and what was that place or site?
Never....Sigh. But soon I hope. MrDs family live in Washington. Although I have been to the Hoover Dam...and he was a President...right?

 4. February 16th was President's Day in the US, but did you know it was also National Almond Day? I didn't think so : ) Do you like almonds? If so, what's a food/dish/recipe you enjoy that contains almonds? 
I love almonds....and my favourite way of eating them is actually in Almond Milk. It makes my oatmeal so rich and creamy with less calories and fat than regular milk
 

5.The television program Saturday Night Live celebrated it's 40th anniversary this past weekend. Were/are you a fan of the show? If so what has been your favorite (or one of your favorite) skits, sayings, or characters that came out of the program?
I don't think we got Saturday Night Live in the UK...or if we did I never watched it. I do know that two of my favourite funny men were on there though. Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell always bring a smile to my face
Jimmy Fallon Will Ferrel
6. Anything purple within ten feet of you? What is it?
Absolutely nothing....and looking around the whole apartment I cant see anything purple anywhere!!  Although...I do have a Deep Purple CD somewhere....does that count?
 

7. Back in December I asked you to submit a question for a future HP as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I grabbed this one from those entries, submitted by Zoanna who blogs over at Penchant for Pens. Thanks Zoanna!
She asks, "How often do you make your bed, and how do you like to make it-pull the covers all the way up over the pillows, tuck the covers in around the pillows, or place all the pillows on top of the covers?" 
I make the bed every morning and change all the bedding once a week. I tuck the covers away from the pillows
 


8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Thank you Valentines Day.......
 
every time...
 
 Love and Hugs
Phoebe x
 
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Safe and Sound

Panic over....just had a Skype call off my daughter
Oscar has been found.
He was locked in a neighbours shed and
was cold, wet and hungry

Miss C is so relieved as its the middle of winter and
he had been missing almost three days


I think hes glad to be home too
 
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x
 
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Simple Woman's Daybook

Wow...these Mondays come around so fast. Its time to join Peggy for this weeks Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY ...February 16th, 2015

Outside my window...
Its 7.30am...and its a bit cooler today.. 55 degrees. Considering it got up to 87 over the weekend its a blessed relief

I am thinking...
how peaceful it is this time of the morning...I have had time to do a lot of chores and do my scripture study already.


I am thankful...
that the nasty migraine I suffered with at the end of last week has finally abated and I was able to enjoy the weekend wjth MrD. I don't get them often...but this one was a dooozey!

In the kitchen...
I have a meatloaf in the slow cooker. I have never made one before...I don't think its that popular in the Uk...but MrD requested one. I hope it turns out ok

Around the house...
everything is neat and tidy ...ready for what the week may bring

I am wondering...
where I put something. Its probably in that 'safe place' where I put everything else!!

 
I am wearing...
I'm in the pink today...Blue jeans, pink blouse, pearl and pink necklace and earrings, white sneakers...and white socks with pink bows

I am hoping...
that my daughters cat reappears today. Oscar was last seen yesterday morning and Miss C is starting to worry


I am reading...
'Emma' by Jane Austen...(still)....I hope to finish it this week as I have a couple of books waiting in the wings


I am going...
to take a walk to the new 99c store later today. I love pastel colours, and the store is full of them this time of the year because of the run up to Easter. I'm going to see what I can find.. (anything for a bargain me!!)

I am learning...
how to alter images on the computer. I want to give my photographs a better finish. Its fun!.

I am looking forward to...
My Sister of the Heart visiting us at the weekend as she travels to her hospital appointments. She lives eight hours drive from us..and I haven't seen her since just before Christmas. I have much to be grateful to her for....she introduced me to my lovely MrD

A favorite quote for today...



I am praying...
for all those who need help right now...Recently I cant watch the tv news without getting upset. I pray it brings them comfort to know that Heavenly Father hears them and is always with them

One of my favorite things...
that I had this weekend was the Strawberry Lemonade I had on Saturday when MrD took me out for a Valentines treat. That...along with the hot biscuits and apple butter was a meal in itself..and was absolutely delicious  (please forgive MrDs workmans hands...he told me to say that ...smiles )

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Painting the bathroom, stitching, and spending time with my Hubby....perfect

A peek into my day...
 .....blue skies and palm trees...who am I to complain....


Love and Hugs
Phoebe x
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Beautiful Keepsake

This morning I was sorting through some paperwork I brought with me from the UK and I came across a scrap of paper written by  my daughter when she was a little girl. I'm so glad I kept it. Time passes so quickly.
 
 
Stars.. Butterflies.. Birds.. Flowers.. wow! And Im so glad she loved me more than fish!. But I wonder what giss is?
 
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x
 
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

First Project...Done

My first project on my new sewing machine
 
Very quick and simple..
Black and white with a hint of pink...

Not too sure about the flower
but I was practicing
and I might take it off
 
but it looks pretty on the bed
 
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x
 
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Monday, February 9, 2015

The Simple Womans Daybook


Its time to join Peggy for this Mondays Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY ...February 2nd. 2015

Outside my window...
Its 7am...just getting light and already its a sticky 63 degrees...its going to be a warm one!

I am thinking...
Of my aunt back in the Uk who is celebrating her first birthday since the death of her husband. Its going to be a year of firsts for her...

I am thankful...
that I know death isn't the end. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will see my parents again...and I know that one day my aunt will see her husband again

In the kitchen...
my empty breakfast dish is in the sink... the meat filling for tonight empanadas is simmering nicely on the stove...and I've just poured myself another cup of freshly brewed coffee...lovely.


I am wondering...
if I should try and make my own pastry for tonights meal instead of using frozen

I am wearing...
Jeans, black shirt, black sneakers, a long silver necklace with a huge heart and silver hoop earrings. Socks for the day...pink heart socks ( think you might of gathered by now I love funky socks)

I am creating...
a cushion...uphauling some thrift shop finds...and I have just finished these preserve jar toppers...they just need some ribbon.


I am hoping...
that all my creative ideas will look as good as I imagine them to be

I am reading...
'Emma' by Jane Austen......fabulous author...fabulous novel.

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I am going...
to try and get though to Immigration Services again today and try and make that appointment to get my name changed...its harder than than you might think

I am learning...
patience...although its very difficult trying to get information over the telephone when I really need to speak to a human not a machine



I am looking forward to...
My Valentines date with MrD next weekend. It will be the first one we have ever spent together

A favorite quote for today...
is just as the plaque says on my wall


I am praying...
for my Mother in Law...who I have only spoken to on the telephone and have yet to meet, who is on 24 an hour a day oxygen and who has just been admitted to hospital

Around the house...
The housework is done....getting up so early with MrD means I get finished quickly. But having said that I'm starting to organize my craft space...all two shelves of it..and utilizing some little baskets and containers I bought from the dollar store yesterday...

One of my favorite things...
in all the world are butterflies...I just love them. Back in Wales there was one that used to follow me around the garden and land wherever I was working. It used to stay still and let me get really close to take its picture. The kids said it wasn't the same butterfly...but what do they know (winks)


A few plans for the rest of the week:
more creating I hope...I really have got the bug for it right now...

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x
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Meal Plan Monday



 
 

This weekend has been full of crafting. MrD's lovely gift has been well used as I've been practicing all the lovely stitches and have also almost finished my first project. My overhall of last weeks thrift shop finds is underway and I hope they turn out as I have imagined...I will let you know. I really don't know when I will have time to cook...lol. But here's this weeks menu.
The chicken tenders are from the freezer...I made them  few weeks ago. And the peppers are stuffed with chilli also leftover from a previous meal and frozen. MrD is working Saturday...so will celebrate Valentines Day on Sunday
 
Weekly Plan - February 9th

Monday             Beef Empanadas, Salad

Tuesday            Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Wednesday       Pork Chops, Baby Potatoes, Lemon Pepper Asparagus


Thursday          Penne Bake with Spinach and Tomatoes

Friday               Teryaki Chicken

Saturday           Turkey Chilli Stuffed Peppers

Sunday              Valentines Day out with Hubby
 
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