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One of 2016's Goals

So one of my many goals this year is to walk\run 14 miles a week. This may not seem like much but it is for me. I have arthritis and a hip ...

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

One of 2016's Goals

So one of my many goals this year is to walk\run 14 miles a week. This may not seem like much but it is for me. I have arthritis and a hip that doesn't often want to cooperate. It's just a small fitness goal that makes me feel better . My girls are my exercise buddies. We have a lovely route taking us through rolling hills of beautiful farmland. We have been having summer like temps since before Christmas but this week Winter has come to town. It makes for chilly but invigorating walks :) What are some of your goals for 2016? Blessings ~ Nikki
Our frosty morning view on our route.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year

I hope the new year finds everyone well. It seems Winter has decided to finally show up after having 70 degree weather through Christmas. Winter also brought his buddy the flu with him. Poor Toodles has been sick for this past week but is finally on the mend. I'm trying to stay well myself plus keep the kiddos from getting sick. I have been making my favorite tea and trying to get everyone to drink it. Those who have are doing well at fighting the sickness off. Of course these wonderful herbs have some antiviral properties :)

Its a simple tea if you would like to try it. I use dried peppermint but prepackaged herbal peppermint tea is great too. I use tea bags from Adagio ( Tea Filters ) to hold my ingredients.  In a 1/2 gallon jar I use 1/2 tsp of dried peppermint, 1/4 tsp powdered ginger, 1/4 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 tsp dried rosemary, 1-2 tbs honey, 2tsp lemon juice. I hang the filter off the side of the jar ( they are really long filters) and screw the ring on it. I then pour boiling water in the jar and steep for 3 - 5 minuets. It all depends on how strong you want it. Sometimes I add more honey in my cup for a sweeter flavor.
I have set several goals for this year and blogging at least weekly is one of them. So often I say I'm going to be an active blogger again but life gets so busy and its always the things we enjoy that seem to drop off the list of must do's. There have been some great changes though and hopefully this is a goal I can keep . I miss the bloggy world :/ We still don't have internet at our place. Mainly because only thing available is a mobile hotspot or satellite internet and I am overly cautious of that 2 year contract . So for now its reading and blogging by my phone or at the library; which is where I am today. By the way, I think they forgot to turn off the AC in here...it is FREEZING! Anyway, be well and blessings til we meet again!
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Monday, March 23, 2015

First Day!

Today was my first day on the job as an RN. I have a long week because of orientation and training but soon I will have my 3 day work week. I will have longer work days but at least I will be home at night and for most of the week. Spring has sprung here which makes us long to do more things outside for school. Everything is finally blooming, including some surprise tulips in our new yard. We have been doing some garden planning and outside clean up. We dug a firepit the other day. We have to get some pavers to line it but at least the hard part is done. We have gotten to spend the past two weekends helping my parents build a shed. Hoopy and Tman learned some valuable work skills from their Dad and Papaw during the construction. There is still some work to be done but Hoopy statred back working weekends at his summer job and Tman got a new job at a local ranch. BabyGirl is continuing at her job without me ( I miss working with her) and Roosie just celebrated her 15th birthday Friday. So many changes are happening ! Seasons *sigh* But as always God is good :)
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Another Winter Storm

For the second time in little over a week we have more snow! After battling freezing rain, ice and snow last week; we woke up to more snow today. We have about 4" here and other places have less or more. I had 3 interviews scheduled today but had to reschedule 2. I'm sure I'll have to change the last one also. The goal is to stay warm :) Blessings!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Praise the Lord I Did It!

Its official! I passed NCLEX and received my license on February 11 :) I am now officially Nurse Nikki . Now that studying is over and done for me I can have time to enjoy the little things in life... like blogging!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nurse Nikki

Tonight I officially became a nurse, not registered yet but soon :) The pinning ceremony was tonight and graduation is tomorrow. Its been a long road but we made it. So thankful for my family who stuck by me and bore the hardships and for God giving me the strength and courage to do it. Now I can have time to blog again :) Blessings! - Nikki

Friday, June 27, 2014

A little while back the Weather Channel posted a graphic that said the Southeast would be seeing a cooler than normal summer. I'm not sure the weather has seen that graphic because it is absolutely not conforming to it. *sigh* We have been floating in the 90's with high humidity for weeks and there does not seem to be any change coming soon. Maybe we will have an early Fall this year. Right now everything is drying up in this heat. My pretty spring flowers are a long gone memory. 
With the heat outside, we have been working on de-cluttering our house inside. Today we are finishing up our "desk switch a roo". BabyGirl bought a new to her desk at a local thrift store yesterday. She needed more space for her editing. She gave her old desk to Roosie who needed more space for her drawing. Roosie gave me her old desk for me to use in the kitchen since I needed less space than the big table I was using to study on. Now I think we are all content. 
Last week I worked in the kitchen trying to rearrange things so that it felt more open. I got rid of one of my storage shelves and moved some others around. I think I have it just about perfect. The kitchen seems bigger and brighter. I still have to switch around some things in the cabinets but I will work on that Monday. 
Toodles used my shelving unit I took from the kitchen to organize his stuff on the carport. By recycling items this week we have managed to meet a lot of needs for each other. 
My favorite part of this de-clutter and rearranging is that now my Mamaw's antique metal cabinet is used solely in housing our baking ingredients and pans. I used mason jars and post-it labels to create storage bins for things like chocolate chips, coconut and baking powder. It looks so nice and neat and it is easy to find things in a hurry now. Is anyone else doing any de-c;uttering this summer? Blessing!
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