Monday, January 16, 2017

The Ten Random Questions Tag

I was tagged by Marissa at Hidden Treasures for the Ten Random Questions Tag.
Here it goes!

#1 What is your favorite snack food?

Well...Hmm... This one is hard, I don't eat a whole lot of snacks these days.
But I would probably say celery with peanut butter?? I think... :P
or...a plate of cheese,, fresh veggies and ranch.

#2 Who is your favorite author and why?

I don't really have a favorite author. I love so many and it is hard to choose just one.
I'll say Louis L'Amour, but not his westerns. I LOVE his depth and insight. I love the romance in his words, how his stories unfold as if it were you experiencing everything with the character. My favorite books would be Last of the Breed ,Sackett's Land, Jubal Sackett  and Fair Blows the Wind.  But I am not saying I don't like his westerns at all, just saying that his westerns aren't my favorites.

#3 If you had to change your first name, what would it be?

I always wanted to be Anne (for Anne Shirley) or Loretta (for Loretta Lynn :P). I hated my name when I was little and still wish it was something more "normal".

#4 What is your first memory?

I think my earliest memory would be playing with my nephew Colten on some exercising equipment, I remember looking down as I tried to crawl across part of it (I don't know what it was.. ). I think Colten got hurt because I remember my mom and sister Mindy running in and picking us up. I remember being quite upset that we couldn't play anymore.

#5 What is something you're passionate about?

I love baking and cooking! I love experimenting in the kitchen. Trying new recipes, making up recipes and just seeing if I can make it "better" than before. I especially love old "historical" recipes that make me feel like I am experiencing something from the past. Kneading bread dough helps me relieve stress, so I often would bake when I was feeling anxious (I don't bake very often right now). I dream of opening a bakery where I can sell different kinds of healthy and allergy-free bread. Special sweets and just a big mix of items.

#6 If you were to move from where you live, where would it be?

I think either Idaho or Eastern Oregon. All for different reasons... hehe.

I am attached to Oregon, the place I grew up. I love the long dry summers and the snowy winters. I love the mountains, the trees, the wildflowers and just about everything about it! Well...not the rattlesnakes or bees, but those I am used to. I think I would want to live there over anywhere else.

Idaho because it (law-wise) is the ideal place to raise a family. What I have seen of Northern Idaho reminds me of Eastern Oregon some, but I don't like Southern Idaho much. I dream of buying a small farm (when/if I get married) near a small town and raise my children there. I want to live almost solely off the land because that is just what I've dreamed about my whole life. I want my children to have memories like mine, of growing up barefoot in the mountains with no care in the world.

#7 What is your dream vacation?

It would be the same as Marissa, a paid trip around the world.
Ideally I would  like to spend a LOT of time at places around the world studying everything about them. Hehe!

#8 Where is your favorite hangout place?

Elisa and Leon's... :P I love spending evenings there, going there after church or for a BBQ in the summer. It has always been my second home. I also enjoy going out to Shari's for coffee or breakfast with my friends.

#9 Favorite style of music?

I love most music between 1900-1960's and some select singers from 1980-2000. I love old songs recorded during WWI, the Depression and WWII. I love the old Jazz/Swing. I love the crooners (Bing Crosby, anyone?!). I love old country. I love classic rock. Such a variety!

#10 Do you read more than one book at a time?

Umm... I start more than one book at a time??? I usually then choose one and read it through before continuing with the others I've started.  Through the years I have started so many any still haven't picked them all back up again! Right now I have three books on my "nightstand" that I am reading and two I am reading aloud to Marissa, the other is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I have taken awhile to read that as I tend to ponder on it quite a bit. As I am reading those I have read other books on the side. So I supposed the answer would be yes... :P

I don't feel like tagging anyone or change the questions as it already has taken me awhile to write this. So if you want to do it go ahead and use the same questions if you like.. ;)

<3 Marita

Friday, January 13, 2017

"New" Faces

Last night my nephew picked Marissa and I up (I don't drive in snow!) And we headed to my Dad's. The roads were quite icy! Everyone was invited over to see my step-mom's parents who are out here.
After being cooped up and unable to leave the house it felt like I had been handed $1,000,000! Lol, okay, not quite.... ;-)  It felt pretty good though to be able to get out!
We got there and everyone was anxious to get out in the snow! Nobody has spent much time sledding this year, guess we just aren't used of being able to...Though in my case, there really isn't anywhere to sled in a subdivision. Not everyone was there yet though so we waited with butterflies in our belly's. Or I did anyways...;-)
Finally we all bundled up. Grabbed the sleds and took off. A few of us went and tried one hill out front, but nobody came and joined us. So off we went to find them sledding down another hill. Oh it was fun!
After awhile us girls decided to go walk around. Laughing and talking. Looking at the "stars" in the snow and eating them...LaKaysha??;) We sledded down the hill a few more times, but then spent the majority of our time visiting, eating snow and dancing. Hehe!
After awhile we finally started getting cold, or at least I did, and went in. Good food, good conversation and coffee...(yes, we made a few changes in our diet;)
I was glad to spend some time with people again! Laughing, visiting and just seeing their faces. It was refreshing! Also was very glad to spend sometime playing in the snow! Aww....Felt like I was little again....
Enjoy! <3 Marita

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January Snow

Well, I have only managed to work one day this week due to the weather. I've missed at least one day a week since Christmas! I am enjoying the break but it hasn't been helpful to my budget.
BUT.....I am LOVING the snow!  Only once have I actually gone out in it and it was a blast! Tonight the whole family is invited to my Dad's and I am hoping to spend some time (if we can even make it there!) In the snow....
Over all, January has been a very slow month. Mostly sitting at home and only going out if necessary. Any clear day when the roads are good I try to make it to work and get everything I need done in one day. I spend my days reading, knitting and watching old movies...And re-watching Father Knows Best ;)
Marissa and I have both been feeling gross, itching all over with slight rash(I had welts one day) and headaches. So we decided to try a special diet and hopefully heal our stomaches and find out what is causing everything. I can't say if we will be able to stick to it... Hopefully we can! It hasn't been fun and it is only the second day! Lol! But overall I have felt better already! I am enjoying trying to be creative and make foods we can eat but also make them taste good. I will try to keep you updated on how this goes and whatnot...:-P
Anyways, since nothing much has been going on I don't have much to say...Been going through stuff, planning and budgeting in what we need for our rental/apartment. Pinterest is quite helpful and fun so we've enjoyed doing that.
We spend hours reading inspirational and funny quotes to each other. We get a good laugh...:-P
Hope you enjoyed this little update!
<3 Marita