Quick Hello – cleaning, music, babies, mom crafts and more

August 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm 7 comments

I hope you are having a wonderful August! The fair just closed, which to me, always feels like the official close of summer. I know I said no posts this month but I’m avoiding housework. 🙂

The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide to Fitting Creativity into Your LifeDo you want to join me in working through this beautiful art book for moms Come over to my other blog Blog Schmog and join us?

I’d like to work through the 12 week art course with other moms. Would you like to order the book and blog your progress too? I can tell you in advance, I won’t be accomplishing it in 12 weeks. It will be more of a here and there process. But the “homework” is manageable even if you want to keep to the schedule. Order yours and look it over. I want to start in September sometime.

Here is what I’ve been up to in random order…

  • The hogs are filling out. We just went to the farmer to get another 900lbs of grain that should finish them off by Thanksgiving.

I still have a very sad garden. 😦 The only things I’ve been able to harvest are red potatoes and a few golf ball sized onions. The carrots are ready. It seems only below ground vegetables worked this year. I am holding out hope for some tomatoes, garlic and my squash plants have little baby zucchini, summer squash and pie pumpkins on them so keep growing!

  • Baby is growing. I guess I’m making skin right now! Yesterday I got my first dizzy spell. That’s never happened before, that I can remember. It’s funny how mushy my brain is too. I went to my first appointment at 12wks. I knew all the pertinent dates, even conception but I still had myself all messed up. My midwife did the calculations and she said, “Jess you are 16wks not 12, we need to draw blood today.” I’m a month further along than I originally thought. Must be another girl. 🙂 Too funny!
  • On birthing… I was talking to a friend of ours who is an anesthesiologist and telling him my birth stories, including the one time I got an epidural. I told him that I’ve decided (through personal experience, assisting a mother in her hospital birth and extensive research) that birthing naturally is a matter of education and being confident in what God made our bodies to do. I love this quote on Dayspring’s website, “Childbirth should be viewed as a natural undertaking in life, not a medical crisis…” Here is what my friend, whose career is largely dependant on epidurals said, “If more mothers educated themselves I’d be out of a job.”
  • As we “speak” I’m rocking out with our favorite net radio station www.christianrock.net
  • Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Call it nesting or fall cleaning but I’m on a rampage to get my basement cleared out so we can finish the drywall and floors. I’m hoping to acid wash the concrete and get the majority of the unfinished space usable by the time baby comes. Has anyone ever done the acid wash? NO I’m not doing it but I can coach my hubby on how to do it rather than having to hire it out. Seriously, how hard can it be? As long as you don ‘t melt your shoes right? :-]
  • Requests I’ve had for future blog posts… my testimony, baby bump pictures and my favorite gluten free pizza crust recipe. Any other requests? I’m not guaranteeing anything! 😉

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Karen Joy  |  August 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Jessie, I remember a Christian leadership/worldview retreat I went to when I was 17… (http://www.summit.org/) and one of the things that stuck with me is that one of the most effective debate tools is to use the words/quotes of our opponents against them. I’m not as combative about my beliefs as I used to be, but I couldn’t help but think that, as I read what the anesthesiologist said. He is acknowledging that he’s in a job that he KNOWS would disappear if women educated themselves. Hm…

    Acid wash: We did an acid stain on some concrete pads in front of our house. It really wasn’t hard. Sealed it with a clear matte finish. This is what we used: http://www.cohills.com/pdf/Cohills_Pro_Series.pdf We used English Leather, which is a deep brown with a bit of rust in it. Looks fab.

    • 2. Jess @ Blog Schmog  |  August 30, 2010 at 7:28 pm

      Ah you are always a plethera of information! 🙂 Thanks, I can’t wait to get to work er’ um’ crack the whip on this project. HA! Your choice of color sounds divine, absolutely the thing I was looking for.

      On the “delivery debate” I found it refreshing that he basically said, “Yes, you girls don’t need me and if only you knew.” He is a very kind, Christian friend but I felt a tinge of vindication. Of course not toward him but towards the notion that women can’t or don’t want to be educated. Anyhoo… I couldn’t wait to quote him to my dear friend who is a nurse and wants desperately to deliver her next baby without the knife. Hm is right.

      I’m going to copy these comments to Blog Schmog too. Good stuff Karen.

  • 3. Brian  |  August 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Congratulations!!! It’s good to hear from you. Take care.

    • 4. Jess @ Blog Schmog  |  August 31, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks Brian! Hey, ever since you posted GF French Bread I’ve been dying to try some. I’m still trying to get my hands on a pan though. I can order online but have been looking locally. I think I’m about to give up and get one online! I CAN’T WAIT!

      I have dried sourdough starter that I made (GF) and I want to try a little in the loaves! MMMMmm

  • 5. Heather @CeliacFamily  |  September 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    So happy to hear the good news about your Mini Me. Congratulations!

  • 7. DeclutterLady  |  September 18, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I was cleaning out my basement the other day too – a good fall activity!


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Many of you have been checking back for results on my sourdough creation. At the moment it is still a science experiment, but a happy, bubbly experiment. Never fear, recipes will be here! I did make a beautiful, moist and delicious loaf of sourdough using yeast and a myriad of other ingredients but I'm still trying to create something more user friendly. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a starter on the counter that you could add 4 things to and have a loaf of bread by dinner? Mmmm! Attempt #1 - rose well but resulted in a dense chewy blob Attempt #2 - rose ok but was thin and lifeless then fell and another dense (not so chewy) blob Attempt #3 - to the dogs! Attempt #4 - A sourdough pancake success see post under what's for breakfast gluten-free goof? Ongoing - I've tried several more times and am going to try a completely different approach on the bread starting this week. (Mar 18). My sourdough is still happy on my counter and it makes great pancakes but it's a lot of work just for pancakes. Keep checking! April Update: She is still kickin and I'm still workin on a yeast free, gluten free sourdough loaf! May Update: My sourdough "pet" has been dried and retired until next baking season. I've traded her in for a hotter model, the BBQ! :)
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