Saturday, June 20, 2009


I sat in the floor and cried. I cried until there wasn't anymore tears left.

Colton used to have a hamster named Lil Bitty when he was about four. She wasn't named that because she was teeny tiny. She was named that because she was just that... a bitty.

Bitty had the same routine. Every night she would get up, go to her litter box (yes, she was potty trained), roam around inside her cage until we noticed her; then, I'd put her in her ball where she traveled aimlessly for an hour around the house. She would then bite me or at least try, as I put her back in her freshly cleaned home and she would eat, then go to sleep.

My life is a lot like Bitty's was. I get up, go to the bathroom, travel aimlessly for about an hour (drive to Springfield), then eat and go to bed. The only thing is, I have no one to clean my house. I have to do it. Lately, I haven't had time and this morning I'm just feeling was overwhelmed.

Steve left mad at me. Evidently, I'm a negative person. I'm also a smartass. He's fed up with all of it!!! I started to text him after he left and ask if that made me a negative smartass but I let it go.

Colton is sick. Heaven help any woman that ever marries this child. He is the most humongous baby when he is sick. I have to take his temperature at least every 15 minutes. And when he says the word, Mom. He sounds just like a baby calf. I have told him that at least 100 times in the last day. I keep asking where the baby calf I hear bellaring is.

On top of this, he is missing practice today. I figure I have a few families totally whizzed at me over that. Too bad.

Dad started cutting hay this morning. We're all hoping that we don't have any pop up showers. Colton is worried he won't be able to rake on Monday.

I'm beginning to think I should have taken the summer off.

Paden broke Mom's toe last week, on top of everything else. Broke it clean in half. He's such a little brute.

Somedays, I just feel like I'm only around for laundry, cleaning and cooking. Today is one of those. I think I know how the house slaves used to feel. I told Colton, I should just get a real good tan and an apron and he could ring a bell and could start answering all of them, "Yes, Master". Or maybe in Paden's case, "Yes, your Royal Highness".

Steve doesn't help. He sits around and watches television. Gripes about the house being a wreck. Gripes if I miss a couple questions on a test. Gripes if there isn't any money in the checking account.

Somehow, he has developed this thing that I shop all the time. I do seem to shop a lot lately. The thing is, I don't enjoy anything I have been shopping for. I guess maybe I should start shooting that muzzle loader, rifle, and shotgun. I guess I should be the one going to Colorado Elk hunting this fall. I guess I should be the one getting all the new hunting crap.

I'm ready to be through with school. I want to start having a paycheck where I can buy my own truck. One that I actually want. If I want to spend money on something, it'll be my money and I won't feel bad for spending it on me.

Me, well, I'll quit whining now. I have a load of laundry to fold and I think I may have built up a few tears that need to be shed.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Blue Plate Monday ~ Vegetable Salad Recipe

It's Monday and we all know that means Blue Plate Monday at (un)Deniably Domestic. Kelly has cooked up a beautiful cherry pie and it has the most gorgeous crust on it. Please follow her link and go check it out.

I have a couple friends that follow my blog that I sincerely wish would join us for Blue Plate Monday. I know that one in particular could produce recipes for some wonderful homecooking for the hectic lifestyle. By hectic I mean, farmers. Dairy farmers, to be precise. There are four lady dairy farmers from here in Buffalo. They are some wonderful, talented ladies and I am so honored to have them in my life, though I don't get to spend as much time as I would like visiting with them. I very much respect each of these wonderful ladies. Each has something that they are very good at and together they make the most awesome team and family.

Now, onto the story of my recipe...

I can remember my grandma making this every summer. In July we always had the Wing Family reunion that we went to, which was my Grandma's mothers side of the family. This salad was a popular dish and she would make up a super large bunch of it because she would never have leftovers and we liked it at home too.

Today, her sister makes this dish a lot and takes it to many church dinners and also to what is left of the Wing family reunion.

I was craving this salad this weekend. I barbequed for the boys on Saturday and made Grandma's Potato Salad, Vegetable Salad, Corn, and Baked Beans. We had fresh leaf lettuce and radishes from the garden to round out our meal. Yes, I know that sounds like tons of salads but it is the time of year that I keep a couple made up in the fridge. This always makes dinner so much easier if you are in rush too because you only have to worry about the meat to go with it.

I'm sorry that I can't post a picture of my salad. I still haven't picked up that camera battery. My Wal-Mart doesn't carry it and I forgot to stop in Springfield. I also refuse to buy another one at Radio Shack if it's not going to last longer than a couple weeks and a handful of uses.

Alice's Vegetable Salad
1 can Shoe Peg Corn (white)
1 can French Style Green Beans
1 can Peas and Carrots
1 cup celery, diced fine
1 small onion, diced fine
1/2 to 1 cup green pepper, diced fine
1/2 cup red pimento peppers
2/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
Mix vegetables together, then add oil, vinegar and sugar.