Welcome To Peach’s Restaurant

Let’s just say…Peach isn’t overly thrilled about her new job at “McPeach’s”.  Her overall assessment, based on the owner’s of the restaurant (Pam and me) were that she did a good job of organizing her menu items.  Her menu was clear.  Her space was clear and she wore gloves.  She needed to work on her communication skills and her friendliness factor, though.  She wasn’t has “high paced” as she should have been and we have got to work on counting back money.  That is a hard one, but I have confidence that once she gets the hang of it, she will move much faster and with much more confidence.

While McPeach’s was getting ready for the lunch crowd…one by one, the kids came to the banker and they received their monthly paychecks, as well as a copy of their monthly bills.  They had to pay their bills before they could eat lunch because sometimes, there just isn’t enough leftover.  It’s all about choices, sacrifices, and maturity level!  We had one in tears because her paycheck didn’t cover her monthly bills.  Once we all talked out how adults make sacrifices and learn to do without, we were able to trim her monthly bills down to an affordable amount, based on her hourly wages.  She also took on a “part time” job of cleaning houses on Saturday to make some extra money.  That was not, necessarily, time spent away from her children because while she cleaned 4 houses (at $10/hour), she was able to take her kids with her.  That gave her some time with them and it eliminated a babysitter/daycare fee.  Most kids opted to haul their own trash off, instead of paying for pickup.  We also had some kids cancel their landline and opt for a cellphone only.  Some took away their internet, opting to go to the library; while others trimmed down insurance options and downsized their vehicles to cut down on gas. It was cool watching their minds work and problem solve.

Working hard!

Working hard!

Catfish had to make some sacrifices as well.  He is in the army.  ALL restaurants should provide free meals to those who provide the restaurant owners and everyone else with freedom!

Catfish had to make some sacrifices as well. He is in the army. ALL restaurants should provide free meals to those who provide the restaurant owners and everyone else with freedom!

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Pam working with Little Man.  He had no problems paying his existing bills and eating a hearty lunch. He is a doctor!

Pam working with Little Man. He had no problems paying his existing bills and eating a hearty lunch. He is a doctor!

Boo had to make some sacrifices since he is a stay at home dad and his wife works for $13/hr.  He trimmed his bills and even had a dollar to put in his savings account.

Boo had to make some sacrifices since he is a stay at home dad and his wife works for $13/hr. He trimmed his bills and even had a dollar to put in his savings account.

Peach does not enjoy the restaurant field, although she did really well!

Peach does not enjoy the restaurant field, although she did really well!

2 Week Meal Plan

It is that time of the month (no, not THAT time of the month bahahahahaha…I crack myself up) to do some grocery shopping.  I will try to put up recipes for each thing and pictures so you can see it.  I try to make things that are filling and good for you….more bang for your buck kind of thing.

My goal, this month, is to shop for meals 2 weeks at a time with no in-betweenie shopping experiences.  We have gotten lazy and we have been making WAY more stops at the store and therefore wasting money and time.

Well…not this time, My Pretty…..(I say that knowing full well I will not hold to it, but hey, a girl has got to think positive).  Our goal, for 2 weeks (food and misc crap) is to spend $200 or less for a family of 8.  We shall see.  We.  Shall.  See.

First things first….since Boo is still “stay at home dad” we inventoried the freezer in the kitchen and then the one in the laundry room.  I was able to pull dinner out of what we found!  Super excited about that!  I had cooked and frozen enough roast for vegetable beef soup (I had 2 small things of corn, a small bag of peas and 1 thing of fresh green beans that I had frozen).  We can’t eat on soup alone because, well, that is not natural for my big family.  I also found some Amish rolls that I had frozen, so I’m thawing them out.  Then there was a random pie shell.  My wheels got to spinning….I had some leftover ham that I had cooked all day with cream of mushroom.  I put together a ham quiche using one cup of the ham, 1 c. cheddar (cause I always have cheese), 3/4 c. milk and 3 eggs.  The quiche plus the soup and rolls will be for tonight.

We are eating out of the freezer/fridge/pantry so I hope I don’t have to buy too much.

For breakfast, we have eggs, cereal, yogurt, granola bars, fruit bars, fruit

For lunch, we have lunch meat, bread, cheese cubes, snack crackers, ramen noodles, ravioli, soup, any leftovers, salad stuff, fruit, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, corn dogs.

For Dinner:

Monday (today, the 29th)

Vegetable Beef Soup, ham quiche, rolls

Tuesday

Ravioli lasagna, homemade yeast bread

Wednesday

Church

Thursday

Pizza night :)

Friday

Hamburgers, hotdogs, tater tots, fries

Saturday

Tater Tot Casserole, corn on cob, zucchini bake, mac & cheese

Sunday

No cooking for me

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Monday

Tacos and rice

Tuesday

Doro Wat, Beef tibs, injera, and ambasha

Wednesday

Church

Thursday

Pizza night :)

Friday

Pork chop and potato bake, green beans with bacon and almonds, rolls, corn on cob

Saturday

Poppy Seed Chicken, squash casserole, cauliflower mash and salad

Sunday

No cooking for me

What are you cooking this week?  How do you keep your grocery bill down?

**Edited to say that my bill was $169 for two weeks!**

Today, I am Choosing To

eat Chinese food

take a nap

wash my face

astringent..that is very important

move on

drink a coke

snuggle with my dog

surrender my hurts

wait on my daughters to come home

believe in humanity

ask for forgiveness

forgive myself and others

love fiercely

be honest

to reflect

to rest.

What are you choosing to do?

My Day

FrazzledCat

Slept.

Got up.

Cleaned house.

Prayed a lot.

Took Peach for drivers test.

Didn’t have MY license, so had to come home.

Went back to town to let Peach take her drivers test.

Comforted a woman having a panic attack because the dentist hurt her.

Groveled.

Cancelled two appointments.

Sat at ER with my bestie because her husband whacked his finger off.

Fed her husband cause he was hungry after surgery.

Lost 1/2 his finger.

Went to Walmart to buy pickled pigs feet because that is what my best eats when upset.

Hugged her more.

Came home.

Doorbell rings at 7:30 pm.

No bra.

Ran to door stepped in pee.

UPS.

Berbere and injera because my favorite Ethiopian is kind enough to send it!

Waiting for Big Daddy to come and cook me steak.

God is still on the throne :)

Reposted from Beau Dodson: DEPRESSION

I am encouraged to see of someone SEEING their issues and SEEKING help!

Please pray for this young man and his family as he deals with the beast of depression.

Many of you know that I have battled severe depression since my childhood. I have been open and honest about this subject in hopes that it might help some of you who are dealing with the same issues. Clinical depression is a lifelong battle. There isn’t a one size fits all solution to depression. It isn’t as simple as taking this pill or that pill. It isn’t as simple as changing your diet. It is a complex issue that thousands of doctors around the world are constantly studying. It isn’t something to be embarrassed about. It is actually quite common and most families have been impacted by the disease.

Sadly, over the last few years, some of my favorite music and comedy artists have lost their battles with depression. Many times the battle was lost because of drug or medication overdoses. Many fought the disease for decades. People, that we thought had everything they could ever want in life, were still not able to control their depression. Depression can, after all, be a progressive disease with many side effects.

Depression is like an invisible hand in our lives. It is not made up of tears from our eyes, but rather tears from our hearts. One can’t see the hurt, pain, and agony that besieges those around them who suffer from this disease. Only the person who has to live with their own mind can understand the depths of darkness that this invisible hand can lead one into. It is much like falling into a smothering well – a well with no tangible walls or visible light. And, it is a painful madness when trying to explain to someone else that simply saying “it will pass” is not a remedy or cure for depression.

Depression not only robs you of today, but it also robs you of yesterday and tomorrow. If not treated, it not only robs you of who you are, but also robs you of who you could become. It will steal the notes off of your sheet of music and the paint off of your paintbrush. It robs your family and friends of joy, as well.
Depression is normally caused by chemical imbalances. It can be made worse by traumatic events in life. It can be and often is genetic.

In 2003 and 2004 I suffered from chronic secondary insomnia. It occurred suddenly. I ended up in the emergency room because I could not sleep. If you have ever experienced true insomnia then you will understand how scary it can be. Your body can be fatigued, your mind loses the ability to think properly, and yet you can’t sleep. I was prescribed a regiment of sleeping pills. I have taken those pills ever since.

Taking those sleeping pills was never an issue for me. It was, at the time, the correct course of action. I took them before bed and I quickly fell asleep. As you know, if you or one of your family members suffers from clinical depression, addiction and depression go hand in hand. Many people, including myself at one time, attempt to medicate themselves to escape depression. This is why many people lose their battle against depression. They don’t seek the proper help – perhaps because they don’t know help is available. Perhaps because they don’t have medical insurance that will cover the costs of treatment. Or perhaps because they are afraid to admit they have a problem.

Recently, over the past few weeks, the sleeping pills became an issue for me. I realized that I not only needed them to sleep, but that my body had decided I needed them period. I knew, from previous experiences in my life, that this was a red flag and potentially life threatening concern.

I do not intend to lose my battle against depression. I care too much about myself and my family to let that happen. I have lost too many friends over the years because of depression. As many of you know, sleep is a crucial ingredient of a healthy mind, body, and spirit. I know when to ask for help, and this is one of those times. I’m a meteorologist not a doctor.

On Thursday, September 25th, I will fly to California to a treatment center that is going to help develop a comprehensive plan to deal with the insomnia. The next goal is to remove the sleeping pills – permanently – from my nightly routine.

Another goal will be to develop better coping skills to handle the stress associated with severe weather events. It has become increasingly difficult for me to deal with the post storm environment. Let me explain. There is a buildup of adrenalin before severe weather events…sometimes days In advance. You forecast it. You wait for it. You track it. There is then a sudden crash of emotions immediately after the event is over. This is a well-known mental health issue in the weather community (and also among first responders in general). It has not been easy to watch the destruction, over the last decade, caused by weather events in our region. If you have followed my weather postings then you have probably read some of my writings about this subject matter. Don’t get me wrong, I am immensely passionate about forecasting these events and interacting with many of you. In my younger years severe weather was exciting. Now, however, severe weather just puts a sick feeling in my stomach. I know that I am not the only meteorologist who feels this way. When you look at the weather charts and know that someone will likely lose their life or their home – well, that is difficult to deal with. On a professional and personal level. So, this is one issue that I am hoping to deal with while in California.

And finally, of course, I will learn more about how my body and mind react to depression. Hopefully this program will help me better understand why I have certain emotions, why I respond to situations in a certain manner, and how to make sure I am taking proper care of myself so that I can continue to do what I love the most. Forecast weather.

This program will help fill my quiver with a few more arrows. The more weapons one has to battle depression and stress the better their odds of survival. Eleanor Roosevelt said “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”

This is the best gift I could give to myself and to those around me…including my partners in the field of meteorology.

I will be gone for thirty days. This will not be an easy step. But, it will be a necessary step. My goal in life is to live. My goal in life is not simply happiness. Happiness is a bi-product of living a life that fills your heart with fullness. That is the life I have and want to continue to have. And, if I have to be away for a few weeks to maintain a healthy mind and body, then that seems like a small price to pay.

If you are patient and if you stick with me then I will return, hopefully renewed, to my regular life responsibilities (Including my favorite passion in life, weather forecasting) by the end of October or beginning of November. By then, you will be thinking about the holiday season, warmer coats, and yes, we will grab the binoculars and start watching for potential winter weather events.

Starting on Saturday, my friend – Jason Darnall, is going to keep the weather page updated and current. Jason knows me very well. He knows my forecast philosophy. He knows that the goal is to never scare you, but rather to prepare you for weather events. We have enough weather drama without forecasters adding to it. If there are significant weather concerns, then Jason will post those on my weather page. He plans on updating at least once a day. He will also post storm tracking tools (if needed).

Remember, fall typically brings severe weather to our region. Last year we had severe weather outbreaks in both October and November. As we prepare for the changing of the leaves, the holidays, and family activities let’s keep that in the back of our mind. Weather can change dramatically from one day to the next. Especially true during the fall, winter, and spring.

I hope that everyone has a great October and I look forward to returning in a few short weeks.

- Beau

Another Fun Day with Friends

With it being a horrendously horrid RAD kind of week….I thought it was a good idea to get my hair done!  My dearest and bestest hair-apist fit me in today and she, of course, had her bestest guy, Ande with her.  I love her.  I love him….I even love baby daddy :)  They all make me smile.  Ande was a surprise baby.  My sweet friend was told she could never have children…..and now she has Ande.

My hair is a wash/go…much shorter than I’ve had in years.  It is also pink.  So much pink.  Glorious pink.  And because I might have shed a tear or two…she did my nails in a brand new gel type color that has the word “fantasy” in it.

As a plus….they came over for dinner!  We had such a good time.  We loved on the baby, talked about our struggles, talked about our love of the Lord and we ate.  We may be in two different denominations, but we love the same Jesus!  I love that about her.

Such Fun

Our family was invited to visit a dear friend, yesterday.  He cooked out for my entire crew (he needs a crown for that)!  We laughed, remembered old times and allowed our children to get re-acquainted.  It was so nice.  I met Jason and his family about 18 years ago.  We had moved into our first home, with our then 9 mth old daughter, Bug.  We lived on a quiet, dead end road.  As I looked out, I saw a guy working on his house, across the street.  I went over and introduced myself and I met his, then wife and their daughter…also 9 mths old.  We all hit it off and became fast friends.  Over the course of this 18 years….his wife and I were pregnant with two more children who are no more than 2 weeks apart in age.

We were all about the same age.  We had been married about the same time.  We each had a 3 children (we were pregnant together for the last 2 of those kids) and we had lots o fun!!!!!!!!!!!  Life happens…my friends built a new house and moved, not too far…then more life happened.  There are seasons of friendships, within this world and he was (and is still considered) one of my dearest friends…though we do not keep in touch like we should.  His kids are 18, 16, and 13 …  My kids (and Big Daddy’s LOL) are 18, 16, 13, 13, 10, and 8.  We got busy!

We happened to notice that Jason had one of his vehicles for sale and because he is the best mechanic anywhere…we trusted him and bought it for our daughter, Peach.  In that “transaction”, we also inherited his chickens LOL.  We finally made a date to get our families together and yesterday was that day!  I am looking forward to many other get togethers with Jason and his kids!!!!!!!