Sunday, November 30, 2008

Last Sunday to Work

Today was the last Sunday I am scheduled to work this year!!!! I am hoping that I won't have to work anymore at all, but we will see how January plays out.

So I had to drop off the half and half at church on my way to work as Mr80grit forgot it this morning so I took some picture on the way to work from there.

Then I decided to take some on the way home as the clouds were awesome!

Friday, November 28, 2008


Okay I waited as long as I could....but I had to do it. Time to change to Christmas!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I am Thankful

  1. Mr80grit - I could say so much, but today I will keep it simple
  2. my family - this includes my four legged family too!
  3. my dear real friends who know me so well
  4. yarn
  5. chocolate
  6. text messaging as it keeps me in touch with friend and family across the miles
  7. that life continues to change
  8. my new teeth
  9. snow
  10. hot tea, a good book and time to enjoy both
I am thankful of these things and more. I am thankful for my relationship with God and his love for me. I am thankful for the country that I live in - America!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pre-Thanksgiving Meal

Today was a pre-Thanksgiving meal at my parents house. I had to train at my new job and so Mr80grit took me to work this afternoon and then picked me up at 6pm. We quickly set off for the parents house. Mr80grit pick up this lovely flower arrangement in a pumpkin for my mom. It really made her day!!! He is such a great guy. He wanted to make sure that it still felt like Thanksgiving for my parents but especially for my mom. Let's all say it --- Ahhhh!

It was an awesome meal. Pot Roast, baked potatoes, fruit filled jello, gluten free rolls and my mom's delicious green bean medley seen below. I love it! It has green beans, green and red peppers, mushrooms, with a dressing of brown mustard and some kind of vinegar...sorry, I can't remember. Oh and onions...forgot until I looked at the picture. It is really yummy!

We relaxed after dinner with talking, Mr80grit working on Mom's computer and then we finished up with the best pecan pie from Charlotte's Bakery!!! Yummy!!!! With homemade whipped cream on top!!! (yes it is gluten free!) Now we are home again and are totally stuffed. Definitely will not need to eat until tomorrow afternoon!

Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday before Thanksgiving

So question, if work starts putting up Christmas decorations up on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving is okay to start at home? Hmmmm.....

I promised myself this year I wouldn't put any Christmas decorations up until the day after Thanksgiving and Mr80grit and I are doing just that. The tree is still in its box and the new stuff is in a pile still in their bags in the corner of our bedroom.

I am getting excited about this Thanksgiving even though my parents bowed out of going to my in laws with us. Which I am okay with now. We are going to have a roast beef dinner as a family tomorrow night! But what really excited me is that my mom in law called on Monday and asked where she could pick up some gluten free bread as she wants to stuff the turkey. I have to say that my mother in law has done a good job making sure I can eat Thanksgiving dinner at her house. My parents accidentally floured the turkey bag last year so there was no turkey for me to eat. Oh well! At least there is Charlotte's bakery pecan pie! Yummy!!!!!

Tomorrow is going to be fun. Mr80grit has the day off because pre-new job we were going to have the day off together. Now it is just the morning off together, but that is still exciting!!!

In preparation of the holidays and colder weather I washed all of our handknit socks up along with two gift pairs and decided I need to do that before they are all dirty next time. That was a long process this evening.

I am still fighting my cold, but my back is doing better. I threw it out of whack yesterday coughing. Not fun! I am hoping to get some pictures this weekend to post. I don't like posting without a picture, but oh well life goes on.

Have a wonderful night and an awesome Wednesday!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Musings

It is the Monday before Thanksgiving and I am home with a cold. Today is my normal day off but lately I have been training at my new job in the afternoons on my days off. But not today. I feel stupid for staying home but as someone told me I was burning my candle at both ends and now it is burning in the middle, so today I stay home, drinking plenty of fluids and getting some rest.

Well so far I have slept 12 hours, now time for fluids, maybe some reading and later a little knitting.

This picture has nothing to do with the post. I just like it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

When Tuesday feels like a Monday

Today felt like a Monday at work. It was one of those early morning meetings that was totally pointless. When are they (the powers that be) realize we don't want to hear all those plateaus about "when a door closes, a window opens....". I am sorry but gag me. Enough is enough, stop trying to make us feel better about losing our jobs. Even though I am excited about the change of jobs, I am sick of everyone else outside of our area trying to make us feel better. Just feed us chocolate and let us do our job....sorry I am ranting. It was just one of those days. Probably again this could be all fixed with some MORE peanut butter and chocolate.

Mr80grit decided I deserved a better dinner than my normal chili ( I am on a very weird kick right now). He has gone to my favorite restaurant. (sorry no web page). For my favorite meal. I took the picture below a year ago when eating there. This restaurant even stocks gluten free beer for when the need arises.

So now it is time to eat chocolate, knit a little while waiting for food.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cure for what ails me

Ever have one of those days that when you get home from work, you just have a hard completing things like thoughts or sentences? I am having one of those nights tonight. I jumped onto facebook, looked around, made a comment then left. I don't know if I am bored or just too tired to really do anything even knit. Maybe some chocolate and peanut butter will help....

Now I might have the strength to do a little knitting before bed. Yummmmmm!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

New Flowers

Remember those beautiful flowers from Monday? When I went to work on Wednesday, they were brown and dried up even though they had plenty of water. So the great flower store took them back and replaced them today. (They have a five day guarantee).

So Mr80grit brought them to my current work this afternoon where we all enjoyed them. Then he brought them home for both of us to enjoy them this weekend as we have tomorrow off together. The Christmas Expo starts tomorrow and we are going with my mom. It is an annual event for my mom and I, this year we are letting mr80grit come (to carry everything! hahaha!)

So enjoy my flowers with me! Yes, those are chilies - not edible. Sorry!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day another view

If you read my hubby's post on veteran's day here, you will understand that we believe in and support our military and our country. The tears ran down my face as I read his post tonight, I didn't leave a comment on his post, I had more to say.

I was raised to honor the military and our country. My dad served two years in Germany in the late 50's. His brother and father both served also. My Pappy served and would tell stories, not ones that would scare me but would entertain me about World War II. He came into my life when I was 13 and left my live when I was 23. He reminded me of Popeye, short and full of energy. I remember Memorial day in Oklahoma when he would march in the parade and do the ceremonies at the cemeteries in the surrounding area. I remember his and his friends, also veterans of WWII, pride for their country and their flag.

I remember that day in July, in the cemetery and the 21 gun salute, which in a small town is 7 guns and three volleys. The flag on the casket and following the casket out of the church through the arch of swords. The man loved his country, his God and his family. His service to his country I remember on this day.

I met Mr80grit a year after he got out of the Navy. But the Navy never leaves a sailor. We have memories of that time in our house.

In our house we remember the soldiers that are serving our country by always wearing red on Friday. We will wear red on Fridays until they all come home. We pray for the troops, the president and our country. It doesn't matter that our guy didn't win in the recent election, we will still pray and we will still wear red on Fridays.

Let us never forget the cost of freedom - It is never free!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Training at new job

I started training at my new job and guess what met me there?

These beautiful flowers were hand delivered by Mr80grit himself. They are the perfect size for the office and will be enjoyed by all. I really had a great day there and I am really looking for to working there each day.

Weather update: Only rain today with snow in mountains - no good pictures

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Heads Up!

Just a little warning, snow storms forecasted for Sunday and Monday! I am totally excited! Especially since the other stuff already melted.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The day after

The snow stayed around today. I was able to get a few shots on my way to work this morning. I love when the trees are coated with snow. My mom lives on the benches of the valley, which means to say is closer to the mountains. The mountains in Salt Lake/Utah have a beach line or what looks like a bench seat at the foot of the mountains. To add to the confusion, she has a park bench in her backyard that we refer to as the weather bench. Yesterday her bench had about 12 inches and down here on the valley floor we had about 4 to 5 inches.

Mr80grit and I dream of living higher up on the benches as we love snow and we love to watch the weather come in . But we are happy where we are for now.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Snow in the morning

Well three days ago I took pictures of beautiful rain soaked landscape with brillant fall colors. This morning it was cover with a layer of white. It is always an adventure when we have our first storm in the valley. It makes the commute long and nerve racking sometimes. I had a pretty easy time into work as the light was better. But coming home it was dark and people drive even worse. Everything as a deeper cover of white and the sidewalks around my place are wet but not snow packed. So it looks like the perfect storm.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

At least one piece of good news today...

I won't be getting a 30 day vacation after my job ends as I got a new job already. I am really excited about my new job. I will be training this month and next. January will be a little bit of a juggle as I will need to work there more but it will all work out. Then February it will really begin.

Mr80grit and I went out tonight, ignoring the election as I just can't handle listening to the news. So after we voted, we played. We both got new shoes and had a great time at Gateway - Salt Lake's outdoor mall. Then dinner at our favorite burger/fries place. Tuesday is our date night and this one was a lot of fun. We ending up looking at Christmas decorations - love the holiday. (ps. my new job closes two weeks for Christmas..gotta love it)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday Musings

I love fall with all the leaves everywhere. They were cleaning up leaves today in our complex. They put them in these beautiful piles everywhere. It just made my day.

Today I realized that it is November. I know strange, huh? But true never the less. Which means it is less than 30 days until Advent. Oh my! I am making a mini sock advent calendar and I am not half way. I better get working on it! So very focused knitting for the next little while.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The weather changed today...

from Indian Summer in the 70's to a beautiful wet fall.

Now I am home from work and my weekend starts!