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How does your garden grow?

Before starting this post I would like to highlight a very special friend, Derrick, who along with his wonderful wife Jackie tend to one amazing garden! This is one of my favorite bloggers who has a garden that is expansive, varied and gorgeous!

If You Weren’t The Head Gardener

 

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Around five years ago we made our usual late Spring visit to the lake. Mom was busy digging, weeding and moving plants. At that time she offered me “starts” of many of her hearty favorites, some having been there for over 20 years! I hemmed and hawed as the saying goes, until she grabbed the shovel and loosened the soil.

Hours later we backed up the gravel drive and headed home, complete with numerous specimens that wilted in the scorching heat. I have to admit I was iffy and irritated at the thought of digging up grass, finding an area to place these plants and was not looking forward to gardening.

I went through the motions and did the hard work and felt a bit better but still wondered why she had pushed me to take these pieces of her garden. At first it looked like a wasted effort as each plant lay drooping on a scattered makeshift bed. That summer it was all about keeping everything watered and alive. Lake roses looked to be rigid, brittle and brown, and yet something compelled me to keep watering and watching.

The following Spring plants were green and some even bloomed! Eventually more space was needed as roses started to flourish infringing on neighboring plants. Rocks and bark were added along with special items from the recently vacated wood house.

A brick from the brickyard where Daddy ( my grandpa Adolph) had worked for years was given to me to place near the purple Iris. This was his favorite plant and when he retired he was given three bricks, one for each of his daughters. img_9840.jpg

The bird bath that stood in the “dream garden” for many years was now placed lovingly alongside Lilies and Columbine. Each year there were new additions, taking plants from Mom’s garden, moving some to other locations if they were not doing well. I learned which ones needed more or less water, sun or shade and was careful when cleaning up debris. It is fun to look back and to see that hard work and patience paid off.

Mom says I have a green thumb and while I am not convinced of that, what I do know is that gardening reminds me in many ways of tending to my family. Patience, room to grow and plenty of care.

 

 

Seven days

 

Seven days in the life of a large household can be chaotic, stressful and of course joyful. This past week was no different and included last minute preparations for the bridal shower, a trip to the lake for the fourth of July and an extended visit from the middle child.

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Games and decorations have been finalized and as always the kids are willing to test new ideas!

A break from planning meant big sister taking little brother out for cinnamon roll French toast. As you can see this was a highlight of his week!IMG_20180629_124344

Mid week it was time to head to the lake for the traditional fourth of July celebration. Things are much quieter these days with fewer guests and simple food. It is always a great time and as usual one of my favorite people was present, KK. When asked how long we had known each other she said it was 1975. She was hired by mom and they became best friends and have been ever since! She and her husband John are truly family.

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Fattima decorated the brownie cake mom makes every year, the kids swam and played basketball and then we made our way back to town.

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It is basically countdown week for the shower and I will be sharing more throughout the week. As always blessings are numerous along with the many freedoms that our family holds dear!

 

The real boss

Renton Washington 1992

We dug into the last piece of cake that had fallen into a pool of chocolate drizzle. Fudge frosting cascaded down the single slice that had somehow gone unnoticed. Forks clanked and laughter rose as we each scooped cream cheese that had melted and mixed with bits of moist pastry. We glanced through the window and saw that the children were still riding trikes, swinging and sliding. A warm glint of sun shone through the large picture window and signaled the end to yet another day of fun. She asked if I would be able to make it to her place the following week and I assured her that it would all work out. I would approach him at just the right time and I jokingly added, that after all he always told people I was the boss so it should be fine.

My words somehow triggered an outburst that sent her into a spiral of hysterics. She stood on one foot and bent over until tears dripped down face. Her calm and casual demeanor had now changed and while a large breath of air passed over her lips she roared loudly grabbing the corner of a cupboard. The children returned to the kitchen and stood staring at her tall willowy figure as she made attempts to compose herself.  The mystery had been solved and what had seemed ridiculous now made perfect sense.

There was hope that her husband would no longer harbor such frustration and discontent when she drove from her apartment just 20 miles down the road every other week, carting her three children into our modest home. It was a day that meant no real cooking or housework, time off from the daily grind of diapers, mopping and the chores that make up a household routine. Each week we alternated homes and looked forward to a meal, dessert and little hidden treats that were normally not purchased. The children played for hours and we took turns checking on them knowing that quiet moments most likely meant trouble. They ran outside, carted dirt to the porch and emptied garage sale shoes into a cardboard dresser then pushing it down the stairs! Nothing fazed us as we sat talking, sharing tidbits about our lives, looking forward to this weekly outing.

We sat back down and the children returned to their antics that would be the stuff of future stories. She touched my hand and giggled wanting to explain what had prompted this curious response to an off hand comment made in jest. Her spouse held great contempt and disgust for one woman in particular. She was bold, daring and bossy, never letting anything get past her. She was the kind of woman who made her husband’s life miserable and her unrelenting demands could be seen in every line on his face. At first he made casual comments protesting visits until he finally told her, “That bossy demanding woman is too much!” 

She had spent three years trying to convince him that this was far from the truth and she knew of no other wife who adhered strictly to rules and commands, so much so that other women in the community found fault with her.  Each time he scoffed in disbelief and told her she would be better off finding someone more suitable, a kind and endearing person. She said no amount of reasoning would work and each time he reminded her of his poor friends words when any request was made of him“Well I have to ask Lynn, she is the boss and nothing gets past her!” 

 

 

Love to read

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Every night Osama and Jacki make a point of reading to the boys. They have done this since they were tiny babies.

A special book  written and illustrated by a dear friend was delivered to them recently. It looks like they enjoyed it!

Jodi is a sweet and lovely friend with so many talents. I was excited when I heard she had published a book! I had to have one for my grandkids!

Klaus the Mouse and his friends have become a Book!

 

 

Clementine meets Choppy!

I recently purchased a good friend’s book and gifted it to Clementine. Both Mom and Dad read it and laughed heartily!

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Clementine was unsure about breaking the rules and jumping up on my couch! After the initial invitation she took her chance!

She has been a bit under the weather but seems to be feeling better each day.

Thanks for making me smile Sarah! https://travelswithchoppy.com/

Family time with friends

Happy Monday everyone! Here is to a healthy, safe and peaceful week!

The Palouse remains the same except for fields that signal an impending blanket of snow that will replace wheat and canola. Pristine blue skies and trees draped with gold, red and orange dot the picturesque little town where we reside. Temperatures have dropped into the 40’s and 50’s and my phone weather-app forecasts snow on Saturday. The big old tree in our front yard just started turning yellow and now grass can barely be seen by freshly raked leaves.

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I love Friday nights and the anticipation of a weekend that might lead us anywhere. I am a planner, a list maker and organizer but having 9 kids means learning to accept all possibilities and planning becomes tentative at best. I can easily embrace spontaneity and look forward to the love and chaos of our large family.

This weekend was beautiful on the Palouse, we woke to a thin layer of fog and rolling hills marked by a portait like sunrise.

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We were blessed to have Foof and B around almost the entire weekend. They made burgers for us on Saturday and Fattima made individual chocolate lava cakes that she wanted to try. She also made an old favorite that we have been meaning to post for two years! She promises to get the recipe written and a post will soon follow. Little homemade buns, cream cheese or feta inside, baked to a golden brown, topped with a light Middle Eastern syrup. Everything was delicious. We watched movies, football and basically laughed and played all weekend.

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Saleeha was off to see Alayna, she could not get time off of work to head over there earlier so she went Friday and came back Sunday.

Sunday was spent getting groceries, picking up from our movie night and cooking dinner. It has been quite a while since I made Cous Cous, maybe a year or more. I felt confident and made it all by myself with a little taste testing from Soos. I then surprised everyone and popped fresh cream puff shells out of the oven, D and Soos filled and completed them. I felt proud that I had jumped over this hurdle and was able to cook for my family.

https://lynzrealcooking.com/recipes-2/desserts-2/elegant-desserts/cream-puffs-2/

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The day was spent watching more football, other visitors came and went and then the house was silent. It was a weekend full of family, friends, laughter and food.

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Weekly review

This was my week in case you missed anything! Have a great Sunday.

https://lynzrealcooking.com/2017/09/18/family-time/

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https://lynzrealcooking.com/2017/09/19/love/

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https://lynzrealcooking.com/2017/09/20/update-on-the-book/

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https://lynzrealcooking.com/2017/09/21/cooking-blog-2/

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homemade loaf bread

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https://lynzrealcooking.com/2017/09/22/grumpy-ana-and-the-grouchy-monsters/

https://lynzrealcooking.com/2017/09/23/lazy-saturday/

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Grateful for the little things

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Dear friends,

Today I will share my achievements with you. I am not talking about a new job or status but about the little things. It feels strange to share these things but many good friends have encouraged me to be proud for the things I have accomplished and not the things that keep me stuck!  In keeping with my theme of being real, I will disclose these things in hopes that it might help even one person.

A blogger friend told me yesterday that I had helped her through my writing! That was huge for me and helped me feel more excited about finishing my book. This also helped me in so many ways–Thank you!

It is hard to write this list because it is embarrassing in many ways, but people have encouraged me to look at how far I have come and what I can do, not the things that I am unable to do. I was the lady who did it all and kept going no matter what, but I must own these things and who I am and also take pride in what I have accomplished.

Things that have changed in the past few months

  1. I am now able to cook a meal.
  2. I can sleep through most nights until 4 a.m.
  3. I am back to my walking routine and walk outside.
  4. I am able to relax
  5. I am able to get to a better place when panic arises.
  6. I am more social and speak to people casually
  7. I am more confident
  8. I am back to taking better care of me, eat my fruits and veggies, drinking more water.
  9. Flossing my bridge and using eye wipes the dr. prescribed
  10. Can do limited gardening
  11. Back to working on my book almost every day
  12. Have been posting each day for over a month! yeah!
  13. I have given thought to doing cooking posts! This is a cooking blog haha
  14. Have started thinking about the future
  15. Have let my nails grow, no more picking and peeling when anxious

I have been diagnosed with PTSD and OCD. The PTSD has made my OCD way worst over the past few years. I am working hard and trying to get back to me, even if it is a new me!

 

Cooking blog

I thought this was a cooking blog but it became much more! I value my friends in this community, they are amazing.

I have not done very much home cooking for the past year. My children have really started cooking way more and have become very good at finding new dishes to try. It is fun to watch them and to find new recipes. In the past month I have done more cooking, inching my way back to something I truly love. Yesterday I spent time organizing what I have so far on the book so I decided to try this casserole that I found on a good friend’s blog.

Thanks Jodi!

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

 

We really like zucchini so this dish was a great fit for out family. It was also fairly easy so worked out great for a busy day of writing. Thanks for the recipe Jodi!

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I wonder if I’m in spam

Happy Saturday!

Just a quick check and note to everyone. I wonder since I was not on my blog for awhile if somehow I have landed in spam. I have viewed many blogs and just today I started wondering if my comments are going through. Sometimes after I comment I see my words disappear and now I am wondering! So, I am not ignoring you, I just might be in spam!

 

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