Where has the time gone

I can’t believe that it’s been three months and 17 days sense my last blog….oppppps guess I should do better!

Lots of things going on. Training for my next 10k, garden is getting started and seedlings are growing more everyday. Going to be starting a new live Facebook chat in the next few weeks talking about my garden and how easy it is to have one :0) Well I think it is. My cousins think so too :0)

Spring brings out all the could be’s. Everything in the yard is waking up, the birds are singing there songs and I for one am filled with hope of a great garden season :0)

Here is what I’ve been up too the last few months…cold weather, Photography, learning my dulcimer, cooking, celebrating family bdays and Mr P. I’ll share the garden with you later :0)

Here’s too new adventures!

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Another year is done

Wow 2017 is going to be over in a few hours and I have had some time to think about the last year. I have gotten in better health! Walked not one but two 10ks this year! Went on a great vacation for Sanibel Florida! Planted a wonderful garden. Made better choices for my eating! Kept my blood pressure under control. Had family come and visit at my house for the first time ever! And my business did pretty well this last year as well! I have had a pretty blessed year really!

As 2018 comes rushing in I want to take a few minutes and share what my plans are for the new year.

Business wise I am taking a Master Class and learning more about portraits and getting more candid photos of my clients. Try and get there natural appearance. Even going to work on selling some of my work. Reading the Photographers Market 2018 book and going to get my work out there a bit! Starting January off with promo photos of a client for her new radio show…so exciting!

Still going to work on my health. The gym a few days a week and then some added stretching at home. I plan to walk the Air Force 10k again in 2018 and walk it a bit faster than in 2017. A few 5Ks I’m sure are going to happen as well. Plan to keep taking inches and weight off my body and continue to cook more at home for me and the family.

Going to spend time with friends and family in 2018. Going to try and make a schedule to see people that I have missed this last year. Even if it’s a FaceTime chat. Life is to short not too!

I am taking time for me in 2018. Whether it is a walk, a trip to the gym, some quiet time or what ever I am adding this to my life in 2018. It will help my mind to me healthier as well.

May 2018 be blessed beyond all our imaginations. May we all be healthier than we have ever been and may we be doing what makes us happy!

Bring in 2018! I’m ready!

Another successful meal chicken broccoli and rice

Chicken broccoli & rice is what went in the pressure cooker yesterday. Mighty tasty if I do say so myself. Here are the ingredients and directions. After that is my play by play!


Now for what happened while I was cooking.

So I cubed up the chicken and cut up the onion. Put the butter in the pressure cooker and turned it on. When the butter melted I put the onions in there and let them start cooking. Added some garlic and threw in the chicken and the spices (I added rosemary salt) Mixing it all up as I go.


I used frozen broccoli this time (I forgot to get fresh at the store.) put the broth and rice in the pressure cooker and put the lid on. Put the broccoli in the microwave and about 4 minutes in I blew a fuse in the house. It turned off the pressure cooker and the microwave. Of course there is no one here so I run to the fuse box. Doesn’t look like any fuses are blown and I have no idea which fuse is the kitchen fuse so I throw them all. Good idea right…nope, set off the house alarm. Dogs go crazy. I run to go turn that off and rush back into the kitchen. Good news is pressure cooker is at pressure. The recipe says to set the pressure cooker for 5 minutes. I haven’t figured that out yet so I set mine to 15 and then stopped it after the 5 minutes. I mixed the flour and milk….oh wait I didn’t have milk so I used heavy whipping cream. I know, but it’s what I had and added a bit of water to it. It worked. After releasing the pressure I added the flour mix and stored it all up and then added the broccoli and the cheese.


It was really good! This could be a crowd favorite! Served it right away with a salad! The pot cleaned up easily as well!

Home

In the WordPress world I am going to try and do the photo101 challenge.

Here is what I call home….

  
It’s all about chilling with the dogs and just being!

Thanks for taking a look!

Ohiophotogrl

Been a little while

Sorry for being away so long.  Life has a way of getting in the way of taking a few minutes and regrouping….yeah know.

Anyway…Life is good.  My business is picking up which is a good thing :0)

The weight loss journey has had it ups and downs but I do have this to share:

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In January these were tight and now I can say that I am down pretty much 4 pants sizes.  Scale hasn’t changed much but when I saw this picture it gave me the faith to keep on keeping on.  People tell me all the time that it looks like I am dropping weight….Now I believe them!

Still struggling to give up pop.  Need to work at that a little harder.  More water.  More exercise.  Its almost the cold months so Hopefully I can get back in the grind of things!

Anyway thanks for stopping in!

Ohiophotogrl

End of 2014

Wow what a year.

I received my college degree in May! Never really saw that happening!  Wooop Wooop!

Got to see Sanibell Island. Got to see my first in the wild alligator. He was a pretty quick fella!

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Then there was the Scotty Convention….Where I got to spend some time with some of the Duck Dynasty cast!

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I am truly blessed to have so many people in my life to help me on my journey.

I dropped 14.75 inches off my body in 2014.  Never to be seen again.  I don’t own a scale so that update will come in Feb when I go back to the doctor.

Thank you for being a part of my blogging life.  I have enjoyed sharing stories with you and hearing your comments.  Ive enjoyed getting to know you along the way as well.

Here is to a 2015 that is full of dreams fulfilled and love beyond our imagination. See you next year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

LOVE,

OHIOPHOTOGRL

 

Playing back Christmas pictures….

As I sat this morning cleaning off my memory cards from Christmas I came across this one.

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This is what we have instead of stockings full of stuff.  As my father tells the story this is what his treat was as a child.  My father grew up in Newhall West Virginia and is one of 13 kids.  They each had a brown paper sack on christmas morning that had one apple, one orange, some walnuts, a candy cane and some sort of candy that they liked.  My father has continued this tradition with us. He now just sets it on the table but the Memory is still there.  We snack on this while we are waiting to open gifts and through out the holiday season.

I love that I have so many memories from my childhood that are still in effect today!  Makes me truly blessed!

And it continues

As Christmas is almost here the cookies are finally done.  Well at least all I am making. These fun cookies where a big hit.

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Then there was the Ginger Bread Man making station.

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Here is a few of the great things that were created by a small group of loving hands!

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It made Christmas present a lot of fun!

 

Everyone has that one gift they always remember

Growing up I only remember my mother wearing 3 different pair of shoes.  Dress shoes on Sunday, crappy shoes that she had forever to do lawn work in, and loafers.

Up until the year she passed away my father would go out the week before Christmas and go buy her the same pair of shoes….EVERY YEAR.  He would go into Elder Beerman and walk up to the shoe counter and get the same size 8.5 pair of shoes.

On Christmas there would always be a shoe box wrapped by him and she would say….I wonder what is in this box.

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As you can see it was her favorite gift….lol  Now that I am older I am pretty sure it was her fav because my dad went out and bought it himself.  Every time I see a pair of loafers I am reminded of the many years of mom unwrapping the loafers and always acted like she had no idea what was in the box.

After a family member passes

If you have a big family, when there has been a death in the family, there is always a big dinner after the funeral. Today’s dinner will be at my Uncle Charlie and Aunt Sandy’s.
We started out with a big country breakfast.

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All I can say is Yummy!
Then there is the prep….
She has on stuff to not get dirty…thanks Aunt Jan for helping.
Thanks Aunt Sandy for cooking with love!

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Food and family! RIP Uncle Nick You will be missed!

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Here is my dad and his brothers and sisters that were at the funeral.

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