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We Moved to the Cuburbs!

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imageWhat are the cuburbs you ask? Well, when you’re not as far out as the country but you are definitely past the suburbs you combine the 2 and get the cuburbs!

It all began over Christmas. Bill and I fell in love with a 10 acre horse farm out in Blanchester. We went as far as to put an offer in and get the home inspection… The house however wasn’t right for us. The home inspection turned up too many costly fixes and God led us away from Blanchester. (It was going to be too far away anyway) *sad face* I still think about that house…

God did put on our hearts that it was time for a change, time to leave the awesome urban life downtown. We started looking for a house that could be a home for our family. In late January we found a great deal on a house just outside of Milford in Stonelick Township and put in an offer. 4 months, 3 moves, and 2 liens later, we are now the proud owners of 1.5 acres, 4 bedrooms, and one heck of an awesome workshop for Bill! Side note: if you are house hunting and find a home listed as a short sale, don’t be fooled! There is nothing short about it! But you do end up with a great deal at the end.

The 4 month process was quite the emotional roller coaster. I had to do a lot of praying that God wouldn’t let me go crazy, cry too much, or punch someone.  We thought we’d be moving in on February 14th, but when they found 2 liens on the property that date got pushed… indefinitely. Each week we thought we were ready to close, but then something else would stand in our way. In the mean time we moved half our stuff to Mom and Dad’s garage in efforts to stage the condo for a fast sale.  We listed my downtown condo and it sold in 6 hours from when we listed it! The guy who bought it even wanted the giant dining room table Bill built for me 5 years ago and had been so perfect for the large open space. It was a little sad to let those memories go, but he offered more than our asking price for the condo to include the table. The fast sale meant we were going to be homeless… We still didn’t have a closing date for our home. My parents so graciously took us in. (I think they enjoyed having Bri around more than me and Bill…) We moved the rest of our stuff out of the condo and took over their garage, barn, one of their rooms and ate a lot of their food.  We spent 3 weeks with Mom and Dad, helped them survive their kitchen remodel, and spent many nights hanging with them.

When we finally got the word that we had a closing date, we kicked it into high gear recruiting friends and family to help us move (for the 3rd time).  On April 25th we spent our first night in what will be many, many, MANY more in OUR home. Praise the Lord it finally happened and we could get our lives out of limbo!

2 days later the basement flooded… “Welcome to home ownership!” is what everyone kept telling us… Thanks guys, we get it, but that’s not as encouraging as one might think… We had the septic tank emergency pumped and Bill replaced the pluming in the basement (there was a massive solid clog of… well you know…) and we had a smelly mess to mop up. Thank goodness Bill is amazing and can fix everything. We now have a fully functioning house!

Living in the cuburbs, we are much closer to family, church, and friends (and wildlife, mosquitoes, spiders, poison ivy, farms, fresh produce, we’ll take the good and the bad).  We can see the stars at night too!  I missed that about the country. Unfortunately I had to trade my 4 minute walk to work for a 35 minute commute but at least my hair has some time to dry before I walk into the office!

We’ve been busy the last couple of weeks fixing things, unpacking, and enjoying having a house with a yard.  There is always something to do around the house and we love it!  I’ve spent time killing weeds, and organizing our things inside.  Bill has the garage set up and is working on his workshop in the basement (now that there aren’t anymore water issues).  I also discovered a huge grape vine growing in the back yard and I hope to learn how to take care of it (and kill the poison ivy that has grown out of control around the base and started to climb!)

We are looking forward to many bonfires with friends and fun in our home. Bri loves guarding the yard and chasing squirrels, Bill finally has a garage all to himself and a basement workshop, and I finally have a yard where I can plant flowers, watch the birds, and create a home that is all ours!  If you’re ever in the neighborhood stop by and say hi and offer to pull some weeds.  Once we get the backyard under control (read: kill all the poison ivy) and the deck fixed we hope to have everyone over for a party!


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Addicted to excitement

“I can’t wait until…”

It’s something I say almost daily. Why CAN’T I wait? I don’t have a choice but to wait, so why do I fill conversations with my excitement towards something in the future? I live for exciting things going on in my life. Whether it’s a friend’s wedding, a trip, or just date night on Saturday night, I’m looking forward to it! Sometimes I feel like I don’t have anything to look forward to, so I dwell on how boring my life is. Don’t get me wrong, my life is by no means boring. Bill and I do a lot of fun things, events, projects, etc… but my personality needs to plan ahead. Going on a trip in 3 months? Sweet! Now let’s make a packing list, budget for spending money, go shopping, and spend each waking moment in preparation for that trip. I guess I’m spreading out the excitement, making it last longer.

Why, though, can I not just enjoy today because God gave it to me? Wake up in the morning feeling like I have a purpose greater than planning for something in the future? There are times when we don’t have something to look forward to. Those are the times I think I might get borderline depressed. That’s stupid Karah! Just because you don’t have an event coming up in the near future is NO reason to feel down! This is what I tell myself, but it doesn’t work. So I plan something to look forward to. Quick fixes, like a drug, call up some friends and plan something for that weekend, look up concert schedules, or plan a quick trip.

I’m addicted to planning and excitement. I need it or I feel like I’m going to implode (not EXplode because that would be exciting, IMplode because I feel like I’ll just crumble into myself and sink into the ground, less exciting). I need to kick the habit and realize today is an event! Today is a special day too. Today I’m going to work, cooking dinner, and going to watch my husband play softball. Why can’t today be special? Who knows, I could make a difference in someone’s life today just by being me. Someone needs me focusing on today so that I can make them feel loved. I want to be present in today, not just going through the paces until I can get to that next milestone of excitement.

This past weekend we attended my Sister’s church in Akron. The pastor said “once you start focusing on something you don’t have, everything you DO have becomes insufficient, imperfect.” We live in a world where we’re told daily “you need this,” “you have to have something, and have it right now!” No, no you don’t. Unless you’re in line for an organ transplant you DON’T need it right now. I don’t need to have something big planned each weekend. I can just look forward to the softball game tonight because my husband loves to play softball and I’ll get to share that small experience with him, no other reason. God has provided enough for me. Once I start focusing on today and what I already have instead of focusing on what I don’t have (things or events) I’ll stop feeling like I need something. I have friends and family who need me present in today, focusing on being me and being their friend.

How’s Married Life?: The answer

Everyone keeps asking “How’s married life?”  I’m not sure what the proper response should be because most people don’t seem satisfied with “good.”  Bill and I have been married for almost 2 months now and we are good.  Sure things are different now that we’re married.  He doesn’t have to leave at the end of the night, we share all our finances, and I genuinely feel that we are a team and going through life together.  I want to make him happy and I want to be a good wife.  That’s why I’m writing this today.  My mother has set an impossible standard as to what a good wife and mother should look like so I’m constantly striving to be like her and make our life perfect.

Finding balance

This is one of the hardest parts of married life.  My mother did it all, she cooked, cleaned, kept us kids alive, made sure the house ran perfectly, the bills were paid, the grass was cut, etc… she didn’t work outside the home because she worked full time at home (and then some).  Dad made sure to work hard at the office so that Mom could stay at home with us.  I don’t ever remember Dad doing the dishes or the laundry (he did the manly things like take care of the cars, the garage, fixed things, and the major landscaping); I think I saw Dad make a PB&J sandwich once.  Mom seriously did it all!  (Note: now that Dad is retired he does it all too, letting mom retire too.  Except the cooking thing, Mom’s just awesome at feeding people deliciousness).  This is what’s not clicking in my head yet.  I am trying to do all the stuff my mom did (minus the kid part, so far) and work full time!  Bill gets up at 4am to go to work which means he goes to bed about 8:30 each night.  Trying to be the good wife, I want my schedule to match his.  I wake up at 4:00am with him, pack his lunch, and send him out the door.  I then fight the urge to go back to bed for another 2 hours before I actually need to get ready for work.  I do our laundry, clean the house, wash the dishes, prep dinner for that evening, then shower and get myself ready for work.  This is where the balance comes in… Bill actually wants to help out but I don’t let him.  Why Karah?!?!?  WHY????!!!!

As much as I cannot deny her because I look exactly like her, I’m NOT my Mother.  I need to let go of the Happily Ever After (which is what I remember having as I grew up) and live in real life.  I work 45 plus hours a week, Bill works 50 hours a week, we have friends, family, we have bills to pay, we have a dog, and we want to have fun!  I won’t be a good wife to Bill if I am constantly feeling like I have to do everything.  It’s exhausting!  Bill loves to cook (especially if it involves using any of our new knives), why don’t I let him cook with me more or better yet let him make dinner?  Bill will put his laundry away without me asking, if I don’t rush to put it away and clean it all up before he gets home.  Why don’t I let him?

A friend of mine sent me a text the other day.  It said “Hi.”  That’s all.  With that simple one word text I thought, “oh no, I haven’t hung out with her in forever, I don’t even think I have texted her to check in!” Crap I’m a bad friend… And all she texted was “hi.”  She is a wife also and has been for 3 years now.  She is not my mother either, in fact she is very different from my mother.  She and her husband share all the house hold responsibilities.  At the end of the day things get done, they have time to hang out with friends, go for a run, play basketball, etc…  She reminded me the importance of sharing.  Not my toys, but the responsibilities.  I want to be more like her AND my mom… I still want to do it all but not at the expense of relationships.  Bill is an amazing husband and a fantastic supporter and cheerleader.  Let it go Karah… just let it go…

 

Side note:  This just an insight into my married life so far.  I still WANT to do it all, I’m happy when I HAVE done it all, I’m just realizing that it’s not easy to do it all.  I need to find the balance.  Bill and I are learning together and we are having a blast figuring out OUR marriage.

Our Alaskan Honeymoon

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I am finally getting around to writing about or wonderful honeymoon to Alaska.  We flew into Anchorage and stayed at Judy’s Touch of Class Bed & Breakfast.  Jim and Judy were the most gracious hosts!  We had the entire Nautical Suite in the basement to ourselves and were able to relax a bit before launching our week of Alaskan adventure!

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Here are some quick facts for you:

1100 miles driven (in Bill’s dream truck, 2014 F150)

22.5 miles hiked

3 national forests visited

8 Alaskan towns visited

12 different animals seen that we have never seen before

5 glaciers flown over

2 different mountain ranges

2.5 miles of railroad tunnel driven through a mountain

And… we may have trespassed on Sarah Palin’s property to get a good picture…

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  • Monday we explored Anchorage and hiked Earthquake Park Image
  • Tuesday we went dog sledding with some Iditarod winning dogs in Willow and hiked in Talkeetna (the base camp for those who climb Mt. McKinley) and even saw Mt. McKinley off in the distance

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  • Wednesday we drove 2.5 hours out Seward highway around Turnagain Arm and through mountains.  When we arrived in Seward we hiked 10 miles around Resurrection Bay and made friends with 2 dogs that hiked the entire trail with us.  We named them Harry and Bunker

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  • Thursday we went flight-seeing over glaciers and mountains, then took a tram up a mountain to have dinner at Alyeska Ski Resort

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  • Friday we hiked the Trail of Blue Ice to see Portage Glacier and Portage Lake (Which was frozen solid and we walked all over the lake).  We drove 2.5 miles through the middle of a mountain on a one lane tunnel to the town of Whittier.  The tunnel is shared by both directions of traffic and both directions of railroad traffic controlled on either end to allow only one way at a time.

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  • Saturday we shopped in downtown Anchorage, pet a moose in the back yard of the B&B.  We visited Girdwood for the Slush Cup (craziness!  Check it out here) and visited the Wildlife Conservation where we saw 3 bald eagles stealing fish from bears

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  • Sunday we drove Seward Highway for the last time, saw a movie, went bowling, ice skating and headed to the airport

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  • On the plane ride home we saw the Northern Lights out the windows and witnessed one of Gods most amazing pieces of artwork.  We had tried to stay up earlier in the week to catch the lights but we couldn’t make it.  I would say this was one of my most favorite parts of the trip!  We had such an amazing view of the lights up above the clouds.  Thank goodness our stewardess woke us up to see them!

Bill and I had so much fun and experienced so many different things we had never done before.  We would love to go back and see more of Alaska.  It is so big; we just got a small view of its magnificent beauty.  If you ever have the opportunity to go to Alaska, DO IT!  You will not regret it.

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Hiking for Christmas?

Imagine waking up Christmas morning bright and early, rushing into the family room full of excitement and grabbing… your hiking boots?  Hiking boots?!?!?  Yep that’s what I said.  This year each of our families chose to celebrate Christmas AFTER Christmas.  Completely unheard of for me, I mean, what was I supposed to do on Christmas Day?  At first I was sad… I NEEDED to see family, have a huge meal, watch the little kids open their awesome presents and then play with the boxes.  That HAD to happen to make Christmas actually CHRISTMAS right?  Way wrong.  I didn’t need gifts or lots of food or even family to enjoy Christmas, I needed to remember that I already had the best gift of all, the gift that I get every day.  Jesus’ birthday was “today,” and he was my gift, my eternal gift.  

So what did we do?  We went Hiking!  Same thing for New Years Day a week later!  Have you ever been to Clifty Falls State Park?  Its right outside Madison, IN and about 1.5 hrs from Cincinnati.  How about John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, OH?  Go!  Pack your hiking boots and GO NOW!

Taken New Years Day at John Bryan State Park

On Christmas day we went to Clifty Falls State Park, no one else was as crazy as us so we had the entire park to ourselves.  We took the extra rugged trail and hiked up the creek bed, having to crisscross the creek a bunch (thank goodness for water proof boots!).  Bri loves hiking too, there’s always a time we find to let her off her leash and run the trails.  Deep in the creek bed with no one around she was able to run free and she loved every minute of it!  Bill had to carry her a few times across the creek because she is a little low to the ground and the current picked up in some areas.  It was beautiful and cold!

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A week later we found ourselves at the beginning of 2014 and had another free day on our hands… off to John Bryan State Park we went!  With Bri in tow and Bill’s brand new gear (new coat from Mom that was probably his favorite thing about Christmas this year!).  John Bryan took us along the Little Miami River, down one side, across the river on the foot bridge, up the other side and back again.  We saw lots more people this time and Bri had to stay on her leash (that was ok, she helped pull me up the hills when Bill was in front.  She always likes to be up front with him, leading the way).  We did let her run off leash in the open field at the end so we could play fetch.  Well Bri’s version of fetch which involves Bill throwing the ball as far as he possibly can, Bri running top speed (impressing us all) and grabbing the ball.  She then looks all the way back at you, so proud that she got the ball, drops it and waits for you to come all the way over and do it again…

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There are 13 weeks until our wedding and I hope to find 13 more places to hike between now and then.  We may have to find a few urban hiking places if time is short.  This New Year we are going to do a lot of new things together, the biggest of which is getting married!  God has truly blessed us with each other, but more importantly He has blessed us with his mercy and glory.  Beginning a new year gives us a chance to reevaluate what we’re doing with our lives and what we’re doing to glorify Him.

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You know what else happened on New Years Day?  Little Wart pulled the Sword from The Stone and became known as King Arthur.  “It’s a miracle, ordained by Heaven, this boy is our King!”  Funny how a very old, and very humorous Disney movie can parallel the most perfect Christmas gift we have all been given on Christmas Day:  A miracle boy, from Heaven, born to be our King.

I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.  Looking forward to a great 2014 with friends and family.

PS We did have a fantastic Christmas dinner with Bill’s family at his brother’s house on Christmas night.  So we weren’t totally without the tradition of loving family.  We even got to see the little nephews open gifts and play with the boxes.

How does an Event Planner Plan Her OWN Wedding?

I’m an event planner. I deal with caterers, venues, florists, musicians, bands, decor, bar, budgets, etc… ALL THE TIME! When this beautiful ring showed up on my finger I thought “I have the ultimate event to plan!”

I start off all events with a brief, a quick overview of expectations and feel of the event. That is usually given to me by those requesting the event. In this case I come up with my own brief! CHECK! That was easy.

Then I do my research and look into the big ticket items like location, bar, food, décor, entertainment. I have been secretly, OK not-so-secretly, doing my research for the past year (OK 2 years… ALRIGHT ALRIGHT the past 3 years!). I have a good idea of what costs what, and who I want to hire for most things. Leveraging my career knowledge, I have gathered a good list of vendors for my wedding. Another CHECK!

Next comes the budget… I created a dream budget and then trimmed back to where things would be realistic. I decided what was important to ME and made those a priority and trimmed back on areas that weren’t as important to me. Enter the mother of the bride (and the father of the bride, who had surprisingly more of an opinion than I expected). They have priorities too and they are different than mine. Luckily I love my parents and they love me and we work well together. Budget? CHECK!

I want my parents to be proud of the event as well. That being said, they sure “hired” one heck of an event planner for their party if I do say so myself! 😉

I have all sorts of resources at my fingertips ready to be unleashed! We had the initial meeting with mom and dad to discuss how this process was to move forward. We totally ended up talking about what my dress was going to look like and how I would do my hair… typical girls. How are we going to get any work done!!! Dad and Bill left the conversation somewhere around brazier’s and garters to take the trash out.

I can happily announce we have picked a date in early Spring 2014, confirmed the location (ceremony AND reception), confirmed the band, the ceremony musicians, the photographer, and our pastor! Big things checked off the list! Now I’m excited to get my sister in town to do a real dress shopping trip with her and my mom.

The next few months will be a whirlwind of cake tastings, menu browsing, invitation writing and I’m sure plenty of stress… I can’t wait!

The future Mrs. William Mueller

Our Story

I would like to document this next chapter of my life and hopefully build the habit of blogging on a more regular basis. That being said…

I’M ENGAGED!

Our story

How we met:
I would like to start this off by saying I have known Bill and the Mueller family since I was 5 years old. Growing up in the same church, I became close with his sisters through the youth group.

6 years ago a friend of mine was in a band and invited me to one of his shows… Well the audience wasn’t exactly the crowd (read: age group) that I typically hang out with, but I was being a supportive friend. Plus his brothers and sisters typically were there so I kept going to the shows and got to hang out with some friends (and the band was really good!). I started hanging out more and more with his brother, Bill, and soon enough, Bill and I started dating and hanging out outside of the To Die in Arms concerts.

Explanation of our April Fools day anniversary:
Since we started out as friends we weren’t really sure when it turned into a relationship of boyfriend and girlfriend. We decided that somewhere in the spring of 2008 is when it started. Since there wasn’t an actual first date and people kept asking us “how long have you been dating?” We just picked a date. Well what better anniversary than April Fools day?!?!?! Bill’s a big jokester anyway, so it was a perfect fit for us!

How did we make it 5 + years?
Believe me it was a great lesson in patience. After about 3 years I knew he was the one. We even talked about getting married one day, but not right away. (Little does he know I started planning the wedding then! Am I crazy? Or just a hopeless romantic who happens to be an event planner?) I know, it’s the crazy one… There were plenty of ups and downs along the way. Looking back, I’m thankful we had each and every moment. We grew much stronger together than we could ever be apart. I believe God gave us those challenges to instill in us 2 things: we needed each other and most importantly we needed God to get us though a lifelong relationship.

The FIRST best decision we made as a couple:
We decided to join a new church! We grew up at Faith Bible Church and that gave us our foundation for living a life loving God, but we needed something more. Enter my brother AND Bill’s brother. My brother attended a more contemporary church, the same church where Bill’s brother played in the worship team. We started going to River Hills Christian Church, I joined the worship team singing, Bill started building stage sets, and we joined a small group. We fit right in! We have awesome friends and an amazing community of believers around us! I really believe our relationship turned a bright corner when we joined River Hills as a couple. We started growing in Christ TOGETHER instead of as individuals. Best foundation ever I might add!

The SECOND best decision we made as a couple:
Our proposal story
This one happened last night. We were on our way back downtown after having spent the day with my parents and my brother’s family. I was feeling a little down and Bill suggested we stop by the serpentine wall and watch the river traffic. This is one of my most favorite things to do (I am Johnny Jones’ granddaughter). This was not out of the ordinary, we go there often. We were sitting there just watching the river and enjoying each other’s company. Then, all of the sudden Bill was down on one knee in front of me with a handmade ring box holding the most beautiful purple sapphire engagement ring! He said simply, “Will you marry me?” It was a question I had been waiting for since I was a little girl! I hope I said yes, but I’m pretty sure I started crying, screaming, hugging, and kissing him. He knew what I meant. It was perfect and despite all my detective work (sorry, I’m terrible about surprises) I had no idea it was going to happen right then!

Many more years to come!
As we plan our wedding together, I hope you all will enjoy the ride. I’m not sure what my next post will bring, however you can bet it will be full of happy moments. I’m looking forward to hanging with my mom the most. She has always been my best friend and I couldn’t ask for a better co-planner for my wedding! The next few months will be the best so far! Bill and I get to plan the day that will start the rest of our lives together as our own family. Our parents have raised us to love each other and love God and that’s exactly how we plan to raise our kids. (Enter cheesy love song lyric here)

Karah, the soon to be Mrs. William Mueller

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It’s Been too Long!

Well hi there!  I realize it has been since January that I last posted so yes I’m a slacker… (but The Zesty Cook hasn’t posted since January either so I can’t be that bad!)  I think about my blog often but wonder, what is going on in my life that you all want to hear about?  So instead of me rambling along… here is a list of things that have happened to me since January:

Pinterest

Things Pinterest has done to my life: made me want to cook more, be more crafty, be more fit, be more fashionable.  It has also made me realize how much time I spend pinning and how little time I spend actually doing the things that I pin.  I have tried a few crafts (unsuccessfully), a few recipes (also unsuccessfully), and I blame pinterest (and the TV show Rehab Addict) for the fact that I now own a beautiful, antique, heavy, broken piano:

This will be a restoration project for Bill and me in the future. Also the painted wine bottles are a pinterest craft project fail…

Gardening

I decided this year that I was again going to attempt to grow something on my back patio.  I went to my mom for advice, since she is the expert on everything (She’s a mom so that’s part of her job description: Must be an expert on anything your child asks you about).  I have killed boxwoods and a few cacti in the past so I was determined to end my plant murdering streak.  I purchased boxes to hang on my fence, the proper potting soil, the plants and flowers, and set reminders to water at the proper time.  Here is how they looked when I planted them:

Beautiful huh?

Here is what they look like now…

They’re looking a bit crunchy…

Politics

I was lucky enough to attend the Mitt Romney fundraiser at the Hilton Hall of Mirrors.  It was a fantastic event full of old Cincinnati money.  I got to catch up with an old neighbor, met a new friend, and shook hands with hopefully our next president!  Thanks Mom and Dad for making the donation and allowing me to go in your place!

He shook my hand and said “Thanks for your support Karah”

Life

I also spent time going to Reds games and enjoying life downtown on 5th with the love of my life and my pup!

Watching the Opening Day game from Fountain Square

On our way to a Reds game!

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Favorite Things

Happy 2012 everyone!  Now that the holidays are over and we’re back into the swing of things I figured it’s time to post again…  You know how Oprah used to do her Favorite Things show?  Well this is Karah’s Favorite Things Blog Post!

There are certain things in life that I can’t live without, like my iPhone, iPad, Bill and Bri, but you already know those are my favorite so here are somethings that you might not know are awesome!

My Pedometer

Mom got this for me a few years ago and I have only recently started using it regularly.  It is programmable so it can tell me how many calories I’m burning and how close I am (or how far away I am) from my steps goal.  It keeps track of how many miles I’ve walked, how fast I walk and how long I walk.  It also stores the past 7 days of steps!  Thanks Mom!

My Slow Cooker

I got a slow cooker about 4 years ago and fell in love.  I feel it’s almost a fool prof way to cook.  It’s really hard to mess something up and for someone who struggles to be as great a cook as her mother or The Zesty Cook (my sister) it gives me a confidence boost!  I actually have 2 of them, I have one 6 qt. that was way too big when cooking for only me and Bill (although leftovers are great!) and the Zesty Cook gave me a smaller one for my birthday/Christmas this year!  The 4 qt. size is much better for just the 2 of us.  Here is my favorite recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Chili-Mac (I add 1 pack of frozen corn)

My Infinity Scarf 

An infinity scarf is the kind that make a full loop, no ends.  I have one that I can twist into so many different fashions!  It looks great and keeps me warm.

Honey Crisp Apples

A few years ago while my sister was living in Minneapolis, she was telling me about the local folks getting really excited that “The honey crisps are in!”  Well I went to the store and bought one… Wow, my apple life has never been the same.  These things really are delicious and crisp and HUGE!  If you haven’t had one go try one, your apple life will never be the same.

Slippers

To save money I keep the condo on the chilly side and heat with my gas fireplace (another favorite thing).  I get home and immediately take my shoes off and put the slippers on.  I have the kind that have a rubber sole so you can still go outside with them.  Recently my mom got me some really fun bumble bee slippers that have leg warmers too!

My TempurPedic Mattress Topper

If I can’t afford the real thing I’ll just get the topper!  Sleeping (with my back pain) has never been better.  My mattress is also getting on the old side so buying the TempurPedic topper got me a few more years out of it and it feels great!  I did have to buy deep pocket sheets though to avoid waking up to the corners popping off.

Music: Mountain Heart and Cadillac Sky

2 bluegrass bands that I have recently fallen in love with.  Favorite song from Mountain Heart: Mountain Man (the intro to that song is an AWESOME fiddle solo).  Favorite song from Cadillac Sky: Sinners Welcome.

My Favorite App, Sleep Machine

This app has every sound imaginable.  Distant trains for dad, rain and or a thunder storm for me even the sound of a factory, vacuum, .  You can have up to 3 sounds playing at once and adjust the volume for each so that it’s the right mix of comforting sounds.  There’s a timer also.  My favorite combination: Thunder storm, rain and Native American flute.

2nd Favorite App, Shazam

Even though I can sing along to almost every song on the radio I don’t always know the name of the song or who sings it.  With Shazam I can hold my phone to the speaker and it will tell me all the info and give me and instant button to download from iTunes!

I hope you all enjoyed my favorite things!  Now go out and get some of them because they are all very cool!

Karah


Life in the Casebere House

Is awesome! Let me tell you I don’t know how my sister does it, these kids can be so high energy. Actually I do… Starbucks isn’t that far away!

This morning started with a walk to Starbucks with both kids. Mae gets a custard donut and John gets a juice pouch. Bill and I get big kid drinks and we bring something home for Mom.


We then spent sometime doing yard work.

Something else that happens at the Casebere house… Siestas in the afternoon!

Now we are getting ready for church. Waiting for us when we get home? Delicious spaghetti!