Random Thoughts On My Brain

I’ve been in a bit of a quiet, sleepy funk today. I’m super tired from staying up on this computer until one in the morning.  I’ve got stuff on the brain, but nothing deep, just random.  Thought I’d share…lucky you, huh?

1. Gardening For Dummies
I am hoping I can find this book at our local library-I’m gonna need it!  I reserved a plot at a community garden site, and after spending some time at Barnes and Noble tonight, reading a pile of gardening magazines, I’ve concluded that I need to go straight to the dummies book!

2. Asthma

My daughters asthma is flaring up again.  I have not had to deal with it for over a year, since we have changed our eating habits.  Her allergy to corn syrup is a trigger, and it seems to be getting worse as she is now sensitive to all corn products.  She took a bite of a corn tortilla chip and immediatley reacted to it this week, which is new for her.  Her asthma is a bit unusual.  She has the instant reaction of a horrid, barky cough, it almost sounds like her throat is closing up. (scary, I know.. time for an epi-pen?) If her coughing spasms get bad enough, it turns into wheezing.  In the past, we would just take away the offending food (corn syrup) and it would go away.  Lately,  its been hanging on all throughout the day.  I am not sure if her corn allergy is getting worse, which means I need to be more careful about what she eats, or her spring seasonal allergies are kickin’ in and the two combined are a bit much for her immune system, and are kickin’ her!  She couldn’t catch her breath last night after playing at the park, so I had to give in and give her a puff from her inhaler, which I have not had to do in a year!  I’m buummin’ a bit about that!!  I’m going to get her tested for allergies ASAP.  Hopefully, it is just a seasonal thing. If not, the idea of eliminating ALL corn products is a bit daunting and makes me want to cry a little.  I just read that it is the hardest allergen to eliminate over wheat, eggs, and dairy, because it is in EVERYTHING!  {sigh}

3. Moldy Lunchbox
This is what happens when daughter leaves her lunchbox at school over spring break week.   Gross, huh?  It had a half eaten orange in it.  I was going to make her clean it out because she has been SO forgetful of her lunch bag the last few weeks, so I thought that would be great motivation to start remembering!  I forgot to enforce it before she went to bed, ( I was busy at Barnes and Nobel feeling like a gardening dummy) so now I’m gonna have to clean it.  I can’t bear to let it sit in my kitchen like that overnight…it would give me bad dreams, and we all know I need a good sleep tonight so you will be spared another random, sleepy-brained, rambling post tomorrow!

4. Ripe Bananas
Here is something positive-I’m having a new love affair with ripe bananas.  My local grocery store is selling big bags of them for just over a buck, which I think is just lovely!  I freeze them, and use them in green smoothies, homemade popsicles, and banana bread.  Makes me happy.  Woot!

5. Laundry
I am in shock that I am actually keeping up with laundry since starting “AP Tuesdays” a month ago.  If you only knew what a struggle this has been all my married life, you would be so proud!  I am a bit disappointed in myself today, instead of folding 2 loads right out of the dryer, I piled them on my folding table (I was tired!) and they are still sitting there. Oh well, progress–not perfection, right?

6. French Coffee Press

My oldest daughter is a gift giver.  Like, it- is- just- in- her- and- she- can’t- not- not- do- it– gift giver.  It is truly a beautiful “gift”, one she says she “gets from her Grandpa Don.”  Aw.
 Recently she had been given a gift card to Target, so when I took her to spend it, she picked a couple little things out for herself and then became very consumed with buying me a gift.  I mean, CONSUMED.  I tried to talk her out of it numerous times and told her to spend it on herself, but she just begged me.  How sweet is that?  She said, “mom, what is something you have been wanting for a very long time?”  We just happened to be in the kitchen appliance area, and there they were, Bodium  French Coffee Presses.  I’VE BEEN WANTING ONE FOR A VERY LONG TIME!  I gave in to my punkin’ and made a deal with her.  I told her I would let her buy me a gift if she would let me pay half.  She beamed like she had just won the lottery.  How precious is that??  Now, I get to make this iced coffee recipe I found at Small Notebook that I have been dying to try.  Yippee!

7. Small Notebook
Sigh.  Another love affair of mine.  I really, really love this blog.  Everything she does, makes me say “I wanna do that, too!”  Like making my own bars of soap or making homemade yogurt.  I’m gonna do both in the next few weeks, so I can be more like her  continue on this journey of making more things homemade. Don’t worry, I’m not at the stalker stage….yet.

Oh boy, its time to stop.  I feel so much better getting that all off my brain, so if you are still reading, THANK YOU!  G’night!

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  • talesofahummingbird
    April 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    i am definitely in the ‘for dummies’ category too when it comes to gardening. i feel like its in my dna because my parents and both sets of grandparents have huge green thumbs…i’ve just never had the time or space for it before. so here we go together. can’t wait to hear about your journies into gardening….i am having a local farmer i met at our farmer’s market come to my house next week to help me figure out how to get started. and then my dad is coming to visit for a week to help me really get started. phew – thank heavens for hands on help. i don’t even think i am ready for the books yet. i need someone to come and show me what to do! 🙂

  • Sara
    April 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the asthma. Hopefully it’s seasonal allergies and not related to everything corn.

    PS- I like to blog about nothing too, sometimes it’s refreshing to blab about anything on your mind if it means you feel more peaceful in the end. 🙂

  • The Mitchells Five
    April 1, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Emma has had asthma since 18 months. We’ve been in the hospital many times – our best friend is the nebulizer. I don’t love doing it, but boy does it save us from the ER. Maybe if you just gave her some Zyrtec it would help with the allergy and she wouldn’t have to use the inhaler. Also, the chiropractor really seems to help — I take her about 1x every other week. (She gets it from outdoor/pet allergies, exercise and cold/flu.) Sorry your girl is suffering!
    A note on the lunch bag — time for the garbage? 🙂

  • josslynsmom
    March 31, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    That’s pretty funny cuz I’m kinda stalking both of your blogs! Sorry to hear about the asthma. Yuck. I bet it’s related to her spring allergies, though.

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    March 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm

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  • Mc Allen
    April 1, 2010 at 12:19 am

    yeah, I would have wanted her to clean it out too, lol. But, I couldnt have waited eather!! I do the frozen bananna thing too, we love smoothies and its getting to be that time of the year 🙂 I def. need the gardening book, I.am. terrible. at.it!!! Great post! xoxo LA

  • Sarah loves it all
    March 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I just found your blog. I’m loving it! I’m now linked up and adding your button! Thanks for being such a great blogger!

  • Jen
    March 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Mmmm…love French pressed coffee, And Small Notebook!!! You have excellent taste 🙂 It’s wonderful that your daughter has such a beautiful gift too!

    As for the gardening. I would highly recommend you check out the book “Square Foot Gardening” as well. I am NOT a gardener, but my husband is starting to be and he used this method to start small and keep things manageable. It is a very organized approach to physically planning your garden space so that you minimize the work required and maximize your chances of success. It has totally worked for my hubby the past three season! Good luck!

  • Amy Bowman
    March 31, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Sarah, “how you feel about that blog…i feel about yours” wow that is sweet. thank yuoy. Enjoy the popcorn!
    Jen-i know my library carries that book, i’ve see it there. i will get it today!! thanks for the suggestion.
    Anonymous-welcome! thanks for reading and your kinds wishes toward my daughter and her asthma. its nice to know there are other moms who can relate to asthma frustrations!

  • Anonymous
    March 31, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    my son has illness induced asthma. all year he is fine then in winter if he gets a cold or flu the asthma flares up, it stinks! i hope you find the solutions that work for your daughter. i’m new to your blog, so hi and i am enjoying your posts.

  • For the Love of Naps - Sarah
    March 31, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I read Small Notebook too. How you feel about that blog..I feel about yours. Today we will get the lunch bags so we can make the popcorn in the microwave “your” way.

    Sorry about your little one’s asthma.

    I liked hearing your list of things on your mind. I always have a list too. I bet it feels better to get it out!

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