Various Photos

Here are some pictures that I took thinking I would blog about them. Even though the blog entries never happened, I thought I’d go ahead and share the pictures.

Happy Birthday Julia Child! Her 100th birthday would have been August 15th, 2012. When visiting my mom (dad was out of town) in August I made a meal from “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in honor of her.

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In October my mother, brother, and I travled to Fort Collins Colorado to see my sister.

Kristin and I

Kristin and I

Mom and Kristin
Mom and Kristin

Last fall my parents sold our suburban. It was bought by some interesting people.

"After all those years of masquerading as a mild-mannered family vehicle, the old surburban has found its true identity!!" - Judy Green

“After all those years of masquerading as a mild-mannered family vehicle, the old surburban has found its true identity!!” – Judy Green

 

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Only two things that money can’t buy and that’s true love and homegrown tomoates – John Denver

I realize that it’s been way too long since I posted. This is an entry that I started working on months ago and just didn’t get around to finishing.

Last summer I canned tomatoes for the first time. I would love to be able to say that this lovely bunch of tomatoes came from my two tomato plants, but that would be a lie. Instead,  these tomatoes were given to me by my parents. Last season I got a grand total of two tomatoes from my plants.

Time to begin!

Time to begin!

I put an "x" in the bottom of each tomato to make them easier to peel after boiling them.

I put an “x” in the bottom of each tomato to make them easier to peel after boiling them.

Boiling away!

Boiling away!

 

All cut up and ready to go into the jars.

All cut up and ready to go into the jars.

Packed and ready to go.

Packed and ready to go.

Ta-Da!

Ta-Da!

I really enjoyed using these jars over the winter months and still have a few left (I did a few more batches after this one). Canning was also easier than I thought it would be. Of course my overall volume was small – not like the canning that my parents do.

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Outdoor space.

I have lived in six different apartments since moving out of the dorms in college and have never had real outdoor space. Now I’m in my seventh place, a duplex this time, and I have a deck. I love it.

Last fall I really wanted to have some pumpkins out on my front porch. I thought they would be fun and festive. The squirrels thought they were an easy meal.

My mind has been blown…

So this is a really cool story. However, to understand the main point, I have to give some background:

Since moving to Kansas City I’ve been attending Jacob’s Well church. There is a creative person on staff who decorates the alter to reflect the current teaching series .During the season of Lent the teachings have been out of the book of Isaiah and so the creative person decided to make the alter look like a desert with dead plants. The teachings have been showing the progression of Israel’s current relationship with God: basically, they were not living in the way that they should so God sent Isaiah to deliver the message that they needed to repent and that God wanted to restore them.

Now that you understand a bit of background, we can move on to the main point. The creative person went to a local nursery and asked for dead plants. The nursery staff took her to the dumpster and gave her some. She spray painted them and then put them on the alter. Her plan was to glue little leaves to some of the branches later in the series to symbolize how God restores his people. One day the pastor walked into the sanctuary and was blown away by how realistic the leaves looked on the dead plants. He emailed the creative person telling her how impressed he was. She responded saying essentially, “what are you talking about? I’ve been out of town and haven’t done anything to the plants.” Upon closer inspection of the plants it was discovered that they had ACTUALLY budded out! The dead plants out of the dumpster that had been spray painted have actually budded out and produced leaves. Wow. Like I said, my mind has been blown.

The last six months…

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in Kansas City for almost six months. Here is a picture overview of things I’ve done since leaving Norman.

First I moved in and started unpacking.

I moved in on a Friday and attended a cousin’s wedding on Saturday.

Mom, Grandma, and I all dressed up.

On Tuesday I started work. My Mom came up and visited a few times. During one of the trips I purchased a new lamp and chair.

I also got some chairs for the deck.

In September I went to another wedding.

Mom, Dad, and I.

Then in November, I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do…host Thanksgiving!

Uncle Steve, cousin Lauren, Aunt Linda, and my sister Kristin

Dad's carving the turkey

Christmas Day was spent in Bartlesville.

I'm pretty excited about my All-Clad skillets. I think my brother Pat got some tools.

I made Christmas dinner. It was delicious!

I had another Christmas gathering at my house over New Years.

Cousin Whitney, Pat, Kristin, and Dad.

Cousin Lauren, Aunt Linda, Uncle Mike, and me.

Now the holidays are over and the new year has began. All in all, I think the move to Kansas City has been a positive experience. I’m still settling in and it doesn’t feel like home yet, at least not in the way that Norman did, but these things take time. I’ve been told that it takes, on average, two to three years before you feel truly settled and connected in a new place.  I think that’s probably true and I’m okay with that. In the mean time, I’m thankful to have family close by and a job and home that I like.

I’m moving…again.

For those of you who don’t know, I have been offered a position with Jackson County Children’s Division in Kansas City Missouri. I am in the process of packing up my apartment (boo) so that I can move into a bigger and nicer duplex in Kansas City (yay!). My friend Heather and I spent about four hours packing today and managed to pack up roughly 1/3-1/2 of the apartment. Unfortunately, I still have the kitchen to go and if you’ve ever seen my kitchen, you know that I have an incredible amount of kitchen stuff.

I leave Norman July 28th and begin work on August 1st. It all feels very sudden but I’m attempting to take it in stride. There is a song by Katy Perry called “Firework” and in it there is a line that says “Maybe the reason why all the doors are closed, so you could open one that leads you to the perfect road.” It is a bit funny that I spent over a year applying for and interviewing for jobs in Oklahoma and the first time I interview for anything in Missouri (over the phone, no less) I am offered the job.

Overall I feel good about all these changes but I am NOT looking forward to moving with Penny. If you’ve never had the pleasure of moving with a cat, let me tell you it is about 1000 times harder than moving either alone or with a dog. However, you could be as lucky as my Aunt Linda and be moving with four cats. Makes me glad I just have one.

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