Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sushi and other things

Sushi! My 1st time making this

I finally had the courage and energy to make the sushi. I watched several videos on instruction and got the idea. Plus, I bought the imitation crab meat and I didn't want it to spoil before I used it, so I had to take the plunge. :)

I did about 5 sheets and you can get about 6-7 sushi rolls from, we had quite a bit. It was fun once I got the hang of it. I used a bamboo roll (from the local market) and I made my own version of the rice...used a drop of vinegar, some ginger juice from the pickled ginger, salt and sugar. It came out really good and I had fun. :) Jon took some pics of me working...I''ll download those soon.

For dessert tonight, I warmed up my electric waffle maker. I mixed a package of strawberry cake mix with apple sauce and 1 1/3 cup water. Sprayed the grooves w/ a bit of cooking oil, poured in a ladle of the mixture and had lovely waffle/crepe's for dessert. The kids loved them. :) I had mine with a bit of vanilla ice cream. Very good. I think whipped cream would have been even more delightful.

I've been feeling tired all day. I think it's because we're getting a bit storm come Monday...this is how I usually feel when the barometer acts out. I should download an app to see what it's like. I feel like a Hattifattener (from the Moomins) :The Hattifatteners cannot see very well, but their sense of touch is very strong, and they can feel ground vibrations and electricity. 

    Last night, we watched some more Doc Martin. I really like this show and usually don't have any issue with some of the more semi-realistic medical scenes. Except for last night. It just totally made me feel weak and ill...I had to wobble upstairs quickly and lay down. It made me feel that awful. Maybe it was a delayed reaction to having blood drawn a few days ago...either way, I felt awful.

I'm taking a break from that show. Maybe I'll catch up on old Ghost Whisperer's I'm still bummed that is gone. I loved the beginning with the visuals and it was just a fun/scary show. Ghosts I can handle...well, usually.

Some good news, at last. My tailbone is feeling a lot better. I hurt it in September and nearly 6 months later, I'm almost recovered. It is one of the most uncomfortable pains I've had and for so long. I told my doctor about it and she was like, I had that too...sit on one hip, and all that. This has helped too.

Talked to my mom. I really miss spending time with her and my whole family. It feels like things get in the way, too much stuff happening. Hopefully, things will calm down now and we can get some time in.

I feel exhausted. I hope I'm not getting a cold. Norrie has a fever and her friend came down sick at school. All we need is another flu/cold. I really, really hope we feel better and this is just weather related. This winter seems to drag on, seriously. I am longing for some green and warm weather.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday, at last

Can't believe it's already 7pm. This week has been really off due to weather and so on. I just want to sleep right now...but I'm not going to. Here's so photos I don't think I've shared before:

my snow owl quilt (on my etsy shop)

some art I really admire

super cute idea for my Gingerbread

Gingerbread, who would think I was mad to put a hat on her

some of my felt/illustration art

Anyway, I feel tired and exhausted. I didn't do very much art...basically, it was shovel snow, salt, pick up kids, chores and so on. This winter has been really difficult. I don't know if it's the weather, depressing stuff happening or everything all at once but I feel like I could sleep for 20 hrs, easily. I know I was ill and am still getting my sea legs back. I sure wish we'd become spring...even if it meant allergies for me. I'm that ready for it.

Some good things: I finally had a brain blast and used the left over pieces of outdoor carpeting to line our driveway so our shoes are not caked with mud or snow. :) I feel a bit more sane, now and not like we are trudging through a farm yard or something. You would not believe how much mud there is when things melt. And of course, the kids find a way to see how deep they can stick their shoes/branches into the mud. Crazy mud!

I'm doing spring cleaning out. I'm putting as much junk into the garage I want to try selling at a yard sale or donate. Slowly building up steam on this.

I guess having blood work makes a person feel blah. So, this didn't help. All I know is I hope it's nothing serious and I can get healthy.

I need to start looking for part time work. I'd like something art related but would try new things as well. We shall see. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

sinus pain, etc

just clocking in real quick. My nose is feeling a pinch better now that I've flushed it with neil med. There is still pain, ear pain and feeling dizzy. The nausea is better, thank God.

Jon isn't feeling 100% and I hope he's not getting this stupid cold in the full blown crap that it is. My sides hurt/back from coughing. This is bad bug.

I think I'm going to feel better. Either way, have an appointment next week. My eyes actually were hurting from the back...never really had that before.

Monday, March 11, 2013


I wrote a different word then stinks but thought I'd rather not start a title with a bad word. This morning was moy stinkito. It still stinks because there is trash to collect, laundry to bring down and up, chores to be done and so on and so forth. All of this is hampered by the fact I feel lousy and am feeling seriously sad about my aunt's passing. I just feel like someone punched me in the heart a few times and I'm feeling winded. I still can't wrap my mind around her passing. I just feel so, so sad. It was stomach cancer and she was treating it with chemo and natural remedies. But I don't know if it was something that could have ever been controlled as our grandma Verda (her mom) passed from something similar. :( I wish I could go to the memorial.

Too many people have died from cancer. I wish there was a way to cure it and a way for people never to get it. Perhaps that is a dream but how I wish it were real.

This weekend was bizarre and upsetting. Besides all of this sorrow, the youngest Gottshall was coughing all the time, feel on his cheek (playing on a chair) and slept at the wrong time and basically messed up his sleeping pattern. Up at 3 am and tearing the house apart. I swear if they invented something to protect your house and kid from the kid, I'd buy that. I'm thinking large inflatable bubble that a kid could run around inside and not clobber him self or destroy things. He is me times 10. I was, apparently, a crazy child and would get into all sorts of mischief. My dad would often call me mischievous...often thought that was my name.  I'm surprised they didn't have more white hair when I think of all the stupid things I did. Geesh. Poor parents.

Anyway, at least with having melt downs and tantrums (glad I'm feeling better now), I got some stuff done...laundry is churning away, the steps are vacuumed, the floors are sort of picked up, laundry is being put away, etc, etc blah blah blah. I hate doing chores. But if I have to do them, I want to do them quickly without stepping on pets/kids and that is being accomplished. I'm angry at our dog, Penny. She pooped not once but twice in the house. What the heck?!? I put her outside and it's warm and she comes running inside like she is all proud of doing her duty and then I go upstairs and there is a pile to great me! I don't get it. I don't care. I cleaned it up and she is banished to outside till I pick up the little one.

Oh, and of course, when I go to drop off the littlest Gottshall, we're all singing and happy...until, the door opens to the car. Then, he is instant crying, instant pulling on the chair and turning magenta. I pried off his hands and basically drove off while he was bawling. Whatever. Such drama. And do you know what it really is all about? A Frisbee. He has this Frisbee that he was playing with the other day (they were caked with mud because Jon didn't put limits on anyone, of course) and someone left the Frisbee in the lower muddy yard. He saw it and wanted it. I said, no. We'll get it after school because I didn't want to get mud covered. So, he's standing there crying and bawling and refusing to get in the car. Mind you the path is pretty muddy from Jon not putting gravel or hay down. So, we finally get in the car with screaming and kicking. Maybe I should carry ear plugs in the car...apparently, I can hear that pitch of screeching! Anyway, we made it to school, dropped off the elders and got him tearfully dropped off and I have managed to get the stinkin Frisbee and have it ready for his pick up in a few. Good Monday morning to you! Seriously, things have to go up from here, right??

Friday, March 08, 2013

Passing of my dear aunt Tina

I just learned that my aunt Tina passed away. She was an adopted aunt and close to our family. I'm so grateful that she had so many friends and family to be with her in the end. I just wish I could have seen her one more time. I'm so grateful that she got to go to my brother's wedding and that she was always an example of cheerful, upbeat, happiness. Love radiated from her actions, voice and mentality. I will miss her. I told my mom and she will miss her too. But we know she is with her mother, father and is visiting with my dad and aunt Dimka. I still can't believe so many people have left us. It's a true testament to life...make good friends your family and they will be gold to you through out life. It's so true.

Sometimes, life seems to be a blur of activity and you might think your problems will always be there...but they won't. Make the most of our sweet time on earth and love one another. That is what I learned from Tina.

Thursday, March 07, 2013


owl by Emilyannamarie
owl, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

bunny stare


Gingerbread trying to mind meld me into supplying bananas

Penny Olive

Penny is disappointed that I am a ailurophile


Sore throat and cats...again.

Katie Fern is disgusted by our colds

Geesh, when will these kids settle down and not be sick? It seems like one is sick and next thing you know, everyone is sick. The youngest Gottshall was coughing all day yesterday and finally fell asleep later then usual. He's better now but looks thinner and pale. :( Poor guy. No hot face or too warm but not normal either. Last night his face was so flushed. His throat was hurting and he was not happy. Now, he's stable and watching cartoons.

We had the snow day and are making up for all this lost time...I guess. It seems like I was on a cleaning fix yesterday...mostly laundry. The story of my life. I can see how this becomes a constant problem for families especially if the laundry is in the basement. Either way, I'm trying to stay on top of the laundry monster.

Sampson says, How dare you get sick?
I keep think what a cool thing it would be if my mom lived here with us. She could keep an eye on the youngest Gottshall while I got chores done and then we could do sewing, etc. Just a daydream.

How many times getting sneezed and coughed in your face equal either coming down with a cold or becoming immune? I have no idea but my nose feels stuffy. And people wonder why I get sick all the time. I've been wiping things down with the Clorox wipes but getting direct exposure is a true test of germ warfare. sigh.

I'm trying not to be down about all of this. March 20th is Spring (2 wks!!!!!!!!!!!). this winter has been really tough, for some reason. I know it has to do with losing my dad and my dear kitty, Simone. It's like getting punched in the heart a few too many times. I can't even think about Mr. Nelson with out getting teary eyed. bother...sometimes it feels like you can bottle up your feelings but it is a thin glass that can easily shatter with the right memory pitch.

Finn is not pleased he is easily found in our game of hide and seek
I have a word for the day calendar that my dad-in-law got us. I preferred the Zen one I got last year but my sis-in-law snatched that away (greedy, Julie...yes, I said her name the shy hermit sister in law that does not want to be named is named and talked about on my blog. I know...I'm being revengeful). The word for the day is ailurophile. If you already know what that means, good for you. For the rest of us, it means: a cat fancier: a lover of cats. Yes, I would describe my self as such. :)

Finn said,"all is forgiven, you cat lover, you"
Growing Kiwi cat
Kiwi is ashamed of my joke about Kiwi's being grown, not made
 Kiwi's are grown not made (2006. ;)

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Snowy snow and colds, you know

The youngest Gottshall has a bad cough and has been at it all day. Finally, fell asleep, flushed face, mumbling and slightly fevered. Not the best feeling in the world when your child is ill. You start imagining all sorts of things and getting anxious. The cold and snow don't help making you feel trapped and worried that the weather doesn't warm up to heal chest colds. That is how I'm feeling right now. Praying he'll feel better soon and be his happy self. His mood has been good, even with this yucky feeling.

I started to feel like maybe I made it worse by letting him peddle his tricycle the other day (it was cold but sunny). Still, he was so happy and I was glad to move around, too. I think a lot of kids are anxious about being inside so much. My kids are so annoyed with winter and being inside so much. I figured that getting some fresh air would be a good thing...maybe we're just not used to it and that is why we are getting colds.

Supposedly, it's going to warm up to 48 (wow) and then go back down. Oh, Mister Groundhog, why did you betray my trust and sense of hope???

I'm feeling tried, finally. Jon baked a double batch of chocolate chip cookies and it was keeping me up. I can sleep now, I think.

I didn't do much of any art today. The snow day through all of us off. Instead, I cleaned and got the pile of dishes and laundry down. Now, if I can only clear out some space in the basement and make a spot to play for the kids (simple sandbox for the youngest and art spot for the older two. I'm seriously tempted to put most of our junk in a yard sale and donate the rest. Honestly, I see how valuable space is and cluttering it up, is not fun. Okay, I might be a bit cabin feverish my self. Nightie night!

a grumpy letter

a grumpy letter by Emilyannamarie
a grumpy letter, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

Small Pet Select a hit with Gingerbread

Gingerbread LOVES her new hay from And I'm not exaggerating. Usually when I buy some timothy hay, she'll sniff it and pretty much ignore what I buy from Pets mart or other venues. This is the first time she kept sniffing and nibbling. I thought for sure she'd be reluctant but she dived right in and nibbled away! :) Thank you, smallpetselect!

Finn in bag

Finn in bag by Emilyannamarie
Finn in bag, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.


Sampson by Emilyannamarie
Sampson, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

mama and son

mama and son by Emilyannamarie
mama and son, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

feeling better

feeling better by Emilyannamarie
feeling better, a photo by Emilyannamarie on Flickr.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

pancake Saturday

Watching pokemon music vids with the kids, eating pancakes and just hanging out. Good Saturday to all. :)Umbreon


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