Friday, August 5, 2016

Idaho Falls, Idaho--here we come!!

 molly and mandy all tuckered out on the motel bed.
the falls right across the street from our motel.
 another view of the falls, they are right in the middle of town!
 mandy and I on the beltway next to the snake river.
 molly,mandy, and I in Idaho falls.
 Our motel in Idaho Falls.


Roger and I have been talking about moving out of California for years now. It is finally going to happen, hopefully in the next year. His work is letting him work from home no matter what state we live in. So we went on an adventure to Idaho Falls, Idaho.They have a beautiful town a quarter  of the size of the town we currently live in and their weather is way better than here. We may even see snow wouldn't that be glorious. We are planning another trip up there this fall and if all goes well we will be starting the process of building a home up there. We plan on putting our home on the market this coming spring and to be in our new home God willing by summer time. I am very excited about it but my does it take a lot of time coordinating things and my stress level has been pretty high lately. I am going to start the process of going through every cabinet and drawer and closet . We are only moving that wich we find absolutely necessary. I will keep everyone updated on our progress as time allows.
Blessings,Joann


"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday first day of the week......


My friend Katy over at the country blossom blog www.countryblossom.blogspot.com posted recently about her planner and though I don't have a planner like hers I do have chore lists. I have spent all this morning and part of the afternoon, okay it was basically all day going over my lists and redoing them. I finally have them the way I want them but they are in my computer so I still need to print them out. I have also started following Flylady again, I don't care for all the emails but I do like the way it is set up on facebook. 
I have also taken some advice of Katys I got from a letter she sent me and today earlier I went to a local gym to see the details for joining. I am going to give it a whirl and pray a whole lot that I enjoy it so I won't be blowing our money.  I really liked the place it was suprisingly cool and not too smelly. They have lots of equipment and the nice lady who gave me a tour was really nice and not judgemental at all. I would like to go there just for the treadmill but may go try some of the other things. We will have to see.
Roger and I are trying to plan a vacation for this upcoming September. Sometimes I feel like there is just too much to do to get ready. We are taking the dogs with us and oh that will be it's own type of fun!!
Today is Monday and before I used to clean the living room on Mondays but I have changed so now today is the bathroom cleaning day. It's kind of nice doing it first day of the week just to get it out of the way.
I have gone to the library, post office, gym, walmart and came home. Been home since about 12:30 and now it's after 3pm its getting hot outside so I may need to put the AC on. It's only supposed to be around 95 today so no more100+ days for this week at least that's what the weatherman tells us.

I will stop writing now so I can go get something else accomplished. have a great week ahead.
Blessings, JoAnn









"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A regular ordinary Tuesday here in California

Today is Tuesday. There is nothing too special about today its and ordinary day around our home. The doggies are snuggled on the bed and I am trying to joyfully keep my home.
The temperature is supposed to get to around 107' yes you read that right kind of hot isn't it ? Tomorrow it is supposed to be hotter yet.....how can that be 107' seems pretty hot to me, anyway I have the AC on and I'm not going outside if I don't have to. I do however need to keep my eyes on the dogs when I let them out. I don't want them out too long in this heat.
My homekeeping, well that is a whole dreadful story all it's own. Right now the keeping of  my home isnt' going that well. I guess I am the problem ! There have been many things that I think have attributed to my lack of homekeeping but really in the end it is my own fault. In order to be a good homekeeper I need to do things daily in my home to make is an enjoyable place for my husband to come home to. I want to do my daily chores joyfully as unto the Lord. It is very hard for me to remember this. I am thinking of putting a reminder of this on my refrigerator so I will see it every time I walk in to the kitchen.
This past week we well I should say Roger has been working very hard on turning our old master bathroom. We are turning it in to a closet. We went to the closet place and they came out and measured everything and we have a tentative date for the install. We also went to home depot to order our carpet and are hoping it gets here in time for the closet people to come and install our new closet system. I am very excited about it and can't wait though I have to. I will post pictures of it after it's all done as right now it's not that impressive looking.  .





"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Hello all and a very Merry Christmas to you all!  I was going to put up a very long post about my year but have decided that maybe it would be best to leave that particular post till a later time. Our year hasn't been the best so instead of looking back I chose to look forward to 2015.  I have posted a few pictures of what my new laptop looks like, I was having tons of problems with my old computer so Roger bought me this new shiny red one for my birthday/Christmas/anniversary/valentines day present :)
This coming year I wish you all peace and happiness and that the  Lord will bless you beyond measure. I have always tried to post my goals for the coming year and was going to do the same this year until I realized that I have so many things I need to work on that it would take forever to list them all. I guess my main goals are  First and foremost  to spend more of my time in the Word of God better than I am now. Next to work on being more joyful in my home keeping and being a good worthy wife. Another thing high on my long list is to live more as Christ and not of the world. So there you have it some of my list of lofty goals for 2015!

 I pray that each and everyone of you has a very blessed Christmas and a wonderful start to your new year.
"Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to  what lies ahead,I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ." Philippians 3:13-14  My Bible verse for this coming year!






"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Starting over.........

Hello everyone who reads my blog. I haven't blogged in quite a while and I recently decided to give myself a  time of starting over. I have not been the person I was meant to be as for my role as wife and home keeper. For many years now I have just been getting by, doing just enough to get through the day. I have not been the wife that my husband deserves. As long as we have been married my husband has always worked hard every day. I started out working at home very hard also but over time I have let things go! It is so easy to just not do something and when you do it day after day then it becomes a habit. Just as starting to do something new  becomes a habit after a while of doing it so does laziness. I don't want to go as far as saying that I am addicted to watching television but I have been known to do nothing all day and just sit and watch stupid shows on the television. I want to stop being so lazy so I have been putting a lot of thought into it and I decided the best way to stop being that way is to just start over. I don't mean like my whole life but in regards to keeping our home and being a wife. I have always had a hard time trying to get all of the things done on my long list of daily things to get done though it was a really great list it was way to long like 40-50 things on it and every day I didn't' do it all I of course felt like a failure. My list was that long because I liked to break everything down into separate steps. Now I am thinking of making a change into more broad things...instead of listing things like make dinner, clean up after dinner, put dishes into dishwasher, clean off stove, wipe down counters etc.... I will be making it more general like kitchen clean up period. I don't' know if this will help with me getting back into more of a routine of doing things daily but of course I won't find out until I try.
Things around our home have had some changes over the past few years that I haven't been posting about, no real reason other than that laziness of mine :)
Almost a year ago my wonderful husband had an idea to add some square footage to our home. I don't remember the exact start date but he has added on a new master bathroom and some extra room in the master bedroom. He did most of the work himself (thankfully he knows how to do that kind of stuff) He had some very very blessed help from his brother Larry who came down practically every Friday for the day to give a hand. We wanted to pay cash for everything so it has been slow going and because one person can only do so much but it is getting there. I originally thought of doing a weekly update on it but then thought to wait till it's finished and just put one big post up about it. I didn't realize how many pictures there would be or the fact that I wouldn't remember when things were done but anyway I will over time put up some pictures of the progress. Last Tuesday we had new carpet installed and we are now back sleeping in the bedroom after having our bed in the living room for about 2 months.
Another thing that has happened since I posted last was that Roger was hit by a car on his way to work on February 18, 2014. He was stopped at a red light and the person didnt' notice the light and hit him going about 50 miles an hour. Roger was taken to the hospital and thanking God he had really bad back and neck pain and some other pains but nothing more serious. He missed some work and our van had to be  in the shop for about a week. Roger is still in serious pain most days but not much you can do about back pain as I know all too well.
Roger loved his job working on the Golden Gate Bridge, but sadly he was laid off on April 29th this came as a shock to us even though we knew when he took the job it was temporary it was still very unexpected and of course that wasn't' the worst part April 30th we no longer had medical insurance. Roger is getting unemployment but that is only for 6 months, we hope and pray he is back to work by then but right now we are living day to day. In spite of all of this we decided to go ahead and finish the addition to the house as the only other thing to do was leave it the way it was and we wouldn't know for how long. So that means the decorating part will have to wait as it's not a necessity but pretty much everything else is going ahead as planned. We believe that God has a plan for us and we just aren't' seeing the final picture yet. I know when we do it will be glorious.
The fall after my mom passed away Jennifer, Chris Dylan and Katie moved to Nampa Idaho we traveled up there for Christmas that year and then the following fall Jennifer called and said they are now moving to South Dakota!! Oh and by the way we are leaving Dylan with his Dad. So in September or maybe it was August of 2013 Jennifer, Chris and Katie left Idaho and moved to south Dakota. I really didnt' like the fact that they moved to Idaho but at least it was only a one very long day to drive there....South Dakota is like a 4-5 day trip just to get there. Now with Roger not working things like going on a nice vacation to visit them isn't really  possible. I miss them a lot and talk with her quite often. They get lots of snow in the winter and lots of thunderstorms and humidity in the summer. I think the snow would be nice but I certainly wouldn't like the humidity!

So I think that is all the major things going on for us right now....back to my laziness at being a wife. I have always (since Mattie moved out) had a hard time making a ,sticking to a menu, and grocery shopping economically. Honestly when Roger was working there would be weeks where we ate out more than  we ate at home. I enjoy going out to dinner but now we only go out once in a while. I want to get back to making more homemade things but not expensive things. I know if you make things from scratch it should be cheaper but with just the two of us sometimes I wonder if it is cheaper. We go grocery shopping every Thursday and spend about $100 sometimes less and sometimes more but that's the average. Doesn't' this sound like way too much for two people??? Along with my laziness this is something I definitely need to work on soon. My plan for right now is to start Monday July 14th with the new way of keeping my home. I will be working on my plan for the next few days so it will be kind of like an experiment to see how things work. What things work for me and what doesn't . I am kind of excited to see how it will turn out. Praying it will turn out well.
I Believe that being a keeper of  my home is what God wants me to be and I have always tried to strive for that joyful part of my keeping my home. I do really want to be joyful about it and not think of it as drudgery doing the same thing every single day. How blessed I am to be able to stay at home and take care of my home and my husband, I may fail miserably at the doing it joyful part daily but I am making changes so I will be able to have a joyful heart.
I have to go get dinner going, have a blessed evening and start to your new week.
Blessings,Joann

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Eunice Elaine Graser November 5, 1925- April 20, 2012

I had  a feeling when April first started and my Mom was admitted into the hospital that April wasnt' going to be a very good month. Unfortunatley what I was thinking came true, sadly my Mom passed away on Friday, with all of us at her side in her hospital room. I do thank God for not letting her suffer and for the fact that I know she is at peace. I  miss her so much it just hurts my heart.

My Mom and me, Lake Tahoe 2010 

My sisters and me with our Mom, Lake Tahoe 2010



Thank you so much to all of my friends and family that had been praying for her. We will be having a memorial celebration of life next Saturday for her.

Blessings,Joann








Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What a start to springtime......update on my Mom

I have been posting on my facebook page about my mom and what is going on but I just wanted to post here on my blog to give a more detailed update. Today I have a few minutes to type up a post. April 1 at about 12:30AM my sister called and said she had brought my mom to the emergency room because she was feeling very weak and couldn't move very well. I asked if I should come and my sister said that then they weren't sure what was wrong but they were thinking she is probably anemic so they were going to admit her. Sunday later in the morning I went and visited with my mom, she was in a regular room and they were giving her blood, she was anemic but they were also concerned that it was Lukemia. I went home that evening and the next morning my other sister called and said that my mom wasn't doing very well at all and was moved to ICU, I got there as fast as I could and basically she was very incoherent and very tired. Tuesday came and we were all taking turns being at the hospital with her. We all three of us sisters basically were there all day long. It is amazing how tiring sitting in a hospital room can be. I was exhausted by the time Wednesday came around so only went over for a couple of hours. I went home and did some laundry, and some basic cleaning. None of us had really eaten a meal since this whole thing started. Then on Thursday morning my sister called again at 6:30am and said things were worse and to get there as soon as possible so I called my daughter and told her the same thing. We got there and she had seemed to go downhill quite a bit. One good thing to have come from all of this was that on Thursday a special visitor was coming, the Red Cross had sent a medical emergency message to my son and my nephew so on Thursday at about 3pm he and his wife came to the hospital. Thursday evening we all went out to dinner and it was the first time I had eaten a meal the whole week and it was so good. We dropped Jennifer back off at the hospital and after checking in and finding out what was going on she stopped at our house to give us an update, things seemed a little better and we for the first time since this started got to breathe a little easier. My stomach which had been sick feeling from the first phone call started to hurt a little less, and Thursday night I actually slept pretty good. I woke up Friday not feeling well, I think it may be allergies, my head was pounding and my throat was very sore and my nose was all stuffed up so I didnt' go over to visit because I wasnt' sure it was allergies and you can't go into ICU If you are sick. Okay fast forward to Monday, I went over to the hospital (it's about 15 miles away) and was there for about 4 hours and found out they were moving her to another hospital for kidney dyalisis, her kidneys were not functioning good. I just remember they also did a bone marrow biopsy for the Lukemia, she isn't producing any red blood cells and her white count went from 20, 000 the first time they checked to 46,000 and she does have Chronic Lukemia, they also thought she was starting to show signs of congestive heart failure, but now she isn't....At the new hospital she is in a regular room in isolation as she has an infection (they think ecoli) so you have to put on a gown and gloves to go in the room. This new hospital is much bigger and I dont' care for it much so far. Hopefully she won't be there too long. She was talking a little better and I think her color was better but today I only seen her for just a few minutes as they were getting her ready for the dyalisis. Sorry this is such a long post and after looking back over what I have typed I can honestly say my days may be wrong and things may not be in perfect order but I feel like my brain just isnt' working these days, and I dont' really even know what day it is half the time. I was finally able to get to the grocery store yesterday so at least we have food :) So the final conclusion is that my mom was anemic, she does have Chronic Lukemia and she is now having kidney problems. She received I think about 5 units of blood and some antibiotic and has a feeding tube for now. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. I would like to thank all of my friends, blog friends, and family for all their kind words and prayers. I truly appreciate them all. Mattie, his wife Sara, Jennifer and the kids came over on Saturday for a little while and I was so happy to get some recent pictures of them all. I will leave you with the following pictures May you all have a very blessed week. Blessings,Joann


Me and my Mattie~















Mattie and his wife Sara~












Mattie with Jennifer~










 Dylan and Katie ~






"To be self controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind and to be subject to their husbands , so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:5