Working from home is kind of nice!

Once a week i get a day to work at home. It’s my “day off” from my nanny family but i NEVER stop moving. Today i did laundry, got my nails done, cleaned the bathrooms, made homemade gluten free bread, grocery shopped, made a key chain for a student, and did the March private lesson and class schedule for the Pink Ladies Baton Corp. Phew it was a lot. I would have loved to binge watch some Netflix but that’s just not who i am. Now I’m off to make dinner for John because its already that time of day. Seriously where did the last 12 hours go!?!

Things I’ve learned about ice fishing!

* a pink rod is a must….you might not catch more fish but you will look super cute

*a lot of women and children ice fish…..more than i see during the summer

* sharp blades and the correct size blades on an auger make drilling a hole much easier…..also let the boys do that because their shoulders burn the next day 😂

*you must be willing to pee in a bucket

*you are sitting for long periods of time, so bring some snacks!

Entering the ice covered lake
On the lake

Covid testing

Ugh no one wants to hear a doctor say I’m sending you for a covid test but here we are. My husband and I were so sick this week. Low grade fevers, fatigue, congested, sore throats, etc. A doctor decided we checked off all the symptoms of covid so off we went for testing. They sent us to a building I’m another city. When we arrived we had to call before entering. Once inside it was like another world. A table was right at the door so we could sanitize our hands. The building had a desk with people in hazmat suits standing behind it. No furniture. No paintings or posters on the wall. Just a desk, carpet and alien looking people starring at you. They take you in the back and make you stand in a door way marked with an X on the floor. They hand you a swabbed, you stick it in your nose just enough to make you cringe and your eyes water. Spin it in 5 circles and then do the other nostril. As you walk out you feel a burning feeling and you do the walk of shame back to your car. Never did I think I would experience something so odd but we survived. The next day my phone binged with an update to my labs. I was terrified to open it but I was so happy to see the words NEGATIVE. Phew. Breathed a sigh of relief. We were negative and just suffering from the flu. Although the next few days would continue to be miserable, but at least we don’t have covid-19! Now we bomb the house and get rid of the germs!

Naptime

Ice fishing

Today i tried ice fishing. John has been ice fishing many times, but this was a new adventure for me. Wow it was really fun. When he asked me if i wanted to go i said “yes but I’m scared!” That feeling didn’t change until i was walking up to the ice. I couldn’t believe how many people were on the ice. There were men, woman and children everywhere. I immediately felt so much better. I also felt so much better when i looked in the hole and saw just how thick the ice actually was. Overall it was an amazing adventure and i knew i was in good hands. I look forward to doing it again. Honestly this is my idea of a fun weekend and i truly enjoy doing outdoor activities with my husband! ‘

My love/hate relationship with being gluten free!

Now being gluten free is by no means a choice, but rather a necessity to feeling like a human. I am blessed that i do not have celiac disease but my body does not digest gluten well. I love that being gluten free forces us to cook and eat healthier foods. Tonight i really wanted a chicken philly sandwich, but this required me baking my own bread. If i could just eat any “normal” bread, i would just have run to the store and grabbed a loaf. This is what i love/hate. Since i needed gluten free bread, it was off to the kitchen to make some from scratch. It was so warm and delicious and for this i am so thankful i had to bake my own!

Valentine’s Gift

Have I mentioned I have the most amazing and supportive husband!? For Valentine’s day he bought me this large camera case. It holds both of my cameras, all my lenses, my laptop, tripod and all other accessories. And yes he gave it to me early because he hates seeing me leave the house carrying so much stuff!!! It’s absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to get out and take more photos! Is it summer yet!?

Happiness is Homemade!

The silver lining to this pandemic truly is not having the temptation to eat out. Don’t get me wrong we still get take out from local restaurants, but we really do enjoy cooking together. All our meals that i blog about are gluten free unless i state otherwise. Over 15 years ago i had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic and my small intestine swelled shut. This trauma to my intestine makes it difficult for my body to digest gluten and i feel miserable when i have gluten.

Brisket in the Instant Pot and rosemary potatoes in the Air Fryer!
Sausage, Biscuit, and Gravy
Philly cheesesteak on a baguette
Baguette recipe from Gluten Free on a shoestring. These were amazing!

Did someone say coyote?

My amazing husband took me on a hike in rural Ohio. As we were walking into the woods we passed a father and son. They were dressed in camouflage and the father had a rifle over his shoulder. John asked him if they had any luck and he replied “no we were hoping to have some coyote sightings!” What???? Where did my husband bring me? I was so anxious but there was something so calming about breathing the brisk air and hearing only the cracking of our footsteps and gunfire in the distance. We only saw a few birds, but the scenery was breathtaking. It was 30 degrees out and the sun was peaking in and out of the clouds. We walked through the woods, up by Spencer Lake, and through an open field. Best way to spend a Saturday!

Downy woodpecker
A visit from loved ones in heaven
Spencer Lake
The field
Black River