Anything and Everything

Hello everyone.  I’m back.  I needed a break from most everything plugged in for a while.  The legislative session was very busy this year and then with the whole foot surgery thing, I just needed a break. 

This has been a busy summer.  Aside from the previously mentioned items, we’ve been to Gulf Shores, AL with Mitch’s family.  Long drive with a 3-year-old, but we had a good time.  I get to have a couple long weekends with Gaby coming up, so Linda can have a babysitting break.  Mitch and I are going on a float trip with some friends.  And I’m going to try and fit in visits with the sisters.  Oh, and we are having another half-marathon girls weekend in October with more runners this year.  We are going to be busy. 

I’ve got some crafting projects to work on and need to start on Christmas gifts.  Life is great right now. 

Please anticipate more frequent posting from here on because we are busy and have lots to show for it.  Happy summer everyone!


Sorry for the unexpected blog break. I have a feeling that as long as I work at the Capitol springtime blogging is going to be rare. Session is over. I survived another year, and this one was a crazy one. 12 of my bills passed, so that’s pretty exciting. It was a good session. The good news is I’m back.

Bad news is I’d been having some pretty bad heel pain. Went to the doctor and he told me I had a heel spur that would need to be surgically removed. I had than done today. I’m going to need crutches for the next 10 days, a real sexy black moon boot for at least 3 weeks, and the potential for limited daily activities for 3-6 weeks. Yuck!

But the garden is pretty much in and doing pretty good. The family is good. And I’m looking forward to a great interim this year. Regular updating will resume shortly. I have lots if updates for you.

Sorry, that’s the best title I’ve got in me due to the nature of this post.  First, I’ve finished a painting I’ve been working on for a guy Mitch works with.  This is the same MU fan who asked for the logo.  He wanted some tiger eyes, on a canvas, to hang in the bar area of his home.  So, this is what I painted on a 48×24 canvas. 

tiger eyes by you.

I think it turned out pretty good.  The photo isn’t the best because it was taken with my phone, but you get the idea.  Now, my plan is to paint some artwork to put up in our house.  I think we need more than just photos on the walls. 

Other news:

After a lot of thought and discussion, Mitch is changing jobs.  He was no longer happy with his job as a loan officer and it was apparent that upward mobility was lacking at the bank.  So, Mitch has decided to go back to work for Metropolitan Insurance with his dad.  This is going to be a bit of a change for us but in the long run will provide our family opportunities that the bank simply wouldn’t offer.  Mitch is excited and ready for a change.  I’m nervous and ready for Mitch to make a change.  What’s nice is that this will likely change the dynamics of our household a bit and take some of the pressure off of me to make the big bucks.  What’s nice is Mitch will be working in a supportive environment with his father who only wants the best for our family–that makes me feel a little better about the decision. 

Also, for those of you who don’t know, my youngest sister Missy got engaged just before Christmas.  She is so excited, and Bryan will be a great addition to our family.  The down side is that she will be moving back to Oklahoma.  I’ve already told Mitch that her move will require Gaby and I take some long weekends over the interim breaks to go see Aunt Missy.  We have our girls weekend coming up this weekend and dress shopping is on the agenda; along with other shopping, dinner at a fusion tapas restaurant, and Legally Blond at the Fox Theater.  The four of us are really looking forward to this time together.

We had a horrible ice storm. 

Some of the sights were beautiful.

Some of the sights were beautiful.

Our backyard, not so beautiful.

Our backyard, not so beautiful.

We were without power for two days, not bad compared to thousands of other people.  Our trees were severely damaged, to the point that we decided to cut two of the huge maples down in the back yard to make more room for the play set.  All in all we were very lucky.

So, Mom and Mitch, if you are reading this quit!  Anyone else please enjoy. 

A couple of months ago, we had some studio pictures taken of Gaby, Phil and Linda, and the Rizner crew.  This pictures turned out adorable and one of Gaby is even going to be blown up for display downtown for the 4th of July festivities.  However, regardless of how cute they are, I tend to lean more toward candid shots.  Long story short, one of Jessie’s long-time friends is starting a photography business.  I checked out her work and loved it. 

On Saturday, Erin and I took Gaby to the Governor’s Gardens and Capitol grounds.  I am in love with her work.  Erin was so patient and never once got frustrated.  You can tell she has a two-year-old too.  She got some really nice shots of Gaby and I, so I am really looking forward to getting these for presents for Mitch and Mom. 

Also, there will be some crafty items posted later in the week.  We have three people having little boys in the next couple of months, so I’m going to make some baby gifts.  Stay tuned. 


Anyone need some ice?  We have it.  And from the looks of the forecast, it looks like we’ll have some more.  Our power went out sometime yesterday morning between 4:30 and 5:00 am.  All night long we had thunder and lightning with the freezing rain.  All of the wives tales suggest that is not a good sign.  I woke up at 5:00 to take some migraine medicine and discovered the power was out.  Gaby woke up at 6:00 and Mitch tried to get her to play.  At about 7:00 he called his mom and dad to see if he could bring Gaby over; I was going to try and sleep off my headache.  Well, Mitch came in from starting the truck and told me to get dressed because it didn’t look like the power was coming on any time soon. 

On the drive to his mom and dad’s, we could see how bad things really were.  I have some pictures, but I can’t post them now since I don’t have the software to get them off my camera.  A few hours later, we decided to run back home and check on things.  When we got there, it was obvious we needed to get several days worth of clothes.  Some lines were down.  Limbs kept snapping under the weight of the ice, which is a nerve wracking sound when  you have to walk under them to carry stuff from your house to your car!  We checked on a couple of our retired/elder neighbors, and then decided to leave our house to the mercy of the falling tree limbs. 

Mitch stopped by the house this morning just to check on things.  The house is 48 degrees.  Thank God my in-laws let us bring our dog!  Well, anyone reading this please send warm and safe wishes our direction.  Mid-Missouri is under an ice storm warning until 6:00 am Wednesday.  There is no estimate on when we’ll have power again, plus they (whoever “they” are) are predicting that by Wednesday most of Jefferson City will be without power.  Which is interesting, because nearly half of the town is/has been without power since yesterday. 

We had a week full of Thanksgiving celebrations.  The Sunday before, Mitch’s mom (Linda) had most of the extended family to her house for dinner.  We brought the potatoes (mashed and gratin–both are excellent recipes), the turkey and the gravy.  Mitch brined the turkey and I roasted it the next day.  This ended up being the best turkey I’ve had (if I do say so myself).  Not to brag, but the inside was moist and the outside was perfectly golden and flavorful.  In the rush to get to Linda’s, I forgot my camera.  So I have no pictures to share.  Regardless, everything was great and we had fun visiting with family. 

Then, on Thanksgiving we had breakfast with Mitch’s family and dinner at my parent’s house.  This was again the traditional dinner and everything was great.  Plus, one of my mom’s brothers and his son were there.  I haven’t seen Les or Robert for several years, so it was nice to catch up with them. 

 Finally, on Friday, more family came to town: my sister, Jessie, her boyfriend Chad, both of my dad’s sisters and an uncle.  Plus, Les and Robert were still in town.  Everyone came to our house for a shrimp boil and smoked pork loin.  The great thing about this is most everything is cooked outside, so there is really little mess in the house.  We had a great time.  Gaby got to meet more of her extended family.  Plus, since we had this at our house, I was able to put Gaby to bed and enjoy the company rather than having to run home at 7:30. 

Then, my family spent the rest of the weekend at home, all three of us not feeling our best.  We spent a lot of time together, which was nice.  We also watched MU play KU.  We aren’t the biggest football fans, but the game was great.  So we are excited to watch the upcoming game this weekend. 

On to Christmas!  With everything we’ve had going on, I still don’t have my Christmas decorations up or Christmas cards purchased.  The weather is supposed to be questionable this weekend, so it should be a good time to get all that done.  

I do, however, have two of the three gifts I’m making completed.  I love the pants I’ve made for Missy, and I think the purse for Melissa is adorable.  I wasn’t sure about my fabric choices after I got them home–but now that everything is together I love the bag.  I’ll post pictures sometime this weekend, after I get my decorating done. 

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