January 31, 2015

My month through Instagram-January 2015

Cooking up the New Year's yummies today. Hope you all are having your lucky foods as well. Don't forget the two Southern classics for a prosperous year: 
1. Greens: Representing dollar bills 
2. Black-eyed Peas: Representing the coins 
3. Cornbread: Representing golden fortune and good things to come.
4. Pork: Representing the girth of your life (the important things)
5. Eat them on the first of the year, together: Ensures wealth and luck. -According to folklore, this auspicious New Year’s Day tradition dates back to the Civil War, when Union troops pillaged the land, leaving behind only black-eyed peas and greens as animal fodder. Rich in nutrients, these were the humble foods that enabled Southerners to survive. Details of stories differ, but each celebrates a communion of family and friends bound by grateful hearts and renewed hope for good things yet to come.

Happy New Year, from our house to yours!
#newyears #fortune #happiness #wealth#goodthingstocome #traditions #foods

I think I just found the coolest person in Oregon.
#parkinglothumor #bazinga #licenseplate #loveit

This little kitty was not happy to see our living Christmas tree go back outside.
#meiasworld #fortheloveofcats #christmas#livingchristmastree

Skylar's becoming quite the little writer. What better thing to dedicate a book about "Love" to.
#rainvalley #redsnails #love #writing #books #stories#crackthespine #homeschool

Looking through some magazines from 1970 and enjoying some laughs. 8-Track Tapes for 5¢. A few tracks are: Barry Manilow, John Denver's Greatest Hits, Peter Frampton, KISS, Jefferson Starship, Three Dog Night, and Supertramp. 
#eighttracks #music #tapes #nineteenseventy #RCA#mailinganickelthroughthemail


"Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There's more to life than decorating and cleaning." #christmasisover #home #living #thoughts #alberthadleyquote

Make it happen!
#pepsi #backtothefuture #michaeljfox #thefuture#stillwaitingtoseepeopleonhoverboards

I'm not a big Dungeons & Dragons fan, but this is pretty funny. These girls, The Doubleclicks (from Oregon), sing about online gaming, Dungeons & Dragons, and their geeky math uncle where at his house, everyone gets pie at 3:14. Check them out at: http://www.thedoubleclicks.com
#onlinegaming #doubleclicks #geek #nerd#dungeonsanddragons #folkmusic #math #music#portlandmonthlymagazine


Yay, it's Friday night! Let's get fired up!
......on chicken noodle soup, orange juice, and cough medicine. Darn it. :( #sick #cold #flu#homemadechickennoodlesoup #runningnose#wehavebeensickmoretimesthaneverthisyear#readyforsummer #sunwhereareyou #friday#getfiredup


My "little" bean. He is growing up ever so quickly. I'm just not ready yet. 
#stayyoungforever #blackandwhiteworld #bean#stilltryingtofigureouthowtostoptime


Had a little classroom excitement today. We got visited by Lebanon's wild turkey gang.
#turkeys #lebanon #gobblegobble

In my quest to get organized this year, I stumbled upon this gem. It's a drawing of a tank my brother Will drew for me when we were growing up. Never know what you're going to find when going through old boxes. Circa 1990-91
#brothers #art #mybrotherthepicasso #organizing#memories

Jeff and Skylar-Braden's railroad shirts came in and they look awesome! They've been working hard on their train room. 
#railroad #trains #jeffandskylarsrailroad #hoscaletrains@skylarbeandeer @jeffreytodd72


Downton Abbey/Highclere Castle had a write-up in February issue of Town & Country magazine. * A few fun facts about the castle: 
1. The music room's ceiling was painted by Francis Hayman.
2. The saloon us the heart of the house.
3. The elegant Lady Carnarvon and the Eighth Earl of Carnarvon are the current residents at Highclere.
4. The castle sits on 1,000 acres.
5. The castle was build in the 1830s.
6. The show was set at Highclere because the castle is in need of maintenance. The maintenance bill currently is nearly 12 million pounds; With 50 of its 200 rooms uninhabitable, containing leaks and mold. 
7. Highclere has a core staff: Two housekeepers, two chefs, one porter, two footman, one butler (part-time), three gardeners, nine staff, 40 castle guides, and some painters, electricians, estate staff, and farm staff (60-80 staff total).
8. Lady Carnarvon published a book titled, "Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey".
9. Highclere Castle has been host to kings, queens, and prime ministers in its lifetime, so far.
10. You can learn a lot about Highclere and Downton Abbey at http://www.highclerecastle.co.uk 
#downtonabbey #highclerecastle #edwardianera



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