Monday, March 11, 2013
This being an adult, is not fun at times.
I love my life, I love my husband and my children and everything about it. But I would be lying if I didn't say that there are a few moments where I kind of miss being a child, not having to worry about making tough decisions, not having to worry about being in charge or being the responsible one....the extent of my worries was if my best friend was upset with me, or if the boy I liked found me weird.
But, alas, I can't just go back in time, I have to be the grown up and sometimes do things that I don't want to do.
We're kind of stuck right now...in a sense.
The whole retirement thing, is sort of on standby at the moment. Things are not easy for anyone, and especially in the military it just seems to be going from bad to worse. Seems that when the going gets tough and the push comes to shove, the military are the first to get hit.
My husband's retirement paperwork is in, it's been approved and end of May is IT. Right???
Well....kind of. Here's where we stand at the moment, next Monday in a week from today, my husband tests for his next stripe. We won't find out the results of those tests until May. If he makes it, he has the option of staying in another 2 years instead of getting out....if he doesn't make it, then we are out for sure.
This is where the "doing the best thing for the family" comes in. Truth be told, we would like nothing more than to pack up, get out after 22 years and move onto the next chapter in our lives. Contrary to belief (and trust me, there are still many people out there who believe this), the military do NOT get paid well.
So when sitting down and working it all out, his retirement check is about half of what we get now, but the bills will be the same, with the added expenses of buying a house, paying for utilities etc. Not to mention having to find work after getting out.
So everything is on hold until the end of May, which is but a little less than 3 months from now. Can't plan one way or the other, can't make definite decisions on anything and have to be prepared to just up and go if need be.
I bounce back and forth between feelings of calmness and sheer panic.
Leaving in May would be what we want to do.....staying in another two years would be the RIGHT and BEST thing for our family. *sigh*
Either way, it's in God's Hands, He knows where we'll be in a few months, He is already there waiting.
So anyway, for those who have asked what is going on, now you. But moving on to happier things, like what my day was like.
I collect rolling pins and sometimes it's hard to find a place for them all, so I decided to use what I have, and that little spot on the baker's rack that is originally designed for wine bottles? Works just fine.
Have started working on the new menu plan and pulled out some of absolute favorites. I know I seem to say that everything is my favorite, and it kind of is because I don't keep anything that I don't like. These books though........just love them.
Keep Calm and Bake, filled with so many yummy recipes, the kind that really make me want to get in the kitchen and pull out the flour canister.
These are on the menu, my husband's favorite thing on earth is lemon anything.
This one was actually given to me by my daughter, she knows me very well indeed.
I don't think there is one recipe in here that I am not itching to make. Many I remember from the Great British Cook Off.
Cherry Bakewells....oh YUM!
I have two Trisha Yearwood cookbooks and they are both phenomenal. I used the other for last Menu planning, so I'm using this one this time.
And now let me show you this one that my husband bought me a few weeks back. I am in love with this book, not only for the delicious recipes, the beautiful photography, but the gorgeous paper it's printed on, it's like vintage fabric flowery patterns. Love it.
Just look at the lovely border
it also contains cute little tidbits throughout the cookbook
and at the end? 2 pages of jar labels....adorable.
I think I have a lot of inspiration for my next menu plan, don't you?
I will be coming around to say to everyone in the morning, was going to do it tonight but have a little boy who is not feeling very well and is needing my attention.
I'll leave you with a photo of our dinner. I made a very simple chicken pot pie with veggies and bacon, and topped it with some biscuits drizzled with melted butter, sprinkled with pepper and topped with chopped bacon. YUMMY!