Hi. I am Jen. I lost myself for awhile. Here is where I talk about trying to find myself, trying to be better in all aspects of life. I am moody, unpredictable, opinionated, a realist (who really struggles with being a realist), loving, caring, kind, and mostly laid back. I love my family beyond measure. I try to treat others as I wish to be treated. I do not tolerate bigotry, racism, and or hatred.. you get nasty, you get blocked. I do not engage. Just be nice.. ;)

  • 50 Questions,  Hey. Hi. Hello.

    Personal History – 50 Questions

    I found this on Pinterest, and decided that I would do it. 😉 It is 50 questions about yours truly. I am going to answer one question a day. The first question is, “Your name.. where does it come from? What does it mean?” Wellllll… *eyeroll* I was almost named Rebecca. Then, my mom wanted to name me Jenna. Not sure what happened, but Jennifer it is. Along with like 70% of all the other girls born in the early 70s! I actually had a friend growing up who knew a bunch of guys who started a band called, “Too Many Jens” !! I was called Jenni by my folks…

  • Hey. Hi. Hello.

    Beautiful Day

    I had tomatoes to can. I had floors that needed swept. I had laundry to do. It will still all be there tomorrow. Today, I sat on the porch and worked on a puzzle that my friend let me borrow. Hubby spent a good bit of time out there with me. It was a really nice day. I DID clean my kitchen, and make a yummy dinner. I also folded a load of clothes. The rest can wait. The next two days will be a flurry of activity, as I have to finish canning my tomatoes and get the downstairs spic and span. My offspring turns 16 on Tuesday. On…

  • From the Kitchen

    Time Well Spent

    Spent the other morning snapping beans with my mom on the front porch. We were all set to can these things, when we realized we had lost the weights for the pressure canner. So, they are in the fridge. Tomorrow I buy a new pressure canner so we can get these things done. I am also getting a half bushel of tomatoes to can as well. We also have peaches to can! I love doing this stuff with her, and putting things up for winter.

  • From the Kitchen,  Recipes

    Live and Learn

    We all love Hamburger Helper type meals. However, we really try not to eat too much processed stuff. The last time I made a box of that stuff, I spent 2 days in the bathroom.. so… yeah, we just don’t go there any more. I do not think we have had a box of that in almost 13 years. Every now and then, I make my own version. The other night, none of us could decide on what to eat. Hubby suggested that I make one of my home made helper-type meals. With everyone in agreement, I thawed out some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced up a large onion, and…

  • Friday Five,  Hey. Hi. Hello.

    Questions for the Friday Five

    The Friday Five was a big deal back in the blogging days. There was a blog that posted 5 questions, and people would answer those questions on their own personal blog. I always enjoyed doing it, so here we go. You can answer in the comments if you like, because honestly, theres like 3 of you and no one I know blogs any more. 🙁 And yes, I know it is only Wednesday. I figured I would post a bit early in hopes someone would actually see it. haha. What is your favorite color combination? What is one food that you love fresh, but hate when it is canned? Where…

  • Hey. Hi. Hello.

    Hi. :D

    To the three of you that may actually read this.. Hi. My usual boring drivel will show up here. Anything food or health related, I have set to go right to the pages listed up there on the menu. From the Kitchen is foodstuffs, Better Every Day is my ongoing health crap. I plan to get real over there. It won’t be pretty. I don’t expect anyone to really involve themselves in that. Picturebook is where I dump my pics of the cats/dog/family/etc. Around town will be about Oakland.. things going on, places or events we have been to/attended etc. Friday Five was a fun thing to do back in…

  • Better Every Day

    Baby steps

    I have noticed two things in the last month. I can run my fingers through my long hair and not come away with a handful of it. And my fingernails! For the first time in well.. forever? They are the longest they have ever been. They are not bending, peeling or cracking. *knocks on wood* I will take any and all small victories at this point! 🙂 On the downside? This may be TMI.. so you have been warned. I did not have my monthly for a good while. But now that my numbers are moving towards where they should be… it is back. And this month? With a vengeance.…

  • Better Every Day

    A Herstory

    A little background for those that do not know me… I have always been overweight. I was skinny once, when I was about 15, for like 20 minutes. It was great. Knowing what I know now, OH how I wish I could go back. However, I cannot. For years I complained to doctors about how tired I was. I complained about my painful, heavy, unpredictable periods. I complained about my brittle nails, my overly dry skin, how my hair would come out in clumps… I complained about the weight gain, and how no amount of healthy eating or exercise ever brought on any weight loss. I complained of severe, chronic…