Tomato Sauce!

I froze the tomatoes that we couldn’t eat fast enough this summer, and I am proud to say I collected four totally full gallon-sized freezer bags of tomatoes! We ended up with tomatoes of every size and color: I put them in my big stock pot with some carrots, peppers, onion, zucchini, basil, and leftover rosemary and thyme from Thanksgiving. So pretty: I filled 2 quart freezer bags of tomato sauce with vegetables and partially filled 7 more with tomato sauce, vegetable, and Italian sausage. What a haul! It was a little tragic, though, realizing that I need to fill with smaller portions since Sydney will be leaving soon. I’m skipping church today, but not because of any real negative…

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A non-mutant dog

My dad’s best friend from college has remained a family friend for many years. He follows me on Instagram where I sometimes post pictures of what I’m painting. He asked me to paint some pictures of his very adorable dogs for his wife for Christmas. It was a difficult challenge! Gotta tell you: I painted a whole lot of very bad, amateurish-looking dogs that went straight in the trash before I got to these pictures. I think they turned out pretty well: I cancelled my watercolor box subscription because I am realizing that I don’t actually like the style of the main artist. I’ve decided to try another after I finish this degree. I went back through my old work…

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Trying to come “back”

I never left. Not really. But I’m trying to come back anyway. Sunday was, well, something else. I am feeling more settled at Church, which is nice. I never quit going physically, but I sure considered it, and I’ve definitely been absent in heart more than once. Sunday’s sacrament meeting was going along in a regular way, but I quite enjoyed the talks. A convert teen of a few years spoke. He is being raised by his disabled, illiterate mother and struggles to articulate himself. But he was real and sincere about his struggles with insecurity. I love him and loved listening to him. The next speaker was a young woman who is just plain great. Her talk was also…

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WGU Update – Two Classes Finished

We got back from our trip to Houston, and I was able to write and submit my paper for TAT2 with much less work that I first expected. I had been dreading that last Task, but it wasn’t too bad. I think I spent about 6 hours on that one, too. I can’t access the data now because the WGU website is down … again…. This is a super lame “perk” of being a WGU student: the website is constantly undergoing maintenance. I think that it took me a sum total of 18-20 hours to do TAT2. It was four credit units, so that took me a good long while. C224:Research Foundations is supposed to be the most difficult class…

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