Incognito…

Holy cow, I can’t believe it has been so long since I wrote anything substantial for my blog. Winter has been a down time for me. Nothing to report on the property other than snow, which I didn’t get to see. We were scheduled to head up last weekend, but that didn’t happen after all…

So what has been happening? I have several blog posts scheduled that didn’t make it to completion so be expecting those shortly.

In March I became a new Oma (grandma) AND a mother-in-law!! That is my most exciting news. Our eldest daughter had her first son (our first grandchild) on March 23rd. I spent alot of time planning baby reveal party, baby shower, going baby stuff shopping, and generally being excited about the new baby. His name is Tyler and mom and dad are doing wonderfully.

During my absence from the blog, I struggled with my hypothyroid because, for a couple of months, I battled with remembering to take me pill, and the downward spiral that created with my energy, enthusiasm, and overall happiness during that time. Got a new schedule going last month, and wow what a difference again!

Also, I recently became aware of free women’s (Krav Maga) self defense classes just 10 minutes from my house, so I have been VERY active with that. Thanks to getting my pill schedule normalized, I had the energy and ambition to actual go to classes. You will be seeing more posts from me about that as well. I believe learning self defense and being fit is a large part of being prepared and self reliant, just didn’t have the funds for a gym (and the aforementioned ambition). Even my youngest daughter is loving the training. This was a great find. I discovered I really like boxing because of it, too.

I am enjoying the class so much, my son bought me “Bob” for mother’s day.

We did some camping, my daughter won a couple wrestling tournaments, I’m learning to sew, and I sprained my ankle so bad back in March that it is still not fully serviceable today.

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My first sewing project -Kitchenaid cover.

That about does it for catching up… Please let me know how your winter went in the comments below!

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Proper Battery Storage (aka How I Almost Lost My Home)

A few weekends ago, we had planned to leave for the property on a Friday afternoon. My office had been given time off early Friday for the holiday and we were to leave when I got home. With Michael’s crazy schedule and the fact that our friend had need to cancel going with us, Michael and I decided we had more to do at home rather than on the property. We decided to stay home as well. Continue reading “Proper Battery Storage (aka How I Almost Lost My Home)”

Worries of a Trucker’s Wife

I missed my last Trucker’s Wife Thursday post, so this is a bit delayed.

Michael is still traveling over the road. When I don’t get texts from him, I worry. There are so many things to worry about when your loved ones are traveling without adding 100,000+ pounds to their vehicle. Continue reading “Worries of a Trucker’s Wife”

On the Road Trucker Food

It is very important for both Michael and me, to make sure that Michael eats well on the road. At home, Michael puts vegetables in EVERYTHING! When my daughter was 3 she tried to fire him because he made her eat vegetables.

Traveling for days on end doesn’t lend itself to healthy eating habits. Fast food and truckstop diners do not offer enough variety to keep a person satiated. By the end of his run, all Michael can think about is having a healthy home cooked meal when he gets home. But what can we do in the mean time to offer some healthy alternatives to 7-11 snacks, and Black Bear Diner’s giant fat filled portions?

Not only that, but if Michael spent all of his money eating out while on the road, we would MAYBE break even with his paycheck. Sometimes he isn’t able to stop where there is food available at all. We need to give him as many options from home as we can. Luckily he has a fridge in his truck. He loads his ice chest to keep food cool until the fridge has a chance to run cold.

Things he packs for the road.

  1. My homemade bread – 1 loaf
  2. Salami and cheese
  3. Store bought salads – such as veggie crunch, kale and mango, etc.
  4. Pudding cups
  5. Fresh fruit
  6. Jerky
  7. Gatorade/Powerade (sugar free)
  8. 4 liters of water
  9. Unsweetened tea
  10. Granola bars
  11. Naked Smoothies – several varieties.

He is usually only gone for 5 days at a time. In that, I am lucky. But making sure he has these things to take with him, helps to keep him healthy while on the road.

Can you think of anything else we could add that is travel convenient? What sorts of things does your trucker take with him/her? Let me know in the comments below.

Trucker’s Crazy Routine

In a previous post I talked about how to survive as a trucker’s wife. One of the ways was to learn more about life as a trucker. I found this post called 8 Facts About the Truck Driver Way of Life

Once again, the list, and my personal take on it. My thoughts might not match other trucker’s experiences. Continue reading “Trucker’s Crazy Routine”

Team Driving?

I was talking with a friend the other night. Her and her boyfriend (fiance? common law husband? significant other? What is the correct term these days?) are also truck drivers. They work as a team of owner operators for Swift. They chose that life for several reasons. They hit a rough patch similar to ours. Her boyfriend worked in construction as well, and found it difficult to get steady employment in his profession. They were struggling to cover their bills and she was having a stressful situation at her work. Continue reading “Team Driving?”

Surviving as a Trucker’s Wife

I started this series almost as a joke. As part of a WordPress.com assignment the idea was to start a series of weekly posts. When I asked Michael for some ideas this is how it went: Continue reading “Surviving as a Trucker’s Wife”

Once Again a Trucker’s Wife

When my husband and I first met in 2006, he drove big rig end dumps for a local company. He worked mostly on construction sites creating road and building foundations, industrial sized retaining walls for commercial locations, etc. Anything construction related, he worked it. In fact, there aren’t too many places we can go within 50 miles of home that he didn’t do some type of work. Continue reading “Once Again a Trucker’s Wife”