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Oh, oak pollen, you miserable stuff.

This is the view from my living room window these days…oak trees upon oak trees, all of them decked out not with baby leaves, but with thousands and thousands of oak flowers.

The yellow pollen is messy and annoying, but my main gripe with it is that it makes poor Sonia so miserable. She seems to have a very strong allergic reaction to the oak pollen but not to very much else, so this time of spring is always hard for her.

And last night I ran out of eye drops, so I had to make a post-dinner trip to get a new bottle.

(just so you know, I was sitting at a stoplight when I took this photo.)

Sonia seemed sort of ok when she went to bed, but then she woke up in the middle of the night and needed an inhaler dose, her first of the year. And after suddenly waking up to the sounds of a kid who’s not breathing super great, I had a dreadful time falling back asleep.

Soo, I’m really not fully awake today, and that’s why you’re getting this instead of a regular blog post.


Feeling sleep-deprived has reminded me again of how helpful a good night’s sleep is. I shared my thoughts on that in my productivity series, and if you’re one of those people who’s always walking around in a sleep-deprived fog, maybe you should go read it and get inspired to haul yourself off to bed at a decent hour.

I think I’m naturally a sort of high-energy person, but without a proper night’s sleep, my productivity level and overall enthusiasm for life takes quite a hit, and I bet that’s true for you too.

Obviously there are times when my plans for a good night’s sleep get waylaid, but as a rule, I do get an appropriate amount of sleep and I think that’s one of the reasons I can stay on top of all the things I do.

Hmm. What else do I want to say today?

Oh, I shared a great Spurgeon quote on Facebook yesterday, but I’ll share it here too in case you’re not on Facebook. This quote reminded me of a lot of the contentment series I did here this past fall.

You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’
You make a mistake.
If you are not content with what you have,
you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.

–Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Exactly. A discontented heart will never, ever be satisfied, but a heart that’s content with only a little will be satisfied with a little or with a lot.

I saw the quote on this Clover Lane post, which is worth a read, especially if you struggle with clutter.

One last thing…don’t forget to go read about my under-eye dark circles and also enter in my $100 SpaFinder gift card giveaway.


Is it bedtime yet?


Well, then. I think a cup of caffeinated tea is in order.


Today’s 365 post: It’s a tulip!

Joshua’s 365 post: Baking Time (Joshua chose me for his subject!)

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Sunday 1st of May 2011

Hi Kristen,

This has nothing to do with your current post, but I just wanted to say thank you for your buttermilk pancake recipe. I just made the pancakes this morning for myself and my husband and they were a hit! Much better than pancakes from a box, and just about as easy. Later this week I will be trying out one of your recipes for dinner rolls :-)


Friday 22nd of April 2011

Bless her heart. I hope she is well soon. The best is singular for children with fruit flavoring from the Dr. I hate how it gets all over the windows and on the cars ect..


Thursday 21st of April 2011

I so wish I could have a full nights sleep again. I know i function so much better with 8 solid hours. My toddler does not sleep well at night and it seems to be getting worse. Today I was in such a fog!!! Kristen, if you have any tricks that you used to get very little ones to sleep better at night, I would love to hear them sometime.

And my daughter uses zyertec when her allergies are bad too, but if she is congested, my doc suggested Dimatapp - or the equivelent. Tell her we hope she gets better soon!


Thursday 21st of April 2011

I saw this on a website and thought about you and your kids. Be forewarned, I've never tried it so it might taste terrible. ---------------------------------- Wanna get creative this Easter? Try making Peeps Pie!

It's easy, and it will most certainly put you in the egg-hunting mood! (just make sure to eat it on your cheat day. these are a bit on the sugary side)

Peeps Pie 18 peeps 1 egg 1 1/2 c. heavy cream 2 T. flour 1/4 c. sugar 1 package of mini graham cracker crusts

Place 10 peeps in a large, microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, until peeps fluffy up. Immediately remove and beat in egg, 1/4 c. of cream, and flour. Spoon into crusts, leaving a small amount of the crust visible at the top. Bake for 18-20 minutes, in an oven preheated to 375 degrees until center of pies are set. Remove from heat and cool. Beat together remaining cream and sugar. Pipe whipped cream onto the top of cooled pies. Top with remaining peeps. Makes 6-8 mini pies.


Thursday 21st of April 2011

Must have been no-sleep-for-moms-night. My wonderful sleeper woke up every 2 hours last night. I must have my sleep! Hope your little one feels better soon, hope mine sleeps all night :)

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