As many of you know, I have a lot going on in my life right now. Along with work and my endless frustration with completing my dissertation, I am struggling with a pinched nerve, our house is in chaos and a restoration company has taken over and there are other life issues that are ongoing.
As I posted on facebook, sometime it pours and you search the skies wondering when it may ever let up. And you wait for a rainbow to show itself.
I have lots of rainbows in my life already and I need to remember to be thankful for them. On this full of thanks weekend, I am thankful for...
4 soccer games that could be played by my healthy, bright, tenacious Colin
3 hockey games played by my clever, happy, caring Adam
2 visits with family, with the reminder of the importance of celebrating each year we have together
and 1 pumpkin pie
And the great weather brought a little rainbow my way as well!
On Tuesday evening, I was driving into our neighbourhood after dropping Colin off at soccer practice. Our recycling day is Wednesday so all the neighbours had their green bins and blue bins out on the curb. As I drove by one house, something caught my eye and I came to a stop and pulled over.
Why? Because this is just what you do when you see bundles of beautiful tree prunings on the curb.
I skipped across the street and snatched up two bundles of wood and threw them in the back of my car. I might have squealed a little.
Why? I had a vision for this wood and my evening plans were going to be diverted to make my vision a reality. Squeals of joy I tell you.
I brought the wood in and trimmed off the small remaining branches with utility scissors and then started up the chop saw and got to work. Yes, that's right. I didn't wait for Neil to get home or ask Adam to do the sawing for me.
Why? Honestly, if you can deliver a baby or operate a hand mixer, you can use a chop saw.
I cut the wood into varying sizes and then lay them out on foil-lined cookie sheets. Set the oven to 200 degrees F and popped my tree cookies in the oven.
Why? Well, technically to sterilize and dry them out a bit. (When I first began talking about tree cookies, Neil and the boys thought Christmas had come early and I was going to make tree-shaped sugar cookies!)
I baked the wood at 200 degrees F for three hours then left the wood in over overnight to dry a little more. Free tree blocks!
Why? Because who wouldn't want tree blocks. Oh the possibilities...