July 08, 2022

The Best of Times and the Worst of Times

Hello friends. I'm sorry I've been away for such a long time. I sure have missed all of you. It's late, but I can't sleep and a catch up post is long overdue.

The last time I was here was way back on March 1st. I had mentioned then that one of our assistant managers at work had gone out on medical leave. I knew I would be working those long ten hour days again with no time to blog for what I thought would be a few weeks. Right after the assistant manager returned to work our store manager walked out the door, quitting without notice. I found myself in the same position I was in last year and once again I stepped up to the plate.

Things were finally looking up towards the end of April when a new store manager was scheduled to start the first of May. I was so looking forward to cutting back my hours and getting back to my own life and my regular routines.

This is where the best and worst of times comes in.

On April 28th our first beautiful little grandbaby was born. She was a few weeks early, but a perfectly healthy baby girl, 8 pounds 8 ounces. Her name is Luna. My husband and I were so thrilled and so excited to start on this new journey of being grandparents. It was one of our happiest days ever and one we've looked forward to for a long time.

A few days after the baby was born my husband wasn't feeling well. We thought Covid may have finally found us. He took a home test, it was negative. Over the next ten days he had some concerning symptoms and continued to feel unwell, but he refused go to the doctor. On May 12th my husband had a massive heart attack. He passed away before he even made it to the hospital. 

I'm so thankful he was able to hold his grandbaby in his arms before this happened, but how sad that she will never be able to get to know him and that he won't be able to experience all the joys of watching her grow. 

As hard as things have been, I will say that our little Luna has been the saving grace for me and the rest of my immediate family. She has given us all something beautiful and positive to redirect our attention and emotions to during such a difficult time. I don't know how we would have made it through this without her.

I have continued to immerse myself in work, but by choice this time. I have felt like it's the best thing I can do for my own well being right now. 

I'm unsure about how much time I will have for blogging in the near future but I wanted to stop by to let you know what's been happening in my world. Please let me know in the comments what's been going on with you and how you are doing.

Peace, love and hugs,

March 01, 2022

Chicken Pozole and Other News

Hello friends. I'm sorry I haven't posted or been by to visit lately. I had company in town last weekend, and then first thing on Monday we had one of our managers at work go out on medical leave. As always, the rest of us will have to cover. It looks like I'll be totally swamped for a few weeks to come. 

I wanted to pop in tonight to share this very quick and easy Chicken Pozole recipe with you. I made a traditional version for the first time a few of weeks ago. After I mentioned it, my blog friend Susan shared her cheater method with me. I went down a new rabbit hole viewing cheater recipes - out of all the many recipes I've read, both traditional and cheater recipes, no two have been the same. I put this simple recipe together from different methods to make my own version, which is what I almost always do with recipes anyway.

Chicken Pozole

As ridiculously quick and easy as this is, it so flavorful and so good! Nobody would ever guess it's made mostly from cans. We can't get enough of it. This will be a regular on our winter menu here from now on.

You can also use chicken thighs or pork (which are both more traditional), or use rotisserie or any leftover chicken you have on hand. It can be made vegan or vegetarian too. There are so many different options for this dish, but this is a good starter recipe if you've never made it before.

If there's one thing out of the optional toppings I wouldn't skip, it would be the squeeze of lime over the top. It just really compliments the flavors.

Bonus - This is one of those dishes that gets better by the day. If I were making this for company, I'd definitely prepare it a day in advance to give those flavors a chance to meld together.

I probably won't be around much for the next couple of weeks considering my current work situation. Hopefully I'll get a day off soon to at least stop by for a visit - fingers crossed!

February 22, 2022

Tuesday Tidbits

Good morning! How was your holiday weekend? Were any of you who still work lucky enough to have Monday off? I had a great long weekend with Friday off instead of Monday, a three day weekend is a three day weekend - sold! 

My Friday morning was spent at the dentist, but thankfully I was able to get everything taken care of. I was out of pain and feeling great by the afternoon. Otherwise, it was a relaxing weekend. I did lots of blog jogging, cooked some nice meals, and got a few things checked off my to-do list. 

I had to work yesterday, but it was a quick four hour afternoon shift - no biggie.

We had beautiful beach going kind weather here all weekend, it looks like it will continue the rest of the week according to the forecast. I think those gray days have finally gone away! It's been in the 60s in the mornings and evenings with bright sunny skies, breezy, and temps in the low 80s in the afternoons. Perfect weather for some nice long walks along the beach. 

In other news...

Last year I lost my blog linked Instagram account when I had to do a factory rest on my phone. I've tried several times but have never been able to recover it. I decided to go ahead and start a new account. For those of you who are on Instagram, feel free to leave me your Instagram info in the comments or just give me a follow and I'll follow you back. You can find me here:  @Seaside_Simplicity_ 

Enjoy the rest of the week - cheers!