The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.


It seems like yesterday that I was typing this column out with my parents here. Woosh. The week just went by and I’m not sure where it went.

We had a nice visit with my parents. You can check out the gold they brought us from their backyard here. It took half a day to juice all those lemons, but it was totally worth it.

Since my dad is a Western enthusiast, I took him to tour the Leo Carrillo Ranch. He loved it, especially since he used to watch The Cisco Kid on television when he was young. The ranch is where we saw the peacock. Cool, eh?

FishPapa took the girls on a date while I took the boys. It was a little interesting division we haven’t done before. Usually, it’s girls go one way, boys go the other. Definitely something for us to do again.

The week has been peppered with a little bit of everything. The weather has been warm. Again. I’m not saying that to gloat. This is actually pretty bad. We’re looking at serious drought this year. No fun. Can you send some of your precipitation our way?

Pray for rain, K?

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Coming next week:

  • The Importance of Face Time
  • 8 Things You Can Do to Make Tomorrow Better
  • Make Junk Food Yourself
  • A Frozen Cake

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. Karhy in Illinois says:

    I am jealous of all your lemons, Jessica! Although it’s still “the long winter” in Illinois, lemons remind me of lemonade! Lemons are expensive here and I was wondering if when you freeze lemon juice can you use the thawed juice for lemonade and does it taste the same as using fresh lemons? Sometimes lemons come on sale and I hesitate to buy extra to freeze. I’m glad you had a nice time with your parents.
    God bless, Kathy in Illinois

    • I have done this my whole life practically. If there is a flavor difference, it is very slight. There are always too many lemons off a tree to use at one time. Freezing is the way to go. Though I might go make a batch of lemon bars right now….

  2. I saw the pic of the peacock and was wondering if you went to visit our new favorite place. We visited Leo Carrillo
    Ranch over Christmas vacation and have since recommended it to all our friends. The best part: it’s free!

    This summer, when we are facing unknown consequences to the drought (besides great fire danger, dirty cars, and crispy lawns) I’ll be looking to your blog for survival tips. It’s sort of a funny thought now, but I’m starting to worry….

    • Did you just move to California? I don’t think I’ve ever been “fearful” of these things, just cautious. The cost of water will probably be high and there will probably be rationing (ie you can’t water your lawn when you want), but I wouldn’t worry about it. Today has enough trouble of its own. 🙂

      • I’m a So California girl born and raised, so not my first drought. Thank you for your encouraging words and the reminder to not worry (hmm, Phil 4:6-7 fits quite nicely with the Matt 6:34 reference).

  3. I live in Indiana and I would be more than willing to send you this leftover snow! And whatever snow is coming the rest of this long winter! I’ve had enough for awhile! lol

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