Wednesday, February 17, 2010

House Bound

Remember a month ago when I posted about taking a late night run to the ER with my youngest son?  I didn’t tell you that at 4:00 in the morning, as we were driving home, our van decided it didn’t want to operate correctly.  At first, I didn’t notice it.  I was dazed from lack of sleep and my first thought was that the engine was just cold.  But, when I happened to look down at my speed and see I was going only 50 mph and the tachometer was pointing to 5. My thinking changed.  Maybe things weren’t operating as they should be.

Since I had someone following me rather closely, which I found odd since it was in the wee hours of the morning on a country road. I turned onto the next back road (more back then the one I had been on!). I chugged along at a whopping speed of 30 mph rolling along the quiet, sleepy dirt roads.  Asking my son every so often how he was doing and apologizing for our delayed arrival at home. By the time I pulled into our driveway the oil light was on.  I’m no mechanic, but I figured that was not a good sign!

As I soon found out, I was correct in my assumption.  My husband looked it over the next day, took it for a short drive and declared the engine toast, beyond repair. Our van is Ka-put. So, we are now a one vehicle family. Duration unknown.

Honestly, this doesn’t bother me.  There is so much to do around my home that I am eternally kept busy!  I’m pretty sure homeschooling attributes to this in a big way.  Most days its all I can do to keep meals on the table, dishes in the cupboards and underwear washed.

But, today I am feeling the urge to bake. Maybe its because all the cookies I made for Valentine’s day have been consumed.  I’m pretty positive I didn’t eat more than my fair share, Ahem!

I’m thinking a batch of these would be yummy.

Cranberry Upside Down Muffins


And for my children who aren’t huge fans of cranberries I will use this bright green, shredded zucchini that I froze from last summer’s bounty to make delicious loaves of

Zucchini Bread


And while I am thus employed, I will gaze out my window at this gorgeous frosty scene.


And be thankful for this time of quietness in my home.


  1. I'm so sorry about your van but so thankful that it got ya'll home before it became totally deceased.

    Oh girl, those muffins are makin' my tummy rumble! Now all the sudden I have the urge to go bake something!

    God bless and have a great bakin' day!!!

  2. I can totally relate to the no van/one vehicle story. I've done about two years as a SAHM without a car, and now this week our van is in the shop for a boatload of repair and upkeep - so that we don't have a story like yours. ;)

    Wow! that must have been nerve-racking... wee hours of the morning, exhausted and vehicle giving you a scare...only to give up the ghost, a few hours later. Glad you were home by then.

    Those cranberry muffins look amazing. I liked your comment on my blog this morning. Nothing like a good coffee break and visit.

  3. We've often had to be a one vehicle family as well. I'm just glad that God brought you and your son home safely that night!

    I don't know what it is about vehicles lately..a friend of ours van is messing up, and we have two that are currently not working.

    My husband's work van had the ball joint come out of the front passenger side, and had to be towed home. He's working on it today, sine his boss pays him to fix it, and as he was comming home in my van from the parts store, my van blew out an oil release from the side of the engine! Oil all over the driveway, so now we have two vans in our driveway, both on jacks. I don't know how he is going to get to the part store now. I hope God gives us an answer soon! It looks like we'll be missing church tonight.

  4. That is kind of fun! It is like a vacation in, plus the work.

    It looks beautiful, but not for too long. It is 74, here. That just amazes me that everyone else is cold! I think that we are the weird ones, probably.

  5. Those cranberry muffins look scrumptious. Where's the recipe???

  6. Great post Jenn! Lovely pics! AND...what a wonderful attitude you have to the whole thing...God is so good and got you home that morning...that was a blessing! We are a one car family...and it is amazing how much you can save ~ if you can do's definitely a bonus! :)


  7. Carol, The recipe is posted on my recipe blog. Click on the Recipe link up above in my navigation bar, below my header.

  8. Sorry to hear about your van. :(
    But I must say that food looks YUMMY!

  9. Sorry about the van, but boy, do I wish I could eat at your house!!! LOL

  10. ok girl, you are making me hungry!!! sorry about the van!!

  11. I've enjoyed "snooping" around your blog today. Wonderful pictures!

    Could you share the recipe for those cranberry upside down muffins? they look so good!

  12. Bummer about your van!

    Those muffins look so yummy!!!

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  14. yikes.

    i had a bad van experience last week.
    alarms were going off because the engine was all the way to the H. it was completely dry of water. luckily hubby came and bailed me out.

    vans...who needs em.




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