Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Week Two

        For those of you who are not on Facebook, I hired a Personal Trainer last week to help me build strength in my muscles and get into better shape. Now, he comes twice a week and was a bit trying. This week on Tuesday we did some boxing, floor and band work. When he showed up today, his Greeting was; Hi. I'll bet your a bit sore from our last work-out. My reply; Actually, No. Not at all, I feel great! "WAY Wrong thing to say!!!" He proceeded to put me through a "Work-Out from H- E-double L"! No kidding, holey crap, I can't feel my legs. The whole time I was thinking..I'm paying this Man to do this, I must be insane! However when I wake up in the morning feeling better than I did last week.. I'll be grateful for his help and assertiveness. I honestly feel blessed that I still have to ability to keep in shape, I see so many people with MS in wheelchairs or having to use the Florida crutches-"crutch with the arm band". It's been quite a few years for me..but I feel that I owe my health to staying away from all the medications they wanted me to take, eating fresh fruits, foods and walking everyday. So, there you go...Just because you get diagnosed with something horrible, it does not mean you have to accept the projected outcome.
    Be good to your's the only one you'll ever have.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas Eve Dinner

On Christmas Eve, as always Rich and I hosted a dinner for the Embassy Marines. A Tradition that we love and will carry on wherever we live. Well as some of you know, I joined a Food Delivery service here in New Zealand. It's a program that delivers a weeks worth of groceries along with recipes to make wonderful meals. Personally, I love it since they have foods here that I can't pronounce much less cook! Anyway, this time I ordered the Special Christmas Dinner which was different from what we usually cook but tasted wonderful! I raved about the special stuffing and any leftovers were quickly packed-up for the Marines to take home. 'Twas a huge hit. I've had several request for the Recipe so here it is...Enjoy!
                Cranberry, Sage and Cashew Stuffing
200g melted butter
1 red onion, finely diced
2 apples, peeled, finely diced
1/4 cup sliced sage leaves
1 cup dried cranberries
220g pinko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup roasted salted cashew nuts, chopped
2 eggs, whisked
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
                               Heat 2 tbl butter in a frying pan. Add onion and cook 2 min. Add Apple and sage..cook for 2-3 min until soft. Transfer to large bowl.
Add cranberries, breadcrumbs, milk, cashews, eggs, salt and pepper and remaining butter, mix well until combined.  Stuff your poultry If you have any remaining, make stuffing balls and place around the bird..add onion wedges and cook.
I also made a Ham and the Glaze was delishous.
  290g jar of mandarin-marmalade
  3 tbl whole grain mustard
  3/4 cup of orange juice, rum or brandy
Brush over ham and bake 20 min. Poor the rest of sauce over ham and cook through glazing every 20-25 min. Serve sauce with ham.

Welcome to 2015

I hope everyone had a Fun and Safe entry into the New Year! 
Rich and I got to spend a couple of weeks in the United States visiting with our Family and extended family toward the end of "last year", and we had a wonderful time.
The beginning of this year has begun a little "Rocky"...even though I had TWO flu shots, 1 in the US and 1 here in NZ; roughly six months apart, I got the flu three weeks ago and I'm still not at 100%! I'm sure glad I had the shots otherwise I'm not sure how I would have reacted to it. And Yes, I will be getting a new one this year!
Rich and I are loving our new place in the City. We are walking distance to everything and I'm looking forward to the Fall weather. Although Summers are not too bad over here with Temperatures in the upper 70's during the day and low 60's in the evenings. 
It's going to be an exciting year as we save up and gear up for our Fisher Family Vacation! So far our last head count was 20's going to be one for the record books and its going to be The Best Fisher "Amazing Race" by far!So everyone coming better start getting in shape now, do not wait until the last minute. You've been warned.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

On the Move

Hello Everyone! I know its been almost SIX Months since my last post however if your following on Face-book you haven't really missed much.. Except... Rich and I have been mulling about our future. 
  We had found NZ to be a difficult adjustment after his job in Afghanistan and my independence of City living. Rich found the laid back atmosphere at work difficult after such a high pressure-get it done now mentality, and I found myself where I would never choose to live; in the Sub-burbs feeling very removed from life in general. We were both unhappy and were thinking that perhaps it was time to leave the FS and move on to where we want to be. So Rich began the painstaking job of searching and applications...things progressed slowly which was a GOOD thing because during that time we were able to pray about everything and put more thought into what I believe now to have been a knee-jerk decision.
  All and all..we love our life in the FS, Rich is "for the most part" happy about what he does everyday and we both continue to love our chance to experience life in other cultures. To make an even longer story short....We are moving into a Penthouse downtown in Wellington Central. Rich will be able to walk to work and We'll have access to everything City life has to offer plus, I'll be able to see and speak with people everyday!! Of course the PH is smaller than the house we have now but we still have three bedrooms, two and a half baths and room for company. Rich rented a larger storage locker because we will for sure be downsizing again! We will continue to live here until 2015 so if you plan to visit, please give us you planning information so we can be sure to be around.
These next two weeks will be spent re-packing for storage and moving....again. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

                                                      February 18, 2014

Today is our oldest sons Birthday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRAIG ALLEN!!!!!!

So Lately Ive been thinking about our life and all our travels. Just memories, but they were amazing and there's not one single thing that I would do different.
I thought today I would share with you all the places that we've lived since beginning our life together, so grab something to drink/munch before you continue.
Lacey WA.
Olympia WA.
Ft. Lewis WA.
Columbus GA.
Ft. Benning GA.
Lawton OK.
Nuremberg Germany {we had two different homes there}
Lawton OK.
Ft. Drum NY. Carthage
Amberg Germany
Parsburg Hoenfelts Germany
Waukesha WI.
Seaford, VA.
Ft. Monroe VA.
Neubruecke Germany {we had two different homes there}
Freiburg Germany
Butzbach Germany
San Pedro, CA. {Craig joined the Coast Guard, Chris began College and Corey went to Private School for the first time}
Lansing, KS. {we arrived with only one child..Corey}
Seoul Korea
York, Va. {Corey left for College}
Lyman Germany
Nussloch Germany
Arlington, VA.
Ballston, VA.
Tel Aviv Israel- Patuia
Annandale, VA.
Bern Switzerland
Manchester, NH/Afghanistan 
Alexandra, VA.
New Zealand
                                             There you go, in case you lost count somewhere along the list; we are currently in "Home # 34. Now, if anyone has any questions..Please ask, Ill be honest with my answers.
With all our moves, I think the one thing that our Boy's "MEN" will agree: 
We always kept with traditions-
At least one parent was always home-
Home always had the same things-
We had fun times and made warm memories---
And whenever we left Germany- the boys would always get sick by eating an American candy bar or a doughnut. Followed by: Can we go home now Mommy? 'merica makes us sick...
LOL..Out of the mouths of babes....come untold truths.
Anyway, Like I said; I wouldn't have changed a thing, and I find myself wanting to turn the hands of time back so we could Have the pleasure of sharing those moments once again.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

                                                         New Zealand...STILL
So here we are four months into this tour and I'm counting the days until we can leave.     

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

                                                            Thanksgiving 2013

 I was watching the local news last evening- when the Story about the US Embassy serving dinner to the Homeless came on. It was followed by a report on how Americans spend Thanksgiving in the United States today. All of a sudden they showed videos of BLACK FRIDAY, saying it's a day when Americans rush to the stores pushing,shoving,biting and hitting people to grab an item for a few dollars off. Hundreds of people are hurt every year trying to get to a popular item before anyone else. Even if it means the disgusting behavior you may perform to get it! "Its a far cry from what we experienced from the US Embassy here today."
 I have to tell you that I was applaud. Not by the misinterpretation they have of Americans; but by the FACT that the story rang true.
 When I was growing up in the small town of Freedom, Thanksgiving was always a Holiday that I looked forward to. I knew that I would get to spend the whole day eating yummy food and playing with my cousins that I didn't get to see very often. The WHOLE Family would show up at Mimi and Pappy's house, everyone would bring a dish and a dessert and we would all be together; if only for one day the entire year. The excitement in the house was almost overwhelming, all the love and attention it was so warm and comfortable. If only for a day- we were family. We loved each other. "unbreakable" I remember being sad whenever the first family would leave because I knew that we wouldn't be all together in that house until next Thanksgiving. I'm very lucky, because I still have the memories of Holidays past. One of the most difficult things about growing up and moving away was, and is never being able to do that that again. It was always important for me to create wonderful memories for our children, and I truely hope we did! 
 I PRAY that every American will bring those days back to their families, get together if only for ONE day a year, teach your children and grandchildren about giving and being thankful. Let them know that no matter how old they are- they can make a positive impact in someone life. Teach them how important it is to be a FAMILY.     Its  NOT about shopping.