Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We Need Name Ideas!

First it was El Jeep-o, now Dan is looking for a name for his business.  We have a couple of ideas rolling around, but if anyone has more ideas, toss them out there!

He'll have a construction (new-building), building (additions), cabinetry/furniture, and  handyman business (I know, very multi-talented).  Whatever it is needs to incorporate all of those things, without being too long, random, or bulky.  It will incorporate widows, siding, framing, roofing, trim work, flooring, cabinetry, furniture, and fix-it jobs.  (An LLC company.)

Some ideas so far:

  • Rohe, LLC.  -- plain and simple
  • Rohe Craftsmanship, LLC -- we had also thought of putting in the definition of craftsman on the business card.
    crafts * man (krafts' - men) --any highly skilled, painstaking, technically, dexterious worker.
  • Rohe Woodworks, LLC.  -- it covers it all without being too specific.
We had thought about "sub-titles" including "Building, Construction, and Fine Woodworking" to clarify what he was doing. 

And had also thought of the Colossians 3:23 verse: "whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working until the Lord and not for men."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

ER Lesson of the Day

ER Lesson of the Day:  Be nice to your Physician Assistants.  Getting all pissy and demanding to see the "real doctor" will make you actually LESS likely to receive any narcotics.  PAs talk to their supervising docs, and trust me, they have our back.  ;-D

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ER Lesson of the Day

ER Lesson of the Day:  Always, always, ALWAYS clear your gun.   If you don't, you and Ralphie might both end up with something missing....

Monday, September 20, 2010


It has been an encouraging week.  Dan and I finally got to see some fruit of our labor for the past few years worth of work, toil, and sacrifice--I had my first paycheck.  For a girl who never got paid over $7.50 an hour working her butt off as a nurse aide, it was an exciting day to see the fruition of six years of college education and countless hours with her nose stuck in a book.

Now that life is a little more settled and there are definite jobs for both of us here, and now that we've been in the area a little bit, we're discussing what are our long-term goals for house, land, etc.  If we wanted to buy a little starter home, there are certainly plenty to choose from and with interest rates as low as 3.9% it is certainly a buyers market.

However, we're trying to not be short-sighted.  In the long-term, Dan and I have plans of building a house and owning a minimum of 10 acres--we want a lifestyle where our kids learn the value of hard-work and practical life skills and where they can be a part of growing their own food.  We have a good idea of where we need to live for ease of commuting.  Buying our less-than-ideal home that we will nearly certainly be trying to sell in about 5 years (or even a little less) is going to be a daunting--and possibly futile--task, considering this economy.   I just don't think we'd get whatever investment we made in the home with equity.  Furthermore, we're both concerned that we'll just settle with the suburban rat-race once pets and kids and the Joneses start knocking on our door.

Hence our alternate idea....we have looking around and believe that we could easily afford the payments on a plot of land in addition to my student loan payments (our only current debt).  That would allow us to lock in at these lower rates.  If we instead took about 3 months to save up for our down payment and look for a property, then an additional 9 months to save our initial building nest egg (as opposed to wailing on the student loans), we could build our phase one of home building--a 4 bay garage with a second story apartment.  Two bays would be for cars and two bays would become a workshop for Dan--something that he's desperately needing with his own side jobs that he's been doing.

In one year, we could accomplish some headway on student loans and our land, and we would have a free-and-clear owned apartment/workshop built on it.  The apartment would be large enough to last us for about 5 years or a bit longer and even a couple of kids (aspiring grandmothers need not worry).  We wouldn't be trying to get rid of a structure and plot of land--it would become part of our home.  Long-term ideas for the apartment are to use it as a guest house, and also open it up to visiting missionaries and speakers at our church (which is sizeable).  Furthermore, being ON-SITE for building as opposed to having to drive out to our land will make building the main house much easier and much more secure.  Building sites are often theft-prone because you can guarantee that from about 4pm until about 8am, there won't be anyone there. 

Our next five years or so (rather than driving out to the land or trying to sell our starter home) would be spent accordingly:
--Year One and Two: Student Loans paid off
--Year 3-5: Nest egg for main house saved up
--Year 6: Start building the main house.

The goal is to never owe a dime on our home.  So long as we have about two years' worth of savings (along with a frugal lifestyle), Dan is pretty sure that he will never out-pace my earnings.   By our early to mid 30's we could easily have only 20% of the value of our home (and land) as our only form of debt.

Our wonderful land-lady is a realtor and suggested that we chat with the loan officer at her office to discuss even the feasibility of our plans....we'll keep you posted!

Friday, September 17, 2010

ER Lesson of the Day

ER Lesson for the day: Wives are very smart people. When they try to convince you that you shouldn't try to pull the closet rod of a tree branch impaling your thigh and buttocks out and that you should instead go to the ER, they're usually right. "It's only a flesh wound" does not apply here.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ER Lesson of the Day

ER Lesson for the day: Gentlemen, don't ever let your GF convince you to try to put an earring in for her. If you drop the back, she'll be mad at you. If you drop the back into her ear, she'll be pissed at you. If you drop the back into her ear, don't tell her, and a month later she ends up in the ER with an ear in...fection, you just might not have a girlfriend anymore.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

ER Lesson of the Day

ER Lesson of the Day:  If you're in with "debilitating pain" but really seem to only have an allergy to the hospital bed (aka, you shriek in pain when lying in it, but are perfectly fine when needing to walk out for a smoke break) I'm going to probably going to get the idea that your boo-boo isn't quite as bad as it might seem.  Oh!  Throwing your discharge paperwork in my face, cursing, then stomping out the door (without a limp) when I don't prescribe your drug of choice will only serve to underline this hunch regarding my assessment of your boo-boo....

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Paige's Highlights

It's been a while, but I've been tucking away all of my links and interesting things that I've found!  Dan and I are chomping at the bit to start using all this knowledge and information.  Hopefully a house will be in the works coming up in late winter or early spring!

1. Reusable Canning Lids.  First of all, genius.  I always hated the whole concept of having to get new canning lids each year--it just seemed like such a waste.  Then who knows about the whole BPA thing.  Personally, I try not to get too up in arms about random hype and such because they always seem to go back and forth about random things--chocolate is good, chocolate is bad--for example.  Regardless, reusable=cheaper in my opinion (with enough years of use) and you have the added benefit of it being BPA free.  Very nice!  Here's a link to the Tattler Reusable Canning Lids. And, Granny Miller (click #1 above) is an awesome blogger!  Visit her blog while you're there! 

2. Staying Healthy with Flu Season Incoming.  Mother Earth News has a great article as a refresher of all the stuff we know is healthy for us.  Also, at the end, it has one of my favorite things--the Hygiene Hypothesis!  I am a firm believer that growing up in too sanitary environments is bad for your health and a good dose of exposure to germs makes for a sufficiently well-occupied immune system.  Just like livestock with nothing of interest, a bored immune system gets you in trouble with allergies, asthma, eczema and other atopy-related illnesses!  I have made it very well known that I intent in making sure my children climb trees, eat the occasional mud pie, and get exposed to every sick child in a 20 mile radius.  Dan grew up in a family of eight, lived in a foreign country, and went to public school and EXTREMELY rarely gets sick!  (As I type this, I believe he's getting his annual cold, though.)

3. Garlic Bounty.  Dan and I LOVE our Italian foods. We could just about live on pasta, bread, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic--along with the smattering of basil, oregano, thyme, and parsley.  One thing that we have both grown to LOVE cooking with is garlic, but I had always heard that it was less than satisfying growing garlic in more temperate climates, as the growing season is too short.  The mammoth bulbs at the market are all grown in California long seasons.  However, as this article from MEN shows, it's all in the planting time!  When you get out there to plant your hairy vetch and winter rye, plant your garlic!  Honestly, it makes sense!  This is planting time for the daffodils, tulips and other bulbs...why not for garlic! :)

4. Roasting Garlic.  Since you'll be growing all those beautiful bulbs of garlic, roasted garlic will be a great way to use them all up!  These directions from MEN remind me somewhat of the Braised Onions that I made a while back.  Delicious!  And, A toaster oven would be an excellent way to prep a small amount of these....

5. Home Office.  With my work having me on the computer a decent amount and being an absolute lover of all things organization, I loved this article from BHG.  All of the use for kitchen items, the bread-box turned cell-phone charger, and spray painted file cabinets were personal favorites.  Especially since Dan and I have planned on having our office occupy a corner of our dining room one day, I thought the kitchen/silverware elements would be perfect!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

ER Lesson of the Day

ER Lesson of the Day:  Your defibrillation paddles are an auto-win button.  Use well, use often.

ER: 1.  Death: 0.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Carraba's Spice Dip

Dan and I recently treated ourselves to a nice night at Carraba's restaurant.  One of our favorite things about the nicer Italian restaurants is their bread and, mostly, their olive-oil-and-spices dip for their bread.  I did a little bit of hunting around the internet when we got home and found a great recipe at www.homegourmetcooking.com


Saturday, September 4, 2010

ER Lesson of the Day

ER lesson for the day: trying to bribe your PA with a mojito to go along with some of your stash of narcs is a bad idea.

  (It's a bad thing....)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

My mom sent me this recipe the other day, but warned me that the original directions made a watery baby food consistency.  A few tweaks gave me the best soup, definitely on par with a certain amazing bakery and restaurant I know of!  ;)  It was all gobbled up before I could snap a picture!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 small onion, minced
1 large carrot, grated

1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
2 c. half-and-half
2 c. chicken broth
2 10-oz packages of frozen, chopped broccoli (in the blocks), thawed
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1. Saute the onion and carrots in the butter and remove from your pot.
2. Melt butter and slowly whisk in the flour.  Allow to cook about 2-3 minutes, whisking continuously.  Slowly add half-and-half, whisking continuously.  Slowly add chicken broth, whisking thoroughly.  Simmer 10 minutes.
3. Return the onions, carrots, and add broccoli to the pot.  Simmer 10 minutes.
4. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cheese.  Stir thoroughly and serve.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

ER Lesson of the Day

I started posting some of these on my facebook (effectively de-personalized for HIPPA reasons, and given at such random times so as to be untraceable.)


ER lesson for the day: Don't try to fight lawnmowers...you will lose.