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Day long blizzard :(

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hi..we woke up to freezing rain and then fresh snow and a howling blizzard :( Doesn't look very promising for my spa weekend....was supposed to leave first thing in the morning and it's a 2 hour drive to Moose Jaw in nice all the roads I need to take have no travel advised on them :( Maybe tomorrow will be better.

I didn't ride the bike at all today..too depressed. I helped hubby put the loader back together on his tractor... out in the middle of the yard in the windchill :( I went in several times to warm up. After lots of lifting and prying and hammering it's back on the tractor!! So he can do chores tomorrow.

I had left over soup for lunch and veggies and sweet potatoes for supper...I baked some cookies and a huge chocolate cake..supposedly for when I'm gone and ate some of each :( Talk about emotional eating..,no point beating my self up for it , I already feel bad enough...first
for probably missing the spa and second. I put it on my credit card so I'll still have to pay :( That will teach me to plan something fun :(

Well enough of my rant..maybe blue, calm skies for tomorrow will happen and the road fairy will have the roads open and I'll wake up 20 pounds lighter.....haha!

Take care..keep on Sparkin'

Love , Donna emoticon

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    I'm hoping since you haven't posted that you are in Moose Jaw!

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LINDA! 2/18/2011 2:07PM

    So sorry about the bad weather. I hope that you can reschedule without having too pay for the missed appointment.

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/18/2011 1:22PM

    Wow, can't they just reschedule your spa day to another day when the weather conditions aren't so drastic. Since you already had paid, that would have showed fantastic customer service of them if they just offered to reschedule you.

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RPM123 2/17/2011 10:32PM

    I hope you have smooth sailing! I have to travel early on Saturday and am worried about the roads as well. Be positive, have a safe drive and enjoy!

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A*L*P* 2/17/2011 10:00PM

    Man, that stinks! So sorry that you may miss your weekend. A spa getaway sounds like a nice getaway! How nice but make sure to stay safe either way if the roads don't cooperate.

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KMICHA 2/17/2011 9:50PM

    What a bummer! Hope thing will look bright tomorrow! emoticon

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RANCHGAL9 2/17/2011 9:23PM will have to be a super fairy that lets you wake up 20 lbs lighter but I will cross my fingers for the road fairy for you. I live in BC and we certainly are not getting any of the nasty weather that you folks have gotten all winter emoticon

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Cold weather returning tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 was our last day of beautiful weather..tomorrow is supposed to be cold and snowing again..we knew it couldn't be spring this early!! I brought in 2 loads of wood..about 50 logs each on the big calf sled..that's part of a big work out..Especially when some of it was through snow up past my knees and I was sinking in with each step. I also rode my bike for 30 minutes and did lots of housework..cleaned the porch, did some laundry for the weekend and got the spare bedrooms ready for company.

Besides my son coming home for the weekend and ski-dooing and coyote hunting, the 2 granddaughters are coming next week for their school break :) It will be a busy week since I'll be "babysitting" the cow herd for 2 days..Wednesday and well as the granddaughters since hubby has meetings in Moose Jaw.

We're not happy that the first cow that calved had an early dead calf and this morning she had another dead calf so she was actually having twins..the vet even checked for that, too??
Not a good way to start calving..we have about 140 cows and heifers (first time calvers) to calve this spring. They shouldn't start till the first part of March so I hope we don't get any more early ones. Every one that doesn't make it is a decrease in our income :(

I had more of my soup for lunch and a huge spinach salad and a bit of roast beef for supper. I made roast beef, roasted potatoes, gravy and cauliflower and cheese sauce for hubby..he had cheese cake and I had yogurt and frozen saskatoons..wasn't I good to avoid all those calories :)

I worked a bit on getting the porch ready to paint soon, crack filled, etc. I also sorted through some papers and magazines and found more to recycle. We squeezed in a cribbage game and I spent quite a lot of time on the phone..

Tomorrow I might do a recap of how February's goals are coming..all not too bad but the scale :(

I think I'll go make me a pot of tea..and watch the end of the Calgary/Dallas hockey game..then call it a night.

Thanks for stopping by my blog..I really appreciate the comments, etc..Keep on Sparkin;

Love Donna emoticon


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DUSTYGIRL25 2/17/2011 8:53PM

    Awww....poor Moma cow. I bet she feels really bad.

It sounds like your keeping busy, getting ready for company. Should be fun though. It's always nice to have family around.

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PARKERB2 2/17/2011 2:23PM

    Hope the calving goes well. I enjoy your blogs. Keep Sparking. emoticon

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FRANNIEDID 2/17/2011 9:25AM

    Sounds like a busy time! Good for you, you got in a ton of activity and forgoing those calories was huge!! I don't know if I could have done without cheesecake!!!

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RPM123 2/16/2011 11:55PM

    Have a good night. I just spent the last hour digging out, we got a lot of snow up in Saskatoon.

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A*L*P* 2/16/2011 11:19PM

    yeah that darn weather, we've been teased with spring as well only to have winter back upon us. Crazy about the cows. That must be an adventure!

Cribbage player, huh? I love cribbage, I have taught my DD to play since my husband doesn't like it. Fun game!

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Another busy day....

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hi..boy what a side is so much better today :)

The bad news is I'm up 4 pounds :( must be all the salt from all the meals out..I'm not happy with this at all!! Grr..Not good at all!!! And I'm going to my spa weekend in Moose Jaw on Friday :( Oh well ..time to get back on track and get all that salty food out of my system..I hate salt..never add it to any cooking or baking, not even bread. I tried those boughten sweet potato fries and they were disgusting..sooo salty. Salt makes my lips totally break out..bright red and chapped!! Does any one else have that problem with salt??

I did my usual 30 minutes on the bike and then spent a lot of the day helping hubby..cow was calving early and he needed help getting her in..then we tried to help her calve but the calf was backwards and just the tail was coming..hubby needed to grab the back legs and pull them up to pull the calf but no room and the cow was we had to take her to the vet clinic. Of course the stock tailer was stuck in snow and we had to shovel and finally get the tractor to push snow..then hook up , then load this time it was around 6:30 pm.. I stayed home to do chores etc..Just talked to hubby on his way home..calve died but vet was able to give the cow some drugs and pull the calf so no C-section...thank goodness..we don't need that expense on top of a dead calf!!

Other things I did today was go to town for mail and water right after lunch. Made a fireplace log from used coffee grounds, paper pulp and saw dust..hope it works..I just invented it. I have seen coffee logs in stores and have no idea how they're made. I packed the pulp into a cardboard pop box and if it doesn't hold together when it's dry I'll just burn the whole thing.

Well that's enough about my day..ready to call it a night..hubby's home..I'll see if he wants supper??

Take care, Donna

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WALKINGTALL85 2/17/2011 6:10AM

  Too bad about the calf. Sorry to here. At least you saved the cow.

I am not a fan of eating out anymore myself. It used to seem like such a treat before but now I could do without. Either we all get better at cooking our own meals or restarants aren't what they used to be.

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/16/2011 1:44PM

    Yes, that salt will do it. However, since it makes us retain water, that 4 lbs could be just water weight.
You are so active and get a lot of outside exercise I wouldn't think you would gain anything.

So very sorry to hear about the little calf, would have been nice for you to have a new little one around, right?

We live in the city but we are on a hill. There's a pasture behind us and a few cows. We just love to hear them mooing and it is such a fun experience for us.
Just love those cows, they are so cute!

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/16/2011 12:51PM

I love reading your blogs. Have I told you that before? I have? Well heck.
I can identify with the part about being up 4 pounds, I'm up 3. Dang it.
Helping a calf get born must be pretty amazing. The fact that you routinely do these things blows my mind.
But please, how is it you have the time to make a "coffee log"? Go get some exercise.

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Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hi..Hope you all had a very happy day :)

Our trip to Weyburn was fun!! The farewell party was fun and the food was yummy!! I was careful and avoided the gravy on the potatoes and beef and also had fresh fruit salad instead of chocolate cake, whipped cream and cherry pie filling!! Lots of calories avoided. The best part was we sat with friends we haven't seen for a long time and had so much fun catching up!!

We also brought up the recycling so the porch is emptier..did a bit of some more paint and painting supplies, a bit more groceries for while I'm away..frozen waffles, frozen fries and pizza and ice cream..should keep the guys going for a couple days...and of course a new magazine...

Today I have such a bad stitch in my side I thought it was my appendix..but I read on sparkpeople health articles and it's not on the right side or near my navel, just hurts so I have to walk bent over..hmmmm..didn't do anything strenuous to pull a muscle?? I'm sure it'll feel better by tomorrow...just enjoying some couch time tonight :)

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!! Thanks for stopping by for a chat and a cup of tea..I'm off to make some more strawberry tea yumyum :) Thanks for all the comments, goodies etc..I really appreciate all your support and encouragement!! Keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon


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PARKERB2 2/15/2011 2:19PM

    Hope your side gets better. Have a good day. emoticon

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KMICHA 2/15/2011 5:52AM

    Strawberry tea sounds yummy! Way to avoid the calories! I induldged in a brownie. emoticon it was calling our my name and it wouldn't be quiet! Hubby and I did lunch out, then I made a tasty stir fry for dinner for the family. Hope your side is better today! Enjoy your Tuesday . . . still working on revamping your basement?

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/15/2011 2:36AM

    Sounds like a wonderful Valentines Day. And you did so good with your calorie watch.
Isn't it great to take a day to just relax and do something fun?

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KEEPITMOVIN_H2O 2/14/2011 11:34PM

    Mmm.. strawberry tea sounds wonderful. Sounds like you had a filled Valentine's Day - but I hope you feel better ASAP!

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TRIGFROST 2/14/2011 11:23PM

    Happy Valentine YOU... emoticon

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JMGLEN62 2/14/2011 10:25PM

    I hope your side feels better soon. Your strawberry tea sounds yummy, I bet it smells great too.

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RPM123 2/14/2011 10:15PM

    Get well! Glad to hear you had a great day.

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BARBARAA9 2/14/2011 9:42PM

    Sounds like you had a busy Valentine's Day. I pray that you will feel better tomorrow.

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My Valentine Roses

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hi..just a quick blog..and to post my flowers :) Hope you all have a great Valentine's day :) We're going to Weyburn to a farewell party for one of the pasture managers who is moving.
It's going to be a beef dinner with all the tomorrows gonna be busy.

Today is sooo windy..but it is mild and the snow is melting and some of the pasture hill tops are peeking through.

We had a good time at the hockey game..but our home team lost :( it was fun anyway, tho!!
Good to go out for the evening and visit with some friends.

Today I'm making a huge pot of soup for the's turkey with barley and lots of veggies..
celery, onions, mushrooms, corn, carrots, peas and red peppers :) it smells yummy :)

I rode my bike this morning for my usual 30 minutes. I'm catching up on some housework and paper work today and not doing much else..gotta have a relaxing Sunday once in awhile.

Thanks for stopping by..Happy Valentine's Day and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon


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PARKERB2 2/14/2011 3:43PM

    Beautiful roses. I can just smell the good smells coming from your soup! Wishing you the very best Valentine's Day. You deserve it. emoticon

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GOT2BMEMOMMYOF3 2/14/2011 10:17AM

    I love your flowers!!!

Have a great Valentines Day!!


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KOFFEENUT 2/13/2011 11:54PM

    What beautiful flowers! Looks like your Valentine's Day is ALREADY awesome!

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/13/2011 9:25PM

    So glad you had fun at the game even though the outcome wasn't quite what you wanted.
I love the white roses, so beautiful!
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JILLINWONDER 2/13/2011 9:13PM

    oh boy that soup sounds good! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thought I'd never get through that plateau! I was just thinking of you because I had to rearrange my tea cabinet I had so many boxes jammed in there... musta been your influence that made me buy so many varieties, haha! I really like having all the choices! Oh, but tea is so last month, huh? Glad you relaxed today (for once!) emoticon Take care!

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WATERMELLEN 2/13/2011 7:06PM

    Mmmmmm: gorgeous!!

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    Very Lovely!
Soups sounds devine! You've made me hungry and it is time I had my own lunch!
Keep on Sparkin girl!

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