Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Hi..I'm microwaving a cup of water to make some chai tea...I've already had beer and am watching a hockey game..what else.
I've had a busy day..I started Christmas baking and made 11 different things so I'm more than half done :)
Now for the November goal recap...
Refresh my page..I never did get a tea pic up but did refresh it
Tea daily...I did drink tea almost every day and some times several cups..on toward making tea drinking a habit. Quite often I make tea in a travel mug for on the road
Blog daily..well I did blog lots but not daily
Go back to basics and track food, etc...well I started out strong and then missed quite a few days toward the end of the month
Log in and get spark points..hey I haven't missed a day and I'm way over the 1000 points so I have less than 400 to get in December to get to level 14..woohoo me :)
Exercise daily..I've been back on my bike most days and have done lots of walking and chores and other farm work..just yesterday I forked manure for over an hour to help hubby clean a shed..and I bet you thought living on a farm was glamorous..haha
Eat Nov/fall foods..I have had oatmeal microwaved with a couple chopped dates for breakfast for every morning in November..I really like to have auto meals and I really like the date oatmeal :) I've also had lots of homemade soups and fall root veggies..I love sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips and carrots a lot
Giving projects to family and friends..I have done lots of that in person and lots on Spark too..gave goodies and comments and encouragement to Spark friends and Thanksgiving wishes to my American friends
Simplify..my house..my belongings..my life..get balance..this is a work in progress and I have been working towards these goals
House projects..got back to painting from last fall, I painted my porch and ceiling and thoroughly cleaned it; painted the inside of the kitchen cupbaords; painted the ceiling in the family room; painted the basement stairs and landing...we also have new lino for kitchen, porch and bathroom and a new fridge for the kitchen to put in when we do the lino..maybe tomorrow???
Start Christmas...that is going great..I have the outdoor lights all up and the rest of the outside decorations up; the cards are almost finished... just have a few more to address and then add the letters (all done yesterday) and a picture; over half of the shopping is done and I did over half of the Christmas baking today.
Well all in all November has helped me move toward a healthier life..I've inched a bit closer to my ticker weight but still a way to go. I've joined the 5% winter challenge and hope to jump start some weight loss..I'm a STARFISH..that's one of the sub groups..more on that in a separate blog and also in December goal blog...
Thanks to everyone for dropping by for tea in November..keep on Sparkin
Reading tea leaves...
If you are cold tea will warm you
If you are too heated, it will cool you
If you are depressed, it will cheer you
If you are excited, it will calm you.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Hi..it seems as the end of the year gets closer the weeks fly by faster and faster. I have just a quick update...It's been a week when I can finally stay home lots and hubby has been working on repairing fences and corrals so doesn't need my help for awhile so I've been dong some of my own stuff.
Our son came home on the weekend to go deer hunting with hubby..it was really cold and they didn't get any deer yet, son might come back down again next weekend....
On Monday I washed all the windows, screens and curtains and some light fixtures. Yesterday I went to town for mail, banking, other errands and groceries and drinking water. It's really warmed up here..melting..so I was able to put up the Christmas lights and outdoor decorations..so glad that's done before it turns cold again. Today I painted some of the insides of the kitchen cupboards, painted in the 2 porches and did some more cleaning...and did lots and lots of laundry...I was way behind!!
I was just figuring out how much water the two of us go through in a week..we haul drinking water from a public well and get about 4 five gallon jugs a week so we each drink 10 gallons of water weekly..the water is used only for drinking and for coffee..all the cooking etc is done with tap water..We do get lots of fluids..I need to make that less coffee and more tea!!! or just plain water.... :)
How are your Christmas preparations coming? I have all my cards (bought last Jan for 1/2 price at Walmart) letter paper ( bought last week at the $ store) picked up my stamps yesterday..now to write the letter and and take a picture and make some copies..I really like to send cards. I've picked up most of the ingredients for baking and have quite a few gifts so far..maybe half or more...I feel that things are progressing fine!
So far I have 3 Christmas get togethers planned and they are all the first week of December...a supper and ladies night out with friends and shopping: hubby's work party and a get together for lunch with 2 high school classmates that live close..this is hopefully the start of a new tradition... Family Christmas get together will be a different day than Christmas as my 2 granddaughters will spent this year at their Dad's....
Well this has rambled on and is not a quick blog after all, haha
Thanks for dropping by for tea..my new favorite is the apple spice kind..keep on Sparkin'
Reading tea leaves
This is from my team leader Ellie 1220, team Project Make Yourself...
"Releasing the pressure, it's good for the teapot and the water. Try it sometime"
PS..Happy Thanksgiving to all my American SP friends!!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Hi..Today I rode the bike for 30 minutes..I was reading one of my magazines and the time just flew by.
Except for riding along to check the herd with hubby I spent today working on house stuff for a change...oh yeah I also helped him replace the alternator on one of our trucks before lunch. Lunch was deer chili and I made him a lemon poppy seed bundt cake for dessert (I had a small piece, too) Then he was off to town for get supplies for the fence we're building and to pick up some salt and minerals we ordered for the cattle. While he was gone I did some work on the porch..cleaning and sorting..one of my November goals was is to simplify my house..part of my attack plan is to fill 30 black garbage bags and get them out of the house. So far I have filled one bag with summer stuff and put it away in the garden shed, one bag full of recycling cans and bottles to take to Sarcan in Weyburn, one bag of old clothes for grease rags..out to the shop, one bag of old toys, etc. and a bag of clothes to take to the Salvation Army, and one bag of garbage...the house feels lighter already...
I love to do batch cooking when I have time and today was a perfect opportunity ..so I thawed out a lot of burger and made 11dozen meatballs..baked them, then froze them in bags to use later..I put 8 to a bag..they are quite big so I got 16 meals ..I have lots of recipes for my meatball madness....makes for a quick meal...anyone want to share their favorite meatball recipe? I like BBQ sauce in a sub/spaghetti and meatballs/sweet and sour meatballs with rice/ meatballs with mushroom gravy on mashed potatoes/Mini sliders/ it goes on and on...
I also sliced up some of the bundt cake and froze them for hubby's snacks.
In one of my magazines there is a section of "shooter" desserts..like at Applebees :) neat ideas for portion control..I think I'm going to start a mini book of recipes...
In the same magazine there were recipes for oatmeal toppings..there were 6 ideas
-stir in canned pumpkin and granola for a harvest flavor
-top with coconut and dark chocolate chips for a decadent taste
-add dried fruit, a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon for autumn goodness
-stir in some almond butter and raspberry jam for a homey taste
-top with walnuts and blueberries to increase fruit servings
-stir in peanut butter, chopped apple and a sprinkle of brown sugar
They all sound yummy!! I've been doing really great with breakfast..every morning in November I've had oatmeal :)
Tomorrow a neighbor is helping us haul our cattle home from the far away pasture. The weather has warmed up some and some of the snow has melted....We may fence tomorrow too if we have the time..otherwise we'll have all of Saturday to work on the fence, then it'll be almost time to move the main herd from the north fall grazing to the east fall grazing, hopefully not during a blizzard again....
As I type this I'm watching another hockey game and I'm about ready to make another cup of that very yummy new tea...mulled apple mmmmm.
Hubby picked up the mail when he was in town and I got 3 more magazines so I think I'll do some reading with my tea...
Thanks for dropping by for tea..Keep on Sparkin'
Reading tea leaves
"You can never get a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough to suit me"
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