Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I had a blog typed up and it disappeared! I hate it when that happens.
The short version is I met my goals for May and June is focused on maintaining the sit-ups & running, reaching 50 pushups and getting the rest of the carpet pulled up & floor prepped for new flooring. Oh, and improving my times in the two 5k races in June.
I will reevaluate at mid-month.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
My son, Matthew, has always been interested in history. One of his specific interests is the American Civil War. He had wanted to be a re-enactor a few years ago but he was too young. Instead we found a local "living history" musical group, the 1st Michigan Fife & Drum Corp. They play 18th century music, primarily from the Revolutionary War period. Summer is their busy time as they march in parades & play at events from now until September. They marched today in a parade, and have another one tomorrow.
This is Matt, he is the one in the middle of the first row, playing fife.
I need to get one of these for my commute, I bet I would have NO more traffic problems!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
This is my front door. It is not actually an outdoor project but I love my door. It is majorly awesomely cool, in my humble opinion. It represents freedom and happiness to me. My ex-H would never have "allowed" anything like this, either by refusing to spend the money, having an "oops" moment and breaking it on purpose if I bought it anyway, and constant ridicule for my choice, whether or not I bought it. I got it last winter and still love it. The picture does not really do it justice. If I ever move I might just try to take my door with me.
For the last 2 years around the mailbox I had these really ugly plain green hostas that took up the entire space. A few weeks ago I dug them up & gave them to a co-worker. This year I've planted flowers - various daisies, wallflower (tall orange), money plant (tall purple), violas around the rim, a pretty hosta, some mums, pineapple sage, lavender, and a dwarf sunflower. I also planted some orange coleus next to the hosta after I took the pictures, I think it will contrast nicely.
My iris is almost ready to bloom. Then there will be various lilies surrounding it. And some mystery bulbs that I scattered & buried last year, which are now growing. I have no idea what they are.
The dwarf Japanese maple my parents planted 15-20 years ago. I planted hens & chicks and snow-on-the-mountain both of which will expand to cover the empty space each year. I'm also going to plant some phlox tomorrow. The smaller maple to the left I planted maybe 7-8 years ago.
My kitty welcome sign. I planted mums in the frog planters. In the larger planter is coral bells and sweet potato vine. After taking this picture I planted a purple sweet potato vine in the planter as well.
A view of half the front porch area. The paint on the bird bath is flaking off in large chunks so I am going to make it a planter instead. I will plant something viney that hangs over the edge, don't know what yet. Not shown is the end of the porch on the other side of the bird bath. Last summer I planted another dwarf maple, to balance out the other one next to the steps (once it grows anyway, in several years). I thought it died when the other two were getting buds & leaves b/c nothing was growing. But when I went to pull it up today I saw new growth sprouting up from the base so it looks like it survived after all. There is a huge blue spruce at that end of the porch so with all the shade & pine needles it has been tough to get anything to grow there. I though I had taken a picture of that end but I must not have pushed the button all the way.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Yet another cold, dreary, rainy day, with at least more days of the same forecast. We've had at least 2 months worth of more rainy days than not. And because we actually had 5 days in a row with no rain every seems to have forgotten how to drive in the rain. There is road destruction on the main road to & from work. One of the intersection lights went out & the company was there to fix it. So the east/west traffic got a green light for a full 2 minutes, north/south got a green for 45 seconds and the left turn lane got green for 15 seconds. I timed it. So between the road destruction, stop light & people who need driving lessons my 20 mile commute took 90 minutes. I have not been getting enough sleep (no one's fault but mine).
Between the rain, lack of sleep, chauffeur duties every day this month with the kids' extra-curriculars, super long drive home. I just did not want to do anything when I got home except put my jammies in the dryer to get them toasty & curl up between some nice clean sheets under a fuzzy blankie & go to sleep.
So I said to heck with it all. I deserve a day off.
Then I went to the gym anyway for my run & strength training because I am the only one who can stop me from reaching my goals. Today I walked through an area at work I don't normally go and saw on someone's cube wall "If it's going to be...it's up to me". TRI_BABE posted a blog awhile back on motivation...what I remember from it is if you are going to commit to something...then commit 100%, no half measures. YOOVIE's blog today had a similar message, YOU have to make the decision on what you are going to accomplish, and you have to decide to follow through. THISYEARSMODEL also had a great blog on motivation recently, that we have to find our own motivations and they come from within. Unfortunately I can't post the links, I haven't figured out how to copy & paste them on the tablet I'm using now.
I did not enjoy working out today. I had to kick myself in the backside several times in order to finish. But I did it because the end result is my motivation...and half-measures won't get me there.
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