Saturday, May 25, 2013
My go-to decorating item isn't paintings, or posters, or curtains and rugs. It's plants - and I come by it honestly! My grandmother has plants - especially the ficus plants - that are much taller than all of us...probably close to 8 feet!
When I was in Arkansas visiting her last August, she sent several plants home with me. With my grandfather's Parkinson's getting worse, and her arthritis getting worse, she is starting to have trouble taking care of all of her plants and wanted to start passing them on before she killed them!
So when I got home from her house in August, I repotted all of the plants. It's a time-consuming, arm-tiring, and LONG process, since I have over a dozen! And since it's such a chore, I tend to put it off for as long as possible.
But today, I hauled out the scissors, bought a new pot for the ficus and 8 bags of organic potting soil, and spent about 2 hours repotting them all!
Then I deep-cleaned the windows and the windowsills (something that ONLY gets done when I repot, since they're hard to reach!) and put all of the plants (including two new pots full of clippings from the ivy and hydrangea plants) back in their places.
I have a wide assortment of plants in the living room: a large palm, a fern, ivy and hydrangeas (at least I think that's what they're called!), a Christmas cactus, and a poinsettia that, while no longer red, has survived past the holidays and is thriving!
In the bedroom, I have my big ficus, a palm of some kind, two bamboos that are starting to wilt a little, and a baby Jade plant:
PHEW! So glad that task is done!
Of course, now I have a sheet full of dirt - and my palm from the bedroom spit muddy water on the hallway carpet as I was moving it! So I'm still going to need to focus on dusting, vacuuming, and probably cleaning my carpets...but it's a great start to the day!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I've spent the last six and a half hours chasing a 30-month-old!!
OMG, WHERE do children get their energy?!?!
I took little Luci to an event at the Lilly Nature Center - called the Mind BOGgling event - focused on Celery Bog. We spent several hours hiking, playing, and running around outside...we saw a nest of baby bunnies, which were SOOOO cute! And I carried Luci around or chased her for most of the afternoon, so it was a GREAT workout for me!
Then we went for ice cream, and read a book, and watered the strawberry bushes....all in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Following a very interesting experience bathing Miss Kitty, I've been running into a lot of work conflicts, trying to finish up my assignments and projects for the leadership academy, and putting in lots of overtime with the food cooperative.
Which means Miss Kitty is starting to feel neglected.
And when Miss Kitty feels neglected, she starts going out of her way to get attention. Which is why I've had a kitty climbing all over me at all hours of the night, waking me up to play and dragging her toys into the bed, and attacking my feet to try to get attention!
I'm making a concerted effort to carve out more time to play with her, but whenever Miss Kitty gives me attitude, I pull out my camera - she's so cute!!
Right after her bath last month:
Waiting for me when I got home from work today:
Miss Kitty looks MAD...I'd better watch my back tonight!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Happy Mothers Day!!
I'm pretty tired today, but I've made a great start to the 5% Challenge! Yesterday began with a two-hour work day at the community garden (10-noon), then I headed over to the new cooperative grocery space (we're moving to a MUCH bigger space!!) and spackled, sanded, swept, and cleaned from 1-4. Then it was home to shower and change, and back to the cooperative for the first Mosey Down Main Street (downtown Lafayette festival) - I set up and tore down my table and supplies, walked about for about an hour, then helped a friend tear down his table.
And even though a big part of me REALLY wanted to go straight home and to bed, I went out to a bonfire with the guy I've been seeing. It was a lot of fun - but it was 3 this morning when I finally got home and went to bed!!
So Mother's day started a little late for me. I slept in a bit!
I got my mom a gorgeous orchid - pure white petals, and a pale bluish-purple center. And when I arrived at my parents house, she was just getting ready to pull weeds - so I got in yet more gardening this afternoon! We ate lunch and watched a movie, and I did some crunches and pushups and such, and now we're getting ready to go out to her BFFs house for a mother's day grill-out - featuring veggie kebabs!!
It's been a tiring - but EXCELLENT - weekend, and a great way to start off the 5% challenge!!
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
This will be my third 5% challenge!
The first challenge, I started at 160 pounds - my goal was to lose 8 pounds. I lost 2, so just a little more than 1% of my body weight
But the challenge ran through Thanksgiving, and I did overindulge. So I know how it happened. Of course, I didn't fix the problem during Christmas and New Years - I regained the weight I had lost, plus another 7-ish pounds!
Which leads me to the second 5% challenge - I started at 166.7, aiming to lose about 8.5 pounds. And this time, I got down to 161 - I lost 5.7 pounds, about 3%!
April was rough on me, but I'm starting the third challenge in almost exactly the same place as I finished the last challenge! My goal will be to lose about 8.5 pounds.
I'll be doing my first official weigh-in, and measuring, this Saturday - I'll post the results, and we'll see if I can lose 5% this time around!
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