Thursday, May 19, 2011
I thought last night before I turned off the computer, what would I blog about tomorrow?
When I put the dog out this morning, there was a gray squirrel on the side of the cellar entrance. The entrance is a door from the basement into a concrete block stairwell with concrete steps up to the back yard. There are flat concrete blocks that top the concrete blocks to keep the water out, then gravel along one side of the stairwell and the pool deck along side of that. The squirrel saw me and jumped up on the pool deck when Princess came to the door to go out.
Princess goes to the top of the steps and and stands on the steps, her nose twitching like crazy as she sniffs the air to sneak up on any unsuspecting animals that might be in the yard. She did so this morning and each time I let her out today.
I noticed lots of helicopter seeds from the neighbor's maple tree had fallen into the stairwell a little while ago and got the broom and dustpan to sweep them up. I started at the top stairs and swept down each step, finally sweeping where the drain is at the bottom of the steps.
It hadn't started raining hard yet, so I decided I would clean up the dog's messes in the yard. When I got to the top of the steps and looked down to make sure I didn't step in any messes, there was a baby rabbit. Princess had gone up and out into the yard and she didn't notice it. I bent over and picked it up, it was still in my hand, but as I began to walk, it began to squeal. Yes, rabbits can make a noise. I hurried to the chain-link fence between our yard and our neighbor's and put the rabbit down and it went through the fence and along the back of the neighbor's house. At one end of their house, there is a space and I assume it went under the house. Princess came running at the noise. Our neighbor has had a rabbit living under his shed in previous years, I was just glad this little one was safe from Princess.
I gathered the litter scoop and large plastic serving spoon I bought for clean up of Princess' messes. As I worked my way around the pool and along the fence on the other side of the yard, I looked up to see a fledgling robin on the fence. I went ahead with the cleanup instead of spending much time observing it, since it had begun raining.
So, wildlife in the city limits is my topic. We have seen a fox within a mile of our house and deer, but today, the wildlife visited my yard.
When I was a teenager, Dad found a nest of four wild rabbits. He observed the nest for a couple of days and never saw the mother. He brought the rabbits to Mom and she fed them with an eyedropper. Later he built a pen and I got a tame rabbit that looked much like the wild ones. He told me not to name the wild ones, that he was going to let them go when they were adults.
A dog got in the pen and killed two of the rabbits. Dad told the owner to keep his dog tied on his property, but he didn't. Dad shot the dog while it was in the pen after the other rabbits. We let go the other two wild rabbits and my rabbit, Pugsley, dug out of the pen. We found her in the woods dead. I spent many hours with her and she was very gentle. Our dog knew not to bother the rabbits, but I think when the dog that got in the pen got a taste of blood, he came back for more. I told the boy that owned the dog what happened, that Dad shot his dog. He sort of knew before I told him. We remained friends even though his dog came to a tragic end, just like our rabbits.
I marvel that Princess did not find this rabbit today and that it didn't run while I was sweeping the steps. It was about 5 inches long and laid still with its ears flat to go undetected. I am sure Mama may have been somewhere observing what went on. I love it when my seemingly boring days have a special blessing like today. There is such a wonderful feeling you get when holding a baby rabbit.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Tuesday night before we went grocery shopping, a tornado touched down about 2-3 miles from our house. I was not aware of it and did not know of any storm warnings.
Wednesday afternoon, we had pea-sized hail during a gullywasher of a rain storm. The drain to the cellar entrance flooded and I had to pull the concrete lid off of it to let the water go down. We don't have a garage, but it didn't look like my van had any dents in it from the hail.
The tornado uprooted trees, sheared them off, upset a motorhome, took a full- size trampoline in a yard a few houses away. The tornado was confirmed on Wednesday. One family had their deck blown off and their grill and patio furniture destroyed. Thank God, nobody was hurt or killed.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
We went grocery shopping last night. My husband hates going with me and let his mood be known as soon as we got inside the store. He would stop at the end of each aisle and ask if I needed anything down that aisle. In this scenario, I can only look at the signs above the aisle and think, is there anything on my grocery list that might be down that aisle? He was pushing the cart and we didn't get any fresh fruit. He bought a cake mix and two large cans of peach slices. He makes a cake with peach slices in the bottom to take in his lunch.
I got some SOBE zero calorie water in different flavors, some Kashi oatmeal, raisin, flax soft-baked cookies and yogurt to help me with getting back to controlling my calories.
There were many bare places on the shelves and many shelves had no unit pricing or any price for items on the shelf. I didn't buy anything from those areas, so I still need some things that were on my grocery list.
My husband is so stubborn. He showed me where there was a $1 coupon on a box of bags if you bought two types of plastic bags. We needed sandwich and freezer bags. I asked him to pull off the coupon and put it in his T shirt pocket. He didn't and the clerk missed it. Everything was bagged and in the cart when I mentioned it and the clerk said he would wait if we wanted to look for it. Two customers were in line behind us and both were rolling their eyes, lol! I didn't look for it. Mr. Stubborn paid a dollar more than he had too, but life has consequences for our actions.
My son and I put away everything when we got home. We get a 5% senior citizens discount on Tuesdays and spent $173 and some change. I was happy with that. There is a market within walking distance of our house that has fresh produce. I am not sure how to get to it, but I may start going there. It would require me driving to the bank and withdrawing money to go, but it would be worth it. When I go with my husband, he gets what he wants and controls everything I put in the cart. If he ever is told he has to change his diet, he would expect me to do it for him. Groceries have been a topic for arguing since we have been together. He used to say we had this or that at home and wouldn't let me buy it at the store, then when we got home, there wasn't any. Umm, that is why I make a grocery list.
We were driving home from church one day and I told him if I believed in reincarnation, I thought he would come back as a mule and he said I would come back as a hemorroid. I said I would ask God to put me on that old mule's behind! LOL!
Our cashier was an elderly man and he said he got in trouble for being too slow at ringing up orders. He said he was getting forgetful too. I told him that last week I was on Facebook talking to my friend in North Carolina and I told her I needed to get off and peel potatoes for a roast. When I pulled the roast out of the oven, it looked skimpy. I had a piece of beef, 4 carrots and 2 onions and broth, BUT I forgot the potatoes. I never peeled them, never put any in the roast!!!! I told the man, such is life. He laughed.
I bounced on the mini-trampoline last night for a minute. I was breathing hard and had to use the back of a chair to keep balanced while bouncing. I only burned 7 calories, but I haven't been exercising at all and my body is not used to any form of exertion. I am awake at night and wanting to take naps all day. I am trying to break many bad habits that I have let myself get into. It is depression. My kids used to remind my husband and me, that we picked each other out of all the people in the world. I have learned it does no good to dwell on his stubbornness, but it is something I deal with daily. When he is angry about something, I never know what upsets him, but he will not speak to me, sometimes for days. I lose myself on the internet, it is like my lifeline to other people.
I asked him why they don't sell steel-cut oats in the grocery store and he said he never heard of steel-cut oats. I have heard of them, but don't know anything more than the name about them. As I write this, it sounds like good food for a mule!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
My husband bought two new pairs of shoes for me. I am in what I call "old lady shoes" now. I tried to put on a pair of loafers to wear to church on Sunday and I could not get the left shoe on without mashing down the back of the shoe, so I wore my New Balance shoes hubby bought for me. I looked like I had on combat boots with a long black dress, but if my shoes won't go over my swollen feet, there is not much else I can do. I have a pair of brown ones too and have to set aside my pride to be able to go out and walk in public while wearing them with a dress.
Hubby also bought a mini trampoline for me for Mother's Day. My son has been using it, lol!
I have been so depressed by what I feel is coming that I have given up on just about everything. The best thing I can do for myself is not to watch the news. It is my belief that the dollar is going to be devalued. There is just so much turmoil worldwide going on.
My weight is back up to 260 lbs., we have food shortages in our house of things like fruit, but hubby still has Coke and potato chips. After 33 years of this, I give up.
I have been thinking I need to get on and log what I have eaten and saw the 10 minute a day exercise challenge put out by the owner of Spark People. I get the thoughts in my head to exercise and log my food intake, but don't take action to actually list my foods or get outside and get going or to do housework and time myself for exercise. Same old, same old there for me. I suppose my husband may feel after 33 years of hearing about me changing, he gives up! He never says anything though.
We are supposed to go grocery shopping together tonight. I haven't grocery shopped since our daughter was here. My husband runs out and buys what he wants, here a little, there a little. Meanwhile the grocery list hangs on the fridge and more is added to it.
I have had no success in job hunting. I haven't heard back from either job I was interested in.
I feel like my attitude is showing in this blog. I hope today I will have a better attitude and get with the program of doing something to help myself get healthy.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
I am sore today! I ache across my abdomen and my arms ache from my elbows to my shoulders. I feel like the tin man when he needed oiled.
I am going to sue my knees for non-support and my iron-poor blood has rusted!
We had a fire in the wood stove last night and it kept the house warm. The particleboard made a fire that did not need to be tended much and put off a lot of heat.
We keep the doors to the rooms closed at night so that Princess does not steal my son's stuff and chew it up.
It was nice to have some wood ready to go. We still have pallets in the back yard that need to be sawed into pieces that will fit into the wood stove. My poor husband only has the weekend to catch up on everything that needs to be done in the daylight. He leaves for work in the morning darkness and gets home as the sun is setting.
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