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The Snow Rake

Monday, January 06, 2014

The more I stay in our house, the more I discover things that need to be done, that can be done, and that there's an easier way to do it than My Guy used to do.

Enter The Snow Rake.

Last week, I bought a snow rake. I knew it wouldn't reach the very top of the house, but at least it would help. Yesterday, the raking started.

The roof isn't very slanted, and there was so much snow on the roof that My Gal & I had to team up to get just the house done. She climbed up on the roof with a push shovel, while I was down below with the rake. She pushed snow to where my rake would reach, and that was with me standing on the snow banks in my new snowshoes, making me 4' taller. We spent 4 hrs just doing that one roof, but it was also our first time doing it.

My Guy used to spend a whole weekend doing what we managed to do in an afternoon, so I figure that's an improvement. Now that we know how this thing works, and that the roof will hold both of us up there, even with snow, the next time will be considerably easier. We still have the Lean-To and the Garage & the little Lean-To to finish up, but with warm temps & rain today, then back to freezing tomorrow, I'm not sure how soon we'll get back up there.

Thinking back to how My Guy did it, I remember asking him repeatedly about a snow rake. He would shrug it off, saying it was a tool we didn't need.

What I discovered yesterday is that if I had insisted much earlier to get one, and to get at least one pair of snowshoes, I could have been helping him all along to get the rooves cleared off.

There aren't many regrets I have after My Guy passed away, but this is one of them. It's not a big regret, but it is one that I wish I had known about before last weekend.

Next major purchase for the yard: wood splitter and a more powerful chainsaw.

I miss you, SweetHeart.

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INSH8P 2/2/2014 9:39AM

    Your blog fills me up with the love of knowing that you are in love. Thanks Jo, for this.
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KIYOSHI04 1/7/2014 8:26AM

this made me so ....sad that this is a regret.
and made me smile that you and she got it done in an afternoon.

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HOLDINGMYOWN 1/6/2014 9:49PM

    Hubby and I did our back roof yesterday....
We bought two roof rakes....half way up the roof we can reach with the handles that come with it....so we do the bottom first....and get it all cleared off the patio deck. Then hubby adds about two more handles to one rake making it really long ( and wobbly to raise to the roof ) but once it is up there it works well and reaches right to the crest of the roof.

I feel bad you did not get to *share* this FUN with your guy....hubby & I had loads of laughs and get lots of exercise in the process~~

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DOVESEYES 1/6/2014 8:34PM

    I'd love to see the tracker with all that work :)

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LEORAJO 1/6/2014 12:18PM

    Wow...that sounds like an activity that burns some calories. I live in northwest Iowa and we haven't had a lot of snow but it is and has been brutally cold. I love the idea of women being independent and confident. Taking care of things yourself. Good for you. emoticon

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This is how I feel today

Friday, January 03, 2014


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INSH8P 2/2/2014 9:35AM

    You're too much, Jo! emoticon

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BLUEROSE73 1/3/2014 3:07PM

    lol. me too.

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The First Anniversary of Being Without My Guy

Saturday, October 12, 2013

So much has happened in the last 12 months. One thing that really stood out is that I found out who my friends were. And who was really My Guy's friends.

Today was ok, overall. I spent the day home yesterday, and it was much harder than today. Early this evening, My Gal & I decided to clean up the back yard a little bit and burn some tree tops & brush, with a little help with gas. When she lit the first gas bomb (it was small, really), there was a WOOFF! as it caught fire, leaves crackling as they burned on the tips of twigs. It brought such a wonderful memory of My Guy doing the same. I always enjoyed the bonfires he made, and My Gal, not to be undone, did as good of a job as he did, every time. I smiled, not once with a tear in my eyes.

I decided during those re-ignitions that this was the one thing that would mean the most to me to celebrate his life. You might think it morbid when you remember that he was cremated, but one is not like the other.

We didn't get too far in burning the large pile of brush, but we made a dent. I may start it back up on Monday, since I'm off but My Gal is working.

Yeah... the best way to celebrate his life is to have a big a$$ bonfire on the anniversaries. I hope he was smiling as the brush burned.

I love you, SweetHeart. I always will.


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GRAMMACATHY 12/2/2013 1:10PM

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KIYOSHI04 11/21/2013 7:29PM

    *hug* dont know how i missed this..

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YICHE12 10/15/2013 9:06AM

    My heart goes out to you my dear friend. emoticon

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NANCYSINATRA 10/13/2013 1:37PM

    Great idea Jo. Keep remembering with smiles. :)
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SILVERWITCH59 10/13/2013 7:20AM

    emoticon What a great way to remember some one. Smoke carries your thoughts emoticon and prayer to the heavens while cleaning out your soul

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HOLDINGMYOWN 10/13/2013 2:06AM

emoticon from a fellow Canadian! I wish we lived close enough to be able to enjoy that bon fire together!
I love them... ( am a fire bug at heart....LOL )

So sorry again for your loss! Such a big loss too! Glad you have *My Gal* for support....

>True friends are those who walk in....when everyone else walks out!

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Sucking Wind

Monday, September 23, 2013

Since August, it feels like my eating plan has been on vacation. Sure, I put on 5lbs during the month, but I was ok with that, because I was working on melting it off in September. Then 2 weekends ago, just as I was gearing up to lose those 5lbs, I hurt my knee badly enough that Doc told me no heavy workouts for at least 2 weeks. A little later today, I see my family Doc to get her to look at it and follow up with her.

But I'm on Naproxen in the meantime, and that makes me retain a LOT of water. Not to mention it makes me feel hungrier. Add that to the lack of food discipline, and now I'm up 10lbs. I'm quite P.O.'ed, but I only have myself to be P.O.'ed at.

I finally reached out and asked for help so I can get back on track. I haven't tracked any food or fitness in over 6 weeks, and that can't continue.

So to stop sucking wind, and not being angry with myself, I have decided on a plan to make my way back to "normal healthy" again. My biggest weakness is still food, so that's where I have to start. I'm not afraid of tracking, but it is tedious. This time, though, I have a trusty little android phone that has SparkPeople bookmarked. My plan is to track the foods that are the same every day -- breakfast & lunch & day snacks M-F. I've had more salad dressing than I need most days, so I need to go back to measuring that. I know my evening snacks are heavier in calories than I would rather admit. I know I'm not getting enough protein in the run of a day (which makes me hungrier). And I'm still smoking.

I'll get there, once again. And if you see me whining on my SP status, feel free to offer up cheeze, because this isn't what it's all about for me.

This Buttercup is Sucking It Up, instead of Sucking Wind. :-D

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FINFIN2 10/4/2013 11:30AM

    Exercise: yes, you can, just take it easy on the knee!
Diet: Yes, you can. If you stray, don't beat yourself up. I would do that and use it as an excuse to binge-eat. unless someone ties you to a chair and force feeds you, you are accountable for everything that goes in your mouth!
Smoking: If you have to, forget the other two points and PLEASE quit smoking. My wife quit about 8 years ago (I'm guessing). She felt better and had more energy, exercised more, ate better and saved all that money. It still killed her. Quit Now. Please. She used Chantix. Talk to your doctor about it.

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KIYOSHI04 9/23/2013 8:11PM

    i agree.
you've been through worse. you'll get through this.
and i loved the blog, too.

meanwhile, just remember as much as it sucks to lost those 10lbs, at least you've caught it when it is ONLY ten pounds!

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HOLDINGMYOWN 9/23/2013 4:10PM

    JO~~ great Blog~~great insight~

A Spark friend of mine who goes to WW's told me that someone in her group once said that North Americans use way too much salad dressings! ( like you~I am one of those! )
But this lady said...try breaking up your lettuce or whatever green you use...then spray it liberally with a virgin oil spray...tossing it around till all of it is coated. Then shake ( to your liking ) garlic powder on this and toss again.

After that...add whatever it is you like on your salads....and keep tossing to coat the new added ingredients. ( if you add things like cucumber and tomatoes...you get some more moisture)

I hardly ever use other salad dressings now other than if I want a change of flavour every so often!

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NANCYSINATRA 9/23/2013 12:39PM

    You are such a strong individual Jo, I know you will succeed!!!
Don't worry, I'll be here to offer you some cheese. :)

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A New 'Do

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It's been several years since I've wanted to get a short hair style, but every time I've wanted to go, I didn't know what to tell the stylist. And I certainly didn't want to leave it to chance.

Last Saturday, My Gal & I finally went to get our hair cut. She had been growing hers out since 2002, and was more than ready for a change. Her hair was much longer than mine, and she donated her ponytail to Locks of Love ( locksoflove.org ); we'll be mailing out later this week.

My Gal used to be a hair stylist as well, and she helped me choose a style that fits. I like it. And I really like that it takes less than 2 minutes to wash and rinse it out while in the shower. :-D

My haircut

My Gal's pre-cut pics:

My Gal's cut & ponytail:

Me & My Gal

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LINDAF49 9/25/2013 11:22PM

    I love the new "do" and you look so happy and "clear" like things are really beginning to come into place for you. I am thankful ! So good to see you and 'myGal' Hugs!

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MONIQUEDVA 9/21/2013 12:42AM

    GREAT new cuts!!! Y'all are freaking ADORABLE!!!

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BLUEROSE73 9/19/2013 10:00AM

    Both of you look great. And it's wonderful that you are donating the hair. Awesome.

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DOVESEYES 9/19/2013 4:33AM

    Very nice cool too!

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NANCYSINATRA 9/18/2013 9:16PM

    Wow, very short. Looking good though. :)

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KIYOSHI04 9/18/2013 9:00PM

    awesome awesome awesome

looks great and you two are adorable.

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