Friday, July 11, 2014
My husband's summer job has him leaving home at 4:30am, so at 3:30am we both get up to the alarm, get dressed, make some oatmeal & coffee. Then I turn on the outside hose, to spray the truck windshield to clean it for the day. I pack his lunch the day before and put an ice block in it in the morning.
What a routine! He tries to go to bed by 7pm but it is later so he is getting tired. I get a nap to get my 8 hours in but admit I don't feel my best as my back pain has flared up. Had a chiro adjustment and waiting on relief!
Husband's calves are itching at night, and we don't know the cause of it. I looked online but a dozen causes seem to pop up. This wakes me up as he sometimes has a muscle cramp in one calf as well. He drinks plenty of filtered water while working and at home. Stumped why he is having these night time problems.
I used to have bad calf cramps at night but haven't for several years now.
Life goes on. I am doing strength exercises but not getting much walking in. I lost .4 of a pound so feel I am on the right path for me. The crazy work schedule is what it is and glad I can nap to get my rest.
If my back pain will improve I plan on getting more steps in. My neighbor a half mile away got a flex fitbit and was saying to me yesterday I have to march in place again. I sure like her encouragement. They don't visit much but did bring some fresh green beans from their garden. Only two rows of them but a good year - first picking was a full wheel barrow of them. She cans them, and will be busy! She has a roomy kitchen.
So even with it's challenges, it's been a good week.
I am on week five of a summer challenge.
It is interesting to be in a group, and see how we all deal with life and adding healthy changes.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
My husband on his hand crank old John Deere tractor (green one!), Fourth of July parade in our home town.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
There has been one top piece of metal roof on the old barn that was sticking for for a month or so.
This morning a storm came in, and winds that I did not hear, being so tired from working gravel.
We got up at 4:30am to get a lunch packed for hubby and as he drove out he rang me up, telling me to get the plastic cat carrier out of the ditch.
So in a light rain I did that, and saw long tin strip on south side of barn. I walked to see the north end of the roof, and yup rafters. Only one piece but so high up there. Is the wood rotten? It will be soon in the weather. So will discuss with hubby later. The expenses of two acres sure is a problem. We just bought more gravel so we don't sink into the mud driving in and out.
So another chore to my list: hurry up the inside work of barn: household things/craft boxes and sewing machine... I was half done and now need to hurry it up. I wanted to have a yard sale of the stuff and make some money with it, the things I don't want. Makes sense to me. But I need a room done at the old house to set up for the sale. Barn is so dirty it is not useable: loft drops old oats, dirt and the pigeons/mice.
Now more of a hurry as north end will water everything now. Glad I am far along in it and the northern stuff in the big middle alleyway is less boxes and more things like shelves, sewing machines ... so hope it goes faster than first part.
Today maybe more raking the fresh gravel where I need it in the long driveway and some out of the grass where hubby bladed it by accident.
This is no show place. And just got a bit more tattered.
With ground wet it would be a good time to spray north of the tin garage as well. My chores are like a full time job some days.
The north side of barn is very weathered yet hubby would not do anything about it. It would be a massive project.
It is not a hip roof barn but still hate to see it get wrecked. Yet putting tons of money into it may not really be the right thing to do. Morton type buildings are more in demand and the cement slab will be there for future owners. But for now it still is mostly useable. Windows taken out by pigeons in the loft. It really, in three years, is going downhill.
The little kitten is fine as I draped an old sheet over the cage and weighted it down, and he has a narrow box to hide in. He came out this morning instead of hiding and ate the new cat food. Next he will get fresh water. Our town water is having some problem so not the freshest and needs changed daily. Will be glad when that is resolved.
So hopefully no other damage around the place.
My mind did think about all the ones that lost everything due to tornadoes and fires. I can't complain much.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
For the beginning of the year I focused on getting used to staying in my range. Now with the second half of the year on me, I can see by the tracker I need to eat more protein, more calcium, less salt, more fiber.
I am doing this a step at a time so I get used to the changes, as the changes are for the rest of my life. Some people can suddenly change, but I do better with a step by step plan.
Since I do not have any nasty health issues that need quick fixes, one step at a time is working for me. It makes it much slower, but I can live with it.
Still having trouble with husband buying some of the worse things like fatty sausages, potato chips, and super processed danishes.
I remind him we can do our own baking, controlling what is in the product, and still have blueberry muffins and he will not do without anything, it will just be different than store bought.
It was a high salt week, and I can see I need to stop that.
Some habits are hard to break. I know adding seasonings is the key to more flavor without salt. Any suggestions of what worked well for you are appreciated as I journey on.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Oh the 24/7 routine, cook, clean, cook, clean...
I am staying on track and in range. He is eating things he brought home like potato chips, dip, and chocolate bars. Me: snack is a measured amount of raisins.
Today is a rainy day so he is parked in front of the TV with ME TV and wo doggy westerns. Yee Haw!?
I got the hamburger stew done, and extras put away. LOTS of veggies in it and low salt. He is enjoying all the home cooking. For supper I will make tuna patties since I am having such a craving for those.
So pleased to report I am on track even with a big eater in the house. No paycheck next week, but plenty of hubby. He is getting bored I think as he is sighing often. Rain, rain go away, he wants to drive his tractor around.
Our outing was a short drive to the neighbor house to feed cats, and look at their deck plants. One is top heavy, so I brought along some twine to secure it to a metal deck chair. Now the rain can do the watering for me. She has a huge Jade plant that I enjoy seeing. One light yellow cat was meowing and acting lonely, so spent time petting and reassuring it that the owners are just away and everything is good.
The humidity is insane this week.
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