Monday, December 07, 2009
Bubba passed away this past Thursday, at home w/all the familly around him. We took him up to our cabin in El Dorado County and buried him in our tiny apple grove on Friday.
We're still a bit in mourning, and are trying to prepare ourselves for the death of our other dog Bella. She lost her buddy, and doesn't seem to be too happy about the three kittens that have joined the family.
I'm sorry to say that I've just not been in mood to track food or exercise or do much of any sparking this past week. I did however, manage to make it out to the Native Plant Demo-garden this morning (8am and worked there until about 1pm) -DANG was it cold!! At 10am 2 additional volunteers came out, and we continued w/dead heading & pruning native shrubs (Carpentaria Californica, salvia clevelandii, artemesia) and cutting back deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens). But 5 hours of gardening did me good.
Thanks for all your thoughtful & kind words this past week. I really apreciated them
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Well the boys & i managed to prepare a nice turky dinner w/fixins (mom our domestic goddess @ kitchen queen abandoned us to spend 4 weeks over the holiday w/her brothers/sisters families in Blythville, Arkansas). Since I was the head dinner chef I decided to get the men involved. My nephew was given the turkey, gravy & vegetable assignment, pop was on dish detail & hubby was on table set up & drink assignments (I love my bailey's & coffee on cold days). Shane was stressed, but he did great. We also enjoyed the sweet potato maple syrup cranberry dish that SMASHY1 shared at the November team potluck (thanks SMASHY1).
Unfortunately, our turkeyday turned blue as the health of our loveable lab Bubba, took a big down turn. We think he had a stroke/TIA, because he has lost motor functions, his sight & possibly his hearing. He's not responding to his name & is very listless w/little or no appetite -even when offered turkey bits; & not been able to get off the ground w/out assistance. Anyway today we are taking him to vet &dealing w/possibility of puttin him down. :-(
So right now the house is in very tearful sad mental state & sending up prayers for Bubba our loveable, sweet labrador.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Well folks, my hubby, my nephew & I got our butts kicked by the forest last week.
We did about 10 hours of lumber-jacking (felling small incense cedars and ponderosa pines), brush clearing w/our big-ol DR-brush mower, and raking up pine needles & dead grass/cuttings into 2 big piles. Once the burn piles were set up we finally torched them and fed them small trees, limbs, needles until about 9PM.
We roasted hotdogs, sipped on jagermeister, Sierra Nevadas and tried to identify as many constellations as we could up in the sky. It was dang cold up there, but the night sky and our views of the milky way and falling stars was gorgeous.
The bonfire inspired us to go primitive and to remember "Lothar of the Hill People" and his wise ways of walking. We of course had to come up w/a few stories of our own that SNL might want to use in the future, LOL! It was a good hard bit of 10 hours work, the the evening was delightful, and after showers we all slept soundly.
THEN I woke up and thought I was going to die from shoulder, elbow, arm, hand, and back back pain! Good grief!!! I was so achy-breaky I filled up the tub w/hot water and soaked for about an hour, and deeply regretted not installing a hot tub up here for real soaking. I am in fact, still stiff & sore as I sit here typing. Calculating the calories burned for this activity was problematic; but decided to estimate by selecting the home activity of "raking lawn" for about 30 minutes every hour over the 10 hour period and the calorie total came to 2,580 calories. HMMMMM, not bad eh??? I may not be a lumberjack, but that's ok!
Well, gotta go!
Friday, November 20, 2009
My hubby, Chris, is off today and giving me the day off (he is cleaning house today) so I can do some "Sparking" and other personal projects (scanning family photos for my cousin & organizing my geneology data).
As I "huddled" w/my teams this morning, I kept thinking about what a wonderful evening I had this wednesday at the impromptu "Potluck & Crafts Sharing" night at the Arden Library, in Sacramento. I really enjoy connecting w/Spark folks over the internet & on the SparkPeople site, but for me there is nothing like meeting people face to face, talking, sharing stories and enjoying their laughter. I know I can't bottle people's energy, but when I connect w/folks I get to take home a bit of their energy or spirit, and it really does enrich my life. I love meeting up w/SparkPeeps!
SMASHY1 & I were totally honored to meet TUBBYHUBBY340 and SWEETERINA71 in person this past Wednesday, and it was the best! They are an awesome couple and great Spark bloggers (so do check out their SparkPages). I'm so sorry that more Sacramento area Sparkers weren't able to make it out this Wednesday evening; on the other hand I'm kind of glad that I didn't have to "share" them w/a lot of folks (I'm kind of selfish that way).
The wednesday night connection inspired me to get more serious about my battle w/my recent diabetes diagnosis & my over indulgence and love of all things buttery and creamy; to really TRY other low fat high fiber food options that are available. The Yoplait Crème Caramel Delights (only 100 calories per serving!) was sinfully delicious and on now on my grocery list for the week!
FYI: In the above photo (L to R): SMASHY1, MIMULUSBUG, SWEETERINA71, TUBBYHUBBY340; in the bottom right hand corner is the 'thumb' shadow of the helpful library security guard that took the photo for us; LOL!!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Well, I'm up early today & posted invite to November 18th, Potluck/Crafts sharing session for Sacramento Sparkles team on the SacSparkles team page, & Sacramento Team page & regional event page. (I'm hoping that I didn't make too many typos....)
Now I'm off to the cabin. Hubby, nephew & I need to get brush clearing & tree trimming done these next few weekends to meet California Wildfire Safety standards, that our home insurance folks told us we should get done. So, I'll be exercising my bootie off this weekend and I'm sure I'll be getting my required H20 consumed (& probably a few beers too).
Hope all of you have a great weekend.
---Enjoy the cartoon below from Cathy Throne. ---
I've been in this spot for last 3 weeks now...
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