Friday, May 16, 2014
I love gardening! My primary home (ie, where I spend most of time) is a small condo with no yard to call my own, but plenty of sunshine. Last week, my precious Sophie (2 1/2 year old granddaughter) and I potted a couple of tomatoes and some herbs. She is my BEST helper! I used some of the herbs in our Mother's Day lunch. She was very proud of this fact!
Sophie has taken full ownership of our work. While I've been in our secondary home (where I usually just spend a couple of days a week ) this week, she has gone over and watered "our" plants - with her mom's help.
Coming "home" was glorious. Although our daffodils, bluebells and snowdrops are long spent, I found many of our shrubs and spring flowering plants in bloom.
I planted this columbine the year we moved into our house as a memorial and prayerful reminder for the Columbine school victims and their loved ones. That horror occurred the day we found the house. I was driving my son from his school to his orthodontist and - en route - passed the house for sale that would become our home. When we got home from his appointment, we were shocked and grievous at the news when we turned on the television.
The peonies are precious to me because they are transplants from my mother's (which were transplants from her mother's) that she and my daddy planted as a surprise for Jeff and me while we were at work one day.
The bleeding heart is just about spent, but a few hale and "hearty" blossoms are still clinging.
The rhododendruns and roses are truly beautiful this time of year.
The azaleas come and go, depending on the type.
The japanese laceleaf maple is another gift from my mother.
I have tried to grow vegetables at home many times, but have too much shade. I hope Sophie's and my attempt in pots at the condo will be successful. My desire is to instill in her (and her little sister, Lola, when she is a little older) a love for gardening and an appreciation for God's provisions.
Thanks for strolling through my gardens!
Have a great weekend~
I have tried a bizillion ways to rotate these pictures to no avail. You'll just have to turn your computers upside down, or stand on your heads! I'm sorry!!!
Monday, April 28, 2014
In April of 2013, my dear husband gave me a weekend in NYC for my birthday. We used to go up at least once a year, but had not been in 4 years due to various reasons. Needless to say, I was very excited! However, the Saturday before the weekend we had booked, my precious father died. We had insurance on the Broadway tickets and were reimbursed. We sent a copy of Daddy's obituary to the airline and were given a year to use those tickets.
The year was about to escape us, but we managed to sneak in under the wire with a planned trip this past weekend. We were to leave for the airport at 630 Friday morning. At 130AM, my husband awoke terribly sick (he had come home from work early on Thursday feeling feverish and generally "yucky" - something he never does.) He was sick (GI) all night. We evaluated our options throughout the night. Finally at 6AM, he said, "I don't think I can make it."
I called and cancelled our flight and hotel reservations. Because he wasn't hospitalized with proof of illness, we suffered full penalty on our prepaid reservations. A major OUCH!!!
There are no 24 hr drugstores or grocery stores near 'The Other Place' we live, unlike our hometown with 3-24 hr stores on every corner. I was at the drug store when it opened at 9AM, purchasing OTC solutions and GatorAde. By evening, he was fine.
We took in a movie on Friday evening, went for a 3 mile hike in a nearby state park on Saturday, went to church and had the kids over for lunch on Sunday, followed by an hour walk and another movie that evening.
If I put on my rose-tinted, Pollyanna glasses and momentarily forget the mucho-bucks we were penalized for cancelling our plans, I can honestly say we had a great weekend.
We WILL get back to NYC soon. I do love that town!!!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Having SMART goals is essential to success. However, every nurse knows from doing nursing care plans that an equally important step not supported in that acronym is: evaluation. How can we determine that we are on the right track with our goals if we do not continuously evaluate the plan and modify it as needed?
Today I have looked back at February, measuring the outcomes of the resolutions I set for the year.
100 pushups 6 days a week: met 71 % of the time, with an additional 25% of days with 50 pushups.
Walk 45 mins 3 days/wk: met 58% of the time, with an additional 2 days (16%) with walks of less than 45 min duration.
Swim or cycle 30 mins 3 days/wk: met 50% of the time.
4 salads/wk: met 25% of the time, with additional 5 meals of fruit
No butter on bread: met 100% of the time
Increase in dietary calcium: 9 occasions of added calcium
Maintain a calorie deficit between calories in/calories out: met 100% of the time
What does this tell me and what kind of tweaking do I need to do?
Cardio workouts have been lacking. TWEAK: Rather than aiming to do cardio 6 days a week, alternating wogging (walk/jogging) with swimming and cycling, I'm going to set a more realistic goal of doing some form of aerobic exercise 4 days a week. I travel 2 days a week. At this point, working in some cardio on those days has proved unsuccessful. I am fatigued by the driving. Perhaps as the days grow longer and warmer I will get a wog in on one or both of those days. For now, I'll hold those days for strength-training only.
The strength workouts were pretty consistent. TWEAK: I found a core workout online that I'm going to swap for the pushups and crunches I've been doing. It includes some pushups, but offers some variations to the crunches I was doing. I will maintain the goal of strength training 6 days/wk.
As far as nutritional goals, I obviously fell way short on the number of salads I had aimed to eat, as well as the overall increase in calcium-rich foods. TWEAK: Plan meals more carefully and stock kitchen accordingly. Rather than aim for salad 4 times/wk, I'm going to aim for a minimum of 5 freggies/day - these may take the form of a salad or not.
I'll continue to leave the butter off my bread. I'll also continue to try to maintain a calorie deficit.
I've already missed 4 days this month :( TWEAK: Time to get started!!!
Monday, February 24, 2014
We had such a beautiful weekend in piedmont NC. All of the snow of last weekend was melted under temps in the 60's.
My son and I cashed in our Christmas stocking goodies by going to the UNC-Chapel Hill (our alma mater) vs WakeForestU (my husband's alma mater) basketball game. We had a great time, especially since our beloved Tarheels won! (Sorry, DH!) After the game, Jacob and I walked around campus. It has changed alot, and yet not at all, since I was there 500 years ago. We walked under a perfectly clear Carolina blue sky (If God's not a Tarheel, why did He make the sky Carolina blue?!?!?).
The UNC bell tower
Jacob showing me some of the architectural details in one of the new buildings
An older section of campus
Sunday found my husband and me entertaining the granddaughters in the park across the street from our condo, lovingly referred to as TOP (The Other Place) - our "home away from home." It was another beautiful day, made all the more so by family activity.
Lola enjoying the swings
Sophie enjoying the swings
Jeff "riding double" with Sophie
What a difference a week makes! I hope you all had a great weekend as well~
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