ALIALI2013's SparkPeople Blog ALIALI2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Great weekend The bonfire went great, the ones who mattered came and we had such a good time, yep, even with the downpour and all. We sat in the house, laughed, chatted, drank great wine, and had snacks. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful day/night. We'll be leaving Thursday and not coming back til late Monday, so if I'm not around much, I have a lot to do before then. <BR> <BR> I did get the bow tie for our Grandpup, and it looks so cute on him. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:44:54 EST Smile, yep, Smile. Well, found out today the minister our Daughter and her finacee chose took a vacation that week, and won't be coming back until Saturday morning, meaning she'll be gone Friday of rehearsal, so they had to get the other Minister (who they're not really that close to, wonderful). This Minister has known about this for the past year and half, and she decides to take a vacation then, seriously? I thought that was kind of rude, but what can you do. It just sucks, of all the people I thought wou... Thu, 28 May 2015 02:52:47 EST Memorial Weekend. This weekend was exactly what I needed, and I got to BREATHE for a while and relax. <BR> <BR> It rained Sunday and Monday, but who cares, I just got to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Our daughter and I went to Prairie (du Chien) and checked out her hair dresser, she did a beautiful job with her hair (didn't do the entire hairstyle, just a little bit of it) and did a wonderful job of it. Then we went to Walmart and Maurices to get a dress for her to wear to the rehearsal dinner. She tried one a few s... Tue, 26 May 2015 17:44:21 EST Fun Days Tomorrow morning I head out for the trailer on the MIssissippi River. Our daughter is going to the hairdresser for a trial run on doing her hair up, I'm going to go with her. Can't wait to see how they do. <BR> <BR> I was able to find another hair dresser to do the other 5 girls' hair for the wedding, YAY. Ran into a snag as a friend who owns a beauty salon said she'd do them, but then she called a few days ago and told me she "didn't want to come up that early on Saturday" and "didn't wan... Thu, 21 May 2015 23:53:47 EST Happy Days Another long weekend away. <BR> <BR> Thursday spent all day picking up food and all the things for the bridal shower, getting the games printed up, and all that fun stuff, plus last minute items for the fundraiser, baked once I got home for the bake sale for the fundraiser. <BR> <BR> Friday I was at Kutters where we set up the silent auction all day, then went grocery shopping and back home and to bed early. <BR> <BR> Saturday was the fundraiser, all day long, exhausting. <BR> <BR> Sund... Mon, 18 May 2015 21:59:44 EST Sad news I have some sad news...not about this foal, but the one who was due. <BR> <BR> Our daughter went out this morning and found the one who was due, the foal was dead still in the sack. She was upset because she feels if she'd been out there in time, she could have saved it. It was a male, and she said it was perfect. Long neck, bay (brown with black mane and tail), she said she would have kept him; it was exactly the color of a foal she'd always wanted. <BR> <BR> I felt so sorry for her, ... Thu, 14 May 2015 16:15:24 EST Not a bad Day I decided, because I posted the second picture so late, to post it today, so here it is, the foal after a few hours: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He looks like he changed colors, but her other black pony did the same thing, went from black to this color, then black again. It's always hard to tell what color they'll be, but they're cute no matter what color they are. <BR> <BR> Today is a little better, chasin... Wed, 13 May 2015 12:45:43 EST Lots done today! Wow, the funeral went really well, got to see a bunch of my relatives I don't see that often, it was a really nice funeral/visitation. <BR> <BR> Our daughter's pony FINALLY had it's foal, yep, a male, this morning, sooo cute. Well, black but then it's parents are both black, what did I expect. :D <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No name yet, but it'll be coming. I asked why his ears were back, was he mad? ... Tue, 12 May 2015 17:42:05 EST HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Sorry about being gone for so long; we've had a few things happen. One of our daughter's co-workers committed suicide last Thursday and she was upset about that. Then my cousin died on Friday (she was 81, and I always thought she was my aunt all my life because of her age, though I knew she was my cousin) but I grew up around her and her husband and their kids. We kind of expected it, she was in and out of the hospital a LOT during the last week, but it's still kind of hard. Our daughter ... Sun, 10 May 2015 16:12:33 EST Needed: 1 quiet cave Get the "anger issues" out of the way; thank goodness I have this blog, otherwise I'd be eating everything in sight to get rid of this anger. <BR> <BR> My cousin (married in March, planned her reception June 27th, 3 weeks after Brande's wedding) sent her RSVP saying unsure because "we're planning our reception". Really? Our niece is getting married the weekend after our daughter's and her and her entire family will be there, and this cousin can't come because her "reception only" is the end ... Wed, 6 May 2015 17:05:47 EST Bluebirds Rained most of the day, but boy did we need it. Hopefully it'll warm up again and then the morels will pop up. The ones we had for supper were delicious, as well as the fish my husband caught this weekend, and the asparagus he picked for me. MMMMMM. <BR> <BR> Got a lot done for the fundraiser, I'm telling you, I was writing emails all day today, calling people, it was non-stop from 10 am until 6 pm, but I got a lot accomplished, YAY. <BR> <BR> I had a visitor today, a beautiful Bluebird ... Tue, 5 May 2015 20:23:34 EST YAY got some rain, finally. It's such a beautiful day out, Husband came back home after unsuccessful turkey hunt, but he did get some morel mushrooms, those are soooo good. Normally I don't like mushrooms, but those, I'll eat in an instant. <BR> <BR> We got the rain we needed, sure only 1/2" but still, at least we got some and we needed it bad! YAY for our son who helped me put the downspouts on. He's such a wonderful young man. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have had a great Monday, mine has been so fantastic. I'm off... Mon, 4 May 2015 16:47:59 EST Beautiful Saturday Remember I spoke about the fundraiser in the beginning of August (2nd), well our son's birthday is Aug 8th, and this year the Boone County fair is August 11-16, so we'll be down there for our daughter to be showing during those times (probably the 12th -16th), so when does my sister-in-law plan her daughter's baby shower? You guessed it. The only day in the weekend before that we have free, kind of. <BR> <BR> Mind you, we'll be clipping ponies, doing their hooves, packing the trailer, suit... Sat, 2 May 2015 16:15:24 EST Sunshine all over. Got lots done yesterday, the meeting had so much that I had to get done, and I think I got the majority of it done, but for to meet with the Pepsi people in regards to a donation of pop for the fundraiser, which reminds me I need to call them about that. I'll do that once I'm done here. <BR> <BR> I got the license (a copy) sent to each of the 3 distributors; I got my bartender's license retyped up and have to take that in (it expires in June, I haven't used it yet, and have to pay anothe... Fri, 1 May 2015 10:53:03 EST Great News. Had a doctor's appointment (for my feet) yesterday, it went pretty good. My (don't know what it's called, how far I can move the toe part of my foot back towards my shin) went from only 8 to 22, FANTASTIC!! He said "keep doing your exercises". (which was using a jumprope on the front of my foot and pulling it back, 3 X day for 15 mins each foot.) I'd forgotten about the exercises..oops....I need to get a jumprope and get doing those. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself......CRINGE..did you know t... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:04:35 EST Puppy sitting with GrandPuppy this weekend. This weekend I get to sit our Grandpuppy, I hope it's nice weather, it's not bad when it's nice out and not raining, then there's no drying him off and all. If there's any good movies on, maybe I'll go to one, my husband is going hunting, leaving tonight, so I'll be home pretty much alone (son works nights, so he leaves around 230 for work) most of the week. <BR> <BR> Have a Doctor's appointment tomorrow and a meeting with the woman at Kutter Harley Davidson on Thursday, so the week isn't... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:31:48 EST HEHEHEHE WEEKEND! Well, we did it, we surprised her, she was always talking about her "shower", and knowing this and that about her "shower", that she had no clue about her bachelorette party hehehe. It was GREAT. The only bad parts were, her friend sent a text to her (she had no idea her friend was coming until the ditz did that as we got close to the hotel) and asked where she was at. I could have shot her!! BUt she didn't know the girl with her was coming, so least we got that. <BR> <BR> The only other b... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:49:07 EST Move ahead, always. Well still waiting for a response from the one who is setting everything up at Kutters...been waiting for a response from her after 4 emails, 3 phone calls, (and the last one she wanted me to contact her, and I have, and still nothing back from her, watch her call me at 1:30 when I told her I had another meeting with someone else). I swear she's so irresponsible, this is the same person who says she has to meet with us to explain to us how everything "needs to go at the fundraisers" after 26... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:55:04 EST Puppy Smiles Are The BEST! I've been feeling so tired lately, I think I'll be taking a nap...if I find time, but it doesn't look possible for today, I was hoping, but hope, not going to happen. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Had one of our board members yesterday tell me he couldn't be on the materials committee as the leader, because he Doctor said he couldn't do stressful things. We only have 4 men on our board, well he's only an advisor, so only 3 men on the board, and one of them is not able to do much medically, the other l... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:32:50 EST Strange Noise? Ok, did anyone hear that roar in the sky Sunday night? We sure did, and that was just WEIRD. As our son said, it sounded just like a VERY low flying jet with mechanical problems, and I mean LOW flying, right over our heads. It shook the windows, and it lasted about 3-4 minutes and seemed to be heading North/northwest. <BR> <BR> I have never heard anything like that and was just weird. Nothing on radar, nothing weatherwise was reported, nothing from the airport, sheriff's dept, ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:10:12 EST Breathe. I was gone yesterday because our daughter and I went to the Midwest Horse Fair..we do this every year and we had such a wonderful time. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed not having to worry about getting this or that done, running here or there. To just be able to be with our daughter and walk around, looking at all the beautiful horses and just talking, enjoying ourselves was magnificent. <BR> <BR> The weather was perfect, we sat in the coliseum and watched a couple shows, went through the Alliant Energ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:00:18 EST Great Day. Finally got 100 of the lip balms done, 100 left to go. Got the vases and sand for the ceremony, too. I just hope it's enough, it should be, though. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saw two bluebirds, male and females out in the bird house, YAY, I love seeing them, and there's a treeswallow in the other bird house, they are really beautiful birds, too. The treeswallow was trying to take over the house the bluebirds were in, but they s... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:03:39 EST Busy week again. Yikes, my post vanished, and I don't remember what I'd written..see, that's how my days are going, a long post and it's gone NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. <BR> <BR> Maybe it didn't want me writing anything negative..I don't know. <BR> <BR> Just got the chills, not sure why, but oh well...I'll live with it. Monday's meeting went well, though a few people didn't take tickets, still, and our vice president who should be doing a ton of stuff, refuses still to get things for our fundraisers because ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:53:04 EST MIA---Me I cannot believe it's been almost a week since I've been here...and the worse part is...I have no idea why. <BR> <BR> I mean, I've been busy, but I just don't know doing what!! I went to Madison with our daughter, finacee, husband on Wednesday and writing out wedding invites Wednesday evening , Doctor, and worked on bridal shower invites on Thursday, Wedding reception and groceries on Friday, Church on Saturday..and something else, oh I was in town all day Friday and Saturday (stuff for t... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:17:16 EST What can I say about a good day I got a huge surprise today, I'm not sure if I talked about the envelopes I'd ordered but they came today...I called and they didn't think they could get a rush on them, because they weren't going to come until next week, but they managed and they showed up today...YAY!! How wonderful. <BR> <BR> The weather is beautiful and today is actually going great. Got my exercise in and well, it's just been going so well so far. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have been doing great, and there weren't many ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 16:09:34 EST Happy Easter <BR> Went to church at 530am for sunrise service yesterday, then to cemetery to wish Dad a Happy easter, then to breakfast with my Mom, my husband and our kids, and then my brother and his two youngest (nope, his oldest couldn't be bothered to get out of bed that early, frustrating), his step daughter and her fiance were there, and then his wifes entire family. about a noisy bunch, but oh well. a ton of people, you name it, they were there. Anyway, then we went to my Mom's hou... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:10:03 EST YAY I'd been a little disappointed, because I'd not been losing weight, and well, I spoke about this before. But I've been keeping on exercising. For over a year, I wasn't losing, and I couldn't figure out why, but I stopped for that one week, and then went back to it. <BR> <BR> Well I went to the doctor today, and I was shocked. I had been losing weight, and just didn't realize it. I've lost 15 pounds, sure, it's been since December, but still, 15 pounds is 15 pounds, regardless! <BR> <BR>... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:52:29 EST Fun times in the old town today. The flowers seem so bright, I took other pictures but they're darker, I didn't use the flash. Have a bit of a headache today, think I've been working too hard. :D <BR> <BR> I'm on a hunt now, for a frame; I need a gold/black/teal one, no luck so far, so maybe I'll just have to paint one that color. Get a black and gold wood one and do a touch of teal splashing on it, little teal green dots, maybe. <BR> <BR> Saw a bunch of eagles in the back yard, today, it was wonderful! <BR> <BR> I'm ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 15:04:46 EST Fun times in the old town today. The flowers seem so bright, I took other pictures but they're darker, I didn't use the flash. Have a bit of a headache today, think I've been working too hard. :D <BR> <BR> I'm on a hunt now, for a frame; I need a gold/black/teal one, no luck so far, so maybe I'll just have to paint one that color. Get a black and gold wood one and do a touch of teal splashing on it, little teal green dots, maybe. <BR> <BR> Saw a bunch of eagles in the back yard, today, it was wonderful! <BR> <BR> I'm ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 15:04:45 EST Things, and things. Guess what I saw today, well I'll show you instead. Hopefully our daughter won't come online here today, because I don't want her to see it. If she does, oh well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like a dang failure because I've not done any exercise since last Saturday, or was it Sunday, because I've been so busy. I really need to get back to doing it. I finished the kids mugs, I got the corsages all done, I did the reception ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:59:51 EST Smile like there's no tomorrow Well, we got 8 shirts done and ordered, only 1 didn't get back to us, and we figured, to heck with it. It's the same girl who didn't pay me for her dress (my husband and I just decided to heck with it, I guess we paid for the dress, it's a lost cause, we are going to ask for the dress back after the wedding, though, so we can see if we can sell it on ebay or something). The last I'd heard from her was "how much do I need to bring" (to the party) when I told her to just bring what she would... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:47:36 EST Eh..& Yay Well, my brother in law went up to UW-Madison for the cathetar to be put in his heart and they reduced how long he had from 3-4 months to 2 months to live. <BR> <BR> It makes me angry because everyone says pot (marijuana) doesn't do any harm, BULL. He started on pot and from there, because he didn't get the "high" he wanted, he went onto other drugs. And because of that he ended up with damage to different organs, mainly his heart. <BR> <BR> Now, in his late 40's, he'll be dead in 2 mont... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:12:29 EST Sweetness is contagious. Have a bit of a headache, but otherwise, doing well. Got my exercises in, yawning right now. I coughed a lot last night, had to actually get up and take some cough syrup, not sure why or what was going on, very strange, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> Oh well, once I did that I slept great the rest of the night, who knows. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day and tomorrow looks like an even better day for you, remember, to smile and share your heart with those who could use... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:39:18 EST Fun Stuff Well I was really busy yesterday, and today I called down to a flower shop not far from where the one that was to be doing our daughter's bouquet is located and they'd never heard of them. So I guess that's out the window. She did say they'd had the post office close down there and that they'd been having trouble with their mail, so there is that. I don't know what to think. <BR> <BR> Our daughter sent me some pictures that I'm going to share, because they're just too cute. Yesterday was... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:19:49 EST When clouds are around... Sorry about the long absence, I've been up to my neck in things going on. Radio interviews, paper interviews, picking up this and that for the Design Day, which was a total loss. <BR> <BR> I picked up cookies and koolaid for the kids, had to buy a rug to put under the coffee pot I used for the koolaid so it wouldn't drip on the new gym floor in the church, put up chairs for people to sit in; got the screen set up, the items for the power point ready to go, had our meeting before hand, the ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:54:13 EST Not too bad of a day. The kitten I showed the other day has been sold for $1600 to my cousin. She saw him and just fell in love and bought him but he's not leaving anytime soon as our daughter waits until they're weaned from the mother. <BR> <BR> Had an interview on the phone yesterday with the Gazette and the article was partially on the front page of the paper, the rest was on the 3rd page, which was wonderful. They're coming to the event on Thursday, and I have a radio interview tomorrow. I had to call our ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:52:57 EST One of those days...goods with the bads!! But still a great weekend! I went on facebook yesterday after coming here and was told that the photo from yesterday which our daughter had taken of the sunrise had been featured on WKOW TV for the weather portion of the broadcast. YAY!! I couldn't believe it, I'd only sent it to them about an hour before that, they must have really liked it, too. Now it's on their website. I sent it in under her name and all, I didn't want credit for it, it's her photo, she deserves the credit. I was so excited for her! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:43:08 EST Fun pictures Beautiful day outside, our daughter went out for a walk and when she looked up, this is what she saw: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep, that's right...Athena and Schmittens watching her from the trees. I thought it was hilarious. <BR> <BR> And then Dan, Brande's fiancee, was throwing snowballs towards the cats (not trying to hit them, just playing aroun... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:56:55 EST Fun Fun Fun Well, the cough wasn't too bad last night, only woke once coughing and it was shortlived, however, during my exercising today I was constantly coughing..One day it'll be gone for good...I hope. <BR> <BR> I think I may be able to finish the book soon, have everything I need. I did get a lot of the fishing poles done, my husband had a great idea to cut slits in a cardboard and run the lines across, hook the pole end to one side and the bobber end to the other. It works GREAT! Ran out of tub... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:59:38 EST Getting things done! Yep, still coughing, but not as much. Got up at 430 and took more cough syrup, but otherwise I was alright. YAY. <BR> <BR> I finished the cookbook Mom asked me to do for our daughter, and she took it to her waterwalking class. Everyone loved it, asked why I wasn't making these for others, that I could charge $50 at least; but right now that's kind of out of the question. A couple even asked if I'd do one for them, but dang, that's a lot of work, and expensive (considering that 2 sided tape... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:16:01 EST Never ending I think I slept without much coughing, thank goodness, though I've been coughing up a lung during the day. <BR> <BR> I ended up taking the mugs to someone to get them ingraved, I tried everything I could think of (sand blaster/mini one, of course; the liquid stuff, etching them by hand (pain in the hand!); and finally gave in and took them to a cost of $200 for 8 mugs..holy cow, I wish I knew how to do it, I could have saved all that money. one name on one mug, for me to try ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:34:43 EST Yep, again. I was sitting here this morning, thinking I had nothing to do but relax...while I was coughing my head off, and I looked at the calendar and realized I have a speech to give at 1:30 pm today. NOOOOOOOO... so I have to head into town in about hour and fifteen mins to give that. <BR> <BR> I'd much rather be sleeping this sickness off, but nope, can't do that. There's not one other person available who would take my place, that I can get ahold of (they don't have a phone # other than work, ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:50:02 EST One of those days. Up half the night coughing, again, BUT I was asleep the other half, so I'm pretty happy. <BR> <BR> Getting things piled up for this weekend; we realized that our daughter's dress alterations aren't until the end of March and they take 4-6 weeks to get the dress back, so we had to reschedule the appointment and it's Sunday at 3 pm. The kids will be going to the trailer (2.5 hours away), and wanted to stop on the way back home, instead of wasting time driving to Brodhead and then back up to M... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:38:50 EST I'll get through this, yes, I will! I'm not so sure this is just a cold, because I've come up with other symptoms, that I really wish I wouldn't have. Our niece has had a bad cold for the past two weeks, I hope this is over before then as we have that Community thing for the Playground Rebuild, and I have to be there. <BR> <BR> I know I'm forgetting something I need to do in regards to that, but for the life of me I can't think of what it'd be. <BR> <BR> The Jamberry nail wrap party I'm having needs one more purchase, becau... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:02:59 EST Cold part 2 can my husband be over his cold in 24 hours and I feel worse. I slept on the sofa last night because I was coughing so much. I could handle all of this but for the leads to my throat hurting and a headache. ARRGGGHH not sure if this is a cold or that flu, as my husband said that a lot of people at work have it. <BR> <BR> It's been so long since I've had one, and with all the things coming up, I really don't need this now. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm sorry, I'm tired and g... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:24:04 EST Cold Today's better, emotion-wise, but now I have a cold. Was up half the night coughing, and hate it. I used my epi-pot and that definitely cleared up my sinuses and I could breathe fine. Now today, it's sneezing, nose running, eyes burning. hate it. I don't have any sugar free cough syrup, and no honey, otherwise I'd take tea and honey, but at least I can have the hot tea. <BR> <BR> My husband wasn't feeling well because of his cold so he stayed home from work today, that's a rarity. <BR> <... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:50:15 EST Wow..really? That's a diet? Good morning, everyone. I hope this day has found you smiling before you even got out of bed! <BR> <BR> Start the day with that beautiful smile and don't let anything steal it from you; it shows your inner AND outer beauty. <BR> <BR> Was reading my nephew's blog (he's dieting, but only on medithin or something?) on facebook, and he's saying he's lost 9 pounds in a week, but he also said he's not exercising (doesn't have to on this diet); and is doing it by eating only 20 or so carbs a day.... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:54:37 EST Saturday Night's Alright... Just thought of that Elton John song, now it's in my head and won't leave. <BR> <BR> <BR> I've got the dividers for the "project" I'm working on done; our daughter and her fiance are supposed to come over tomorrow, but they're up in Appleton, or she is. Her future mother in law gave her tickets to see Momma Mia up there, with her, her future sister in law, and niece. So they're up there having a great time from the looks of it. I'm so happy for them, she's marrying into a wonderful family... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:03:17 EST Boring Sorry, nothing new to show, I'm sitting here waiting for the glue I need for one project, but it's not here, I've been working on the other project and well, it's taking a while, but I'm getting there. <BR> <BR> I'm so relieved that I found some babys breath to use, it's a shame they don't make true silk baby's breath, I would think that'd be easy, but I guess not. <BR> <BR> I just hope it lasts, but the florist insisted it will, so keeping my fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:14:19 EST Lots again. Wow, Wednesday already and nearly the end of February. Where is time going, this year has been speeding past unbelievably quickly. It can slow down any time. I want to be able to sit back and enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Not much has gone on, I took pictures of the centerpieces I did, but the coloring is off in the photos. They don't look that green/yellow at all; they're more of a regular green, but more towards the teal green coloring. Kind of frustrating, but what can I say. <BR> <BR> I measu... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:24:01 EST