BLEGNER1's SparkPeople Blog BLEGNER1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Laid back Sunday I knpw that I have done quite a bit but I feel as though I am treading under water and going slow. I have to go out in a few minutes and get a load of clothes hung out. Am still getting things made and put together before the three little boys come tomorrow evening. Gabe and I mixed a couple gallons of paint together and Wed we along with the little ones are going to go over and paint the metal building Michael constructed out of recycled metal. It will help freshen the looks up a little... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 17:01:48 EST Saturday Here it Saturday and my honey do list is longer each day. The list is the one I make for myself!!! Gabeand I came home about four this morning from fishing by the time I fixed us French toast and we ate and got what needed to be out of the truck and got around to bed it was after six. I was back up about nine and started in on the critters. I wanted to empty the big watering bowls and cleaan them up today so I started on it this morning before it got a chance to get hot out. Cleaned the ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:37:47 EST Fishing!!! Today I earned the right to go fishing and overnighter to boot. I couldnt figure out how to use the power washer so I took a paint roller and rolled the bleach and detergent combo on over half of the north side of the house. Jeff tried to get my weed sprayer going, but it has given up the ghost and sometime will have to be replaced. Any way he used most of my bleach mixture in it so I had to go in and get some bleach By the time I got back he had gotten the power washer going and showed ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:53:18 EST Rainy day It has been storming. I just got finished with the watering and feeding when the storm rolled in. Don't know what it is doing out right now. I have been getting more ready for the rummage sale my daughter is going to have. I need to get more bags Right now I have piles of stuff here and there. Don't know where all of this came from, but I have accumulated a lot that I don't use or need so it is clearing out time. I look around and just shake my head as I try to wrap my brain around a... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:16:01 EST Busy busy busy Just a few minutes before I have to go out and get busy again. While Jeff was gone this morning to chemo, I dressed out a turkey and five meat birds. They are all in the cooler with ice water gettin the body temp down and ready to be finished and in the freezer!!!!!!!! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 13:01:45 EST Back Home Back home again and all the damage I could do was done in the time I was allotted. Seriously got the thing so I can get things set with the tv for the kids, got some picture frames for some of the pictures I have been given. I tried an experiment and needed some more 2 liter pop bottles so I got a couple of bottles of caffeine free diet coke. The experiment is supposed to be a mosquito catcher and I don't know if there are any mosquitoes in it or not but there are plenty of gnats so have ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 14:19:06 EST No Boys I won't be having the grandboys until next week. It is supposed to rain for the next three days and Michael thought that it would be easier on Jeff's nerves if the boys came when they did not have to stay in the house. Tomorrow I will be trying to get the last of the meatbirds dressed out and in the freezer while Jeff is at chemo. I would try to get the turkey too but don't know if time and weather will allow that. <BR> The breathing treatment is done so it is time for me to get the ball... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:53:18 EST Time flies They say that time flies when you are having fun. I don't know how much fun I am having but time is flying. I am having 4 of the grand sons for 2 days a week. I have not heard yet if they are going to bring them Monday night or not. I will probably call here in a little bit because if they are bringing them, I will bake some blueberry muffins and molasses cookies for snacks for them. I may even make some cup cakes and let them decorate them again. They really enjoyed that and when they ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 11:35:16 EST First Coat The first coat of paint on the roof is done. Tomorrow I should be able to do the second coat and get the sides painted. The sides might only need one coat. Will have to wait and see. Sweated like crazy out there. The relative humidity was over 70. If I wait until we have ideal weather, I will never get things done. Have to check my to do list and see what I didn't get done and start with it in the morning. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:48:55 EST Eventful Thursday Today has been quite busy so far. Did all the feeding this morning and then took off over to Michael.s I took him to where his truck was so he could put a new starter on it. Tuesday he put new brake shoes on my truck and yesterday Jeff put a sensor on it so THe speedometer works. Now both my truck and Michaels truck are up and going. I could still drive mine but he could not his. <BR> Yesterday I went swimming with six of the eight grandkids. We all had a blast. They wanted me to go ag... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:36:14 EST More time????? I really thought that I would be having more time to blog and do things on the Spark. That has not proved to be true!!! My llist of things to do each day seems to be getting longer. It seems as though it grows as fast as the weeds in the garden LOL I have even cancelled my PT for tomorrow as I just don't have the time to take at least 2 hours out of my day. <BR> That is it for now. I already have all the critters fed and watered. Now it is time to get dressed and get started in getting ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:13:34 EST More time Looks as though I may have more time to do more on Spark People. IT is cloudy and from the looks of the radar, we may be having rain here in just a little while. Before we do I want to go out by the highway and pull more weeds for the critters. It won't take long to get a bucket full. I came in just a little while ago to check the radar. I will be back sometime later today to be a little more active on the Spark. Til later, God bless Sat, 15 Jun 2013 14:30:28 EST Tiller is here Last week I ordered an electric tiller. It arrived today and I have it put together and have already been using it. I will wait to do any more until about six this evening when the area I am working in is in the shade. <BR> I also have a small power washer that arrived today, it is put together and ready to use. Will be using it once the new roof is finished. Hopefully that will be this next Saturday. Then it will be time to wash the siding and sand and paint the trim. Will look quite d... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:40:59 EST Time is flying by!! Sinc I last posted, I have shampooed carpets, processed out three of the meatbirds, pulled weeds and sprayed the canadian thistles. I have never had so many before. Won't probably be doing any butchering for a couple of weeks, as the time when Jeff is not here and I am is very limited. I wanted to get three or four more rabbits done, but it looks as though they will have to wait. <BR> Have ordered an electric tiller and a small power sprayer. As soon as they are in I have my work cut out ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:46:54 EST Saturday already Gabe and I are real fishermen. We fished in the rain!!! It was not a down pour, but enough to soak through to the skin. We did bring some fish home, we will be cleaning them tomorrow. Gabe has never eaten fresh caught fish, so I believe that Sunday I will fry some up. <BR> That is about it, I am dirty, tired and need to get cleaned up and off to bed. More fishing tomorrow I believe. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 00:59:00 EST Testing time over Tests are over and I met the new cardiologist who will be my doctor now,. I will see him again next Wed. for the results. <BR> Looks as though we might go fishing this evening. Gabe is raring to go and it would do me some good. I doubt that Jeff will go along, He is taking a nap right now, but it is supposed to be chilly and he gets so cold at the drop of a hat. <BR> Had bunch of lilies given to me. I picked them up yesterday and Gabe and I just finished planting them. Now if the turkey... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 16:08:17 EST Fishing Praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for the fact that Jeff actually got out of the house to do something besides go for chemo and to the store. I don't knowhow soon he will go but the first step has been taken...... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 01:33:48 EST Determined I never realized until today how much not reading blogs and keeping up with what is going on with folks has lead me down the wrong path. I know I have been constantly eating and not doing exercises as I should, nor anything else. I am starting now, but my official start will be in the am when I get up and weigh. <BR> Have been doing physical therapy for my left should and started today doing for my lower back. <BR> I go in for a battery of heart related tests on Friday. More or less a ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:02:37 EST Getting Physical Today is it folks, I am going to get physical. I see the physical therapist again today and I plan to have them do a little more physical things for me than run a little heat sensor or what ever it is called, over my shoulder. <BR> From the reactions of my spark friends it sounds as though my new breeds are going to be a big hit. The new ones and old ones have all been given feed and water. You notice that I did not say bread and water as they are truly not in jail, just penned up.Even at... Thu, 30 May 2013 09:46:06 EST New breeds I now have chabbits, chuckies, and of course chickens. I have not renamed the turkeys yet so I can get by with saying that they are meat birds, but I will. I have permission to dress out all the meat birds with no hassles from the other half, so I figured everything would now be meat birds and are named so. LOL Cleaned out the chicken house today and put a divider in the nest. It is supposed to be two nests but they only use one side of it so I made two compartments in the area. Rudy, ... Wed, 29 May 2013 16:18:42 EST 2 down and 19 more to go Jeff has said it is okay to dress out the meatbirds here. He is going to surprised at what all I consider mead birds. Did you know that rabbits can fly and cackle lke a chicken. I have some unusual ones because that is what they are going to do. There are also some ducks that are going to fly away and cackle the whole time they are doing it. There is more than one way to skin a cat and that is what I have found. Instead of plucking the chickens tonight, I skinned them. It went a lot fa... Tue, 28 May 2013 21:55:10 EST Hot an humid in our forecast for tomorrow The weather is so silly it goes from rainy and cool one day and hot and humid the next. Before long I will not be sticking my head out the door. I am still waiting to get my garden worked up and planted. Don't how successful I am going to be with it this summer. I just may not do any thing more towards a garden. If I don't How will i fill my time. Have to keep busy. Guess the grand kids and I will be doing lots of fishing. lol. <BR> Nothing too much going on around here. Will be doing... Tue, 28 May 2013 18:20:08 EST Need a break I needed a break today and dI have been sleeping most of the day. When I was up earlier I fed and watered all the critters. When I got back up I did the same. I took the new babies from their mother as she was urinating in the box and that would have probably killed them all by tomorrow. I took the little ones away from Lady Grey, warmed up the new borns with a hair dryer on low and put them in the box with cotton balls and etc and hopefully they will all survive. I have never tried this... Sun, 26 May 2013 19:06:35 EST Sunny Sunday The sun is shining and a breeze is blowing. It is an absolutely beautiful day.. <BR> Gabe came over Friday night and we went fishing yesterday. I taught him how to take his fish off the hook ad put them on a stringer Today he learned how to scale a fish and remove the innards. He was asking already yesterday when he was coming back over. I tild him not until school is out. The he was asking about how long he was going to get to say. that is negotiable, <BR> We are pricing electric ti... Sun, 19 May 2013 16:23:02 EST No more PT I cannot tell that the physical therapy has done any good at all. I am still having the issues I started out with to the same degree. I may cancel next week and just see the dr. on Friday. <BR> I am actually going to put on make up and do something more to my hair other than let it air dry. Tonight Nicole graduates from high school. I only have two grand daughters and she is the youngest of the two. <BR> Have been keeping busy, but then that is nothing new. As soon as the roof gets don... Fri, 17 May 2013 14:29:10 EST Quick check in: I have not started any new projects. I began making a list yesterday of things I would like to do yet. We are having a steel roof put on the house and I am in hopes that it will get done next week. After that I will check the finances and see about starting the storage shed. I have asked Michael to help me with that and he has agreed. <BR> I have almost all of my garden planted now. I have had to replant some things as the water we have had has rotted the seeds. I am not able to use th... Fri, 10 May 2013 10:30:34 EST A Misty Rain When I was out last the rain was very light and gentle. From the looks of the forecast we are supposed to see the sun for four days beginning tomorrow before rain moves back in. <BR> Yesterday Jeff and I got the top put on the box and stained it. Today I have put on the first coat of polyurethane. Later towards evening I will put on the second coat. Give it a day or two to get really dry then it will be moved to its permanent location. <BR> I am going to take 6 of the chicks to Michae... Sat, 4 May 2013 12:32:33 EST Another rainy day It seems as though the only time I get to blog any more is when it rains. Those are the times I am limited on my actions outside. <BR> The Lilacs are blooming and the smell is absolutely divine. I could never say that I have a favorite flower because I enjoy all of them equally. Even the dandelions look like a splash of sunlight in a sea of green. I enjoy them but will be digging some up later to feed to the critters. Our family has expanded. The doe, Valentine had a litter on the 26t... Fri, 3 May 2013 11:04:05 EST Rain, rain go away, come again another day It is still raining out just a bit but it is supposed to start clearing off. If it does and start to warm up the next few days we are going to try to do a little fishing. Jeff has said that maybe he would go with me. I cant say that I have done much because I haven't I may remove some plastic and put in some garden dirt and get a few seeds in. I am planting my vining plants along the trellises I have constructed. If my pole beans don't come up before long I will have to replant them. ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:02:46 EST Another day of rain It has messed around with sprinkles today until just a little while ago when it poured. I cant stay on here long as I have to get out and check the little ones I put in the pen two days ago. I don't know if they have enough sense to get in out of the rain. <BR> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:10:19 EST Call me Mother Goose, but I have no goslings I guess you would call me an urban farmer. Most of the critters I get are of the small size and they are all marked for either production or the freezer. My hubby objects when it comes time fo dress things out, but he sure eats what is grown. <BR> The workshop last evening was very interesting and I will be making some of the flower pots and have even been considering a bird bath that does not freeze and break. I try to keep water out for the birds during the cold weather. I water them ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:30:22 EST a doe is a doe I keep forgetting that at least two animals have female does. The ones I refer to are that furry ones that hop around!!!!! I have already waded out and made sure there were no new additions. Yes, we have had blessed rain and quite a bit of it. I am not sure how much officially but I left a cup measuring cup on top of the one rabbit cage last evening and it was full this morning. the ducks don't have to get in the pool to do any wading. they have the whole area around the pens and part o... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:09:20 EST It's raining it's pouring the old man is snoring and I am going to blog!!! Today is not a very conducive day for out door work. Have a lot to do here in the house but I am procrastinating. Went out earlier between rain showers and have a doe who is getting ready to kindle. There may be another one also but am not sure about her. I figure I should have babies within a couple of days. <BR> Planted rhubarb yesterday in between showers. I have also gotten one tomato plant out. I will plant all the rest of the tomatoes and etc from seed. I need to check and see ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:48:18 EST Just a few minutes.... Ihave just a few minutes before I have to get back outside. I am trying to get as much done as I possible can because Wed. I have a mri on my left shoulder to see if I am going to have to have surgery. I hurt it when I moved the chicken house. Can;t keep a good woman down but can put a limit on what she can do. <BR> Today I planted some rhubarb and one tomato plant. I planted rhubarb right after we moved here and it did good for a couple of years and then never showed up again. I think... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 18:12:20 EST Let's see.......... It seems as though it has been forever since I blogged. My life has been topsy turvey per usual. I wish I could blog that there was a big weight loss, but I have eaten like a horse and have maintained. Which I think is a miracle in itself. <BR> Chickens are running the yard today. I am getting five or six eggs a day. Five from my larger hen and one from the little banty I have left here. Took all the little ones that arrived on Feb 4th to Michaels. It will be a while before he gets egg... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:14:13 EST I am Here I am here once again. Don't know if this will make it every day now or not. Still have a lot of irons in the fire. I have not been doing well on watching what I eat or the exercise, but am going to try to get back in the groove. In fact, my cousin joined weight watchers and since she is starting in we are going to be each others support. She does not have a computer so that makes it hard on her for a lot of things. I have been encouraging her to get one and join Spark., but she has nev... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:53:01 EST Just a note I want to thank all of you for your continued support. It means so much to me and I know it will in the future as there are some rough times ahead. I just got back in from taking care of the rabbits and chickens. Will have to be going back out here in just a couple of minutes to get the rest of the rabbit cages uncovered. I also want to take a good gander at the litter of little ones.that I received on Valentines Day. I thought that was neat. <BR> God bless <BR> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:19:27 EST Quick note A quick note today to let you all know that I am thinking of you. It seems as though right now all I have time for is logging in. This past Monday I started doing salvage work on a duplex apartment that is going to be demolished. I have gotten windows doors, shelves and door trim and have only worked two days. Yesterday I was ill and have been in bed most of the day today. I am getting ready to tke another breathing treatment and then it will be back to bed. I want to be well enough to ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:05:41 EST Still wondering This willl be short as I still seem to have so much to do!! Since I last blogged I have constructed three rabbit hutches, finished the3 second chicken coop put up two chicken pens, redid the first one. Plus whatever else I have turned my hand at. Have been keeping busy. Tomorrow I am going to see my cousin and then on Friday goiing to a visitation and saturday a funeral. Keeping me going <BR> Jeff's last PET scan was not good so I have to plague him to keep him going on an uneven keel. ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:12:29 EST Got Lost It seems as though I got lost for a while!!! Don't know where I went but when fInd out I will let you know. <BR> Finished the new hen house and pen. Today I put the chickens in it and ordered 25 day old chicks to be coming in the first week in February. I am ordering them as a partner with my son. I will take care of them until they are big enough to go out and then all but a couple will go with him. They are all supposed to be layers. The company I get them from has proved to pretty ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:13:36 EST Snow coming down! Yes, it is snowing again. It is a gentle snow with little wind. We are under an advisory until tomorrow morning. I just fiinished cutting one board to cover the one end of the chicken house and am going to go out and get the second end done. Then will figure out how I want to do the front and back. I believe I am going to do them different than the ones on the first house. <BR> Let the chickens out yesterday and had three that are refusing to go back in the pen. I will have to see about... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:58:04 EST Final Try If i blow it this time I will not try to blog again today. I don't know what button I hit by mistake to lose everything and not get it posted, but I did. <BR> It is hard to realize that 4 days have gone by since I last posted. I don't know what I have been doing and have little to show for the 4 days. <BR> Friday Michael, Shanteal and the three boys were over for most of the day and it was GREAT. I believe it was one of the best visits we have had in a long time. The boys had me in stit... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:30:44 EST No Blizzard!! I kept waiting and waiting last night to see the snow come in and it finally did but not much of it. Thirty miles south of us, I heard they got a lot more. My sis in Charleston said the kids were scooping snow and making snow balls. I will give the Lord many thanks because all we got was a little dusting. In fact the ground was not even covered. <BR> Thanks for the words of encouragement from everyone. I will pray more and get guidance. I will see if what I think I am not doing is corre... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:22:03 EST Pensive day I have been thinking about how this year has gone from me weight wise. It is not encouraging. I weigh right about the same as I did one year ago today. I feel bloated and just plain fat. I know where I have slacked off and I have been thinking about what has all been going on lately that makes me want to eat like a pig. I believe it is nothing but stress. Not so much stress about finances and things like that, not even health issues for me. It all boils down to one six letter word and ... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 19:42:43 EST In honor of my mom Yesterday I got busy and used my new circular saw and drill! I made the framework for a new chicken house. This time I am making a slanted roof on it This made me do more thinking about how to do it. I am getting in practice for the storage shed I want to make this summer. Have been pricing shingles as my son said that he would do the roofing for us. He is going to have to come over and get measurements so I will know how many bundles to get. That means I wont have to get on the roof t... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 18:17:42 EST Harried Friday Seems as though lately I have been meeting myself coming and going and have very little accomplished to show for it. Jeff's brother was here until Wed. They surprised me on Monday and went to Walmat and came home with a birthday cake, candles, ice cream and a pumpkin pie. They lit all the candles and it was something. I thought that they might have to call the fire dept by the time they got all the candles lit. <BR> Jeff's brother got us a scroll saw for Christmas. I am absolutely thril... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:48:40 EST Another one bites the dust! I will not lament at its passing but I do want to say that I wish it pounds instead of weeks. <BR> I look forward and am excited about the surprises the Lord has in store for me in the days, weeks, and months ahead! <BR> God's blessings <BR> Barb Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:20:54 EST Escaping chicken One of my barred rock hens is not staying in the pen. I know she was in there last evening when I closed the gate, but she was back out in the yard this morning. I was going to go out this evening and see where she was roosting and catch her and make sure she was in for the night but didn't. Went over to Michael's and did not get home at a time that I felt like taking the flachlight out and checking everywhere. <BR> I told her this morning that she could just freeze and starve and it wou... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:51:09 EST Candy man GONE!!! Well, I blew it big time and now I am shaky and remorseful. I tripped my sugar out of orbit and it is going to take a few days to get it back under control. I have delivered the candy and what is left here at the house is in containers and marked for those get them. By doing that I will assure that I won't be snitching pieces. <BR> I sent the candy man on his way and what did not fit in the containers, I sent to Jeff. He is enjoying it. He did not think that with his dentures and less... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:45:50 EST Candy day Today I am starting the project of making the different kinds of candies for Jeff to take out to the cancer center for the workers. I will also put together a small tray to taketo the family party this next Sat. Will also be taking a small birthday cake as the one step grand son is celebrating his birthday/ I still have talk to his folks to make sure they are going so Iknow if I have to bake the cake or not. Will probably call them later this evening.; <BR> God bless <BR> Barb Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:37:04 EST