CLUMBOY's SparkPeople Blog CLUMBOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community friday good morning! the non sugar experiment continues. crossed off day #6 (or 16 depending on how you look at it since this is the second 10 day round). had a major stressful thing on Wednesday, but I was able to stay the course--which is a real victory. <BR> Yesterday was shambles trip to the dermatology vet, so I spent the morning in the kitchen. made some low sugar apple preserves, loaded with nutmeg and studded with sliced lemon. I did taste it, and its ever so yummy--will be wonderful ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:35:02 EST wednesday good morning. yesterday was good. dentist appt. at 7 am. got home and made some very late daylily crosses since one of the very last daylilies to bloom had an open flower. the name of it is "Last Chance for Romance". its a very pretty simple pink flower. There were many things blooming so I made a number of crosses. <BR> called my GF ardene and went over for a visit and haircut. we haven't sat and just visited like that in a long time--talked for about 3 hours. she is my truest and ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:24:18 EST monday afternoon hi folks--got an early start this morning so my posting is late. first up=--ankle is much improved. still going to rest it this week, and I wore Tommie copper to the store, but all in all its just about well. <BR> finished out the 10 day sugar fast and decided to keep on going. I think I am about to break through something with my body--it hasn't been hard but I have been fighting really strong fatigue and that seems to be waning. I want to go on and see what happens. so I left my ten d... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:02:04 EST friday good morning! yesterday was good. the two ladies from the bed and breakfasts came and bought about 100.00 worth of plants. it was a fair amount of digging, but i think the ankle came through it okay. a little sore last night but i wore my tommie copper to bed and this morning all seems well. still babying it, and will for another week. since i won't be running i am shifting my workout to kettlebells 3 days a week with a little very mild treadmill, and a slightly longer treadmill on the ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:38:24 EST thursday--the sugar experiment continues good morning! well I crossed off day EIGHT this morning of my sugar adventure and its still going well. I don't think its a sugar fast in its pure form--because I am still eating some bread and had a little pasta--but I haven't had any sweets or anything with more than 2g of sugar per serving. Eileen told me about how sugar feeds candida in the gut--another benefit of a sugar fast I hadn't thought of! I do think my body is realigning itself. which makes me think I need to continue on wi... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:04:02 EST monday--HALFWAY point!! good morning. today I will cross off day FIVE of my 10 day sugarless adventure. really going just fine. don't miss it at all. and that surprises me a lot. eating more fruit--which is something I need to do anyway, and some more nuts along the way--almonds in particular. <BR> going to be a run-less week as I concentrate on getting this ankle better. glad I have an exercise bike. I figured out that I have injured it while digging plants--because Saturday I hoped I would be able to res... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:25:32 EST friday--down time good morning! hope everyone had a good Thursday. mine was fine--had a lovely visit from a couple ladies, and my new running shoes arrived. did my kettlebells and had a successful day TWO without sugar!!! also got my little pottery area somewhat set up--hopefully today I will go out there and mess with my clay. <BR> should go run today but I think I will go to the basement and do exercise bike instead. I may need to break my bike out and have rob go over it so I can ride. I think my a... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:47:51 EST thursday good morning! yesterday was good--made it through the whole day without sugar and the morning marked off day ONE of my 10 day counting chart with a big red X. <BR> started roguing out plants yesterday--got almost one row done (it was the easiest row--but hey--who cares????) <BR> went last night and got the last load of concrete--i stayed in the car and let rob and the little lowes boy load it. tonight will be the heavy lifting. <BR> some people coming by for plants today--time to do ket... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:47:51 EST dead lifting and other stories good morning! been away for several days. first off we have been pouring a small foundation so we can move an outbuilding, so we can move a bunch of stuff so we can begin the demolition on half of our pole barn to get ready for the crew that will come in and build our new garage. the build will happen in autumn, so we are getting to the nitty gritty of the task now--first thing is moving this outbuilding. <BR> we have never poured concrete before. since I got a cement mixer to mix my pot... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:29:06 EST thursday--a view from the land of hope good morning--this is what I did yesterday: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> have 5 more flats left to go. I was hoping one row would take care of all of them, but I will have to open a second row--which means tilling with the mantis, raking to level and then running furrows with the hoe. it's okay because then I can start moving plants into the rest of the row. this year I have at least 3 and hopefully 5 rows to "rogue o... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 09:35:28 EST wednesday--new shoes, new thoughts good morning! went out today for my first run since I fell. looked at the soles of my running shoes and began to wonder if they contributed to my fall, so I broke out my new ones--ain't they PURTY???? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> then I went online to the skechers site and ordered a new pair--I like to always have my next pair of shoes in reserve. <BR> you have no idea how big a deal these shoes are to me. I have bl... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 10:27:38 EST monday--ran away from home good morning! hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Friday the "wander walkerton" event went off fairly well. I don't think the attendance was very good--but I had about 25 people come out here--from what they told me there weren't a whole lot of people taking part in town. that's a shame--when people don't support the efforts of a group to put on a fun event, they will stop--it's too much trouble to go through for no good reason. most of the folks that came here weren't interested in what... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:07:01 EST boom. ouch. good morning! well, for the second time in the years I have been running it happened. I fell. right at the beginning of my run--and this time I wasn't on a hiking trail--I was on pavement. went down on my palms and knees before I splayed out completely flat. got up and examined my scrapes, which were much smaller than they felt like they were. didn't feel too bad, so I continued on and did an easy two miles. came home, cleaned the scrapes and iced my right knee and left palm. the palm... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:59:32 EST tuesday--the power of the mind and other things good morning! its going to be hot here today--have to get my run in early. I missed my Monday run because I had to go to the lab and have blood drawn so rob's insurance will be satisfied that I don't smoke. its something everybody has to do now--I won't write about how I feel about it, because its not complimentary. I don't smoke. never have smoked. never intend to smoke. have never been listed as a smoker on any medical history that has ever been taken of me. <BR> all right enough o... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:47:43 EST what day is it, anyway? hi! well--i guess its friday now--what a week!!! monday was the edible flowers class--had 10 people show out of the 16 that committed. it was really fun--a lot of work. mary made the food, i did the lesson and phyllis kept everything running fairly smoothly. everyone really enjoyed it and the food was very pretty and fun. the dessert really was the crowning achievement and how simple. we let everyone pick a daylily, showed them how to remove the stamens and pistil so they didn't consum... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 01:52:49 EST friday--lovely ladies group good morning! yesterday was a good day. i had a ladies group coming in the afternoon--i had spent part of thursday night getting ready but had a ton of stuff to do before they got here. before a garden group comes, i go around and deadhead all the daylilies except for the ones in the pasture. believe me--that is a LOT of deadheading. i think it amounted to about 7 five gallon buckets of blooms. after that i had to set out the table, do some touch up weeding--fill the little bottles tha... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:20:27 EST tuesday--the view from here good morning! just thought i would post this photo so you can see what i see every morning out our dining room window. our table sits right in front of this very large window so we look out on this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> we missed the big rainstorm last night--its muggy and still out now, but the light is pretty and the plants got a good drink in the rain from yesterday morning. <BR> making the second batch of... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:41:46 EST tuesday--the view from here good morning! just thought i would post this photo so you can see what i see every morning out our dining room window. our table sits right in front of this very large window so we look out on this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> we missed the big rainstorm last night--its muggy and still out now, but the light is pretty and the plants got a good drink in the rain from yesterday morning. <BR> making the second batch of... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:41:46 EST monday good morning! waiting for storms to arrive here--that's okay--I have errands to run today. the weekend was sunny and very nice. Saturday I had a lot of people stopping--all new customers, and pam stopped by with an invitation to join the local chamber of commerce. they are having an event the end of the month, and after some urging by Phyllis they included me (I have done this event before, but that was when Phyllis was in charge of it. I didn't even know until last week when she mentio... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:30:35 EST thursday--adventures in jelly good morning! gee-its raining. wow. how novel. I shouldn't complain--and I am really not--right now I am mainly glad we live on high ground that is sandy. I wish there was a way to bottle up this water and send it along to the places that need it so desperately. <BR> yesterday started out rough--I felt so lousy. I finally decided it wouldn't be a good idea to go to the park for my run--so I stayed home and did the 80 minute leslie dvd instead. didn't give it my best effort, but I put... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 07:26:07 EST wednesday good morning. trying to get my engine idling this morning. basically had a sleepless night. not sure why--i think i was just "overstimulated". went to the grocery yesterday--ran a whole bunch of errands, came home and went to the kitchen store to touch base with phyllis about the upcoming edible flowers class. i had found a recipe for daylily jelly and got the ingredients for it--the flowers actually are steeping in the liquid right now--i will make the jelly when i get back from running... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 07:49:36 EST tuesday--excited! good morning! well I got notification this morning that my new toy is en route to me. after years and years and years of wanting to learn how--I ordered a small pottery wheel. haven't been able to turn up a class anywhere nearby that would be convenient, so I have taken matters into my own hands and decided to do what I always do with everything--teach myself. still hunting for a class--but I have been messing with pinch pottery--which is a lot of fun, but I would really like to learn to ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 07:45:51 EST monday--back from hi! well rob was on vacation again last week and it was a serious WORKING vacation! the weather was damp for the start--continued clouds, rain and general ick. but we worked anyway--moving plants, hauling mulch, i don't know exactly what all. the big accomplishment came at the end of the week. we got our new electric line run to the barn. this was a huge deal--rob is comfortable working with electricity, but this was a job bigger than most that he has tackled. the undergound line that ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:08:07 EST friday--if nothing else, my house is CLEAN (and flower pics) good afternoon! its Friday and gee--it has been raining, is muggy and cloudy. what a novelty (NOT). <BR> spent the rainy yesterday cleaning my house from stem to stern--since my brothers are coming for a picnic this weekend--and maybe a few other assorted people--I wanted to clean house. and with the weather being the way it was, I had plenty of time indoors to do it. this time of year I try to make the most of days like that, because when its nice outside I don't have the time or incli... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:25:10 EST thursday-after goofy wednesday good morning. sometime the days don't turn out like you plan. I got my run in--a good solid 3 miles--and I did one sprint in each mile. that is my current deal--starting to add in sprints to help bump my speed up a little. Friday my plan is to run a good 4 miles--maybe with a sprint or maybe not--but on three mile days I want to get 3 sprints in. <BR> okay--home, shower, get outside--its lovely, sunny and cool. began my morning puttering when cindy arrived to help weed. stopped to vis... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:22:44 EST wednesday good morning! today is the second in a row of cool, sunny days. HALLELUJAH! what a relief! yesterday was lovely so I spent the whole day basically in motion. didn't do my morning exercises, started the day off making dog treats. when they came out and the oven was hot I made banana bread. outside checking plants, watering, puttering. put some letters on a sign I need to paint. back outside to weed, inside, outside all day long. late in the day I came inside to actually stop moving a... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:08:39 EST monday--felt like tina turner---ummmm but looked like something else good morning! here are some butterflies to make you smile this morning: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> we have a large group of these Aphrodite frittilaries in our yard right now. <BR> okay--so the weekend was good--Saturday I watched a firewire demonstration at the kitchen store--those things are kewl! had to leave before it was done because rob was here by himself and I was open for business--so I sent him back for th... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:21:18 EST friday--lots going on good morning! yesterday was a much better day--the weather was still UGH, but slightly less so. did 40 minutes on the treadmill and then ran up to the kitchen store to pick up her paint. I want to incorporate the wall color into the boards I am painting for her, to help the whole thing harmonize. its so funny--last year Phyllis decided to paint her building. its a very plain, low, flat building with a kind of odd, gambrel type roof--not a pretty building at ALL. it was painted this horr... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:35:44 EST thursday sweet potato hash good morning--first off--here is chef brad's recipe for the sweet potato hash: <BR> heat some olive oil in a pan over med to med-hi heat <BR> add a peeled, cubed sweet potato and turn the heat down just a hair. <BR> as that is cooking, chop up a medium size onion and a red pepper. throw them in the pan <BR> let that all cook for awhile until the sweet potato starts to soften. <BR> now add a tablespoon of chopped cilantro. season to taste with salt and pepper. throw in one whole scallion th... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:39:24 EST wednesday hi! Karen asked for the muffin recipe--its from ambitious was just going to post the link but something isnot working right and I can't get the website to come up--so I will just transcribe it here. <BR> Skinny Zucchini Banana Chocolat Chip Muffins <BR> 1-1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour <BR> 1-1/4 tsp baking powder <BR> 1/2 tsp baking soda <BR> 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon <BR> 2 small to med. mashed bananas <BR> 1tsp. melted coconut oil <BR> 1/4 c. honey <BR> 1 tsp. vanilla <BR> 2 egg... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:03:23 EST honey update--learned a LOT good morning! today is going to be cooler and DRY here. huge improvement. rain and ick returns in a day or two, but today will be beautiful. I am going to Michigan with my friend Debbie--taking her to a fave nursery of mine and an orchard for lunch to repay her for some legal help she gave me. should be a very nice day. <BR> here is what happened with the honey. I went to the kitchen store and told Phyllis what happened. she immediately told me where the beekeeper lived and urged me ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:11:15 EST 5K--lessons on honey and other things good morning! well--we did the 5K on Saturday--what a REALLY NICE race. I am very happy that such a well run event is right in my back yard. this run is in conjunction with the town festival, but it is run by, and is a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. we got a really great goodie bag--with a baseball cap, sun block, chapstick, a little towel and some other really nice, thoughtful things in it. <BR> Saturday was the only day this week with weather that even remotely resembled san... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:34:52 EST friday--not sure what happened to thursday good morning--getting ready to go run--if the weather holds off. just planning on 3 miles since I am doing a 5K tomorrow. <BR> I think I was tired yesterday from all the hot sweaty work on Wednesday. I could NOT get my engine started. got up--didn't exercise. moved some plants around and came inside and made a batch of dog treats. fell asleep while they were baking. the timer woke me and I took them out of the oven and moved them back out of shambles surfing range. laid back down on ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:52:47 EST baby chicks and thunderstorms good morning! well, the baby chicks are here--I was very pleased that the main post office phoned about 4 pm to say they had them in the downtown office. they gave me the option of picking them up right away or waiting until this morning when they would be sent to the walkerton office. I called rob and he ran over right away and arrived home with a little box full of cheeping fluffballs. they all seem to have made the journey very well, and after being unpacked and shown their food and wa... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:57:33 EST wednesday--so a daylily tastes like...... <img src="">good morning! well--yesterday was just sort of--I don't know--disjointed. right now I take one weekday--tues. or thurs. and don't do my morning exercises. I just start working around here--sometimes I work out later in the evening, but yesterday I didn't. first order of business--finish the pfaltzgraff cup tower. took a little while to cut the copper pipe and string everything on the threaded bar, ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:26:36 EST tuesday--errands all done! good morning! I got my errands all done yesterday and had a very nice day. after dopping paperwork off at the accountant, and hitting a couple other places in that town, I came home, ran to the cemetery to visit my folks since it was my dad's birthday. then I stopped at the kitchen store to talk to Phyllis about the edible flower event. we settled on a fee and started thrashing around the details. in the process, she took me to lunch and we had a lovely time. on home and I was still get... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 07:17:28 EST monday--errand day and other things good morning! hope your weekend was a good one. we had a lovely Saturday--no customers stopped, but we got a lot of work done. veg. garden is in (finally). I raise my own tomatoes and peppers and they were getting HUGE. but everybody is in the ground now and we tried a couple new things so we'll see how it goes. the garden looked lovely, but nobody stopped. a lot of years I don't do much business on the weekends, and my business is always slow until the daylilies begin to flower. I st... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 08:06:15 EST thursday good morning! <BR> well, the pinch pot (a little bowl actually) is still drying on the counter. not bad for a first attempt. I will need a LOT of practice. but its enjoyable and I like learning the clay--seeing how it acts when I pinch or pull or push it. will be climbing the learning curve for awhile now. I currently have 5 small birdhouses primed in the basement waiting for mosaic to go on them so I need to keep my energy directed there. I have some cracked Jewel tea saucers and desse... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 06:52:09 EST wednesday--OPENING DAY!!! hi! its evening here and I am finally sitting down to the computer. had a very busy day--went to run but stopped off at the vet first to leave a message for one of the doctors. then on to the park--where there was some kind of run going on. there were LOTS of runners and it was great to see them all out on national run day. looks like they ran the bike trail 3 times and that is a good long run! <BR> got my own run done--first rotation of the final week of the 8K program. I ran at the sl... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 21:43:18 EST tuesday--pretty music and other stuff good morning--here is a link to a lovely song. the composer is one of America's best known and most loved. we now sort of associate him with elevator music and don't consider him much, but his gift for melody and emotion is quite wonderful. his name was Leroy Anderson, and he wrote such iconic songs as "Sleigh Ride", "The Syconpated Clock", "The Typewriter Song" and many others that are familiar when you hear them. This is one I had never heard of called "Forgotten Dreams". A you tube pe... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 06:57:53 EST monday--back from vacay good morning! rob was on vacation and we had a working vacay. and brother, did we work! we were outside by about 7 each morning--working throughout the day. I managed to do leslie a couple times but most of the time I was just moving, lifting, digging, crawling around weeding--you name it. we moved block and stone, rob dug stumps, cut plants back, we planted some new plants, I potted up the rest of my stock (one more shipment to come) cleaned and re-booted the little house. we built a l... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 08:40:35 EST sweetest little dogs hi--just a quick post here with a picture that sherri took. we had so much fun Thursday--first the dog show and then a trip to our favorite nursery. we all fell in love with these sweet little dogs--they are snugglers to the MAX. this pic is of "corky" who we all took turns holding and kissing. what he is doing here is what he did the whole time--just laid quietly in our arms and drank in all the affection. in the two hours we were in the room with about 60 of these little dogs--NOT A S... Sat, 23 May 2015 06:12:13 EST thursday--ROAD TRIP good morning. yesterday was one of those days--I was running around like a maniac but I have no idea what I got done during the process. got a letter finalized, okayed by my lawyer and sent to the state. cindy came by and started weeding (BLESS HER) finished washing all the chachkis and started cleaning the little house, took dorijane to the vet, watered all the plants. but the whole day was scattered and I never managed to really concentrate on anything. <BR> but today is a FUN DAY. t... Thu, 21 May 2015 06:59:22 EST Wednesday--big butt cake and other things hi everyone--Eileen asked me to share the big butt recipe. first off--you CAN make a healthy version of the cake by substituting any or all of the following: <BR> whey sugar for the cake ingred. sugar <BR> fat free sour cream <BR> 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites <BR> you could probably use carob chips if you want--I have never done this--but I have done all of the other things and they work just fine. I will write the recipe as it appears in the book--but you can certainly modify it to a poin... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:54:13 EST tuesday--after the heat wave good morning! well yesterday the high was near 90 and the humidity was stifling. today if we make it to 60 it will be a miracle. spring in Indiana. at least there are not frost's predicted although tonight the low will go down to 38. time to bring the pepper and tomato plants indoors for the night. <BR> yesterday I got my run in--the second rotation of interval number 9. this time I ran at my own pace, rather than the slower pace of the music and ended up at 4.7 miles for the overall ... Tue, 19 May 2015 07:47:36 EST monday good morning! well, despite damp, humid, hot and cloudy weather, we had a good weekend. on Saturday I told rob I really wanted to go to kalamazoo and visit my favorite nursery in all the world, river street flowerland. they have a wonderful selection of beautifully grown plants, but more important to me--whoever designs the display space for them has a wonderful eye. they always have whatever is up and coming in the ornamental gardening world first, so its a great place to see trends. bu... Mon, 18 May 2015 07:45:45 EST friday good morning! going to be cloudy and damp-ish here today--but warm. looks like the next 4 or 5 days will be like this. a light rain came through about 4 am, but its not raining now and doesn't look like any is en route--so I will download week 9 of the interval trainer and head out for a run. <BR> yesterday I got some things done, not as much as I hoped though. dorijane suddenly was acting painful again, so I gave her an anti inflammatory and confined her to the kitchen. laundry, and mi... Fri, 15 May 2015 07:35:48 EST tuesday--errand fatigue good morning! well yesterday was rainy--with the promise of more rain, followed by rain. managed to get my run in before it hit. by the time I got out of the shower at home, the sky had gone to neutral gray and any hope of outside work went with it. <BR> hopped in the car and headed out to the grocery store. first stop--lowes--to return the 100 ft coil of exterior wire and get the 250 ft coil instead. a 250 foot coil of wire is HEAVY. wrestled it into the car, and onward. I had decid... Tue, 12 May 2015 08:13:04 EST monday--positivity <img src="">good morning. if you can't tell what this is--(I am such a great photographer) its a tree frog peering out of a little mini birdhouse on my trellis. if you notice--he has matched his cheek patches to the color of the house. tree frogs have the ability to change color to blend in better to their surroundings. <BR> as I read the blogs of the folks who commented on my most recent post, I am struck by all the positive emotions ... Mon, 11 May 2015 07:26:48 EST friday--the eating disaster that was thursday good morning! I don't know what happened yesterday. some days eating carefully just doesn't happen. at least right now I am so active that it kind of balances out. <BR> started morning off fine--ate a decent breakfast. didn't exercise because I had a lot I wanted to get done. threw some clothes on and went outside. began moving plants from the potting table to the retail area, moved an old section of fence. set up some new shelves in the retail area and (again) reset and reorganized all... Fri, 8 May 2015 08:09:56 EST