CLUMBOY's SparkPeople Blog CLUMBOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community tuesday good norning--its very cold here, but bright and sunny. the diamonds are glinting on the snow outside. working on a painting and taking an easy day. hope yours is great! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:24:05 EST monday--trying to reset. again. good morning! well, the new year started off with a bang. we spent new years eve night in the ER with my dad. he was okay, but we were there from 8 pm until 6 am. 36 hours later rob and I both came down with a terrible cold. we are still throwing it off. dad caught the same cold and has been doing all kinds of odd things in the nursing home. we had a meeting with the staff on Thursday and discussed it all. so far things seem to be on an upward trajectory, but his disease is changing a... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:44:18 EST the pumkpin chili recipe hi everybody! hope its a great Tuesday for all. a couple people asked me to post this recipe. its from a book titled "racing weight cookbook" by matt fitzgerald and georgie fear. there are 3 books in a set about reaching an ideal weight for endurance sports. its very interesting and a lot of information to get my head around. I saw this recipe and decided to try it as my first foray into this set of ideas. <BR> TWO BEAN PUMPKIN CHILI <BR> 1# lean ground beef or turkey (optional) <BR> 1 g... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:52:47 EST monday--goodBYE 2014! don't let the door hit you on the way out!!!! good morning everyone! well Christmas has come and gone--the decorations are all put away and the house is back to normal. for the most part it was calm and peaceful--dorijane reacted to the excitement of the Christmas party with a whopper of a UTI, so it was a quick trip to the vet on Saturday for a lab check and antibiotics. she is feeling much better--this is a very typical thing that she does--but it always takes me by surprise. <BR> this has been a heck of a year--not only for us, ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 07:15:58 EST monday good morning! well, the house is somewhat back to normal--the mantle and Christmas trees are still up, but most of the rest of the decorations are put away. lots to do the next couple of days--I am looking forward to having some time without all the frantic racing around. one thing madness does is make you appreciate the times when its not going on! <BR> have a lovely Monday and a grand Christmas, everybody! Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:16:02 EST shambles and dorijane send holiday greetings! merry Christmas from Shambles and Dorijane (starring Shambles mostly) Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:33:51 EST thursday--the whirlwind hi everyone. well the party is over and it went very well. had a couple last minute cancellations due to health issues that I was really disappointed in. cindy and Dwayne and rosie and perry couldn't make it. but everyone else came and we had such a fun time. I got my mantle done and was very happy with it--the two tall buildings on the end are out on poles in the garden during summer. and the rest came about in my head while I was prowling around the sale bins at michaels. I love how ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:14:10 EST wednesday--party prep! good morning! well yesterday involved more phone calls to the bank and more financial mysteries. I ended the day by meeting my older brother and handing off all the papers etc. that I have from my parent's file cabinet in case he needs something. since he is doing all this Medicaid stuff and I am a financial Neanderthal, I figured he has a better shot at knowing what they mean than I do. I had organized everything and labeled it, and found a couple more things we have been hunting for, so... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:37:11 EST tuesday--small rant good morning. I have to do something with this emotion, so I will put it here. its nothing major, just a small annoyance that I need to let go of. <BR> yesterday was a tough day. it didn't need to be, but my temperament just made it that way. we are in the throes of Medicaid filing for my dad. my brother is doing the actual filing, and I am helping behind the scenes with paperwork. it is helping me because up until now ALL the wrestling with paper and making phone calls etc. fell to m... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:05:02 EST wednesday--road trip! good morning! today I am taking a group of friends to a nearby town for a fun day out. its mostly for rosie--she has been so sick this summer and into the fall. nothing cheers her up more than shopping for foodstuffs so we are going to the big amish bulk food place and the cheese factory. the bulk food place is a good spot to pick up seasonings and nuts and things like that in large quantities for reasonable prices. the cheese factory is just fun--you can sample all the cheeses and watch... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 06:52:50 EST tuesday--end of a busy weekend! good morning! its the end of the weekend for me--rob has vacation days all the rest of the year so each weekend is now 4 or 5 days long. this last one was particularly eventful. <BR> thanksgiving was good--very calm and relaxing. Wednesday we had a thanksgiving dinner at the nursing home with dad--it was very nice. he wasn't real talkative, but we met a lot of the other residents' families. on Thursday, I made a chicken in the pressure cooker, which turned out very nice. we had dressing... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 07:27:59 EST tuesday good morning! it's COLD here--about 25 degrees with a strong wind, but I got my clothes on and went to the park and RAN. really felt good to break through the week of inertia. I had been doing indoor exercise every day, but if I don't go outside and run, it just doesn't feel right. I have to give credit to my friend, ben. he facebooked me a couple days ago wanting to get together--we haven't seen each other in awhile. ben is a dear young man in his early twenties. we met and bonded ove... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:54:27 EST monday--FINALLY got a real run in!!! good morning! well I finally got an outside run in--first one of the week on sunday. only did two miles but it was a major goal of the day achieved. I have been doing inside workouts all week because of the sudden cold (just not used to it yet and couldn't handle the idea of going outside). but I have been WANTING to run outside and sunday it was warmish and we managed to get to the park before the rain hit. it felt so good. my time was even decent considering. my knee was a bit upset ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:27:26 EST thursday--more adventures with patrick good morning. well yesterday was humming along okay--I made it to the little amish store to pick up cocoa powder and a few other things (had to make a detour to get around a messed up railway crossing --the gate was stuck). on the way home,stopped at Phyllis's and tell her I wanted one of the staub dutch ovens she is getting rid of for a ridiculously low price. then home to begin my work--when Patrick's mom calls. she was very worried about him. so I called him and he didn't sound too bad... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:58:18 EST wednesday--cooking class and other stories good morning! well yesterday was a pretty good day. got started in the morning and did 85 minutes with leslie (her new 5 mega miles is a nice change for my routine). then I started a batch of cottage cheese and when it was ready for its "rest time" ran up to the kitchen store with some nylon holiday flags I thought Phyllis might want. Richard came and and chose a couple more of the flags that Phyllis didn't want, so I found homes for the majority of them. then Phyllis asked if I would ba... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:10:34 EST tuesday good morning! well, its quite cold here, but the snow has missed us and gone north again. going to start on some projects today--just to point my head in the right direction. cooking class tonight--what to do with thanksgiving leftovers. fortunately one of the things is a veg. frittata, so there will be something I can eat! have a great day! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:11:42 EST DONE!!!! mosaic room is now habitable! good morning! well we had a nice, rewarding productive weekend. spent Saturday shopping and roaming around, ended up at home improvement land where we got the shelves for my mosaic room. we got them home and put them up and I began to think and move and haul. sunday was the big push, but first and most importantly, we met my brother and his wife and had a very pleasant visit with my dad. I think he was the best he has been in quite awhile. my brother brought of photos of him from fishin... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:19:43 EST friday good morning everyone! well-didn't make it to see dad--will reschedule for sunday. rob called me early in the morning in an uproar--seems that the quiet, fine weather we were having at home changed over about 15 minutes from our house to a full on blizzard. his normal commute is 30 min. and it took him over an hour to get to work. since that is the way I have to go to meet rob and then go to the nursing home, we decided to postpone until the weekend. it was typical lake effect--sun shini... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:01:36 EST thursday good morning. well, yesterday was my day to help other people deal with anxiety issues. at least I am a veteran, so I can listen quietly and be understanding. first Debbie called me about a concern about her three legged cat (he recently had a leg amputated due to osteosarcoma. he has been doing very well). so we chatted about her concern for awhile, and touched on mine--shambles woke us at 12:30 by barfing on the bed. the last time this happened was when she swallowed 6 rocks and had t... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:51:08 EST wednesday--how to fix a forerunner good morning! running today--going to be the last warm(ish) day for awhile so I want to get a run in. Monday I ran also, but my garmin forerunner had an issue. so I thought maybe I would tell a little about my forerunner in case anyone is considering buying something like it. <BR> here is a pic: <img src=""> <BR> as you can see, it sort of looks like batman's watch or something. mine is an older model--a 310 XT. rob gave it to me for... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:15:51 EST monday--some home improvement pics good morning! well we had a very busy weekend. got phase--2 or three (I forget exactly which phase we are at) done and it looks terrific. I didn't take any before pics, but suffice to say our basement looked like most peoples' basements. a big mess stacked high with who knows what. just enough room to get through in some spots, and some areas (like my mosaic section) were impassible. last weekend we made a wood subfloor in one section, and this weekend we laid the laminate floor. I mus... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:13:11 EST thursday good morning. well my Tuesday started out well and ended in a frenzy. the first two banks i called went smoothly. got everything i needed. the third (and closest to me) bank, which is my regular bank, and the institution where i have moved my mom's estate account to--was another story. i spent the rest of the day going back and forth to the branch and calling them on the phone. by day's end it was sorted out and taken care of, but i was a basket case. fortunately rob knew this (since i... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:50:31 EST tuesday--voting day good morning! we went and voted before rob went to work. rainy and damp. the walk between tables--the poll people kept sending us to the wrong table--helped me wake up, so I was coherent enough to read the ballot by the time I got one. since it was early, very few people were there, which was nice. I think we were the 8th and 9th vote cast according to the machine. <BR> lots of miscellaneous jobs to do today. make cranberry bread to take to the gals in the memory care unit where my dad ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 07:05:09 EST monday--life in the basement good morning! well- it's Monday after rob and I spent the weekend working in the basement. we got the subfloor put down, the creepy block wall painted with a fresh coat of paint, and as many of the acoustic tiles as we could manage on the ceiling. <BR> our basement will never be a beautiful area. the goal is to make it easier to keep neat and create a comfortable safe place to go in stormy weather. the subfloor went down surprisingly easily--there is just one spot where the OSB boards a... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 06:58:35 EST friday happy Halloween everyone! they are forecasting rain mixed with snow tonight--it will be like the Halloweens of my childhood I well remember going out with layers under my costume and coming home wet, chilled and smelling of damp woolens. a hot bath and into our jammies for a warm nights sleep! <BR> right now its chilly and rainy so it looks like I will try my new leslie tape instead of going to the park. after that its housecleaning. have a great day! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:47:41 EST thursday hi everyone--today is kind of a late entry. did my 3 miles yesterday and did a new aerobics dvd today. the instructors name is Sharon twombly and I liked the dvd very much. watched the whole thing first and then chose the 40 minute light weight routine for starters. this was from about 2010 or thereabouts. first thing I liked--the instructor and her two participants looked like regular people. they were all three nice and fit--I kind of think one of the ladies might have been pregnant, ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:39:05 EST wednesday hi everyone! well lets see--Monday I spent most of the day helping Debbie paint the house. I think she is almost done. we drove past last night after dark and she was still up on a ladder finishing the last section. <BR> still slogging away with all the other stuff--having lunch with rosie today and then going to the bank and making some phone calls. my mom had an annuity for which my dad is beneficiary, and getting the check for the cash payout has been a major pain--I don't know how m... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:18:59 EST monday good morning everybody--been gone awhile--life just got sort of complicated. working on getting back into a number of grooves. the biggest one is running. my motivation normally fades a little when the day length drops, and between that and all that's going on, its taken a big dip. I have still been managing to get out and do it, but not as many miles, and its just mentally harder. to that end I am shaking my routine up a little to see if I can bump my interest--and in the meantime just ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:50:51 EST monday--ORGANIZATION hi everyone--hope you all had a lovely weekend! we spent Saturday bombing around buying rob's birthday present. also stopped at the kitchen store and sampled something new and incredible--blood orange balsamic finishing sauce. oh my gosh, was it yummy! the kind of taste that makes you weak at the knees for a second. it does have some sugar in it but no high fructose corn syrup. that's one of the great things about buying from Phyllis--she has a lot of food issues herself (diabetic and lo... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:12:19 EST friday-- running shirts good morning everyone. no I am not chasing my shirts down the street (although as filthy as I usually get my clothes it wouldn't be surprising if they tried to run away from me). I was just thinking about Eileen's post about starting on a 5K program and my response to her about ordering the shirts. <BR> usually when you enter a race--be it a 5K or longer, or sometimes even a fun run (1 mile) you have the option to order a shirt. a few races won't offer them, but most do. the first 10 K I ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 07:18:37 EST thursday--wow--a NORMAL DAY!!!!!!!!! hi everybody. well yesterday was noteworthy in that it was a NORMAL day. I did NORMAL things and didn't get any frantic phone calls, didn't have to drive to the moon and back taking care of banking stuff. today is the phone call with the lawyer at 4:30, but that's all. tomorrow I will have to make a bank trip, but it should be fairly straightforward. <BR> so I ran my 3 miles on a nice cool morning, came home and baked rob's birthday cookies, which turned out very nice. I love to bake a... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:09:35 EST wednesday hi everyone--well its been a week since my last blog--and what a week. Friday was the memorial service for my mom. it went well--very hard but healing and helpful. the photo collages (mostly worked on at 3 am while listening to pharrell singing "happy" over and over) turned out nice, and I saw lots of people I haven't seen in ages. Saturday rob and I went to st. joe Michigan where we basically did nothing but lay on the beach, eat at an outdoor café (tilapia tacos--yum) while watching the ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:18:19 EST!!!!! with recipes! hi everyone--well--all the bank stuff went okay--the people were very nice and helpful. I will have to go back up there to close the accounts, but that process is underway now. <BR> got home in time to do a little relaxing. I had taken the two kitties to the vet for their annual exam and shots in the am--they were so good. we always practice riding in the car for about a week before we go--so the ride doesn't upset them. they ate their little snack while they were getting their shots (t... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:34:33 EST tuesday hi everybody. today is the first day of real legal stuff I have to do. the letters that empower me as my moms executor came, so today I am going to open their safe deposit box. rob is going with me. this is a hard week all around. have to sell their car--fortunately my dear friend who works at the bmv is helping us there. then the memorial service is Friday. going to be a long week. <BR> hope everybody has a good day! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:50:55 EST monday--weekend events hi everybody. well, the weekend was pretty good overall. Saturday we ate breakfast at our usual haunt, then headed out to the local high school where we ran a 5K race that benefits the senior class scholarship fund. very nice event--well marked course, friendly people. the kids sort of "run" a lot of the logisitics and it has become quite the local event, with a carnival and fireworks and the whole deal. it's called "falloween fest". my time actually was pretty good considering that I h... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:40:01 EST friday--made it through good morning everyone! well, my brother and I made it through the memorial service planning--it wasn't fun, but the two pastors we met with were very kind and helpful. we didn't have a lot of specific things we wanted, but they were very accommodating and I think it will all be fine. <BR> of course I went to the wrong building and made a wrong turn getting to the right building--which is about on par with my gift for navigation. <BR> did a number on my back (again) while I was putting awa... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:06:03 EST thursday--another calm day good morning everyone--well I have had two calm days in a row. yesterday was so pleasant--another day of clear skies and lovely sunshine. my back is steadily improving, so I did another 2 miles at the park. came home and decided the job I felt like doing was clean the refrigerator. Patrick facebooked me and apologized for not making it over, he had been very depressed and stayed in bed all day. so I told him not to do that again today--to come over and visit and feel some sunshine on his... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:50:40 EST wednesday--hope for a reprise of tuesday! hi! well after my manic Monday, Tuesday was a lovely respite. hoping for the same today. my back is better, so I got my run in--only did 2 miles and went slow, but it was the showing up that mattered. the sun came out after the foggy morning and we had beautiful blue sky, dry air and calm breezes. <BR> part of what I am going through right now is a deep sort of lethargy--but rather than force myself to paint or work on mosaic ( I know better than to do that in my current state of mind) ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:03:59 EST the crazy day that ended well hi everyone--second blog today--just need to let it out. today was one madhouse of a day. first my exercise session got rearranged because of the morning rain. did leslie instead--and only 3 miles because I knew I had to head out to the bank. fortunately I called before I left the house because the girl I thought I was going to see at one branch was at a different branch today. but it was on my way--so I stopped there--turns out she wasn't really the person I needed to talk to, but she w... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:45:21 EST monday--aching back hi everyone--well its Monday morning and my idea to go to the park is fading as I see lightning and hear thunder. so I will head down to the treadmill or fire up leslie--not sure which. have to be careful--Saturday I wrenched my back. now I do heavy lifting, twisting,running,kettlebells--all kinds of crap all the time. so what do I do? I pick up two boxes of EMTPY pint canning jars to carry upstairs--and I wrench the living daylights out of my back. I was so mad!!!!its still sore, but sl... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:55:54 EST friday--new taste sensation hi everyone. yesterday sherri and I had a fun day--we went to south haven, which is a pretty little tourist town on lake Michigan. weather was cloudy and breezy--lots of big waves breaking on the lake. we had a very nice lunch at a little bakery--the special was grilled cheese and tomato soup--just the thing for a raw early fall day. very nice soup--simple and tasty--not a lot of cream or extra added guck. then we wandered and shopped--there is a lovely pet store there--the decadent dog"... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:33:29 EST thursday good morning--taking sherri out for her birthday today. not sure where we are going.rain is finally passed and its cool and fall-like outside. hope everyone has a wonderful day! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:58:52 EST wednesday good morning! supposed to get a ton of rain today--raining already. looks like I won't be going to the park to run today--so its leslie or the treadmill. <BR> have a terrific day, everyone! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:16:16 EST tuesday good morning everyone! slowly getting back in the swing--ran 3 miles yesterday--which was my goal. made it to the grocery and restocked, ran some other errands too. wound out the day with a fierce headache, and woke up with it this morning--but I think its beginning to subside. happens to me this time of year--all the allergens and stuff. <BR> have a lovely day! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:03:09 EST monday--back from vacation good morning everyone. we are back from our week in upper Michigan. had a lovely, relaxing time. we stay at a crazy little place called "the birchwood inn" in harbor springs. if you travel with your dogs, I highly recommend it. its a quirky old place that was the Frito-Lay corporate retreat--and they haven't restored or modernized it, so its straight out of the fifties--pink bathroom tile and all. there are 4 sets of rooms arranged in a square with a sort of courtyard in the middle. al... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:03:39 EST friday--definitions hi everybody--been thinking about this lately. since my mom has passed away, and my dad is slowly fading away due to alzheimers--I have a strange set of feelings. the people who played a large part in how I defined myself growing up are gone--my dad isn't really gone, but his ability to "define" me is diminishing. not that this is really bad--but its a curious feeling. my brothers and I are not close, and we have basically lived apart for a long time--and so our definitions of each other ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:13:05 EST thursday good morning. well the peach salsa is in the jars--and I have a few peaches left so I think I am going to try a recipe for peach barbecue sauce to use them up. and I want to bake dog treats today too--I have a couple leftover bananas. <BR> Patrick came over and we visited while I worked on the salsa. it was a pleasant way to spend the day. <BR> and this morning on my run I did all three miles in less than 11 minutes each. that is a personal best overall time for me--so that was great. <... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:58:30 EST wednesday good morning. yesterday was eventful--Debbie came over and we waited to be patched into the conference call at the lawyer--it didn't work, so we got the condensed version from my brother after the fact. the overall picture is that everything will work out fine. <BR> then I went and saw my dad--he did ask about my mom, but I had my answer ready and he seemed to be fine with it. time will tell. but he was pretty chipper and the three of us (dad, judy and I) had a nice visit. home to make... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:03:35 EST tuesday hi everyone--going to be a scorcher here--hot and humid. the hard part is the fact that we haven't had this kind of weather much this year, so we aren't used to it. of course the van decided it was time for the air conditioning to crap out--and we are planning to take the dogs and go on vacation next week. fortunately rob had scheduled a visit to the mechanic wed. for some other things. <BR> going to see my dad today--judy is going with me. I am nervous about it, but I need to go and see... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:57:57 EST monday good morning--my apologies for not writing if you have posted on my blog--trying to get back to "normal" this week. I have read and appreciated everyone's comments very much--thank you for taking the time. <BR> we had a nice weekend--got some peaches and made a second batch of jam--today or tomorrow will be peach salsa. <BR> had a lovely day in new buffalo with Debbie--we had lunch at a lovely spot, shopped and walked on the beach. I found an antique hot chocolate set--this one with han... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:47:22 EST