CLUMBOY's SparkPeople Blog CLUMBOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community wednesday--a VERY busy tuesday good afternoon. I am posting this before I head out to take dorijane to the underwater treadmill--the only place I had to go today. I did take ralphie running at the park--finished the 4th week of my 8K rotation. things are going well on that score--not running fast by a long shot, but getting a nice run in and pushing ralphie the last half in the stroller adds a nice intensity to the last part. I ordered a cooling mat for him today--today was really quite warm so I stayed on the bike tra... Wed, 25 May 2016 15:30:08 EST tuesday--long day ahead, but a fun one! good morning! this morning I am dropping ralphie off at the groomer and coming home to take a trip to our favorite nursery in kalamazoo with two girlfriends. should make it home late pm which will hopefully give me time to get turned around and head out to a cooking class tonight--the French lady from the debuyer company will be here and demonstrating her products. it is probably the only time she will ever be in this area. <BR> wed. is underwater treadmill--the only thing on the schedul... Tue, 24 May 2016 07:05:13 EST monday--catching up good morning! wow--you go away for awhile and everything changes!! took me awhile to figure it out, but I think I said good morning to everybody--if I missed you, I apologize--it wasn't intentional. <BR> won't type much--my hands are killing me--I spent all day yesterday lifting and moving blocks and potted plants. the job is now done, but I am wearing my wrist mitts and will be taking aleve for a day or two. its something that happens every year--since I am no longer selling perennials, h... Mon, 23 May 2016 07:53:04 EST monday--kiln adventures good morning! didn't check in on Friday because rob was using the computer all day. he worked from home since we were doing the test firing of the kiln. it all seemed to work fine--but my witness cones were overfired on the top shelp and underfired on the bottom. this is a picture of what they looked like--it's an amazing transformation--they were this sort of mealy looking green color when I put them in, but after 12 hours of heat in the kiln they turned to a milky white glass: <BR> <im... Mon, 16 May 2016 07:47:48 EST monday--kiln adventures good morning! didn't check in on Friday because rob was using the computer all day. he worked from home since we were doing the test firing of the kiln. it all seemed to work fine--but my witness cones were overfired on the top shelp and underfired on the bottom. this is a picture of what they looked like--it's an amazing transformation--they were this sort of mealy looking green color when I put them in, but after 12 hours of heat in the kiln they turned to a milky white glass: <BR> <im... Mon, 16 May 2016 07:47:46 EST thursday good morning! it's a beautiful sunny morning here--don't know how long it will last but its lovely right now. here is a pic of the urn fountain in the front yard. we have several water features but this one is my favorite. and it illustrates how important light is in a landscape design. I can't claim enough brains to have thought this up in advance. but I can enjoy my dumb luck. our yard faces due south and every morning, all year long, the morning light shafts across this big flower be... Thu, 12 May 2016 08:01:37 EST wednesday good morning! well--even though yesterday was rainy and gloomy, I felt a lot better and got a lot done. kettlebells--1/2 of which with 10 pound bell. have to be careful and go slowly to protect shoulders, back and wrists. then ralphie was just a basket case so I put my rain gear on and took him to the park. he had a wonderful time and got soaked and we managed a good 25 minute jaunt. <BR> btw--here is a pic of him sporting his spiffy new medal that he got from the AKC for passing his S... Wed, 11 May 2016 07:53:17 EST tuesday good morning! its rainy, cold and gloomy here AGAIN. tomorrow promises to be better. I hope so because I don't want to get behind in my weeding! <BR> yesterday was the same kind of weather--so I did the stationary bike and then kind of laid around for awhile. I don't know if it was just fatigue from our weekend of work or what, but I felt a little under the weather. so just took it easy and watched most of "the life of pi" on the movie channel, worked on my grocery list. when I felt a l... Tue, 10 May 2016 07:56:14 EST monday--weekend workLOAD good morning! we had very good weather this weekend. supposed to rain on Saturday--which it did--for like 5 seconds. which was great because we were able to work uninterrupted. had our breakfast at our little mom and pop place, and saw all the regulars. we made it in fairly early and then ran to bluebird house so I could photograph it in the morning light for the cover of the brochure I am making for Debbie: <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 May 2016 08:42:24 EST friday hello--blogging late today. work up this morning sporting what I suspect is a tick bite. yay. <BR> the price I pay in the spring for all my hard outside work. not too concerned--probably a dog tick, judging by the other couple I have found on me, and I took a shower in the early evening and it wasn't on me then, so if it did bite me it wasn't attached long enough to be a worry. but I will keep an eye on the spot and watch for any changes. <BR> dropped Phyllis's signs off yesterday and s... Fri, 6 May 2016 16:37:37 EST thursday good morning! yesterday was rain and ugh all day long. ALL. DAY. LONG. oh my heavens--it didn't feel like early may around here. cold and dark and dank. but I managed to do kettlebells--used my 10 pound bell for part of it--thanks to adakara for the advice. the main issue I have with that bell is the fact that it is so large--I have to be very careful with my wrists not getting torqued like mad on certain movements. but I slow the movements down and control the momentum with a lot of c... Thu, 5 May 2016 08:25:15 EST wednesday good morning! its raining and ralphie is zooming all over the house with my running shoe. growling like a tazmanian devil. now he is "picking" at shambles, trying to engage her in a bout of wrestling. <BR> got a LOT of yard work done yesterday. had a break after about 2 hours because mary ann stopped by on her way home from voting. we had tea and chatted for about an hour. then it was time to take dorijane for her chiro visit. she actually had a very good report--he detected very lit... Wed, 4 May 2016 06:49:29 EST tuesday--voting day good morning--its voting day in Indiana--and for a change in the primary process, we actually matter here. so rob and I had breakfast and hit the polling place. they said it's been fairly busy--we hit at kind of a lull, but they were expecting to get busy around 9 am when the seniors start rolling in. <BR> grocery store yesterday--and for some reason it was a complete madhouse. I was exhausted when I got home. trimmed a couple bowls and did a few odds and ends. finally supposed to be s... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:10:01 EST monday--edging ever closer to kiln! good morning! the kiln is OUT OF THE BOX and on its stand, leveled and ready to go. rob ran the lines so the outlet is in place--just needs to be hooked into the box. and last night we went out and installed the venting system. the giant, ridiculous table has been cut up and I now have a normal size, nice sturdy work table. <BR> in the rain I found the roof still leaking in spots, so I climbed on a ladder and marked all the places where water was coming in--then we can measure and extra... Mon, 2 May 2016 09:36:58 EST friday good morning! yesterday was a pretty good day--started off by trying something new with kettlebells. I have a dvd of a 10 minute fast fat burn that uses them--normally I do the weekly ones that last 26 minutes. so I decided to try doing 2 of the 10 minutes ones--along with warmup and cooldown the time would be the same. quickly learned that the 10 minute ones are at a higher intensity level than the regular ones! but I made it through and it felt really good. then on to the park with ra... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:52:04 EST thursday good morning! raining outside--yay--the weather people finally got it right. so my preen is watering into the garden beds. but it's gloomy again today--and will be chilly. <BR> first off--here is the kitchen store pic of the day--these are my canisters. I didn't need canisters, but when I saw these I fell in love with them. one of these days I am going to re-do my kitchen in a soft green, black and white with red accents. when that day comes--my canisters will actually harmonize with ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:45:39 EST wednesday good morning! yesterday was all over the map. cloudy and not pleasant to be outside, but I got my run in--moving on now to week 3 of the 8K interval training. I ran at the childrens park because it was convenient since I just stopped on the way home from dropping ralphie off at the groomer. don't like that track because it is steeply slanted and hard on my knees and ankles--but I use the two large parking lots and sometimes run through the housing development across the street--so it work... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:34:49 EST tuesday good afternoon--entering here late--I had to take ralphie to the groomer early this morning. then a quick trip to Wal-Mart, running at the kid's park, home to put a handle on a mug, and then breann called to say he was done. here he is--all handsome and fluffy: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> catching up this afternoon--have a great Tuesday! Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:27:53 EST monday good morning! weekend was super busy--main upshot is MY KILN IS IN THE NEW ROOM!!!! it's not hooked up, not even out of the box yet, but it's in the room!!!! Saturday we worked on patching the roof--rob got up on the ladder but couldn't make himself cross onto the roof--he isn't good with heights, so I went up with the caulk tube full of tar and scuttled around patching holes. the good news is--we thought our barn roof was full of random holes from pine cones falling on it--turns out it's... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:35:05 EST friday good morning! yesterday was rain--light in the morning, heavy in the afternoon. took ralphie to the pet store since we didn't walk at the park, and he met a group of children and said hi to them, bought a toy and hung out at the store for awhile. planned to get a jimmy johns and have a sandwich in the car with him but I got to jimmy johns and there was a line out the door and down to the end of the little strip mall they are in. WTH????? called rob and he looked online and found out they... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:06:16 EST thursday good morning! lets see--yesterday was my birthday--kind of a non event. rob had already given me numerous birthday gifts, and dorijane had to do underwater treadmill and the tech was running late, so I got home after 6 pm. we actually went out to our little mom and pop pizza place and I had a SALAD for the first time since last Friday. they make lovely dinner salads--nice fresh veggies and lots of them, a little cheese and a few croutons. I had been mad to eat salad but was trying to giv... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:59:12 EST wednesday good morning! yesterday was good--spent the day with rosie. first off to the doctor where her checkup went well. some of her labs were above normal limits, but the doctor was okay with everything, so she was relieved. then we had lunch at a little mom and pop place--still being careful so I had egg beaters and toast and it was very nice. rosie had eggs benedict. then we went to a home improvement store so I could get frontline for ralphie (their price is good anyway and they were having... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:51:17 EST tuesday--day out with rosie good morning--feeling much better this morning. yesterday I managed the dusting and vacuuming and even threw some clay. threw 4 pieces and got 5 results--some okay, some more instructive than okay, but it was all good. I used up some old recycled clay that I had left out too long and it was extremely stiff. add to that the fact that I am experimenting with the height of my wheel and my new stool (the upside down 5 gallon bucket was getting a bit uncomfortable) and I had a really tough tim... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:47:12 EST monday lots of catchup and some pics good morning! hope your weekend was a good one. mine started on Friday with a run--felt a little off. got home and felt really awful. seems I had picked up gastronenteritis somewhere. didn't get really sick but was down the rest of the GORGEOUS BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY THAT I HAD PLANNED TO GET A TON OF WORK DONE laying around with a low grade fever and bad muscle aches. rob made it home early and I laid around all night too. think the fever left about 11 pm, so I woke Saturday thinking I w... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:07:34 EST friday good morning! thanks to everybody that commented on my last blog--its really interesting to see what blogging does for each of us. dawn commented on my blogs having an altruistic quality about them--but in truth I think all of our blogging efforts are altruistic. because even though we are blogging to help ourselves, reaching out and sharing with others is part of the reason we blog in this public way. I have learned a great many things from reading blogs--I learned about chi running, got... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:06:16 EST thursday--jam recipe--and btw--why do you blog? good morning! I thought I would share this freezer jam recipe--it is ever so yummy and pretty. since its a freezer jam, I would think that the sugar is kind of flexible--it makes a pretty runny jam even with the pectin. personally I would use whey sugar because I can get it here--it tastes almost identical to sugar and is measure for measure equivalent. low glycemic index and 1/4 the calories. I am guessing you could use another sugar substitute--I am not a jelly expert, so I don't know ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:32:32 EST wednesday good morning! I posted ralphie's newest movie if you want to watch a crazed puppy playing in the early morning. <BR> unfortunately shambles has decided that the blueshoe tastes really yummy so we have to keep it up on the mantle and only allow it down to play under supervision. <BR> yesterday was okay--got everything done that I needed done, but felt a little under the weather all day. nothing specific, just kind of uck. took ralphie and shambles to the park for a nice walk, did kettlebel... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:15:21 EST ralphies latest movie classic good morning! here is ralphie in his new movie (a horror picture if you happen to be a sneaker). "blueshoe, blueshoe, ralphie's going to kill you" with a special appearance by dorijane. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:01:17 EST tuesday good morning! well the doggie play riot that was going on at my feet, and occasionally spinning me around in the office chair as ralphie and shambles played tag around me seems to have ended. shambles is sleeping on the futon and ralphie has wandered off somewhere. maybe I can get a blog completed before disaster strikes this morning. <BR> lets see--vacation was good. we made huge progress cleaning out the barn getting it ready for the kiln. we are going to remodel the whole structure; p... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:56:28 EST monday good morning! well I had a long blog about halfway done and ralphie was sitting on the desk and he jumped on the keyboard and now it's gone. <BR> my morning has been running along those lines for a couple hours now so I am going to go exercise BY. MYSELF. <BR> have a great day! Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:54:34 EST friday good morning! rob's vacation officially ends today. we have made a lot of progress on the barn in spite of the weather, which has been cold and nasty--not very motivating to work outdoors. haven't thrown pottery all week--I decided to let myself slack this week to see what it's like after not obsessing about it for awhile. <BR> went out to our trattoria last night--shrimp and veggie risotto for dinner--and plenty leftover for a lunch. <BR> have a lovely day! Fri, 8 Apr 2016 10:21:06 EST wednesday good morning! yesterday was okay--2 vet visits, a walk in the park, quick trip to home improvement store and that was pretty much the day. cold and sunny out. today it's not sunny, but much warmer. yes--its april. <BR> barn cleanup today, and underwater treadmill at the end of the day. <BR> have a great wed. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 08:47:57 EST tuesday good morning! more work on the barn--not as much because it was cold and horrid outside. but we made progress. 2 vet visits today and more barn work, but it's sunny so it will be more enjoyable. have a great day! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:14:15 EST monday good morning! rob is on vacation this week so my posts will be short. we are starting to clean out the barn to make an area for MY. KILN. I am so excited. it is going to be a huge amount of work, but much needed in any case, and very kewl that I will be able to use my kiln. <BR> and I got my fabulous birthday gift--a slab roller so I can easily make trays and handbuilt things, and hopefully rob can make buildings for his outdoor train. <BR> have a great Monday! Mon, 4 Apr 2016 09:29:25 EST friday--pottery purgatory good morning! to be more accurate I would call it pottery hell--but I wasn't sure if spark would like me using that word. <BR> pottery is like weight loss, and like a lot of other things. there are days you can conquer the world, and days when you want to crawl in a closet and forget the whole idea. <BR> yesterday was one of those days. and like a lot of things--I have no idea why it was that way--it just was. I have gotten to the point where I don't have a nervous breakdown trying to ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:05:24 EST thursday good morning! well yesterday was kind of a down day. I was tired and dorijane had underwater treadmill in the afternoon. took ralphie and shambles to the park for a walk--the burn crews were out working the prairies, so we had to be careful and sort of shorten our walk. after that ran to the vet clinic so ralphie could do a quick social visit (if you don't do this with your dog I highly recommend it--most vet clinics are more than happy to help you with this). then I went further into to... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:00:37 EST blue shoe ralphie and shambles playing blue shoe out in the yard. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:25:54 EST wednesday good morning! well yesterday I tried my strategy and it worked to some extent. wedged 3 pieces of clay, determined to make 3 different things. first up--I revisited the bowl. first try--failed. but the clay wasn't too wet so I decided to rewedge and have another go because I think I understand what is causing the problem--just not sure exactly how to fix it. when you pull a bowl, the initial pull of the clay both forms a curved bottom within the bowl, and begins moving the walls up. it... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:24:31 EST tuesday--the one trick pony good morning! yesterday was cold and ugly outside and ended up being kind of a whirlwind around here. had a 9 am appt. for dorijane, and after I did my morning chores, only had about 40 min. to exercise and I didn't want to go outside in the cold drizzle, so it was leslie to the rescue. got dorijane in the car and wrote a quick note to cindy and managed to get her by phone before I left. she was coming out to pick up a couple things then we were going to ride over to pottery class togethe... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:49:08 EST monday good morning! this was a busy and productive weekend. Saturday rob asked me if I would rather work outside or inside. since I have to ease my back into the yard work every year and I was feeling it already, I opted for inside. and did we ever WORK. but at the end of it all I have a wonderful completely new space for my pottery. first off we tore out 2 walls that opened up a section of the basement. moved, recategorized and relocated a ton of stuff down there. moved the dryer, moved sh... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 07:23:14 EST friday good morning! hope everyone's Thursday was a good one. I managed to get the kitchen cleaned up--that was the extent of my housecleaning unless putting the bowl cleaner in the toilet and forgetting to do the rest so it sat for an hour or so--flushed it and voila! it was clean. way to go, me! <BR> anyway--ran eggs up to Phyllis, did kettlebells and treadmill, laundry then decided to take some pottery time. I watched a youtube and decided to attempt (again) a fairly challenging form--a bott... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:26:57 EST thursday good morning! yesterday was a good day overall--did exercise bike and got a big chunk of a garden bed cleaned out (first pass--there will be others). drove to town to drop off a dozen eggs at the feed store. they had asked me wed. when rosie and I stopped there if I had a rooster--there was a teacher looking for some fertile eggs for a class incubator project. <BR> threw a couple tankards on the wheel really quick--unpacked my shipment of glazes (glazes are to pottery what fabric is to... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:32:06 EST wednesday--a fun day out good morning! Tuesday was a very nice day. kettlebells, walk at the park with ralphie and shambles and then off to collect rosie. she has been largely confined to her house and unable to drive the last several months with health issues--she told me this morning she said to her husband that she was going with me today if she had to CRAWL to do it. she is feeling much better and I think her life will go back to its very busy normal fairly soon. we hit two goodwill stores (the main reason f... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 07:44:27 EST tuesday--RUNNING again!!!! good morning! yesterday for the first time in several months I began a running program. I had started a couple weeks ago on what podrunner calls "begintervals"--25 minute workouts with 1 minute of very easy running and 4 min. of brisk walking. wanted to see how my body would react, and I know I have to start out and build very slowly. tolerated that okay, so yesterday I loaded week one of the 8K interval trainer onto my ipod touch, took ralphie and his stroller and headed out. my plan is... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 07:44:07 EST tuesday--RUNNING again!!!! good morning! yesterday for the first time in several months I began a running program. I had started a couple weeks ago on what podrunner calls "begintervals"--25 minute workouts with 1 minute of very easy running and 4 min. of brisk walking. wanted to see how my body would react, and I know I have to start out and build very slowly. tolerated that okay, so yesterday I loaded week one of the 8K interval trainer onto my ipod touch, took ralphie and his stroller and headed out. my plan is... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 07:44:03 EST monday good morning! hope the weekend was good for everybody. we finally checked off a big winter project and finished rob's office. we had completed one side of the room but had the second side still waiting. so we had a couple more cabinets and another table to build. here is the final shot: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> the little chest of drawers is an old bedside table that we swapped out the ball feet for wheels.i am... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:48:18 EST friday--the nature of faith and hope good morning! its going to be sunny here this morning, which means its off to the park for ralphie, shambles and I. classes yesterday were fine--my little bowl turned out very pretty--unfortunately there are quite a few pinholes in the glaze--quite possibly caused by the bisque firing being done at way too low of a temp. most people with kilns fire bisque at cone 04 which is 1971 degrees F. the purpose of bisque firing is to drive the water out of the clay and burn off any organic matter ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:39:45 EST thursday good morning! got all my visits done yesterday. chiro doc is concerned about dorijane's one hip--so when she has her physical later this month he would like me to have it x rayed to be sure there isn't something starting up there. she hasn't been acting sore so I am wondering if she just pulled or bruised something playing with ralphie. her physical isn't until the 28th so there is time for it to heal if that's all it is. <BR> final pottery class today--I think cindy has some things to gl... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:22:27 EST hijinks with ralphie and shambles this is what goes on at our house every morning while i am on the 'puter. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:35:16 EST wednesday good morning! today will be one big car ride starting this afternoon. dorijane has a chiro appointment followed by underwater treadmill--first at the north west and then the north east extremes of our county. I never was a soccer mom--but I can relate! <BR> a new pottery adventure yesterday--I threw a 4 pound ball of clay into a big pitcher. that's the most clay I have thrown at one time. it was challenging, but I ended up with an acceptable result. I fear the spout is a bit thin, but I... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 07:40:06 EST