CLUMBOY's SparkPeople Blog CLUMBOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 thursday? is that what day it is? its all sort of a blur. looks like it rained again last night. we went to cooking class the other night--lots of fun. a very small class so we got a lot of individual instruction from chef brad and Nicole. it was very informative--we learned some tips about tofu (I still don't care for it, but at least I know now how to cook it properly) and a wonderful very quick veggie burger recipe: <BR> I can rinsed beans (he used great northern, but you can use any kind of be... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:04:02 EST thanks everybody hi all--thanks for the kind words and condolences about my mom's passing. we are still in recovery mode here. <BR> we had a care conference for dad yesterday--he is doing fine, and the people are all very dedicated and caring, so at least we feel comfortable with that situation. now the job of executing my mom's will and setting up the trust fund starts. fortunately I have a ton of help to pull me through the process. <BR> going to rain today (we need it). its amazing what a short memor... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:20:21 EST rough stuff hi folks--sad news--my mom died early Monday morning. she crashed again at the rehab place and they sent her back to the hospital. from what the nurses told us at the hospital, she must have gone into heart block or something and her heart just stopped. they told us it appears that she was asleep when it happened--she was sleeping when they checked her, and the next time they went to do vitals she was gone. <BR> needless to say we are very stressed out and sad here. going to run today--... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:39:40 EST friday--hoping for a good day good morning everyone! well after a very hectic few days my dad is in the memory center and I am fairly certain mom is at the rehab place. the social worker from the hospital called to say they had scheduled a 5 pm transfer yesterday. rob has her clothes and stuff and will check later today to make sure she is there. he can drop off her stuff and check in on her. judy is keeping tabs on my dad--visiting him everyday to help him make the change. she is the one constant in his life right ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 06:54:18 EST quick update hi everyone--thanks for all your replys on my blog. things are not going well--mom had to go back to the hospital after one very traumatic day at my house. she is now on a ccu floor. doing better, but has a long way to go. she had some significant heart issues and will be compromised to some extent from now on--they aren't quite sure where she will end up--its going to take a little longer to figure out. for now she is starting to catch up on her sleep and stuff and hopefully will be dis... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 06:46:53 EST quick post hi everybody--just a quickie--my mom had her surgery Monday and crashed in the recovery room. she has spent a very tough couple days and I have basically been living at the hospital. doing much better today and supposed to come home sometime today--there is one dr. yet that has to see her. will write more later--hope everybody has a terrific day! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:54:14 EST lemon chicken and lemon pasta hi! adakara asked for these recipes: <BR> the lemon chicken is simple--chicken breast cut into tenders, good olive oil and lemon juice. salt and pepper. I just mix everything into a bag, let it all sit in the frig for awhile--(longer than I anticipated because customers came to get plants during that time) then grill the chicken pieces. rob and Phyllis both said the chicken was very good. (I don't eat meat so I have to rely on other people to tell me if its okay or not). you could add l... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:35:04 EST friday--the thursday that wasn't <img src="">good morning everybody! <BR> yesterday was just a very strange day. started off flying around to get ready for my garden tour. had to take shambles to the groomer--so I was out at 6:30 watering and starting to get things done. got home from the groomer at about 8:30 to a message on my machine--the whole group had crapped out. now this was 2 hours before their scheduled arrival. all the food was already made, and I had b... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:05:35 EST wednesday--cooler morning! yep--it rained last night--which we needed, and this morning is cool and comfy. getting ready today for the garden group that is supposed to show up tomorrow--not sure if I am going to get any kind of a heads up as to who is coming. so I will just make the lunch I planned, and if no one shows up I will have dinner taken care of! <BR> have a great day! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:12:00 EST tuesday--gonna be a HOT day! good morning everybody! today the temp is supposed to get up to around 90--planning to grout my birdhouses today, and work on my daylilies a little. its kettlebells day, so my workout is indoor. got my 3 miles done yesterday, and wed. its supposed to be cooler. trying to decide whether I want to do 3 or 4 miles tomorrow. my goal is to do 2 on sunday--then 2-3 mile days and a 4 mile day each week. I usually do the two 3 mile days on mon. and wed. but since wed. seems to be my best runnin... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:06:06 EST monday--great visit from a friend good morning everyone! the weekend was a full and busy one. Saturday a very dear friend I haven't seen in awhile stopped by for a visit. hayden is young--I think he just recently turned 20--and about a year ago he left this area to take a floral design job in Chicago. he basically closed his eyes and stepped off into the unknown all by himself since he doesn't have a very good support net in his family. <BR> seeing him Saturday made my heart so glad--he is so confident and happy--loves ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:56:02 EST friday--whew! good morning--didn't realize I haven't blogged since Tuesday. not even sure what happened to Wednesday. hopefully I logged my running miles--will have to check. did my fastest mile ever on wed. 10:38!!!! today the plan is to do 4 miles--but I am so bone tired we'll have to see. think I will shoot for3 and see where I go from there. <BR> yesterday I had the first of two garden groups here--it was a small group (6 people) from a nearby retirement place. what a lovely group they were! ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:25:18 EST tuesday good morning everybody! its a beautiful cool morning here--we missed the rain yesterday so I will have to water today. rob came home and mowed--so the garden is tidied up for the garden tour Thursday. its a group from a retirement home coming out to see the flowers. thinking I may call Patrick to see if he wants to come help with serving and hosting. if he can't rosie might be willing. <BR> had to buy some sugar free cookies--since I don't have any sugar substitute and I wouldn't be sure... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:52:00 EST monday good morning everyone. got my running clothes on--going to (hopefully) run mon, tues and wed to get caught up for this week. 2 miles today then 3 and 3. 4 on Friday. <BR> had some old customers stop by that I didn't see last year. a mom and her two boys--probably 10 and 6. the oldest is very interested in plants and flowers--he and I walk around and talk daylilies while little brother teddy talked to rob as he worked on the train. teddy is a train aficionado--had a nice layout of his o... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:59:32 EST cutest puppy EVER hi everyone--yesterday was a long and very fun day. the drive to springfield and back took about 10 hours total. we spent another couple hours at the breeder's house too. <BR> very glad we took the route a friend of sherri's recommended--it was a very easy drive except for the very VERY heavy rain we were in for about 45 minutes. slowed down to about 45 and drove with emergency flashers on for most of that time. <BR> and we got lost a couple times, and had a puppy poo event in the car, ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:10:09 EST friday good morning everybody! today is going to be cool and lovely. going to run my 3 miles and then its home for weeding, watering etc. I have a whole slew of rubeckia "cherry brandy" and "chim chiminee" that have been patiently waiting in the cold frame to be planted--hopefylly I can make some headway on that front. <BR> yesterday my work plans got somewhat derailed--there are days when everybody in the world decides to stop by for a visit, and yesterday was one of those days. I did have on... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:57:33 EST thursday good morning--hope everyone is having a great day. gardening on the agenda for today--got more weeding done, and even a little hybridizing. <BR> gearing up for the big road trip--Saturday I am going with my friend, sherri, to pick up her new puppy in Illinois. we will be gone all day. rob is going to have to mind the store, but I think its going to be rainy, so he shouldn't be too busy. <BR> hope its a wonderful Thursday! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:40:02 EST THE CAT CAME BACK hi everyone--well--I am relieved to say the cat came back! late this morning I was out looking over my flowers and there under a clump of daylilies was blabby--fine and fit. she came out and rubbed on my legs and I picked her up and gave her a good cuddle. then we went off to find little so they could say hi to each other. <BR> here is the best version of the old song if you want a giggle: <BR><BR>z4 <BR> rained yesterday off and on all day. its ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:08:57 EST whew--what a week! finally catching up hi everybody! sorry I didn't respond to anyone last week--I couldn't. rob was on vacation and looking forward to having some down time to relax and he was planning to start working on our greenhouse. mother nature had other ideas. Monday night a series of storms blew through and what appears to have been 11 tornadoes were a part of it. I am pretty sure one of them skated over us--we woke Tuesday morning to no power, 2 big branches down on the garden train, and the huge poplar tree down o... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:00:14 EST friday good morning--well the Japanese place was okay--it was nice to see Carl (rob's co worker whose birthday it was) and meet his girlfriend. a few others showed up, so we were 7 at the grill-side. this was a soho grill--its definitely part of a chain--looks like kind of the applebees version of Japanese food. our chef was kind of bored by the whole affair--he did a competent job but it was clear he would have rather been someplace else. what made it much more fun was watching the two large pa... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:09:16 EST thursday good morning--well its not raining--kind of misty and foggy but its supposed to break in awhile and be sunny the rest of the day. tonight we are going to some Japanese restaurant for rob's co-workers birthday. never had Japanese food before that I am aware of. should be interesting. <BR> ran 4 miles yesterday--the humidity made it really tough going. going to do a shorter run today--I can't run on Friday--so today is the day. our next 5K race is on sunday--so that will give me two days ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:59:12 EST poison ivy! hi! well its time for my somewhat biennial reunion with poison ivy, so i thought that while i am itching i would pass along what i have learned over the years about this very effective and terribly annoying plant. the botanic name poison ivy carries is a highly descriptive one--Toxicodendron radicans. it is a member of the mango family, and the cashew family, and some people can also have a reaction to these two items, since they both also have a version of the toxic oil--urushiol. <BR> ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:30:21 EST tuesday--rain rain rain good morning! well--we are not in the midst of a drought right now--thats for sure! woke up to rain. yesterday was rain. its nice not to have to water, and the plants are all getting good long drinks of water. <BR> yesterday i got dressed and headed to the park. intended to run, weed, run to a nearby store for a few essentials and get several outdoor chores done. halfway to the park it began to sprinkle--no problem--i can run in that. then i spotted a squall line right about in line ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:09:32 EST monday--productive weekend good morning everybody! well its a cloudy, muggy morning. have to go run and then get a section weeded before the rain shows up. <BR> the weekend was a hardworking, outside kind of weekend--my favorite kind. had a couple customers on Saturday--some lovely people that come from a nearby city to see me each year. they bought a few plants and we visited. rob worked on the outdoor train--the stream has been loosing water badly--so he lifted and relaid a large section of the stone, raising the... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:16:56 EST friday--so much for an easy run hi everyone. well--i went out yesterday in the fog intending to do a nice easy run. at .88 miles my forerunner ran out of juice and switched off. so i thought--well--if i go to this point i know that is 2 miles back to where i started so i'll do that (my intent was to do 3 miles). one thing led to another--and when i finally got in my car to drive my track and find out how far i actually went--i had run 5.3 miles. i think my pace was good too--i was at about 11:30 min mile before the for... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:11:05 EST thursday--wednesday disappeared! good morning--back in the swing after a lost day. started really with Tuesday--early trip to the vet. dorijane is having trouble with another disc in her back. couple of x rays, some nsaids and crate rest in the hope we can heal it and avoid another surgery. at least we know a wonderful surgeon now--so that takes that anxiety factor out of the equation--but its not fun to see my sweet girl confined in a crate and not her usual happy self. so sleepless Monday night, no exercise Tuesday mo... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:56:35 EST monday--a visit from a friend hi everybody--hope your weekend was great! ours was busy and productive--rob finally finished the incredible block terrace he has been building--this was needed because of the huge amount of fill that had to be brought in for our garage. it essentially ended up being built on a hill--so the terraces were needed to help stabilize the whole thing. rob has an uncanny gift for rock and block--he just talks to it somehow. no one has ever shown him how to do this--he has never read a book or an... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:49:59 EST friday--the entrepreneurial spirit <img src="">good morning! guess I didn't blog yesterday--was kind of a different day. felt kind of off in the morning so I didn't exercise per se--took the dogs to the park and then went in search of some plants. I have some charming little "planters" I got at this crazy store that has all kinds of weird stuff. its like six little buckets fused together in a circle. the buckets are nice sizes and the whole circle has a handle. they ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:27:49 EST wednesday hi everyone--yesterday was a long and busy day. got my morning kettlebells done and took the girls for a quick walk at the park--didn't stay long, the skeeters were awful. got home, cleaned up and then headed up to collect my mom for her appt. with the second surgeon. he was very nice, explained the procedure and told her she is a very good candidate for the laparoscopic procedure to insert a stent in her abdominal aorta. also said she does have some time to get things arranged for my dad... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:23:03 EST monday--busy weekend and mystery SOLVED! hi folks--hope everyone had a great weekend. we were busy here. Saturday I worked at the new kitchen store's annual event. Phyllis pulls out all the stops to put on a wonderful event for her customers. this year the theme was Scotland--and she had 4 bagpipers, a celtic society booth. a local scot's /irish restaurant did the food and there were samples and activities galore. rosie, nancy, Marianne and I were in charge of the food sample tent. was a bit on the disorganized side, but we ma... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 07:30:36 EST friday--big job DONE. hi everyone--well yesterday I spent the bulk of my day on one job--getting the baby chickens moved OUT OF THE HOUSE. we came up with a temporary way for them to share quarters with the older girls without anyone getting hurt so out they went. it was a big, nasty job and I am so glad to have my workroom cleaned up and free of dust. I am working on a big sign to hang on the little house right now--so I needed my workroom. <BR> didn't have any customers here yesterday--until the daylilies b... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 07:09:07 EST thursday good morning everyone--well I managed to get my run in yesterday before the rain hit. I am currently running 3 miles and working on my speed. the first mile and a half I run at 172 bpm--which on a good day works out to about a 10:40 minute mile for me. yesterday I wasn't moving as well, so it was more like 11:20--but that's still a lot faster than the 12 min. mile that was my original goal. I would like to get into 10 min. mile territory--at least for a 5K distance--so I won't be at the b... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 07:00:56 EST wednesday <img src="">hi everyone. this is Siberian iris, "Ships are Sailing"--I love siberian iris. they are difficult to sell because they really pout when you pot them up or try to move them. refuse to bloom for at least a year. so my inventory of unsellables just lives here and makes me happy instead! <BR> suuposed to start raining here--we need the moisture so that's a good thing. trying to decide if I want to take a chance running at th... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:08:33 EST open for business! good morning--well its after june 1 so I am officially open. rob had last week off and he really did a heroic amount of work to help me get ready. <BR> here is a shot of my beeyoutiful new retail area--still needs a little work--fenceposts need to be cut and capped--but it's absolutely exactly what I was hoping for : <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and a day and a half of backbreaking work got my little house cleaned up and ready for visitors: <... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 06:57:55 EST catching up hi everyone! been away this week--rob was on vacation so we have been working like mad around here. he has really been busting his rump to help me get ready for opening day--not everything will be done, but a lot of it is. took it easy this week--after you run a race you are supposed to rest or take easy exercise for the same number of days as miles in the race. today I am planning to go to an easy 3 miles--did two on wed. <BR> of course we cant seem to make it through a week without a ... Fri, 30 May 2014 07:28:16 EST