CLUMBOY's SparkPeople Blog CLUMBOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community monday good morning! well--the superbowl is over and so is the football season. we had a relatively uneventful weekend--took the pups to the park for some nice exercise, shopped around for rugs--unsuccessfully, worked on listing seed auctions, cleaned out the frig (ugh) and did some other minor chores. the nice thing is we hit the grocery store sunday so I have the whole day free today! snow is coming so we may be stuck here on tues and wed. I want to get the rest of my seed auctions listed. n... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:08:42 EST friday good morning! yesterday was good--pottery class was fun-2 new ladies. threw on their wheel and basically it didn't tell me anything. I think the reason is that their bats are so warped--I had a very difficult time centering the clay. also I was sitting at a different position--my wheel is propped on 2 plastic crates that interlock and make a very sturdy base, but they are quite low to the floor. I sit on a 5 gallon bucket with a pillow on it. I can work directly over the wheel head this... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:11:06 EST thursday--pottery success! good morning! yesterday was a much better day with the clay! I sat down in the morning and watched about 4 videos about centering--picked up on some things I hadn't see before. did chores, took ralphie and shambles to the park, and got around about noon to throw clay again. rewedged the wrecked clay from the day before, releveled my wheel, spent awhile getting everything around and ready and quieting my mind. sat down and put into practice some of the stuff I had learned in the morning. ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 07:24:20 EST wednesday--clay failures, puppy class good morning! yesterday was kind of an odd day. very very tired in the morning, went back to sleep after rob left for work and caught about a 30 min. nap (had been awake for several hours in the night). up and at 'em after that, made brown rice for wed. dinner, minestrone in the crockpot, fed the hens, strung the fish line, vacuumed and mopped all the floors. took eggs to Phyllis and visited with her for awhile, ran a couple other minor errands. then it was down to the basement to work o... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 07:31:17 EST monday good morning! thought I would post a photo of my first (somewhat) successful pitcher: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> it is still drying--the clay is now what is called "leather hard" it still has a fair amount of moisture in it and feels cool to the touch. it is now ready to be cleaned up and trimmed--which means removing excess clay from the bottom and just tidying up messy spots. I am not very skilled at that yet. I... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:53:52 EST friday--throwing pots--3 up--3 in the slurry bucket good morning! this morning ralphie is sitting in the futon chewing on robs folding tape measure. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> he and dorijane had been playing and I think she went off for a nap, so he came in here to "help" me. he loves to get up on the futon, which is a lot easier to manage than walking around on the desk. <BR> shambles vet visit yesterday--talked to the vet about special diet--I really just couldn'... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:44:14 EST thursday good morning! I am sitting here at the 'puter and ralphie is in the office with me--miracle of miracles, he is eating his breakfast! <BR> ralphie is not a fussy eater, but he is a funny eater. doug assured me this is typical. he is all excited when the food bowl goes down. then he circles it and backs away from it, goes and sits some distance away and watches it. hey, bud, it's a bowl of food not a bear trap!!!! <BR> often to get him started I take a plastic spoon and give him some. som... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:49:14 EST wednesday--puppy class, pottery class good morning! yesterday was long and mentally a lot to do. cindy arrived around 11:30 and after visiting a little while we headed to the basement and started on her pottery adventure. i threw a cylinder while she watched me, and talked as i went. then it was her turn to try. <BR> i am a fairly good teacher--i enjoy passing on what i know, and can usually use words to convey the information. teaching this skill was very challenging. i sat across from her so i could show her my hands an... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:13:05 EST tuesday good morning! yesterday was a beautiful sunny morning. got my kettlebells done and took ralphie to the park for a walk for my "aerobic" work. even though he's a little guy he moves right along (most of the time) so we got a good 1/2 hour in--which is the farthest he has ever gone. I need to start teaching him to walk while I push his stroller--then when we reach his limit I can toss him in it and go on. tonight is puppy class--second session--it will be interesting to see how he reacts t... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:07:26 EST monday good morning! hope everybody that got snow stayed safe! we had a nice, productive weekend. we decided earlier this month that our first project would be to finish up rob's office. last year we built 2 bookshelves and a desk, and we have 2 more bookshelves and a secondary worksurface left to go. the first task was to finish the corner extension on the desk. the room has an odd bumped out wall and we wanted to extend the desk surface into the corner. since last year we had a kind of tempo... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:25:51 EST friday good morning! here is a photo of what's going on around here this morning: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ralphie spends some time in the morning with me in the office while I catch up on the computer. this morning he was really being a pill, so I gave him a crumpled piece of paper, rob's hammer and tape measure and two of my slippers to play with. you can see how the paper fared--the hammer and tape measure are skating ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:28:38 EST thursday good morning! well--I am not sure where yesterday went. did a more lengthy than usual session of exercise in the morning and puttered around the house, took ralphie into town to petsmart for some treats for shambles and a stop at menards for some lights that rob wanted. home and was sleepy so took a nap, then it was time to load dorijane up and head north to the underwater treadmill. she is now up to 13:30 and just humming right along. home in time to feed dogs and fix dinner, then I jus... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:18:11 EST wednesday--first night of puppy class good morning! last night was our first puppy class and it was a lot of fun. the class is at a place called "the truth about dogs" and its run by a gal I have known for years--Stephanie. I have done obedience and agility with her before, and she used to be a vet tech at a clinic we used in the past. she now owns this very successful operation and just moved into a huge new building. the classroom is a gigantic room--probably about 1/2 the size of my house. all open and roomy. we arrived ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:20:05 EST tuesday good morning! well its Tuesday and extremely cold here. wind chills well below zero. yesterday dorijane had her chiro visit and he was happy with her spine--she had two sensitive spots, one is her ever present T-11 spot, and another mild one lower down. in fabulous news--her weight was down from 59.4 to 57.8. that is a great trend--she needs to hit 55 territory for all of us to be happy. on Friday she did TWELVE minutes and 40 seconds on the treadmill and was just fine. tandy's ultimat... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:13:36 EST more tobagganing in the car good morning--yesterday I had another fun time sledding around in the car. this time it was to dorijane's water treadmill appt. once again I had to get out and drive in the ONLY PART of the day that was snowy. I made it there--normally takes me about 45 minutes, took me a little over an hour. not too bad. the drive home took me NINETY minutes. ugh. I was exhausted and very sore from driving with my shoulders hunched up around my ears the whole time. sent rob to subway, took a bath and... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:09:49 EST wednesday--disjointed tuesday good morning! yesterday was one of those days where I couldn't make my thoughts collect. I had a vet appt. for dorijane at 11:40 and it was snowing all morning. called rob because he works near the vet and he said things weren't too bad. my friend rosie called and we talked until it was time for us to leave. I headed out in plenty of time--into an awful band of lake effect snow. the wind was blowing really hard, which causes sections of the highway to drift, visibility was low, the plow... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:55:42 EST tuesday exciting development! good morning--snowing and kind of ugly out here--not too bad, though. so far my little notebook is going well--I am checking off the tasks each day and it is really helping me stay on track. part of my problem is my memory--I will forget that I did or did do something, so I will do it a second time and halfway through remember I already did it--like eating a sweet or drinking water. this way I can keep track as I go along. a very small investment of time that is helping me a lot! <BR> yes... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:44:05 EST friday--going to pot good morning! the last two days I have been down in the basement working at my wheel--learning the mysteries of clay. I am still working on cylinder forms--but I am trying to shape them by widening the bottoms so far I have one mug done, with the handle on it, and two others that I will put handles on. I have to watch the handle tutorial again--they can be a little tricky. each time I sit at the wheel, I gain a little more confidence. I am beginning to understand the process and develop ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 07:52:55 EST thursday--well--they're more like GUIDELINES really hi! I loved that line from Pirate's of the Caribbean--its so true of a lot of aspects of life. we think there are hard and fast rules--but they're more like guidelines. <BR> yesterday I talked about my "healthy guidelines" so I wanted to explain what that is today. <BR> as I have been thinking along, I recently realized that there is a very strong inner voice in me that is extremely negative and self defeating. I understand that I can't get that voice to change it's mind, so I need to ta... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 07:16:34 EST wednesday--my 16 for 16 good morning! since I copied Janet's idea of making a list of things I would like to accomplish in 2016, thought I would post the results here. <BR> 1) Adopt healthy living guidelines (these were something I developed for myself--more on this later) <BR> 2) Try straw bale gardening <BR> 3) Get CGC for ralphie <BR> 4) Take 2 classes (at least) at Moontree Studio <BR> 5) List some seeds on the lily auction <BR> 6) Do 3-5K's at least, walking or running, depending on the ankle <BR> 7) Go Bicycl... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 07:16:03 EST wednesday--janet's idea good morning! I read Janet's blog yesterday about her 15 goals for 2105 and decided I would copy her concept. don't have my list made yet, but it's such a great idea. <BR> I did have a sort of epiphany last night--it's kind of hard to put into words and I am not sure how I will articulate it to fit into my 16 goals, but it's this. <BR> lately my weight has climbed up. it's partly because I have had to stop running, partly because over the holidays rob's schedule completely changes, partly ... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:47:55 EST post Christmas good morning! I have been absent lately--checked in on some blogs and have been following andrea (adakara) on her AML page on FB. looks like everyone made it through the Christmas holiday, and I hope it was a peaceful and happy time for all of you. <BR> right now I am typing and ralphie is trying to pull my sock off as I sit here. he is growing up fast, and can now spend more time out with the girls. housebreaking is essentially completed--he still has an occasional accident, but its alwa... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:51:30 EST thursday good morning! yesterday was okay--woke with a headache and spent the better part of the morning getting rid of it. but I managed to get a few things accomplished and even put a decent dinner on the table. <BR> the worst part of the day was the phone call from a friend telling me her DH passed away very unexpectedly from complications of a heart valve surgery that was done in the summer. I spent some time making phone calls and dealing with that, and have been saying prayers for her ever ... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:06:51 EST pottery results--at the foot of the learning curve good morning! yesterday was--sort of a mixed bag for me. ralphie decided to spend the day after his very good puppy class being a total brat. puppies go through that sometimes--they learn really well and then suddenly everything gets scrambled up in their brain. he had THREE accidents in the house--two of which were my fault for not paying close enough attention--the third happened early in the morning before I was out of bed. <BR> but he had some good moments too--we went to the park for... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:06:38 EST tuesday--ralphie's new RIDE!!! good morning! this arrived in the mail the other day and we got it put together and took it out for a test drive. I am so excited to have this! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> a couple days ago we loaded him in it and went to the park and did a nice 20 min. walk. he is learning the art of riding in a stroller and doing very well. I am so excited to have this because I can take him on long walks with me, and even runs wh... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 07:40:43 EST thursday good morning! don't know why my wed. blog post showed up twice. oh well. <BR> yesterday was pretty good. I took ralphie to the basement and did stationary bike while he played on the wing chair beside me. watched the second half of a new pottery dvd I bought. found and incredible online resource--ceramic arts daily. they have a TON of instructional info and lots of free dvd's you can watch. have really learned a lot. I ordered 2 dvd's and a book because they were having a sale. lot... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 06:49:47 EST wednesday good morning! yesterday was our last pottery class. she is going to repeat the class in feb. and I want to get signed up today. everyone in the class wants to go on and I don't want to loose my slot. I was very pleased that all my first attempts made it through the bisque firing intact--things can explode in the kiln--if you leave an air pocket or make the bottom of a pot too thick. cindy's pinch pot came out all broken and kathleen's lovely thrown bowl (she was the only one of us who su... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 07:40:06 EST wednesday good morning! yesterday was our last pottery class. she is going to repeat the class in feb. and I want to get signed up today. everyone in the class wants to go on and I don't want to loose my slot. I was very pleased that all my first attempts made it through the bisque firing intact--things can explode in the kiln--if you leave an air pocket or make the bottom of a pot too thick. cindy's pinch pot came out all broken and kathleen's lovely thrown bowl (she was the only one of us who su... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 07:40:02 EST catching up good morning! finally catching up here. hope everyone had a good thanksgiving. lots has been happening around here. finally finished Sharon's card design--will start formatting and printing today. she has been very patient waiting for me to get done. <BR> let's see--last week on Monday, ralphie ran up to dorijane and she had had enough of puppy in her face and took him down and pinned him to the floor. didn't hurt him, and I know if she had wanted to hurt him she could have done it in t... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 07:40:31 EST friday--vet visit and new pics of RALPHIE! good morning--yesterday was ralphie's first visit to the vet. I think every single person in the office held him or smooched him, or both. jade, who works at the reception desk was particularly captivated by him. he was very good--didn't much like his bordatella immunization, but other than that he was a trooper. little tail was going a mile a minute and he loved being carried around and hugged and kissed. we even had to stop and say hi to all the clients who asked about him. he truly is... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:15:57 EST wednesday--the tuesday that wouldn't end good morning (yes it's Wednesday--1 am) yesterday was just one of those days. we were supposed to have the final work done on our hvac install. was told the guys would be out around 11. true to their word at 10:30 they arrived. I asked them to wait a second while l loaded the dogs in the car--the duct cleaning was to be done first and I wanted ralphie to be out of the house so the noise wouldn't scare him. 8 to 11 weeks for a puppy is a fear period. <BR> loaded them out and ran to the s... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 01:56:54 EST Pirate Ralphie--ARRRRRR! good morning--finally getting caught up after our first week with ralphie. here he is modeling his new harness--a cat harness is the only thing that would fit him, and I found this very fun one with jolly roger that glows in the dark on it: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> we are all finally catching up on our sleep--and getting into a routine. ralphie is making friends with dorijane and shambles--I just have to be careful... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:31:41 EST RALPHIE with pics! <img src=""> <BR> he's here! after a very long day we have our little fellow home with us! the drive was not bad--nice sunny day and the drive in was light traffic and fairly easy until the final stretch--about 20 miles of NON STOP construction just outside of Bloomington. I can only say I pity anyone who tries to go to IU for a football game. there isn't any way to avoid it and it's a MESS. <BR> joe and sherr... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:45:38 EST monday-- RALPHIE this week! good morning! well--our new furnace is installed--they did a great job. had a minor glitch when I made the decision to authorize the tech. to install a surge suppressor on the furnace, and for the guys to put one on the A/C when it's installed. rob had a fit at the cost (500.00) and freaked out at the salesman because he hadn't brought it up at the time of the estimate (he had a perfectly good explanation as to why not). the tech had a very good reason for asking if we wanted it--by looki... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 07:24:31 EST friday--time with friend, other stuff good morning! yesterday was one of those days--just a little too much going on. most of it has turned out well--still waiting on resolution from one issue. <BR> wednesday the furnace guy came out to check our unit for winter. big problem. heat exchanger was cracked. not good. our unit is 21 years old, which for a modern furnace is pretty elderly. A/C is the same age. and the induction motor (a small motor that powers a little vaccuum pump that comes on at the beginning of the heat cyc... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 07:24:31 EST wednesday good morning! pottery class yesterday--I learned how to finish "leather hard" clay, a little bit about carving it, finished my two pieces from the previous class and made the most gigantic coffee mug in the world. the latter was unintentional--was trying to copy a pinch made mug from a book--it looks absolutely NOTHING like what I intended, but that's okay. I learned from doing it. will make a nice big soup mug. <BR> have about 1/4 of the henhouse left to stain--I have to move the hens ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 07:12:51 EST tuesday--sitting workout review good morning! yesterday was up and down all over the place. first off did the new seated workout dvd and was pleasantly surprised. the name of it is "chair a cise" and the instructor is a fitness instructor at a health and lifestyle facility in Atlanta. the workout is 30 min. long and the movements are well explained and easy to copy. I got the DVD that has 4 workouts on it, and if you look to buy this one, that is what I would do. 2 of the workouts are 30 minutes, and then there is a ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 07:02:29 EST monday--regroup and rethink good morning! well--it's official--the hens are now in their new house. rob still has to make the nest boxes (they are added to the outside walls) and I have to stain it, but the yard is done and they are safely in their lovely new henhouse. it's 2.5 times larger than the old one and they have two doors that open into two separate nice big fenced yards. this way I can rotate them from one yard to the other and put a cover crop in the "resting" yard. chopper is starting to express his man... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 06:29:20 EST GARAGE is beeyoutiful! good morning--wanted to post some garage pics--this is such a wonderful company. they sent a crew of 7 this time instead of 4. the contractor told me they had a crew they had to call off another job the day before because of rain, so they sent 3 of them with this crew so they would still have work today. we had 2 amish gentlemen and the rest English. <BR> watching them is seeing a time and motion study happen right before your eyes. they are disciplined and hard working, and every perso... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 05:50:55 EST friday--GARAGE!!! good morning! just before sunup the garage crew pulled in the driveway. they have been working about 2 hours and the walls are up and the roof is already going on. looks like they sent a bigger crew--I know the weather this year pushed them behind, so they are hustling trying to get all their jobs done before the weather gets worse. <BR> still resting the ankle. ate sugar yesterday--decided to do that and then refrain from sugar on sunday--that will keep me on track. I actually ordered a... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:29:22 EST thursday good morning. yesterday was kind of a down day. the weather kept threatening me with a headache all day and I am determined to FORCE MYSELF to rest this stinkin' ankle. after a real easy workout Tues. I decided to take this entire week off and just leave it alone. then next week I will start with easy things--stationary bike and kettlebells--but I am going to minimize the twisting and weight bearing I do on it. let myself go like that for a week and then start adding in the treadmill or... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:32:26 EST wednesday--first pottery class!! good morning! well yesterday was the first pottery class. lots of fun! it was at a new fine arts studio on the campus of a small catholic junior college. this catholic order of nuns has a very wide reaching set of activities. they are involced in the university, a beef cattle operation, a food coop, the fine arts studio and a nursing home. and i think they do all of it equally well. the fine arts place, which is called "moontree" is brand new. there is an exhibition gallery and 3 cla... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:51:25 EST puppy shopping! <img src=""> <BR> is there anything more fun than puppy and kitten shopping? <BR> lets see--weekend was good--we got a lot more done on the henhouse--not quite finished with the runs and the doors, and it still has to be painted. rob has to put in a couple more fenceposts and redo part of the fence, and then they can be moved into it. turned out SUPER nice. ankle acting up again--I did an 80 minute leslie worko... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:39:14 EST PUPPY PIC!!!!! i am so excited--doug sent me this picture of little ralphie. he looks so sweet! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> he is the one with the white blaze. <BR> looks like we are going to pick him up on nov. 17th. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 17:13:30 EST friday--PUPPY news! good morning! well even if its only a little--its puppy news! got an email from doug in response to my asking him if Nov 11-13 would be a good time to come and get our new puppies (sherrie is going to come down with us and take a puppy home too). answer--no--they won't be ready by then. they are slow to mature and he doesn't want to place them too early. that is perfectly fine with me--I know he knows what he is doing and wouldn't place a dog until the time was right. but he DID tell me... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 07:03:31 EST thursday--more on the sugar revolution good morning! worked on the Christmas card yesterday, ran some errands and fought a headache since the weather is changing. <BR> I have been wanting to do a followup of my sugar experience--the whole experiment has really been kind of a revelation to me. <BR> for years I have eaten a lot of sugar. way too much. tried to compensate for some of it by drinking diet soda. too much of that. bad idea. I honestly feared that I had a sugar addiction of some sort. or a diet soda addiction. ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 08:33:22 EST wednesday good morning! there is rain on the weather radar--i hope we get some, it is sorely needed. spent yesterday painting--first time i have done that in awhile. kellie's card is shaping up nicely. other than that, not a whole lot going on. <BR> have a great day! Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:11:58 EST tuesday--jump start good morning! well yesterday ended up okay but it took some doing. woke with a really bad gut ache that persisted until late in the morning. didn't want to chance going to the park and getting sick on my run, so I stayed home and made it through 3 miles with leslie. I have to say that leslie is a Godsend in that respect--if your motivation is ever at a low ebb, there's always leslie to pull you through getting SOMETHING done. and if you really put effort into it, you can get yourself a ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:42:46 EST monday--chickie palace good morning! hope your weekend was a good one. we had (another) working weekend--the henhouse is well underway. this is what it looked like at the end of the day Saturday-- <img src=""> <BR> all framed in and windows in place. <BR> sunday we finished putting the roof on and shingling it. one final set of cut shingles for the far upper edge to seal it all up. walls go on next. <BR> chopper and the henz all are ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:13:43 EST friday good morning. had a nice breakfast yesterday with Patrick and his mom, kay. ordered oatmeal and used my whey sugar--so it was a mindful meal--preplanned and executed as planned. spent a lot of time with friend related things yesterday--and as is normal with that kind of day I was reminded of how very lucky I am to have such a group of wonderful friends. <BR> after breakfast with Patrick and kay--I stopped at the kitchen store for my whey sugar and visited with Phyllis. on home and worke... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:09:21 EST