CLUMBOY's SparkPeople Blog CLUMBOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community WORK. LOAD. good morning--well the season is upon me and it has landed with a giant thud in the form of a huge shipment of plants that arrived yesterday: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 7 boxes of beautiful plants, including these absolutely gorgeous bay tree saplings: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> so now on top of all the garden work still ahead, I have a mountain of potting to do. add to that the fact that a ... Fri, 1 May 2015 07:14:37 EST crazy stuff good morning--well--our weekend was well--pretty much nuts. Saturday was cloudy and wet, so we went to a pottery gallery and rob bought me two lovely pieces for my birthday gift. I got a big bowl with a carved surface and deep brown glaze called "a big bowl of chocolate" (who wouldn't want THAT???) and a small wonderfully made little flower pot made of a piece of clay that was rolled flat and then folded into its shape. the artist then incised a series of stripes on it and glazed it with b... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:22:52 EST friday--dinner party success! good morning--well, the dinner went off very well. I spent the better part of the day getting ready, Patrick came out after lunch and weeded for awhile and I invited him, but he was busy. I decided that since it was too chilly to eat outside I would bring the outside in, so I brought in one of the outdoor table and chair sets (we have many since we sometimes host garden clubs and groups here). used all my pretty Portuguese dishes--I have a number of serving pieces and they all looked so ve... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:39:26 EST thursday good morning--well I went to run yesterday morning--knew it was chilly but wasn't prepared for the SNOWSTORM that ensued. seriously--its the middle of april and I was jogging along in a pelting snow that actually began to stick and reduced visibility somewhat. great day NOT to be wearing my safety orange pullover. oh well--the best part was the fact that the park employees were out in force mowing the lawn. IN. THE. SNOW. that was one of the stranger sights I have seen in awhile. they w... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:34:07 EST wednesday good morning! yesterday went pretty well--did my strength training and took the girls to the park. they are up to 2 miles walking now, which is very good for dorijane. shambles could go farther, but for now that is a nice, moderately vigorous workout for them, which is what I am aiming for. they were VERY ready to go back to the car and rest, though. came home and went to the kitchen store to talk to Phyllis about her signs and ask her advice. we are having Dwayne and Cindy for dinner T... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:10:55 EST tuesday good morning! well--despite a weird start yesterday turned out okay. I am a morning person--totally. i get up when rob is in the shower and make our breakfast. when he heads out the door i hit the 'puter then do my exercise. always have. but yesterday my whole day kind of turned upside down. normally i go to the grocery store on Monday. so the plan was--collect a urine sample from dorijane (just finished tx for a UTI--we always recheck at the end), drop it off, run at the park, come h... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:20:02 EST monday good morning! well we had a lovely, needed rain finally yesterday. rained for several hours, starting light and finishing heavy. the light rain soaked the ground and made it all nice and soft so when the hard rain hit it all soaked in. <BR> busy weekend--we did a 5K on Saturday--very nice little run to benefit a hospice house. then home to the chain saw and the tractor. we hitched up the 3 point hitch and the chipper, felled the young, very misshapen oak tree that had to come down, and... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:58:40 EST thursday--rain today! good morning! there is a nice gentle rain off to our south that is headed this way. not supposed to last even until lunchtime and the moisture is very welcome. <BR> the last couple days I have made a lot of progress in the front garden thanks to my new helper, Patrick. he has been coming and helping me weed and in just a couple days a good sized portion of the daylily rows in the retail area are cleaned out. it's so encouraging to have a section that looks this good already--I really wis... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:57:44 EST tuesday--quality not quantity--ultra pastuerized milk good morning. its going to be a nice day here so its out to the garden for me when the sun comes up (after taking the girls to the park of course). <BR> wanted to post this link about ultra pasteurized milk. I learned this when I decided to make my own cottage cheese. a lot of the organic name-brand milks are ultra pasteurized. this allows them to keep for a very long time and be shipped all over the country. I know it sounds fancy and wonderful (ULTRA pasteurized--woooooo!) but the nu... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:23:22 EST monday--first weigh in good morning! well we had a wonderful weekend--hope you did too. Saturday we had breakfast at our usual spot, then we went up to the furniture store. I have been kind of shopping for a new couch--the one we bought recently has not lasted well--very disappointing. haven't been seriously shopping, just kind of browsing to see what's out there--basically nothing that blew my skirt up in the least way. then last week after the grocery store I stopped by a furniture place--a mom and pop plac... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:58:30 EST friday--new tractor RULES! good morning. I love our new tractor. seriously. Patrick and I recently talked about decorating it with lights and using the bucket for iced beer and the backhoe bucket as a punch bowl. put it in the yard for the Christmas party. you could even hang wine glasses from the backhoe teeth. that thing is the greatest time saver I think we have ever spent money on, so why shouldn't we invite it to the Christmas party??? <BR> last night after dinner, rob and I went out and raked the front bed ... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:35:16 EST thursday--stupid insurance, fun friend visit hi everyone. well--day 4 of following the sparkpeople food is going well. I feel a lot better in general. the food is fairly simple to fix and I am just added something extra (like a piece of chicken or bowl of cottage cheese) to rob's to fill out his meal and he is okay with everything I have fed him so far. <BR> today I went back to the dr. for mammogram and blood work. now rob's insurance has this new requirement. apparently they think people are all liars, and its not good enough f... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 18:14:12 EST wednesday--catching up good morning! happy Wednesday! hope everybody had a happy easter. we had lovely weather here--sun and warmth and a strong breeze. perfect april day. <BR> lets see--so what's been going on? first off had my annual physical and found out in the last year or so since dealing with my family stuff I have gained just under 20 pounds. well--I could have gone the whole rest of my life without hearing that news--but it is what it is. now I own it and can deal with it. got home and actually... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:14:36 EST thursday--getting ready for first 5K good morning! well, our first 5K race is Saturday. going to be quite chilly (probably in the 20's), but it will be fun. of course I have hurt my back--it seems to be an annual thing with this race, but its feeling much better. will just take it easy and enjoy the race. the bigger hurdle is Friday--my annual physical and I am not looking forward to the weigh in. after going through everything with my parents, my weight is up quite a bit. but I need to face it down and go forward. I am ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:14:45 EST tuesday--mosaic project continues good morning. hope everyone is having a fine Tuesday. we had a very irritating snowstorm yesterday that dumped about 4 inches at our house. bottom line--I made it to the vet with dorijane and that was it. everything will probably melt by Wednesday--but it messed up my Monday plans. but for some reason I finally got to working on this mosaic project that has been sitting on my table for several months. <BR> I love to mosaic--but I have to be in the right frame of mind. its kind of intr... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:49:13 EST monday--busy weekend good morning. hope everyone had a great weekend. after my fun day with cindy--came home with a very pretty new tablecloth and an old Quimperware sugar bowl (no lid) we had a great day. been managing to get outside and start on the yard--still a huge workload ahead of me, but when I look out my front windows I can see a bit of progress. Debbie called from the airport--she left for England Thursday to visit her daughter who is attending oxford college. I know they will have fabulous fun to... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:24:28 EST wednesday--fun day out! good morning! today cindy and I are having a fun day out. not sure what we are going to do. with cindy it will probably be antiques. she collects childrens tea sets of a specific kind--has a really large collection--and miniature oil cans of all things. but she is a rabid antiquer and knows a great deal about certain things. so we are going to run away and have fun. hope you all have a fun day too! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:40:25 EST monday--good weekend good morning! well our weekend was nice--good weather--sunnier and warmer than predicted on Saturday, and cooler and cloudier than predicted on sunday--so the weatherlady had the right weather--just the wrong day. <BR> Saturday we went up to the wood place to get a laminated oak tabletop for the office desk (like butcherblock counter only oak). this place is an hour away from us. we did a bunch of other errands--got home about 2 oclock raring to get to work. opened the tabletop carton a... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:12:06 EST friday--closed the deal good morning! well, after a couple false starts I managed to connect with dan and we closed the deal on the tractor. rob is over the moon--spent all last night watching youtube videos of guys driving around on that tractor, doing maintenance on the tractor, modifying the tractor, welding toolboxes and chain saw mounts and all kinds of things to the tractor. each day we come up with one more "job" that looms this summer that will be made infinitely easier with the tractor. the big job that... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:50:02 EST thursday tractor fun good morning! today is probably going to be a lovely day--the highest temp forecast for the week and lots of sun. yesterday was so foggy in the morning, but it cleared and turned into a very nice sunny day. got to the park and did my podrunner--I am to the point now where I feel like I am ready for our first 5K, which will be at the end of this month. <BR> went to the cemetery to visit mom and dad, tidied up the area there; came home and got <BR> started on another slate and even d... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:52:19 EST wednesday good morning! its a foggy start to the day. all the snow is melting like crazy. will have to wait and see what it's like after sunup to decide about running at the park or staying here. really want to go to the park. <BR> have a terrific day! Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:20:26 EST tuesday--nice tractor salesman! good morning! yesterday was glorious! sunny, warm and melting. I don't smell the "spring smell" yet, but it can't be far off. melting melting melting. managed to start on the scoopathon, cleaning the back yard (all dog owners know what this is <em>211</em> ) <BR> made it to the park for a chilly, but wonderfully uplifting run--week four on the 8K interval series. still a very slow pace, but I am staying with the music and trying to concentrate on extending my stride length, which is e... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:23:10 EST monday--spring THAW!!!!!!!!!!! good morning! I think its finally safe to say that spring is in the air. the weekend was warm--Saturday was glorious--the sun shone most of the day and I think it got quite a bit warmer than predicted. the show is beginning to melt--small streams are eddying out from beneath dirty, gravely piles of snow everywhere, and our lower driveway is full of puddles and mud. it is a VERY welcome sight. <BR> we finished construction on our second hanging bookcase, and moved them up into the garage... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 06:55:41 EST friday--two great meals in one day! good morning. yesterday was a foodie delight in every way. first off was lunch. I had to go to Debbie's house to sign papers that closed out my mom's estate (a huge milestone in itself). she had suggested we go to lunch after, and further suggested we drive into laporte and go to spire. <BR> spire is the restaurant operated by chef brad, who teaches the cooking classes rob and I go to. its someplace I have been wanting to visit for a long time, and so has deb. its a farm to table plac... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 07:03:31 EST thursday--dinner with patrick good morning. yesterday was a good day. managed to get a run in at the park YAY!!! it was chilly but bearable--I have been there in much worse weather. did 3.2 miles at a very slow pace--I am working through the gateway to 8K series. next week I will bump up to week 4. I have been doing the intervals on the treadmill which is ever so boring. can't wait for the weather to break so it's bearable every day to get to the park. <BR> so I had this fugitive package of spareribs in the freeze... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:27:25 EST wednesday--welcome to my studio good morning--going to be warm enough to run at the park this morning as long as I get up and moving soon. temp will drop as the day goes on and tomorrow will be frigid again--but the warming trend is drawing near now--weekends in the 30s and next week 40's and maybe even 50's! <BR> anyway--just for fun I took some pics of my workroom--thought someone might get a kick out of seeing it. its actually reasonably organized for a change. I have been painting at a fairly steady rate recently--fi... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 07:33:33 EST thursday good morning everybody! its cold again--exercise bike and elliptical today. <BR> have a great Thursday! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:36:02 EST wednesday good morning! need to check the temp--it might be warm enough for me to go run at the park. otherwise its leslie in the living room. painting, waiting for a UPS shipment and waiting to see if Patrick stops by today. risotto for dinner--love my pressure cooker! have a great day, everyone! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:18:59 EST tuesday--the winter blues good morning! still haven't made it up to see Phyllis yet. Patrick may be coming over today he is in a deep winter funk. I told him I have brownies in a box and a tub of frosting. he can eat half a pan of brownies all by himself and the better part of a tub of frosting. Patrick is thin and has some health issues--so I figure anything I can get into him is helpful. I use fresh eggs and applesauce in the brownies. <BR> its funny about the winter blues. they seem to begin for everyone ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:34:19 EST monday good morning--well its grocery store today. I even cleaned the frig out yesterday while rob was wrestling with some plywood in the basement. we are going to build some new stuff in our office, and he started the process yesterday. hope everyone has a lovely Monday! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:39:35 EST a breath of spring--daylily babies good morning! I don't know what the temp. is here, but I think its safe to say that the inside of my freezer would be warmer. the roads are clear and there isn't any wind, so driving is safer that it has been the last few days. we were supposed to meet my little brother for dinner last night, but he called to say since he was stuck on the highway in a whiteout that we probably should cancel. <BR> so I thought if ever there was a morning to see the hope of spring today would be it--so here... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:34:35 EST thursday soda stream review good morning. very VERY cold morning. below zero air temps. <BR> i would like to tell you about my experience with soda stream. i bought one recently because i have been trying to find something that would help rob stop drinking pop. he has an ongoing issue with coke--he stops for awhile, but then it comes back. i know he would like to break ties with it altogether. so the other day i don't remember why--if i heard a radio ad or what--the idea of a soda stream occurred to me. i went ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:46:59 EST wednesday--snow, minestrone, etc. good morning--another wave of lake effect coming our way. rob is in the office working--looks like he will be staying home today. <BR> i made crockpot minestrone yesterday and thought i would share the recipe--its so simple and i just adore it. <BR> into your crockpot--dump <BR> 2c vegetable broth <BR> about 3/4 can of diced tomatoes with a pinch of sugar or baking soda <BR> a cut up carrot <BR> a small cut up zucchini <BR> a cut up celery rib or two <BR> a can of rinsed, drained beans (wh... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:33:21 EST tuesday--dog breed search continues good morning! yesterday was a good, but crazy COLD day. started the morning with NINETY minutes of leslie. didn't intend to go that long, but I finished the first workout and felt good so I just ran a second one. ended up being the leslie equivalent of 6.5 miles. so I did a 10K in my living room! <BR> speaking of that--it just occurred to me that if Phyllis doesn't do her spring open house this year (which I am pretty sure she is not) I can sign up for the sunburst run if they have a 1... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:59:52 EST monday--after the snowstorm good morning! we are dug out now and the roads are clear. Saturday we had a real blizzard--not a lot of snow fell but the howling winds made visibility very low. stayed indoors the whole weekend and worked on projects. lots to get done today--despite the cold. have a good one, everybody! Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:45:47 EST wednesday good morning! today is fabric shopping day. I am taking rosie shopping for quilt fabric, and nancy is riding along too. should be a fun day out. <BR> yesterday I got the third hummingbird painted on slate, and took dorijane to the vet for her chiropractic. she was quite sore again so he wants to see her in 2 weeks. we are going to start some gentle oral meds to help. she can still function, but it seems that her back pain is growing more constant, so it may be time for anti inflammatory... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:27:32 EST tuesday big shoulder monday good morning! hope it is a great Tuesday for you! yesterday was my day to be the shoulder to cry on. one of my best "things" is that I am a good listener. its funny--I can say this without feeling like I am bragging or feeling embarrassed about it. it's just the truth and it doesn't feel egotistical to me when I say it. anyway--being a good listener is one of the ways I show my friends how much they mean to me. I try to listen and respond and act upon what they say to me (when appropri... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:10:13 EST monday--a fun weekend good morning! well--we made it to the dog show. the weather was amazing--sun and warm--it was 50 degrees in Indianapolis! the drive down was uneventful and quicker since the new bypass has opened. unfortunately we didn't manage to eat anything all day until we were on the way home, but it worked out fine. <BR> the dog show was really wonderful. it was a 4 day cluster of shows so there were a lot of dogs there. I had my camera, but as usual I didn't remember to take many pictures, but h... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:05:56 EST thursday good morning! yesterday was really a good day. I made it to the park--icy and snowy but WARM and with the yaktrax on I managed just fine. boy did that feel good! I have uploaded the "gateway to 8K" series on podrunner--figured I need to take it slow for awhile and ramp myself back up since I haven't been running outside at all lately. the sky was a deep slate gray--no wind at all. the trees drew bare dark lines across the horizon, and only crows drifted overhead, soundlessly churning th... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:20:38 EST wednesday--how old am i REALLY? good morning! its quiet here right now--another snowstorm in heading in from the west, but this morning is warmish and I think I will be able to put on my yak trax and head to the park to run. YAY!! <BR> this morning I woke up thinking about my age. I know this seems sort of strange--and I don't want to seem maudlin--but I thought I would write a little bit about what I am going through right now because it might help someone else. <BR> it occurred to me that I suddenly feel my actual ag... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 07:15:35 EST tuesday--after the big snow good morning! we are under a lot of snow here--it started coming down late Saturday night and built in intensity all through sunday. some spots near us got almost 20 inches--think we are more like 15 or so. but roads are cleared, driveway is plowed and everything is fine. yesterday rob worked from home, since the roads were still messy in the morning. I love it when he works from home--he holes up in the office and we have lunch together. the dogs lounge around on the futon and watch hi... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:54:31 EST friday--all the little normal things good morning! well, I didn't make it to the park yesterday--there was a lot of ice around and freezing rain--so once again leslie to the rescue. today its treadmill. <BR> ran errands yesterday and bought seeds. got my seed containers all washed and ready to go. today will find me sorting through my daylily seeds, making labels and getting ready. and I am going to clean my house. <BR> I read an article in an old time farm magazine once, that was written by a man who used a hand scythe t... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:01:38 EST thursday good morning! we apparently had freezing rain last night, but the temps are up and it is melting. thinking I will get to go to the park this morning--which would be wonderful! I haven't run outside in a couple weeks and it's getting to me. <BR> well--this morning before I came in here I pulled my big bag of daylily seeds out of the frig. these were my crosses from 2013 that I never started. looked through them thinking I would find some really nice crosses to start. came up with a Ziplo... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:24:36 EST wednesday good morning! hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday. my days are still a bit mixed up--just now realized that its not Tuesday. <BR> its funny but for the first time since last summer I am thinking about my garden. for the bulk of summer, through fall I didn't have the mental energy to think about it--and my garden is my lifeblood. but now that all the turmoil is over I find my mind returning to it, and it is making me feel so whole again. its hard to explain. but yesterday I had a nu... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:25:23 EST checking off the list good morning. hope everyone is having a great day. I am in organizational mode--have lots of duties to take care of. some are personal and others are related to my father's passing. yesterday was a good day--several concrete things done and the way forward is open to more things. <BR> signed up for the 5K in march. looking for subsequent races, but the listings aren't real complete yet. would like to do 3 5K's and then 2 10 Ks--maybe finish the year with a half marathon--my ultimate g... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:25:19 EST monday--a new leaf good morning. well--today I begin a chapter in my life that is unlike any other. I awaken this morning as a child without parents. my dad died last Wednesday and he was buried Saturday. it was a bittersweet time--there was so little of "him" left intact. the dementia had slowly deconstructed the man that was my dad and left us with just a shadow of a person. and I know he was lonely for my mom too. now they are together and he is whole again. so while I am sad to have this loss in my ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:01:41 EST 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