CLUMBOY's SparkPeople Blog CLUMBOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community friday hi! dropped shambles off to the groomer this morning--starting housework. finished the "quick" workout on the total gym dvd. I must say I like this gadget a lot. <BR> went to patricks this week for his birthday and our annual piece of the deadliest chocolate cake on the planet. enjoyed it immensely and called it dinner. <BR> hot as blazes today. have a great weekend! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:28:57 EST come for a virtual visit! (with chook pics) hi! thought you might enjoy seeing our place--I wanted to document a couple things for myself, and thought I would share with you. <BR> first up--here is a shot of our new garden idea. we are gardening in stock tanks. so far it's working beautifully. easy to plant, weed, water and maintain. on this side of the garage are tomatoes and cukes. in the next pic are peppers, jalapenos and green beans. the peppers in particular like this idea, as you can see, but everything is doing well. <... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:50:19 EST monday--back again good morning! summer is such a hit and miss spark time for me. been so busy getting ready for my event that happened Saturday--I was part of a new event called the "eat local road trip". there were six stops on it and I was stop #1. mary was here with a flower tasting table and we had two talks--a master gardener talked about edible plants and a beekeeper and his grandson talked about bees. the day was very successful--lots of people out and about making the rounds. I think the most vis... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:54:37 EST kiln's unloaded! good morning! well, after a restless night waking up and wondering if I should go check the kiln temp to see if I can unload it yet, I got up about 5 and went down. the temp was down to just about 200 degrees--safe to open. slowly pulled the top up, prepared for disaster and was greeted with---pretty, shiny things! they are still pinging as they sit here on the desk. overall I am really pleased with this first attempt. not perfect by a long stretch, but nice enough to be encouraging, an... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:04:24 EST thursday--red letter day good morning! okay--after 3 bisque firings I am loading the kiln this morning for my first ever glaze firing. not a big load, and its a low fire clay. but I think it's time got take the plunge, so I am trying to go with an easy project first--we'll see how it all turns out. <BR> tea tray is completely done--I changed the edge color--the contrast was too strong--it made me see the edge and not the interior more strongly. so I had some very pale blue/aqua chalk paint and tried that. it's s... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:15:11 EST tuesday--tea tray! good morning! here is the tea tray--I nearly killed myself yesterday working--starting at 6:30 am when I got up and dug a landscapers order of 15 plants. then a sweet lady who has been waiting to buy some Siberian iris came out and I had to dig a mammoth--3 foot across crown for her and divide into forths. I sat down to eat leftover cold pizza at some point in time for lunch, sat down at dinner, but basically I didn't stop moving until about 8:30 last night. my reward for all that hard wo... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:34:38 EST birdhouses done--update photo just a quick photo--the grout makes a lot of difference. on to my big tea tray---I am feeling in the mood to tackle it, finally! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:10:39 EST friday--birdhouses on parade good morning! hope everybody had a good Thursday. it started out really humid here--took ralphie for a walk rather than a run. came home to see a really nice daylily seedling blooming--of course its right in the section of row where there are NO LABELS--so I don't know what the cross was. ugh. chuck arrived while I was down there hunting so we chatted for awhile. he is still hauling wood from the mammoth tree that fell. <BR> did a few other odds and ends and came in to see a message f... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:29:06 EST thursday good morning! well after much fanfare we had rain last night. we didn't get a lot--probably the lowest amount in the county--but enough for a nice soak and I won't have to haul sprinklers today. the light show was spectacular--the sky to the north constantly flickered with the over 8000 lightning strikes that happened in a period of about 2.5 hours. we didn't loose power or have high winds. we were ready--I had filled the bathtub with water, run the dishwasher and did all the laundry in c... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:51:44 EST wednesday good morning! supposed to get rain and storms here today. I hope we get rain at least. judging by the radar this morning, its a good possibility. <BR> ran yesterday morning--finished 2nd rotation on week 6 of the 8K interval program. one more to go then on to week 7. not my best run ever--what I thought was allergies seems to be a summer cold, so I am dragging a little. not too bad though. <BR> had a meeting for the cemetery walk yesterday, I read my script and practiced with the mic... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:12:04 EST lets see-----tuesday??? yes--its Tuesday. got a little rain last night. not enough to do much good, but this morning is quite cool with a very heavy dew on everything. so the plants are getting some moisture. <BR> pottery on the upswing--I am sticking with it and making some good strides. it's all about the body English. I lowered my stool one click and I think that was an improvement. made some more bottles--using stoneware this time because it's more stable and doesn't overhydrate as easily. getting some go... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:52:59 EST thursday--bad day in potteryland good morning. actually yesterday was a pretty good day overall--I worked outside for 2 hr. in the morning after taking ralphie to the park. it was miserably hot and humid, but I got a good amount of work done. by the time I came in I knew it was time for my body to stop. <BR> started on mosaic project--3 little birdhouses. got the perches and half the roofs done. then I was determined I was going to wedge 6 pieces of red earthenware and work on bottles. it's been awhile since I did bo... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 07:25:27 EST wednesday good morning! woke this morning to a wet world--YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I heard thunder and hard rain through the night and was pleased to see this morning that I wasn't dreaming. possible rain later today too--and we need it! and a day where I don't have to haul sprinklers somewhere is always a good one. <BR> yesterday was kind of disappointing--I was so tired--hadn't slept well. took a quick nap in the morning after rob left for work, and then did leslie for an hour. my intent was to throw ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:48:35 EST tuesday good morning! yesterday was a good one--started off in a bad mood, but it lifted over the course of the day. after blogging I got ralphie into his little harness (a feat in and of itself). I lay it on the floor and say "step in" which apparently means "get all excited and run around the room barking and whining, with your feet nowhere NEAR your harness". eventually his little orbit brings him close enough that I can catch him and guide his feet into the harness. at that point he knows to... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:54:28 EST monday--catching up sort of good morning! hope everyone is well and had a good weekend. judging by the blogs, many of us are kind of in a momentary funk. but a huge thank you to andrea (adakara) for her blog. you never know when or where your words will reach out and hit their mark. I needed to read yours this morning--and dawnsuccess too. both of you really helped me this morning. <BR> lets see--work continues apace around here--I spent Friday cleaning my house--didn't go run because I wasn't sure if I would hav... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:02:03 EST wednesday good morning! quick update before I load ralphie up for a run. this will be the final rotation in the 5th week interval of our 8K work. 5 more weeks to go. the kiln is running this morning--I started a slow bisque fire yesterday about 5:30--the cycle takes 24 hours and then the kiln can cool through the night and be unloaded hopefully Thursday morning. I want to get enough glazed so I can do my first glaze firing. <BR> first official day open today--cleaned the little house yesterday-... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 07:33:21 EST what day is it, anyway??? good morning--well it appears to be Tuesday. rob was on vacation last week--and he took the Thursday before that off so we could go to the English toy spaniel national specialty show in Michigan, which was a blast. all those little ralphies in various colors and sizes. I saw a ruby puppy (solid red) that made me wish for another puppy like mad! ralphie was really good for his first show. <BR> last week was a solid work week. we got all the ponds running, rob rewired a bunch of stuff, got... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 07:57:15 EST 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