CLUMBOY's SparkPeople Blog CLUMBOY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community monday--ship trip etc. good morning! rosie, nancy and I are going to Shipshewana today--I have some cash in my wallet for the big bulk food store (they don't take plastic) and looking forward to browsing and shopping. the bulk food store usually has a lot of specials--so I am not looking for anything in particular--last time I got a bunch of nuts--its a type of nut I had never heard of before--some type of almond or something. anyway--if they have things like that on special, I freeze or vacuum seal the stuff an... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:11:55 EST POTTERY CLASS--WOOT! good morning--blogging today because tomorrow will be a busy morning. I am picking up rosie and nancy and maybe cindy and we are going to Shipshewana--a nearby amish community/tourist trap. there is a mercantile there that has a special kind of rope swing rosie wants to get for her grand daughter. so we will shop and stuff and have a nice day there. <BR> but the big news is--I signed up for a pottery class! I am really excited--rosie found it and sent me a link. a nearby catholic college/... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 09:42:44 EST friday--random thoughts good morning! autumn is fast approaching and I feel myself sliding into that transitional funk that happens when the days get shorter. so excuse me if I ramble on today about nothing in particular--I am just trying to clear my head. <BR> painting is going well--I have the second of Phyllis's signs drawn on the board--I think I need to go get a microplane to add to the composition, but overall it's looking good. the first board was vinegars and oils--this one is spices and the third one i... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 07:10:23 EST thursday--FINALLY the sun is out! good morning! well after about 5 gray, damp, cool days we have sunshine again. managed to have a fairly good day yesterday--minor headache throughout the day--but I managed to fend off a full migrane, so that was great. got my run in--3.3 miles in an interval run--felt really good. however last night I went down the basement steps and upset my ankle again. its not bad, and I am wearing a wrap now-but I need to pay attention to it. kettlebells today, and maybe a walk at the park with the... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:30:21 EST wednesday good morning! well yesterday was good--I got everything on my list taken care of, and even added an extra task. winding down on daylily seed pod collection--probably another week or so and I will have them all picked and brought in. I am thinking of selling seeds on the auction this year and made a number of crosses with that in mind. once the seeds are all labeled and put in the frig, then I will inventory them and see exactly what I have and decide if its worth the time it takes to list... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 07:11:06 EST tuesday good morning! starting to paint now. I h ave been working on phyllis' first set of signs for her store. panel one (of three) is nearing completion. and its time to begin on Christmas cards--starting with kellie's first as usual. kellie and her husband live in Georgia with their dogs and she always has me paint a very narrative card featuring the dogs. this year the card will have a backhoe and a framed in house, with the dogs in the foreground. they are building a new house. <BR> nex... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 07:35:12 EST monday good morning! well Friday night was kind of a weird mix--we fixed the sump pump (actually installed the new one) and then I fixed rob his birthday dinner. I made him a little grilled steak that I found in the freezer--marinated it with balasamic and seasoned it with one of phyllis' spice blends from the kitchen store. made risotto with peas and some lovely cherry tomatoes that a different Phyllis brought me from her garden. then for salad, I had some romaine, so I grilled it and topped it... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 08:06:06 EST friday--foundation is DONE! good morning! well--the concrete guys got the foundation completed--it looks great. today is rob's birthday and he just headed out with his batch of cupcakes for his co-workers. I have to wrap his gifts today and figure out dinner--think we will be eating here because our sump pump broke last night and we are going to have to fix it tonight. we went and got a new one last night, but the fitting wasn't the right size and the store had closed by the time we figured that out. <BR> didn't get... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 07:15:51 EST thursday--the apple pie debacle good morning! yesterday was a good day overall, but I sure made an incredible mess in my kitchen!! <BR> started out with a very good run--did a different interval mix and for the first time since hurting my ankle I did 3 miles. fastest time was a fairly slow 12:35, but the time is getting faster again, so I will get back to my old time. felt REALLY good--I have recently realized that the best I feel all day is when I am running. I don't feel bad the rest of the day, but the running time i... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 07:45:06 EST wednesday--garage! <img src=""> <BR> the forms are set. pour is supposed to happen today. I just got home from the park but no one is here yet. I baked cookies for the crew yesterday and set them out in a cooler for them. good run this morning--3 miles in an interval mix, and best speed was 12:35, so I am getting closer to my pace and distance. got the grocery shopping and visit to the orchard done--I have a half peck of norther... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:06:48 EST tuesday--GARAGE BEGINS!!!! good morning! I am sitting here all sweaty because I just finished kettlebells and treadmill. the garage guys are here--the fill was delivered yesterday and they are going to try to get the site ready and forms placed so they can pour tomorrow--hopefully the rain will hold off. <BR> vet visit yesterday was fine--poor dr. payton had to leave work early so he actually saw both my girls at the same time. easier for me. but he had to leave because he had sliced a gash in his shin right down ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:27:13 EST monday--harvest table dinner , new chicken run good morning! Friday night was the harvest table dinner at Marianne's, and it was magic as always. Marianne is one of those rare people who creates beauty compulsively--she can't help herself. despite all the hardship she has lived through, and the punishing pace of her life, she still does it. she babysits her 4 grands every week day--the oldest is 6. she had chosen the date for the party and when I spoke to her, she wasn't sure about the menu. we were a smaller group than usual--only ... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:41:29 EST friday good morning--back from my run--did a ramp mix today that ended up being 2 and a half miles--and no complaints from the ankle--HOORAY! <BR> workroom is cleaned out and somewhat reorganized--at least a lot of the clutter is gone. few more things to resolve, but looking very good. <BR> not a peep out of the garage guys--and I called rob this morning at work and he was in a pretty lousy mood. but his birthday gift came (a special table that hooks to his chair) and he got it put on, so that was... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:05:32 EST thursday good morning! this morning I woke feeling a whole lot better, and rob did too. we both have been dealing with some GI complaints lately of a vague but persistent nature. talked last night about a few strategies to try and deal with this--we really aren't sure of the cause. going to change some of my buying habits for produce and we will start using probiotics. had some kefir in the frig so we drank that for breakfast. I used to grow water kefir, but it gets to be a pain to keep alive so... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:48:20 EST wednesday--rough start--great news! hi--its about 3:30 or so here now--and this has been quite a day. woke up with a migrane. that's the worst. its ragweed season now and my sinuses are in overdrive. I get the kind of migrane that ultimately makes you barf and then goes away. so after about an hour and a half of feeling REALLY awful, my body obliged me and then I took a shower and laid back down to rest. fell asleep and had just awakened when the phone rang--it was sherri, telling me to check my email. she had just recei... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:04:45 EST tuesday--magnesium anyone??? good morning! its going to be a beautiful week here--sunny and temperate. garage construction should start this week--most likely wed. or Thursday. <BR> since I finished by sugar free experiment and noticed my overwhelming and powerful reaction to eating a piece of dark chocolate, I took livedaily's advice and began to dig a little deeper. in the process I learned about something very new to me and thought I would pass it along. I highly encourage you to research this deeply yourself to... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:11:39 EST friday--reflections on the sugar free month good morning! I have been meaning to sit down and record my thoughts about my recent sugar moratorium. a conversation with a friend who said she had gone one whole day without sugar got me to thinking. could I do that? what would it feel like? <BR> I have always made an assumption that I was addicted to sugar--but was I really? well--it seemed like the best way to find out was quit eating it and see what happened. to help me along, I developed a suggestion to give myself during my sel... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:08:18 EST the canning class and stuff good morning! yesterday was the pressure canning class and it was well--underwhelming. <BR> I should clarify that my background in canning is different than a lot of people--I didn't learn from my mom--I bought the canning books and read them. I have recently read several ( l love canning books!) and my background in biology and respiratory therapy means that deadly evil botulism and the laws that govern gasses and temperatures all make sense to me. I understand clean technique and steri... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:58:57 EST wednesday--GRILLED ROMAINE LETTUCE!!!! hi everybody! diane and I went to cooking class last night. rob stayed here to work on digging the stump out so the garage guys can start. I left him with a couple options--one was sliced turkey and gravy in little freezer bags. the turkey with some broth was in one bag, the gravy in another. when diane and I got home I asked which option he had for dinner. well--he really wanted turkey and gravy but something awful had apparently happened to the turkey in the freezer--he heated it up a... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:58:24 EST running again and birthday lunch with sherri good morning! yesterday was a very nice day. for the first time in about a month I went for a RUN. wow did that feel terrific! I have been resting my ankle, and last week since we were doing so much heavy work I didn't do any workouts at all. that gave me one more week of ankle rest. I had been doing kettlebells and walking on the treadmill, and it was slowly healing. by the end of last week it felt normal again, so I decided yesterday to try it out. did 2 miles--one walking at a very... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 07:43:30 EST monday--back from the non-vacation good morning! well--its Monday and rob's non vacation is over. we had to spend the week demolishing the front half of our old pole barn to get the site ready for the new garage we are having built. we have had a lot of milestones lately with BIG HUGE jobs we have never done anything like before. poured our first concrete, built our first face frame cabinets, all the things we have done with the tractor. but this was a big job--and thanks to Dwayne and Cindy we got it done with one day t... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:11:08 EST friday--spending the day with mr. murphy good morning! yes mr murphy--as in THE LAW. yesterday was that kind of a day. started off fine--getting around to my morning--and quickly went to the banking site to make sure my password and user name were not locked. it let me in and showed me my banking page. the balance was 6000.00 less than it should have been. <BR> panic attack. <BR> was still in my jammies (fortunately I sleep in a tee and shorts) so I threw on some undies, my shoes and raced out the door--the bank is 5 min. away ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 07:58:38 EST thursday--one BIG sigh good morning! well--yesterday marked the end of my journey down the rabbit hole of all the legal stuff surrounding my parents. we had an accounting firm do my mom's estate taxes and I have been watching the estate account for the check I paid them with to go through. yesterday morning there it was. so I ran up to the bank (after first trying to do something online, forgetting my password and getting locked out of their system--UGH) and sat down with lori. she did everything as I asked, i... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 07:53:56 EST wednesday--jellies on parade good morning! the peach marathon is over--all I have left to do is bag up the ones on cookie sheets in the freezer. I went to the park for a walk--the weather is atrocious (hot and steamy) but I really needed to do something outside to clear my head. did a tiny bit of running, but mostly walked at a good brisk pace. got in about 2 miles. this ankle feels fine but after a long day on my feet I still feel that it's tired, so I know its not ready for a full workload yet. will have catching... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:08:33 EST tuesday--the good and the bad good morning! yesterday was a very strange mix of emotions for me. i got all my errands run--grocery store, pill pickup at vet, quick check at the (different store) goodwill, a couple other quick things. home to put the food away--clean the frig--all that junk. my agenda for the rest of the day would (i thought) be to make the blueberry fruit only spread. was getting around to get everything ready and i heard someone hollering outside. went out to see cleo and her friend shirley. cleo ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:20:14 EST monday--goodwill find, lots of fruit, etc. good morning! hope everyone had a terrific weekend. had a blast with my girlfriends shopping on Friday--the batik store was ever so nice. didn't buy any fabric, but really had to keep a grip on myself. batiks always look so luscious that I want to lick the fabric! very nice ladies who run it with a lovely selection of needle art supplies. rosie went beserk--Marianne spotted the perfect fabric for her quilt binding, and we all agreed it was just the one--and she got backing fabric, a fal... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:43:12 EST friday good morning! the non sugar experiment continues. crossed off day #6 (or 16 depending on how you look at it since this is the second 10 day round). had a major stressful thing on Wednesday, but I was able to stay the course--which is a real victory. <BR> Yesterday was shambles trip to the dermatology vet, so I spent the morning in the kitchen. made some low sugar apple preserves, loaded with nutmeg and studded with sliced lemon. I did taste it, and its ever so yummy--will be wonderful ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:35:02 EST wednesday good morning. yesterday was good. dentist appt. at 7 am. got home and made some very late daylily crosses since one of the very last daylilies to bloom had an open flower. the name of it is "Last Chance for Romance". its a very pretty simple pink flower. There were many things blooming so I made a number of crosses. <BR> called my GF ardene and went over for a visit and haircut. we haven't sat and just visited like that in a long time--talked for about 3 hours. she is my truest and ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:24:18 EST monday afternoon hi folks--got an early start this morning so my posting is late. first up=--ankle is much improved. still going to rest it this week, and I wore Tommie copper to the store, but all in all its just about well. <BR> finished out the 10 day sugar fast and decided to keep on going. I think I am about to break through something with my body--it hasn't been hard but I have been fighting really strong fatigue and that seems to be waning. I want to go on and see what happens. so I left my ten d... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:02:04 EST friday good morning! yesterday was good. the two ladies from the bed and breakfasts came and bought about 100.00 worth of plants. it was a fair amount of digging, but i think the ankle came through it okay. a little sore last night but i wore my tommie copper to bed and this morning all seems well. still babying it, and will for another week. since i won't be running i am shifting my workout to kettlebells 3 days a week with a little very mild treadmill, and a slightly longer treadmill on the ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:38:24 EST thursday--the sugar experiment continues good morning! well I crossed off day EIGHT this morning of my sugar adventure and its still going well. I don't think its a sugar fast in its pure form--because I am still eating some bread and had a little pasta--but I haven't had any sweets or anything with more than 2g of sugar per serving. Eileen told me about how sugar feeds candida in the gut--another benefit of a sugar fast I hadn't thought of! I do think my body is realigning itself. which makes me think I need to continue on wi... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:04:02 EST monday--HALFWAY point!! good morning. today I will cross off day FIVE of my 10 day sugarless adventure. really going just fine. don't miss it at all. and that surprises me a lot. eating more fruit--which is something I need to do anyway, and some more nuts along the way--almonds in particular. <BR> going to be a run-less week as I concentrate on getting this ankle better. glad I have an exercise bike. I figured out that I have injured it while digging plants--because Saturday I hoped I would be able to res... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:25:32 EST friday--down time good morning! hope everyone had a good Thursday. mine was fine--had a lovely visit from a couple ladies, and my new running shoes arrived. did my kettlebells and had a successful day TWO without sugar!!! also got my little pottery area somewhat set up--hopefully today I will go out there and mess with my clay. <BR> should go run today but I think I will go to the basement and do exercise bike instead. I may need to break my bike out and have rob go over it so I can ride. I think my a... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:47:51 EST thursday good morning! yesterday was good--made it through the whole day without sugar and the morning marked off day ONE of my 10 day counting chart with a big red X. <BR> started roguing out plants yesterday--got almost one row done (it was the easiest row--but hey--who cares????) <BR> went last night and got the last load of concrete--i stayed in the car and let rob and the little lowes boy load it. tonight will be the heavy lifting. <BR> some people coming by for plants today--time to do ket... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:47:51 EST dead lifting and other stories good morning! been away for several days. first off we have been pouring a small foundation so we can move an outbuilding, so we can move a bunch of stuff so we can begin the demolition on half of our pole barn to get ready for the crew that will come in and build our new garage. the build will happen in autumn, so we are getting to the nitty gritty of the task now--first thing is moving this outbuilding. <BR> we have never poured concrete before. since I got a cement mixer to mix my pot... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:29:06 EST thursday--a view from the land of hope good morning--this is what I did yesterday: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> have 5 more flats left to go. I was hoping one row would take care of all of them, but I will have to open a second row--which means tilling with the mantis, raking to level and then running furrows with the hoe. it's okay because then I can start moving plants into the rest of the row. this year I have at least 3 and hopefully 5 rows to "rogue o... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 09:35:28 EST wednesday--new shoes, new thoughts good morning! went out today for my first run since I fell. looked at the soles of my running shoes and began to wonder if they contributed to my fall, so I broke out my new ones--ain't they PURTY???? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> then I went online to the skechers site and ordered a new pair--I like to always have my next pair of shoes in reserve. <BR> you have no idea how big a deal these shoes are to me. I have bl... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 10:27:38 EST monday--ran away from home good morning! hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Friday the "wander walkerton" event went off fairly well. I don't think the attendance was very good--but I had about 25 people come out here--from what they told me there weren't a whole lot of people taking part in town. that's a shame--when people don't support the efforts of a group to put on a fun event, they will stop--it's too much trouble to go through for no good reason. most of the folks that came here weren't interested in what... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:07:01 EST boom. ouch. good morning! well, for the second time in the years I have been running it happened. I fell. right at the beginning of my run--and this time I wasn't on a hiking trail--I was on pavement. went down on my palms and knees before I splayed out completely flat. got up and examined my scrapes, which were much smaller than they felt like they were. didn't feel too bad, so I continued on and did an easy two miles. came home, cleaned the scrapes and iced my right knee and left palm. the palm... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:59:32 EST tuesday--the power of the mind and other things good morning! its going to be hot here today--have to get my run in early. I missed my Monday run because I had to go to the lab and have blood drawn so rob's insurance will be satisfied that I don't smoke. its something everybody has to do now--I won't write about how I feel about it, because its not complimentary. I don't smoke. never have smoked. never intend to smoke. have never been listed as a smoker on any medical history that has ever been taken of me. <BR> all right enough o... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:47:43 EST what day is it, anyway? hi! well--i guess its friday now--what a week!!! monday was the edible flowers class--had 10 people show out of the 16 that committed. it was really fun--a lot of work. mary made the food, i did the lesson and phyllis kept everything running fairly smoothly. everyone really enjoyed it and the food was very pretty and fun. the dessert really was the crowning achievement and how simple. we let everyone pick a daylily, showed them how to remove the stamens and pistil so they didn't consum... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 01:52:49 EST friday--lovely ladies group good morning! yesterday was a good day. i had a ladies group coming in the afternoon--i had spent part of thursday night getting ready but had a ton of stuff to do before they got here. before a garden group comes, i go around and deadhead all the daylilies except for the ones in the pasture. believe me--that is a LOT of deadheading. i think it amounted to about 7 five gallon buckets of blooms. after that i had to set out the table, do some touch up weeding--fill the little bottles tha... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:20:27 EST tuesday--the view from here good morning! just thought i would post this photo so you can see what i see every morning out our dining room window. our table sits right in front of this very large window so we look out on this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> we missed the big rainstorm last night--its muggy and still out now, but the light is pretty and the plants got a good drink in the rain from yesterday morning. <BR> making the second batch of... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:41:46 EST tuesday--the view from here good morning! just thought i would post this photo so you can see what i see every morning out our dining room window. our table sits right in front of this very large window so we look out on this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> we missed the big rainstorm last night--its muggy and still out now, but the light is pretty and the plants got a good drink in the rain from yesterday morning. <BR> making the second batch of... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:41:46 EST monday good morning! waiting for storms to arrive here--that's okay--I have errands to run today. the weekend was sunny and very nice. Saturday I had a lot of people stopping--all new customers, and pam stopped by with an invitation to join the local chamber of commerce. they are having an event the end of the month, and after some urging by Phyllis they included me (I have done this event before, but that was when Phyllis was in charge of it. I didn't even know until last week when she mentio... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:30:35 EST thursday--adventures in jelly good morning! gee-its raining. wow. how novel. I shouldn't complain--and I am really not--right now I am mainly glad we live on high ground that is sandy. I wish there was a way to bottle up this water and send it along to the places that need it so desperately. <BR> yesterday started out rough--I felt so lousy. I finally decided it wouldn't be a good idea to go to the park for my run--so I stayed home and did the 80 minute leslie dvd instead. didn't give it my best effort, but I put... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 07:26:07 EST wednesday good morning. trying to get my engine idling this morning. basically had a sleepless night. not sure why--i think i was just "overstimulated". went to the grocery yesterday--ran a whole bunch of errands, came home and went to the kitchen store to touch base with phyllis about the upcoming edible flowers class. i had found a recipe for daylily jelly and got the ingredients for it--the flowers actually are steeping in the liquid right now--i will make the jelly when i get back from running... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 07:49:36 EST tuesday--excited! good morning! well I got notification this morning that my new toy is en route to me. after years and years and years of wanting to learn how--I ordered a small pottery wheel. haven't been able to turn up a class anywhere nearby that would be convenient, so I have taken matters into my own hands and decided to do what I always do with everything--teach myself. still hunting for a class--but I have been messing with pinch pottery--which is a lot of fun, but I would really like to learn to ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 07:45:51 EST monday--back from hi! well rob was on vacation again last week and it was a serious WORKING vacation! the weather was damp for the start--continued clouds, rain and general ick. but we worked anyway--moving plants, hauling mulch, i don't know exactly what all. the big accomplishment came at the end of the week. we got our new electric line run to the barn. this was a huge deal--rob is comfortable working with electricity, but this was a job bigger than most that he has tackled. the undergound line that ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:08:07 EST friday--if nothing else, my house is CLEAN (and flower pics) good afternoon! its Friday and gee--it has been raining, is muggy and cloudy. what a novelty (NOT). <BR> spent the rainy yesterday cleaning my house from stem to stern--since my brothers are coming for a picnic this weekend--and maybe a few other assorted people--I wanted to clean house. and with the weather being the way it was, I had plenty of time indoors to do it. this time of year I try to make the most of days like that, because when its nice outside I don't have the time or incli... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:25:10 EST