CMKARLS's SparkPeople Blog CMKARLS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stormy night All that humidity yesterday brought in a storm last night. I like listening to storms at night. It is soothing. After a long weekend back to work and school for us. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:43:30 EST Hello We had a great weekend. We went up north for a long weekend. The weather was great, not too hot and no rain. The humidity didn't show up until today. The traffic was horrendous coming home today but it was worth it. The water has finally dried up some so we could get out on the trails. My daughter had a great time on the 4-wheeler and my dad taught her how to drive the tractor. She thought that was great. We were a little removed from the world of electronics but I kind of like that. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:57:37 EST Thursday The girls lost both of their double header games last night but at least the games were without drama. I did not hear any arguing with the ump or between the coaches or the parents. Yeah! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 06:32:55 EST Hump Day We have a double header tonight for softball. I hope the one coach and the parents behave themselves. I do not want a repeat of the horrid behavior that we had on Friday night. <BR> <BR> <em>300</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:56:33 EST Tuesday Good morning. Had more storms last night. The humidity has been high. I have been trying to avoid turning the air conditioner on. I like having the windows open and listening to the rain and the birds. I also hate the thought of what the air conditioner does to the electric bill. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:02:29 EST Monday Back to work and school. Oh what fun. At least with the holiday it is a short week. Yeah! Have a great week. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:31:26 EST Horse Clinics We have our 4-H horse clinics this weekend. Yesterday was western and today is English. My daughter is actually letting one of the younger girls use her horse this morning. That is a first. She is growing up. She is usually so over protective of her possessions. The clinics are divided into two sessions with the morning being for the younger and/or less experienced riders and the afternoon for the more experienced riders. We trailered her horse there yesterday and boarded him there last night... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:23:51 EST Coaches and Parents Coaches and parents can really ruin the games for the kids. They look like huge fools, embarrass their kids and set an extremely poor example of sportsmanship. That is what I experienced last night. I am embarrassed to say most of it came from our team. It is okay for a coach to be upset about a call at home but to start arguing with the ump shouldn't happen. Then one of the parents started criticizing his pitching calls just to add fuel to the fire. It got even uglier as the evening went on.... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:21:14 EST Good Morning Good Morning. Off to work and then into a busy weekend after a full week. We just got back from the 4-H Youth Leadership Conference. It was a great time. We met a lot of great people and did a lot of great things. This weekend is softball and horse clinics. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:03:03 EST Love <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>220</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:25:02 EST Move it! <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>318</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:47:44 EST Smile <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <em>213</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:44:02 EST Model Horse We had our county model horse show yesterday. I only had three kids show up. It was a good learning experience for the one who is new to the project. I ran it as an educational experience. We made muck buckets and lead ropes for the model horses too. Our overall numbers and participation in the general project are down too. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:35:00 EST Birds I love waking to the sounds of the birds singing outside. <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:15:22 EST Softball Off to my daughter's softball game. <BR> <em>300</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:23:45 EST TGIF <em>104</em> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:56:43 EST More Storms This morning the thunder woke me at 4:18. Oh well. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:58:44 EST Good Morning We had more storms last night. At least they were earlier (10:30) rather than 2:30. Much better night of sleep. Off to work. Hopefully I will get a chance to walk more today. I think I will try to take a long walk while my daughter is at softball practice. <BR> <em>311</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:56:51 EST Storms We had a wicked storm go thru here during the night. It was a very intense lightening and thunder show. I wasn't so bad until the house alarm went off and wouldn't stop. It went off for a moment when we lost power briefly, but then it went off and continued to sound a couple of time for a long time. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:29:07 EST Monday Good morning. The weekend is over and time to get back to work. Summer school starts tomorrow. They encourage all incoming freshmen to take summer school. It helps the adjustment to high school, they get to meet new kids and it they take core classes they end up with an extra elective during the year. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:22:38 EST exhausted We just got home from 3 days at camp with the 4-H kids. I am exhausted. We ha a great time. I am so looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight. I was up late Thursday night making sure we had everything we needed for us as well as the activities I was doing with the kids. I did not sleep well Friday night. Beds were no comfortable and someone's walkie-talkie kept making noises. Last night I slept a little better because I was just too tired to notice. Lots of mosquitos but no rain. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 13:24:48 EST Camp We have 4-H camp this weekend. It should be fun. I am leading one of the tracks this year - music. Hopefully they will enjoy what I pulled together. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:40:05 EST Wednesday Sure - school is out and my daughter gets up on her own to let the dog out and get ready to go to a friend's house. Where was that during the school year? Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:59:15 EST Tuesday My daughter is done with 8th grade. Her last day was yesterday and the ceremony is tonight. Off to high school. She has already started with cheer tryouts and next Tuesday starts summer school. Most incoming freshmen take summer school to get a jump start on required classes giving them an extra elective during the year. I am not sure I agree with this 100% but she is going to do it. We will make sure she gets some summer fun in. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:41:18 EST Monday Start of another week. It is a short week for me though as far as work goes. This morning I took a couple of hours off to go to the 8th grade awards ceremony. They have it during the school day though "promotion" or graduation is tomorrow night. Friday I am off to go to 4-H camp. I am a chaperone, camp "nurse", photographer and running a music track. It is always a fun time. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 07:50:11 EST Computer Spring Cleaning I think it is time for a spring cleaning on my computer, It is starting to move slow. I will have to remind my computer guy to remote in and clean it up. I spent some time cleaning my mail box the other day, filing and deleting a lot of e-mails. Now it is time to do everything else. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 08:32:40 EST Good Morning The girls won there softball game last night. It was a nice turnaround from the game they had Monday night. Today we are off to volunteering at therapeutic riding this morning, a graduation party this afternoon and another softball game tonight. <BR> <em>58</em> <em>300</em> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 08:17:57 EST TGIF Good morning. The dog was up at 1 am. :-( Her kennel is in the garage. I am wondering if there is some type of small animal out there. This weekend we will have to do some cleaning. I am not a fan of being woken in the middle of the night. I like my sleep. <BR> <em>102</em> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 07:32:24 EST Naps I think today will be a great day to work in a nap. I was on-call last yesterday 8 am until today 8 am. Overall it was not a bad call but I did have to take a call about 12:30 this morning from the veterans home with three chest x-ray reports. That took awhile to go through the results, patients' histories, medications, allergies and renal functions. Two of them needed antibiotics. That in itself would have been okay, but the dog started barking at 2:10 and we needed to put her out for a litt... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 07:53:19 EST Hump Day Hump day once again. Time is going by too quickly. Things need to slow down so we can enjoy life more. I miss the simpler times. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:04:11 EST Softball Good morning. My daughter had her first softball game of the season. They lost 0:10. They have had a fair amount of practices but it is always different people there and some of the high school kids just joined them after their season was over. They are not playing as a team and a few of the kids don't seem to know where they should move on the field or where to throw. It will be interesting to see how they develop as a team as the season progresses. <BR> <em>300</em> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 07:33:36 EST Monday Time to head back to work after a nice weekend. My daughter has her first softball game of the season tonight. Unfortunately it is almost an hour away. Oh well. I look forward to the home games. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 07:49:05 EST Too cute. <img src=""> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:44:30 EST crafts We had an arts and crafts meeting last night for 4-H. They painted and decorated wood spoons &/or light bulbs. Some kids do well with it, others do not. At least they try and seem to have fun. Sat, 31 May 2014 09:02:37 EST TGIF TGIF. I am looking forward to Sunday. We are going to a friend's house for an oil paining class. We did this about a year and a half ago and it was wonderful. I could not believe the paintings we walked away with. Fri, 30 May 2014 07:58:36 EST Thursday Starting on my to do list for the week. Time to get the vegetable plants in. I have errands to run this morning so I will try to pick plants up too. Also have paperwork and laundry to get done. Oh what fun - but it has to get done. Thu, 29 May 2014 07:31:27 EST Good Morning Good morning. I forgot to put my fitbit on yesterday after I charged it. I will have to guess at how many steps I did. I will go with my average day because I think it was a little more than average. Oh well. <BR> <em>311</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 07:34:24 EST Tuesday Back to work after a long weekend. I hope everyone has a great day. Tue, 27 May 2014 07:41:58 EST Thank You Thank you to all the men and women who have and/or continue to serve this country to keep if free and safe for all of us. <BR> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> Mon, 26 May 2014 08:57:22 EST Sunday We had a nice day yesterday. I was relaxing to spend then evening at our friends' campground. My daughter got her workout playing with a 2 1/2 and a 3 1/2 kid. Today we are going to go plant flowers with our 4-H group at a retirement home and this evening we are going to go to a bonfire. Sun, 25 May 2014 09:30:53 EST Saturday It looks like it is going to be a nice day. The sun is out and the temp should be nice. Softball practice was cancelled. I guess the coaches weren't sure there would be enough girls there. This afternoon we need to stop and pay our respects for one of my daughter's friends' sister who died way too young at the age of 21. After that we are going to head up to our friends' church campground for what is left of the day and the evening and just relax with friends. Sat, 24 May 2014 09:10:12 EST Friday Off to work. Looking forward to the long weekend. have a few things planned but nothing too intense. hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. Fri, 23 May 2014 07:48:53 EST Thursday Good morning. One thing I need to do today is go grocery shopping. The pickings in the frig, freezer and pantry is sparse. I also need to look into getting a spare tire for the horse trailer. I didn't realize it wasn't standard on featherlite trailers. I also need to work on getting everything together for 4-H camp. I am doing a music track with the kids. We are going to do some drumming and then make some instruments. I need to make samples of the instruments and get a few other things toge... Thu, 22 May 2014 08:01:38 EST Hump Day Middle of the week once more. I didn't end up having my whole night free yesterday. I had a teleconference for the state youth leadership conference. It was over an hour long but at least I could do it from the comfort of my own home. Tonight we have 4-H horse meeting. they have gotten real political and therefore have not been short. hopefully tonight's will be quick. Wed, 21 May 2014 07:41:48 EST Tuesday Good morning. After work I am going to go pick up my dad's boat. We had a new cover made for it. After that we have NOTHING tonight. Yeah!!! That doesn't happen too often. Last night my daughter had gymkhana workout. A two hour workout is really more like four when you have to transport to a facility over 30 minutes away. Tue, 20 May 2014 07:53:30 EST Good Morning Good morning. I enjoyed wandering around the craft fair in Woodstock, IL yesterday. It is held around their historic square. I just looked and didn't buy anything. On the way home I stopped and checked out the kennel my daughter volunteers at. It is a place that breeds German Shepherds. It is sad how these dogs spend most of their time in kennels. Mon, 19 May 2014 07:43:16 EST Craft Fair The sun is out and it is suppose to be in the upper 60s today so I think I am going to go down to Woodstock and wander around their craft fair that is on the square. There are suppose to be 350 venders and they are chosen by application. It has been a long time since I have gone down there but it has always been one of the better shows because of the quality of the items. Sun, 18 May 2014 09:04:15 EST Sunshine and 45 degrees 45 degrees does not seem right for May. I am not sure when we will be safe to plant our gardens. Next weekend is Memorial Day. Yikes! I think it will be a late harvest. Hopefully some things will be ready by fair time. Sat, 17 May 2014 09:25:49 EST TGIF It is Friday once more. Tonight we are going to a community play that my daughter's friend is in. Tomorrow she has softball practice, we have a baby shower for a friend and then a girl's night out. It should be fun. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:48:39 EST Rain We had a few nice days and now we are back to cool weather and rain. Oh well. The grass looks healthy. Thu, 15 May 2014 07:48:18 EST