DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday, 7/23/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am just exhausted, but so thankful Maegann and I got the decorating finished for VBS so we can rest a bit tomorrow before night one of controlled chaos. <BR> <BR> Church was good this morning and then Maegann and I went to lunch before coming home to load up all the VBS stuff and head back to the church building. We figure we worked about 5 1/2 hours and spent about an hour at the ... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:13:10 EST Saturday, 7/22/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Slept in the morning and then headed off for our hair trims. Once back home we got busy unloading the huge under-the-stairs pullout and thankfully not as much in there as I thought. I then gathered more items from kitchen cupboards and got a couple of boxes finished up from those two places. Maegann boxed up Isaac's room and I got several more filled myself. A good day's work! <BR>... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:18:21 EST Friday, 7/21/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's only about 10:30pm and Maegann and I are watching an episode of "Pretty Little Liars" before going to bed. <BR> <BR> Began the day by heading to Boise to pick up some papers from a client. Maegann was nervous as it meant she had to get back on the interstate. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She did... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:49:54 EST Thursday, 7/20/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's the truth! We are on the edge of big change once again. Each day someone has anxiety or questions and today it appears everyone except me got hit with it at once. Praying a good rest for all will help. <BR> <BR> Today I got the kitchen items packed that are best stored until needed -- china, mugs, glass bakeware, etc. I then finished packing up the wall hangings. <BR> <BR> <im... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:29:16 EST Wednesday, 7/29/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tried to post a blog last night, but for some reason I kept getting an error so gave up. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did some cleaning (floors), laundry, made green juice and got the wall hangings wrapped in blankets for storage. I was glad to have the wall hangings protected by blankets, but took a photo of this one as it came home from Colorado with us and Maegann wants it up in our new ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:53:18 EST Monday, 7/17/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is definitely a response I was challenged with throughout this day. I am thankful I was able to remain in the "grace zone". <BR> <BR> First up was a lady from church that I had to meet with at noon regarding helping with the VBS crafts. Well, let’s just say she does NOT want be a helper. She wanted me to back down and let her do what she chose as far as the crafts without ever comin... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:40:46 EST Sunday, 7/16/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a great morning of worship, but realized during the teen class when we discussing summer camp and other activities that VBS starts next week...not in two weeks! Yikes! Once I got over the shock of it and got the last of the recruiting done (needed 2 people for the opening skits) I could breathe again. By tonight I am thinking "So glad...need it out of the way with all the moving... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:32:49 EST Saturday, 7/15/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I got up early enough to make a green juice before leaving for my massage. That massage was wonderful and over way too soon. Sure didn't seem like 90 minutes! Afterwards I stopped and got the van serviced as it was overdue and the bays were empty. Once home I got busy helping with Project Moving. <BR> <BR> Ours is the house with all the storage containers in the drive... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 22:36:31 EST Friday, 7/14/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Didn't get near SP until about 8:30 p.m. and chose to take care of "business" first for challenge teams. Great stuff happening with the Emerald Gems and the Daisies! <BR> <BR> Here's how the day went: <BR> <em>67</em> breakfast at Subway with Isaac <BR> <em>67</em> started laundry <BR> <em>67</em> paid bills <BR> <em>67</em> paid work -- finally! (Two more plans to get in... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:18:51 EST Thursday, 7/13/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another full day and tonight I go to bed praying for a quieter one tomorrow. It is much needed after this busy week. <BR> <BR> This morning I got Isaac off for time with Meg and then Maegann and I headed out for a few errands. After lunch I got busy on the finances as they have been sitting there since the end of June when we left for Colorado. I have to deal with the hospital coll... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:35:10 EST Wednesday, 7/12/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day started by getting both kids off to their respective places. Isaac with Meg and Maegann at driving school. In between taxi drives I did paid work. I almost got through it all today! <BR> <BR> When I picked Maegann up she had received a 96 on her driving "road" test and the instructor gave her the driving permit <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:56:38 EST Tuesday, 7/11/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was another busy one, but not overly exhausting. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <em>141</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>141</em> client visit in Boise (Isaac went with me) <BR> <em>141</em> finished up the laundry <BR> <em>141</em> did some paid work <BR> <em>141</em> took Maegann to the driving school and Isaac to the university <BR> <em>141</em> bought fruit and ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:17:58 EST Monday, 7/10/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I knew today was going to be busy, but I definitely underestimated the fun. After breakfast I was able to get most of school finished with Isaac before the inspector arrived. The buyer showed up to go through everything with him which was fine. He enjoyed visiting with all of us too. We left about 9:15 to go view the house we have offered to buy. <BR> <BR> It's going to need work,... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:15:09 EST Sunday, 7/9/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Made it home and we are all so glad to be here. We got everything put away and then we chose to relax. The drive was hot...the high we found was 107 and the low was 75. The low was at 6:30 a.m. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning is the house inspection on our current place and I also have laundry and meal planning at the top of the to do list. Paid work will get caught up too...won't take... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 21:04:29 EST Saturday, 7/8/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been a quiet one and we all needed that after such a busy week. We did help Marie put up some of the pictures and cleaned up the back patio and entryway of all the paint stuff. This evening we are meeting Marie's son and his family for supper at a Mexican restaurant and then we will start gathering up most of what we can for pre-packing. We are all ready to be home especia... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 19:10:45 EST Friday, 7/7/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's a question I am definitely faced with currently and honestly it is a good one to address periodically. It is easy to be afraid of the unknown. I know God's got this, but still a place I visit more often than I would like. <BR> <BR> We got the painting projects finished today and Marie's bedroom reorganized for her. The place looks so nice. Tomorrow will be a more restful day and ... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 22:58:25 EST Thursday, 7/6/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a day. Totally exhausted and my legs and shoulders are killing me. Part of it is just two straight days of being on my feet painting and moving furniture and the other part is that Maegann worked on my sore shoulder and knee. A good night of sleep and some ibuprofen should help a lot! <BR> <BR> We got the other half of the living room done and the hallway. Finally had bbq bur... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 23:27:54 EST Wednesday, 7/5/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sleep was a bit more difficult to come by as the fireworks were so noisy and the house was so warm. I will say that there weren't near as many fireworks here as we typically endure at home! <BR> <BR> Today we slept in and then got busy getting the living room ready to paint. We got the easy half done and tomorrow we will tackle the other half. Just harder as there is a lot more furniture... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 21:38:21 EST Tuesday, 7/4/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning we were all able to sleep in and it was much needed! Isaac got out and mowed his Auntie's lawn for her first thing and then I took him over to Burger King for breakfast. Once back home I researched property again and the one I had found last night that would have worked perfectly was already gone. We all went to Subway for lunch again and I enjoyed my usual teriyaki chi... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 17:56:08 EST Monday, 7/3/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began earlier than any of us wanted, but with a purpose. Beat the worst of the heat for painting. The guys headed out to rent the paint sprayer and the rest of us got busy taping the windows and doors. Only downside to the paint spraying....Maegann had an allergic reaction to the latex paint. None of us had even thought about that, but thankfully a Benadryl and about 90 min... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 15:46:55 EST Sunday, 7/2/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That was the scripture the sermon was based on this morning at church. He did a good job bringing in the history of the founding father's and relating it to current times. <BR> <BR> Once home Tim and his brother headed out to scrape paint in prep for painting (they are waiting for the sun to go down a bit now before doing some priming) and I made a green juice, did some dishes and then cau... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 18:50:01 EST Saturday, 7/1/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not much happening here today other than house painting prep. Tim and his brother got the house power washed and now they are out with Marie getting the painting supplies needed. Just wishing it wasn't so hot for this adventure. <BR> <BR> I was able to contact both pharmacies today to get my "happy" pills and everyone, including myself, will be very thankful for that success. I am ... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 17:37:30 EST Friday, 6/30/17 - Travel Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Made it safely to our destination today. Can't believe how long the 10 hours seemed this time and feels like it should be midnight already instead of 8 pm. Ready for sleep. Ellsworth is already snoring and laying across my left foot. Guess he doesn't want me to go anywhere! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow Tim and Paul will be getting a power sprayer to clean the outside of the house (SIL's) so they ... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 22:03:02 EST Thursday, 6/29/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And goodness will it be a HOT sun tomorrow for our 10-hour drive! The desert will show no mercy from the heat! We will be heading out about 6 in the morning. <BR> <BR> Today went smoothly and I'm thankful for the rest tonight. Just lots of laundry, packing and getting my flash drives ready to go with me. Clients and Spark at my fingertips! Ellsworth (our basset) has been very calm abou... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:43:43 EST Wednesday, 6/28/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today went smoothly and tomorrow will be busier with all the trip prep so we can leave Friday morning. I was able to get through the paid work that was on deadline so that's a huge relief. Planning to take all the client documents on a flash drive though in case I need information. Usually don't, but since we're going to be gone over a week I think it is smart. <BR> <BR> The realt... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:37:53 EST Tuesday, 6/27/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tim got off early this morning for Oregon and thankfully the day has gone smoothly overall. Had a rough time with Isaac at bedtime with disobedience, but the bright side is that it was bedtime. <BR> <BR> The morning was spent doing school and running errands. This afternoon I did paid work and got through all the pending stuff except for one. Tomorrow! Tonight we watched Carol Bur... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:32:23 EST Monday, 6/26/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And as of today, I am hanging on for the ride through it! <BR> <BR> We received the offer on our house this afternoon for full price plus enough to cover the 3% realtor fee that we had agreed to pay. The family also wrote a personal letter to us and from that we learned that one of their girls has autism and a service dog. What are the odds, right? The letter talked about how the move to... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:27:30 EST Sunday, 6/25/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thankful for a MUCH calmer day! Worship was very good with a sermon on the fact that when others are hurting/grieving we should let them instead of trying to fix them, tell them our stories or offer well-intentioned words such as "You will be all right." "It's going to be okay." Used the example of Job which was perfect. <BR> <BR> Once home and lunch was done I started right in on the pa... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:04:08 EST Saturday, 6/24/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began way too early for me as I did not sleep well due to my legs just aching from the nine hours I'd spent on them getting the house ready to show. Once up it was time to get the little things tucked away that we use every day, but just look like clutter to others. The realtor and her clients arrived on time and they loved the house and before they left the driveway the real... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:01:06 EST Friday, 6/23/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is only one word to describe how I feel tonight. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Exhausted. <BR> <BR> My quiet day was totally derailed by 8:30 this morning with one text message. "Client wants to view your home tomorrow at 9 a.m." Well, the house was NOT ready to show so once home Maegann and I ... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:07:39 EST Thursday, 6/22/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am tired! Here's why: <BR> <em>150</em> School with Isaac before Meg arrived for him. (He will be re-doing all the grammar tomorrow. <BR> <em>41</em> Maegann and I had hair trims (She has a cute French braid tonight.) <BR> <em>368</em> Lunch <BR> <em>299</em> Isaac left with Patrick <BR> <em>542</em> I cleaned the bathrooms (finally) and Maegann mopped the floors an... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:21:33 EST Wednesday, 6/21/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today began by getting Isaac off with Meg for several hours and then Maegann and I headed out to pick up documents from a client and then go to the mall as there was something she wanted to check into because of a coupon. Isaac was home when we got back and we did some school before a trip to Walmart to pick up a cheese pizza for their lunch. Took Isaac to the university to meet up w... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:05:25 EST Tuesday, 6/20/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Holding onto this promise! So many things in my concern zone right now: <BR> *Maegann's concussion recovery <BR> *Isaac's autism and the additional aggressiveness due to his age <BR> *Tim's health & paid work needs (slow time right now at work) <BR> *My health & weight loss needs <BR> *My friend Janette's hubby (cancer) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:12:04 EST Monday, 6/19/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has held ups and downs, but overall it was good. <BR> <BR> The ups: school went well with Isaac, a fun time running errands with Maegann, hanging out working in the kitchen and Sparking while Maegann worked on driver's ed. <BR> <BR> The downs: Maegann being very depressed about her recovery. Isaac choosing the "I have to be right." attitude. He also did something that scare... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:35:23 EST Sunday, 6/18/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning we had a great time of worship and then we had a quiet afternoon at home. We did get Isaac off on the bus to the church in Meridian and he had a good time. Now we will hear "When can I go back?" too often. LOL <BR> <BR> This afternoon was just spent at home. Everyone just rested. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow.... school, dropping Isaac off at the church with Patrick and cleanin... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:02:36 EST Saturday, 6/17/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began my day with a 90-minute massage that was so relaxing. Some painful spots as usual. Afterwards I stopped at Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up a new microwave cover. I sort of melted the old one with a piece of bread. 3 seconds planned ... ran for almost 3 minutes. You can imagine the smell that I fought for a couple of days in the house. Once home I got a green juice made so we'... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 19:30:16 EST Friday, 6/16/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This day has gone by quickly, but hasn't felt busy. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <em>8</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>8</em> Subway with Isaac (our usual Friday time) <BR> <em>8</em> laundry and email <BR> <em>8</em> client meeting (30 min. drive) <BR> <em>8</em> errands with Maegann <BR> <em>8</em> Sparking while watching "Pretty Little Liars" <BR> <em>8</em> hang... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:19:44 EST Thursday, 6/15/17 I guess SP thinks I am so late to the blog party that they aren't even going to let me post an image! I'm guessing more maintenance like they did last night. <BR> <BR> Not a lot happened today around here as Isaac was gone from 8-11:30 and 1-3:30 for therapies. Maegann went with me to drop him off at the church so we could pick up our VBS stuff and leave the outdoor banner for the office to find someone to hang it up. Other than that, just paid work and that was all pretty much just to ge... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:05:52 EST Wednesday, 6/14/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was pretty much spent around food and Vacation Bible School: <BR> <em>782</em> grocery shopping <BR> <em>782</em> juicing <BR> <em>782</em> school with Isaac <BR> <em>782</em> made lunch (grilled cheese and tomato soup) <BR> <em>782</em> VBS prep - outdoor banner, opening & closing schedule, started learning the music <BR> <em>782</em> spaghetti for supper <BR> ... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 22:16:26 EST Tuesday, 6/13/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today went pretty much as planned other than not getting to the grocery store after dropping Isaac off. Instead I had to come straight back and pick up Tim and Maegann to go look at a house. This one was on almost an acre and has potential to build a new house near the back of the parcel, but the house and outbuildings just need to be dropped to the ground as does a lot of shrubbery.... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:39 EST Monday, 6/12/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This verse has been posted today as deceptive talk surfaced big time from DS. Made for some rough moments off and on. Later his "I have to be right" attitude took over and then he was just not fun to be around. Glad these days are not as often as they used to be, but still tiring. <BR> <BR> This morning I had a client meeting and the kids both went with me this time. Isaac likes t... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:41:44 EST Sunday, 6/11/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We ended up missing Acts 2 service day at church today for health reasons. Maegann was not doing well and overdoing it can drop her too much. She also has a sprained hand (happened Friday) so wouldn't have been able to do the things she planned for service. I woke up with a horrible headache along with very stiff neck and shoulders and didn't sleep well so I was fine staying home. ... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 20:46:40 EST Saturday, 6/10/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This saying has much truth in it tonight for our family. We've had word that the separation and pending divorce of Tim's brother is underway. That wasn't unexpected, but what was is how it all came down. Let's just's going to get ugly. The first reason is because she beat him to the legal paperwork. He waited too long as he had been planning on this for about a month or two a... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:35:24 EST Friday, 6/9/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another very quiet day at home. Could definitely get used to this! <BR> <BR> Started out at 8 taking Isaac to breakfast at Subway as usual and then headed to the church to drop him off for time with Patrick. Once home I went through email and then got busy on the finances. Those took longer than I planned on, but nice that they are caught up once again. I then finished up a littl... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 22:46:22 EST Thursday, 6/8/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was a very quiet day and I will have another one tomorrow. <em>244</em> Got Isaac off with Meg again this morning and then checked my email for client documents before fixing breakfast. I got everything caught up with the paid work and then ran an errand to the pharmacy and then to the vet (nail trim). Once back I updated receipts in the computer and started filling out the kid... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 22:29:25 EST Wednesday, 6/7/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am very glad that days scheduled this full do not come that often. <BR> <BR> I had a 7:30 eye exam and learned my eyes had changed for the better. I was thankful the need for new lenses wasn't needed until I choose to get them. Very helpful since we are currently playing for Maegann's new glasses. <BR> <BR> The quiet moments of my day came once I got home as Isaac was already w... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 22:57:46 EST Tuesday, 6/6/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Overall it was a good day. Here's the breakdown: <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Took Isaac to the university to meet up with Destinie for physical therapy <BR> <em>88</em> Started on paid work <BR> <em>88</em> After lunch we went to find out about checking in on 2 bassets Saturday for friends. <BR> <em>88</em> School with Isaac (Maegann reorganized the pantry while we worked.) <BR... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 22:10:31 EST Monday, 6/5/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning began getting Maegann ready to head out for several hours of spring cleaning with a lady from church. <em>542</em> She will go back again Wednesday morning. Nice temporary job for her with someone she enjoys. <BR> <BR> Next up was finishing up school with Isaac and that was not the most pleasant experience as he was in "I know how" mode. <em>198</em> I called in ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 21:16:03 EST Sunday, 6/4/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning church was fun. The kids had a great class (I am there as Isaac's "support person" so he behaves.) and then it was off to worship. Today was the first day to begin recruiting volunteers for Vacation Bible School and the video was just silly and then Maegann followed up with a little announcement about the location of the sign-up board. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 22:33:08 EST Saturday, 6/3/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning everyone slept in a little and by the time I was up Isaac was already out mowing the lawn. I took him to breakfast at Subway once he'd finished as we missed our weekly time out together yesterday. Once back from that I worked on getting the receipts entered in the computer and then started putting a plan draft together. Headed out with both kids around noon. Dropped Is... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 21:17:15 EST