DONNACFIT's SparkPeople Blog DONNACFIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Tomorrow is my Birthday!! Woo hoo!! Hi... <BR> <BR> ..things have calmed down a bit here and I am healing up nicely lol!! The hand is almost painfree!..all that remains is the lump on my finger and a lovely shade of yellowish greenish <BR> <BR> The head is also hurting less all though I do still feel nauseated....and there is more...this morning when I woke up and was still in bed I gingerly touched my temple where the worst of the hit was...still swollen and scabbed over and something new...a wood tick embedded... Tue, 17 May 2016 23:45:01 EST You will never believe what happened yesterday.... Hi <BR> <BR> Well as I was supposed to be taking it easy yesterday after Friday's I did a bit of work on my garden ...taking quack grass out of where I plant my veggies and in my flower beds, then I thought I would do some lawn mowing....while mowing under the fruit trees I was ducking under a branch and instead it hit me in the head...knocked by glasses off and scratched and bruised up my now I have a sore head to go with my sore head...I think I should wrap... Mon, 16 May 2016 00:51:22 EST Branding is done!! HI <BR> <BR> What a least we got branding done!! It was cold out brrr and windy....yikes and the electric iron kept throwing the barn breaker....some of the helping crew was late cuz their cows were out lol <BR> <BR> Hubby and I vaccinated the cows as the neighbors sorted them and loaded them into the chute...that went smoothly. Then we had a quick coffee break with cake and cookies...I did freeze them so they still had lots lol. <BR> <BR> When we started branding I was vaccinat... Fri, 13 May 2016 23:10:41 EST Lots done today.... Hi <BR> <BR> Sheep done...herd rounded up...branding may or may not be a go for tomorrow...light rain outside now... <BR> <BR> Off to bed...have a great weekend... <BR> <BR> Keep on Sparkin' <BR> <BR> Love Donna <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>532</em> Fri, 13 May 2016 00:01:32 EST Hi Happy Wednesday! Hi <BR> <BR> We are still enjoying the rain!! So kind of had 2 lazy days in a row....I worked on the house a was all ready for branding and I am trying to keep it ready...very hard for me as housekeeping is very low on my priorities! <BR> <BR> I keep monthly journals so I worked a bit on May's and did some computer catch ups! <BR> <BR> Supper was beef ribs in the crock pot with BBQ sauce, so even supper was lazy lol!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we will be helping the neighbor with his sh... Wed, 11 May 2016 23:42:11 EST Rain today! Woohoo!! Hi <BR> <BR> We are having a very nice much needed rain! We have had over an inch so far and more coming!! We had to postpone branding but the rain is way better!! <BR> <BR> We went to town for mail today and then continued on to the next closest town and had chinese food for a late mother's day dinner out :) <BR> <BR> Have spent a bit of a lazy day and so enjoying that! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a great week! <BR> <BR> Keep on Sparkin' <BR> <BR> Love Donna <em>334</em> <B... Tue, 10 May 2016 23:50:52 EST Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! Hi <BR> <BR> Quick blog here....getting crazy busy....Had a good mother's son called and sent me a lovely facebook message, oldest daughter also sent me a facebook message and we chatted online...middle daughter doesn't talk to us :( Makes mother's day quite bittersweet... <BR> <BR> Yesterday we worked on corrals all day getting stuff ready for tomorrow's we also did more things to get ready....and guess has started to rain!!! Hubby said if planning t... Mon, 9 May 2016 23:21:09 EST Road trip... Hi <BR> <BR> After chores today we went up to our nearest little city for the day...we stopped and got the mail and mailed away 3 birthday cards and the census form...of course we got the long form and have to do the agricultural one on <BR> <BR> We took hubby's parents out for dinner as an early Mother's day and she loves plants so we gave her a hanging basket...what do you give people over 80 for gifts? they have everything! She loves flowers and belongs to a garden club..the... Fri, 6 May 2016 23:11:17 EST A bit of a restful day.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This wasn't quite my day....but I relaxing with a margarita...for cinco de mayo <BR> <BR> Had a good phone visit with my sister for her anniversary, booked oldest granddaughter into her swim lessons...washed some vehicles....worked on the deck...yup ...a good day... <BR> <BR> We even had 2 6 left... <BR> <BR> Now off to bed...good night all! <BR> <BR> Keep... Thu, 5 May 2016 23:58:03 EST Hot day!! Hi <BR> <BR> Way too hot for is just drying everything up. My heart goes out to the city of Fort Mac Alberta Canada...all the residents...about 80,000+ were all safely evacuated yesterday but the city is almost completely burned! A friends daughter and husband and kids lived there and they are safe...thank God!! <BR> <BR> Today is my daughters birthday...she is the oldest and is 35 now..... <BR> <BR> Did some fencing, stained the <BR> <BR> saw this on fa... Thu, 5 May 2016 00:00:14 EST More fencing today, May Goals and road trips.... Hi... <BR> <BR> We had an interesting day today...after chores we went to a near town to get a filter for our tractor...had got the mail and had a fun lunch out...I even had some Birthday party ice cream. <BR> <BR> When we got home hubby went out fencing and I went to a different town to pick up 3 huge boxes of filters we ordered awhile ago...with a big saving!! While at this little local town I picked up some treats for hubby and then went to this little authentic Italian store that sells ... Wed, 4 May 2016 00:40:37 EST Fencing today and April recap.... Hi <BR> <BR> We were back out fencing today and got one pasture and the big pasture done! We were still replacing the broken posts and I was taking the old ones out and putting staples on the new ones...I was outside for almost the whole was very very unseasonably hot today...I feel quite hot and dusty and tired....tomorrow...more fencing! <BR> <BR> I started the morning with chores and did some of my Monday housework....I have a list but never get to the end of it wash... Tue, 3 May 2016 00:05:48 EST May 1...yikes I blinked and April was gone!! Hi <BR> <BR> I wish I could say things will slow down for May but not a chance...May is usually an even busier month and it will be insane with my tripI <BR> <BR> I updated my spark page and put up a new profile pic of my youngest granddaughter at her dance recital yesterday. We had a great time!! It is almost a 4 hour drive so we left after 1pm and got there in time for a quick supper and the recital started at 6pm....we watched until the last of her 4 dances were over....missed the last... Mon, 2 May 2016 00:05:20 EST Had a crazy busy couple of days... Hi <BR> <BR> We have been very busy here the last couple of I the only one that needs to recoup from a road trip? lol <BR> <BR> We did chores and hauled cattle to the market. We just picked out three which didn't help the numbers a lot but we ended up having 3 calves yesterday too so that all helps....12 left to calve! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the trip to market but as we were getting the trailer backed in and ready to load hubby noticed part of the trailer where the window covers sl... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:12:22 EST Fun road trip today!! Hi <BR> <BR> We went on a fun road trip today to Williston North Dakota. We live just north of Montana and not too far from North Dakota ...we can get to Williston in about 2 hours. <BR> <BR> We had a lovely lunch down there ...I had the soup and salad bar. Then we did some shopping. Hubby loves to check out all the farm supply stores and then we toured around Walmart and I got a few things...some magazines you can't buy in Canada, a few clothes for the granddaughters, new work shoes for ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:42:17 EST A bit less windy a bit of rain.... Hi <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! I had a bit of a lazy Sunday....did the morning chores and checked the herd with the was cold and a bit windy and drizzly...maybe this will turn into a good rain...south of us in Montana some places got almost 3 inches of not so lucky!! <BR> <BR> I did some housework and read lots in my book club book...the meeting is Thursday so got to get cracking... lol <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are feeling a bit under the weather and I hope that nasty flu is n... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:22:20 EST Still windy here.... Hi! <BR> <BR> It is still windy here...I didn't spend as much time outside as I was going to. After morning chores and quadding the herd I did some house stuff and after dinner when hubby went to fence at our land about 30 miles away...I stayed home and did the farm books. <BR> <BR> Truly a day for inside jobs!! Hubby came home tired and cold and windblown and dusty and crawling with ticks...I don't feel so bad I missed it lol!! <BR> <BR> I have a few outside jobs I wanted to do in April ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:24:46 EST Windy windy earth day auction sale.... HI Wow what a horribly windy day....any moisture from our rain last week has been dried right out by wind!! <BR> <BR> We spent today at a farm auction and my eyes, ears, hair and clothes are full of dust...or earth for earth day.... <BR> <BR> Will be off for a much needed shower after I catch this up.... <BR> <BR> Now I am 2 days blogging behind....yesterday was a fun day with the friend get together Birthday party...the caked turned out great and I used that lemon pudding and cool whip... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:19:26 EST Branding at the neighbors.... Hi After chores today we went over to our neighbors and helped them brand some of their calves.....They do them in smaller bunches so it took us a couple hours...then had dinner there. <BR> <BR> When we got home we cleaned up and went to our closest little city called Weyburn and hubby got new tires on one of the farm trucks...I spent the time browsing in Walmart and found some prices and things for the jeans for hubby, a movie for us for our next movie night, the fixings to ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:27:14 EST Wow yesterday was quite the day.... Hi Yesterday was quite the day....the class reunion meeting and dinner out went really good...had business in town too so left home early after chores and then we checked out the venue for the reunion, went for dinner, back to my friend's place for the friend was on speaker phone from Saskatoon. <BR> <BR> We got lots settled for the reunion and I didn't get home until 5 pm...did some night chores and made supper. Hubby was having a rough day without of the heifer cal... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:35:35 EST Liking the declutter part of the Spring Challenge!! Hi Happy Sunday everyone! <BR> <BR> I rocked the LTGL points challenge ...I made my bed..and the decluttered my email inbox and folders...why did I keep all that!!?! I feel 100 pounds lighter!! <BR> <BR> The challenge was to do the kitchen but I had just decluttered my kitchen and pantry a couple months ago and it is still looking good. I took lots of random jars..painted the lids black and made blackboard type labels for all my pantry items...looks so nice now :) <BR> <B... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 23:45:56 EST Quiet Saturday.... Hi I had a very quiet Saturday...feeling kind of yucky so thinking the stomach flu is coming back. We didn't go on our road trip so after chores hubby did some welding building a new gate. I helped with chores, did some housework...made bed and decluttered (the new 5% challenge for this week) and started back working on a project I started awhile ago for a friend...a mini quote book for her....she will be at Monday's class reunion meeting so want to finish it by then... <BR> <BR> I love ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:18:09 EST Dancing in the rain!!! Hi We have had a wonderful started late last night and rained most of today....we didn't have a gauge out yet but we probably got about 1 and 1/2 inches!!! Such a great rain with puddles and grass is turning green!! <BR> <BR> I had a bit of a quiet day so nice to relax to the sound of rain :) I read some in my book club book, did some chores, did some email planning for the class reunion, chatted online with my oldest daughter....visited on the phone with a neighbor...went to tow... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:27:06 EST First Day of Fencing.... Hi... <BR> <BR> Although hubby has been around some of the fence already, today was the first day I helped....all day... <BR> <BR> I will sleep great tonight! We are really getting a lot done as a winter without snow makes fencing quicker....less broken wires and less stretched wires to retighten. I went around a couple pastures replacing the staples, marking any broken posts and making sure everything was tight and good to go. <BR> <BR> We moved the cow calf pairs out to a bigger place t... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:41:44 EST Just a plain ordinary day.... Hi... <BR> <BR> THanks to everyone who stopped by my blogs..I appreciate the comments. <BR> <BR> Today was just another day in paradise....started with coffee of course!! Then chores and tagging and turning out more pairs....talked to my neighbor on the phone...did some house work...talked to another friend on the phone....had company for afternoon coffee...then just before supper we went out to start chores and could smell smoke so we hopped into the truck and looked for the fire. It tur... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:14:35 EST Day trip to the big city.... Hi...after morning chores hubby and I ventured to our closest "big" city....about 10,000 people. We went out for a quick dinner at McDonald's and then picked up our new stove, hubby did some banking and bill paying while I picked up a few fresh groceries and a few new magazines...we love to read!! Then we stopped at a farm store for a quick minute and ran into so many people we lots and lots of visiting before we could get out lol. <BR> <BR> Then we went over to my in-laws for a q... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 23:54:16 EST Capital A of the Day!! Hi <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone for all your messages, comments and goodies on me being Capital A of the Day with my team the Awesome A's in the 5% Spring Challenge!! You made my day!! <BR> <BR> Well that calf # 4 from yesterday ended up being calf # 1 today....she was not born until 1 am so I had a long shift... <BR> <BR> It was really cold overnight but at least the wind went down. The sun warmed up today nicely and it was a good day overall!! <BR> <BR> No more calves yet just that earl... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 23:50:03 EST The wind has gone down a bit but it is cold now.....brrrr Hi.... <BR> <BR> We went 2 days without a calf but have had 3 so far today and one more a the way... <BR> <BR> It turned cold and we woke to a little bit of snow...cold for the babies!! <BR> <BR> I did some sorting and reading and cleaning....just a typical day. We also went together to check the pairs to make sure they are staying healthy in this cold snap! We each have our own quad... <BR> <BR> I found a good article on Pinterest...on how to be happy now...10 scientific ways to be happ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 01:05:53 EST And the wind blows on and on..... Hi We are getting really sick of this wind....the province is under a wind warning so this really sucks.....doing any kind of outside work is brutal....I have to dig corral dirt, hay and dust out of my eyes every time I come in :( <BR> <BR> The day flew by fast....must be the wind....we phoned around for an oven repair and I may just get a new stove...maybe go up next week to get one... <BR> <BR> I don't miss it too much, the stove part still works and I do have a microwave (that is how I ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:35:23 EST Another day.... Hi Don't ruin a good day by thinking about a bad yesterday!! Let it go!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of you that dropped by and for the encouragement that today would be a better day. And mostly it was....hubby was still grumpy, a calf we turned out yesterday was found dead of unknown causes, we tagged, tattooed, debugged and turned out more pairs, and the wind is howling again! But I wasn't cranky anymore.... <BR> <BR> We got lots done and I quadded the pairs, hubby did some fencing, we pu... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 01:41:33 EST I "love" it when a plan doesn't come together...... Hi....I have had one of those days.... <BR> <BR> Needless to say things have not been going great. For one thing my 91 year old neighbor that I was going to take to Ladies Night tonight couldn't get to her hair appointment so cancelled out. I get so frustrated planning things out and then have them fall apart. Makes me feel like a doormat and that I am always doing something for somebody but nobody ever does anything for me....part of my crappy day is probably just being over tired....I am... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 22:44:28 EST Quick blog... Hi do you ever write a blog and hit the wrong key and it disappears....groan.... <BR> <BR> Had a windy windy day today...all our skiff of snow has melted and probably gone with the wind!! <BR> <BR> We missed yesterday with no calves...but have had 3 today and one on the way.... <BR> <BR> I had some free time so baked some treats and froze some for hubby... <BR> <BR> Also read in the book club book, colored in one of my adults coloring books...has anyone else bought adult coloring books? J... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 00:24:43 EST Just a bit of moisture!! Hi we are finally getting a little bit of rain/snow! Not enough to make a big difference in the drought but I am dancing in the rain <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We have had no calves today so a bit of a break...I quadded the pairs to check them and did the usual chores... <BR> <BR> Then I finished getting the farm books ready to take to the accountant for income tax. We went on a mini road trip to the accountant't and then in the other direction to get our mail.... <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 22:37:15 EST My Quadding picture..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi this is just the start of tonights blog...will add more later..: <BR> <BR> The picture is for Patrica as she wasn't sure what quadding was....I guess most people call them ATV's All terrain <BR> <BR> I like mine makes me feel like a redneck biker lol <BR> <BR> Today is Saskatchewan's provincial election so we will find out around 8 pm who won. We went in to town to vo... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:12:26 EST Stiff and sore Sunday.... Hi... <BR> <BR> Well I can tell I did a bit too much farm work yesterday as I am so sore and stiff tonight! Still staying up until midnight for the cattle check... <BR> <BR> We kind of took some of Sunday off and had some extended coffee breaks and hubby had a huge nap after lunch. <BR> <BR> I have a little calf that seems like his mother doesn't have enough milk so I have been giving him a bottle 2x a day. Chores also include feeding my 20+ barn cats, quadding the cow calf pairs...quaddi... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 23:32:18 EST April Goals... Hi as promised I am back and ready to post my April goals.... <BR> <BR> <BR> My Spark Goals for April... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Refresh my spark page for April <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Log in daily <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> 100 spark points most days <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> 100 fitness minutes most days <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> 8 or 8+ glasses of water daily <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> 5% Spring Challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>490</em> Keep on... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 00:27:32 EST What a hectic Easter week!! Hi sorry I missed so many days blogging....since I came back to spark one of my goals was to blog daily....time to get back on track... <BR> <BR> Just a quick update from the ranch...I ended up going to our closest small city for calving supplies the morning before the book club...just a quick trip and then off again for supper out with my friend and the fun book club meeting. We were a small group but had a great discussion. March's book was called Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline..eve... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 22:38:03 EST The flu that won't go away.... Hi it is hard to get motivated while having this flu!! <BR> <BR> Today I did some outside cattle chores and then some cattle book chores. <BR> <BR> I am also helping plan my 40 year high school class reunion so did a bit of work on that...i am meeting up with one of my friends tomorrow for planning and supper before we go to the book club meeting. <BR> <BR> That is one of my new things...I joined a library book club in the community next to mine...where I lived before and went to school. ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:23:56 EST Getting ready for the challenge.... Hi I did a bit of reading to get ready for the 5% Spring Challenge and took the quiz that told me I was ready....good to know. <BR> <BR> Last night when I checked the cows at midnight we had 2 more calves so we had 8 yesterday! A busy day.....then today we just had 2 so we could get a bit caught up. Most of Saskatchewan had a spring blizzard but we missed it except for a small bit of freezing rain...although the land sure could have used the big dump of snow others got!! The reality of dro... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:42:46 EST Joined the 5% Spring Challenge! Hi yesterday I joined the 5% Spring has been a while since I have done a challenge and I am looking forward to the extra boost of incentive! I am an Awesome A this time...I have been a Starfish in the past! <BR> <BR> Today was busy...getting chores done early so we could get to our nearest little city for an appointment. Had 2 calves before we left, 2 calves while we were away and 2 more since we got home....I am doing the midnight check so have a bit of time before I go out... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:24:34 EST Ready to spring into spring!! is hard to believe it is spring already since we really didn't have a normal winter....we will pay for that with the pastures and crops...I see drought on the horizon~ <BR> <BR> But we are well underway with calving and keeping with the year's strangeness we are about 1/3 done and we aren't supposed to even start for a few more days???? Good to get it over with...and I do love all the new babies and the extra work will mean extra exercise for me and I need that!! <BR> <BR> I am jus... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 18:31:00 EST I am back!! Where does the time go? <BR> <BR> I am back and determined to get healthy! <BR> <BR> I joined the 30 day challenge Small changes and will start small....step one is let people know my get healthy back on spark with small changes. <BR> <BR> So looking forward to reconnect and get your support! <BR> <BR> Missed you all like crazy! <BR> <BR> Keep on Sparkin' <BR> xxx Donna <em>334</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:17:40 EST Dang it is busy here..... Hi where do the days go? Crazy busy here!! <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful birthday....busy yesterday....busy today..... <BR> <BR> Hope things slow down...I need to!! <BR> <BR> Weight is not doing so great...need to get back on track.... <BR> <BR> Thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin' <BR> <BR> Love Donna xxx <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 May 2014 00:34:59 EST Another short road trip... Hi we had a super time on yesterday's road trip..stopped at the cinabon place..yum rationing them....then did all the stores we wanted to in Minot and had a delicious buffet for supper..they even had shrimp and sweet potato fries 2 of my favorites! <BR> <BR> found quite a few things to buy especially at the book store..both hubby and I love to we stocked up... <BR> <BR> I bought a pair of $5 jeans and some shorts for summer, a couple souvenir t-shirts and lime green flip f... Sun, 18 May 2014 00:43:18 EST Road trip...woohoo......... HI just a quick shout out as we are off on our road trip to North Dakota and won't be back until really late!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day Sparkies and have a wonderful May long to all my Canadian friends!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for dropping by and keep on sparkin' <BR> <BR> Love Donna xxx <BR> <BR> <em>636</em> <em>433</em> <em>652</em> Fri, 16 May 2014 08:57:43 EST Busy with yard work... Hi today I helped with the usual chores, then did some yard cleaning up...gathered up some wood for next winter's wood stove. Mowed some grass... <BR> <BR> After lunch I went to town for the mail and I got a parcel from my sister for my birthday. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we are going to Minot, North Dakota for a day trip...I love road trips.... will do some shopping and checking out what is new down there....always look forward to the spring trip! <BR> <BR> This is Canada's may long weekend...i... Thu, 15 May 2014 22:53:27 EST Fun early birthday party... Hi I had a great time at my early birthday party!! <BR> <BR> My 2 best friends came over after lunch and brought cake and presents!! We had a great visit and loads of fun...I found this post on fb that sums us went something like this..3 senior friends were out for a walk..the first one said it is windy, the second one said no I think it is Thursday and the last one said..I am thirsty too lets go for a! <BR> <BR> We made plans for our next get together...a concert in Ju... Thu, 15 May 2014 00:41:27 EST Still resting up from yesterday.... Hi I was a bit sore today especially my hand where a cow kicked the syringe out of my hand when I was vaccinating her.... ouch.... <BR> <BR> I did get some rest but did some clean up for my friends tomorrow (my early birthday party) and bottle fed a new born calf 2x today as she can't get up yet...hubby went to town to get the income tax papers..they are finally done ...groan... and then I went to town to pay the taxes, get the mail etc...then hubby had put some manure on my garden and today... Wed, 14 May 2014 00:22:14 EST Branded today!! Hi so glad we were able to get the branding done....all went well except for a few kicks..that is typical <BR> <BR> It has been a long day...we started at about 7am and were finished around 1 pm...the weather held with no rain and some sun but lots of wind :( <BR> <BR> I am really tired so an early night and short blog... <BR> <BR> Thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin' <BR> <BR> <BR> Love Donna xxx <BR> <BR> woohoo time to CELEBRATE!! Branding is done!! <BR> I am feeling my age...... Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:32 EST Happy Mother's DAy!! Hi hope you all had a great Mother's DAy! <BR> <BR> I did! I chatted on line to my oldest daughter and opened the home made cards from my granddaughters and also they gave me 5 new charms for my Pandora bracelet they gave me for Christmas! My son called later in the day just before he left for work :) Hubby gave me a card and of course out for supper last night!! <BR> <BR> This afternoon I brought my neighbor (surrogate mother) to our greenhouse grand opening and bought myself some plants... Mon, 12 May 2014 00:29:52 EST