LADYFROMTHEWOOD's SparkPeople Blog LADYFROMTHEWOOD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Of Snow and Soda I got my much-wished-for snowfall. When I got up this morning, there it was. All fluffy and pure. As I stepped out onto the porch, the whole world seemed insulated from sound. Not a squirrel, nor bird, nor dog were stirring within earshot. It reminded me of the tendency of humans to wake to a cold, Saturday morning and promptly allow oneself to throw the quilts back over your head to sleep in. Yes, some animals will do that. I know deer had not even left prints in the snow when we went... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:24:02 EST Positivity I have nothing deep nor personal to write today. <BR> <BR> The sun is shining in the valley. The humidifier on the woodstove is making a noise indicative of simmering water. Lucy, the dog, has decided to spend the morning outdoors to bark at the smells of traveling deer or turkey. <BR> <BR> Hubby is gone to work. Daughter will leave for work at 1ish. I slept well, without my usual weird or exhausting dreams to remember. I started a new book last night. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Haw... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:11:24 EST Recovery Day I usually love Mondays. Mondays are the days I use to recover from a long week/weekend. I slept in this morning. That was a little different for me. Since waking, I have puttered around with a flannel throw over my arms. There has been Netflix and coffee and enjoying the mid-day with my daughter since she is off work today. <BR> <BR> The funeral went well. I actually didn't even cry much. They had shaved his signature beard and didn't have his glass on him, so it didn't even seem to m... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:51:27 EST The Interview, the Funeral, and the Birthday Hubby's interview went so very well. However, deeper research into the company revealed worker complaints so similar to where he works already that it could be an "out of the frying pan, into the fire" situation. He is turning the offer down due to the added lack of job security that would come with being on a trial basis for 6 months. <BR> <BR> The silver lining is that he discovered another job opening while researching. Might be more up his alley. <BR> <BR> Today is Uncle Joe's visita... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:53:00 EST Uncle Joe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My mom's brother passed last night. <BR> He was always obese as far back as childhood. <BR> So was his sweetheart, Aunt Ella. <BR> They both had diabetes and couldn't have children. <BR> They made up for it by traveling, eating out, and having a joking attitude. <BR> They spoiled us nieces and nephews with attention when they visited from another state. <BR> <BR> Both Ella and Joe died from complications brought ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:24:18 EST TOM (there's your fair warning) I'm still in the throes of perimenopause. Let me just say it again... <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to menopause. I don't care if it does mean weight is harder to lose. This is my 5th? 6th? year of this mess and I just want to be free of iron pills and running to the bathroom in panic. <BR> <BR> Not to mention this brain fog. My vocabulary is sometimes equal to a 4 year old's ability to converse with a puppy. <BR> <BR> I had to turn down a night out with Hubby at a family Rook game. ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:45:36 EST This weekend Yesterday I did manage to get all the chores done before Hubby got home. He was happily surprised to be able to come home and just take off his shoes and relax. We had supper on the couch since Daughter was working. We watched "Fort McCoy" on Netflix. It was low budget with some bad directing and mediocre acting, but I'd imagine it was pretty close to the book. Skip it unless you are in love with Eric Stoltz. <BR> <BR> Today's plans include laundry and cutting firewood. I've already fe... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:26:12 EST The Next Thing So much has changed here at home in the past year. Especially in the past couple of months since Daughter has gotten a job. 4 days a week, I have the mornings to myself as she sleeps in. Then I have 1-4 p.m. completely to myself. Then Hubby and I have those same evenings to ourselves. <BR> <BR> Problem? I (we) don't know what to do! I mean, you know how at first you revel in the free time, but then are a little sad too? Then it turns to boredom. I am faced with my own future. I thin... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:14:05 EST Orange I just had one of the best oranges in my life. <BR> Navel oranges are in season now. I hope you are eating them like candy this month. <BR> <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> Today is bitter cold. I don't mind the cold as long as there is snow. And that's what we got this morning!!! Powdery, blowing snow. It was so pretty. My ridgetop is covered pretty well, but when we went into town they had none to speak of. <BR> <BR> I gave up riding into work with our daughter to spend the afternoon with... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:55:02 EST Checking in Nothing much going on here. I stayed up late to baby the fire in the woodstove and to finish my 8c water. I had trouble getting my water in yesterday due to becoming violently sick at lunch time. I blame my vitamin. It sometimes does that. I have to be careful about what foods I pair with it. Anyone else have that problem? <BR> <BR> We are throwing around the idea of saving for a major trip with our grown kids. Ireland, maybe. We've never been overseas. Actually, I'm the only one th... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 07:57:32 EST Adding each day I find that rekindling my good habits has not been nearly the big deal that I made out in my mind. I thought it would be SO hard to switch back from pop to water again. And to start tracking my food again (started back to that this morning!) And now I have even started back with 10 minutes of exercise a day. It's all I'm going to ask of myself so that I don't give up from asking too much. Hooping is on the to-do list this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Feeling resparked! <BR> Thanks, friends, for... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:19:41 EST Of measurements I've been looking for my fabric tape measure for a week. Last night I DREAMED where it I found it near enough to where I dreamed it was to make me shake my head at myself. How funny our brains are! <BR> <BR> I weighed in. For the first time in nearly a year? And measured my upper arm, waist, hips, and thigh. Now I have a starting point. <BR> <BR> I also donned my string bikini that I use to lay out in privacy. Then I had Hubby to snap some photos of front, side, and back v... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:46:22 EST Christmas Decor We've discovered a lifestyle called "Minimalism." While we cannot in any way call ourselves minimalists, we have gained a tremendous amount of peace by learning the mind-set. Get ready to hear about it more in mainstream media. I think it's set to become a trend for a short while. That is, if the advertising companies don't get the jump on it. <BR> <em>445</em> <BR> It has even seeped into our Christmas decor. For us, the following photos are the few decorations that have true meanin... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:52:57 EST Hope <BR> “Hope” is the thing with feathers - <BR> That perches in the soul - <BR> And sings the tune without the words - <BR> And never stops - at all - <BR> <BR> And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - <BR> And sore must be the storm - <BR> That could abash the little Bird <BR> That kept so many warm - <BR> <BR> I’ve heard it in the chillest land - <BR> And on the strangest Sea - <BR> Yet - never - in Extremity, <BR> It asked a crumb - of me. <BR> ~ EMILY DICKINSON <BR> <BR> Today, as I was... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:44:05 EST Something Lost, Something Gained Hi, buddies! <BR> 3 months, no see! <BR> Been recovering from some sad things here. <BR> <BR> I'm nearly recovered from our bad experience with the exchange student. Each month since March sees us rebuilding our family experiences without her in it. Sad, but true. But it's less painful each month. <BR> <BR> Family rift on Hubby's side is still healing. His sister (but not her daughter) has apologized for the rift, taking all the blame, and is trying to make amends. It was quite the eye... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:33:11 EST Short and Sweet I owe you one that you can read through and just earn a comment point for a change! LOL! <BR> <BR> Today felt more like a Monday for me. Hubby went back to work and I puttered around. I put the polishing touches on the master bedroom and did laundry. I felt lazy today, like I was recuperating myself. <BR> <BR> Rain comes through tonight, bringing a cold front. I need to go pick some tomatoes. <BR> <BR> Leave me your all-time favorite emoticon below! <BR> I like the turtle, but lately ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:02:28 EST The Fear of 'No More' (In which I will seriously contemplate the serious subject of fear AND ramble on about Hubby's kidney stone... completely unrelated other than both are on my mind today.) <BR> <BR> <BR> This is day 2 of Hubby staying home from work with a kidney stone. He so rarely takes a sick day that I can't even imagine how the office is functioning without him. <BR> <BR> As for home, well let's just say that I hardly know how to function with him here during the week either. lol. He wants me right ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:32:33 EST Nothing much Daughter is now 18. In phone conversations she reports that she had a good time. The group returned from the lake after dark so we let her spend another night so she would not be driving home by herself. Dark, deer, old car, lonely roads, etc. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I had a good weekend. He did struggle with sadness more than me. He deals with change a little less willingly. Protective daddy. But we work as a team. We went to town a few times, puttered around. Took a few 4-wheeler ride... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:19:47 EST Last Day of Childhood Just past midnight tonight, my daughter, my youngest of two children, will turn 18. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Excuse me while I wax poetic for this blog. <BR> <BR> At this moment, she is getting ready to go to her brother's house for the weekend whilst singing very impressively Ed Sheeran's "I See Fire." <BR> <link><BR>vQS_PmQ </link> <BR> <BR> She is such an amazing person. <BR> A dreamer th... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:25:22 EST Home again and random stuff Funny how the best laid plans often go awry. <BR> <BR> I had to scrap half my plans yesterday when (a) the delivery truck at the drugstore was until noon getting in my neighbor's medicine, and (b) the car refused to start for me to get home for another hour. <BR> <BR> Turns out that the wonderful technology in vehicles that recognize only a manufacturer's key can backfire most inopportunely. As our car has aged, it will sometimes not recognize the ignition key and engage the security featu... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:20:55 EST Long Weekend Did you have a good Labor Day weekend? I hope you did. <BR> <BR> For us, we stayed home mostly. Took naps. Read a lot. I'm reading "Scaling Down: Living Large in a Smaller Space" by Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker. The title is a bit deceiving since it deals mostly with the "why?" behind keeping too much. The chapter on clothes alone made it worth my time. It helped me to see that I had kept some attitudes about buying clothes from my school days! Seriously, if you are no longer havi... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:41:08 EST Dismayed I worked on our bedroom yesterday: Decluttering, rearranging, and cleaning. When I finished, I stepped back to admire all my hard work. <BR> <BR> I was dismayed. And shocked at my dismay. <BR> <BR> The room seemed TOO roomy. Like when we lose weight, then are so shocked at our saggy skin that we are blinded to the weight we've lost. <BR> <BR> At first I was tempted to move something back in to fill the empty spaces. Then I realize that I was just running to the familiar. I reminded ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:04:13 EST Good morning! As you can tell by my title, I'm feeling very chipper this morning! Why? <BR> <BR> I think it's this decluttering bug we've caught. I spent hours yesterday decluttering the bedroom and moving furniture around. And the food I've been eating is healthy leftovers. Pinto beans & cornbread with spinach and/or fresh tomatoes. Also venison pot roast and baked potato. Oatmeal with blueberries and pecans. LOTS of water. Eating like a baby, only when hunger strikes me and not just b/c it's noo... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:17:27 EST Emptying bins Yesterday, Hubby and Daughter had some weird virus. They mostly suffered from vertigo! Hubby said that other than that and some general fatigue, he was just fine. Daughter had it badly but thought it hilarious. <BR> <BR> This means we didn't clean out shed #3. I did clear out another bin. This one had trophies and plaques of mine and hubby's. I decluttered my trophies back when we moved 7 years ago so only had 1 trophy. I am finally letting it go too. Hubby looked at his 10 and kept ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:37:44 EST Owie. My sore glutes. <BR> Aching fingers. <BR> Yay for decluttering! <BR> <BR> Wow. We have a LOT of stuff. I lovingly let go of my attachment to my 70's Barbie collection. I only kept back the clothes made by family to give to other family that have kids with Barbies. They were tickled to get them. <BR> <BR> Beanie Babies. When we calculated how much was spent on them originally my daughter lamented that she could use that $200 in cash now and not have ever felt deprived b/c she didn't hav... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:41:09 EST Decluttering Yesterday, daughter went to work with her dad so she could use the library in town. I spent the whole day in the kitchen. I took a good, hard look at what was useful, wanted, or beautiful to my soul and got rid of the rest. That turned out to be HALF of the stuff in the kitchen! <BR> <BR> I cleaned the inside of cabinets. I rearranged. I was ruthless. Who needs FOUR things to place a round cake on?!!! It didn't matter if it was an heirloom or not. I chose my favorite ONE thing from a... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:44:57 EST New Nephew Pics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 2 and already lifting head and shoulders to see Daddy. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Big" sisters checking him out. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Born at 39 weeks, he weighed 7lb. 9oz. Mom is fine. <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:18:05 EST Summer Adventures Summer is almost over with the beginning of a new homeschool year. Today is our first day back to keeping records for the year. It will be mostly outlining the upcoming objectives (hers and mine) and some math and writing. This would be her senior year if she were in public school. She turns 18 soon. It goes so fast. <BR> <BR> We've done some really fun things this summer. She and a girlfriend (with Dad in tow) took a camping trip to the lake during early summer. Did a little boating ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:03:22 EST Hiya I can hardly complain there aren't any blogs to read today if I don't post one myself, eh? (Actually, I've written one today already but then my internet connection ate it. Probably a good thing. I discovered while blogging what was eating at me and needed some time to process that.) Since then, one friend has blogged. (Thanks for the update! Your office rocks!) And I must admit that another friend blogs daily with a small update. I wish I could do that but once I begin to write, the ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:51:59 EST Reboot day 3 It is going well although my body is screaming protest. The yard and house are happy though. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> The garden bed of peas is cleaned out and done with. I need to research the best thing to put in the bed next. A large section of weedy flower bed is cleared of overabundant Creeping Charlie and Honeysuckle that were taking over my Five O'Clocks and daylilies. <BR> <em>373</em> <em>374</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> I've hung out several loads on laundry on... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:01:11 EST Day One of Reboot Howdy, Sparkbuddies! <BR> <BR> Hubby has returned to work this morning. Daughter decided to go in with him to save gas picking up a friend for an overnight visit. I have the house to myself!!! I love my family, but the introvert in me had a long week. <BR> <BR> Wonders never cease. This morning I actually gave up half of my usual coffee intake after turning on the Wii Fit. I wanted WATER in the worst way. Advanced hula-hoop on that game kicks my butt. I also did advanced stepping whi... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:04:50 EST Visits, Vacation, and Victories This week has been a busy one. My brother's family will arrive sometime in the night tonight. We have been preparing by getting the yard and garden work out of the way and some child-proofing. The visit will include a birthday party at the lake for their 2-year-old. With 6 extra people and 2 extra dogs visiting until Sunday, I don't plan to be checking in here for the week. <BR> <BR> Immediately after our visitors leave, Hubby has some vacation days. He is taking our daughter and her fr... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:56:11 EST Thoughts Oh, those darn brain pathways. <BR> Have to be so very careful not to let negative thinking wear a groove. <BR> I suppose due to the difficult situations we've faced since last year that I have fallen into a pattern, an unwanted one. <BR> And too often I use my written word (blog) to say the things I don't speak aloud but rattle around in my head. A release. Therapy of sorts. <BR> Working on getting my thoughts and words into line with my usual sunny disposition. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> W... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:11:45 EST Mailbox Yesterday I went into work with Hubby. I am able to sit in the office while he waits on customers and schedules loads to go out most any day I choose. Sometimes I start to get cabin fever and fix that by spending the day with him. <BR> <BR> JD was scheduled to leave the USA yesterday. It played on my mind. Mixed feelings. <BR> <BR> While there in the office I filled the hours by crocheting on a baby blanket that I had set aside THIRTEEN years ago. I had made a mistake in it and gotten ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:30:31 EST June 3 (Working out the lessons from 'takers') Clever title, eh? June 3. I'm just not feeling the creative juices this morning. (Then later came back once I got warmed up...smh!) <BR> <BR> I kept myself busy yesterday as predicted. 4 loads of laundry washed and line-dried. I even made a new batch of laundry detergent. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow. It just occurred to me that I still need to pull out the summer clothes bin and pack away the winter garb. More laundry. But I... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:32:12 EST June 2014 This weekend went pretty well. <BR> <BR> On Saturday we spent the morning doing errands and the afternoon doing yardwork. I turned down the chance to have a caramel latte at the local coffee shop. And also the tradition of having a homemade "oatmeal pie" like the Little Debbie ones. We always get one when we go to the local Mennonite store. And a Mtn. Dew. I turned down both by substituting flowers instead. I spent more on the flowers, but hey, they last longer and don't make me fee... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:32:46 EST How then, to live? When things change in my life, such as relationships, I feel a little lost. No, a LOT lost. Always my mind is used to expanding out in an invisible sheet to encompass all those I love. Ready to be there for them. Always hoping for their best. My energy flowing in those directions. <BR> <BR> How then to live when I realize my energy was misplaced? <BR> <BR> (I'm working this out as I blog.) <BR> <BR> I think of the sea anemone, so beautifully expanded in normal conditions. Then, when ... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:10:28 EST Water Slowly <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Water intake is the easiest task with the biggest impact when I spark. My skin, my hair, my acne, my energy, all show the vivid results of dehydration versus 8-12 cups a day. <BR> <BR> This is my 3rd day back on SP and my water intake was 3c., 6c., then today I'm setting myself up to succeed at 8c. I am skipping my morning coffee (mainly b/c I ran out of milk) and choosing water. Early in, early success. <BR> <BR> I have also pulled out my old friend, the 4c... Thu, 29 May 2014 07:58:54 EST What's Up? My weight, for one. lol. <BR> Got on the scale this morning just to see just how far I've backslid. There was no brow-beating nor guilt. Just a matter-of-fact information gathering. Just for the sake of having a base measurement from which to begin. <BR> <BR> It wasn't as bad as I expected. I hadn't regained all that I lost and more, but it was too close to what I had lost. My little turtle tracker took a bounce back to the near beginning. <BR> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> It's ok. No ... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:07:50 EST Starting Again Hmmm... it's been nearly 3 months since I've been active on SP, but it seems WAaaaaay longer to me. Winter has passed so I should change my snowy background to something more summer-like. <BR> <BR> I'll keep this short and true. I realize I need my SP friends. I've missed having other souls out there that take me at face value and truly "get" me. Been suffering recently from a void opened up under misplaced family friendships. I was long warned that I was trusting where I should not and... Tue, 27 May 2014 08:50:22 EST Regrowth Not new growth, just some retraining this old branch to grow in the right direction. I've been missing from SP this week due to taking a mini-break from the internet. Just needed to take a step back from all social media and noise to refocus. Read some, wrote some, picked back up on the things I had let slip... mostly ME. <BR> <BR> The biggest snow yet hit us this past Sunday night. For the first time in 9 years, hubby's work closed for a day due to weather. We got about 6 inches of sno... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:35:49 EST Caught breath Yesterday turned out to be DD's worst day for dealing with all this aftermath. I felt so badly for her. But she took my advice after talking everything out and took a 4-wheeler ride out into our woods. She came back like a new girl, albeit with an injured finger from a flying branch. Nothing too serious, but bruising and swelling. But her smile is back. <BR> <BR> DH talked out his feelings to me also. He really analyzed the situations with clarity, or as he quipped "with blinders off."... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:40:08 EST Self-Preservation What a wonderful visit with my DS yesterday!!! The weather was great for a February day, sunny and mild. We ate at Toot's where I had a plate of those elusive fried oysters! <BR> <BR> We introduced him and his roommates to "An Idiot Abroad" on Netflix. It's a travel show, but has some language and some rather shocking parts. However, it shows attitudes and views you don't get with your normal travel series. <BR> <BR> We played with their puppy. Puppy love. I didn't even care that it m... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:57:25 EST Photo Quotes Friday was a killer day. Exhausting. Emotional. <BR> But it's over. <BR> We all slept deep last night and woke almost to our old, happy selves. <BR> A little voice from my shoulder whispered, "You gave up. Loser." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We know we did everything we could. We knew that hope for everyone was in the form of change instead of continuing as was. <BR> <BR> Reminding ourselves of this truth has helped beyond anything ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 17:14:17 EST Last night Tonight will be the last night that JD will be staying with us. She will be leaving tomorrow after school. She is very upset to learn that she will be leaving her high school. I told her that we wish all the best for her and that maybe this can be a new beginning for her. <BR> <BR> The house is very tense. <BR> <BR> And DD has a fierce head cold that came on today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be so busy, transferring her school stuff, bank account, helping her finish packing. <BR> <BR> For... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:59:13 EST Letting go This week was rough, but I learned a few things about myself over the past 6.5 months. <BR> Moderate stress tempts me to emotional eating. Extreme stress makes me want to turn away from food. <BR> I have a record of giving my all to something for about 6 months then, if it shows no results or poor results, I am able to let go of it with the knowledge that I gave it my best. <BR> It's not my fault all the time. <BR> <BR> We continued to work with and for JD but this week she did something so... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:22:23 EST Probation An update on the situation with JD. <BR> <BR> After 2 meetings, hours long, her supervisor listening to both her and us separately then together, JD was reprimanded for the disrespectful way she has been acting. Seems all her complaints are about our lifestyle (rural, frugal, eating in more than eating out, homeschooling, etc.) She was told that she has 2 weeks to straighten up or else disciplinary action will be taken. This action is just basically a warning letter that goes in her perma... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:19:59 EST Extreme Stress I bet you've been wondering where I've been, eh? <BR> I pop in when I have a chance, but things at home have gotten crazy. <BR> <BR> Our JD is dealing with cultural differences and is still having a hard time adjusting. She has never before had so much time to freely think. Always in Japan, her days were filled with hours of school and study that we would consider outrageous. And part of getting ahead there (according to her) seems to include putting down those around you in an attempt to... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:51:23 EST SMART goals 2014 Time to get serious. <BR> <BR> If I say I'm starting then I need to set my S.M.A.R.T. goals and get to work instead of coasting along. This weekend I realized how much I needed to find my new starting point to measure my progress monthly. Monthly, b/c I know the lies a bathroom scale can tell. <BR> <BR> 15 pound regain puts me back in the obese BMI category. <BR> <BR> So first things first; lose this 15 pound backslide. I gained it in 4 months, so losing it in 3-4 is realistic. <BR> <B... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:27:56 EST A Yogini I am not After a full week of a horrible TOM that included a migraine and junk food, I had had it with myself. I went to bed early last night and woke refreshed. I traded in my coffee with sugar/milk for an unsweetened, hot, peach tea. I passed up Lucky Charms (JD's favorite) for two country eggs scrambled with spinach. Lunch was chopped zucchini cooked in tomato sauce and topped with a little cheddar. Water, water, water! And I pulled up the SP vid for yoga. <BR> <em>414</em> <BR> Um, yeah,... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:12:23 EST