LAWANDMUSIC's SparkPeople Blog LAWANDMUSIC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community back again after a while off 170 pounds and holding Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:25:42 EST Still shedding weight Today: 181.5 pounds. Sun, 17 May 2015 14:37:50 EST Down a bunch of pounds September 2014: 235 pounds <BR> January 23, 2015: 195.5 pounds. <BR> PROGRESS!! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:34:06 EST Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. <BR> <BR> On this day, as well as all other days, I am thankful for my family, our home and other such things. <BR> <BR> 2015 looks like it will be a difficult one for our family, on many fronts, but at least we have each other. <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:17:06 EST 236 to 203 Finally, some weight loss. <BR> <BR> I am pleased. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:11:59 EST Benson is 15 <img src="">pounds already!! <BR> <BR> I am down 30 pounds, just 100 percent more than he weighs! <BR> <BR> The photo of Benson was from his first day in our home at age 8 weeks. He is now 4 months old.! <BR> <BR> <BR> Cool! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:04:03 EST Dog Training So, I leave for two days and the dog forgets how to walk on a leash properly. <BR> <BR> Well, I only started the training on Sunday of last week, but still!!!! <BR> <BR> And he thinks, wrongly, that he will get a treat for every "click" - HA!! <BR> <BR> Back to the basics. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:45:34 EST Home again And it is nice to be home again. <BR> <BR> SLEEP in on the agenda. <BR> <BR> I had to treat Benson for roundworms when I got home. But, he took his medicine easily. <BR> <BR> We will see how fast it works! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:12:00 EST Cleveland I am in Cleveland for two days of Continuing Legal Education. <BR> <BR> I like Cleveland. Yes, i know there are dangerous areas. <BR> <BR> But . . . Here at the center of the city, Playhouse Square is a pretty nice area. There are live musicians playing music, at least during the summer/fall in the out-of-doors, and there is no admission price. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a salsa band (very good, too) and people were dancing in the quad area. Really nice to see. <BR> <BR> Today there was a f... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:57:09 EST A bloody difficult day . . . But fulfilling. <BR> <BR> I had a permanent custody to the state trial at 9 am. It ran until 12:30. Mom in prison until late 2014. Grandmother, former legal custodian, in prison until 2018. Great grandmother, with no prior history with the case, visitation, or a motion for custody, was pulled in by defense counsel to present herself as a suitable placement. <BR> <BR> The agency had spoken to her on a number of occasions, and although she is a delightful person, she has (1) way too many illn... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:03:35 EST 11 pounds are shed. never to return. ever. <BR> More will leave shortly. <BR> Good-bye, bad fat! <BR> ONWARD!! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:09:21 EST Thank you, Benson! For: <BR> Fuzzy body that you like sharing with us. <BR> Your love of being outside (that helps me to be outside and enjoy the weather - something I rarely do at home). <BR> Being such a socially great puppy (3 months old) <BR> Barking when you need to go outside to do your business (well, most of the time - sometimes, I think you are surprised by your bodily movements). <BR> Generally making it easier to get up in the morning (because we need to go on our two-mile walk). <BR> Enthusiasticall... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:56:33 EST Benson . . . is three months old today. I had his nails trimmed and set an appointment for his first grooming. I never thought I would have a dog groomed. But, hey. I think he will look much better. His curls are getting out of control!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:41:43 EST Beautiful Day Sunshine, 70's, pleasant shade, and a dog. Makes for a beautiful day. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:09:56 EST Growth IN many ways, the last two weeks have been a good example (for me) of growth. <BR> <BR> Getting up at 5 am to walk the dog and feed him and let him out again before I need to leave for work at 6:45 am. <BR> <BR> More than two miles of walks with the dog every day. <BR> <BR> Spending time outside for no reason other than that Benson needs it. <BR> <BR> And, training the neighborhood kids that playing with him is OK, so long as they bring him back to ME before they run home! <BR> <BR> ONWA... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:41:30 EST Home made refried beans Golly sakes. I have not done this in well over a year. <BR> <BR> I sorted 1 pound of pinto beans, rinsed them, and placed them in the crock pot overnight. <BR> <BR> So, today we had retried beans (not actually fried at all) for our burritos and tostadas <BR> <BR> YUM!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:06:38 EST Benson He is going on his first field trip - to the prosecutor's office. The staff will be down today and I am the only prosecutor in the office today. <BR> <BR> And there are no court hearings. <BR> <BR> So . . . he gets to go to the office for the first time! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:41:26 EST Sleepy times Having a puppy in the house make for a certain loss of sleep. Well, for the first few days, anyway. <BR> <BR> We have successfully crate trained Benson. He loves his crate. The first night he pooped in it, but he has maintained a clean crate ever since then (two more nights). <BR> <BR> He is walking with me for two miles a day, not on a leash yet. I will get there. He is still discovering the neighborhood and we walk at 5:30 am, so that is OK. He WILL get leash training very soon. <BR> <BR... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:11:32 EST He is here!! <img src=""> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 18:55:24 EST Three more nights of sleep The countdown continues. <BR> <BR> Benson will be here in no time at all!! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to wearing him out so that he sleeps well. <BR> <BR> If not, well, I won't sleep!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 19:12:16 EST Count Down to Benson Yes. Benson. An eight-week-old cockapoo. <BR> <BR> I will pick him up on Friday. <BR> <BR> His stash of stuff is growing at our home. Crate, toys,food & water dishes. Clicker. More toys. Leash, harness and lead. Veterinarian appointment. And treats. Oh, and a couple of barriers. <BR> <BR> I still need to get some dog food and a container for the dog food. <BR> <BR> This will be my first dog in over 25 years. <BR> <BR> I am getting excited!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sun, 3 Aug 2014 16:36:53 EST July 2014 Physical Malady On Wednesday, July 16, I noticed that my right side neck and upper chest were very tight. Painful, like a muscle cramp or pinched nerve. No fever or other anomaly. So, I took an aspirin to knock the edge off of the pain, and tried to loosen everything up with stretching. Aspirin worked, stretching did not. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, the same thing. Stretching and aspirin. <BR> <BR> On Friday, I did not take any aspirin, but continued stretching. Nothing is working. Like Wednesday and Thursday, ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:49:23 EST She called the judge "sweetheart"! Things were not fun today. <BR> <BR> 11 court hearings. <BR> <BR> One mother belittling her son unmercifully and yet making MANY excuses for herself. <BR> <BR> Coupled with her belligerence and calling the judge "sweetheart". <BR> <BR> It was all I could do to keep from saying something unbecoming an officer of the court. <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:51:41 EST New addition to work lunch schedule I am busy preparing lunches for the week. <BR> <BR> And I saw a wonderful recipie to use raspberries. <BR> <BR> And, because I bought a LOT of raspberries on a whim, I need to use them. <BR> <BR> So, I made a raspberry clafoutis. <BR> <BR> Never done that before. <BR> <BR> I wonder what it will taste like!! <BR> <BR> If good, I will add it to my lunches every now and again. <BR> <BR> ONWARD Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:53:00 EST Dancing on cardboard Generally speaking, cardboard boxes are a blast!! <BR> <BR> Kids play in them, paint on them, stack them up!! (cheaper and more entertaining than other toys). <BR> <BR> And then, at one point or another, they abandon the big cardboard boxes for smaller ones - to keep their precious items in and to cover in paint, fabric, or whatever. <BR> <BR> The kids make the boxes their own. <BR> <BR> But, eventually, a few of these boxes get to make a final trip to the recycling center. <BR> <BR> An... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:45:46 EST Bags of Trash Three more taken out of the basement. I figure about 20 more. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:43:33 EST Cleansing Activity I am on a bender: <BR> <BR> I am cleaning my house. <BR> <BR> I started law school 11 years ago, and an just NOW cleaning out all of the paperwork from those three years. <BR> <BR> For some reason, I thought that my class notes would help me in my actual career. <BR> <BR> Very silly! <BR> <BR> Anyway, this is a cleansing activity for me and for my house. <BR> <BR> It will take a few weeks to do this, but that is OK! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 17:07:49 EST Racing heart I don't like it. <BR> <BR> I has been over 14 years since the last "racing heart" event. <BR> <BR> This one lasted more than an hour. <BR> <BR> All is well. <BR> <BR> But, golly!! Is this really necessary? <BR> <BR> ONWARD! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:40:35 EST Saturday Drive We went out for breakfast today in the northern area of Columbus. <BR> <BR> Since we were that far away from the house, I asked that we not go directly home. <BR> <BR> So, we drove the LONG way home via 270 around Columbus and then went home. <BR> <BR> I know that is somewhat strange, given the need to conserve gasoline at these high prices. <BR> <BR> But I REALLY wanted to see a route other than home to work, work to home. Home to church, Church to home. <BR> <BR> NICE!!!! <BR> <BR> ON... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:57:24 EST Independence Day Independence from tyranny. <BR> <BR> And freedom from a King and his cohorts. <BR> <BR> And freedom from taxation w/o representation, well, sort of. <BR> <BR> But the best part! <BR> <BR> Fire in the sky! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:24:20 EST Second day of gloves and paint mask My friend, Amy, came over this evening to help with the task at hand. <BR> <BR> She is wonderful!! <BR> <BR> Amy kept me focused on the task while having a wonderful discussion. She kept me talking about things other than DD2. <BR> <BR> And we got 15 bags of trash, all of the cat poo, about 100 empty milk/water bottles and about 100 boxes (that used to hold canned soft drinks) out to my van. But the van overflowed, so Amy, bless her heart, took the overage into her own car. <BR> <BR> So,... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:39:46 EST Gloves and paint mask I love DD2. <BR> <BR> But I think she needs some psychological help. <BR> <BR> I spent some time cleaning the basement. <BR> <BR> Where DD2 has been living for five years. She moved out, sort of, a month ago. <BR> <BR> And, well, it is clear that she did not take out her own trash for quite a while. <BR> <BR> And the cats . . . are gone, but, well, their presence is well noted in the basement. <BR> <BR> Gosh. I have a LOT more work to do. <BR> <BR> And I need to take care to stay heal... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:51:48 EST Lovely Saturday Today was lovely. <BR> <BR> I got in all the walking that I planned. <BR> <BR> I did some genealogical research. <BR> <BR> I responded to THREE letters sent to me by my husband's cousin. <BR> <BR> And I am really, really pleased with the day. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:31:54 EST Exhausting hearing We had a hearing today. Nothing terrible. <BR> <BR> But exhasuting. <BR> <BR> Mom is marginally intelligent, but keeps herself looking neat and clean. <BR> <BR> Eldest child, age 19 is on her own, and coping, but not terrible capable of making her own decisions. <BR> <BR> Youngest child, age 14, is in front of court for truancy. Mom cannot seem to work with the system, has had the kid on drugs since age 3, and the only diagnosis is "anxiety", but even the children services worker thinks... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:41:32 EST Red Car I like my red car. <BR> <BR> I always like red cars. Well, usually. <BR> <BR> I had another red car: a 1986 Dodge Colt. Loved it!! <BR> <BR> Well, this red car I have had since 2008. A 2003 Chrysler Sebring. I got her with 56K miles on her. She now has 120K miles on her. <BR> <BR> And I had her detailed today. <BR> <BR> Pretty!! <BR> <BR> And very nice for an 11 year old car!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:53:04 EST A gentle breeze Ah. <BR> <BR> My desk. <BR> <BR> Loaded with work. <BR> <BR> But soothed and eased by: <BR> <BR> My ancient red fan. the body is made of iron. And the motor works like a dream. <BR> <BR> Love it! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:58:13 EST Another gray day This is my last day at Cedar Point. <BR> <BR> It POURED rain from noon until bedtime yesterday. <BR> <BR> Thus I did not get in the walking around the point that I had planned. <BR> <BR> Oh, well. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:35:49 EST Cooling Rain Yes, indeed. <BR> <BR> We are at Cedar Point. <BR> <BR> And it is raining. <BR> <BR> Cold rain. <BR> <BR> So much for lounging around in the sun!! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:13:21 EST Cedar Point I worker, attended a hearing, and drove from Logan, OH, to Cedar Point, OH. <BR> <BR> For an Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association CLE tomorrow and Saturday. <BR> <BR> The water looks great!! Lake Erie!!! <BR> <BR> Classes in the morning, free time in the afternoon! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:12:06 EST Storm is brewing over home education and equality Ah. <BR> <BR> I just LOVE being called an elitist because I chose to home educate my children. <BR> <BR> I was told that my choice to home educated my children shows that I think that my children are worth more than other people's children, and therefore I am judging the parents of those children. Not only that, apparently the choice of a judge to send his/her kids to a public school that is NOT local is somehow wrong, too! <BR> <BR> Just like my parents thought about people who sent their... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:27:31 EST Sliding into home base (happiness) I am so very happy!! <BR> <BR> For no reason other than that I feel thankful for my home, my family, my stuff, my relationship with my creator, and my job. Not in that order. <BR> <BR> I read, sometime last week, a meme on the internet that went something like this: that thankful people are happy. Not necessarily the other way around. <BR> <BR> So, After yesterday's events with Caddy, and coupled with my most recent "mantra" - "adequate to the task" thinking, I end up sliding into home ba... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:34:40 EST fumble fingers My Caddy and I are not getting along, it seems. <BR> <BR> I had to check the power steering fluid, as it might have a leak. I only note that because Firestone wrote that they had to top off the PS fluid on Thursday. <BR> <BR> Now, on the Caddy, the lid for the power steering fluid container is farily small. And, when I got it off (more easily that I expected), I DROPPED the lid down through the engine compartment. <BR> <BR> And it landed on a little shelf. One of those shelves that, i thin... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:47:50 EST Umm. . . a leak! Caddy is leaking oil. Again. Quite a bit, actually. <BR> <BR> I thought this would be solved by having the engine rebuilt. <BR> <BR> Not so much, apparently. <BR> <BR> So, back to the folks who rebuilt the engine to find out WHY there is a leak. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:10:12 EST Death of a friend She was funny, had a large, delightful and toothy smile, love her family intensely and spread happiness and solid joy everywhere. Even through two divorces (with the same man). <BR> <BR> She raised her children: the eldest a sophomore in college, the youngest a new seventh grader. These kids are stupendous, high achieving and funny in their own way. <BR> <BR> She was only 41. <BR> <BR> She was diagnosed with breast cancer just after Memorial Day. <BR> <BR> The cancer spread to her liver... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:12:55 EST Sadly mistaken Ah. Such a day. I had many opportunities to take a SHORT walk between hearings today, and I thought I would do that!! <BR> <BR> But . . . not! <BR> <BR> I ended up talking about pending cases with other attorneys and keeping a children services case worker happy. <BR> <BR> Yet another day floats by without substantive action on my health. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:07:26 EST OK. Truth be told . . . I HATE my weight. I walk and do weights, measure my food, log everything, and still . . . do not lose weight. <BR> <BR> The same 15 pounds over and over and over. gain/lose. That is not even considering the 80 that I need to lose. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to hand it over to God. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:24:22 EST Automobile maintenance Three cars. <BR> <BR> Different issues. <BR> <BR> 2003 Sebring - needed two new tires. Done. <BR> <BR> 2004 Cadillac - needs air conditioning recharged. Scheduled. <BR> <BR> 2013 Dart - needs to be washed. Set for Monday morning. <BR> <BR> All is well in the fleet. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sat, 7 Jun 2014 15:58:28 EST I filed the motion today That is, the motion to dismiss the appeal by the Indian nation. <BR> <BR> We will see what happens. <BR> <BR> I do not think the Nation will give up so very easily. <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 20:37:34 EST Great news!! I have a case of dependency where a local, unregistered, Indian tribe claims that the potential father (now deceased) was a member of the Indian tribe, and therefore the child should have been handed over to the tribe instead of placed in foster care. <BR> <BR> A motion to intervene was filed on behalf of the tribe. <BR> <BR> I filed a motion a motion to dismiss the motion to intervene without prejudice (because of lack of standing and because of the unauthorized practice of law). <BR> <BR... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 20:34:51 EST Fancy stuff I generally do not like fancy stuff. I was never a "girlie" girl. <BR> <BR> I like Tudor homes, lots of bookcases leather furniture (want more), and oriental rugs. HOwever, I love hand made quits, embroidered pillows with tassels, etc. <BR> <BR> But I have a "girlie girl" daughter, age 35, who wants some stuff for her upcoming October birthday that is her style. <BR> <BR> And I am stymied!! <BR> <BR> So, what to do?? <BR> <BR> ONWARD! <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 06:51:16 EST