MCFITZ2's SparkPeople Blog MCFITZ2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Taking a day off It was a beautiful day here . I have taken the day off from doing have to's. Well mostly. <BR> I did take our elder cat to the vet <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and I have to pick DH up in town that that is it. <BR> I weeded and took a nap because I wanted to and my body needed the nap. <BR> Oh a have to was to pay the water bill and that turned into a nsv. The clerk at the town hall looked up when I came in and said Wow you have lost a who... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:43:00 EST Scrubbing floor and gardening My exercise was to finish empting things in the office. Moving file cabinets, tall cabinet and desk. Sweeping and hand washing the floor. As a break out to the garden to pick dill, lemon balm, sage and pull the weeds that appeared since I was there a couple of days ago.Did a Coach Nichole video. <BR> We had a mega fierce storm with winds, rain, lighting and thunder. You. could see sheets of rain blowing across the yard. Checked the garage and sweep the water that came in into the floor dr... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 23:55:44 EST Fitness center remodeling Today <BR> <img src=""> <BR> is the first day of an almost month long remodeling at the fitness center. <BR> Today and for the duration the locker rooms and pools are closed. Then everything is closed to re-carpet and what all. So I worked out today. They have made arrangements to use their other location and the y's pool. Both are on the other side of town. <BR> Lot's of rain today so maybe weeding tomorrow. <BR> <img src="http:/... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 22:59:00 EST fitness center for short workout Had less time today for working out. Chose to do all cardio. Started out with the rower for 10 min then on to the recumbent stepper for 45 and finished with the VMX rope pull for 5. Short but effective I hope <BR> I am supposed to post a picture of me wearing red white and blue for the BLC 25 Trying to take a selfie did not work out well. lol <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Decided to go to the garage and get mower info then saw a bushel baske... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:58:48 EST Groceries and nap and Took my sister to town and while she was getting her things done, I did my grocery shopping. Worked on going through stuff that has build up in my office. <BR> mostly today. Have a large stack that I skimmed and will take them to the fitness center and see if they would like to have them in the seating area by the check in desk. Nice to have something to read while waiting for someone. If not I will drop them off at the hospital as they can always use them. No sense in just recycling th... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 22:10:12 EST Happy 4th CSA pick up Today we moved boxes an some of the furniture out of my office. Cleaning and tossing, going through things. Poor office became the drop site for everything that did not have a home in our house. It got to the point of being a walk way to the desk. <BR> Also went to the CSA Farm today. Selected great veggies. Sweet peppers, zucchini squash, a 2 in long eggplant, kale, chard, romaine lettuce, and English Cucumbers. <BR> I also went to the fields and picked zinnias, snapdragons, calendulas ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 23:45:13 EST Unofficial reading on my thermometer 101 It was hot hot hot. After DH's DR. appointment I dropped him off at his sisters and went to the fitness center. It has AC <em>334</em> <BR> 10 min on rhe rower and 55 min on the recumbent stepper and 55 min. in the pool. <BR> Did I mention the lovely wet refreshing pool. Shower, grocery store take sister to convenience store and home. Oh I also went and saw the osprey nest, but too far to get a good photo. <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:00:30 EST What did I do today Laundry <BR> food prep <BR> mending <BR> nap <BR> a little light exercise <BR> That is about it. <BR> Heat index was 100 And we do not have AC so lots of liquids and little else. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:09:54 EST Hot day today Up to an unofficial 90 today. <em>259</em> <BR> Took DH to Mass and went to Fitness center. Goal POOL WATER WET. Reached in back seat for suit and towel and and and. Left it home <em>40</em> <BR> So wearing denim Capri's and a gauze shirt I did weights <em>34</em> and treadmill <em>315</em> . So glad the fitness center is cool and dry. <BR> We stopped at Mains and bought a watermelon. We took it out on the deck and it was so cold and sweet and wet. Just perfect. <BR> <... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:38:47 EST Work out day <img src="">Most of the late morning and afternoon were spent at the fitness center working out. 2 hours on the cardio machines. 30 min. on weights and 45 min. in the pool. <BR> Hope that I will see some results on the Wed. weigh in. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <B... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:23:10 EST What a nice neighbor we have Both of our mowers are out of commission. Our neighbor across the street offered to mow our yard after he did his. Even brought over his push mower so I could mow around plants and other areas that I did not want him to try and mow with the rider. It took me 75 minutes to do the edging. I went inside and rested my knee and kept hearing voices. He was out there singing along with what ever he was listening to. So cute. <BR> I offered to get gas and he said no. I need to find another wa... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:41:24 EST CSA farm day Went to the CSA farm today this is what I picked Strawberries, peas, and flowers. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is everything else added. Lettuce, chard, oregano, parsley mixed salad greens, and radishes. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I picked from 3:00 to 6:00. DH hulled and cut all the berries. I cut the chard and shelled peas. I did not finish them all. Something for tom... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:33:21 EST first green smoothie Ok if it were not part of the BLC 25 I would not have tried this. <BR> This is what I mixed 1 c. Almond coconut milk, 1 c spinach, 1 cup strawberries, and a table spoon size chunk of pineapple. Every thing was fresh. <BR> Milk and spinach came out green. Strawberries and pineapple turned it a strange greenish brown. Gave it the taste test. Not good. Added splenda and it is better. it was tasting better as I drank it. Six more green smoothies to go this week. <BR> Hopefully I will get a ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:37:24 EST ER Day Called the ambulance this morning and then went up to the hospital. DH was weak and had fallen out of bed and could not coordinate himself or have enough strength to get up off the floor. <BR> Managed to get him in bed. He refused to let me call at first but then realized we truly needed to check this out. <BR> He will be there until tomorrow. I left at 7:30 tonight . About 30 min after he was able to be moved to a room on the 4th. floor. <BR> He had tests and they said not heart and not ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:50:15 EST Another day Mowers would not run. Substituted a mile walk. <BR> Made a low cal veggie supper. <BR> Call in to the vet for 2 cats. <BR> Raining now. <BR> Boring blog. <em>20</em> <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:55:27 EST Lots of chores done Running from store to store to buy a few things and pay some bills. Seems most of the day was in and out of the car. <BR> Hope your day was more entertaining. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:15:43 EST Sunday workout followed by nap Went to the fitness center 75 min on cardio machines <em>231</em> / then Strength training <em>319</em> crunches, double leg lifts, single leg lifts and Russian twists? <BR> 15 min stretching <em>401</em> / 30 min walking in the pool <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> When I got home I took a nap <em>102</em> <BR> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:15:35 EST Machines on strike My mowers are on strike. <BR> Rider had a flat. Able to pump it up and then part way through the yard the belt that turns the blades split and came off. So put it in the garage. Gassed up the push mower and could not get it to start. That's it I am on strike. <BR> Not really did gardening instead. <BR> One thing for sure there is always something that needs doing. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:57:13 EST Short work out today Lots of running today. Figurative not physical. <BR> Car appointment at 10. When finished there went into fitness center and did 15 min. on the arc trainer. Picked up DH and took him to Dr. appointment at VA. <BR> Home and had a late lunch and then took cat to the vet. <BR> Tomorrow I go to the CSA farm. Hope to pick strawberries, peas and flowers. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:22:22 EST driving class and fitness center This was a beautiful sunny day today <em>67</em> <BR> Not as humid as yesterday. <BR> Finished the last class of the AARP save driving class <em>433</em> <BR> Then went to the fitness center and did a weight circuit which took 55 minutes. <BR> <em>330</em> <BR> Then I did the expresso bike which is a computerized bike that has different rides that range from short to long and flat to lots of hills. I did a 5 mile one that was called Dragon Fire. I took 19 min. to complete this. I... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:16:48 EST lots of gardening Laundry washed check, <em>241</em> cat to vet check,Laundry hung out check, nap check <em>30</em> Laundry brought in folded and put away check <BR> weeding, more weeding and more weeding check, plant lilies check, plant peonies check pland other bulbs, <BR> Get bit by little black flies <em>234</em> <BR> Yep that was today. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:13:16 EST Really nice day Today I said good bye to the 60' and hello to the 70's <BR> Special for my birthday was an ice cream cone (small soft serve vanilla), <BR> picture taking time of flowers and birds. <BR> Also finished push mowing the yard. Two sessions today total over three hours. <BR> here are some pictures I took <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:56:48 EST busy Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Celebrated father's day with DH and so happy that our DD and SIL called and wished him a happy day. Also a gran niece had us stop down as she made him a gift in school. <BR> I spent some time at Stewart park and took pictures and then went to the fitness center. Weights, cardio, pool walking. Next grocery store and then pick DH up at ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:26:52 EST Almost done with planting the annuals This morning we had the memorial service for DH's brother. All the surviving siblings were there. It was a nice service. <BR> We we got home we had lunch and I changed and tried to start the mower. No luck. So I proceeded to work in the garden instead. <img src=""> <BR> Planted weeded dug <BR> Two solid hours of gardening. I feel good about all the flowers and herbs I got in today <BR> Am I done? No way near done. 4 large perennials... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:50:47 EST Sun rain rain sun rain One of those days that just switched back and forth. <BR> Sunny enough to have coffee on the deck and talk. Sunny when I trans planted some plants I bought into an arangement in a planter. Sprinkling when I dug a shallow trench in front of one garage to see if that would stop the water that keeps appearing after it rains. Pouring while I watch out the window. Clear when we went for a walk. Interesting day. <BR> Oh the 2 loads of laundry are hung on folding racks in the living and dining ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:10:06 EST a varied day Laundry, niece driven to school, mow the lawn at the rental house, dig and load a trunk full of hosta plants, bring home and unload, pick spring garlic, weed, 15 min on treadmill at fitness center, pick up DH, home fix supper. REST. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> a water droplet on a leaf. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:52:32 EST AArp class & pool walking Today I attended the first half of the AARP driving class. It is all classroom work but it keeps me updated on changes in our states driving regulations as well as reteaching how to drive safely. It will give me a discount on my car insurance for a couple of years. <BR> After this I did grocery shopping. Then I went to the fitness enter and walked a little over 50 min. in the pool. Felt very good. <BR> Have a grand niece for the night. Will need to get up around 6:30 to get her up and t... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:32:33 EST Our CSA farm share started today <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Today was the first week we could go to the farm and get fresh organic veggies. <BR> Today we picked 2 leaf lettuces, a dakon radish, rainbow radish, red radishes, <BR> hukra radishes, salt potatoes, spinach, oregano, celeria... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:22:44 EST BLC 25 bonus points To earn bonus points this week I needed to blog about the fitness test we took . <BR> This is week six and we did this test at the start of week one. <BR> Test was 4 fitness measures. <BR> number of crunches in one min. 53 <BR> number of push ups in one min. 30 <BR> walk a mile It took me 21 min. and 8 sec. Although we were not to use a treadmill I had to as we have had downpours here. <BR> Step ups for 3 min and then sit and take our heart rate. mine was 67. <BR> Hope every one is h... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:53:41 EST Good strength and cardio workout Went to Island Fitness and did 45 minutes on the weight training machines and 78 minutes on the cardio machines. I then treated myself to 30 min. to walk in the therapy pool and 15 minutes (in the pool) to do stretching. I love to be able to take my time and stretch for about 2 min. on each stretch. Especially hamstrings, calves, quads, and shoulders. I also made time for the stretches that I was taught in the arthritis water class. The stretching makes such a huge difference. <BR> The pi... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:11:00 EST Started digging up some of the established grow beds Today I planted seeds for squash, carrots, radishes and beets. I also decided to dig the soil out of one of the raised beds as things were not doing well. Am amending the soil and refilling the bed. Also was able to get some photos of a butterfly that visited the rocket flowers in my garden area. Was a good day <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 23:48:00 EST Ready to call it a day. Worked in garden and yard, did some house cleaning, moved some things from old shed to garage. Doesn't sound like a lot but I am really tired. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> These I took at the Sonora Desert Museum in Jan. of this year Fri, 6 Jun 2014 23:48:56 EST Cleaned house today Well cleaned part of it. Fly lady is a help in organizing this effort. Warm weather I would much prefer being outside working. <BR> I decided to just pick some pictures to post. Hope you enjoy. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 23:25:37 EST Steamboat landing and fitness center While DH was at PT I went to Steamboat Landing where the farmer's market is on the weekends. There I took pictures of the pond and flowers that are planted in the area. After I dropped him off at his sister's I went to Stewart park and took bird pictures and then on to the fitness center. I did just over an hour on the cardio machines. <BR> I had so much fun taking pictures today. Lots of beauty all around. <BR> blue iris <BR> <img src=" Wed, 4 Jun 2014 23:01:19 EST Warm sunny rainy sunny A day of changes. <BR> Inflated the mower tire, <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">mowed, did laundry, trimmed trees, weeded and some planting, refilled bird feeder and ran a cat to the vet. Pleased that the yard is looking this good Tue, 3 Jun 2014 23:49:57 EST Tired tonight Did an hour weight circuit and 30 min of cardio machines. <BR> Very tired tonight. <BR> Here are some more pictures of things in my garden <BR> Walking onion top <BR> . <img src=""> <BR> chive flowers <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:02:32 EST Good solid work out Went to the fitness center and did <BR> 30 min. of wgt. machines <BR> Then over an hour on cardio machines <BR> and lastly 30 min of walking in the warm water pool. <BR> I feel good. I feel tired. <BR> This is just inside the front gate. the area is an L shape and this is the part we <BR> don 't see from our decks <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:51:06 EST Change of plans for the raised beds The soil I was planning of siftng and mixing to top off some of the raised beds now has blooming flowers. So I will go to town to get soil tomorrow. <img src=""> <BR> These are the plants I bought to put in. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> this is the front gate to my garden area Sat, 31 May 2014 00:00:42 EST Went to Agway Stuffed my wallet with cash -credit card. Went to Agway and bought flowers and herbs, vermiculite, and two big bales of peat moss. <BR> Unloaded things into the garden. Went and weeded and then came in for supper. <BR> Tomorrow I plan to screen part of a pile of soil and mix it with the vermiculite and peat and some manure. Will then be able to plant more things. <BR> I hope to get everything in so it has a chance to recover before we hit HOT weather next week <BR> Fun fun day. Thu, 29 May 2014 22:28:20 EST Fitness center finally Seems like a long time since II was last at the fitness center. <BR> Had 100 min between the weight training and the cardio. Very tired and headed for bed. SWEET DREAMS <em>102</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 23:42:38 EST Walked in the rain When I was ready to go for a walk it looked iffy out so I took our large umbrella. <BR> Well not huge more like a golf umbrella size. The route I picked is one mile in a loop. I took the go up hill first direction, It was a little drizzly when I started out and as I crested the hill and started down the main road I saw the rain coming in earnest. It really poured on the back half of the walk. I am so glad I took the umbrella. I also had worked in the garden this morning weeding and did ... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:45:37 EST A lazy kind of day The we ate breakfast on the deck under the umbrella. I tend to get sun sick. <BR> Washed and hung out 2 loads of laundry. Had a long phone call with my daughter. <BR> Weeded and watered all the transplants I have put in this spring. <BR> Most look good. A few look sickly. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Mon, 26 May 2014 19:22:30 EST trying day Unexpected death in always difficult to accept and deal with. Things will go on and things will settle down. Sun, 25 May 2014 23:59:43 EST weeded Today was weeding and more weeding. flower bed look much better. Noticed some of the raised beds need more soil mix added to them. Will get vermiculite and peat moss and mix with manure and soil. <BR> This is Momty. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 24 May 2014 21:31:16 EST Posted wrong cat picture Yesterday I posted a picture of Leo thinking it was Meko <BR> This is both of them. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Meko <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Leo <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 23 May 2014 23:37:16 EST Vet with 2 cats Had to take two of our cats to the vet today. Tazz has pancreatitus and Meko may have breast cancer or an abscess. They are both on anti-biotics. Meko will get a re=check next Thur and we will see where we go from there. Last week I took Leo in with bites and he is also on anti-biotics. I put Tazz's picture up in another blog and this is Meko <img src=""> Thu, 22 May 2014 23:27:08 EST Pictures at Steamboat Landing Steamboat Landing is the location of the Ithaca Farmers Market. The area has lots of interesting plantings, including a small lily pond with koi and several birds that frequent the site. It was rainy today and I managed to be there when it was only overcast. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Wed, 21 May 2014 23:24:09 EST Walk at Stewart Park <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">I had an enjoyable walk by the lake and was able to get some interesting pictures. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:03:11 EST Cool and sunny Filing sorting. Not my favorite things. So thank you for the challenge. It is nice to get it done. <BR> I introduced our youngest cat Tux. So today this is our senior cat Tazz -a Rinni <BR> also know as Miss Tazz <img src=""> <BR> We adopted Tazz 14 years ago from the SPCA. <BR> She is our shy cat, but of male cats know to give her wide berth. Mon, 19 May 2014 23:27:43 EST Island Health and Fitness This is the name of the fitness center I belong to / Island for short/. <BR> Today I did several weight machines taking about 50 minutes, three cardio machines for a little over an hour then walking and stretching in the warm water therapy pool for another 40 + min. <BR> Finally got some of the persistent aches worked out. <BR> Tomorrow is a lot of running around. <img src=""> <BR> This is our youngest cat Tuxedo Sun, 18 May 2014 19:41:32 EST