MCFITZ2's SparkPeople Blog MCFITZ2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community OK day Stayed home till late afternoon then ran gn to town for her counseling. <BR> Started a mystery and have stayed up too late reading it. <BR> Heading to bed. <BR> Hope you had a good day. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:13:36 EST Lots of errands Lots of running around today. <BR> Health and fitness center for hubby's cardiac rehab and my 30 min work out. <BR> Hubby to denist, me to Aldis, bank, to my Dr's to leave paperwork to be filled out for fostering grandniece, on to airport for us both to be fingerprinted and photographed again for forstering, to Tops for their specials, traffic jam back through town, Main's for their specials and home about 2 minutes before school bus arrived. Then the usual unpacking groceries etc. Almost re... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:57:16 EST more book sorting Went some of the children's literature that I have collected and found about 100 that will find new homes after the library sale. <BR> Went to the picnic and it was fine, but cold. Wind was blowing off the lake and it did start to rain about the time things broke up. They did have the enclosed pavilion which was much better that being totally outside. Gn was able to attend the last half hour of GS. Tonight they did picking up the side of the road litter in the village. When we got back ho... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:28:04 EST Yard work, painting and reading Today I finished a mystery story I was reading and put the book into the box I am getting together for our little local library's book sale. They have several a year and the money helps pay for its needs. <BR> -top side only. When I finished that I painted the two outside entries for the house. Each door is recessed about 12 or so inches. <BR> I also pulled creeping Charley some other weeds and raked the pine <BR> litter that we have been putting around the trees. That mulches down the... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:27:16 EST Yard and garden work Laundry, planting flowers, cutting out all stems from last year, moving some yard furniture out and that is just getting started. Hope to get hanging swing painted tomorrow. Also need to go through seeds. <BR> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:19:46 EST The moss is out Well at least what I can see of it. <BR> Weeded Trimmed half of the hedges. <BR> Tomorrow is to be nice and plan to be out side <BR> Sleep well. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:59:38 EST Good day sunshine Grandniece went to school on time. No real drama <em>224</em> <BR> Took hubby to cardiac rehab and went to Aqua Zumba class. <BR> Stopped at Lowe's on the way home. The garden department. <BR> Now have pansy , snapdragon, and petunia plants. Planted some in containers, weeded along part of the garden fence. <BR> Taught grandniece how to play yatzee. We also played a stone game the starts with an m. <BR> More that ready for bed. <BR> Have you started gardening yet? Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:13:27 EST Good day. Did some early morning gardening. <BR> Took DH to cardiac rehab. Worked out ST and cardio <BR> Shopping, lunch at Panera . Half sandwich, half scone and coffee. <BR> Hubby had chicken rice soup and the other half of the scone. <BR> 1 load of laundry done and cleaning the house. <BR> Resting for a few minutes. <BR> How was your day? Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:29:01 EST Taxi again Got grandniece off to school without too much drama. <BR> Did a little housework. <BR> Drove sister to town. Picked up outr tax forms. Will need to write a sizable check. <BR> Cooled my heels then picked sister up at hospital where she had tests and took her to grocery store. <BR> Picked up husband. Went back to the grocery store and got sisters purchases. <BR> Took her Things to her house and unloaded them. Raced home to be there in time for grandniece to get off the bus. <BR> Took a ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:12:12 EST Sunny Sunday Buzzy, hetic day. <BR> Sister came up this afternoon to have some time with grandniece. <BR> I stayed out of sight as much as possible for them to have just them time. <BR> Then a friend and mom of gn. came over and they worked on gn'room. <BR> It is re-arranged and picked up. Yea., <BR> Did some gardening good to be out in the yard. Well heading for bed <BR> 6 a.m. comes early. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:03:06 EST Wishing for sunshine Earlier this week the weather forecast indicated warmth and sun. <BR> Well not really warm and definitely not sunny. <BR> So tired of grey. <BR> Took books, just over 400, to the friends of the library booksale drop off. <BR> This morning was the last day they were accepting them till sometime in June. <BR> Picked grand niece up from GS booth selling GS cookies, too niece to Dennys for lunch with the cavette that she would have to clean room and bring up her laundry that needs washing. Now... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:04:01 EST The week end is here Took car for oil/filter change <BR> Grandniece and sister to Dr. appointment, and grocery shopping. <BR> When it came time to leave sister's house, grandniece had a melt down. Calmed down after a while and very pleasant the rest of tonight. Heading for bed. Need to take books in to donate for the book sale. Tomorrow is the last day. <BR> Happy siblings day. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:28:51 EST roller coaster day Sweet this morning. <em>43</em> Attila the Hun tonight. <em>18</em> Now nice? <em>30</em> <BR> Unfortunately I am eating inappropriately. <em>4</em> I realize it is a stress reaction while I am doing it and I am still doing it. <em>383</em> <BR> I did however get in 55 min. of cardio/ST at the fitness center. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> So ready to sleep and forget today. <BR> Tomorrow she has a Dr. appointment. Hubby has cardiac rehab. <BR> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 22:09:28 EST Quite the day Grandniece was a real bear this morning. Things went downhill so fast. Usual teen stuff, your not my boss, I hate you, you can't make me and so forth. <BR> She managed to push enough of my buttons that I ended up yelling also. Very mature of me = not!! <em>234</em> Thank goodness she made the bus. I called the school counselor to clue her in and she was able to talk to her and diffuse anger she has over this whole situation. So she ended up having a good day at school. <BR> I ende... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 22:21:32 EST A good day Up on time. Grandniece up and out for school on time. Paperwork done and ready to go to tax preparer. Appointments made and some rescheduled. <BR> Laundry done. Some bills paid. Homework done with out melt down. <BR> Rewarded with movie on Nextflix. Positive consequences with positive choices. <BR> With in calorie range. Ready for bed. Oh and sunshine and low 60's today. Rest of the week calls for colder and rain. <BR> Over all a good day. <BR> How was yours? Mon, 6 Apr 2015 22:08:08 EST Sister is a gem I have three sisters, all younger. My sister Peg is a gem. She is only 8 years younger than I am. She is the one who moved back from TX to NYS to help care for our mom when she had a brain anuerism rupture. The one who gave up her teaching career and helped our dad till he passed away. The one who is fostering our grandniece that was born in Dec. 2014 while I have her 11 year old sister at our house. She is the one who remembers everyone's birthday, anniversary and special happening. S... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:28:55 EST Stayed at home today Slept in till 9. <BR> Read the paper, did laundry, made slow cooker chicken in frozen tomatoes, garlic, and green beans. Slow cooker frozen peaches, pineapple, raspberries, and grapes. Not sure what I will do with the fruit too much juice and grapes turned out to have seeds. Fixed grandniece's Easter basket. <BR> Also continued to read a mystery I started. <BR> Everyone that celebrates Easter have a holy day, and if you don't have a happy day. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 23:36:03 EST Family taxi Ran sister to town for errands today. Also did a few of my own. <BR> Fri, 3 Apr 2015 23:30:00 EST yard work The snow is melted enough to be outside. <BR> Did some raking in the yard and general clean up in the garden. <BR> Found a wind chime that had blown down during the winter and been covered in snow. <BR> Also did a 31 min. cardio work out at the fitness center this morning. <BR> Really ready for bed. <BR> We have some wind roaring outside. Always makes me glad we have a snug house. <BR> Sleep well. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 22:06:13 EST last night of this dare to lose Dare to lose is done for this round and BLC is also at an end. <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> At dare to lose my measurements were smaller but my weight is up. <BR> I wonder where the weight went on. <BR> I improved on all my post test fitness testing except the 500 meter row. I was a few seconds slower. <BR> Strength improved I would have like to have weight loss, but am ok with how things are. They are what they are. <BR> My computer no longer sees my camera so I can not upload any ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:18:11 EST Small work out Got a 41 min workout on the recumbent stepper, bought groceries, <BR> and did some other errands. Grandniece is back from visiting family friends. <BR> Tomorrow night is the last Dare to Lose for this session. <BR> Sleep well. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:10:43 EST next to last Dare to Lose session Wed will be our last session for this time of Dare to Lose. <BR> I have not lost, but I feel stronger and in better shape so all is good. <BR> This is for health and functionality. Weight loss is a nice plus. <BR> Hubby assisted me in installing 5 detectors today. Regulations of having our grandniece foster at our house. <BR> Also worked on Income tax. I will have it ready for Pat to do. Yes I will. <BR> <em>5 <BR> Bed soon. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:32:37 EST A More Restful Day Took grandniece to Arnot forest and Cornell University sugar shack. <BR> We had a tour of the sugar shack and she was given some maple sugar candy. <BR> It has not been a good sugaring year so far as the temps have been too cold for the sap to run. <BR> We came back and she fixed pancakes for us all for breakfast. She is packed and gone to visit family friends for a few days. I went and took a nap after she had gone. <BR> Goal finish the paper work and figures for the taxes this week by ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:00:35 EST A day of happy and sad On a happy note. Our grandniece got up with one gentle call to get up this morning. Happy and off to school no problems. Husband and I were out soon there after to go to town. Back took short nap and went to chorale at hubby's church. When we came out and I turned on the cell phone I had a message that one of the sweetest women in our family had passed away this afternoon. <BR> He is my son in laws grandmother and it was a case of instant like when we met <BR> . We will miss her greatly.... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:52:33 EST Less hectic day Grandniece up nicely and had a fruit smoothie for breakfast. <BR> Picked up hubby and took to his Dr. appointment. Worked on our taxes while sitting in the waiting room. <BR> Took him to cardic rehab and then to get RX. <BR> Treated ourselves to lunch at Panara's <BR> Grandniece came home and blew up at me. Settled down and fixed us boxed mac and cheese for supper. She and I spent to 10 pm working on her math corrections and homework. She has gone downstairs to bed and since I need to be ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:42:58 EST Dare to lose night We had a good work out and a good 20 min of stretching at the end. <BR> The time went really fast. <BR> Next week is the last week of Dare to Lose. <BR> Had to really watch as there is a lot of wildlife out and about now. <BR> Hard to see them at night. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:39:55 EST a running around day Grandniece off to school, hubby to hospital for bloodwork, then drop him off at fitness center for cardiac rehab, pay home equity at credit union, my Dr.'s appointment, pick up sister and go to elem. school for teacher conference, run niece who missed the bus into town into town, grocery shopping, home, trying to get grumpy grandniece to do homework, not it is not all done, take coffee to sisters so she has some for the morning, home, get niece to bed and relax. <BR> That was about it for ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:43:50 EST Dare to lose tonight Finally was able to get my fit bit to sync. <em>48</em> <BR> Tonight's work out for dare to lose was <BR> station 1 <BR> 20 TRX rows <BR> 20 KB swings 25lb <BR> 20 squats with 25 lb. kb <BR> 100 Jumping Jacks -modified for me- <BR> Farmer's walk carrying 2 25lb.. KB up to the 3rd floor down to first floor, down the hall up to the 2nd. floor down that hall back to the starting point. <BR> and .25 mile on elliptical <BR> <BR> Station 2 <BR> 100 medicine ball tosses to a partner. That is ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:56:46 EST Room cleaning Worked with grandniece in her bedroom to hang clothes and try to organize the space. Move many things that we had had in the room out or into a closet so she could make the room more hers instead of how it was. <BR> Will look through the paint leftovers we have and see if there is any thing we can use on the walls to brighten the room up. <BR> Saw a fox hunting in our back yard and the neighboring field <img src=""> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:51:42 EST too tired to post yesterday Up at 6, pick sister up at 12, parent teacher conference 12:20, taking sister to town, running errands, home at 6, bed by 9:30. <BR> It was a long emotion, stress packed week. <BR> So happy for the weekend. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:05:16 EST short workout Took sister and niece into town and picked up my husband and took him to cardiac rehab. Since my fitness center is in partnership with the medical center his rehab is in the same facility so it makes it easy to fit in a short workout. <BR> Today I did 30 min. on the recumbent elliptical. Grandniece came in upset as some girls are taunting her on the bus. That got her yelling at me and telling me how much she does not want to be here. Good for her to get some of it out. <BR> A giant step,... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:44:34 EST 30 min. work out Did a 32 min work out on the arc trainer. The machine I used looked out over the inlet river and I watched Ice float downstream towards the lake. Also saw water fowl. First in a long time. Then errands and home . <BR> Tomorrow very busy day. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:48:52 EST Income tax Today is set aside to work on getting information together and organized and so on and so forth. Snow again today. Have a great day. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:55:07 EST Friday yea!! I can stay up late and not have to be up at 6 am in the morning. Yea!!! <BR> On the phone with banks and credit unions to find out what some of the things on my statements were about. Transfers I did not initiate and totally confusing postings on off on off of the same amounts. <BR> All straighten out. <em>334</em> <BR> Tomorrow STARTING THE INCOME TAX LONG FORM information gathering, organizing etc. Would like to get it finished up for the accountant before the end of March. She wo... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:03:44 EST Still a nice day Well it was not as warm as yesterday and winter coats were the order of the day, but it was sunny and birds are returning. Spring is trying hard to arrive. <BR> We looked at flower bulbs at Home Depot, but I did not buy any. Still too long before I could plant them. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:47:10 EST Dare to lose night Took 110 min and will still have to do 2 ST machines to finish up tonight's Dare to Lose assignment.. <BR> Also shoveled snow twice today. Nice to see where I shoveled melting down to the ground. <BR> Need to head for bed. 6 am. comes really fast. <BR> Sweet dreams <em>102</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:18:45 EST Work out did a cardio work out. Tired and going to lay down soon. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:07:18 EST missed blogging yesterday Ended up being family taxi last night. Was not the end of a stressful day. <BR> Company that overstayed, niece staying with us had a vocal melt down over them leaving, ran sister and older niece to respective homes. Picked up birdseed for sisters cacotiel and dropped it off, bought some groceries had supper at 11:30 pm and spilt a full cup of coffee on my desk including laptop. <BR> Starting today with 3 hrs. sleep and it will be a long one. <BR> Niece up and off to school, dishes collect... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 07:55:49 EST heat wave Wow we were in the high 20's today. <BR> Myia and I started her bulletin boards today. She picked out designs from some sample wallpaper books I have. <BR> The one she has been working on is starting to look cook. <BR> Baked banana oatmeal cookies. <BR> Sister came up to spend some time with Myia and they worked on her corrections from last weeks work. Tomorrow it is my turn to help her with math corrections as she has a test on Tue. <BR> Did one load of laundry and ran the dishwasher. <BR... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:01:46 EST Good eye exam We both had eye appointments today. Hubby goes back in 3 months I go back in 1 year. <em>224</em> <BR> Tired and heading for bed. Need to get our grand niece up at 6 am for school.Also requested to give sister a ride for court date and to attend. <BR> So sleep well all. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:38:29 EST Have grandniece again Sister went to hospital so we have Grandniece again. Now Debby P. will be doing her best to blow this out of proportion and cause more trouble for the whole family. <em>234</em> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:05:57 EST good cardio and ST workout Ran one of my sisters around part of the day <em>433</em> , took husband to nutritionist and cardiac rehab at fitness center, ran errands, worked out <em>362</em> <em>324</em> , delivered cat food <em>240</em> to sister's house, home through freezing rain <em>40</em> , delighted to see that the recycling was picked up <em>334</em> . <BR> Over calories for today <em>20</em> . <BR> That about it. <BR> Have a good evening. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:53:06 EST Work out Dare to Lose Our trainer divided us into two teams for a competition tonight. <BR> We each had to do each activity and record our time. <BR> Treadmill 1 mile <BR> Rower 1600 meters <BR> Arc Trainer 1 mile <BR> Recumbent bike 2 miles <BR> Elliptical 1 1/2 miles <BR> Expresso bike Campus tour 1 1/2 miles <BR> total 8 miles <BR> It was quite the work out. <BR> Here are some pictures of March 1st. at our house. <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-a... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 23:30:04 EST No pictures I realized a few days ago that I had stopped carrying my camera with me and have not been taking pictures. <em>24</em> <BR> I think I stopped because of the extreme cold and the damage the camera might have being left in the car for hours. I can not always secure it when I am out. <BR> Also the lake is frozen way up from the park so now no water fowl in sight. <BR> Hopefully there will be a break in this constant freezer we are in. <BR> Here are some pictures of our furry family members t... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:04:21 EST Friday not the 13th? We were somewhat busy today. Annual skin check at dermatologist's. We each had spots frozen off. <BR> Dollar store for cleaning supplies. <BR> Home. I backed in to far and got hung up in the snow. Managed to spin the tires into two deep holes. Hubby and neighbor managed to dig and push and we finally got it onto the packed snow. <BR> Sister who rents our old house from us called to say the stem blew out of the hot water knob in the kitchen sink <em>198</em> and the resulting geyser war... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:07:56 EST Dare to lose Tonight was a lot of functional training, cardio machines and stairs and body weight moves and I am worked out for the night. <em>30</em> <BR> Going to have a cup of coffee and supper and put up my tired feet. <BR> Hope everyone had a good day. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:55:01 EST dare to lose Good circuit training tonight. 90 solid minutes. Cold at -5 on thermometer. <BR> More to morrow Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:58:20 EST New dishwasher getting a work out I have systematically started to run our dishes,cutlery, cookware and storage containers through it. Putting down new paper liners. So nice to have started the deep cleaning. Also had a nap this afternoon. Fell asleep reading the paper. lol <BR> Keep warm. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:48:01 EST Good day Sunshine Temps up into the teens. <BR> New dishwasher installed and working. <BR> Grandniece able to go back home. <BR> In calorie range for the day. <BR> Did some dumbbell ST exercises. <BR> One load of laundry done. <BR> Wrote 2 letters. <BR> Now ready for bed. Exhausted. Mostly emotional exhaustion. <BR> Sleep well everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:12:16 EST Stayed inside Another cold day. Stayed inside. Paid bills did laundry. Home to get a workout video done. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:01:33 EST