MCFITZ2's SparkPeople Blog MCFITZ2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Yard work at our house Mowed at our house and knocked down our outdoor pole lamp. Will try to right it another day. Not too bad a day. <BR> Hope yours was a good one. <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 22:55:24 EST Yard work at the rental Lots of sunscreen, brimmed hat and water bottle with ice and brewed tea,apples for lunch and a protein bar. Did 3 hours of yard work. Mowed, cut branches, pulled the vines that were smothering an apple tree. The neighbor came over and cut the main vine trunk with a chain saw. He also took down a tree that was growing against the shed. <BR> The yard looked good. Still much to do there. Including a 70 plus foot long privet hedge that is way taller than I am. It is all manual hand clippi... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:58:13 EST Another hot day Back up to around 90 again today. <BR> Friday we will have a birthday brunch for our grandson. His birthday is next month, but they will be leaving for AZ tomorrow. <BR> He starts school on Monday and our granddaughter starts a few days after that. <BR> They are Yankee fans so I bought a short sleeve baseball shirt with Yankees on the front and Jeeter and the number 2 on the back. There are also some other clothes for him. Clothes for an almost 11 year old boy may not be the most exciti... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:39:09 EST Ground nest After having a nice time reading in the garden, I decided to weed. <BR> Well I some weeds and suddenly my left thumb felt on fire then my right hand, then I realized I had pulled plants up and opened on the top of a ground nest of bees. And they are not happy campers and I had a swarm coming after me. I managed to get into the garage and close the door. <BR> Some got in with me and I got some more stings. I went into the house and could feel something in my hair and yes there was at leas... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:04:23 EST Family get together My side of the family that was in the area got together after dinner for a dessert get together. Rice Krispy bars, chocolate chip marshmallow cookies, grapes, honey dew, watermelon, and chocolate dipped strawberries and beverage of your own. Mostly people brought tea and water. <BR> We got together at Myers point and there was a kick ball game. I took pictures. <BR> I think we all had a good time. Here are some pictures. Since I cannot show my Gn's picture as a foster child, and my daugh... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:58:34 EST To the mall this evening My granddaughter, daughter, Gn and myself went to the mall in Horseheads. <BR> My granddaughter took the Gn around and helped her pick out clothes for <BR> the up coming school year. They had a good time. <BR> My daughter and I got to hang out and do a little shopping. <BR> We had a good time. <BR> Tomorrow we have a get together at the park after supper with my side of the family. I hope the weather and everyone's moods are great. <BR> Sleep well. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:18:53 EST Drop back and punt Some days are just like that. Very little went as planned today, but we all got through it. <BR> Here are some photos at the lake were I went to find my balance before picking up Gn. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:05:32 EST Today in the garden Took Gn to camp and spent the rest of the day at home till time to pick her up. <BR> I did pull some weeds, refill the suet feeders, but most of the time I enjoyed the sun, the birds, a leisurely chat and beverage with my hubby and reading <BR> a mystery story. <BR> Gn will spend the night at a friend's house . Her friend had a birthday and tomorrow is Old home days complete with parade. <BR> Hubby and I also have a late afternoon/evening wedding and reception to go to. <BR> It was a good... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:39:32 EST Family taxi Most of my day felt like I was driving here or there for this one then that one. <BR> Gn to Dr., Gn to camp, sister #4 and niece home, Gn to library, Gn home from library and I feel like missed someone. <BR> Really tired. Here are some odd and end photos <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:45:35 EST Some granddaughter time I was able to spend about 4 hours with my granddaughter today. It was very nice. Tomorrow GN has Dr. appointment. <BR> Sleep well. Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:57:23 EST Happy Our daughter, son in law, grandson and granddaughter are in the area for 10 days. Yea <img src=""> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:58:42 EST pool today Gn to camp this am. Puttered around at home. Went through a few more things to sell or donate. Just did not feel like doing it today. <BR> Took a sil to pt. Went to the pool and exercised for 40 min. Took sil home, picked up hubby. He was having one of his less that coordinated days. <BR> Drug store, gas station, picked up Gn from camp, and then home. Laundry in and put away. Now to corral the cats lock up the house and feed the..m and then off to bed. <BR> Taking hubby to town and... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:18:19 EST mad dogs and Englishmen and me. I needed to work off some anger so I went after the 75 foot long privet hedge with hand clippers and a hand lopper. It was in the bright sun, midday, and it was 93 F. and probably 90 percent humidity. <BR> Work for an hour. Yes worked the anger out. <BR> I think I qualify for a little bit crazy award. <BR> Hope yours was a good day. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:42:29 EST warm and sunny Worked on sorting part of our video collection. <BR> Very tired tonight. <BR> Sleep well everyone. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:41:08 EST Busy day again Worked on sorting more things in the storage room. Trimmed apple tree, mowed the yard. Had coffee and later soda with hubby. Also took pictures from our deck. Here are some. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:38:26 EST Busy, stuff done, but not what I had planned. Took sister #4 to town for a fast <em>246</em> grocery shopping and bank stop. left at 20 got back at 3. She did not get to the store she planned on going to and I was unable to get to the fitness center <em>39</em> <BR> On the bright side my cats now have cat food and liter. My phone was fixed by the manager at AT&T. <BR> One of my cats got up on the fence and started pawing in the nesting box that a pair of house wrens has little ones. He managed to fish one of them out. <BR> We,... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:02:17 EST lots of yard work Gn and I went to rental. I mowed while she visited. Then cut several small trees -no more than 3 inches in diameter, wild rose bushes and weeds. <BR> Good workout. Here are some pictures from today. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://phot... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 22:48:44 EST rest day Stayed home except for taking Gn to camp and then to her counseling session this afternoon. Oh and the pharmacy, grocery store and dollar store. <BR> Made 2 quiche for supper. One crustless and one with. One with boiled chopped chicken breast and one with sandwich ham. One with hot salsa mixed into the 2% milk and eggs and one without, both with broccoli, one with carrots, one with out. Catering to the limited pallet of a preteen. <em>246</em> <BR> Heading for bed. No workouts today... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 22:35:31 EST Sun, hot, humid Inside it was really uncomfortable, but outside there was a breeze and in the shade it was nice. <BR> Gn did not go to camp, did not get up and I did not push. She was bored being at our house and doing errands with us. <BR> Hubby had cardiac rehab and only has two more times to go. I worked out upstairs doing cardio and ST while did worked out in the special area for PT . <BR> Gn got to sit in the lounge at the front desk. <BR> We had smoothies for lunch. I am using peanut powder in them.... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 22:22:51 EST Another week begins Gn. slept late, but not too late, and was to camp a little late, but not too late. <BR> They had a swim day today. <BR> Worked around the house cleaning till about noon, then went to town to get hubby and take him to his appointment at the VA clinic. <BR> Pharmacy, Aldis and cold stone on the way to get Gn from camp. I had requested our mail be held at the post office since our mail box was trashed this weekend. Well when we got home our neighbor and it duck taped back together. <em>246</e... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 23:36:10 EST Water workout 50 min walking in 3 ft. deep Water <BR> 40 min water aerobics wearing a waist flotation belt in over 5 ft deep water. <BR> Grocery shopping with lots of fruit purchases. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 22:50:58 EST Day was productive Was able to get my external harddrive to rediscover my photos that were put on from my old computer. YEA. Now adding file by file to Picasa and naming each one. Tedious but at least I have access again. <BR> Mowed at the rental, hauled 30 gal. of water in 3 gal. bucket, and did some gardening. <BR> A good day. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 23:57:56 EST flexible day Today was a day to be flexible. <BR> Gn went to camp as planned. They tie dyed T shirts today. <BR> Hubby called and told cardiac rehab that he would not be there today. His balance was off and falling while exercising is not so good. <BR> Sister #4 needed a ride to the town hall, gn needed to picked up, and sister needed to have a ride into town to go to the bank. <BR> Hubby called while I was in town to let me know we had company. His brother and girl friend were in the area and stopped ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:17:30 EST A pretty good day Gn got ready for camp nicely. Took hubby to cardiac rehab, sister to town, I went to Island Fitness and did 30 min. on the ARC trainer. <BR> Monty ate today and I let him outside for a while. <BR> Hubby and I did the online kinship foster parent class tonight. They break till August now. Took a few pictures I will share some. <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:30:27 EST sunshine finally We finally had a sunny day. YEA. <BR> Gn at day camp. We went to the community built wood playground and I was able to swing on the swings. First time I have tried since I lost weight. Still a long way to go, but that was a really nice nsv. <em>334</em> <BR> Took some time in the garden. Had Monty outside and weeded and of course took pictures. <BR> Here are a few from today. <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http:... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:53:15 EST another rainy day Hauled 30 gal of water by the bucket load. Out of garbage can that was catching the rain water coming over the roof gutter and seeping into the garage. <BR> Getting Gn ready for day camp that starts tomorrow. <BR> Here are a few pictures from today. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:26:45 EST wet day <em>335</em> the <em>67</em> will come out tomorrow. <em>246</em> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:52:36 EST This round of Dare to Lose is over We did measurements and post tests distance walk/run timed, rope pull for distance timed- agality square timed how many done, 2 min crunches how many finished, throwing medicine ball from chest height for distance- 4 tries. <BR> Then I went and walked in the pool, did arthritis movements and stretching. <BR> Also rode the mower today. Lost and found my fitbit. Worked to try and get financing for sleepover camp for Gn with no luck. Doesn't qualify as a fundable camp because, are you ready... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:28:38 EST Challenging day Gn spent the night with a friend. They stayed in a tent in her back yard and did NOT sleep. Gn. had to be picked up for her physical, sis @4 at her house, and Hubby taken in for cardiac rehab. Gn. was a pistol and I was not able to get in my work out. I was verbally abused and angered by her behavior. <BR> When we got home she went to her room and slept the rest of the day. When she got up she was nice as could be. Hubby wants her out as he does not like the crap I am taking from her.... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:48:32 EST Not too busy a day It was Gn's last day of school. Picked up her and a friend. She will spend the night at her friends house. I need to pick her up in the morning as she has a Dr.'s appointment. <BR> Hubby also has cardiac rehab tomorrow. <BR> Heading for bed. Sleep well. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:30:29 EST Busy day Gn had moving up celebration at school this morning. It was very nice and we had her mom,her 6 month old baby sister her grandmom qho ia -my sister#4, my sister#2, my hubby, a neighbor, and an honorary aunt. I think she was pleased. Her former neighbor had her down to swim so I think all and all she had a good day. Tomorrow is a half day and that will be the end of this school year. <BR> I also had Dare to Lose tonight. <BR> I am having a rough time in regards to our cat Monty. I don't w... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:49:55 EST Hot and humid 3 loads of laundry washed and hung out and brought in. <BR> Weeding and there is an abundance of it due to all the rain. And yes more due tomorrow. Hopefully no flooding this time. <BR> Gn has moving up ceremonies at school tomorrow morning and then Wed. is the last day of school. <BR> Monty ate and threw it back up later. Took him outside to enjoy the fenced in garden. He has refused food since then. <BR> My mantra for him is quality of the time not the quantity of time. <em>39</em> <... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:07:05 EST Stayed in my calorie range I had a smoothie for breakfast. Had protein power, flax seed, 1/2 banana, 1/2 nectarine, almond unsweetened milk <BR> Went to Panera for lunch -cup of black bean soup- and piece of bread and hazelnut coffee with cinnamon and splelnda. <BR> had one of their orange scones for supper <BR> Apples for snacks. <BR> Mowed the lawn after the fawn lying in back left. Took Monty outside for a while and was able to get him to eat some. He seemed to enjoy lying in the basket. <BR> Watch The Butler with... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:29:48 EST Not good news at the vet Our alpha cat, Monty, is very ill and there is really nothing that the vet can recommend that will make much of a difference. Although negative for feline luke and aids, his bone marrow is no longer making red or white blood cells. <BR> I am incredibly sad. We will try to make his last days as nice as possible. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:47:03 EST Expresso Bike I don't know if any of you have ridden an expresso bike. Island Health and Fitness has several. When we train for Dare to Lose we sometimes have races on the virtual routes. It is different and fun. Today I decided to ride the recumbent one while my hubby was having his cardiac rehab. I did about 3/4 of one called Hidden Valley. The whole route is 11 miles and I did just over 7miles and it took a full 30 min. That was the easy half. <em>211</em> My cat Monty is ill and will be taki... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 22:45:52 EST Laundry With all the rain we have been having the laundry has sorta backed up. So today 4 loads washed hung and three down and put away. The last one wasn't dry so it will get more airing. Took Gn to counseling, dropped well water test results at dss for home finders, took sister #4 and Gn to Kohls for under garment shopping and swimwear shopping. Dropped sister off at her home came home had supper and it is almost 11pm. Totaled and heading for bed. <BR> Here are some more pictures from the 15... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 22:52:30 EST nice birthday Nice birthday splurged on eating,but only less than 200 calories over. <BR> Did ST this morning 96 min Dare to lose bootcamp format, and 2 miles on the expresso bike. <BR> Gn was nice today and wished me a happy birthday. <BR> Heading for bed soon. <BR> Here are some pictures from yesterday. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:13:16 EST rain overload Suny nice morning laundry hung out and dried and brought in. <BR> Took Gn for GS and BS flag retirement. Had started to sprinkle and they had cancelled. Took Gn to sister#4 and while there we had over 3 inches of rain, <BR> Came home there were areas under water driveways washed over the roads. <BR> Our town roads are closed ad some areas are evacuated to the school. <BR> Here are some pictures by our house and on our road. <img src=" Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:10:37 EST interesting day GS. car wash, took over 100 books in to donate to the Ithaca friends of the library for their Oct sale. Picked up sister #4 and then GN and went home. <BR> Hubby having balance problems today. GN had a major melt down this morning. Seems better tonight. Time will tell. <BR> Very tired tonight. <BR> Stay safe and well. Have a good refreshing sleep and a great day tomorrow. <img src=""> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 23:44:33 EST Hot hot hot Well it hit 93 today. <em>198</em> <BR> Can we say HOT, Olay Olay hot hot hot. <BR> We had part of Dare to Lose outside and part inside. The heat really sapped my strength. Had to move from 35 to 20 lb and it was still a struggle. <BR> Gn was a brat to me yesterday afternoon and to hubby today. Gets really tiresome after a while. <BR> Saw her baby sister who is being fostered by another of my sisters. I have 3 just to confuse ya'll. I am #1 I saw #2 #3 is in GA and #4 is the one w... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:42:18 EST quiet day Not much done today. <BR> Laundry put away, bank balances checked, some cleaning in the house and some reading and sorting through books to be donated. <BR> Gn was not feeling good last night and still not feeling well this morning. <BR> Kept her home and she seems recovered tonight. Hubby was also not feeling well today although he did help around and then rest and then help some more. <BR> Here are a few pictures again from yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:53:04 EST can we say busy afternoon Gn home of school bus, pick up sister, take hubby to dentist, sister and gn to counselor session, then take them to park for free merry go round rides and child development fun do including face painting and food. They met lots of friends and we finally headed home after 8pm. Took around 140 photos of the lake and things. Will share a few <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:26:44 EST a better day <img src="">We got along well today. Gn was nice, except for getting up for school. <BR> Very pleasant we will see what tomorrow brings. <BR> Sleep sound Wake refreshed Tue, 9 Jun 2015 23:34:46 EST Rain and wind kinda day Busy day <BR> Took Hubby to VA clinic for blood work, a water sample to a lab for analysis, <BR> bank to deposit a replacement check for one we should have gotten in May, <BR> pharmacy, then coffee and tea and scone at Panara, then home, then back out to take sister to Covered Bridge Market, home, long talk with Gn on behavior, then take Gn and sister to girl scouts dish to pass, take sister home and then home for the night. <BR> We had rain and wind. Tornado watch just to add some spice... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:51:45 EST roller coaster day I am nice. I am a b. Gn had me emotionally eviscerated for part of the day. I actually called the dss emergency number, but I had the wrong number in my phone. Things calmed down and we were really getting along great tonight. <BR> Except I am always braced for the next blow up. <BR> Today the trigger was my sisters breathing. She sounded like she needed to be in the hospital and scared us both. So I can understand gn's fear as I also had it. Just doesn't make it easier . Here are so... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:51:40 EST OK day I wrote a blog and posted it <BR> I know not where as it lost it's way it is not here. <BR> So this is short and this is brief. And from the computer I will have relief. <BR> The day was ok. Took my sister for her monthly grocery shopping. <BR> To gn and sister to the book sale at the library. <BR> Took gn to and picked up from a friend. <BR> Listened to Mike Harvey's rock and roll radio show by streaming it on the computer. <BR> That's it. <BR> Here are pictures from the last couple of... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 23:49:57 EST good day Hubby to cardiac rehab and water Zumba The to grocery store and get gas. <BR> To school for conference on Gn for next year's services in middle school. <BR> Home lunch and starting to fill out paperwork required by nys for foster parents. <BR> Supervise homework, to school for numercy and literacy night themed super heroes. <BR> So now ready for bed. <BR> Sleep well <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 23:25:57 EST Fresh start new plan Not on my journey to health. <BR> Gn and I will try stickers and rewards at the end of a good week. <BR> She was very nice for most of the day. <BR> Tomorrow they have a special program at the school that we will go to. <BR> Literacy and numercy night. Should be interesting, <BR> Trading post items are almost done. That is her participation project for Friday. She has painted some rocks to trade. <BR> Hope your day went well and you get a refreshing rest tonight. <BR> The weekend approache... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 22:25:05 EST Today was better for the most part Lots of workout time. <BR> A little over on calories, but not too much. <BR> Gn was good until late tonight. We will have the counselor aware of what happened before we go. <BR> Sleep well everyone. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 22:35:06 EST Aggravating day Warning Bitching ahead. You might want to pick another blog to read. <BR> My GN started the day telling me to shut up. I asked her to get up for church. <BR> Of course yesterday she felt the need to tell me how fat I was several times. I think I already realize that which is why I am on Spark People. Duh. <BR> She pitched a mega fit and melt down kicking the back of my drivers seat opening the car door and more. <BR> I am so tired of this crap. If she gets her way she is a nice kid, but... Sun, 31 May 2015 20:56:50 EST