MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Grandma time is almost over I am back at DD's house, GS is asleep and the weekend <BR> is almost over. The laundry is done, the litter boxes are cleaned <BR> and the dishes are done. <BR> We had a cold front move through during the night. <BR> Much cooler and very glad that we didn't have any <BR> commitments at the Powe Show. After the rain yesterday, <BR> it was a muddy mess. <BR> Sad to see the weekend end, but Grandma will get <BR> another chance to babysit again soon. <BR> Make your move on Monday and have a great... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:38:01 EST GS and I are a team We had a wonderful morning while DH was gone to the <BR> farmers market. We went to 2 rummage sales and he <BR> didn't buy a thing. <BR> Home to do laundry and clean house, eat lunch with <BR> Papa, take a short nap and then run all afternoon. <BR> I decided to cook up the ripe tomatoes and GS learned <BR> how to push the button on the food processor. At first, <BR> he was shocked but soon got into the routine. I took <BR> pictures to send to DD and SIL stating "Slave labor at <BR> 19 months"... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:20:46 EST A bundle of joy with a ton of energy Now I know why the human race has children <BR> early in life. My, does the little man move. <BR> I stayed overnight, got up early to get organized <BR> and pack what I would need for the weekend. <BR> He was up at 6:20 and we ate breakfast, got <BR> dressed and loaded the car. The daycare was <BR> open and I left so I could get to work before 9. <BR> It was Band Day today so we have 17 bands that <BR> marched and performed from our side street, <BR> down 3 blocks and then out to the football... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:46:38 EST GS is a real peach! DD asked that I be here by 4:30. Just a few minutes <BR> late due to road construction. They left at 5 and GS and <BR> I went for a long walk with me pushing the stroller. <BR> I think it was well over 30 minutes but didn't time it. <BR> We had dinner and I started cleaning house and doing <BR> the laundry. I have one load in the dryer, one in the washer <BR> and one left to do. Hope to have it all done, except the folding, <BR> before bedtime. GS is in bed and I am watching the Patriots/ ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:02:43 EST Maxine and Nadine Maxine was on hand today and I was so glad <BR> she was pushing things along as much as she did. <BR> We made a great team as we burned through so <BR> many projects. The email was flying back and forth <BR> almost all morning between my SIL, underwriters <BR> and clients. And it didn't end when the office closed. <BR> Maxine met Nadine, the noodle machine and we <BR> made quick work of the noodle dough in the refrigerator. <BR> And with that done, Nadine gets a long rest until <BR> after the... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:17:37 EST The machine was spared Avery productive day and I was all set to make <BR> one last double batch of noodles tonight and be <BR> done for the week. <BR> But life happens. The pager went off and we <BR> needed to transport a pregnant woman to the <BR> nearest hospital. She lives across the street from <BR> DD and we know them well. She stayed calm <BR> and kept apologizing for the bother. The last I <BR> heard from her husband is she was undergoing <BR> tests. <BR> So the noodle dough was wrapped and put into <BR> th... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:29:25 EST I stepped back a bit Only made 3 batches of noodles tonight <BR> but cooked up all of the ripe tomatoes. <BR> DD wanted some tomato juice last night <BR> but the cupboards are bare and so is the <BR> cellar. I think I know what I will need to <BR> do before winter. <BR> Have a Sparktacular Tuesday! Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:08:53 EST A different focus No more gutters or housecleaning today. <BR> After Bible study, church and coffee time, <BR> DH changed clothes to do farm chores and <BR> I started making noodles. Today it was 4 batches. <BR> I estimated I would have more than enough time. <BR> I had purchased a wooden folding clothes rack <BR> and it worked well to dry all the dough until <BR> I could cut them. A very attractive amount of <BR> golden goodness. <BR> DH wanted to learn how to bake an angel food <BR> cake with the egg whi... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:30:13 EST The gutters are done as well as housecleaning, laundry <BR> and mowing the lawn. No wonder I <BR> am ready for bed. <BR> Sleep well! I know I will. HUGS! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:23:47 EST The Change Up Challenge An article of SP today stated that changing things up <BR> is a good way to do something beside the same old routine. <BR> I really hadn't intended to do anything much different today <BR> than yesterday but inspiration walked right in the door <BR> and Maxine came right in too. <BR> So what did she talk me into this time? I decided it was time <BR> to clean the gutters since I couldn't remember when we had <BR> done it last. I just knew it was when the 2 youngest sons were <BR> still close a... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:14:07 EST Super wet day The weatherman predicted just .25 of an inch of rain. <BR> We just stuck under a "training" system and the rain <BR> tracked over us all morning and into the afternoon. <BR> We recorded 2.70 inches of rain-more than 10 times <BR> what the predictions were. Flash flood advisories <BR> ran from noon until 5:15. Since we are on very high <BR> ground but only a few short miles to the river hills <BR> and low lying areas that are sure to be inundated <BR> with the runoff. Iowa had flash flood warn... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:59:28 EST Take pity on the poor noodle machine Three batches of dough Sunday, Monday night off, <BR> Tuesday night-2 batches of dough and another 2 <BR> tonight. Thank goodness the machine hasn't <BR> protested yet but I am trying to get ahead so we can <BR> go to a volleyball game tomorrow night. I think the <BR> coach (DD) will appreciate it. <BR> Life keeps rolling along so I will stay ahead of the <BR> 8 ball and all will be well. <BR> Have a swell Wednesday! HUGS! Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:38:39 EST Comfort food It will be unseasonably cool for the next few days <BR> so I opted to make a pot of chili to tide us over. <BR> DH is gone tomorrow for a recertification meeting <BR> so guess who is going to have the first bowl? <BR> Have a great Tuesday. HUGS! <BR> It was delicious! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:42:05 EST A peaceful Sunday It was a cool and calm Sunday. After Bible study, <BR> church and coffee time with the family, I planned <BR> my afternoon. I made a triple batch of noodle dough <BR> and everything has been cut and is drying for the <BR> next farmers market. DH sold all the noodles Saturday, <BR> plus most of the peppers, eggplant and zucchini. <BR> The tomatoes, carrots and potatoes were slow sales <BR> so we gave half of the remaining carrots to the lady <BR> in the café and made up a care package for pa... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:53:23 EST Quite a cool morning 50 degrees this morning just before sunrise. <BR> Fall is just around the corner. <BR> After helping DH get ready for the farmers <BR> market, I set to the tasks I had planned to <BR> get done today-laundry, housecleaning, <BR> and mowing the lawn. Throw in farm chores <BR> and gardening and I was more than happy <BR> to put the clean sheets on the bed and get <BR> comfy in my pajamas. Hope you had a <BR> wonderful day. HUGS! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:46:15 EST Feels like fall An early morning hail storm caused a lot of grief <BR> in the office. One of our best friends who camped <BR> with us at the State Fair had hail damage to all of <BR> his buildings, his house, tractors and farm equipment, <BR> the camper and 4 cars. He was devastated to lose <BR> all of the hay that he had cut to bale and the rest <BR> of his crops were badly damaged. I spent most <BR> of the morning entering the claims and talking to the <BR> adjustors. DH and SIL went up to talk with him an... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 23:22:49 EST Tip top Thursday Full day of work with SIL there most of the day <BR> and planning how to handle new work load. <BR> Learned a few tricks to use on the new program <BR> and working with a new email system that links <BR> both offices and 3 separate email accounts. Cool.. <BR> Not so cool? Having someone syphon all the gas <BR> out of the tank while the pickup was parked next <BR> to the camper the first part of the week. DH had <BR> no clue until the pickup wouldn't run for him. Found <BR> out the hard and ex... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 23:38:58 EST Back from the fair Very slowly getting back into SP after being gone to <BR> the fair. It comes in 2 stages-one being that I had to <BR> unpack, wash laundry and I am out of my routine. <BR> Two-the office work picked up hugely upon my return. <BR> DH has agreed to come out of retirement (sort of) <BR> and help with the Medicare Part D enrollment period <BR> and do whatever else he can while SIL finds a new <BR> agent to take over life and health. The State manager <BR> is behind us 100% and that helps. It will... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 16:04:27 EST The battle of the minds-Ode to BESSHAILE I love reading BESSHAILE'S posts when her left <BR> brain and right brain have conversations, choosing <BR> sides and arguing the virtues of each opinion. <BR> I am having one of those days. <BR> The left brain is saying to just pack up and go to <BR> the State Fair. Forget work, the phone and whatever <BR> comes across the plate. Just leave and go quickly. <BR> You have earned a break. You deserve it. <BR> But the right brain is cautioning patience. You are <BR> still waiting for a client t... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 14:35:56 EST No fluff today-just a surprise I followed my usual morning routine and saw that my <BR> life and health agent was at the office early. Very odd. <BR> I walked in and he was dressing in a T-shirt, khaki <BR> shorts and sandals. I remarked that it must be dress <BR> down Friday but it was only Thursday. He then announced <BR> that he has resigned yesterday and he was going to <BR> move into another career. He asked if I hadn't talked <BR> with DH and I said that we hadn't talked since yesterday <BR> afternoon. Yep, he had re... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:41:49 EST Cleaning out the refrigerator and a pail of fluff Interesting mix of topics which I will address later. <BR> The day went quite smoothly. SIL was in and he <BR> got a lot done as well as I. I have plenty of letters <BR> to get in the mail and lots of filing to do and I was <BR> pleased to accomplish both. <BR> After work, I had an hour's worth of chores and make <BR> a quick trip through the garden to check out the <BR> zucchini. I spotted plenty of tomatoes but didn't have <BR> time to pick them just then. I was baking a chicken <BR> and a ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:15:39 EST Two and a half hours That is how long it took DH and I to catch and crate <BR> the chickens. It would have gone faster if we didn't <BR> have to reband some of the chickens. Those little <BR> plastic bands get caught and pull right off. At least <BR> they are easier to put on than the metal one we used <BR> years ago. <BR> After a quick cleanup, I was back in the office at 10:30 <BR> and it was non-stop all day. The day went so quickly and <BR> I still have things to do tomorrow but maybe the dust will <BR> settl... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:35:37 EST Change of plans Since all of the bantam breeds of chickens are never <BR> outside in the dirt, we did not have to wash any of <BR> them tonight. DH can spot clean at the fair, if need be. <BR> We will go out early and crate the little ones first and <BR> save the larger one for last so they do not get overheated. <BR> It shouldn't be an issue. DH will leave as soon as <BR> we are done. I will have 3 days of chores to do and <BR> the house to myself. This could be fun LOL! <BR> Take time for you Tuesday! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:52:12 EST Washing chickens for the State Fair Yes, we do have to wash the chickens for the State Fair. <BR> You put special shampoo in a 5 gallon pail of water and <BR> dunk the chicken up and down quickly, then dunk them <BR> in clean water to rinse and put them in a clean area with <BR> wood shavings on the floor to keep them clean. <BR> We did all the large birds tonight and will do the bantams <BR> tomorrow night. It took us about 3 hours to catch them <BR> all since they were all in different barns and not all of <BR> the chickens w... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:57:28 EST A clean house-the kids are coming I knew both of the younger sons and their spouses <BR> were coming and I really needed to sweep and mop <BR> after DH left for the farmers market. I kept the washing <BR> machine and the dryer running so that the laundry <BR> would be done before Sunday. It looks pretty good. <BR> We had the annual car show in town and that was <BR> why everyone was in town. I even took time to make <BR> a lazy peach dessert, a family favorite. The only <BR> drawback was the peaches were a bit woody and <BR> ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:10:57 EST Cleaning up messes It is a shame when people are so quick to push <BR> mistakes off onto others just so they can come <BR> out on top. One of our farmers is making a big <BR> stink for his mistake in reporting his acres in <BR> two different agencies incorrectly. Now he and <BR> his wife want us to "just fix it". I think he realized <BR> that this would cost him a lot of money and he <BR> told both agencies that we misunderstood and <BR> that he fully intended the opposite of what he <BR> reported. SIL and I kn... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:09:19 EST A very full day I worked hard on my own today to get as many <BR> crop summaries mailed as I could beside the <BR> routine service work. <BR> Home to mow the lawn, mix up a double batch <BR> of noodle dough and then spent 45 minutes with <BR> DH, catching and banding the last 25 chickens. <BR> These were the spry bantams that like to hide under <BR> the 8 foot long roost. But eventually, we caught the <BR> ones we wanted and moved them to another barn <BR> so we don't have to chase them Tuesday morning. <BR... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:37:21 EST Cleaning the barn The first room of the "long" barn has always been a <BR> tad bit messy but tonight I decided to organize all <BR> the chicken crates and peach boxes that we use <BR> as nest for the hens that want to sit and hatch eggs. <BR> There were so many scattered around that there was <BR> just a path through the room. It took about 45 minutes <BR> to get everything in it's place. DH was impressed <BR> and happy to see what a little rearranging could do. <BR> Now all I can do is hope he doesn't mess it... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:35:16 EST Special firemens and EMS meeting We had an intense training session on how to use <BR> a grain extrication tube and grain vac to remove <BR> persons caught in grain bins. It is a very common <BR> and deadly situation and too many farmers have <BR> died in grain bins when they enter to knock the <BR> grain down and get sucked into the grain. An average <BR> person can get sucked down in less than 30 seconds. <BR> At least our department has the equipment to use <BR> to extricate someone but it is a lengthy process <BR> and ve... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:08:37 EST And the goats are gone It was relatively easy to move the goats out of the barn <BR> as one of the younger nannies took the lead and everyone <BR> else followed right into the trailer. <BR> The young vet sorted them in the trailer so it would be <BR> easy for him to unload them into the various pens at <BR> his farm without any fuss. <BR> His young son, Landon, was there to supervise. <BR> Such a cutie. And he wants some chickens to <BR> lay eggs. I think we have a few extra LOL! <BR> Off to bed now. Have a treme... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:11:47 EST We finalized our decision with the goats The newest vet is the area was willing to look at <BR> our goat herd and buy the goats we did not wish <BR> to keep. I spent most of an hour accessing the <BR> various nannies and chose those I wanted to <BR> keep and then DH and I helped catch the young <BR> kids so they could be weighed for determining <BR> what they were worth. We agreed on a value on <BR> the rest and he will come to get them tomorrow. <BR> I will be sad to see them go but I know it is the <BR> best for them and for us to... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:39:58 EST Farmers Market update Well. for all the hoopla about the weekend and why <BR> everyone would be having great sales at the market, <BR> DH found out differently. He was to stay until 5 pm. <BR> Not so bad but when the downtown parade started <BR> at 10 am, the crowds left, never to return. All of the <BR> featured events were several blocks away and <BR> out of sight. Disappointing but he will know to turn <BR> down that opportunity next year. <BR> I will fill you in with my day tomorrow. This girl <BR> needs some ... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:43:34 EST Ready for farmers market DH and I have spent the last 3 hours getting <BR> ready for farmers market. It is also Riverboat <BR> Days so the crowds should be huge. It will be <BR> a long day for both of us. I will be housecleaning <BR> and then meet him and a couple who we have <BR> been friends with for years. <BR> Have a super Saturday. HUGS! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:35:04 EST I made Maxine mow the lawn Since Maxine is such a good helper and has so many <BR> great ideas for staying busy, I put her on the mower <BR> just to see what she could do. Pretty good and she <BR> even fed the grass clippings to the neighbor's goats. <BR> I had a stove on the pickup that one son is selling <BR> to DS here in town. I decided it had to get unloaded <BR> before the next chance of rain-tonight. <BR> While DH was in the garden digging potatoes, our <BR> SIL came over to help. It took just a couple of minute... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:17:27 EST Maxine on steroids It felt like I ran the Boston Marathon in just under <BR> 6 hours today. I started work extra early and was <BR> on the go the entire day. <BR> We had planned an evening meal with the next <BR> door neighbors but I made 2 batches of noodle <BR> dough before we started the grill. After dinner, <BR> they watched me make the panels and lay them <BR> out to dry. As soon as they left, I ran the dough <BR> through the machine one last time and just finished <BR> cutting the fine noodles for DH to s... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:50:18 EST Thinning the herd We had a young father, his 2 sons and dad <BR> come to the farm. We traded a 3 year old nanny <BR> for a young billy and then bought 2 yearlings <BR> that the GC showed last year. These happened <BR> to be Jess and Jen and they were such pets but <BR> of course, easy to handle so I didn't have any <BR> qualms about selling them to the young boys. <BR> They should be have nicely. <BR> Now we will go through the process of deciding <BR> who to keep and who to sell. There are 2 older <BR> nannie... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:38:48 EST Making plans Although there is so much going on in the office, <BR> I made sure to tell SIL that we need to pick a day <BR> when his youngsters can come to grandma's house <BR> and learn how to make noodles too. I am sure the <BR> 2 of them will love it and AJ is sure to be in the <BR> middle of it too. DD thought it was a capital idea. <BR> I made a single batch of noodle dough tonight <BR> and just finished cutting them up so now it is time <BR> to finish Sparking and get to bed. <BR> Hope you had a m... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 23:01:57 EST Teaching another tradition DH and I have been thinking of new ways to teach <BR> the GC some family traditions. Today we decided <BR> to let the local GD help make homemade noodles. <BR> I had the dough ready when they arrived and we <BR> talked about what we were looking for in a good <BR> dough, how to handle it so it is a acceptable product <BR> and how to make great noodles. We let them <BR> experiment with cranking the machine by hand <BR> and then later, letting them use it with the motor. <BR> GS preferred to d... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 23:29:02 EST Pleasanter past times Today DS was gone to the farmers market and it <BR> was a great day to clean house, do laundry, rummage <BR> through some of the closet to find things that need <BR> to be donated or discarded and just enjoy the quiet. <BR> An older couple came from Washington to visit her <BR> grandmother's hometown, explore some of her own <BR> history and maybe find the home where she lived. <BR> I was able to show her several houses that resembled <BR> the photo she had from the early 1920's. Not sure if ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 23:47:10 EST The great chicken roundup As long as I was working, it was fairly safe. <BR> What could happen? The phone would ring, <BR> I would have some service work to do. <BR> Piece of cake. <BR> I had a few clients in and most of their requests <BR> were easy to handle. But I had this ONE person <BR> who just couldn't stay away. <BR> "What are your plans for tonight? "Feeling ambitious?" <BR> Who is this guy? DH and the neighbor decided we <BR> had to sort chickens tonight, do a blood test on <BR> each bird going to the fair ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:21:14 EST We got our rain The rumbling of thunder and flashes of lightning started <BR> at 2:30-just enough to wake me up. A brief interruption of <BR> electricity also set of the bedroom phone. I feel asleep to <BR> what I thought was wind but was really the heavy rain <BR> 3.4 inches of rain and what a blessing it was! <BR> Long day and maybe more rain tonight. <BR> Smile! You are worth it! Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:14:55 EST Waitng for some rain It appears that the rain will stay north of us again tonight. <BR> Some cities to the north had strong winds, heavy rains <BR> and lots of lightning. A nice gentle rain would be welcome. <BR> Hope you had a sparkly day. HUGS! Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:40:10 EST Surprise, surprise! DS helped his dad chase some errant goats back <BR> into the pasture and even accepted an invitation to <BR> come over for dinner. He ate well and took home the <BR> leftover casserole, cantaloupe, bread, some bananas <BR> and the chocolate milk. Score a victory! <BR> He even spent a half hour talking with me outside <BR> and then another half hour talking to one of our <BR> neighbors down the street. I think he is lonely but <BR> doesn't want the GF to know about it. <BR> Perfect ending to t... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 23:54:37 EST Imagine your brain on drugs.. Not a drug in sight but my brain was all over <BR> the place this morning. Another manic Monday <BR> but I figured my two lonely brain cells would <BR> get their act together. Home late for lunch and <BR> even later for dinner. No time for chores since <BR> I had EMT class. Now I must go milk the goat <BR> or she will be very unhappy with me. <BR> Have a great evening. HUGS! Mon, 8 Aug 2016 22:00:28 EST The wedding and.... The garden and gazebo <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The groom and his brothers <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The bride <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just before he sees her for the first time in her dress <BR> <img src=" Sat, 6 Aug 2016 21:28:30 EST The day is here! So excited and a little apprehensive but ready for <BR> anything that comes our way. <BR> We will be leaving soon. Overnight bag is packed, <BR> DS will be here shortly and ride with us to the wedding. <BR> GF will not be there as we shared no information on <BR> the event or the place. <BR> Just hoping the brother does not show up. <BR> Living the dream! Have a great weekend and I <BR> will be posting photos when I have a chance. HUGS! Fri, 5 Aug 2016 11:48:03 EST A day of frustration and anticipation The morning raced by and I was frustrated with how slowly <BR> the process went with the changes and phone calls, uploading <BR> apps and trying to get done with the mundane things and get <BR> to working on crop insurance reports. Just one more week <BR> to get them submitted. <BR> I was having coffee when I saw my fellow EMT across the <BR> street using his radio. Mine did not go off so I thought the <BR> battery was dead. It appears our repeater was down and <BR> they had been paging us f... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 22:51:21 EST How's this for nerve? Our dear little bride-to-be has a father and a brother. <BR> Neither of them are in her life and are not invited to the <BR> wedding. A very toxic couple of guys with tempers to match. <BR> Well, the brother shows up at an aunt's house, having <BR> traveled from North Carolina where he is in the Marines. <BR> Come to find out, he comes with a pistol on his hip and <BR> demanding to know when and where the wedding will <BR> take place. The aunt refuses to tell and he leaves but <BR> looks up o... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 17:31:57 EST Look at the time! 11 pm and time for bed. <BR> More tomorrow. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 23:58:46 EST Happy First Day of August Cruising along with crop reports but had a couple of <BR> tough ones that I put aside. I need to call one of the <BR> underwriters as there are changes that I haven't <BR> learned how to do yet. <BR> DH was gone most of the day, delivering eggs to <BR> a grocery store and the food pantry this morning <BR> and judging cats, eggs and chickens at another <BR> county fair. <BR> Tonight I am making noodles again. The digital <BR> scale I ordered was taken off the site by the seller <BR> as they wi... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 22:35:00 EST