MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Working with a new program I offered to help SIL enter crop insurance information. <BR> I do the maps and the acres and he does the rest. <BR> I worked on a few policies after our training session <BR> and I hope to get it right. Our trainer has offered to <BR> answer any question and guide us through the process. <BR> She is a godsend. <BR> We didn't get any rain and won't get any until maybe <BR> on Saturday. Such is life. <BR> DH is gone with MIL until Friday afternoon. She has <BR> surgery scheduled for early in th... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:46:04 EST Hoping for some rain The showers appear to be headed our way. <BR> Guess we'll know for sure by morning. <BR> Hope you had a very special day! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:03:32 EST Serene Sunday Nothing urgent or pressing today. <BR> The goats behaved because they are <BR> penned in close until the fences are done. <BR> We pulled some of the onions from the <BR> garden so they don't start rotting at the <BR> stems. <BR> DD and SIL returned the camper from <BR> the weekend trip and all I have to do is <BR> wash the bedding. <BR> Getting ready for the work week to begin. <BR> At least the heat broke and there are chances <BR> of rain each day. Hope the weatherman gets <BR> it right at... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:31:22 EST Yep, it was a sizzling Saturday. I woke DH up at 6 so he could leave early for the farmers market. <BR> We were blessed with a half inch of rain at 4:30 this morning. <BR> After he left, I had coffee at the café and started my day. <BR> Out to the farm just after 8. I wanted to put up the hay fence <BR> but first, had to spend 20 minutes rounding up the goats. DH <BR> had said to leave them in the pasture until 9:30 but since <BR> they had gotten out, I chased them all back in the small yard <BR> and let them think about it.... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:50:16 EST We beat yesterday's high 94 degrees but a heat index of 113. <BR> Just enough to get me to shed my <BR> winter coat LOL! <BR> One more hot day and then maybe <BR> back to more normal temperatures. <BR> Molly is back from a 2 day vacation <BR> at the body shop. They really cleaned <BR> the interior but since they pulled everything <BR> apart, I suppose they left a bit of a mess. <BR> She looks shiny new. <em>334</em> <BR> A sizzling Saturday ahead. Have a great one! <BR> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:18:59 EST Very hot day The over day high was 97 or 98 but <BR> the heat index was well over 109. At <BR> 6, it was 93 with a heat index of 105. <BR> We postponed doing chores until 7:30. <BR> We maybe should have gone out sooner <BR> but the end result was that we lost at least <BR> 15 chickens, mostly hens but a few roosters. <BR> We dug a bit pit in the garden to bury <BR> them as the heat will make them a nasty <BR> mess in the morning. DH started digging <BR> but I took the shovel away since he could <BR> not d... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:36:07 EST Getting in a great workout, even in the heat The goats were their usual playful, sneaky <BR> selves and found new ways to entertain me <BR> while DH was gone. He took GS to the orthodontist <BR> after promising he would do all the noon chores. <BR> Then he calls me just before noon to say he <BR> didn't bring the goats in from the pasture. <BR> Well, there were 2 outside the fence and I <BR> chased the whole herd in, or so I thought. <BR> When he went out later, some were hiding <BR> just out of sight in the orchard. <BR> Tonight he w... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:45:19 EST Thanks for the birthday wishes for DH! We both had such busy days that neither of us <BR> really wanted to go out and celebrate so we had <BR> pancakes for dinner and enjoyed some delicious <BR> plum jam that we made with the GC last year. <BR> We will plan to celebrate another day if and when <BR> life quiets down. Plus with the high temperatures <BR> and muggy conditions, a light and simple meal <BR> is all we are looking for. <BR> On Saturday, after the farmers market, we will <BR> join the family at the "siblings camping wee... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:15:24 EST Personality Types I know there are Type A and Type B personalities. <BR> There is a CI-criminally insane, which we won't <BR> go into today. <BR> I, however, decided to skip down the alphabet <BR> and create my own. If what I describe fits you, <BR> feel free to use it as your own. <BR> I have an MI personality-mildly insane. Definitely <BR> less frightening that the CI but one that can get <BR> people to talking and even avoiding you as much <BR> as physically possible. <BR> With a MI personality, you rise to... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:55:18 EST Not as many steps today After church and coffee time, I went to DS's house <BR> and spent 45 minutes pulling weeds in the front yard. <BR> The former owner had a concrete ring that may have <BR> circled some nice flowers at one time but they are <BR> not there now. Just a nasty mess of weeds. <BR> The concrete ring has fallen apart and I will remove <BR> the pieces and the rocks around it so we can <BR> plant grass this fall. <BR> This afternoon I went back to work in another <BR> area. I loaded all the weeds up to... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:02:44 EST Who needs Pokemon Go when.... you have GOats? Those little ladies and gentlemen <BR> have a penchant for escaping the pasture. I wish the <BR> man who is replacing the fence could finish the other <BR> half but he had an equipment breakdown. Maybe this <BR> week he can get it all done. <BR> I spend 20 minutes rounding them up from the corn <BR> field just south of the pasture. Good thing DS was <BR> there to help me by opening the gate. I called them <BR> back into the winter lot and that is where they will <BR> stay unt... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:02:33 EST Deadline met Done with crop reports for another year, <BR> Checking out Pokemon Go. <BR> This could be interesting. <BR> Sweet dreams, everyone! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:49:21 EST Can it be or am I dreaming? It all started about 1:30 today. <BR> The GF has called me 10 times, <BR> DH's phone 8 times and the home <BR> phone at least 6 times. It seems that <BR> DS is not answering her calls or texts <BR> and blocked her on the video phone. <BR> She posted on FB that she is looking <BR> for a new boyfriend in Sioux Falls. <BR> Since I haven't spoken to him directly <BR> and this has been going on for 2 days, <BR> maybe he finally realizes that she is <BR> bad news. <BR> Maybe I will have sweet drea... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:13:28 EST Maxine made another appearance SIL and I were busy getting the last of the farmers <BR> contacted about Friday's deadline and I was filling <BR> out forms early this morning so I could be done <BR> before he came in. All he had to do was sign. <BR> I am working on some new applications but these <BR> are due to be presented next week so I will have time <BR> to fine tune them. <BR> After work, Maxine showed up and we worked on <BR> the little shed at the farm. After 45 minutes, I told <BR> her the rest could wait until Sat... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:20:37 EST Molly is heading for the shop Molly has a few dings from the hail storm on June 17th. <BR> The insurance check has arrived and the guys called <BR> from the repair shop and want to schedule to get the <BR> work done soon. I am in agreement with that so I told <BR> them to make it work for them and the paint less dent <BR> repair man who will come to work with them. There are <BR> several other cars in the area that need attention too. <BR> An elderly lady from church just wanted to take the <BR> check and skip the repair... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:30:39 EST No time for recess It is the crunch time for crop insurance so SIL and I <BR> are feeling the push to get everything done by Friday. <BR> He had a mini seminar on how to electronically <BR> pass the information to the company. I wish he would <BR> have had that training sooner because we are using <BR> the wrong forms. So I spent the day keeping 2 computers <BR> printing the correct forms. I guess after this SIL will <BR> not be wondering why I keep the old computer updated <BR> and online. Before the end of th... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:21:37 EST A much quieter day except for the wind It was a beautiful Sunday morning and the clouds <BR> remained for longer than anticipated for the heat <BR> index didn't kick in until late afternoon. <BR> We drove to MIL's house as there was a ground <BR> breaking ceremony for the church destroyed by <BR> the tornado last year. <BR> The wind was so strong we had to brace ourselves <BR> so we didn't fall over. The pastor's voice was hard <BR> to hear as he was trying to talk into the wind. <BR> We stayed for a short time afterward and then ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 22:43:43 EST Do it to it Saturday I had a list of things to do so I got right to it. <BR> I wanted to trim one of the ash trees in the yard <BR> because the branches hung down over the <BR> area where the GC play and also were a nuisance <BR> when I mow. I took the job in two sections. The <BR> first was this morning and I drove the pickup next <BR> to the tree and removed 5 branches. Had I looked <BR> a little more, I could have also take the other 2 <BR> down at the same time but didn't think I had enough <BR> room to maneu... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:07:38 EST A very special day for College DS <img src=""> <BR> Today DS was inducted into the South Dakota <BR> Army National Guard. I think he made a wise <BR> decision. Once he is done with basic and advanced <BR> training, he will play in the South Dakota Military <BR> Band while he pursues his career as a music <BR> teacher. <BR> His father, myself, the MAN and his brother in law. <BR> We are so proud of him. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 23:35:56 EST The storm that wasn't For all the hype and warning, the storm passed through <BR> rather quickly. There was a rise in wind, but not as furious <BR> as expected, the rain was moderate but not driven and <BR> even the thunder and lightning were present but not <BR> excessive. The only crinkle was the loss of the satellite <BR> signal for the television and DH managed to occupy his <BR> time reading until the signal was restored. <BR> Two small showers, one this morning and one this <BR> afternoon and the gauge show... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:00:51 EST Severe thunderstorm warning in effect I would hope this all blows over quickly but we <BR> had sharp lightning in the area now so I will shut <BR> down the computer and catch up with everyone <BR> tomorrow. Good possibility of nickel sized hail <BR> and gusty winds. I would prefer a quiet rain. <BR> Staying warm, staying dry and staying inside. HUGS! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:52:32 EST And it is peaceful today! No more firecrackers, salutes, booms or <BR> other assorted noises. The trash is mostly <BR> picked up and the crowds have disappeared. <BR> The family is gone and the house is quiet. <BR> The goats are happier than they have been <BR> in days. We did lose one baby goat who broke <BR> her leg sometime this weekend. The vet had <BR> to put her down. I would imagine she was <BR> trampled by the herd but who knows? <BR> Tonight DH and I celebrated our 41st wedding <BR> anniversary with a quiet m... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 23:18:55 EST Happy 4th of July! Up early to help get the SIL's parade entry ready- <BR> his pickup and golf cart. I will ride in the back with <BR> the GC and DD will drive the golf cart. We will throw <BR> out candy and she will throw out Freezies. It started <BR> out cool and cloudy but will clear out by noon. <BR> An ambulance call just before the parade started <BR> by plenty of hands and the crew took over. The <BR> older lady had another stroke, at least her third <BR> by my count. There will be no going back to her <... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:40:58 EST Three hours From this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> to this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 3 Jul 2016 23:54:37 EST What I get to do on Sunday These are for MIL. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> There are 70 pots of perennials that she wants <BR> planted in front of her house. Her original order <BR> was for 100 but some were not available. I just <BR> hope she has enough room. I also hope that I <BR> have some help or it will take all afternoon. If <BR> I know DH, HE will have an excuse not to assist. <BR> Maybe his sister will be more help that he is. <BR> I love... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 13:32:44 EST Enjoy the weekend! <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 23:51:51 EST Getting ready for the 4th of July So much going on and now SIL and DD have parked <BR> their camper in the campground across the street and <BR> we will have all the GC here for the entire weekend. <BR> DD and DH will be home all day tomorrow and he will <BR> help her with the youngest as she has been having <BR> back pain and spasms for 2 days and can't pick up <BR> the little guy. <BR> I ran after him tonight as soon as they arrived to <BR> park the camper and also while we were eating uptown. <BR> Since SIL and I still hav... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:54:06 EST Moving furniture, not rocks The people who live in the trailer house by our <BR> acreage had a trailer loaded with heavy shelves <BR> and a cabinet that they removed from a house <BR> that is being demolished. I am not sure how <BR> they thought to get it done but DH and I were <BR> able to help them. All of it was well built and <BR> heavy but with all of us taking a corner, we <BR> moved everything where they wanted it to be. <BR> A very nice feeling. <BR> Off to bed. Have a terrific Thursday! HUGS! Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:48:21 EST Moving a ton of rock I finished putting white marble rocks on the <BR> side of the house that needed something. <BR> I had already filled in the dirt I needed and <BR> put down the weed barrier. <BR> This is the finished product. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I will need to rake it a bit tomorrow but I <BR> just decided that this was enough for 1 day. <BR> Next on my list? I'll save that for another day. <BR> HUGS! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:27:28 EST You Can't Please People All of the Time Working in the world of insurance can be a totally, <BR> thankless job. You have a client who is in an accident, <BR> thankfully, no injuries, but one who expects the other <BR> person's insurance to take care of their loss. This is <BR> in total disregard to the fact the both drivers were at <BR> fault. No, the other company isn't going to replace your <BR> vehicle just because you didn't get a ticket. No, the <BR> other company will not contact you just because the <BR> police took down yo... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:24:34 EST Restful Sunday No real push to do anything more than the <BR> daily routine and a few minor tasks. <BR> Took a rest day and ready for the new week. <BR> Hope your Sunday was restful too. HUGS! Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:59:13 EST A whole lot of something going on Since DH was gone to the farmers market, I had <BR> plenty of time to address all the things on my personal <BR> to-do list. <BR> Laundry, fill the vehicles with gas, stop at the post <BR> office and the grocery store, mow one section of <BR> DS's lawn that he has issues with, do the noon <BR> chores, cut back the daisies, make beef roast for <BR> dinner and now baking bread. Just a wonderful <BR> day outside and setting myself up for a day to <BR> kick back and relax tomorrow. I think I pl... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:39:54 EST Mowing the lawn was a filthy business The wind was blowing briskly so the dust and dirt <BR> should have blown away with no problems. <BR> But all the extra leaves that blew down a week <BR> ago was a dirty mess. I came in so dark I don't <BR> think my mama would have recognized me. <BR> The only normal skin tone on my face was <BR> under my sunglasses. Not flattering at all. <BR> I had dirt in my shoes and grass and leaves <BR> inside my shirt. I had washed my hair this <BR> morning but it sure didn't look like it. I held <BR> o... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:00:18 EST A great day Not quite as triumphant as I wanted but <BR> still a great day. There really wasn't a dull <BR> moment. <BR> I had a chance to take Molly to the body <BR> shop to check out all the dents from the hail <BR> Friday night. Glad I have insurance because <BR> a bill of over $2600.00 would strain the budget. <BR> Working through the rest of the claims and <BR> trying to track the process so SIL knows what <BR> goes on when he is busy elsewhere. <BR> Heading off to bed but hope all is well in your <... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:41:55 EST Too busy to whistle Although SIL arrived about 10:45, I found I hadn't <BR> accomplished as much as I wanted. But I made up <BR> lost time this afternoon and should be able to coast <BR> through the rest of the claims paperwork and get it <BR> all scanned into the main program. <BR> I still have my list of have-tos and have a postcard <BR> mailing to get out tomorrow as well. If I keep my <BR> nose to the grindstone, it should all get done. <BR> College DS thought he would be inducted into <BR> the South Dakota ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:34:36 EST It pays to be versatile and knowledgeable. Today I was alone and I <BR> covered all the bases-life, health, crop insurance, <BR> home, farm and cars. I even dabbles in annuities. <BR> Of course, I was just doing the service work but <BR> when someone calls and needs information, the <BR> least I can do is make a few calls and inform the <BR> client and myself. What a great feeling even if it <BR> got a bit complicated just before I closed the office. <BR> I still have plenty of entries to do in the new system <BR> b... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:14:20 EST Managing a Monday It was a full day of entering wind and hail claims. <BR> Houses, vehicles and crops-just a little of each <BR> but still an all day event. I had to call those who <BR> had left messages and then spend time on the <BR> computer to enter the facts as I had them. <BR> Tomorrow it will an all day event to enter all those <BR> activities in the new program and attach whatever <BR> documents apply. <BR> Two full hours in the garden, pulling weeds and <BR> salvaging what we could. I had to strip t... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 23:36:22 EST Home and garden I took advantage of the day and caught up on the <BR> laundry since tomorrow the work week starts again <BR> and heaven knows what will appear to distract me. <BR> As far as the garden, the peas may come back and <BR> the swiss chard will all need to be cut down and left <BR> to it's own devices and grow back. The potatoes were <BR> roughed up but what I want to eat is underground and <BR> safe from harm for now. I had so many hollyhocks that <BR> were snapped off just above the ground. The ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 23:25:56 EST The end of the flowers We had a prolonged rain, hail, and wind event that pretty much <BR> decimated the clematis, ruined my hanging baskets and <BR> scattered leaves and branches throughout town. We lost <BR> electricity for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. <BR> DH had baked a pound cake and we had set a batch of <BR> bread dough. I have punched it down the first time and <BR> we went uptown for dinner. The skies turned a nasty <BR> green shade, the temperature dropped about 20 degrees <BR> in 5 minutes and then the storm hit. ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 22:35:45 EST Just Flowers Clematis on front porch <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hollyhocks in our garden-way too many <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:56:55 EST I had a helper today The secretary for SIL's home office came today <BR> and we worked through some of the new program. <BR> We cleaned up a few entries and I learned how to <BR> compress the information so it is more precise. <BR> She and I get along very well. <BR> DH and I spent lots of time in the garden, picking <BR> peas, cutting the asparagus for the last time this <BR> season and weeding. It was a bit warm for me <BR> but way too hot for him. He finally agreed to come <BR> home and eat dinner and rest for... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:02:15 EST Still have all my brain cells They had quite a workout today but it was all good. <BR> At times, I even felt slightly superior to the new <BR> computer. But I was cheating somewhat. When <BR> it didn't want to advance, I went back to the old <BR> standby and finished the project. Now sure why <BR> the new one wasn't responding. Maybe she thought <BR> she needed a break. <BR> Challenge your body and your mind! Have a <BR> great Thursday. HUGS! Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:36:16 EST A little bit of shopping I have mentioned several times how my shopping <BR> excursions are planned, precise and intense. <BR> I allow myself 2 hours, total, to drive, shop and <BR> then drive hour. If you subtract the driving time, <BR> I allow myself one hour to find what I need and leave <BR> with purchases in hand. <BR> I found the two birthday gifts on my list for the GC, <BR> a bridal shower gift for College DS's fiancé and a <BR> small token gift for DH on Father's Day. <BR> For myself, I found a serviceable ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 23:21:19 EST Taking a Spark break, of sorts I am finding that the office is consuming so much <BR> of my energy, the garden and flowers need constant <BR> care, DS is being a real pain and the GF even more so. <BR> I will track as always but may not expend the time to <BR> post as many messages as I normally do. Just know <BR> that I think this mildly insane woman is still here and <BR> I appreciate all the comments and goodies you have <BR> left in the past and will leave in the future. I haven't <BR> even read those left in the last ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:18:11 EST One last day of heat The cool front moved through later this afternoon. <BR> I took the chance to plant the bedding plants when <BR> that side of the house was in the shade. The temperature <BR> was still 99 but I watered everything when I was done <BR> and the flowers look like they will survive. <BR> The clematis is almost in full bloom so I took pictures. <BR> The hollyhocks in the garden are just starting to <BR> bloom now and it will be a riot of color soon. <BR> There is a chance of rain tomorrow and Tuesd... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:51:46 EST Sizzling Saturday The temperature climbed to over 100, depending <BR> on who you talked with today. DH had a fairly <BR> successful day at the farmers market and used <BR> the umbrella to stay out of the sun. He even had <BR> water to drink and I was glad he did. <BR> I did laundry and other light duties because it <BR> seemed prudent to play it safe. I went to an <BR> auction sale in the gym for a dear lady who is <BR> now in the care center. The room was full of her <BR> and her husband's life possessions. H... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:36:39 EST Farmers Market update I will be sending DH off with 21 pints of strawberries, <BR> swiss chard, asparagus, fluffy lettuce, romaine, plus <BR> his eggs. We just now finished getting everything in <BR> packages and it is bedtime. <BR> I should sleep really good tonight. The heat index <BR> today was 101 but may have been higher. I was <BR> too busy to check more than the one time. Just <BR> a couple more days and we should cool off. <BR> Have a great Saturday! Fri, 10 Jun 2016 23:45:19 EST The heat is on! 95 degrees today with a heat index of 101. <BR> Guess it really is summer. <BR> We had to water all the tender plants in the <BR> garden again tonight. Some didn't look great <BR> but seems they all survived. <BR> Spent about an hour spading the flowerbeds <BR> and planting the snapdragons. Too late and <BR> too many mosquitoes to want to plant the <BR> alyssum. That will be tomorrow. <BR> Stay safe with all the heat in the country. Make <BR> sure to keep drinking water and stay hydrated. <B... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 23:22:53 EST BYOB When working in the garden or taking a walk- <BR> bring your own bottle. I try to make it a point <BR> to grab a water bottle for time at the acreage, <BR> but DH forgets or doesn't think to take any <BR> water along. So, guess who gets to share. <BR> Now, I make it a point to grab 2, just in case. <BR> The temps have been climbing and it will be in <BR> the upper 90s through the weekend. Heat index <BR> will be even higher. So glad he is done planting <BR> the garden. No room left! <BR> O... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 23:28:52 EST Since GF was a no-show I had at least 5 phone calls from her and DH had <BR> at least 3. What a pain. I told her not to call me at <BR> work and then she calls DH and wonders why he <BR> hung up on her. At 9 pm. she expects DS to drive <BR> down to have dinner with her and then drive home <BR> for work first thing in the morning. He had just finished <BR> push mowing the lawn and was very tired. I told both <BR> of them that it was too late and he needed to stay home. <BR> He agreed and said he wanted to rest. He w... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 22:57:05 EST