MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Francine came to play Yes, she's back! We did laundry, cleaned house and set up <BR> the camper with help from the 2 youngest sons. Getting <BR> everything organized for a bachelor party for DS and a <BR> 21st birthday party for College DS. Both were here with <BR> their special ladies for lunch and I managed to get it <BR> done in style. We talked a few wedding plans and they <BR> went to DD's house for the afternoon. Farm chores are <BR> all done, laundry in off the line and settling down with <BR> a large glass... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:27:27 EST I left Francine at home... because I had already done my walking workouts. Well, she <BR> did follow me to the door of the Legion Hall as I chose to <BR> walk to the meeting instead of drive 3 blocks. The weather <BR> was nice enough to get some fresh air. <BR> The meeting was pretty typical with lots of details and just <BR> a few questions. A former board member again renewed his <BR> objections to the new location and asked questions instead <BR> of reading the provided material which contained all the <BR> answers... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:21:13 EST Starting a trend? Probably not. A trend is not the same as a streak but in <BR> my defense, I am trending toward blogging earlier in the <BR> day so I don't miss an opportunity. I much prefer to wait <BR> until evening so I can share all the events of the day but <BR> I have the annual meeting for the grocery store tonight. <BR> It starts at 7 but I need to be there at 6 to help set up <BR> chairs and whatever. I am anticipating that is will be a <BR> longer meeting than normal since we will be focusing on <BR... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:47:34 EST Winding up the last soup supper Yes, now that we have hit our stride, we will serve supper <BR> one last time for the year. I agreed to make chicken noodle <BR> soup for GD and ground roast sandwich spread for DH. I <BR> left work early at lunch time so I could get it all done and <BR> delivered to church. I never know if I will be able to get <BR> there early to help serve. One loaf of bread is cut and the <BR> other two are on standby. We love doing this but are also <BR> ready to be done. It does keep us on our toes, esp... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:25:23 EST Off to the Recital It is much earlier than I usually blog but we may <BR> get home late and I am so excited for DS and his <BR> awesome music. I expect SIL and MIL to be <BR> arriving soon but if I get a chance, I will post <BR> after we get home. <BR> Here's to the creativity and talent of the young <BR> and the ears of the mature to enjoy the world <BR> we share. Have a great evening. HUGS! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:24:55 EST Domestic Goddess! As ONEKIDSMOM calls me, I guess now I will call myself <BR> that as well. Home on time to take laundry off the line, <BR> do household chores and set a batch of bread tonight as <BR> tomorrow night I will be otherwise occupied. Beef roast in <BR> the oven to grind up for sandwich spread on Wednesday <BR> night as it is our last Lenten soup supper. It saves another <BR> lady a lot of time and effort so I am fine with that. <BR> Tomorrow night is DS's full recital and he is getting excited, <BR... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:20:28 EST Switched things up today I was in no mood for an early morning walk but that <BR> is really nothing new for a Sunday. I enjoyed church <BR> and coffee time with the family, made sweet potatoes <BR> and goulash for lunch, then took a short nap. <BR> At 3, I popped a beef roast into the oven and went <BR> for a longer walk this afternoon. The wind was brisk <BR> and cool but with a light jacket, it was tolerable. <BR> The roast, potatoes and carrots were delicious and <BR> now I am watching a little tv before turning i... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:06:02 EST Two very special events in one day Today is our youngest son's 21st birthday and I sent <BR> him a text to make sure he knew what time he officially <BR> became 21. <BR> Today we attended a bridal shower for the young lady <BR> who is marrying DS2 in May but more on that later. <BR> It was quite a topsy-turvy morning as DH had fallen <BR> asleep in his recliner while listening to a channel on <BR> the tv that featured fairly loud music, an exercise guru <BR> running through a vigorous workout at 4 am and then <BR> the young ca... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:41:13 EST What do you do on the first day of spring? You enjoy the beautiful weather and plant in the garden! <BR> Yes, DH and I worked in the garden tonight for about an <BR> hour and we planted peas, early carrots and lettuce. Now <BR> if we get the rain that is forecast for next week, we should <BR> be set. My grandmother insisted that March 15th was the <BR> best day and you could grow the nicest peas. So we missed <BR> that day but tonight was just fine by me. We had a warm <BR> day in the 70's and there is just enough moisture to start <B... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:24:02 EST Stepping it up I was pleasantly surprised at how much I accomplished <BR> today. And the enthusiasm carried into the hours after <BR> the office closed. Time spent at the farm and then home <BR> to whip up a ground beef/black bean casserole with <BR> wild and brown rice, onion, green pepper and mushrooms <BR> cuddled in tomato sauce. This is one of DH's favorites. <BR> While he was walking, I folded clothes, cleaned out the <BR> shower stall, which really needed it. All of the loaf pans <BR> and bread utens... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:27:18 EST Cutting a few corners to make it all work No, I didn't skip any of the essentials and I didn't skimp <BR> on nutrition, activity or even sleep. I just had to adjust <BR> the amount of time it took to do things and tag all the <BR> bases as I went by. <BR> I walked earlier than usual, spent part of my noon hour <BR> to make chicken salad for tonight, plus slice the bread <BR> so I could afford to be a few minutes late arriving at <BR> church if need be. <BR> I used half of my noon break but still had a healthy <BR> lunch while sitting... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:26:03 EST Irish for a Day Thanks to a very nice couple who lived across the <BR> street from us years ago in DH's hometown, we <BR> were introduced to the tradition of corned beef <BR> and cabbage. Something that was not on the usual <BR> German table but it is such a treat that we serve it <BR> every year. One year the store manager ordered too <BR> much and I was able to buy 13 packages at a reduced <BR> price. The next year, the lady in the café beat me to <BR> it but I was fine with the 4 packages I did get. <BR... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:16:32 EST The winds of change We had another deadline to meet today and it was <BR> one crazy, busy day. But we made it through and <BR> had a chance for a quiet dinner together and could <BR> just catch our breath. <BR> As I said, the winds of change arrived today and <BR> since I was inside non-stop this afternoon, I had <BR> no idea how cool it had become. It was almost 80 <BR> today and when I stepped outside, it was about <BR> 55 and it has now dropped to 40. So glad I left <BR> the heat lamps on for the chicks as I... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:20:20 EST Rest Day Today was a day of unprecedented activity or lack <BR> thereof. We went to church, had coffee time with the <BR> family and had no real plans until late afternoon. <BR> Instead, we drove to Yankton to have lunch with <BR> DS's brother and family and MIL. We ate at a <BR> Mongolian grill and a very nice visit. Then we drove <BR> to see DD and spend time with the GC. <BR> We stayed until almost 6 and came home to do <BR> farm chores. <BR> So after a more inactive day than most but a very <BR> e... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:01:59 EST Sparktastic Day! Beautiful weather that motivated me to a 3 mile walk before <BR> sunrise, the energy to wash 8 loads of clothes and hang <BR> some of it outside to dry. The rest needed to be done in <BR> the dryer and it is mostly DS's things from his house yet. <BR> I had the opportunity to add DS2's fiancé to our cell phone <BR> bill plan. She needed to come off her parents' plan for <BR> financial reasons. We have been planning this for a few <BR> months and today was the day. It will only be $20 to add ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 23:11:49 EST Totally delightful day As busy as Fridays can be, they are delightful as they <BR> signal the weekend. I do have a few plans and errands <BR> but will find some me time when I can. <BR> I have more laundry to do and hope to hang the blankets <BR> outside on the line as it will be in the 60's. We also <BR> plan to move the older chicks out of the basement to <BR> make room for those that will hatch in two weeks. <BR> We met College DS and GF to get her papers so I <BR> can finish some of her insurance work. We met ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:58:33 EST Cehcking my goals for the day Drink 8-10 glasses of water-check <BR> Eat 5-8 servings of freggies-check <BR> Log 7+ hours of sleep-check <BR> ST-lunges, lift weights-check <BR> Cardio-logged 7.5 miles <BR> Now I will work on repeating the 7 <BR> hours of sleep. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:42:50 EST More interference One of the GF's deaf friends told DS he needed an <BR> attorney and made an appointment for him to see <BR> some lady on Monday. That is the day he goes for <BR> visitation and he told her he couldn't be in two places <BR> at one time. I told him he already had an attorney <BR> and he could not hire one because we are his legal <BR> guardians. I also called our attorney and will let <BR> him know who this new person is so he can call <BR> her and explain the situation. I am a little perturbed... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:33:42 EST Tough love Dh and I, or should I say, I, had a tough love talk <BR> with DS about his GF and her endless conversation <BR> (one sided) about getting married. She claims her <BR> gave her a new engagement ring but it was a ring <BR> she had bought herself months ago and had left <BR> at the house. He took it to her last weekend and <BR> now she is telling her supervisors that they will <BR> be married this summer. SOOOOOO not going <BR> to happen. He was embarrassed when we said <BR> we knew she was text... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:11:49 EST The day started out quiet and it only got louder as it went along. So many phone <BR> calls and service work. Whew, I was so ready for lunch. <BR> Then a very nice lady stopped to talk with me about DS <BR> and his GF. I found out her daughter married a young <BR> man who was just diagnosed with bipolar disorder. A few <BR> people have been pressuring her to have a baby. But not <BR> too long ago, he quit his medication and have a major <BR> meltdown. The mother said he was so angry he threw <BR> their puppy against a... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 23:20:24 EST Keeping up with college basketball No live feed from the tournaments so I can't see DS playing <BR> in pep band but I can follow the blogs that announce the <BR> plays, fouls and the score as the games continue. <BR> The women won yesterday and it was a very close game. <BR> The men played this evening and were ahead by as much <BR> as 23 but lost a little ground to win by 9. <BR> I am sure DS doesn't have a voice left after two days <BR> of yelling but you don't need a voice to play trombone. <BR> I texted him and want to see... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 21:30:32 EST Every day is a NSV! Think about it. Every day you wake up and see the sun rise, <BR> hear the birds sing, drink a cup of coffee with a friend, do <BR> the laundry or anything else, it is a NSV! <BR> No matter what happens, how bored you are, what you <BR> ate or didn't eat, you have been blessed with something <BR> more precious than a number on a scale. <BR> With everything that has gone on in the last 6 months <BR> or so, I have learned to savor every day. Yes, I have <BR> gained and am not losing now, but rea... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:13:50 EST Trials and errors Today was a trial and not a thrill. We took DS to meet <BR> with the foster mom who has our GS and we got to see <BR> and hold him. That was a joy. But the rest of the morning <BR> was very stressful. It is obvious to see that the GF does <BR> not have the stamina or attention span to care for a baby <BR> 24-7. She held him for 5 minutes and then passed him off. <BR> This went on several times and everyone was a bit <BR> uncomfortable. DS loved holding and feeding his son but <BR> that wasn't... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 23:02:32 EST Well, I looked too far ahead Today was anything but a slack day. DH and DS went <BR> to do paperwork so he has visitation rights and it went <BR> well. He even agreed to help with farm chores and that <BR> was nice. But I forgot that I had CPR recertification at <BR> 6:30 but I did have enough time to invite him for dinner <BR> and then have it ready before I left. <BR> Thankfully the class went fine and I passed so now I <BR> am settling in for the night. DH has already clued me <BR> in on everything that happened today... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:34:25 EST Happy Hump Day! A pretty good day and everyone is <BR> ready for the warm up. Looks like the <BR> next week to 10 days will be absolutely <BR> gorgeous! <BR> Another deadline is coming and the <BR> farmers all know about it. There have <BR> been enough changes in crop insurance <BR> but most are inclined to ride out the ups <BR> and downs with the coverage they have. <BR> It does make life a little easier for me. <BR> Thanks for stopping by and have a great <BR> Thursday. Do as the farmers do, ride <BR> the... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 23:36:19 EST A taste of spring is just around the corner Tomorrow will be the coldest day of the week after <BR> a brief kiss of winter this morning. Cold, a inch or <BR> so of snow and gusty winds to blow it all around. <BR> At least the sun was shining. <BR> I covered a lot of ground at work today and I have <BR> the miles to prove it. Just cleared 7 miles now <BR> and lots of other cardio with shoveling snow and <BR> farm chores. <BR> I made a batch of beef stew tonight and planned <BR> dinner later so that I could set the bread for the <BR> sou... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:45:08 EST Apologies and a court hearing My apologies to all who have left comments and <BR> messages. I am so far behind that I will work through <BR> them all, which could take days. Life certainly takes <BR> it's turns around my neck of the woods. <BR> The court hearing didn't accomplish much but did <BR> encourage the judge to appoint counsel for the baby <BR> and one for the GF. She still wants to change the <BR> jurisdiction to another county but I hope it stays <BR> here. As it is, we have to drive an hour for visitation <BR>... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:53:14 EST Another fine performance DS and the symphonic band turned on the charm <BR> and a super performance this afternoon. Plus it was <BR> a sunny day and our trip went well. <BR> Court tomorrow is an advisory hearing and <BR> just one small step in the custody case. <BR> I am not sure what to expect but we will let <BR> Her attorney lead and see what happens. <BR> I will keep you in the loop. Thanks for <BR> stopping by and for all your kind comments. <BR> I am doing fine, taking a deep breathe and <BR> letting God carr... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:04:40 EST Work before play I started cleaning house last night and finished this <BR> morning as I had many errands to do before we left <BR> to watch the USD women and men's basketball teams <BR> play their last games of the regular season. The women <BR> won by 3 points and it was a very interesting game. <BR> There was a short break before the men played and <BR> this was their rival team. They started out very slow <BR> and cold but suddenly got their feet under them. At <BR> half time, it was almost a tie. Several... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:39:56 EST Wrapping up the work week with a very busy day but lots accomplished- <BR> even more that I thought was possible with a <BR> bit of a delay while waiting for information. <BR> But it was smooth sailing after that and the <BR> weekend is about to start. <BR> DS will be playing in the band at the men <BR> and women's basketball games tomorrow. <BR> We will travel down to enjoy the games and <BR> then take the kids out to dinner. Should <BR> be fun because it is almost tournament time. <BR> I did a bit of extra cleaning ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:18:50 EST Moving ahead with the grocery store All of the shareholders that came to our meeting <BR> tonight agreed to change the articles of incorporation <BR> and the bylaws to allow the sale of more shares. <BR> And so we move on to contact current shareholders <BR> and after a time, allow new people to buy shares. <BR> If we see enough shares by the end on May, we <BR> will start construction on the new store this summer <BR> or late fall. If it takes longer, then we wait until <BR> the time is right. <BR> So I am very excited that we... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:54:42 EST A very full day Somehow everything fell into place and we had <BR> a great day. It started with snow and a brisk cold <BR> wind. I was expecting to pick up some baby chicks <BR> from the post office for our neighbor. They did not <BR> arrive but I had been prepared and not caught <BR> off guard. <BR> I had a few extra minutes to take everything down <BR> to church just as my lunch break was finished. It <BR> eased the strain of trying to do that after work as <BR> I had the 4 pm meeting on the grocery stor... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:37:54 EST It is all coming together The vegetable soup is finished for church and <BR> the bread has been baked and I am hoping it <BR> all falls into place. <BR> I have a 4 pm meeting, soup supper starts at <BR> 5 and church at 7. I may be cutting things a <BR> little close but those are the breaks. <BR> One of the company reps was here today and <BR> we both decided that cutting back would be a <BR> great idea. How exactly that is going to happen <BR> is up to each of us to find the right solution. <BR> Since I only know and... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:16:13 EST Odd mood today My day started with a morning walk, coffee time and then <BR> I went to work cleaning in the office. I spent at least 60 <BR> minutes packing away the old computer, sorting papers <BR> and shredding, cleaned out 2 drawers in the storage room, <BR> moved boxes and more files to storage. Yes, it needed it. <BR> The rest of the day was a blur with lots to do on the <BR> computer, service work no end but at least I covered all <BR> my bases, <BR> Chores and a light supper and then baking bread ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:11:13 EST Sunday Up early as usual and mindful of watching the clock <BR> so we are not late to church. The pager goes off and <BR> we need to help an elderly lady get up after she fell. <BR> She didn't want to use her Life Alert but did and it <BR> was a good thing. She had been on the floor long <BR> enough to get cold so maybe an hour. Her neighbors <BR> were there and we arrived to help her up as they <BR> themselves are elderly with health issues. Her good <BR> friend and her nephew's wife also came so t... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:05:32 EST A Do It to It Saturday There was so much I wanted to get done today as the <BR> house needed to be cleaned and laundry done so we <BR> could listen to DS sing with the concert choir at the <BR> annual Spring Choral. Lots of great music and done <BR> in just over an hour. They really put out the music. <BR> We treated him and his GF to dinner at "Little Italy", <BR> quite a fine restaurant close to the college. MIL came <BR> with us and we all had delicious food. I ordered the <BR> Chicken Ceasar salad and it was ve... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:43:59 EST Closing another chapter Today was moving day for GF as the people came to clean <BR> out the apartment and DS's house. They took everything <BR> except maybe a few pieces of knickknacks and I doubt <BR> she has any use for them. It took 45 minutes as some of <BR> the furniture was quite large and heavy. DS was in a tizzy <BR> when they took the entertainment center but I did get him <BR> to calm down. He helped until he had to go to work but <BR> by then, we were done. I did ask about GF and one of the <BR> ladies s... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:59:56 EST DH is home The doctors were very attentive and DH could go <BR> back to the hotel last night at 11 pm. He said he <BR> slept well and ate well today and was glad to be <BR> home. I left the office early to do the more strenuous <BR> chores so he could take the light duty. I do know <BR> better than to let him overdo, no matter how he <BR> protests. <BR> We went to a band fundraiser tonight. They served <BR> lasagna, lettuce and breadsticks with cupcakes for <BR> dessert. The portions were huge so I fe... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:56:47 EST Weird to be waiting DH is a agents meeting at a site 2 hours away. Tonight <BR> was their banquet but DH wasn't feeling well this morning. <BR> Now I have found out he had some sort of medical event <BR> so I am waiting to hear from someone at the hospital. <BR> The first call came through DD. SIL was at the same meeting <BR> and called her and so she called me. I am keeping myself <BR> occupied with laundry and busy work. <BR> SIL just texted us that his BP is a little high. I may have more <BR> to blog later s... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:30:29 EST Taking it up a notch today I seldom try to schedule too many things in one day <BR> but this was one time when everything fell together <BR> without any help at all. <BR> DH is gone so I went out to the farm extra early to <BR> do chores and feed the triplets, or at least make <BR> sure they had enough milk. <BR> I heard from my son last night that there was a court <BR> date today. He said 10 am so I had him come to the <BR> office at 9:30 am. We then found out that the time had <BR> not been established so I sent him... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:04:22 EST Some day off I spent most of the day trying to get ahead of house <BR> chores, like carrying all the ashes from the basement <BR> to scatter them in the garden and disposing of all the <BR> eggs that were in the incubator but clear as a bell. <BR> DH was doing chores so I was on my own. We went <BR> to the farm 3 times today so most of the things I wanted <BR> to do were left for another day. <BR> Two ambulance runs almost back to back. I assisted <BR> with the first one but helping load the patient. I c... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:32:28 EST Short blog Not too much to report. <BR> More drama but tolerable. <BR> DS and I talked several times today. <BR> He came over for chili soup and took <BR> some home for lunches this week. <BR> Those wonderful friends went to the <BR> pet clinic to pick up the dog and two <BR> cats and took them back to Sioux Falls. <BR> He said they are her pets and he does <BR> not want them back. The dog will not <BR> eat anything unless she is there so she <BR> can keep them there with "her" friends. <BR> She will ... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:15:00 EST The most important "kid" <img src=""> <BR> Aaron Scott <BR> 7 lbs. 13 oz. <BR> 21 inches long <BR> Brown hair <BR> Blue eyes <BR> Now in foster care until a judge decides <BR> what happens next. <BR> Happy Valentine's Day! HUGS! Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:51:42 EST Mood swings and misinformation The highs and lows continue as Child Protection Services <BR> took the baby and he was placed in foster care for one month. <BR> We knew that was coming but it did upset DS and GF. DS did <BR> not have anything explained to him or he wasn't included in <BR> the discussion. Either way, both of them think that I called <BR> CPS and that is not the case. Other people had observed the <BR> two of them and drew their own conclusion. Honestly, they <BR> were more concerned about her than our son. <... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:31:39 EST Highs and Lows, Fast and Slow High-Our oldest DS and GF had a baby boy yesterday and we are <BR> excited for a healthy birth. <BR> Low-Neither parent has been deemed capable of caring for the child. <BR> High-Child Protection Services called us as we are to think of any <BR> suitable placement for the child with family members. Yes, we <BR> had taken time to have a plan in place for this possibility. <BR> Low-the mother has to agree with the person most suited to <BR> take on this responsibility on short notice. The mom w... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:27:01 EST Windy and raw day Not the greatest conditions this morning but the streets <BR> were dry. Bad hair day with or without a stocking cap. <BR> Lots of service work today and out of the office late. <BR> Out to the farm to see another set of twin goats and <BR> no camera in sight. Well, there was a camera but it <BR> wasn't mine. The couple who bought the trailer house <BR> next to the fence came over and the mother took lots <BR> of pictures. Her daughters were there to play with all <BR> the babies and helped u... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:20:42 EST Less ice, more walking Even though the sidewalk resembled what I saw yesterday <BR> morning, the ground was warmer and so the streets may <BR> have glistened but everything was not slippery. So I had <BR> a chance to walk more outside. The clouds hung around <BR> until early afternoon and the sun came out. But with the <BR> sun came the wind so it was a tradeoff. <BR> It was much busier today but I did finish all my service <BR> work until the last 2 phone calls which will require me <BR> to take to the home office... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:17:11 EST Back to my morning walk but the streets are pure ice and even walking in the grass <BR> is a challenge. But I made it to work and treated the <BR> sidewalks before I went for coffee. I walked inside as it <BR> didn't seem prudent to take a chance of falling. <BR> All of DS's clothes are laundered and ready for him to <BR> take back home. He needs to bring me all the hangers <BR> from his closet first. I could just fold everything up and <BR> leave the rest to him but I will do the good mommy thing <BR> so all he ha... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:14:04 EST Taking a step back and taking a rest day. I finished the last of DS's laundry <BR> and most of ours. Four trips to the barn to make sure <BR> the new baby goats are getting enough to eat. Steps are <BR> down but it is very muddy and it rained earlier but I did <BR> have enough to do inside. <BR> We also moved a couch and a small table over to the <BR> apartment for DS's GF. I hope this is the last time we <BR> have to move things around. Today she was almost <BR> pleasant to us but that was just because her bro... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 21:43:46 EST What could be better than a 3 mile walk before the café opens and you step inside <BR> and smell the fresh coffee? Your face is rosy from the <BR> cool morning air and you are ready to sit down for a <BR> short time. <BR> Combine that feeling with the relief of sorting through <BR> 16 bags and a box of clothes and bedding and finding <BR> that you have ONLY 7 loads of laundry and the rest can <BR> wait for another day. I already have 2 bags of clothes <BR> that are not even worth trying to donate so they will <BR> be ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:37:16 EST