MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A whopper of a day DD needed to clip the last 2 goats for the fair so we went <BR> to the farm early this morning with the GC. DH stayed <BR> close at hand to watch the GC walk the other goats and <BR> help DD when she needed an extra hand. <BR> I was scouting out the veggies in the garden. With the <BR> dense fog this morning, everything was soaking wet. <BR> After we were done we went for a late breakfast, I <BR> checked the mail and stocked up on a few groceries. <BR> I put together a homemade cheesy broccol... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:05:59 EST A return to yesterday I have a little more time tonight so I can fill in some <BR> of the blanks from yesterday. <BR> DH has been working to get all of his certifications <BR> done early this year and he has just one left to go. <BR> It went online today so he should finish on Monday. <BR> Last night we had rain coming in sheets as we drove <BR> to our accident scene. We could drive a little faster <BR> then slow down when the visibility was dicey. I was <BR> glad it was only 14 miles. When we arrived, all of the ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:13:36 EST Not much time today Long meeting that was more talk but nothing concrete. <BR> DH is still working on recertification so computer time <BR> is done with my iPad. <BR> Major accident near Freeman with a van running into <BR> the back of a truck. Nine men in a van with 2 needing <BR> to be transported to a larger hospital. Our 3 patients <BR> were all walking so we did get to return home. <BR> More tomorrow-promise. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:48:26 EST Highly competitive, mildly insane That sums it up nicely. I can work on the first issue <BR> but the second may take medication and I don't do meds. <BR> Today has been a better day, work wise and I think that <BR> mirrors the upbeat mood. <BR> Our youngster remains in the hospital until they adjust <BR> his medication and get things regulated. It seems that his <BR> kidneys are not functioning as well as the doctor would <BR> like and he has agreed to go back to the care center for <BR> rehabilitation therapy. This time he ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:34:24 EST Moderate success DH made it through one company's recertification process <BR> so it is one down and how many to go. <BR> Our young patient from yesterday did have a heart attack <BR> and remains in the hospital. He is expected to be released <BR> tomorrow, if all goes well. <BR> The day is just over half done and I have a few projects <BR> in mind for later. First, we have a hardship meeting for <BR> the ambulance as we still need to rely on the firemen to <BR> drive from time to time. No quick fix for that ... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:49:39 EST Get up and go Monday The old sixth sense had kicked in this morning and I <BR> knew today would not be ordinary. It happens and I <BR> just go with it. <BR> I sensed that there would be an ambulance call and <BR> there was. The sweet 99 year old man in our church <BR> had not been feeling well and missed church on Sunday. <BR> This morning he had intense chest pain and the <BR> pager went off to send us to his house. He had <BR> tried to call his son but called the clinic instead <BR> and they called 9-1-1. We k... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:44:02 EST Must have been another Saturday Oh, yes, we did have church services and we did go <BR> for coffee. Yes, we did eat a quiet lunch at home. <BR> BIL stopped by to return the clippers so DD can <BR> trim the goats one more time before the State Fair. <BR> He stayed to talk for 1 1/2 hours-a bit unusual. <BR> We had promised DD that we would help sort <BR> the goats and keep those that are bound for the <BR> fair in a separate smaller pen so she and the GC <BR> can work with them on their schedules. <BR> Then I decided to mix ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:02:36 EST A new challenge Today was laundry and housecleaning day and boy, <BR> both needed attention. First, the bedspread and then <BR> the bedding, washed and outside on the clothesline. <BR> The wind was brisk but became more so later in the day. <BR> Jeans went outside too but the rest found it's way <BR> into the dryer. <BR> Next was sweeping the living room, dining room, <BR> den, kitchen and bathroom. I tossed things as I <BR> went and it all looks much nicer now. <BR> We met some friends for dinner at a pub ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:30:53 EST How did I top Thursday's cardio? I did not mow again today. I thought I would have to be <BR> VERY creative to get my steps in. I shouldn't have <BR> worried as a good friend (?) provided the solution. <BR> He ground another mixer full of corn cobs and <BR> delivered them to the farm. Since DH was busy, I <BR> thought to sneak out to the farm early and get a <BR> head start on shoveling them into the back room <BR> of the barn. I was totally done in 45 minutes and <BR> then DH showed up. But that time, I had also <BR> unload... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:04:22 EST My walking workouts I did a moderate workout this morning before I <BR> started my work day. It felt good and the cool of <BR> the morning made it more invigorating. I hope to <BR> continue in the days to come. <BR> DH finished his AHIP certification and now will <BR> work on the various certifications for the various <BR> companies that he is affiliated with. That will take <BR> time but he has a few weeks to do them. <BR> I stayed ahead of the issues in the office, ran a few <BR> errands and then, after work, ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:17:31 EST Someone is frustrated Not me. DH is not happy with the recertification process. <BR> I know he will be glad not to do this again. The changes are <BR> minor and in some cases, meaningless. His words. <BR> Next year it won't be his problem. <BR> We wonder if the new agent will be able to handle it. <BR> But he has contacts in other areas, so it might be okay. <BR> Typing on my iPad as he is still on the computer. <BR> I'll fill you in on more tomorrow. Sleep tight. <BR> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:24:23 EST Yesterday prepared me for today The busy mode that kept me going also stuck with <BR> me today as there seemed an endless line of problems <BR> to solve and work to do. But some of the conversation <BR> DH and I had last night came back as I was planning <BR> a very nice dinner. <BR> I had cooked up a few tomatoes and just left them in <BR> the refrigerator with no plans to use them. But, when <BR> inspiration struck today, I knew I was going to be <BR> making beef vegetable soup tonight. The small head <BR> of cabbage in t... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:50:49 EST I don't do dull and I don't do boring. <BR> Court today was short, just a review and a 60 day <BR> extension to assess if GF can truly mother baby Aaron. <BR> DSS says it needs more time for evaluation. For now, <BR> he will stay with DD and family in Irene. <BR> DH and I reset the fence around the grape vines so <BR> we could let the goats back into the front yard at <BR> the farm. The weeds need to be trimmed back before <BR> fall. That little chore took almost an hour. <BR> Since we had cut the cabbages e... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:18:55 EST What could have been a rest day took a turn or two. We went to church, then had coffee <BR> with friends as DD and the family were gone on a weekend <BR> vacation to the Black Hills. <BR> I made a wonderful lunch of chicken breasts, brown rice <BR> with cream of chicken gravy, green peppers, onions <BR> and a kiss of lemon. <BR> We did try to take a short nap, which was interrupted <BR> by someone who just want to talk. There was no chance <BR> to sleep as a friend called to say the goats had taken <BR> a opportunity to sli... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 22:10:19 EST Our busy Saturday From this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> to this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We cut back the lilac bush in DD's yard and helped <BR> cut down and clear away 2 ornamental crab apple <BR> trees. Those pictures didn't load. <BR> We spent over 5 hours working on that so they can <BR> repair the fence that was damaged on Sunday. <BR> Then we came home to ... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:43:18 EST Just a tad sticky today Big project today and it got sticky so I called the <BR> underwriter who gave me some sage advice and <BR> the problem was solved. <BR> Another sticky project in the garden was pulling <BR> the larger weeds that were trying to hide my <BR> peppers plants. Some I almost need a spade to <BR> get the roots out as they break off and there is <BR> nothing left to pull. <BR> The heat and humidity are out full force so that <BR> sends DH inside in a hurry. Not a problem for me <BR> so I spend a good... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:39:37 EST Goat wrestling Dear SIL was pressed into duty tonight as we needed <BR> to tattoo the goats. Thankfully there were only 5 but <BR> 2 were yearlings. They certainly didn't like the sharp <BR> needles punched in their ears or the green ink that <BR> was smeared on before and after. I have pierced ears <BR> but one hole is enough. These poor girls get more, <BR> depending on the numbers and letters. They will not <BR> like us very much for a few days. <BR> I did have time to check the garden and found a few <B... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 22:42:31 EST Corn and more corn Tonight DD, DH, the GC and I cleaned sweet corn <BR> to blanche and freeze for the winter months. DD <BR> took home 22 quart bags. With the bags we froze <BR> on Monday, she has enough for 78 meals. I think <BR> that should get her through the year. <BR> Lots of service work to do today. Some were fairly <BR> easy and some were almost vexing. But you take <BR> the complications, iron them out and have make it work. <BR> Sounds a little like SP. Work at it until you get it <BR> right, even if ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:49:59 EST VA visit and claims DH's doctor was pleased that his Vitamin D levels have <BR> improved and there will be no changes in his medications <BR> for the time being. He came home rather late in the day <BR> but at least he ate lunch. <BR> Most of the claims have been submitted and I had just 2 <BR> new ones today. The weather is lovely and everyone is happy <BR> no matter now much rain they received. I need to get into <BR> the garden tonight but I have to meet College DS to give <BR> him items he forgot on Saturda... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:35:47 EST Missed a blog Lots of excitement with the ordination/installation of <BR> our new minister. The service was just over an hour <BR> long with a wonderful potluck meal. We met with all <BR> the family present and they are happy to have such <BR> a loving congregation for this new minister and family. <BR> We had a fast moving thunderstorm move through <BR> bringing heavy rain, hail and very strong winds move <BR> through during the meal. Several cars had light hail <BR> damage and the fire department was cal... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 06:15:22 EST Day 2 of the reunion Yesterday afternoon was better than other years. I <BR> did find a few people to talk to and spent time letting <BR> DH reminisce with his classmates. Each one in turn <BR> had to hear his medical history since the last reunion <BR> and I chose those times to take a walk around the <BR> different areas of town. One can only hear the details <BR> drug up so many times and he was, of course, the <BR> center of attention. So be it. N wonder he couldn't <BR> talk by the end of the evening. <BR> ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 16:24:09 EST All School Reunion Five years have past since the last reunion and we <BR> are headed back to DH's hometown to see who will <BR> be attending. The town looks so much different but <BR> it is still there. <BR> I will try hard to have fun but when they all start to <BR> talk about old times that do not include me, I have a <BR> tendency to let my thoughts wander. I have nothing <BR> to add so it can be a long night. The banquet is on <BR> Saturday evening. Even though it is not the most fun <BR> for me, I go for ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 15:26:36 EST Another day for the books DH was gone most of the day to another county to <BR> judge rabbits. He was to start at 10:30 but didn't get <BR> started until noon as the cat judge took so long. The <BR> committee in charge was not very happy as she stated <BR> she was prompt and thorough. Over 2 1/2 hours to judge <BR> 15 cats. I guess she will not be asked to come back <BR> next year. The whole day's schedule ran late and <BR> there were some very unhappy families. <BR> I had the office to myself but kept busy. I finall... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 23:28:25 EST No treasure-just weeds Not exactly true as I found some very nice cucumbers <BR> and gorgeous kale tonight after I had spent an hour <BR> pulling weeds. I did snag 4 white onions so there is no <BR> need to buy any at the store for now. <BR> DH and I spent time pulling weeds in the backyard and <BR> after cleaning up, I am ready to call it a day. <BR> Thanks for stopping by and make good choices <BR> tomorrow. HUGS! Wed, 5 Aug 2015 23:23:42 EST Finding treasure in the garden In a short hour in the garden, I picked a 4 gallon pail <BR> of tomatoes, 6 zucchini and 6 very solid heads of <BR> cabbage. <BR> Those 6 cabbage turned into 19 quarts of sauerkraut <BR> tonight. I had everything chopped, stuffed into jars <BR> and sealed in 1 1/2 hours. Our new pastor arrived <BR> tonight and I wanted to have everything cleaned up <BR> before we went to meet them. We didn't stay long <BR> because they have been traveling with a newborn <BR> for 2 days and certainly need thei... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 23:14:00 EST Clearing out the emails In between customers, phone calls and service work. <BR> I managed to read most of the older emails and send <BR> thank you's to those who remembered my birthday <BR> with goodies and comments. I sure hope I didn't miss <BR> anyone in the process. Even my Facebook page <BR> had quite a few entries. <BR> EMT meeting tonight and glad to have that done for <BR> another month. I should be meeting free for a week <BR> and then see what happens next. <BR> We have a surprise birthday party for our ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 23:09:15 EST The GC and the goats <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and a little surprise that SIL found outside their house <BR> when they came home <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 23:28:46 EST The GC did well The 3 GC competed in dairy goat showmanship <BR> with a very kind judge that we have known since <BR> College DS's showed goats in the early years. <BR> Our oldest GD took grand champion, the youngest <BR> GD was reserve champion and our GS also earned <BR> a purple ribbon. There were the only children in <BR> the group and our goats were the only ones there. <BR> Our GS also won reserve champion diary goat. <BR> They had a great day. Pics to follow tomorrow. <BR> Have a great Sunday! HUGS! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:55:13 EST Now what do you call this? From sheer concentration <BR> <img src=""> <BR> to sheer lunacy! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I think the heat got to them. LOL! Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:02:16 EST Fabulous Friday! Today is the last day of July! Hope you took advantage <BR> of all 31 days to do your best. I know I did. <BR> I am celebrating my 61st birthday today and heard a <BR> cute one-"61 is the new 21"! Powerful and positive <BR> message as I move into a new year. <BR> We will travel to the county fair, attend the 4-H barbecue, <BR> watch the fashion review and browse through the barns. <BR> Tomorrow is the dairy goat show and I want to take a few <BR> pictures tonight and tomorrow. I will have 3 ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:35:17 EST Posting a few pictures I took over 40 pictures but will post just a few <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:56:17 EST Static exhibits tonight The GC are heading over to the county fair and today <BR> is static exhibit day-anything that doesn't get up and <BR> walk itself. So there are clothes, art work, photography, <BR> egg, Lego kits and of course, horticulture. DH is leaving <BR> soon and will help the horticulture judge but will not be <BR> judging so it is fair to all the kids. He can give her lots <BR> of tips as this is her first year as a judge and she is very <BR> nervous. I will head over in about an hour and be ready <BR... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:04:33 EST Another big step for the fair Tonight was the night to raid the garden and see what <BR> the GC would have to show. DH and DD found 3 broccoli, <BR> 3 cabbages, 9 kohlrabi and 3 exhibits of yellow and purple <BR> beans. It came out even, with each of the 3 GC having the <BR> same amount of exhibits. DD forgot the days when we had <BR> 4 kids showing beans, tomatoes, beets, carrots, 3 kinds of <BR> potatoes, cucumbers, onions and the like, She was very <BR> glad to start out with what they did find. There are so <BR> many... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:23:13 EST Taking care of family and livestock The first order of business today was to take DS to see <BR> the psychologist. We addressed a few subjects after he <BR> and the doctor had a private session. I was asked to <BR> join in and we talked about DS's concerns and we have <BR> things to work on before the next session in August. <BR> Then tonight DH and I spent over an hour catching the <BR> nannies so we could trim their hooves. Sorry, no one <BR> to take pictures. We have 3 little ones that we could <BR> not corral but we can do ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:12:00 EST Getting ready for the fair Here is DD and GD clipping the last goat for the fair. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It takes concentration from DD and cooperation <BR> from the goat. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We are all glad that task is done. <BR> Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by. <BR> HUGS! Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:17:32 EST A new point of focus The new week leads into the final days of preparation <BR> for the county fair. The exhibits from the garden will be <BR> slim pickings indeed. The beans show promise, cabbages <BR> should work and maybe broccoli. A far cry from other <BR> years but it is okay. The GC will get too overwhelmed <BR> so we all agree that this year is just to get an idea of <BR> what can be done. They all have art projects and <BR> some photography exhibits and maybe a few other <BR> small items. Plus both mother... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:48:37 EST It's the "Pit" After 5 installments, it is officially the pit again. <BR> I told the kids I would take picture of my handiwork. <BR> As you can see, the chickens don't appreciate the <BR> new look as they are getting it dirty already. <BR> I am relieved, a bit tired but not sore. Just so <BR> glad to have it done. I calculated it took at least <BR> 5 hours of digging but I may not have kept track <BR> very well. <BR> <img src=""... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:10:06 EST Goal in sight After pushing hard for an hour tonight, I can honestly <BR> say I will be glad to be done in the barn before the start <BR> of the weekend. It was hot and humid but the wind was <BR> in my favor so I cleared a much larger area that even DH <BR> thought was possible. <BR> We can home so I could make a simple hamburger dish <BR> with cream of chicken soup and fresh mushrooms and <BR> a warm batch of Grands Biscuits. There is just enough <BR> for lunch tomorrow. <BR> DD and I spent an hour clipp... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:33:12 EST At close of day Another day to move and keep moving. The usual <BR> paperwork flowed over the desk and I thought I was <BR> in pretty good shape leading into the lunch hour. <BR> Then the neighbor called that the tree trimmer was <BR> coming TODAY and would be here in 30 minutes. <BR> We need to move the pickup and the camper off the <BR> driveway. There goes a timely lunch. But his son <BR> came over, we hooked up the camper and had it <BR> pulled over to the campground across the street. <BR> DH came home ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:14:18 EST A delayed lunch break We have one customer who tends to dawdle when <BR> making decision, promises return phone calls but <BR> just doesn't follow through. <BR> When we advised him that he had no coverage on <BR> the home and buildings he had inherited from his <BR> parents, he came right in and we spent almost 2 <BR> hours getting all his information in. He moved his <BR> coverage to a new company due to the rates and <BR> there were 3 policies to get online. <BR> I grabbed a quick but healthy lunch and spent <BR... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:38:40 EST Make Over Monday Well, the plan was to have a Make Over "Me" Monday. <BR> More about that later. <BR> Busy Monday so nothing new on that score. I wrote <BR> a new renters policy for a nephew who is currently <BR> renting a townhouse while his new home is being built. <BR> I worked on several snags with other policies so there <BR> would be no issues down the road. <BR> And now to the good part. <BR> The Make Over Monday happened in a most unusual <BR> place-the chicken barn. DH has been talking about <BR> cle... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:22:16 EST Sweet and peaceful Sunday There was no rushing around today. Church and coffee <BR> time although DD and her family were not in church. We <BR> visited with friends, came home to do the chores here <BR> and returned to the café for lunch. We had a gift card <BR> from our anniversary and I thought to use it before I <BR> would lose it. Since it was also DH's birthday, it just <BR> seemed the right thing to do. <BR> We relaxed all afternoon and have now spent time <BR> in the garden picking beans, broccoli, kale and a... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:15:36 EST Francine made another appearance Today was laundry day and I thought since Francine <BR> showed up, I would ask for her assistance. She politely <BR> declined laundry duty as "They aren't my clothes". Yes, <BR> I understand but it would still be nice of you. She prefers <BR> the LEANJEAN6 way- "Let's go naked". I firmly told her <BR> that isn't polite in society and she left it at that. <BR> But I did get her to take a turn at push mowing the lawn <BR> and since we didn't bag it today, it seemed to go just <BR> a little fast... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:03:37 EST Friday is here and the weekend is on the way Plans for the weekend are not final yet but I do want <BR> to mow the yard tonight. It is 93 right now with a heat <BR> index of 101 degrees. The mower will stay put until the <BR> weather cools off. We did most of the garden work last <BR> night so maybe we can take a night off from the usual <BR> grind. DD may have to clip another goat tonight if we <BR> can get our hands on her. Then again, that may wait <BR> for another night next week when the weather is a bit <BR> cooler. <BR> DH was o... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:55:27 EST I missed a blog I was so certain I wrote something last night but the <BR> gremlins must have whisked it away. <BR> Long day and covered plenty of ground with walking <BR> over 6 miles, spending 75 minutes fixing fence and <BR> chasing 2 naughty goats in, doing chores and picking <BR> beans in the garden today. <BR> Yesterday is a blur so I will let that day rest. <BR> Have a fine and fantastic Friday. HUGS! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:38:30 EST The judge has ruled Only one witness testified today and she pretty much <BR> said what we expected to hear. She was all in favor of <BR> GF raising the child but we are not talking about today. <BR> We were addressing the day the child was born and her <BR> capacity at that time. <BR> Neither DS nor GF are capable of parenting and so the <BR> child was subject to abuse or neglect through no fault of <BR> their own. Their mental and physical disabilities were <BR> the chief issue. <BR> The judge ruled in our fa... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:44:51 EST Day One in Court and herding chickens This is an odd combination but it sums up the day. <BR> It was a long day in court but worth every minute. <BR> The first person to testify was the nurse who was <BR> in charge of the GF's doctor visits and the many <BR> phone calls throughout the pregnancy. She shed <BR> some light on the 9 months that she carried Aaron. <BR> It is very obvious that her mental issues were many <BR> and varied. The next person was the psychiatrist <BR> who treated her and prescribed medications that are <BR> ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:44:34 EST Smaller crowd but still fun Only 16 of us at the reunion today but we spent <BR> more time going over family history and the legacy <BR> of those who ventured to America so long ago. <BR> DH shared the history of the families before they <BR> came from Bessarabia and Romania and the harsh <BR> conditions that forced them to leave. Some of the <BR> group had not heard the stories before, facts that <BR> ancestors had written down or passed along in <BR> oral recordings. <BR> We had a bountiful lunch as the potluck always... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 16:35:05 EST Very small family reunion Only 30 people attended the family reunion. Some were <BR> unable to travel for health reasons, some for time constraints <BR> and taking off time from work, other vacation plans or <BR> commitments or because they have died. But those of us <BR> that were there had a wonderful time. <BR> We were home by 2 and will meet again tomorrow. We need <BR> to leave early as we have a birthday party for DD2's two <BR> summer babies. We will see Aaron as well. <BR> The weather was pretty warm today-in ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:02:04 EST Spreading the love In this case, it is grass clippings in the garden. Since <BR> we are entering the heat of summer, what better to <BR> love your plants than to protect them from heat and <BR> a possible lack of moisture. <BR> Over 2 pickup loads from several contributors and <BR> a lot of bedding plants tucked in. We can always use <BR> more. Francine offered to back the pickup to the <BR> garden gate but she has a lead foot so I politely <BR> declined. <BR> Checking out the news and weather and getting <B... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:26:32 EST