MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Prepping for Christmas I washed down the bathroom walls and <BR> ceilings yesterday and worked on the refrigerator. <BR> Not much to throw away but I took all the <BR> shelves out and washed the drawers. Today <BR> I took out the small dividers off the doors <BR> and finished the job. Just have to sort through <BR> the freezer-another day. <BR> We ha started baking Christmas cookies. <BR> Tomorrow is the grade school concert for the <BR> Grands that live out of town. Hopefully I will <BR> take a few pictures to sh... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:08:36 EST Now to focus on other things. I am so glad that we got through the Part D enrollment <BR> period. I have counted over 90 seniors in our files and <BR> I am sure to remember a few more. <BR> I am putting all the names and addresses in an Excel <BR> spreadsheet and will move all those files to a separate <BR> file drawer for next year. I wasn't too fond of the way SIL <BR> had it set up last year. I am still fond of paper AND <BR> organization. You can only rely on a computer for so much <BR> and I like getting my hands on ... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 13:06:26 EST First snowstorm of the season Winter hit with a vengeance. Not so much snow <BR> but lots of wind, extremely poor visibility and lots <BR> of roads where no travel is advised. <BR> DD spent a grueling 1 1/2 hours on the road to <BR> get to the weigh station, 14 miles from home and <BR> she had no clue where she was until she crossed <BR> a bridge and realized she had driven down the long <BR> curving river hill just then, She was physically sick. <BR> She spent 45 minutes at the weigh station and is <BR> now attempting th... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 20:47:58 EST Wild and weird Wendesday. Windy day and I took Molly to get repaired. <BR> Spent $1,000 and it didn't change a thing. <BR> Not a happy camper! Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:23:26 EST The church looks lovely We had several extra volunteers to decorate the <BR> church today and it make everything go faster. <BR> It look about 1 1/2 hours and we served chili soup, <BR> ham sandwiches, cheese, crackers and brownies. <BR> Everyone worked hard so the extra calories were <BR> probably burned up before we sat down. <BR> So glad that we can sit back and enjoy it. <BR> I will put up our tree tomorrow when DH is gone <BR> to children's choir. Have a wonderful Monday! Sun, 26 Nov 2017 20:23:25 EST Lovely and busy Saturday I took advantage of the beautiful and sunny day <BR> to hang laundry on the line, tidy up the dining room, <BR> set up the outdoor Christmas display and get ready <BR> to put up the tree tomorrow. <BR> We will decorate at church after services. <BR> Tis the season! <BR> Live, laugh, love! HUGS! Sat, 25 Nov 2017 22:06:09 EST 19 and counting. Not a tv show but the number of children under the <BR> age of 15 at our Thanksgiving meal. Plenty of food <BR> and noise, lots of conversations and plenty of steps. <BR> So glad most helped to make it a special day. <BR> Hope your Thanksgiving was great. HUGS! Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:44:25 EST Happy Thanksgiving! Today I am thankful for: <BR> Family and friends <BR> A warm home <BR> Food to eat <BR> A soft bed to sleep in <BR> Beautiful weather <BR> Give thanks for all that God has blessed <BR> us with-even though we are undeserving. <BR> Today almost the entire family from DH's <BR> side will be at the church for Thanksgiving. <BR> There will be lots of chatting, eating, playing <BR> with the kids. Hope I don't forget to sit down <BR> and enjoy both the food and conversations. <BR> Happy Thanksgiving... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:14:00 EST Less wind and lots to do We had planned to move one smaller batch of chicks <BR> out of the basement and into the small barn in the <BR> backyard but it was too windy. We did move the pullets <BR> out to the farm. They needed more room. <BR> So today was clean out the barn, spread fresh wood <BR> chips and take advantage of a day with just a light <BR> breeze. It took almost 1 1/2 hours but I got a great <BR> cardio workout with lots of strength activity as well. <BR> I spent part of the afternoon taking down all th... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:17:41 EST These thorns have roses! Long days at the office makes for being ill at <BR> ease with the amount of work that needs to be <BR> done and done right. Lots of quoting, paperwork, <BR> faxing, scanning and filing. <BR> These thorns have roses! <BR> For every senior we help, there is a story of an <BR> elderly woman, man or couple who just don't <BR> understand everything and we try to explain <BR> and help them keep it straight. We offer to review <BR> papers and medical statements, explanation of <BR> benefits and the... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:33:25 EST Awesome News! Aside from the daily grind of health insurance quoting, <BR> juggling Part D Plans with all the other quotes I am <BR> doing, DD and SIL received wonderful news from the <BR> state of MN. They are now cleared to start the adoption <BR> process for Jacob and it may not happen until after the <BR> New Year, but they are hoping to finalize it all by his <BR> first birthday. Just a few more pieces of paperwork, <BR> set a court date and have a judge finish the process. <BR> So much to be thankful... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:34:49 EST Isn't that the way it goes? Friday is a legal holiday so what do I do? <BR> I set up 5 appointments with seniors to check <BR> their Part D Drug plans. I schedule a time <BR> to have my car checked. I can't do both. I <BR> need to be in the office to help DH. Dummy, <BR> Friday is a holiday! So I cancel the service <BR> on my car and will keep all the office appointments. <BR> I tell my boss, SIL, and he laughs. DD said <BR> he had better pay me for working when I could <BR> be staying home. I laugh. <BR> But I did get... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 22:44:42 EST The week in review This work week was full of Mondays. <BR> Mondays are always filled with the wonderful <BR> list of "have-tos", the things that must be done. <BR> I took the week off from making noodles but <BR> only left the office once on time. I must be <BR> more than mildly insane but the people pleaser <BR> in me hasn't been listening to the quiet voice <BR> that says "take time for you". <BR> Friday night I agreed to watch the 2 GS as Mom <BR> had parent-teachers conferences until 8 and SIL <BR> was tak... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 21:47:35 EST Down time? The office doesn't give much for down time. <BR> Part D and Medicare supplements are the <BR> big thing now. DH had 4 clients that he worked <BR> with today and plenty to go. Tomorrow will be <BR> about the same. <BR> I did render lard tonight as I had taken it out <BR> of the freezer on Saturday. I am glad to have <BR> it done and now I have a little time to Spark. <BR> I do get a day off on November 10th for Veteran's Day. <BR> I have already made an appointment to replace <BR> the starte... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:26:17 EST The last farmers market Today was the last market and a Halloween theme <BR> for the children with games and prizes, candy, a haunted <BR> house and a man carving pumpkins. The market did <BR> not do as well and was to run until 4 pm but the crowds <BR> disappeared and we left at 2:30. The day started out <BR> at 22 degrees and the market didn't open until 10 and <BR> we were there way too early to sit in the cold. We did <BR> sell a good amount of noodles, 3 angel food cakes and <BR> some eggs. The squash went well... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 19:48:58 EST What a week and it isn't over The dash for health insurance has just started <BR> but already, I feel like most of what we are doing <BR> will be undone by changes from the government. <BR> Nothing to do but push on. I worked late last night <BR> with a young couple and then returned to the office <BR> for another hour with them later. Not completely done <BR> but hope to get them settled into a policy tomorrow. <BR> DH has been substitute teaching for 2 days and has <BR> to return tomorrow. He likes it but I hope he can ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:48:05 EST Oktoberfest Saturday was a very full day. Four batches of noodles <BR> cut and laid out to dry by lunchtime, 2 loads of laundry <BR> done, the kitchen swept and mopped. The afternoon was <BR> devoted to baking banana bread and putting together <BR> the 2 large bowls of fruit salad for the meal. I was to work <BR> from 5 until Oktoberfest was done with a short break to <BR> eat while sitting on the bleachers. The event was sold out <BR> and there were no more tables for the workers. But the <BR> food was... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:17:07 EST I have a domestic partner... Yes, I am married but I thought you might enjoy <BR> this as much as I do. It seems that I have been <BR> sharing all my waking minutes with a new partner. <BR> You guessed it-Francine. Yes, she has been at <BR> my elbow and my side, trying to help me keep pace <BR> with all the things I want and need to do. <BR> She helped dig the sweet potatoes Thursday night <BR> since DH was gone to farmers market and rain was <BR> moving in for the weekend. Just a light mist now but <BR> the garden was ... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:50:49 EST Finally, a minute to myself No, it isn't really that bad but the days come and go <BR> so quickly. I spent 5 nights last week, making noodles <BR> to get ahead of the farmers market. DH sold them all. <BR> He called 3 times Saturday morning, very unusual for him. <BR> I have an order for 10 bags of fine noodles for Thursday <BR> night's market. So, Saturday, I made 3 batches in the <BR> morning and 2 in the afternoon. I skipped Sunday and <BR> Monday-bad choice. I started again Tuesday night and <BR> the roller for the... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:16:07 EST A lovely weekend Off to a wedding this weekend. We left Saturday, arrived <BR> in plenty of time to rest before the 4 o'clock wedding. It <BR> was outside at a golf course, a bit breezy but pleasant. <BR> Social hour and reception with a great meal, then the <BR> dance. We left somewhat early but an all day drive meant <BR> try to stay on schedule. One hour time change made it <BR> seem too early to go to bed. Didn't sleep well for beans as <BR> the mattress was too firm. I got up later than normal but <BR> ... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 10:27:56 EST A vexing problem and a solution It seems that when Joker, the cat, was acting strange, <BR> we were unaware that she had fleas. After she passed <BR> away, we then noticed that the house was totally infested. <BR> I tried for 3 weeks on my own to rid the house of the pests. <BR> Finally I had to call the Orkin man. I had made serious <BR> headway but he had what it took to finish off the job. <BR> Talk about feeling filthy. He bombed the basement, <BR> in his words, "hosed down the whole area". He treated <BR> the main floo... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:44:56 EST A Saturday with the little ones Babysitting the two little boys today was a treat. <BR> I did all the laundry and filled baskets for the older <BR> ones to take to their rooms. It is too hard to tell the <BR> little boys things apart as they wear the same size <BR> shirts and shorts. I can tell the pants apart so I <BR> let DD figure those out. <BR> We spent most of the day inside as it was cold, <BR> windy and cloudy. But we spent almost an hour <BR> outside this afternoon when the sun came out. <BR> I made fresh applesauc... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:09:39 EST Another week gone. Oh, vey! I wanted to post sooner but here goes. <BR> Sunday at the fair, we visited the petting zoo, walked <BR> through the Hippodome to see the horses, strolled <BR> through several buildings to see what the vendors <BR> had to offer and just had fun with the GC. <BR> DD1 and family left just after lunch and I asked her <BR> to check on Joker when she got home. Well, no cat <BR> in the house so they thought she snuck outside on <BR> Friday night when DD stopped to pick something up <BR> fo... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:04:39 EST Where did the week go? I haven't blogged for over a week but the Labor Day <BR> weekend may have helped. It was a lovely weekend <BR> with all the GC at the State Fair. I wanted to leave much <BR> earlier on Friday but felt lucky to get out of town by 3:30. <BR> As it was, I forgot a few things but we survived until DH <BR> could go to the store. Friday night, DD and family from <BR> town arrived - thankfully after I had a chance to tidy up <BR> the camper. DH at least had washed the dishes so I did <BR> not have ... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 18:00:04 EST Rushing around Today was the day to have all the exhibits ready for the <BR> State Fair. I met DD on Hwy 46 to collect the bars that <BR> her children had baked. Rush back to town and meet <BR> with DD1 so that I have her exhibit tags for visual arts. <BR> I asked for the horticulture tags, just in case I would <BR> need them. And I rushed to staple the tags on those <BR> exhibits. The county agent came to collect the exhibits <BR> and I would have had to keep them here if I didn't have <BR> the original t... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:00:32 EST Still dealing with hail claims I had thought to be done with claims but they keep <BR> on popping up. Some are minor but some have been <BR> pretty extensive. But that is nothing compared to the <BR> mess in Texas. I can deal with the inconvenience. <BR> One man complained about too much rain and having <BR> to mow his lawn. I told him he at least had a lawn and <BR> not an ocean around his house. He decided he had <BR> it pretty good. <BR> DH is off to the State Fair. And he went with no chickens. <BR> They developed a re... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 23:26:12 EST A double eclipse I thought we might have a chance to see rTge eclipse. <BR> But the weather had another idea. A strong storm <BR> system moved in mid morning and then came the dark <BR> clouds, rain and hail. Most of the hail was small at <BR> first but then came the half dollar sized ones. And with <BR> that came the claims. I am sure I will be busy tomorrow <BR> Saturday I pulled emergency babysitting duty. The normal <BR> Sitter had the stomach flu. It was a fun day with all 4 GC. <BR> I finished all the... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:14:19 EST Filling the gaps I have gotten a little lax on blogging. Finding the right balance <BR> or work, play, exercise and getting enough sleep is doable but <BR> needs constant attention. <BR> The 2 local GC helped me shred 16 heads of cabbage from the <BR> garden. Cabbage has a tendency to split when it is wet and these <BR> all needed to be used quickly. This all translated to 51 quarts of <BR> sauerkraut. It will be enough for a year for the whole family. I am <BR> hoping the rest of the heads stay intact so DH ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:11:42 EST Trying to find a new normal Moving in the right direction at work. It helped that <BR> SIL was gone for 3 days and I could concentrate <BR> on the most urgent items. I will have lots to do next <BR> week but it can wait for now. <BR> DH was back to the farmers market tonight. It was <BR> fun to have the house to myself and I caught up <BR> with laundry and dishes. <BR> Hope you had a great weekend and wishing you <BR> a pleasant weekend. HUGS! Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:32:08 EST AJ's Baptism <img src=""> <BR> AJ and his sponsors <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A close up of AJ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> AJ, sponsors and mom and dad <BR> DS and his lovely wife are on the right side. <BR> It was a wonderful day! Sun, 6 Aug 2017 18:12:32 EST A wild and wonderful week! This last week was a real blur. <BR> Two workdays that could make your head spin. <BR> Wednesday was adoption day and it was a very <BR> special afternoon and evening to rejoice in the climax <BR> of the AJ saga. He seemed to know the day was <BR> all about him. It was pure delight. <BR> This was County Fair week and I was pressed into <BR> duty to help transport the goats and chickens to the <BR> fair, help get the birds in cages and figure out just <BR> how the entries could be so wrong. Ne... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 07:08:49 EST Counting the hours In less than a day, just under 13 hours from now, <BR> DD and family will complete the adoption for Aaron. <BR> We will leave here at 2 and travel about 30 miles to <BR> the courthouse. The proceedings start at 3:30 and <BR> once it is over, we will take lots of pictures. The <BR> judges enjoy these proceedings because, despite <BR> the legal nature of things, it is a time of peace and <BR> joy. The family has the opportunity to be part of something <BR> bigger than just adoption. The child ... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 22:48:04 EST Final papers and more I received three copies of the final court order for <BR> baby Jacob. One is addressed to DS, one to me <BR> and the attorney for DS also sent a copy with a nice <BR> note of how he appreciated our cooperation and <BR> assistance in this. DD also received a copy and she <BR> was very excited to close this chapter in our lives. <BR> On the work front, life is never dull. Still trying to get <BR> ahead but never quite getting there. <BR> One of DH's distant relatives that he works for as a <B... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:48:07 EST Quick check-in The days seem to fly by and I don't get <BR> around to blogging like I did before but <BR> the great thing is that it is summer, the <BR> garden is producing. DH is loving the farmers <BR> market routine and I make noodles as many <BR> nights as I have time. Today we plan to sort <BR> out the baby nannies and DD will start the process <BR> of clipping them for the county fair. DH seems to <BR> think that the youngest nanny is missing and has <BR> been for some time. I may catch a break from ... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:54:15 EST Working overtime Today was not a day for the faint of heart. I started <BR> early, as usual, worked until 12:30, back at 1, stayed <BR> until 5:30, back at 6:30 and at the office until 8:30. <BR> Barely made a dent. DD scolded me when I called. <BR> I did contact the GF's attorney and he was not impressed. <BR> He would speak with her and explain that her behavior <BR> is not acceptable. Tonight, my SIL saw a post of hers on <BR> FB and she is in an open relationship. Hope it sticks and <BR> she leaves all o... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:38:25 EST What a weekend! DD texted me early Saturday morning and asked if I <BR> could babysit most of the day as they had errands to <BR> run and best done without children. I arrived at 10 and <BR> stayed until 4. It was a very delightful and active day. <BR> Home to change clothes and drive to MIL's for a family <BR> barbecue as there were relatives visiting from North <BR> Carolina. We stayed until almost 9 but DH just had to <BR> leave. Mom didn't have the AC going and he was very <BR> unhappy. He groused about ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:53:31 EST The drama is over I guess last night's blog disappeared so I will try to <BR> remember what I had written and repost it. <BR> We traveled to MN for court yesterday, through road <BR> construction and fog. We were running behind time <BR> and I called the attorney to let him know. We arrived <BR> just before 10 and the courthouse was easy to find. <BR> Almost no one in the building but the courtrooms were <BR> on the 3rd floor. Once we checked in, we found that <BR> the GF was also late. She came in and refused... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:45:57 EST The lost is found. I do believe we found the DVD player. <BR> As a matter of fact, we found 2 so I am done <BR> searching the storage room for now. It was so <BR> hot and stuffy in there that I said we would finish <BR> going through the rest until the weather has cooled. <BR> We are off to court early this morning and I hope that <BR> "one and done" is true. At least, that is what the one <BR> social worker told DD. I want to be done with the drama. <BR> GF told DS she has a new boyfriend and he was a bit <BR>... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:04:45 EST Mid-week check in Here ii is already Wednesday so I better share <BR> a little of the week's activity. Making noodles for <BR> the market this week, office humming along and <BR> trying to stay up with watering the flowers and <BR> working in the garden. I must remember to pick <BR> raspberries tomorrow. <BR> The mosquitoes are still lively and I am trying <BR> to get out when they are in hiding. Not sure what <BR> time of day that would be. <BR> I spent an hour at DS's tonight, looking for the GF's <BR> DVD ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:11:25 EST Francine is taking a break She and I both agreed that yesterday was a bit <BR> intense so today was a little slower. I think the <BR> heat was getting to her. She has gone into hiding. <BR> We went to church and had coffee time with DD <BR> and her family. I caught up with dishes, made a <BR> light lunch and then spent 2 1/2 hours with my <BR> nephew and a 48 page questionnaire that he needed <BR> to have done this week. I could see why he was <BR> overwhelmed. Some of the questions took research <BR> and he needed som... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 21:29:35 EST Francine is on the loose! I have managed to keep Francine contained the last <BR> 2 months but she had enough of that. I first heard from <BR> her this morning at 6 am, clamoring for some excitement. <BR> Since she wasn't allowed to attend the 4th of July festivities, <BR> I thought I would give her a chance. What was I thinking? <BR> DH was off to the market before 8 and the first thing on <BR> Francine's list was to sweep and mop ALL the floors on <BR> the main level. She wasn't content with sweeping around. <BR> No... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 12:51:44 EST Happy July! For all my Spark friends, I am oh so slowly getting <BR> back into some sort of routine. I will still keep a lower <BR> profile but hope to blog once a week or so. <BR> The 4th of July holiday weekend was terrific. All the <BR> children were home. We, at times, had 4 married couples <BR> with 6 GC and 4 grand dogs and 2 grand cats in the <BR> yard and the house. The cats did stay in the camper <BR> so that was a plus for sleeping. It made for a lot of <BR> grab-what-you-can meals but we tried... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 18:00:50 EST Feels like the monsoon season Two nights ago we had over 3 inches of rain in <BR> an hour, all horizontal. Farmers who weren't done <BR> planting are done planting now. Most had hoped <BR> to get their hay baled and I sure hope they did. <BR> A late afternoon storm just rolled through as I <BR> was finishing chores. I did get some grass clippings <BR> in the garden and snuck inside the chicken barn <BR> to pick the eggs as the rain started. I was back in <BR> the pickup when the hardest rain hit so I didn't get <BR> too w... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:36:35 EST Back from vacation Babysitting the GC was a fun break from the normal routine. <BR> Almost a shame to come home but it was time to get back <BR> to work. I went straight to the office and worked until 12:40. <BR> DH and I had lunch together at the Beer Garden and it was <BR> good. I didn't get home from the office until after 5 and felt <BR> like walking out again. Not a clean inch on the table, the <BR> sink totally filled with dishes, the dishwasher full of clean <BR> dishes but laundry piled in front of the... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:15:19 EST A quick hello A very pleasant day with the 2 grandsons. The weather is <BR> cool and windy so we only took one walk. We kept busy <BR> and I went over the list DD left for me. I did laundry and <BR> dishes, watered the flowers and the newly planted apple trees. <BR> DH had a great day at the market. I will focus on making <BR> noodles and not bake bread until the cooler months. <BR> I will check again tomorrow. The baby wants my attention now. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:33:36 EST Summer break and off the grid I haven't forgotten my Spark Friends but it seems <BR> time slips away faster in the summer. A brief recap <BR> of my week. <BR> Sunday-off to MIL's house for a family potluck-ready <BR> to see everyone at noon and found out the meal was <BR> at 6:30. DH missed that so we spent the afternoon <BR> waiting until the group arrived. We left early as we <BR> didn't have the chores done. Goats were in the garden <BR> so DH had a bit of a mess. <BR> Monday through Thursday-I have been trying to cove... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:16:10 EST Hope I am not missing much but know that I am I didn't have a chance to blog yesterday but <BR> will save that for later. <BR> Even today had more twists and turns than <BR> I anticipated and the late hour encourages me <BR> to reflect on it and share tomorrow. <BR> You will see less of me for the next week or so <BR> as we sort things out in the offices. With the boss <BR> gone, we ladies have to fend for ourselves. The <BR> lists are long so I will stop by as time allows. HUGS! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:38:56 EST DS and DIL are back home A 6 day trip down south for a army buddy's wedding <BR> and a honeymoon trip all rolled into one. They were <BR> to arrive home tomorrow but drove straight through <BR> from South Carolina so she could have a full day to <BR> recuperate and be ready to go to work on Monday. <BR> The 2 cats were happy to see them but not happy <BR> about being confined to a carrier for the drive home. <BR> They talked about the sites they had seen and the <BR> wonderful mountains, the hotels and the chance to... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:31:39 EST Closing the book on another day. Long day that was very productive in the office <BR> and in the garden. Another huge pickup load of <BR> grass tonight. Bread is baking and DH has another <BR> angel food cake for farmers market. Life is good. HUGS! Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:50:33 EST The middle of June Suddenly it is the middle of June. Where <BR> did the month go? Soon we will be celebrating <BR> the 4th of July and summer will be half gone. <BR> Hope everyone had a wonderful day and plan <BR> to do it again tomorrow. HUGS! Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:45:47 EST