MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Feeling like Dorothy in the Land of Oz "Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas anymore." <BR> Well, I am not feeling like I am in South Dakota anymore. <BR> I am in Heaven and on Cloud Nine-literally. <BR> The South Dakota State Supreme Court has ruled <BR> that the GF's appeal was without merit and she <BR> has lost any and all rights to both of her sons. <BR> DD and SIL were crying on the phone as I shared <BR> the news. My attorney called me and sent me a copy <BR> of the order in a email. I printed it and emailed it to DD <BR> ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:03:00 EST Tough day with the flu DD, SIL and GD all have the flu. <BR> I will be here overnight. <BR> I will fill you in tomorrow. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:13:59 EST And out she goes! DH moved the nanny and the triplets outside <BR> in the big lot today and the sunshine made them <BR> kick up their heels. He wasn't sure if I needed <BR> to check on them to make sure their bellies were <BR> full but I went out anyway. I led her into the barn <BR> and up on the stand. All three really didn't need <BR> to nurse but I felt better. I think I may not have <BR> to check but every other day. <BR> DH took the GC to choir practice so I worked on <BR> paperwork and think I should b... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:44:34 EST Less hovering LOL! A much better day as DH occupied himself <BR> with the TV and the remote control. I made <BR> a lot of headway but need to find a couple <BR> of rogue bank statements. Since he goes <BR> to children's choir with the GC tomorrow <BR> night, I should be done while he is gone. <BR> Update on the nanny with triplets-he will <BR> let her out of the barn tomorrow and see <BR> how things go. The triplets are such pets <BR> that if they think they are being ignored, <BR> they will be under my feet an... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:03:44 EST If you must hover, please hover somewhere else I am not fond of someone looking over my shoulder <BR> or watching me work. Today, DH was hovering as <BR> I was working through receipts and papers to finish <BR> our income taxed. And the questions were a bit much. <BR> My answers are as follows. <BR> 1. I am not finished. <BR> 2. I will let you know. <BR> 3. It takes time. <BR> 4. I need to concentrate. <BR> 5. No, I am not watching TV. <BR> My only question was "Would you like to help?" <BR> Answer: I'll just come back later LOL! <BR> To ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:44:15 EST A sigh of pleasure Three more pictures of the "Soldier of the Company" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> His battalion sergeant told him to get a ribbon <BR> for one of the medals on his chest as it is a <BR> medal of distinction but I am not sure which one. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Three of the coins he received at graduation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:57:37 EST Graduation Day pictures DS is standing in front facing the camera <BR> on the right during the awards ceremony. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And here he is standing in front of the <BR> statue of Andrew Jackson. The sun makes <BR> it a little hard to see him. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sure there are more pictures but these <BR> were enough to satisfy me. Enjo... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:37:37 EST Hopefully, some pictures I will try to add some pictures that DIL <BR> sent today so here goes.....Well, that <BR> didn't work. Can't remember how I did <BR> it the last time. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That's better. They had the entire day <BR> to spend together and I am so blessed <BR> that she had a Smart Phone and could <BR> send these... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:24:25 EST The day has arrived. DH and DIL flew out of Sioux Falls this afternoon, <BR> landed in Dallas and then flew into Columbia. <BR> DS called me and asked when their flight would <BR> be landing as he was anxious to see his bride. <BR> I was able to wish him a Happy Birthday but did <BR> not tell him about his card and letter. <BR> On the home front, DH was appalled at the small <BR> carryon suitcase and wasn't sure it was big enough <BR> for everything. But he did manage. I do think he was <BR> expecting me to pack ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:48:56 EST Spring has sprung...for now Spring has arrived but may not last long until <BR> we get to next week. Starting tonight and lasting <BR> until Saturday. chances of rain/snow almost <BR> every day. Hoping it is more rain than snow but <BR> we take what we get. <BR> DS called tonight with several pieces of information- <BR> arrive early, bring cash and be ready to have fun. <BR> He is bored because there is nothing to do until <BR> Family Day. The weapons were cleaned and turned <BR> in and they just clean the barracks and ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:22:27 EST The secret is out Our dear daughter-in-law finally had <BR> to tell DS that it was she that was coming <BR> with DH and not me. It turns out that he <BR> had to authorize who could come in for <BR> graduation. He had to acknowledge his <BR> visitors so their car could enter the base. <BR> I am sure he was disappointed but then <BR> gave her a list of the things he wanted <BR> her to bring along. She didn't share what <BR> those things were but she gathered them <BR> all last night. Tying up the last loose ends... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:36:47 EST Lucky St Patrick's Day! Although the day was very busy, I covered <BR> a lot of ground and cleared my desk for the <BR> weekend. <BR> The two GC that live here in town went to <BR> the farm with us and were introduced to <BR> the triplets-Yin, Yang and Yen. They are <BR> such pets already and the GC adored them. <BR> DD had a huge surprise tonight. One of the <BR> grants she wrote solo for the Center for Disabilities <BR> was awarded to the Center-one of only 20 given. <BR> The Center will host a teacher from Tanzan... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:41:58 EST Tremendous Thursday Finally a day where I felt more in control <BR> of what was happening and not letting little <BR> things slow me down. <BR> The weather is moderating and we may even <BR> see 70 degrees on Sunday. DH and I are <BR> working to make things easier for me while <BR> he is gone to South Carolina. <BR> He is getting excited and making plans. He <BR> wanted his uncle to come to the graduation <BR> but he is still in the hospital with diverticulitis <BR> and may be there for another 2 weeks. I am <B... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:29:49 EST Never doubt that you can do it. We all have doubts and fears that hold us back. <BR> Perhaps it is something you have never tried <BR> before and are afraid of failing. Best thing to do? <BR> Push through. You will never know until you try. <BR> Have a tremendous Thursday! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:41:19 EST Loving the longer afternoons As much as time change irritates when it comes <BR> so early in the year, it also gives us the longer <BR> hours of sunshine in the afternoon and the sense <BR> of the wonderful days of spring to come. Making <BR> the slow adjustment and finding ways to enjoy it. <BR> Guess the mornings aren't so dark after all. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:26:43 EST Time change Monday All the items I cleared off my desk on Friday <BR> came back to bite me today. What a circus! <BR> I would barely get one set of quotes done for <BR> one client and I would have 2 more "urgents" <BR> in my list. And when I finally finished one the <BR> best I could, I found out that I have more time <BR> and not to rush. Funny, it was to be done at noon <BR> and after 3, I could spend more time on this <BR> tomorrow. Must have misread the first email LOL! <BR> Our 3-4 inches of snow really bl... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:58:55 EST Pretending we are Irish <img src=""> <BR> Our neighbors in DH's hometown introduced us <BR> to corned beef, cabbage and creamed potatoes <BR> when we were newlyweds. She worked for us in <BR> the grocery store we owned and she offered to <BR> make us dinner. It was delicious and we make <BR> it every year for St. Patrick's Day. I make it today <BR> because I was home, baking bread and the oven <BR> was already on. We will have several mea... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:37:09 EST Spring ahead. Daylight Savings Time. <BR> Nothing more to add. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:37:13 EST Clearing my desk I had to work late but I cleared my desktop <BR> of all the jobs and "urgent" items for the week. <BR> Seems like procrastination to push everything <BR> off to next week so my "box" is empty. I call <BR> that cheating but if it keeps the boss happy, ok. <BR> I penned a letter to DS yesterday and today. <BR> I told him he has a new nanny at the farm and <BR> he is the first to know her name-Zeva David. <BR> Think NCIS. Now I need a DiNozzo or a McGee. <BR> Sweet dreams all! HUGS! <BR> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:41:30 EST Nothing new in the teleconference today It is amazing to call in on time, wait for 30 <BR> minutes until everyone is ready, listen to <BR> 45 minutes of legal talk and not hear more <BR> than a few words that are new content. <BR> The rest of the day was a blur of details <BR> and work issues. Thank goodness tomorrow <BR> is Friday! Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:26:08 EST Teleconference tomorrow A pre-trial teleconference for GF tomorrow. <BR> DS and I talked about the possibilities of <BR> having more children and have every one <BR> of them taken away. I was encouraging him to <BR> think carefully about having more children <BR> with this woman, stressing her health as <BR> much as I could. She cannot take her meds <BR> for bi-polar issues when she is pregnant <BR> and that is wrong to make her more unstable. <BR> I am not sure he understood but I will keep <BR> trying to convince... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 23:42:16 EST Amazing pics <img src=""> <BR> Note sure but I think this means he <BR> won a high award as this is the only <BR> picture of a single soldier. He looks so <BR> serious but we are so proud. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> DS is on the left just ahead of the last group <BR> about the 7th guy. He makes running look easy. <BR> <BR> Both pictures made our d... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 23:35:38 EST Bi-polar weather A high of 72 degrees at 3 pm and then <BR> the cold front moved through and the <BR> temperature dropped to just 40 degrees now. <BR> The winds are gusting at least 40 miles per hour. <BR> They will lessen tonight and pick up again in <BR> the morning. <BR> It was a zoo crazy Monday so most of the <BR> really important things were handled and <BR> the rest will wait for tomorrow. <BR> We haven't heard from DS so we are in <BR> the dark about graduation and who made <BR> the cut for leading t... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:53:26 EST Sun-filled Sunday A very wonderful day with sunny skies, light breezes <BR> and seeing the temperature rise to 68, unofficially. <BR> A rare day for March. The geese are flying north <BR> again after feeding and foraging nearby. Glad <BR> this day came on the weekend when I could be <BR> outside to enjoy it. <BR> Back to work tomorrow and focusing on what is <BR> on my desk. And looking forward to the nicer days <BR> to come when Spring arrives to stay. <BR> Here's to another day and another week. Enjoy! Sun, 5 Mar 2017 23:29:43 EST The foster family DD and SIL met with the foster parents of <BR> Jacob today. They had dinner together and <BR> then went someplace quiet so that they could <BR> take pictures and exchange information on <BR> the new baby and his brother. It was an <BR> awesome 3 hours for all. AJ hugged the <BR> baby and didn't want to let go. I think he <BR> sensed that was his baby brother. I am <BR> hoping this situation is resolved by August. <BR> As it stands now, the couples plan to meet <BR> monthly so that they can a... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 23:38:06 EST News, good news, more good news DD called this afternoon and said she has been <BR> in contact with the social worker in MN. It seems the <BR> GF left the hospital with baby Jacob but brought him <BR> back saying " I can't do this". Scary but at least she <BR> took him back to the hospital. More on this later. <BR> Good news! DS called and said he has only 4 <BR> more major items before he is finished with basic <BR> training. He is also one of the two in his platoon <BR> that qualify for a special honor. He and 7 other <B... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 22:54:18 EST The start of March Madness Lots of basketball activity as the girls and <BR> boys team are sweeping into the state tournaments. <BR> Neither of our local teams will be playing but <BR> the school built it's schedule so that the <BR> students will have Fridays off to attend the <BR> state tournaments, if they want. <BR> Although DS is not longer in college, we are <BR> excited for the men's and women's teams. <BR> The Summit League games feature the men's <BR> team in the top position and the women in 4th <BR> place. ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 23:26:21 EST Thank goodness for veterinarians The lady vet came this afternoon and her <BR> specialty is goats and sheep. She treated <BR> the mama nanny and left medication so that <BR> I can treat her daily until all is healed. It <BR> means going out to the barn twice a day <BR> and I am sure it will be on DH's schedule <BR> and not when I can slip away. <BR> His doctor appointment went well. No need <BR> to take drastic measure. A new medication <BR> but one that will be monitored monthly. I <BR> am sure he will adjust. He starts out... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:52:16 EST Skipping the bottle I had a 2 hour meeting after work so it was <BR> late getting out to feed the triplets. We decided <BR> to skip bottle feeding and let the triplets nurse <BR> on the nanny we were milking. She took it <BR> well and it went much faster that way. I think <BR> this is a better way to keep the 3 going. We <BR> need to have the vet come and check out their <BR> mama. She needs help and I can't do much. <BR> DH has an early doctor appointment so I am <BR> going to bed early so we can both be out of... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:58:59 EST Another beautiful day of melting snow The snow is down to about 5 inches now. <BR> There is still plenty in the goat lot but we <BR> have gotten the nannies trained to come <BR> in for their pellets so we can catch the one <BR> we need to milk much easier. Tonight we <BR> fed the extra milk to the littlest triplet and <BR> she was very happy to get it. Her momma <BR> just can't keep up with all 3. <BR> I baked bread this afternoon and DH made <BR> a bread pudding with the loaf that was left <BR> from the last baking. Rats, he put... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:24:49 EST A lovely day of sunshine It may have started out cloudy but this afternoon <BR> the sun came out and it really melted the snow <BR> on the sidewalk and along the streets. The snow <BR> is slowly starting to shrink and get a crust on top, <BR> That means that the wind won't be blowing this <BR> around like it did yesterday. <BR> I caught up on laundry and housecleaning. Two <BR> trips out to the farm and the triplets are almost <BR> ready to get put outside. We are just concerned <BR> that they might not be as easy t... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:31:05 EST Guess who came to visit? Francine! After months of hiding, she decided <BR> to show herself today. With 8 inches of snow, <BR> I was more than happy to hand her the shovel <BR> and put her to work. She lasted all of 2 minutes <BR> before handing it back. It took almost 30 minutes <BR> to clear the sidewalk in front of the office and she <BR> decided she needed to get in out of the cold. <BR> DH and I went out to feed the babies this morning <BR> and she exclaimed she didn't have boots. I offered <BR> her my second pa... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:22:14 EST The snow has arrived. The first snow started at about 10:30-very light <BR> and blowing around with the wind. When it became <BR> heavier, it melted as soon as it hit the ground. <BR> The wind picked up and it stopped melting and <BR> starting sticking to everything. I would say we had <BR> an inch by the time I left work. DH and I went out <BR> to do chores. The goats had been fed and only <BR> 5 of the nannies had to be chased into the barn. <BR> All the babies were inside and not about to run <BR> back outside.... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:15:52 EST A huge relief I have been following the state court docket <BR> and have been checking it every day since I <BR> found the site about 2 weeks ago. Nothing. <BR> But the first thing this morning I saw the docket <BR> list for March and our case is on the list. <BR> It will be reviewed and ruled on March 22nd. <BR> I immediately printed the notice and took a <BR> picture on it to text to DD and SIL! I called her <BR> so we could talk just a bit and you could hear <BR> the excitement in her voice. I did not ... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:31:39 EST Perseverance or what? Perseverance is key to getting things done. And <BR> I don't take no for an answer easily. Just ask DH. <BR> Or better yet, just ask June, the nanny that I am <BR> currently milking. It usually takes DH and I about <BR> 5 minutes to corral her in the open lot. Tonight it <BR> took me 17 minutes to catch her on my own and <BR> I think I wore her out. I just kept walking after her <BR> until I was able to snag her by the neck and walk <BR> her into the barn. Once inside, she seemed to <BR> und... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:21:21 EST No Monday holiday SIL and I took advantage of the holiday and <BR> chose to work instead. With the post office <BR> and bank closed, most people assumed we <BR> were closed as well. <BR> Not a totally quiet day but fewer phone calls <BR> and time to move several projects along with <BR> less interruption. Nice. <BR> Have a terrific Tuesday! HUGS! Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:24:14 EST The Sundance kid has arrived! I told the GC all the names of the goats and <BR> that we needed a Sundance kid to go with <BR> Butch and Cassidy. Well, when we did chores <BR> at noon today, he had been born and was up <BR> and walking around and already nursing. No <BR> need to take him inside since the weather was <BR> mild and he was dry. He has a good mama. <BR> We fed the triplets 3 times today. Yang has <BR> finally gotten the hang of eating on her own <BR> so bottle feeding may be over. We just have <BR> to position... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:56:17 EST Satisfying Saturday An interesting day that started a little late-I <BR> didn't leave the house until 6:10 am LOL! <BR> Coffee started my day and I came home to <BR> sweep the front entry as everything drags in. <BR> 5 loads of laundry and the first trip out to the <BR> farm to feed the triplets. Back again at 10:30. <BR> Back again at 1 pm. Home to fold clothes, <BR> take a short nap and then make bread. While <BR> waiting for the bread to raise, back to the <BR> farm to dehorn all the baby goats and fix <BR> ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:02:45 EST Taking care of the babies The triplets are a little slow to figure things out <BR> so DH and I spent time in the barn twice tonight <BR> to make sure they got fed and had full tummies. <BR> We tried to milk two of the goats after chasing <BR> them around in the muddy lot. Turns out neither <BR> had much so we turned them out. The third nanny <BR> gave enough so DH can make pudding tomorrow. <BR> The mama with triplets got milked twice so she <BR> looks and feels better and the little ones can drink now. <BR> Had a pho... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:14:04 EST The barn is getting fuller One set of triplets and 2 nannies with singles. <BR> That makes 10 kids right now, 5 billies and <BR> 5 nannies. <BR> The triplets are the nannies, Yin and Yang <BR> and the billy is Yen. <BR> The singles are Butch and Cassidy. <BR> DH saw his doctor and then did indeed tell <BR> him he could stop the Atenolol, just increase <BR> the Losartan. Also he needs to see another <BR> cardiologist that deals with the electrical <BR> impulses of the heart as there are issues there. <BR> That comes in ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:40:23 EST Another set of twins Another nanny had kids this afternoon and <BR> she was outside. So thankful it was a warmer <BR> day. One billie, Jude and a nanny, Jade. <BR> They seem to be doing quite well. <BR> DH saw the doctor today and he removed <BR> the stitches. Tomorrow he goes to see his <BR> cardiologist. He really wants to be off the <BR> atenolol but time will tell. I think the doctor <BR> may lower the dosage, which will make <BR> DH very unhappy but the doctor has his <BR> reasons. Don't argue with the medi... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:53:56 EST Happy Valentine's Day! A day of hearts and flowers, <BR> chocolates and roses. <BR> I did get a vase with 3 pink and red <BR> roses in them from DH. We went <BR> out for Valentine's Day dinner. <BR> We also had two nannies kid today. <BR> A set of twin billies but one was too <BR> large and he died. The other is quite <BR> strong and his name is Buster. <BR> The other nanny had 2 little nannies, <BR> Minx and Mist. We will have to dehorn <BR> them soon before they get too big. <BR> The farm is a muddy mess. I trie... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:23:15 EST Soaking up the sunshine A beautiful sunny day and another 5-6 <BR> days to come with highs in the 40's, 50's <BR> and maybe 60 by Saturday. The breezes <BR> will be light and it will feel like spring. I <BR> hope the trees do not start to bud or we <BR> may be disappointed if the cold comes <BR> back and damages the trees. I would <BR> prefer things to stay dormant until it really <BR> is spring. <BR> DH can drive short distances in town but <BR> he has walked more in the last week than <BR> he has since last fall.... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:14:53 EST Saturday and Sunday I spent most of the day inside yesterday since <BR> there was mist and light rain. It didn't amount to <BR> much but it seemed that housework was a priority. <BR> The laundry is done, the den (man cave) is finally <BR> swept and the clutter is gone. DH doesn't throw <BR> away a newspaper or magazine and has 15 seed <BR> catalogs laying around. He needs to make out his <BR> orders but I hope I get to look them over before he <BR> mails them. He needs to cut back but probably won't. <BR> Today ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:08:40 EST We've turned the corner Today was the first day I didn't have to change <BR> the dressing on DH's forehead umpteen times. <BR> The pressure bandage did the trick. Now the <BR> real healing can begin. <BR> I mastered the new program at work when the <BR> other CSR said to push of the due date on some <BR> of the tasks to Monday and deal with it then. <BR> My "plate" is empty for the weekend. Wish I <BR> had understood that I could do that but when <BR> everything is marked "URGENT", I take it to <BR> mean it has to ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:13:47 EST Desk duty and more It feels like I am chained to my desk these days. <BR> But just when I am humming along and think I <BR> might just get ahead, DH calls me home to change <BR> the dressing on his forehead. This has been the <BR> norm 5-6 times a day. It is always soaked and <BR> nasty. I finally asked him, then forcefully told him <BR> to "Call the doctor". This should not be happening. <BR> Yes, I know he is taking Plavix but they know it too. <BR> They were given his med list. How the doctor thought <BR> th... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 22:43:09 EST Tried something new DH in the hospital <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> DH this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I sent these from my phone to my computer, <BR> loaded them on the desktop and now attached <BR> them here. I am surprised it worked. <BR> He was disappointed that I have to change the <BR> bandages 6 times a day. Well, when you are on <BR> bloo... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:36:49 EST Just a little more drama My day started very early this morning when DH <BR> got up to go to the bathroom and passed out in <BR> the hallway. He hit his head against the wall as <BR> he fell and now is graced with a very long laceration <BR> on his forehead and 16 stitches to show for it. <BR> The ambulance came at 3:40 and I followed as <BR> soon as I changed clothes. I stayed with him <BR> until 6:30 so I could go to work. The morning went <BR> quickly and soon he was calling for me to come <BR> and bring him home ... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 22:27:04 EST Moving on Now that the Super Bowl is history, it is <BR> time to focus on other things. We are still <BR> waiting for the result of the GFs appeal to <BR> the Supreme Court, she is trolling on websites <BR> to find "free" baby stuff that she will probably <BR> never need or get to use. And oh, how she <BR> begs. This is nothing new. She has always <BR> asked for "free" cat food, dog food, litter, <BR> dishes, whatever. She gets it and then when <BR> she moves, she leaves it behind or sells what <BR> sh... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 23:03:02 EST What a Super Bowl game! At first, I thought it would be a blowout from <BR> Atlanta's point of view. Things were going their <BR> way big time. The first half was almost painful <BR> to watch. And then, suddenly, the Patriots <BR> gained momentum to the point that they tied <BR> the game at the very end of regulation. And <BR> watching the first ever overtime in Super Bowl <BR> history made me very glad that I did not give <BR> up on the game to see the dramatic finish. <BR> This could also apply to our journeys her... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 23:17:05 EST