MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The ice that was The day turned bright and sunny and reached <BR> 32 degrees. School started 2 hours late so the <BR> bus drivers would have an easier time getting <BR> the children to school safely. The roads were <BR> atrocious this morning. <BR> The week to come appears to be in the above <BR> normal range, mostly upper 30's and low 40's. <BR> We will send the mild weather off to Minnesota <BR> Iowa and Wisconsin and beyond. My Spark <BR> friends to the east will be pleased. HUGS! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:28:57 EST The ice storm changed things The freezing drizzle started before 6 am so <BR> the streets and sidewalks were too slick for <BR> driving or walking. It pays to take your time <BR> on days like today. When I called to cancel <BR> my eye appointment, a recording said the <BR> office was closed due to bad weather. <BR> So DH and I had decided to pull more wood <BR> into the basement and stack it. First I moved all <BR> the older logs to one side and stacked the <BR> newer logs on the other. DH eventually came <BR> down and ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:30:30 EST A full afternoon by design My slightly over-active mind has a min of it's own. <BR> Once it decides what to do, it is up to me to keep up. <BR> First I picked up the fallen branches and twigs in the <BR> yard to use to start the wood furnace. Clean yard-warm house. <BR> I also put together a baked Lima bean casserole, <BR> set bread dough, rendered lard and tried to watch the <BR> Packers-Cowboys football game at the same time. <BR> Eventually I could duck out of the kitchen and truly <BR> watch the last 7 minutes ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:40:50 EST A mild January day A rare mild day in January and the perfect <BR> time to get outside. DH and I had planned <BR> to clean out the barn and move the chicks <BR> out where there is more room than just a box. <BR> One and a half hours later, we were done. <BR> The rest of the day was spent puttering around <BR> in the house, cleaning and decluttering. <BR> Hope you had a great day and are ready to <BR> do it again tomorrow. HUGS! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:58:11 EST Friday the 13th and oh, what a day! I have really been feeling the pressure to get <BR> a lot done in the office but when it is Friday, the 13th, <BR> it seems like something has to go awry. <BR> My most complicated program, where 95% of my <BR> work NEEDS to done in, decided to lock up and <BR> it took a tech 1 1/2 hours to fix. I was so disappointed <BR> and SIL wasn't happy either. I offered to stay late <BR> and make up the time and said I would also go in <BR> on Monday to see if I can reclaim a little more. <BR> Yes, Mond... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:54:03 EST One more day until the weekend Need I say more? <BR> HUGS! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:33:52 EST Lots of sitting today But at every break time, I walked the halls of <BR> the convention center. One, to break the monotony <BR> of a power point presentation and two, to stretch <BR> my legs and clear my mind. Crop insurance can <BR> be tedious and redundant but it was a good refresher <BR> course. <BR> SIL and I did not have any opportunity to talk as <BR> there was another agent who rode with us to the <BR> meeting. Maybe tomorrow. DH read the list and <BR> seems mildly surprised that the rules were almost <BR>... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:08:01 EST Tip top Tuesday SIL has started a new office procedure with <BR> rules and expectations. Both the other secretary <BR> and I were a bit stunned but it is doable. We will <BR> just adjust, make a few mistakes and hold each <BR> other up. Absolutely no nonsense. I both the list <BR> home to show DH and thought better of it. No <BR> sense upsetting him but the main idea was to be <BR> at the desk all day-no personal errands will be <BR> entertained. Make sure you let him know whenever <BR> you intend not to be ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:09:03 EST The farewell Those two youngsters took the parting well and <BR> DH and I did fine. <BR> It was very obvious that they had discussed this <BR> transition many, many times. She was bubbly <BR> and excited and took charge of all the paperwork <BR> and schedules. That is as it should be. <BR> She will contact us with his address and be the <BR> one who shares all the information with the family. <BR> I am so proud of them. Young adults taking over <BR> the responsibility for their lives, leaving the parents... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:28:20 EST Missed blogging last night It totally skipped my mind. <BR> We will be gone tomorrow morning to see College <BR> DS off to basic training. He says he is ready but <BR> I sense that he is nervous to leave his new bride <BR> for 6 months. But she will be busy working on her <BR> nursing degree. I am sure they had many long <BR> talks before he came to this decision. <BR> Have a wonderful Monday. HUGS! Sun, 8 Jan 2017 22:44:46 EST One last night of entertainment DS came home to play with the high school <BR> pep band tonight so we sat on the side of the <BR> gym where the band was playing so we could <BR> talk with him and his wife between sessions. <BR> He was having a ball and was getting into the <BR> music with the students and the other adults <BR> who fill in from time to time. Of course, the music <BR> was loud but everyone was having a good time. <BR> Our teams, boys and girls, didn't win a game but <BR> it was fun to see them play. We seldom... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 22:47:17 EST Yes, it is cold but I remember when.. our oldest son was born. That was the year <BR> when we had more than 30 days when the <BR> temperatures were below zero. We needed <BR> to replace our old furnace and the man who <BR> worked on it had to split the time between <BR> installing ours and working on other jobs to <BR> insure everyone had some sort of heat. We <BR> used our wood furnace to get through that <BR> long cold winter. This cold snap is just a small <BR> slice of a few days. The wood furnace serves <BR> us well. We just... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:56:15 EST Ready to sail away... To a nice warm place but being land-locked in <BR> South Dakota, I think I will just wait out this cold <BR> snap. By Saturday, the worst should be over. <BR> Still learning something new every day. If I get <BR> a chance, I will work on the copy and paste <BR> feature that SIL showed me how to use last week. <BR> Just have to remember how to move through 3 <BR> windows and 2 programs. What a challenge. <BR> It really is no different on SP and in life. <BR> Find a challenge, master it and ma... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 22:57:36 EST Even the cat enjoys the wood heat Joker, pushing 15 years, has taken to retiring <BR> for the night in front of the register in the kitchen. <BR> It is warmer there that laying on our bed. I wonder <BR> how many years she has left as she has lost <BR> weight but still seems to eat well. DS will be <BR> sad when she is gone. <BR> He was home tonight, playing with the pep <BR> band at the basketball game. We stayed home <BR> because we knew the gym would be crowded. <BR> He spoke about the possibility of a teaching job <BR> thi... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 23:38:18 EST The wind and the cold-what a combination The wind arrived first but now the cold has arrived too. <BR> Over day highs tomorrow will be 13 but the next <BR> 3 days will be colder. This blast will move well to the <BR> South so I imagine most Sparkers will be feeling it too. <BR> My solution for today was to bake bread. Tomorrow I will <BR> plan to make soup or stew if all goes to according <BR> to plan. Keeping my options open. <BR> Until tomorrow, Spark on! <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:30:40 EST Happy New Year's Day! We decided to take down the Christmas tree at <BR> church as everyone will be working the rest of <BR> the week and Saturday had too many commitments <BR> already. After an hour, it was looking pretty good. <BR> Just DD and her family, her MIL and DH and I. <BR> It went faster taking down than putting up. <BR> The rest of the day was spent enjoying each <BR> other's company. The best kind of New Year <BR> activity. Hope your day was splendid! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:18:22 EST Ring out the Old! Ring in the New! Happy New Year to one and all. <BR> As we close the books on 2016, think <BR> back to all the non scale victories of <BR> the past year. Lose the doubt and <BR> forget the failures. Move into this <BR> New Year with hope and do the best <BR> you can. You are special, you are <BR> unique and you are worth it! HUGS! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:52:24 EST Fun with the GC Babysitting the GC tonight so not much <BR> Sparking but what a sweet way to pass the evening. <BR> It is SIL's birthday so he and DD are out on the town. <BR> Making memories in a very good way. <BR> Have a super Saturday! Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:26:55 EST Poor internet connection Can't seem to stay on long without getting <BR> an error message. Will try again tomorrow. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:39:53 EST Blogging early Missed blogging on Christmas but it was a wonderful day. <BR> We had rain off and on and acquired over a inch. Odd <BR> for December. <BR> Monday was spent cleaning and moving all the cookies <BR> into smaller containers and putting things back where <BR> they belonged. <BR> One major item early in the day-the store is closed as <BR> it is moving to it's new location. Bittersweet to see the <BR> old store with bare shelves but exciting to see the new <BR> store taking on the inventory with wi... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:55:36 EST Merry Christmas Eve A whirlwind day of preparations from changing <BR> the paraments at church, deep cleaning in the <BR> dining room, wrapping presents and making <BR> chicken noodle soup for the whole family. <BR> Off to church at 7, listening to College DS and <BR> GD practice their trombone duet and then <BR> being swept into the Christmas story through <BR> Scripture and song. Ending the service as we <BR> always do by singing "Silent Night". <BR> Sleep in heavenly peace, Sparkers, Christmas <BR> is almost ... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 22:06:51 EST Holiday baking The last batch of raisin cookies are done. <BR> The first batch of bread is coming out of the <BR> oven and the last 3 loaves go in now. <BR> The laundry hamper is empty except for <BR> the clothes we wore today. One basket <BR> to fold tomorrow. <BR> I did close the office at noon today as SIL <BR> was doing the same since his other CSR <BR> had taken a day off. I do have 2 small items <BR> to attend to in the morning but clients are <BR> depending on me. <BR> I let DS take Molly today as he... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:28:57 EST DS and his wife are here The cats are happy and officially their <BR> responsibility. Just hope those 2 know <BR> how lucky there are (the cats, of course). <BR> I think the humans missed their fur babies <BR> and the fur babies missed their humans. <BR> Have a great Friday. Just two days until <BR> Christmas. HUGS! Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:26:52 EST DH's raisin cookies No family Christmas gathering is complete <BR> without the famous filled raisin cookies (his <BR> opinion). Raisins are not my favorite but each <BR> and every year we bake a double batch. <BR> All of the kids look for them so I am outvoted. <BR> And now that the baking is done, I can get <BR> comfortable, read a few pages in my book <BR> and get a good night's sleep. The morning <BR> seems to come so soon. Sleep tight, Sparkers! <BR> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:09:59 EST Last minute shopping Tonight is the night when I will go shopping <BR> as the days fly by and I can't leave the office. <BR> DH won't cover for me so I will leave directly <BR> from work and see what I can find. List in hand <BR> and hoping that the bargains are there in the <BR> sizes I need. Thankfully the weather is quite <BR> mild today. The rest of the week looks great <BR> until Saturday night and Sunday when we might <BR> have rain AND thunderstorms. What next? <BR> We have plans to move the piano home fr... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:29:47 EST Grade school Christmas concert Wonderful concert with the out-of-town GC at their <BR> school. The 5th grade band and the 6th grade band <BR> did great and the play about the "Night Before Christmas" <BR> was filled with narrators, singing, and musical <BR> instruments to give it all a festive holiday feeling. <BR> Such talent and enthusiasm. <BR> Sweet dreams, Sparkers! Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:32:10 EST Moderating temperatures Although it was very cold this morning, the bitter <BR> cold has moved out of the area. Since we did not <BR> have church services this morning, DH and I spent <BR> part of the afternoon making date balls for Christmas. <BR> Tonight we attended the GC's Christmas program <BR> at their church. It was a special night for all with <BR> the precious message of the season from the <BR> clear, sweet voices of the children. The youngest <BR> children in Sunday School depicted Mary, <BR> Joseph, the... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:15:47 EST Cut-out Cookies Dear GD came this afternoon to help make the <BR> decorated cut-out cookies. I think she did fine. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 17 Dec 2016 18:27:19 EST Our weekend forecast 12 degrees overnight <BR> Friday high 19 <BR> Overnight low -4 <BR> Saturday high -1 and dropping <BR> Overnight low -24 <BR> Sunday high 7 <BR> Throw in 4-6 inches of snow and <BR> windy conditions and that spells <BR> "Indoor activities". Won't this be fun? <BR> Just glad I have nothing to do this weekend <BR> except babysit DS's cats. <BR> Oh, yes, church has already been cancelled. <BR> Stay warm, stay dry and stay inside. HUGS! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:19:49 EST Another harried day Gosh, everyone, wait until the last day. <BR> And have the major healthcare website <BR> go down numerous times this afternoon <BR> and always when I was almost done and <BR> then start over again. Lord, give me <BR> strength and patience. <BR> So I brought work home again tonight. <BR> Watching the approaching polar vortex <BR> and intently tracking winter weather <BR> advisories and watches. Sub-zero temperatures <BR> will be with us for days combined with snow <BR> and blowing snow. <BR> T... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 23:31:52 EST Too much computer time Yesterday and today, I brought work home. <BR> Health insurance quotes and renewals to complete <BR> with clients. I do not want to be in the office <BR> until 8 or after. But it really takes away my <BR> Spark time. Counting the days LOL! <BR> In for 4-6-8 inches of snow or more starting <BR> Thursday through Saturday with brisk winds <BR> and overnight lows in the double digits below <BR> zero lasting until Tuesday. Did I tell you it is <BR> winter? Spark a great Wednesday! Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:15:55 EST Saturday travels A modest 2 inches of snow but dicey visibility driving <BR> to graduation and a much more pleasant drive home. <BR> There was blowing snow but at least we could see. <BR> Two slightly warmer days before a return of very cold <BR> air slips down from Canada. <BR> An unusual by-product was the annual migration of <BR> geese. This normally takes places in mid-October. <BR> And they didn't stop at the local places so the hunters <BR> were disappointed. It seems the weather is out of whack. <BR> ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 22:54:19 EST Graduation Day! <img src=""> <BR> This was my idea for his cake and see <BR> how wonderful it turned out. I asked only <BR> for the title from "The Music Man" but <BR> look what the lady made. She is so gifted. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:29:56 EST TGIF! Another very long day with lots to do and <BR> extra errands to run but I got it done. <BR> The GC were here with us tonight as DD <BR> and SIL had a teacher's Christmas party <BR> and we had promised to bake Christmas <BR> cookies. I didn't think to take pictures but <BR> those 2 knew what to do and had plenty <BR> to eat when they were done. <BR> Watching it snow and sure tomorrow will <BR> be a good day to leave early and drive slow. <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 9 Dec 2016 23:38:46 EST Arrive early, leave late Now that the Part D deadline is past, I really needed <BR> to enter end of the year crop insurance claims for all <BR> the farmers, just in case. Starting at 7:15 and leaving <BR> at 5:45 may seem a bit much but I know that after Friday, <BR> it would be too late. I need to protect my farmers. <BR> The weather is ever changing. We may get 2-6 inches <BR> of snow Saturday nod driving could be a challenge but <BR> we will make sure to travel safe to graduation and home. <BR> Smile and have a gr... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:20:25 EST Last day of open enrollment Hoping we didn't miss anyone. <BR> Now on to the next deadline-filing <BR> crop insurance claims by Friday. <BR> Never a dull moment. HUGS! Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:21:52 EST Anybody need ice? Fourteen degrees and a wind chill of-4. <BR> May bottom out a 8. <BR> At least 2 more days of gusty winds. <BR> Put another log on the fire. <BR> <em>562</em> <em>556</em> <BR> No, I am not camping LOL! Tue, 6 Dec 2016 23:37:04 EST The cold has arrived From a sunny high of 45 to... <BR> 28, winds gusting to 32 miles per hour <BR> and a wind chill of minus 2. <BR> Nothing more to say except <BR> Good Night and Stay Warm. HUGS! Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:13:56 EST Look, Ma, no snow! Gorgeous day with highs in the mid 40's. <BR> Maybe one last nice day tomorrow so I plan <BR> to enjoy it before the cold front moves in. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:46:28 EST College DS headed for graduation After a tense week with 3 classes in question, <BR> DS was finally cleared to graduate. It took that <BR> long for a very committed admissions worker <BR> and instructors to prove that all classwork and <BR> courses had been completed. What a mess. <BR> No one is sure how his records could have been <BR> so misread. But that is behind him and we will <BR> watch him walk the stage next Saturday. <BR> Immense relief but we knew it was just a matter <BR> of time until we could be 100% certain th... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 23:39:36 EST Fantastic Christmas Concert As always, the K-6th grade students at school do <BR> a phenomenal job with music. From the band <BR> to the kindergarteners to the full 1st to 5th grade <BR> ensemble and the 6th grade play-super <BR> The short 6th grade musical blends the worldly <BR> with the secular. The message is to appreciate <BR> what Christmas really means and they do it as <BR> only children can. No embarrassment to say that <BR> Jesus is the reason for the season. We need to <BR> hear that now more than ever. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:08:11 EST Waiting for warmer weather Maybe the weekend will be warmer <BR> but then sharply colder next week. <BR> Must be winter. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:18:58 EST Another one bites the dust But more on that later. <BR> Another barn-burner of a day. Some many <BR> seniors to talk to yet but thinking they may <BR> need to share some of their drugs with me. <BR> Lorazepam may be the place to start. On <BR> second thought, maybe not. Just one more <BR> week to go and the rush will be done. <BR> As for biting the dust? DH drops his phone <BR> for the umpteenth time and it finally breaks. <BR> This is the flip phone he has whined about <BR> all summer and refused to replace when the <... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:24:45 EST An almost pain-free day Mild discomfort this morning but no pain walking <BR> this afternoon so that was a plus. <BR> I hurried to put out the Christmas lights in the <BR> front yard before the rain started. It looks okay <BR> but I need a string of white lights to finish if. <BR> Managed to get the garden hoses into the shed <BR> while DH was doing afternoon chores. He made <BR> a batch of date balls and I putzed around the <BR> house doing odds and ends since we had both <BR> agreed that Sunday was to be a day of ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:20 EST One last nice day It was a great day to clean house, do laundry <BR> and all of the outside chores before the next <BR> rain moves. DH and I have one last morning <BR> to spend with College DS and his wife. They <BR> have spent 3 nights in the camper with their <BR> 2 cats. It was fun to have them here and they <BR> had plenty of errands to do while at home. <BR> Our good friend had delivered a nice pike <BR> of split wood and we needed to get it inside. <BR> DH went to do chores and I spent an hour <BR> st... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:55:27 EST Decorating at church We had a wonderful time decorating at church. <BR> An extra couple showed up with their adjustable <BR> ladder and with our tall ladder there too, the large <BR> tree was done sooner than last year. We had a <BR> nice soup and sandwich lunch for everyone. <BR> Now I can concentrate on decorating our tree <BR> tomorrow. I will have College DS's 2 cats for <BR> 10 days in December. I will be using only the <BR> unbreakable ornaments. Those 2 broke so many <BR> last year and knocked the tree do... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:38:36 EST HappyThanksgiving! Hope you had a great day. I did! HUGS! Thu, 24 Nov 2016 23:16:22 EST Never plan to leave the office early before a holiday Totally bizarre day and so many things to do. <BR> Policy changes, phone calls, med lists, more <BR> changes. I was so hoping to leave before 4 <BR> but it was pushing 5. I needed to change the <BR> altar cloths at church and get home to finish <BR> making dinner, bake dinner rolls and make <BR> nut pudding for tomorrow. And the almost <BR> unheard of choice of watching Survivor or <BR> doing the dishes. I did watch the recording <BR> AFTER dishes and kitchen cleanup. Score! <BR> A double eli... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:27:24 EST Sunday and Monday We went to MIL's yesterday afternoon and <BR> had a wonderful supper of chicken noodle <BR> soup with sandwiches and pumpkin cake <BR> for dessert. <BR> College DS stayed overnight to attend the <BR> funeral of an old friend and co-worker from <BR> his days working in the café. The man had <BR> been sick most of the summer but wouldn't <BR> go to the doctor. When he did, it was much <BR> too late to treat him for liver cancer. As it was, <BR> DS didn't recognize the man who had been <BR> his ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:50:01 EST And today, we had sunshine Very nice day and not as cold as you would think <BR> with fresh snow on the ground. <BR> Great day to catch up on laundry, make 4 batches <BR> of noodles and enjoy a day at home. <BR> The incubator is running again with 140 Buff <BR> Orpington eggs and 31 Japanese bantam eggs. <BR> Hoping for a good hatch which would keep DH happy. <BR> Have a super Sunday! HUGS! Sat, 19 Nov 2016 23:28:05 EST