MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Football game and more We picked up DS's GF from the apartment and made it <BR> to the football game in plenty of time. The game was <BR> very exciting and the home team won. DS looked very <BR> spiffy, marching in the field and the music was great. <BR> We treated DS and GF to dinner before we headed <BR> home. Just late enough that DH skipped chores and <BR> we came home to relax. <BR> Today is Pioneer Power Show with antique tractors, <BR> and all things from days gone by. We work at the <BR> pancake feed and th... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:57:39 EST Off and running The sewing room has been pretty much cleared <BR> of everything for the Goodwill truck. More room <BR> but sure there would be more to take out but we <BR> are going to leave soon so I will but this short <BR> and post more details tonight or tomorrow. <BR> Got to scoot! HUGS! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:23:53 EST Left work early but it was time for a rest. DH and I mowed the lawn on a <BR> gorgeous September afternoon, he on the rider and <BR> I with the push mower. Before we knew it, we were <BR> done. And just in time to spend time with DS and his <BR> friends who has ordered dinner at the Dairy Bar. <BR> DH and his two buy friends were going to play <BR> with the high school band at the football game. <BR> We knew this might be the only chance we would <BR> get to really talk to him this weekend so we drove <BR> out t... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:40:07 EST Oh, no! Look who's here! Francine showed up at the office today and I have <BR> to say she has some nerve. Doesn't she know how <BR> busy I have been and how much I got done without <BR> her nagging at me? <BR> I had a very intense morning, preparing 5 quotes for <BR> one farmer-car, house, rental home, farm and an <BR> umbrella to add extra liability. Granted, I had started <BR> on some of these yesterday but the fine details take <BR> so long to hammer out. <BR> Sent DH on his merry way and what do I do but <BR> st... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:59:52 EST A hurry up day Happy Hump day but a hurry up day. DH realized that <BR> HE had a deadline and then it became my deadline to meet. <BR> A courtesy letter to the farmers that HAD to be mailed <BR> today. Well, he knew about this earlier, said he would <BR> have to get it done and I was blessed with it. The letter <BR> was fairly easy to write and print but then you have to <BR> check the list and make sure to mail it to the right ones. <BR> Half of the afternoon later and I had dropped them in the <BR> mailbo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:28:25 EST My goofy guy DH has some work done on his teeth about a month ago. <BR> The dentist told him to expect some sensitivity. He went <BR> back 10 days later and the dentist said everything looked <BR> fine. Another week passed and he complained of pain on <BR> the weekend. The next Monday, no pain. Three days later, <BR> pain again. Would he call his dentist? No. Come the weekend, <BR> pain again. Still no call to his dentist-he was too busy. <BR> Finally after a full weekend of pain and his jaw being <BR> sw... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:53:24 EST Mondays just fly by I was trying to get done with DS's home insurance <BR> quote as today was closing day but the pager went <BR> off and we went to pick up an elderly woman and <BR> return her to the care center. Very uneventful. <BR> Then I turned my whole attention to the task at <BR> hand, left him a message to call me and sent <BR> the quote to the mortgagee company. He called <BR> back, had me run a car quote so he could keep <BR> his package discount and I went from there. That <BR> saved him $140 so it w... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:27:56 EST Cool and clear Sunday The weather was plenty cool this morning. I was <BR> surprised to notice that the furnace was running <BR> in church but it is a fairly tall room so I did appreciate <BR> the warm air blowing from the vent by my feet. <BR> We had choir practice after church and went to the <BR> café later than normal. Which was a good thing <BR> because an old classmate of DH's came in to <BR> get a cup of coffee and we spent a lively hour <BR> talking about old times. He was in town for a <BR> family reunio... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:36:08 EST A bit of a blog I spent most of the morning cleaning house by carrying all the <BR> boxes of canned goods to the basement to be put on the <BR> shelves, emptying other boxes and making sure to put <BR> the older jars in front. Then I swept all the floors while <BR> the washing machine did it's job. I hung the laundry <BR> outside and came back to do the mopping. DH and I <BR> have all 3 dehydrators filled and running. Next week <BR> we will take my brother's back so only have 2 going <BR> at the same time. W... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:20:58 EST The weekend is almost here Busy most of the day but closed an hour early <BR> so I could go "rummaging" in the garden for <BR> all the veggies I could find. A little light on <BR> cucumbers and tomatoes but more zucchini <BR> than I can use so off to church they will go. <BR> We had a fire call today to the care center and <BR> I took the ambulance but luckily, it was just <BR> a bad sensor. <BR> We are all done peeling and cutting up the <BR> windfall apples and are getting into the better <BR> ones with fewer bruises... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:53:48 EST Just plugging along A damp and drizzly day but no good reason <BR> not to get out there and enjoy it. It may have <BR> seemed cool but if I kept moving at a faster <BR> pace, it was easy to enjoy the breeze and a <BR> little moisture on my face. The farmer's market <BR> was a bit slow down the street as most of the <BR> shoppers didn't venture out as much as when <BR> the weather is nicer. <BR> Lots to do but a hour long seminar that seemed <BR> twice as long as I could not access the online <BR> portion to see ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:37:46 EST One very long meeting We are taking another step to secure funding for <BR> the new grocery store. A lawyer called us at the <BR> meeting room and we could all hear what he had <BR> to share and ask questions. There will be paperwork <BR> to submit, agreements to sign and a few more <BR> meetings and then the sale of more stock. We <BR> hope to have most of this done so we can start <BR> construction early next year. A lot has to go right <BR> for it to happen but we are all feeling better now <BR> that we are get... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:32:37 EST Trying to beat the rain Rain was predicted for this afternoon and evening <BR> so DH and I took a break from work after a very quick <BR> lunch to go to DS's house and pick all of the apples <BR> on his tree. 6-8 bushels later, the only ones left are <BR> those that are out of reach with the tallest ladder <BR> we had and even this 60 year old decided she could <BR> still climb trees. DH was amazed that I would even <BR> attempt it much less have any success. <BR> So with 10K steps logged and 1 1/2 hours of stretchi... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:59:10 EST What a ruckus this morning. The thunder and lightning started about 2 and only <BR> got louder as the storm got closer. We had a little <BR> pea sized hail and then the rain began. It lasted for <BR> at least an hour and when it cleared off, we had <BR> gotten an inch and a half of rain. The air smells <BR> so fresh today. <BR> DH took GD to Children's Choir practice tonight <BR> and will until DD is done with volleyball. I went <BR> to the monthly EMT meeting and we came home <BR> at the same time. A quick dinner and h... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:35:49 EST A quieter day We finished canning the grapes and spent over <BR> an hour in the garden, weeding and picking veggies. <BR> I started a batch of cinnamon red hot pickles, <BR> made one lonely jar of sun dills and tidied up <BR> the house a little today. I may have enough tomatoes <BR> to make some sauce Tuesday night as I have an <BR> EMT meeting tomorrow night. <BR> DH will be driving GD to Children's Choir tomorrow <BR> night and every Monday night until volleyball season <BR> is over. It will be like the... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:53:32 EST Bonus blog I need to buy a new Spark activity tracker. Somewhere <BR> between the farm and the fire, it came off and all I have <BR> left is the clip. Shucks! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:11:49 EST You'll never believe the day I had-or will you? First off, up early as usual, up to the café and back before <BR> DH got out of bed. I washed 2 loads of jeans and one of <BR> bedding and it was hung outside. <BR> Then DD's MIL called that they were going to church <BR> to remove the fuel oil tank from the church basement. <BR> DH and I went in separate vehicles so I could finish <BR> getting one canner filled with grapes to make into juice. <BR> Then it was 1 1/2 hours of pushing, pulling, lifting and <BR> maneuvering the tank out of the b... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 22:18:57 EST Friday already! A short work week but still something to accomplish <BR> every day. The garden didn't produce mush in 2 days <BR> so more time was spent pulling weeds that picking <BR> veggies. <BR> I canned another 7 quarts of grape juice so I may have <BR> another 21 jars before I am done. DH started mowing the <BR> lawn with the push mower but I relieved him of his <BR> duties and finished. Two loads of laundry done and <BR> now it is SPark time. <BR> I did have an early morning ambulance call that cut <B... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 23:25:32 EST More spaghetti sauce I sorted through all the tomatoes tonight and <BR> had enough for a full batch of spaghetti sauce. <BR> I did have to buy a green pepper as the lonely <BR> one I found in the garden last night was not <BR> quite enough. It is simmering now and it smells <BR> heavenly. <BR> DH was gone most of the day for training in 2 <BR> different venues and came home in time to do <BR> chores. Now he is at a church meeting as we <BR> decide to call a new pastor. Our current pastor <BR> has retired but is s... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:53:59 EST Back to the garden DH and I just knew we couldn't miss our opportunity <BR> to get out in the garden together. We picked tomatoes, <BR> cucumbers, zucchini, one pepper and one cantaloupe. <BR> We are canning grape juice tonight and I am making <BR> some tomato sauce. <BR> The weeds have taken off with the 3.5 to 5 inches of <BR> rain that fell Friday night. Not as much mud as I was <BR> expecting and everything looks so revived. We have <BR> lots of work ahead of us yet and the weather will be <BR> a rollercoas... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 23:04:59 EST Less steps but still lots to do A fairly busy day at the office and a nice <BR> change of pace from the fair. I may not have <BR> logged as many steps but I did have a meeting <BR> to go to so I was content with that. <BR> It was my turn to help serve lunch for the <BR> firemen's meeting and I made deviled eggs <BR> with a recipe from my friend who owns the <BR> bar. It had jalapeno peppers in it and DH <BR> said it was okay but he prefers the way I <BR> would normally make them. The tang of <BR> the peppers was nice but no... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:28:58 EST Quick Post-fair blog Home from the fair and logged 31.5 mils of walking <BR> from Friday afternoon until right now. I will slowly <BR> log my nutrition as I get time so it may take awhile. <BR> And if it doesn't happen, I can live with that too. <BR> GD received 2 blue ribbons on her goats and a <BR> blue ribbon for showmanship. Mostly blues and <BR> reds on her chickens. She has a good start and <BR> is looking for different chickens for next year. <BR> The other GC who will be old enough to show <BR> next year ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:00:46 EST State Fair Not much for WiFi connections and <BR> difficult to do much on my iPhone <BR> either, Will do more when I get home. <BR> Hugs! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:08:29 EST Packing up for the fair I am in the process of loading the car to leave for the <BR> State Fair. If there is WiFi on the fairgrounds, I may be <BR> able to read and Spark. If not, I will thoroughly enjoy <BR> being with friends and family. I am ready as I can be. <BR> The beef stew turned out great and the Chicken Alfredo <BR> is yummy too. <BR> SPark on to a great Labor Day weekend. HUGS! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:49 EST Francine didn't leave, she hid under the bed. Francine came out and smiled this quirky, devious <BR> smile and I knew I was in trouble. First, she cracked <BR> the whip in the office all day. Then, as soon as I left <BR> the office, she decided we should fill all the feeders <BR> in all the barns, give extra attention to the goats <BR> and then, go back through the garden one more time. <BR> I had asked the lady at the café if she wanted to pick <BR> the veggies while I am gone. Well, we found over <BR> 1/2 of a 5 gallon pail of tomatoes... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:18:00 EST Francine is back Another one of those "What were you thinking?" days <BR> and Francine showed up. Well, she thought we should <BR> have a little fun after work. First, she wanted to fix the <BR> fence so all the nannies and kids stayed put while I <BR> am gone during the fair. Smart idea as it turns out. <BR> There were 3 places where escape was possible and <BR> that has been fixed. Of course, chores came next. <BR> Fairly routine as usual so she kept pretty quiet. Next <BR> she piped up that we should go t... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:26:53 EST I should have seen it coming Every year, or so it seems, something doesn't get entered <BR> right. This year, a few chickens were entered wrong and <BR> so will not qualify for any placement of prize money. <BR> Every year, I tell DH he has to do this himself as he knows <BR> it the best. He is, after all, highly sought after to judge <BR> poultry. Again this year, he had a good excuse to let <BR> it up to me. So, next year, it is up to him to get it right. <BR> And, just as the last time he was leaving for more than <BR... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:34:28 EST 2 long meetings After a full day in the office, 45 minutes to do farm chores <BR> and just enough time to walk uptown, we started the first <BR> of our two meetings of the ambulance crew. <BR> The first meeting was an introduction to the new "Lucas" <BR> device. It is an automatic chest compression machine <BR> that is used to help heart attack victims who are not <BR> responsive and their heart has stopped beating. Quite <BR> an impressive machine. We received it through a grant <BR> from the Leona Helmsly ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:32:44 EST Filling my day with activity The quarter of an inch of rain was certainly welcome <BR> and made the air so fresh this morning. We had decided <BR> to tackle a few house projects after lunch and so we did. <BR> I shredded the 3 medium sized heads of cabbage I had <BR> cut a few nights ago and filled 13 quart jars. It will <BR> certainly taste good this winter. <BR> DH mowed the yard and I worked on trimming the <BR> creeping phlox that have crept over the sidewalk <BR> just a little further than I wanted. Now we can <BR> ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:31:58 EST Met some goals and saved some for tomorrow My goals <BR> 1. wash our bedding-done <BR> 2. clean, cook and freeze sweet corn-done <BR> 3. clean house before MIL and SIL arrive-done <BR> Take a nap-optional-done LOL <BR> 4. make sauerkraut-not done <BR> 5. take a evening walk-not done <BR> You win some once in a while. <BR> We had only a smidge of rain so we are hoping <BR> that one of these days it will be our turn. <BR> Speaking of turns-- <BR> Turn up the energy tomorrow and have a <BR> great Sunday. HUGS! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:06:14 EST DH off to the State Fairgrounds DH and the neighbor are taking the campers up to the <BR> fairgrounds tonight so they can park them before the <BR> rest of the campers arrive. It works so much easier. I <BR> am sure it will be late until he gets home. <BR> I had my salad with chicken for dinner but popped home <BR> early to listen to the Packers/Raiders football game, do <BR> laundry and spark. <BR> I cut 3 large cabbages to make sauerkraut. We will do that <BR> tomorrow since I think DH could be of some help LOL! <BR> If I... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:02:13 EST Mickey Harris art Two new additions to buildings in our town. These are the <BR> little city park. Enjoy the gift of the master! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Where does the park end and the painting begin? <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:47:30 EST Meeting up with friends After a long day complete with chores and time spent <BR> in the garden, I decided to do the laundry before DH <BR> came home. I even took time to fill the water tank in <BR> the camper so when he takes it to the State Fair on <BR> Friday, that much has been done. <BR> He finally arrived home and we went uptown for <BR> a quick dinner. He had a cheeseburger and potato <BR> salad and I had my salad with chicken. Both of <BR> us were ready to just sit quietly when some friends <BR> arrived and ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:38:26 EST Starting the canning process I cooked up my first batch of spaghetti sauce tonight <BR> and will let it cool in the refrigerator until tomorrow. <BR> Then I will put it in containers to freeze. It was only a <BR> smaller batch but I used all the tomatoes I had on hand. <BR> Four shredded zucchini, 3 green peppers, onions and <BR> a large eggplant and all my own veggies. All I needed <BR> to add was the spices. It smelled and tasted great. <BR> Now that will conclude my blog for the night as it is <BR> pushing bedtime. <B... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:40:59 EST Oh, the joys of having large garden and sharing the extras. <BR> I picked tomatoes last night but will use those <BR> myself. The cucumbers will be shared with our <BR> neighbors and the zucchini has found homes <BR> with some friends and SIL, who took half of <BR> the 40+ I picked last night. <BR> I shredded the larger ones for DD and froze <BR> 6 quart bags full. The smaller ones will be <BR> given to some older ladies from church. <BR> We had a meal in the park tonight-chislic <BR> and crackers plus a ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:06:56 EST A matter or economics DD and I were calculating the economics of freezing <BR> sweet corn as opposed to buying it from the store. first, <BR> you know the producer and how the corn was raised. <BR> That is a big plus. The farmer gives you a great deal- <BR> just $3.00 for a dozen ears. 60 ears should yield 30 pints. <BR> Well, our 60 ears yielded 19 quarts so each quart of <BR> corn cost us about 78 cents, to counting the labor. <BR> It was certainly worth our time to do it ourselves. Plus <BR> we all had a taste... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:10:13 EST Saturday fun The bread is rising for the second time and should be <BR> baked by 4:30. <BR> GD and I shredded all the cabbage in the cooler and <BR> she will have 8 quarts of sauerkraut to take home in <BR> a week. She had a lot of fun. <BR> Now that lunch is done, we will cook the sweet corn <BR> and get it ready for the freezer, <BR> Hopefully all is done on time as we will be seeing our <BR> friends for pizza tonight. <BR> Thanks for stopping by. If it is not too late, I may <BR> blog more later. HUGS! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:33:06 EST Weekend plans I was so glad to close the office early today and get <BR> away from the madness. I have worked on at least <BR> 8 different quotes this week and tidied up 3 more so <BR> that the coverage is what the customer already has <BR> with the old company and certainly wants from the <BR> new company. But that is such a process that I am <BR> eager to ditch it all for the weekend. <BR> Tomorrow, DD and I want to freeze some sweet corn <BR> and make sauerkraut. DH thinks we need to bake <BR> bread and... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:22:34 EST Certification done DH passed his test and now he had the AHIP <BR> certification done. Now he will work on the <BR> individual company requirements for each of <BR> the companies he sells health insurance with <BR> for senior citizens. It will be a long haul and <BR> lots of days that I will be fending for myself <BR> in the office. There is one company that will <BR> be extremely tough to get through the course <BR> with so he will work with his broker and see <BR> if he can manage it. This could be an intere... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:33:10 EST Certification DH is working on certification for selling Medicare <BR> products this fall. So he is hogging the computer and <BR> I am on my iPad. It sure takes longer to SPark. LOL! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:24:00 EST Another day done Dh was gone all day to a meeting-something he despises <BR> but needs to be done. The information was to the point <BR> but it is starting to get so technical and intricate that he <BR> expressed his opinion, "Why do they have to make it <BR> so complicated?" Well, they do that to keep you off <BR> guard and then you hesitate to follow through. <BR> Sounds a little like some diets nowadays. Nothing is <BR> simple. There is always a catch. What looks to be a <BR> surefire method of losing weig... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:42:51 EST A truly restful Sunday After Saturday, both DH and I were ready to take a <BR> well earned rest day. It was fun just to be a bit lazy <BR> and not push to do so much in one day that we were <BR> falling into bed exhausted. The heat and humidity <BR> really get to him and I try very hard to make sure <BR> he paces himself. I know my limits and have learned <BR> to recognize his, even if he doesn't himself. <BR> Today her drove to a neighboring county to judge <BR> horticulture and it took 5 hours. This is a large <B... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:26:44 EST Photo shoot Yes, I did remember to take the camera down to the farm and <BR> here he is. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:13:46 EST No time for a photo shoot The day just got away from me. I would imagine it was <BR> because I had so many things that I wanted to get done <BR> for a Saturday. <BR> I swept all the floors early then started on laundry. Two <BR> loads for us and 3 loads of dirty linens for the ambulance <BR> service. The lady who did it before has taken another job <BR> and so I am sure she didn't think about the full hamper <BR> in the storage room. No problem as it was a lovely and <BR> sunny day with light breezes so everything wen... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:40:58 EST All kinds of craziness Trust me to find more things to do in one day. I had 3 appointments <BR> within a half hour. Thank goodness one person ran a little late of <BR> it would have been tough to make it work. <BR> We closed the office early so we could get a start on farm chores <BR> before the lady came to deliver our new billy, "Festus". But I had <BR> one last minute phone call asking me to come pick up some <BR> hamburger that we bought from a farmer. I arrived at his house <BR> at the right time and came home... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:49:23 EST Fair entries done I worked for a bit this morning on the papers for the fair. <BR> I thought I was doing so well and had gotten in the groove <BR> so it was going quickly. Then the pager went off and we <BR> took a very nice lady to the hospital. I took my turn driving <BR> so the young man with me could hone his skills. I think <BR> he rather enjoyed it. The lady did not recognize me until <BR> after she asked who the driver was. At the hospital she <BR> apologized that she hadn't recognized me but she was <B... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:17:29 EST One step closer to the fair Dh and I sorted all the chickens tonight as I have to <BR> have them entered into the Open Class Show by <BR> tomorrow. <BR> We caught them in groups according to breed, <BR> picked the best ones, banded them with numbered <BR> bands and placed them in crates so we wouldn't <BR> have to sort them a second time. The chickens are <BR> entered for the GC so we pay the fees and they <BR> collected the premium money. What ever they get <BR> goes into their college funds. A neat little trick that ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:16:51 EST Finally-the photos <img src=""> <BR> Alicia and Alisha(goat) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:46:45 EST Was this a Monday or what? My, oh, my! All the things that turned up today to <BR> keep me on my toes. I must have sensed it coming <BR> because I slept an extra hour last night. But the <BR> best thing about being busy is I accomplished as <BR> much as needed to be done so there is nothing on <BR> my desk to deal with first thing in the morning. <BR> The weather is flirting with us and it sounds like <BR> we will finally have rain moving in and we may <BR> see over an inch of rain. That would be welcome. <BR> I picked... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 23:04:28 EST A little unsuccessful I tired several times to upload pictures from the fair <BR> and will try it again tomorrow. Maybe the computer <BR> at the office will behave better. <BR> A pretty good day spent resting up from yesterday, <BR> entertaining DS and his GF (known as lunch time) <BR> with fresh sweet corn, hot buttermilk biscuits and honey, <BR> mashed potatoes and sausage and watermelon. <BR> They both headed back to college town happy and <BR> well fed. Tonight DH and I had a light dinner of <BR> cottage chees... 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