MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday-snow day Almost all the churches cancelled services due <BR> to the snow and the fact that most of the streets <BR> had not been cleared. <BR> DH and I invited DD and family over for beef stew <BR> and homemade buttermilk biscuits and angel food <BR> cake. We had a nice time. <BR> Streets are clear now, the sidewalk is shoveled <BR> and tomorrow is a work day. <BR> Have a great week. HUGS! Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:12:03 EST Friday the 13th and oh, what a day! Yes, another Friday the 13th and the weatherman, <BR> who has been swearing at us for the last week, delivered <BR> the first punch of a potent winter storm that will make <BR> us all glad to be inside. <BR> We had plenty of rain yesterday, some thunder and <BR> lightning, several mini rounds of pea sized hail and <BR> then the wind kicked in. <BR> The snow arrived early this morning and we have <BR> been told the storm has slowed down and may stick <BR> around until early Sunday morning. Gue... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:09:25 EST First really nice day We had a gorgeous day, the first time we saw <BR> 60 degrees on the thermometer since Thanksgiving. <BR> The neighbor started his fire pit after dinner tonight <BR> and we sat outside for over an hour. Once the sun set, <BR> we allowed the fire to die. <BR> Hope you had a fun and sunny day. HUGS! Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:51:35 EST Satisfying Saturday Another great Saturday! I was in cleaning mode, <BR> starting in the kitchen on the telephone desk and <BR> cabinet. The 2 bottom doors hold 2 shelves of tea <BR> towels, dish cloths, potholders and tablecloths. I <BR> sorted and rearranged, just in case I could recycle <BR> something to Goodwill. Not much there that I didn't need. <BR> Then the 2 drawers that hold extra pencils, pens, <BR> twist ties and misc. Mostly tossing extra odds and ends. <BR> The counter holds the phone, a cup of pen... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 21:06:40 EST April Fool's Day is over But the weather seems to think we are still in winter mode. <BR> At least 3-4 inches of sloppy wet snow but at least it should not <BR> last long. It is to get very cold tonight, maybe set a new record low. <BR> Late start for school and an early dismissal. Fun, fun, fun! <BR> Easter was cool and windy but we still had a beautiful day. <BR> Easter breakfast went well and we had plenty of food for our <BR> Easter dinner at church. <BR> None of my 3 sons were there. The oldest did not come beca... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 14:27:54 EST Good Friday and Easter Eve A very solemn and meaningful service at church, <BR> followed by family time polishing the brass candelabra, <BR> candlesticks, crucifix and Bible stand. We had a very <BR> basic lunch and enjoyed a quiet afternoon. <BR> We had ordered baby chicks to raise and replace the <BR> aging laying flock. Sadly, the delivery person was not <BR> very concerned to keep them warm enough to thrive. <BR> We lost 50 of them through this morning, 1/3 of the <BR> amount we ordered. Another lady lost 80% of he... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 17:27:49 EST Maundy Thursday reflections I must make time to stop at church <BR> this morning and prepare the altar for tonight. <BR> After services, we will undress the altar for <BR> Good Friday. The somber mood will match <BR> the gloomy weather we are having. <BR> Easter looks to be cold but sunny. <BR> Reflection is good, Have a blessed week. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 06:25:20 EST 5 days without blogging Not a record but a little unusual. <BR> I think I will sit down at night and post <BR> something and before I know it, I am <BR> tucked into bed and tell myself I will blog <BR> in the morning. Procrastination Central. <BR> Not much going on this past week as DD <BR> and SIL (the boss) was gone. I still covered <BR> lots of little projects and felt I did well. <BR> We have had more snow, then 2 days of <BR> sunshine and a afternoon-evening-overnight <BR> rain event, just about 1 1/4 inches. H... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 19:23:19 EST Back home from babysitting I love babysitting the GC and we had a wonderful <BR> Saturday afternoon and evening and a great Sunday. <BR> We played games and enjoyed each other's company. <BR> I did have a little time to Spark but find using a laptop <BR> after years of a desktop very challenging. It would have <BR> been perfect if the mouse worked but I had to use the <BR> pad on the bottom. I found I was very slow at it. Even <BR> my GD said she preferred to use a regular computer. <BR> I should have brought my iPad a... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:43:38 EST The geese are flying north-is this Spring? Silly geese are trying to get back north but circle <BR> around most nights to find a good place to feed <BR> and rest. With the current weather situation, I am <BR> wondering if their "radar" is a bit off. We will have <BR> ice, sleet and snow today and then a slight warming <BR> trend and do it all over again on Monday. No wonder <BR> they are confused. <BR> DH is also confused. The night before he was sleeping <BR> in his recliner and wanted to walk to the bathroom for <BR> a drink of wate... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:38:15 EST Taking time for me I had my echocardiogram this morning and the <BR> technician was very thorough and polite. It took <BR> longer than expected but she didn't give out too <BR> much information. A cardiologist will speck with <BR> my doctor and she will inform me if there are any <BR> irregularities that are of concern. I do not expect <BR> any and will make sure to advise DH after I speak <BR> with her. He has the most annoying habit of sharing <BR> personal information and putting his own spin on <BR> things ... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:18:36 EST Babysitting the GC I had the pleasure of babysitting the 4 GC in Irene <BR> while Mom and Dad did some last minute shopping <BR> before taking a trip starting next Sunday. Loaded up <BR> on diapers and baby wipes, dog and cat food, snacks <BR> and chewable vitamins. The parents needed new luggage <BR> too and I hope they can get everything packed. <BR> We had a delightful day. Grandma helped with laundry <BR> and kitchen duties, play time, very brief naps and then <BR> more play time. It was worth every minute.... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 21:44:21 EST Yes, it snowed. <img src=""> <BR> Before the storm <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Backyard yesterday <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The 12 inches in front of the house <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> What... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 11:50:06 EST Day One of a 2 day blizzard The blizzard warning started at 6 am this morning <BR> and will continue until 6 pm tomorrow night. <BR> Currently 29 with snow and blowing snow. The winds <BR> are gusting to 38 miles per hour. School was cancelled <BR> today and should be tomorrow. There is no travel advised <BR> for almost the entire state. Stay home and stay safe. <BR> I shoveled a few times-futile efforts until the winds subside. <BR> Office closed at noon and no phone calls from clients <BR> yet so being home is a good ... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 18:27:55 EST Windshield time When you have to drive for hours and lots <BR> of miles to get there, we call that "windshield time". <BR> We drove over 3 hours to get to Pierre and spend the <BR> night in a hotel so we could watch our oldest GD <BR> perform in a middle school honors band. DS drove <BR> up from school so he could hear her play and tease <BR> her that he needed his trombone back. She wanted <BR> nothing to do with that. The concert was awesome. <BR> We visited for a short time before hitting the road back <B... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 22:59:44 EST Another milestone <img src=""> <BR> Jacob Thomas Edwin has been baptized. <BR> It was a wonderful, sunny day and we are <BR> blessed to know that he has a forever home <BR> in God's kingdom. Life is great! Mon, 26 Feb 2018 06:34:29 EST More snow on the way Another 4-6 inches of snow, <BR> depending on who you talk to. <BR> Another 4-6 overnight. <BR> <BR> Ready to spring! Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:22:03 EST My 3 sons DS3 was home to play in an alumni BB game. <BR> We invited DS1 to come with us and join us <BR> for dinner. Pork roast, mashed potatoes, gravy <BR> and scalloped corn. When I texted my DIL that <BR> dinner was ready, I also texted DS2 in error. I <BR> thought he was still on his skiing trip but he was <BR> already back in town. He stopped to say hi and <BR> let his car run as the battery was low. He decided <BR> to take advantage of a free meal. So I had 4 healthy <BR> young people to feed. W... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:12:50 EST Jacob's Forever Family Day! <img src=""> <BR> The Forever Family with the same judge who <BR> declared GF unfit to be a mother also officiated <BR> at the adoption today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Jacob with his family, DH and I and his <BR> other grandfather. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:09:12 EST Happy Valentine's Day! I am blogging early this morning as the day will go <BR> quickly and I have to take advantage of the quiet morning. <BR> I will work until early afternoon and then DH and I will <BR> travel to Brookings and stay at the Days Inn with DD, <BR> SIL and the 4 GC. Tomorrow is Adoption Day for Jacob. <BR> We need to be in Redwood Falls before 11 am. We will <BR> follow them since they have the map across the state. <BR> Thankfully, it should be a 1 1/2 hour drive but Minnesota <BR> has more snow so... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:31:51 EST Now he tells me... What I learn from DH is what I hear him telling others <BR> while he is on the phone. I can't help but hear him as <BR> he talks loudly. I don't think he realizes how loud he is. <BR> He knew his blood sugar levels were steadily going up. <BR> He knew this would become a problem. So why wait until <BR> it was a problem? He could have cut back on sweets and <BR> other bad choices yet he didn't. Hindsight is 20/20. In the <BR> last few days, He has quietly accepted my food choices for <BR> h... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:15:41 EST Lifestyle changes but first Our hot water heated started leaking. It was only 6 years old <BR> and almost out of warranty. We had it replaced yesterday. <BR> A little shorter and a little rounder than the last one. Sort of like <BR> humans as they age LOL! It is more energy efficient, so the <BR> man says. It will cost $100 plus labor to install since we still <BR> were still within warranty. Crisis averted for the checkbook. <BR> We are getting snow today, possibly 2-5 inches. It did snow <BR> last night but shoveling ... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 07:53:13 EST Happy Wednesday! It has been a few days since I blogged but I am <BR> truly glad to have my car back. Not really driving <BR> more than usual although we did drive my car to <BR> the grandsons birthday party on Saturday. MIL <BR> was content to leave her car at our house. I do not <BR> care for the way her car handles. The wheel base <BR> is too short so it is easy to overcorrect when driving. <BR> DH was happy to let me drive. I parked in front of DD's <BR> house as I was afraid there would be ice between th... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 07:58:09 EST Molly, the car, is home~ Oh, happy day! Molly is back home and parked in <BR> front of the house. Just in time for DIL to borrow her <BR> if she doesn't find another car to replace hers. <BR> It cost another $800.00 for a new computer but she <BR> is worth it. Someone from the dealership estimated <BR> her trade-in value at $4,850. Not on your life! I am <BR> planning to keep her so find someone else who wants <BR> to sell their car. I am perfectly fine with an older car <BR> and don't need to be making car payments... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 19:05:31 EST DIL is Okay No injuries, no tickets but a car that may be totaled <BR> and can be replaced. Prayers answered. <em>304</em> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:30:56 EST Unsettling news I just had a text from SIL. Our second son's wife was <BR> in a car accident and details are few and far between. <BR> It appears another vehicle decided to "turn around" <BR> on the interstate and hit her. I am waiting for more <BR> information. Her mother was driving up from Brandon <BR> to Nunda to check on Emily and said she hadn't called <BR> our son yet as she needed to see what was going on. <BR> I will keep you posted. Not a great start to the day. <BR> Thanks in advance for comments... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:03:40 EST The Saga of Molly and Baby Jacob As you may have read, Molly has been in the <BR> repair shop for almost a week. I called Tuesday to <BR> see if the mechanic had any idea what was going on. <BR> No, not sure yet. I called yesterday. They thought they <BR> had the issue fixed but whatever they did was not right. <BR> This morning, the mechanic called and said there was <BR> a short in the wiring. I can get a rebuilt unit or spend <BR> $100 more for new. I said I wanted a new wiring system. <BR> About $788.oo and that would in... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 22:13:02 EST More excitement DH had another issue yesterday. He was so sweaty after doing <BR> 10 minutes of chores that he thought he needed to be checked out. <BR> I sent him to the clinic and the PA called and said he needed to go <BR> to the ER immediately. 2 1/2 hours later, 40 some tests and there <BR> was nothing "wrong". I brought him home, sent him to bed and finished <BR> my work day. DS and I did the farm chores. DH decided he really <BR> wasn't hungry but did agree to have a light meal. I hadn't had a chance ... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:23:23 EST Snowstorm may not be as bad as preidcted. The weather forecast has been scaled back a bit <BR> There may be less snow, only 4-8 inches, but the <BR> wind will still cause havoc. Some schools are closed, <BR> some are starting late. Nothing definite for us yet. <BR> I babysat the GC last night and didn't get home until <BR> almost 2. The day started slow but improved. <BR> The Vikings lost a tough game. I wasn't expecting <BR> it to be that bad. The Super Bowl just won't be that <BR> big of a deal now but at least the Patriots won. No... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:01:27 EST Advance warning It really helps to have advance warning of a winter <BR> storm and we took advantage of it, DH and DS did <BR> extra chores today. They moved young pullets from <BR> a small barn to the main barn and we moved the older <BR> chicks out to the farm and the ones in the basement <BR> went outside in the barn here. Of course, I needed to <BR> clean out that barn and it was good cardio. <BR> My neighbor came to load Molly on a trailer to take <BR> her back to the dealership and be repaired properly... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:15:55 EST Happy Birthday, Little Man! Our youngest GS turns one today and he is a joy <BR> and delight. We know that the adoption just has to <BR> put on the docket and that should be soon. We are <BR> thrilled to turn that page and I will be free to post pics <BR> of both of the boys, <BR> DH is enjoying cardio therapy. I think it is teasing the <BR> nurses that gets him going. He has cut back on the sweets <BR> for now, Hope it lasts but it isn't a habit yet. <BR> Done working for the week and looking forward to the weekend. <B... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:59:20 EST Just checking in DH had a return to the family doctor but had a new one to <BR> discuss his health issues with yesterday. He was given information <BR> on prediabetes and scoffed at the idea. He thinks it is totally <BR> wrong but goes back after a few weeks of rehab to see if the <BR> extra exercise will change the results. May or may not happen. <BR> Of course, there was information on dietary changes he could (?) <BR> make but then, it will all be up to me to make sure it gets done. <BR> When I read it, ... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:42:57 EST Life is getting better. Aside from DH's complaints of feeling tired, has no <BR> energy and wants to rest all day, at least I can occupy <BR> myself and focus on what I need to do. His nurse told <BR> him to walk for 10 minutes a day to get ready for his8 <BR> weeks of cardiac rehab and I was home to hear it. He <BR> walked inside and he has no idea how loud he is. He <BR> stomps(no lie) and it is annoying but he must feel he has <BR> to walk loudly so I know he is moving LOL! It seems so <BR> unnatural to me. When ... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:34:48 EST DH and an update I thought I should post an update on DH before the weekend. <BR> He had a narrowed artery that the Doctor did not want to add <BR> another stent to the two already in place so he used a balloon <BR> to stretch that one. There was another artery that needed a <BR> stent so that was placed. DH now has 6 stents and thinks that <BR> is a record. Uh, no. I know a man who has 28 stents so he has <BR> a few more to go. I am not encouraging this right now. Be content <BR> that it isn't worse and don'... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:01:29 EST DH is in the hospital He was taken by ambulance this morning to the local hospital. <BR> He was transferred to the Heart Hospital this afternoon. <BR> I did chores, checked in with SIL and then drove here. <BR> Balloon/stent procedure in progress. <BR> I will be staying the night. <BR> More when I more to tell. <BR> All children notified by text and phone calls back and forth. <BR> All things happen for a reason. I am doing fine. <BR> Nothing shakes me anymore. Count each day as a blessing. <BR> HUGS! Mon, 8 Jan 2018 18:57:15 EST Day 5, 2018 I started a steak of tracking nutrition this year. <BR> Not a resolution but a mindful exercise to be <BR> aware of what I am eating. Making this a new habit. <BR> I was hoping when DH retired that he would take over <BR> more of the household duties. But since it has been <BR> over 2 years, it hasn't become his habit LOL! <BR> I come home to dishes in the sink, laundry to be <BR> washed and folded, or baskets of his laundry that <BR> will sit until I fold and put away. <BR> He is almost reli... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 07:31:33 EST Day One, 2018 As the first day of the New year progressed, <BR> I was focused on starting fresh, as I do each year. <BR> The kitchen has been washed-ceiling, walls and <BR> cabinets. The freezer has been cleared of food <BR> items well past their prime. Amazing what can be <BR> missed when you forget where you store things. <BR> I also started using the food tracker again, <BR> A fresh start and a habit I am committed to once more, <BR> I hope everyone had a great day. Commit yourself <BR> to a New Year, ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 23:17:18 EST A mini panic yesterday Christmas was wonderful. I had a chance to hold Baby <BR> Jacob as he took an afternoon nap. 2 and 1/2 hours of <BR> snuggling. It was a shame when he woke up. <BR> We stayed until 8:30 and then drove home. It was cold <BR> but is even colder this morning with wind chills of -26. <BR> I carried all the gifts inside but couldn't find the envelope <BR> with my Christmas bonus inside-a $100 dollar bill. I <BR> looked everywhere and texted DD so she could see if <BR> I left it behind. No such luc... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:55:13 EST Merry Christmas! Church at 10:30 then off to DD's for lunch, <BR> opening gifts and playing games. <BR> I wish you all a wonderful day! HUGS! Mon, 25 Dec 2017 07:15:28 EST The Grands <img src=""> <BR> AJ and Dad <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Noah looking serious <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Olivia in the middle <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Josie who looks like mo... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:25:10 EST 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