MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Braving the heat and humidity We closed the office early and could have skipped <BR> going to the garden completely but decided that if <BR> it was going to rain, we would chance it. The air <BR> temperature was 95 and the humidity was right <BR> up there too. Just a might sticky! <BR> I pulled the last of the radishes and a whole bunch <BR> of weeds to fill the biggest wheelbarrow and trundled <BR> them into the chicken fence. What a noisy bunch <BR> of chickens as they dug into their feast. <BR> The second wheelbarrow w... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:04:19 EST Making a Shout Out Happy 15th anniversary to SUNNY1432 and her DH! <BR> HUGS! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:33:08 EST Dividing my time Between the garden and the farm chores, my time to <BR> spend Sparking really goes down. But this is only a <BR> passing phase. In about 4 months time, the garden <BR> will be empty and the chores will dwindle as they do <BR> when the busy summer is over. Not to worry. I <BR> will stay in touch as much as I can and I know you <BR> will be here. So I will track and post, read articles <BR> and blogs but you may not see me on the threads <BR> as often. <BR> I pulled quite a few of the radishe... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:29:24 EST Where are you going with this, Francine? Who is Francine? My alter ego, of sorts. I call myself Francine <BR> when I take a mental vacation and forget to come back. <BR> In this respect, I have been cutting back on artificial <BR> creamer and sweeteners but still drank a diet soda last <BR> night with dinner. What were you thinking, Francine? <BR> Just a mild brain fog this morning but it better burn <BR> off quickly so I can concentrate on work. This could <BR> also be connected with long days at work, long hours <BR> in the garden... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:42:39 EST A moment to catch my breath This morning was a little hectic but the afternoon was <BR> quieter so I could catch my breath. Amazing how much <BR> you appreciate the silence when it comes. No phones, <BR> no customers and no radio in the background to distract <BR> me. Heaven! <BR> We went to GS's baseball game tonight and he did pretty <BR> good. One more game and the tournaments are Saturday. <BR> From there it was out to the garden. I weeded around <BR> the one Atlanta Giant pumpkin plant and it looks pretty <BR> heal... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:48:02 EST Pushing ahead Trying to make up for the long weekend and pushing <BR> ahead with all my projects. Made pretty good headway <BR> in that department. But the workday started an hour <BR> earlier and lasted longer. Then EMT meeting tonight, <BR> which was just going through scenarios, most of which <BR> I have already experienced in my 22 year history. Not <BR> much I haven't seen but perfectly content to skip a few <BR> of those items. <BR> DH spent most of the evening in the garden but it was <BR> cool with... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 23:27:13 EST Making gains in the garden The worst area of the garden is now pretty much <BR> weed free but the tiller will be run through it to make <BR> sure. We also worked around the zucchini since they <BR> are producing nicely. We average 12-15 baby zucchini <BR> every 2-3 days. The latest ones were used for a 4-H <BR> horticulture class this afternoon. <BR> We had a nice lunch with MIL after we spent some <BR> time spraying weeds and attending to all the little <BR> odds and ends that she wanted us to do. She is <BR> moving a... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:20:52 EST Our 39th Wedding Anniversary Today was definitely not 112 as it was the day we were married. <BR> That was a plus. <BR> The town is almost back to normal as most of the 4th of <BR> July partiers have gone home. The streets are empty, the <BR> campers are gone and the fireworks are just occasional <BR> burst of noise. We can handle that. <BR> We had some serious catching up to do after the 4th so we <BR> dug right in. DH went to pick the peas and I started in with <BR> the laundry. Everything was hung outside except the d... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 22:28:12 EST Happy 4th of July! Out and about with family and friends. <BR> Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 18:24:25 EST Off to babysit the GC Kids are going to the alley dance. Catch up with you tomorrow. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 22:52:57 EST Back in the garden Tonight, we watched GS play baseball again today. <BR> Then we went to the garden and spent an hour , <BR> picking a 5 gallon pail of peas. DH is shelling them <BR> now. <BR> Tomorrow night, we will mow the lawn so it is done <BR> before the 4th. The family starts arriving late in the <BR> afternoon as DD2 is pulling her camper here for the <BR> weekend and DS2 and fiancé will spent the weekend <BR> at DD's house. Little Man and his GF will be here with <BR> us. Our camper will be towed to a ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 22:11:14 EST Wearing a winter coat the first day of July I kid you not! I was wearing a winter coat this afternoon as <BR> we sat watching GS play baseball. There was a brisk wind <BR> from the northwest and intermittent rain showers most of <BR> the day. The temperature at game time was 54 degrees. <BR> Really odd weather. <BR> Due to the rain, we stayed out of the garden but still <BR> spent an hour at the acreage, doing chores and odds <BR> and ends that needed to be done anyway. I did milk <BR> 3 of the nannies tonight but this won't be an eve... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:17:28 EST Feeling a bit grubby I suppose that is to be expected when you spend over <BR> 2 hours pulling weeds in the garden. I was hunting to <BR> find my squash plants as the pig weeds were way taller <BR> and were shading the poor things so terribly. I managed <BR> to clear an area the size of a small room. Now the soil <BR> should dry out enough for me to till before the 4th of <BR> July, if we get some drying weather. At least it will be <BR> a cooler than normal day, if the weatherman has it right. <BR> DH joined m... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:51:43 EST Bummng today but it was good Pretty much just did what needed to be done and then <BR> spent some time reading a book and watching a little tv. <BR> The humidity was pretty high but I did pull some weeds <BR> in the backyard and hung a load of jeans on the line. <BR> We have a funeral in church tomorrow so the hall needed <BR> to be prepared and the communion ware also needed <BR> to be taken down and put away. <BR> DH will go to the funeral but I will be at work as I have <BR> 3 appointments that I cannot reschedule. I ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:47:48 EST A day of housework Despite the morning rain, the sun came through and the <BR> breezes followed so it was a great day to hang all the laundry <BR> outside to dry. A little push in this direction is the fact that <BR> the dryer is making a grumbling noise that may signal the <BR> drum is at it's end. Trying to decide if I should buy a good <BR> used dryer or spend 3 times as much to buy a new one. <BR> Waiting on the repairman's diagnosis and he will come <BR> next week. <BR> I did quite a bit of cleaning and re... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:50:26 EST Wondering what tomorrow will bring We had a very heavy shower this morning as I was leaving <BR> the house. I was debating if I should walk or drive, but I took <BR> one look at the sky and jumped in the car. As I was crossing <BR> Main Street, the first few raindrops fell. But looking south to <BR> the end of the block was a wall of rain and it was moving <BR> fast. I quickly unlocked the door and there it was. The sound <BR> of the rain on the steel roof was deceiving. It was raining <BR> pretty well but sounded like much mo... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:58:56 EST I need a new BCM A BCM is a body control module. That is a computer <BR> program for cars. I was informed that for humans, <BR> this is your brain. As brain transplants are highly <BR> experimental at this point in time, I will keep the <BR> BCM that I have and hope that it continues to do <BR> it's job. <BR> Now that you have had your chuckle for the day, <BR> happy SParking! HUGS! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:50:41 EST Just a bit of a blog After a full day at the office, DH and I went to the garden. <BR> He first did chores and then we started in on the weeding. <BR> I coaxed the Mantis to till up between the two rows of carrots, <BR> then we hand weeded until our friend presented us with 2 <BR> full pickup loads of fresh grass clippings. It was dark by <BR> the time we finished. But I did have time to pick the last <BR> of the strawberries and 6 baby zucchini. I am sure we will <BR> be back in the garden tomorrow night after G... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:14:51 EST The wait is over <img src=""> <BR> Queen Equinox is back at the dealership and the Imperial <BR> Princess is back home. I gave up my lunch hour to return the <BR> loaner and retrieve my normal set of wheels. Just over $800.00 <BR> for the repairs and she drives like a dream. <BR> Life is sweet. Spark on! Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:05:23 EST The normal summer schedule Now that summer is officially here, I will be pitching a tent <BR> in the garden and sharing that space with the gnats and <BR> mosquitoes. I do have some handy friends there as well, <BR> Mr Mantis and a group of hoes, rakes, shovels and forks. <BR> Clever little fellows who hide in the garden shed until I <BR> open the door and let them out to play. They love the deep <BR> darkness and spend hours conversing with the garden <BR> gloves. LOL! <BR> Sparking time has truly diminished but I do ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 23:32:03 EST What to do on a Sunday? Go to church and take time to visit with the family <BR> at the café. Make sure DS is up and ready to work <BR> at the usual time. Go home and make a first-of-the <BR> season BLT sandwich for DH and a huge spinach <BR> salad for myself with a little bacon crumbled on top. <BR> We spent a quiet afternoon alone and each took a <BR> short nap before heading out to do the farm chores <BR> and spend a little time in the garden. I picked the <BR> first zucchini of the year and gifted it to DD as I... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:28:29 EST What to do after work on a Friday night Mow half of the lawn with the push mower while DH <BR> mows with the Snapper. <BR> Spread all the grass clippings in the garden, including <BR> those left by others just inside the gate to the acreage. <BR> Grab the Mantis tiller and till a space for the cabbages, <BR> broccoli and leek plants that the ladies gave us from the <BR> greenhouse. End of the season clearance-free! <BR> Help DH get everything planted in case it rains. <BR> Deliver a table to DS and GF who want to have a rummage <BR... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 07:08:03 EST Finishing the weekend recap Our last morning at the reunion was spent organizing <BR> breakfast and then cleaning out all the rooms, refrigerators <BR> and freezers, piling coolers into the vehicles and leaving <BR> the lodge is a pristine condition. We took group pictures <BR> and spent the last hours chatting and planning for next <BR> year's reunion. Hard to say where it will be in a year's time <BR> but sure it will be fun. <BR> About half of the cousins and their families were directly <BR> impacted by the tornado ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:05:48 EST Weekend tidbits continued By Saturday afternoon, the group at the lodge had grown <BR> three times as large as all the children and grandchildren <BR> of the participants converged for the festivities. Since the <BR> lodge is part of a state park campground, many stayed in <BR> their personal campers and the fishermen made sure there <BR> were plenty of boats for those what wanted to fish. <BR> There were at least 20 children below the age of 10 so we <BR> all got our chance to watch toddlers playing in the grass. <BR... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:38:10 EST Weekend Adventure continued After checking in and unloading our luggage, we drove <BR> off to visit the lodge and the hub of all the activities for <BR> the weekend. The crowd was small the first evening and <BR> we had a wonderful meal of grilled hamburgers and <BR> German sausage plus a whole host of salads and so <BR> many desserts and bars that we could have filled an <BR> 8 foot table and not have enough room. We just kept <BR> switching out as the pans emptied. We stayed there <BR> much too late and we had forgott... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:55:30 EST Weekend Fun-Part 1 As hard as we tried, life was conspiring to delay our <BR> departure. Packing took longer than expected, a few <BR> interruptions and last minute chores and a cranky <BR> trailer hitch had us leaving 45 minutes late. About 20 <BR> miles down the road, I realized the DH has grabbed his <BR> prescription meds but left all of his clean clothes on <BR> the end of the bed. The only extras he had was 2 pair <BR> of damp jeans that I had whisked out of the dryer <BR> so we could leave. A few dirty ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:25:19 EST Heavy rains plus more Lots of heavy rain in the area and intermittent <BR> problems with the internet. Not to mention the <BR> calls about losses from hail and flooding concerns. <BR> We are fine here but so many others are facing <BR> a real mess. The interstate is underwater for miles <BR> about an hour's drive from here. Glad to be inside <BR> and dry. <BR> I have missed so much in the last few days but <BR> I know I will get back when I can. Crazy world. <BR> Thanks for stopping by-hugs! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:07:05 EST The entire weekend was internet free Absolutely no way to connect anywhere. Guess we <BR> were really in the boonies. There is so much that I <BR> want to share and will do so in small doses. I wouldn't <BR> you want to put you to sleep. I will catch up on laundry <BR> and such and be back at work tomorrow. <BR> The reunion was fun! I ate too much but walked as much <BR> as I could and took frequent breaks from the always there <BR> availability of FOOD-all shapes, sizes and kinds. I also <BR> kept my water bottle handy. Sleep ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:19:57 EST Casey <img src=""> <BR> Casey I will take more pictures later <BR> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:35:47 EST New kitten We are caring for the kitten that DS's girlfriend brought with her. <BR> Since she will be living in the dorm, we are keeping "Casey" here. <BR> He is the cutest little tortoise shell kitten and is busy trying to make <BR> friends with Joker. She evidently looks a lot like his mother <BR> and he wanted to cuddle with her and she wanted nothing to <BR> do with that. But this morning, she was content just to glance <BR> in his direction and not hiss so that is progress. <BR> We spent 45 minute... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:07:38 EST Not so happy Instead of 1 1/2 hours to repair my car, it took 3 1/2. <BR> Sadly, the Imp drove well from the dealership to the <BR> Wal-Mart parking lot where I had agreed to meet DS <BR> and let him have the car while I took the pickup home. <BR> He was driving back to his apartment and didn't even <BR> get out of town before he had to return to the repair <BR> shop and waste 3 more hours. He was too young <BR> to get a loaner and the mechanic will need to take <BR> other things apart to diagnose the pr... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:44:59 EST Oh, happy day! I will not be posting much tomorrow as I am taking the <BR> IMP in to get the new ignition switch installed. Then I will <BR> pass her off to DS so I can return with the pickup, which <BR> will be needed for a weekend of camping for DS2 and his <BR> fiancé. Lots of car trading going on. <BR> I will carry my iPad to pass the time but I will get to shop <BR> for the 1 1/2 hours it takes for the mechanic to replace the <BR> switch. I am planning to walk from the dealership to the <BR> mall or W... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:32:02 EST A bonus from yesterday My Spark activity tracker survived the mud bath but was totally <BR> covered with mud and in the water for at least 15 minutes. <BR> Tough little bugger! More later! HUGS! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:47:34 EST My version of a mud run Let me preface this by saying that we had 2 1/2 inches of rain from <BR> Sunday afternoon until noon today. We are all feeling very blessed. <BR> The morning was fairly uneventful and the rain slowed down and <BR> stopped. I was working through a few minor issues in the office. <BR> The biggest was my inability to connect to the home office and <BR> so all the changes and payments I need to log just didn't happen. <BR> I left right at noon and was anticipating my large veggie salad <BR> for l... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 22:51:14 EST What a Sunday is all about We went to church but skipped coffee time as we were <BR> traveling to see MIL and SIL. We were taking over a large <BR> geranium and a rose bush to replace one that didn't make <BR> the winter. When we arrived, SIL was already trimming the <BR> dead branches from the existing roses. We joined in and <BR> in short order, all were looking splendid. A few pokes from <BR> the thorns but all the trash was cleaned up and the new <BR> geranium was planted by the front door. <BR> MIL treated us to ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:21:18 EST Technology is a riot I had started a blog and suddenly I couldn't type a single <BR> letter and have it show on the screen. I can't imagine which <BR> keys I hit that caused it so I shut down the computer and <BR> now it works LOL! <BR> I did as much laundry as I could today-7 loads as DS was <BR> home so I had his as well as ours. He was road tripping <BR> today, helping a friend drive to North Dakota to pick up <BR> a car for his dad's dealership. What a hardship to drive <BR> a 2015 Subaru, worth more than my... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 23:30:18 EST No chance to take the afternoon off Try as I might, the best I could do was leave the office 30 <BR> minutes sooner than normal. So what do I do? Traipse down <BR> to the garden and start cutting lettuce. I had 3 ladies who <BR> wanted romaine and I was happy to oblige. After I delivered <BR> it, I came back to pull weeds and the radishes trying to go <BR> to seed. Last time we plant white icicle radishes. I started <BR> doing the chores and DH finally called that he was on his <BR> way home from his second visit to the psychi... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 23:31:05 EST Yesterday's busy-ness After everything happening in the office, we were trying to <BR> leave town to watch the GC play baseball. Turns out there <BR> were not enough boys to play so they added some girls to <BR> the team so both GS and GD were playing together. They <BR> are in the 8 and under group so everyone took a turn batting, <BR> chased balls and worked on throwing. They do not count <BR> outs at this age-just learning the basics. <BR> We did chores extra early. Even the nannies were confused <BR> as to why... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:25:46 EST Long, full day Just ran out of day so I will fill you all in tomorrow. <BR> HUGS! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 23:35:45 EST Catching a break? Not happening but that is just fine by me. I left the house with <BR> a plan to walk for 30 minutes before the polls opened and I <BR> could vote in the primary. Goal met and ta-da! I was the first <BR> to vote this morning. Woohoo! <BR> The long promised rain started so slowly and with all the <BR> breaks between, I was sure we would get missed again. <BR> Only .20 by dinner time. I had quite a few errands to accomplish <BR> before the firemen's meeting. The gauge showed .30 more <BR> when I... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:40:01 EST Glad I went to work early My goodness, what a day! It seemed I just couldn't keep up or <BR> get ahead. At one point, I was on the phone and had 4 other <BR> people asking questions. Pretty hard to figure out who and what <BR> I should be doing. At least I could shush DH LOL! <BR> EMT meeting went well tonight and it was a short lesson. That <BR> gave my time to come home and do some laundry and dishes. <BR> DH was out in the garden so I had the house to myself. <BR> Now it is almost bedtime and I want to read as many... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:25:03 EST Happy first day of June! We finally had some rain and although it was not as much as <BR> predicted (nothing new) or as much as we wanted, we will be <BR> content with it. Every little bit helps. <BR> We took the extra spinach and radishes to church, as well as <BR> the extra 17 dozen eggs we had. Not a smidge to bring home <BR> and everyone was very happy. <BR> We did save a meal's worth of asparagus for ourselves and <BR> the last of it went with SIL for a man he works with. We would <BR> have cut it today but it w... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:31:53 EST Wrapping up the month of May I figured the month of May needed to go out with a bang <BR> so I dug right in. I finished mowing the last half of the yard. <BR> DH did a little but the heat and humidity was a bit much for <BR> him. I planted all the petunias and alyssum in the flowerbeds <BR> and found 2 planters for the extras. I made sure to water <BR> everything as the little rain we had just wasn't enough. <BR> DS's laundry is done-not very much this week. After lunch, <BR> I planted 2 dozed tomatoes in the garden, add... Sat, 31 May 2014 23:19:44 EST Holding on for the weekend The rush was on to get all the paperwork done for those who <BR> are showing DS's goats. As in lease agreements, entry forms <BR> and the like. It took a little doing but we are all done and the <BR> children can have fun working with the kids before show day. <BR> I opted to use the push mower and covered about 1/2 of <BR> the yard. DH and I then went to do chores and I occupied <BR> myself with pulling radishes to take to the café. The 2 rows <BR> combined are more 100 feet so I think we ca... Fri, 30 May 2014 23:13:45 EST The days just fly by It is now Thursday evening and Friday will soon be upon <BR> us and then comes the weekend. The week went in a hurry <BR> in some respects and very slow in others. I finished some <BR> projects but most are works in progress, just as I am. <BR> Some successes, some not so much but no dismal <BR> failures. Just going into a learning curve and hoping to <BR> come out the other side intact. Sounds normal to me. <BR> I cut asparagus again tonight-just not as many. I pulled <BR> some radishes and ... Thu, 29 May 2014 23:00:39 EST Back to normal in the office We had a bit of an issue with the internet so I called the tech <BR> and he checked on it early this morning, fixed the problem <BR> but came back this afternoon to make one more refinement. <BR> So I am behind with my work load but can make than up <BR> tomorrow. <BR> DH had wanted to move the grapevines somewhat but I <BR> finally convinced him that at this stage of the game, it <BR> would do more harm than good. Plus it would have been <BR> a major task to do it without severely pruning th... Wed, 28 May 2014 23:26:37 EST A whole new crop Tonight I spent the better part of an hour picking the very <BR> first spinach of the year. That pail I took a picture of last <BR> night with the asparagus was 3/4 full of spinach. It will <BR> taste so good the next few days and of course, we will <BR> be sharing it. <BR> I also tilled the last large area between the rows of carrots, <BR> came home dirty and grubby but at least Mr Mantis will now <BR> get a break. We are watching the rain move in and hope we <BR> get more than just lightnin... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:15:19 EST A beautiful Memorial Day! We went to DH's hometown for the first time in quite a few <BR> years and the service was so nice. An added bonus is DS <BR> played his trombone and his brother played the drums in <BR> the community band for the service. They met with the rest <BR> of the volunteers and practiced for an hour. The band played <BR> 5 songs and the director is very hopeful that they will return <BR> again next year. <BR> There was a meal of sloppy joes, potato salad, baked beans, <BR> hot dogs, pickles and a... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:34:04 EST A little misinformation The church calendar stated church would start at 10:30 <BR> but it started at the usual time so we missed going today. <BR> Instead we went to coffee early and chatted with friends. <BR> Then DH went out to the garden and I swept and mopped <BR> floors, did laundry and just took time to enjoy a quiet <BR> Sunday morning. <BR> We met DD and family for lunch at the Dairy Bar and I <BR> ordered a taco salad, shell and all and relished every <BR> bite. The last time I ate one of these was at lea... Sun, 25 May 2014 23:02:22 EST Overly ambitious? Today was a get-it-all done day. I really had more on my list <BR> to do than I had hours in the day but I gave it a try and really <BR> scored some NSV's today. <BR> The pea fence is up and when the peas need to be picked, <BR> the plants won't be laying on the ground. <BR> DS's laundry is all done except for the folding. That will be <BR> his job to do before he leaves on Monday. <BR> I planted one of the flowerbeds this afternoon and it looks <BR> very nice. <BR> DS2 and I cleaned for an h... Sun, 25 May 2014 00:13:43 EST