MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Posting a few pictures I took over 40 pictures but will post just a few <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:56:17 EST Static exhibits tonight The GC are heading over to the county fair and today <BR> is static exhibit day-anything that doesn't get up and <BR> walk itself. So there are clothes, art work, photography, <BR> egg, Lego kits and of course, horticulture. DH is leaving <BR> soon and will help the horticulture judge but will not be <BR> judging so it is fair to all the kids. He can give her lots <BR> of tips as this is her first year as a judge and she is very <BR> nervous. I will head over in about an hour and be ready <BR... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:04:33 EST Another big step for the fair Tonight was the night to raid the garden and see what <BR> the GC would have to show. DH and DD found 3 broccoli, <BR> 3 cabbages, 9 kohlrabi and 3 exhibits of yellow and purple <BR> beans. It came out even, with each of the 3 GC having the <BR> same amount of exhibits. DD forgot the days when we had <BR> 4 kids showing beans, tomatoes, beets, carrots, 3 kinds of <BR> potatoes, cucumbers, onions and the like, She was very <BR> glad to start out with what they did find. There are so <BR> many... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:23:13 EST Taking care of family and livestock The first order of business today was to take DS to see <BR> the psychologist. We addressed a few subjects after he <BR> and the doctor had a private session. I was asked to <BR> join in and we talked about DS's concerns and we have <BR> things to work on before the next session in August. <BR> Then tonight DH and I spent over an hour catching the <BR> nannies so we could trim their hooves. Sorry, no one <BR> to take pictures. We have 3 little ones that we could <BR> not corral but we can do ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:12:00 EST Getting ready for the fair Here is DD and GD clipping the last goat for the fair. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It takes concentration from DD and cooperation <BR> from the goat. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We are all glad that task is done. <BR> Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by. <BR> HUGS! Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:17:32 EST A new point of focus The new week leads into the final days of preparation <BR> for the county fair. The exhibits from the garden will be <BR> slim pickings indeed. The beans show promise, cabbages <BR> should work and maybe broccoli. A far cry from other <BR> years but it is okay. The GC will get too overwhelmed <BR> so we all agree that this year is just to get an idea of <BR> what can be done. They all have art projects and <BR> some photography exhibits and maybe a few other <BR> small items. Plus both mother... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:48:37 EST It's the "Pit" After 5 installments, it is officially the pit again. <BR> I told the kids I would take picture of my handiwork. <BR> As you can see, the chickens don't appreciate the <BR> new look as they are getting it dirty already. <BR> I am relieved, a bit tired but not sore. Just so <BR> glad to have it done. I calculated it took at least <BR> 5 hours of digging but I may not have kept track <BR> very well. <BR> <img src=""... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:10:06 EST Goal in sight After pushing hard for an hour tonight, I can honestly <BR> say I will be glad to be done in the barn before the start <BR> of the weekend. It was hot and humid but the wind was <BR> in my favor so I cleared a much larger area that even DH <BR> thought was possible. <BR> We can home so I could make a simple hamburger dish <BR> with cream of chicken soup and fresh mushrooms and <BR> a warm batch of Grands Biscuits. There is just enough <BR> for lunch tomorrow. <BR> DD and I spent an hour clipp... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:33:12 EST At close of day Another day to move and keep moving. The usual <BR> paperwork flowed over the desk and I thought I was <BR> in pretty good shape leading into the lunch hour. <BR> Then the neighbor called that the tree trimmer was <BR> coming TODAY and would be here in 30 minutes. <BR> We need to move the pickup and the camper off the <BR> driveway. There goes a timely lunch. But his son <BR> came over, we hooked up the camper and had it <BR> pulled over to the campground across the street. <BR> DH came home ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:14:18 EST A delayed lunch break We have one customer who tends to dawdle when <BR> making decision, promises return phone calls but <BR> just doesn't follow through. <BR> When we advised him that he had no coverage on <BR> the home and buildings he had inherited from his <BR> parents, he came right in and we spent almost 2 <BR> hours getting all his information in. He moved his <BR> coverage to a new company due to the rates and <BR> there were 3 policies to get online. <BR> I grabbed a quick but healthy lunch and spent <BR... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:38:40 EST Make Over Monday Well, the plan was to have a Make Over "Me" Monday. <BR> More about that later. <BR> Busy Monday so nothing new on that score. I wrote <BR> a new renters policy for a nephew who is currently <BR> renting a townhouse while his new home is being built. <BR> I worked on several snags with other policies so there <BR> would be no issues down the road. <BR> And now to the good part. <BR> The Make Over Monday happened in a most unusual <BR> place-the chicken barn. DH has been talking about <BR> cle... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:22:16 EST Sweet and peaceful Sunday There was no rushing around today. Church and coffee <BR> time although DD and her family were not in church. We <BR> visited with friends, came home to do the chores here <BR> and returned to the café for lunch. We had a gift card <BR> from our anniversary and I thought to use it before I <BR> would lose it. Since it was also DH's birthday, it just <BR> seemed the right thing to do. <BR> We relaxed all afternoon and have now spent time <BR> in the garden picking beans, broccoli, kale and a... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:15:36 EST Francine made another appearance Today was laundry day and I thought since Francine <BR> showed up, I would ask for her assistance. She politely <BR> declined laundry duty as "They aren't my clothes". Yes, <BR> I understand but it would still be nice of you. She prefers <BR> the LEANJEAN6 way- "Let's go naked". I firmly told her <BR> that isn't polite in society and she left it at that. <BR> But I did get her to take a turn at push mowing the lawn <BR> and since we didn't bag it today, it seemed to go just <BR> a little fast... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:03:37 EST Friday is here and the weekend is on the way Plans for the weekend are not final yet but I do want <BR> to mow the yard tonight. It is 93 right now with a heat <BR> index of 101 degrees. The mower will stay put until the <BR> weather cools off. We did most of the garden work last <BR> night so maybe we can take a night off from the usual <BR> grind. DD may have to clip another goat tonight if we <BR> can get our hands on her. Then again, that may wait <BR> for another night next week when the weather is a bit <BR> cooler. <BR> DH was o... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:55:27 EST I missed a blog I was so certain I wrote something last night but the <BR> gremlins must have whisked it away. <BR> Long day and covered plenty of ground with walking <BR> over 6 miles, spending 75 minutes fixing fence and <BR> chasing 2 naughty goats in, doing chores and picking <BR> beans in the garden today. <BR> Yesterday is a blur so I will let that day rest. <BR> Have a fine and fantastic Friday. HUGS! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:38:30 EST The judge has ruled Only one witness testified today and she pretty much <BR> said what we expected to hear. She was all in favor of <BR> GF raising the child but we are not talking about today. <BR> We were addressing the day the child was born and her <BR> capacity at that time. <BR> Neither DS nor GF are capable of parenting and so the <BR> child was subject to abuse or neglect through no fault of <BR> their own. Their mental and physical disabilities were <BR> the chief issue. <BR> The judge ruled in our fa... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:44:51 EST Day One in Court and herding chickens This is an odd combination but it sums up the day. <BR> It was a long day in court but worth every minute. <BR> The first person to testify was the nurse who was <BR> in charge of the GF's doctor visits and the many <BR> phone calls throughout the pregnancy. She shed <BR> some light on the 9 months that she carried Aaron. <BR> It is very obvious that her mental issues were many <BR> and varied. The next person was the psychiatrist <BR> who treated her and prescribed medications that are <BR> ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:44:34 EST Smaller crowd but still fun Only 16 of us at the reunion today but we spent <BR> more time going over family history and the legacy <BR> of those who ventured to America so long ago. <BR> DH shared the history of the families before they <BR> came from Bessarabia and Romania and the harsh <BR> conditions that forced them to leave. Some of the <BR> group had not heard the stories before, facts that <BR> ancestors had written down or passed along in <BR> oral recordings. <BR> We had a bountiful lunch as the potluck always... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 16:35:05 EST Very small family reunion Only 30 people attended the family reunion. Some were <BR> unable to travel for health reasons, some for time constraints <BR> and taking off time from work, other vacation plans or <BR> commitments or because they have died. But those of us <BR> that were there had a wonderful time. <BR> We were home by 2 and will meet again tomorrow. We need <BR> to leave early as we have a birthday party for DD2's two <BR> summer babies. We will see Aaron as well. <BR> The weather was pretty warm today-in ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:02:04 EST Spreading the love In this case, it is grass clippings in the garden. Since <BR> we are entering the heat of summer, what better to <BR> love your plants than to protect them from heat and <BR> a possible lack of moisture. <BR> Over 2 pickup loads from several contributors and <BR> a lot of bedding plants tucked in. We can always use <BR> more. Francine offered to back the pickup to the <BR> garden gate but she has a lead foot so I politely <BR> declined. <BR> Checking out the news and weather and getting <B... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:26:32 EST Francine and I The two of us took turns mowing the lawn tonight. <BR> Well, not exactly, but she was cheering me on and <BR> kept the music in my head going long after the <BR> lawn was done. I didn't think she knew that many <BR> songs. LOL! <BR> Late blogging as DH was working on certification <BR> for health insurance. The deadline is July 15th but <BR> it seems he is finished. I will check with the company <BR> tomorrow while he is on the road. <BR> I will watch the news and weather and call it a day. <... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 23:32:53 EST DH and the "Other Woman" I will assure you, it is NOT what you are thinking. <BR> After the last 10 days, I have come to the conclusion <BR> that the "Other Woman" is Francine, back from a long <BR> vacation and she has taken over my life LOL! <BR> Considering going it alone while DH was gone and all <BR> the festivities of the 4th of July, plus all the projects that <BR> magically were finished in a short time, I finally put my <BR> finger on what is going on. <BR> All the extra energy that it takes to keep 2 bodie... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:07:06 EST No one home but us old folks DH has such grand plans of all the things he wants to do <BR> this summer and even tonight. He forgets he isn't 16 anymore <BR> and the only one who will bail him out is me. I can understand <BR> the thought process but his stamina is 2 steps ahead of a gnat <BR> so I can see the handwriting on the wall. He wants to clean out <BR> the west half of the chicken barn and I think the physical exertion <BR> will be too much. Plus the fact that he can only work at it for <BR> 10 minutes at a time m... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 15:11:00 EST A tad short on restful sleep A large complex of thunderstorms moved through <BR> last night and early this morning. Quite a light show <BR> and plenty of rumbling combined with over 2 inches <BR> of rain that came in sheets. <BR> It washed away most of the remnants of fireworks, <BR> candy wrappers and dirt. The street sweeper would <BR> be jealous. <BR> EMT meeting for me tonight and DH had a meeting <BR> at church. We spent time outside on the deck in the <BR> cool of the evening. Life is good. <BR> Thanks for stopping... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:07:08 EST A wonderful anniversary Church, coffee with family and everyone went their <BR> own ways to enjoy the rest of the day. <BR> We had planned a family meal for 5 pm at the café. <BR> At 2, DD came to tell us the cooler for the flowers at <BR> church was leaking and making a mess on the carpet. <BR> We headed for church and they had planned a <BR> "surprise" 40th anniversary open house. We promptly <BR> went home to change clothes and had a wonderful time. <BR> After our dinner, everyone went home to jobs and <BR> what... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 22:49:06 EST What an armful! Baby Aaron and I had a great day of bonding. We spent time <BR> with him at DD when we went to babysit all 5 GC for their <BR> parents could go to the all school reunion. Then back to <BR> DD2's camper to keep her 2 kids and Aaron so they could <BR> go to the alley dance. DD1 was working at the bar all night. <BR> We watched a video and by 9:45, all three kiddos were fast <BR> asleep. The band was playing songs I knew well so I was <BR> dancing next to the camper. DH has walked across the <BR... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 08:59:41 EST Great day with Aaron I had a lovely day with Aaron and the family but <BR> it is much too late to blog it all tonight. <BR> Happy 4th of July! Sat, 4 Jul 2015 00:13:24 EST Finding a piece of peace The psychologist was very helpful today and DS <BR> and I talked about the last times when he was very <BR> angry, disrespectful and used foul language. The <BR> doctor gave him alternatives and explained why it <BR> is hard to be so rigid when other people are making <BR> decisions and have schedules they must meet so <BR> the judges are happy. Social Services and Child <BR> Protection Services have no choice and sometimes <BR> things go more quickly than we think they should. <BR> Mom is on... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 21:59:28 EST Wild Wednesday More rain-no problem <BR> More drama-yeah, that's enough of that. <BR> GF wants to attend family functions without an <BR> invitation-not happening. <BR> SPE here to talk to DS and I think he understood <BR> what he needs to do. <BR> Appointment with psychologist tomorrow to work <BR> on his anger management-just a consultation. <BR> MIL-more surgery tomorrow and she may be <BR> discharged on Friday. <BR> Trying to figure out how to get her car home <BR> without driving 3 cars to her house an... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:28:51 EST A rain day but still a success The rain started fairly early and it wasn't a steady event <BR> but after a half of an inch, I knew the garden was not to <BR> be messed with except to check the zucchini. <BR> I had a request to check out an very old work comp claim <BR> for my brother. I went straight to the top and called the <BR> Dept of Labor, talked with a very knowledgeable man <BR> and a research analyst who will send the information to <BR> him at no charge. <BR> On another note, DH took MIL in for a simple procedur... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:49:28 EST Early transfer DD and SIL were coming home from a weekend of camping <BR> and stopped by to have lunch with us, talk about the time <BR> spent at the lake and pick up fresh veggies from the garden. <BR> DD had shut her cell phone off and when she turned it back <BR> on, there was a text from the foster parents offering them <BR> the opportunity to pick Aaron up last night so they would not <BR> have to get their two children up so early for a long drive to <BR> Sioux Falls, DD was so blown away by the off... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:02:01 EST At first glance I harvested these from the garden yesterday <BR> and tried out the new camera <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And these of my clematis by the front door <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was going to take a rest day but found working <BR> in the garden in the ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:28:18 EST Quality cardio today One and a half hours spent push mowing the lawn <BR> and at least that much time spent pulling weeds in <BR> the garden. We are on the edge of a severe thunderstorm <BR> warning area right now so glad we got as much done <BR> as we did. It was fairly warm-almost 90 degrees. <BR> It feels good to be home and inside. I will take a shower <BR> as soon as the weather has passed. <BR> I did play with the camera today but will post photos <BR> tomorrow. <BR> Have a great Sunday. I have 250+ emails... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 22:41:33 EST Light showers derailed the mowing Just enough rain to make me hold off from mowing <BR> but not so much that weeding the garden had to <BR> put off so I spent some quality time on one end of <BR> the garden while DH was on the other. Just warm <BR> enough to bring out the bugs but not uncomfortable. <BR> We finished up, rested for a little before dinner, <BR> then closed up all the barns for the night. <BR> I cut the first head of broccoli last night and it weighed <BR> in at 3 pounds. There are 4 more like it in the garden ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:39:01 EST Less time in the garden We only had time to spread the grass clippings tonight <BR> as DH was invited to a Father's Day dinner at the Care <BR> Center and it started at 6:30. He had a great meal of <BR> BBQ ribs, salad, cheesy potatoes and a heavenly <BR> dessert. I was at home with my scrambled egg, a <BR> cup of chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese. <BR> My choice but I thought it was just right. I loaded up <BR> the boxed at DD's house to take out to burn but did <BR> stop to watch GD play a little softball... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:21:52 EST Another rewarding day I have cleared another area in the garden 3 times the <BR> size that it was before. I am finding a few more potato <BR> plants but note nearly as many as I had hoped. <BR> A good friend filled my pickup box with fresh grass <BR> clippings so we made sure to spread them under <BR> the tomato and pepper plants. <BR> So goes the saga of the garden. Maybe someday <BR> I will post pictures of it when it is all cleaned up. <BR> It is just too sad to take any now. <BR> Hope you had a happy Hump Day ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:17:51 EST The most recent development <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> College DS surprised his GF with an engagement ring <BR> on Friday. 5 years to the date that they met as very <BR> young teenagers. They are so dedicated to each other. <BR> Sadly her mom is not alive to share in her joy. <BR> She will have a large and wonderful family who will <BR> love her for the be... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:38:37 EST What you can find in the weeds I found a dozen volunteer tomato plants yesterday and <BR> decided they needed their own space so I dug some very <BR> deep holes for some very leggy plants and watered them. <BR> They looked a bit forlorn today but the cool of the evening <BR> and overnight should revive them nicely. The time in the <BR> garden was well spent but the bugs were out full force. <BR> We had a very strong windstorm this morning shortly <BR> after 4 am but not much damage on our side of town. <BR> There were seve... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:58:10 EST A Happy Father's Day After church and coffe, we drove to meet the <BR> family at a Mongolian grill for lunch. A nice card <BR> from the kids and the video, Band of Brothers. <BR> Then we took pics of us and the 5 GC. I <BR> Have been reminded that I cannot post these <BR> until after court date. So I took down the pic <BR> of Aaron. Nothing on social media. But we <BR> Had a good day and took time to buy DD a <BR> new car seat for him. <BR> Another marathon 3 hours in the garden. <BR> It is looking much better b... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 22:54:21 EST House and Garden I sounds like a magazine but that was my day. Laundry, <BR> housecleaning, decluttering and doing all those little items <BR> that get neglected during the week. <BR> Then tonight DH and I spend over 2 hours in the garden <BR> and the weeds are catching heck. It is looking much better <BR> and we plan to work out there as much as possible. <BR> Tomorrow we are going to church, coffee and then down <BR> to see DD and the family at the campground. DS 2 and <BR> College DS will be there and we w... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 23:10:09 EST Fun and fit Friday A full day at the office and out the door to do farm <BR> chores and push mow the lawn. I used the bagger <BR> so we could put the grass clippings in the garden. <BR> A full 3 hours and I was ready to clean up and have <BR> a nice dinner. I ordered a "naked" cheeseburger and <BR> the new waitress gave me a funny look until I said I <BR> wanted it without a bun. She just grinned and put <BR> my order in. <BR> DH and I sat outside on the deck for a short time <BR> but the gnats are out and hav... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:09:32 EST A double dose of joy Another 2 hours in the garden and it looks like we might <BR> just win the battle before fall LOL! At least we can hope. <BR> But the best dose of joy was when DD called to say that <BR> she and SIL will become foster parents to Aaron and he <BR> will be put into their care on June 29th. No more picking <BR> him up and then taking him back. I could tell she was <BR> VERY excited! Each time her little girl cried when he <BR> had to go back but now, he will get to stay and have <BR> his own roo... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:37:48 EST Making headway After 2 hours in the garden, we are seeing black dirt again. <BR> I had the chance to spray Roundup on all the tall weeds <BR> that are slowing the progress and pulling weeds where I <BR> am sure to find something salvageable. I pulled all the <BR> radishes first before they could bolt. I found mesclun lettuce <BR> and romaine and some very nice kohlrabi. I did spot some <BR> potatoes so they will be the next things to emerge with <BR> a little manpower. So the garden is not a total waste, <B... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:38:24 EST I didn't anticipate the rain So no gardening tonight. But we did do a few other chores <BR> and I had time to make a nice dinner and catch up on <BR> laundry. Watching the NBA finals part of the time but <BR> Sparking the rest. The game hasn't held my interest. <BR> I'll be heading for bed as soon as the game is over. <BR> Have a Happy Hump a Day. Hugs! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:13:12 EST Spending time in the garden It is quite a mess of weeds but DH and I spent some <BR> quality time between the rows of green beans until <BR> the mosquitoes chased me out. Evidently he decided <BR> he had worked long enough but they were leaving <BR> him alone. We hope to go back again tomorrow night. <BR> I did have an ambulance run just about the time I was <BR> walking into the garden but it was a simple run so <BR> we really didn't have to rush. I appreciate the routine <BR> transfers from time to time. <BR> Have a t... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 23:27:59 EST Family Reunion Today, my 4 siblings and I met our cousin from California <BR> in the park for a picnic and time to catch up with each <BR> other and her. She last visited here about 10 years ago. <BR> It was fun to see her slideshow of photos of the family, <BR> starting with our grandparents and then on to all the <BR> cousins. What a travel in time. <BR> It was possibly the first time we have all been together <BR> in the same place since our oldest BIL's funeral, more <BR> than 5 years ago. The weather w... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:08:53 EST Two days of hard workouts Yesterday I push mowed the lawn and it took almost <BR> an hour and a half. <BR> Today we spend 5 hours helping MIL move but I counted <BR> about 3 hours of the heavy cleaning. So glad I have long <BR> arms and legs as I could climb and perch on the piles <BR> in the basement and lift things out without moving each <BR> and every box in my way first. My nephews stood watching <BR> at one point and figured they'd just stay out of my way <BR> until I was ready for them. Smart boys. I left DH in... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 22:46:16 EST Tis the season <img src=""> <BR> Summer is upon us and these little guys are <BR> out in full force. They love me, they truly, truly <BR> love me. No amount of repellant can make them <BR> stay away. Must be because I am a sweet person LOL! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:42:08 EST Tis the season <img src=""> <BR> Summer is upon us and these little guys are <BR> out in full force. They love me, they truly, truly <BR> love me. No amount of repellant can make them <BR> stay away. Must be because I am a sweet person LOL! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:42:02 EST A day of reflection and memories The visitation and funeral were solemn and yet <BR> lighthearted as befitting the man we were honoring. <BR> He was a man of faith and conviction and a deep <BR> sense of love for all. The heavy rain did not occur <BR> but was replaced with gentle and steady rainfall <BR> That lasted until 5:30. <BR> Aaron was with us for the day and was passed aroun <BR> the relatives who were here. I will post them when <BR> I get back on the computer. My iPad is taking it's place <BR> tonight as I am also... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 23:03:13 EST