MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Final papers and more I received three copies of the final court order for <BR> baby Jacob. One is addressed to DS, one to me <BR> and the attorney for DS also sent a copy with a nice <BR> note of how he appreciated our cooperation and <BR> assistance in this. DD also received a copy and she <BR> was very excited to close this chapter in our lives. <BR> On the work front, life is never dull. Still trying to get <BR> ahead but never quite getting there. <BR> One of DH's distant relatives that he works for as a <B... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:48:07 EST Quick check-in The days seem to fly by and I don't get <BR> around to blogging like I did before but <BR> the great thing is that it is summer, the <BR> garden is producing. DH is loving the farmers <BR> market routine and I make noodles as many <BR> nights as I have time. Today we plan to sort <BR> out the baby nannies and DD will start the process <BR> of clipping them for the county fair. DH seems to <BR> think that the youngest nanny is missing and has <BR> been for some time. I may catch a break from ... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:54:15 EST Working overtime Today was not a day for the faint of heart. I started <BR> early, as usual, worked until 12:30, back at 1, stayed <BR> until 5:30, back at 6:30 and at the office until 8:30. <BR> Barely made a dent. DD scolded me when I called. <BR> I did contact the GF's attorney and he was not impressed. <BR> He would speak with her and explain that her behavior <BR> is not acceptable. Tonight, my SIL saw a post of hers on <BR> FB and she is in an open relationship. Hope it sticks and <BR> she leaves all o... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:38:25 EST What a weekend! DD texted me early Saturday morning and asked if I <BR> could babysit most of the day as they had errands to <BR> run and best done without children. I arrived at 10 and <BR> stayed until 4. It was a very delightful and active day. <BR> Home to change clothes and drive to MIL's for a family <BR> barbecue as there were relatives visiting from North <BR> Carolina. We stayed until almost 9 but DH just had to <BR> leave. Mom didn't have the AC going and he was very <BR> unhappy. He groused about ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:53:31 EST The drama is over I guess last night's blog disappeared so I will try to <BR> remember what I had written and repost it. <BR> We traveled to MN for court yesterday, through road <BR> construction and fog. We were running behind time <BR> and I called the attorney to let him know. We arrived <BR> just before 10 and the courthouse was easy to find. <BR> Almost no one in the building but the courtrooms were <BR> on the 3rd floor. Once we checked in, we found that <BR> the GF was also late. She came in and refused... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:45:57 EST The lost is found. I do believe we found the DVD player. <BR> As a matter of fact, we found 2 so I am done <BR> searching the storage room for now. It was so <BR> hot and stuffy in there that I said we would finish <BR> going through the rest until the weather has cooled. <BR> We are off to court early this morning and I hope that <BR> "one and done" is true. At least, that is what the one <BR> social worker told DD. I want to be done with the drama. <BR> GF told DS she has a new boyfriend and he was a bit <BR>... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:04:45 EST Mid-week check in Here ii is already Wednesday so I better share <BR> a little of the week's activity. Making noodles for <BR> the market this week, office humming along and <BR> trying to stay up with watering the flowers and <BR> working in the garden. I must remember to pick <BR> raspberries tomorrow. <BR> The mosquitoes are still lively and I am trying <BR> to get out when they are in hiding. Not sure what <BR> time of day that would be. <BR> I spent an hour at DS's tonight, looking for the GF's <BR> DVD ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:11:25 EST Francine is taking a break She and I both agreed that yesterday was a bit <BR> intense so today was a little slower. I think the <BR> heat was getting to her. She has gone into hiding. <BR> We went to church and had coffee time with DD <BR> and her family. I caught up with dishes, made a <BR> light lunch and then spent 2 1/2 hours with my <BR> nephew and a 48 page questionnaire that he needed <BR> to have done this week. I could see why he was <BR> overwhelmed. Some of the questions took research <BR> and he needed som... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 21:29:35 EST Francine is on the loose! I have managed to keep Francine contained the last <BR> 2 months but she had enough of that. I first heard from <BR> her this morning at 6 am, clamoring for some excitement. <BR> Since she wasn't allowed to attend the 4th of July festivities, <BR> I thought I would give her a chance. What was I thinking? <BR> DH was off to the market before 8 and the first thing on <BR> Francine's list was to sweep and mop ALL the floors on <BR> the main level. She wasn't content with sweeping around. <BR> No... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 12:51:44 EST Happy July! For all my Spark friends, I am oh so slowly getting <BR> back into some sort of routine. I will still keep a lower <BR> profile but hope to blog once a week or so. <BR> The 4th of July holiday weekend was terrific. All the <BR> children were home. We, at times, had 4 married couples <BR> with 6 GC and 4 grand dogs and 2 grand cats in the <BR> yard and the house. The cats did stay in the camper <BR> so that was a plus for sleeping. It made for a lot of <BR> grab-what-you-can meals but we tried... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 18:00:50 EST Feels like the monsoon season Two nights ago we had over 3 inches of rain in <BR> an hour, all horizontal. Farmers who weren't done <BR> planting are done planting now. Most had hoped <BR> to get their hay baled and I sure hope they did. <BR> A late afternoon storm just rolled through as I <BR> was finishing chores. I did get some grass clippings <BR> in the garden and snuck inside the chicken barn <BR> to pick the eggs as the rain started. I was back in <BR> the pickup when the hardest rain hit so I didn't get <BR> too w... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:36:35 EST Back from vacation Babysitting the GC was a fun break from the normal routine. <BR> Almost a shame to come home but it was time to get back <BR> to work. I went straight to the office and worked until 12:40. <BR> DH and I had lunch together at the Beer Garden and it was <BR> good. I didn't get home from the office until after 5 and felt <BR> like walking out again. Not a clean inch on the table, the <BR> sink totally filled with dishes, the dishwasher full of clean <BR> dishes but laundry piled in front of the... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:15:19 EST A quick hello A very pleasant day with the 2 grandsons. The weather is <BR> cool and windy so we only took one walk. We kept busy <BR> and I went over the list DD left for me. I did laundry and <BR> dishes, watered the flowers and the newly planted apple trees. <BR> DH had a great day at the market. I will focus on making <BR> noodles and not bake bread until the cooler months. <BR> I will check again tomorrow. The baby wants my attention now. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:33:36 EST Summer break and off the grid I haven't forgotten my Spark Friends but it seems <BR> time slips away faster in the summer. A brief recap <BR> of my week. <BR> Sunday-off to MIL's house for a family potluck-ready <BR> to see everyone at noon and found out the meal was <BR> at 6:30. DH missed that so we spent the afternoon <BR> waiting until the group arrived. We left early as we <BR> didn't have the chores done. Goats were in the garden <BR> so DH had a bit of a mess. <BR> Monday through Thursday-I have been trying to cove... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:16:10 EST Hope I am not missing much but know that I am I didn't have a chance to blog yesterday but <BR> will save that for later. <BR> Even today had more twists and turns than <BR> I anticipated and the late hour encourages me <BR> to reflect on it and share tomorrow. <BR> You will see less of me for the next week or so <BR> as we sort things out in the offices. With the boss <BR> gone, we ladies have to fend for ourselves. The <BR> lists are long so I will stop by as time allows. HUGS! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:38:56 EST DS and DIL are back home A 6 day trip down south for a army buddy's wedding <BR> and a honeymoon trip all rolled into one. They were <BR> to arrive home tomorrow but drove straight through <BR> from South Carolina so she could have a full day to <BR> recuperate and be ready to go to work on Monday. <BR> The 2 cats were happy to see them but not happy <BR> about being confined to a carrier for the drive home. <BR> They talked about the sites they had seen and the <BR> wonderful mountains, the hotels and the chance to... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:31:39 EST Closing the book on another day. Long day that was very productive in the office <BR> and in the garden. Another huge pickup load of <BR> grass tonight. Bread is baking and DH has another <BR> angel food cake for farmers market. Life is good. HUGS! Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:50:33 EST The middle of June Suddenly it is the middle of June. Where <BR> did the month go? Soon we will be celebrating <BR> the 4th of July and summer will be half gone. <BR> Hope everyone had a wonderful day and plan <BR> to do it again tomorrow. HUGS! Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:45:47 EST Full day with DD and SIL in the office I know that I am so old school but when SIL told <BR> me to loose the sticky notes, we had a bit of a <BR> face off. I understood his point of view but when <BR> he isn't here and it is BUSY, that is how I get things <BR> done. Even DD said it was a bit much to insist that <BR> all notes get entered in the computer, I have to insist <BR> that the work gets done first and then add the notes. <BR> After 6 phone calls in less than an hour, she declared <BR> she didn't think that service work wa... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:44:49 EST A mighty fine Monday As Mondays are wont to go, there was <BR> plenty to do. I do not have a radio on in <BR> the office but can hear the radio in the feed <BR> store and I heard a weather alert for DD's <BR> location, just 30 miles away. I first called the <BR> house and then called her cell phone as a <BR> warning. She promptly left the office to park <BR> her car inside the garage, in case of hail. After <BR> that, I got busy and focused on work and did <BR> not notice how dark it was getting outside. The <BR... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:21:17 EST Sultry Sunday It was one of those hot and humid days <BR> that make it seem like it is July. Any outdoor <BR> activity had to be taken in small doses. I <BR> decided to plant my petunias this morning, <BR> water them well and then water again tonight. <BR> DH spent time in the garden but broke it up <BR> as the humidity really bothers him. I went out <BR> for afternoon chores and it went much faster. <BR> I started watching the Hunger Games Movies <BR> and it was a rare treat to able watch the whole <BR> m... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:37:38 EST Thanks for the memories, Uncle Ivan. I was unable to connect with WiFi yesterday <BR> so I may have missed a lot but it isn't important. <BR> We traveled to Watertown and met with his <BR> extended family (he was one of 13 children). <BR> It was a pleasant time of reflecting on the life <BR> of a man who only completed the 8th grade but <BR> had such a gift for construction. He was a self- <BR> taught architect and could draw such splendid <BR> plans for churches that a man in the business <BR> wanted to hire him to work full ti... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 23:14:55 EST Quiet is not a word in my vocabulary Today was anything but quiet. I sometimes wonder <BR> how I am going to get it all done. One day I would <BR> like to look at my desk and not see a single thing on <BR> the calendar. That would be heaven. <BR> Working past 5 gets old but it has to get done so I <BR> do it now so I don't have to look at it tomorrow. <BR> I will be gone Friday afternoon and most of Saturday, <BR> DH's uncle passed away and we will travel with MIL <BR> for the services. I had wanted to plant my petunias <BR> to... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 19:43:38 EST Daniel O'Donnell concert We left town at 4 pm, ate dinner at Red Lobster <BR> and had plenty of time to get to the Washington <BR> Pavilion before the concert started. <BR> Daniel performed for 1 1/2 hours, took a 15 minute <BR> break and performed for another 1 1/2 hours. He <BR> had some great musicians with him and the music <BR> was varied and fun to listen to while talking with those <BR> around me. DH and MIL were sitting 6 rows ahead of <BR> me and I was sitting next to a 90 year old gentleman <BR> who carried... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:24:12 EST Going to a concert tonight DH and MIL purchased tickets for a Daniel O'Donnell <BR> concert tonight. We will leave at 4 pm, eat an early dinner <BR> and go to the 7:30 show. They bought the tickets in <BR> February. I will try to enjoy it but I would rather go to a <BR> more rousing show, like maybe Blake Shelton or the Beach <BR> Boys. This, evidently, is one of the things she wants to do <BR> and he is all for it. I have tried to watch his shows on PBS <BR> but they put me to sleep. I need something with a little mor... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 15:04:05 EST Sunday and now in mommy mode Sunday was a very mixed up day. An early <BR> morning ambulance run that turned into a 3 <BR> hour trip. Home at lunchtime and missed church <BR> and the GC's Sunday School program. DH had <BR> eaten lunch at the FFA fundraiser so I drove to <BR> the gym for pancakes, sausage and scrambled <BR> eggs. Home to regroup and then go to GD's <BR> softball game, chores and gardening, water <BR> the flowerbeds. Spent the evening vegging on <BR> the couch. <BR> Today I was in mommy mode as DS and his... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 23:49:15 EST My days run together It seems I go from one thing to the next <BR> and find out I have to do it again. I know <BR> I just did laundry but found a hamper full <BR> of clothes. I know I just mowed the yard <BR> but it was getting shaggy so you mow again. <BR> I baked bread Wednesday and Friday nights <BR> for farmers market. I am glad I have a few <BR> days in between. We are waiting for the <BR> Directv man to mount our dish on a pole <BR> next to the house. No place on the roof that <BR> isn't blocked by a tree. ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 23:21:42 EST Hope everyone had a great Friday Just a quick post before bedtime. The last 3 loaves <BR> of bread are coming out of the oven and I am ready <BR> to hit the sheets. Sleep well, Sparkers! Sat, 3 Jun 2017 00:07:58 EST Making the day my way It was an unusual day in the office. I <BR> had plenty to do but some roadblocks <BR> so I passed the quotes off to my agent. <BR> Let him figure it out. He probably has the <BR> information or can get it sooner than I can. <BR> I planted the last snapdragons and found <BR> a big pot to plant the potato vines. That <BR> is setting on the tree stump in the backyard. <BR> I scurried around doing chores and laundry <BR> while DH was at the farmers market. It was <BR> a disappointment but Saturd... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:41:27 EST Seemed like another Monday The work piled up and the computer wanted to <BR> be stubborn. It seemed to take forever to get <BR> anything done. I even resorted to starting on <BR> the old computer and then picking up on the <BR> new one. It seemed the internet was in slow <BR> motion until noon. <BR> I picked up speed this afternoon after work <BR> as I made the bread dough, did a few household <BR> chores, went out to milk the goat. DH and I had <BR> decided that the next time we milked, we would <BR> trim her hooves ... Wed, 31 May 2017 23:30:14 EST A little closer to done Still shy a few flowers, maybe a dozen or so. <BR> I am planning to see what is left at the greenhouse <BR> for the back flowerbed. I have 2 ladies who will take <BR> more daisies and I need to know how many will fit <BR> in that space. <BR> Great Memorial Day at MIL's. DH saw many of his <BR> friends and had wonderful conversations. I was surprised <BR> by how many of the veterans I met when I lived there <BR> have passed away. The band plays a medley of the <BR> songs for each branch of th... Tue, 30 May 2017 22:37:02 EST It took 2 days to finish planting flowerbeds Saturday, the weather refused to cooperate with me. <BR> It wa raining before I got up but stopped as we were <BR> loading DH's car for farmers market. I went to the <BR> greenhouse to buy my Sweet Williams and started <BR> spading one corner when the rain chased me inside. <BR> I contented myself with doing laundry. The showers <BR> had passed so I tried again. I finished spading and <BR> more rain. I decided to sweep and mop. Suddenly <BR> it was time to make lunch. DH arrived home and we... Sun, 28 May 2017 21:21:40 EST Ready for the weekend It was a frantic Friday so I guess I must have <BR> felt it coming. Mostly busy this morning but this <BR> afternoon was even more so. So many last minute <BR> phone calls and trying to work through a health <BR> insurance quote that took all afternoon but with <BR> no resolution. I sent the young couple off to meet <BR> their family for a camping weekend. She is our <BR> next door neighbor's daughter, same age as DS, <BR> so I wanted to have everything right. They will <BR> stop back next we... Fri, 26 May 2017 23:45:29 EST My great day-no teasing! SIL was in the office yesterday and we finished the <BR> last of the crop reports and he took them with him <BR> to finish later. I had several quotes that I completed <BR> and could pass of to him. Sandy, the other CSR, and <BR> I discussed several items that she is passing off to me. <BR> She is taking 2 days off as her daughter is going to <BR> Costa Rica for 2 months. I envy her the days off but <BR> I will have Monday as a holiday. I guess I am saving <BR> my personal days for_________(... Thu, 25 May 2017 10:22:49 EST I scored a great day but due to the late hour, I will keep you all in <BR> suspense until tomorrow. This woman <BR> needs her sleep. I am such a tease! Wed, 24 May 2017 23:35:49 EST Tackling the big project Whether you are encountering a big project <BR> or what seems to be an insurmountable goal. <BR> keep your eyes on the prize. If you do it right, <BR> success is right around the corner. Keep a <BR> positive attitude. Kick doubt to the curb. <BR> Give it your all. You will be glad you did. <BR> Have a wonderful Wednesday. HUGS! Tue, 23 May 2017 23:18:43 EST Mild Monday It was a nice morning until the clouds moved in <BR> this afternoon. Just a few raindrops off and on. <BR> Our friend mowed again today so the second <BR> pickup load of grass went into the garden tonight. <BR> It took an hour and last night's load took 75 minutes. <BR> DH headed off to children's choir before we were <BR> done so I finished and then teased the nanny into <BR> the barn so I could milk her. One more milking and <BR> I will have enough milk to bake bread. <BR> DH will miss far... Mon, 22 May 2017 20:21:07 EST Saturday Since it decided to mist or rain all day, I did laundry, <BR> some housecleaning and made a triple batch of noodles. <BR> Farmers Market was a bit of a flop, since only a few <BR> people ventured out. Just too cold and wet to attract <BR> them. DH spent the afternoon trying to warm up. <BR> Baby Jacob turned 4 months old on Friday and he has <BR> such a winning smile. Someday I will share pictures. <BR> Adoption proceedings are moving along for AJ. DD <BR> hope by August, then wait 6 months f... Sun, 21 May 2017 12:47:07 EST Cool beans! It was a cool day but that didn't stop me from <BR> making good use of my time. I cleared my plate <BR> before the weekend. Cool beans! <BR> I got all the dishes washed and tidied up the <BR> living room. Cool beans! <BR> DS is talking and texting again. One of the GF's <BR> friends said she likes this new guy, Kenny, more <BR> than DS. Maybe she will marry HIM. Cool beans! <BR> Bedtime is coming and I am ready for a good <BR> night's sleep. Cool beans! <BR> For tonight, all is well. <em>33... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:05:56 EST Just tootling along The weekend is one day closer. Just <BR> Friday stands between me and ..... <BR> DH has a fair farmers market due to <BR> the cold and damp. The shoppers came <BR> early but most of the vendors left as <BR> soon as the shoppers did. DH was the <BR> last one to leave and called me. <BR> By then, I had done the farm chores, <BR> milked the nanny, picked the eggs, made <BR> one batch of noodle dough and a huge <BR> pot of chili. He was the most impressed <BR> with the chili- LOL!. The weekend ah... Thu, 18 May 2017 23:07:05 EST Another wet and wonderful Wednesday Over an inch of rain in 24 hours and now we <BR> have a break. DH picked over 12 pounds of <BR> spinach in the garden and it is ready for the <BR> market, albeit a bit muddy. But we have to sell <BR> it that way because if we wash it, it will not be <BR> fresh and crisp. He has asparagus and radishes <BR> as well as the noodles, eggs and 2 angel food cakes. <BR> Hope he has a good crowd tomorrow. <BR> I made a double batch of noodles tonight and will <BR> have to do more again tomorrow. If i... Wed, 17 May 2017 23:21:58 EST DH and the garden DH has been putting in long hours trying to get <BR> the rest of the garden planted. Tonight, after work, <BR> I planted the carrots. Thankfully, there was only <BR> a slight breeze so those tiny seeds made it into <BR> the small trenches. I have 7 rows, more like half <BR> rows, at least not the full length of the garden. <BR> We had a bit of a scare tonight as we could find <BR> the new mama goat but not her kids. I even <BR> walked the pasture but she had them hidden <BR> very well. Later... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:24:03 EST Moving grooving Monday I was a little selfish today. I went in to work at <BR> the usual time and Sparked instead of getting <BR> right to work. Of course, it helped that the main <BR> computer was doing an update so I played on <BR> MY old computer that I refused to give up or <BR> shut down. She's an Old Faithful and gets me <BR> out of a tight spot every so often. <BR> We had some nasty weather move through this <BR> morning. We had just a few hail stones but south <BR> of town, it was much worse. Glad it is ear... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:10:52 EST Saturday and Sunday Yesterday was laundry day, sweep and mop the floors, <BR> tidy up the house, etc. DH went to farmers market and I <BR> made a double batch of noodles. DD stopped by and then <BR> GS stayed to help with the noodles and we were done in <BR> record time. I hung them to dry and checked on the chicks <BR> outside, picked up the mail, stopped at DS's son to pick <BR> up the trimmer. It needed to be charged. I even had the <BR> noodles cut and drying before lunch. <BR> By the time DH was home, I had... Sun, 14 May 2017 20:08:48 EST Happy Mother's Day weekend. Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow. <BR> I will bring you up to speed later. HUGS! Sat, 13 May 2017 23:35:51 EST Fanstastic Friday A good day in the office and a nice <BR> afternoon to get outside. The baby <BR> chicks were moved out to the barn <BR> except for the White Japanese bantams. <BR> They need to be kept separate for now. <BR> The smelly boxes are outside and the <BR> house doesn't smell like a barn. Even <BR> with the windows open, it gets a bit strong. <BR> I baked an angel food cake for the market <BR> and DH commented that it didn't get very high. <BR> Good thing he was joking because it turned <BR> out ju... Fri, 12 May 2017 23:16:55 EST Thursday afternoon farmers market The first Thursday farmers market went well. <BR> DH called twice, once to remind me that one <BR> of the goats needed a shot of antibiotic. The <BR> second time was to hint that I need to make <BR> noodles tonight. He was almost sold out. <BR> The fresh rhubarb went well and the fresh <BR> asparagus was gone. He has an order for <BR> an angel food cake next week. I think this <BR> could be a very interesting and busy summer. <BR> I did make a double batch of noodles tonight. <BR> Now it is ... Thu, 11 May 2017 23:22:06 EST Tuesday and Wednesday Tuesday was a bang up day. More things <BR> on my plate but I just kept at it. I worked <BR> until lunch time, spent some time with DH <BR> then headed out to buy a washing machine. <BR> Over and back in an hour. They promised <BR> delivery the next day. I finished the day, <BR> walked to the pickup, which was full of grass <BR> clippings. Out to fill the tank with gas, off <BR> to the farm to get the grass in the garden, <BR> help catch the billy for medical treatment, <BR> finish the grass ... Wed, 10 May 2017 22:10:01 EST Mellow Monday The workload wasn't less, or less hectic but <BR> somehow, the day moved along quickly. I <BR> scored a big win when I completed an application <BR> for our own building and DH had to agree that <BR> it was the best I could do. Either you insure it <BR> for less than half of it's value or you go looking <BR> for coverage that may build something back, <BR> beside a steel machine shed type of building. <BR> I made more progress on other fronts as well. <BR> SIL is gone for 3 days for meetings... Mon, 8 May 2017 23:28:48 EST A wonderful weekend We had a beautiful weekend to work outside. <BR> Our friend mowed 3 lawns so we had grass <BR> clippings to unload and spread in the garden. <BR> Then I mowed our yard and DD mowed hers. <BR> More unloading so lots of cardio. We planted <BR> onions, leek and some bedding plants. <BR> DH's farmers market was pretty slow. It seems <BR> the new organizer thought that everyone follows <BR> these things on Facebook. Not so much, it appears. <BR> Next week it will be advertised in the daily paper <... Sun, 7 May 2017 23:31:29 EST