MSLZZY's SparkPeople Blog MSLZZY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I made it through the day the best idea I had was to do my walking workout before <BR> I started working in the office and it paid off. I have logged <BR> over 6.2 miles and think I am past the slump I had 2 days <BR> ago when I just couldn't seem to get moving. <BR> I worked on at least 6 quote for house/car insurance today <BR> and hope to have all the policies uploaded next week. <BR> I was so glad I didn't have much to take my attention <BR> away from those tasks. DH did need a few forms printed <BR> but I could d... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:07:37 EST Thursday update I think I was lacking motivation today but since I woke <BR> up with leg cramps at 4:30, it put me off my stride first <BR> thing this morning. Not sure what brought that on as it <BR> is not a common occurrence for me. Need to research <BR> this so I avoid this down the road. <BR> After I got moving in the office, it was no big deal. Lots <BR> of walking in short bursts and I managed to log 4 miles. <BR> A few odds and ends for other cardio and getting into <BR> the mood for Christmas. I sti... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:37:36 EST Tonight was the night for the grade school concert. A very unusual time-6:15, <BR> The school came to an agreement with several churches <BR> to hold this on a Wednesday night, usually reserved for <BR> religious activities only. It was a great concert with the <BR> grade school band opening the evening, followed by <BR> the kindergarten class and then a skit featuring the 6th <BR> grades thespians and the other grades singing along. <BR> Very impressive. <BR> Also, tonight was the finale of Survivor. When we got ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:42:22 EST A little extra today With the rain, freezing rain and snow, I had a bit of <BR> shoveling to do this morning. I was glad I had left it <BR> right where it was because I didn't have to deal with <BR> glazed ice. The wind and blowing snow polished any <BR> clear surfaces so it was super slick today. <BR> The GC had a piano recital today and all the children <BR> did great. There were a few that had just started <BR> lessons this fall and it was fun to see them concentrate <BR> so much on their pieces. Our GD played... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:12:55 EST One down, two to go I survived the first deadline for health insurance and <BR> finished 2 applications and have 3 more in the works <BR> for the next deadline. And I spent time working on <BR> other quotes as well. Just so much time in a day but <BR> I have 4 more to get done before the weekend, maybe <BR> 6 if I can push through it. One is very complicated but <BR> will be the last one as I have a little more time for it. <BR> We had an inch of rain and then freezing rain and finally <BR> snow-about 4 inches. ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:14:00 EST A calmer day Now that graduation is over, DD can relax and enjoy <BR> the holiday season. We drove to see all the GC in their <BR> Christmas concert at church. The GC who live here <BR> attended the practices there as they are the only 2 <BR> youngsters in Sunday School here. The concert was <BR> very nice and we were glad we went. <BR> The day has been damp and drizzly and the rain <BR> that starts tonight will turn to snow during the hours <BR> before dawn and continue through the day. It could <BR> be... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:17:34 EST Graduation The best part of seeing your daughter receive her doctorate <BR> was that these outstanding people were the first in line to <BR> be honored and recognized. Quite an impressive group to <BR> see. We have never been to a winter graduation before and <BR> were very surprised at the volume of students listed on <BR> the program. Not quite as many as in spring but many <BR> more than we ever thought. Sadly, at least 1/2 listed did <BR> not attend or walk the stage, for various reasons. <BR> We ha... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:46:24 EST The big day is almost here I have everything ready so we can leave early <BR> in the morning for graduation and the day filled <BR> with fun and family. We will meet for lunch then <BR> go to the formal reception. It will be cool enough <BR> that the salad will be fine in the cooler until we <BR> serve it for dinner. I will make sure to take along <BR> the other things DD requested and see how the <BR> day unfolds. I may spark a little in the morning <BR> but expect to be gone all day. <BR> Thanks for stopping by and h... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:09:41 EST A change of focus I am looking forward to DD's graduation on Saturday. <BR> I made her favorite salad-confetti salad. Chopped broccoli, <BR> cauliflower, onion, cherry tomatoes, celery, green and black <BR> olives, green beans, whole kernel corn, sliced baby carrots and <BR> mushrooms in a dressing of lite ranch and Italian dressing. <BR> It makes a very large bowl as you can see. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> She also requested some Christmas cookies so I <BR>... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:15:53 EST Outwit, outlast, outplay I think I found a way to outwit the website. I call in for each <BR> client, especially when they no longer can locate their user <BR> id or their password. As long as I have their application <BR> number and they are with me, I call and have a representative <BR> work through the site and get the password reset. Now <BR> everything is golden and it works. One lady called in to <BR> get her password, spent 2 hours talking to a representative <BR> and got absolutely nowhere. They stopped in t... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:30:42 EST The website cracks me up I arrived at the office at the usual time, at least 1 1/2 hours <BR> before (hopefully), the phone starts ringing. I was going to <BR> get ahead and work through the information I had on those <BR> people who signed up for health insurance last year. <BR> The first try-nothing. The second try-nada. The third try- <BR> read silent scream. Oh, yes. Delete all cookies and <BR> start over. FINALLY, I got through to the end with ONE. <BR> The next 3 clients were a no-go. Delete cookies, try again.... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:39:54 EST The way of the world Meet one deadline and another magically appears. Now <BR> I can focus on ACA policies and make changes in coverage- <BR> if the website lets me. How depressing when it blocks <BR> everything. Everyone need to change their passwords. <BR> Some did, most did not. Now to figure out what to do next. <BR> Back on board with mindful eating. The last few weeks <BR> have been grueling and some pretty pitiful choices. So <BR> it is time to get a grip. <BR> I have the wood furnace burning. I picked up ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:37:54 EST Remember Pearl Harbor Another solemn anniversary to observe today. The years <BR> go by and these days never lose their significance. It is <BR> our duty to honor those who died so many years ago. <BR> <BR> GD's Christmas concert was fantastic. It was just over <BR> an hour long but all 40 children did a great job. DD and GD <BR> stopped over later and picked up some of the goodies that <BR> DH and I had made yesterday. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http:... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:11:05 EST Making and baking DH and I made his favorite date balls this afternoon <BR> and we also baked Peanut Blossom cookies after <BR> dinner. We took some of the date balls to the café <BR> and the owner wants the recipe. How neat! <BR> The laundry dried nicely outside and the hamper <BR> is empty-for now. <BR> There was a soup kitchen today and it was nice <BR> to have a piping hot meal ready to eat. The tables <BR> were full so it was interesting to find a place for <BR> us to sit together. <BR> It has cooled off ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:53:23 EST Not holding my breath DH seems to think we have taken care of all the seniors <BR> but I am not holding my breath because it is very possible <BR> that we forgot someone. It would be a shame but I hope <BR> we didn't miss anyone. After a while, your brain just goes <BR> blank so I will give it a rest and think about it-tomorrow. <BR> I made time for my morning walk and hope to do it at <BR> least 5 days a week, allowing for the weekends to be <BR> rest days or just days when I know we have other things <BR> sched... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:35:20 EST Very intense day but well worth it when I think of all the elderly who <BR> are being assisted with the maze of drug plans on <BR> the market. Some have no one else to help them, <BR> no family or relatives in the area. What a shame to <BR> be alone and finding all those medical decisions <BR> are so confusing, even to those of us who work <BR> with it every day. <BR> My email is piling up and I will eventually answer <BR> your comments but thank you for being there. Each <BR> year it gets more complicated. I... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 23:18:07 EST Stay strong No matter what life throws at you, stay strong. Now is not <BR> the time to roll over, play dead, give up or any of the other <BR> trite sayings that scream failure. <BR> We all know it is hard and we all know it takes courage <BR> and the hurdles may be high but we can get over them. <BR> I stood my ground today on a very touchy matter but <BR> I did not back down. As stressful as it was, I did it. <BR> I won't go into the details but I drew my line in the <BR> sand with this situation and s... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 23:11:24 EST Stay strong No matter what life throws at you, stay strong. Now is not <BR> the time to roll over, play dead, give up or any of the other <BR> trite sayings that scream failure. <BR> We all know it is hard and we all know it takes courage <BR> and the hurdles may be high but we can get over them. <BR> I stood my ground today on a very touchy matter but <BR> I did not back down. As stressful as it was, I did it. <BR> I won't go into the details but I drew my line in the <BR> sand with this situation and s... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 23:11:23 EST Taking a trip... in my mind, of course. I have gone to my happy place <BR> several times today. Teehee! The breaks were very <BR> refreshing. Step away from the desk, walk into the <BR> other room, do a few stretches and return. <BR> The day went very well although my Spark time has <BR> been limited to early mornings and later at night. <BR> I am assembling things for a light lunch after <BR> Advent services. We have all decided that just <BR> 2 types of cookies or treats, coffee and juice will <BR> be ade... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 23:12:26 EST Thoughts from the weekend Be mindful of fire each day. Take precautions with grills, stove tops, <BR> fireplaces and live Christmas trees. A young man lost his home <BR> and almost lost his life when his house caught on fire from a <BR> grill that was placed too close to the building. His bedrooms <BR> are all upstairs and if someone hadn't woke him up, another <BR> 5 minutes and he would have died. As it is, he has lost <BR> almost everything. The main part was a 2 story home with <BR> a sun room built onto the back.... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 23:16:59 EST Last day of November November has slipped by so quickly and now we face <BR> a new month and lots to do. We will fill out days with <BR> preparations and parties, friends and food, gifts given <BR> and received. <BR> But the greatest gift we can give ourselves is the gift <BR> of love and acceptance. We may not be perfect, we <BR> may have days of total failure or days of moderate <BR> success. Remember you are worth it and best of all, <BR> remember the reason for the season. Count your <BR> blessings and experi... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:03:43 EST The tree is up <img src=""> <BR> It was fun getting the house ready for Christmas. <BR> DS and his GF went shopping and then to a movie with both DD's <BR> and their families. They came in home in time to spend an hour <BR> or so at DD's and then here for dinner of walleye, oven baked <BR> potatoes, and cheesy broccoli, the last from the garden. <BR> There wasn't a speck of food left. They almost finished the <BR> last of the homemade bread from Thanksg... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:21:27 EST Black Friday? Not No shopping on Black Friday for us. We had made plans to <BR> decorate the church and fellowship hall and stayed with the <BR> plan. A few extra people showed up so we were done in <BR> about 2 1/2 hours. DD, her MIL and I had planned for 14 <BR> to 16 people but it was just the family left 11 of us. Everyone <BR> else had plans for lunch, football games and such. But <BR> it went so much faster this year. By the time I had cleaned <BR> the kitchen, I had logged over 4 miles <BR> The rest of... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:13:08 EST A Wonderful Thanksgiving day It was an almost perfect day for Thanksgiving-colder than <BR> most but no ice on the roads so traveling went well. We <BR> loaded up all the things we needed to take and made it <BR> there in plenty of time to finish getting the relish tray <BR> assembled, my cranberry-banana salad made, fresh bread <BR> cut and wine chilled. Of course, everyone ate well and we <BR> spent the afternoon watching football games, playing <BR> Dominoes, watching the GC enjoy each other's company <BR> and staying... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:59:08 EST Thanksgiving is almost here It is probably a good thing that tomorrow is Thanksgiving <BR> as U feel I need a break. Today I started with a 25 minute <BR> walking workout in the office. The fun began when I picked <BR> up where I left off yesterday. Lots of drug plans to be <BR> researched, clients to be seen, paperwork to be filed with <BR> the companies and then filed away. Yes, just another day <BR> in the life.... <BR> We had planned to close the office early and so I did <BR> leave 30 minutes early. I had plans but... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:24:47 EST Picked a few battles today I was hoping we were getting to the midway point of our <BR> list of seniors and find there are still so many to talk to <BR> before December 7th. It is almost virtual overload by the <BR> end of the day. So I gave myself a night away from Spark <BR> and hope I will have given my brain enough rest by <BR> morning. <BR> It is lightly sprinkling now and there may be an inch of <BR> snow tomorrow. As long as it stays put, it should be <BR> just fine. One can only hope. <BR> The wood furnace is b... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:15:32 EST Rested and recharged DH's episode has passed and he is feeling better today. <BR> That was a good thing because today was another rush <BR> day with all the seniors trying to beat the deadline and <BR> others checking out the site. Then you <BR> throw in the farmer who insists on turning in his crop <BR> production and you haven't seen him since July and <BR> now he is in a hurry. Quite the day LOL! <BR> DH took GD to choir practice and I had practice of <BR> my own with my Nordic poles. Tonight w... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:21:24 EST That's odd DH is feeling a bit under the weather today so I have <BR> been keeping an eye on him. Nothing major but I am <BR> spending more time with him than SP. I know all of <BR> will understand my absence. <BR> Thanks for stopping by and for any kind words that <BR> I know will be shared. HUGS! <BR> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:33:27 EST That's odd DH is feeling a bit under the weather today so I have <BR> been keeping an eye on him. Nothing major but I am <BR> spending more time with him than SP. I know all of <BR> will understand my absence. <BR> Thanks for stopping by and for any kind words that <BR> I know will be shared. HUGS! <BR> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:33:27 EST Power shopping I agreed to meet the girls for lunch but had some <BR> errands to do before I left at 10. I timed myself <BR> from the time I entered the store and until I left. <BR> One hour on the dot. Granted, I did not buy <BR> everything I would have in other years but <BR> remembered we had talked about just buying <BR> present for the GC and not the adults. We <BR> will discuss it again on Thanksgiving and make <BR> sure we all understand each other. It seems the <BR> adults think we all have enough ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:25:58 EST You know you are tired when you realize that sitting down for a meal may mean that <BR> you don't want to get up again. I am so glad the weekend is <BR> here. I have been doing things ahead so that I can go and <BR> do some of my Christmas shopping tomorrow, maybe meet <BR> the DDs and GDs and have lunch together. It's the plan. <BR> I have been doing chores twice a day since DH is gone <BR> until tomorrow afternoon. It takes a little extra time out <BR> of the office but the fresh air and extra exercise is worth i... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:29:36 EST The fascination of the computer Take it from someone who spends a vast amount of her <BR> day on a computer and she will tell you they do funny <BR> things when left unattended. Case in point, I found that <BR> I had picked up a virus and the computer wanted me to <BR> purchase a special program to clean the virus out. <BR> Well, fine and good if I wanted to spend $70 to $100 <BR> to purchase it. Fine and good if it didn't want a credit <BR> card to pay for it. Fine and good if the credit card was <BR> accepted. Not a chanc... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:40:41 EST Working for it Wednesday Nothing gets me more excited than a challenge and <BR> this week has been one of those fast paced times <BR> and it is just half over. I can get into the flow of it <BR> and turn out quotes quite quickly and then it is up <BR> to DH to finish the rest. I even conquered the online <BR> applications and it went better than yesterday. <BR> Throw in a very complicated farm quote, a house <BR> quote and an auto policy uploaded and I was so <BR> ready to close shop. But my farmer came in late <BR> ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:00:25 EST A new wrinkle About the time I think I have learned everything there <BR> is to learn, technology steps in and I need to learn <BR> another program. At least this was a fairly simple <BR> process but there is a first time for everything. You <BR> fill out the paper application and then have to do the <BR> application on life. The reasoning is that "we can't <BR> read your handwriting as easy as you do" so please <BR> transfer the information to the online app and hit <BR> submit. Understandable but a dupli... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:20:38 EST Not the quiet day I expected I hit the ground running this morning and it was nonstop <BR> computer time until noon and started again at 1 until <BR> closing time. Part D drug plans chewed a big hole in the <BR> day and I did find time to do a few other things in between <BR> but it few and far between. This season only lasts until <BR> December 7th so I can understand the seniors being <BR> concerned about making sure they have the right plan. <BR> I did take time to check out new health insurance for <BR> DS and I as ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:39:10 EST Resting up from Saturday I didn't shovel as much snow today but I did spend <BR> time out at the farm, doing a few odds and ends. The <BR> wind was brisk and the air was cold but not unbearable. <BR> It is pretty quiet right now but I expect the cold front <BR> to move through after I go to bed. <BR> Francine is not to be seen so I hope she takes a good <BR> long vacation. But since she is part of me, I would <BR> imagine she will show again, when I least expect her. <BR> Winding up the day with the last of my water ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:22:20 EST Sit down, Francine. Let's have a talk. Just when I thought I had discovered one day of the week <BR> to just take it easy and bum around, BANG! The front door <BR> flies open and there is this little dynamo, ready for action. <BR> I really question who invited her but had the good sense to <BR> hold my tongue. It doesn't too to get the personalities all <BR> testy. <BR> So Francine's great idea of the day was to shovel snow <BR> numerous times during the day. That seemed safe as the <BR> snow was to stop early this afternoon. (Fa... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:23:05 EST Shhhh! I think Francine is gone. I am almost afraid to say her name for fear she will show up <BR> today and I won't have a thing for her to do LOL! <BR> Seriously, it feels great to be done with all that wood and <BR> now I can focus on other things, and there are plenty. <BR> We will be attending DS's brass choir concert tonight and <BR> anticipating snow tomorrow with gusty winds. Glad <BR> we are not planning to travel tonight. <BR> DH is gone to the VA this morning so I better get cracking <BR> and get some work done be... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:23:16 EST Done! From this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> to this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> After the last few days, I have been busy unloading <BR> and stacking wood. According to the man who brought <BR> it over, it was approximately 3 1/2 cords of wood. I will take <BR> his word for it. But after moving it numerous times, I <BR> really can honestly say it was a lot. The last chunks <BR> were thrown in tonight... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:09:19 EST Slowly but surely I am getting the trailer emptied. I forgot to take pictures <BR> today but I will tomorrow. I spent an hour dragging the <BR> wood in through the small door and stacking it until <BR> DH came home and helped for a short time before I <BR> told him to go sit down. I only have 60 chunks just <BR> inside the door and the room is empty. The rest of <BR> the wood on the trailer might fit in there and we can <BR> close the lid and be done for the year. <BR> The pit is 8 feet square and about 5 fee... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:47:17 EST Veterans Day All the veterans and spouses were invited to the school <BR> for a special program featuring essays, poems, choir and <BR> band selections just for this very special day. There was <BR> coffee and cookies after the program and a chance to <BR> visit with others in this very elite group. <BR> DH had another certification to do on the computer which <BR> really impacted getting much done beside laundry. But <BR> while he was doing chores, I spent my afternoon tossing <BR> wood into the pit from... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:15:23 EST I let Francine stay... Yes, it is cold, windy and raw and I just couldn't put her <BR> outside in those conditions. So she and I had a little chat <BR> and down the basement we went to empty out the wood <BR> pit. After a good hour, she and I called it quits. We (I) have <BR> emptied about 3/4 of it, which meant everything I (we) <BR> threw down last night has been stacked inside the furnace <BR> room with lots of room to spare. I only hope DH appreciates <BR> it enough to take me out for dinner. Or we could eat so... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:48:42 EST Francine-the before and after <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> As you can see, she was a busy girl LOL! <BR> And yes, this was just her and I. DH was otherwise occupied! Sun, 9 Nov 2014 18:46:00 EST Oh, that stinker, Francine We attended church and went for coffee hour with the family. <BR> DS and fiancé were here for the weekend and we had <BR> agreed to sent potatoes, carrots, beets and artichokes <BR> with them to share with her family. I raided the freezer <BR> for 7 packages of ground beef and 3 of steak tips that I <BR> had purchased at reduced price. The packages are just <BR> the right size for the 2 of them. Also included 8 dozen <BR> eggs, as requested. <BR> I have since moved most of the potatoes to th... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 13:04:50 EST Francine is here for a short visit As a matter of fact, she arrived yesterday afternoon, <BR> spent the night and has followed me around all day. <BR> It was such a great feeling to get the potatoes home <BR> and now we have given more than half of them away. <BR> We asked a friend if she wanted some Jerusalem <BR> artichokes and she said yes. She took about a 5 <BR> gallon pail full. She will share with her Amish neighbors <BR> (yes, we have Amish in South Dakota now) and see <BR> if they want to plant some themselves. <BR> ... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 18:30:46 EST A taste of things to come The wind is howling, cold and raw. The clouds are being <BR> pushed south and east and yes, it almost feels like winter. <BR> By Monday night, we may be having snow and the daytime <BR> temps may only reach 20. But we will wait and see. <BR> We closed the office early, after DH returned home from <BR> seeing his doctor at the VA. We went to the café for <BR> coffee and then home to get ready for chores. <BR> Tonight, we picked up all 14 pails of potatoes that were <BR> in the barn and loaded ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 21:31:38 EST Has anyone told the cats about the time change? The not-so-little kitten has taken to running around <BR> the house early in the morning, like 3 am or so. I am <BR> still trying to figure out what exactly is going on. So <BR> I will try an experiment by filling all his feed and water <BR> bowls before I go to bed. If that doesn't work, I will <BR> take away all his catnip toys as these seem to get <BR> him very excited. He can be such a stinker. <BR> I could not quite finish my book last night so I will <BR> do that right now. Have a fun a... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:22:18 EST Work for it Wednesday That summed up my day quite well. Sitting at a desk <BR> most of the day can make you lazy and encourage <BR> you to do more as you as you leave the job behind. <BR> It took a little extra effort but I feel like I met most <BR> of my goals and will do it all again tomorrow. <BR> No goat chasing, or fence fixing just lots of steps <BR> and plenty of fresh air. I will sleep good tonight <BR> so thanks for stopping by and have a great Thursday. <BR> P.S. Down to the last chapter in my book-teehe... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 22:59:46 EST Let's get to it! Fresh air and sunshine make for a great combination. <BR> DH and I spent over 1 1/2 hours outside working <BR> on the farm and getting plenty of cardio. <BR> We need to enjoy it now because by the beginning <BR> of next week, we may struggle to see 28 degrees <BR> for an over day high, <BR> There is still plenty we can accomplish before <BR> winter sets in so let's get to it! <BR> Thanks for stopping by. HUGS! Tue, 4 Nov 2014 22:48:01 EST All you need to do is smile There are plenty of bumps in the road and it makes no <BR> sense to let the trivial get you down. When you put things <BR> into perspective, the obstacles are merely that. You can <BR> get depressed or you can just smile and realize there are <BR> bigger problems that the ones you may be facing. <BR> The day was filled with little episodes of trying to decide <BR> what should be done first, which item needed priority <BR> and what could wait. Eventually, everything was done <BR> and gave me a... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:52:06 EST