NIGHTSKYSTAR's SparkPeople Blog NIGHTSKYSTAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday own bed. but the house is too too quiet... <BR> i did realize that as much as i cleaned and purged before all the kids came home, there is SO much more to do... <BR> i'm taking today to decompress. rest. knit. toss something in the crockpot so i dont have to think about supper. tomorrow it begins. the big purge. i have one wedding cake left to do for this next weekend..then no weddings till december (at this point). <BR> I have one craft fair to do. the weekend before thanksgiving. i... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:38:59 EST what a wonderful week. tonite, not so much... Hi all. Now i can tell the secret i've known for a month..and been bursting with knowing. On Wednesday pm i drove to my moms and met Billy and Sarah there. they stayed in my little cottage, i took the extra bed in the big house. at 5 am they left to hike up mount Marcy, the highest mountain in NY. Remember, both of them were 70 pounds heavier last january..and i was a bit worried. I was an interior park ranger in the high peaks when i worked for the conservation dept, and i know the climb is ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:57:36 EST Monday oh, what a wonderful few days with my kids...Dougie got here at 3 am friday morning, and He picked Billy up in the afternoon. Billy got sick on the trip so went straight to bed...Sarah got here late from seeing her parents. Saturday we had a nice day..they went with me to Lake Placid to do wedding deliveries, and then we came back and i put in a pork roast...Katie, who wasnt supposed to come till after supper called, and she, her boyfriend, and his 2 kids came for supper too. good thing i got... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:44:36 EST friday well, one of my boys is here!!! i didnt get the house finished, but its good enough. i just finished the last wedding cake (middle son is off visiting friends) and youngest son is sick on the road and is at urgent care in Syracuse..but only 3 hours away...he will be here tonite or tomorrow. <BR> so my world is for a whole week..well almost..have to share with her parents... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:58:34 EST wednesday oh man. i'm just so tired lately!!! i got up, got Lucy set and went straight to bakery. did 20 vegan cupcakes for a school party..someone in the class is allergic to eggs and peanuts so i have to do it separate from everything else. those are finished..frosted decorated and waiting for pickup. then i baked a sheet cake for the same boy's party, thats almost finished..just lettering and borders and its done. Then baked a wedding cake i need to deliver in a couple days. Got all the bases made a... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:30:52 EST Tuesday brrr..i love the cold..haha but i left my bedroom window open last night. when i woke up there was frost on the walls around the window and i was a bit chilled. lol!!! tonite i will close it... <BR> got the shopping out of the way, all cookbooks and craft books are put away. orders set for bakery tomorrow. most correspondance caught up.workout done. pantry shelves cleaned. stairs vacuumed. <BR> tomorrow...bake wedding and birthday cakes. shampoo rugs downstairs. clean bathrooms. thursday wil... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:26:44 EST Monday i'm tired. the living room, including the "junk corner" is cleaned. the rug still needs shampooing, I found my sock yarn stash, everything is neat and organized. i'll do rugs thursday and friday, and dust..and that will be it!! <BR> I have to put away some cookbooks and craft books i cleared out of here, but that will take seconds. i'm doing pretty good on schedule!!!! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:36:35 EST Sunday ok so..i got a LOT done today. the family room is purged and clean, except i have to shampoo the rug. the kitchen is done except the floor. lucy got her walk. i got my workouts in. i made chili for supper. i'm trying to get everything finished before 9...i detest politics, am not enamoured with either candidate, but i think it may be i'm going to watch at least for a little. so i am working on getting everything set so i can get lucy in and to bed. <BR> tomorrow is the livi... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 19:41:23 EST saturday one wedding cake 3 hour round trip delivered. now to go deliver 150 cupcakes and a tiered cake to the casino on the rez...THEN maybe i can take a breather!!! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 13:24:26 EST friday cakes and cupcakes finished. have 2 pickups tonite. did second chiropractor appt more next week. <BR> just need some time off.. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 15:51:46 EST thursday oy what a morning. baked 150 cupcakes. built a 3 tier wedding cake, thats chilling so i can paint it tomorrow. Built a 2 tier, thats chilling so i can decorate it tomorrow. made a monster truck sheet cake. thats finished for tomorrow pickup. flat frosted and did some fondant work on a pokemon cake. <BR> i should be cleaning..but i just cant. i need a break SO BAD!!! and my back is still out so i had to be really careful with a workout. its done, but i couldnt give it my all..i guess going ea... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 15:32:22 EST wednesday cakes are baked. dog is walked for the first is picked up...knitting for a bit.. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:16:11 EST Tuesday everything prepped at the bakery for the 4 cakes for this week. have to see the chiropractor today...and do groceries at some point...then more cleaning.. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 10:56:37 EST Monday went in and got the ordered xrays and sonogram today. hit the grocery store and the meat sales...its a rainy dreary just going to relax the rest of the day... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 15:14:15 EST sunday cleaning cleaning cleaning today. sigh. soon... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 10:01:24 EST saturday deliveries, thats my life the next 4 days...then the baking starts again!! lol..never a dull moment! Sat, 1 Oct 2016 08:36:07 EST friday got all the cakes done this morning...had to run to store, then home and had a nice afternoon on the phone with great company. did a suppertime!! deliveries tomorrow then cleaning..ugh.. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:48:43 EST thurs oh, man what a day. in the bakery early. i'm still not done..just on a break. i have 3 wedding cakes built. those 3 are flat frosted and one is finished for pickup at 11 am tomorrow. i have to paint the 3 birch ones. the gluten free cupcakes are baked, boxed, and ready for delivery. the farm cake is flat frosted and ready for decorating. <BR> i have one more large one to work on. its half built. not flat frosted, but i just plain ran out of energy. so i'm going to do computer stuff then do t... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:42:20 EST Weds all the regular cakes are baked...tomorrow is the gluten free day, plus building, plus getting one decorated for friday morning it never ends!! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:11:30 EST tuesday ok so..after a month of working my tail off, i took a food day off yesterday. i made a big pot of my famous spaghetti sauce. had a bowl of ice cream..and 2 sips of a cocktail. And you know what? i couldnt eat a full serving of spaghetti. the ice cream didnt taste that good. the 2 and i woke up this morning and felt ugh. so..back to it. cheat days are no fun and no treat any more!!! <BR> wheres holly and who is this in her body? Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:22:25 EST Monday sooo...i was less at my dr appt than last time!! she was pleased. have to have an ultrasound and some xrays on my poor crippled leg but otherwise things looked good. <BR> i came home and made spaghetti sauce...gonna splurge for a night with some pasta, then back to it. <BR> shopping is all done except a bulk order i put in at the store...thats for friday pickup. but otherwise its all good!!! Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:31:14 EST Sunday someone prod me. i need to clean. i just want a day off, but i dont have that luxery. between the bakery being so busy i cant even breathe, and the fall canning and classes i teach, the house has been sorely neglected. My youngest will be home for his once a year visit mid october, and my middle will come up and my oldest, too...and i will NOT have them walk into this pigsty. so..clean it is. there will be time for days off come november. maybe... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:01:59 EST Yeah that backfired lol ok so i got up early. got Lucy settled, and started applesauce. omg...umm..i just got done at 5. there were SO many apples, and trying to do it all just took forever, but its DONE. maybe i can relax a little tomorrow? Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:24:37 EST whew!! everything is delivered or picked up. i managed to get the cakes all to the van myself, but i have one of the waiters at the resort carry the 2 bigger ones up the stairs for me. SO GLAD they are done!!! ' <BR> now..i have 2 days off!!! except..i have to finish 35 pounds of apples..make applesauce, can it, and CLEAN... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:02:46 EST i did it!!! i just finished the last wedding cake!!! all the calla lilies are made for the one that needed them...the extra serving and first anniversary cakes are done...the bakery is pretty much cleaned up..just have to make a batch of frosting to take for emergencies (when you go prepared you dont need it!!) i have one pickup at 9:30 am then delivering the rest an hour and a half away to resorts. and then...shhhh..other than applesauce and cleaning i have the weekend OFF!!!! woo hoo!!! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:26:20 EST will be glad when this week is done, took me all day to build and flat frost the 5 wedding cakes. will be so glad when all are delivered friday... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:41:31 EST argh!! 5 weddings this week and a birthday cake for tomorrow for my lovely, sweet neighbor. so i was shocked when lucy woofed and i saw Annies car. i thought she was stopping to remind me. see, i've been baking all day. her cake was baked, and frosted, but not decorated. uh oh....her birthday is TODAY. i'm so overbooked...i have not, since 1980, EVER missed a cake. so, i went back and finished it..and she just now picked it up. Thank goodness everything was made and ready to go. but tells me i'm jus... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:22:15 EST add on about "the Plan" yesterday i talked about the plan...a book written by Lynn Genet. its really valuable..and stresses that NO ONE THING works for everyone. calories in calories out? great...for SOME. never worked for me..if it did i'd be a size 2. low carb? works for my son and his girlfriend, i gained on it. <BR> the plan focuses on finding what will work for YOU. you start with a small list of foods. ones that are USUALLY not reactive with people. one happened to be with me..and it was really frustrating fi... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:12:58 EST its NOt CARBS!!!! ok so the other day i posted a blog about my problem with popcorn. some of you replied that it was the carbs, they are bad, and they are NOT. I posted another blog but I dont think many saw it, so i am copy and pasting that to here so hopefully people will know that i do NOT agree that it had anything to do with carbs. I eat plenty. I'm sitting here drinking a smoothie with a bunch of mango in it...i put barbecue sauce on my meat. i eat whole grain bread. <BR> What i stopped was the WHITE br... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:09:39 EST carbs folks that commented on my blog and said it was the, no and NO. i did atkins and GAINED 11 pounds following it strictly. it was the most horrendous month hair fell out, i was sicker than a dog. spoke to my cardiologist who was HORRIFIED that i had even attempted it..his words..never ever EVER go low or no carb. NEVER!!! its unhealthy and you dont get enough nutrients. PERIOD <BR> check out lyn'genet's "The Plan" she has done mega research, and come to the conclusion that ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:25:04 EST ok so.... i'm working my tail end off. NO sugar, NO bread, NO white potatos or rice for the past 3 weeks, i have indulged in popcorn as an afternoon snack....made by me (NOT the microwave in a bag stuff) on the stovetop. i know exactly whats in it, and it shouldnt be effecting my weight loss. But, unfortunately, as with most food i love, it does. <BR> i hadnt lost ONE POUND last week. stopped the popcorn and the very next day was down 3. so that brought me to -13. I was excited. <BR> lost a couple mo... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:50:16 EST long day day 2 of beachbody....legs are sore. victory, though...made brownies and molasses cookies not so much as a taste!! thats a first! Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:34:31 EST Monday. ok. down 13 pounds in two weeks. I know the pool days are VERY limited, so i started back with Beachbody today. I did the Total Body Cardio fix. it was freaking HARD!!! i remember last spring when i thought it had gotten too easy...but then life happened and i couldnt do it every day again. aiyiyi!!! so i can see the next 3 weeks are going to be killer...but i'm determined!! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:24:20 EST Labor Day ok so i've been gone. really gone. my computer crashed, and i cant get spark to work on my ipod or phone. Its been a truly horrid summer...nothing but work, pool not cleaning up, the only fun was playing with Lucy every day. Thank God for Lucy!! <BR> Anyhow, i gained. i was horrid. i didnt watch my eating at all...i had no time to. literally. up at 5, to the bakery or a horse show, fall in bed at 11 pm exhausted. once in a while jump in the cloudy pool. <BR> well finally got the pool cleaned... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:57:04 EST saturday been a tough week. but i did manage to lose a few pounds. i still have 75 cupcakes to frost and decorate, and a small smash cake to decorate like a barn, have to get everything done for tomrorows horse show, thank goodness my sweet neighbor girl will take care of Lucy here and meet the girl picking up the cupcakes and cake. <BR> come on i can have a minute to breathe! Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:15:15 EST weds off to bake..get this..19 cakes, and a batch of cupcakes. all to be built, frosted, and decorated by TOMORROW 2 pm. oy. then tomorrow more baking..gluten free and more be done friday by noon. wish it would spread out some... <BR> but the good thing? it cooled down!! YAY!! Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:33:43 EST tuesday took lucy for a ride to the bank (she got milk bones from the teller) then to mcdonalds (2 cheeseburgers for $ shes in heaven) then home. it POURED. did my workout, now going to go watch Wentworth and relax a bit!! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:31:42 EST monday rush cake was done by noon. bakery and pans prepped for the busy week. got my workout in, food good. Played a while with Lucy. now up to check the pool, then supper. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:43:10 EST sunday rough week. lots of cakes. not good news on my sweet pup. heat. hoping this will be a better week... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:22:55 EST thursday 12 hours in the bakery and still not done. tomorrow morning will be difficult. i need to get stuff together tonite for the horse show, get everything done by noon. get to the bank. get lucy bathed for her vet appt. just never ends...but i guess its better than being bored, right? <BR> plus, the pool motor is burned out. so no pool. really, really sucks. <BR> i'm tired..i'll see it better tomorrow. just not in a great mood right now... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:12:53 EST wednesday the cakes are baked. NOT the cupcakes yet..but the cakes are done. tomorrow i bake 250 cupcakes, then have to fill half and decorate them all. along with decorating 5 other oh well. business is a good thing, right? <BR> AND...i finally, finally have my girl ALL combed out. no mats. still have to trim her ears but her feet are pretty well done. AND she needs a bath. so more to do but it will get done.... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:49:30 EST tuesday long day..but the lawn is mowed, new mower blades was fast and cut great!! bakery prepped..ready for the deluge of cake orders starting tomorrow! Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:53:30 EST Monday. oh gosh what a weekend. cakes, horse show...COLD (never got over 45 at the show yesterday) and now more and more cakes this week..weddings, graduations, baby showers. OH MY!! Mon, 13 Jun 2016 18:17:03 EST saturday cakes cakes cakes to be picked up and delivered. then i have to clean quick...then work on the horse show stuff. then, maybe, just maybe, i'll have a minute to breathe... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:53:05 EST friday Holy wow. i got 4 cakes finished. 2 picked up (well one was dalmation cupcakes ahaha). that took till one. then home, fed lucy, and hit the lawn. barn side is done. bakery is done. front and pool done. back of house to garden done. back field and side field NOT done..but i got about 2 acres finished..with 2 to go...but thats all straight nothing to go around..just boring back and forth..but i have my radio ear protection so i belt out songs..good thing i have no close by neighbors..they would... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:21:12 EST Thursday working through my list. <BR> but...above everything else. my mom is out of surgery and doing well. Took longer than expected, a bit worse than they had hoped, but they are sure all will be well. so thats GOOD news!! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 14:38:26 EST weds baking and cleaning today. nice and chilly...loving this!! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:17:54 EST tuesday long day...up to go to town mennonite neighbor called needing a ride..her family is up from PA and needed a ride to the Almanzo Wilder Homestead, so i got other things done, picked them up and dropped them off there, THEN got my shopping done. She just called and they are ready to come home, so i'm heading out in a few to get them. Lovely, lovely people, I enjoy helping them. but my knee is screaming for a pain pill...i usually take that at one and i get them at 3...then however lo... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 14:27:01 EST Monday not many things worse than a horse show in the rain. LOTS of rain. deluge rain..and these people still want to show and ride. we DID get done by 3...and i picked up my girl which was nice..normally i wouldnt have been able to get her till monday morning. so it was nice for me!!! <BR> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:32:44 EST saturday todays show down tomorrow to go. i'm tired. just got tomorrows printed to load the car then take a shower and crash.... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 19:35:35 EST