OVERWORKEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OVERWORKEDJANET OVERWORKEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Finding my green thumb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745426 This is the year of returning to what I used to do. <BR> Grow stuff. <BR> Here is my one and only eggplant. I'm disappointed in the plant but my harvest of one will be well prepared. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870061883.jpg"> <BR> Watching the red pepper turn red. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l180397404.jpg"> <BR> I've got another pepper plant with a few yellow peppers still green in adolescence. There are 5 jalapenos I am carefully gu... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:23:41 EST Birthday boy GS Ben turns one today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743935 Wow, a year already! <BR> Tiny little thing, born a month early gave us all lots of fits. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1830306702.jpg"> <BR> Soon he became the object of his big brother's attention-for 5 seconds until another more <BR> interesting thing would come along. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l361907155.jpg"> <BR> Ben learned to play football. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l273487703.jpg"> <BR> Enjoying C... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:40:54 EST Naked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742974 Got your attention, eh? <BR> <BR> na·ked adjective \&#712;nâ-k&#601;d <BR> <BR> devoid of customary or natural covering <BR> scantily supplied or furnished <BR> lacking embellishment : unadorned <BR> <BR> I'm going for scantily supplied or unadorned. <BR> <BR> Food that is. <BR> <BR> I think the junk placed on and in the food I have eaten in restaurants lately has not been good for me. There is sauce and pasta. Salads topped with tasty cheese. Stuffed things. <BR> <BR> I'm going ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:07:44 EST Nothing special http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741730 Eating a bit more than I'd like but balancing the load. <BR> Not getting as much exercise as I'd like but getting some which is better than what I did three weeks ago. <BR> My stupid hip bursitis came back with a vengeance, I rested it for almost 2 years and was pain-free prior to starting to walk again. I'm thinking about seeing another sports medicine MD as I need to be me again. This sucks but I keep on plugging. I think I may have to live with the pain. <BR> <BR> It is hard to balance wh... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:37:36 EST Bonus blog, the "why" stage for GS and playing around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739608 OMG, I forgot this. <BR> Have you seen the IKEA commercial where the bad kid gets time out in the kitchen? Yep, that's where we are. <BR> "What's this, Nana?" <BR> "Why, Nana" <BR> "Pop Pop, what's this?" <BR> The statement is punctuated by picking up, squeezing, pinching, poking and anything else that ends in a response of "DON"T TOUCH THAT!" <BR> I still have the kid-proof latches on the doors from when his mom was that age...30 years ago! I always thought they were a good idea. <BR> Bang... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:40:53 EST Wow, my first featured blog. I appreciate the votes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739602 Mostly I am glad I have Spark friends who continually encourage me to do the right thing for myself and sometimes scold me when I don't <em>334</em> <BR> I love you guys! <BR> Now, back to work making our lives better. <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:30:13 EST Feeling like I'm getting it. Fit, that is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737559 I had an epiphany this morning. <BR> <BR> I have time to care for myself, and I am doing so. <BR> <BR> In the years since 1999 I'd been helping caring for first my ill mom, to her death in 2001, then my MIL, to her death in 2005. From 2002 it was my dad with his stroke and decline to his final demise in 2012. There had been a host of other horrible family happenings in which I was a care giver, keeper of the flame, the "rock", the bitch, the mean one or the shoulder to lean on. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:50:15 EST Spark teams; no time to play in the sandbox. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737129 As I clicked the flags to give points I thought about not playing with my teams. <BR> I've met a few friends on teams. <BR> My interests change as do the challenges of life. <BR> I simply do not have the time to visit and participate. <BR> <BR> Some of you on the teams I have joined send emails of encouragement, and I respond. Others tell of outings, games or challenges. <BR> I decline. <BR> Spark could become a full-time life if I kept up with it all. <BR> <BR> So to those teams and team ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:54:44 EST Run, Janet, run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735833 I got off my chair and out the door. <BR> I just started running. <BR> I ran to the end of the drive and kept on going. <BR> I got to end of the street and kept going. <BR> <BR> HaHaHa! <BR> <BR> It wasn't quite like that but the Forrest Gump scene kept playing in my head. <BR> <BR> In reality I felt the need to move a bit more so I picked a few goals like: from this driveway to that fire hydrant. This transcontinental pipeline marker to that one. <BR> <BR> Yeah, my neighborhood will blo... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:23:36 EST Childhood memories-walking, exercise and eating right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735070 Thanks, ONEKIDSMOM! <BR> Again, your hammer went down on the nail. <BR> My life WAS exercise! <BR> In the summer I walked or biked to the creek or the bay, 1 mile in either direction, to crab, fish or swim on the days Mom didn't drag us to the beach. At the beach I walked 2-5 miles each day as bored kids don't sit still and there was more to see in neighboring towns than the beach we were on. If you've heard of Lucy the Elephant in Margate, we would play inside the empty structure in it's "ab... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 05:52:57 EST Day 4 Taking control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734341 Yep. <BR> Guns blazing, up in the saddle, hooves spewing dirt clods on the trail behind me. <BR> Whoa, partner, this wind up toy isn't ready for THAT! <BR> <BR> I did sweat profusely on my walk- cut one minute off my 1.38 mile path. I don't think I can walk much faster than that; I walk about 3 miles per hour on land. On a treadmill I can go a bit faster. Some of these blocks are 10 degree angles and my lungs still notice the difference, but not until I'm about halfway done. <BR> I guess I ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:40:14 EST Recommiting to my January Fatloser blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734104 I finished the last of my ice cream tonight. It snuck back into my diet although I finally tossed the container that sat in the freezer for 4 months. I took off 20 pounds and have gained back 4. <BR> Here goes...with edits to keep it current. <BR> <BR> <BR> Is fat losers my Spark? <BR> <BR> Tuesday, January 07, 2014 <BR> <BR> I don't rise to challenges by others to improve myself. I rebel. I have to challenge myself. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> There is some psychological mumbo jumbo for... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:08:03 EST Enjoying a glorious summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732901 The current temperature at 6 am is 62! Warm, clear 80-85F days and cool, dry nights. <BR> This is the kind of weather I dream about, go to the mountains or high desert for. <BR> Even the neighborhood birds are singing late into the season. <BR> <BR> Usually at this time of year the AC is on full blast as I wistfully gaze on a parched lawn contemplating how to get from the house to the car without instantly being drenched in sweat. Central New Jersey is like the Gulf states in the summer, wit... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:17:22 EST A job completed, well done and complete with sutures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732639 It was a perfect morning to complete a project started...20 years ago? <BR> Moving the old freezer out cause a ripple effect. <BR> If we hooked the wire up to the outlet by the garage door we could close up this box and be done with it, DH says. <BR> I'll give you one better, says I. <BR> If we go into the attic and hook up the wire that was already run to the junction box, we'd have electricity. <BR> The whole freakin' job took about 1.5 hours. <BR> And 3 stitches. <BR> I AM a whiz at elect... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:34:56 EST Random sunset pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731753 I was looking for something specific this morning and came across a theme of sunset pictures. I had far less than I thought, but am getting better at them. <BR> <BR> St Petes Beach, FL <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20191075.jpg"> <BR> Whittier, AK <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l906588857.jpg"> <BR> Hilo, HI <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1876816524.jpg"> <BR> Lihui, HI <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:08:59 EST Grrrr, roar, stomp! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731098 Thanks, I feel better now. <BR> Couldn't take my walk this morning as I was, well, suffering the effects of NJ Turnpike fried chicken. <BR> No, it wasn't road kill....that tastes different. <BR> Nothing like driving 2 hours in a rainstorm on the turnpike towards NYC, making an immediate U turn after dropping DD off at her place and then realizing it' s not getting any better. I turned in to the rest stop as Noah's ark was stuck on the road or all the cars floated and were melded into one by ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:42:49 EST 4 days straight off the couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730328 I hate to say it but I'm exercising because I'm pissed-off. <BR> <BR> The constant care of family members, the expectations of work and spouse are causing me to rebel. <BR> <BR> Ok, I got it. <BR> No one is going to take care of me but me. So, for 30 minutes a day, it's all about me. <BR> <BR> If I get more annoyed maybe I'll take an hour! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:36:01 EST Day 2 of off the couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728180 My first trek out was 1.5 miles with a stop at a garage sale. Beautiful day and no real hurry. It took me 25 minutes. <BR> For those of you who hear me moan about no exercise, I do get some. I hate that it's in dress shoes. (too lazy to change from sneaks) <BR> My DH was "annoyed" when I showed him where I have to park at work and how far the walk is. He didn't believe me until he drove it. It's 1/4 mile from car door to entrance. Then I run up 2 flights of stairs. Ok, sometimes I run up. I s... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:26:34 EST My journey with ONEKIDSMOM. I got off the couch. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727583 Barb was one of my first Spark friends and I've been here since 1/1/2009. Talk about running? Yes. Talk about exercise? That too. Plenty of discussion about emotional eating. <BR> She is my friend. <BR> When did she become an athlete? <BR> She discusses it herself in her latest "Featured" blog post. Our SP friend has emerged from her cocoon and self-pronounced! <BR> From her blog: <BR> "That often the athletes say things like "I only did the Olympic" (me, yes, I did use "only" next to "Olympi... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:14:20 EST My green thumb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727569 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l71010913.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1609296280.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1185614380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My most prized baby...jalapeno. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1033144883.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I may not have enough growing for one meal, but heck, I grew it! Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:49:53 EST Long roads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726832 Getting confirmation DD has something wrong. She'll have more tests in the next few days. With brain problems there is a small list of physiologic developments. Clot, bleed or tumor. She's fully functional, scared and brave. Me too. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:12:58 EST Gardening bonus blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725944 Boy have I turned into a city gardener! <BR> There was a time I had a garden bigger than my living room. Onions, celery, corn, carrots...the whole Thanksgiving dinner minus the turkey! <BR> Then life got in the way and for a long time I grew nothing. <BR> This year is my first year re-growing my green thumb. I've given in to container gardening on my patio to see if I can keep the green babies alive. <BR> I played artificial inseminator with my paintbrushes, not trusting the overworked bees i... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:06:42 EST Survival-one step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725928 DD has 3 doctor visits tomorrow. She'll get to the bottom of her problems and she's come a long way from her low points years ago...she's a survivor. <BR> SIL went to a new doctor with three days of evaluation. She's a fighter and for now, a survivor. <BR> I've been a fighter and a survivor. Haven't given up yet although life sure throws me lemons <BR> Did I say I'm still trying to make my job the best it should be while all this other crud is going on?. <BR> Doing it one day and one step at... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:43:34 EST Life's ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724627 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229274329.jpg"> <BR> The little one was Christened on Sunday. His mom and dad hosted a great post-church party. One the attractions was the Maltese puppy in his own little pen. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1982263943.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Absent was my younger DD who had another bad episode of headache and blindness and memory loss. She was in the hospital undergoing tests. We brought her home last night and I was sat... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:38:08 EST How much DO I rely on my computer for friendships? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723208 Did the world fall in because Spark was inaccessible to me for a few days? <BR> No. <BR> Did I find other things to do? <BR> Absolutely. <BR> Did I ponder what would happen if I could never access it again? <BR> Yep. <BR> Did I email a Sparkfriend to see if I had been banished from here since it was inaccessible? <BR> You bet. <BR> I am a curious person. <BR> <BR> I found it's another habit I could break, really easily. I knew I could find other websites for tracking, recipes and stuff. <BR>... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 06:35:15 EST My guys: time goes by http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718733 Fathers Day was fun. I cooked, they ate. We chased kids. <BR> the little one <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454036047.jpg"> <BR> the not-so little one <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1563593242.jpg"> <BR> Family photo, dirty, well-fed and happy <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1453617824.jpg"> <BR> Still bittersweet even though time has gone by. <BR> My DH was 39 when he lost his dad 23 years ago, it seems like yesterd... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:29:40 EST DIggin' it! Happy Father's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718227 Yesterday was sunny, 75, breezy and downright nice! <BR> I hit the stores for more plants and found the mini-rhododendrons I got for the front yard now on clearance! I may be running out to get more of them if they are still available. The side of my house is devoid of any plants. <BR> Loaded my car along with a host of rock-wall plants and I was in digging heaven. <BR> I've added many more bunches of plants to fill in gaps seen here. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l4... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 05:40:55 EST The golden years. Pardon the pun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714707 Ok , married ladies. Oops, ladies married to men. I have some wonderful friends who are married who don't fit in that category. Times are a'changing. <BR> If you haven't already found out...guys don't make it through the night. <BR> I didn't equate my "old" dad's nocturnal visits to the loo with the inevitable happenings to the man in my life. <BR> I don't know why, I should have known. <BR> Geeze, Louise! <BR> I don't think I have gotten more than 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep in several ye... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:17:25 EST Technical female stuff soapbox cancer speech from a family perspective. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713299 Disclaimer: <BR> I had cervical cancer, well watched, and surgery -no chemo or radiation needed. I can't state from personal experience how those things feel BECAUSE I DON"T HAVE TOO! <BR> I have been a caregiver for multiple relatives who didn't do, waited to or ignored the exams. <BR> <BR> Get checked out. <BR> Seriously, how much time out of our lives does a yearly GYN exam take? <BR> Embarrassed? <BR> Think of something else. <BR> Breast exams? <BR> You take a shower, right? Check 'em ou... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 08:35:36 EST You have to be in it to win it, according to the add. Lottery of life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712562 Every once in a while I contemplate winning lotteries. <BR> <BR> Today as I gaze at my dirty carpet, I realize I haven't "washed" it since the dog died. <BR> I used to clean it 4-5 times a year due to dog stuff. Now it's 2 people. <BR> If I won a lottery I could hire someone, but I'm cheap. <BR> I have a cleaner so "Get off the chair, Janet". <BR> <BR> I gaze at the driveway. It needs sealed. <BR> If I won the lottery I could have someone do it. <BR> My 75 yr old neighbor did his yesterda... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 08:09:52 EST Lightening strikes again. Not sleeping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711781 I met my brother's finance guy and was pleased with the results. We spoke about my family so I called my brother while I was driving home--hands-free--. <BR> He laughed and told me he had so much going on he didn't know where to start. So he started joking about his new found hernia, his falling arches. <BR> As 4 lanes of traffic melded into two at rush hour, he simply stated the next news. <BR> <BR> Stage 3 ovarian cancer. <BR> <BR> His wife. My sister-in-law of 25 years. The mother of hi... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 03:02:34 EST Busy and thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711023 I attended another wake for a young person last night. <BR> This 26year young man fought a very courageous battle with sarcoma. <BR> Not much to say. <BR> <BR> You expect to loose parents, spouses, friends. Loosing kids is just so damned hard. <BR> <BR> Work is the same. <BR> I have maintained my weight loss but did not reach my goal of 25 lbs by May 31. <BR> <BR> I lost 17 (haven't updated the ticker) <BR> <BR> Perhaps my calendar was incorrect and it was off by 30 days. We'll see what h... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 06:09:10 EST Speaking of vacations...fall will be Olympic Ntl Park in Washington http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707878 The intrepid traveling grandparents. <BR> My DH, his brother and wife traveled to Hawaii a few years back and had a blast. We've picked Olympic National Park for our next venture. I found 3 homes to rent. <BR> One on a river where salmon should be spawning when we are in residence so we can check that out. None of us fish but it would be neat to see. The same house is close to the beach on the Pacific so long walks in chilly weather/rain/sun...who cares? <BR> Deck, fire pit, BBQ. <BR> Forest... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 06:04:40 EST Feeling Classical; literature, that is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707056 My Wonderland blog had me thinking of the books I've read that turned into movies. <BR> There have been a lot and I do prefer the written word. Be forewarned most of my books, and movies are from a few years ago. <BR> <BR> <BR> Andromeda Strain-like the book better. The movie dumbed down too many characters <BR> Alice in Wonderland-Disney made it palatable for those who didn't pick up on the creepy stuff. <BR> Jurassic Park-I liked the book. I recently saw the 3-D version and was a bit surp... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:25:18 EST Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705740 Alice would say,this get curiouser and curiouser! <BR> <BR> I followed the rabbit down the hole and ran into every character in Wonderland. Nothing is as it seems. Lewis Carroll's imaginations' got nothing on my reality. <BR> <BR> Now I'm getting hit with deadlines because there is another inspection due in September. You need to have this all done. We need to have no deficiencies. <BR> <BR> Whoa, Red Queen! This mushroom-infused world we are working in didn't get like this overnight a... Thu, 29 May 2014 06:18:39 EST Hmmm is my downfall related to non-tracking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704065 One day I didn't have time. <BR> The next I told myself, "You're having the same things." <BR> One day led to another and I stopped using the tracker. I can't remember why I really "stopped" <BR> Yikes! I haven't tracked any food since the second week of April. <BR> Perhaps THAT"S why I'm feeling out of control. <BR> BACK TO TRACKING! <em>28</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 06:10:12 EST Thank a vet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703262 Another Memorial Day. <BR> <BR> I used to call Dad and tease him that today meant I should remember to call him; my favorite veteran. Today I'll simply remember him. <BR> <BR> My family was full of military service people. Most of my uncles, one of my aunts served in WWII. My moms sister and her husband met in Hawaii on the Navy base, my uncle served on the USS Missouri. She was in naval intelligence and outranked him! <BR> My dad's brother in Korea. My cousin, Viet Nam. <BR> In high schoo... Mon, 26 May 2014 05:43:22 EST Throwing the lemons back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702370 My intention was to move the stones, play with grand kids and do some cooking. <BR> <BR> Sure. <BR> <BR> DD's migraine made her cry "Uncle" and she asked if I could take her to the hospital. Nothing unusual; she's had these since she was 10. Now she's 31. It's an infrequent and non-life threatening routine. Sometimes she needs IV meds to stop the vomiting and headache. <BR> Problem is she's moved 35 miles away. <BR> 1 mile from NYC. The last exit AT the Lincoln tunnel. <BR> All the way on... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:09:37 EST Calm weather, lots to do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701891 We escaped the storm; it was pretty neat watching TWC pictures of DD's area turn black with rain and how much lightening was around. Haven't spoken to her yet to find out how she fared. Probably slept through it. <BR> <BR> Things should dry up for the stone-fest, pool emptying party today. <BR> DH is trying to figure out how we can pump water uphill to the street to empty this thing. I've half a mind to meet the new neighbor behind me and ask if I can run a couple hundred feet of hose throug... Sat, 24 May 2014 06:27:41 EST Oh, the weather outside is frightful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701671 Thunderstorms. <BR> I'm getting tired of listening to the Weather Channel beeping and I'm not even at ground zero! <BR> Mega lightening strikes, flash flood warnings and hail. I can take 2 of 3, the hail makes me nervous as I have skylights. Hail is not something we see here often. <BR> My DD#2 lived in a 6th floor condo right in the heart of this mess. Normally she'd be hanging out the window watching but she's grounded with a 2 day migraine. I hope the booms don't bother her much. <BR> <BR... Fri, 23 May 2014 19:43:55 EST Change of plans. My pool will be replaced Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701002 Yikes! <BR> Now I have to run home from work tomorrow for the parts delivery, run back to work then run home again to dig more stones. <BR> I enlisted DD, SIL and even GS to help move the stones on Saturday. GS will probably eat the rocks. He's into getting attention when he picks stuff up and puts it in his mouth. <BR> I think he'll stop doing that the first time he finds cat poo. <BR> It stopped the dog! <BR> <BR> So much for cleaning my house. Ha ha. <BR> <BR> Exercise by yard work. I ke... Thu, 22 May 2014 20:11:48 EST Something about Thursday. My weekend planning day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700496 Anticipatory? <BR> Almost over? <BR> <BR> I'm done with this week already. <BR> I'd like to have 2-3 days to get my house in order, it's been badly neglected. No dust bunnies but we've both been overworked and there's a pile of mail here, a pair of shoes there. Pile of things for donation by the door that has apparently taken a life of it's own. I've even pulled a few things back out and used them! Out of sight, out of mind I guess. <BR> <BR> My refrigerator needs serious re-stocking. <BR>... Thu, 22 May 2014 06:37:25 EST Trying the MT thing and agreeing with DOGLADY13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699717 It must be that mojo thing I keep falling back on. <BR> I ramped it up in January. We were all so "all about being mentally tough". <BR> Then when the going got tough, the tough got up and sauntered out the door. <BR> I haven't been able to get that re-start I was looking for. <BR> Of course I also haven't been able to wrap my arms around the new job either. <BR> <BR> My boss has found my weakness for crappy junk candy and has been enticing me (perhaps it's the "please don't leave us" candy ... Wed, 21 May 2014 06:34:53 EST The daily Grind-avoiding going in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698945 "Got up <BR> Got outta bed <BR> Dragged a comb across my head. <BR> Found my way downstairs and had a cup..." <BR> Ah, Beatles in the morning. <BR> I'll be singing that one all day. <BR> <BR> I'm watching what I eat and not having big fits. I've had a few mall victories like the argument I had with myself about the still unopened pint of ice cream in my freezer. I had a glass od ice water instead of eating it and that worked out great. <BR> Not so great when I bought chips at Target. The A... Tue, 20 May 2014 06:37:54 EST Random Sunday blog. Lots of exercise in the future. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697561 Physical and mental exercise. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else feel creeped out when the add pops up of Donald Duck preparing to chow down on a poultry leg? <BR> <BR> Thanks to WATERMELLEN, I now have to run to the store to get eggplant and lentils. <BR> <BR> Never, ever, eat only a whole 4-serving bag of Brussels sprouts as your dinner even if pan roasting them with garlic, no oil, then applying a teriyaki sauce and a drop of sesame oil is awesome. <BR> <BR> I may have mentioned the wall failu... Sun, 18 May 2014 09:55:43 EST Random Saturday morning thoughts since I haven't blogged but loving my SP friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696796 Smoke alarms with voice messages are great until the battery needs changed at 4am! <BR> Letting the darned thing hang by it's wires must have juggled the battery, praise be, and once DH gets moving...he can change it. I couldn't get the battery compartment open! <BR> <BR> My diet has been re-set and this week has been good. I haven't cooked since vacation but had plenty of leftovers from other sessions. It was a surprise every day as a frozen block of something would be placed in my lunch b... Sat, 17 May 2014 06:15:01 EST A tale of two alligators and two waring birds. Or how I learned NOT to go down the path. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695998 Hmmm I enjoyed viewing these Jurassic creatures. Note the bird on the left holds a fish. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1821215246.jpg"> <BR> The bird got distracted by the 'gator <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501877324.jpg"> <BR> Lost the fish to the guy on the right. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645427910.jpg"> <BR> One mad bird. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1864901900.jpg"> <BR> Thi... Thu, 15 May 2014 22:28:19 EST More trip pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695412 I'm not sure going digital enhanced my photography or if it only gave me more chances to capture "ahhh" moments, but here goes: <BR> Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l323659093.jpg"> <BR> Wild pigs, same place. Never saw their faces as they constantly rooted for food! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1512698525.jpg"> <BR> Ft Desoto, my model <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1728776723.jpg"... Thu, 15 May 2014 05:54:44 EST Relaxed, tanned and back for more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693101 The kinks in my neck are still there but the overwhelming sensation of being overwhelmed were gone for a week. I'll see if the long week at the beach and taking sightseeing trips helped my attitude. <BR> Six Mile Cypress Swamp <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465103310.jpg"> <BR> I have not had a chance to go through my photos and weed out the excellent ones yet. I'll do that when I nee to relax. <BR> Here are a few more: <BR> Looking for his lady-love <BR> <img src="... Mon, 12 May 2014 06:45:05 EST Self. The Naked truth and shopping for a bathing suit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686324 My DH installed the mirrored bathroom medicine chest at a low height as I complained about kids reaching up to see themselves brushing teeth. The result was LARGE view of everything from the top of my head to my netherlands, gratefully cut off by the vanity sink. <BR> <BR> I have learned, and accepted in recent years, that gravity sucks and old people grow things like moles and brown spots. I've also had long conversations with different parts of my body while I slather cream on my face, bru... Sat, 3 May 2014 09:20:50 EST