SENIMMO's SparkPeople Blog SENIMMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community RAINED out So, weather forecast said rain would be gone by 730. They lied. It is still pouring and no sign of it letting up. No one else came and I am not staying. Maybe next week... <BR> <BR> I will go home, do more laundry, fix a healthy lunch, and maybe start on Christmas presents... <BR> <BR> Have a warm, dry day. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:39:59 EST Finally! The end is near- Tomorrow is the last of my Wednesday markets. I have 2 more Saturdays and am deciding if I am doing 1 or 2 more sundays...or 3... <BR> <BR> Sales this season were way off because the sweaters are mia, last year I sold 6 of them at 200-300 because they are 100% wool. That isn't a bad price for hand knit real wool. They last for decades if they are taken care of properly. <BR> <BR> I'm taking another rest day today. Trying to get my pain level under control. Evidently, neuropathy doesn't like... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:14:18 EST Everything but my weight loss... Is going a little better. I knew it would. I just had to hang on, keep praying, and believe. <BR> <BR> Saturday sales weren't great, but they were better. Enough that I was able to pay both boys for helping with takedown and loading (I gave them coffee money, which I probably would have given them without the work, so I was very happy with the work!). I ended up taking the younger one to green bay for him to start Christmas shopping and to get some hats for winter at the Halloween store (d... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:39:01 EST Another Saturday Another Farmer's Market. I have decisions to make over the winter. Mainly to keep doing the market in town or not. If I keep doing it, I have to decide if I want to keep sharing the same space with the "friend" I've been sharing with for 2 years. My sales have gone down by over 30% each year being next to her. <BR> <BR> It doesn't make sense. At my northern market, I'm in even less space sharing with my Baker friend and my sales are fine. I think it's the person , not the lack of space. She... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:18:27 EST So, my intended Sparkbreak Was much shorter than I planned. While I am not doing well with my weight loss, I am doing better with being accountable for my lack of ambition. <BR> <BR> Motivation is just not there right now for much of anything. Not dieting, not working out, not even working or shopping ( Though I did do some serious spending yesterday). <BR> <BR> Hubs sent me $ for the younger boy's weekend in Wisconsin dells and told me to use the rest to go to green bay and shop for supplies for my business for... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 06:54:01 EST Sometimes the right thing is the hardest to do. I will most likely be taking an extended SparkBreak. I just got home from having to put my dog, Hazel to sleep. <BR> <BR> I know in my head it was the right thing to do, but my heart is not on board with the decision. <BR> <BR> She has been getting lost in her own house, stuck in corners, running into walls and furniture, falling when she walks, and having to be picked up and lifted down from the porch (not that I mind doing that!). She hasn't wagged her tail in so long, I don't remember th... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:05:52 EST I survived the weekend...barely! Unfortunately, the title is literal. I am allergic to bees and got stung saturday while at the festival. Of course, it happened only an hour into the show! I had my epipens with me and had to take both doses of that, benadryl, my inhaler, and had to go to the hospital in a rescue squad. They had to give me a breathing treatment in route and tried (unsuccessfully) THREE times to start an iv line. It was a rough day. <BR> <BR> I was released after several hours in the ER, massive steroids, ant... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:42:15 EST Wednesday Had market today, sales were practically nonexistent, but that's ok. If I had sold a lot today, I would be killing myself trying to get more done for the weekend. That would not be fun. <BR> <BR> I'm having a lot of the neuropathy pain, so that stinks. And my mom started in again today. <BR> <BR> She was po'd that her package didn't get there, so she texted me at work. I sent her a picture of the receipt from the post office saying that it should be there today and I called the tracking num... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:42:02 EST Ok I'm up... And I've already nagged boys to put trash out (and the extra over flowing bags from the house out too!) Which they did without too much grumbling. Got them to make sure washer and dryer are free for me to use (SCORE!!) took older one to work (in exchange for the extra household chores that did take him some time)and went on a store run. Also got the change for tomorrow's market and shopped online already this morning. <BR> <BR> I have business cards coming that will get here before my weeken... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:17:39 EST What is it about the middle of the night- that makes me have massive munchie attacks? <BR> <BR> Actually it's a rhetorical question. I know what it is most of the time. It's the meds. I can't take them on an empty stomach or they make me sick, so I have to have something with them. I tried just having a cracker or two andthat doesn't work. It has to be something a bit more substantial than crackers or yogurt. <BR> <BR> I'm learning to budget my calories to allow for it. which means aiming for the low end of my allotment and giving ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:52:15 EST Eh. There's always tomorrow Or in the case of my market sales, next week. Of course it's the last week of the season for my best market next week. Not sure how I feel about that.. <BR> <BR> Today was rainy to start and cold/very windy throughout. Not a lot of sales, but paid for gas. <BR> <BR> Tried making bank deposit through AT and it kept spitting my $ back out, after the umpteenth try, it gave up and kept my cash! Ugh. <BR> <BR> Came home and tried to order towels. They said that wouldn't get here until next... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:19:01 EST I was offline HOW long?? I logged into Spark when I got home and done with all the errands, packing Hubs off to work, dealing with mama drama (justifiable surprisingly for her) kids, computers, work, banking, budgeting, etc., ad nauseum. sigh. <BR> <BR> I have been doing fairly well with my calorie intake (not great, but not as bad as I usually do when Hubs is home) but didn't get any gym time in, It happens. Not beating myself up over it. <BR> <BR> My friend that shares my space didn't stay today because the wea... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:35:58 EST What the?? So I just logged into Spark for the day, and yesterday's blog is nowhere to be found! Well! <BR> <BR> I'm not going to bother trying to recreate it, but it is a bit frustrating that the thing said it was loaded and now it's MIA. Sigh. If that's the worst that happens this week? I will take it and RUN with it!!! <BR> <BR> Today's sales were decent. Not stellar, but decent. I was able to get MIL's significant other's Christmas gift and have a bit left over after I paid for space, so it works.... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:57:24 EST Sunday was a Monday in disguise... My internet was down...again! ATT is getting right up there on the list with cell company "v", let me tell you! <BR> <BR> It happens. Sales were down again. no big surprise there. It's my own fault for donating things. If that's the worst thing that happens this week I will take it and RUN!! lol <BR> <BR> I went to the gym already and then tried to go get errands done, bills paid, etc. Oh, wait, nothing opens until 9! it's a good thing I'm self employed, I'd have to take days off to pay bil... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:29:16 EST Some people Are so rude! I had a group of people who decided the front of my tent was a good place to stand and chat with friends...for 2 hours! As you can guess it prevent red me from making any sales <BR> <BR> I did have 1 customer who really wanted a sock monkey cozy who said "excuse me" and pushed her way past them. They had the nerve to complain that she was rude??? <BR> <BR> Sigh. I did donate a set of towels to United Way for a fundraiser. The guy was going to buy one first thing this morning t... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:57:24 EST A few ups! I was able to get almost all of the patterns I wanted downloaded into the computer. SO, that was good. Not so good is that for some reason I managed to mess it up to where it tries to unzip most of them with media player. Sigh. I have NO idea how to fix that. Guess I will just have to ask Hubs to help when he gets home for his surgery. <BR> <BR> I WAS able to get a few downloaded in a usable form!!! WOO HOOO. I have one for thanksgiving, two for easter, some nautical resized, an anchor, and ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:20:16 EST Almost made it- to the weekend. It's been one of those weeks. But things are starting to shape up. Either that or I'm just getting used to it! <BR> <BR> I had the vintage sweater nearly done and started assembling it. Then realized the lady had used the wrong size needles in almost the whole thing. SO, I will be taking it ENTIRELY apart, skeining the yarn and washing it, then reknitting the whole dang thing from stitch one. I won't be getting paid any time soon I guess. sigh. it happens./ <BR> <BR> I went... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:34:30 EST Wet Wednesday- I was up at oh crap early and went to the gym before I went to the farm market... <BR> <BR> Except I ended up not going to the market. I had stopped at walmart to pick up the towels I had ordered and while I was in there, it started pouring rain. I called a friend who lives farther north to ask what the weather up there was doing and I checked the weather forecast. <BR> <BR> Rain, more rain, heavy rain, and flood warnings for the whole county. I came back home. <BR> <BR> I did get the vint... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:56:23 EST Feeling better today... Except I'm too tired to go to the gym right now (0430) so I'm going to go back to sleep for a while. <BR> <BR> I got more suggestions yesterday on where to look for help with the truck, so I sent those links and phone numbers to Hubs as soon as I found them. I had done these exact searches before and these links had never shown up until yesterday.. we'll see what comes of it. <BR> <BR> I was able to find the info in my computer to fill out my gym paperwork for scholarship. Hubs said we will... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 05:58:21 EST I give up Before you go ballistic on me, pay attention to the rest of the statement- <BR> <BR> Trying to do it all myself. Getting the truck back, dealing with Hubs' condition, my businees, the ever tightening budget, all of it. I'm giving it all over to God. He will do what He sees fit with it and He will give me the strength to endure and cope. <BR> <BR> That being said, I still posted an update on gofundme ( <link> </link> )and I am going to the gym this morning to ask fo... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:22:22 EST SO frustrated! WHY is it that other people commit crimes and Hubs and I are the ones who end up paying for it?? <BR> <BR> I got a notice yesterday that our grocery benefits are ending because the boy we took in (after his parents put him out) "is receiving benefits on another case"!!???? <BR> <BR> Which means his parents are still claiming him to get higher payments and committing FRAUD and WE'RE the ones getting cut off???? <BR> <BR> Kind of like trying to get Nebraska law enforcement to do their dang j... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:18:34 EST Friday!!! I'm back home after taking Hubs down to pick the rig he's driving for now up from the shop. He had freight pick up yesterday, but it doesn't deliver until sunday, monday, and tuesday. and it only goes 800 miles. There was no need to rush out on it. <BR> <BR> So, I drove him down wednesday night, we slept in the back of the van, camping style and slept pretty good. Especially considering how HOT it was!! Then around 3 am it started raining and storming. It cooled off, at least!! <BR> <BR> We... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:27:50 EST Wednesday Tried writing blog, kept getting redirected from the adware. I give up on the blog for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a good one. <BR> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:07:22 EST No blog No time. Just too hectic today. Maybe tomorrow... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:36:35 EST Monday is being a MONDAY <em>234</em> My new software for my embroidery machine ($130!!! OW OW OW) does NOT WORK with windows 8. It has been opened therefore is unreturnable. <BR> <BR> I hate windows8. I really really do. I can view the patterns, I can make the alterations to them. I cannot print them to the card. There is no driver. <BR> <BR> I went online and searched for the driver. They haven't MADE one. Sigh. I don't think I like computerized anything right now (well, I like my spark, but not the popups and... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:31:12 EST Well- I don't know if it was my warning to them about being "beyond po'd" or if Dad had a chat with them while they were all down in green bay yesterday, but the boys came home and got on things. <BR> <BR> The older one (the one who left the dirty skillet on the stove after I had asked him not to) didn't even say hello before he started on the dishes. The younger one cleared the living room enough to pull his sofa bed out to sleep on and get to the free standing closet/cabinet we have. They ran la... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:26:24 EST Too Tired- I have no energy to deal with any more. Not my weight, not my business, not fighting with the kids to get them to stop making the house look like pigs live in it, not to clean, not to work, nothing. <BR> <BR> I don't even have the energy to eat junk, let alone make it or carry it in m y to room! <BR> <BR> I was supposed to go down to appleton to pick up a boatload of materials/supplies/software today after the market. I'm feeling so bad and in so much pain that I asked Hubs to take the boys... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:45:57 EST Let it rain!! At least for now. I can work in the house while it pours, so raining all day today is fine, tonight is fine, please clear up tomorrow at least from 6 until 1230ish?? We'll see what happens. <BR> <BR> No matter what, it will be fine. God knows what he's doing and it will be totally ok. I have to keep reminding myself of that sometimes... <BR> <BR> The house (apartment we are rearranging furniture and got some more used good furniture) is SLOWLY coming together, Hubs is having to do most of t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:32:32 EST Just ARGH! Things were going fairly well today, even with being exhausted from the overnight drive to get Hubs. <BR> <BR> We got my dr appointment in, got my new rx, got Hubs scheduled for more treatments, and went ahead and robbed peter to pay paul and buy furniture for the boys so they both have comfortable sleeping arrangements. <BR> <BR> At which point, my son decided since what he wants and needs HAS been taken care of, he can be a butt to me. <BR> <BR> He threw a fit when the phone rang becaus... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:00:20 EST Mondays blog that wasn't Because I didn't have time. Parts are going to take several days, so Hubs asked me to come get him. <BR> <BR> I'm not used to 200 mile drives any more, but I managed. I'm exhausted this morning though. Waiting to see Dr about the neuropathy. Will try to post more later. .. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:40:14 EST Sunday was Not as profitable as I had hoped, but not as bad as I had feared. I broke even, because I paid son and bought fresh produce. I hate paying $1.25 for a single tomato and $4 for a medium bag of leaf lettuce, but I love the lady who grows it and i have to get back in the habit. <BR> <BR> Did I mention that my baker friend (who is also amazing!) is making me small loaves of breads now? I can convince my brain that it's had a whole sandwich and still have less than a half sandwich out of one of t... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:12:04 EST Awesome Sales today were up. Embroidered towels are starting to really take off. I had several people today say they really want the hanging tops on them. So, I came home and made 2 up for a lady who is leaving tomorrow and delivered them to her hotel. <BR> <BR> My pos singer quit working on me again and there is no time for me to work on it, so Hubs said go get another one because if I don't have the towels done, every single one of those people who want them are going to show up tomorrow! <BR> ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:25:07 EST So... yesterday's blog evidently didn't post. Like that's anything new with windows8?? yeah. not so much. sigh. <BR> <BR> I planned to go to the gym this morning, even got up at 0430. And found kids sleeping in the living room. I don't mind this, but it means they moved my swim bag and I was NOT about to wake grumpy teen boys to find my gear. Nope. No way!!. That's like waking a bear from hibernation. Not a good idea. <BR> <BR> So I started working. Not working working, but spinning. I want to kn... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:09:24 EST Wednesday work My morning market went well for sales, in spite of rain, no tent, extra tables left in car and a kid that was supposed to work with me and decided to stay home to clean his room. That is fine, except he promised he would take the extra stuff OUT of the car and put the tent IN the car to make things easier for me today. He didn't. <BR> <BR> And the room he stayed home to clean? Yeah. still not done. They slept until after 11 this morning. I am SO not happy. He is mad at me because I grounded ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:45:48 EST Korea&Vietnam vet in need of prayers!!! I just found out that my uncle is battling severe mental and emotional disorders due to the time he spent in the military in Korea and Vietnam. He has been writing suicide notes and calling his son and emergency personnel threatening suicide for quite some time. <BR> <BR> According to my mom, the last time she talked to him (over a year and a half ago?!!?) he didn't recognize her and said "I don't know you and I don't talk to strangers" and hung up on her. <BR> <BR> I don't know WHY I"m jus... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:59:46 EST I made it- I was at the gym when they opened! I was smart about my workout as well. I started out slow, did 20 squats and 25 pushup on the wall ( in water about mid - thigh deep, so it's a good strength exercise) then some warmups, 20 minutes of light aerobics and 20 minutes of jogging in place (in water chest to shoulder deep). <BR> <BR> It felt SO weird with short hair! Afterwards I used a blow dryer for the first time in years...I think the last time was when my dad died in 2010. That was also very ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:07:51 EST So, Sunday... Wasn't too bad. It was cold and cloudy, but didn't rain. Sales were so-so, but that's fine. <BR> <BR> I forgot to take my meds last night, so I didn't sleep well. I will NOT be forgetting them tonight!! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to guesstimate how much stock I will need for next year and how much it will cost to get all the materials. It's scary. If I triple my sales again next year (which is entirely possible and highly probable with the new embroidered line) I will have to sink most, if not al... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:51:43 EST Sunk Saturday- With all the rain today, I felt like I was drowning at times. Sales were in the tank, obviously. It happens. I just tend to get frustrated with these long slow spells. <BR> <BR> And the Mama Drama doesn't help. Yes, she's at it again (still? she DID take a break for a few months...) I got an email today saying that her yarn had already shipped, so I sent her a text to let her know it was already on it's way. <BR> <BR> She complained that I didn't specify whether it was ups or regular mail.... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:22:10 EST My Friday is NOT going to stink- Even though it's only 330 am and I've already been up for an hour with a headache, I am NOT going to let my Friday be crappy. <BR> <BR> I had 4 Mondays in a row this past week. Today is going to be better. <BR> <BR> The best day I had all week was Tuesday, that was when I cut my hair for Locks of Love. I'm still liking the cut, even though it's still not cooperating as much as I would like. It will learn. <BR> <BR> I finally talked to Hubs last night after 2 days of not being able to reach... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:52:26 EST In another "mood" Thanks mom. The title should warn you that this is probably going to end up being another rant. sigh. it happens/. <BR> <BR> I was already not having a great week (sales have been down, drama with son getting stood up for a date, then getting texted by person who stood him up asking for another chance, swimsuit missing, car repairs that led to MORE car repairs, the rear view falling off on the way home yesterday, etc. etc etc.) and was at the repair shop AGAIN this morning when my mom started drama agai... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:45:24 EST You asked for it- So here is the new haircut after I donated nearly a foot of it to Locks of Love. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It looks much better in person, I am not a fan of "selfies"-they never look good for me. (At least I make sure I never take or post an inappropriate one!) <BR> <BR> Markets were slow today, but I still feel good about the hair, so it doesn't matter. <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of the week! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:15:03 EST Tuesday in the rain I'm taking the car in later for it's tires and oil change. It is pouring rain again, but it's not bad. I like it raining. Beats 90 degrees, that's for sure! <BR> <BR> I still haven't found my swimsuit, but that's ok too. I'm still in a pretty good mood!' <BR> <BR> I got the banking done already this morning (now that I've finally learned how to do THAT online!) and worked on the gofundme page ( <link> </link> ) It's getting off the ground a bit. I still need as many... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:54:52 EST Feeling good about myself today I went to get my hair trimmed today. All I planned to do was get the split ends cut off and the length evened out a little. I had no intention of getting it cut short. Absolutely NONE. <BR> <BR> Then I was talking to my friend that was going to cut it at the salon and said I didn't think it is ever going to get long enough to cut and donate. She said she thought it was long enough. We measured and it was!! <BR> <BR> So, I got a new SHORT haircut. She didn't want to cut it, because she knows... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:57:35 EST Too dang early! The alarm went off at 0430 and I actually dragged myself out of bed without hitting the snooze button! Not even once! WOO HOO yay me! <BR> <BR> I went to get my bag together and get my suit on to go to the pool. Hubs' trunks are on the dryer, Son's are IN the dryer. My suit? is nowhere in sight!!?? ARGH! I can wake the kid to help hunt for it and then have him cranky all day or I can just go back to bed for a few hours and go later or tomorrow, depending on when the thing gets found. <BR> ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:09:56 EST Sunday success- Today went well at the market. Not fabulously, but that's ok. It lets me put a little more into the pig recovery fund. <BR> <BR> Hubs is sending in paperwork tomorrow for title and calling Nebraska PD (yes, AGAIN) to see what he can get them in gear doing (all the reports were STILL not filed properly when he talked to the attorney, which is a BIG part of the problem with them charging us so much to get it back! No report=not stolen. Not stolen=responsible for storage fees. Storage fees=$5,... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:17:15 EST Some good news for Saturday While I'm not going to go into specific details (other than NO, it was not incredible market sales) I am happy to say I have some good news. Actually, fantastic news. Well, potentially fantastic, anyway. <BR> <BR> We were able to come up with $2k of the $5k we need to recover the pig from sources other than our gofundme page ( <link> </link> click here to help, please!). <BR> <BR> Now, if we can just reach the right people to help with some of the rest of it! I rea... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:09:18 EST Friday-again... At least I've gotten some sleep this past week, so I'm not dreading the markets this weekend. <BR> <BR> I got a LOT of work done this past week while Hubs has been home, so there is potential for some nice income this week. The good sales from Wednesday morning are already spent. Hubs took son and got him registered for school yesterday while I worked, so that took a chunk of it (yet they call it "free public education"? Admittedly it's much less than when I had him in a private Catholic sch... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:42:05 EST Thursday Lots of stuff went on today, but I was too busy to blog. Now I'm too tired. Maybe tomorrow... <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a good night. <BR> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:49:50 EST Better than expected! I was going to make cupcakes last night to take to the farm market today for my birthday. I went to get ingredients and saw PINK cupcakes in the bakery. $15 for TWO DOZEN! I bought them. <BR> <BR> I took them to the market this morning and shared them with all the vendors and a few customers. One of my fellow vendors that I work with at 2 different markets every week brought me a gift this morning. Her birthday was Monday, so on Sunday I had her pick out towels for her birthday. She brought ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:57:06 EST Happy birthday? My birthday started with 1 of the boys oversleeping for work, Hubs skipping the shower (gee, thanks) and a text from my mother making excuses for not sending a card on time (she claims she's sending one today. Like it will get from Ohio to Wisconsin in time???) She hasn't sent one to me or son in years, I don't know why I'm supposed to be excited about it now? <BR> <BR> Not expecting the day to go well, just hoping it doesn't suck too much. <BR> <BR> Happy humpday! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:39:39 EST