SENIMMO's SparkPeople Blog SENIMMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hubs is at it-AGAIN!?! <em>345</em> Amazing, incredible, wonderful, fabulous, did I say awesome?? Hubs did it again last night. <BR> <BR> We had started discussing the possibility of an embroidery machine since we all know how reliable my mom is going to be working for me. Hers was several THOUSAND dollars (as in I could have bought a new car!) and though she did do some work with it and make a few hundred dollars (2 if I'm not mistaken), it wasn't enough to justify that kind of machine! <BR> <BR> I obviously d... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:39:28 EST Glad Saturday work is done Long days with lots of people looking and making a mess out of things and putting dirty hands on EVERYTHING make for a very cranky Seni. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness I was smart enough to NOT put the expensive sweaters out today. I would have ended up in trouble for telling people to either stop pulling on them or pay for the damage they cause! <BR> <BR> What is it about going on vacation that makes GROWN ADULTS think they need to (and have the right to) TOUCH EVERYTHING and make a mess, knock... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:51:51 EST Where did it go?? Yet another blog disappeared yesterday! I spent over a half hour fighting with the "smart"phone doing it, and today it's not on the website??!!?? ARGH! <BR> <BR> Not doing it over. Not going to, can't make me, I'm in a MOOD. My allergies are acting up really bad, my eyes are itchy, I'm in the mood for retail therapy and the budget just won't allow it (but almost all of the bills are paid for the month and the minivan has a full gas tank!). Sigh. It happens. <BR> <BR> Hubs is preplanned for ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:12:42 EST Life's short. Pray hard. I'm sure you've heard that saying. <BR> <BR> I'm praying as hard as I can, because I am not seeing anything good in my studying Hubs' condition. <BR> <BR> I know that I've known this was coming from the beginning, but that doesn't make it any easier. 10 years we've been together. It's just not enough. And it doesn't feel like it's been that long. <BR> <BR> Hubs' condition has nothing whatsoever to do with sun exposure. It is a genetic progression. Long before we met, he had been t... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:23:23 EST Snafu-aroo I think we all know the meaning of SNAFU (situation normal, all fouled up) And yesterday really had the makings of being a total FUBAR as well. (fouled up beyond any repair) <BR> <BR> I managed the stress yesterday, didn't realize until today that my blog hadnt posted. Sigh. <BR> <BR> The bank issues are settled. I didn't have to pay any fees, the deposits posted before the withdrawals and payments. If they hadn't the bank would have waived the fees because they hadn't told me about the ATM... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:54:43 EST Good weekend- Sales were back up to average today. I was happy with the overall results of the weekend. <BR> <BR> It was good and I talked to my business advisor friend. She said I have to stop letting people get to me when they say nasty things. It's not actually mean and hateful and a personal attack even though it feels like it. I promised to work on it. <BR> <BR> We'll see how I do. <BR> <BR> Today people were MUCH nicer. I talked to several people who agreed that friday was amazing and that saturd... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:32:24 EST Less up Today was absolutely horrible for sales until the last minute. I had a decent sale that gave me a number I am satisfied with, but not thrilled about. It is what it is and it is fine. <BR> <BR> I did get all those team towels done. Not a single person came back for them. Boogers. EH, it will be fine. Now I have them for later. <BR> <BR> I took the cooler and had decent food again today. Yay me!!! When the baker's daughter came around offering cheesecake for sale, I was able to say no...repe... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 19:52:25 EST Amazing! Sales today were off the charts for me. I am VERY happy. I was even happier that I managed to stay on track today. I had ham and cheese sandwiches for all three meals, but I had a lot of lettuce on them, and I had some yogurt, too. Not the absolute best, but SO much better than I usually do... <BR> <BR> I stopped on the way home and grabbed some towels that people were asking for (team colors) so I'm going to whip those up tonight/tomorrow. If they come back, I have them. If they don't? Som... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:14:41 EST Let's try this again- This time on the computer instead of the not-so-smart-phone. ARGH! I hate changing to new stuff once I've learned the old stuff! <BR> <BR> I had a whole blog done and ready to paste into the spark site. I couldn't figure out how to get it to do it. I got stuck buying that new galaxy s4. It is NOT a user friendly phone if you aren't a techno-genius! Which we all know I am NOT! <BR> <BR> Yesterday went amazingly. Keep in mind, I consider a $50 day to be a good one. As long as I'm not going in... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:47:29 EST I tried! I had my food planned and tracked. Son put my breakfast in paper towel for me. I went to eat it on the way to work. It smelled like wet dog. It didn't taste good either. <em>24</em> I asked son if it was just me. He about hurled. <BR> <BR> So my great food plan for the day went in the tank. <BR> <BR> I ended up grabbing a sausage biscuit at McDonald's. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I do have the cooler with my stuff for lunch and dinner. At least the whole day won't be a bust. <BR> <BR> I ca... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:07:09 EST Glad we know how to swim- Because it's pouring buckets right now and we need to go to markets. I checked the radar, it's supposed to be stopping soon. The key word there is "SUPPOSED". We'll see. <BR> <BR> I had told son we need to take tent and bricks. The morning market is limited to kitchen and garden crafts. The afternoon one is not. That works for me, but does require tent for hanging things in the afternoon. And evidently this morning is going to require one to keep us dry!!! <BR> <BR> Sigh. It will work out. ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:45:40 EST Tuesday- So far I'm surviving it. Barely. I took the boys to Green Bay yesterday and we had fun. Got some gaming stuff for Magic and got them 2 more for the ps3. Bartered chores from the two of them for it. It wasn't bad. And they didn't break me when we went to lunch (let's not discuss lunch. I did manage to stay under 600 calories for it, though). <BR> <BR> I am managing with the new Chrome thingy in my computer. I've already had to run malware cleaner 3 times in last 48 hours (which is more than ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:56:58 EST 3 am And guess who's awake? Not happy about it, either. Woke up to go to the bathroom (thanks water pills that are working for about 18 hours??!!) sigh. <BR> <BR> I worked some last night. I made a couple potholders and dish cloths. I'm not sure what I'll do today. it depends on the weather any my breathing. Oh thank goodness, the a/c just kicked on! I think wheezing was contributing to not getting back to sleep. Nasty allergies. <BR> <BR> I have to be out in it all morning for the markets, then... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:25:25 EST Sunday- Started out with clouds and fog. By the time we got to the Market, it started sprinkling intermittently, then stopped. The sun came and went several times, but the rain held off. The wind was pretty wild, though. <BR> <BR> Sales weren't fabulous, but were good enough that I can help Hubs pay bills. That always makes me feel better. <BR> <BR> I couldn't figure out firefox, but I have google chrome on my smartphone and the tablet, so Hubs and MIL suggested I try to adapt to that and put it on... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:09:29 EST So-so saturday Sales weren't great , but the weather held. It can storm now if it wants to. <BR> <BR> I'm learning that these not so hot sales days are ok. My business will be what God intends it to be for me. Doing my best is good enough. I'm finally getting to the point where I can say if I was meant to do more, I would have had the whatever to do it. <BR> <BR> Be that time, energy, materials, etc. What is happening is not in my hands, it is following His plan. That is more than good enough! <BR> ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:53:30 EST Changing software- I'm considering it. Even the guys at the repair shop this morning were talking about it and switching theirs. They are going to Firefox. I remember when firefox was brand new and no one supported it. That was why I was using IE for all these years. Now, apparently, IE is too hacker accessible. Lovely. <BR> <BR> It was suggested to go Firefox or Google Chrome. I hate google. It just SOUNDS like something an idiot would come up with. I also can't stand "Wikipedia". Whatever happened to READING... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:08:59 EST Here we go again:-( I had FINALLY gotten rid of the links in my Spark. They are back this morning. It's something to do with their advertisers, I think. Because if I get rid of all of it and avoid Sparking, I don't have any problems. The minute I go back on Spark? Yeah, pop-ups up the wazoo, links back in my typing, garbage programs trying (and sometimes succeeding) to install on my computer, garbage advertisers that trick you into thinking their CRAP comes from a legitimate source when it DOESNT. Lying advertis... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:13:03 EST Have to-don't want to Boy do a lot of things fit that today! My weight loss efforts (we ALL know how that feels!!) The paperwork for my business. And going to work today. I normally love my job (especially the days up north instead of here). Today? not so much. <BR> <BR> It's the knees' fault. They are taking turns misbehaving and I am SERIOUSLY IRKED with both of them. What is up with them?? I've been exercising (not tracking it, but DOING it!) I've been taking my water pills, I'm not trying to run or do anythin... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:08:49 EST SERIOUSLY????? What is with people??? "Can I ax you a question about your bidnez?" NO. You may ASK me about my BUSINESS, but I really don't know what a bidnez is and I prefer not to be dismembered over it! <BR> <BR> I get it, I really do, but in a BUSINESS context, a work environment, PLEASE speak properly (unless you are multi-lingual and honestly cannot pronounce words in American English, I am pretty good about that) If you are born and raised in the Midwest US? Not so understanding. Don't tell me it'... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:56:23 EST Tuesday Afternoon- The boys decided they are comfortable with the recliner for one and the bed for the other (for now, at least) so I didn't have to buy furniture. I did still go to green bay, though. <BR> <BR> I got canvas bags to paint cherries on. I think they look really good (all things considered, lol. I will edit this post to add a photo from the smartphone later (if I can figure it out) I also stopped at the game store to get deck boxes and card sleeves for the Magic game. Didn't realize until I was ho... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:27:40 EST Monday-a lazy day I just wasn't feeling up to doing a lot today. I did get a little shopping done. I got my signs started. I did a LOT of online window shopping getting prices and availability of things I want to make new products with. I'm going to try painting cherries on canvas bags. I don't think I will bother with lettering, though. I did a few with the transfers, but I think painting them is going to be better. I'll see tomorrow...maybe. <BR> <BR> I have a LOT more going on tomorrow than I had planned. ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:40:27 EST Super Sunday That's what today has been so far. Sky cleared up and we didn't get rained on, sales were decent, I am guaranteed a spot for 4th of July weekend (WHEW!!!) I only ate one sausage biscuit this morning and I politely said no thank you to the fried eggrolls. <BR> <BR> I have the credit card thingy figured out (Hubs still isn't speaking to me over the thing. He had inadvertently done something that made it not want to work and when he called me last night to try to fix it, I was already in the m... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:22:05 EST Rainy Saturday Which resulted in poor sales. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Hubs left for work yesterday. About 2 hours later Dr called with his biopsy results. Not good. He needs excisions done asap. I asked if I needed to call and get him home immediately, or is his appointment the first week of August good enough. She said August is ok, just don't let him miss it. Sigh. <BR> <BR> We've been dodging bad news with it for years. Sooner or later, we knew it was going to start being bad. I'm just praying that things do... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:30:09 EST Friday I'm getting Hubs ready to go back to work. He has freight running from about 2 hours away to NH. Not a bad load. We'll see how hard it is to reload out of there Monday. <BR> <BR> After 15 days home, we are BOTH ready for him to go back. I need to get back on a decent sleeping and eating schedule and get to the gym. He just needs to get back to work. I've made enough at the markets to cover the current expenses for my business and the house, but he's not liking it. He still feels like he shou... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:09:49 EST Making it work- I am going to be finding ways to do that. Today, I'm doing my spark before anything else (including getting out of bed for the day, lol). I am going to pre-track my food, then get up and make everything for the whole day before I start working. <BR> <BR> Packing for the markets is going to be making a HUGE difference this year. I'm still struggling with getting my big caboose to the gym, though. I'm pretty sure that will come once the eating starts yielding results. I will want to push the l... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:14:13 EST Just Duck it! So, my "new" computer (hubs got it for me a little over a year ago, windows8) is STILL annoying me with that stupid touch pad thingy. And it doesn't like to listen when I turn it off. I want it to STAY off it turns back on every time I restart the computer (even if it's only been sleeping). <BR> <BR> So I Duck taped it. Seriously. I took a couple of small envelopes to make a little hard platform over it and slapped a piece of silver Duck tape over it. I don't care if it's not pretty, it wo... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:01:02 EST Today's mood- see my photos. I can't get the one I want out of the old phone to post it, lol. <BR> <BR> The one I'm referring to is the dog saying "still hungry" and labeled LOVE this. <BR> <BR> I totally resemble that today. But I won't binge. I will eat sensibly. Don't want to, but I will. <BR> <BR> I will also not pitch the windows8 computer out the window of the house (or truck at 65mph, though that is tempting!) nor will I take the sledge hammer to it. Again, I WANT to, but I won't. <BR> <BR> I al... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:56:56 EST Some people! I have Hubs in the Dr's office for skin cancer treatment and some old guys (very well dressed and drowning in expensive cologne) is throwing a FIT because his appointment was 15 minutes ago and he doesn't have all day, you know. <BR> <BR> I WANT to say something nasty to him, but I am behaving. I wonder how HE would react if HE was the one with cancer that was deeper than expected and needed more radical treatment. Would he want them to delay his treatment so they could keep the schedule? ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:43:56 EST Photos as promised <img src=""> <BR> These are the towels Hubs designed. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:14:09 EST The Good, the Bad, and the not-so-ugly That pretty much sums up today. And last night. Except the trip to cell company "v" started out pretty rough and had the potential to be VERY ugly! <BR> <BR> It all got worked out. I have a humongous cell bill coming for new equipment, but it should be okay. They swear I won't have another charging port issue with all this new crap. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Hubs and I went out to dinner last night at applebee's. I've eaten better, I've eaten worse. I don't mean the food itself, I mean my choice... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:39:11 EST Wow- I decided to take fewer things to the market and concentrate on my kitchen stuff. While I didn't sell any of the new cherry towels (the boogers), I still had a record day for this early in the season. While that sounds really amazing, keep in mind that this early in the season a $50 sales day is fantastic. <BR> <BR> I'm still VERY happy with the way things are shaping up. And I think the cherry towels may go over really well up north. People down here are...different. yeah. let's go with tha... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:35:05 EST DO say CAN'T Any and EVERY time you want to give up, give in, or binge. <BR> <BR> There are times and places for everything. The time and place for the word CAN'T is when CAN is going to derail you. Of course, don't and wont work as well with the binging and giving up, giving in, etc. <BR> <BR> ANYTHING that works. For me, right now. Can't give up is working. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:22:21 EST Swamped, but hanging in there! So, on top of "Mom Drama", work, adding markets, Hubs' cancer treatments (It's nothing life threatening, thank you for your concern and prayers!!) and end of school year? I'm designing and making several new products this year. <BR> <BR> One of the biggies is something <em>345</em> Hubs helped with!! He designed me a cherry transfer! And he's helping get them on the towels. We went this morning to get more towels, because we are sure they are going to really sell well to the tourists. Gu... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:55:14 EST Just AARRGGHHHHH!!! My mother called last night. Remember when I said I was apprehensive about things going so well with my business because SOMETHING was going to go to hell in a handcart? Yeah, that would be my mom's drama. <BR> <BR> "I have some bad news" (this is how she normally starts conversations to tell me someone has died, also how she told me my dad had had his first stroke. Not a good omen.) <BR> <BR> Me-What's wrong mom? <BR> <BR> Her-I lost the house. <BR> <BR> Me-oooookay. What's happening now... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:22:36 EST Week One-in the bag. The first whole week of market work is officially finished. I have one on Saturday mornings, one on Sunday mornings, and one on Wednesday mornings...for now. <BR> <BR> Things are looking a little "iffy" for the additional ones. We'll see how the politics plays out. I really don't want to get involved in that game, but again, we'll see. <BR> <BR> I got a LOT of yarn yesterday on sale, so that is going to help. And today I got an order for a store. YIKES!!! <BR> <BR> I will have it finishe... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:47:05 EST Heading out- in a few minutes to get started on my day. I'm irked with the Sparksite. I haven't missed a single day blogging and DOING stuff on it, but that stupid wheel doesn't always spin, so it says I missed a day. UGH! <BR> <BR> I can deal with it. I'm going to do the bank thing first this morning, then hopefully get the towel design ironed on and see how it works. Then decide how the rest of the day is going to happen. Tomorrow is a market. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that (eventually) I will get back t... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:52:36 EST Looking up! Hubs' MOHS went well this morning. No problems with the wound packing. That was a relief. <BR> <BR> He didn't want me to just sit there worrying, so I went and ran a few errands. Ok, I ran ONE. lol. <BR> <BR> I went and talked to my bank about a business account and got Hubs' paycheck cashed to pay bills this week. I will be finishing my paperwork tomorrow and I will have a BUSINESS ACCOUNT!! WOOHOOOO!!!! <BR> <BR> SENsational. That's what I'm licensed as. Pretty cool. <BR> <BR> We looked... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 20:19:22 EST Exploring- Hubs and I went driving this morning to find where some more of the farmer's markets are going to be. We ended up setting up at one. Had a decent day, too! <BR> <BR> On way home, we did some of the "tourist" stuff. stopped at a few shops, did come Christmas shopping already!! Got myself a really cute frog planter that I'm going to put a small spider plant in. Got some stuff for son's Christmas presents. A music clef tie pin, a music note cookie cutter (for choir bake sales!) a coffee cup. T... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:33:49 EST Survived Saturday market start- Even with Hubs turning into a MAN, not listening and then being crabby butt first thing this morning. I was determined to NOT fight, he was determined to START one. We worked it out. I had had less than 2 hours of sleep, he had slept all night. He knows better than to be crabby at me when I'm exhausted! <BR> <BR> The market ended up going better than I expected, but a BIG monkey wrench has been dropped in my plans. I had forgotten the inevitable result of a long COLD winter. I am going to n... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 19:35:31 EST For Hubs and his Mom <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I truly am blessed Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:09:03 EST Fabulous Friday- At least I'm hoping it will be. Hubs is home, so it's a pretty good shot it will be. <BR> <BR> I've been managing the steroid starvation fairly well (okay, there was one chocolate binge, but in my defense, I didn't eat as much as I used to, and I didn't have fast food and ice cream with it) <BR> <BR> We'll get some stuff done today and then do the first regular market of the season tomorrow. Sunday is a day off, Monday Hubs has MOHS surgery for his cancer in the morning and his appointment ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:07:25 EST I went- And the meeting went amazingly well. I had WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS from them. YAY!!! <BR> <BR> I have my FEIN now, and my Wisconsin sales tax stuff is on its way. I paid the fees already. Things are looking up...mostly... <BR> <BR> I even went and got the square thingy to accept credit cards. And got denied. They can't verify my identity?!?!?! I have an email out to them to find out WTH???? <BR> <BR> And HUBS WILL BE HOME!!!! <BR> <BR> I also went and scheduled him for MOHS surgery on Monday... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:51:18 EST Go or not go? To my business meeting this morning. I scheduled it for first thing this morning so I wouldn't have time to panic and bail...I'm panicking. <BR> <BR> I can't bail. I want this too badly. <BR> <BR> I should bail. I want it too badly and we all KNOW what happens then... <BR> <BR> Not going to bail. I've dealt with disasters before, I can deal with whatever happens. <BR> <BR> Ok. Going to mapquest the directions, finish dressing, go treat myself to mcdonalds coffee (black with my own additi... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:37:45 EST Amazing Hubs-yes, again! So, Son started household war number umpteen million today. I was in NO mood t talk on phone when Hubs called. As evidenced by my answering his call with "what do you want?" Yeah. I was po'd. <BR> <BR> Hubs was going to have me call an make him a dr appointment for Tuesday and let me think he had freight over the weekend that would let him come home Monday and leave Tuesday night or Wednesday when I leave for the fish creek market. Um, not. He's coming home tomorrow night and was planning/wi... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:06:08 EST Air, glorious Air- I am starting to get some in! The high dose steroids and all the other meds I started yesterday are already starting to make a difference. Thank God first, medical science second. <BR> <BR> And Hubs for making sure I could get them right away, of course. <BR> <BR> I even managed to sleep last night! I didn't get out of bed until almost 11. I'm still taking Benadryl for the rest of today and sleeping if I get tired from that. I figure what my body needs most at this point is to get some of t... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:12:43 EST Hubs did it-AGAIN!? Yes, I'm bragging more about <em>345</em> Hubs. I had to call him when I got done at Dr this morning, because NINE meds?? Yeah, even with insurance, I needed to ask him for a little $...and to ask if he can try to make it home very soon to put the A/C in to filter the air again this year. I don't want son doing it with his stitches (or for a few weeks after, it will still tear open pretty easily). <BR> <BR> Not only did Hubs send $ for meds, easy to make meals for the nest 2 days (I'm sup... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 23:47:17 EST More about last night- So, my son is fine this morning. Well, as fine as you can be with FOUR stitches in your finger! He's a good kid. Mad at me for "babying" him right now. He can just deal with it. <BR> <BR> I knew hubs was working and wouldn't be able to read texts right away, and I knew I couldn't call him from my cell (the only one I have currently working? only works on speaker) while we were in the ER. So I sent text. A few minutes later, he was on the phone to us. All he saw were the words "hospital" and ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:01:14 EST Enough excitement for the night- It's a bit after 10pm and I just got home with my son. He was putting stuff away in the kitchen and somehow managed to cut a finger bad enough for stitches. He had gotten it to stop bleeding before he showed it to me, it was nearly to the bone! I said get in the car. He argued. He went. Mom knows what she's talking about. <BR> <BR> I did ask how he did it, because I knew the hospital would ask. His response? "if I was paying enough attention to know HOW I did it, I wouldn't have done it!" <... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:05:22 EST Some progress- On the Windows8 junk. It's the most user-unfriendly software I've ever used. And considering I used to program in FORTRAN??? That's saying something. <BR> <BR> Oh well. I fought with the thing all day yesterday trying to get to post a blog and it sent me to stupid google every single time. I will evidently be learning patience, whether I want to or not. <BR> <BR> I did get a new cell phone battery ordered, so if I get lucky and that fixes the problem with the mobile, I'm set. I will just us... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 01:44:00 EST What the???? Has anyone else noticed that they are screwing with our Spark? My blogs all now have links to advertising in them???? I KNOW for a fact that I didn't put advertising links in my blogs!!!! <BR> <BR> And half the time I try to add a blog entry? I get redirected to google search. I hate google search. I think anything that gives me millions of pages of stuff that has nothing to do with my search term because they have been paid to put those pages at the head of search terms (with no relevance w... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:59:53 EST