SENIMMO's SparkPeople Blog SENIMMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting ready- For an incredibly hectic week. And very thankful today's sales were better than yesterdays at the art fair. It probably would have been even better had we not all been scrambling to pack up early and fast because there were storms coming in with hail across the bay!! YIKES!!! <BR> <BR> It was still ok, I made enough to cover the concert expenses. It's going to be fine. <BR> <BR> Our week looks like this:Monday-Hubs' MOHS surgery (he's not thrilled, but it's necessary), enptying and cleaning... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:05:54 EST Tomorrow- Will be better than today was, business-wise. Today's sales were virtually nonexistent. I didn't even make space rent back. sigh. It happens sometimes (rarely, thank goodness). I'm still not going to complain, though. I met some amazing people and tomorrow will be better. It's a percent based rent tomorrow, so poor sales mean less expense. Good sales mean I don't mind the higher rent. It all works out. <BR> <BR> I talked to the co-owner of the pie shop and he was asking when I will have more... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:30:36 EST Sooner or later... We will figure out what is making me wake up in pain. I went to the new Dr yesterday and she prescribed a new med. It looks like I may have something called Neuropathy. Which is evidently nerve damage. There are a number of things which can cause it, as well as a number of cases with no known cause. sigh. <BR> <BR> I took the medication before bed last night...and I'm up blogging at 1:30 am...She said to call her in a few days and let her know how the med is working or not working. I'm will... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:47:44 EST SO... Yesterday wasn't bad, sales wise, but it really could have been better. I'm not going to complain, though. Any day I don't go in the hole is a good one in my book. <BR> <BR> Some interesting things happened yesterday with work. At our second market, it is new, so there are people still being nasty about it not being all it was promised. Okay, 1, it is NEW. 2, people are still learning it is there. 3 we are not being charged until the promised plans are finished 4 any new venture takes at LEA... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:51:06 EST Tuesday was better- Hubs wasn't in as early as expected, but that was no big deal. The ATT guy came about the internet...I didn't know son had left dogs running loose in the house, that was bad. It got dealt with. <BR> <BR> Turns out there was a box out on one of the poles that had about 1200 feet of cable connected on only one end crammed in it. The signal was splitting and running into that dead end cable. That would be the problem! It's (supposedly) fixed now. We'll see. <BR> <BR> We took the boys out for ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:10:55 EST Tuesday is going to be better- Because? I already made it to the gym! Hubs is coming home! And I refuse to let it be another crappy day. <BR> <BR> That melatonin stuff seemed to help. I slept 5 hours instead of 3. Got some suggestions from MIL, too. <BR> <BR> Going to go in a few minutes to get Hubs' appointment moved up. If they can get him in sooner. Then get the car repair bill discrepancy fixed. Forty bucks is forty bucks! It's a weeks worth of work gas. Then I will come home and get to work on crafts. <BR> <BR> H... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:11:19 EST Yep, it was a MONDAY Lots of stuff going on (and wrong) today. Most of it eventually got sorted out, the rest will be done either tomorrow or by the end of the week...I hope. <BR> <BR> Took some doing, but we got son's work permit taken care of (a work permit for a 17 year old? really.) Found the receipt for the $40 that I paid on my car repair bill that hasn't been credited, so that will get fixed tomorrow. Called company v to see where all my rebates are (because I got ANOTHER postcard saying please send copie... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:17:00 EST Better again today- For lots of reasons. Mainly, I talked to Hubs last night and told him between his check and my market income, we are ok for next month's bills, so whenever he has freight coming this way, he should go ahead and come home instead of deadheading an a week and a half. <BR> <BR> At which point Hubs said he delivers in Milwaukee on Tuesday. WOO HOOO!!!!! Happy Dance (carefully). I'm going to see if Dr can get him in sooner for his MOHS for the Squamous. I can hope! <BR> <BR> He'll be here to he... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:49:15 EST I forgot again... I didn't blog or log yesterday. I didn't make it to the gym, I didn't do much of anything. I just was not feeling well. So I stayed in bed and napped most of the day. I got up intermittently and worked on my crafts, but when I got sleepy again, I laid back down. <BR> <BR> I don't know what keeps zapping me like this every so often, but it sure does bug me. I go to the Dr monday morning, maybe she will have some suggestions for me. I hope. <BR> <BR> I will do what I can, with what I have, an... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:16:10 EST Day off? or off day? I'm deciding what it's going to be. I think it's just going to be my day off work...sort of. <BR> <BR> I didn't get up at 430 to go to the gym. I got up at 530 and went to the gym. I really do need to start going earlier, but it's a work in progress. I have made it to the pool 2 days out of 3, so I'm making a good start. Sticking with it is my problem. <BR> <BR> I almost didn't go today, Leo had "marked" my gym bag. I just rolled my towels together, put my suit on at the house, and went. I ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:23:42 EST So today... We did our double market day. I am totally wiped out. I'm glad I didn't go to the gym first. I would have had a hard time driving home if I had been that much more tired. <BR> <BR> I took the cooler and healthy food, so that was good. I also did a bit of walking around, so that was also progress. <BR> <BR> As for the losing blogs and needing to cut and paste instead? Don't know how on the new cell (it's a galaxy 4) and the computer? Windows 8. Need I say more? Didn't think so, lol. <BR> <... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:55:26 EST The re-blog #several hundred, whatever I know the title doesn't make sense. Until you realize I'm replacing yet ANOTHER blog that disappeared in the middle of being written. <BR> <BR> ARGH. Not in the mood to rewrite a HUGE mountain of STUFF, so this is as good as it's going to get for the day. I'm exhausted and going to bed. You would have known if the blog hadn't gone POOF. <BR> <BR> Have a great day tomorrow. <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:11:01 EST Go back to sleep That's what I was thinking when the alarm went off at O'dang it's early. I did not want to go to the gym. I went. SStill need to track it. <BR> <BR> I'm having breakfast out then plan to get on all the errands and crafting. <BR> <BR> I also got on scale. It said OW! No, not really. It was actually down. 322.8. I will take it. <BR> <BR> Now to go track breakfast, gym, and weight! <BR> <BR> Have a good Monday. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:12:38 EST 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