SPARTANJAI's SparkPeople Blog SPARTANJAI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community day 314 Today is a day for missing my Mom. It would have been her birthday, so while I miss her daily, I miss her more than ever! Time today for quiet thoughts and memories. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:54:38 EST day 313 Off to the start of a busy week. Laundry done. Plans made for my meals for the rest of the week. Feel like I have accomplished nothing today because the garden needs me out there! Hope everyone is having a great start to the week! Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:35:35 EST 312 Another day more gardening... maybe time to blog tomorrow Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:53:58 EST day 311 Made and canned tomato juice, makes the house smell so good. Smart plats by the Spartans? Not so much. They better start playin better! Sunshine outlasting the clouds whooooo hooooooo! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:52:33 EST day 310 Cloudy day, not currently raining, but looks like it might any time. Relaxing, working out, getting in the garden, catching up with friends.... all the makings of a great day! Hope everyone has a great weekend! Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:47:11 EST day 309 More tomatoes picard yesterday, planning on getting them canned tomorrow. Hair cut today, whoooo hoooo it was needed. Caught up with my Dad and Sister yesterday, what a great day! Started Christmas shopping a little more, now that is progress, and less stress in the months ahead. Have a great day! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:25:57 EST day 308 Beautiful sunrise this morning, glad I took the time to enjoy it. Got my walk in and going to get my vacuuming done later. Gardening to get to later as well, yum! Might just for that in before dinner so I can enjoy it for dinner. Taking time to fit in some stretching today too. What A Great Day! At least I hope it turns out that way.... lol Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:51:35 EST day 307 Busy day today but I got a lot done. Enjoy some time now for relaxing! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:40:00 EST day 306 What a beautiful day - it is like Summer is back! Enjoy today! Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:39:28 EST day 305 Rain passed through finally with no damage. Got salsa and chill sauce canned yesterday. Picked two cabbage about 13 pounds each and started sauerkraut. Yum. Michigan State won, which was good, but I wish they would stop letting up on teams. Fall is in the air.... hope the garden hangs in there a little longer! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:47:14 EST day 304 Rain today. Although we need it, it was a bit stong and I hope it didn't damage anything. Lighter rain now which is perfect. finishing up the canning today, and the laundry. Need to get some grocery shopping done but I will wait until the rain let's up for that. enjoy your weekend! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:50:17 EST day 303 Canned beans and salsa today... whew Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:49:53 EST day 302 Rested up from the travel day whew! Time to get in the garden again and catch up on my picking! Enjoying the sunshine today - what a nice day! Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:48:16 EST day 301 Travel day but love the whitefish that I can get when I am in the UP. Good weather for traveling. Now time to unpack! Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:05:19 EST day 300 Long day but a good one! Hope everyone had a good day! Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:39:19 EST day 299 So yesterday was the anniversary of not only those that lost their lives in the collapse of buildings during September 11th, but the loss of the 343 rescue workers that lost their lives trying to save others. Nice day today, nice weather, nice conversation. Yesterday was a good day spent with family. have a great night! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:49:24 EST day 298 Never forget the 343 Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:51:24 EST day 297 Ready for the weekend, so much to get done! Enjoy the day everyone! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:12:30 EST day 296 Hip aches today, trying to stretch it out and walk it out. Bowling tonight, that should be rough as I am not ready to bowl. Picked tomatoes and gave some to the neighbor. Got grocery shopping done and other errands. Thankful it is the weekend! Enjoy everyone! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 17:28:05 EST day 295 Had a 5k today, went really well! Garden still producing. Work going well. Busy weekend but that means calories burnt so that is ok. Tired and hitting the sheets. Have a great night all! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:41:26 EST day 294 Long and busy day today, but I got a lot accomplished so that is a good thing! Can't wait to see how tomorrow goes... will keep you updated. Have a great day and evening! Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:01:27 EST day 293 Long day today but got a ton accomplished! Time for stretching and relaxing! Tue, 6 Sep 2016 19:43:16 EST day 292 Long day but I got a lot accomplished. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 20:41:39 EST day 291 <img src=""> Yeah a Michigan State win. So glad my nephew got to see his Husker win too. High class of them to do the missing man formation for their punter that died this summer. What a touching tribute! Great job by the Big Ten teams! Beautiful morning today, so peaceful and nice to enjoy. My flowers that the bunnies have been eating all year are finally blooming! Hooray! Way to triumph! lol Forgot to post... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 07:48:37 EST day 290 <img src=""> Veggies picked and canned. Laundry done. It was a good day! Talked to my Dad and texted other family members. How nice to connect! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 19:08:14 EST day 289 Got my run in and I am ready for the weekend and ready to recharge! Hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 18:47:44 EST day 288 Got my run in last night and my walk today. Dinner included lots of garden veggies, yum! Light rain off and on today, but we need it and it wasn't too heavy, so that is good. Someone lost their job, and while I empathize with their family, they were really rude and condescending to others... so I guess I am not surprised. I hope they find another job soon, and that they decide to treat people better. It doesn't seem possible that it is Labor day weekend already, I am not done with gardening t... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:16:02 EST day 287 Tired, but up for a run later! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:47:39 EST day 286 Long day but a good one! Enjoy your day! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:42:09 EST day 285 The fitbit officially is dead. Now to decide, do I buy another one or not? I see new ones came out today, whar a coincidence eh? lol Finished laundry. Spent time with my Dad. Headed out for my run later. Did my walk. Worked in my Dad's garden for him. Got good news from his doctor. It has been a good day! Veggies going strong. Picked a lot yesterday, got tomates and a green pepper from Dad today so planning on a nice salad, yum! Rest in peace Gene Wilder! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 17:19:19 EST busy weekend Hitting the garden this morning, then salsa to can, beans to pick, then can. I probably have brussel sprouts to pick as well, yum! The tomatoes need to be trimmed back and I think the cucumber plants are about done.... sad, but they had a good run. Got my run in, hooray! Grocery store, laundry, vacuuming, dusting.... hope there is time to get out and enjoy the weather. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:34:20 EST awwwwww My niece loves her new job, my nephew is doing well away at school, the garden is still doing well... without any additional raccoon encounters! Made some salsa the other day, yum! Didn't end up going to the concert as her friend went instead, kinda glad, I was sooooooooo tired. Farmer's market this week for acorn squash and corn. It was sad to buy corn but worth it. Darn raccoons ! Lots planned this weekend and I am off to get started! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:14:37 EST crazy busy! Time to get in the garden. At least a little bit of time. Concert tonight with my niece as one of her friends got sick. Hit a farmer's market, yum. Got some corn, some squash and a lot of walking. Off and running! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:03:51 EST long day! Ok so yesterday was a long day. Flatbtire, dead computer, phone that can't get email and the help desk that caused all the problems saying " anything else I can help you with?" I just said no thank you and in me head I was thinking no, you have done enough lol. Today was a long day too, but tire fixed, phone fixed and computer fixed... wheee! Packages arrived at college and were a hit! Canning salsa tonight so I am off and running! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:33:13 EST day 280 Mailed a care package today that included chemistry goggles ... I know weird but it also had goodies and notes from loved ones! What a great day! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:26:44 EST day 279 Grocery shopping done. Laundry in progress and got my run in. Much cooler today which was great, but I was still warm when I finished. Yesterday got my garden picked and the much needed rain helped a lot. resting tonight and finishing laundry. Whew. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:25:10 EST Day 278 <img src=""> Good harvest today. Yum. Thankful family is returning home today. Thankful the storms didn't hit here, just a light rain. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:06:02 EST day 277 Whew! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:27:13 EST Day 276 Toe didn't feel too bad today during my run, but my running shoes are big, so I am sure that helps. Think I will leave it bandaged when I run just in case. Pretty moon tonight! My nephew is moving in to his dorm today, seems like yesterday he was being brought home from the hospital. Off to stretch a bit. Have a great night all! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:59:21 EST Day 275 <img src=""> Garden survived the rain. Hooray. Commute wasn't too bad with the water. Still harvesting strong. Yum. Jammed my toe and split a toenail. Ugh. Have it bandaged and hope it doesn't throw off my mind runs! Hope everyone is off to a good week. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:02:21 EST day 274 Getting a lot accomplished today, whoooo hoooooo! Thinking of getting my run in before it rains and/or gets too hot. Getting back into the garden. At least picking kale, kohlrabI and some broccoli. Yum. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:06:40 EST day 273 Busy getting laundry done and gardening. Had a nice dinner with family. Canned more green beans today, yum. Grilled eggplant for dinner with hamburger and jalapeno poppers, how yummy. Off the grill there are cukes, kohlrabI and cole slaw. Mmmmmmm. Love those summer dinners! Off for a run later, enjoy the evening everyone. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:24:38 EST Day 272 More rain, which is great because we need it. Canned the rest of the green beans this morning, did the laundry and got my grocery shopping done yesterday. Did the run yesterday and finished just as the rain started again. Today is the going away party so I hope the rain holds up during that. It sure has stuff greening up already but dang was it sticky yesterday during my run. Enjoy the weekend all. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:51:19 EST Day 271 A much needed rain is falling. Great news! Canned green beans today before it got too hot. That's another 6 quarts for winter, yum! Shopped today and got stuff for a care package. Was weird to think of it being fall and kids in school soon. Hope the rain stops so I can run this evening. It should lower the humidity I hope! Whooo hooo it is the weekend! Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:15:04 EST day 270 Picking more veggies, yum, but the cukes look like they are slowing down so I gave them a drink the past couple days. Still doing my run/walk/jog thing to prepare for the race coming up. Yesterday was a hot one, no breeze! I have green beans to can for tomorrow and more picking to do. Oh how I love this season of fresh as can be produce! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:54:44 EST day 269 Worked, gardening time and now time to exercise. Warm out so taking an easier jog so I don't overheat. Fridge is FULL of veggies from the garden. Yum! Off to exercise. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:07:43 EST Day 268 More gardening today, some canning and finishing laundry. Still bummed I missed out on a wheel spin Saturday..... I hate it when a streak ends. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 17:29:48 EST day 267 Long day today so this will be short. .. time to get in the garden! Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:42:14 EST Day 265 and 266 Busy day yesterday, finishing a baby shower cake, picking in the garden and a wedding. So busy in fact that when I got time to log in it was 12:02 and I miseed the day. It is frustrating because I had a good streak going, but I guess I just start over eh? Garden is still going good. Picked 40 cucumbers yesterday and a pike of green beans, today I will pick the rest and can the beans. Hope the weather holds up so the garden keeps producing. hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 07:10:01 EST Day 264 Great morning, with time to work out. Now time to make cake. Yesterday was pretty good, dinner was nice to spend with family, but I wish people would stop shoving food at me. If I wanted it, I would take it. Don't be offended, it isn't a personal slam.... I just don't want it. busy weekend with lots of other people in charge of my options. I will do what I can to make wise choices and plan for the meals I will be in charge of. Enjoy your weekend everyone. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 08:29:40 EST