SPARTANJAI's SparkPeople Blog SPARTANJAI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Veggie update! Picked eggplant, broccoli, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, sugar snap peas, onions and tomatoes. At that point I ran out of room in my picking basket, so today I'll tackle the beans, kale, kohlrabi and check the corn. Family and friends have "placed their orders" and I'm doing my best to share and get them what they like. I'm also trying new recipes with my veggies. If anyone has something else to do with my sugar snap peas besides plain, stir fry or in a salad- please share! Have a great w... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:07:39 EST whoopsie! It serves me right for going down the steps at full tilt this morning- or what I thought was full tilt- until I slipped and went down the flight of stairs on my back. Learned the hard way to slow down- or I'll be going down faster than I thought I would. Nothing broken (from the flat on my back inventory) but a couple of sweet looking carpet burns and bruises. Lesson learned- slow and steady will get me to the bottom of the stairs in one piece! <BR> (Is it wrong of me to say I'd like to s... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:06:45 EST So much more.... There is a lot going on in my garden. Broccoli, kohlrabi, green beans, cucumbers, jalapeño peppers, sugar snap peas, kale and Brussel sprouts. The corn is growing well and withstood the wind. The eggplant should have another one ready to pick in a day or so too. It seems like the summer is going fast, but the garden holds so much more! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13:13:13 EST ~rubs belly~ THAT was a good tomato Last night I picked my now-famous tomato from my "Tomato is turning" blog and boy was it delicious. I also was able to pick some broccoli, cucumbers, pea pods and a kohlrabi. Sooooooooo good! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:53:02 EST A tomato is turning!!!! I feel like Paul Revere- I am in the garden and go running into the house, yelling "A TOMATO IS TURNING, A TOMATO IS TURNING". Somehow, I'm thinking the whole neighborhood doesn't care that I have a tomato turning-but dangit - I do ! Whooo hoooo! A TOMATO IS TURNING!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:48:03 EST Finding the time... Today and tomorrow will be tough for me to find time to get moving. Today I'm tied up in a lot of "sitting" duties and potentially the same tomorrow. I refuse to let my steps suffer- I must be able to find the time someplace to get my steps in!!! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:03:21 EST Is there anything better? Just wondering if there is anything better than sharing fresh veggies from the garden and good conversation with family..... I don't think so! Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:19:22 EST Garden goodies I forgot to water my lettuce this morning- but we're supposed to get some rain, so I hope it will hang on through the day. I can water it when I get home- I just hate to put it through the torture of needing water all day long. Looking forward to dinner tonight with lots of fresh veggies on my plate. I have to admit "rushing" the garden this year. I'm getting anxious for tomatoes, my sprouts and more eggplant- the corn is runty looking, but looks strong for it's puny height... maybe it's ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 07:59:43 EST All's quiet !!! Hooray! Last night was peaceful! Headed to bed with the expectation that the booms would continue for hours yet. To my surprise, everyone stopped setting off more explosions! How wonderful- a peaceful night's sleep! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:06:55 EST ugh! I get that folks enjoy the 4th but when you get up at 4 am you want to be sleeping at 1030 pm, not listening to explosions! I know it will l at until at least Tuesday so I am ready for baggy eyes and lots of red in my eyes. Hey- blue shirt and I will be patriotic..... red, white & blue! Sat, 4 Jul 2015 08:32:12 EST Happy 4th! Hoping everyone has a great holiday weekend! Please remember those safety tips when enjoying it as well. I'm hoping to spend a nice weekend relaxing with family and getting in some gardening. Happy Birthday America!!! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:36:59 EST The cake Didn't do the sparkler candles after I looked at the reviews online- they didn't get very good reviews about the actual sparks. But, here's the cakes. The big one was red, white and blue in layers- sort of cool! <BR> Happy Birthday! <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:39:57 EST Caking! Birthday cake to bake this week... I've got it all planned... down to the sparkler candles. I hope we don't set anything on fire! <BR> <BR> I mean why do <em>44</em> when you can do <em>283</em> ? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:57:56 EST The lettuce is going crazy! With all the rain I haven't been able to get in the garden and weed- however, the lettuce is loving the cooler temperatures and the moisture. Now if I could just give my spinach a little nudge! <BR> <em>368</em> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:15:56 EST Rain, rain and more rain I won't tell the rain to go away because it's Spring, but I would like to get outside without a raincoat and boots on. Someone remind me of the rain when we don't have any at some point this Summer. Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:51:13 EST Better late than never! A little whooo hoooo for hitting 50 days of 10,000 steps. I know I won't be able to keep this up forever, but I'll keep it up as long as I can! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:23:20 EST Fireworks- ugh I get people like fireworks and want to celebrate- but who's celebrating on a Monday- and what the heck are they celebrating? Come on- please think of those that are trying to sleep for work.. after all- I don't set fireworks off at 4 in the morning when I'm up and you're the one trying to sleep! Tue, 9 Jun 2015 05:59:01 EST long day! It has been a long day for me. Laundry, cleaning windows, mopping floors and getting rid of some shoes. ~gasp~ I know...... shoes! lol Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:12:24 EST Eating better! Day one of not only tracking what I eat, but mindfully eating better. Starting off on the right foot today for sure. I don't mind eating something not great for me once in a while- just not all day for a few days in a row! I feel so much better when I'm eating better- so why am I subjecting myself to the headaches and fatigue of not eating good? <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 06:09:15 EST Still going! The 10,000 steps per day streak is still going strong. Next challenge for myself is to give up pop- again! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:23:00 EST Loving my lettuce Finally have enough lettuce coming on to pick- soooooooo yummy !!!! I love my veggies straight out of the garden! Fri, 29 May 2015 08:09:59 EST Sleep? Who has time? So I'm loaded with things to do. The yard, the garden, the house, the laundry, teaching and oh yeah- work. I'm getting by on less sleep- but I think it may just catch up to me. Time to find a little time for myself and catch up on my sleep! Thu, 28 May 2015 08:48:08 EST 35 days! Some days I'm still just creeping over 10000 steps but those days are getting further and further apart. Hit 10004 one day last week after I forgot my tracker for a good chunk of the day. Whoooo hooooo! Tue, 26 May 2015 08:55:24 EST rainy weekend.... But I am still staying active! Have a great weekend everyone! Sat, 16 May 2015 08:48:16 EST 21 days! 21 days of 10000 steps... some days hardly over, some days, quite a bit over. Now I'm going for 30 days!!!! <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 12 May 2015 12:43:44 EST happy Mother's day To all the Mom's of any sort out there... enjoy your day. Sun, 10 May 2015 15:30:47 EST It's a mobile blog! twice It really is not easy to Spark via cell.... there is so much that I can't do... but I am going to focus on what I can do! Posted twice so adding here.... ggrrrrrrrrrrrrr! lol Sat, 9 May 2015 07:17:56 EST It's a mobile blog! It really is not easy to Spark via cell.... there is so much that I can't do... but I am going to focus on what I can do! Sat, 9 May 2015 07:17:39 EST New challenges We've added new challenges to the Tigers and Lions teams. This should get me a little more motivated and make the month more interesting! <BR> Fri, 8 May 2015 10:18:16 EST 15 days I'm now over two weeks of 10000 steps per day. Some days it is easier than others. Next Friday will be tough as I'm in a day long meeting- but I'll do it somehow!! Thu, 7 May 2015 08:07:21 EST Ten days down! It's now been ten days since I've been under 10000 steps. It hasn't been easy some days- those days that I've been just over- but it's nice to see that I've still been over. Fri, 1 May 2015 06:30:47 EST Getting focused 2 days of over 10000 steps. There would be a third day on there, but I had to have my FitBit off for a few hours while it charged so I was 1500 steps short. Going to see if I can make it 30 days in a row and starting to get focused on me! Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:21:51 EST It's 2 days of blogging in a row! Looking for ideas for a Spring Bake Sale Fundraiser. Anyone have any super cute but not time consuming ideas for me? I appreciate them! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:29:31 EST Ack it's Spring! How do I know? Skunk smell everywhere! <BR> Bright side? I'll burn extra calories on the walks outside, because I will be doing what I can to get past the skunk smell! <BR> Happy Spring everyone! Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:27:19 EST Beans, beans and more beans! So I've been busy canning beans the past few weeks and something happened last night- my bean shelf is FULL! While I'm not complaining at all- I'm just not sure where to put the rest of the cans! <BR> What a problem to have eh? <BR> And now.... CORN! <BR> <em>373</em> <em>427</em> <em>334</em> <BR> P.S. tomatoes if you are reading this- GET A MOVE ON! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:24:10 EST cake pic <img src=""> <BR> Here it is- sorry the pic isn't great, it was just a quick one on my phone and that's the only one I have with me. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:37:41 EST Garden salads.... mmmmmmmmm Love this time of year. Hit the garden last night and picked chard, spinach, red leaf lettuce and green leaf lettuce and onion. Couldn't bring myself to whack at the celery yet- maybe next week when it gets a little bigger. Have birthday cake to bake tonight so after I get it in the oven I'll go pick fixins for tonight's dinner. I think I'll try to whip up some sort of dressing with walnut oil. Soooooo nice to have fresh picked salads again. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:39:55 EST paying attention Ok, I've tracked food for the past 6 days... that may be a record for me. I'm going to try and continue to track and see what happens. I feel in general that I'm eating decent for me, guess once it's in writing we'll see for sure. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:43:50 EST hmmmmm Wonder if I can drop the "not enough time" nonsense and get focused for real this time. Contest at work- but I'm avoiding that as I don't want it to be a 30 day or 60 day thing. I need to make this a life-long focus for me now! <BR> Sun is hitting the sky with a glow- time to go for a walk and enjoy it while I'm burning off calories! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:20:13 EST Canning already! Generally don't start canning until the snow is off the ground a month or so- but found some really nice asparagus on Friday. Mmmmm spicy pickled asparagus- have to love it! Between that and the Seed catalogs showing up, it must be Spring- right? <BR> Ok, probably not since we're supposed to get another 3-6 inches of snow tonight. But, at least it will taste like Spring with the asparagus! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 06:54:06 EST Last week of Insanity! While I can't say that it has gone by quickly, I have noticed that I seem to be getting stronger and our half point weigh & measure did show some progress. I think I'll hit the gym starting next week to keep things moving in the right direction! <BR> Stay dry in the rain everyone! Tue, 28 May 2013 11:43:52 EST 100,000? Hit 100,000 SparkPoints this week and got myself the little gold crown now instead of the silver one. Seems like it took me quite a while to get between the silver and the gold- then again, maybe it was at the time when I was slacking off a little bit. <BR> I'm on day 52 of Insanity today and while I like the progress I've seen, my knees and shoulders are letting me know I'm not as young as I used to be. Think I'll take a little break of Insanity when I get through - which is just the end o... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:51:19 EST Cake, cake and more cake! Added the cake pictures to my SparkPage. Have a couple of weeks before the next ones... time enough to relax and plan them out. <BR> Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 08:40:09 EST Whew! Hit the garden last night and got a handful of green beans, some green onions and a nice big head of romaine lettuce- which may I say made a killer salad last night and I'm already looking forward to it tonight! <BR> Recovering this week from the cake baking stuff of the last little bit. Counting down the days until my sister's twins turn 13- yup- two more cakes. Although, I have to admit I'm a little worried about the animal print cake- I want to do a topsy turvy one, but I'm not sure it ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:35:07 EST The Garden Well, after hours and hours pulling weeds in the garden by hand, hoeing and raking the garden (because it's too wet to rototill) it's finally ready to go in. The rains (again) last night will make it a bit damp, but the wind today should help dry the garden out a little bit. I've already pickled and canned some asparagus this year- now I can't wait until the garden starts producing all those great summer veggies. Need to do my regulars this year (pickles, salsa, green beans, corn, etc) but... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:21:43 EST Spring? Snow covering the ground here and I'm finding it hard to believe it's Spring! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:49:25 EST Goodbye Just a little line to say goodbye to my Uncle Tom. He was a kind man who will be missed. <BR> Rest in Peace Uncle Tom! <BR> <em>459</em> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:15:24 EST Veterans Day Happy Veterans Day to all the Vets out there and thank you for all you have given for your country! <BR> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:52:53 EST When a win isn't really a win... So the official puts his arms in the air signalling a touchdown and the Lions get their first road win in something like 3 years.... <BR> Wait. <BR> Not so fast. <BR> Suddenly in what seems like a bad practical joke the play is reviewed and with someone speaking in terms of a "process" the Lions lose their touchdown and with it the game. I won't type about bad calls the next two plays- where pass interference was happening... I won't be that fan that says the refs are out to get us... but I ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:30:50 EST Lost and found box? Anyone know where the lost and found box is here on SparkPeople? I seem to have lost July. It was right around the corner a minute ago when I was getting the garden ready, planting the flower beds, etc and the next thing you know it's gone! <BR> Oh sure, it's August and it's nice and warm and the garden is going gang-busters and I have only one birthday cake to bake this month but dang, I was soooooooo looking forward to a nice July and I blink- ok maybe a couple blinks and it's gone. <BR> ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 11:39:21 EST