TSISQUAUSDI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TSISQUAUSDI TSISQUAUSDI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Tuesday.....My Monday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340405 And yes, today did feel very much like a Monday. Mr. Boss has an upper respiratory infection and stayed home (Thank God!), but did manage to call a couple of times. My new co-worker and I are still finding things left undone, and cope with new, however unnecessary emergencies, but the atmosphere is so much better now, and we get a lot done. <BR> <BR> One hurdle for me is the dieting that Ms. Retired Army and New Co-worker (NCW) are doing. Or lack thereof. Both are eating a high protein, ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:35:03 EST What a Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339930 Tomorrow is the start of my work week, so I'll be settling down and getting some sleep in a few minutes. <BR> <BR> My friend, Tricia, managed to herniate a disk so badly that she's now in hospital for back surgery tomorrow. I took here in this morning, and I'm hoping and praying that this surgery goes well and alleviates her pain. <BR> <BR> Aside from the usual shopping and chores, I managed to cut and can the rest of the collard greens yesterday - 6 qts to be exact! These are so good! <... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:00:50 EST Wow. Just Freakin' Wow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338026 Well, Sparkies, I've spent three full days in the office - Tomorrow will make four. Yay. Honestly, I am thankful and grateful to be working again, but good Lord is that place screwed up!! <BR> <BR> Most of my time has been spent fixing stuff and putting out "fires." I keep finding - Files that haven't been opened and entered into the system. Files that were entered into the system wrong. Cases were improperly or incompletely filed. Yikes. The new family law paralegal is having the sam... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:05:47 EST Busy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335918 Run, run! That's the way my morning started out. Off to my son's dentist appointment; sit in the car - hurry up and wait...... <BR> <BR> Home again, and out to the garden. This is what six bunches of collard greens yields - 10 pint jars of clean, organic collards for later meals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdcffe31-1443-417a-a83b-0927032d0f58.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And just as I get finished pulling the jars out of the canner, the doorbell rings, and my co-worke... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:42:49 EST What a Beautiful Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335457 I couldn't have asked for a better day! Cool morning - Warm afternoon! <BR> <BR> This morning, I made breakfast, enjoyed a hot cup of tea, and saw to the chickens. After I got them squared away (with a few kale leaves from the garden for a treat!), I took some eggs and a jar of strawberry jam to my friend, Tricia. Coffee and good conversation! <BR> <BR> Home again, and out to the garden. Time to harvest the rutabagas and get them canned. This was the first time I'd tried growing them h... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:44:31 EST Warming Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334992 It was cold this morning, in the 40's, and the heat came on at 6:00 a.m., just as I programmed it. By mid-morning, it was warm enough to sit outside without a jacket - Jeans and t-shirt weather! By late afternoon, it was warm enough for the A/C to kick on! Gotta love Central Florida! <BR> <BR> First, grocery shopping. Next, I spent a good part of the morning in the garden. My son left around 10:00 am for Bush Gardens with two of his friends, so I have the house to myself. Lots of time ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:12:01 EST Beware the Ides of March..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333582 Interesting day today. Florida Sun, in answer to your question, my co-worker is very sick. Chemotherapy is a horrible thing to go through. However, she has insisted on coming in to work, even though Mr. Boss is paying her salary. She has a very aggressive cancer and is facing an operation soon. Yesterday and today, she was crying because the neuropathy in her hands and feet make it impossible for her to walk. <BR> <BR> She's filed for disability, and hopefully, when that comes through, ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:36:42 EST March Winds and an Impending Cold Spell.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333095 Gardeners always have to deal with the weather. It teaches us acceptance. The garden is doing so well - tomatoes and peppers have blossoms, and the potatoes are about 15" high now, and we're getting a freeze warning for the surrounding counties for Thursday. Let's hope it stays in the counties to the north of us! <BR> <BR> And if it doesn't, we just re-plant. In any event, it won't hurt much. <BR> <BR> The pickles are now two weeks away from being done. The two new fermenting crocks ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:33:08 EST Another Cloudy, Blustery Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332026 Not complaining, mind you, but it would have been nice to have gotten some rain today. All day yesterday, that was the forecast, and today, dry as a bone. Maybe we'll get that rain tomorrow? <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying being lazy. Today I'm trying to cope with this !@#$!! time change - Makes me crazy. So, I started a spaghetti sauce this morning, decided to go to Walmart tomorrow, and only when out to fill up my gas tank for the week. I also stopped by Baggs - my favorite produce stand. Th... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:56:37 EST God is Happy. He Plays with Us. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329954 I really, truly believe that, too. This past weekend was cool and breezy. I managed to get some things done in the house. Saturday, I baked a cake and relaxed a lot of the day. Monday, I got some gardening in, and prepared for the install of my new A/C and furnace on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> So....Tuesday morning, I got my son up early, and we moved the flip-coop to a spot behind the tool shed in my back yard, and moved the girls. Since they usually lay their eggs before 1:00 pm, I added the... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 20:24:57 EST Soft Rain for the Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324169 So nice when rain happens on a work day - late afternoon, a soft and gentle soaking! Much needed for the garden! Even the girls liked scratching for bugs in it! <BR> <BR> Working part time is just paying the bills, but the plus side is not having to put up with thme office insanity for more than 18 hours. On one hand, I'm praying for full-time work, but on the other, it's really nice having more time at home. My stress level, even with added expense of the new A/C and furnace, has gone d... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 21:53:56 EST Yes, Jane, It's Always Something...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322548 When it rains, it pours. My A/C unit started making funny noises......It's 15 years old, and can be band-aided for a while, but the compressor is going. It's running and cooling now, but it's pretty much a given that it won't survive the Summer. Criminy!!! And I can't even say that the A/C company that just gave me the quote might be wrong, because they are the bomb! So, have to find a way or make a way to have the A/C and furnace replaced to the tune of $4200. Yikes. <BR> <BR> The g... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:26:28 EST Canning Therapy..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318323 Yesterday, I spent the day harvesting and canning kale and collards. The neat thing about these greens, is that you can cut and come again. The day yielded ten pints of kale and 7 pints of collards, and there's more to harvest! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f03d10f-18fa-4bc8-9e2b-a0b12ad90f02.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1c800c2-ecec-4399-827b-4843523e7342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lots of good, clean food preserved for meals this ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:47:49 EST Busy, Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317581 Much stuff to get done today - It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so I needed to get as much done outside as possible. <BR> <BR> First - off to the store for laundry stuff. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am really particular about cleaning products. I can't stand synthetic scents. More often than not, they will trigger an asthma attack. After doing a little research, I found that these "smell good" things that we plug in, spray or put in our laundry are actually poisons! Did you k... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:26:55 EST Shaking My Head..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315513 Well....My boss simply does not learn. I got a call at 8:15 this morning, and of course, I didn't answer it. Then the text.....my Co-Worker has a doctor's appointment and can't come in, so can I trade today for Thursday? Um, No. I understand the occasional emergency, but this was an appointment. No one called 911, and I'm not going to jump and run and reschedule my life just because no one thought to call or text me Friday!! <BR> <BR> Saturday, I re-connected with an old friend. We sp... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:50:52 EST Sometimes There Are Just Not Enough Rocks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314130 Unless, of course, they are in the middle of your garden! Seriously - The previous owner of my house had this thing for landscaping rocks. She must have loved them, because tt Ihere are tons of them! <BR> <BR> Recall that I removed the boarder from the middle area of my garden, and removed a crepe myrtle tree (I really hated that friggin' tree!!). So far, I have removed three buckets full of rocks and STILL have tons of them to go!! Great therapy, I guess! <BR> <BR> The girls have made ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:02:12 EST Such a Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311397 Late Fall through April is the reason most of us live in Florida. After about a year and a half, one gets used to the heat in the Summer - We just deal with it - And make certain our A/C units are in good working order. From November 1993 - May 1996, my son and I lived in a house with two "window shakers" that cost us $15.00 a day to run. I was saving to have central heat and air installed, so we lived with the heat. Open windows, screens, floor and ceiling fans. It really wasn't so bad ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 20:17:23 EST Criminy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310809 First, let me say that this is the third time I've tried to write this blog. Either I'm going full retard, or my computer is doing crazy things. <em>40</em> So here goes: <BR> <BR> Never let someone else set up a delivery for you. Ever. Bad idea. They will invariably set it up at the worst possible time for you, and that's an Oklahoma guarantee. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> My friend, Tricia, arranged to have my bedroom set delivered to my house. Really nice of her, however, 5:00 pm... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 17:19:00 EST Very Nice Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306894 Despite what I consider cold weather (I hate it!!) and a fortunately mild bout of seasonal depression, today was a very nice day. Cloudy with patches of sun; dry as a popcorn fart. <BR> <BR> I'd received a gift card for Tractor Supply from my sister......It's a good thing they just built one about 10 miles away in Osteen, or I'd be selling it on Ebay, LOL!! My friend, Tricia, wanted to go with me, and she likes to drive, so she came to my house to pick me up around 10:00 a.m. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:58:24 EST Things are Looking UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305873 Since last Friday, I've been working on probate files for Ms. Retired Army, and today she asked if I could come in and answer the phones. My co-worker had her first chemotherapy treatment yesterday, and was wildly optimistic about thinking she could just bounce back to work today. I really didn't have anything planned other than coming in around 3:30 pm to help with Mr. Boss's probate client (I got that file Wednesday morning - Apparently, he thinks I can leap tall buildings at a single bou... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:34:50 EST We're All Fine Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303565 Hey, y'all! Just wanted to let you know that we're fine - no tornadoes, only a few downed branches in the yard. We didn't even lose power when the storms came through. <BR> <BR> Time to get my behind in gear - <BR> <BR> TTFN - Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:10:12 EST And a Tornado Watch.....yay..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303271 That's right, y'all! Central Florida is under a tornado watch until 10:00 pm.....Prayers would be welcomed. Not much to do but hunker down, leave the TV on the local news station and pray. <BR> <BR> On a brighter note, we've been getting two eggs every day for about 4 days now. Not sure is Bridgett is laying two - one in the morning, one in the evening, or if one of the other girls has started laying. I'm betting on Bridgett...... <BR> <BR> TTFN - Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:25:09 EST Back Ache - BUGGER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303029 As you know, I woke up Thursday morning with a twinge, and by the afternoon - OW! Here we go again. I saw my chiropractor Friday afternoon (OW!!), and have been slowly getting better. Criminy!! <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I've been sleeping a lot, and trying not to do too much of anything. Today, I feel the best that I have since Thursday morning, but I'm taking things slow. I didn't shop yesterday, so my son accompanied me to the grocery store this morning, and other than sitting outsi... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:53:33 EST L O N G Day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301626 Wow. Non-stop day today. <BR> <BR> First, I woke up at 6:00 with an aching lower back - Too much gardening yesterday, I suppose. Let's hope it gets better, because I sure don't want to spend money at the chiropractor's office. Owwie! <BR> <BR> I made breakfast and coffee, and then made another batch of almond biscotti. The last one got inhaled, and my nephew is now back from Colorado and New Mexico. In between baking, cooling, cutting and baking, I'd go lay down and rest my back........ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:09:04 EST Now, If I Could Just Win the Lottery.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300249 The past couple of days have been, well, interesting. Yesterday, was a holiday, so no banking, no contact with the office. <BR> <BR> I did start planning my Spring garden, and managed to make the beef ravioli that I wanted to make. The day started office like most of them lately. Coffee, tend to the chickens, make breakfast, tackle a project or two, supervise the girls for an hour before dark, make supper, feed the dogs, relax and go to bed. I know - most people would find this a boring ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:08:53 EST Work....Definitely a Four-Letter Word..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298170 As I've said before, I really need to work for another two and a half years in order to get enough Social Security to make my bills without a room-mate. Being out of work for four months is not helping my situation, so now, I'm starting to do some serious looking. <BR> <BR> That doesn't mean that I'm taking anything. I want to work close enough to come home for lunch, and that means less opportunities and lower pay, but honestly, what good will it be to make more money if I'm commuting for... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:37:06 EST Another Interesting Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296729 So far, it's been busy - Old friends calling and texting, and chores getting done. I decided to wait until after 1:00 to even think about putting the girls in the flip-coop. Two reasons for that: 1) When I go back to work, I won't get home until after 1:00 pm, and 2) It gives them the entire morning to lay eggs if they're so inclined. Of course, I will most likely need to put a nesting box in the flip-coop, too, as many chickens lay their eggs in the afternoon! <BR> <BR> As promised, he... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:09:39 EST Interesting Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296215 Today was truly interesting. After breakfast, I decided to do some much-needed gardening. Between being sick and the cold weather, the garden got a bit neglected. <BR> <BR> Of course, first I picked a couple of kale and collard leaves for the girls, who were very vocal this morning. Since the sprinklers had gone off last night, I thought it would be a good day to start letting them work the soil. Chickens are great gardener's helpers - They eat weeds, weed seeds, bugs, bug eggs, larva, g... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:56:16 EST First Egg!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295192 OMG!! Well. They certainly were noisy little buggers today! More than usual, and even more so when I came in. My son went outside to give them a treat, and then comes in all excited - one of them, probably Bridgett, laid her first egg! It's small - first eggs usually are - but they will get larger as the birds mature. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ec1a3f5-c642-4f76-9e61-9e2e75a7f0c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The best part was the look on James' face as he held that... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:22:33 EST Winter in Central Florida..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295133 It's 48 degrees out right now, and I have the heat on. Yes, my Sparkie friends, I lit the pilot light Sunday, and put the heat on. It was 63 degrees in the house, and my bones hurt!! <BR> <BR> My son and I admit that we are wussies when it comes to cold weather. The chickens don't seem to mind it at all, and are really pissed at us for not spending time with them in the evening! If you've ever been scolded by a chicken, you know what I'm talking about! Yesterday, it got warm enough to ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:31:17 EST I Made It Up the Ladder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292822 Whew! Busy day again today! I not only made it up the ladder and removed the old, useless TV mount, but I installed the new one and mounted the TV! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7df09d88-d1ac-45d6-b152-188879cd3392.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Afterwards, I cleaned my room and put the tools away. <BR> <BR> Tricia came by for coffee just as I got finished with my room. James and I were putting the girls in the flip coop, and Tricia, who grew up in Rochester, NY... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 20:30:22 EST Well. Didn't Quite Make it Up the Ladder.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292140 LOL, another long day! Up at 5:30 a.m., cleaned, vacuumed, made cookies. Weeded a little more.....did laundry.....Visited with a friend, and enjoyed my day! <BR> <BR> Never did make it out to the garage for that ladder and drill.....I suppose that can wait until tomorrow..... <BR> <BR> TTFN - Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:08:15 EST Long Day Today - Cleaned My Closet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291425 Now that I'm feeling better, I've been making an effort to tackle at least one project each day. Today, I cleaned my bedroom closet. It's amazing how much crap can accumulate in a walk-in closet! I'm also bagging up things that I haven't worn in over a year for the Salvation Army - I think I'm a border-line hoarder!! Three bags and two boxes so far. <BR> . <BR> It rained buckets last night, so I managed to pull a few weeds, harvest some greens, thin another row of carrots and put the girl... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:05:54 EST Gray Day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290337 There is a cold front heading our way, and today is a gray, cloudy, maybe-rainy day. It's raining in the counties north of us, but only "maybe" here. Thank goodness I have a well for my sprinkler system, or I'd have a dust-bowl for a lawn and garden! It's been dry as a popcorn fart here! <BR> <BR> As some of you know, my last live-in BF infested my house with German cockroaches. I've been battling them since 2011, and even had a pest control company treat for them. These bugs are the s... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:25:37 EST Still Fighting this Miserable Cold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287655 Criminy!! I had a cold over Thanksgiving, and a worse one over Christmas! I guess the Universe just wants me to get them over with. Believe me, I'd rather have a cold now, and not in the summer time. I do believer I've got it on the run, though. I still have congestion and a cough, but it's not near so bad as last week, and I'm sleeping very well. <BR> <BR> I've been staying away from friends during this time. I had a low-grade fever last week, and yesterday and today, my temperature w... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:21:59 EST Sometimes Creator Just Makes You Take It Easy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285548 December 18, my son came down with a cold....I came down with it on on December 20 - Another holiday with a cold - Criminy! <BR> <BR> Just like I said in November, the blessing is that this year, I am not forcing myself to go to an office for 8 hrs a day. It's wonderful to just be able to rest, hydrate and let the cold run its course. It would have been nice, though, to have been able to invite a friend or two to share our Christmas dinner, but hopefully, we can do that next year. <BR> <B... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:25:45 EST Got My Side-Hustle On..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281359 Sorry for being MIA, but I've been like a one-armed paper hanger. <BR> <BR> First, my Sparkie friends, my unemployment is coming to an end, and there are no extensions. Ms. Retired Army was finally admitted to the Bar, but until the business is making enough, consistent money, I'm still in limbo. You folks know me better than that - I'll be finding some place to work in January, regardless. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I'm doing my best to make ends meet. So far, so good! If you didn't kn... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:43:06 EST Wish the Days Were Longer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269132 Criminy! I wish I could live off of what I’d get for Social Security right now – Believe me, I’ve been considering filing, but I really need the $300 more per month I’ll get at age 65. <BR> <BR> I’ve got friends who go absolutely stir-crazy at home – Not me. I can always either find something that needs to be done, a new project to start, a movie to watch, or I can take a nap. Life at home is never boring for me! <BR> <BR> I spent some time visiting with Ms. Retired Army yesterday. Sh... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:54:27 EST Colds - Nature's Way of Kicking Your A$$!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265431 What a crazy couple of weeks! I swear, I have had the worst cold ever. But then, every time I get a cold, it's like the worst cold ever! This one is just miserable. My friend who had come to visit a couple of weekends back, had started coming down with a cold, and James and I came down with it a few days later. We're still getting over it! Such is life, though. <BR> <BR> Before the cold hit, I did manager to plant 8 rows of carrots. I've been only doing what I have to around the house... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:23:23 EST Busy, Busy, Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260518 Whew! This past few weeks have been crazy busy! The best part of being off work right now is it's a perfect time to work on my garden. I've never had the opportunity to get this much done in so short time before! <BR> <BR> Right before the hurricane, I had planted some beans, corn, and had just planted cabbage, kale, collard greens and broccoli. The storm wiped out the corn, and it's too late to plant it now. The bean were up about 4 to 6 inches and got FLATTENED. LOL, I've gotten some... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:00:11 EST Feeling Thankful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256031 You know, sometimes we just have to stop and give thanks for the things we have. This past couple of weeks, I have been trying my best to do just that! <BR> <BR> It's been two weeks since hurricane Matthew hit. My driveway is still covered in debris, but one of the city commisions posted that the City has contracted with a company to begin removing the ever-increasing piles of downed limbs and stuff. <BR> <BR> The weather has been wonderful, too! At first, we got some bands off of Nicol... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:48:22 EST Not Bad for a Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253147 This weekend, I spent as much time as I could outside in the yard and garden. I can only rake for a while, and then I have to be mindful of my back, and now, I have to be mindful of the plantar fasciatis in my left foot. So, I rake a while; then I rest. Garden a while. Rest a while. Life is good. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My friend, Tina, spent the weekend with me. She's a hot mess - I keep trying to get her to wake up and do something for herself, but she just can't seem to get out ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:34:55 EST Working Girls..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251614 The girls are big enough now that I don't worry about them encountering the odd non-poisonous snake, so I decided to let them begin the job of improving the garden. I have an area behind the shed that borders the garden with great soil, and with a little help from my chickens, should be pretty much pest-free by the time I plant carrots in November. If you've never been around chickens, know that they can completely strip an area of all vegetation, grubs, slugs, bugs, etc., in no time. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:23:15 EST Holy flying !@#$!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251607 I'm going to have to go back to work to get some rest! This week has been insane! Most of it, the really good kind of insane, but I've been like a one-armed, paper hanger with a case of the hives! <BR> <BR> Monday and Tuesday were spent cleaning up the yard....and I still have stuff to do! Mount Deadfall is getting bigger and bigger, and I'm wondering when the County is going to pick this stuff up! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e67be47f-df2c-4c86-bde2-656ec91... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:16:34 EST Blustery Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249489 The weather today was breezy, and unseasonably cool. Sixties this morning; high 70's this afternoon - Absolutely lovely! Overcast, but no rain. <BR> <BR> My poor body was sore from raking yesterday, so I decided to give myself a break - It will still be there when I get to it! The garden area had dried out enough that I could actually walk in it. My poor beans got flattened! Literally flattened. And because the ground was so wet, I couldn't even get in there until today. Poor, little ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:01:10 EST Almost Back to Normal..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249171 I just wanted to let everyone know that all is well here. My cable and internet jcame back up late yesterday, and almost everyone in my area has power now. I just found out that the hurricane has effected some parts of Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia - I am praying that you and yours are all okay. <BR> <BR> We never lost power for more than a minute or two, but we did lose cable and internet on Friday when the storm was at its worst. I just posted the video I took right after the wors... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:49:54 EST Our First Look..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249162 This is our first time outside - Hurricane Matthew was now around Jacksonville, so we were still getting rain bands. Yikes! All these branches are from my big camphor tree. It's not near as shady back there now. Just a mess, but no damage to the house or outbuildings. We are very blessed! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:29:14 EST Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246920 Life in Central Florida is always interesting, that's for sure! Hurricane season runs from June through November. Sometimes we get one. Sometimes, like in 2004, we get three, back to back. Either way, it's just something that happens here on occasion. Right now, we are looking at Hurricane Matthew skirting our coast, or worse, moving east and impacting us inland. So far, I've been through a tornado 1998 that killed 12 of my neighbors and missed my house by about 300 feet, and direct hit... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 18:14:18 EST Awesome Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244293 Today has been so awesome! No phone calls, no texts, I actually got in an hour nap this morining! <BR> <BR> It's so hard for me to just relax sometimes. Today, I had coffee on the patio and enjoyed the sunrise; refreshed my chicken's bedding, did a little housework, and baked some old fashioned gingerbread cookies! As you can see, there are 36 cookies cooling on these racks. James and I ate 13 cookies!! I had six, with a short glass of milk and they were yummy! <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:26:34 EST Sometimes You Just Got to Roll With It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242781 You got to roll with it, baby! Yesterday evening, I wrote a really nice, long blog......And it freakin' vanished!!! <em>234</em> Criminy! So help me, I will never draft one on the Sparkpeople site again. I find that if I draft it in MS Word or some other program and cut and paste it into the SP site, I don't lose it. <BR> <BR> I also got the night brace in for my plantar fasciitis, and it really does seem to help. Let's see if maybe I can start walking more next week. <BR> <BR> So..... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:43:27 EST