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/ I've Got Gas!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922620 Yay!! My gas line and dryer were installed this morning! I've never been so happy to do laundry since I had to used a laundromat in 1997!!! <BR> <BR> I'm amazed that the difference between the gas dryer and the electric on. This used gas dryer is SO quiet! The electric one was purchased new - a large capacity Amana, and it could be heard all over the house. This used Whirlpool is a large capacity, and is so quiet that I can't hear it on the bedroom side of my house, and when the end of... Mon, 4 May 2015 19:25:30 EST Another Lovely Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922055 First, James is much better - He's taking his medicine and today was supposed to be the worst day for swelling. He's speaking clearly, has no numbness in his lower lip or cheek areas, and said he's looking forward to being able to open his mouth wider and actually chewing his food! <BR> <BR> Funny thing - I bought a blender with a food processor attachment on it last month. I almost didn't buy it, opting just for the blender, but at the last minute thought, "What the heck - It's only $15.0... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:19:32 EST Ah! The Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921435 Sorry to be so "out of pocket" for the past few days. Yes, things has been crazy at the office - more on that in another blog..... <BR> <BR> Thursday, I had planned to take my son to an appointment with an oral surgeon. James had a wisdom tooth that had come in sideways, and subsequently broken off and exposed a nerve, so we knew that one tooth needed to be removed. Of course, a 27 year old student is not likely to have the $875.00 needed to have a wisdom tooth removed, and of course, no ... Sat, 2 May 2015 18:27:55 EST Tuesday....Live, from New York! BCC!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919349 Okay. Today was a pure clusterf**k! Even from New York, Mr. and Mrs. Boss can create office havoc. They're either calling and driving us nuts over trivial stuff, or not calling or texting back crucial information for us to relay to our clients. VERY frustrating. <BR> <BR> That said, I did get rid of my old dryer today, and my new one will be delivered in the morning......It will look nice.....gas line and hookup won't happen until May 4......must be patient! <BR> <BR> My subscription to... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:13:54 EST Monday......Again...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918590 Holy, moly! It was scary quiet here this morning......A little too quiet. <BR> <BR> Remember when I told you that I signed up for an "Our Time" membership? That has to be one of the biggest wastes of my time ever. You would not believe the collection of jerks on this site! <BR> <BR> First off, beware of ANYONE who says they are "legally separated" in Florida. Technically, there is no such thing - You're either married or you're not. You may be living separately under a Marital Settlem... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:36:26 EST Weekend....Yay!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917720 After another Friday full of BCC, it was so nice to be home! Pizza with my son, and early to bed! <BR> <BR> This morning, I got up around 6:30 - My son was up and was apparently up most of the night. Why he didn't wake me up, I don't know - Men can be real bone-heads. I think all the soda and cr*p that he eats has started to catch up with him. He has a wisdom tooth that came in sideways and has broken. Ow. Fortunately, I had some pain medication from my last toothache - I guess he's go... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:31:56 EST Thursday........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916626 Mary, Mother of God! I will be so happy when Mr. and Mrs. Boss have left for New York on Monday afternoon! <BR> <BR> This morning, I'm greeted by one of our domestic clients. Mr. Boss told him to meet him here at 8:45 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. hearing.......Of course, Mr. Boss isn't here. I call his cell phone - he doesn't answer. I demon-dial his cell phone. He still doesn't answer, and believe me, this guy is answers if he's on the commode!!! (And yes, he calls us from there, too. EEEEWW... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:58:04 EST Wednesday Evening...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916087 After another day of total insanity, I came home to my four amazing pups. A walk through the garden and some time with my fur-babies really helps to bring my quality of life up a notch or two. <BR> <BR> Another mood enhancer for me is a visit to the confederate jasmine for sniff or two, and/or a stop to inhale the fragrant gardenias and carissa holly. <BR> <BR> Mondays and Wednesdays I pick my son up from the college at 7:30. I usually make something that gets better if it sits on the b... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:10:36 EST Wednesday......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915902 Yesterday was, well, a clusterf**k. I was so tired by the time I got supper last night, that I fell asleep soon after eating. After I returned from lunch, the day was one BCC (boss-created crisis) after another, and when he finally came in, he was so engrossed with talking to the iPhone people about restoring all the cr*p on his phone, that I couldn't get a word in edge-wise to him yesterday. <BR> <BR> So.....This morning, I'm trying set a hearing, and I get a panicked call from Mr. Boss, ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:46:59 EST Tuesday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915183 I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating today has been. Let's just say, I was fine until I got to work. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> First, I'm met with a list 8 clients that Mrs. Boss wants invoices for......That means inputting about 60 time sheets. Not going to happen today. She can just be p*ssed! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Then the Judicial Assistant for the judge on my boss's morning hearings calls. He's asked to have the hearings moved to 1:30 p.m........I told her I'd mar... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:06:22 EST Here Comes the Anxiety..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913998 OMG. Just thinking about having to get ready for tomorrow gives me anxiety. Jeese! <BR> <BR> And it's official. My dryer stopped working today, so I have clothing hanging all other the place. Not a bad thing - the dryer was purchased in 2002, so I think 13 years is pretty awesome for an appliance. I just hate having the expense right now, and honestly, I can probably have it repaired well enough to work for a while longer, but this might be the perfect opportunity for me to convert my e... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:03:25 EST Sunday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913903 After an absolutely perfect Saturday, today started off just as nice! We had some milk that had turned last week - perfect time to make a devil's food cake from my grandmother's recipe - No box mixes allowed in my house! I keep half for my son, and give the other half to my friend, Tricia, who doesn't bake. While the cake cooled, I was off to Walmart for dog treats, toys and a bag of dry dog food, and then home again to make frosting - Chocolate butter cream! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:25:49 EST AWESOME Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913617 I'm not even going to expound on the lunacy that I called a job. Last week, even without my boss and his wife being present, was full of "boss-created crises" - Seriously. Enough said. <BR> <BR> Friday evening, I ordered pizza for my son, which has become sort of a ritual for us, and hot wings for me. After the week I had, I needed hot wings and a beer! I thoroughly enjoyed every bit and every sip, and went to be early. <BR> <BR> Early to bed - Early to rise! I was up at 6:30 a.m., and... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:31:05 EST Tuesdays Without My Coworker Really Sucks...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911083 Yesterday, the afternoon storms started rolling in around 4:30 p.m., and for some reason, atmospheric pressure maybe, I'd been tired and sleepy since about 2:30!! You'd have thought I'd been out gardening or walking all morning - I actually almost fell asleep at work! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Of course, Mondays and Wednesdays I pick my son up from the college after his class at 7:30 - So glad there's an alarm on my phone! After I fed the dogs, I took a short nap, and after we got back a... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:49:28 EST Awesome Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910454 Ever had one of those evenings where you just can't keep your eyes open? That was mine Thursday. I managed to fix supper and do a little dusting, WHAM! So tired! I was in bed asleep by 9:00 p.m.! The worst part, though, was I woke up around 1:00 a.m. with heartburn (took something for that), and then woke up round 3:00 a.m. Both times, I went back to sleep fairly quickly, but I don't think I rested much. <BR> <BR> So then, I at 6:30 a.m., get the coffee started, and off to the shower. ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:34:09 EST Made It Through Another Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907317 OMG, what a day! So glad I took a cup of coffee to work with me because I didn't have the chance to make any until almost lunch. Crisis after boss-created crisis. Unbelievable. <BR> <BR> So, counting my blessings. 1) At least I got to put my check in the bank today. 2) I stayed within my calorie range! 3) My son made me laugh! 4) I got all four of my dogs washed and one of them groomed! 5) I have a roof over my head. 6) I have good friends! 7) I am healthy! 8) I could go on... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 20:50:56 EST Monday. Today REALLY sucked. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906760 At least work did. Boss-created emergencies from the moment I walked in today. And, of course, I have my paycheck, but have to hold it until Mrs. Boss says there's money to cover it. Really? Really. Happens every holiday. <BR> <BR> But despite the BS and the Boss-created drama, my attitude seems to totally baffle them. I come in on time. I do my job. I go home. It's a job. <BR> <BR> So, job done at 5:00 and I'm out the door. I decided to start grooming the dogs - they need their S... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 23:39:52 EST Oh, My! The Weekend Has Just Flown By! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906026 Well! Sunday evening already. Happy Easter, y'all! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, was fun - I got all my shopping and yard work done in the morning, and enjoyed a nice visit with my friend, Tina, in the afternoon. We sat on the patio and talked, drank margaritas, and grill some wild-caught salmon. The weather was perfect for "patio-sitting," too! Not to cold, not too hot, and a delicious breeze! <BR> <BR> This morning, I was up at 6:30 a.m., and almost panicked because I didn't hear the sprinkle... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:20:59 EST Another Lazy Day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904989 I did a bunch of things today, but really nothing major. And my boss only messaged me once. No. I didn't respond. He can wait until Monday. <BR> <BR> I got up and drove my son to the college this morning. When I got home, I turned the compost and pull some weeds in the garden. Then, I harvested the rest of the beets - There were only a few, but I put up another pint of pickled beets. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day today - upper 80's and a nice breeze! My little dogs love it outsid... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 20:54:47 EST Thursdays Are AWESOME When the Next Day is a Holiday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904400 Yep. Work was pretty much the same as always, and typical day before the holiday - No paycheck. Happens every time. Oh, sure. I'll get one if I wait around for the boss's wife to finally come in and give us our checks....Always right after the banks close. I waited until 5:21 and went home. And no, I stop at 5:00 and don't do any more work until Monday. And I'll find my check in the drawer on Monday. No sense running in to pick it up tomorrow, because my bank is closed until then anyw... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:14:23 EST Strange Day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903831 Wednesday - Hump Day! So glad the week is almost over! Friday is a holiday, so tomorrow will be the end of the work week for me. <BR> <BR> The day was pretty much one clusterf**k after another. Mostly because our boss has a really bad habit of not calling people back, so we spend a lot of time calming down clients and trying to find answers for them. Very tiring. <BR> <BR> This morning, my boss left me several tasks to do first thing - Glad he thinks I can move mountains, but honestly, ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 21:43:16 EST What Can I Say? Mondays Suck. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903247 My Monday managed to suck all the way into today and didn't stop until I got home! <BR> <BR> My boss has been his usual unfocused, dysfunctional, chaotic self, so I'm not surprised by anything, but I guess my patience has worn thin from the stress of the past few weeks. <BR> <BR> The electric company called me early Monday morning, and actually came out and fixed everything......I hope. Even though it's not the proper day to water the lawn (the next scheduled watering day is Thursday mo... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:39:46 EST One Step Forward; Two Steps Back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901918 Bugger! Just when I think things are going great, BAM! This morning, I woke up at 6:00 a.m., and no sprinkler system!! I just spent almost $300.00 for a weather-proof box and new relay! i outside when it gets light, and figure that the battery must have died in the sprinkler system and lost the program. I changed the battery, and notice that the breaker for the well has tripped. I reset the breaker and BAM!! THE MAIN BREAKER TO THE HOUSE TRIPS AND I HAVE NO ELECTRIC!! So I call the e... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:08:02 EST Busy Day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901376 Whew! Beautiful day today - Got lots done! <BR> <BR> Here's last night's canning efforts: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1682934293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Up at 7:00 a.m., and out the door to Lowes for Black Cow and Mushroom compost for the strawberry planter. I'd received the strawberry crowns and red mulching film a few days ago, so planting was a priority for today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1502779165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:16:45 EST Friday.....Couldn't Get Here Fast Enough Today - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900808 Holy parade of idiots, Batman! What a day! <BR> <BR> I came home and ordered a pizza for my son (I had the smallest piece), and fed the dogs. It's taken me almost two hours to decompress, and I haven't had a beer or a cocktail. I just want to relax so I can get some stuff done this weekend. Jeese! <BR> <BR> Tonight is rainy and cool, so hopefully, I'll be able to actually relax. Maybe have a bath - that helps a lot. <BR> <BR> TTFN - Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:03:17 EST Thursday.....One Day Closer to the Weekend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900272 Seriously - One more day!! Criminy! <BR> <BR> So far so good with the right knee - no pain. A little tender if I press on it, but that's to be expected. No overt swelling, and I don't have a limp; doesn't get bad as the day wears on - I think I just need to not run any marathons and let myself heal. <BR> <BR> Work has been stressful, but then, that's the way it always is. I am grateful to be working, and I do and will continue to do my best, but I have t admit that it is stressful. <BR>... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:31:51 EST Interesting Couple of Days..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899035 Monday was really a MONDAY!!!! I was up, dressed and off to work as usual, but somewhere around 11:30 a.m., I was retrieving a toner cartridge from my boss's printer, and WHAM! My right foot got caught in one of the many cords running all over the office and down I went! <BR> <BR> My head missed a wooden file cabinet by mere inches, but I came down hard on my right knee. I managed to get up, my right knee screaming, left knee and both hands hurting, but I managed to get up. I realized t... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:19:16 EST Being So Lazy Today - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897610 LOL, I made it to Tricia's for lunch - That's as far as I got. Lowes and Walmart can wait until I feel like it! <BR> <BR> Tricia is one of those folks who has to have everything "just so." Not a bad trait, and at least she's not as compulsive about cleaning as she used to be. Her dog would track in a leave and a little sand and she'd have to get up and clean it immediately. Now, she waits until company leaves..... Anyway, she broke one cup in her set of dishes, and went out and bought ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:16:32 EST Today is Definitely a Day of Rest....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897443 Whew! Busy couple of days! <BR> <BR> Friday night, I got a visit from a dear friend who now lives on a sail boat in Tampa. Good thing he's used to having no air conditioning - didn't bother him a bit. He's finally in a position to come up here to visit old friends (there are many of us!) here in Sanford. First, we took a long motorcycle ride around beautiful, alligator-infested, Lake Monroe, stopped by Ink Ink to see my nephew, Deke, and then headed back to the house to grill steaks and ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:17:07 EST I Owe, I Owe, It's Off to Work I Go..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896134 Yes, today was my back to work day. Honestly, sometimes I don't know how I keep from scratching my face off in frustration! Enough said. <BR> <BR> I finally got my lunch break at 1:45 today. I try to de-stress on the ride home, and pet my dogs when I get there. My son was home today, too, so I had about 1/2 hour to eat, walk through the garden and have a little peace. <BR> <BR> The A/C won't get fixed until this Tuesday. It's really not too bad with fans - When I bought my house in Lon... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:01:02 EST Feeling Better Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895478 Well, at least I'm sleeping. That's a big thing when it's not happening. <BR> <BR> Today, I did my best to relax. Really, I did. What I wound up doing was picking and canning collard greens and kale most of the day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1929251849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946116408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These will be so good when they are no longer in season.....And I have organic ones!! <BR> <BR> After I to... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:12:36 EST Very Stressful Couple of Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894888 This has been a surreal and stressful couple of days. Sunday night I got a call from the State Department's Chief of American Citizen Services in Vietnam. My dear friend, Jimmy, had passed away on March 12th, and the only contact number they could find for anyone in the US was my number. There was no will to be found in his possessions, so they needed to find his next of kin. What a shock! I had just spoken with him on March 6th. He had gotten into some trouble over there; well, not rea... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:59:23 EST Sundays Are Just So Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893508 Even knowing that I had a lot of catching up to do, today has been so awesome! <BR> <BR> I was up at 7:00, only this morning, I made bacon and eggs. I had my breakfast and coffee, and then put all the cooled canned goods away. By that time, the smell of the bacon had awakened my son. <BR> <BR> So off to the grocery store for the weekly shopping, and $100 later (Jeeese!!), home again to put everything away with my son's help. Then, off to Walmart for dog treats and a new blender. Yes, I ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:45:01 EST Long Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893031 Even a long day at home is better than the best day at work! <BR> <BR> My day started around 7:00 a.m. - Coffee and breakfast, and finish the canning. This time, I had two pint jars of chicken stew from last night's efforts, and now had to can another 2.5 lbs of chicken breast, four large chicken thighs and three thawed out quart freezer bags of kale. I saved the pints for this morning, because they only take 65 minutes, but I really hate only canning one or two jars. So, I packed the ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 21:28:22 EST Friday the Thirteenth.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892557 Seriously? <BR> <BR> Today started out pretty good. Coffee, muesli bar for breakfast, morning washup in awesome water. And FRIDAY! Yay! <BR> <BR> So, off to the garage to head out for work and "squish"! WTF?!! Once again, my son, in his haste to combine lunch with gaming, the freezer door had been left open all night, and everything had thawed out. Everything. Bugger! <BR> <BR> That's the bad news. The good news is we only really lost about 16 pot pies, a $3.00 package of batte... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:48:30 EST And Then, Sometimes the Day Goes Just As It Should..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891909 Today began like most days. Up at 6:30 a.m., out the door by 7:50 a.m. - Deal with the daily drama, whatever that may be..... <BR> <BR> But not today! Today, Todd, my plumber, showed up just as he was supposed to. Did I tell you that his company is called "My Guy"? LOL, he certainly is! I really enjoy watching someone that knows what they're doing work. I learned a lot more about connecting PVC pipe than I did, and that will come in very handy when I need to work on the sprinkler syste... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:28:19 EST VERY Stressful Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891444 Today was just a horrible day. Horrible. Despite all the dysfunctional BS, I did manage to get a few things done, but I don't think I've ever been so glad to see 5:00 p.m. in 'my life. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I'll go in and hold the fort until 9:45 am, drive home, and meet the plumber! I swear, once that water conditioner is installed, I am taking a long whirlpool bath and relaxing the rest of the day! <BR> <BR> My first batch of saur kraut is ready to eat, and it came out great! I only h... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:51:11 EST Lovely Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889552 Today was one of those lovely Sundays where I did as little as possible and got lots done. <BR> <BR> I did a little shopping this morning, mostly for dog treats and stuff my son needed, and I do my best to visit my friend, Tricia, on Sunday mornings for coffee. She had surgery a few weeks ago, and is just now starting to get out, but she loves our weekly visits. Today I brought her some fresh lettuce, kale and a cabbage, and a jar each of carrots and Yukon Gold potatoes. I love sharing... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 23:30:14 EST Whew! Only 4:00 pm and Quite a Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888784 Well. I've finally stopped to have a coffee and a well-deserved break. <BR> <BR> The dogs woke me up at 6:30 a.m., and after breakfast and coffee, I was off to the garden. The cold-snap killed off my potato plants, but I left them in the ground with hopes of getting a good crop. I dug up all I could find, but only got enough to can 10 pints. Bugger! Next year, I'm going to plant them in a large, reusable bin that I can use a frost blanket on - I'll probably get three times the potatoe... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:30:07 EST Do I Get A WooHoo? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887818 Okay, Sparkies! I heard from my master plumber today, and we've scheduled my water conditioner install for next Thursday! I asked him there was anything I can do to help, and he asked me, "Is there anything that you CAN do?" I told him I'd watch the install video and do what I felt comfortable with. <BR> <BR> So, tonight, I opened the boxes and installed the bypass valve onto the meter, and plumber's taped the drain line adapter, installed the resin (40 or 50 lbs!!), installed the KDF fil... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:41:34 EST Such a Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886448 Of course, any day that I'm not at work is an awesome day! Today started out foggy, and then sunny and low 80's. I took my morning coffee out to the garden and walked about - Can't get much better than that! The cabbages are getting bigger, and the second planting of carrots should be ready to pick soon. Last night, I pulled a few and had them for dinner. It was a nice, sunny, warm evening, so those fresh carrots when well with a perfectly grilled NY strip steak and a baked potato! <BR> ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:48:43 EST Waiting for the Electrician...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885840 LOL, anyone remember that old Firesign Theater album? Makes me laugh just thinking about it, and I'm not even smoking anything! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm getting my patootie into be early. I have an electrician coming to my house in the morning to upgrade my electrical panel and install a dedicated line for my new water conditioner! Woohoo!! I've got to be home tomorrow for this, obviously, and I'm so glad to have the day off, even though at least 1 hour of it will be with ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:01:19 EST Busy Weekend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885157 Well....Friday was my usual shake off the work-week night. I try to get to be early, so I can get up early. <BR> <BR> Saturday, was gray and rainy. Bugger! No gardening today. I did the shopping and my friend, Tina, came over for a while. The grill I'd ordered last weekend had come in early, and the big box was occupying space in my living room. I've put gas grills together before, and it always goes faster with beer and someone to hold pieces for you! We got the grill together in r... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:00:15 EST Spring Has Sprung In Central Florida.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883417 The trees are starting to bud out, new green leaves are forming, and the old leaves fall worse now than in the October! That's Spring in Central Florida! Seventy-five to 80 one day; 60 the next.....That's Spring in Central Florida. But from now on, the days will get longer and consistently warmer. I love it here! <BR> <BR> This is my favorite time in the garden - Collards and kale are at the "cut and come again" stage, beets are almost ready to pull, and I've already been harvesting carr... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:45:00 EST And after all that cold.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880099 Central Florida! I love it! After two days of freezing weather, the temperature is in the 70's today! Awesome! <BR> <BR> I did my usual shopping and hit a sale at the hardware store, but today, the garden and back yard got most of my attention. I mowed the back yard after I emptied the composter, and started a new batch. The cold took the tomato plants, so into the composter they went, along with the pail of kitchen scraps. <BR> <BR> By the time I finished, it was lunch time. Waiting... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:14:20 EST Winter in Central Florida.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878439 Well....We are now in the depths of winter here in Central Florida. It's going to be close to freezing tonight and tomorrow night, with highs in the 50's......And that should be about it. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Honestly, we get about 14 days of what we consider "cold" weather. I'm one of those who really don't like it at all, but by the time I'm really biotching about it, the weather will be in the 70's again....Like on Saturday. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My tax refund finally came... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:20:55 EST Good Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872043 From Friday at 5:00 pm, things have been pretty good here. The weather is still cool, but sunny, and I've had a chance to spend time in the garden. How in the world can things not be good when you're standing in a garden full of ripening veggies and berries in the middle of February? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246848728.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I picked the first head of cabbage yesterday morning - with all the rain, it was beginning to split, so I had to pick it. I'v... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:51:14 EST Again, Remembering Why..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870875 Just amazing the things our parents do to us in the name of protecting us from ourselves. My prayers are that I never damaged my son in that way, and I've taken great care to allow him to make his own choices and weigh the potential consequences before doing so. Seems to have worked so far. <BR> <BR> My mother, however, made a decision that irrevocably changed my life, however well intended, and last week, the scab was totally ripped off that old wound. Now, understand, my mother married ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 19:37:27 EST Strange Weekend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862875 Wow! This weekend we had a cold-front go through: windy and rainy, clearing to temps in the 60's. I know - for everyone up North, that would be awesome. For me, it was cold, dreary, and I pretty much slept all day. Seriously. I got up for an hour, laid down for a "minute" and fell asleep. I woke up around 10:30 a.m., took care some some stuff in the kitchen. Sat down and fell alseep. Woke up three hours later - Just in time to start cooking supper. So you'd think with all that sle... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:43:06 EST A Holiday Well-Spent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858265 What a day! I got so much done, that I honestly surprised myself. <BR> <BR> First, up and dressed, and cleaning the bathrooms. Next, off to the store for groceries and dog treats. Home again to mow the lawn. Then vacuum and mop the floors. In between, breakfast, snack and lunch. Dishes. Laundry. And finally, at 3:30 p.m., the plumber I'd called on Friday called and said he was on his way. <BR> <BR> Now, understand, my water bills have been awful lately, so I braced myself for 1) ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:11:36 EST