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/ 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 There's No Place Like Home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238668 I can honestly tell you that plantar fasciitis sucks. It's painful, hard to heal, and frustrating. It's especially hard for me because I have so much to do!!! I've taken the week off from walking, because it's aggravating the !@#$ out of it. I've got a night spint ordered and I've been icing it and taking ibuprophen. From what I'm finding out, that, and rest, is about all I can do for it. Bugger! <BR> <BR> So, I'm getting up early and doing my best to do whatever I can without stressin... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:07:46 EST Birdie Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238609 Fun - Throw 1 ripe cherry into a chicken run..... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:25:14 EST Here Comes the Thunderstorm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236447 Well. It's been a fun day today! First, I allowed myself to sleep today. Until 7:00! Booya!! <BR> <BR> I'm giving my plantar fasciitis a rest this week, and I think it's helping. It still hurts, but not as badly, and I haven't had to take any ibuprophen today. It really blows that I can't walk, but I think it will pay off in the long run. I'm going to try a morning walk on Saturday and see how I do. If it seems to aggravate it, I'll go see my chiropractor. I'm probably out of balanc... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:28:10 EST Another Rainy Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235117 I had to cut my walk short this morning - we are getting rain bands off of an invest area in the Atlantic, and that going to make for a wet week with rain off and on. I really hate this - I'd rather it rain and get it over with! Bugger! <BR> <BR> At least I got almost 2 miles in - I'll have to try for the rest of it later today. Today will be filled with working on my website, cleaning projects and preparing something awesome for dinner. LOL, I started a marinara sauce a little while ago... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:37:08 EST The Portable Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234772 This is what I spent yesterday asembling - A "Flip-Coop" that I'm using as a portable run. Like I told Mama Bear, I'm really glad I decided to raise peeps, even though it will be months before we see the first egg, because grown chickens would be much more difficult to tame and handle. These girls have gotten so used to my son and I picking them up that they actually come to us and allow it. We get a little protesting, but they really don't mind. They do seem to enjoy the new freedom! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:19:29 EST BUSY Sunday - Whew!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234225 Yesterday, I worked my butt off getting my yard work done. Well, most of it. The girls are doing great! I spent today putting together a portable run for them so they can forage in the yard and garden. I need to put another coat of paint on it, and install a roosting bar, but other than that, it's done! James insisted on putting the girls in it for a little while - first time in their lives that they've had that much space! He didn't realize how well they can fly, either! I'll be clipp... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:43:57 EST Very Bittersweet Evening.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230686 Today started out very warm and humid - But I got my walk in! By mid-morning, however, the clouds began to roll in, bringing off and on rain.....Bummer! <BR> <BR> But I have been enjoying these four wonderful days off, more than anyone could know! I've seen some friends and today, touched base with my friend, Starr. I've gardened and mowed between rain showers, and napped during the worst of them, and now, I have to start steeling myself to go to work tomorrow. Y'all know it's not the wo... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 18:55:11 EST What an Awesome Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229525 So far, it's been a wonderful day! I got my grocery shopping done, the dead-falls picked up (gifts from the Tree Goddess!), the coop cleaned, and got to spend a little time on the patio. <BR> <BR> I came inside because the clouds were coming in - Another rain band from Hermine. They don't last very long - a little wind, and a large dump of rain, and it's done. It was great timing, because I had just introduced the girls to their "big-girl" feeder, so I can slowly ease the little one out o... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:23:31 EST Hurricane Hermine.....Please Stop Worrying!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229340 I know everyone gets worried every time we get a tropical storm in the Gulf or Atlantic. I get emails and messages with people thinking the worst, and the truth is, even the worst storms we've had here in Central Florida are not devastating like Katrina was in New Orleans. Even in 2004 with direct hits from Charlie, Frances and Jean, we had power outages, some standing water, some roof damage, and lots of boredom. Most times, we don't even lose power or internet! This was the worst of it. Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:08:18 EST Who Would Have Thought?... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227320 Tuesday.....At Work.......Sucks...... <BR> <BR> The chicks are doing really well. As I said last time, I decided to transition them to their coop on Sunday, because the black racer that lives under one of my sheds was getting too close for comfort. Man, do they LOVE the run! They scratched for bugs, took dirt baths, and ran around all day! Only problem was, they wouldn't go up into the hen house, and they need to be protected a little better than in just the run. So James pulls them out ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:16:39 EST Another Too Short Weekend...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226465 Another short weekend. Dang! I swear, I can't wait to be two years older just so I can either work part time or just stay home! Pretty darn pitiful when you can't wait to get older, huh! <BR> <BR> This weekend was spent doing some things around the house, shopping for groceries (the usual Saturday morning chore), a trip to Lowes with my son, and acclimating the "girls" to the great outdoors. <BR> <BR> First thing, I have been trying just to maintain my weight loss for the past two months... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:04:42 EST Friday.....Blessed Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224794 Today looks like it just might be a day very much like yesterday. My co-worker is still not feeling well, and once again, I'm here alone. LOL, I actually seem to get more done! Ms. Retired Army should be in soon and Mr. Boss is at a sentencing. I love it when Ms. Retired Army is here - She's very good at giving direction to the work we do, and lately has taken to coming out and sitting in my area. We work very well together! It's also nice when she does that if my co-worker is here........ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:42:04 EST Just Another Day is Paradise...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224279 Criminy! Absolutely one of those days. My co-worker called in sick this morning and both Mr. Boss and Ms. Retired Army are in depositions in Orlando. Nothing I can't deal with, but it means fielding all of my co-worker's needy family law clients.....All I can do is take a message, because I'm not going to 1) listen to their sad tales of ain't it awful, and 2) I can't help them. My co-worker makes the mistake of talking to them for hours about all the horrible things going on between them ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:02:32 EST Another Tuesday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223025 Happy Tuesday, folks. As usual, I'm here all alone again. My co-worker sent a text this morning saying she'll be late...... <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I'm to the point where the quiet is actually soothing, but I find that I start steeling myself for when Mr. Boss or my co-worker. Ms. Retired Army has called a couple of times, but I enjoy talking to her! She is so upbeat and supportive. She told me she can't believe that I can get stuff done with all the extraneous cr*p and drama going on a... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:38:34 EST Hump Day - Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219627 Happy Wednesday, folks! I'm keeping my attitude positive, despite the fact that Ms. Retired Army has strep throat and won't be in this week. Truly, "Ain't so sunshine when she's gone"! Mr. Boss just get more demanding and pretty much disrupts the entire office. <BR> <BR> I think I mentioned that my co-worker and her 24 year old son works here. He's got some issues, and constantly talks to himself. He has to vocalize everything that he does. He also talks to himself in other voices and... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:32:32 EST A Little More Strength Please..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218968 Well. Here I am at work - Happy Tuesday. Work has been just a wonderful, drama-filled cupcake full of cr*p! So, I'm taking a break. I wrote a nice long blog Sunday night that disappeared completely! Bugger! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> My "peeps" are doing well so far. They're feisty little buggers! I have learned that Barred Rocks are a bit more aggressive than the Rhode Island Reds, and they are. Not horribly so, but they are quicker to peck at you than the Reds. My son is getting a... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:46:00 EST Lord, Give Me Strength! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217252 Hi, ya'll! Work has definitely been a four letter word this past two weeks. You'll be so proud of me! I have not choked my co-workers or maimed my boss! <BR> <BR> I've also taken on another project.....Like I need another one, right? Last weekend, I ordered a chicken coop that will most likely arrive today or Monday, and today I purchased four "peeps" - Two Rhode Island Reds, and two Barred Rocks. They are in a make-shift brooder in my laundry room, doing fine. I supposed because the d... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:58:55 EST Pickles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207811 As I told y'all in a previous blog, I had the good fortune to purchase 50 lbs of pickling cucumbers. I sampled a pickle yesterday, and at the 3 week mark, my Kosher-style dills were ready! <BR> <BR> Last night, I processed and canned 7 1/2 jars of spears and halves. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5486e5e9-5e48-4557-801f-fd8ecb77207d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Behind the quart jars are the hamburger dills in pints that I'd previously processed, and here's what's left of ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:49:15 EST Today, I Wanted Pasta..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205470 You know, sometimes you get a craving for something, and with a little effort, there you are! Today, I decided it was a good day to make meatballs, sauce and pasta. <BR> <BR> Have you ever made your own pasta? I mean, mixing real Seminolia flour with eggs, salt, water and olive oil, kneading it until it's elastic, letting it rest for an hour, and putting that wonderful dough through a hand-crank pasta maker? If you haven't, I highly recommend doing it! <BR> <BR> I started my sauce when I... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:25:57 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205055 Well. Here I am at work again - Just another wonderful Friday. Yay. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, my co-worker's son came in, and after he was here in the office for about an hour, coughing his head off, told us that EVERYONE at his father's house (he has 5 children under 13) had the flu - Now he has a fever and is coughing all over us. PERFECT. My co-worker grabs the Lysol and tells him to go home. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my co-worker texts me that she has a fever of 102. I tell her to go to the ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:38:07 EST July is Just Flying By...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202453 Why do weekends have to be so short?!!! Just when I get everything done that HAS to be done, it's Sunday evening, and I'm getting ready for the next workday. Criminy!! <BR> <BR> These last couple of weeks have been a big whirlwind of work. Since my last blog, I've had weekend company, more drama (BCC) at work than I care to elaborate on, and finished up the last 15 or so pounds of cucumbers by making hamburger dill chips the "quick" way with a hot vinegar brine. <BR> <BR> This weekend wa... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:26:08 EST Mixed Blessings...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195782 Well. Yesterday, I got a call from my favorite produce stand owner, letting me know that they had just gotten in a bushel of beautiful, fresh pickling cucumbers. I have a couple of places that let me know when something really good comes in, and pickling cucumbers are something you rarely find in supermarkets here. What else could I do - I got the entire bushel. In layman's terms, that's 50 lbs of cucumbers......Woohoo!........ <em>104</em> That I have to process and put up......wooho... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:58:06 EST Stress. Bugger!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189617 I honestly do believe that my back ache is caused primarily by stress. It's like the "Karma Chameleon" - It comes and goes! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Funny, but it was pretty much gone until I went back to work on Friday. Now, it's better. Still "twingy" but better. I may make another trip to the chiropractor if it's not gone by next week. <BR> <BR> Other than that - I've walked both days, and had no trouble. As a matter of fact, my back is better after I walk. <em>104</em> My... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:56:20 EST Not Much Is Worse Than A Back Ache! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188375 Since last Sunday, I have had the most annoying and frustrating back ache!! Bugger!! <BR> <BR> I walked my regular morning walk Monday, and by the time I got home from work that evening, I was really hurting - Couldn't get comfortable no matter what position I was in - lower back and upper glutes in knots! <BR> <BR> So Tuesday, I stayed home. My back was worse than ever, and I thought if I rested, it would be better on Wednesday. Not so - Worse than ever! This morning I got woke up wi... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:25:52 EST Sometimes, the Little Things You Do Inspire Others..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185162 My father used to tell me that "growing older ain't for sissies!" And he was right. My Spark started out as a 10 minute walk: Five minutes out; Five minutes back. I made myself a promise to do that at least once a day. Then, I upped the ante: Ten out; Ten back. I'm now up to 56 minutes to 1 hour, in the beginning of Summer in Central Florida. Walking that long is not really very far, and it's a little thing, but done consistently, every day is yielding big results. I've lost another ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:10:15 EST Consistency is the Key..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182977 Many years ago, I took a sales training course. The very smart man said that the most important thing to remember is that "consistency is the key." It's the same for weight lost, too. <BR> <BR> I've spent a lot of time thinking about why I eat inappropriately, and I've started countless regimes for diet and exercise, only to fall short of perfection. In all honesty, most of these regimes were either over-complicated or unrealistic. Seriously - look at your average "diet" program. Most e... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:19:17 EST Woohoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177064 A promise is a promise - Here is a photo at 20 lbs down. No makup, ratty old clothes, Definitely not a "glam" shot, because I just mowed the lawn, but you can actually see a difference! I'm editing this to add the photo of me from March when I started, so you can see what I'm seeing: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64c45990-d060-4196-a06b-002bada6949a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0b30000-e061-4524-aeec-84dd81243903.jpg"> <BR>... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 18:19:29 EST Jeese! What Long Weekend?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175357 I was so happy to see the day end last Friday! A long weekend!!! I did a lot of walking, a lot of yardwork, and a LOT of sleeping! <BR> <BR> My son got a job at a 7-11 store about a mile away, and he works the 11-7 shift on Friday and Saturday, and this week, 11 to 4 am on Tuesday. Yes, he's almost 29 years old. Yes, he could walk that in 25 minutes. But my son has been mugged, once at gunpoint - So there's no freakin' way I'm letting him walk at 11:00 pm or 4:00 am! No way! <BR> <BR>... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 20:38:21 EST Clarice Vi - We Will See You Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172366 In the early morning of 25 May 2016, my sweet, beautiful little clown, Clarice, made her journey. She would have been 9 years old on August 8. This last year has been tough for her - daily shots for her diabetes, but she regained her strength and enjoyed her last year chasing the squirrels and lizards in her beloved back yard. She was also the one of the dogs allowed in the garden, and loved our daily walks there. Doc Alex is pretty sure she died of pancreatic cancer. Something that didn... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:49:20 EST Everyday, An Adventure..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165866 Wednesday....wow. Today was really special - Somehow, I actually managed to get some things accomplished between my co-worker whining and Mr. Boss calling in from home to bark orders. Ms. Retired Army was spending the day with her family - well-deserved, considering she and her husband spent most of the weekend working on the office! <BR> <BR> My day started off as usual. Coffee, breakfast, and out the door for a walk. This time of the year is great for morning walks! The air is relativ... Wed, 18 May 2016 21:31:19 EST Walosh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163392 A few months back, I think I told y'all about the frog that lives in my patio water feature, La Grenouille, or Walosh in Tsalagi <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f042f21-bffc-4793-bd38-8018c03cab12.jpg">. He/she/it is a large, shy one, and I usually only get a glimpse as he/she/it jumps into the pond! Today I took my lunch on the patio, and Walosh decided to sit for a while, and after a while, moved to another spot. Perhaps we'll see Wallosh more often? <BR> <BR> Can you s... Sun, 15 May 2016 11:41:08 EST Another Week - So Glad it's FRIDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162436 This week was pretty much the same as it has been for about two months, but somehow, there seems to be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. My boss is still just as dysfunctional as he has been, maybe more so, now that his Bar grievance trial is eminent. His wife is still trying to create drama and chaos. BUT....Ms. Retired Army and her husband are making and have made some very positive changes in our work environment - And hence, there is a small glimmer of light! <BR> <BR> I'm ... Fri, 13 May 2016 22:08:24 EST Busy, Busy.....and Tired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160414 This weekend was lovely! One of those beautiiful weekends in the lower 80's, sunny and beautiful! I walked in the mornings and Saturday, mowed the front yard. And then took a nap! <BR> <BR> Sunday, after chores, my friends, Scott and Steve came over. Scott scared us half to death about two weeks ago - he had another stroke, but fortunately, he seems to be recovering at record speed. He's 71 now and has had two major strokes, so he tires easily. But does he ever love my patio!! He'd st... Tue, 10 May 2016 21:48:05 EST Another Weekend Ending SO Fast..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154342 Well, my Sparkie friends. Another weekend has flown by and I'm facing the office tomorrow. Yay...... <BR> <BR> Today I just relaxed and enjoyed. I walked first thing and got that done, got my trip to Walmart over with and did some stuff around the house. <BR> <BR> I usually have coffee with my friend Tricia on Sunday, and today she wanted to go out someplace. So she chooses Dunkin' Donuts. Seriously. Dunkin' Donuts. Before lunch. Yay! Now, understand that she insists that she eat... Sun, 1 May 2016 22:18:39 EST Seriously, So Glad To Be Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153104 Let's see.....Between the crazy new clients that Mr. Boss forgot to tell us about, Mr. Boss not coming in to work until after 2:00 in the afternoon, my co-worker either whining about 1) the computer server crashing, 2) how much work she has to do, 3) bursting into tears and leaving for a few minutes 4) telling clients 1 and 2, above, then doing 3, I got precious little done today...... <BR> <BR> When Mr. Boss finally came in, he went right into a meeting, so lucky for me, I didn't have to de... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:12:41 EST My Typical Work Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152507 If there ever was a day that could trigger a night of over-eating simple carbs and drinking a few beers, today was it! I swear, the best description I can give you of my workplace is the 4th rung of Hades. But I prevailed - NSV!! <BR> <BR> I made it through the morning without succumbing to the very large jar of pretzels that my boss insists on keeping in the office. Thankfully, I keep a number of healthy snacks in my desk drawer: Raw, organic sunflower seeds. Ostrim Snack Sticks (These... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:31:12 EST You Know Your Job Really Sucks When You're Happy to Be Home Sick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151433 Seriously. I've got some sort of a bug, and I'm tickled spitless to be home. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Coffee and lunch on the patio. Snoozefest. Walkabout in the yard - This is my happy place for sure! <BR> <BR> Hippiechick - Here's to you, baby! <BR> <BR> Carrissa Holly - Smell a lot like Lily of the Valley: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2db9911-0a7d-4efe-a231-8e9eff75a156.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Confederate Jasmine - Very spicy smelling: <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:58:20 EST I Do Love My Weekends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149403 Yes, I do - They are over much too fast, but I love them! <BR> <BR> First, I got a very pleasant surprise when I was weeding the front flower bed. My little Arbequina olive tree has some tiny, little olives on it! <BR> <BR> This is how it looked two weeks ago: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76d943c1-4963-4f07-85b9-7b17fd8a1313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here it is today - The new location seems to agree with it - It's filled out a bit: You have to look close to see the ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 17:55:33 EST Sure Happy It's Thursday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147506 Another lovely workday in paradise.......Server still down. Boss at home "working." Criminy! <BR> <BR> So glad to be home! I am so thankful and grateful to have such a peaceful place to come home to - my wonderful son, sweet poodles and a shady patio! <BR> <BR> I didn't push as hard on tonight's walk, but I did manage to walk over 2 miles. My friend, Eddie, says the soreness never goes away at our age, but the benefits far outweigh that. Well...Okay! I've already come to accept the fa... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:02:54 EST Some Days Are Just Better Than Others..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146812 Today at work SUCKED! I mean, really S U C K E D!!! First, I walk in the office, and Ms. Retired Army has sprinkled while carpet fresh stuff all over. Y'all know just how much I love synthetic oils.....I had to go outside while she vacuumed because I almost had an asthma attack!! Criminy!! <BR> <BR> Next, Mr. Boss sends me a scathing text about hanging up on him last night.....I respond with "WTF are you talking about? I didn't talk to you last night, so how the **** could I hang up ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:38:11 EST Beautiful, beautiful weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145311 Beautiful weather - Sunny, warm, and breezy - almost too cool sometimes! Perfect for walking! <BR> <BR> My friend, Eddie, came up for a visit - I've know him since high school, and he's a good buddy! After his heart attack a couple of years ago, he decided he was sick and tired of being sick and tired! So he started walking.,,,,, <BR> <BR> We started talking on FB, and he decided that since his divorce, he really wasn't enjoying Northern Virginia, and was tired of the freezing cold winte... 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