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......Felt Like Monday Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772294 Today was, well, insane. I'm not going to elaborate, but just know that I was SO happy to get in my car and drive home. <BR> <BR> Last weekend was so nice! I was almost an hour late getting off work, but just the thought of having 3 days off put me in a much improve mood! Friday night, I just relaxed with my son and pups. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning, I had a handyman come over and remove the nasty old grout ( my ex installed my tub - Mr. "I have 15 years experience in remodeling bathroo... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 00:03:21 EST Friday - Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765155 So glad for the weekend! And today was especially good - It's my son's 27th birthday! We just finished a lovely Chinese takeout dinner (his favorite!), and tomorrow, homemade cake and ice cream when some of his friends come over. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is also "groom the dogs" day - I clipped them really short weekend before last, and now they're get a bath and a proper grooming now that they're easy to manage. It's just really hard on my back to sit on the floor to groom them, so I get lazy ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:08:38 EST Last Weekend - My Last Two Nights of Vacation..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758506 Saturday and Sunday - I spent most of my time just enjoying my son and my fur babies! <BR> <BR> Saturday, I got my lawn mowed - the daily rain makes the grass grow so fast! I also got some of the garden cleared. <BR> <BR> My handy man and I drove all the way to Zellwood to buy compost, only to find a sign saying "No Compost Today" - Bugger!!! I had called for their hours the week before and I guess they just don't think to say, "But we're not selling compost on August 8." BUGGER!! <BR... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:49:06 EST Another Wonderful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754733 Today was one of those days that just went by too fast! I did get a lot done, though. <BR> <BR> I slept well, and got up at about 6:30 a.m., and decided to make a loaf of blueberry bread. It's like banana bread, but with a little cinnamon. You don't mash up the berries, but fold them in right before putting the batter in a pan. A slice of that and a cup of coffee made a fine breakfast! <BR> <BR> After breakfast, I tackled cleaning up my laundry room/mud room. This room exits onto the p... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:05:35 EST Wonderful Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753938 Again, let me just say that any day on vacation is a good day. No major stress; no boss texting, no phone ringing......Awesome! <BR> <BR> Breakfast on the patio.....a little cleaning and organizing..... <BR> <BR> I had thawed out some chicken thighs, so I made a nice chicken vegetable soup for lunch with barley and fresh green beans and okra from the garden. I also made a loaf of banana bread for my friend. <BR> <BR> My big project for the day was grooming two more dogs. I've got all of... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:03:31 EST Mondays on Vacation are SOOOO Nice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753228 Nice, lazy day today. I went out early and ran some errands, and then stopped at Lowes and bought two large wooden fan trellises. <BR> <BR> Last year, I had planted some confederate jasmine along the fence on the side of my property where the new privacy fence was installed. Confederate jasmine has beautiful, dark green leaves and small white flowers that smell ever-so-sweet and spicy in the Spring. I had hoped that it would cover the old chain link fence in a year or so, but as you kno... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:03:51 EST Strange Weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752547 This has been a really strange weekend. First, I wake up on Saturday morning, settle onto my bed with my coffee, and the phone rings. One of my dearest friends asks me to pick her up at her vet's office, because her son has her car. Then she calls in tears to ask me to pick up her younger son (19) and bring him, because they have to put down his dog. <BR> <BR> Off I go. I stayed with them and did my best to help them through this - the poor dog was so very sick and needed to be set free.... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:58:02 EST Sure Happy It's Thursday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750679 Tomorrow is the last work day before I take a week off. Sparkies, you have no idea how much I'm looking forward to this!! <BR> <BR> Now, understand that my boss will "punish" me for taking this week. Even though we have three weeks of vacation time - the maximum at my job, and my reward for enduring six years of insanity - my boss and his wife make it very clear that it's not at all encouraged. He finds was to torment us for our "betrayal" and she makes it very clear that she thinks it's ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:09:24 EST Some Days You Just Have to be Thankful...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749258 Tuesday. Isn't this supposed to less stressful than Monday? WTF?!! <BR> <BR> From the moment I walked in, I was slammed. It was just insane today! So, when I went home on my lunch break, I thought I'd just relax a little, maybe even take a nap, when I got this urge to put a beef roast and carrots in the crockpot. So nice to come home to an easy meal, right? And I am so thankful that I did, because my crazy boss had me on a project that took me until almost 5:30 p.m. to finish. By the ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:08:43 EST So Happy Monday is Almost Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748577 Good lord, I hate Mondays!! Unless I'm on vacations or a holiday. Today was one of those days where the only thing you can do is roll with it. <BR> <BR> I had to accommodate a client and put my lunch off for almost an hour, but made it home and picked some green beans, okra and tomatoes. Everything but the okra and peppers are almost done for this season, but, as I've said before, August is the season for amending the soil for the Fall planting. I'll most likely cut all these little beau... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:33:19 EST Hump Day! Yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745243 Well, my awesome Sparkfriends, I have made it though Wednesday! Yay!! <BR> <BR> I haven't choked anyone - even though I can think of at least 4 people who would have richly deserved it. I am thankful and grateful for my job - at least I have one. <BR> <BR> That said, here's a quick run down of what's happening now. Last night, I canned 3 more pints of tomatoes and two pints of green beans. I think that will be the last of the tomatoes this season, with the exception of a few that will b... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:08:59 EST Monday....Good Grief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743749 No rest for the weary, my friends. Saturday was a glorious, rain-free day; One of those rare gems of a day that happens in Central Florida in the Summer. <BR> <BR> You see, this is our "rainy" season.....Once in a great while, we have a dry spell - the last one of those I remember, was in 1998. For the summer months that should have been rainy, it was dry as a popcorn fart, and we had wild fires everywhere. Some religious idiot in VA said the fires were because the Lord didn't approve of ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:51:04 EST Surviving Tuesday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741073 Tuesday started out like a usual work day.....I was so looking forward to coming home for my lunch hour! <BR> <BR> When I got home, I noticed an odor as I got out of the car. The former owner of my house thought it was a good idea to put outdoor carpet on the garage floor, and glued it down. Seemed like a good idea at the time, I'm sure. However, whenever I drive home in a rainstorm, which is most evening during the summer here, the water that drips off the car creates mold and smells. ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:09:41 EST Why Are Weekends So Freakin' Short? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738255 The "rainy season" is upon us here in Central Florida. That means sunny, beautiful mornings, leading into hot, humid days, culminating into tumultuous thunderstorms when the sea breezes collide in the afternoon! And yes, I said when the sea breezes collide - By mid to late afternoon, the sea breeze coming in from Atlantic collides with the sea breeze from the Gulf coast, and more often than not, they meet over the "I-4 corridor".....Central Florida. <BR> <BR> It's not too bad when it happe... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:54:13 EST Don't Worry - I'm Still Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729420 I know - It's been a while since I blogged. Honestly, I've just been REALLY busy! <BR> <BR> My garden has been taking up a lot of my time. I started seeds for the Spring/Summer garden in December, and started planting in February. Of course, I still had a lot of things still growing, and had some really good harvests, all of which needed preserving. So far, I've canned carrots, beets, tomatoes and green beans - the latter two last weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:40:03 EST Lovely Weekend - Much Too Short, Though! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676650 Sometimes weekends with rain are a great blessing. I got a bunch done in the house on Friday, and all the grocery shopping done. And the laundry, and an assortment of other inside jobs accomplished. <BR> <BR> Saturday, it was dry enough to pull out all of the old lettuce plants - I have saved a few flower tops - they are drying in my shed. I will harvest the seeds for next year. The heavy rain Friday night snapped off one of my pepper plants, so now there are eight. I'll most likely pla... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:23:25 EST Busy, Busy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665315 I'm so glad I went to bed early last night! I was up before 7:00 a.m. and off to the farm store by 8:00 a.m.! I managed to get 12 large tomato cages and a bale of straw for mulching in my little Honda Accord. I swear, the guys at that store get the biggest kick out of watching me put stuff in my car! <BR> <BR> So, I get back home and my son helps me unload the car.......What's up?......He needs a ride to the Flea Market, so off we go. When I got back to the house, I got busy and planted ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:50:41 EST LONG Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662996 Hump day. LONG hump day. I can't believe how tired I look right now! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1626892695.jpg"> It's a safe bet that this won't be a very long blog. <BR> <BR> After a long day toiling away in the legal field (please - kill me... <em>40</em> ), I came home and raked up two large bags of leaves...., and cut some kale for dinner - There's still plenty growing - guess I'll be cutting and freezing some more! Somehow, just knowing that I have that g... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 22:02:37 EST Rainy Day Here in Central Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659659 I'm glad I planned for today - The news said it was going to be a soggy on Friday and Saturday, so I planned to do some house cleaning and organizing projects. It's a good thing - We had thunderstorms and tornado watches today, so I stayed home! <BR> <BR> It rained last night, and we had a small break this morning, so I snapped a few pictures of the garden: <BR> <BR> First - the green beans have sprouted - Not bad for two weeks of growth! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:14:48 EST Busy Saturday and Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654736 Yesterday, I cramed a lot into one day. My son was off to Megacon for the day: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1350707236.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He's an awesome Batman! Megacon happens once a year in Orlando, and he tries to never miss it! Last year he was Hellboy! <BR> <BR> It was beautiful and sunny here, and I'd made a commitment to harvesting and canning the carrots. I got up around 7:00 a.m., and made a loaf of blueberry bread, and then headed off to Lowe's ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:12:22 EST Slogging Through the Week..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652798 What a week! Last weekend, we got lots of sunshine, and with it comes gardening - The spinach, broccoli and beets were at their end, so time for cleaning up, preping the soil for new veggies, and planting Spring crops. <BR> <BR> Here in Central Florida, our gardens transition from Winter to Spring in a matter of weeks. Our Winter is more like Fall in the northern states, so Fall-like weather slides into Spring and the whole process takes about two weeks. So I have the remnants of my Fall/... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:01:00 EST A Lovely Dinner Surprise..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646399 Tonight I made a lovely turkey meatloaf, and decided to have some kale from the garden. I noticed that one of the Yukon Gold potato plants was turning color - a sure sign that new potatoes are waiting to be unearthed, and Voila! That one small plant produced seven good-sized beauties! So....I pulled a few carrots, too. Add a little onion, salt and pepper to the pot, and when everything is done I'll have a sort of colorful colcannon! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:43:28 EST So Glad Tuesday is OVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645701 This time change is kicking my a$$! Not at all enjoyable. About the only positive thing about it is being able to come home and enjoy my patio and garden a little longer. <BR> <BR> Work was exactly that - a four-letter word. Enough said. <BR> <BR> This evening, I cut some fresh collard greens from the garden and cooked them with some onion and chicken sausage - Amazing! Add a little sprouted grain toast and voila! An awesome Phase I dinner! It's so nice to be able to cook things fresh... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:42:58 EST Another Gorgeous Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643921 Days like these are why I live in Florida! Tee-shirt weather - hardly breaking a sweat doing lawn work - AWESOME! <BR> <BR> My friend, Tricia, came to visit today - she loves to stroll through the garden and choose lettuce, greens and herbs to take home for the week, a pint of beets and a pint of pickled beets. Gardens are so much more fun when you can share with friends and neighbors. <BR> <BR> There's still a lot still growing in the garden - broccoli, cabbage, kale, potatoes, carrots, ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:00:05 EST Ah! What a Gorgeous Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643130 I live for the weekend! I really do! Today was absolutely awesome - One of those perfect days full of sun, cool breezes and plenty of time to be outside in the garden! <BR> <BR> My friend, Tina, came by early and helped me get the shopping out of the way. By 10:30, we were harvesting beets. If you've never grown them, it's really not hard - you just pull them up and shake the dirt off of them! I decided to pickle this batch, so after harvesting, I cut the greens off and scrubbed the bee... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 20:08:12 EST And Sometimes The Bear Gets You..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635520 Don't you just hate it when people you work with get sick and won't stay home? Good grief! Now I have the worst cold - Bugger! <BR> <BR> My head feels like someone stuffed it with cotton, and my throat feels like I swallowed glass. I've been sleeping most of the day. Don't be surprised if this is a really short blog, either - I get tired really fast. <BR> <BR> Despite this, I've managed to stay on my program. No weight lifting during Phase II this time - Feel too crumby, but on target ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:26:04 EST Sometimes You Get the Bear... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628645 Well. That said, I just have to "crow" a little! I've been waiting for my tax refund to hit my bank, and one of the things I had budgeted for was a new sofa. My old one was really beat up, and it had to go! So, I found one at American Freight here in Sanford, for $530.00, delivered - a really nice one with a reversible ottoman that supports a lounge section. <BR> <BR> Leave it to my buddy, Tricia, who finds me awesome deals! She called me yesterday to tell me that she was at the Habita... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:12:20 EST Monday - Wish I had a Long Weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626923 This weekend was so relaxing and enjoyable! Yesterday was day 28 for me on the FMD program, and my weigh-in was awesome! I dropped 11 lbs in 28 days! Woohoo!! <BR> <BR> So today is day1, Phase I of a new 28 day cycle. Whether or not I lose another 10 or 11 pounds remains to be seen, but this manner of eating certain does make me feel good! I have more energy, and my skin looks good - A+ for a good, healthy diet! <BR> <BR> Last weekend was perfect for doing yard work. I trimmed and cut... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:24:03 EST Rainy Day Again Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618768 Today, by Florida standards, is cold and rainy. I know - All you Sparkies up north would most likely relish a rainy day with a high of 56 degrees today, but to me, it's cold. I've even got the heat on - set at 72! <BR> <BR> But I have to say this: Even when it's cold and rainy, it's still beautiful here! I guess that's why I love it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l486959565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And my garden seems to really like this cold rainy day! <BR> <... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:01:00 EST Missing in Action..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616362 No, I didn't run away and join the circus, or get arrested or anything! Forgive me for not blogging sooner, but honestly, I got tired of posting pretty much the SOS every day. And then, I got BUSY! <BR> <BR> First, I bought a treadclimber in December, but it made an awful noise when I used it. Nautilus sent out a repair person and a part that they thought would fix it, but the Tech determined that the base must have been dropped and was bent, so they had to order another base unit. This... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:02:39 EST Ah! Wonderful Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591586 This was one of those great weekends that only a home-body-gardener would love! <BR> <BR> Saturday morning started out grey, but gradually gave way to sunshine and temperatures in the 80's. Most of the Yukon Gold potatoes that I planted have sprouted - some are up about 8 inches; many others are just peeking up into the daylight! Here's a picture taken Friday evening - Beets in the foreground, broccoli in two rows and two row of potatoes - you have to look close to the the small plants ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:00:57 EST Thurday! Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588454 Sorry I've been "missing in action" for a couple of days. Things have been hectic, and with my commitment to myself to get some exercise everyday, I've been too tired to blog. It's getting better - I'm making appointments with myself, and sticking to them. So far - So good! <BR> <BR> Sometimes I just amaze myself. It occurred to me that I'd save a bunch of time if I used my crockpot a little more, so I put a chicken and carrots in it this morning. I put on some rice to steam, exercised... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:20:30 EST Monday.....Bugger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584930 This is going to be a short blog tonight. I'm tired. Seriously! <BR> <BR> One thing I really hate is having to do things over. Everyone makes mistakes, and little ones are okay, but when I have to reset depositions because I've been asking for a check to get the subpoenas issued for two weeks, and now, we don't have time to properly serve them, well, that just chaps my ass! <BR> <BR> Tonight is supposed to be really cold here. I'm not looking forward to it at all. I've got some of my m... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:29:47 EST Why Do Weekends Go By So Fast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583365 Good grief! This weekend has just flown by! It's been a really productive and nice weekend, though. As you know from yesterday's blog, I got a lot of gardening done. <BR> <BR> Today, I gave myself a break and relaxed a while. I made breakfast (oatmeal!) and lounged around until about 11:30 a.m., and then did about 1/2 hour of hilling up in the garden. I also, drum roll please, did a full 30 minutes on my Treadclimber today! Woohoo! After that, I went to visit my friend, Trisha, for co... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:54:22 EST Somehow, Tired Feels Good After a Day of Gardening.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582386 Seriously. I'm whupped, but it's a really good tired. I spent over two hours today weeding, thinning, and planting. I primarily used a stirrup hoe for the weeding - it makes short work of new weeds, and is so much more accurate than using a regular hoe. Don't worry, now. The regular one got a workout, too, when I planted two more rows of potatoes - 1 row of white; one row of red. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l414935248.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I managed to weed t... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:55:25 EST My Love/Hate Relationship with EXERCISE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581316 "Just Do It!" Yeah, right. I've been taking on exercise programs since high school, and I'm actually more consistent with exercising now! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I know, I know! Exercise releases endorphins and makes you feel better! Yes, it does! So how come it's so bloody hard to do this every day? Or every other day, for that matter? Sometimes I love it. Sometimes. Most times, I really hate it. I can't figure out if exercise one of the most hated things I know, or if it's ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:25:32 EST Thursday - Not Exactly a Cake Walk Today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580114 The day after a holiday or time off is always horrible where I work. Always. Sometimes I think it's a conspiracy...... <BR> <BR> It was so dark when I woke up this morning - It was 7:00 a.m. and looked pitch black outside. As the sun rose, I realized how foggy it was. About noon, the front that brought yesterday's rain finally moved through, but by 1:00 p.m., here comes another one! This one is moving rather fast - rain, clouds and when it goes through, the temperature is going to drop.... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:44:49 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578378 For some reason, I woke up around 5:00 a.m. this morning - No noise. No one in the yard. All four dogs sleeping. I tried to go back to sleep, and got up at 6:00. It gets so tedious trying to go back to sleep! Maybe it was just too quiet! <BR> <BR> So, up I got. Made coffee and Bob's Red Mill hot cereal, and simply relaxed into the morning. It was raining when I got up, and the light rain continues now. So peaceful and good for my garden. I hope it's nice this weekend, because days... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:31:59 EST Goodbye 2013..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577090 Looking back over this past year, even with all the political BS and economy sagging, I have to say that overall, I have so much to be thankful and grateful for! <BR> <BR> I have my son, my pups, my home and my friends. We have food, lights, heat and a/c. We have a car that runs, and tools that work. We have a wonderful fall garden that amazes me on a daily basis. And so many other things to give thanks for. Thank you, thank you, thank you! <BR> <BR> Today, I had poached eggs, ham and ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:08:16 EST AAAHHH.....Day Off Tomorrow and Wednesday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575923 So glad today is over! Two days off this week - Yay! <BR> <BR> So far, I've stayed within my calorie limits today, and managed a 15 minute walk. I'm slowly building up to more exercise, but I know myself - too much, too soon, and I'll burn out and won't do it at all. Baby steps are better than no steps. <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight was a compilation of left over ham, rice, green peppers and black beans, with a light accent topping of cheddar cheese - Yum! <BR> <BR> So....maybe I deserve a w... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:56:22 EST Grey and Rainy Saturday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574140 Two things about Florida I really like: 1) It's green and pretty, even when it rains in the Winter, and 2) I never have to shovel "partly cloudy" out of my driveway! <BR> <BR> Yes, the sky was grey and it rained on and off today, but my garden was green and I had much to keep me busy inside. I was up before sunrise - first, preparing the dough for pasta, and while it rested for an hour, I made my pie, finished my pasta sauce, and prepared the cheese filling for the lasagna. And went to th... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:05:29 EST AAAHHHH! Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573354 A rather hectic day, but a good one. Busy morning - Then home at 1:00 p.m. to meet the Dan the A/C guy. I am so thankful for Angie's List! I never would have called this company out of the phone book, but they are a top, "A" rated company on Angie's List. This is my second good experience with them. The first guy could very easily have told me that I needed a whole new A/C unit, and I'd have believed him. All that was wrong was a condenser. This time, it needed coolant and a line clea... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:38:07 EST SO Glad It's Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572584 Well....I survived the day. My co-worker is off until January 2nd, as we are trying to use are annual leave. Our boss won't allow it to carry over into the next year (Stupid! We could use it for sick leave if we get the flu or something!), and last year we both forfeited an entire week! We were both determine to get our entire 3 weeks of leave this year. <BR> <BR> I know that to those of you with "normal" work environments that sounds like we're being a little petty, but understand tha... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:44:48 EST It's Back to Work Tomorrow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571708 Hard to believe, but my 12 days of freedom will be over tonight. It's been a wonderful, relaxing 12 days, too! I've gotten to spend lots of time with my son, my fur-babies, and my closest friends! I've enjoyed my home and garden, and now I have to gear up for going back to work. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong - I'm thankful and grateful to have a job to go back to, however dysfunctional it is - but I am truly a homebody and flourish here. The world is vastly different than it was in my you... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 15:47:11 EST Nice Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570768 Considering the A/C is not working, and it won't be fixed until Friday, today was a really good day. It was cooler than yesterday, and the rest of the week should be even cooler, so the A/C problem isn't so bad, and any day I can spend time in the garden, is good day! <BR> <BR> I got some chores done around the house, and spent some quality time with my son and my fur-babies. I also got some gifts wrapped, one mailed, and got in another visit with my friend, Tricia. Life is good! There ... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:47:40 EST Another Relaxing Sunday, Made Better Knowing I'm Off Tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570084 Here I am this morning, having my first cup of coffee - I don't know if I look any more relaxed than I did last week, but I'm feeling pretty good! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l954127159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'll feel even better when the company comes to fix my A/C unit - It blows, but it's not blowing cool. Hopefully, it's just low on coolant..... <BR> <BR> I got some shopping done this morning, and got a visit in with my friend, Tricia. She was making spaghe... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 21:13:02 EST Relaxing Saturday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569533 Today was pretty much a carbon copy of yesterday! A little weeding; A little thinning, lots of relaxing with my pups. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1896706699.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l714745922.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Clarice, a/k/a "Momma Dog" was asleep on the pillow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1666836886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so enjoying just being at home for a little while! Wish I... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:34:22 EST Fridays on Vacation are Always Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568926 LOL, ANY day on vacation is better, but somehow, Mondays and Fridays are especially sweet. I've been really enjoying my time off - Lots of relaxing, and putting very little time constraints on myself. Consequently, I get up at my usual time, let the dogs out (they have a doggie-door), and go back to bed for a little while. Sometimes I sleep. Sometimes I just relax and play with my fur-babies. Either way, no pressure. <BR> <BR> Today, it was off to the garden. If I won the lottery, I s... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:45:56 EST Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568239 Today was another absolutely gorgeous day! Sunshine - Clear blue sky - Temperature in the 70's! Awesome! <BR> <BR> Of course, the garden was my first destination this morning. I got the broccoli thinned and some weeds dealt with. It's so nice to enjoy the warm sunshine and watch the plants grow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1793927184.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The fur-babies had a great time hunting squirrels - Clarice thinks she's a badass and tries to climb the... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:25:01 EST What a Wonderfully Productive Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567468 I love days when I can get a lot accomplished! Today was one of those days. <BR> <BR> I actually got a really good night's sleep last night. Somehow, I think my body has taken up to yesterday to really relax. I woke up around 7:00 a.m. and had coffee in the company of my fur-babies. <BR> <BR> After my son got up, we took a ride to the farm store for a bale of straw - I need to mulch the garlic if the weather gets too cold, and straw is perfect! Would you believe a bale of straw will f... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:11:56 EST