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/ Just Because the Power is Back on Doesn't Mean Things are Back to Normal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414663 This is the end of the second weekend since the power came back on. My internet and cell phone have become more reliable, and it's SO nice to the A/C back on! <BR> <BR> However, things are still a little out of kelter. The St. Johns river is still cresting, causing some people to be flooded out of their homes over a week after the hurricane. Remember, like the Nile, the St. Johns river runs North. And we got more rain down around Lake Okachobee....makes the river rise up here.... <BR> <... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:12:58 EST Enjoying My Three-Day, Labor Day Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407465 I sure don't get many of these, so I'm enjoying every minute! It was cloudy yesterday, and I slept a lot, watched a lot of The Walking Dead marathon <em>334</em> and just relaxed. Today will be filled with catching up on chores, and making a few plans for next week. <BR> <BR> We have another hurricane churning in the Atlantic, and it has a very good possibility of impacting Central Florida. This year, I'm going prepare a little differently. Remember, I had a wooden gate installed on m... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 08:35:45 EST Bumblefoot......Who Would Have Thought..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404263 No, folks, I'm got going to show you pictures of bumblefoot - it's pretty disgusting - but I will tell you about it. My sweet, little Marsala has it on her right foot. She probably got it scratching in the yard. <BR> <BR> Bumblefoot is basically a staph infection. Most likely, she got a small cut or abrasion from a rock in the yard. Chickens have soft, pillowy feet on the bottom, and the pad in the center of their feet usually takes the brunt of every step, jump and scratch. With bumb... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 17:13:44 EST What's Cookin' Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401705 Y'all know that I'm happiest when I'm home. My Saturdays and Sundays are pretty predictable. As long as I have to work, they will continue to be because I've got to cram everything I need to do at home into the weekend. <BR> <BR> Today's grocery trip scored a chuck roast at $4.99/lb, chicken thighs and 5 lbs of ground beef. All of that took a little while to vacu-seal, and the never-ending laundry came next. After getting that started, I got to work on my other "score" - I go to turn 3 ... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:26:41 EST Hard Working Weekend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399534 Yesterday was a busy one. It started off as usual, but now that have the vacu-sealer, I try to pick up at least one package of whatever sale item I can find in the meat department. This time, I got $0.88/lb chicken legs, and $4.99/lb beef ribeye steaks (Yum!). I also bought another 5 lb bag of good rice and a package of dry black beans. I've got putting these things up down to science - all meats portion-packed and dry goods put up in Mason jars in an hour! <BR> <BR> Then, off to Tricia... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:35:13 EST What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger....Right?.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396432 Criminy! We get the A/C back on, and I start getting a nagging back ache. Mostly on the lower left side. Kidney infection....yay..... <BR> <BR> Last evening was the worst. It started to subside after the first dose of antibiotic, and it's much better now. I'm drinking lots of iced tea and cranberry juice. I'll be fine by Monday. <BR> <BR> This morning, I did my best to take it easy. LOL, I did NOT mow the law.....maybe tomorrow...but I did go grocery shopping, vacu-seal the $0.79 chi... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 19:54:45 EST So Grateful for this Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395278 The A/C at the office is working again! Yay!! Today was actually pleasant! <BR> <BR> Big doings at our homestead this afternoon, too. Any of you who remember our beautiful Mama dog, Clarice, knows that she tried so hard to catch a squirrel. All I had to do was say "Squirrel" and off she'd go into the back yard!! Only problem is, Clarice would get SO excited that she just had to bark - Not good for squirrel hunting. Her daughter, Ujaesti, has also been trying to catch one, and came real... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 20:57:04 EST So Glad Last Week is OVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393927 Friday and Saturday were more than I want to deal with for a long time. But our Creator never gives us more than we can handle - And honestly, Both of these days were aggravations compared to the things many others are going through. <BR> <BR> First, once again, I worked in minimal A/C. It's not more than one should have to deal with, it's just aggravating. The day before, I had to have my car towed to my favorite mechanic. The noise coming from the front end was becoming quite pronounc... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:49:01 EST Playing Catch-Up.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391178 This morning, got up at 6:00 like always, made coffee, fed the chickens, and started catching up on all the stuff I should have done yesterday. I made bread for the week, did my grocery shopping that I usually do on Saturday, canned the leftover chicken soup, and made six jars of monkey butter. Whew! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd0f0c55-4459-46ca-81dc-169d3d429a49.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just love the color of this treat! I've got to make some G... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:30:39 EST Sometimes Our Creator Just Makes Us Stop and Rest - Whether We Want to or Not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390646 Yesterday, I walked into the office and found the A/C not working. <em>234</em> Not at all. Not even the fan. I called my boss and Ms. Retired Army, and then called the property owner's handyman - he actually gets things done. Needless to say, it was rather warm in there, especially after lunch. Luckily, the A/C guy was there - the bad news was the compressor was dead. My boss called and said to go home, and that's exactly what I did. <BR> <BR> For some reason, after lunch I wasn't... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:46:46 EST Life is Just Not Fair..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387919 Really. It's not. If it were, we would all have perfect lives and no problems or issues. Believe me, I never thought I'd be working this hard at this time of my life, but I am. I am also thankful and grateful to have the strengths and knowlege that I have. My life isn't perfect or easy, but it's good! <BR> <BR> So many people have so much - big houses, fancy cars, vacations, most anything they want whenever they want it. And then there are the people who live off the hard work of others... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 22:53:33 EST Holiday Tomorrow! Woohoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382938 July 4th on one hand, means a great deal to me - I love our country, and enjoy celebrating our country's independence. This year is especially good, knowing that we have a much more conservative administration. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, tomorrow is 1) my older sister's birthday, and 2) a night second only to Halloween for idiots setting off illegal fireworks and scaring the cr*p out of the neighborhood dogs and chickens! <BR> <BR> So, I'm enjoying my evening, and will enjoy my day off e... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 19:06:58 EST My Whole House Smells Amazing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382464 Busy day today - Off to help Tricia, gas up for the week, and stop at Ace Hardware. And then home to bake bread fs bor the week. <BR> <BR> I love this bread - light, fluffy texture, soft and sweet - great on its own or enjoyed with salted butter. This even makes great sandwiches. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4249dbab-e01b-4fa8-a294-925d10b977c2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> TTFN - Sun, 2 Jul 2017 15:33:24 EST Busy Saturday and Thunderstorms, Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382186 My friend, Tricia, is back home. She still has some pain, but she's up and around. I spent part of the morning with her, and later picked up her prescriptions and brought her some fresh macaroni salad that I made today. <BR> <BR> My boss, however, had his state of the art laser back surgery, and can't walk! They gave him an MRI today, and cleared some fluid, but he has another surgery on Monday. Criminy! <BR> <BR> This morning, first thing after feeding the chickens, I started some fres... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 22:25:19 EST I Love Finding Cool Stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380572 Well. Tricia had her surgery and is recovering. So sad that she's having to endure traditional back surgery, and Mr. Boss will get laser back surgery next week and be all but fully recovered within two weeks! I called and spoke with the hospital this afternoon, and later, with Tricia. They have her on heavy pain medication, and she was all but falling asleep. Hopefully, she'll feel better tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I won't go into my day at the office. Let's just leave it at incredibly busy.... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:51:39 EST Love My Weekends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377822 Last weekend was a busy one, but I got a lot done. I got so spoiled having more than two days to do things, and now I cram everything into Saturday and Sunday again. Couple that with daily afternoon thunderstorms (welcome to June in Central Florida), and that makes for a lot of planning. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, the planning goes catywompus, though. Saturday morning I discovery beautiful Roma tomatoes at the Save-A-Lot are down from $1.19 to $0.79 per pound......Of course I'm going to buy a ... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:23:05 EST Afternoon Rain Storms.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373376 We need it. The Central Florida area is still not where it should be as far as rain is concerned, so honestly, I don't mind the rain a bit! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here enjoying my home right now. There is a large kettle of home made minestrone soup on the stove and the entire house smells amazing! Now for some crusty, fresh-baked bread with some butter! Yum! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I'm at a point with my plantar facsiitis where I'm going to try to do some walking again... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 15:40:58 EST So Much to be Thankful For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373098 Central Florida has gone from drought condition to daily rainstorms. It's amazing how things change! The garden is flourishing and the lawn is green. <BR> <BR> Despite the sprinkler system, during the dry spell we were allowed to water lawns only twice per week. That's just enough to keep the lawn green, but not enough to make it lush. Now, it's lush! And needing to be mowed once a week! <BR> <BR> The back yard, well, what the chickens haven't tilled bare is very green, as well as p... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 21:39:22 EST Will Wonders Ever Cease?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370796 Momabear121, your mojo is working! My job is still a sh*t-show, but at least Mr. Boss is showing some appreciation. Wow! <BR> <BR> What's amazing is that our office is functioning just fine. The atmosphere has changed from constant drama and craziness to a positive, Let's do this! Mr. Boss actually told me it's been a very long time since he's enjoyed coming to work. Wow! <BR> <BR> Of course, I'm only supposed to work 32 hours each week.....I've been averaging 36+ hours, and yes, it's ... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 17:35:52 EST Marsala Rules the Roost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367290 I’ve finally gotten the dogs, all 3 of them, socialized with the chickens. We have a few small misunderstandings, and the chickens win, hands down! Marsala definitely rules the roost - She has no problem challenging any of them! Sat, 27 May 2017 12:02:28 EST Prayers Get Answered, But Be Careful What You Wish For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367260 Definitely, be careful what you wish for! I have been SO busy! Since February, I’ve gone from not working, to working two days per week, to working four days per week and now, working 4 ½ days. Now, understand, I’m grateful for the work, but I’ll be glad when the changes stop. <BR> <BR> Ms. Retired Army decided to hire one of her best friends to work for her (she does family law – I hate doing family law), and then, before really letting the business recover, decided to open a satellite ... Sat, 27 May 2017 10:46:02 EST Mixed Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346218 I'm so glad to be back working, but man, do I ever miss being home! Glad I have the three-day weekend, though. <BR> <BR> Friday, I really didn't do much but rest and relax. Yesterday, however, I ran some errands for Tricia and did some gardening. I had some PVC left over from making the flip coop, and used that to mark the rows for the bush beans - I can use string to keep them off the ground - should boost production a little. <BR> <BR> Today, I harvested about 5 lbs of cabbage and s... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 21:38:43 EST Snack Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345674 Here's a little update on the girls! Every evening, we have snack time - tonight we have left over spaghetti, chopped tomato and grapes. These are some of the most well-spoiled chickens! Sat, 8 Apr 2017 18:07:13 EST Changes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342805 So many changes this month! March came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. It's been dry as a popcorn fart here in Central Florida, and for the last few years, it's been wet. I've gone from not working to working. <BR> <BR> But through all of this, I'm grateful for my deep well with it's nice water. The garden, yard and chickens are happy, while many of the other homes in my neighborhood have parched lawns, or high water bills. I don't understand people that can't see the big pictu... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:32:38 EST Friday.....Ahhhh!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341915 I'm SO tired! I'm slowly getting used to the time change and the hours, but criminy, I get SO tired! <BR> <BR> The new Fitbit I ordered yesterday was on my doorstep when I came home for lunch. I'm impressed! I bought it from Walmart and it shipped for free, too! And I made cash back from Ebates - Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Since I'm still recuperating from this plantar fasciitis (It's HORRIBLE!), I'm still taking it easy, but I'm going to push a little bit and see how my heel does. I opted fo... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:42:04 EST Tuesday.....My Monday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340405 And yes, today did feel very much like a Monday. Mr. Boss has an upper respiratory infection and stayed home (Thank God!), but did manage to call a couple of times. My new co-worker and I are still finding things left undone, and cope with new, however unnecessary emergencies, but the atmosphere is so much better now, and we get a lot done. <BR> <BR> One hurdle for me is the dieting that Ms. Retired Army and New Co-worker (NCW) are doing. Or lack thereof. Both are eating a high protein, ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:35:03 EST What a Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339930 Tomorrow is the start of my work week, so I'll be settling down and getting some sleep in a few minutes. <BR> <BR> My friend, Tricia, managed to herniate a disk so badly that she's now in hospital for back surgery tomorrow. I took here in this morning, and I'm hoping and praying that this surgery goes well and alleviates her pain. <BR> <BR> Aside from the usual shopping and chores, I managed to cut and can the rest of the collard greens yesterday - 6 qts to be exact! These are so good! <... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:00:50 EST Wow. Just Freakin' Wow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338026 Well, Sparkies, I've spent three full days in the office - Tomorrow will make four. Yay. Honestly, I am thankful and grateful to be working again, but good Lord is that place screwed up!! <BR> <BR> Most of my time has been spent fixing stuff and putting out "fires." I keep finding - Files that haven't been opened and entered into the system. Files that were entered into the system wrong. Cases were improperly or incompletely filed. Yikes. The new family law paralegal is having the sam... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:05:47 EST Busy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335918 Run, run! That's the way my morning started out. Off to my son's dentist appointment; sit in the car - hurry up and wait...... <BR> <BR> Home again, and out to the garden. This is what six bunches of collard greens yields - 10 pint jars of clean, organic collards for later meals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdcffe31-1443-417a-a83b-0927032d0f58.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And just as I get finished pulling the jars out of the canner, the doorbell rings, and my co-worke... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:42:49 EST What a Beautiful Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335457 I couldn't have asked for a better day! Cool morning - Warm afternoon! <BR> <BR> This morning, I made breakfast, enjoyed a hot cup of tea, and saw to the chickens. After I got them squared away (with a few kale leaves from the garden for a treat!), I took some eggs and a jar of strawberry jam to my friend, Tricia. Coffee and good conversation! <BR> <BR> Home again, and out to the garden. Time to harvest the rutabagas and get them canned. This was the first time I'd tried growing them h... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:44:31 EST Warming Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334992 It was cold this morning, in the 40's, and the heat came on at 6:00 a.m., just as I programmed it. By mid-morning, it was warm enough to sit outside without a jacket - Jeans and t-shirt weather! By late afternoon, it was warm enough for the A/C to kick on! Gotta love Central Florida! <BR> <BR> First, grocery shopping. Next, I spent a good part of the morning in the garden. My son left around 10:00 am for Bush Gardens with two of his friends, so I have the house to myself. Lots of time ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:12:01 EST Beware the Ides of March..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333582 Interesting day today. Florida Sun, in answer to your question, my co-worker is very sick. Chemotherapy is a horrible thing to go through. However, she has insisted on coming in to work, even though Mr. Boss is paying her salary. She has a very aggressive cancer and is facing an operation soon. Yesterday and today, she was crying because the neuropathy in her hands and feet make it impossible for her to walk. <BR> <BR> She's filed for disability, and hopefully, when that comes through, ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:36:42 EST March Winds and an Impending Cold Spell.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333095 Gardeners always have to deal with the weather. It teaches us acceptance. The garden is doing so well - tomatoes and peppers have blossoms, and the potatoes are about 15" high now, and we're getting a freeze warning for the surrounding counties for Thursday. Let's hope it stays in the counties to the north of us! <BR> <BR> And if it doesn't, we just re-plant. In any event, it won't hurt much. <BR> <BR> The pickles are now two weeks away from being done. The two new fermenting crocks ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:33:08 EST Another Cloudy, Blustery Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332026 Not complaining, mind you, but it would have been nice to have gotten some rain today. All day yesterday, that was the forecast, and today, dry as a bone. Maybe we'll get that rain tomorrow? <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying being lazy. Today I'm trying to cope with this !@#$!! time change - Makes me crazy. So, I started a spaghetti sauce this morning, decided to go to Walmart tomorrow, and only when out to fill up my gas tank for the week. I also stopped by Baggs - my favorite produce stand. Th... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:56:37 EST God is Happy. He Plays with Us. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329954 I really, truly believe that, too. This past weekend was cool and breezy. I managed to get some things done in the house. Saturday, I baked a cake and relaxed a lot of the day. Monday, I got some gardening in, and prepared for the install of my new A/C and furnace on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> So....Tuesday morning, I got my son up early, and we moved the flip-coop to a spot behind the tool shed in my back yard, and moved the girls. Since they usually lay their eggs before 1:00 pm, I added the... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 20:24:57 EST Soft Rain for the Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324169 So nice when rain happens on a work day - late afternoon, a soft and gentle soaking! Much needed for the garden! Even the girls liked scratching for bugs in it! <BR> <BR> Working part time is just paying the bills, but the plus side is not having to put up with thme office insanity for more than 18 hours. On one hand, I'm praying for full-time work, but on the other, it's really nice having more time at home. My stress level, even with added expense of the new A/C and furnace, has gone d... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 21:53:56 EST Yes, Jane, It's Always Something...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322548 When it rains, it pours. My A/C unit started making funny noises......It's 15 years old, and can be band-aided for a while, but the compressor is going. It's running and cooling now, but it's pretty much a given that it won't survive the Summer. Criminy!!! And I can't even say that the A/C company that just gave me the quote might be wrong, because they are the bomb! So, have to find a way or make a way to have the A/C and furnace replaced to the tune of $4200. Yikes. <BR> <BR> The g... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:26:28 EST Canning Therapy..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318323 Yesterday, I spent the day harvesting and canning kale and collards. The neat thing about these greens, is that you can cut and come again. The day yielded ten pints of kale and 7 pints of collards, and there's more to harvest! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f03d10f-18fa-4bc8-9e2b-a0b12ad90f02.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1c800c2-ecec-4399-827b-4843523e7342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lots of good, clean food preserved for meals this ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:47:49 EST Busy, Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317581 Much stuff to get done today - It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so I needed to get as much done outside as possible. <BR> <BR> First - off to the store for laundry stuff. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am really particular about cleaning products. I can't stand synthetic scents. More often than not, they will trigger an asthma attack. After doing a little research, I found that these "smell good" things that we plug in, spray or put in our laundry are actually poisons! Did you k... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:26:55 EST Shaking My Head..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315513 Well....My boss simply does not learn. I got a call at 8:15 this morning, and of course, I didn't answer it. Then the text.....my Co-Worker has a doctor's appointment and can't come in, so can I trade today for Thursday? Um, No. I understand the occasional emergency, but this was an appointment. No one called 911, and I'm not going to jump and run and reschedule my life just because no one thought to call or text me Friday!! <BR> <BR> Saturday, I re-connected with an old friend. We sp... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:50:52 EST Sometimes There Are Just Not Enough Rocks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314130 Unless, of course, they are in the middle of your garden! Seriously - The previous owner of my house had this thing for landscaping rocks. She must have loved them, because tt Ihere are tons of them! <BR> <BR> Recall that I removed the boarder from the middle area of my garden, and removed a crepe myrtle tree (I really hated that friggin' tree!!). So far, I have removed three buckets full of rocks and STILL have tons of them to go!! Great therapy, I guess! <BR> <BR> The girls have made ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:02:12 EST Such a Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311397 Late Fall through April is the reason most of us live in Florida. After about a year and a half, one gets used to the heat in the Summer - We just deal with it - And make certain our A/C units are in good working order. From November 1993 - May 1996, my son and I lived in a house with two "window shakers" that cost us $15.00 a day to run. I was saving to have central heat and air installed, so we lived with the heat. Open windows, screens, floor and ceiling fans. It really wasn't so bad ... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 20:17:23 EST Criminy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310809 First, let me say that this is the third time I've tried to write this blog. Either I'm going full retard, or my computer is doing crazy things. <em>40</em> So here goes: <BR> <BR> Never let someone else set up a delivery for you. Ever. Bad idea. They will invariably set it up at the worst possible time for you, and that's an Oklahoma guarantee. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> My friend, Tricia, arranged to have my bedroom set delivered to my house. Really nice of her, however, 5:00 pm... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 17:19:00 EST Very Nice Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306894 Despite what I consider cold weather (I hate it!!) and a fortunately mild bout of seasonal depression, today was a very nice day. Cloudy with patches of sun; dry as a popcorn fart. <BR> <BR> I'd received a gift card for Tractor Supply from my sister......It's a good thing they just built one about 10 miles away in Osteen, or I'd be selling it on Ebay, LOL!! My friend, Tricia, wanted to go with me, and she likes to drive, so she came to my house to pick me up around 10:00 a.m. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:58:24 EST Things are Looking UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305873 Since last Friday, I've been working on probate files for Ms. Retired Army, and today she asked if I could come in and answer the phones. My co-worker had her first chemotherapy treatment yesterday, and was wildly optimistic about thinking she could just bounce back to work today. I really didn't have anything planned other than coming in around 3:30 pm to help with Mr. Boss's probate client (I got that file Wednesday morning - Apparently, he thinks I can leap tall buildings at a single bou... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:34:50 EST We're All Fine Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303565 Hey, y'all! Just wanted to let you know that we're fine - no tornadoes, only a few downed branches in the yard. We didn't even lose power when the storms came through. <BR> <BR> Time to get my behind in gear - <BR> <BR> TTFN - Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:10:12 EST And a Tornado Watch.....yay..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303271 That's right, y'all! Central Florida is under a tornado watch until 10:00 pm.....Prayers would be welcomed. Not much to do but hunker down, leave the TV on the local news station and pray. <BR> <BR> On a brighter note, we've been getting two eggs every day for about 4 days now. Not sure is Bridgett is laying two - one in the morning, one in the evening, or if one of the other girls has started laying. I'm betting on Bridgett...... <BR> <BR> TTFN - Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:25:09 EST Back Ache - BUGGER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303029 As you know, I woke up Thursday morning with a twinge, and by the afternoon - OW! Here we go again. I saw my chiropractor Friday afternoon (OW!!), and have been slowly getting better. Criminy!! <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I've been sleeping a lot, and trying not to do too much of anything. Today, I feel the best that I have since Thursday morning, but I'm taking things slow. I didn't shop yesterday, so my son accompanied me to the grocery store this morning, and other than sitting outsi... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:53:33 EST L O N G Day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301626 Wow. Non-stop day today. <BR> <BR> First, I woke up at 6:00 with an aching lower back - Too much gardening yesterday, I suppose. Let's hope it gets better, because I sure don't want to spend money at the chiropractor's office. Owwie! <BR> <BR> I made breakfast and coffee, and then made another batch of almond biscotti. The last one got inhaled, and my nephew is now back from Colorado and New Mexico. In between baking, cooling, cutting and baking, I'd go lay down and rest my back........ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:09:04 EST Now, If I Could Just Win the Lottery.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300249 The past couple of days have been, well, interesting. Yesterday, was a holiday, so no banking, no contact with the office. <BR> <BR> I did start planning my Spring garden, and managed to make the beef ravioli that I wanted to make. The day started office like most of them lately. Coffee, tend to the chickens, make breakfast, tackle a project or two, supervise the girls for an hour before dark, make supper, feed the dogs, relax and go to bed. I know - most people would find this a boring ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:08:53 EST