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/ 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... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:36:01 EST Just For My Spark Friends.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141811 It occurred to me that y'all might like to have the full recipe for the mayonnaise; <BR> <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard <BR> 1/4 teaspoon paprika <BR> 1 tablespoon and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or 2 tablespoons vinegar (I prefer Bragg's Raw Cidar Vinegar <BR> 1 cup pure olive oil (or avocado oil - Whatever you like) <BR> <BR> Put the first 5 ingredients in the blender, cover and process on MIX or a low speed. Immediately remove the feeder cap and... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:24:52 EST Blessed Be Thy Feet..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141096 Seriously! I've been asking a LOT of mine lately. My walks are averaging 2 miles at a time - can you imagine the punishment my poor feet take hauling my 200+ lb body around the neighborhood?!! Criminy! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Here's what I looked like on March 28, 2016. Yikes! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1509e570-33a2-4672-b1a6-21675c3da9bd.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Since 18 March, I've managed to shed about 10 lbs. That doesn't seem like a great deal to a lot ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:52:03 EST So. When Do I Stop Feeling Sore? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140243 Okay, Sparkies. I realize that I'm no Spring chicken, but after three weeks, I kind of expected the after- exercise "soreness" to cease. WRONG! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Now, folks, don't worry - I'm not in pain, short of breath, dizzy (not any more than usual!), or achy, just sore. An aspirin works pretty well, but Jeese! <BR> <BR> And my weigh-in went well this morning - one more pound gone! Can I get a <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So, with that, I'm off to the kitchen for my evenin... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:57:49 EST And I Still Need to Thin the Carrots!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139479 Whew! Busy weekend! <BR> <BR> I worked my a$$ off today. My nephew, Deke, and his friend Rick were kind enough to come by and cut down that awful crepe myrtle that was in my garden, and they dug out that ugly sego palm in the front yard. Rick also trimmed the branches off my shed in the back, too. I got to help pull the branches and cut wood out of the back yard. I must say, it looks a lot better back there. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I'd gotten the lawn mowed and the patio swept off. I'm ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:35:35 EST Tuesday in the World of the Loony Tunes...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135780 Y'all know pretty much how I feel about my job at the law firm. I swear, they surpass themselves with lunacy each week.....Let it suffice that I made it home without choking the living s**t out of someone...... <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> To follow up my blog on Saturday, I did get on the scale yesterday morning and I lost 2 more pounds! 'Guess I need to keep up the walking and eating mindfully! <BR> <BR> That said, I need to go feed my pups - And walk another 1300 steps..... <BR> <BR> TTF... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 19:27:11 EST Rainy Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133516 March certainly has gone out like a lion here - Windy and rainy, and this mornining, LOTS of wind and rain! <BR> <BR> This morning, drizzling rain. Early afternoon, thunderstorms. The wind continued all day and my patio is covered with leaves and the the chaf from the camphor trees. Yay. Hopefully, it will be dry enough tomorrow to clean it off.....But it's raining now. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, however, I did get a photo of the lovely Scarlet Runner Blossoms! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 20:40:41 EST Lovely, Expensive Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130441 This morning was lovely! I had a nice walk, coffee on the patio, and the man came and replaced my well pump.... <BR> <BR> RIP old well pump - you served me well. I figure that old pump was somewhere between 10 and 20 years old - closer to the 20 side. It was so shot. The new one set me back about $740 ($40 of that is State tax - Bugger!). Yes, it's going to take a while to pay off, but in the long run, it will save me money. I'm on city water here, and many people here don't water thei... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:55:16 EST Lovely Easter Sunday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128987 Another grey morning, but all in all, a beautiful day. I even got a walk in today, and though it looked like rain off and on, it didn't do any more than an occasionaly sprinkle here. <BR> <BR> Such a blessed day to spend with my son, my nephew and my pups! It was too wet on the patio to sweep or rake up the leaves that have fallen - Spring in Central Florida is MUCH worse than the Fall. Most of the leaves don't fall until the new ones start pushing the out! And the tree pollen and the "c... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 22:50:50 EST So Nice to Be Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127041 Y'all know how much I love being at home - Tonight my son is with his friends, so I have the house to myself. <BR> <BR> It's supposed to rain off and on this weekend, so I changed into my sneaks and mowed the lawn - who knows if I'll get the chance to do it if it does rain. Since it was still light out, I put more straw around the potato plants. I'm hoping for enough sunshine, though, to get a few projects done, but there really isn't anything that can't wait a week or so. <BR> <BR> And I... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:27:19 EST SO Wishing for this Week to be OVER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126137 Yes, my dears, tomorrow is the end of the week for me - Friday is what the Courthouse now calls "Spring Holiday." Good Friday. It's friggin' GOOD FRIDAY!!!! I really hate how PC our world has become. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> The only thing I have to do this weekend is have my well pump repaired. It quit last weekend, and since it's the source of water for my garden and lawn sprinkler system, it has to be fixed. Soon. I'm not even going to complain about it, though. I've lived in this... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:44:39 EST Home at Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122502 LOL, Mrs. Boss really does hate me. I just know she does! About 4:30 pm as sent her a text asking her if I could deposit my paycheck. She wanted to know if the client that was in with Mr. Boss had paid yet! (!!!) So I texted back, what's that got to do with depositing my paycheck? It's good, isn't it? (Yes, I'm a stinker!). She to deposit it at the end of the day. I did. With my cell phone. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> And Hippi Chick and Florida Sun, yes, my Boss is an nutcase. I ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 21:31:32 EST Friday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122163 Well. Here I am at work - Just another wonderful Friday. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> First, Mr. Boss is 1 1/2 hours late for his hearing in a neighboring county. I am so tired of hearing about his "bowel problems." Yes, you read that right. He's either constipated or has diarrhea so badly he either can't escape the bathroom, or is washing out his underwear in the bathroom, etc. Disgusting!!!! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sure the Judicial Assistant (JA) he called this morning is thrill... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:09:10 EST Awesome Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118437 Yesterday was a really good day - I got a LOT done. Today was just awesome!! <BR> <BR> Most of you already know just how stupid I think Daylight Saving Time is. Native people say that it's like cutting off one end a blanket and sewing to the other end in order to make a longer blanket! STUPID! <BR> <BR> So enough of that. I got up and made it to Wally World by 8:10, and met Tricia for breakfast at Mel's Diner (That's right, Florida Sun - Mel's Diner!). I got back home and put a pork ro... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:13:09 EST Lovely, Overcast Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117531 So much to do - So little time! Shopping, pick up rug cleaner; buy hay at farmstore; mulich potatoes and beans, weed & feed lawn - Yikes! All that done and it's only 2:10 in the afternoon. I may just go out and mow the lawn. <BR> <BR> Here's a peek at the garden: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d2fcf51-ebef-41a0-817c-5fdf500e79e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While these rows have seedlings, most are really too small yet to mulch. That will come after the first thinning, ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 14:25:39 EST Home! Yay!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117041 For some reason, I just couldn't WAIT to get out of my office today. Ms. RA was working from home today, and my co-worker and I agree: "Ain't no sunshine when she's gone." <BR> <BR> I can't really write too much tonight, because tomorrow, I have to get a lot done before Sunday, because it's supposed to get cloudy tomorrow, and Sunday calls for rain. So, all my outdoor stuff needs to get done after I do the shopping. Yikes! I'll try to get some pictures of the garden - It's doing really ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:28:19 EST I've Got Ms. Retired Army Back! Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116292 Things are far from perfect, but Ms.RA is back, and hopefully, by the end of April, things will be a LOT better at work. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Just having her there is making a difference for me. Once she has her license to practice here in Florida (she's licensed in three other states already), I will be working for her, and honestly, I will be honored. <em>213</em> In the meantime, now that she's taken the Bar exam, she wants to lose some of the stress-weight she's gained in mov... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 19:58:49 EST Windy March Day...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112904 This weekend has been so nice! Friday, my nephew came by for a visit, and yesterday, I got lots of things done on my long list. <BR> <BR> Clarice's checkup of great - She's doing just fine, and thriving! <BR> <BR> I got the laundry done and the garden weeded and hilled-up the potato plants. Then cleaned the leaves off the patio and raked the leaves and stuff that came off the roof into piles. <BR> <BR> For supper, I made a big pot of chicken noodle soup with the leftover roast chicken fr... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 20:48:26 EST I'd Write a Book, But No One Would Believe It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111411 You all have heard me say that I work with a bunch of serious wackadoodles, and a few of you have suggested that I write a book. These past few days have been well, special...... <BR> <BR> First, my boss's wife comes in Wednesday evening - Obviously disressed, eyes red from crying - so we asked her what was wrong. She responds, "My uncle was crushed to death about 30 minutes ago!" My co-worker and I respond with sympathy (?!!), and since it's 5:00, I go home. <BR> <BR> The next day, when... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 20:27:31 EST Another Busy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106967 Ah, the bittersweet end to my long weekend. Back to work tomorrow.....yay. <BR> <BR> I did get a lot done - Lots of spring cleaning - my room is so nice to be in now - Clean room, clean bath, comfy bed: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56a952e1-8976-4463-be34-3cf2566a065b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84805d30-33ea-45fe-a704-eaa24c61ca16.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Earlier this month, I canned the saurkraut that had been fermenting in my k... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 18:01:20 EST Feels Like Friday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104127 Since our wonderful boss (please note the sarcasm) has not only reduced our vacation time from 3 weeks to 2 weeks, and insists that we can only take a couple of days around a weekend, and not a full week at once (????!!!!), I am taking the next two days off. He can kiss my corpulent kiester! <BR> <BR> Lots to do this weekend - I have dogs to groom, garden area to till and plant (more carrots!), and olive trees to plant (I hope to plant at least one of them), company coming Friday and stayin... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:50:53 EST Busy Weekend..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101529 Another beautiful, sunny weekend! Lots going on, and I have to get this blog done before 9:00 pm - New Walking Dead! Of course, 8:00 pm they'll show last week's awesome opener, and no, Hippiechick, I'm not going to spoil it for you! I just wish you got AMC on cable up there in the frozen wasteland....... <em>334</em> They have AMC on Demand online, but I don't know if you can access it in Canada - Do some Google searches - I hope you can. <BR> <BR> Friday nights, I'm just too whipped ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:52:02 EST Really Great Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096358 Well, here I am, back at the "salt mine." Until it gets crazy, I'm going to try and get this blog done. <BR> <BR> First, we actually got paid at 5:00 pm on Friday - Holy Moly!! But instead of running to the bank, I sat at my desk and deposited my check with the app on my new Android phone! The iPhone app just wouldn't work on my iPhone 4, so when I switched carriers from Spring to Metro PCS, I got a really awesome smart phone, and so far, it's really nice! <BR> <BR> So, Friday night pizz... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:18:04 EST Hanging in there.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090424 It's a good thing I don't live in a cold climate - I would honestly have to be medicated. Between seasonal affective disorder and my job, this year has been especially difficult. <BR> <BR> Last year has also been particularly rainy, which has made gardening a challenge, too. I had hoped to get carrots planted this weekend, but we had yet another front roll through Friday night, and rain it did again. And all day Saturday.....until this afternoon. I am going to try and take a sunny day ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:41:26 EST Here's a Bulletin - Work Sucks Worse than the Flu!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082763 As you can well imagine, my job is still just as drama-filled and dysfunctional as ever. I'm just counting the minutes until Ms. Retire Army passes the Florida Bar! She may test the office water again in March. If her idiot father alienates her again, we'll be looking for her new office! Fine by me! <BR> <BR> It's been especially rainy here lately - Very wet winter this year. Hopefully, this weekend will be dry enough for me to get some carrots and radishes planted. After February 15th... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:30:52 EST Having the Flu Really Sucks..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076127 The flu comes in an assortment of symptoms - This one has been an energy-draining, roller-coaster ride. I've been nauseous and drained, intestinal distress, lower backache, headache and fever (luckily, not a high fever, and only for the first three days). Now, I'm better, but drained. Everything I eat tastes funny and gives me heartburn, and I feel like I could sleep for days. But I'm getting better. <BR> <BR> The best part of all of this is not having to go to the office! Yay! <BR> <B... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:15:00 EST Another Lovely, Lazy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053576 Such a nice end to my Christmas time off! Lots of time with friends and family, and lots of time for naps and reflection. Today I felt the slight twinge of anxiety beginning in my back and realized that I was thinking about the work day tomorrow. I promptly changed my thinking and dismissed it entirely - None of that until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> This morning was spent being lazy and reading, until I got a call from Tricia. She came over for coffee, and a recap of her trip to North Carolina ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:10:55 EST The Best Thing About the Day After the Holiday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052928 Today, I am doing some serious relaxing! I've been doing some things around the house, but basically taking it easy. <BR> <BR> Our roast lamb dinner yesterday yielded a lot of delicious, sliced meat and a large pot of "Scotch broth." My son and I are enjoying both! <BR> <BR> The dogs are enjoying, too. My friends, Scott and Steve, adopted on of Clarice's four puppies back in 2009, and they bring "Tuxedo" over with them when they come to visit. I am so blessed to be able to visit with my... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:59:54 EST So Grateful For What I Have...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051868 Well. Today certainly has been interesting. I had a conversation with my boss that has convinced me that he's even more delusional than I thought. In just two months, he has managed to alienate his daughter. She now comes in once per week and keeps up with things from home, and is concentrating on passing the Bar exam. She will open her own practice, and I will work for her in April when she does. Mr. Boss thinks he's well-respected in our community. He's far from that - he's a joke in... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 22:16:17 EST Sometimes You Just Have to Let Go..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042845 Holy moly! This has been some week! <BR> <BR> First - I am still working on myself though "Shrink Yourself." It helps to put things in perspective, and between that and The Secret, things have been improving around here! <BR> <BR> My home has always been my sanctuary. I don't know what I'd do if I had to come home to chaos after dealing with it all day! Of course, I have a vision board at home, and I noticed that I have to update it soon, because over half the things on it have either... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 17:51:58 EST So Much To Be Thankful For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037822 Today I got a much needed and deserved vacation day! I've spent the day cleaning my house, shopping and preparing for tomorrow. Tomorrow morning, I'll be stuffing and roasting a turkey and preparing the rest of the dinner. Today, I baked pies - one pumpkin, and two chocolate.....My son's favorite is chocolate and if I only bake one, he pretty much growls and glares if anyone takes a piece! <BR> <BR> I've got some more cleaning to do, but since I took a dinner break, I figured I'd check in... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:33:26 EST Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035367 Somebody slap me - I got paid, in full, before 5:00 p.m., without being asked to hold my check until Monday! <BR> <BR> Honestly, it's been pretty hectic at work, but as I said before, the atmosphere is much better, the air is clean, and the office is coming together. It looks like a lawfirm!! <BR> <BR> Ms. RA is so positive and full of energy, and her husband is doing an awesome job of making the office look great. I'm truly counting my blessings. <BR> <BR> This weekend is supposed to be... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:56:58 EST Strange Couple of Days...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034401 Sometimes you just have to step back and go, "Huh?!!" As you know, Mrs. Boss did not pay us last Friday. And there were no checks Monday morning...... <BR> <BR> So, I sent Mr. Boss a text letting him know that I would be taking another vacation day. I get a text back telling me that I had no vacation authorized and no sick time authorized - That his daughter was at the office, and if I didn't want to go in, fine, it would without pay. So I said fine. <BR> <BR> I went down to the office ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:50:41 EST Woohoo!!! It's Walking Dead Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032709 Twenty-nine minutes and counting - Last week's episode starts at 8:00 and then a new one at 9:00! Maybe we'll find out if Glenn survived!! <BR> <BR> Sunday night, my son and I watch The Walking Dead - popcorn and two hours of quality time watching and critiquing the show - Much fun! <BR> <BR> TTFN - Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:35:04 EST Sunday! And a Partly Cloudy Copy of Yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032557 So far, its been a lovely, quiet day. Since I'm waiting for the beans I'm making for dinner to soak, I've got a few minutes to blog. <BR> <BR> I'm here sitting on the patio as I write this, and loving every minute of it! Linwin - Just so you know, I know that Mrs. Boss is testing me. As dysfunctional as these two idiots are, Mr. Boss may not even have a clue that paychecks weren't written. He will know loud and clear tomorrow if my check is not only in my drawer, but viable. I expect to... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 13:46:50 EST Beautiful, Breezy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032221 Recall, my sparkie friends, that my last man to move into my house left me the gift that just keeps on giving - German Cockroaches!!! Disgusting! <BR> <BR> So far, I've had a professional extermination company treat and almost get rid of them. And for $40 a month, they'll come back and keep treating......I'd rather eat. So, since I started seeing more of them (one is too many!!), I decided to use bug bombs (foggers). <BR> <BR> I've been planning this for some time - the day had to be rai... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:54:40 EST Friday - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031713 Well. I arrive at work today, and by 8:30 a.m., it's just me and the guy doing the renovations and setting up the phones. And the computer system......No wonder things are a little hincky....But at least I got the chance to unpack a box or two. Looks a little better...Still a disorganized mess, but at least my printer and scanner works and I can find things. <BR> <BR> By 8:45, I get a text from my co-worker. Her back is on fire and she's staying home.....There's a surprise. She says h... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:44:47 EST First Day Back to Work.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031139 Remember the pictures of the old office? LOL, I was gone from Friday afternoon, 6 November to this morning, 12 November. Roughly, 5 days. This is what greeted me in the new space, walking in the front door: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/192fbc3b-6f35-4f4d-9a01-7b819c9299f4.JPG"> - This is exactly the way it looked last Friday. Unfinished and unpainted. <BR> <BR> Here's my desk: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe9beff8-36e0-43f7-80... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:29:43 EST