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