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/ What Can I Say? Mondays Suck. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903247 My Monday managed to suck all the way into today and didn't stop until I got home! <BR> <BR> My boss has been his usual unfocused, dysfunctional, chaotic self, so I'm not surprised by anything, but I guess my patience has worn thin from the stress of the past few weeks. <BR> <BR> The electric company called me early Monday morning, and actually came out and fixed everything......I hope. Even though it's not the proper day to water the lawn (the next scheduled watering day is Thursday mo... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:39:46 EST One Step Forward; Two Steps Back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901918 Bugger! Just when I think things are going great, BAM! This morning, I woke up at 6:00 a.m., and no sprinkler system!! I just spent almost $300.00 for a weather-proof box and new relay! i outside when it gets light, and figure that the battery must have died in the sprinkler system and lost the program. I changed the battery, and notice that the breaker for the well has tripped. I reset the breaker and BAM!! THE MAIN BREAKER TO THE HOUSE TRIPS AND I HAVE NO ELECTRIC!! So I call the e... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:08:02 EST Busy Day..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901376 Whew! Beautiful day today - Got lots done! <BR> <BR> Here's last night's canning efforts: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1682934293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Up at 7:00 a.m., and out the door to Lowes for Black Cow and Mushroom compost for the strawberry planter. I'd received the strawberry crowns and red mulching film a few days ago, so planting was a priority for today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1502779165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:16:45 EST Friday.....Couldn't Get Here Fast Enough Today - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900808 Holy parade of idiots, Batman! What a day! <BR> <BR> I came home and ordered a pizza for my son (I had the smallest piece), and fed the dogs. It's taken me almost two hours to decompress, and I haven't had a beer or a cocktail. I just want to relax so I can get some stuff done this weekend. Jeese! <BR> <BR> Tonight is rainy and cool, so hopefully, I'll be able to actually relax. Maybe have a bath - that helps a lot. <BR> <BR> TTFN - Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:03:17 EST Thursday.....One Day Closer to the Weekend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900272 Seriously - One more day!! Criminy! <BR> <BR> So far so good with the right knee - no pain. A little tender if I press on it, but that's to be expected. No overt swelling, and I don't have a limp; doesn't get bad as the day wears on - I think I just need to not run any marathons and let myself heal. <BR> <BR> Work has been stressful, but then, that's the way it always is. I am grateful to be working, and I do and will continue to do my best, but I have t admit that it is stressful. <BR>... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:31:51 EST Interesting Couple of Days..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899035 Monday was really a MONDAY!!!! I was up, dressed and off to work as usual, but somewhere around 11:30 a.m., I was retrieving a toner cartridge from my boss's printer, and WHAM! My right foot got caught in one of the many cords running all over the office and down I went! <BR> <BR> My head missed a wooden file cabinet by mere inches, but I came down hard on my right knee. I managed to get up, my right knee screaming, left knee and both hands hurting, but I managed to get up. I realized t... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 20:19:16 EST Being So Lazy Today - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897610 LOL, I made it to Tricia's for lunch - That's as far as I got. Lowes and Walmart can wait until I feel like it! <BR> <BR> Tricia is one of those folks who has to have everything "just so." Not a bad trait, and at least she's not as compulsive about cleaning as she used to be. Her dog would track in a leave and a little sand and she'd have to get up and clean it immediately. Now, she waits until company leaves..... Anyway, she broke one cup in her set of dishes, and went out and bought ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:16:32 EST Today is Definitely a Day of Rest....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897443 Whew! Busy couple of days! <BR> <BR> Friday night, I got a visit from a dear friend who now lives on a sail boat in Tampa. Good thing he's used to having no air conditioning - didn't bother him a bit. He's finally in a position to come up here to visit old friends (there are many of us!) here in Sanford. First, we took a long motorcycle ride around beautiful, alligator-infested, Lake Monroe, stopped by Ink Ink to see my nephew, Deke, and then headed back to the house to grill steaks and ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:17:07 EST I Owe, I Owe, It's Off to Work I Go..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896134 Yes, today was my back to work day. Honestly, sometimes I don't know how I keep from scratching my face off in frustration! Enough said. <BR> <BR> I finally got my lunch break at 1:45 today. I try to de-stress on the ride home, and pet my dogs when I get there. My son was home today, too, so I had about 1/2 hour to eat, walk through the garden and have a little peace. <BR> <BR> The A/C won't get fixed until this Tuesday. It's really not too bad with fans - When I bought my house in Lon... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:01:02 EST Feeling Better Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895478 Well, at least I'm sleeping. That's a big thing when it's not happening. <BR> <BR> Today, I did my best to relax. Really, I did. What I wound up doing was picking and canning collard greens and kale most of the day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1929251849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946116408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These will be so good when they are no longer in season.....And I have organic ones!! <BR> <BR> After I to... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:12:36 EST Very Stressful Couple of Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894888 This has been a surreal and stressful couple of days. Sunday night I got a call from the State Department's Chief of American Citizen Services in Vietnam. My dear friend, Jimmy, had passed away on March 12th, and the only contact number they could find for anyone in the US was my number. There was no will to be found in his possessions, so they needed to find his next of kin. What a shock! I had just spoken with him on March 6th. He had gotten into some trouble over there; well, not rea... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:59:23 EST Sundays Are Just So Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893508 Even knowing that I had a lot of catching up to do, today has been so awesome! <BR> <BR> I was up at 7:00, only this morning, I made bacon and eggs. I had my breakfast and coffee, and then put all the cooled canned goods away. By that time, the smell of the bacon had awakened my son. <BR> <BR> So off to the grocery store for the weekly shopping, and $100 later (Jeeese!!), home again to put everything away with my son's help. Then, off to Walmart for dog treats and a new blender. Yes, I ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:45:01 EST Long Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893031 Even a long day at home is better than the best day at work! <BR> <BR> My day started around 7:00 a.m. - Coffee and breakfast, and finish the canning. This time, I had two pint jars of chicken stew from last night's efforts, and now had to can another 2.5 lbs of chicken breast, four large chicken thighs and three thawed out quart freezer bags of kale. I saved the pints for this morning, because they only take 65 minutes, but I really hate only canning one or two jars. So, I packed the ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 21:28:22 EST Friday the Thirteenth.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892557 Seriously? <BR> <BR> Today started out pretty good. Coffee, muesli bar for breakfast, morning washup in awesome water. And FRIDAY! Yay! <BR> <BR> So, off to the garage to head out for work and "squish"! WTF?!! Once again, my son, in his haste to combine lunch with gaming, the freezer door had been left open all night, and everything had thawed out. Everything. Bugger! <BR> <BR> That's the bad news. The good news is we only really lost about 16 pot pies, a $3.00 package of batte... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:48:30 EST And Then, Sometimes the Day Goes Just As It Should..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891909 Today began like most days. Up at 6:30 a.m., out the door by 7:50 a.m. - Deal with the daily drama, whatever that may be..... <BR> <BR> But not today! Today, Todd, my plumber, showed up just as he was supposed to. Did I tell you that his company is called "My Guy"? LOL, he certainly is! I really enjoy watching someone that knows what they're doing work. I learned a lot more about connecting PVC pipe than I did, and that will come in very handy when I need to work on the sprinkler syste... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:28:19 EST VERY Stressful Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891444 Today was just a horrible day. Horrible. Despite all the dysfunctional BS, I did manage to get a few things done, but I don't think I've ever been so glad to see 5:00 p.m. in 'my life. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I'll go in and hold the fort until 9:45 am, drive home, and meet the plumber! I swear, once that water conditioner is installed, I am taking a long whirlpool bath and relaxing the rest of the day! <BR> <BR> My first batch of saur kraut is ready to eat, and it came out great! I only h... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 23:51:11 EST Lovely Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889552 Today was one of those lovely Sundays where I did as little as possible and got lots done. <BR> <BR> I did a little shopping this morning, mostly for dog treats and stuff my son needed, and I do my best to visit my friend, Tricia, on Sunday mornings for coffee. She had surgery a few weeks ago, and is just now starting to get out, but she loves our weekly visits. Today I brought her some fresh lettuce, kale and a cabbage, and a jar each of carrots and Yukon Gold potatoes. I love sharing... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 23:30:14 EST Whew! Only 4:00 pm and Quite a Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888784 Well. I've finally stopped to have a coffee and a well-deserved break. <BR> <BR> The dogs woke me up at 6:30 a.m., and after breakfast and coffee, I was off to the garden. The cold-snap killed off my potato plants, but I left them in the ground with hopes of getting a good crop. I dug up all I could find, but only got enough to can 10 pints. Bugger! Next year, I'm going to plant them in a large, reusable bin that I can use a frost blanket on - I'll probably get three times the potatoe... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:30:07 EST Do I Get A WooHoo? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887818 Okay, Sparkies! I heard from my master plumber today, and we've scheduled my water conditioner install for next Thursday! I asked him there was anything I can do to help, and he asked me, "Is there anything that you CAN do?" I told him I'd watch the install video and do what I felt comfortable with. <BR> <BR> So, tonight, I opened the boxes and installed the bypass valve onto the meter, and plumber's taped the drain line adapter, installed the resin (40 or 50 lbs!!), installed the KDF fil... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:41:34 EST Such a Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886448 Of course, any day that I'm not at work is an awesome day! Today started out foggy, and then sunny and low 80's. I took my morning coffee out to the garden and walked about - Can't get much better than that! The cabbages are getting bigger, and the second planting of carrots should be ready to pick soon. Last night, I pulled a few and had them for dinner. It was a nice, sunny, warm evening, so those fresh carrots when well with a perfectly grilled NY strip steak and a baked potato! <BR> ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:48:43 EST Waiting for the Electrician...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885840 LOL, anyone remember that old Firesign Theater album? Makes me laugh just thinking about it, and I'm not even smoking anything! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm getting my patootie into be early. I have an electrician coming to my house in the morning to upgrade my electrical panel and install a dedicated line for my new water conditioner! Woohoo!! I've got to be home tomorrow for this, obviously, and I'm so glad to have the day off, even though at least 1 hour of it will be with ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:01:19 EST Busy Weekend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885157 Well....Friday was my usual shake off the work-week night. I try to get to be early, so I can get up early. <BR> <BR> Saturday, was gray and rainy. Bugger! No gardening today. I did the shopping and my friend, Tina, came over for a while. The grill I'd ordered last weekend had come in early, and the big box was occupying space in my living room. I've put gas grills together before, and it always goes faster with beer and someone to hold pieces for you! We got the grill together in r... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:00:15 EST Spring Has Sprung In Central Florida.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883417 The trees are starting to bud out, new green leaves are forming, and the old leaves fall worse now than in the October! That's Spring in Central Florida! Seventy-five to 80 one day; 60 the next.....That's Spring in Central Florida. But from now on, the days will get longer and consistently warmer. I love it here! <BR> <BR> This is my favorite time in the garden - Collards and kale are at the "cut and come again" stage, beets are almost ready to pull, and I've already been harvesting carr... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:45:00 EST And after all that cold.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880099 Central Florida! I love it! After two days of freezing weather, the temperature is in the 70's today! Awesome! <BR> <BR> I did my usual shopping and hit a sale at the hardware store, but today, the garden and back yard got most of my attention. I mowed the back yard after I emptied the composter, and started a new batch. The cold took the tomato plants, so into the composter they went, along with the pail of kitchen scraps. <BR> <BR> By the time I finished, it was lunch time. Waiting... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:14:20 EST Winter in Central Florida.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878439 Well....We are now in the depths of winter here in Central Florida. It's going to be close to freezing tonight and tomorrow night, with highs in the 50's......And that should be about it. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Honestly, we get about 14 days of what we consider "cold" weather. I'm one of those who really don't like it at all, but by the time I'm really biotching about it, the weather will be in the 70's again....Like on Saturday. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My tax refund finally came... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:20:55 EST Good Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872043 From Friday at 5:00 pm, things have been pretty good here. The weather is still cool, but sunny, and I've had a chance to spend time in the garden. How in the world can things not be good when you're standing in a garden full of ripening veggies and berries in the middle of February? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246848728.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I picked the first head of cabbage yesterday morning - with all the rain, it was beginning to split, so I had to pick it. I'v... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:51:14 EST Again, Remembering Why..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870875 Just amazing the things our parents do to us in the name of protecting us from ourselves. My prayers are that I never damaged my son in that way, and I've taken great care to allow him to make his own choices and weigh the potential consequences before doing so. Seems to have worked so far. <BR> <BR> My mother, however, made a decision that irrevocably changed my life, however well intended, and last week, the scab was totally ripped off that old wound. Now, understand, my mother married ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 19:37:27 EST Strange Weekend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862875 Wow! This weekend we had a cold-front go through: windy and rainy, clearing to temps in the 60's. I know - for everyone up North, that would be awesome. For me, it was cold, dreary, and I pretty much slept all day. Seriously. I got up for an hour, laid down for a "minute" and fell asleep. I woke up around 10:30 a.m., took care some some stuff in the kitchen. Sat down and fell alseep. Woke up three hours later - Just in time to start cooking supper. So you'd think with all that sle... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:43:06 EST A Holiday Well-Spent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858265 What a day! I got so much done, that I honestly surprised myself. <BR> <BR> First, up and dressed, and cleaning the bathrooms. Next, off to the store for groceries and dog treats. Home again to mow the lawn. Then vacuum and mop the floors. In between, breakfast, snack and lunch. Dishes. Laundry. And finally, at 3:30 p.m., the plumber I'd called on Friday called and said he was on his way. <BR> <BR> Now, understand, my water bills have been awful lately, so I braced myself for 1) ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:11:36 EST All Done - Tomorrow Will Be a Catch-Up Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857343 Today was another productive day. I still have a lot of clutter to contend with, and the ceiling to paint, but it doesn't have to be done right now. <BR> <BR> I took some "available light" pictures this afternoon - the windows in this room face west, so the sunlight in the afternoon is awesome! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1093475505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l494814157.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:06:58 EST What Was I Thinking?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856710 Well. Friday night I had two options: Rest. Prep my kitchen for painting. Guess which one I chose? <BR> <BR> I got about a third of the kitchen prepped, cut-in and first coated, and got up early this morning to start the rest. For those of you who have never painted, or are lucky enought to have someone do it for them, painting a room with large walls is a cake-walk compared to painting a small kitchen, and mine is so small I have to you outside to change my mind. <BR> <BR> So, despite... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:21:59 EST Chuggin' Along.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853354 Not too much I can say about yesterday. Work days are always so dysfunctional - My boss makes certain that we have no routine by interrupting us with requests for things he's either waited for the last minute to request or has created some "drama" at home so the file has to be faxed to him. SSDD for sure. <BR> <BR> On a brighter note, my morning weigh-in showed a 1.5 lb loss! Woohoo! I noticed that the SP weight tracker only shows total lbs lost, so it says 26 lbs lost, but I'm psyched ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:32:09 EST Holy C**P! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852154 Last night, I made the mistake of getting up to use the bathroom....Holy c**p, am I sore!! I'm fine until I move.....Regardless, today, I finished the laundry, did the grocery shopping that I didn't do yesterday, went to Walmart to buy the dog's treats, bought gas, and visited with Tricia. The left side of my lower back is the most sore, so getting in and out of the car was bordering on comical. The kitchen can freakin' wait until my back is better - Too sore to deal with it today. <BR> ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:00:55 EST As I've Said Before - Weekends Just Are Not Long Enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851311 Good grief! My poor dogs have worn themselves out following me around. They must think I've lost my mind! For three days now, I've been pulling things down, dragging ladders in, climbing up and down, and finally, putting stuff away. And doing some laundry...let's not forget the laundry! <BR> <BR> Painting uses muscles I don't even use gardening. And I'm a real glutton for punishment: I had ordered a corner cabinet for some extra storage space, and I'll be darned if it didn't show up on... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:17:11 EST Note to Self.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850645 Paint by myself...... <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong - Help is good, and letting my 27 year old son help is a nice, bonding experience. Except that he paints stage sets, not houses or rooms. <em>40</em> Apparently, they are not so picky about runs, drips and brush stroke marks when painting sets. Nothing I can't live with, but I will be painting solo tomorrow while he's out..... <BR> <BR> I've got the first coat of paint drying, and so far, I love the color! I may reinstall a chair rai... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:41:57 EST Thursday - What the @#$! was I thinking?..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850280 Well...... Yesterday, I started prepping the dining room for my little mini make-over. First, I removed the stupid, useless, plastic chair rail that served absolutely no purpose. It was glued to the wall in sections, and it had to be pulled off the wall. I had to sand everything smooth and spackle. Bugger! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l328090581.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then, there's the ugly wallpaper border......Have you ever tried to remove one of those?!! J... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:39:38 EST Wednesday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848903 My son has been so awesome! Work has sucked and I really haven't felt much like cooking, and he's been happy with either foraging or something he or I can make quick. My dinner takes about a minute to heat up, so tonight, I made a roast beef with mashed potatoes and peas - One of his favorite meals. You'd have thought I'd crawled across broken glass to do it - He's been giving me hugs and thanking me profusely. <BR> <BR> Well, at least I haven't talked myself out of my proposed painting ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:50:29 EST Tuesday....So Glad it's Over..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847988 There are no words to fully describe today....Seriously. <BR> <BR> I just spent the last two hours "decompressing" and still may take a bath..... <BR> <BR> On a brighter note, I'm considering painting my kitchen and dining room. When I moved into my house in 2010, I only painted the front room, and my son's room. Every room in the house was painted a light green, and the previous occupants smoked, so the walls are a dull green. Even worse, the walls are painted with a flat paint that doe... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:06:28 EST Monday...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847165 No matter how much I try to be positive about starting the work week, Monday always manages to suck. My boss really does his best to make it suck, too. Out of all of the projects I need, I always ask him what the priorities are and work accordingly. Which is what I did today.......And at 4:45 p.m. he announces that he needs a motion drafted for tomorrow's 1:30 p.m. hearing. I certainly hope he didn't hold his breath while I jumped right on that. He doesn't pay overtime, and that motion w... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 23:10:21 EST Another Good Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845980 Oh, my! Such a beautiful day! I languished in bed this morning, and had my coffee and muesli bar, enjoyed my morning snack on the patio, and had lunch out with my friend, Tricia. Even then, we opted to eat outside - it was gorgeous today! <BR> <BR> When I got home, I put my gardening clothes on and headed for the garden. The potatoes are all nicely hilled up and deeply mulched with straw. Next weekend, I'll go get another bail of straw, because the more deeply and thickly potatoes are m... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:54:47 EST Seriously - There Are Not Enough Hours in the Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845166 Either that or I'm just getting lazy. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> One of my goals this year is to relax more. By the time I get home and make dinner, I'm pretty much done unless something major happens. I play with my pups, talk to my son, do a few things around the house and then it's time for bed. <BR> <BR> So the weekend is the only time I really have to get stuff done. Weekly shopping, bill paying, gardening, laundry.....Visiting with friends, and relaxing. Then it's back to the job.... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:05:21 EST Friday....Blessed Friday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844270 What a mixed bag - I'm always so happy it's Friday, but always so glad when it's over. Good grief - It's like my boss just has to make as much drama/bullsh**t/adieu about nothing as he possibly can, and today was especially fun. <BR> <BR> I got a little peace at lunch, and did a garden walk-through. The last couple of days have been gray and rainy, so gardening has not really been an option. The sun was out today, so hopefully, I can thin the last row of carrots, the first two rows of ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:41:19 EST New Year's Eve.....Bye, Bye, 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842311 And good riddence! Seriously - 2015 has got to be better, because a lot of 2014 really sucked. At least it has for me. <BR> <BR> I am, however, so very pleased that I found a program that seems to be actually working for me in the weight loss area. That is a very big plus. Now, I have to get a few other things in my life under control. <BR> <BR> So tonight, I am counting my blessings, indulging myself with the last of the homemade fudge (no more until next Winter holiday season!!!), and... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:05:18 EST Surviving the Holidays.....OMG.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841144 Well.....I don't know about you, but all of my life, the holidays have revolved around food. I've been cooking and baking for the better part of 50 years, and this year was no different. I made Christmas cookies for my family and friends (and ate some....), and holiday meals with all the trimmings (and ate some more.....), and drinks with my family and friends (and had a few). Bottom line is I relaxed and enjoyed for almost two weeks, and even though I ate and drank what I pleased, I was m... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:01:04 EST Last Night of Vacation..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839486 Tomorrow is my last day off - Just as I started to really relax, the realization that I have to go back to work hit me. Bummer. However, I plan to enjoy my day tomorrow, even wit h the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that Monday will be here soon enough. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I will buy another lottery ticket. That's about the only way I will ever be able to quit my job. If I lose this job, I'm going to have to find another one, and that might be a blessing. The devil you don't k... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:11:54 EST Merry Christmas, Sparkfriends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838157 So far, this has been an awesome Christmas season! So far, I've been quit lazy.....But this is a good thing, because I wanted to RELAX! <BR> <BR> I did manage to keep my house clean; Drive my sister to OIA; Weed the garden, thin the collards, broccoli, kale and some of the carrots, clear the leaves in the front yard; bake cookies and RELAX. <BR> <BR> First, here's a peek at the garden: <BR> <BR> Look in the foreground - The potatoes are sprouting up! <BR> <BR> javascript:void(0); <img sr... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:30:14 EST Even a Trying Day on Vacation is Better than a Good Day at Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835131 I have made a point of relaxing this past two days - So nice to wake up at 6:30 and not have to go anywhere. Well. That was the plan. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I lounged around and enjoyed my day. I went out long enought to go to the grocery store for a few little things, and spent most of the day relaxing. So nice! <BR> <BR> Today, the day started the same way. Until my son asked me to take him over the place where I got my laptop so he could see how much it would cost to fix his......Luck... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:56:39 EST Very Productive Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832992 Today, I started out with coffee and chocolate granola at 6:00, lounged around until 9:30, and made it to Walmart to get the dog's treats and some batteries for my smoke detectors. <BR> <BR> By the time I got home it was snack time, which I enjoyed on the patio. It was a little cool out, but I had my awesome Prairie Rat Hole hoodie to keep me warm enough. Coffee and 1/2 a bagel with whipped cream cheese -YUM! Then off to the garden! <BR> <BR> It amazes me just how fast things grow here... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:41:42 EST Things I know about me....and maybe about you, too... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832898 Hopefully, I won't make this a book..... <BR> <BR> MOMMABEAR121 had commented on my Friday blog, and one of the things that struck a chord with me was: "How come when we know these things about ourselves we still struggle and beat our heads against the wall....: <BR> <BR> Here's another opportunity to "find your why"! How come we do things that we know aren't in our best interests? Isn't doing something over and over and expecting different results instanity? You bet it is, but when it ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:42:41 EST Something About Friday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832092 Friday at about 4:30 always makes my mood go from a 3 to an 8! Just the prospect of not having to come back here until Monday lifts my spirits! <BR> <BR> Tonight, I got home and ordered a pizza for my son. I had my Diet Chef Turkey Chili with 1/2 cup of rice and a light beer! <em>334</em> Divine! <BR> <BR> So far, every Friday is pizza night. Sometimes my son has a friend or two over; Sometimes it's just us, but since starting my Diet Chef program, I've been happy with one of the... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:18:24 EST