Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ash Wednesday & a Mystery

I didn't partake in any King Cakes or Paczki, yesterday on Fat Tuesday! What I did was way worse. I had a tuna sandwich for lunch not to bad.... Then a bologna sandwich for an afternoon snack.... Then 2 pieces of pizza and a couple of bread sticks for dinner.... then because I felt like it I had some pasta and sauce for a snack....

Now this isn't a normal fare for me. But it does show that one off decision can lead to more off decisions. See I'm a carb aholic! It would have been fine to have had the tuna sandwich. But I didn't have anything with it. So by the time I got home from my off site job.... I was starving. Which led to the bologna sandwich. Add to that the porkchops I had pulled out weren't thawed and someone was lax on their chores. I said pizza!!! And that leads me to the final decision of the pasta and sauce. The only thing I had yesterday that was healthy was the morning fruit smoothie. Strawberries, black berries and banana... a little almond milk and powdered kale. Looking at how I managed to eat like that I can see the error in my choices.

I need to get in and get some dental work done. I cracked one of my crowns loose. And the other side of my mouth that I'm forced to chew on is horrible. I have put off having the work done. The only thing that comes close to my hate of dental work is house cleaning and would do that everyday 12 hour shifts just to avoid the dentist. With that being said... its hard to eat the raw veg that I would normally be eating with my meals. Apparently, I'm to lazy to cook them also. Over the next month I will be having a lot of dental work done. Lazy or not I need to make better choice.... Was doing so good. That's always the way it goes. Something happens that we don't expect and it changes everything.

So what does all of this have to do with Ash Wednesday. As most of you know I'm not Catholic. But I really do enjoy Lent. Its 40 days to give you a chance to form a new habit. Its 40 days to become a better you~!  Its not like a resolution, that the media and society say you won't stick to. This is a religious idea, and if you say I gave up >>>> for lent, people are more likely to be behind your decision. I understand that its all a mind set.... And if I don't mind, then it doesn't matter. I also know that when you feel like the world is against you most people cave.

For my 40 days of Lent.... I'm giving up ground flour products. No pasta, bread, crackers, cake, pizza. Well you get the idea. Its funny when I went on the paleo diet it was so easy to stay away form these items and then slowly they made their way back into my diet.

Now on to the mystery!

Here is the first week. 

20 Granny Squares.

Lavendar Blue is my main color.

Color A

Here is the link for week 2

The color is Sage

Color B

I only have 2 done so far. I'm hoping to get a few more done tonight. And a big chunck done tomorrow!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Its a Mystery

Yep, its time for the mystery afghan to start. 

This is week 1 of 10. 

20 granny squares to make.

10 done.

10 to do!

I will be done in time for next weeks clue!

Its not to late to join in,


Thursday, February 5, 2015


I know twice in one week... You are all gonna get spoiled! Not to much new going on... I just felt like typing.

First, I'm down 6 pounds. Good start. Still tired most days. Very tired. But I am starting to have a few good days. I am doing yoga in the studio once a week. I am now meditating twice a week. Doing 5k a day... but most days I'm hitting 10k. I'm also doing 10 squats a day. I know it doesn't sound like much but its something.

Still haven't sat down to do get any yarning done. But I did find yarn that I bought awhile ago. There is enough for 2 blankets. Good thing Grim, doesn't care how much yarn I have just as long as it becomes something eventually! I also signed up to do a mystery afghan. I think that might be just what I need to get my creative juices flowing again.

Can't stop thinking about all the things that I want to do at the property. Grim and I are really hoping to be there quite a bit this summer. Keeping fingers crossed about the best layed plans and all that. I have been pinning like crazy! The ideas people come up with are just super fantastic. Things I would never have thought of. 

Well, I guess that's about it for this time!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Happy Imbolc!

Wow.... February 2nd! Usually its March that comes in like a Lion..... February must have just wanted to get noticed this year! 18 inches of snow in less then 36 hours. It wouldn't have been bad but we have been soooooo spoiled this year. This storm really hit us unawares. The one thing that always sticks out to me is the fear that sets into people when any type of storm is on its way. I ended up having to go to walmart to get turkeys for an upcoming Vet's Luncheon that we are hosting. Now mind you there wasn't even a flake in the air yet. At this point people were grabbing cases and cases of water, toilet paper and bread. Its sad really that most people don't even have the 72 hours worth of prep that FEMA says for us to have.

Grim and I are still in the crazy planning stage of our property. You know we can do anything because its still free to dream stage * smiles*! But we both know that stage will be ending soon. With that happening it has come to my attention that I need to try and do better with Thirty-one business. I think I can do better... I just need to try harder. I have even started with a plan and actual goals.

I finally got all my work in projects pulled out and put into one place. Now this isn't the directions and yarn that I have put away. Just the things I've started and need to finish before Spring rears its warm, wet, sloppy head! I'm still trying to figure out a pattern for the rug that I'm using the t-shirt yarn for. I have already frogged it several times.

Here is the yarn and the first incarnation! Still plugging away... once I get going on it with a pattern I like I will take pictures and share!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Moving Fast

Can't believe this month is already half over. I know I should be posting more. But I haven't been doing anything. I have even had to force myself to work on my yarn projects. I know it terrible. With the cold weather and the need for something toasy to do.... Just haven't had it in me to do a thing.

I have been so tired lately. I mean like I feel sick I'm so tired. I have been looking into a few things.... You know cause going to the doctor would make to much sence.... LOL! I have narrowed my symptoms down to hyerthyroidism and adreanal fatigue. I know look at me being all fancy over here!

I have changed my diet to include a lot more raw veg and more fruit. I have started using salt again. (Real Salt) and I made it to yoga for the first time in ages. I am also making some changes to my life to help to reduce the stress. Not sure if these things will help but I will continue with this plan for at least 3 months. If I haven't seen a significant change for the better then I will go to the doctor. 

I have had time to be on Pinterest! Have I ever told you I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest? If not, well, I do. I love to look and plan.... oh and pin all of these wonderful things. Then I feel guilty because I took the time to find all these things that seem to be such a waste of time. Simply because I don't have the time to do any of them.

So what I have been trying to do is find simple pins to accomplish.

This weekend I made a fruit dip.

cool whip
vanilla pudding powder
vanilla yogurt

Mix together and serve with fruit!

Of course I can't seem to follow directions. I didn't have vanilla pudding so I used lemon. I only had vanilla greek yogurt so I used that. It turned out very good. So all in all it was a success.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Year, Old Issues

As you know I have been taking care of my Mother in Law for the last year. It hasn't been an every day thing... But I have been making and taking her to appointments. Making sure she was ok while she got her cataract surgery. Dealing with her falls and subsuquent recoveries. And as of the last 2 months or so making sure her pills were set up for her.

New years eve in the morning as I was on my way out the door I got a call which I ignored because it was an 800 number... Then Grims phone went off with the same number. It turned out to be the alarm company to let us know that she had fallen again. I made it to her apartment as the firemen were checking her out. They advised that she go to the hospital to get checked out. She refused. Since I have power of attorney over medical decisions. I told them to take her.

So long story short we spent New Year's Eve at the hospital. Then we had long drawn out rig a ma roll. She was finally admitted to the hospital on Friday afternoon. Upto that point she was just under observation. We were able to get her moved to a rehabilitation on Monday. She will there for upto 20 days. Then they will make the determination wether or not she will be able to move back to her apartment or if she will have to go to assisted living.

As for other things. We were able to get the wood burning stove! I am so happy!! We only had one hand get pinched... Not even a swear word was uttered! Which was a true miracle since it was Grim, me and all 3 monsters. We couldn't get any other help that day. 

I also have the money put aside for the barn. Now we will be able to get it all closed up and the floor put in! After we cut the grass in the Spring this will be the first project that we tackle. Once that is done it will be like we are really doing ths. Right now it still feels like a pipe dream. Soon....

Next up on the list is to get the pop up trailer fixed. We lost our hot water tank durning the season last year. And there is something going on with the electric. Then the taxes need to be paid. This really shocked me. The only improvement we did to the property was to get an address. My taxes have doubled because it now has an address. LOL! I can only imagine what will happen once we build. Ah, no point in borrowing trouble. I got a gift certificate for the place where I'm going to purchase the trees from for the orchard. So we are moving along with that. We need to figure out what's the de4al with the well. And then finally on the list for this year is the electric. We will need to dig a trench and get the power run from the pole to the barn.

My job is going well and my Thiry-one business is really starting to take off. The biggest monster leaves this weekend to head back to school. Next week I will be cleaning house and getting back to working on some unfinished projects. No matter what there is always something going on!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Almost the end of the month!

We have had our oldest home for the last couple weeks. So we have been busy working, cleaning and just general visiting! LOL! It takes a ton of time to get caught up face to face! So lets see what happened this month?!? We cleaned, we got all the presents wrapped, we cooked, ate, worked worked and oh yeah.... worked. Went and visited my Uncle that lives in the Hospital.  Dealt with things for the VFW. Got a membership for the gym and we have actually gone a few times!

Christmas came and Grim got a pocket chainsaw.... Its so cool. When he gets a chance to use it I will report on it. He also got a shaving mug and soap. I got a blue tooth retro radio and a sock loom that uses worsted weight yarn! Love it!!! We both got more things but its to much to list. The monsters got a ton of stuff. The best thing they got was I supported the local zoo and each of them was able to be the sponsor of a vampire bat! Best gift this year!

It was just the immediate family over for the day. My brother had the flu so he was down for the count and I didn't put out the big invite like I usually do. Just to tired to cook for that many.... Plus my oven hasn't been able to be fixed yet. Hopefully tomorrow. Last night we took the monsters to zoo so that they could see the vampire bats that they sponsored! Couldn't find them. That's ok... just means we will have to go back again at a later date. Speak of dates the oldest monster went out on a date last night. I'm sure there will be more to come on that subject. Today we were able to go and get my wood burning stove. It is safe and sound in the storage unit.

We will be staying in on New Years Eve. Grim has to work the night and I have to work the day. I figure I will be in bed long before Grim gets home. At least I will feel well rested to begin the new year! Yeah, Right!

So if I don't get time to be back on here!
Happy New Year to all of you!