Friday, May 31, 2013
What a week this has been - so many ups and downs. Mostly downs, but every cloud has a silver lining if ya keep with it.
Bad Leroy Brown is doing much better. The vet wants me to bring in another 'tootsie roll' to test on Monday just to make sure he's clear.
Federal Investigators have determined that the fire that destroyed our post office early Thursday morning was arson. No one is surprised. Since our community was written out of the county budget and no longer has law enforcement, mischief makers seem to be making us a target.
The situation about the email from the lady shop owner (Should I be Offended blog) hasn't been settled yet, meaning I have not yet spoken with her personally. I did send a response email explaining that I was thinking of her (not her shop) when I made the offer and hadn't considered that she might want to sell them. So, I made an offer to hold some of the nicer ones that would 'fit' in with her shop's theme, and asked her to let me know. I haven't heard from her.
I do not like situations like this. I would much rather work face to face with someone. So, if I don't hear from her in a few days, I will make a special trip to her store and have a conversation something like this:
We have known each other for almost a year. We've never had any problems communicating face to face. In fact, we've had some fun times just chatting about stuff in general. (We share similar beliefs and have a few other things in common.) So, I don't want this type of misunderstanding to ruin the relationship that we have.
I don't anticipate ever being BFF's with her, but she is a nice lady. And she's trying to make a living and keep her shop open in these hard times.
So, I'd rather err on the side of kindness and eliminate the 'cloud'.
Life's just too short.
There were a lot of good things this week too. The weather is supposed to be great for the extended forecast.
I just put some ribs in the oven . . . . and I'm ready for a great weekend!
Hope you are too!!!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
There really is something cool between a dog and their human. Especial when there is a really close bond like there is between me and Bad Leroy Brown
He must have sensed that I was upset this morning. After he took care of his 'business' on his first trip outside this morning, he went back and sat by the door, and just looked at me.
So, I took him outside again.
He didn't go to his normal 'spot' . . . . instead he started walking toward the side yard and then turned around and looked at me as if to say "come on, let's go."
I decided that I would just follow him and see what happened. He started walking again then turned around to make sure I was following.
Well, he led me all the way around the inside of our fence (about an acre).
He's never done this before.
And yes, I was upset this morning. I woke up to the news that the Post Office in our little town burned down last night. My sadness is not so much about the loss of the building (and thank God no one was in the building at the time) but the blow that has struck our little town again.
Now as I type this, he is snuggled up against my side, just as close as he can get.
Yep, he's my buddy.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Yesterday I sent an email to a lady who lives nearby (I met her last year when she opened a sewing/hobby shop in town) telling her that I have a number of new/like new polo shirts that might fit her and asking if she wanted them.
I received an email back "Sure. Can I sell them?"
How would you feel about this?
Monday, May 27, 2013
I got on the scales this morning. Although not an official weigh-in day, I didn't want to put it off until tomorrow. I wanted to face the consequences while it was fresh on my mind (and hips and waist).
Almost three pounds up from last week's weigh -in.
I attribute it not so much the quantity but I ate stuff I don't normally eat . . . like BBQ ribs, baked beans, rice, bread. And lots of fruit, watermelon, cantalope, strawberries.
I did not measure what I ate, but I did not over eat.
I ate what I wanted. Full but not stuffed. (HUGE NSV!)
I had only one dessert - blackberry cobbler.
No potato chips or potato/macaroni salad or cookies or candy or pie or ice cream.
I am happy with the weekend over all. I know these pounds will drop when I get back into my 'normal' eating and working out mode tomorrow.
My SparkAdventure has given me powerful tools for success.
It has trained me how to make better choices.
It has proven to me that maintaining within my weight range is something I am capable of doing. Something I can live with for the rest of my life.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I've always loved moving water. The sound of it just puts me in a relaxed mood.
Some of my earliest memories are of the Cranberry River, safely perched on my daddy's shoulders as he waded across to get to another favorite fishing spot. Or, sitting on a huge rock with my mother watching it's swift waters rushing downstream. I couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 years old, but I clearly remember her making a comment about throwing all her troubles into the rushing water and watching them float away downstream.
Our first hot tub was a 100 gallon Rubbermaid water trough, which hubby bought 20 years ago to use as the first koi pond. We'd fill it up using a hose from the hot water heater. We spent many evenings soaking in it out front as we watched the star show above. Good times.
Well, now we have a 'real' hot tub on the back porch and a 'real' koi pond in the side yard . . . and the old Rubbermaid trough was stored out behind the garage.
Until a few days ago when I decided to have some fun with it.
The ceramic fish atop the small planter (center) is spitting water being pumped from the tank into the pebbles which perks down through (my first attempt at making) a bio-filter and runs out the bottom of the planter. So far there are some mini-cattails and Creeping Jenny (left), water iris and water cress (right) and a couple other transplants from the big pond that I don't know the names of. Also have about a dozen mosquito fish and a couple water skippers in there.
It's right outside our kitchen and when the window is open, it carries a lovely sound of water splashing. I probably replace this pump with a larger one and make a larger waterfall eventually. We'll see how it evolves.
Anyway, so far I've been using stuff we had on hand. Total outlay of cash so far, $2 for 6 ft of tubing. Fun stuff!
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