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Getting Ready

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Well we have been getting ready to go to Texas tomorrow morning...have our bags packed and cooler is full of garden goodies for the kids and will pack our eating cooler in the morning. We have bathed the dog. and watered all the plants and now taking it easy.

O guess what I found out today while tracking my calories. I had a little chocolate chip cookie dough left over...the refrigerator kind. I rarely bake cookies anymore but thought I would bake what was left to take along..I had to eat one after they were done you know and felt so guilty about eating something I had been considering a no-no...well they only have 59 calories per cookie....WOW was I surprised and since I hadn't even made my calorie count at the lowest point today...I ate another and it brought me to 1258calories for the day...what a treat!!!Sometimes we just have to have a treat or 2. The rest of the cookies are packed up for hubbys treat while on the road..

I also weighed as I won't be here Saturday to do my usual weigh day...and have lost another half pound..Half pound a week....slowly but surely is my motto.

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CAKAROO 6/8/2012 6:14AM

    congrats on the weight loss! Hope you have a great trip

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MISSY455 6/1/2012 2:58AM


Hope you have a good visit and a safe trip!

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ABETTERBETTY 5/31/2012 7:48PM

    A Texas Howdy to ya! Home you enjoy your trip. I don't bake sweets because I have to eat one as soon as they are done. And they never all fit in the container I am storing them so I have to eat what doesn't fit. :(

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Busy busy day

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Have you had one of those days where the time just flew and you were just so busy that you had no time to think...I'm retired and still had one of those days..I had forgotten how tired it always made me feel at the end of the day. And really I wasn't as busy as I was in my working days. But this is how my day went....

I work up at the usual time, had my cup of hot tea and hooked awhile on my new rug. Hubby fixes breakfast so as soon as we ate, I put on makeup and dressed and drove over to a town 15miles north of us where I had hair cut appointment at 11:30...then hopped into the thrift shop there for about 10 minutes and then to the art guild board meeting at 1p.m. (I was just elected to the board so felt like I needed to go to find out what is going on) and it lasted 2 hours with nothing really accomplished (at least I don't think it was) due to too many ideas thrown around...got home ate a late lunch and then a friend of ours we hadn't seen in 2 years came out and she stayed for over an hour...never got on the computer until late and now trying to play catch up on emails.

Tomorrow will probably be as busy. We are going to Texas on Friday so have to prepare everything tomorrow..we plan to take a cooler with some prepared food as eating out is not an option for us much as I usually get sick from it. So we will prepare breakfast biscuits and have sandwich things to take along. It will be an 8 hour drive down there and we plan to take our little house dog..and with the heat we have been having, I'm really not looking forward to the hot drive even with a/c in the vehicle..It will be a rushed trip Friday and then back home on Sunday..So I may not post here much until Monday.

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MISSY455 5/31/2012 1:40AM

    Hope you have a safe trip, and enjoy even though it is rushed. The cooler is a great idea!

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/30/2012 9:35PM

    We are almost 100 here, but not as humid where you are going. Taking a cooler is a great idea. Hope you have a fun, safe trip!! emoticon

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nice day

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My sister and BIL came out today and ate breakfast with us. We cooked nad ate under the gazebo..had a great visit...and they went home with garden goodies. Got a short walk in before the heat became unbearable...going to have to start getting out early to walk. Humidity is terrible..Thought we would get rain today as we heard thunder but it went north of us..we really really need it.

So besides their visit I've rested today...haven't done much at all. Going for a hot bath and to bed early and read.

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KITKATSGRACE 5/30/2012 7:36PM

    Sounds like a great day!!

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MAZACK 5/30/2012 12:31PM

    Glad for your visit. I don't see my sister much.

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MCJULIEO 5/30/2012 10:52AM

    Sounds like a great day... Hope that you were able to get
That early bed time in...

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CAKAROO 5/30/2012 5:53AM

    glad you had a nice visit

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MISSY455 5/30/2012 1:38AM

    How nice for you that your sister is close enough to share breakfast with! I really enjoyed my sister's visit a couple of weeks ago. Although, hers are a plane ride away :-)

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Monday, May 28, 2012

This is what I've been working on today. I put up 35 pints of plum jam...We won't eat it all but they make nice gifts at holiday time..and it is so yummy...it is from our Ozark plum tree. We have picked 20 gallons off it and it still have about 20 gallons left...very productive tree. Got lots of exercise today too.

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Little bit of Heaven

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I thought I would give you a few pictures of our place. First bounty from our garden. Every container has some kind of fruit or veggies.

This is our gnome garden update. We put a concrete border and then gravel. It makes it easier for hubby to weedeat around it.

Check out the hidden gnomes in the small gardenia bush.

The 2 ponds surrounded by ivy. New trellis is the the right, firepit behnd them, gazebo area with our house plants to the left. I also have 2 old wringer washers with ivy and plants. (see previous post on goldfish that explains our ponds)

Pottie garden. These are at left side of porch going out to the carport. I have been lucky to collect 3 of them and think that is all I want. They have been in full bloom.

This little garden cart is directly in front (across the sidewalk) from the potties. We found out with our heat, that those faux sweet potato plants do the best rather than flowers. Also notice the dead grass in the background...most of our yard looks just like this all over...and this is just May..usually it won't look this bad until July or August..But last year and this year have done a number on our grass.

Thats all folks. These photos are just the front of our house. Not much in the back. We have a yard for the dog and storage buildings in the back.

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CSDAYS 5/28/2012 9:38AM

    Very nice!

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MISSY455 5/28/2012 12:56AM

    Beautiful garden! I love the hidden gnome :-)

Do you do any canning or preserving? Our first year in this house, I made plum jelly and just about anything else I could find to fix with plums from our backyard. Since then, hubby figured out how to manage the blooms so we don't get more plums than we can eat and share with the neighbors each season. I mentioned to him again this week I would really like to put in some raised beds to do a minimal amount of gardening, but he reminded me I have no time now. Maybe in a few years.

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KITKATSGRACE 5/27/2012 9:07PM

    Beautiful veggies & I love your yard & the additions to your Gnome Garden! You guys are so creative! Thank you for sharing!


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