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17 June 2012
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
It is a beautiful day here in Sunny Florida today. I am puttering in the yard this afternoon, I have to check my tomatoes to discern if they will give me one last effort or if it's time to pull them. The sweet cherry tomatoes should be ok until the super hot weather gets here in July and August.
Busy bee as usual, trying very hard to stay on plan and doing pretty good. I have to go finish some drywall tomorrow, that job got postponed for a few days. I am getting paid for that part, but I volunteered to also paint the room and add a graphic or mural if the young lady wants it. She and her family go to Nomad and she's a really special person and has been the rock of the whole family, so I wanted to do something special for her.
Our garage door broke and I had a guy come and look at it, the spring on one side is broken and the rollers are shot, so we'll be looking at $225.00 - 400.00 depending on how much we have done. This is something that I absolutely will not mess with myself... I know how to repair most things around the house but this is different, there is such tension on those springs that if you mess around with them and not know what you're doing they can kill you or seriously hurt and/or dismember you. So now I know where the money from my side jobs is going this month. Always something.
Since it is Father's Day I should mention that it's because of my Dad that I am so mechanically inclined, maybe despite my Dad since he didn't think that little girls should do anything except for grow up get married and have babies... none of which I ever did... well I guess I sorta grew up but who's to say?
Anyway I guess I was always the consummate Tomboy that certainly kept Dad and Mom on their toes part of the time. My sister is always happy to share the story about the time when I was about 3 or 4 and decided that trees in our yard were really fun and that they should be climbed! Well I got so high up in the tree that nobody could reach me so Dad had to break out the ladder (to add a bit of irony, my dad was a firefighter) to get up there and escort me safely back to Terra Firma. I'm sure I got in trouble but I continued to climb trees anyway. Stubborn kid.
Years later when I was about 11 I decided to scale the largest tree in our yard, a huge old southern Live Oak that held a special prize... a bird's nest with chirping birds in it. My curiosity got the better of me and I got the ladder out to reach the bottom branch, then I climbed into the canopy of the tree to get a peak at the nest. It was hard to see because of the dense branches but it was a Mockingbird nest.
All was great until I started back down the tree, you see it had rained the night before and the bark was slightly wet, and on the last foothold before the bottom branch I lost my grip and down I went, about 20 feet or so, and landed in heap on the roots below. I blacked out before I landed. So yep, off to the hospital I went, bruised but not broken and I just knew my dad was gonna kill me. He was at the fire station at the time but he arrived at the hospital just when they brought me out of X-Ray. He came to me and grabbed my hand as I was laying on the gurney and told me that he was so happy I was OK. There were tears in his eyes, and Leonard, my dad, doesn't cry in front of anyone. The look on his face, and my mother's, well I'll never ever forget. It was the look that only a worried parent can give to their child that they fear lost. I quit climbing trees as much after that.
Well that's my Father's Day story I guess, I just kind of ramble off sometimes. I'd better get back to my yard work, it's a nice day out and it's a fine one to trim a few trees. No, I won't be climbing them.
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12 June 2012
Well here I am again for another drive by posting... seems like life has gotten the better of me lately. Both bad and good, but it has distracted me from my weight loss plan. Thank God I can keep coming back here to get down my thoughts!
I was really sick over the weekend, my doctor thinks I may have picked up an airborne bug in the gym Sunday because in the time I left the gym to the time I got to church, I was sick with cold sweats, racing pulse and cramping stomach. I won't go into detail about what happened next, but suffice it to say I missed most of the service laying on the couch in our meeting room which is near the bathroom. Ugh.
It managed to put me in bed for a day and that takes a lot for that to happen I assure you. My insides are still not completely normal but better.
I have been busy and good on my plan until the last two weeks ... multiple stresses and once again, lack of planning, and here I was not making good choices again. I haven't been to church in two weeks since I was out of town for Memorial Day and was house-and-dog-sitting at Joy's, so no weigh ins and then I missed Sunday because I was so sick. So, I'll have to weigh in on the gym scale tomorrow but I suspect it won't be good.
It seems like I get on a hot streak and then I struggle... I guess there is no magic potion to cure everything, but I am still very much in the fight and I won't give up, even if it takes me another year I will get there.
I have been worried about financial issues, dealing with my sister going in and out of the hospital constantly, and then having her give me crap for not giving enough $ to help our budget, which is not true, so I start thinking about having to find another place to live and support myself and my animals on a part-time job and whatever side work I can find.
Would leave at this moment? You bet I would, if it was just me. But it's my animals that I am concerned for. I know they're just pets to some but they are my family and my companions, and I would just roll up in a fetal position and stay there if I didn't have them. So I work through it and pray and try to stay on track. Sometimes I really miss my old house where I lived alone. But that's all in the past and there is indeed a future to look towards, right?
Good things are happening in my freelance art ventures... I have been commissioned to paint a large mural for a large Homeowner's Association and also to paint some wall hangings for Love INC's office. Plus I have some painting and drywall work coming up, and I just finished painting a baby's nursery and adding an accent graphic design on one wall, turned out great!
So all and all things seem to be on course, and I am still fighting the good fight.
Well I sat down to write a quick check-in and look what happened, I just spilled my heart out all over this page. Wow. I guess I neded to say some stuff.
Have great week all, I will make time later today to sit and catch up with everyone's journal.
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09 May 2012
Rainy night tonight, boy do we need it. I still have a headache, so I fear it's one of those that will be with me a while. Going to bed early, I am super tired for some reason tonight.
Full day tomorrow... going to gym, shower there, then off to meet with our accountant to take some papers for her to look over, and some receipts so that I can be reimbursed for materials. From there, I need to go get tires for my van, then last stop before home is the grocery store. When I get home there is cleaning and laundry waiting.
Now I REALLY feel tired!
Did fine on food today, no cardio today but busy at the store running around there all day, so some exercise was attained!
I wanted to share a pic with everyone today. This was taken at the Cinco De Mayo party over the weekend. This is some, but not all, of my lifelong friends that I talk about all the time. (L-R) Lori, Tom, Gretchen, and myself.
I thought it was good picture, even of me!
Over and out, sportsfans.
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08 May 2012
Really big thunderstorms here late in the afternoon yesterday, got the yard mowed just in time for the deluge.
Didn't make it to the gym this morning, I had a horrible headache which in part was the weather, in part the stress over the last week. It's better tonight.
Chicken sausages for supper tonight, they are really good and a little better for you than ones with pork pieces and parts. We have a cruder term for it in the south which mentions the part of the pig's body under the tail along with the eyeballs... you get my drift. ;-)
Slow at the store today, but got a lot done. My a/c has gone out in my van, one part of my stressful week last week. No idea what it is yet, I'll need to take it to the mechanic as soon as I am able. It sucks to drive in the summertime in central Florida without a/c. Thank God I have a sunroof, I get good airflow when that's open.
Well that's about it from auntiejanland today. I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!
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07 May 2012
It's about time I got back to my routine, and that includes daily check-ins here. What a busy month that has passed, most of it good, some of it not so much.
Since I last posted a journal entry I was on vacation and I was happy to have actually lost one pound while having fun at Cayo Costa. That was a couple weeks ago and I need to get an updated weight recorded in the next day or so.
I have been under a huge amount of stress and last week was horrible, issues with a family member that has caused hardships and hard feelings due to his own selfishness, I am trying to deal with it as best I can. Thankfully I was able to spend some time doing some creative projects as well as spending some time with people that actually care about me. But enough about that.
Cayo Costa was wonderful, as always, and it was good to REALLY get away from civilization. Good times and good memories! We ate well and got plenty of exercise, hiking and biking, kayaking and swimming. The fishing was good most of the week and really great on a couple days! Lots of fun, surrounded by God's beauty.
We enjoyed some really beautiful sunsets!
As well as sunrises...
A few of the seaside treasures I collected.
Biggest Loser Nomad continues and we are getting down to the last 1/3... it officially ends in July. I am going to hut the gym hard from here on out, my visits have been sporadic and even though I have gotten exercise in other ways, a session at the gym is very stress-relieving. Plus, 'tis the season for cookouts and barbecues, I went to a Cuban style Cinco De Mayo party on Saturday that was complete with a whole roasted pig and of course Mojitos. Did pretty good the rest of the week so I could indulge a bit.
Well I have a yard that needs to be mowed so I'd better get on to it. I will get caught up with everyone this week, hope it's getting warm where you are because it certainly is here in muggy buggy Florida!
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