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03 May 2016

Hi FS Warriors! Well, I never seem to have all of the ingredients for everybody's favorite smoothie recipes, so I adapted, improvised and overcame.

1 Banana
2 Cups chopped kale
½ cup non-fat milk
1 tablespoon flax seed
1 teaspoon honey
1 scoop (39g - came in the container) vanilla flavored whey protein
Approx. 1 cup of ice cubes

It still makes a pretty thick shake. I filled up two large glasses, and put cling-wrap over one and put it back in the refrigerator. Surprisingly, it tastes pretty good. The kale makes it look pretty, but it tastes more like a banana milk shake. So, I guess the bottom line is that it makes two servings, and is probably fairly good for you. I didn't have any trouble drinking it. I may cut back on the whey protein and add some frozen blueberries next time. It's a start anyway. Pretty filling too.

Went to Walmart and Hy-Vee grocery store today mostly for the animals. It costs more to feed them than it does to feed us. Bought some more rose bushes at Walmart. I still have to plant some veggies in the garden. Then plant the roses and the wysteria. The tomato plants all have blossoms on them and are doing well. Will have to figure out some neat juice drink to do with them in a couple months. I love V8 juice, so if I can make something pretty tasty without all the salt, that will be a bonus. Toodles!

29 April 2016

Good Morning, FS Warriors! It's a dreary and cool day here in Central Illinois. I am hoping that the sun comes out and it does not rain again. I've got most of my mowing done, but I still have some work to do outside at the church.

I made my first breakfast smoothie from scratch this morning - a Strawberry-Oatmeal smoothie. It wasn't bad. I don't know if it is any healthier than what I normally eat, but it was probably more. The recipe was for two servings, but of course I drank it all. Here is the recipe if anyone is interested:

1 cup of soy milk
1/2 cup of rolled oats
14 frozen strawberries
1 banana broken into chunks
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar

I didn't have soy milk; I had non-fat milk. Why 14 frozen strawberries, and not 13 or 15, I have no idea. I had pretty small ones that the neighbor grew. If I put 14 strawberries in it, like the ones that DW picks up at the grocery store, they probably wouldn't fit in the blender. I didn't have any bananas, so I didn't use any. Found a container of Old Fashioned Oats in the pantry; I guess they are the same as rolled oats. DW had a bottle of vanilla flavoring in the cabinet; I guess it's the same as vanilla extract. In any case, it tasted pretty good, filled me up and I am ready to meet whatever the day brings.

BTW, I got this recipe from; one of my friends had posted it on Facebook. Tomorrow I go to a Nazarene convention all day, so I need to get cracking and get some work done. Here's hoping everyone has a great day. Toodles!

21 April 2016

Good Evening, FS Warriors! Well, I hope everyone is winning their war against the Fat Monster. I've been pretty much on R&R, but I'll get back in the war as soon as the weather gets nice again. Yesterday I had about 8 hours of homework, one of the most demanding school days I've had. Today the rain only allowed me an hour or so which allowed me to get some mowing done. It was pretty dreary and cool, so I spent most of the day inside, studying some, and playing the guitar.

DW went shopping out of town with her girlfriend all day. She kept having reservations about going, leaving me alone, and not getting anything done around the house. I told her to get the heck out of here. She needed to get out and start getting back to doing something - anything. I never have trouble keeping myself occupied, or finding something to eat. In fact, as I remember, I usually find too much to eat. And that is the topic for another day. Hope everyone has a good night's rest and a wonderful day tomorrow. Toodles!

18 April 2016

Good Evening, FS Warriors! Another glorious day! After a brief stint over to the church to help with some financial matters, I rode into town on the old Shovelhead, and went to the bank and then over to get my monthly haircut. The bike has never run better; at least until I started running out of gas. Then I flipped the lever over to reserve, filled her up at the closest gas station, and commenced again to get the wind in my hair and the bugs in my teeth. The Weather Guessers are calling for rain tonight, and the next couple of days, so I got my riding in while the weather couldn't be any more perfect.

The diet is so so. I don't feel like I'm eating that much, but with DW still sick most of the time, I eat what I can when I can. Sometimes my meals aren't quite as nutritious as they would be if she was planning dinner. Most of the stuff in the freezers are set up for two-person meals, and I'm not breaking them up to fix them without her. So, mostly it's leftovers, Ramen noodles, peanut butter sandwiches, eggs, etc. I'm not going hungry; I just don't have time to prepare three course nutritional meals - just in case DW is still in bed. It is so unpredictable. Doctors don't have a clue; just think they can fix everything by throwing more drugs at her. She has an appointment with the Family Doctor tomorrow, and a follow-up visit with the BC surgeon Friday. She's been cancer free for I guess about two years now, but has not been in good health for any appreciable length of time ever since her treatments.

Tomorrow I have a meeting with the Grand Pubah (not his official title :D ) for the church district. I guess he wants to see if I'm worth investing any time in. Sometimes I wonder myself. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the easy part; it's dealing with people that is the challenge. :) We have a sign above the entrance to our church that says, "No Perfect People Allowed." However, there are some that really want to put that to the test.

Well, here's hoping everyone has a wonderful evening, and an even better day tomorrow. Toodles!

16 April 2016

Good Evening, FS Warriors! We had one beautiful day today. It could be like today every day for the rest of my life and I wouldn't complain. Spent the morning cutting and grinding off a trailer jack hub that I welded on in the wrong orientation. Yep, I didn't even think to look at which way the locking pin was facing, and I welded the thing so that the boat trailer jack would be sitting at almost a 45 degree angle instead of straight up and down When locked into place. I really had it welded on good, which made it really tough to take it back off. I put some primer paint on it, and I can't hardly wait to do it again - but this time in the right orientation.

That job took me up to lunchtime and I cooked up a bowl of Ramen noodles. Then I went out and planted tomato plants and put a short fence around the garden plot to keep the rabbits out. At least, I hope it keeps the rabbits out. I've still got to plant the Swiss chard, the green beans, radishes, cucumbers and kale. DW decided that I had not done enough for the day so she had me break out the lawn swings and some of the grandkids' bikes and other toys, which they weren't interested in anyway. I took an old tractor tire and put it out in the yard for her to plant flowers in, and that will be a story for another day. I was beat when I came in and took a shower

Diet was going great until supper time. DW fried up an 8 oz New York Strip steak, split a sweet potato with me, and made a big salad with all the fixings. I thought maybe I was still going to pull off a decent diet day, until the butter flavored biscuits came out of the oven. Game over! I can't resist hot butter flavored biscuits. She did not play fair. Three biscuits later and my gut was bulging beyond what it has in the last two months. I hate it when that happens. Oh well, tomorrow is another day. I am not going to beat myself up for having a really great meal, even though I did overdo it. No chocolate mousse, or cherry cheesecake, or anything like that; just too much of a good thing.

Got to practice again for tomorrow's worship service, read the last two chapters of next week's assignment and then I will be done for the evening. Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Toodles!

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