Holly- that place is Stars and Strikes not Stats and Strikes as I mistakenly wrote above. I love to just go to the beach and sit under an umbrella and watch everyone, read, crochet, etc.
Sue - we have a Chinese restaurant near us that we love and have gone to for 25 a family owned and ran the restaurant. The husband cooked; the wife managed and served; and the wife's sister and niece served tables.They worked Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 8p.m. And Sat. 4pm-10p.m and Sun. 11a.m.- 6p.mm. I maverick understood how they kept up that rough a schedule. I can see why you wouldn't want that kind of a schedule. The people we know who had the restaurant finally got to retire and sold the restaurant.
Walked 3 miles today with my new neighbor friend.
Finished my striped tank top. Really happy with it. Started an a new one today.
So, twice I lost the posts I typed--finally just gave up---have no idea why or what I may have hit to do that.
Holly we leave for beach on the 29th. I am a water nut so I love the beach for the water, waves, boogie boarding and the family time. Will really miss DGD16 this year and only get DGD13 for 4 days and may not get DGS16 at all---I have to text him today and see if he will come over tomorrow and pick up a loaf of banana bread and some Rice Krispie treats I am making now. I am prepping a care package for both girls to send on Monday---one loaf Bbread and the treats---thought I'd give DGS16 some--he no longer is coming over when we have dinner and now he told DD he is thinking of not going to the beach--teens who want endorcement of their not so good choices can be frustrating. He feels we are the reason his mom won't accept his drug use--no, not so--if so, he would have had his car taken long ago---he caused his own problem with her by refusing all attempts to help him--only wants to do it the illegal way. Wow how drastically he has changed so much for all so fast. He told his mom he is just like he was, a good student, everything is the same and she is being stupid. Well, then I found out he got 3 B's--his first B ever since first grade! And this is at the school she allowed him to change to and even he bragged to his buddy that it is way easier. So things did change--plus he got some truancy notices which never happened before. We have not talked with him about drug use since he is out of treatment center--we have tried just to be supportive and caring but I did go over that day and try to get him to go to his counseling--he would not budge and I could tell he was hating me for trying to talk him in to not giving it up. Very hard to deal with all this but we can only hope someday he will stop before it is too late .
On a better note, did both classes today--wow, both were hard today--kickboxing and reset which turned out to be emphasized slimmer, trimmer waist so was really a core work out in many ways---using a body roller---was pretty cool.
Yesterday at dance, for the first time since I started tracking on May 30, someone asked me if I was losing weight because I looked slimmer---OMG, I was so motivated by that---no one there knows I have been tracking so I felt it was sincere. Nice feeling for a change.
I picked quite a few tomatoes today---it was 116 yesterday and they literally cook on the vine if they stay on once light orange so they will ripen in my pantry. I ate one for lunch and it was so good---right off the vine--caprese way of course.
Cats still not doing well so today we called a kitty shrink in town--he is dealing with health problems so cannot come over but was very helpful and talked with both of us on the phone for nearly 45 minutes. He said we are trying to introduce them to each other too soon---(tried to tell DH this as did DD but he kept trying anyway, upping the stress levels for both). He suggested separate sanctuary rooms for at least two weeks---no contact---but he wants us going in and playing with each with toys and suggested getting each a cat tree so the room becomes a good place to hang out---so DH found two on sale---OMG, Sidney is loving his already! So tomorrow I will call a couple pet sitting suggestions and just have two separate cat places they will feed in--two boxes--two trees. Tanzi is supposed to get to come out in the great room daily but not Sidney because he is the aggressor---the great room needs to smell like Tanzi so that when we finally start encounters, he does not sense it is his territory and she is invading.
We are coming into monsoon season---clouding up, a bit of humidity--not like in the East but anything over about 10% is considered high here. Hoping it rains sooner than later but sometimes this can go on for a week before we finally get the rain.
Sue, I can see why you want to be cautious about what you get involved with---starting with too big a commitment now with SO being retired would probably be bad---plus way too intense.
Holly, what are you reading? I am supposed to be reading Bark Skins which is huge but have been so unable to focus that I have not even started.
Made 3 batches of Rice Krispie treats so have them cut and separated to dry out some before I wrap individually in wax paper for shipping.
DS in SLC just called---it is 104 there---way high for there-- and he is working on a deck that has a lot of steel---welding---OMG, he said it has been brutal. This week he has to cut back hours because on Friday he and his biking friend Tae are doing two days of biking---150 miles first day and 100 the next. They are crazy--Tae is a surgeon--has been working 16 hour days himself---they are such fanatic bikers---they used to climb and mountain bike with jumping and what not--both finally realize they simply cannot do that any more so now they challenge themselves with distance.
Hi! Did some usual chores today. Sunny, low humidity day, nice change from the rainy past week. I made an infused herb oil, blanch/shock parsley and lemon thyme, pureed with olive oil, strained through cheesecloth, put in freezer. I can defrost to put in squeeze bottle for service and refreeze. Adds additional flavor and sauce texture in dishes. And the bright green from blanching/shocking is pretty. Something I learned in my charcuterie class.
Jojo, do you watch tv while knitting? That's what my mom used to do.
Joan, you're doing great with all the exercise. I'm so sorry about DGS16, I keep thinking about my nephews and how I would feel in the same situation and it's not good. DGD13 doing ok here? Did she see fireworks?
Just relaxing with a couple cups of coffee. My parents got me a new desk for my birthday. I finally found one that I really like from World Market, so I need to clean out the other one. I got a secretary desk that has a top that you can close over it.
I can definitely tell the difference when I don't get regular cardio exercise. So, will probably do the bike later.
Someone from church is opening a shop for crafters this fall that will host various crafting events. I hope she will sell yarn. I'm really excited because there's not really a good meeting space for interest groups here.
Good morning! Holly, it sounds as tho you are home now. Desk you can close up is awesome! What day is your birthday?
We went out for breakfast to Metro Diner--new chain in town mostly in Florida---they allowed me to order off kids menu so had about half cup of grits and an egg and some fruit--- was yummy---love grits with an egg on top! After cruise BF's came over and we sat in back yard chatting and catching up---they are seldom here now--they leave Wed for Florida again for about ten days.
We are going to see a movie---yay---Baby Driver---DD in Sac said it is very good and thought we would like it.
DGS16 and I have been texting a bunch this morning---he is going to come over and load up on my baked treats to take home---am not going to talk serious crap---just going to be grandparent and let his mom parent---he told me he is working out at the gym regularly so I am glad to hear that. Good endorphins and good for him--
Sue, yes I do crochet while watching t.v. Also like to sit outside and do it. Watching Sherlock Holmes today.
Joan- my heart breaks for you about your grandson. I can imagine how you will miss him at family functions and gatherings. Glad you are getting to see him.
My 21yr oldDGS has pretty much disappeared from my life since last Fall. I began to feel like every time I talked to him it was because I called him; so I decided to stop. He lives in Colo. near his mom. He has not called me since. His dad, my son, wanted to go see him and take his brother, DGS10, this summer; however he has left messages for him but has not gotten any response. It is too late to make plans for going there now. Don't know what is going on with him! I'm thinking about calling his mom and seeing if she knows . He was very close to us as a child but seems to have forgotten us now!
Amy- is your hubby home?
Holly- a desk is a really nice BD 🎁 present ! Your parents are generous!
3 mi. walked with my friend today. Feels good to have done that early. May go to a movie today,
Crazy but I have been watching interesting programs on T.V. today. One on coffee and the other on eggs. FYI network. Very interesting, believe it or not.There is a man who carves all types of egg shells and does amazing work. Didn't know ostrich eggs were so thick - takes a drill to drain them. The ususal ostrich egg is 1000 calories(trivia). Now watching something on bread. This is a very interesting network. Never have watched it before.
Washing laundry and ironing today too. Always feel good when all of that is done.
Weather has been great here, 80's and low humidity, very unusual. Enjoying it!
Holly, the new crafter's shop sounds great for you. Are you back at work today?
Joan, weren't you supposed to go on another cruise? Hope the visit from DGS16 went well.
Jojo, so sad for your DS that your DGS21 is not responding. I hope it is a phase and he'll come around soon. Great that you have found a new walking partner!
I have been in contact with my previous sous chefs, need some references, etc. Hoping to meet one of them next week to chat.
Yesterday we went to a gallery opening a block away. Ran into a couple, the guy used to work in our DC office. His wife is Syrian and is having trouble with getting permanent residency, they are planning on moving to Beirut where she'll head up Medieval Architecture dept at Beirut Univ. She's quite brilliant, I think.
It is so bizarre——another post lost this morning—I typed it before going to the Gym. And hit create and just checked now and it is not here—-so I am typing in Pages on my ipad from now on and will copy and paste so that should it happen again I will still have the post saved. This is crazy.
It is sad, JoAnne when these grandkids do this—-walk away from family—and your son must feel very sad. DD is really struggling—DGS was texting her last night—angry because she is going to sell the car he was driving as he refuses to comply with random drug tests in order to have the right to drive it. Last night in text he was saying his dad’s functional alcoholism may be bad for his health but it’s not a problem because he has not had any wrecks and he is a good provider. OMG, now he is defending his dad’s habit—I have a bad feeling that he may end up being a drinking partner with his dad. He had always hated his dad’s drinking and had told his dad so, told him he did not like being around him when he is drinking.
Then even tho earlier in the day he and I had been texting positively about my having made goodies for him to pick up (banana bread and Rice Krispie treats) he failed to come over and it was 8:34 and I got a text from him saying he was on the other side of town picking up something for his aunt who fell and broke both legs and is in the hospital (she is morbidly obese and has had one stomach lap band surgery before) and did not think he would make it over to pick up the goodies. I was on the phone with DD at the time and asked her to check on Find My Friends and see where he was (he has not shut that off yet) and sure enough he was at his dad’s—-which is less than a mile away from me. So he lied and even lied in such a way it made him look as tho he were doing something nice for his aunt. I take this as a sign of how far gone this situation is. Really disappointing and disturbing.
Tanzi is just getting sicker and sicker so we are headed to vet at 3:20 with her again—-I am sure they will want to keep her which saddens me so as she hates it there so much. She slept by me last night but basically hid out all day in a box—did not eat. Last night finally gave her 1/4 Valium and she finally ate a bit—-got her to lick my fingers to get her interested. It is so sad—she is so beautiful and so affectionate and she is just spiraling down—there is something so wrong.
I did 3 hours of class today—-wow body sculpt was the hardest one yet—-sweat was dripping off all of us—-it was really good tho.
Sue, how sad that a brilliant woman like that cannot gain residence—we have so much to lose in talent as a nation.
Holly and JoAnne, I admire your ability to crochet and knit—-I have had so much stress cannot even focus on reading and tv—-it sucks. I guess Annette is not coming back on here or maybe she is on that vacation now.
Valerie is moving to Maine end of the week. Girls have been doing really well on swim team.
Hi. Yes. We're in New Hampshire. I've been busy every day. Thank you so much for the welcome. We get home Thursday. Today is the first day I tracked. I've been off the rails all week but enjoying every bite. oh who am I kidding. I have a lot to lose. I'm 5'2" and after my vacation I'm at least 185 on a doctor's scale. I can't even look at myself in the mirror anymore and forget pictures. So I'm finger over to a lot to lose and keeping it real.
You can do it Annette—just think how good you will feel—-I cannot believe how just dropping the few I have taken off in the past few weeks has made me feel. Today I made cookies to send to my vegetarian DGD13 in Philly at dance for the summer—-I ate a little bit of cookie dough but decided no cookies and will count the dough as two cookies—-tracking it and probably done for the night as a result. We ordered Panera’s tonight—-ate 3/4 of an Asian Sesame Chicken Salad which is back again—-pulled aside a lot of the little wontons as there were a ton and I figure everything about this salad is fine for me but those—plus just a few is plenty for me—-today with the dough I will be up some calories but my morning workout was huge so figure all I did was eat my exercise calories I earned. Will send all the cookies other than a few DH is eating.
We had to leave Tanzi at the vet—-they have prescribed an anti aggression med for Sidney for a couple weeks and an anti anxiety med for Tanzi—-but as suspected she is dehydrated so had to stay for hydration shots and had no urine in her to test for UTI—so they will collect a sample by morning and test for that—-I have a feeling she does not have one—-just couldn’t pee but wasn;t in a lot of pain trying. The vet bills are huge this summer. I will miss her tonight—she has been my companion and snuggled right next to me last night for the first two hours or so.
Taking Jordan at 7:30 tomorrow morning so will have to get up very early as he is about a 25 min drive away—-dentist and then to community college campus to pay his extra credits.
Walked my 3 mi wiith my frieind. Picked up DGD11 after her art camp and brought her here. Started showing how to crochet. I have tried this before and it really didn't catch on witih her, but today she did much better and seems to be really interested. Her hand coordination needs lots of practice but I gave her a book with some little projects and she seemed to get interested in what she could learn to do. Hopefully she will practice and work on it. When my DDIL came to pick her up "the bottom dropped out" of the sky with a downpour and I thought for a while we were going to wash away. However it didn't last long - about 30 min. Still thundering.
Don't know what in the world I am going to fix for dinner tonight. Maybe WW eggplant Parmasan.