What’s blooming and paper weights

Long weekend ahead! Yes!  Need to tread a  little carefully as there will be some eating out this weekend and celebrating.  (Saturday is actual birthday).

Zee protein hit:

Then biked to the gym:

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Stiff-leg Deadlift 3 sets of 10 with 65# bar Lower body
Chin ups 2 sets of 2, 2 sets of 1 Upper body
Stationary lunges 3 sets of 10 (each leg) BW Lower body
Plank 3 sets of 1-minute holds as superset Abs
Push ups 3 sets of 10 as superset with plank Chest
Cable low row 3 sets of 10 at 50# Back
Face pull 3 sets of 15 at 30# Shoulders
Triceps Pulldown 3 sets of 15 with 30# Triceps

That was enough for the day. My legs were a wee bit tired from yesterday. I realize how my stamina is still down. Good news is that I could do the stationary lunge with no pain! My leg felt tight, but it didn’t hurt. Yay! That means I can do more split leg moves again.  It’s probably going to take me a couple months to build my left leg back up again.

Biked home and made up some cream of wheat custard style and topped with 16 g of cashew butter and 12 g of chocolate fluff.

I made the cooked version of the fluff and it is even more like the jar stuff.  I just added a tblsp of cocoa powder to the liquid ingredients while cooking. Num.

I puttered around in the garden today. I could spend all day doing this stuff and be perfectly happy.  Here’s what’s blooming right now en le jardin de Lori:

Deutschland Astilbe (one that I got a few weeks ago, small but blooming!)

The knockout rosebush with its plethora of blooms.  This bush is amazing.

Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana)

My folks wanted to take me out for lunch today as an early birthday meal since we are going to be out tomorrow.  We went to Samantha’s.  I love this place!

I had a turkey sandwich with cheddar and granny smith apple slices on it.  Hold the mayo.  On burlap wheat bread that they make there.  Not sure why it is called burlap, but it’s tasty.

After lunch, I went back to my parent’s house and helped set up their new little garden.  They had a tree cut down and put in a little garden in its spot.  I brought along some cone flower and black-eyed susans to fill in.  Baby garden in progress:

You can almost see the plants we put in there LOL!  I’ll take a picture later this summer to compare (okay Mom, pressure’s on 😈  )

Came home for a latte and a protein cookie to read with the weekly free paper:

And of course, somebody didn’t want to be left out of the action. As soon as I opened up the paper, I received a paperweight:

I know all of your cats do this, too 😀  Probably dogs as well.

Dinner time was something pretty tasty.  The last piece of sausage with laughing cow and a couple egg whites.  I haven’t had real sausage in forever and it was sooo good!

Rye bread on the side.  I was going to make a sandwich with this, but the bread didn’t rise very well for some reason.

Baking cupcakes tonight to pass around for the birthday tomorrow.  We are using what we call ‘grandpa’s cake’ for my birthday.  It’s kind of a special praline-type frosting that we would have for my grandfather’s birthday (which was on Christmas Day).  I love it, so why not for me?

I can’t believe I have another 3 days off.  I really should use more vacation days this way.  Tomorrow we are biking to birthday breakfast (I am making John get up early, most likely heehee) and then hopefully spending the day at Yaddo Gardens to see what’s blooming there if the weather cooperates.

Have a great night!

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19 thoughts on “What’s blooming and paper weights

  1. debby

    Happy Birthday, Lori! It’s 9:12pm here, so that means its actually your birthday New York time! What a great way to celebrate–with some extra days off and just a relaxing time planned. And that bday cupcake idea is great. Can I have one? I LOVE all things praline and caramel!!
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Salad Season has Officially Arrived! =-.

  2. Fran

    Boy have I miscalculated the day: I swear I thought you had your birthday yesterday. Looked my planner this morning and saw it was today!

    So …………….

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR LORI!

  3. Jody - Fit at 52

    Lori, so happy about your leg & the lunges & split moves! How exciting.. a nice bday present! Love your garden pics too since I have NO green thumb. I send them to a friend of mine that loves flowers!

    OK, of course I love the food & the mention of the cookies & bread! 🙂 BUT, LOVE THAT PIXIE PIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Today is Saturday so HAPPY BDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You look marvelous!
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Saturday Funnies =-.

  4. Susan

    I just clued into that paperweight joke. Archie insists on sitting on my laptop!! I think he gets jealous that I pay more attention to my computer than him 😛

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Enjoy your day off, bike ride, cupcakes and all the other goodies that follow 😉
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Homemade Scones and an Awkward Flashback =-.

  5. Tish

    OMG, I’m off to the nursery to find red nicotina. I think my mom had nicotina, but it was white, and not nearly so striking!
    .-= Tish´s last blog ..Temptation =-.

  6. Joanne

    I wonder if you could replace the corn syrup in the fluff recipe with honey? or 100% maple syrup? Even Agave? Ever tried it? I’ve never made my own fluff. In fact, I haven’t had Fluff since I went on a mid night binge in college. That’s when you’re starving and anything within sight gets eaten. Ahhh…the good old days 😉
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..In the long run =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      I think honey would work in fluff as it is similar to corn syrup. Gonna need to experiment this summer.
      It’s funny, I used to think fluff was full of junk, but the ingredients are pretty much egg whites, sugar and corn syrup. Who knew? LOL

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