What’s blooming and last of the blues

Friday!  Only a little work to do today.  I headed out to the gym for some lifting this morning.  It was a good workout:

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Barbell squats 3 sets of 10 at 55# Lower body
Wide grip lat pulldown 3 sets of 10 at 50# Back
Single-leg deadlift 3 sets of 10 (each leg) with 20# DBs (40# total) Legs
Reverse Crunch 3 sets of 15 Abs
Push ups 3 sets of 10 Chest
Seated Calf Raise 3 sets with 10 at 110# Calves
Reverse fly on bench 3 sets of 10 with 12# DBs (24# total) Shoulders
Triceps pulldown 3 sets of 10 at 30# Triceps
Hammer Curls 3 sets of 10 with 12# DBs (24# total) Biceps

I thought about running after the workout, but changed my mind.  I really don’t like to run right after (or even before) my lifting.  I just do it when I need to get it done.  Today, didn’t need to get it done early.

Cooler morning, and had pumpkin to use up, so I made some pumpkin custard cream of wheat:

Topped with toasted pecans and crystallized ginger.  Yummers!

My mom and I went blueberry picking today, and the bushes were pretty bare.  The season is ending early this year (started early), so I’ll have to go back to store bought soon until the price goes back up.  Sigh….

Came back to snarf a quick lunch.

Then had to run out and get my hair trimmed Came back and did some work for job #2.  Dang I feel busy sometimes.

After work I had a snack:

Here is what is blooming this week.  I am also going to include a video at the end of this post, which I will say is pretty long and the sound is not great because of the traffic on our road.  The camera picks that up like crazy.  This video is just a little tour of the garden as a whole so that you can see it and I talk a little bit about some of the plants and our plans for different areas (if you can hear it).

Globe thistle:


Another color:

The sedum have their buds – looks like broccoli!

Flowering tobacco are going again.

Cool snapdragon color:

Who says purple and orange don’t go together?

I had an urge to make cupcakes, so I did a half batch of devil’s food.  This made 6 small cupcakes – which is good because I don’t have a ton sitting around (and John likes all things chocolate, so he will eat them).  I tried a real buttercream frosting too.

Went to cook chicken for dinner and it was still rock hard frozen, so we walked up the street for a slice of pizza.  I got the white pizza with sedum broccoli:

Pretty good.  Very friendly staff here, and you get 2 slices plus one drink for $4.50.  We each have a slice because they are really big and I bring my own water.  What can I say, I am a cheap date!

After dinner was one of said cupcakes.

Yum.  The buttercream is not very sweet.  It was the cooked kind with the egg whites, sugar and butter beaten in.  I added some cold coffee, too.  I am used to a powdered sugar version.  Nice small size, though.

Then I decided on an evening run, which I am just about to go out and do at dusk.  It is a gorgeous night!

Here is the garden video:

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8 thoughts on “What’s blooming and last of the blues

  1. debby

    Yes, it really was fun to hear your voice, Lori! And I couldn’t help compare your busy road with my little dirt road that sees literally 4 cars go in and out past my house in any one day!

    And the cupcake??? That is too funny, because yesterday when you said you wanted to open up a bagel and cupcake shop I was going to say that if you started showing cupcakes on your blog as often as you do bagels I wouldn’t be able to read it anymore LOL. Fortunately I am immune to bagels.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Food Fabulous and Flops =-.

  2. Amy

    Thanks for the tour! Your voice sounded like I imagined you from your writing. With a garden like that, you can sure be proud – it’s really pretty!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Done! =-.

  3. Ishmael

    Cupcakes, flowers and a walking garden tour — awesome! Only thing that could have made it better would be a Pixie sighting somewhere in the video. She could be a great garden gnome, I think!
    .-= Ishmael´s last blog ..Obesegens =-.

  4. Fran

    Great video of your garden. You have a beautiful voice!

    Great workout. I really, really have to get back to the gym for some strength training 🙂 Next week: I promise!

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