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October wrap up

Happy November!  October was kind of a crazy month, but then you always start a month and never know what will happen.

We are back into some relatively warmer weather around here, so we are still able to get the bikes out for riding!

I have the fleece tights to wear under my bike knickers and they keep my legs nice and warm:

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There will be temps in the 60s this week – can you believe that?  So, November riding will be happening. Yippee!!

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We had a fairly quiet Halloween. We had maybe 15 or 20 kids tops. Mostly young ones, too. You would think we would have a lot as we are only a couple blocks from a school, but you just never know. We had more than last year, though.

Progress on the utility sink area is moving along.  John has done so much work with the framing and the drywall while I have been busy with other stuff.  This is where the tub used to be inside the small bathroom, which is now on the outside 😀

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Now it’s my turn doing the taping and mudding, then painting the walls. We can start installing the flooring while the mud dries (it will take several days to do all the coats). The sink is here, so I am hoping by next weekend this part of the project will be done.  Then to start on the bathroom portion, although there is no hurry on that.

Sunday I went to the Larac art show. They moved the venue to downtown, so I could walk there, which was nice. I bought some Christmas gifts and then some pictures for myself. I was chatting with the photographer about cameras and such and I bought the 2 smaller bird pictures below.  His pictures are amazing.

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After I paid, he asked me if there were any other pictures I liked and I pointed out the squirrel one.  Well – he gave me the picture! I didn’t want to take it, but he insisted.  That was so nice. Maybe he was flirting with me? I don’t know.

Anyway, I had made some goals for October. I was a bit middling with getting them done.

  1. No scale. No problem there, although I gained 2 pounds in the month of October. I don’t know what that means as we had company for the first week of October and with eating out, I could have easily gained more and lost some of that. Again, I don’t have a reason for not weighing.
  2. Pink pictures.  Done. I did pink links on most of my pictures this month. Thank you all for clicking through to fund mammograms.
  3. Work on the headboard.  Close to finishing, but still stuck where I was with needing to do the glaze.  I ended up having a lot to do this month with starting the soap biz and working on the bathroom.  IMG_1293b
  4. Strength training.  Complete fail on this one. Not sure why, but I just didn’t get to it. I did a lot of excercising, though with walking (new treadmill), biking and renovations.

So, a couple unfinished goals there.  I will get that headboard finished this month, though LOL!

October Goals

I haven’t set goals in a couple months because it has been so busy, but I decided I need to focus on some things this month.

  1. No scale. I normally weigh myself once a week, but I am going to take a break this month from weighing. No real reason why, but I will pay close attention to what I’m eating.
  2. Pink pictures.  Each time I blog I will photograph something pink and then put a link to click for help fund free mammograms for women. I have done this for the past few years.
  3. Work on the headboard.  I need to focus on a single project or I will get scattered, so that is the one I am choosing.
  4. Strength training.  Now that a lot of digging and lifting and functional fitness is done outside, I need to get back to that inside.  Not to mention less biking. So, time to transition back to that.

Welcome October!

July Wrap Up

Okay, I know it isn’t techinically the last day of July, but Fridays are What’s Blooming 😀 , so you get the wrap up today.

Halfway done with summer now – or more than halfway, I guess.  We had the hottest weather of the summer so far this week. Phew! I certainly don’t want to complain about the heat given the wretched winter we had, but this girl cannot take the humidity.  This is why I could never seriously think about living in the South – as much as I love New Orleans. Snow birding, maybe, but not year round.

Anyway, here are the results for July.

1.  Making some needed doctor appointments.  I am so lame. I didn’t do any of these. My PCP left the practice, so I need to find a whole new one. Probably in the same system, but in an office closer to our new place.

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2. Read more.  I read a couple books. 

The Emperor’s Edge by  Lindsay Buroker

My Amazon link. The Kindle version is free, so give it a whirl!  This is sort of in the steam punk genre and the first book in a series of a former female law enforcer and a male assassin that team up to save the emperor.  I found it to be an interesting book, although it had some problems with the narrative at times skipping over stuff.  I might look at reading some of the others as well.

Four: The Transfer by Veronica Roth


I read the Divergent series and other than the dippy teen romance angst, they were fun books to read and a good dystopian story. I actually thought this was a book told from Four’s point of view, and it was, but it was only a portion of his story. Apparently there is a collection of short novellas detailing his back story. I was surprised when I got to the end of this after only a short read and I knew there was a lot more to go LOL! That happens on the Kindle because you can’t really see how long a book is.

Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice.

Okay, I hated this book. Hated it. I am not even linking to it since it was so bad. In fact, I couldn’t finish it. Now, I love the earlier series of the Chronicles, so I was pretty excited to read this. They were fun and pretty well written for this type of story. Now it seems that when Anne Rice came back to this series after a hiatus she lost all the voices. The cast becomes a parody of itself from earlier novels and then too many new characters with no point. Certainly not anywhere close to her earlier writing. I had even figured out the ending within the first few chapters. I had to peek at the end before I quit on the book to make sure I was correct in my guess (I was). Thank goodness this was just on loan from the library.

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3. Scope out a volunteer position.  I have been looking at some possibilities here. The Red Cross is always a good one and since I don’t donate anymore because of my scarred veins, I was thinking about volunteering for the blood drives.  I also have been looking at Habitat for Humanity, but I don’t know quite what involvement that requires for my local chapter. The one in Albany is very busy, but that is too far for me to go to on a regular basis. So, I am still looking.

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4. Try some new vegetable dishes.  I don’t know as I would call them dishes, but I certainly have been eating more veggies other than broccoli!  Go me!  Like the squash:

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And I have been eating more salads because it is hot.  I consider any veggie eating other than broccoli to be a victory for me.

All in all, a decent month. Room for improvement, as always.

Bike mileage update:  As of this morning, 1359 miles.

Tomorrow the blooming post 😀

July Goals

July begins.  There is just so much stuff to do around here event wise.  June is busy, but then everything starts getting crammed into July and August, probably because graduation was last week and now kids are out of school.  If the rain stops tonight, we hope to get to a Zydeco concert at the lake tonight.

Anyway, these are the things I want to work on this month:

1.  Making some needed doctor appointments.  Time to catch up on all the appointments that I have been putting off, particularly the dentist.

2. Read more.  I have a pile of books on my Kindle, and a couple hardcover, that I need to read. I tend to play a game on my Kindle to put me to sleep, but I really need to quit that and read more.

3. Scope out a volunteer position.  Now that things are more settled around here, I need to find a place to volunteer. That was one of my 2015 yearly goals. 

4. Try some new vegetable dishes.  I am almost embarrassed posting food pictures with so much broccoli. I do use my spiralizer for zucchini and potatoes and need to use it more, among other recipes.

Okay, that sounds good enough.  My standing goal for eating for weight loss is still in place since March, so no need to list that.

June Wrap Up!

The last day of June!  I can’t believe 2015 is halfway over already. I actually heard the first katydids buzzing the other day, which seems kind of early. Especially since the weather has felt more like late spring than mid summer.

My goals for June were pretty simple. The best goal, which wasn’t really a goal, but it happened, was finally closing on the old house.  It has felt so great to have everything all done! Now being in Radiance Manor feels permanent. In fact, I finally roasted coffee for the first time since we moved in last fall, too  Now it feels like home 😀

We got the new shed put up and that has been great.  Also not a goal, but it needed to be done.

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I also plodded along with this year’s weight loss.

Anyway, here were the actual goals I set out to do:

1. Trying new recipes. I made 2 new recipes this month. That was less than I had hoped to do, but at least it was something different.  I did the lemon ricotta pancakes and a vegetarian casserole.  Sometimes I forget that one recipe will be several days’ worth of meals, too, since there are just usually just 2 of us eating.

2. Finish my trunk. Not quite finished. It’s almost done.  The outside just needs the handles reattached.

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The inside still has a musty smell to it, even though the paper liner is gone and it is down to bare wood. The trunk is in the garage right now in the hopes to let it sit in the sun for a good UV ray bath, but with all the rainy weather lately I haven’t been able to do that. I can’t line the trunk until I get it smelling fresher.

3. Get away weekend. Finally! We went to Vermont for an overnight trip my birthday weekend and it was so good to get away. My first overnight trip in a year, can you believe it?  I need to take a staycation or something this summer as well. I have been working too hard.

4. Ride 47 miles for my 47th birthday. Yep, did that. It was a lot of riding. I am going to have to think about converting to kilometers instead of miles, though. 😀

Not perfectly completed goals, but progress. June just felt like a good month overall.  I think most of that is due to the closing on the house, but whatever – I’ll take it!

Closing done and June goals.

Monday was the closing on the old house.  Do you know that we put in an offer on Radiance Manor the day after Thanksgiving in 2013? Then there was the whole closing fiasco with that and then the long winter where nobody was looking at our house. In our area, the real estate season seems really short and we got the offer right when the market heated up again.  We only had 4 showings on our house believe it or not.  Anyway it has been a year and a half for this whole process to finish. 540 days, give or take. 540 days.

What a relief.  Those of you that have held 2 properties at the same time know what I am talking about. Double everything. Double mortgage, double utlities, double taxes, double property maintenance. Then there is the worry of owning a vacant house and hoping nothing happens to it while it is empty.  It just gives you a level of stress that is constant and, frankly, quite wearing.

I think it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

We went to dinner to celebrate this whole shebang being done.  We decided to go to Bistro Leroux, which is where we like to do special dinners.  They do the half portions, which not only is easier on the wallet, but the waistline! And it allows us to try an appetizer as well.  We started with a goat cheese en croute that had a dried cherry and vanilla sauce drizzled with honey.

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I don’t like cherries, so John ate those 😀  This is very tasty.

John’s entree was the Eggplant parmesan risotto, which had a little parmesan crisp on it with a tomato herb cream sauce.

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My entree was the Buttered Lobster Risotto with a corn salsa, potato crisps and topped with a fried lotus root chip.

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The lotus root tasted pretty much like a root vegetable potato chip. Really good.

Anyway, it has been a few months since I did goals – and part of that was because it just felt like we were spinning our wheels in a lot of ways. A lot of the major landscape heavy work is done, which took up the majority of project time. Now that has slowed up some, I can concentrate on a few more goals for June other than just trying to not go crazy from waiting.

1. Trying new recipescipes.  I have been pinning some new recipes and darn it – I am going to make them!

2. Finish my trunk. I need to get this one done and up for sale since I have a couple others waiting in the wings. Need to just carve out some time and get the last bits done on it.  I might move it out to the back patio to work on since I don’t like being indoors when the weather is nice.

3. Get away weekend. I have not even had a weekend trip in an entire year – not even an overnight anywhere.  That changes this month.

4. Ride 47 miles for my 47th birthday.  I’ll be doing that hopefully on Friday 😀

Welcome June!

February Wrap Up

I had to double check  the title and make sure I spelled February right.  That is one of those words that just looks funny, you know?

I can’t believe March is almost here, even though we still are in the deep freeze with more snow coming Sunday night. 3-5 inches is the thought now, but maybe it will just not happen, right?

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Anyhoo, I won’t be posting on the last day of the month, so here is the wrap up for February on my goals:

1. Host the Healthy Heart Weekend. Done! Thanks to all who participated!

2. Start painting the master bedroom. Actually, not just started, but the room is mostly done! It’s amazing how fast a room gets done when there is no wallpaper to remove. John painted the doors and I did the walls.

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One thing about this house, it certainly isn’t lacking color now.  I guess it goes against the whole house color scheme idea, but screw that. I want color.

3. Finish one of the trunks and try to sell it.  I finished the trunk and I think it came out quite nice.

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There have been a few people interested in it, but no one has bought it yet. I might be taking it to an antique store and have it sold on consignment. 

4. Start a bowflex routine. Total fail on this one. I kind of forgot about this goal. Oops.

Before all the snow comes, it looks like it will warm up to maybe 30. We might go venture to the winter carnival this weekend at Lake George and see the snow sculptures.

Have a great weekend!

February Goals

Better late than never, right? I had goals in mind, but then never posted them.  Good thing I am not a paid blogger with an editorial calender…  😳 

 

1. Host the Healthy Heart Weekend.  Okay, that was announced here and is next weekend!

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You don’t actually have to officially sign up for it, FYI. You can just do it and send me the picture after you do your thang.

2.  Start painting the master bedroom.  This is the only room in the whole house that doesn’t need wallpaper removal and now that a color has been decided, time to repair the walls and get painting.  It’s gonna be purple. Plum Frost to be exact. It’s really a huge room, too.

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3. Finish one of the trunks and try to sell it.  Making good progress here. I should have it done in a week or so and then I will see if I can sell it. I will start with my group of vintage people and then work outward from there.

4. Start a bowflex routine. My gym membership expires next week and I will need to get into the habit of strength training at home.

That’s a fair amount for a short month I think. 

December Goals

The last month of 2014. It’s been a crazy year, that is for sure. I never made any goals for November, although the one I had in my head was to get the living room painted, which was just done on Friday.  Whew.  We have hung up a couple big pictures, but the smaller ones have to wait until the paint cures for 10 days before using the Command strips on them.  We also have thought about the arrangement of the living room.  What do nerds do when you want to do that?

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A scale model of the living room. It almost is like Colorforms for adults – anyone remember those? I remember having to lick the pieces after a while when they stopped sticking…

Anyway, the piano is really the elephant in the room so to speak. I decided on a new home for my chaise, though. In the corner where it says ‘settee’ in the above picture.

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I need  taller lamp, though, I think. And please excuse my cords. My life is made up of cords. For the computer, my headset, my foot pedal, etc. It’s like I am Doc Oc or something.

Anyway, I do have a few goals in mind for December:

1. 60 minutes a day for exercise as many days as I can.  Since this is the season of eating, I need to also make it the season of exercise in order to balance all that out.

2. Enjoy the season. In the rush, rush and all that – I need to make sure I take time to relax and enjoy the festivities and the fun of Christmas in our new house. John and I aren’t religious, but we do get caught up in the holiday spirit this time of year.

3. Finish the downstairs bathroom. There are 2 places of wallpaper left on the first floor – the foyer and the half bath.  My goal for December is to finish the half bath. It’s a small room, so hopefully that won’t take long to get the wallpaper off and paint, and I really hope to get it done before we host the Christmas Eve dinner. Best get started on that soon, then…

4. Post some vegetarian recipes. With John eating all veggie now, we are trying new recipes, so I hope to share some of them.

I have been working on decorating the mantle in the living room.  10 years ago or so in our first house, we had a fireplace and for the life of me I cannot recall how we decorated it, if we even did other than hang stockings. CRS, I guess. Anyway, I wanted to decorate our new mantle, but it has to be done on the cheap. Hello Pinterest and the Dollar Tree!  I went to Dollar Tree and got 3 candlestick holders, 3 glass candle jars and 3 things of ornaments. $9 total.

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Then (after cleaning with glass cleaner), I superglued the candlestick holder to the bottom of the glass jar:

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 This is a nice craft to do while watching Monday Night Football.  About 5 minutes later waiting for the glue to set up and I have nice hurricaine glasses!

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Filled with ornaments and they are very pretty!

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The nice thing about these is that you can use them all year with candles in them or sea shells or fresh flowers. Whatever!  Pretty good deal for under $10.

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I am still working on the rest of the mantle. Note that I did not paint the brick on the fireplace. After we got the gray paint on the walls (which doesn’t show real well in this picture), it toned down the pink color in the brick and actually highlights the mortar. John likes the brick and since I can tolerate it now with the wall color, I am not going to paint it…yet.

Here’s to a good December.

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I also wanted to take a moment and ask you to go over and give some support to Biz at My Bizzy Kitchen. She has just lost her husband and I know that she can use all of the cyber support she can get right now.

October wrap up!

Happy Halloween!  This was the last pumpkin to carve. It was getting mushy on the top and I waited until last night to do it.

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This pattern was kind of hard to do. It’s funny that they look like a jumble when carving them and then when the light is in then you see it.

Sometimes it seems like  a month will go by fast, but for some reason October seemed really long. We both commented on that today.

Anyway, I did make a few goals for October and this is the result:

1. Move.  Done and never again. Ever.  Still have a lot of boxes to unpack and rooms to finish, but the worst is over.  Now if only the old house would sell.

2. Get back to the gymI just got back this week, nothing like cutting it close 😀 , although I still need to get some kind of schedule going with it. It felt good to be lifting again and I wasn’t even sore the next day, which I think is because of all the physical work that we did on this house using all my muscles.

3. Get my eating back into some semblance of normal.  This is a work in progress. We are definitely cooking more, but I still have been snacking too much.

4. Finish the dining room. Done!  Other than hanging pictures.

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Next up is the living room LOL!  I promise on Sunday I will do the before and after of the kitchen, too.

 

Have a great weekend and safe Halloween!