Beautiful sunset from our deck. Funny how earlier it was 'darker' then the clouds opened up and it got much brighter.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
I’ve been quiet this week because I came back from another visit to MO with the worst case of ‘baby crud’ ever. From Thursday afternoon even to today, I have been hacking and gagging. (I’ll spare you the gory details…) The worst of it is the constant coughing that is making me sore like I’ve been doing crunches all day and breaks up my sleep at night.
I’m sure you’ve seen the “Vicks VapoRub on the feet cures coughing in 15 minutes” all over Pinterest. I took note of it mainly because I LOVE the smell of Vicks. (As a child I had a little jar of it on my nightstand that I would sniff just because I liked it.)
Well, the time has come to put the folk lore to the test…
Himself rubbed in the Vicks and I put on some thick socks.
And I started timing. (Actually started at 6:15 but took a couple minutes to get myself ‘comfy’ for the wait). I noticed my feet started to feel very warm.
Fifteen minutes later…
…still coughing. Feet are feeling tingly too.
After waiting another 15 minutes, I get up and go amuse myself on the computer for an hour. After a total of an hour and a half of waiting, I give up. It did NOT work for me. And I really, really wanted it to.
However, once I pulled off the socks and wiped off the excess Vicks, I had fantastically soft and good smelling feet!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Last month I saw a Pinterest pin of pastel stuffed eggs. They were so pretty that I decided to try them for our Easter meal.
I started out as though I were making normal stuffed eggs. I did wash off the egg white halves so there was no yolk clinging to them.
Then I put some water in a large coffee cup and added blue food coloring until it reached the color I wanted – a nice dark blue because I wasn’t sure how it would take on the egg whites.
Ten halves fit in the cup. I let them soak for about 5 minutes as I did other things. I took them all out at once, then gently dried them with a paper towel wrapped around my finger.
From there I stuffed them as normal.
Blue stuffed eggs!
Wouldn’t it be fun to do red, white, and blue ones for the Fourth of July?
Friday, April 12, 2013
And the count is 91 as of today.
In this last one hundred days, I’m finally ready to get serious about getting back in shape. I’ve fooled around long enough. I’ve been loving my cooking, decluttering, and creating a bit too much… and my elliptical and portion control not enough.
So you can guess what my current endeavor is…I’m building up time on that elliptical, doing crunches and push-ups, and stretches and tai chi. I’m watching my portion sizes, eliminating certain foods from my diet and bring other foods in. I’m taking vitamins and supplements. And I’m drinking 10 glasses of water a day (slosh, slosh!).
Am I loving it? No. Will I love the results? Yes.
And that’s good enough.
Another issue I’m taking control of is the amount of time I spend on the computer. Too many games, too much mindless Pinterest, too much surfing. Now I allow myself about 45 minutes in the morning as I wake up, a quick email check at lunch, and… if I’ve gotten everything done I need to during the day… an hour in the evening. But if I didn’t get everything done, I only check email. Wednesday is my “day off” both house work and exercise. That is when I write most of my blogs, do that playing on Pinterest, and so on.
It’s amazing how much more time I have and how much I get done. I’m actually reading again! And keeping up with my magazines. And writing letters… real ones that go thru the mail.
Good stuff. I like what’s happening.