Thursday, September 21, 2017

Off the Meds

 Yeah, so I was on anti anxiety meds for a couple of months.  I didn't like the way they make me feel, so I stopped them.  Don't imagine my doc would approve, we will chat about it when I go back one of these days.

Figuring out retirement was and is part of my anxiety, so I avoid it by keeping busy with our non-profit and yard work.  Maybe I can focus on re-doing a couple of rooms in the house.

We had dinner at my daughter's tonight, it was nice to see her and the kiddos.    That's it for now.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday Notes and A Bit of Monday

Monday was unremarkable.  The hubs was off and we were both going  to go to the gym,but after checking my planner, I discovered I had a haircut appt that was not going to allow me to go to the gym.  Which was okay with me.  

I did stop by Aldi's to pick up a few things. The shelves are still somewhat bare and produce was almost zilch.  Hopefully, it will get more back to normal next week.    We spent about $50 on the items we did pick up. 

We took several extra large dog crates and 10 cat traps to a friends house for storage.  That was about a 45 minute ride.   Then we stopped at Gators and had dinner.  I had a salad and hubs had a sub.  I was seriously craving a salad and Aldi's had no lettuce at all. 

We are half way through Tuesday. This morning, I made 2 dozen hard boiled eggs for lunches and snacks.  Ran three loads of laundry, and liquid edged our property.  After that, I fed our "barn cats" the professor and Maryanne, fed my foster cats, and made appointments for my dogs to get groomed tomorrow. 
Two of my foster cats 

We have a  couple of huge piles of limbs from the Hurricane, and I attempted to start a bon fire with one of them.  The fire lasted about an hour.   We will try again tonight. I smell like smoke now.  
Lunch was 3 boiled eggs with Dukes Mayo and some bacon.  I am trying to go back to a Keto way of eating.  When I keep it keto, I definitely feel better and my clothes fit better. 

Still trying to figure out what is for dinner, its between pork chops or grilled chicken breasts.  Probably pork chops.  The rest of the day will be working on LEASH stuff, returning phone calls, etc.    Time to get busy!   Hope you have a great day!


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Catching Up From The Week

Catching up from the week.  Friday, I went to the animal shelter to meet with the director.  We had a lunch meeting, planning for upcoming events and re-hashing how Hurricanne Irma impacted the shelter, the shelter staff and our volunteers. Afterwards, I selected two spayed cats to take to PetSupermarket for our adoption center.  We facilitate adoptions for shelter cats at several stores in the local area.  Luckily, both cats found a home by Saturday.

Petunia found her home

Beatrice found her home too!


After dropping off the cats at PetSupermarket, I met my husband for dinner at a local Italian restaurant.  We had our favorite, Pizza and Beer. After dinner, it was still early enough for me to get the lawn mowed.  I find yard work very relaxing. 

Saturday was another day spent at the animal shelter.  Typically, Saturdays are extremely busy at the shelter.  We have volunteers that enjoy walking the dogs, and some who will do the laundry, (me), others will assist with adoption counseling, and then the cat people will help out in the cat room. 

Before I left for the shelter, I put together a crock pot of sloppy joes for dinner.  This recipe was excellent.  We had the sloppy joes on toasted buns, with tater tots.   

Sunday, more time at the animal shelter. Surprise, more time at the shelter.  I primarily helped in the cat room today.  The traffic at the shelter was exceptionally high.  The day before, a family brought in 21 Chihuahuas that they said wandered into their yard.  Um..... yeah right.  Regardless, the dogs were all adopted today.  They do have to wait to go home so they can have surgery and rabies shots.   

We ate out again tonight.  Take out pizza.  We were both whipped, and took the easy way out.  

The rest of the evening was spent on more LEASH stuff.  Making tags for the kennels, planning an adoption even in October for the shelter.  Not too much else to share. Have a good evening!



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Crock Pot Chili and Other Stuff

I was feeling very domestic yesterday.  Yesterday morning, I pulled out the crock pot and threw in the ingredients for chili. It cooked and simmered most of the day.  The meal was completed with rice and cornbread.    
most of the ingredients for chili
Can't forget the spices.




My daughter and her family joined us for dinner, and the grandkiddos spent the night.  It was nice to get back to normal since the last few days have been all about Hurricane Irma.   

The kids are out of school the rest of the week, as some of the schools in the county are still in need of repair post hurricane.  I may just take them to the park today before it gets too hot.  Right now, we are hanging out watching Sponge Bob.

Yesterday, I was also investigating a no interest credit card to transfer a large balance to.  We or I have a credit card with a balance that is quite large.  How does that happen?  Well, post surgery depression maybe?  It is only very recently that I could even look at the balance. 

The problem with a balance transfer is the danger and possibility of charging again. The hubs is a bit free with the credit card, and likes to shop and spend.  I guess he feels a sense of entitlement, live for today, you can't take it with you attitude.  Some days, I may be like that too. It's a problem, to be sure. One, we will never agree on.

Today's agenda:  
Plan dinner, probably grilled chicken. 
Continue to investigate balance transfer of credit card
Take the kids to park or indoor jump house
Clean and organize non profit storage area in garage. 
Burn limbs after kiddos go home.

M-Turk accepted me.  I will try to figure out how that works and keep you posted.  Here is the definition of Mechanical Turk via WikiPedia

The name Mechanical Turk comes from "The Turk", a chess-playing automaton of the 18th century, which was made by Wolfgang von Kempelen. It toured Europe, beating both Napoleon Bonaparte and Benjamin Franklin. It was later revealed that this "machine" was not an automaton at all, but was in fact a human chess master hidden in the cabinet beneath the board and controlling the movements of a humanoid dummy. Likewise, the Mechanical Turk web service allows humans to help the machines of today perform tasks for which they are not suited.

Time to get busy!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hurricane Irma's Arrival Video



Tuesday: Cleaning up after Irma

We spent today cutting up fallen branches and limbs left behind by Hurricane Irma.  I don't think I realized how much there was to cut and move, until we actually had to move the cut branches to the curb. The pile of limbs is extensive.  The county has contracted with companies to pass through  neighborhoods and pick up the yard waste/ limbs. Next, we will have to get out there and pick up all the tiny pieces that the mower won't be able to handle.


Below is a video of the very beginning of Hurricane Irma.  Yep. This is why we had to pick up and tote branches to the road today.

The animal shelter has been closed to the public since Hurricane Irma was here.  Our volunteers are allowed to go tomorrow and get the dogs out of the kennel and let them get some much needed exercise and fresh air.  We are fortunate to have volunteers available to walk the dogs during week as most of our volunteers are working.  The shelter has about 80 dogs, so it will be a long day.


One of our fantastic volunteers!

On the plus side,   I did manage to cook dinner two days in a row.  Yep, that is kinda a big deal around here.  I have been struggling with not always eating out.  It's a long story and probably easier to say it is more of a mental thing. Anyway, small victories are a good thing.

Monday: Grilled cheese and soup
Tuesday:  French Toast and bacon
Wednesday:  I am hopeful

Yes,I do know that eating in saves bunches of money.  Its been a work in progress.


some of what you can win snagged from Sluggy's blog

Sluggy is having another great giveaway!  Click here and head over and enter. I am in it for the chocolate....and maybe the nail polish.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Good Riddance Hurricane Irma


~We are near Clermont~


The eye of Hurricane Irma passed over our home from 12:30 AM to 4:00 AM.  It came with winds that reached 90 miles an hour but those were intermittent. The winds were LOUD and unrelenting.

We managed to get to sleep about 4:30AM until about 7:00, when the sun came out.  Then we could get outside and assess the damage left behind.  Luckily, we were very, very fortunate. We did not lose power, and we have branches down on the ground but our house did not incur any damage.  The sun is out this afternoon, and the wind is still blowing.

Our county is on a curfew until 6:00PM today.  We pretty much have enough to do here at home before we venture out.  Did I mention we are so blessed to still have power?  The news is reporting that 7 million homes are without power in Florida.

This list is from way back.  I have added a current weekly list to help keep me organized.
It sometimes surprises me what I forget to actually do and even more surprising what I do remember to do.

Weekly List
1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation. Shopped around, and we are okay.  
2. Menu for week, keto meals. Uh... maybe after the hurricane. 
3. Sign us up at the gym.DONE
4. Refill Pain Meds.  Nope, don't need them anymore
5. Back hedges.     HALF ARE DONE
6. Investigate rewards CC's. Uh.... nope
7.  Get steps in on a daily basis.   Done
8.  Check out flights for Wisconsin family reunion in August.  Did not go. Too expensive

Weekly List
1.  Plan a decent menu for the week.  Maybe Keto, but at least healthier. 
2.  Work on webpage for non-profit.
3.  Push volunteer apps to the volunteer coordinator.
4.  Get steps in, at least 8,000 to 10,000 a day.
5.  Start looking at credit card bill.  Yeah, its been a problem.
6.  Look for dining room light.  
7.  Throw away 10 unnecessary items this week.
8.  Work on removing the other half of the hedges. 
9.  Take dogs to groomer.


Dinner for tonight will be left over spaghetti casserole.  Easy to reheat. I hoping that things get back to normal for everyone here tomorrow.  Curfew is still on until 6 PM tonight.  Other counties along the coast have had their curfews extended until 7AM tomorrow.

 Have you ever experienced a hurricane?   Did you have a generator as backup for power loss?



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hello Hurricane Irma



We are located in Central Florida and we await the arrival or passing by of Hurricane Irma.  We should feel the effects of increased wind and rain later on this evening and through the night.  Prepping has been done, so now we wait and listen for tornado warnings.

Fun times, indeed.    Beyond that, life has been exceptionally busy.  I resigned from my school position as a aide in a Autism Spectrum Disorder class and I am retired but working for free for LEASH, a non-profit that two friends and I started three years ago.   The activities and fundraising for our organization are on going.  It is only because of the hurricane that I am stuck here at home and not at the shelter.  Well, that and I am short on gas and was not able to find any the last couple of days.

Retirement planning, I don't claim to be ready for retirement at all.  Winging it is what I usually do, probably not the best thing to do when it comes to retirement.  Still a lot to figure out. Obviously.   Luckily, we have a retirement fund in place and two paid off properties.  That does help.

One day at a time, that is how we take it.  Today, it is about Irma. We hope she keeps moving west, away from Central Florida.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Checking in With A Loss



I am happy to report that my 9 day journey with the Ketogenic way of eating has enabled me to lose 14.2 lbs. Diligence and perseverance have allowed me to learn this new way of eating.  My calorie intake has greatly decreased but by adapting the keto way of eating, I have not been hungry. There is still a long way to go in this journey to reduce my weight, but I am still taking it one day at a time.  Each day, I get out and walk at least two miles in the morning. This is more for keeping my knees more flexible, but the cardio is a plus.  If you are on My Fitness Pal, feel free to friend request me.

How is the weekly list going?

1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation. Nothing done yet. 
2. Menu for week, keto meals. I still am winging it.  I need to do better. 
3. Sign us up at the gym.
4. Dentist on Wednesday.  Get meds from surgeon.
5. Back hedges.  Need a truck bed to stand on.  They are REALLY tall.  Still nothing. 
6. Investigate rewards CC's. I need to pay off my other CC first.  But it is fun to look. 
7.  Get steps in on a daily basis.
8.  Check out flights for Wisconsin family reunion in August.     Flights are darn expensive!

So, the list is not exactly going as planned.  But, that's okay.  The list keeps me aware of what I need to do.  Of course, there are other things I need to get done that are not on the list, so those things keep me busy too.

The whole financial planner thing is kinda on the back burner.  The gentleman that does our taxes has offered to look at my statements from the inherited account.  My primary reason for possibly changing financial planners is the cost.  The statements are a bit confusing to me, but I see what they are charging the account as fees and it concerns me.  Anyway, after tax season, I will meet with our tax guy and hopefully we can figure things out.

The weekend is going to be a bit busy.  My oldest is graciously volunteering his time and talents at the county animal shelter.  He  and three other guys are going to put up sail shades in the dog play yards.  Summers are freaking hot and these sail shades will give the volunteers and the dogs a break.



The guys will be putting in 6 x 6 posts in three other play yards so the shades can be attached.  The play yards are huge and the sail shades are approximately 16 x 20, that shade will be greatly appreciated when the  temps are in the high 90's!

My grandson  is playing in his final soccer games this season, which is also on Saturday.  I will be at the shelter in the early morning, meeting the guys and getting them started.  My goal, is to make the 11:00 game.  I think it will work.  The shelter is about 45 minutes from our house, so I will spend a good part of the morning on the road.  No biggie, we are so excited to get these sail shades up before the heat!

We are still working on finishing up our kitchen remodel which has included the laundry room and the dining room.  The three areas are connected, and since the kitchen turned out so pretty we had to address the not so nice laundry room and dining room.  It takes time as my husband is a bit of a perfectionist. But it is what makes him happy, so if he is happy doing the remodeling in his own way, I am happy too.

Time to call it a night.  Hope you all have a great day tomorrow.









Friday, April 14, 2017

Pain Management

Post knee replacement


It's odd that my new knees are still somewhat painful, but in a different way than before the surgery.  Sleeping is difficult. For me, when lying in one position for an extended period of time my knee joints start to stiffen up, so any movement is quite painful and will wake me up as I try to get in a more comfortable position.

Pain medication that was prescribed  during and after surgery is not something I really need, until the middle of the night when I am trying to get comfortable.  What was effective in the recent past, was NyQuil.  So, to avoid the unnecessary medications associated with that, I will be trying Zyquil this weekend.

Obesity and arthritis led to the double knee replacement.  My weight is still too much, and of course I need to do something about that.  I hate to set too many long range goals, as they tend to lead to failure.  So for now, I will be happy with a "one day at a time" mindset when it comes to weight loss.  Today, and the last three days, I have been eating Ketogenically.  Wicked Stuff has a definition of eating keto here.  My daily goal is to keep my carbs under 20 grams.   As of today, that has been attainable.  I track my carbs on MyFitnessPal which has been very helpful.

I have used MyFitnessPal in the past. It's funny, looking back to 2009 when I first logged in and thought I was fat, I was 30 pounds lighter THEN.  Well, If I was setting along term goal, that would be one of the first.  To get back to the weight when I FIRST thought I was fat.

Weekly List Update:
Weekly List 
1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation. 
2.  Weekly shopping at Aldi's
3.  Weekly menu planning. Who am I kidding, I wing it daily. 
4.  Swap vehicles with my daughter.  I am transporting trapped feral cats to get fixed and then delivering them      back to their care givers.  
5 . Back hedges, still need to start them. 
6. Continue to organize paperwork related to finances. 
7. Reschedule dental appt. 
8,  Call for refills of meds.  
9.  Call and reset charge card password
10. Investigate rewards CC's

Eh,  Still somethings to get to on the list.  I do like posting them as it motivates and reminds  me to get things done.  

Next week: 
1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation.
2. Menu for week, keto meals. 
3. Sign us up at the gym.
4. Dentist on Wednesday.  Get meds from surgeon.
5. Back hedges.  Need a truck bed to stand on.  They are REALLY tall.  
6. Investigate rewards CC's.
7.  Get steps in on a daily basis.
8.  Check out flights for Wisconsin family reunion in August.  

Lunch yesterday was stir fry cabbage and shrimp. The cabbage slaw had 9grams carbs, shrimp 21g of protein.  Very filling and my carb intake yesterday was 16.4 One day at a time.  


stir fry cabbage and shrimp




Today's lunch will be egg drop soup.  I have never made it but, will be using this recipe.  Looks easy and by using chicken broth, zero carbs.  Will let you know! 

Hope your weekend is awesome.  Happy early Easter. 






Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Trapped a Few Cats Last Night



This morning, I am transporting 5 feral cats that our organization trapped and am taking them to the low cost spay and neuter clinic.  The colony caregiver set out the traps yesterday and successfully trapped five of her six cats that she feeds. She has one more male that we still have to trap, but 5 out of 6 is pretty good.

The clinic has a package deal with us.  They will sterilize, vaccinate, ear-tip and microchip the cats for $50 each.  Currently, our County Commissioners have funded a rebate account that will allow county residents to receive a $50 refund for each cat.  It's a great deal for the cats and the colony caregivers.

I will continue to actively  help with TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) until I go back to work, or find another job. While I have been home recuperating from the knee surgeries, I have been following up on phone calls asking for TNR help.  There are sooooo many feral cats out there and it is now kitten season.  Seriously, the calls lately have been from individuals that their feral cat just had five kittens....multiply that time about 5 calls a day.  That is a lot of cats.

Weekly List 
1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation. 
2.  Weekly shopping at Aldi's
3.  Weekly menu planning. Who am I kidding, I wing it daily. 
4.  Swap vehicles with my daughter.  I am transporting trapped feral cats to get fixed and then delivering them      back to their care givers.  
5 . Back hedges, still need to start them. 
6. Continue to organize paperwork related to finances. (started this)
7. Reschedule dental appt. 
8,  Call for refills of meds.  
9.  Call and reset charge card password
10. Investigate rewards CC's
Still working on my weekly list. Today will be a lot of driving transporting cats to and from the clinic and back to their home.  We are meeting with the PetSmart manager and the new manager of the shelter to talk about the shelter becoming adoption partners with PetSmart.  Currently, we are adoption partners with PetSmart and it has its benefits for our organization.  With those benefits, comes a lot of work and coordinating successful adoption events. 

Hoping to get to Aldi's today to pick up a few things.  Tonight, we are having breakfast for dinner.  Eggs, grits and bacon.  One of our favorites. 

How is your day looking?  Do you have a list that keeps you organized? 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday and a Weekly List

My daily list from last Monday, took a whole week to almost complete.  



Eight things to get done today:
1.  Drop stuff off at Goodwill
2.  Stop by Aldi's and pick up produce
3.  Take a power nap
4.  Throw mothballs in attic to chase out the squirrels. ( goodness,I need to get this done) 
5.  Downloadf and print SS statement for us. 
6.  Call for appt to get taxes done. 
7.  Plan menu for the week
8.  Call Financial Planner and set up appt. 

I still have to set up appt with Financial Planner, but I need to prepare and get my stuff together before I do that.   In fact, we have been thinking about moving our account to where it was previously.  There is still a few phone calls to make and another planner to interview.  

The family went to the fair this weekend and I had my first fried Oreo.  It was pretty darn good!  Here is the Instagram of my first bite.


Remarkably, we only ate out one time last week.  (Not counting the food at the fair) Since we have finished the renovations on the kitchen, I am completely happy to stay home and cook.  With that, I am trying to use what I have on hand.  I tend to be a bit of a food collector/hoarder so it was time to use up what I have already in the pantry. 

Today was a day of cleaning and organizing the living room.  We moved furniture, vacuumed, washed the tile floor and rearrange the furniture.  One rocker and one floor light was pushed out to the road.  Lets hope that it will be picked up by someone who will use it before morning.  

Weekly List 
1.  Follow through with financial planner investigation. 
2.  Weekly shopping at Aldi's
3.  Weekly menu planning. Who am I kidding, I wing it daily. 
4.  Swap vehicles with my daughter.  I am transporting trapped feral cats to get fixed and then delivering them      back to their care givers.  
5 . Back hedges, still need to start them. 
6. Continue to organize paperwork related to finances. 
7. Reschedule dental appt. 
8,  Call for refills of meds.  
9.  Call and reset charge card password
10. Investigate rewards CC's

The Ambien is kicking in, so that's it for tonight.   Happy Monday, at least what is left of it!.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Whittling down the List

Lordy, time just flies.  Tuesday is almost over thankfully.  I had last my physical therapy session today, which resulted in a two hour nap afterwards.  The morning was filled with a memorial service for a friend's mom.  The service was wonderful  and it was an honor to be able to go and support my friend.

Monday's List is slowly getting whittled down.

Eight things to get done today:
1.  Drop stuff off at Goodwill
2.  Stop by Aldi's and pick up produce
3.  Take a power nap
4.  Throw mothballs in attic to chase out the squirrels. ( goodness,I need to get this done) 
5.  Download and print SS statement for us. 
6.  Call for appt to get taxes done. 
7.  Plan menu for the week
8.  Call Financial Planner and set up appt. 

Appointment tomorrow morning at the accountant.  When I called to set up my appointment for taxes....he just cackled.  Nothing like last minute, Lisa!   I will stop at Donut King and pick up some donuts for him and his mom.  

Fitbit.....oh the fitbit.  I took it off Monday evening to give the grand-kids a bath, its not waterproof and I didn't want to screw it up..  And... I did not put it back on.  Back on track with that tomorrow. 

Math is not my thing,  I rely on my financial planner to make sure and to explain to me in SIMPLE terms that I can understand and that will reassure me.  And then I wonder, do I really need a financial planner..... IDK.
Of course, they will tell me I do need a financial planner.  We will see where it all ends up. 

Happy Tuesday!