Monthly Archives: May 2020
We are having another gorgeous day with lots of sunshine and low humidity – a wonderful combination! Since we have gone from dark, gray, cold, rainy weather day after day to bright, sunshiny, soon-to-be-hot weather here, today will have two projects:
PROJECT ONE: Changing from winter closet to summer closet.
My closet doesn’t look this bad, but it will take a lot of moving to get cold weather clothes out and hot weather clothes in. I will try, over the next few days, to try on each thing, making decisions about what to do with the things that don’t fit. Some of the things –
- I like, and MAY fit with more lardage loss (I will put these in with the cold weather clothes)
- will be folded up and included in the next donation to the Disabled Vets in Fort Smith Thrift Shop
- will be thrown away.
The remainder will be organized as well as possible, in the hope I can put my hands on things quickly and easily.
PROJECT TWO – cleaning out the garden.
The day is perfect for work outside. My lettuce and spinach are starting to bolt, so it’s time to harvest what I can and compost the rest. I can at least pull the plants, but it may take a day or two longer to put the garden to rights. I plan to check the co-op in town next week to see if they have anything I would like to plant.
I hope that you are enjoying a beautiful last day of May, too.
Elephants are so clever they can peel their own bananas, corn and lots of other food.
An elephant can pick up a coin with his trunk – he can also pick up a tree trunk.
The Asian elephant has one finger on the end of the trunk the African has two
An elephant lives on average to the age of 70 – the same as humans
Elephants are very emotional – they cry when they are upset and squeak and trumpet when they are happy
Elephants are so clever they even play jokes on humans
In the wild, a mother elephant has help with the babies from other elephants – who are known as Aunties. A new mother will choose her aunties and together they will raise the baby.
They love to swim, bathe and play in rivers
A young male elephant stays with the herd until he is about 15 years old. He then leaves and lives alone like most bull elephants
Elephants only eat plants, grass and fruit – they don’t eat meat.
They love squirting themselves and people with water using their trunk like a shower
Elephants are scared of dogs
Thanks to my friend, Marsha Koenig, for the forward.
It’s amazing all the different types of art people do with stones.
The talent and creativity of people is mind-boggling. I just love finding wonderful examples to share with you!
I can’t say enough about this photo. I get lost in his eyes.
Mother Nature is smiling as us – giving us a perfect day today! The sun is shining and it is 72 degrees F. right now. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!
I will go out soon and see what’s what in my garden. My friends at Lunch Bunch, plus the 2 waitresses at The Pizza Barn, were pleased with the lettuce I gave them yesterday. We may already be at the end of the early spring garden, though. The lettuce and spinach are starting to bolt, signaling the end. (Lettuce and other greens are cool weather crops. When the warm temperatures come, lettuce moves from leaf production to flower and seed production. Very often the flavor of lettuce changes and it becomes bitter.) I’m going to salvage what I can and pull out the rest of the plants.
I’m still dancing around, 3 inches off the ground, because I sold a vase on my SassyGlassByLinda shop on Etsy. (I sold the daisies one in the middle.)
My customer should get her vase Monday. I’m enjoying nice mental pictures of her unwrapping it. It’s the highest compliment there is when someone likes what you do enough to want it for their own, or buy it to give it to someone who means a lot to them. :0)
It was GOOD to see our friends at Lunch Bunch yesterday. We have been having lunch every Friday for over 17 years now – only interrupted by the Pandemic. The Pizza Barn put out some picnic tables with benches and umbrellas in their parking lot so that they can offer not only carry-out, but also the ability for people to eat outside until the restrictions are fully lifted and we can eat inside again. It is priceless to be able to actually share a meal in person with people you care about, catch up on what has been happening, eat and laugh together once again. (Next time I’ll try to get pics so I can share them with you.)
I am hoping that the space launch will happen today. I have watched, glued to my seat, each time we attempt a launch. I still remember watching the grainy, incredible pictures of our astronauts actually walking around on the moon. (That happened in 1969 – the year my husband and I married.) I’m hoping the weather in Florida will be cooperative today, giving us the chance to send our astronauts to the space station ourselves, rather then having to rely on others.
I hope that you have a beautiful Saturday, too.
I lived in a houseboat for a while, and started seeing the girl next door.
Eventually we drifted apart.
My boyfriend tried to make me have sex on the hood of his Honda Civic.
I refused. If I’m going to have sex, it is going to be on my own Accord.
A man tried to sell me a coffin today.
I told him, that’s the last thing I need.
The neighborhood barber just got arrested for selling drugs.
We had been his customers for 8 years. We had no idea he was a barber.
100 years ago everyone had a horse and only the rich had cars.
Nowadays everyone has a car and only the rich have horses. Oh how the stables have turned.
Did you hear about McDonald’s trying to get into the high end steakhouse market?
It was a Big McSteak.
And this story takes more than 2 lines:
My boyfriend was dying. I was by his bedside when he said something
with a weak voice, “There’s something I must confess.”
“Shhh” I said “There’s nothing to confess. Everything is alright.”
“No, I must die in peace” he said, “I had sex with your sister, your best friend and your co-worker.”
“I know” I whispered, “That’s why I poisoned you… Now close your eyes.”
* thanks to the forward from my friend, Marsha Koenig
I almost didn’t recognize it when I walked Molly first thing this morning. It was roundish, yellowish, and shiny, lighting up the whole sky! I didn’t need my umbrella for the first time in what seems like forever, and didn’t sink into the grass as we walked around the yard. I’m more than delighted that it looks like we’ll have a gorgeous day today.
As part of our celebration, we’ll meet our friends for Lunch Bunch! We are now eating at a picnic table in the parking lot of The Pizza Barn. They are offering curbside service and outside eating until the restrictions on restaurants are totally lifted here in Arkansas. (It’s a small place and not designed for social distancing.) I am planning to take lettuce from our garden to our friends, plus our two wonderful waitresses.
I’ll be glad to take the lettuce because it looks like my early spring garden is ending. My lettuce and spinach are starting to bolt. :0( I’ll probably harvest the rest of what there is left this week, with the exception of the sweet red onions. I’ll look locally to see if anyone has veggie plants.
I can’t tell you how much it lifts my spirits to see the sun shining!!!!!
23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says , ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’
25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root – canal?
His goal: transcend dental medication.
26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.
No pun in ten did.
We have the privilege of having 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 gold fish in our family.
We are, of course, hoping all of our animal friends will last forever.
Molly is 15, though, and is almost totally deaf, has cataracts, and mysterious wart-like things and cysts here and there. She has many days where she totally enjoys life, however.
An example – today I let her out of the front door. I followed her because I wanted to water the elephant ear plants on the front porch, plus cut off one leaf that needed to be removed. As I walked with the cut leaf across the yard, Molly jumped and danced, wanting to play. What a joy it was to see her bright eyes, laughing face, and sweet little body leaping back and forth and barking at me, thinking the cut-off-leaf was a toy!
We are rich in animals. I can’t imagine my life without at least ONE.
I’ll probably end up being an old lady whose house is FULL to OVERFLOWING with adopted pets…
Actually, I’m feeling encouraged that I am back on track since yesterday. I am planning what I will eat using MyFitnessPal.com, trying to get as close as possible to my macro percentages again today.
We came through another tornado warning last night with no damage that I have seen so far. I’m am truly thankful. This is one of the days that we are thankful we live on top of a hill because flash flooding is forecast. I will be glad when this mini-monsoon season we’ve been having is over.
To celebrate that, I’m planning to get on my elliptical trainer in the garage after lunch and do at LEAST 15 minutes. I’m hoping that I will be able to do my ‘regular’ 35 minutes; but since I’ve been a slug lately, I don’t want to push it too hard. I also plan to do at least 30 minutes of my “Gentle Yoga” stretches before the afternoon is over.
I am again planning to bake a loaf of keto bread, plus a Twice-Baked Cauliflower Casserole” by Suzanne Ryan. My husband isn’t fond of cauliflower, but I’ll just serve him quietly and see what he says. We will have a hamburger patty and a salad, so he should have plenty to enjoy even if he isn’t fond of the casserole. We’ll see.
It feels good to have a plan and feel in better control. Fingers crossed.
16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
17. A backward poet writes inverse.
18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts.
In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
19 . When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine
21. A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’
22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall.
One turns to the other and says , ‘Dam!’
These days I am truly thankful we live on top of a ridge line. The rain just keeps coming.
Last night while we were watching TV, the wind came, and really whipped tree branches around, to the point I got worried. This lasted for about 45 minutes, and then things got still. THEN I started to listen for a tornado. Thankfully, nothing happened.
It rained overnight. It’s raining now, it will rain every day for the next week, if the forecasters are right. The air feels like we are sitting in pea soup. We have our doors open now, but we may have to close up and turn on the air conditioner this afternoon for awhile, as we did yesterday until the wind started. I can’t get out to see how our plants are doing. The only thing we are doing is getting the mail and taking our dogs out. Makes us thankful, too, for a warm, dry house.
“Never run in the rain with your socks on.” ~ Billie Joe Armstrong
“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.” Vladimir Nabokov
“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
“I’m just waiting for people to start asking me to make the rain disappear.” ~ David Copperfield
More Wonderful Puns from the forward Marsha sent to me –
8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
9. A hole has been found in the nudist – camp wall.
The police are looking into it.
10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other:
‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
The Pandemic is my latest excuse for not sticking to my diet and exercise program. (I have a whole sackful of excuses – and add more at a ferocious rate.) My husband is another excuse – he doesn’t have as much weight to lose. We grocery shop together, and all kinds of things I shouldn’t eat show up at home when we put the groceries away. I have decided to stop using this as an excuse, though. I’m hoping the man will live for MANY more years, so I will just have to be stronger on avoiding his ‘extras.’
Yesterday I got disgusted with myself – FINALLY. I re-read the first part of Simply Keto by Suzanne Ryan. I am feeling re-motivated to get back on track and start losing the lard again. I am now, (starting again yesterday) tracking my food intake on MyFitneesPal.com. Suzanne tells you how to tweak the settings there so that you can follow your macro and even tweak it from time to time as needed. (Your ‘macro’ is the comparative percentages of fat, carbohydrates, and protein you should consume each day in order to try to lose the girth.) I have also decided to spend more time on KetoKarma.com, Suzanne’s website, to try to STAY motivated.
Before I fell off the wagon, I had lost 40 lbs and 43 inches. I have gained 9 pounds BACK since the Pandemic started. :0( Since it is beyond stupid to try to stay safe from the virus while simultaneously stuffing food I shouldn’t be eating into my mouth, I’m promising myself to treat myself better.
Because of my good friend and hair dresser Michael Remillard, I learned that maltitol is to be avoided. Yesterday, when I was re-reading Suzanne’s intro, I noticed that she mentioned it, too, but apparently I simply read over the top of it. It’s in a lot of sugar-free and no-sugar-added products. It can spike blood sugar and is to be avoided.
Also, because of Michael, I have discovered an ice cream I can eat when I must! The brand name is Rebel, and the flavor I think is wonderful is Mint Chip. I’m also on the lookout for Triple Chocolate. The PINT has 4 net carbs! The pint lasted me for 4 servings. Hooraaaaaay!
One of the things that Suzanne said that really resonated with me was that when you make a mistake at one meal, instead of just blowing off the rest of the day and eating whatever you want because the day is ‘blown,’ you should redouble your efforts by eating correctly the rest of the day, giving yourself a break and sticking to the plan. You don’t have to be perfect – you just need to be consistent.
Yesterday I made her “Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Bake.”
She encourages you to throw extra low carb veggies in wherever you can, so I throw fresh spinach into her already delicious recipe. (I tried broccoli previously, but my husband didn’t care for it.) He doesn’t mind the spinach at all. :0) 6 servings. We each enjoyed a wedge of this with a big salad.
I’ve gotten pretty good at avoiding carbs. (My personal macro has me staying at 14 carbs or under daily. ) My biggest problem is adding fat. I am studying her meal plans at the end of the book this time to get a better handle on what I can choose to better reach the 70% fat in a healthy manner. I have been tending to eat too much protein, and that can throw you off, so planning my eating with MyFitnessPal will help there. I can enter what I’m planning to eat, see how that meets my requirements, and adjust BEFORE I eat a wrong thing. I am learning to pay more attention – using the tools that will help me, reading labels more carefully, etc.
Snacks and desserts are danger areas for me. I have avoided these area in Suzanne’s book, but found something I want to try after the next trip to the grocery store – “Chocolate-Covered Macadamia Nut Fat Bombs.” I love casseroles, so I’m also going to get set up to try her “Twice-Baked Cauliflower Casserole.”
Another lady I find who has good keto recipes is Kyndra of Peace, Love and Low Carb. She sends recipes to my email inbox.
Sorry if I’m talking your arm off, but as you can see, I am newly motivated. I am hopeful that by NEXT Monday, I can report that I have lost some weight, changed a measurement, or I can report on the new recipes I’ve tried.
Meanwhile, I’ll bake a loaf of my keto bread today.
Today, as we honor those who died defending our country, I wanted to share an forward I received from my good friend, Marsha Koenig. The name of it is, “You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop,” and I hope we keep this circulating.
JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when
DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US
military out of France as soon as possible.
“Does that include those who are buried here?”
did not respond.
You could have heard a pin drop.
When in England ,
at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
’empire building’ by George Bush.
He answered by saying,
“Over the years, the United States has sent many of
its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
in return is enough to bury those that did not
You could have heard a pin drop.
There was a conference in France
where a number of international engineers
were taking part, including French and American. During a break,
one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, “Have you
heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
intend to do, bomb them?”
A Boeing engineer
stood up and replied quietly: “Our carriers have three
hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;
how many does France have?”
You could have heard a pin drop.
A U.S. Navy Admiral
was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that
we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
Without hesitating the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the
Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t
have to speak German.”
You could have heard a pin drop.
THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE…
an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
in his carry on
“You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”
The American said,
“The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”
“Impossible.. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !”
The American senior
gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen
to show a passport to.”
You could have heard a pin drop.