Archives For May 2013

A Nashville Weekend!

May 29, 2013

A long weekend at the Lake just wasn’t enough of a break from life, so we’re heading to Nashville!

Actually this trip was planned about two weeks after coming home from the Dominican Republic in January. If you forgot how awesome that trip was, or if you missed that blog post, you might wanna get caught up on our travel adventures, and read all about it, HERE!

As I recall, within just a few days time, we were in the process of filling out paperwork to collect insurance money for Mike’s wedding ring that was stolen while we were on vacation, and we were expecting Tess home from Dallas so we could purchase a car for her since she had been T-Boned and her car had been totaled, and I was debating rescheduling my surgery that was three days away, when my friend Laura called, then whispered into the phone……

“Would you be interested in going to Nashville the first weekend in June? Southwest has tickets for $49.”

I said…..

“Sounds fun. Are you at work? Why are you whispering?”

She whispered…….

“We’ll, I know you have a lot going on right now and you probably don’t need one more decision to make, but to get the deal, you need to book it by midnight.”

So I booked it.

So glad I did because we are super excited!

So, this whole time I had planned to be at 160 pounds when we leave Friday morning. I have still been to nervous to step on the scale this week. I hit my goal of 162 right on schedule, actually a bit ahead of schedule according to my chart, but just super anxious about this goal.

Yesterday I got in a good 80 minute walk, ate lots of fruit and veggies and chicken, and drank lots of water. More of the same planned for today and tomorrow! I had much more control over my food at the Lake than I will at a Hotel for four days, so now THAT’S heavy on my mind.

June, July and August are going to be hard core months. I should have put myself in more of a “Training mode” before now, but I think that’s what I need to do for the three months to come, and to reach my goal of 150 pounds by the end of August.

On Tuesday I will post my exercise goals for that three month period.

Boring post, I know, but that is all that is on my mind until we leave Friday morning.

Oh, except for boots. We’re going to Nashville, and I think boots are REQUIRED!! Bought these yesterday!

Oh, and this top.

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What are YOUR travel plans for the summer?

What are YOUR fitness goals for the summer?

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Memorial Day Weekend!!

May 28, 2013

First and most importantly…..

A big “Thank You” to all of the service men and women who have served, and are currently serving in the United States Military. Your Service is greatly appreciated!

Here is how Mike and I spent our weekend…….

Swimsuits, boating and a whole bunch of fun, sweet people!!!!

This is our gracious and awesome host, Doug, along with his sweet and crazy friend, Valerie…….and Mike and I!

When we arrived, we walked out to the dock to say “hi”. Doug greeted us with a big hug and a ……..

“Hey there Farmer and Farmerette!”

I like it. I also think he can never remember my name when he first sees me. Cracks me up!

Here is the back view of Doug’s house as we came back from a day on the water…….

There were a mere seven dogs hanging out with us this weekend. Doug has THREE Great Danes…….here are two of them at supper time!! I couldn’t fit all three in the camera shot!!! Can you IMAGINE three??????

I’d say this picture sums up the mood of the entire weekend! Relaxed and happy!

I met lots of new friends………

Her’s one of my new friends…….Jessica!

And again…..(she gets me)

A few of the gang at Backwater Jack’s, where a “Pain in the Ass” seems to be the beverage of choice! (I had one.)

Possibly…….Mikes favorite. (Mike, regretfully, had three.)

It was a great day on the boat. We ended the evening hanging out on the dock, and later we all enjoyed a meal of Lasagne, salad and garlic toast. I drank ONE “Pain in the Ass” at the bar, and sipped a couple of vodka drinks on the boat. I possibly drank more water than I typically would at home!

Doug has a large group of friends (much younger than the rest of us!) at the Lake and his house definitely is the place to be! I don’t even know how many stayed at his house, but I think there were close to 20 for dinner each night, and I can count at least 15 that slept at the house both nights!!!

We woke up Sunday to the smell of coffee. After having a cup, and a Greek Yogurt, I headed out for my walk.

I walked along highway “O”, And this was my view. Not bad, huh?

I took the pedometer and walked for over an hour…….

But with all those hills, I had a hard time picking up speed!

So glad I walked though…….

Because we had another day of fun ahead!!!

When I got back to the house, a large breakfast of eggs and hash browns and biscuits had been cooked and consumed. I helped clean up, and didn’t even touch a biscuit!

Then a little dock time……deck time……chatting……then packing up the coolers for a second day on the water.

I was ready to go and one of the first ones on the boat! So that’s me…..patiently waiting………with my flavored water and a splash of Vodka.

Then off to “Coconuts”!

We had to tie up to this guy!
There was NO place to park!
It was crazy busy!!

I LOVED this place!! It felt like we just stepped into Florida! Pretty people, sand volleyball, swim up bars……it was crazy!!

A large group had just walked away from this little bar with about ten stools, so those of us in our group that could, grabbed a spot! See the band behind us??

This guy (the lead singer) was C R A Z Y fun……..

After lots of people watching, off to another bar for a snack, then a nice long boat ride back to the house…..

A little relaxing off our bedroom….

Every time we go, I can hardly wait to go back!!

Dinner was Pork Tenderloin, Rice and possibly the best bacon wrapped, stuffed jalapeรฑos that I have ever had!!

Then a late night on the dock………

The Monday morning walk just didn’t happen. It was cloudy, so we all pitched in to change beds, mop, do dishes…….and chat over a cup of coffee here and there. I again, passed on the big breakfast, and opted for a Greek yogurt and an apple.

I wasn’t really ready to go, but all good things must end, apparently.

So we drove home in THIS !!!!!!

I was a nervous wreck!! Not only do I hate being the passenger, but I hate driving in the rain, and riding AS a passenger in the rain?????? Please just shoot me now!!!!

But Mikey got us home safely…..

I could hardly wait to see my doggies!

It was great to get away with the hubby and see him relax. It just doesn’t happen often enough….

On the way home, Mike told me that he thought I had done a great job of eating healthy, drinking little, and getting in a good morning walk. I was certainly aware of the changes I had made compared to trips to the lake before where I drank endless beers, ate endless chips, never drank water, and certainly didn’t pack walking shoes. Will I get to my goal of 160 by the end of the week? I don’t know. Maybe by fasting.

I’d write more, but I am headed out the door to walk…….for like six or seven hours.

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

8 Marathons!!!!

May 26, 2013

Okay, I walked them. And it took me several days, (okay, months) but I’m super impressed with myself for walking all of those miles!!!

209.6 would be FOUR Marathons, and I completed 211 miles!!

It was my goal to walk 200 miles by the end of May, so I completed that goal ahead of schedule!!


Time for a new exercise chart with new exercise goals. I need to figure that out!

So, I worked hard this week, and actually gained a pound! A little puzzled as to why, but know for certain that I have told myself that Trail Mix is a trigger food for me, and I simply shouldn’t buy it. This particular mix that I bought this week was all raw nuts and dried cranberries, no chocolate candies OR peanut butter chips. I guess there was just enough sweet in it to get to me. I can’t believe that’s what did it though???

Not going to be discouraged. I feel good in my clothes, and I am looking forward to our long weekend at the lake.

I have packed my walking clothes, lots of fruit and veggies, flavored waters, regular water and greek yogurts for breakfast. I will eat dinner with the crowd, but plan to do my own thing for breakfast, lunch and snacks.

I’m not gonna lie. The hardest part of this whole weekend, will be getting there, saying hi to everyone, then NOT cracking open a cold beer. I know if I do, I’m done. I have Mikes full support, so that will help a ton!

Next Friday we leave for a trip to Nashville with some friends, and it was my goal to be at 160 by then. I might not quite make that, but getting below the 165 mark was a big success, and I still am keeping my goal of 150 by August 31st.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Weekend!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Spring Cleaning!!

May 23, 2013

My Wednesday started off with and awesome 6.7 mile walk outside!

It was GORGEOUS outside. I felt like it was the first day in a long time that I had absolutely no place I HAD to be, and all I could think about was opening all the windows and giving my house a LONG overdue, good Spring Cleaning! So, I did just that!!

After doing some household paperwork and mail sorting and organizing, I went to work on the house. By 7:30 pm, my house was clean, from top to bottom. It felt sooooo good. I can definitely feel the progress in my shoulder because things (like house cleaning) are beginning to be less difficult to do.

Mike was golfing, so I knew I had all day and most of the evening to get everything done, and it was so gorgeous outside, all I could think about was ending the evening on the deck……

(If you’re looking for a good relaxing read on parenting (any age child) and simply learning how to be yourself and accept yourself, I highly recommend…..

Carry On Warrior
Thoughts On Life Unarmed

By Glennon Doyle Melton)

As the sun went down, I flipped “on” my new solar powered umbrella!!!

Um, pretty cool, huh?
Those tiny little lights literally lit up the whole deck!

Looks like I might be hosting Happy Hour with the girls soon!

The scale hasn’t budged, so another 6+ mile walk today and lots of fruits and veggies and water. I did get trapped in a “trail mix” situation this week that might have something to do with the scale?? I vow to NEVER NEVER EVER buy Trail Mix as long as I shall live.

Have a Peaceful Day!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Lets see, in the last couple of days, I’ve been to the Physical therapist, the dermatologist, the dentist, took an Ipad class at the Apple Store, and the few days before that, I had a post-op visit with the surgeon, I waited patiently for the carpet cleaners, then waited patiently while the cable guy got the phone and Internet back up and running. I still need to get the dogs to the vet, then I should be caught up! Oh, except for the first time in maybe ten years, I had a cavity at the dentist, and I have to go back to have it filled next month. Urg.

So besides going to appointments, and finding new routes to walk outside, I really have nothing super exciting to say.

I did learn a lot at my iPad class and may possibly take another one. I was there ten minutes early and super excited to be the only one there and have a good one on one 60 minutes of learning how to fully utilize my iPad, until at 6:05, this little lady in her 70’s showed up, then at 6:08, another little old lady, then at 6:12, an elderly (at LEAST in their late 50’s) couple. I wanted to tell them that Jared started class at 6:01, and I was really absorbing his every word, and they would all have to come back at another time, but nope, I was kind and understanding.

Did you know that if (on your ipad or iphone) you go to Safari, then Bookmarks, scroll to the bottom, there is a User Guide that will pretty much teach you everything you need to know?? I thought this was pretty cool. I certainly learned how to maneuver around my iPhone and iPad better just by reading the user guide.

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The scale hasn’t budged since Fridays weigh in. The week prior, I gained, the last week was a 3.2 lb loss. Not sure if that means I will maintain this week or not, but I still have two full days before this weeks weigh in!

Just finished up a 6.72 mile walk and chugged a ton of water.

I totally binged on icy cold watermelon yesterday afternoon. Watermelon is zero points, so I don’t know if it counts as a binge or not, but it was so juicy and delicious, I just couldn’t stop!!


“love the life you live, live the life you love”

I have many childhood memories at Antioch Park.

Playing frisbee with my dad and brother.
Sledding with my dad and brother…….and dog.
Eating Kentucky Fried Chicken at a picnic table with Mom, Dad and my brother, and probably the family dog.
Walking our dog across the stepping stones in the lake.

Those silly little stones seem to have a lot of memories tied to them for some reason. Fear, excitement, curiosity. They are just stepping stones, but it was the one place in the park that I always wanted to go to first, at age 6 and at age 46. When I got there yesterday with Tucker, the first place I headed to, was the stones.

My second favorite part of Antioch Park? All the little buildings.

Who knows how many times these little buildings have been painted and then painted again? But as I walked through the park on Sunday, these little buildings were just as full of kids running through them and around them as there were thirty and forty years ago!!

Tucker enjoyed all the people watching just as much as I did.

After visiting my mom and letting her dog and Tucker enjoy a short play date, then going to the park, I headed home for my walk. I am really diggin my App for my phone, Pedometer Free GPS. I drove a route on Thursday, then walked it, to check the accuracy, and was super pleased to find there was only one tenth difference between my car and the Pedometer App. Now I can’t leave the house for a walk without it!

I walked with a couple of friends on Saturday that showed me a great new route through the neighborhood. They were just as excited to see the distance of their walk as I was! Their walk included walking up every hill they came to. If they were walking on the path, and there was a part of the path that led to a cul-de-sac, or led to another part of the neighborhood, they would simply walk up the hill, then back down the hill to the main path. Does that make any sense at all? Anyhow, I thought it was a great way to get the heart rate up a bit in little spurts. At the end of our walk, we saw one large black snake, one small ugly striped snake, lots of neighbors and this little guy, right beside my finger.

I have no idea how we didn’t step on this teeny tiny turtle!

We walked 6.0 miles! With all the hills, and stopping to chat, we were gone for almost two hours!

When I walked yesterday, I did the best I could to recreate Saturdays walk, but honestly I couldn’t remember where all we went, so I just kept circling the neighborhood lake and going up and down any hill I came to. I hated to get too far from home, knowing it was going to storm at any second.

When I got home, I had completed just under 5 miles.


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Anybody curious as to where Mike is????

Well, let me tell ya. We will be gone the next couple of weekends, and when that happens, that guy works like a complete fool the two weeks before. As much as I hate his long work hours, I know it makes him much more relaxed when we do go out of town. So, I’m allowing it.

Sundays Eats……

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

First, get this. Just a few short days after me getting my first iPhone last week, my iPad died. When I took it to the Apple Store, they told me it was fried. Urg. I know they were honest with me, but I felt like I was at the mechanic and they were telling me everything was broken on my car and that it would cost me a gazzilion dollars to fix it!

So. On Thursday, I purchased the new iPad, with the extended warranty.

On Friday, the Internet at home went out, which I really hoped had something to do with destroying my precious iPad, but apparently it didn’t. Time Warner showed up at 4:30 pm on Saturday and didn’t leave until 7:00PM!!!!

Today, Sunday, all tech things seem to be working properly and all is well. I tried to pretend like it wasn’t bothering me and spent lots of time outside and busy around the house, but it was DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!!

Now, on with the updates and happy news.

The Dogs went to the groomer and look adorable, but refuse to pose together!!!

Tess finished her first full week of employment at Southwest Airlines in Dallas and is ecstatic!! Not only does she think she is really going to enjoy the job and the people, but Tess has learned LOTS and LOTS of information about saving money, 401k’s, insurance…….health, dental, vision, life, and yes, even CAR insurance!! The benefits they offer are truly amazing and after starting to plan a budget, she realizes what a incredible opportunity working for Southwest is going to be……..and FREE UNLIMITED FLIGHTS!!!!!!

(Oh, AND, most of the business by her apartment building, which is by the airport, offer 10%-15% discounts to all Southwest employees!!)

We are just so happy for her. I am planning to go see her and celebrate “Mothers Day” with her at the end of June, since we didn’t get to be together this year.

Mike and I are planning to go see her in August or September, or who knows? Maybe both!!! It’s FREE!!!!!

Okay, weight loss……..

This has been a really long journey for me to the 160’s. I did get to 165 last summer, for like a week. Then the low 170’s crept back and I just hung out there for a while, knowing what I could get away with, and what I couldn’t get away with. Then, the week after my rotator cuff surgery in February, the UPPER 170’s crept back. That was scary. I think a lot of that was directly related to the surgery, but I did NOT like it, surgery or no surgery.

Two weeks after surgery, Roberta entered my weight loss journey with me, as my “coach”. She made me set goals. Goals with a date attached to them, which I had not done since joining Weight Watchers in September of 2009. Weight loss goals with timelines attached to them make me panic. Too much pressure to succeed. Too much pressure to follow the rules all the time. Too many obstacles in the way for me to be able to do that. But, hesitantly, I agreed. I also agreed to “charts”, which I had never made a part of my weight loss plan, EVER! Charts make it all real and your results are in your face!

Last week, I panicked with where I was on my chart, and knowing what social events I had scheduled for the rest of the month, I just felt like I would not be able to get to where I needed to be by the end of May.

Roberta set me straight by reminding me that I had to decide right then and there, how important it was for me to really reach my goals or not, and what was I willing to sacrifice to get there.

I worked like crazy this week following all the rules.

I walked like crazy!
I drank LOTS of water!
I ate a ridiculous amount of fruits and veggies!
I wrote down every bite I put into my mouth!

And I lost 3.2 lbs!

I did gain 1.8 last week, and it was my hope to get that off and then some, so I was quite pleased to step on the scale and see……

162.4!

That number is important for two reasons.

1. I earned another “5 lb” award at my meeting, which means you get recognition, then typically, if it is okay with you, they say your total weight loss, and mine is now 45 pounds. I’m like, uh…..YES I want recognition, and please tell the whole world!!! I’m stoked!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

2. I worked hard to lose about 20-25 pounds before I got pregnant with Tess. The day I found out I was pregnant, I weighed 162 pounds. I remember feeling really good about myself at that weight, but still knew that I should weigh less than that. Anyhow, I have weighed 162 only a couple of times during the last 21 years, and it feels amazing to be back at that weight, and to know that I will soon weigh less than that, and that it will now be forever.

My goal shows 160, and I need to officially change that to 150. I set my goal at 160 some time ago, remembering how great I felt at 162, but I know now that I need to weigh less, and that it is doable and a realistic goal for me to achieve. 160 is also off the BMI chart for my 5’5″ height. The max is 150. Who knows, maybe when I get there, 145 will sound appealing.

I have decided that when I reach 160 at the end of this month, I will start to post photos of food again and be a bit more detail about what I am eating and the quantities. I really want my blog to be a useful tool for anyone trying to lose weight, and I know that the last ten pounds is going to be a real challenge. I want to be able show exactly what foods I eat and what my exercise routine is to get there.

So, it was a great week in “Julie’s Weight Watcher World” and I am already excited for next weeks weigh in, because that weight will be a number I don’t think I have weighed since shortly after High School.

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Short, Simple.

May 16, 2013

The dogs are at the groomers and I am determined to make a huge dent in my ever growing “to do list” that I got a really good start on yesterday.

I have no idea why I can get so much done when Mishka and Tucker are not here, but I have a hard time walking by the two of them and not stopping to wrestle for a bit. I swear they smile every time!!

I did have an iPad catastrophe yesterday which led me to spend my morning at the Apple store today.

I believe my choices this week with food and exercise are going to lead to a very satisfying morning at the scale tomorrow!!

Trust me, I will blog about it immediately following my meeting!!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

This is my niece, the daughter of my brother, the cousin of my daughter, the Granddaughter of my mother and father, and the twin sister of her brother.
(I’d give a shout out to her friend in this picture, but I have no idea who that is.) While I was saving seats for the rest of the family, she sent me this picture!

So I sent her this one of me, concentrating on the proper use of my new phone!

She’s a pretty kick ass kid.

Look at that sweet, sweet baby face!

This is Jessie with her twin brother Jack, and their mom, Robin.
Jack and Jessie lost their mom unexpectedly when they were 8 years old. I really don’t know how, but at 8 years old, Jessie took on the roll of caretaker, hugger, lover and biggest supporter of her dad and brother, no matter what. Her kindness is reflected in that sweet little face of hers.

I truly think she is beautiful, and not just because we come from the same gene pool. ๐Ÿ™‚

The twins!

This is Jessie at Prom with her friend, Dylan!

He graduated with Jessie last night too!

Jessie and I spent the 30 minutes before Graduation texting. I loved being able to chat with her and feel her excitement before her graduation! She wanted to know all the important stuff. Who’s there? Where are you sitting? Will you be able to see me? Will you promise to yell really loud?

(We did our best! I might have hurt Mike’s ear.)

Here, she was letting me know they were all about to come out, and I was trying to let her know who all was there. This silly new phone of mine and my fingers have not yet become one. I was trying to type fast and let her know that along with her dad and I, Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Mike were all there too! But I realized this morning that my short hand for grandpa showed up as GPS! I don’t care. I am still in love with my new phone!!

I literally got there over an hour early to find seats to suit all of my moms desires. Closest to the car as possible, as few steps as possible, and close to the bathroom. This left us on the 10 yard line and as far away from the graduating class as possible! But at least we were there for her, and really, that’s all that mattered.

It was a class of 344? Jessie really is in this picture you guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

This girl loves her Dad! This picture was taken on Mother’s Day. At breakfast, she gave him a card, and wrote on the envelope, Mr. mom.
(I had to steal her Instagram so I could show you just how cute they are together, and the sweet message she wrote about him.)

Jessie started playing soccer in grade school and continued through High School, and also was a pretty awesome Cheerleader! She actually went to my High School, so its pretty cool to see her in her Shawnee Mission North Indians Cheer uniform!

Seriously, dontcha wanna hug that kid??

This is the gigantic tattoo she got in honor of her mom. (Ouch!) The stem of the flower is her moms birthday.

This picture is included simply because I love it!

Jessie makes me smile. I’ve tried to be the best Aunt possible to her and to always let her know I am there for her. I hope she knows how much joy she has brought to me just by being Jessie.

Congratulations Jessie!
You truly are a Strong, Amazing, Kind and Beautiful Woman!
I Love You!

14 Weeks POST-OP

I went to see the Doc on Tuesday morning to find out if I needed the dreaded CORTOZONE shot in my shoulder to make PT move along a little faster, and in general, see how I am doing and where I am at on my mobility.

Great News! I am still improving, and at this time, the CORTOZONE shot is not necessary.

Mobility.

I can put my right hand on the top of my head, but not without discomfort. I am getting there though. I can not quite put my right hand on my hip, but I am Sooooooo much closer to being able to do that. The biggest goal now is to get to where I can put my right hand behind my back. Apparently this is the most difficult for everyone, and eventually it WILL happen. I can’t quite lift my right hand straight above my head, but I have improved greatly since from weeks ago.

Stability.

I actually can move my arm further on all of the above task, with assistance. This is good. When they ask me to do certain things, I request doing them with my left arm at the same time. It’s like my right arm forgot how to do certain things all by itself. I find this to be very strange, but they say its actually quite common.

Strength.

I passed all the test with flying colors. I think I have no strength at all, but apparently if you can resist the Doc trying to push your arm down, that’s awesome!

Bootcamp?

Not yet. Doc wants to see me again in four more weeks and prescribed me four more weeks of physical therapy, three times a week, and physical therapy at home twice a day. At home therapy will likely continue for the next several months.

I hate feeling so flabby and weak, so I asked if I could try a plank or a push-up. Doc said I could try, but he would be surprised if I could hold a plank for more than 10 seconds!!! Urg.

Then we discussed the possibility of a CORTOZONE shot at my next appointment. I guess it really numbs things up and would allow me to push through a movement that I can’t seem to push through. I asked him to explain to me in detail the shot. So he did. I then thanked him and told him I was nervous before we talked about it, and now there is pretty much no chance at all that I will want that. He said….”I just like to be honest” which is actually one of the things I like the most about this Doc!

I plan to push through the next four weeks and avoid the shot.

Okay, food and exercise.

Exercise

I did not plan my errands well yesterday, and should have gotten out of bed earlier and walked. Needless to say, I did not exercise. Feeling a little frustrated with myself about that because I know I need it to reach my goals on my timeline, and I want to make sure I figure out how to schedule my days better so that doesn’t happen regularly, even after reaching goal weight.

Food

I really wanted a good weigh in at the surgeons office because, the tech that weighs me in, and I, have become buddies. I let him know that his scale is a good three to four pounds off, and he actually agreed. We talk about WW and exercise and etc. After weighing in, he looked at my chart, smiled, and said…..

“Nice job!!!”

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Totally worth only having coffee and milk for breakfast.

Then to Hy-Vee for a nice big salad full of veggies, kidney beans, edamame and grilled chicken.

Lots of snacks yesterday…..

Fruit, yogurt, veggies and Peanut Butter and banana toast late in the afternoon.

Then I took a ziploc bag full of leftover chicken breast to the graduation. Weird, I know. But It was all cut up in bite size pieces, and it was protein, and it was convenient. Otherwise I would have had dinner at 9:30 pm. I was simply sitting in the stands waiting on everyone anyhow, so there I sat, eating my chicken, drinking my bottles of water.

When I got on the scale this morning, I knew I had made really good food choices, no matter how dorky my chicken in the bleachers was.

Tomorrow? An update on Tess. She started her job on Monday and could NOT be happier!!

Congratulations to all the Graduates!!


“love the life you live, live the life you love”

A Great Day Outside

May 14, 2013

I was very committed to my treadmill during the cold and rain, but I was really ready to get outside and finally BREATHE……

And as much as I do enjoy the path through our neighborhood and the ridiculously large family of turtles that I like to say “hello” to, I like to change up the scenery on occasion.

Heritage Park is fairly close to home, and made a perfect “Meet in the Middle” spot for me and a friend. It’s always good to catch up with a friend while getting in a little exercise!

If you take the right paths, it’s a little over 2 miles around the lake. I took a wrong turn on the second lap, and came up shy of my 4 miles, but I was in a hurry to get home to the carpet cleaners so they could clean up the coffee disaster I made last week, so what was done, was done.

(I LOVE MY NEW IPHONE AND ALL THE APPS!)

Here’s just a bit of the scenery I was able to enjoy……

After the carpet cleaners left and the laundry was going, and dinner was prepped, Tucker Man and I took a time out in my new hammock.

He might like it just as much as I do.

He insisted on trying to lay on every inch of it.

I tried to explain that lying in the middle really works best.

He can be a bit stubborn.

Look at him PRETENDING to be comfortable!

Then he discovered being by my side was best. Then I drifted off for a short nap.

I woke up to the smell of something on my neighbors grill, and as much I hate our grill, and can’t wait to get a new one, I lit it and cooked up some yummy chicken breast to top our Caesar Salad with.

We enjoyed dinner on the deck!

I just didn’t want to go inside for the rest of the night! If I could have, I would have folded laundry on the deck, but I really didn’t want to carry it all that far.

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“love the life you live, live the life you love”