Work Wednesday—The Goals this Week

Okay, we seriously have a lot of goals here, but the IMMEDIATE ones are to finish cleaning up that damn pile of junk up front that used to be the old house. Most of it is gone, burned, but we’ve added packing boxes and brush to the pile, so it seems it’s never really gone.

But we’re close!

This is what my husband’s been doing the last few days:



Those of you who’ve been here know how crappy it looked to begin with. Here’s a shot of the burn pile, so you can see how much stuff he’s pulled out: IMG_7264[1]

This silly project has been going on for a year now. Ugh. I hate when that happens!

We’re also determined to finish the campsite. The shower parts are on the front deck in a big box, mostly so I could get it out of the house. The hole digger has been attached to the tractor and my husband is going to practice on the corner pasture posts before we go down in the woods.

We also figured out what to do with our old upright freezer from STL, the one that quit working last year.

It’s going camping.


Hey—it shuts, it seals, it’s good for storage! Going to look a little odd, though . . . But at least it won’t serve as a catch-all in the barn! 

We’ve also been cleaning out said barn. Now, I know you’re going to say, gee, didn’t they do that already? A couple times?

Well, yes, we did. See, I go in there and I put away the hand tools in one spot, the power tools in another, the electric/battery ones in their places, all the fuel cans together, and pick up the trash.

Then my husband has a project . . .

‘Nuff, said, amiright?

We did make room for the exercise equipment—I know, I know. MORE EXERCISE??

Well, yes. Some things, like knee therapy for instance, are more effective with a weight bench. My husband even power-washed all of it, now we’ll see how often it actually get used . . .








Fan Friday—Health and Food

Whenever I think about my health, I naturally start thinking about food. I didn’t always—as the scale will tell you. Of course, if the scale tells you one single damn thing, I’ll have to kill you. Both of you.

I try to eat right, although I’m not obsessive. If I have a choice, I’ll skip the processed stuff—I don’t buy it, normally, but it ends up in my kitchen somehow. I limit my meat, go light on sauces, make most things from scratch, etc. And I drink a lot.

Water! I drink a lot of water!

Sheesh. 😉

Anyway, if you show me a bag of cheese popcorn, I’ll dive in and won’t come up for air; same with nacho cheese Doritos and onion dip. I have my weaknesses. Thankfully, they’re few and far between.

Sweets? Never been a fan, although over the last couple decades I’ve been eating more sugar. I blame my husband, Mr. Sweet Tooth. It’s okay, he can handle it.

Oh yeah—I don’t believe in supplements, except for a legit health issue. Hot flashes, for instance: vitamin E made them a tad more bearable at the beginning. Maybe it was the power of suggestion, I’m not sure, but I stopped taking it after a while. Probably because I forgot.

But most of those things just flush right out of your system anyway, and the new craze of powdered whatever is a lot of hype. And probably a lot of junk, too.

You can disagree, but you won’t change my mind. I’m old now, I can be blunt.

So the second component here is exercise.


Not a fan.

Unfortunately, I have a lot of ligament/disk/arthritis issues, so I exercise every day. I’m getting better at it. I think. I really try to relax and “enjoy” it, instead of rushing through. That’s progress, right?

So, neck, back, knees, and a few loosening up/get the blood flowing kind of things, and then I do some flexibility stuff and strengthening exercises. And I walk.

I walk the dogs, I walk back into rooms 14 times because I forgot something, and I walk around both dogs and the three cats.

I’m also quite good at hurdles. See “the three cats.”

The only time I sit at my desk for more than half an hour at a stretch is when I’m working on a book.

Which reminds me, time to get back to REPEAT!