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  • Send More Days Like This My Way Please!

    10/16/2019 7:36:50 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Wondering what may come tomorrow as today has been completely drama free! Just enjoying it while I can. So, here's how the day has gone: 296 ladies Bible study 528 paid work 17 email - reading and cleaning out 272 watched the next episode of "When Hope Comes Calling" while I w... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    10/16/2019 6:48:14 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cool fall day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone. I had an incredible workout at the gym this morning. both budgie birds say cheep ,cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Kicking Insomnia to the Curb!

    10/15/2019 10:49:06 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Another day is quickly closing, but honestly it feels like it should be much further into the week than Tuesday. 102 A solid night of sleep & a morning nap. 341 Picked up some groceries. 542 Cleaned up the kitchen. 387 Got some last minute things done for the client meeting. ... Read more

  • Amazing What a Difference Rest Makes!

    10/14/2019 11:25:41 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    I actually slept a full six hours last night! I did momentarily know when Maegann came in and got Auggie, but drifted right back off. I did catch another couple of hours once Isaac was off for school and I felt rested for the first time in a week. I got busy on my to do list and this... Read more

  • Guess What? NO Drama!

    10/13/2019 4:36:05 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Worship this morning was much needed. The next message in the current Mission Possible series was about Jesus' job description and how that is our job description as well. It was an interesting way to look at things and a reminder that if we feel that strong nudge we need to act on it. I... Read more

  • it's sunday

    10/13/2019 11:23:32 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today. my daughter says hi. my mom says thanks for the birthday wishes. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a wonderful day, everyone!... Read more

  • Drama --- Please Leave for Awhile!

    10/12/2019 11:04:03 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Today my armor even added extra shielding as I made sure my Pandora station was dialed in to Selah and MercyMe. Kept me calmer while the chaos was still swirling around me. Just more of the young love saga. My list today is still mostly unchecked. I only got through about 70% of the... Read more

  • it's saturday

    10/12/2019 10:53:50 AM, by MOMMY445

    it's my mom's birthday today! my daughter and i are at my parents' place to celebrate the day. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have an amazing day, everyone!... Read more

  • Sleep ..... Where Have You Gone?

    10/11/2019 10:59:06 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Okay....now why did that thought have to come up today?! 198 A reminder that I do have to get rest and it's been in short supply this week. Thankfully tomorrow nobody has to be anywhere until 11 so we can sleep in without an alarm. I think Tim will be up early as he's going to help We... Read more

  • Tired is my Middle Name

    10/10/2019 6:15:58 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Seems like each time things calm down around here with the kids another storm makes its appearance. No wonder I'm dragging! Oh wait....I haven't been sleeping well either. 198 This too will work itself out. I knew I was tired this morning so I rescheduled a client meeting to next... Read more

  • Dental "Fun" is Finished

    10/9/2019 11:32:39 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Today did not go quite as planned because of another less than restful night. I chose to stay home this morning from Bible study. I knew I'd fall asleep in the quiet of the video! Instead I slept for a few hours and then cleaned up the kitchen, went through email and then it was time to hea... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    10/9/2019 5:06:19 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great workout at the gym this morning and i feel amazing! my daughter says hi. on friday, just the two of us are going out for dinner. then on saturday, we are going out with both of my parents to celebrate my mom's birthday. i spent some time at niagara falls, on the canadian side, yesterda... Read more

  • Release day!

    10/9/2019 3:22:46 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    What a wonderful experience but the time had come to let them enjoy a life uncaged...... Read more

  • I'm back

    10/9/2019 10:39:24 AM, by CEIGSTI

    I need to get back in the habit of eating well and exercising. I have been infrequent in exercising and we are eating out far too much! So here's to a new day!... Read more

  • Tuesday is in the Books

    10/9/2019 12:17:56 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    I could not get to sleep last night and finally drifted off about 2:30. After the kids were gone I fell asleep easily on the sofa and didn't wake up until 10. I got my paid work emails taken care of and then had breakfast/lunch. Next up was Bible study lesson and then I got things ready for... Read more

  • Out And About And Home A Wee Bit…

    10/8/2019 10:40:37 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Drove my oldest two daughters to work and school. Homeschooled briefly. Drove D15 to chemistry & finance co-op classes…D12 took a walk on the hike/bike trail with me during that time. We spotted lots of wooly bears. Then the two of us visited the library...she read and I worked on a puzzle... Read more

  • Monarchs And A Requiem…

    10/7/2019 11:49:22 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    My dad gifted us with caterpillars on milkweed plants a few weeks back when he was preparing his yard for fall. We watched them eat the leaves, hang in j-shapes, and form chrysalises. Those Monarchs broke out overnight. We did not get to see them drying their wings as they were already fluttering th... Read more

  • A Wonderful Monday

    10/7/2019 7:40:33 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    I ended up having most of the afternoon to myself today as Maegann went to spend time with her friend Kim. I miss not having our 1:1 time, but with Tim gone this week there will be other chances in the evening hours. I did get a couple of things done in that time. 387 answered paid wor... Read more

  • it's monday

    10/7/2019 5:58:02 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great workout at the gym today. my daughter did really well on two tests she had at school today. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a marvelous day, everyone!... Read more

  • The Short Of It...

    10/6/2019 11:58:16 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Sermon Fellowship brunch Highschool sing out Neighborhood walk Movie - Annie Get Your Gun FaceTime with son... Read more

  • Great Afternoon of Football

    10/6/2019 8:11:11 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    He's in the waiting. That was the overall theme of the message this morning at worship. Very good message. Once home I got settled in for an afternoon of football. I was happy to find the Raiders game being broadcast and I enjoyed hearing "They are just dominating this game on offense ... Read more

  • Goal Assessment…

    10/5/2019 8:49:36 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Met many of my nutrition goals this week. Here are the ones In which I fell short and could do better: Consume 6oz whole grains (1oz bread, 0.5c rice/pasta, 0.5-1.25c dry cereal) 5 times per week Stay in fiber range 5 times per week Consume 1 portion nuts/seeds/legumes (.33c or 1.5oz ... Read more

  • Checking Things Off the List

    10/5/2019 7:25:37 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    I don't know that I completely stuck to my planned to do list for the day, but I did get some things done that have been staring at me off the page for too long. 528 bank accounts reconciled 542 cleaning - kitchen and master bath 207 put contact paper down on the master bath counte... Read more

  • it's saturday

    10/5/2019 2:37:44 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a great day, everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more

  • Hallmark, Work & Less Leg Pain!

    10/4/2019 11:24:56 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Saw everyone off to their various locations this morning and then fell asleep on the sofa for another 90 minutes or so. I've still been yawning all day. Yes...Ellsworth had up a couple of times, but I think the Benadryl helped him sleep longer in between. Once up and around, I did my us... Read more

  • Trash Or Treasure?

    10/4/2019 11:20:05 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Trash as far as I’m concerned. How about for you? Came across this on my 2 mile neighborhood walk this afternoon. What’s the story? I think Alfred was running late this morning and was brushing his teeth while standing at the corner waiting for his ride to come when he spotted ... Read more

  • Regular Sort Of Day....

    10/3/2019 11:00:17 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Just another regular day with sugar and spice…and Sparking 252 sprinkled throughout! Hour long commute to and from the university (noted signs of fall 574 ) Homeschooling with two wonderful daughters 81 81 2 mile breezy walk 311 around the neighborhood NAMI class on proble... Read more

  • Still yawning from the massage

    10/3/2019 10:13:52 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Another night of Ellsworth getting me up 2-3 times so woke up tired. Thankfully I was able to nap once the house was empty and got in a solid 90 minutes before my alarm went off. I got a few things done around the house until it was time to leave for my massage. So relaxing, ye... Read more

  • it's thursday

    10/3/2019 3:26:11 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great workout at the gym today and i feel amazing! my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Emotional...

    10/2/2019 11:52:55 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Dealng with sadness today…lots of crying and a bit of anger this evening to top it off. Have my earbuds in and hoping Seabird does the trick.... Read more

  • Trust -- Not always easy

    10/2/2019 11:46:19 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    That was the overall theme of our study this morning.... trust. We discussed how often we are like the 10 spies who went to check out the promised land and came back saying "nope...we can't go because there's huge people over there" instead of being like the 2 (Caleb and Joshua) who said "No ... Read more

  • Watching HIS Hand Work

    10/2/2019 12:07:12 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Not much happened around here today. 528 paid work 296 Bible study lessons 579 supper 272 watched Dancing with the Stars & The Voice while Sparking Tim worked from home today, but thankfully we were both able to get a lot of needed paid work done. One of the inspectors cam... Read more

  • Another Day That Improved...

    10/1/2019 11:46:45 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Put a load of laundry 346 in the washer and noticed the laundry baskets were empty. When does that ever happen (Remember the laundry pile is named Mount Never Rest for a reason.)? So I took it upon myself to wipe out the laundry baskets and wipe down the laundry table, washer, and dryer. All before... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    10/1/2019 7:20:23 PM, by MOMMY445

    it rained quite a bit earlier this afternoon here. now it is just cloudy and warm outside. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Mild Monday

    10/1/2019 12:06:23 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    My day started at an IEP meeting at the high school. The result is that Isaac will have a 1:1 full-time aide in a couple of weeks. This should help with the social/communication issues we've had in different areas of the day. Once home I got my work emails taken care of before moving... Read more

  • My Macro & Micro Nutrition Goals…

    9/30/2019 10:37:45 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Sometimes when we set up goals we don’t allow for life. Today my sodium went above range because I didn’t plan well. That’s a lesson that hopefully I learn from. Consistency is key so meeting these goals 5x weekly seems doable while not requiring perfection. I met 8:9 of these today and feel that is... Read more

  • My DASH Goals...

    9/29/2019 11:44:01 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Meet these goals at least 5x weekly: 488 Consume 2c fruit (0.5c = 1 med, 16 grapes, 0.5c, 0.25 dried, 4oz juice) 267 Consume 1.5-2c vegetables (0.5c = Ic leafy, 0.5c, 4oz juice) 466 Consume 2-3c dairy at least 2 cups of which is skim milk (8oz milk, 8oz yogurt,1.5oz cheese) ... Read more

  • Quiet Sunday

    9/29/2019 11:00:50 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    The sermon today was on brokenness and I enjoyed it twice. Once at church and again in between football games with the family. That was pretty much my day other than working on my jigsaw puzzle during the games. Made a lot of progress on it! Football was good... my Raiders won an... Read more

  • Harvesting, grading, and square dancing (watching it that is)...

    9/28/2019 11:39:15 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Meant to get outside and get the yard looking totally awesome today but the heat & humidity did us in early on. I did harvest some curly kale and crisped it up in a pan with a swirl of olive for lunch. Spent the afternoon sorting homeschooling books to keep, give, and sell. Also worked on grad... Read more

  • Cold Saturday

    9/28/2019 11:13:39 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Up early with Maegann and then fell right back to sleep for a couple more hours. Then I headed to the grocery store and next up was first of the month bills. It was so cold in the house today that I actually enjoyed my first mug of hot cocoa. I had to wrap up in my blanket whil... Read more

  • Splat!

    9/28/2019 2:23:15 PM, by CUJINA

    I was doing so well yesterday, but I think part of me saw it coming. Family came over, drinks were served, more drinks, shots, then Arby's and pepperoni beef sticks. I feel guilty. I logged it all though, so I can see what it looks like. 3200 calories, one day. More than double what I wanted. ... Read more

  • Almost Missed Friday SO time

    9/28/2019 1:59:30 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Almost midnight. Extra sleep Updated finances Cleaned out personal paper piles Made supper Watched family videos Tomorrow...go through M 's scholarships, tackle a few small projects, Bible study lessons... Read more

  • My Day Got Better...

    9/27/2019 6:00:06 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Got off to a late and stressful start today but listening to the La La land soundtrack helped me return to baseline quickly so I could get on with another family focused day. We somehow managed to get a full day of homeschooling done despite the late start; Bible, grammar, general science/chemistry,... Read more

  • Embracing my little steps

    9/27/2019 11:43:06 AM, by CUJINA

    Some people blog to be inspirational. I'll probably complain some days. I'm eating way more than I have in years. But, my calorie count is under 1500. Healthier versions, vegetables, eating every few hours. Yet, I still feel hungry a lot. I feel less hungry when I starve. Eating some, but not ... Read more

  • A Thursday at Home

    9/27/2019 12:37:21 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    I was able to sleep an extra 90 minutes or so after the kids were both gone for the day. That I slept that hard tells me it was much needed. I think the busy of the week had caught up with me. The rest of the day was calm: 273 pharmacy 341 groceries 542 3 loads of laundry 528... Read more

  • A Calmer Day

    9/26/2019 12:29:54 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    This morning began with Ladies Bible study and it was a good discussion on Abraham and his dysfunctional brood. Offers hope for us when we are making a mess of things! Once home I was able to get the paid work finished and only have one more plan to submit once I get their signatures ... Read more

  • Doctor Appointments for the week are done!

    9/25/2019 12:58:46 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    My schedule for the day lightened up first thing as the school called to reschedule due to a key member of Isaac's IEP team being gone as his wife had a baby Monday night. I was fine for the extra time to just be home and get paid work done. I headed to the medical center after lunch ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    9/24/2019 12:17:14 PM, by MOMMY445

    a new day is well underway. i am pretty much taking it easy today. my main exercise today will be walking and some dancing. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Day 1 of Appointments Down -- 1 More to Go!

    9/24/2019 12:51:12 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Woke up to a good morning text from Tim and a picture of his ride for the week. He has been getting the best cars each trip! The weather was nice enough he was able to take advantage of the convertible top. Told him just to drive that Mustang to Idaho on Friday. Headed out... Read more

  • Sunday Night -- House is finally quiet

    9/22/2019 11:12:45 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Not much happened around here today. Church, football, made spaghetti, jigsaw puzzle and now I'm Sparking and hanging out with Maegann and Tayler. Isaac's playing on the PS4 in the other room. Will be shutting the house down for the night in about 10 minutes so I'll probably watch Crimin... Read more

  • it's sunday

    9/22/2019 3:16:22 PM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful and sunny day here today. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! I will be going out in a while for a long walk. have a great day, everyone!... Read more

  • A Busy Saturday

    9/21/2019 11:12:18 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    This morning I was able to get some extra sleep before taking on the day. First up was cleaning up the kitchen, getting some groceries and picking Isaac up from his basketball game. They won today which placed them 1W, 1L so no third game for them this time. Next was writing up one more ... Read more

  • Today was all about me!

    9/21/2019 12:59:33 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    This morning I began my day with the appointment for my knee. I really liked the doctor...she's as sassy as my new primary doctor. She definitely made my knee hurt like crazy, but tonight it is not quite so angry. The good news is the arthritis is closer to mild than I thought and the knee ... Read more

  • Knee Doctor Tomorrow

    9/20/2019 12:33:57 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    This morning I started out with a trip to the grocery store and bank and then it was all about paid work. I managed to get two more written so two more to go! Most are already right at or missing their submission deadline, but it's not my problem as we were waiting on other people to get ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    9/19/2019 7:52:13 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great mini checkup with my doctor today. i am to keep on being active and eating healthy foods. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Another Day Down!

    9/18/2019 9:23:10 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Bible study was very good this morning and I really like this group of ladies I've been assigned to be part of each week. Looking forward to jumping into the next set of lessons. Once home I had lunch and then got busy on paid work. Had too many emails so I only got one new plan written... Read more

  • Winding down from Frozen Jr....

    9/18/2019 9:04:41 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    What a great way to start the school year! D15 had over 120 hours of required drama rehearsals and performances in just six weeks time. Hitting the books full time is just not as thrilling as the drama experience.... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    9/18/2019 1:35:22 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had an amazing workout at the gym today and i feel great! my daughter says hi! both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i am going for another long walk after dinner today. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Another productive day!

    9/18/2019 12:27:41 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Began the day at the dentist and was only there for 40 minutes. I received my temporary crown and will go back in 3 weeks to swap it out for the permanent. I can tell things are still irritated and swollen, but thankfully most of the ache is gone tonight. Glad to have all this dental "r... Read more