KJLaMore wrote: »
Good morning all! Happy Sunday! My last kid left last night at 10:30 and I was in bed by 11:00. Fell asleep with the luxurious feeling of not having to set my alarm clock and being able to sleep in. Guess who woke up at 5:30, anyway? I laid in bed until 6am trying to sleep; but my brain and body was having none of that. So baggy sweater and yoga pants on, coffee beside me and I am here.
Not sure what is going on with my knee, but after grocery shopping yesterday I have had a pain (coming and going) right below the knee. I must have pulled something and not realized it? But it is not all of the time. No swelling. Maybe I just need to spend the day off my leg? lol That is my plan for the day, actually. I may grab my leg brace and put that on, just to give some support and stability on that leg when I walk around today. Lanette- Ever since Joaquin had to get the helmet, my brain has been more "aware" of babies in helmets. Joaquin's helmet is stored, now. Though we enjoy looking at the baby pics of him wearing it. Never phased him at all.Karen VA- Olivia! I knew her birthday was coming up! Janet's Mia should be turning two soon as well! Such a sweet face! Those eyes!Barbie- I love the way you are committed to your 10,000 steps. I giggled when I visualized you fervently walking in the house to get them in before bed. When I commit myself to something I am the same way, and I can't let it go because my brain will nag about it. But, most times it is worth the effort just to get your brain to say, "OKay! We're good!" Shoveling is a huge work out and it IS listed in the exercises on mfp. With the looks of that snow (it looks wet and heavy) it is a big calorie burner. You will probably feel every muscle you used, tomorrow.Heather- So happy to hear you are getting back to your normal routines! Having just moved into your new place, you might not have any "recycle" type materials lying around; but if you had any cardboard or empty oatmeal containers, tp tubes, paper towel tubes, etc.; sometimes the kids like to create things with it (or at the very least make a road with ramps and tunnels for little cars to travel through). You could also make some playdoh, give them cookie cutters, rollers, etc and let them play with that. The recipe I use is: In a pan, MIX 1 c flour, 2t cream of tartar, 1/2 c salt, 1 pkg unsweetened kool-aid (optional for color and scent); ADD 1T cooking oil, 1 c water. Mix well and cook over medium heat until the mixture forms a ball. Place on a clean surface and carefully (because it is hot) knead until cool. It will stay fresh in an airtight container for many months.
Like you, I would rather be outside with the kids. I think it is more enjoyable for all of us; but just thought I would toss a couple of suggestions for inside activities your way. I am sure you will have a fun day together! Love that DH is their favorite play thing!Machka- Love the photos!Barbara- FIRST, falling asleep during your workout (so quickly) is concerning? Are you sure you fell asleep and didn't pass out? SECONDLY, Yea for Joe taking the advice of the fireman in regards to the tree trimming and the stove! lol Men are weird! Beth and Karen NY- We have had to pay in $6-10K every year, due to my daycare business. We actually have a savings account set aside specifically for tax time. WE haven't gotten a return in many, many years. This year I shouldn't be paying as much because we are only factoring in my income. BUT, we also have had nothing to put into the tax savings; so we will have to go on a payment plan with the IRS.Kim- I got a giggle from your all encompassing emotional eating. I think about food all of the time; so I could easily be an all emotion eater. But I can resist, most of the time. I AM a big stress eater, though. That is the hardest time for me to resist food. Unfortunately, that is also the emotion that tells our body we are in trouble and need to hang onto and store all calories. Ugh!Pip- Why the sweaters on the pups in the snow? Is it to keep them from getting too cold? Too snowy? They look like they are enjoying it all! Shoveling is a great alternative to a gym work out. I have a good sized driveway (can fit 10-12 cars), so I know I am getting in some walking, plus the pushing and lifting of the snow is equal to some great weight/reisitance work outs. Have fun!
There are more of you that are staying in my mind and hearts, but my brain is not focusing well. Maybe I will go lie down and see if I can get a couple more hours of sleep. ttfn xoxoxo KJ (Kelly)
lhscapil wrote: »
Barbie - our snow total was around 5" and it "settled" during the day yesterday so our private road was slushy in places. It's 22 outside right now so it's back to "crunchy". You are doing a great job getting in your steps! And walking outside in snow has to be burning lots of calories. Forecast here this afternoon/evening is additional 1 to 3 inches.Kim - I smiled at your description of the reasons to eat: _______=eat. I think that's me too, lol.
Our dogs are wearing their sweaters inside and out these past few days. The weather was so nice when I took them to be groomed a few weeks ago, I said "clip them short". Welp. But, one of the good things about them being clipped right now is their legs don't pick up snowballs.Pip - loved your photos of your walk in the snow! I'm hesitant to venture out very far in this snow/possible ice - not because of the cold, I don't want to risk falling on my GOOD shoulder and messing it up. So am content to be home-bound for a few days.
Put my thawing shoulder through the torture yesterday. Really worked over the painful spots= acupressure. Push on them until I'm ready to throw up. Push a weight up over my head and hold it until I'm ready to throw up. Pull left arm behind my back until I'm ready to throw up. Lisa, thinking of you the whole time. EDIT- amazing what docs can do with some plastic and hardware that really improves a person's quality of life for decades. Glad you had it done. Can you believe that photo is of your knee? Amazing.Barbara - you fell asleep on the floor doing your SWSY? You must have a comfy floor. A couple days ago my DH was sitting on the couch and got sleepy, I told him to kick the dog off and stretch out. He didn't and all of a sudden he just tipped over sideways on it. Kind of scared me - he was breathing normally so I just let him be for a few minutes then gradually made a wee bit of noise so see if he'd wake up. He did and was fine. If he does it again I'm going to worry. Glad you got your trees cut at a good price. Interesting about trimming up the evergreens for fire prevention - we purchased some property that was once a tree farm that are trimmed up like that and now we know why.Machka and RDWells - enjoying your photos of sunny warm weather!!
Re taxes - pleasant surprise that only a small portion of our social security income was taxable which brought our AGI (adjusted gross income) way down. 2018 was our first year of me drawing social security the whole year and not working. Our county property taxes are on the way back up thanks to the great economy here, mixed blessing. Good if we have to sell, bad if we have to buy. Another reason for staying put as long as we can.
Making chicken & veg curry today. Have half of a rotisserie chicken in the fridge so will dice that up and add loads of veggies and a can of drained chickpeas. Have a delicata squash I'll peel and dice up to add as well. I used up all my small pyrex freezer containers to store frozen lentil soup. So will use wide-mouth canning jars to freeze the excess curry now that I'm getting some room in the big freezer.Beth - that's a good looking vegetable box! Looks tons better than a lot of the #1 stuff available in the stores these days.
Sun coming up. Time to enjoy the sunrise and our winter wonderland...
Cold & sparkly SW WA State
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