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  • Well, tracked down my big girl pants and wore them today No chocolate and the kids and I went for a walk again. Two days in a row - that is pretty good going considering how it has been lately! The lake and river where we always used to walk is closed to public access since the flood washed the road away. I have been seriously bummed as we just love hanging out there and it is so easy to go for a walk there. Well, I noticed the other day that the water level in the river has dropped enough that the kids and I can just drop under the bridge and enjoy the river there Happy dance! I don't know if there is any reason why we should not be there and I figure we are not doing any harm, it is just outside the State Park and is not private land (it is under water when the river is high...) It is fun throwing rocks and finding bits of drift wood to toss in and watch it float downstream. Both the kids got wet today - fortunately not much as it the water is icy and while it was quite warm (about 58F I think) it is certainly not good weather for getting a soak. Discovered holes in DS rubber boots so those are not going on any more trips to the river!

    I am waiting for news on my blood tests - hoping they'll come through early next week, though what with Thanksgiving it may delay things on the doc side of things. Whatever - just keep working on my issues that I know need working on.

    Something that has improved a lot is my sleep. I was having such a hard time getting to sleep for ages and now, while I am still taking 1 mg melatonin every night, I am sleeping pretty well and am waking up much earlier and getting up much earlier. before I was absolutely dragging myself out of bed so this is a happy improvement. I know that the biggest part of that is due to getting to bed earlier. Heaven knows why that can be so hard - I spent most of my life going to bed really early and waking up early. Then I got married and it all went to hell in a hand basket!

    I have a new owl that I am going to take to the craft fair ... it will go on etsy if it doesn't sell at the fair. I am pleased with it - though I have not yet gotten close to what I really want them to look like. All a journey - just like the road to health. Every step is worth taking when the goal is so awesome.

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    Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
    Primal low: 186 lbs
    Current weight: 221.4 lbs
    Goal weight: 140 lbs

    "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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    • We are thrilled - through connections we have landed up getting a really nice big play set for our kids for FREE! It cost $1500 +/- a few years ago when they bought it!!! Our kids are so excited - we have to figure out how on earth we are going to move it and when. I wish we had our own place so we could just move it directly there instead of relocating it to our rental and then in a few months time to our (hopefully) new place.

      I loaded up on all kinds of lovely looking veg this evening. I also picked up some dolma's at the olive bar as well as some yummy olives. Strangely I looked at the chocolates and they just didn't sound like what I want or need. I figure out a dolma and some olives is a much better idea.

      Burgers and odds and ends for dinner. We had leftover roast lamb and roast veggies for a brunch. I fry up slices in butter until browned and just scrumptious. I have been very busy making cards out of a bunch of my photographs and copies of DD's drawings, and I am pleased with how they have turned out. Very simple, but I think they look nice. Dh loves them - he is always so encouraging, which is so helpful when you are trying out new things. He is always complimenting me and even when I am feeling at my worst he is always there cheering me on and singing my praises. I have been feeling awful about my appearance and he has not even moved a whisker. He continues to tell me how much he loves me and appreciates me. What a gem! I feel so blessed and grateful. It is hard enough seeing myself in the mirror and feeling how tight my clothes are and yet he still loves me. Good stuff.

      We keep looking at homes and waiting and hoping for everything to come together for us. Not a nibble on our truck and our time is up for getting rid of it. DH is going to talk to the landlord tomorrow and see if they will be satisfied if we hide the truck behind a tree so that they don't have to see it. (it is all about how things look for them - its their place I can't say anything about that) We are hoping they will let us do so without charging us more. If they are going to charge us much we'll just have to try and find somewhere to keep it - not sure where though. We don't know anyone who has space for our vehicle. And honestly, we use it all the time and with a move coming up we are going to need it. The landlord has been by about twice a day since the holiday started trying to offload his girls for me to watch. My kids really don't want to play as the nasty child is home - it is really awkward. I just hate that he will not even call ahead to check if it would be ok, he just arrives on the doorstep and the kids try to barge in. I wonder what he thinks, on second thoughts I really don't care. I just want to be done with living here! We had to call them on Thanksgiving day because their chickens were resisting all attempts to chase them away and I was getting very irritated. At least they came right away and put them away ... but why wait for me to call. Sorry about the whining but this is a place where I can whinge for a bit and then move on.
      Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
      Primal low: 186 lbs
      Current weight: 221.4 lbs
      Goal weight: 140 lbs

      "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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      • Very busy week, Craft fair on Saturday with loads to do before then. DD birthday tomorrow and I am realizing I have to make a cake and not sure about the ingredients on hand. We have a major storm system about to go through so have been stocking up on water, propane, batteries and food in case of power outages. We had ridiculous wind yesterday - gust up to 75mph! We were having to work outside in it and when we eventually got back indoors it was a relief.

        I spent most of the day outside and in rapidly dropping temps this afternoon. I was wearing flip flops because my heel is so painful when there is any pressure on it at all. I would pop back inside for a few minutes to warm my tootsies up and then head out to carry on. We are expecting really cold weather for the next week or so and I needed to winterize the one bird's coop. It is more for SC type winters and has two large windows that take up almost the entire wall on each side. As you can imagine this makes for very cold temps inside it. I am sick of having to melt the ice every few hours in the winter so I made insulating panels (very fancy name for something very hill billyish ) out of cardboard and trash bags and duck tape. Then I screwed these on over the windows and at the back over the thin section. It looks pretty funny but I am thinking it has to be tons warmer in there now. DH also put weather stripping on the door for her and made a cover for her entrance that is insulated. Insulation really isn't an issue when you have a bunch of chickens as they snuggle together and also put out a lot of body heat. This is a single solitary little bantam with no buddies ... so we have to go the route of heat lamp and insulation. I also gathered the remaining plants in planters and put them in a sheltered spot next to the house and then covered them all with straw. Hopefully this will keep them from getting too cold and they'll all be perky come spring time.

        I didn't get any painting done today - and this evening I have to wrap gifts and what not. Sigh. I also feel as though I am getting some kind of sinus thing as I have one of those headaches that are bad when you bend over or cough ... will take raw garlic with dinner and see where that gets me.
        Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
        Primal low: 186 lbs
        Current weight: 221.4 lbs
        Goal weight: 140 lbs

        "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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        • Brrrrrrrr, I hope you were wearing socks with your flip flops! I was smiling as I was reading about your winterizing as I have been doing some such in my own home, although I am trying to make it look okay as I have to look at it all of the time, never mind the landlord! I have been pretty successful as you have been also.

          Have you tried the paleo/primal bread with cinnamon and nutmeg? I was reading somewhere that it is good for breakfast with almond butter. Maybe the kiddos will like it?
          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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          • Coll, I think I got the review through the system. Can you let me know?

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            • Lol Siobhan, no socks - thus a blister on top of one of my toes this morning! (I am sure from the chill!) It is VERY cold today - our low was 7F and supposed to be even colder tonight. No flip flops today Definitely brrrr! The one chicken's water was frozen solid this morning - we need to insulate her door too ... but in the meantime DH moved the heat lamp to right next to the waterer. DD is 11 today - amazing how the time has flown. I was looking at some photos of her when she was tiny - what a munchkin she was.

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              Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
              Primal low: 186 lbs
              Current weight: 221.4 lbs
              Goal weight: 140 lbs

              "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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              • Sooo cold - 2F right now and dropping steadily! Ice all up our windows - good thing I have a thick head of hair or I would need to wear a beanie to bed tonight!! Our bed only fits in the room under our window - which is single pane glass. Makes for pretty patterns on the windows, but impossible to see out without getting the ice scraper

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                Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                Primal low: 186 lbs
                Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                Goal weight: 140 lbs

                "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                • Oh Coll your little dd was so cute. I hope she had a great birthday.

                  Those windows are unbelievable - you stay warm!
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                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                  • What a sweetie.

                    And...brrr!

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                    • She was adorable wasn't she?! We were fine last night and our birds made it ok too. Their water was one big iceblock this morning - easily remedied. The one bird is not impressed that she is closed up in the dark, comparatively warm coop - much complaining going on.

                      My cake for DD's birthday turned out way better than before -but I whipped the frosting too much and it suddenly went solid and I had to slice it out of the pan and lay in on the cake! Not the prettiest cake - but very tasty. We had primal pizza for dinner per her request. We decided to forgo the pepperoni as the last time we had pepperoni we were all SOOOOOOO thirsty all night long and DS had a stomach ache too. I had tracked down a natural version but there was still something in there that did not agree with us! So we did sausage this time for the meat and all was well. I will have to look around at Wholefoods and see if they have a nice pepperoni that will not affect us so strongly! The kids want pizza for the birthday party on the 21st and it would be nice to have pepperoni as one of the options....

                      Two days and lots to do before the craft fair. Not going to have much time on here until that is done.
                      Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                      Primal low: 186 lbs
                      Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                      Goal weight: 140 lbs

                      "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                      • I have completed my piece de resistance (ha ha ha) for the craft fair. The significance of this rock is that it is one that was uncovered by the recent floods and I wanted to make something that would be lasting as a way to remember all the heartache that affected and is affecting so many people as a result of it. Emperor penguin and chick on a +/- 10 lb rock. Good primal workout painting this I might add

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                        Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                        Primal low: 186 lbs
                        Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                        Goal weight: 140 lbs

                        "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                        • Wow, that's fantastic, Coll!

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                          • Thanks Sabine I had to take it in small stages as my hand/arm would start to shake from holding and turning it as I painted. DH made the stand for me which I love too ... I think it finishes it off nicely. Wish me luck for the craft fair Saturday Sabine/ everyone!
                            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                            Primal low: 186 lbs
                            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                            Goal weight: 140 lbs

                            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                            • Brrrrr cold! What a little sweetie -they grow up so fast.

                              Sounds like you literally had buttercream frosting. Yum! My mum, who grew up in Scotland during WWII and experienced great deprivation, said that on the very rare occasions when they had cake with frosting they would eat the cake and scrape off the frosting and put it on bread. It seemed a waste to them eat the cake AND the frosting together.
                              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                              • I love the story of the frosting Siobhan. My kids split the cake between them. DS eats the cake and DD eats the frosting And they are both happy - funny kids.

                                I am pleased to say that the craft fair went well despite frigid temps on the day. It took a long time for people to start arriving, and we wondered if anyone would come. But we ended up making double what we did last year which was encouraging and a lot of folk took my business cards and I hope that some people might actually buy some bits off my Etsy shop.

                                The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had a blast peddling their wares to other stall holders near the end. Even DS which is amazing - he is so shy he will not interact with strangers. But seeing his sister coming back with money every time she went out with cards got him interested enough that he headed out with her and made some too. I am also thrilled that one of the homeschool mom's invited us to try tennis lessons with a bunch of other homeschoolers around the same ages as my kids. I have been wanting to get them in some kind of sport but they are really not the type that will enjoy the rougher sports (not yet anyway) and I think this might be a great way for them to start out. Plus it would be a way to meet other kids which is always a need for us.

                                Today we may reach 32F which I am thrilled about. I would love to go for a walk but DS is fighting off a cold ... bit of a broken night as a result but the homeopathics are definitely helping. I have them both watching a movie right now - works great for distracting him from the sore throat and stuffy nose.

                                I'll be seeing the doc on Friday to go over my blood tests - I'm hoping we can work something out that is going to be helpful. I noticed that rice definitely bloats the heck out of me. No more! We are going to get going on the Autoimmune protocol/ whole 30 once Christmas is over. I am not going to fool around with trying that right in the midst of our busiest month of the year.
                                Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                                Primal low: 186 lbs
                                Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                                Goal weight: 140 lbs

                                "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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