Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 78

It has been a week plus since I was able to get to this. Sorry folks. I can not begin to explain all the reasons why. Needless to say I have been busy. It's vacation time at work. Dot has been gone sine the 17th, Robin leave on the 27th and I get to go on the 31st. YEA!!! Hubby and I are taking a plane to New York City and catching a cruise ship to Canada for 5 days. Boy do I need it. I wanted to go to Atlanta this weekend to visit my daughter and her family, but there was just too much to do to get ready for the trip. I miss my grandsons and after seeing their cute pictures on I miss them even more. They are the most wonderful little guys on the planet. I will be itching to get to Atlanta as soon as we get back from Canada.

I finished a baby shower gift this week. It is in subdued colors of green, yellow, tan, and touches of orange and purple. The theme they are using is Classic Pooh so I hope it is going to go well in the nursery. Then I started using the left over yarns to make a granny square baby afghan. The centers of each square is a flower with raised petals. I think it is something that has not been done before, at least I have never seen anything like it. If I can get it finished in time maybe it will go to one of the craft shows that my daughter is doing next month.

Still haven't finished the two afghans that I have commissioned for October and Christmas. I really need to get past the crocheters block on the Christmas one. Haven't thought of exactly how I want to finish it. The other is a simple triple stitch that anchors around the stem of the stitch in the row before so that it forms vertical rows on the backside and horizontal rows on the front side. I just have to get back to it. It is all one color and one stitch so it is kind of boring for me. I like to mix it up. I generally take some needlework with me on the cruise, but I don't know what I will take this time around. Maybe the boring one.

Well, I have packing to finish so I will say good night and hopefully I will be back here at least once more before we leave.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Day 76

I am tired. It is all I can do to stay awake and type. I don't even know why. We really were not busy at work today and I haven't done much of anything since I got home. So I don't understand.

I did get the baby blanket finished and it turned out nicely. I don't know when I am going to give it to her. Not this week, maybe next. She is due in September, so I have plenty of time. I have to get back on the birthday blanket for my boss' daughter. Her birthday is in October I think.

I weighed in this morning and I have lost another 3.3 pounds. I don't really see how as much as I cheated this past weekend. But I trust the Wii to weigh me properly. Then we got another birthday party invitation for tomorrow night. Two friends have birthdays this week. More cake and ice cream. Plus they want us to jump in their pool too. Don't know if I am that brave yet, but we will see. I guess I better go hunt the swimsuit and pack a bag to take to work, since we won't have time to come home first.

Things are going to get interesting at work. Dot goes on vacation starting Friday and won't be back until the 27th. Robin leaves on the 26th and won't be back until August 2. I leave on the July 30th and will be back on August 6th. Sarah has a couple of doctor's appointment in there too. Robin will work commercial while Dot is gone and will do the vault while I am gone. She should not be bored for a couple of weeks.

I have been looking at foreclosures in the Valdosta area and have found a couple of houses that I think we could be happy in and probably afford. Of course we really don't want to live in Georgia, but the 25 mile commute one way for each of us is getting to be a bit much. It would save us a lot of time and money if we lived closer to where we work. The way it is now we put 100 miles a day on our cars and mine is about to quit. Lots of times Hubby will ride the motorcycle when the weather cooperates. But lately that has not been the case. If I can find something that will work for us and something that we can get financing on, I guess we will become real Georgians instead of 9 to 5 Georgians.

Got to go get stuff ready for tomorrow. Hope it is a good day for everyone. Later...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day 75

Well, finally an evening with NO Thunderstorm. It is really difficult to blog on satellite internet when the storms are rolling through. So what have I been up to for the past week or so? Well, I finished a beautiful blue afghan as a birthday present for a dear customer at the bank. He was thrilled, and I forgot to take a picture to show you. Anyway, I am now working on a baby blanket for another customer of mine. She is due in September and her nursery is Classin Winnie the Pooh. So I am using a light tan, light green and pale yellow, mixed with some purple and orange thrown in for good measure. It is a Granny Square type pattern that I am making up as I go along. I have shown it to a couple of people at work and they think it will be perfect for the nursery. I am enjoying working on it alot.

I understand that Stress the Seams is going to be doing another craft show on the 31st. How do I know this? She posted on facebook that she needed a sitter for that day. Unfortunately, I will be in New York City that day and therefore will be unable to sit for my grandsons. Bummer. I am looking forward to vacation, but I will be sad that I can't spend time with the boys.

I have finally started going thru my closet to get rid of the items that I either don't wear or are now TOO big. Yea! I have lost about 15 pounds since I started tracking it. I finished my weight loss program with Thrive (seven weeks) with just over 10 pounds lost. I am not attending meetings anymore (since I didn't want to pay for it again) but I am trying to stay on track. This past weekend I really blew it bad. Hubby and I went to a birthday party with friends one night last week and then out to dinner at Red Lobster on Saturday night with another couple. I had a really good talapia and shrimp dish. I did not eat the biscuits. And did not have dessert.

On Sunday we rode the motorcycle to Peacock Springs State Park. Really the first time I had been to a place like this. It is a series of underwater tunnels that are filled with water from the many springs in the area. Divers were everywhere. The actual surface area of the water is rather small, but apparently the "ponds" are all connected underground and the divers travel thru the tunnels and have mapped out the whole system. If I could stand to get my head underwater (long story from Waaaay back) I might be tempted to try it myself. As it is Hubby has done some diving in his day and is thinking about getting re- certified so he can attempt the tunnels. Needless to say, I will be on the surface with a good book while he is diving. We took pictures of the flowers we found and some nice shots of the ponds and the rivers. I got a bit much sun on my feet (yea no socks and open top shoes) and arms. But it was nice riding. Too hot to stop for very long unless we were in the shade, but it was really fun.

Of course, Monday was back to the real world and work has been interesting. We had to send a teller to another branch on Monday, so we were one down. Then today that same teller called in sick, so again we were one down. We handled it and I think I am the only one who had to work extra hours because of it. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Day 68

Today was a holiday at the Bank. Since the 4th fell on Sunday we were closed. We will pay for it tomorrow morning, but today we were off. I got up as usual since Hubby had to go to work. We ate breakfast and then he left. I made the bed and straightened the room then moved on to the laundry, about 5 loads later I had it washed, dried, folded and mostly put away. Meanwhile I also scrubbed the bath room and cleaned several outfits out of my closet. Things that I just can't wear any more or didn't really care for anyway. Daughter is going to get most of them to "remake" into new and different things.

Then I swept the floors and did the rug in the living room, moved some boxes of junk out of the way and put away several items that were not in their correct place. I picked the blueberries and tomatoes, brought the canned drinks in from the car. Cleaned a few things out of the fridge, and thought about making dinner. However, Hubby talked me into Hungry Howies subs for dinner, another blow it day, but since I weighed earlier in the day and had actually lost .4 pounds, I don't feel too badly about it. I W ILL get back on track tomorrow, after all I will be back at work. LOL.

My mother-in-law is going back to Virginia with her daughter tomorrow for 3 weeks. We went over to say goodbye and she asked me to take care of her Christmas Cactus. Not a problem, it came over and is sitting beside my Jade Plant and Peace Lily. I think I really need to add some potting soil to all three. Maybe tomorrow evening. I think I am going to take it easy for the rest of tonight

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Day 67

Well this weekend was special and I blew it diet wise daily. Friday night I was stuck at the bank until 7:45 so I stopped on the way home and picked up Arby's for dinner. Then Saturday we had dinner with Hubby's sister and mother at the Mexican place in Quitman. Very pretty place and the food was good too. But I think I like the food at the one in Madison better. Then today we had a big Olson family dinner at Hubby's brother's house. Steak, potatoes (which aren't supposed to be eaten with beef on thrive) corn, salad, cake, strawberry shortcake, melon, coke. You know all the stuff on a summer dinner that was WAY more than I should have eaten, but it was all good. Tomorrow it is back on track and hope to undo the damage.

We also rode the motorcycle up to Valdosta for breakfast earlier at the Waffle House, but I was good and had an omlette but bad when I ate the hashbrowns. Then we rode over to Lake Park to the flea market and walked around for a while. Didn't buy a lot but it was fun. We were looking for a couple of DVD's since we seem to have miss placed Sahara and National Treasure. I know I loaned them to someone, but can not remember who.

Then we rode over by Blue Springs. Didn't go into the Park because we only had a few minutes to spend before we had to be back home for the family dinner. After dinner we tended to our Farmville Farms and then went over to Hubby's Mom's to play dominoes with his mother and sister. That was fun. Had more desserts and then we came home. Hubby has to work tomorrow and I have a LOT of house cleaning to do.

Sure do wish we had enough time to go visit my side of the family this weekend, but that was not the case as we both had to work Saturday morning. Hope everyone had a great weekend and remembered WHY this is a holiday. Be thankful for our forefathers and our current and past military personnel who have insured the freedoms that we enjoy. Also please everyone plan to vote in your local elections this year to insure that our freedoms remain.