How is your weather right now, Helen and PAgirl? It is in the 50's here and sunny with a few high clouds. Not at all like last winter. We were buried in snow. If it wasn't snowing, it rained. I can't remember the last rain, and we only had a dusting of snow so far. The Sierra has been making snow for skiers and the high winds came and blew it away..LOL!! I am not hoping for any blizzards, but snow or rain will be welcome this time of year. (A gentle storm...)
Hi everyone. Sorry I've been missing. Have been really busy re-arranging my SH so son can put some Reo up for me to hang some Bromeliads on. Still got a lot to do. I have until Friday to do it as he'll be back with the boys then. They have gone to have a holiday with him and have a break from Gran. lol or other way round. Hope you are all well. Colleen
Reo is reinforcing wire made of steel and has squares of about 8". They use it in the concrete floors when they build houses. John is going to attach it between the posts in the SH and then I will hang the pots from it. It will give me more ground room in the SH. More room for more Broms. lol Colleen
California. Though it surely was not sunny last winter. Here it has been between 55° and 60° for a daytime high and only 42° at night. The norm, whatever that is that the low should be 28°- 35° to a high of 40°- 45°.
It's nice now, but who knows how long it will last? I give up trying to go by past records...
Yes that is lower Southern CA. It does, however, snow in the mountains, not too far from San Diego. Only in the highest elevations. California is a diverse state...mountains, valleys, beaches, deserts...cities, too. SF and LA. I lived in L.A. for many, many years. Now I like living in the country. We are at a high elevation. In between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.
I think we do here, except for last year. I have lived here for 25 years now and the first time I ever saw blizzard-like conditions. Usually the snow just falls out of the sky and then it is sunny and cold, or it may rain, or whatever. But not last year. We have even been warmer than Sacramento at night, lately, but it may not last. They are getting consistant freezes.
Brrrrr! We had snow for just a little while, so there's a tiny bit on the grass, none on the pavement, thankfully. It's 24 out there, and the wind goes right through you!
Yep, cookie time...got that frozen oatmeal raisin dough that needs to be baked. Sounds like a good Friday the 13th project.
It's been rainy, but warm all day. But it's gonna change - fast. The temps are supposed to really drop by morning. Then we are supposed to get snow showers and snow squalls on and off all day tomorrow. Low temps in single digits by Sat & Sun. Welcome to winter!
Last year I lost 12 pounds and only gained 2 of them back. Even after the holidays with all those sugary gifts we ate. I will wait until I feel better to start a new loss in weight. I do not consider it a diet, but just a way to lose weight as I could not eat that way in the long run. Just eat no refined carbs for two weeks. No pasta, bread, potatoes, rice or any starch just for two weeks. Slow carbs like broccoli and other green veggies and protein. Eggs, meat and/or fish with veggies and salads. No sugars in the salad dressing. It resets your metabolism. What I like is the short term solution and that after the 2 weeks, add whole grains such as oats and brown rice, whole wheat, but in small quantities, then monitor your portions. The goal eventually is to continue to eat healthful foods and occasionall guilty pleasures, but just occasinally.
I hope to lose a few pounds again too. Gotta get back to eating more proteins, fruits, and veggies, and less junk food. I love pastas and rice (brown, white, jasmine, etc), so I don't rule them out completely, just limit my portions, and don't load up on the heavy sauces. But I'm not a big bread eater. Ky, remember last winter I lost about 18 lbs.? I've only gained about 3 lbs. of it back, and that was with all the goodies we ate during the holidays! It should be pretty easy this time, hubby wants to lose weight too, and he needs to lose A LOT more than I do. I'd like to lose about 10-15 lbs. more, and stay at that weight. About 115 to 120!
I'd like to loose 20 lbs. I really just need more exercise! I love to walk, but I have that dammed plantar fasciitis. If anyone hears about a cure please let me know. I'd love to kick this condition out of my life. Bad joke.
Makes sense, Evelyn. I am definitely a sugar-holic, and I know that's terrible, especially since diabetes runs in my family. So far I've just been lucky. Congrats to you and to Kathy, for not gaining all your weight back!
Helen, I get that foot problem, too, if I'm on my feet too much without resting; especially when I had to stand in one place all day as a cashier. I won't do that again. I helps to stretch your feet before getting out of bed in the morning.
Yes, a good start, Kathy! I know that I am definitely addicted to sugar and would love to eat any dessert available. We have just a little bit of the pumpkin cheesecake left. Hopefully, after that is gone, my husband won't bring home more sweets, but that is probably being unrealistic.
Still, I do like yogurt and I add frozen blueberries and cinnamon. I just need to think of more healthful alternatives...even if he does bring home ice cream. I was very good about not eating the ice cream. Then later, I did eat it. When I read the label, though I should not have done so. It should read - cream, milk, sugar and eggs...nothing else. Very few have just the ingredients that belong there. If I need to get my glasses to read the ingredients, I know it is not what I want in my body. I hope to be stronger this go round and just eat what is healthful.
When I was little, we were visiting someone who had a large bull in the pasture, and I wanted to see if a red cape really did make a bull come running. I had on a red shirt, which I proceeded to remove and wave in the air. He didn't come running, but he was walking in my direction; of course I was on the other side of the fence. My parents came running, though...LOL
I just tried getting my car down our icy hill, thinking the salt I put down was enough...nope, stuck in a ditch. grrrrrr Thank goodness it's supposed to get up in the 50's tomorrow. I had to call a coworker to cover my morning shift, and I'll go in after it thaws out.
Hi all. Sorry I have been AWOL. Have been renovating the SH and had Bromeliads everywhere. I still have some out the front and the Mummas to take pups from to do but am getting some order back there. Colleen
Very hot here Dems 40C- 45C highs and low 30'sC during the night for the past week. We just had a lovely shower of rain go through here with thunder and wind at 35C I hope it cools down a bit or we will be steaming. Colleen
Wow, the sun is out in a cloudless bright blue sky! That hasn't happened for a long time here. It's 42 degrees, but feels chillier because it's slightly windy. That's okay, it's great to see the sun again!
I've only had to plow my driveway once this year so I'm enjoying this winter. I wish that there was some way that it could rain in the valleys, but snow in the mountains. Vermont relies very heavily on the tourist industry.
my flu shot too...vitamin C does help...tell your friend to double up on them...plus add zinc...vicks on her feet...another good thing is a hot toddy...whiskey,honey and lemon...get under the covers and sweat it out.
Got a notice from the post office that my new iris plants are here--yippeee!
We had an old Louisiana iris growing in our pond forever, and an extra cold winter a couple years ago killed it. I've been looking for another like it since then, and finally found it on ebay:
lucky you finding them...I got most of my orders in the fall...lots of good sales at that time of year...bought some from a lady named Polly on here...great prices and nice bulbs...or whatever they are called...