Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Am I getting old...??

For the love of all that is holy...what has been going on with my body lately? I mean, aside from the insane attraction that mosquitoes (and now possibly other bugs, too) have to me, I did something yesterday that still has me baffled. I went to the gym (that's not the baffling part) and as I am changing into my gym clothes, I somehow manage to tweak or otherwise hurt something around my left shoulder blade area.

Now, if I was actually working out and hurt something, I could deal with that. But I was changing my clothes for cryin' out loud! Putting on my sports bra, specifically. And I hurt it so badly that moving my left arm, shoulder, or my neck was almost debilitating. That is ridiculous, y'all. Re.dic.u.lous.

Fortunately it's feeling a little better today, but not nearly back to normal. James says I need to roll against a golf ball on the wall to get down into the muscle (rhomboid) to work out what he believes is a knot, but that it will hurt and I will likely cry. Um...why in the world would I want to do that to myself?? I'd rather lay on the bed and have him dig his elbow into the knot than do it to myself. So...tonight, maybe we'll try that. In the mean time, heating pads and ibuprofen. I'll attempt to go to the gym again this afternoon, and hopefully I'll manage to get changed without any further injury.

I just can't even....ugh. 6 weeks shy of 34 and already injuring myself for absolutely no reason. Isn't getting older grand?? LOL.

Until next time...

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Heart to Serve

Well, the garden took a hit last week. We had a nasty storm last Thursday with winds upwards of 50 mph, and we lost a few jalapenos (not the plants, just some of the actual jalps), a tomato, and it all but destroyed one of the zucchini plants. All-in-all, though, the garden held up pretty well. That is definitely one major downside to living up on a windy hill with no way to block it. Seriously...people can't even have wooden fences out there because the wind is so fierce it'll just knock 'em down. Sad, really.

Oh, and we finally have a little baby cantaloupe! Just one, of course, as is par for the course with everything in our garden. Ha!


Roo is doing a little better with the potty training, when we are at home with him, but when we get home from work there is always a mess to clean up. So...we're putting in a doggy door this weekend. I'm not a proponent for leaving dogs outside all day, especially in this Texas heat, so this will allow for him to stay in the cool of the laundry room, but slip outside if he gets bored and wants to play (i.e. eat grass, sticks, or whatever else he can find) or go potty. Fingers crossed that he actually uses the doggy door. Mommy is tired of cleaning up mess every day. 

And now onto some exciting - well, I think it's exciting - news. I'm not quite sure what's come over me this last week, but it seems that God is putting it on my heart to do more. More involvement with church. More volunteer work concerning kids. More to serve. I've looked into things before - bible studies, volunteer programs in the city - but my shy nature tends to get the best of me and I'm just too scared to join a group full of people I don't know, or make a commitment that I will absolutely have to keep. But I knew, in my heart, that it was time to stop being a scaredy cat and step outside of my comfort zone for the better of someone else.


I signed up for my very first Women's bible study at church. It starts next Monday (the 30th). It's called "Keep your love on" and while I'm nervous for so many reasons, I'm going to do it anyway. I already volunteer in the nursery at my church, and I just really feel this need to become more involved and actually get to know some of the other  people there. I think it will be good for me in a lot of ways. There is another bible study group on Wednesday nights, and the next one starts on July 9th. If all goes well with the first one, it's very likely I will join that one as well. 

In addition to church involvement, I have also signed up for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Central Texas. I'm still in the beginning application stage, so it may be awhile before I'm assigned a "Little", but I'm really excited about the opportunity to make a difference in a little girl's life. No doubt it will make an impact on mine as well. 

There are some other things I feel God has put on my heart this week, concerning children and the future, but those are still in the "sorting out" phase so nothing to talk about just yet. 

I've always been the caretaker type for those that are close in my life, but I really feel like it's my time to share that ability with others, outside of my little circle of life, who really need it. We aren't meant to be self-serving, self-centered people. We're meant to serve others, and lift them up. Get involved, volunteer, make a difference in someone else's life. You'll be amazed at the changes you'll see in yourself and the joy it will bring to your life. I say all this without having actually done anything yet. But just taking those first steps has made a world of difference for me. 

Until next time...


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gardening and Mosquitos

An odd post title, I know, but I just couldn't think of anything more clever to say. Especially since those are the things I'll be writing about!! Let's face it, summer is upon us and since planting our garden back in March, we are watching it like hawks. We have terrible soil on our land...black clay soil filled with hundreds of rocks. Tilling it was...most unpleasant for James and even with the addition of good composted soil, we were unsure whether or not the plants would grow and thrive.

James doesn't think they are doing as well as they would in really good soil, but I think the fact that the majority of what we planted is growing and much of it is already producing is a great thing!! We had 1 zucchini plant and 3 spinach plants that never sprouted, and cucumbers that we planted that died right off the bat. Other than that everything is growing. Including the weeds. Man I hate weeds. But, that's just part of it  unfortunately. I told J that despite the outcome of this year's crops, I'm really glad that we planted what we did and in small quantities, so that we can see what adjustments to make next year. Like the strawberries. I was so excited for the strawberries and they've been very disappointing. The plants are growing and strawberries grow and turn red, but they are so stinkin' small that I don't even see the point. Especially when they are only ripe  2 or 3 at a time. No strawberries next year. More tomatoes (cherry tomatoes especially) and more onions. The rest is still TBD.

Here are some pics of the garden in June...

The cherry tomatoes are the most fruitful so far, though they only produce about 4 or 5 ripe ones at a time.


The Big Boy tomatoes are nice, but only 1 is ripe at a time usually. 


The jalapenos are finally growing like crazy, but I'm not sure if they'll get more than 2 or 3 inches long.
 They've been hot little suckers though, just ask James!! 


The Bell Peppers each have 1 "big" one so far with a few babies sprouting. 


I'm not sure if the beets are going to produce, the ground may be too hard and compact. Same for the yellow onions. Didn't even bother with pics of those. 

Yellow Squash is also sprouting like crazy now...what will I do with it all??? 


Zucchini has a couple on there. 


Cantaloupe...?? The plant is growing like crazy with flowers, but no idea how long until we actually have a little cantaloupe on the plant! 


And then the okra...the plants are growing well and there is 1...yes, just 1...ready to pick. What in the world would I do with ONE okra? Sheesh. 


And all this garden talk brings me to my next topic...mosquitos.  -_-

I don't know what it is about me that they are drawn to. I went out to water the garden the other night and I kid you not...I was out there less than 2 minutes and had SEVEN bites already. What the hell??? I know it's that time of year and I know I'll get a hundred more bites before it's over, but it seems exceptionally bad right now. Maybe I'm outside more than usual? I don't know, but it needs.to.stop. I can't remember to put bug spray on every time I run out the door to do something. They need to come up with a mosquito repellent shot, like an allergy shot. I would totally buy it. I've heard lots of suggestions for how to soothe the itching AFTER a bite, but little on how to prevent them. Other than rubbing a dryer sheet on me. 

I did that the other day. It kinda hurt. They're kinda scratchy. Any other suggestions? Help a sista out here!!

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Puppy Potty Training

Exhausting. I mean, I guess I didn't realize how long it's been since I've had a puppy. We've had Roofus now for about 3 1/2 weeks and I feel like we're getting nowhere with the potty training. And if it's raining? Forget it. It doesn't matter if he's been sleeping for 6+ hours and we all know he has to go - it's not gonna happen. He will just stand there and shiver and shake and whine and run back to the door until my head wants to explode and I just let him back in, soaking wet myself from standing out there with him. And at 5 o'clock in the morning that makes for one grumpy mama.

Oh, and whoever said that puppies don't like to pee where they sleep - hasn't met our Roo. While we are at work during the day we keep him in a small kennel. He pees in it. Every day. Then lays in it and soaks up all the pee with his fur. Fan-freaking-tastic. So, every day when we get home, the kennel has to be cleaned and he has to be bathed. When we are home we take him outside often, he knows what "potty" means, and he's pretty good about not having accidents. However, if he drinks a little more water than usual or we get busy doing something and don't take him out as often, he gives us no indication that he needs to go (like running over by a door) and  just pees wherever he happens to be standing.

I don't know what to do, or how to fix this. I realize it won't happen over night, and it's been less than a month, but it is freaking exhausting. I imagine that caring for a puppy is similar in many ways to caring for a baby. I just hope that we figure something out soon before mommy and daddy both lose their minds.

It's a good thing he's so cute.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

And baby makes 5!

The one year anniversary of losing Bubba just passed on Saturday. I knew it was coming, I remembered every day leading up to it. And then that morning, I didn't remember right when I woke up. It wasn't until we were sitting on the couch with our newest little bundle of joy, and he was laying in such a way that reminded me of how Bubba used to lay next to me on the couch.

My breath caught a little and I said out loud, "Today is 1 year..."

James reached over to hug me and the tears started to fill my eyes. I allowed myself a couple of minutes to mourn the loss of my boy once again, but pet and loved on the new baby all the while. I'm not sure the pain or the empty place in my heart will be ever be gone, but hopefully it will lessen.

Ever since losing Bubba, I went back and forth about whether or not I wanted to get another Boston. I did, because they are such a good breed of dog and Bubba was the most perfect pup I could have ever asked for. But I didn't because I knew that a new pup could never be Bubba. But James had also had a Boston baby that he loved and lost several years ago, so it just seemed like the right fit for our family to get another one. He searched for quite some time to find one. We wanted a puppy so a Rescue facility wasn't really an option for us, and we weren't willing to pay $500 for one from a breeder (nor did we want to support a puppy farm type of place), so ti took some time. Finally, we found one about an hour and a half from home at a reasonable price and from a family who was looking for homes with parents that had previous experience and love for Bostons. That would be us, no doubt.

On Sunday after church, we made our way to Waco, TX and found our new baby boy.


How sweet is that little face??

He had a rough go of it his first night home. Zoey was a little indifferent, but Skeety boy...well, let's just say that he gave the little pup a less than warm welcome. It was a very dramatic encounter that left us all frazzled and upset. And surprised. Skeety and Zoey are best of friends and play with each other all the time. I guess he just wasn't ready for a brother just yet.

But as the days have gone by, he's becoming a little more tolerant and accepting each day. They aren't buddies just yet, despite puppy's attempts, but Skeety isn't trying to scratch his face off either. That's progress my friends.

It took us a couple of days to decide on a name for the little guy. We thought about several...Scooter, Opie, Rocky, Charlie, etc. and then finally decided on Roofus. (Yes, ROOFus, not RUfus - take it up with the man...lol) He's adorable and sweet and loves to play.

 


But, he also loves to snuggle and sleep. Good for  us!



Potty training is something neither James or I have had to do in a very long time, and it's a challenge...but Boston's are smart and it'll be done before we know it! We're enjoying the new addition to our family, and Zoey has even gone from being indifferent to actually playing with him. The chase each other around the  house or outside, take toys from each other, etc. You know...sibling stuff ;)

So, now we have Zoey (ZoZo) 3 1/2, Skeeter (Skeety)16 months, and Roofus (Roo, RooRoo, Roofie) 3 months!

     

      


Now if we could just get a pic of all 5 of us...ha! Wish me luck with that one!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A little pity party vent...

I miss blogging. I mean, I miss having that drive and inspiration to cook or bake, take photos, and actually write a post. Over the past year (hell, maybe even the past 2 years), life has been so hectic that blogging has taken a back seat. I don't even have (or take) the time to read the other food blogs that I love. Some days I wonder if I should just give it up altogether, delete the blog and move on to a new hobby. But that's not what I really want to do. I just want to have more time in the days. Or more free time, rather. Being on the go constantly is definitely overrated. And my little food blog with it's little following, has definitely suffered because of it.  I used to post 5-6 days a week and for awhile I was lucky if I posted once every two weeks. I'm slowly getting back to posting multiple times a week, but man...it's been hard. Even planning out my weekly menus has been a killer lately. I'm having trouble finding inspiration.

So here I whine about how busy my life is (poor, poor me) and how the dreams that I once had may not fit in with the new life I have. Opening a bakery and running a personal training/boot camp business don't exactly go hand-in-hand, ya know? I'm struggling to find my footing...to figure out what it is that I am meant to do with my life, long-term. We're all put here for a reason, with a destiny already planned out for us. And maybe I should just go with the flow until that destiny is revealed to me, but I don't do well with the unknown. I don't do well not having direction or a goal of some sort. And right now I just feel like I'm floundering around trying to find my place. Is it being the business manager of the boot camp business and helping it to grow and flourish? Is it something food related? Event planning? Child care at church? I just have no idea.

One thing I know is I need to start dragging my tired behind up early every morning for some one-on-one devotion time with God. Maybe if I make that a bigger priority in my daily life, the rest will become a little clearer and things will start to fall into place a little easier. Just a thought.

Psalm 31:1-3
1 Lord, I trust in you; let me never be disgraced. Save me because you do what is right. 2 Listen to me and save me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a strong city to save me. 3 You are my rock and my protection. For the good of your name, lead me and guide me.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Business of Becoming a CHAMPION

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that there were some things in the works for J and I and that I'd fill you in as things progressed. Well...after a couple of months of planning and work, I am so happy to announce the launch and start-up of Champion Builders Boot Camp!! J got his personal trainer certification back in December and we started working on starting up the business of his dreams. We finished and launched the website this week and the first official boot camp starts on Saturday!! I will be acting as the business manager while he handles all the training (he refers to it as me being the brains of the operation so I guess I'm the Brains and he's the Brawn, eh?) It's nice to finally get to put that ol' degree of mine to use...ha!


I love that we are embarking on this adventure together and I can't wait to see what the future holds. It's all still new and there are so many things we want to do with the camps, the website, etc. but we both know that it will all come together in time. The important thing right now is getting the camps going and helping people get healthy. I love how passionate he is about helping people. And I love that he wants me to be a part of it all. Check out the website and if you live in, or know someone who lives in, the Austin area please do share the info and come out for a free session!