Friday, February 5, 2016

Toning and Trimming!

      In more ways than one! Our weather has been like Spring, lately! So naturally, I'm going to be outsided more. I can hardly resist the warm sun and cool breeze! Especially when the temps are close to 70! That's the kind of weather we had this past weekend until Tuesday. Then storms brought in a cold front and much cooler temps. We've had 40's and wind since then, but the sun made it bareable. I got blueberry and rose bushes planted finally! I've been waiting on the right weather for this since I've had them since this past summer. No way am I going to dig holes in the hot, humid weather if I can help it! It's such a nice feeling to have this done! I also trimmed a big rose bush in the front flower bed, way back. I hope I didn't go to far with it! I believe it will come back soon. These warm days will allow the green to force through. I hope your days have been sunny and warm!

      Speaking of trimming: I can tell my body is trimming down! That too is a great feeling! I have a long way to go, but thank God He is helping me stay on track! I attribute all my knowledge to Him because I believe He is showing me the right path to walk. It is a wonderful path! I am more happy than I ever have been! God is so good to us! Yes, there are mountains and valleys, but He is there. I just want to acknowlege Him in all my ways, so that He will direct my paths. God brought to my attention the other day a piece of equipment that we've had for a very long time. It is a Total Gym. Yes, it's the older version, but it does the same as the more modern version. I was so happy when I found out all that it does! I truly don't need to go to the gym! The only thing I want to do at the gym (Y), is tread water with my friend Liz. We are planning on doing that when the time is right. Since I don't have an inground pool, that would be impossible to do here.

      Back to the Total Gym: it is a gym in itself! I'm reading about all that it can do, and I have watched a few YouTube videos on how to work out on it. I combine it with bursts of cardio in between sets. Those bursts really boost your metabolism! That's what I want: to burn more in a shorter amount of time. Interal training is the way to burn more in less time and get the most bang for your buck. I received an interval timer and nice jump rope as an early Valentine's gift. I am really enjoying the timer! It works great! I plan on using the jump rope today. It is weighted, so it will stay on the ground more instead of bouncing all over the place.

      All of this working out wouldn't do much good if I wasn't following a healthy way of eating. I am enjoying the eating as much as the working out! Of course! Ya'll know I love food, and this new way of eating has me preparing all kinds of food! I'm really not limited in some ways. There is such flavor in the food I eat! I couldn't stand to eat bland food, just to lose weight! That's why it doesn't seem like a diet. It it simply a healthier way to enjoy the things I love. I am eating tons of veggies and even more meat than I'm used to eating. I was always afraid that meat would make me fat. Now I know it's not meat, but all the other junky food I ate instead. I would have been better off eating the meat and leaving off the empty calorie food I indulged in. Lesson learned. The meat I eat is chicken, fish, and turkey. I eat a scrambled turkey sausage sometimes for breakfast. I rarely eat red meat as it never has agreed with my tummy. The funny thing about the turkey scramble is I can put a couple of eggs in it now! I had gotten to where eggs nearly made me sick! I can eat them scrambled in the turkey sausage without experiencing that. Food combinations I guess. What I have stopped or nearly stopped eating is sugar and grains. Now, ya'll know I love my homemade bread. I still prepare and eat that, but not every week. Sugar is something I was already working on quitting. Grains, even whole grains spike the blood sugar, so I don't eat them. Only occasional serving of oatmeal pancakes is about the only grain I consume. I really don't miss them! I eat in such a way that I don't think about them anymore. I still do dairy, at least some dairy. The oatmeal pancakes have cottage cheese in them, and I use regular milk in recipes if I don't have almond or coconut milk. And I do eat an occasional piece of cheese. See, I don't deprive myself of the things I love! I believe if I did that, it would set me up for disaster! I even eat chocolate everyday! But it's the way I showed ya'll in the last post. Lately, I've been trying 100 percent chocolate melted with coconut oil and honey or maple syrup to sweeten. It's too bitter without sweetener!

      So there you have it! Ways I've been toning and trimming! I hope you enjoyed reading the blog! I have made changes in followers since some had already been deleted. I really want people to interact with this blog if they are going to read it. There were people following I've never heard of or from. I hope those reading now will let me know by leaving a simple comment. I always do when I read someone's blog. I think that is common courtesy. Have a great day! Blessings from Bama!

There are two 4 ounce grilled on the grill outside, chicken burgers under there.

My  breakfast with green tea. Three oatmeal pancakes with melted coconut oil, walnuts, and spinach.

The white rosebush I trimmed.

I love having these things at home to work out on!

The total gym is going to help me achieve my goal of doing pull-ups on this. The totatl gym was folded up where the guitar is. I never thought about using it before.

My new jump rope and interval timer.

Friday, January 29, 2016

A New Year, A New Baby, and A New Me!

      Greetings, ya'll! I hope ya'll are cozy and warm! And enjoying this wonderful, new year! So much has happened since I last wrote, that I don't know where to begin! I'll start with Gavyn, my new great-nephew. He was born December 6th. He is the son of April, my niece and little brother of Winterlynn and Riley. He is the cousin of Yasmine and Layla. Now our quiver is full! All those girls and finally a boy! He is such a pretty baby! And a good one at that! He is definitely the center of attention when he's around. But he sleeps quite a bit, so we don't get to see those beautiful, brown eyes very often. He is keeping April up at night and sleeping during the day. That will change with time, hopefully!

      Soon after Gavyn was born, I had a birthday. Then it was Christmas. And I mean a very different kind of Christmas! We are experiencing a wet winter this year. We had storms on Christmas day! That's a little out of the ordinary, even for us! We were sitting at the table finishing the wonderful Christmas dinner we had all prepared, when all of a sudden, the lights went out! A tree had fallen on the power lines! And it was almost dark outside! The children hadn't even opened their gifts! We kept waiting to see if the repairmen would come, but they didn't. Randy finally got the generator on and hooked up some lights for us. They were quite bright! But at least the kids could finally open their gifts. All went well! We finally had electricity the next morning. I'm glad it wasn't too cold during that time!

      So, our weather, like I said earlier, has been a bit on the rainy side. At times it gets very cold! Other times, we have quite warm temps. Last week was very cold. And we had just a light dusting of snow. It was so pretty! I tried to capture a photo of it falling but it didn't show up. The schools dismissed early that day in preparation for bad weather. The high was 50, but dropped into the thirties. That's when it snowed. Snow is a very rare thing here. So are temps in the 20's and below. We are just not used to it. Just as someone from, say, Wisconsin, wouldn't be used to our hot, humid, summers. I just couldn't take the cold weather they have there!

      I am embarking on a new workout and healthy eating regime. I've always loved to exercise, but last year I got away from it too much. I also didn't eat as healthy as I should so the weight came on. I wasn't that big, I just wasn't in shape. I had too much fat around the middle and elsewhere. I have since lost down from a size 14 to a size 10. I am very happy about that; and now I'm trying to build muscle where there is fat. Even after losing weight, I still have a considerable amount of fat. I guess I notice it more now for some reason. I am trying to incorporate more protein and healthier carbs into my diet. It's not exactly Paleo, but sort of. I don't eat white stuff: rice, potatoes, bread. (Except my occasional homemade!) I am drinking more smoothies again, and green tea. I can really tell a difference in the way I feel and look. I think this is a way of eating that I can maintain permanently. I will keep ya'll updated with my progress. I am also incorporating pliometrics with my exercise program. Plios get the heart rate up and that is what helps to burn fat. I only exercise 20 mimutes every other day. I feel like I should exercise more often with all the food I'm eating! I just started eating that way this week so I'll see how eating more will affect my weight. 

      Thanks for being patient with my blogging! I hope to write on a more regular basis this year. Have a great day! Blessings from Bama!

Meet Gavyn.

He grew a lot in a month! That's the best I could do to get a picture with his eyes open.

That's how I dress when it's 30 degrees with wind and clouds. There is a light dusting of snow on the ground.

My daily chore of dumping goat poo onto the garden.

Winn and Riley sure are growing up quick!

There is tilapia under there somewhere!

These ingredients melted  together make a delicious and healthy snack.

My Mom and Dad and Skylar. The lighting was not good for picture taking!

The girls enjoyed playing with their glow sticks in the dark.
Yes, it's that time of year again!

Lovely black beans.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Enjoying the Moments of Christmas! 2015

      Hello Everyone! I hope your weather is as pleasant there as it has been here! We've been enjoying temps in the 60's-70's the past few weeks. Today is much cooler with the highs in the 40's, but that will warm up as well. I'm so glad we haven't experienced the cold weather that was predicted! But, winter hasn't begun just yet!

      I've been really busy lately preparing Christmas goodies. They are actually not for us, but for some trays I'm making for someone. I hope they turn out well! It's my first 'job' since I took the cottage test to be able to sell baked goods from home. So far, so good!

      I'm listening to Pandora Christmas music in the background. It makes the season become real. If not for the music and Christmas tree, it wouldn't even seem like Christmas to me! I've also celebrated another birthday and welcomed a new life into the family! His name is Gavyn, and he is the cutest little thing! I kept one of his sister's (Riley), the first week of his life, so I really miss her! But soon, we'll see them all again! And Yasmine and Layla too! It's so hard to believe the big day is one week away!

      The garden isn't producing very much now. I have received a seed catalog, but I haven't ordered anything yet. I hope our Spring will come sooner than it did last year! I hardly know what to think with cool weather lasting all the way until May! Soon enough, it will be time to get the garden ready! I do spread the goat droppings on the garden several times a week. We still need more cardboard to cover the rest of the garden. Hopefully we'll be able to aquire this during the holidays.

      I hope you all have a wonderful, safe holiday season! Remember: Jesus is the reason for the season! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings from Bama!

My favorite picture of the girls!

The front here has never been painted. Randy is putting on primer.

Peppers from the garden. I cut these up a couple of weeks ago.

My first photo of Gavyn.

A much better picture of him.

April with two of her babies.

Randy sheet rocked the stairwell.

Got to get a pic of Randy holding Gavyn. How do you like his hair? I cut it!

I love the expression on Riley's face as she examines the dead flower. The photo was taken from inside.

Riley wasn't afraid to get close enough to feed them!

Sweet balarina princess!

Friday, November 20, 2015

It's Almost Time to Carve the Turkey!

      Hey Ya'll! Been wondering about me? Well I haven't stopped blogging, if you're wondering about that. Just slowed blogging down quite a bit. I hope to pick back up after the holidays. I have so much to write about but not enough time to do so! It's unreal how fast time is passing! I mean Thanksgiving? Already? What?

      I haven't been on Blogger in I don't know when until now! I  check Facebook occasionally. And I love YouTube! It's been so helpful for me lately! I don't spend that much time on there, unless I'm eating lunch or taking a break. What I am doing now is trying to eliminate allergens in my body. I have had such a hard time with them since I got over the flu! In fact, I'm wondering if allergies are what caused my sickness! Anyway, I just quit coffee again, this morning. I came off of it a couple of years ago, and continued to have migraines, so I got back on it. The migrains stopped almost immediately! Or so it seemed. I think my eating, or lack of, during that time was more the cuplprit. I have had itchy arms with little bumps or hives since I started drinking Kripy Kreme coffe. I quit drinking that and the itching subsided, somewhat. I changed to Starbucks and was pretty content with that, but I started with cold syptoms: runny nose, itchy eyes, etc. And my stomach has been upset. It seems everything I was tested for when I took allergy tests years ago, has aggravated me! If I ate anything or drank my smoothies, I had stomach cramps and diarrhea! Sorry for the bluntness, but I just wanted ya'll to know what I've been going through. I have lost weight in the process, but that's not how I wanted to lose it! So this morning was the first day in several years I did not drink coffee. My arms aren't itching and my nose isn't running! Do you think it was coffee? I think that was one thing. I also had to quit eating my hens' eggs! And I think chicken is out for awhile! I have been trying to eat more of a vegan type diet, although I still use some things that aren't necessarily vegan. I never though I'd be one of those people who had to cling to a special diet! Thank goodness I can still eat gluten! I have been making more of a whole grain bread that tastes pretty good. It has regular wheat and oatmeal in it. I also added some sunflower seeds for a little crunch. I've had to lay off the smoothies until my tummy gets better. Plus, my Vitamix is out of order. I'm going to have to send it back! I hope it won't take long to repair or replace!

      Our weather today was amazing! I even got to plant garlic! The temp was around 68, and the night is around 51. We've had some cool, rainy days lately. Just two days before, we had strong winds come through. I mean they were strong! Needless to say, our canopy and umbrellas are turned over and destroyed! Of course that's nothing new for us. We have to replace them every year, it seems, because of the winds. I'm glad it's not always windy here! We've had such a mix of weather too! One day 80, next day 55! It's very hard to know just what to wear at times. I like the weather now! I hope it stays this way! How's the weather where you live?

      I have been inspired by How Jen Does It on Youtube! She is so pretty and young, and I've learned a lot from her! Mostly about cleaning and organizing the house! I should have taken before pics, but you'll probably be able to see differences in the photos taken now. I've also been inspired by Joanna Soh. She is certified in nutrition and exercise which is right up my ally! I've been inspired by her to eat much more healthy and lose weight. 

      Randy has been working on sheet rock on the stairwell and that looks so much better! Not only am I paying more attention to the house, but I'm paying more attention to things like my fingernails! I finally gave myself a manicure after I don't know how many years! I'm in real need of one now and I hope to do that tomorrow. Tomorrow is always a good day to do something, don't you think? It's so easy since I stay home to just let myself go. I am trying to impove not only my health, but my appearance as well. I'm not getting any younger, so I am going to enjoy life each day! God has given us so many blessings to enjoy! I'm so thankful to Him everyday! Thanks for hanging in here with me! Blessings from Bama!

Isn't the lake and leaves gorgeous? I look really big in this photo! Glad I'm loosing weight!

A lovely old church in Georgia.

The view from the steps of the church.

Little Riley turned 3!

All my girls are growing up!

I've had this for lunch several times this week and it still looks good! Humus and roasted peppers from our garden, with red peppers on a tortilla.

The ducks are doing very well with the goats. I'm getting duck eggs now!

They love their 'bathtub'!

Mustard greens I hope to cut and cook for Thanksgiving.

A rutabaga! My first time to grow them! Several have gotten huge! I want to cook one for Thanksgiving.

Strawberry plants, lettuce in the middle, then carrots.

Rutabaga plants!

Another big one!

My sweet girls!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall at 'Little Dixie Farm'!

      I've never mentioned our goat herd name before, have I? Well, it's 'Little Dixie Farm'. Even though we now have Nubians, I think the title still fits. Since we have less than three acres, especially. We almost didn't have Nubians! You see, I thought I wanted to sell them. I thought they needed a place with other Nubians and a goat barn. The ad on Craigslist was about to run out so I was surprised that I had gotten any calls. I was beginning to get sick with the flu that weekend and told the first gentleman so. He said to call me when I felt better. A couple of days later, another guy, very insistent, called. Long story short, I sold him the Nubians. Yes, I called the first gentleman and he said it was OK. I think I was out of my mind! After they were gone and I had time to think about it, I was so sad! I was even more sad the next morning and contacted the guy who bought them. He asked me if I wanted them back. I said yes, that I had acted in haste. We had to drive and hour and a half to get them, but they're back! Yay! The doe didn't have much milk so he wasn't too interested in keeping her. He sells goat milk for $16 a gallon! I thought $9 was plenty! I learned something about Nubians that I hadn't realized before. Nigerian dwarfs can breed any time of the year because the buck always seems to be in rut. I just thought all goats were like that. Not so with Nubians. The Nubian bucks only go in rut between August through December. The guy who bought them from me had a buck that was already out of rut, in only October. I want a Nubian buck now. I have not been successful in locating one at this time, but when God is ready, He'll show us the one.

      I am loving the cool nights and sunny, warm days we're experiencing! We are finally having a Fall! It usually stays hot right up until November, so this coolness is refreshing! I've planted a Fall garden and have been harvesting some mustard greens. They are so good in a salad, at least when they're small. I ate some last week that must have been a little strong cause my tummy let me know! I love them cooked and eat them with hot pepper sauce (acutally it's hot green peppers pickled in vinegar) and cornbread. So delicious! I hope to cook some this week. There are carrots, beets, and spinach coming up, as well. I'm not sure if that's kale coming up. I planted kale, but it could be a weed. It needs a little more time to tell I guess.

      The chickens are laying good again! The spring chicks are just starting to lay, so their eggs are small. I especially like getting the real dark, brown eggs! But the ducks haven't started laying yet. I'm really anticipating getting duck eggs for custards, pies, and cornbread dressing! I have even been able to sell a couple dozen eggs sometimes! I haven't sold anything else, but that's OK because I'm not really trying. I have so much to do, especially since I was sick for so long, trying to catch up. I still have a nagging cough. I'm just glad to be back to myself! Having the flu is no fun! I pray none of ya'll ever get this stuff!

      Ya'll enjoy the Fall! There is so much to see and enjoy this time of year! Stay safe! Blessings from Bama!

You know I can't write a post without sharing these beautiful faces!

Where's the snow Uncle Randy?

Layla doesn't like riding in the sled.

A new hydrangea I purchased a few weeks ago at half price!

Here's the name, Zinfin Doll. It starts out white and continues to change until it's a burgundy color.

The candy roaster pumpkin ready to be used in pies.

Our beautifully colored eggs!

The last candy roaster ready to be roasted.

The sun oven has been in use a lot lately.

Candy roaster cooked in there.

Randy has been working in the flower beds.

I know you can't see them, but this thing is loaded with bees! Especially honey bees!

You wouldn't believe all the weeds that were in here!

Now to get to work on this bed!

My sweet Nubians! It sounds like they say "M-a-M-a!"

See how the colors have changed?