Monday, February 2, 2015

Six More Weeks of Winter?

      If today is any indication, that may be true! But with the warmer weather we've been experiencing lately, I doubt it holds true for us. Anyway, February is the shortest month of the year, and Spring is just around the corner. I will be planting seeds in a couple of weeks. Inside of course, unless I decide to grow cabbage or turnips. There are a lot of cooler weather crops I could plant, but we just couldn't eat all of them. Or should I say, I couldn't eat all of them unless I preserved them. I'm the only one who eats those sort of vegetables. Randy and Skylar like simple veggies such as corn, English peas, green beans, and occasionally potatoes. My main focus this year in the garden is going to be tomatoes. I haven't had good success growing them in the raised beds, so I'm planting them in the 'chicken yard'. The girls will be routed down another path so they won't eat my tomatoes and anything else I choose to plant. Green beans, squash, zucchini, and cucumbers grow easily in our garden so there will be some of those. I'll plant less this year as I had over-abundance of those last year. I'll also probably plant some peppers, but not too many. What are you planting in your garden this year?

      Today, as I was eating lunch I kept hearing something moving wood around, or knocking. It kept on as if someone were outside the door. I got a little nervous and went to investigate. To my surprise, the great big hen was at the door knocking! It was hilarious to see since I thought it could be an intruder. I opened the door and it frightened her so I quickly closed the door again. She hung around for the longest. I wonder what she's thinking. There are no bugs on the porch. I thought she might come inside out of curiosity. That wouldn't really be a good thing, especially if she got scared and I had to chase her around! It would be funny, though. Not to mention chicken poo everywhere! On second thought, I won't open the door for her again!

      My workouts are coming along very good. I do twenty-five minutes of Zumba, then my strength training. I really love it! My body has changed a lot since I started this new routine. I can hardly wait to get back into my skinny jeans! I'm not sending them to the thrift store just yet! I'm staying fuller longer with eating more protein and whole grains. I have been incorporating more beans into our meals. They provide protein and fiber, thus keeping us fuller longer. The guys aren't complaining, as I haven't really changed the evening meals. Just what I eat throughout the day.

      I haven't really been crafting much lately. I love to craft but I can't seem to find what I want to do. There are so many pretty things to make, but I can't decide which ones are for me. Randy said for me to just keep trying until I find the right thing, then perfect it. That sounds like a good idea! I just don't seem to have the same enthusiasm as I did during the holidays. Maybe I'll find my 'thing' soon! I guess right now I've been focused on following healthier recipes and working out. We did get the room up stairs more organized. I love it up there now! There's so much more room! Wished ya'll could join me in a class of Zumba! I could teach a Zumba class, but that means I'd have to be away from home. I don't really want to do that. It wouldn't be worth the drive to town and back. Oh well, I'll just stick to doing what I like.

      It's nice to see the days getting longer! I enjoy beautiful sunsets almost everyday! I just wished my camera could catch the beauty! Look outside your window tomorrow and capture the beautiful sunset. It will make you appreciate God's creation! Have a great week! Blessings from Bama!

Yummy scalloped potatoes!

My 'intruder'!

I thought I would try making my own pickled beets. I'll let ya'll know how they turn out.

I couldn't believe it when I saw these poking up the other day!

I tried making an Elsa headband. It doesn't look like the ones on the internet.

This would have been a good picture of us!

Randy smoked us some salmon in the smoker. It was delicious!

My better organized room.

The weight bench is my Valentine's gift from my 'sweetie'!


  1. I left a comment but idk where it went. Anyway, the work out room looks great. I love the hen, if Martha knocked on my door, I might let her in. Lol. Good job on diet and exercise

    1. Weird, blogger! Thanks Jacky! Yes, I almost did yesterday and she was about to come in, then I thought about what I said here and decided that wouldn't be a wise choice, lol! It's not easy some days, cause I sure do like to crunch on chips! I just don't buy them anymore. Blessings!

  2. Yes, good job on the diet and exercise! Sounds like you are feeling good and motivated to continue your healthy track. We eat grilled salmon once a week and it's one of my most favorite meals! Blessings back to you!

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you! Yes, I am still motivated and I really am loving working out! I just hope the heat of summer doesn't discourage me! I hate to sweat a lot! Yes, salmon is so much better cooked on the grill! Blessings!

  3. Hi Bama Girl! Yikes! I totally would NOT have opened the door thinking it WAS an intruder! How funny your chicken was knocking! I LOVE animals and their funny antics!

    Great job on your diet and exercise program! So proud of you!!!

    Hugs, Cheeryshirley

    1. Hi Cheeryshirley! It was so funny! Thanks! It's working pretty good! Blessings!

  4. Your doing great! I love your hen! Is it a Buff? She looks just like mine. She is the sweetest thing!

  5. Those scalloped potatoes look really good! I am trying to eat healthier and exercise more too. Also loved how organized your workout room is too! Have a great day!

  6. My garden will be mostly what I have grown last year. I don't have a lot of space but more space would mean more work! LOL I think I go in spurts when crafting and have to be in the mood! Nancy

  7. Hi Nancy! I've been trying to respond to your comment but it wouldn't let me! Yes, more space more work, lol! It seems you grow quite a lot in your small space!
    I go in spurts too, but right now I'm really in to it! Blessings!


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