Saturday 12.31.2011

I had to chase a couple of cars around Fredericksburg yesterday.  Actually it was quite a ways past Fredericksburg, but this peticular company asking me to take care of these, has been awfully good to me.  In this case I will go out of my way.

Every time I'm up that way I pass by this German restaurant.  It sucks because it is always early in the morning and they are closed.  This time I stopped by just to have a look around.  Too bad they're only open at night.

My toilet is still in bits and pieces, but I'm going to have the time to put it back together tonight.  Luckily it's not the only toilet at the house.   LOL....what a way to spend new years eve, eh?  Lets hope I don't end up with spare parts or leaks.

I shot this from work last night.  What do you think?  Contrails, Chemtrails, Weather Modification?

Happy New Year to all of you.  Be safe!!

Thursday 12.29.2011 ...fixing the crapper

Besides ironing, this has got to be my most hated thing for me to tackle.

Replacing the innards of the toilets.    For three days I have had two kits for the upstairs toilets, both are leaking.  Everyday I walk past them and then put them off for another day.  This morning, I figured I'd better get to it because they won't install themselves.

I had it all taken apart except for that thingy on the left, the fill valve.  I just can't seem to get it out of there.  Rat Bastard!  No matter what it says on the package....NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING is EVER plug and play. I guess I'll wait for one of the men folks to get up and give me a hand.

I was running back and forth, up and down the stairs, posting on Facebook, reading advice on Google, and watching YouTube videos on toilet repairs.

Meanwhile Cyndi, Kenny's wife, part of my extended Scion Family posted on my Facebook saying to contact her hubby.  Well about 90 minutes later Kenny, with his son and daughter knocked on my door.  It took Kenny about 30 minutes to get the fill valve out. Turns out I  unscrewed the wrong nut on the bottom of the tank.  I should have unscrewed the bottom nut first, not the top nut.   Whoohoo!  I'm such a happy woman.  Everything is taken apart, ready for me to put the new guts inside tomorrow morning. :)  

Thanks Kenny....and thanks Cyndi for letting me borrow your hubby. :)

Meanwhile, this is what's in the oven for today.

Turkey necks, cajun sausage, onions, garlic, a handful of sauerkraut and lots of seasonings.  Pop it in the oven until it falls apart.

I also managed to crochet together a few more rows of squares.  I'm getting there. :)

Wednesday 12.28.2011 ....visit to Wilson Farms Meat Company

I didn't make it to Wilson's yesterday after all.  I was all ready to go, started the car and changed my mind after remembering that gravel road in front of their building with all the huge pot holes.  Knowing that they would be full of water, since it was raining like crazy, I wouldn't be able to see the holes.   I figured I'd wait until today so that I wouldn't tear up my car.

I took a few photos while I was ordering my meat.

This time I remembered to bring cash.

I came home with turkey necks, turkey gizzards, real smoked bacon, cubed pork, a back of sauerkraut and cajun smoked sausage.  I'll use some of that sausage for seasoning with the turkey necks tomorrow.  Ha, can you say awesome dark brown gravy??

On my way back home I stopped at a store to get the fixings for the broccoli salad.  I called my mom from the parking lot to find out the ingredients for the dressing which is sour cream, spicy honey mustard and mayonnaise.  Since I don't do mayo nor sour cream, I had to improvise a bit.

Below is a photo of raw broccoli, raisins, red onion, plain whole milk yogurt, spicy honey mustard and some sea salt.  It is to die for!!!

The bag of sauerkraut really surprised me.  Usually store bought sauerkraut stinks and is piss sour,  Normally I have to rinse it to be able to eat it.  Not this time....this stuff you can eat out of the bag just like it is.  Yummy!

Then I spent some time on 
my afghan/blanket/beadspread what ever you want to call it.  Shit, lets just
call if an afghan.

I finished crocheting together four rows of squares on my bed.  It sure would be easier if I had a large table to work on.  Standing and bending down to crochet is a real pain in my back.  LOL...every few minutes I had to walk around for a bit.
I'll be back at it tomorrow.  

Monday 12.26.2011 it's  over with and it's safe to go to the grocery store again.  Hopefully people will be in a better mood and not so full of stress and ugliness.  Tomorrow morning I'll take a little ride to Culpeper to buy some meat from Wilson's Meat Market.  Time for some turkey necks, gizzards and a steak or two. 

I had an awesome weekend of NO work what so ever.   Two days off in a row...ha, I didn't know how to act.   I spent most of the time relaxing and crocheting.  Oh...never mind,  I did wash my car on Saturday.

Yesterday I went to see my mom and pop for dinner.  Mom had cooked this terrific roast of lamb with potatoes, gravy, broccoli salad and red cabbage.  She sent some home with me and that's what I had today.  That's the first time I've ever had lamb.  It's different, and I liked it.  After dinner we sat and talked with coffee and apple cake.  I'll have to get the recipe for that broccoli salad.  I know she put in broccoli, red onions, and raisins, but I don't know what she put in the dressing.   Anyway, needless to say, I did not get on the scale this morning.

My blanket, afghan, or whatever you want to call it, is ready to be put together.  I now have 128 pieces.

I ran out of yarn three times and could not find the same color anywhere, so I ended up getting a different color than I started with.  Hopefully it won't look too weird, but it really doesn't matter since I made it for me and it will serve it's purpose.

Well it's time for hot tea, some food, and LDN...then it's bedtime for me.

Friday 12.09.2011

I was trying to find something to keep my hands busy last week and came across a YouTube video tutorial by Michael Sellick.

I've never done a project this large and there are no written directions.   So here I was playing the video over and over, writing things down....because my memory sucks and I learn by repetition.

I spent a couple of hours at the craft shop trying to find yarn.  Deciding on Barnat Charisma yarn, I almost had all the colors together when I thought.....this is just way to busy for me.  So I put everything back and picked a different set of colors.  This is what I ended up with.

I haven't made up my mind yet, but might add another color yarn to it. We'll see. LOL....I just figured out that I will have to crochet about 165 of those squares to make a decent size blanket for my bed. WTF? I think I'll measure it when I get home just to make sure.....that can't be right.

I've been looking for a good Paypal alternative for the last couple of years and I think I have finally found one.   I signed up for Dwolla this morning and am hoping it will replace Paypal for me for ever.  Dwolla only charges .25 per transaction and anything under $10 is free.  This is especially great for small businesses that normally loose a percentage of sales to Paypal or a credit card company.

Wednesday 12.07.2011

I had an assignment in Catlett the other week and decided to stop by Wilson Farms.  This company has been around for 50 some years and I have shopped there before.  I was looking for meat that I haven't had in a long time and had just about forgotten about this place.  Their meats are non antibiotic/growth hormone and grass fed.

I came home with turkey necks, turkey gizzards, ground pork, ground beef and a couple of steaks.  

Yummy turkey necks and sweet potatoes.  The meat was to die for. :)  So tender, it melted in my mouth.

This was a visitor in front of the house a couple of weeks ago.  There must have been some road kill in our neighborhood.

This bird was huge and almost flew into our kitchen window.

Nothing much new around here.  It's been raining since last night and is supposed to continue all day.  I have a couple of assignments to take care of and am still debating on whether to wait until tomorrow because of the rain.  If it lightens up a bit, I'll do them today, since they are local.

I'll be glad when the new year comes in.  This is always a depressing time of the year for me and I can't wait until it's over.  I  keep thinking of how different my life would have been if I had made different choices, I have many regrets.  I am not happy right now and I can't figure out how to make the changes to get me to that "happy" place.

My co-worker just let me know that she won't be in today.  So off to Millers I go.

Sunday 11.20.2011

I had to go chase cars in the Haymarket area this morning.  That was good timing because I needed some eggs and I had a craving for some good old fashioned country bacon...minus the chemicals.  I miss not being able to stop by the Buckland Farm Market every couple of days, but now it's out of my way unless I'm chasing something on that end.  It's always a pleasure to stop by and I love how everyone asks where I've been so long and how I'm doing. :)  Sure don't get that in any of the stores that I visit in Manassas.

LOL...this must be a chicken condo?

Some critters munching on some goodies.  Donkey's?

I had a chance to catch up on some reading this afternoon and found 
this, the Field Agent  , it's an IPhone application that pays you.  Now I wish I had an IPhone  instead of my Android.  Would be nice to catch other small jobs while I'm running around chasing cars.  Too bad I won't be getting an upgrade until 2013 with Sprint.   Crap!  I wonder if there is anything I can do about it that would be in my budget.  I'll have to research it.

This is what met me when I got home.

Diana send me an update for "LDN Notes By Diana", look on the top right side.
I love the way she keeps it fresh!!

Friday 11.18.2011

On September 2nd, 2011,  I started my last journey to lose weight at 209.6.  I hit 168.2 pounds on the scale this morning and it's stuck for two days now.  My goal is 155-160, I'm big framed and 5'6".

I have had to re-learn eating all over again.  Not living to eat, but eating to live.  I no longer eat unless I'm hungry.  I eat no sugar, no grains.  No more bread, pasta, white potatoes, rice.  I do eat low carb veggies, coconut oil, lots of spices, some kind of meat or fish and apples and oranges.    I eat NON-GMO, organic or local foods that stay with me during working hours away from home.  Staying away from junk carbs has helped that a considerably.  

I've had to trick myself into smaller portions by using smaller plates and bowls.  

I used to eat myself full before going to bed at night.  Now I eat a little bit of something, sometimes full fat organic yogurt with cinnamon, coconut and a bit of peanut butter...just enough to have something in my stomach before taking my 
5 ml of LDN.  Yes, I'm up to 5 ml now and doing well on it.

I was watching Dr Oz a few minutes ago.  They were saying that keeping your lager size clothes that no longer fit after weight loss, need to be gotten rid of because it gives us an excuse to fail and gives us an option B.  Makes sense to me.  I've always kept my fat clothes on the "other" side of the closet, but now it's time to get rid of them.  I can not afford to gain the weight back, health wise nor money wise!

Good bye, fat pants....hope to never see you again!

T-Jay just took these "after" photos of me.  To me I still look fat except for my stomach.  I guess, I'll always look fat to myself.

Tuesday 11.15.2011

After adding some salmon and avocado, below is what I ended up with yesterday.


I forgot to mention yesterday that that blob on the upper right corner of the pan is frozen chicken stock.


A couple of weeks ago I saw this gadget at the store.  Yesterday, after burning my fingers just one too many times, I went back and bought it.


No more pot holders, that I always forget, for me!


I should have waited for Kymber, because at first I put this sticky mess on some napkins.  Then after she mentioned towels, I picked the seeds out of that sticky mess and transfered them to a towel.  I'm still digging out small pieces of paper napkin.


I think I put them in a cat proof area.  High up on a shelf. :)

I bought a jar of Kimchi at the store the other day.  Last time I bought a jar, it was delicious, but this time not so much.  It was too sour and just too hot.  I think I will make my own next time.  Hopefully next week.  I think I already found the perfect recipe.

Thank you, Pete Belardino 11.14.2011

Last month, Pete introduced me to Kabocha, a Japanese squash.  I've never really been a squash person and have never cooked it before, but I thought I would give it a try.  Pete never mentioned that I would need a sledge hammer to cut this bugger up.

Ever since I cooked it the first time, I have been in love with this veggie and cook it once a week, sometimes combined with other veggies.  

As you can see, there are lots of seeds and 
since I love me some Kabocha, I'm saving them.

Kymber...where are you?  Do I just dry them and put 
them in a safe place for next spring?

Kabocha, broccoli, red onions, chicken stock, 
garlic, sea salt, Braggs vinegar, Braggs Aminos, 
black pepper and rosemary.

15 minutes later....yummy!  Thanks again, Pete :)

In other news, T-Jay made it back from Baton Rouge, safe and sound.  He had a great time while there, but it is good to have him back home.

On the advice of everyone here and on Facebook....from now on I'm checking my shoes for surprises. :)

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