- I was driving to my Ladies Meeting today and I noticed all the Vendor Tents being put up in Weirs Beach. This Friday is the start of Motorcycle Week. This means that my little piece of Heaven will be overrun with motorcycles, campers who bring their motorcycles, and motorcoaches filled with people who are towing a trailer with motorcycles. It gets pretty noisy up here from about 10 AM until 1 or 2 in the morning. It’s not my favorite time of the year, but after being shut down for Covid, many businesses need the cash that the Bikers bring. I hope everyone stays safe!
- Today I was driving home after Jack had part two of his hand surgery done, and I saw a very large turtle in the road. I put on my Emergency Flashing lights and jumped out of the car with a beach towel. I’ve been watching countless episodes of “Northwoods Law” ( A TV show about the Fish & Game Departments in both Maine & New Hampshire) on National Geographic Wild, and so I was ripe for a rescue! At that very moment, a young man stopped his motorcycle to help.
Well, my goodness, this was a very large “Snapping Turtle“. The young man seemed to know what he was doing, as he gently lifted the turtle at the back of his shell and we walked her over to the edge of the water, which is where we suspect she was headed. While we did this, I stopped traffic and looked at the man, and said, “Well, we just did our good deed of the day!” Really. It made me so happy to do this.
- I was unhappy with the coverage of the French Open Tennis. I love to watch tennis, and unfortunately, The Tennis Channel has the rights to this Grand Slam this year. Now I have The Tennis Channel on my Satellite, but now they have “Tennis Channel Plus, ” advertised on the regular channel. My problem is that they took several of the really good matches and only showed them on their premium channel! Now, not everyone can afford to spring for their “bonus” coverage. It makes the tennis coverage for the French Open for the “Elites only”! Sad. Just sad!
- My daughter gave me a box of Teas from India. I enjoyed all but one of the blends. Not a fan of Tumeric Tea. But I also had Darjeeling Summer Tea. Which I really fell for. Upon discussing this with Jack, he said that Darjeeling, First Flush Tea was the very best.
I was almost out of the Summer Tea, and I looked up the grower on Amazon and ordered myself some of the Darjeeling First Flush. Oh, my goodness! It is spectacular! It is perfect! I am now truly a spoiled Tea Drinker!
- My meeting on Wednesday was so full of laughter and merriment. I realized that the last year+ has been so serious. Today we just let loose and the joking and teasing felt so darn good. How lucky I am to belong to this group.
- I’m amazed at the larger birds that have been in my neighborhood this year. Eagles, Hawks, and of course the pesky Crows. I do love the Eagles and Hawks. I love watching them ride the currents during these hot days.
- We also have several families of Canadian Geese downtown. The chicks are still a soft yellow as they waddle around with the parents.
- I was thinking about the Mod Squad today because I was watching an episode of Law & Order and Clarence Williams III was the guest star. He played Link Hayes in the Mod Squad. He was so cool and a very good actor. So I looked him up only to find out he’d passed away on June 4th of this year. Rest in Peace, and thanks for the memories!
- I’ve been a wee bit on the tired side this week. I haven’t been sleeping well. Now that Jack’s hand is done, I actually have nothing on my calendar until next week when Lili goes in for her dental (teeth cleaning).
- My grandson, Quinn, graduated from Pre-Kindergarten!
Next year he will be going to all-day Kindergarten and his sister, Savannah will be in 4th grade! These two are growing up so fast!
- Has anyone noticed that there is almost nothing on the TV right now worth watching? We have resorted to streaming a few programs, but honestly, TV is a bore. So I am reading. I really do enjoy a good book!
- My plan for tomorrow is…laundry and shelf clearing and cleaning in the kitchen. I would like my counters to look neat!
- And lastly on this crazy list is my wish that each and every one of you is having a happy and healthy day!
- On Wednesdays, I meet with my ladies for our version of WW. Since we were abandoned by WW during the Pandemic, we made our own group and carry through the old WW mantra. These are thirteen women that I love and care about very deeply. Lucky 13!
- I rushed to the Post Office and got my mail. There was a lot of mail and packages.
- I have seriously been looking at Cell Phones. Tomorrow I am going to the local Verizon store and getting a new phone.
- I drove Jack to his doctor’s appointment. It was a beautiful day and the ride was a pleasant one.
- After the doctor’s appointment, we headed over to the grocery shop. We got many items that we needed.
- Then we went to fill up on gasoline. Boring, yes, but we really needed the gas.
- We came home and put everything away. I was simply beat, but at least we bought a rotisserie chicken and salad for dinner. It was all easy!
- The dogs were so happy when we got home! Apparently, the Pandemic has caused them to believe that will never go out.
- I need to clean up my basket of flowers. Mandy sent me a beautiful arrangement and they have lasted a long time. I need to weed out the old and dried and freshen it all up!
- I bought my best friend, Gail a nightshirt just like mine. Hers came quickly to her, and mine arrived today. I love it! Twinsies!
- We’ve started Arnie on some cranberry/pumpkin seed extract in hopes to help his urinary tract problems.
- Tomorrow I need to do laundry and pack. I am staying at Mandy’s overnight on Friday. Should be fun!
- And lastly, I am so tired! I think it’s the kind of tiredness that is mostly emotional. It can only get better.
It has been so long since I have done a Thursday Thirteen that I thought I would sit down and write about my morning. Because, in the end, It made me laugh.
- I was putting the dishes away while unloading the dishwasher, and I noted that one of my Pampered Chef Air Fryer racks was missing.
- This was concerning because Jack has been helping me by unloading the dishwasher in the morning before I get up. This is something new, and I appreciate the help, but now I was worried about where he might have put the rack.
- I didn’t want to hurt Jack’s feelings by asking him and if I do, usually an argument will happen afterward.
- So I started my hunt. I checked out where I store my wire baking cooling racks. No, go.
- Then I went through all the pots and pans and did not find it there either.
- I checked the bottom of my range where I store cookie sheets. I went through each sheet checking for it.
- I looked under the cabinet drawers and in the bottom of the drawers. I also checked the towel drawer.
- I was starting to worry that Jack may have put it somewhere only to never see the light of day again!
- I decided to check crazy places, like the liquor cabinet, the heavy mix-master cabinet, and even the cabinet with the wine glasses and beer glasses. I even used a super flashlight to check every nook and cranny!
- As much as I hated to, I knew I needed to ask Jack and see if he remembered where he had placed them.
- He said he had never seen the rack and when he comes across something he is unsure of where it belongs, he leaves it on our center island.
- I decided not to argue. I would order a new shelf for $13.00 and just let it go.
- I turned with the one rack I did have and went over to the Air Fryer and opened the door and placed the rack inside. That was when I glanced to my right and saw the blasted rack sitting in the bar sink, right where I’d placed it a few days ago! I’d removed that rack after preheating the air fryer, and it was hot and I tossed the rack in the sink, then set about cooking the meal!
I was full of true heartfelt apologies to Jack! I felt terrible about the entire thing! So, I am now 62 and losing my mind. Actually, I think I have just had so much on my mind, that putting the rack in the sink simply slipped my mind! A Senior Moment? Perhaps.
At least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!
Back when I first began writing Dackel Princess each week I did a Thursday Thirteen. I was new to Blogging, and finding things to write about in this format was easy. I think people probably got to know me and the pups pretty well.
I haven’t done one in a while because I didn’t think I would have much to say. Then I thought I would do it and make it all random, so that really, none of this is connected to anything.
It’s a little bit how my brain has been functioning during this whole Pandemic thing!
So here we go. Thirteen Things on my mind, that have nothing to do with each other.
- I wish you could all see how excited Anneliese gets when I bring her food dish in and set it down. She leaps in the air and dances around. It’s the cutest thing in the world!
- I have this flock of blackbirds and starlings that have discovered my bird feeders. They empty the suet feeders every day. I have feeders that make it difficult for them, and I will start using those exclusively.
- I’m becoming an expert on Airline Accidents. In my efforts to avoid the news, I’ve been watching “Air Disasters” on Smithsonian TV and it is amazing how the experts figure out what went wrong.
- I was chopping vegetables for my lunchtime salad and since I knew I was making a Stir-Fry for dinner, I decided to cut those vegetables up then too. So dinner is actually nearly prepared.
- I vacuumed today. One of my least favorite jobs to do. Why? Well, it seems like I just get it done, and then Lili sneezes and the house is covered with her hair once again!
- I need to pay my Town Taxes and my Mailbox Fee tomorrow.
- Do any of you rewatch movies that you liked because it’s nice to have friendly noise in the background? I will put on a movie like “Sleepless in Seattle”.I have seen the movie a million times, and I don’t really have to pay attention, but as it plays softly in the room it’s comforting.
- I’ve decided to get an Air Fryer. I think it will be fun and of course not using any oil, helps me with my diet. I am still researching.
- I ordered new sheets from Amazon. In the reviews, a person wrote that when she took them out of their packaging the smell was awful. So she had to wash them twice. But she wrote, they are great sheets. Well, they came and I brought them down to wash and I opened the package and OH, MY, GOSH!!!! It smelled horrid! I got them in the wash, with detergent, a deodorizer, and a fabric softener. I ran a heavy cycle in warm water and did a soak with the deodorizer. The end result was good and the sheets are ready to go on the bed!
- I ordered the cutest mouse pad for my armchair. It arrived and wow is it great.
However, Jack liked it and so I gave it to him and ordered another for myself. They’re USA made by a woman in South Carolina and you can guess why we both loved them.
- I love having a satellite dish, but occasionally, like right now, we lose reception due to heavy rain.
- I tried a new Frozen Yogurt Pop called “Fudge Brownie”.
All I can say about that is that it does not taste like “Diet Food” at all. But I also promised myself not to buy that one too often, as it was just too good!
- On Wednesday a dear friend was feeling low. I stepped outside of myself and my own sadness and I
thinkhope I helped her. She is such a sweetheart and I understand her feelings and wanted to be there for her, even if it was just in a little way.
So there you go. 13 unrelated things happening around me or in my head.
- I woke up far too early on Wednesday. 5 AM! I wanted to go back to sleep, but my nerves got me, and I got up.
- Although I do not eat or drink anything until after my weigh-in, I made the coffee and sat down to catch up on my email and Facebook.
- I wanted to watch “This Is Us” on-demand, but I didn’t quite have enough time, so I put it off until Wednesday night.
- Eventually, I showered and dressed, made my breakfast, put it in the thermos and by 7:45 I was out the door.
- I arrived at WW Class. I am almost always the first one with the exception of the woman who weighs us in, Tami.
- As you can see I have done very well for the month of January.
I am so proud of all my hard work. Losing weight is not easy, but if you really work on it, it can be done!
- After class, I felt like I was walking on air, and I did a little grocery shopping and then came home. I didn’t have a lot of time to kill, but just enough so I could make take-along lunches for Jack and me.
- We drove down to Manchester, NH and after a series of about six turns, we arrived at Dr. H.’s Office.
- I was put through a series of preliminary tests, a complete medical history was taken, and then I was led into another exam room where I met with Dr. H.
- She is an amazing doctor, and she did a complete exam before ordering a “Field of Vision” and a picture of my “Optic Nerve“.
- After those tests, I was shown into her other office, and she completed the exam and then went over the results.
- I have Intra-Ocular Hypertension. It is the beginning of Glaucoma. So far the tests indicate that my “Optic Nerve” looks okay, and the “Field of Vision” was close to normal. I am starting drops and hopefully, this will bring my pressures down (currently they are 26 in each eye) and I can avoid any other problems.
- I go back in one month for a recheck, and it is hoped that the daily drops will do the trick. All in all, the day was busy, but with only really positive results!
Thirteen Things I Think About.
- I saw a sneaker on the side of the road. I wondered…where is the other one? Is there a man or woman walking around with only one sneaker?
- Why do people enter the roadway in front of you, and then slow down? I wondered at this today when I had no car behind me and yet a young man roared in front of me from a side road and then slowed down to a snail’s pace?
- Why do Wild Turkeys always seem to gather near the edge of roads? Are they trying to get hit?
- Why do Tornados seem to head for and hit Mobile Home Parks?
- How does dust settle on my tables, shelves etc, mere moments after I dust them?
- My “Crow Proof” bird feeder isn’t exactly crow proof.
Those little buggers fly up, grab some suet, fall off and go right back and try again. It’s provided Jack and me with endless moments of entertainment!
- My little Downey Woodpecker comes by to visit each day.
By this, I mean he actually comes to feed when I am standing outside or seated at our little patio table. He almost seems to know me and trust me. I just love this!
- There is a Fox in our neighborhood. We’re all a bit nervous. The last fox taken into custody was Rabid. So we’re watching the pooches carefully.
- I finally got tired of seeing Arnie’s ears all but dragging on the ground! So I picked him up and gave his ears a good trim!
I still need to work the stripping comb on him. He has such a thick and luxurious coat, that needs thinning and stripping, that is for sure.
- What am I making for dinner tonight? After such a long day I would hate to cook a big meal, knowing I still have no dishwasher and will need to wash, dry and put away all the dishes I make! Ugh!
- I need to get paid more. Besides doing the cooking, dishes, cleaning, and laundry, I have another title…Nurse! Jack fell again today and cut himself in three places. After cleaning the wounds, I bandaged them up. Yup, add Nurse to my job description!
- I’m struggling with WW. There I have said it! I try and I get through breakfast and I’m doing well and then at 10 o’clock I want to eat. Ugh! I will not give up.
- And lastly, today I saw a company moving one of those huge water tanks. You know, the ones you see in towns up on stilts? Anyway, the flatbed truck had it strapped down, and it took up two entire lanes. Four State Police vehicles with lights were guiding the way as well as two outriding company trucks. I have never seen anything that large on a public highway! I was driving and I couldn’t take a picture. But here is a water-tank very close to what I saw on the flatbed.
Wednesday was a great day for catching a few pictures of this great area I live in. So here are some of my pictures and a small blurb about each one.
1. Yes, the fruit trees are starting to bud and once again life is returning to these parts!
2. My neighbor’s beautiful forsythia is about to blossom, and yes, that is the driveway leading down to my house. At the bottom of the drive to the right is my house!
3. This is one of the smaller rocks that Jack dug out of our driveway. The upper part of the driveway is dirt, and in it, we grow rocks every year! That’s why they call us the Granite State! LOL!
4. Here is another one. There is still another very large boulder, but we will need to hire a backhoe to pull that one out!
5. This is one of my favorite summer houses along the boulevard, at Weir’s Beach. The owners always keep it well painted and beautiful. Despite the somewhat funky colors, I love it!
6. This is a wide angle view of Weir’s Beach. It is on Lake Winnipesaukee. In the bygone era of the late 1800s and early 1900s, wealthy families owned these homes and came up from the city to escape the heat and enjoy the Lakes.
8. My own little lake, Lake Waukewan. We are called The Lakes Region, as 1/16 of New Hampshire is water, much of it in the Lakes Region. The largest lakes in the region include Lake Winnipesaukee with 72 square miles of water, more than 200 miles of shoreline, and 274 habitable islands; Squam Lake, where the movie “On Golden Pond” was filmed; Lake Winnisquam, Newfound Lake, and Ossipee Lake.
9. There are nearly 1,000 lakes and ponds greater than 10 acres in the state with a total surface area of almost 165,000 acres (NH- DES, 2008a). With the exception of Lake Umbagog and Lake Sunapee, the largest lakes are in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region: Winnipesaukee, Squam, Winnisquam, and Newfound. But I really do love our little lake!
10. One of the nice things about living in the country is that we can allow the dogs to run. They are all older now and do not wander. In fact, they’re more company than I ever expected them to be. What wonderful companions!
11. We also share our area with some cute animals, like this Ground Hog who lives in our front yard.
12. Not to mention all the Wild Turkeys that traipse through our yard and eat the apples and drive the dogs insane!
And yes, I did take this picture!
13. Lastly, I love the deer that live all around the Lakes Region, as well as our State. Last year we had three families that came to our yards to live and to have their fawns. That was so special.
I also took this one!
Actually, I took them all. I hope, that you can see at least a few of the reasons that I love my beautiful New Hampshire!
- When I woke up on Wednesday it was snowing! I groaned. Nothing was sticking, so I knew my day with Savannah would be safe.
- I showered and dressed and tossed my breakfast into my WW bag. I started to write a note to Jack, but he woke up and I told him everything in person.
- I left the house at 7:45 AM and headed to Weirs Beach where my WW Class is held.
- Down another pound this week at Class That makes a total of nine pounds this month! I feel quite good about this. I have made adjustments in my eating plan and I think it is working for me.
- After Class, I headed down to my daughter’s House. The kids had a half a day of classes there, so I drove down to spend the afternoon with Savannah.
- I stopped at the local Shaws Supermarket to get a salad and found a prepackaged meal of baby back ribs for Jack and me for dinner. I decided to get that, as I knew I would be late getting back and that Jack would want a good meal for dinner. (I was right!)
- I drove to Mandy’s after that, put my stuff in the fridge and then went out and sat on the wall near the driveway, to wait for Savi.
- Oh my goodness! The sun was shining! The sky was blue and cloudless! As I sat I could feel the warmth of that sunshine on my head and face and I felt that Spring was finally here!
- Then the School Bus turned down our street and stopped in front of where I had been sitting. I could see Savannah pop up after the bus was still, make her way forward, and wave goodbye to her friends and the driver after she reached my side. Then she threw her arms around me! (Melt)
10. We had lunch, we read books, Savannah learned how to tell time, and started the process of learning to lace shoes. We made Snapchat videos and took pictures, and then we did what all girls do. We went window shopping on Amazon.
11. We played with her two American Girl Dolls, that I’d given her the last two Christmas’s. Then we looked at Dolls, at Doll Clothes, At Dresses for her, at Toys and all sorts of things. What fun that was!
12. Then about 4:15 I allowed her to put on the TV. She was watching a little TV before her folks arrived home when it happened. She lost the remote! We searched high and low, but could not find it! I retraced her last steps. Bathroom, dining room to get a chair, and snack closet. Yep, there it was, inside the snack closet!
13. Mommy and Daddy and Quinn arrived home and I got hugs from them all, and then off I went to drive home. The ride was a little hairy due to the 45 mile an hour winds, that seemed to pick up my Toyota Highlander and toss it around. But I made it, and the pups and Jack were happy to see me.
Since I have not done a Thursday Thirteen list in a while, I thought what better way to start the month of November than with a Thursday Thirteen list of things that will be happening this month.
- Today I need to take Miss Anneliese into the Vets in the morning. Her left eye is badly clouded over. Not with a cataract, but something else. Her eye also appears swollen and I am more than just a little concerned.
- I finally get my hair done today after waiting a month and a half. It was just one of those things where time slipped by and I kept running out of time. Today I will get my hair dipped in the fountain of youth, and then have a nice shaping. I can hardly wait!
- I was sitting here typing up my list waiting for my TV show to start. Suddenly the channel changed. I looked up. I changed it back. Continued typing and the channel changed again. Only this time it changed and changed and…..I got up and looked over at a seemingly harmless Jack, asleep in his chair, holding his remote and in his sleep, he was changing the channel. Jack was relieved of his remote control! He woke briefly, and then fell back asleep!
- Sunday, of course, the clocks fall back. That is my favorite time of year and I wish the time would just stay there all year long.
5. Sunday also finds me going down to see Savannah in the Community Theater play of 101 Dalmations. Savannah loves being in these plays and she always asks to audition. I am so proud of her. She also works hard on her lines and learning all the songs. I am going for both shows, spending the night and then heading home after I get Savi on the bus in the morning.
6. Tuesday I go in for my facial biopsy. It’s a good size area and so they want to biopsy two places. More than likely it is just scar tissue, but I will be glad when the biopsy is over and we know for sure. Jack has an appointment the same day and his is right after mine, with the same doctor for a few places he is having problems with. Yes, we love our Dermatologist!
7. Tuesday is also “This is Us”. My favorite show and I hate to miss an episode. I’m a little unhappy that next week’s episode will be preempted, due to the mid-term elections. Ugh!
8. Wednesday is WW of course and so I always try to block out that time. I really enjoy the meetings and they do help. Plus I get to spend time with my friends. We have a luncheon planned to celebrate my friend’s birthday and mine. We were born eight days apart, the same year, so we are both turning sixty!
9. There are Christmas Bazaars coming up locally and I am looking forward to those. The one at the Catholic Church is amazing and I plan to go to that one.
10. Of course, my birthday will be coming right up, and I have a nice meal out with Jack planned, as well as a shopping spree at Talbots!
11. My daughter, Mandy has also given me a list of things to pack and a time to be at her house the day after my birthday! I do not know what she has planned for my sixtieth Birthday Celebration, but I’m guessing it will be fun!
12. Thanksgiving will be upon us early this year, on November 22 and it looks like it will be just Jack and me, although I am hoping my cousin and her husband will join us. It’s okay, I love to cook Thanksgiving meals, and the leftovers are awesome!
13. Lastly, there is a German Christmas Market the last day of the month and I am really looking forward to going to that with my cousin.
So that’s the month of November and I am sure a few other things will pop up. It’s always a busy month and then boom, December will be upon us and all the wonderful Christmas Craziness!
As you may recall, last week I returned to Weight Watchers to try to get a handle on my weight. I decided to follow the plan to the letter, to write down everything I ate and just see what happened. Here is how my week went.
- The first thing I did was to sit down and read everything I was given at class, twice! There is so much information and I wasn’t sure I understood it all.
- After reading everything, I decided that I needed to journal my eating (write everything down so I could keep track of the points accurately!). Since I have purchased both the online and in-person meeting program, I’ve been keeping track of everything online.
- Then I set about fixing wonderful Zero point salads, and also Zero point meals. I was thinking about how to plan things that I was eating. For instance, I attended Savannah’s party and I knew there would be steak and cupcakes! And I also knew I would want both! So, I ate only Zero point meals until dinner that night. Then I had my steak and my cupcake too!
- I was in the grocery store and I saw the first bags of California New Potatoes. A particular favorite of mine. Hmmmm. Well, I checked and a 5-ounce potato was 5 points. Okay, I can do that. So with my wonderful Haddock fillet, I had the New Potato and Corn on the Cob, which is also Zero points!
- It struck me after a few days that I was never feeling hungry. I was eating balanced meals, and snacks too, and never felt like I was deprived. I am eating all the things I enjoy and it was working.
- I also got a little worried. Could eating this well really produce a weight loss? What if I did everything right and come Wednesday morning, didn’t lose an ounce! Or worse yet, gained weight! Perish the thought!
- As I got ready on Wednesday morning for class, I didn’t even dare to sip a cup of coffee before weighed in! I just knew that one sip of coffee would put on at least a pound of fluid in my body!
- I got to class, went to Tami who has been weighing me in since 2008 when I have attended class and has always been rooting for me. I told her that my scale showed a good weight loss, but if I didn’t show the same weight loss at class, that old scale was being thrown out!
- I stepped on the scale and………Tami said my scale wasn’t going to the dump just yet! I was down 5.2 pounds!!!
- I cannot tell you how happy I was and How relieved too. But my leader, Pam and my cousin Rikki were both right. They told me that if I worked the program it would work for me! And it had!
- So, when class began Pam asked if anyone had anything to share, good or bad or helpful? I raised my hand and was all but jumping out of my seat, much like Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies!
- She called on me, and I started out by recounting my week. I spoke of Zero Point foods and meals, of not feeling hungry. I also spoke of some of the things I ate, like Baby-back ribs, pork chops, the best grilled steak ever, and the California New Potatoes! And how I had lost 5.2 pounds this week! And how good I felt! Many of the people there asked questions, and other people talked about their struggles and their triumphs with the program.
- It was a great way to re-start my quest for a healthy weight through the Weight Watchers program. I know I will not lose 5 pounds every week, but I do believe that this is an eating plan I can live with lifelong.