Friday, April 8, 2016

Signs of Spring

Time of change, renewal and rebirth. I love it!

On nice days, I like to walk the perimeter of my front yard (just a bit under half an acre). It's about 250 steps or so one time round. I try to hit four times for 1000 steps. Still, that's a lot of walking!

I noticed new growth on our trees. This is looking sideways across half our yard at the empty lot next to us in the background. Our house is to the right, the road to the left.


This is one of the dogwoods in bloom. You can see the road and our neighbor's fence.  Our house is behind me here.


And maybe the best sign of spring: Baseball! Drake is not only on the Flea division team, but we've also signed him up for classes at Field of Dreams Hitting School. Two lessons and he's already making contact with the ball and showing much more confidence in himself.

He's hitting left handed here, but has switched to right handed and has more power. He also throws with his right, but writes with his left. Crazy.


It's going to be a great season!
Happy Spring, y'all!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

An Historical Tour

At Fort Frederica.

Last Tuesday was Dh's final day of a four day weekend, and we headed to the islands. Saint Simon's Island, to be exact. This place is full of history, reaching all the way back to the Colonial Era (we were the 13th colony, after all).

Fort Frederica was a vital part of that history. In several skirmishes, the soldiers of this fort were instrumental in holding off the Spanish encroachment and keeping the Carolina's (and the rest of the country/colonies) safe. B/c of their victories, America flourished.

The fort is in ruins now, on a couple of buildings/walls remain. There are plenty of excavated homesites, with signboards telling about who lived there and what they did. It's a fascinating place.

Ready? Here we go!

Here we are just outside the gates of the fort, at the Old Burial Ground. Not much is known about this area, as it was in ruins even in 1858. It sits just beside the Military Road, that ran between Fort Frederica and Fort Saint Simons (now the lighthouse area).


Here we are at the entrance to the Fort grounds. The gates are gone but you can see the lovely live oaks in this area. There is a moat (with water in parts of it) and earthen embankment remaining all around the Fort.

Next, we look down Broad Street (this is about 75% of the way down) to the Fort and the marsh/Frederica River. This street would have been lined with homes and businesses (sometimes in the same house). It was about 75' wide and would have been a nice thourofare to stroll down. To either side of Broad Street were more alley's and streets with homes and businesses.

Here you can see the tabby that the Fort is made from. The marsh is to my back here. This was the munitions depot, so to speak. It has two barrel vaulted rooms side by side, and you can see the door jamb noches in the tabby still.


Lastly, we wander over the (now) open field to the Barracks. You can see the outline of the building here in white shell. It would have housed the unmarried soldiers and could hold about 100 men. The marrieds would have lived in the town proper. 

There's lots of open field/meadow now, and gorgeous oaks that bow down to the ground. You can see across the marsh to the mainland and Brunswick, and the entire place just feels so secluded. It was a lovely day here, and we enjoyed ourselves so much.

I hope you did, too!




Sunday, March 6, 2016

That time of year....again.

Baseball season!

And this year, it IS baseball. No more T's for our boy.
Being in the 7/8 year old division (Flea), this year he's the smallest on his team, rather than the biggest as in previous seasons. He's also the least co-ordinated, slowest and just the player that needs the most improvement. :)

He's never been particularly sports-oriented, and is far more an indoor kid (Mario for the win!). But his coaches are really taking time with him, working him on throwing and fielding, having him run hard (poor boy runs so funny) and such. He's worn out after every practice, but he always says he's ready for the Wii U! I guess they aren't working him too hard, after all. :)

Well, whether or not he ever becomes proficient at sports (of any kind) isn't important. That's not our goal. We just want him to enjoy being on a team, working with other kids, taking direction from coaches, learning about rules and organization, and just having FUN. That's what will last, we hope.

In other news, I'm still battling in the 170's. I go from 170 to 175, back and forth, depending on the day, or hour. It's crazy! I'm staying within points and walking more than ever (7500+ steps a day) so hopefully I'll be in the 160's soon.

FIL took us out to eat at Pelican Point/The Fish Dock last night. It's a seafood/steak buffet place in Crescent, Ga. It was pretty good, and I admit to using up all my points (weeklies) on it. Blackened Mahi Mahi, Prime Rib, mac n cheese, dirty rice, steamed veg, shrimp, salad, cheesecake and a few bites of chocolate cream pie. Yeah, crazy. :)

I needed it though. Yesterday was 2 years since Mama fell and went into the coma, and died 13 days later (March 18). I didn't wear my tracker, work out, or even try. I slept most of the day, actually. It was worth it. A mental break day, for self care.  I don't usually get upset much about her death on a day to day basis, but here lately (time of year for it) I have been very emotional.

I miss my Mama. And it's ok that I took a day off and had a nice meal and got some extra sleep. Today is a new day, and I'm ready for it. We have communion at church, and I'm so eager for that. I'm ready to get walking again and keep up my fitness journey, and enjoy this life that God has blessed me with.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

On being led astray...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Y'all.
Y'aaaaaaalllll!!!

I made a cake. A cinnamon (sin-namon) apple cake with buttercream frosting and cinnamon sugar sprinkles for our church benevolence committee (for a grieving family).

I was okay with the lovely scent pervading my house as it cooled, but when I frosted it? Y'all, I'm so ashamed. I LICKED THE SPOON!! Sobs.

Now this evil confection is taunting me from the kitchen, tempting and teasing with it's luscious, from the devil scent. I have got to get this thing out of my house. OUT. OF. MY. HOUSE.

Maybe I could take it to the church now and leave it at the door? No, someone will find it tonight and eat it and I PROMISED the committee I'd make it for the family and deliver it before 3:30pm Saturday/today.

That's over 12 hours away. 12 hours, y'all. I am going to die. Or bathe in the thing One or the other. Say a prayer!

**Actually, I'm fine. But it does smell mighty good. I put a lid on the dish and now I can't smell it anymore, haha. It's a clear lid, though. I can see it. Sin-amon sugar all glistening and sweet, creamy frosting so decadent, fluffy cake ready to melt in the mouth.

I just may have to put the temptress in my car trunk tonight. That'll teach it!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sugar Free, but still sweet as can be!

Yesterday marked a month since I've had a full sugar soda of any kind.

I've taken to unsweet tea (lots of lemon!), water, and various flavored diet teas (Snapple with lemon) and waters (Sparkling Ice). I can really see a difference in my blood sugar, so my Dr. will be happy.

Today Drake has tryouts for team placement on baseball. He's in the Flea Division, which I find hilarious.  This means new cleats and pants, so a shopping trip will soon be in order. Stay tuned for adorable pics!

My eating is going well, staying within points. I haven't lost any more weight, but I find moving much beyond 8000 steps to leave me with sore feet (I have neuropathy), so I've got to figure out some other form of exercise, I guess.

Our 1000 gifts Bible Study finished, and I really enjoyed it. I find myself still mentally adding to the list, as I come across His blessings everywhere. I highly recommend keeping a 'gratitude journal/list' even if you don't read the book. It will change the way you look at the world.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The road, she is calling my name...

Virtually, that is.

Worldwalking.org is a great site with virtual walks all around the world, in both cities and wilder areas.  I've signed up and am committed to the Great Wall of China, the Adriatic Coast, and Slovenia.

After that, I want to tackle Italy, the Canadian Rockies, England and more. I could technically do them all at once I just have to enter them into my walks. And because each is a different length, I'd finish each at different times.  Hmmm, may just do that...

Worldwalking.org gives you history on the walk you're taking, pictures along the way and more. You can do a solo walk or create a group. You just log your miles or steps into your feed for each walk. It should be fun. Wish me luck!

This is a trail on St. Simon's Island, Ga and not part of worldwalking.org
Photo by me.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Results of a wonderful day

Dh's labs were clear. No gallstones! His stomach trouble (more like reflux) has pretty much gone away, only a small flare up here and there.

While in Brwk, we walked around Lowe's (Dh's request), ate at Olive Garden for lunch, then saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies at the movies. It was kind of gory, but awesome. Elizabeth Bennett kicked major zombie booty!

Then we went BACK to OG for dessert (we didn't have time before the movie/at lunch). I had Tiramisu, my fave of all desserts. It did not disappoint, and I did eat it all. With my eyes closed, b/c y'all...TIRAMISU!! Mmm, so good.

So I used up all my extra weekly points (and all my dailies for that day), but it was worth it. I logged in 9000 steps, so that helped offset the eating a bit.

Yesterday the boy wanted pizza. I couldn't say no. I had one slice, with a salad, beef/barley soup, and a small amount of spaghetti and sauce. Still stayed within daily points. Dh is off to work on 12 hour dayshift this week, so I'll be sticking close to home and eating much better. Whew, lol.

Brk today was cheese toast: 2 slices of multigrain, low calorie bread (SaraLee Delightfuls) and 2 slices of Velveeta cheese, for a total of 4 points. I rounded it out with a cutie tangerine.

Lunch will prob be soup and salad, to avoid the lunch meat (that's for Dh's lunches) and for a change.

Dinner? Maybe chicken. Or (low fat) turkey pepperoni casserole. Or fish. OR.....yeah, we just went shopping, lol. Happy week!