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On The Fly: Week 23-24

It is a quiet Saterday morning.  The first time in two weeks where I need  not worry about where I need to be first thing or play the role of air traffic controller with making sure the kids are where they need to be, safe and happy.

So what does a localyokelgal do with this time?  She enjoys a cup of coffee, watches I Love Lucy, and catches up on her blog of course!  The kids will awaken soon and it will be time for baseball.  My son Lee won his first game in the play offs so we return again today to challenge the mighty Mansfield Mariners.

On the list of things to do today is straighten out my family data share plan.  Suddenly am without the ability to take photos and videos of all of those special moments I like to share.  Cloud back up capacity has maxed out since arming my son with his first phone.  Time for that boy to get a job!  I am a storage & data nightmare.  Look out AT&T….here I come!

The last 2 weeks are a blur.    We celebrated my fathers birthday, hosted the children’s friends for several play dates, baseball games, Ava’s Science Fair, Lee’s Shakespeare school play…I am sure I am missing something!!  These are some of the pictures that I managed to take before storage issues took over: 

  

   

  

  
            
Feeling great but missing my Pro-Activity friends.  Very busy so will not be able to get back to base camp until July.  

Big news on Stone Row Farm front….we have a new roof on the barn (pictures to follow). Man power is truly incredible.  Am feeling very grateful for all of the help from my husband’s Uncle Doc who is back here this morning to finish.  Thank you to Wilcox and the Schierer (sp?) family for pulling off some crazy long days in the heat.  You guys are amazing…💪

Happy Birthday to my awesome nephew Kelvin.  Sending lots of love your way 😘. Give my brother a big awkward hug and kiss from me and and lots of love to your mom for me.  Miss you all.

And, also, Happy Birthday to my loving and selfless mother.  Mom- you are beautiful inside and out.  We love you and appreciate you, your sacrifices & decision to be part of our every day life.  Your daily presence is the best gift you could ever give.  Thank you for all you do.  Looking forward to celebrating you later today.  Love you so very much 😘

 

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On The Fly:  Week 21

Started my new job this week!  So far, so good.  I made it out of the house every morning with a delicious greens and fruit smoothie plus fruit & veggies to snack on.  I was also delighted to see that the MetLife Bridgewater cafeteria has a fantastic salad bar 👍

My new friend Snoopy and I had a lunch date on my first day: 
It was a busy week but I still managed to make good choices, remained positive and tried my best to get move minutes in (despite the occupational hazard of a desk job).  I took the stairs over elevator and managed to get outside on Friday with a friend for 2 laps around campus (1 mile).  The new office offers a nicely equipped gym that offers a schedule of classes.  Just need to figure out what on earth “Yopi” is:

  
Feeling on track, motivated & inspired.  Did the usual running around with the kids and sports after work throughout the week.  Attended the children’s school Art Show & Spring Concert:

   
      

Home sick today with my daughter Ava.  My poor baby has the stomach flu.  Hoping that she gets better quickly and can enjoy some of her long weekend.  

 
Gumby says “Happy Memorial Day”!!!  

Am feeling especially grateful for all of those who have made sacrifices to serve our country and defend our freedom. 

Remembering my grandfather today who was one of the brave whom served in World War II. Love you and miss you every day Pop-Pop ❤️  

 

 

On The Fly:  Week 19

It is official!  My first post of “On The Fly”.  This is follow-up to the New Begginings blog to share my transition as I return to work and enter life in the fast lane again.  I recognize that by continuing to share my health journey with you, I will remain on track, motivated and inspired to maintain my newly found energy and overall health.  

Ok, so here is the week in review…ready???  Here we go:

Was having fun grilling veggies earlier in the week.  And, I made a batch of cream of broccoli soup in my new blender on Wednesdsy.  Love how this blender makes hot soups!  Yummy:

   
   

  
 On Thursday, I made a bulk batch of very berry sorbet.  It was awesome…just frozen berries, ice and a little soy milk.   I have enjoyed some for breakfast and late afternoon snack.  Very refreshing in this warmer weather:

  
Been really digging the warmer weather, nature and all of the beautiful flowers everywhere:

 
   

Can smell the lilacs now as the breeze blows through the window.  

And, finally…also this week.  Breaking news, in main stream media folks!  It is official, Kylie Jenner has been getting lip injections (in case you were wondering):   

  
Love the clinical photo of an actual lip filler injection procedure!   Hahahaha! The media’s definition of breaking news  today never fails to amaze.

Going to go pick up my plants for my veggie garden this weekend.  Looking forward to getting them in the ground and on the table!

 So, there you have it folks…my first week in review.  Happy Mother’s Day!   See you next week 😄

 

New Beginnings:  Day 81-84        

Had a great weekend that started with my daughters softball game on Sat. AM:  

  
We invited those who came to watch back to the house with us to barbecue and celebrate Ava’s 8th birthday.  It was a nice, but busy, afternoon.  Lee had a practice in the middle of the barbecue and of course when we fired up the grill we realized we were out of gas!  We always seem to run out when we have company…

After the craziness died down we were able to feed our guests and have some fun.  We even played a game of whiffle ball (adults against kids) after pin the tail on the donkey:

   
  

On Sunday, we took a hike on the Dunnfield Creek Trail and picniced along the way.  It was a beautiful day:

   
     

Beautiful afternoon.  Stopped over at my bud Sonia’s house for a visit.  It was our first play date with our dogs Ella and Clover who wore each other out while little cutie Kiersten (Sonia’s gorgeous daughter) enjoyed a little water play in her styling sundress.  So wish I had pics of all of this!! 

Needed a little inspiration in the WFPB department so decided to grill some veggies tonight to help bring back that loving feeling again:

  
Just feeling very lazy this past week and need to make a come back to keep on track.  Still blaming it on allergies. Need some rain! 

Right now, I am listening to a very vocal frog who has been chilling in the pond since Friday night.  This dude has a set of pipes on him.  Hope he finds a mate soon! Oh the sounds of nature 🐸

So, been doing some thinking about this New beginnings blog.  I have met my goal of a healthier new version of me and now need to switch tracks to maintenance and continued inspiration as I return to work again.  All things considered, I decided to name this new chapter of localyokelgal “On The Fly”.

New Beginnings:  Day 78 – 80

Been keeping especially busy this week.  

Took care of some pre-employment formalities as I prepare to start my new job. Also been busy shopping for chairs for my dining room.  What an experience.  After a lot of running around, looking at both new and antique, I scored a nice deal at Jack’s Barn Antique Shop located in oxford NJ.  Great spot that hosts private venues too. Purchased eight sturdy chairs that if could talk would surely have some great stories to share!

   
 

Been feeling run down these past couple of days and think allergies may have something to do with it.  No energy and not feeling very motivated.

Made some salads today (feature pic) so that we can BBQ following my daughters softball game tomorrow and celebrate Ava.  It was 8 years ago tonight that she decided to get ready to make her sudden debut!  I was having very mild contractions around this time that I decided to ignore.  I slept on it and was woken up around 3AM….it was Ava ready to say hello to the world.  We barely made it to the hospital, could not sit down in the car as we were crowning! She was born May 2nd @ 5:10 AM and has been the sunshine of my life ever since. 💜

Will soon need to reinvent this blog space, recognizing that when I return to work, I may not find the time for a daily entry…weekly maybe!

Am grateful for my sweet daughter Ava, love of family, friends and Mother Nature. 🌺

New Beginnings:  Day 77

Had a great day.  Went to my son’s school this AM to watch him play the historical role of John Abbott in the Son’s of Liberty play.  The kids did such a great job remembering their lines and portraying the events leading up to the Boston Massacre and Valley Forge:

  
 I also met with my PBWF group tonight for a delicious and wholesome buffet!  Wish I had taken a picture of the colorful spread.  So delicious.  Left with a very full stomach but feeling good about what was inside.  I made a cold salad (feature picture) loaded with green power:  quinoa, lentils, black beans, soy beans, corn, peas, tomatoes (grape and sun dried), peppers (red, chili and green), mango, lemon grass, onion (white & green), avocado, cucumber, almonds, dates, raisins, lime juice, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cilantro, parsley, ginger and dill.  

That is a total of 22 wholesome and healthy ingredients. Of the 22 ingredients, 6 were puréed into a silky smooth & creamy dressing that I mixed into the salad (avacoda, dill, sun dried tomatoes, cucumber, dates, almonds). I purchased some mangos that did not seem ripe enough plus a back up batch of fresh mango salsa just in case.  I ended up using the back up batch of fresh made mango salsa:

  
I let the lentils soak and then put them in with the quinoa in my rice steamer.  While the quinoa/lentils were steaming, I diced up my veggies and herbs + made a creamy cucumber, avocado, sun dried tomatoe, dill, date and almond dressing in my fancy new blender.

   
   I mixed all of this together along with my mango salsa, canned beans, peas, corn, raisins, seeds and lime juice.  Can be served at room temp or chilled.

Tonight, after enjoying our great feast, we received our program report card.  I am happy to report that I did well.  My blood work was elevated when I started this journey over 10 weeks ago. And today, my blood work reflects low risk in all categories!  After tonight’s weigh in I am down 18 pounds.   I have tons of energy, feel great and  have received compliments about my skin being “more clear” and “creamy” & “glowing”.  Wow!!!  Never received such compliments👍  My family have been making better choices too and all on their own.  I could not be happier.

Am grateful for this eye opening experience, good health and the power of choice.

New Beginnings:  Day 76

Took my Mom to the movies today.  We saw the chic flick Age of Adeline.  It was quite a story.  After the movie, I showed off my new blender by whipping up a batch of smoothies.

Tried Dr. Fuhrman’s Moraccan Chick Pea soup (feature picture). I like it and the kids both gave it two thumbs up.  A definite good pick for the pantry as an on-the-go meal. Thank you to my friend Denise 👍😊

Very chilly out there!  Just returned from my daughter’s softball game and can still feel the chill in my bones.  The girls are doing so well and are so cute to watch!

  
Am grateful for faith, family & friends