Where in the world is Patti?

green cherry tomatoes Houston, Tx

green cherry tomatoes Houston, Tx (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know if anyone has been asking that or not, but I’m still here.  I have some good days, some bad days, but mostly I just have okay days.  This past Sunday I felt the best I’d felt in a long time (and that’s even with working a full day…make that a full, hectic day).  So I feel like there is at least some hope that I can manage this.

I woke up this morning at around sixish…didn’t have to work, but thought I’d throw some clothes on and step outside to do a little “gardening”.  Ha, I haven’t planted anything or even weeded the one bed I have outside my kitchen window, so you can imagine what a mess it was.  But I spent about half an hour pulling and cutting weeds…imagine my surprise when I discovered two volunteer tomato plants!  One of them is obviously a grape tomato plant as it has the clusters of tiny tomatoes growing.  I went inside and grabbed two tomato cages and used them to corral the little wildings.  I also have some coneflowers blooming that had been hidden in the weeds.

Finding the tomatoes and flowers encouraged me to do a little planting of my own.  Yes, it is kind of late to be planting most things, but I decided to plant some cucumber seeds in a couple of containers.  Hopefully I’ll manage to pick a few before fall gets here (doesn’t it seem strange to think about fall in July?).

The plants that managed to survive through some difficult growing conditions reminded me that we can do the same thing…life isn’t always easy and it doesn’t always go as we’ve planned.  But we can survive and make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in.  I hope you’re having a day with the joy of discovering the unexpected!

Gardening? Not so much

I don’t know what’s happened to me this year, but I just haven’t been able to get motivated to do very much gardening.  I’ve got some tomato plants and a pepper plant growing, the lettuce is done what with the hot weather we had a week or so ago.  I just can’t seem to  convince myself to get out there and dig in the dirt.  Maybe I’ll just give the farmers market my business this summer.

Ooh…that reminds me, the little farmers market (as opposed to the huge, super-busy farmers market on Saturday mornings) starts this week on Tuesday afternoon/evening.  Just may have to meander on over there Tuesday and check out the offerings.  I guess, if I’m not going to do my own gardening this year, at least there are some local farmers who will be glad to do it for me…well, for the right price…

farmers market in B’town, 2011

The long and winding road to fitness, day 87

Sleeping, male baby cat. Red hair.

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I had a much better day today.  Oh wait, I had the day off work…that pretty much automatically makes it a better day…less stress, more me time, not getting up at 3:30 in the morning…well, I must admit, I did wake up at 3:30 this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep.  I decided to get up and try to catch up on my email…so I did that for about an hour, went back upstairs and read in bed until I got sleepy.  Then I turned the light off and slept until a little after 8!  Sleeping until 8…wow…luxury!!

I didn’t exercise at all today..what a slacker.  But my body was just so tired after working multiple 12 hour workdays in a row…ugh!  I just kind of took it easy today.  I made a delish vegetable beef soup in the crock pot.  Okay, I was thinking fall and it ended up getting up to 90 degrees today.  But the soup was still wonderful…and it’s supposed to cool off now, plus I ran the AC, so I didn’t really feel the heat.  I love eating soup when it’s chilly outside.  And now my entire house smells like someone’s been cooking…well, I guess someone has…me! 

I ended up eating only a little over 1300  calories for the day.  I just didn’t eat much, not because I was thinking about not eating much, but because I was doing other things (writing, mainly) and only ate when I realized I was really hungry…stomach growling kind of hungry.  That’s a good thing, right?  That’s how “normal” people behave…or at least how I imagine normal people behave…not sure I know too many normal people.

All in all, a good day.  A day to kind of rejuvenate.  I think days like this are necessary every once in a while.  Now to get ready to go in to work early again tomorrow and try to get all of the things done that need to be done. 

So…do you eat “normally”, when you realize you’re hungry?  Or do you eat out of boredom, emotionally, out of habit in certain situations?  I would sure like to experience more of that normal eating…not even really thinking about it.  Or am I just imagining that other people are that way with food?  Hmm…sounds like some good research material.

Early morning at the farmers market

I woke up at about 6:30 this morning.  Then I debated going to the farmers market.  Yes, I wanted the fresh veggies and fruit.  Yes, it’s always nice to walk around talking to the vendors.  Yes, I usually run into a friend or two.  BUT…man, did I really want to have to get dressed and make my way out there?  Then I remembered my new motto…get up, get out, and get it done.  So that’s exactly what I did.

This is the view when I first entered the market.

People…the crowd becomes a solid mass of people in a couple of hours.  That’s why I try to go early.

I think farmers must have a little artist in them.

The farmer at this booth was asking me about my blog…never know when you’ll get a little publicity, do you?  I really should have cards printed to pass out…

After I walked out of the market area, I turned around and had to capture this view.  Isn’t it peaceful?  I love Bloomington!

The long and winding road to fitness, day 10

Map of United States rails with trails.

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Day 10?!  High five to me!!  Ten days of exercising, eating more good-for-me foods, and focusing on living a healthier life!  I really can tell a difference after only ten days and I know it’ll just keep getting better as I continue along on my journey.  I’m so excited about how much better I feel and how much happier I am!

I went in to get my hair cut today (just a trim, my hair grows so fast that I have to get it cut once a month to keep it looking decent), then I walked down the B-line trail (a railway converted to a walking/biking path) to do a little grocery shopping at Kroger.  I’d intended to take a picture of all that I bought, but I didn’t think of it until I had everything put away…and I wasn’t about to pull it all out again!!  I bought grape tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, watermelon, bananas, diet Pepsi (I swear, I am going to give it up eventually), PopChips (which I immediately divided up into individual serving bags…lesson learned from previous experiences with the PopChips), baked tortilla chips, dried pineapple (I use this in my homemade trail mix…mostly dried cereal with some dried fruit and maybe some nuts), black beans, Truvia, popcorn, skim milk, string cheese, Greek yogurt, Babybel cheese, natural peanut butter, whole wheat bagel thins, oj, fish and, as a reward for sticking with it, another book (I’m a voracious reader, always have been).  So a pretty good trip as far as buying healthy goes…spent more than my $50/week goal though…oh well, if I can feel this good, it’s worth a little extra expense, right?

I prepared my version of the summer salad that someone brought to me at work yesterday…tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, peppers, mushrooms and, of course, my Hendrickson’s sweet vinegar and olive oil dressing (I bet you guys think I get paid to mention that product, but I don’t.  I just seriously love it!).  Holy moly, this stuff is the best…and I’m sure it’ll be even better when I can get just picked tomatoes and cucumbers…yum!

Today, I ate 1680 calories, did 15 minutes on the exercise bike, walked for 20 minutes, did upper body strength training, 10 exercises, 2 sets of each, and about 10 minutes of stretching.  I also spent some time outside pulling weeds and watering plants…oh, we had just the nicest day here in Indiana…low humidity, temps in the lower 80s with a nice breeze…gorgeous!  I was so lucky to have today off work.

This is how I feel today…I sincerely hope you do too!!

Early summer gardening

I grew up gardening…the only difference is now I do it out of choice, not because I’m being forced to do it.  Okay, that’s not really the only difference…we had a huge garden when I was a kid.  Now I do most of my gardening in pots on my patio, with only a small space for a bed in the yard.  I also lean more toward organic gardening now.  Back in the day, when I was a kid, my grandmother used who knows what to keep bugs away…I honestly don’t remember what it was, just some kind of powder that she sprinkled on her plants.  Now I shudder to think that we ate the fruits and veggies that had been sprinkled with poison…

You can see that I’ve just watered the plants on my patio.

Little sausage tomatoes (an heirloom variety) setting on…good for paste, but I usually use them for salsa…not as watery as slicing tomatoes.

Cucumbers…I love to eat these fresh from the garden.  Like all produce, what you grow in your back yard is so much tastier than what you can buy at the store.

Radishes, ready to pull.  I’ve read that people actually cook radishes, but I’ve never tried that…raw is good!

Cubanelle pepper plant…have to have fresh peppers for homemade salsa…I have several other smaller pepper plants that I have yet to pot in their permanent home…probably ought to be doing that, it is June.

What are you growing this summer?