Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fitbit ...

I love / hate my Fitbit!
I've been wearing Fitbit for a long time
Johnny gave me a new one this past Christmas
one that tracks more things plus you can read your results
on the band itself vs always having to go to the app or web site.
So that's really nice

But I have not worn my Fitbit since June 7th and today 
is June 28th!

here is my hate.....

  • I have a permanent dent in my wrist. After not wearing it for 21 days, the dent is still there
  • I become a little too obsessive about how many steps I get in. It really annoys me if I don't get in my 10k steps each day
  • Now have become obsessed with my resting heart rate AND my heart rate while exercising
  • I get very aggravated with the Fitbit taking forever to synch with the phone app
  • and lastly......why can't battery life be longer!! 

and here is what I love.......

  • I love that I have become obsessed with my steps. I'm not getting any younger and I need to keep moving so I think that is actually a good thing.
  • love that I can see how many calories I burn as I sweat my butt off in Jazzercise. Even though I know it's not 100% accurate, it's close enough for me.
  • I guess being aware of my resting and exercising heart rate is a good thing. Even though I know it's not 100% accurate like the calories it still could alarm me to a problem. (ie: the getting old part)
  • I really love the tracking my sleep feature. Not that it gets me any more sleep but when I'm really tired, I can look at my app and see that I only slept 5.5 hours......there's the problem! haha
So I guess some of the things that annoy me are actually things I do love
about the Fitbit. I guess like everything else, being aware
of your physical activity overrides the annoying things!

Now if they could just make that battery life a little longer!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Blog anniversary ....

today is my blogs anniversary
my very first post was on
June 2, 2007

I have written 1,246 blog post!

I talk about the beach a lot, my family, new things I buy,
new recipes I try, exercise, my home
just my life

I've grown older

and I think I'll just keep on posting


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nature just kills me ....

I really love animals
I love the birds in the spring and I always feed them
even the dang squirrels, for them I buy a big bag of corn on the cob
and I have a feeder that the cob fits in
They are just fun to watch

We have a lot of the little yellow finches and the gray,
black and white finches. And the cardinals, they are my favorite
this past winter we had some snow and I had filled the feeder
with the seeds that the cardinals love and wow I had
about 25 cardinals out back, male and female.
their brilliant red against the snow was beautiful

I had to stop putting a wreath on the front door in
the spring as the birds would always build a nest
and then it would just worry me so badly that they 
wouldn't survive or a dang snake would crawl up my
front door to get the eggs.....arghh! 
if that happened, I would have to move

back a few years ago a baby robin fell out of the nest
and we couldn't not get to the nest. The momma robin was around
so we put the baby in a shoe box hoping she would feed it
but she didn't.....so we did! We researched what to feed it
and you have to do it all day long.
we were taking vacation days as we had family here from
out of town. So everyone pitched in taking care of the baby
eventually it was able to fly and the momma bird returned
so that turned out well

And now again, a whole nest fell out of the tall pine tree
3 babies and one egg unhatched.
the babies are older though because they are covered in feathers
and you know I have to take care of them
I just don't have it in me to ignore them and let them die
so we put them in a box with some papers
I put seed in there for the momma bird
and she has been bringing them food every day, all day long
it has been 3 days now, they are getting bigger and stronger
and momma bird is still feeding them all day

now here is the most sad part....poor little Pippa Lou wants
to be their mother! (remember the Dr Suess book, Are you
my Mother) one of the birds fell out of the box and sweet little
Pippa Lou stood guard over it until Johnny came outside and saw
what was going on. Johnny put him back in the box. We can't
leave her outside even though we have the box up high
she just wants to stand guard and it scares momma bird.

that's it for now

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Living room re-do pictures.....

Some more pictures of the living room re-do
we are almost done
still need the coffee table
I want a Balustrade table but they cost anywhere
from $700 to $1700 ..... OMG!
and I'm not paying that. I was trying not to spend too
much on this room as we still plan to sell this home
in 3 years so def not paying that for a coffee table
BUT....found on the internet how to make one for $200
which is way better for me because I want
mine to have a white wash finish

So hoping Johnny and I can get started on that soon
below are the open shelves that are in the foyer
I had them filled with pictures but decided to do something
different....so with Kayla's guidance, found some cute
things to add to them. Was out shopping with Jacquelyn
and she helped me pick a few of the things out

I love the curtain rod going all the way across the wall
another suggestion from Kayla
she did this in her home with the curtains that I made for her
and I loved it....
I made these from a linen blend fabric that I found
on fabric.com  
great place to buy fabric!
another picture on the floor and I'm trying to decide
if I want to hang it there in between those 2 windows
not sure yet....

the home pillow I found at Kohls
had to get it....it has the state of Virginia
so even though we will retire to North Carolina
Virginia will always be our home
the other pillows I found at At Home

This print still needs to be hung....another beautiful
print from my sister Kandi
Also, this floor lamp.....I LOVE!!
and I can't even remember now where we ended up getting it
it is another great find from Kayla

so that's it for now
I'll def put up pictures as we build the coffee table but
that may be a while :)