What a glorious morning. It’s the same as many that will come but it’s such a beautiful thing to have this kind of morning after so many dreary winter days. I took a Tylenol PM last night and slept in until 8:00 this morning. Got up to find all the windows open and a fresh, cool breeze dancing through the house. The sky is a beautiful blue and there’s not a cloud in sight. The birds are singing and it has all the makings of a perfect day.

It’s probably going to get hot as blazes before much longer and I need to get to work but I just want to sit here and drink my coffee for a few minutes and enjoy the solitude. DH slept in the RV last night. Yep, it got so hot yesterday evening he copped out, went out to Manny, and cranked the air conditioning up and turned the TV on. Probably fell asleep on the couch, woke up in the middle of the night, and crawled back to the bedroom. The only problem with sleeping in the air conditioned RV is that he’s missing this beautiful, fresh morning.

I feel totally refreshed (8 1/2 hours of sleep!) and I’m ready to get moving. Going to get my shower, grab some cleaning supplies, and get to work. I don’t think I need to get on the treadmill this morning. I have an idea the yardwork is going to give me a pretty substantial workout.

12:30 – finished with the house and I’m heading out to the RV. I’m dreading it but it’s got to be done. DH and the boys are working on the yard and I’ll join them as soon as I finish. Planning a nice fresh dinner outside so we can enjoy the clean yard and nice weather. I boiled some eggs so I can make deviled eggs with fat free mayo. I figured out about a year ago that I can take dill relish, put it in a strainer and rinse it and then add Splenda to come up with a pretty good sugar-free, low cal sweet relish. I’m also going to grill chicken breasts, have chips and dip for the guys. Dill pickles, and smoothies for drinks. Sounds fresh and cool. What’s that going to look like on the plate? I guess it’ll be chicken breast, a deviled egg, and a dill pickle. No, that’s not gonna get it for me. I know fresh smoothies made with low-fat yogurt, ice, and strawberries and peaches will be kind of filling but I’m going to need something else….maybe grill some zuchinni and red peppers….

4:00 – OMG!  Better than sex!  Coming in from the yard all hot and tired and fixing a frozen cappuccino.  It’s currently 90 degrees but there’s still a fresh breeze blowing.  I came in to take a break and threw low-fat vanilla yogurt, instant coffee granules, some a splash of 2% milk, a little splenda and a LOT if ice in the blender.  Marvelous!  I have one of those blenders that’s specially designed to make frozen drinks and it does a fabulous job.  Cold and slushy without a chunk of ice to be found.  The only thing that would make it better would be a nice splash of Kahlua.  No, no…don’t go there….


brseay says 25th April @ 12:21

So glad that you had a relaxing start to your day. The blue skies sound heavenly.

Thanks so much for the neat teaching idea. I’ll have to tuck that idea away and pull it out when they’re ready for it.

Here’s something I do to address the “Why does he get to when I don’t?” question. At the beginning of the class I have a list of people who walked into an emergency room. Some are very serious cases and some are more routine. I have each kids determine in what order they should see the doctor. If we have enough time I have them make their own list, then get into small groups, compare and try to make a new list. As we discuss their opinions we talk about how hard it is to make decisions like this. I ask them to imagine that they’re the doctor and one of the patients dies, how will the family feel. What if their family member had to wait, do you think that they would be understanding that the doctor just made a judgement call and maybe it didn’t work out? Then I say, don’t you think the most FAIR thing would be to take them in order???? Then you don’t have to make decisions. Of course they say no, b/c I stack some of the less-serious patients toward the top of the list. This allows us to talk about how treating everyone the same is not always the right thing to do. There are still times during the class when a kid starts whining but I remind him/her of our emergency room activity and it usually takes care of it.

If this didn’t make sense let me know and I can email you my “patients” with some directions.

sunnygee says 25th April @ 12:41

hi! Just starting out around here, and found you…another 57 or so fluffy gal! I’m definitely bookmarking and plan to stay in touch. Have a GREAT weekend! ~ Sunnie

firefly says 25th April @ 13:29

Ugh on cleaning up Manny!! But I’m loving the grilled dinner! Sounds fantastic! Save me a plate!!

susan says 25th April @ 17:05

There’s a saying about the outside of a horse being good for the inside of a man.

I think the same thing can be said for being outside in the garden in the Spring. Good for the insides of us wimins.

It’s nice to switch over to “summer” dinners. I’m sure my little family is tired of my winter repertoire. Now we just need the road side stands and farmers markets to open. Please pass the deviled eggs!

inkheartmeg says 25th April @ 17:25

the frozen cappy sounds great. I love those kind of blenders. they do a great job. You’re doing good!

Joy says 25th April @ 18:06

OMgoodness that fozen coffee sounds YUMMY!
How did it go with the oven in Manny? I hope it was not too bad for ya.
It sounds like you had a great day Pat. I am so glad. YOU are back for that matter WE are back! Woohoo! Have a great weekend and enjoy your wonderful sounding dinner.

Thank you again sistah Pat for giving me the kind, sweet, kick in the tush I needed.

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