Monday, April 30, 2012

Kanga on Youtube!

I've written about my cat Kanga before.
I was trying to write an illustrated book about her, most likely a children's book...but I didn't like how it was turning out.
I knew in my mind how I wanted it to be and what I had done so far just didn't feel right. I wasn't happy with it at all but now I think I've got a better grasp on it.
I've come up with some new ideas.
I'm motivated again.
I am starting at SQUARE ONE. But I really feel like I'm on the right path now.
I want the book to be an inspiration to anyone struggling.
I want it to be a glass half full, positive upbeat happy book.
I went back to see where the post was and I can't believe it was all the way back in 2009!
Sometimes TIME does just fly by.
So, many of you probably have missed that post, but here it is, if you care to read about her:
Kanga is my little black cat that sometimes lives at the clinic where I work and sometimes here at home. I leave her at the clinic a lot because she gets a lot more attention there than at home.
People like to come back and visit her.
She is a very happy cat. Always rubbing against people and purring.
She has always been this way.
She lost her front legs in a farming accident and woke up from surgery purring. Rather than have her go back to the farm where I was sure she would not have survived, I adopted her.
I named her Kanga because when she stands up, she walks like a Kangaroo.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
So is a video worth a million?
Here she is! -

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Being Healthy

Last Tuesday made 7 weeks since I started eating Healthy.
NO Saturated Fat
NO Trans Fat
No Cholesterol
I do eat a little bit of Cholesterol.
I have chicken breast grilled in my George Foreman and there's some in that.
I snack sometimes on lean oven-roasted deli turkey meat.
and I have Fish. Tuna, Salmon and filet's of some sort.
I forget what kind but the cholesterol was low.
I read the cereal boxes and eat things like Shredded Wheat with fresh berries.
I snack on rice cakes, pretzels and prunes.
I LOVE prunes. I know that it's the sugar from them that I'm craving but they have become my ice cream, my chocolate chip cookies.
and Fat Free Fig Newtons!
I roast brussel sprouts with mushrooms, I microwave sweet potatoes.
I eat light Progresso soup for lunch or a can of beans.
I'm not walking much after work but I will work on that. I'm thinking that maybe I just need to do it very early in the morning. Get it over with and out of the way.
Early, when it's quiet, when there's not a lot of other people out walking. And of course it would be easier to walk Blue then.
Less dogs to encounter, less people who feel like they need to cross the street in fear and less kids who run full force at him.
I got one of those pedometers to wear at work.
I read that I need to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
The first day that I forgot to put it on until I had been at work for an hour, but by the end of the work day I had walked just under 15,000 steps.
So I'm feeling a whole lot better.
 No more nausea, dizziness. No more aching all over.
I have so much more energy and while I'm doing this for my health and so that I don't die soon,
I'm also doing it to get my weight down.
The first week I lost 8 lbs. The next week 3 more, bringing it to 11.
The week after that the scale teetered between a 12 and 13 lb loss. and the next week a firm 14.
14, it stayed there for a couple of weeks and FINALLY it's 16.
16 in 7 weeks and I haven't cheated once.
How can I cheat?
I'm not on a diet. I'm just trying not to DIE.

Then I worked all that overtime and didn't get enough sleep.
I didn't take care of myself.
 I tried to rest on Sunday and I did sort of.
Just cleaned the house a little and caught up laundry.
Then it's been back to craziness at work again.
I truly think that if I hadn't been so careful with my food intake,
I would have crashed and burned.
I just have to get the rest of my fence put up this weekend and lay those paving squares and spray the bottom of the ravine with brush killer and cut the limbs up for the garbage pick-up and then I will really rest.
and start painting!
I have SO many ideas and techniques I want to try.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


I've worked a lot of over-time this week. I'm filling in for one girl who's on vacation and then another one who called in sick. I think that burning the candles at both ends has finally caught up with me. I've been trying to just "maintain" things at home. I had also been working on a birthday gift for my niece at night after I come home and first I must care for the furry kids.
Today was her birthday and I had to work all morning and just got done in time to make it to the party.
She screamed in delight when she opened my gift to her. That made the lack of sleep SO worth it. She said she loves gifts from me because no one else can have something like it and it's homemade and she says that the BEST kind of gift.
I had done some transfers and some painting onto a pair of white Keds for her.
Did I take a photo? Nope, forgot.
But I will get one eventually and post it. This has been my typical behavior of late. I can't seem to "think".
Another night after work I went and bought flowers for the vet clinic, I usually do the gardening stuff there.
Do I have photos of the beautiful flowers? or of the garden centers?
Nada. Zip, Zilch.
Now not only does my head hurt but so does my throat.
Great! I have lots of plans for my day off tomorrow and I will be very upset if I'm too sick to accomplish them!
But I do think I just need to get some rest.
I apologize for my feeble attempts at comments and my lack of posts with any depth.
I'm off now to catch up on some Z's.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


that some of my closest friends are
people that I have never actually met?
Thank God for the Internet.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


I know that most people don't really care for raccoons but.....

Sunday, April 8, 2012


I was busy cleaning the house when I got a text message from my sister.
"Thought I saw someone hanging around your porch" it read.
So I went outside and next to my door was an Easter basket.
The Easter Bunny had left me a little stuffed rabbit and carrots,
a sweet potato, an orange and some brussel sprouts!
I LOVE that Easter Bunny.
She really knows what I need.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Cigarette Break

This is my first video, I'm not really sure what I'm doing but...
here we go!
I titled it "Cigarette Break".
I don't smoke, but some of the girls at work do.
They go outside and sit on the picnic table and have a smoke.
I guess it has to do with stress.
Just like how the other girls stop and snack in the lounge.
But I'm not snacking anymore unless it's fruit
(and Strawberry Twinkies are not a fruit.)
So this is what I do when I take a "break".