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Monday, April 30, 2012

Sore, but my yard is going to look great!

Last week, Mike and I had the brilliant idea to do some yard work this past Saturday.  It's Monday now and I'm still sore.  I don't know how professional landscapers do it day after day.  I'm sure they must get used to it, but still.

Last year, we put in our landscaping - concrete patio, stone half wall, stone walkway up to the house etc.  As a result of the work going on in the back, our nice lush lawn was trampled by a smaller earth mover and then a larger earth mover used to pull the smaller one out of the mud and so on.  After the landscapers left, there were pockets of the lawn that had been dug up, which left large dirt areas ready for weeds to invade and invade they did.  In addition, we have drainage issues, so there were areas where the top soil was greatly thinned to the point where you could see the roots of the grass.  Lastly, since our yard backs onto a farmer's field, weeds and vines congregated at the fence and so they were starting to creep into our yard.

This year, Mike and I declared full on war against the weeds, largely because they are ugly and because of Gimli's allergy, which I'm happy to say has been dormant so far, but we have 5 months to go.

Saturday morning, we started early.
  • Pick up poop.
  • Trim any dead branches from our plants/shrubs.
  • Pull up weeds - we had a large assortment of dandelions around the yard and prickly type weeds at the back where the vines had deposited their spores.  The de-weeding took most of the day, but a good majority of them have been removed.  This is going to be a constant task, I know it.
  • Remove the vines from the back fence.  It's not very apparent in the picture, but these vines were intertwined both in the fence and with each other.  I'd cut a strand and pull and I felt like I was pulling spaghetti from a large pot, only to have it stop because it was snagged on a branch.  About half of the mess landed on our side and the other on the farmer's side.
Before we started working

  • Remove/dig up the strange plant that looks like grass, but is actually a malevolent creeping green weed that will overtake your yard if you aren't careful.

  • Mow the lawn.
  • Put down top soil and grass seed and hope the grass takes in the next little while because I will be very upset if weeds start moving into my nice top soiled areas.
Notice the amount of seed/soil patching we had to do, every black spot is new grass.  The left side of the yard is just as bad.

  • Bring out our patio chair and table. At least that portion of the patio is usable. The gazebo and the rest of the chairs will come out later on in May.
Thankfully, Mike's dad came to help us out with the digging of the weeds at the back of the fence because there's no way a weakling like me could have done it.

Next on the agenda is to put out our flowers in various pots in the front and back yards.  It's been quite cold overnight and so we're waiting a bit longer before we purchase flowers and pots and make our house look like normal people live here.

Bonus shot of Gimli, because, well, who wouldn't want to see such a handsome corgi?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Little Red Corgi

My, what cute feet you have:

All the better to frap with and steal into the kitchen when I think you might be doing something food related.

My, what a cute nose you have:

All the better to poke you with... and find food.

My, what a cute mouth you have:

All the better to give kisses... and eat, let's not forget about that.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Crummy days to Corgi days

You know those days for something that you had been waiting a very long time is almost within your reach and then it's snatched away at the last minute?

That was my day on Thursday.

After dealing with a minor but embarrassing ailment for the better part of 12 years, I was finally going to start the process to remove it.  However, I recently developed a second ailment that prevented the clinic from starting on the first ailment.  Suffice it to say, I left work early, drove an hour to see the clinic for 5 minutes only for them to tell me that they couldn't start the procedure.  I then drove an hour back home.  I was not a happy Candy and now the first procedure needs to be rescheduled for later in the year.

I grumbled on the way home and tried to see the silver light in all of this because, while it's very annoying, it's not the end of the world and healthwise, I'm fine.

When I arrived home, I took Gimli for a walk and I checked the mailbox to see this waiting for me.

Box from Marks & Spencer

My corgi Jubilee 2012 items had arrived!

Gimli: why this has no food in it? Can't you see I'm hungry?

Gimli: I am evil corgi, give me that piece of bacon!

Note, they don't actually say "Jubilee 2012", but they were in the Jubilee 2012 collection on the website.  I don't really care, they have the Union Jack and corgis on it, I'm happy!

This tin is labeled a "cookie/biscuit tin", but I'm using it to hoard store my chocolate.

Suddenly, my day became much better.  That corgi bowl is mine and to be used only by me.  I am the crazy corgi lady after all :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I love you Gimli, but...

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Gimli had become very clingy.

Well, he's still clingy.  Today, he spent the entire day behind my chair in our office.  If I went to the washroom, he followed me.  If I went downstairs, he followed me and then followed me back upstairs.  He even went downstairs to bark at something and I thought, "Yes, he's going to stay there."  Nope, he bounded upstairs and lay down under the desk this time.

Gimli has always been a very independent puppy and adult.  He was happy knowing where you were, but he'd find his own place to be, often across the room or even on a different floor altogether.  When he first came home, it was all I could do to get him to snuggle with me on the couch.  He'd have none of it.  I'd get 2 minutes max and then he'd squirm away to see what Mike was doing or to attack a toy or even to stretch out on the rug.

Now, he's a different dog and I have no idea what's causing it.  I know dogs will gravitate to women if they are expecting, I'm not. He has also been known to gravitate to me if he's scared- ie when we lost power and the smoke alarm beep scared him or when it was very windy and the noise of the wind scared him.

Could it be he's finally become adult Gimli, whatever that means and he's settling down?  Or does he finally see me as someone cool to hang around because I have a large box of dog cookies on my desk?

Maybe he's going through a phase and one day he'll wake up and it will be, 'So long sucker, I'm gonna hang out downstairs now!'

Are any of your dogs like this?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Musings on weight loss

Observations about weight loss

  • I dislike exercising.  I really do. It's a mental struggle every day I exercise.  Sometimes I win and hit the TreadClimber, other times I don't and reach for the ice cream.
  • As much as I like Pinterest, seeing all the Photoshopped "buff" women does get you down from time to time.
  • Watching comedy programs while trying to breathe on the TreadClimber is not advised. Trust me.
  • Don't pay attention to the size on the top/skirt/pant etc.  I believe the stores have different sizes to mess with our minds. If it fits, wear it with pride.
  • It's always better to exercise with someone.  Like a friend or spouse who can motivate you. Or in my case, a corgi that walks under you when you're trying to hold a plank for more than 5 seconds or a corgi who lies next to your head and proceeds to make you laugh when you are trying to do sit-ups.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gimli butt!

This week, Laurie over at The Daily Corgi is doing a visual representation of corgi butts aka she's displaying a bunch of corgi butts.

Gimli was on day one, check it out!

Corgipants Party - Day 1

Glum Gimli

Gimli has been a little "off" all week.  Today, he just lay around and was very glum and mopey.

I think it all started on Monday afternoon.  The power went off for about an hour and that caused certain appliances to beep a few times to announce that they had lost power.  Gimli has a fear of loud beeping.  The entire time the power was out, he was next to me or under the desk or shivering in the corner.  It get's so bad that he refuses treats.  I do my best to ignore him, but it seems it's a losing battle.

Today, he looked like this:

Tomorrow he's off to the groomers for a bath and trim because he has to look nice for his portrait sitting on Saturday.  Well, it's for the three of us actually.  I picked up a Groupon last year for a portrait session for a family and one dog.

I'm sure he'll be fine and will be pestering each employee for a cookie and charming them all, corgi style.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How Gimli hit his head on the door frame

Gimli and I came back from the walk today and a certain corgi had to be taken to the tub for a wash.  Not a foot or belly wash, but a bum wash.

I'll spare the details, but suffice it to say, I wrapped his bottom end in a towel, kinda like a diaper so I could take him upstairs.

I picked him up like a baby so that he was on his back, his head on my left.  I thought I had enough room to make it through the door, but then I hear the "conk".

I looked at him and he gave me the most sorrowful look.  Corgi owners, you know the look.

I couldn't stop laughing and actually contemplated taking a picture of his face so I could post it here.  Yes, I have my priorities straight :)

Gimli is back to normal, running around, lying on his back and wriggling, arguing with toys and being cute.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Love, joy, and peace can be yours because of the grace of Jesus Christ. Happy Easter. Rejoice in the Lord.

This year for Lent, I gave up chocolate and I'm proud to say that I did not waver even though I was tempted and strained and wanted to pull my hair out.  It was less about the actual chocolate and more about proving to myself that I do have willpower and I do have the strength to resist those things that I feel are bad/negative for me.

At this time of rebirth and the beginnings of Spring, I want to use this accomplishment as a reminder to minimize the negatives and focus on the good things in life.

Like this:

P.S. I've already eaten a chocolate Kit Kat.


If you've ever seen the Disney/Pixar movie, "Up", you'll know there's this very cute Golden Retriever - Dug, who joins Carl and Russell in their adventures.  Without giving too much away to those who haven't seen the movie, (what are you waiting for, it's a great movie, go see it!), Dug embodies the typical Retriever and is obsessed with squirrels.

See this clip:

On Friday, Gimli and were returning from our walk when he was distracted by a neighbor and his toddler son.  The man was putting his child into the car seat and Gimli continued to walk but was looking at them.

All of a sudden, a squirrel darted across the street in front of us and Gimli switched to the squirrel for a few seconds, and then back to me when the squirrel disappeared.  All the while, never missing a beat on the walk as though the squirrel never existed.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Nothing like fresh bedsheets

I was making the bed the other day when Gimli appears and half jumps up on the bed as if he's waiting for his invitation.

I obliged, because how can you deny that cute face, and he gave me a quick smile before getting comfy.

You'll notice he's in the middle of the bed...

These two are like putty in my paws


Am tired

It's 10 am and I've cried twice thus far today.  Yessir, it's going to be one of those days.  It's Tuesday and I'm in my home office, but my brain's not quite working.

I saw this post today, The Breaking Point, and it's set my mind on fire. Maybe because those words could be mine, I don't know. Those stages of grief, I'm probably at depression.

Denial was 4 years ago, Anger soon after, Bargaining off and on since. Now, I can't be bothered to bargain - it doesn't work and I'm not going to keep asking and begging when the change won't come. I've been down that road before and somehow it always gets turned around that it's my fault, when it's not.

Am tired of hearing, "I didn't know..."

Am tired of being taken for granted.

Am tired of the choices others make that make me feel like nothing.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Operation schrumpfen Check-in #9

I haven't been able to update lately mainly because I've just gotten back to exercising.  Grr, it's so easy to stop working out especially if you're sick or have weeks where you are run ragged all over the place doing this, that and the other.

Measurements as of April 4th:

Weight: 131 lbs

Circumference under ribs: 28

Circumference at belly button: 31.5

Circumference at hips: 34.5

Circumference of thigh: 21

Compared to measurements as of January 9th:

Weight: 133

Circumference under bust: 29 - adjusted to measure under the ribcage, not at the ribcage.

Circumference at belly button: 34

Circumference at hips: 37

Circumference of thigh: 23

I'm pleased to report though that I'm now able to fit into 2 more pairs of jeans!  YAY!  I didn't think I'd be able to wear them this quickly, but I tried them on over the weekend and they fit.  I feel like that lady on the Progresso soup commercial!

My list of pants to wear is now down to 4.  I'm getting there, just slowly. :)