Elvis enjoys sitting in front of the open front door and observing the birds and other happenings in the neighborhood.
Took a walk around my yard to capture the flowers and new buds.
Of course there will soon be mulching to do.... but for now I'm taking in the beauty of the moment.
Kathleen made sure I had some pretty flowers for the kitchen table. Nothing beats picking them right out of your own yard. ;-) Each day she asks to pick one for her teacher and the bus driver, lol. Love how thoughtful she is!
The next tree has "died" several times, but miraculously keeps getting new growth. So Jerry trims off the dead and we let it go and see how it grows each year. Amazing how much strength and willpower a tree possesses.
Our goldfish and Koi have survived the winter and are happily enjoying not having ice in the pond! Still need to keep the netting over them so the Blue Heron doesn't grab more. He struts around on our sidewalk like he owns the place! I used to think it was so neat having him that close....then he ate my fish! :-(
I thought it was a beautiful day to get started on my Project Life scrap booking albums. HSN ( home shopping network) had a great deal on them a couple weeks ago so I ordered two sets. Makes scrap booking a busy life easy to do!
Kathleen's art work to cheer me up.
Sitting here enjoying a frozen Greek yogurt bar for snack, so delicious!!
I've been reading through my new Clean Eating magazine for great menu ideas. I love this magazine so much, great healthy recipes, snack ideas and more!
Took a trip to our local produce place and stocked up on healthy foods! We got all this food for $60.00, no way I could have done that in a grocery store!
We got mushrooms, clementines, oranges, apples, pears, 2 heads of lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, peppers, broccoli, green and red grapes, celery, green beans, cantaloupe, pineapple, regular potatoes, spinach, carrots and watermelon!! I think I covered it all, lol.
Eating clean is one of the best ways to heal your body and get the nourishment you need. I will be sharing several healthy recipes as I make them. Eating healthy is even more critical for me right now. I recently found out from my heart doctor that my ejection fraction of my heart (how it works) is only 45-50% and it should not go below 55%. They are not sure what is causing this to happen. But I have just started a beta blocker to try to keep my heart from working so hard. My resting heart rate is between 102-166 beats a minute. ( not a good thing!) The medicine has made me very tired and they are going to be following up to see what needs adjusting and if I need to take more medicines. I am not a fan of medication in any form, but in this case I have no choice, I have to regulate my heart beats. They are erratic and skip beats or run extremely fast (tachacardia) I have always had mitral valve prolapse and have learned to deal with that, but this really has me concerned. I want to be here for my family a long time so I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that happens. I'm just glad they caught it before things got worse. I haven't been feeling well for quite some time and as moms tend to do I put myself last. They need me so that has to change. It's why I've always said to embrace every day and count our blessings for we never know what lies ahead. I'll be keeping you posted on this journey of mine.
Hope you are all taking time to enjoy the "little" things in life. Whether it's cold, rainy, snowy, sunny or hot where you are today, whatever challenge you may be facing, enjoy every moment, hug your loved ones tight and know what a gift each day is!
"It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes" -- Louis Pasture
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" --Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Tough times never last, tough people do" --Robert Schuller