Hello everyone, my name is Lisa I am a southern girl born and raised in East Tennessee. I love discovering new places and things to do. I have a lot of favorites, shopping, traveling, knitting and photography are all at the top of my list. I am married with my fur babies my only children. This blog is actually named after my beloved basset hound Patches. She passed away a few years ago but will always have a huge part of my heart. Come with me and we will explore some wonderful places and discover some really fun things. Are you ready?
Wow June is passing by so quickly. It has been hot here in my neck of the woods. Last week we had rain for several days, even flooding and cooler Weather but the heat has truly returned. All the rain has caused the trees, bushes and flowers to grow like crazy as well as the grass. The heat index today was over 100 degrees F. The Mimosa trees are blooming right now. I love their strong sweet scent it takes me back to my childhood when we had several growing in our yard. Did you know these are also called Persian Silk Trees or Pink Silk Trees? I just know they smell wonderful.
How was your week and weekend? I had a really busy week. Work was very busy and then my brother had surgery on Friday so my sister and I spent the day in Knoxville with him and his family. All went well and he is back home and doing great.
On Saturday my sister and I had planned a return trip to see my brother in the hospital but he was doing so well he was getting released to go home. Yay!!!! Since we were ready to leave, when we got the news that he was going home, we decided to go to Knoxville for a little shopping. I had 30% off at Kohl’s and you never know what you might find. I did find a few things but since I have been losing weight I don’t want to buy a lot of clothes because I know they will soon be too large for me. But who am I kidding I probably have at least four different sizes in my closet right now. I did buy this little truck planter at Kohl’s, I thought it would be perfect to put a succulent in and put it on my deck.
I have to show you a picture of the quesadillas I have been eating. I bought a quesadilla maker a few months back. Since I have been cutting back on potassium I skip the pizza sauce or any kind of tomato sauce. I just put cheese and pepperoni on a quesadilla and then put the top on and put it in my little quesadilla maker until the cheese gets melty and good. This is a great dinner option for me. It is very filling. I use the Carb Balance Tortillas and I love them. These make a great meal for one or you could do several for appetizers. You can use anything on them that you want, I just use cheese and pepperoni to cut back on calories, carbs and potassium.
I am still working on eating low potassium and have lost more weight which is not due to eating low potassium, although I am sure cutting out French fries is helping a lot, as much as cutting back on calories and moving my body more. I am thinking of adding a weight loss post on my blogs I would love to hear any tips about how you have lost weight. I have currently lost about fifteen pounds. I still have a long way to go but I will get there. Losing weight is hard especially for someone my age. Man I remember the days when I could lose five or ten pounds in a week. Well it seemed like it anyway. HA!
All the fur babies are doing great although Mark says he feels like he is living in a kennel. They can really be a handful but they make our lives so wonderful. I don’t know what we would do without them.
So how was your week? do you have big plans for this week.
Hello friends and happy Monday. How was your weekend? Mine was really busy. On Saturday I did the grocery thing while Mark went out to cut some trees. We have had two that have fallen this past spring, one of them just a week or so ago. So I went to pick up my groceries and to the post office and a couple of other stops. When I got home Mark had already cut up the tree that had fallen near the lake and was cutting some brush closer to the house. It always makes me nervous when he is using a chainsaw and home alone especially where we live, an ambulance could be thirty minutes or more away.
So when I got out of the car with the groceries my hubs was eying this huge tree limb that hangs over our deck. My nephew was going to come up and help us cut it, to make sure it didn’t fall across the deck, but he just hasn’t had the time. Anyway Mark started telling me how he thought he could etch out a part of the tree to make it fall in the right direction. I said “look we are not tree cutters and we have no business trying to cut a tree that large and hope it doesn’t fall on the deck”. Luckily the heat won out. He was already tired from cutting all morning, it was hot, and he was ready to head into he house. I sighed a huge sigh of relief and prayed he wouldn’t attempt it one day when I wasn’t at home.
I spent the rest of the day cleaning my front porch and scrubbing the sidewalks. Mark had requested lasagna for dinner. Because of our different schedules we don’t get to have a lot of meals together so when he does want something special I like to cook it for him. I made the lasagna on Saturday and we had leftovers for our lunches for a couple of days.
On Sunday Mark had to work. Several weeks ago I had ordered a large shelf to put some of my yarn in. It came in a huge box and had to be put together. The box sat in our office for weeks. We just haven’t had a lot of time to put it together. On Sunday I decided I would put the shelves together. How hard could it be right? I can read directions after all I do read knitting patterns and can even knit socks surely this couldn’t be too hard. Wellllllll I carried all the pieces upstairs to my little den where I had planned to put the new book shelf. I had to carry them piece by piece because the pieces were fairly heavy. I got the directions, it was supposed to only take one hour to complete, I got all the hardware and tools I would need. And I have to say everything was labeled just beautifully. It would have been hard to mess it up. But let me tell you whoever put the one hour thing lied. It took me almost four hours to put that thing together. Now I did pull off a few times to do laundry and get something to drink and let the babies in and out but I don’t know who could put it together in one hour. Nope, no way. Anyway it is done and I have put a bit of yarn in it. I still have a full set of shelves full of yarn on the other side of the room. Not as big as this one but still a good bit of yarn. I am actually pretty proud of myself for doing the whole thing by myself. I am usually so impatient that I screw it up and Mark has to finish it for me.
The Daylilies are blooming and I love them. They are so cheerful.
So other than that and some walks with the babies that was my weekend. How was yours?
What a week. I know I have been a little MIA the last few days but work and life have both gotten in the way.
When I last left you I was preparing for a third blood test for my high potassium levels. My potassium wasn’t that high but higher than my doctor wanted it to be. All of my other blood work was good. The kidney function was good so it was a bit of a mystery as to why it was high. For about three weeks I have been on a low potassium diet and I have to say I didn’t realize how many foods were so high in potassium. Anyway my potassium level is back in range so that is a very good thing. As I mentioned before I am really trying to eat better and cut back on sweets and get more exercise. I am down ten pounds!!! Whooo hooo. I have a long way to go but it is definitely a start.
I had to work on Saturday because it was Memorial weekend and in tourism that is a big deal. Not only because of the significance of the day but also because a lot of people travel. I only took Sunday off and was back to work on Monday.
Monday night there was an AT&T area wide outage and we were without internet, phones etc. for most of the evening. It finally came back on around 8:00 PM. It’s not like we lost power but I seemed to feel paralyzed to do anything. I did read a book and that was a good thing.
My sister and I had our annual mammograms on Tuesday in Knoxville. It seems like all of my wellness checks come up at the same time. And then I spend a month or so getting them all taken care of. My sister and I always get our mammogram appointments really early and spend the rest of the day shopping. We had such a fun time. I bought several things and I will show them later on my Friday Favorites. It seems like the stores were a little better stocked than last time. I did buy another Orchid at Trader Joe’s. They always have the best selection and I have been wanting a white one to add to my collection.
I have been using my quesadillas maker to make these quesadillas. I use cheese and pepperoni and cut them into corners and they are yummy and low cal. Also low in potassium.
So that is what has been going on with me what about you?