I sold my Ortho-flex saddle, it was too small for my butt. Found a girl who fits that 14 1/2" saddle just fine, and I gave her a great deal! I was happy to do it too. Found myself a new Ortho-flex, put an offer on it, ( half of what they were asking...) imagine my surprise when they accepted my offer!!! Needless to say, called tha bank today for a "little loan" I am excited to see if this saddle fits me better! Love the Ortho-flex saddles though!! My trainer/instructor has been letting my ride in her stitchdown... heavenly!!! I am learning to post correctly, I am really enjoying my dressage lessons!! Thanks to my instructor!! Hopefully next year I will have the funds to also purchase a western Ortho-flex as well as the English equitation I just bought. I am still not looking forward to getting back up on Sahib, but I know the time is nearing. I am stronger in my core, and my balance and hopefully my balance recovery is faster! I did ask the trainer to see if she could work with Sahib and objects next to his side, ( when I fell last year, he got scared at seeing this object falling next to him and he ran.) Her response? LOL Well, she says to me, so you want me to prepare him in case you fall again?? it was funny at the time, my wording is no longer verbatim.
Speaking of strengthening, I graduated from the 12 week weight management course put on by our hospital this evening!!! Yay!! I dropped 4% of my bmi!!!! This is exciting for me!!! I am on the right track! I knew my shape was changing, just didn't know how much! I have dropped at least 1 size in clothing, and that is also exciting! I am not a clothes horse by any means, so I am not much for shopping, but I am going to celebrate by buying some new work out clothes!!
Our 12 week program celebrated tonight by having a potluck. We all were to bring healthy recipes using the skills we learned over the past 12 weeks. I brought homemade organic cracked wheat bread, and some of my honey!! It was a definite hit! Funny how in this heat, the yeast really rises quickly!! I had that bread made from start to finish in 3 hours! I also have made some ( hopefully ) lasting friendships within this group of positive role models!! As we got to know each other, we really had fun! It was rather uncomfortable at our first meetings to try to do things together, but as time passed, our rapport strengthened. Now, I am comfortable ribbing one of my new friends in the hall at work or just even saying hi out in the world... ( in my opinion, the act of greeting people out on the street, even total strangers is becoming a lost art...) There were some delicious foods there tonight. a few examples: sandwiches with sliced turkey, apple, spinach and mustard, whole wheat tortillas spread with natural peanut butter and sliced strawberries, a wonderful potato salad with italian dressing instead of mayo, a vegetable salad with green beans, red onions, cherry tomatoes, Italian dressing and feta cheese, an orange salad with cottage cheese mandarin oranges, sugar free jello, and whipped cream, and this terrifc torte with angel food cake, layered with butterscotch pudding, whipped cream, and sliced almonds.Quite a feast!! I can't wait to try some of these foods here at home!
My honey was a hit also, and several people from the group asked me to let them know when I will have more available this year!
Some day I will get back to writing my funny tales, but until then I am suffering from boring writer syndrome, so all my faithful readers are reduced to reading my boring drivel. But hey, at least I am not lying!!!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
The bees are here!! My second year as a bonifide beekeeper ( maybe last year shouldn't count since my mentors did all the heavy work for me!). I was able to add one more hive this year, my original intention was to add 2 hives but sadly, my bees didn't survive the winter. It is very hard to keep bees in a hive alive through a Minnesota winter, esp like the one we had this past winter. I wasn't even able to get to my hives until the end of February, and even then the usual 5 minute walk took me like 20 minutes because every step was a struggle, I was hip deep in snow, and so I had to pull each leg out entirely to make the next step, it was truly exhausting! A great work out though... I thought I was going to have to give up before I even got to the hives though, I was just whipped! And quite disappointed to open that first hive and find a whole mess of dead bees in there. Then finding the same thing in the second was quite devastating. I knew I wasn't going to give up, but it did put quite a damper on any grand hive expansion I might have had in mind.
Happily, my mentor was with me this time for homing my bees, and so I actually have pictures to help me tell my beekeeping story. I don't have a camera, since mine took a swim in the Atlantic on our vacation to North Carolina in April of 2008. Hence the reason my blog isn't filled with pictures... Someday, it will be but right now a new camera just isn't the priority.
So, I have 3 2 lb packages of bees to place in their respective homes. Last Monday, that is exactly what my mentor/friend and I did!