So Saturday went by in a blur, with little else done except watching Bud to make sure he rested and stayed comfortable.We had the first cook-out of the season up at another neighbor's house last night. Just a random put-together of whatever everyone had on hand. I made a cinnamon cake and some chili-cheese dip with chips. There was also a nice selection of grocery store fruits and veg and well all discussed how we couldn't wait until all of that was coming from our own gardens. We even made plans to have a "community garden" in one of the vacant lots in order to get more space for squashes, pumpkins and melons. I was such in a gardening mood that I even managed to shell the remaining black soy beans that had been sitting around in a basket all Winter. I just love these. They are a great low-carb alternative to regular beans without giving up on the flavor and texture. I planted two little apple trees that arrived in the mail on Friday. They are columnar apple trees, meaning they have no outward branches and grow rather like one tall stick with the apples coming directly from the stem. They only get about 5 feet tall, so they are perfect along our driveway where they will pollinate with the crab apple tree that is already there. I have Golden Delicious and Red variety apples. I also bought 6 'Bluecrop' blueberry bushes at WalMart on Friday. They are more like blueberry twigs right now. I have never had much success with blueberries so I thought $3.75 per plant wasn't too big an investment for and experimental crop.
Very little stitching got done on Saturday, but I did make a little progress on "Olde Burial Ground". If the weather holds out for the rest of the afternoon I may be able to finish it before I have to go to the gym. Here is the frame-up of "Heart and Hand" a very nice antique-looking frame from Hobby Lobby. It is a nice rust color to match the threads and has some "worm holes" manufactured right in.
I simply dread this week at the gym. I am subbing again for the Level 5s on Wednesday and I have two pointless meetings...one in the middle of the day on Friday, leaving 4 hours to mill around until my actual work shift starts. The other is smack in the middle of Sunday afternoon, my boss claiming this is the only time she can get everyone to attend. I am going to try to convert these inconveniences into an opportunity to get on the cardio machines on two days that I usually would not. Too much time watching FitTV and all the "buff brides" and "national fitness challenge" participants. Since "Cardio-Bud"(you've all heard of the Disney dog "Air-Bud" who played basketball?) is out of commission for a while, I need alternatives to keep me moving. I really want to slim down before the warm weather catches up with me and everyone else is wearing shorts while I hide in my big thick sweat-pants.