Family Fun

Today was a stress free “fun” day with the twins.  As you know, part of my Red Shoe Life is to spend more time with my friends and family.  It is rare that I get the boys all to myself without endless tasks revolving around their school, scouts, karate or marching band, so I made plans to do some cool stuff.   I really try to make the most of what little non-working time that I have and today the sun was shining and I had the whole day to do what I ever wanted to do.

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So, of course, I let them sleep in while I ran and got hay from Brunswick Feed.  I sorta like going to BF.  There is usually one or two woman my age working their ass off hauling bales of hay or 50 lb bags of feed.  There is always a mental “thumbs up” when I shop there.  The place let’s me play at being “farmy”,  while not being intimidated by a bunch of “farmers”.  Does that make sense?  I always think I hear something like that salsa commercial when I walk into some of the more redneck co-ops…”There she is…New York City…”  aw… screw em!  I enjoy my little place and just because I’m wearing a tiara and  red high heels while I’m on the tractor… too damn bad!

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The rest of the day was filled with baking Winter peppermint cookies, snowflake Pizzelles and drinking hot cocoa.  Of course, the boys were more enthused about baking when I said we could take some to their girlfriends, but a mom’s gotta do, what a mom’s gotta do.

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We did manage to get the animals all re-organized and ready for more cold weather as well as get the hay put in the barn.   I even put dried rosemary in the chicken nesting boxes.  (Thanks to all the  trimmings from my friends, Hardy and Mary Patricia!)  I hear rosemary makes the chickens lay  more eggs… who knew?  At least it smells better than poultry poop.

All in all, it has been a great day, and although we will spend all of our time tomorrow putting away the last of the Christmas decorations… today was all about fun!

 

Wyncies Woolery

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Named for the lovely lane in England where my husband’s grandmother lived.  “The Wyncies'”  thatched roof cottages and winding country lanes stole my heart and began my obsession with all things sheepy!

My little flock include Old English Southdown Baby Dolls and Shetlands, who boast names like Agnes, Andrew and Penelope. Both breeds are miniature in stature, but surely make up for it in personality!

Of course, I will be blogging now and then about my escapades with wool, but today my post is about making woolen dreadlocks.

I know, I know, unusual you say. Well, not really. Just unusual in MY world until now.  I have been having so much creative fun with this.  Just Google woolen dreads and you will see the most amazing works of art. They are dyed awesome colors and adorned with beads, fabrics and beautiful jewelry… All of which is right up my ally.

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It is a lengthy process if you start by shearing your own sheep.

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Then the fleece is sent to a fiber mill…which takes six weeks and eventually it returns to me like this!

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then comes the fun part of making them into dreads.

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and dying them.

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And then you get to wear them!!!

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Hahaha! You guys should never let me stay home by myself!

 

 

 

 

Figuring Out My New Life

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I had given a lot of thought about what I didn’t  like in my old life, but I hadn’t given much thought about what I would like in my new one. So, I made a list of what I thought an average day would look like, and with list in hand, I set off to try it out today .

7:00 a.m Wake up, drink Bulletproof coffee, do my Posture challenge exercises, drink more coffee.  No rushing, no cursing, no worrying about what to wear.  

8:00 a.m Listened to motivational speaker on You Tube, checked out competition and took notes.  No watching the news and getting depressed about the world.

8 :30 Threw in laundry, make bed, putz’d around.  Not mandatory  just a little housekeeping.

9:00 Took Sheltie (Maisie Moonbeam) for a walk on our country road, cut wild flowers and  took some pics.  No one hour commute.  No exercising in the gym. Loved the fresh air.

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10:00 Made flower arrangement, fed farm animals, showered.  No time clock or morning meetings.

11:00 Blogged, answered emails, wrote chapter on book while eating low carb brunch.  No, industrial coffee in Styrofoam cup.

12:00 Got dressed up and drove to work until 4:00 pm.  Still light outside when driving home.

So far so good. I could live with that.  Now I gotta figure out how to make that happen every day.  Ya know, I don’t mind going to work outside of my home.  I’ve stayed home all day with the kids, and all I wanted to do was go out!!!  Now I work from morning until night getting up at 5:00 a.m. and all I want to do is go home.  I’m looking for something in the middle!  Hey, it could happen, and I’m going to figure it out!

Hay There!

It’s Saturday, so you know that means “Woman vs Wild” home improvement projects are hot on the menu!   The twins and I were out planting Fall stuff in the raised garden this morning and decided to clear some crap out the barn.  We ran into a bunch of freakin’ wasps, but otherwise it was a great yard day.  Kellen shot this weirdo video and it cut off before I finished, or he “accidentally” deleted me…  he’s 17, I’m sure he’d rather be doing just about anything else today besides videoing his mother.  Enjoy the clip, but know, we eventually got the old hay outta there and spread it around in the garden between the beds for weed control.

I often wonder, if anyone else is wondering, what the hell does organizing my house have to do with my quest to lose 100 pounds.  Well, my quest is not really just about weight loss and getting fit. Although I have promised my ladies at work that I will buy a leopard print cat suit for Happy Hour when I reach my goal, there is a bigger picture.  This entire year has been slated for me to give my absolute best to becoming my absolute best.  My quest is about relationship improvement, intellectual stimulation, career goals, getting a grip on my finances, creativity, getting outside of my little box and many other facets of my life.  With that said, the whole re-organization of my house and obtaining power over all of the home repairs from hell is necessary to get control over all of the other areas. For example:  It would be easier to work on the relationship with friends and family, if I had more confidence in inviting them over.   I usually end up in a tizzy trying to fill a dumpster before anyone can sit down.  Sure my real friends don’t mind a mess, but I would rather spend all of my attention on my friends than worrying about knitting a sweater with the dog hair on the couch.  In my opinion, I won’t be completely “transformed” until my days are stress-free and I can exert my energies in the above categories in a focused and productive way without flinging myself on the floor in a New York tantrum.  So, could I lose 100 pounds and still not be able to find two matching socks anywhere in the house?  Yes, but I would probably gain it all back because I’d still be the same old unorganized woman with moldy hay in her barn and messy closets!  In order to lose 100 pounds and keep the weight off, I have to change all the things that caused me to gain it in the first place.  So until that time, the “Woman vs Wild” will continue.

So Red Shoe Lifers, it’s time to make your list of projects, organize your goals, plan to have your own “Hay Day” and  stop “forkin’ around”.  (ok city friends, I’m referring to my pitch fork”

BTW, if you need help with all of the above, I’d be glad to get you started.  Email: Redshoelifetransformation.com.

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Moo For a New You!

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It seems like I will go to any lengths to provide comedic relief for my more serious posts.  I have been wanting to talk about Collagen for a while now, but it is so damn boring, I just had to spice it up.  So, some of you know that I live in a rural area and these lovely ladies live next door.  They are fun to “moo” to, have great cow pies for my garden and I can set my clock by their nightly return to their barn.

Well, on my walk over the weekend, I got the brilliant idea that I should take a picture and post it with my info. about Collagen.  Apparently they have been reading my BLOG, because then THIS HAPPENED…

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and the only thing between me and this guy was those two little strings of barbwire.  Needless to say,  my lovely walk turned into a speedy exit and I promised that if they spared my life, I wouldn’t mention that the best source of Collagen is bovine!

Ok, so Collagen, I thought it was just an ingredient for wrinkles in face cream.  Apparently, I was only hitting the surface and didn’t know the big picture.  I’m going to simplify our chat and if you have more questions, please GOOGLE it, because there is really a lot of evidence with scientific explanations…. and uh… just look it up.

I have explained in previous posts, my frustration with doctors when you have to go around in circles to get information.  When there is something as great as Collagen, why don’t they just freakin’ tell people?  So, it turns out that Collagen is really good for your joints.  It is recommended for Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as all kinds of arthritis and other joint issues.  It improves everything from circulation to recovery from athletics.  You can think of Collagen as a type of elastic that holds us together and comes from the Greek word meaning “glue”  It holds up our falling faces, reduces the look of cellulite, reduces inflammation, heals your leaky gut, builds strong bones, tightens loose skin from weight loss, speeds wound healing, and everything else from dental to healthy hair.

I mentioned that there is Collagen in some skin creams, but for real benefits, you have to start on the inside.  There are tablets and powders and even bone broth that can be made by buying grass fed beef bones from Whole Foods and stewing them in a crock pot to make a wonderful soup.  Go to Wellnessmama.com for a great recipe.  Bone broth can be also made with organic chicken bones, pork bones or even fish. With that said, I just don’t want to mess with it and I went for Collagen supplements.

I have been trying out a Collagen powder that I  put into my bullet proof coffee in the morning and off I go.  It has no taste, but it does have a few carbs.  It is made by Zint and I ordered it from Amazon.

Check it out, try it out.  I think it is really helping me.  I just wish someone had told me about Collagen years ago.  Yeah, I still put that crap on my face, but since beauty is only skin deep, I’m going for the good stuff…. not just good.. it’s “Moo-velous!”

Happy Labor Day?

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Happy Labor Day??? Aside from some bodacious BBQ action that I have in store for today, I’m not so sure I want to go so far as to celebrate work!  In fact, I think it should be renamed, No-Labor Day!

My 2 mile walk yesterday has me feelin’ fortified, and as this is the last day to put a beat down on my “Woman vs Wild” home improvement projects, I better get crack-a-lackin’.

Last week’s joyous jubilee of the reincarnation of my swimming pool was tragically short lived.  After the sixth pool company took their turn (and more of my money), I awoke to a pool whose 30 foot liner looked as flat as the celebratory balloons.  OMG I am so $%^$$## sick of this freakin’ pool and the people who keep declaring it fixed.

So, with outdoor chores hot on the list, the renovation projects will be set aside until this afternoon when the REAL LABOR will begin.  Today’s project involves the jungle in my sun-room.   Stay tuned for some updated photos of me, my machete and my collection of plants.

Until next time, enjoy this holiday and I’ll be back this week with some new recipes, updates on my 30 day Posture Challenge and some pics of me, my shotgun and the pool men. 🙂

Deb