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[08 Feb 2013|09:57pm]
Sleep sounds wonderful
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[10 Mar 2012|09:59pm]
Oh boy I had to fix that last entry it was horrible! Entries with this phone are not easy! The cursed *cursor keeps jumping everywhere and auto correct keeps screwing up what I'm trying to say! Computer or maybe the mobile version is the way to go...I do miss the LJ. I'd love to start posting regularly again!
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[10 Mar 2012|02:28pm]
I'm having trouble getting motivated today now that the sun has gone back into hiding. That last couple of days were so nice! I even started planting the garden so far I have planted peas, carrots, lettuce, kale, and lots of onions. The starts inside are doing fairly well also just waiting on the tomatoes and pepers to sprout. I'm thinking its just not warm enough in the house we'll see? Maybe if we get some more sunny days I'll stick them in the green house Jessie bought?



The chicks are doing well their feathers have really started to come in! We'll have to get a top on their box in the next few days! I'm not sure if we are still going to try a get a couple americanas now because of the extra hassle it will cause having to get another setup for them?


As for the bees they were loving the warm weather I saw them visiting all of the crocuses around the yard. The weaker hive seems to be doing fairly well even with all the die off I've seen. The stronger hive is doing great though I'm sad to see that the new queen mated with some of those cantankerous drones from the more aggressive hive. Now I have a hybrid of the original bees that I loved and the mean grumpy bees I was thinking of getting rid of. In fact I got stung by one of hybrids while I was weeding around their box on Thursday, my face is still all swollen. Man that made for a fun day of explaining at work the next day! Not to mention I was visually impaired with one eye being swollen shut.


I'm really going to need to be more careful as I seem to be getting more allergic with each sting. I'm even considering getting rid of the bees I have now and getting a less aggressive species. I was reading on the urban farmer about a very docile type that is great for beginners and urbanites. I think for now I will at least keep the one hive. I'll need to get a higher fence put up to get their flight path up a bit higher to avoid trouble with the neighbor. I'm also thinking of setting up an empty hive for any possible swarms this summer. We'll see how finances are after building the chicken coop?




Well I need to get going! I need to do some healthy grocery shopping...since we ran out of fresh produce my healthy eating has begun to go by the wayside.
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Long lost journal of mine [04 Apr 2011|10:09pm]
Think I will start updating this journal again..I've been away from it for much too long! There has really been a lot that has happened since I last updated! Important stuff that I should have chronicled! Well at least important to me!

Things that first come to mind...

events with loved ones including family and friends
traveling to Kauai
buying a house
settling into the house
beekeeping
gardening
future plans
future trips...Mexico is within the next year
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[16 Nov 2009|09:42pm]
Omg snot is just pouring out of my nose! I'm happy I'm through the painful sore throat and sinus stage, but now my nose is just running like a faucet, my lips are chapped, and my nose is well on its way to being raw from all the tissue blowing I've been doing! Tissues are everywhere!
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Hello Friends!! [16 Nov 2009|09:29pm]
Wow! I can't believe I haven't posted since my Birthday!

Yes, I am still alive! :-)
Sorry I haven't checked in for so long Judy!
How are my LJ friends?? I hope you're all well!
I've been alright, other then adjusting to the change of seasons and my current sick state.
I had been keeping myself away from the computer during the summer, but now that the weather has turned I've been finding myself indoors more often with less to keep me busy, especially since I stopped spending so much time at the gym. (uhm...spending zero time at the gym!)

I seem to be enjoying late fall and winter less and less these days. Not digging the cold, wet, and dark days right now. I'm really having a hard time adjusting to summer being over this year!
I kind of feel like I fell off of the life track somehow the last couple of months? I really thought I was doing great for a while? Hmm...I've got to work on fixing that and getting myself out of this funk I'm finding myself in!! It's like I went in to a hibernation state!

I've been thinking I should try out some new winter recreation ideas to get myself out of the house a bit more. I'm sure that would do wonders, but I'm just not sure when I'll have the right combo of time and money to do it? Let alone someone to go along with!
If nothing else I should really get back on some kind of exercise routine be it the gym or working out at home! I did buy this P90X at home workout and food plan that I was all excited about starting! I just feel weird trying to workout in front of the roommates. It would be easier if I had some kind of workout space, or if I was able to convince everyone else here to give it a try!


I've also been missing Hawaii lately! I think the trip this last spring spoiled me! I'm pretty sure I've thought about Hawaii for at least one moment every day since I was there! I would love it if I could just put work on hold and spend a year there just living it up!
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Maui [18 May 2009|05:36pm]
Ok I'm back home from Maui looking through some of my pics and thought I'd post a few more shots real quick. I've only gotten through about half of the photos so far and its time for me to hit the road. The trip was great, but for now I'll have to skip telling you about it until I'm back from the coast.
I'm heading up to Ocean Shores now for the B-day so I'll post more about the vacation when I'm back.
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maui sunset shot from our condo [18 May 2009|05:10pm]
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waiting at the repair shop [02 May 2009|05:45pm]
Man I've had to spend a lot of money today!
Car repairs and maintenance is expensive!
That along with this upcoming hawaii trip has cost me enough to keep me in debt for quite a while!
I guess that means that new tv I was planning on getting is out of the question for this year.
Oh well I figure a trip is worth a whole lot more than a tv, and as for the car that just has to be done.
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todays apartment news [25 Feb 2009|02:44am]
Goodbye my friendly maple tree friends *tear*
It was goodbye to all the trees in the apartment complex today.
That's right they chopped them all down!
I'm wondering if they are going to replace them with new tiny twiggy trees once they finish up this new landscaping plan?
Oh I'm sure this new landscape plan means an end to our little garden patch as well. They broke about half of the planter pots I had outside and made a muddy mess of everything else.
Oh I'm sure they will replant things around here and make it look nice and generic, just like every other boring suburban apartment complex. BORING!
Well hey, at least they installed some new toilets today! (water savers I'm sure) Unfortunately they also carved some nice holes in the walls :-( Guess that means plenty more visits of fun ahead. Yup, the workers almost ended up seeing my naked bumm today. Just as I was getting ready to hop into the shower they were coming inside the apartment to do work on the bathroom (great timing)
At least it seems they've finished up most of the outside siding work on our building today. Yet they still haven't done the chimney work or put the new windows in the loft yet. The new windows it the loft is what I'm most excited about! It will be nice to have some windows that actually open up there. The extra ventilation will be great for all that summer heat. (especially now that the trees are all gone!) I always thought it was silly that the windows up in the loft didn't open to begin with.

Man I've got to get to bed now! Otherwise who knows what I'll wake up too? I mean there is already a hole in the bedroom closet!
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apartment remodel [19 Feb 2009|10:43am]
Oh the hammering of siding has gotten close enough to wake me up now.
Guess I should think about moving some stuff around and cleaning a bit tonight in order to make room for the plumbing work they will be doing inside the apartment
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G1 update from work? [15 Feb 2009|05:16pm]
I keep forgetting I can update this jourrnal from work now that I have this fancy new phone. Maybe I should start updating again? Its been ages since I've talked about life, or given any kind of life updated on here. Yeah, but now it's time to eat!
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At the Coin Laundry! [29 Jan 2009|09:33pm]
Wasted my day away yet again! Stayed up till 5am again last night think that makes about a week now that I haven't gone to sleep till four am or later. Needless to say I haven't been sleeping all that well. I've got to get myself back on a normal sleeping pattern soon.
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[07 Jan 2009|01:40am]
Man it's windy out there!
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OH oh Oh my too much Snow and Ice!? [23 Dec 2008|12:40am]
Way too many!! This is all the pictures I took today, and this evening. Be warned the are over a hundred snapshots!
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[22 Dec 2008|11:01pm]
We got some more snow this morning so I called out once again. :-/ I'm thinking I'll have to find a way to work tomorrow one way or another? Maybe I'll try driving, but that sounds risky with my bald tires and lack of chains? I could check out trying to take a bus, or maybe I can get a ride from someone??

With yet another day off I took a couple more rounds of pictures around the apartment to pass some time. I haven't been able to upload them yet since photobucket is down for maintenance. I took one round around 1pm and another around 7pm. Let me tell you by the end of round two I was more then sick of taking pictures of the same things. I sure would love to get out of this immediate area and check out other places.

This morning I walked to the storage unit down the street and picked up my inner tube to play around in the snow a bit. I got it all aired up, while clearing the snow off my car, but never ended up tubing down any hills. Mainly because the idea of going by myself didn't sound all that fun, maybe I'll go tomorrow?? I mean really this isn't a normal thing having this much snow around here so I might as well enjoy it right? In fact I think this has been Portland's snowiest December in 30 years or more. I'm not sure where Vancouver is standing as far as records go?

Being so stir crazy today I decided to shovel the sidewalk to make it easier to get in and out without tracking in a bunch of snow. I even decided to be nice and shovel the walks for the neighbors in this building and part of the next building over. Merry Christmas!

Hmm...with all this snow around I wonder if we will get more on Christmas day for an official white Christmas? That would be one for the records. I wonder when the last white Christmas was around here? I don't think I've ever had a white Christmas? Guess we will see?
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Cuties we saw at the mall :-) [21 Dec 2008|11:17pm]
We stopped by the pet store while in the mall and I snuck a couple shots of the cuties :-)

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Happy first day of winter! [21 Dec 2008|10:51pm]
Well we had just about every type of winter precipitation today. The best was when the freezing rain switched back to snow! It was really coming down for about a couple hours. It had just started when we decided to get out of the house and take a walk over to the mall.

Here are some shots from are snowy walk on this fitting first day of winter :-)

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What it looked like around the apartment once I got home last night [21 Dec 2008|09:48pm]
Luckily the freezing rain was just starting to fall when I headed home from work. Yes, it was a slow drive with all the snow, but the worst part for me was just trying to see out the darn windshield that kept freezing up with all of that freezing rain. Not to mention the fact that I could hardly see where the edge of the road was or what lane I was in to begin with because of all of the snow that had drifted in spots. After all that, and the fact that the freezing rain was still around this morning, I decided to just call out of work for today.

I think after snowing just about all day long we ended up adding about 6 inches of new snow on top of what little remained from the day before. Then around 11:30-midnight it turned to freezing rain adding a coating of ice on top, and then this afternoon the icy mist switched back to snow adding another couple inches on top of that making things look nice and pretty again. (We took a little walking tour this afternoon during the fresh snow fall this afternoon I'll post some of those shots tomorrow :-))

These are just some of the pictures from right after I got home from work

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[19 Dec 2008|01:18pm]
Well winter definitely started around here this past week, with the cold temps and wind last weekend bringing along snow and ice the past few days, although today was the first day that really measured up to anything in this part of Vancouver. Seems like everyone around us has been getting quite a bit more. I am a bit worried about having to get to and from work this weekend with this next storm moving in. If this next storm actually ends up being as bad as they predict I may just call out rather than risk the drive. Although I'm not going to put much stock into the forecast yet until I actually see it, since the snow predictions have been off all week around here. It seems like the news just love to get people all up in a frenzy about how bad its going to be all the time, well we'll see.

I decided to post these links for a couple videos I was watching this morning.

This one is the baby elephant at the zoo checking out the snow (oh so cute!)
http://www.kgw.com/video/video-index.html?nvid=314823&shu=1

This one is from this morning in Seattle a scary situation for some Job Corps students
http://www.kgw.com/video/video-index.html?nvid=314960&shu=1


Now its time to eat Jessie's delicious breakfast he made for me :-) and then it will be time to head off to work for the evening.
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