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Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 30, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

 Small cheesecake 250 with small half cut of peaches without the syrup 50

kombucha 100

gummies as a snack while on phone and hair dying 100

12:15pm lunch: leftover ramen noodles 200, leftover turkey 200, pb and cheese crackers, keebler, 200. maybe a cold coffee 50. 650.

<stayed with cousin extra, no snacking...good little "fast" for the afternoon>

6:15pm dinner: leftover brussel sprouts, with one sliced up black garlic...better that way to eat with the sprouts!, good size serving, 200 tops i think, and swung by mcdonalds for 4 nuggets from dollar menu, reheated in my oven, bbq sauce 200. and my last Jack's Cider...i may have to go get more soon. 100...some gummies, low sugar 100, 2 cookies 100

1850

 

 

 


Wednesday, Dec. 30th:

dye hair / roots so i have not an ounce of gray - do this closer to the New Year, but soon in case i mess up!....in progress....DONE!

upper body weights & possibly lower body alsoWEDNESDAY morning THURSDAY morning...decided to totally skip it entirely, no need to do it today, just relaxing a bit until i go back to work, sorta tired from most of the day with cousin, just gonna relax and go to bed early ! :)  i had a good dinner, and will just relax and bed..

visit older cousin & bake corn bread with him...he has special needs, will be a good visit...parents want me to wear a mask so i will, while i'm with him...so after baking, will prob not stay too, too long. maybe 2 hours for the entire visit bc it's too much wiith the mask and since we have to type to understand each other since he speaks sign language...was good, ended up being around 3 hours together...and altogether with driving around and stuff, a nice 4 hour fun time. DONE!

cook mashed potatoes...need to check i have the correct ingredients...!..maybe tomorrow? or later today :) Wednesday or Thursday.


Days ahead:

- sweep/dust wood floors / clean bathroom / let water out of toilet tank and wipe it down, add water back...


Saturday, Jan 2 :)

The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting 

Sunday, Jan 3:

Phone chat with french friend...short chat..day before i am working, most possibly...still no concrete details, will not discuss until it's for sure and i've g-d willing lasted a couple weeks.


Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.  Lol, the founder of this organization is the one i want on that walk/date with...i met him thru volunteering at his organization.  he's really nice and all but we will not click romantically, although it was a good time walking with him a couple days ago (writing this on 12/29/20)..he randomly invited me to meet him at a park on Long Island that is huge...because i randomly sent him a friend request on facebook.  It was a good time and a free (nothing else planned i mean!) fun day with no obligations of doing anything else. i'm glad he invited me to go. I was a little nervous with him bc he's brilliant in the maths/ sciences/ environmental stuff...but it was a good change of pace.  he has a child that is 3...another reason i have no further interests. but a nice man and i'm glad he asked me to go. he also bought me lunch ;)....moving onwards though! no romance intended in the future at all.  I will see him again though, at this event (it's his non-profit organization), but shouldn't be awkard at all :)


2021 Plans:

Paralegal Course Info: Next Advanced Online Paralegal Course: Bankruptcy Law; Monday, January 11th - Friday, February 26th (7 Weeks)

New Year Resolution goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience. This will happen.  Will look into possibilities after the Winter of 2021.

 1/4/21 working tbd

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/30/2020:
Always a very busy and productive schedule!

Are you going to learn sign language? I thought about doing that when it was on offer at a community colleges years ago, but never did.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2020:
a teacher friend of mine did it, for extra certification in teaching students who speak languages other than English...it seems challenging a language to learn with lots of memorization.

no, i am not really interested in learning it, although, i should learn the alphabet...would make him happy...haven't worked on it yet though. i do have it saved in my email, the alphabet, and i was starting to learn it when work was slow (a few years ago)...but forgot it all.


bearcountrygg on 12/30/2020:
Have fun with your cousin today!!! I know he will enjoy your company...he likes to look after you...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2020:
was GREAT...worked out well, cooked the muffins a little too much bc they were small and therefore needed quite a bit less time...but still decent.


Maria7 on 12/30/2020:
I know you both will enjoy the cornbread. I like it, too. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2020:
got a little overcooked, but still decent :) we made minis and they cooked VERY fast.


Donkey on 12/31/2020:
I'm glad you had an enjoyable time with your cousin.

Thinking of you doing weights this morning has me thinking of skiing weights as well. I need to start up again with weights.

I seem to be a day behind in commenting, so... if you write today, I'll comment on today's entry.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/31/2020:
yeah, i am still seeing your comments :)

yeah, i have totally skipped a day this week of weights, i was already losing strength from skipping about a week last week, but we'll get back to it, no problem!



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 29, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

8:30 breakfast: small cheesecke 250 (prob a little under that with all the waste/leftover during the baking process that doesn't actually get into the cupcake mold!), leftover cooked cranberries 50(finished that batch, will make another soon), kombucha 50. some peaches from a peach cup but not the liquid 50. 400 total.

11am already back home early after volunteering, no traffic either so took only just under 15 min to get home!..50 in coffee, 150 in vanilla wafer cookies 200 total.

1:30 lunch: split pea soup 100 leftovers, turkey white meat leftovers 150, chips 50, wine 100..400

3:30-5:00pm HEAVIER snacking..wish i had some kind of caffinated soda, roasted brussel sprouts 150, few gummies n/a, more brussel sprouts 150, grapes 100, gummies 50 sugar type finishing a package, 1 larger chocolate 50

6pm snack 4 vanilla wafers 150

7:15pm dinner: package top ramen, soy flavor, pretty good. had most of the liquid, some of the noodles. 250....and that's the great thing about Ramen, you can add tons of liquid, fill up, while eating some of the noodles.

1900...

 

 

 Today:

fill out housing papers that they want back (just on if windows are fallproof / childproof - most are in the building even if no kids); drop off maintenance (rent) check - but i don't rent, it's a co-op - so it's really called maintenance...and walk these papers over to housing, 5 min walk...but i don't think i'm going to stay outside (it's rather windy and cold and i'd rather use my indoor bike) since i've been walking lots the past couple days i do not feel inspired for any other walks outdoors today...

cook brussel sprouts...definite to roast...in progress, DONE :)

cook mashed potatoes...need to check i have the correct ingredients...!..maybe tomorrow? or later today :) Wednesday or Thursday.

maybe upper body weights?...??? WEDNESDAY morning :)


Tuesday,Dec 29th :)
Volunteer again at Senior Center (no seniors, just bagging some fruit/bread/milk) in Corona; just 2 ONE hours, 9:30-11:30 10:45 ended early!!!- Will be my last time Volunteering here for a long while. 


Wednesday, Dec. 30th:

visit older cousin & bake corn bread with him...he has special needs, will be a good visit...parents want me to wear a mask so i will, while i'm with him...so after baking, will prob not stay too, too long. maybe 2 hours for the entire visit bc it's too much wiith the mask and since we have to type to understand each other since he speaks sign language.


Days ahead:

- sweep/dust wood floors / clean bathroom

- dye hair / roots so i have not an ounce of gray - do this closer to the New Year, but soon in case i mess up!


Saturday, Jan 2 :)

The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting 

Sunday, Jan 3:

Phone chat with french friend...short chat..day before i am working, most possibly...still no concrete details, will not discuss until it's for sure and i've g-d willing lasted a couple weeks.


Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.  Lol, the founder of this organization is the one i want on that walk/date with...i met him thru volunteering at his organization.  he's really nice and all but we will not click romantically, although it was a good time walking with him a couple days ago (writing this on 12/29/20)..he randomly invited me to meet him at a park on Long Island that is huge...because i randomly sent him a friend request on facebook.  It was a good time and a free (nothing else planned i mean!) fun day with no obligations of doing anything else. i'm glad he invited me to go. I was a little nervous with him bc he's brilliant in the maths/ sciences/ environmental stuff...but it was a good change of pace.  he has a child that is 3...another reason i have no further interests. but a nice man and i'm glad he asked me to go. he also bought me lunch ;)....moving onwards though! no romance intended in the future at all.  I will see him again though, at this event (it's his non-profit organization), but shouldn't be awkard at all :)


2021 Plans:

Paralegal Course Info: Next Advanced Online Paralegal Course: Bankruptcy Law; Monday, January 11th - Friday, February 26th (7 Weeks)

New Year Resolution goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience. This will happen.  Will look into possibilities after the Winter of 2021.

 1/4/21 working tbd

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/29/2020:
Cleaning this week, eh? Looks like a nice, productive week.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
haha.....yes.....i have to!!!!! lol....eventually....it's coming!


Jacky82020 on 12/29/2020:
In Corona? That’s a town or neighborhood?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
It actually might be a city...will review this...get back to you further...


grannyannie on 12/29/2020:
I find 30 minutes is the most I can wear a mask. Good thing I don't have to wear one all day. I don't know how others do it.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
yeah, it's a challenge is right ;) i get very moist under the mask, but i can do it for awhile as long as i have tissues nearby...i tend to develop lots of...snot!..in my nose from the moisture / mask wearing.


bearcountrygg on 12/29/2020:
Have fun with your cousin...I know he loves your visits!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
yes, it should be a good time, not too long a visit either. should be nice in the afternoon!


bearcountrygg on 12/29/2020:
I'll bet corona regrets their name.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
haha right!? it was originally i think italian (i don't think it was hispanic or even very spanish even though the wikipedia says it's italian/spanish for CROWN! haha...they named it corona for being the "crown of Queens!" hahaha never knew that was the meaning of Corona.!!!

now, it's hispanic/spanish and also Asian! lol...and it did have lots of corona cases because people aren't wealthy there, lots of immigrants, lots of people living under the same roof...perfect conditions for Coronavirus rates to skyrocket. so it was pretty bad in Corona....15 min ride by car from me, without traffic.

for folks that live in Corona, it's closer to NYC than me, a faster commute also. Probably takes 15min less by train to reach the city, if you live there, which is a plus to living there. but it's a much more crowded area than by me, in Fresh Meadows...and like i said it's mostly Hispanic or Asian.

I wanted to look up the population and here it is: According to the 2010 Census, the total population of Corona was about 110,000...so it's a very, very dense place! one again, there's more apartments, less homes, less space. glad i do not live there!


Jacky82020 on 12/29/2020:
Lol , Bear

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
haha right!? it was originally i think italian (i don't think it was hispanic or even very spanish even though the wikipedia says it's italian/spanish for CROWN! haha...they named it corona for being the "crown of Queens!" hahaha never knew that was the meaning of Corona.!!!

now, it's hispanic/spanish and also Asian! lol...and it did have lots of corona cases because people aren't wealthy there, lots of immigrants, lots of people living under the same roof...perfect conditions for Coronavirus rates to skyrocket. so it was pretty bad in Corona....15 min ride by car from me, without traffic.

for folks that live in Corona, it's closer to NYC than me, a faster commute also. Probably takes 15min less by train to reach the city, if you live there, which is a plus to living there. but it's a much more crowded area than by me, in Fresh Meadows...and like i said it's mostly Hispanic or Asian.

I wanted to look up the population and here it is: According to the 2010 Census, the total population of Corona was about 110,000...so it's a very, very dense place! one again, there's more apartments, less homes, less space. glad i do not live there!


Jacky82020 on 12/29/2020:
Do those sprouts stink up the place while cooking? Recall strong odor when boiled

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
I actually left my apartment while i started them in the oven to quickly pay my maintenance sorta down the block, coming back around 20 min later and when they were just about finishing...from the hallway, i'll tell you, YES, they smelled up the area with the typical cooked cabbage smell :)

when i got off the elevator i was like, "wow, they smelled up the hallway!"


Jacky82020 on 12/29/2020:
LOL. That’s kinda hilarious.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
YES.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
hi jacky, it's a small area...but densely packed.


bearcountrygg on 12/29/2020:
Does your building have a space under their doors to the shared hallways? We've lived in 4 apartments over the years 1 was actually a garage, one had a door to the outside so no hallway....but the 2 we had in the last 14 ( While I was taking care of my parents downstate ( and we also had this place)...did have shared halls and there really was no privacy at all...It may have been about fire safety? I don't know....but one time D came down to the apartment for Thanksgiving dinner...and we didn't know it...but he left the door open and we were sitting there eating in the dining room and the door was wide open to everyone else on our floor......made try to think back to everything we said during that hour it was open...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
HAHA...luckily in my apt building, it's made with more concrete (not wood between floors/rooms)...there is better noise protection than most of the buildings built a few years before mine in the same small neighborhood...so i got lucky, noise travels less. unfortunately, my bathroom shares a wall with the neighbor's bedroom and boy is that annoying. many times in order to have more privacy when pee/pooping, i turn the water on LOL while i do my thing!

yes, i think there might be a little,small gap between the door and the hallway. the smells def fill the hallway if someone cooks, but not in a bad way. i mostly don't mind at all.

and like i was saying, most normal talking voices don't spread too much at all, but yelling will very easily.


bearcountrygg on 12/29/2020:
About 7 years ago...the apartment we had was on the middle floor of a 3 story building so I heard people above and below....but a kid upstairs over ours unhooked the toilet water pipe in the middle of the night...and flooded theirs...ours and the floor below,.....i stepped out of bed in the dark into several inches of water...what a mess...the Mother didn't even know....I called maintenance and the guy was really nice....but he had to go up and wake that woman...and the woman below me...they had no idea....what a mess...the ceiling was ruined...and showed what we were told was concrete...but was really concrete board which is very different.....I know what you mean about noise.......other apartment with people over us was pretty interesting too........you get to know a lot about people that you don't know...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
yes totally...i am thankful i don't live in the buildings that are more wooden on the inside...it's not near as bad as it could be...and, luckily, all my nearby neighbors are adults, nobody under 21, the younger ones living with their parents (between ages of 21-27)...and it's rather QUIET thank the LORD! other people in my overall community...don't have it so good! i know some people that lived in the other buildings, with many complaints about their neighbors, for sure!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
What a terrible kid! LOL


innerpeace on 12/29/2020:
Brussel sprouts look delicious.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/29/2020:
cooked them well...so nice and crispy many of them! :) some still soft and not fully crispy! TY Inner!


Donkey on 12/30/2020:
I hope you have a pleasant time with your cousin today!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/30/2020:
definite!



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 28, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

10am breakfast mini cheesecake 250, cooked cranberries 50, coffee 50

1:15 lunch: leftover fried beer battered fish in soft taco 300, apple 100

snacks: granola bar, chocolates 250

7:30 dinner back at my apt: taste of the BLACK GARLIC...it arrived tonight, right after i got home, from Amazon...thanks Jacky! it's so strong, still! i ate it one whole clove and it was still strong, but nothing compared to raw garlic. but i don't think i'll eat it plain again! mashed turnip from neighbor 100, stuffing from neighbor small amount 100, pieces of turkey, mostly dark meat, 200. ..400. gummies both regular and lower sugar, around 200.

1600...

 

 today: decided to drive to parents on Long Island again, walk with mom, even though i'd rather rest legs, i'm giving into a nice walk with her since it's a bit warmer today (like over 15 degrees warmer! than yesterday)...maybe dinner with parents, maybe a movie also...


 Days ahead:

cook brussel sprouts...waiting to eat up other stuff first...

cook mashed potatoes...waiting to eat up other stuff first... 

sweep/dust wood floors / clean bathroom

dye hair / roots so i have not an ounce of gray - do this closer to the New Year, but soon in case i mess up!


Tuesday,Dec 29th :)

Volunteer again at Senior Center (no seniors, just bagging some fruit/bread/milk) in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - Will be my last time Volunteering here for a long while.

Wednesday, Dec. 30th:

visit older cousin & bake corn bread with him...he has special needs, will be a good visit...parents want me to wear a mask so i will, while i'm with him...so after baking, will prob not stay too, too long. maybe 2 hours for the entire visit bc it's too much wiith the mask and since we have to type to understand each other since he speaks sign language.

Saturday, Jan 2 :)

The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting 

Sunday, Jan 3:

Phone chat with french friend...short chat..day before i am working, most possibly...still no concrete details, will not discuss until it's for sure and i've g-d willing lasted a couple weeks.

Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.


2021 Plans:

Paralegal Course Info: Next Advanced Online Paralegal Course: Bankruptcy Law; Monday, January 11th - Friday, February 26th (7 Weeks)

New Year Resolution goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience. This will happen.  Will look into possibilities after the Winter of 2021.

 1/4/21 working tbd

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/28/2020:
Mmm...cheesecake for breakfast. You know how to live!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2020:
it's great and small portions so it's good and perfect for breakfast with a little coffee and fruit! :)


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
Lol. I second that, Annie,


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
Once I made a tofu “cheesecake.” Ghastly! Everyone hated it! Down the garbage disposal!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2020:
hahahahaha....that's so unfortunate that it wasn't good!


grannyannie on 12/28/2020:
There is a hardware/housewares store here that also has a very nice cafe in it. Tuesday is (pre-Covid) cheesecake day and they have the most amazing looking cheesecakes - each one has a different type of sweet or candy on top of it. They show pics on FB so I haven't actually had one yet. I've thought about having some when I deserve a reward or reach my goal. By the time it's safe to eat out again I'm sure I'll be at goal.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2020:
should be quite a perfect reward! i'm glad mine don't have any more added sugar...and still taste great.


bearcountrygg on 12/28/2020:
Actually cheesecake has a lot of nutrition...

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2020:
HAHA...well it is very satisfying! :)


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
And lots of calories! My recipe for NY cheesecake used 2.5 pounds of cream cheese, sugar & eggs. delish!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2020:
lol yeah! i'm glad i replaced all sugar with erythritol...look that one up ;)


Jacky82020 on 12/28/2020:
Yeah, I’m familiar with it, Still my cheesecake baking days are over. Sad.

Seems a lot warmer where you are. Enjoy the walk with mom.


legcramps on 12/28/2020:
Have a great walk with your Mom! Sounds like it is very nice there weather wise. We got even more snow yesterday AGHH! LOL

I am envious of your cheesecake. I would love to try it but am lactose-intolerant, so i'll just watch from a distance ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/28/2020:
UGH...sorry you got MORE SNOW (but you are in Canada, after all haha!)

and sorry you cannot delve into cheesecake...def a bad idea for you!


Donkey on 12/29/2020:
Hope your walk with mom was enjoyable. Oh how I wish I could do the same with mine.

I like your plans for today and tomorrow.

I understand not wanting to talk about a job or the job right now. So I won't say much more either. Just know that I'm cheering you on, whatever may come.



Horn_of_plenty - Sunday Dec 27, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

9:30am cheesecake & cranberries 300

stuffing 200 & turkey 150

gummies 50

cashews 150 (offered to me by the guy i was with)

3:30pm takeout of high quality mexican food 600.

back at home - kombucha 100

8pm in the middle of a very slowwwww workout...little tired, not the most productive but better than skipping it for sure! gummies (low sugar) 100, apple 100

9pm so tired, 3 reps to, pb on wrap 300.

2050.....

 weights, done, upper bod only.

 


went on a date - new guy - ....walking at a large preserve park.... 3 hours strolling.


Days ahead:

cook brussel sprouts...waiting to eat up other stuff first...

cook mashed potatoes...waiting to eat up other stuff first... 

sweep/dust wood floors / clean bathroom

dye hair / roots so i have not an ounce of gray - do this closer to the New Year, but soon in case i mess up!


Tuesday,Dec 29th :)

Volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - Will be my last time Volunteering here for a long while.

Saturday, Jan 2 :)

 The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting 

Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.


2021 Plans:

Paralegal Course Info: Next Advanced Online Paralegal Course: Bankruptcy Law; Monday, January 11th - Friday, February 26th (7 Weeks)

New Year Resolution goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience. This will happen.  Will look into possibilities after the Winter of 2021.

 1/4/21 working tbd

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/27/2020:
Looks like there is a lot of housecleaning going on all over today...LOL

horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2020:
Hahaha not sure when it will be done ;) hahahahahahaa


Jacky82020 on 12/27/2020:
Haven’t had brussel sprouts in ages. Ate them smothered with cheese sauce back in the olden days. Now all vegetables plain except for hot sauce. Sad!

horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2020:
Roast it all....you can be a lightweight and enjoy your veggies too!


grannyannie on 12/27/2020:
Haven't had brussel sprouts in ages, but hubby can cook them just right. Last week when I shopped before xmas they were piled high! They are the 'official' vegetable of xmas dinner here.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2020:
that's funny how it's the official veggie...i have recently met many people who dislike them! it's prob not a veggie they had at their home countries before moving here to the US.


Donkey on 12/27/2020:
Brussel sprouts cooked with bacon - YUM... Or cooked in butter with parm cheese. That's probably not how you'll be cooking them. They're good in the oven too.

I hope you had an enjoyable date. A date! It's good to get out with someone new and enjoy his/her company. That is to say, meeting up with new people is great, date or otherwise :-)

Oh but I hope your ankle doesn't punish you for that walk!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2020:
yeah, with a guy (lol, not a girl! haha)...it was good and the walking, THANKFULLY, posed no issue to me since it was SLOW and relaxed thankfully. ;)

i will prob roast them once i halve the brussels.

randomly he asked me THIS MORNING if i wanted to join him at the park...was nice. prob not someone to date, but, he's very smart and i was nice to be with someone like him, although i was a little nervous. he was a very interesting fellow. bought me a late lunch, thanked him for that!


Jacky82020 on 12/27/2020:
Spill. Anything besides a stroll?

Used to boil the B spouts Roasting sounds better!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2020:
yeah, roasting is just better on all...i will be commenting on everyone's diaries later tonight after i finish this semi-lousy weights workout!...

i think i'll write more tomorrow about the date, as i am not working yet (most prob next week after the New Year) so i'll have the time to write a little about it when i'm up in the morning :)

sorry i am sometimes slow to comment on your / everyone's entries...i do plan to later tonight!


Jacky82020 on 12/27/2020:
If he drops by, I’d suggest serving cheeseburgers and Pepsi instead of kombucha and roasted vegetables lol

I don’t post much in the evenings myself. Up early & enough posting is enough

Horn_of_plenty on 12/27/2020:
lol, he doesn't live close to me...he's in Manhattan and i'm in Queens...prob 45 min at the speediest...

you are so right! he's def a cheeseburger guy..not sure he drinks soda though!



Horn_of_plenty - Saturday Dec 26, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

woke up, drank some leftover spiked cider, freshened up, cleaned gp cage, took short walk to buy cream cheese and eggs - the only things i need for this no sugar added cheesecake! came home, put gp fleeces in the wash, breakfast time :)

11:30am later breakfast: apricot chobani yogurt (was on sale, bought just a couple) 150 added in some of my cooked cranberry spread 50, 4 vanilla wafers that were on sale too (they ran out of my favorite which is chocolate filling ...but these are fine too!) 150..350...and some coffee 50...

2pm gummies, fruit flavors, Sunkist brand 150

4pm tastes of cheese cake mix 50, later a good split pea canned soup with added in extra, extra veggies 250.

6pm small dinner: leftover deli chicken small bit 50, chips 200, neighbor dropped off some home cooking of turnips that I tried already and stuffing which was really good 150

1250.

small muscles: my biceps have always been small compared to my shoulders...so in the new year, there's one thing i want to work on actually...i want to figure out a plan for bigger biceps...which might even mean lifting lighter hopes, but i hope not...or i may add in ONE exercise for biceps...one more...will do research in the days to come!!! :) i want to see if i can acually grow my biceps a little, this year, to match my shoulders.


 Mini crustless cheesecakes - come with a cafe / coffee flavor Hershey's kiss (what I have ) and some with sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice lol. Wish I had jelly...oh, my cranberries !!!


bake cheesecake today!!! 

Days ahead:

cook brussel sprouts...waiting to eat up other stuff first...

cook mashed potatoes...waiting to eat up other stuff first... 

 

sweep/dust wood floors / clean bathroom

dye hair / roots so i have not an ounce of gray - do this closer to the New Year, but soon in case i mess up!


Tuesday,Dec 29th :)

Volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - Will be my last time Volunteering here for a long while.

Saturday, Jan 2 :)

 The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting 

Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.


2021 Plans:

Paralegal Course Info: Next Advanced Online Paralegal Course: Bankruptcy Law; Monday, January 11th - Friday, February 26th (7 Weeks)

New Year Resolution goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience. This will happen.  Will look into possibilities after the Winter of 2021.

 1/4/21 working tbd

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/26/2020:
we ate up our cheesecake last night...was good.....but it did have sugar......interested in how you make yours without sugar.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
mine will have sugar too, but, no "added sugar." so, instead of adding regular what sugar, i'll add something like either monk fruit or erythritol or allulose, i will choose based on what is in my kitchen cabinet. that will be the only difference. everything else will be the same. it'll just cut some calories, that's all...switching to a low sugar alternative sweetener instead of sugar.


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
Love cheesecake! Used to bake NY ones, a bit dryer than others. Now the husband buys them from the Walmart bakery, usually the variety cake. Love the chocolate slices, frozen.

horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
Take a look ! I used what was on hand - some have a Hershey’s cafe flavored kiss and some sprinkled with pumpkin spice...will add some cranberries to some !! Trying to give to neighbors


bearcountrygg on 12/26/2020:
They really look good!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
thank you... will not add my cranberries to the ones i am giving my neighbors bc i am not sure if i was using dirty spoons when i was taking some of the cooked cranberries for myself...and don't want to contaminate the food i give to neighbors on purpose! LOL thank you! :) i have found that using a small serving size and baking everything in muffin molds is good for giving out to people ;)


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
Yummy! I want one. Or two. Or three. Etc

horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
Did you know it Includes some lemon juice ? Thankfully I had a lemon bc my only lemon juice contains basil in it - accidental purchase ! So I’m glad I still have a few lemons in the fridge !


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
Been so long since I made cheesecake that I don’t remember if Lemon’s a common ingredient. I remember lots of cream cheese, sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla .

Horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
it called for around 1 tbsp...glad i had it!

yes, mostly it was cream cheese!

instead of sugar, i used a low calorie sweetener


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
Wow! Some kind of foreshortening going on? Your arms look huge and the hips/legs really skinny

horn_of_plenty on 12/26/2020:
Lol I’m mostly standing in a strange posture and it’s also giving a more defined look to my arm bc of it ;) but my arms are strong - my legs are not! No definition at all there ! I don’t force anything on them anymore either !!


Jacky82020 on 12/26/2020:
Hah! So you know how to pose like all those chicks in the muscle magazines! Cool.



Horn_of_plenty - Friday Dec 25, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! :)

If you want to know what i'm doing today: RELAXING!

Breakfast: the last of my Greens' choc covered bars 300, kombucha spread out over the morning 100

snack: some gummies, berry flavor, by Sunkist that were very soft. 110, later mini marshmallows from neigbor's hot cocoa gift to me, 50., peanut butter 100.

3pm meal  leftovers of yogurt mixed with cocoa and then coffee 100, then realized i'm hungry, leftover pulled pork 200, popcorn with butter 200. 500.

5:30-7pm gummies 100, during leg and upper body workout (full body today, and a cardio break)  - slow workout complete with phone calls, some apt organizing/cleaning,  and relaxing...so had an apple later on 100...

8:40pm - a bar thats super expensie to the tune of $4,99 each gary null coco magic bar 250...meant to have veggies/meal but changed my mind

middle of night drink 100

1700.

 

 


i wish i had the ingredients to a cheesecake here, i'd have baked it today! i will probably go out and get those things tomorrow at the store...something to do, tomorrow.


very lazy on couch, slight headache...may decide to do my weights (upper body) routine later...skipped it all week because my shoulder was a bit sore from volunteer work on two separate days...and i wanted it to heal before doing weights. 


Days ahead:

cook brussel sprouts...waiting to eat up other stuff first...

cook mashed potatoes...waiting to eat up other stuff first... 

bake cheesecake?

sweep/dust wood floors / clean bathroom

dye hair / roots so i have not an ounce of gray - do this closer to the New Year, but soon in case i mess up!


Tuesday,Dec 29th :)

Volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - Will be my last time Volunteering here for a long while.

Saturday, Jan 2 :)

 The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting 

Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.


2021 Plans:

Paralegal Course Info: Next Advanced Online Paralegal Course: Bankruptcy Law; Monday, January 11th - Friday, February 26th (7 Weeks)

New Year Resolution goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience. This will happen.  Will look into possibilities after the Winter of 2021.

 1/4/21 working tbd

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/25/2020:
Have a peaceful day, HOP!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
thank you, it's a rainy & windy day, just laying low, mostly off the internet ;)...Merry Christmas to you!


Jacky82020 on 12/25/2020:
I’m eliminating yogurt from my diet, just threw away 8 cartons. Reducing dairy. But when I did eat it, almost everyday, nonfat plain Greek with cocoa and decaf instant coffee stirred in was my fave.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
right!? you can't go wrong with those add-ins. i also stir in stevia, of course!

too bad i'm not your neighbor, i'd come over to pick up that yogurt!...LOL, you could have donated it!

then again, you are not one to want to interact with the public during Covid! :)


Jacky82020 on 12/25/2020:
Wouldn’t know who to donate it to! Lol. Thought those places collecting food always ask for nonperishables & purchase,meat, dairy, produce etc from big vendors. Or get donations, idk

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
True. only good way (in my mind and what i'd do!...because i am a nut!)...is to drive / walk around and find someone in need and give it straight to them! ...that's easy around here.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
you're right...most don't take perishables so easily.


Maria7 on 12/25/2020:
Thank you and merry Christmas to you, too! I see that you are still volunteering. I know they are happy for your help. Hope you have a wonderful evening, HOP.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
Merry Christmas, Maria!

Yes! still volunteering. Last session of my volunteering will be next week. Then, I have a feeling it will be over for a long while.

I'll heading back to work, g-d willing that's the plan, in the New Year. it will be a lot to get back into. I'll also be taking a somewhat short online class...and want to keep my exercising routine...so i have feeling that'll be enough for the Winter season!

anyways, have a nice weekend!


bearcountrygg on 12/25/2020:
Sounds like you had a good day...I LOVE lazy days!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
wait...is it me or you like to be productive!? haha...well, i was extra lazy for you ;)

but at the end, decided on a weights workout, so i don't have to deal with that tomorrow ;)


Jacky82020 on 12/25/2020:
Not possible here, HOP. I live in an upscale neighborhood. They’d think I’m crazy & dial 911. I kid you not.

I do leave food out for the wild animals. Deer, turkeys, raccoons, possums, squirrels, chipmunks etc. Not a one ate the kale or any yogurt. Very unusual for food to go untouched overnight.


Maria7 on 12/26/2020:
Wishing you a happy day today!


Donkey on 12/26/2020:
A good idea to spend the day relaxing! Aside from my morning bike ride, I had about 4 hours of productivity, and the rest was just relaxing. Took a nice long nap with Baby Kitty on my lap.


Donkey on 12/26/2020:
I find baking to be very relaxing and therapeutic. I know you said cheesecake, but have you thought about making bread? It can take a few times to perfect the techniques. It's also a lot of "hands on" with the kneading. If you plait (braid) the bread, then that's more.



Horn_of_plenty - Thursday Dec 24, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

Late 9:30am Breakfast cold oats 150, cooked cranberries (Bear was right! They are great in oats ) 50, almond milk 50, raisins 150....

later kombucha 50

12:30pm Snack gummies and leftover pumpkin beer which I'm mostly not counting bc I think I counted it the other day 100 lol 

fell asleep, now 2pm, more very soft gummies, just chilling and resting today. 200

3pm neighbor gave me a cookie, coffee of my own 150..

GOT BORED, no rain, took an hour + walk....it's nice when there's no plans...and i could just "step out"...was nice...very windy and cloudy, but 55F and no rain...good exercise. ankle a little rusty from all the volunteering / weird movements lately. i'll use my leg and foot massager again tonight / tomorrow.

5pm big veggies first of two big servings, followed by a full meal: cooked veggies, light sauce, leftovers 200, leftover trader joe's precooked  pulled pork (good stuff!) 200...fries from my walk to mcdonalds that i am reheating in the oven with bbq sauce ! 300..

1850...

 


Used foot massager thankfully found the power cord!!, will use it much more today, resting day with maybe only the indoor bike, staying home all day.

had a chat with French friend for a couple hours :)

i need to put some of my cooked veggies in freezer or thru will go bad - also have some cooked ones from supermarket that I find for $2 - maybe those will go in freezer or they will spoil 


Days ahead:

cook brussel sprouts...waiting to eat up other stuff first...

cook mashed potatoes...waiting to eat up other stuff first... 


Tuesday,Dec 29th :)

Volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - Will be my last time Volunteering here for a long while.


Saturday, Jan 2 :)

 The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting 


Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.


2021 Plans:

Paralegal Course Info: Next Advanced Online Paralegal Course: Bankruptcy LawMonday, January 11th - Friday, February 26th (7 Weeks)

New Year Resolution goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience. This will happen.  Will look into possibilities after the Winter of 2021.

1/4/21 working tbd 

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 12/24/2020:
I'm sure you had a great Hanukah season with your family this month HOP...I know you enjoyed a lot of delicious foods.....and sorry to hear that your family had a covid scare....but apparently all are okay?

horn_of_plenty on 12/24/2020:
Yes it seems nephew only has it and seems sister may not have it or just be asymptotic and I guess my parents didn’t get it luckily! So sister is with her child back in the city and away from my parents so everyone can remain healthy :-) thanks for asking! And yes the cooked cranberries are quite perfect in the oats making everything sweet - I should skip the raisins next time or just use less ;)


bearcountrygg on 12/24/2020:
I'm glad to tried that with the cranberries...it sounds good.


grannyannie on 12/24/2020:
Happy holidays!! Peace.


Donkey on 12/25/2020:
A foot massage sounds lovely! Do you find it helps?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/25/2020:
i find it feels so great!!! :) yes. i tend to have some tension / soreness near arch of my left foot and it helps tons. it's a good tool and i should use it more. I also like that it gets the blood flowing, possibly, by massaging my feet and not just sitting on couch with them up off the ground.

i think it helps. and it's better than doing it myself!



Horn_of_plenty - Wednesday Dec 23, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

7:45am breakfast: cold oats (ran outta time and i like it that way) 150, raisins 150, almond milk 50...350

11:30am snack during volunteering: granola bar 110

2pm late lunch: some of my cooked veggies 150 (tried to get some healthy in before my lunch indulgence from mcdonalds), fries 250, nuggets 300, diet coke that tasted regular (not sure what it was!?)

5pm indulgence: 3 servings of these sour sugar gummies by sunkist. indulged. 300

1500 total so far.. 

7pm apple 100

8:30 no sugar dark chocolate 100, followed by the high c and sugar chic covered greens bar to top off the night close to bedtime 300

2000 :) 

exercise will not be much if any tomorrow, left shoulder is a little weak from Monday and today. Will massage feet, relax, most prob just stay home for the entire day...

 

 

 


 A friend of mine, who i had met from a bout i had in the hospital over a year ago, Dominic, came again to the pantry and when we said hello, we also hugged to celebrate the last time we'll see each other...since i will not be at the pantry again on a Wednesday for a long time! it happens that i know him but he is a regular at the pantry for awhile, he has disabilities and must live in the area.


 Wed, Dec. 23rd :)

Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry 8:30-12:30pm (Probably my last time Volunteering here for a long while.)


cook brussel sprouts...waiting to eat up other stuff first...

cook mashed potatoes...waiting to eat up other stuff first... 


 Tuesday,Dec 29th :)

  Volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - take the 2 buses again most probably - too much snow taking up parking spots right now...Will be my last time Volunteering here for a long while.


  Saturday, Jan 2 :)

 The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting (otherwise i can volunteer for a few hours? at Richmond Hill?)


 Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.


2021 Session 1 - Paralegal Course InfoNext Advanced Online Paralegal Course: Bankruptcy LawMonday, January 11th - Friday, February 26th (7 Weeks)


 

NY Resolution goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience ON MY RESUME for the FUTURE. Goal is to be able to say i have 1 year of volunteer experience in legal work. This will happen.  Like, I live in NYC! so if this can happen anywhere, it's here. Will look into psssibiliities after the Winter of 2021 (Covid is still really cutting down on most possibilities for me, wrong weeks to call right now.)

1/4/21 (cannot disuss more)

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Donkey on 12/23/2020:
Have fun volunteering today! Kind is sad it's good-bye for now, but what a wonderful experience you've had there! (Same for the Senior Center)

I loved Bankruptcy Law. That's an area that's very paralegal involved. And I think we'll be seeing a lot more bankruptcies in the near future.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2020:
yes, it was a good last time, found a great spot too! little traffic also :)

i will get thru that course somehow, hopefully learn a few things, while also starting work (fingers crossed). i'm sure i'll be BUSY enough!


bearcountrygg on 12/23/2020:
Looks like a few breaks for a few days.......but you are probably ready for a little quiet time too......

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2020:
yeah, i was hoping it wouldn't be a break for as long, but there's not much going on during holiday week in the volunteering world anyways!

i'll see about some cooking, perhaps...

also need to clean my bathroom (can you believe how easily i put that off!?)

and i'm sure i'll get back to weight lifting that i've not done this week due to being quite tired from volunteering, not wanting to strain my body.


legcramps on 12/23/2020:
Have a great day today!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2020:
you know it!


grannyannie on 12/23/2020:
I enjoyed working with the elderly. It was the last job I had before retiring.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/23/2020:
the elderly are a wonderful group of folks. they've been around a long time and have the most life experience. usually very nice people!



Horn_of_plenty - Tuesday Dec 22, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

1- cooked cranberries, only stevia, may mix with canned peaches

2- cooked collard greens not great didn't follow a recipe ....actually, they are decent :)

3- Frankie and I ....

 

9:30am late Breakfast: leftovers from mom - a baked cheese/noodle dessert, rich and dense, egg noodles, ricotta, dried fruit. 500? and kombucha 50.

1pm lunch gummies 100, full fat greek yogurt with stevia and cocoa 200, indian naan with filling of potato/seasoning mix 300?...600...spiked apple cider 100

4pmish...gummies, yeah...150...not the best 

6:45 dinner: another one of those spiced, stuffed Naan breads (not sure on calories but they are sorta big and slightly fried) 350?, some pulled pork leftover from trader joes 200? maybe slightly more, and some of the greens that i cooked that ended up being OK 100...650 total. will also have a taste of my cranberries...50

2150.

Will go to bed early, decided on NO exercise, should use the foot massager, maybe hop on bike if i really feel like it...wake up early again to volunteer, possibly last time at the River Fund...see if there's anything i can also have from there..like peppers. we'll see.

 Craving McDonald's and may get it tonight even though I have food at home...


 Tuesday, Dec 22nd:

  • go out in late afternoon / early evening for snow pants I bought on marketplace for $10....should have asked for $8 but I forgot to bargain earlier ...that was TRAFFIC CENTRAL!...DONE!
  • Add $45 to laundry card &: drop off stockholder form to housing DONE!
  • cook: DONE for now!

leftover collard greens smaller amount / recipe...cooked up something weird, DONE!

cooked cranberries with stevia added in, no extra sugar (Jacky!) great low cal recipe for a fruity dessert to either mix with yogurt or just by itself or with really anything....DEFROSTING ON COUNTER...well, a circuit went out in the kitchen and i don't have the key to the breaker, waiting on maintenance to finish microwaving since that's how i started them..almost DONE!


rest up / review volunteering & future endeavors including class starting date in january - "just do it".....volunteering research was not good, i'm giving up on any leads until I start looking again for Spring. due to covid, i'm not looking anymore...for now, I'm DONE.


Wed, Dec. 23rd :)

Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry 8:30-12:30pm (Probably my last time Volunteering here for a long while.)


cook brussel sprouts...waiting to eat up other stuff first...

cook mashed potatoes...waiting to eat up other stuff first... 

Tuesday,Dec 29th :)

Volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - take the 2 buses again most probably - too much snow taking up parking spots right now...Will be my

last time Volunteering here for a long while.


  Saturday, Jan 2 :)

 The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting (otherwise i can volunteer for a few hours? at Richmond Hill?)


  Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.


2021 Session 1 - Paralegal Course InfoNext Advanced Online Paralegal Course: Bankruptcy LawMonday, January 11th - Friday, February 26th (7 Weeks)


NY Resolution goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience ON MY RESUME for the FUTURE. Goal is to be able to say i have 1 year of volunteer experience in legal work. This will happen.  Like, I live in NYC! so if this can happen anywhere, it's here. Will look into psssibiliities after the Winter of 2021 (Covid is still really cutting down on most possibilities for me, wrong weeks to call right now.)

1/4/21 (cannot disuss more)

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
HOP, mind if I ask how often you weigh in? You are always 113. I weigh daily and it hops around. 114,4 today. It will not stick. Will rise as high as 116s before stabilizing that low. Could take a full week. Unrelated to caloric intake. So idk. But it always like that. I use the Fitbit scale that’s right in the bathroom where the iPad sleeps & the reading goes to the Fitbit app.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
Yeah, my weight has it's fluctuation like most people too! Daily just like you, but probably a little less daily fluctuations in terms of highs and lows than you because i am maintaining...

I do not weigh often. I just leave it and do not change it here. If anything, I may have lost 1/2 lb to a full pound due to eating a little lighter as of late and more of the volunteering workouts.

My weight does rise with hormones as well depending on cycle stuff.

i don't weigh often because it doesn't have a good effect on me, emotionally/mentally. If it's too high, i'll get upset (and i can tell based on clothing anyways if it's getting high! - don't need a scale to tell me to watch it!)...and if it's too low i might get shocked lol...

....so i weigh when i feel there's been a fluctuation. usually, it'd be 113 in the morning, before eating and gaining a 2-3 pounds over the course of the day from eating/etc. usually i gain over the course of a day, lightest in the mornings like most people.

now i'm towardss 113 at the end of the day, which is lowest i've been in a long time...probably since around this time last year.

when i head back to work, whenever that is, it will be hard to maintain this slightly lower weight because i'm going to need to be up longer hours of the day, eating more often, etc...ugh! it'll be at least nice to head back to work thinner rather than heavier! ;)

since i'm in maintenance, for a long time, i don't like weighing in often at all. it's not part of my routine anymore.

when losing weight, i weighed in often.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
and yes, there are fluctuations weekly and daily as yours does...but not enough for a weight change too much in either direction overall. and like i said, over the course of a month, there are times when it's slightly higher by a couple pounds and then when i'm not bloated back down up to a couple pounds. fluctuations have to happen, yes.


grannyannie on 12/22/2020:
Brussel sprouts are the 'official' vegetable at xmas in the UK. I don't mind them when hubby or my sis in law make them.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
oh really!? how are they prepared usually in the UK!?


bearcountrygg on 12/22/2020:
I love brussels sprouts...mashed potatoes going on here today too.


Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
Be a long time before I get to 113 evenings. Only weigh buck assed nekkid when I get up. I wear the loosest of clothing, always have, More than enough male interest for many years. Also like being comfortable. I get these joggers aka sweats. Have nice striped appliqué. Most are black, a few maroon. Stocked up online at Boscov’s. Loose! Wear black leotard like tops, also loose fitting.

I need to do some stitching on my favorite flannel pajama like pants. They are literally falling to my ankles. lol. Snipped the waist years ago when new. Was twisting the waistband for a while, but now it takes too many twists and the pants are crawling up my butt!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
might as well stitch them instead of buying new - good idea!


bearcountrygg on 12/22/2020:
Hi HOP...Hi Frankie!!! Food looks good!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
thank you! :) i'm glad i did some cooking, no reason why i couldn't today...home all day!


bearcountrygg on 12/22/2020:
I bet a spoonfull of those cranberries would be really good mixed into a bowl of oatmeal!!!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
that sounds like a good idea, to get me out of my desserts for breakfast...perhaps tomorrow or next time i am home (thursday) most of the day!


Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
Delish foods! You and the piggie are such cuties. That pig landed in hog heaven,

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
awww thank you! i'm in heaven with them too...except that Frankie later peed on me, for having him out of the cage too long! :( it's ok, doesn't really smell and i just put what i was wearing in the basket to do whenever i do my laundry, thankful it doesn't smell at all.


Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
lol. So funny my Pug/Frenchie is also a Frankie

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
you told me that ; xoxo


grannyannie on 12/23/2020:
Cute pic!!



Horn_of_plenty - Monday Dec 21, 2020
(counting calories/walking/elliptical/weights)
Weight: 113.0

8am breakfast kombucha, muffin and pb...350 

1pm small snack: last of my wafers with chocolate inside 100, water!

4pm: after a shower, gummy candy first 200, with a small drink with some caffeine 50..dinner later with veggies, etc.

5:30pm very large persimmon, nice and ripe from supermarket today 150

6:30: finally opened the Trader Joe's 4-serving package of already cooked, factory sealed, pulled pork! was good. 200...on a toasted wrap with bbq sauce! 100. 300...not sure what else i'll have...but i'm not done...but i def do not want any veggies tonight!..popcorn, it is! chocolate, pumpkin beer 250.

1400....

 


Prob bed early. and if i'm smart, i'll do upper body weights tomorrow (if my shoulder / upper body feels ok!) because i'll be too tired to do them on Wednesday since i'm volunteering for probably the last time on Wednesday at the River Fund.... 

Tomorrow will be a relaxing day, i'll cook my veggies, etc.

I'm annoyed the woman wasn't home (not her fault) to take the boots since i was 15min late :( ...at least I was able to make the other family i dropped shoes off happy!

Just going to relax the rest of tonight. I will have awesome pics from the composting. cool operation, i'll tell you that! also, now that i see I cannot sign up again because it's full for next Monday, I'll wash my boots (they stink like VOMIT...that's what composting smells like!) It was SO FUN!


 

 


Monday, Dec 21st:

Composting at Queens Botanical Garden, Weather permitting...9:30-12:30pm - check if they have parking...and also in my head i'm wondering if this is still happening on Monday...

  • drop off 1 pair boots .sold for $5:) added in a free small coconut water (free for me) from pantry work ;)...SHE WASN'T HOME, i was 15min late (traffic and i had to take an important phone call during the drive and had to park on the side of the road to speak on the phone)...we'll see if she wants them still, the drive was not that great, so if she doesn't want them, i am sure someone else will want them on facebook! 
  • drop off size 6 boots to buyer around 2ish.. added in free small coconut water ;)...also sold two more pairs (size 7) to him, total was $10 for all three pairs of shoes  (nice father...couldn't charge any more!) ...and 3 nice small single servings of coconut water...it pays for my gas.  I saw his cute little son and older daughter, they were smiling and happy. :) What a sweet family! 

Tuesday, Dec 22nd:

  • Refill laundry card & drop off stockholder form to housing
  • cook brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, leftover collard greens smaller amount / recipe 
  • rest up / review volunteering & future endeavors including class starting date in january - "just do it"

  Wed, Dec. 23rd :)

Richmond Hill, Queens, River Fund Pantry 8:30-12:30pm


  Tuesday,Dec 29th :)

Volunteer again at Senior Center in Corona; just 2 hours, 9:30-11:30 - take the 2 buses again most probably - too much snow taking up parking spots right now...


  Saturday, Jan 2 :)

The rescheduled nature walk at Alley Pond Park, but weather permitting (otherwise i can volunteer for a few hours? at Richmond Hill?)


  Saturday, Jan 9th :)

Ridgewood Reservoir Cleanup with NYC H20, Brooklyn, should be fun!..there's some parking usually so i'm not going to regret this! :) Leaf Raking.


1/4/21 (cannot disuss more)

Long term future goal: volunteer on weekends at a law firm / pro bono...to get that experience ON MY RESUME for the FUTURE. Goal is to be able to say i have 1 year of volunteer experience in legal work. This will happen.  Like, I live in NYC! so if this can happen anywhere, it's here.

Progress as of today: 2 lbs lost so far, only 1 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 12/21/2020:
You are the queen of volunteers!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
thank you...today was unreal, i hope to get the photos in my email...I didn't take them, too messy for a phone. one of the workers was taking them.


Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
All that volunteerism should play well on your CV!

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
ha, you would think....will write back more later ;)

nowadays, NOTHING is ENOUGH.

you should have seen the workers in action today. HOLY MOLY!

2 girls, both around 28-30yrs old.

doing the entire composting operation THEMSELVES with us helping as volunteers (3). and one woman doing a little work that worked there, also, but she left early...

heavy stuff to lift...driving tractors...these women, who worked there, simply AMAZING. both hired only in October. both defeating all odds. INSPRIATIONAL to say the least. it is a crazy world out there...they both got the jobs thru other jobs they had at the Botanical Gardens. it seems it's all thru experience and background for these environmental jobs. unreal. i cannot imagine doing what they do, everyday, i do not think? HARD WORK.


bearcountrygg on 12/21/2020:
Hope your stuff sells.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
Out of FOUR shoes: 2 I sold and got paid for to a nice family man getting them for his daughter. I showed him then a pair of cheap sneakers, he liked them, I gave them those additional ones for free. Total $10 here.

My other boots were going to be sold for $5, but lady wasn't home...ugh! we'll see if they sell on another day, I've put them back up on facebook again.

and hopefully someone will buy the hamster food i have (neighbor gave to me, I have guinea pigs not hamsters...lol and it's different food slightly).


legcramps on 12/21/2020:
I'm very excited about 1/4/21 for you ;)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
me too :) not a dream J*b....but it pays the bills. ha...and i guess that is VERY important.


Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
HOP, I am working on a volunteer list for you. Will gladly fly you NWPA or provide transportation of your choice. The gym downstairs has a kitchen, bathroom and small bedroom off the main room. I have interior painting, pruning shrubs & trees, scrubbing floors and bathrooms, and some composting so far. Can you work on cars? Matt is rebuilding a 1973 Opel, cute thing, looks like a baby corvette. Meals included.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
OMG...that would have been what fun! I'd fall asleep so fast every night! maybe in the future! sounds like i'd learn some skills...painting, etc. we could work together hahaha


Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention unlimited gym use. Sure that’s assumed, lol lol lol

The husband works with a guy named Sabio, it’s his last name and he thinks the guy is Italian, not sure. These ppl are in California and he’s here in Pennsylvania

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
yeah, online on facebook i saw many with the last name Sabio! some spanish i think and some italian i guess like you say, interesting!

i think with all the volunteering, i'll be TOO TIRED to use the gym hahahaha. I am not sure i'd last more than one day...may have to take every other day off...am i still invited!? ha.


Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
Always amazes me how hot compost gets. We have an open trailer that hitches up to the car. Primary use these days is to haul leaves to a recycling place that makes & sells compost. Our leaves are partially composted.

We also take branches there, but they have to be separate from the leaves.

Bought the trailer when I owned the big Victorian and went to all these auctions & estate sales to buy antiques.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
Yes! learned today the best range for a composting pile is 120-160F...! learned that today.

today's pile was at 125F (due to cold weather around it...in the summer it reaches those higher temps!) you know your stuff, Jacky!

that's great you bring your leaves.

the place near me is yearning for more FOOD WASTE...the most important part that they have the least of..


Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
Lol. You’re so funny, HOP. Yeah, Matt was wondering if Sabio was Mexican at one point. Hard to tell. He’s never met the new hires & they all speak perfect English except this one Chinese lady that’s very frustrating because he can’t understand her. She gets snotty when he asks her to put someone else on the line. He also has customers in India and Japan. Mostly their English is good. Think they start learning in elementary school.


Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
Interesting. This county facility only takes leaves & branches. Don’t understand why they call it a recycling center, The finished product is a nice rich looking soil that ppl come in & buy. The center is free to county residents & we have an ID card. Out of county ppl have to pay. I see a lot of big landscaping companies there paying to dump leaves & branches. Since we have 7 acres & many huge trees I’m so glad we have this free service.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
That's good...this place makes a VERY RICH composted soil...it contains also food waste. That's the key ingredient.

They do layers, like lasagna...

Leaves that have decomposed a little bit, followed by food waste...followed by saw dust (i think it was?) which helps to retain moisture..and they keep layering like that and mix it all up...later there's a PVC pipe with holes in it for extra aeration that goes under it along with wood chips...keeping it aerated which keeps the oxygen moving and therefore speeding the process to becoming fully composted. i think the food waste yields an even better product than just leaves.

they use it at the botanical gardens, i guess, where this is taking place.


Jacky82020 on 12/21/2020:
How interesting! Do they get restaurant waste?

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
they might...they get the food from some independent people who drop it off (but not much from independents)...as well as some major facilities that are throwing out the waste that the botanical gardens partners with...it's mostly not from residential food waste...perhaps a large restaurant, but mostly larger partnerships than that from what i can tell (like a farm partnership or other places...they are looking to get more food scraps)

Horn_of_plenty on 12/21/2020:
they are actually in an area that's in a perfect location to restaurants to get the waste, but it's a big deal to collect it, store it in a freezer, and not get roaches and other things instead...it's a hard task to tell people to store their waste in a freezer to be collected 1x per week...


Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
Yep, that would be difficult unless the price of disposal is significant. I have read about how restaurants sell used oil. They can keep it! Sounds gross as hell to me. But idk. Maybe it’s put to good use like creating energy.

Horn_of_plenty on 12/22/2020:
maybe i'll try to donate mine once in awhile !


Jacky82020 on 12/22/2020:
lol



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