Yes yes, no more whining about life like I did last week. I am over my epidural pain and am going to start this week off on the right foot. Even if I start it off on the left foot, I expect this to be a better week for me. The photos above are from the storm last evening. Surprisingly it sailed on by without leaving a drop of rain here, although I could see it falling in the distance. Sigh. I think I am safe in saying that right now, James and I are both preoccupied with thoughts about our yard- he with the grass, me with the flowers.
Our yard is doing wonderfully, and I owe it all to my husband, who works as hard at home as he does in the business world. I am so thankful to have him, especially when it comes time to mow the lawn! I do have photos of him mowing this weekend, topless, but I promised him I wouldn't post them. So instead, the photos below are a big reason I am so grateful to him. These are our side yards. And trust me, the back yard falls off even more. Out of our 1.6 acres, of which he mows with a push mower (we sold our riding mower in 2007), only the small square in the front is semi-flat. I don't think I could mow this lawn even on my best day. James is doing a great job on the yard here, and if you drive down our street, you can easily see where our yard ends and the neighbors' begins (hint: ours is a LOT greener).
Sunday was a good day around here. That morning James had to go in and work for just a bit, less than an hour, so I rode with him and hung out in his office while he did his project. We then drove over to Peachtree City and had an early lunch at Smokey Bones, a really great BBQ restaurant. Everything on the menu looked great, but I promised myself I was going to get a salad (but I would rather have had a pulled pork sandwich with mayo!) and they had very interesting choices.
The one I got was called the Nutty Chicken Salad- made with nice green lettuce (not crappy iceberg) and chicken, dried cranberries, pecans, strawberries, goat cheese, red onions, and a honey Dijon dressing. The waitress asked if I wanted the full or half portion. I said half please! And as soon as she walked away I thought, damn, I should have gotten the full size. But, turns out half was plenty, and it was a yummy salad and I left a BBQ restaurant without being bloated and stuffed. Triumph! I looked up the nutrish info on their website, and for the full size salad it had 800 calories, so looks like I made a good decision. Of course, I was drooling as I sat and watched my husband eat this gorgeous hamburger across the table from me...
(I also learned that all Wal-Marts are not created equal, as we stopped in at the Peachtree City Wally World. An item we had just purchased at the Newnan Wal-Mart for $6 was $9 at their Wal-Mart???)
But that's where my good decisions ended, and as we spent the afternoon watching the NASCAR race, I snacked on not so good things. My fault, because the snacks were in the house to begin with. I am not going to fret over it, though. I was not able to go to Weight Watchers on Friday because I still was not up to driving yet, so this week I really think I will see great results at weigh in. I am going to really hit the treadmill and walking trails this week, now that I'm feeling better. I've got to start walking outside, just to get out of the house and get some sunshine and fresh air!
Today is errand day, or as my hubby and I always joke, the day I spend with my "boyfriend Erin" (inside joke, only funny to us), so I'm headed to the pharmacy, the dry cleaner, the craft store, and Kroger's to indulge in their 10 for $10 sale this week. It looks like it will be a beautiful day here again, and as always there is our daily 30% chance of rain that has so far bypassed us every day. Looks like I will be watering the flowers by hand tonight, a chore I actually am starting to enjoy.
Hope everyone has a great Monday. Below are photos I took this morning in the garden. I'm not much for pink, but it seems as though that's all I have blooming right now! Enjoy!
PS- Does anyone know if deer eat pepper plants? Something is eating the tops and leaves off my pepper plants out back, and I know we have deer. Would they eat something like that? My hands smell peppery when I touch the plants, I can only assume it tastes that way as well, I couldn't believe deer would eat it?!