The Sassy Pear

Finding my way through my forties

I’m definitely turning into a country girl — July 6, 2009

I’m definitely turning into a country girl

Happy 6th of July! Or as I like to call it “My Wedding Anniversary”.

1996 - so young!

 Yep, 13 years ago today I married that cute guy that I met at a Quail Unlimited banquet (think Ducks Unlimited, except instead of ducks, they have quail – yeah, weird, I know). We celebrated by going to Bass Pro Shops where I bought my sweetie a brand new rod and reel, and he is buying me a new comforter set for our bedroom just as soon as I decide which one I want (it won’t be coming from Bass Pro, trust me), which could take a while because I am notoriously indecisive about such things.  Having our anniversary on a Monday kind of sucks because, really who wants to celebrate anything on a Monday? We might go to dinner or something – we don’t have anything big planned, but that’s okay.  I’m just glad the marriage that started with a shotgun wedding has lasted this long! 😉

 

So, I promised you all some pics of the garden: voila!  This was the garden 3 -4 weeks ago (I can’t remember exactly)…

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 And here’s the garden as of last night:

grow, baby, grow!
grow, baby, grow!

 

 Big difference, huh?  Unfortunately the green peppers and carrots are having a hard time, but they are starting to show signs of life.  I think some of the squash are about ready to be picked – they’re getting big! 

I think it should be called "squish" - it's more fun to say
I think it should be called "squish" - it's more fun to say
some day soon, mater, you're going to be on my sandwich
some day soon, mater, you're going to be on my sandwich
fancy-shmancy watering system (no more hauling water for me!)
fancy-shmancy watering system (no more hauling water for me!)

There is a rotating sprinkler head on each corner of the garden so it all gets watered evenly. Nice, huh?  

 

 I forgot to take pictures of my knitting projects; I’ll save that for another day.  I have also discovered another fun new  pastime:  fishing!  Yes, to my husband’s delight, I have finally gotten over my fear of handling a live wriggling fish and am now able to not only catch fish, but actually take them off the hook and throw them back into the pond myself! This is a huge deal, trust me!  Here’s the pond where an assortment of fish live – we have lots of perch, some crappie, a few bass, and a large 21 pounds catfish named Walter swimming around in there.  I caught Walter one time about 5 years ago and have not seem him since. If we throw dog food into the water, he comes up and sucks down the food like a vacuum, but he rarely comes all the way to the top – he’s either shy or a diva, we haven’t decided which one.

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 Shawn is pretty good at catching the big bass in our pond. Here’s what I tend to catch:

tiny little guy - he put up a good fight!
tiny little guy - he put up a good fight!

 The lure I used is almost as big as he is! That’s ambition in its purest form I tell ya!

 

Here are some more random pics for your viewing pleasure:

Shasta corners a frog - she was actually kind of afraid it!
Shasta corners a frog - she was actually kind of afraid it!

 

is this a hydrangea bush? Whatever it is, it's pretty!
is this a hydrangea bush? Whatever it is, it's pretty!

 

Have a great Monday gang! 🙂

September 6, 2007 — September 5, 2008

September 6, 2007

Once upon a time there was a fat mom who was tired of being fat.  She searched the internet for solutions to her fatness, and she stumbled upon something called a BLOG.  As she clicked around, she found more and more of these weight loss BLOGS.  She was attracted by the honesty and humanness of these writings.  “You mean there are others out there who struggle like I do?” she wondered.  “There are others out there who eat the last piece of cake just to get it out of her house? Someone other than me has failed Weight Watchers more than once? Other women find it hard to stick to an exercise routine too????”  She couldn’t believe it.  It was like free therapy!!   This chubby mom got brave and started leaving comments on weight loss posts, and pretty soon she decided that she needed her own blog, because her comments were sometimes a bit long and she always wanted to talk more about her experiences and thoughts about the soul-crushing torture known as weight loss. So this not-so pleasantly pump mom got herself a blog and she called it “The Sassy Pear” because she herself was a pear shape, and she considered herself to be a tad bit sassy on her best days.  She didn’t tell anyone in her real life about the blog, because honestly she didn’t think it would last very long. How can someone write about losing weight day after day?  (Ha!)

 

She started writing and couldn’t believe how fun it was to have a place to record her thoughts and feelings.  A place to share her joys and successes, a place to bitch and moan, a place just to think out loud and figure things out through various keystrokes. Soon, people were leaving comments on her blog, too and before long, she became friends with other bloggers.  These blogging buddies became some of her best supporters, even though they had never met face to face.  She realized that she would have given up this weight loss gig a long time ago had it not been for the women who encouraged her to never give up, ever.   

But surprise! She started to lose weight.  Through a lot of trial and error, she finally found something that worked.  So the fat mom is now the slightly-overweight-mom, and she knows that she owes a lot of that to this super great blogging community and its awesome authors. 

 

So on the first anniversary of her very first post in the blogosphere, this mildly pudgy mom would like to say that she is so very glad to have found this “hobby” and the people involved in it (you know who you are!!). 

 

Now, where’s my blog’s birthday cake?

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