A Pallet Garden Fence and My Latest Reads

A PALLET GARDEN FENCE

My husband Scott has been saving wood pallets for quite some time now and a few weeks ago while I was at work one Saturday he and Doug made me a fabulous fence made of the pallets.

I was stunned when I got home though he had texted me a few progress pics during the day. It was beautiful! Also, everything he used we already had in the garage so it didn’t cost a thing.

What a wonderful husband and son I am blessed with.

What do you think?

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He will finish the front when he finds more pallets and he plans to add a gate.

I think a bird bath, or water fountain and some white lights will make it a hangout as well as a peaceful place to garden. Thanks boys!

MY LATEST READS

Scott and I signed up for the Summer Reading Program at our local library and have been reading some really great books.

The reading program always gets me to read books I wouldn’t normally try if not for the categories it specifies.

So far I have read GI Brides, by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi, The Reluctant Widwife, by Patricia Harman, Top Secret 21, by Janet Evanovich, and currently I am reading My Mother was Nuts a Memoir, by Penny Marshall. All great reads!

Our library is the best. They always have what we need and if they don’t they can transfer it in from another library in the system. They have great adult, teen and children’s programs, wonderful book sales and a friendly staff. You can’t beat it!

If you would like to check out any of these titles I just mentioned you can go to my new Amazon.com store. I also have a few canning and baking items I can’t live without also available.

Here is a link

http://astore.amazon.com/marymargare07-20

-MM

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Lunch Date with Doug and Why am I so Tired?

Doug and I decided that a lunch date would be better for us this month because our schedule was very busy  in July. I had been feeling very tired and somewhat miserable and this day was no exception. We were recommended by a friend to try a small restaurant called Otto Tomotto’s in Victor. It serves Italian food and Doug loves Italian. Victor is about 50 minutes away from us on the other side of Rochester.

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We arrived just before noon. It is a small restaurant in a small plaza just outside the Village of Victor. We walked in and our first impression was good. It was clean and decorated nicely. Many people were seated at tables chatting and eating. It took a while to get a table because there was no sign stating whether to seat ourselves or to wait to be seated. After a few minutes a waiter came around and said we could sit anywhere.

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I was extremely tired and was having a hard time concentrating on the menu. At one point I even bumped my drink and spilled my water at the table. Nothing like a wet lap to wake you up right?

Doug ordered the rigatoni with sausage and I ordered a grilled chicken and pesto panini with a side of pasta salad. We also ordered a bowl of beans and greens which we shared.

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The food was very good but I think Doug enjoyed his more than I enjoyed mine. I didn’t have a taste for anything that day. I did enjoy the beans and greens though. It was excellent! Flavorful broth, the right amount of salt and garlic. Yum!

We enjoyed Otto’s but to be fair I do want to go back and try it again sometime. The way I was feeling that day really made the experience not as good as it could have been. We both felt it was a nice restaurant and the food was fresh at a reasonable price.

The reason I am talking so much about how I was feeling is important. That morning I went to my doctor because of the exhaustion I had been feeling. I knew I shouldn’t be this tired just doing my normal work and home duties. It took me days to recover from my Fridays and Saturdays at work and I didn’t want to do a thing once I got home. I had absolutely no motivation and that is not like me.

I feared thyroid problems because every other woman in my family including my grandmothers, mother, sister and niece were all on medication for thyroid. My doctor didn’t think there was anything physically wrong with me but she would test me just to be sure.

After speaking with me for about 10 minutes she gave me a sort of an ultimatum though it was more of a suggestion. She said my work was causing me too much anxiety. I was so stressed that I was forgetting to turn the stove off sometimes burning our dinner, I was forgetting where I was driving to and had to pull over at times until my mind cleared, I was tired and irritable and not sleeping at night. Her suggestions were to either be put back on medication (no way), seek counseling (maybe), decrease my hours (not likely) or outright find a new career (yeah right).

I was not having a good day when I took Doug on our lunch date that day. In fact I was a basket case though I didn’t let that show to him.

A few days later I got a call from my doctor’s nurse telling me that all of my tests were normal except I was Vitamin D deficient. She wanted me to take 5000 mg of Vitamin D every day. Okay I said, sure, no problem.

I had no idea that Vitamin D was that big of a deal until I started taking it. It was like my energy was instantly back. My mind was clearer and I wanted to get up and move again. In fact my husband and I went on a 4.3 mile walk within 3 days of me starting this Vitamin D dosage. Wow.

I now had the energy and mindfulness to also sit down with my boss and my warehouse supervisor to talk about the things that were bothering me and sapping my spirit at work. It was a good and productive conversation between the three of us.

Not everyone gets the same result to starting a Vitamin D regimen as I did but boy am I glad my body reacted as quickly as it did. I can now focus much better at work and at home and life isn’t as overwhelming. My family is also happy to get the happy side of me back instead of the yelling and crying me.

Typically all of us are somewhat Vitamin D deficient in some way. Most of us get the vitamin from sunshine and our diet but with an increase in inside jobs and changes in our diets we just don’t get enough Vitamin D. If you are feeling like I did see your doctor about it. Your tiredness could be an easy fix like mine. -MM

Here is a pic of Bernie the Cat. He thinks he is Batman. I couldn’t resist snapping this photo

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