Wheat-(Mostly) Free and the Summertime Abyss

I will admit that I haven’t gone completely wheat free since my last post on the subject.  Sunday, while out with my son, we went to Burger King and I had a Chicken sandwich, which came on a bun…and this morning I had a half of a bottom piece of a bagel.  I’m still down about 2 lbs from a week ago, so for the most part, I’m doing well.  I just have to try to make the best choices I can when choosing to eat out.

As far as everything else, I’m doing alright.  I still haven’t began my running program yet, but I’ve been doing some research here and there.  Next week is vacation (actually it’s probably more like basement project week), so I’ll probably begin my running program after that week.

The sunburn is gone now at this point, but the spot where the blister is at is pretty dry, so I’ve got to moisturize that.  I hope y’all are doing great.  I wish you a safe July.


The pause of one project and the progress of others!

Happy Thursday!  We’re finally showing some life in our garden.  While I haven’t completely gotten rid of the weeds, we’ve got some crops ‘a growing.  We’ve got some tomatoes starting to sprout, the jalapenos are almost ready to pick, and a cucumber is showing itself.  We weren’t sure that we were going to get anything out of the garden this year, but are excited that something’s actually happening.


We’ve totally given up on the wallpaper project in the hallway at this point.  We’re going to take our time removing it all and just get it done when it gets done.  We’ve looked at different options, such as hiring help to do it, but it would likely take too much money to do it right now.

We’ve made great progress on planning the basement project, though.  We just bought the can lights last night from Lowe’s, and picked up the circle cutter and keyhole saw as well.  We saw some different kind of ceiling tiles though, which might be able to put up just using adhesive, but I’m going to have to do the research today to see if that’s a viable option, otherwise, we’ll continue along with the beadboard ceiling plan.  There’s only 2 weeks left until the in-laws arrive, so it’s getting down to the nitty-gritty time to have all the prep done.  Excitement is ‘a brewing!

Wonderfully Wheat Free!

It’s been quite a hectic week around the household.  We’re still in our wheat-less world, and I really haven’t noticed any significant difference to this point, outside of the fact that I’ve lost around 4 lbs in the last week (down to about 236), but I’m not sure how much of that is attributed to actually being wheat-free…but I’l take it.  Our lunches have consisted of the Cheesy Sausage Quiche and the Cauliflower Pizza Bites.  While the Pizza Bites were okay, as far as I was concerned, my wife did not seem to be too hot on it.  However, the Cheesy Sausage Quiche was significantly better…I used Apple Chicken Sausage with it, and it was pretty darn tasty.  Next on the palate will probably be the Tuna Melt Stuffed Tomatoes.  I didn’t follow any of these recipes to a tee, necessarily, but I did substitute them where I could to make them dairy free as well as gluten free.

Turning to the sunburn front, it was a pretty bad one.  I had a huge blister on my right knee.  It was just about one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.  It blew up like a balloon.  It’s gone away now, but I’m leaving my DNA everywhere I go, because I’m peeling so bad.  I need to remind myself to never do this again.  Although it has diverted attention away from my left foot, which seems to be doing great now.  I anticipate starting to walk/run again here in a few weeks.  Once that starts, I’ll be rolling!  Urrr, I guess I’ll be running, not rolling.  LOL!

I hope you all take care of yourself riding this heat wave (it’s supposed to be 95 today here) and stay cool!


Sir Walter Scott would be mad too if he had to remove wallpaper

Oh, what a wicked wallpaper web we weave.  The wallpaper plan has gone up in smoke, as Krista has told me that we should quit working on it now, as it will take too long.  While that is true, she, knowing me as well as she does, knows that I would continue plugging away on it until it’s done, no matter how long it would go.  The bottom layer of wallpaper that is on the wall is just too difficult to remove, so she wanted me to contact some people to help finish it, so we can paint it…or at least get some advice on how to do so…so, I’ve put in an email to our guy, Mike, of Rescue 1 Construction, to see if he can help.  We’ll see what he has to say.

As far as the basement planning is going, we’ve finally settled on a ceiling tile…beadboard, instead of the two options I mentioned last week.  I’ve still got to finish measuring out to see how many tiles are needed (as we also need it for the office and the bathroom), but thankfully, at least that part of the planning is almost resolved, outside of the lighting.  Now, I will also have to work on planning the walls portion, as we’re going to have to get insulation, so we can put the paneling back on and paint it (unless she ends up wanting to get different walls).  I’m hoping to finish all of the planning this weekend, so I can start getting all the materials and tools ready to get started once the in-laws are here.

Finally, the garden…we were able to pick up some more compost and mulch, so we added the compost to hostas that we had planted around a tree in the front yard and the mulch over the soil in the flower garden that we had planted the week before (which was mentioned in the last post).  We ended up not being able to weed the vegetable garden in the backyard, but we did put up a fence around it to keep our schnoodle, Ted, out of it…as he had a little too much fun in the mud in the garden after a recent thunderstorm.  🙂

Anyway, that’s it for this week.  I appreciate anyone who happens to come across this either in the near or far future and reads it, as it does mean a lot.

“Wrap”ping up Wheat and Sunday Sunburns

As tomorrow is the 4th of July, I will not be able to post anything then, so I’m getting this out today.

We’ve began our wheat-free experience, and thus far, it’s been okay.  It’s still early in the process, so there’s not a lot to report as far as if it’s changed anything.  I’m hoping for it to be a good experience.

My first real new type of wheat-free recipe was a chicken-avocado lettuce wrap sandwich on Saturday.  It was surprisingly pretty filling.  So much so, that even though we didn’t eat for about 8 hours after that, I wasn’t starving then.

I took my son to the Twins game vs. the Royals at Kaufmann Stadium yesterday, and I got burnt pretty well on my neck, arms and knees, so that’s probably not a good thing health-wise.  🙂  I’ll likely be okay though, but will keep an eye on it.