This year I have been eating healthy and exercising to finally do something about my fluctuating weight and failed attempts at weight loss in the past. I’ve been tracking my progress using LiveStrong.com. Today they launched a new widget that will allow others to see the progress that I’ve made this year.
Update August 16, 2012: It looks like their widget isn’t working anymore. I’ve lost 64 lbs. using Livestrong.com to track my calorie intake.
This article in the Deseret News from Saturday titled “The Thief Inside” is very timely considering I have two siblings incarcerated at the moment because of this very thing. It makes me so angry that my parents have given everything they have to raising and teaching us all gospel principles and choice & accountability, but there are those who choose to not live righteous lives. I’m not saying that everyone has to live the Gospel to perfection, but I’m saying just be law-abiding, god-fearing, honest citizens. Be respectful, dang it, and don’t take advantage of and steal from your family. You force the rest of us to make hard decisions that involve “tough love” that we should never have to deal with. Why do we have to deal with this kind of crap? Your poor kids suffer because of your stupidity. Your parents suffer because you’ve violated their trust that you may never get back. You are in jail because you deserve to be there and I hope you learn many lessons from it. Ahhhhhhhh! Grow up!
Heber J. Grant, J. Reuben Clark, Jr. and David O. McKay signed as the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, written during World War II to the U.S. Treasury on September 30, 1941:
“…the Church has not found it possible to follow along the lines of the present general tendency in the matter of property rights, taxes, the curtailment of rights and liberties of the people, nor in general the economic policies of what is termed the “New Deal”….unless the people of America forsake the sins and the errors, political and otherwise, of which they are now guilty and return to the practice of the great fundamental principles of Christianity, and of Constitutional government, there will be no exaltation for them spiritually, and politically we shall lose our liberty and free institutions….We believe that our real threat comes from within and not from without, and it comes from the underlying spirit common to Naziism, Fascism, and Communism, namely the spirit which would array class against class, which would set up a socialistic state of some sort, which would rob the people of the liberties which we possess under the Constitution, and would set up such a reign of terror as exists now in many parts of Europe….We confess to you that it has not been possible for us to unify our own people even upon the necessity of such a turning about, and therefore we cannot unfortunately, and we say it regretfully, make any practical suggestion to you as to how the nation can be turned about.”
How prophetic and sobering!
I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. Not because I dislike blogging or that I don’t have anything to talk about. I’ve just been very busy at work and also working out in my yard at my house to try to finish my wife’s Mother’s Day present before Mother’s Day.
Three years ago I built our fence around our yard. Two and a half years ago I landscaped our front yard and backyard with stone walls, decorative rock, sprinklers and grass. Over the past two summers we’ve added trees, bushes and flowers. But there has always been this one side of our house (north side) that has taken a backseat. It was the “catchall” of everything left over from the previous projects, including huge piles of dirt and literally tons of left over rock. Weeds had taken over and some were as tall as me. It was always our intention to plant our garden in that location, but I lacked the motivation and resources to take on the project.
Lately I’ve been more interested in emergency preparedness, food storage, and preparedness in general and I really wanted to start our garden. I asked my wife what she wanted for Mother’s Day a few months ago and she said she wanted her garden done. What better motivation than a set date to complete the project by? So, I planned on preparing the side of the house to be able to make our garden. The problem was that the snow just kept coming. Every Saturday we’d have another storm and I couldn’t start. So, I finally was able to start a month or so ago, moving the tons of rocks, removing the giant weeds and getting everything ready to build a retaining wall so we could level out the garden, since our side yard slopes away from the house about 2 feet or so. Night after night, I worked and finally was ready to start the wall. My wife’s dad had 170 or so wall blocks left from when he re-landscaped his yard last year. He helped me on Saturday two weeks ago to start the wall in the pouring rain. I spent the next week finishing the wall. Then I cleared the walkways around it and laid weed fabric and wheelbarrowed a ton of rocks that I had previously moved out of that area back into it for the paths. My father-in-law took a day off of work to move the huge piles of dirt into the planting bed and roto-tilled it and added peet moss into it as well. I added four spickets to irrigate the furrows. It was finally ready for planting last Friday, the 8th of May.
Larry (my wife’s dad) helped us again this past Saturday to plant the garden. Did I mention that he’s a farmer? So, I was able to finish my wife’s Mother’s Day present just before Mother’s Day. I think it’s awesome looking and is well worth the hundreds of hours of hard work. Happy Mother’s Day, Heidi.