Monday, April 21, 2008


Today I went over my points by 10: roughly 500 calories. I'm out of practice. We did have a great dinner: crabcakes from Eating Well's Healthy in a Hurry cookbook and a salad. We also made a wholegrain pilaf but I wasn't hungry enough to eat it. It was a beautiful evening, so we had dinner outdoors.

I did get out for a walk at lunchtime. I was planning to go to the gym tonight but it was too nice outside to work out in the dingy JCC, so I decided that I'd use my muscles in the real world instead. I did some heavy-duty weeding in my garden tonight. Some previous owner had planted English ivy, and it was crawling up the house and shoving itself under the siding. I ripped out a large trash can's worth and there is still a lot there. I am sure this is going to be a multi-week project. Tip: Don't ever plant this stuff, it's a terrible pest. As my husband said, "Just imagine the mess that homeowners would be in if someone had named a group of fancy Eastern schools the Kudzu League."


  1. I totally agree about not planting ivy up next to the foundation - it turns "woody" as soon as it starts to climb UPward (stays a vine on the ground) and can do major damage.

    We have LOTS of ivy planted - but none up next to the house.

    Ours is all out - down in plantings by the street, in the woods, other contained plantings that are bordered by concrete or grass (that is mowed and that automatically cuts back any creeping ivy).

    My ivy all came from someone that was ripping theirs out - just like you are - easy to start the trimmings - and it was all free.

  2. At our house it's the Carolina Jessamine that wants to get under the siding. Ugh! Annoying!


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