That's great about the two pounds, Barb! I'm still bouncing around in the same one pound that I've been in for a while, up a few tenths, down a few tenths.
We have some yard debris to be rid of, too. The people who owned our house up until a year ago seem to have put in any plant they could, some of which look like the nondescript kind that developers throw into new yards so it will look like there's landscaping. Last summer we let a few of those in awkward spots brown out, they were impossible to water (one, the water just rolled off the top of the soil and straight down the gutter). They didn't revive once the rains came, so it's time to take them out. (Nothing like having a shrub that's orange because it's dead, not because it's supposed to be orange.) We went the not-watering route because we could see that as difficult as they were now, it will only get harder over the next years to keep them going, given climate change. They are just in the wrong zone. I'm going to gradually adjust all the plants in our yard with the expectation of a drier weather pattern. For that one spot, I've googled "plants that can live in a bank of pure clay in the full sun," but there aren't a lot of choices! It might be that we'll do an attractive gravel and stepping stones thing with a little retaining wall and a few yucca. lol
My laptop battery is giving out. I finally went to the Apple store (after a lot tries -- the Apple stores in our metro area are few and all far from where I live), and they explained a new battery would cost $159 and I'd have to give them my laptop and wait two weeks. Hmph. I don't mind the $159, but I think they do that two-weeks thing to get you interested in buying a new laptop. They will give me $149 for my old laptop and sell me a new one for $900. Obviously they are in the business of selling new ones. But the old one still works fine if it's plugged in, I don't carry it from place to place while using it. So I'll punt for a while and just use it tethered. Some day I'll go through the hassle of replacing it, just not today.
I think this week I'll make a more focused effort to cut carbs, and see how that goes. Have a great week!