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Found a Tasty New Restaurant

Friday, April 18, 2014

It is so much harder eating right now that my husband is retired. He loves to go out for meals and so do I. Today we had to drive to the post office and decided to try the Asian Buffet in the area. It was great and we both loved it. I tried not to over eat, but wanted to try all the new foods. They were very tasty. I limited myself to one plate, but have to admit that it was piled high! I love Asian food and this was a good buffet!
We have found a tasty new restaurant! Is this a good thing or a bad one?

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JANET552 4/20/2014 7:55AM

    Good question!! It is easy to eat lots at a buffet but each time you go, you'll probably learn how to be more moderate in your choices.

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JUSTME9898 4/18/2014 10:04PM

  Laughing - probably both - now that you have tried everything maybe next time you can choose your 3 favorites. rotate and make that a smaller plate.

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Retirement is Fattening!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I am really enjoying my husband's retirement. He is home and doing a lot of deferred maintenance around the house.
We also take a nice long walk every morning that we can. We both are enjoying the walks and we notice that the more we walk the better our stamina. We can now walk longer and farther without getting as tired. I know that is good for us and that as we get more stamina we will be able to walk to even more places.
Some of our favorite places to walk are to places we like to eat at. Then we can sit down and enjoy a meal or a snack before we have to walk home. Now the trick is to learn how much we can eat and not gain weight.
I have been gaining about a pound a month since he retired. I know that is not a lot of weight to gain, but it is sure a lot of weight to try to lose. It is 3 pounds since January! That is not good. I know I am having more exercise, but the weight seems to be sneaking up on me. Yesterday was the start of the new month and I am trying to figure out a way of eating that will not cause the weight gain. My diet has not really changed a lot since his retirement, but eating out just a little extra seems to be a problem for me.

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JANET552 4/3/2014 11:01AM

    It is funny how stubbornly a few pounds can cling on us. I hope the weight evens out as you adjust to your DH's retirement!

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LILYDOG11 4/2/2014 12:58PM

    It's either extra weight from muscle due to walking or the eating out. It sure is a worry and bother when those extra pounds creep in. I would go with caution it might be eating out ?!?!

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Reporting on my Feral Cats

Friday, March 07, 2014

Today marks a landmark in the life of our feral cats! We have been feeding them for about 6 months now and they spend a lot of time in our yard. They are too wild to really be pets, but they are very enjoyable anyway.
For a long time I have been able to hand feet the younger cat which we call Scruffy. She even lets me pet her, but if I make a sudden move or if there is a loud noise, she takes off like a shot. The other cat which we call Mama Cat because she is Scruffy's mother is much more skitish. She comes to be fed and will allow me to sit on the porch while she eats, but will not allow me to even touch her.
Today I was able to hand feet both cats! Wow! I was thrilled! All I can say is that she must have been really hungry!

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MARAGRAM 3/9/2014 12:26AM

    Thanks for taking care of them. It sounds as if they've had a hard life!

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1MANKNEY 3/8/2014 12:30AM

    Yes, i think it is sad that unwanted cats are just dumped. These two would have made terrific pets as they are very responsive and Scruffy purrs when petted. Both cats meow at me when I come out to feed them. In our area there is a catch and release program. Ferels are caught, fixed, and released back where they were caught. We are just a couple of blocks from a big park and a bike trail. Lots of places for the cats to live off the land. We don't have a mouse problem!

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ALICIA214 3/7/2014 8:30PM


Sad isn't it that cat's are just dumped somewhere because they are no longer wanted.


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I miss the color!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I have noticed lately that the color of things that we buy is starting to all look alike. We are considering getting a new car (our current one is 22 years old). The choice in car color is very limited. You can get white, black, silver and bronze. Possibly a red or a black or a soft blue or green, but that is rare. What has happened to all the other colors? You look around and see that the most popular color seems to be white.
Next look at the new houses and shopping centers. Tan and brown seems to be the "in" color for these. The color for the couch seems to be brown or tan. (This is another thing we are looking at as ours is a hand-me-down and we have had it for over 10 years!)
Even the landscaping has fallen into a pattern of conformity. Some houses in our area have home owner associations that supply (and plant) the landscaping for all the front yards so everyone conforms. Then it is maintained at a cost to the home owner so that it stays in conformity.
And now, I look at the Spark pages and the Friend Feed and see that they are no longer in color--just printed on white background. Am I the only one that misses the colors? Sadly, I really preferred the old Spark pages although these new ones have some nice features.

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Busy, busy, busy!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Sorry that I am so busy lately that I have not had the time to enjoy my spark friends and spark activities. We are finding that retirement comes with it's own set of challenges to our health. It is so easy to eat out when you don't have the time constraints and so hard to turn down the opportunities to meet others for a lunch visit.
My husband retired in mid February and we have been busy with last minute paper work and such. (5 visits to the Social Security Office alone!). We have had to change our health plan as my husband is no longer covered by his employment. I went on Medicare and he will be on Cobra until his next birthday. This means a change of dentist for me and a change of co-payments as well. So, we had our final dental visits under our old plan.
We are still trying to find a new schedule that works for us. However, there is still so much going on that it is difficult to establish a new normal routine. We have been enjoying a morning walk every day that we can, but just as we were getting in the habit, It started to rain in our area (which is a good thing.) Then husband had jury duty and now I am working away from home.
We still have trouble remembering what day of the week it is. We are hoping that we will be able to settle into what passes as a "normal" routine after I return from my inn keeping job. We quickly realized that we can't eat out as often as we might like because our weight gain was rapid when we did that. For now, we have decided that our morning walks are a necessity and something we can enjoy together. We also have found that a local theater has a low cost movie matinee one day a week which we would like to take advantage of.
Retirement is a big adjustment, but so far, we are enjoying the change.

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MARAGRAM 2/10/2014 5:22PM

    After four years of being retired, it is easier, although the new changes in medicare & my dental insurance gave me a fit.

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LOPEYP 2/9/2014 5:59PM

    I am glad that you are walking together every day. That's great!
The routine will come in time. Enjoy!!

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