Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The community pool is well into jack hammer Renovations.
Yesterday the Y pool deflated its bubble because of a tornado warning.
I called today, and it was back in business.
When I arrived early, a teenager was leaving the bubble. I asked her how the water was. She said it was nice but it would be better when the bubble came off. I thought it was lovely. Perfect temperature. So I got in 40 minutes of my own brand of workout I do for my legs, then 45 minutes of Aqua Silver class, and ended with 15 minutes of laps since that part of the pool had cleared out.
Right now my shoulders feel like my arms are going to fall off, but my legs feel fantastic and that was the goal.
Aqua Zumba followed by Water Exercise tomorrow night. Zumba in the water is a real trip!! Sends me into gales of laughter. Since I'm dripping wet, you can't see I'm laughing so hard that tears are streaming down my face. The tears actually compete with the sweat. I know, you can't see the sweat either.
Don't know how my legs will survive over the weekend when both pools are closed. You're probably yelling for me to go to the beach. Hey the Gulf is 69 degrees today. I need it quite a bit warmer for my toes to even consider wading at the beach. Both pools are heated to 84 degrees.
The Y will be available again on Monday, but no more bubble keeping the air warm. Not sure if they will continue to heat the water then.
Bubbles are wonderful inventions, too!!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
If you are reading this, you've probably missed the opportunity to see Feb. 26 episode of the Dr. Oz show. He had the author of "Salt, Sugar, and Fat: Could You Be Addicted?"
I feel vindicated.
I wish I knew the solution, but it's nice to know that the problem is real, and the manufacturers are working to keep it going.
Know what he says is the biggest culprit with sugar, salt and fat all wrapped up in one wonderful thing that takes us to our bliss point?
All I can think to do is to STAY AWAY from processed food. And then to be sure when I cook that I don't make my own salt-sugar-fat combo that sets me off.
Monday, February 25, 2013
It has been expected but it is now official.
The community pool is closing. For construction to ramps, rails, fence and new floor surface around the total outside of the pool.
They say 1 week. What do you think?
I got my workout in this afternoon, and returned this evening just to enjoy the water and quiet, because I had it to myself.
I have alternative plans for fitness, but I don't think my legs will be happy without the swimming. So I guess I'll need to spend the gas to go to the gym.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
I can't help but think one or two packets of seeds could be the revolution that everyone needs to just start eating more vegetables. You don't need a lot of space. Find an old cloth shopping bag. Buy some potting soil and compost or use your own. Fill the shopping bag. Water the soil mix. Sprinkle on a mixture of lettuce seeds. Set in a sunny place and water once more. Lettuce likes it cooler. So do peas-do sugar snap peas. Soak them about 2 hours in room temperature water. and plant a grid of sugar snap peas in your bag two inches by two inches. Set this bag by a railing they can use for support. They will grow 4 - 5 feet tall. And then a tomato. Buy a plant already started. If you're going with the shopping bag, get a "patio" tomato, or one that is determinate. Transplant the small plant into another bag. Dig a trench as long as the widest part of your bag. Take your tomato plant out of its store pot. Lay it down in the trench with the root ball on one end, and the top of the plant at the other. Cover everything except the top of the plant with dirt. The stem is covered with hairs. Each hair becomes a root which helps to feed your tomato so you get lots of tomatoes.
You can use an indeterminate if that word seems to match your personality, but be ready because they are vines. They'll grow as tall as the support you give them. If that is only 5 feet tall, they'll grow UP five feet, and then head back down again.
Be sure you place the bags where you and your family can watch what happens every day. Give your bag a cup or two of water. You don't need to drag out the hose every morning.In about a month, you will be plucking leaves from the lettuce every other day for salads. In a month and a half, you'll have your own salad daily. In the third month you could have tomatoes and sugar snap peas to add to the bowl.
But the sugar snap peas probably won't make it to your salad. SOMEONE will be sneaking the pods as they plump up, and eating them before they ever get inside. Be sure to harvest them as they get plump so they will continue to grow and give you more delicious welcomes.
Be sure to share the wonder of your plants as they grow. Share with your kids, grandkids, the neighbor kids. If they ask questions you don't know the answer, hand them the google machine and have them find the answer.
Or better yet, say "Why don't we watch and find out."
You won't have enough food to keep from going to the produce market, but you will have an enriched life.
When your plants are done, pull them out of the bags, shake dirt off the roots, and plant some more seeds.
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