Sunday, June 22, 2014
Kids arrived last night for an early celebration of the grandson's birthday. After dinner (prepared laboriously by me), daughter, son-in-law and of-age granddaughter decided to catch the late night showing of "Jersey Boys" at the nearby mall.
I have always been a fan of the Four Seasons so the music was the highlight for me. Great songs! It also reminded me of when we went to California in the seventies and while waiting to see a taping of the "Midnight Special" TV show, met Frankie Valli and chatted casually with him. He was so natural and so not full of himself. Nice memory and experience for me and the kids.
Today it's some pool time and then we say goodbye to the visitors until next time.
Beautiful day on tap...enjoy!
Friday, June 20, 2014
Yesterday I awoke to DH's informing me something about broken glass--in my half-asleep state what he was trying to say didn't register; I thought something had happened in the pool area--but he said no, the deck! But when he said "the dogs will bleed" if we don't get it cleaned up, I immediately woke up.
Turns out a storm-related wind had apparently caught the umbrella on our glass-topped patio table and pitched it to the floor of the deck, causing the glass to shatter in about a million pieces.
What a mess! After cleaning up the bulk of the pieces, we were still faced with many that had wedged themselves in between the planks of the wooden floor. Later in the day son and I laboriously picked each fragment out, using tweezers and a screwdriver. Fortunately with two working the job was accomplished in a few hours.
Moral of the story: never get another glass-topped table! I'm planning to resurrect the old wooden picnic table that DH made a few years ago for the old house. I'll clean it up and paint it and not have to worry about glass again!
Beautiful day today--after shopping will try to get some biking and pool time in. Kids coming tomorrow, for grandson's birthday, so will be busy after today.
Oh, and Callie the outside/inside cat was temporarily lost last night--didn't appear at dinner time as usual--until I found her this morning locked in the room above the garage.
At least she was safe!
Happy weekend, all.
P.S. Lost another pound!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I checked out my last blog today and was surprised to see three readers' comments! Wow! It used to be that one was notified by Spark e-mail if there was a comment on your blog, but I received none. So thanks to those who responded; I will be more vigilant about checking in the future.
Thanks also for the encouragement on my new diet plan. I completed one week and lost two pounds...two or three more to go. Now I am substituting a few things, such as a whole grain waffle instead of a half a bagel or dry cereal in place of oatmeal (although there's nothing wrong with oatmeal)! I learned through Weight Watchers and other plans that it's all right to substitute. And yes, I always do some kind of exercise even if it's just walking the dogs in the late afternoon. Yesterday I did 20 minutes of laps in the pool. Not enough, but better than nothing to be sure. Molly, the chocolate lab, loves to swim, so she usually joins me after awhile. Mickey, the other dog, just stands on the sidelines and barks at her. He and water do not mix!
I notice that many of you write your blogs at the end of the day about your day's activities, but I find that morning works best for me. So I guess I'll be recapping the previous day. I remember from my America Lit studies that Henry David Thoreau loved the morning and the bright newness of everything. I'll have to look up his exact quote. I think it was pretty inspiring.
Another beautiful day gearing up...it's really summer, finally. Yay!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
OK, I know I'm not seriously overweight--but I am frustrated with the remaining four or five pounds I'd like to take off, for good.
So Monday I decided to investigate again a diet I followed back in the day that led me to shed almost 20 pounds, the Pritikin diet. Its current version is not as radical as it was then--it actually allows some carbs and dairy. At any rate, I downloaded a sample diet plan and so far it is working. I think little things like skipping my beloved chocolate milk (almond or soy) at lunch time and substituting diet iced tea, plus cutting back on carbs of course have helped.
Had my last piano lesson of the season yesterday and am supposed to continue for a month in July but I'm rethinking the whole deal. The teacher is annoying me and sometimes treating me like her little children students. Or maybe I'm getting paranoid. Or maybe I've just had enough of lessons as an adult. We will see.
Weather is really blah, cool, cloudy, prospect of flooding. Hope the weekend improves.
Almost finished with current book, "The One and Only." I think it's number one on the best seller list. Easy read, good story. Will be looking for another book soon.
Thanks for reading, if anyone is.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Can't believe it's June already--and as the song goes, it's bustin' out all over! Weather is near perfect, pool water is warm (thanks to heater) and the prospect of summer is almost too much to bear. (My favorite season, hands down.)
Yesterday the kids left after attending another graduation party, taking with them the aging labrador and the new puppy. Nice to have a quiet house again.
Friday we meet with a financial advisor...should be interesting. In the meantime, I'm going to try to get everything organized here and still have time for swimming and maybe biking. Hurray for summer!
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