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A Decent Weekend

Monday, April 07, 2014

It was a more interesting weekend than usual--starting with the adult piano recital/luncheon on Friday, where I played the first movement of Mozart's 12th Sonata, with pretty good results…only a few flubs that maybe the audience didn't notice. My early piano teachers used to advise not correcting mistakes but just ignoring them and moving on, hoping the audience isn't aware of them! So I followed that theory.

One of the students at the recital was a 90-year-old woman who just started taking lessons, about a year ago! She is slow to comprehend the music but is learning and was an inspiration.

Then yesterday, Sunday, son and I went to an event at an arts center called "Paws for Art," at which canines were the main participants. We walked the two dogs, Molly and MIckey, throughout the grounds and I think they enjoyed it. it's good for them to get out a bit and see species of their own kind. Also visited an artist's table who had some interesting pictures for sale--but alas, she did not take credit cards and I didn't have much cash with me. I may contact her and order some things. Pictures of lighthouses (Cape May, Barnaget) and a hummingbird in a flowery tree branch were especially appealing.

Daughter and I are planning excursions for our upcoming cruise to Hawaii, so that's fun to look forward to. We talked about it on the phone last night.

So here we are to Monday and back to routines. Supposed to rain most of the day and night..hope not too badly; we have an ear doctor's appointment this afternoon.

Till next time--stay warm and dry!


Hello, Retirement

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Looks like I'm officially "retired" now--21 years after I "retired" from teaching! Thursday I sent over my last paid newsletter and with that closed my business. Of course I am still available to do pro bono work for groups that are important to me, but basically I am free to do…whatever. It's a good feeling but scary too---I still want to fill my days with meaningful activities/work; just have to discipline myself to stick to some kind of schedule.

Yesterday I went to the Friday morning zumba class and it was a great workout, I must admit. Saw Terri 289 there, so that was a bonus; haven't seen her in awhile. We made tentative plans to get together soon. But strangely, after all that exercise--including a 25-minute walk with the dogs--I still gained a pound. (Of course, we had pizza for dinner and popcorn later). One thing I've learned about snacking: giving up candy, even small pieces, has made a difference. I'm trying to reach a goal of 120 and yesterday morning (before the pizza) I was only a pound away. Today, alas, one pound more. I would like to get the weight where I want it before we go away in May, because you know I will gain weight then.

Looks like a rain-soaked weekend. Just hanging out getting some files organized, writing checks and then cleaning out a chest to make room for paper products. At least I'll be accomplishing something!

Stay dry, everyone.

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TERRI289 3/29/2014 3:04PM

    Hi!! Congrats on the "real" retirement. It was great seeing you on Friday.

don't forget the sodium pizza and in popcorn will make you heavier for a day or two

April 10 looks good for our day trip, weather permitting.

This morning class was taught by Christina Marie, who is Linda Peterson's daughter. She did a great job, as good a workout as we had yesterday.

Steve and I are settled on the couch... time to watch Dr Who!! emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 3/29/2014 1:45PM

    Congratulations on the retirement! I bet you will still find plenty to do. Enjoy! emoticon

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The Exercise Dilemma

Monday, March 24, 2014

I finally got back to doing some classes at the gym: zumba on Friday and the 85-minute yoga class on Sunday. If only I could stick to a schedule! Trouble is, I get bored or impatient with doing the same thing multiple times--or is it just laziness?

I did the spinning class a few times and that's a pretty brutal workout, but mercifully short (only 30 minutes). Then there's the "yoga on the ball" class, which stretches my muscles but sometimes demands that you do pretzel-like poses on a big ball! Don't know if I can stick with that.

Finally there's zumba, which is fun but sometimes I wonder if it's really doing any good. However, I'm usually pretty tired afterwards, so I must be burning some calories.

I learned a long time ago that exercise has to be fun or you won't stick to it. That's what got me into running--not that it was so much fun in itself but the fun part was running with others who eventually became friends. And then there was the challenge--going from a 5-mile race to a 10 K to a half marathon and finally to a full marathon--six of them! Those were the days.

My one dependable exercise is walking the dogs, which they demand daily, but how much good can a 20 or 25-minute walk do? Some, I guess, but not enough to make a difference in one's weight loss goals.

I think I will try to make a schedule of classes and other workouts to do and then do it! Being in this retirement phase demands more discipline than ever, lest we run the risk of seeing our days churn by with little accomplished…which is why I have to get back to my writing, and today, my last newsletter! Hooray!


Another Snowy Day in NJ--So What Else is New?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Yes, we woke up to about 3-4 inches of snow yet again, and here it is March 17. Oh, Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

DH's favorite meal for this day is of course corned beef and cabbage. I thought we could go out for it but alas it doesn't look too favorable with this weather. I, as a "pesco" vegetarian, do not eat the meat but love the carrots, cabbage and boiled potatoes that go with it. So wilt try to get to the store today to buy the fixins.

We entertained daughter and family over the weekend. Courtney (granddaughter) did not come as she apparently had "previous engagements." After all, she is in college and allowed to live her own life! Anyhow, Pam (daughter) and I were free to go off shopping on our own, and that we did, at the Cherry Hill Mall, which has just about everything you'd want in terms of clothes. Hit Banana Republic and Nordstrom's, along with a few short visits to some other small shops.

She got a bunch of new clothes for work and Courtney's upcoming graduation. I got a sparkly blue dress that I fell in love with for our upcoming cruise. They did not have it in my size but it is ordered and will be delivered.

On a Spark note, I tried to delete my "goal weight" info as I'm only two pounds away and
I keep fluctuating a couple of pounds but never reaching that goal--it's not really that important anyway--but the system won't allow me to delete. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate hearing them.

Well, I'm off to the shower and another cabin fever day!

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RASPBERRY56 3/18/2014 5:47AM

    You'd think the snow would be *green* for the day - that might make it a bit more palatable for the snow-weary amongst us.....

Here's all I want to do wrt snow (and I wasn't even impacted by this one)!

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NORASPAT 3/17/2014 10:17PM

    I finally got a comment box just to say hello. I imagine your snow will be heading our way. I do have to go to Portland Maine on Wednesday so it will be a long drive in the snow. I hope Cape Cod clips it out o sea. I do hope. HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon

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TERRI289 3/17/2014 3:24PM

    Hi Carol...I ended up cancelling my class today after getting several emails from panicky students. Decided to err on the side of caution(plus I have students with kids)and managed to fit in a nice nap!

Hope you mananged to get the corned beef and cabbage fixin's.

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Kitchen Danger Zone

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Well, I messed up the back of my thumb yesterday...was replacing the big fruit-vegetable drawer on the refrigerator (it's a separate compartment which has its own place above the freezer drawer) and caught the thumb as the drawer was falling back into place. It tore the skin off and started bleeding pretty well. After going through two regular bandages, I put a gauze pad over it and didn't see any more blood coming through. This morning when I woke up the dressing was gone (fell off during sleep) and fortunately the wound is now hardened ...sorry, this is getting gross. I'd better stop the descriptions!

On a better note, yesterday I finally started an idea on the "NaNoWrMo" project. That's "National November Writing Month" which challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. I don't think I'll make the deadline but at least maybe I'll have a start on something I've always wanted to do--write a novel.

Excuse me, got to get dressed and go back to my writing! And practicing piano...and exercising of course.

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NORASPAT 11/10/2013 4:06PM

    I hope the thumb is healing well. Just check it often.
Go for it, You never know who is published these days, HUGS PAT in Maine

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TONEITUPSARA 11/10/2013 10:19AM

    next time try putting pressure on your wound for about 5-10 minutes, this will stop the bleeding. I'm glad it is all better now though! I like to write too! Maybe one day in the future i can try writing a book, who knows! good luck, may the creative juices flow your way haha

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/10/2013 10:13AM

    Hey, great idea I think I have the great American novel hidden somewhere inside me.

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