Friday, September 12, 2014
Today summer officially ends for me as this is the day the pool closes. Always a sad occasion. Molly the lab will be sorry to see it close too, as she loves tearing across the water in pursuit of some floating toy--the closest she'll get to being a retriever!
However, it is a beautiful day with a touch of fall in the air, so time to forget summer's departure and look forward to the chillier future. (Maybe I should move to some perpetually warm climate; then I wouldn't have to worry about unbearable winters.) Who am I kidding? That's not likely to happen.
A routine blood test/urine sample recently revealed a touch of blood in the urine, so I had to have a "culture" done. Am awaiting the results, which should be in a few days.
I finally finished watching all the previous seasons of "24" and purchased the current one, which aired this season. Dynamic show but with lots of violence. The dramatically drawn characters are what holds it together and makes it compelling.
Daughter had her surgery Monday to remove an overactive hyperthyroid gland, a genetic gift from her father that was discovered in some blood work. She was unable to talk without pain as of yesterday; perhaps today will be better.
Now that the pool is closing, I'm thinking about re-joining a health club to take some fitness classes such as zumba and yoga. They even have introduced a step class, which I always liked. We'll see.
Enjoy the invigorating fall!
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!
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