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Halloween 2013 - The Witch

Thursday, October 31, 2013

For the second year in a row we had a Halloween party for the kids at work. I was on the planning committee as decorations chair. We start meeting about a month ahead and put together a fun couple of hours for the kids including candy and goodies. I am fortunate to work for a Company that encourages activities like this. It shows they care about their employees and their families.

Anyone manning a room had to wear a costume. I decided to be a witch this year as my room was the Graveyard room. I went see a friend of mine who is manager of a consignment shop. She went over to a rack and pulled out a black dress that would be appropriate. I know it is a dress but she did not have any male witch clothing. I tried it on and it fit. Perfect. I found some orange and black striped socks and the hat. We don’t want to scare the kids too bad, just have some fun.

We started to set up the rooms at 10:00 AM. We actually finished by about 2:30 PM which was better than last year. Instead of the mad doctor and dining room we built a maze. It consisted of refrigerator boxes connected by string and black plastic. It was awesome, the kids (and parents) loved it.

Around 3:15 our leader said it was time to get our costumes on. I went in my room and took off my shirt. I put on my black T-shirt and took my costume out of the bag. I left my jeans on and rolled up my pants legs to show off the striped stockings then carefully stepped into my costume and pulled it up putting my arms through the shoulder straps. Once the straps were position I reached behind my back and zipped the zipper. I then put on my wig and striped hat. A cape was last and this witch was ready.

We had a real good turnout, we actually ran out of candy! There were donut holes, popcorn, and cider so there was plenty to feed a sweet tooth. We had a video running and coloring for the kids as well.

There were a few families that wanted a picture of their kids with the witch! That was neat. We also took pictures of everyone at the entrance to remember the day.
On Halloween evening I put my costume on to give out candy. It was close to 60 degrees so I was able to sit on the front porch. The rain held off so the kids could have their evening. Near the end of the allotted time I visited a few neighbors begging for candy. They all liked my costume. I had a great time.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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GRAMMACATHY 11/3/2013 11:01AM

    I found your pic in your photo gallery. Looks like you have lots of fun over Halloween.

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JUSTME29 11/2/2013 10:06AM

    That's fantastic! It really sounds like the perfect costume, and mild weather Halloweens are the best.

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GEMLADYONE 11/1/2013 11:24PM

    Ahh c'mon Dave...where's the pic??! I wanted to see you as the witch! I posted my Cat Woman pic, so where's yours? emoticon

OK...I found the pic...you look emoticon and a little scary, LOL!

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TURTLETALK 10/31/2013 10:48PM

    Sounds like an Awesome day!

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My Fitness Report

Friday, October 04, 2013

For the last 12 weeks I have been working out for one hour, 3 nights a week. My Company offered this program as part of a benefit for Kilometers for Cam. Cameron is a young boy who has Progeria, a disease that makes you age faster. The 5K walk was the highlight to the program. Also included was 12 weeks of Strength and Cardio training by a local fitness/nutrition professional.

We had a pre and post weigh in, BMI, blood pressure test, and a step stress test to see how our bodies did for the period. Below are some of my results:

Weight: Start = 307.5, End = 308.5, Gain of .3%
BMI – Start=39.5%, End = 39.6%, Gain of .3%
Fat %: Start = 51.3, End = 36.4, Loss of 29%
Total Body Water: Start = 35%, End = 46%, Gain of 31.4%

I was asking my fitness coach why I wasn’t losing any weight. Instead of losing weight I was turning my fat into muscle. I lost 29% of my body fat!

My Total Body Water went up 31.4%. My coach advocates you drink one-half of your body weight in water per day. For me that is over 150 ounces! I have not met that amount but am drinking more water than I used to.

I am very pleased with my results. I feel better and can move easier. I hope to continue her program.
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GEMLADYONE 10/5/2013 11:49PM

    Wow Dave! That's an incredible amount of body fat lost! I'm totally impressed. I've experienced some of the same thing...losing lots of inches and not much weight and figured it was muscle replacing fat, but I didn't have any way to measure it.

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DASU1949 10/5/2013 6:24PM

    Hi Paul,
Thank you for your comments. It shows how much I need to learn about body fat.

The measurements were taken on a Tanita Body Composition Analyzer (TBF-310). They were taken by our Health Coach. The July fat was 51.3% and the September reading was 36.4%.

Here is the interesting part. On the analysis sheet as printed out for the July reading my gender is listed as Female (?) while the September reading lists me as Male (correct). I bet the calculations are different based on gender and the computer did not know.

This is a new path on my road to fitness. I will talk to my Doctor about it try and understand it better.

Thanks again

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PAULOBRY 10/5/2013 12:47PM

    Congrats on your hard work!

Not to minimize the actual gains you made, but the data reported to you has to be in error.

Based on the weigh-ins and fat %, the lean body amount grew from 149 to 196. That's 46 lbs or 3.87 lbs per week. That is beyond the limits of the body.

Here is a typical quote on muscle gain:
"The Colgan Institute of Nutritional Sciences (located in San Diego, Calif.) run by Dr Michael Colgan PH.D., a leading sport nutritionist explains that in his extensive experience, the most muscle gain he or any of his colleagues have recorded over a year was 18 1/4 lbs. Dr Colgan goes on to state that "because of the limiting rate of turnover in the muscle cells it is impossible to grow more than an ounce of new muscle each day."

I would have my body fat remeasured by some else and then you will have a valid starting point for the next measurement date.

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MICKEYH 10/5/2013 12:44AM

    Go Dave!! emoticon emoticon

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Blizzard of 1977

Sunday, August 18, 2013

In February of 1977 we had a blizzard that went for two or three days. All the roads were snowed shut including the Interstate highway. Diane and I lived in the country at the time. We were blessed in the fact that I made it home from work before it hit and that we did not lose our electricity. We had a wood burning fireplace which I kept going just in case.
I had noticed 2 cars car had become stuck in the snow just down from where we lived. During the storm there was not much anyone could do. Both of these cars are in their proper lanes in the roadway.

The morning after the storm had broken I noticed 2 people walking down the road. They were carrying snow shovels and a knapsack. I assumed they were the car owners and I thought to myself, “I will be a good neighbor. I will go help them.” I dressed for the weather, grabbed my snow shovel and headed down the road. The day was calm, cold, and incredibly quiet.
When I got to the cars I stood on the snow looking at the upcoming task. The picture shows the snow in front of me. The snow behind me was probably 2 or 3 times the distance to the car. I hoped the fellow had brought food in his knapsack because he was going to need it. I thought to myself, “I don’t even know these people. I am not that good of a neighbor after all. That is a lot of snow to move”

As I was standing there contemplating how good a neighbor I really wanted to be I heard a noise. It shattered the silence we had been used to for the past couple of days. I looked down the road and saw a County tractor shovel coming. He would scoop snow and push it to the side of the road. We were saved!

The tractor shovel continued to come toward us. When he got to the cars he snaked around then and cleared as close as he could. After he got through we were able to shovel what was now a reasonable amount of snow. The cars were freed and soon continued home. The road was open!

The last picture is on the same road a few miles away, the day after. The County did a nice job of clearing the road.

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GRAMMACATHY 8/30/2013 4:40PM

    Hi Dave, Great Blog. We had a snow storm in 2010. Three feet of snow only, but we live in the coast range with drop offs and our snow is always a combination of slush and ice, slippery than a wet skating rink. Many afternoons, I shoveled a path in the driveway so I could walk down to the highway which was clear and hitch a ride with a neighbor just to get out. Every night the slush would freeze and get another coating of snow. After three weeks of being house bound as soon as I could get out I bought an SUV. We have only had three days of snow since. It figures. LOL Thanks for the memories.

Regarding the persimmons. I always check the wooly bear caterpillar stripes.

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VONBLACKBIRD 8/21/2013 4:29PM

    My husband and I were talking about the snow falls we have gotten in the past just the other day. Several people around where I live try to do the "ol wives tales" to predict it and one is if you have fog in August then snow in February on those days...so looks like we may have a snowy winter if it goes that way. I check my persimmon seeds..shovel is snow and knife is no snow.

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GEMLADYONE 8/19/2013 11:45PM

    Dave, I was in high school that year and we had a "snow day" in January where the school closed and they sent us home cause it was snowing and we didn't have heat in the school, LOL! This was in S. Fla near Ft. Lauderdale.

I would not have the first clue what to do with that much snow! I've only ever seen it a few times and never a blizzard. emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 8/19/2013 6:06AM

    Oh how I remember that storm and that year - it was the year I graduated from high school and my boyfreind was stuck in Buffalo - lol!

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DJ4HEALTH 8/19/2013 2:06AM

    Wow I remember that year and that was the year I also graduated from high school.

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TURTLETALK 8/18/2013 11:14PM

    Dave, our blizzard hit in March of 1977 the weekend of my wedding. My husband and I made it to the church but his family was all snowed out. We married without them and are still together today. His family had cattle and had to have hay dropped down by helicopter to keep the cattle alive. I remember that thousands of head of cattle perished throughout Kansas.

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Stranger on the Shore

Friday, June 28, 2013

Stranger on the Shore
Today, June 28, Diane and I have been married 38 years. Where does the time go?

We met at an inland lake boat ramp. I had driven a farm pickup milk truck all day and was dressed appropriately. (And probably smelled like a cow barn.) I stopped at the ramp on my way home to check out the ramp for launching my sailboat. Two girls approached in a boat. I said “Can I catch you?” One replied “At what?” I helped them load their boat on a trailer and they left. I found out later they lived 100 miles away and were staying at a friends house. Also, if I had arrived 5 minutes before or after we never would have met. Must have been fate.

The next weekend I saw them again. Both of the girls were very nice but one was more talkative. I felt comfortable with her from the start. Maybe it was the blond hair? Maybe it was the pigtails? Anyway I asked her for her phone number. Her friend told her later “He will never call.” But I did. Two months later I proposed to her! “Stranger on the Shore” is our wedding song.

I wrote a blog in 2010 titled “How to Dance in the Rain.” It chokes me up to read it but that is how I feel towards her. She is my Honey.

We have been blessed with 2 wonderful adopted kids of which we are very proud. We both had medical issues that prevented us from conceiving a child so adoption was the next best alternative. Ironically my daughter is a social worker at the same agency that we got her from.

Diane has had more medical problems than anyone should have. The doctor found cancer in her about 25 years ago. A hysterectomy got rid of it and it has not come back (YAY!) however, the radiation “fried” her insides eventually making her totally incontinent. A 13 hour operation to create a new bladder and plumb it out into a bag was done followed by 4 months of rehab. I learned how to change her dressings and take care of her. It is what you do for your loved one. As a result she calls me her Angel.

Throughout all of her ordeals Diane has never lost her smile or good outlook on life. She is always happy and positive. I am blessed to have her.

Thank you all for your well wishes on our anniversary.

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GEMLADYONE 7/2/2013 11:08PM

    What a sweet story Dave...I truly believe we meet the ones we are meant to be with, but for some people, they don't end up together. Isn't it wonderful when you are able to share your life with the one person who is exactly right for you?!

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    How wonderful to read about your life with Diane. Thank you for sharing, Dave!!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 6/29/2013 10:01AM

emoticon story of how ya'll meet. Also very inspiring!

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BLUESKY104 6/29/2013 12:27AM

    How emoticon I believe you are 100% correct that it was fate that put you two together emoticon emoticon

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday, March 08, 2013

Thank you all for for the congrats on being A of the day. I am proud to be a member of the Awesome A team. I wish there was a way to send a message to all team members at once.

My blog is late today. I usually write it during my lunch period but i had different plans today. I took 1/2 day vacation and my wife and I signed papers to refinance our home. We will save on interest, consolidate another loan or two. I am planning on retiring in 6 or so years (?) and need to get the majority of our debts paid off. This will help.

Well I sinned today. After the signing we stopped at a deli and got a couple of Belgium waffles for lunch. I also bought a chocolate chip cookie for the drive home. My wife and I shared it on the way home so I only had 1/2 of it.

The day is sunny and about 42 degrees. Beautiful!

Have a GREAT weekend everyone! Anxious to see the next challenge!

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MICKEYH 3/8/2013 7:55PM

    Dave, there is a way you can send message to most majority of team. Just join us on our chat.
I believe most of us is subscribed to chat thread. (*^o^*) congrats on sinning refinance on your home. And glad you've enjoyed half Cookie to celebrate new start.

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GEMLADYONE 3/8/2013 7:53PM

    Congrats on the re-fi...I guess a little treat won't crash our airplane!

Hope your weather stays nice for the weekend....and that you have a great (and healthy) one! We're off to the UK in the am...yippee!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 3/8/2013 7:36PM

    Hi Dave! Have a great weekend!

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