Saturday, July 30, 2011
So here it is Saturday again. Not that days of the week mean a whole lot to me now that I'm retired. Except for Sunday's when we get to attend Sunday School and worship service, and Thurs. mornings when we volunteer at the animal shelter, and Thurs. nights when I go to stitching group, and.... LOL ok, so only SOME days blend into others.
For some strange reason, I was way off yesterday. I awoke and told my DH, "Wow! August is almost over already!" He gently reminded me that it isn't August yet. Ok. Moments later, I started adding dishes to the dishwasher and he, again gently, asked what I was doing. "It's Saturday." I was making progress, going from a month wrong to only a day wrong.
You ask, 'what am I talking about waiting until Saturday to load the dishwasher?' DH has all kitchen duties during the week (his desire) and I have the weekends. He hates the dishwasher so washes them by hand, and I always run it once on the weekends.
Among other errands yesterday, we went grocery shopping; and after coming home, I started wrapping meats to go in the big(ger) freezer in the basement. (We only shop every other week). I always label what's inside the package and the date. This morning, I realized I'd labelled everything with 7/30.....I was STILL a full day off. Ok, brain check this morning.
I was too lazy to treadmill yesterday (yeah, yeah: bad me) but this morning after breakfast, I got on the and 56 minutes later stopped. I was tired by then, but felt invigorated. I'd warmed up, then spent 5 straight minutes at 4 mph. I dropped back for a couple of minutes, then went up and down until I had a total of 15 minutes at that speed. This is GREAT news for me: means my stamina is building and building.
I'm planning a more sedate rest-of-the-day until our grandsons come over for the evening. We're going to take them to supper at TGI Friday's. I've already checked the menu online and have my dinner planned. (Yea! for me!) That's something I don't always do before we go out to eat.
So, today I'm doing good things for myself. Tomorrow might be a different story, but I am right now planning on at least 10 minutes of exercise tomorrow, or maybe 30. . Since I'm cooking tomorrow, I'm planning a good breakfast and lunch (which is our Sunday big meal). Sunday suppers are catch-as-catch-can, so I can still eat reasonably.
I'm not clinically Bi-Polar (although a few of my near and dear relatives are), but sometimes I wax UP and sometimes DOWN. I'm trying to learn to enjoy the ups, and not let the downs get me permanently down. And yes, I do take anti-depressants to just take the edge off my depressive times.
So how does all this translate to my weight/size/fitness? On the plus side, I have much more stamina (a huge plus), I'm generally pleased with myself for making better food decisions (except when I totally blow it), and I'm not giving up and becoming even fatter than I am.
On the negative side: My scale and measuring tape both seem to have stopped working. Oh yeah, 'at least they aren't getting worse' but neither are they getting any better. So, I figure I need to re-evaluate my life, figure out exactly what I need to change, then starting small, make those changes. Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? But I'm not real big on self-discipline. I mean, I've had over 60 years of eating as I please and not exercising. So, just how much do I want to lose more weight? Enuf to overcome my 60+ years of laziness and self-indulgence? We'll see.
Y'all have a great weekend.
Monday, July 25, 2011
We planned to take our grandsons miniature golfing today, but just as we arrived on site, it started lightening and the first few drops of rain fell. So, I spent the afternoon with them at their house while DH got the afternoon 'off'. He had them this morning.
It was a tremendous blessing to have the rain. I can't remember the last rain we got, and while we were still ahead for the year (thanks to almost-non-stop rain in April), we were almost 3 inches behind for this month. This evening, the newsman said the official reading for today (to that point) was 2 inches, so we're almost caught up for the month. Since the ground was so dry, there wasn't as much run-off as there could have been; even with the heaviness of the rain.
Sorry, folks, I'm not gloating that we got rain. I know vast portions of our nation are in drought. My prayer are still with you for relief. I know many people are suffering financially because of the drought.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Ok, now that I watched the 11:00 p.m. news last night, I need to correct a couple of things I blogged late last night.
First, the 5 a.m. temperature yesterday was 81 degrees, not 89. Secondly, the Weather Service took another look and decided Harrisburg's high for the day was 103 degrees, not 101. Not that that two degrees made any real difference. When it's 101 degrees, what's a couple more?
Today is supposed to be a tad less hot, but again, with high humidity and temps near 100 degrees, what's another couple of degrees? Sigh.
Much earlier this morning, we took our dog to the dog park for about 1/2 hour. She loved racing around and socializing with other large dogs (Darby's 50 pounds of pure muscle). I was ready to leave after 1/2 hour, even though we had been in the shade of a big tree most of the time. Still, it's important to us to let Darby socialize with other dogs and people. She races around and around the house (outdoors), but the wide open meadow is a whole other experience.
Y'all have a wonderful day. Stay hydrated, try to not have to do anything outdoors today.
Have a great weekend.
Friday, July 22, 2011
A friend called the other day and asked if I'd take her to a Harrisburg hospital this morning for outpatient testing. "Sure" I said. So I got up a bit early (for me) and was all ready to leave the house when she called. My friend knows how much I hate driving in downtown traffic and another of her friends was able to take her instead.
Now, I could have been angry that it was last minute, but I'm not. (Why waste the energy?) Instead, I'm getting caught up on emails and SparkPeople. I'm releaved that I won't have to drive in Harrisburg rush hour traffic. I'm a coward at heart. LOL
Our stitching group spent all 2 hours last night pricing some of the items for the fall craft sale. I'd forgotten to take what I had ready, but that was ok, because there was so much that WAS brought that all six of us keep busy. When I came home, I price-tagged some of the things I've made, but will wait until next meeting to get the rest priced. I'm simply no good at knowing what's a reasonable price to put on things. I've been told 2-3X the cost of materials, depending on how much work I put into it; but many of the things I've made were made of 'scraps' I had in my stash, and I have no idea how much the materials cost. Others in the group have done things like this before, so I'm relying on their knowledge. We'll be selling things to get money to buy more yarn for our charitable work.
When I walked into the kitten room at the shelter room yesterday, I saw they had moved the four oldest (biggest) kitties to other rooms and brought in more previously-fostered kitties. All 11 of the kittens in 'my' room are no older than about 11 weeks old. I sat on the floor, holding first one then another, and allowing others to play with my shoelaces. I had so much fun. Then I got to work cleaning, Ahhhh, what fun. Heaven surely will have kitties for me, and I won't be allergic any more.
Y'all have a GREAT weekend. Keep as cool and well-hydrated as possible. Harrisburg hit 101 degrees yesterday (a new record for the date) but the humidity was 'only' in the mid-60 percent range, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
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