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Mixed Blessing Today

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.

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    Didn't that rain smell good? I wish I could have bottled some of CO's rain and brought it home so I could open it up and smell it when all I can smell is dust! emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 7/26/2011 2:15PM

    Enjoy the rain. emoticon We had a short shower her on Sunday, it was so hot afterward that it seemed more like steam. I'm happy that you were able to enjoy those Grand sons.

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IUHRYTR 7/25/2011 9:35PM

    I, too, enjoy miniature golf emoticon and rain emoticon. Never have understood why storms fascinate me so much. -- Lou

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PURPLELVR7 7/25/2011 9:29PM

    glad you are getting the rain, hope you had a good day

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Temperature corrections

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? emoticon

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.


We're having a heat wave

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ok, heard on the evening news: it got to 101 in Harrisburg today (officially) but actually touched 102 briefly. At 5 a.m. it was 89 degrees and at 5 p.m. this evening, the heat index was 114 degrees Farenheit. emoticon emoticon emoticon (gasp!) I know it's been worse in other places, but this is bad.

We stay in as much as possible. I'm grateful for my treadmill.

Take care of yourselves, loved ones and neighbors (and pets)

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MEYLOSE 7/22/2011 11:19PM

    We have a heat wave as well, stay hydrated!!!

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LESLIELENORE 7/22/2011 6:51PM

    It definitely has been hot! I envy you the treadmill. Here's hoping for cooler weather next week!

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Opportunity 'found'

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. emoticon

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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IUHRYTR 7/23/2011 9:13PM

    It may have been rude of your friend to ask someone else to drive her after she had asked you but all worked out for the best, didn't it. I sure hope all the kitties find loving homes. It's nice they have you to help them get used to playing with people. emoticon emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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DIZZYDOC 7/23/2011 2:53PM

    Good job of making use of your free time. You are definitely a good friend to have agreed to take your friend someplace you really don't like to go. Enjoy the kittens and stay out of the heat.

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MISTYRIVER64 7/22/2011 6:34PM

    You are such a wonderful friend - I can't imagine you ever being angry or upset. Shows just what a nice person you are.

These 11 are for you - and they don't cause any allergies

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Yea for me!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

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Ok, you get the idea. I just finished my first ever 5K walk; but it turns out the course was shortened a little, and it was only 2.73 miles instead of 3.1. Big deal, I still managed to not only complete the course, but with a few short joggings segments, I did it in 40 minutes, 29 seconds. So I'm proud of me. And, an extra bonus, not only was it the first tine I did something like that, but I came in second place in my age group of women: 45-64 yr. Since I was beaten by a woman several years younger than I am, I feel real good. (I'm 63+ yr old). There were approximately 50+ walkers/runners participating, including a couple of boys who looked to be no older than 12-13 yr old.

The endorphins are really flowing right now! I carried a 24 oz bottle of water with me, and sipped and drank along the way, and then drank another 16 oz after I completed the walk. I sure sweated a lot. LOL

DH got up a bit early and prepared a breakfast of cantaloupe and blueberry muffins with pecans. Yum! He didn't go with me - not only is he not a walker, but he had to be somewhere at 9 a.m. That's ok, several of my fellow church members were there, and a friend (my dau's age) who couldn't run or walk today was waiting along the way to cheer me on. That's a good friend!

Well, now what am I going to do the rest of the day? I dunno. Haha. All I planned for today was this walk. Well, and preparing dinner tonight, too. Oh yeah, I have a massage appt this afternoon. How could I forget that!

To God be the glory - not to me. He created me, He made me able to walk, He helped me 'train' for such an event by getting me on the treadmill frequently (I don't normally 'do' outdoors). I thank Him for all that He has enabled me to do, especially considering that I have asthma.

So, do whatever you can to exercise. I never thought until a month or so ago that I'd EVER particpate in a race with myself in a group of people. No, I still have no desire to be a runner (nothing against runners) but who knows, maybe some day I'll get there, too. As the saying goes, 'if I can do it, so can you'.

Have a Sparking good weekend, y'all.

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CARLYG8 7/19/2011 12:40PM

    Woot!!! Congrats on the walk/run. You rocked it girl!!

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IUHRYTR 7/17/2011 8:34PM

    Good going pushing your limits and trying something new. Now on to the next one. emoticon -- Lou

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JC____ 7/17/2011 1:47AM

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REJOYCE51 7/16/2011 10:40PM

    Great! Maybe I can do the same as you one day. I don't know though...maybe.

I have just recently started walking and since May 30th and have walked 84 miles (most of it to work and back or to see grandson). I am jazzed. I have saved $$on gas and gotten outside to see all the beautiful things that God has created. Also I use the time to memorize scripture while I walk. :)

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PMFISH 7/16/2011 12:02PM

    Wow! That is great! Keep up the good work.

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PURPLELVR7 7/16/2011 10:32AM

    emoticon emoticon on the emoticon job!

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