Thursday, September 15, 2011
We used our timeshare week on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Below is an excerpt from the journal I kept.
2 Sept – left home, a bit later than we’d hoped for, but it was ok. Took for-ev-er to get thru DC and down to Richmond area. Spent the night in NC.
3 Sept – drove over to Georgia for the night. Good weather so far.
4 Sept – ran into rain soon after getting into Alabama. Stopped for lunch north of Mobile; sat down in time to hear the tornado siren go off. Ate, keeping one eye on the sky. Drove the rest of the way down to the resort on the beach. Wild waves and wind, lots of rain.
5 Sept – DH and I drove to Biloxi, MS spent awhile at a casino – a ‘win’ includes when I break even. I was a winner. We go with $20 apiece and when it’s gone, we leave. It’s entertainment, and we do it only rarely.
6 Sept –We toured Naval Air Museum at NAS Pensacola. Had a really nice time.
7 Sept –Today we went on a pier nature walk. Spent 1-1/2 hr learning about the beach, dunes, mammals on the dunes, and birds we saw. Saw people fishing and then watched as our AL State Park guide freed a pelican from a fishhook and line and sent him on his way again. Sat by the pool, then I went for a good walk on the beach. All that before dinner. After dinner, DH and I went for another beach walk. Great exercise, walking on sand. : )
8 Sept – I awoke with great pain in my knee (where I’d pulled a ligament some 43 years ago), and because I’d left my knee brace at home, we bought another. That helps stabilize the knee, and I’m taking Aleve for the pain. Don’t know what I did to cause the problem….if it had been walking on the beach; surely my knee would have hurt days ago.
DH and I went to a pecan place. Picked up shelled pecans, peanuts, a pkg of dark chocolate-covered pecans, plus two pralines. Ate one of those in the car on our way to Ft. Morgan. Yum. Must remember to track that in SparkPeople, too. : (
Ft Morgan was built at the mouth of Mobile Bay to help protect it…..the building took a long time; as it was started in the early 1800’s and not finished until around the Civil War. It was one of the two forts that the USA Navy (and soldiers) fought against in The Battle of Mobile Bay – and the USA prevailed over the Confederates. Interesting battle works still there.
9 Sept – great day. I wore my brace and got on the treadmill for awhile. Of course, because I’ve been off one for about a week, I started getting shin splints, so I just treaded slower than I normally do.
Have to admit we overate last night for dinner. There’s a Lambert’s restaurant nearby, and we hadn’t eaten at one in probably 25 years. Lambert’s is home of the ‘throwed rolls.’ Yes, you read right. It’s similar to Cracker Barrel, but after you’re served what you ordered (plenty on its own), they come around with huge pots of ‘pass arounds’ – everything from deep fired okra (YUM!) to sorghum molasses to fried potatoes and onions to…..You get as much of those things as you want. They also come round every few minutes with a cart of humongous dinner rolls – HUGE rolls – and they will throw them from across the room, but if you want, they’ll hand you one. It’s a fun place, but easy to eat too much. I ate and ate, and brought ‘home’ most of a baked sweet potato and more okra plus one roll – lunch today. : )
10 Sept – Mostly just chilled out today – laid around the pool awhile, dipped my feet in the Gulf, knitted/crocheted, ate dinner out, packed all I could.
11 Sept – Got away from resort in good time and found an IHOP for breakfast. I was soooo good, even tho’ I was sorely tempted by the oooey-goooey caramel apple stuff. I got one of their omelets (egg substitute) stuffed with fresh spinach, mushroom, tomatoes and chopped onion. On the side, I got over a cup of fresh fruit. It was delicious, and oh so filling. Their menu claims it was all only 330 calories. Ok, I wasn’t perfectly good – I looked at the bottles of syrup on the table and had part of a teaspoon of butter pecan syrup…..so sue me! LOL
We spent this eve with daughter and the kids. Her DH is a Mississippi cop and was at work – we found out the next morning he was investigating an accident where a young woman drove into a tree – no seatbelt. Air evacuated to the trauma center in Memphis, but she died.
12 Sept – We spent the morning with DD, her DH and their young son….their dau went to school. Then my DH and I took our grandson out to lunch and on to a nice park.
DD utilized her slow-cooker and we enjoyed a very nice dinner of pork tenderloin, with a balsamic vinegarette/brown sugar/soy sauce glaze, yellow summer squash, and cheesy Rice-a-Roni.
13 Sept – Left MS and after almost an hour getting thru and past Memphis, we drove to east of Knoxville for the night. Found a BBQ restaurant owned by a Southern Gospel singer – Tony Gore. Good dinner, and they played a CD of Southern Gospel music. That was nice.
14 Sept – Home again, after a stop at my favorite craft store for more yarn. : ) I had coupons, so didn’t pay full price. Picked up Darby (our dog) and had KFC for dinner. Darby had a good time at the dog resort – they love her and she loves them. Darby’s glad we’re all home again. So are we.
Tropical Storm Lee came this way (PA) and dropped over 13 inches of rain on the area. Fortunately for us, nothing bad happened to our property, or to our two kids who also live here. But what a MAJOR mess he made of the area. I accessed some photos online while we were away, and it was astounding!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I went to a retirement luncheon today for a former co-worker. It was a nice luncheon, and it was really nice to see a number of my former co-workers. Some of them are about all I miss about working. I introduced myself to a few 'newbies' so they'd know who I am. : )
Lunch was tasty, too, and didn't play havoc too much with my nutrition for the day. I did treadmill some this morning, so that helped.
I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's jaunt to the animal shelter. I can hardly wait to visit the kitties again. They are DARLING and enjoy climbing on me almost as much as I enjoy it. LOL Oh, IF ONLY DH and I weren't both allergic, I'd have a kitty. Chloe is a real sweetheart and always wants me to hold her. How can I possibly say 'no' -- (aaaachoo!!) Oh yeah.
It's getting cloudy again, and may rain by tomorrow. Guess we got spoiled by a few nice days post-Irene.
Time to stir the marinara sauce I'm creating. It's my first time with this receipe (I usually open an envelope.....) so I'm making a 1/2 receipe. Tasted ok before I got on the computer. LOL
Have a wonderful evening, Y'all.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Just a note today. I was sick this morning, so I didn't accompany my DH to church. He did bring home the bulletin, but hadn't filled in the blanks on the preacher's sermon, so I'm not sure I can post anything on it. I'm real sorry I missed it, as it was another in the series on Grace. I've been appreciating those sermons a great deal. I'm feeling much better now, thank you.
An update on Hurricane Irene and So-Central PA. We got approximately 2.75 inches of rain from yesterday afternoon thru this noon. My DH placed a veggie can outside and measured what we got. We did get a wee bit of rain this morning, but it all moved on and we had lovely blue skies (with some clouds) this afternoon. Beautiful.
Wind? I'm not sure what our highest sustained winds were, but gusts were clocked at a max of 60 mph last night. It was still quite windy this afternoon, but has quieted a lot this eve.
I'm so thankful we dodged the bullet, although there are a number of tree limbs and branches all over the place today, and there has been some flooding in S-Central PA. I'm grateful that we haven't suffered as badly as so many other folks have. I feel bad for those who are without power and for those who are suffering the flooding in New England.
Have a great night y'all.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
If you read my (second) blog from Sunday, you know I was thrown from a horse. I've been taking Aleve since then, along with some Tylenol, and a whirlpool bath Sunday night.
I walked a short time (slower than usual) on my treadmill on Monday, took yesterday off, and today I walked for 45 minutes, including some time at a slightly increased speed.....but still walking.
I am about over many of my aches, but the spot where I landed is still quite tender to the touch. While I cannot see a bruise, I dare say I bruised the muscles down inside, so I expect to be tender some time longer. That's ok as long as I continue to heal. I guess it's ok even if I don't continue to heal; but that's another thought altogether.
Thank you for your good wishes and prayers for me. I'll keep you posted if there are any new developments; but I wanted to let you know that I'm not only sitting up and taking nurishment, but that I'm also on the mend and getting exercise.
Now, to do some upper body strength training - I sure could have used extra upper body strength on Sunday. If I'd been stronger, I probably could have pulled myself back up on Cookie and ridden awhile longer instead of having to walk with her back to the barn. LOL
Monday, August 22, 2011
I’ve ‘got to’ tell you about my afternoon yesterday. We attended Sunday School and church (see my blog “Liberating Grace” for sermon notes) then ate dinner.
A friend picked me up and we drove to her friend’s barn. Amanda and Adam ride his horses most Sunday afternoons. It started raining just as we got there. : ( So we stood inside the barn talking with two other people who had come to ride, too. We stood and talked and we stood and talked, waiting for the rain to quit. Finally Adam suggested that the two of us who hadn’t ridden go in the covered corral so we’d at least be able to say we’d ridden a horse.
The teenaged boy got on Cookie and after he rode around a bit, it was my turn.
I want to give you some background here, so please bear with me. I had only been on a horse once when I was about 11 yr old, and was a terrified, small girl (I’m still not tall). It was a miserable experience and my terror was underscored by a second-hand experience at summer camp around that same time. Another camper, who was an experienced rider, went into a nearby field and approached a horse (not part of the camp experience). The horse was not friendly so he/she bit the camper on the leg. I saw the bite marks and swore I’d never go near another horse in my life.
Back to the present: It was my turn to ride. I was almost giddy when I got into the saddle – I’d DONE IT! As I started guiding Cookie around the sheltered corral, the rain stopped, so as I continued my riding there, everyone else got on their mounts and off we went at a walk.
I knew to keep a distance from one of the horses since he was feeling ‘touchy’ that day, but we all were surprised about 35-40 minutes into the ride when Grandma (another horse, not me) quickly turned and tried to bite Cookie. Cookie kicked out at Grandma, and I stayed on until the second bucking flung me off. There’s good news: I landed on thick, tall grass and didn’t break anything. But first impact was on one hip/lower back. Ouch! I was able to get up but couldn’t remount Cookie (remember, I’m short) so we all turned back to the barn, me walking and leading Cookie.
I had a WONDERFUL time, fall not with-standing. In fact, I’m eager to go another time. I’m SO PROUD of myself for riding and conquering my fear of horses.
Oops! I meant to attach some pictures Amanda too. No, she missed takiing any of the fall. : )
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