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I went swimming this evening,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day 78 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Swimming: general: 20 minutes 242 calories burned

My son called on his way home from work and asked me what I was doing. I was cooking supper. He said his girlfriend and her brother were going to come over and we would go swimming.

The pool is a cloudy blue color and the liner is blue. The water temperature was 80-81 degrees. We are supposed to have cooler temperatures, so for me it was a now or never time to swim.

In my younger days, I went swimming in a pond that had green algae and newts in the water along the shore . When it was hot, the water was where I went. I also lived by a lake and the water temperatures in it were always on the chilly side. We swam as my son finished cooking more meat, I didn't have enough barbecued chicken for 5 people.

We had dinner on the patio. I made chicken breasts with Sweet Baby Rays barbecue sauce on them in the oven and fried cabbage with bacon and onion. My son stopped at a store and bought two pork loins, one smoked with apple wood and the other hickory smoked, and grilled them on the gas grill. We had spinach and mushroom salad and macaroni and cheese.

Swimming invigorates me and relaxes me at the same time. I came in and showered and felt wonderful.

I don't think I have been backwashing the sand filter enough in this humidity and I am sure I am doing something wrong.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/25/2014 8:56PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time! HUGS

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FROSTY99 7/25/2014 8:42PM

    Glad you had a nice time swimming. I do miss the pool from home-here it is a lake to swim in and I don't do lakes anymore! Used to go into anything water, but those days are long past. I did bring my suit but thought I might go into a motel pool but it has been too cool for that for me.
I never had a sand filter, we had DE and I back flushed it quite often. Do you shock your pool? Sometimes where ours was really cloudy, I would add some plain ole Clorox to the water and that would help clear it up. I haven't had a pool in nearly 22 years and things have changed so much.,
Hope you have a great weekend.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 7/25/2014 10:13AM

    I m so glad you are getting to use the pool! I was always an avid swimmer but around here there are few places to swim. I used to swim laps in an Olympic pool in WV. I would swim about a mile a day in the summer. After work I would meet my husband and children and we would spend several hours there and then have a cook out. I taught both of my children how to swim. Both were swimming by age 5. My eldest would do laps with me in the pool. He could swim one length without stopping and later joined a swim team. He lost interest because he felt bad when he won. He wanted to swim for fun--not glory.

You seem to be doing good with your diet and exercise. Congrats! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 7/25/2014 6:08AM

    So glad you enjoyed your pool. Sounds like a perfect family evening. Can you take a water sample to your local pool place for testing?

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SUSIEPH1 7/25/2014 12:39AM

    Love that you feel so good ..your BBQ sounds yummy .. I went to out local pool again today with Helen .. We just loved it .. Swam and water jogged for 45 mins then went into the spa for 30 minutes .. Had a lovely fresh salad wrap at the cafe in the pool complex ..
Feeling much better. It's great therapy .. Hugs Susie.
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The pool has never cleared.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 77 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) 12 minutes 56 calories burned

The humidity when we walk is sweltering.

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CHEBBA 7/24/2014 6:52PM

    The sweltering heat is over here in England too - really quite uncomfortable, especially in the gym today. It was exhausting and common sense dictated that we all do shorter workouts. Storms are on the way, though, but not sure when they'll arrive. When they do, the plants will relish it!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 7/24/2014 3:19AM

    Sorry about the pool. It seems to be a money drain and stressful. Pools should be fun and non-stressful. Yes, The heat and humidity has been tough. I have been trying to do yard work or deck staining early in the mornings before the heat really sets in.

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SUSIEPH1 7/24/2014 12:23AM

    Perhaps you need to empty the pool and start again ..
Your exercise is great ...
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TEXASFILLY 7/23/2014 11:48PM

    What a bummer! I've been spending nearly every afternoon in the pool here at the new place. Making a lot of new acquaintances and one neighbor is turning out to be a really good friend. Working it indeed! Keep up that FAB~ulous "not-a-streak" you've got going! emoticon BB~

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FROSTY99 7/23/2014 9:50PM

    I am so happy that we are in Michigan at the moment and getting some relief from the heat.

Sorry your pool has never cleared up. I used to hate that battle in the summer. Now I don't have to fight it-we have a community pool!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/23/2014 9:45PM

    It was here yesterday too, but today . . . complete change! Low humidity and in the 70's. In July. Go figure!

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ROXYZMOM 7/23/2014 9:28PM

    Did a pool guy come out to look at it? Maybe you have to start over with new water??

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Look what I got on my Facebook chat this evening.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Your case manager will be refunding the amount you paid for the technician to come look at the old water heater. We will give you a call tomorrow after 6 PM to process the refund.

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AEBROWNSON 7/14/2014 10:23AM

    It's great to have a new water heater...too bad the old one was only 5 years old. They should do more than refund the technician should at least get half the cost of a new water heater. I've also had similar problems with Sears, but now they have left my town on their way to bankruptcy. Good riddance.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 7/13/2014 7:09PM

    Congrats! At least you are getting something back.

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TEXASFILLY 7/13/2014 12:27PM

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SUSIEPH1 7/12/2014 10:48PM

    Wow! .. That's sounds good to me ... emoticon emoticon

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HMBROWN1 7/12/2014 10:40PM

    What a great surprise! Congrats!

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FROSTY99 7/12/2014 10:39PM

    WOW Hope this is for real! I am always so suspicious of FB. At least you are getting something back if not the $$ for the hot water heater.

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I am not going to fight Sears.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I shredded the paperwork that came with the old water heater. I won't be following up hounding them. I just won't do business with them ever again.

I posted a complaint on their Facebook page and was assigned a case number and was asked for my address and phone number on Facebook chat. Nobody has contacted us and I don't expect them to.

The old water heater was unhooked from the plumbing when a new one was put in and we drained it so we wouldn't have an 80 gallon leak on the basement floor.

If I didn't have a bunch of people coming for a cookout, we might have fought it.
I needed hot water for bathing and dishes. I just have the feeling that Sears would still be dragging on their part.

The thing about it is, it would have required a repairman to come out again and I feel stuck at my house when I am told to expect service between 8 AM and 5 PM.

The repairman that came was a courteous fellow and said the tank probably weighed 25o pounds when it had water in it. I know it took 3 men to move it when the new one was installed. He even called to let me know the approximate time he would be here and then called when he finished a service call prior to us being the next repair.

My guys also took off a faucet thing which was there if pressure built up, that is gone now too. I don't feel, I have enough proof now to fight anything. I just wanted to be done with it when I saw that they were going to put me off. It was in our workshop and I don't trust workers in there by themselves. It would be too easy for my husband's and son's tools to be taken.

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SUSIEPH1 7/12/2014 10:46PM

    emoticon emoticon.Sometimes it is just to hard to fight ..
It takes to much out of you ..I respect that .. Be well .. Hugs Susie emoticon

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CHEBBA 7/12/2014 7:11PM

    I totally respect you for making your decision. Sometimes the stars aren't sufficiently in alignment to give us what we need to fight something. You made a good choice in posting your comments about Sears and you can now draw a line under the sorry event and move on.

I DID, as you know, fight a big battle with a big company and, although it took a year, I won when an impartial adjudicator ruled in my favour to the tune of almost $3000! In the end it wasn't about money, it was about what was right, reasonable and fair. They annoyed me so much by trying to wriggle out of things and treat me like a minnow, that I decided not to let them get away with things and to be a real thorn in their flesh. It almost became a game of cat and mouse.. and this mouse won! However, I have sometimes 'let things go' too, for various reasons at the time. If it sits well with you, let it go. Life is too short unless you have a really good case.

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FROSTY99 7/12/2014 12:23PM

    Sometimes it is just better to let it go and as you said-don't do business with them again. My DH lets everyone he knows how he feels about Sears and our grandson is one of their repair techs! Oh well, we all have to do what we have to do.

Have a terrific weekend and put all this behind you.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/12/2014 10:57AM

    Just enjoy your hot water and let it go. I think not shopping there and telling others about the experience, should they ask, is a good tactic.

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TEXASFILLY 7/12/2014 10:54AM

    emoticon This is what big business counts on~ customer frustration levels being too high to fight their corruption. I don't blame you in the least, dear heart, because I certainly wouldn't want the stress of an uphill battle with the pinheads. It's only a matter of time before Sears is part of history. Hope y'all enjoy a relaxing weekend and get to enjoy your pool, too! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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IOEINC 7/12/2014 9:54AM

    I don't blame you for not fighting it. Probably would be a lot more stress if you did.
It is sad that Sears with their financial woes doesn't understand that great customer service is what it is all about.

Enjoy your new hot water heater!!!


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ROXYZMOM 7/12/2014 9:13AM

    Some things aren't worth the stress.

We don't buy Sears products anymore because they don't last. I will mention what happened to you to my friends if they consider Sears.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 7/12/2014 7:47AM

    Sorry for your frustration but I do understand picking your battles.

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/12/2014 7:02AM

    I understand your reluctance to continue chasing after a repair. Justice doesn't get to small people when dealing with big business. The company will just continue to put things off and your frustration will increase. The old saying of "pick the right fights" helps most of us get through life.
Hope your healthy eating is going well and the dr gives you credit for the hard work.

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July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Day 76 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) 13 minutes 61 calories burned

I think my son is going to make raspberry pie tonight. My husband went out again to pick them and got maybe 3 more quarts.

I am busy reading an online book and The End of Diabetes by Joel Fuhrman. It has been very humid here with afternoon thunderstorms in the area. Power was knocked out in some parts of the city Tuesday night. Winds gusts were near 60 mph. Our lights flickered, but stayed on.

This evening, I thought for sure we were going to get another one. It went Southeast of us.

I hit my shin on the bed frame night before last and behind my knee hurt last night. I have still been doing my walking, but once I sit down the knee hurts.

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FROSTY99 7/11/2014 5:15PM

    Happy you didn't sustain any damage. So sorry to hear you bashed your shin. That hurts! I know it is not something you want to repeat. Hope it gets to feeling better soon.
Storms have been missing us too. However, it looks like they might show up later this evening. We take all the rain we can get.


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APPLEPIEAPPLE 7/11/2014 11:47AM

    Yes, the storms have been a bit rough this week. I had 60 MPH winds Wednesday which blew my porch rocker upside down. I did manage to get the floor of my deck painted before the storm but I had to sweep the deck today there was so much debris. The pie sounds delicious!

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TEXASFILLY 7/10/2014 11:11PM

    Glad to hear y'all were spared any damage or loss from storms. *hugs* Sorry to hear about your shin & knee. I know when I've been on my feet all day, it seems they hurt more when I get off them. Go figure! We sure could use some rainfall here~ only a brief sprinkle late this afternoon. We are still in severe drought mode. Be well, sweetie~ *hugs* BB~
P.S. Lovin' that not~a~streak you've got going! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/10/2014 9:46PM

    So proud of you still walking .. That knock would have been super painful .. Enjoy you ebooks ..I love mine ... Glad the storm passed you by .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/10/2014 9:46PM

    Sounds like things are ok now. PHEW!

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ROXYZMOM 7/10/2014 9:40PM

    I am glad the storm missed you, we didn't see it either. We are supposed to get a bad one next Monday thru Tuesday.

I hate when I knock my leg on the bed - isn't that your funny bone? At any rate, I feel your pain.

I am glad you are still walking!!!!

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