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Cleaned with those in a Flylady chat room today.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 104 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) ⊗ 12 minutes 57 calories burned

Tomorrow we are supposed to go to a family reunion and take hubby's blind brother with us. We will stop by the cemetery again afterward.

Today I did all of the laundry and put it away, cleaned up the yard and read some of my assigned reading for my diabetes class.

Our son is making an offer on a townhouse tomorrow. I need to keep at my routines so when December rolls around and hubby has his surgery, there will not be a lot to do that I will not already be doing. My husband will be off work for two months.

I went out to the pool today and hubby had put the new skimmer basket on top of the old one and the water wasn't going through the filter hose right. At first, I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't fit into the the thing, but then I realized the old, cracked skimmer basket was under it. Men! The old and new floaters are both in the pool too.

I got lots of trivial things done today too. I thought today was Thursday and didn't realize it was Friday until I looked at my watch.

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TEXASFILLY 9/19/2014 11:04PM

    emoticon You are a Wonder Woman, gal! *hugs* emoticon I always KNOW when it's Friday. Hahahahahaha~ Hope y'all have a great weekend! emoticon BB~

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1CRAZYDOG 9/19/2014 9:25PM

    You are definitely FlyWashed getting things in order prior to your Dh's surgery. Good job figuring out what was going on with the pool. Men definitely do not pay attention to detail. **SIGH**

Well, now that you know today is Friday, enjoy the weekend.

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FROSTY99 9/19/2014 8:53PM

    Sounds like you are making good use of this time before surgery. Glad you have the advance warning - it is so hard when things take one unawares. I was floored when my DH was laid up from Feb thru May but we muddled thru!

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    Wow what a busy day.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 9/19/2014 8:06PM

    Planning ahead is a good idea. Glad you got some things accomplished today. emoticon

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    Sounds like you had a very busy day.

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ROXYZMOM 9/19/2014 7:49PM

    Awesome day!! And you hit 104 exercise days for this year!!

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God's provisions before the need.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day 103 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) ⊗ 13 minutes 62 calories burned

My husband went to see the podiatrist this morning and he will need foot surgery in December. He took some junk to the recycling center and got $6 and we bought more cases of canned food. Last year during his surgery, he didn't have a pay check coming in and we lived off of our savings.

I got $100 gift card to KMart from doing Swagbucks and will spend that to buy some clothes and maybe boots for the winter. We will see. I don't like some of the styles that stores carry because I am obese and they make me look wider.

I know now why canned goods were 47 cents a can, why we got a good deal on the recycled metal and why I have $100 to spend at KMart. I am frugal and plan to buy things when they are on sale. I also get 10 Swagbucks for coupons I use on grocery items, I just have to download the coupons from the Swagbucks site. Also the $100 will count in the KMart rewards program as cash and I will then have the amount of the points to use as cash. These things will also help in the future while hubby is off work.

I will be looking at ad inserts with my Sharpie in hand to mark good sales and then going to get the items.

Today, a couple from church dropped by. They have just moved and I gave some Barkeepers Friend to my friend to use on her glass-topped stove. I also use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to clean mine. I told them about the canned vegetable sale too, it is at our local Weis grocery store if you have one in your area.

My husband is now reading nutrition labels since he is on two pills now for high blood pressure. He has stopped buying salty snacks like potato chips and Chex mix, but I will have to wait and see if he still buys cracker cuts of cheese and ring bologna. I can see that God is working things out for me and my diet because there will be money for veggies and good, nutritious food. I know canned foods have a lot of salt in them, but in the winter the prices go up and when a snow is predicted, people hit the grocery stores like they are going to close up. This winter, my husband will be on crutches while I am the one out driving and lugging in the stuff to eat. I am going to make it easy on myself and I thank God that all of these things are happening now while I have my husband able-bodied and helping me to lay in a supply.

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

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FROSTY99 9/17/2014 10:15PM

    Great job. Another suggestion is if you have any stores that offer BOGO items and W-Mart is cheaper than that store, our W-Mart honors the other ad. They do any of the stores around us and it save me even more than just getting the one item free.
Sounds like by the time of his surgery you will be stocked up and ready. Will he be laid up very long?

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ROXYZMOM 9/17/2014 10:13PM

    Glad you are able to make good food choices!!

I remember you were looking for boots at the end of last winter. This should be a good time to find what you are looking for.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 9/17/2014 4:39PM

    The canned food might be salty but you can rinse off the salt using a sieve and then cook. I've been stocking up myself. In case we get snowed in again especially. My freezer is full due to the sale last week of meat and seafood. Also I have been getting ready to can my own foods as well. I. too, am very frugal. Always had to be. But now I do not mind as much because I am becoming more of a minimalist every day. Only buy what you will need and enjoy what you have. Being thankful and grateful makes us much more happy.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/17/2014 3:08PM

    My dear, you're a wise planner.

One thing you can do to cut down on the sodium of canned veggies is drain and rinse them before heating them up. I do that with my canned beans if I am going to use them.

I always keep a stockpile of dried beans (navy, pinto, kidney, lentils and split peas) and cook them up. Less sodium w/the dried beans, BUT sometimes for convenience sake I use the canned.

Good luck to your DH.

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TEXASFILLY 9/17/2014 3:08PM

    Make hay while the sun shines, gf! You're doing great! Keep up your great planning~ emoticon BB~

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Diabetes class today.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 102 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) ⊗ 12 minutes 57 calories burned

I had a diabetes class this morning from 8-11 AM. I went from there to the pool place and bought a new skimmer, floater, valve for the pump and a bottle of algaecide-$88.40.

I came home and ate lunch and took a nap. We did our grocery shopping this evening and then came home and ate supper.

I have earned $100 on Swagbucks and will use my bucks tomorrow, be the Lord Willing.

I bought TicTacs to munch on when I am having a craving and the instructor today told us to eat protein and fat along with any food that causes our blood glucose to spike.

It was a busy day and I am tired. I guess the hard winters worked on the plastic on the pool skimmer and the floater. The floater is slowing breaking on the sides and the bottom was broken on the skimmer. There was a handle on a valve that allowed the water to be turned off the pump, it broke off last year. I replaced the whole valve assembly and a new handle came with it.

We got canned vegetables tonight for 47 cents a can and bought a couple of cases of green beans and corn. Hubby got some frozen veggies for 88 cents a bag. The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a colder winter than last year's, we are stocking up so we won't have to go to the store when a snowstorm is predicted. I haven't seen canned goods below 50 cents a can in a very long time. These were not dented cans.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 9/17/2014 4:46PM

    Sadly, I heard the same weather forecast. I have ordered my wood for the stove. It should be delivered Friday. My son will help me stack it. This year I plan to try to be more frugal with the wood. Last year I ran out by January and my February heat bill was almost $500!

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TEXASFILLY 9/17/2014 2:48PM

    WOW! Sounds like a mighty busy day~ I'd be pooped, too. Good job on getting info at the diabetes class. Do they say thing at all about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisims) that are in our foods? Something to consider since that's 80-90% of what is setting on grocery shelves. Keep up your great "not~a~streak" exercise, sweetie~ emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 9/16/2014 10:43PM

    Score big time on those savings. Wise to start to stock up now-certainly do not want to get out if you don't have to in bad weather.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2014 10:22PM

    Glad you are learning lots in your Diabetes Class.


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ROXYZMOM 9/16/2014 10:04PM

    I am not looking forward to a colder winter. I am still tired of the snow we got last year! Are you still hopping in your pool? I know it is getting pretty cold at night.

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We went to a county fair tonight.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 101 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) ⊗ 174 minutes 833 calories burned

Today was the first day of the Great Frederick County Fair. I have been to the fair in my home county (Garrett County), but never to this one. We had roast beef sandwiches and fries for supper. They didn't have any horseradish sauce or condiments for the sandwiches or ketchup for the French fries.

I also tried a fried Oreo. My son and his girlfriend had a beer and got popcorn and fried turkey legs. We rode on the ferris wheel and looked at beef cattle, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits and chickens and pigs. There was a birthing center and a cow had a calf, but we missed that.

We had a good time and my feet are tired and a little sore. We took Princess for a walk when we came home after our son gave her and the cat a taste of the turkey leg meat.

I counted everything I had eaten today and this will be one day I will remember. I haven't been to a fair since I was a teenager.

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CHEBBA 9/13/2014 6:29PM

    Fun is a great tonic and keeps the spirits up. Well done - pleased you had such an upbeat time! xx

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FROSTY99 9/13/2014 4:13PM

    Glad you had a good time. Sounds like you got in a lot of walking. I do love the ferris wheel. I haven't been to a fair in many a year (probably 45). Ours are held in the fall and winter so folks don't have to be out in the heat. Maybe something we could do this winter. DH would like the stock car races.

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    I love county fairs, especially talking to the 4-H kids and FFA's who get such a kick out of teaching the grown-ups something. Like: goats have to be shaved so the judges can assess their conformation to breed standards, but then the goats get chilly, so you have to put dog sweaters on them. Or: The proper way to wash a lamb before judging is with Woolite -- I guess so they don't shrink. Glad you had so much fun and still got your walking in.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 9/13/2014 10:25AM

    Sounds like a good day! This is one way to walk and enjoy yourself. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/13/2014 8:26AM

    That does sound like fun. That's nice that your son and his girlfriend went with you. The Cecil County fair is held about 10 minutes from me - I haven't gotten there yet!

I thought of you as I drive by the 695 then Frederick exit yesterday. Someday I am going to drive up and meet you. Is Stavros pizza still in Enmitsburg?

Anyway... Great job on your walking!

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TEXASFILLY 9/12/2014 11:45PM

    Sounds like a good time was had by all, and you got in your walking on top of all that housework! Hey~ you've got over 100-day streak! YAY! Keep up your AWE~some progress. emoticon BB~ emoticon

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Some days I can't win for losing.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day 100 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak)
Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning ⊗ 66 minutes 615 calories burned

My son is having a friend stay here tonight. My son, husband and son's friend went to a ball game. I pulled out my Dyson to vacuum and it just quit on me. I emptied the dirt cup, put in clean filters and took the beater bar off and cleaned it. It worked then, but when I wanted to use the edge attachment, I had no suction.

So I brought up the Dirt Devil from the basement and used it. I have to change over the hose on it to do edging. Well, it is done and I also cleaned the microwave inside and out. I am beat. It never takes me this long to do the main level of the house.

Princess got after the edging wand and upset the vegetable bin which had potatoes and onions in it, so I had that to clean up too. What a workout doing what should have been a simple chore! Say goodnight, Mrs. Murphy (Murphy's law-If anything can go wrong, it will). My grandmother was a Murphy before she married my grandfather, so I guess it is hereditary, lol.

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CHEBBA 9/13/2014 7:01PM

    Well done! BTW, we had two Dysons previously, over several years, I couldn't stand them. Honestly, the 'Cape Canaveral' design has so many dust traps on it that you have to all too often clean the machine that cleans the house! And it didn't huff up as well as I wanted. When we nearly had no choice but to buy another , when No 2 finally died, I made a radical change and bought a SEBO upright instead - it is German and it is FABULOUS! It has a simple, retro design and is the most industrial home vacuum on the market here in the UK. It huffs up incredibly and is one of the best things we ever bought! If it ever breaks down, which seems unlikely as it's so robust, I'll get another one for sure. I also got one of those VAX floor steamers - it's OK but it leaves the floor so wet. I'm now using my parents 59yr old Hoover floor washer/polisher on the tiled floors - amazing! Yes, you read right - 59 years! The polisher pads have disappeared so I'm making two elasticated buffers to go over the bristle brushes. Job done! emoticon

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 9/13/2014 10:28AM

    Maybe it gave you extra exercise? Then I am always looking for the best outcome. LOL

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TEXASFILLY 9/12/2014 11:42PM

    emoticon Those days filled with trials and tribulations are good to see gone! emoticon BB~

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FROSTY99 9/12/2014 1:04PM

    Don't ya just hate it when things that should make life easier don't work????? My steamer mop is not acting right and I am wondering if the heating rod is going out-I am barely getting steam on the high setting. Probably cheaper to buy a new one than to have someone look at it. I love it since I have a lot of tile!!

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ROXYZMOM 9/12/2014 7:16AM

    Great job fixing the vacuum! I have a Dyson too - love it!!
Awesome "workout" day for you and now you have the added benefit if a sparkling house!! emoticon

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