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Another lawn-mowing marathon...

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Or at least it seemed that way. Speaking scientifically, there is a very high activation energy for me to get off my behind and get out there and mow. Once I am out there, I am always glad to be accomplishing something, plus burning some calories, but getting to that point is a major hurdle. Find some socks (I always wear sandals except for mowing) put on shoes and socks, open garage door (today the recycling container somehow got caught in the door, and I was fighting with the door wondering what was wrong until it fell on the floor). Haul out mower, check oil, add gas, put on grass catcher, get out garbage bags (for the grass clippings), haul trash can outside, spray down with Off, prepare ice water, close garage door, and, finally start the engine. Trivial stuff really, but altogether it becomes such a pain.

And then, because I have always procrastinated for such a long time, the grass is way high, and it is a fight to mow it without stalling the engine regularly. Today I only mowed the relatively short part of the back yard, but it just seemed to take forever...and I only finished about one-third of the back yard.

Then I had to put everything away, came in exhausted and feeling faint and weak, and my son wanted dinner. So did I, but I wanted someone else to make it for us. :-) Unfortunately Emeril wasn't around, so I had to come up with something. Whine, whine, whine. Oh well, that's what blogs are for.

At least I burned some real calories! :-) Tomorrow I am going to plan dinner and get everything ready before I head outside.



Sunday, September 02, 2012

Today I was babysitting for my church, when one of the kids screamed out, "It's a scorpion!" and two or three others chimed in in agreement. I hurried over to investigate, hoping it wasn't a scorpion, because I have never disposed of one before, and didn't want to try with a bunch of three- and four-year olds at risk of getting stung.

Happily for me, it was only (only!) a centipede. Nasty looking, definitely inclined to sting, but much less intimidating than a scorpion. I fetched the broom and dustpan, swept it up unprotesting (I admit to being worried that it would try to climb up the broom), and handed the dustpan to my 11-year old. I told him to take it out and throw it in the grass across the parking lot from our room. Rather reluctantly, he obeyed. Relief!!!!

The last time something similar happened, it was a snake that had climbed up the grate in the restroom area. That time, my 19-year old took care of it for me. I was lucky to have a son around when I needed one - both times!

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Friday, August 31, 2012

I don't know why it is that I tend to eat more when a reasonably nutritious dinner is before me than when I scrounge for myself whatever I find in the fridge. If the dinner is there, neatly on the plate, I somehow seem to act as though I am entitled to seconds and even thirds. If I am scrounging, I keep better track and (0ften but not always) eat less.

It doesn't really make sense, but I know I ate less last night when I didn't have time nor energy to make dinner than I did tonight when I had a nutritious, portion-controlled dinner in front of me. The only good thing I did tonight was resist the temptation to have dessert.

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DJ4HEALTH 8/31/2012 12:42AM

    Try drinking water while you are eating to see how that helps with eating too much. emoticon emoticon

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DOLLFACEDX 8/31/2012 12:37AM

    I found that preparing a limited number of servings helps - if it's not prepared and available, I can't eat it.

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SHARPISTOL 8/31/2012 12:29AM

    Food for thought! Maybe because you expend a lot of energy when scrounging; and are too tired to eat that much. #Just a thought.

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Latex allergy - of all things!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I always used to laugh to myself when I saw or heard anything about a latex allergy. I thought it was just nonsense - heck, I never had any problems. before yesterday I had some small injury and put on a bandaid. Yesterday I took it off, and noticed that my arm hurt in an area near the original injury. I rubbed it, and the skin came off - well, then it was really painful! So I, being a little slow sometimes, put a bandaid on the area where the skin had come off.

Today I took off the new bandaid and again the nearby skin hurt. I looked closer - and found a bunch of nasty little blisters all in the area where the bandaid adhesive was! If I hadn't finally figured out that I must have developed a latex allergy, I could have ended up with bandaids, followed by new injuries, all over my arms.

So now I totally believe in latex allergies. :-( And I guess I will be buying latex-free
bandaids from now on.

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COLOMAGIRL 8/30/2012 2:00AM

    My daughter also has a latex allergy so we have latex free bandaids and latex free gloves only around the house. We're keeping a close eye on my grandson to see if he is going to develop the same allergy as well.

Hope you feel better soon now that you know about your sensitivity. :)

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More Road Trip

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Well, we are returning from dropping off my daughter at college far, far away. Only now I have a new car, one with an automatic transmission. This means that my son, who seems to be allergic to a stick shift, is now able to share the driving, even though he doesn't like to.

However, today I felt sick to my stomach most of the day, and he willingly drove for several hours. It was a huge help and relief to me. I only hope that my stomach feels better tomorrow. I wasn't able to eat dinner, and I still feel queasy, which unfortunately promises me a bad night's sleep.

Ah well, to a much better day tomorrow!


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