Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I have been very busy today and the weather has been terrible. I did not get a chance to write a blog. I will catch up tomorrow when the weather is better.
Steps - 15154
Miles - 6.21
Monday, June 14, 2010
We don't really have side walks here to speak of and frying an egg on the side walk is mostly a myth. Most sidewalks are made of concrete and even with ideal conditions the sidewalk only gets to around 145 degrees. You would need around 150 to 158 to fry an egg. The egg is actually cooled by the side walk on contact and concrete is a poor conductor. Asphalt would actually be slightly better as it is darker and absorbs more heat. You could fry eggs on the hood of your car even better as metal is a good conductor. But do you really want an asphalt fried egg or to ruin your car finish? Oatmen, Arizona has a contest every year frying eggs on sidewalks. The state has a advantage because of their high temps, lack of humidity, and dry heat which tends to coagulate the eggs. The Oatmen contest allows some assistance too like mirrors, reflectors, magnifying glasses, etc. I always wanted to go to this event. I know, I'm weird. I majored in science. My husband is science obsessed. My son is a science teacher who can teach biology, chemistry, or physics. We discuss science at the dinner table, watch scientific shows, and read about science. It's our life.
Even if we can't fry eggs on the side walk here it still is miserably hot. It feels like late July or early August. The temps are 12 to 14 degrees above normal. 94 yesterday, 92 today. And humid. It's a wet heat, baby. We don't have dry heats here. The heat indexes are around 100.
My alarm clock battery died this morning. It said midnight and I would have liked to have had those extra hours sleep. LOL.
I should have gotten my outside chores done right away but I did a few of my daily indoor chores after making breakfast - like sweeping the floors, spot cleaning the pet cages, feeding the chinchillas, and poaching some eggs for lunch. To be honest I had to work up the guts to go outside. I still made it outside a little after 7:30 but it was too hot and my heart was not in it. I guess I need my sweat glands more than my heart at this point. LOL. My sweat glands are working fine, I might add. I filled the bird feeders, fed the neighbors dogs and wildlife, took out the recyclables and compost scraps, swept the walks/porches/patios, scrubbed/refilled/added the mosquito deterrent to the fountains and bird bath, burned the trash, fixed both wreaths on the front and back porch which had been worked on by birds, watered some flowers. I spent 2 hours out there and had to come inside and take a cold shower. I was dripping sweat. It was miserable by 9:30 A.M. I had other work to do and said "forget about it". UGH!!
After my shower I did a load of laundry and we hung and put it away. I unloaded the dishwasher and reloaded it. It seems like we never are lacking in dirty dishes. I had to hand wash some dishes which I resent - everything should be dishwasher safe. I spot cleaned the bathroom and kitchen. I started making an errand and grocery list and a short honey-do list for me. LOL.
When my son got up he did some more outdoor chores for me - crushed the cans, shook the rugs. But there are limbs that need picked up, the spinach and radishes need harvested, my herb/perennial/hostas/shade beds needs weeded, the garden needs fertilized, I need to finish my new hosta ring I started, on and on..................... but they will just have to wait. I am not working in this heat for more than 2 hours. My poor hubby has no air conditioning where he works. I don't know how he stands it. He is one tough guy.
I then went and got the mail and talked to my friend at the post office. It's one of my breaks for the day. She is really fun to talk to. Interesting and well-read, versed on all subjects. Like a good bartender. LOL.
Even with all this work I had only managed to keep up with my minimum steps and had to get some serious exercise done in the afternoon.
The huge boletus mushroom are up and I love them. So far the red and the red/yellow ones. They are so pretty and remind me of my step-grandparents who loved them too. They used them for cooking in their Italian bar/restaurant. The wild trumpet vines and wild roses are blooming. We are picking and eating blueberries every day now. Hubby got the cage done just in time. The entire garden looks great.
There was only one squirrel under the feeder this morning and it did not hang around long. I was kind of sad about it but there are plenty in the yard. Later on there were 2 and I caught one on the feeder 3 times and ran him/her off. Ian had to go to taekwondo early and I eventually caught a Baiter in the trap so I had to haul it off myself. If only they would leave the feeders and garden alone but they are stubborn.
Every where you look there is bad nutritional information. Today Rachel Ray listed a serving of chicken for adults as two pieces. Not in your lifetime unless they are 2 wings. Some large breasts can be 2 servings easily. I buy lots of breasts here that are 8 ounces. No wonder we are all fat.
Our local TV station is addicted to the Eat This and Not That series. I guess they have a series in Men's Health Magazine on it. I know these people are just broadcasters and not medical people but even I succumbed to poor judgment and bought one of the trendy colorful books. I like diet books and these are popular because they are fun but they are as far from good nutrition as paint by number sets are to Rembrandt. When they tell some people it's better to eat a Twinkie than a Hostess Cherry Pie many people assume that Twinkies are good food and most of us in this group know they are not. They may taste good but they are not good for you. The books tells you that by choosing the "eat this" food over the "not that" food you can save 10 pounds a year . I have a better idea, eat healthy food and you can save a heck of a lot more than 10 pounds and you can save your arteries too!! This is the first generation that will not make as much money or live as long as their parents do. It's sad. If you are contributing to this problem then stop it. LOL.
Oops I forgot my steps.
I still have an hour left but so far today I have 18383+ steps. 7.54 miles
Sunday, June 13, 2010
It was miserable today. We went for a walk and I was soaked. I didn't enjoy my walk at all which is unusual but we did run into Superturtle ("S"). He was not happy to see us. He never is. LOL. And he tried to bite me. LOL. He is as fast as ever. We offered him some cantaloupe but he was mad.
So far we have caught 3 Baiters and hauled them off to the remote deep woods. They are related and we took them to the same spot. I hope they make it okay. We also caught Chipster, our baby chipmunk, but released him. LOL.
Rico Suave, alpha chinchilla and father of 9, was very affectionate today and wanted to spend every minute with us. LOL.
I took it easy today. Only got in 14o22 steps. 5.75 miles.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
It was so miserably hot and muggy today and it will only get worse as the summer goes on. It started to pour rain and storm around dark and went on and one and on and on so we had no TV or internet. Satellite, ya know. Wonderful, wonderful innovation and progress. LOL.
Hubby and I went for a walk in the woods and I was soaked from the muggy "air that you wear".
We caught a turtle sneaking into the garden. The garden is fenced. He was evicted. LOL. I need to do some serious weeding in my herb garden and perennial garden and I did a little but it was too hot.
I had a friggin deer tick stuck in today. Hubby had to get it out and it hurt!! It was almost like minor surgery. Practically like having a limb ripped off by a gator. LOL. It was glued in. He said he thought it had been there a while and might already be dead. That the tick probably bit me and promptly died. LOL. Good!! That's what you get, you butthole!!
My son and another friend went over to another friend's house today.
Hubby got all the chicken wire put on the blueberry fence today. He was soaked. It took all day.
I was lazy and was behind in my chores all day long. A total sloth.
Something to think about - "If I had to give you a single secret ingredient that could apply to the prevention — and treatment, in many cases — of heart disease, common cancers, stroke, infectious diseases from influenza to tuberculosis, type 1 and 2 diabetes, dementia, depression, insomnia, muscle weakness, joint pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and hypertension, it would be this: vitamin D.” from the book The Vitamin D Solution by Dr. Michael Holick.
Steps - 16378
Miles - 6.72
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