Friday, July 09, 2010
I managed to get my walks in this morning, go to Home Depot and stock up, and go on down to the Pier for lunch with Chuck McIntyre. We both had Cubans and two beers. When I came home, I managed to succeed in putting together all the plumbing mess to reconnect the toilet and bidet without a leak, and to fix everything in place. I did have to grind a flat on a 1/2 inch fender washer, which I used on top of the new plastic fixture to both replace the nylon washer I removed and hold everything together. The BW is very happy with the result, but I didn't try to install the second one in the other bathroom.
I did take most of the stuff I bought at Home Depot back, and got most of my money returned. They're super good about returns, but I rarely take anything back and always feel guilty when I do.
Then I bought some chicken breasts at Sweetbay and made Italian Country Chicken Soup for supper. I thought it was OK, but the BW didn't like the peas in her chicken soup. That's bad, because I have nearly a gallon of soup left. I guess I'll be eating it for a while.
Tomorrow is our big day for seeing the tall ships sail into the area behind the Convention Center in Tampa. I hope we manage to get there successfully. Since I don't care whether I see them or not, I'm not too stressed out. I'll just go with the flow.
PS. I was only up 2 1/2 pounds last night, still in leeway, and back to normal this morning. Then today I was within my calorie allowance for the day, but I'm not sure how healthy the Cuban was.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Last night was a great meeting - in the Dockside Bar and Grill. It's in the Lake Tarpon Resort facing US 19, and the water comes right up to the embankment for 19. The resort is actually built over the canal with pylons and big decorative footings coming up out of the water. There are a lot of boats moored along both sides of the canal, and you can actually rent a pontoon boat to go explore a large fresh-water lake. I didn't ask if you need to be a guest there in order to rent a boat.
We had a private room with one glass wall overlooking the water, and a door that seemed to be soundproof. At the end of the meeting (which lasted 2 1/2 hours) I walked out into the bar and was almost knocked down by the noise. I guess they worked on the soundproofing.
Unfortunately, they have good food there. I had a Ruben, and it wasn't like the Rubens at Grant's Brewpub. This was not your "healthy" Ruben - it was soaked in butter. I felt bad about using up two of their napkins wiping my hands, but they have to wash them anyhow and I suppose the grease will come out. To help them go down I had two Yuenlings, from the oldest continuously operating brewery in the US, which were also great, and I ate all the french fries, which were actually like English "chips" - thicker than you usually see. Then I came home, with my inhibitions relaxed, and had two ice cream cones, and a frozen apple fritter that I had bought for the BW on Sunday. She told me that she was saving it for Friday, but offered it. I took it.
Then I got up this morning, and I was four pounds heavier than I was Wednesday morning. I also get to weigh in this evening, and to make up for yesterday I had a big breakfast and bigger lunch. I guess I'm suffering from a death wish. I have two hours left before I have to go get weighed, and I'm chicken to get on the scales and see where I am now.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
I had an annual appointment with my urologist today, then walked the dogs and helped the BW roll out the hedge trimmer and weed eater. She trimmed to suit herself, and I dragged the dumpster around and raked and picked up all the trimmings. She also went crazy and pruned the camphor tree a little more. I had to stop her from pruning the avocado tree - I had already trimmed it enough to suit me.
The sun comes and goes. There are cumulus clouds scattered all over the sky, and I went from sun to shade four times in a one mile walk with the dogs. It was after 10 in the morning, and they were both panting away by the time we got half way through a short walk, and I was sweating OK by the time we got home. It seemed relatively cool in the shade, but if you move just a little bit you get nice and warm.
I'm going to a meeting of the Tarpon Springs Kiwanis tonight - the Palm Harbor Kiwanis plan to merge with them by 1 October, and we need to get to know each other sooner rather than later. They meet twice a month, once in the morning and once in the evening. We meet every Tuesday morning, and it will be interesting to see how it all works out. It would be nice if we could agree to meet at just one place instead of two, but I don't think it will make a significant difference to the vitality of the future organization.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
For the first time in a few days, the sun is showing. I rolled out at 6 today, went to my Kiwanis meeting, then didn't walk the dogs or myself. I see the urologist tomorrow, and I'll probably skip the walk then unless I just take the dogs out, so maybe I'll walk them later today. I think it's time to work on the frame for the big mirror in the master bathroom, so maybe I'll hit that after lunch, and getting a frame for my PE certificate.
Monday, July 05, 2010
It's raining again today. I guess I got used to the drought, but it doesn't seem right that it should rain every single day. How will the farmers survive? Our lawn is starting to look like an embryo hayfield, and I'm waiting - maybe I'll get out and walk later.
This is later, and it did quit raining. We went to Wendy's for a snack, the to Ace Hardware to get an instant-read meat thermometer (and also paint, epoxy adhesive, adhesive Velcro strips, a patio table, and two patio chairs), then came home. I war raining lightly when we started out, but by 2:15, when we got home it had stopped except for the odd few drops. As a consequence I took the dogs for their walk to the cemetery, which is only a mile, even though it was the middle of the day. It was cooler. By the time we got home it was only dripping a little under the trees, so I cut the grass. Since it was around six to 8 inches high and I cut it to three inches, I didn't have to work to tell where I had cut. It also looked a lot better - all the same length and pretty much a smooth surface.
That took 90 minutes, and I did get soaked with sweat, even though the sun never shone. I guess it was the humidity.
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