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Barely Made the Cut

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I walked the dogs this morning, then showered and shaved and got ready for another visit to Dr. Altman. I delivered the first volume of "The Cartoon History of the Universe I" to him as a loan. He seemed happy to get it, so I'll see how it works. If he doesn't give it back I'll buy one more copy and not lend it to anyone. I wanted to read all of it again, so I bought all three volumes of the original work (up to Columbus).

He took out the stitches from the first cancer, and when I asked about the second one, they had to dig into the chart and decided that it was another. They wanted me to come back that afternoon, but I couldn't, so I have an appointment in two weeks, but not until 9:30 this time. He asked about my arms, and voluntarily gave me a prescription for a cream (Retin A) to try on one arm. He warned me that it was expensive and my insurance company wouldn't pay for it, but it might work. He said that some people had good results with it, but not all. I was surprised because I thought the sun damage was incurable and permanent. Since I can't stand to wear long sleeves in the heat, I did some online shopping.

Then we left home at 11:00 to attend Jerry and Millie's retirement luncheon. That lasted until about 2:30, and on the way out the BW suggested that I stop at the Canada medicine store, which I did. They came in at about the same price per gram as Drugstore.com, which was less than anyone else showed for the generic. The disadvantage was that they only had the brand name, and only in 30 gram tubes instead of 45 gram. Since my prescription was for six tubes, I would need another prescription to get the full dose. I took their paperwork, and since we were already south, we went to COSTCO where I showed the prescription and had it filled. It was in the big tubes, and cost about 3/4 as much as drugstore.com (with no shipping included) or the Canadian stuff, with shipping. So I'll try it for a few months on my right arm and see what happens. It would be nice if it worked.

Since we were at COSTCO, the BW looked at couches and bought cookies and protein powder, useful for making smoothies which she likes. I got some free samples and a new box of egg beaters.

Then we came home, let the happy dogs out, and changed clothes so I could make it to TOPS on time. I thought I would be out of leeway, but I just barely made the cut. That luncheon was too good.

  
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ROWINGFOOL 7/24/2010 12:05AM

    Another online friend mentioned that she bought some inexpensive Retin-A in an OTC lotion. You don't need a script to purchase it --- it's just the alcohol form of vitamin A. You could take large doses of Vit. A instead, and your body would convert it to Retin-A. Or you could eat a lot of carrots. (Juice 'em? We saw someone buying musta been 40 lbs of carrots at Sam's the other day.) BTW you can get Retin-A in pills, as well, which might be an even better approach for you -- no rubbing it into/onto your damaged skin.

I bought a big bunch of kale, and was surprised to see how much vitamin A it has in it when I entered it in the nutrition tracker. Loads!

Take care!



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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/22/2010 11:34PM

    Hope the Retin A works.

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MS.ELENI 7/22/2010 11:13PM

    We really need to get to dermatogist.Bill really needs to go bad. I only have a small spot on bridge of my nose next to small spot he zapped before.i think he just missed it. He said I am lucky to have my skin but Bill is very suseptical to the skin cancers.
Hope the salve works for you.
I miss the Cosco that use to be up the road.
Congrats on staying in leeway. You have done so good at keeping the weight off. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Nice Summer Day (for Florida)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It was 78 degrees this morning, not too wet, and the sun was shining so we had a good start to the day. I actually turned the irrigation system back on, given the weatherman's prediction in the paper.

The BW set off for Dog World, was gone three hours, and came back with one receipt from Walmart. She stopped at a vacuum cleaner store that she had been curious about, and it thinking of buying another vacuum. We have plenty of money in the furnishings sinking fund, but she is worried about getting some place comfortable for Jerzy (Annie's boyfriend) to sleep next Christmas and New Years. He was sleeping on the love seat in the front room, and refused to use the air mattresses we had. Yesterday the BW took the air mattresses and other stuff to the Sheriff's Ranch Thrift Shop and turned them in - maybe some one else can use them.

I told her that there is plenty of money in the emergency fund, and that she could always borrow some out of it, but she is still thinking it over. My best guess is that she could buy a leather couch, have it delivered, buy the vacuum too, and still have money left over but she has to think about it. I did tell her that it's OK to buy one more (which will make three for a little house) but I would get really frustrated if she wanted a fourth. It doesn't seem like very long since I took an old vacuum to the Sherrif's Ranch. We have the standard problem of NOT ENOUGH STORAGE. We are shedding stuff all the time, as if we were still living in an RV, and there's still just enough room.

Other than that, I just went over to our neighborhood Publix and brought home two gallons of frozen yogurt - Butter Pecan, Moose Tracks (two half gallons), and Roadrunner Raspberry. I'm not hungry, but after three meals and a tremendous snack (six cups of popcorn and two Busch NA's) I'm still at 1530 calories for the day, and I'm going to have a nice ice cream cone before I go to bed. The yogurt is all light, but the chocolate pushed the calories up some anyhow. If I had gone to the Kiwanis meeting tonight at the Tarpon Lake Resort, it would have been a disaster.

Tomorrow I get my stitches out, dress up to make a speech and eat a free meal at Jerry and Millie's going away party, and weigh in at TOPS. I had two real eggs, fried potatoes, and toast at Tiffany's yesterday morning (which totaled 853 calories with butter and jelly) and I was almost 1900 calories by bedtime. We'll see how I do on the TOPS scale.

  
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MS.ELENI 7/21/2010 9:34PM

    We also have too much stuff and no where to store it. We have no where for anyone to sleep here. I got rid of all extra beds. We do have an air mattress that we use for Brianna but nothing for adults.
It was a nice day today.The frozen yogurt sounds good.
Good luck at TOPS tomorrow

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/21/2010 9:26PM

    And I thought that living in an RV would cure you of excessive accumulation. Or maybe living in an RV taught you the comfort of "stuff." Maybe it's incurable. We're going to work on de-accumulating this weekend. Not fun.

Eggs are about the only thing I miss on my low cholesterol diet. Your breakfast sounds delicious.

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LAVENDERLILY 7/21/2010 9:09PM

    We can't have breakfasts like that too often, but isn't it fun once in a while!

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Whose Fault Is It?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sunday it rained 1.3 inches here, and yesterday we got another 0.2 inches. Today started out like the other two days - with a beautiful sunrise into a nearly clear sky, and then the clouds started to form Later the cumulonimbus clouts filled the sky and made a really scenic day, and in the afternoon it got dark most of the time, with a little sun once in a while.

I woke before six this morning, got started for the day and fed the dogs, then went to our weekly Kiwanis meeting at 7:00. I got both a bill and a check this morning, so I came home to do paperwork, then went to the post office and bank, did some more paperwork, tried to stay awake, and finally had a little lunch. Then, about 1:00, I went out for the mail and found that the sky was completely gray and decided to take the dogs for their walk.

By the time I changed my clothes and emptied my pockets of all the paper and stuff that shouldn't get wet, the sun was shining, so I put on a straw hat and took off. The sun was only out a couple of times for a short while, and the temperature was about 90, so it wasn't too hot. We did make it to Midland Cemetery, but I was wondering about it for a while. My legs didn't want to go, especially on the hills. I was slow today, but did make it out there and back, and the dogs were hot, but not as bad as they have been.

After we were back in air conditioned comfort for a while, the BW commented that I needed a day of rest. That reminded me of my days as a branch manager, when I would have teams working on hot jobs. I would always be there with the earliest ones, and stay until the latest ones left. By letting them set their own hours I made mine longer. I also would not approve overtime on Sunday for anyone, because working 12 hour days for six days makes you completely tired - shot. You couldn't work 7 days a week like that for six months to a year, and the only way we could keep up the tempo was to have one day a week to recover. The Sabbath tradition was a sound rule.

Anyhow, when you're just an old retired guy, no one cares what you do, and I realized that those Spark Points were driving me to get time every day possible, and most Tuesdays I had off until I got started with them - thus it's the SparkPeople's fault that I'm completely shot today. That psychiatrist from Rose Hullman was right - just a list on a piece of paper can be the most powerful motivator.

  
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MS.ELENI 7/20/2010 10:21PM

    I agree you need to take one day off. You never seem to just rest. All the time you spend outside is hard on anyones body.This heat is terrible. So remember you are not 20 anymore.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/20/2010 7:56PM

    Spark People doesn't seem so much work as an obsession with me. I've decided to limit my time so that I'm not simply replacing one addiction with another. But it still seems like I spend an awful lot of time here and a lot of the rest of my time thinking about it.

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ROWINGFOOL 7/20/2010 4:14PM

    I think taking Tuesdays off is a great idea... from everything. I've started skipping one day a week of nutrition tracking just so I can keep going the other six days. It wears me down to do it every single day. I can do that for a few months, but then I really start resenting the effort required.... it's a lot healthier to take a break from anything periodically.

"Moderation in everything... including moderation."

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Here's an O'Doul's for you. :)
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Day by Day

Monday, July 19, 2010

This morning was clear and beautiful when the sun came up. We had 1.3 inches of rain yesterday evening, and it was humid, so the grass was covered with dew. I spent the day shopping - at Sam's Club, Costco, and Publix. I also did a bunch of paperwork for the Kiwanis and visited the Post Office and Suntrust Bank.

There were a few other errands, and the BW wanted to watch one of the movies I recorded last night, called "On Borrowed Time," so we did. We had leftover linguine for supper, and I brought home a 12 pack of O'Douls for her because she was cleaning out the garage and needed a particular cold drink.

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/19/2010 11:32PM

    It's hot here, as well. No rain in sight. We're supposed to take the kids on a walking field trip on Thursday with the temperature in the mid-nineties. I'm really looking forward to that. NOT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MS.ELENI 7/19/2010 10:57PM

    On Borrowed Time," sounds like a sad movie. I watch the mystery theater movie you mentioned last night.Did you watch it?
I stayed in house all day.It looked hot out there. Bill likes a cold Odouls on hot days.

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Pretty Lazy Sunday

Sunday, July 18, 2010

This morning I cut the grass, then read the Sunday front page and comics. The BW took my cell phone with her on a bike ride, which prompted me to go get a new sim card for her phone and buy a year's worth of service. We now have two active phones again, one for each car. They're very low cost. You buy $100 worth of time (400 minutes) and it lasts for a year, and if you renew at the end of the year the leftover minutes roll over. I'm up to $380 on my phone, but she decided it was too expensive and just had a phone with no service for a year. That means she could call 911, but not home, which she has wanted to do a few times.

While we were full-timing I paid $100 for 600 minutes every month and was grateful for the low cost. We never used the 600 minutes, but the service was to call anywhere from anywhere, and if you're moving all the time that's what you need. The little GO phones also let you call from anywhere to anywhere, for 25 cents a minute, so they're very convenient when you travel.

I wrote a couple of checks, to Consumer Digest and Reader's Digest, and now I run to the store for some linguine and washed spinach. The Spanish Rice with Chicken I made yesterday we had for lunch so that's no good. I have today's recipe from Spark People that sounds good (Skillet white beans, spinach & tomatoes over Linguine) and the BW decided it was as good as the turkey burgers she was thinking we would have because she didn't want to go to the store.

So that's it., and we'll be done for the day except for the new Poirot on Masterpiece Theater (or maybe it's Mystery) tonight. They're all new this year, and all in HD, so it' worth watching a little TV.

It was a pretty lazy Sunday.

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/18/2010 10:07PM

    You sure get a lot done for a pretty lazy Sunday. emoticon

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MS.ELENI 7/18/2010 5:58PM

    Bill and I were talking the other day about how much we depend on our cell phones. It does make life easier for us. We never come close to our minutes either as we have the fave 5 and we call each other the most. We use ours when we go to grocery store or Walmarts.
I am thinking about going out to Fred Howards and see if I can get pics of sunset. I don't know why as Bill is right when he said I already have some.They won't look much different. emoticon
We had our grass mowed yesterday by a guy that bags it which makes Bill happy.
Enjoy TV tonight.

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