Tuesday, August 03, 2010
I rolled out this morning, let the dogs out and fed them, and made it to Tiffany's Restaurant before seven, which gave me plenty of time to set up the room. There was a fair amount of discussion over the Ozona Elementary pancake supper because it is happening in October, after we are supposedly merged with Tarpon Springs, and also because it happens on a Friday night, early, and our tow truck won't be back to move the trailer on their time-table. Tom was going to check with the principal to see if the Sheriff's Department has agreed to put on the Bike Rodeo on that date, and we'll discuss it with the Tarpon Springs group tomorrow night. I'm going to get there early and get a view seat. The last time I had my back to the water.
We had 0.8 inches of rain Sunday after dark, and another 0.4 inches last night after dark. I got rained on a little in the afternoon, but it wasn't serious until later. Today there was some sun in the morning, but it's cloudy now and looking pretty grim. It's pretty miserable when the temperature is in the mid ninety's and the humidity is high. Every time I got out of the car my classes turned solid white, and I had to take them off to see until I could get into a building (which is always air conditioned around here).
Annie and Jerzy are in Warsaw now. We had an e-mail from Annie, and it sounds like Jerzy is having fun showing Annie his college and all the places he remembers from his youth. She is impressed with the buildings' architecture, the King's summer palace, etc. Says the US Embassy looks very plain compared to the rest of the city.
I'm at 671 calories now, so I shouldn't have any problem today.
I need to put a battery in a wall clock and do some other chores, so this is all you get for three points.
Monday, August 02, 2010
I took the dogs for a walk first today, in case I had trouble. I did have trouble, because when they crossed their leashes I couldn't see to untwist them, so I made them heel most of the time. That went OK, as did the solo walk afterward. I think my feet will hold up.
Later I did the Spark thing, then finished the Kiwanis books, checked everything against everything else, and printed 10 copies of the August Profit and Loss statement for the board meeting tomorrow.
After that I was going to Ace Hardware, but the BW wanted some Superglue Jell and hadn't been able to find it at a drug store, so she came along. We went to five places and really economized on the travel. First the Sherrif's Ranch to give them a tea pot and big bag, then Walgreen's, but they didn't have the Gel either, then Ace Hardware, where I got a little plastic glazing to reinforce a frame I'm making and also got a free bag of popcorn, and she got what she wanted (on sale) and a bunch of other stuff that looked good. Then we went to Staples, where I got three binders, and finally to Sweetbay, where I dropped off two bags of grocery bags in the recycle box, then bought bread and a 12 pack of Old Milwaukee. We did a lot of travelling in a loop, and only spent about 30 dollars.
After that I just read a book, ate 12 cups of popcorn and drank two O'douls, and had soup for supper even though I wasn't hungry. With a little apple crisp it all came out to 1712 calories, which is almost at my target. I was looking good in almost all of the food components they measure. The bad one was sodium, and I don't know why.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
I did cut the grass today, then use the edger, and even the blower to clear the sidewalks and driveway, and my feet didn't bother me at all. I'm not sure, but I think maybe the one time when I did something or other where I wore my outside shoes with no socks was the cause of my troubles. I had 5988 steps on the pedometer when I finished my shower and was dressed again, about 10:30, and right now it reads 6021 at 1:20. If you just sit still most of the day you don't get many steps in - I only recorded 2090 for the whole day yesterday, and most days I'm past 8,000 by the time I'm done with the dogs and ready to start the day.
The spring rolls turned out much better last night than they did the first time I tried some. Practice may not make perfect, but it does usually make better. The next time I give it a shot I'll add some rice vermicelli to hold things together. Following the Spark recipe was impossible for me - there were supposed to be only three spring rolls, and I made a total of 10 with the filling, and those ten were larger than the ones I recall from restaurants. I got the knack of rolling them up fairly tight, but they are still translucent instead of white, and I think you need to make them a day or night before so they can sit in the refrigerator and dry out a little.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
My feet were almost too tender to make it to the bathroom last night, so I took today off from the walking routine. I need to mow the lawn tomorrow and wanted to see if they would recover some, and it seems as if they have. By about 3 PM they didn't hurt, but I haven't been wearing shoes. They weren't too bad on the carpet with the pad, but bare floors were tough at first. So far I have only put on 1265 steps, so staying off the feet might have some effect on the recovery.
I also have been putting Retin A on my right arm without any ill effects so far, except for one evening when I forgot and rubbed my eye a little with my left hand after rubbing the stuff on, but before I washed it off. It did burn a little, but I was fine. You really need to read the detailed instructions that come with the medicine, because they warn you that you can have all the skin peeling off if you put a lot on (only use a little) or put it on wet skin. It has to be perfectly dry and this is one of those cases where more is not better.
We trimmed Ralphie today and I got the clean-up detail. Since we did the job in the garage I used the shop-vac to suck up the dog hair. When I emptied the tank it was astonishing how much hair comes off of a little dog when you're just trimming his feet and ears - it looked as if there had been a whole dog in there.
Now my laundry is going and I'm about to just sit and read a book. I was going to make spring rolls for supper, but that's not for a couple of hours.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Today my feet were sore, as if they were bruised on the bunions, so I didn't go out for my walk or take the dogs out. There was another article on eastern equine encephalitis caused by the death of an infant in Hillsborough county (across the bay in Brandon), which was the second in that area this year. There has been a step-up in mosquito spraying around the Tampa Bay area, and there were suggestions on how to stay away from mosquitoes.
"Since no more than five to 10 cases of EEE are typically reported each year, and Florida's last reported death was in 2008, these back-to-back fatalities are highly unusual" is the exact quote from the SP Times. There's no vaccine, and about a third of the cases result in death, with disabilities in some of the survivors, so you don't want to be one of the unlucky survivors. Because the disease is spread by mosquito bites, they want you to stay inside during the dawn and dusk hours - the times when a sane person who wants to stay out of the sun would choose to be out. I'm also not fond of long pants and shirt sleeves this time of year.
I hate to drive 10 miles to make a trip to a mall to walk, and I'm not too keen on walking in the middle of the night, but with a clear sky and a good moon it wouldn't be much different than what I have done.
Despite that side issue, I decided not to go walking today, so I went shopping in the morning - hit the library, shoe store, Home Depot, and Sweetbay (a grocery store), then came home for lunch, which was a swiss cheese sandwich with tomato and onion. Then I took the Southern Weed-n-Feed and spread a 16 pound bag over the lawn with a Scott's drop spreader. That's neat stuff, because it kills broad leaf weeds, has a pre-emergent herbicide, and a chemical that is hard on all grasses except St. Augustine, Centipede grass (which looks exactly like St. Augustine to me) Zoysia grass, and Carpet grass. If you're a northerner, Carpet grass is a Florida native that some people hate, but the seed is actually sold for lawns. It likes wet soil, has very shallow roots, and came from nowhere to cover large areas in our yard when we first installed an irrigation system. It dies off in the winter, but comes back in the summer, or lives all year round if you give it enough water.
Anyhow, the carpet grass seems to be all gone. It looks like St. Augustine but the tips of the leaves are round instead of pointed, so there might be some out there, but I'm getting more St. Augustine all the time.
After spreading the Weed-n-Feed, I sprayed all the fruit trees with Neem Oil, then fertilized them and thought about pruning the peach tree but decided to wait until it drops its leaves. Then I hung my shirt up to dry and brought yesterday's inside and had another shower. When I looked at my pedometer it said I had walked three miles in two hours, so I sort of got my walk in anyhow, but it was with a straw hat and long sleeves. I think I'll just put on some Off and walk again tomorrow to see if I'm in any trouble.
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