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Nothing-much Day

Thursday, October 07, 2010

This has been a nothing-much day. I walked over to the bank this morning and deposited $44 in the administrative account. The money came from the happy dollar jar last night, and Jim Engle, our fire chief, put $20 of that in because he never has any cash Ė only carries a debit card, so he felt he owed for the past year. I went to Sweetbay to get bean sprouts but the lady who promised them today didnít have them, and wouldnít until Saturday. Then I walked the dogs, and let the day pass.

I did drive the BW to Walmart to pick up her prescription, then let her wait in the car at Publix while I bought bean sprouts. I bought sugar peas yesterday to add to the pork chops, onion, celery, and carrots that I used to make stir-fry for supper tonight after TOPS. The BW served too much rice and quinoa, but I ate my share like a trouper. I forgot the garlic powder in the sauce, but it was good anyhow, and we have another leftover.

Since Betty didnít come today, weíre going to a restaurant in Dunedin because the BW planned the outing, and now she wants it with or without a visitor. I have to be at Nelsonís by 3:00 to load the trailer and my car tomorrow, and weíll be making pancakes and sausage until 8:00, so it had to be breakfast or lunch at Kellyís.

Then, with a little luck, weíll pick another of her planned visits for Saturday. I was in leeway and lost a pound this week, but Iíll have to show restraint to do the same next week.

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MRDPOLING 10/8/2010 5:26AM

    Sprouts and Pancakes? or was I reading that wrong?

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MS.ELENI 10/7/2010 11:45PM

    I haven't been to Kelly's in years. We use to go there often and the food is always good. I doubt I could manuever in there with my walker now.
Congrats on your weigh in.
What do you use the sprouts for?

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Feeling OK

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

We had our installation dinner, which was a taco salad for me. Iím installed for one more year as a treasurer. I picked up a 200 dollar check this morning on my walk to the post office, and changed my route so I could deposit it in the bank. Then I got another $44 in happy dollars tonight to deposit tomorrow. Iím still doing the same thing, and I still donít know how to get authorization to repay me and Burnham.

Betty called while I was gone. The BW was talking to her when I came home, and the net result of an hour long conversation is that we know Betty isnít coming tomorrow after all.

I woke up this morning and realized that I didnít feel great. I suddenly remembered when I was a teen ager that I would wake up and feel really extra good, and now I just feel either OK or not so happy to be getting up. When I was in school and living at the fraternity I felt bad some mornings Ė dragged out and just tired, but others I felt fine. When I was working in my 20ís and 30ís I was a real night person Ė I would lie in bed until one or two in the morning thinking about the problems I was trying to solve at work, then be a log when the alarm went off. It used to drive the BW crazy trying to get me up Ė to the point that she threw a bucket of cold water on me. Just once.

I did come up with a lot of good ideas that way, but it was hard on the body and I really liked the weekends.

Then, in my 50ís, I finally got the hang of getting up in the morning and feeling good. Then I retired, and felt great, except I was up and ready to go about four hours before the BW, and it took me a long time to resolve that because we were living in an RV and I wanted to go.

Now we have been living here 6 2/3 years, and Iím feeling OK at the best of times. I think old age might be creeping up. I did walk 5.4 miles this morning, so Iím not dead, but Tom is going to try an ultra marathon next week, and I couldnít even walk that far. I probably canít walk 10 miles. It makes me feel like Iím really over the hill.

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MS.ELENI 10/7/2010 9:34PM

    Feeling ok is not bad. You are far from over the hill. You do more than people much younger than you.

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MRDPOLING 10/7/2010 3:48PM

    the BW threw a bucket of cold water on you while you were sleeping and you are still married? Wow, cold water aside, she must be a great woman! hehehe!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/7/2010 11:27AM

    I guess feeling okay is good enough. I, nonetheless, wish for those days when I got up with energy and enthusiasm.

No marathons for me, either, in the foreseeable future.

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Quiet Day

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

This has been a lazy day for me. I slept until 7:30, for a full eight and a half hours, then checked the temperature when I got in the morning paper. It was 59 degrees! I decided to read the paper and have breakfast, then waited until after 9 to walk down to the post office and change the mail holding time to cover the extra day we added to the trip. One day in Indianapolis just isnít enough time.

After the post office I went back to Sweetbay and traded the sandwich bags I had bought to hold extra medicines for ones that you can seal and reseal. I didnít pay attention the first time through. I also bought three cans of albacore for the FEAST donation Thursday. That was a three mile walk that turned into three and a half according to the pedometer. I had a couple of short side trips. It was just 68 degrees when I got home.

After that I canít recall doing anything other than keeping the books up to date, fixing too much lunch, and finishing the book I have been reading since Sunday. I made a sandwich for lunch and a bowl of oatmeal and prunes, but I was satisfied after the sandwich. Then I ate the oatmeal anyhow. Thatís the story of a naturally fat person.

Yesterday I had bought two kinds of hot dogs to satisfy the BW, and we have a pantry full of hurricane supplies (too much food). She always likes to have a hot dog occasionally, and tonight she made beanie weenies by cutting up four Ball Park Fat Free and adding them to a three cup can of Bushís Original Baked Beans. That made a huge bowl that she nuked in the microwave, so we had salad, beanie weenies, and (for me) a small ear of corn for supper. It was good, but now we have a bunch of leftovers. I also pulled a two quart container of my bean soup out of the freezer yesterday, and I plan to eat a cup of that along with a cup of brown rice for a few lunches, which will make about 350 calories.

In spite of everything, I finished the book, walked, and got through the day with 1126 calories, if the measurements and estimates are correct. If I donít go crazy in the next couple of hours it wonít be a bad day.

Bill did call while I was doing the Spark thing. He wanted to know if it was possible to gain 5 pounds from a single meal. He had been to the Olive garden last Thursday after the TOPS meeting and had the all-you-can eat soup and salad offering. The soup was chicken pot pie, and he had a number of bowls of both the soup and the pie. He is under 300 pounds and eating fairly well most of the time, but he keeps eating out and being surprised when he goes crazy and then gains instead of losing weight. I told him that a few days of no salt living and reasonable eating would get rid of the five pounds, but he hadnít reined his appetite in until half of yesterday and all of today, and he has only lost a couple of the new pounds. Heís still working on the idea that you need to eat sensibly most of the time, and only screw up a little bit if youíre trying to survive. I wouldnít be surprised if he shows a gain Thursday night.

On that same topic, I have an opportunity to go wrong tomorrow night, when we have our installation banquet at Dockside, the room with the glass walls and boats docked outside. Happy hour starts at six, and I expect to have a couple of good beers before I eat, which always tends to relax my control. I hope Iím not the one with a big gain.

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MRDPOLING 10/6/2010 10:52AM

    59 degrees? Brrrr!!!!! Time to break out the long underwear and the battery powered socks!

I've had the heat on at home for the past few days 'cause I cannot take the cold! I need to find somewhere to live on this big blue marble we call Earth that has a constant 72 degrees day and night, 364 days a year (I want snow on Christmas day ONLY!)

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MS.ELENI 10/5/2010 9:13PM

    Eating out is a killer for us all.We rarely eat supper out and try to limit our eating out for just lunches
Our weather just keeps getting better

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/5/2010 7:59PM

    Bill should plan ahead a little when he goes to Olive Garden. You can check out online the calories for items on the menu. At all costs, all of us need to avoid anything labeled "all you can eat." That's just a challenge to see how much you CAN eat. That and finishing off the oatmeal are the stories of the "naturally fat" persons. I hope both of you get away with your indiscretions come weigh day.

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A Perfect Day

Monday, October 04, 2010

One of the BW's sisters was coming Thursday to spend the day and night, but called yesterday to say she had a problem with the car and wasn't coming. She called again late today and decided to come after all - with a rented car. Then her husband said "Why not stay two nights" and I think she will be here Thursday and Friday nights. My wife has three sisters, and they all change everything as a matter of course - so nothing is ever set in stone. They also talk a lot. It will be interesting to see how the visit goes.

I think we will see another one (she lives on the east side of Cleveland) while we visit the youngest daughter in Mishawaka later in the month. She has threatened to visit here five or six times this summer, but something always comes up. She now is talking about catching up with us in Mishawaka, and maybe going along to Milwaukee, but we haven't heard from her recently. I have no idea how it will turn out.

The weather is perfect here Ė I even went for a walk over to the Sweetbay supermarket, starting at 4:30 PM. Itís a 3 mile round trip, but all I bought was a package of Ballpark fat free hot dogs and a bunch of celery. On the way over I ran across another old guy walking in the opposite direction, and we agreed that this is as good as it gets for weather. He claimed it was prefect, and I claimed it was as nice as it gets. It was dry, a nice breeze was blowing, and it was 64 degrees at 7:30 this morning. I got home a few minutes after 5:30 and looked at the thermometer, and it was just 80 degrees. I remember spring days in the north when it felt that good.

I stayed on the west side and south side of the streets, and was in shade most of the way. When I got home I was a little damp in the armpits, but not in any discomfort. Itís rare to have a perfect day anywhere, but this one was close for me.

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    Atlanta has been pretty good the last week up until Sunday. The breeze picked up and the temp didn't quite make it to 70. I'll take hot over cold any day, so fall is my least favorite season even though it's usually pretty nice. It's the transition away from hot and into cold that bothers me.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/4/2010 9:54PM

    Sounds good to me. We have had a rather warm fall, but it's been comfortable. We know that once it starts cooling down it will get out and out cold. I can wait. Today we had a high in the 60's with the first rain in a long time.

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MS.ELENI 10/4/2010 9:39PM

    The weather was great this evening I went outside with Bill to my butterfly plants and it was nice

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MRDPOLING 10/4/2010 9:31PM

    You are right... that does sound like a perfect day.

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Auto Insurance

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Yesterday I received the renewal notice for our auto insurance. It went up $223.66 per year to 1269.36. I had been lazy Ė you are supposed to shop for insurance periodically, but I had the lowest price, so why bother. Fortunately I had just received a flier from GMAC, and I knew from experience that insurance companies tend to increase their rates every year, so I called to check. It turns out that I bought insurance from GMAC for more coverage for $845.00 for two cars for a year. That is a savings of $434.36 over staying with GEICO, who had been several hundred dollars less than GMAC a couple of years ago.

I have rejected GMAC several times in the past, and been insured by them a couple of times too. I donít understand why it works this way, but it does pay to shop for insurance every year or so. The last time I used an internet search site, and GEICO soundly beat GMAC, who had raised their rates for a few years. Last year I just renewed, but this year I shopped, just a little. It paid off. The one problem with using the internet site was that the agents who werenít low didnít want to give up, but I did save a lot of money.

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CK1379 10/4/2010 10:07AM

    Thanks for the info!

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DJ4HEALTH 10/3/2010 8:40PM

    I gave been with my insurance company for over 30 years and it is a good one but you have to be military or a dependent of a military person..

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    I agree and I wouldn't stop at auto insurance. Now that I no longer have a mortgage, I've become more aware of hazard insurance premiums. I think like most people, it was rolled into my monthly mortgage payment, so I never really gave it much thought. Now that it's not, I care.

Out of sight out of mind ... that's why whoever figured out to take money out of people's pay checks for income tax (withholding) was a genius. Ask someone how much they paid in income tax last year or even year to date and they won't know. If they had to stroke that check to the IRS themselves, they'd know for damn sure.

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MRDPOLING 10/3/2010 8:11PM

    I did that about 3 years ago. Maybe it is time to do it again.

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TUBLADY 10/3/2010 7:50PM

    It does pay to shop around. Ever so often i get offers from other companies and i check them out. So far I am doing good with State Farm. But will definatly look for the best deal.

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GBTRIGIRL 10/3/2010 7:47PM

  I had been with Allstate for 16 years and decided to shop around. I ended up saving almost $600 a year with cars and home by swithing to MetLife. Better yet it is through my husband's work so it is deducted from his payroll so I don't even have to budget for it.

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CAR7374 10/3/2010 7:40PM

    oh boy, my I worked with Allstate for 10 years..I could elaborate on why this happens, but the short story is the class of drivers you get lumped in with to start, had a good record, then...the group has more claims over time. Even though I know this, I have been with Allstate forever. Could I switch? absolutely. But my agent is my best friend. What am I gonna do? ;)

Enjoy your savings, it will eventually go up, and then you will need to switch again.

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SEJULY 10/3/2010 7:38PM

  Its just like the commercial. Companies will offer good deals to new customers but rarely offer incentives to stay to current customers (much less, long time customers). You made a good business decision for yourself. Way to go.

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MS.ELENI 10/3/2010 7:32PM

    I just renewed ours and I should have looked around. Sounds like you got a good deal

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