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Picnic

Sunday, October 10, 2010

We left the dogs at home, bought two Subway subs, and went out to Honeymoon Island to watch the sun set over the Gulf. We didnít see any dolphins this time, but the trail on the causeway was filled with walkers, both on the way out and on the way back. The roast chicken sandwich was thick chicken breast fillet Ė a bit of a surprise. The supper was good, and a picnic every so often is fun.

Now we will watch Mystery tonight on one of the local PBS channels. Tomorrow I have to order another kit from AARP, do an inventory, and make any needed copies of the pass outs for Tuesdayís class. Then Iíll call everyone on the class list and nag them one more time, so they all remember to show up.

  
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MRDPOLING 10/11/2010 12:00PM

    What a lovely Idea!!!! Think i will plan a lil picknick for me and the S.O. if we have anymore nice weekends here.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 10/11/2010 8:30AM

    The picnic sounds fun. I recorded Mystery last night but haven't watched it yet.

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MS.ELENI 10/10/2010 9:20PM

    Sounds like a nice picnic. That is a good place to see dolphins
I am taping the Mystery tonight.I never watched them until you mentioned it several blogs back. Thanks.I have enjoyed watching them

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Road Trip

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Friday my pedometer counted 23,495 steps. I went to bed after midnight. Saturday I slept until 9:00, didnít walk so much, and only did 10,368 steps. Today I got the paper in, walked the dogs, and after I finished the paper and breakfast I started the third book that I checked out of the library a week ago. So far my pedometer only shows 7,601 steps. We will take a couple of subs out to Honeymoon Island and watch the sun go down, but I don't plan to do any more walking for exercise. I was just enjoying Sunday.

Then the BW started thinking that two weeks wouldnít be enough to move around at her pace. She got up at 11:00 today, so maybe she will have a point if we have to wait until she feels like starting the day. I assumed that we would start moving by 9:00 every day, but it may take longer than I expected. This whole thing started out as a visit to see the grandkids, then we added our son and daughter-in-law and the granddogs, then her old friend in the nursing home was added, then her sister, then she added my brother. In the middle of all that we have to visit Tuttle orchards and get Jonathon apples. You can get them in the stores, but they donít taste nearly as good as the ones fresh from the trees.

All of these events take place at different places, so there will be a lot of moving around. Having several experiences where there was no room at the inn, I like to have a place to stay, and we now have reservations in dog-friendly motels everywhere we plan to go. Since weíre leaving at the end of this week, I was thinking that the itinerary was set, but maybe it isnít. I didnít mind when we were living in an RV, because wherever we were was home, but itís a little different when youíre living in a car. Weíll see how it goes.

  
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TUDI4480 10/10/2010 10:17PM

    Have fun on your trip! Safe travels. emoticon emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/10/2010 7:45PM

    Stay as long as you want. Your "job" will still be there when you get back. Ha ha.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 10/10/2010 7:14PM

    Good luck on your journey. Sounds like it will be an adventure.

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MS.ELENI 10/10/2010 5:50PM

    I am like your wife.Hard for me to get up early.Altho since I have been sleeping better I have been getting up by 9 or earlier. I also like to have the reservations all set up ahead of time. I wish I were able to travel.i do miss it. My doc doesn't want me leaving town. I will be going to Fort Myers in Dec. But he would have a hissy fit if I tried to leave state. Traveling sadly is too hard on me. So since you are able you go and enjoy every minute.
i couldn't help but smile when I saw you didn't get up til nine. That is rare for you. It looks like you are in for a beautiful sunset tonight.

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TUBLADY 10/10/2010 4:22PM

    Sounds like abusy day.
Have a good trip. There are lots of motels that allow dogs.
I think you belong to AAA, they list that in their travel books.
Once you find a chain that allows dogs, can book the same chain along the trip.
I travel with Titan a lot. I always took Honey Girl, and she was a big dog.


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What I Use the Sprouts For

Friday, October 08, 2010

I use sprouts in the stir-fry because the BW really likes them and isnít happy unless I add them. Obviously you can get nothing but broccoli and beef in a dish at a Chinese place, and three ingredients are supposed to be enough. With the sprouts I had onions, celery, carrots, snow pod peas, pork, and sprouts. Itís a mess, but really good with the sauce you make with the juice that runs out of the vegetables.

I got up at 7 this morning, walked 4.85 miles by myself and with the dogs, had oatmeal and a peach for breakfast, took Adrienne to Kellyís for lunch where she had an OíDoulís and I had a Bud, she had a Monte Christo and I had a corned beef, roast beef, and Swiss club. Both kinds of beef were piled high, and the Swiss was as thick as a piece of paper. I like Swiss, but couldnít tell there was any there without looking.

Then we voted and I took the dogs for a ride while I mailed the ballots. When I got home from that I had to grab my Kiwanis shirt and leave again for Nelsonís to load up for the pancake dinner. I was a minute late, but still the first there. After about 30 seconds Tom came in, and a minute later John with the trailer showed up.

We cooked 600 sausages and used up 35 pounds of pancake mix, emptied two propane tanks, cleaned up, put everything away, stored the trailer, and I made it home by 8:30. Then I had the second half of my lunch sandwich for supper. It was cold, so I tried microwaving it, but it wasnít as good either way. I finished it off by making my standard sandwich, two slices of 50 calorie whole wheat bread, some fat free mayo, a slice of tomato and a slice of sweet onion. It was lots better than the beef sandwich.

Then I recorded all the money that the BW spent getting a haircut and buying beauty necessities and did the Sparks thing, which gets me to now, five minutes before midnight. I probably wonít be up before seven tomorrow either.

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/9/2010 1:32PM

    The more veggies the better (for a stir-fry that is). My problem with chinese food is that all the dishes seem to be heavy on the meat, and I think this style should be a way of extending my meat and increasing my veggies. You can cook stir-fry for me any day.

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ROWINGFOOL 10/9/2010 11:31AM

    My goodness, that "standard sandwich" sounds good!

Good on ya for the walk. I can't do 5 miles, but we'll see what I can do in a little bit. We're taking the family on a walk at the zoo in a bit. I'll wear my pedometer.

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I'm down 80 pounds!
Woot!

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MS.ELENI 10/9/2010 9:38AM

    You are always so busy. Your stir fry sounds good. i have never cooked with sprouts.I have put them on a salad when they have had them on a salad bar. maybe I will get some today.
Your Kelly sandwich doesn't sound very good. Their food used to be awesome

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/9/2010 7:58AM

    Talk about an active day. 5 mile walk and all of those pancakes. Too bad I already had breakfast this morning otherwise I know what I'd be having now. The power of suggestion :)

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ALEXTHEHUNN 10/9/2010 7:10AM

    Your stir-fry seems delicious. I would love it!

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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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