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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The last two days have been a little messy. No walking, no exercise. I finished the class, but only had 9 people signed up originally. One told me he was passing until next month the night before, and two just didnít show up. There was a new Blueray/DVD player in the theater, and I had a hard time getting it to work. Then it shut itself off most of the time before I could use it again for the next video, and I had to learn to turn it off and then back on to get it to work, which worked most of the time. Once it didnít work and I finally realized that the TV had gotten turned off somehow. If it hadnít been for the controls on the front panel of the television I couldnít have done anything. The remote is one of those ďdoes everythingĒ gadgets, and there are way too many buttons with a screen that shows what they do for the mode you chose. You get about three levels of menu, but some of them donít work, which is incredibly frustrating. The worst part is that the whole video and audio system is different every month when I go back, so I have to learn to play a DVD all over again. In the good old days I used a tape, which always just sat there in the VCR until I wanted to play another segment, and nothing timed out and shut itself off. At the end of the first day, I popped the tape out, and just shoved it in the second day, so I never had to remember where I was and what I wanted next.

I cancelled all of our reservations, which turned out to be a good thing. I thought I had a reservation at a Best Western just off exit three on I475 in Macon, but it turned out that the actual reservation was at a Best Western just north of Macon, off of I75. We would have been driving around scrounging for the motel the very first night out.

I also cancelled the mail holding, and I wonít put in another request until the day we leave, even though the local post office is the west and we have to start out going east. I also wonít put a stop date on the slip Ė Iíll just call them when weíre a day away from getting back. We used to get our mail at general delivery addresses all over the country, but now you canít pick up mail at the post office. Iím not sure if that has always been the way or not.

If all goes well with the doctor Monday, we will leave town Tuesday. I need to cut the grass somewhere in there Ė maybe Sunday. Then we will make a reservation a day in advance or just wing it, so we can change our minds from time to time if necessary.

There was a bunch of other stuff that was I did, but I canít remember any of it now. I think Alzheimerís is sneaking up on me. With luck, I wonít remember it if it does.

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MRDPOLING 10/14/2010 7:05AM

    i agree...too much happening at once to keep it all in ur head.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/13/2010 10:55PM

    I get really frustrated with remotes. I don't really watch all that much tv and when I do watch, WH is holding the controls. I think it ought to be a simple matter to walk across the room and turn on the tv and to change the stations. That is no longer the case. Technologically speaking, I've been left behind. Guess I'll just go read a book.

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MS.ELENI 10/13/2010 9:54PM

    I think you just have too much going on. Hopefully you can start on your trip Tuesday and enjoy yourself.
I hate those remotes with tons of buttons. Simply is good

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Ear Problem

Monday, October 11, 2010

I got up at six thirty and left the house at seven today Ė a half hour before sunrise, and light enough to easily see the small chuckhole at 16th and Nebraska that tripped me and skinned my knee. That corner was patched a couple of months ago, and I suspect the big trash trucks cut the corner and cause that sort of problem.

I had a nice walk, then took the dogs down to the cemetery before breakfast for everyone.

After breakfast I read the paper and got ready for the class tomorrow. I had to make 80 copies of pass outs that I was low on, make name plates for everyone in the class and call everyone in the class. One woman wasnít home and didnít have an answering machine, but I had talked to her before so I crossed her off the list anyhow. If she doesnít show up the class will just be smaller. I finished up by putting sets of both books and my plastic tub in the trunk of my car, so I can just walk out and go tomorrow.

The BW came home all stressed out because the helpers at the ear doctorís place ignored what she said, washed out her ear with tap water, and then were surprised to find that there were a couple of small holes in her eardrum. Now she is on an antibiotic and canít see the doctor himself until tomorrow. She is worried that she wonít be able to leave Saturday, but I can cancel everything and we can just wing it as we go along if thatís the only thing possible. Weíll see.

And thatís it for today. Nothing exciting is happening.

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DJ4HEALTH 10/11/2010 9:08PM

    Hate it when they don't listen to you and think they know better. Hope she is better. Praying for her.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/11/2010 8:55PM

    I think it's nice for all concerned that you can be flexible. I feel that many in the medical profession should work on their listening skills. Or maybe we all just need to be more ornery.

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MS.ELENI 10/11/2010 7:19PM

    I hope all goes well with A. I know she will be disappointed if your trip has to be postponed.

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RANNA57 10/11/2010 5:31PM

    Oh! OK I get it now, BW, Beautiful Wife. Slow on the uptake here! I like my Ballzy Wench translation better! emoticon

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CANOGAPARKGAL 10/11/2010 3:48PM

    I hope she is better soon. I HATE it when the Dr/Nurse/etc. ignores what we say. Your flexible attitude will help her also. emoticon

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MRDPOLING 10/11/2010 3:47PM

    OMG I would be over at that doctors office giving them a piece of my mind!

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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.

I'm down 80 pounds!

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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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    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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