Saturday, June 05, 2010
I started the day with a three mile walk - at 78 degrees. It's 78 inside, but felt so much warmer at 6AM that I had to look at the thermometer on the front porch. I showered and shaved after the walk, and put on all clean clothes because everything I wore outside was soaked. After breakfast and the paper I considered mowing the grass today because the sun was shining and by 11 or 12 the grass would be dry. We have a 50 per cent chance of rain today or tomorrow, so picking a dry day is sort of a chancy thing before the fact. As it was, I just sent out and dug up sand burrs for more than an hour, and changed my clothes again because I was really really soaked that time. I'll have a go at the grass tomorrow, which is my normal day to cut it.
I made "Crockpot creamy rotini and chicken" today - started it before I worked on the lawn, and did everything right except read the part about putting the pasts and flour in an hour before it is done. I let it cook the full time, and THEN added the other stuff. It came out good, but sort of dry, probably because it cooked for an extra hour. It's still a good recipe for Bill and he needs lots of something to feed his two boys, and the recipe is for 12 servings. The directions say it's 215 per serving, but when I entered it in the food groups I got about 270 calories. Whatever it is, the chicken shreds to fibers, and it tastes good, both to me and to Ace.
She was hungry, so we went to McDonalds for ice cream. She had two carmel sundaes, and I had two strawberry sundaes. Then I came home and looked them up - the sundaes are about twice the calories of the ice cream cone. I expected 300 calories but got almost 600. I'll remember that forever.
Friday, June 04, 2010
I did pick up the award plaque, and met Bob R. to see if he approved. His first question was "What happened to this line?" After discussion, I took him with me to the trophy store, and asked the manager if they kept the paperwork. It turned out that they did, and the missing line was clear on the paper I had given them. They will have another award ready for us next week. It was lucky that I hadn't goofed, but too bad that they had to make the same thing twice for one payment.
Today I walked three miles in 64 minutes, which is a little slower than three miles per hour. I thought that the route I took was about two and a half miles until I found out that Mapquest will give you the distance in hundredths of a mile (about 53 feet resolution). My two mile courses are all about 2 1/4 miles, and I have two three mile courses now. Before there was only one, that I had measured with the car's trip odometer.
Now I just did 10 actual strength-building exercises. It's depressing how little I can do now - so I guess it's good that I finally caved in. It was the Spark Points list that finally made me give it a try. They give you points for a lot of things that help you lose weight, and I need all the help I can get. The starting program that I got from signing up was something that I know I don't want to do, but they let you define a bunch of personal exercises, and I went back 60 years for some of them. They're all good, but I hope they won't screw up my joints (specifically my neck and knee).
Thursday, June 03, 2010
I walked 2 1/4 miles in 46 minutes today, did the SparkPeople stuff, had breakfast, sprayed the entire house with flea spray so we should be good for six months (the jug promises seven months), and then took the dogs to the Pinellas County animal control center in Largo. We have been taking them to a clinic every year and paying $10 each for a cheap rabies shot, and the $20 for a license, so every hear we pay $60 just to keep two miniature Schnauzers legal. This year we paid $42 for two licenses good for three years and two three year rabies shots. That's a future savings of $132 just for driving about 30 miles. There was no waiting at the pound, and they recorded the ID chip number for both dogs - they had lost them when they upgraded their software.
On the way home Ace had me stop at a bakery, and she bought two Danish pastries and a twist donut, which we split for lunch. Then I sprayed the garage for fleas after getting both cars out, and picked up the plaque for Jerry and Millie, the two AARP instructors who retired after volunteering for 20 years. Now I need to deliver it to my AARP boss, who has the job I refused three or four times.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Today I went through the normal routine - walked three miles in just more than an hour, had breakfast and read the paper, read my e-mails and sent on a few, and thought about the strength building exercises. When I started doing them for rehab after the bypass surgery, it didn't take very long and the weights weren't very heavy before I had real trouble with the herniated disk in my neck. I have been sleeping well lately - I can even sleep on my back without having my heart shake my whole body on every beat, so I'm not eager to mess things up again.
In spite of that, I decided that it might be OK if I started very slow and used light weights. As soon as I start to have problems I can cut back to the old football exercises which aren't too stressful (except for the push-ups and the squat-thrusts). When your back is bad you have to show some restraint. So I did do nine of the listed exercises, two sets each, and even the easy ones were sort of stressful. You lose a lot in 60 years.
While Ace was at the allergy doctor I broke out the white semigloss enamel that I used to paint the doors three coats when we first moved in, six years ago. When I opened the can, the inner rim of the paint can split away because it was rusted through. I have never seen such a thing before, and I had some paints longer than that at 275 Audubon Road. I touched up the places I had spackled in the hall where Gary left dents getting the stuff in for our new bathroom, touched up a spot I missed when painting the bathroom closet door, and painted the raw places where the new light fixture doesn't cover the same space as the old in the big bathroom. Then I put half a gallon of paint in an empty coffee can which has a plastic lid, cleaned up the brush, and set the old can outside to dry out before I put it in the trash.
Ace came home and said she needs a hearing aid for one ear. The doctor said he could get one for her for about $2000, but I know she could get a good one for $900 from Costco. The fancy ones would only be $1,000. Right now the ear is too sore to wear an aid, but I vote for going to Costco.
I have been thinking about what I should be doing lately - "when I grow up" - and still haven't figured it out. I do recall that I did periodically simplify my life back when I was working for a living, and it seems like I'm about due for a change again.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
I got up at 6, but didn't walk the dogs. Ace is adamant that it's too hard for them, so I promised to let her just walk them up to the corner in the evening. I got to Tiffany's about 6:45 but they had the door locked until 7 so Jack and I visited on a park bench until they opened. Only six old timers showed up (Marty still on vacation) and the big discussion was whether to merge with Tarpon Springs or not.
I figured out to get three spark points for making a recipe, and it's too much trouble. I made a recipe from Spark Points yesterday and another today, but they're just ones someone submitted, and the good news is there are only a few ingredients. The Tuna and Cabbage Wraps were good, and Adrienne surprised me by liking them. We'll see how she feels about the Tuna and White Bean Salad tonight. It's in the refrigerator, waiting to be cold enough for supper.
Now I need to check the air pressure in 10 tires, and go buy some more big Corian bowls. We did have five but there was only one in the cupboard today. One is in the fridge, one is holding shells, and one is now being used by the dogs to drink from. The fifth one just disappeared. It reminds me of the old days when my socks would disappear, even though I always wrapped a pair together into a ball. Somehow, once I started doing my own laundry, the socks never disappear. It's a mystery.
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