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Backsliding a Little

Friday, January 28, 2011

The "tractor scoot", a rolling, steerable gardener seat for the BW, came yesterday and I put it together this morning. So far it's just sitting in the living room, waiting for her to feel like gardening. I wanted to put it in the shed, but she likes it where it is.

To celebrate, she came along with me to pick up Jack and have lunch at Billy Jack's. She had her hamburger, and I had chili, fries, and two beers. Jack had a letter addressed to Burnham and addressed to his house, so I took it and promised to get it to Tom, our new Kiwanis president, before the meeting Wednesday night.

The BW wanted to come along, so after I figured out where he lives we took the dogs for a ride and headed for his house. Unfortunately there was some sort of problem on Florida Avenue in Tarpon Springs, so I eventually turned around on the two lane street and went back the way we had come. There were cars as far as the eye could see in front of us, and by the time I turned around they were stacked up a long way behind us. We got back down to Alternate US19 and tried to find another road north of downtown, but finally gave up. I did buy insoles for my old shoes at one place, and a yellow ink cartridge at Office Depot, but by that time the BW was craving breakfast for supper. She didn't want it at home, either.

We wound up at Perkins, and I had the same thing she had - three pancakes, two eggs, and two sausage links, along with butter and syrup. All in all it was not a particularly good food day, but things did taste good.

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REEDSKI 1/30/2011 3:27PM

    Chili, fries, and two beers sound good! Pancakes with butter and syrup, eggs, and sausages sound good, too. I had eggs and pancakes with syrup at our breakfast after Mass this morning. I made whole wheat pancakes yesterday. I haven't had pancakes in ages.

I've been doing a little backsliding, too. I'm going to try to get focused starting MONDAY!

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MS.ELENI 1/29/2011 9:21AM

    The fries and sauasge was probably the worse things you ate but some days you just gotta. I should know where Billy Jacks is but I am drawing a blank. I have eaten more this week than I like and we will probably eat lunch today too. But it looks like the scale will be kind to me.
Don't you just love this awesome weather,
Have a great weekend

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/28/2011 10:03PM

    Chili Fries, pancakes, etc. Sounds like fun. Hope you enjoyed it. I am confident you will be back on track tomorrow.

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MRDPOLING 1/28/2011 8:40PM

    Tomorrow will be a new day. One day of indulgence doesn't break us if we don't let it!

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Because of a combination of sun damage and old age, the skin on my forearms had the strength and consistency of wet tissue paper. My left forearm is especially covered with scars where the skin has peeled back because I touched something that was hard and had a little friction. I would learn that I had goofed when I felt blood dripping off my fingertips. Other times I would touch something hard enough to feel it, but it was always too late.

A few months ago, while a dermatologist was removing the stitches from Mohs Surgery on my forehead, he gave me a prescription for generic Retin A, and told me that it was expensive and I would have to pay myself because Medicare doesn't cover it for off-label use. He asked me to use it on only my right arm first. I filled the prescription, and within a couple of months the right arm was dramatically better. The last time I saw him, before Thanksgiving, he called in his nurses to see the difference, then told me to do both arms.

When we were trimming the hedge and landscape bushes, I got against some of the sharp brush while loading the trash container. A sharp piece scratched the side of my right arm enough to make it bleed a little, and a poke on my left arm left a raised blister with blood, but the skin stayed intact on both arms, which was a dramatic difference.

Unfortunately, both arms have now developed bumpy skin - lots of little lumps pretty close together. I think I may have reached the end of the improvement and now need to cut back on the frequency of application. It's something where you use only a little bit, and only once per day. A little is good, but more is not better.

It's sad to realize that you can get too much of a good thing.

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TWOTIMESS 1/28/2011 5:46AM

    I'm beginning to see the same thing on my forearms. I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible now - not always do-able here in sunny South Africa, LOL!

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MRDPOLING 1/28/2011 5:37AM

    I honestly didn't know there was anything to help once the skin got thin. That is really amazing!

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MS.ELENI 1/27/2011 11:28PM

    Sounds like it helped for awhile. I have problems with bruising from blood thinners.I am always finding big bruises and have no idea why. Isn't getting old grand.Naught

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Vine Sprouts and Orange Blossoms

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I had the Camry serviced today, and they found that the dome light fixture was shorted. I'll take the car back tomorrow afternoon for a new fixture. When I got home I realized that I had left a library book at McBee's, so I walked down to get it, bought a couple of tomatoes at Steve's, and walked home.

We had 2.2 inches of water in the rain gauge this morning, so I dumped it. Later on the day was nice, so I took a couple more photographs.

This is a close up of the orange blossoms. I took a closer picture and then cropped it.

Now comes the first red grape vine - it has three sprouts, and they're getting bigger.

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MRDPOLING 1/27/2011 5:54AM

    I have heard that orange blossoms smell amazing.

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MS.ELENI 1/26/2011 11:16PM

    Love the pictures

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Peach Blossoms

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

After I visited the Safety Harbor Kiwanis meeting this morning, I walked the dogs two miles just before noon today, and it was very pleasant when we started out - the sun was shining and it wasn't either hot or cold. During the walk I noticed some really dark cloud cover to the south, and the sun disappeared. By the time we got home I was hot, and when I looked at the thermometer it read 76 in the shade. Listening to the car radio I heard that it was 25 below zero in New York State, and I'm glad we didn't settle there, although the BW always hated cold weather so it wasn't ever a threat. We are supposed to have severe storms this afternoon and evening, but I can survive rain better than cold.

I have been thinking I should put up some pictures, and wished I had taken some yesterday, so I did this afternoon.

Here they come - first the grape vines:

I planted them green, red, green, red, and the first red from the camera has a great big bud that is putting out a tiny leaf. I cropped the picture to try to show that - that is the bottom picture. The bud is at the end of the vine that sticks up in front of the light section of the box. I drove 3 feet stakes two feet into the ground, and put the display boxes over the stakes to keep me from mowing the vines off until after I see if they will grow. If they do, I'll build them something to climb.

Now the peach tree as I pruned it to get it down to six feet tall and six feet wide. You can see the two lemon trees behind it, and I don't know why the Eureka has the light leaves on top of normal green ones. I can't believe they are all brand new.

You can see that the blossoms and leaves are coming out on the tree - but I cut off a massive amount of tree so maybe we'll get very large peaches this year.

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MS.ELENI 1/25/2011 7:43PM

    I would love to have some fruit trees but my ground is so bad.

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TWOTIMESS 1/25/2011 2:53PM

    This looks great! I'm planning on planting a few vines in July (our winter) for my MIL. She's been asking and hinting, so I'll oblige. You gave me an idea with the different cultivars. I know there are just a few that grow in these high altitudes, but I'll research them until I get the right ones for my area. My garden is also brand new - we moved here in Sept last year and I planted a Eureka lemon tree (no house should ever be without). No space unfortunately for other fruit trees.

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REEDSKI 1/25/2011 2:17PM

    Wow! How neat. Love the photos and the blossoms. Everything.

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MRDPOLING 1/25/2011 1:52PM

    OOOH that makes me long for spring all the more! I planted two new trees last summer. They are called Royal Emperess and are supposed to grow like weeds. They are also supposed to have big purple flowers on them in the spring. I really want to see that!

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Memory Enhancer

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Even though it was cold, I walked the dogs a couple of miles yesterday morning, which made them very happy. Today it was 33 degrees at 8:50, so I put on a t-shirt and hooded sweatshirt and left the dogs home. I had a nice 2.5 mile walk at what Sparks says was a 20 minute/mile walk, and it was nicer because my mind could wander and I had some of the Zen stuff. I kept my hands in the pocket in front and only saw a four walkers and a jogging couple. It was still only 34 degrees when I got home, so I was glad I left the dogs.

For lunch we went to Bon Appetit, a French restaurant on the water by the Dunedin Marina. It has been years since we were there, and the food was so good that we I suggested that we come back every Sunday. We used to have lunch there about once per week. The BW suggested once per month, so I wrote it down for the last Sunday of every month until I ran out of pocket calendar. I forget things unless I write them down, but with my pocket calendar I have a pretty good completion rate.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/23/2011 9:56PM

    I write things down on the wall calendar in the kitchen. I look at it everyday and I will still occasionally "blow off" events which I had anticipated attending. I guess if it's REALLY important, I will remember.

Walking is always a zen time for me.

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TUBLADY 1/23/2011 9:02PM

    I forget that it sometimes gets cold even in Florida.
The walk sounds real zen like. The dogs would not have liked all that cold weather. I always think of their little paws, they get cold on that cold pavement.
I know Titan thinks he likes to get out, but when it's real cold, hes very happy to get back in the car and bundle up in his car seat. Yes he has a car seat, with a blanket. I know he is spoiled.
Take care and stay warm. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRDPOLING 1/23/2011 8:16PM

    I like the idea of the pocket calculater

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MS.ELENI 1/23/2011 4:14PM

    I haven't been to Bon Appeit in years. Bill loves it there. His birthday is next month so maybe I will take him there as a surprise. It has been cold in the am but gets nice during the day.

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