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.
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.
Friday, January 21, 2011
I walked the dogs today, after it seemed to have quit raining. We had about 0.7 inches last night, and it was a little foggy and dark this morning. I started out at 9:30, and when we were nearly a mile from home it started raining again. It wasn't much to start - just fine drops, but I took out my hearing aids and put them in a doggie bag. Fortunately I had picked up after both dogs and left the triple wrapped loads in a toter I passed. I started home, but by the time we got there the dogs were pretty wet. The drops had gotten bigger and bigger, and soon after we got home the thunderstorm hit again. When it finished we got a total of 1.1 inches since last night. I went out to the garage and turned the sprinklers off again - we don't need more water tomorrow.
When I put the hearing aids back in neither one of them worked, and I thought the fine rain had sneaked in the microphone wind filter and killed them, but it turned out that the right one had a dead battery and the left one had no battery at all. It wasn't anywhere, and I assume it fell out when I opened the door to turn it off. Once I put in new batteries they both worked again. No two thousand error this time. I used to leave them at home on threatening days, but I guess I just got too relaxed.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I walked over to the bank to make a deposit today, then to Sweetbay to get a sweet onion and a couple of boxes of baking soda for the BW. That was 2.7 miles, and I wore a t-shirt and long sleeved shirt and jeans. It was 56 when I started out and my hands got cold on the way to the bank. On the way home I was warm, and rolled up my sleeves to try to cool off a little. I left at 9:30, and it was just nice in the sun and a little cool in the shade. When I got home at 10:30 the thermometer read 63 degrees, and I was too warm.
I had intended to take the dogs for a walk, but instead I took them with me to Nelson's so I could inventory the Kiwanis' supplies. Then I recorded the deposit and brought all the Kiwanis' books up to date. The BW had some cleaning up and putting away chores for me, and then she wanted a tractor scooter with bucket seat (so she could sit on something and roll it around while working outside). It has fairly large tires, is steerable, a rotating seat that adjusts from 16 to 19 inches high, and a platform to carry a 5 gallon bucket or other collections containers. We took the cheap shipping method, and it should be here in 6 to 10 days.
Now for TOPS and the big event.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Danny wants to know how I am doing on eating, exercising, and losing, so I can say that my real goal weight is 185, and my leeway is 178 to 188 with my street clothes on. With my pockets full, I add about 6.5 pounds to my body weight, and Dr. Falla didn't say naked, so I assume he meant clothed when he gave me a prescription note for TOPS. At my weigh in last week I weighed 185.5, and the week before I was at 185.0, which is exactly my goal weight.
The date when I signed the papers and became a KOPS (keep off pounds sensibly) I was 8/14/2008, so I have been in that range for two years and five months. I almost fell out of the bottom early on, but was actually out high twice, both times during the first few months of the experience.
Annie and Jerzy's visit, along with the cold weather, got me out of the habit of long walks, but I do walk the dogs almost every day. I took them for a 1.66 mile walk starting at noon today, and later I walked 1.33 miles when I went to the local bank to cash a check. With the dogs I averaged 24 minutes per mile, but I stopped to pick up dog prints a couple of times, and had to wait for traffic. I got the distances from a pedometer, which gave me the same measurements as Mapquest when I walked routes I had measured on the internet. The distances were very close Ė within 2 or 3 hundredths of a mile out of three mile walks.
The eating isnít so good. The BW wanted beef, and buys her own from time to time, and I did make chili using beef, and am eating most of it. I also have some regular cheese from time to time because she buys it and serves it on things at supper time. I started cooking my own food originally because she didnít like the idea of Pritikin limits, and I didnít like the idea of rendering the fat from a rib roast, so we got nutritionally divorced about 11 years ago. Now she has mellowed quite a bit (and lost a fair amount of weight) and I have eased back some after reaching my goal weight.
Other than that, we have a Meyers lemon tree that the BW doesnít like, because the lemons are too sweet to suit her. She has been talking about it, and today we went to the Palm Harbor Nursery and bought a Eureka lemon tree, which is what you get in the grocery. The Meyers are the size of an orange and the shape of an orange, and not as acid as the Eureka.
I planted the tree in the back yard, following the directions to shave off the small roots on the outside of the soil ball, which is supposed to be very important. I donít know why Ė I never did that before and the trees always did well, but maybe this on will do better. This was a five gallon pot, with a tree about 4 Ĺ feet tall, and it only cost $40. For $75 we could have gotten one six feet tall in a giant container, and they would have planted it, and I donít know which would be the right one. I do think we can live with the Meyer lemons until the Eureka starts to bear. It puts out a very large number of lemons when it gets up to speed. The lime tree we have is a poor second to the lemon tree.
Then I went to a Kiwanis meeting at Dockside tonight, and sat on the inside of the table so I could watch the water while we ate and drank (two Yunlings).
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