Saturday, April 30, 2011
I got got up at 7, had breakfast, and spent a half hour loading everything back into the car so I could get to our storage facility before 9 this morning. Then we set up, and sold pizza and hot dogs from 10 to two,packed up, and made a run back to Nelson's.
Then I had the clean-up duty and washed pans and utensils, bagged up cheese, pepperoni, hot dogs, and buns in gallon freezer bags, and put them all back in Nelson's. Then I did the treasurer thing until 6:30. The result of the today's Bike and Boating Safety Day was that we spent $146.40, received $443.75, and showed a profit of $296.35, sort of. Since we always have some stuff left over, we didn't buy everything we used, but also didn't use everything we bought. Still, even at only four hours for 8 people, we didn't make much of an hourly rate. It's just good that this was a beautiful day and we were set up in the shade, so everyone had a fine time. It rained so hard that this event was cancelled two years ago, and we worked in the light rain all day last year. All in all, it was a great day.
My real gripe today is the fragility of my body. Old age and sun damage has made the skin on my forearms about as strong as wet tissue paper. Loading the hot dog buns in the back of the car this morning I brushed against the back door rubber seal, and a big flap about an inch and a half long and an inch wide flipped back where the skin tore. I pushed it back to where it belongs, as closely as it would fit, and put a big inch and a half wide band-aid over it. It was mostly lymphatic fluid to start, but it leaked some blood out from under the bandage anyhow. It didn't hurt, and there was never any feeling of anything pulling.
Then my left index finger broke open when we had a problem with the pop-up tent popping up, and I was pushing too hard on a pin. That thing bled several times today, and I messed up another pair of jean shorts. When the blood tries on them it seems to be really hard to get the blood stains out.
Friday, April 29, 2011
I bought everything today, including a five pound bag of sweet onions. Now I have to peel and dice the onions tonight. When we serve hot dogs we provide all the fixings!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Yesterday I surveyed both Sam's Club and Costco to see who had the best prices on Nathan's All Beef Hot Dogs, hot dog buns, mustard, relish, Coke and Pepsi, etc. It's my job to buy the hot dog and drink supplies for the Bike and Boating Safety Day Saturday. The Kiwanis will be the only group serving that day, and the menu will be pizzas and hot dogs.
I also bought another sprinkler and replaced one that wasn't putting out enough water for some of the new grass plugs I planted. I noticed a tiny sign that said the sprinkler heads have an easily cleaned filter, so I saved the old sprinkler. Today I searched until I finally found an educational video on how to clean the filter. I did the job, and was so encouraged that I cleaned the one next to the one I had replaced yesterday. It's too bad I didn't get that message last year when I replaced another one, but the new one was only five dollars.
I took the dogs straight west this morning, down to the Pinellas trail, south to Florida, and then west to Pop Stansel Park, which is on Sutherland Bayou. Then we went straight north past Sutherman Complex, which is a bunch of ball fields and other recreation complexes, then East on Missouri past the hockey rink (they play roller hockey on concrete down here) and the too tall (zoning violating) basketball court.
After that we jogged east and south to get back across Alternate US 19, and went past the high school and south on 14th Street to get home again. We started out at 7:00 and were home again just before 8, but the thermometer read 75 at 7 and 77 at 8. It is 78 inside the house, but when we went out it was warm outside. It looks like I'll be going out by myself pretty soon and just walking the dogs over to the cemetery afterward.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I took the dogs for a 2 1/3 mile walk this morning, and they were still frisky when we got home. But we started at 7:30 and finished up at 8:15. I still worked up a little sweat.
The muscadine grapes are still growing like gangbusters, while the other four have slowed, some nearly stopped, and one is fading away - down to one leaf now, and that one doesn't look too good. Here is a picture of the southern muscadine:
The next picture shows it cropped from another shot to show how it has a grip on the wire (two tendrils each wrapped around three times, and is starting to grip the rope again. It has other tendrils around the rope lower down, but they're hard to see because of the leaves.
Also, this morning there were two curlews on the front lawn, and I tried to get a picture of them. For the first picture I had the flash turned on, (the default mode) which didn't help much. the second one I turned the flash off.
Just as I was about to put the camera away, a bunch more curlews came in like the vandals descending on rome. I see groups of four or five when I'm out walking, but I have never seen this many in a single flock.
There was no way to get them all, and they looked small, so here is a cropped view.
There was a snowy egret on the front lawn one day, but it left before I could take a picture. We have a lot of cattle egrets, which are smaller - about the size of the curlews, and several kinds of fancy birds, some of which are not native. I remember now, someone told me that the cattle egrets are from Europe.
Monday, April 25, 2011
I walked down to my dentist today to get my teeth cleaned, and Nancy, the dental hygienist, convinced me to have the fluoride treatment. It turned out to be nothing like I expected - the white varnish makes a yucky mess on your teeth, and you can't eat anything hot or hard or acid, or drink any alcohol, for at least four to six hours. The varnish is on my gums too, and I have to wait until tonight to brush my teeth.
Then I walked the dogs to the Post Office to mail a card to one grandson, which was a two mile trip for them. They were panting before we went too far, and I was worried. We didn't start until 11:00, but Ralphy didn't lie down in the shade and they both made it home. It's getting warm enough that I'm going to have to walk them early in the morning from now on to keep from carrying Ralphy part of the way home.
We had a record cold December this year, and the last month the temperatures have been 7 and 8 degrees above normal. It's getting to be like summer, and the sun is north of east when it rises and sets now.
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