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Saturday, May 07, 2011

I took the dogs for a walk this morning, starting at 7:00, and it was wonderful. The temperature was 61, which is pretty good for a walker. I read that 55 is the best temperature for runners - they don't make as good a time if the temperature is either above or below, but 61 seemed just fine to me. It was light, but the sun either wasn't up yet or was behind the trees, and there wasn't a cloud anywhere that I could see. We went 2.4 miles by my pedometer, and the sun was far enough up to catch us before we got home. I did work up a little sweat, but the dogs were still frisky.

Yesterday we were lucky because, in the afternoon, we had a long slow rain that left a half inch in our rain gauge. Too often we get a 30 minute thunderstorm that leaves two inches of water running down the street, taking a lot of sand (from our lot) with it. This left the water in the ground where it really belongs.

This morning the BW wanted to find the secret shoe store which is in front of Costco, so I drove her down to Clearwater. We did find the Sketchers outlet store, and I looked at shoes too but didn't try any of them on. None of the shoes have a width measurement so I assumed that they were all too narrow for me. She, however, kept digging and trying on shoes and finally found two pairs that satisfied her demands and also fit. It was a triumph because they had a "second pair half price" sale, and the final cost was only $40 for two pairs of nice shoes. Unfortunately, I have all the shoes I need, and when I do need some new ones I want only ones that fit properly, which means not the cheap ones.

Since we were there, I wanted some more gum, so we went into Costco. We left with gum, mango salsa, watermelon, frozen strawberries and frozen mixed berries, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and organic peanut butter, all in the large economy size. It's dangerous to wander the aisles without a shopping list, but we will use all that stuff. I store the peanut better in the fridge and the nuts in the freezer, except for small lots that we keep out for daily use.

We had watermelon for lunch, which was just fine because it was a great watermelon. Now the BW is sound asleep on the couch, and I'm thinking about what to do next.

I did take another picture of the nearest muscadine vine - it is still acting like Jack and the Beanstalk's vine. You can see how far it has moved up since the last picture by comparing the vine to the 4 by 4. It was just at the wire last time.

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REDSHOES2011 5/8/2011 2:30AM

    Gee that sucker grows fast lol.. Good luck with your new shoes..


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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/7/2011 7:32PM

    Your bean plants look good.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/7/2011 7:31PM

    Your beans will be nice.

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MS.ELENI 5/7/2011 5:11PM

    Costco and Sams have so many good things that scream my name when I go there. I don't go anymore.I get in too much trouble just at Walmart. I hate looking for shoes.So hard for me to find some that I can wear.
Bill has been waiting til almost dark to take Roxy out.This heat is so bad.

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Friday, May 06, 2011

I rolled out at 6:00 this morning, fed the dogs, made breakfast, and read the paper. Then I started cutting grass at 7:00. There was a 50 per cent chance of rain, but the grass was perfectly dry Ė no dew Ė and it was cool. I didnít stop to dig up sand burrs, and there were a few out there, but I still didnít finish until 8:47. I think all the things I have to mow around and the separated areas make it take longer than it should. The grass didn't look bad when I started, but it did look a lot better when I was done.

After I had a shower and shaved and put on clean clothes, I picked up Jack for lunch. We went to Snookerís for Amber Bocks and sandwiches. He had pulled pork, and I had a chicken burrito. It was way too much lunch but I ate it all anyhow. I should have ordered the rice and beans, but I didnít see that until too late Ė the Chicken Burrito was on a blackboard as the special for yesterday (Cinco de Mayo) and it reminded me of Ray and Cecelia and the wonderful burritos we got in southern California.

Later I went down to the church and checked out standing on the platform scale in my bare feet to see if I could accidentally make the scale weigh lighter by wrapping my big toe over the edge. You have to stand unnaturally close to the balance beam, wrap your toe way down, and push hard to affect the scale. Iím still thinking about it, but it seems at least very unlikely anyone could do that by accident, even if their feet are numb. Itís especially unlikely that it would happen every Thursday for five weeks until I figured out what was wrong with the scale. Itís probably not totally impossible that this was an accident, but I wouldnít bet anything that it was.

Then I took care of some more Kiwanis stuff and did today's Sparks People. In another hour or so we will have supper.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/7/2011 10:05AM

    I'll have to remember your scale trick when I don't want to honest with myself. I've always thought that I got a lighter result when I stand on the very back edge.

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MS.ELENI 5/6/2011 11:44PM

    Another busy day for you. emoticon

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MRDPOLING 5/6/2011 8:50PM

    Got to love Friday's! Espectially after work is over and we get to play! hehe!

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I got through the first day of the safe driving course yesterday with only one problem - my boss brought a new instructor candidate to the class, sat in back, and talked continuously for the first hour and 15 minutes. At the break there were a bunch of students that gave me and him an earful. Nothing like that had ever happened to me, so I just apologized and went on. My boss just went home, and the new guy wasn't doing the talking in the first place.

I finished all the certificates yesterday, and today finished the class. I actually got done a little early, and there were no errors on any of the certificates (the last thing we do is have everyone inspect their certificate for errors - once in a while I transpose two letters or do something else dumb. Everyone was happy, and I got a good round of applause

When I got home I finished up the paperwork and mailed off the report and money to California and a copy to my boss. I was dead tired.

Now I have the profit and loss statements and receipts ready for the Kiwanis meeting tonight. We have the monthly board meeting right after the first meeting of the month, and I have pass-outs for everyone.

I filled up at $3.90 today, and it looks as if four dollar gas is just around the corner. I have no idea where it will stop.

Tomorrow I get the Dodge serviced - and sometime soon I need to cut the grass again. Right now all the grass plugs seem to be exceptionally happy, but two of the six grape vines don't seem to be growing any. I guess I can just plant some more if I want to do that, but it may work out exactly right because I planted the two Muscadine vines as insurance.

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MRDPOLING 5/5/2011 2:52PM

    I agree, after today you deserve a goof off day!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/4/2011 9:21PM

    You were certainly productive today. Maybe, it would be okay to goof off tomorrow.

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MS.ELENI 5/4/2011 5:30PM

    I bet you were tired. You are always so busy all the time.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

I walked over to the Suntrust branch to deposit Saturday's proceeds this morning, and got a surprise. Because the wrapper was still on the 50 ones I got on Friday I hadn't counted them. First the teller said I had too much money, I told her that I hadn't counted the wrapped ones, and she counted them. The actual count was 35, and I was over by six dollars, which means I didn't count one 20 and one single. I always count everything twice and use dark field illumination, but it was about six PM on Saturday when I finished, I was tired, and I only counted once - in a slipshod manner. Now I know never to do that again.

Today I put the money box and two revised check lists in Nelson's and called all of the Safe Driving class people to remind them to be early tomorrow. The BW went to rehab and wanted to go shopping when she first came home, and then decided that didn't match "taking it easy" so she took a nap.

And that was today.

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MS.ELENI 5/3/2011 1:59PM

    sounds like you were just too busy and tired.I know you rarely mess up

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REDSHOES2011 5/2/2011 11:15PM

    Yeah we all make mistakes, God isn't finished adjusting me as yet. I am a on going project and I must have him scratching his head all the time lol...

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S3XYDIVASMOM 5/2/2011 9:57PM

    We all make mistakes. Especially when we get tired.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

After all the real coffee I drank yesterday, which ended before 2:00, I couldn't go to sleep until 3:30 AM. I gave up and took Ralphy for a ride to Walmart at 1:00. I woke up at 7 feeling fine anyhow, but it was irritating.

We went to Consciousness-Blossoms for lunch. The BW had a waffle, I had a Ruben. Then we went to Publix for groceries, and now I'm about to walk the dogs. That's it for today until Upstairs Downstairs comes on at 9:00.

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MRDPOLING 5/1/2011 7:15PM

    I have been living on the black gold for too long. As of today, I have gone back to 1 cup a day and no more!!!!

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ROWINGFOOL 5/1/2011 3:16PM

    Sounds like a lovely Sunday.

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1THING 5/1/2011 3:15PM

    I am recording it

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