Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The BW found a recipe for vanilla ice milk the used a quart of fat free milk, a cup of cooked rice, some maple syrup (1/4 cup) and vanilla. It sounded like a neat idea so I started looking for an ice cream maker. When I was a kid they all worked with ice and rock salt, and the ice cream was custard, with eggs, sugar, and real cream (and sometimes ripe peaches).
It turns out that you can still buy an old fashioned ice cream maker, which would be good if you wanted to make it under a shady tree in the back yard. You can also buy one where you just stick the bowl in your freezer for at least six hours and the mix in the refrigerator for two or three hours, or until it gets cold. Then, in 20 or 30 minutes you have soft serve ice cream but instead of pulling out the paddles and wrapping it in a blanket, you put the ice cream in a closed container and stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Or, if you like soft serve, you just eat it now.
I searched the internet and was going to buy a Cuisinart for $49.99 and free shipping from Amazon.com, but Amazon wouldn't take my password. I "successfully" changed the password three times yesterday, and once again today. It still kept saying there was someone else using my e-mail address, so I finally went into Road Runner and set up a new e-mail address for me, and then into Outlook to set up Outlook to collect all the mail from both addresses.
Then we got a coupon from Bed Bath and Beyond for twenty per cent off any one item, and one of the comments was by a lady who had a coupon, the maker was on sale, and she got it for $30. I took the BW to BB&B and the price was $59.99, but with 20 per cent off it only cost $48, and you get instant delivery and the ability to take it back if you hate it. So we now have an ice cream maker.
There is another recipe for chocolate sherbet that can be very low calorie, and you can obviously play with the Italian frozen flavored water (gelato). There was too much going on today, but I think we're going to have fun with the ice cream maker. It only make a quart and a half at a time, but that's enough for one day at least.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I didn't cut the grass first thing this morning because it was wet. We had three inches of rain the last two or three days, and the BW's new hedge is all perky. If it were a dog the ears would be standing up.
By a quarter to nine it was dry enough, and I did manage to cut it and only clean the mower deck once, at the end of the mowing. The temperature today is going up to 93 or 94 again, and I had to hang both my shirt and jeans in the garage to dry out after I was done. The shirt didn't have any dry places on it - not even the collar.
I dropped out of TOPS this week - turned in all my weight recorder materials to the president and told her that I was going to try a sabbatical. After three years at my goal weight and seven years in TOPS I think I can manage on my own. I do weigh myself every morning and keep a log of my weight, exercise, and food, so between that and Spark People I think I'll be OK. If not, I'll show up again and sign up - like a lot of other people I have seen who stopped and then started again. Time will tell.
Now, if I could get out of Kiwanis and AARP I could look for some other volunteer jobs. I never kept the same job for more than four or five years when I was working for a living, and after that length of time I get tired of what I'm doing now. I'm at that stage with both of the other volunteer jobs now.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
When I got up this morning it felt cooler outside than inside - and it was! It was only 75 degrees outside, and our ride on the trolley turned out to be extremely pleasant. The views over the bridges were incredible, probably because there were no posts to limit them, and partly because I wasn't paying attention to the road to keep from running off or drifting into the oncoming traffic. The front of the trolley had windows, but the pack part just had roll up plastic zipper covers (I assume to keep the rain out.)
There are other, longer range trolleys that have tinted, closed windows and are a little bigger than the one we were on. They are essentially small buses, and they run a lot longer routes than the tourist trolleys. Then there are the PSTA buses. If you buy a pass you can ride any of them any time, so I guess they are all owned by the same organization.
We passed Clearwater beach, which is three miles of sun umbrellas and hoards of people that show up from somewhere. All I get is a quick glance when I'm driving, but hanging out of the trolley you can gawk to your heart's content.
We also toured the downtown of Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, and Clearwater as well as all of Clearwater Beach and Sand Key. The trolley doesn't go all the way down the barrier islands - but there is one that covers the whole 30 miles. It's one of those with closed tinted windows, so I'm not sure the tourists would like it unless they want to spend the whole day on the bus.
We saw St. Petersburg trolleys out on the Pier, but I don't know if there is a connection to the northern routes, and they were open like the one we were on.
The BW had a fine time, and we finished up by stopping for a snack before going home.
Friday, July 22, 2011
The BW and I took Jack to lunch today. I had a good eight hours' sleep, and woke up at 6:00 so I took the dogs on a nice walk this morning. It was cool - only 76 on the out door thermometer, but when we came inside it was like stepping into a cold shower. I checked the thermostat - still at 81 degrees. That dry air feels good.
This year the Jolly Trolly opened a route in north Pinellas, and tomorrow the BW and I intend to ride the Jolly Trolley from Palm Harbor up to Tarpons Springs - all the way to the sponge docks. Then we will ride it all the way down to a transfer stage in Clearwater and shift to the beach Trolley route. We take that all the way north and south on the barrier beaches, and then transfer back to ride home again. It is supposed to take three hours if we don't stop anywhere and don't miss any connections. We'll see how it goes. I think the dogs are good for at least six hours, and they have never yet wrecked anything, so I think it will be OK even if we do decide to wait out a stop. On Saturdays the beach trolleys still run on a 30 minute schedule, but the inland ones drop to every hour on Saturday and Sunday. I would pick a week day if it were my choice, but the BW has focused on some Saturday for a reason that only she knows.
I hope it is a fun ride.
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