Thursday, June 17, 2010
I only walked 2.36 miles this morning because I had to see my internist at 9:00, and he works in Oldsmar. I did work up a sweat, have a shower, breakfast, and read the paper, but before I could come home I stopped in at the Oldsmar super Walmart and got another pedometer. The one I just bought disappeared yesterday. Besides a prescription for Flomax, I was directed to see my dermatologist for the thing on my forehead. The stuff on my body and leg was nothing, but the forehead thing looked like a basal cell carcinoma to Dr. Falla.
I dropped off the prescription at Walgreens on the way home and picked up at 1:00 PM. Now I have three weeks to see if it does any good before seeing the urologist.
The interesting thing that happened was an offer to sell me some stock from my bank. Since I check these things, I know it's losing about six million a year, and has been getting a little worse. It's listed as below average by the raters, but the letter talks about the improving profits and the new IPO that is only 2/3 sold after 8 months on the market. I can get in for only $12K now instead of the $24K that was the original requirement. After a short consideration, I decided that my original plan to stick with 5 star mutual funds with a long and good track record is still a good idea. I'm glad the government insures my deposits.
Other than that, I went to TOPS, am in leeway, and still have to eat another cup of yogurt of some sort to make the minimum calories for today (get them over 1500). When you consider that I had lunch by myself, then another with the BW, then supper after TOPS, and watermelon for dessert, it's kind of surprising.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Everything seems to be going well today, except that the day is passing too quickly. I slept in this morning, and didn't get out of the house until 7:20. I have been going to sleep too late to get a full eight hours, so today I didn't set the alarm and deliberately went back to sleep at 5:30. I still felt a little tired, but finished the first three miles in fine shape. It was cloudy at first so I took a ball cap with me, but the sun didn't come out until I was nearly home. Then I took the dogs on their one mile walk and made their day. There was something going on at the Community Center, a race or triathlon at the Y, and a ball game at the high school baseball stadium, so there were a lot of runners and cars for them to warn off.
Adrienne came home with a fancy long sleeved shirt for Father's Day. It fits OK, but I have to unbutton the cuffs to get my hands through the arms. It's one of those tricky ones with an "open" back which means there is a vent with cloth screen underneath across the back. I can't see the difference between cloth hanging down your back and open at the bottom and cloth continuous to your pants. I'll try it out and see, but I don't think it will be any cooler than a regular shirt.
Unfortunately, I have a combination of old age and sun damage to the skin of my arms, especially the left one, so if I even brush against something and it is a little sticky, the skin parts and blood leaks out. The skin is about as strong as wet tissue paper. After reading up on it, the best advice is to wear long sleeved shirts, so I bought a bunch of them. Unfortunately, they are warmer than short sleeves, and it turns out that I still get in trouble with long sleeves - just not as often.
The best thing I did was to do away with aspirin and fish oil. That way the blood clots and I don't spread as much around when something happens. Before, the first time I knew anything had happened was when I felt blood dripping from my fingers.
I guess this entry got away from me. I didn't know what to talk about and it just turned into a stream of consciousness spewing out. Sorry there's no point.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Last night I noticed that there was a place to log in (user name slot and password slot) on the SparkPeople search engine page, and decided to log in that way. I had finished supper and wanted to enter my food. I was shocked when I came up with no Spark Points, only two friends, (the big guy and Eleni) no awards, and Eleni's start date on the Profile section of the main page. I couldn't figure out what had happened, so I spent about an hour doing everything over again, and wound up with about 120 points.
Today, I logged in the normal way, and got to the same place. I was pretty bummed out because I just lost 2 1/2 months worth of history, but went ahead and put today in the new, strange place. Fortunately, I didn't have to figure out a lot of stuff and I managed to set it all up again, with a page and my picture and a profile, etc. after I was done with all the bookkeeping and banking for Kiwanis. We had a meeting this morning, and I received checks from Marty and John Kiker both.
While I was messing around after I had everything set up, I found a message from yesterday, and saw my old page with everything on it. I also had the new page open at that time, and I was able to look at both of them (one at a time) until I finally logged off again.
Later, after a snack, I came back, logged on, and found the original page. It was great. My user name is stored on the normal login site, and I only have one password, so I'm sure I wasn't doing anything wrong most of the time. I now had everything set up and two days' data in the new page, and a blank today in the old page. So I loaded it up and went away.
The next time I came back I logged in, after closing the page and using the "log in here if you're a member" I was on the new page. Talk about frustrating. Eventually I logged in twice there, using rextine and got to the new page, then I logged in using rextine1 and got the old page.
Now whenever I log in at the site with the stored user name, I get the old page. I hope it stays that way, and I hope no one else ever has this trouble. The only friend left was Eleni, and my start date was two years ago instead of 2 1/2 months ago. It was really confusing.
Monday, June 14, 2010
We did it again, and got there a little earlier because Adrienne PROMISED to get up and I set the alarm for 5:40. It still took 25 minutes to get out of the house, so it was getting pretty light.
Driving out on the causeway I saw something I have never seen before - the water was so still that the Intercoastal Waterway was like a mirror. The Mangroves and trees growing on the spoil islands were perfectly reflected as if there were a real mirror there. There was enough light to see everything clearly at about 6:15. The tide was out, and the marker boards for the different channels were standing high out of the water, and the air was completely still.
By the time I got to the concession stand and restrooms, the wind had picked up a little. The temperature had read 82 on our front porch at 6:00, and it didn't seem any cooler on the water. With the high humidity, I was able to work up a sweat fairly easily, and I didn't like the idea of driving my car home and stinking up the upholstery.
There was only one car when we got there, but traffic picked up as the morning wore on. I saw three bicycles, two skaters, three runners, and several walkers by 7:20. The trail was clear as far as the eye could see some of the time, but there was often two or more walkers, sometimes sever in sight.
After the sun was up, it wasn't such a fine walk. On my normal routes I can usually start out walking east early in the walk, before the sun comes up. I also have most of the routes running north and south, so the trees provide shade over most of the route. Some of the east-west legs have overhanging trees for most of the distance, so I stay out of the sun even after it comes up for most of my walks.
Adrienne and I agreed that we wouldn't go back again to walk there. I'll keep doing my thing and she will go out in the evenings (when it's warmer) and I'll keep her company. She just isn't a morning person, and her arthritis is bothering her today.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Adrienne wanted to walk in the cool, and on the Dunedin Causeway, so last night I set the alarm for 5:55, got up a little earlier, and was in the bathroom while it went off. We did get out where the water is on both sides of us before the sun came up, and she was amazed at the speed at which it moves. We only walked a half hour. It was very bright on the way back to the car. She had sunglasses, I didn't.
I cut the grass and sprayed today, then had a fit and picked all the peaches left on the tree. The ones with bugs went in the trash and the rest are in the sink. I just finished washing them and left them to dry. They will have to ripen on the counter. When a peach gets ripe on the tree, the beetles and snails colonize it. I never saw anything like this in Ohio or Indiana, but they actually poke a hole in the skin, then eat it from the inside out. Spraying weekly doesn't even slow them down. I finally concluded that the only way to get peaches is to pick them while they're hard as a rock, then wait for them to ripen enough to eat. It's disappointing, but I guess that's going to be the rule here from now on.
Tomorrow I will take Ace with me to the causeway, but we will split up. She will walk her own path and I will do mine. It's sort of silly to drive somewhere to walk around, but it should get her out again. Her rehab is supposed to be walking. This morning it took us 30 minutes to walk 8 tenths of a mile, and I normally walk three miles in an hour, then take the dogs out for another mile in 30 minutes. We'll see how this goes - there were a fair number of people on the trail this morning, but I don't know how busy it will be on a work day.
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