Monday, June 28, 2010
I had a pretty long message ready to post earlier, but when I tried to check the spelling the system was hung up. I tried the second time, and eventually hit the wrong key and lost everything. I don't know what will happen now, but it's after bedtime for me, and I'll try again tomorrow.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I didn't set the alarm and slept until almost 6:30 today. Then I didn't walk - just got out the mower and started cutting grass at 7:10. Fortunately I have an electric mower, so I didn't bother any of the neighbors. I do need to cut the grass at least once a week, and it has been getting hot in the afternoon - 94 the last couple of days and 96 one day last week. It was only 80 when I started but had started to warm up by the time I finished. I was still soaked in sweat by 8:30.
Then I did my laundry after my shower because I was running out of clean clothes. I carried the BW's stuff out because she aches all over, front to back and top to bottom. Her back is just as bad as before the surgery, so I do most of the bending over here. The weather prediction is 50 per cent chance of rain, and the thunderclouds are thick every day now, so she sort of blames the weather.
She is making turkey salad for supper, so I made a batch of pork fried rice to use up the leftover pork chop (9 oz.) from last night. It made two quarts exactly, and according to Spark nutrition, it is 190 calories per cup which is about 20 calories more than the chicken fried rice. I used egg beaters instead of real eggs this time, so I blame it all on the fat in the sirloin pork chop. The chicken breast is pretty lean.
I wouldn't know how many calories in a cup, but this batch just filled a two quart plastic container, which can sit in the fridge for a day or two until we eat it. I have an avocado ready for supper too.
Other than that, I sat around and read half a book called "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane. He wrote Mystic River, which was pretty good, and the new book (new to me) is good so far too. I still haven't gotten down to doing any real work, probably because after 18 years I'm now naturally lazy.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Yesterday and today I walked by myself, then walked to dogs. That takes care of the first hour and a half of the day - nearly two hours including getting ready, and then I always need a shower afterward. Yesterday I spent a half hour digging sand burrs out of the back yard, and thought I had them all, at least temporarily.
Today I spent a half hour putting Rob's fence back together. Our irrigation system wets the fence, and the privacy fence he put up has tiny nails holding the sheeting boards to the frame. They aren't galvanized, and if they were painted it was with something that didn't last, so the boards come loose from the fence even where the sprinklers don't wet it, and faster where they do. I go along and use 1 1/4 inch primed wallboard screws to reattach the face boards, and black three inch screws to hold the frame to the fence where it keeps coming loose. I could drive down to the home depot for primed longer screws, but black is what I have on hand, and it's his fence.
While I was making trips back to the garage to get tools I forgot, I noticed one sand burr, so when I was done with the fence I got a grocery bag and dug up the one I had noticed. Then I noticed another and another, and harvested until the bag was full. Then I got my shower today.
While I was filling in the Spark stuff today I saw a blog from a lady who was riding a recumbent bike. I put a comment on her blog, and she actually put a message on my page. It turns out she was talking about a recumbent exercise bike, not one you ride down the street. I didn't pay attention to her exact words or I could have figured it out. Anyway, she made me one of her friends, so I did the same. She is just starting out with the exercise, sort of like me just starting out with the fitness exercises.
I'm still a little nervous about that, because I messed up my back again working with 8 pound weights while I was doing the bypass rehab, so I'm sticking with the bands and the rehab exercises for my back, at least in the beginning. I remember how it was to not be able to sleep again the last time, and how long it takes to recover if you mess up.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I found out today that a classmate from my graduating high school class died lat night. He was only a couple of months older than I am. Not very long ago, Tom Fitch, a guy I once worked with while we were both at the same level died. He was also a couple of months older than I was when he died. Larry and I were good friends when we were in school together, but he went to a different college, and we parted ways after school. He was a coach, first at a high school and later moved up a little - never in the big ten league, but he collected a lot of footballs.
At this point about a fourth of the class is dead, which means that three fourths of us are still going on one way or another. Most of us have dodged a few bullets and been winged a time or two. There's not much you can do except keep on keeping on.
It's sort of a disadvantage to be retired - you don't have to worry about the immediate future as long as you have enough money coming in to live on without working. It tends to make you lazy. After a few years, you figure you have done enough if you exercise for an hour and a half in the morning, cut the grass once a week, do a little house work and shopping, and just keep the lights on. Read a book or watch TV in your spare time. No patents or awards except for volunteer work. Sort of a useless person except for the odd gift to the grandkids.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
For lunch yesterday I made a smoked salmon paste with a can of salmon, chopped onions and dill chips, fat free mayo, and liquid smoke. Since the BW doesn't like smoked things, I ate half yesterday and the other half for lunch today. The salmon and a couple of rye flatbreads were plenty, but today I added half an avocado, a cup of yogurt, and a handful of walnuts.
Then I made vegetarian fried rice for supper yesterday, only I added a 9 oz chicken breast fillet, cut up and fried in olive oil first. It was supposed to be 8 servings, but we ate half of the recipe. I put all the ingredients for half of what I made in the combined foods section and labeled it "Chicken Fried Rice", and then said I had a half serving for supper. That's probably what we will have for supper today.
The BW came home from her Zoomba class with a flier showing the place where the class and everyone else interested comes to have a party every Friday. It's happy hour from 4:00 on, and the party is from 6 to 7:15. The cost is listed as $8, and I can't figure out what the eight dollars is for - the music? Entrance? It's not the drinks or food. We'll have to go once and find out.
I rolled out at 6 yesterday for the Kiwanis meeting - and only 8 members showed up. It was a half hour meeting with business but no speaker. Then I took the rest of the day off. Today I got up at 6 again and stopped by the post office on my first walk. We had a report notice from the state for a sales tax return, so I did that and turned it in today. Now I'm pretty well done with all the urgent stuff, and just have a few chores left for this afternoon.
Maybe I'll get back to "The Elements of Style" again. Looking for something to do, it occurred to me that it has been 30 years since I wrote a book and decided that I needed to work on my style. I still have the three books that I used, and in a couple of hours a day I learned to write in a few months. It was nice while it lasted, but then I went back to being a manager again and everything else stopped. It would be good to get that skill back. Cutting gems is a much more expensive hobby than writing.
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