Thursday, July 01, 2010
The weather prediction for here has been 60 per cent for rain for each of the past few days, and for the next two or three, then it goes down to 50 per cent for each day, and a week out to only 30 or 40 per cent. But that doesn't tell you how much rain you are going to get. Tuesday I walked without problem in the morning, but it started raining in the late afternoon, and we got a total of eight tenth of an inch by bedtime (10:00 for me.) At 6:00 yesterday my rain gauge had nine tenths of an inch showing. I went out yesterday early and the sunrise wasn't a bother because there were some thin clouds in the east, so the sun didn't actually show until after I walked the dogs.
Yesterday afternoon, around three, the rain started in earnest. My rain gauge shows markings up to five inches, and there is about another half inch from the top mark to the upper lip of the gauge. By about six or six thirty the gauge was full to the top, so I know we got more than 4.5 inches of rain yesterday.
Today I went out for a walk, and there wasn't any sunrise. It was cool, cloudy, but no breeze, and a very pleasant walk, and it was still overcast when I walked the dogs and brought them home. The thermometer on our front porch read 76 degrees at 7:30 this morning. That's cool weather for us at this time of year. There's still no sun, and it's still cool. There was sand covering the sidewalk in quite a few places, and on both sides of the street. I think Pinellas County is mostly a big sand pile, with dunes making the hills and no stabilizing vegetation where there isn't any irrigation. For some reason, the native plants leave a lot of open sand in many areas.
I checked the St. Augustine grass plugs I had in the front yard, and they are all perky and looking happy. I also scattered another 18 of them in the back yard, and had just ignored them. I went out and checked, and was able to find 10 of them, all looking fine. I assume the other 8 are doing well and would look fine if I could find them. Sooner or later I'm going to have an all grass yard, I hope.
All in all, I have to say that we're having pretty good weather, and my only complaint is that I have to wear my old hearing aids so that if it starts raining I can pop them out and hide them in a plastic bag.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I walked yesterday and got in well over my 10,000 steps, but a little less than 20,000. I also had a growth on my forehead removed. It had been there for a few months, and put out a little bubble of blood a couple of times. Dr. Falla said I should go see a dermatologist, and he scooped it off and sent it off for a biopsy. I don't know why, because it's gone either way.
Today I went to a Kiwanis meeting, and everyone decided we didn't need a board meeting tomorrow, so we did it this morning. There was a quorum there, so it was a valid meeting except the secretary didn't have notes to pass out and I didn't have the treasurer's report. I came home and checked everything, then printed out 10 copies of the administrative and service fund's activity. Fortunately the books, profit and loss records, and bank totals have all matched. I put in enough checks that I can catch myself if I make a mistake.
My calories were good yesterday, and I'm reasonably well satisfied with everything except that there's a roll of fat around my middle. When I pinch it I get almost an inch of fat between my fingers. I don't remember that as a youth. My arms and legs are OK - it's just the body that has excess fat on it. Maybe the crunches and so on will help. It's sad to remember doing 100 sit-ups and ready to do 100 more when 20 crunches seem sort of hard. I looked up body fat percentage, and it said that for me, 190 pounds is a great weight if you're 18, but at my age I need to be 150 to have the same percentage of body fat. I've read that you lose a pound of muscle every year after age 30, and it sounds as if that's what the web site was quoting. Maybe the exercises will help some.
Per Art Linkletter - "Old age is not for sissies."
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.
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