Sunday, January 30, 2011
Last year my area was blessed to see the start of a Senior Chore Service. The program originated with funds from a one year grant. The purpose was to help seniors stay in their own homes longer with help for chores they either couldn't do or could no longer do. Although the chores are done strictly by volunteers, there is a sliding fee based on income. The fees collected will enable the Service to continue to operate. The volunteers are fully 'vetted' by background checks before starting.
I signed up for the program last year. The process started with a home visit from the Chore Program Co-ordinator, a lovely lady named Sallie. She fully explained the program, cost, and what the volunteers can do and what they are not allowed to do. After providing my income information, we walked around my house talking about what I wanted done and making a list.
Her job is to find volunteers with the needed skills, schedule them, come with them for the first visit to make sure they felt comfortable doing the work required. They Never do anything that requires professional licensing, ie plumbing, electrical work, etc. The senior is expected to supply all the needed materials. (The red tape and documentation required precludes the
volunteer from getting the supplies needed themselves. They can give you a list.
I had some very pressing wants:
1. Connect my living room's analog TV to a digital converter and HDTV antenna. I had tried several times to do this and never was able to get it to work.
2. Finish installing the woodwork in my entry (foyer), inside trim around the front door, trim on the entry closet, base boards in the entry, shelving and clothes pole in said closet and a folding door for the closet.
3. Reconnect the vent hose on my dryer to the outside vent. I was taking my clothes to the Laundromat for drying to prevent my house from being eaten by mold.
4. Install smoke detectors in house.
(2. was part of the leftovers from my previous encounter with a very crooked contractor. I got a lawyer, took crooked contractor to court, I won, he lost his contractor's licence. I was left broke, depressed, and with much work undone. The entry was just the most obvious of the undone work.)
Within two weeks, I could again watch TV in my living room, the smoke detectors were detecting, the dryer was again vented to the outside,and all the trim was installed in my entryway. The closet work will happen as soon as I have more funds available.
This chore program (and the local meals-on-wheels program) needs more funding to continue. Sallie approached me to help with a fund raising video. My part was a video interview describing how the chore program was helping me. I was glad to help. She and the photographer/videographer (another volunteer) came to my home last Wednesday. It was a very comfortable process. When we were done, I jokeingly asked the camera guy if he was willing to take a few still photos for me to use here on Spark and on Match,com. He was willing and these three photos arrived in my e-mail the same night...................
I think the fundraiser is scheduled for sometime in late February.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
This morning I got on the scale and saw a number I had not seen for a long time - 157 pounds!
Chasened, I sat at my computer and logged part of the last 7 days of food. I have been writing it down, but not logging it! NEVER a good idea!
All of the days I logged in were showing surplus calories eaten. The worst day was yesterday - I burned 1633 calories and consumed 2361 calories! (data from logging and my GoWearFit armband). Only 11% of those from protein, (I aim for about 25% protein), 17.4% from fat(I aim for about 25%from fat), and a whopping 71.6% from carbs( I aim for 50% from carbs). SODIUM = 3711mg (I aim for 1500mg)
Total Fat 68 g
Saturated Fat 16 g
Cholesterol 29 mg
Sodium 3711 mg
Potassium 3256 mg
Total Carbohydrate 406 g
Dietary Fiber 48 g
Sugars 162 g
Protein 72 g
There was only one food item yesterday that caused most of the damage, a package of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix. Since I haven't indulged in this item in a long, long time; I had never run the numbers. What a shock. If I had only done this last night before I made them, I wouldn't have done it, and I would have ended the day with 172 calorie deficit instead of a 728 calorie surplus!
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
Total Fat 27 g
Saturated Fat 12 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Sodium 2040 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 162 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 42 g
Protein 12 g
My other packages of this mix will be donated to the local food shelf!
I also have not adjusted to the loss of Curves workouts in my life. I must refocus on upping my other activities...................
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Though I have had the Yaks Trax for over 6 years, there is no rust. The newer versions are probably made with stainless steel. I most recently saw them at Famous Footwear for around $12-13.
I bought the handwarmers at WalMart in the sporting goods section ($1.97 +tx for three sets). I've also seen them at Sam's Club in larger packages.
The funny thing I noticed with the handwarmers , they took a while to start warming up( 10-15 min). When I had gotten home and was done with the shoveling, they still had about 9 hours of heat left. What to do with them? I decided to put them down on a small patch of ice near my front door. Hours later, I went to check how much ice had melted. Nada, but the handwarmers were cold! Hmm, so I mushed them up again as I had before. They started to heat up again! The next time, after I use them, I'll put them into the freezer in a plastic bag and try to use them again. The scientist in me lives on!
Note on disposal of handwarmers-
Ingredients - Iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal and vermiculite.
After use, dispose with regular garbage, All natural ingredients will not harm the environment!
Friday, January 14, 2011
I've had my YaksTrax for a number of years, my first pair was a gift from my school bus supervisor during my school bus driving days. That winter, I broke my left ankle thoroughly by stepping down onto snow covered glare ice. My first clue of impending trouble was the thought that then flitted through my mind, "Huh, I didn't know my ankle could turn that way." Well, it really couldn't! About 8 weeks after surgery to fix the ankle and install a permanent 6" x1/2" steel plate thereon, I returned to bus driving. My first day back I slipped on the ice in the bus lot! The next day I became the proud owner of the aformentioned YaksTrax. My boss had seen me fall and visions of 'workers comp' must have danced through his head.....................
They are bits of coiled wire connected with strecthy rubber that can be affixed to the soles of your shoes or boots.
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I had noticed during our first 18" snow that the limiting factor to shoveling time, was the bone-chilling cold in my hands. In and out to warn my hands. Today I went out to shovel some and then walked to the library to return some books in the falling snow. This time, I had HandWarmers between my two pairs of gloves. Wowser, what a difference! My whole body was toasty warm during the 41 minute walk and the pre- and postwalk shoveling sessions.
There is no stopping me now!
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