Sunday, July 03, 2011
This is the season many folks are making resolutions, which might include exercising more. I thought I would let you, my friends, in on a little secret I've found for building my arm and shoulder muscles. You might wish to adopt this regimen.
Three days a week works well. I started by standing with a 5lb potato sack in each hand, extending my arms sstraightout to my sides and holding them out there as long as I can.
After a few weeks, I moved up to 10 pound potato sacks, then 50 pound potato sacks - and finslly got to where I could lift a 100-pound sack in each hand and hold my arms straight out for more than a full minute.
Next, I started putting a few potatoes in the sacks, but you might not want to continue at this level.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tuesday we got 1 1/2" of rain and so I drove my car to the library, plus going to the gym was the next stop in my plan. Now I've said before that life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans. Driving to the library, 'life' happened to me again!
The car was difficult to accelerate and I tried another gear which didn't help. Then, like a big light bulb going off, I realised that I probably had a flat tire. I haven't had one in so many years that I wasn't sure what it should 'feel' like. When I parked in front of the lib. I checked and sure enough my front left was VERY flat and sitting on the rim. I called a tow truck from the inside of the library. Did I mention how much rain we got?
I had him take me directly to Sam's Club. (On and off, I had remembered being told I should have my tires replaced before LAST winter, so I figured it was past time) Sam's didn't have any record of me replacing any tires on my 2002 Saturn. I looked stupidly at him and asked if it was possible that the car still had factory tires on it, he looked, sure enough they were. I ordered a new set of Goodrich tires, which happened to be on a special.
So, my new tires ended up costing a whopping total of $305 including tax and mounting/balancing. That also included regular tire rotation and rebalancing for the life of the tires plus free road assistance if I need a tire change during the life of the tires. Yesterday I took the tow truck's bill to State Farm and they gave me a check for the entire amount!
So anyway on Tuesday, after getting my auto re-rubbered, I made my planned trip to the gym. Now, I had not done much ST since leaving Curves at the end of December. I figured I would have lost some strength in those four months. That said, I was appalled at HOW MUCH I had lost! No wonder I had gained weight! ( Of course, it had NOTHING to do with all the 1/2 price easter goodies I had OR the fact that I had been out to dinner a lot more than usual lately.)
Yesterday, I was out in my front garden picking the daffodils that had been flattened by the rain, When what to my wondering eyes did appear, blooming trout lilies! I looked a little further and saw the peeping blooms of blood root! God was showing me the promise that spring really was on the way, despite the snow flakes appearing during the day.
Last night the weatherman explained all of our cold weather and the horrible outbreaks of deadly tornadoes to the east and south. A strong "La Nina"! The jet stream has been coming from the west then sweeping directly down into Texas before heading northeast and causing the deadly weather there. A news man also explained that the tornadoes were deadlier due to the spread of people moving into areas previously unoccupied by people.....
Two years ago we had a deadly tornado touch down about 10 miles north of here. Torn down were less than 5 year old houses in an area that previously held only fields and trees.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I would like to tell you I'm a rollercoaster type of gal, but on average I'm not! But planned roller coaster ride,s I like! When I was in my 'formative' years, we sometimes went to an amusement park near Willow Grove, PA. It had three levels of roller coaster rides - easy called the ___?_, medium called the Alps, and a scare you to death - The Thunderbolt. I was born logical . I pondered how to achieve The Thunderbolt. I longed to ride The Thunderbolt, but it scared me spitless!
I decided to started on the small one until it became ho-hum, I then started riding the Alps until it also became NBD. Then I rode The Thunderbolt, yes I DID! But just once was plenty - enough plenty!
There is an old poem called, "Somebody said it couldn't be done."
Ever since I saw a movie called, "Beneath The Ten Mile Reef" I had dreamed of seeing that for myself. When my eight year younger brother joined the Navy. I was kinda jealous, then he went into the submarine service and I was even more jealous! The last straw was when he became a Navy scuba diver. But I was a girl. Girls were never allowed to have THAT much fun.
In the '60's, civilian scuba diving became doable. Then my DH decided to take a class. In those days obtaining diving certification required 12 weekly classes of 3 hours each. And so in my early thirties I found myself taking the scuba diving class along with my DH. Oh, and by the way I needed to learn how to swim! I only knew how to hold my breath and swim underwater and how to do the 'doggy paddle'.
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