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'.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Whether you noticed or not, I reset my weight tracker - again. Sigh...
I have not been logging my food and getting enough exercise and we all know where this always leads - Repeat after me - We gain weight!
The first thing I did was take all my LARGER slacks , jackets, jeans, and blouses to Good Will! That gives me NO LARGER CLOTHES TO GROW BACK INTO!
I recently mentioned that my Omron was not tracking well and sometimes not working. I took it apart several days ago and used canned air to blow it out. It didn't help. Although the new tether that I bought has arrived, the new Omron still has not! I am walking every day, again, and soon I will restart logging my food again. I will get there again.
All of this goes to prove yet again that , "I am a fallible human". Then again, aren't we all?
One great thing I did this week was be healthy enough to donate a pint of my blood to the Red Cross.
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.
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