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Wasps and the First Moon Landing

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Re : KASEYCOFF's blog, Day 209: Photo Blog # 28 - Wherein she describes her father's long-ago encounter with ground wasps whilst mowing the yard.
Wow! did this bring back memories!

Back in the early '60s we all went camping with my Aunt Marg (not Marge! Never Marge!) and all the sisters, cousins, brothers ( A s___ load of relatives). This weekend was the time of the first moon landing. The second day we were to hike out to the adjacent land owner's house and watch the event on his TV.

We were to camp in southern New Jersey on some land- (dry land she had thought) that she had recently purchased! We had to bushwack our way in as there was no road or trail. My cousin Bobby was first in with his big pick -um-up truck. Quite a way in, the truck became stuck in a peat bog area. After a lot of drat-laced discussion, it became apparent that the only way to extract the truck was to winch it out tree by tree or none of the camper-trailers would be able to dragged in or set up!

While all this was going on, the air sometimes ringing with shouts of Drat, double Drat, my Uncle Bob (Bobby's father) took all the little ones ( including my three pre- school daughters) farther in by foot to amuse them near a very shallow crick, aka creek.

Some time later I heard the panicked shrieks of my youngest daughter, who had stepped on a nest of those very same wasps, and they were stinging her all over her litle body. For many years to come the idea of them terrified her! Obviously, she was not allergic to the bites, but at that time we weren't sure of that. This tale is to be continued in my blog, "Wasps and the First Moon Landing".

A long time later, the pop up campers, and the flock of tents were set up and some were floored with a roll of linoleum. We ate a meal and settled down to drink some wine and get reacquainted with the cousins. Lucky Uncle Bob was in one of the pop-ups with the litle ones. Then later came the pouring rain, turning the rest of the camp area into a waterfilled peat bog. We, with the curled up linoleum flooring remained quite dry in our little 'boat'.

By the next morning when the light of day revealed our true plight, it was resolved to hastily abandon plan A. Plan B was to abandon much of the gear and the popup camper and return to Aunt Marg's home in Runemede, New Jersey.

There, dried out and fed, we later watched " the First step for man, a giant leap for mankind" All in all, a vey memorable story about our family and the beginnings of the Space Age.

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ZESTYLADY 8/27/2011 9:28AM

    Got to love those camp stories!

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RASCALSMOMMA 8/26/2011 11:50PM

    Thanks Sunny for that story

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KARIDIAN1 8/26/2011 8:08PM

    We were driving home from a relatives lake place when the first moon landing occurred. I remember looking up at the moon in the sky and thinking there actually was someone there. I think I was in 6th or 7th grade then.

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DR1939 8/26/2011 8:56AM

    We were out near the Johnson Space Center at our beach house just before the landing and rushed back to Houston to see it on TV. The traffic was horrendous by JSC that day.

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SUNNYWBL 8/26/2011 2:00AM

    Everything was finally retrieved. Someone brought along the linoleum because they didn't have anything to use as a ground cloth.

I never went camping there again I'm not sure if there was any high ground on that acreage.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/25/2011 9:48PM

    Nice memory! I was in high school at the time and vividly remembering watching at my boyfriend's parent's house. It's one of those events that everyone that's old enough remembers exactly where they were when it happened. It's like remembering exactly how you first heard that JFK had been shot. (I was getting off the elevator on the way to the eye doctors for the first time when that happened.)

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_LINDA 8/25/2011 9:06PM

    Wow! What an adventure!!
Wasps are a problem right now, we don't know where they are all coming from, but we have to watch it in the garden. They have tried to build their nests in our thunderchild crab tree as well as under the house's overhanging roof, but we usually knock them off before they get big. I have to wonder if they are under the wood steps in the back, nothing we can do with those..
We used to go camping a lot too, with just plain tents, no linoleum, but never ran into any problems, we always looked for high, grassy gound. Thanks for the memories!

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NELLIEC 8/25/2011 8:45PM

    And did you ever go back to get the stuff?

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The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge - Part 2

Friday, August 12, 2011

I am finally current in my miles walked, and ended up in Missouri!

This time I promise to be more attentive and KEEP my log current!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/13/2011 6:52PM

    emoticon....That's a lot of walking!

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CARRIE1948 8/13/2011 1:42PM

    life happens

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LJCANNON 8/12/2011 11:03PM

    emoticonGood Job!!

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_LINDA 8/12/2011 10:58PM

    Well done!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 8/12/2011 5:28PM

    and my home street here in Weslaco!!!!

I thought I saw you running by..... emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/12/2011 5:01PM

    You are in my home state. I am oiginally from Missouri. emoticon

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Progress on my Virtual Trip Across the USA

Monday, August 08, 2011

Sometime last year, I joined the team, "The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge" I started logging in my walking miles. I was in Kentucky when I got behind in logging my miles. Soon after, I dropped out of the team. I did contnue to walk every day, and track the daily walks with my Omron Pedometer. Dutifuly, I kept downloading the miles to my Omron database.

Quite by accident, I saw an entry someone had made about where they were on their trip! That inspired me to kick up my efforts, go back to Gold's, and enter my backlogged miles into the offical site! I'm still in Kentucky, but hope I'll have finished the state by the time I get caught up to date. We'll see!

My present location: 930.0 mi View Details "1.35 mi to Hardin Springs, KY", "Hardin County"
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YELLOW09RED 8/9/2011 2:23PM

    Hi Sunny,
I am so glad to see you back on the team.

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DR1939 8/9/2011 9:08AM

    I've been thinking about doing this. I think I'll join this team. Thanks.

Just an update to let your know I've joined the virtual walk.

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KIWINURSE 8/9/2011 7:53AM

    Keep on walking! emoticon

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LJCANNON 8/9/2011 12:45AM

    emoticonI think it was one of your Blogs that got me interested in Virtual Walks. I started out last month in Chicago walking across the US via Old Route 66. I am in Grants, New Mexico as of last night!! At each stop you get a "Post Card" that tells you something about the City or Town where you are.
emoticonI hope you will keep us up to date on your Journey!!

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_LINDA 8/9/2011 12:22AM

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RASCALSMOMMA 8/9/2011 12:02AM

    There ya go!!

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Becoming More Physically Active - from AOM

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I found this article to be very useful information! See the origin of the info at the bottom.

Bring on the Heat with Summertime Exercise

Imagine what it feels like to step outside on a hot and humid day, with the air heavy and sticky on your skin. Now imagine lacing up your tennis shoes and going for a run on that hot and humid day. What does it feel like? And how does the warm outdoor temperature affect your body and overall physical performance? The temperature of your exercise environment can elevate your heart rate and make it more difficult to breathe—possibly having a negative impact on your exercise ability. Humans are “homeotherms,” meaning that our body temperature is regulated to remain close to a set point of 98.6°F or 37°C. Our bodies constantly try to maintain control over our core temperature, keeping it close to its set point in order to avoid potentially life threatening situations like heat stroke, exhaustion, fatigue, or dehydration. When exercising in a warmer climate, your body naturally produces heat and takes heat from the external environment and transfers it to your body1. To safely exercise in the heat, it is important to adapt your body and maintain hydration.

To adapt your body, expose yourself to hot and humid environments regularly to allow your body’s sweat response to catch up with the rest of your body’s systems. To avoid over-exerting yourself when exercising in the heat, gradually increase activity intensity and duration.

When you are at rest, or not exercising, your body normally balances hydration by initiating a thirst response that informs your brain and body to drink fluids. During exercise however, this thirst response may not be sufficient. A fluid loss of 1-2% of body weight is necessary before your body will initiate a thirst response, therefore making it necessary to understand and respond to your fluid needs2,3.

Begin a workout fully hydrated. In fact, before exercise, hydrate slightly more than normal to optimize your body’s ability to control its temperature and maintain cardiac output, or the rate of blood pumping from the heart. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, you should drink 500 milliliters of fluid two hours before exercise to ensure adequate hydration and to void any excess fluid3.

The body has a natural mechanism in place for cooling itself—sweating. Though it is useful for cooling the body, sweating also causes a loss of fluids and sodium that are necessary to maintain hydration. For physical activity that lasts more than one hour, you should consume fluids during the workout3. The salt that is lost through sweat should be replaced with a sodium-containing beverage to adequately rehydrate. Ideally, the rehydration beverage will also contain carbohydrate, such as low fat chocolate milk or a sports drink, because the combination will increase fluid retention while replacing muscle glycogen stores that have been depleted as a result of exercise.

A good indicator of hydration status is urine color. Light yellow-colored urine (similar to lemonade) is more indicative of adequate hydration, whereas darker yellow urine (similar to apple juice) generally indicates the need to drink more fluids.

A final piece of advice about exercising in warm temperatures is to try and do so in shaded areas as much as possible while wearing loose-fitting, moisture-wicking, light-colored clothes to reflect sunlight. So lace up your tennis shoes, fill up your water bottle, and enjoy the rest of summer!

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1 The American Physiological Society 2008
2 Journal of Applied Physiology 2006
3 American College of Sports Medicine 2007

America On the Move Foundation © 2011

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_LINDA 8/9/2011 12:24AM

    I am happy not to have to usually worry about exercising in those conditions, one benefit of a normally cold climate -it makes you want to keep moving to stay warm!

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MNNSAIDE 8/8/2011 6:43AM

    Good advise Sunny.
I think I know who Irene is talking about!!! (nose)

The one on urine - I learned that during one of my test - when I placed
my little container in the shelf with the others I noticed that every one must
be really sick cuz mine had a better color than theirs did!!!

Wrong! I was the one that was dehydrated.

A test I often use (one my mom would do when I would come visit) is
to pull up the skin on my wrist. When the skin returns quickly that's good.
Mine is always slow - the kids at school would even have me check then
they would say - finish your water bottle!!! emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 8/7/2011 9:35PM

    Good article SUnny. Now, one question. How much is 500 ml? :) HUGS

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NELLIEC 8/7/2011 9:14PM

    Since I react badly to even moderate heat, I try to stay as cool as possible -- I love air conditioned areas!

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DIDMIS 8/7/2011 9:09PM

    Sunny good advice for runners or walkers. Down here you need a lot of sunscreen as you can get your nose burned. Not good.

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My Neighbor Joe's 50th Birthday Party - Part II

Friday, July 29, 2011

Joe's wife Roxy is quite a good singer.

Joe, the birthday boy, is playing the guitar.

There was a violin, a bass. a drummer and sometimes another guy 'playing' the slab of wood.

Much later, around 11pm, another guy who catered the party and bartends at a local trendy café, was invited to sing. He was originally from Cuba, sang Latino songs, and was amazingly good.

The drama started with the arrival of two of White Bear's finest. emoticon emoticon

That put 'paid' to a wonderful and quite memorable evening of friends, food, music, and song!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/30/2011 3:12AM

    What an awesome party!!! Sounds like everyone had a great time.

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SUNNYWBL 7/29/2011 11:39PM

    Irene, thanks for pointing out the typo! Oops!

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YJNANA 7/29/2011 10:41PM

    Thanks for Sharing FUN times Sunny :)

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DIDMIS 7/29/2011 10:36PM

    Sunny what a nice blog and what nice pictures. I guess the only thing I didn't like about it was the even of frieds, food. emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 7/29/2011 7:56PM

    What a nice Birthday Party!

A musician will always play - even if it's
is own party!!!! lol

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MOTTAMAMALOU 7/29/2011 5:40PM

    Happy 50th Birthday, Joe.
Looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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