Saturday, October 02, 2010
I was inspired by LJCANNON's blog and alsoSIMPLELIFE4REAL's last 37 day streak on walking a minimum of 3 miles/day and other things, too.
My streak started out with, not with a bang, but the skirl of a bagpipe! I had just left the library with some new books and what to my wondering ears entered in - A BAGPIPE! Half a block later, there it was, played by a piper in a kilt, sporran, dirk and the rest of the piper gear. He was piping the start of a wedding at the neighboring Episcopal Church. I probably got in several thousand more steps as I walked back and forth listening to the music. (I probably never have mentioned before that both my maternal grandparents emigrated from Scotland to the USA in the 1st decade of the 20th century.) Hence, my love of pipe music!
Later, I stopped by my favorite split rail fence, covered with a grape vine loaded with ripe grapes, probably Concord. Minor larceny was then comitted and boy were they deeeeeeeeelicccccioooooooooous!
All in all a very good walk! I will probably be walking by that split rail fence again in the coming weeks.
Total steps for the day =13045. Aerobic minutes=72; vigorous minutes=37
Thursday, June 24, 2010
When I joined Gold's Gym in May, a big reason was the call of the swimming pool!
I do love to swim, and you would think that living near a lake would be great! But the lake level is 4 ft low and I can't get my mind/body past the vision of swimmer's ick. It's a nasty microscopic creature whose life cycle circles around duck poop, and lake snails. If there were a dock or boat in my life that enabled to get into the lake without walking on the snail ridden lake bottom, I would be OK.
As I may have mentioned before, I don't like getting water in my eyes or up my nose. For many years I have gotten around that problem by wearing my old scuba diving mask and snorkle. Alas, several years ago it finally bit the dust and started leaking unstoppably.
In the past several weeks I have looked around many large box stores and even sport's stores in hopes of finding a mask that I COULD TRY ON FOR FIT, before spending more of my limited funds. I don't need a new snorkle or swimfins, I JUST NEED A NEW MASK! Every stor carried a bundle of some sort, sealed in plastic, and with other stuff I don't want. I JUST NEED A NEW MASK!
I needed to find a scuba store, one that understood that simple need! The one that I was knew about was no longer to be found! I 'googled' a store in a nearby suburb that needed to be found off of the nearby Interstate 694, which was, naturally, down to one lane each way.
I finally got there, and saw that it was new to the location and still stocking it's shelves. No matter, They had what I wanted in a choice of 3 colors! and two sizes! Eureka! The new masks today are not made with or in the old material a black rubber like material. Back in the early days of my scuba adventures in the early 1970s, almost all the equipment came in the same color choice (like the much earlier Model T Ford) , black. I tried one on, it fit, I chose green and about $58 later, I was the proud owner of a clear silicone mask, with neon green trim that comes in it's own plastic carrying case!
It turned out that this shop was the same one, twice removed, that had previously been quite close to me. My quest was now completed!
Now all of a sudden I was nearly in tears thinking about what it had been like years ago when I was actively diving. We had two 'nearby" dive choices, fresh wate rfilled stone quarries in Pennsylvania or a 2 hour drive through the neigboring state of New Jersey, to the Atlantic Ocean. Our scuba club would charter boats to take us off shore to explore underwater ship wreckage.
I have always wanted to warm water dive. A warm water dive to me is anywhere that a wet suit is not required. (Think Jacque Coustou) I find that desire is still with me on my own 'bucket' list. Diving is a feeling of comfortable, weightless wandering underwater to look at the sealife below. Just like all of those National Geogarphic or Nature TV shows.
Now, if I could figure out how to fufill that dream on an almost$0 budget, I'm ready to go!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Along with my Whining, I forgot to mention that while I was doing a little multitasking, never a good idea, I was filling my bathtub to take a mind-soothing bubble bath. Suddenly I remembered the bath and rushed to the door to see the bath water starting over the rim of the tub. Augh! I got the water turned off and the tub plug pulled and then threw every towel into the flood to keep it from the wall-to-wall carpet in the hallway. Did I mention that the house is built on a slab of concrete? I saved the hallway, but every towel was sopping wet which I threw into the tub because I had forgotten to replace the plug and the tub was empty and so was the hot water heater!
As the Pennsylvania Dutch say, "We get too soon old and too late, smart!"
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Bah Humbug! I'm starting to grow gills.... Enough with the clouds and rain already!
I got the washer installed last Friday. Who knew that between the old washer and the new, the standard width had increased by 3 inches! The washer and dryer no longer fit evenly in my cramped utility room! And when I went to run the washer they hadn't turned on the cold water! So until I hang upside down behind the washer to turn it on, no washing for me!I did try everywhere to find a slightly narrower machine but am unable to find the $$ It would require more than double the price!!!
Since I needed to remove about half of my pantry shelves in the utility room to allow the installers to work, shelving and canned goods are all over the place in my kitchen and garage. Untidiness gets on my last nerve. Sometimes the life of a single senior woman is vastly overrated.
Last week, when I reinstalled my central air, (ie a box fan in the LR,) I dislodged the old wooden storm window, which fell on the corner and sprung the frame. My attempts to reinstall it have met with no success as the wood is too swollen. I will have to repair it when we get some dry weather.
I will get to Curve's and Gold's today which is my only link (actually a slim thread) to sanity. The good news is that my eating is under control since something has to be!!! My is still at 155...
Did I mention that although I have my lawn mower out of it's winter storage, it has still been too wet to even try to start, let alone cut grass.
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