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An Unexpected Trip Down Memory Lane With Nary a Drat!

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!

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RIPPEDPAUL1 7/10/2010 9:52PM

    a good story and keep looking and you'll find a way to fulfill your wish

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TX_3XDAD 7/6/2010 2:36PM

    You go!

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SUNNYWBL 6/28/2010 1:09AM

    I think all scuba divers are at least a little crazy! And yea, living near an ocean and diving again, priceless! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 6/27/2010 6:12PM

    Sunny, I just met someone at our NH Spark rally who scuba dives with a passion and belongs to a scuba diving team here, which she says is frequented by a bunch of fun, crazy people. I bet you'd enjoy it!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/26/2010 5:30AM

    I used to scuba dive, but have let my certification lapse. I use my scuba mask and fins for lake swimming these days. I totally understand about lake "ick", but am lucky that I can get in our lake without having to touch the bottom (much).

I'm glad you were able to get a good mask.

BTW, I wore a wet suit when I scuba dived in Grand Cayman. I guess it depends on how deep you go, now that I think about it. When I did a shallower dive down there, I didn't need the suit.

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GLORYB2014 6/25/2010 7:31AM

    I can't even swim Sunny! But I can dog paddle and I do love the water!
Your blog was very interesting, do you have a lot on your 'Bucket List?'

I hope you get to fulfill your dream!

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/25/2010 12:14AM

    Wont it be great when the lakes and rivers are clean again and we can snorkel and dive to some miraculous beauty. The Bible calls it Paradise. I will simply call it HOME. Many hugs Laurie

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WALKINGDAVE 6/24/2010 11:38PM

    I have always wanted to learn to scuba dive, one of my sons and my dh have all the gear and the boy dived last summer down at my parents cottage looking for the anchor off the old dock. I wish I could do it too. Always felt too out of shape and fat to take the course though..............I've been trying to think of a new goal since my major reason for losing weight isn't possible anymore............and now I've found it..Thanks for the motivation! My number one goal...the biggie is learning how to scuba dive and then DOING IT!! Thanks for the wonderful idea! emoticon emoticon

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FOXXYROXXYD 6/24/2010 8:09PM

    Glad you found what you needed!
Now, put your mind to it and I am sure you will figure out a way to check that warm water dive off your bucket list!

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DIDMIS 6/24/2010 8:08PM

    O Sunny you write so good. It kept my interest up to the last word. Good for you.

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NELLIEC 6/24/2010 7:10PM

    That sounds great!

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Wherein many a drat (or worse) might have been uttered again!

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!"

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YJNANA 6/16/2010 8:16PM

    SUNNY, I don't do well at Multi tasking, especially if I am cooking..................Glad you didn't leave the house :)

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NELLIEC 6/16/2010 3:39PM

    Aaaaaagggggghhhhh! It does sound like a good environment for mushrooms!

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/16/2010 8:38AM

    I like Pennsylvania Dutchmen. They make great mushrooms! So will you if you keep overflowing with moisture! Sorry babe. Hope your day is going better! Hugs Laurie

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SUZYMOBILE 6/16/2010 7:21AM

    Argh! Well, things are bound to get better, eh?

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FREEDOMSTAR 6/16/2010 12:01AM

    Sunny you had a bad long day hope Sun is out tomorrow and all is forgotten


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Wherein many a drat (or worse) has been uttered.

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. emoticon

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 emoticon 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. emoticon

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LJCANNON 6/16/2010 12:11AM

    Thank Goodness for Curves and Gold's. What would we do without them and our Spark Peeps?
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RASCALSMOMMA 6/15/2010 6:31PM

    Enjoy your central air Sunny! THink warm and bright luminescence's. Hence your name SunnyWBL! Hey you may have drove em there But I Taught em to read! lol hugs

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SUZYMOBILE 6/15/2010 5:16PM

    There are times when my Spark plan is the only thing I can control, too!

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DIDMIS 6/15/2010 4:34PM

    I know what you mean Sunny. It is difficult to be a single woman sometimes with no grown kids around to help out. I have a very small space in my bathroom where my washer and drier are also. I have Kenmore and Kenmore does make, or did make smaller washers, Hope they still do. I had several washers go out on me but the drier keeps plugging along. I don't know about the stack washer and drier. Have you ever considered it? My girlfriend has one and loves it.
Have a sunny day.

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MNNSAIDE 6/15/2010 3:00PM

    Hang in there Sunny



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I Deserve A Treat Because I'm Earning It! Part II

Monday, June 07, 2010

6/6/10 Oh my, I forgot to talk about the treat part! emoticon

Sunday, June 06, 2010
6/6/10 Oh my, I forgot to talk about the treat part!

When I get back to 155#(my low in 2009) I will treat myself to a salon haircut in downtown St Paul, MN. I only have 0.6 lb to get to that one! Whoops!, I gotta make that appointment, that was 1.4 lb ago!

When I get to 150#, a manicure at a local salon.

When I get to 145#, a pedicure at a local salon, my first ever, I think!

When I get to 140#, a Bottle of champagne to share with my friends!

Lower than that? New clothing for my slim bod!

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KASEYCOFF 6/7/2010 4:51AM

    Excellent goal setting, m'dear - I'd love to share the champagne with you!!!

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DIDMIS 6/7/2010 12:54AM

    You will have to post a new pic with your hair cut

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WALKINGDAVE 6/7/2010 12:45AM

    Love your goals, I'm revamping mine and need some new ideas. Hope you get that treat really soon, the rewards are sure nice to earn. emoticon

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I Deserve A Treat Because I'm Earning It!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

When I started this weight loss journey in February of 2009, my goal was to go from 187 pounds to a fitter and healthier weight of 125 pounds. Because I'm a lifelong asthmatic, depressive, 70 years old, and you name it, I was told I couldn't/shouldn't do it.

To quote an old poem I memorised many years ago,

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But she with a chuckle replied,
That maybe it couldn't, but she would be one,
who wouldn't say so till she'd tried!
So she buckled right in, with a trace of a grin on her face,
if she worried-she hid it!
She started to sing as she tackled the thing........
That couldn't be done
aaaannnnnnnnndddd SHE'S DOING IT!"

No, I'm not there yet! Last year I was eating better and less and piling up fitness points! I joined Curves, walked up a storm and began to loose weight. Slowly and steadily, but not perfectly. The progress continued to 30 pounds and to November. There I stalled and the struggle seemed almost overwhelming. Because I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD and live in Minnesota, my will to continue was being sapped.

I had to drop back and regroup. Then I decided instead of giving up I would take a hiatus and try to maintain the weight already lost ( or at least most of it). The lowest weight I had hit was 155 pounds and I reached spring at around 160(+/- 2#) depending on when I got weighed.

I've been slowly ramping back up as the days get longer again and joined a gym ( in addition to Curves) for more fitness options. My weight is back to 156.2 and I'm sure it will continue downward. I've even joined the C25K team and am now repeating week three. I'm geeking up,I got an iPod, a Nike+ system and some reflective armbands so that I can 'wog' during the cooler night time summer hours(the backup to that is the air conditioned gym)!

Will I get to 125 lbs or be happy at 130 or 135? I don't know, but I'll know when I get there!


(This was composed as an entry in Spark's "I Deserve a Treat Because..." contest. Because it is also a declaration of intent I decidedto post it so that my Spark 'peeps' will hold me to it!)

, Before Photo
Wearing my old "fat pants" with my arm inside the waist band.

Still a work in progress.................

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SUNNYWBL 6/4/2010 12:19AM

    Thank you all for your encouraging words~


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SUZYMOBILE 6/3/2010 11:36PM

    Look at you now, kiddo! I bet you'll continue on your journey for as long as it keeps challenging you. I don't think there's any stopping you now!

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CAWESTY 6/3/2010 11:34PM

    You're doing great Sunny. Your pictures are awesome! You made a comment on one of my Statuses a few days ago, and asked how I was eating. Up until a few days ago, pretty well. The last few days - lots of sweets. But the feeling tired started before that. I'm going for a checkup, and maybe someone can tell me something. When I try to push my exercise my fibromyalgia symptoms flare up, and they haven't bothered me in a long time. I'll see. But thanks so much for your caring concern. Best to you! Carol

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    i know you will do it.. i just know it..
we will..
we can..
we tried and we.....
i am hoping a((won)) will be in there.. oh yes it will..

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    Way to go Sunny!!

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DIDMIS 6/3/2010 8:14PM

    Sunny you are doing fantastic. Keep up the good work my friend.
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FOXXYROXXYD 6/3/2010 6:54PM

    You are awesome my friend! Your pictures are amazing! Way to go!!!

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CHARHUNT1 6/3/2010 6:33PM

    Sunny, you are so inspiring to me. I wish we lived in the same town and could walk together.
Keep on keeping on.
I love the way you have overcome each obstacle that is thrown in front of you. I can see/hear such a difference in your voice. This winter was much kinder to you because of that I think.
Mine was better too.
Thanks for being my friend...
You are the sunshine that lights our team here.

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/3/2010 6:30PM

    One of my literacy students use to tell me "You GO Girl!" You can do it. I made it 10pounds PAST my goal weight! emoticon

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