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Kayaking in the wind and cold air

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Frank and I went to Huntington Harbor again today for kayaking. Was very cloudy and cold this morning. Weatherman said 20% chance of rain. We got to the beach and no clouds at in the sky. Winds were blowing inland but they were cold out of Alaska. We had fun but had to work hard at paddling today because of the wakes and wind. Right at the end when I was getting out of my kayak and had put my paddle in the boat the wind caught me and I fell back, the kayak and paddle heading back out. One thing your are responsible for your equipment, so I ended up almost to my waist in the water trying to get the boat and paddle back. Man when the wind hit me I got goose bumps all over. This happened to a few people, it was pretty tough today. Glad the car was close by, Frank and I headed over right away, just saying bye to a few people. Here is a group picture of us from today. I am in the black t-shirt with the white shorts and Frank is behind me in the green shirt and blue jean short with black cap.

On the drive home I told Frank Mom gets the shower first today. After that I ran over to the market to get a few things, like dinner. Came home and my son puts on an old Cheech & Chong movie, "Up In Smoke". Still pretty stupid but the men have been laughing a lot. Took Phred out for a short walk and had to wear a sweatshirt. Dinner will be ready close to 6pm tonight and going to watch the final "Lost" tonight. Will have to switch over to 4 at times to check up on "The Apprentice". Don't have a DVR, cable or satellite in order to watch other things.
Everyone have a nice evening.

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LINDAKAY228 5/24/2010 3:06PM

    Looks like you had a good time in spite of the weather! Sounds like to much fun and I really want to try it. One day......

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DNJEN471 5/24/2010 10:48AM

    Looks like you all enjoyed yourselves... even though it was a bit cold :)

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Got up this morning to clouds again but they clear up by early afternoon and it turned out to be a pretty nice day. I hope the weather is good for kayaking tomorrow at the harbor. Took Phred for a walk along an area I had never taken him b4, he gets a bit nervous when he doesn't know where we are heading too.
The walk was a bit slower than when I have done it on my own, but he had to smell every frigging bush, walkway and just everything.

Came home and started working on my topiary's again. Use my new 17 inch 5 pound electric saw thingy. 5 pounds, which doesn't seem like much until you have been using it for 2 hours. After about 45 mins. my right hand was in pain (fibromyalgia got the better of me today with numb/tingling feeling), but I kept going. Hope the arm/hand doesn't bother me tomorrow for kayaking. I use this larger electric saw for the larger shaping and will use the smaller one on Monday for the small shaping. This time I will take pictures to show some of you who asked about them (Xena47).

Made dinner and took Phred for another walk. Jeff had some friends over this afternoon and they worked on their corvette's and Jeff worked on mine too. He also put a weather vane on the house. Our friends were moving and gave it to him, it is pretty cool with a harness racing trotter horse w/man.

That's about it for today. emoticon

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DNJEN471 5/23/2010 12:18PM

    Sounds like a productive saturday!

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LINDAKAY228 5/23/2010 9:23AM

    My Abigail slows me down when i walk too! She has to stop to pee every 5 steps when at home she goes hours before going outside. Learing to kayak is on my list of things I want to do one day. No place close to me that gives instructions but I hope to find someplace not too far away one of these days. It looks like so much fun and I do love water., Hope you have a great day today.

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XENA47 5/22/2010 11:47PM

    I keep thinking I might get a dog when my kids are grown. It's been a long time since I've walked one but your posts remind me of how they are...I can easily imagine Phred sniffing every bush...among other things.

Looking forward to seeing those topiary photos. emoticon

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What's with out weather???

Friday, May 21, 2010

Woke up this morning and it was cool yet again. Even some light rain. Where is our S.CA sunshine at, the weatherman says Sunday they are looking at a 20% chance of rain and windy. That is the day Frank and I are kayaking yet again.
You never know once you get to the beach how the weather will actually be like. The first weekend I went Anaheim was covered in clouds but Huntington was sunny.
Talked to Gordies sister Eleanor a little while ago to see when they are going to have services. She said Evan would let everyone know by email, most likely out in Riverside at the VA Cemetery. She seems to be doing pretty good. Right now she is having her house redone, tile, carpet. She says she is lucky because she has something to occupy her mine so she isn't crying all the time. I am glad she is doing so well and she has her children and grandchildren to keep her company. She has always been a strong kind woman.

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BARBARASDIET 5/23/2010 5:12PM

    I know what you mean about the weather! It has been cool today and just a sprinkle of rain!

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DNJEN471 5/22/2010 1:38PM

    I hope you see sunshine soon.

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LINDAKAY228 5/22/2010 2:55AM

    Glad his sister is handling it pretty well. Hope you have things to do to help you get through this time also.
It's been really nice here in Southen NM but supposed to be very windy this weekend.

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DDOORN 5/21/2010 10:41PM

    Enjoyed a glorious 85 degree day for my National Ride Your Bike to Work day...woo hoo! :-)


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My good friend and ex-husband Gordon, passed away today.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The day started out pretty normal with walking the dog, exercising and normal around the house stuff to do. Colored my hair, showered and got on Sparks to do a few things b/4 I had to be at PPH at 4pm. About 3pm I get a called from my dear friend Sharon. Gordon's sister Eleanor had called to tell her Gordie had passed away today. This was Sharons 21st anniversary and she and the husband are on vacation. I later got an email from one of Eleanor's sons Evan, to let me know that he passed away at 2pm. Gordon had been very ill for the last few years and was even in a coma for almost 10 months at one point. I went and visited a few times but most of the time he didn't want me to see him. All the medication had swollen him up so much that his hands were 3 times their normal size. We emailed and talked on the phone. He even came to my daughters high school graduation. He was a very sweet man. He cooked, cleaned and did his own dishes without ever being asked to. Things just didn't work out for us, maybe the age difference, I was 24 and he was 40 when we married. We remained friends for life and I will truly miss him. Going to get off the site in just a few mins. Gordie you gave it the good fight (cancer) and I know you are out of pain at last. The candle is lit for your journey. Sweet dreams forever my friend. emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 5/21/2010 3:54PM

    Sorry to hear of it. He was lucky to have a good friend like you.

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ANGELAMARIE226 5/21/2010 2:32PM

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You are definitely in my prayers.

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CONEJO81 5/21/2010 2:19PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss emoticon

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FIRERY1 5/21/2010 2:02PM

    Teri: I'm so sorry to hear about Gordie. I know how much he meant to you. My prayers and thoughts are with you in your sorrow. Love, Dore

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LINDAKAY228 5/21/2010 11:21AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. My ex-husband and I are friends now, although it took a long time after our divorce for that to happen. We go out to breakfast about once a week and help each other out at times. We've been divorced 21 years. So I understand how an ex can be a friend and how much grief that can bring you.

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TEDDYBEAR662 5/21/2010 10:21AM

    Sorry for your loss of a dear friend! God bless you! emoticon

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    My condolences to you on the loss of your friend-for-life. You gave a beautiful testimonial of his life here!

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    It's wonderful that you managed to remain friends - sorry for your loss.

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ZNEKITA 5/21/2010 5:05AM

    So sorry for your loss. We don't get many opportunities to have that kind of relationship that lasts a lifetime. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!


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JAXMOMMY 5/21/2010 12:37AM

    Sorry for your loss. So sweet you all remained friends after the end of your marriage! You have my sympathies on the loss of your dear friend, Gordy. He sounds like a special person and I know you will miss him. Peace, Melissa

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MUSIC66 5/21/2010 12:20AM

    he sounded amazing sorry for your loss.

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SUGARPUNK52 5/21/2010 12:19AM

  Sorry for your loss.

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-AIMIE- 5/21/2010 12:12AM

    Sounds like an amazing man. I am sure he is at peace and know how fond you were of him. No doubt in my mind he is watching over you and smiling!

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MLANDIS4 5/21/2010 12:07AM

    So sorry for you loss emoticon

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DNJEN471 5/21/2010 12:04AM

    Oh! I am so so sorry to hear about your loss! Sounds like he was a wonderful man!

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MAYLINGSNW 5/21/2010 12:03AM

    sorry to hear that you lost your best friend...

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LADYNETTIE 5/20/2010 11:52PM

    I am so sorry you have lost a friend and I hope you have lots of memories that will always be with you for comfort. Hugs to you and your family.

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No Hump Day Today, but Sucky Morning!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Woke up to clouds yet again but thank goodness by around 1pm the clouds were gone and the sun came out. I needed to go to the post office to get a flat rate box to ship some stuff to my daughter. Then my husband says could I go downtown and pay the electric bill. No problem right. Should have been a breeze but I get there and they have a sign posted to the parking lot saying it is full. So I drive another block away to park. Then when I walk back I cut through the other parking lot to see what, a whole bunch of parking spaces.
My friend Irene called right then so I picked up and sat down on a bench to talk to her a few mins., I then head over to the ATM on the building but "Oh no" the ATM is not working and the one at the local Vons (within walking distance charges $2 bucks to use). I walk back to my car and drive a couple of miles away to the local teachers credit union where they don't charge to use their ATM's. I drive back and park in the structure where I pay the electric bill. I then head over to the downtown PO. Some idiot is just sitting in his car in front of the entrance and not moving, I wait with my blinker on and the traffic starts to stop behind me. The car still doesn't move, I honk my horn. The driver looks and shakes his head, like what. I finally yell "You're blocking the driveway to the PO". He looks and just shrugs, finally some guy walking on the street stops at his car and tells him, what I assume is the same thing I yelled at him. We are only 1/4 of a block from the local police dept. and I think maybe the guy talking to the guy in the car must work there because "OMG" the idiot moves. By this time there are 3 cars including me waiting to turn into the parking lot. I go in a pick up some extra flat rate boxes in different sizes because the other thing my husband asked me to do is pick him up some too. So what should have been a simple 20 min. errand turned into close to an hour.
I come home start packing the box with stuff for Samra. Making sure I can get as much into it as possible. Go to the PO near our house and what luck, no one in line ahead of me. Get back home and it is almost 1pm. Decide to eat lunch and read the paper, my horoscope says I would have a bad morning but the day would get better. So I guess it was correct.
Took Phred out around 3pm for a 46 min. walk and it was very warm. Yesterday it was 66 degrees today it hit 83. I was sweating pretty good when we got home.
My husband asks me just about the time I start to cook, if I am cooking tonight. I was "Yes" Why? He friend Bob was bringing over his older corvette for Jeff to work on and Jeff wanted to know if we had enough for him.. Thank goodness for today I was making a 2 pounds meatloaf which I also made mashed potatoes, French style green beans, cantaloupe to go with for dinner. Took Phred out for a second walk after dinner.
Now I have been having a problem with my dishwasher, nothing has been coming out clean. I have cleaned the dishwasher and I notice that when I used the rinse cycle nothing was really wet. So tonight I hand washed all the dishes in the washer. I hope the husband fixes the damn thing soon. But I did learn that I used 88 cals for 30 mins of hand washing them. Another day in paradise.

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TXGRANDMA 5/20/2010 10:39PM

    Sometimes I have days like that............ emoticon

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TLORB123 5/20/2010 9:08AM

    What a crazy morning!! I got tired reading about all the running around you had to do, I'm surprised you weren't dizzy by the end of the day :)

Here's hoping today is a little calmer!

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ETHEREALCAT 5/20/2010 1:39AM

    Oh my goodness, I can't help but feel grateful my day hasn't been so chaotic!

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XENA47 5/20/2010 12:35AM

    Sorry to hear you had so many annoyances. Oh well, at least you found a positive side of the broken dishwasher problem. emoticon

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