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Beautiful Day for Kayaking

Monday, June 07, 2010

Huntington Beach was just beautiful today. Weather was warm but not too bad, in the low 80's. Had a great time once again with the group. Marc our leader asked if Frank and I would volunteer to help today. Frank was in the middle and I was in the back of the pack. There was around 35 kayak's in our group. I was with the two who had never done it b/4. Took the young lady Jai close to an hour to really get the hang of it. I think she was nervous because she doesn't know how to swim. Yes, she had the life preserver on but she was very unsure of herself. Only had one scare at the main waterway when a large boat was coming our way, telling her to paddle out of the way and go behind it. Instead she went in front, they blew their horn and turned out the boat was a lifeguard boat. Thanks goodness the regular boaters in the area area aware of kayak's and know that some do not know what the hell they are doing.

We went out to lunch just down to the street with march and a group of about 10 people. Was very pleasant and talked about Marc's upcoming kayaking tour he is doing on the Green River in Utah. Wish I could do something like this but don't have the money or equipment and I would be pretty nervous if something happen to me being on blood thinners way out in the middle of no-way land.

Came home and went through a couple of old boxes of pictures. Realized I really need to get these organized someday??? Anybody have some idea's on where to start? Help, I could use some suggestions on getting all these photos organized. I told Eleanor that I would look for the pictures of Gordon that I was sure I still had and I do. Some are from our wedding and reception others just random over the years, couldn't find the one's from Samra's graduation anywhere. Oh well, but I think she would enjoy having them more than me and I know my husband would like to have them gone. emoticon emoticon

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MARENAMOO 6/10/2010 6:35PM

    I store mine by year in boxes and label the outside of the paper sleeve with events in the envelope. That way I can open the box and look at the outside.

So glad that you had a good day kayaking. I live near a river - I should take some lessons. Sounds fun.

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LINDAKAY228 6/7/2010 7:22PM

    Sounds like a fun day! I want to try kayaking one of these days when I get where there is enough water to actually do it! Pretty dry around my area.

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MUSIC66 6/7/2010 1:23AM

    that sounded like a great day.

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MOMFAN 6/7/2010 1:12AM

    I would start by trying to organize them chronologically. Craft store has photo boxes, the is one of my next projects.

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Saturday house cleaning.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Because of the funeral yesterday I was a day behind on my house routine. Got up a little late because the Chinese food I had yesterday made me sort of tired. Maybe all of sodium or something but I woke up with a little headache but it sure tasted good and I rarely have it anymore. Took Phred out for a walk. I keep telling myself I need to get up earlier so I can walk him while it is still overcast and somewhat cool but hasn't happen yet.

I also did not make it to gym this week. Damn, I need the gym for my regular strength training. Of course I am using my Leslie Sansone, JM and Biggest Loser Workouts with hand weights but not the same as a good 40 mins. or so on the machines. Will try harder this week.

Cleaned the house from top to bottom and was sweating like a pig even in the AC. Of course this was after the morning walk with Phred and it was pretty warm out already. Did read some of the newspaper but not all of it.

Made a whole chicken for dinner, turned out great. Didn't eat til close to 7pm, Jeff likes to eat earlier and so do I. After I finished the house I did 5 miles with LS and then showered so it was a little after 5pm b/4 I got the chick in the oven. Didn't get on Sparks until around 5:30pm.

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MOMFAN 6/6/2010 10:39PM


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VALDESROSIERS1 6/6/2010 5:20PM

    emoticon U did alot!!

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BKWERM 6/6/2010 2:28PM

    I thought you were going kayaking today? Or, am I thinking of someone else?

Glad you enjoyed your Chinese but sorry about the headache.

Take care.

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Too Hot for driving all over the Inland Empire today!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Today was Gordies funeral out at Riverside Memorial, across from March Air Force Base.
Of course Yahoo says 46 mins but anyone who lives in this area even on a Friday morning knows you need to add 20 - 30 mins. for traffic. The traffic was heavy, but moving. I had the A/C on after I got gas in the car and got on the freeway. Knew driving over to Riverside would be very hot, in the 90's easy. The ceremony was very nice with the military salute, 21 guns and the local VFW handling the folding of the flag. Eleanor was so kind to me because she had me stand behind her with her daughter, just like I was still part of the family. Eleanor walked with her oldest boy. Neither of Gordies 2 kids from his first marriage were there. Eleanor said he didn't want them there but I sort of think she should have called them anyways, but not my call. After service we all drove clear across the IE almost 40 miles to Rowland Heights to Julies house (Eleanors daughter) which is just north of where I live I think 3 or 4 cites up the road. Eleanors kids were so happy to see me again, has been many years and her oldest Dean who had a crush on me when he was a young lad, said he didn't think I had change too much at all. I don't think I would have known any of them except Julie because she is such a pretty girl but has put a few pounds. (Like who hasn't)

I made of dessert to bring along, my famous Reindeer Droppings and her family really liked them. Eleanor wanted the recipe and when she gives me her "Sticky Bum" recipe (she has been holding out for over 26 yrs) I will give her mine. LOL Was very good at the luncheon, had a sandwich with only 1 slice of turkey, 1 slice of ham, 1 slice of pepper jack on a wheat roll. I also had 6 mini carrots, 4 cherry tomato's and 4 small chunks of watermelon with bottled water.

Driving home I did not take the freeway but another road (Fullerton Rd turns into Harbor Blvd.)that leads over the hill, because I did not want to get back on the dreaded 60 to the 57 interchange. Sort of a straight shot and a lot less traffic, to home about 3:30pm, tired and hot.

Going to get Chinese with my son in a few mins. Sort of a tribute to Gordon since he loved Chinese food. Jeff is having leftover Ribs and beans.

Do not plan to get my 4 miles in today. Normally on Sundays I take a cardio day off, but since I am kayaking and going to do other stuff on Sunday this is my rest day. If you can call driving all over the frigging place rest. I spent about bwt 3 - 4 hrs on the road. Yuck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 6/4/2010 11:22PM

    Sounded like a very busy day, but how great that Gordie's family (now) was so nice to you. I wonder how many ex-wives attend their ex's funerals. Just shows what a great person you are. Get rested up, I know that the day had to have been hard for you. emoticon

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6/3 Thursday

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Got up to go to the bank where my disbility payment is done with direct deposit. Love the 3rd of the month, was getting a little bit low on my funds. Paid the house bills that I pay every month Gas and ATT that includes house, 3 cells phones and DSL.

Came home and took Phred for a walk. Was still cloudy when we started but was pretty darn warm by the time we got home. Suppose to be really hot this weekend, even at the beach. Frank and I kayak on Sunday morning and they expect it to be 80 degrees. Of course the water will be the normal year round temp. of 68-69 degrees. Never warms up here on the West Coast, is a surprise for people who come to visit from the East Coast.

Did "30 Day Shred" JM and "Fast 3 miles Waistline w/walkbelt" LS and took Phred for his evening walk.

Made ribs with salad and Pork&Beans for dinner. My husbands friend Bob was over and tried one of the ribs. The mans face lit up and couldn't believe how good they were. Even asked how I cooked them. Told him I par-boiled first b/4 a short time on the BBQ.
He said his never tasted that way and he did that. I said did you add spices to the water. Got the blank man face and "No". Told him my secrect is , now don't anyone tell, but it is dried crushed red peppers and Zararain's Creole Seasoning. I also put in celery salt and garlic powder w/parsley. This really gives the meat a jolt but not too hot with the BBQ sauce on it.
Yummy! emoticon

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XENA47 6/5/2010 8:48PM

    Sounds yummy! emoticon

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Another strange weather Wednesday

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Woke up this morning to overcast and cool weather. Was very warm by noon. Did some marketing while it was cool outside and then came home and did Phreds morning walk. Forgot to wear my hat so didn' t take a long one as it started to get too sunny and warm.

Got my son up so he could go to a job fair near Disneyland. We are ever hopeful he will get a job but so far nothing has come up. He has been w/o a job since March 2009. Frank has gone to every job fair he can in that time. Just so many people looking for work with more qualifications. We are still paying everything for him food, rent, car insurance and college. He still has some money saved up so he does pay for his own gas. He doesn't go out much and if I didn't pay for him to go kayaking or bowling with me he would never do too much.

Did one of my Leslie Sansone dvd's "5 miles fat burning". Normal stuff one does during the day, cleaned up things, showered, read paper, watch a little tv. Made dinner and am listening to PBS tonight because they have a special on featuring "Carol King/James Taylor at the Troubadour in Hollywood". Would have loved to see them here in July. Hubby may still get tickets but we will be in the "nose bleed" section at this point. Well at least the Home Depot Ctr is just down the street. emoticon emoticon

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DNJEN471 6/3/2010 5:40PM

    Wow, what a supportive good Mommy you are! Hope your son can find what he is looking for :)

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MARENAMOO 6/3/2010 7:06AM

    Hey Xena - my oldest just graduated from college so I know about the job market - have not been in it as long as you have with your son but I hope that something will turn around soon. I have heard good things about the Leslie Sansone tapes - I should try them. Hope you enjoyed your show.

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