NEPTUNE1939's SparkPeople Blog NEPTUNE1939's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Workouts need recovery time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A good 7-hours of restful sleep is needed after a hardy workout. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Nite, nite. <em>334</em> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:20:52 EST Injuries <img src=""> HOW TRUE <BR> <BR> Of coarse you could be sitting doing nothing and get knocked out your chair in an earthquake, car crashing into your living room, a small plane careening into your house, etc. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> But still, if you do get injured exercising, its a better war story to reflect upon. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:47:24 EST Therapy Session <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers. Weight lifting is a great cure for dieting, anger management, depression, as well as an ego booster. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So <img src=""> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:06:56 EST Deadlifts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A great way to strength train. When done correctly deadlifts hit every muscle in your body. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The most important one being "YOUR HEART" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers <em>104</em> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:52:02 EST Body Mass Index (BMI) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ever wonder what your BMI is? With an accuracy of 98-percent Fat Calipers are a great way to find out. They are much better than a scale to determine health as body weight fluctuates on a daily basis. That can be very discouraging; especially if you weigh yourself daily. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Anything below 25-percent body fat takes you out of the overweight or obese categories. <em... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:30:11 EST Are You Challenging Yourself? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well Sparkers I bought 6-yards of compost from the Dep't of Forestry & now the challenge is to spread it below our trees to preserve the moisture around the drip line. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> With today's elevated temps I'll be having a few cold beers after this exercise. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> my friends. <em>213</em> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:28:20 EST Great day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had fun with our 2-year old Grandson today. He helped with planting a Sunburst Locust Tree. Got dirty to prove it. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The nice thing was I did not have to clean him up. <em>334</em> Isn't that what Grandma's are for? <em>244</em> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:33:23 EST Winter Preparation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In snow country to preserve your trees its suggested that you have 4 to 6 inches of mulch surrounding the trunk and drip line. Well with the recent flash floods we had much of the mulch was washed away. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> No problem; visited the Forestry Services Nursery & loaded up 6-yards of compost for $30. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Now to start spreading it around. Besides th... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:36:45 EST Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keep pushing; there appears to be too many millennials out there that believe success amounts to government handouts. What a shame. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:06:06 EST What exercise do you hate? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Squatting & deadlifting are the two I dislike most; but when its all said & done they do the most in keeping me active and in good health. And don't let anyone tell you its not the same as a cardio exercise. To do them correctly check out <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:02:26 EST How True <img src=""> And eating healthy is a great start. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:55:48 EST Exercise Site <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is an informative site that compliments SP. Great articles too. <BR> <BR> Train hard Sparkers. The benefits can be <em>345</em> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:54:17 EST Great day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Choose your friends wisely. It's makes living healthy easier. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers. <BR> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:50:31 EST Shopping <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Went shopping for a baseball bat <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers. <em>104</em> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 16:51:33 EST Great Weather <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For August in Carson Valley this year has been great. Normal temps are in the 100's but thus far the hottest was just under 100 with the majority of day being overcast and in the 80's. Today it's great; it's 82 degrees with a mild breeze. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Days such as this are great foe gardening in the high desert. <em>104</em> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:37:18 EST Its a great day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a great day - I woke up <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed the crisp morning air of 42 degrees; Drank a protein smoothie upon waking, did the necessary morning chores, and 3-hours of yard work. Now it's time for my oatmeal breakfast. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> It's going to reach in the 90's this afternoon <em>67</em> so I'll just relax in the shade. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:08:08 EST Routine Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now that all the tree planting is complete. All we have to do is watch them grow. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This is a rest day Sparkers. <img src=""> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:21:04 EST Great Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK Sparkers. Today I completed planting our last 3-foot Sequoia <img src=""> complete with a drip system. But a drip system is not very functional during the winter. So rather than DW drag 300-feet of hose around an acre+ of land <em>334</em> ; my next project is extending our water hydrant system to several ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:43:07 EST BBQ Last Night <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After Gardening yesterday we were invited to an unscheduled BBQ. It was a pleasant surprise & welcomed after a tiring day. <BR> <BR> I'm back at it this morning - Another tree to plant. Have a great day. <em>244</em> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 13:19:52 EST Another Tree Planted <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Breaking through impacted sandstone is GREAT exercise <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Need to go wide & deep in order for seedling tree roots to branch out. Thus far we have planted 7 new Sequoia trees <img src=""> and have 3-more to go. In addition 4-Rocky Mountain Junipers <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:10:36 EST 2016 debate <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed last night debate; best one yet. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 16:24:24 EST Another Tree Planted <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers. I'm on a roll - planted another Sequoia <img src=""> and afterwards DW & I went back to the Forest Department Nursery & picked out 3-more three foot seedlings. <BR> <BR> Now you know what's on the agenda for the rest of the week. The staff there indicated it takes 3-years for sequoia's to reach 3-fe... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 17:56:21 EST Heavy Gardening <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Took down another dead Austrian Pine Tree <img src=""> it was work. <BR> <BR> Then partially dug a hole for a replacement Sequoia Tree <img src="">. Encountered compacted sandstone again; only dug down 2-feet before the sun had me loo... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:56:53 EST Gardening <img src=""> <BR> Work continues, Completed planting one Sequoia <img src=""> and took down a dead Austrian pine <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More of the same tomorrow. <em>244</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:15:03 EST Digging Bar <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Digging a hole to plant a tree can be challenging especially when you encounter impacted sandstone. Using a pointed shovel does little as would a post hole digger and of course using dynamite would be a bit extreme and hard on the adjoining neighbors. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Enter the digging bar. <img src=""... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 12:53:24 EST Fire Prevention <img src=""> who isn't quite right in the head. <BR> <BR> For the last 2-days have been spent cleaning out all the dead unwanted brush. We have neighbors that don't always heed "Do Not Burn Days" and it is well known cinders can be carried for over a mile when the wind is right. All the pesky weeds, bunch grass, new tumble weed growth and other unwelcome ones were cleared off a 1/4 acre area of our lot. All you... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 19:57:19 EST No Blog Yesterday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers. Yesterday time got away from me. Worked in the yard most of the day then DW reminded me of a BBQ we were to attend. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> By the time I got cleaned up it was time to leave. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> We arrived on time and had a fantastic time. <em>4</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> It was past my bedtime before we got home and I crashed. <em>102</em>... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:05:37 EST Tree purchase <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers - all DW and I had a chance to do is water the plants before the 90-degree plus heat struck. So we took advantage of the situation and shopped for more trees at the U.S. Forestry Nursery. We picked up 4-more Seedling Rocky Mountain Junipers <img src="">, a Sequoia Tree <img src=" Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:06:58 EST More Landscaping <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Planted another Sequoia Tree today. They seem to do well in our area; of the four planted last year, one did not make it. The one today replaced it. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> Have a pleasant day Sparkers. <em>104</em> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:54:00 EST Removing Tree Stump <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers. Switched tactics today; I really got tired of separating flood silt from the rock garden so today's focus was removing a tree stump. But worry not I'll complete that project. <BR> <BR> But to continue; we had a Blue Spruce give up the ghost & last year I cut it down. It left a blank spot in our landscape & was an eye sore. So now the stump is gone & hopefully tomorrow DW wi... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:02:21 EST Again Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Almost finished separating flood silt from our rock garden. Heat stopped my progress today. But I'll <em>386</em> . <BR> <BR> Eat healthy Sparkers. <em>244</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:43:35 EST Same as yesterday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Continue removing silt from the rock garden. I'll have several more days of this. At least I'm outdoors and its great exercise. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers <em>213</em> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:14:14 EST Landscape repair <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was removing the flood silt from our rock garden. It's a slow process; we have a screen atop a wheel barrow & shovel the mess onto the screen. The silt drops into through and wa-la; no more silty rocks. I'll have a few more days to go on this cleanup project. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But the work is great exercise. Keep on <em>386</em> Sparkers. <img src=" Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:21:25 EST Flood Repair Continued <img src=""> Flooding in Minden, NV wasn't as bad <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Good exercise today removing more silt from our rock garden. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Called it quits at noon as the temperature rose. Have a great day Sparkers <em>213</em> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:06:43 EST Flood Damage Landscape Repair <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This years thunderstorms brought 4-Flash Floods to our area. The culvert on the south side of our fence line was breached & brought a lot of unwanted silt to our rock garden. Today was spent putting the silt ridden rock through a screen; the silt fell into our wheel barrow & the rocks pilled up a safe distance away to be used to refurbish the garden. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I dumped ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:36:34 EST Landscaping <img src=""> Great on a hot day Like today. <BR> <BR> Rested yesterday so I'm back to landscaping. Completed Building up a 3' high dirt mound that will hold three assorted pine trees and laid out the watering system for them. <em>378</em> <BR> <BR> Finished just as a thunderstorm hit with the accompanying rain. <em>54</em> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Now it's time to enjoy my protein shake. Have a great ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:11:12 EST Planting is complete <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Planting complete; now I'm going to sit back & watch the seedlings grow. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day. <em>104</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:57:43 EST Another Planting Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This will be the 3rd day of planting. Last year we bought 4-pine tree seedlings from our local forestry department. To give them a better chance to survive the high desert today I transferred them to 3-Gallon planters with Miracle Grow potting soil. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> We put them under the mature trees so they get filtered sun. Come winter time I'll put them in our garage where ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:37:25 EST Another Planting Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Need to take advantage of this warm - not hot - weather. Garden & landscaping is excellent cardio. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day Sparkers. <em>213</em> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:33:49 EST Tree Planting Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful cloudy day in the high desert arena that's holding the temperature down in the 70's. A great day for tree planting. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> Great cardio too. <em>244</em> Have a pleasant day. <em>213</em> <BR> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:41:05 EST Another Dr. Visit for Endoscopy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time truly marches on. It's been 3-years from my last endoscopy procedure. Saw the doc this morning and scheduled the procedure for mid-September. <BR> <BR> Had plans this afternoon to do some gardening but the heat was just too much for this old man. I'll just relax and enjoy the approaching thunderstorm. <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> Just might imbibe in a Long Island Ice tea and await th... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:30:48 EST Laser Surgery <img src=""> <BR> Last year I underwent cataract surgery. On my eye exam last month they noted one new lens was getting milky. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So today they zapped the right eyeball. It took less than a minute which surprised me & I walked out of the eye center with clearer vision. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> It amazed me how un-complicated the procedure was. Only a few drops of some type of numbing med... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:08:23 EST BBQ Time <img src=""> <BR> Hi Sparkers. Today we are attending a BBQ. I'll have to easy on my carbs. <em>4</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day. <em>104</em> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:50:22 EST Relentless day 195, Flood Clean-up, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> Today I clean out the debris from our culvert brought by the flash floods last week. It's a pleasant day for cleanup. Hope all is well with you. God Bless and <em>386</em> <em>213</em> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:52:59 EST Relentless day 194, Back in Nevada, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> Arrived home safely in NV after doing some maintenance on our CA home; now its time for <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Need to do some minor debris cleanup in our culverts that were deposited from the flash floods while we were away. Some of our neighbors who are at a lower elevation are missing the landscaping from their f... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:58:15 EST Relentless day 193, Home Chores Continue, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> Well Sparkers we are headed back to Minden in the morning. The work on our CA house is finished for now. I primed the textured ceilings in the hallway and den. We just need to paint them at a later date. <BR> <BR> Had a great time visiting friends over an Italian Spaghetti Western style BBQ complete with a mixed green salad, sourdough buns, fresh slices of beef tomato, pasta, ribs, roast beef, cor... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 19:29:31 EST Relentless day 192, Home Chores Continue, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> Ok Sparkers, removed popcorn ceilings from den and hallway Wednesday & Thursday, Water damage to wallboard repaired yesterday, and today I textured both ceilings finishing up at noon. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight we dine at the Fratalanza Club in Oakland, CA where DW in a member. We have friends from Virginia who will be dining with us. The club puts on a great Italian spread. <em>4</em> ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:27:05 EST Relentless day 191, Home Chores Continue, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday we removed the popcorn ceilings in our downstairs hallway and den. Today was repairing ceiling water damage to a portion of the den ceiling. <BR> <BR> Last year a <em>27</em> leak was discovered and we had a roofer seal up all the rooftop vent pipes. With that out of the way today we replaced and taped the damaged sheetrock and made preparations to texture the hallway ceiling ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:01:12 EST Relentless day 190, Home Chores, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> Our vacation home has popcorn ceilings. They're fine if you like them; but DW does not. So today after my exercise I commenced to rid the den & hallway of popcorn. If you have ever done it you know that it is messy work. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Furniture & rugs were removed as well as pictures on the walls. Tarp was lai... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 18:02:36 EST Relentless day 189, Travel, Walk, Isometrics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkers, made it safely to our CA destination & did it without texting. Some won't believe it but it can be done. We even wore our seat belts the whole time while on the road. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> We saw a few millennials texting and stayed clear of them. Stopped twice to give our G. Sheppard's a break & once to have a picnic lunch. Driving was pleasant. <em>41</em> <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 18:30:51 EST