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Just catching up a little

Well, just decided to catch up a little bit.  It has been way too long since I last posted to this site.  So far I’ve been keeping my diabetes, blood pressure, etc. all in check.  Am still trying to lose a little weight though.  Have been going to the YMCA three times a week lately and have started a different work-out regimen.  I was doing a bunch of crunches, (up to 1,000) and discovered that I have an epigastric hernia and doing all of those crunches is only exacerbating it, so have decided to change the routine.  Now I walk 1/2 mile on the inside track, then do maybe 1/2 hour on the stationery bicycle, then to another 1/2 hour on the treadmill, then a few sets for the biceps/triceps.  Needless to say, that does work up quite a sweat but I feel really good afterwards.

Went to a Mexican Independence party yesterday in Whiting, IN with Jerónimo and family.  I was in charge of making my famous “palomas” which is a drink with Tequila, Squirt and lime juice.  Everyone loves them and I made 4 one gallon containers and they were still asking for more but I didn’t have any more tequila or limes or Squirt, so they just had to go thirsty.  The food they has was so-so.  Someone made a “tinga” of beef, which was ok I guess.  Then there was rice, refried beans and fried chicken.

I often ponder about some strange things and one that always befuddles me is when I wash clothes, why everything comes out of the dryer turned inside out.  It goes into the dryer the right way, but always comes out wrong.  And the craziest thing is that if I actually turn it inside out when I put it into the dryer, it stays that way, it doesn’t turn itself right side out, as I would expect it to do.  It’s crazy and it drives me crazy.  LOL

Well, here it is the middle of September already.  Gosh how the time flies.  And I think that as we get older it goes by even faster.  Seems like only yesterday the year was just beginning and here it is Autumn already.  And what have I done with all that time?  Good question.  Haven’t really done anything productive, except the workout routine I guess so I guess that is something productive.

Well, that’s about it for today.  Hopefully I’ll be able to update a little more often.

Hope everyone is doing well.

 

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Just regular stuff

 

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Just catching up

Well, just trying to catch up since the last time I wrote.    Have been with AT&T now for a while and there seem to be no glitches, thank heavens.  But there weren’t before, just my stubbornness made me change.  I can’t believe how much money it cost me to switch all those times.  I’ll never learn.  I think I’ve finally settled on AT&T.  They seem to have the best coverage and so far, no dropped calls.  I may have to make a slight adjustment on my data plan though as I really don’t use it very much and I can’t see paying extra for data I don’t need.  Since Jeronimo won that Galaxy Tab, I’ll use even less.  I’m really set now for technology.  Have the desktop, the laptop, my Android phone (the Samsung Infuse) and now the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which by the way, if you are going to look for a tablet, get the Galaxy Tab 10.1.  It’s super and now with the latest update, it has Swype, which I love.  Makes typing so much easier on those smaller screens.  Of course nothing will ever really replace the regular keyboard, especially for a touch-typist like myself.

Not really too much new around here.  Finally getting some tomatoes ripening, can’t wait to bite into one.  There are times I wish I lived in the country so I could have a big garden like my Dad used to have.  He planted tomatoes, potatoes, asparagus, peppers, cucumbers, etc. and everything grew will.  Mom used to plant green beans along the driveway by the garage and they did well too.  Maybe one of these days.  Dreaming don’t cost anything, does it?

That’s about it for this session.  Hope everyone is doing well.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2011 in Just regular stuff

 

Our guests are leaving

Well, we had guests for 2 weeks and they are leaving today.  It’s nice to have people visit once in a while, but as you get older it gets harder and harder to tolerate them.  Don't tell anyone smile  It’s sad to say, but it’s the truth.  I find that little things they do are just so annoying and they shouldn’t be.  I try my best to just let it go, but am finding it more and more difficult.  For example, I’m a clean freak.  I like to keep my house the way my mother taught me and when I walk into the bathroom, I don’t want to see my mirrors all full of spots from people who don’t know how to brush their teeth with their mouths closed.  What is so difficult about that?  Then there’s the 40 minute showers.  What in the hell is that all about?  My goodness, when you take a shower every day you shouldn’t need 40 minutes to do it.  The same with shaving.  30 minutes minimum with an electric razor.  Is that obsessive or what?  Then it’s the eating.  I bought more fruit in these past two weeks than I’ve bought in two months.  You would think they had never had fruit before.  I think 6 two pound bags of grapes in two weeks, along with over 40 plums, 20 pears and I can’t even remember how many peaches and nectarines they went through is a little excessive.  Plus 4 Sara Lee Cherry cheesecakes, 3 loaves of raisin bread, a pecan coffee cake, a nut roll and another nut coffee cake, plus 3 of those small Jell-O parfaits and a Jell-O ring.  All that, plus regular meals.  Oh, and I almost forgot the ice cream and the canned peaches and apricots.  I find it difficult to believe that someone who eats that much fruit has stomach problems.  Maybe they do because of all the fruit they eat.  That’s a lot of acid they are consuming.  They say they don’t eat pork because of their stomach problems, but we went to the Cracker Barrel and they ate 2 pork sausage patties and didn’t seem to affect them in any way.  Then they would eat ham and it wouldn’t affect them, so I’m thinking it’s just a way to get some attention.  Maybe I’m wrong.  Then they don’t eat beans, don’t eat salad, don’t eat too much red meat.  And let me tell you, I’m not going to be cooking two different meals.  I’ll try to accommodate them, but will only go so far to do that.  I know, I know, I don’t sound like a very gracious host, do I?  I am, really I am.  Then they can’t eat if they don’t have bread or tortillas.  Geez am I just a grouchy old fart?  If I am, don’t get old.  Stay young and tolerant.  Open-mouthed smile

Well, happy 4th of July everyone.  Have a safe holiday.

Happy 4th of July

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Just regular stuff

 

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Catching up on stuff

Well, I finally got the Sprint debacle put to bed and boy am I glad it’s over.  They made me wait from January 4th, 2011, which is when I cancelled Sprint, to February 10th, 2011 to get the refund for the phones I paid for in December.  Then they wanted to send me a check that would have taken 10 to 15 days then another 3 to 5 days for it to clear the bank, so I threatened them with legal action if it was not debited to my credit card immediately.  That did the trick, but still, they were using my money for over a month and I didn’t get any interest on that money.  But, it’s over and that’s all I’m concerned with.  I honestly don’t know how they can stay in business with the horrible customer service they have.

Winter is still here.  We had a brief respite last week for a couple of days, but it’s back with a vengeance again.  But, it’s only February, so I guess that’s what to be expected.  At least all of the 20.2” of snow we got is gone and I hope we don’t get any more.

What really has me confused is my blood sugar.  I don’t know what to do or eat anymore.  I’ve tried everything that is suggested on the internet to control sugar levels, but no matter what I do, the sugar in the morning is always erratic to say the least.  Yesterday morning it was 102 which was fantastic and I was euphoric.  All day yesterday I did basically the same as the day before but this morning my sugar was 128.  I mean, that’s not horrible, but I want it closer to 100.  And I’m on Metformin once a day.  I watch what I eat and am eating much smaller portions.  When I snack, it’s like 2 Ritz crackers and a slice of American cheese or a slice of turkey ham.  Or I also have some baby carrots here that I snack on too.  In the evening, if I get hungry, I have an apples with some peanut butter.  Plus I eat extra fiber, eat ground flax seed meal, take Omega 3 fish oil, etc.  all that is supposed to be healthy, yet my sugar levels fluctuate like that, so what am I doing wrong?  I guess I’ll have to talk to the doctor and see what he says.

Just going to sit around the house today and chill.  Maybe I’ll watch a movie or something like that.  Tomorrow I’ll go to the YMCA for my workout.  I’ve trying to get there 3 times a week.  Hopefully I’ll be able to spend some more time there as I get used to the exercises. 

Hope everyone has a great week.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in Just regular stuff

 

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My goodness we have too much snow.

We have 20.2” of snow on the ground.  My muscles hurt from all the shoveling I’ve done in the last few days.  And for the first time in 3 days, I was able to get the car out of the garage.  Someone had a jeep with a plow on the front and they just pushed all the snow down to the end of the alley and left it there.  Fortunately I have a 4-wheel drive and it wasn’t that bad getting out.  But still.  Why didn’t they push it to the side so cars could get through easily.  As long as they were doing the job, they should have done it right.

Here’s some pictures of the snow.

2011-02-02_13-57-33_4732011-02-02_13-57-50_1951296660715593Here’s a little video of the snow in the alley behind the house..

Jeronimo Shoveling the 20.2 inches of snow we got.

I hope it get up to about 80º F. tomorrow and melts all this snow.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Just regular stuff

 

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The big 65 today.

Well, I’ve officially reached retirement age.  LOL Of course I’ve been retired since 2006.  And I’ve come to the conclusion that it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.  But then it’s my own fault, so I guess I shouldn’t complain about it.  But fortunately there’s still time to make some changes.  I’m going to concentrate on making the most of whatever time I have left on this little blue marble.  Will try to travel a lot more than I have in the past.  See places I have, in the past, only dreamed about.  I don’t have anyone I want to leave anything to, so I’m going to spend it on myself and enjoy what I’ve worked so hard to achieve.  It’s not much, but baring anything unforeseen, it should be enough to last me for a little while, if I’m careful.

My nephew and his wife were supposed to come up this evening to celebrate with me, but he called this morning and said they both have to work tomorrow, so they won’t be coming.  Actually, I’m not surprised.  They have done this to me for a number of years.  That’s ok, I guess stuff does happen.  I’ll still be celebrating with Jeronimo and some of his family, if they don’t cancel too, that is.  If they do, it’ll just be me and Jeronimo, or maybe even just me.  I don’t really care anymore.  I guess when you don’t have much money, you also don’t have many friends.  Sorry if you think I’m feeling sorry for myself, but it’s the truth.  When I was working full time and making a ton of money between my job and selling jewelry, I had all kinds of friends and was invited every single weekend to some kind of event.  But when that all came to a sudden halt, so did the friends.  I guess they weren’t friends after all eh?  Such is life.

Anyway, I’m going to make the best of it and enjoy my special day and whoever wants to join me is welcome, those who don’t, well, you’re going to miss something special.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Just regular stuff

 

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Accessing the internet on my Plasma TV.

Been sitting here all day playing around with my laptop connected to my 65” Plasma TV.  It is so neat.  Had to go buy a longer HDMI cable so that I don’t have to sit so close.  Nice thing is that with the laptop, I can put it on any of the 3 big screen TV’s I have here.  I can’t wait to put it on the 55” LED Samsung, or even the 46” Plasma.  I will have to try one of them tomorrow to see what they look like.

Also was playing around on the Droid X trying to get used to Swype.  It’s not as easy as they show in the videos.  I guess I just need a little more practice.  After I get used to it I think it will be more accurate than typing, only because of my big fingers.  I’m a very good typist on a regular keyboard, but with these small screens on the smart phones it’s really hard to be accurate.

It was cold again today.  Woke up this morning to –4º F.  Good weather for the Bear’s game tomorrow.  I hope they win.  It snowed a little bit today too.  Not much though, just a little dusting.  Just enough to make me get the broom out.

That’s about it for today.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Just regular stuff

 

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