Monday, April 23, 2018

Carpe Diem... Richmond

NASCAR ~ Truex 14th A. Dillon 15th McDowell 31st

What needs to be done, today?


Physical therapy

Eat healthy


The Blessing Basket

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Thank Goodness It's Sunday 411

~ Good friends

~ Lunches with good friends

~ Air conditioning

~ Sister time

~ Writing time

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Yes, I've been battling it. Some "altercations" on social media where others twisted what I said and took offense at their version of the truth. It's insane.

A prologue in which the author had me smacking my head at their... what's the word? They left their van in a disreputable neighborhood and, within thirty minutes, it broken into and all their valuables stolen. They were shocked. Why? Really? How did they not see that coming? I'm not sure I want to read the book. It's not a good sign when you start by questioning the intelligence of the author.

I discovered that the soy-free protein powder Quest uses Stevia, an artificial sweetener. Yes, I think soy is better for me than artificial sweeteners, and soy isn't good for me.

The weather is warming up. I want more cold weather. I live in the wrong part of the country.

Teachers here are striking for more pay. The taxpayers voted to sell land, sell bonds, and raise taxes to give raises. When I asked where the money went I was told it went to buildings and administration. Now the teachers are going to punish students and taxpayers because the upper echelon appears to be lining their own pockets, figuratively speaking. Whatever the excuse, the money didn't go to teachers like the taxpayers were told it would. I asked why wasn't the union bargaining for better pay and holding the upper echelon accountable and was told that the union was pouring money and effort into organizing the strike. Wait... what? That doesn't even make sense. Without accountability, nothing will change.

Don't even start me on unions. I worked for a great company that treated its people well, and then the union insisted on horning in. They stole money out of my pocket, calling them dues, with no return value. "I do not like them, Sam I am." ~ Dr. Seuss

A bit of good news: The social media account breach of millions of users? Yeah, I missed it. I don't use APPs. Go me. Taking the good news where I can find it.

I'm experimenting with milk that is processed so that it can be kept on the shelf for a few months. I used it in a Betty Crocker S'mores mix. I can't tell the difference. A good idea for food storage, though careful rotation will need to be observed.

My brain is empty now. Blessedly.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Where does the time go?

April is swiftly passing. Blessedly, I'm continuing to add to "The Blessing Basket." However, it's still nowhere near finished. The days are packed but not with writing. I'm grateful for what writing I do accomplish.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

REAL Week 455

REAL - Reduce stress Exercise Adequate sleep Lower caloric intake

What Navy SEALs are required to do to make it into BUD/S:
Right up front: Never in a million years could I do what is required. However, I needed to start somewhere. Considering how fit the SEALs are, I figured it was a good place to start. So my SEAL puppy reps (SEALp) consist of girls' pushups, crunches, and flutter kicks, a SEAL training basic. I started with doing one of each.  Since my accident I haven't done these, but I'm working to add them back into my routine. Currently, I can't sit on the floor and hope to get up again, so crunches and flutter kicks are on hold, and my pushups are against the wall.

Using 1-lb weights:
PT ~ Physical therapy
UBP ~ Upper body exercises and pushups

SEALFit shared some good hints I want to learn and remember:

13: PT. UBP. x1. Stretch.

14: 2+ mile walk. PT. UBP. x4. Stretch.

15: Rest.

16: 2-mile walk. PT. UBP. x4. Stretch.

17: 1-mile walk. PT. UBP. 
x2. Stretch.

18: 2-mile walk. PT. UBP. x4. Stretch. Yard work.

19: 1-mile walk. PT. UBP. x1. Stretch.

Jimmy Thomas is a business man, running a popular romance book cover site, a cover model, personal fitness trainer, and health advisor. Pictures: February 2012 and June 2012. Inspiration, at least to me:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cutting Soy

My sister discovered she's highly allergic to soy. Whenever she eats it her throat swells closed. I figured it wouldn't hurt for me to cut soy, too, to see what happens. I'm doing better. I have less choking when I eat. It isn't easy to cut soy. It's in EVERYTHING. I'm pretty sure I've touched on this subject before, so this is sort of a follow up. I'm enjoying food more, savoring the flavors. I've discovered I can do without a lot of things I thought I couldn't. There are a lot of foods that no longer tempt me because the soy contained within isn't worth the trouble. My sister pointed out that Betty Crocker has removed soy from most of their products, and did so a while ago. More and more companies are discovering that soy is a problem for a lot of people. It's a cheap filler. Many doctors prescribe it as an estrogen replacement. Those same doctors advise their breast cancer patients to NOT eat soy. I'm working to learn to be more aware of when I'm hungry and when I'm full. I'm still struggling with finishing off things so I don't waste. It's tough throwing away what would be considered perfectly good food. It's weird how I had less trouble cutting eggs from my diet than cutting soy. Maybe it's simply habit. I do cheat with eggs, using them sparingly, mixed with other ingredients. I'm doing the same with soy. I'm endeavoring to cut more items that contain soy, so I'm cheating less. Sounds kind of silly put like that. I'm not perfect. I'm acknowledging I'm not perfect, and I'm endeavoring to make my life easier and healthier without beating myself up.
Yep, it has soy. Funnily enough, Kraft mac and cheese doesn't have soy. Kirkland's canned chicken doesn't have soy, but tuna packed in water does have soy. I've never read so many labels in my life.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Follow Up 17 April

NASCAR ~ A. Dillon 15th Truex 30th accident McDowell 38th accident

How'd I do?

Walk ~ Done

Physical therapy ~ Done

Eat healthy ~ Done

Read ~ Done

The Blessing Basket ~ Done

Boston Marathon ~ A friend is running in it, and it was wet!

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm

A busy day ahead...

Monday, April 16, 2018

Carpe Diem... Bristol

NASCAR was rained out, again, until today.

What needs to be done, today?


Physical therapy

Eat healthy


The Blessing Basket

Boston Marathon ~ A friend is running in it.

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Thank Goodness It's Sunday 410

~ Air conditioning

~ Favorite authors

~ Intriguing books

~ Enchanting music

~ Dear friends