Saturday, July 22, 2017

Writing Day

Life happened, yesterday. Not much writing was done. Storm moved in, and the computer was turned off in the evening. Today, I'm going to see if I can finish Christmas Lost. Yes, it's that close.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Brain Dump

Dear Electric Company,

The June bill arrived. It shows our June 2017 usage was higher than 2016 and 2015. I'm baffled. Please explain how this works.

June 2015 and 2016 ~ The oven was used 8-12 hours (overnight) approximately twice a week, sometimes only once but sometimes three times, and the stove top was used daily. The A/C was kept at 74 degrees.

June 2017 ~ The oven was used once, for an hour, and the stove top was used once or twice a week. The A/C was kept at 75 degrees.

Just curious.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

REAL Week 417

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.

PT ~ Physical therapy
UB ~ Upper body exercises

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

14: 1-mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x2. Stretch.

15: 1-1/2 mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x3. Stretch.

16: Rest.

17: 1-mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x3. Stretch.

18: 1/2-mile walk. PT. UB. 
Used 1-lb weights x1. Stretch.

19: 1-mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x3. Stretch.

20: 1/2-mile walk. PT. UB. 
Used 1-lb weights 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, July 19, 2017

Another Follow Up

I've less than 2,000 words to finish Christmas Lost or at least meet the minimum word requirement for the novella. Today's goal is to see how much closer I can make it to the end. Yesterday, I turned off the computer before 5 PM because of storms. Today, it could happen again.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Follow Up 18 July

How'd I do?

Christmas Lost ~ Add several hundred words. Yay!

Exercise ~ Yes, though shortened my walk because of my knee. Boo.

Eat healthy ~ Started well enough. Yay! End of the day, not so good. Boo.

Read ~ Yes

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm

Repeat today with a few errands and Bible study in there, too.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Carpe Diem... New Hampshire

NASCAR ~ Truex came in 3rd! A. Dillon came in 15th! McDowell came in 26th. Go Michael McDowell!

What needs to be done, today?

Christmas Lost

Exercise

Eat healthy

Read

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thank Goodness It's Sunday 372

~ A/C

~ Sister time

~ Time with friends

~ Night lights

~ Gorgeous sunsets

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Little Things

We had seven feral cats who claimed our house as their own. They all live outside. None of them like to be touched. A couple of them keep a safe distance, even after all these years. Until last week, one of them was "Mama Cat." She's the mother of the four daughters that hang around. It was this group that changed everything. My dad caught and had fixed a total of eight ferals. These five and three others. Two of the originals have died, but we've had these six for several years. A few others have come and gone.

We don't know how old Mama Cat was. This summer was difficult for her. It's too hot. She'd been moving slow for a couple of months. More markedly, she hasn't run away when I come near. I hadn't seen her for a few days and figured she'd hidden in the bushes and passed away.

A few days later, I saw her again, laying close to the side door. I knew it was bad when she didn't hop up and run away. I chose a different door to exit, and she'd already moved to the grass, seeking some relief. I watered another part of the lawn, hoping to help cool things down a bit. She made her way toward me, waiting for me to turn off the water. I watered down the flowerbed beside the house. She settled in the cooler dirt.

I put some water in the freezer for a few minutes, then poured it close to where she was laying, knowing it and the breeze would cool the area a bit more. I could have touched her, but I promised her I wouldn't.

Funny how you grow attached to creatures that distrust you, and then there's the brief moment when they show a level of trust you never expected.

The next morning, she'd moved. I found her in the dog house. I placed some food and water and a bottle of ice close by. I checked a little later, and she was gone, the water and food untouched. Last week, she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She wasn't really a pet, simply a wild thing that lived outside and ate the food we put out. I remind myself that wild things can't be forced to change what they are. I'm going to miss seeing her. She's in God's care now.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Brain Dump

Yes, it's been a while.

Dear Valley of the Sun,

You complain about the summer heat and the lack of rain. The rain dissipates before it reaches the Valley. You're baffled by how the rain splits and goes around the Valley. You refuse to admit you've created a massive heat island.

When I was growing up, people were encouraged to paint their roofs white, to reflect heat. We had fewer glass and concrete buildings. More yards had grass and trees. When I'm out for a walk, I can still tell the difference between a house with grass landscape and desert simply by the difference in temperature. Grass and trees are significantly cooler.

What did you think would happen when you added miles upon miles of black glass heat collectors, otherwise known as solar panels? Massive amounts of heat, compressed into more and more areas, all over the Valley, rooftops of homes and businesses, the covers of parking lots, entire fields. Where did you think the heat would go? You thought there would only be good consequences?

It's the middle of July and the usual rain hasn't made it into the Valley, except for a bit here and there. Not for lack of trying. I watch the storms roll toward the Valley and then vanish, leaving nothing but higher humidity. You can't choose to do something AND dictate the consequences. Science doesn't work that way.

It's fine that you want the solar panels but at least be honest about the consequences of your choice.

God willing, I can finally let go of this bit of nattering in my head.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

REAL Week 416

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.

PT ~ Physical therapy
UB ~ Upper body exercises

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

7: 1-mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x2. Stretch.

8: 1-1/2 mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x3. Stretch.

9: Rest.

10: 1-1/2 mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x3. Stretch.

11: 1/2-mile walk. PT. UB. 
Used 1-lb weights x1. Stretch.

12: 1-1/mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x3. Stretch.

13: 1/2-mile walk. PT. UB. 
Used 1-lb weights 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: