Category Archives: My Life

August 11th

Well…dang, I wonder why I’ve fallen into the pattern of waking up a little after one and then up for good around 5…this morning I looked at my phone and thought it was 6:08 when it was really 5:08 so I climbed back into bed until a little after 6 and I may have even slept a little…but, I feel okay so I guess I can live with it….yesterday was not productive at all and I think I’m okay with that…I did get out to the beach for a swim and the water is still nice but I can feel the end of summer coming….and the work will start up again here in a couple of weeks and I think I’m ready for that….but it was nice to have some time off for the first time in my life and I’ll do the same next summer….DD has smoked sausage on sale of 11 pounds for only 13 bucks but who the heck needs 11 pounds of smoked sausage? I like it but it’s not good for me so I think I’ll pass on that one….I do have to get my calorie intake up since yesterday was an under 1K day…only had a small bowl of pasta salad for lunch and a pork chop with green beans from my garden but that’s not enough….I am going to do better today with getting after a couple of ripe tomatoes I have in the fridge and I am going to make some potato salad later so I think I can get to 1500 today…yeah, right…I like losing weight and want to get down to 170 by the end of summer….and I’m on my 4th day of being good at night so that helps….not much to do today….just going to have coffee and get on the bike here in a minute but it’s still a little dark out there…I did have a laugh yesterday when people were lined up all along the trail waiting to get in the “christian” music festival at heritage…I would wait in line for some groups and I have done an overnight in Chicago to get tickets to Led Zeppelin but you know me with anything religious…to each his own I guess….more later….

Trail weirdness…

Well…haven’t done one of these in a while and could have with the fox that ran across the trail in front of me yesterday, but today was weirder and I wanted to share it…after I did the first ride I was coming back past the coles bakery and marina around 8 or so and there was nothing unusual there…just boats and the nice smell of baking bread…and then I did the grocery run and read the news a bit and got back on the bike by a little before ten…and that put me at the coles marina at about 10 and I was shocked to see a small deer lying on the side of the trail with it’s belly ripped open in an area where the only traffic is bikes, walkers, and runners so it couldn’t have been a car doing the damage….now it could have been one of the electric bikers riding one of those huge things that weigh 150 pounds without a rider….but I don’t think a bike would tear the animal open…so that makes me think it was some kind of a predator but during the day? We do have bears out here but very few and there are some coyotes but that would need a pack of them since this small deer would have had a mother there to protect it….this is going to be a puzzle for a while…and I really do wonder what could have done it…

August 10th

Well…darn…1:41 and then up at 5:37 but in between those times, I think I slept okay so I guess I’ll take that three hours…when I told my new doctor about how much I sleep every night and he didn’t seem to be alarmed but from everything I read, 4-5 hours is not enough and can cause health problems….but I wonder when they would manifest after sleeping like this for 40 years? I have had the moving pain again after it started in my right thigh, moved to my right calf, then to my right tricep, and yesterday my left thigh started to hurt when I was just sitting here and it still hurts this morning….and last night, my left upper arm started to hurt and I wonder if some of it is a little reaction to the pneumonia shot I got a week ago? It’s all tolerable so I guess I shouldn’t bitch too much…didn’t get much done yesterday but laundry and a run out to the beach but I do have the grocery run to do today after I get the first ride in here as soon as it gets light….having problems with the kitchen drain again and I think I may put a union in it to use as a clean out so I can run a snake both up and down stream when it gets slow….tried some drain cleaner on it the other day and it seems to be running better and I think I’ll do that again today to try to maintain the flow in it….it a really long drain pipe with not much slope to it and the clean out port is in the crawl space that I don’t want to have to climb into again….not much to do today…I do need to make potato salad again since I cooked the eggs a couple of days ago and the lists for groceries have grown to a three bag day at aldi’s along with a long list at Meijers since I now have tomatoes that need to be used and that means tacos, chips and cheese smothered in chopped tomatoes, and just slices of them with tortilla chips…and I have cukes that will be ready to make into pickles in a couple of days so I need the spices for that….and then need to slice them and get them into jars…going to try to make some pickle spears, too…a low calorie snack that is the only way I like cukes….more later….

August 9th

Well…damn, my coffee maker just freaked out and made steam instead of water pushed into the basket for the coffee to drip…but I just turned it off and back on and it appears to be working normally again…might just have to start looking for a new one…I’ve had the Mr. Coffee for 8 years now and that is 8 times longer than any other one has lasted…but, we’ll see…it sounds right…okay, let’s go see…okay, have my coffee and all is right with the world….must have had an air lock…wonder if I should run some vinegar through it? Hmmmm…had an okay day yesterday and got a few things done but probably won’t today…I did want to get out to the beach for a swim today since I haven’t been out there since last Friday and I’m running out of summer…and my tan is fading and it needs a jumpstart so no sunscreen today….I was good last night so I feel okay this morning…lots of energy even with about 4 hours of sleep and I hope the deficit will result in getting a good night tomorrow night to make up for it….it is a little cool out there this morning but that will be a welcome change after the heat and humidity of the last week where I was sweating just sitting here…not much to do today…I really should clean some and probably will and need to launder the bedding and the couch blankets to take advantage of the cool weather….but right now I need more coffee before I get on the bike here in a few minutes…..more later….

It’s been a day…

Well…after having to wait til around 10 this morning to get out for the first ride with the rain that we got…yep, we actually got rain here last night and today…and the wind was blowing almost 25 out of the west and I looked like a damn mime trying to ride into it out on the point..all the way down to 3rd on the back sprockets which I normally only use on the steep climbs, and that went on all the way out to the beach and the waves it was making were huge but there is no way I’d ever get in the water like that out here….but the way back on both rides was fun and I got into 24th gear (high) at the top of the hill by the country club and ran that all the way back to the bottom of the hill by Heritage Landing….almost 4 miles wide open and when I got back here I was soaked with sweat and then proceeded to mow the lawn and do some other outside work that needed to be done…about 5 hours of work including the bike rides and I am dehydrated again with my toe starting to scream at me with a bit of the gout again…but, the weather has changed and the humidity that made the air thick enough to cut with a knife has dissipated…don’t even need the fan on and it is getting down into the 50′s tonight so I’ll close this joint up except for my bedroom window….it was nice to get some things done this afternoon and I even picked some tomatoes…both cherry and big ones and had one for a snack this afternoon…still aren’t going to get a lot off the plants this year so that is a little disappointing…there are still lots of cherries on the plants so I guess I’ll have lots of those….I wonder if I should cut up some of those and add them to mac salad I made this afternoon? Need to see a recipe to see if they will work before I do….end time….no more later…

It’s 8:30 and I’m still sitting here…

Well…it’s almost 8:30 and I’m still sitting here waiting out the rain….it looks like it is going to be raining for an hour or so and that is going to put me so late for getting things done today that I’m vibrating while I wait to get started…I can’t remember the last time I’ve had to wait in the morning…was supposed to yesterday but the rain never came so I was able to get out on the bike twice before 10…but that is not going to happen today…and I need to stop whining about it…you would think that at my advanced age I would know how to relax and just take the day as it comes but I can’t…will only riding once kill me? It may…who knows? I do know that I don’t like just sitting here….more later….

August 8th

Well…hmmm…another 5:38 morning today and I wonder if that will ever change? It’s raining out there…yay! So I have an hour or so to just sit here and that’s harder than it looks….one of these days I’m going to take a day off the bike but I don’t think it will be today….need to burn those calories and keep losing weight so I can get to the goal of 170 in the next couple of months….had a wasted day yesterday where I only did the rides and nothing else and that is a little disappointing for me…I have work to do but just didn’t want to do it….but I will get the lawn mowed today after the rain and bike rides and may even clean some around here…I sure hope the damn humidity goes down some after the rain comes through…have been sweating for the past 5 days and I am getting tired of it…and I’ve had to run the fan in here all day just to make it tolerable and that gets tiring, too….not sure if I’ll get out to the beach today since I can’t get motivated for anything right now but we’ll see…..not much to do today…I really wish I could just relax for a day and have coffee and sit on the porch for a bit but that is not going to happen…I think I will read some news out there in a minute and just listen to the rain…but not for the whole day…too much to do and not enough time to do it…..more later….

August 7th

Well…damn, have a decision to make right now….do I go out on the bike and try to get a ride in before the rain or do I take the day off? I think it’s going to be over an hour before it gets here and then I could have a ride in before ManU plays at 9 but I really don’t want to hurry right now…hmmmm….had an okay day yesterday but didn’t do much but the bike rides…I did pick my first big tomato and ate it with some chips last night and it was pretty good…but, I am so disappointed with the garden this year that I am contemplating just pulling everything up and starting over next year….not many tomatoes and they are all pretty small so I think I need to condition the soil more before I plant again….didn’t sleep for crap last night and I’m feeling it today but that seems to be the pattern that has extended for weeks now and I’m not sure what to do about it….damn, I wish it would rain right now so I don’t have to decide whether to ride or not….not much to do today….ride or not? Yeah, you know the answer to that….going to get moving and get on the bike right now so I’ll be back here to see ManU…but the rest of the day is going to be total veg…I hope, I could use the rest….more later…

Damn squirrels…

Well…while I was out on the second ride today, the damn squirrels attacked my last big sunflower and killed it…so this means war on the brown squirrels that are big, fat bullies that terrorize the black and grey squirrels…think I’m going to get a wrist rocket sling shot and start shooting at them whenever they are in the yard…won’t kill them but it will hurt if I hit them but I will need to buy some steel shot since I don’t have any rocks around here…I wonder if there are any along the shore of the lake that would be the right size? Whatever I have to do I will to get rid of those parasites…..just hate them….

August 6th

Well…damn, another 4:58 morning and I am pretty worn out from it…especially when you start with a max of 6 hours of sleep possible and then take an hour to get to sleep and toss and turn all night….oh, well…had an okay day yesterday but didn’t get much done since I decided to not mow the lawn until Monday or Tuesday after the rain that is forecast…okay, here is where I normally insert a laugh after I talk about rain but it’s not that funny anymore….I need a day off…but I’m going to get on the bike here in a few minutes but I don’t want to…just damn tired…I did get out to the beach for 5 days in a row yesterday and my skin is going to thank me for the rest it is going to get the next two days….it is going to be hot out here with the high near 90 the next two days and it is even going to be 75 for a low so I may have to run the ac tonight to be able to sleep at all…I think I’ve only run it twice all summer but it’s nice to have the option….I can’t wait to get the first big tomatoes off my plants and that should be early next week since I have a few ripening but still don’t have a lot of tomatoes on the plants…the garden has been a bust this year but I do have nice flowers along the back of the house so I guess that’s something….not much to do today….just the rides and a little cleaning if I can get motivated but that looks iffy right now….damn, the only thing I don’t like is all the sand that gets everywhere from the beach runs….even after a shower yesterday, I still had sand in my toes that lasted til late in the day….and it was in my bootie socks that I washed so I guess I’ll have to turn them inside out before I put them in the washer…I want a day off…..more later….