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Old 01-01-2014, 07:38 PM   #13061
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Dinner: roast duck, steamed asparagus, baked potato; after dinner: dry sack.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:56 PM   #13062
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First emergency of the year. My son cut his hand last night and had to go to the hospital to get it stitched up. He got to the hospital about 3 and left about 8 in the morning. No serious issues with the cut. The good news is that he and his friends rent a party bus every year so no driving issues. Of course this happened after the bus, but at least he had the good sense to take a taxi. I'm sure I'll get to exercise the medical insurance and his deductible on this one. Oh and BTW, he said they had a great time before he cut his hand!
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Happy New Year + 1

It's been a while since I visited...so I figured the best way to start off my New Year was to log on and say hello. Except I put it off for 1 day.

Life is very good up here in perpetual lake effect snow land. I heard an unconfirmed report of 199 inches total snowfall for Redfield NY. The good news is I don't live there. The bad news is it isn't all that far away.

Anyway...I'll log on here and there during the winter months. I've been more active on Facebook lately. Time to hang out here for a spell.

I think I'll be indoors all day today...
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Hi Freebird ! Glad to hear from you !
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Hello Freebird! Happy New Year back at you.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:33 PM   #13067
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I sponge-mopped the outside and bottom of my gutters.

A couple of weeks ago we got our roof replaced, so the gutters were looking kinda ratty.

I had the idea I might like to spray paint them to spruce them up a bit, but I needed to wipe them down first. (Thank goodness we have a small house.)

I wiped off the dirt, and hey, they looked like new!

Tired of climbing up and down the ladder for the cleaning, I got out the sponge mop and the hose and went back at it with a bucket of Simple Green. All done.
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Happy New Year, Freebird! We are getting a blast of winter here, too, in southwestern PA. Of course, we are pikers in the weather department compared to upstate NY, the Dakotas, MN, Winnepeg and places mentioned by others. We got a few inches of snow today and and snow showers expected overnight, with a high of only 15 degrees tomorrow. I have field visits to make in the p.m. and all I can say is "Thank goodness for heated car seats!" And, yes, retirement in July 2014 is still the brass ring for me.
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Ran several errands and bought various things.
Had fish caught two days ago for supper(mangrove snapper).
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Drove 12 hours with DW and four dogs, pulling a 6x12 trailer crammed to the brim, on our way to sunny FL. First time snowbirding! It will be interesting to see if the MD house will still be there when we get back.

Currently lying in bed (with laptop) in a hotel outside Savannah, listening to the aforementioned DW and 4 dogs snoring in contrapuntal splendor. I think I need some Scotch.
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Eh, didn't you have a 2nd home in coastal MD or some place like that? I guess you have decided to move further south.
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Actually, we're renting out the VA home, making FL our primary residence, and going back and forth from there to the MD house.
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DH and I spent a couple of hours at the Circle B Bar Reserve in the Lakeland, FL area. Walked about 4.5 miles looking at the birds and alligators.
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DH and I spent a couple of hours at the Circle B Bar Reserve in the Lakeland, FL area. Walked about 4.5 miles looking at the birds and alligators.
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Went for a walk in the (Florida) cold of low 50s; played pool for the first time in 25+ years (sank four in a row); heat has turned on (below 50F in S Florida).
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Went to the gym, and worked out particularly rigorously compared with what I had been doing there the past few weeks. I lifted a total of 16 tons on 21 weight machines, and also knocked myself out (figuratively speaking, this time) on the seated elliptical trainer.

I'm beat. Tonight I will sleep like the dead. Tomorrow I am going to be SO sore.

Then came home, and grilled a small tiny infinitesimal 4 ounce steak for dinner. Had to do it. I have been eating so much chicken I am starting to cluck unexpectedly. Weight Watchers will approve of the portion control.

It was delicious.

High today was 43, but with bright sunshine and no more of yesterday's biting wind, it felt warmer. I got to wear my wintery clothes and jacket. Right now it is 37.
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W2R, that 16 tons business still cracks me up. But I am glad you're doing well and I wish I could buy some of those 37 degrees!
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Then came home, and grilled a small tiny infinitesimal 4 ounce steak for dinner. Weight Watchers will approve of the portion control.
About 20 years ago, we committed to limiting our meat, chicken and fish portions to 4 ounces per serving. It's enough to fully appreciate the taste, but not so much as to render us sluggish after dinner. We usually end up freezing at least half of a regular package of steak from the grocery. After a while, that size becomes normal and I can't finish anything larger.
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About 20 years ago, we committed to limiting our meat, chicken and fish portions to 4 ounces per serving. It's enough to fully appreciate the taste, but not so much as to render us sluggish after dinner. We usually end up freezing at least half of a regular package of steak from the grocery.
It looked like more because I bought a steak that was cut very thin. So that way, it covered a considerable part of my plate. That helped.

My approach is slightly different than yours. When I get home from the grocery store, I cut up and freeze my chicken, fish, beef, or whatever, in individual portions - - not of equal weight, but instead of equal Weight Watchers points. Then, all I have to do at dinner is defrost one, no thinking about points required. I could have had a few more ounces had I selected tilapia for dinner instead of steak.
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It looked like more because I bought a steak that was cut very thin. So that way, it covered a considerable part of my plate. That helped.

My approach is slightly different than yours. When I get home from the grocery store, I cut up and freeze my chicken, fish, beef, or whatever, in individual portions - - not of equal weight, but instead of equal Weight Watchers points. Then, all I have to do at dinner is defrost one, no thinking about points required. I could have had a few more ounces had I selected tilapia for dinner instead of steak.
That's a really smart way to do it.
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