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Old 02-22-2015, 08:14 PM   #16361
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Spring is early, and the last (and only) rain this year was sufficient to germinate every weed seed in the yard. So, weeding. Then more weeding. Oh, and I also weeded.

With a double Advil chaser, of course.

This afternoon I'm on my back, head inside the kitchen cabinets, measuring and making notes on all the failed bits. The cabinets are the finest 28 year old contractor-grade particleboard, with (now very brittle) plastic 'glides' and moving parts. Everything is failing. The bottoms are disintegrating, the hinges are rusted through, and the glides don't glide. The Formica top is busily delaminating.

I actually have a large sum set aside for a complete kitchen rehab, but DW has decided that would be too disruptive. It falls to me then to keep the kitchen usable while trying to patch over the failing bits. I am sorely tempted to just shrug and say "Gosh, I can't figure out how to fix this!", and let it disintegrate.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:27 PM   #16362
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Perfect weather for a day at the beach! I walked a few miles barefoot in the sand, my doc said it was a good exercise to keep the plantar fasciitis at bay. We had a picnic and worked on our tan for a while.


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It was very cold and windy today, so my gardening buddy was not able to remove excess snow from the roof for me. So we decided to install brackets for some 4 foot grow lights in my indoor greenhouse room. He gave me some heirloom seeds that he and his late father had saved over the years. He and his father were partners in gardening for decades, so I feel honored to be invited to continue that. I'm in charge of doing a few trial runs to make sure the seeds are still viable. I am starting more seeds than what I will need, so my buddy will get the extras.
It's great to have someone who is into the plant growing as much as I am.

Mr B continues to do Legion treasurer tasks, taxes for clients, and study for his IRS authorized agent exam. I am amazed at how he can keep up with all that. But that is his nature to keep mentally busy while I occupy my brain with simpler stuff.

I am still eating soft foods due to 2 wobbling teeth, one of which becomes quite painful if I chew on that side of my mouth. I have to be very creative to figure out ways to eat nutritious foods that require little chewing. Breakfast was Boost. Lunch today was half an avocado (the big type) with ranch dressing, roasted sliced tomatoes, and 3 fresh kiwi fruits. Dinner was a huge bowl of mashed pumpkin, cottage cheese and chocolate ice cream with a side of PB for dessert. Yummy !
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We're in a stopover between Hawaii and home--in San Francisco.

We went to Pier 39 for lunch, drove around the city and generally enjoyed a beautiful day.

We fly home tomorrow for what we hope is the last cold spell in an unpleasant February.

Next February, we expect to leave home for the month--and go somewhere warm.
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I'm in charge of doing a few trial runs to make sure the seeds are still viable. I am starting more seeds than what I will need, so my buddy will get the extras.
If you just want to see if the seeds are viable, take 10 seeds, dampen (not dripping wet) a paper towel, fold towel in half, spread seeds out on one half of the towel and fold other half of towel over seeds, place in plastic bag. Keep bag somewhere it's in the low 70's. Check to see if any have sprouted in 7-10 days. This will give you a percentage of how viable your seeds are. You can plant in starter pots any that have sprouted. Saves you the time of potting up seeds and then wondering if anything is growing in the first 7-10 days. If you are checking different seeds make sure you label the bag and date started.
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If you just want to see if the seeds are viable, take 10 seeds, dampen (not dripping wet) a paper towel, fold towel in half, spread seeds out on one half of the towel and fold other half of towel over seeds, place in plastic bag. Keep bag somewhere it's in the low 70's. Check to see if any have sprouted in 7-10 days. This will give you a percentage of how viable your seeds are. You can plant in starter pots any that have sprouted. Saves you the time of potting up seeds and then wondering if anything is growing in the first 7-10 days. If you are checking different seeds make sure you label the bag and date started.
I thought about doing that, but then I'd have to keep checking that the paper towel is still wet. I use clear plastic 16 oz beer cups half filled with dirt and cover them with plastic with 2 holes poked to avoid rotting the seeds. If nothing comes up, I just throw more seeds in.
A lot of these tomato seeds are a mystery. My buddy forgot to label them. The good news is he grew nothing but heirloom seeds and does a great job storing them. The first round of seeds is already up.
It's -15F so I have nothing better to do but plant mystery tomato seeds and wait...
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Not so much what I did today - but what I did this past weekend.

Flew up to Bellingham WA to visit my BFF. Stayed up too late on Friday drinking wine and catching up.
Saturday BFF and her husband propose taking bikes to downtown Bellingham for a brew tour that was going on. Sounded great. It was great except I hadn't used toeclips in more than a decade (my mountain bike has regular pedals) and I fell a few times while trying to pull my foot out. I have some nice bruises and a skinned knee - but we also had a great day.
Sunday BFF and her DH hosted an oscar viewing party with homemade pizzas, I made chicken taquitos, and some really good homemade pasta.
Yesterday, before flying home, BFF and I took a long walk out to Clarks point to look over the Chuckanut Bay and all the islands.

Today I'm back to reality - but I did start the day with a nice walk on the beach with the pooch.
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Saturday BFF and her husband propose taking bikes to downtown Bellingham for a brew tour that was going on. Sounded great. It was great except I hadn't used toeclips in more than a decade (my mountain bike has regular pedals) and I fell a few times while trying to pull my foot out. I have some nice bruises and a skinned knee - but we also had a great day.
Probably worth it. The Chuckanut brewpub in Bellingham is one of the best in the world, IMHO. Fabulous beers.
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Ahhh, Bellingham...brings back memories of visiting the old ARCO refinery north of there back in the day... Nice town and area!

Today I attended the ROMEO breakfast at the local Burger King. The group told stories, many of which were told before, but for some attendees, it was like new stuff.

Its' cool here today (+36 F this morning) and I decided to work on my taxes.
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Not so much what I did today - but what I did this past weekend.

Flew up to Bellingham WA to visit my BFF. Stayed up too late on Friday drinking wine and catching up.
Saturday BFF and her husband propose taking bikes to downtown Bellingham for a brew tour that was going on. Sounded great. It was great except I hadn't used toeclips in more than a decade (my mountain bike has regular pedals) and I fell a few times while trying to pull my foot out. I have some nice bruises and a skinned knee - but we also had a great day.
Sunday BFF and her DH hosted an oscar viewing party with homemade pizzas, I made chicken taquitos, and some really good homemade pasta.
Yesterday, before flying home, BFF and I took a long walk out to Clarks point to look over the Chuckanut Bay and all the islands.

Today I'm back to reality - but I did start the day with a nice walk on the beach with the pooch.

That sounds like a wonderful visit. I've always meant to take our kayaks across the border and do some paddling in the Chuckanut area...I'll put that on my to-do list for this Summer perhaps.

Rodi, as you gazed westward over the various islands in the distance, my own little island was one of them - pretty much due west of Chuckanut Bay.

And it looks like you got out just before the return of the rain.
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Gym day, then stopped and got a pizza on the way back before stopping at the estate attorney's office, then went home. We are now up-to-date on our wills, POA, and health care directives.
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found out at annual physical that I'm pre-diabetic. Diagnosis really got my attention and explains the way I'm been feeling (thought it was just about getting older). My A1C was 6.0 which isn't terrible in the context of full diabetes but it's not a result that I was happy with.

Doc didn't suggest meds or even a diet change... just nonchalantly said "oh, based on your tests you're pre-diabetic" then moved on to the next topic. (I'm changing docs)

I took it upon myself to buy a blood glucose monitor to see how different foods affect me. A sandwich with 2 slices of thin 'light' bread (about 30 carbs total) sent my BG to 195 in the first hour!

Last Monday I started a very low carb, high fat (but low saturated fat), moderate protein diet. The name of the diet is goofy (Diabetes Miracle diet) but it's designed by a nutritionist who has Type 2 diabetes which I found appealing. It doesn't allow any food that has more than 5 net carbs / meal.

I've been checking my BG religiously and my BG hasn't gone over 105 at any meal since changing my diet and this morning my fasting glucose was 84 (lowest it's been since starting to test).

The great thing is I'm not hungry and the food tastes good. I don't miss the sugar or carbs since if I would have kept up the way I was eating it would have led to full blown diabetes... I've also lost about 15 pounds so am feeling better all the way around.
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I've also lost about 15 pounds so am feeling better all the way around.
You've lost 15 pounds since last Monday? Congratulations!
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You've lost 15 pounds since last Monday? Congratulations!
Nope :-)

I actually started watching my diet about a month ago after my doc appt, but once I realized my blood sugar wasn't even close to in control I switched my diet again last Monday.
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Last Monday I started a very low carb, high fat (but low saturated fat), moderate protein diet.
Congratulations on the success you are having with your new diet. I think you are on the right track, except for the advice you apparently received to avoid saturated fat. Based on what I've read, that advice is outdated - nothing unhealthy about saturated fats such as butter and beef tallow (especially when they come from grass-fed cows). What is really unhealthy are the "industrial seed oils" that we've been told to eat since the 60s/70s or so. I'm talking about corn oil, vegetable oil, safflower oil, canola oil, and similar oils. Margarine would be in the same group. When you read about how these oils are made, it makes you cringe. More specifics on that here:
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Plowed the driveway, cleared snowdrifts from in front of my workshop so I could get my latest project out, Adjusted vertical tilt on my drone and took another test flight, cleaned the inside of my workshop, bought some furniture wax, and getting ready for the Blackhawks game tonight.
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found out at annual physical that I'm pre-diabetic. Diagnosis really got my attention and explains the way I'm been feeling (thought it was just about getting older). My A1C was 6.0 which isn't terrible in the context of full diabetes but it's not a result that I was happy with.

Doc didn't suggest meds or even a diet change... just nonchalantly said "oh, based on your tests you're pre-diabetic" then moved on to the next topic. (I'm changing docs)
Certainly go ahead and make diet and exercise changes if you want to, nothing wrong with that. But don't overreact to the diagnosis. Pre-diabetes is not that big a deal, and I can pretty much guarantee isn't responsible for any physical symptoms you've been feeling. The reason even full blown diabetes is so insidious is because there are few or no physical symptoms, unless you are way, way down the road with it. Pre-diabetes is sort of like a slight rise in cholesterol or blood pressure, or a pre-cancerous mole or something like that. Just a mild wake up call, and something to not ignore. And unless you dislike your doctor for other reasons, I wouldn't change just because (s)he didn't make a huge deal about it.

So, yeah, go ahead and make changes if you want, it probably won't hurt. But there's no need to freak out over it.
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The injury to Kane has got to really hurt. I'm a life long Canucks fan, so my sympathy has limits.
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So, yeah, go ahead and make changes if you want, it probably won't hurt. But there's no need to freak out over it.
Thanks Harley, good insight. I'm not really freaking out but when one sandwich on light bread gets my blood glucose up to the high 190s it got my attention.

And I have about 50 pounds that I've needed to lose for a couple of years so now is as good a time as any to get serious.
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