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7/7/20 11:25 A

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I did good yesterday eating the meals I planned the beginning of the day. I kept to my meals and did no endless snacking on fruit. I found that if you just cut one large apple in to small pieces it takes a long time to eat. I am planning my meals and snack first thing each morning and can keep in my calorie allotment for the day.

For exercise today I did one session of the paddler for 60 minutes st 7am and 60 minutes at 4:00. We have good AC and i have a table fan blowing on me as i peddle, so I can keep cool at anytime I want to exercise.

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7/7/20 9:05 A

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I rarely read books these days for physical reasons. I went through a time when I just read biographies.

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7/5/20 7:52 P

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Tenacious, I'd be curious to know what some of the non-eating. non-weight loss related reading is (You can tell me the food reading on another thread.) I used to get a lot more thrills from novels, but most just don't draw me in anymore. It's a loss, dang it. But I like hearing about others. I like seeing the other identities people have. Unfortunately, my other identity these days is the one who struggles about other stuff. But my health is good and I have a roof over my head. Not exactly my identities but lucky stuff I want to be grateful for.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 7/6/2020 (17:28)
Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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7/5/20 7:11 P

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I really need to finish my charting, but keep thinking how a chocolate granola bar would make the task easier. So, I decided rather than eat, I'll take a break and read some posts. I want to keep pushing on, cause I've been doing better and I know where that other path goes (sadness, shame and eventually poor health). I lifted some weights on my back deck today for exercise. The lavender is really blooming and it's finally feeling hot and summery. Reading is one of my fav escapes too :) Have a great day everyone.

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7/5/20 6:57 P

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I washed my car this morning, but that's about the only non-device productive thing I've done. I'm a little bit spaced out and am taking myself off the hook to be focused. I also got some eggplants cooked to use this week, some baked and the rest pressure cooked, Eggplant has practically no flavor of its own but it does have a texture I like when I use the immersion blender on it. I think the baked is a little more concentrated and thus more flavorful.

If it weren't Sunday part of my life between meals would be driving over to the water, but on this holiday weekend, I"m sure I would see too many people doing risky stuff and I'd just be annoyed. There aren't as many people going back to work tomorrow, but I think a lot of unemployed people don't necessarily go to the beach so I'll go another day this week.

I'm trying to avoid spending too much time depending on media like Netflix, but I'm not sure it's that much better than my spending a lot of hours on Spark or related sites. But a lot of other stuff that used to seem interesting or important to me just don't have zing in them anymore. Just stating facts.

I should at least take a look at my bookshelf and see what I have that has nothing to do with eating that I"d actually be willing to read.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Many years ago we had parties very noisy when new tenants moved in nearby eventually they moved on. This doesn't solve your problem.
Good idea showing your need it makes the giver feel it is going to someone who needs it.
I had a nice weekend and am reaffirming my need to eat better with the new month. If I don't buy it I don't eat it.

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7/4/20 5:00 P

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I think you are wise to limit your exposure. You cannot control what the other people at the other event do, and even if your friend wore a mask, it does not protect him if other people are not practicing safe strategies.Sorry you have so many leftovers! I just read that you can roast leftover potato salad for about 30 minutes and they come out like fantastic seasoned roasted potatoes you meant to make like that in the first place.

I have had two Panini Grills burn out in the last six months or so, one of them just recently. I don't have a microwave and I don't plan to buy one. I have found that these grills heat or cook things very quickly because they heat on both sides. I have come to depend on using one just about every day for over a decade. In my local Facebook group called Buy Nothing, someone posted in the last day or so that she was giving one away. I used to just put that I was interested, as many posters do, but lately I've been adding a little extra information. For this grill, I said that I had had two of them burn out recently- true fact-, and the owner decided to let me have the grill!I picked it up this morning, and cooked my lunch on it today. It even has extra plates that can turn it into a waffle maker, though I don' really need that, because I have one that I use on the gas stove and I can control that heat more quickly. Someone also posted a kind of metal rack shelf. I sent a picture of the one that I use in my kitchen, showing that it is sagging and the vinyl covering is peeling off. I got that one, too! I also gave away a package of chocolate chip cookie dough that I had bought for an eating experiment.

There is some huge party going on across the canyon from me. I know it's the fourth so I'm trying to be cool about it, but there have been parties happening there late at night for the last couple of months. I have a thought that someone has turned it into an Airbnb, because I've lived on this canyon since 2002, and I have never heard parties like this. I'm trying not to get upset anticipating all the noise there's going to be as the summer months grow hotter and people are outside more. I have tried using the air plugs that I use when I go to my African dance classes, but honestly when I have them in, and there's no other noise competition like the drums that I actually want to hear. I can't get over how much I feel like I can hear my heart beating. It’s not quiet! I’m always surprised that the neighbors who are even closer are willing to put up with it. We even have noise ordinances, Which we wouldn't have if somebody didn't agree with me, but it's common that on the nights when there's a lot of noise from a party, there's competition for the police to take care of other more serious problems. Well, it's not really a problem right now, so I'll do my dishes and go pick up my new kitchen wire rack.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 7/4/2020 (23:17)
Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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7/4/20 12:06 P

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Weigh in did not go well as I knew it would not as I had a bad few days and had Chinese food for dinner. Today is the start for me of the week and I am going to do better than I have been doing. I do not want to be perfect but I want to make wiser choices. I had been doing good and have slacked off. I guess I lost my motivation. Well i have it back today is the start of the 5% challenge and I am raring to go, let's get it done.

We had planned to have our friend Terry over for dinner but he just told us last night he is going to a party before coming over to see us. So hubby and I talked about it this morning and we don't think it will be safe for us to have him here for up to 14 days after this party. He may want to take chances with his life but not ours. So now I have a lot of potato salad and macaroni salad

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7/3/20 9:02 A

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About 20 years ago I bought an expensive phone with speaker because hanging on with the phone to my ear made me very angry and when I am abusive to the person on the other end it doesn't result in good service so I know haw you feel. Sadly less staff everywhere. And of course need to interact with the computer first before getting an operator. Then all the same questions you just told the computer. GRRRRRRRRRRRR
I am still working on my kitchen

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7/2/20 5:56 P

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A lot o Sparking and "healthy" eating reading today, but a lot of it is just avoidance; I know most of it but guess I love feeling validated. Still working on refi loan; got asked today for a doc I have no idea how to get. Loan rep will get back to me to clarify what is needed. I feel so bad because I get very impatient on the phone with reps often. Part of what my life is about between meals is grappling with this impatience. I keep saying I need to use some of the same tactics I have used to change my eating on this habit. The feeling to lash out is similar but often stronger than the urge to binge. Forcing myself to sound calm in those situations seems way harder than saying no to food because a part of me feels justified at the moment. I feel I am often being wronged by incompetence but also underneath threatened by the idea that I am not good enough to meet the need of the moment. But I am sorry later. I used to feel justified when I ate compulsively, too. I have to look more closely at the parallels here.

And I missed an email response I got a couple of days ago. So complicated! Hoo, boy, why did humans leave the savannah? Oh, yeah, we were starving. Now we have too much to eat and too many details.

Also bummed because the rat control company rep I finally decided to use is not calling me back, which is eroding my faith in that company, even though they came recommended. I can't believe how often the work people who get recommended are not reliable in the way that I assume they will be. Are other people's expectations that much lower?

Ok, enough of that, even though I have more. The sun is shining on the bougainvillea waving in the breeze outside my window while the chimes sound. Posted a pic of an item I want to give to someone in my neighborhood in a Facebook group called Buy Nothing. It is arranged according to neighborhood. If the process goes well, I will start spending more time getting rid of things nearby. When I get to the end of the giveaways, will take the rest to AmVets. It will feel good to have less stuff to look at and deal with, and feel that I know people really want the stuff.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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7/2/20 2:29 P

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Family bike ride again today. Went pretty well except after I disconnected the baby trailer and tried to tighten the back tire, it popped out of where it belongs and I wasn't able to fix it.

I know my hubby could fix it, but I have to convince him to prioritize it. I really hope he decides to because this is really the only exercising I can do where I don't have pain while I exercise right now.

Keep up the gardening ladies! I don't have the patience and everything dies for me LOL

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Wow your garden is doing well

Oolala sorry you have gotten out of the gardening bug.

I have been keeping busy on a new painting. This one has a lot of detail and will take more time than my last ones.

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My garden is doing okay.
I have been renovating kitchen and bathroom bench tops.
Also had computer, internet, site problems
Keep up the bike riding

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7/1/20 4:56 P

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So two days in a row, I went biking by myself on my afternoon break. I went up the big hill by our house at a grown-up pace and when I got back home, I was exhausted and sweaty.

I'm afraid I might be overdoing it. Today was super hard and it took longer than yesterday. Part of that was that I think my bike was in the wrong gear starting out, but the other part was that I was still sore after doing it yesterday.

I feel good that I'm doing it, but I probably don't want to be pushing that hard every day while pregnant, so if I do a solo trip on a break again, I will be taking a different route - at least every other day so I'm not doing it two days in a row.

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6/30/20 1:58 P

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Sorry to hear that OOLALA! I totally understand. I have this desire sometimes to just lounge around and do nothing and then I feel super down on myself that I haven't gotten anything done. And then while I'm lounging around, I feel like I should be eating?!?!? Not sure why that is. Good luck to you on your journey. I'm sure it will pass.

I am making sure that I keep up my bike rides now whenever I can to get my exercise in, to keep my son's confidence up, and to get my kids up and moving. It also gives my husband a well-needed break in his day of watching them all day long.

Today went much better. My husband gave my son a pep talk before we left and it was like night and day. He did SO well, it was like yesterday never happened. I'm hoping the weather holds out so we can do this daily all the way through the long weekend.

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I'm grappling with productivity issues. One place is dealing with my yard. I lost motivation because some vegetables that I had gotten excited about are not doing well. I was thinking all the plants would do as well as a couple of volunteers have, meaning I wouldn't have to do a lot of work. (I kind of know what I would have to do, and it doesn't sound worth the return. Ditto with spending much to have someone else do it.) This has left a void. I don't like facing that my days are hard to fill.

I don't mean to be a downer, but I do think bingers often have tough things to face emotionally. These are some of the things our lives are about between meals and all the concern with eating. Please know I don't expect anyone to know how to help me fix it! I've done tons of stuff to work with it, and it's just part of my life journey. I appreciate being able to share it. Tx for listening.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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6/29/20 5:35 P

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Skipped out on the bike rides this weekend, but back at it again today and my 4 year old is once again backsliding on his progress. I think he must have a legitimate fear and we'll have to work every day for him to overcome it.

Overall, I feel good! We had a birthday party for my son and daughter on Saturday (just grandparents who socially distance and wear masks when shopping) and it went well. Daughter didn't seem too disappointed that her friends couldn't come and it was so small, and she had lots of fun :)

Weighed myself this morning and I'm still at the same weight as a few weeks ago which is good. I'm not supposed to weigh this much until I'm like 34 weeks along and I'm currently only 26, so I'm hoping to maintain until birth. The most I should weigh at birth is 5 pounds more than I do right now, so if I can't maintain, I hope to keep it within the guidelines. I've never weighed more than 180 while I was fat pre-pregnancy or at the end of any pregnancy, so I'm hoping I won't this time around either. And I know I can lose 50 pounds from that weight because I've done it before, so I just gotta keep up the exercise and stay within my 2,000 calories a day and I should be fine.

Other than that, dealing with a very rainy afternoon here. Glad it wasn't raining at lunch so I could ride and thankful for the upcoming 3 day weekend.

How are you all doing?

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Kathryn, congrats. I love that you are shooting for small changes and accepting to maintain at a weight before moving on. I bought a really cool travel across-the-shoulder bag at a yard sale years ago and have gotten so used to being hands free when I carry stuff. I wore it out and looked for the same or similar mode on mulitple sites, but never found it. Have to make do with a spindlier version, but it's okay. I have a waistband carrier, too. Never falls off my shoulder!

I have been mostly NOT doing things I say or intend to do and Sparking. I do have a Shakespeare meeting today. I also spent a over an hour on a great catch-up talk with a friend from high school, one that I have stayed in touch with. She ended up telling me some sorrows with her children that she had only touched on before, things about how her ex was able to turn her kids against her. I know that can sound bad, like I am being biased here, but I remember when I first met him, I didn't trust him. He has never admitted to the kids that he was cheating on my friend their mom (with his present wife) for a long time before they split. Apparently, he used to bad-mouth her to customers in the business she was his assistant at, too. Very bad form.

Okay, dang it, the temperature is perfect for some outside vigorous exercise, so I'm going to go walk some hills.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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6/28/20 9:50 A

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emoticon Turtle Nice to reach a target
Went shopping today and had an allergic reaction to something. Left early and as I live about 10km (6miles) when I got home I was fine.
I've been re-polishing wooden top on bathroom cupboard. Need to give second coat to desk top

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6/25/20 10:06 A

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Great job turtle!

Yesterday we went on another bike ride and my 4 year old seemed to be back to normal with his fear of hills, so I'm very thankful.

Still have quite a bit of pain, but not while riding, so I'm guessing bike riding isn't going to hurt it any.

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Sorry I did not have pain when I was PG. Only at the end and that just for two hours.

I got my reward for getting and staying in the 150's for a week. It is a new waist purse. I got it on eBay. It is nicer than I thought it would be. Has lots of pockets. My next small goal is to get to 155 and hold it for a whole week. Of course if I go lower in that week that is okay too. My long time goal is 140 so I am getting there.

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So long since I was pregnant (over 50 years) do hope all is going okay. I am sure mild exercise is good.I used to enjoy riding my bike but now I have poor balance.
Good you can have a celebration.
All these granny proof stuff and me so impatient.
More rain predicted, just showers, good for the garden

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6/23/20 2:27 P

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Sunday was raining so no bike ride and yesterday I was so exhausted and the kids weren't dressed when I came up for lunch, so I resigned to clean the kitchen instead.

We are having my parents and my husband's dad and step-mom over on Saturday to celebrate my 2 year old's and 6 year old's birthdays so we desperately needed to do some cleaning.

But I got back on the bike today and it felt wonderful. Lost a little momentum on my 4 year old's fear of hills, but overall I think it went very well. And my husband came and joined us, so he got a workout in as well.

Presuming this sore pregnant lady feels up to it, I plan on doing a quick ride on my break with my daughter again to get back in the habit, but I felt the SPD pain today worse than normal, so I'll have to play it by ear.

Really not sure if the bike rides were helping it, and that's why it hurts more than normal today, or if it's just getting worse as the pregnancy progresses and I should listen to my body. Anyone have any thoughts or advice on this?

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6/23/20 10:28 A

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I have had bad luck with pull cans too and have a gripper pad to pull them also works good on opening bottles. What it doesn't work good on is the small pull tab on the sugarless creamers I use. I end up poking the tin foil cap with a knife.

Yesterday went well with my eating plan and I have today's meals planned out. I will be doing sensible eating today and stay on plan. I have my exercise planned a walk around a park across town. I don't know how long the trail is but I would guess two miles. I am going to walk it twice.

Edited by: CHANGING-TURTLE at: 6/23/2020 (10:28)
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I bought something and the box came open in the car and a part fell out, one day I hope to reunite them.When I was carrying the stuff in I saw the bit but didn't realize its significance. It was a few days later that I realized but by then I had used the car a few times. One of my gripes is the ring pull cans can be hard to open, sometimes I don't have the strength. I do have a gadget but cannot find it. My daughter has a friend with arthritis who can never manage them even with the help of the gadget. She turns them upside down and opens them like the old way. Remember the sardine cans and their key? My daughter needed a can opener for camping recently an old fashion cheap one was hard to find.


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Too much time online today. Went out yesterday for one errand and just got annoyed over uncooperative employees te: mask wearing. Apparently my city’s C19 cases are dropping but I think it is still risky.

I bought an electric CanOpener online. It was a really cute design and I was very much looking forward to it. When I took it out of the box, I couldn’t figure out how it worked so I went online to look at a picture on it and it had a crucial missing part. Usually, I procrastinate taking care of issues like that, but I got in touch with the company and got permission to take it in to a local store. I did that the next morning and got my money back. Then later I was moving some things in my living room, and I found the missing part. I called the store as fast as I could and beg them to let me come back and buy the CanOpener, but they had already boxed it up with a lot of returned items that get sent to a warehouse. Such a waste! It is out of stock on every site it is advertised on. It is so ironic, because I am normally such a procrastinator!

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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I too have seen the photos of the Skywalks they look great.
One bad weather weekend I too decided to fix a poor quality cast pan using advice from internet. TIP don't wear a T shirt if you use steelwool to smooth it. The very small pieces got stuck in the weave and I had to throw it away.
Good idea to get tested.

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I went this morning for a Covid test. Because I decided to walk halfway to the appointment whole process took over three hours. The test was one where the physicians assistant guided me in how to do it to myself. I hope I got the swab far enough up, but I think it felt right. They call in a couple of days only if your test is positive. I doubt I’m positive. However, I think it’s good for the database to understand what the presence is of this virus in the entire population, not just in people who feel sick.

After that, I spent a fair amount of time on spark communicating with somebody who is considering using me as a coach on the beck diet team. I finally got to the refi documents and sent in as much as I could.

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So early on in our bike ride today and my son's training wheel swiveled upwards and he fell on the same side again and cut his wound back open.

Apparently him wiping out yesterday loosened the bolt. Luckily we were still within view of our living room window and my husband ran out with a tool and fixed it right away. Then he and my daughter got him a bandaid and we rode on.

Unfortunately it impacted his confidence and he was gunshy the rest of the ride. However, I give him props for going on the ride after that instead of just going home. And my husband decided to join us after all of that.

Moral of the story - check on the bikes after a wipeout.

OoLaLa - I've never tried to season a cast iron pan so that is fascinating to me. Too bad about the mulch! And good luck with the refi! We refinanced a couple of years ago which allowed my husband to quit his job to stay home with the kids. So totally worth it! :)

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The local Native American tribe had a skywalk built at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I’ve never been to it. It is open only a few months of the year, takes a reservation to go, is quite expensive in comparison with the South Rim, and is much harder to get to. But it imagine it is stupendous.

Kitten, enjoy these early days of kids’ riding. I imagine they are going to be able to get good enough to get daring not long down the line.

I tried a project last night to start re-seasoning some cast iron pans with my first fire in an outdoor fireplace I have had for years. I used wood that has also been in the garden. It smoked terribly! I could still smell it this morning. Turns out the ground under the fireplace had some mulch that was smoldering about an inch down. No way to see it in the dark. I think it was never a threat to structures (too far away), but air quality- yuk. I felt bad because my tenant next door has asthma. I heard her shut her bedroom window pretty loudly last night. I took all the ash and about an inch of dirt from the burn, dug a trench on the other side of the property, and buried it all, wetting it down well. I have also been scrubbing the pans. It is a bigger project than I expected.

Am moving forward on the refi. I have always paid an extra payment a year towards principal; I realize I could have been doing more and will now. Hindsight and all that.

Also thinking of going for free C19 testing later. Am coordinating watching a movie that a friend in Canada will also watch; we will call to discuss it later.

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So, nothing really new over here. Went on another bike ride over lunch - this time my 4 year old got his training wheel caught on a curb, he went down, and he scraped up his arm.

Good news is he got right back on his bike and rode home (we cut the route a bit short for him though).

Then, my daughter and I went the same route over the last break and managed to do it in 10 minutes! That's a personal best for her :)

I feel like I'm getting my exercise in during this pregnancy, I'm getting reasonably tan, and I'm not as sore daily! So, I'm super excited to keep this up. Sounds like we might get rain this weekend though so we'll see if that puts a hold on my streak.

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Went for a 300km drive with friend yesterday to see new $24 million Skywalk. Very enjoyable day. Took healthy food with us. Didn't do much today.
Not an easy decision to change anything I regularly change phone providers but always a lot of effort and sometimes messy.

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I’ve been avoiding some other things by using Spark, although it is not the worst diversion. However, I missed part of a webinar that I had paid for; they will send me a recording of it later, but it bothered me a little that I lost track.

I finally tracked down a phone number for a loan officer at my mortgage company. I don’t know why they made it so hard because the rep was happy to take all my information and got back to me within an hour. He showed me three different options one of which was almost exactly the same as the other loan company. I thought it might save me a little money to go with a company that I’m already with, but I guess not. I almost want to take my business away because this has been problematic, but it will also be problematic to get established with a new company and have to sign up and put in passwords and all the other things that you have to do. Once again, I am aware that this is a very privileged problem to have.

My aspiration is to have the rest of the day be devoted to exercise, my garden, and nurturing my social network.

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Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Daily bike rides now for a week I think? And we're making great progress with everyone. I feel great, my toddler is loving his rides in the trailer, my 4 year old is doing amazing going down hills and learning to turn slowly around corners, and my 5 year old is making progress with starting and stopping with no training wheels.

And we're all getting healthier! Win/win/win! I wish my husband would join us more but since he's watching the kids while I work all day, I think he really enjoys the little 30 minute breaks and having the quiet house to himself LOL

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120 minutes! Wow!

I have backslid on exercise. It just seemed to come naturally during May to get up and get out there. I wake up early anyway, even if I wear a sleep mask. I WISH I could sleep in! I have fallen back into the habit of getting on the electronics early. Using my time well is 10x harder for me than eating well. (And eating well isn't always a picnic.)

Still feeling stalled on the garden, but I forced myself to go out and at least move a few pots into better places for now. Had two phone conversations with friends, one long, one shorter. Feeling frustrated also as I have not heard back from mortgage company on refi. I really would rather not have to spend the fees with another company but mine is dragging its feet, while the new companies are bending over backwards. They must make a lot of more money. MY money. Grrr.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Starting the week off right. I did the peddler for 120 minutes this morning. I have been eating healthy and filling foods. I have comforted myself with my painting. And I am reaching out to friends. I think I had a good day.

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Daily bike rides have continued and I'm super happy at our progress.

Yesteday we went on a fairly long one (for a 4 and 6 year old) and my 4 year old did not flinch at any of the hills. I was so proud of the progress he's made over the last week. He's doing amazing. It did help that my husband came with because he desperately wants to bike with dad for some reason.

Meanwhile my daughter was super spacey on our fast ride on Friday and ran right into a curb. She ended up bruised and with a cut on her inner thigh. Regardless, she got right back up and did our rides this weekend with no hesitation.

So, some healthy progress for our family, some wonderful progress for my kids, and overall a great bonding experience!

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Had a nice day spent time on the patio, in the Lobby and a trip to Michaels to get new canvases. Terry gave me an easel a friend gave him. Now I feel like a real artist. I have a painting going now. I have been comforting myself with painting instead of food. This has been a good eating day.

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I am not an early riser and my friends constantly point out to me the benefits. You certainly make the case. Keep it up.

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I have my exercise done for the day by noon when it gets to hot. Today is a cool day in the 70's. I had a light rail train trip and an hour long walk. I did my peddler at 7am and felt it was a good start to the day. I have my meals all planned out for the day and am eating on track. I had a gain on the scale and want to turn that around.

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Family bike ride #2 and this time my husband came with! He found out what my challenge is regarding my son and his fear of going down the hills.

Hopefully now he realizes that he needs a little more confidence to get past this. But, overall, it was a great ride and I'm glad we're doing them! :)

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My kids 50 year olds, talk about how much time they spent outside. We lived in an area with a mild climate. "kids out in the morning and cat out at night" now it is the reverse cats in at night. My parents helped me and I helped my kids and grandkids to ride bikes. Nowadays its easier with training wheels.

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That is do nice you are working on your health and raising healthy kids. Good for you emoticon

I am so happy, I went for a 30 minute walk and found no protesters and Starbucks was open. You can not go in and sit but you can get a drink and go. I don't want to drink on my walk home as I am not taking my mask off but it is only a six minute walk from there to home.

It is 91 right now with a high of 98. Friday it is getting in the high 70 looking forward to that


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Thank you OOLALA! We try to be very involved with each of our kids and are both trying to improve our personal health so the more we develop their skills, the more we can be active as a family which makes exercising so much easier for us.

So, it's a bit selfish as well - this way we don't have to leave the other parent at home with all 3 kids so that one of us can get our exercise in.

Update on today - took my daughter on a much faster bike ride during my afternoon break since the boys were sleeping. Same route in half the time. So proud of her! And got 15 minutes of actual exercise in too, so awesome for me as well.

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Kitten, I'm touched by how involved you and your husband are. I cannot remember my parents helping me to learn to ride a bike or nearly anything outdoors, though I didn't feel short-changed. Oh, if we had been an active family! It's a boon for the parents, too, I think.

Computer problems! I have asked a younger frined in his 30's for help and it's amazing how fast it goes. He gently told me that he often just looks at videos on these problems, but when I look at the videos, they often show things that don't appear the same on my computer and then I'm stumped. I don't think younger people have any idea how much their longer experience helps them know what to do in a pinch.

How do so many days go by that I don't post?

My days have been about yard work, some Shakespeare stuff, some NYT, some walking, some Sparking, and I've been watching a series called Call the Midwife on Netflix. Talk about a chick flick/series! I've been bingeing on it and just like real binging, it starts to lose satisfaction while still seeming appealing. Though watching women scream and push giving birth is really getting old. I'm amazed that they have gotten so many mothers to agree to have their babies- pretty darn young-looking ones- filmed on a set, often crying. And there are so many shots from under a woman's legs making it appear that a baby's head is emerging into the hands of the midwife. I took a class in film acting and it has made me much more analytical when I watch anything. For some people, that might ruin it, but so far, I like it.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
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Managed to fit in a bike ride today before the rain hit and I got my youngest into a bike trailer and pulled him behind my bike for the first time while my older 2 biked.

It went...OK...my 4 year old freaked out a bit when we went down a hill. He fell right before we started going downhill and then got scared that he'd fall if he went too fast down the hill. Then proceeded to inch his way down the hill SO INCREDIBLY SLOWLY.

After much encouragement, he made it down and we were off again.

Just like everything else, this will take time, but I have faith that it'll get less stressful as we do this more often.

Not much of a workout for me, but it was an accomplishment nonetheless.

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I had a NSV the size smaller size 8 Gloria Vanderbilt jeans shorts I ordered off eBay came last night and they fit. This is a goal I set way back in 2011 when I was 210 and size 20 that I would fit size 8. I am so happy and proud of myself.

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I had a good day today Yesterday I was unable to get my computer to work. I have a new computer and didn't understand what was happening. I discovered today that it was a very simple issue that my grandson showed me how to correct with just one click. I was able to keep my focus and did not eat anything other than my planed meals. Sometimes my blood sugar drops too low and forces me to eat something sweet and unplanned, but thankfully I've been doing well lately.


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So yesterday my husband took my daughter's training wheels off and she did it! And my son biked with us and went a decent speed for once.

I, in the meantime, walked the whole way to ensure I could assist them both with any biking issues.

I apparently was so proud that when I told my kids how proud I was, my daughter told me I sounded like I was crying LOL

Today, we did it again and it was awesome. I pushed my youngest in a stroller instead of leaving him at home and my husband came with on his bike. So, about halfway through he and my daughter took off and left me with the stroller and my 4 year old on his bike. Today is definitely the last time that's going to happen cuz he's going so fast that I'm better off putting my pregnant butt on a bike and going slowly as opposed to walking super fast and aggravating my SPD.

Looks like we'll be going on family bike rides super soon!!!

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Thursday I was down with an awful migraine and then when that subsided, I had some crazy nausea. Ended up taking the whole day off of work. Stupid pregnancy issues!

But Friday I only had a half day of work and got up and went out to exercise even though I could have easily lounged about all day. And it felt good! I walked and pushed my youngest in a stroller while my daughter biked. All-in-all, it was an hour's worth of exercise.

Saturday, I pushed my youngest in a stroller while my 4 year old son biked. My daughter and husband did the same route that she and I did Friday, but they're much faster than my 4 year old so when they turned around and came back to us, we turned around to go home too. Not as long outside, but definitely helping my 4 year old get used to his new bike.

Yesterday I did the same route but on my bike with my daughter which was nice and then we did some extra streets on the way back because that wasn't long enough for her. She said she wasn't sweaty yet LOL. Nothing beats an almost 6 year old's motivation.

Did lots of baking this weekend too because of her - brownies on Saturday, eclairs and pumpkin bread yesterday. My kitchen is a disaster and I have to make sure to clean that today, but I know she felt very accomplished after it all.

And I finally got around to doing her nails that she's been asking me to do for like a week! LOL

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Today was a restful day no caretaker so no going off anywhere but Subway down the street.

We have a friend coming over to eat. I love to cook for others.

I watched a movie with hubby it was a horror movie but it just turned out to me.a.take off of the Werewolf movie. We were not pleased.

I will be working on my painting tonight. It is an abstract seaacape.

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Had a good day yesterday. I experience more success when I spend more time writing. I am currently writing about the presidents of the USA. Right now I'm working on Andrew Johnson (# 17) Hopefully the children will find it useful.


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Went to buy new ink for my printer quite expensive and the person who served me said it had been in extra demand and supply was patchy.
Then went to friends for a light lunch, enjoyable my daughter got a used rug carpet mat so I used my machine to clean it. Otherwise still working on my shed.
Made 4 tassels for my dance group and a sign.
A lot on TV about protest all over the world hope some good comes from this.
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Today is a cooler day in the 70's. There are still protesters in my neighborhood. The National Gaurd is on the ready outside the jail house across the street.
I walked a little among protesters to get to Subway. Most everyone was wearing a mask and kept 6 feet away. I had plans to go on the train but that was being held up by the protesters. I did get out and sit on the patio for awhile. And this morning I did my peddler. Today is my sweets day so I had 4 Subway cookies. All tracker on WW and I am still on my eating plan.


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Carol, we are so much more than our eating issues. I too, struggle with how to fill my time; I know some of my eating issues are because I need to expand other areas of my life. This is a good place for us to share how we try to develop our identities beyond our eating. Do you have work or family obligations, or interests you have or haven't been able to explore?

Have you thought of trying to get a streak going and sharing successes and obstacles on the 21-day streak? Everybody there has been through it all and are ready to virtually applaud or hug. But you don't have to count.

I felt unmotivated to take much action in or out of the house today until nearly 4 p.m. Before that, I connected with a friend who lives in the Midwest. We talked for over two hours! After that, I felt more energized and started back up in the garden, then watched a movie a friend had watched so that we can talk about it later while I did other tasks inside. It's too cloudy to be able to see much of a sunset, but I will go back outside again and later spend at least four more 15-minute bouts of cleaning or exercise before bed.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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Thanks for the warm welcome back. I must say that I am glad to be back on my diet plan and visiting with S.P. once again. I have to keep my focus on my weight loss journey and things I need to do in order to keep from becoming board and unhappy.. Boredom and emotional issues seem to lead to my binging.


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Got the videos done but not submitted until after a Zoom cocktail meeting. I felt so worn out from the whole process even though I rarely got off the couch! All the anticipation of how cool it would be to be chosen and all the self recrimination for not preparing better.

I was so caught up in it all that I didn't check the weather. People joke about not needing a weather forecaster in San Diego because you can look out the window and it's almost always sunny, but I find that knowing how high the temperature is supposed to get and when helps me plan when to do things outside. But I got a surprise when I woke up today and it was raining. Not hard, but hard enough to have wet some laundry I left out last night. (I dry laundry on my deck 90% of the time- my place is pretty much hidden, so my underwear is not where many can see it) But it will probably let up enough that I will still be able to work in the garden. It never ceases to amaze me when it rains like this because the top of the ground will be wet but if I scratch down just a little bit, it's dry dry dry It really takes quite a bit of water to truly soak down. Good thing as I have soil to move and wet soil is a lot heavier.

That's all I have on the agenda. I sometimes like going to online meetings my philosophy teacher has but they start at 9 on Saturday and that usually feels too early. I have a couple of movies that friends have agreed to watch sometime soon so we can talk about them. I find myself reluctant to commit to a walk even though I am sure there will be good weather for it later. I exercised pretty well during May. It's so easy for me to lose the momentum! I had a little pedal device at one point but was not even close to consistent using it as you are Kathryn. For one thing, I couldn't find anything to put under it that kept it from moving away from me as a pedaled. I sometimes thought I was in a Lucille Ball episode with me eventually falling off the couch.

Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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I do have snacks prepared which I think helps but when things are bad it is high calorie food I want as I have often said I've never binged on a whole lettuce
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I've had a lot of problems with the internet being down to a site (including Spark) being down
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Snacks are a controversial area; I can find you recommendations against snacks as well. I will just say that snacking never stopped me from binging and leave the rest of the discussion to another thread.

I found out I might be able to create a usable video for the Shakespeare society. I keep getting jittery about it and taking breaks. I wish I had worked on it before not the day it is due because the weather outside is actually perfect for yardwork, but this opportunity does not come very often, so I am going back to it.

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Enjoy your hobby

Oolala I will think about the skirts

Hello team mates and how are you today? I am doing fine. I started my day with an hour on the peddler. I have my meals planed for the day and every thing on hand. I just read an article about how important snacks are and I am glad have on hand some fruit to snack on.

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Excellent plan, Carol.

I wish I wasn't here to report that one of my hobbies-acting- led to some binge urges that I gave into a bit. I'm stopping it all now. I will also post on the commitment thread. i will have a reasonable dinner and call the rest of the day Day 1.

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This is my first day back to S.P. and am starting a new daily routine. I hope to do constructive things around my home in addition to doing better planning of meals and take up my hobby once again.


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Yes, it will be shorts weather soon, esp in your area. I have a few plus a couple of pairs of pedal pushers and denim skirts to see me through, especially with as little going out as I am doing. I was surprised last year to discover that knee length casual skirts were about as comfy as shorts but felt more flattering. Have you thought of an A-line skirt? You would rock one, though your husband might not like you going out all sexy.

Lots of wonderful overcast today for yard work. Some Spark, 15 minutes of vigorous lower body work, walking, and 10 minutes Gazelle. Plus listening to videos by a workout coach mostly reinforcing what I already know.

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Had a restful day at home. I ordered a pair jeans shorts off eBay and will see how they fit. It is getting bad that I have so few things to grow small in that I had no shorts. So if thease shorts don't fit I will try again and have something to aim for. Had a good eating day and an hour on the peddler.

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Didn't feel like working out at lunch so I didn't today. Might try to do something after work though to make up for it.

I was just so hungry, I couldn't think about getting dressed, getting my bike down, and going on a bike ride. Plus, my front bike tire seems to slowly be losing air consistently and I'm pretty sure it needed to be filled up before I go again and the air compressor takes time to charge up.

In any case, feeling very tired today and don't want to let that keep me down.

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Went to Home Depot early or a different kind of rat trap today and also bought a kind of bait they sell. Varying reviews on it vs. peanut butter, but I have to try. Went across the street again to a huge graveyard that has nice avenues through gently rolling hills, a huge lotus pond, and so many graves still decorated from the weekend before, even though there a signs saying decorations are cleared once a week. I cut my walk a bit short because I thought I had an online meditation webinar at 9 and was annoyed that I could not get into the Zoom room. Didn't start until 10 and I have found myself floundering the rest of the day. The session was actually disturbing because they talk about being able to experience things I just don't experience and it brings up fears about failure. Interestingly, about the time I was thinking that, the leader said there might be thoughts like that. But then all people attempting to promote an idea have experience with dealing with objections; it doesn't mean their explanations are adequate. Oy vey.

Afterwards I felt very tired and ended up napping, but too long. I've read that if you sleep more than aobut 20 minutes, it can disrupt your alertness. I have felt groggy and only awhile ago finally got to the rat situation and another house task, but didn't finish it. Got a call (I had asked for some info) about refinancing my place and got cut off mid-conversation. I don't like having to explain the situation over and over and it's too complicated to write in a regular application. So having a bit of a defeated feeling. But I often get a second wind at 5. Will finish this and then go outside.

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The day is going well. I did my peddlar first thing in the morning. I took a little walk and found my Subway open. They were hit on Sat and Sun but not Monday night. I did not hear of any looting now that we have the National Guard in town. Protesters in town again so will see how the night goes. It was quite by the jail house across the street. I am not letting this unrest send me to over eating.

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I've been successfully working out every day since that day, so I call that a win!

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I was really sore for a couple of days from digging, shoveling, and carrying, and have little cuts on my hands and lower arms. They hurt a lot at first, too. I try to make sure my phone is charged so that I can put it in my little waistband carrier and get credit for all the steps!

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Oolala I am glad you are having such a good time gardening. That is good exercise and keeps your hands and mind busy. I have a little indoor garden that needs to have some of the plants repotted. When things settle down again I will get to that.

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Kitten, hugs on pregnancy pain. Hope it's for limited time each day. And not every day.

TTF: Ugh, dust, and not even from neglect! Not fair.

I gardened nearly all day yesterday. Didn't notice that I'd heard helicopters (not right over my 'hood, but I live close to downtown where there were protests-apparently peaceful- since early morning) for several hours. I realized had a a slight feeling in my body that came from expecting the sound to end, as it usually does. Then I found out my online Shakespeare meeting had been cancelled because the hostess lives in a small city that people not from the area would consider San Diego that had two banks burned to the ground the night before, as well as more minor stuff, but no injuries. Sirens and helicopters until wee hours. She was exhausted and jittery. I was pretty much outside until nearly sunset and the helicopter sounds never stopped, though I suspect some were from news stations. I don't have a TV but tuned in periodically to local online news. I considered going to a parking structure near downtown to watch the sunset from the roof of; people on Nextdoor near where I was going reported feeling safe. However, I could tell that the colors were not going to be that intense, so I skipped it. Have not followed up today. I have my theories- and yes, they are to some degree what my life is about- but since there's too much speculation happening these days, I'll let them simmer. I've thought of writing some ideas down and sending them to myself as a registered letter with "Mark my words" on the outside, but haven't done it.

I am really liking being out in the breeze and feeling some urgency to get these garden projects done because it's going to keep getting warmer at earlier hours of the day as we approach solstice. I have different parts of the yard that are in shade at different times so I try to get done what I can while they are not exposed. And some parts are in shade most of the time; that's where I've set up what I call my staging area, having moved just about all empty pots, full pots and potting material there or near there so I can keep looking at what's there and make some decisions. I'm not very good at big decisions, but some big ideas are taking shape and it becomes more obvious what some little things are to do. Not to say that at some point I might not hire a native plant specialist to come in and design things but not this year. I need to try out growing some potted stuff first. I have a volunteer tomato that wintered over and already covers several sq. ft.

I am going to meet a friend nearer the ocean, though we will stay near her condo and walk in a park there. She said something about lunch so I am packing one to take. I hope she meant that we would eat outside with distance, but she doesn't like the cold and it is a bit overcast. I'll take a quilt and lawn chair just in case.

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 6/1/2020 (21:52)
Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats.
8 years and counting! nosdiet.com/
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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OOPs yes walking. Seems my family and friends are all having birthdays. One nice idea was asked to take a photo with a candle and she is making a collage for her 60th as due to virus no gatherings. Seems the response was overwhelming and she will print photos and make an album.

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I wanted to take a long walk today and as I started out was told there was a protest going on at the capitol 3 blocks away. I came home. At 4:00 they had walked.down our street and tried to mess.with the jail house across the street from us. They had no luck and went up the road to the fteeway. It was scary for a bit as in some towns things have been set on fire. Nothing on TV will catch the news at 5. But I think I am safe from them now.

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