Car Trouble and Money Saving Tips

September 11, 2010

Today was my day to have fun. Traveling to my new friends to meet her dad who has dementia and was just placed in a dementia center. I also was going to meet her mom who had a stroke; hence, the reason for placing her dad in a home for dementia patients as the mom cannot watch the dad any more. We had great plans. The hospital was letting the mom escape for a few hours.

I got up, got the car packed with intentions of getting fuel and heading to her house. I figured leaving early, I would miss the traffic.

WRONG!!!

My car and my mechanic let me down. My car was dead, deader than a typical doorbell. I called AAA and the driver wanted to tow my vehicle to the mechanic instead of jump-starting the car. I allowed this, as I had to get gas and was afraid if I shut off the car it would again not start, not giving it enough time to charge. I was also afraid it was my alternator and I would break down out of town with most mechanic shops closed for the weekend.

Thank goodness, the tow truck driver did what he did. I should have given him a bigger tip. Yes, it was my alternator. $350.00 later, my car will be fine. A whole day wasted with no transportation.

My plans are re-scheduled until next weekend. This messes up next weekend. It is one of those things you have to get done kind of things. Next week I will be fueled and ready to go. My vehicle will not let me down.

Today, I finished my Friday work and did a bit of Monday’s to make Monday a little lighter load. I started a sprouting experiment, which you can read about below. As soon as they call me to pick up my car, they close at 4:00 p.m., I will be baking bread. I have wanted to do this for a few days. I bought a new book and I am looking forward to trying this preferment procedure. Most bread takes two days to complete.

I am looking for money saving tips. Do you know any? So far, I plan to enlarge my garden adding one more square foot that is 4 X 4 and planting winter crops. I am cooking my own beans from dried instead of purchasing canned. I am reading about canning and next season plan on canning my own tomatoes. You know anything canned is convenient but expensive. I bought a new motion detector light that is an LED and is amazing!! Any more tips for me?

I would love to put a TV antenna on my roof. I am unable to find anyone to do that for me. I guess either most people have family or friends who can do it or people these days just use cable or Direct TV. I pay 81 bucks a month and getting free TV would be FREE.
I can pick up a DVD recorder to supplement as a DVR of sorts and the antennae and would be free and clear in only 2-3 months.

There you have it. Does anyone use a TV antenna? Does anyone want to come install mine? I can feed you well and take you on my road for a great workout.


Escaped

August 30, 2010

Brooklyn escaped the other night.  My daughter called me crying hysterically.  She had left Brooklyn at her friend’s house when they went to practice.  He has been at that house a lot.   It appeared that her friend left the window open. Brooklyn clawed his way through the screen, out the window he went.  The neighbors say they saw a couple carrying him away.  My daughter called her co-worker who lives in the area and for some reason he had stayed late at the dog park.  He had stayed late enough to talk to a person who had found a beagle.  He did not make the connection until he heard my daughter’s message. She called him at 11:30 at night.  He immediately went back to the dog park to get the phone number of the person who found a beagle.  The couple would bring Brooklyn home.

It seems they found Brooklyn sitting on a corner of two major, busy streets.  Thank goodness, he has been trained well and had not run into the street.  Since Brooklyn did not have any tags, they took him to the vet to read his chip.  Did I mention my daughter has not chipped him?  She felt a tag would be good enough and never felt an apartment dog would escape.  It also seems like Brooklyn’s tag was hanging on the window screen.  I guess it had been stuck as he was escaping out the window.  It also seems that while at this couples house he opened their back door and escaped again.  LOL… The couple found him sitting on the front step of a house, which later they found out was the exact house Brooklyn should have been inside.  I guess that little escapee went back home.

The couple fed Brooklyn a chicken breast and who knows what he ate while on his adventure.  Brooklyn is allergic to chicken. Only a two on a scale of five.  Yep, he has a bit of a tummy ache, but he is SAFE.

This little guy is soooooo smart, I am afraid he now knows how to escape out the window.  Why did he escape?  Did he have to go to the bathroom?  Was he annoyed with the dog that lives where he was staying?  On the other hand, did he just want an adventure?

All our dogs are only allowed to walk on the sidewalk and have to sit at each street before crossing.  This turned out to be a good thing.  Beagles are known to be oblivious of their surroundings when their nose is on the ground following a smell.

We are very lucky Brooklyn came home safe.  My daughter’s co-worker said the stars were aligned.  He had stayed late at the park to watch something amazing in the sky.  If he had not stayed, my daughter may not have gotten Brooklyn back and it would have been a long night for her.

Brooklyn is unharmed at home now.  Safe in his home.  He cannot escape his home.  She is on the second floor.  Although they have only lived there one week!

Brooklyn is safe.



Advertising

July 24, 2010

I could not believe this. Fast food restaurants are supposed to start making their menus healthier for us.  This came in my email just now.  For a whopping $5.99 I can purchase the above AND without leaving the comfort of my home.

And people wonder why.  ADVERTISING… Enough said!


Stupidity

July 24, 2010

I went hiking today. I made it past the County line. My upper stomach was bloated and hard. My fingertips got blue. I felt like crap. I could not force myself to go to the top. Mad at myself.

I did some research and my blood sugar was low. It has been a long time since I had a reaction and first time like this. I know I had a week with my mom eating crap and a week of not hungry and not eating well at all. I think this all added up to a too strenuous hike. I was not fueling my body properly, especially for this grueling climb in the heat. Lesson learned.

I know better, I know better!

This once again proves you have to eat clean!!!! To live a good live you have to eat clean and take care of your body. I wasted a whole day. I did not even feel well enough to work. I ate all day long trying to get my body bad to feeling good. Finally at about 10 p.m. I had energy, felt hydrated and was raring to go. I headed to bed. Thankfully, my job allows me to work the weekends.

This morning I feel great. I made my normal breakfast and plan on conquering this week with gusto. I will fuel properly and conquer the mountain on Friday. I cannot believe how stupid I was to back slide and ruin all the work I have done. I am hoping this well will shape me up and get me back on track.

After researching, here is what I learned…

I am supposed to eat breakfast 2-3 hours before a hike. (Hiking at 8:00 requires a normal last minute wake up call of 6:30. If I plan to eat 2-3 hours before a wake up call would be 4:30-5:30. Yikes! Not gonna happen.) Okay, I will just eat a great breakfast as early as I can. The Meal Replacement Protein Product is not an option before hiking.

For dinner the night before, they recommended spaghetti with a sauce with mushrooms and a sprinkling of cheese. Add a few pieces of bread and Bingo; you should be ready for a hike the next day.

Of course, another option for dinner is a great steak, potatoes and a side of vegetables.

Either one is doable.

Funny, I found a forum and they recommended going to McDonald’s for breakfast…Yikes. Are they kidding me?

I am struggling with dehydration and drink and drink. Once again, this I am sure is from my lack of clean eating. In addition, I am starving and never full. Again, a sign of crappy eating and not eating at all.

Life is one big learning event.

All not eating does is make you fat!!! All not eating does is make you weak. All not eating does is give you lack of energy. All not eating does is give you a big ole pimple on your chin… Well, I cannot blame that one on not eating.

Suggestions? Recommendations? How do you fuel yourself for a grueling uphill hike?

Off to work I go. 


Blogging, Canning and Stuff

July 22, 2010

I watched the news and saw a segment on Food Bloggers/Dieters.  They show how to take pictures and make the food look great.  This rolls over to Dieters.  The better your food looks the more enjoyment you get.  One hint they used was to use your best china.  Why wait.  Make your eating enjoyment memorable.  The best hint was to use cloth napkins.  Makes your meal feel more elegant.  These are such simple things you can do.

I know I have many smaller plates I use for my meals.  I can fill the plates up but keep the portions down low.  I buy beautiful plates one at a time.

I know I am supposed to just sit and eat but I always have the TV on or I am reading a book.  Multitasking.  They say this is bad. You need to sit and enjoy the foot one bite at a time and let your stomach come up to your brain.  I feel like it wastes time.  How about you?  Do you multitask while eating?

I am delving into canning and reading up on it.  I need a pressure canner.  Well, not in the budget.  I do have a pressure cooker.  I found the instruction book and was so excited to see I have a pressure cooker/canner.  Yahoo.  It is small and will only do four pint or half pint jars at a time, but that works for me.

I see all the jams use so much sugar.  I need to find a recipe with less sugar without compromising the taste and texture.  Does anyone out there do any canning?

In two days, I will be hitting my road again with my new friend. She has not been very successful, nor have I.  We have agreed to get to the top, or the very least to the bottom of the last really tough hill.  If we have to take a rest to get there, we will.  I have done it before and I am so much stronger now.  I can walk half way up the hill without stopping and my breathing is not horrible.  It is my noodle legs that stop me.

It is time to get back on the Bowflex, which I have stopped using.  I am seriously paying for it now.  The 52DC keeps me on track and I have gotten lazy and not working out very hard.  I bought a step and have not even used it once.  I was so gung ho and just have shoved everything off.  I am struggling getting out of bed.  I need BBM to give me a strong lecture or even Lazydays to boom at me.  LOL

Okay, I must get to work.  I think putting this in words for all to see will help motivate me to get out of bed and get moving.


Success

June 3, 2010

Have you ever been so tired but it feels great? That is how I felt after this weekend. I did an awesome job on my to do list and some. My mom came over all three days and Yikes… for a 79 year old woman she has more energy than me. Do not know how she does it. I was really happy and my yard looks awesome. My shed is cleaned and the last of the veggies planted. I even had time to make a few tomato cages.

Only thing on my list I did not get done is my file cabinet but that is a work in progress. The most important… no down time to read my pho-fe book. I am happy and the book will wait.

This weekend, I have a shelf to build to put in the shed and get it a tad more organized and that is it. I am going to read my book and work on my files.

Sam talked me into it…I am heading out in the morning to buy the step. I decided it is a good investment. Now, to see if they have it in stock. I might have to buy a DVD player for my workout room, otherwise I will be dragging the step to the front room when I want to use it. Amazing how a silly step can make you excited.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Three Day Weekend

May 28, 2010

I decided not to do the 52DC. It really is time consuming and I feel bad that I cannot host. I know many people do not step up and they are not bothered, but that is not me.

I am so strong now that I am just doing so many projects that I could not do before. I have to do them while I am motivated and excited.

I am still doing my workouts. Right now, I am contemplating getting a “step”. I keep watching videos and learning about step aerobics and I think it would be fun and a great workout. Not sure, I want to invest the 100 bucks or less. I wish I knew someone who could tell me if this is a great cardio workout and work the money. I Keep thinking, I have a treadmill what do I need a step for. It looks more like dancing of sorts. Has anyone had any experience with step aerobics?

This weekend is going to be busy. I have written a list and so far, this Friday I have completed all on the list. Well, I decided not to take my car to the mechanic. Tomorrow, I want to finish cleaning the shed and finish the back yard. I have to lay a few bricks and rocks behind the pond. Clean out the square foot garden and plant some new crops. Then my yard will totally be done!! All I have to do is light maintenance and rep my rewards.

Sunday, I have to get caught up on paperwork. I have been having computer problems so I need to decide what to do. Therefore, Sunday will be a full day working in the office.

Monday… Is a rest day. I am absolutely doing nothing. I am just going to read a book, James Patterson, and do whatever I want.

I hope you guys are having a great weekend. Until next time.