Sunday, October 19, 2014


Today I went for a bike ride and went to Best Buy. After riding all the way to Best Buy, the store had no bike rack. I had no where to lock up my bike.  I wanted to return the Cat5e cords that were the wrong size. I was bummed that I rode all the way there and there was nowhere to lock up my bike.  I will have to return it tomorrow.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I decided to move the router to my computer closer to the middle of the house.  That required a trip to Best Buy to buy a longer Cat5e cord. I measured the length of cord I needed before I went and bought a cord a bit longer. I got home and moved the router to the location I want it. The cord was too short! Of course I didn't lay the tape measure along the ground. I measured as the crow flies. Now I have the cord across the window.  Tomorrow I will have to return it and get a longer cord.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, October 17, 2014


Tonight I went to dinner with some friends. They have been away for two months on a trip abroad. It was interesting hearing about their travels. They went to Canada, Turkey, Sweden, Germany, and England. I find it fun to hear about travels to cities I have never been to.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, October 16, 2014


I saw my nutritionist today for the first time in three months.  He was happily surprised with my 16 pound weight loss. We had a long talk on how I got to this point and how I can lose more weight while staying healthy. We talked about my eating habits, exercise.  I have a better plan for the next three months to expand my food choices.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


As everyone has heard, the West Coast has a drought. Many of us have thought of ways to save water. Not washing our cars, not watering our lawns, using dishwater (gray water) to water our plants, and taking shorter showers. We came up with a novel idea after our last water bill.

We had filled the pond. During the summer the pond loses water from evaporation (the exact opposite happens during the winter rainy season when I have to pump out water)  and I have to fill about 1/3 of the pond every three months. The pond is about 750 gallons so 1/3 is a significant amount of water.

The last time I had to fill it, I got dinged on my water bill. If you go over a certain level of water usage you get a super charge. Because I used 250 extra gallons, I got dinged. We are trying to avoid getting in trouble again AND keep our fish alive.

At first we were taking buckets of the cold water from the shower before it gets hot. But that was getting tedious, I got costocondritous, I couldn't carry the buckets of water down the stairs. Then our brainstorming team came up with the idea of putting a big bin (with a lid) on the balcony, dump the buckets of water in the bin, then once it us full, put the dechlorination liquid in it and pump the water into the pond.

Today I tried this method for the first time. All week we have been filling the bin and today I pumped the 25 gallons into the pond. It took about 10 minutes total to set it up, pump it, and break it down.  Of course it would be best if it rained but I won't be holding my breath. The pond is down about 200 gallons so hopefully we can keep up by adding 25 gallons every 4-5 days.

Until tomorrow...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I could have titled this post Raggedy Ann and Andy but today I am specifically writing about Raggedy Ann.

I have always been in love with the story of Raggedy Ann and Andy. My beloved next door neighbor had a book that I adored and probably had her read a hundred times. When I got older she gave it to me. It is quite old and it is one of my treasured belongings.  I also have Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls sitting in my living room.  

The reason for this post is about another treasured item. It is a necklace I received as a girl. It is Raggedy Ann. She has a pull chain that has a heart that has "I love you" engraved on it. When you pull the chain Raggedy Ann's arms and legs move. It is quite cute.  I wore it today because Ann's hair matched my shirt. I received many compliments. 

Some other time I will tell you about my obsession with Mickey Mouse (not Minnie).

Until tomorrow.

Monday, October 13, 2014


This weekend I decided to clean out the drawer that held my medications. I got motivated when my doc prescribed a medication and I told him I had a bottle. I got the bottle out and it had expired in 2009.  Time to clean out my meds!

I could not believe how many bottles of pills I have that are expired. In fact it is embarrassing. I filled up an entire grocery bag.  Now I have to prepare them to be dropped off at a medicine drop off site. Brenda wanted me to throw them out but medicines in the trash or water system are wreaking havoc on the environment.  Antidepressants dumped in the water system (by people flushing them down the toilet) are disrupting the reproductive cycles of the fish populations.

I have so much space in my medication drawer.  I love it.

Until tomorrow...