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  • I have a shower, but no bathtub.

    The weather people keep promising us relief, and thunderstorms. This morning it is blessedly cooler but sunny and beautiful. No sign of storms and the weather page says 0% chance. Last night I put the A/C in my sleeping cave - bit of a shoehorn job, but that is okay. Much smaller space to cool. So temperature was nice, I was even able to put a sheet over myself. (I hate sleeping uncovered.) This morning around six it was actually feeling a bit chilly, just enough that I turned off the A/C for the first time since I got it (except for moving it around). I am going to need it today, though.

    Slept very, very well on my new little mattress. I really like it. Why didn't I ever have a pad like this when I was camping? Would have made quite the difference! Back is still sore but much, much better. Coll, a compress is a very good idea, I should have thought of putting epsom salts in the water when I was applying moist heat. Will do that today. I've been soaking my feet in epsom salts, it is good for sleep. I bought some magnesium water, and while it is probably my imagination, I like it so much better than regular water that I actually drink it. Mark gave instructions for making your own a little while ago, I must look that up. It's super cheap to just add stuff to water yourself.

    I did have brussels sprouts and steak (round) last night, along with the last of the salad. It was nice to be able to cook and enjoy a meal. I called the jazz guy at the radio station as I always do when I can on Saturday night and we had a nice talk. I have gotten to feel I know him over the months and years that I talk to him for 10 minutes or so once a week.

    Jazz Sunday at church today! Looking forward to that, let me tell you! We do this once a year. We have a really good jazz band, and the service is all structured around music. All live, of course, we don't use anything pre-recorded in church (we are old-fashioned.)

    Not hungry but don't really want to go to church without eating. Hmmm.

    Poor kitties are sick. Slim Cat is throwing up and BW Cat is having problems at the other end. Oboe is apparently fine. They are all shedding hair by the handfuls, as you might expect. I am feeling very, very guilty.
    Last edited by Siobhan; 07-21-2013, 05:20 AM.
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    • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
      I have a shower, but no bathtub.
      That's so sad. I consider a hot bath one of civilization's highest sensual pleasures.

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      • Baths are wonderful, no doubt, but when I have had a tub I've rarely used it, so I can't say I miss it. It would, of course, be good for therapeutic reasons. But with a bad back, sitting in a tub isn't usually possible anyway.

        Well, I need to get going, but here I sit. Wondering what to wear, a very nice thing to contemplate. I have a really colorful dress that I might wear, or a wild flower print top with a pair of white jeans. The jeans are currently winning because I have some mosquito bites and a touch of poison ivy on my right leg.

        Think I will make some tuna salad.
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        • Can someone tell me how to do that fancy multi-quote thing? I have never figured it out.
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          • Multi-quote help



            I just did a little experiment...I clicked on the multi-quote icon in three different posts, then hit the reply button once (quick reply came up) then kind of as an accident clicked the reply button again. Boom I'm in the advanced reply dialog with all three posts quoted.

            As far as the cats are concerned, I hope they're clearing up. Pet care guilt is a very strong motivator for me. If I had my way I'd have a Cesar Millan-sized pack, rescuing every dog that caught my eye. I have no suggestions for caring for the kitties, however. Just sympathy for your plight.

            Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
            Can someone tell me how to do that fancy multi-quote thing? I have never figured it out.
            Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
            Baths are wonderful, no doubt, but when I have had a tub I've rarely used it, so I can't say I miss it.
            Originally posted by Sabine View Post
            That's so sad. I consider a hot bath one of civilization's highest sensual pleasures.

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            • Sorry the cats are not well. I bet that like you they were just surviving the heat and now that it is not so stressful the hair is falling out and they are not feeling good at all. Hopefully they will settle down soon and feel better!! I love the sound of Jazz Sunday DH was a drummer for a jazz band for years as well as for church ... nice combo! Hope you have a good day and that it is not too hot today! The weather has been really crazy lately - hopefully the heat will move south where it belongs so you can have your typical Maine summer back....
              Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
              Primal low: 186 lbs
              Current weight: 221.4 lbs
              Goal weight: 140 lbs

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              • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                Can someone tell me how to do that fancy multi-quote thing? I have never figured it out.
                Thank you!!!!! Been here all this time and never figured it out. Tried a few times, but came up nada.

                Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                Jazz Sunday at church today! Looking forward to that, let me tell you! We do this once a year. We have a really good jazz band, and the service is all structured around music. All live, of course, we don't use anything pre-recorded in church (we are old-fashioned.)
                Church was amazing!

                Originally posted by Coll View Post
                Sorry the cats are not well. I bet that like you they were just surviving the heat and now that it is not so stressful the hair is falling out and they are not feeling good at all. Hopefully they will settle down soon and feel better!! I love the sound of Jazz Sunday DH was a drummer for a jazz band for years as well as for church ... nice combo! Hope you have a good day and that it is not too hot today! The weather has been really crazy lately - hopefully the heat will move south where it belongs so you can have your typical Maine summer back....
                The heat was very hard on them; they can retreat under the bed and stay still, but they can't escape even for awhile like I could. I hope they will turn around now that it is cooler.

                Jazz Sunday is a once-a-year tradition in our church. It was started 19 years ago by a prominent choir-singing music-loving church member who died last fall. It was sad to have our first Jazz Sunday without him but we remembered him with great joy.

                I talked with the sax player after the service. He seemed kind of interested in me, you know - that way - but as usual I beat a hasty retreat. That crippling self-doubt thing. He plays all around town and even at the hospital sometimes so I could look him up. But let's be realistic, I won't. For all I know he is married. He is a bit old for me, although I'm not so worried about age. His saxophones are older than I am! Well, one of them. The other is neck-and-neck.
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                • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                  turn around now that it is cooler.

                  Jazz Sunday is a once-a-year tradition in our church. It was started 19 years ago by a prominent choir-singing music-loving church member who died last fall. It was sad to have our first Jazz Sunday without him but we remembered him with great joy.

                  I talked with the sax player after the service. He seemed kind of interested in me, you know - that way - but as usual I beat a hasty retreat. That crippling self-doubt thing. He plays all around town and even at the hospital sometimes so I could look him up. But let's be realistic, I won't. For all I know he is married. He is a bit old for me, although I'm not so worried about age. His saxophones are older than I am! Well, one of them. The other is neck-and-neck.
                  Oooh, a jazz player huh? Sounds like fun; maybe you shouldn't have beat such a hasty retreat! You should so go to a place he's playing and "bump into him" there!

                  We live in a small town, but we do have a "fiddle service" every year and that I always really enjoy, though a jazz service sounds fantastic.
                  The heat here has subsided too, we're down to a lovely 22 degress (Celsius.)
                  And I have every window/door open and am just loving the cool breeze. I feel like I can finally breathe!

                  Ttyl!

                  ~ Jenny
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                  • Yeah, last year I could have brought home the sexiest jazz drummer ever - NOT FROM CHURCH - from a benefit concert we staged. We had some amazing musicians from New York and there was a pretty famous drummer - unbelievably hot. It was so weird because during the break I walked up to him, gave him a bear hug and kissed him like four times right on the mouth. I never do stuff like that. He responded in kind immediately like we were best friends from way back. That sort of thing probably happens to him all of the time. My friends were amazed, "Do you know him? I didn't know you knew him!" I told them I did not know him but I could see that he lives in joy. And we talked...and talked...and I could have invited him back...but I didn't.

                    I'm off to the store to get some beef marrow bones for roasting. The only question is, what should I eat them on? Bread is out of the question. I could make some Brazilian cheese bread, I suppose. I haven't made that lately, haven't thought about it. Maybe some potatoes? Little new potatoes? Cut them in half and put a dab of marrow and parsley/shallot/caper on them? I don't usually eat potatoes, although I have no particular objection to them. After I eat the marrow I will make soup from the remains. Or do you think the bones will be no good once the marrow is consumed? Hmmmm.
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                    • Well, the marrow has been roasted and consumed. You know what? I really couldn't taste it. After hearing everyone rave about it so much I expected more. But I ate it because it is very nutritious and it wasn't bad. You know what was good? The gremolata I made to put on top. Now THAT was worth eating. Just parsley, shallots, capers, olive oil, lemon zest and juice. For a base I used little purple potatoes sliced thinly and boiled for a few minutes. The potatoes with the gremolata - now we're talking. In fact I think that would make a very nice salad with the potatoes cut differently to be more like potato salad. In fact I think I will make it for my choir party next week.

                      Decided the bones still have plenty of goodness and put them in my little bitty crockpot with the usual veg and a few chicken bones. I still have a lot of marrow bones left because I had to buy a big package. I will probably roast some more and try it again, and certainly I will make soup.

                      Am a little depressed this afternoon. I thought I would go into town and walk around and look in some shops, mingle with the crowds. There was absolutely no parking, hordes of people. So I went to the hiking trail, one of my usual, and there was no parking there either. In fact there was a person stationed there to make sure no one parked improperly. This is how I always feel in the summer, like everything is passing by. I should be out with people having fun or doing whatever it is that other people do and I'm not doing. I was looking at the boats going by and thought about getting a boat. I know absolutely nothing about boats other than they are holes in the water into which you throw money. And that everyone else knows all about them and I don't. Then I came home and had the bone marrow meh experience. It is a gorgeous day and I should be outside but I just want to go in my cave and hide. My best friend here in Maine left for two weeks in England with her son and I'm glad for her but sorry she is gone. My next best friend has 13 family members here visiting and no time for me. My third friend is out of the picture for some time as she is acting as house slave to her daughter who has just been placed on bed rest at 16 weeks into her second pregnancy. My mom is unhappy because she is short of money and I was going to send her some but then I bought the air conditioner. Blahdidy blahdidy blah blah blah.
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                      • I know the feeling, I feel a bit of it too, despite the working out and the tennis. I feel as if I'm not doing everything I could be to enjoy myself. I've only gone to the beach once this year. The group of coworkers I was going to the beach with so much last year are pretty heavy drinkers and I've taken myself out of that group for lots of reasons, but mostly to avoid tilting with that particular dragon.

                        The weather has also been an issue, the past two weeks have been just awful! Nobody has wanted to do much of anything!

                        Maybe August will be a great month for all of us!
                        Height: 5' 10"
                        Starting Weight: 292
                        Starting Primal Weight: 275
                        Current weight: 224
                        Goal weight: 172
                        Body Fat 30.5

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                        • I guess summer just lends itself to that bittersweet quality of everything that must pass. In other seasons when I am out and about, I feel great about it - going snowshoeing, hiking on a blustery day, etc. But in the summer I feel like I am inadequate when I do things, as though all this and more is expected. I should be running from party to picnic to concert constantly. Alright, enough!

                          Today is beautiful and promises to remain that way. I think it is around 70 F and dry, still, birds chirping. Lovely. I slept well, part of the night in my regular bed and part in the cave. I love the cave even more now with the new mattress.

                          Last night just after nine a fireworks show started up - at first I thought it was thunder, then I saw the lights flashing in the window (I had no lights on inside). A full-scale, very impressive show it was, too! Went on for ages. I wonder what it was for?

                          Tried to watch TV as there is a new Masterpiece Mystery running on PBS, but every time I turn on the TV I fall asleep. It's like a sleeping pill. That's okay, I need the sleep more than I need to watch TV. It's online anyway.

                          My batch of bone broth is probably done, but I think I will let it go for awhile longer. It smells divine.
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                          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                          • I suppose that the one consolation is that I feel this way every summer, but when I remember back to summers past I realize that I really did do fun things and enjoyed myself. So maybe the feeling of not sucking the marrow out of the season (wink) has to do with just the way we feel right now.

                            But when everything is totaled up, fun was had!
                            Height: 5' 10"
                            Starting Weight: 292
                            Starting Primal Weight: 275
                            Current weight: 224
                            Goal weight: 172
                            Body Fat 30.5

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                            • It is so true, and in spite of my weird feelings, I am having a good summer and am having a lot of fun. For one thing, I am thoroughly enjoying the summer choir on Monday nights. Singing the Brahms Requiem in the spring was extremely challenging and rewarding, but it wasn't fun. This is fun. I am so glad I am doing it. And I am enjoying wearing fun clothes without worrying about what fits and what makes me look fat for the first full summer in ages. Opening the closet and just putting on whatever strikes my fancy is a great pleasure, and even more so in the summer as I don't have to dress to cover flaws (like that works...)

                              But I've gone off on a tangent, and in fact I am having a weird morning. Haven't eaten since the bone marrow yesterday. Guess that meal was pretty filling! It wasn't very large. Anyway, I woke up hungry but didn't feel like eating. Went for a long walk instead. Over an hour. I realized that one reason for my angst is that I am not getting enough exercise. I went from swimming 3-5 times a week, walking a couple of hours every week, swinging weight around, to nothing. That alone would cause a mood change. So last night I swung the hammer and also some lighter weights. (My back is almost totally better.) I walked down to the point below where I live, where the horrible construction noise is coming from. I met a workman who is cutting down trees and feeding the branches into a woodchipper. Very pleasant guy. Noisy. Then to my great surprise I saw...trees. Expensive trees. Large birches and maples with their roots in plastic bags. After cutting down dozens of trees, the property owner is planting dozens of these mature hardwoods. I can't even imagine the cost. A gardener was caring for them, he said they won't be planted for a couple of weeks. Seeing those trees did make me soften a bit towards the guy causing all this mayhem. Although the desire of people to put their mark on the landscape never fails to astonish me. I can't quite forgive him for carving his name into a huge glacial rock near where his house will go. That's just tacky. Couldn't put up a nice tasteful sign. No, he had to inscribe it permanently into a beautiful ancient rock. And the next owner probably is not going to like it much. Well, none of my business I guess.

                              Came home and hunger had vanished but I felt like having some coffee. Don't usually drink coffee. I put a cup with milk and butter into the microwave to heat it up and when I took it out I dropped it. Melted butter and warm milk EVERYWHERE. All down my clothes (my favorite outfit - pink and white striped tee shirt and green capris), all over my swimming kit bag, all over the cat toys, all over my felt shoes, all over the closet door. All over. What a mess! Cleaned it up and made the coffee. Then I spilled the coffee grounds in the sink. What is the matter with me?

                              I'm going to take my Kindle and a chair and blanket and take up residence on the lawn of the library under my favorite maple tree. Watch people go by and watch videos and read books. Get out of the house for awhile. Even if I have to pay to park!
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                              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                              • Sounds like you need one of my easy days where you do nothing!
                                Female 55
                                Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                                Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                                With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

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