Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehab

My DH started cardiac rehab on Monday, 9-17-12. The plan is 3 times a week for 12 weeks. It is about 45 minutes from our house and each session is between 1 and 1 1/2 hours. He has been going Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, early in the mornings when it is not so busy there.
I was a bit skeptical, the first day, when I saw this trainer! But then I heard the story - he had a bet with a client that the client could not lose a certain amount of weight by a certain date. Trainer lost bet so client got to "dress" him and picked out Richard Simmons costume. Trainer had to wear it all day.

It is a very nice facility and stays very busy with cardiac rehab on one side and public memberships across from them. There are lots of different exercise machines to use.

We had been walking on our street but yesterday we took our "before" surgery walk and did really well, I think.  Our best time before was 33 minutes for 2.03 miles and this was only 2 minute slower!!

Date: 09/25/2012 7:20 AM
Type: Walk
Distance: 2.03 miles
Time: 0 hr 35 min 31 secs
Average pace: 17:30 min/miles
Route: Oak Harbor

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Take That !!

Alright, you ugly little moles, I sprayed the yard with caster oil to coat your favorite foods- the grubs and have heard you hate the taste. You are welcome to pack up and leave immediately!!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Is It Still Monday?

Is it still Monday? Figured bank statement and checkbook - :-( , went for 1 1/2 mile walk, did 3 loads laundry, dug up and repaired broken sprinkler, now doing ironing . . . With lots of breaks for playing Words With Friends!!! :-)

How is your day going?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Mistaken Identity . . .

 really like playing Words With Friends on my devices. I am playing with my daughter, a son, two sisters and thought I was playing with a third sister. Lo and behold, I found out yesterday, I was NOT!  BACK IN EARLY JUL, I found out my sister was playing but didn't remember her log in name so I tried some that she thought it might be and one worked -! I did a few chats with her but nothing but passing time and we played a lot.
Today, my Words friend sent me a message saying that she is not who I think she is. I was confused but when I had asked her a specific question, she knew I thought she was someone else and wanted to let me know that she was not the person I thought. It was nice of her to let me know. I enjoy playing the game with her and will continue to do so but now I know who I am playing with and will make sure I get the names correct on any other friends or relatives I play with.

I had also shared her id with another sister at that time AND she was doing the same thing, thinking it was our sister. Just two little letters can make a cross country difference but it is a nice way to make new friends.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Morning Walks.

We have been walking on our street for some exercise to help DH build some strength back after his heart surgery. We have been walking one mile this week and will increase it to one and a half next week. 

There are some really beautiful trees on this street.

And I would like some of these in our front yard some day.

Our crepe myrtles are doing well in the back yard and we hope to take cuttings and transplant in more areas.

We had one tree, in the back yard, that was dying and it dropped some rather large branches - a couple on the fence. It was close enough to the house we were worried it would come down on it.  A good neighbor recommended someone who could take it out for us reasonably and the neighbor even helped him. Glad it is gone.  We are not lacking for trees in the front or back yard!!

Our front yard:

Our back yard:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hospital Shrub Critters

My DD and I went for a walk close to the hospital a few weeks ago and found these beautiful creations.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sometimes, Just A Hug Will Do . . .

After my husband's heart surgery, while in ICU, I met a woman at the nurses's station coffee machine.

She asked how he was doing and I told her pretty good. Her husband was not doing well at all. I gave her a big hug and told her that God would watch over and take care of him.

I don't know her name but hope that all went well for them.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Darlin' - aka "Chewy"

Darlin' is picking up a lot of nicknames - Lil Darlin' - Lil Devil and now Chewy!!  She has been chewing on the new dog toys and they seem to be pretty sturdy. She wasn't really interested until I started putting treats in them - that's the KONG toys. She has not touched the Nylabone puppy chew rings- they are very hard. May have to do a bit if creative engineering to get her to go after them.

Both Darlin' and Daisy like the smidge of peanut butter I smeared into the cracks of the toys and I poked a small bit of dog "cookie" in the end after they got as much of the peanut butter as they could out. I will be washing dog toys on a regular basis but as long as they chew on them and NOT ON MY STUFF, I'm OK with that.

 Now if I can convince them, Darlin' in particular, to not take the toys outside . . .  I do take them away when they let up chewing on them but as soon as I give them to them,  she immediately heads for the doggie door. I had to retrieve it four times from the back yard - she is FAST! I am trying to get her to go to the mailbox with me, without doing the Family Circus, taking 10 laps around the yard before she goes a few yards to the box.

I still am finding little green tufts of stuffing on the floor. They come from her dog bed where she chewed a corner. I always show it to her before I throw it away and put her bed up and she hangs her head and runs outside. I think she is still unhappy that I took ALL her bedding away so she sleeps in an empty kennel. "Mean Ole Mom". I threw most of the bedding away since it resembled Swiss cheese - she even ate her name off the little blanket I embroidered for her. She had started on Daisy's bedding as well so I shut and latch her door to her kennel in the morning. Darlin' can open both of them if they are not latched. See what I go through!!!

Seriously though, she is a really good dog and just getting through the puppy part. We still have not figured out, for sure, her breed. She was advertised (on Craigs List) as a Chipin (part chihuahua/part miniature pincher), like Daisy but she sure doesn't look like her now.

I did see a picture on that site that looks kinda like her but those long legs are something else. When she runs she just flies through the air so gracefully that she reminds us of a gazelle. So glad she comes pretty well when called as I am not sure we could catch her. The first picture resembles Daisy and the second, Darlin'.

This was on the Craig's List ad. She is the little one.

She has come a long way from these pictures when we first got her and she was a poor little abused puppy. She was not even tall enough to go through the doggie door, then.  Now she flies through it.


We have been blessed with some really good dogs who are great companions and we spoil them but they spoil us too!! Never thought about it 'til someone mentioned it - we seem to be stuck on the"D's". Our beloved Dachshunds were Dach and Dora and now we have Daisy and Darlin'. They are our babies!