Silver Sneakers

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Last day of June. 2018 is half over. Something to think about.

Today we were up early to another hot day. We had some business to take care of first thing then when we got back to Fred we made some BLTE’s – bacon, lettuce, tomato and egg. Loving our fresh tomatoes. We finally had to give up and water the grass today too. Mama Ruby’s zoysia grass is not maintenance free like the grass at our house. From the forecast we will be watering for the foreseeable future. We are having scattered afternoon thunderstorms but they are very scattered. We got nothing but 101 heat index today.

There was more accounting to be done today. A lot of progress was actually made today but there is just so much to do. We extended all the tax returns this year and now its time to get everything finished and caught up. After working hard all afternoon, we looked at the temperature and decided we would do something new, for us. We are Silver Sneakers members through our health insurance and we decided to visit a local gym to workout in the air conditioning. With Silver Sneakers we can find gyms all across the country, wherever we travel, give them our membership card to scan and work out for free. Here in Tuscaloosa the gym we choose (from lots of choices) allows us to use everything except classes. So the pool and lap pool as well as weight room, gym, indoor track, and all the equipment is ours to use. Some of the gyms also allow us to participate in the various classes too. It’s neat because we can go to one gym today and try a different one tomorrow, or one in the morning and a different one on the afternoon. We rode stationary bikes, walked on the treadmills, and tried out the ellipticals too. Hope we aren’t sore in the morning. Anyway its was a nice change of pace and something we will probably do again. Especially if it stays this hot. That’s it for our day. Hope yours was good.


New Family In The Neighborhood

Friday, June 29, 2018

New Family in the Neighborhood
New Family in the Neighborhood

We were up early this morning and it was nice and cool. Nice!! We went for an early 3 miles and it was the best walk we have had in months. Oh, we were still needing a bath when we returned to Fred but it was certainly a much more enjoyable walk. On our first loop we met a new family of very young ducklings. Very cute.

After a bath and a quick breakfast we were on the road back to Oneonta. We received a call yesterday afternoon that Aunt Helen and Aunt Jean were going to move to a new room. They are now back on the rehab hall up close to the desk. Room 403 for the family. The staff said they would stay in this room permanently. The facility needed to make some moves that had nothing to do with our ladies and so we were told, the nurses on the rehab unit said that if they were going to get long-term care patients they wanted Helen and Jean. We had a very good experience on that wing for rehab so we were fine with the move. We helped get them moved and re-hung some pictures and arranged some things for them. They both said they liked their new “apartment” and seemed quite content when we left this afternoon. They are having a little problem finding their room again but the staff will help them until they get reoriented. Everything seemed good so we are happy.

BLT with Blount County Tomato
BLT with Blount County Tomato. It was almost gone when we remembered to take a picture.

Max got a hair cut while Anne went to the Whited Farms produce stand and purchased some fresh, home grown, Blount County tomatoes and another watermelon. Always glad when we can get our first locally grown tomatoes. Then we had a good visit with Donna at Blount Office Supplies. We really miss Donna and Barry. We will try to make up for lost time when we get things completed in Tuscaloosa. We returned to the mountain to check on the house and stopped at Helen’s to visit with Debra and Carol for a while. They were having a few days of visiting and playing Scrabble and other games. It was great to spend some time with them. Thanks for allowing our interruption of your game, ladies.

Only One Big Limb in the DrivewayThe storm that came through late yesterday afternoon did a fair amount of tree damage in our area and we were not sure what we would find on our tree covered driveway and house. We did have some limbs down but nothing that could not be easily moved and fortunately, no limbs on the house. Again we were very blessed.

We got back on the road just before rush hour and made it back to Tuscaloosa without problems. Once we got back to Fred, it was time to fry up some bacon and make BLTs. BLTs with Blount County tomatoes, and watermelon. Two of the best things of summer.

We have done a lot of work in Tuscaloosa the last few weeks. Hopefully we are about to see some fruits of our labors. We will let you know. It was a busy day but good day. Hope everyone has a great weekend. It is now 8:00 pm and it is still 90 degrees with a heat index of 98, so we may talk ourselves out of walking tonight.

Alabama Weather – Again

Thursday, June 28, 2018

It started off hot again today. By the time we did our morning 3 miles it was already in the upper 80’s. But like they say: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it will change.”  Okay, that hasn’t been true the last few days but today was different.  This afternoon we went back into our old “weather mode” with radar on the TV and NWS weather chat on the computer.  There was no real damage around us but we read about a good bit of damage in other counties.  When we saw the gust front approaching on the radar we did pull in the windward slides.

The good part for us was that the temperature dropped over 20 degrees in a very short period. And that made our evening walk MUCH nicer.

Still Here and Still Boring

Wednesday. June 27, 2018

We decided it was time to let you know we are still alive. We just haven’t wanted to bore you every day.

It is still really hot in Tuscaloosa. Last night at 8:00 we were ready to go for our evening 3 miles and looked and it was still 92 degrees with 100 degree heat index. We did walk outside but quickly decided it was just too hot for a serious walk. We strolled around a bit but just couldn’t bring ourselves to do another 3 miles. We try to do 15 minute miles so even tonight when it was a cooler 89, it was a sweaty 45 minute walk. Tonight took a little longer because before heading back to the house, we stopped at Cookout for a couple of shakes. We tried a Snickers shake for the first time tonight and it was really good. We will be buying that one again.


You know we haven’t been doing anything interesting when we show you a picture of a freezer defrosting. The rest of the past three days we were cleaning out some cabinets, refrigerator and doing a lot of accounting. That’s about it. Hopefully things will improve soon.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Yesterday and today were both very hot and dry. We watched yesterday’s stormy weather to the north, but only got a slight drizzle here.

Blueberry pancakesAbout the only thing of even the least bit of interest we did yesterday was make blueberry pancakes and top them with our homemade honey-blueberry syrup. The rest of the day was spent trying to stay cool and working on estate paperwork.

FLUMC Connections ServiceToday, however, we enjoyed a very good contemporary service at Forest Lake UMC, which is about a block away. The sermon was based on Act 8:26-40 and was entitled “Lay Mission.” It reminded us that we are all ministers and that we should practice our ministry all week long.  We noticed the permanent graphics above the stage “Gather, Grow, Go, Give” and how well the message reflected those instructions.

After the service we drove back to Deerlick Creek Campground and looked around again. Then we tried to stay cool and worked on some accounting stuff. Oh, we did walk three miles this morning and another three miles this evening.

Alabama Weather Day

Friday, June 22, 2018

While a tornado was hitting north Alabama, this is what we saw.
While a tornado was hitting north Alabama, this is what we saw.

A cloudy day today, and cooler. We had a couple of tiny showers but no significant rain here in Tuscaloosa. We had a gorgeous sunset which may have been enhanced by the large storm clouds up in Cullman County (where Anne worked). There was another tornado in northern Cullman County shortly before sunset, with at least 3 injuries, one being an infant, confirmed so far. Those 3 were from a mobile home that was totally destroyed. One of our good EMA friends lives across the road from the trailer but she and her husband are fine. She said that the wind became strong and out of nowhere debris started hitting her house and she and her husband knew immediately what was happening and rushed to the basement. When she came out, her neighbor’s house was gone. Search and rescue are going door to door and trying to clear roads. We are praying that no more injuries are discovered. This was a strange storm in that it was a lone storm with almost no lightning and a short track.

This morning we had no appointments so we were able to do our three mile walk and have a relaxed breakfast. A treat to have a more relaxed start to the day. We then got to work on more estate business of transferring to a new property management firm.Cutting up the watermelon It’s a lot of work but we feel it is the right thing for us to do at this time. We did take time to cut the watermelon we bought yesterday. It is so good. Of course, we ate way to much! More work and then we got another 3 mile walk this afternoon. A shower had come through and the temperature dropped a little, with a nice breeze. A good walk and glad we are getting back to more exercise. 6 miles and over 11,000 steps. A good day. Hope everyone has a great weekend and stays safe!

Our 3 Mile Walking Route
Our 3 Mile Walking Route

Summer is Here

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Another day like yesterday. Hot and humid but not quite as hot. And Tuscaloosa got a little rain. We weren’t around to know how much. Birmingham got a lot of rain. That we know because we drove through it this morning.

Today is summer solstice. The longest day of the year. It isn’t getting dark until late but it certainly is different than summer solstice in Alaska. We learned about summer solstice in Fairbanks when we visited in 2014. In Fairbanks, Alaska there is a huge festival. There is a semi-pro baseball game played on a field with no lights and the game starts at midnight. It doesn’t get dark all night, just a little dusky. Would love to be there for summer solstice one year.

Whited Farms Produce Stand
Whited Farms Produce Stand

Today we were on the road to Birmingham a little after 8:00, headed to Oneonta. We met with some of the health care team at the long term care facility, and visited with Helen and Jean. Both seemed to be doing as well as can be expected, and both were happy. We went by the local produce stand for more fresh corn, tomatoes, new potatoes and this time a watermelon. The watermelon is in the cooler chilling and we are looking forward to cutting it tomorrow. Sure hope it is a good one. We will enjoy some of our fresh veggies tomorrow too. Today for our “big meal of the day” we stopped at Munoz, our favorite Mexican restaurant in Trussville. It’s been forever since we have been there so we really enjoyed today. We have enough food leftover for two more meals but it was so good.

Light Lunch at Munoz
Light Lunch at Munoz

After lunch it was a quick stop at Publix for some groceries, two banks for Aunt Jean and then back to Tuscaloosa. We waited till almost dark for our walk and it was a little cooler with a light breeze. Nicer than last night. Good walk. Good day.