Friday, July 31, 2015

Put up your Dukes

About five years ago, Don and I started working out at Premier Sport Conditioning. I would not lift weights or do push ups or a number of other things without someone making me do it, so it has been good. You would think by now I'd be ready for a body building contest.

Over the years, we have had many different trainers. And I can honestly say that I have loved every one of them. I become attached to them, and I am sad when they have to leave. Our most recent trainers (other than Mike, the owner) have been Chris, Drew and Joe. Joe is in Florida working for a professional baseball team and Drew is only in on Fridays because he is doing an internship at a hospital, so mainly, we have Chris these days.

Chris is a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Recently, he fought in China and San Francisco. You would never, ever guess that Chris is an MMA fighter. He is just the sweetest thing. He says "yes, ma'am" and "no, ma'am" to me.

One day a couple of weeks ago, Don did not go to the workout with me, so Chris decided to teach me a little boxing. He outfitted me with his boxing gloves and then he taught me the 1-2-1 and the 1-2-2 and the 1-2-3.

We never know what we will have to do at PSC.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Last Tuesday, Peter asked me what my punishment was going to be if I didn't lose weight this week. I told him there would be no punishment - just embarrassment when I had to check in on Wednesday. But it did remind me of a time when punishment was used to embarrass, and it was a great motivator.

Back in the early 1980's when I worked for Fabri-Centers (the corporate office for JoAnn Fabrics), my department held a weight loss campaign. Those who participated had to weigh in once a week, and if a person gained weight and it was the most weight gained that week, he or she had to hang an inflatable pig over their cubicle for seven days until the next weigh in. This group was brutal.

I didn't even need to lose weight, but I had joined in. I was absolutely terrified of having a pig over my cubicle. Let me tell you, I was very careful about what I ate during that campaign. I never did get the pig.

This leads me to the results of this week's effort. I fully expected to lose at least one pound this week. Although I did not track my calorie intake, I know I ate less than I usually would have. I was shocked when I got on the scale and had gained a pound.

I could give up. I could throw in the towel. But I won't, because this is a lesson is perseverance.

This week, I gained 1.6 pounds. Total pounds lost: 1.1

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The 6th Street House

This is the fourth summer in a row that Don and Peter have worked on restoring old houses together. The first house they worked on in Marion, Indiana sold today. Now we are down to three rental properties - all in Cuyahoga Falls.

This house is an up and down duplex. During the spring, we restored the upstairs of this house, and there are renters currently living in the unit. The downstairs is under construction.

We are in the painting phase. Peter is doing the rolling and I am cutting in the edges of the rooms. He is using our favorite paint color: Dynasty Celedon from Behr. It looks white as you roll it on, but it dries a beautiful sea glass blue green color.

There was a lot of wallpaper stripping in this front room and foyer.

The kitchen is small, but we updated the cabinets, counters and appliances. The floor will eventually be wood.

This room is going to be purposed as a dining nook. The wardrobe is currently listed on Craigslist.  Don and Peter took out a wall to expand this space off the kitchen. Peter chose a cheery purple color for the paint. Floor will be wood. Ceiling needs to be painted.

The bathroom had the old pink and black tile from the 50's throughout. They removed part of it and left some of it per my request. I thought it was fashionably retro. The floor will be laminate tile. New toilet is planned. Peter chose a gray paint color that ended up having a slight purple tint to it. 

This is the larger of two bedrooms. They added this room by dividing off the living area in the front of the house. The closet was added. We used paint that was left over from our home living room project. Floor will be carpeted. I love the large window seat.

We are on schedule to complete this renovation in September. All that needs to be done is crown molding, baseboard and window trim painting, flooring, more painting, blinds, toilet replacement, cleaning, etc. No problem.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Broad Winged Hawk

I had a visitor to my deck yesterday afternoon. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it is a Broad Winged Hawk.

I had to take the photo through a glass door with my camera's telephoto lens extended all the way out. And I didn't have time to fool around with the settings on the camera because I was afraid it would fly away once it noticed me. So the photo isn't the greatest.

And I was right.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Peach Truck

I had never heard of The Peach Truck until I received an email from Breezewood Gardens last week inviting me to stop by and get some fresh peaches. The Peach Truck was only going to be there from 9:00-10:30 a.m. so I went in my sweaty clothes directly from my workout.

The Peach Truck was started by a young couple who met and fell in love. It is a very sweet story. He was from Georgia and she was from Tennessee. He wanted her to taste a delicious Georgia peach but could not find one in Tennessee that tasted like the ones back home. After he brought one to her and she tasted it, they decided to bring these luscious peaches to others in Tennessee. Now their truck comes all the way to Ohio!

Check here for the Peach Truck Schedule.

I was expecting to see a real truck with peaches stacked up high, but instead I saw a line forming through the garden center to the piles of peach boxes stacked outside.

The woman in front of me had her dog (Winston) with her. He was very hot and he drank out of every bird bath he passed.

There was no limit to the number of peach boxes you were allowed to buy today but you had to be really strong to carry out more than two.

I bought a 25 lb. box of peaches which is way more than we can eat before they spoil. So we will be giving some away and freezing some for smoothies. The Peach Truck website has some great recipes for using up your peaches. I especially like their technique for making peach pie ahead of time and freezing it.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lifelong Learning

I love to learn new things, especially in the areas of history, literature, Bible and the arts. I don't have any interest in the sciences: biology, chemistry, physics or even math.

One way to keep learning beyond the classroom is to watch YouTube videos. I learned to make a t-shirt quilt, how to grill a great steak, and how to put together 10 outfits with one dress on YouTube.

Another way to keep on learning is to listen to The Great Courses. You can learn from college professors and experts about everything from public speaking to gardening to electronics. Here are some more of their listings: Everyday Gourmet, The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles, The American Civil War, Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, Nutrition Made Clear, How to Listen to and Understand Great Music and Fundamentals of Photography.

I was pleased to find out that Audible offers over 400 of the Great Courses. Normally, the audio courses cost about $20-$40 each. I can get one each month using one of my Audible credits.

Read The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. It is a guide to the classical education you never had.

The chapters include: Wrestling with Books, Keeping a Journal, Reading Through History with the Novel, Autobiography and Memoir, Tales of Historians, Reading Through History with Drama and The Poets and their Poems.

At the end of each chapter is an annotated bibliography of recommended reading.

Others ways to expand your mind:

Local Lifelong Learning Programs

Art Workshops at the Public Library

Free College Course if you are over 60

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weigh in Wednesday
I could be very discouraged right now because even though I was careful about what I ate this week and I worked out every day this week, I did not lose any weight.

But I'm not going to be discouraged because at least I am building good habits and saying "no" to foods I would have said yes to last week.

I was a good week.

This week I gained .3 pounds. Total pounds lost: 2.7

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Goodbye Teapots

Many years ago I started a teapot collection. I like tea, and I found a couple of cute teapots. Then I picked up a couple more and people started buying them for me as gifts. Pretty soon, my teapot collection got out of control. I had nowhere to put them.

It was then that I pared my collection down to six of my favorite teapots. They have resided in my kitchen's built-in cabinet for ten years.

Today I will say goodbye to the last six. They have outlived their prettiness in my cabinet. They will be donated to the WomenSafe Resale Shop in Chesterland. Before they go, I decided to take photos of them as a remembrance.

Monday, July 20, 2015


I debated whether or not to mention my colonoscopy prep on the blog because who wants to think about such things?

But I determined that this might help someone who is putting off having the dreaded test because of the horrible tasting, nasty drinks that are on the market.

Prepopik is a relatively new prep drug (FDA approved it in 2012). My doctor at the Cleveland Clinic OK'd it, so I decided to give it a try. The cost was $120, but my insurance paid for half of it. It was worth every penny to me.

In 2007, I tried Fleet's Phospho Soda. This prep was taken off the market in 2009 because it caused kidney failure in too many patients. It also tasted so bad I had nightmares for three years.

In 2010, I used GoLYTELY. This prep not only tasted bad, but I had to drink a gallon of it.

I took Prepopik in two 5 ounce doses, followed by 5 (8 ounce) glasses of water for the first dose and 3 (8 ounce) glasses of water for the second dose. The two doses were spaced eight hours apart.

Prepopik did not have a bad taste. It was something like a thick Sprite. I mixed the powder with cold water and drank it quickly through a straw. Drinking the extra water was no problem at all.

The only complaint I have about Prepopik is that it took about six hours to take effect. This meant I was up all night. My doctor told me she has heard this complaint from several patients.

Overall, I would use Prepopik again. Fortunately, it will be five years before I have to do that.

Friday, July 17, 2015

FADP Graduation

It has been two years since Daniel was hired at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  He was recruited from Miami University into their Finance & Accounting Development Program (FADP). These two years in the development program were spent moving around every six months to try out different departments in the company.

On Wednesday, the FADP graduation took place. This was a big deal with the CFO and Finance directors.

This photo includes the CFO, Finance Directors, and FADP recruits who started last year and this past Monday. You can spot Daniel in the front row. He is the one with brown shoes on.

These are the people in his FADP class.

They are pretty excited to be finished with the program. They are now all permanently placed in positions within Goodyear. Daniel is working in the Consumer Finance Department. Congratulations, Daniel!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fit Food Resources

I didn't forget to weigh in yesterday. It was just that yesterday was Peter's birthday. So I am doing my Weigh in Wednesday post on Thursday this week.

I am pleased to report that I lost 2.5 pounds this week! You might say I cheated because I had a colonoscopy yesterday, and that tends to clean one out. But I say it was fair and square.

Here are three blogs that I have found to be helpful for getting good ideas for nutrition and exercise:

Organize Yourself Skinny  has great ideas on how to keep yourself accountable and prepare ahead to keep on track.

Fit Foodie Finds has some easy healthy recipes and workout routines.

Kath Eats Read Food is written by a registered dietitian. She started blogging in 2006 when she set out to lose 30 pounds. She has some great videos and lots of information on good nutrition.

This week I lost 2.5 pounds. Total pounds lost: 3

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Peter!

Peter turns 21 today! I'm so thankful for my sweet son who is always looking out for me. Have a wonderful day, Peter Pie.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Flash Flood

We had a really bad storm this afternoon. There was thunder and hail and buckets of rain. It rained so much that the lake across the street from our house overflowed into a waterfall.

The bench in the photo is normally on dry ground.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Lauren's Shower

 Yesterday, these ladies (and one more) hosted a bridal shower for our friend, Becky's daughter. 

 We spent several hours decorating outside on my deck.

 We had it all set up, and it looked beautiful.
 Laruen (the one on the right) and all the guests showed up at 1:00.

At 1:30, it started raining and we had to move the whole thing inside!

It did not stop us from having a good time and enjoying the delicious food (Warm Chicken Salad from Trifles and pies from Simply Delicious Pies) - Photo of Kendall 

Lauren is marrying a Brit named Simon, so we played a British trivia quiz then she opened gifts. 

Only 89 days until the wedding in Atlanta!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cleveland Flea

Yesterday, Daniel, Peter and I went to the Cleveland Flea. It is a flea market in downtown Cleveland where over 140 vendors set up tents to sell everything from t-shirts to pottery to hand-made items. It was a lot of fun. I found some note cards, a milk glass vase and some Fire King bowls as treasures to take home. The Cleveland Flea is open once a month from April to October. The next one is August 8.

One of the reasons I wanted to go was to practice my photography. I knew there would be lots of interesting items to photograph.

Several vendors were selling hand-made vintage clothing. 

There were also a number of stations selling food.