Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Burst of Warm Days to Take Advantage of

We had a nice rain this morning around 2 a.m. Gave the lawn and shrubs a good watering, so I put the yard hose away - that means winter is setting in.

Vacuumed the inside of the truck for its semi-annual interior cleaning. Took good ole Armor All to clean down everything else.

The cover on the trailer has stood several Kansas wind tests and I didn't have any leaking water in this mornings rain. Maybe I have fixed the leak around the ceiling fan.

Time to get the generator cleaned up and set up for winter, in case we have any lengthy power outages. Won't run the furnace, but can run a small heater and lights with it.  Haven't tried the refrigerator but not gonna even going to look into it.

Have a few more porch furniture pieces to cover/put away. Would like to get the solar Christmas lights put up while it is nice. Won't turn them on until Thanksgiving. I don't have any exterior outlets, so the solar lights come in handy. The newer strings have bigger bulbs then the sets I have.

Had to get back on my diet as I put on a few pounds by eating too many carbs. I feel better any way.  My morning starts out with a walk on the treadmill for about 30 minutes/1 mile (knees won't let me run); then I have a breakfast of oat bran muffin (a basic recipe I expanded on), 2 strips of turkey bacon, 6-8 oz of a flavored Greek yogurt and one cup of coffee.

That holds me usually until around 1 p.m. then it's a variety of things - veggies, lean meat, salad, toasted rice bread sandwich; have an afternoon snack of homemade granola and a regular supper of some lean meat, veggie/salad, rice, fruit.

I try and keep the intake of foods rich in simple & complex carbs down as much as possible. Since I am a "mature in age" person I have experienced the body's (I'll say) misuse of carbs and the placement of those useless carbs. I also have developed an intolerance to gluten and starch, so this winter am working on recipes for gluten-free/rice flour breads, etc. I can handle rice starch as the rice starch is absorbed in the small intestine and does not cause the discomfort that other starches do a little further down the digestive line.

So anyhoo. Have been thinking of Casita friends over in the Flint Hills near Council Grove and hope they have made it through the wet weather okay. Beautiful country over there with interesting history. Mr Rob knows how to pick beautiful country to wander around in. Sometime he and Bob L. are going to share their love of that area with me.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Uh Oh - A bloody Owie

No, won't show you, just tried to take the inside of my thumb off with a hammer.  Was putting up the garage trim pieces.  You got the picture.
Before trim
After trim + a few drops of blood!

Woke up to frost on the pickup this morning.  The backyard thermometer said the low was 34º and the front one gave 33º on the front porch.  Weather folks are sending out warnings for widespread frost or even a freeze this weekend - now showing as low as 23º.

Going to use the excuse to finish the winterizing of the trailer; then won't have to worry about when the freezing temps do come in for good.

Almost am finished fertilizing the back yard.  I fence off the fertilized area to keep the neighbor's dog off the area (don't ask why) for a couple of days.  And I have only so much fence to surround the area.

Am also constructing a rack on the bed of my truck that will hold my sand tubes (I made them myself about a year ago) over the rear wheels.  I did this last year but the sand tubes were always wet from sitting on the floor of the bed; so, am raising them a bit off the bed and using some plastic I have.  I won't be putting the sand tubes in until they are needed.  I like being prepared.  No, I don't have 4-wheel drive.  Didn't want it.

If the weather is workable, will get the jacks under the trailer's frame Thurs or Friday.  LATER NOTE:  It's too cold!