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Jul. 30th, 2015

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Jul. 29th, 2015

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Swimming and Writing

Tuesday was my monthly visit to the diet doctor in Sayre. I have lost some muscle but gained some fat. So she wants me to up my protein intake.

I skipped exercise Tuesday because I was tired. But it has been so hot and muggy that I went swimming today after therapy. Now my right hip joint hurts every time I move my leg. Literally screaming pain. I'm not sure what that is about, it's new.

The Island Health and Fitness pool is going to be closed from Aug 10 til Sept 10. I told the diet doctor I would do the dry workout Julie set me up with. But I also want to get B and Jenn to go to Myers Point with me so I can walk in the lake. I think the pool work outs have gotten mobile enough to get into and out of the lake. I do love being in the water.

I have been working on one of my books "The Braided Wheel Primary Grammar". I am up to 66 pages. I doubt that it will be popular book I'm not that kind of writer. But I hope I fill a niche that isn't being filled. I have a unique perspective and some people appreciate it. Just not many people.

I need to do some laundry, and make some shirts.

Jul. 26th, 2015

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Jul. 25th, 2015

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Jubilee! Ama-gi!

The Boy has returned to his mother. A little bit early. But this is the longest he has stayed with me. This morning when I got up I found that he had taken the laptop into the bathroom with him so he could listen to music while he showered. Despite the fact that I had told him not to take the laptop into the bathroom. I was really furious with him about this. Not just annoyed or angry but furious. So when he said that he wanted to go home today I said "Good!" And I told him that I was really angry with him about taking the computer into the bathroom.

We were planning on going to Vestal today for his cousin's Graduation party anyway so it worked out fine. Song joked about me keeping him for another month. I offered to take The Cuteness instead. But we agreed that I really need some alone time.

It's sort of weird not having The Boy here after 25 days of having him here. We didn't finish the Yojimbo marathon. Or even start watching the Harry Potter movies.

But at least I have my computer back. And no one poking me while I'm trying to use it. Or constantly asking me "what are we going to do?" and telling me what time it is. I'm missing him already. I do need a break. But I will be happy to have him visit again in the future.

"Jubilee deals largely with land, property, and property rights. According to Leviticus, slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest."

"Ama-gi is a Sumerian word (also ama-ar-gi) meaning, literally translated, "return to the mother," and used to refer to "The restoration of persons and property to their original status" including the remission of debts. Assyriologist Samuel Noah Kramer has identified it as the first known written reference to the concept of freedom."

Jul. 24th, 2015

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New York City! and Lord NightFall!

So, I decided to take The Boy to New York City. He has never been there and it is close enough to drive.

Many people asked me where in the city I was going to take him and what exactly I was going to show him. I told them I was probably going to point out the window at Manhattan and say "See? There is The City." Which turned out to be the truth. We also saw the Statue of Liberty (it's a great big statue out in the harbor). The new World Trade Center is nice. I recommend seeing it at night, it sparkles at night.

For my own sanity we drove down to Barb's house in the Catskills on Monday. Stopping in Vestal to pick up The Cuteness. Barb had requested I bring The Cuteness because she and Little Bear are good friends. Unfortunately Little Bear decided to start Tuesday morning by pouring gallons of water on the dinning room floor. So he spent most of the morning mopping up the mess he had made.

Nightfall was working until 2:45 pm on Tuesday so we aimed to leave Barb's by 11 am and get to Brooklyn College by 2:45. Unfortunately I had not prepared for tolls, or really thought about the route. Our friends Heather and Eric came to my rescue with phone directions and on-call duty for the drive down, and I stopped at an ATM for cash for the tolls. We had one $1.75 toll, one $1.25, and one $8.00. The Boy did yeoman's duty as my navigator, keeping me supplied with seltzer and money for the tolls. People kept asking me if I had an EZ-Pass. The tolls are lower if you do. But I go to the city less than once a year, so an EZ-Pass doesn't make much sense for me.

As it was we got to Brooklyn College at 3:15 and picked up NightFall then drove to Astoria Park. His students had planned a surprise for him. We told him we were having a picnic but they were really giving him his 3rd Degree ritual. He was totally surprised. A couple of his students have moved to Texas so they wrote letters testifying to the work he had done and how he had helped them. One of his students read the letters, and all of them spoke about how he had touched their lives. It was very moving. Lord NightFall was in tears. 3rd Degree is about service and it was so wonderful to hear how much he has done for others.

After the Ritual we posed for pictures then I drove Lord NightFall home. The sun was setting as we left and the city lights were just coming on. We only got lost a little bit on the trip back, so we got to Barb's around midnight. The Boy and I were both exhausted. I'm so glad I didn't plan to drive all the way back to Binghamton that night.

Wednesday we came back to Ithaca and I've been sleeping ever since. My legs and arms hurt even though I was just driving most of the time. Or perhaps because I was driving most of the time. I took a valium on Tuesday morning and that probably helped me keep calm for the city driving. It was a really nice trip but I'm glad to be home. The Boy needs to really see The City some time. Maybe go down on a bus and stay with someone so he has time to visit a museum and see the Statue of Liberty up close.
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Jul. 13th, 2015

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Chicken with Cashews Recipe

I made Chicken with Cashews for dinner tonight. I don't have a recipe. At least not one I like. So I winged it.

Chicken with Cashews

Ingredients
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 med onion
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Cornstarch
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup pale dry sherry
soy sauce
1 clove garlic
1 small bunch celery (really a whole bunch)
1 cup roasted cashews (unsalted)

Instructions
Put oil in large heavy bottomed skillet.
Chop onion and add to skillet
Chop chicken and dust with cornstarch. Heat skillet and add chicken. Brown the chicken. add the ground ginger. Add the sherry (it really should be sake but I don't have that on hand) and soy sauce (I used a bit too much soy sauce. remember that celery is salty). Dice the garlic and add to the skillet.
Chop the celery and add to the skillet.
When the meat is cooked and the celery is heated through add the cashews, toss, and serve.

About the Dish
I originally thought the celery would need more cooking but it just needs to be heated. It should still have some crunch. This should really be called Chicken and Celery, there is a lot of celery.
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Jul. 8th, 2015

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Jul. 7th, 2015

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Rest Day

Yesterday was a rest day for me. I would have liked to stay in all day but we had to go out to return the Redbox movie. We have watched the The Book of Life, Penguins, the third Night in the Museum movie.

The Boy has been heavily petitioning for the third Hobbit movie.

Yesterday Marilyn came by and had dinner with us, Uncle Albert's Enchiladas. I made them with chicken and green enchilada sauce. They were a bit bland but at least The Boy tried them.

I've been feeling irritable and argumentative all day today. I tried watching some sitcoms but they haven't helped.

I think the Ravens are warming to me. TI have not seen them come down and eat the peanuts but they have flown over and watched me after I threw the peanuts out. I also put out some "wild bird seed" that should be good for Ravens and Jays. The Blue Jays left me a feather!

I hope my mood improves.

Jul. 4th, 2015

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Jul. 3rd, 2015

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The Boy Is Here

Wednesday I left Ithaca at around noon and drove to Binghamton to pick up The Boy. We got back by 2:30 and went directly to Wegmans to buy food. I told The Boy that I had a 4pm appointment and while we were checking out he pointed out that it was 3:50pm. So we rushed over to my therapist's office. I left The Boy in the car (he is 15 and can be left in a car alone) with the keys. When I returned an hour later the car would not start and I had to call B for a jump. That was exciting. I'm so glad B is my friend.

The Boy and I had hamburgers for dinner and started watching "Inception". But we were only halfway through by midnight so we went to sleep. In the morning I made bacon and eggs. My eggs were more of a spinach scramble. I'm trying to get more vegetables in my diet. We finished watching "Inception". It was an excellent movie, fully deserving of all the praise it received. A good idea and well executed. For lunch we are having sandwiches. I bought bread and salami for The Boy.

After Lunch we went to the gym and signed The Boy up for the month. His mother, Song, came through with the cash for his membership. We also looked into getting an appointment with a trainer and signing him up for a swimming class. I have sent some email and we are working on it. We spent and hour in the pool. Then had my homemade chicken Teriyaki for dinner.

Today we had lunch with B and Jenn at Old Mexico, wich has just opened in the old Manos building. It was good Mexican food. We haven't had a real Mexican restaurant since Garcia's closed. After lunch we dropped off recycling and went to the gym again. The Boy has gotten me to go back in the lap pool and I walked 24 laps.

But I'm beginning to feel the strain of doing so much every day. After swimming we came home and I took a nap. Then we had pizza for dinner. I convinced The Boy to put meat on his. He chose ham and pineapple. Then we watched "Big Hero 6" which was also an excellent movie. Very Japanese. Especially for an American production.

After I post this I need to get some more sleep. I really feel as if I have been running without a break for the past three days. It feels like longer. I need to keep reminding myself that The Boy will be here for the whole month. This is a marathon not a sprint. I need to slow down and pace myself.

Jul. 1st, 2015

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Jun. 30th, 2015

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Feeling Unreasonably Accomplished.

There are so many things I had hoped to accomplish that I have not done. And yet I'm feeling pretty good about what I have done.

The kitchen is getting pared down. I'm working on changing my eating habits. Traditionally I have kept a well stocked pantry that I could easily produce a meal from in an hour of two. But most pantry foods are high in carbs: pasta, beans, rice etc. Without those the cupboards are getting pretty bare. Now I just need to take out the recycling a few more times.

I had been collecting boxes for a project to make a vertical maze for the cats. Last week I picked up four banana boxes from the recycle bin at wegmans. Not only did they have large openings on the tops and bottoms, but they were very sturdy. I cut cat sized holes in the sides and taped them together. I now have a four box maze in front of the window in the computer room. Jazzmine has shown no interest in it. But I will have to wait til she leaves to see if Ninshurbur or Daisy take to it. Anyway it as done as it will ever be. I don't space for a larger one. And now I can get rid of all these other boxes that were not quite right.

I have also made a dent in the pile of grocery bags I have been saving for recycled crochet. It's a small step but it's a step.

Now I just need to do something with all these books and papers.
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Jun. 28th, 2015

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Jazzmine Update

Jazzmine is doing well. B dropped her off Monday night and put her directly in the cat guest room. She settled in quickly and despite the fact that this is her first time staying with me she didn't hide from me at all.

I've been visiting her twice a day to give her her medication and make sure she has adequate food and water. While I'm there I spend time petting her and letting her know that I love her and care about her. I sometimes spend a few hours there just so she isn't alone all the time.

She is a very vocal cat, but she has become quieter as she has learned that I don't need to be shouted at. On her second night here she slipped out of her room as I was leaving. I left the door open and went to bed so she was free to explore the apartment all night. In the morning I found her back in the cat guest room and she has not tried to get out since. So she is not suffering here.

All together I think things are going well. She is a very affectionate cat and this has not been terribly stressful for her.
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Jun. 27th, 2015

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Back On Schedule?

So, my therapist and I discussed me getting back on schedule. There are certain things I should be doing every day that I have not been doing. I wrote them all down and I'm working on doing them.

I've also been binge watching Midsommer Murders. Seasons 13 and 14 involved a lot of incest and pagan related murders (Druids and old folk customs). Just a pattern I noticed. The binge watching is probably why I've gone nocturnal again. Which really messes up my schedule. Also I suspect I'm avoiding doing some odious chores.

No lunch with B Friday because he was out of town. That doesn't happen very often. I don't think I have left the house since Wednesday. I really have to get out more often.

It's cold and rainy today. I'm glad I haven't put the A/C in yet.

I've started crocheting again. I haven't decided what it is yet. It's round and made of plarn (plastic bag yarn). It's probably going to be a sun hat. Does anyone want a sun hat?
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Jun. 22nd, 2015

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Weekend with Dad

I spent the weekend with my dad while my mom went to Columbus for a wedding. We had a good time. I got Thai food for dinner on Friday. We had ribs for dinner on Saturday. And for Father's day I cooked a Bourbon marinated roast with baked potatoes. Dad loves a good steak and potatoes dinner.

I'm a bit worn out and sore from the walking around. But it was nice to spend time with my dad. Mom got home in time to have dinner with us on Sunday. And I made chocolate chip cookies for her.

B has dropped of his cat Jazzmine for me to look after while he is away. Jazzmine needs medication in the morning and the evening so it easier if she stays with me than if I have to go down to his place twice a day to pill the cat. I've put her in the computer room so she doesn't have to fight with Ninshurbur and Daisy. She has her own litter box, and food dishes in her own private space.

I have to drive to Sayre tomorrow for my monthly visit with the Diet Doctor. We shall see how that goes.
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Jun. 16th, 2015

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Jun. 15th, 2015

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Productive Day

I had a 8:30am appointment with Julie at the gym to "refresh" me on the workout she had made for me. She was late because some of her family had been affected by the flooding in Newfield. I heard on the radio that the fire department was ferrying people from their homes to a shelter. That storm yesterday dropped a lot of water very fast. Anyway, I was able to remember most of what she had told the first time and kept myself busy until she showed and helped me with the parts I couldn't figure out. I like Julie. She is sweet.

When I got home the Blue Jays and Crows were out. I threw out some peanuts and got 3 jays and 2 crows to come down. That is best response I have gotten yet! I may make friends with some crows yet.

I also bought some pea gravel to fill in the puddle in front of the stairs. A huge bag of pea gravel only costs $3.50. But 2 bags was not enough to fill in the puddle. I might need 4 more bags to keep my feet dry.

I met some more of my new downstairs neighbors, Tucker and Kate. They seem nice. Tucker asked if their TV was bothering me. It isn't. I think the insulation between apartments is pretty good. I warned them about the hall though. Anything said in the hall can be heard in the living-rooms of all four apartments and anything said in the living-rooms can be heard in the hall. But it isn't as if people hang out in the hall a lot. Except for me. I tend to sit on the stairs to catch my breath when I'm coming and going.

I didn't mention the cigarette smoke problem. My smoke detector used to go off when I left my windows open. I'm pretty sure it is because someone below me was smoking outside, or blowing their smoke out a window on that side. I used to be able to smell perfume from other floors as well. I'm just lucky I'm not allergic.

Jun. 14th, 2015

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I'm feelin OK

Wow it is two weeks into June and I haven't posted yet.

I've been doing OK. Nothing is going terribly wrong. I've been trying to clean up the apartment. Marilyn has come over a few times. I have read some books. I haven't done much art. I misplaced my iPod and can't find it.

It's been stormy. I lost power for a few hours on Friday night. But that happens almost every year around this time because of the storms.

The cats are OK. Daisy was chirping at the birds from the front window this morning.

I have new neighbors downstairs. I have only meet one of them. Brenden tells me there are three young men living there now.

I really am feeling pretty good. I've been standing and walking as much as I can. Which is more than usual.

I still haven't put the A/C in the window. I have a cool breeze right now so I'm OK.

Jun. 6th, 2015

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May. 31st, 2015

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Health Week!

It is really cold today, for May. It is literally 50F (that is 10C). I had goose bumps on my arms this morning, and I haven't seen goose bumps for years.

Anyway.

Tuesday was my monthly check in with the Bariatric Doctor in Sayre. I had gained a few pounds. But not all that I had lost and some of the new weight was muscle, probably from the physical therapy. The special machine they have down there tells them how much of my body is muscle, how much is fat, how much is intracellular water, and how much is extracellular water so there is no guessing.

So Dr. W asked when I was going to start going to the gym and I said I would drop by on my way home and take care of the membership. I'm pretty good at those sort of easy short term limited promises. I started my gym membership on my way home from Sayre on Tuesday. And scheduled my free one hour meeting with a trainer for Thursday. I kept that appointment. I even brought my swimsuit with me so I could swim after the meeting. But Julie gave me such a workout that I didn't feel up to swimming. But I went back Friday and spent two hours in the pool. I just happened to hit a physical therapy session in the pool and did my whole PT session with them. Then spent another hour just bopping around the pool. I love the pool.

I've been sleeping a lot this weekend. But I need to really pick up the apartment. And I need to go back to the gym tomorrow.

May. 30th, 2015

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