March 11th, 2021

Adventure, Just things, Uncategorized

Since it has been a while I wanted to post an update.

I am feeling really good given what has happened the last few weeks. I am back to walking more (currently getting in around two or three miles a day) and the only real restriction I have now is to stop walking if I get winded and work on getting my heart rate back up (which is going good I think). I am losing weight and the Mediterranean diet is pretty good but is taking some getting used to. I have also upped my water intake which helps in many ways.

It is nice to have the restrictions lifted but I still have to be careful and not overdo it even though I feel pretty good. It is easy to get anxious to get back to “normal” but I know under the hood I will be getting an overhaul in a few months. I am hoping that with diet, exercise and the meds I am now on things will calm down enough to forego that overhaul, but there is the reality that even that may not be enough. I am hopeful but not optimistic given the realities and I am reminded about that every time I grab my keys and see the nitroglycerin bottle on my keychain.

Of course this affects any thoughts of travel, but I am okay to travel with few restrictions. I know flying is out of the question for me because I am simply not getting on a plane yet with the pandemic happening – no, not even for a domestic flight. I was told that flying was okay as long as it is a pressurized cabin. This brings up a question I will get answered next week (along with some other questions) – what about altitude while driving in the mountains? That can have a big impact on my ability to drive certain places.

Otherwise life has been fairly uneventful other than a few doctor appointments. Had to have the truck towed a few days ago to get fixed; it was not the stubborn fuel filter (which they replaced for me since I could not get the old one loose) but the bigger issue of a gasket on the engine that failed, causing the truck to barely run. I will hopefully be going to pick it up today.

Anyhoo, I know it has been a while since the last post and just wanted to send out an update.

January 12th, 2019

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Uncategorized

Yesterday I met up with a friend and went birding. It was a really nice day to be out of the house doing something. We saw a few things she has not seen in the area in a while (she is into birds) so I got to see a few new ones. The biggest thing (literally), though was we saw orca swimming by at one place we stopped to see birds. They were a little ways away but we were able to see them close up through binoculars and a spotting scope. A really cool experience.

We took off to a few other places to look at wildlife and worked up an appetite and a powerful thirst. We ended up in a small town at a small restaurant overlooking the water. I ordered up an interesting beer after trying a sample – a dry stout. It was similar to my favorite nectar of the gods – Guinness – but a little less filling. The interesting part of it was the “dry” aspect. Yes, it was a dry finish and I did like it and would order it again

And the food…it was fantastic. I ordered a Mediterranean gnocchi. Gnocchi, capers, Spanish and kalamata olives, pepperoncini, garlic, shallots, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, butter and artichoke hearts. It was absolutely delicious and I am going to find a recipe to make it at home. For those of you who do not know, gnocchi is a small type of dumpling.

My friend ordered tuna lettuce wraps, which had rare tuna slices rolled in sesame seeds, carrots, and some other stuff wrapped in lettuce leaves. I do not like rare-cooked meats (it’s something in my mind) but she offered me a taste and I took a bite. It was good but I just cannot get past that rare cooking.

While we were waiting for our food my friend smacked me on the arm and said “orca!”. I looked out the window (along with the others who heard her) and out in the water a pod of orca were swimming by. This was our second orca pod for the day! Needless to say that was exciting for everyone in there to see and out came the phones to snap pictures. It was a really good day – hanging with a really good friend, seeing wildlife that you don’t get to see every day, sharing a great food experience, and talking and laughing our asses off.

As I type this a squirrel is running along the fence rail with an apple in his mouth. He likes to go over to one of my apple trees and climb up and grab apples. Sometimes he sits on the fence eating them, and other times he runs off with them. I have some bird feeders within sight of my window and the birds are going crazy after I refilled the feeders. I don’t know how they stay so skinny after eating all the seed.

I planted a few tomato seeds in some pots and am waiting for them to pop up. These tomato seeds come from some store-bought ones I always buy. I plan to plant a few other things in the raised bed in the yard and have some fresh homegrown veggies. That will save a few bucks at the store. I’ll wait to plant until the weather warms up and stays warmer (of course) and probably plant from starter plants when they come in. I also think sometimes about moving and have a friend who is interested in splitting a house. That would make it cheaper than what I pay now and saving some money is good, especially if I can get into a bigger house and still pay less.

It looks like a beautiful day again today so I am going to be heading out to do something somewhere. Fresh air, sunshine, and exercise sound like a good plan for the day. I need to get to the store but Saturdays are usually pretty busy in the morning so I will go get a few things later.

Enjoy your day!