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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summer 2014 Swim Exercise, Recuperation and Relaxation

Since we had two trips this past Spring (see Loreto trip) we aren't going anywhere this Summer.  I've been taking a Swim exercise class at the local Junior College, Pierce.  This class started June 16th and ends August 4th.  Since Pierce is less than 5 miles away it is a great location.  They have two swim exercise class, one for people recuperating from an injury or just beginning to exercise and a swim aerobics class. The Aquatic Exercise class is created for beginners and those that need rehabilitation from injuries or chronic issues, like myself.  Since I injured myself, when I fell out of my Aunt's bed and my own bed, I need this.  In this class I can improve my flexibility, strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness.   Both classes are done with music which makes the class fun and keeps us motivated. This Thursday is our last class till mid September.  This gives me time to do something fun with Natalie or visit family before she starts school August 24th.  I've really enjoyed my swim exercise class and have made a few new friends.  It's easier to work in water but then hours later I'm wiped out with sore and week muscles and only sleep on my brain..  Sometimes I'm wiped out in the middle of class.  Even though I'm tired and sometimes a bit sore, the music and camaraderie keeps me motivated.


Pools at Pierce College


We had a storm a few weeks ago and we couldn't try out our mini pool.  We got one that is 12 feet in diameter and 36 inches high.  It isn't much but great to cool off and play in.  Yesterday Natalie and I played with our noodles and got wet.  Today, after class I ate an egg sandwich with colby jack cheese and took a 3 or 4 hour nap.  that is a long time to sleep but I was wiped out after swim class.



We got one that is 12 feet in diameter and 36 inches high.  It isn't much but great to cool off and play in.  Yesterday Natalie and I played with our noodles and got wet.

  This is a similar pool to the one we got.  Eventually I want a huge above ground pool with hard sides.  Some of them can be put into the ground and can use salt water.  Salt Water would be so much better than chlorine any day.

Today, after class I ate an egg sandwich with colby jack cheese and took a 3 or 4 hour nap.  that is a long time to sleep but I was wiped out after swim class.  I've only lost a few pounds but I'm able to get into clothes that I haven't worn in over 10 years.  I think how my clothes fit is a better indicator of how my body is doing. I'll have to take a recent picture.  I feel emotionally calmer and able to handle the everyday problems of the day.







Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How To Create a Dishwasher Clean-Dirty Magnet

I've always wanted a Clean/Dirty Magnet for our dishwasher.  Kurt, Natalie and I are always questioning each other to see if the dishes are clean or not.  Our dishwasher is old and we have hard water, so it's not always easy to tell if they are clean or dirty.
You can buy this at Amazon or make one yourself.




First I uploaded this image, from Freeprettythingsforyou.com, on to Picmonkey.com  
Then  I added the typ function and typed out clean.  I increased the size to look the best this background.
Mine is size aprox. 90  After this I used the rotation button and turned it upside down.
On the "bottom"  I typed dirty and reset that size too.

Isn't this cool?


I wanted a bit more so I added a divider from Shabby Blogs.com

Now it will look like this.

Laminate the paper after printing it on card stock.  Then add a self adhesive magnet to the sign.  I used a roll of magnet stuff that I bought at Amazon.


Friday, July 31, 2015

FREE ALICE IN WONDERLAND PRINTABLES


I have been adding photos to my photo storage.  I noticed that my Paint the Roses Red didn't have a checkered border like the White Rabbit does (see below), so I created one.



Here are the rest of the printables I created for my 2014 Mad Hatter Tea Party:
























Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hollywood Bowl and Kurt's Birthday


We went to the Hollywood Bowl to see Elvis Costello and Steely Dan on July 13th for Kurt's birthday which was the next day, the 14th. First up was Elvis Costello and the Imposters:



Then after that was Steely Dan Founded by core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen in 1972.



We really enjoyed the concert and it was Natalie's first visit to Hollywood Bowl. I grew up going to the Bowl as a child and we always went at least once a year till 1996. In 1997 I was too big and pregnant to go and we kept on putting it off. I was so happy when Kurt called and said "how about I buy 3 tickets for my birthday." I got excited! We brought sandwiches. pears and Trader Joe's Popcorn and drinks. Natalie helped me prepare the picnic so when Kurt got home we were able to drive to the "Park and Ride". Best way to go is to take a shuttle because the parking is expensive and stacked.




We had a bus take us to the top, where you give your tickets and get on the escalators up the hill.





We were seated in P2 which was close to the bathrooms, if you don't mind walking up a few steep walkways to get there.  There is special seating and pricing for those that are handicapped.


Next time we go I want to see a Fireworks Concert like this one:


I guess I'll have to wait till next Summer to see the 1812 Overture, but I've seen it many times in the past.  Something else to share with Natalie.



On the 14th my Mom and her husband Lon came over for dinner and we had Black Forest Cake for dessert.  I love how Vons/Pavilions make their cake.  If you order one layer instead of two for $11.  It's half the price and plenty of cake for the 5 of us. Yum!  He couldn't have asked for a better birthday.