It was kinda hard to fathom yesterday that a year ago I camped at Hard Labor State Park and rode my bike long distance twice, and went for a hike. This July 4th weekend I was a slug, doing little more than farm choring.

My physical labor yesterday consisted of pulling a couple of volunteer tomato plants as well as some plants I thought were lima beans, and replacing them with a variety of small pepper plants. I am keeping my fingers crossed that my peppers and eggplant will be late summer stars.

Yesterday was not one of my better mental health days, a lot of weight pressed down on me. It sent me into a significant mental tailspin last night… I have also had a pain in my back that I’m “monitoring”, hoping that it will go away on its own soon. It feels like a pulled muscle, but continues to linger.

I was really good about my calorie intake until I met my buddy at Taco Mac in Virginia Highland, and then returned home to eat another tomato sandwich, some more squash casserole, and a Klondike bar. Whoops!

Once again I only heard, but never cared to go out so look at fireworks. The 4th of July celebrations have never been high on my list of things in which to participate.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was WHILE.

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41 Responses to 2023-07-05

  1. After drinking beer Thursday through yesterday, I think I need a little break. 😉

  2. steve says:

    Wordle in progress. Only 2 letters done, working on my 5th guess. This may not be pretty.

    Bear Creek finally got their fireworks in last night. For being a completely amateur production, it was still pretty good.

    We were slugs for much of the day yesterday, though Debbie got a ride in and I went out and dusted off the scooter and got a good half hour on the trainer.


  3. steve says:

    Ouch, that was painful. In 5.

  4. Barb says:

    Allan had to be down in Buckhead before 4am for the Peachtree, but sounds like there wasn’t too many major medical issues – and they managed to get all the radios, medical bags, etc turned back in after, so it was a good day for AFR.

    It was a good day yesterday – I went to a pool party with Annette with people I had never met – they were all really nice. It was on a street called Cedar Cliff Dr – in Smyrna – I know a hasher lived on that street in the 90s – I so vividly remember him having a party & the stairs on his house to the front door were crazy – we asked for a beer stop on 1 of the landing. I can not remember his name for anything. its driving me nuts.

    I got back home, collected Allan, went back over to Mark & Annette’s – the boys went to the pool for a little while, us women got dinner together. 😉

    Went home before any fireworks started – Allan was tired & has to work again today.

  5. Barb says:

    and David – CONGRATS on the snorkeling!!!!

  6. Sally says:

    Peachtree Road Race number 39 in the books. It was so humid this year. Always a fun event and then it’s over. Always makes me a little bit sad. Even though I had offers for dinner….I opted for staying at home and doing nothing. On hindsight, I should have accepted an offer. Picked my first ripe tomato this season and a few peppers.

    • Barb says:

      wow – 39 Peachtrees- that’s a hell of a lot.

      Allan was very happy about the rain at 1030 – said it cleared the park out much faster & that was good thing for them.

      The storm went thru Marietta about 0900am – it was short – but a good amount of rain

      • Sally says:

        We were on Dip’s porch when the storm hit. Waited it out and then had a beer 800. Always hilarious. Tara’s Matt won, of course. He’s fast and can chug beers!!

    • Jenka says:

      Wow, 39 Peachtrees! That’s amazing! I have a friend Mary who just ran her 37th, I told her she needed to do something special for 40.

      I, on the other hand, woke up yesterday morning and thanked the sweet merciful sunflower that I didn’t have to race. I never really loved racing, and the PRR was the worst of all because of the crowds, and then you have to stand around forever talking to people. But that’s my introvert-ness talking!

      • steve says:

        Except for those quick people like Sally, the PRR isn’t a race. I volunteered a couple times at the start- SCARY AF! Trying to convince 10,000 not to trample you…

        • Jenka says:

          Well, no race was actually a race for me, when I was running I was what’s known as a turtle: not particularly fast but I never stopped. So I was never actually racing, but the experience of running races — getting up really early in the freezing cold to drive somewhere and stand around in your corral for an hour before running — was always miserable for me. The PRR was the worst of these (for me, no shade on those who love it), for many reasons.

    • David says:

      FFS, I feel like an amateur with my 20+ Peachtrees. I’ve lost exact track, it’s 23 or 24 I think. I based out of the Four Seasons for my 20th. For my second or third Peachtree I was living in the Mayfair high rise on 14th (back before they added the second tower). It was nice walking home less than a block from the park.

    • I did about four/five before being unable to run due to injury and quitting.

      • Barb says:

        I think I attempted to run it 1 or 2 times, did the hash pub crawl quite a few times, but soon enough decided getting up that early to be around so many people was not my idea of fun. I’m guessing the last time we did it was after flying home on a red eye from a friends Vegas wedding weekend – that was the stupidest idea we h ad ever had. (They’ve been married 17 years now.)

  7. Jenka says:

    I had a great long weekend! Saturday we took Kevin’s car to get a front end alignment and walked to a Mexican place while we waiting. Dear lord, it was HOT. Plus walking on hot pavement in Midtown was miserable. Sunday we went to the Braves game, did I mention that it’s hot out? We lasted until the 7th inning stretch and then escaped. Monday we went to see the new Indiana Jones movie, that was the best day because it was inside. Lunch at Salt Factory beforehand. I like that place, but their menu is all over the place; I want them to do fewer things better rather than a lot of different things only okay. The movie was good, very much in line with the IJ franchise. Harrison Ford’s still got it, I wouldn’t kick him outta bed!

    Short work week this week and then I’m off again next week. After that I am back to the grind until Christmas.

    I am dragging my feet on the end of A Million Little Things, I have 4 episodes to go. I couldn’t watch Hulu in Argentina and when I got back it was sort of off the rotation. But also I saw what I think is a spoiler on what happens at the end and I don’t want it to happen.

    • Barb says:

      Million Little Things – get your Kleenex & get it over with & watch it – they did end it well……

      I kind of wish there would be a Sophie & Danny spin off – I thnk it could be an interesting show. But at the same time – not really.

  8. steve says:

    And I so prefer the world feed on the TDF. NO COMMERCIALS!

  9. David says:

    The blog ate my homework today. Oh well. Suffice it to say things are going swimmingly in paradise. I am going to patronize the Big Titty Rum Bar today.

  10. Visited the Waschsalon for the first time in two weeks.

    Too hot and humid for WLF work today. Making a potato salad for lunch today using WLF potatoes. Going to eat some of that with yet another tomato sandwich.

  11. Barb says:

    just attempted to go to see my Orthopedic doc- they moved their office! and -it was far enough away, I decided to reschedule, as I’d have been super late for my appt.
    I’m very annoyed – I’m searching my emails & texts – I don’t see that they told they were moving the office.

    • steve says:

      WTF?? That’s nuts. Did you get an appointment reminder email?

      • Barb says:

        no – nothing – and the girl I just rescheduled with said she would text me the 1:45pm appt today -I’ve gotten nothing.

        • Sally says:

          I made an appt once for annual mammogram. They scheduled it for a total different location, unbeknownst to me so when I showed up at my regular location they didn’t have me in the books. I was a little upset and they squeezed me in anyways. (no pun intended)

        • Barb says:

          finally found the portal I’m supposed to use – they have my phone# wrong, so that’s why I can’t get into it to see that they changed the address. So Annoying.

  12. Just received an email from Sojourn Bike Tours (the company I rode with in Vermont) and they are doing a Amsterdam to Bruges tour 8 days / 7 nights, starting from $4845 per person. Franklin is charging $3500? Hmmm…

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