Last night I finally did some cooking. As I mentioned yesterday I made a meatloaf and squash casserole for dinner. To make these I used zucchini, yellow squash, jalapeños, and the lone green bell pepper harvested from Wee Little Farm. Almost unbelievably I still have a half a dozen large zucchini and three yellow squash to cook up. Bake a zucchini bread or two this week? You bet I will. Maybe scoop out some of the innards of the largest zucchini and make baked stuffed zucchini boats? Perhaps.

Apparently Meta/Facebook/Instagram has decided that it doesn’t want me to remain a user. I stayed when they messed with the timeline. I came back even though they put ads into the browser’s timeline. But yesterday they announced that Safari on iOS will no longer be a supported browser. Oh well, it’s their decision to do this, and my decision not to log in any longer.

I am still working hard to take an item (or more) out of the house or placed into a donation box every day. So far I’ve not had to rid myself of anything that causes me sadness, but it’s still early days.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was PIANO. I almost started with POUND, until I discovered that it had previously been a solution.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 198.6 pounds (0.0 from last week’s weigh-in). My weight seems to have stabilized, unfortunately at least fifteen pounds higher than where I was last year.

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23 Responses to 2023-07-11

  1. And oh, today and tomorrow are Amazon Prime days. Theoretically you can score some good deals on Amazon, just don’t buy stuff you don’t need. (Mostly typing this to remind myself…)

  2. steve says:

    Wordle in 5. Should have been 4 but I guessed a word that didn’t have one of the letter I had already discovered! Idiot.

    debbie is still incarcerated. She had to go back on oxygen after I left yesterday. Hopefully that improves today and they can set her free. A barn friend visited last night and another one will visit this morning. I’m in the office waiting for the call to come and pick her up.

    Cutting the overdue grass was the only exercise yesterday.

    Big stage today- actually all week has big stages. This Tour really hasn’t been easy at all.

    And for those planning to use their passports, NPR had a story about how long it’s taking to get renewals. Answer- very long.


    • Barb says:

      Passports – ours expire spring 2024 – so we were just talking about getting or pictures taken this weekso we can send them off.

    • Just checked, my passport expires in October 2025. Whew.

      • Barb says:

        so – you get to wait until after our trip next year – then you can send yours off to get renewed.
        “They” keep saying they will get this backlog figured out, but I don’t have high hopes in any government agency doing what they say they will do.

        • I will start the renewal process immediately upon returning home next year. For a second I panicked because I thought my passport expired in 2016, then I found the current one.

          While I will certainly look older, I hope that I am slimmer by the next time I have to take a passport photo. 🙂

  3. Barb says:

    yesterday was way too busy work wise – then went & got an MRI of my lower back for the orthopedist doc at 6:30pm. It was creepy in this office, no one was there except the desk girl & the guy that did the screening. Now to schedule another appointment with the doc.

    Today is back to normal – not super busy – I might even go out & cut the grass, its growing like crazy with all the rain we keepp getting.

    One of my tomatoes has grown too fast, it fell over & broke. Allan brought in all the green tomatoes that were on the vine to ripen on the window sill.

  4. David says:

    A week ago I was on day three of snorkeling. Day 1 was me confronting a life-long water phobia. Fortunately the water at Laughing Bird Caye was super calm, which was what I needed on my maiden snorkel run. I drank a decent amount of salt water, but over all had a great time. It was definitely a whole new world that has been previously inaccessible to me in so many ways. Day 2 we went to Silk Caye. The water was much choppier there, and I didn’t complete the afternoon run with my mask on, I had simply consumed way too much salt water, so I just treated the second half of that outing as an ocean swim. Day 3 was back to Laughing Bird. The first 2 days I used the dive shop masks and tubes, just to see what that experience was. The third day I used my mask, and didn’t drink any water at all. I did still get water in my mask, but by that point I was tipping it out of my mask without issue. Facial hair apparently makes it hard to get a good seal on a snorkel mask.

    On day 1 I was self-soothing myself in situations that in the past put me in a blind panic. That was a monumental milestone for me, and I can tell there are going to be some interesting ripple effects from this newfound skill.

    I would overload Paulie’s server if I wrote about the whole trip in one post, so I’ll write more as the week goes on.

    Wordle in 4 starting with FLACK. I had 4 out of 5 letters identified in 3 but had to let it simmer for a while to figure out the proper order.

    • Barb says:

      and now you know why firefighers are not allowed to have beards – and why so many right after they retire grow a beard (because they can)

      I saw some of Minty & Georgia’s pictures from the trip, I guessed you guys were with them after a day or 2 of thinking about it. 😉

      Looked like such a fun trip. I have not snorkeled in forever & ever. I think the last time was in Cozumel in the 90s.

      • David says:

        Yes, I knew you’d connect the dots there. 🙂 It was such a fun group, and an amazing week. Minty and Georgia dived three days, my daughter and I snorkeled three days, while my son went two days. He initially thought he only wanted to go one day, but had so much fun we added an additional day. I’m glad for the third day, it really got me over the hump.

        I never thought about that for firefighters, but that makes absolute sense.

  5. Betsy is back in the USA, so we met up for coffee this morning. Was going to work WLF today, but may put that off until tomorrow.

  6. Barb says:

    just cut the front lawn, checking emails – now going out to do the back (while there is shade)

  7. Jenka says:

    Just saw Debbie’s post on the Book of Faces and came here for the full story. Sooo sorry! Collapsed lung is scary! Sending all the healing energy her way.

    Otherwise I have nothing to report. I haven’t left the house in days. It’s glorious.

    Off to Destin tomorrow for a lawyer conference.

    • steve says:

      Came off her horse, whacked her head and cracked ribs. The collapsed lung is just a very small area on the left side. The local hospital didn’t want to tackle it and Grady thought it could just heal on it’s own.

  8. Barb says:

    now I’m sneezing – me & grass clipping are not friends. BUT – its done & looks much better.
    Found 4 almost ripe tomatoes too – they are inside – I will not let the critters get the 1st ones!!!

  9. Barb says:

    Prime Day -I’m ordering a couple things for Allan to say are for my birthday!

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