Saturday, October 22, 2011

Day 676

I took a favorite old dog walking coat over to the neighborhood tailor today and asked them to put in a new zipper. They told me a new zipper would probably cost more than I paid for the coat. I thought for a minute and told them to put the zipper in anyway. I like the coat and there was nothing wrong with it except for the broken zipper. I used to repair and refurbish virtually everything I had, but it's getting harder to find good repair people these days. I think people are getting used to just throwing things away every three or four years. This premature obsolescence probably keeps the factories humming and is good for the economy, but I think it's kind of sad. Things acquire character over time and, given a choice, I'd much rather have something with a story behind it, than something that was made yesterday in China. At any rate, I'll have an old coat with a new zipper sometime next week.

After dropping the coat off at the tailor's, I picked up some prescriptions at the pharmacy, filled my tank up with gas and went to the grocery store. One of these Saturday's I'm going to do something different, but this week apparently wasn't the time. I did all my exercises today, but I have a feeling that this new routine isn't going to be easy to maintain. When I got up this morning, I felt like I had just traded my neck pain for aching shoulders. The exercises the physical therapist wants me to do aren't that strenuous, but I can certainly feel the burn. All these years, I thought I was in great shape from walking the dogs, but I really didn't have much upper body strength at all.

They're having a big regatta at the lake this weekend. A saw dozens of sailboats on the water when I was walking the dogs Friday and thought this would be a good opportunity to get some nice sailing pictures. The only things I've been photographing recently are Fall wildflowers. Apparently, the regatta folks haven't scheduled any races during the "golden hour" around sunset when the light is nice though. So far, I've only seen the boats around mid-morning when the light is hard and unflattering. You'd thing they could have planned a sunset race just for me. I guess I'll check again tomorrow.

I got the blog finished a little early tonight. This would be the perfect opportunity to do some more chores, but I think I'll just go to bed early.

Dot is today's Dalmatian of the Day

Watch of the Day


  1. I miss the era when things could be fixed.

  2. My comment is kind of in regards to both of your latest posts. My 22 year old son just took his car to the dealer for the first time on his own. When I say on his own I mean, it was out of warranty and I wasn't paying this time. He got a taste of "replace instead of fix". In my day, things could be fixed and rebuilt and just a small part ordered to make things work again. These days, the car manufacturers don't want you dilly farting (that is a technical tern btw!!) with anything so you are forced to take it to a dealer or mechanic to have half the car replaced just to fix one connection that is bad.
    Well, the kiddo outsmarted them. They told him his connection from the fuse box to the computer terminal had become loose and "wiggled" out. They wanted to replace the whole fuse box for $376.00. They made the mistake of telling him they thought it had been slowly wiggling out for the last 4 1/2 years he owned the car. So, instead of letting them order the part, he told them to plug it back in and he would see them in another 4 1/2 years. I raised that one right!!!
    Love your blog btw!!!

  3. I hear you on the exercises. I hadn't been doing my daily set for almost a year, and I think that's why my back went out. That was painful enough that I've been highly motivated to keep them up and add to the reps to prevent that from happening again.

    Dot has wonderful fashion sense!