Saturday, April 13, 2013

Day 1215

Today was near perfect. What's not to like about 68 degrees, a light breeze, clear skies, and low humidity. I wasn't the only one who was pleased with the perfect weather either. The park was filled with picnickers, sunbathers, joggers, and horseback riders. I had other things to do. I mowed the grass.

With two new 12 volt batteries installed, the mower ran just fine. Unfortunately, the person pushing the mower needed some new batteries himself. I remember when I first bought the house, I could mow all the grass in the front and back yards with an old fashioned push reel mower. Not anymore! Each Spring I notice that the current electric mower seems a little heavier and harder to operate. Today, mowing the front yard left me winded and tired. I simply can't let my upper body strength deteriorate any more. Walking the dogs is great for my legs, but I've ignored my arms. It might be time to join a gym.

They're repairing the road in front of our house and it's driving Dot nuts. A big, very loud machine, somewhat like an agricultural combine, goes back and forth scraping away the old asphalt and spitting it into waiting trucks. Eventually, some other machines will come and re-pave the road with asphalt again. This process happens about every five years and until the road crews are finished, it will be exceedingly dusty. Dot hates the noise of the machines, and even though she can't see them, she barks continuously.  The odd thing is that there was nothing wrong with the road before the city decided to re-pave it. One more example of governmant money at work.

It's nice to be able to watch Dr. Who whenever I want now. I've mastered the DVR and record all the new episodes now. Instead of racing through dinner to watch the show on the good TV in the bedroom, I just watch it later when I've got nothing better to do. I do have something better to do tomorrow. It looks like it's going to be a fabulous day at the dog park. Dot and Dash are already making plans.

Valli is today's Dalmatian of the Day
Watch of the Day


  1. It's not just your arms, John. It's your whole body. Nature continues to rob us of muscle mass, and we need to put it back. Start by working on your core. The best exercise for the core are planks. Do them every day and you will get those muscles firing again. Forget about joining a gym. Machines isolate muscles. The body is designed for all muscles to work together efficiently. Think core and glutes. I'll be writing about this soon on my new blog -- Get strong.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions. Planks actually appeal to me. An exercise where you stay rigid in one place for as long as your body can stand it suits my personality well. I used to think that walking the dogs five miles every day was enough, but apparently it isn't.

  2. Sorry Dot doesn't like the machine, but I think those repavers are amazing