Sunday, October 18, 2015

Odds and Ends

The newest news is that I am ow wearing contacts (again).  I needed new glasses, so decided to try contacts as well.  I'm in multifocal lenses, which means that I can read as well as see distance without glasses.  In a perfect world I would have clear vision 'at all distances' as the marketing writeups claim.  It is a work in progress, but these lenses are pretty close.  Now to see how much I can get glasses for on-line.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I did go to Mexico for glasses, but didn't like any of the frames.  I haven't liked any of the frames around here, either.  So, I'll see what I can find in the world wide web.

Getting a clean bill of health, especially for my back, has left me with no excuse to not exercise.  I have not been back to the gym as that was what seemed to accelerate the pain issues in my back.  I am trying to remember to do the Step 1 of the Convict Conditioning exercises to start getting my core stronger.  It does tend to involve a lot of watching the videos of the guys demonstrating the exercises on YouTube.  They seem nice.

With yesterday's rain the triple digit temperatures seems to finally be gone.  I've started cleaning the massive amount of dust off of things on the screened porch, and even swept my walks and carport.  I continue to get rid of a few things here and there, and hope to get the piles of papers scanned and/or shredded.  Staying home on weekends until the first weekend in November when I go to Las Vegas again. 

That is most of what is going on.  Mom is fine, the cats are healthy and happy.  Work is...  challenging.  Less said about it the better.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

First Day

Actually I'm on the 3rd day at this point.  The picture I sent in the previous post from when I was in Las Vegas is my Before picture.  Let's just say it was a bit of an awakening.  I don't see myself that way.  So, now that my back is not hurting so much I'm on a major makeover.  I'm back to walking more as it is cooling down a bit here.  I've added some more supplements suggested by my doctor. 

And, let's talk about my doctor's appointment.  I'm in better shape than I thought in general.  Just a bit of arthritis in my back which is fixable to some degree, my cholesterol is below 200, osteoporosis is just barely starting to register.  I do have a nodule in my throat area to have checked out, and basically just do weight bearing exercises to get my core strong for my back and my bones.  Hense, the first days of the rest of my life.

Financially I'm going to really, really tighten up so I can see an end to my work life and a start to retirement.  I will continue to weed out stuff and get rid of things.  That has been going well, but I'm at a bit of a slow point where I've gotten rid of most things that I knew I was ready to let go.  Time to get tougher with this.  I'm cooking more at home for health and financial reasons.  It is just time to start attending to the many details that life had gotten in the way of handling up to this point.

So, I may or may not post 'in transition' pictures.  However, it is good to remember how to post via email for the times I'm on my phone and want to just post a quick picture.

I'll call this a 'before' picture. Since they gave me a free room for 3 nights, I'll advertise for them. This was taken at one of the free selfie kiosks in Las Vegas last week.

Testing email posting

Testing to see if this still works, posting from email.