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Finished my Christmas shopping today!

Well, almost. All the shopping for adults is done. The kids will get gift cards to bookstores so that part is easy.

My family gave up exchanging gifts in 2001 after GW Bush advised us to go shopping. MY husband's family went to drawing names but a couple of years ago they decided to do a"dirty Santa" exchange. Everyone brings one present wrapped. The first picks one and opens it. The second can take that present or pick another wrapped present. If your present is taken, you get to select another but each present can be selected only three times (once originally, then "stolen" twice). It's funnier than it sounds.

I picked out a Cuisinart stick blender that comes with a whisk attachment and a mini chopper. I've had one for several years and it is very handy. My husband needed a new atomic clock with exterior temperature gauge so he bought two - one for us and one to gift.

Yeah! Halfway done with the holidays!

Looking for a new tablet - maybe

I've been planning to buy a new tablet sometime in the next few months. Part of the plan was to use my tablet as my phone during our trip to Britain next year. My old Lenovo tablet has a place to put a SIM card in so it could be used that way and I assumed the new ones would, too.

Today I was looking at tablets online. It appears that now they no longer have SIM card or phone capabilities! I guess with smart phones getting such large screens and so many capabilities the idea of duplicating them in a tablet is not as important.

I need to be able to navigate and access the internet while my husband is driving. I HATE using his Samsung 8 smart phone for that. Even though the screen is a decent size, it is not big enough for my tastes.

I need suggestions for what device can do the things I need - or should we just look to rent a car with WiFi capabilities and just link a tablet to it?

Housing crisis explodes in Panama City after Hurricane Michael's devastation

Housing crisis explodes in Panama City after Hurricane Michael’s devastation

By Eileen Kelley | GateHouse Media Florida
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at 4:04 PM Updated Oct 24, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Half of the Panama City Housing Authority’s 450 apartment homes will be condemned, said Teri Henry, the authority’s executive director. The agency also issued Section-8 vouchers for 415 private units and 60 vouchers for veteran’s housing. At this point, Henry still has no idea how many more of the area’s poor from that pool of 475 voucher holders will lose their homes because they are deemed unsafe.

PANAMA CITY — Amid a crushed water bottle, a sandwich bun and upside down disaster relief meal box was an assortment of little girl’s shoes. Size 3.

This particular small, well-worn section of grass at an affordable housing complex was a showcase of childhood and chaos: Silver ballet-style flats, chocolate brown thick-padded boots, a Western set in pink and brown and a look-a-like pair of Buster Browns.

The dropped shoes were not things isolated here. Throughout the grounds of Macedonia Garden Apartments, clothes for all shapes and ages rose from the ground in discarded heaps. A children’s bicycle and a blue stuffed monkey with a shock of bright orange hair would under normal circumstances have been up for grabs.

But this is anything but normal. There is a crisis in Panama City. Poor people are sorting through what is salvageable and what they can bring with them when they attempt to start their lives over.


Liberal Redneck - If You Don't Vote, You Ain't Shit

Birds at sea! Between Tampa and Cozumel, Mexico

We just got back from our cruise from Tampa to Cozumel and back. We didn't see many birds of course - a few sea gulls and terns close to the coasts, most of them in Tampa Bay. But we had two sightings that we are puzzled about.

The first was during the nights - tiny little birds flitting around catching insects attracted by the ship's lights. We saw them several nights, pretty late, but early on the morning we we docking at Cozumel one landed on the rail of the next door balcony. I pored through our bird books - and now that we are home, online - and I think it was a female tree swallow.

I have to think that they have colonized the ship! Before we arrived at Cozumel two young women asked us (since we were wearing some of bird shirts) what they should do with a chick they had found on their balcony, so there must be nests on the ship. None of the ship's crew knew anything about birds and didn't care.

The other sighting was in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. I didn't see it but my husband saw a large bird coasting with the ship. He first thought it was an albatross but by the time he called my attention to it, it was out of sight - too bad since I was carrying my camera and might have gotten a shot of it.

When we got back he searched our bird books and decided it was NOT an albatross so we searched online. We think it might have been a black capped petrel or diablotín (or “little devil”) - which would have been very significant. They are very rare, nest in only a few locations in the mountains of Hispaniola, and mostly cruise the skies in the Caribbean and above the Gulf Stream east of the southern US (the yellow spots are their known nesting areas):

Their range does extend to the southern tip of Cuba where Hurricane Michael hit very hard so maybe the one my husband saw was blown out of his normal paths?

Lost THIRTY pounds since last year!

Last year at this time weighed 287. I was headed to an aortic valve replacement, followed by the removal of my left kidney.

After the kidney operation I couldn't hold food down for four days and then while I still had no appetite I cut my food intake and lost 27 pounds while I did my cardio rehab physical therapy. I then signed up for a local gym but made the mistake of taking one of their balance classes. That pushed the L5 vertebrae which had been damaged over 35 years ago to being unstable and impinging on the nerves to my legs.

I stopped exercising - I couldn't even sit without discomfort - while I went to the best local back doctor for diagnosis. A month wait for the first appointment, six weeks for the MRI, and six more weeks to go back for the diagnosis while I lost all the conditioning from my earlier exercise and gained fourteen pounds.

On Aug. 27 the surgeon told me I have to get down to 230 before he can operate. It is due to a limitation in the length of the instruments he uses for the minimally invasive procedure, not any prejudice of his. That day I weighed 273 pounds. He tried to sell me on a meal replacement plan his practice sells, but after looking at the details I found it to be expensive ($400 per person per month), not nutritionally sound, and something I would not be able to stick with. Aside from that I was concerned about how the high protein, no carb diet would load my single remaining kidney.

I'd signed up for MyFitnessPal.com before the heart surgery but I had not gone back to using it because I had been losing weight. So that night I went back to using the program. At first I was trying to stay under 1500 calories a day, with good success, but I had set a goal to lose the weight by the end of the year. So I dropped my goal to 1000-1200 calories a day.

I have not had a problem staying under 1200 calories. Mornings I have home made muffins (mostly banana spice) with a fruit cup; lunch, a half sandwich (pimento cheese or tuna), dinner is generally home cooked, under 300 calories, and two or three snacks. I get hungry but I am not hungry all the time plus I have enough energy to do what I need to do.

The snacks are usually a "magic" chocolate shake - 1 tbspn cocoa, 2 packets Splenda, 1 teaspoon Benefiber, 1 scoop chocolate flavored protein powder, and 1 cup of ice (with 1/2 tsp instant coffee if I want a boost) blended in my ancient blender until it is smooth - one ounce of a good cheddar cheese, or a frozen fruit bar (Outshine or Whole Fruit).

I use MyFitnessPal to check my recipes so I can change low cal ingredients for higher ones and check portions. Since I mostly eat at home, it is essential that I be able to calculate calories in my own cooking and this makes it easy.

This morning I was down to 256 pounds! Only 26 pounds to go by the first of the years!

Last week I went to the pain management clinic associated with the back doctor's practice and got a nerve block (steroid shot). Hopefully this will let me go back to doing at least cardio workouts on the treadmill. Adding in exercise should accelerate my weight loss. I'm already ahead of the curve that MyFitnessPal's two pounds a week maximum goal allows. Burning an extra 3-500 calories should help a lot!

KAVANAUGH! - Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Missed this last week but it is still great!

Mom died last night

So far I am numb. it's not as if it were unexpected. She was 97, was diagnosed with a bad aortic valve ten years ago and refused surgery to repair it since she never had an operation in her life. Since Dad died in 2013 she had worsening dementia. Last year the same day I had my kidney removed she was diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer. They think her heart gave out.

I can't follow the news - just can't concentrate on it. I turned over to streaming TV but can't remember what I watched all afternoon. The funeral is Saturday. I'm not ready to say good bye.

Not your typical pussycat September 18th, 2018 by Sandy Beck

Not your typical pussycat
September 18th, 2018 | by Sandy Beck

Leon County Sheriff Deputy Randall Pacchioli holds a baby bobcat that he just rescued in a parking lot on Apalachee Parkway. Photo by Kelly Pacchioli.

It was a steamy evening in June. Leon County Sheriff Deputy Randall Pacchioli drove into the parking lot of the Woodrun Baptist Church on Apalachee Parkway and noticed a group of children crowded around a parked truck.

“The kids were all fascinated by something under the truck,” said Deputy Pacchioli. “So I walked over and crouched down beside them. Right next to the front tire was a tiny kitten; it looked to be about two months old, and it was scared to death.”

Without hesitation, the animal lover scooped up the kitten.

“It didn’t scratch or bite; it just snuggled into my arm.”


More pictures and video of the release of the grown bobcat at the link.
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