Thursday, July 31, 2014

Waiting For Autumn

Up at 7 am, had breakfast then headed out to pick up my lottery tickets for the weekend. Came home and pulled a few weeds in the front yard and then mopped my floors. Was all 93° on my patio by 10:45 am.
Once again stayed inside most of the day as it was over 100° most of the day. Watched some TV and paid some bills.
After lunch I headed over to Bed, Bath & Beyond to buy a fitted mattress pad. I now have a zippered one and I hate it. It does not fit the mattress well and causes the sheet to slip and slide all over the place.
I will do my indoor exercising later. I've been trying to do them at least 4 or 5 days a week. I actually lost 3 lbs. since last weekend. I've been trying to watch my food portions a little better.
Cannot believe that tomorrow is the first of August. Where has the year gone?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Didn't Do Much Today

Not much to report today. Wanted to get up and get over to Wal-Mart early this morning so Hiker and I were up at 7 am. Made a couple of poached eggs for breakfast and then headed out.
The “floaters” seem to be clearing up more with each day. Guess the medication is making its way around in the back of my eye and hopefully it is doing what it is supposed to do.
By the time I got back from Wal-Mart (around 9:30 am) it was already getting warm outside. By noon it was already 98°. By 2 pm it was 103° on my patio.
Too hot to go out for a walk today or to do much of anything else outside. I will do 30 minutes of indoor exercising a little later this afternoon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Group Tuesday

The “floaters” in my eye are absorbing more and more each day. I'll be happy to wake up one morning and see that most of them are gone. I really doubt they will completely go away because floaters are a part of aging. However the main floater I have right now may go completely away because it was caused by the medication the injected into my eye.
I was able to drive over to the senior center for my support group today. Things are blurry when I drive, but I feel I can see well enough to drive around locally.
After group, we went to lunch at Cathy's Deli. Paul went with us again and we all told him that we did not want him to pay for all of our lunches, but once again he insisted that the waitress give the check to him. I decided to have breakfast for lunch (ham, eggs and hash browns) and when I got home, I felt a little sick.
Got up to about 102° here today. Wish it would cool down some again.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cloudy/Humid Day

Up early this morning for a dog walk with Jean and her dogs. It was totally cloudy outside and I heard on the news that they had some lightening strikes down at the beach.
The floaters in my right eye are diminishing more each day. Some people have asked what is causing the floaters. They injected a steroid medication into my eye. This medication is somewhat “thick” and floats around in the inner eye for about a week or two as it spreads itself throughout the eye so that it can do what it needs to do. It is very normal. Also people have asked why I am having these injections. The blood vessels in the back of my eye have developed cysts and are swelling, which causes seepage into the back of my eye, which in turn obstructs my vision. If we do not do something about this now, I could lose most of the sight in my eye down the line.
I felt that even though I still have the floaters that they had deteriorated enough for me to drive, so I went over to Sam's Club to pick up some things I needed.
Did a little bit of house work in the afternoon and now I'm going to do some indoor exercising.
Stayed cloudy all day and was humid. Got up to 95° on my patio.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Another Day Inside

It was very cloudy when I got up at 6 am to let Hiker outside. We went back to bed and I fell asleep. Didn't wake up until just before 8 am. The sun was shining when we got up, but by 10 am, it was all cloudy again and the sun was behind those clouds.
Got up and made some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Thought about driving over to buy my lottery tickets, but then decided not to as the floaters in my right eye, caused by the injection I received on Friday, is still obstructing my vision quite a bit. It appears to be breaking up some, but is still very noticeable.
So once again I decided to just stay inside and watch TV. I'm a little afraid to do my indoor exercises because I'm worried I might lose my balance since I cannot see as well as normal. I've already noticed that I have a headache due to trying to see through the floaters.
I started to watch two different movies in the afternoon, but after about 20 minutes into each one of them, I was finding them not to be the kind of movies I like so I gave up on them. The first was called “Adore” and the second was “A River Runs Through It”. Decided to try later to watch a different movie.
Stayed mostly cloudy all day long. Only got up to around 88° today.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Resting My Eye

Decided to sleep in a little this morning to “rest” my eye. Got up around 8 am and made some waffles for breakfast and then put the laundry into the machine.
Pretty much decided I won't be doing much this weekend due to the fact that I don't think I should drive or even go for long walks while I have these “inky” floaters in my eye, caused by the steroid injection. I've noticed that they throw my balance off a little so I would not want to risk falling while out on a walk.
I'll probably just watch some movies on Netflix most of the weekend. At least I can see well enough to do that.
Watched a movie called “Zodiac” based on the serial killer from the 60s and 70s. Long movie...a little over 2 ½ hours. What's scary is that they never caught the guy. He just stopped killing.
Got up to 98° on my patio this afternoon.

Some strange clouds in the sky late this morning

Friday, July 25, 2014

Eye Injection Day

Out of bed at 6 am for an early morning dog walk with my neighbor Jean, then at 9:45 am, Jean picked me up to drive me over to the Kaiser facility in Panorama City for my appointment with my retinal specialist. I received my first eye injection of the Kenalog steroids today. Now it looks like I'm peering through a black veil and I have these big “ink blots” floating around inside my right eye. Doctor said these “floaters” will be there for anywhere from 2 to 10 days.
On the way home, we stopped at Del Taco for lunch and then we stopped by Sam's Club. Got home just a little before 2 pm.
They didn't dilate my eyes today, so I like that but I don't know how I'm going to do with the dark, inky floaters. Hope I'll be able to watch a movie on Netflix tonight.
It was about 10° cooler today than it was yesterday. Got up to around 97 °. Got some big thunderhead clouds this afternoon.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Did not get much sleep last night. First I could not fall asleep even though I had taken a sleep aid, then I could not get comfortable no matter which way I would try to stretch out on the bed. Hiker got fed up with me moving around so much and she kept getting off the bed and leaving for an hour or so then she'd come back. She lever 3 or 4 times.
I let Hiker outside at 6 am and when she came back in, we went back to bed and I dozed off some. Got up at 8 am. Had some breakfast then I headed out to get my lottery tickets and also took my aluminum cans up to the recycle center.
It was already 85° when I got back home at 9:30 am. I told Hiker she was crazy for going out into the back yard and lying in the hot sun. She loves going out every morning to explore the yard and then she lays in the sun or in the shade on the patio.
Since Hiker and I didn't do any outside walks today, I decided to exercise with my Richard Simmons “Sweatin' To The Oldies” DVD. Since I don't know their dance routines (and they do dance to a routine), I just did the walking, kicks, knee touches, etc. that I know from my Leslie Sansone DVDs. Did 30 minutes.
Tomorrow I start my next series of eye injections since the first ones didn't do what they were supposed to do. Jean will be driving me over to Panorama City Kaiser and then she and I will go to lunch on our way home.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Not Much To Tell Today

Slept in a little bit today. Got up, had breakfast and then headed out around 9 am to do my grocery shopping. It was already 80° at that time. By 11:30 it was already 90°.
Not much to talk about today. After I got home from shopping, it was just too damn hot to go anywhere else or do anything outside. Stayed inside and watched TV or was on computer. By 1:45 pm it was 102° on my patio.
Hiker and I went up to the mailbox and on the way back, she started running for our house. Don't know if it was because the cement was hot on her paw or what. I checked them when we got back home and they looked OK. Maybe she just didn't like being out in the heat.
After I get today's email blog sent out, I will do some indoor walking with my Leslie Sansone DVDs.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Another Tuesday/Another Group Day

Went to my grief support group today. Had a new woman who was very talkative. She is not a widow so she was there for the “general support group” which is the first hour of our session. She left when the grief support group started because she had an appointment. I don't think she understood though that there are two separate groups. Had a small group today, mostly the regulars.
After group, DeDee, Jane and I went to lunch at Jimmy Dean's Grill.
When I got home, I found 3 messages on my house phone. I wish businesses would keep their records straight. I have a whole house water filter system. I've had it for about 7 years. It has to be carbon flushed every 2 ½ to 3 years and I had it done in February of 2013. They guy who did it told me that it would have to be serviced again in February 2016 and that they would call me to remind me. Well 2 of my messages were from this company. They said that my filter system needed to be serviced. I knew this was wrong so I called them and they showed in their records that they had serviced my whole house system last year but that my drinking water filter in the house was due for service. I DON'T HAVE A FILTER IN THE HOUSE! I only have the whole house filter and why would you need a separate one for drinking water when the big one filters everything that comes into the house? The first girl I spoke with acted like she didn't understand what I was telling her, so she got her supervisor on the phone and after about 20 minutes, we finally got it all straightened out that I only have one filter and that it is not due for service until 2016.
Hiker was happy to see me when I got home and she “helped” me put the trash bin out by the curb and then she walked me up to the mailbox to get my mail. She walks me to the mailbox every day.
Getting warmer here again. Was 95° on my patio when I got home. I was enjoying that cooler weather we were having but they say we will be in the triple digits this weekend.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nice Afternoon For A Drive

I was so sleepy this morning when we got up at 6 am to get ready for our dog walk with Jean. For some reason, I could not fall asleep last night. I think I nodded off around 12:30 but I tossed and turned all night long.
After breakfast, did some housework. Just as I finished, my older brother Ron called. He wanted to tell me that he bought a new sofa. Younger brother Keith and I are trying to work in a trip to northern California to visit with Ron in the fall.
Watched Y&R and then had some lunch. I had heard that a new Round Table Pizza had opened near where I live, so I put Hiker in the car and we headed out to check out where it was. It's in the same shopping center as the old pizza parlor. They remodeled the entire center last year and the Vons Supermarket took over the area where the old pizza parlor was so they built a new one on the other side of the market.
We took the scenic route home, driving through Placerita Canyon. Got up to around 88° here today.
I'm going to do my “indoor walking exercises” in a little while.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Another Nice Summer Day

After doing 30 minutes of walking/aerobic exercises with my Leslie Sansone DVDs for 2 days, I am so sore. I can hardly move. Every muscle in my body hurts. You use muscles with these DVDs that you don't use when walking around the neighborhood. Proves how out of shape I am. Even after making myself walk outside more, these more strenuous workouts are really showing how I have let my body break down. But I need to keep going. I remember when I first got back to walking and hiking about 9 years ago, I was so sore at first. You cannot stop. You have to let your body get used to it.
Got up just before 8 am, had breakfast and washed my sheets. Took Hiker with me when I drove over to buy my lottery tickets, then I came back and finished the little bit of yard work that I didn't get done yesterday.
It was 16 years ago today the my mom passed away. I can't believe it has been that long. I remember every detail of that evening.
Weather was so nice this afternoon that Hiker and I went out and played ball for awhile in the yard. About 80° with a nice breeze blowing.
Since we didn't do a walk outside this morning, I did a one mile walk with the DVD. It actually made my muscles feel better while I was exercising, but I'll bet I'll be sore in the morning again.

Hiker looking for the dog next door

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cloudy And Humid

Didn't get out of bed until 8 am this morning, but what the was Saturday and I didn't have anything planned for today.
Had some breakfast, did the laundry and then watched a little TV.
In the afternoon, Hiker and I went for a one and a half mile walk and then I did a little bit of yard work.
Settled down to have some lunch and watched more TV then did some indoor walking with my Leslie Sansone DVD, with counting the mile I did with her and the walk Hiker and I did this morning, I actually did two and a half miles today.
I'm trying to get myself disciplined to do at least an outside walk or a walk with the DVDs, or even do both walks like I did today. I've got to get my weight down, get some strength back and get healthy again.
This morning the sky was partly cloudy but as the day went on, the sun went away and it stayed cloudy all day. Was a little warmer today than it has been for the past 4 days and it was more humid today also.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hiker's Grooming Day

Up at 6 am and out by 7 am for our dog walk with Jean. We stopped by our neighbor Chris's house to pick up her dog Patches so Patches could come over to my house and play with the dogs for awhile and then we headed over to Jean's house so both Hiker and Patches could get groomed.
Could not believe how much Hiker's hair had grown in the past 2 months. It seemed longer and thicker than it was back then when Jean groomed Hiker. Now she looks like a totally different dog and she is all full of spit and vinegar, running around like a crazy dog.
Started out as another cool day. No clouds this morning like we've had the past 2 or 3 mornings.
Hiker and I spent the afternoon on the patio. Got up to around 82°.

On the grooming table

Not a happy doggy 

All done 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What A Beautiful Day!

Hiker woke me up around 6 am to let her outside this morning, but since I didn't fall asleep last night until midnight, I went back to bed. I must have really needed the sleep because I didn't wake up again until 8:15 am. I had planned a morning walk with Hiker and thank goodness we had another cool morning so she and I could still get out that late and it wasn't too hot.
We went over to Valencia Heritage Park for our walk. It was overcast. There were quite a few people at the park enjoying the cooler weather we've had the past few days. I hope the cool weather continues, but it probably won't.
After lunch Hiker and I went over to Sam's Club so I could fill the car up with gas. The weather was so perfect! Felt more like a warm spring day instead of a hot summer day. I would love to bottle up this nice weather and keep it for the rest of the summer.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nice Day

Got up around 7 am. It was overcast outside. Hiker and I headed out for a 2 and a quarter mile walk. Even thought it was overcast, it was very humid, so I was drenched by the time we got back home.
Made some breakfast and then paid some bills and did a little housework. Settled down to watch “The Young & The Restless”.
I decided to buy an exercise DVD for the days when it is too hot to go outside. I bought “Older Adults Walk & Firm with Leslie Sansone”. I used to have the Fitness Channel on my Time Warner and I would watch Leslie Sansone and do the indoor walking exercises. After Ben passed away, I could never find the Fitness Channel on TWC so I gave up on them.
It was a beautiful day here once the clouds burned off. Got into the mid 80's. I didn't even turn my A/C on, just opened up the doors. May have to turn it on a little later though so the house will be cool when I go to bed. My bedroom is on the west side of the house so it gets pretty warm.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nice Tuesday

Went to my grief support group this morning. Strange how for awhile there we were getting so many people that we had to find extra chairs so everyone could sit, but lately we've had only a small group.
We ladies decided to get a Starbucks gift card for Paul, the guy who has been insisting on buying all of our lunches for the past 5 weeks or so. He really appreciated the gesture, but then he turns around and insists on buying our lunches again today. We cannot talk him out of it. Makes all of us feel a little awkward but he seems to really want to do it, so what can we do?
It was cloudy again when Hiker and I got out of bed today, but it didn't seem as thick as it did yesterday. Yesterday the sun did not come out all day, but it was out around 9 am this morning. It did get into the mid 90s this afternoon.
Hiker helped me put the trash bins out by the curb and go up and get the mail when I got home. She just loves being helpful.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cloudy And Humid

I set my alarm for 6 am this morning so Hiker and I could do our dog walk with Jean and her dogs. When my alarm went off, I opened my eyes and it was dark in my bedroom. I was wondering why did my alarm went off too early then I looked at the clock and saw that it was 6 am. I looked outside and saw that the sky was totally cloudy. Checked the temperature at 6 am and it was 70° with 73% humidity. The morning news said that we are having monsoonal moisture and we have a chance of thunder storms.
Did our walk with Jean. It was very warm and sticky and the bugs were eating me alive. These little gnats kept attacking my ears.
After the walk, we let the dogs play for awhile in the yard and then after Jean went home, I had some breakfast and then headed over to Sam's Club.
It was still cloudy, hot and sticky when I got back home. I noticed that one of my sprinkler heads had gotten eaten up by my gardener's mower so I spent about 30 minutes finding a sprinkler head that worked and adjusting it so it didn't spray all over the house.
Stayed cloudy all day. Had a few sprinkles now and then, but nothing much.
I did a little housework after lunch. Have more to do later in the week. I used to do all of my housework in one day but since I've gotten older, I don't do that anymore.
The thermometer on my patio showed 82° so Hiker and I went out there to sit for while, but the bugs started eating me up again. I do not ever remember humidity like this here or the bugs attacking me so much.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

100+ Degrees Today

So my plan for this morning was to get up at 6 am and head out for a nice morning walk with Hiker. Originally I thought about doing a hike over at Placerita, but then remembered that they have had a lot of rattle snakes due to the heat, so changed my mind about that. I woke up around 5:30 and I was so tired. I didn't sleep well last night. Did not fall asleep until after 1 am and then tossed and turned all night. We did get up at 6:45 am and by 7:15 we were on our way over to Bridgeport Lake in Valencia to walk around the neighborhood that is around the man-made lake. Hiker always wants to chase the ducks and geese. They always quack or honk at her before the run for the water. There were a lot of people out walking with their dogs this morning.
On the way back home, I stopped to get my lottery tickets and when we got home I had some breakfast, washed the sheets and towels and ran the dishwasher.
Got up to 102° around 2 pm. Went out on the patio with Hiker and turned around and came right back in. It was way too hot to be outside. 104° 3:15 pm.

On our morning walk

On my patio

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lazy Summer Day

I have been watching so many movies on Netflix lately. Last night I watched one called “Heaven's Door”. It was another one that I had never heard of. It might have been a TV movie at one time.
Didn't get out of bed until 8 am this morning. I did get up at 6 am and let Hiker go outside to potty, but we went back to bed and I feel back to sleep. Figured I didn't have anything to do today so there was no harm in sleeping in.
I do get mad at myself though because I find it so easy to not get up and go for early morning walks when I know I should be doing that. I used to really enjoy my morning walks when I first retired. I looked forward to them. I think it was because after working 37+ years, it was so nice to be able to do what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it. What makes me so mad is that during the summer, I know that if I don't get out in the morning for some exercise that I won't get out in the afternoon because it is usually too hot. I'm going to set my alarm to get up at 6 am tomorrow so Hiker and I can go for a morning walk before it gets too hot outside.
Did a load of laundry today, but not much else.
My brother Ron called me and we chatted for about 30 minutes then I had some lunch. Now I'm going to settle down (as if I haven't been resting all day LOL) and watch a movie on Netflix.

Here is a photo of Hiker trying to peek through the fence at my neighbor's dog Cayenne.

Friday, July 11, 2014

This Week Flew By

Watched a really cute movie on Netflix last night that I had never heard of. It was called “Heart And Souls” and it starred Robert Downey Jr., Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard and Charles Grodin.
We went to bed a little early because Hiker was still not feeling up to par. She was back to normal this morning. However, when Jean came over to our house for a play date with her 3 dogs and 4 dogs that she is taking care of for a few neighbors, Hiker became very intimidated. Instead of playing with the dogs, Hiker hid in the corner of the patio or on my lap. Now Hiker is NOT a lap dog. She NEVER sits on my lap. Once in awhile she will put her front feet on my lap and then pull herself up, but she never stays there for more than 10 seconds. Jean took a photo of Hiker on my lap with my iPhone because she was shocked that Hiker was on my lap.
After lunch, Hiker and I headed over to Todd Longshore Park to walk. Trouble is, that park doesn't have many trees and the ones that are there are not big enough to make much shade. So after doing about half a mile there, we got back into the car and headed up to Canyon Country Park where there are a lot of trees and shade, so we did another half mile or so. Not long walk at either park, but at least we got out.
Was a little cooler here today than it has been. Stayed under 90°.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Poor Hiker

Watched the premier of “Extant” last night and thought it was pretty good. Will be interesting to see where they go with the story.
I woke up at 5:05 am and went to the bathroom thinking I'd be able to lie down for another hour or so before I had to get up and let Hiker outside. Suddenly, I opened my eyes and looked at the clock and it was 6:06 am. That sure was a fast hour.
Went back to lie down some more but this time I turned on the TV and watched the morning news.
Got up at 7 am and had breakfast. Around 8:40 am, I put Hiker in the car and we headed out the door. Went by the liquor store and picked up my lottery tickets and then headed down to Tags Veterinary Clinic to get Hiker her 3 vaccines that were due. Her rabies shot is not due until next year.
As usual, she was a very good girl while at the vet. She got a couple of cookies from the tech who gives the injections and she got a pat on the head from the vet. Had a couple of people tell me how pretty her markings are, but we already knew that (LOL). I like the fact that Tags always opens about 5 or 10 minutes early, so I'm usually one of the first people in there.
After we left Tags, on our way home, we stopped by Central Park and did a morning walk before it got too hot. We did a about a mile and a half and by the time we got back to the car, I was drenched in sweat even though it was only in the 70's.
Later in the day, I think Hiker's muscle in her hip, where they did the injections, started to hurt her because she started acting “strange”. She didn't want any of my potato chips at lunch (which is really strange) and she acted like she didn't want me to touch her. She crawled into her potable kennel. I researched it online and I see that a lot of dogs will react that way after they have their shots. The vaccinations make them tired and sometimes make them feel a little sick. She has not reacted like this before after her shots, but I gave her some chewable aspirin and let her sleep. If she is not acting better in a day or two, I will take her back to the vet, but I think she will be fine.
Hiker did get up later in the afternoon to walk up to the mailbox with me and then she went out and slept on the patio, so I think she was feeling a little better. She was still favoring her right hip which is where they stuck her with the needle.

Our morning walk

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hot Hump Day

Felt really tired yesterday. Went to bed around 10 pm and fell asleep pretty quickly. I seem to be sleeping a little better than I was.
Decided to stay in bed a little later this morning. Hiker kept wanting me to get up because she wanted her poached egg.
Went to do my grocery shopping at Stater Brothers after breakfast. Groceries prices must be on the rise again. This is the first time since Ben passed away that I have paid $100 on a grocery trip. I usually pay around $75 or so.
After putting my groceries away, I took down my outdoor July 4th decorations. Was getting really hot already. I was all sweaty by the time I got done.
Looking forward to watching the new TV show “Extant” tonight. Hope it's as good as the teasers show it to be.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Back To Normal

Watched “Major Crimes” and “Under The Dome” last night. Was really sleepy when I went to bed and I actually fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow at 11 pm. Got up around 7 am this morning to get ready to go over to the senior center for my support group. Usual people were there. They young woman who has not spoken did not show up today. Edwin would not stop talking today. We all wanted to gag him.
Went to lunch with DeDee, Jane, Linda and Paul, and once again, Paul insisted on buying our lunches. We keep telling him that we do NOT expect him to do that. That he is not obligated to do so. We ate at Dario's Mexican Restaurant.
Was in the mid 90s today but was not as humid. There was actually stiff breeze that almost felt “cool”, as if it was coming in off the ocean.
Hiker was happy when I got home. I noticed she was in her “soft” kennel and when she saw me, she came running as fast as she could and started kissing me.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Keith Went Home

We watched a really good movie on Netflix last night called “The Philadelphia Project”. Yes it was an old movie, but as I've said before, Ben and I never went to the theater, so all of these movies are “new” to me.
Went to bed earlier that we normally do when Keith is visiting because we had gotten up early on Sunday morning for our hike and we were getting up early this morning to go on a dog walk with Jean.
Had some breakfast after the walk and then Keith and I went up to Lowe's and Target.
I took Keith to Backwoods Inn today for lunch because his birthday is this Thursday and he won't be here then, so took him out today. Ben and I used to love Backwoods Inn but I will say that the last few times I have been there, I have been a little unhappy with the quality of the food. I'm wondering if they are getting their meats from a new distributor.
Keith headed home around 1 pm. He thought there might be a lot of traffic due to people coming back from their long weekend.

My brother Keith at lunch

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hike In The Morning/Movie In The Afternnon

We watched “The Music Man” last night. Keith had never seen the entire movie and wanted to see it.
I noticed last evening that the fill valve in my toilet was leaking. Luckily I had two of them on hand and was able to replace the bad one, however, I woke up to a “drip, drip, drip” this morning around 4:30 am. It was not leaking from the bottom of the tank. The valve was not shutting off and the tank had filled with water up to where the flush handle was located and there was a small stream of water leaking out of the hole that the flush handle goes through and that water was running down the side of the tank into the bowl I had sitting under the toilet tank just in case there was a leak.
Since that valve would not shut of I was exchanging it with the other one I had at 4:30 am. At least the second one shuts off. So now I will have to go to Lowe's and buy a couple of spares for “just in case”.
Went back to bed around 5 am and then got up at 6 am so we could go for our hike before it got too hot outside. Drove over to Pico Canyon but when we got there, the gate was locked. The signs say they are open from sunrise to sunset. It was 6:45 am and past sunrise, but found out from my friend RuthAnne that they really don't unlock the gate until 7 am. We didn't know that, so we drove over to Towsley Canyon and hiked a little over 2 miles there.
I sure cannot hike as far as I used to when I was younger. A few years back I could do 4 or 5 miles. Now I'm lucky to get 2 miles in. The older I get, the more my feet give me problems. They hurt and I get blisters and I end up feeling like I'm walking with cement blocks at the end of my legs.
We headed back home and had some waffles for breakfast. After breakfast, Keith and I headed out do run a few errands then around noon we went over to Wienerschnitzel for lunch.
Came back home and watched “The Great Race” on Amazon Prime Instant Videos.

Me and Hiker

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hot, Hot Day

We stayed outside on my patio last night until around 10 pm. It was still hot and humid at that time of night. People were shooting off fireworks all around us even though they are illegal. Hiker hid in the house in the corner of the bedroom.
I was surprised that Keith was up a little after 7 am. Heard him rummaging around in the kitchen. I know he slept in the living room for awhile last night because there was a party across the street and he said he could not sleep in the bedroom until it quieted down.
We sat around the house all morning as I was waiting for my gardener to show up to mow my lawn. It is the week that I pay him, so we couldn't go anywhere until he showed up, By noon he had not shown up so I assumed that he took the holiday weekend off and Keith and I headed out for lunch at Del Taco then went by Sam's Club on the way home.
It was so hot and humid outside that it was hardly bearable. Don't know if we will sit outside tonight because last night the bugs were eating us up. Never had that problem in SoCal until we started getting the humidity.
We came back by the house to check on Hiker and then Keith wanted to go over to Big Lots, the came back home to settle into the cool A/C.
Getting up early tomorrow morning (6 am) to head over to Pico Canyon for a hike before it gets too hot.
I'm going to make us some salmon fillets and rice pilaf for dinner tonight.

Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th

Got up early this morning and met Jean for our regular Friday dog walk. Today she had two extra dogs that she is dog sitting. Roxy was a little tiny dog and Max was a huge Golden Retriever that Hiker was afraid of. Hiker kept hiding behind me while he was in our backyard playing with the other dogs.
Was a beautiful morning while we were walking however it was only 7 am and it was already 70° with 78% humidity. I've said it many times before...we are NOT used to this kind of humidity. We NEVER had it until the global warning came about.
Did a load of laundry before Keith arrived. He got here around 10:45 am. Keith took me to lunch at Topper's Pizza and then we went to Big Lots and Bed, Bath & Beyond. By noon it was 96° and still humid.
We will be hanging out on the patio tonight watching fireworks. Hope Hiker doesn't get to freaked out.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hanging Out At Home

Had no Internet service when I got up this morning. Called Time Warner and they claimed on their recording that there was no outage in my area. I got dressed, had a small breakfast and headed over to the car wash. Good thing I got there early because there was already about 6 to 8 cars ahead of me and while they were drying my car, about another 12 to 15 cars came in.
I noticed that they had no Internet service at the car wash either, so their network must be Time Warner. I usually connect to the free Internet there.
By the time I got back home, my Internet was back up. I hate it when I don't know if it's me or if it's Time Warner who is having the problem.
Spent the afternoon scanning old photos for my “Throw Back Thursday” posts on Facebook, plus my friend Karren Meggitt called me from Idaho. She and her husband Wally are looking to buy a house up that way.
Got up to 100° here today.

Hiker is excited that her Uncle Keith is coming for a visit this weekend and tomorrow is her birthday.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hump Day

Out of bed at 6:45 am and out for our morning walk at 7 am. Didn't have the fog this morning that we had yesterday morning, but it did feel a little humid. We used to never have humidity in SoCal. We were always known for our “dry heat”.
Went over to Sam's Club to pick up a few things that I was running low on. Tomorrow I want to go get my car washed first thing in the morning. If I go before 10 am I get the “Early Bird Special” which is a full car wash (windows/vacuuming/etc.) for $8.99 and then I give the guy who dries it a couple of dollars.
Watched the Dodgers/Indians game this afternoon. Have not watched much baseball since Ben died. He used to watch every Dodger game that was on TV.
Got up to 93° here today.

Took this on our morning walk

The front of my house 

My back yard. The grass is not doing too well.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Already

Went to my support group today. We have this new woman (young girl actually) who has been coming now for three weeks. All we know about her is that her name is Mary. Every time our therapist asked her if she would like to say anything, she starts to cry. None of us know anything about her or why she is there. We assume she lost someone, but she just is not ready to share with us. We are all hoping that eventually she will feel at ease enough with us to tell her story.
After group, me, DeDee, Jane and Paul went to lunch at Red Robin. Paul just will not let us pay for our own lunch. Every time he goes with us, he insists on picking up the entire tab. We've told him that we appreciate him wanting to treat us to lunch, but that we feel we should all pay for our own, but he just won't hear it.
When Hiker and I got up this morning, it was extremely foggy outside. It got up to about 93° but stayed hazy all day due to the humidity in the air. We used to never have humidity here in southern California.
I'm beginning to think that when I leave Hiker at home when I have to go somewhere that she cannot go with me that she stays in the exact same spot she is in when I leave. When I first got her, she would always meet me at the door when I'd come home from somewhere, but now I walk in and she is always by the window in the dining area, which is exactly where she was when I left home. She does not move until I call her name, then she crawls up to me on her belly like she has been bad. She doesn't potty in the house and she doesn't tear things up, so I know she hasn't been bad, so all I can think is that she thinks when I leave her alone that she is being punished. I sure hope that is not the case. I always hug her and give her treats when I get home and tell her she was a good girl.