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Day 173 - Scattered Showers

Friday, May 22, 2015

We had an amazing storm that rolled through this afternoon about 5pm. It missed Lower Lake (where my office is), and I didn't leave the office until 5:30! I saw the detritus from the storm on my drive home, including a mudslide and a slew of rocks and asphalt that was dragged across the road from the runoff. I guess it was truly amazing, and I'm sorry I missed it! (The roads in Lower Lake were completely dry when I left the office - I swear!)

Some good news came from my crew today. They figured out a different way of laying out the hillside stairway at our latest veteran home repair job, and it will save both time and money! I am hoping that we'll save enough that we can add a few more tasks to their project, but at this point, it's too early to tell. The clients are happy, and that makes me happy too. This is a couple that is immensely deserving of help, and their joy at having their project approved and initiated is a great feeling for all of us.

I've had a great week food and fitness-wise. I had my weigh-in after work today, and I'm right where I was last week: 171.1 pounds! Is that good? I'm doing a lot of strength training, so maybe I'm adding some muscle to replace the fat, and so my weight isn't changing. I am feeling tighter and firmer, so maybe that's what is happening. It's funny how as I've lost weight, the difference between fat loss and weight loss seems harder to gauge. The reality is that I feel great, and so I'm ok if the scale doesn't move, as long as it doesn't move UP!

Tomorrow is my last day of work before vacation. Saturday we are driving to Sacramento to check out a boat that I am pretty sure we're buying, but they are going to take us out into Folsom Lake to check out and make sure we like it. If we do, then we'll probably go back and pick it up on Saturday, June 6 after we get back from our trip. Sunday morning, early early early, we are heading out for our drive to Kentucky. Our niece Jamie is getting married on Friday, May 29, and I am singing at the wedding. We are excited about the drive, the adventure, and spending time with friends and family back in the Evansville, Indiana/Henderson, Kentucky metropolitan area (for anyone who knows that part of the country, it is far from metropolitan - they even objected to the new freeway coming through, because it is called I-69!!! NO JOKE!!!!!!)

Life is so good right now, and I am so full of joy and gratitude I can barely contain myself. I hope you all find a source of joy in your life (I've got an idea - how about some physical activity to bring you joy) and cherish everything you've got that someone else lacks. Because life isn't about being thankful for THINGS. It's about being thankful for all those wonderful aspects of life that you can't just put on a shelf and admire. It's about love, and friendship, and helping others, and making a difference in your community, and appreciating the beauty that is all around us.

And I am so appreciative of each and every one of you for making a difference in my life. Your love and support and encouragement is one of my lifelines. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Have a great last day of the week, friends!
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    Wow, you've got exciting stuff going on! I'm glad you missed that storm, that sounds like a dangerous one. You might have been caught in one of those mudslides.

    If you gain weight, but you just seem muscular, then it's a good thing!

    Are you really driving all the way to Kentucky? That is a really long drive. I hope you enjoy the wedding!
    2257 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12068097
    Cant remember if you will be blogging on your vacay. Hope so. Have a wonderful SAFE time. Great time of year to visit the Midwest.
    2257 days ago
    Don't know what to say. You are so happy!!! I don't know how I can add to it. Are you talking I80 across country? I will be in St Louis with my kids at a ballgame between the Cards and Dodgers on the 29th.
    2257 days ago
    Have a great vacation and trip to the metropolis in Kentucky.
    2257 days ago
    Steve, We didn't get a drop of rain here in Marin...;o(
    2257 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Glad you missed the mudslide, rocks and asphalt!

    Great news about the hillside stairway for your client. It would be wonderful if the savings free up enough money so that a little extra work can be done emoticon

    Bravo on your fitness and nutrition emoticon

    Hope every thing works out and that by Saturday you two will be boat owners. You've got a full week ahead hope you enjoy every moment if it.

    emoticon Dottie
    2257 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Glad you missed the bad storms. It sounds strange hearing mudslides. But after the storm i drove through last Friday, I am storm shy. Glad things are working out for your job and your clients. Have a great weekend and keep on keeping on!
    2257 days ago
    Great blog! I am still shaking my head and laughing about I-69!!! OMG
    So happy for the people you help at work and I know how rewarding it must be to
    be able to assist people with these things that will change and improve their everyday lives! Good Luck with the boat purchase...going on a vacation to enjoy the wedding and family & friends and knowing you can return to your wonderful new house and boat...doesn't get much better than that! Enjoy! I keep meaning to ask what song(s) you are singing? That's so great!
    Your love and support are one of my lifelines, too, Steve!
    Love & Hugs,
    P.S. Ten minutes of exercise yesterday...ten coming up today! emoticon
    Thanks for your encouragement! Be safe!
    2258 days ago
    You are so accurate about being grateful for a wonderful life filled with love and friends.
    2258 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    The best to you and to your job ...

    Important stuff!


    Lee emoticon
    2258 days ago
    Wow, by the end of the summer you will be looking and feeling even more amazing, Steve - just keep the strength training on the boil! Hope the boat is a dream and that you have fun with it. As kids we spent the whole summer out on the water in our little dingy and came home stiff with saltwater and absolutely ravenous!
    Lovely to hear that your clients are so delighted that their project has been approved too. Have a fab weekend full of sunshine and love!
    2258 days ago
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