Tuesday, April 26, 2016

R and R and R

Randomness, Rest, Recreation

I have never been a peanut butter lover.  In fact, I was never the kid who got peanut butter and jelly in their lunchbox - I had bologna and mustard instead (and if I was lucky, potato chips, which I then crushed and added to the sandwich!).  I do have one recipe that calls for peanut butter and when I buy it for that, I try to use up the rest of it, but often it goes bad and I throw it away.

I'm also not a fan of almond butter.  Almonds in general are my least favorite nut and I think they are gross when made into butter.  Funny, I do like unsweetened almond milk in my smoothie though - maybe the other things in the smoothie disguise the flavor?

I was shopping the other day and saw a Sunflower Seed Butter on sale and decided to try it.  I mean it's nice to have an alternative to regular butter for my English Muffin.  Good gravy, this stuff is delicious!  I guess you just have to find what your taste buds like.  This brand is organic, non-GMO, vegan, Kosher, and certified gluten free. though lightly sweetened, there is only 3 grams of sugar per 2 Tablespoons.  Seeing as I generally only use 1 T or even less, I can live with that!  If you see this, try it, it's so good.

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When I ran 10 miles on Saturday, it was my 14th day of exercise in a row.  Between that fact and the summer-like humidity we had, it took me longer to finish.  My pace was about 30 seconds per mile more than it has been.  Quite truthfully, I expect it to take longer and longer as the weather heats up. Still, I'd rather run slower in shorts and a tee than faster in fleece lined pants, shirt, and jacket!

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Sunday, I finally took a day of rest from exercise.  But as you know, I've been working on whipping our house into shape, addressing cleaning and maintenance.  It was 55 degrees and no humidity, therefore the perfect day to finally paint all the trim upstairs.  That was 7 doorways, 2 double windows, 2 single windows, and all the baseboard.  Thank goodness Mr. Helen taped everything off for me on Saturday because this "little" chore took me 8 hours.  I finally have the satisfaction that all the trim in our colonial style house is now the same color: Parchment White.  Talk about an active rest day.

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As I noted last week, we celebrated my mother and brother's birthdays over the weekend.  We had a lovely meal at a restaurant then went back to my mom's house for gifts and cake.  When it was time for the cake, we couldn't find any candles - mom always has some so no one bought any.  My sister and I decided to improvise, and she dubbed this "Ghetto Candles."  Hey, we made a memory out of it!

Photo credit to my nephew Jacob

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Since I'm collecting fives from Mr. Helen as the scale moves downward, it has motivated me to start saving fives in general.  I've done this in the past when I wanted to purchase something and it works well for me.  For example, Friday I looked in my wallet and had 3 fives in there so I moved them to another compartment and when I got home, put them in my Five Box.  Just like that I'd saved $15 which I normally would not do.  My plan right now is to save them until 2017 when we hope to go back to our beloved St. Martin for our 25th wedding anniversary.  I should be able to pay for us to go on a couple of excursions with what I've saved.

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Speaking of anniversaries, Mr. Helen and I are going up to Cape Cod for a couple days.  It's just the very beginning of the season up there so I was able to find us a hotel that is reasonably priced because it's off season.  We're staying in Hyannis which is one of the busier Cape towns but we'll drive right up the main route and sight see for most of Saturday.  Right now the weather is looking clear and seasonable and we are hoping to get to do some of the things we weren't able to do during our disastrous vacation try.  Can you believe that will be six years ago this August?  That's how long it has taken us to get over it and try to go back.  Can you blame us?!