Jim's Trek V, my exercise journey now on my Schwinn 170 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Days 402 – (AD 1,564) – 23.5 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I cycled my Schwinn 170 23.5 miles. My totals are now 33,517.6 miles; 53,941.5 kilometers.

I reached my destination at Aeolis Serpens and continued. My new destination is to the northeast, I think, at Cerebus Tholi. According to Wolfram Alpha the distance between these 2 points is approximately 590 miles.


I continued and pedaled 21.43% or about 3.63% to my new destination and goal point.

Something new and different –

How to Break Through a Creative Block”, Lifehacker, by Patrick Allen, April 23, 2018

“Everyone on the panel had something interesting to say, but Walden immediately jumped in with a useful tip that really stuck with me. She said that when she felt stuck, she would intentionally try to draw something as poorly as she could (she mentioned drawing Bart Simpson with her non-dominant hand, among other examples). That action alone would do two things for her: it would get her started on her work with no pressure, easing her into her flow, and it would often motivate her to prove that she could do that thing better.”
Question –

I’m sort of a novice to this issue, but if Sweden incinerates 49.5% of its municipal waste in 2014-15, would it not be a be a feasible possibility if the trash, like the flotsam and jetsam floating in the Pacific Ocean somehow be used up as recyclable energy?

The dark truth behind Sweden’s ‘revolutionary’ recycling schemes”, Independent, by Dominic Hoff, December 13, 2016.

“The confusion that has led to everyone looking at Sweden through rose-tinted spectacles seems to stem from the way incineration of waste is being categorised. Reports praising the country include incineration as a form of recycling, but it isn’t. Indeed, too much incineration capacity can hinder recycling.”

Following –

See How Many LEGO Skyscrapers You Could Build With a Year’s Worth of Ocean Plastic Waste”, Time, by Justin Worland and Chris Wilson, April 21, 2018.

“The plastic pollution problem — the theme of this year’s Earth Day — isn’t going away any time soon. Plastic use is expected to double in the next two decades as manufacturers find new and varied uses for the material, according to a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).”


Jim’s Gotta Eat – https://jimsgottaeat.blogspot.com/

Thai – Turkey Tom Kha Gai – 124 mg/dL
New England – New England Style Crab Boil – 141 mg/dL
Spanish – White Paella with Turkey and Pork Sausage and a craving for Gummi Bears – 116 mg/dL American – Slow Cooker Bacon Turkey and Roasted Potatoes and Carrots – 104 mg/dL
Chopped - White Wine Pollock with Garlic Mushroom Quinoa and Green Beans – 115 mg/dL Nouveau – Quail Eggs in Hash Brown Nests and Bacon – 120 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella with Pork, Chicken, Shrimp and Clams – 129 mg/dL Asian –
Indonesian Pork Bites, Fragrant Butter Rice and Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic – 115 mg/dL
American – Sausage and 4-Bean Soup with Salted Sourdough Bread – 128 mg/dL
American – Pan Fried Pollock with Roasted Vegetables and Ooey Gooey Cake (and ½ a bag of Potato Chips for a snack) – 138 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella Valenciana – 129 mg/dL
Chinese – Kung Pao Chicken – 126 mg/dL
American - Sausage Apple and Herb Sheet Pan Supper – 119 mg/dL

Quilting – https://quiltsb.blogspot.com/


Cranes Quilt Update - The top of our newest Cranes Quilts has been completed.

Next steps the sandwich, trimming, and our quilt design.

We should be starting the Cranes 40 Spectrum by the beginning of next week. Designs are complete in draft form. Now the pairing of the colors.

Check out our write-up at Quilts SB - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/

Genealogy – https://agenealogyhunt.blogspot.com/

This is my 1,641st post. Per Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this writing, 194,332 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek. (This link is my email address - jsmith58a@gmail.com.)

Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim

Monday, April 23, 2018

Days 401 – (AD 1,563) – 23.9 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled my Schwinn 170 23.9 miles. My totals are now 33,494.1 miles; 53,903.6 kilometers.

I am now located at 99.54% of the distance to my next destination point.



Looks like I must determine my next goal point and destination leg on this Red Planet.

Something new and different –


Strange thing happened to my PC this morning, specifically to my Google Calendar program. When I opened the Calendar program all details regarding the program, except for my daily inputs which were in English, was in Lithuanian.

Why? The hell that I know.


I had to go to Google Help Calendar to find out how to change back to my native tongue. I tried to follow the instructions to the “t”. The only problem was that the instructions were in Lithuanian. Had to use my Notebook to shadow the steps.

Fixed. I am back to English now.

Strange that it was only my Google Calendar program that was affected. I also ran Norton and McAfee to check to see if there had been an intruder or a virus. The results were clean.

Does not make sense.

Something coincidental was that this morning I was trying to figure the Thai equivalent of the word "turkey". No connections, and different part of the world.


Jim’s Gotta Eat – https://jimsgottaeat.blogspot.com/

 From The Denver Post by Bill St. John, April 18, 2018 “Get Cooking: The basics of Asian cooking.

“It’s easy, though, to capture the overall philosophy of Asian cooking, just as easy as it is to condense the general goal of living Asian: balance.Whether a Thai curry, a noodle salad from Vietnam, a stir-fry from China (one “China” in the kitchen? Ha! Dozens of Chinas there), a Korean roast pork, a Japanese ramen, fried rice of Indonesia, or a Philippine adobo, the commonplace among them is an attempt at balance.”

Supper last night - Thai – Turkey Tom Kha Gai – 124 mg/dL


England – New England Style Crab Boil – 141 mg/dL
Spanish – White Paella with Turkey and Pork Sausage and a craving for Gummi Bears – 116 mg/dL
American – Slow Cooker Bacon Turkey and Roasted Potatoes and Carrots – 104 mg/dL
Chopped - White Wine Pollock with Garlic Mushroom Quinoa and Green Beans – 115 mg/dL
Nouveau – Quail Eggs in Hash Brown Nests and Bacon – 120 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella with Pork, Chicken, Shrimp and Clams – 129 mg/dL
Asian – Indonesian Pork Bites, Fragrant Butter Rice and Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic – 115 mg/dL
American – Sausage and 4-Bean Soup with Salted Sourdough Bread – 128 mg/dL
American – Pan Fried Pollock with Roasted Vegetables and Ooey Gooey Cake (and ½ a bag of Potato Chips for a snack) – 138 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella Valenciana – 129 mg/dL
Chinese – Kung Pao Chicken – 126 mg/dL
American - Sausage Apple and Herb Sheet Pan Supper – 119 mg/dL

Quilting – https://quiltsb.blogspot.com/

Cranes Quilts Update –


The pieced strips for our newest Cranes Quilt have been constructed. We're working on the final size.

The quilting pattern has been designed.

Check out our write-up at Quilts SB - http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/

Genealogy – https://agenealogyhunt.blogspot.com/

This is my 1,639th post. Per Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this writing, 194,296 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek. (This link is my email address - jsmith58a@gmail.com.)

Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Day 400 – (AD 1,562) – 24.0 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – My 400th Day on Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning on my 400th day of pedaling on Mars, I cycled my Schwinn 170 24.0 miles. My totals are now 33,470.2 miles; 53,865.2 kilometers.


I am now located at 94.23% of the distance to my next destination point.

Something new and different –


This is something I have been saying for the last number of decades, “Why do Vegan or Vegetarian food always have to associated with an animal protein when they are listed on menus?” And finally, not that I believe it was necessary to have it legislated by government, one country, France is listening to my outbursts.

French MPs ban meaty words to describe vegetarian food, EuroNews, Sallyann Nicholls, April, 4, 2018.

“'Vegan sausages', 'soya steaks', and 'quorn fillets' will soon be a thing of the past in France. On Thursday, French MPs voted to ban meaty words being used to describe foods that are significantly plant-based.”
Don't get me wrong I love vegetarian dishes.  But, is this a Veggie Sandwich or a Veggie Burger?

The following art project by local artists in Bethlehem certainly makes me wonder the true effect of walls.

Banksy Releases New Miniature Walled Off Hotel Souvenir Series”, Colossal, Christopher Jobson, April 17, 2018.

“Banksy’s year-old project in Bethlehem, The Walled Off Hotel (previously), has just released a new set of souvenirs exclusively available in the hotel shop. The series of works, which are each hand painted by local artists, depict the West Bank barrier in a crumbling state.”


Jim’s Gotta Eat – https://jimsgottaeat.blogspot.com/

Bread –

Fresh out of the oven, Tampa Sourdough Breads...and they are still whistling/chirping.


Spanish – White Paella with Turkey and Pork Sausage and a craving for Gummi Bears – 116 mg/dL




American – Slow Cooker Bacon Turkey and Roasted Potatoes and Carrots – 104 mg/dL
Chopped - White Wine Pollock with Garlic Mushroom Quinoa and Green Beans – 115 mg/dL
Nouveau – Quail Eggs in Hash Brown Nests and Bacon – 120 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella with Pork, Chicken, Shrimp and Clams – 129 mg/dL
Asian – Indonesian Pork Bites, Fragrant Butter Rice and Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic – 115 mg/dL
American – Sausage and 4-Bean Soup with Salted Sourdough Bread – 128 mg/dL
American – Pan Fried Pollock with Roasted Vegetables and Ooey Gooey Cake (and ½ a bag of Potato Chips for a snack) – 138 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella Valenciana – 129 mg/dL
Chinese – Kung Pao Chicken – 126 mg/dL
American - Sausage Apple and Herb Sheet Pan Supper – 119 mg/dL

Quilting – https://quiltsb.blogspot.com/


We’re trying to decide the best direction for our Crane Blocks in our newest Cranes Quilt.

Solution – 2 sleeves.

Genealogy – https://agenealogyhunt.blogspot.com/

This is my 1,639th post. Per Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this writing, 194,105 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek. (This link is my email address - jsmith58a@gmail.com.)

Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim

Friday, April 20, 2018

Days 399 – (AD 1,561) – 24.5 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I cycled my Schwinn 170 24.5 miles. Totals are now at 33,446.2 miles; 53,826.5 kilometers.


I am now located at 88.89% of the distance to my next destination point.

Something new and different –

Wishing there was no media coverage or "existence" of the absurdities regarding the occupants of the big "C" and the "WH".

Jim’s Gotta Eat – https://jimsgottaeat.blogspot.com/

A good read from The Spectator, “Why I succumbed to sourdough mania” by James Delingpole, 21 April 2018.

 “To start with, I tried the most basic recipe. One so simple and undemanding you didn’t even have to knead the dough: you just had to mix it for no more than 30 seconds. When you do this, the result isn’t at all bad: much tastier than a bog-standard loaf of unsliced white. But still, it gets you wondering: ‘How much more amazing might it be if I did it properly?’”

Supper 2 nights ago – Slow Cooker Bacon Turkey Breast with Garlic Roasted Potatoes and some other vegetable.


American – Slow Cooker Bacon Turkey and Roasted Potatoes and Carrots – 104 mg/dL
Chopped - White Wine Pollock with Garlic Mushroom Quinoa and Green Beans – 115 mg/dL
Nouveau – Quail Eggs in Hash Brown Nests and Bacon – 120 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella with Pork, Chicken, Shrimp and Clams – 129 mg/dL
Asian – Indonesian Pork Bites, Fragrant Butter Rice and Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic – 115 mg/dL
American – Sausage and 4-Bean Soup with Salted Sourdough Bread – 128 mg/dL
American – Pan Fried Pollock with Roasted Vegetables and Ooey Gooey Cake (and ½ a bag of Potato Chips for a snack) – 138 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella Valenciana – 129 mg/dL
Chinese – Kung Pao Chicken – 126 mg/dL
American - Sausage Apple and Herb Sheet Pan Supper – 119 mg/dL

And tonight, I’m trying a White Paella.

Quilting – https://quiltsb.blogspot.com/


Cranes Quilt Update -

51 4-inch Cranes completed. Each Crane block includes 17 pieces. (Sounds like a trip to St. Ives?)

Next step, arrange the Crane blocks to our quilt design. North or west?

Should prove interesting.

Genealogy – https://agenealogyhunt.blogspot.com/

This is my 1,638th post. Per Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this writing, 194,003 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek. (This link is my email address - jsmith58a@gmail.com.)

Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Days 398 – (AD 1,560) – 24.4 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled my Schwinn 170 24.4 miles. Getting close to my 38,201.6 mile-goal. My totals are now at 33421.7 miles; 53,787.1 kilometers. Only 4,779.9 more miles.


I am now located at 83.45% of the distance to my next destination point.

Something new and different –

From the Harvard Business Review, Bill Taylor’s April 18,2018 article “The Best Leaders See Things That Others Don’t. Art Can Help.”

 “ “The real act of discovery,” Marcel Proust wrote, “consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” Today the most successful companies don’t just outcompete their rivals. They redefine the terms of competition by embracing one-of-a-kind ideas in a world of copycat thinking. Which means, almost by definition, that the best leaders see things that other leaders don’t see.”

I need to vent -

I hate warehousing and paying bills. It is a fact of life!

The almighty electric company is a self-appointed godhead in this and most areas.

I always pay my bills on time.

I use the electric power to keep my house going, to do my cooking, to propel the engines on every quilting and sewing accessory, to power up my electronic piano, to keep the state of the art video equipment working to watch movies and continue my binging. It runs the mo-tors and lights and pumps on our pool.

I always insure that my payments are received well in advance.

This afternoon I received my monthly bill via the USPS.

The TECO, Tampa Electric Company bill, the company which I have been using for the past 34 years, and of which I have always paid on time, included, printed in RED on the enclosed bill, a PAST DUE - PAY IMMEDIATELY note in the tremendous amount of $0.70.

That's right, 7 dimes.

I obviously had entered an incorrect amount in my last month's payment. I inadvertently keyed in a "0" instead of a "7" after the decimal point when I electronically entered my pay-ment.

70 bloody cents!

Stop the turbines. Cut off the juice. No more power for Smith's house.

A bloody 70 cents.

And what did I do?

I did not add the 70 cents to my forthcoming payment. I simply and deliberately sent an electronic cheque in the amount of $1.70 to TECO dated for tomorrow.

Let their accounting and billing department try and balance their bloody 70 cents.

And I then warehoused my next payment electronically at my bank account for $1.00 less.

Bloody hell!


Jim’s Gotta Eat – https://jimsgottaeat.blogspot.com/

Supper last night, I grabbed a couple of foods from the pantry. White Wine Pollock with Garlic Mushroom Quinoa and Green Beans – 115 mg/dL


Chopped - White Wine Pollock with Garlic Mushroom Quinoa and Green Beans – 115 mg/dL Nouveau – Quail Eggs in Hash Brown Nests and Bacon – 120 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella with Pork, Chicken, Shrimp and Clams – 129 mg/dL
Asian – Indonesian Pork Bites, Fragrant Butter Rice and Spicy Bok Choy in Garlic – 115 mg/dL
American – Sausage and 4-Bean Soup with Salted Sourdough Bread – 128 mg/dL
American – Pan Fried Pollock with Roasted Vegetables and Ooey Gooey Cake (and ½ a bag of Potato Chips for a snack) – 138 mg/dL
Spanish – Paella Valenciana – 129 mg/dL
Chinese – Kung Pao Chicken – 126 mg/dL
American - Sausage Apple and Herb Sheet Pan Supper – 119 mg/dL

Supper tonight – Slow Cooker Bacon Turkey Breast with Garlic Roasted Potatoes and some other vegetable.

Quilting – https://quiltsb.blogspot.com/



Five (5) batik colors and fabrics have been chosen for our next and newest Cranes Quilt. should prove interesting with 48 plus 3 Cranes.


Let the cutting begin.


867 separate pieces required for 48 + 3 Cranes. We're using our fabric die cutter we designed with AccuQuilt.


Each Crane Block is composed of 17 pieces; 8 for each Crane and 9 for the surrounding back-ground.


Genealogy – https://agenealogyhunt.blogspot.com/

This is my 1,637th post. Per Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this writing, 193,830 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek. (This link is my email address - jsmith58a@gmail.com.)

Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim