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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day 188 – (AD 1,350) – 20.2 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I cycled 20.2 miles on my Schwinn 170. I just compared today’s distance to my overall goal and I am sort of astounded. Today’s 20.2 miles is just 0.05% of my total expected goal. But I have completed 75.08% or 28,683.2 miles or 46,161.2 kilometers.



And this morning, on Mars, I have now completed 86.9% of the distance to my next goal and destination point.

Last night, I made, from scratch Chicken Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo. I decided to follow the recipe I found online from Epicurious.



As I started to gather the ingredients to complete my mis-en-place I noticed that that was one hell of a lot of ingredients. And then I read the “Yield”. “Makes 16 servings”. No, I was not going to make enough for the neighborhood. Nor was I going to be eating Gumbo for the next 2 weeks. Yes, I reduced the ingredients to my norm, 4 servings. That I can manage.

And it was so bloody good that I had two bowls full.

Update and progress on our new OPOY. One needle broken to date; multiple layers of strips. The scrunching while quilting is softening the canvas.



And we begin the design of our next new one - TTTEOTW. Will be transferring drawing design to our muslin strip background.

Soapbox –

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Jim

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Day 187 – (AD 1,349) – 21.1 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled 21.1 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals: 28,663.0 miles; 46,128.7 kilometers.


And I have completed, on Mars, 82.0% of the distance to Lambert Crater.

Thoughts –

Something a wee bit dated.  Really?

NASA releases actual sound recordings from space – and they-re spine chilling” Techly, Tristan Rayner, Oct 21, 2014.

“The sounds are interpretations of non-sound vibrations, and you’ll hear that they’re complex and strange and fascinating all at once. And some of them are downright spine-tingling; the rings of Uranus are weirdly ambient, Earth itself is almost romantic, while Uranus sounds like strong wind passing through a crack. We’re not even joking!”




I wonder if there are any alternate beings out there somewhere recording what currently is being discussed, debated, and spun at our Nation’s capital?




Definitely, something that will sky-rocket my FBS count in the early morning, a regular Culver’s Caramel Cashew Concrete Mixers at 8 o’clock at night. Somewhere near 145 carbs. Will have to eat lean and exercise today to eliminate the extra 27 mg/dLs today.

And while I’m on the topic of my diabetes, I decided to include as a part of my daily medication regime the supplements Gymnema Sylvestre and Full Spectrum Bitter Melon. My recommendation, don’t bother. They may work for you but neither did anything to help me maintain a low glucose count recording over a period of 90 days. Period.

And speaking of food, there is a Tahini No-Knead Bread just baking in the oven. Oh, the aroma of freshly baking bread.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Day 186 – (AD 1,348) – 22.1 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled my Schwinn 170 22.1 miles. My totals now stand at 28,641.9 miles; 46,094.8. And today I have completed ¾ or 75% of my overall Trek goal. I still have 9,559.7 more miles left to go.


Also, while on Mars, I have completed 76.9% of the distance to my next destination and goal point.



Homemade Chocolate Strawberry White Cake! I wanted Neapolitan.  Yes, I made it.  Yes, I ate it. Yes, of course, FBS is up this morning.



Soapbox –

All things being equal, can we as Americans take a page from the French electorate?

"It was a striking moment when Emmanuel Macron, newly elected president of France, torchbearer of a new politics, strode onto a courtyard of the Louvre to celebrate his victory: As the crowd cheered, waving the tricolor French flag, the choice of music was “Ode to Joy,” the anthem of the European Union. Some people even waved the bloc’s flag, with its circle of golden stars."

Emmanuel Macron Embraces E.U. to Put France ‘Back in the Picture’” – The New York Times, Steven Erlanger, May 8, 2017.



Grandeur and outstanding.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Day 185 – (AD 1,347) – 20.6 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I cycled 20.6 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals 28,619.8 miles; 46,059.2 kilometers.



And I have now completed 71.5% of the distance to my next destination and goal point.

This weekend, Andy and I have 5 quilts on display at the Utah Quilts & Sewing Marketplace, at the South Towne Expo, S. State Street, Utah.

Our pieces include Wings; Elation; and our 3 Apollo 1 The Beginning; Betwixt and Between; and Cosmo's Moon 2.5 which are also a part of the Fly Me To The Moon collection.

And the quilting has begun on our newest and latest quilt OPOY.



Andy and I certainly appreciate the positive comments and likes that we have received regarding our work. We both like to experiment with new, old and different techniques, and we will be continuing with several new designs as we continue. We have a list of 35 new and old designs that are in the works. One would say that our worlds revolve around creative quilting.

Scroll down on any page to see our complete portfolio at our site Quilts SB. (http://quiltsb.blogspot.com/) Click on the "Q#" to link to a summary of a specific quilt.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Day 184 – (AD 1,346) – 20.1 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

And for today’s exciting, and consistent but boring news, I pedaled my Schwinn 170 another 20.1 miles. Totals – 28,599.2 miles; 46,026.0 kilometers.



I have also now completed 66.4% of the distance to Lambert Crater.

Soapbox –



My apologies to the Cercopithecinae, not to the ones currently seated.

What if?

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Day 183 – (AD 1,345) – 20.3 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled my Schwinn 170 20.3 miles. Totals now 28,579.1 miles; 45,993.7 kilometers.


I have now completed 3,677.5 miles on Mars, and I have completed 61.5% of the distance to my calibrated distance to Lambert Crater.

My FBS dropped 27 points to 119 mg/dL. Definitely a positive direction. Supper last night Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Peas. Yes, I can cook a regular comfort meal…from time-to-time.

And yes, I did not take the included photo. One can only do so much with an image of Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Peas.

And I decided to make some brunch this late morning, Fried Eggs on Cheese and Scallion Grits with Everything but the Bagel Bread.



Tonight, I’m thinking about doing something with Shrimp. I’ve gotta to start thinking more seafood, more fish, more seafood.

Just amazed at the growth of the plants in our Garden Tower 2. Had to get the climbing screens for two purposes. One, obviously to allow for the vine plants to catch on and climb, and second, to keep the 4-legged varmints at somewhat a distance. Yes, I know, little dogs can sneak through tiny spaces. But the fencing is more of a psychological deterrent. they still think that they can catch the squirrels on the outside of the deck screen.


Genealogy front –

A Smith cousin nicely decided to conduct the Family Finder, autosomal DNA test from Family Tree DNA. At this point, I am not ascribing to the ethnic breakdown. According to Family Tree DNA, we share 114 centimorgans, about a 1.6% match. An astounding small percentage.

Family Tree DNA has the relationship range at “2nd Cousin – 4th Cousin”. We fall into the category "Second cousins once removed, half second cousins, first cousin three times removed, half first cousin twice removed".

Check out this site at https://isogg.org/wiki/Autosomal_DNA_statistics.

We know based on our family documentation that we’ve collected over the years that we are related. But can one imagine the degree of probability and matching algorithms there would be at ascertaining the relationship without our prior knowledge and the amount of documentary proof?

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Day 182 – (AD 1,344) – 20.7 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled another 20.7 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals now are at 28,558.8 miles; 45,961.0 kilometers.

I have now completed 56.6% of the distance to Lambert Crater, my next destination and goal point.


And this morning I was wondering whether I had been chaffing my inner and upper thighs a wee bit too much. It was when I examined the seat on my Schwinn 170 that I noticed that the vinyl seat had finally after 28,000 miles begun to crinkle and crack.



I thought it was old age. I thought the gimpy old man skin was finally taking over.







Tried some Korean fare. 

I lined up recipes for Cabbage and Cabbage Bok Choy Salad, Dae Ji Bol Gogi, and 12-Grain Rice.



And on the other hand, I snacked late last night on some Roasted Chana, sort of sweetened roasted chickpeas…and I didn’t read the nutritional values on the package. To my surprise the number of carbs in 100 grams is 72g. My FBS this morning jumped 22 points to 146 mg/dL.

Yes, I do love to cook. I love to eat. And I love to experiment with food.

Soapbox –

It appears, according to 538 that #45’s approval rating has been just about consistent, give or take, a slight movement up or down, for the past 102 days. And that is the issue, it has been consistent.



There is a cumulative disapproval rating that has slowly been growing. But can it be said that as the low approval rating did get him elected and as he is generating an executive branch of the government that keeps those who are happy with him at almost the same level that we as a nation need to truthfully and honestly examine what the hell we are doing wrong?

Just chanced upon this sort of neat sound endeavor on YouTube – NCS – NoCopyrightSounds by Cartoon.



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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Day 181 – (AD 1,343) – 20.1 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I cycled 20.1 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals are now at 28,538.1 miles; 45,927.7 kilometers.

I have now completed 51.5% of the distance to Lambert Crater.

This morning I clocked over 170,000 Pageviews since I began the crazy Trek and journey over 4 ¼ years ago.


That number, 170,010 translates to approximately 110 Pageviews a day. That’s not necessarily a great number, but to me that is a fantastic number of Pageviews for a somewhat insignificant blog, Jim’s Trek and Journey. Thank you very much.

My new glucose monitor is working and it seems to be tracking my blood sugar as it should. Time will tell.

Last night was an Indian meal for supper. I made, according to the recipe, Northern Indian Chicken Curry, Kidney Bean Dal, and Biryani Rice. Even though the image was sort of uniform in color between the Curry and the Dal the food was outstanding.

Tonight, I try Korean fare. I have lined up recipes for Cabbage and Cabbage Bok Choy Salad, Dae Ji Bol Gogi, and 12-Grain Rice.

Yes, I do love to cook. I love to eat. And I love to experiment with food.

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Jim

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Day 180 – (AD 1,342) – 20.1 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled another 20.1 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals are now at 28,518.0 miles; 45,895.4 kilometers.



I have now completed 46.6% of the distance to Lambert Crater.

Soapbox –

100th day. No ticket, no return. Period.



I'll stay on Mars.

Update OPOY - The remaining strips being added, machine-appliquéd. Quilt dimension 70" L by 65" W. Yes, this will be a new and different quilt that Andy and I have designed and created. All-things-being-equal we hope that this quilt and design will convey that which we have been thinking and holding on to for the past year.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Day 179 – (AD 1,341) – 20.0 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I really felt like shoving the whole deal regarding my cycling on my Schwinn Fitness cycle. I truly had and almost decided to throw the towel in. But then I realized that I had made a commitment to myself. This was a commitment to myself no-one else. I was/am going to pedal at least the total of the equatorial circumference of the Earth plus the same of Mars.

To date, after pedaling 20 miles on my Schwinn 170, I have now completed 74.6% of my total and expected goal. Translated, that equals 28,497.9 miles; 45,863.0 kilometers. I am currently pedaling at a 15/25 resistance and I am cycling, albeit moving in a fantastical journey via Google Earth, 5 days a week. Not bad of an accomplishment for someone who is on the waning side of 65.


And speaking of my Martian Trek, I have now completed 41.7% of the distance to my next destination and goal point of Lambert Crater. I figure that at this point on the journey I have reached Charybdis Scopulus.

Just wondering if I should consider a Schwinn® 470 Elliptical.

OPOY Update - Five layers of strips have been added in keeping with our new design. 6 more bundles of strips remaining. Approximate completed size 70" long, 65" wide. All strips are solid colors.

OPOY - JS SB - 2017

OPOY - JS SB - 2017
It is a wonder to see our draft design come together and take shape.

Right now, I am taking in the fantastic aroma of a new type of bread that I am baking. It is an “Everything Bagel” no-knead bread. I just threw in some leftover King Arthur Flour “Everything Bagel Topping” into my dough.  And the flour is Sprouts brand Enriched Unbleached White Flour.

One cannot imagine the wafts of freshly baking bread in this house. And this is the bread, the Everything Bagel No-Knead bread…



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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Day 178 – (AD 1,340) – 20.6 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I cycled 20.6 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals now stand at 28,477.9 miles; 45,830.8 kilometers.



I have also completed 36.9% of the distance to my next destinations and goal points.

And today I determined that my glucose meter, the one I got before Christmas has been off all this time. It has been driving me crazy and as I am anal about my numbers one can only imagine the confusion within my gray matter.

I discovered that the meter was off by about 16%. I’ve adjusted my FSB, A1c, and eAG numbers accordingly. All-things-being-equal my early morning blood sugar count this morning was 108 mg/dL. My A1c calculates out to 5.50% and my eAG to 111.0. I can sigh a sigh of relief.

I know that with the numbers being screwed up since December 15, 2016, I have been going stir-crazy as I haven’t done anything to change my exercise routine or my diet regime. There is still an upward trend in my FSB but I can now manage the future results with a correct meter. And yes, the two meters that I used were both made by the same company.

And speaking of supper, last night I made Hopping John Risotto and Shrimp Salad Rémoulade – Recipes from Healthy Cooking For Two by Frances Price, RD, Rodale, 1995.


My FSB dropped 26 points from the day before to 108 mg/dL.

Soapbox –

According to MarketWatch, April 25, 2017, “Unusual full Senate briefing to be held by White House on North Korea”, Robert Schroeder.

“The Trump administration is preparing to brief all 100 senators this week on the situation in North Korea, as President Donald Trump calls the country a “real threat to the world” and confers with the leaders of China, Japan and Germany.
The unusual full-Senate briefing is scheduled for Wednesday, according to reports, and comes after Trump criticized North Korea’s “continued belligerence” in a phone call with President Xi Jinping of China on Sunday. In a separate call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, Trump discussed “the urgent security challenge posed by North Korea,” the White House said.”

Anything yet?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 177 – (AD 1,339) – 22.0 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning early, I pedaled 22.0 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals now are at 28,457.3 miles; 45,797.7 kilometers.


And I have completed 31.8% of the plotted distance to Lambert Crater.

Just back from an appointment with my cardiologist. He’s extremely happy with the nuclear test and EKG I most recently had. His comments “Your heart is in such good condition, and working extremely well for a man your age considering, including your diabetes.” With that note, my cardiologist wants to see how my systems will do if he has me stop taking two prescriptions, Zetia and Fenofibrate. I’m to have some more blood tests in about 3 weeks.

Soapbox –

As I mentioned yesterday in Jim’s Trek “Day 95. Five more days before #45 changes the ranking rules.”

The Washington Post and David R. Jones, (April 25, 2017) “This is why the first 100 days is a ‘ridiculous standard’ for judging presidents.

“President Trump, who has yet to pass any major legislative initiatives, recently tweeted his frustration with the “ridiculous standard of the first 100 days” as a benchmark for judging a new president’s accomplishments. The historical record suggests that he may have a point.”

Our new OPOY progress is moving along. We’re now adding the 3rd layer of strips.



When asked “Why we did not piece the fabric according to our design?” we responded that each strip, in keeping with the intent of our design all must be of an equal width. There is also a reason for all the strips being of various lengths.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Day 176– (AD 1,338) – 21.2 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled another 21.2 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals – 28,435.3 miles; 45,762.3 kilometers. I have now completed 74.4% of my Trek…and I am still going.


I have now completed 26.5% of the distance to my next goal points and destinations.

Garden Tower 2 Update – The Red Wigglers arrived via FedEx. (Guess one can send anything through the mail or parcel delivery. All Wigglers have been entered the compost tube of the GT2. Did they ever scuttle, or should I say squirm off into their new surroundings? And now I am not going senile with pet dogs and worms. Nor am I trying to relive a youth where I thought I would be a Helminthologist.

I’m more interested in getting them squiggly things to do their thing for the plants that I have included in residence in the Garden Tower 2.

And here is the completed and planted GT2.


Work continues as the layers of strips are added to our latest and newest quilt OPOY.



Soapbox –

Day 95. Five more days before #45 changes the ranking rules.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Day 175– (AD 1,337) – 20.0 Miles Today – Jim’s Trek Part V – On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Yes, the bed was made. And The Pack most definitely believe that it is their nest. Certainly cannot be OCD in this house with 4 dogs.

And they do all have their own beds.



This morning I added on another 20.0 more miles on my Schwinn 170. My totals now stand at 28,414.1 miles; 45,728.1 kilometers. Overall I have completed 74.4% of my intended journey.


And this morning I have completed 21.3% of the distance to my next destination and goal points.

Garden Tower 2 filled with 192 quarts (~6.5 cubic feet) of organic top and planting soil. Took about 25 minutes to fill, water, and clean-up. Now to pick the plants.



Reading – Genealogy

From The Ancestor Hunt – “The ONE Absolute BEST Way to Find More Ancestor Articles in Historic Newspapers Online” (April 20, 2017)

 “My suggestion? Change your search criteria and exchange the letter string you are entering in the search box to include these alternative letters and letter pairs and see what happens. In other words - deliberately misspell the name or word. You will be pleasantly surprised!”

Our newest quilt project is in progress. The design and draft have been completed. Strips of various colors and lengths have all been attached to fusible web. Now the arrangement and sewing to our pattern have begun.



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