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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Day 298 – (AD 1,460) – 21.0 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled my Schwinn 170 21.0 miles. Totals have now reached 31,097.3 miles; 50,046.3 kilometers.


And today I have completed 84.6% of the distance to my next destination.

Jim’s Gotta Eat

At this point there are 3 loaves of bread in the oven – Pumpkin Raisin Spice and Cranberry Cranraisin. The 4th is in process – Harvest Raisin Bread. Yes, this house smells like a bakery.

Last night’s supper, a quick Thai Basil Chicken Eggplant and Bok Choy on Jasmine Rice.


My early morning blood sugar count 6 points to 116 mg/dL.

Quilts SB

Work continues on the creation and piecing of our design for our newest Crane Quilt. The Cranes all represents 25 of 30 of Kimberly Einmo’s newest fabric line Solid-ish.



Question - Does anyone know how to recover an image from an iPhone 7s after I had deleted it?

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day 297 – (AD 1,459) – 20.6 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled my Schwinn 170 another 20.6 miles. Totals are now at 31,076.3 miles; 50,012.6 kilometers.


And I have completed 81.4% of the distance to my next goal point and destination on the Red Planet.

My calculated A1c is on a steady downward path. This morning it calculated to 6.11%. The A1C test measures the glucose (blood sugar) in your blood by assessing the amount of what's called glycated hemoglobin. ... An A1C level below 5.7 percent is considered normal. An A1C between 5.7 and 6.4 percent signals prediabetes. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when the A1C is over 6.5 percent.

And as a diabetic I’m slowly getting back to where I need to be in the normal range. Still some time to go but I keep trying.


This morning I made 1 ½ gallons of pickles; Cucumber – Fennel; Caraway; and Habanero with Onions. And this time I am trying Grape Leaves instead of Bay Leaves to provide the Tannin containing agent.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Day 296 – (AD 1,458) – 20.5 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled 20.5 miles. On Saturday morning I cycled 20.1 miles on my Schwinn 170. My two-day total was 40.6 miles. Overall totals now stand at 31,055.7 miles; 49,979.4 kilometers.


And I have now completed 78.2% of the distance to my next goal point and destination. To date I have completed 6,154.1 miles on Mars; Part V of Jim’s Trek.

Soapbox -


Jim’s Gotta Eat

Fermented Pickles – Ingredients: Water; Small Cucumbers; Dill Weed; Black Peppercorns; Garlic Cloves; Sea Salt. And 7-day waiting period.


The one on the right, I included one Habanero Pepper.

Harvest Grape Bread – Recipe from The Italian Dish.



What can I say? Lunch Bread and Pickles.

And this today I am trying a new No-Knead Bread recipe. Pumpkin Artisan Bread. It has almost finished its first proofing.

Quilts SB -

Save the Dates December 7th, 2017 through January 10th, 2018. A small group of fabric artists will be presenting 50-plus works of fabric art in Clearwater. Details to follow. Yes some of Andy’s and my quilts will be included.

Yes, we’ve started a new Cranes Quilt. We’re using 25 of 30 fabric colors from Kimberly Einmo's new fabric Solid-ish.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 294 – (AD 1,456) – 19.5 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,


Today I reached and surpassed the 31,000-mile mark. 31,015.1 miles!!!

And I am still going, excuse me, pedaling.

This morning I pedaled my Schwinn 170 19.5 miles. Totals stand at 31,015.1 miles; 49,914.1 kilometers.


I have now completed 72.0% of the distance to my next destination and goal point.

And Grandpa must go and babysit this morning.

Today I am trying a completely new, and different sort loaf of bread. Stay-tuned.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Day 293 – (AD 1,455) – 20.0 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Born in Jamaica, having lived in various places through-out the West Indies, and now in Tampa, Florida, I only accepted Croton for their multi-coloured leaves.

I had to stop, and look at the fragile beauty of one flowering in my garden this morning.

Well it looks like my Schwinn 170 may be back in gear, no pun intended. I was able to pedal 20.0 miles at the 15/25 resistance. It seems that the error was that due to some glitch the 25/25 resistance that I had been pedaling at after power was returned and after the power surges at 12/25 resistance. The correct and increased resistance makes me happy. I will continue to keep pedaling on my Schwinn 170. I now have 7,206.0 more miles to go.

This morning I pedaled 20.0 miles at 15/25 resistance for 1 hour. I also, burned 653 calories.


I have also now completed 69.0% of the distance to my next destination and goal point.

And my efforts to reduce my FBS seems to be working. This morning my early morning blood sugar recorded at 117 mg/dL. My A1c is calculated at 6.12%. The blue line on the chart shows my current and actual tracking.

I couldn't use my calculator, iPhone, or PC or scale to solve this issue.


Peppercorns can remind me of an abacus.



And Max needs his own chef’s seat to watch me cook. He liked the idea, as the counters are so, so very high above the grasp of his vision…or mouth.






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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day 292 – (AD 1,454) – 21.5 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning something happened, positively I think, to my Schwinn 170. Since Irma there has been something screwy regarding the cycle’s resistance setting. To get a good work-out I had to set the resistance at 25/25. (Yes, I did legitimately pedal each time for 1 hour.) The screw up must have happened when there were the power surges during and after the passing of the storm.

I had tried several re-boots. To no avail. I was looking at replacing the cycle’s control panel. I was tossing between that or getting myself a new fitness cycle. After this morning’s exercise I still have 7,226.0 miles to go.

Well this morning, partial way through my cycling, the resistance, I believe corrected itself. There was no way I could last another 40 minutes at the 25/25 resistance.

I reduced the resistance to 15/25 and finished a total of 21.5 miles. Now it looks like, fingers-crossed, that the computer components somehow fixed itself.

It must have happened when I received the bogus scam telephone call during my work-out. And today I really was soaked with sweat. Maybe I’m not the super viellard I thought I was.


My totals this morning are now recorded at 30,975.6 miles; 49,850.5 kilometers.

I have now completed 65.9% of the distance to my next set goal.

And oh yeah, the telephone call. (One would think that the idiots would learn.)

Land line rings.

Me: “Hello.”

Heavily accented male voice: “This is Senior Benefits.”

Me: “What company?

Caller: “Senior Benefits Insurance.”

Me: “What company?”

Caller: “Senior Benefits!”

Me: “Concerning?”

Caller: “Senior…”

Me, interrupting: “Concerning?”

Caller: “Mother-f#####!”

Click.

And of course, a postscript to my short span and idiot-call, yesterday I completed my registration for my Retiree Benefits…without a hitch.

Work continues piecing our newest quilt KES-25. Andy’s comment is that it is the “happiest set of colors” that he has work with in some time.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Day 291 – (AD 1,453) – 24.7 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled my Schwinn 170 24.7 miles. Totals stand at 30,954.1 miles; 49,815.9 kilometers.


I have completed 62.6% of the distance to my next destination and goal point.

Soapbox –

The word “great” is defined as “of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average; excellently; very well”. I know that I, when rating something or someone, and “great” is the highest choice on any scale of reference, I seldom use the top choice, “great”. I do not feel that ranking something or someone is credible to be ranked as the definitive.

And then there is #45. Not that I am comparing myself or would ever think of equating myself against any occupant of the Oval Office. Does he, #45, have an understanding that his “great” when he uses the word in any series of statements or rhetoric babble, verbal or electronic, has been reduced to an expression without any substance of credible meaning?

Does he grasp that his buffoonery is so much less than anywhere close to “great”?

Does he understand that the more he continues to use this superlative as an adjective or an adverb, he has cheapened the power of the word?

Does he understand that many of the people that he claims to represent, now shake, whether with mirth or in fear that he will only take the time to “grate” us with the non-sensical eruptions of his mouth, mind or fingers?

I suppose it is the understanding that his use of the word “great” is one method that he believes that he will garner the respect and “adoration” of whomever or whatever he is attempting to describe. The algorithms tracking and an amassing the hits of his popularity most definitely do show that his adoration of the unmatched “great” may just “grate” on the nerves of many who are listening.

Reading –

Something to think about before one takes the plunge.

What it’s like cooking with meal kit startup Chef’d”, TechCrunch.com, Megan Rose Dickey, Nov 12, 2017.

"In the last year, I’ve been to the grocery store no more than four times and I’ve cooked for myself about the same amount. What I’m about to say is probably not news for anyone who is comfortable in the kitchen and makes meals for themselves on the regular, but cooking is a lot of fun. And it’s quite a rewarding experience.

The box is easy enough to recycle. But the foam liner needs to be taken to a polyurethane recycling depot! I didn’t even know those existed. Chef’d says the foam liner is reusable, but in what normal context one would reuse it, I’m not sure."

Just think of all the Keurig cups sitting somewhere on some exposed type Alro Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.

“So we took the half-a-ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW Microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction, and headed On toward the city dump. Well, we got there and there was a big sign and a Chain across the dump sayin', "This dump is closed on Thanksgiving," and We'd never heard of a dump closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in Our eyes, we drove off into the sunset lookin' for another place to put the Garbage.”



New Quilt 25-KES update - 208 of 850 pieces, excluding the background, have been sewn/pieced together. We're in a shamble if we lose our design and coordinating pattern.


Answer to question(s) - Yes, each finished block will be 6-inch square.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Day 290 – (AD 1,452) – 25.1 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Yesterday morning I pedaled my Schwinn 170 25.1 miles. Totals are getting closer – 30,929.1 miles; 49,776.1 kilometers.


I have now completed 58.8% of the distance to my next goal and destination point on Mars.

Soapbox -

I've notice that some family and "friends" have blocked me on Facebook, on Google+, and are not responding to any of my email correspondence.


Oh well. Not an issue.

They do know my thoughts and, even though they may not understand them, my sarcastic iterations regarding #45. Their loss. Each to his/her own.



Supper night before last - Trout with Shrimp and Tomato Brown Butter Sauce, Fried Baby Bok Choy, and Muffin Scallop Parmesan Garlic Potatoes. Hell, I’ll cook this again!


And my FBS dropped 22 points.

And last night I re-created a recipe called One-Pan Mongolian Beef Zoodles.


I used Mandarin Oranges instead of Pineapple; I added seeded Habanero, I added Carrots and A-Choy, I substituted Black for White Sesame Seeds, I added White Onion as well as Green Onion, I added Fried Egg Omelet strips. I added Mushrooms. There is the sweetness from the suggested Hoisin Sauce, but I used Okonomiyaki Sauce as a substitute.

Including the Ice-Cream from last night supper, my FSB recorded at 119 mg/dLs.

We've started a new quilt with 25 of 30 choices of fabric from Kimberly Einmo's newest and latest, Solid-ish.


The fabric pieces have been prepared and 850 pieces have been cut.

Also I watched The Great Gatsby last night. I'm always looking for I new idea for a new design of a quilt. I've already designed the quilt and if it works the way I hope we will be cutting 10,000 pieces to create this new quilt.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Day 289 – (AD 1,451) – 24.6 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled 24.6 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals now stand at 30,904.3 miles; 49,735.7 kilometers.


And I have completed 54.9% of the distance to my next destination on Mars.

Question – How did “Pâté Chinois” ever translate from “Shepherd’s Pie”?

I made Pâté Chinois au Fromage en Grains for supper.



We discovered that it is a French -Canadian dish. That certainly makes sense now. It is sort of a cross between a Shepherd's Pie and Poutine. And all the years I lived in Canada I never had or even heard of it. It was the "fromage-en-grain" that threw me for a loop.

I grew up in a very British/West Indian family and always had Shepherd's Pie. I saw the French text version recipe of Pâté Chinois au Fromage en Grains. I followed the recipe and as I was putting the ingredients together I exclaimed that this is "Shepherd's Pie" with Creamed Corn and Cheese Curds.

Of course, I am always curious as to the derivation of and the use of certain words by different languages. I just could not make heads or tails of a literal translation of the title of the recipe "Chinese Cheese Pie in/with Grains".

After I ate a portion, I then stated that this is sort of a cross between Shepherd's Pie and Poutine. And that began me wondering as to the derivation of the recipe and the name.

From what I've sort of deduced the "Pâté Chinois" is the French-Canadian term for "Shepherd's Pie" and the "Fromage en Grain" is, again French Canadian term for "Cheese Curds".

In some way it could be called "Shepherd's Poutine Pie" or "Cottage Poutine Pie". And I can think of many more iterations.

Bottom line, it was a good "comfort meal". Satisfying and filling.

Soapbox -


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Day 288 – (AD 1,450) – 25.1 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,



This morning I pedaled my Schwinn 170 another 25.1 miles. Totals are now 30,879.7 miles; 49,696.2 kilometers.

I have now completed 51.2% of the 650 miles to my next destination and goal point.


4-Day Sauerkraut. 1st taste. Crispy good.


We’ll see. I do love a foot-long with sauerkraut, onions, and mustard.



I guess I should make some time to check out the number of Autosomal DNA Matches I cur-rently have listed –

Family Tree DNA - 4,100

23andMe - 1,254

Ancestry - 16,350 (the majority are in the 5th to 8th cousin range)

I’m waiting for my results from Living DNA. I could be busy for some time.

If you are interested check out the above links at each of the 4 offered companies and organizations.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Day 287 – (AD 1,449) – 25.6 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled my Schwinn 170 25.6 miles. Totals 30,854.6 miles; 49,655.8 kilometers.


And I am now completed 47.3% of the miles to my next destination and goal point.

Cranes update - Inner top quilting completed; next the border. Binding to be attached. Pleased with the subtle effect of the pebbling against the Cranes.




We’re working on the design of our next quilt. Stay-tuned.

Sauerkraut is still fermenting. Day 3 now.



I had to split the quart jar up as it began to bubble forth…sort of like a rabid dog.

Reading –



Art and Fear – Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland, (April 2001).


A very good, quick read.



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Monday, November 6, 2017

Day 286 – (AD 1,448) – 26.4 Miles – Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning, with the help of daylight savings time I could get on my Schwinn 170 a wee bit earlier than normal. I pedaled another 26.4 miles. Totals now stand at 30,829.0 miles; 49,614.6 kilometers. Overall, I have completed 80.7% of my total Jim’s Trek.


And this morning I’ve completed 43.4% of the distance to my next goal point on Mars.

Busy in the kitchen yesterday - Sourdough Bread, Neiman Marcus Blondies, and Montreal Dry Garlic Spareribs with Spinach, Baby Bok Choy, Mushrooms Stir-Fry with Spiced Jasmine Rice.


I love to cook and eat. And I really like the Neiman Marcus Blondies.

Soapbox –

All-things-being-equal, it is now time to begin thinking about the Florida Gubernatorial election slated for November 6, one year away. Halleluiah, 2nd term is over.

Current candidates – (Source - Wikipedia)

Democratic –


  • Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee
  • Gwen Graham, former U.S. Representative and daughter of former Governor Bob Graham
  • Chris King, businessman
  • Philip Levine, Mayor of Miami Beach


Republican –


  • Jack Latvala, State Senator
  • Usha Jain, physician and candidate for the Orange County Board of County Commission-ers in 2016
  • Bruce Nathan, physical therapist and independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016
  • Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and former U.S. Representative
  • Angel Luis Rivera, businessman
  • Bob White, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida
  • Daniel Zutler, businessman and independent candidate for President of the United States in 2016


Libertarian –


  • Randy Wiseman, former Republican Chair of the Lake County School Board, Republican candidate for the State House in 2004 and candidate for Mayor of Mount Dora in 2013


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