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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Day 360 – (AD 1,522) – 22.5 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled my Schwinn 170 22.5 miles. Totals are now standing at 32,523.3 miles; 52,341.3 kilometers.


And I have completed 38.48% of the 850-mile leg on the surface of the Red Planet.

Soapbox –

As a continuation of my discussion yesterday concerning what is posted on Social Media, it appears that several persons, who either lack the grey-matter between their two ears, or a just dense and stupid. They have been posting that a couple of the students from Parkland, who are speaking out, are actors.

They have gone to the extreme of using not credible information of cut-and-paste photos of the students or doppelgangers to pages of yearbooks.

This is what I was stating yesterday. It is incredible. Let alone, there are those persons who are continuing to link the “false” information to their Social Media postings.

Don’t these persons consider the ability to check for correct sources and details.

The NY Daily News for one published the article “Conspiracy that Florida shooting survivors are ‘actors’ easily debunked”, Christopher Brennan, February 21, 2018.

“One of those voting against it was the Tampa area’s Rep. Shawn Harrison, whose aide Benjamin Kelly told the Tampa Bay Times that Hogg and Gonzalez were actors.

Kelly was later fired, and Harrison said he was “appalled” by the comments.”

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


7 years ago, this was one of Andy’s and my first step into quilting. It was 1 of the 2 quilt kits that we ever attempted. We called it “CQ”, (CQ Country Quilt). Our quilting was non-existent, or should I say sad. CQ has stayed in the cupboard for years.

While waiting for some new Crane fabric, we’ve taken the old CQ apart and decided to re-design and create our own quilting design. Already working on pinning the quilt sandwich.

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

Tracking my foods:

Northern Italian – Chicken and Peas Sauce on Bucatini – 135 mg/dL

Thai – Chicken Curried Noodle Soup – 121 mg/dL

Asian - Shrimp, Beans, and Chrysanthemum Greens on Jasmine Rice – 153 mg/dL

Mexican – Chicken Fajitas with Rice and Beans – 100 mg/dL

Please note that I am assuming an ethnicity and regional derivative based on the recipes that I may use and/or construct.

Today I’m going to make Harlequin Chicken. Not the type that Louis XV preferred, but something a little less artistic. The source of my recipe is from the United Kingdom.

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

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Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Day 359 – (AD 1,521) – 25.9 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I cycled on my Schwinn 170 25.9 miles. Totals now stand at 32,500.8 miles; 52,305.1 kilometers.


My locations is now at 35.84% of the distance to my next goal point.

Soapbox –

There is, of late, news on all sorts of media regarding the Russian cyber-hacking of the US elections. I listened to an NPR interview regarding the elements of cyber-security relating to voting and ballot control.

Currently, that of the telecommunications revolution, it is prudent of organizations, political, government, corporate, and, private to ensure that their systems security is “well-guarded” as is possible. All the latest and greatest security features should be in place.

But one thing that I believe that was not addressed in the talk and interviews as the host and participants were presenting, was the issue(s) of social media and psychological, albeit, warfare.

Could it be a consideration that the cyber-hacking and psychological combat may have been based on hackers using and flooding social media with “fear-tactics” and “lies” regarding the election and the candidates.

Newsweek in their article by Nina Burleigh, January 8, 2018 “Trump Speaks At Fourth-Grade Level, Lowest of Last 15 U.S. Presidents, New Analysis Finds


Would it not be of a logical possibility that when one speaks at such a low level of vocabulary use and comprehension, s/he would more than likely “speak”, at a base level, that would appeal to a lesser educated following and/or “electoral populace”? Or putting it another way, could the telecommunications revolution have allowed for a “slick” and “devious” psychological bullying and fear-mongering?

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

We’ve decided to redo one of the first quilts that we had done. We’re simply astounded at how far we have come since that time. The top is fine but the quilting design we be doing a completely new redo.

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

Well last night’s supper Thai Chicken Curried Noodle Soup allowed my early morning blood sugar to drop 32 points to 121 mg/dL.

Tracking my foods:

Thai – Chicken Curried Noodle Soup – 121 mg/dL

Asian - Shrimp, Beans, and Chrysanthemum Greens on Jasmine Rice – 153 mg/dL

Mexican – Chicken Fajitas with Rice and Beans – 100 mg/dL

Please note that I am assuming an ethnicity and regional derivative based on the recipes that I may use and/or construct.

Tonight’s supper on tap will be an attempt at a Northern Italian Pasta dish with a Chicken and Peas Sauce.

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

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Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim

Monday, February 19, 2018

Day 358 – (AD 1,520) – 25.1 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

We’re on the cusp of Spring and summer here in Tampa. And of course, the orchids a continuing to bloom.


This morning I cycled my Schwinn 170 25.1 miles.  And I felt fine. I figured out what I had done, excluding my Biorhythm Physical Cycle, to feel like I was in a daze, or something to that extent after I had pedaled for my set 1 hour.

It appears that earlier this week, when I was disturbing my weekly stash of meds, I had inadvertently placed one of my nighttime tabs incorrectly in with my morning meds. Makes on hell of a lot of sense, and why I was feeling “like out of it”. All fixed.

My totals now are 32,474.9 miles; 52,263.4 kilometers.


And I have completed 32.79% of the distance to my next goal point and destination.

Quiltinghttps://quiltsb.blogspot.com/



Our latest Cranes Quilt has been bound and blocked. Next to be done, the sleeve and the label. I will also have to photograph it.

I haven’t been updating our site Quilts SB as I am waiting and working on our Cranes Quilts Project. I do have to go through and see what other recently finished quilts I need to update.

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

Well in trying different foods, which I prepared, of different ethnic backgrounds, I am beginning to see some sort of possible link to which types of foods may affect my blood sugar counts.

Two nights ago, I made a dish of Shrimp, Beans, and Chrysanthemum Greens on Jasmine Rice. (Ethnicity – Asian.) My next day fasting blood sugar count was 100 mg/dL.

Last night I made a dish of Chicken Fajitas with Rice and Beans. (Ethnicity – Mexican.) This morning’s fasting blood sugar count spiked up to 153 mg/dL.

Both nights, for dessert, I had a bowl of Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and 3 Girl Scout cookies. The night before I had a snack of Roasted Almonds versus last night I did not snack.

I going to prepare and try some more supper meals with various cultural influences. I’m curious as to what and where my blood glucose will hit the early morning scale.

Tonight the recipe is for Thai Chicken Noodle Soup.

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

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Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Days 356 & 357 – (AD 1,519) – 49.2 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Yesterday I pedaled 24.1 miles on my Schwinn 170.  And today I cycled another, even though I did not want to, 25.1 miles. Totals now 32,449.8 miles; 51,223.0 kilometers.


And I have completed 29.84% of the distance to my next goal and destination.

Yesterday and this morning, even after pedaling I’m moving somewhat slow, sort of like in a haze.

Once I look at my biorhythm for my Physical cycle, I can now answer why.


My cycle hasn’t even reached the lowest it can go.

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

Cranes Quilt update - The quilting of the background is just about done. The effect is amazing.



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

And this morning I made and baked a plain Sourdough Olive Oil Loaf.


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

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Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Day 355 – (AD 1,517) – 24.9 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled my Schwinn 170 and added another 24.9 miles. Totals are now at 32,400.6 miles; 52,143.8 kilometers.


I am now located at 24.05% in red dust on my way to my next destination.

Reading –

How to Stay Positive (When the Art World Gets You Down)” from Artwork Archive

“You have to let past failures go. Everyone who’s ever lived has experienced failure, especially the greats. Your work is just your work, it’s not all that you are—it does not encompass all that makes you an incredible and dynamic human being.”

And from The Conversation, Thusha Rajendran’s article, dated 14 February, 2018, titled "Stuck in the past: the UK needs to produce creative thinkers not exam-passing machines".

“Young people are still being taught how to become exam-passing machines, rather than develop their ingenuity. They specialise early and see art and science as binary educational and career choices. They see educational success as a consumer might view a must-have new product on the market. They appreciate the cost of something, but not necessarily its value. It’s not their fault, it’s ours, the generations that have come before them.”

The current Administration, nationally, as well as Ms. DeVos, should take note. Period.

Quilting –

Cranes Quilt update - The quilting is beginning to create our composition.



Just wondering.

How many persons, albeit quilters, have already begun designing a pseudo-similar quilt to Michelle Smith’s rendition of her dress on her Michelle Obama official portrait?

I do like the essence that the dress does appear, in my opinion, to join together and communicate the present with the past in the world of quilting.

Jim’s Gotta Eat –

I tried a twist on a recipe I found. Honey Oats Grits Bread.


Just out of the oven. 3rd loaf gone!

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

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Jim

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Day 354 – (AD 1,516) – 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 now at 32,375.7 miles; 52,103.7 kilometers.


I have now completed 21.12% of the 850 miles to my next destination and goal point.

Most definitely need to drink more water.

Dreaming –

Strange dream last night. Sort of like a comb-Harry Porter Whole Foods Amazon event.

I was at Whole Foods doing a bit of grocery shopping. I was looking for a Wedding Card. I kept meeting familiar friends in my dream and was amazed at the amount of shopping I was doing.

And looking for the Wedding Card, each time I spotted the aisle where cards were displayed, like the staircase at the Hogwarts, as I moved toward the aisle all the aisles would change.

For the life of me I just couldn’t get to the card aisle.

And then I woke up.

Tomorrow I celebrate 4/28 almost 29.

Quilting –

Our latest Cranes Quilt update -

Let the quilting begin. Our design, incorporating Leah Day's quilting technique Blowing Wind, should prove interesting.



(Notice the pilling on his nib's gloved hand.)

Jim’s Gotta Eat – 

Yes, the latest Artisan Loaf is Yellow! Sourdough Turmeric Olive Oil Bread.


And last night, for supper I’m trying to make Cock-a-Leekie soup. I don’t have any Leeks so I’m substituting Sweet Onions.


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

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Jim

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Day 353 – (AD 1,515) – 25.4 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled my Schwinn 170 25.4 miles. Totals now rack up at 32,350.6 miles; 52,063.3 kilometers. Only 5,876.4 miles to go.


And I have completed 18.17% through the red dust to my next goal point.


I then checked and watered the orchids. I am always amazed at the colors and the fragile strength of each blossom.

We started cleaning the front yard. Got to go slow because there are no full moons in February, but we will be hit with 2 in March. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac it looks like there may not be another freeze. Here’s hoping.

Reading –

From LiveScience “8 Trillion ‘Gallons’! Huge Blob of Magma Found Atop Undersea Volcano”, Stephanie Pappas, Feb 10, 2018

“That doesn't mean an eruption is imminent, but that the volcanic system that underpins the caldera has been changing and evolving over the millennia, the researchers reported. It's interesting to see that the lava dome apparently originates from a different part of the magmatic system (underground chambers of molten rock) than the last super-eruption's lavas, Klemetti said.”

#45 could set up and convene an international Asian detente with countries of the area to provide the "rock" for his "huge wall".

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

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

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

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Jim

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Day 352 – (AD 1,514) – 24.3 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled my Schwinn 170 24.3 miles. Totals are now standing at 32,325.2 miles; 52,022.5 kilometers.


I have also completed 15.18% of the distance to my next destination and goal point.

Quilting – 

Our quilting experiment for our newest Cranes Quilt. Thanks Leah Day.



Something to think about. From GQ “The Quilt Goes High Fashion”, Megan Gustashaw, Feb 10, 2018.

“…Rockwell has moved onto a trend that isn't all over shelves quite yet, but is catching steam: patchwork quilts. Yes, as in the blanket on the spare bedroom at your grandma's house. Yep: the quilt is fashion now.”

Jim’s Gotta Eat –

Today’s Bread – Sourdough Olive-Oil Turmeric Artisan Bread.

Fresh out of the oven.


From BRIT+CO “The 5 French ‘Mother’ Sauces That Guarantee a Great Meal”, Jessi Devenyns, Feb 10, 2018.

Sauce may be the single most important thing you can learn to make in the kitchen.” 

Genealogy –

Saliva-tests completed for My Heritage DNA.

This will be my 6th company that I have sent information for DNA testing, that is, at various levels of tests.

The International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki provides a good list of DNA testing companies.

These include 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA, and Genographic Project.

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Jim

Friday, February 9, 2018

Day 351 – (AD 1,513) – 25.2 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled my Schwinn 170 25.2 miles. Totals are now 32,300.9 miles; 51,983.4 kilometers.


I have completed 12.32% of the distance to my next destination and goal point.

Quilts SB –

Our Cranes Quilt update –


The top has been completed. The sandwich has been constructed. And now on to the quilting design.

Andy and I are very pleased at this point of our design and construction. We've included strip-piecing, AccuQuilt-cutting, appliqué, and piecing.

Jim’s Gotta Eat –

Following the article “Where There Were No Food Halls, Tampa Suddenly Has Two”, Food & Wine, David Landsel, Feb 6, 2018 we decided to go to lunch at The Hall on Franklin, (107 N. Franklin).

The ambience was nice, predominantly millennials. Choices of bar seating, high tops, table and/or couches. It is a quick step from Tampa’s Stetson Law University.

The service was excellent.

The food, we tried Lobster Pops; Crab Mac & Cheese; Waffle Fries; Nacho Fries (a mistaken order by the server; and Chicago Dog. Needless to say, the food was passable as prepared by the mini-restaurants.

Would I return. Yes, just to try some other items from the various menus.

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Jim

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Day 350 – (AD 1,512) – 24.5 Miles –Jim’s Trek Part V – Mars on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,


Sometimes I need to stop and just look.

From my “overgrown” and frost-bitten garden.



And yes, I am continuing my almost daily regime of cycling my Schwinn 170 for 60 minutes at a time. This morning I pedaled 24.5 miles. Totals are now at – 32,275.7 miles; 51,942.8 kilometers.


I have completed 9.35% of the 820 miles of the distance to my next destination and goal point.

Quilting –

Our New Cranes Quilt update –

All Cranes have been incorporated/pieced into our background for our latest Cranes Quilt.


Andy and I are now working on a complimentary design for the quilting pattern. (You know when you have a semblance of an idea in your mind and it takes a wee bit of time to bring it out.) Here's hoping.

Also, we have been working on some more designs for a couple of new Cranes Quilts. As always, we do seek permission from the original artists to use/incorporate and/or create our inspiration based on their "identified" work(s).

And yes, using our designed AccuQuilt die has now reduced our original time of creating a paper-pieced Crane block from 3 hours down to 15 minutes. Each Crane block is composed of 17 pieces.

Soapbox –

As #45 is making “waves” asking, demanding, commanding, an American Armed Forces parade, (his intent, in my opinion, is supercilious), I just keep wondering if his demands may be some sort of front to something else that he may be covering up. I am curious if there is something afoot?

Is he thinking that he may not have a table "huge-enough" at his current abode that could outdo the one in "House of Cards"?

Jim’s Gotta Eat –

And what does one make with Chrysanthemum Leaves? Or for that matter, with Tung Ho? Well I made Urukmaeuntang


I am trying something different, once again. Fermented Daikon Pickles.


And I broke my Oxygen-Extractor Pump. A new one's on its way.

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Have a healthy day and smile,

Jim