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I ran a mile and a half yesterday. Not very far, and not very fast, but it's an improvement over last week's mile and a half. We'll see how today's 3 miles go.

I didn't run as much last week as I'd wanted to, but I'm hoping to rectify that this week. I'm following the Hal Higdon Spring Training course for novices. That seems to be working well for me. I don't know how much weight will be lost with this particular training plan, but I'm not setting any major goals along those lines. I just want to cover the distance for now.

I've concluded that running is the primary exercise for me to maintain my health. I never feel better than I do immediately after a run, and I'm finding that my overall feeling of wellness increased dramatically when I'm running regularly. I'm very lucky, in that my knees and feet still seem to be able to handle running, provided I train consistently, and maintain a healthy lifestyle otherwise. (i.e. sleeping enough, not drinking a lot, eating healthily) So long as my knees can handle it (and judging from past performance, they still can), running needs to be a regular part of my life.

In other news, we had a raccoon living in the wall behind our bedroom until recently. Our house's upper floor is more of a converted attic. Behind our wall is a space with a vent behind it which the raccoon forced its way into. We called a service that traps such animals and humanely relocates them. This done, we enlisted the same company for some preventative work to keep future would-be tenants from forcing their way in through either side of the house. We're also having some conversion work done on the gutters that will hopefully keep birds out in the future as well.

Unfortunately, we have another set of tenants. It seems we have a bee hive underneath the sun room. Our sun room is an extension to the house that was built shortly before we moved in. As it's raised, there's a crawlspace underneath it where the bees seem to have set up home. I'm not sure what to do there, except call Terminix and hope they have a humane solution. Bees are important, and I don't wish to harm them, but it's not feasible for us to leave a hive there. It's not safe for us or the dogs.

I'm starting to rethink the itinerary of our trip in the Fall a bit. Now that it seems that Don Giovanni in Prague isn't going to happen, I'm wondering if it's worth going out there at all. There's no shortage of things to do in Germany and Austria, and Switzerland might also be a good one to rope in as well. Alternatively, we could just spend a little more time in Austria or Holland. I'll be doing some juggling over the next couple of days to see what works. Prague is definitely a place I'd like to go, but it's not an absolute must have.

OK, time to work for a living. Peace out.

Date: 2017-04-12 01:56 pm (UTC)
wantedonvoyage: (Train)
From: [personal profile] wantedonvoyage
Maybe a beekeeper could come relocate the hive?

That makes sense as you do not want to spend your whole vacation on trains (although maybe if the travel could be overnight, so you don't lose time?) I do not have a sense of how far apart all these places are.

Date: 2017-04-12 02:39 pm (UTC)
motomuffin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] motomuffin
Yep, a beekeeper would love to come take your hive away, and keep it and give it a good home.

Date: 2017-04-12 05:03 pm (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
I believe there are companies which specialize in bee rehoming. You might search for those and see if there's one nearby. I applaud you for wanting to save the bees, though!

Sigh. Sounds like a lovely trip. No long trips for me for a while, until I get my cards paid down.

Date: 2017-04-13 02:30 am (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
Yeah, I was doing pretty well for a while, but then I backslid because I was assisting one of my nieces with getting suitable work clothes, and those things cost! You buy the good stuff and it'll last, but it's pricy up front.

Date: 2017-04-12 06:14 pm (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana
I wish I could still run. My back is having none of it, though. lol. If I'd decided when I left the army to maintain my physical condition, i'd be a lot better off right now.

Date: 2017-04-12 06:48 pm (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana

That's good. I don't know what's wrong with mine, and my doctor won't look past "you're fat" to see if there's something wrong. It bothers me when I stand, so running distances away from anywhere I can sit is probably not wise.

Date: 2017-04-13 02:31 am (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
Maybe try a chiropractor? I know most of what they think is nonsense, but they do know the spine, and if something out of line or needs adjustment, the good ones can help you.

I have to find a new chiropractor.

Date: 2017-04-13 02:35 am (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana

I don't have insurance, so I can't afford a chiropractor.

Date: 2017-04-13 02:43 am (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
Ah. I'm sorry. Sometimes the prices aren't too bad, but I do know what you mean. There was a time when I really needed a D&C (menstrual problems) and they wanted $50 -- but I didn't have $50, so we went a different and less expensive route with drugs he had samples of.

Date: 2017-04-13 02:47 am (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana

well, my basic medical care is taken care of through the VA for free. But they don't do chiropractors.

Date: 2017-04-13 02:52 am (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
You're right, they don't. Didn't mean to hit a nerve; I apologize for being insensitive. I finally have good health insurance, which is terrific, since I turned out to have more health problems than I was aware of.

And, thank you for your service, no insult nor mocking in that. I truly admire people who can be soldiers -- to serve in one of the armed forces seems to me to be a worthwhile career. And the greatest sacrifice of self I can imagine.
Edited Date: 2017-04-13 02:53 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-13 02:57 am (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana

you didn't hit a nerve. My husband has good health insurance for once. Which I don't understand since he avoids doctors so much.

And thank you.

Date: 2017-04-13 05:15 pm (UTC)
dejla: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dejla
Hey, I avoid doctors. I'm finally going to see my internist (it's been a year) and I didn't make it back to my endocrinologist after six months. Stupid, I know.

And dentists! AHH! When I was in junior high and high school, the dentist I went to did something that hurt every time I saw him. I am a coward about dentists.

Date: 2017-04-13 05:16 pm (UTC)
zhelana: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zhelana

haha yes I hate the dentist. I consider them a necessary evil.

Date: 2017-04-12 09:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tjoel2
Glad you got the raccoon out safely. The bees.....yikes!

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