This Phat54chick has been very busy. Which is why you haven’t seen any posts from her until this morning. Today is one of the first days with NOTHING on the agenda in a long time. And by NOTHING I mean babysitting the grandkids later this afternoon while their parents celebrate their 6th anniversary.
After our visit to Cape Cod earlier this summer, Mr. Phat and I decided to install an outdoor shower. We thought it would be an easy, inexpensive house upgrade. It was neither, but worth every penny and sweat equity.
We had help from a plumber friend who did the plumbing work. We had help from a carpenter friend with the fencing, but Mr. and I hauled 3 yards of stone – that was bull work over a couple of weekends. I spent most of a morning staining the fence. All in all, it’s been a great home improvement and it was fabulous last night to take a shower under the stars.
I needed a shower last night because I’ve been up to my eyeballs in tomatoes. We got 2 large bushels that I peeled and put in jars and today which I have to put in a water bath for 45 minutes. Will take all day into tomorrow as I can only do 6 at a time, but I always feel accomplished when done and the freshness of the tomatoes in February is something that can’t be duplicated. Mr. makes Sunday Gravy on a regular basis for family dinner and these tomatoes are the keystone.
Several weeks ago we celebrated our granddaughter’s first birthday We call her the button, because we say she’s cute as a button. That weekend we also went to a concert fundraiser at Sergio Franchi’s Estate in Stonington CT. It’s something we might not have done, but were given tickets. What an afternoon at the estate listening to his music and viewing his classic car collection.
Mr. and I also had our annual anniversary trip to Fenway Park to celebrate our first date 9 years ago. I tweeted out a picture of us with #myfenway and Fenway Park obliged by putting us on the jumbotron which made us laugh for the rest of the night.
OK, that’s not my girlfriend, that’s Mr. We had a great day and lot of walking. Which is what this blog is about – me, health, RA and staying active. I’ve had a good number of days with results like this. I’m still involved with a work challenge for 8 weeks which is 10,000 steps per day. I’ve managed to keep up and average over 10K steps per day. That is over in a week, but I will keep up that pace until the snow flies.
I’m going to leave you with some of my favorite end of summer New England images. I love September because we finally get the chance to be locals and partake of the bounty that is New England – be it seafood or the landscape.
Looking forward to Fall!!!