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05 August 2016

July In Numbers

Clockwise from left: (1) Perhaps the most important thing I did in July - register to vote in Florida; (2) My newfound appreciation for tools; (3) The latest creature to invade our marina - vegetation that's floated down the canal from Lake Okeechobee; (4) A pouch for my iPod made from scrap material; (5) A padded case for my laptop made from more scrap material leftover from throw pillows and slipcovers on our settees.

It’s time for my usual recap of the past month in numbers. It’s a very random assortment of things that I got up to in July.

  • 20 – Number of vegetarian days during July. I find that by keeping tack of my veggie days, I have a lot more of them.
  • 2 – Number of days I ate beef. After four months of not eating any red meat, I broke down in spectacular fashion with taco salad one night and steak on another. While the taco salad was amazing, the steak was so-so. I can probably easily go another four months without red meat. 
  • 29 – Number of days I went without any chocolaty treats. I know, I don’t believe me either. But, seriously it's true. I went on mini-chocolate cupcake eating binge for a couple of days, but then they weren't anymore left and the binge was sadly over.
  • $3.25 – How much it costs to do a wash and dry at our marina. Some larger boats have washers and dryers onboard. That wouldn’t be us. I’ve got a bucket and a plunger for when we’re out cruising, but happily use washers and dryers when they’re available on land.
  • 3 – The number of crafty and practical sewing projects I magicked up on my Sailrite sewing machine including a tool roll, a padded laptop case and an adorable little pouch for my iPod. iPods are tiny and can easily get lost and scratched up, so I keep it in it’s pouch when not in use. It makes me feel just a bit like a mama kangaroo, putting things in pouches to keep them safe.
  • Unknown – I’m not actually sure how many things I bought on Amazon Prime Day and I probably don’t want to know. In my defense, most of the items were practical bargains and on my “to buy someday list” – like a thermometer, a solar powered light, portable water-resistant speakers for my iPod, a dry bag and batteries. I also got some colored pencils for $9.99. Not a necessity, but oodles of fun. I did show some restraint and skipped the 36 roll pack of toilet paper which surely makes up for the pencils.
  • 24 – The number of wrenches we have. Ever since I did a bit of car repair, I seem to have a newfound fascination with tools. I find it disturbing. 
  • 11 – The number of books I read. The usual eclectic mix of thrillers, mysteries, sci-fi and non-fiction.
  • 30 – I met a woman, probably in her 80s, at the VA hospital the other day. Her son has been there for 20 years, and in other facilities for 10 years prior to that. He’s blind, can’t communicate and only has limited movement of one arm. His mom has been visiting him regularly for the past 30 years, talking to him and giving him hugs. What an amazing lady. If you ever think your life isn’t all that great, just keep in mind there’s probably somebody who has it a lot tougher.

In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite blog posts during July:

Shopping Lists | What Do They Say about You?
Happy Birthday Mr. Blog!
Wordless Wednesday | Car Repair in Thailand

How was your July? What are you looking forward to in August?

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18 comments:

  1. That's an amazing mother.
    It's been years since I ate beef.
    I didn't find anything on Amazon Prime day. Nothing that was a sale I couldn't refuse. I wasn't looking for practical though.

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    1. Well done on not eating beef for years. I don't think I could ever go that hardcore, but you never know.

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  2. Interesting idea - keeping track of veggie days. I don't eat much red meat - I'll have a craving for it, eat it, then I'm done for a good chunk of time. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for sweets. :)

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    1. I'm like you - there are a few times where I have a real craving for red meat, but not too often these days. Thanks for popping by!

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  3. Amazon is a dangerous place. It's just soooo easy to shop. I stayed away on Prime day. You need our Dan Moffat's new coloring book to go with those pencils. Seriously, designs with mermaids, and even monkeys.

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    1. That's your son-in-law isn't it? I'll check his coloring book out :-)

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  4. What an amazing mom indeed. She loves her son and it shows.

    That's a lot of days without chocolate. I'm proud of you.

    July flew by. We had a horrible heat wave that I thought would never end. It finally did.

    August is much cooler and I'm currently sitting on the back of our boat having my morning coffee.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Sounds like a perfect morning - on your boat, reading with coffee :-)

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  5. Hmmmm August already? I am sooo not ready for that! Where the heck did this summer go? I am looking forward to (fingers crossed), to the land anchor - house selling, and getting back to my boat. It has been far to long now, and I am so envious of all of the "I made this" posts, (not just yours) I want to do it too! #anxiously awaiting that special person to say "I'll buy it!"

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    1. House selling is such a stressful experience. Fingers crossed the right person comes along soon.

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  6. Very impressed by the octogenarian mother. Also you for finding time to read 11 books alongside everything else you do! But every day is veggie day for me (and has been for 33 years). I win there!

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    1. She seemed like a pretty cool lady. Well done on 33 years of vegetarianism. I was a vegie once for five years, but I don't think I could go completely back to it.

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  7. 29 days without chocolate? I'm sorry, I just can't support that kind of behavior -- it has to be unhealthy (okay, so maybe deep down inside I'm a little envious of your amazing will power).

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

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    1. I know, it's unnatural behavior isn't it :-)

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  8. what a cool post..

    And what an amazing mother... reading a story like that really puts things into perspective...

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    1. I've met so many amazing people at the VA hospital who are really inspiring and definitely do put things in perspective.

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  9. You are doing so well on the vegetarian front. And, the volunteering and reading fronts. I think we eat meat (chicken) about two times a week. No red meat for me, except out of our home environment once in a while. I do still love bacon and sausages, but only eat that a couple of times a year now. Processed meats are a no no in our household, though.

    The summer is going too fast! I'm looking forward to some more nice weather, some writing and some excursions in August!

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    1. Why did you have to mention bacon? I haven't had that in ages and now I'm really craving some :-)

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