As I was watering the gardens yesterday morning it dawned on me that I would be going on vacation in about 3 weeks and my plants would probably die it not watered a few times per day. The sun in July is enough to fry an egg on the ground. I decided to head off to Home Depot and see what solutions I could find in the way of an automatic sprinkler systems. I found a timer that hooks right up to the water spicket and works on a 9 volt battery and decided that I could simply run a hose to my sprinkler. I ended up burying the hose along my patio and connecting it to a sprinkler head that reached all of the yard. I connected the timer to a Y connector so I will still have my garden hose available for watering those hanging plants. While on vacation I will put the hanging plants on the ground to allow the sprinkler system to water them also. The timer is pretty easy to set on the timer although I am disappointed that I cannot set it for specific times of the day. It is set right now to water for 15 minutes every 6 hours, but I will be playing without and will probably change it.
The timer cost 30.00, the hose 10.00 and the sprinkler head was 10.00 so the overall cost of saving my gardens over vacation was a mere 50.00 dollars. But I will also be saving time even when I am not on vacation. I have noticed that I am watering before I go to work and again after work. I usually spend about an hour each day just watering, so this will free up some time although I will still be out there tending to all of the other needs of my gardens.
I did an extreme strength training workouts yesterday morning to sort of the test the new workout routine and I am certainly feeling it today. The results are that my weight did drop, but my blood glucose went up. I have decided to stick with this routine and treating the higher blood sugar readings with simply taking the next day off and moving that days routine to the next day.
Blood Sugar- 118, Weight- 176.6
Breakfast- Cottage Cheese, Strawberries, Blueberries
Lunch- Bacon & Eggs
Dinner- Lamb Chops, Squash