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Love Our Walks....(Photos).

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hi Everyone....Hope all is going good with your goals so far this month?! Cannot believe March is almost over! I haven't done as well as I would have liked, but have maintained at least. So onward I go into April, part of which we will be on vacation. Since my back has been has been giving me problems we go to the beach more often and go on shorter walks in other areas too. I am doing so much better as time goes on for treatment of my sciatica by my Chiropractor. Sitting around is not something I like nor want to do anymore! I always make sure (unless I am too ill) to get a set minimum amount of steps in everyday, with the help of my fitbit flex. Once we are back from vacation I am looking at going on the Fast Metabolism Diet, by Haylie Pomroy. My Chiropractor is looking great after being on it and feels great! I will do some more research and I have noticed there is a team here on spark too and other Spark members have been successful on it. I borrowed the book from the library and so far I like what I am reading! I need to shock this body into losing more weight! Been on this plateau for far too long! Plus, I want to eat better foods-less processed, more organic and get off my constant love of sweets kick! I know I can do this and plan to commit to it for the 28 days it requires! I am working toward that goal of getting to Onederland by the end of this year! Sooner I hope!! So, keep moving forward and commit to be fit! We can do this!!



So many seabirds this time and so noisy too. I tried to add a video, but anymore it is getting problematic if they are longer than a minute. Got an error message this time! I was a good one too, seeing the birds fly as these two kids was running down the beach and they would fly and squawk!


The clouds were so pretty as the sun was setting!



This area has a pretty nice area to get in a good walk on the beach, to the pier through the woods and out to the boat launch and around the island to a nice cove on the other side of the beach:




Down the same road we happened on a new boardwalk called Walk to Nature

going out into the marshlands-just a short little walk to enjoy the beauty of Florida:



At the end, it opens up to views of the marshes and beyond to the gulf:



There are so many places to walk here in Florida. You could go to a new place everyday, if you wanted with all the birding trails, preserves and park trails. As a matter of fact, a brand new preserve area with board walk is opening up soon in Manatee country called Neal Preserve. We plan on going to that on our vacation, since it is about an hour and a half away from home.

Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your support- means so much to me....Connie

  
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PATTIE441 4/13/2014 7:40PM

    Love our walks together girl! Woo Hoo! emoticon So glad your back is on the mend. Take care of you girl! Thinking of you! Great blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUEENIEBELLE 4/5/2014 6:19PM

    Beautiful! We are SO looking forward to beach walks again. So happy you take advantage of the many outdoor activities in your area. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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BOOKISHFABLER 4/2/2014 6:31AM

    I love your blogs You know that. Anyway, it is so amazing how you live on the other side of Florida, yet it looks like here. All the nature trails are terrific. Believe it or not When we go to the landfill is when we see so many birds I am looking around for Hitchcock. LOL. We even seen a Bald Eagle there. Keep posting. See yousoon
Heidi

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NISSANGIRL 4/1/2014 7:32AM

    Love the pics Connie!!! so beautiful!!! and I am so glad that your back is doing better. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RDEE22 3/31/2014 8:19AM

    Another great blog Connie. I love your skies they are so beautiful.
I am glad your back is much better. Onderland here you come!!
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CHERIRIDDELL 3/31/2014 12:12AM

    I love your blogs Connie they always brighten my days.I am glad your sciatica is feelingbetter .Have a wonderful vacation.Hugs,Cheri

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TERRI289 3/30/2014 10:49PM

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/30/2014 9:29PM

    Your pictures are so pretty. Love the Seagulls flying around. That's good your back is feeling better. Keep working on it! emoticon

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WALNUTT1961 3/30/2014 9:07PM

    Love your pictures! I feel like I am there with you! You are doing great, Connie. I am glad you are able to still do some walking and are getting better. Maintaining this month with your back pain is something to be proud of!
I just looked at the diet you mentioned on Pinterest (they had phase one foods). The foods look good! I will have to read about this.
Your background picture is so cool!
Hang in there! emoticon
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JACKIE542 3/30/2014 8:22PM

    Too bad about the video, guess I will just have to come up there and see, lo. The pictures are just so beautiful, wow! I can hear them, but I would love to run and hear those seagulls squawk.
I know you are not happy that you did not lose any more weight, but maintaining is not easy so at least you can move forward from where you are. Injuries are a problem, I know I gained, but now that I am out there again, I think I have just 2 pounds to go.
I will look forward to hearing about that diet, sounds like something I could have used.
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KERRYG155 3/30/2014 6:11PM

    What a wonderful way to spend the day. I do agree that those birds can get darn noisy!

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SUZYMARC 3/30/2014 3:40PM

    Connie,
I love that you take emoticon photos and share plus give us a kind of tour-guide of what is around to be offered if only a person looks for a new way of getting back to nature, doing fitness, and finding time to reflect and revitalize. Enjoy your vacation and I hope the therapy continues to work for you and the back issues.

Hoping it warms up more here so I can get outside with my furry coaches (Mr. Peabody (the Boston terrier pup), Bruin- the akita & resistance training coach, and Albert - the cat who I will attempt to video one time just for you as he walks along aside me or races ahead).

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 3/30/2014 1:38PM

    Enjoyed the walk today, thank you for taking us along. Sea birds were great as were the cloud pictures. Have a great day and take care of that back.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 3/30/2014 12:51PM

    Hi Connie,
I love your walks too! Florida is so pretty. I hope I can visit there someday.
Have a wonderful vacation!

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GAILANN48 3/30/2014 12:49PM

    I SO enjoy "our" walks, Connie! Thank you for bringing us all along as your explore Florida. :) Hope your physical challenges subside so that you can get back to the walking I know you love. Fast Metabolism? Sounds interesting - I'll look into it, too.

Have a great day, Friend.
:) Gail

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SHEENADEE 3/30/2014 11:59AM

    Hi Connie,

Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing your walks with us this way. Here's to a fabulous April!

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_LINDA 3/30/2014 11:58AM

    Gorgeous photos as ever!
It really is our eating that gets us into trouble for sure. Eating the wrong things, eating too much etc. You really don't need any fancy restrictive diet to know what to eat. Its common sense to choose more fresh fruits and veggies -and you are so lucky they don't have to be shipped in 1000 miles! Leave the processed stuff alone. Choose 100 % whole wheat and grain products. No pop, even diet -there was a Health News article on how drinking 2 or more glasses of diet pop a day can lead to increased risk of heart attack in women. A big one is less eating out -usually too much sodium, too big of portions and veggies are usually starchy like potatoes, peas and corn.. Salads can be calorie bombs quite often with all the extras added-especially those taco ones.. Accurate tracking of everything you eat is crucial to being able to monitor and keep in your calorie range. Eating out a lot makes it impossible to do so as not knowing all the ingredients they may put in a meal preparation and guesstimates simply don't work. Did you know they sear steaks in butter to finish after cooking so they have that shiny look? Most meat served comes in way bigger portions than you need. If you were served a 3 oz portion in a restaurant, most people would ask where is the rest of their meal lol.
Its tough not being able to exercise when you have health issues (don't I know it!!!) so the only way you can beat that is careful calorie counting..
I wish you luck! Feel better soon!
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COFFEEMUG2009 3/30/2014 11:47AM

    Great pictures

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HOLLYM48 3/30/2014 11:35AM

    Beautiful pictures Connie! Thanks for sharing them!
Florida certainly is beautiful this time of year. So many lovely places to walk and explore. I hope you have a great time on vacation and that your back cooperates so you can get in plenty of walking!
Have a great rest of the weekend and an awesome week to come!


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i am sooooooooo jealous you live close enough to a beach to walk ... keep on keepin
on in your awesome quest, and keep that back in shape!! glad it feels some better...

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JLKCANADA 3/30/2014 10:15AM

    Beautiful Blog Connie! Here's to a happy, healthy April!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/30/2014 9:52AM

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for posting them to share.

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TXGRANDMA 3/30/2014 9:38AM

    Thanks, Connie, for sharing your beautiful photos with us! I so enjoyed the many boardwalks and trails in Florida when we used to visit there every year! Would love to walk the Neal Trail! You will have to take pictures of that when you go.
Good luck on the diet, always good to get back to nature! Well, have to run, got to get ready for church, then after church to town to my daughter's to do laundry! emoticon

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GOANNA2 3/30/2014 9:33AM

    I hope your back gets better soon and that you can enjoy
your vacation. The fast diet sounds good. I need to get off this
plateau as well. good luck to both of us. emoticon

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EFFIEANNIE 3/30/2014 7:51AM

    Great photos as usual. Hope your back gets better fast, so you can enjoy your vacation.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 3/30/2014 4:57AM

   

Sorry about your back pain, I too suffer from back pain and it's ...... well it's a pain!!

I go to the Chiropractor and he does help as does heat applications, but if you have someone to help you a personal ultrasound machine or a red laser (even the pointers you use for the cat) can help reduce the pain significantly.

Love the pictures it looks like a wonderful walk

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MADAMES 3/30/2014 3:08AM

    Back pain is so difficult; I wish you the best with your chiropracter. I love your photos and your endorsement of the beautiful walks in your area. No wonder so many people retire in Florida!

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SUSIEPH1 3/30/2014 2:35AM

  Hi Connie .. Loved the the photos .. You are doing really well to have maintained especially with a sore back ..
Love to here from you .. Think of you so often .. Much Love and thanks for all your support xx
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ALIHIKES 3/30/2014 1:29AM

    Connie loved the photos, it made me miss the coast!

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PATRICIAAK 3/30/2014 12:58AM

    glad your back is on the mend

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Think Spring! (Photos)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hi Everyone: Hope everyone is doing great! Another setback for me though. My back is giving me problems and have had to stop any exercise, except walking off and on as long as it is short walks and some stretching on a chair. I have had problems with my back since I was a teenager, but think all my injuries last year is catching up with me! I'm going to the chiropractor for treatment one to two times a week and will keep it up until I feel good again. So hopefully not for long. I feel it's getting better already...able to sleep better now...with my legs not going numb on me as much. If it doesn't help in the long run, may have to have decompression treatments. I hope not...very expensive and insurance doesn't cover it! But, I am not going to let it get me down. Keep moving forward!
Anyway, the weather here is getting so much nicer! I know you are all yearning for spring especially those of you in parts of the U.S. & Canada, hit so hard with cold temperatures and snow. So I thought I would post some flower & other pics we have taken while out on our walks, so you can Think spring! After all it is here tomorrow!


Hyacinth:


Bougainvillea:


Just love these sky pics we took:





Love this pic we caught...notice the one seagull looking up at the one about to land!
"Don't land on my head mister!"


And of course we love our sunsets:






Keep going everyone...no matter what life throws your way...just never give up on yourself or your goals!! Happy Spring!! Thanks for stopping by.....Connie

P.S. This is for FLPALM- She loves turtles and this is a friendly one we saw at a pet shop-shop owner's pet(Gus is a South American Red Footed Tortoise):

  
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SHEENADEE 3/22/2014 10:23AM

    Nice! Your blog makes it really seem like Spring. We're not quite that Spring-like here yet. Although I do have some Resurrection Lilies poking through and lots of buds on the trees.

Have a great weekend!

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LISALGB 3/21/2014 10:58AM

    Just the burst of color and inspiration I needed today. Thanks Connie. You always cheer me up!! Maybe I'll get to go outside this weekend to see if we have anything blooming around here!
I am so ready for Spring - and not just that it says Spring on the calender - I want it, for real! I'm tired of cold, dreary weather!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/21/2014 2:43AM

    Thank you for the gorgeous pictures they brightened my night no end.Look after that back. I feel for you!

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TERRI289 3/20/2014 11:29PM

    Beautiful blog....thank you!

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TXGRANDMA 3/20/2014 10:08PM

    Hey, Connie! Such beautiful pictures! The flowers are just gorgeous and I know that they cheered many people up, especially those who are still buried in snow!
We have the pear trees blossoming all around us, soon they will be leafed out. We are working on the house every day, the days are beautiful, so getting lots done.

I am dealing with back problems just like you are right now. I have had only minor problems before, but Wednesday AM was in so much pain, such as I have never felt before! I went to the chiropractor and he told me my back was way out so he put me back, but said it would take a while for the pain to go away. Still hurting today, but not nearly as bad. I see him again tomorrow to make sure that my back is still in, I think it is because I am so much better. What would we do without chiropractors?

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GAILANN48 3/20/2014 3:22PM

    Love the pictures, Connie. Thank you for the preview of spring! I'm so sorry about your back issues, and hope you get some relief as time goes on. BTW, LOVED the tortoise pics! :)

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WALNUTT1961 3/20/2014 9:42AM

    Connie, that's just what I needed this morning! Love, love the pictures!!! Wish I was there.
Hang in there with the Chiropractor. So glad you are sleeping better. Don't over do the walking.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Lee Ann Love the turtle! emoticon

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MATSCHI 3/20/2014 2:17AM

    Love your pictures Connie! emoticon

So sorry to hear you still have problems with your back. emoticon

Did you ever try swimming as your exercise? I have heard that exercising in the pool can alleviate some of the pain. Hope you feel much better soon!

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JACKIE542 3/19/2014 10:48PM

    Happy Spring Connie, you know I sure love those flowers. You also know that I so agree with you about never giving up, we are stronger than our injuries and we will continue on right? I will if you will.
I can see that you are because you are out and about taking some beautiful pictures along the way. LoL on those seagulls, better him than you!!
And thank you for my fave the beautiful Florida sunset. Take care Connie. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUEENIEBELLE 3/19/2014 9:53PM

    Connie the pictures are beautiful! I love the colorful flowers and the water. So sorry your back is bothering you. Hope the chiro helps. Maybe you are already doing some gentle stretching exercises? That is what saved my back more than anything. It used to give me fits. Take care and HAPPY SPRING!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 3/19/2014 9:51PM

    nice,
thanks

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PATTIE441 3/19/2014 9:45PM

    Beautiful blog, Connie. Sorry about your back, and hope it heals soon. Sending you waves of healthiness and thank you for being so awesome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Beautiful flowers and beautiful you! Take care and know we are with you!! emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 3/19/2014 6:00PM

    thanks for those gorgeous pictures Connie! I needed them since we got a few inches of snow again yesterday! I can almost smell those beautiful flowers! They sure are colorful. Love the sky pics and of course the sunsets are just lovely. The seagull pic is just perfect.
Thanks for giving me just a little of your warmth from Florida.
So sorry to hear about your back. Hope the chiropractor can fix you up in no time.
Keep on sparking!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog too and for the never ending encouragement. SP is the best! Hugs!!

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SHAMROCKY2K 3/19/2014 4:24PM

    Sorry about your back still giving you problems. I always found working the muscles around my back was a great aid to recovery.. if that makes sense.
I love the cloud and bird pictures mostly. Thanks for sharing Connie!
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FLPALM 3/19/2014 2:59PM

    OMGoodness, so beautiful! Love, love, love the photos! And of course...GUS! LOL! I chuckled as I saw...."Hi, Bob!" That sure is one smart Turtle!!!! hahahahahaha!!!! You made me laugh today, and an image that will stay with me for a long time!!!!!

Love, and Hugs,
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 3/19/2014 12:55PM

    Lovely pictures, The weather is nice here today, sun shining about 65 degrees. It is very windy and the wind makes it pretty cool if out too long. Connie so sorry about the back. Hurting back and numb legs are no fun. Please take it slow let your back recuperate. Chair routines and slow short walks will benefit your sense of well being and your back.

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NISSANGIRL 3/19/2014 12:41PM

    emoticon pictures Connie!!!! thanks so much for sharing them with us! I cannot wait to see all of this soon!!! so sorry to hear about our back girl, hope u r feeling better soon! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENNY888 3/19/2014 11:46AM

    Wonderful spring pictures. It's spring here also. I love this time of the year. Sorry to hear about your back. Take care of it. My knee is also bothering me and I have had to change my exercise a little. I am now doing knee exercises I found here on Spark and hope to have it back in shape soon.

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RAESUN54 3/19/2014 10:35AM

    Gorgeous pictures. I hear the birds singing right now as I type this. signs of spring here. Hope you feel better soon, I know you miss your long walks on the beach. Take care and God Bless.

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RDEE22 3/19/2014 9:20AM

    Lovely as always Connie. I hope your back comes good before too long. I bet you are itching to get back on the bike.
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GLORYB2014 3/19/2014 7:07AM

    The beautiful flowers, clouds, birds, sunsets . . . thank you so much Connie.

I hope you continue to feel better each day, those chiropractors certainly can help. And keeping my fingers crossed that that is all you'll need!

Enjoy the first day of Spring tomorrow, I know the flower photos here have got me looking forward to it!
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BOOKISHFABLER 3/19/2014 5:40AM

    Another wonderful blog. Thank you for always sharing. So sorry about your back though. Hope you get better soon.
hugs Heidi

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ALIHIKES 3/19/2014 2:34AM

    Thanks Connie for posting the beautiful flower photos, and the amazing cloud formations. Wow. Very nice sunsets also. The turtle was a hoot! Sorry your back is bad, and I hope it gradually heals and improves emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 3/19/2014 2:04AM

  Hi Connie .. Lovely photos my friend .. Hope your Back is better really soon .. I am cutting down on my exercise .. I have been told I am doing to much .. Doctor not happy! .
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HICKOK-HALEY 3/19/2014 1:36AM

    Flowers are gorgeous, and all my fav. colors. Love those sunsets. Hope your back is feeling better soon! emoticon

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Make Magic March...Let's Do This! (Photos)

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Hi Everyone: Can't believe it's March already! For those of you suffering through the LONG, snowy cold winter or even HOT Summer on the other side of the world-hang in there! There are ways to create magic in your goals! Look for ways to keep going, despite the weather! Myself- I have been trying to get used to the Cold winter days here in Florida. For those of you who think, HA, cold in Florida! Let me tell you once you live here a couple years- 65 degrees it is cold to us! If it is windy on top of that, we have gloves, hats and coats on! Never thought I would see the day I would feel that when I moved here. I have hiked now in 52 degrees, with triple layers on, hat and gloves! That would have been me in Ohio 12 years ago, at 32 degrees or below! So, I have been forcing myself to get out there and brave the cold, just so I can enjoy nature and have fun times! Below 50 degrees my asthma starts acting up, and couple that with live oak allergies, they are shedding leaves and pollen right now...I have to be careful. But, you won't stop me! I mean to stay active and after 3 ½ years of keeping at it, I love our walks and bike rides!
We also like going to Historical Areas and there are a lot of those down here in the state of Florida. One we visited on our vacation, was the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Kinna
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She acquired it in 1928, and is the Pulitzer Prize winning authoress of many books. They included The Yearling-1946 and Cross Creek-1942, for which movies were made, too.


The gate is open, come on in.....


A quote from her book Cross Creek:
“I do not understand how any one can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to”.

Goes along with my Make Magic March-right?! Her place was enchanting, indeed! The home is Florida Cracker Style of board and batten of hearty pine, with raised floor, high ceilings and many windows & doors for cross ventilation. It really was like stepping back in time:




A peek inside:


She even wrote a cookbook – Cross Creek Cookery, since she loved to cook. From all the foods she grew in her big garden and orchards. We even ate some of the citrus right off the trees, still being grown:



She kept chickens and ducks and there were some there too:


Even laid an egg:


They have guided tours of her house too, which we didn't do...we were wanting to stay outside and walk around. All things are kept as they were back in the 20's-40's, even the ones who work there wear period outfits of those times.



There are hiking trails in the woods around the 72 acres farm and home, which we went on.





You can see the orange tree on the right, in amongst the forest that grew around them in the grove:

A restored tenant house moved from a nearby family home, evokes memories of the original Rawlings tenant structure. It stands in the original area the other house was back in the 20's, where many who worked for her called home.


The barn and inside:


The porch was where Rawlings did most of her writing. She would be seated at her cypress table with its Palmetto palm post and deer hide chairs, enjoying the Florida breezes and watch what was happening on her farm and on the road. See her typewriter on the table:

That same porch was used as a place to sleep if it got too hot inside the house. (see the bed on the left)

All Major restoration was completed in 1996 and ongoing preservation work is ongoing.

There is a restaurant down the road that they said has to die for food and the locals named it The Yearling when it opened in 1952. It is considered one of the best restaurants in the state by Florida Trend Magazine. Some of the foods it has is something you don't see in most restaurants that I know of:
Venison, Cooter (Turtle), Froglegs, Alligator and Quail. We plan to visit that next time we are in the area...it has limited hours.

We are always going to our favorite enchanting places to go walk or bike, but also finding new magical places to have fun with our exercise!! I think Florida in itself is Magical...hey, we have Walt Disney World, don't we?!



Thanks for stopping by! Keep moving & making healthy choices! My plan is to get off this plateau I have been on for awhile! Need to work some magic!!….Connie

  
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TERRI289 3/16/2014 10:48PM

    Felt like I was there with you!!! Loved it! emoticon

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JLKCANADA 3/13/2014 9:33AM

    Great blog and pictures Connie! Work that magic!
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SHEENADEE 3/9/2014 9:42PM

    Hi Connie!

Thanks for the great story and pics. I know you can get off that plateau! March is a fabulous time to do just that.

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LISALGB 3/7/2014 9:28AM

    Oh, what a fantastic blog!! I absolutely love to visit historical places!! Ms. Rawlings certainly had an enchanting place indeed!!
Thanks so much for sharing such a beautiful place! If I am ever in that area, I will be certain to stop by for a visit.
Have a wonderful weekend, my lovely friend!!

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ALIHIKES 3/5/2014 10:07PM

    Connie thank you for sharing this delightful blog, I love historic areas. The buildings were very interesting to me, I like homes that reflect how people really live. Loved the photos, particularly the home, tenant farm, mushroom on the trail, and chicken! And I love your enthusiasm for walking and exploring natural and historic areas. emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 3/5/2014 11:09AM

    emoticon you for the grand tour and lovely photos

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JACKIE542 3/3/2014 1:10PM

    Another inspiring blog Connie, just love it. Motivating us to get out there and explore.
You just keep on moving doing the things you love and that should be a lesson to all of us.
Great history of the trails of Florida too. I would love to live in Marjorie Rawlings house. The Garden is already in, YAY!! I do have that sundial, mine is broken though. emoticon
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HICKOK-HALEY 3/3/2014 1:41AM

    I grew up with Orange Trees in our front and back yards. How I miss them. We can't grow them here. I love the old place. That's great they have restored the house etc. so people can enjoy. Love the old rocking chair. Looks like you had a fun day!

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MATSCHI 3/3/2014 12:00AM

    This is really cool Connie! Thanks for educating me about about great places in Florida. Just one question: what is a cooter?
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PATRICIAAK 3/2/2014 9:43PM

    magical moments

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KERRYG155 3/2/2014 7:00PM

    We have tried planning trips there a couple of times and haven't made it yet! One of these days we will. We went up to Nebraska in January and February and I swear it felt warmer there when it was below 10 degrees than 40 in Florida with the humidity.

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QUEENIEBELLE 3/2/2014 6:54PM

    Connie, Thanks for the guided tour! Wonderful pictures. As for this month of March- we can buckle down and see some real progress- let's do it together! HUGS.

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WALNUTT1961 3/2/2014 6:51PM

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation! I love history and enjoyed this so much. You do live in a magical place! I always feel like I learn something new and get to see beautiful places on the journeys you take us.

I am on that plateau too. We can beat it!

Have a great evening, Connie!
Lee Ann

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GAILANN48 3/2/2014 2:22PM

    Thanks for the tour...and the mini-vacation, Connie!

:) Gail

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SUSIEPH1 3/2/2014 1:47PM

  Lovely photos Connie .. Just a treat to see this lovely place with you my friends .. Many hugs and thanks for having us come along ... Love Susie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 3/2/2014 12:44PM

    Oh, wow, Connie! I love history so really enjoyed accompanying you on your tour! What a quaint house and I can see how it was suited to Florida's climate and conditions. We enjoyed seeing the oranges growing in the groves when we were there, such a new sight for us!
The photos made me feel that I was right there with you! I would love to see that preserved ranch one day! How far is it from the Tampa area?

I noticed you have a new photo on your page background! It is really beautiful! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 3/2/2014 12:27PM

    Lovely!! Thanks for taking me on a tour that I otherwise would never get to go one. emoticon emoticon

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GLORYB2014 3/2/2014 10:53AM

    Connie, thanks for the tour, I really enjoyed it! Always love your pictures, outings and expressive stories . . . they make my day!

The plateau will be broken, you're magic will win out!
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HOLLYM48 3/2/2014 9:08AM

    What a wonderful place to tour and to be able to walk thru! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Again, some day I would love to go on some of these great walking trails that Florida has done such a good job making and keeping up on!
Sorry your weather is turning so cold too, it just never ends as it is still below 0 here. I went out yesterday to go shopping and hit a patch of ice and almost lost control of the car. I almost had to steer into the snowbank but thankfully after a few minutes, I hit road again and I was able to break. Ufda, that was a very scary experience!
Keep up the great work Connie! March will be magical indeed!

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_LINDA 3/2/2014 8:57AM

    What an awesome place to visit!! So beautiful! Its great they are trying to keep it in its original state!!
Thanks for taking us along!

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DEB9021 3/2/2014 8:28AM

    Beautiful! Keep moving and eating well, and you will break that plateau soon! I just recently dropped a bit for the first time in a long while, so I know it can be frustrating to feel "stuck". But don't give up! It isn't about that darn number on the scale, after all. It's about getting fit, being healthy and feeling good. I can hear your energy and enthusiasm in your blogs, so you are doing awesome, no matter what that scale says. Make it a great March!

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EFFIEANNIE 3/2/2014 7:50AM

    That was really interesting Cathy. I learned something new from you today. Glad you are doing well. Stay warm, at least you don't have all the snow and ice we've got here. Love your pictures.

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NISSANGIRL 3/2/2014 7:43AM

    Awesome Blog!!! I am glad that u r not letting the cold stop u from going out and walking Connie, emoticon emoticon I am going to try and do the same, it just gets really cold here and especially this year. The pics of the house and property were beautiful! thanks so much for telling her story and posting this for us! Hope u have a wonderful Sunday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIADUBLIN 3/2/2014 7:20AM

    That was so fantastic, thank you so much for sharing. Great photos great story.
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BOOKISHFABLER 3/2/2014 6:38AM

    We have a place like this call the Florida Agricultural museum. Lots of old cracker farming, general store, farm animals. Brutus went with us and had a ball, chasing ducks, kissing a horse, and attempting to kiss a giant sow.
http://www.myagmuseum.com/
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hugs Heidi
Have a lovely weekend.

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 3/2/2014 2:01AM

    Great photos and thanks for sharing. emoticon
It was "hot" and sunny here today. 45 degrees, no wind, and after hiking for half an hour, I got sunburn. (Forgot to apply sunscreen.)

Not as hot as Florida though.
We are having an exceptionally warm winter... all our snow is going to the Midwest and East coast, I guess.

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WENDYJM4 3/2/2014 1:46AM

    thanks for sharing, I enjoyed looking at the pictures. Awesome place.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/2/2014 1:27AM

    Great pictures Connie. They have really kept the place up. I like how they implement the hiking allowing folks to enjoy the grounds & get their fitness minutes in emoticon

Great Walt Disney quote.

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JUSGETTENBY42 3/2/2014 1:23AM

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