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
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.
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!!
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