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Walking and Singing in the Rain BECAUSE I CAN!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Today I began with the excuse of not walking because it is raining out. Then I settled into my chair and began reading my emails.

Right away I saw an update on one of my Ally Cat Kids, Cody. Cody just recently had a BMT (bone marrow transplant) and is in the hospital again. Cody is 9 years old.

In his blog update, there it is. He slept for a while this morning, watched the Haiti Hurricane updates on CNN to see how the people are getting help. This really concerns him.

Then, Cody got out of bed and did some SPRINTING around his room, followed by a walk around the nurse's stations to visit.

I was humbled by this posting. I told myself "If Cody could get out of bed to exercise, I sure as heck can get out of the chair and do what I am supposed to be doing for my own betterment."

I got on my shoes, jacket, pedometer, timer, and hat. Out the door went Winsten and I.

Yes, indeed, it was RAINING and the wind was blowing a lot. But the temperature was 49 degrees, so that wasn't so bad.

I began my walk with a song. I actually sang to the trees, sky, rain, Winsten and Cody. I sang "Singing in the Rain", which seemed appropriate.

After the first mile, I let Winsten in the house so he could get dried off by DH. Winsten does NOT like rain. Dropping him off, I continued my walk.

The rain helped me go faster than normal, and I completed 4.5 miles in 47 minutes. But that is not the good news.

The GOOD news is that while walking, I got out of myself. I chugged along, and started thinking about all "my" kids fighting cancer.

What do you suppose those kids would think if they were told they could go out and walk in the rain??

They sometimes cannot even leave the hospital for months at a time, much less say get outside. Some of those children will never again feel the rain on their faces.

They would JUMP at the chance to walk in the rain again!!

So I walked. And I prayed. And I was filled with gratitude that I was walking in the rain.............BECAUSE I CAN!!

I need no other reason than that!

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LOVESCAMPING 1/20/2010 4:13PM

    Sometimes God sends us messages in the most unexpected forms.

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KAROUSELL46 1/18/2010 10:04PM

    You are truly a gifted person. Not only can you build your beautiful quilts, you can write some wonderful blogs. I think that the birds were your back up singers...Karen

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KAYDE53 1/17/2010 10:24PM

    Great blog! It's a wonderful work that you do and you're so right about those kids who would be thrilled to be able to take a walk. We just take it for granted; thanks for the reminder not to do that.. Bless you!! emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/17/2010 5:44PM

    No excuses for me either...But sure wish I had a "Winston" to walk with.....Then I thought about it and remembered that I was blessed to have" Jesus" along on my walk.

Thanks for reminding me of that. emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 1/16/2010 12:27PM

    I am always inspired while and after reading one of your humbling posts. I really appreciate your sharing of yourself with us and 'your' kids.
Now, I must go outside in the cold and walk. No more excuses.

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the Devil Made Me Post This

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Subject: Whale or Mermaid?

Recently, in a large city in France , a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym.

It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans.)

They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales.

They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia !

Whales are wonderful singers, and have even recorded CDs !

They are incredible creatures and have virtually no predators other than humans.

They are loved, protected and admire by almost everyone in the world.

AND.......to Whom It May Concern Mermaids don't exist.

If they did exist they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psycho-analysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human?

They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to
mention......how could they have sex?

Just look at them ... where is......... " IT " ?

Therefore, they don't have kids either.

The choice is perfectly clear to me:

I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful. But I prefer to
enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece ofchocolate with my friends !

(With time, we gain weight) because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes to the rest of our bodies.

So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, "Good grief, look how smart I am!? emoticon

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SUSAN_MARIE 1/13/2010 1:10AM

  yes that is awesome!!!! someone really needs to pass the picture and response around the schools... all those girls that are already trying to be mermaids really need to see how silly and unhealthy it is, and the whales need to be reminded of how wonderful they already are :)

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POOH_BEAR_69 1/12/2010 7:16PM

    That is too funny... I think I'd much rather be a whale too! Gotta love that logic!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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NOTFATCAT 1/12/2010 6:53PM

    Right on.

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HOTTCOUTURE 1/12/2010 6:35PM


The pressure society,tv,magazines place on us kids and adults men and women to be thin is crazy!

But that is why we as parents have to teach our kids and ourselves to love and embrace who we are...to hold our head up high and have confidence in who we are to know tell our kids it's ok to be a individual!

I think that the adults are struggling more now with self acceptance than our kids are...some adults self esteem and self confidence is lower than the kids!

I teach my kids what ever you do in life you do it because you want to not because it will look good... That regardless of what size you are you love yourself inside and out that God did not create everyone to be the same.

If you want to lose weight do it for you!

But what I make sure to show them is regardless of your size how thin you are how much money you have the DEVIL still attacks in thier lives!

And that they maybe small/thin and have money .....but they still have the same PROBLEMS and MORE as normal every day people!

I'm with you I'll take being a WHALE!

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TOWHEE 1/12/2010 5:10PM

    Perfect !

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/12/2010 5:00PM

    That's a whale of a tale!


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VGIMLET 1/12/2010 4:41PM

    eh heh heh.

Excellent. I especially liked the "mermaids don't exist" line. emoticon

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DARCEYOH 1/12/2010 4:37PM

    Man I must be REALLY smart then! emoticon

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NJ_HOU 1/12/2010 4:07PM

  well - i loved the woman's response to the typical commecial onzie zingger Good Luck

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SUESMITH73 1/12/2010 4:06PM

    Love it!!! emoticon

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BACONLADY 1/12/2010 4:05PM

    That is priceless!! Thanks for posting it!!!

Anna Sue

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Walking in the Pink

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Winsten and I got out of the house for our walk a bit late this morning.

I woke up and looked out the window at an incredibly beautiful pink and red sky. Rushed to get dressed, shoes on, find the pedometer and timer, whistled for sleepy head Winsten, and away we went.

We didn't get the best of the glory of the sunrise, but I did manage to get some of it.

We were definitely "In the Pink" as the saying goes.

It was so invigorating that we did 5.25 miles in 61 minutes.

I truly believe I could have done more, but I am increasing my mileage in small steps so as to not burn out or get my body sore.

It is absolutely amazing as to how much stronger I feel after these walks. I definitely get a "Glow On"!

Now, off to the shower and then to the quilt room.

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RELGRAM 1/12/2010 5:17PM

  Love this blog, and you , bearwife!

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DARCEYOH 1/11/2010 2:24PM

    I have yet to figure out where you live. I know the town, but with my knowledge of this area, and seeing you're pictures I can not figure it out. lol.

Absolutely beautiful scenery to view when you're walking. and 5.25 miles in 61 minutes is fantastic! Bet you're just wearin' the soles out in your shoes!

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SWEETBUNS2B 1/10/2010 3:17PM

    Way to go!!! I love the sky in the morning because it is God's canvas and he has the prettiest colors and they cannot be reproduced by any machine that man has made. We can come close but not paint the sky as beautifully as the Lord. God truly is amazing and wonderful and no matter how I feel during the day I know that he is with me and he let's me know that he is wonderful everyday.
Just think, if the earth were closer to the sun we would burn up and if we were further away we would freeze. If our brain didn't tell our heart to pump, and our heart didn't pump blood to our brains we would die. If we lost or gained one chromosome we would not be humans. If our bodies did not function properly everyday we would not be able to listen to beautiful music by artists, read books by authors or see beauty in the world.
Keep up the good work and remember to enjoy a little beauty in everyday.

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NOTFATCAT 1/10/2010 1:54PM

    You are sure keeping true to yourself this month. Good for you.
Keep it up.

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KAROUSELL46 1/10/2010 1:35PM

    The skies have been beautiful in the mornings. I need to learn how to operate the camera to capture some. You are doing excellent in your mileage and time in for your walking. The woods are so much more inviting than this pavement around my house. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Shipping Tonnage

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Well, well, well. Here I am at weigh in day. I figured it would be pretty good, because I have been diligent with my program this past week.

I am happy to report that today I shipped off 2 pounds of tonnage to Never Again Island. I did not put a return address on the package.

Do you know about Never Again Island? It is a very busy place indeed.

There are all kinds of STUFF shipped to and fro from there each day. Stuff like cigarettes, tonnage, chocolate, bigger clothes, poor choices in lovers and partners, goals, promises, resolutions, friends.............all kinds of stuff.

I have sent all of the above to Never Again Island, but always seemed to put my return address on it, and sure enough, it all came back.

THIS time, I am not using any return address labels!

I shipped cigarettes over there, no return address.

I shipped bigger clothes over there, no return address.

I shipped alcohol over there a long, long time ago, no return address, and it has never returned.

I shipped poor choices in PEOPLE over there, no return address.

I gave up even thinking about sending chocolate over there again. I am not going to do that any more. Send the chocolate, I mean! I will keep the chocolate and continue to eat it wisely. (I am learning how to do that quite successfully, except for those damned Oreo cookies!)

I have considered sending the Oreos over, too, but so far haven't found the courage.

I set GOALS now, not resolutions.

The resolutions package was sent quite a long time ago, with no return label. WHY? you might be asking.

Simple. I never made a resolution that I ever kept. So by not making any more of them, I save on a butt load of shipping costs.

We all know what those shipping costs are. The "Oh crap! I did it again!" and "I thought you QUIT that (Ms. Smarmy!)"? and the other one "I'll do it later".

All too costly.

Now goals. Goals are a different story completely. I personally do not put dates on my goals. That seems like a resolution carved in iron to me.

I keep my goals in a "free form". I am very careful about what goals I set for myself. I am old enough now to know to keep things within reason and within ability. I am no Spring Chicken, ya know!

Another thing about getting older is that I have gotten wiser about who my friends are. I don't invite those who become mill stones around my neck to enter my world. If someone doesn't like me, I don't worry about it, because chances are, I don't like THEM either!

Sad sacks are OUT!! so are the "Snot and Snivelers". Blamers are bummers.

I have also learned that it is not my fault as to whom I am related to. I have some real crack pot relatives, let me tell you! I stay away from them, too. This thing about blood being thicker than water can be tossed out by the best of us. I don't choose to play well with some others. In fact, I don't choose to play with them at all.

I don't have much else to report, except that Spark has changed my life. And now I have to get my shoes on and hit the road so I can change the scale reading.

Bye bye.

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SUESMITH73 1/11/2010 2:40PM

    I am starting to ship some things too!

Great job on the 2 lbs.!! Keep on walking!

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NOTFATCAT 1/9/2010 6:09PM

    Right on, sister.

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    Never Again Island - great idea!

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SWEETBUNS2B 1/9/2010 3:59PM

    I agree with you about the Oreo's but I have learned how to keep from eating too many. I don't buy them unless it is an emergency. I like your idea about the island. I also have a place like that but for some reason my socks and my keys seem to end up there on a weekly basis. Somehow the keys make it back but with the socks only one returns. I will send a few things to your Island but I hope that you don't run out of room there.

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DARCEYOH 1/9/2010 3:56PM

    That's great! 2 pounds gone!

There's so much more to worry about and deal with than people and things that don't really matter to us anyways. "Friends" are important in our lives, but if they cause more havic or drama in our lives, then they're not real friends. I'm lucky to learn about this early enough, so I can choose the right people, the good people, and the people who will truley mean something to me.

And trust me, totally understand about the family issue. I have tons and tons of relatives. Some I deal with on a regular bases. While all of my relatives matter to me, there are those that I protect, support, and make it a point to keep them in my life. Others... I may not agree with their lifestyle choices and choose not to participate in their life, nor allow them to be in mine.

Especially now, the choices I make will impact my present and future. Some people may not ever understand the things we do to make our lives happier, but over all it is our choice and if it makes us feel like the best person we can be, then that's all that matters.

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TRIGFROST 1/9/2010 3:43PM

    GOD BLESS YOU "Women"... I want to borrow your Shipping Tonnage".. emoticon

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14JESUSGIRL 1/9/2010 3:36PM

    Too cute! I like your Never Again Island. I'll see if I can ship some stuff over there too!
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RELGRAM 1/9/2010 3:35PM

  Sounds like a good idea to ship stuff away with no return postage. I gots lots of baggage to be shipped away. Resentment, poor me's, "Why am I fat's", clutter, "don't wanta's", and I could go on and on. Thankfully, I have support and encouragement from ya'll, and can ship the other stuff away. Thanks, 1BEARWIFE, I needed that.

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/9/2010 3:32PM

    last time I shipped some tonnage to "Never Again Island" I must have forgotten and put my return address on the package...cause over the holidays it came back to me. Now I'm in the process of packing it up to send back again. thank you for reminding me to forget the return address label.
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COLEENCOLE 1/9/2010 2:30PM

    How clever. I like Never Again Island.

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Walking, Meditation and Quilting

Friday, January 08, 2010

This photo was taken on New Year's Day. It was the New Beginning for me and Winsten.

We (actually I) decided to set a personal challenge of walking 700 miles in 2010.

Winsten didn't have much to say about it, but he does wag his tail while we are walking. I think he is "IN" on the idea, for the most part. But some days, he lets me know that he has no intention of charging out when he could just as well curl up on the sofa with Meng Tsu and take long winter naps.

I have been known to take a few of those myself.

I set a weekly challenge for myself to walk a minimum of 8 miles per week. This week is not over, and I have completed over 10 miles so far. Good, but not good enough. 17.26 miles down, only 682.74 to go!

Today, while walking, I really focused on what was going on with my body. I started focusing on my feet, worked up to my calves, and then felt my thigh muscles working right along.

I could feel my abdomen getting a cross training workout as I swung my arms while I walked. My hips loosened up, and they felt lubricated the farther I went.

I could actually feel the muscles in my back, working in an "X" pattern.

My circulation in the arms was increased, my breathing was stronger than normal, but with rhythm of health.

My heart was beating a good cadence, getting a nice cardio workout, making my heart stronger and healthier.

This meditative walk today made me realize once more how much I want to live a very long, healthy life. It is good to know I am taking self accountability toward that.

I have let a few days go by without really doing my planned and committed workout. Instead, I have been QUILTING, QUILTING, QUILTING!

I have received two more requests for quilts for "my kids", and they always take top priority, as you guys already know.

My two new kids are two teenage sisters who live in Vancouver, B.C. I am friends with their grandmother (Wendy)who lives here in my village, and she told me their story.

Remember when Vancouver had all that rain and floods right before Christmas?

Well, this family got caught up in all that, and lost everything. They are now staying in a cabin which was donated to them by someone in Vancouver, but they still have nothing salvageable. Hence, the quilts.

I am making each of the girls twin bed size flannel "rag" quilts. One will be finished today, and then I can start sewing the other, which is already cut up and the sandwiches are together. Hopefully I will get them finished to be delivered within a week or so.

My friend, Wendy will be taking the ferry over some time this month, and I want the quilts to go with her.

You know, with all the confusion and unpleasantness going on world wide, it can be difficult to find happiness some days. I find mine in the quilt room or on our walks.

When I am planning a quilt for someone in need, all the rest of the world's problems seem to fade away, and happiness and joy begins to creep in, ever so silently.

I begin to think about the recipient of the quilt, and how much the quilt will mean when he or she gets it. I think of how many years the quilt will last, and how many miles it will travel.

I think of how very blessed I am that God has chosen to give me the talent and ability to do this as my life's Mission.

God and I just chat up a storm while these quilts are coming together. It's not really PRAYER, it is more CONVERSATIONS.

We discuss the weather, music, art, children, nature, animals..........anything that comes to mind.

The cats and Winsten usually join in with their say so, too. They all have their opinions as to what is going on, and voice them loudly.

Especially the cats. They consider themselves to be quite the color and quilt experts, and give their critique freely and often.

A lot more than quilting goes on in that room, my friends. A whole lot more. All of it good.

A great way to begin a new day!

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14JESUSGIRL 1/9/2010 10:10AM

    Beautiful blog! I needed some inspiration to get to work on my grandson's quilt and your blog did just that! I have a siamese cat too, 18 years old.
Thanks for the motivation!
Love in Christ!
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LOULOUBELLE2 1/9/2010 9:55AM

    What a awesome "Long Distance Angel" you are......Your story telling is fantastic to.
Love Ya, you keep me focused.

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BACONLADY 1/9/2010 9:04AM

    You are such a beautiful person! Blessings on you!

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SCOUTHARPS 1/9/2010 1:16AM

  Aabsolutely! I have a golden as well, and a siamese. Along with a lab, and 2 whatever cats. You are right--a quilt is something special, especially to those who need a long term hug.

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NOTFATCAT 1/8/2010 6:40PM

    A great start to the new year and your goals.
Good attitude, also.

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DARCEYOH 1/8/2010 5:45PM

    I bet you guys get a lot of snow in the winter time!

It's so nice to be able to find a place, a time, a spot of your own and be able to feel at peace.

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MPENNE 1/8/2010 5:33PM

    Loved reading your blog. Thanks

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KAROUSELL46 1/8/2010 4:44PM

    I like the qlimpse of snow in your photo. I look out my backdoor and see the snow covered mtns and sure would like some down here for just a couple of days. My doggies love it. You do a beautiful job on your quilts. All built with love....Karen

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ELSEEBEE 1/8/2010 3:11PM

    Beautiful blog! I'm so glad to read about someone else who finds walking meditative! It truly is a wonderful way to boost your health.

I am a beginning quilter and found your photos so inspiring! My quilting room is a place where I find a lot more than sewing going on, too. When I get frustrated with something I'm trying to learn to do, I can just sit there and the most wonderful peace enters the room. I'm blessed that I have a huge room in my basement for my studio that has a window that looks out on the garden. My DH put a feeder and birdbath out there and I have many little visitors who come to entertain me when I'm sitting at my machine.

Keep enjoying those walks with Winsten! You'll have those 700 miles done in no time!

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