Friday, January 20, 2012
YAHOO ON ME!!!!!!!
I am back in from shoveling snow for 115 minutes, and toted a sawhorse up my East Driveway so no one can try to drive on it.
That's TWO YAHOOS!!
I weighed in and see that I shoveled away 1.5 pounds.
That's THREE YAHOOS!!
I have some wonderful home made stew that I started yesterday and am now heating up on the stove.
That's FIVE YAHOOS.
I was going to bake bread to go with the stew, but got too busy and forgot to make it. That means I won't be eating a lot of delicious, home made bread with gobs of butter!!
That's SIX YAHOOS.
I realized that shoveling snow is a better thing than shoveling horse........ahem.
That's SEVEN YAHOOS!!
I can clean my snow shovel with a hose and put it right away.
That's EIGHT YAHOOS!!
I'm going to do some quilting this afternoon.
That's NINE YAHOOS!
I did my blog today.
That's TEN YAHOOS!!!!!
That's a whole lot of YAHOOS for me. I feel great about them!
Got any YAHOOS you want to tell us about???
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Before I moved to Washington state, we lived on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in CA. We had a view all the way from Carmel to Santa Cruz, and we had a ranch.
I had horses on that ranch, along with dogs, cats, peacocks, wild turkeys, coyotes, and cougars. My life was full.
For those of you who have never had a ranch or horses, here's some news for you.
They are wonderful, beautiful, intelligent beings, and are so easy to love. The smell of horses is a wonderful, soul-soothing thing, and nothing in the world compares to giving a horse a big hug.
But they are also a lot of work. You have to feed them twice a day, at the same time. You have to keep track of their water levels, make sure you have called in the alfalfa order and made room in the barn for the tons of it. You have to remember when it is time for the vet to come out and give them an annual check up, and when the ferrier is coming to do their hooves.
Horses need currying, and brushing, and their teeth floated. Their ears need to be checked for ticks, and they need to be kept clean. Horses rarely like getting their ears cleaned, so that takes some doing.
Have you ever given a horse a bath? Yep, horses need to have baths. That is usually a several hour job. And they need exercising and training daily.
That means you have to haul heavy saddles, fight the bit, and make sure the cinch is nice and tight, and that the horse has not kepts its stomach all bloated out, which they do when they know a saddle is in the same vicinity.
Along with all this, there is the care and maintenance of their gear. Saddle soaping and conditioning the bridles, reins, saddles, and keeping their blankets clean. And you have to keep the bedding in the stalls fresh and clean.
Oh, yes. There is one other little thing among the many I haven't listed here.
You have to shovel. You have to shovel out their stalls every single day.
Horses do not do little doodies like dogs or cats or birds. No. Horses do BIG DOODIES, piles and piles of doodies. And YOU get to shovel it. AND have it hauled away.
I made the decision to not move my horses when I came up here.
Hauling horses across mountain ranges is not a good thing to do, because there are some damned mean people out there who try to force horse trailers off the roads because they don't go fast enough. And horses can't travel in trailers for long periods of time, so you have to make arrangements along the way for them to be able to pasture 6-8 hours every day, and get plenty of rest outside the trailer. Professional horse haulers are not easy to come by either, so you have to be real careful there too.
Anyway, back to shoveling and doodies.
I believed that, moving up here without horses would end my shoveling days. Not so.
It snows where I now live, and we have a big circular driveway on a very steep hill. It doesn't snow all the time, and most of the time we have pretty good weather.
Not the case this week.
We got dumped on, big time.
Some of you may remember when I shoveled snow last year, too, and made my Snow Queen.
Well, I haven't made a Snow Queen or even a Snow Tramp, but I sure have been shoveling!!
I've been shoveling for two days. DH shoveled with me for two days. Winnie was delighted with the snow, and perched himself in the deepest snow mound he could find, grinning from ear to ear and panting.
Ya gotta love them Goldens!!
So here I am, haven't done anything with Nicole for a couple days, but my body might as well have. I've got aches and pains in places I didn't know my body had!!
Hot bath time!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Well, not exactly "WAS", because it ain't over yet.
I did 42 minutes with The Beast, doing the fat-tourching, calorie-blasting workout with her.
KINDA with her.
I did fairly well this morning with the warm up part. I actually pretty much kept up with her. But then came the rest of the workout.
It was supposed to be 30 minutes, but it took ME 42.
It takes longer if you have to stop and rewind the stupid video because you layed too long on the floor and needed to find out what I missed.
There is one part in particular I want to tell you about. That is the one-legged balancing act.
I have a hard time balancing on both feet, to say nothing of trying to balance with one leg LIFTED UP HIGH AND OFF TO THE SIDE OF MY BODY!!!
I tip over. I don't FALL; I TIP, just like the little tea pot, short and stout.
My first tip over landed on YeowLing. She let out a YEEEEOOOOOWWWWWLLLL, hissed, raised her back, and fled the room. Let me tell you, that cat has LUNGS!
DH came running in, and just by one look from me, he followed the cat out.
I get back up, and try to do the lifted leg off to the side again, and this time tip over into Flicka, my computer.
I have to take time out to pick up all the papers and junk that I knocked off the desk.
Rewind the video again. Find the last tip over spot, click play, and this time, I am much too clever to try the side leg raised thing while managing to move my arms holding weights, all at the same time.
I am woman, therefore, can multi-task. Some how, though, I can't seem to grasp it with Nicole's antics. My hands hold the weights, my arms move, and my feet stay put.
Then I do the back dip thing, and am supposed to bring the weights up in the air at the same time or something, and my feet get all tangled up, and I land on the rowing machine.
I pick my bruised, battered body back up, and wonder how many calories I burn when I do that.
Rewind, hit play again, and oh, goodie. Now she is on the floor with the weights. I look forward to this one, because it means I won't tip over and go through a wall or two.
I'm on the floor, on my back, legs bent, and have weights in my arms. We lift the weights up so they meet, and then down we go again. I can do this. Then we sit on the floor, and do some more arm things. Then we move on to leaning back, and do weighty things with our arms, which brings attention to not only the arms, but the abdomen, too.
While abdomen and arms whisper nasty things about me, I continue on. I'm pretty good at the weights as long as I am (a) sitting on the floor, (b) lying on the floor, and (c) standing on both feet.
I finally finish up with all the shenanigans she thinks of, and it is with great relief that I find myself still breathing and able to move my appendages without too much agony.
I stick the Beast and her DVD back in its holder, and gleefully shove it on the shelf. That takes care of HER for the day! Other than the pain she has caused me, I can forget about her for another 24 hours.
I pull out one of the DVDs of dancing, and give it a try. It's called "Body Groove with Misty Tripoli. It comes in a set of 4 different DVDs, so I begin with the first one. (That's because it sounds like the easiest.)
It is called "Spirit Groove", and she tells us to "move our bodies move to the rhythm of the music in whatever way feels right". Sounds good, doesn't it.
She does these suggestions of low-impact, high-energy workout, and it is actually fun.
I move my wrists, clench my hands, move my elbows, then shoulders, then hips, head...........all the while I am getting lost in the beat and the fun.
I haven't moved like that in a very long time, and I am beginning to suspect a new adventure awaits me as I go through these discs. I suspect I will once again claim my body freedom.
And guess what! Misty Tripoli isn't nasty and vindictive like Nicole. She doesn't expect me to balance on one foot or anything.........at least not so far!!
Brother! What a workout day it really was!!!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
yes. I did Day Two of Boot Camp.
In fact, I did TWO bootcamps, not counting the warm up.
Er, at least I ATTEMPTED to do the two bootcamps. Let's just say "I did it MY way" and leave it at that.
When Nicole (otherwise known as The Beast) begins all that jumping jacks and whirling in circles and hopping all over the place, she loses me. I jog in place rather than jumping jacks and hopping.
I tried the circle thing and ran in to the wall, face first. NOT fun!
Then she does these impossible moves with weights. I really give those a try, because my arm flaps need trimming.
I actually manage to pretty much stay up with her on the weight thing, although sometimes I switch to my own way. But I do weights as well as I can.
while she is doing some inane moves, I do modified push ups. I also do modified bridges.
But I keep moving, and am glistening right along.
I work out for 90 minutes, some with her, some with just me, Winnie and YeowLing.
Then I remember that Sunday is supposedly my DAY OFF!
Not that I regret the workout, in fact, I must admit it feels rather good underneath all the pain and agony.
My favorite? The stretches afterward!!!
I'm still new to this video, so can't really critique it yet. But so far?
AT LEAST IT HAS ME MOVING!
I also received my new dance video workouts, but haven't gotten in to them yet. I wonder: If I do DANCE in place of Boot Camp, does that count????
Saturday, January 14, 2012
This morning Winnie and I went for our usual Constitutional walk. It looked like a nice day, so I wasn't really paying attention to where my feet were going.
But then Winnie slipped sideways. He never does that!
I very soon found out why he did it. There was black ice all over the driveway.
So okay. We would walk up the driveway (it's a steep one!) to the road, and we would stay on the grass.
Right. The GRASS had black ice on it too.
We persevered, and finally made it up to the road. Ah. This ought to be much easier!
Uh, not really. The road was covered with black ice too, and so was the grass along side it.
Those of you who know me and Winnie know we are not quitters. We kept on going, sometimes actually walking, most times slipping and a-sliding.
I tried doing a "skater's step", and found that my feet would actually glide along the top of the road.
Hey, wait a minute! Maybe this doesn't have to be so treacherous after all. I haven't ice skated in around 50 years. I wonder if I remember "how"?
So I let the leash all the way out and tried gliding with the other foot. Hey! It worked! I "skated" the rest of the way to the mailbox and back, a total of 1/2 mile.
It was raining when we left, but snowing by the time we got back. the hill down the driveway wasn't any better, and it is too steep to "ice glide", so it took us quite a while to arrive at the front door.
But we were smiling when we got home. I am not sure if Winnie was smiling because he was HOME, or if he actually had fun on the walk, but at least he got to do his doodie without falling over.
I came upstairs and did my first day of the 28 day Boot Camp DVD. Or perhaps I should say I did MY version of the first day.
Nicole looked all organized and together, like she knew what she is doing.
I, on the other hand, looked a lot like a frog in the blender. My legs and arms were all over the place, all akimbo, and even YeowLing didn't stay in the room with me, which she usually does.
But I kept on moving, so I am taking credit for it.
I have no doubt Nicole and this boot camp are going to kill me. I suspect she is from a different planet, in that she can do all these moves so smoothly.
I am going to go in to my quilt room and safely cut out another quilt to sew.
I wonder if they quilt on Nicole's planet??
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