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NC Snow, FL fun 'n sun and Kenya update

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Doctor's appointments required I be in Florida this week. I've been delighted to be here. I did 75 minutes in the pool that was heated to 84 F with an outdoor temp of 72. Absolutely lovely.

When I returned homefrom the pool, I had a message from the family keeping an eye on my NC home. They had had an inch of snow, and were expecting at least another inch.

She's going to send me pictures so I can see my house in the snow. I'm missing all the pictures I wanted to get, but my body is blessed by the warmth.

Please remind me of this in August if I start complaining about how hot I am when I'm supposed to be getting in my walking miles!!

In the meantime, I'd better get the Yorkie out for a run.

Kenya update: the group arrived safely, and have traveled to the village where they are to build the medical center. Everyone in the village greeted them. The luggage was finally straightened out and my sister was finally able to take excedrin for her headache. No internet at Nairobi airport or the motel. So everyone was calling home with the group phone.

My sister has her own room and mosquito netting is installed over the bed.
She's been travelling 3 days without a shower, so she's hoping to clean up and get a good night's sleep.

Speaking of walking in the heat of summer, technically it is summer in Kenya right now. They probably think it is summer there year round since they are right on the equator. I'd need a ton of sun screen!!

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SAGELADY2 2/9/2013 10:22AM

    Just a few short years and I'll be basking in the FL sunshine too! Can't wait.

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CHRISTINASP 2/3/2013 7:15AM

    Glad to hear your sister is safe.
The warm temperature sounds SO GOOD to me right now! Just came in from a very, very cold bike ride.

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ANGEL1066 2/2/2013 10:45PM

    The pool sounds delicious! So glad you could enjoy it. It is hard to picture NC under snow, but then, this has been a crazy weather year. My best wishes for the medical clinic - how exciting!

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NORASPAT 2/2/2013 8:21PM

    Great the news finally arrived so now you can be reassured all's well.
Great job with your dog walks that is a great motivation. Enjoy your warmth. I like people but I do not like crowds or crowded highways it has been a nice day today but cold. That snow at your house is heading our way. Glad all is well, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PSHOWS 2/2/2013 6:57PM

    You made me think of the warmth and the sunshine Brrrr! May I add you ass a friend?

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LINDA! 2/2/2013 6:43PM

    Yes, I love living in Florida. At least we have sunny skies and warm temps. I recall many cold winters in Ohio. I don't want to go through that again.

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CBRINKLEY401 2/2/2013 5:34PM

    Glad to hear your sister made it ok.
Enjoy your nice warm weather. We are in the teens here near Chicago. Even the dogs don't want to go for walks, just outside to take care of business and then they want back in right away!

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Out of sorts, waiting on word from Kenya

Friday, February 01, 2013

Lots of walking today. Jewels joined me for a mile early this morning. Then 1.8 miles on the bike trail after it warmed up. Then another half a mile with my dog and my sister's dog.

Have I mentioned that she is on her way to Kaugi Vilage, Kenya to begin work on building a medical center up on a mountain. Kaugi Village is right on the equator. 12 miles away from modern conveniences.

I don't know how much time they will have to blog while over there, but if you are interested in seeing how the medical center comes along, here's a link. They are supposed to post to a blog, but there's been no activity since 1/30, the day before they flew out of Tampa.

I'm hoping I'll have the e-mail sometime tonight that they made the trip from Heathrow to Kenya safely!!

I need to spend a little time being a responsible adult while I wait for word. My kitchen needs a good "putting everything in its place." Actually, it needs a general 27 fling boogie to make room to cook.

I'll probably fall asleep and miss the e-mail. I'm getting too old to pull an all-nighter. I didn't even stay awake for New Year's Eve. Pitiful!!

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JO88BAKO 2/2/2013 8:38AM

    Thanks for adding me as a friend. Hope you get news soon. That is an awesome project!

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CHRISTINASP 2/2/2013 6:53AM

    Hope you have received the news by now...

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LJCANNON 2/1/2013 9:04PM

    emoticon I know it is hard to relax when we have someone Traveling, but Pat is right. Be the 'Responsible Adult' about the Chores, say a Prayer, and Get A Good Night's Rest.

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NORASPAT 2/1/2013 8:26PM

    Hi there no need for a one nighter if it comes it will still be waiting patiently in the morning and you will have energy to spare after a good nights sleep. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep us posted please. I am sure there has to have been flight delays. HUGS Pat

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January 2013 Accountability, or how are those goals? Are you Resolute, Bravelute?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

If you are interested in seeing my goals, here's the link to that blog:

1 Be Healthy: I have stuck to Eat to Live, choosing anti-angiogenic foods first, and maintaining fiber above 35 grams daily. I have avoided processed foods, except for canned legumes when I had no dried beans to prepare. I went through the drive through just once, and that was on the trip back home from NC to FL. I had food with me for the first day, but ran out the second. I stayed within calorie range but it was difficult to get in enough fruits and vegetables and the sodium went sky high.

I lost 9 pounds in January. I bought a pair of very tight jeans size 16 in mid December. They wouldn't do up then. I am wearing them very comfortably today, except I should hem them. They have grown 2 inches longer. Other jeans I was wearing in November now fall off.

I see 2 doctors next week. I'll come back and edit with their reports/comments.

2. Be a playful, responsible Adult
Playful activities: climbing the mountain, buying and using a tabletop ergometer/pedometer, medicine ball, resistance straps, trampoline for NC house, swimming and walking when it was horribly cold outside, zumba DVD, new classes at the gym

Responsible Adult: didn't listen to those whiny voices that said, it's raining, I can't walk today. It's too cold to go swimming. You can't make it up that mountain!!

Instead I took out a gym membership, used the treadmill, walked the riverwalk whenever it wasn't raining or icy, joined new group classes, including water classes, bought exercise equipment for the house for when i couldn't drive to town, and tracked over 2000 fitness minutes in January.

Nurture Relationships
Made it a point to give more than a smile to people I encountered in NC. Some of those impromptu meetings were described in blogs. Tried to be supportive on SP, giving more than an emoticon as a response, but a meaningful response. Back in Fla. a woman made it known she was also going to the Y when I mentioned I had paid since April and only gone once. We're going to water zumba or water aerobics tonight.

Make My Spirit Soar
The month in NC was spent reading--
Reread Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles
Reread Martha Beck's Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
And creatively dealing with the cold weather, figuring out how to get in workouts in an unforgiving, cold, wet and icy foreign world.

I wanted to get some pictures of the icicles on the mountainsides but that never happened. It was dangerous driving once that ice started. But I did get pictures along the river walk of the Hiawasee River in flood.

It was a time to rest, rejuvenate, hibernate, and get ready for the bright light that is Florida. I would like to bring that light into my paintings in February.

All in all, I consider it a very successful month.

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CHRISTINASP 2/1/2013 10:47AM

    Wow, you did A LOT! Enjoy your accomplishments!

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HHLTD1 2/1/2013 12:51AM

    Great job. I think it is wonderful that you have made so many changes and stuck with it. I am having difficulties with just the couple that I have.

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NORASPAT 1/31/2013 5:06PM

    It all sounds good. I must admit some of the words are over my head but it sounded good anyway,I hope you go faithfully to your Y I did for almost 8 years till they built the new one and the water is always cold for the swim team. I miss the water but too far to find a nice warm pool HUGS Pat in Maine.

Hoping your tests come out well emoticon Pat

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LVSHOPE 1/31/2013 4:57PM

    Thanks for being such an encoragement to me... Western NC is one of my favorite spots. Especially love it in Fall & Spring. emoticon emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 1/31/2013 4:37PM

    Good for you. Keep up the good work.

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I am your Cheerleader

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I am your cheerleader.
Look to me when life seems to put you down.
Look to me when you hear that negative voice.
Know that you are not hearing my voice then.
Because I know how wonderful you are.
If you think you have been absolutely worthless, know that I am here, beaming with pride in what you have become and what you will become.
My beaming face brings light to a dreary world.
I am the parent who gives you unconditional love.
I am the one who can show you how to give that unconditional love to YOURSELF, even when you think you are something less than perfect.
I can help you heal those old wounds and move on to become your destiny.
I can help you become a cheerleader to others in your life.

2 - 4 - 6 - 8
Who do we appreciate??
Y O U!!

This soul collage card is dedicated to a dear friend.

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CHRISTINASP 1/31/2013 8:10AM

    What a beautiful card this is. Ditto for the text.
I particularly am touched by the word 'cheerleader'. We don't have cheerleaders here in my country, but I understand the concept very well. I like how you used it in this text.
It seems to be connected to (not) hearing / listening to 'negative voices'. I also like the notion of having a cheerleader who teaches us to be a cheerleader to others.

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Back Home . . .

Monday, January 28, 2013

It was an uneventful trip. Nothing happened that I can turn into an exaggerated story. As some of you saw, the pool at the motel was indoors, but way too cold to stick your toe into. And I couldn't figure out the treadmill. I had it set on manual, no incline, but it would flip over to 12 incline and 7 MPH with no warning. I wasn't successful making it stop and I also wasn't able to keep up with that intensity, so I switched over to the rowing machine.

The bed was the softest bed I've ever slept in in a motel, and the pillows were like rocks.

Breakfast (free) choices included hard boiled eggs, sausage patties, strawberry yogurt, bagel, cream cheese, cheese danish, fruit loops, milk, and coffee with cream available. They also had apples and oranges available. I wasn't too impressed with anything except the apple, since I had a box of clementines in the car.

When I got to my exit in Florida it was 82 degrees and sunny. I went for a mile walk at 7:10 with Jewels (my Yorkie.) She is pooped now, and I can tell I'd better go to bed soon, because I plan to hit the gym.

Not going to pay for it anymore down here without using it. Tomorrow, I'm going to check out the water aerobics classes.

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SAGELADY2 1/30/2013 9:51PM

    Glad to see you made it back ok. I'm taking the evening off to catch up on things. I was in the 70's yesterday!! But now, the temps are 30 and dropping to the teens with snow and 30 mph winds. So....lemme outta here!!!!

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ANGEL1066 1/29/2013 10:18PM

    Water aerobics are great! Enjoy!

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SHARJOPAUL 1/29/2013 9:24AM

    Good that you made it home safely

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SHYFEMMEKAT 1/29/2013 8:33AM

    Glad you're back home safe and sound!

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CHRISTINASP 1/29/2013 4:54AM

    YAY you got the trip behind you! 'welcome home'!
Hope you'll settle in again nicely, soon.

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DANGBLONDE 1/28/2013 9:25PM

  emoticon Water sounds fun.

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