100,000 or more SparkPoints
DONNABRIGHT's Recent Blog Entries

Fun day

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My sister-in-law (also named Donna) and I had a fantastic day shopping, poking in antique stores and having lunch at the corner café downtown. I found a great purse - on sale, of course and I added 3 books to my Mary Higgins Clark collection.

We brought watermelons, water and popsicles out to the horse camp where her daughter is helping out (having attended the camp for three years herself). What a great place for kids to have fun and learn about the animals.

I've done over 10,000 steps but does shopping count as exercise?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AQUAGIRL08 6/25/2010 5:24PM

    I think shopping counts as exercise, especially when you are continuously moving - even if it is at a slower pace.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEGGYJEAN13 6/23/2010 5:16PM

    Yes, shopping counts for your body since you are moving but I'm not sure you can log it. I wish I had been with you.

Thanks for all your encouragement.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LILLITADAV 6/23/2010 3:33PM

    Sounds like a great day, good job on your walking, my pedometer isn't working so I'm guessing my steps - except for the routes I've mapped out already.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLENDERELLA61 6/23/2010 2:42PM

    On my pedometer it tells me total steps and the number of moderate/intense steps I always thought I could count moderate and above as exercise. But every one of those steps are good for you!! Way to go!

Incidentally, I might be able to add to your Mary Higgins Clark collection when you are back in Polk County! -Marsha

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITCOFFEEMOM357 6/23/2010 2:41PM

    Sounds like my kind of day. What a great way to learn the area.

Report Inappropriate Comment
-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/23/2010 2:40PM

    What a wonderful day! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Adjusting to life in the mountains

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We've been here a little over week and I am finally beginning to feel "here" as opposed to "there". That may sound nuts but it takes a while to adapt to a second home and this is our first summer in this home although we have done this for four years now.

In addition to being here we are learning our way around the area and finding the things we need. I am finding fresh veggies and fruits (got peaches from down the street - yummy) but I have to get them in different places: tomatoes at one roadside stand, squash at another, etc. I am still looking for that place to get it all. Tomorrow I am going out with my sister-in-law who has been coming here summers for 4 years and she is going to show me some of her favorite places - very excited about that!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TBRANCH2 6/22/2010 10:42PM

    Hey, is there any cool air there??? if so, please send it "overnight express"!!! It's a killer here!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLENDERELLA61 6/22/2010 1:56PM

    Sounds great! All those new experiences are good for keeping the brain sharp, too! Enjoy that delicious air. I'm just a little jealous of you, you know. -Marsha

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 6/22/2010 1:43PM

    That sounds like lots of fun! I love to go exploring. Even better is sharing the experience of exploring with a loved one. Maybe you can find a new favorite place to buy veggies or a place to go for that occasional breakfast out. Enjoy yourselves!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Sore calves

Monday, June 21, 2010

Uphill walking and going up and down stairs multiple times per day has helped me to find muscles I wasn't using in Florida and my calves are a little sore today. I am venturing a little further each day but may need to back off a little until the calves feel somewhat better. Interesting aspect is that they hurt more coming down the hill than going up.

I saw a young man go running by the house and up the hill without any hesitation and I thought - WOW - he has got to be strong. Later in the day I saw an older man (probably my age!) going up slow and steady with his bottle of water and I felt lots better - age and physical ability does require some concessions.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SLENDERELLA61 6/22/2010 12:19AM

    It's good to find those underused muscles. You are wise to take it a little easy as they get used to the workout. You stick to the workout that is right for you, no matter what the neighbors are doing. No matter your age, you can almost always improve your fitness. Enjoy your days in the mountains! -Marsha

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEGGYJEAN13 6/21/2010 6:06PM

    Yes we are getting older, but don't underestimate what us old folks can do with a little practice and some stamina building. I think going downhill causes more problems for some reason because I've noticed I feel donwhill more in my legs but feel uphill in my breathing. At lease we are getting more in touch with how our bodies work(or don't)!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 6/21/2010 4:04PM

    Yes, sigh, it does. I may be older on the outside but inside I'm still 30 as my grandmother used to say. Be very careful that all of your climbing doesn't put stress on your knees. After you are finished please make sure that you do some gentle stretching. You probably already do but it's just a thought. Keep up the good work!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Blackberries in the yard!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

This morning I found a big blackberry bush in the corner of the yard. Some parts of it (the thorny ones) are just loaded with berries - the ones on the outer edges are gone. I think the deer have probably eaten those. The berries are not quite ripe enough but I will watch them and see if I can get some before the deer eat all of them.

I've been walking some outside and I gotta tell you that walking in the mountains is WAY harder than walking in Florida! After about 30 minutes I am beat. If I go up the street I come to a fairly level stretch of road but getting up there is tough. If I go down I come to a fairly busy road and still have to come back up again so I'm opting for going up and then coming down when I am tired. I figure this gives me a new goal and when I get back to FL I should be able to go further on flat land.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PEGGYJEAN13 6/20/2010 7:39PM

    You should be in great shape when you come home with climbing mountains and fresh berries.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2010 2:25PM

    Yum! Blackberries in your own yard too! This may be God's answer to not being able to find a farmer's market yesterday. I still hope you can find one. Don't let the dear get your berries before they ripen and you can pick them!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LADYIRISH317 6/20/2010 11:32AM

    Oooh, I LOVE blackberries!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PMFISH 6/20/2010 10:55AM

    Wild blackberries are the best. Great to hear you are getting your workout in the mountains.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NITA-ANN 6/20/2010 10:11AM

  I love blackberries, grew up with them.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Keep an eye on the berries and beat the deer to them. I agree, up, then flat, then down is the best answer.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Still up and running

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The internet has been up and running for over 24 hours now so maybe we have it licked.

I went out this morning looking for a farmer's market here in the mountains but no success yet. I followed some signs that said farmer's market but they had more crafts and plants than veggies and fruit and were VERY expensive. I found another one that had one basket of tomatoes, 2 baskets of summer squash and 3 of blueberries. I bought one of everything and she said that was it for today! I'm looking for some fresh corn on the cob. Oh well, I came home to eat and will try again - I have one more lead. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2010 2:23PM

    Great news about your internew! emoticon I hope you find a farmer's market soon. Getting to know a new place is sometimes a challenge but I know that you're up for it! Have you seen any bears yet?

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLENDERELLA61 6/19/2010 7:16PM

    Is it too late to grow some of your own? I know my dad had berries and a few veggies at his place up in NC. Hope you find the good farmers market. -Marsha

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEGGYJEAN13 6/19/2010 3:14PM

    Yum,fresh veggies.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PMFISH 6/19/2010 11:02AM

    Exploring can be much fun. Enjoy all those fresh fruits and vegetables.

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 Last Page