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Spring Garden

Monday, June 10, 2013

I am waiting patiently (somewhat!) for my hydrangeas, but I do have some flowers to enjoy before I see those.

Type of dwarf iris.

Clematis and Jacob's Beard

Balloon Flower

Last of the Columbines

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SQUISSHY1 6/10/2013 10:52PM

    LOVE the flowers! Makes me miss my yard. Iris are one of my all time favorite. My mom has some that have been handed down from my great grandmother, to my grandmother, my mother, and now that I have a large yard, I need to get me some of those bad boys! :-)

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BLITZEN40 6/10/2013 9:20PM

    Beautiful! Your yard and garden looks so green and pristine!

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JACKIE542 6/10/2013 9:56AM

    Very pretty, thank you for sharing your garden with us. emoticon

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LOPEYP 6/10/2013 8:39AM

    I love the variety of Iris but they are here for such a short time. Nice photos!

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NANCYPAT1 6/10/2013 7:32AM

    Lovely flowers - your garden does grow in lovely colorful beauty.

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    How beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

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SWEETNEEY 6/10/2013 6:17AM

    Flowers are beautiful

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Winnie the Pooh

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Love quotes from Winnie the Pooh usually. Not planning to follow this one, but plan to remember it!

BTW, yesterday was a lovely day with my husband. He actually bought 4 shirts. Mind you, two of them were the exact same color, even though he says they are different! It was fine, and I was able to get some things also! Glad I went!

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Glad your husband got some shopping done!

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SUNSHINE99999 6/9/2013 10:06AM

  I rather take my wife shopping. emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 6/9/2013 10:03AM

  Men are like that lol.

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Endurance and Patience!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Hah! If you thought this was going to be about a healthy journey in some way, you might want to click off of this blog! This is a part of my healthy journey, however. Today I am determined to be as stress free as possible, but it could be a stretch! We leave for vacation in two weeks and my husband decided last night that he needed to get a few things. My heart sank. I knew where this was going. I already had my weekend planned out - school stuff, gardening, housework. You see, we live in a fairly rural community that while we have a "city" 15 miles away, there is not a lot of shopping choices. He wants to go to the outlet mall 2 hours away. What's the problem, you wonder? I would surely get to go shopping too? True, but my husband is not a good shopper, or at least, shops the way I shop. Each item is looked over very carefully, tried on, and then he usually talks himself out of it for some reason. On to the next store, same thing, over and over again. Then when we get to the other end of the mall (I should also say that this is all outside, not inside), he decides that what he really wanted is at the first store, so we go back. Can we buy it quickly then? No, we have to weigh and reweigh the options again. If I am really lucky, he will purchase it. More likely, not! I am exercising all my patience today and telling myself that this quality, while annoying me today, has saved us a lot of money on big ticket items, as well as being good at his job! So this day is a small price to pay. My head tells me that, but while I am in the midst of it...wish me luck! At least my Fibit will get a good workout today!

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BLITZEN40 6/9/2013 1:31AM

    Better to have a spouse who's thoughtful and careful with his money than reckless and feckless! That said, when it comes to shopping, I know how it is to try and suffer through a shopping trip with someone who has an opposite approach to shopping as yours. I say send him on his own, get your stuff done while he's gone, and then spend time with each other doing stuff you both like to do together after that. In any case, enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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JACKIE542 6/8/2013 10:24AM

    Good luck, have a good time getting those steps in. emoticon

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_VALEO_ 6/8/2013 10:18AM

    Seems like an exercise in patience! Not sure I will score great on that one as I am an impulse buyer! emoticon
You have several choices: not going at all to the mall and stick to what you have planned to do. Or you can go, but you visit shops that you want all by yourself, and meet each other in XX hours at a said meeting point.

Good luck, make the best of the day, and try not to get irritated! And focus on the bright side: more steps on your fitbit! emoticon

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    emoticon May your tennis shoes be comfortable and your FitBit up to the challenge. Hope you get your list accomplished too!

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SWEETNEEY 6/8/2013 8:49AM

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Friday, June 07, 2013

I have been thinking a lot this week about people who inspire me and this week a former student is the one. He was a super percussionist who worked with me when I directed a high school musical several years ago. After many twists and turns in his life, he discovered dancing and it seems to have become his passion, along with fitness. We have kept in touch with FB, but have not seen each other. His life is a testament to getting pushed down and getting back up to continue to follow your passion. This week I had the honor of seeing him on America's Got Talent" with his dance company. They were absolutely incredible with raves from the judges and now going on to Vegas. Through the years, he has taught me many things, not the least of which is persistence!

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BLITZEN40 6/8/2013 1:24AM

    Great quote and how neat to see a former student on "America's Got Talent"!

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JACKIE542 6/7/2013 4:16PM

    That is great, must make you so proud to see him. emoticon

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/7/2013 10:03AM

    Awesome story!

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    How awesome to inspire and be inspired! This truly is a give and take venture as we walk life together. So happy both of you have learned from one another and blossomed as a result.

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BLUENOSE63 6/7/2013 6:45AM

  Oh wow, see that is exactly why I gave you a Tiara! You inspired him and watched him fly.

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"Monitor and Adjust"

Thursday, June 06, 2013

After 20 years of teaching, I finally feel that I am able to be purposeful in what I ask the kids to do. I have a reason for every lesson and am able to convey that to them. I, then, feel very mindful of how the lesson went, who needs more help, etc. Believe it or not, as a new teacher I was not able to do this well. Now that I have figured this out for my professional life, I wonder why it has taken so long to connect it to my personal life? I feel very purposeful in what I now envision for my new healthy lifestyle. I have a purpose for working out. I have a purpose for eating healthy. I have a purpose for subtracting as much stress from my life as possible.

I am still working on the mindfulness part. While I have come a long way in this, even before Spark People, I realize that I still have a long way to go. To be mindful and connect it to being purposeful is difficult. My new goal is to focus on my mindfulness on what I need to continue to do relating to my purpose. As a former friend and principal still keeps telling me, "Monitor and adjust." My new motto!

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BLITZEN40 6/7/2013 12:41AM

    Good motto!

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    At age 5 as I was learning to ride a bicycle, I overheard a conversation between my Dad and Mom. My Dad said," Babe, stop fussing. Just because you never learned to ride a bike, swim or do other things does not mean SHE can not! She CAN DO ANYTHING if she wants to and tries hard enough!"

Every time in my life since then, if I feel overwhelmed I remember I CAN DO ANYTHING. And oddly enough I have done those things. Not only did I learn to ride a bike but I did tricks as well. Like standing on seat when in motion. I learned to swim and saved my brothers life at at age 9-10 when he at age 6 was still learning to swim. I dove into the water NOT THINKING and held him up on my shoulders, off and on, as I came up for air and yelled for help. Hoping of course he was yelling for help when he was above water. Help came and we both survived. Without my self confidence and that little voice of my Dad's I might not have been able to do it.

I later went out on my own, worked and became management and a business owner later in life. Without that little voice I might not have accomplished all that I have.

So now debt free and still getting over my husbands passing in 2001, I am tackling my weight with the same little voice...

If your motto gives you the strength and tenacity to move forward--definitely USE IT!

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NANCYPAT1 6/6/2013 7:50AM

    Love that you put into words what is working for me - do I need to change my motto? hmmmm maybe update it a bit.

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    "Monitor and adjust." I like that! Thanks so much for sharing!

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