Friday, June 07, 2013
This is more about a frame of mind we carry in life and how we treat other people than any one beauty secret we may hold tight to. Special thanks to the 5% challenges where my Teddy Bear Team is one of eleven supportive teams that encourage each other to live the healthy habits we practice during the weekly challenges.
What is it that you do that brings a sparkle to your eyes or that special glow to your smile? Itís that activity, when combined with healthy habits I incorporate in my daily faith, family, friends, food, fitness, and fun that bring abundant joy to my life. All this and more, as I welcome the big 6-0 at a recent birthday.
Just last weekend, during one of our summer-like days of Spring, I enjoyed the company of my alma materís World Student Association to a tour of Wisconsin Point. Everyone joined me for an optional tour at my favorite Amnicon Falls and we all absolutely loved it:
Remember that if you make right choices, your emotions will eventually come in line with your decisions. -- Joyce Meyer
Faith: Iíve begun supporting a new (third) prayer shawl ministry. My girlfriend crochets, while I knit:
My newest prayer shawl pattern:
My Tuesday Missions group prepared to raise funds for the local food shelves while coordinating a community concert:
ďShe looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.Ē (Prov 31:27)
Fitness and Fun: Amnicon is pretty all year round, as is walking the Lake Walk:
Friends and Fun: May the time we spend with friends also glorify God. I taught a good friend how to make fun fur scarves.
Celebrating an International Night and events with friends and great food:
Family and Fun: My Dad is a special part of my life as he makes the transition from assisted living to full nursing care. We enjoy life together through the activities we share:
Food and Freggies: I love my freggies and any new way I can prepare them. My best woman loves to put an apple in her coleslaw. Yum!
ďAbove all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.Ē (1 Peter 4:8)
May you find that spark in your step and smile in your heart that allows the spirit of your youthfulness to shine through. May our love be deep and authentic so that we treat others with patience, forbearance, and kindness. Stay young at heart!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I am so lovin' my home away from home today! $20 at the farmerís market today brought me a taste of Freggies heaven: 4.5 lbs tomatoes, 1 lb green beans, potatoes (Idaho, red, and sweet), 2 bunches of asparagus, 3 red sweet peppers, 6 medium zucchini, 9 oz fresh bean sprouts and a small to medium-sized watermelon.
One free parking spot also provides me a delightful waterfront walk along the Caloosahatchee River . . . just a few miles up from the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. This water girl and freggies queen truly is feeling heavenly today.
The snow in my northland home cannot leave soon enough, as weíre been in yet another winter storm watch. Yikes! This is how I left the DLH Airport (the old terminal has been raised for removal):
Don't get me wrong, I love all four seasons, but I can also appreciate the paradise my newly met SparkFriends (FloridaSun and ZellaZM below) live in and Birthday Bear (BevieAnn) enjoys while visiting Hawaii.
May you find joy in this day and every day. What is bringing you great joy these days?
Friday, March 08, 2013
I have a knack of taking life a little too seriously. Thereís more to life than reaching a goal if you canít have a little fun along the way. I try to make room in my week to do at least three fun things. It's important to slow down and smell the roses! Many of these do not translate into a photo opportunity, so Iíll go back a little in time to pick a few fun photos:
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. -- Katharine Hepburn
In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed. -- Sid Caesar
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -- Albert Einstein
A special hug, hug with international students at a Nepali birthday:
Spreading good cheer at the nursing home:
Being silly with a fellow college student at a church dinner:
Having a little fun shooting for a Teddy Bear Team profile photo:
Wow . . . now that was one very special Easter Sunrise service with my hubby's church on Lake Superior!
I actually bought this outfit last year thinking I would have fun with my 3-pc set of belly dancing DVDs. Yikes! -- What was I thinking? The delight alone, however, was more than worth it! I ended up settling for a jingle wrap skirt to boogie around in.
Oops? -- Small obstacle course. If a tree falls in the middle of the woods, does it make a sound?
Love my Hebrew apron in the church kitchen:
Love how these mushrooms looks like a floral bouquet:
Both fun and beauty in a rainbow:
Hello there, little fella. Like Dr Doolittle, I sometimes talk to the animals!
How is fun part of your week's activities?
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Iíve professed this here before: I have a love/hate relationship with exercise . . . I like to think I primarily hate it! I donít like to sweat and I donít like to exercise for the sake of exercise. And oh, how I dislike that word hate, so Iíll strive not to use it again here.
I have found several ways of working in quality fitness minutes to the point where I feel like Iím ďcheatingĒ a bit. To my fitness guru friends, youíll concur with that thought . . . and thatís okay. I have found several solutions that I actually find enjoyable:
1) I love Tai Chi! I can plug in a healing tai chi DVD and do a 50-60 minute workout that benefits my core balance. I like to call the pose below my Nepali pose.
2) I love my digital camera and am an amateur camera sleuth with the Bayside (Baptist) In Focus camera shutterbug group. Last summer, two of my portrait shaped photos were published in poster frames in the entranceway. Here's a lighthouse at the Duluth entry and the upper deck of the SS Meteor tour ship at Barker's Island.
3) I love nature. Thereís nothing like walking along Lake Superior Ė a lake so huge, it is shared by Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. I like to think Iím but an echo away from my Canadian friends. Hereís the waterfront at Two Harbors with a Sri Lankan Family and walking the Duluth Lakefront:
4) I particularly love waterfalls, boat tours, and cruising (have taken four cruises).
My favorite exercise is walking in our many state parks with access to three state parks within a half an hour from me: waterfall therapy is one of my most incredible God times. Nothing like a little quality meditation to go hand in hand with a hike! Wintertime doesnít stop me as I zip to our woodsy state parks to enjoy the icy waterfalls and a little more snow on the ground. You'll see that I enjoy being a mentor and tour guide to my alma mater's international students and their families.
Amnicon Falls Wisconsin State Park (15 minutes east). This is the park I frequent just about every week Iím in the northland: (that's my hubby in the second photo one day after the area had flood rains):
Pattison (Manitou Falls) Wisconsin State Park (15 minutes south):
Split Rock Light House Minnesota State Park (1.5 hrs north)
Gooseberry Falls Minnesota State Park (5 minutes from Split Rock)
Big Bay Wisconsin State Park (1.5 hrs to Bayfield and a ferry to Apostle Islands)
5) When the weather is not conducive to walking, I plug in a DVD to walk with Leslie Sansone or one of a couple Coach Nicole DVDs -- I love that Coach Nicole provided moderate workouts for those times when moderation is called for.
6) Whether in the northern or the southern states, I'm seldom more than a few blocks or a mile from a major supermarket, so I enjoy walking outdoors when it's more of a functional walk.
I've never tried a treadmill, but something tells me it would become a place to gather clothes more than anything (besides, I have no room for it without a major decluttering). I do enjoy marching in place as I watch the evening news or talk at length on a mobile phone.
What's your favorite workout?
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
This has been my personal mantra for years. I love food too much to log high-calorie beverages in my nutritional tracker. As it is, when I cook, I cook big. On Christmas Day, a friend and I bulk cook eight different curries (each recipe quadrupled or more) for a dinner party and for freezing.
Coach Nicole writes about it as one of two tips to lose one pound per week in a video for SparkPeople. She says, ďDonít drink your caloriesĒ The link is live, not the photo.
Iíve pretty much given up soda pop as well, with the exception of one restaurant, Cici's Pizza Buffet, which I frequent about a dozen times a year:
In the past 100 days, I've averaged about one gallon of water a day (black coffee excluded). I continue to strive to live by the counsel, "Don't drink your calories," as well as "Fill half your plate with freggies."
Do you have any firm mantras you strive to live by?
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