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Starting to Bike Ride Again

Friday, May 25, 2012

Oh... it's been a long winter and my huffing and puffing on the bicycle is proof that I didn't do much activity last season.

I've ridden 24 km (7.5 miles?) one weekend and my 'sitz bones' protested for days afterward.
Next I took the bicycle out for an uphill trek for about an hour and I knew it was too soon after dinner. I felt sick.

Tonight I tried 20 minutes one way and 16 minutes home. My pace was about 10 miles an hour. I don't feel sick and my bottom is not protesting.

There isn't a lot of daylight by the time I get home from work, make some dinner and pull on the bike shorts. I'm trying to make small inroads to better exercise.

Do you find that all your hobbies are sedentary too?
I'm a reader, a seamstress, quilter, knitter, or I'm in the kitchen baking something.
How do you find balance?

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IUHRYTR 6/17/2012 12:12AM

    My back limits me a lot some days, not so much others as long as I wear hot patches when doing anything strenuous like bowling emoticon, raking leaves, trimming trees or mowing the yards. All that and using the treadmill at home is about all I can do, and not all in one day. But we try and try, don't we, being grateful for being able to do what we can? Keep giving it your best shot. emoticon -- Lou

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SHERIO5 5/25/2012 11:08AM

    I feel blessed because I love being outside, gardening, yard work, walking, biking...etc. I first started exercising for my back health and then found I liked feeling better more than I dislike exercise! Now I can't imagine not getting some exercise daily. I think the key is to find something you like, and then don't overdo it, because then you won't want to do it again!!!

Best wished on finding balance. I think it's personal for each of us. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/25/2012 9:46AM

    it depends on my priorities...
when i am working on a project i work at it till it is done...
more or less and move to the next one.....
am not sure it that is in balance but that is my story and am sticking to it!!!
have a great day....
blessings and hugs..............lita

Comment edited on: 5/25/2012 9:46:55 AM

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Not Accomplishing Much Today

Monday, May 21, 2012

Today is a Monday of a long weekend. Up here, we celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday and I live near a city named after her.
I watched the parade from the warmth and dry of my home... because it was broadcast on TV.
I did some hand sewing on my quilt.

We hosted a neighbour for breakfast and served some hot French toast before she had to dash to her bridge game.
I stitched a bit more on the quilt.

I found some applesauce in the fridge that needed to be used up. I baked a Cinnamon Applesauce loaf.
...and I sewed a bit more while the loaf cooked.

Sometimes it amazes me how long the circumference IS on a simple double-sized patchwork quilt! I don't seem to be making much progress.

All I can tell myself is, " Every time I surpass another straight pin, that is another 4 inches complete."

Isn't that a lot like changing our lifestyles around to a healthier us? We make progress in small, sometimes imperceptible millimeters, rather than great, glorious pounds and inches?

Let's try to focus and do the best we can. The task at hand can seem long and drawn out, but it worth it!

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IUHRYTR 5/23/2012 5:52AM

    I haven't had French toast in such a long time. Now I've got a taste for it. emoticon Glad the quilt is progressing, one inch at a time as we lose weight one pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou

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SHERIO5 5/22/2012 11:23AM

    I agree, one step, stich at a time...

Have a lovely week!

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L*I*T*A* 5/21/2012 9:37PM

    great accomplishments.....
blessings and hugs............lita

Comment edited on: 5/21/2012 9:38:08 PM

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PROT358 5/21/2012 9:20PM

    We all need me time. Even God structured in the seventh day, the day of rest. I think we as an American culture don't get anywhere near the leisure time we should. Not sure about Canadians though ;) Glad you enjoyed your restful day!

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DSBRIDE 5/21/2012 7:52PM

    Sounds like you had a great relaxing day! I quilt too, I had made a queen size one for our bed and now it is in need of mending. This isn't a chore, it's and act of love and fun. It keeps my hands busy as I watch TV and stops me from eating. Plus I'm accomplishing something! Think how proud you'll be when this is finished and can show it off. Just like our weight loss!

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AVANELL 5/21/2012 7:22PM

    Thanks for reminding me of that! It's a little discouraging when the scale doesn't move like I think it should. But I know that as long as I'm doing the right things it will eventually show up on the scales!

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ARNETTELEE 5/21/2012 7:18PM

  You accomplished a lot!

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Everyday Thankfulness

Friday, May 11, 2012

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you donít already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you donít know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when youíre tired and weary
Because it means youíve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

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SHERIO5 5/15/2012 8:57PM

    I totally agree with your blog, these are precious reminders! I find that God truly does use EVERYTHING for my good...it just may take me a bit to see how!

Thanks for your reminder, and for your support on my journey!


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IUHRYTR 5/13/2012 11:17PM

    An important message. -- Lou

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LUVS2BIKE101 5/13/2012 9:56PM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm also thankful for you!

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RSSSLHB 5/12/2012 8:05AM

    emoticon emoticon

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AVANELL 5/11/2012 7:10PM

    The bottom line is "BE THANKFUL"!

Thanks for reminding us to do that!

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L*I*T*A* 5/11/2012 6:46PM

    love it.....
thanks for sharing...
blessings and hugs...........lita

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GOURMETLOSER 5/11/2012 6:38PM

    I love this.
I spend time looking for positive things to be thankful for ut this reminds me to be thankful for the negative as well. THANK YOU!

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BERNSGB 5/11/2012 6:24PM

    we have to always remember to be thankful for everything!

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Surprising My Neighbour

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I heard through the grapevine, that my neighbour won't use her patio anymore because it reminds her of her hubby who used to sit out there. He passed away last summer.
How sad, I thought.

It is a nice area to sit in the fresh air and catch a bit of vitamin D. And I didn't want her patio to go to waste.

This afternoon I bought a colourful, floral plastic tablecloth for her deck table. I got her a large multi-coloured striped water glass, a smaller juice glass in the floral design, a striped dinner plate in plastic, and a lunch plate in the floral.

I put all that into a gift bag... plus a few other happy surprises and popped over after supper to see how she was doing.

I chose a good evening to try to boost her spirits. She needed a visit and she did like the collection of goodies for the patio. There's no way with all that colour and flower designthat it will look like the place any man would hang around.
She was laughing to think of eating her Cheerios outdoor on her table. I encouraged her to eat a sandwich on the small plate and maybe try a dinner on the bigger plate too.

I got lots of hugs and she was so surprised and happy. It was SO worth picking up a few items to give to a friend!

Maybe she will get outside a little more often. Maybe we will add a few more 'girlish' decorations out there to make it her own retreat.

Do you make use of a patio or deck where you live? Got any outdoor plates, tumblers, picnic equipment?

Who in your life could use a happy surprise?

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IUHRYTR 5/8/2012 10:19PM

    Thanks for caring. It is miserable feeling lonely. -- Lou

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CAROLJ35 5/8/2012 6:41PM

    Such a neat idea! We should all do something kind for someone else every day. I just took a gluten free apple coffee cake out of the oven to take to grandkids whose mom doesn't really have time to bake. I know they will enjoy it!

PS Love your teacup/flower background!!!

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KINEPS 5/8/2012 6:38AM

    What a wonderful and kind gesture of friendship and love you gave to a woman who needed it. Losing a loved one is so very difficult and sometimes traveling the road without them can be lonely. Making the patio 'hers' was a great idea. Isn't it funny how some people shy away from a chair or place that someone used or loved, while others gravitate towards it for peace and comfort?

You are a good friend with a good soul!!

God bless --


BR> emoticon

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What Recipe Taught You to Cook?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I have a friend who is learning to cook in a Senior's Nutrition class. Today the class was shown how to make Minestrone Soup.
I am so proud of her initiative. I believe in nutrition and here she is, taking the bull by the horns to get some help in homemade meals.

Can you believe how far our society has come away from "the farm" and the idea of "mom stays at home and makes all the meals"?

Her lesson takes me back to my grade six Home Ec. class where we mixed a can of tuna with some mayo, chives, frozen peas and some cooked rice.... TA DAAAA- we made a casserole.

Can you remember your earliest cooking or baking lessons? What was on the menu?
Did you learn alone or with a parent or friend?

Got any suggestions of easy and healthy meals I should share with my buddy?

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SHERIO5 5/14/2012 9:13AM

    What a good question! I learned to cook from my mom. I think most of my early meals involved ground beef put into some kind of casserole! I have lots of good memories of learning to cook and bake with my mom... emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 5/13/2012 10:08PM

    Believe it or not, the first thing I remember making was a coffeecake that was listed (in of all places) my 6th grade textbook. My mom was a busy person with her career at that point, but she still made the time to say "Go ahead, I'll help you if you need it."

The next major thing I made was for 6th grade Home Ec. if we brought in a "baked good" we got extra credit. They were thinking cookies, but I decided I wanted to learn how to bake bread. Sure enough, Mom had a great recipe (that I still use) for oatmeal bread with molasses. Boy were those home ec teacher surprised!

What a great blog posting. It brings back so many wonderful memories. Not really helpful for your "how to cook" purposes, because I think the way to learn to cook is just do it a BUNCH of times. Screw up lots. Dont be afraid to toss burned items. Even if you dont like it - its edible. You dont have to make it again.

I think SlowCooker recipes are fairly indestructible. Many are easy to adapt to the stove too.

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/13/2012 12:56PM

    Thanks, Margaret! I wouldn't have thought of olives!

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GOURMETLOSER 5/11/2012 7:14PM

    I grew up cooking alongside my FATHER! Mum never did much of the cooking unless we were having guests.
I have heaps of recipes but I'm not good at following any of them! I'm much better at throwing things in without measuring.
I can think of another yummy casserole that I love....
White Sauce (Milk, flour, salt and pepper to taste, an optional teas butter for a richer flavour)
1/2 cup chopped olives
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Buy a cooked chicken (or cook one.) Break/chop it up into bite sized pieces. Make a white sauce (either Packet mix or Bring most of a pint of milk to the boil (+/- a knob of butter) in a thick based or non stick pot. (The thick base lessens the chance of the milk catching on the bottom of the pot.) Use the remainder of the milk (about 1/3 cup) to bring ~2 tablespoons of flour to a thinish paste. I use a shaker but you could just beat it hard until there are no lumps. As the pot of milk comes to the boil watch it carefully as it can boil over easily. Once it is at the boil or just before, stir it while you slowly add the flour mixture. Keep stirring to prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pot while it comes back to the boil. Stir and boil for a minute or two to cook the flour and then take it off the heat. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the sauce is too thin make a little more flour and water mix, add and cook another couple of minutes. If it's too thick just add more milk and stir well.
Layer 1/3 of the chicken in a casserole dish. Sprinkle some slivered almonds and chopped olives over it and cover with sauce. Repeat. Finish off with another layer of chicken, Sprinkle with breadcrumbs (+/- grated cheese) and place in the oven at about 375 F for 30-40 minutes until heated all the way through and the top is browned. Serve with lettuce salad or vegetables.
The almonds and olives just give this really simple dish a 'gourmet' touch.
My best wishes to your friend.

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/8/2012 11:41PM

    One of my first recipes was a cup of cooked rice, can of mushroom soup, cup of frozen peas and a can of tuna.

Anyone remember that casserole? Maybe there were broken potato chips on top.... can't honestly remember.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/2/2012 9:34PM

    my dad's chili! he was a pinch of this and a pinch of that kinda guy though! emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/25/2012 12:15AM

    Just a wee note more: My neighbour wore her new apron ( that I sewed for her birthday) to her cooking class. All the other students told her that it was impressive! Ahhhh.

I hope Shirley gets a lot of encouragement out these lessons and from any new friends that may arise from this experience. We all have to start some time, right?

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