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It takes so little...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I took a brisk walk downtown on the bike path for a gift today and as I was walking along at my fastest 60-year-old pace i heard someone come up behind me on my left. The first words I heard were "Damn it..." and as I started thinking "sigh, another grumpy man" he finished with ..."you're walking faster than I'm running." I was the only other person there at that moment, so as this very fit, 40-something year old guy ran past me with a thumbs up, I laughed out loud and replied "No I'm not, but thank you."
And then I continued on the path with a goofy grin on my face. That guy made my day. It takes so little to acknowledge another person's efforts, even if we don't know them. I am grateful he reminded me of that, and hope I can pay better attention to the opportunities i have to do the same!

  
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BOOKSCATSTEA 7/9/2013 4:22AM

    Good for you! You should be proud of yourself!
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AVANDREA_ 6/17/2013 12:42PM

    Just read this and chuckled, think I might have been that person last night on my evening walk, although I was burning off frustrations by walking quickly... lol! emoticon

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BARDIC_GRRL 6/17/2013 12:38PM

    I just adore people like that! I've been running into a lot of them (no pun intended) since I started Couch to 5K.

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NEWTINK 6/17/2013 11:47AM

    That is such a wonderful thing to happen emoticon

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CAROLJEAN64 6/17/2013 11:02AM

    I love this story. It means we all have the capacity to create "a goofy grin" on someone's face.

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JANEYINMADTOWN 6/16/2013 5:31PM

    Way to show em J!

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COACHPENNY 6/15/2013 11:13PM

    Nice! A gift indeed!

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NOTSPEEDY 6/15/2013 5:21PM

    emoticon Love that guy. That is something you will always remember. They have to look out for us old-timers. emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 6/15/2013 2:29PM

    lol , that was nice ! and I'm sure you walked fast emoticon

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Signs of spring here in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I have to begin by saying I don't hate winter. In fact, I prefer winter to summer, so I have not been desperately waiting for spring. That doesn't mean I don't love the change of seasons, and all the signs we have, if we are paying attention, that the seasons are doing their thing.
So - last week and this, on what I optimistically call a run, I heard and saw sandhill cranes. That was my first sign.
Again last week, I purposely walked by a certain yard - and there they were - snowdrops blooming.
This week the red bikes are back. Madison, like the Twin CIties and maybe others, has bike kiosks where you can rent a bright red bike with a white front basket and see Madison the best way.
Sign #4 - we live across the street from a Dominican Priory, and yesterday Brother ?? (I don't know his name) was tooling around the neighborhood on his motorized scooter, radio blasting, smiling and nodding to all he passed.
I am ready for sign number 5 - my rhubarb poking those bright red heads up out of the mud...but at this point I would have to chop the ice around them first.
I can wait.

  
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MTRACHEL 4/1/2013 8:33PM

    I heard the Sandhill Cranes yesterday in Montana..they are a sign of spring for me too!

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FREES1 4/1/2013 2:36PM

    I love the image of the scooter and cassock!

I have been watching the geese coming home with joy! (me and hopefully them)

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COACHPENNY 4/1/2013 9:13AM

    I have been waiting to get my bike out again.....it's time!

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SEABREEZE65 4/1/2013 6:42AM

    You are so funny!

Spring signs are so awesome.

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AMANDEES76 4/1/2013 12:51AM

    I too like the changes in the season but don't get much of it anymore since moving to CA in 2009. I don't care for the cold here but would be fine somewhere in the midwest with the snow.

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BOOKSCATSTEA 3/31/2013 11:48PM

    Wow - I've been away from SparkPeople for a LONG time! But today I got an email telling me that you had a new blog entry ... so here I am. Thanks! I needed that reminder - how in the world did I forget about SparkPeople anyway?!? I hope you're having a great week ...
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HELMTGRL 3/31/2013 8:53PM

    Your sandhills are earlier than mine! I've been out looking for them but no sign yet here on the Rocky Mountain front. But my crocuses areat least through the ground.

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PATRICIA4472 3/31/2013 6:33PM

    Glad to hear there are signs of spring in Madison. I'm up in the Northwoods 225 miles north of you. Make it move north FASTER, please!!! It snowed both yesterday and today here.... yikes!

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JET150 3/31/2013 6:13PM

    GreasyJoan, I made my location sound much more pastoral than it is! I'm on a fairly busy street, as is the priory, and it only houses about 6-8 brothers and priests. I am within a mile of a lake, creek, and arboretum, so that's where I see and hear cranes and great blue heron.

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JANEYINMADTOWN 3/31/2013 5:59PM

    Love your signs of spring J!!!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/31/2013 4:59PM

    Very lovely signs of spring indeed! Madison must be a wonderful place to live and it must be a bit soothing and quiet and contemplative to live so close to a Priory. I was amused to think of that endearing brother with his radio. I guess he did not give up music for Lent!

Go, rhubarb! I hope the climate is ready for you soon.

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ANATASHIKI 3/31/2013 3:31PM

    I used to love winter the most of all seasons , well , maybe second after fall. but lately , like the past 15 years , we have 9 months of cold and 3 months of hot weather. no more 4 seasons , more like two and one is way too long. so I'm kind of wishing for spring right now. emoticon

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MISSROCKABILLY 3/31/2013 2:57PM

    I love the signs of spring, but I am definitely an any season but winter person. :) I'm super excited to have reached outdoor running season again and am looking forward to hiking and swimming too. I've noticed a lot of critters around the neighborhood, mostly rabbits and squirrels, not to mention returning robins and geese. I wish we had rhubarb, but at least it's almost farmer's market time again too!

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 3/31/2013 2:26PM

    funny that I went out today and lifted the bucket I have over the rhubarb to protect it from the frost and I have five small thin sticks already!!! Have a great easter.

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Advantages and disadvantages of walking one's errands

Friday, March 23, 2012

I just made a lovely little trip to my neighborhood shopping area. In about 40 minutes I was able to get in 30 minutes of walking, drop off a library book, pick up some wine, order flowers for a friend, and buy stamps. The bonus was I ran into a neighbor heading in the same direction for a baby present, so we walked together and had a nice chat. That wouldn't have happened if we'd each driven.
The downside is that I suppose if I had been in a car I would not also have stopped at the coffee shop for delicious scones to bring home....

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ABETTERBETTY 3/2/2013 11:10AM

    Sounds like a good trip. Chatting while walking makes for a quick workout. I live in the country, so it is too far to walk while running errands.

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 3/2/2013 9:01AM

    I guess I'm dropping by my fall buddies' pages to put closure on our awesome fall challenge chat and also doing the blog LTGL 5 blog responses. I really enjoyed our chatting so will hook up on the winter challenge chat. I see, LOL, you haven't posted a blog since last year either - or any way - I can't see one. Have an awesome weekend!

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SARAWALKS 11/19/2012 12:45PM

    Hi and thanks for adding me! I walk to do errands all the time, in fact I'm off in just a bit to combine a grocery trip with returning a library book. I carry my groceries on my back and this limits my impulse buying...
Stopping at Starbucks is not a problem as long as I limit myself to the Short Skinny Caramel Macchiato! emoticon emoticon

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ANNIESADVENTURE 10/13/2012 2:44AM

    Sounds like a pleasant outing, and you got some exercise in. Friendly chats are good for the soul. I agree with BOOKS_CATS_TEA's comment.

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JET150 3/26/2012 4:47PM

    Yep, Monroe Street it was!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 3/26/2012 3:29PM

    What a great time...were you on Monroe Street?

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ANATASHIKI 3/24/2012 1:45PM

    sounds like a nice day! I also walk for my groceries and stuff , I live in a small town and everything is close

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COACHPENNY 3/23/2012 8:13PM

    Maybe you would have driven AND bought the scones LOL!

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DR1939 3/23/2012 3:15PM

    But you supported a neighborhood business with the scone purchase.

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CANINE_MAMA 3/23/2012 2:06PM

    Sounds like a nice day and if that is the worst of the trip, then it was a good trip. Unfortunately most of the people I know don't enjoy walking so I rarely see someone I know when I'm out walking.

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AHTRAP 3/23/2012 1:47PM

    As far as downsides go, that doesn't seem to be an all that horrible one :)

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BOOKSCATSTEA 3/23/2012 1:39PM

    Yes, but your life is fuller and richer because you did! Sounds like a pleasant day!
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ANIMAL_L0VER 3/23/2012 12:47PM

    Lovely! Unfortunately I do not like in an area like Monroe St, Willy St, or downtown/State (I live on the far west side) so do not generally run into people I know, but I do love to walk or bike ride for errands. Glad you had such a pleasant morning. :o)

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FREES1 3/23/2012 12:44PM

    it's nice to be in that sort of neighborhood. where I live its a long walk to nothing much but a mall. I hope you enjoy the downside as much as you did the up!

I'll expect the flowers any time now.... emoticon

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Teachers

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

On Monday evening my favorite high school teacher was hit by a car, and died. Now I haven't been in high school for 40 years, but I still feel like I lost my second mom. Sr. Virginia was the kind of teacher who expected you to do your best simply because that's what people should do. She had a dry sense of humor, sometimes a little cutting, but a heart of gold. For the past 40 years I received a birthday card from her without fail. I could go on, but I have to get out of my jammies and go to work.
My point, aside from sharing my grief, is to simply say to those of you who teach, bless you. You have a hard job, and a job that is life-shaping for every child you encounter. What an amazing responsibility, and opportunity. Thank you for choosing to teach.

  
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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 6/12/2013 11:41PM

    How sweet! Just stopped by to see how you were doing and this caught my eye! I hope you had a better day today than I had! :) I am disappointed in myself! :( Ah, well! Tomorrow can be a new beginning!

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MAIZEY 12/26/2011 9:43AM

    I was just stopping by your page to catch up and saw your blog. I am so sorry to hear of this wonderful woman's death. I agree that teachers are amazing and I'm so glad you had Sr. Virginia's presence in your life. I hope you and your family are doing well. Maizey

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JEWITCH 12/5/2011 2:26PM

    So sorry to hear of your loss. It is funny how teachers touch and make impression on us. My blessings and prayers to Sr. Virginia and you. May her memory always bring warmth to you heart.

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5KPRINCESS 11/25/2011 11:51PM

    I am very sorry to hear about Sister Virginia; what a great loss to both the human race and the teaching world. Thank you for your blessings; I truly believe that I was called by God to teach. It is definitely a huge responsibility, one that I take very seriously. I just hope and pray that I, as well as other teachers, can continue His mission by being the role models that young people so desperately need in their lives. Godspeed, Sr. Virginia...

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JANEYINMADTOWN 11/25/2011 1:33PM

    How sad...I knew of a Sr Virgina who taught music at Blessed Sacrament....I am sorry for your loss....



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COACHPENNY 11/23/2011 7:32PM

    I am so sorry. She sounds like someone who loved teaching and her students. My daughter is a teacher. It's a calling, I'm sure.

my sympathy,

Penny

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JSPEED4 11/23/2011 12:01PM

    emoticon Teachers are a big part of life. Befriending some, along the way, is a big part of being mature. Condolences.

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GRACIEGAL7402 11/23/2011 11:22AM

    So sorry to hear about this Jet. I know she had to be a very special person!

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FREES1 11/23/2011 10:15AM

    So sorry for your loss - she must have been a very special woman.

and you are so correct - we owe so much to those who teach!

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JOABEHR 11/23/2011 7:23AM

    What a touching story. Your teacher was an extraordinary human being that cared for and loved her students. I'm sorry for your loss.

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Motivation for Motivate

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My health was my first motivation to lose weight. I had kept my cholesterol and blood pressure in check for years in spite of overeating because of all the walking I do. But age caught up with me. Once I started losing weight I would have to say that success and feeling better about myself are great motivators. I'm still trying to find motivation to get rid of this last 15 pounds. Seems to have been pretty elusive these past several years.

  
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FREES1 11/21/2011 1:01PM

    age???? say it ain't so!!!!
I've heard tell the last 10-15 pounds can be the hardest! You've done good, gotten healthier - and you can make it through the homestretch! you rock!

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COACHPENNY 11/21/2011 10:17AM

    Jet, I've been stuck for a while and then the new injury (now six months past) made things worse. If I can't move, I don't lose. FInally, it has started to come off again. I changed my goals, took the pressure off and started my five a day routine. I try very hard to eat five servings of veggies a day.

I use to think I had to lose 50........now I know I just have to lose 5........at a time.

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HARPLUTE 11/20/2011 9:36AM

  Jet: You can and will do it. I admire how much exercise you get in and how much you do. Don't give up.

Gail

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JESSBOND 11/20/2011 9:04AM

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Let's motivate ourselves!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 11/19/2011 9:30PM

    I have recently got my mojo back and am feeling much better again after months of blah....thanks for sharing your thoughts

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