Sunday, June 08, 2014
I have two beautiful grandchildren. My grandson turned 1 year old on Friday. My son and daughter-in-law had a wonderful party for family to celebrate.
Some months back, I found the old Radio Flyer Town and Country wagon that belonged to our three boys buried in our tractor garage. It was really beaten up, but I thought it could be salvaged for my grandson. (note: I had hand painted my son's old rocking chair for my granddaughter when she turned 1) Well, the wagon project required that my husband participate, as the base needed to be completely rebuilt. We have no experience with this kind of thing, but we have imagination, persistence, and determination. After several weeks of disassembling, sanding, pounding, taping, re-taping, varnishing, painting, and reassembling.......we finished the wagon. The wagon was transformed with love, time, sweat, and work. I even found an old picture of my two oldest boys in the wagon with some neighbor kids 33 years ago.
It was a hit and so appreciated. I'm posting a few pictures because I was asked to do so by a few Spark friends.
But, for us, the message is more profound. My husband and I are in our early/mid sixties and did not always take great care of ourselves. About 15 years ago I began a clean up and restoration of my body, mind, and soul. He has followed the "clean up" plan, as well. We are refurbishing and restoring ourselves on a daily basis. The message? You are never too old or beaten up to make changes with love, hard work, persistence, and determination.
The wagon refurbishing was a fun and joyful experience for us both.
Our personal refurbishing is also fun and joyful, if we chose to make it so! And we do!
Have a healthful, happy, and loving week, everyone!
Friday, February 14, 2014
My husband and I went for a short 2 mile walk this morning. We started out before 11:00 knowing that it's predicted to be a bit warm today. When we turned the corner we were somewhat surprised by the thermometer on one of our businesses. We kept our walk short, but worked up quite a sweat!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, SPARK FRIENDS.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Well Spark friends,
We are all having some very extreme weather in 2014. Ours here in California is very dry and warm, with no break in sight. But, I must say I enjoyed my walk/jog today in the early afternoon. I decided to go to the top of the hill that our Jr. College is on. It is steep, and I do more walking than jogging, but it is a good workout and I can overlook our valley when I get to the top. I took a "selfie" to show you how brown and dry we are. I'm not very good at "selfies" but you get the idea. When I got back down to the boulevard, I snapped a picture of the digital temperature on one of our businesses. Then I snapped pictures of my greeting committee when I hit home. Mary, our remaining sheep is finally beginning to trust our dog, Molly, after the pit bull attacks last summer. And Molly, who misses Bosco, our old dog that we put to sleep before Thanksgiving, is enjoying the company. They make a good pair and put a smile on my face when I reach our driveway after a run.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
My goal in 2012 was to jog/walk 500 miles. When I met that goal last year, I set a goal of 600 miles for 2013.
I ran 4 miles this morning and realized, after my Spark Tracker recorded my mileage, that I was only 2 miles from my goal. My husband and I walked the last 2 miles this evening as the sun went down.
Even though my health was problematic in November, I was pretty sure that I would still meet my goal. I was unable to put in longer distances in November, but by being consistent and very moderate (a mile here......a mile there....) I was able to maintain until my health improved. My mileage increased this week and a was able to meet my goal.
So the lesson again for me, with health and exercise, is to be gentle with myself and treat myself kindly, but keep my eye on the ultimate goal of healthy living through fitness, healthy eating, personal and spiritual growth, and outgoing love.
Thank you Sparkpeople, as always, for being here for me through the highs and the lows.
You are at the top of my daily gratitude list.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Well, Spark friends, it is warm again in Inland Southern California. Today our high was 78 degrees so everyone is back in t-shirts and flip flops. We had some business to do at a large shopping area so I switched my Spark Tracker from my running shoes to my flip flops so I could get some steps in at the mall. It's huge and lots of walking is required. We had to do some "hanging out" in the Apple Store while waiting for our computer repair. I got more comments/questions about my tracker than I ever do when it is on my shoes. It must be more noticeable on my flip flops. So I was able to give Sparkpeople a shout out today.
And I got my Glow Getter Award today.
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