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Goodbye Friend...........

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today I received the news that a dear friend of mine is going to lose her husband. He is young and athletic and has suffered a massive stroke and there is nothing to be done other than to let him go. He is brain dead and is only 48 almost 49 years old. I went to high school with both of these lovely people and we all grew up here in Silver City. Kenny was a football star and Shelley was a cheerleader for the wrestling team. They are the perfect match and have two beautiful children...young adults now.
Saying goodbye is ever so difficult. Kenny...I know you will find peace and no pain. We will all meet again and watch some more ball games. Goodbye and god bless.

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CZARINA_TV 6/16/2010 10:12PM

    So sorry to hear this... It brought tears to my eyes...

Stay strong for your friend. They sound like a great couple and she'll need you.

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FISHINGLADY66 6/16/2010 9:49PM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend Pat. Someday you will meet again.
God Bless

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LINDAKAY228 6/16/2010 6:53PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Saying good bye is never easy, and even tougher when it's someone you have to say good bye to way before it should be their time.

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K8NJKSMOM 6/16/2010 9:29AM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. So terrible to lose some one so young.

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DEVORA4 6/16/2010 3:09AM

  So very sorry to hear this news. There are no words that can take away the shock and hurt of this tragic situation. I feel your pain as I remember all to well the loss of my best friend at the age of just 19. Be strong and be there for her. emoticon emoticondeb

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SOCKITTOME 6/16/2010 1:18AM

    You have my condolences on the loss of your friend. emoticon

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HOPERISING 6/15/2010 10:24PM

    I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. I lost a friend this week too, but she was elderly and had lived a full life. Its tragic when a loved one is taken from us so young, and too soon. God bless you, and his family.

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NUTRIGIRL08 6/15/2010 10:09PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing!

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SAMODER 6/15/2010 10:06PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend. My best friend lost her husband 7 years ago to cancer. She will need you friendship even more now. My friend and I seem more like sisters after going through all of this together. I can never understand how she feels, but I have been there for her to talk or to talk when she needed distracted. Some of the little things will be more difficult than bigger things. This brings back so many memories for me. You all have my sympathy.


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TRIXEL 6/15/2010 9:39PM

    How terribly sad. I'm sending positive energy to you and Shelley.

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MCCALI59 6/15/2010 9:32PM

  So sorry to hear your sad story. I know what it is like to lose someone so young and vibrant. My prayer are with all involved. God bless all. I do believe that we will all meet again one day. emoticon emoticon

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I Can't...and I Just Don't Know Why

Monday, June 14, 2010

Deb...this one is for you.
The title addresses two statements, or excuses that drive me wild! I have never liked hearing someone say I can't. If you don't try something, how do you know? Can you not do it as well as someone else, or can you not find another way to express yourself? "I don't know why" sounds like you have no education or no means to find an answer. I guess both cases result from a lack of confidence or ability to try to better yourself. Communication is a difficult item for many people.
There are several reasons that I can not accept the statement "I can"t". If I said I can't and believed it, I would not be here! I have overcome many obstacles in my life.
At 5 I was diagnosed with A Plastic Anemia, and I kicked it's booty. In high school I was told I was too short and too slow to play sports. I was All-District in basketball, a state champion in track, and faster and stronger than most of the male athletes. I ran junior olympic track and was beaten at by 1/1000th of a second by the lady that became an olympic gold medalist in the 100 meter dash. "I can't" had nothing to do with my life!
I got married, had kids, started teaching, umpiring and coaching. I tore the meniscus in my right knee and had surgery that was more harmful than helpful. The surgeon rounded out the knee joint and the knee was unstable for 3 years and my leg shortened and eventually I tore the ankle up on the same side as a result of that surgery.
My 40's have not been too great for me. I gained weight...and a lot of it. I had a total hysterectomy and two weeks later I was told I had breast cancer. I started exercising to lose weight. I quit chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol and soda. I then tore up my ankle with what seemed like a little sprain. "I can't" still was not in my vocabulary! Surgery on the ankle allowed me to start exercising again.
I lost 80 pounds and started having a lot of pain when I was running and I found it was beginning to bother my cycling as well. I did the Tour of the Gila knowing I was about 50% in my right knee. I had the knee checked again and the meniscus was torn and there was lots of damage. I ended up having the knee rebuilt in June of last year. In November I had the left knee rebuilt. I had lots of physical therapy and spent a great deal of time in the pool. I learned to swim during this time without being able to kick! I am unable to run at this time but I have managed to lose 110 pounds, complete 2 with an open water swim, win two 5K walks, become a certified life guard and bike about 100 miles a week! You guessed it, "I CAN'T" is still not in my vocabulary, and if I don't know why....I ask!
Sorry this is long and somewhat of a rant.
Have a Happy, Healthy Monday.........and do away with I CAN'T!

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SOCKITTOME 6/16/2010 1:17AM

    Excellent post! Sometimes I find myself saying, "I can't" but then I start thinking of how "I can" and I do it. Some days it's a mental game. You have done a tremendous job of working around the challenges. Keep it up!

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NUTRIGIRL08 6/15/2010 10:08PM

    Amen sister!! Thanks for the blog! emoticon

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RAINPUDDLE 6/15/2010 6:51PM

    Reading that, I'm sure never to have that thought ever about anything! What are some of your best tips for training to run?

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KAYLAGEORGE 6/15/2010 1:31AM

    Amen Sista! I also do not allow the words,"I can't" to come out of my mouth. I was in a severe car accident a little over a year ago. I crushed the top part of my left tibia. My foot and ankle were so sprained that it was swollen 3 times it's size. The ankle bones had bruising and I had a deep puncture wound in the ankle. The doctor re-sculpted the knee. I have a plate, pins, etc. I was in a wheel chair for 3 months and had to teach myself how to walk again. I had 6 months of physical therapy. I taught myself how to jog again. I'm not going to say it's not painful to jog because it was and still is. But I also know I wanted to learn to jog just in case I ever need to for emergency reasons. July 3rd I will be on a 31 mile bike tour. This is my first bike tour ever. Before the accident I was not much on exercising but now I enjoy every minute of it. It is such a blessing to be able to walk, swim, and bike ride. God is Great!

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KAYLAGEORGE 6/15/2010 1:28AM

    Amen Sista! I also do not allow the words,"I can't" to come out of my mouth. I was in a severe car accident a little over a year ago. I crushed the top part of my left tibia. My foot and ankle were so sprained that it was swollen 3 times it's size. The ankle bones had bruising and I had a deep puncture wound in the ankle. The doctor re-sculpted the knee. I have a plate, pins, etc. I was in a wheel chair for 3 months and had to teach myself how to walk again. I had 6 months of physical therapy. I taught myself how to jog again. I'm not going to say it's not painful to jog because it was and still is. But I also know I wanted to learn to jog just in case I ever need to for emergency reasons. July 3rd I will be on a 31 mile bike tour. This is my first bike tour ever. Before the accident I was not much on exercising but now I enjoy every minute of it. It is such a blessing to be able to walk, swim, and bike ride. God is Great!

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IMSMILEY88 6/14/2010 10:55PM

    I love your post. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing the obstacles you've overcome!

And, thanks for the tip/reminder to cool down & stretch after my runs. I was never an athlete and this is all very new to me! (I was into music, not sports. emoticon)

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CZARINA_TV 6/14/2010 10:16PM

    Sooo inspirational! Today after class, one of the students said that he'd only been doing gymnastics since February, but that he'd taken a month off and had to re-learn everything. When I told him that I was new and still building up muscle he said that it was all about technique. There are people in that class that look awesome and can't do a damn thing and people there who look average and out of shape and can do all sorts of crazy things. I still need more upper body strength, but maybe less than I thought. Between you and him, I've had great pep talks bracketing my day.

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YW84FRIDAY 6/14/2010 7:50PM

  I am the self-proclaimed High Priestess of Procrastination. It isn't that I "can't" or "I don't know why"--it's always "Meh...later." I have to learn to get past that and start doing things!


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TRIXEL 6/14/2010 12:39PM

    I needed that. Thank you for sharing!

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RWALTON730 6/14/2010 12:06PM

    Thank you for a fantastic and inspiring message. Can't shouldn't be an option for anyone, and you are living proof for that. Thank you again for sharing your journey. Best of luck through out the rest of your life journey.

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HOPERISING 6/14/2010 10:35AM

    When I saw the title of your blog, I was worried! I said to myself, "That does NOT sound like Pat!" I couldn't imagine what could have happened to make you say that... then I started to read... ahhhhh I get it!

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LINDAKAY228 6/14/2010 10:07AM

    You are right! Can't should not be an option! You have an amazing story and if you can overcome there is no reason the rest of us can't. Thanks for a great blog.

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SAMODER 6/14/2010 10:06AM

    I hope everyone who reads this blog hits the "I liked this" button, because it is very inspirational.

I have not faces as many challenges as you have, but I have not been a sports minded as you are either. I will try better to push myself a little harder, especially after my knee scope next week.

Thank you so much for sharing your story.
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PINKSAINT247 6/14/2010 10:04AM

    this is exactly why i love talking to you. we swim in the same waters. I can't doesn't exist for me either! You are such an amazing person- you inspire me daily and I look forward to your blogs every single time.

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DEVORA4 6/14/2010 9:39AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonfor saying it was for me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and mo
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Thanks for telling all of us the story of your life. You have overcome so many challenges and emoticon so can I.

If ever there was a complete winner it is you. God loves you and so do I. Debby

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K8NJKSMOM 6/14/2010 8:30AM

    You are amazing!! I hope anyone who utters either of the phrases, then reads your blog!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/14/2010 7:42AM

    For me, it took me getting so sick and tired of hearing my own excuses that I stopped making them. We are all on our own journey... we have to learn the lesson until we have learned the meaning behind it. You WILL do it, in your own time, according to your own rules. Don't give up!

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A New Workout

Sunday, June 13, 2010

So today my swim coach talked me in to trying a new workout. It seemed innocent enough and I could even talk to her as I swam and she walked the deck. Silver has an olympic sized swimming pool that the Hurley swim team can use for free on Sunday from 11 to 12:45. We triathletes and cross training athletes are free to attend as well.

After testing the water and sliding into the nice warm water under a beautiful sun...

I proceeded with the workout. First I swam 500 meters for a warm up and then I alternated lengths of the pool by using a pull buoy going one way and a kickboard coming back. My swim coach walked the deck and talked to me while I was working.
Since the surgery on my knees, I have not been able to do squats and lunges are very painful. I do a leg press machine, calf raises and use a calf machine...but nothing has worked as well as this workout. OMG...I felt the burn after 25 yards with the kickboard and after 15 lengths of the pool my legs feel like rubber. I am tired. My legs are going to be very sore tomorrow (I can already feel them). I am happy because now I have found something that really works my quads that doesn't hurt my knees! Coaches are tough to pay attention to, particularly when I coach as well. Tina told me my knees where ready to really start kicking. She was right, but I may not think so tomorrow...LOL.
So some stretching an ice pack or two, a snack and a nap and I will be ready to rumble tonight (down the hall to the couch and back to bed).
Have a great Sunday!

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NUTRIGIRL08 6/15/2010 10:07PM

    Sounds like an awesome workout! I will have to try it!!

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SAMODER 6/14/2010 12:08AM

    I know my son did similar workouts when he was swimming in high school. He had great muscular legs. Yours will be too.

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YW84FRIDAY 6/13/2010 11:24PM

  Good for you! Keep it up...


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DEVORA4 6/13/2010 9:08PM

  I didn't know you had surgeryon your knees. Here I am complaining about my ankle and you have knee problems. Take care of yourself. I am sure the pool must be excellent therapy for you. See you champion.

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CZARINA_TV 6/13/2010 8:56PM

    Cool! It's hard to find something that works well while you're still in that halo after injury. Technically, I'm all better and cleared for the crazy stuff I do, but I still feel a pull in my hip from my IT band when I cross my legs. Glad you found something that works well but isn't so challenging that you'll re-injure yourself. Good luck with the ice!

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PINKSAINT247 6/13/2010 6:21PM

    500 meter warm up?!?!? Girl, you are killer. I am still working on being able to complete 500 altogether.

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SOCKITTOME 6/13/2010 5:39PM

    Sounds like an interesting workout!

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Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I mentioned yesterday that I would take pictures of the Buckhorn and Opera House in Pinos Altos, New Mexico. As you can see from this picture, Pinos Altos and the Buckhorn Saloon and Cat House have been around a while. It is no longer a Cat House!

As you drive into down town Pinos Altos, this is the main street.....

This is a view of the main bar in the Buckhorn and a picture of Indian Joe, who has sat at this bar 24-7 for as long as anyone can remember. Sorry you can't see his face but he is a little "waxy" in appearance. Notice the antique cash register behind the bar and the Woman of the evening in her little opera box.

After a wonderful spinach salad with egg, goat cheese and homemade dressing, we went next door to the Opera house to buy tickets to see the Anne Egge concert. She is a local artist now in New York. She is moving back to Silver soon...building her own house. She has several CD's out and just sold some songs to the Dixie Chicks. She a folk western way!
Area between Saloon and Opera house and front of the Opera house:

The opera House is unbelievable and pictures do not do it justice but here we go:
These pictures of old Apache chiefs greet you when you first walk in.

Next you walk in to the main theatre and the bottom main floor seating.

The stage is small but very functional. The ceiling is wooden and hand carved:

Three magnificent chandeliers adorn the ceiling on the main floor:

There are box seats overlooking the main floor. Each of them have pictures of old ghost towns that used to be mining towns. Places like Shakespeare, Magdalena, Kelly, etc. that are all long gone, but remembered by locals and by pictures in the Opera House. We used the stage for a play that the alternative high school kids wrote and produced...a Western of course!

We had a very nice time. The food and the music was great. I arose early this morning and did the 5K for the spay and neuter program. I kicked booty and took names...(I won)! Now, content and well nourished I am going to go take a little siesta (nap).
Have a great weekend Spark People.

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PBINGER45 6/13/2010 12:36PM

  Very nice, I will have to make sure we get to visit if we are in the area. Nice pictures. emoticon

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SAMODER 6/12/2010 11:53PM

    Good pictures. thank you for sharing

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CZARINA_TV 6/12/2010 11:20PM

    You deserve a good night out after your busy week! Thanks for bringing us along for the ride...

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DEVORA4 6/12/2010 5:51PM

  Not only are your pics. emoticon but your description as well. I felt as if I was there with you. Your life is so exciting. emoticonfor sharing it with us. emoticondebby

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YW84FRIDAY 6/12/2010 5:24PM

  You go girl! I mentioned to my daughter the other day that I would like to be able to run without anyone laughing at me. The car got dead quiet and when I looked over she was trying very hard not to look at me. When I commented that I didn't hear any response coming from that side of the car, she replied, "Well I'm just picturing you running with little blinders on the side of your head so that you can't see everyone laughing." Little brat...LOL


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LINDAKAY228 6/12/2010 4:36PM

    Great pics! It's been about 15 years or so since I was in the Opera House part. Such a neat historic place. I've always wanted to go to one of the melodrama's they used to have there where you threw popcorn at the actors! I went to a melodrama in Cloudcroft once and it was a lot of fun. Maybe since they re-opened they'll have another melodrama.

The salad sounded really good too!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Class this morning went very well. I did not leave the belly dancing out after all, so we did a lot of abdominal work and stretching.
We also kicked up our heels and did a lot of water jogging, grapevines, and jump rope movements.

I entered and mailed the money for the DAM IT MAN sprint triathlon. It is in T or C New Mexico at Elephant Butte on the 24th of July. Yippee!!! I can hardly wait. Gives me something to look forward to and to train for.
Hubby invited me to dinner and music at the Buckhorn tonight. The establishment has recently been re-modeled. It is Pinos Altos, New Mexico...old mining town...and the place was the original bar and cat house. I will have pictures tomorrow, or google it!
Yes, I am on the top of the world today. I have great friends that are very supportive here at Spark People, (You know who you are) and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart! The weather is great, it's payday, I have a 5k for the Spay and Neuter program tomorrow, and my son is doing a money raiser through Team Ford in Silver City, New Mexico for the Walk for the Cure--breast cancer! My son is the guy on the left holding Spanky. This is one of my daughters graduation pictures! Unbiased opinion...but I have beautiful kids!
Have a safe, healthy and happy weekend!

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SOCKITTOME 6/12/2010 12:56PM

    Wow, you go girl!!! Your tri enthusiasm inspires me!!!!!!

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LINDAKAY228 6/11/2010 8:38PM

    I'm going to go do the 5k tomorrow too at Ft. Bayard. You have great goals! I didn't know the Buckhorn had re-opened but it's a great place and I hope you are having an awesome evening!!

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DEVORA4 6/11/2010 7:01PM

  You have such joy & excitement in your life and yes you are right your kids are absolutely awesome. Take care. emoticon emoticondebby

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SAMODER 6/11/2010 6:01PM

    Yes, you do have beautiful kids.

I think you enjoy having a race to train for. It keeps you motivated.
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I wish I was closer that I could do your water aerobics.... I am going to try to do that after my knee scope.


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PAMAPPLE 6/11/2010 2:14PM

    Not only do you have beautiful kids, but caring ones, too. You must be proud of them.

Enjoy your 5K and dinner with hubby!

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 6/11/2010 2:11PM

    What an amazing weekend you have planned! You are energizing me! Have a great weekend---can't wait to see TONS of pictures from all your fun events!

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K8NJKSMOM 6/11/2010 1:24PM

    You do have beautiful kids! Have a wonderful weekend!

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TRIXEL 6/11/2010 1:18PM

    Your joy is infectious! :) emoticon emoticon

p.s. your family is lovely.

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HOPERISING 6/11/2010 1:17PM

    You do have beautiful kids! And I love the way you dress up your blogs with the cute and funny pics. You rock!

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RAWKNRUN 6/11/2010 12:37PM

  Elephant Butte! HAHA, you do have beautiful kids and pups!

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CZARINA_TV 6/11/2010 12:27PM

    Have fun on your 5k!

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