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New Toy........

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I got a gift certificate for Christmas to the bike shop. Today I bought a bike computer. It tells me a lot of neat stuff....all of which I do not need, but it is fun to know how fast you are going--or in my case how slow.

Went for a short ride today, by my standards. It was chilly and tonight it is supposed to either rain or snow. I am not sure that it will do either one. We need moisture really bad and I am sure there are some that would gladly send us some extra snow.

Something to contemplate as it gets close to time for school to start again! LOL

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MICHELE5551 1/2/2011 10:17AM

    I am jealous! This is on my "wish list." Enjoy!

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CZARINA_TV 12/30/2010 9:07AM

    Please take some of our snow! It's melting and getting super slushy around here and I would gladly ship it over to you if I could. I haven't worn shoes that aren't galoshes since before Christmas.

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BIZZYMOM06 12/29/2010 12:21PM

    you go girl! new toys are awesome. I love electronics. Got a bike computer myself. Love to know how many miles I went and average speed. Gives me something to strive to better each time I go out. Of course I am the techie geek, have the android phone, polar heart rate monitor, and bike computer.....oh well. Love those gadgets. Congrats again.

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LINDAKAY228 12/29/2010 8:30AM

    Oh I love new toys, especially electronics or something that goes with my hobbies like hiking, running, etc. You got the best of both!
Enjoy the rest of your time off before back to school!

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/29/2010 1:24AM

    Yay!! Your doing a great job. Good for You!!
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JUNEPA 12/29/2010 12:57AM

    love those toys

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SOCKITTOME 12/29/2010 12:47AM

    Oh, cool new toy!! The data is definitely helpful. I have a Polar heart rate monitor with GPS and use that for the speed, distance, etc. I'm slow as well, and having the numbers will help me see when I'm improving...if I speed up. Might be getting too old for this stuff and could probably use some Prozac myself. LOL!!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/28/2010 11:26PM

    I feel like an andriod (phone= pace, mile and mp3 player, new toy (heart monitor))

have fun with your toy

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Beauty In My Opinion

Monday, December 27, 2010

Each of us sees things differently. Here are a few of my favorites:

Fires can hurt, destroy, cost...but the also bring new growth!

Cold, slick, deadly---but here in the high desert, a must for new and continued life.

Strong, constant, stable--a reminder of the past and a link to the future.

Sweet defender of all. Tiger in shining armor? Yes, according to Spanky!

Son, daughter, beloved pets and graduation. Does it get any better?

\Sunrise, sunsets, friends! I can hardly wait to see what 2011 brings.

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COCOABUTTASAKI 12/29/2010 10:52AM

    I love this post!!

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CZARINA_TV 12/28/2010 9:26AM

    Great post!

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LINDAKAY228 12/28/2010 9:05AM

    Loved it. Most of my ideas of beauty, besides my kids, grandkids, and my lab, are also nature scenes. Love to take lots of pics of them.

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/28/2010 2:55AM

    I love it! Thank you for sharing.

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SOCKITTOME 12/27/2010 10:06PM

    Wonderful photo essay on opposing points of view!

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FISHING88 12/27/2010 9:59PM

    You have a lot to be thankful for! Love your positive perspective. Happy New Year!

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It's Time.....

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I get onto SparkPeople and come to my page everyday. I have done this for almost a year now, but not as much as I should have in the last three months. The last three months have been really tough for me and I am not sure why.

I lost my dad in November a couple of years ago...might be why I despise November, because I still miss my dad. I don't look forward to December and "having" to visit my mother in the Alzheimer's ward, so Christmas has lost considerable excitement for me and perhaps the combination of the above is what starts making me miserable in October.

I have been physically active---check out my minutes---but while the body is playing the heart and mind---my soul is not really in it. Am I bored with exercising? I hope not because I am the type of person that gains weight by smelling food. I control portion sizes, what and when I eat and I have just about accepted that I will be forever "fat but healthy"; yet another reason the past three months have not been easy? I have thought long and hard about this point of view.

I had so much fun when I first started on here. I had many friends that were very supportive (still do) and several friends that I felt very close to (still do) and suddenly got hit with a couple of very close friends just becoming totally uncommunicative. I felt (feel) like I must have done something to hurt or offend them? I thought we were growing and changing together. I guess I stand corrected, but with my personality....this makes me guarded. I might choose not to share as much as I had. I imagine this might be good and it might not....I will see.

The gist of the matter is this: I am me for good or bad and I felt happier and healthier with myself when I spent more time on Spark than I have the last four or five months when I have spent less time and effort. I need to get my heart off my sleeve and let other people grow and change...even if it means that they grow "apart" from me.

I need to start anew with logging in each morsel that I eat and I really do need to closely monitor my diet as my doctor took me off of my cholesterol medicine to see if I would feel better. I was sore and achy and OMG---now I am not but I worry because my body "makes" too much cholesterol all by itself!

I need to communicate more with the teams that I am a leader of as well as with the teams I belong to. More time reading and sharing and truly taking an interest in others and not just me. I need to read more and find interesting facts to share and stimulate conversation, helping others to hopefully find items that will help them in their journey to fitness and happiness.

Yup, I guess I need to re-evaluate where I am at as well as where I want to least that is what I am undertaking at this time. Hopefully, the friends I have will understand as much as I try to understand what they are going through. I am mostly a loner so I will try to keep my heart off my sleeve and be more accepting and willing to share. If I get stepped on, tis okay because we all have those days and I just realized it is possible to have one of those days for several months.

It is Time!

Life IS all about the climb and not so much what is on the other side!

Hoping one and all had and is having a fantastic Holiday Season!

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CZARINA_TV 12/28/2010 9:43AM

    Don't take it too personally when internet friends fly away or try to cut back on their online socializing. Easy come, easy go...

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COCOABUTTASAKI 12/27/2010 10:00AM

    I hope you will be able to clear your mind and get back on track. Going for a swim always helps me especially when Im the only one in the pool. If you need anything just message me for a friend to talk too.

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MPALMER15 12/26/2010 7:33PM


I can totally relate, Pat. I will be glad to see you back on Spark more. Just be you, and no one else. We like you just the way you are.


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MUEHLBBO 12/26/2010 12:27PM

    I hope you can get that old feeling back. The part that hit me the most was how you felt about people who weren't communicating with you. I know that hurts, as I've seem to have lost a friend in my community that I once had. It hurts, but you know, life goes on. I see this person every week, but there's almost no communication between us amymore. While it hurts, I'm not going to let it consume me. You have too much in your life to be happy for. Dwell on that. SP has done wonders for you in the past and it seems you do wonders for many others. Bring yourself back to SP on a daily basis. Enjoy life. Things will get better.

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LINDAKAY228 12/26/2010 11:31AM

    The whole holiday season for me has a lot of different types of pain associated with it over the years too, and the anniversaries of significant losses do affect us. I struggle through the whole holiday season too and to be honest and so glad that today is now the day after Christmas and I can start to climb back up from the struggles I find myself in every year during this time. So I understand what you mean. I've had close friends both here and in face to face life that were close and then for some reason were not anymore. And I've had other friends who have been there for the long haul. Like you, I am somewhat of a loner and I actually open up more easily here than I do anywhere else. Anyway, I'm glad you're here. If there is anything I can do to help let me know. There are some people that I look forward to reading their blogs every time they post, and those notifications in my e-mail are the first ones I go to. You are one of those at the top of my list. I look forward to following your progress and hopefully offering a little bit of support. I really look at you as an inspiration because of your great weight loss along with your pursuit of the triathalon. Since I've lost weight and am pursuing running I see your progress from totally out of shape to athlete as amazing. Even though we don't see each other except once in a while in passing (like at Walmart the other day) the fact that you're in my town and you're the only one I know of here, and you talk about places I know makes it so exciting for me too. "Local small town woman succeeds at going from couch potato to athlete" type of headlines LOL.
Anyway, so glad you opened up a little and took a chance and wish you tons of success on this journey.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/26/2010 10:42AM

    you can do it!
I lost my mom around this time.
dec is her b-day, and beginning of jan is when she left us.
a day after my grandpa (years in between)
depression ;(

so xmas and new year is hard on us!
I totally understand ;p

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Better, Busy, and Ready for a Break

Friday, December 17, 2010

I am off crutches and walking gingerly and paying a lot more attention to how I walk down steps now. I got my wake-up call and I heard it loud and clear!
This has been finals week at school and it has been pretty hectic.

We decorated the tree in my room. All of the students participated, but there were several arguments as everyone wanted to do it their way! I thought I was hard-headed but I can't hold a candle next to some of my students.
I have also spent many hours on the computer...typing tests, looking up information, shopping, browsing...I feel as though my eyes need a rest.
Tomorrow is graduation! We have students that finish their credits up every 9 week period and we have graduation at the end of every 9 weeks. Tomorrow we have 8 kids that finally got all their We will have a ceremony, cake, a pat on the back for each of them and then we can send everyone home!
I am going to Albuquerque tomorrow to go shopping and dreaming. I have to take the daughter shopping and I want to go to all of the bike stores and do some serious dreaming.
I hope each and every one of you has a great, happy and active and safe weekend!
It does a body good!

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HALLALUYAH 12/22/2010 10:16AM

    Merry Christmas my friend.
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DEVORA4 12/22/2010 6:05AM

  Sorry to hear of your accident and pleased you have ditched crutches. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. debby emoticon

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RUSTBUCKET1 12/19/2010 11:25PM

    Glad to see that you are doing better!

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/17/2010 2:22PM

    Yay! Have a happy fun filled weekend!

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SCARECROWISCOOL 12/17/2010 12:22PM

    You have a great weekend too!!!

Glad you ditched the crutches. emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/17/2010 11:18AM

    nice pics emoticon

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CZARINA_TV 12/17/2010 10:18AM

    Glad to hear that you're off crutches! I'm sure that's a big relief...

I scratched my cornea and had pinkeye and trouble for a few weeks. The first few days I felt sick and was grateful for the rest, but then I got cabin fever and really just wanted to get out of the house and back to my old routine.

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LINDAKAY228 12/17/2010 8:30AM

    I missed something and didn't know you were on crutches but glad you're off them now. Enjoy your shopping trip. You need a break after teaching! Enjoy your dreaming too and maybe your dreams will come true!

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/17/2010 7:00AM

    Hope the weather clears for your trip to Albuquerque. It's early in the morning at work - we've been checking at intervals - rain, fluffy snow, fine snow - lots of puddles which will probably freeze soon. Sheesh! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEYOURBEST1 12/17/2010 5:27AM

    I am glad you are feeling better. Enjoy Albuquerque with your daughter.

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DRB13_1 12/17/2010 12:38AM

    Loved all the photos! You have a talent for brightening our day. emoticon emoticon

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Change of Pace

Monday, December 13, 2010

I spent the last four days on a total vacation from "me" and what I usually do.
I spent these days playing with my kids. Now before you say that is son is 20 and my daughter is almost 19 and her significant other is 19 as well. So, we did not go to the park, play on the swings or decorate for the holidays. We went to the woods and went bird hunting!

I imagine many people do not believe in hunting and many people do and that is a discussion for a later time and place. Suffice it to say that most of the birds are safe when around me as I have not hunted in a while and my "keen" eye is not as sharp as it used to be. In other times I could not hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle! The birds we did get we ate and they were wonderful.
I got my daily exercise in walking in sandy creek bottoms, toting my 20 gauge. I spent a great deal of time just listening and enjoying nature. Of course everything was not perfect as we had two flats yesterday. Mesquite can be very damaging to tires!
These trees have some wicked thorns and will go right through a tire. The birds love these trees and the more trees in an area, the more birds likely to be found.
I took the kids to all of the places my parents used to take me. Many things have changed...lots of places no longer open, landscapes changed with time, but overall I truly enjoyed myself. The trips also brought with them some tender moments...fond memories, some good laughs, and future memories, and some alligator tears for me as I miss my dad, brother and mom.
I feel renewed, rejuvenated and ready to go on and tackle the rest of winter and the holiday season. I have not finished shopping yet; I haven't even put up a tree, but my first and perhaps most important present bought this season was a 20 gauge shotgun for my daughter. Her first gun and she is very proud of it. My present was watching her hunt and enjoy herself and her new gift.

Have a great, healthy and active week spark friends!

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LINDAKAY228 12/14/2010 5:18PM

    Glad you had such a great time with your family! My daughter watched Sarah Palin's Alaska when they went hunting for caribu. She said that probably some animal rights groups would raise a fit about that show. But hunting is an important part of the lives of many people. I've never been a hunter, maybe partly because I never had the opportunity. But I'm certainly not against it. And all those memories that you got to revisit sound so wonderful!

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SCARECROWISCOOL 12/14/2010 10:07AM

    Sounds like a great time with the kids! My dad goes pheasant & turkey hunting & says it is great exercise.

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/14/2010 12:12AM

    Sounds like a great family bonding day - and you got some good food out of it. I'm not a hunter, but I don't have any problems with people hunting for food.

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NUTRIGIRL08 12/13/2010 11:34AM

    I remember mesquite! Glad you got to spend some time rejuvenating! emoticon

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