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The Sky Was A Different Color.........

Sunday, March 06, 2011

I went on a long bike ride today. The weather was absolutely different! It was incredibly calm, a little cool, and the sky certainly was not blue....but I went just the same!

This picture shows the sky when I started out on the ride. Looks kind of angry.

When I got ready and turned around to come home, the sky was lightening up and the sun was even beginning to shine throught the light cloud cover.
I turned around at "Brocolli" Tree. This tree is 28 miles from my house. If you look closely at the old really does look like a big sprig of brocolli.

So, I turned around by the tree and came home. It was a lovely day. My legs are screaming but I think they will be okay to go running tomorrow!

Hope your day was as wonderful as mine was!

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    Very beautiful. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 3/7/2011 2:21PM

    Sounds like your spring break is off to a great start!! Enjoy the rest of it in spite of the predicted winds for the next couple of days.

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ROOBEARZ 3/7/2011 12:48AM

    What a nice bike ride!! Tks for sharing the pics ( from the hike, too - very nice!)

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/6/2011 10:00PM

    Woo Hoo! Nice!!

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SAMODER 3/6/2011 9:21PM

    It looks beautiful...

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APIRLRAIN888 3/6/2011 8:24PM

    what a nice trail! one day, one day I would love to bike! it's soooo hilly here in pittsburgh! my neighbor I have to walk my bike up the hill! any suggestion how to train for that?

I mean I can do the spinning climb but i can never get my butt of the seat in a real bike (balance)

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JUNEPA 3/6/2011 8:15PM

    lovely ride, I'm envious

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Long Walk

Saturday, March 05, 2011

The"Three Dogateers"..Spanky, Cisco, and Weena and myself went on a long walk this morning before the wind really started to howl. We walked along some trails on Boston Hill, once the site of a Manganese mine. My grandfather was the foreman of the mine during the Depression, having left Oklahoma with his family (my mom) in tow. Enjoy the walk. The dogs and I did!

Nothing but blue skies, do I see............

Yup just over this last rise and we will have walked 11 miles all told. Course we had to stop and have a drink and a snack..."Yam Goodies" for the pups and a Clif Bar for me. You can see from the rock and foliage that this is a wonderful place to see foxes. As summer arrives, I will not walk in this area because of the number of rabid foxes usually seen in the area. Last summer it was a huge problem so this year there will not be as many in the area.
The grasses are doing real well. The tall walking cacti are thriving and will bloom soon. The low-growing prikle pear cacti are suffering from a virus carried by javalina and many have died out. Many more will soon be growing.
Hope you enjoyed my walk and I hope you have a safe, fun and active weekend! Off to nap.

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    Yikes! DOn't think I'd want to encounter a rabid fox either.

Looks like Spring Break is going great so far! YAY!

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BEYOURBEST1 3/6/2011 7:36PM

    It looks like you and the pups had a great time.
Thanks for sharing.

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LINDAKAY228 3/6/2011 10:36AM

    I like to go to that area sometimes too. Right on the edge of town but you can feel like you're far away. However I will also stay away during the summer when the rabid foxes are out. Glad you enjoyed your day.

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CZARINA_TV 3/6/2011 9:51AM

    What a great walk. Thanks for sharing!

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WENDYSPARKS 3/6/2011 5:38AM

    Very nice walk! Thank You!

Wendy :)

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DRB13_1 3/6/2011 5:15AM

    So very impressed with your distance! Thanks for sharing. Loved the photos...and blue skies.

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/6/2011 1:43AM

    Woo Hoo! Yay! Good for You and the Doggies.

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FISHINGLADY66 3/5/2011 8:12PM

    That trail looks so peaceful and energizing. I really enjoyed taking this trip with you. You know how to make our walks beautiful and fun. Thanks Pat for always including me in your walks. Beautiful pictures. Spanky, Cisco, and Weena had a good time too. emoticon Thanks for letting me know about our walk.
Blessings my friend.

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DOMINICKSMOM05 3/5/2011 7:35PM

  Thank you for taking us on your walk!

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JUSTBIRDY 3/5/2011 6:35PM

    Nice! Thanks for sharing your photos.

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SOCKITTOME 3/5/2011 6:23PM

    Wow, that was some walk! Gorgeous country, too -- thanks for sharing!

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DOUGLYE 3/5/2011 4:54PM

    Nice. I can't wait to get back to walking our trails. The snow is hanging around a little bit late this year.

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FIORENZA 3/5/2011 4:49PM

    Great story - thanks for sharing. All the best and have a great week-end!

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Almost Spring Break..........

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The weather is superb, the kids are toads, the teachers are cranky and in just 1.5 days I will have a glorious 9 days off to do nothing but what I want to do! The bike is prepared to go and I am planning little forty and fifty mile day rides. I want to go on a couple of hikes and extended walks with the dogs. The pool at the college will be closed for 11 days and this is not good but I will just have to live with it.
COME ON WEATHER...........P L E A S E stay nice. I'll give ya a cookie!

Good night all!

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ROOBEARZ 3/4/2011 12:34AM

    Here's hoping for the weather to stay nice (or in our case...get nice - it's 0 right now...brrrrrrrr) but the real thought here is: You bike 40 and 50 miles a day? That's incredible!!! Have a great vaca!!

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MARGARITTM 3/3/2011 2:17PM

    AH 18 days til spring - of course here we are still buried in snow - very jealous!

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LINDAKAY228 3/3/2011 1:27PM

    Hopefully the great weather will hold for you and you'll get to do all you want to do! It has been beautiful lately. Good luck on it all and enjoy that week off to the very utmost!

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    Hope you have a great Spring break!!

(I'm a mean wife because I'm having the hubby do some interior house painting on his Spring break!! LOL)

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CZARINA_TV 3/3/2011 8:07AM

    You can bribe the weather with tasty treats? If I'd only known! I'm tired of all the snow we've had and looking forward to nice weather...

Have a great spring break!

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APIRLRAIN888 3/2/2011 11:50PM

    lol yes weather pls stay nice! have fun

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JAZOIE 3/2/2011 11:46PM

    Oh how fabulous! I'll see if I can bribe the weather for you too...'cause for me, Spring break means I become a one woman entertainment unit, lol.

The biking sounds like a blast...maybe I'll go get a tuneup and take the kids snow-biking!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/2/2011 11:38PM

    Woo Hoo! Sounds like fun to Me!! emoticon

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Great Sunday!

Monday, February 28, 2011

No, I don't mean weather-wise. The wind was blowing 60 to 80 miles an hour. It blew so hard that it picked up my dog run....8ft by 12ft by 6ft. chain link and moved it about 20 foot across the yard and dumped in into the trees. So glad my 3 musketeers: Spanky, Weena and Cisco were not in it!

Early morning in the blizzard, I went shopping and then went and picked up my daughter. We spent the whole day cooking different soups, chicken and some other stuff. I won't have to cook all week. Most helpful because my son goes to work at 4:30am, gets home at 2pm. I leave at 4am and usually manage to get home around 8:30 or 9pm...just in time to go to bed.

This is a picture of my daughter, her boyfriend, Spanky and Cisco in my buddy Tina's private warm water pool. The two of us actually ended up doing a new workout video that I received from Womens Health. Now, I am certainly not into step aerobics because it usually makes my knees hurt. And yes I am old-school and don't feel like I have done anything until I have sweat pouring off of me and my clothes are wringing wet, but we really got into it. We laughed, cried, looked like dorks, laughed some more and both had a little soreness upon arising this morning. In fact, my abs are very sore but of course I had to tell little miss almost 19 that I was not terribly sore. Thankfully I did not have to cough or sneeze or the jig would have been up!

Today, swimming this morning..............

CPR/First Aid/AED this afternoon where we will go over some different scenarios..

Water Aerobics this evening...............

after which I will again lap swim for another hour. At home before bed I will do yoga and use a foam roller to work out a few kinks. Noon I will lift weights with the kids in my P.E. upper body. After a bowl of homemade 15 bean chili with turkey I plan on taking a little nap so I can start over on Tuesday morning.

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ROOBEARZ 3/1/2011 2:04AM

    Busy girl!!! Love the pics of your daughter and the pups - sooooooooooooooo cute!!! Water aerobics - yeah!! Luv it!!

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LINDAKAY228 2/28/2011 1:41PM

    Your schedule exhausts me!!! Love reading about it though. Those winds were really awful and I am also glad your babies weren't in that dog run! All that cooking sounds so gooood!

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LUCYSRAIN 2/28/2011 11:58AM


You have a busy life!!

Congratulation on keeping it organized emoticon

Your daughter is adorable emoticon

Have a fantastic week!


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RUNTRILAUGH 2/28/2011 10:29AM

    nice!!! wish i had a pool like that!

you DID have a GREAT sunday!!!!

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I Desire Nicer Weather!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I have been planning a bike ride for a week...listening to the weather guessers, which change their minds every other day. But, Southwest New Mexico is now under a winter storm warning so my ride will once again be indoors on a trainer.

On a positive note...I have lost 2 pounds and I have registered for the Mesilla Valley Triathlon on the 3rd of April. Happy Birthday to me! Truly could not have happened on a better day!

The way I look at it....I can afford a piece of cake and one dark beer after the race to celebrate my birthday and not feel too guilty!


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SOCKITTOME 2/27/2011 11:42PM

    Amen on wishing for warmer weather -- I am SOOOO with you!!! Congrats on the weight loss and awesome that you have another tri coming up! You totally rock!!!

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FISHINGLADY66 2/26/2011 8:42PM

    Don't give up Pat. You'll get that bike ride soon. I am so sick of this weather too. That will be a wonder Birthday for you.

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JUNEPA 2/26/2011 5:59PM

    Look at that snow in New Mexico isn't that where the snow birds hang out for the winter?
Best wishes with your next triathon, April 3, and Happy Birthday with celebratory cakes and ale. I am running a 5k on April 3, and it is one of my friends' birthday as well and she is running as well, not sure if she is doing a 5k or a 10k, maybe some celebrating post-race for us as well

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/26/2011 2:02PM

    I do a better job of telling the weather by just looking out my window. Come to think of it, I think thats what the weather reporters do also.

Have a great weekend!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/26/2011 11:26AM

    me too! weather guessers! LOVE IT

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ILOVEPEOPLE 2/26/2011 9:01AM

    Me too, I am eagerly awaiting spring. Way to go registering for the race. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/26/2011 8:35AM

    Yeah I really want the warmer weather too! Without the winds.

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BEYOURBEST1 2/26/2011 8:06AM

    I'll be waiting for news on your Triathlon. You are right, we need to stay active no matter what the weather does.
I love your pup in the sunglasses. That is one of your doggies, right?

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    Ride on! If it helps, I'm voting for better weather, too. emoticon

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    Does that mean you're about to celebrate your birthday now with cakes and ale? Getting a head start on the festivities?

But, weather-shmeather, go take a look at my "I won a car" blog.


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SM-ARTGIRL 2/26/2011 2:17AM

    Wow! Great snow pics! Stay warm. Congrats on entering a race on your birthday!!
I am inspired to do the same if one is on offer mid winter in July in Australia!

re: triathalon: emoticon

I will run my first 10 k 9 April.

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MPALMER15 2/26/2011 1:47AM

    Have a great weekend, Pat! emoticon

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