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Tough to Exercise or Breathe

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This summer is proving to be a real challenge. I am taking some classes so I have had to alter my exercise schedule. The spring was incredibly windy and somehow the weather must still think that it is Spring....the wind has not quit blowing!

We also have had no moisture and there have been several very serious wild fires. Arizona and New Mexico still have extremely large fires burning and the air quality is beginning to decline severely.



These two pictures are from my front door looking south towards Mexico. It looks as though a thunderstorm is approaching. Actually, it is smoke from what is being called the Horse Shoe Fire that is burning in the Chirichua (spelling?) Mountains as well as from the Wallow Fire in Arizona. I am basically doing all of my training, what little I can get done, at the gym. My asthma is kicking my booty to the point that I can walk about a hundred yards and I am out of breath. I don't want to be out of breath, I want to be out of doors in a smoke free and relatively dust free environment....just for a change of pace.

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 6/18/2011 10:20PM

    Such a scarey sight! Sorry to hear that the fires are still not under control. Wishing you the best on this. Too bad there is not one long hose form Oregon to Arizona.. we have plenty to spare.

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/16/2011 10:39PM

    I am so sorry this is happening around you. Please be very careful when out exercising. I am sure the air isn't too healthy right now. It is so sad to hear about all that beautiful land being burned. I sure hope they get the fire out soon.
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LINDAKAY228 6/16/2011 4:00PM

    On Tuesday the smoke was really bad in Glenwood too. One of my granddaughters had trouble breathing and I thought I was going to have to bring her back into town but she wanted to stay for the rest of the Girl Scout camp so we stayed. Monday and Wednesday weren't quite as bad but still there was smoke.

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GOHUSKERS2 6/16/2011 10:05AM

    Too bad we can't transport some of these flood waters to you to put them out. In fact, that's not a bad idea. Why couldn't they do that....Interstate 29 is closed in places, some friends have lost their home to the flood, and here you guys are desperately in need of rain and some relief from the fires and that awful smoke. I'm praying for you as I know how much you like to bike and be outdoors so this has got to be a really terrible situation for you.

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FISHINGLADY66 6/15/2011 9:19PM

    I hope you can get some releaf soon. Hang in there sweetie and stay strong.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/15/2011 3:42PM

    The smoke has been hitting us in CO too. Makes it hard to exercise!

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CZARINA_TV 6/15/2011 9:57AM

    Oof. That looks really bad... I'm glad you're still able to get in some exercise and I hope it all clears up soon.

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JUNEPA 6/15/2011 1:21AM

   
crazy circumstances, nothing you can do about it

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/15/2011 12:07AM

    I have been so lucky this year - I have reactional airway disease (sort of like pre-asthma), but haven't had problems with the smoke. Maybe it's from losing weight and getting into better shape. I walked the pups near sunset tonight because of the bad air warnings this morning. Here's hoping things clear up soon.

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Welcome Sight in the Desert Southwest...

Sunday, June 05, 2011

The Southwestern part of Arizona and New Mexico are still suffering from forest fire problems and the hellish smoke and winds. The Wallow Fire in Alpine Arizona has caused a choking haze here in New Mexico for over a week and is so bad that I had to call the vet for Spanky. Spanky is extremely stuffed up and he is taking Benadryl and Vicks on his nose. Amazing stuff for a dog.

Here Spanky and Weena, the little black blob are huffing up the road for their evening walk.

Cisco and my daughter were with us. Cisco's tongue is enormous and he is panting. The weather was extremely warm at 92. It was 6pm this evening. One of the reasons it was so warm was because the rain clouds were rolling in complete with thunder and lightening and yes, even a few drops of RAIN!
Here are some of the cloud pictures as well as the Spanish Broom in bloom in the front yard waiting patiently for the rain. Normally, the yellow flowers cover the bush from top to bottom but the numerous hungry deer keep the lowest blossoms cropped off.

Spanky napping because of Benadryl. His outside time is being severly limited.









After the little shower, Spanky was already breathing better. Hopefully the wind will keep blowing from the East and the firefighters will get a better handle on the Arizona Wallow fire.
Take care, be safe, and remain active!

  
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SCARECROWISCOOL 6/7/2011 1:11PM

    HOpe you get some more rain soon & the poor little guy starts feeling better.

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FISHINGLADY66 6/6/2011 5:10PM

    WooHoo for a little bit of rain. I'm sure it's not enough though. Poor little babies, they must suffer as much as we humans, but never complain. It is 96 degrees right now here in Missouri, with a heat index of 101. I heard about the fires on TV. It saddens my heart to hear about things like that. The pictures are awesome. We have to put our doggie on Benadryl on the 4th. of July. I'm doing a rain dance for you and exercise for me. Take care Pat.

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/6/2011 3:26PM

    No measurable rain here on my side of town yet, but the air seems less hazy. Poor puppies! Mine seem to be doing OK so far

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STIPER23 6/6/2011 10:27AM

    Wow. Rain clouds. I have forgotten what they look like. It has been so super hazy and smoky since Thursday here in Albuquerque. People have had ash on their cars and you can smell the smoke...and that fire is hundreds of miles away from here.

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LINDAKAY228 6/6/2011 10:25AM

    I'll take any rain at the moment and it was nice to see a little bit but hopefully we'll get more soon. I'm so sorry the poor dogs are being so affected by it. My main concern last night was that the lightening would spark more fires. Please send the rain!!!!

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CZARINA_TV 6/6/2011 9:34AM

    Poor dogs! I remember having trouble breathing from some giant fires in Quebec one year... You're even closer to the fires, and I heard on the news that they're really trouble this year.

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PURRCATNIP 6/6/2011 12:06AM

    Aww, beautiful pups! A dog has to be a great motivator for exercise! :)

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Drought Continues

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Well...the drought still continues and the area fires have the area pretty smokey. The good news is we are beginning to get a few clouds rolling through and some of them are even getting dark. We might get a little rain one of these days, which might be a little easier than re-routing the Mississippi River..lol.

Here a three pictures that show some clouds and a red sun, most likely due to the smoke in the atmosphere. Enjoy!



  
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FISHINGLADY66 6/5/2011 8:02PM

    Best wishes to you on some rain. The pictures are very beautiful.

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LINDAKAY228 6/3/2011 9:48AM

    I saw that even Albuquerque has a smoky haze. I guess as well as the Miller fire, a fire in the Chiricahua mountains just over in AZ is also contributing to this. It was really bad on Wednesday wasn't it. I took a pic of the sun that was red last evening too. Keep praying for rain!

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CZARINA_TV 6/3/2011 8:44AM

    What pretty pictures! I hope the fires don't cause any trouble...

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/3/2011 6:10AM

    I thought it was cloudy when I was driving in to work last evening - I was told "those aren't clouds, it's smoke!"

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Memorial Day Grave Decorating

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My husband and I visited Ft. Bayard National Cemetery early this morning. My grandparents are buried there and his mother is there as well. Tomorrow there will be a fly over and lots of other excitement , which is another reason I was glad we went this morning. I prefer peace and solitude. The weather this morning as well as the cemetery with all of its' flags was just perfect.

Enjoy the following pictures keeping in mind this is a very old, very small cemetery.








Have a wonderful holiday everyone. Be safe and active!

  
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CZARINA_TV 6/2/2011 8:42AM

    Good for you, Lilpat! Your photos look really peaceful. I'm glad you could go out there for a visit.

Desert Dreamer: I don't think it's tacky to send flowers to someone's grave! I don't live anywhere near where my grandparents and great-grandparents are buried, and I've only been to that small town once. I'll probably only go back for funerals. I'm glad that someone is taking care of that grave, even if it's a hired stranger... I don't know who is taking care of my grandparents, and I couldn't even tell you where my mom's parents and grandparents are buried. I would like to visit my grandmother. I have a few things that she owned, but that's not quite the same...

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FISHINGLADY66 5/31/2011 12:16PM

    How nice Thanks for the photo's. We went camping for the long weekend, but we visited the graves before we left. Hope your weekend was nice.

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DESERTDREAMERS 5/30/2011 2:42PM

    A friend and I were once walking around the San Antonio, TX VA cemetary near a holiday - a floral delivery truck pulled up and asked us if we could help find a grave - uh, no! Very complicated marker numbering system (at least to us, we were just wandering and thanking those that had gone before - no one there we knew). Is it just me, or is it a little tacky to wire flowers to soneone's grave?

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LINDAKAY228 5/30/2011 8:46AM

    Great pics. I have a friend buried out there too. The flags look so nice. I'm like you, I would rather be there in the peace and quite rather than the excitement.

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TGIF Tomorrow and Ft. Bayard 5K Saturday

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tomorrow is Friday and it is officially the last day of school. I am giddy with the thought of NOT having to deal with teenagers in a classrooom every day!

This Saturday is the Ft. Bayard Gila Wilderness Run. This is like the 24 or 25th year. I remember running it when I was about 14 and I ran the 8 mile course again 6 years ago. Of course, since surgery, I really enjoy the 5K walk. Sometimes it is really competitive. I will persevere to finish. My knees are sore and my hips are really painful, but...isen't old age wonderful?

  
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CZARINA_TV 5/29/2011 10:16AM

    Have fun on your 5K!

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MNCYCLIST 5/27/2011 3:53PM

    Yes, it is--you can do it!

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RUFFIT 5/27/2011 1:16PM

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LINDAKAY228 5/27/2011 9:50AM

    I'll see you there tomorrow! Enjoy your day today.

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JUNEPA 5/27/2011 1:01AM

    Have a great 5k

I googled Ft Bayard, as I hadn't heard of it before, now I know it's history and location

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SOCKITTOME 5/26/2011 11:28PM

    Oh, I'm so with you on the old age stuff. LOL! Enjoy the walk -- finishing is a wonderful thing, regardless of the time. You're out there doing stuff that many people don't even dream about!

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SM-ARTGIRL 5/26/2011 11:17PM

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I recommend that you find a good osteopath lilpat.
I had painful knees that stopped my every fitness attempt for years- cycling, walking, swimming...I saw all sorts of therapy people, but the osteo has corrected the alignment of my hips (very gently) and now I can run!
Now I am building up strength too.
Enjoy your teen-free holiday
& have fun on your wonderful wilderness walk- I bet it is beautiful there.

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