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Mixing up the training, a little more on Gratitude, Couple of pics

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Today is the day before Thanksgiving. I'm working today but it feels like it should be a holiday. Having a hard time getting my mind around work but got to get it done.
Last year there was a Santa Challenge at my gym and the prizes went to the people who attended the most group fitness classes between Dec 1 and 23rd. I jumped into it and won the first prize, which was a 4-month free membership. I attended every class I possibly could and had a couple of people who were hot on my tails. Altogether I did 50 classes in those 3 weeks! It was a killer believe me. I still go to some water aerobic classes, but hadn't been to the gym classes since the challenge ended. People have kept asking me if I'm going to do it again this year and I keep saying I don't know. It was a big big challenge and I was really tired by the time it ended after doing 3 classes or so a day and one on Saturdays. Luckily there were no classes on Sundays. This week I decided to do a couple of the gym classes to see if my hip could tolerate it. My hip did fine, but my legs are really sore!! I do a lot of other exercise including starting to run, walking, hiking, weight machines for upper body, water aerobics. But apparently there are muscles in my legs that are not getting worked! So whether I do the challenge or not, I really need to do these classes a couple of times a week.

Here's a couple of photos from my work picture ID. One was taken Dec 2008, about 8 months before I started working on getting healthy. The other a couple of weeks ago when I insisted I needed a new ID. The quality isn't great because I scanned them in from my badge but you can definitely see a difference.

Can you guess which is old and which is new?

Now for a few words on gratitude. We do need to think about the things we are grateful for in our own lives, and I posted some of mine earlier this week. But do you ever stop and be grateful for things in other people's lives that aren't so directly connected to you? For example, I was thinking the other day about how grateful I am that my sp friend Tempest272002's husband survived a life-threatening illness. I only know her from on here, and I do feel she is a friend. But my life isn't as directly connected to her as to my immediate family. What happens to her doesn't have the same effect as if she were here. I would be so sad for her if he hadn't survived, but even though my heart would break for her, it would'n't change my day to day life. I hope you understand what I mean. But I watched for her posts of updates on her husband and have been so grateful for each positive outcome. Or maybe you have a favorite charity that you don't receive direct benefits from, but you are so grateful when they receive funding to help them keep providing services. These are just a couple of examples. But do you really stop to think about how grateful you are for these miracles or whatever you want to call them in the lives of others. Not to stop and say so and so won the lottery and I'm jealous because it wasn't me, but to be truly grateful for whatever blessing came to someone else. Think about it and I'll bet you'll be surprised about what you come up with.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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ASPENHUGGER 11/25/2010 3:12PM

    You have come such a long way! It's just awesome! And it's wonderful to "see" you be so happy and healthy because of all the changes you've made!

My gym is having a contest like that too. Every time you go to a class, you get a sticker on your card. When the card is full (15 stickers) it goes in the drawing and you get a t-shirt. At the end of December, they draw for prizes:
First Prize: Flatscreen TV
Second Prize: iPad
Third Prize: iPod Touch
Fourth Prize: iPod Nano
Fifth Prize: Blue Ray
Sixth Prize: Digital Camera
Seventh Prize: iPod Shuffle

I'd take any of them! I'll complete my first card on Friday when I go to water aerobics, and then start working on the 2nd one. It's a win-win situation!

Happy Thanksgiving Linda -- may all your family be merry & bright, & healthy and employed!

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TEMPEST272002 11/24/2010 9:19PM

    No wonder you insisted they take a new ID badge! The change is dramatic. Typically ID pictures are unflattering - but you look so pretty that I think you should use this as your profile pic!

Wow, 50 workouts in 3 weeks. That's seriously impressive. But if you don't feel like putting in the effort to win this year, what about deciding to just participate? Decide what is managable for you this year as a personal goal & don't worry about winning.

I've been enjoying reading your grateful blogs. I am grateful for the support I received from my sparkfriends during hubby's illness. I was surprised at how much it meant to me to read those comments at the end of the day. So if you wondered if your comments made a difference, know that you did.


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DEVORA4 11/24/2010 8:36PM

  WOW I believe it is hard to see that the 2 pics are the same lady!! I am so proud of you gf. You have come a long way. I am thankful for lovely friends like you who are an inspiration to me! Have a great holiday! emoticon emoticon emoticondebby

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CHALLENGER15 11/24/2010 6:45PM

    I agree - you look great!

Happy Thanksgiving.

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STIPER23 11/24/2010 5:35PM

    Great pictures! What a change!

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STRINGI719 11/24/2010 5:10PM

    Linda, the biggest change I see in those pictures is how much HAPPIER you look now! Your smile just emanates from the inside out and you look positively radiant! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/24/2010 1:14PM

    Thanks for another great blog - wow, your hard work REALLY shows in the old/new pictures - amazing!! You look 20 yrs younger in the 2nd picture.

I really do like the 'idea' of the Santa challenge but not sure how well I'd survive - it's amazing that you could squeeze 50 classes into those 3 weeks. I think they'd be sending me to the hospital on a stretcher! But I do want to start taking more classes at the gym. I really enjoyed the CardioMax class I took yesterday, although I didn't stay all the way to the end because I felt like I was so lost once the routines got more complex, I kept getting in the way of the other people in the class - it shouldn't take me too long to get used to the steps, though, so I think this may become a 'regular' in my class roster.

I know what you mean about having trouble getting 'into' work today - I don't have any classes to teach right now so I'm somewhat 'off work' [still some duties but not much] but I did notice there were almost zero cars on the road when I drove to the gym this morning - the local schools take a 'fall break' this week, supposedly because the absence rates were usually so high and those who were there physically were often too distracted. I'm sure 'everyone' will hit the roads later today, though - it's supposed to be the biggest travel day of the year!

Have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow!!

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ELLFIN3 11/24/2010 1:11PM

    Very inspirational blog! Thanks I love the before and after pics!!!!!That too is very inspiring!!! I hope you have wonderful Thanksgiving!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MIZCATHI 11/24/2010 12:51PM

    Way to go, very inspirational work badge pictures!

You are really getting me to start thinking what I should be grateful for, and this type of thinking is truly healthy! You know times are difficult for me now, but there are also some great bright spots in there, too, so it's good to think in this way.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your kids, and even though the SIL is in his thirties going on 16, at least he can cook! :-)

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PJSTIME 11/24/2010 12:45PM

    Great job over you look so much better and definitely different in a positive way

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PLANTAHOLICS 11/24/2010 12:19PM

    emoticon you look great!

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Gratitude part 2

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I said yesteray maybe I would add some more today. There have been some randome thoughts rattling around in my brain about other things in my life, besides the basics listed, that I have to be grateful for. This may end up being a little different as I ramble on here.

1. I read a blog by someone else that talked about life being too short and the times we've missed because we let time slip by. This blog particularly talked about people who died before the writer got to see them one last time. I had an experience like that when a friend who for a while was like a sister to me died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. We had drifted apart because we were busy with different interests in our lives. Reading the blog I thought about the fact that I wish I would have made more effort to stay in touch. But in this gratitude blog I want to say how thankful I am for the years I did have her as my "sister". We went through a lot of different things together, including leaving a religious group that really bordered on being a cult and supporting each other when all the people who had been our friends wouldn't speak to us. We went through divorces and child rearing and single-parenthood for a period. She was such a special person in my life, and got to see sometimes the depth of my pain in certain situations more than I've ever let any other person, and I saw hers as well. We laughed and had great times together. So I want to say I am so grateful for having her in my life for th time I did, althought it wasn't long enough.

2. My father passed away when I was 8 years old. My mother remarried a few months later to a family friend because I think she was scared to death to raise to kids by herself in the early 60's. My stepdad was a lot older than her and have never been married at age 51. He didn't know what to do with an 8 year old stepdaughter and a 5 year old stepson. And they had my little brother together, who he adored because he'd never had a child and I think for a long time he didn't think he ever would. But my stepfather loved us more than I ever realized until I was grown. He was proud of us when we accomplished things, although I didn't realize just how much until later when I would hear from others the things he had said about us. He didn't know how to tell us he was proud of us or that he loved us but he did. He worried when we were sick. He worked hard to support us at different jobs. He was married to my mom for 25 years before he passed away. He took care of her and was good to her. So I'm grateful for this man that came into our life, took on the challenge of stepparenting at a time when there was not the information there is now, and he took care of us.

3. I like to go out hiking a lot. I mentioned that I am grateful to live where I can do things in the outdoors even frequently during the winter. I hike alone with my dog. I hike local trails that have people on them but not a constant stream of people so I know that people will be along but I have a lot of solitude also. It might be 15, 20, or 30 minutes between people but usually not longer than that, so I know if I got hurt or something someone would be along soon. The areas I go have cell phone reception and I always have my phone. BUt I'm digressing here to assure everyone I hike alone safely so I won't go into all my other precautions. What I wanted to talk about in my gratitudes here is how much peace I find in the quiet and beauty of nature around me. When I was a teenager we lived the equivalent of a few blocks from some state land that was designated as a game preserve so no hunting was allowed. I had a horse then and spent hours and hours out there, both with friends and alone at times. I still go hike those same trails now, many years later. But that peace that I found in nature is something I started years ago. I'm so grateful for the green grass in the summer and the brownish grash in the winter months. For the evergreen pine trees we have a lot of. For the open air and the birds flying above and the squirrel or rabbit I see once in a while. For the feel of a cool breeze on me when the weather is warm. For the little streams that might run after the summer monsoon season or in the spring if there has been a lot of snow higher in the mountans. Those are the times that can make me feel sane again when insanity is running amok all around me in the rough times. And in the good times those are the places and feelings that make me just feel pure joy at being alive!

4. I am grateful that I have been given the gift of patience with people that others doj't really want to be around. I wrote not too long ago about Obnoxious People at the Gym and talked about this woman that gets on everyone's nerves, including me for a while. But then I learned to listen to her and be more patient with her and be a friend to her. Today she came to the pool and started talking to me and was very upset about different things that had happened recently, in the past week or two. Some family issues and financial issues, and topped off with getting a ticket while driving to the gym today. We all know how pressures can build up and then one little thing is the final thing that sends us over the edge. The ticket was it for her. I listened to her talk for about 45 minutes while I was doing some exercises. She had a friend she said that had invited her to have dinner with their family on Thanksgiving, then told her that plans had changed and they were going to go out of town for Thanksgiving. She doesn't have anyone else to go with. I can't solve all the problems, and because I'm going to my daughter's and don't even have any idea of what time it will be since she has to work, I don't feel comfortable inviting someone. Besides my son-in-law is an overgrown teenager and I don't even really like to be there. Although I couldn't solve everything for her, I was able to just be a listener as she poured out a number of things. She said again she would really like to just go out to lunch some times and I do intend to do it with her. Money has been really tight this past couple of weeks (months actually) but hopefully within the next week or two we can do it. I'm grateful that this person that I started out trying to avoid I have actually been able to reach out to in some ways and befriend.

5. I am just grateful for life! To be alive with all it's ups and downs and challenges and heartaches and joy and rewards, and everything it has to offer! I don't want to die! If it were my time, then it would be my time. But there was a time when I suffered from really deep depression and didn't want to live. Living was very painful emotionally and I wanted peace. That was a number of years ago. Then gradually I had some healing and took some control of my life and I didn't want to seek that escape anymore. But it still took longer, until just over the past year, when I've really been able to say that I want to live and live to the fullest! I don't know if that makes a lot of sense but it is a big turnaround over a number of years to come to this place where life is really truly to be treasured, even with the good times and bad and the ups and the downs. I am grateful that I have this gift of life for today, and for each day that I'm given it.

Okay, enough rambling on. I said this would be a little different than yesterdays list.
Hope you all are having a great day!

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STRINGI719 11/23/2010 3:16PM

    Again, Linda, this is just so beautiful and touching and it humbles me to see what an amazing person you are and to be able to call you my friend. You are such a beautiful human being and I feel so fortunate to have met such a person!

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-WISPY- 11/21/2010 7:48PM

    Hey Linda, loving your blogs. Thank you. Wispy.

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ASPENHUGGER 11/21/2010 6:15PM

    You are such a special person! Although I have the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi behind my bathroom sink so I can read it every day, and on a bracelet on my arm ... still I forget, and get annoyed and impatient with people. Thanks for reminding me of how far I have to go, and showing me one path to get there.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/21/2010 6:00PM

    I LOVE Part 2! These are the best "ramblings" I've read in a long time. You & your friend is right, Life is short... I'm glad that we're living it to the best of our abilities. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 11/21/2010 1:05PM

    I really enjoyed reading part 2. I read it slowly and let it sink in and thought about similar events and people and stories. We are all more alike than different. I understand about being profoundly grateful for just wanting to live. I've been in that dark place too & I understand what you mean. Thank you for sharing this part of yourself with us.

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MIZCATHI 11/21/2010 8:47AM

    I'm grateful that you want to live, because what you have to say is a gift, it truly is. When you share your thoughts with me, I feel like I can do what I need to do, and to trust that time and strength will see me through. You are a thoughtful and sincere person who shares herself, and that is a wondrous thing.

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DEVORA4 11/20/2010 9:09PM

  You are an amazing lady and it is my pleasure and great honor to have you as a friend. You have an unique quality to step outside the box and look at a situation from another perspective which I admire. ie the obnoxious lady Have a great Sunday and A HAPPY HOLIDAY. emoticon emoticon emoticondebby

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/20/2010 7:30PM

    Nice blog - makes me glad I know you thru SparkPeople and hope someday to get to meet you in person!!

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My gratitude list

Friday, November 19, 2010

I saw a gratitude list on someone else's blog and thought it would be a good idea to post some of my gratitudes to start my day.

1. My health - may not be perfect but pretty good and better than it was
2. My kids and grandkids - may drive me crazy once in a while but they love me and I don't know what my life would be without them. They are also there for me when I need them.
3. I have a roof over my head - not fancy but comfortable and meets my needs
4. A car to drive - Living in a rural area this gives me so much freedom, besides I need it for my job to do home visits.
5. I live in a beautiful part of the USA with lots of forest around me and trails to hike
6. The weather where I live - It's not too extreme and there are a lot of fairly nice days even in winter to get out and do something
7. My faith in God and my relationship with Him - There are so many times I would not have made it through life's trials without this and on a daily basis I rely on Him too.
8. That I am able to help out my daughter and her kids right now through a tough time in her life. It makes it tough on my life too but still I wouldn't want it to be any other way.
9. Health insurance
10. A good job in which I get to work from home and do home visits with some incredible disabled and elderly people. And its a job where I really feel I have the opportunity to help these people with real needs.
11. My friends on Spark People. I love each and every one of you.
12. Chris Downey for his unselfish contribution to help make the world a better place for us
13. Food on our table. We've never had to go hungry
14. The sun today and beautiful blue skies that aren't covered with smog
15. Being able to run for the first time in my life
16. For the 65 lbs I have lost so far. Even though I've been stalled here for months I know that I will continue to lose the rest.
17. That I'm able to eat healthy most of the time instead of the fat, sugar, and junk food I lived on before.
18. That I have truly learned to love exercise and rely on it every day to deal with stress and help me feel better and good about myself
19. My dog Abigail who brings me so much comfort and joy
20. Although it's been a year and a half since my mom passed away, I am so grateful for the time I spent taking care of her over the years, and especially that I was able to be there round the clock for her the last few weeks of her life. That is something that is so precious to me.
21. That I live in a country with so much freedom and so many opportunities
22. The internet that gave us the opportunity to connect like we can here with people from all over the world!
23. Being friends with my ex husband. We've been divorced since 1989 and it took many years before we were able to be friends but I'm glad we are now. Would never remarry and nothing romantic but just friends who help each other out now and then instead of the anger and fighting there was before.
24. That 3 of my kids and 6 of my grandkids live in my community. I really miss the other 2 kids and their kids that are in other states and would really love to spend more time with them. But I am glad that at least some of my grandkids I get to spend a lot of time with. Some people don't get to see much of any of their grandkids.
25. That one of my daughters who was in to gangs and drugs as a teenager and who gave me a lot of grief grew up to be a wonderful woman who works with Alzheimer's patients and gives so much. There was a time when I didn't have much hope left for her life but she has really turned it around. I'm so proud of her. Proud of all my kids.

I'll stop here for now and maybe tomorrow I'll add some more. There is just so much to be grateful for. These are not in the order of importance but just in random order and I think they all have almost equal importance in my life.

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STRINGI719 11/23/2010 3:10PM

    WOW, Linda - that was so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing that with the rest of us - you really made my day today! (even though you DID make me cry a little!)

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/20/2010 5:46PM

    Thank you for sharing your list with us.

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GOOZLEBEAR 11/20/2010 4:59PM

    What a wonderful idea, at any time of the year, but especially now!!

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TEMPEST272002 11/19/2010 6:25PM

    Thank you for sharing your list with us!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/19/2010 3:37PM

    Making a gratitude list is one of the best ways to 'cure' or prevent depression, pity parties and/or negative thinking - I list at least one thing every day and try to make it something different that I've never listed before [sometimes I do have repeats but......] because it makes me feel so good - I'm glad you make these lists, too, and I love the items on your list - thanks for posting it!!!

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ASPENHUGGER 11/19/2010 2:26PM

    We all do have so much to be grateful for, don't we? I will never forget being in an OA meeting and hearing the speaker say "I am so grateful to be able to live in a country where it is possible for me to overeat." I'd never thought of it that way before.

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/19/2010 10:18AM

    emoticonWhat a wonderful list of things to be thank for this Thanksgiving! I am also thankful for my emoticonand that includes you! Have a wonderful weekend and a emoticonThanksgiving! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 11/19/2010 9:56AM

    Beautiful blog, I bet that made you feel really good to list all that, and there were days when you wouldn't have been able to come up with much, right? Have a wonderful day, and thanks for the gratitude you were open enough to express!

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SHERYLDS 11/19/2010 9:38AM

    Your list says a lot about the wonderful person you are

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DEVORA4 11/19/2010 9:23AM

  what a beautiful blog you have written. You really are a gem of a lady! Happy Thanksgiving to you. emoticondebby

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SHELLEY147 11/19/2010 8:39AM

    what a great list! ~hugs~

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/19/2010 8:38AM

    Excellent list. Thanks for sharing my friend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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JUDITH316 11/19/2010 8:37AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing, having a heart full of thanksgiving and gratitude is powerful! Have an awesome day and weekend! God's Blessings..

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/19/2010 8:35AM

    That's a very nice list emoticon

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MSEMMASNANA 11/19/2010 8:30AM

    Gratitude is powerful; keeps things in perspective for sure. I do appreciate your sharing this.. emoticon

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Met a real live turkey that would make a great dinner today!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I do case management for elderly and disabled, and I have a client who has severe multiple sclerosis and needs total help. She is married to a man for many years who is really strange! He is not the nicest guy either. I had an appt to meet them with someone from a medical supply place to measure her for a smaller wheelchair that could be maneuvered through their narro hall into the bedroom easier. I got there before the other woman and was very glad I did. He let me in and then he went back to sitting on the couch holding and stroking a live chicken! He said he gets along better with animals than people and I believe it. I knew they had dogs but I didn't know about the chicken. Must have been out of site on my other visits since this past summer when she was assigned to me. So then he tells me he has a turkey too. And a few minutes later he goes in a back room and leads this huge turkey out into the living room. The turkey's name is Nellie, because when he got it as a baby he thought it was a female. This thing looked huge to me. I talked with him about his turkey and admired it because I'm good at handling strange situations and definitely don't want to make him made because I guess he'd already been upset earlier from something his wife mentioned briefly. So after a few minutes he leads the turkey back down the hall and into a room and closes the door. The chicken was apparently back in there too. A few minutes later the woman shows up and nothing was said about the turkey and the hen being kept in the other room. People have different kinds of pets and I'm not going to judge that. We did go down the hallway to check out the door to the client's bedroom and how her wheelchair has to be maneuvered and the birds weren't in her room so that was good. Her room looked clean and sanitary. The living room and kitchen looked okay too, so it's not like it's a health hazard. I know some people have pet pigs in their houses. So I'm not going to judge his choice of pets (in the house). I did ask if the hen laid eggs and they said oh yeah, and then he asked if I liked brown eggs. I politely told him I had pretty much given up eggs because of cholestrol because I really wasn't sure about this and although I know some people love brown eggs, I would feel better for some unexplained reason if they were in a henhouse and not kept in the house laying eggs. May not make sense to some, who may say the room is probably cleaner than a henhouse, but I'm just feeling good about this . I do pretty much stick to egg whites in a carton anyway. I didn't want to say anything about Thanksgiving dinner to him or make any jokes because he really seemed connected to his hen and his turkey and I didn't want to upset him. So I wisely kept my mouth shut although the thought did cross my mind!

Had my mri yesterday and now have to wait a few days for dr to get results. Hate the waiting game and anxious to know what it shows.

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STRINGI719 11/23/2010 3:07PM

    Oh man, I totally would have taken him up on the free eggs!!! emoticon emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/19/2010 1:42AM

    It sounds unusual, for sure, but what's the difference really between keeping a chicken and/or turkey in the house and keeping parrots, canaries or any other birds?

Many years ago, I remember my aunt [who lived on a ranch] had a house goat. It was housebroken and very 'polite' indoors, much like a dog would be. They raised goats on the ranch and my aunt always had orphans or sickly babies to care for, hand-feed, etc - this guy had been kept inside as a baby because of his frail condition and I guess they just kept him there as he grew older. His name was Billy [because he was a billy goat] and he was quite a good 'watchdog,' making lots of noise and butting anyone who tried to come into the house unless Auntie Maurine told him it was OK.

I guess one could make a pet out of nearly any type of animal, although some adapt a lot better than others.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/18/2010 7:46PM

    We had pet chickens when I was growing up... but they were keep in a coop with a little fenced in yard to be in. No way were they in the house. However, as you say.. to each their own. Their house sounds cleaner than mine! LOL Hope you get good results from the mri. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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SHERYLDS 11/18/2010 1:22PM

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hope your MRI results are good news vs bad.

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REBECCA1354 11/18/2010 9:50AM

    Sounds like you handled it great! I probably would have freaked out...a turkey as a pet...interesting.

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BECKYANNE1 11/18/2010 7:54AM

    Strange. Having a chicken and turkey as pets in the house. I can see having them as pets, but keeping them outside. Oh well. I'm sure there are others out there just like him.

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MIZCATHI 11/17/2010 6:17PM

    When life is stranger than fiction... wow. Funny story!

I bet you are anxious for the MRI results, hope you will share once you know the results, but I'm going to think positive and send good thoughts your way!

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THINAGAIN66 11/17/2010 5:59PM

    He does sound strange. My husband had birds, but they were parrots and were in cages. Hopefully, this guy isn't a danger to his wife. I guess it takes all kinds.

Good luck on your mri results.

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Hiking part of the Continental Divide Trail with pics

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Today the weather wasn't too bad. Temps were in the upper 50's. So I headed out to hike a part of the Continental Divide trail that runs through our area. This is a trail that runs from the Canada border down to the Mexico border. I hiked part of this about 15 years or so ago, during one brief period when I lost some weight and was working on my physical fitness. That time it didn't last. This time it's lasted longer than any other time in my life. Thanks to all my spark friends and support!
I hiked a total of 7 miles. It took me 3 hours. The trail is narrow, climbing, and there are a lot of rocks, tree roots, etc that slow me down. But it was so peaceful. There were a few people out on the trails.

The trailhead

Up and down the trail

Bike tire marks from all the bicyles that use this trail

Trail divides. Continental Divide trail goes to the right.

Trail is a little rough through here.

More up and down

A clearing before climbing some more

Crossing a dry creek bed

More climbing

View of Silver City off to my left

And more climbing

View off to the right side of the hill

Now it's a very primitive road

Now up on top

I might have gone further but then the road was going downhill for a ways it looked like and I didn't want to have to climb back up. I had come a little over 3 1/2 miles in. So I decided to turn around and go back. Altogether is was 7.25 miles round trip.

Now I'm tired!

Hope you all had a great Sunday today!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SARAHTAIT 11/15/2010 2:42PM

    great hike. thanks so much for taking me along! I LOVED the photos! What a wonderful way to share your hike-I really enjoyed this! thanks!

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THINAGIN2 11/15/2010 11:00AM

    You showed a view of Silver City, is that New Mexico? DH and I went through there on our honeymoon years ago and even talked to a real estate agent about buying land! It is a beautiful area and what a place to get your exercise! We regret that we did not get to move there as it was a dream of ours. Have a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Lee

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PJSTIME 11/15/2010 7:21AM

    Thanks for taking us along. You have some great trails in our area for hiking. You are really doing a good job with all your hiking I'm so proud of you.

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LLGALLAGHER 11/15/2010 6:51AM

    Great pictures! Sounds like a great hike.

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MIZCATHI 11/15/2010 6:47AM

    Wow, what hike! I hope to be doing similar distances by Spring.

Do you generally hike by yourself? Now that my daughter is leaving for her own home tomorrow, I wonder about that.

Congratulations on achieving this - way to go!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/14/2010 8:39PM

    No wonder you're tired. I can't imagine walking 7.25 miles! Great job! I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing the walk with us. Love, Dawn emoticon

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DKELLEY35 11/14/2010 7:57PM

    Great, I loved the pics, it looks like you had a great day for a hike.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/14/2010 7:13PM

    Wow, what a great hike! Thanks for posting the pictures, too!! My husband and I have hiked parts of the Pacific Crest Trail and want to do more of that, also want to hike parts of the Continental Divide Trail, Appalachian Trail and Arizona trail, among others. One that I'm particularly interested in doing is the California Coastal Trail and we've had plans to try a thru-hike [backpack] along the route of the Muir Trail - so, sheesh, makes me wonder why am I sitting around here instead of out on a trail somewhere - oh, yeah, my knee - I'm still nursing it but it's getting better and I'm HOPING to be able to do some hiking this week.

Thanks again and Happy Trails!!


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ELSEEBEE 11/14/2010 7:10PM

    Incredible pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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CHALLENGER15 11/14/2010 7:03PM

    Neat! I loved the pictures.

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GERBALMAMMA 11/14/2010 6:57PM

    Very cool. Last itme I crosse dthe divideit was in Ignacio CO at 12,000 ft. Thank goodness for my horse Bunny.

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