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Black Friday Benefits

Friday, November 29, 2013

Oh, the things you would save as well as avoid by staying home on Black Friday! Money, time, and stress top my list. On the other hand, one can also lose a few things, too. And, this is where the benefits come into play: calories, inches, left-overs.

Today, instead of wasting time with frustration at shopping malls, I decided to use my time wisely by running a 5K at the local park. It wasn’t my best running time because of the cold temps, but I felt accomplished by completing 3.1 miles without interruptions. The park has some beautiful views this time of year that encouraged me to push forward while keeping in the zone.

I hope you enjoy my Black Friday views I have posted here……


Ducks getting ready to party.


More ducks flying in to join the others


V-Formation


Let the party begin!


Horse farm at the park


Old Glory -- such a beautiful site!

In conclusion, I did save lots of money in gas and gifts while shopping online, avoiding the headaches that accompany the stress of shopping at malls!

Happy Black Friday to all!!!

  
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STARTINGINLIMBO 12/1/2013 3:22PM

    Sounds like you spent Black Friday quite well. :) Thanks for the nice pictures too.
I did go out that day, but hadn't planned to. My parents decided to come get me and help them shop for some things. The stores were crowded, yes, but we didn't have to wait too long to pay for what we purchased at the one, and we decided to just leave the other. Did get some extra walking it due to it all. ;)

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LESLIELENORE 11/30/2013 4:38PM

    That is similar to how I spent my day. There was no way I was going shopping!

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LJOYCE55 11/30/2013 10:11AM

  Sounds like a stress-free day. congrats.

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JUMPINJULIE 11/30/2013 1:12AM

    Great pictures agree way better to stay at home and walk than go to the mall.

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SPEEDY143 11/29/2013 11:10PM

    Beautiful... you used your Black Friday for the highest good of all concerned emoticon

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MJ7DM33 11/29/2013 10:50PM

  emoticon Great pics! The for sharing!

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CALGIRL80 11/29/2013 10:09PM

  Thank you for sharing. Glad it was a great day for you.

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VEENAS1 11/29/2013 9:45PM

    I never go to the malls on Black Friday. I just do not like the crowds. I agree online shopping does save a person a lot.

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TATTER3 11/29/2013 8:51PM

    Next year I'm going to be right in there with you!

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MERRYMARY42 11/29/2013 7:21PM

    you definitely had the right idea, way to go

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CSKIES1 11/29/2013 6:42PM

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HOLLYM48 11/29/2013 6:18PM

    And best of all, you got outside and enjoyed it by the looks of it! Great job. I would rather go for a run than fight all the people at the stores!
Way to go and thanks for sharing these great pics.

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The Fruits of Labor!

Friday, November 15, 2013

A garden of a few tomato, pepper and radish plants produced quite a bountiful harvest this year. Growing and cultivating the plants took on a whole new meaning to me when it involved a different type of physical activity. “Patty’s Patch” was now my new playground. I never knew I had so many different muscle groups until I started gardening. The reward was great for nutrition as well as for fitness. And, what fun! Yes, working hard does produce the fruits of your labor. It was a great learning experience in the garden, in the kitchen and in a work-out! I’m already planning next year’s “patch”!

Week 1

"Basket Weave" staking


Pre-ripened cherry tomatoes

First picks!

Peppers

First radish!

Fresh tomato soup!

Tomato, basil, mozzarella sandwich!

Picked last of the tomatoes before the frost. Fried green tomatoes, anyone?

  
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JUMPINJULIE 11/22/2013 5:20PM

    Looks great.

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MESS2ASUCCESS 11/20/2013 7:02AM

    Wow! They look amazing!

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MJ7DM33 11/17/2013 2:07PM

  It's a win, win situation! Everything looks yummy! Thx for sharing!

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TATTER3 11/16/2013 7:14PM

    I can grow flowers but no veggies...just don't have the knack. Keep Sparkin'!!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 11/16/2013 5:53PM

    That is SO COOL. Congratulations on your harvest! You've earned it!

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LESLIELENORE 11/16/2013 3:36PM

    That is so awesome! I love brown sugar baked green tomatoes!

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SWDESERTLOVER 11/16/2013 2:46PM

    Wow, I love this! That's a nice garden and beautiful veggies. Now you have me thinking about planting a garden next year!
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BARBANNA 11/16/2013 2:33PM

    emoticon You should be very proud. That's really going green for the planet. If everyone choose to do this the world would be a better place! emoticon

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KAYOTIC 11/16/2013 11:57AM

    I'm envious of you garden skills! I had a few pots out, but hope to have a spread like yours one day! If only I can keep the rabbits and squirrels out!

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LJOYCE55 11/16/2013 8:44AM

  How clever of you to use up calories making calories that are healthy for you. Double duty.

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4DOGNIGHT 11/16/2013 8:38AM

    WOW!

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IMREITE 11/16/2013 2:33AM

    I enjoy gardening. i also enjoy herbs and items i can use. it is enjoyable to use real aloe instead of the bottled stuff that is loaeded with artificial colors and fragrence.

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NPA4LOSS 11/16/2013 12:17AM

    emoticon such a beautiful garden. I am so happy that it turned out so well and was so rewarding.

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MICHELELYNN777 11/15/2013 10:53PM

    What a beautiful garden and harvest! I have a very small garden, but anything fresh picked out of your own garden tastes extra good, doesn't it? Your fresh tomato soup and tomato basil sandwich look delicious :)
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SPEEDY143 11/15/2013 10:07PM

    emoticon it really is a joy isn't it!!! I rewarded myself when I'd loss 50 lbs. on 2/27/11 by planting a "Victory" garden emoticon We started small and it's "grown" a lot in almost 3 years. Just another NSV that continues to keep us on our healthy path emoticon Munch on emoticon Freggies Forever emoticon

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LINDA! 11/15/2013 10:04PM

    It all looks yummy.

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JOANBRESLIN 11/15/2013 8:43PM

  nice pic they look wonderful

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VEENAS1 11/15/2013 8:41PM

    Wonderful pictures. I am so glad your garden did well. I wish I had a place where I could garden. Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/15/2013 8:40PM

    They look beautiful to me!

Our garden yielded quite well also.

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The Beauty of Spring!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I went for a jog at a local park the other day. What a view along the trail! There were so many different varieties of tulips in so many different colors. See for yourself:





And a few gorgeous trees like this one:


I hope you enjoy the beauty of Spring in your surroundings!

  
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EDITOR 10/31/2013 7:02AM

    Hang on Snoopy Hang On! We won't see these beauty's for at least 6 months but I bout artificial ones (yellow)' day before yesterday for under ninety nine. Seventy Nine to be exact---cents that is! Thanks for the nifty goodie. God bless and take care in every way and every day!

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JUMPINJULIE 5/28/2013 6:10PM

    Great pics so pretty.

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GAYLLYNNE 5/28/2013 6:57AM

    Just beautiful!!

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VEENAS1 5/27/2013 6:44PM

    I am glad that you were to able to enjoy the outdoors. It always lifts the spirit.

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DR1939 5/27/2013 5:32PM

    How lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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SWDESERTLOVER 5/27/2013 11:32AM

    What a beautiful path you took! Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/27/2013 10:42AM

    This spring has really blossomed BIG TIME!

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LAURELSPARK 5/27/2013 9:30AM

    Your pictures are great. I love tulips but our have all gotten eaten by deer, Thank goodness that they don't like iris or lilies!

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4DOGNIGHT 5/27/2013 8:48AM

    Beautiful! That yellow tree is lovely!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/27/2013 7:10AM

    Me likey! Where was this?

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LESLIELENORE 5/26/2013 10:05PM

    emoticon Beautiful pics!

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MJ7DM33 5/26/2013 9:25PM

  Beautiful! Thx for sharing!

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LJOYCE55 5/26/2013 8:26PM

  Thank you for sharing.

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Now is the time....

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

As I look back over 2012, I am pleased to see that I accomplished most of the goals I listed in my profile. Although I continue to struggle with weight goal, I feel like a winner in so many other facets of my life. I have learned a great deal throughout the past twelve months, in particular, how to deal with troubling events. Increased self-confidence has been one of my noticeable characteristics that in the past has been lacking. Even though I sometimes eat because of emotional pressures, I continue to learn effective ways to deal with these pressures without eating senselessly. Biking, running, quilting, needle arts, and reading are just a few activities I pursue as positive alternatives.

As I begin my life in this New Year of 2013, I will work toward completing the following goals:
- To continue to have a closer relationship with God
- To lose 10 pounds and maintain weight goal
- To share a fun bike ride and other outdoor adventures with my brother and his family
- To bike around the Grand Tetons and other new trails
- To improve my running
- To complete fabric books for Project Linus
- To complete cross-stitch ornaments for Christmas 2013
- To cultivate a tomato and herb garden

It’s 2013. It’s time to get on track and make it possible to achieve our goals. It’s also time to share your gifts and talents to help and encourage others to achieve theirs. What do you wish to accomplish this year, this month, this week? Don’t just wish it. Plan and make it happen! Let us journey together on this trail to better health. Come along with me!




Happy New Year!!!

  
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BRIGHTPENNY 5/14/2013 12:30PM

    I want to come with you on that trail, where are you?

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BARBANNA 2/27/2013 7:15PM

    Hope you are having a great winter and doing well on your SP journey! emoticon

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IDAHOFLOWER 1/17/2013 3:47PM

    Wow, sounds good. I am looking at
things to get done. After me new knee. emoticon

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SPEEDYDOG 1/12/2013 8:33AM

    I like your drive. I think I may need to have some similar goals. Your trail photos looks fabulous.

Thanks, Bruce

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HOLLYM48 1/5/2013 4:52PM

    I am with you! Together we can walk this journey and succeed!
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NPA4LOSS 1/5/2013 12:26PM

    emoticon You are going to have a fantastic New Year! emoticon

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SWDESERTLOVER 1/3/2013 12:08PM

    I'm in! Wow, the biking at Grand Tetons sounds awesome. I've hiked there, but would love to go back one day with my bike.

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MOXIE26 1/2/2013 9:54PM

    Great goals and beautiful pics!
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EBURGITE 1/2/2013 12:56PM

    you sound like a kindred! best of everything to you as you enter a new year, and continue to make a new YOU!

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WOODHEAT 1/2/2013 9:13AM

    I've said it before, I'll say it again: I love what you've done with your life!! You continue to be an inspiration for all Outdoor People here.

Life is good!
Wood


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GOLFGMA 1/2/2013 8:05AM

    Great goals and plans for 2013. Love the fact that you are giving to other with some of your projects! emoticon

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CAROL- 1/2/2013 5:42AM

    Congrats on a successful 2013 and best wishes as you take on your new goals. emoticon

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TATTER3 1/2/2013 5:41AM

    Beautiful trail!

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SPEEDY143 1/2/2013 2:35AM

    Wonderful goals emoticon emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 1/1/2013 9:53PM

    I love your goals. Happy New Year. emoticon

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CROWLEY123 1/1/2013 9:35PM

    You go Girl! emoticon you are an inspiration!

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Thinking of you......

Saturday, December 22, 2012

And wishing you a very blessed Christmas and a New Year of good health and happiness!

  
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NPA4LOSS 12/25/2012 1:13PM

    You also my friend!

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KELPIE57 12/24/2012 2:30AM

    And the same to you

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JUMPINJULIE 12/23/2012 5:37PM

    I wish you the same Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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VEENAS1 12/23/2012 10:56AM

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

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PURPLELVR7 12/23/2012 8:56AM

    awesome picture
Merry Christmas

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BILL60 12/23/2012 8:14AM

    Back at ya!! Thanks emoticon

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JSALERNO 12/23/2012 6:31AM

    MERRY CHRISTMAS emoticon

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TATTER3 12/23/2012 5:49AM

    Merry Christmas!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/22/2012 10:01PM

    Merry Christmas to you & yours as well!

God bless,

Dee

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CAROL- 12/22/2012 9:37PM

    Merry Christmas to you as well!

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    Merry Christmas to you and yours! emoticon

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LJOYCE55 12/22/2012 5:43PM

  Have a safe and happy holiday.

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/22/2012 5:36PM

    Merry Christmas!

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JULESJET 12/22/2012 4:33PM

    And Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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    And Merry Christmas to you too! emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 12/22/2012 4:18PM

    And Merry Christmas to you as well! The only way to describe this wonderful event.

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DARJR50 12/22/2012 3:11PM

  Back at ya.

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  The same to you as well! emoticon

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