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Fat is my friend

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I am talking about dietary fat, the good stuff. Thank you Dr. Perlmutter, author of "Grain Brain". I have learned so much and I understand so much more about the function and health not only of my brain but also my whole body.

As it is, I eat very little refined grains and no added sugar and seldom eat more than 100 grams of fruit in one go. I am half way there. Now I only have to make peace and allow myself to embrace fat as necessary for my health.

Then of course the is another reason that fat is my friend. Ha-ha emoticon

Without it it I would never have met all my great Spark friends. What a great non-scale victory!

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/17/2014 9:58AM

    Healthy fats make you happy!

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SOPHINEZ 7/13/2014 8:33PM

    Thank you for your wit,wisdom and humor!

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DEE797 7/5/2014 9:45AM

    I like your other reason "fat is your friend" as well. HUGS! Sounds like an interesting book...So glad it is helping you.

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MEXGAL1 7/2/2014 9:43PM

    Sounds like you really got the eating down pat. Thanks for mentioning the book as I am going to look into it. I eat healthy fats and they are so satisfying.

Yep, good fat for all of us to have found sparks. love sparks!
Sallie

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KAREN-IS-HERE 7/2/2014 7:43PM

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/2/2014 1:09PM

    I'm so glad to hear you're eating healthy fats! You are actually right... healthy fats are so good for your brain! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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MEADSBAY 7/2/2014 9:03AM

    You are amazing!
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FITAT50 7/2/2014 6:23AM

    I like the "other" reason fat is your friend emoticon

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DOOBRIE 7/2/2014 4:42AM

    I'll be glad when all nutritionists are on the same band wagon. Even Spark keeps trying to push low fat all the time. I'm sure they'll all get there in the end.

Hope you're keeping well, Maggie.

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CETANISTAWI 7/2/2014 2:18AM

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There's some really great stuff coming out now about food and our health: YAY for butter!!! (From pastured, hormone/antibiotic free cows, that is...)
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My 2014 wish for you

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

It is not original, but it is still heart felt...

May the Angels protect you, troubles neglect you and Heaven accept you when it's time to go home. May you always have plenty, your glass never empty, and know in your belly that you're never alone. May your tears come from laughing, you find friends worth having, as every year passes they mean more than gold. May you win but stay humble, smile more than grumble and know when you stumble, you're never alone. Well, I have to be honest, as much as I wanted. I'm not gonna promise that cold winds won't blow. So when hard times have found you, your fears surround you, wrap some love around you, you're never alone. Happy New Year to all my well loved family and friends! Tomorrow a new book starts with 365 blank pages, make your 2014 book one worthwhile to read.

  
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STARLITNIGHT 5/23/2014 12:09AM

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ICANBESLIM2 3/11/2014 6:06AM

    Hi Maggie,

I see you are still going strong. What a wonderful example for me to take note of. Hope your year is as wonderful as what you hoped for others.


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BARCLE 1/5/2014 11:40PM

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SUSIEPH1 1/4/2014 8:29PM

    That's just lovely Maggie .. Thank you xxHugs Susie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PALMTREEGIRL1 1/4/2014 5:59AM

    Lovely, Maggster! Thank you for sharing.

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MEADSBAY 1/3/2014 4:38PM

    Thank you, my friend.
May 2014 be a beautiful year for you and yours.
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JANTHEBLONDE 1/2/2014 4:39PM

    Happy New Year! 2014 is going to be an awesome year!
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MEXGAL1 1/2/2014 3:19PM

    Thank you so very much and Happy New Year to you as well.

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DOOBRIE 1/1/2014 12:42PM

    Wonderful, Maggie - Happy New Year to you too!

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DEE797 1/1/2014 12:05PM

    This is beautiful! Happy New Year to you and yours. emoticon emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/1/2014 10:49AM

    Happy New Year, Maggie!

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AUTUMNBRZ 1/1/2014 8:50AM

    Love it! Happy New Year. I wish you and your loved ones many blessings and much happiness. emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 1/1/2014 8:02AM

    That us beautiful. Thank and many blessings to you in the new year!

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SHERIO5 1/1/2014 7:52AM

    Maggie,

Thank you for sharing! This one is new to me as well!

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FITAT50 1/1/2014 6:41AM

    I've never heard this one before, it's beautiful, thank you Maggie! Happy New Year to you and Mr. Roelf!

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RDEE22 1/1/2014 6:32AM

    That is lovely Maggie! emoticon

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What have I in common with Britney Spears , Kristin Davis, Emma Thompson, Britt Eckland etc?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

We usually get it from our parents, yet few people are willing to reveal anything about it as there is a stigma attached to it. Yet, at least 40% of the population have this condition. People treated are from 12 years and many under 20 people already have these problems.

Well, what is it? I tease and say it is “very closed veins” as in varicose veins.
I had ultrasound guided Sclerotherapy last Monday since I had 3x Phlebitis in my right leg in the last 6 weeks and it is a very painful inflammation.

The specialist injected an agent mixed with air to make white foam which is easily visible with ultrasound. The foam is injected into the vein and causes a chemical injury to the inside of the vein wall. The specialist explained it is like ‘superglue’ for varicose veins, in which glue is inserted into the veins to destroy them.

Early research suggests that the glue not only glues the vein walls together, but also destroys the wall of the vein – an essential part of the process if the vein is going to remain closed permanently. Also when one is prone to headaches the injections might bring on migraines.

I need to go back after two weeks since they could not get to the very inflamed vein. Because the veins are inflamed, I have a swollen and a red angry reaction to the injections even now a week later. Yes, of course it will go blue, purple, green etc. but the worse part for me is the pain. I am having painkillers and an anti-inflammatory tablets.

The specialist said the vein walls heal itself over the ensuing weeks and month to form a scar which effectively seals the vein shut.

So all I can say now is… It is what it is. I can’t use my elliptical for 6 weeks but I walk at least an hour a day.

I will heal and in the mean time I am so very vein!

  
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BABARR67 10/9/2013 11:42AM

    Hang in there. I had one leg taken care of last year. The doctor stripped the veins though and tied them off with silk. For some reason I wasn't a good candidate for either laser or the saline injection. It looks and feels so much better. He said phlebitis was a bad side effect bc it is painful but it pretty much ensures the vein won't reopen. So there is a plus side!

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RAVENCLAWREBEL 10/5/2013 4:09PM

  I hope you feel better soon.

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MEADSBAY 8/5/2013 10:06PM

    Oh, my dear Maggie-
just read this-
hope you are recovering satisfactorily,
or at least no longer in pain.
I'm 'so vein', too-
how are your legs looking?
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MATHGURL 8/5/2013 7:52PM

    Sorry to hear you werehaving such problems.......hope you are feeling better by now

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STR458 7/21/2013 8:01AM

    Hoping you are back to normal routines quickly, I'm sorry you suffer... I hate pain having had migraines when I was finishing University in 1979. I understand pain puts everything on hold, makes one tired and sad. You have a wonderful attitude. (I used meditation to learn how to keep migraines back until finally I haven't suffered migraine since 1980 I was the same ages as my dad...my dad had migraines when he was age 20-21yrs old)

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/21/2013 3:53AM

    Oh Maggie, hope you recover quickly!!!

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MEXGAL1 7/20/2013 7:57PM

    I do hope that you heal quickly and can get back to your normal routines.
Have a great rest of the week end.
Sallie

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PHOENIX1949 7/20/2013 6:34PM

    Here's to a speedy recovery. This aging business is a real challenge, isn't it?

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SANDLADY48 7/20/2013 6:07PM

    Follow your doctor's instructions Miss Maggie Britney, Kristin, etc. Sounds ouchy!

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UZA77777 7/20/2013 4:14PM

    That does sound painful, but you've got the right attitude and I sincerely believe you will heal quickly because you've been giving your body the nutrient dense foods it needs to do so! Take care of yourself and all will be right soon. Blessings....

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DAKOTASMOMMY_07 7/20/2013 2:11PM

    Ouch!!! Take very good care of yourself.
God Bless~Christina

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JACEUG 7/20/2013 12:52PM

    Hi Maggie,

Thanks for the update. Thinking of you and hope the pain and inflammation subsides soon.

Hang in there...just think about those sexy legs you gonna have afterwards.

J

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DEE797 7/20/2013 11:49AM

    Do hope the healing process goes quickly for you. emoticon LOL about you being so vein.... emoticon

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FITAT50 7/20/2013 8:47AM

    Ouch! I hope they heal quickly and you can be pain free again. I love your sense of humor and outlook on life.
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BEWELL48 7/20/2013 8:05AM

    Hope you have relief soon! I too have "very close veins" LOL. Fortunately am not experiencing any inflammation at the moment. Have had that treatment in the past!

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PALMTREEGIRL1 7/20/2013 7:10AM

    HA! You have the most marvelous attitude! I just love you Maggster!

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SHERIO5 7/20/2013 6:42AM

    It's hard to be side lined from your usual routine, but if it relieves the pain...

I hope you are completely healed soon!

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DARLY55 7/20/2013 6:36AM

    It's ok to be vein! But I know you would rather be vain instead!
Heed the Dr's advice, hard as it may be. Take care.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/20/2013 4:59AM

    LOL! Feel better quickly!

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AHAPPYLIFE 7/20/2013 2:08AM

    LOL, you are very funny - I too am very vein!!

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SUSIEPH1 7/20/2013 12:49AM

    So sorry Maggie, it must be so painful .. Walking will certainly help .. But do not over do it ..
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Photo tour of the day at Maggie’s

Monday, April 22, 2013

So you all showed up my doorstep at 6 am!

This is were we are living: www.zoomin.co.nz/map/nz/manukau/flat
+bush/jeffs+road/106a/
It is a terrible photo but you do get the idea...

Welcome, come in and Mr. Roelf has the fresh brew of coffee. We have one hour before we need to be at our first destination. Our first destination is our local sport store where they will fit each of us out with a wet suit. It took all my negotiation skills to pull this off, so we have to make the best of it. You will be allowed to take your wetsuits with you back home as I got a sponsor for it. There is a bit of a quid pro quo but we can discuss that later. We all bonded instantly, even the boys, Mr. Roelf and Brian.

O my, the fitting of the wet suits… I was last and there was only one on the hanger and it was a bit too small for me. I wiggled and shaked some skin wobbles into the suit but I got stuck. Mandi had to put one foot against each side of the doorway while I was lying on my tummy so that she could zip me up. Tania had to hold Mandi in place so that she won’t fall down. Dee pulled my legs while we giggled our heads off. The shop assistant was most concerned but eventually we got the zip in place. With lots of laughter we all then piled into bus by 8:30 am and we were on our way. We had a classical bacon and egg pie for breakfast (yes with veg’s in it!!!), all packed into picnic baskets with juice, coffee and tea. We were on our way to Hot Water Beach. It is a well known fact that New Zealand is located within the “ring of fire”. View:
www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/r
ingfire.htm


“Some volcanos develop huge underground reservoirs of superheated water. Over time, this water will escape to the surface — cooling on the way. There are two fissures at Hot Water Beach issuing water as hot as 64ºC (147ºF) at a rate as high as 15 litres/minute. This water contains large amounts of salt (NOT salt water), calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluorine, bromine and silica. There are other hot water springs nearby but the location of these two springs on the beach make them unique. Two hours before low tide is the ideal time to stake-out a place for digging your 'spa' and to allow for some relaxation in your 'spa' before the tide rises and reclaims the beach, 'spas' and all. We can rent spades on the beach, dig a hole and sit and relax in the scalding hot water until the tide comes in. This link will take you to a photo that would give you and idea of the steam coming from the water and people enjoying being so close to the beach and ‘bumming” in a hot water spa. There are not many places in the world where one could to this on the beach.
wheninaus.files.wordpress.com/2011/0
9/dsc_0150.jpg


We are having a salad lunch with BBQ meat at the resort and then we all tumble into kayaks to take us to a yacht that will take us onto our afternoon destination. We are all now into our wetsuits as we need to swim the last bit to Palm Beach. Here we split in two groups, Lizzie, Brain and Roelf will wait until we are all gone and then they will visit the secluded part of Palm Beach to be “au natural”.
A link to Palm Beach www.getinthehotspot.com/wp-content/u
ploads/2012/08/best-travel-destination
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For the not so PC (political correct) story of Waiheke follow this link:
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nzlwihs/H
istory/FunMap1948/TheStoryOfWaiheke.html


For those who are not too keen on going to the other site, here is the introduction: “There have been people on Waiheke Island for a Thousand Years; but today the old traditions are dying out. The historic habit of eating each other no longer meets with general approval although the original settlers considered it pleasant and frugal.

Today most of the inhabitants wear boots and despite the nearness of Auckland City the aborigines profess to discern definite signs of civilization. The history of the Island is sketchy and imaginative. The first settlers were the Maruiwi who arrived from the Western Pacific in 950 A.D. They were followed by the Maori two hundred years later…”

After our swim and a dry out, the “natural group” joined us and we all took tuk-tuks to take us to the ferry that will bring us to Auckland harbor. Follow this link to look at your transport girls and boys…
www.scottwesterfeld.com/blogimages/t
uk1.jpg


In Auckland we trooped up Queen Street, and now it is time for the quid pro quo. I took you to a studio where we all posed as calendar girls for the wetsuit company. Thank goodness it is with the wetsuits ON! Here is a clip of what was expected from us: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W3JQqSCRR8 That was easy!

Back in Queen Street, I showed you greenstone.

For those of you who could not make it, here are some photos of the Viaduct and buildings surrounding it to get an idea of Auckland. I also took photos higher up in Queen Street where the old shops are. Today it is selling authentic Oriental food from many countries in these renovated old shops.





But since this is Middle Earth, I need to show you something that could be a great buy to show your people at home… What will it be? Jewellery or Gollum (Lord of the Rings)?



Time for dinner, I am famished… We were having dinner under these flower baskets overlooking the harbour...


After dinner and a couple of wines we all piled into a little bus back to my home where I have booked you a place to sleep in a Motel. Tomorrow after breakfast 8am I will pick you up and we will walk my favourite walk of 762 stairs in Point View Reserve. To view this you will have to look at my previous blog
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299897


Then at 10 am we will have a light snack, pile back into the bus to take you back to the airport. You all look worse for the wear. I gave you all a good work out and enough to read on your way back home. Please visit again soon.

(Now I am going to take a snooze as well!)



  
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PHOENIX1949 7/17/2013 11:58PM

    What a beautiful part of this wide world you live in! Thoroughly enjoyed the virtual tour and the witty sense of humor. Thank you.

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SANDLADY48 6/25/2013 10:47PM

    Great visit, but where is the photo shoot calendar emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 5/19/2013 4:25AM

    Hi Maggie, your post brought me to your page .. I love your play with words and you brought a smile to my face with your discription of getting your wet suit on .. Love the photos too .. Love Susie from across the ditch ... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RACEFORLIFE 5/1/2013 4:47AM

    How lovely. Makes me want to vivt New Z even more now! x

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SUETINGE 4/24/2013 4:34PM

    Maggie, thank you so much for adding to True Blue's adventures in New Zealand.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/24/2013 11:25AM

    I wish I could come see your country. It looks so beautiful !!!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 4/23/2013 9:25PM

    Thanks for sharing!...Wonderful blog! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 4/22/2013 9:02PM

    Thanks for taking me along on this trip. Wonderful pictures and reading. I had a ball during the wetsuit incident!

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COURAGETOMOVE 4/22/2013 7:49PM

    I LOVED the details of the wet suit. I really enjoyed the day with everyone, and I am still tired from the stairs. You are a great host!

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KASHMIR 4/22/2013 4:55PM

    Love It!!! I am stowing away for their the NEXT visit!!!

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MEADSBAY 4/22/2013 11:54AM

    Why, thank you so much for my virtual vacation.
You certainly live in a beautiful and interesting part of the world, my friend!
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ARKPLE 4/22/2013 10:06AM

    Thank you for hosting us. You have quite the sense of humor and paint quite a funny image with the wetsuits. I know that it would take at least three people to help me snuggle into mine! What a fun-filled, action-packed day in a beautiful environment. Perhaps you can join us in our TRUE BLUE journey for BLC22. We'd love to have you! xo, ~~ Barbara (Co-Captain, TRUE BLUE)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/22/2013 10:06AM

    Too funny! I'd love to join the party - might even try to au naturel part. emoticon

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PALMTREEGIRL1 4/22/2013 10:05AM

    AWESOME!!! Thank you for thinking about Brian and I - we'll really have fun with Mr. Roelf!!!! So great - as usual - thank you so much!

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BLESSEDLOSER 4/22/2013 9:56AM

    Thanks for a wonderful tour, Maggie! How sweet of you to host us True Blues in your wonderful country. The wetsuit scene definitely had me ROFL! Enjoyed the workout on the steps, too. I think we need to vote you in as an honorary True Blue!

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MEXGAL1 4/22/2013 9:35AM

    Thank you so much for this blog...it was fun to "get away"

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SHERIO5 4/22/2013 9:12AM

    Amazing blog! What a treat! emoticon

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DEE797 4/22/2013 8:16AM

    LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BLOG!! The image of getting you into the wetsuit and also that you found a spot for Lizzie, Brian and Mr. Roelf. The wetsuit photo shoot was a nice touch. The food was excellent. The stair workout I am still feeling.....

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THEMRSH 4/22/2013 7:42AM

    emoticon Such fun Maggie!!! You never disappoint that is for sure and you are one fabulous host. I spit out my coffee at the image of Dee, Tania & I squeezing you into a wet suit. Did Brian, Lizzie & Roelf have to wear wet suits? Loved it all! Only you would negotiate a wet suit photo shoot to get us free suits! Can't wait to show off my new suit at the beach this summer. I suppose you need wet suits there because the water is so cold?

I hope some of our True Blues check out many of your previous blogs and pictures for even more insight into the great Maggster! You are truly a gem and I would treasure the experience to really meet you some day.

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Just a sprinkle of rain

Saturday, March 30, 2013

... and see the difference.

This was last week...

Today we have been to Point View Reserve and I took a photo more or less on the same spot after our sprinkling of rain yesterday. Look how much greener the grass is.



It really made me think. If grass can respond like this, just think how our bodies respond to water and nutrition, sleep, mental and spiritual care.

  
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THEMRSH 4/7/2013 9:59PM

    Interesting that I've just read this after writing the new profile for True Blue and in it I mention we welcome challenges like we welcome a much needed rain to nourish the earth.

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PALMTREEGIRL1 4/4/2013 7:09AM

    Such a lovely place to live! Lucky you and Mr. Roelf.

Thank you for sharing!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/3/2013 9:17AM

    What a difference! That's what happens here too (but not quite so pretty.)

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DEE797 4/2/2013 6:51PM

    Love the pictures. It's amazing how much a little rain changed things from one week to the next. Awesome!!

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SHERIO5 3/31/2013 10:19PM

    Wow! What a difference!

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MEXGAL1 3/31/2013 5:37PM

    beautiful. our mountains here in Mexico will act the same way when we start to get rain. right now they are dry and brown but will be green and lush towards the end of June.

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 3/31/2013 11:11AM

    Beautiful. This really is the best time of year, things coming back to life and being revived. Thanks for sharing!

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SYNCHRODAD 3/31/2013 9:42AM

    New life, dare I say, like "Resurrection"? Blessed Easter to you.

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DOOBRIE 3/31/2013 3:56AM

    Beautiful photos, Maggie!

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 3/30/2013 11:49PM

    It's like when you eat really good and drink lots of water your skin looks so much better!

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LUCYLU22 3/30/2013 11:25PM

    What a GREAT insight! Rain does do wonders, doesn't it?

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UZA77777 3/30/2013 10:44PM

    Truly beautiful....

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MEADSBAY 3/30/2013 10:21PM

    Wow!
Good point, my friend.
Happy Easter!
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KELLIEBEAN 3/30/2013 10:09PM

    Wow! What a difference! Just beautiful.

Great analogy!



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PHOENIX1949 3/30/2013 10:07PM

    emoticon Pretty scenery. When you return from tomorrow's trek, how about doing a little rain dance! Then send some of it to Texas.

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KENSHO 3/30/2013 9:56PM

    This is a great visual! Beautiful!!

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