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I love Lake Tahoe

Saturday, October 10, 2009

As many of my spark buddies know, I headed up to Lake Tahoe last Thursday (10/1) to join family and friends in the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot. We are staying in a lovely cabin near Kings Beach overlooking beautiful Lake Tahoe. We were blessed w/lovely snowfall last Saturday night and awesome fellowship with many spiritually like minded folks.

My left knee is healing slowly. I'm not able to go only any big hikes in the forest like I had hopped to, but have had several lovely walks along the lake edge at Kings Beach and along Martis Creek at Northstar.

On Tuesday hubby & I head out for vacation-road trip to Colorado, to visit friends and family in Steamboat Springs, Denver, & Greely. We are praying the pass over the rockies are kept clear; as snows are forcasted.

Miss you all!


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AIDELADE27 10/12/2009 9:53PM

    Hope you had a wonderful yom tov!!!

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AJDOVER1 10/11/2009 2:34PM

    ditto! We miss you! I'm glad you're having a good time. Hope the weather stays on your side.

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SKEETER90 10/10/2009 8:56PM

    We miss you too, but have a fabulous time! I love Lake Tahoe too - just been there once but I want to go again.
I really hope your knee feels better soon.

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KO1215 10/10/2009 7:15PM

    Have a great time!


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MISS_VIV 10/10/2009 12:43PM

    Storm is coming in MONDAY AFTERNOON.. Intense during the night, into Tuesday, the forcasts are for more of that stuff you love SNOW... Boy are you going to enjoy DENVER.. 16 degrees this morning ... hahaha

Get out your muck lucks and don't forget to pack your ear muffs.

Have a safe trip.

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I freed my mtn bike & been riding!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Boy I was fighting a bummer of an attitude Thursday night and Friday morning. Talk about an achy-breaky knee & hand!!! WHINE!!!!! BOO-HOOO!!!! I just could not get my attitude and sore body parts greased enough to get my butt out for 8am Friday morning Land Park walk...

I finally started to loosen up around 10am; so decided to go out to my vegie garden and just water & pick vegetables (two zucchini, a few tomatoes; & a ton of Jalepenos) but no weeding or getting down on the knees. Fall is definitely here at the garden; most of the sunflowers have given up their seeds to the birds, the cosmos & zinnias are all setting seeds; and the geese & ducks are starting to head south overhead with thier funny squawking. The neighborhood's red tail hawk has about finished training her young one; who was dive bombing the grassy field on the east side of the creek that flows past the garden area. Ahhh, getting out to the garden was a good idea for me.

Once I got back home, I finished up plans and cabin reservation up at Lake Tahoe, for Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles. We'll be heading up there on the 1st of October for 12 days. After that hubby & I are headed for Colorado for vacation/visit w/family and old friends near Steam Boat, Denver & Greely. I am so looking forward to these trips. With the reservations finished up, I decided to get the recycling run done (we do glass/plastic bottles & alum cans) I'll free my mtn bike, and check out the new organic cafe on Del Paso Blvd near the house.

The bike shop on Del Paso Blvd is a gritty little experience that is difficult to describe. The shop is just this narrow whole in the wall spot, that you'd miss in a minute if you didn't know it was there; and you'd almost think it was the entrance to a bar because of the collection of street-bike people and even the occasional homeless-cyclers from the American River camps, trading tires & tubes and stories outside the door; or trying to bum bike parts from the shop mechanic, Rubio. Rubio is like the most gorgeous honey-toned hispanic man on the boulevard (oh if I was younger & not attached -he,he,he); and of course he's a great bike technician. Yep! There was my mtn bike baby looking so good! YEAH!!!! Rubio, ever the gentleman brought her outside and put it in my little beater Mazda truck. I thanked him and was off to the new cafe on the boulevard.

The cafe is called "The Art of Food" and is advertising as a live-organic-vegan California Haute Cuisine spot (see: www.TheArtOfFood.org); so I've been very curious about it. Since the temp was getting hotter I decided I wanted to try their smotthies; but was surprised to note that they put hemp seed in their smoothies!!! HEMP SEEDS. I've never heard of this or the nutritional benefit of them. I asked if they had nutrition/calorie info on the smoothies -they didn't cuz the owner is working on that right now. Anyway the 12oz tropical smoothie was quite delicious; I'll be back to support the cafe and to learn more about the live-organic-vegan way.

Once home, my nephew & I pulled my mtn bike out of my truck and I had several false starts, but finally got back into the hang of it and took it for a spin around the neighborhood!

Yeah for mountain bikes! and thank you for your encouraging words!!


-- Today's chuckle --

Bathroom scales: equipment which only seems to work correctly when one holds on to towel rail, stands on one foot and leans hard to the left.

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NOWELLE76 10/6/2009 2:33AM

    ooooo... smoothies, mountain bikes, and vacations by the lake.. sweet! I hope you had a great vacation! I shoudl work on getting my mountain bike working. That sounds awesome.

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MIAJOEB 9/29/2009 9:36PM

    I want to know your secret for peppers. I didn't get one pepper this summer.
I didn't get one zucchini. Tomatoes were sparse. My neighbor across the street shared her bounty,.

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SKEETER90 9/27/2009 9:17PM

    So glad you can go on a ride now!!!! I'm glad that you are feeling better. Your garden sounds lovely.

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PHYSICIST 9/27/2009 5:33PM

    Great Mim!!! It's wonderful to hear that you have your bike back and are feeling better!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATALIE_W 9/27/2009 2:19AM

    Woohoo! Sounds like you had a great time :)

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GETDONE 9/27/2009 2:16AM

    emoticonwhat a great entry. I could totally see you with your bike and the garden. I don't think that I could stay on a regular bike--I'd fall off and break something, the seats are always too small --I might do myself injury!!!!!

Have fun on the blvd. The little café sounds interesting, the hemp is just for conversation, I would guess.

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DLDAY08 9/26/2009 8:33PM

    How long are you going to be in the Denver area? We are hoping to be there Nov. 7 for a conference that has Brad Scot, Bill Cloud, Eddie Chumney, and others. You can find out more about it at www.ShabbatShalomlongmont.org.

Glad you got your bike out. Enjoy.


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SOMEEVILGIRL 9/26/2009 3:05PM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better and out on your bike! Biking is definitely a form a exercise that doesn't have to feel that way, especially if you can find a fun and beautiful route to bike on.

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GILLIANMASTERS 9/26/2009 12:33PM

    Riding is so much fun. Be safe, and let us know where your ventures take you.

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CYCLISM222 9/26/2009 11:30AM

    I'm glad to hear you got your mt. bike back!!
WooHoo for riding!! I'm thinking of getting a mt. bike too (i just have a road bike right now)

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Still haven't posted bail for my mtn bike

Friday, September 25, 2009

I was swamped yesterday with a variety of things that really ate up my time such as working w/computer technician for over 3 hours trying to get the two wireless computers back up and running & my old Mac back on the internet & connected. (The old Mac is the one that has my genealogy research data from 1997-99 that I keep hoping I'll be able to start working on again.) I did however manage to get some walking done in the neighborhood (vs. park) and think I got the handle on using the pedometer I bought. One of the many things I wanted to do wednesday is pick up my old mountain bike from the bike shop; but time slipped by and I was not able to.

This morning I met up w/fellow Shabbat Keeper for walk at Gibbons Park, but at the very beginning of the walk I stepped on a liquid amber ball and totally whacked my right knee and right hand (you know -bloody swelling painful ick). I cleaned myself up & went ahead and completed the walk but I was not doing good & now bummed that I've messed up my right knee (time will tell). Despite this all, I finished up a very nice bible study (we are in Proverbs) and headed back to the house for lunch and then to a doctors appointment. When I came home from the appointment I passed out; when I woke up I realized it was too late to get my mountain bike... AGAIN and now; both of my knees are hurting.


Maybe subconsciously I don't really want to get my bootie on the old bike. But I committed to getting on the old girl for one of the challenges I accepted w/the Scientist Team. I don't even know what to say about the knee situation; I still need to get some running/jogging time in for the team -and it's not looking so good .... Please send me some positive healing vibes, cuz I really don't want to let myself or my team down!



YIKES, its getting late. I just wanted to leave a blog note about what I've been up to. My goal tomorrow is to post bail for my mountain bike and get my bootie on it and at least ride around the block.

Ciao for now, I gotta get my butt to bed.

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NATALIE_W 9/25/2009 7:26PM

    Hope you get that bike :) And I seriously don't want you to run if it hurts your knee - you are only given a set of two so you need to look after them!

I'm really proud of you, I find your got-get-'em attitude inspiring emoticon

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SHININGSOUL 9/25/2009 2:03PM

    Be gentle with yourself, and arnica is a good idea, smashy! I have some if you need it. I think it is awesome and amazing that you completed your walk despite all! Good for you! You are very inspiring to me!

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PHYSICIST 9/25/2009 11:38AM

    You're doing great Mim!! Take care of that knee!! You need to get it fixed first before doing any jogging...OK? The other things will be much more gentle on it!
Hey!! While your knee gets better you could exchange the minimakeover challenge for the jogging challenge!! That way you will still be doing a team challenge!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISS_VIV 9/25/2009 10:52AM

    OH NO..............What ever will I do with you.... I guess 1st off I should suggest that you have someone get over to a health store or whole foods and get some ARNICA homeopathic tablets, the work for TRAUMA... and it is truly what you need right now to easy the pain. They are extremely cheap and affordable.

As for your concern for the challenge for a team you are on, do not stress over it. your health is most important challenge at this point in time.

Hugs my friend.



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SKEETER90 9/25/2009 10:22AM

    You are not letting us down, not in a million years. Look at you - you went on another walk (and I know how hot it's been in Sac), and you finished your walk despite having hurt your knee. That is dedication! You are doing so well! Don't worry about not running/jogging or riding your bike. You will! For now, go on walks and eat right, ok?

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IDAATJE 9/25/2009 9:39AM

    That really sucks! I hope your knee will heel quickly so you can ride the bike soon...You're doing great with, and it's really inspiring to see how positive you are!

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DLDAY08 9/25/2009 9:18AM

    Praying for a quick healing of your knee.
I'm starting to learn about healing essential oils, I will see if there are any that might help your knee get better and e-mail that to you.


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Lightnin' the caboose; or What a difference 18 months make!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What a difference 18 months can make!

The above pic & related blog by MRSMELVIN1 is very inspiring and worth the read!!! SparkFriend NOEL_76 gave me the heads up about her.

I'm now thinking I need to get someone to take a photo shoot of my behind for the motivation benefits!

Look how far MRSMELVIN1 has come. Let's all join her!!


The link to this blog is:


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LOBO77 10/2/2009 3:51AM

    Thanks for posting these behind pix. I still dont have the nerve to post my own picture. I might try doing this behind thing. I think it's great!

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SHININGSOUL 9/25/2009 2:00PM

    thanks for this, awesome and good idea! and probably my husband will enjoy it too!

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GETDONE 9/24/2009 11:24PM

    Way cool pictures!!! I wanna look cool too. Whatcha say we get together as a group and take each others pictures? emoticon

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PHYSICIST 9/24/2009 12:20PM

    Thank you for the post Mim!! emoticon very motivating indeed! emoticon

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MRSMELVIN1 9/22/2009 6:13PM

    You are way to sweet!

The picture was taken by my husband because my friends grand daughter was taking me to show me her new room with the pink walls. After the roll of film was developed he realized that it hurt my feelings. You know I am very thankful for that picture now. It was the turning point for me to gain control of my life again.

I look at that picture almost daily to remind myself just how far I have come.

Thank You again!

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UCDavis Arboretum

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Yesterday for Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets the Davis CA fellowship met at the UCDavis Arboretum under a huge Algerian Oak grove at the west end of the arboretum. The oaks were magnificent and provided us wonderful shade during our morning study and the noon picnic afterwards. I unfortunately did not bring a camera, but the next time I'm out at the arboretum I will.

The UCDavis arboretum is a wonderful ribbon of greenery and paved paths and w/graveled service roads that runs through the campus along Putah Creek. It is a great place to walk, run or bike and I totally enjoyed getting my 30-minutes of walking done there yesterday. I unfortunately forgot to bring my new pedometer (sometimes it takes me a while to incorporate new things into my 'routine'). Happy to report that I did well at the picnic & limited my desert intake to one slice of apple pie.


--Today's chuckle--

I got a laugh when I saw the following photo & hope you do too:

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PHYSICIST 9/24/2009 12:24PM

    Great to hear that you are really working on the walking challenge and that you are going to so many lovely places!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNAZZYPS 9/22/2009 12:19PM

    I agree with smashy1 - you should be punished emoticon

The arboretum sounds beautiful - be sure to visit again.

And way to go on your self control to stop at just one piece of pie

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SKEETER90 9/22/2009 11:18AM

    Another good walk for you! That's great to hear!
Thanks for the chuckle - very funny! emoticon

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KO1215 9/22/2009 11:11AM

    Too funny!

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GETDONE 9/22/2009 10:56AM

    I loved your description of the place. It sounds like peaceful fun.
LOL at the Biker BAR! I totally relate. When I was using a scooter, I never even thought of going to a bar. FUNNY


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MISS_VIV 9/22/2009 10:22AM

    You must have had a wonderful time under the oaks. But to NOT REMEMBER YOUR CAMERA.. is on the verge of unforgivable.. AND to FORGET you pedometer..I am NOT CERTAIN what I should do to you for punishment. But whilst I am thinking of an appropriate discipline I should remind you: that you should be taking a GOOD MULTI VITAMIN... "Be sure you get plenty of B12 daily. Good sources of folate include green leafy vegetables, legumes (especially lentils), oranges, and food yeast (add to tofu, soups, roasts)."
Source: HealthNews June 2004

This will hopefully slow down the advancement of Alzheimers.. which is a common threat to older people. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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