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Walking @ Carmichael Park Monday morning

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

My small Kenmore refrigerator freezer decided to go on the fritz last week, and my hubby scheduled the handyman to come over early this Monday morning, which I thought was going to interfere w/my Carmichael Park walk.

BUT, the guy showed up early 7:45am, quickly diagnosed the problems that it was probably having (and told me that the cheap problem would cost about $255 to fix, if that didn't do it the new part+additional labor could run the bill up to about $575!!). So, it was easy for me to tell him thanks -but no thanks (I can live with out use of the freezer). That done, he was out the door at 8:30. And I was out the door about 10 minutes later to let my cousin know the walk was on, even though the weather looked worrisome. Unfortunately I forgot to give Vivian a buzz about the walk :-(

Alma of course brought Chloe, her toy poodle, and we were off for our walk and jaunt at the doggie park.


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MIMULUSBUG 3/10/2010 1:48PM

    Thanks for the Costco tip! It may come to that. The main reason we used the freezer in the den was the ice making machine, for drinks, coolers etc. We're going to have to see if we can live w/out the xtra icemaker in the house...

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MISS_VIV 3/9/2010 9:59AM

    You can get a small replacement freezer at Costco for less than the repair bill.
See you soon for a walk in the park.

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NOWELLE76 3/9/2010 2:49AM

    Thanks for the goodie. Glad you enjoyed the walk... they sure are refreshing. I took one on Sunday and it was mentally and physically rewarding.. plus saw some coold birds.

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Spring in the California Native Plant Demo-Garden

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Most Sunday mornings I get out and do volunteer gardening at the California Native Plant Demonstration Garden in the Sacramento Historic Cemetery. This Sunday was no exception and I (+many other NorCal folks) was rewarded w/a beautiful day to work in the garden.

The two large Dr. Hurd manzanitas (Arctostaphylos manzanita Dr. Hurd) were completely covered with the tiny white flowers that are shaped like dangling upside down bottles and the bees were just busy gathering everything that each little bottle had to offer it. Plus the large California/mountain lilacs (Ceanothus sp.) known as "Ray Hartman" were covered with buds and early blue blossoms with their sweet fragrance, it was yummy! The sages (Salvia sp) are also starting to blossom and release their earthy herbal fragrance, and the bees were buzzing busily around the flowers that have opened up.

I enjoyed my day so much, my 4+ hours of gardening just zipped by. It was a pure delight. I'm wondering if this springs display this April & May will out do last years (see photo below). I can't wait to see.

Ca. native plants in the demo-garden (spring 2009):
Red bud (pink), Fremontia (yellow), Ray Hartman Ceanothus (blue)


Negative body image - what's up ???

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Cathy Thorne's above cartoon made me stop and think about my body image tonight, and I realized I've never really had a great body image of myself -even when I weighed 103 pounds soaking wet. It seems like I always had something that I wish was different about my body from the teen years on. Today I chuckle about having to go on a diet because I saw 125 pound on the scale, or because I thought my butt and thighs were getting too 'jiggly'.

Any comments/insights on this issue and how to get more positive would be much appreciated.


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DLDAY08 3/8/2010 11:24AM

    I am working on my view of my body. My husband hates it if I say any negative about my body. I have lost the weight and kept it off. There are some days however that I still feel overweight even though the scale does not show that. If I say something negative about myself my husband tells me that I need to say something positive about myself 10 times. I am working on a better attitude. emoticon

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2NDLIFE1 3/6/2010 12:54PM

  Last month my sisters were going through some old family pictures and sent some on to me. Looking them over I realized just how messed up my body image was, thanks to my father's disparaging comments. I always felt ugly, fat and ungainly, but I see now that I was NONE of those things. What a revelation! I plan to scan those old photos and hang then up to remind me of my real potential.

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GETDONE 3/6/2010 2:40AM

    Same thing here. I am just working on remembering that folks are not worried about what I look like --they are into their own stuff.
I am working on getting "the committee of they" out of my thinking.
Baby steps about everything--moderation.

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Walking @ Sunrise Mall Wednesday morning

Thursday, March 04, 2010

This Wednesday morning it was raining, so I called my cousin Alma about our morning walking plans in light of the weather. Alma suggested joining a friend of hers, who is in a walking club that meets at Sunrise Mall Monday-Saturday between 8AM-10AM. So we made plans to meet at Sunrise Mall at 9AM and check it out.

When I got to the parking lot (east of the Elephant Bar Restaurant), I was amazed to see over 75 autos at the mall! Dang, these mall walkers are serious! Once we found the 'secret' entrance to the mall, we connected w/Alma's friend, she took us over the host table and we signed up as a "Friend-in-Fitness Mall Walking Club" member at Sunrise Mall. They give you an ID badge that you wear so that the mall security folks know that you are a walker and not just the general public trying to get in before the mall actually opens. The loop at Sunrise Mall is .74 miles, everyone is friendly and walks at their own pace, and there is a small coffee & juice booth that is open for those who might want a little refreshment after their walk.

I'll definitely be doing this walk again, especially on rainy days. Anyway, we'll be doing this walk next Wednesday at 9AM. If you live in the Sacramento area near Sunrise Mall please think about joining us.


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GETDONE 3/8/2010 1:40AM

    Sunrise and movie sounds good to me.

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MISS_VIV 3/6/2010 9:25AM

    sounds splendid. Just post a date and then we can see who will make it.


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MIMULUSBUG 3/6/2010 2:24AM

    A walk and a movie sounds like a wonderful idea! I wonder if we could stir up enough team interest to get together and do that this month?

I understand that the matinee is only $3 at Sunrise mall if folks would like to afternoon walk.

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GETDONE 3/5/2010 1:49PM

    HEY, I mall walk a few times a month. At Sunrise Mal it is easy. I pick a movie to see that makes me wait 30 minutes or more and then go to the move and I rest!!
One day I didn't time it right and was realy ready for that rest after 2 hours!! emoticon Idid not do any machine exercises that day--I was pretty sure that was enough emoticon
~~~~MARY emoticon

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2NDLIFE1 3/5/2010 1:01PM

  Thanks, M. I'm going to shop for new walking shoes in anticipation.

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MIMULUSBUG 3/5/2010 10:45AM

    The secret entrance @ Sunrise Mall, is the employee entrance on the west side of the mall -which is behind the red brick wall between the 2 main entrances. We just waited until we saw some folks w/tennis shoes on and then just followed them inside.

I'll try to post map/info about it on Sacramento Sparkles team page this week.

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2NDLIFE1 3/5/2010 12:58AM

  Hey, that's good to know, especially on rainy or super hot days! I could do the walk on weekends and my "Furlough Fridays". So where is this soon-to-be-not-so-secret-any-more entrance? And speaking of Sunrise Mall, I'm sorry to hear the Saturday morning farmers' market has moved.

Hi, SUSIEPH1 from the other side of the planet! emoticon

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MISS_VIV 3/4/2010 3:24PM

    Have they 'moved' the secret entrance? From what you say, it must not be in the same place as when I used to go there.

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SUSIEPH1 3/4/2010 3:02PM

    We also have a Mall walk here in Mildura Australia. we have over 120 walkers from all walks(pardon the pun)of life. It is a great secure safe way of getting your exercise and meeting people. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Walking w/dog @ Carmichael Park Monday morning

Thursday, March 04, 2010

My cousin Alma & I were on the phone this past Sunday, complaining about all the rain we've been having, feeling like blimp-ettes since we've not been getting out to walk because of the rain excuse. We finally came to the conclusion that we would go walking together on Monday and Wedensday mornings -no matter what.

Alma has a small toy poodle, Chloe, and they usually go walking at Carmichael Park and then end the walk at the doggie park so Chloe can interact w/other dogs. So this Monday, we met at Carmichael Park (corner of Fair Oaks Blvd & Grant), walked the loop and then went to the doggy park, AND WHAT FUN!!! I've never been to a doggy park before, and it was a blast to watch all the dogs running around barking, playing and their owners interacting, throwing balls, drinking coffee, laughing, etc.

I enjoyed it alot and hope that others in Sacramento might consider joining us with their dogs this coming Monday, 9am.


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MISS_VIV 3/4/2010 3:21PM

    It must have been a REAL JOY in all that MUD................
I love Carmichael Park but not because of the doggy part. I don't have a dog, but I have enough dogs barking in my own neighborhood . it is a nice loop to walk. Do you meet at the 'tribute' or 'mural' on the corner? I will have to see what I can do.
So it is MONDAY at the park... and WEDNESDAY at the MALL?

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