Friday, June 04, 2010
Yep, I've been MIA -but for good & fun reason: a family reunion in Arizona! The Sacramento Clan (mom, pop, cousin & myself) headed to Arizona, Thursday May 13th. The weather was fantastic and the drive down wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. We stopped in Desert Palms CA for a joyful visit w/another cousin that wasn't going to be able to make it to the reunion (she's been confined to a wheelchair after a stroke). From there it was onto Scottsdale AZ, checking in at the Scottsdale Camelback Resort -(great place to stay by the way) Friday afternoon. From then on it was a whirl of activity visting with my dad's nieces & nephews & their families!
(Cousins Diana & Yolanda w/pop, their Tio Pete)
The Saquaro cactus were all blooming, as well as many of the other cactus in the area. One of the must do activities was a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix around 5:30 in the afternoon. What a fantastic botanical garden, I am so glad we were there at sundown -it was beautiful and full of wildlife: including a desert tortoise (what a treat it was to see him).
(Cactus at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix)
(Desert tortoise & lizard at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix)
In addition, I flew my nephews in for their first visit to Arizona & meeting their grandfathers side of the family. I of course had to take them on side trip to the spectacular south rim of the Grand Canyon & beautiful Sedona, AZ.
(Grand Canyon, south rim, east road at sunset)
(Hike w/nephews along Oak Creek @ Cathedral Rock, Sedona AZ)
Needless to say, I did a lot of walking in Arizona: at the Peoria Sports Complex for a Junior League baseball game, the Desert Botanical Garden, city/area parks, the Grand Canyon, & Sedona and I loved every minute of it! Unfortunately I just never found the time to log it all in on SparkPeople. But I'm ok with that. Now that I'm back home in Sacto I'll be able to get back to "Sparking".
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
This past 6 weeks I've let other things in my life get in front of my health, exercise & weight loss goals. Many of the "things" have been legitimate (family illness & surgery, having to search for a new car, dealing w/our sick dog Bella). But at the core (I'm sad to admit) is shear laziness. So in a way I'm kind of disgusted w/things and a bit ashamed to even log back on Spark People.
One of the things that I've been ashamed of is not getting to the gym this year. I've realized that paying for a gym membership has not been enough motivation to get my butt to the gym (haven't been in 2 months); and since some new family expenses have popped up -I've decided to drop the gym membership; and focus on doing things at home like my yoga videos & riding my bike plus walking.
Sorry I haven't blogged in so long. Wish me well as I try to move forward with a slightly different plan.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
My family and I are Torah observant, and keep Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread.
We've been busy cleaning the house, searching our pantries for any signs of breads/crackers, etc. that have leavening in them and either giving them away to our neighbors or to Loaves and Fishes, that gives food & meals to the needy. We've also been busy evaluating ourselves and to see how much "cleaning" is still needed in our own personal lives.
Although the Days of Unleavened Bread are first mentioned in the Old Testament (Exodus 12:15,19-20), it is in the New Testament that we learn more fully that today's leaven pictures sin. The New Testament also shows the connection between Jesus' Passover sacrifice and the removal of sin from our lives.
In someways, I liken my failure to meet my weekly health goals as a type of "sin", or missing the mark. So in addition, to evaluating my "spiritual" house I'm also going to evaluate my "physical" house as well.
Ciao for now.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Well the crew (hubby, nephew, mom & pop) loaded up the 6 chairs plus a picnic table in our trucks and hauled them up to the cabin Thursday. Hubby & I stayed over and had a date-day on Friday piddling around the cabin then heading back to Sacramento.
On the way down we were amazed at the number of new vineyards and wineries that have gone in and are up and running along Shenadoah Road in Amador County. Friday was such a beautiful day too. Wildflowers are popping everywhere-gorgeous ( I love seeing fields of baby blue eyes & goldfields!), and the wild turkeys were everywhere along the Jackson Highway/State Route 16!
After we passed Rancho Murieta, we decided to stop at the Davis Ranch (www.davisranchproduce.com) at Sloughhouse to pick up some fresh asparagus for dinner. Driving by we wished we could buy the Sloughhouse Inn and make a go of it as restraunteurs. (Hmmm, how about a Spark People restaurant at Sloughhouse! wouldn't that be the coolest!)
Next we stopped in at the Green Acres Nursery (Hwy 16 & Florin-Perkins Road) in search of foothill penstemon. Wow was that place busy and full of beautiful color!
THEN, as we got near the house we had a pizza and beer attack. Yep. We had to stop at the Extreme Pizza on Exposition Blvd (this is the pizza-bar where everyone knows my hubby's name). So with a devil may care attitude I succumbed to the pizza and beer Sirens ... They have the best pizza and the most interesting collection of beers. I had the 'drag it through the garden' pizza & stout, it was delish!
As Scarlet Ohara says "tomorrow is another day!!!".
Then of course, I opened up my emails and just giggled when I went through my Cathy Throne stuff.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I've had difficulty balancing my life (spiritual, physical, emotional, etc.) this past week. So am trying not to get too down on myself for not sticking w/my Spark Goals.
On the spiritual side. I'm trying to get ready for the up coming holy days Pesach/Passover & the Days of Unleavened Bread, which my family & I celebrate in a Torah-Messianic observant manner based on the lunar calendar that declares the new month with the siting of the crescent moon (verses the astronomical new moon where no light is visible). Over the years our observance of these holy days have separated me from a lot of folks that I used to fellowship with; which makes these days kind of bitter sweet. This year I seem to be focusing mostly on 1) the physical preparation aspects of these days (cleaning out all the leavened bread in the home, buying Matzo's, digging out my unleavened bread recipes, etc.); and 2) old spiritual friends that I've lost touch with over the years. So I've either been busy, busy, busy cleaning or weepy sad thinking about old friends.
On the physical side. I've been super busy w/preparation work for Open Garden Day at the Native Plant Garden, which I manage as a volunteer. After working at the garden last Sunday, I decided to post a "free native plant" add in the Sacramento Craig's List free section, to give away babies/volunteer native plants that would need to be thinned/weeded out and thrown in the green pile -and get a little help weeding some of the plots. The native plants I listed for give away: Ca. wild rose, Ca. fuchsia, and St. Catherine's lace. The response I got was overwhelming, over 175 email responses to respond to and 3 5-hour days this past week committed to connecting with folks at the garden this past Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. This all on top of my regular volunteer e-mails, phone calls, budget work & planning for the garden (including irrigation, signage & mapping projects). MY BAD: after each session, I stopped at the Jamba Juice on Broadway for an original. MY GOOD: The garden work was tons of fun & full of exercise walking and/or gardening for over 20 hours.
"Free" Craig's list chairs. When I was getting ready to post my plant add in the free section, I of course had to take a few minutes and peruse the free section and happened upon an add giving away 6 all wood homemade adirondack chairs that had fallen in to disrepair. FREE, ALL WOOD!!! I immediately had to send my response that I would love to pick them up if they were still available; they were so nephew and I picked them up last Tuesday, and my pop & started working on repairing them. We finished staining them yesterday evening! MY BAD: Gin & tonics w/lime & fresh kumquats at the end of each day. MY GOOD: Exercising was definitely part of getting the repairs done, these chairs weigh a ton! and in the end the dang chairs look good and they only cost me 2 boxes of deck screws & a gallon of wood stain. (I'll take a photo today for posting here later.)
I did manage to get out twice last week for walks w/my cousin Alma at Carmichael Park & the mall, plus got in 2 morning yogas. Unfortunately, I failed to make it to the gym. I don't even want to get on the scale, only have another week before the end of the month weigh in. Oh, yeah and I still haven't finished my taxes yet.
Hoping that I do better this week.
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