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Walking in Arizona

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".

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GETDONE 6/24/2010 11:47AM

    Now, that is one place I have never thought of going to stay.
A new idea.
I have been through that area many time but never thought of what to do there.
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Thanks for a new adventure.
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SHASTA11 6/9/2010 3:39PM

    Glad you had a nice trip and wonderfule reunion.

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SACGIRL 6/5/2010 2:55PM

    Isnt Arizona the greatest??!?! I just got back from a 2 week vacation which included the Grand Canyon and Sedona. It was my first time in Sedona and it was sooooooo beautiful, I want to go back very soon. We only had one day there, wish it could have been longer. Great pics and I'm glad you are back on Spark!

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TABBYARTS 6/4/2010 8:56PM

    Thanks for sharing your pix. I miss the saguaros. TEE

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LOVEYORKIES 6/4/2010 12:13PM

    I've never been to Arizona, so it was so wonderful to be able to share your photos! It's spectacular!! Thanks so much for sharing them! emoticon

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JILLTBNAGART 6/4/2010 11:53AM

    Beautiful photos.

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MISS_VIV 6/4/2010 11:15AM

    It is always good to get away, especially for a reunion with family. Congrats on being in the right place at the right time to see that tortoise. Thanks for the pix, they are beautiful.

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IMLUVN8 6/4/2010 11:07AM

    So good to hear you're trip was a success. Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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Shear laziness & dropping my gym membership

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.

  
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STEVIECAT4 6/4/2010 12:25PM

    I have lost 40 pounds and did it without ever setting foot inside a gym so don't be hard on yourself for giving up the gym membership. I have an old Weight Watchers aerobic circuit training dvd that I use and it has worked every part of my body and all you need are 5 pound weights and a pair of sneakers.

Chin up, darlin'. Things will get better. If you keep at it with your weight loss program, that will at least give you something to feel good about. It's the one thing that you have total control over and taking control can help you to feel in control. (Does that make sense I hope?)

I wish you well and hope things turn around for your real soon.

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MOCHA2470 5/21/2010 3:09PM

    I have been in your shoes. just start slow and try to just enjoy your time walking...have a great day!

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FITKAT2010 5/19/2010 7:48AM

    There's nothing wrong with your choice of doing your exercise at home. Gym's plan on a large percentage of memberships to fail. Just the way it is.

To me when I hear laziness, I hear fear or pain underneath that.

You owe it to yourself to use fear/pain, etc as motivators to do all you can to do for yourself. Life happens and I am sorry that so many things hit at once. Murphy strikes with vengence at times. I do know! However, I sense that you have within you th fortitude and determination to stick with your program no matter what. Am I wrong? Spark mail me with your answer if you'd like. I'm here to listen.

Hugs

Kat

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SHANNYMEDIC 5/11/2010 8:13PM

    Good luck to you! I have been in the same boat this year. It's hard getting back into the swing of things sometimes. You have to do what you have to do. Sometimes Life gets in the way and sometimes we have no control over situations. Don't let it get you down!

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IDAATJE 5/11/2010 2:23PM

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Welcome back sweetie! I've missed you around. You'll do great, take it day by day and step by step. You're gonna rock on your bike for sure!!

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SHAOLINCHICK 5/11/2010 11:09AM

    Logging back in is a step in the right direction. Don't beat yourself up....Good luck with your renewed effort.

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THINAGIN2 5/11/2010 10:52AM

    Good luck to you with your renewed efforts! This is just not an easy journey and all we can do is keep on trying!
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MISS_VIV 5/11/2010 10:52AM

    So glad you are back, with a plan. Sorry you have had so many interruptions in taking care of YOURSELF. We love you and welcome you back with open arms.
We are here for you and anxious to share your new challenges. Let us know how we can help.

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13DETERMINEDME 5/11/2010 10:50AM

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I wish you well..welcome back
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"a little leaven leavens the whole lump" 1 Corinthians 5:6

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.
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NOEL_76 4/4/2010 11:27AM

    Sounds interesting... I bet loaves and fishes is brimming with bread right now! hehe.... I don't like to think of my weight as sin, but glutton and lack of self-control is a sin. I know that God will help me when I ask.

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LEHUALADY 4/3/2010 3:12AM

    I REALLY like this! I always thought of this time of the year as "New Beginning" and it goes right along with what you wrote...I realize I need to gear up on the self-discipline...sloth is no longer acceptable!

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GETDONE 4/1/2010 1:14AM

    It is that time of year to take a good look within.
Thank you for sharing the Good News.

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MEGANC1988 3/31/2010 3:38PM

    Glad cleaing is going well!

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MISS_VIV 3/31/2010 10:44AM

    I am doing Spring Cleaning as well. Mental and spiritual cleaning that I hope will free up my mind to allow new thoughts and plans come together. Taking a new look at my place here on the earth (and on Spark people as well). Happy Spring and a fresh outlook.



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The pizza & beer Sirens ...

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!!!".
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Then of course, I opened up my emails and just giggled when I went through my Cathy Throne stuff.

  
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MOONDANCE323 4/4/2010 9:45AM

    pizza & beer? my favorite!!! emoticon

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GETDONE 3/30/2010 9:42PM

    Sounds so lovely!

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MEGANC1988 3/28/2010 1:47PM

    hehe

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SACTOKAREN 3/27/2010 4:11PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SACGIRL 3/27/2010 3:32PM

    Sometimes pizza and beer just hits the spot and there are no replacements for it!! I have a confession too...I had pizza and beer last night too and it was AWESOME! Back to a protein shake today haha! Have a great weekend!

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MISS_VIV 3/27/2010 12:34PM

    Sounds like you had a terrific time, thank you for sharing it with us. Wish you could have shared the pizza and beer.
What a great way to start another week.



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Difficulty balancing life this past week

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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GARDENMARIE1 3/31/2010 1:40PM

    I enjoyed your blog, I agree and have been giving a lot of thought to balance this week. I really think that is the answer for a peaceful life. I struggle trying to get it right also. I think it is a worthy goal for us all. Good luck and God's grace to us all. Love your love of native plants and water wise gardening. I am converting my yard little by little. I have changed out all my tea roses to knock out and iceberg and have let my hydrangea and other high water plants go. I am going to plant some California wild lilac and some Mexican petunias to replace others and try to retain the cottage garden look that I love while still being responsible with water. Here is another example of balance. Purple and pink are happy colors I have a lot of sea lavender among the pick knockouts I really like the contrast. Happy spring Passover and Easter I also love a good beer myself. hehehe Marie

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GETDONE 3/26/2010 12:45AM

    Sound like a good balance to me!!! emoticon

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2NDLIFE1 3/24/2010 11:47PM

  Difficulty balancing your life??? I think you did a great job, and got in a lot of exercise/physical activity this week! You're too hard on yourself, mimulusbug.

Interested to learn you work with native plants. Last year I had my ratty-looking front lawn removed and put in some drought-resistant plants, a drip system and mulch. Alas, I found out the hard way that lavenders don't like being watered. To think I kept spraying them because I thought they were drying out--- and all the time I was just encouraging fungal growth (according to the great book I got last week). Will be planting more now that I have a better idea of what works.

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MEGANC1988 3/24/2010 2:01PM

    You sound so busy! Gardening is a work out on its own, so you may be actually working on the fitness side with out realizing it.

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