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Arizona Trip

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I entered a blog ....

Things really did get busy for me before I left for my trip to Kayenta/Monument Valley Arizona last week. My nephew ultimately backed out of the trip, so new Spark Buddy, LaNeita, rendezvoused in Mojave CA for the trip. We drove to Flagstaff for the night, and spent the morning puttering around town & stopped by the Museum of Northern Arizona to pick up some anthropology books for graduation gifts. From there it was off to the Navajo Nation and Kayenta where my good friend, Margaret, teaches & family/friends had been invited to celebrate graduation of her daughter, Merry and all of the Class of 2009. Merry was one of 11 seniors at the school that was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship this year (she's 3rd from right in pic)!

The graduation ceremony had a brief power outage from passing storm so was delayed a bit, but it was well worth the wait to listen to the student drummers and to see all those beautiful young faces and people with so much promise ahead of them. The majority of the kids also wore traditional Navajo dress when they walked up to receive their diploma, We had fun time helping with food preparation, catching up with old friends and making new friends; and of course taking a day trip north to small village of Mexican Hat & Goosenecks State Park. The wanabe-botanist & geologist in me had the best time, oohing & awwing at the formations & unique vegetation at our various stops.

I'm also proud to report that I maintained weight, despite indulging in graduation cup-cakes & cake and home-made waffles and REAL MAPLE SYRUP! Yummy!


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LOBO77 6/9/2009 9:38PM

    Wow...I read your comment on my blog. You do know that I live in NorCal...near Redding? Now that is definitely not the Southwest where you were. Up here they would not let my granddaughter wear an eagle feather because we didnt go thru the 'proper' procedures. Of course, they didnt even let us take our handdrum to 'make noise' when they announced her. It really doesnt matter because we agree with the Navajo, that it was God, The Creator Himself blessing us with His cleansing water. What more honor could be bestowed on us? Yea, the stadium was packed regardless of weather...it NEVER rains this time of year...NEVER! And of course, I am jealous of your trip...what an honor to be there! Next time you go, invite me...my husband is from the Yaqui tribe out of Arizona. Oh how fun! I, too have that geologist/botanist in me! One day I'll share about my enormous rock collection I had when we traveled by motorhome. Blessings, my sister!

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DLDAY08 5/29/2009 8:52AM

    Glad you had a great time. If we don't indulge every once in awhile then we start to feel deprived and give up. Great job on maintaining.


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Snowball & my other 'angels'

Monday, May 04, 2009

Well I logged on this morning, and decided to check up on new buddy (Shasta11) who is trying to blog more often, and read her blog about Charlie her sweet cat that she lost to leukemia.

So I of course started crying; then realized that I'm still mourning the loss of my cat Snowball last year (23 y/o beautiful feisty-spirited blue-eyed white persian); then got more teary eyed thinking about Jasper (my sweet 18y/o orange-n-white poly-dactyl pussy cat -he had 6 toes on all his paws); and then more tears for Sir Alfred Wyatt Winchester, AKA: "Alfie" (a 17 y/o huge, gregariously loyal Old English sheep dog).

It just amazes me how much I still miss everyone of them. My little sis says that our pets are physical replicas of the angels/protectors assigned to us by God/Yahweh through out our life. Her theory is the animal kingdom were created after the angelic kind that reside in heaven with our Creator God. So I greatly miss my 'angels' that have passed away and look forward to meeting any and all angels that have helped me through life over the years.

I am also thankful to all of you exercise and healthy living angels that have been encouraging me to achieve my Spark goals. You are all awesome!


Catching up w/my gardens

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hello to all!

My big "accomplishment" for last two weeks in April has been weeding, tilling & installing my vegetable garden @ our community garden. So the tomatoes, peppers, squash & greens are in! But the best news is my strawberry patch has started to produce gorgeous, juicy, sweet berries & we get to start picking them today!
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Most of my cardio has involved walking to/from the garden about every day, and of course spending 2-4 hrs in the garden, tilling, weeding, watering, & repairing hoses -n-faucets. Hard, tiring but oh so rewarding work!!!
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The other garden catch up has been at the city house, our cabin & of course the California Native Plant Garden in Sacto. Ahhhhhh, so many weeds and so little time! Now that the gardens are getting under control, I'll be starting back to the gym again.

let's keep our eyes on our goals & continue to lift each other up on our trip!

Luv Yah!!!


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DLDAY08 5/4/2009 11:20AM

    I'm hoping to garden this year. Have failed in the past attemps but, ot giving up. Too bad you don't live closer to me to give me tips. emoticon Keep up the good work.


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Happy-Sick & Missed you!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I am so happy, because my dad pulled out of his downturn and was actually discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon! Thanks to everyone for your sweet, thoughtful, comforting words during all this.

Unfortunately, I was burning the candle at both ends. You know, staying by his bedside in the emergency room for 36+hrs, until he finally got admitted to ICU. Then basically pulling the night duty, while he struggled with his GI bleed, atrial-fib, congestive heart/lung failure issues. Late night phone calls w/family from around the globe; and of course staying up late getting in my bible study w/mom- during this Holy Day season, and just trying to wind down.

So I am truly paying for not taking better care of myself during this little family crisis. I think the whole "Mucus" family clan has set up household in my sinus's & lungs

But most of all, I've missed checking with you Spark folks!

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LANEITA 4/29/2009 1:06PM

    No wonder I haven't heard from you. Oh my, I will pray for you and your Dad. Miss you. I am sending you much love. Come to LA and "rest up". I will take good care of you.

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DLDAY08 4/15/2009 6:12PM

    Missed seeing your commens on Spark people. Glad to here your dad is doing better. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
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Hugging you across the miles.

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CHEFROSE 4/15/2009 4:48PM

    It's important for you to take care of yourself or you won't have strength to help anyone else! Have you ever been on a plane? They advise you to be safe before you can help someone else. Glad you're happy. Keep your spirits high!

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Live every day like your hair was on fire. -Zen proverb

Monday, April 06, 2009

My father's health has taken a downturn this past week and our family has had to begin the real sad discussion about his wishes if/when he passes away. He's a very tough old 76-year old bird who wants to die on his own terms at home.

In addition, my family is preparing for Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread which begins this week. Part of the preparation is physically removing all of the leavening products out of our home. Leavening (baking soda/powder, yeast, etc.) "puffs up" bread, just as our sins of vanity/pride etc. puffs us up spiritually. So my family is also examining our life this past year and trying to identify the things in our lives that we have overcome and improved upon; as well as those things that are dragging us down and in need of improvement.

Needless to say I have been crying & praying, laughing and praising at various times this past week. But my heart hasn't been 100% at peace. So on one of my diversionary trips on the internet (to avoid house cleaning & the gym) I thought I'd check out various proverbs about life and death from a Zen perspective, and ran across the following Zen proverb:


My first thought is, Hmmmm, this does not sound like a very peaceful way to live.

My next thought is IF my hair was on fire- I would be running and jumping in the back yard pool as fast as I could to get my hair soaking wet. So is one interpretation of this proverb is I need to run, jump and stay wet (does sweating count)???

I'm still puzzled by the deeper meaning of this Zen proverb, and would love to hear other views and opinions about it.

(PS: You guys are THE BEST!)

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SPARKLOVE 4/30/2009 3:25PM

    If your hair was on fire, you would not be sitting still. Live everyday active.
Get excited about your life !

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SHININGSOUL 4/13/2009 5:46PM

    I am glad to hear your dad is coming home/already home from hospital.
I really like your description, I certainly would be jumping around, and having alot more energy!

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CRYSTALINA04 4/8/2009 5:47PM

    I want to wish you the best in this week. I am sad to hear abour your fathers health.

I will hold you in my thoughts and hope you the best week you can have.

I think the proverb is funny. I never wish my hair was on fire, but thinking in that manner sure makes you want to run to extinguish it. HA HA HA.

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DLDAY08 4/7/2009 7:40AM

    Just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers. I am also preparing for Passover. I will pray that your family has a blessed and peaceful Passover and Unleaven Bread feast. Know that you are thought of on a daily basis.

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DEEGIRL50 4/7/2009 4:14AM

    Appreciate your hair while you have it. You could lose it any day.
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Tell your father you love him! My father passed away in January and I wish I could say those words to him every day.

Thank you for sharing some of your traditions with us.
Very interesting.

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POSITIVELY_EB 4/6/2009 10:20PM

    You, your father, and family are in my prayers!

Hugs! Beverly

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