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103 F today, walked @ Land Park & did not die...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Well sports fans, despite the 103 *F heat in Sacramento, I decided to head down to Land Park for evening walk. I put my tennis shoes on, tied my red lace on my shoe, put on my garden hat and started to head out the door. My hubby was amazed that I was going to go, and asked if he could join us -I said of course; so off we went.

I checked my spark mail before I headed out, and got message from K-GECKO that she was heading home after work cuz of the temp, but had no such message from EVASOMA so we left for the park. Boy was it hot and no breeze what so ever! And there were hardly any people there either! At 5pm we started our stretched and decided that we'd wait until 5:30pm; but no Sparkies... So hubby and I left for the walk and survived - LOL!! I've already had 5 cups of water and now I'm jumping in the pool!

Ta-ta for now.

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MISS_VIV 7/18/2009 2:40PM

    For lack of any motivation to run across down in my skivies, in the 5 p.m. commute, I spread myself out on the living room floor and took a snooze. Too dang hot for going anywhere. I am glad your hubby went with you. I would have been concerned for you if you had not had company.

Thanks Hubby

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FRANCLYN 7/17/2009 11:44PM

    Great Job! Glad it didn't stop you. Fortunately so much of Land Park is shady. My daughter's cross country team does their conditioning workouts there quite often and practices there for much of their in season work. If you see approx. 80 teenagers following a salt and pepper haired man doing strange strides some evening...

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MISHA1231 7/17/2009 11:26PM

    That's great! I have been hiding inside away from the heat. You go girl!

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Giant zucchini, my cactus thing & new pet iguana

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

GIANT ZUCCHINI. Things have been busy for me the last few days. So busy that I hadn't made it out to my vegie garden in a couple of days; so I got up early this morning to harvest, weed & water and low and behold my garden has been overrun with giant zucchini!!! You know the size of baseball bats! (well almost ...) So I tell you what folks, we will be eating zucchini this week and probably all summer at the rate they are growing. Sooooooo, PLEASE send me your favorite zucchini recipes if you've got the time.

MY CACTUS THING. My dad & I were born in Arizona and I've always had a fascination for cactus and related plants that can survive the extremes of the southwest desert. Cactus are so prickly on the outside, but often sweet and tender on the inside and during the spring, they have the most beautiful blossoms. I had a Jewish friend who used to call me 'Sabra', which in Hebrew can mean 'thorny cactus fruit' and 'rest'. My friend thought I tended to be a little tough and thorny on the outside, but nice or 'sweet' once folks got to know me. I didn't mind the analogy, cuz I can be a bit prickly at times. So I have a thing for cactus because they remind me of my home state, Arizona, and myself -at times.

IGUANAS ... So, my cactus have out grown their pots and I decided to head over to Panama Pottery on 24th street to support my favorite potters and pick up some new pots for my baby cactus. However, I ended up coming home with an Iquana!! and pots! My new Spark Peep on the Land Park walk have had me thinking about various reptiles -so I took this as my first step to having a "pet" reptile/iguana; albeit a ceramic one.

STILL AVOIDING EXERCISE. I'm such a weenie. I skipped my exercise yesterday cuz I had a court & medical appointment yesterday to attend to; and want to count battling with my zucchini this morning as exercise (I did actually sweat while I was hula-hoeing the weeds in my vegie patch). But, I need to get to the gym tonight. OK. Gotta go to the gym.

Ciao for now.

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MISHA1231 7/17/2009 1:31PM

    I would love to have my own veggie garden! Living in a condo makes that hard. When I was living at home we would get those big zucchini and we would cut them in half length wise, clean out the seed area and stuff them with a mixture of ground turkey, diced tomatoes, diced onions, diced bell pepper, cooked rice, season them up with salt, pepper and garlic powder, bake in the oven at 350 until the meat is done then top with some Parmesan cheese and have a feast!

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ARIAVIDYA 7/16/2009 7:42PM

    How about making your own home made Blueberry Zucchini Bread? Moist and full of flavor

It takes 15 Min to prep and 50 Min to cook and about an half hour to cool off.

yield 4 mini-loaves or 2 larger loafs
12 Servings

3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil (or 1/2 cup of applesauce + 1/2 cup oil for healthier version).
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups white sugar (I know it is a lot but hubby likes it sweet but you can use less)
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour (all purpose tastes better but whole wheat is healthier.
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups blueberries or frozen blueberries taste just as good!
You can add flaxseed for extra health boost or other good stuff like raisins etc. This is a basic recipe so you can add as much as you want but I keep it basic to keep calories lower.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 4 mini or 2 normal loaf pans.

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.

Gently fold in the blueberries. Transfer to the prepared loaf pans.
Bake 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely and cover with plastic wrap. You can keep it in the fridge for a week without losing its taste.

I also love cactus. Did you know that the flat cactus without thorns are medicinal? If I had a swollen painful knee, I would put the flesh of the cactus on it and it would completely take a way the swelling. they also have beautiful flowers. Didn't find those here yet though

Enjoy your zucchini's!!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/16/2009 7:41:56 PM

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SHININGSOUL 7/15/2009 11:02PM

    well, there is a potluck in Olivehurst this week, so bring something zucchini-ish!
I like cactus too, and am thinking about creating a cactus "pizza" That is a bunch of cactus in a shallow round dish. I already have the pot, I just need a few more cacti for it.

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VICUNJA 7/15/2009 7:37AM

    Ooooh, I LOVE Zucchini. Used to have them all the time when I lived in Italy. Not so much here. They're very dear at the supermarket. Could grow them myself, but... well, actually, maybe I will - next year. Last year I grew ONE pumpkin. Wasn't ready till well after Halloween and I never did anything with it, either. But it was pretty.

My granddad had a green house with nothing but cacti. He was a collector of the prickly sort.

Have fun at the gym and enjoy the Iguana.


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GETDONE 7/15/2009 12:48AM

    How wonderful to have a zucchini plant. I have a hard time growing things here in my home. I must just work the soil a few years, I guess.

Congrats on the walking and exercise routine you have worked out. Keep up the good work.

I live near 80 & Madison and could use a buddy to walk with. emoticon

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McKinley Park & apartment search rpt; +cactus & tomato Tuesday

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

emoticon It was a little toasty yesterday at 5pm, but made it out to McKinley Park and hung out in front of the library w/my red ribbon in my tennis shoe & my garden hat on. Waited about 10 minutes to see if any other sparkies would show up; but alas -no other red-ribbon folks appeared.

There's actually more available on street parking at 5pm than at 11am (which surprised me). The number of folks walking was about the same, but seemed to be more individual walkers than buddies. It was warm, but our lovely delta breeze was coming in intermittently so when you walked through the tree canopy you really felt the cool breezes. However, when you got out of the shade, the heat was there -but not bad.

emoticon The apartment search earlier in the day with my cousin was interesting. She found several potential places, but wants to keep looking this week to get a better idea of what's out there. We also checked out some duplex rentals in Carmichael area, which were nice because they had garage -but some of the neighborhoods were a bit 'messy'? -not sure how to describe the negative aesthetics of neighborhood where autos are everywhere and folks keep their garbage cans, grills & picnic tables in their front yards. Just way too cluttered for our taste, but thats us.

Today I leached and repotted several of my cactus plants; and the prickly little darlings were truly a handful -OUCH, OUCH, OUCH!!! Any cactus lovers out there???

Later I enjoyed my fresh tomatoes w/cucumbers for lunch- delish!!! I LOVE TOMATOES!!! Any tomato lovers out there???


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ASKETCH 7/10/2009 3:49AM

    I have been reading your venture as you walk like wearing red shoe laces and your hat, that is so ingenious I love your blog. I too love fresh tomatoes from my garden but this year I started when the cold weather was past and we had here in california some cold weather until it started to get warm for a few by then it was already summer. And I do have succulents because that is what interests me. Well hope tomorrow will be better and hopefully you will find another sparkie person, but I will be remembering you when I go out for a walk. :--) emoticon

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McKinley Park walk 5PM today (vs 11AM) & looking for rental

Monday, July 06, 2009

Today my cousin Alma & I will start to look for duplex/apartment rental in $850/month range in Carmichael, Citrus Heights & Orangevale communities, so prayers and positive thoughts for her would be appreciated.

Her hubby passed in February and after all things were settled she was advised that she would not be receiving hubby's widow/survivor benefit (sad story)... so now has to sell her home and find apt or duplex based on her very limited income.

Since I'll be busy w/my cousin today, I'll be walking at Mckinley Park at 5PM today (vs 11AM) in front of the library, with red ribbon in my shoue, to meet up w/any Sparkies that can make it.

TaTa for now.



Walking at Land Park @ 5pm - lets have a picnic!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Yesterday's walk at Wm. Land Park was great. The delta breezes were kicking in and yellow swallowtail butterflies and humming birds were flitting around and just adding to the beauty of our walk. When we ended the walk, we all decided that we wanted to have a picnic after our walk next Friday to relax, get to know each other a little better and to enjoy the park. Then we decided to post an invite to all on the SacSparkles & Official Sacramento Team sites! Funny how this ball gets rolling eh?

Below is general announcement I worked up. Please let me know if it needs clarification, if you can make the walk and/or picnic, or if you love the park too.

Hope to see you there next Friday!

Land Park Walk & Picnic

Come join Sacramento Sparkles team Friday July 10, 2009 for family walk at 5PM and/or picnic in lovely William Land Park at 6:PM.

For family walk please wear comfortable shoes and bring a smile and water for sipping. For family picnic, please bring enough for you/your family and 2 quests plus anything else that will help you relax, get comfortable and have fun at the park (i.e. blankets, lawn chairs, frisbees, etc.) Iced bottled water at the picnic will be provided by the SacSparkles team.

The walk will begin at the entrance of the Sacramento Zoo in William Land Park, 3930 Land Park Drive and end at the picnic tables on west side of Land Park Drive, southeast of the softball fields. (We recommend parking cars/bikes on side roads and area to south of softball fields.) Come at:

4PM if you can hep MIMULUSBUG with picnic area set up & company;
5PM to begin family walk in the park with K-GECKO & EVASOMA;
6PM to join Sacramento Sparkles-Peeps for family picnic & fun

Hope to see you there!



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