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My morning walk

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Today I had a lovely walk. I had a hard night sleeping, so got out a little later than normal, which meant it was pretty warm out - OK, HOT! I always like seeing the squirrels and birds. We have a beautiful Black Ibis that hangs around in our development, and seeing him is always a treat. I met a new friend - Charlie, a black lab who was orphaned as a result of Hurricane Charlie here in Florida 10 years ago. She was as playful as a puppy, but had a little grey hair around the muzzle. Talking with her owner, I mentioned a dog attack that had happened recently to another lab, and we started talking about the area. He did not know about my friend, Miss Piggy, a lovely pink pig I see most mornings. He did warn me about the wild boars in the area. As I was greeting Miss Piggy a few minutes later, I heard the distinctive grunts/snarls of wild boars. I cut my walk a little short and high tailed it for home. Think I need to get that pepper spray and carry it with me!!! I can never tell my DH, because he already hates that I leave the development for my walks. But there is so much more to see and I really enjoy it. I just need to be sure I can defend myself!

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AALLEY2 7/7/2014 8:49PM

    Keep a look out emoticon

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HOLLYM48 6/19/2014 2:52PM

    Your walk sounds interesting but please be careful of wild boars. I am happy to say that I don't think we have any of those here in MN, we just have to worry about wild mosquito's. LOL. I too like to walk in different areas of our neighborhood and go a bit out of the area and my husband doesn't like it when I am walking alone but I like to see other area's too so I know how you feel! But scope out trees as you go so you will always know where the closest one is should you need to get away from the wild boar!
Have a great day! Holly

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PATRICIAANN46 6/19/2014 10:53AM

  OMG!!!!! Please stay in your development..........I am with your DH. I am not sure that even pepper spray would stop a wild boar. One of our gardens is down near the edge of our woods and last summer there were black bear sightings about a mile from our home, so every time I was working down there and a twig snapped, I was sure a bear would lung out of the woods at me!!!!! I kept Raid Wasp Spray with me as it shoots several feet and really stings the nose and eyes.
Take good care of yourself........

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MNABOY 6/18/2014 12:57AM

    In AR the wild hogs can be ferocious when cornered but tend to run in groups and destroy the grounds they eat on. Pepper spray will not deter them.They do taste good cooked.

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B-NANA 6/17/2014 4:50PM

    Wild boars are SO dangerous and mean. I would NEVER take the chance to get close enough to spray one. Better to run or hop up a tree if needed. I've seen wild boars rip apart steel cages. Don't mess with wild pigs. Is Miss Piggy one of their piglets? If so, then that's another reason to stay away.

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GRACEOMALLEY 6/17/2014 3:05PM

    Sounds like a lovely walk, barring the snorts of the wild boar. I love Ibis - I'd get the biggest kick when they'd hang upside down from branches over water to dry out. Be safe.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/17/2014 2:07PM

    Sounds lovely, in part. Take care of yourself.

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EMSSBEARS 6/17/2014 1:44PM

    That is so true Patti get that pepper spray Wow I have goose bumps just reading about it I'm glad that you are safe. I think I would have learned to run really fast this morning.Sorry you are having trouble sleeping. Glad you got to get out and walk and meet up with your friends though even though it was interrupted. Stay safe my friend.

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Queen of the Klutzes...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

OK, I am clumsy. In a very dramatic way. There was the time I tripped in the SteinMart parking lot, did a double gainer and skinned my knee without ripping my pants or the brace I was wearing on my knee. My 3 BFFs stood there laughing while I was laying in the traffic lane. The gentleman who saw it happen got up and walked away. My friends did ask if I was ok once they stopped laughing. I guess it was pretty spectacular...

Then there was the day I was here in my home office and I heard my cellphone ring in the kitchen. My cleaning lady was here and had just washed the floor. I took a home run slide and tore my ACL that time. Not so good. I am really careful when those tile floors are wet.

When my first husband and I had our first home it was not quite up to code... the stairs were very narrow and steep. I cannot tell you how many times I fell down those darn stairs.. But despite that, all I really did was tear my meniscus a few times... and it mostly healed, didn't need surgery till I was 50..

So I do have this history.... But last night as I was getting ready to go to bed, I tripped over the rug in front of my sink, and did a face plant on the tile floor. I really thought my nose was broken, but it is just sore and swollen. I have a big goose egg on my forehead (thank goodness for bangs!) and my knees are bruised. I may end up with black eyes... Now it's funny, last night, not so much... But didn't feel quite up to the gym today, or even a walk this morning. Will be walking tonight when it cools down some.

Honestly, I do have pretty good balance - I do balance exercises and the yoga 'tree" pose. But sometimes.... I really am just a klutz!

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B-NANA 6/16/2014 5:06PM

    OUCH! I'm kinda klutzy but not in a damaging way. I may occasionally walk into walls, and drop things but I'm getting better reflexes I guess because I can catch things before they hit the floor. Can't wear any type of shoes with high heels, I fall right over. My DH wants to get tile floors, but I'm leery of them because they're so slippery. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/6/2014 10:52PM

  Hi Patti...........
No wonder we have the same name and are friends.............I share your title. I have fallen so many times over the years and have also torn my meniscus and both rotator cuffs, broke a toe, and had multiple bruises. You are NOT alone.........

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JAXMOMMY 5/29/2014 7:39PM

    If you are the Queen of Klutzes then I must be first runner up!! I've had some crazy accidents like stepping into a gasline; having a tanning bed fall on my head; bending down and knocking my head on a bed post.... I can't even use the blind excuse because other blind people are not as bruised and scratched as I am on a daily basis! I fel the other day and really hurt my knee! Not even sure how that one happened! Probably a good thing we don't live close to each other or we would end up hurting ourselves and each other! Hoping you heal soon!

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MTNGRL 5/28/2014 5:41PM

    Ouch! I am pretty klutzy too. Someone even asked once if I was being beaten by someone I just fell and wonked my eye and forehead. I was walking the dog and tripped on the crack on the sidewalk. Poor dog, just stood there waiting for me to get up. She was pretty mad that the walk ended so soon..I fell right in front of the house. I didn't have bangs at the time. Hope you are on the mend soon!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 5/28/2014 4:07PM

    emoticon emoticon feel better soon!

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GERIKRAGH 5/28/2014 4:00PM

    I have horrid. I trip over my shadow! I could outdo you on trip stories.

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NHES220 5/28/2014 3:46PM

    I hear you on the clumsy thing! Glad you are OK and did not break your nose. Whenever I would fall, the first thing my sister would ask, "did anyone see you?" - nice, huh. One time I was walking around and trying to separate two frozen pieces of garlic bread, ended up with 7 stitches in my finger that time! We would be dangerous together!

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KALISWALKER 5/28/2014 2:01PM

    I hope you feel better now. I have my trips and falls too just being in too much of a hurry. I think your friends should have helped you up before they laughed.

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Healthy or Not? Avocados...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I have to admit, I am not a fruit and veggie eater. Oh, I have a 1/2 cup of orange juice every morning, and always have at least one veggie serving (usually 2) for dinner, but 5 a day? Or 7? Not so much. Still, I have been working on this. At least one week during each 5% challenge is a "Freggie week" where your team gets credit for what you eat. I really try hard to get my full quota during those weeks. But I realize I have to do better. Last week I bought an avocado at the farmer's market, and made a guacamole. It was so good, I bought two more on Saturday. We had one last night - with my chicken burritos, and one for lunch today in a huge salad. I know that they are really good for me, but I just tracked and discovered how high in calories they are. Yes, good calories, I know. But my lunch is now a high calorie lunch instead of a low calorie lunch.

I know that avocado is good for me - but now I am second guessing my plan to pick up some more this week. There are only two of us, and I really don't want to watch the scale rising because I am eating something healthy! Anyone have any ideas? Can you save avocado for a day or two once you cut it? I'm kind of new to buying them, although I do love them. What do you think?

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JAXMOMMY 5/29/2014 7:44PM

    Losing weight is not all about calories! Avacadoes are healthy and if you like them, eat them! Cut down on calories in other areas, but eat what you enjoy as long as it is healthy and avacadoes are! Sorry, not good about how to store any food properly! But, I agree with buying smaller ones.

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MTNGRL 5/28/2014 5:46PM

    Here is a novel idea for your avocado..try using it in place of mayo when you make tuna salad. I just mash up one and mix with some celery and tuna, very tasty. I agree if you wrap tightly and maybe rub with a little lemon juice and keep seed in place, that it will keep to second day.
Try rooting that seed for a lovely free house plant too!

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MOONPIE95 5/27/2014 7:00PM

    I usually just cut up what I will need, then wrap the remaining part in plastic wrap. It will keep for a couple of days.


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PATRICIAANN46 5/27/2014 5:17PM

  Hi Patti........
I, too, love Avocados. I think that if you limit them to a couple/week and watch the rest of your fat allowance, you should be fine. They are such a good source of healthy fat, that I refuse to give them up just because of the calorie count. I would rather cut the calories in other places.

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BUBBALOOGA123 5/27/2014 4:18PM

    I love avocado, too! I googled it and this is what someone reported for keeping them fresh once you cut it:

I've found the best way to keep a cut avocado green is to place it in a clean cottage cheese or similarly sized airtight container with a piece of cut up onion. Cover it with a lid and refrigerate. I've had a cut avocado stay fresh for several days this way. I don't know why this is, but I suspect that it has to do with the sulfur compounds that the onion releases. This is the same sulfur that makes you cry when you chop onions, but it is also used as a preservative. The onion's smell and taste don't seem to transfer to the avocado, as far as I can tell. But I'm not overly sensitive to onions, so you may want to check this out first if you are.

Also, I ran into these recipes and although I haven't tried them (I am horrible at eating my freggies!) they looked pretty good! Here's the link:

I'm thinking of getting my five servings for my next 100 day challenge once I'm done with this round.

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CAROL494 5/27/2014 1:28PM

  I always buy the smallest avocado available at Aldi. If you limit your fat to olive oil and avocado in reasonable amounts, you should be okay.

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Memorial Day 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Today I honor all those who lost their lives in the service of our country, as well as those who lost their youth, their innocence, and are carrying the physical and mental scars of their service. Last night I watched the PBS Memorial Day show, which always moves me to tears. I got an added bonus though, because my nephew's fiancÚ is one of the Navy Sea Chanters, and I got a glimpse of her on-stage.

My father, my grandfather, my uncles, my cousins - most have served. One uncle served in WW2, Korea and Vietnam as a Navy Medic attached to the Marines. One cousin was a seal in Team 6. I have relatives that served in the army, the air force, and the marines. My DH served in the air force, but fortunately he was not sent to Viet Nam.

Yes, this afternoon I will get into my pool, and we will grill something for dinner tonight. But though it all, remember those we honor today.

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PATRICIAANN46 5/27/2014 5:24PM

  So VERY emoticon My grandfather was in World War I, My Uncle was a Marine in World War II, My Dad was in the Navy in World War II and was then called back to serve in Korea. My brother-in-law was a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam and my nephew served two tours in Iraq. Memorial Day always meant honoring our Veterans no matter where or when they served and also honoring their families. There was an excellent show on PBS Monday night called Hallowed Ground and it featured the cemetaries in the various European countries where our service men and women died and where their families chose to have them buried. The cemetaries were so beautiful and so well maintained. They serve as a constant reminder to the citizens of these countries of how much America gave so that they could be free. emoticon

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CORKYTHEMOM1 5/26/2014 11:15AM

    emoticon Patti for honoring the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom! God Bless our fallen heroes and the soldiers who continue to protect and serve our country at home and abroad so that we can live in peace and to keep us safe!

~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Take a Hike!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I have started doing a lot more walking in the last couple of months. I was diagnosed with beginning stages of heart disease, and the doctor said 30 minutes or more, 5 times a week. I have been sick twice, and not up to walking, but otherwise I have really taken this to heart.. no pun intended!

My Dad had a mild heart attack at age 46. He was always active, but from then on he walked every night. He would say 'I'm going for a hike", even though it was really a walk around the neighborhood! When I went to Yosemite, I bought myself a t-shirt that says "Take a Hike", and I wear it sometimes for my walks.

I am actually enjoying the walks. What I don't enjoy is getting up early every morning to either walk or go to the gym. Today I slept in. That only means I will have to do it later, preferably when it cools off this evening. I do not take my music when I walk. I have dogs to say hello to, birds to watch, bugs to observe and flowers to sniff! Sometimes I meet up with other walkers and we say hello and give each other that smile - you know the one that says we are taking care of ourselves because WE ARE WORTH IT!!!

Are you worth it? Put on those sneaks and just do it!

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AALLEY2 5/25/2014 8:01PM

    emoticon Keep on truckin! When I can't do anything else, I try to walk. Hike on! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 5/25/2014 1:13AM

    It's members like you who make the challenge teams so wonderful. All the best in the summer challenge.


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KELLIEBEAN 5/24/2014 9:29PM

    Good for you and how wonderful that you are in tune with your neighborhood as you walk.

I just got back from a nine-day motorcycle vacation. Every evening after checking into a hotel for the night, we got some walking done.

You are very inspirational. Keep going!

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JAXMOMMY 5/24/2014 9:05PM

    Awesome Patti!! Glad you are taking care of that wonderful heart of yours! I try to take a hike every single day! Enjoy!!

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