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New Motivator, Woohoo!

Monday, February 15, 2010

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I found a new motivator!

Now, I have to admit that I am not the best housekeeper. I fall somewhere between my brother, whose house is in such a state that you have to walk through aisles of his collections to pass from one room to the next, and my sister's, the neatnik in the family. Fortunately, I am not much of a collector of things, with the exception of musical instruments, which in my opinion, add beauty to any setting. However, I approach housework in a disorganized, Gemini, ADD sort of way and avoid it until I can't stand the chunks.

So, just imagine my thrill when I found "Heavy Housework" listed in the cardio tracker! That is more of an incentive to haul out the vacuum cleaner, mops, and scrubbing pads than being disgruntled with the build-up of life's little messes.

The other thrilling bonus find was "Playing Musical Instrument." Oh my gosh! I could have been entering all of the 2 hour music sessions I have been having communing with my new best friend, my flamenco guitar. My very favorite cardio workout!

So this afternoon, I am enjoying sitting in a spotless house, watching the birds at the feeders, while the outside becomes more muted and lovely with this new blanket of snow. Now, this is contentment!


  
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CATHYGETSFIT 2/18/2010 12:45AM

    Wow, who knew! Interesting! emoticon

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STARLASUE 2/15/2010 5:01PM

    I have used it several times but sometimes I forget to flag it. I should make it a favorite so I see it more easily. Glad you found a motivator.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/15/2010 4:59PM

    Who knew we could earn Spark Points for cleaning our house.
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MYTIME2SPARK 2/15/2010 4:11PM

    Wow! What a pretty room! I'm watching the snow fall (again) too, but my room isn't nearly that neat! LOL!

I like looking at housework as a workout--it is!
Thanks for the motivation!
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STELLARCHIK6 2/15/2010 3:55PM

    I do enjoy cleaning, it helps me clear my head. I kind of have to clean because my fiancé is such a messy man. He tends to just leave things wherever he sees fit. I will admit that this drives me crazy but, he works all day and I stay home so I don't mind picking up after him. It is nice to sit back and look around at what you've accomplished after you've finished cleaning, which, I think is my favorite part.

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PUDLECRAZY 2/15/2010 3:36PM

    Points, points! Bring on the points!



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WESTCOASTGIRL2 2/15/2010 3:22PM

    HMMMM, I might just have to get movin' in mine! It certainly could use it!

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MARY1313 2/15/2010 2:54PM

    Beautiful!!!! I'm going to go look for the musical instrument exercise because I've been missing it too! LOL

Mary

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CDGOLDILOCKS 2/15/2010 2:25PM

    Yep, housecleaning is much more motivating when you know it is a cardio workout. emoticon

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LOL!

Sunday, February 14, 2010



This ice 'sculpture' occurred naturally outside of my friend's house. It's actually pretty cool - it is hollow inside, and filling with water that is dripping from the eves. I think it is called an ice-straw.

  
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SILVERWITCH59 2/15/2010 8:20PM

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MARY1313 2/15/2010 12:19AM

    Goodness! I've never seen anything like this before. It is wayyyy too cold where you guys live!

Mary

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STARLASUE 2/14/2010 6:52PM

    OOPS computer burped and put this twice. Must be b/c I was giggling. LOL

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RASTUS55 2/14/2010 6:24PM

    Mother Nature does the coolest things!! Thanks for sharing!

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MARYMAC45 2/14/2010 5:30PM

    A large icicle, cool! I have lots here too.Good luck on your journey.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 2/14/2010 5:29PM

    that is wierd

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Go Pink for Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 14, 2010



www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToG
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The Breast Cancer Site has a button to click to provide free mammograms to women who cannot afford the cost of routine mammograms. It costs nothing to us, but advertising helps contribute to the free mammograms.

emoticonThis Valentine's Day, you can click to give the gift of free mammograms to women who otherwise might go with undetected breast cancer, until treatment options are limited or even ineffectual. You can sign up for daily click reminders, with a link to the page to click for free mammograms.

My mother had bilateral breast cancer, and several of my friends are breast cancer survivors. They have been fortunate enough to have insurance that covered mammograms, as well as surgery and follow-up chemo. Not everyone has that opportunity, so I have been clicking daily for a few years.

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MARYMAC45 2/14/2010 5:38PM

    Great that you support this cause. I am a cancer survivor & recommend that every women have a mammogram yearly. Those who don't have insurance should check to see where free mammograms are available. Every life is sacred. emoticon

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RASTUS55 2/14/2010 12:35PM

    God bless you on this cause!! Happy Valentines day to a very special lady! emoticon

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TJOBES 2/14/2010 9:40AM

    I'm going PINK! Love that you support this cause. It is close to my heart as well. emoticon

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Xīn Nián Kuŕi Lč! 新年快乐!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Xīn Nián Kuŕi Lč! 新年快乐!




My niece and her friends dressed for traditional dance at their New Year Party. They got to have theirs in Alaska, but I had to cancel mine due to snow. Hmmmmm.......

Happy Valentine's Day and an auspicious New Year to all.

  
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MARY1313 2/15/2010 12:22AM

    Awwww great outfits! they look beautiful!

Mary

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STARLASUE 2/14/2010 4:34PM

    Happy V day and may you also have an auspicious new year. Don't party too hard! LOL

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SILVERWITCH59 2/14/2010 7:54AM

    I miss going out to celebrate. emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/14/2010 7:32AM

    They are so cute! Happy Valentine's day and a fortunate New Year to you as well! emoticon emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 2/14/2010 3:15AM

    What adorable girls! I hope everyone has a very prosperous new year! emoticon emoticon

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Tiger Strength, Tiger Beauty

Friday, February 12, 2010

Saturday will bring in the Lunar New Year. This year will be the Year of the Tiger(老虎).



“Tiger symbolizes such character traits as bravery, competitiveness and unpredictability. Tigers love to be challenged and will accept any challenge if it means protecting a loved one or protecting their honor. They don’t worry about the outcome because they know they’ll always land on their feet. Don’t let their calm appearance fool you though; Tigers will pounce when they feel it’s necessary.
 
Born to lead, Tigers can be stubborn if they realize they’re not in charge. They have a slight tendency to be selfish but overall, Tigers are extremely generous. They’re very intelligent and they’re always on alert. Tigers are very charming and are well-liked by others. They are not motivated by money or power.

Health
As they do their enemies, Tigers have a tendency to pounce on their work. Afterwards, they’re left feeling exhausted. Although they’ll soon bounce right back, over time this approach can cause problems with their health. Tigers need to develop a more balanced approach to life so they can utilize their energy more efficiently.

Career
Tigers have a continual need to be challenged which may explain why they jump from job to job. This isn’t necessarily a problem because they’re smart and able to quickly master new subjects. The best jobs for Tigers are those that will lead them towards positions of leadership. Some suitable careers for Tigers include: advertising agent, office manager, travel agent, actor, writer, artist, pilot, flight attendant, musician, comedian and chauffeur.

Relationships
Creative in their passion, Tigers will never bore their partners. They’re expressive, polite and trustworthy, but watch out. Tigers tend to dominate their relationships. This tendency is instinctive and when monitored closely, such behavior can be kept under control. Partners need to be equally active to keep up with the Tiger’s sense of adventure.”



Did you know that each zodiac has an element associated with it? They are: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. Therefore, each element cycles around once very 60 years.

I was born into this world in the year of the Metal Tiger(老金) 1950. Unless I find the secret to immortality (green smoothies emoticon??), I will not live to see another year of the Metal Tiger so this is truly my year to capitalize on my tiger strengths. My life has not been without challenges, twists, turns, and bumps in the road. Some of the challenges I have faced have been presented to me by the world, some have been from my own poor choices. The past five years of my life have been very difficult both emotionally and physically. I have been the care-taker, willingly and happily, to my ailing parents, to my grieving daughter, to my students after the death of a classmate. But sometimes the grief and emotional setbacks have seemed almost too difficult to bear, and it has taken its toll on me in many ways.

This year I turn the focus back on me and have set my sights on regaining my health and stamina. I love holding the image of a tiger in my healing mind; strong with muscles rippling, moving confidently through the world, basking in the sun, extending compassion and generosity to my greater family.



“The Metal element gives the Tiger its sharpness in action and speed of thought. Tigers born in the Metal year like to stand out in a crowd. With an inspiring assertiveness and competitive demeanor, they determine their goals and then do anything necessary to achieve them. The Tiger can be known to jump to conclusions or to act too quickly without weighing the options or understanding the consequences. This is a flaw Tigers must learn to curb.”

This year, with your support, I will do anything necessary to achieve my goals for rebuilding my strength and stamina. And I'll try not to jump to conclusions and act before weighing the consequences emoticon

Happy new year to all, and may my fellow tigers shine brightly this year.

  
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SILVERWITCH59 2/14/2010 7:56AM

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MEOWMAMA3 2/13/2010 6:36PM

    Meowmama likes this! Big kitties are cool, too! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/13/2010 1:32PM

    Love this blog...I knew I was a tiger but didn't know about the elements..so I'm a metal tiger too...THIS WILL DEFINITELY BE OUR YEAR!!!!...Grrrrrrrrrrrr emoticon emoticon emoticon
I few years back I actually got to hold a young one..such ubelieveable beauty I just sat and cried..overwhelming..Enjoy your day!!

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RASTUS55 2/13/2010 1:17PM

    I was born in 1954....would mine been the same as yours? Interesting blog!!
Ruth

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LV4TAY 2/12/2010 11:58PM

    What an excellent blog! I didn't know there were elements associated with the years as well as animals. I'll have to look mine up. OOOh, I'm a water dragon, the 1952 model. The most eccentric sign in the zodiac.

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RUSTYSHAW1 2/12/2010 10:27PM

    Wonderful description of the magnificent, strong, intelligent, powerful tiger. It is a good idea to strive towards that image.

I hope this year is for YOU!

I can tell you another "true" story about a tiger being held in captivity in a zoo. Years ago (my daughters were small), we (their father, my ex, and I) took them to the zoo. I am sad to say their father seemed to have a need to 'tease' the animals by staring at them. Well, the chimp he teased threw feces at him; and the tiger....turned around and urinated on the glass that separated him and the tiger. If the glass had not been there....The tiger (and chimp) in seconds determined this human deserved to be treated in the most disgusting manner as possible.

I shall never forget the chimp....OR the tiger. emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 2/12/2010 9:50AM

    This is beautiful! May you be as strong and as healthy as the tiger in your blog! I think I'm a rat, but maybe I'd rather be a tiger! Can you share where you found this? I'd love to look up mine.

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CRYSTALLULLABY 2/12/2010 8:58AM

  What a beautiful image "strong with muscles rippling, moving confidently through the world, basking in the sun, extending compassion and generosity to my greater family."

I hope this year gives you all the time and energy you need to stay focused on you and your goals!



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