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China - Entry One

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Our trip to China was very intense, interesting, exciting, revealing... we visited places I have always wanted to go and places I wish I didn't have to be dragged to (tourist shops). The pluses definitely outweighed the negatives; I am glad I went, and glad to be back home.

I wanted to journal while I was there, but there was so much to do that I really didn't have time to. I would like to start a blog page and detail the trip, but have been too tired and disoriented with extreme jet lag, that I haven't had the energy to start one. I hope that I feel up to it tomorrow before detailed memories start to fade. If I get one started, I'll post a link.

Our days were so packed that I'll need several SP blogs to give some highlights to the trip.

This heritage tour was sponsored by the Chinese government and for children adopted from China.

Our official tour began with a visit to the child welfare department and in particular, the matching room. This is where children are matched to their waiting families.

This sign was made up of a collage of children who have been adopted.

This was the largest heritage tour they have sponsored and a media event. We were followed by the media everywhere in Beijing. Below are some links to some of the news coverage. We weren't featured, but if you look closely you will see my sister, niece, and I included in the coverage. Our friends are featured on the front page of the China Daily and we are standing right behind them.




While in Beijing, we also went to the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall.

We climbed to the second tower on the Great Wall. At this gate, the climb is very steep.

Can you see the second tower way up there?

We definitely got our exercise on most days. What none of these pictures can show is how dang HOT and humid it was! I am glad I did my step training in the heat before I left!

TMI.... sign off now if you don't want to know.

The first squatty potty of our trip was in the welfare offices. We encountered many, some very clean, some not so much.

I am very glad that I have kept up my yoga for both flexibility and balance. It was hard for quite a few people, but I found that in China I preferred them to 'western' toilets in public areas because they stayed cleaner. The hotels all had western toilets in the rooms and lobbies. We only had the squatties when we were out and about... which was just about always.

I'll try to post the next part of the journey tomorrow.

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    My husband spent time is Southeast Asia and had told me about the squatty potty. It's nice to see what a (clean) potty looks like!

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MCGS62 8/3/2012 1:00PM

    love the interior archetecture and decoration of those buildings.
squatty potty----- there is no way you can tell me you wont go camping now !!!

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GIANTPANDA 7/22/2012 4:42PM

    Great photos! Thank you for sharing your journey!

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KOMAL53 7/21/2012 10:35PM

    Beautiful Pictures----simply a visual treat!!!Also a great view of the Wall!!!The Squatty Potty is a common thing in India too---easier to keep clean!!!At present my 17 year old grand daughter is learning to deal with it---specially in the interiors of India where most of the Temples are.There is one more thing she's learning---to wash her butt after the big job instead of using Toilet Paper----for that is the way we Indians are used to cleaning ourselves!!It is also customary to wash both hands and feet clean with Soap and Water once one has finished!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 7/21/2012 4:32PM

    Thank you!

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DOR2BFIT 7/21/2012 2:31PM

    I never thought to take a picture of the toilets I encountered in Kenya, but the hole in the floor thing was definitely not for me! emoticon

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IDLETYME 7/21/2012 8:50AM

    What a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing it with those of us who will probably never get there. My daughter went and really enjoyed it. emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/21/2012 7:01AM

    What a moving occasion! It made it so much more special...
I cannot believe how steep the Great Wall was were you were! Thank you for a very interesting blog!

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JLITT62 7/20/2012 5:00AM

    Welcome back! Thanks for sharing - looking forward to the next installment!

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    Saw you in the video, I think.
I am curious as to how the children felt going back "home" as they were welcomed on the banner. It's great that they can see their cultural heritage. I assume most were infants or toddlers when adopted.
The politics/policies of the whole "one child" business creeps me out.

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/20/2012 1:53AM

    Squat potties...wow, happy that you photographed a clean one ;-) yesterday in the woods I needed to pee and realised that I am not that good at squatting anymore, need to practise!

Wonderful pictures, I enjoyed to read and am looking forward to your next report!

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DRB13_1 7/19/2012 11:53PM

    Brings back memories (although I don't have an adopted child)
Looking forward to more installments.
Good luck with the jet lag. I used melatonin at 6pm and set the alarm for morning wake up time to get out into the sunshine - that helps the most to get the body clock reset.

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ROCKMAN6797 7/19/2012 10:36PM

    What great pictures of the Great Wall! It looks so magnificent!
I love the bathroom facility picture!
Imagine getting a workout while taking care of business!

Can't wait to read more about your trip!

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LMB-ESQ 7/19/2012 10:23PM

    Wow! What an adventure! The trip of a lifetime, for sure.... so glad you enjoyed, and glad to see you arrived home safely. Looking forward to reading more!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/19/2012 8:53PM

    What awesome and beautiful sites you saw!! But I really don't think I'd like the "squatty potty" too much! hehe Glad to have you home safe & sound! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 7/19/2012 8:47PM

    Very interesting pictures! Don't know as though I like the "facilities", lol.

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2012 8:37PM

    This must have been particularly wonderful for your niece to get a sense of her cultural heritage. . . so cool that you went with your sister!

There are "squatty potties" in so many countries and yup, balance is key!! emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 7/19/2012 8:19PM

    Oh my, squat potties.....

Looks like you had a fabulous time! Welcome back!


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LITTLEMERED 7/19/2012 8:01PM

    Amazing pics!!! So jealous!!!

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Taking Off

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Well, this is it! After preparing for what seems like forever, tomorrow I take off on my second adventure in China with my sister and niece. I hate flying, but am trying to put that aside. Really, my overriding emotion is that of excitement.

I'll try to post pictures, but don't know how much of that I will be able to do from China. I know Facebook is blocked; not certain about other sites.

I have been conditioning myself by walking every day heat or no heat, as it will be hot. We will be walking a lot (I hope) and will do a bit of bike riding on the old part of The Great Wall.

Mike and Stella will be holding fort while we're gone. Sad to leave them behind, though. emoticon

This is a photo I took 11 years ago from the Great Wall. It is really very beautiful.

If I can't post from China, I'll 'see' you late July.

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GETTO140 7/10/2012 12:17PM

    Ah.! I see what you are doing this summer. Enjoy!

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    Know you are having a great time, stay safe and return to us energetically relaxed.

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TRULYVISIBLE 7/8/2012 9:32AM

  Missed this blog on my friend feed. Sounds like a wonderful trip, I bet your stories will inspire your students to see the world as well. That will only make our world more connected on a personal level which has to be a good thing.

Since you are out of town and not checking friend feeds I wanted to let you know I posted a blog that I am taking down my page tomorrow. I will be traveling myself (hiking in different countries) and will not be checking e-mails that often so I didn't want to be a Sparker that has a page up but no one is home if you know what I mean.

I so enjoyed having you as a Sparkfriend. I think you are an amazing and very special person. I may come back in a year of so and hope to then catch up with you. Be Well

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JLITT62 6/30/2012 7:55PM

    Wow! Sorry I missed you - I just know you'll have an awesome trip.

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ROCKMAN6797 6/30/2012 4:23PM

Have a great trip and looking forward to your pictures!
Be safe.

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/30/2012 1:07AM

    Ah, have a wonderful trip!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2012 3:43PM

    Oh shucks, I was late reading this, so you'll get it when you return, I suppose, but I hope you will, are having, had a great trip!!! emoticon

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KOMAL53 6/29/2012 5:33AM

    I'm glad to know that your foot is better---specially since you're considering walking on it!!!China and The Great Wall always have been one of my "Dream" Destinations since early childhood thanks to Kublai Khan!!!It was fuelled further after reading Lin Yutang and the Pearl S. Buck books,So My friend---can wait till you get back for the Pictures---for I'm sure there will be plenty--considering the picturesque beauty of China!!!So have a safe and wonderful trip--just take care of your foot.Till you log in again--Au Revoir!!!Take Care and God Bless!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 6/28/2012 8:57PM

    Have a wonderful, safe trip! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/28/2012 5:22PM

    Be safe the gang will be glad to see you upon your return!

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DOR2BFIT 6/28/2012 2:32PM

    Oh Wow! Have a great time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/28/2012 1:46PM

    I have a Sparkfriend in China, so I think you should be fine for posting on SP. Anyway, have a FANTASTIC trip!!!

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MARY1313 6/28/2012 1:39PM

    Clappy Hands! I'm so excited for you!


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0309COOKIE 6/28/2012 12:28PM

    I hope you have a wonderful time! I'll pray for a safe journey for you.

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GUITARWOMAN 6/28/2012 11:54AM

    Have a blast!


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/28/2012 11:51AM

    Sounds wonderful!! Have fun!!

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Hiking Ohio

Friday, June 22, 2012

It has been a long time since I have tracked, or blogged, or really even checked in.

I have been very busy since school got out getting ready for an upcoming trip. It has also been an opportunity to get basic things done that are hard to do during the school year; get my annual eye exam, see the podiatrist, get my teeth cleaned, you know - the basic maintenance.

Life has been busy but good. It has been very hot and humid, but I have been keeping up my walking regimen on most days, doing most of my walking in the cooler part of the day both morning and evening.

So far this week I have walked 130,943 steps or 66.14 miles and climbed the equivalent of 156 floors.

This is a beautiful time of the year here in Ohio and I have been really enjoying my hikes in spite of the heat. I thought you might enjoy a bit of the scenery. These are pictures I took on this evening's walk.

And so my life has been; staying busy, enjoying pastoral beauty, and spending less computer time. All is well and I hope all is well with you too.

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GUITARWOMAN 6/28/2012 9:12AM

    Lovely pics, Chris!

You certainly do deserve a vacation and it sounds like you are doing so!


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MEDDYPEDDY 6/28/2012 2:22AM

    Inspiring - you are really a role model to me!

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DDOORN 6/27/2012 9:10AM

    Wow! You are really stoking up the miles!

Great pics as always...thx for sharing!


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MARY1313 6/26/2012 7:41AM

    These pictures are beautiful! thanks for sharing!


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    It looks pretty. I hope you have many more miles on those feet!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/24/2012 4:03PM

    These pictures make me miss the big skies of Canterbury, my home province. Good to see you having a happy summer, and taking care of yourself. Happy holiday!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/24/2012 1:46PM

    Glad to hear you are well!! Missed hearing from you!
Lovely pictures of your corner of the world! Be well and try to blog often before your trip! Hugs to Stella and the rest of the menagerie!

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IUHRYTR 6/24/2012 5:57AM

    I can only imagine how relaxing hiking that area must be. Simply looking at your pictures gives me peace. Enjoy your time away. emoticon -- Lou

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ROCKMAN6797 6/23/2012 8:36PM

    Beautiful pictures Chris!
It is good to read that you are enjoying your summer vacation!

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LADYJAJA 6/23/2012 12:02PM

  I can relate to days getting by without checking in to track since the onset of spring/summer. At least we're getting our exercise enjoying outdoor activities (as opposed to cabin fever winter). Your daily walks must be pure "joy of me time" where you are (loved your photos!). Hope you have a fun, relaxing vacation....enjoy your summer! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 6/23/2012 7:16AM

    Gorgeous pics.... Ohio really is beautiful, isn't it? Have you ever hiked the Buckeye Trail? That's something I'd like to do someday. It's on my bucket list :-)

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EATVEGAN 6/23/2012 1:46AM

    I lived in Ohio my first 40 years. I do love the feeling of being outdoors in the summer when it wasn't so hot that sweat dripped off my face when I was sitting still. But there is just a feeling there that I haven't felt anywhere else. Thanks for this blast from the past. Enjoy your summer and don't forget us here at SP.
Janet emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 6/22/2012 10:44PM

    Nice pics - very calming! Glad you're doing OK.

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DOR2BFIT 6/22/2012 10:06PM

    Beautiful pictures! I'm doing the same as you this week-so nice to have a break from the drama of school! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A_RUNNER 6/22/2012 9:54PM

    beautiful pictures! Ohio summers really are wonderful, although I could do with a few more hills!

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Thoughts on Turning 62

Monday, June 04, 2012

Some people do not like their birthdays, but I have always liked mine. I have been told that I will not like them so much when I get older, but I am not so certain about that. It has always been a day to celebrate the fact that I get to spend time on this planet enjoying family and friends for however long I am gifted that opportunity.

So 62? Are you kidding me? I can't complain ~ with the exception of my current foot setback, I don't feel too much different from how I felt when I was 40. A little less energy, but still energy to spare. I have been back on track with diet and exercise for the past several years. My blood pressure is great, my cholesterol levels are excellent... the benefits of healthy living really show.

My birthday was also my first day of summer vacation. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and I spent most of it outside, celebrating with dear friends.

And for birthday dinner, a little something light and delicious!

Another joy in my life is my niece who I get to share a special celebration with. 11 years ago, we went to China to bring her home. What a special day it was to finally meet and hold her!

Now she is a lovely 12 year old young lady. I treasure having her in my life and can't wait to get to spend time with her this summer.

Mama and Daughter United

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MEOWMAMA3 7/13/2012 12:56PM

    Hi Chris! I think I managed to somehow miss your birthday....glad to see you are embracing your life's milestones with gusto! You are no way 62, so go check that birth certificate! I know you are in China now and I'm sure you are having an exhilarating visit! See you when you get home!!!!! Safe journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 6/19/2012 2:53PM

    I melted when I saw the picture of your niece as a baby! What an adorable little girl!
It is lovely to read you enjoy celebrating your birthdays and you had such a nice day! This Japanese meal looked very yummy!!!

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AQUAJANE 6/13/2012 8:40AM

    Thanks again for the inspiration emoticon emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/11/2012 10:30AM

    Welcome to 62! It's quite nice here. emoticon
Sushi? Definitely high on my hit parade.

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MAWRTIAN 6/9/2012 12:13AM

    Happy birthday darling!! You are such inspiration all around. I love the look of the birthday dinner too!

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PAPERCLIPSUE 6/8/2012 10:49PM

    Happy Birthday!

I am 62 as well. My son paid me a grand compliment. He met the mother of one of his friends. She is also 62. Sam said he couldn't believe the difference. She seemed so old compared to me. emoticon

I used to look years younger and then I got married and had kids. At 36, I looked 36. hmm

You're right. Energy might not be as high, but life is good and I am grateful. Losing weight helped. Eating better helps. Just 16 more pounds.

Happy Birthday again. Keep on enjoying life.

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PUDLECRAZY 6/8/2012 4:51PM

    Or immature... emoticon

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FABBYMAY 6/8/2012 4:20PM

    I just now saw this post - I am not good about keeping up with SP sometimes, other than to log in my minutes and goals. So, Happy Birthday (again!). Nice post, and I agree with everyone who said you don't look 62. And we know you are young in spirit too! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/7/2012 11:56PM

    I can't believe you are 62. You sure do not look your age and your positive outlook is inspiring. -- Lou

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    Oh, what a great blog to return from my SparkBreak to! Happy birthday! And that photo of your sweet little niece is ADORABLE! So glad you are doing so well! Have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon

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KOMAL53 6/6/2012 12:49PM

    I simply love your Positivity---and that's what reaches out to all your friends!!!The fact that you share your Birthday with your beloved Niece makes it doubly wonderful!!!Have a great time with her during your Vacation---and very wonderful Birthday Month to you!!!Take Care and God Bless!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Happy birthday, friend. Isn't it great to have such joy in living? That's why I count years to say how much joy I have had even among all the sorrow.
I was stunned to see your sister very closely resembles an acquaintance. Tell me she does not live near Philly?

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/5/2012 8:30AM

    Hmm, I thought you were sort of...42 from the pictures I have seen. Very inspiring that you are older than me and having so much fun! emoticon

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MARY1313 6/4/2012 10:21PM

    Wow, you don't look 62! I'm glad you had a good birthday meal and love your birthdays! I guess I'm a little ambiguous about mine. I'm usually alone and I just get phone calls. Anyway, I'll be 57 this year and I look way older than you!


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OLDERDANDRT 6/4/2012 5:59PM

    Happy Birthday, my dear friend! And a very happy Summer vacation and happy times with your niece!!! Some folks are older at 62 and some are not! You are a very young 62!!! And, I know, you wouldn't have it any other way!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 6/4/2012 3:42PM

    Happy Birthday!! That looks like sushi? NOM, NOM! And what a great pic of your niece, gotta love that big smile!

62? You don't look 62! That's just a number anyway.... emoticon emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 6/4/2012 1:15PM

    What a wonderful blog Chris!
Healthly living has certainly been very good to you!
Happy Belated Birthday and enjoy your summer vacation!

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TRULYVISIBLE 6/4/2012 12:18PM

  You're proof that it is the spirit inside you that reflects the image of the outer shell. You're spirit with the joy you find with music, teaching, hiking and the many other things you enjoy, coupled with the beautiful soul of a person you are, makes you look like 45 on the outside and have an ageless spirit on the inside.

Wishing you many more healthy birthdays!


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GUITARWOMAN 6/4/2012 11:29AM

    What a fabulous blog and attitude....

I'm a couple of years ahead of you, will turn 64 next month.....I'll blog it!


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MCGS62 6/4/2012 9:43AM

    Happy birthday!!

glad that you are going to enjoy time with your niece.
ad what prety looking food
did you make that plate?

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DOR2BFIT 6/4/2012 8:31AM

    Happy Birthday! Guess your camping trip was a success? Yeah Summer vacation! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/4/2012 8:20AM

    That seems to be a perfect day! Many happy returns, as we librarians are fond of saying.

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Chicken Sadness and Foot Progress - ie: My Usual Eclectic Blog

Monday, May 28, 2012


Between hawks, raccoons, foxes, and coyotes, we have had one disaster after another with our chickens. Two nights ago, a raccoon got into the chicken tractor before I got there to close up their door and that stinking raccoon killed Myrtle, my sweet black australorp. Nora, the barred rock, is our soul surviving chicken. She spent yesterday walking around mournfully and alone. Not that Myrtle can be replaced, but I need to find Nora some chicken buddies. This will have to be after the school year ends though. With camping coming up, there is absolutely no time for me to follow up on leads of healthy, young adult chickens.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my news feed about being restless while being inactive. I appreciate your ideas and your caring. I really don't get bored; there are so many things I love to do and my mind is always busy. It is a physical restlessness; I miss my walks! I have a friend whose feet have become so deformed from foot and toe issues that she literally has to walk on her ankles - therefore does not walk anymore. So I completely understand needing to take care of my feet rather than keep trying to push myself through the pain right now. Intellectually, I get it. Physically, it's hard to do!

After my chiropractor confirmed my podiatrist's first diagnosis of Morton's neuroma (I hate you, Morton!) in addition to the metatarsal capsulitis, I have gone on line to see what I could do to relieve the neuroma pain and help heal up the neuroma, which unlike the capsulitis, can't be helped with adjustments. I have added ice followed by heat, massage, and taping to my foot regimen, and that seems to be having some effect. It would be very nice if most of the inflammation went away before my three day camping expedition with my students.

I had to log in to my fitbit page to let my fitbit download my walking data. Yeesh - it is hard to see how little I have walked! I am now ranked 15th among my fitbit friends, instead of 2nd. I am usually right behind the unstoppable and inspirational ROCKMAN6797. I am trying hard to let common sense and not my competitive nature determine how much walking I do. I even forgot to wear my fitbit one day, so I guess I am doing a pretty good job of letting go while my foot heals.

As usual for the weekend before the end of the school year camping trip, I have been de-winterizing the camper and getting it cleaned, packed, and ready to be base camp this week. It is just about ready. The final touches will need to be done Tuesday before heading out on Wednesday. I still have a shopping trip to do with a few of my students to get the perishables and those, along with the camping supplies I have stored at the school, will get packed Tuesday evening.

I have two school guitars and two ukuleles packed in the camper for students and me to play. I'll throw my music and a stand in last minute so I can get in some practice time. My guitars stay at home where they will be safe and climate controlled.

Stella wishes she could go. She is following my every footstep as I clean and pack the camper. I know her feelings are going to be hurt, but she's going to have to stay home this trip. Poor girl!

This is what base camp looks like at the park where I take the children camping. They set their tents up in adjoining campsites, and we put the tables from their campsites around the base camp fire pit for meals and other gatherings. (The table in the photo is mine - a very clever collapsible table a friend built out of plywood.)

It is a great park with a lake to swim, fish, and canoe in, playgrounds, and a camp store. I have one school parent, a naturalist, who will bring binoculars and take children birding, and the park naturalist takes groups to do water sampling or night fishing. It is a great way to end the school year!

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CUBBYMAMMA 6/3/2012 12:41PM

    Boy do I understand your chicken woes. I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our 3 girls last year to three different critters, and did a total redo and battened down the hatches. I hope Nora has some new friends soon.

Stella looks like a fun companion and they always know when you're going to leave without them, don't they emoticon

Good luck with your camping trip and staying positive through your injuries!!

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IUHRYTR 5/31/2012 11:47PM

    This sounds like a relaxing and fun getaway, Chris. If I lived closer, I'd love to doggie sit Stella. Hope you have a terrific time and heal quickly. -- Lou

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MCGS62 5/29/2012 9:17AM

    Now I totally understand you screen name Pudle for that pretty doggie and crazy for taking that many kids camping!!
I wish tey made teachers like you when I was in school!!
God luck and Have Fun

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BILLTMAN 5/29/2012 8:54AM

    Hey, I have a brother in law whose name is Morton and I don't like him either! I would tell him so but I'm a big chicken.... I'll not camp on this too long though. How's that for hitting each of your subjects.

By the way, love the knock down picnic table.

I hope you and your kids have a great time camping. Bless you my friend.

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    A sad day, indeed.

I hope your weather is good this trip. I seem to remember a trip with thunderstorms?

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MAWRTIAN 5/29/2012 5:42AM

    I wish I was joining you for the camping trip, wow has this school year flown. Sad to hear about myrtle, raccoons are the worse. I'm pretty sure we don't have them here in hawaii but growing up in maryland they would break into the garbage and eat our garden!! Take care dear! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2012 9:16PM

    Chicken sorrows indeed . . . best wishes for a super camping trip AND full foot recovery!

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DOR2BFIT 5/28/2012 4:58PM

    Oh dear RIP Myrtle! emoticon
I so covet your camper! Hope you have a wonderful trip with your kids! emoticon

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MARY1313 5/28/2012 4:04PM

    P.S. I read up on these two foot problems and was surprised by what I found. My Brother had the callous in the middle of the foot at the top, not far from the base of the second toe. We thought it was a plantar wart. Nope. It does say that if you can change where your heel, mid step and then toe push off occurs, it can be helped immensely. I kept reading different sites and they recommended just the things that you spoke about doing, and also arch supports and other orthotics that would relieve the pressure. It appears that the problem is really caused by the way our shoes are made (sneakers) the toe bed points up, causing you to land on the ball of the foot in a way that repetitively, causes the nerve to become inflamed. Wow.

I say wow because this is a reverse high heel! you are wearing a "flat" shoe that forces your toes up and you land on the ball of your foot, just like when you are wearing high heels. so you might as well be walking around every day in heels. I'm going to watch what I wear!!

This is the site I was reading: http://www.sportspodiatry.co.uk/foo

on the capsulitis. And the other condition also spoke about arch support. It forces the toes down a bit and makes you land on a different place so that the other place can heal.

Good luck Teacher!


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MARY1313 5/28/2012 3:50PM

    Oh no! Poor Myrtle. Yes a lone chicken is a lonely chicken. Stella will be so sad not to get to romp with the kids. Well, there will be other things that you will be able to do with Stella after your foot heals!!

Have fun Camping!!!


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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/28/2012 3:07PM

    Pudle it breaks my heart to think of your dear chickens predated like that. Life is so hard for the little creatures of the world. I know when animals in my care have come to grief I feel quite stricken and a little haunted and although you have been busy I am sure you are feeling the loss. She looks like a beautiful bird and I hope you can quickly get a companion for Nora, who must feel lonely and perhaps afraid.

As for your poor foot, trust that healing will come with rest and care.


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GUITARWOMAN 5/28/2012 2:44PM

    So sorry about the chicken, Chris.

Your preparations for camping sound thorough and well planned, I think the children will have a wonderful time.

I think your students are very fortunate.....music, theater, nature, you show them worlds that they may never have seen before, and open up these worlds to them!


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KOMAL53 5/28/2012 1:03PM

    So sorry to hear about Myrtle----and also sorry to hear that Stella's not going with you this time!!!I think that with your foot inflammation you need to be extra careful---but knowing you there will be plenty for you to do----you need to be busy!!!The Camper looks great---and Music sounds lovely---the children will really enjoy their time with you!!!Just be careful with the Foot---and have a good time!!!Take Care and God Bless!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 5/28/2012 12:15PM

    Poor Myrtle... I'm so sorry. I hope Nora isn't too lonely for too long.

Sorry to hear you're going through this with your foot too. Foot pain is the worst! But just look forward to the time when you'll be healed and can get back to your usual high activity level.

How come Stella can't go with you on your camping trip this year? Don't you usually take her?

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TRULYVISIBLE 5/28/2012 12:05PM

  Sorry to hear about Myrtle. I googled your foot condition and I am sorry it causes so much pain. As a follow walker I can relate to how frustrating that could be. I read there are several treatments for the condition and I really hope that one of them will render your foot pain free.

Your students are so so lucky to have you as a teacher. That camping trip sounds marvelous. I hope you bring your guitar and play for them around the camp fire. You can pass on your passion for music and playing an instrument.

Don't forget to pack the marshmallows for the Samores!

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ROCKMAN6797 5/28/2012 12:03PM

    You do sound to be very, very busy! I bet your students are looking forward to this trip! It sounds like an excellent opportunity to unwind from the daily trials of life and just take in nature in all its beauty! Take care Chris, get better, and then come back with vengeance!

BTW, sorry to hear about your chicken...those pesky raccoons are such a pest!


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OLDERDANDRT 5/28/2012 11:43AM

    I hope your feet don't take away from your camping experience as I know how much you enjoy it! Is that why Stella doesn't get to go? She will be as happy as you are to get those feet happily walking again!!!
I am soooooo sorry about your Myrtle!! : ( Just doesn't seem fair. You'll find Nora some buddies. Does Stella do well with the chickens? Maybe she could be company and protector till you have time to find her some friends!
Have a great camp out with the kids, having fun and staying safe and healthy!! Hug Stella for me!! Will pray for your healing quick fast!!!! emoticon emoticon

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