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Nothing Like Yardwork in 100 degree Heat!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

emoticon Some people like to escape on a tropical vacation when the thermometer creeps up into the triple digits! emoticon emoticon
and that's probably a good idea -- but for me it isn't possible right now.

So. . . . . what's a good way to work out, and save money at the same time? Why DO YOUR OWN YARDWORK OF COURSE! The home I used to live in before I got married is still empty, and that requires trips over there for yardwork. We've finally got it emptied out and ready to rent, but today I headed over to get it in shape for showing again. Trimming the front shrubs, blowing the gravel, and maybe cutting the lawn.

emoticon Wonder why there is no icon for doing yardwork? No mower, no hedge trimmer, oh well -- I got those things together, and arrived at my other home just minutes after 6:00 a.m. Decided to trim the hedges first. Boy, and they needed it too. Already I could feel moisture at the base of my hairline, I wonder why I sweat there? And usually that's the only place! But time for a nice glass of ice water. That will be my 3rd for the day!

One side of the front yard done -- OK it was the smallest side -- time for more ice water (#4) and I'm accumulating all these steps on my pedometer too! Yard is looking much nicer already! Time for glass #5 of the water -- and while I'm at it I make an iced coffee too, cause my energy is getting pretty low. By now my entire head is wet!!

I get all the leaves and stuff raked into piles and start to load up the big garbage can. Wow! It is almost full, didn't realize there was so much to cut off. I should mow the lawn in the back but the grass is too wet as the sprinklers were going as I arrived. I get out the blower and soon have all the little missed leaves and twigs next to the gutter. Now . . . . . how to get it all in the garbage can, as I forgot that there is no broom over here any longer. Doesn't do my hands much good, but it's the only "tool" I have handy. I'm sure my neighbors wouldn't appreciate me just leaving it.

Now I have an hour to kill until I leave for an appointment. Although I'm tired there is no furniture in the house, so I can't really sit down or take a nap. So, I grit my teeth and decide it wouldn't hurt to clean the tile on the floor. Although tired, I will admit it looked very nice when it was all finished.

10:30 a.m.: A little over 4 hours of work, and I'm on my way to an appointment. How many calories did I burn? Wish I knew, it feels like a LOT!

  
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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 5/16/2011 7:35PM

    emoticon Take it easy in that heat. Gald you drinking that good cold water! Go healthy you!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/16/2011 10:50AM

    You can bet it was a ton, gf!!! Not to mention the sweating!! Good for you keeping hydrated!!! Well, at least that's a big job done again!!! Good for you!!!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 5/15/2011 1:51PM

    Good for you!! I'm sure it will rent quickly. Enjoy the day now. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 5/15/2011 10:14AM

    Good for you! Now enjoy the sense of accomplishment.
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MARPET44 5/15/2011 7:28AM

    You did really great working in that heat. Smart lady to keep drinking that water. I hoped that all of the hard work pays off for you! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/15/2011 6:48AM

    One busy girl and what great exercise hope the scale says you did good in the morning and your not to stiff - now enjoy the rest of the day off


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Fiber Plus Chewy Bar -- Favorite Snack

Friday, May 13, 2011

emoticon There are snacks....... and then there are snacks! One of my new favorites is Kellogg's Fiber Plus Chewy Bar.

Nutritionally is breaks down like this:
120 calories
4 g fat
0 cholestrol
100 g sodium
19 g carbs
9 g fiber
7 g sugar
2 g protein

For me that's a healthy snack! And I LOOOVVVEEE the taste!

  
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TRISTAROSE 5/14/2011 2:27PM

    Thanks, I will give them a try.

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/14/2011 7:32AM

    I love them too but make me go to the bath room LOL


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4_MY_LIFE 5/14/2011 1:55AM

    I like these too, so do my kids.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/13/2011 6:12PM

    Sounds good! Will have to try that one!!!

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JLPARKHURST 5/13/2011 4:30PM

    I have to say these are one of my fav's too. I also like the Nature Valley Granola Thins too.

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New Doggy Door Installed

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Well I finally got my own door installed so I can go in and out of the house in Yarnell when I please, and I no longer have to wait for my owners to get out of bed, or decide to "put" me out.

At first I was a little confused because I knew this house didn't have one, even though I use them in the house in Glendale. But who would know that suddenly there would be another exit to the great outdoors -- and one that was just my size!

To get me used to it I received quite a number of Bacon Strips -- in fact it was so much fun training my owners to get on one side of the door and then coaxing me through with the treat, that I'll have to admit I played dumb for awhile at learning how to use the door. But can you blame me? I LOOOVVVVVEEEE those Bacon Strips!

I am now a very happy dog!

  
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KAYWEB555 5/12/2011 9:21PM

    I just love sharing doggie thoughts with people, many don't understand that they do talk !

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CATLADY52 5/12/2011 6:09PM

    Dogs are so much smarter than we think they are! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/12/2011 2:06PM

    You sly dog, you!!! Enjoy your new opening to the great outdoors! You can now answer nature's call all by yourself!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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PENNI68 5/12/2011 1:45PM

    Toooo cute!!!!

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SUGARSMOM2 5/12/2011 12:45PM

  all the dogs on the block are jealous of you and the top of the line door that you received .Plus all those treats .. we thought you might share but cant find your home . will keep trying . so get ready for company .
we`re coming to visit .

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/12/2011 8:19AM

    emoticonglad Amber got her own door now - and she loved the treats and the attention
Vicki

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MARPET44 5/12/2011 7:13AM

    Loving that dog!

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STILLFLYIN 5/12/2011 3:44AM

    Such a cute description. I could just see the wheels turning in your doggy's mind.
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LIS193 5/12/2011 12:15AM

    Happy new doggie door!
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JMGLEN62 5/11/2011 11:09PM

    emoticon Gotta love the minds of dogs.

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Count What You've Done -- Not What You Haven't Done!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I was looking through old photo's the other day and saw this one of me when I was 30! My weight was probably around 110 or less, I didn't weigh myself very often back in those days. I looked at myself in the mirror and felt totally disgusted with myself.
But as I studied how I look today I had to be logical, because that's the kind of person I am and I realize you can't look like 30 when you're 72!

Sometimes you have to let go of unattainable goals and be realistic! When my husband died of cancer in 2001 I weighed 162. He didn't mind, and it didn't seem too important to me either. We both ate pretty much what we wanted and had our little "cocktail" parties on a regular basis also.

About 3 years ago I decided it was time for a healthy lifestyle. And although I was overweight, my problems were not as bad as some peoples. I had never gotten the habit of smoking -- a plus! I had not eaten fast food for nearly more years than I can remember -- a plus! I drank maybe one diet soda per week -- a plus! And, while I had started taking medication for high blood pressure, I did not have any illnesses to contend with -- a plus!

I lost a few pounds on my own, and then I discovered SparkPeople -- a BIG PLUS!My starting weight was 157, and reading back in my journal I remembered how I struggled with losing a couple of pounds, then putting them back on. But now I find I'm horrified when my scale tells me I've gotten up to 145! So, although my progress is SLOW, it is still progress, so I'm taking credit for what I have done. The things I have not done are not relavent -- I will reach my goal. Not everyone moves at the same rate and it's important to remember that.

Look on the bright side, and smile and be thankful for finding a site like SP!

  
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KAYWEB555 5/12/2011 9:18PM

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SUGARSMOM2 5/8/2011 10:06AM

  A Picture is worth a thousand words . HOw can i say wow . you are lovely in both pictures . You can not judge yourself . You find yourself not to our own liking . You where hot back then and honey you still have the look . so strute your little butt down the street . YOu are great . emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 5/7/2011 10:28PM

    And sweetie......you sure don't look no 72!!!!! (I know that's improper grammer, but I did that on purpose)! Wow, you just keep on keepin on b/c I know you are going to reach your goal no matter what!!! You are emoticon!!!
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VITCHY-VICKI 5/7/2011 4:24PM

    I think you look great and I would have never thought you was that old you look hot for a 72 year old person
Your doing great keep up the good work
Vicki

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THEWINNER33 5/7/2011 3:54PM

    I love both pictures. You look fantastic. My progress is slow also. But I agree we will arrive in God's own time at our goals.
Hugs, Marcia

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MPENNE 5/7/2011 2:20PM

    Love the pictures. You are just beautiful, inside and out. I think you sound like a very wise person. Thanks for sharing.

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DARKTHOR 5/7/2011 2:18PM

    I think you look fantastic. I love your attitude as well. With the right attitude, you can do anything... and be happy about it at the same time!

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Happy Mother's Day

Monday, May 02, 2011

emoticon emoticon I've heard happy thoughts about plans for Mother's Day, and I've also heard the flip side. No mother -- no grandmother, kids pay no attention any longer, gas too high to go anywhere, no time, no money and of course groans about how you'll eat too much!

I lost my Mom years ago, but I cherish the memories of how I used to drive to her home in California (I lived in Las Vegas) and my sister and I would take her out for brunch somewhere along the coast. As she got older we noticed she wasn't really eating her food as much as pushing it around on her plate, and instead of worrying about putting on extra weight, we saw the weight slipping off her frail body, ounce by ounce. But the memories are bright in my mind even today, just to see the shine in her eyes at being taken to a fancy place and looking out over the spectacular California coastline scenery!

Although I stayed with my Grandmother and although she had a couple of her sons at home who had never married, I do not remember that there was any fuss on Mother's Day. For her it was probably a day just like the rest. She would cook huge, delicious meals, we would all sit down together as a family and enjoy them and then it was my job to clean up afterward. More wonderful memories. I'm sure my granddaughter would throw a temper tantrum if she had all the work to do that I had during high school years, but the funny thing is -- I volunteered my services for most of it. I loved rules and discipline.

I don't hear my daughter talk a lot about Mother's Day either, I think the normal thing is to go to a nice restaurant to eat. Times have changed in many parts of the world, and we must adapt and go on. If I tend to reminisce about some good times of the past I try to balance out the facts of today's world with the one fact that keeps me going. I'm alive and I'm fairly healthy!

  
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KAYWEB555 5/12/2011 9:15PM

    I love to remember Mother's Day past with grand, great grand and mom. Then my little one! This year was very different because there was no one to say Happy Mother's Day except for the secret sender of a Mother's Day Card every year from the Dogs! And it was still here this year. Thanks for the memories Kay & The Pops emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 5/4/2011 5:29PM

  oh happy thoughts of yesterday . could get lost in them . they flash through my mind like lighting on a stormy night . you can not go back but trips back home do come when i think of them . they are at a press of thought . like the button you push to watch tv. I miss them all . mom and mother in law . aunts and cousins ..

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CATLADY52 5/3/2011 5:48PM

    You can't get much better than that! emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/3/2011 5:53AM

    I still have my mom and I always ask her what she wants and she always says nothing don't need anything but I know she loves cut flowers so that is what she is getting again this year -
Happy Mom's Day all
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JDAVIS1975 5/2/2011 11:08PM

  Happy Mother's Day! emoticon

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