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When It's too Hot to Even Think!!.....

Saturday, July 02, 2011

That's about how I feel too, as the temperatures rise! Just turn on the A/C and let the cool breezes blow over me as I have no energy to cook, clean house, can't hardly even type anymore!

So now that I've drank about a gallon of water and various other nice cold drinks, and my appetite has diminished to ground zero, I'm wondering what I'm going to do as far as my daily exercise goes. Feel too drained to put on a workout video, and even turning on music and dancing around the house doesn't turn me on. I put on my tennis shoes and my dog came running in to see if it was "walk time." Ha! Silly girl, but I did decide to go outside as the temp had gone down to 92 and it was cloudy outside and looked cool. I gave all my flowers a drink so they could recuperate as we got our cool night-time temperatures in the mid-60's, and it didn't feel too bad. I hooked on Amber's leash and we decided to brave a little walk. But after going around a half mile we decided it was enough, maybe in another hour it will have cooled off a little more and we'll try it once again!

Stay Cool! Stay Happy! Stay Safe!

  
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STILLFLYIN 7/3/2011 1:14PM

    Too hot and we still have the hottest part of the summer to come. Hang in there and drink lots of iced liquids.

I've been putting ice cubes in my dogs' water dish. They look so cute chasing them around and trying to catch one with their teeth.
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MARPET44 7/3/2011 7:05AM

    Dogs seem to have the right idea. Maybe we should follow their lead. I walk mine in the am-early. When they come in they flop on the floor(Vinyl)to cool off. With the warmer temps I have been doing everything in 10 min. spurts. emoticon

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NORAHNICK 7/3/2011 2:29AM

    Ugh. I know how that doggie feels. It's 11pm and my air conditioner is broken so I'm dying. At least you were able to do a short walk. I did my 30 minutes too. Yay us!

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RETIREMENT - A Whole New Adventure!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Although I've been retired for quite a number of years now, it took me awhile and a couple of tries before I got it down pat. You retire, then you're so bored and can't get used to no paycheck coming in that you decide to go back to work. Then you retire again, or switch to part-time. I guess that just proves to me that I'd have one heck of a time going "cold turkey" on anything. Thank Goodness I've never been a smoker, as it seems the only successful way of quitting is to go cold turkey.

It's amazing the different stories you hear about retirement also. But not so strange when you stop and think about it. There are many people who have not saved and planned ahead for their retirement years and they find all they have for income is their social security each month; and unless you were in a very high-paying position, that income could be very low. Unfortunately, not planning for retirement is not the only hazard to be faced -- I know people who have been very diligent in that area only to have their life savings wiped out due to a misfortune beyond their control. Stocks falling, bad economy, losing ones job before you are in a position to retire, and of course the one we hear of most often -- illness.

Retirement years should be a breeze if you have a comfortable income and can come and go as you please. But not so pleasant if you are in subsidized housing, have to be very careful of your utility usage, and make careful lists of the food you will need. For the unfortunate people in that class an unexpected expense (like a car breaking down) can be the last straw.

But sometimes the least expected things can cause irritation or friction in our retirement years. First of all, how many wives are used to their husbands being around the house 24/7 and suddenly home for lunch. It's like the old saying goes, "I married you for better or for worse, but ....... not for lunch." Any extra person in the house causes a disruption in routine, most of you realize that when you have company for more than 3 or 4 days. The first couple days go by smoothly as you're busy talking and having fun. But suddenly cooking for twice as many people as normal is a chore, and you find yourself trying to accommodate their lifestyle instead of your own. That's never pleasant. So another thing to take into consideration when planning your retirement is figuring out "what am I going to do with all that spare time?" Sleeping? Watching TV? Not a good idea to do too much of either. Sure you can enjoy sleeping a bit later than you used to, but you can fall into a rut with some of the habits you form, so beware!

Friends tell me they are busier now than when they were working. That's great if you can handle it. For me, personally, I don't like to have my day planned out to the minute, crammed with activities from morning til dusk. I like having lots of "me" time to read, work in the yard, take walks, take a nap -- various little things. Most of the things I've listed are single person activities, so it kind of blocks out the other person. And that other person should not feel left out and condemn the person for their desire for free time -- they have the same rights as you. Better by far to have a few hobbies of your own to fall back on.

So whatever your lifestyle, let's hope you are with a person whose desires are compatible with your own, and whatever you each want to do, I hope you have the income to do it.

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/2/2011 8:09AM

    I can't wait to retire and having hubby home for lunch has been that way for ever so to have him home all the time is no big deal.
Enjoy retirement
Vicki

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STILLFLYIN 7/1/2011 8:17AM

    Hubby and I are both serious introverts with multiple hobbies each so we found when we were both laid off / retired that it wasn't hard for us to go about our individual interests. We also have common interests so we get in some together time, too. We've enjoyed our retirement so far.

The only thing I find most irritating is the number of other people that have their own agendas and ideas of things for me to do since I must be a bored retiree. If I wanted to do their things, I would already be doing them. I've gotten really good at saying "NO".
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LIS193 7/1/2011 12:15AM

    We have always had the office in / near the home and lunch is our main meal... Most days I cook lunch, some days we go out...
Enjoy retirement!!

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MARPET44 6/30/2011 7:16PM

    I have learned to cut way back on spending. Retirement for me is having the time to do all the things I wanted to do but couldn't because of work schedules. I enjoy the yard work, my dogs, even housework. I take exerc8ise classes at the Y and go to Farmers Market. Loving it!! emoticon

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MMUSICK85 6/30/2011 5:55PM

    Even with all the challenges, I can't wait for retirement! I have a lot of years to go yet lol

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OLDERDANDRT 6/30/2011 3:03PM

    That last bit's the thing....at least for me. Financially, I should be working 3 full-time jobs, but I choose to let DH work his business while I help raise my baby DGD to free up my DD and DSIL to earn a living! True reitrement may never come for us b/c of the almighty dollar ( or the lack thereof) I know you'll find your retirement "niche" and live happily ever after! emoticon

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Motivator of the Day!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This is my first time to be "Motivator of the Day" and let me tell you, it took me by surprise and made me feel good all at the same time!

I was overwhelmed by the number of comments to my spark page, the goodies I received, as well as comments on photo's. I wish I had the time to answer each and every one of you as it was so sweet of you to take the time to send me congratulations and support -- but I'm sure you all know how those daily tasks of ours patiently wait (sometimes impatiently) while we do our emails and assorted tasks on the computer.

It's one of the things I love most about SparkPeople -- that feeling of friendship that reaches out over the miles as you realize it doesn't matter if you live in Kansas and are 18 years old or are a senior of 72 living in Arizona -- we're all on here for a more healthy lifestyle and to see an improvement in our physical appearance. Some of us are struggling, some have reached their goals, but remain as friends, others are just getting started on their journey. But we all still have that common thread that holds us together and weaves the cloth of friendship -- and that's our belief and desire of being more healthy. Hurray for SP! It brings us together, and our faith and love of one another binds us together!
Have a great day!

  
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KITTYKRS 7/1/2011 10:15PM

  Congratulations on being MOD!! I very much enjoyed your blogs!! Keep up the good work!!


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PSMITH3841 7/1/2011 1:08PM

    Surprised????? Dear friend, you must be the only one that is! Congrats! emoticon

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MMUSICK85 6/30/2011 5:56PM

    Congratulations!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/30/2011 10:46AM

    GOOD for you--that is quite an honor. You are a beautiful lady--keep up the great work!

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/30/2011 7:35AM

    emoticonon the great emoticonaward you deserve it
God's Blessings
Vicki

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/29/2011 10:42PM

    Amen to that !!! congratulations !!

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Nooks & Crannies of Flowers (w/photo's)

Friday, June 24, 2011

This is a little niche in the boulders around my home that is a sheltered spot for my lilies. Although a 'tiger lily' is in bloom, I did not do a close-up of it.
Here is a close-up of a beautiful white lily that is in full bloom!
Another little flower bed made by Mother Nature, just needed a few rocks in the front to hold in the good dirt. I put these 3 plants in, which I can't remember the name of -- tall bluish/purple flowers on top of a long stem. Not in the picture as I planted them later, are small Rosemary which I think will hang down over the rocks.
Another flower planter by Mother Nature, located just to the left of the previous one shown. The purple flowers are salvia, and my DH gathered seeds from wild flowers in our area and planted them alongside, for contrast. Don't have a name right now, but I am including a close-up of the wild flower in the next shot.

This is the flower bed that DH and I worked so hard on last fall, driving for miles to find the rocks, assembling it, and finally getting it filled with dirt. We now have it filled with marigolds, petunias, marigolds, a rose bush, salvia, penta's and penstemon, as well as a couple I don't have names for, and last night added a couple of sea lavender.

That's all I have photo's of. Hope you enjoyed the bit of color in my yard -- perhaps later in the summer as it all fills in we'll take more photo's!
Enjoy your summer -- take time to "smell the roses!"

  
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MMUSICK85 6/30/2011 5:57PM

    So beautiful!!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2011 2:40PM

    Very lovely, sweet flowers!!! Love how Mother Nature helped you arrange some of them!! Just very sweet! Love to see your pics. Your hard work paid off big time, my friend! emoticon

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 6/29/2011 12:44PM

    i love what you have done with the yard

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SKEETER13887 6/29/2011 7:55AM

    Very Nice! I love flowers but have little time for planting. I feel like I am living a split life - two of my kids are married and out of the house with kids of their own; I have a 15 year old still at home and have custody of one of my granddaughters who has special needs. In addition I am still a full time police sergeant. At a time when I should be winding down and considering retirement (and all the nice connotations that go along with it) I am gearing up for band camp, soccer camp, my adjunct teaching assignment and supporting my husband's schedule. Oh how I would love to be looking for stuff to put in my flower garden!

Enjoy your beautiful flowers! I envy you.

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CATSANDGARDENS 6/29/2011 7:27AM

    I love the photos, you've started a seed planting in my mind for the creation and planting of the nooks in my yard!

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CATLADY52 6/26/2011 1:42PM

    Very creative use of what you have and where you have it. Thanks so much. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/26/2011 8:47AM

    emoticonLove all the flowers so pretty you guys did a good job
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MARPET44 6/25/2011 7:35AM

    How interesting! Love the contrasts.

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STILLFLYIN 6/24/2011 8:29PM

    Lovely! I really like flowers and rocks.


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JLPARKHURST 6/24/2011 5:45PM

    Beautiful! I love the lily

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LIS193 6/24/2011 5:14PM

    So pretty!
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When Your Best Isn't Good Enough!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

There are times when even your BEST isn't good enough! You make the right choices, you do the exercises, you walk the walk and talk the talk -- but the scale just doesn't budge!

What to do? Here again there are choices:

1. Go on a binge, what the heck, it isn't working anyway!

2. Tell yourself the scale will come down soon and keep working at it.

3. Go over your plan and see if there is a way you can change it a bit, perhaps give it a little boost that will change your metabolism.

So there you go! Which one are you going to choose? #1, #2 or #3. The choice is YOURS!
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MEADSBAY 6/29/2011 9:18AM

    Been there.
Tried all 3.
Still stuck.
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POETANDMORE 6/27/2011 4:12AM

    did #1, after you suggested it! it worked! thanks!

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SUGARSMOM2 6/24/2011 6:39PM

  well that's some ways to do it . we can deal as well as we can . get out of the house and walk away from the table put down the fork .

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LIS193 6/24/2011 5:15PM

    Anything but #1... Great blog

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/24/2011 6:45AM

    Think I will do all of them but like someone here at Sparks said as long as your trying your on the right path to this weight loss journey
so I will keep trying
WE can do this
Vicki

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JLPARKHURST 6/23/2011 6:45PM

    I have been doing 2 but I think I should start looking at 3

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CATLADY52 6/23/2011 3:43PM

    It's been an uphill battle all along but I keep on trying. A simple little change is what I'm trying now. At least I think it is simple. emoticon

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NORAHNICK 6/23/2011 2:52PM

    In 7 days it will have been one month since I lost any weight or inches. I've been going with #2 but I'm thinking maybe I better switch to #3!

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MARPET44 6/23/2011 2:48PM

    I have been at a plateau for months. I just keep plodding on, and I have lost 2# in the last month. Just more stubborn than that scale. emoticon

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