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My Walk Between Showers!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I had been in the Phoenix area all morning, but early afternoon we drove to the mountains, to our home in Yarnell. After getting a few things done I decided to take Amber for a walk as it was only 79F -- a little humid, but we hadn't walked yet, so we'd be tough.
emoticon Got outside, walked down to close the gates at the end of our drive, and even as we were walking, I could feel the sprinkles on my arms. Closed the gate -- went back in.
emoticon Looked outside at 6:10 and although the ground was wet, the sky was mostly blue and the clouds seemed to be moving on past us. Now it was down to 72F but about 37% humid. Again, we decided to try it out. Walked the first loop, which is 0.6 miles. Felt good, and just kept walking -- did the long loop which is 1.1 miles. WooHoo, total of 1.7 miles! Amber was puffing, my head was wet, but it was great exercise.

The Silver Lining in the Cloud: "The rain lowered the temperture and made our walk fun!"

  
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PSMITH3841 8/21/2012 10:25AM

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OLDERDANDRT 8/20/2012 4:46PM

    emoticon I love those kinds of walks! Glad you had a couple of great ones! emoticon

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TAZINITE 8/18/2012 8:16PM

    And a rainbow too. Glad you got the walk in.

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CATLADY52 8/18/2012 4:32PM

    Glad you were able to get your walks in with the cooler temps. We have temps in the high eighties for the last week but this morning we were met with thunder and lightning and rain. A welcome relief. emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 8/18/2012 9:54AM

    We are experiencing lower temps, felt like fall this morning and I love it. Glad you got your walk in.

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Shirl

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ARTJAC 8/18/2012 2:36AM

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/18/2012 2:13AM

    Awesome! The lower temp was very welcomed I am sure! Hope your weekend is a great one!

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STEELKICKIN 8/17/2012 11:01PM

    Indeed!! I absolutely love Arizona. We used to spend a few weeks out of the summer with our oldest son who lived in the Tucson area (Air Force fella) and I just reveled in the weather. I loooove the heat. The amazing thing about your state versus Ohio weather IS the humidity. For the most part it is DRY. Here, we get humidity that soaks us from head-to-toe the moment you step out onto the porch!

Arizona is heaven to me. Beautiful, gorgeous...we plan to retire there in ten years. :)

I'm so glad you enjoyed your walk. Makes for a spendiferous day!
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Girlfriends Are Good For Your Health!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

In an evening class at Stanford University the last lecture
was on the mind-body connection - the
relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of
psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best
things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman
whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her
health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first
everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support
systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life
experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time" helps is to
create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression
and can create a general feeling of well-being.
Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities.
We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for
our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as
important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are
doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with
friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively
engaged—not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain
quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our
physical health as smoking!

So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat
yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good
for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo let's toast to
our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our
health.
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PSMITH3841 8/21/2012 10:24AM

    This is so true. Just spending an hour or so doing lunch with some girlfriends, shopping with my daughter, or spending time at the nursing home with my Mother does wonders for my attitude and seems to lower my stress level. A few hours of dancing with my friends make me absolutely euphoric and burns calories too! emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 8/16/2012 9:50PM

    one of the reasons I like SP is the chance to "talk" to women.

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MELLY3183 8/16/2012 3:08PM

    love it, thanks for sharing!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/16/2012 8:06AM

    emoticonblog that is why I belong to three Red Hat groups we have so much fun just being Girls again
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STEELKICKIN 8/15/2012 11:05PM

    GREAT BLOG!!! Amen, girlfriend!!
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GRACEISENUF 8/15/2012 8:51PM

    YAY! But I don't need a psychiatrist to tell me that loving my neighbors..(gal pals) is good for my spirit/health....don't think he was actually the first to say that one. :)

Your blog is a good reminder that cultivating friendship is a really good thing.



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BUBBLICIOUS6 8/15/2012 8:42PM

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And I also believe that to be true. Women have a very different relationship with women - it's true. My girlfriends have always been my 'pick-me-up' when I need it the most. Thank you for sharing this! It's true, it's true, it's true!!
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Sometimes You Just Have to Believe!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

emoticon I wanted to just change positions and go back to sleep! But inside my "little "Get It Done" voice started to nag at me. First it reminded me that I did not do EVEN ONE STEP yesterday -- Just Lazy! Then it reminded me that Amber would get sore hips if I did not walk her regularly. By then I just said OK, OK -- and I slid out of bed, and left my DH to get the extra sleep!

But you know, I actually felt good emoticon as I got dressed in my new sports wear. New cross-trainer shoes, new top, new shorts, new sports bra -- even new socks! Yep! I'm ready to go and it's just past 5:30 a.m. Out the door Amber and I went. Me trying to gage just where the sun would be as it came over the mountain -- my right eye is permanently dilalated so I think all the time about how much sunlight there is. That's another reason I love to walk at 5:30 -- it's light out, but no sun! Can't get any better than that! So we head out to do the middle loop at 0.6 mi.

The first loop around felt great, but I wasn't sure I wanted to tackle the long one too, which is another 1.1; so instead I went around the same one again. I figured 1.2 miles would keep Amber in good shape -- and it would be a good start for me for the day! I finished up the second round and Amber and I headed back to the house -- it had taken us about 30 minutes with the necessary stops that she needs to make. Smells plus a few other things!

Back to bed for at least 2 hours, I slept like a baby -- until some weird kind of dream snuck up on me. I dreamed a wolf saw me sitting on this ledge and he jumped up to get me. I timed it just right, and kicked with my legs as hard as I could. He fell back to the ground -- and I woke up! Heart was running a race! And I was definitely awake! Time to get up again -- and the second thing I always do is weigh myself. I didn't expect good news due to the lazy day I had yesterday -- but WooHoo! 137.6 which was down 0.8 from yesterday!

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ARTJAC 8/18/2012 2:38AM

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OLDERDANDRT 8/16/2012 5:15PM

    Way to go!! I, too, get up around 5:30 and take out for a walk at 6 am!! It's so peaceful that time of day!! Just love it! I usually walk 1 mile even. I have a block with a side circle that all together makes just a mile, so that's quite convenient! Good for your scale number, too! Of course, that scale can be fickle, but down always looks good, huh?! Mine was down yesterday, but today was up! HA! That's why I usually confine myself to weigh only on Sat. am. I can't stand the emotional roller coaster it can put me on! hehe
Hope Amber enjoyed her walkie! Bruno likes to go when I can take him. I walk with a school teacher who has little time to get in the mile, shower and dess and get to school on time, so I don't take him but a fraction of the distance after. (Just till he "goes")
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PSMITH3841 8/16/2012 4:01PM

    Good girl! Good for not being a 'lazy girl again, the loss + kicking that big scary wolf away! Yikes, what a dream! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/16/2012 8:09AM

    emoticonGlad you and Amber got your walk in makes the day a much better day
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JACK714 8/16/2012 6:24AM

    The voice that doesn't let us sleep. I heard that voice this morning. You did good.

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GRACEISENUF 8/15/2012 9:03PM

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You reminded me of the Nike ad..."Just do it!"



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NICOLED40 8/15/2012 1:59PM

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Mary, Mary - How Does Your Garden Grow?

Monday, August 06, 2012


THIS IS THE VEGETABLE GARDEN THAT IS IN OUR BACK YARD

MINT GARDEN OUT BY THE FRONT FENCE -- the bees love the mint flowers!

THIS IS MY CREPE MYRTLE IN FULL BLOOM -- out front

OUR LILIES -- they don't last long enough to suit me

A LITTLE FLOWER AREA, BUILT INTO THE ROCKS

THIS IS HOW THE ABOVE PLANTER'S FLOWERS LOOK NOW, and they are WILD!
For some reason I can't get the largest rock flower garden to load -- sorry, I've tried several times, but it just won't take. It's where I have my roses and petunias, prettiest one too!

  
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WIFEALF 8/11/2012 10:03AM

    i agree our lilies dont last long enough for either...it should last all summer in my opinion:-)

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WIFEALF 8/11/2012 10:02AM

    Beautiful pictures..I love your garden...

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PSMITH3841 8/10/2012 2:03PM

    My goodness, what a lovely garden....mine is suffering with the drought we're having. The poor little flowers are looking pretty sad! emoticon

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SPIRIT42013 8/9/2012 10:36PM

    Lovely gardens! I wish that I had ground for a garden as I live in an apartment complex. The only garden I'll have will be in containers. Next year, god willing! emoticon

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BBONET 8/7/2012 5:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You have a great garden!! Thanks for your pictures and sharing them!

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SHARJOPAUL 8/7/2012 1:05PM

    Beautiful gardens.
Be careful letting that mint bloom. It and send seeds all over the place!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/7/2012 10:52AM

    So pretty! And I'm sure the one you can't load is the prettiest of all. That's always how it works, right? At least you know how to get pictures on here! I don't know how at all! hehe But , I realy love your gardens. I would like to have a Crepe Myrtle some day. Right now I'm trying to get a Lilac going. It's doing well, but still quite small. (tho 3 or 4 times larger than when planted back in June!) hehe
Hope you are having a great day!!

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CINDYLUUU 8/7/2012 10:32AM

    Great looking garden. Every year I but in a few flowers but then I neglect them and the weeds take over... the sun shines and I forget to watter...... and... well... tomoroww for sure I will get out there... I never share pictures of my little flower bed.

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MICHELELYNN777 8/7/2012 8:48AM

    Wow! Your garden looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/7/2012 5:51AM

    emoticonPretty Pretty I love flowers
you got one green thumb
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ARTJAC 8/7/2012 12:24AM

    LOVELY PHOTOS THANK YOU

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LYNETTEMOM 8/6/2012 7:03PM

    great photos; from the surroundings it is evident that you have to work to keep things healthy, watered, etc. You're doing a wonderful job

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CATLADY52 8/6/2012 6:57PM

    Lovely garden. With the heat my garden is in very sad shape. emoticon And I thought that it always rained during the summer in Oklahoma. I guess that was in the past.

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BERRY4 8/6/2012 3:55PM

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing! -- Lilies can be so fragrant. emoticon

Last night we had some veggies from our garden: zucchini & spinach & peas. I added them to onions & saute'd them all in some butter & added eggs to make a skillet omelet. DH said it was a "do again"!

Good luck in your journey to health & fitness!

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Birds & Bees (with Photos)

Friday, August 03, 2012

This is one of the beautiful brown hummers that frequent our feeders. We have about 14 steady customers, and they can go through 2 feeders in a bit over a day!
Looks like they are having a nice chat, doesn't it? I'm sure it's like a couple of women at the fence.
I'm in a hurry -- only have time for a quick snack!
One leaves and another takes it's place!
This is my mint garden and when it went to seed I discovered our honey bees just love the flowers!
Here's one of the little buggers chowing down now!
The new Mandevilla I just planted in our raised bed garden and followed by a close up of the actual flower.

Last, but not least is sunset time in Yarnell. Hmmmmm! So peaceful!

  
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WIFEALF 8/11/2012 10:04AM

    i love seeing humming birds pics.so beautiful..thanks for sharing your lovely pics with us.

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LYNETTEMOM 8/6/2012 7:05PM

    oh my goodness, these pictures are just wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them!

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BBONET 8/5/2012 8:30PM

    Beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 8/5/2012 4:49PM

    Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

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OLDERDANDRT 8/5/2012 4:17PM

    Oh!!! I'm so jealous!!!! I have ruby-throated hummers, and they visit frequently, but they will NOT feed together!! Sometimes, one will come and then another chases it off! No two will feed together!!!
Your mint is doing great! Have you been growing mint long? I've been told it will grow everywhere if you're not careful! Love the Mandevilla! I still haven't gotten one, so I went with Confederate Carolina Jasmine this year. It should be perennial in my area. The Mandevilla is only annual here.
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STILLFLYIN 8/4/2012 11:37PM

    Thank you for sharing the lovely photos. I thoroughly enjoyed them!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/4/2012 8:12AM

    emoticonLove the Birds and the Bee's and the Flower pictures
I love to watch the animals around here too so enjoy them
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ARTJAC 8/4/2012 12:54AM

    BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS LOVELY BIRDS

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CATLADY52 8/3/2012 5:25PM

    Hummingbirds are so neat to watch. Our feeder goes out in April or May (depending on the weather) and we've had as many as four birds at one time feeding. They really are a treat.

Thanks for the pictures.

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JLPARKHURST 8/3/2012 4:07PM

    So beautiful Eve!


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GRACEISENUF 8/3/2012 3:57PM

    Beautiful! I have the exact same feeder here in California. I love hummingbirds.

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WIFEALF 8/3/2012 3:45PM

    beautiful pics.

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WIFEALF 8/3/2012 3:45PM

    wow you are lucky we have 2 birds that come you are lucky to have 14 wow.amazing...where do you live ??they must love whatever you have there...

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PSMITH3841 8/3/2012 2:36PM

    My girlfriend has humming bird feeders all around her deck...I love to sit and watch them, it's so relaxing. The birds that visit her feeders don't seem to be the least bit disturbed by our presence. As quick as my reflexes are, I still haven't been able to get a decent picture of these birds. Arrrrgh! emoticon Oh, by the way, the sunset pic was beautiful!

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