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Is Fall in the Air?

Monday, September 03, 2012


I remember the maple trees changing color along our roads in rural Minnesota. The air had a certain crisp feeling that made you want to jump around and enjoy those last days of summer! And the afternoons were still pleasant and warm, but dusk rolled around earlier and earlier. I would look around the garden and see the corn stalks drying up, and my Mom would mention that we should be picking the last of the veggies, like beans, peas, tomatoes (even if they were green) because the frost would get them. It was a busy time in the kitchen. Of course it also meant the beginning of school for me -- so I was usually called to help out only on week-ends.

By the time October rolled around it was "deer season." That added to our meat supply for the winter -- and many times it heralded the first snow fall. By this time we had dug out all of our warm winter clothing, as those Minnesota winters were LONG and they were COLD. Thank God Alaska became a state so we didn't always here Bemidji or International Falls as the coldest spot in the nation! And the little town that was closest to me was right in between those two!

Now that we are in Glendale, AZ during the winter months, it's almost like having summer year round. Winter in the Phoenix area is much like summer in some of our cooler states, such as Washington. That is the time of year you get to enjoy coffee on your patio, or have your outdoor BBQ's. We're a little turned around compared to most of the states -- but enjoy what you have because there is little that can be done about it.

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CINDYLUUU 9/5/2012 10:26AM

    I live in central Alberta and we do have all four seasons. We get some nasty winters and early falls. But I always enjoy spring and how can you enjoy spring if you don't go through fall and winter?

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/4/2012 5:49AM

    Love the blog and pictures
Love Spring - Fall - Summer
Hate Winter maybe I should move closer to you
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ARTJAC 9/4/2012 12:54AM

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OLDERDANDRT 9/3/2012 7:28PM

    emoticonYou got that right! Might as well enjoy. Can't do anything about it anyway!! And, no......Fall is really not in the air as of yet and I don't think anywhere in our country! Yes, some leaves here and there my be turning color and even falling, but.......no, just doesn't feel like fall yet to me. Maybe in another few weeks? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 9/3/2012 6:20PM

    I love the change of the seasons. My daughter pointed out this is our first time in 10 years to be somewhere that there is a change in seasons. Looking forward to see the trees changing and feeling the crisp feel to the air.

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HEYITSJUDED 9/3/2012 12:27PM

    What a great blog! i love all your pictures! It looks like fall where I live in Illinois! I have been to Arizona at thanksgiving and everyone thought I was crazy because I had shorts on. They said I would get cold! i was like really this is summer where I live and it was snowing when we left. I loved Arizona but I also love watching the seasons change. thanks for sharing your story and beautiful pictures!

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/3/2012 11:57AM

    Lovely memories...I love the seasonal changes....

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My Tastes Are Changing, Along With My Habits!

Friday, August 31, 2012


Back when I first joined SP and had just barely made it into the high 150's, I was delighted to see the 100-calorie packs of snacks. I would make a special trip to Walmart and my basket was filled with a variety of munchies! I could tear into a package of little bite-sized cookies, or nuts or chips, whatever caught my fancy -- and not feel a twinge of guilt or regret. But I was also fond of the little Yoplait yogurts and their many tempting flavors.

Slowly as time went by I gave up some of my 100-calorie snacks, and thought I was being more "healthy" by indulging instead in some of the snack bars -- more protein, etc. and they would run between 90 and 170 calories. But one day I noticed that those, also, were not getting my attention the way they used to.

I've started to pay closer attention to what I'm scanning the shelves in my refrigerator for -- what is it, exactly, that my body seems to be seeking? Invariably my eyes will land on a bowl of cherries, cantaloupe, and less and less often on the pre-packaged little packs of pudding. I have become a healthier person without even realizing my tastes (habits) were changing!

And today I would probably go into shock if I stepped on the scale and saw anything even close to the 150's number! In fact even the 140's would put the fear of God into my heart and have me taking a very close look at what I'm eating!

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JACK714 9/3/2012 7:57AM

    Progress, don't you love it.

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CINDYLUUU 9/3/2012 12:02AM

    Isn't it great when we stand back and get out of our way. The body wants to be healthy. Good for you for listening!

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MARYELLEN301 9/2/2012 7:23PM

    Amazing what our bodies will communicate to us if we only listen!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/1/2012 7:10AM

    Glad your taste buds have changed sure wish mine would
your doing great keep up the good work
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CATLADY52 8/31/2012 6:01PM

    I can't say I gotten to the point of only eating healthy yet. I still have chips, and that kind of snack but not as often. emoticon

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 8/31/2012 4:58PM

    Great changes - we just have to listen to our bodies - awesome.

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TWNOMWE 8/31/2012 1:35PM

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I look forward to that day when I do not crave chocolate covered almonds!!!!

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NICOLED40 8/31/2012 1:07PM

    Awesome! Keep up the great work!

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DAJODU 8/31/2012 12:47PM

    Good deal! I have to admit I was pretty much the exact same way, and now people look at me funny when I unpack my lunch bag at work and its 90% fruits or vegitables. They almost seem saddened that I am struck with the "need" to eat healthy, all the while I'm thinking in my head its they who are missing out :)

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/31/2012 12:41PM

  Nice to see the changes, isn't it? Keep up the great work!

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SALONKITTY 8/31/2012 12:23PM

    That's great! Having fruit as a snack rather than the empty junk foods or protein bars is so much healthier for you, as you've learned. Congratulations on your healthier lifestyle and your success! emoticon emoticon

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I'm Happy to Be ME!

Thursday, August 30, 2012


It's true! I'm happy to be me! I look around at my life, and I see people in much worse shape than I'm in; I also see some you would consider to be much better off than I, both financially as well as medically. But I'm saisfed with where I am, and who I am. I'm not one of those people who say "if I could just lose 15 pounds I would be happy." I'm happy NOW!

Traveling in Mexico!

A month in Peru -- including our hiking Macchu Picchu!

I have my flowers!

BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS!

Even my scale is in a pretty good spot! Yes! Life is GOOD!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 9/1/2012 1:15PM

    How WONDERFUL!!! emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/30/2012 3:27PM

    You get back a portion of what you put in to your life. The happier you are the happier you will be. emoticon emoticon

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MELLY3183 8/30/2012 2:40PM

    Awesome news. You look pretty happy in your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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MICHIGANLORI 8/30/2012 1:32PM

    'i have my flowers' emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 8/30/2012 1:16PM

    Woo hoo! It's important to be happy where you are!

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Happy Thought for the Day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


There will be days it will rain, there will be high humidity; other days will be hot and dry; or cold, perhaps with snow. And there are days when the weather seems absolutely perfect.

The thing is, there is all kinds of weather -- some states or countries get a lot of one type, others not so much. You live where you live, so just give thanks that you are alive and well today, regardless of what kind of weather you are in.


I'm AMBER -- I'm happy as long as I am near my Mom!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 9/1/2012 12:49PM

    Amber, you are so sweet!!! And you sound just like my Bruno who says the same thing about me! Your mom and I are very happy humans to have you both!!! emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 8/29/2012 1:43PM

    The weather gives us something to talk about and we know no matter what we have to except what we get. Thank God we can't control the weather, wouldn't that be a mess, with some wanting it hot, others cooler, some sun, some rain, even snow, lol. Your Amber sure is a cutie and she looks very content in the picture. Have a wonderful Wednesday, regardless of the weather. We happen to be blessed with sunshine and 80's and low humidity, sounds good to me.

Hugs,
Shirl

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TRISTAROSE 8/29/2012 9:21AM

    Love the picture and Amber looks very content. She is a cutie!

Yes I agree ... enjoy each day to the fullest no matter what the weather!

Have a great one!
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LIS193 8/29/2012 9:13AM

    Amber is beautiful!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/29/2012 6:45AM

    emoticonAmber is one lucky Dog to have a good Mommy who will walk her in all kinds of weather.
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CHICCHANTAL 8/29/2012 1:24AM

    I once spent a week's holiday in Madeira and they seemed to me to have the perfect climate there. Rarely about 30C or below 18C.

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STEELKICKIN 8/29/2012 1:08AM

    Awww, Eve!! I love this! Very insightful! And Amber is just, well, only the cutest thing I've ever seen! Such a sweet baby. You can tell she's content being near her Mommy! So adorable.
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DEBBY4576 8/29/2012 12:46AM

   
Very true. I complain a lot this time of year, but it is what it is.

Love Amber. Soooo cute.

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SHOES17 8/29/2012 12:31AM

    I just love Amber...I loved today it was beautiful and I was blessed

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A Sunday Morning Walk

Sunday, August 26, 2012

emoticon Amber and I were out fairly early this morning, and as we made our way around the 1.1-mile loop the only noise to shatter the quiet solitude of the morning was the occasional bark -- when a dog sensed Amber walking by. I've noticed when I'm walking alone (which is seldom) the dogs don't bark.

Walking is a great time for sorting through your thoughts, solving problems, or if you like, just let your mind clear and enjoy your time outside. Especially if you happen to have a dog like mine who wants to sniff at every piece of grass or rock that she passes by. (smile)

While we saw a bunny this morning, we didn't see the deer. Usually we see the deer more often in the evening. It's always exciting to Amber, even though she knows she can't even "try" to catch them due to her leash. Poor thing!

This morning as I walked along I thought about the hour-long conversation I had on the phone with my sister yesterday -- Yes! She finally phoned me!! And I realized that life is way too short to be out of touch with relatives (or friends) and my sister is both relative and friend. As she is about 2 weeks away from her 84th birthday, she shared her aches and pains with me, and the fact that she now has glaucoma in her right eye. Although a widow since Christmas it cheered me up to see that she is moving on with her life and still has her positive outlook. It's so nice to reminisce with someone you have known all your life -- and laugh. You know, it was almost like sharing the walk with her.

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday -- and give thought to someone dear to you!

  
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PSMITH3841 8/28/2012 10:05AM

    What is it about sisters and girlfriends....you can talk to them eye to eye, all day long, until you're horse and all talked-out., but the next day , talk to them on the phone for another hour????? I think the older we get, the normal, mundane situations and stories we shared become more valued and sometimes more embelished! Great tales to tell the Grandkids....uh, some ot them! emoticon I'm glad you were able to spend some time with your Sister. emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 8/27/2012 11:40AM

    Sounds like a wonderful walk. We saw a bunny last week on one of our walks. While driving we saw a fox. That was kind of cool. Glad you talked to your sister, life is too short not to talk to loved ones once in a while.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/27/2012 8:10AM

    Loved the morning walks with Gerti I do miss those but still walk with my neighbor and her dog sometimes but I do love to walk and think best time to do that - glad your sister called and you guys got things worked out and laughed - Keep on walking emoticon
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MICHELELYNN777 8/26/2012 7:16PM

    Glad Amber got to go on the walk with you! I've noticed the same thing about barking dogs~they are much more quiet when I don't have my dog with me. Glad you had a nice long visit with your sister. What a sweet reminder to make time to talk to special people in our lives.
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YOYONOMORE1 8/26/2012 6:11PM

    Your walks sound lovely, I love being out in nature. Glad you had a nice talk with your sis. Hope you have a good week.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CATLADY52 8/26/2012 5:31PM

    A morning walk while the weather may be cooler than in the afteernoon, can still seem almost as hot during the summer. Glad you were able to talk with your sister. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/26/2012 4:55PM

    Oh, my! Don't you just love those quiet, cool morning walks! I sure do! Not getting them right now and miss them terribly! We see bunnies around, too! It's so funny b/c they will freeze in place like as if they don't move, you won't see them! Or will hide behind a single blade of grass and if they can't see them, they think you can't see them! hehe Funny bunnies!
Glad you got to have a nice talk with your sis! I don't get to talk to mine enough either. She's 5 hours away and 19 years my senior. I need to go see her. Her health is still good, mostly. I need to go enjoy a slice of life with her!
Be well and healthy and happy, my friend!!
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MEME102 8/26/2012 1:21PM

    I so enjoyed reading your blog! Almost felt I was on the walk with you. I've not been able to go outside much this summer with the heat and my asthma but when I can -- and I finally convince myself it's ok -- I always enjoy it - so why NOT do it as much as possible but it's like a thing on my 'to do' list.. So that makes me NOT want to do it but if I would just enjoy 'what is' rather than what I don't want to do I think I'd rather enjoy it. Thanks for sharing.....Glad you got to talk to your sister as well. Both of my sisters are gone now - at the ages of 30 and 58 many years ago.....way too soon and I do miss just what you were talking about - that closeness that only sisters know.

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