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.
Have a Happy Labor Day!
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!
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!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
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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