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AnotherAmber & Eve Adventure!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

emoticon Amber started growling about an hour after we arrived at our home in the mountains. She was so aggitated that we finally looked to see what had her so upset. That's when we saw the javelina (it's a wild pig) wandering around in our front yard. They do not have very good eyesight, and she (or he) was rapidly walking up and down the line of the chain link fence, seeking a way to get out. They can be pretty harmful to dogs, so I kept Amber inside but DH grabbed his camera and took a few videos, as the javelina got more upset and tired out by the minute. Can't blame her, it was probably the equivalent of a 2-mile run!

She just couldn't figure out that when she got down near the road she had to jog around my bed of mint and then there was the gate. She would hit the chain link fence for all she was worth about every 5 or 10 feet -- so I'll bet somebody has a really sore NOSE today. When I saw that this little scene could go on for a
L O N G time, Amber and I went for our walk, and we left DH to handle it.

DH finally chased her out, and she was still huffing and puffing as she went down the road. She was spotted by a couple who were out walking, and they said she looked like she was in a hurry to get away. Lucky she didn't have a heart attack. Well, at least SOMEONE got their exercise for the day!!

  
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STEELKICKIN 9/14/2012 6:21PM

    LOL, ohhhh dear...sounds like me trying to get out of the grocery store! I have never heard of a javelina before! I learned something new today!
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OLDERDANDRT 9/14/2012 1:55PM

    Sounds like the porker might be a little less porky for her trials in your yard!! emoticon Glad Amber didn't get out there, but she sure let you know something was amiss!!! Good girl, Amber!!! Way to go!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/14/2012 1:37PM

    You have some cool animals around there we have rabbits and turtles and snakes and deer never had a javelina glad hubby took care of it and you and Amber got a walk in hope no more pigs in your yard Happy Walking
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ARTJAC 9/14/2012 2:20AM

    YOU CERTAINLY GET YOUR SHARE OF WILD ANIMALS VISITING YOUR PROPERTY emoticon JACQUE

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CATLADY52 9/13/2012 3:20PM

    Javelinas obviously do not have good eyesight! But, you and Amber got your exercise in anyway. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 9/13/2012 1:32PM

    Geez, you guys have neat critters in your neighborhood. Zoey & I just have Bunnies! emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 9/13/2012 1:16PM

    Poor little piggy. Glad DH was helpful in helping it find it's way out. Amber was on high piggy alert, lol. Have a great day.

Hugs,
Shirl

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LYNETTEMOM 9/13/2012 1:12PM

    I had to google "javelina". When my girls were little, we had a favorite storybook about a little peccary that lived at our local zoo. We loved to see the peccaries at the zoo and here you have one in your yard! Cool!

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Another Day, another small step

Saturday, September 08, 2012

emoticon emoticon My scale moved up a wee bit today and I knew that I had not exercised enough yesterday. Plus I did a little mindless nibbling in the evening. I didn't write it down, but you know how those "bites" add up!
So today I figured I'd better get out in the yard and do some raking, there are always a few leaves that have blown off the oak trees, plus acorns and miscellaneous little weeds to pull.
I think it took me about 30 or 40 minutes (it was actually really nice out so I'm not sure of the time). Then late in the afternoon I walked one mile with Amber. Her tongue was hanging out the whole way. We had a funny little thing happen to us too!

Looked in vain for an emoticon of a goat -- there were two of them along side the road, one black and one white. Amber had never seen a goat before, so we walked toward them. When they noticed we were coming their way, they quit eating grass and began to walk toward us!
When they were still about 30 feet away, Amber decided it was close enough and we started walking in the other direction. She's a brave little dog when there is a fence between her and the "other animal" but when it's coming right toward her, it's another story. I was laughing my head off, and Amber kept looking over her shoulder as she headed up the road. After about a fourth of a block the goats stopped, and Amber was relieved! Big Adventure!!

She's recuperating now -- and I'm proud that I got more exercise today!!

  
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PSMITH3841 9/11/2012 11:15AM

    How funny is you're little girl!!!! emoticon I wonder how Zoey would react to meeting a Goat? Hmmmm....... emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/10/2012 5:59PM

    Bless her little cowardly heart!!!! Don't think the goat could have hurt her, but I sure can't blame her for erring on the side of caution! My dog is pretty much the same way! He's afraid of puppies! I guess they have way too much energy to suit him! hehe He assumes the position you have Amber pictured in quite a lot! emoticon Glad y'all got in that mile! I got my Bruno out for a lovely mile walk this morning, too! No goats......just a puppy! emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/9/2012 3:57PM

    She is lying there as if she just got in from a mrathon. Poor baby. emoticon
I'm sure she's going to be fine. The Question is how do you feel after your walk yesterday? emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/9/2012 2:57PM

    emoticon poor Amber she is not so brave but she got her walk in and so did you and you had a good laugh that burned some cals
Love the storys about you and Amber
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STEELKICKIN 9/9/2012 1:51PM

    LOL, awww, Amber is such a doll baby!!! She looks zonked out from her huge adventure! Aren't pets just the bestest? She's probably dreaming about the goats in that picture, haha...
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MICHELELYNN777 9/9/2012 10:24AM

    I love reading about your walking adventures with Amber! She sure is cute!
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ARTJAC 9/8/2012 11:45PM

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GRACEISENUF 9/8/2012 11:19PM

    She looks tuckered out! What a good day you had and plenty of fitness too.

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Getting OLD!

Friday, September 07, 2012


I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape,
So I got my doctor's permission to
Join a fitness club and start exercising.
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I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors.
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour.. But,
By the time I got my leotards on,
The class was over.

  
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JACK714 9/10/2012 6:27AM

    Funny

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/9/2012 2:58PM

    emoticon Love that one
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BERRY4 9/9/2012 12:01AM

    Cute! emoticon
Nice laugh for both dh and I.

Here's another one (true story!):
I was sitting at the computer and dh was sitting on the chair behind me. Simultaneously, we both turned to each other to share something. He said, "You first. Mine is written down."
(Our teen kids never really saw the funny...we both still snicker over the truth of it.)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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SHARJOPAUL 9/8/2012 10:25AM

    LOL
Gertting old may not be great but it sure beats the alternative.

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ARTJAC 9/8/2012 12:55AM

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HEYITSJUDED 9/7/2012 10:36PM

    Hilarious, thanks for sharing!!

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BEWELL48 9/7/2012 9:47PM

    Love it! Thanks for the giggles!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/7/2012 6:25PM

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My Apple Trees are Heavy With Fruit

Friday, September 07, 2012

emoticon We have 3 producing apple trees (all dwarf) and although we have thinned the apples to one per clump -- to get bigger, nicer apples; there is still an overwhelming abundance of them hanging on our trees. Next year there will be even more, as we're planted 2 new trees last year. As we have thinned the apples I toss them over our fence where there is a large field, and the deer and javelina come and enjoy them.

Anyway a couple days ago I picked a few - maybe a dozen or so, plus gave a couple of the big ones to a neighbor. Last night, as there was nothing to get my attention on TV, I decided to make some homemade applesauce. These apples were just a little tart, so I added a small amount of sugar, less than half a cup. I simmered them on low for about an hour, adding only a small amount of water. Also a sprinkling of cinnamon -- until the kitchen had that mouth-- watering smell of freshly baked apple pie. I left them uncovered for the last 15 minutes or so, not wanting any water left.

This morning guess what my breakfast included! Right! A bowl of homemade applesauce topped with a stingy spoon of Cool Whip Lite! Very yummy and only 105 calories!
emoticon Another plus is that my scale rewarded me too!

  
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KAYWEB555 9/11/2012 12:24PM

    Good going. Here in NY they are saying there is going to be a shortage of Apples. I don't understand why, but all the neighbors dwarf trees are full as you have talked about ! They need to start picking them because the squirrels are getting to them and I have a few in my yard. The lawn mower took care of them yesterday ! I did notice that the squirrels where having a field day getting all the small parts and running off with them,

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/9/2012 3:00PM

    Love home made apple sauce instead of sugar you could have used splenda just a thought for next time
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BERRY4 9/9/2012 12:06AM

    I also love to make apple crisp. I can add healthy ingredients to the crisp like flaxseed meal, oats, almond meal, or chopped walnuts. It tastes quite good for a treat.
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Our apples have so many bugs/worms in them. How do you keep your apples nice in appearance?


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NOLAZYBUTT110 9/8/2012 10:39AM

    Your making my mouth water for some home made apple sauces. I have not had homemade apple sauce since my mother passed away.

Did you know apples are loaded with magnesium and its needed for your muscles, heart and nerves? Yes its truly an apple a day will keep your heart healthy! And keep the Drs away! Good eating! Wish I could remember how to make apple sauce. Maybe you can share the recipe? Susana emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 9/8/2012 10:30AM

    WOW! Sounds GREAT!

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ARTJAC 9/8/2012 12:58AM

    YUMMY

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HEYITSJUDED 9/7/2012 10:34PM

    this sounds so good! I love homemade applesauce!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/7/2012 6:24PM

    Nom nom nom!!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/7/2012 4:57PM

    I make my own applesauce by cutting the apples in eighths picking the cores out then cooking them in the slow cookers until they are muushy. No straining out the skins. All the benefits of an apple without the time consuming effort to chew. Just kidding. I found that Pink Lady apples are not the best to use as they don't break down as much as golden delicious of some of the others. emoticon

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MELLY3183 9/7/2012 2:58PM

    sounds delicious. apple trees sound amazing.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 9/7/2012 1:28PM

    YUM!!!

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STARLIGHT615 9/7/2012 1:00PM

    Homemade apple sauce sounds delicious!!!

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One Small Step Accomplished Today!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

emoticon It wasn't actually raining when I got up this morning, but the humidity was high; but instead of whining about it, I decided to "grin and bear it." After all, it was quite cool out, so maybe it wouldn't be too bad. I get on shorts & tennies, put Amber's leash on her, and away we go. Several feet from our front gates I noticed some bushy weeds growing -- and I thought perhaps I would pick them when we returned home.

By the time we had gone 1/2 mile or so I could start to feel the humidity, but every so often I would feel a little breeze, so it wasn't too bad. And as we were getting nearer to home we saw a small dog out in the front yard with her owner -- a very elderly lady that I always stopped and said a few words to. That helped cool us off just a bit too.

So we get home and I put Amber in the yard where she will be safe -- and I get the trash container, which is still out on the street, and I go up the road, picking weeds as I go. It took
about 20 minutes to pick them all, but it looked really nice to have it all cleaned up, and I was a sticky mess by then. Amber, of course, had not gone into the house -- she was patiently waiting for me by the gate.

We got in another walk tonight, so that made a total of 1.7 miles walking, and 20 minutes of pulling weeds. Not bad -- a small step in the right direction!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 9/7/2012 6:21PM

    You see??? emoticon Yes you can!!! emoticon emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 9/6/2012 9:21PM

    Good for you!

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LIS193 9/6/2012 12:25PM

    You got a lot done! emoticon
Enjoy the humidity - your skin loves it :) It will be dry again soon. We went from 40% humidity to 16% today - my rings are flying around my fingers, my shoes are loose and my skin looks and feels like an alligator's.... I prefer the 40-60% range

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/6/2012 7:44AM

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JSTETSER 9/6/2012 5:58AM

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You go girl!

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ARTJAC 9/6/2012 12:44AM

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MICHELELYNN777 9/5/2012 11:48PM

    emoticonYou got in some good exercise today!

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MAD-RUNNER-CHIC 9/5/2012 11:08PM

    Congrats on getting in your daily exercise. It's super humid in my neck of the woods as well--looking forward for cooler autumn weather. Keep up the great work and enjoy every small victory.
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TJCADDO 9/5/2012 11:06PM

    Sounds like a decent workout to me! Keep going!

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