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Day 1 of 122 days.............

Saturday, October 02, 2010

I was inspired by LJCANNON's blog and alsoSIMPLELIFE4REAL's last 37 day streak on walking a minimum of 3 miles/day and other things, too.

My streak started out with, not with a bang, but the skirl of a bagpipe! I had just left the library with some new books and what to my wondering ears entered in - A BAGPIPE! Half a block later, there it was, played by a piper in a kilt, sporran, dirk and the rest of the piper gear. He was piping the start of a wedding at the neighboring Episcopal Church. I probably got in several thousand more steps as I walked back and forth listening to the music. (I probably never have mentioned before that both my maternal grandparents emigrated from Scotland to the USA in the 1st decade of the 20th century.) Hence, my love of pipe music!

Later, I stopped by my favorite split rail fence, covered with a grape vine loaded with ripe grapes, probably Concord. Minor larceny was then comitted and boy were they deeeeeeeeelicccccioooooooooous!

All in all a very good walk! I will probably be walking by that split rail fence again in the coming weeks.

Total steps for the day =13045. Aerobic minutes=72; vigorous minutes=37

  
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SUNNYWBL 10/4/2010 12:47AM

    John,

My name is Sunny, not Irene......... emoticon

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FREEDOMSTAR 10/4/2010 12:00AM

    Irene- emoticon great walking & surprises

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cheers

John

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/3/2010 8:41PM

    Sunny, that is great how far you walked. I love all the good things that happen on walks. How fun was that to listen to the bagpipes and have some grapes. It doesn't surprise me that you have a Scottish background. It fits you.

Thanks for the shout out. I'm glad to have inspired you. I'm just happy to be out walking and back on track with tracking my foods.
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YJNANA 10/3/2010 2:38PM

    I could just see you passing that fence, again, and again. :)
Sounds Delicous, Enjoy.

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CHARHUNT1 10/3/2010 1:53PM

    I love how God brings little blessings to us when we least expect it.
AND BY THE WAY! Awesome number of steps.
Char

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MONTY68 10/2/2010 11:20PM

    Congratulations Sunny , That is awesome, You are doing a fantastic job working on you, keep up the streak.

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PMFISH 10/2/2010 11:16PM

    Wow! A lot of steps indeed! Sounds like you had a great day!

Pat

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DIDMIS 10/2/2010 10:52PM

    Ha ha how many times did you walk past that fence to eat those grapes????
You are our Sunny.
Irene

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LJCANNON 10/2/2010 10:37PM

    It is funny how inspiration flows BOTH ways on Spark. As much as I have inspired you, I have been inspired by knowing that my Spark~TurtleFriends are walking with me on this Journey.
emoticon emoticonI am so grateful that you are all here with me.

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NELLIEC 10/2/2010 10:27PM

    That's a lot of steps!

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Finally!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.




Where is your cell phone?
Pocket

Spouse?
None

Your hair?
Clean

Your mother?
deceased emoticon

Your father?
deceased emoticon

Your favorite thing?
Reading

Your dream last night?
huh?

Favorite drink?
water emoticon

What room are you in?
dining

Your hobby?
gardening

Your fear?
none

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
traveling emoticon

Where were you last night?
Here

Something that you aren't?
Tall!

Muffins?
No

Wish list item?
money

Last thing you did?
dinner

What are you wearing?
clothes

Your pets?
cats

Friends?
sufficient

Your life?
good

Your mood?
full

Missing someone?
DDDonna

Drinking?
Yup!

Your car?
Saturn

Something you're not wearing?
shoes

Your favorite store?
Sam's

Your favorite color?
orange

When is the last time you cried?
forgot

Where do you go over and over?
Curves emoticon

Five people who email me regularly?
friends emoticon

Favorite place to eat?
Out

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
cuddling

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BOBBIENORTHERN 9/30/2010 12:49PM

    I love it, so entertaining and fast paced. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/30/2010 10:02AM

    Thanks for sharing that! Sam's and Costco are my favorite stores. My husband and I joke that we can't get out of either one for under $100. Have you tried the Oregon Trail Raisin bread that Sams sells? It is fantastic. They stopped carrying it for a while and so many people complained (myself included) that they brought it back. The only problem with it is that it is 190 calories per slice. Ouch!

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PLAYBLUES22 9/30/2010 8:20AM

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YMUNDERWOOD 9/30/2010 3:00AM

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JANLEEW 9/29/2010 11:42PM

    Fabulous job! You did well!

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An Unexpected Trip Down Memory Lane With Nary a Drat!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

When I joined Gold's Gym in May, a big reason was the call of the swimming pool!

I do love to swim, and you would think that living near a lake would be great! But the lake level is 4 ft low and I can't get my mind/body past the vision of swimmer's ick. It's a nasty microscopic creature whose life cycle circles around duck poop, and lake snails. If there were a dock or boat in my life that enabled to get into the lake without walking on the snail ridden lake bottom, I would be OK.

As I may have mentioned before, I don't like getting water in my eyes or up my nose. For many years I have gotten around that problem by wearing my old scuba diving mask and snorkle. Alas, several years ago it finally bit the dust and started leaking unstoppably.

In the past several weeks I have looked around many large box stores and even sport's stores in hopes of finding a mask that I COULD TRY ON FOR FIT, before spending more of my limited funds. I don't need a new snorkle or swimfins, I JUST NEED A NEW MASK! Every stor carried a bundle of some sort, sealed in plastic, and with other stuff I don't want. I JUST NEED A NEW MASK!

I needed to find a scuba store, one that understood that simple need! The one that I was knew about was no longer to be found! I 'googled' a store in a nearby suburb that needed to be found off of the nearby Interstate 694, which was, naturally, down to one lane each way.

I finally got there, and saw that it was new to the location and still stocking it's shelves. No matter, They had what I wanted in a choice of 3 colors! and two sizes! Eureka! The new masks today are not made with or in the old material a black rubber like material. Back in the early days of my scuba adventures in the early 1970s, almost all the equipment came in the same color choice (like the much earlier Model T Ford) , black. I tried one on, it fit, I chose green and about $58 later, I was the proud owner of a clear silicone mask, with neon green trim that comes in it's own plastic carrying case!

It turned out that this shop was the same one, twice removed, that had previously been quite close to me. My quest was now completed!

Now all of a sudden I was nearly in tears thinking about what it had been like years ago when I was actively diving. We had two 'nearby" dive choices, fresh wate rfilled stone quarries in Pennsylvania or a 2 hour drive through the neigboring state of New Jersey, to the Atlantic Ocean. Our scuba club would charter boats to take us off shore to explore underwater ship wreckage.

I have always wanted to warm water dive. A warm water dive to me is anywhere that a wet suit is not required. (Think Jacque Coustou) I find that desire is still with me on my own 'bucket' list. Diving is a feeling of comfortable, weightless wandering underwater to look at the sealife below. Just like all of those National Geogarphic or Nature TV shows.

Now, if I could figure out how to fufill that dream on an almost$0 budget, I'm ready to go!

  
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RIPPEDPAUL1 7/10/2010 9:52PM

    a good story and keep looking and you'll find a way to fulfill your wish

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TX_3XDAD 7/6/2010 2:36PM

    You go!

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SUNNYWBL 6/28/2010 1:09AM

    I think all scuba divers are at least a little crazy! And yea, living near an ocean and diving again, priceless! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 6/27/2010 6:12PM

    Sunny, I just met someone at our NH Spark rally who scuba dives with a passion and belongs to a scuba diving team here, which she says is frequented by a bunch of fun, crazy people. I bet you'd enjoy it!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/26/2010 5:30AM

    I used to scuba dive, but have let my certification lapse. I use my scuba mask and fins for lake swimming these days. I totally understand about lake "ick", but am lucky that I can get in our lake without having to touch the bottom (much).

I'm glad you were able to get a good mask.

BTW, I wore a wet suit when I scuba dived in Grand Cayman. I guess it depends on how deep you go, now that I think about it. When I did a shallower dive down there, I didn't need the suit.

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GLORYB2014 6/25/2010 7:31AM

    I can't even swim Sunny! But I can dog paddle and I do love the water!
Your blog was very interesting, do you have a lot on your 'Bucket List?'

I hope you get to fulfill your dream!
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RASCALSMOMMA 6/25/2010 12:14AM

    Wont it be great when the lakes and rivers are clean again and we can snorkel and dive to some miraculous beauty. The Bible calls it Paradise. I will simply call it HOME. Many hugs Laurie

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WALKINGDAVE 6/24/2010 11:38PM

    I have always wanted to learn to scuba dive, one of my sons and my dh have all the gear and the boy dived last summer down at my parents cottage looking for the anchor off the old dock. I wish I could do it too. Always felt too out of shape and fat to take the course though..............I've been trying to think of a new goal since my major reason for losing weight isn't possible anymore............and now I've found it..Thanks for the motivation! My number one goal...the biggie is learning how to scuba dive and then DOING IT!! Thanks for the wonderful idea! emoticon emoticon

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FOXXYROXXYD 6/24/2010 8:09PM

    Glad you found what you needed!
Now, put your mind to it and I am sure you will figure out a way to check that warm water dive off your bucket list!

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DIDMIS 6/24/2010 8:08PM

    O Sunny you write so good. It kept my interest up to the last word. Good for you.

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NELLIEC 6/24/2010 7:10PM

    That sounds great!

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Wherein many a drat (or worse) might have been uttered again!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Along with my Whining, I forgot to mention that while I was doing a little multitasking, never a good idea, I was filling my bathtub to take a mind-soothing bubble bath. Suddenly I remembered the bath and rushed to the door to see the bath water starting over the rim of the tub. Augh! I got the water turned off and the tub plug pulled and then threw every towel into the flood to keep it from the wall-to-wall carpet in the hallway. Did I mention that the house is built on a slab of concrete? I saved the hallway, but every towel was sopping wet which I threw into the tub because I had forgotten to replace the plug and the tub was empty and so was the hot water heater!

As the Pennsylvania Dutch say, "We get too soon old and too late, smart!"

  
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YJNANA 6/16/2010 8:16PM

    SUNNY, I don't do well at Multi tasking, especially if I am cooking..................Glad you didn't leave the house :)

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NELLIEC 6/16/2010 3:39PM

    Aaaaaagggggghhhhh! It does sound like a good environment for mushrooms!

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RASCALSMOMMA 6/16/2010 8:38AM

    I like Pennsylvania Dutchmen. They make great mushrooms! So will you if you keep overflowing with moisture! Sorry babe. Hope your day is going better! Hugs Laurie

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SUZYMOBILE 6/16/2010 7:21AM

    Argh! Well, things are bound to get better, eh?

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FREEDOMSTAR 6/16/2010 12:01AM

    Sunny you had a bad long day hope Sun is out tomorrow and all is forgotten


cheers
John



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Wherein many a drat (or worse) has been uttered.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bah Humbug! I'm starting to grow gills.... Enough with the clouds and rain already!

I got the washer installed last Friday. Who knew that between the old washer and the new, the standard width had increased by 3 inches! The washer and dryer no longer fit evenly in my cramped utility room! And when I went to run the washer they hadn't turned on the cold water! So until I hang upside down behind the washer to turn it on, no washing for me!I did try everywhere to find a slightly narrower machine but am unable to find the $$ It would require more than double the price!!!

Since I needed to remove about half of my pantry shelves in the utility room to allow the installers to work, shelving and canned goods are all over the place in my kitchen and garage. Untidiness gets on my last nerve. Sometimes the life of a single senior woman is vastly overrated. emoticon

Last week, when I reinstalled my central air, (ie a box fan in the LR,) I dislodged the old wooden storm window, which fell on the corner and sprung the frame. My attempts to reinstall it have met with no success as the wood is too swollen. I will have to repair it when we get some dry weather.

I will get to Curve's and Gold's today which is my only link (actually a slim thread) to sanity. The good news is that my eating is under control since something has to be!!! My emoticon is still at 155...

Did I mention that although I have my lawn mower out of it's winter storage, it has still been too wet to even try to start, let alone cut grass. emoticon

  
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LJCANNON 6/16/2010 12:11AM

    Thank Goodness for Curves and Gold's. What would we do without them and our Spark Peeps?
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RASCALSMOMMA 6/15/2010 6:31PM

    Enjoy your central air Sunny! THink warm and bright luminescence's. Hence your name SunnyWBL! Hey you may have drove em there But I Taught em to read! lol hugs

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SUZYMOBILE 6/15/2010 5:16PM

    There are times when my Spark plan is the only thing I can control, too!

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DIDMIS 6/15/2010 4:34PM

    I know what you mean Sunny. It is difficult to be a single woman sometimes with no grown kids around to help out. I have a very small space in my bathroom where my washer and drier are also. I have Kenmore and Kenmore does make, or did make smaller washers, Hope they still do. I had several washers go out on me but the drier keeps plugging along. I don't know about the stack washer and drier. Have you ever considered it? My girlfriend has one and loves it.
Have a sunny day.

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MNNSAIDE 6/15/2010 3:00PM

    Hang in there Sunny

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Marcy

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