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My new bike looks just like this; just no basket of flowers; no bottle of wine in the back rack.

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The crisp cool air, the Goldenrod in the ditches, and the Black-Eyed Susans. That anticipation that "sweater weather" will arrive soon.

The fruit trees in the yard will go dormant for the year; already the fig trees have lost their leaves. The ripe, heavy fruit on the citrus trees is beginning to show tinges of orange!

Dratted squirrels ate ALL the persimmons; but I wish them the joy of them. Squirrels have to eat, too.

The bike trails where are I ride, mostly Rails to Trails, are lush with the first glow of autumn. Deer grazing, unafraid, just off the trail; once, a rattlesnake sunning itself on the bike path. Just steered clear, and wished her well.

It is almost time to cook up my yearly extra large batch of vegan gingerbread. This recipe uses a ton of fresh, grated ginger root, and just the right amount of spice. I make extra to give to friends, and also secret serving size portions in the freezer for later. Delicious on a chilly afternoon with a cup of hot tea. Wonderful!

Isn't life just so full of delightful small pleasures? How can every day not bring numerous opportunities for experiencing beauty, love, joy, gratitude?

Wishing all of you the pleasures of the season as the year winds to a close --and a bright new year that will come close on its heels.

Member Since: 1/4/2011

Fitness Minutes: 31,153

My Goals:
To squeeze every bit of joy and beauty out every single moment of every single day!

My Program:
Ride my new bike as often and as far as possible!

Eat healthy.

Enjoy every moment of every day!

Personal Information:
I live in sunny Florida, and am so grateful for the fabulous weather here! I have a very large yard (approx. 1 acre), and it is filled with flowering bushes and fruit trees. It is like a sanctuary; my private garden of Eden.

I have two elderly rescue dogs that I adore. I spoil them terribly.

I am addicted to audiobooks and have a very large collection of them. My preferred genre is Fantasy Fiction.

Other Information:
I have distinct leanings toward the Wiccan version of spirituality.

I am probably the happiest, most content person I know!

I have so much to be grateful for in my life. I feel like I am living in a sea of bounty, and daily count the many wondrous blessings that the universe had bestowed upon me.


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    Hi, Carol here from The Step Diet team, stopping by with a smile to cheer up your day!

    Here is Brenda Willis' very very inspirational story of taking small steps, resulting in losing 140+lbs in 15 months, via The Step Diet. Pay close attention to where she says something similar to, '5 mins one day; 6 mins the next day'. YES. Exactly.

    She has kept it off 7+ years and is a highly paid motivational speaker. One small step at time, one day at a time.

    Here's is Brenda's story, this video is 2 mins 20 seconds, very short:

    2544 days ago
    Hello beautiful!! I hope you have a lovely and productive day! Keep writing!!!
    2741 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page. I so love riding Rails to Trails trails. My husband and I love to do the Florida Bike Safari in the spring. It starts in Live Oak and ends in Cherry Lake. Great rides and wonderful people. They rides are not on trails, but still fun to do.

    Just keep riding, it is great fun, good for your health, and just makes you feel good.


    2756 days ago
    Thanks for your nice comment on my status today. True, yesterday was long and emotional but mostly good emotional but still draining.

    Today became more challenging as it went on but your comment made me see that things are not so bad.

    Thank you for affecting my day in a positive way!

    2783 days ago
    Thank you SOO Much for all your wonderful comments on my blog! It's friends like you that make Sparkpeople so special, and I treasure those comments and goodies and hugs!!! You mean SO MUCH to me, and I hope you know that you are one the most motivating and kindest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing ! :) THANK YOU!!!!
    2789 days ago
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