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Repeat from Six years ago.....What is Exercise Anyway???

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I was going through my blog entries hunting a recipe to post on Facebook for my Crock-pot Apple butter......when I ran across this blog posted by me six years ago. It made me laugh so I thought I would share this one again. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it....

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Everyday seems to be full of time consuming tasks...Whose isn't? Today it was the telephone man to work on my DSL. He informed me my problem was in my upstream and downstream. Actually he said it was in my upstream that I had the problem...Great, if I had known that every time I sat down at this computer I was going upstream and down stream I would have counted it as cardio.....Upstream, being harder, I should have gotten more points ...Agree?
This charting of exercise is really confusing.... I can chart heavy house cleaning....exactly what is that...........Is that, for instance when I get down on my tummy and scoot under the bed to retrieve that one sock and must slide out backwards and get up on two feet again. It should be.....I am huffing and puffing a lot harder then, than when I walk a mile at the park....
Then there is grocery shopping.....it isn't even on the list...go figure!
Think of it.......You get this buggy and push it all over the store as fast as conditions will allow. You put items weighing from a few ounces to....let's see a gallon of milk weighs 8 pounds, in this said cart. Pushing up one isle and down another searching for the item that was right there seven days ago, when you were there last. Up this isle, skip that isle( 7people are having a family reunion there)... go to the next isle,....... back, the reunion is still going on........... get the light bulbs on the other side of the store....back, the reunion is still there............ you forgot the the hand soap, it is in the health and beauty isle ........right up from the light bulbs....you go back to that side of the store and finally when you come back the family reunion is over and you retrieve the items from that isle and head to check out.
.......Everything you have spent hours loading, lifting and lowering into the buggy, now has to be lifted and lowered onto a checkout belt one at a time till that buggy, that you filled to the top, is now empty....and of course, after you have put your now empty purse back on your shoulder, you help the girl to put each and every item, now appropriately bagged back into said buggy......out the door and 3/4 mile to the back of the parking lot....that is now mostly empty because it is 10:43pm. All those bags full of the items you just lifted and lowered into the buggy are now lifted and lowered into the car. "Don't forget to stop and get gas,"
you say to yourself as you hop into the car, "or you'll be walking home
with this stuff on your back."
Driving home is a short breather. You gather up your purse and the mail in one hand and a few bags from the back in the other.....around the car......5 feet to the steps, up the four steps to the door and slide all into one hand so you can get the keys out of the purse into the lock. (My arm is killing me) Now, in the house maneuver past the bike, hop over the pile of darks that didn't get finished before you had to go shopping, and into the kitchen......Where you lower the bags onto the counter, 'till you can go pee.................... The necessities being taken care of, you turn your attention to the task at hand...lifting everything from it's bag and placing them in their proper spot in the house..... through the dining room down hall to bath - toilet paper....toothpaste, soap.......meat, milk, low fat cheese - refrig..............canned and boxed items - pantry....spices - over the stove....... on and on till all bags are emptied. It isn't over 'till you have made three more trips out to the car and brought that whole buggy full into your house and hopped over that same pile of dark clothes and opened that pantry and placed e-v-e-r-y i-t-e-m in it's spot.....It is now 12:23am...............As you pick up that pile of darks and place them into the just emptied washer, turn it on and the dryer, you realise............"DANG......
.I didn't exercise today!" you possibly could if you hurry but realize it will count for tomorrow...Not today....then reality really sets in ......I can't chart exercise or my 7 hours sleep.........I have to be up at 6:30am tomorrow, I mean today.
Just what is exercise? Walking?...the chart says, yes....house cleaning and grocery shopping? Neither is a walk in the park.....but they are both a cardio workout for me! A walk in the park will get me points and that shopping trip just made me tired.....Tomorrow after that appointment I'll just take a day off............... at the park..........................

...... I'll get points for that. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAREN_01 9/17/2014 8:22AM

    Love it! Isn't it wonderful to discover old gems like that? You are a good writer.

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2BTHINMAMMA 9/17/2014 7:12AM

    Too funny! emoticon

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KAB7801 9/17/2014 5:49AM

    Sounds like me at the grocery store! Spend more time searching emoticon emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 9/17/2014 1:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEB62BIE62 9/16/2014 10:01PM

    I love the cartoon. emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 9/16/2014 4:19PM

    Keep pushing

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Howdy from Me in NE Texas

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Have you all been watching the moon? It has been beautiful this week....my Friend took this picture and I thought I would share it with y'all.

WE have been redoing our bathroom for several months now....this is a before picture.

This is after we tiled the tub surround....

This is after we re finished the counter tops....around the tub. More pictures to come as I get them into the computer....we are now laying tiles(vinyl) on the floor....once completed and trim has been done I will have pictures of that too.

That is what I have been doing.....busy! My house is a reck but I will get to that once this is done.

Hope all my Spark Friends are well and happily moving toward a goal.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/11/2014 8:58PM

    Beautiful tile!

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KAB7801 9/11/2014 8:52PM

    Love your bath. I would love to dare that, I have same tub, really needs it. Afraid I'll mess it up. The cutting!

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Jacob's Visit

Saturday, August 02, 2014


Good Saturday Morning to you all. Just a quick note to tell you that it has been a a busy week......my Grandson, Jake has spent the week. It has rained most of the week but we had a few days where we spent outside. One was when we cleaned the ditch. Grandpa said he would give him $20.00 for cleaning out the ditch that runs up our drive way .... I raked leaves into the ditch on one side and Jake shoveled out the ditch and I cleaned the other side. Good workout for both of us...

Jake is a great eater...eats all kinds of veggies...and he has kept me busy cooking. He is just 11 years old and starting to reach the age of "the bottomless pit". Hee Hee I will admit we did have some junk foods.

All in all it has been a wonderful week. Talk more later and you all stop back to see my pictures .

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KAB7801 8/4/2014 3:59AM

    What a cutie!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2014 3:07PM

    Awesome! And for sure, by 11 boys are definitely a bottomless pit! My DS would finish a meal consisting of: salad of some sort, meat, veggie, sometimes potato or rice and a piece of fruit. 1/2 hr. later he's inhaling the contents of the refrigerator cuz he's hungry . . . starving! Oh m lord! Hollow legs????

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Ricochet and the Copperhead

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


My Babies (ShihTzus)

Last Sunday night I sent Hubby outside to get the Shih Tzus out of the play pen because it had gotten dark..... Hubby brought the doggies inside and asked me to take care of them, then rushed back outside......he was gone a while but when he came back inside he had a story to tell......While giving the babies time to potty he noticed Ricochet stalking something....Bruiser, one of the Shih Tzus was trying to see what he was after when Hubby brought everyone in the house..... Ricochet had a 2 1/2 foot long Copperhead....not far from our back door. Who knows what would have happened if Hubby had not seen Ricochet on that snakes trail.....even after it was dead Ricochet continued to swat it with his claws and jump back. I am so thankful for those cats.... glad no one or none of my doggies were hurt... along with the cats.

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KAB7801 7/23/2014 10:08PM

    Wow! Good doggie!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/23/2014 7:40AM

    Oh my goodness!! So glad your hubby went outdoors when he did and this story has a happy ending!

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GOLFGMA 7/23/2014 7:26AM

    Couldn't bear to think about the outcome without the quick action of your cat and husband. So glad all went well!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014


I will try to make this story short....but without a bit of background info... it is hard for you to understand what has been happening over the last few days.

We, my Hubby and I are animal lovers....and living in the country...we are always finding strays somewhere.....and living in the country we have wooded areas all around us....and homesteads where people years ago carved out a clearing and built their home. It also is not unusual for people to drop off animals...kittens, puppies, cats and dogs. I remember years and I mean years ago, I picked up four half grown puppies who had been dropped off along the road in the bottom land where they chased cars coming and going looking for their family. No homes in site....no food no shelter. I took the pick up down there and managed to get these lanky young dogs into the truck and carried them down to the shelter. They refused them because the shelter was run by the city and not the county.....they were found outside the city limits. We had our own dogs...but I carried these doggies home with me and fed them. ....till they killed and ate our chickens while I was gone one day. Hubby was not happy....

Now two years or more (time flies) Miss Kitty showed up and chased our car everytime we went to town.... I learned my lesson.... I do not pick doggies up any more. Hubby is the one who brought this one home. Miss Kitty was a very young adult Black Mouth Kerr..... who we thought might have gotten lost from her owner and hunting party. No one came around to claim her and she stayed here and even had a litter of puppies. We found homes for them and had her fixed. We have outside cats who are also rescues...... Blinky came from WalMart parking lot as a kitten...... Ricochet's Mom came here and had him and two other kittens in our storage building. There was also Whiskers who Hubby brought home from a Truck lot somewhere....just climbed up into the big truck and wrode with him a week or two before he got home. There are others that have come and gone.....we do share this place with the wild animals who live around us ...so if they stay in the yard they are safe....if they go outside the yard hunting there is the danger they will not come back....some of them have just disappeared ... but they all lived here safe and happy as one big happy family.

A year or so ago Miss Kitty (the Black Mouth Kerr...not a cat) started chasing the cats she even dug under the lattis underpinning of the porch....then the underpinning of the house to get to the cats ....who usually escaped to the roof....but we put on a metal roof and it became too hot for the cats and so they found a hole to hide under the house or porches. The only thing left to do was to tie her outside. When Hubby came home and was outside doing chores he would let her loose and after a while we began to think she had learned her lesson and started letting her loose more and even leaving the house with her loose.

So, Tuesday Morning....while I was walking the other dogs....I let Miss Kitty loose and when we were finished I brought the other doggies outside and left her on the back porch where we store firewood....and two feed barrels...which are really trash cans. Scamp came to me and let me know he needed to go...so I let him outside. About thirty minutes later I heard a commotion on the back porch...I ran to the back door......Miss Kitty had Blinky and was shaking her...I opened the door and screamed ...which caused Miss Kitty to drop Blinky and Blinky ran up the porch post to the roof. No coaxing could get her down and I was sure she was hurt. Of course I was furious...I tied up both dogs....and that is where they have been since then. I went back into the house and when I went outside to check on Blinky again ...she was gone. I spent two days calling and searching for Blinky. She was no where in sight for two days.... that is till this morning......

This morning she was on the porch banister where she likes to lay. She came to me and even with the little Shih Tzus she was not afraid.....but she did keep looking behind her like she was still fearful We are now looking for a new home for Miss Kitty whose nature is a hunter....a place without cats.....and a place where there is a hunter who will teach her and train her to follow commands.

I am so grateful that Blinky was not killed. I think what saved her, other than prayer, is there was not much room between the wood pile and the feed barrels...that prevented more shaking......and little Ricochet jumped right in the middle of those dogs to help her out. I have been so sad the last few days.....but today Blinky is safe.


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NHES220 7/11/2014 2:04PM

    So glad Blinky is safe, how scary!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/10/2014 9:03PM

    Oh my gosh! Glad Blinky is all right. **SIGH** What a thing to go through!

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IDLETYME 7/10/2014 7:33PM

    I'd hate to be out there and have to make decisions about the animals. I'm feeding a big cat outside - comes for breakfast and dinner. My kitty is an indoor one. I feel so sorry for the orphan animals. emoticon

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MOTTAMAMALOU 7/10/2014 7:28PM

    By the way…Your cats are gorgeous!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 7/10/2014 7:27PM

    emoticon You have your hands full.

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