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A Weekend on Crescent City Harbor

Monday, March 10, 2014

We traveled up the coast about 80 miles to attend my grandson's basketball tournament. (This was the first time we had taken the 5th-wheel out since hubby got his new pick-up.) We stayed at Shoreline RV Park right on the harbor.

Some of our neighbors...

Battery Point Lighthouse, which is only accessible at low tide and a foot path...

Out in front of the restaurant where we lunched there were between thirty and fifty sea lions sunning themselves. These wild sea lions were totally okay with having people approach them. Many folks got so close they would have been in danger had these animals had turned aggressive. But they were so absorbed in their sunbath nothing seemed to disturb them...

Although extremely beautiful, shiny and sleek, these creatures were beyond smelly. They stunk...

This was sunrise on Saturday morning, and it's true! 'Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning.'

When our day of basketball games was done and we returned to the park at dusk, we got to watch these brave or reckless souls scooting along the very windy bay right before a monumental storm broke...

Through the night our trailer rocked with the wind and was beaten by torrential rain. In the morning, we found that we were sitting in the middle of a small shallow lake. These two Canadian Geese were right outside our door, searching for their breakfast...

My husband caught a short break in the rain, got us hitched to the pick-up and on our way home. It was a fantastic short trip, watching my grandson's team play three games (they lost, but not without a valiant effort) and many little walks on the beach with our dogs before the storm set in. It was a GREAT little get-away!!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/12/2014 5:27AM

    Beautiful and natural photos. I know you had a great time.

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GABY1948 3/11/2014 3:21PM

    BEAUTIFUL, thanks for sharing!

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FISHINGLADY66 3/10/2014 3:58PM

    Absolutely awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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So I went for a walk...

Monday, January 13, 2014

A couple weeks ago, I fell forward in my office (big klutz) and although I thought I was healing apparently I really tweaked my hip, which keeps stiffening up if I sit for more than a few minutes. Getting old is really NOT for sissies. I just turned 67. So I need to workout, but it hurts. I decided that walking would be best and I live only a mile for the Pacific Ocean... So I took my dogs and went to the beach. North Little River Beach to be more specific...

It was NOT a lovely day... foggy, cold... but I'm used to that.
I made it down the stairs that were clearly not made for old ladies with sore hips, even my little dogs had a hard time with the angle. However, my Fitbit didn't notice the elevation change at all.
Which way to go...

We picked the Near Beach Trail since I wanted to walk near the surf.

I haven't visited this beach for many, many years. Probably around 40 years, so I was pretty surprised to find...

I had no idea that it was snowy plover nesting season, nor that large sections of the dunes are closed for restoration. This was the maze that led to the beach...

I love the beach and I am thankful for all the work that is being done to restore and preserve it. Eventually, I met some snowy plovers... By now I was getting tired and decided to try to find my way back. But alas, I was lost. We walked quit a long way before I realized that I had missed the entrance to the maze. Since we had walked beyond the restoration postings we went cross country over the dunes to find our way back (it was a little scary) and my little dogs were running out of gas. I had to carry Buttercup for awhile, but we made it!

By the time we got back to the car all four of us were pretty tired, but all the stiffness was gone from my hip and I plan to do it again today Although I will try to skip the getting lost part and will try to enjoy the ocean more. After I returned I found out we were having record breaking waves for this area and I missed them due to the fog!!!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/8/2014 7:40PM

    emoticon Beautiful.

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/17/2014 2:57PM

    In a way that was a good exercise. Just adjust it the next time.

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CATLADY52 1/13/2014 6:10PM

    emoticon You really weren't lost you just decided to go for a stroll. emoticon

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GABY1948 1/13/2014 5:36PM

    What a lovely walk....I felt like I was there with you! Wish I could have been! Walking the beach sounds fabulous! Have a GREAT night! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 1/13/2014 4:46PM

    Walking in the dunes is hard work! I am glad it did help your hip though. Walking is often the best exercise, I am convinced of it. :)

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FISHINGLADY66 1/13/2014 4:19PM

    emoticon Wish I lived close to a beach. So glad you had fun. Hope your hip gets better every day.

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BOB5148 1/13/2014 11:46AM

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LM.JACKSON 1/13/2014 11:39AM

    I am so envious ... would love to walk the beach here, but it is covered with dangerous ice dunes and the temp is a little warmer than normal (47) which only makes them even more treacherous.
Instead I am heading to my Mom's retirement center to join her in their Silver sneakers probram. Hope the hip heals up quickly ...

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Sugar :(

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

1-1-14 This morning I joined a team that I hope will help me break my sugar addiction. Of course I didn't run across it till after I started this day off with about 7 cookies. I also weighted myself this morning and was encouraged to see that I am down to 196.2, which is not good, but is better than the 199 I was at just before Christmas. I have found that when I log my food I become obsessed with it, so I quit. Right now I'm trying to use what I have learned on this site regarding healthy eating and to measure and watch my portion sizes. So far that seems to be working for me. Soon the Christmas sugar will be out of the house and I will have less temptations with it. My next big hurtle is to get back into regular workouts... starting today... and figuring out how to make this posting private.

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GABY1948 1/2/2014 10:21AM

    You are so right....196 is WAY better than 199 and it is the small goals that work the best! emoticon emoticon emoticon

P.S. I gave up sugar a year ago last September 1, (I don't count the hidden sugar in things as long as it is less than 5 grams/serving) and let me tell you, I will never go back to it...I feel better...less aches and pains too! God Bless your efforts to be sugar free! emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/1/2014 3:21PM

    There is a way to do it on the start page.

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ABB698 1/1/2014 11:26AM

    emoticon sugar is a hard one for all of us. I need to get back to tracking as well. Let's do this my friend!
Happy New Year!

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North Coast Water Garden Pond Tour

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Yesterday my husband and I attended the third and final pond tour of this year. Although it didn't provide nearly enough exercise, it as always provides food for the soul and inspiration for our pond. We also skipped the barbecue at the end, which was good for our diet.

The first stop was at the home of a ceramic artist. His pond had a Mediterranean theme and was exotic and beautiful...

He also had some really magnificent Koi. A couple of them were easily over two feet long.

Unfortunately, my best pictures of the fish are too large to load here


This is a fat, happy little alligator lizard that was sunning himself on the warm rocks...

The next pond belongs to a day trader & his artist wife. The pond was very interesting and quite deep, but the landscaping needed a lot of work.

There were lots of well developed aquatic plants and huge healthy fish, but the pond just seems to erupt in the middle of a weed patch.

The water lilies were thriving.

This view shows the giant pump/filtration system needed to keep this pond healthy.

One of our tour guides bought this very interesting vessel for the ceramic sculpture wife.

Back to the pond...

At our final stop the pond and fish were much smaller, but they were set in perfectly manicured landscaping and quite beautiful.

There were some interesting primitive art works decorating the fence behind the pond.

Another view of the pond.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into ponding. Many of my pictures were to large to load so I'm including this link for anyone who wants to see more...

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful SPARKling Sunday.

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GABY1948 8/28/2013 9:36AM

    GREAT pics! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/12/2013 5:46PM

    Thank you for sharing your pictures. They are really pretty and I like the lizard (although I would have been afraid of him, lol.) Glad you and your hubby had such a nice time!

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SLACHETKA103145 8/12/2013 5:36AM

    emoticon emoticon ideas....

The last one is especially nice but I think the one you said needed work is my justs seems to me to show a naturalistic pond! Not man made!


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KAYYVAUGHN 8/11/2013 4:04PM

    Garden tours are so interesting, especially those with a pond. Thanks for the photos.

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ABB698 8/11/2013 2:50PM

    Gorgeous! Love the ponds and those giant Koi were too cool! :D Thanks for sharing!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/11/2013 12:27PM

    Absolutely Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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LM.JACKSON 8/11/2013 12:01PM

    I just love the photos!!! Sure gives me incentive to work on my pond more ... it still hasn't cleared up ... I hope it does before summer is over! Fish are doing fine ... however I don't have nice koi like the ones in your photos. I'm thinking next year I might have to find a pond walk to take!
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JACKIE542 8/11/2013 11:08AM

    Thank you, they look so pretty. Someday I will have one. emoticon

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Never Quit Pledge

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

... as posted by Mother Nature with a challenge to copy and post. Thank you Mother Nature!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/30/2013 7:50PM

    emoticon pledge. Now you know what to do. Best wishes. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/29/2013 7:45AM

    emoticon You will make it.

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JOANNS4 7/28/2013 7:46PM

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JEANNE229 7/28/2013 10:24AM

    Should put this on the bulletin board: my refrigerator.

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