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Tuesday, its quite windy & dusty out!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

No outdoor walking for me then. Not more than a month ago we had a dusty time of it and I wasn't careful enough to avoid the dust and I felt like I was expelling dust for 3 days afterward so no thanks with the outdoor walking today. I'm going to do my treadmill and elliptical and a Leslie Sansone video for my exercise and I'll break it up so I may get in enough exercise yet.
So since last Saturday these are my walking stats

4/19 15,059 steps; 6.48 miles; 90 active walking minutes
4/20 14,633 steps; 6.30 miles; 101 active walking minutes
4/21 16,134 steps; 7 miles; 104 active minutes

I've done 60 minutes of elliptical, 120 minutes of yoga and about 45 minutes of stretching as well. Sunday & today are Leslie Sansone video days, which works out well with the dust so heavy today! Strength Training almost ought to be today but its Wednesday and Saturday this week! I'll go back to M/W/F next week.

Its supposed to be round 92 degrees today. Its noon right now and I went to bed at 630am and went right to sleep but noise and being a little too warm was working to wake me up. (Plus my stomach is being a pest so I needed to drink some carbonation which helps!) Next door they are having their carpets cleaned which is kind of noisy since homes are so close together here. They are going to have a baby in a few months so they are preparing accordingly. They know they are having a boy!

Paolo was having a discussion with the neighbor and I caught a glimpse of 2 guys talking serious shop. Paolo is in the business world but the guy next door is a chef for a hotel over on the tourist drag. Anyhow, last week the house on the end had a party and quite a loud one at that. It didn't bother me and most people it seems. They were playing loud music and all that which may have bothered the next neighborhood over the brick wall but they quieted down round 10pm I believe. Paolo was annoyed with the party since he was trying to rest but I know he remembered what it was being in his 20's. I do think if you are going to throw that kind of soiree then you may want to warn your neighbors since we have homes very close together. (If we were any closer you may as well call it Brownstone living.) They went round many topics and Paolo let me know what they were talking about with the house on the end and some guys are worse than a sewing circle with talking story and trash :)~

So the SO was expressing that he wanted to have a baby with me. (We've had this discussion before & sometimes he gets to longing for another one, sigh) He likes babies and he is good with them. I like children but if I can have one and its already 4 years old I'm fine with that. I've been through the infant and pre-toddler stage with 2 nieces and I really don't want to go there again. I technically could have a baby but I've never found a man I wanted to have a baby with until now and I am getting toward Halle Berry territory so taking care of a baby human being isn't really my idea of practicality or being reasonable. Paolo knew my feelings ever since we've known one another so it isn't a surprise for him. He basically said its really that he wishes he had his two with me instead of the ex. I said so why didn't you wait then lol. (I know impractical because he didn't know me when he had his two with his ex) I think its somewhat that his two are growing up and the young male is almost in University territory and the young female is going to be in middle school in the fall. We're pretty careful we don't have a baby since I don't want to deal with that.

I usually don't watch TV but House Hunters Where Are They Now is on so I am listening in the background to distract me from my stomach issues. Its improving though since I had some carbonation. I don't know why that helps, it just does.

My hair is in a pixie cut so its pretty short, when I have my shower later I'm going to wash it. I have this strange idea that after I do my hair I must wait at least 4 days before I wash it lol. Its time though to wash it and then I can just let it air dry and style it with my hands and be done with it. Paolo likes it he said but he met me when I had short hair so he's used to it. He jokes the time I don't bother with my hair and makeup means I have more time to devote to him. (A sense of humour he has.)

So it looks like in August we'll take 2-3 weeks and go to Italy while the young ones are with their Mom back East. We like to take active holidays. I'm not much for shopping, food and that type of vacation. I want to walk, hike, see historical sites that kind of thing but I'll eat there as well lol. Of course I will, just reasonably. We are going to use that time as our wedding trip because we never have taken one yet. We knew it may be some time before we had a block of time to go away alone together so we are making the plans now. Paolo wants to hit Rome but I'm more of a Verona, Florence type of girl so we'll see how it turns out. He's going to make the plans so I'm okay with that. He says to me you make the plans when we are in the states but in Europe I'll make the arrangements. Makes good sense!

Anyhow Have a Good Earth Day & I'm out for now~

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EDLEAR 4/23/2014 2:04AM

    Yes, babies are a huge commitment

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SETTIMIA 4/23/2014 12:11AM


Hey darling how are you, I know that you will probably understand a bit of Italian. What part of Italy does Paolo come from?

Have a great day

Saluti cari

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    Since I go to bed very early and wake up early quiet neighbors are a must for me. Thank goodness I don't live on a block with parties going on. Dog barking has stopped but that is about all we get here.

My clients are going on their yearly trip to Italy. They have a time share there. You'll love it!

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IGNITEME101 4/22/2014 5:13PM

    Europe sounds fun! Babies are so precious! Long as you are both happy, though.

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UMBILICAL 4/22/2014 5:13PM

  Sounds like Oklahoma

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SUNSHINE99999 4/22/2014 5:07PM

  great all the way around. I hope your week finished up well. emoticon

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Monday evening its cooler~

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It was round 93 degrees today and I got in just over 16,000 steps which I didn't expect but Brava to me. I'm back to my full exercise which is a relief and kindness to myself. I have done walking, elliptical, stretching, yoga and Leslie Sansone over 2 days and this week only I am doing 2 strength training days. I want to do the core alone one day and upper body one day and skip the lower body this week. I have been doing elliptical so my legs may be jelly this week and I don't want extreme over taxation lol.

Smokey emoticon says hello! He is outdoors a lot since its nicer outside and he loves to sleep in the planters where the trees and flowers are. I'll take pics since the back yard is complete now and you can see how small it is. The trees are just getting to bring their leaves in and there is a lot of rock back there since we live in the desert and must conserve water.

I was thinking about as soon as everyone is done with AT&T in terms of their contracts defecting over to T-Mobile. They have excellent coverage here and I am tired of having issues with AT&T. I may burst an artery and I am trying to keep my stress level down. Plus we are thinking about dumping Direct TV and just keeping internet. The only thing holding us on to satellite is live sports.

The young one has finished paying his dad (Paolo) for the truck. It is about 12-13 years old! A Toyota truck if you do the maintenance, change the oil properly and middle grade gas is used then the vehicle lasts for a long time. Its a 2002 Tacoma and it looks really nice and its kept up proper. Oh, I forgot to mention Paolo says thanks for all the well wishers from 2 weeks ago saying he was a good dad and he was doing the right thing about having the young one pay his way. He knew that he was doing the correct idea but sometimes he feels maybe he is too disciplined with the 2 young ones. I said no way, there never can be enough discipline when it comes to the cost of living; instilling appreciation and discipline so they know life is expensive and they can't take things for granted that we will always pay their way for them. Work is what pays for life. Food, clothing, extras and all that.

Thank You as well for all the well wishes and Spark Goodies over the past week, its lovely to have such fabulous Spark Friends who support and encourage one another!

In the articles section I found the section where it says "More Great Resources" the last section says "The Spark Diet" and you can earn 10 points a day for each section. I am in Stage 2, Healthy Diet Habits; I can use all the help I can get. A fair amount is reinforcement but to keep food, exercise, water, sleep, relaxation and stress relief in balance is a fabulous and wonderful idea!

Dinner was leftovers tonight and now I am able to cook food again since we had a fair amount of leftovers going on since last Thursday. I have to skip anymore beans because my Aunt put a lot of Tony Cachere in them and it affects my digestion and system too badly. Paolo and everyone else loved them. I did too but my system doesn't like red pepper so much. I think tomorrow I will make chicken, broccoli and a stir fry. I need to hit the market for fresh fruit and vegetables but otherwise we are stocked up for a week or two.

Right now I am having a cup of fruit salad and today I managed round 1500 calories and I'm good. My nutrition tracker wants me to have gotten in 1900-2200 cals but I can't eat that much its too hard to eat that much in a day. 1600 is usually the max out area for the day. I skipped another slice of lemon cake today but I had 2 smaller slices yesterday. That was enough yesterday. My Aunt said that I don't eat a lot and I said a lot of food doesn't agree with me but I don't eat continually no, just when I am actually hungry for food.

I'm signing out for the night Happy Tuesday~

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BOBINVA 4/22/2014 3:53PM

    Hi smokey.

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IGNITEME101 4/22/2014 3:06PM

    You're doing great!

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RACEWELLWON 4/22/2014 9:29AM

    Wow all good news - 16,000 woo hoo !! Was wondering if you reserve the water from Hard Boiled eggs to water plants as it has a ton of protein - a friend of mine does that and I picked up the habit as well for my indoor plants wow my fichus tree is huge ! lol - I split my core and upper body as well as I really work my legs everyday as well . Smokey - too cute just loves the outdoors :) Yes my dogs are very happy !! Hugs K

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    Let your DH know that there are people in the world that appreciate correct upbringing of children. I personally think that when they are at the age of demanding/requsting things that aren't essential it's time to start teaching them about economics and the cold hard facts of life. He's a jewel.

When you weren't feeling well my support to you was silent but strong. I know you are a private person and need your space.

Glad you are back at it in exercise. I know how much that means to you.

Looking forward to pictures of your sweet boy.

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SETTIMIA 4/22/2014 3:57AM

    BRAVA, BRAVA, parliano Italiano?! Do the children speak Italian? So what is your height difference with DH?

Ciao to Smokey!

Yummy you sound like a good cook, Paolo and the children are very lucky.

Have a great day

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Pictures of Spring flowers~

Monday, April 21, 2014

A couple are slightly unclear it seems but you can see the colours and types of desert flowers we have. These were taken a few weeks ago but I'm getting round to posting them finally!

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LJCANNON 4/22/2014 7:23AM

    emoticon Beautiful Proof that Spring really is almost here!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/21/2014 11:03PM

    So colorful. I love the desert. I took some wild flower pics today. Hope to post them soon!

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BOLEBRON 4/21/2014 9:44PM

    Beautiful! I love Spring

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BARBANNA 4/21/2014 7:19PM

    They are beautiful just like you! Thanks for sharing! God made a beautiful planet for we earthlings to enjoy. I love how everything is in full bloom. Have a great week! emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 4/21/2014 6:43PM

    Gorgeous , just like you !! :) hugs k - thanks for the blog Love :0

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SHIRLEYX 4/21/2014 10:56AM

    Nice flowers, I guess that spring really is here!

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SHERYLP461 4/21/2014 9:59AM

    The flowers are amazing, I think I've seen a few of them, but most were new to me. I was driving by a pine scrub area yesterday, we have both creeping charlies with their bright yellow blooms and pawpaws blooming now. Just wonderful!

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SETTIMIA 4/21/2014 7:18AM

    Aww they are so vibrant! In answer to your question, the difference is about 8 inches, and we measure in feet! wot about you guys?


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CVRONEK 4/21/2014 6:41AM

    What beautiful flowers! SO different from what is going on, in Richmond, Va!

Thank you for sharing them.

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POSITIVE41 4/21/2014 5:43AM

    Very nice - thanks for sharing.

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    Beautiful and so delicate. Enjoy while they are blooming.

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IGNITEME101 4/21/2014 4:12AM

    Very nice!

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EDLEAR 4/21/2014 2:39AM

    How delicate your flowers look!

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Happy Sunday of Resurrection

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I have time to start an entry and to sit down for a little bit! I may make this a rest day from walking but I do enjoy my walking and yoga. I don't plan on having a lot for dinner but beans, quinoa and broccoli is a lot of protein and good stuff. I'll have a little slice of lemon cake later on this evening.

Paolo is a good man but I feel he needs to stop giving me things. He gave me a pretty nice fitted bracelet for Easter. (Its an overboard kind of thing to me and he knows it.) He says its a husband's privilege to buy me things. I have learned to accept gracefully. I was just letting you all know how I felt about it. It isn't even about not feeling worthy or guilty. I am just a practical sort, always have been in life. He was waiting for me to give him a protest but I declined to bite the dangling carrot. I said thank you my dear husband, its fabulous and lovely and I appreciate it. He looked like he was very surprised I didn't give him heck, lol. Its better this way, less drama and stress. I don't need something every Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter...I would be alright with just my birthday honestly :)~

The 2 young ones received an Easter present of Amazon gift cards! They were grateful and no candy except for some jelly bellies and peanut butter eggs which Paolo bought them and they hide that from me, per my instructions as I am addicted so best to keep them out of my mind!

Oh its dinner time gotta run now. I will report more later here~

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    Very smart woman not protesting! Sounds like a lovely day.

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DALID414 4/20/2014 9:57PM

    Love Jelly Bellies, which is why we have none either!

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/20/2014 8:03PM

    Sounds like a lovely day over all. Your Hubby sounds sweet. Good advice for you kids. I love Peanut Butter cups as well lol. emoticon

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WDIPIM 4/20/2014 7:58PM

  God Bless

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Today is fairly warm

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I did some walking already so I have over 6000 steps for the day but I need to have dinner so I will do that quite soon and then go out walking again round 645pm and get in at least 13K steps for the day and I'll make that with an hour of walking but I usually go for 90 minutes.

Today we were finishing up hanging some cabinets and sweeping, vacuuming, moping and finishing up heavy cleaning tasks. Tomorrow the cars will be washed and early next week Smokey gets his immunizations for the year. I am reading 3 magazines that came this last week; Real Simple, Good Housekeeping and Better Homes and Gardens.

I only subscribe to Real Simple and Better Homes & Gardens otherwise my cousin or Mom send over their subscriptions and they read mine. I also read a few at the library when I go over once a month. I like to keep down the amount of junk mail and trash I need to dispose of. I have trash pick up twice a week and recycle once every other week so it is a bit inequitable since I have way more recycle than trash most of the time. The people who throw out their trash so much makes me wonder. A lot of it could go into the recycle.

Okay, I think I need to finish this up later since I am really getting hungry. Leftovers are for tonight definitely because cooking isn't on my radar for the day. Most of the time on Saturday or the day before a holiday I don't cook. We're not going overboard with dinner tomorrow. Just a nice dinner though so that will be nice not to eat tons of leftovers for weeks, its not my thing.

EDIT-Its 835pm and I went for an hour walk and I have 15,000 steps for the day. I figure if I keep myself active then I really only need an hour's active walk and doing my cardio videos and strength training for the most part. Tomorrow I am going to restart my program and then evaluate what I like and don't care for about it and adjust. I already did figure out yoga is better in the morning. As it gets warmer I am going to do an hour walk in the morning so I can spread the love out and I don't get overtired with exercise during the hottest summer months. I do like 90 minutes-2 hours of walking a day, a cardio video or two and yoga. Strength Training is 3 times a week so I think that all is doable as time goes on!

I'm about to eat my snack and then hot the showers and wind on down for the evening since I'm sure there will be plenty to do tomorrow since my Aunt will be staying overnight and go back home Monday!

Happy Easter and have a lovely Sunday~

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GERIKRAGH 4/20/2014 1:30PM

    You sound busy. Have a happy Easter!

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    Have a wonderful visit with your aunt. Happy Easter.

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/20/2014 2:49AM

    Your doing well. emoticon
I get Better Homes & Garden too. Have a wonderful Easter!!

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DALID414 4/20/2014 12:55AM

    Happy Easter

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SETTIMIA 4/20/2014 12:50AM

    HAPPY EASTER emoticon

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IGNITEME101 4/19/2014 9:25PM

    Your post make me smile! Just because it's you, I suppose. Glad to hear today is a good day!


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