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Just one delicious morning

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'm using the word delicious in a non-food way. The air outside is just so wonderful. It is cool, and refreshing. The kittens are energized, playing on the patio and under the deck. They do not want to come inside. Neither do I. I stand out on the deck or stroll on the patio watching them, sipping my coffee mug while the sky begins to lighten. What a day to be alive!

When my body is properly nurtured and rested, it leaves my thought freer to appreciate fully the joy of simply being alive.

May you all be blessed with such days... and store them away in your memory to cherish for years to come.

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KATIE33MAHALA 8/29/2011 8:06AM

    What a wonderfully delicious blog!

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CHRYS13 8/27/2011 1:28PM

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PUDLECRAZY 8/26/2011 8:26AM

    These late summer, early fall days....nothing describes them better than delicious!

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2011 7:18AM

    These late summer mornings have a little fall snap in the air: wonderfully refreshing!!

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HOT4FITNESS 8/25/2011 5:10PM

    Here's to more delicious days ahead!!


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DEBRA0818 8/25/2011 1:23PM

    My favorite outdoor experience is to open the door to cool and refreshing air -- it is delicious! YUM!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/25/2011 9:58AM

    We are having one of those days, too. Just got back from my walk. It's so refreshing to be able to walk in the cool morning air/sunshine. Have a great day, Barb!

PS: thanks for the goodie!

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BARBAELLEN 8/25/2011 9:45AM

    We're always trying to do all kinds of things, and buy all kinds of things that make us feel good. Sometimes they work, sometimes not. Isn't it amazing the huge effect that a PERFECT day has on our overall feeling of well-being? Glad you're living out one of those days!
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CONCHA77 8/25/2011 8:47AM

    Spark on, Barb! Life is Good! Thanks for sharing.

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COMPUCATHY 8/25/2011 8:40AM

    You are so right! It IS a delicious morning...and a good night's sleep does help us to appreciate it! Have a good day! You are looking great! Keep up the good work! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/25/2011 8:37AM

    I SO agree - it is a fabulous day!

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_LINDA 8/25/2011 8:16AM

    What a fantastic start to your day! I had the exact same experience in the calm peaceful mornings I spent in my Mom's beautiful back yard, only it was drinking water for me, can't stand coffee, Mom was the one drinking it lol. We have had the best summer in a very, very long time and I was so happy to spend my recovery there. I was able to read for long hours every day outside from dawn to dusk!!
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday! Love your new background photo!

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MSLZZY 8/25/2011 8:03AM

    A very wonderful thought! Have a great and SParktacular day!

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Second childhood

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On Saturday morning, I will be definitely centered in my second childhood. That is if I can ever be considered to have left the first.

I'm going to go play in the mud. A 5K "race" with a few unusual features.

Feature one: Two crossings of a creek.

Feature two: Over, under, or balance... on railroad ties that are over mud pit #1.

Feature three: Giant tires we have to go over while navigating through mud pit #2.

Feature four: "surprise" obstacles, smaller, that "may have you climbing, jumping, crawling, or wading".

Feature five: The main mud pit, which you must crawl through, under stretched bungee cords. There are bleachers by this one, allowing your friends and family to get a good chuckle at your expense.

And it ends as it starts, with running.

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BUTTERFLYAT38 8/27/2011 9:26AM

    what an adventure!! emoticon

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JACKIEPB 8/27/2011 1:14AM

    Good luck!!!

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PUDLECRAZY 8/26/2011 8:25AM

    THAT sounds like FUN!

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2011 7:19AM

    Sounds playful!

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KASEYCOFF 8/25/2011 2:41PM

    I'm with 'SAM199' on this one - hope you can post lots of pix!!!
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KALIGIRL 8/25/2011 8:51AM

    You don't need it but here's luck!
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LEANJEAN6 8/25/2011 6:19AM

    Wow! You must get some pictus--Have fun! You are my hero! Lynda

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MSLZZY 8/24/2011 10:52PM

    Good luck! Sounds like fun and a great workout!

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SUNNY1432 8/24/2011 10:19PM

    That sounds like SO MUCH FUN!!
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_LINDA 8/24/2011 8:45PM

    I do hope someone is there for you with a camera, or even better, a camcorder!! Would love to see this!! It actually would be lots of fun from what I hear and saw from other blogs about these mud runs..ENJOY and KICK butt! I too, wish I was there to cheer you on!
Go, Barb, GO!!
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MNTWINSGAL 8/24/2011 8:25PM

    You are a brave soul, my friend....a brave soul.

Good luck and post pics if you get any!

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MOBYCARP 8/24/2011 8:14PM

    I wish I could be there to watch. Then again, if I were there you'd probably talk me into participating.
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/24/2011 8:08PM

    You know, I don't think I could EVER do something like that, but have to admit that it sounds kind of fun. Good luck with it Barb, I have no doubt that you'll have lots of good stories to tell about this.

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SAMI199 8/24/2011 8:03PM

    Wow-I hope there will be pictures-lol. You are amazing & I hope you enjoy every second!!!

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Fresh fruit

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's confession time, Barb! Many of my healthier friends are HUGE fans of fresh fruit. I'm afraid I'm not. I have had to *force* myself to try them. Peaches and pears are fruits that I have enjoyed the canned variety of since childhood. Even though I had gone from the "in heavy syrup" versions to "in natural fruit juice, no added sugar", until this week I had recoiled from fresh versions of these very good for you fruits.

I'm the same way with berries and grapes and cherries! I have had to force myself to purchase fresh strawberries and raspberries and I did manage to force myself to purchase fresh blueberries... once. Strawberries I have got used to, and they have become part of the regular rotation, especially in season.

I still haven't got around to the grapes. And I don't know if I will EVER do melons at home. But this is part of the transformation process.

WHY don't I trust fruit? I don't know. I've always been a huge veggie fan. Fruits I have often kept to the "safe" choices of bananas, apples, and oranges, and canned varieties of peaches and pears... grapes reduced to juice (even that was a step up).

But I'm working on it! And when the going gets tough, sometimes I just have to cut myself a break and say, "it is what it is". Meanwhile... this week: a fresh peach sliced into my steel cut oats, yesterday and this morning, constitutes my latest adventure into the world of fresh fruit.

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 8/24/2011 3:47PM

    I really love fruit of all kinds... for a time I had a breakfast where I put a dried fig in water overnight, then ixed it with 1 dl of frozen blueberries and a half banan, added some flax seed and poured it over a shredded apple... really healthy but created work and dirty dishes...Sometimes I wonder why I am fat considering that I really love both vegetables and fruit...

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KIKI0531 8/24/2011 10:28AM

    I have learned to "like" fruit and have eaten more fruit in the last 6 mths than I think my whole life !! I cannot eat any type of berry - I just do not enjoy them.

My mother always tried to get me to eat more fruit and it was eaten under protest ... lol. Because I knew that I was not a fruit lover, I always made sure from the time my first daughter was born - I made sure fruit was always in the house. Even though I didn't eat it - I always made sure she did. She is 14 now and LOVES fruit and so does my little one who is 3.
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BUGGYS 8/24/2011 7:05AM

    Growing up, my mom always made a fresh fruit salad every couple of days and we would munch on that and I came to love fruit of all kinds...still do. I also loves veggies and have tried some new ones along the way...roasted in the oven with a bit of olive oil...yummy! I've been eating a lot of berries now, because they are in season but have also read of their health benefits...keep trying with the fruits but as long as you are eating veggies too, I think you're doing great!!!

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MNTWINSGAL 8/23/2011 10:20PM

    Fruits are important, lots of vitamins...BUT...I think the veggies are even more important, so as long as your plate is full of good wholesome veggies, I'd say it's ok to skimp a little on the fruit. Lots of sugar, even in their natural state!

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DEBRITA01 8/23/2011 8:50PM

    I like veggies, but LOVE fruits...especially fresh peaches! Yum! Way to go for venturing out of your comfort zone. Like anything new, it takes time to acquire a taste for it and adjust to certain textures. I am still working on bananas...love the taste, hate the texture. If I eat them with cereal or something I can swallow them...otherwise, yuck! Keep exploring, you'll find what works for you... emoticon

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_LINDA 8/23/2011 11:21AM

    I have always been a fresh fruit fan from day one, and not so much with the veggies, though now I get huge amounts of both. I can't imagine not eating melon, its great with cottage cheese. But I do use frozen blueberries as I can't stand to wash the little beggars :P. I love grapes, its a refreshing treat. Interestingly enough, I have never loved candy, even as a kid, so I didn't have a sweet tooth. I also rarely got colds (don't even remember when I had one its been so long), maybe because of all that Vit C I was pumping in.. If its because of a low carb thing -in spite of all I eat, I never go over my daily carb requirement as per Spark's Tracker.. People who don't eat fruit are short changing their nutrition.. I had my peach with Greek yogurt and a tablespoon of strawberry freezer jam, was to die for!!
I wish you luck with it.. Like anything, its an acquired taste. It will take time. And those pre packaged ones are so much quicker and less time consuming too, I understand that.. I have just started out trying new veggies like kohlrabi and jicama....I have always had broccoli, carrots and cauliflower and that was getting really old..
Here is to new adventures in food..

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/23/2011 11:12AM

    Good for you for trying the things outside your comfort zone. I'm the same way but in reverse. I detest the veggies and rarely eat them. I'm a bit better with the fruits. I'm 56 years old and about two months ago managed to try some fresh blueberries. They are now one of my favorites. And to think I've missed out on them all these years. Being a creature of habit, I tend to eat the same fruits over and over again. Because they're safe -- because I know I like them. But I'm with you when it comes to melons of any kind. I just can't stomach them. They make me gag. Blech! :~)

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DEBRA0818 8/23/2011 9:41AM

    I've never been a big fan of fruit either and now it's off the menu permanently except as a special treat (fructose being a big fat producer in my body), but I'm glad you're getting used to fresh fruit when you have it. The seasonal fruits can sometimes be startling in how good they are -- one pundit calls them "nature's candy bars," although I don't think he meant it as a compliment!

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HOT4FITNESS 8/23/2011 9:26AM

    Don't sweat it!!I too had to acquire a taste for the fresh fruit. Now i really enjoy it. Unfortunatly I still have an addiction to cake, so now I have to find away to substitute the fruit for the cake. Keep up the good work.

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ELSEEBEE 8/23/2011 9:21AM

    Could we trade some taste buds? While I like vegetables, I am a fruit addict (I know, it's connected to my sugar addiction). So I'm trying to eat more veggies and leave some of the fruit alone. But I've read some things about research into these preferences and they are definitely based in science, not just prejudice. Enjoy your peaches, Barb, and I'll try once again to get excited about spaghetti squash, zucchini....
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KALIGIRL 8/23/2011 8:36AM

    emoticon You must not have a sweet tooth.
You need to purchase RIPE fruit - otherwise I agree.
Some say the only good thing about fruit is the fiber (because of the sugar), so you are among good company!
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CHELLYNEAGLE213 8/23/2011 8:29AM

  Fruit is great for you...keep up the good work!

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CONCHA77 8/23/2011 8:25AM

    I was the same way until the past couple of years. Now I love berries, bananas, etc. (no melons though) and love making fresh smoothies with yogurt and add berries to cereals, salads, etc .
Peaches sound really good right now! Yum! And they're in season right now, I believe?

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CAM2438 8/23/2011 8:21AM

    I think you will learn to love fruit once you start eating it. Think of how good it is for you.

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What do I want?

Monday, August 22, 2011

During Saturday morning's bike ride break, one of the topics that came up was Meditation, and transitions in life. Becky (KALIGIRL) shared a link with all of us to a 21-Day meditation challenge on the Chopra meditation site. It's a freebie to register and participate, but they are about 1/3 of the way through by now. I ended up doing a fast-forward through the first week, which focused on "Who am I?" over the weekend.

The skeptic in me distrusts "centers" pushing particular methodologies that might be "selling stuff"... the freebie to get in the door, and then a sales pitch. However, I do have some background with relaxation exercises and yoga so I opened my thought to the experience. Some of the sessions resonated more than others, as one might expect. A couple of them were in the middle of an insomnia night, and very useful because of that. One of them shut my computer down! Surprise... something in its graphics must have been misinterpreted by my display!

This morning starts the second week with the second deep question, "What do I want?" So I started in my comfortable position, eyes closed, focus on the breathing, contemplating things like "peace", "contentment", "security", "health", "to sit here like this for quite some time"... material things don't seem to come to the fore in looking at what I really want. Breathing in and out, feeling refreshed and relaxed... and whump! Right in the middle of this... I have a lap full of purr! I was quite startled out of my inner place!

Guess The Prisoner knows what HE wants, anyway!


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WATERMELLEN 8/22/2011 9:02PM

    Very nice! left me smiling for sure. And thinking about "what do I want" . . . yeah!

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MOBYCARP 8/22/2011 8:47PM

    Yeah, cats do that. The first time, it startled me out of meditation too. Later I learned to deal with it and incorporate the purr into the meditation, just like you do with background noise. When you know the cat is going to jump into your lap if you sit still, it's not as distracting.
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BARBAELLEN 8/22/2011 2:55PM

    I love this blog. Very funny. Here you are trying to figure out the meaning of life, and life gets in the way!

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ANDI571 8/22/2011 2:32PM

    I just love the lap full of fur. My 25 pounder is definitely more than a lap full.

The kitten looks so much like our neighbors. It visited me this morning while I was sitting on the porch and it gave me a lap full of purr.

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NANA717 8/22/2011 10:58AM

    Oh how I love this blog!!!! 1st of all, I love kitties!!! I miss mine. And the meditation stuff intrigues me. I'm going to check that out. But what really caught my attention was the title "What do I want?". I'm working on that too. I'm working on "Designing My Ideal Life". Maybe I should make a blog, might inspire someone. Blessings!! Dalena

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PATRISNA 8/22/2011 9:43AM

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Aw....that made me miss my cats. They are so funny. Ginger is keeping me going. She is a funny dog. I just wish she would sleep through the night. She kept waking me up last night.

I will have to think about the question What do I want? I have no desire for more material things. Great blog Barb. Watch out for flying purring fur balls!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/22/2011 9:27AM

    Oh my, that is so funny. But I like what you said about not wanting all of the "things" of this world. That is so true. When it comes right down to it, it's the inner peace/happiness/contentment and good health that's most important. I think we serve ourselves well by trying to focus on that from time to time. Have a great day, Barb!

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DEBRA0818 8/22/2011 9:18AM

    Maybe the kitty has the answer and was trying to communicate it to you! LOL!
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_LINDA 8/22/2011 8:51AM

    I think most people truly don't know what they want and never think on it. One thing though is there is nothing like the love of a pet for peace and calming..Who needs meditation when you can cuddle your little ball of love?

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GOHUSKERS2 8/22/2011 8:46AM

    Cute kitty. Cuddling a pet is sometimes all the meditation and medication I need. I hope you find what you want my friend. Just take a good look at what you've accomplished....awesome. I think you can have it all.

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FITFABJENN 8/22/2011 8:26AM

    Hopefully you found some peace enjoying your little bucket of purr and fur.

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LRK4CHRIST 8/22/2011 8:19AM

    I thk that question is something everyone asks themself but don't spend time reflecting on it. I pray u find what u want. After u do, press forward.

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The importance of rest days

Sunday, August 21, 2011

There is a reason why just about every major religion has a day a week set aside for "rest". There is a reason why most civilized countries don't have a seven day work week. The human being needs time for reflection and rest.

Today I didn't go beyond my own backyard. Yes, I pulled a few weeds. But I also slept in to make up for some insomnia episodes, had a long phone call with a sister, and snoozed an afternoon nap into the picture too. Kitties must have thought that was a good idea, too.

  
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KASEYCOFF 8/22/2011 3:19PM

    I so hear you - it's one of the hardest things to do. But taking time for ourselves, in whatever form, is the highest priority, IMHO.

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PATRISNA 8/22/2011 9:32AM

    I got my "Day of Rest" confused with the "Just one Thing Everyday."

I cleaned out my pantry and refrigerator. I am much happier about the organized pantry. But I was bone tired last night. I did sit down and watch an episode of Warehouse 13.

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MSLZZY 8/22/2011 7:13AM

    Everyone needs a rest day. Just have to turn off the mind LOL!

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_LINDA 8/22/2011 1:45AM

    Awesome!! So glad you know how to have a siesta when you need it! I think I have had my quota for the year! Anxious to get back into it, but my foot wasn't yet happy in my running shoes I tried on today :(( I have never worn sandals and certainly don't think I can exercise in them (I can picture them going flying off my feet lol)
Hope you have a deep and restful sleep tonight!

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/22/2011 1:05AM

    Purrr-fect!!

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BARBAELLEN 8/21/2011 8:54PM

    Sounds like the perfect day of rest! Ahhhh!
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SHERYL_B 8/21/2011 8:44PM

    Sounds like a great way to spend the day! That is how I was last weekend!

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