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Note and Birds and More Mackerel Highlight My Day

Monday, October 20, 2014



Here's a note 7 year old Natalie wrote for me a couple weeks ago, but just gave to me today. For those who need a translation:
"Dear, Old Ma,
I hope you don't fall. I hope you don't fall in the nesx [next] race. I hope you are OK. I love you and miss you. Your dater [daughter] hopes you feel better too. Love, Natalie, Dana, josh, Gwen."

I do appreciate her sentiment and effort!! The kids were very concerned about my scrapes and scabs. But both knees, one elbow, both hands, and my head that was glued no longer have scabs, just rough and redness. Isn't it a blessing how even old bodies heal??

It's a teacher's work day, so I have both kids again today. We've already been out riding bicycles in the driveway this morn before the sun was bright. Natalie challenged me to several short running races. It tickles her that she can beat me over 100 feet, but I'm close. Gwen gets frustrated, though, because her 4 year old legs just can't go that fast. I tell her all runners run in age groups, and in the four year old group, she's a winner for sure!!

Some people weren't crazy about the gator pictures I posted yesterday. Well, here are the bird pictures, herons and anhingas, my step daughter took on our walk 5 days ago:









We also saw osprey and red tail hawks, but I guess they didn't pose for us. At the reserve we also see blue dragon flies, while in my yard 2 miles away, all of ours our green and brown. The reserve has a wider variety of butterflies than we get on our property. Nature is truly fascinating!

I'm planning an active day and an extended family dinner featuring more of that smoked mackerel out of the freezer. It is tasty -- and thank heavens as we have so much!

What will be the highlight of your day?? Wishing you a healthy, happy, active one!!

  
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WATERMELLEN 10/20/2014 1:37PM

    What a sweet note!!

And yup, love the bird pics too!! Those alligators -- don't know if I could ever get used to 'em!!

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SWEDE_SU 10/20/2014 11:50AM

    love the pics - and the note! what a sweet thing to say about age groups:-)

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FUNLOVEN 10/20/2014 10:07AM

    Great pics! You are sooo lucky to have a Wildlife Reserve so close to your home.

The highlight of my day will be having lunch with a friend. We will be lunching at the same restaurant that I happened to eat at yesterday and although I ate too much yesterday (a bowl of pea soup and a cheese/apple/bacon Panini) I did turn down their famous pic deserts. I'm thinking about eating the same thing today only I will have a cup of soup instead of a bowl and I will bring half of my Panini home.

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GABY1948 10/20/2014 9:13AM

    Love these pictures! I loved the ones yesterday too though. YOU are such a blessing to those girls and their mother....no other name but "Old Ma" would be fitting!

Have a wonderful, injury free week!

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Good Efforts and Good Photos

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I'm feeling pretty good about my eating and activity efforts. I've had challenges of health, visitors, extra child care duties, and blues, yet I've eaten pretty smart most of the time. And I've done as much activity as I thought I should given health issues. This morning I weigh 132.2, just .2 over my target. Hooray!

I am feeling a little better, but still coughing (more than 6 weeks now) and sore throat, nose running less and some dizziness that may be from the medication. Still waiting for CT results that has been sent for multiple interpretations.

Here are the pictures my stepdaughter sent from our walk 4 days ago at Circle Bar B Reserve just a couple miles from my home.

Alligators:



Baby gator:


Lake Hancock:

Trail:




It is fun to take someone who sees the reserve with new eyes. Glad she had an eye for photography, too!

  
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FROSTY99 10/19/2014 9:24PM

    Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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HARROWJET 10/19/2014 8:07PM

    nice pictures. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 10/19/2014 7:50PM

    emoticon job on the weight. I love the pictures, but being from the Midwest I can't fathom seeing such wildlife as you simply walk around. Wow!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/19/2014 7:35PM

    Nice pictures! I hope you feel better soon!

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NATPLUMMER 10/19/2014 7:29PM

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MEXGAL1 10/19/2014 1:00PM

    Wow the pictures are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing.
And wonderful too on your weight. I am feeling really puffy and now can't wait to get home and back into my routines.
Have a great Sunday.
Sallie

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SPEEDYDOG 10/19/2014 12:45PM

    You are doing well. I hope you get over your head cold, or whatever it is, soon. Thanks for sharing. My wife's family lives in Florida. My encounters with alligators while bass fishing have been pretty anti-climatic. Most of these dangerous looking animals ignore people and tend to resemble logs with scales.

I liked Florida, but I didn't have to live there. My wife moved from the south to Colorado because she was allergic to Florida. Oak pollen, mold and fungus made her life miserable.

Thanks, Bruce

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_LINDA 10/19/2014 11:17AM

    emoticon keeping on track in spite of those health challenges! You are incredible!!
emoticon photos! I would say that would be an gorgeous place to walk except for the alligators -only two miles from your home?? Okay that would be scary!
Hoping you can get some answers soon. I can't believe you could have just a simple cold that would last that long unless you keep being reinfected by the kids as day cares and schools are virus magnets, not to mention gyms.
Feel better soon!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/19/2014 10:15AM

    OK, you just threw me off any desire to move to Florida. Irrational fear of reptiles is a horrible thing. But great photos! And obviously you all were safe! emoticon

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RITAROSE 10/19/2014 9:51AM

  This is just the kind of blog I love to read! You've been successful under difficult circumstances! A big emoticon for you!! Hope and pray that you get some good news on your tests this week!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 10/19/2014 9:50AM

    Nice pictures!!! emoticon

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KATHIC2 10/19/2014 9:39AM

  Great pictures. Hoping for some good news quick.

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GABY1948 10/19/2014 8:40AM

    You are like an armored ship....STRONG....you are a great inspiration! Hoping the CT results come back well!

Have a blessed week, Marsha!

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MSLZZY 10/19/2014 8:29AM

    Lovely scenery. Hope you have a great Sunday!

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2014 8:10AM

    You have done very very well indeed under challenges that would have sunk many who are less resilient and determined than you are!!

Nice pics!! The ONLY thing I don't like about Florida is . . . those darn alligators.



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Three Runners

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I went this morning to see my niece and nephew receive their Galloway half marathon training medals. They both finished 15 miles last Saturday. Our Program Director took this picture of the group:
That's me third from the right at the end of the row. Martin is squatting on the left. Can't see Ally, although she is there.

Martin is looking so good, under 230 pounds now, down over 71 pounds. His first half marathon will be November 8th. I'm running that one, too. Don't know if I can keep up with him since my training has been marred by illness and injury. I may try for a while, though. He'll do it. I have no doubt.

Allyson is looking good, too. She only had a few pounds to lose and has lost some. The first 5K she ran this year was probably in April and it was 34 or 35 minutes. Last eve she ran the Hoofin for the Woofin SPCA 5K in 28:31 and took first place in the 20-29 year old female category in this small race. So proud of her. She is running a 10 mile race tomorrow and her first half marathon - a Halloween themed run in a Minnie Mouse costume - a week later. She is going with one of my friends south of St Petersburg to Fort DeSoto. I'll have kids and not be able to go, but she'll be with a great group of people.

I did a 5 mile treadmill run this morning in under an hour. It was gorgeous outside, our coolest morning in months and I was tempted to run outdoors, but I'm on lots of meds, perhaps feeling just a bit dizzy, and cautious of falling again. The run itself felt good. All 3 of us will be completing the Red Ribbon HM three weeks from today. They unveiled the shirts on FaceBook today: white for the kids, grey for the 5K, and for us Half Marathoners, it is red:

  
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MARGARITTM 10/19/2014 4:39PM

    Congrats.

Can't wait for the race report on the half

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2014 7:51AM

    You have inspired them!!

And: glad you decided to run inside yourself on the treadmill -- good choice!

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RITAROSE 10/19/2014 7:46AM

  So great to do this with your family! Fun times, memorable times of doing hard, yet fun things together! emoticon

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SANDICANE 10/19/2014 7:46AM

    Nice pic and how nice that you and your family are able to be fit together!!! You're such an inspiration!

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_LINDA 10/18/2014 11:33PM

    emoticon photo! That is awesome your relatives can run together. Keeping fingers crossed most of your health issues will be cleared up by the red ribbon.

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GLORIAMAJDI 10/18/2014 10:25PM

    So awesome to see you and your family doing this together!

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MJREIMERS 10/18/2014 8:55PM

    emoticon I love when family does things together and supports each other! Great picture and congrats to all for their efforts.

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FROSTY99 10/18/2014 5:54PM

    So happy that Martin has embraced a new way of life and is running to a healthy lifestyle. I know you are happy that both he and your niece have embrace running.
Hoping you are able to make the most of the HM and by then that you are feeling a lot better.

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HARROWJET 10/18/2014 4:31PM

    I wish I could participate in a half marathon training class. Nice picture.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/18/2014 4:08PM

    Nice picture! Martin looks great! Good luck on your half marathon!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/18/2014 3:00PM

    That's a good lookin' group! Good luck to all in upcoming events.
Take care of yourself!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/18/2014 2:13PM

    Dare I quip "Go Big Red"? MOBYCARP had his 15K this morning, mine is tomorrow afternoon... when you and your nephew do your HM on the 8th, it will be the day before mine on the 9th. Love the "across the miles / sympatico" connections... emoticon cheering you all on!

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Just a Routine Update

Friday, October 17, 2014

Guests have left and time to get back to routine around here. The routine is about to change anyway. My son-in-law is expecting to enter the Sheriff's law enforcement academy the first week in December and he will have 5 am physical training before a full day of classroom activities for 6 months. He currently works at the jail as a civilian, but his employer will pay his salary and expenses for the academy as long as he continues to work for them for 2 years after he completes the program. Right now he thinks long term he'd like to be a bailiff in a courtroom.

This change will mean I will need to go get the kids, help get them ready, and the oldest to school 5 days a week whereas now I usually only have to go get them 2 or 3 days a week. DD has to leave for work way before school opens. I do want to do everything I can to help DSIL get ahead. I wish so much my daughter didn't have to work two jobs. She is missing out a lot on her kids. So today DSIL is in aptitude testing for the academy. I guess it is possible he wouldn't pass, but I would be very surprised. Next school year Gwen will be in half day school so things will start getting easier in the not too distant future. Hubby is talking about a big trip this upcoming summer as both girls can go to Y camp.

Still don't have the results of my CT scan second reading, but I have confirmed that it is in the works. I am actually feeling more patient about it than I was 2 weeks ago.

Tomorrow at 7:30 am our Galloway running group is honoring those who have completed half marathon training. Both my niece and nephew will receive awards. Most of the people are running at 6am and will be back for 7:30. I think I'll go for the awards and then exercise in the daylight after. Niece is running a 10 mile race on Sunday, so she won't be running tomorrow. Her first half marathon race is a Halloween-themed event and she is running in costume 13.1 miles on October 26th. Nephew may run tomorrow. They both finished a 15 mile run last Saturday. I am very proud of both of them.

All 3 of us are planning to complete the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon on Saturday, November 8th. I may primarily walk the event as my training has been totally disrupted by my illness and fall. But I still intend to earn this bling:



  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/18/2014 4:04PM

    Your DD and DSIL are so lucky to have you to help with the grands! Natalie and Gwen are lucky too! I hope your DSIL does well at the academy. It is a grueling schedule for all of the adults involved. I hope you will be feeling better soon!

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SPINNINGJW 10/18/2014 11:52AM

    I felt fortunate to be able to help with my granddaughter when her mother was sick and in the hospital for 10 weeks. My then 18 yr old son was basically a single dad during that time. My granddaughter was living with us, and I was "between" school and job, so I had the availability to do it. In some ways, it was a good thing that I didn't get a job right away. Perhaps it is divine intervention, and I do believe that it was, but I am grateful for that special time with my son and granddaughter during a tough situation.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/18/2014 6:16AM

    It is a lot of effort to help out with the grand kids as you are doing. Isn't it fortuitous that you are fit and and able to do it! I was talking to an 80 year old woman yesterday at the pool ( I was with my grand kids) and she said she was about to be a great grandmother. We were commenting on how different "grandmothers" are today and she said " My grandmother would never have been in a pool!" Congrats on your niece and nephew being so successful in running, too.

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WATERMELLEN 10/17/2014 10:33PM

    Your routine is pretty demanding and it's marvellous the way you help your daughter and SIL -- tough times, and the grandgirls would have a much less happy life if you weren't available I'm betting

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FROSTY99 10/17/2014 7:33PM

    Company is nice but it is always nice to get back into our "routine" I don't envy you with the schedule you will have to keep to help the kids but bless you for being there for them.

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HARROWJET 10/17/2014 7:30PM

    It's nice when we grandmothers can help our families. Good luck to your son-in-law.

What a nice medal.

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MEXGAL1 10/17/2014 5:23PM

    I hear you about routines! I am looking forward to getting home to get back into my routines.

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GABY1948 10/17/2014 3:08PM

    That is emoticon I am remembering all you did for them in the beginning and still do....and all that you help your daughter and her dh and the girls. Everyone that is near you is blessed by you and now even me!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/17/2014 11:27AM

    So nice to have family involved in running. Can't imagine why it would take so long to get CT results. Whenever I or my mother had one, it was only a few days.

Maybe in the "no news is good news category" this particular facility delays reporting when the results are negative? Of course our results were negative too.

We all help out our children (grandchildren) whenever we can. Good luck to your SIL.


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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 10/17/2014 11:23AM

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You are amazing and an inspiration!

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_LINDA 10/17/2014 10:31AM

    emoticon to your niece and nephew! The Halloween theme race would be fun to participate in or watch. Its my favorite theme -love seeing the costumes and yards decked out.
It is a shame these young parents are missing out on their children's growing up. Maybe the other Grandma could help out and get the children off to their classes. Seems totally unfair their care should be totally on you.
That is good you still plan to participate in the Red Ribbon -maybe you could do some walking and some running, depending on how you feel at the time -longer walk then run for example.

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BOOKAPHILE 10/17/2014 10:12AM

    Enjoy their successes... In some ways, those successes are yours because you sparked them! A family of runners. Wow.

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MSLZZY 10/17/2014 9:35AM

    Life will always offer you challenges so keep on Sparking. Hope SIL passes all his tests and makes it into the academy. More for you to do but those GC will love every minute spent with you making precious memories. HUGS!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/17/2014 9:18AM

    Life is constantly changing, isn't it? Great looking bling, there!

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ELRIDDICK 10/17/2014 9:17AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Busy Mostly Fun Day

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yesterday mid-morning we took a great walk at the Circle Bar B Reserve with our guests. We saw hundreds of birds and butterflies, and over a dozen gators of various sizes, armadillos up close, and more. My stepdaughter took a lot of pictures, some spectacular ones of a heron taking flight and gators in the reeds. She hasn't sent them to me yet, though. It downpoured in the early morning, so we turned off her alarm and let her sleep. At 10 am it was clear and not extremely hot and we were able to negotiate the few puddles on the trails even with Gwen's stroller, so it all worked out. My stepdaughter did send me this picture of herself and her hubby with the mackerel her husband caught on Monday:



At 2pm, the doctor diagnosed residual cold plus allergy as the source of my continuing cough and runny nose. I now have cough pills, nasal spray, and over the counter allergy medication. Hope it works. I am ready, ready, ready to feel good again.

Then we made it on time to the Cirque de Soleil performance. We had front row center seats and the whole experience was amazing. One clown bopped 7 year old granddaughter Natalie on the head with a foam noodle during the performance and she was so tickled she could hardly stop laughing! If you have no idea what Cirque de Soleil is, you may want to check out their web site. There are so many amazing acts - high wire, trapeze, trick bicycles, girls with amazing spools, trampoline, balance, juggling, silks, clowns -- very busy and very entertaining. No pictures were allowed during the performance, but stepdaughter snapped this one on the stage before it started:



Cirque de Soleil is expensive; more than a day at Disney World for a performance, but if you've never experienced it, I would say it is definitely worth it.

Although it might have been better for guests to come when I felt better, it is all working out.

Hope you are having interesting, healthy and happy days!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/18/2014 3:54PM

    What a trooper you are! Entertaining guests can be exhausting enough due to the pace, but couple it with an illness and I can't even imagine! It sounds like you have a good time despite being under the weather.

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SPINNINGJW 10/18/2014 11:46AM

    One of my nieces got to play with her symphony for a Cirque de Soleil performance. She said it was really hard to NOT watch the performers and focus on playing the music.

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_LINDA 10/17/2014 10:22AM

    So glad you are having fun. When I was in Las Vegas all I was interested in doing is attending Cirque performances. Being a single, I could get a great seat at last minute sell off prices :-)
Nice photos!
Hope the new medicines work for you!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/16/2014 10:42PM

    You are amazing to be able to be so very busy while not feeling good! I hope you are back to normal soon.

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WATERMELLEN 10/16/2014 10:32PM

    You ARE busy!! My goodness -- don't know how you do it all especially when you're not feeling 100%.

Cirque du Soleil is Canadian but I have to admit -- have never attended a performance. My sister is a huge fan: the idea was (in part) a circus without cruelty to animals I believe.

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SANDICANE 10/16/2014 9:23PM

    What a nice blog! Really...vacation with family...lots of fun! How lovely!

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FROSTY99 10/16/2014 5:56PM

    Will have to consider springing for those tickets for something special one of these days. Maybe a girl's day out as not sure DH is into this!!

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GABY1948 10/16/2014 5:27PM

    I haven't ever seen it but you make me want to. You have such a fun life! emoticon Gramma!

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NATPLUMMER 10/16/2014 12:27PM

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2BDYNAMIC 10/16/2014 12:02PM

    Wow! Looks like one fun day! (I took Alka-Seltzer day time and then night time) and it really did help dry up the drizzle! emoticon

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HARROWJET 10/16/2014 12:01PM

    We saw Cirque de Soleil a few years ago when they were in Windsor. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Your granddaughter will remember that 'bop' for a long time.

I know you are ready to feel better. My husband has had the flu since Tuesday and I am definitely ready for him to feel better. emoticon

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