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Four Miles on a Country Road

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Somedays are better than others for lacing up my walking shoes and getting outside. This weekend has been glorious. One of my goals on Spark is to get outside every day. I do mean everyday, even when the weather is not the best. Getting out the door reminds me of the kid I once was who could not wait to get home, get out of her school clothes and go outside.



On my walk a few days ago I saw some things that made me smile and laugh. These pumpkins, in particular, were a riot. (Which may make you think I am easily entertained!) Anyway, here they are:



Wishing everyone who reads this a fine day. And if you can, I suggest you get outside!

  
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GIZMOLUVSME 10/21/2014 7:27PM

    Sometimes I have to force myself to go outside. But this time of year I really look forward to it. I love the fall colors, pumpkins, fall leaves and the crisp fall air! emoticon Thanks for sharing the pics!

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KANSASROSE67 10/21/2014 11:38AM

    I'm like you...no matter what, I feel happier when I get outside. Your pics are beautiful!

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SWEDE_SU 10/20/2014 4:29AM

    we also get out every day, regardless of weather. having the border collie is a great excuse, he has to go out no matter what, but even when we are traveling, we still get out for our walks!

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PATTI_PAL1 10/19/2014 9:42PM

    You brought me right outside with you! Beautiful pictures. Yes, it was a great day to be outside. Four miles. Good for you!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 10/19/2014 6:12PM

    Beautiful area to walk. I get out most days too. emoticon

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DALID414 10/19/2014 2:17PM

    Friday after picking up my nephew from Kindergarten I tried entertaining him by telling him to point out any pumpkins he saw on the drive home....there were none! I'm gonna go down a didferent street tomorrow emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 10/19/2014 12:46PM

    Keep building your streaking of getting outside daily. It will strengthen your mind, body and soul!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/19/2014 12:17PM

    I am so proud of you lacing up your walking shoes and getting outside everyday this week! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures! The pumpkins are absolutely adorable! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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DI_NAMIC 10/19/2014 11:13AM

    Hey - prize for the best blog title!
Hubby and I walked the grounds of Audley End House, ( English Heritage) UK today.
Isn't it wonderful to be outdoors on such a beautiful day!

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KLMEIRING 10/19/2014 9:33AM

    Thanks for sharing your walk and the pictures. I tend to be someone who is easily amused as well. Enjoyed the pumpkins!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/19/2014 8:16AM

    Beautiful! I love fall walks! I'm heading out shortly with the dog and hope to get a walk in on my own later!

Thanks for the inspiration!

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KANOE10 10/19/2014 8:06AM

    Good for you getting a walk. It looks lovely. Cute pumpkins.

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SANDICANE 10/19/2014 7:38AM

    Four miles on a country road...how lovely was that! Some of us don't need skyscrapers and flashing lights to feel alive. Apparently 2 of those people are you and I. If we lived closer together we could be "outside together daily". But, since we're not, we can be together virtually.

Have a wonderful day!

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RAPUNZEL53 10/19/2014 6:59AM

  Pumpkins look really pretty! I am waiting for daylight to go for my walk. Usually I walk in the dark. Today is a day off so I can enjoy looking at the fall colors if I wait a bit. You have a great day!

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Glad to Be a Healthy Nana

Sunday, October 12, 2014

When I started Spark my goal was to be healthy for my 4 grandchildren. So far so good, except that now I have 6!! Here is our newest little one, Jackson, with me and my DH.



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FORZACHANDMATT 10/17/2014 8:22PM

    So adorable!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/17/2014 6:08PM

    How beautiful! Enjoy this time. We have 6 grandkids too, but they're all teenagers now.

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KANSASROSE67 10/13/2014 1:16PM

    So cute! What blessings!

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SPEEDY143 10/13/2014 12:29AM

    I love that you and your DH are holding hands... baby Jackson is a very lucky boy!!!! Enjoy your grands emoticon

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DALID414 10/12/2014 1:47PM

    Awe a tiny Raider!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/12/2014 11:38AM

    Awww..... What adorable picture! I am so proud of you...getting healthy for you and your grandchildren! I hope your day is full of lots of love and happiness!
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KANOE10 10/12/2014 10:07AM

    Adorable. You look like a lovely healthy grandmother!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/12/2014 7:26AM

    That is beautiful. Here's to continued good health!

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A Healthy Day at the State Fair?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yesterday my husbnd and I went with my stepdaughter and grandchildren to the Virginia State Fair. What a terrific day. The children loved the rides the best, of course. I remember how great it felt to be given the freedom to go into the ride section of the fair with $10 for the afternoon! Rides aren't unsupervised anymore, at least not with an 8 and an 11 year old, but still.

My daughter made this collage of pictures from the day. Note the one with me and the grands in front of "Porky's." Now a fair is not a place that features healthy food, but you know we did well enough with well cooked pork sandwiches and for me, a fan of a hot dog in a pinch, a hot dog. I added sauerkraut and gave myself a serving of vegetables. Ha! And then there was all that walking. Do you see where this is going? Who says the gym is the only healthy place around (-:

And as always, I wish I got calorie credit for all the things I did not eat. Fried Oreos? Yikes.

  
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JANTHEBLONDE 10/4/2014 11:49AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day with your family at the Virginia State Fair! I love the collage of pictures your daughter made! Thanks for sharing! I hope your day is full of lots of love and happiness!
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EDLEAR 9/30/2014 1:45AM

    I never miss my state fair, they're too much fun.
I'm glad that you got to share that with your GC.

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DALID414 9/29/2014 9:25PM

    No corn on the cob?

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MM11113 9/29/2014 6:08PM

    I haven't been to the fair in 20 years, sounds like a great time!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/29/2014 9:51AM

    How fun and major kudos for passing up the fried oreos. Not sure I could have.

Way to stay healthy at the fair. Great pictures!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/29/2014 8:22AM

    Looks like a great day!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/29/2014 7:41AM

    Making healthier choices at a state fair deserves some kind of special award. A great model for your grandchildren too.

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KANOE10 9/29/2014 7:32AM

    Looks like a fun state fair. Deep fried oreos..yikes. Hot dogs and sauerkraut was a better choice.

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JAROL7 9/29/2014 7:30AM

    Healthy ... State Fair? Sounds like an oxymoron. Way to go.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/29/2014 7:25AM

    State fairs are fun.... i wrote a blog on my state fair and the food also.

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Add Fun to My 'To Do' List? Really?

Friday, September 26, 2014

I got a suggestion yesterday (in an on-line class) to look at my 'to do' list for the day, to scratch half of it and add one item of "fun." It could be anything. Sticking a flower in a vase, drawing a picture, painting my nails...

I realized how my original list--which was, by the way, in my head and not written down-- was one of 'obligations.' There was a bill to pay, a stack of paper to organize, an exercise session to get in, etc. When I tried to think of 'fun' I was (I am embarrassed to say this) STUMPED.

I stewed about this question off and on all day. Finally after dinner I came up with the idea of doing a 'night walk," with my husband. We held hands and bumped along on our country road. (No worries, it's in a safe community place). We ran into a neighbor who was driving out to run an errand. She said we were nuts! (But I also thought she looked a teensy, weensy bit jealous...) It was then I realized how unique JUST HAVING FUN is in my much too serious life.

It felt great to be called NUTS (-: And I'm still thinking about that sweet walk in the dark.


  
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PATTI_PAL1 10/15/2014 3:46PM

    I agree! We should all have a little fun (or even lots), and we tend to put everything (and everyone) ahead of our having fun. I love your attitude. Get out there and don't care if you are called "Nuts". Go for it!

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BESSHAILE 9/30/2014 6:54AM

    Oh this is SO cool. I am going to do exactly this every day too!

In fact - I did it last night. After a horrendous day I came home (with take out fried chicken,no less!) and as the sky turned golden behind the clouds I called to Himself and said "come out here with me and hold my hand in this glow"

And he did.

And it filled my heart.

I love it that when we thought of fun we thought of our Himselves.

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KANSASROSE67 9/28/2014 8:41PM

    I really, really need to remember this. I get cranky and want to turn to junk food when I haven't had any "fun" in my day. Glad you came up with such a great idea!

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NAYIME 9/27/2014 4:41PM

    Fun is what brings forth laughter; and laughter is good medicine for the soul, and incorporating it each day is a blessing especially when you have your loved one with you to share it, so continue to embrace it! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/27/2014 3:11PM

    That's perfect! Remember when there was joy in movement, back when we were kids. It was called PLAY. We still need to take time to play. Good for you - both of you!

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DALID414 9/27/2014 9:29AM

    Being 'normal' is overrated!!

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WALKIN4JEANIE 9/27/2014 6:26AM

    Great blog! I love the idea of putting fun on the to-do list....there are days when I don't even want to THINK about the to do list! What a great way to make sure you are not "all work and no play!" I don't know which class you are taking, but it sounds like a good one!

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MAREE1953 9/27/2014 6:17AM

    Great blog, Toni. I went through a program several years ago which included methods to keep your life in balance, with one element being to spend one hour a day doing something that brings you joy. Could be playing the piano, reading, meditation, prayer...whatever! Reconnect with the real you! Here's to JOY in your day (or night, tee hee)!

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SEATTLE58 9/26/2014 7:17PM

    I love it and emoticon to add a little spice to the marriage at the same time! When I have to go to town for a part or supplies for the farm or whatever the errand would be that's not full of fun, I make sure that I take a few minutes to stop somewhere where I could go in and browse for fun, so I don't have to call it a plain ole' errand! emoticon Sometimes there's no time to spare and then I'd just sing to the radio and live it up. We can always find fun in most things and other things are best left serious. emoticon

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MM11113 9/26/2014 4:22PM

    Never put FUN on a list, but I try to have fun doing my job. Gosh, I am so serious all the time, but I do get a kick out of work most days!

Now to apply that around the house. Only one more week of full time.

Do you suppose there is a FUN way to clean the bathrooms?

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KELLIEBEAN 9/26/2014 8:10AM

    LOVELY!

One of my favorite movie lines is from Rumor Has It. Kevin Costner's character says something like "Life has to be a little nuts sometimes otherwise it's just a bunch of Thursdays all strung together."

So great that you made your Thursday a little nuts!

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KANOE10 9/26/2014 7:35AM

    That was a lovely blog. Walking with your husband is definitely fun and so enjoyable. Yes, it is all too easy to get focused on what we have to do, and what we should do instead of what we enjoy doing.

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FUZZYBEEZ 9/26/2014 7:33AM

    Good job of adding fun. I need to take your advice and add some fun to my day also.

And I don't think you are nuts at all for doing a night time walk, just be sure to wear something reflective so no real Nut runs into you please.

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SANDICANE 9/26/2014 7:17AM

    Hear hear!!! Cheers to fun EVERY DAY!!!!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/26/2014 7:14AM

    do something "fun" everyday!

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