If You Leave…


It’s been cloudy and raining, intermittently, all day since yesterday.  Still, a nice fall day.  Today, however, it’s chilly, due to cold gusty wind.  I’m all ready for my walk, dressed in layers, for this day.  But my walking companion, Sir Thomas, still in the same spot since 7:30 AM.  It’s 11:15 AM, now.  He looks like a hot-dog stuffed in a bun on our couch.

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Hot-dog Sir Thomas

“Let’s get you ready boy, and go for our walk,”  I say to him.  He gives me a stare, which, I can hear loud and clear, “I am not going anywhere, today; you carry on alone, without me…I’ll try losing my extra pounds later.”  “I’m not giving up!” determined, I said.  Enough bugging from me finally gets him off the couch.  Without wasting time, within seconds, I get him ready.  We head out the garage door, and I turn left to walk out of our neighborhood.  Suddenly I’m pulled! In the opposite direction!

“Let me…” Sir Thomas seem to say to me, pulling me to a spot in the middle of our front yard, “Pee!”  Relieved,  he looks around, and sets his stride back toward the garage door, to go inside.   “No! We haven’t even started our walk!” I scream.

It’s ever-so-slightly sprinkling, and the wind has picked up…it’s gusty, for sure.  He really wants to skip this walk!  I pull him away from our house to get out of the neighborhood.  He pulls me toward the house.  I pull him away.  He pulls me toward…I pull him away…he gives in…he has no choice.  Sweet thing.  I love him.

Off we go, outside our neighborhood.  We hurriedly cross a street to get to our walking path. Those darn trees!  Sir Thomas takes forever to move from there.  He sniffs every angle of this one particular tree trunk.  Then, of course, marks a spot on it.

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“Hi, it’s not too bad out here.” Enjoying the sniffing.

We  make a move again.  He’d rather be snuggled, today, comfortably on the couch.  He’s walking, today, because of me.  He loves me!

Despite the weather today, we are enjoying the nature.  We hear the birds chirp, the leaves rustle, the wind whistle, whisper and swoosh.  We see no one else out here, today.   But, we see hundreds of leaves here today, flying and falling to the ground.

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“Leaves, leaves, and leaves! Every leaf has a potential to be sniffed and marked, by me. “

As we head back home from our walk, Sir Thomas’ pace gets faster.  I smile at his eagerness to get home.  Once inside the house, I notice his tail go up, completely.

“Glad that’s over!” Sir Thomas tells me; actually, his eyes tell me that!  He hits the couch; yawns, stretches and gets ready to snooze.  “Life, you are too good!  If you leave, I’m following you.”

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Never! Ever (ever) EVER am I leaving this couch!

Just so you know Sir Thomas, I had a wonderful time today.  Those moments are now in the past.  Those beautiful moments are behind us!  This weather  – if you leave me – I know you’ll be back again.  This gusty wind and this chill – if you leave me – I know you’ll be back soon.  Time – if you leave me – you are not coming back.  Life – if you leave me – you are not returning.  And, that’s the reason I take the time to enjoy my life with you, Sir Thomas:)  Our walks are always interesting.  We won’t let our walks leave us!  We will walk tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, and everyday after that!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “If You Leave.”

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Careful: Carefully and gently!

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She, with her Dad’s help, carefully takes the petunias out of its little container making sure the entire plant stays intact, the flowers and the roots, before gently lowering the roots into a bigger pot.  (This picture is from 2015 spring season).

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful.”

(Extra)ordinary in ordinary sight

An oil spill, on the roadside from an ordinary vehicle, spreading in a bit of standing water, collected from last night's rain. This morning the oil spill is shining strongly due to intense sun rays falling on it
On my walk this morning, I saw an oil spill, likely from an ordinary vehicle. I got interested because it looked so beautiful. It had artistically spread in the standing water, collected from last night’s rain. And this morning, the same oil spill shimmered, emitting rainbow-like colors, under clear skies and pure sun rays. I thought how (extra)ordinary is this!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “(Extra)ordinary.”

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Doggy Photo Shoot Day #22

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“What in the world do you think you are doing?” Sir Thomas is perplexed watching Dixie, our pit bull, attempting to catch her own tail. She chases it, and goes round and round in circles.

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Happy Place in Many Places!

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Happy place is – the beauty on Earth!
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Happy place is – being with family and friends ❤
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Happy place is – Where food is 🙂
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Happy place is – Where I get aromatherapy 🙂
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Happy place is – Where I get to see the snow *
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Happy place is – Where I find this quote – A happy couple: he does what she wants and she does what she wants! 🙂
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Happy place is – a place where I can take a great nap 🙂
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Happy place is – Where I find PASTA! 🙂 ❤

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

No question about it, no explanation need to be given – Happiness is with you at all times;  it’s yours to grab whenever YOU want!

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Healthier and Happier – Working to be Fit Everyday!


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My cheat sheet:) I love it.

My one page note!  My little helper:)

Small consistent changes to eating healthier and living an active lifestyle is what I did to get the results that I wanted.  And, I am still doing it.  I’ve been doing this for almost 15 years now.  I still motivate myself and do lots of self talk.  It has led me to live a healthier and happier life for me, my family and my friends.

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Walking in nature is a great exercise. Here my husband is walking our dog Dixie. I walk with our other dog, Sir Thomas, as you may know him.

People ask me if I can help them.  But I don’t have any certification.  I do, however, know how I did it! My little note certainly helped.  I would love to help others, I’m thinking of getting certification in Personal Training so that I can help others.  In the meantime, I still wanted to share  my little photo-note in this post:)

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I made this yummy meal! It was filling and healthy, too.

I am regularly reading and learning from different websites.  I educate myself and filter information to fit my body and my given genes.  I fight and beat a few bad genes on a daily basis; but the rest I accept, and continue to move forward.  I, recently, read a good article on fighting bad genes titled, “6 Ways to Beat Your Bad Genes.”  You can read it on, http://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/how-your-genes-impact-your-physical-fitness

Can’t emphasize enough – Being consistent and patient is what worked for me!  Small consistent changes to eating healthier and living an active lifestyle is what I did to get the results that I wanted.  And, I will continue doing it!

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Doggy Photo Shoot Day #21

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Oh, Sir Thomas, you are in deep, deep thoughts. I wish you could tell me what’s on your mind. I do love you lots.

 

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Boundaries

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“I have been calm.  Calmly sitting and watching Sir Thomas.  What’s he doing?  I want to get to where he is………nope…….no luck!” Dixie thinking and planning hard to figure out this situation:)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”

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Freeze Banana Slices for Smoothie – 5 Easy Steps

 When bananas start to have brown spots like the ones you see in the picture below, you are left with two options:  1) Eat them as soon as possible, or 2) Freeze them.  Many people never think of freezing bananas, but I do it all the time.  Frozen bananas make the best smoothies.  Better freeze than throw away a good-looking banana:)

1.  I peel the banana and cut them into 8 slices.   I, then, arrange them flat side up in a single layer on the cutting board.  You can use a cookie sheet also.  

2.  I place them in the freezer for about 45 minutes.  They freeze nicely.

3.  Next, I place each individually frozen banana slices into a sandwich bag.    Freezing them individually, and then storing them in a bag keep these slices from sticking to each other.  

4.  Then I place the sandwich bag with frozen banana slices into another bag, a storage bag or freezer bag.   Just for extra protection!  I do this so that these banana slices won’t get freezer burn.  image

5.  And, that’s it!  I just throw in 2 to 3 frozen banana slices into the blender when I’m making my delicious smoothie.  Yum!

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