Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I SURPRISED even myself and began my walk alone. The next thing I knew I had walked five miles. Since I was parked right by the gym, this seemed a great opportunity to go in and have a weight-room session. I first stopped in the Aerobics Room to make sure I didn't want to participate in that fun, but opted for the weights instead.
FORTY minutes later, I had finished my first GOOD weight work out in a LONG TIME. Now I used pretty light weights and certainly didn't do all I intend to eventually do-BUT I DID do that first workout that eventually leads to that second and on and on. Until you go the first time-YOU WILL NOT see any results. All to say-------my goal is tight and taut in a few months time-
Found this picture on the net-NOT SURE IF THIS IS WHAT I DESIRE-but just couldn't resist posting!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Temperature 99 degrees at 6:22 feels like 104 degrees.
The next 7 days call for HOT! And only a 20% chance of showers AT THE MOST!
Our run started this AM at 5:30 with the temperature at 78 degrees and the humidity 90+ %. WHOA- HOT!
Our hot and humid weather has started REALLY early this year in North LA! Usually it is late July and August before we are suffering from severe drought and SUPER hot temperatures.
Let me give you a brief description of the consequences of these hot temps-your sweat starts at the top of your head and you feel the rivers of perspiration running down your back all the way down the back of your legs and into your shoes. Before our run is over, you begin to hear the squish in your shoes from all the sweat. The salt that is left on your skin from all the sweating leads to chaffing in all the places where your clothes are tight and there is friction.
You step outside your door and the oppressive heat slaps you in the face and takes your breath away. As soon as you open the door the beads of sweat form on your forehead and upper lip. There is NO ESCAPE!
I am certain all the "Global Warming" cheerleaders are THRILLED with the weather we are enduring. They think it proves them right. I personally am a believer in Weather Cycles. I remember as a young girl enduring hot summers not unlike these. What is your theory-Global Warming or Weather Cycles or something else?
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This gave me pause to think-PERHAPS-I am just a little OCD! You see I delete all possible emails IMMEDIATELY upon reading them. Currently I have around 50 emails in my inbox-BUT they are plane reservations, internet order confirmations, pictures I have not transferred, etc. I also keep my Spam and Trash empty.
Now here is the "True Confession"-I clean it all up EVERY TIME I log into my email. I thought this was normal. Why would you want to keep all those emails? Why would you want all that clutter when trying to find a REALLY important email that you need?
I must admit-this is very similar to the manner in which I keep everything. Keeping my life de-cluttered is just second nature and I don't even give it a passing thought. I just "DO IT".
SICK or SANE - What say ye?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We are all very fortunate to still be running-especially those of us that are reaching those higher double digits. The doctor's words could come to any of us, but NONE of us want to hear them. I am especially sad since Babs has run by my side for a long time now. I like Babs'es attitude and know we will continue to enjoy exercising together-just not so many miles anymore-maybe that is not such a bad thing!
Monday, June 22, 2009
The "Reptile Man"
He would not allow us to hold the varmints-SHUCKS!
After an hour of viewing all sort of snakes, turtles, toads, lizards, etc. the Birthday Boy got the special treat of getting to hold a snake and have a Lizard Crown placed on his head.
He seemed to get a little panicky when the lizard went for a walk!
Wonder what he is thinking? Perhaps dreaming of a tropical island with quiet breezes blowing and lying in a hammock and rocking in the wind. TOO BAD! Your the Dad of a 9 year old!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Torn from the jaws of death.
Many tales are spun from the safety of the writer's keyboard or the photographers lens, however, very few are called to actually stare down danger and live to speak truth. Often we've heard of these timid, safety consumed sorts, who have never faced fear, and yet have endless stories of feats larger than life. But I digress, except to say the jaws of death does not refer to verbal assertions.
"The pond was angry that day my friend", as I remember the virtual boiling cauldron of imminent threat. The half dozen or more, twenty five foot monsters, strutted confidently from their sanctuary onto the narrow beachhead. The beach strewn with remainders of past feasts, these prehistorical giants eased past bones and feathers and beaks as they charged their greatly underestimated prey. With his head signaling his defiance with the only color available, flaming red, the willing gladiator, readied himself for the jaws of death, to the amazement of all of the onlookers, who were captivated from the distant, high, and safe hill.
I laughed in the face of danger has I leaped from snapping snout to snapping snout each containing rows of razor sharp, bone crunching teeth, and made my way gallantly into the awaiting crowd of awestruck onlookers. Without regard for personal safety, I could only concentrate on the the young, the elderly, and small and less brave of our number. So I began the fearless task of riding those "big boys" back into the swamp they came from, rendering them helpless and removing them from being a danger to civilized man ever again. The collective gasp, we have heard so much about, was in reality, the mutual and utter amazement in the face of such certain death. No doubt each in their own way, sought to revel in, or perhaps diminish, such heroics.
I then leave the reader to query their own depth of fear and bravery and victory as they relive this tale of grandness and courage.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Jake seemed to be nesting in the middle of the Monkey Grass.
It appears they are lined up for inspection!
Note the shirt on MJ-Gators. Well she certainly got her fill of "The Gators" while her Granny stood behind the fence screaming for her to get away from those Gators!
Mr. James is spinning a TALL Gator tale while threatening to throw the boys over the fence.
My two BRILLIANT Grands trying to climb the fence and get into the Gator Pond.
The Boerma Clan, Mr. James , BC & Grands.
This is the second pond and here they all come.
Two of the big boys are coming up on the pond bank to see us.
Note the makings of a purse on the big ones neck-just behind that long snout.
Monday, June 15, 2009
We went to Wally World FIRST thing this AM. What Redneck Camp would be complete without a visit to the WORLD FAMOUS Wally World! We came home and the boys chilled as shown above while I cooked Momma Lulu's Famous Chili that the boys LOVE! I know it is warm for chili, BUT when you have a personal request-WELL WHO CAN REFUSE?
We then went to the movie and saw "Up". Great movie and it could be an entire post of its own telling you the deep and profound meaning behind this wonderful flick. The boys liked the movie, but I am not sure they really understood the deep meaning behind it. We then went for Icees and came home for a little down time. Off to the pool again for a long swim. Home for chili and then:-----------------
A little target practice with Poppa Bob and the BB gun. Every self respecting Redneck needs to "Take Target Practice"!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
We then went to another of Ruston's many pools for a LONG swim and fun time. Home for supper and NO protests when it was bedtime. The only hint of homesickness came when we video chatted with their Mom and Dad. I think being REALLY tired could have led to that. Another big day planned for tomorrow-well actually we are kind of open with several options. Time is flying by!
We headed to Ruston-pronto-haste. The rest of the afternoon included lunch of Ruston's own WINGS-SPICY! A little decompression time and then a swim in the "Boersma Pool". Friend Helen is so generous with her pool and her time. Poppa Bob went and fetched us all "Johnny's Pizza" and we ate pool side. By the time we got home and got settled, things became pretty quiet. Poppa Bob went and tucked the boys in and watched a little tele with them and OFF to dream land. We did not hear a peep until 6:30 this AM and both of us were awake by then.
Plans for Day Two of Camp Conville-Poppa Bob is the "Pancake Chef" as I write- Church - and then WHO KNOWS. We will see how the day unfolds!
Friday, June 12, 2009
That brings me to this-WHY do we feel the need to clown around if we know there is a camera on us? Both boys AND their Dad were making silly faces while we were trying to have a conversation. Hopefully the "Novelty" will wear off and we can have a chat without a silly face inches away from the camera ( I do LOVE those silly boys!).
With that said, I am excited about our new toy and am on a mission to send a camera to #1 daughter. We can then have "Group Chats". HOW COOL IS THAT! Of course we will have to coordinate it all around Mr. Henry's BUSY schedule.
Can't wait to get them up and going and on line as a "Family."
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This brings to mind that all families have "Their Own Language". It takes years and years to develop and most do not understand the meaning or source without the history. Inside jokes, shared lives, and long hours of conversations lead to a "Private Language". Think about it as you and your family talk-we all develop our own speech patterns within our family groups. There are idioms that we each separately brought to our marriage from our past and there is a lifetime of shared living that develops others. I am always amazed when BC and I are thinking the same thoughts at the same moment and how we can finish each other's sentences and anticipate the others reactions. With years of raising a family and living life, we have developed our own set of idioms. I will give #1 SIL a break-after all he has only had 3 years to learn "The Language".
Meanwhile-#1 & #2 Grands are coming to spend a week in beautiful downtown Vienna next week. FUN AND GAMES! I need to get all my projects finished up and everything "Lined Out" for the week to come. I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO BE UNDER THE WEATHER!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Asparagus Fern in Chiminea Was Susan's Idea
My Little Antique Angel Fountain Surrounded By Fern