On A Warm Day

I got outside at lunchtime today.  One of my favorite places to visit is Morris Arboretum.  There were quite a few people there today.  It is 50 degrees and that makes those who have been hibernating want to burst out of their caves.

The temps are going to continue to rise this weekend and I’m going to take full advantage of them!

I’m ready now for the warmer days.  Not to warm because I want it to be spring…not summer!

I’m just glad we aren’t getting that snow that is hitting the Midwest today and tomorrow!

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Spring – It’s For The Birds

I love April.  It’s the best time to bird watch.  I’m not particularly into Ornithology but I love the colors of the birds.  All of the colors of the birds shine out in contrast to the browns and grays of winter.


I’m going back to this location next week to see what other birds are in town.  Ahhhhhh…..SPRING!

Rainy Days and Garden Festivals

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Every year we attend the local Garden Festival.  It’s a wonderful time to take a stroll, run into old friends and make new ones.  It’s also when the May Day Dancers come out and give a performance to remind us of the old world customs.

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People bring their dogs out for a walk down the main strip but this year I saw a pet rabbit for the first time.  This is Baby.  She was so relaxed around all those dogs.  That is one chill rabbit!

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Everyone was chill…even this dog who people watched while his humans ate lunch.

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Even though it rained while we were there (it later cleared up of course) it was a relaxing and enjoyed experience.  I always look forward to strolling The Hill.

The Last Day In Harmony

My mini break was a fabulous success but ends today.  I have achieved almost all of my goals.  I say almost all of my goals because I was going to work on my OLTL website but substituted the ATWT site instead.  It was inevitable with the departure of Martha Byrne on 4/22.

This also was my last weekend before I start my diet.  I hate to call it a diet as it is more of a life change.  I eat therefore I am and it’s made me grumpy.  Everything in my life has become about food.  I think all “chubby” folks have been faced with this before and it’s annoying.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not afraid to say the world Fat…because that’s what I am.  I’m fat…I confess here and now that I weight 264 lbs.  That’s not fat…that’s obese.  So now I’ve grown tired of my body being evil.  I’ve used everything in my life as an excuse as to why I eat.  I stress eat, I got out to dinner a lot with friends and my favorite…I’ve been fat all of my life and I’m used to it.

The last one is true…to a point.  My issue with being fat now is I’m uncomfortable.  I do not have diabetes but how long will it stay away.  I’m thinking not much longer.  I have blood pressure issues and trouble sleeping.  So here is where put my foot down and say no more to the bad eating and the not exercising just because.  I’ve posted my weight here and now so that I can no longer hide from it.

I have a scale now and a full length mirror so there is no place to hide.  I have a realistic first goal though so that I do not become overwhelmed and that is to weigh 200 lbs.  That’s 64 lbs.  I can do this goal.  It’s attainable.

So if I go on ad nausea about food and dieting you know why.

Not related to food.  It’s a rainy day so I’m going to work on my spring cleaning.  Accumulating things over the winter has me feeling trapped in a box.  Living in a smaller amount of space I have learned that downsizing 4x’s a year is a good thing.  So today I’m going through my drawers and purging the things I never wear.   Also some of my older winter wear is ready for the bucket so I can get rid of those too.  Wahoo!

Yesterday Willow went to the groomers and she came out looking white and fuzzy, lol.  They did a good job.  Mickie had rolled around in a pile of pollen and it started to make her sick so she got a bath yesterday too.  So the dogs are clean, I’m clean and the apartment is clean.  Wahoo!

The greatest thing about spring is Lilac.  It’s a strong perfume flower and as soon as I open my door I can smell it.  The tree is about 50 ft away from my door.  Well that and it’s warmer, lol!

Blinded by the Sun

OMG…could this morning be any more perfect? I say nay! Well if I had the day off to enjoy this warm and fuzzy day that would be perfect. I have a window in my office that looks out on to a park so I’m not complaining.

This whole thing of Spring is amazing to me. How just having warm days with sunshine and everything blooming, from the leaves on the trees to the tulips out of the ground, brings a sense of renewal. I know what your thinking…how very California Tyed Dyed of you but it’s true.

I was concerned about my sod from last year that over the winter had become barren and dodgey looking but for the most part I was surprised at it’s appearance. I think with just a modicum of grass seed and I will be in business. I worked hard on that sod last year with watering and maintenance that I was glad that it was mostly just the cold and winter that made it look that way. Wahoo!

So tonight I’m looking forward to some fun. Yep that’s fun with a capital F U N! But before anything remotely jocular can take place I’ve got to finish the laundry. Have I ever mentioned that being a grown-up is challenging sometimes, lol.