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Saturday, May 17, 2014

An Average Day

4 AM  Wake-up. My inner alarm just likes to wake up at this time so I turn on the computer and head over to Pat's "Rhyme Time" and write my rhyme.  If my rhyme makes sense, I know I'm alert for the day. WOW, mighty handy little check points.

4:05 AM  Roll out the yoga mat and do 21 reps each of 5 Tibetean yoga exercises. Creek, crack goes my spine but now I'm ready for the 30/30 plan.  If you're in the dark about this, it means, eat 30 % protein within 30 minutes after waking or the body goes into stress mode, thinking it isn't getting any protein and hoards fat.

4:15 AM    The yoga reps go fast and I'm ready for a spinach/pea powder smoothie with added supplements. Yuck on the taste but I can swallow anything if I know it's doing my body some good.  Next I have 3 egg yolks and a piece of sprouted grain bread with yummm..... butter. Butter, butter, butter..... my all-time favorite food but I look for unsalted organic and I add my own salt.... pink himalayan salt.

5 AM  I feed critters.... dog, cat and 5 chickens.

 6 AM finds me puttering out in the green house, watering, weeding, repotting and singing old 40's tunes from  from the top of my lungs with Cody howling because it hurts her ears. So much for my singing.

 By 8 AM my neighbor dropped off some 2x2  in. long lengths of left-over wood from some cabinets he's building. He thought they'd make great stakes for tomato plants and bingo, he is correct. We chatted and laughed about last evenings episode with the Barred Rock Chicken who didn't want to go in the coop. Bam... he nailed her with a fishing net and I grabbed her. He admitted that was the most action that net has seen. Ha

I grabbed my purse and was going to check out the string bark for paths at Wal-mart when I spotted the back of my work truck. Dang, I had forgotten to unload 25 bags of compost soil and this was not the way I wanted to begin my day. Neighbor had left for work so nothing to do but get out the wheelbarrow and begin hauling. OMG.... this is crazy.

By 9 AM I was in the Walmart nursery parking lot waiting for someone to load 10 bags of bark and wondering how they would get unloaded, since the 25 bags of dirt had taken every drop of my energy.

On the way home, my little truck drove right up to a "City" coffee hut. This day called for the zip that only coffee can give. I ordered a double espresso over ice but the cute little barista gave me a lecture on how to order it. She said the espresso had to go in the cup first and the ice added on top or there would be a burned taste. Shucks, it always tasted burned to me anyway and that's what I liked about it. But
I listened, she gave Cody her treat, I tipped her and left.

Next, I pulled into Agri Feeds to get pellets for the chicken coop floor.  The owner, a burly gentleman put a large bag of pellets in my pick-up and said there was no charge as he wanted me to try it and see if my chickens liked it better than the wood chips. People are just plain "nice" here.

I was home by 9:30 and suddenly knew a lucky duck was on my shoulder. Geno, my old handi-man who had moved to Boulder, was sitting in his van waiting for me. He was going to paint the chicken coop, the new tool shed and the garage ....AND.....he unloaded the bark.

That meant I could begin hoeing the compost into the garden soil.  Bam..... I suddenly remembered I had forgotten to tell the sprinkler guys that there is a leak in the system so Cody and I walked the 3 blocks to talk to the sprinkler people. A lovely walk this time of year because the whole town was fragrant with new fruit blossoms. Dale, the lawnmower service man who had worked there forever, was at the front desk. After lamenting how our mornings were going, I think his aim was to make me laugh with a joke. Here it is..... a 3-legged dog walked into a bar and said to the bartender, "Boy am I pissed.  I'm out to get the guy who shot my paw." I couldn't help but smile, especially at Dale's innocent effort.
He came around the desk and gave me a hug..... I don't know why but people just do that in these
Mayberry-like towns.

My life may sound pretty boring to most of you but neither can I imagine big city living and walking around  on hot cement all day.  Each person has a life to live that suits them. What a perfect world this is.  If so inclined, give us a peek into your life.

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  1. Blogger at my comment, how rude
    I guess it was just giving me attitude
    Look at you go
    There at your show
    Done nice and early too
    With tons of time left for more to do
    Yoga and exercise up the ying yang
    Lifting things and you rang
    As people come to your door
    Or just wait at your shore
    And hugging in mayberry not for me
    Would disturb my ocd lol

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    1. You keep me going oh so true
      Each day a rhyme I write is new
      You challenge us with things galore
      The moment my feet first hit the floor
      My day is filled with many chores
      First comes the rhyme before outdoors

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  2. I loved this. I'm no lover of the Great City, either, and this place you live in sounds pretty close to paradise. I live in Curaçao, a small island in the Caribbean (next to Aruba), also a non-concrete, non-skyscraper land... Different than your Montana small-town haven in many things: a shop owner, no matter how long they've known you, would never ever give you a hug (unless you grew up together and your mom just died); if you've really become a regular, they'll grace you, every now and then with the hint of a smile :D Also, very little walking is done here... 90+ degree weather kind of inhibits that. We complain about the lack of variety, the lack of choice, but all in all, at least for me, it's a fair trade. I miss the city--civilization--far less often than I'm grateful for living where I do.
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. guille
      I would say the place you live sounds like the tropical paradise., but I do like the warmth of the people in Montana. I would love to visit your island and walk some of the "dirt" paths and experience the lack of civilization.
      Thank you for visiting my blog and the wonderful commet.

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  3. I love your day, Manz. Full of living and meandering. It's been non-stop twittering--of the natural kind--this morning over here. Wonderful music to mop the kitchen floor by. Hopefully, none of the neighbors will think about blaring their radios outdoors. :-)

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    1. Susiee
      Mopping the kitchen floor, huh? Oh does mine need that. Mine was supposed to be sanded by now from the flood this winter, but still isn't and won't be this summer. Oh, dear.... a lot of things just have to get moved to the back burner.

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  4. I salute you. You get more done before 9am than many people achieve all day long. On some of those days, I am one of those people. Not today, though. I have been a busy bee. Of course, it has taken me all day. It is almost 5pm and I have just now caught up to what you knocked out before 9:30am.

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    1. Robin
      I've always been a morning person but konk out early evening. I used to have to push myself to dance at night when the dances start at 9. Way to late for me. I love the afternoon Tea Dances.

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  5. And I didn't get any jokes or hugs. Or free stuff. So your day was still BETTER. ha!

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    1. Robin
      I do love a small town atmosphere where everybody knows your name. As in Cheers. Yea, the jokes and hugs are great. Haha

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  6. Writing a rhyme at four
    Will be much appreciated at his shore

    I'd never heard of the 30/30 plan, but I'm sure gonna give it a try. Hoarding fat…. Just typing those words makes me gain some weight. I'd rather have some butter.

    Why does your singing hurt his ears? It can't be that bad. Is he a critic, I wonder.

    I wish there were more plain nice people, that much I do know.

    I've given so many peeks in my life some may think my life isn't boring. Today, I spent some time with our cats, Mongo and Pebbles. I should do that more often. :)

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    1. Blue
      I think it does work.... the 30/30 thing. My naturalpath says the body goes into panic mode after 30 minutes of awakening and if it doesn't get protein, it guards the fat. I never gained an ounce until I turned 80 .... like the magic number. Eating egg yolks seems to melt away the fat too, as one is then nourishing the body.

      Oh my voice???? My squeeky high voice.... sometimes I think I'm an opera star although I haven't broken any wine glasses lately. Ha I must just plain hurt the dogs ears.

      There are so many really "nice" people in the world. I was parked in front of my house with a lawn bench in the back of my pick-up and I was struggling to get it onloaded. A woman, all dressed up, stopped her car and came over and helped me. I call that plain nice.

      I'm sure Mongo and Pebbles value the time you spend with them.

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    2. You never gained an ounce? Is that a fact? Well, I'm afraid I should lose a few pounds, as in 20. I just told Angie about your 30/30 thing and she is adamant that I stick to the same program as of tomorrow.

      I know. There are plenty of them. They make life so much more enjoyable. Would you believe me if I told you I would've stopped my car too to help you?

      I was so tired I fell asleep on the couch right after lunch. When I woke up I saw both Mongo and his little sister Pebbles sleeping right next to me.

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    3. Blue
      I did say..... until I turned 80.... I never gained but then my liver and thyroid began acting up and I did gain some weight, especially around the mid section. Then I must have tried dieting in the "wrong" way and cut out my protein. My naturalpath keeps telling me that (esp. as we get older) the body needs protein and if it doesn't get it after awakening, it goes into the panic mode and wants to hang onto the fat it has because it is afraid of starvng. If you look online there are a lot of similar diets with protein percentages. This one is simple for me and seems to work and the egg yolks agree with my body. Some days I may eat up to 8 yolks. I lost most of the weight I gained but actually the weight I kept kinda fills in the "wrinkles." Ha
      But it's still hard for an old dancer to look in the mirror and see a poochy stomach. I also eliminate all sugar and gluten and take supplements (through muscle testing) that strengthen my inner organs (not the organ that accompanies my bad singing.... bad joke). Here's another trick I try to do. Envision the size of my stomach .... probably would fit in the small of the palm of my hand and I don't eat more than that amount at one meal. I try to eat just protein and veggies and that took off a few more pounds.

      With those beautiful cakes of Angies, I think that would be difficult. I drool just looking at them.
      I believe you would have stopped to help me, too. A true gentleman.

      Isn't it amazing how much cats like the warmth of a human. I notice if I sit down too, I can soon hear Puss purring next to me. 2 of them must be a purring cacophonous chorus.

      Oh.... good luck. Those extra pounds sure do come off much harder than they go on.

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    4. Up to 8 yolks.... That's gotta be hard work, Manzanita. Really... 8? I believe you. I'm just saying it out loud, is all. I eat heaploads of veggies and I get my proteins mainly from soy beans (miraculously made delicious by Angie Dear) and whey protein powder since I'm one of those so-called sissies that don't eat meat. No, not by choice. For some reason I can't fathom I don't like the taste of meat. Yes, Angie's cakes are delicious. Too bad she doesn't want to start her own (small) business.

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    5. Your protein plan works. I've lost a couple of pounds already.

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  7. Maybe Cody just wants to sing a long

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    1. Holy Ghost
      I'm sure, in her mind, that is exactly what she is doing. Ha

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  8. Sounds pretty good to me but you are much more active than me and getting up at 4am, I like the sun to be streaming in the window before I start the day.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle
      I don't choose to get up at 4 AM. I'd much rather be sleeping but my body just wants to be on that schedule.... so I obey. I like your awakening time better. Ha

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  9. 4 a.m.? WOW!!! That's early. But the fact that you're alert enough to write poetry at that hour tells me you're a morning person.

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    1. Stephanie
      Yes, I am definitely a morning person but often I feel that 4AM is carrying this waking-up business too far. Ha
      Thank you for dropping in and for the comment

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  10. Nothing prettier than a broad shouldered man when you have bags of stuff to unload. Too bad he hadn't come earlier.
    Sounds like my town, We are big huggers here also. Love it.

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    1. Patti
      You town does sound like ours. Just yesterday, my granddaughter and I were talking about towns like ours, but with a longer growing season and less frigid temps. I mentioned Ak and thought of your town, although I don't think I know the name. Then I thought of tornadoes so I guess there is the great and the bad to all the states.
      Yes, the kind of a man you describe when looking at bags of dirt, is extremely handsome.

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  11. I could never wake up at 4am everyday

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    1. Adam
      When I was your age, I didn't believe I could either. Welllll.... it just sorta happens.

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    2. Our friend Adam goes to bed at 4am....

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  12. What a lovely day you had.
    I agree with you, Manzi. Each person has different needs and lifestyles. I love mornings. Life can get hectic, but not when it depends on me. I like to enjoy every minute of it. Each moment is magical.

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    1. Julia
      So true and most of the time we don't realize that we really are happy until a lessor part of our life is shown to us. Then we look back and wish we had realized that we really were happy. How sad when we miss those opportunities.
      Thank you, Julia, for your, as always, brilliant and welcome comment.

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  13. Hot cement is why we wear shoes. I can't think of any other reason. Well, maybe glass and prickles.
    I've been busy planting bulbs in pots. My back is not happy, but a lie down with feet up on pillows will help.

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    1. River
      One of my kids never wore shoes during the summer. She developed such a tough, hard callous on the bottom of her feet that I do believe she could walk on cut glass.

      I was at your post and your bulb pots look so healthy. You have the "green thumb" for all growing things and I know your bulbs will be another triumph. Sorry about your back.... in fact I'm there with you.....I try to be very careful when I lift and carry the bags of dirt but then one twist will "do" it it.

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  14. >>... By 9 AM I was in the Walmart nursery parking lot waiting for someone to load 10 bags of bark...

    That's about the time I'm going to bed after the "graveyard" shift.

    In other words, I should be in bed in about an hour and twenty minutes from now.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    I'm interested in learning more about that 30/30 Plan. Gotta website link to share? I've always found it goes against my "nature" to eat ANYTHING before I've been awake for at least 60 to 90 minutes, but I'm willing to learn something new and try it.

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    1. Stephen
      Hope you always get adequate sleep on the graveyard shift. Around a hundred years ago I used to do that shift once in a while when I was a psych nurse trying to sleep in a dorm full of chatty girls. Those were the days that I never had to worry about gaining weight.

      I don't have a a link for this info. My naturapath just muscle tests everything she tells me to do and I do it. She... MJ.... had cancer when she was in her 20's (over 50 years ago) and cured it herself with the help of her parents who owned a health food store at the time. She made up her mind she would learn natural healing in order to help others. She did not graduate from one particular healing school but has studied with natural healers all over the world and she designs a special program for each of her clients. If your nature tells you the time to eat, that perhaps can be the right path for you to follow. When I talk to MJ again, I'll ask her more about the 30/30 diet and if it's for everyone. My sister-in-law goes to her too and has different complaints so she has slightly different food and supplements than mine but still does the 30/30 plan. I've seen different percentage food plans online but this simple system seems to work well for me. I'll let you know after I next see her.

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    2. Thank you, MANZANITA! I'd appreciate that.

      For the record, I am DEFINITELY an 'Outside-The-Box' person when it comes to health information (and pretty much ALL information on ALL topics).

      I used to work in a health food store, and while I came away from that experience believing that some of that health food stuffs is nonsense, I also emerged as a FIRM BELIEVER in the value of taking daily a healthy dose of Soy Lecithin (granular form only).

      I'm also fairly convinced about the benefits of Cayenne.

      Three books I regularly recommend to others are 'WORLD WITHOUT CANCER' by G. Edward Griffin (who also wrote one of the truly essential political books: 'The Creature From Jekyll Island'); 'ALIVE AND WELL' by Doctor Philip Binzel; and 'LEFT FOR DEAD' by Dick Quinn (the book that first taught me about Lecithin and Cayenne).

      To that list I would also add 'YOUR BODY'S MANY CRIES FOR WATER' by Doctor Batmanghelidj - although at the time he published that book he was unaware of just how bad American tap water really is for the human body.

      So, anyway, I am ANYTHING but a believer in mainstream beliefs, and very open to alternative views on just about EVERY topic, Healthy diet being not the least of them (I have been a vegetarian since 1984, although Vegetarianism is certainly NOT my "religion").

      I look forward to learning more about the 30/30 Plan.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  15. Sounds like a great day to me. Nice to see you still stay fit and that it's a habit.

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  16. Hey Mark
    I'm so glad I do at least "try" to stay fit..... especialy when I have to face bags of compost and there's only me looking at them. Ha
    Great to see you survived the challenge. I enjoyed the old TV progroms of your theme. Brought bak a lot of memories.

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  17. It's nice when you've found your 'place.' I had mine for 18 years, loved every minute of it too, it was my home. My happy place. But hubby hated it, and now we're back where he grew up. He's happy. It's either him or me, and I've had my turn. ;) I'm getting used to it, slowly. The scenery is sure pretty any time of the year, but the winter driving, & the economy (oy, it's bad here) are not for me.

    I liked the peak into your day. Sounds nice, especially the kind people all around you. :)

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    1. peek, I meant peek. Sheesh!! Have a good Tuesday. :)

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    2. Peek, peak..... what's the diff?

      Where was it that you grew up? I too, think it's beautiful where you live now...... I don't mind the winter driving much because I can choose the days I go out but i guess you have many school activity days left to drive yet. I recall those days in Minneapolis when one of my daughters was an ice skater. We had to be up at an impossible hour ...driving along a winding slippery road to the rink. They had to share ice time with the hockey teams and sometimes had nght time hours. What a nightmare that used to be.

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    3. Yep, we have to drive every school day, twice a day, and sometimes on the weekends too, and out here in the country we see the salt last if at all. If I had to do it on winding slippery roads I would be even less happy.

      That's nice that you're a dancer and your daughter was an ice skater. There's a lot of similarities between the two, I would think.

      Florida is where we spent 18 years. It's not where I was born, but it was where I felt most at home. Trouble is my husband is not a fan (he hates Florida), and he was born and raised in Michigan. And so here we are... :) It's nice 3 seasons of the year. ;)

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  18. You start your day
    As you say
    Reading Pat in the Hatt
    How about that
    Your life is full
    I think that's cool
    Never boring
    Cause I'm adoring
    All you do
    This be true

    Take care, I say
    Each and every day.

    Gary :)

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    1. Gary
      Ha... I know, you are seeing if I can think
      Today my mind is faster than a blink
      Yesterday I was rather slow
      A baby chick to bed wouldn't go
      In the wood pile she did hide
      I guess she heard Kentucky fried
      The temperature did go quite low
      And the winds began to blow
      I thought that she would really freeze
      I looked for her mostly on my knees
      But peeping with with morning sun
      She was ready for her run
      I was tired the whole day through
      That naughty trick the chick did do

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  19. I get a whole lot done on most days. Everyone around me says I put them to shame and my grandmother always called me a honey bee and indefatigable. BUT, I don't do it so early. I am a night owl- rarely hitting the hay before midnight and often not until 2am. You have made me think about the old timers I see when I'm out at the store. I will now be wondering what they have been up to when I run into them in the morning.

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    1. Jasmine
      I wonder if you will change as you get older... I was always a morning person.... I think..... but never as much as i am now. In the winter, when it's dark, sometimes I go to be at 7 so I have my full sleep by the time you are going to bed... ha
      Be thankful for your energy. No one can do a lot of work if they don't feel good and energy is so precious.

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  20. You certainly have a wonderfully, full, healthy, energetic life. I find I keep running out of time every day. :- ) They tell you that gardening is supposed to be really good for your health and well being too.

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  21. Kay
    Thank you for the input. I really believe gardening is a healthy activity and such a great stress reliever. I love to walk around the yard each morning and inspect the new growth and every leave that pops out.

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  22. This doesn't sound boring to me at all. You get more done in one morning than most people I know in an entire day Manzi! And I have often read about the benefits of Yoga. I still want to give it a try someday. I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!!

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    1. Keith
      Thanks for the input. I find yoga to be extremely beneficial for my body. Any kind of stretching is good, though.
      Have a wonderful weekend, filled with hikes and good companionship.

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  23. I'm impressed and I'm not a city girl. I think I'd better check out some handymen and see if they'll help with some unloading around here.

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    1. Lee
      I can still do a lot of work but lifting isn't one of them. Get the handy men lifters.

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  24. Happy National Tap Dance day, Manzanita!
    Ha! I bet you didn't expect this greeting today.
    Hugs.

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  25. Watch this video, share it with as many people as you can. this changed how I perceived gender issues.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp8tToFv-bA

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  26. Hi Manzanita .. you are a human on fire .. lots of energy - and all sounds amazing .. you live life to the full and always have done I suspect!

    Still sounds amazing .. and I'd love a garden, let alone a small plot of land .. and help is always needed ... and as Julia says - Happy Tap Dance day ...

    Here's to a very happy summer .. I must get into your exercise regime - actually similar, but not that!!! .. cheers Hilary

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  27. Dear Manzanita, your full day that begins early astounds me. I don't get up until 8:30 and I move very slowly into the day. You seem to bound out of the bed full of energy. I so admire that. And, to be truthful, I feel a little envy that you accomplish so much. I sort of muddle through the day. I think I need to be more intentional. Thanks for sharing your day. It's inspirational. Peace.

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  28. You get more things accomplished before some people roll out of bed than they accomplish in the whole doggone day! That's what's keeping you young... and feeling good.

    As for that joke, it reminds me of another one. What did the dog say when a truck ran over its foot? (The answer is sung, if you remember the old Eddie Fisher song...) "Oh, my paw paw..."

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  29. This sounds like a great day, doing bits and pieces, enjoying the people who come across your path.
    Where do you live?

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  30. I dropped by to say hello! I have been absent from blogging for a while, and I did miss your posts. It’s good to be back.

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  31. I am like you. If I know it is going to do my body some good. I can swallow anything.

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  32. What a busy body you are ~ And I can't get up that early to visit and compose a rhyming comment for Pat ~ I should do yoga but I am lazy ~ Wishing you happy week/end ~

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  33. 4 am??? how do you do that? When do you go to bed? I really like the sound of that day, reminds me of home. Love the countryside!

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  34. Dear Manzanita, you haven't posted in about a month and I'm hoping you are just taking a breather and being good to yourself and that you're not experiencing ill health. Take care. Peace.

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  35. But such an interesting life. Lots of morning;sI don't "come to" until about 10:00 a.m. Sadly.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  36. You haven't written in awhile - hope you're doing well. Thanks for a glimpse into your life! I'm up at 6am every day to feed my son. I don't miss the sleep like I thought I would. :)

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  37. You're up at 4am and doing yoga soon after!? I feel utterly lazy now! LOL! And you got a lovely hug at the end of the day! What a great day! Take care
    x

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  38. I'm just here again waving hello because I miss reading what you write. :)

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  39. Hey Manzanita
    And nothing could be sweeta'
    Are you okay?
    Haven't seen you post in many a day.

    Hugs,dear friend
    With that I shall end.

    Gary :)

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