Saturday, January 21, 2017

Link Party Feature!

Exciting news!  My Garden Guest post of a 

is being featured today at 


'Sending a big  

Thank You 

to all the hostesses!

;-)  -Marci

Fitness after 50. Week 6.

So...  this is my new series about fitness.  I am certainly no expert.  Posts will be about what's working for me.  There will definitely be running plans, flexibility, and basic weight lifting.  You can also expect nutrition ideas, recipes, and, well, probably lots maybe a little bit of whining.  ;-)

I hope I have the courage to tell you about the failures.

  If you'd like to read the premise for all of this, take a look at these previous posts.

You won't believe this.  In the first two weeks of my weight loss challenge, I've lost 4.5 pounds!!  Woo Hoo!  What a wonderful surprise.  This week I have a success story AND a fail.  First the good news!


It's super basic, but it's working for me.  

Now let me preface this by saying we purchased our home many years ago.  Our neighbors know us and we feel very safe here in Small Town, Arkansas.  It's almost Mayberry.  ;-)  There is one loop in our neighborhood that's only 7/10 of a mile which takes me just under 15 minutes to walk when I am healthy.  That one is my favorite.  Even before I was released from therapy, I enjoyed strolling this route slowly just to move for a bit, and keep myself acclimated to whatever the weather might be doing.

Then I was released from physical therapy.

Thankfully our neighborhood is a series of squares or circles and, since I like to run, I know the mileage for just about all the streets.  ;-)  It is one mile from our home to the post office.  We have three parks that are each half a mile from our home.  Two of them have walking tracks.

Photo Source

Being outside is medicine for me.

So here's where I began and how I added distance.  There is no push for speed as my hip tires quickly.

Week 1

Walk 7/10 mile loop on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Weeks 2 and 3

Walk 7/10 mile loop + 3/10 mile square on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Week 4 to Present

Walk 7/10 mile loop + 3/10 mile square + 1 mile circle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday


Walk 1/2 mile to park + 8/10 mile park loop + 1/2 mile back home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday


Walk 1 mile to the Post Office and back on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

(Sorry!  I don't know the photo source on this one.  'Saved it from Facebook ages ago.)

I plan to stay at the 2 mile distance until I can begin running again.  These short walks keep me acclimated to the cold January days so bouncing back to running should feel pretty easy.

You get the idea, right?  Pick a route.  Walk it for a week or two then add a little more.

Now for the fail.

The baby shower we hosted Saturday was so much fun, but between getting everything ready, and greeting guests, and taking photos, and loading cars, and cleaning the kitchen, I was on my feet

All.  Day.  Long.

Since I didn't want to be grumpy while folks were here, I took some over-the-counter pain meds and never realized just how tired I had become.

Sunday, my injured hip was very sore.  I parked myself on the sofa and crocheted.  Nothing else.  Monday, it was still painful, so no walking.  Tuesday, it was feeling better and Wednesday I was fine.  Sadly, I still have to be very cautious with the amount of activity on any given day.  No more OTC pain meds on busy days.

I hope all is well with you!  What is walking like in your neighborhood?

;-)  -Marci

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Review: Hollow City

The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children


by Ransom Riggs

A partial synopsis from Good Reads:  This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world.

My Thoughts:  It's hard to talk about the second book in a series without blowing a plot line in the first one!  ;-)    Our hero, Jacob, has learned a lot, as have all the children.  When they find themselves in a pickle, they manage in quite surprising and innovative ways.  Oh, and the ending!  I did not see that coming!  This one held me spellbound as much as the first one did


 the third one is on my night stand.  What will happen next?  These books have been such a lovely venture away from what I usually choose!

What have you been reading?

;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Link Party Feature

Exciting news!  My post 

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What an honor!

;-)  -Marci

Tuesdays with a Twist #196

Our News This Week...  We hosted a baby shower on Saturday and had such a great time!  The sweet little Mommy-to-Be has been in our lives since she was three and will always hold a very special place in our hearts!  Brace yourself for lots of posts about it!  She did a great job with her  Baby Registry and is pretty well set for that darling little boy to arrive!

We were driving near the Illinois River when my husband noticed a large nest and stopped the car.  Of course I grabbed the camera!  ;-)  While snapping shots of the nest, the thistles caught my attention.  'Always makes me smile to be in or near a National Park  ;-)

If you have (or need) inspiration for Valentine's Day, please visit the Valentine Link Party I am co-hosting!

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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being chosen.  Be sure to check all of our blogs!

Choosing features never gets easier!  There are so many impressive bloggers visiting each week and they post about all kinds of interesting topics.  I love this post about having friends over for A Winter's Tea!

What a beautiful table from Thelma's Days!

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