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Title: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 20, 2009, 04:14:10 PM
Today while I was outside mowing for 2 hrs. (this is when I do all my "thinking", nobody or anything to interrupt me, just me and my thoughts) . . . well, that is unless you count the 1,000's of ladybugs I was dodging while mowing . . . .   ;D, this is what I came up with.  I am usually one who likes to stay indoors.  It's either too hot, too cold, too many bugs, too windy, blah, blah, blah  . .  all my excuses for not going outside.   Well, today while I WAS outside I decided that for the next 30 days, 10 minutes each day, I will commit to going outside.  To get outside, get some fresh air, maybe some Vitamin D from the sun if it happens to be out while I'm out there, enjoy the changing of the seasons, the list can go on and on.  I figured 10 minutes a day for 30 days is a "doable" amount of time - I didn't want to say 30 minutes, do it one day and then quit.  I AM going to do this for the next 30 days starting tomorrow, Oct. 21st.

As of right this moment, we have 1572 members of Sjogren's World.  Granted, not all of them visit this site on a regular basis.  We have a lot of "newbies", plus some that have been here for years and years.  I would think out of 1572 members that at least 20 of you would join me in this 30 day commitment.  There is no money involved - just 10 minutes of your day.  10 "ME" minutes.   ;D    10 minutes to de-stress, clear your head, get some fresh air, maybe send some good thoughts and vibes to our fellow SjS members.   You can go for a walk, sit on the porch, circle your house/apartment, whatever . . just be outside for 10 minutes.  That's it . . it's that simple.

Who will join me?  IF you are willing to participate, just reply to this post and put the next corresponding number in your post next to your name.   This could be fun - I hope you will join me.    ;D  The more, the merrier!   ;D


Bucky - #1
 
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Chickpea on October 20, 2009, 04:18:04 PM
Bucky dearest - this is a brilliant idea!

Count me in.  My ten minutes won't be very active because I can't walk far but I can get out into the garden with my walker or a little further in my wheelchair.  We've got lovely autumn weather here in Brighton, England at the moment:  glorious golden leaves and sharp sunshine.  I'll be out there tomorrow and for at least 30 days after that.

Chickpea #2
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Cheryl on October 20, 2009, 04:38:52 PM
I'll think of all of you while I'm outside.   Great idea, Bucky!
Cheryl (#3)
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: bigb00 on October 20, 2009, 04:40:12 PM
I somewhat do this already. I take my dog for a walk when I come home from work. Some day its So0o0o0o hard as I'm tired and achy.. But i do it because she counts on it. Most days it's not so bad! I enjoy the weather, the season and get to think like you said!

#4
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Patze on October 20, 2009, 05:36:41 PM
Okay, I'm jumping in too with both feet!


Patze
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: newtosjs on October 20, 2009, 06:14:48 PM
Reply #6, Count me in, do we start tomorrow? Me time sounds good!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: JannaLee on October 20, 2009, 06:22:31 PM
I guess I'm in too...

#7

Janna
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Poochie on October 20, 2009, 07:22:40 PM
Okay Bucky, count me in.  Unless the freezing weather comes back, I'll do my best to keep it up.  Brrrr!  We had snow over the weekend.  Didn't stay, but it was sooooooooooo cold. :o

Good luck everyone, it sure can't hurt us.  8)

Hugs, Pooh #8
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on October 20, 2009, 07:59:26 PM
I'm out there every day anyway, weeding, pruning, or raking leaves, so I might as well get credit for it!

Genko #9
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Cricket on October 20, 2009, 08:11:04 PM
Count me in too!!

Cricket #10   8)
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Epson on October 20, 2009, 08:35:02 PM
I just read and interesting article on this subject and unless your wearing short a sleeve shirt and shorts, your not going to get enough rays to change anything.  I'll be getting my D from a bottle.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 20, 2009, 09:12:48 PM
I'm so pleased to see we have 10 people so far who are willing to commit to this fun little project for the next 30 days.   ;D

Newtosjs - yes, this starts Wednesday, Oct. 21st.

Epson - well, then we'll just take our Vitamin D from milk or a bottle - but, we're still going outside!   :D

I'll check back daily.  Enjoy your 10 minutes!!   ;D

Bucky
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: eyeamdry on October 20, 2009, 10:56:49 PM
I may be a minute late here, but I'll commit to 10 minutes outside every day.  If my husband knows of this, he would thank the author!  Lucy
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on October 21, 2009, 12:16:54 AM
Briloiant idea. Me too!!

Kathyx #12
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: allium on October 21, 2009, 07:40:35 AM
All right Bucky..

But, I want to skip all the way with my pocket full of Twizzlers!

Trying for the hill down the street.  ;)

Sheila
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Scottietottie on October 21, 2009, 08:08:15 AM
OK Bucky - will give it a try.  :)

I spend time outside most days because we have to supervise the kids we're working with. I do sometimes leave it to my colleagues though.

I'll be spending more than 10 minutes a day outside the week after next because we are taking the kids from work away on a canal boat for a week. I'll be tramping the tow path for several hours a day I would think.  :o

Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Nans on October 21, 2009, 08:17:37 AM
Like Genko, I am outside everyday.  I raise dairy goats, have chickens and a horse so must go out to do chores twice a day.  If it still counts even though I have to go out, I'm in too!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 21, 2009, 08:40:58 AM
Day 1

Happy Wednesday to you all.   ;D  Today starts Day 1 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day. 

Yes, being outside for daily chores counts as time outside.   :D   

Today as I was spending my time outside I thought about Sjogren's World and all the people who have "discovered" this site (myself included).  We come from around the world with different backgrounds, different circumstances, different health issues.  As different as we all are . . . yet, we're all alike.  We are trying to live our lives the best we can with the heath issues that have come into our lives.  Are there days we feel like we can't handle one more diagnose, one more doctor, one more setback?  Sure.  There are also days when you don't physically hurt "as much" and you almost feel "normal" (whatever normal is  ???).  Cherish those days.   ;D

I'm really excited that you have "chosen" to come on this 30-day commitment with me.  That's the beauty of Sjogren's World . . we're not on this journey alone if we reach out to each other.  Nobody understands what we're going thru more than each of us here.  I hope today is a good one for you.  I look forward to checking back in with you tomorrow.

If you are just now reading this thread, it's not too late to join us.   ;D

Bucky


"Don't waste time waiting for inspiration.  Begin, and inspiration will find you."        H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: roetta on October 21, 2009, 10:55:52 AM
I'm in!!!

Roetta   ;D
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: DanzGrl on October 21, 2009, 11:07:50 AM
I'm in too! :D  What a great idea!   It's raining here today!

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: fatburningmachine on October 21, 2009, 11:46:09 AM
I am in too. Remind me once in a while.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Poochie on October 21, 2009, 12:18:55 PM
Okay, I swept the porch, shook scatter rugs, and the floor mop, washed the bay window and picked up sticks in the yard from last weeks wind storm.  I think I spent about 45 mins. outside all together.  Whew!

Now I'm running the vacumn and dusting inside. :D  I should sleep good tonight.  ;D

Hope you all had a good day also.

Hugs, Pooh

P.S. Dinner is in the crock pot.  Chicken, carrots, celery, potatoes and a little onion.  I'll make gravy and cook some noodles.  It sure smells good right now.  ;)
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: eyeamdry on October 21, 2009, 12:27:39 PM
Pooh, boy, you are "smokin" today!  Hope you have a good nights sleep tonight.  Lucy
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: ginger_pops on October 21, 2009, 12:31:55 PM
count me in bucky great idea xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on October 21, 2009, 01:58:19 PM
What a lovely post :)

Count me in.  Mind you I am outdoors every day, whether I choose to or not, as I have to walk the dogs and see to the horses.  I have a huge collection of layers for every type of weather!!   (Mind you, there are definitely things I wear that shouldn't be allowed in public!!!  I sometimes have hay in my hair, accidentally, and look like no-one owns me!! ;D ;D ;D)   xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: lori on October 21, 2009, 02:16:58 PM
yep- count me in- Ive been trying to sit ou on my porch atleast 10 min when the sun is out or walk if my feet /hips can handle it.

 :)lori
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: eyeamdry on October 21, 2009, 02:56:24 PM
I went out late (4 pm) and shook a couple of outdoor rugs.  Yuck.  Wet, bugs, leaves etc.  Then I sat at the picnic table and read the newspaper which takes about 10 minutes.

We are taking a few days trip this weekend and i thought "what a time to clean out the car."  We have 3, so just one isn't but a drop in the bucket.  I washed the inside of the windows.  Brought some stuff into the house that was not supposed to be in the car.  Hubby got out the big old garage vacuum and I vacuumed the car inside and shook the rugs.  It is beautiful.

I'm all winded now.  My butt hurts from bending over.  I'm sure that was a sight for anyone driving by.  Thanks Bucky.

Lucy
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Redetha1 on October 21, 2009, 03:46:10 PM
#27  I am in---That is a great number-was born on 27th  Hope everyone sticks to it.  We get lots of rain but I can sit on the porch.  This is a great idea.  Hugs to you all
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 21, 2009, 03:51:58 PM
Yay . . . we have met one goal . . . getting 20 people to commit . . actually, we've EXCEEDED my goal . . . Lori makes #21.  Welcome Lori, we're glad you have decided to jump right in on the forum and get involved.   ;D  My NEW goal is 26 people to join us in this 30-day adventure.   We should all have goals . . . when you meet that goal, make a new one!!   ;D

Lucy - I bet the neighbors thought . . . "wow, look at Lucy today!!!!"  Tonight as you crawl into bed just think of all you have accomplished today!!  Maybe you can have hubby can give you a butt rub tonight ???   :D :o   Are you trying to give Pooh a run for her money???   ;D

Pooh - good job!!!  You should sleep well tonight!   ;D  Dinner sounds wonderful!!   Thumps up for the crock pot!!!

Please don't overdo it everyone . . . .

Bucky

Since I typed the above information, we've had another one join us . . . Redethal is number #22.  (sorry Redetha1, some of the posts were from people who are already registered . . according to my count, you are #22.)  But 27 is a good number too!!   ;D

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: roetta on October 21, 2009, 04:18:02 PM
I spent half an hour outside, sitting in the sun with my daughter. We listened to the birds chirp and the bees hum and talked about our days. It was really nice and with all she has been going through lately she needed the down time. (She is still having back pain, though not as frequently. Orthopedics referred her to rheumatology this last week. We go Nov 12th! Wish us luck!)

What a great idea getting outside was. I feel so refreshed! Tomorrow I might even work in the garden a bit.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on October 21, 2009, 04:44:56 PM
I just got back from the teahouse in the Japanese Garden where I'm in class all day on Wednesdays (studying in the morning, teaching in the afternoon). I spent some time at the break walking around the garden and enjoying all the Japanese maples that are at their peak right now. I may take my sister over there tomorrow afternoon to take some pictures.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: newtosjs on October 21, 2009, 05:15:37 PM
OK, I made it! Sat on the porch, read for 15 minutes while waiting for my son to get off the bus. Also, saw my dogs running down the street when I returned from the store, so walking after them definitely put me over that 10 minutes. Glad to see everyone jumping in here, it will be so good for all of us. There are a few who have already put me to shame though. Will have a busier day to report soon!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 22, 2009, 07:07:50 AM
Day 2

Happy Thursday to you all.   ;D  Today is Day 2 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date, we have 22 members who are participating in this venture.   ;D  IF you are reading this and figure you have missed out because we've already started . . . . think again!!  We'd love to have you join us.    It doesn't matter where in the 30 day journey you join us as long as you are willing to jump in and be a part of it.  Growing up I was always the shy one (I know, hard for some of you to believe that, but it's true).  I would sit on the sidelines and wish I was doing what the others were doing but nobody asked me to join them and I didn't want to do it by myself.  The older I get, I don't want to miss any opportunities any more.  Each day we're given 24 hours - a brand new day.  I want to make the most of that time.  I don't want any regrets.

Today here in IL it's going to be a rainy day all day.  Not the best day to be outside.  However, I went out on the porch and spent some time with our outdoor cat, Spooky.  I also took my camera with me and took pictures of the beautiful red maples out in our front yard before all the rain and wind blow their leaves away.  I wanted to capture "today" on my camera.  Later, I can look thru these pictures and remember this day and all the beauty of nature.   While outside I could hear and see all the animals preparing for winter.  The geese are heading back to Canada (don't they know it's warmer here than up North?? ).  Mr. squirrel is busy gathering nuts (he doesn't know this, but yesterday I collected half an ice cream pail full for him to give him later in winter).  The birds are sweetly singing as they go about their day.   ;D  After all this, I headed back inside as my bones and rain don't really like each other.   ::)  However, I'm glad I spent the time outside getting some fresh air and observing all that is going on outside my door.

The next person who joins our group if you could put #23 after your name that will help us keep track of everyone.  Thanks.

I hope today is a good day for everyone.   ;D

Bucky

Each day I'm going to leave you with a little quote from various books I have.  Yesterday and todays quote is from a book called Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"If you want to do something and you feel in your bones that it's the right thing to do, do it.  Intuition is often as important as the facts."
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jpd54 on October 22, 2009, 07:28:04 AM
Best idea I have heard in a long time.  Glad to join in.

    jpd #23
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Karyn on October 22, 2009, 08:13:38 AM
Hi, I don't know if there has been anyone else since you wrote or not, but I will be #23 or whatever is next.  I have already been out for about twenty minutes today.  I have miniature donkeys, so I fed them and then picked up a few black walnuts.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Nans on October 22, 2009, 08:26:28 AM
Wow - in addition to feeding the livestock yesterday, I spent about two hours outside cleaning and painting the posts on our front porch.  It was such a glorious day - sunny and about 70 degrees F.  It was rather windy, though, and my eyes were killing me all last evening.  I'm guessing it was the wind.  Today, the joints in my right hand are killing me.  It's always something!!   ;)  I still have two to finish so I had better get out there and get painting before it starts raining here in Indiana.

Have a great day everybody!!   ;D

Nancy
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on October 22, 2009, 11:16:54 AM
It's dark and wet here this evening.  Just eaten dinner and about to set off with my three dogs up the field to see the horses.  The horses stay out overnight whilst it's still mild enough, but they are all cosy as they have on their warm waterproofs  ;D   However, they will be glad of the lovely meadow hay I will put out in the field for them, as the grass is losing its goodness now that it's Autumn.  They will cuddle up to me to see if I have any apples (which I might  ;)) and the dogs will have a good run around the fields.

Don't much feel like putting on wellington boots, and hooded anorak, but know I will feel much better when I get back inside again, knowing the animals had a nice time too.   ;D   Also hubby is not away on business this week, so I have company too  :D

I have to be up far too early tomorrow, as I have a business appointment a long drive away, so I will try not to chat too late on here later  ::)   Hope you have all enjoyed your breath of fresh air today!  xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Epson on October 22, 2009, 11:50:12 AM
Call me Buzz Killington if you like, but here are some facts about sunshine and Vitamin D that you shold know.

In the winter, it's impossible to produce vitamin D from the sun if you live north of Atlanta because the sun never gets high enough in the sky for its ultraviolet B rays to penetrate the atmosphere. But summer is a great time to stock up on the nutrient. When the sun's UV-B rays hit the skin, a reaction takes place that enables skin cells to manufacture vitamin D. If you're fair skinned, experts say going outside for 10 minutes in the midday sun?in shorts and a tank top with no sunscreen?will give you enough radiation to produce about 10,000 international units of the vitamin.








Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jordozmom on October 22, 2009, 12:40:52 PM
This is so fantastic!  Woo-hoo!  I'm in, but I've lost track of what number I am - 24?  25?  I'm a day late, but I'm going to count the walk I took the night before last and the time on the car lot car shopping yesterday - how's that?  This is great - it is raining here in central Illinois, but I'll find a way to get out tonight.  Good time to clean up and sweep the covered porch!!!  Thank you for coordinating this, Bucky
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: ruby52 on October 22, 2009, 01:50:30 PM
I'm in a little late but I must be nu.25.I either walk around the yard or sit on the porch while puppy runs around anyway.I'll pay attention and stay out 10min. from now on.My goal will be to not sit but walk around the yard I think for some exercise.The fresh air helps clear the mind I've noticed.
                                                     Ruby
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: skygirl on October 22, 2009, 02:03:34 PM
To be honest, with depression and all, and working with the computer,
I stay indoors 24/7....It has been like this for a few years now...

I think that is probably a bad thing? Never get any sun?

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on October 22, 2009, 03:21:57 PM
Proof I took my sister to the Japanese Garden today for photographs:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/genko_b/

We were there for at least an hour, then went to my house for hot tea. The rains are supposed to set in tonight, and last for days.

Inspired by Bucky, here is a haiku for today by the great Japanese haiku poet Basho:

A hundred years!
All here in this garden
in the fallen leaves.

And here's another haiku especially for Epson (and no I didn't make this one up, Basho wrote it as well):

A rolling cloud - like
a dog pissing on the run -
Dense winter showers.

I'll have my umbrella ready for tomorrow's ten minutes.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: roetta on October 22, 2009, 05:39:42 PM
It's so much fun seeing what everyone did with their "outside time." Nothing too exciting here, sat outside with my hubby and talked about how Sjogren's has changed our lives and how to deal with the uncertain future. It was a lot nicer talking about it outside with the flowers and sunshine than inside for sure! Everyone have a nice night!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Catilee2 on October 22, 2009, 05:59:05 PM
hi everyone!
     Sounds great. count we in with the others!! Even when it rains or snows!  ( We have some in the forecast for next week!)
Catilee2
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 23, 2009, 09:17:39 AM
Day 3

IT'S FRIDAY!!!   ;D  Today is Day 3 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date, we have 27, maybe 29 members who are participating in this venture.  I'm not sure on two people . . . . Buzz Killington . .aka Epson . . . are you in or not???  I also wasn't sure if Skygirl was in or just making a comment?   We'd love to have both of you along if you want to join us. 

It's another rainy day here in IL.  I spent my time standing on the front porch letting the cool misty rain blowing in the breeze hit my face.  Kinda felt like a cool mist humidifier.   :D  When it rains here the air just "smells" so crisp . . so clean.  As I stood looking at those two beautiful maple trees in the front yard blazing in their bright orange and red leaves I noticed one lone green leaf on the tip of a branch.  Just one.  Then I got to wondering why this particular leaf stayed green when all the other leaves have changed colors?  Hmmmmm  Even in nature there can be differences among things that appear to be the same.  That one green leaf is blowing in the breeze just like all the rest of the leaves on that tree.  It doesn't matter that it's different in color.   It just doesn't matter!!   ;D

Once we get the numbering of members participating straightened out, then it's onward and upward . . . we're pushing 30 people!!  Woohoo!!

With the weekend coming up, don't stop . .  . spend your 10 minutes outside EVERY day.  Whenever you can fit the 10 minutes in.  Even if it's before you go to bed at night - you can step outside and look up into the heavens and just marvel at this huge universe we all share.   ;D

I hope today is a good day for everyone.   ;D

Bucky

"We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past.  And we must respect the past, remembering that once it was all that was humanly possible."                   Geroge Santayana
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: KYMOM on October 23, 2009, 10:02:52 AM
Don't know what number but I am here.  Try and get out every day for a walk.  Can't go as far as I used to because of pain/discomfort in feet.  Lucky that in our are our local community center has a free walking track I can use in bad weather.  Getting ready to go over number two son's house to walk his two pound puppies.  Roxanne
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Jeri on October 23, 2009, 10:10:44 AM
Try to go outside everyday so add me to the list. It was beautiful here in PA for the last 2 days but rain is on it's way. Just in time for the high school football game. Every game for the last 3 weeks.
Wonderful idea Bucky
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: newtosjs on October 23, 2009, 11:36:26 AM
#6 reporting in, I thought I posted yesterday, but never found it. Have managed to get outside for at least 20 minutes all 3 days. The weather here has been wonderful, so that sure makes it easier. I will never complain of cold since I live in Georgia and know those further North would laugh at me. This is the best idea I have seen in a long while.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Epson on October 23, 2009, 12:01:48 PM
Bucky,

Buzz Killington reporting: During late autumn through winter, little or no vitamin D can be produced by sun exposure at latitudes above 35 degrees north latitude, since I live well above 35 degrees latitude and we have heavy rainso  I did the next best thing, I opened the refrigerator door for 10 minutes for my light exposure while guzzling a gallon of milk, while wearing only a pair of speedos.  I feel better already.  Oh, fall started September 22 at 5:18 EDT.

Genko, I only wish I could piss like a dog on the run, darn bladder cancer! :D
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on October 23, 2009, 01:00:47 PM
Hi Bucky and fellow team members

I'm delighted to say I walked 10 minutes up the hill to the sandwich shop at lunch time, and then 10 minutes back - by which time my feet were barking, but hey - I did it. That was the first time in weeks that I have had the confidence/energy to do that walk.


Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: ruby52 on October 23, 2009, 01:23:50 PM
Buzz you are to funny for words.I had an exciting walk around the yard yesterday.A wasp nest was burrowed in the grass and puppy stumbled across it.Poor baby got stung and I got the stinger out and found the dead bee in her fur.Today is raining but DH has trained the dog to expect an umbrella held over her so I guess it will be this idiot doing it today.
                                                         Ruby
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Chickpea on October 23, 2009, 03:25:31 PM
Today the sun kept appearing between the clouds and then we had some lovely blue skies.  The sea at Brighton looked glorious.

I wasn't sure I would get to spend much time outdoors between a neighbour's funeral this morning and a hospital appointment for IV iron infusion this afternoon. My son Gabriel came home for the day, accompanied me to both the funeral and the hospital, and then suggested a walk by the sea.  So off we trundled with me in my trusty wheelchair, to enjoy the light breeze and the beautiful views over the sea.

Thanks again Bucky for this idea.  It certainly makes me think each day about how important it is to get out in the fresh air.

Love to all - Chickpea #2
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on October 23, 2009, 09:18:20 PM
In addition to my time out in my own yard today, I spent time in another yard - the prison yard - on my way to the Friday night group of inmates I work with. The prison is on top of a windswept hill, pretty bleak and barren, except for a few flowers (donations from a local nursery) some of the men have planted around the edges of the yard, in the shelter of the prison walls.

Tonight there was an absolute downpour as I passed through the yard to the chapel building. I stepped out of the security gate literally into a foot of water! My shoes, socks, clothes - everything was soaked clear through by the time I got inside the chapel at the other end of the walk. No umbrellas allowed inside as they can be made into weapons. Also no running in the yard, so we all walked as fast as we could without getting into trouble with the guards.

The rain had slowed down by the time the inmate group was over, and so it wasn't too bad walking back to the units. We all came out into the yard, and one of the men stopped and took a deep breath. "Don't you just love it after a good rain - how fresh the air smells? How wonderful!" I walked back through the security gate still sopping wet, enjoying the night air, and drove home to warm, dry clothes and a cup of chamomile tea.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: kimbo on October 23, 2009, 09:28:50 PM
Wow, I am still trying to catch up with SJW.... Bucky this thread has me all worn out.  Kept falling asleep.

Then I read about Epson in his speedos and woke up completely.  ;D

I can't go to bed with that image...... :o


Give me a number.  I am in too.
I will be a late come one. But I have been outside a lot.

kimbo
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: TurkishTutor on October 24, 2009, 02:22:50 AM
Great idea! Count me in! I work from home (teaching) and when at home all day just go out maybe once an hour,  walk around the garden and talk to the sheep in the neighbouring field - gives me a stretch, clears the head and at thiis time of year I love the Autumnal sights and smells!

Tabby
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 24, 2009, 09:16:12 AM
Day 4

Happy Saturday to everyone.   ;D  Today is Day 4 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date, we have 33 members who are participating in this venture.   ;D  Kimbo, you are #32, and Tabby, you are #33.  I can't tell you how thrilled I am when I check the boards each day and see that we have someone else who has joined along in our little venture.   The next person to join if you would put the number #34 after your name, then we can resume counting.  Thanks.

Thank you to those who are sharing what you have done with your time outdoors.  Genko, the Japanese Garden is beautiful.  Chickpea, the stroll along the sea sounds wonderful.  Buzz . . aka Epson, well . . . . . the visual of you standing in front of the open refrigerator in your speedos . . . gee, thanks for the visual!!  NOT!!  ;D

This morning I literally walked in someone else's shoes . . . well, in this case, boots.  I put my sons boots on to walk around our property.  Actually, he has given me these pair of boots - as a growing teenager, he has outgrown them.  It still warms my heart when I put them on and think that he has worn them and passed them on to me.   ;D  (I admit, I'm a sentimentalist . . . is that EVEN a word??).   Anyhow, I live out in the country.  The only sounds I heard in my walk were the two planes flying overhead, someone doing target practice in the distance and the birds chattering and singing.  I have no idea what sounds different birds make to know who is making what sound.  Maybe that is something I will look into this winter.  We had a family friend who could tell you which bird was which by the sound of their chirp.  I wish Mr. B was here today to walk along side me and share his wisdom of nature with me.  Wonder if birds ever get a sore throat??   ???

I hope everyone has a great Saturday.   The sun is just now peeking out . . . hmmmm, I might have to go outside again later on today to walk in the sunshine.   Yes, Buzz . . . I know I won't get any Vitamin D from the sun unless I am out there in my shorts (which I won't be), but I'll put my sunglasses on and just pretend.   ;D

Bucky

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."    Thomas Edison
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on October 24, 2009, 07:27:19 PM
Today's ten minutes was a bit more mundane - my husband and I walked to our local Mexican restaurant for dinner. It was a clear, crisp, beautiful fall evening. All the houses and shops have pumpkins out in front, and I love walking at night through crunchy leaves, past the lit-up windows, and imagining everyone settling in for a cozy evening at home. A nice change from yesterday's deluge - my shoes are still drying out! Here's Basho's haiku for today:

All along this road
Not a single soul - only
Autumn evening.

Genko


Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 25, 2009, 07:24:24 AM
Day 5

Happy Sunday to everyone.   ;D  Today is Day 5 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

Sunday mornings are quite busy here getting ready for church, but I did make it outside for my 10 minutes.   ;D  Our cat, Spooky, and I talked with each other.  She's such a pretty cat.  I really wish my son and I didn't have allergies or she would be an inside cat instead of an outdoor cat.  I KNOW she would like that arrangement too.   Today is a typical day here in Illinois . . . breezy.  I use to have a porch swing on the porch but it spent more time tipped over from the wind that it did upright, so I sold it in my garage sale.   :'(  I miss my swing (and so does Spooky, she thought that was HERS!!  LOL).  My hubby popped out on the porch this morning and we chatted for a few minutes.  He goes to work in the wee morning hours Monday thru Friday so I don't see him usually in the mornings.  Yep, he still looks like the guy I married almost 18 yrs. ago.   ;D

I hope that today is a relaxing day for you all.  Enjoy your day and we'll meet up again tomorrow.

Bucky

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."      Winston Churchill
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on October 25, 2009, 08:22:38 AM
Hi Bucky

My 10 minutes today was a walk around the park next to my house with my very aged terrier. It was a very sedate walk, but very peaceful. There are few people around at 8 am on a Sunday. The trees are looking beautiful, and the moors in the distance absolutely glorius. We really enjoyed our walk.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Scottietottie on October 25, 2009, 08:34:35 AM
Hi  :)

Having said I'd join in - I fell at the first hurdle because I'm a wimp when it comes to wind and rain. We had wind and rain yesterday and the day before and my only time outside was between my house, my car and the centre that I work at.

However - today there was sunshine. I walked down to the local park and walked for 3/4 of an hour. (To make up for missed days) I came home with earache (wind induced), a sore jaw on the same side and feeling somwhat dizzy and tight chested but will try to repeat the procedure every day this week, cos I'm not at work as it is half term. The ear/jaw pain has now subsided.

Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Chickpea on October 25, 2009, 10:01:43 AM
Hi everyone

It's a beautiful day here today in Brighton, UK.  The sea looked lovely, an assortment of sparkling blues. 

Today's trundle was through a park next to the apartment block/flats that we're hoping to move to.  We watched the squirrels teasing the dogs who had been let off their leads, the children on their bikes, the young families struggling to cope with the early start to the day now the clocks have changed!  We felt very middle-aged!!

Love to all - Chickpea

 
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on October 25, 2009, 01:13:14 PM
Scottie - I always push tissue into my ears if it's windy, or I get earache too  :(

I had a fabulous ride this afternoon.  My friend came with me and we had a fabulous gallop alongside the edge of a man-made lake.  The autumn trees were every colour of red, gold and yellow, and the sun sparkled off the lake.  Am quite sure the horses had as much fun as we did.  Am now exhausted, but very happy  ;D

Hope you all got some quality time outside today.   xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Nans on October 25, 2009, 01:56:29 PM
It was overcast this morning but by the time we got home from church, the sun had come out.  My dh and I watched the Colts game after lunch, but afterward we went outside for a stroll in our back yard.  Our goats saw us and came running over since they are accustomed to having goodies from the garden thrown into the pasture for them.  Most of the fruit of our Asian pear tree has fallen, so Brad and I threw a bunch to the does - they love fruit.  Josh, our horse, typically is with the goats to partake in the goodies, but he was being a barn potato this afternoon and lost out.  I hope you all had an enjoyable Sunday!   :D
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Patze on October 25, 2009, 02:10:34 PM
Okay Bucky, I was outside for better than an hour today, does that count for a week?  ;) :D


Patze
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 25, 2009, 07:51:07 PM
Patze . . . you're always trying to skirt around the rules!!  LOL  You CANNOT bank your time outside towards future time.   However, you CAN make up for time lost.   ;D

Chickpea - your time has already changed there?  Ours doesn't change until next Sunday at 2 a.m.   Then the evenings seem to fly by really quick.  I like daylight savings time better.

Everyone is doing a great job . . keep it up.   ;D

Sweet dreams everyone.

Bucky
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on October 25, 2009, 09:04:04 PM
Today was another more mundane day. I spent some time outside harvesting fresh herbs for a pumpkin soup I made this afternoon. It was pretty chilly today, raining on and off, and soup seemed like a good idea.

Tomorrow is my weekly "girls' lunch," when my daughter, my sister, and I get together for a walk and lunch. My daughter works from home and so she goes out every day for a walk at lunch and Mondays we join her. If the weather is nice we bring her doggie along and all eat down by the water and watch the boats. My guess is we'll be inside somewhere for lunch tomorrow, though.

Everyone is doing great!

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: warmwaters on October 25, 2009, 10:31:52 PM
I like it!  There's a local newspaer that's fee. I'll walk up the 3 blocks to the spot where I can get it. Exercise, and connecting to the community that I've just moved to. Sounds good on many levels. It is sooooooo easy to just stay put.

Thanks!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 26, 2009, 06:33:29 AM
Day 6

Believe it or not, it's Monday already!!!  Today is Day 6 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date, we have 34 members who are participating in this 30 day venture.   ;D  Yay!!

It's a cloudy morning here in Illinois.  We're expecting rain again today . . . big surprise!!   ::)  This morning as I looked at our two maples in the front yard - they are losing their leaves quite quickly.  In fact, one of the trees is almost completely bare.   To think that just yesterday the tree was so beautiful with the oranges, yellows and red leaves and today, 24 hrs. later, those same leaves are laying scattered on the grass below.   :'(   I decided I wanted to gather some of the leaves and keep them as a remembrance of this beautiful tree.  Spooky followed me as I picked up a variety of leaves, small ones, large ones, orange, yellow and red ones.  For every leaf I picked up, my hand got nudged by Spooky wanting to be petted.   ;D  I've brought the leaves in to dry and then I will put them in a book to press them.  IF you want and have the opportunity - why don't YOU also pick up some of the fall colored leaves and save them.  At some point in the middle of winter, I'll pick a date and we'll all get our leaves out and remember we picked them on our 30 day venture.  These could be our Sjogren's leaves.  Much like us, the leaves are constantly going thru changes throughout the year.  The leaves have to hang on thru wind, rain, dry spells.  They can really withstand a lot that is being thrown at them.  We too are stronger than we think.  Many of you have had some real health trials you have faced this year.  And yet, your strength and determination have kept you going.   Keep up the fight - even though we as Sjogren's World members can't fix your medical challenges, we can surely support you and offer you a hug.   Hang in there everyone. 

I hope today is a good day for you.  For those of you still have to get up each morning (or evening) and head off to work, I hope today at work hasn't been TOO hectic for you - you know how Monday's are.   ::)

Bucky

"There isn't a person anywhere who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can."           Henry Ford
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: ruby52 on October 26, 2009, 07:04:43 AM
Sun. we took a drive but I still found time to go outdoors and enjoy the nice day.Today I'm going to rake,yes already that time,around the house and bushes while DH shreds them on the grass with the mower.Beautiful weather for this week predicted.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: susanep on October 26, 2009, 01:42:53 PM
Ok, Ok, I have been ignoring this topic, but it haunts me. ;D I went ahead and came back to it this time, though I haven't read any of it but the starting thread.

I will commit to the 10 minutes per day outside for one month.  :o

I have to go to the bathroom, and then I will head outdoors before it gets dark to start my first day. :-\

susanep :D
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: fatburningmachine on October 26, 2009, 03:07:15 PM
I've got it easy for a couple of weeks as we are tending our grandchildren in Hawaii. Next week will be the challenge when we go back to snow. Those horseback rides sound amazing
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on October 26, 2009, 03:18:14 PM
Our clocks changed yesterday, so it was dark when I got home from work this evening.  After dinner, we set off with the 3 dogs to visit the horses in their field.  It's still mild and dry here, so they are fine to stay out overnight with their "anoraks" on  ;D   Had a lovely cuddle with the two of them in the dark, and fed them some hay to supplement the grass  :D

The dogs had great fun running huge circles around the field on the way home.  The only colours this evening were dark navy blue, and the silver of the moon.  It is still quite beautiful, even in the dark, and around 14 degrees, so not too chilly - and no nasty wind to hurt my ears !!    ;D ;D

Hope you all had a nice time outdoors today.  xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: TurkishTutor on October 26, 2009, 03:59:19 PM
Hi all

Had a LOT more than 10 minutes "outdoor time" at the weekend! My husband and I drove across the Yorkshire moors to Whitby, walked all around the old Whitby Abbey ruins (the setting for Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel), the beach, had a pub lunch and drove back just as it was starting to get dark. The moors are always beautiful, but quite bleak now with the heather all brown, still picturesque though!

Sunday we drove to Richmond, through the Yorkshire Dales, also beautiful in a different way, much greener and "softer" than the moors. Richmond is a charming ancient town, with a cobbled market square, steep narrow lanes, and the castle looking down over it all. We climbed all the way up to the top of the 'keep', via narrow stone spiral staircases, me lagging behind but I did get there eventually! (dodgy knee means I take stairs slowly) From the top there are fab views all around, over the town, to the dales beyond. The weather was perfect, cloudy and cool, so good for me. Drove back through Catterick Garrison, a huge military area, but my husband was disappointed not to see any tanks on the roads (there are road signs warning drivers of them).

Today just a walk around Ripon, where I live, as I did some shopping this morning, and then back to teaching this afternoon.

Glad to hear everyone else is having a great time with their "10 minutes"!

Tabby
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bernice on October 26, 2009, 06:42:57 PM
Hi All,

I'm really late on this, but for every day that I can remember I will drag myself outside to do something besides walking to mailbox and car. It's soooo very beautiful here, somewhere around 80 degrees. I've just been settling for riding with car window down for fresh air.

Bernice #76, I THINK?
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: hap on October 26, 2009, 07:32:04 PM
Count me in! I'm a few days late as I just got on board again.Walking always gives me a mental lift even if it is physically hard some days!
Hap
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Chickpea on October 27, 2009, 04:40:56 AM
It's lovely to hear details of each other's days.  Tabby - I could just visualise your drive across the moors.  We had a few days in York in early September and visited Rievaulx abbey.  What a beautiful setting!  I can just imagine how the autumn colours have changed the trees there and the moors around.  Is Ripon a good place to live?  I love Yorkshire but only get to visit once a year - it's quite a drive from Brighton.

I'm going to spend some time now collecting leaves in the garden as Bucky suggested.  Then I'll be ready for Bucky's command to retrieve our leaves and remember sunny autumn days.  Probably by that time I will be garden-less having moved to a flat nearer the centre of town.  So the leaves will be a reminder both of my lovely garden and of you all.

Chickpea xxx



Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 27, 2009, 08:23:26 AM
Day 7

Happy Tuesday everyone.   ;D  Today is Day 7 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.  Wow, can you believe it's been a week already since we started this venture??

To date, we have 37 members who are participating in this 30-day venture.   ;D  Woohoo!!

This morning I put my husbands coat on and my boots and walked around the property.  Our house is surrounded by woods.  I walked around the yard along the tree line.  You could hear the crunching of leaves and cracking of tree branches as the squirrels were running around in the woods.  The birds were really chattering away today.  I would love to know what they were talking about!   :D  Ahh, to be a bird where the only three things you had to worry about are:  food, shelter and not being someone else's dinner!!   :o  Birds (or any animal for that matter) don't have to worry about house payments, car payments, doctor bills, school bills, clothes, insurance for house/self/vehicles, groceries, utilities and the list goes on and on.   They don't have those worries or concerns.  How lucky they are!!

fatburningmachine - it must be rough being in Hawaii watching the grandchildren!!   :D  Enjoy your time there.

I hope today is a good day for everyone.  I am so proud of all of us . . . this is awesome that we have 37 members participating!!   ;D

Bucky

"There are two ways of spreading light:  to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."        Edith Wharton
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on October 27, 2009, 02:40:26 PM
Bucky

I ove your vivid descriptions of your surroundings. They take my brath away. I would love to be there with you :). I didn't manage any time outside today, but I did have a nice ten minute walk in mylunchtime yesterday.

Chickpea and Tutor, I drive home from work over Ilkley/Baildon moors every day. They are beautiful. I love them, and all the different colours. My will even dictates that I am 'sprinkled' there when I pass on.

Kathyx 
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: roetta on October 27, 2009, 02:50:37 PM
Sorry have been away from the boards for a couple of days. Friday I went to my daughter's boyfriend's football game - they lost but it was still a nice two hours in the sun. Then Saturday I went outside and watched my husband pull the old dead stuff out of the vegetable garden. Sunday was lazy football day, but I did manage some outside time doing laundry. Yesterday I did not make it out. Work, my daughter's physical therapy and household stuff kept me inside, but I will get out tonight I swear!!!

Have a great night everyone!

Roetta
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 28, 2009, 06:40:48 AM
Day 8

Happy Wednesday everyone.   ;D  Today is Day 8 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

Not to sound like a broken record, but it's another wet, cloudy day here in IL.   I heard on the radio this morning that this is the eighth wettest year we've had.  I believe it!!  To shake up my routine a little this morning, I stepped out on the little "porch" (actually, it's just a little cement slab) on the back of the house for my 10 minutes outside.  I wish we had a patio or deck on the back of our house . . . maybe some day.  There isn't a whole lot to "see" in the backyard.  Just a big backyard and then the woods.  You may get tired of me telling you about the birds singing, but I truly enjoy listening to them.  They must have been "talking" to each other as I would hear a sound to my left and then an "answer" coming from the right.  I'm sure they DO communicate between themselves.  Then I noticed the squirrel nests way up in the top of the trees.  I think it is so cool that animals just know how to build shelter.  They don't have to attend Nest Making 101 classes.   ;D  With the way the tree tops sway in the wind some times I wonder how they can hold on and not fall out of their nests?!  Nature is so awesome to watch.  I love it!  By the way, I also heard the cows mooing too (they are half a mile down the road) and on some days you can "smell that fresh country air"!!    :o  :D

I hope today, better known as hump day to some, is a good one for you.    Have a great day!   ;D

Bucky

"Your answers lie inside of you.  All you need to do is look, listen, and trust."      Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Nans on October 28, 2009, 11:37:14 AM
>>>They don't have to attend Nest Making 101 classes.<<<

We had a mockingbird couple make a nest in one of our Washington Hawthorns and they definitely could have used a Nest Making 101 class!  ;D The nest fell apart and sent the babies tumbling to the ground.  :o  Good thing I found them before the cats did!  I got a Cool Whip container, drilled some holes in the bottom to let water drain, put what was left of the nest inside and tied it to the tree where the nest had been.  I then scooped up the babies and placed them in.  I was concerned that Mom and Dad would not return to care for them, but they did!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: eyeamdry on October 28, 2009, 07:49:14 PM
I got home tonight from a few days vacation in Northern Michigan.  It was cold and rainy the whole time.  We were going to leave on Saturday, but I was sick (ie. not able to move my legs or find a comfortable position in bed.)  I also did not go to my volunteer stint on Friday because of the same illness.  Sunday, we left and this day and all others until today, I made the 10 minutes outside.  I also did quite a few 10 minutes indoors.  I went to several casinos and walked quite a bit.  Good for you, ingesting the smoke etc.  I thought I was #22, but will not care what # you call me.  I'll report here occasionally.  Lucy
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bernice on October 28, 2009, 07:56:20 PM
What should have been my first day and I had to renege! Guess I am having an overload to the point of exhaustion. Now that I can see my house I have been scrubbing and cleaning almost nonstop. I was still at it late last night, Painting kitchen, scrubbing floors on my knees, today I am beat!

I hope to feel up to it tomorrow!

I enjoy reading of all the beauty in the lives of all.
 I too love nature from a distance, that is. Too afraid of animals to interact with them, but love to watch them and the trees and flowers.
I got one single red rose on a bush that seem to be holding one, this one rose is most beautiful to someone that has not clearly seen colors in years. Beautiful!
My Moses in a Cradle is still full and vibrant with strong purple colors.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: roetta on October 29, 2009, 08:30:21 AM
I spent my time last night outside watching my daughter do her Halloween dance show for two hours. Will be doing that again tonight and tomorrow night. Definitely getting lots of outside time, even if it is wrapped in multiple blankets and wearing two coats. lol.

It's totally worth it though. I love to watch her dance.

Roetta   ;D
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on October 29, 2009, 08:39:13 AM
The advantage of cold weather over hot is that we can bundle up against it, but just suffer in the heat. At least that is the case for me. A nice incentive to be outside, Roetta.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 29, 2009, 09:07:16 AM
Day 9

Happy Thursday everyone.   ;D  Today is Day 9 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

This morning the sun was actually shining when I was outside.   :D  Sunshine always makes my day feel better.  I put my boots on and walked around the tree line today.  It's quite windy here today.  Instead of it raining water from the sky, it is raining falling leaves from the trees.   :(  Our beautiful maple trees in the front yard only have a few stranglers of leaves hanging on, the rest of the leaves are on the ground. 

While I was outside today I was thinking about the upcoming winter months.  Last night I saw some pictures on-line of some deep snow already hitting some areas in the Midwest.  Thankfully, not where I am!!  I need to gather my winter supplies and make sure that everything is ready to go.  Hats, gloves, boots, coats, window scraper, etc.  I keep all the winter clothes (gloves, ear muffs, hats) in a clear, see thru tote in the coat closet.  I had better check everything BEFORE I actually need them and make sure everything is there.   I don't like to be unprepared.  How many times I've seen people run to the store the first time winter hits and are searching for gloves, hats, boots.  Plan ahead!!  IF you have a little extra money to spare, next time you're in the store pick up an extra pair of gloves or a hat and donate them to the different organizations that collect those sort of things.  Here we have a Coats for Kids campaign every year.

I hope today is a good day for you.   ;D

Bucky

"Life doesn't require that we be the best - - only that we try our best."              H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on October 29, 2009, 01:13:20 PM
Love your updates, Bucky. Yes, we have the coats for kids scheme too. The local dry cleaners usually collect and distribute them.

Happy Thursay to you too :)

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Butterfly on October 29, 2009, 04:59:30 PM
Hello all. I haven't logged in for a while and just found your 30 day commitment. I will commit to 10 minutes outside for 30 days-it sounds like a wonderful idea. I think we could all use some "me" time. Thanks for making the suggestion!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: fluffiebunnie on October 30, 2009, 03:17:05 AM
Late to this post, but you can add me to the "10 minutes a day" gang!

I have four rabbits who I tend to each day which takes much longer than ten minutes!! I have to uncover them from the overnight tarpaulins, and give them vegetables and rabbit food, plus lots of fresh hay in the morning, top up their water and sweep up the rabbit runs. 

Today is a glorious day - I went outside with T shirt and trousers only as it is very warm and the sun is shining - almost like an early summer's day, except there is that Autumn feel to the air.  Everything covered in damp dew.

Just lovely saying good morning to all the bunnies in the lovely weather.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: ruby52 on October 30, 2009, 05:38:49 AM
Got outside quite a bit on Thurs. I raked leaves so the Trick or Treaters could get down the sidewalk.I sat on the porch handing out candy holding my doggie and visiting with the kids and parents.It was a beautiful day out.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on October 30, 2009, 06:12:06 AM
I had a nice walk around the lanes near qork yesterday. Today is an achey day, so will abstain. Maybe make up for it tomorrow.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 30, 2009, 07:04:07 AM
Day 10

Happy Friday everyone.   ;D  Today is Day 10 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date, we have 39 members who are participating in this venture.   :D  Woohoo . . . we're 1/3 of the way thru our 30 days.

I had this page all typed out, hit the send and it didn't go through!!  Now to try and remember what I had typed . . . .  Yesterdays sunshine quickly changed as the rain moved in to stay for the rest of the day.  This morning it is cloudy and the rain is on the way.  Sigh.  Standing on the porch watching the clouds, they were really moving on!  I've always thought about being a weatherman (or woman . . hee hee).  Some days I think they just flip a coin . . . 50/50 chance of rain.   ::)  Or, I've thought about being a "storm chaser".  I watch the clouds and sky quite a bit.  Here in the Midwest our weather can change quickly.  We've had some major tornadoes roll thru the area within the last few years.  When they start issuing watches and warnings on TV, we pay attention.  My favorite clouds are the big white puffy ones with the blue sky peeking out behind them.  I also like that big yellow ball in the sky . . . I think they call it the sun!!   ;D

Everybody have a good weekend.  Remember to keep up with your 10 minutes outdoors each day.  Everyone is doing a great job . . keep it up!  If you are just now reading this thread, it's NOT too late to join us.    ;D

Bucky

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude."     William James
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Chickpea on October 30, 2009, 09:24:28 AM
It's been a beautiful week here in Brighton, UK but today it's a bit cloudier.  The local children are all on half term holiday so the weather's been perfect for playing outside. 

This morning I had a trundle through the park next door to the block of flats/apartments we're moving to.  The squirrels were chasing each other and ignoring the flocks of pigeons.  I saw the tiniest little dachshund dog, just a baby who was very fearful and wanted to be cuddled.

The greatest joy was having my son Joe with me.  He came home last night, flying in from Princeton NJ for his week of Fall break.  He hadn't seen the new flat yet, apart from photos we'd sent him and I was really looking forward to his reaction to it.  He loved it!  It's a big move for us, prompted by my mobility issues - so it's quite emotional leaving the family home for difficult reasons.  But we're all being very positive about it, and he's the most positive of us all.  He's such a blessing. 

From the park we went to the hospital for the 6th of 8 iron infusions the haematologist ordered to tackle my anaemia.  Joe came with me and was good company, chatting with me and the other patients, fetching us tea and being very loving.  It's sad that young men get such a bad press; maybe we should all treasure the ones we know who manage to be gentle and loving when society expects them to be tough?

Love to all - Chickpea #2
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on October 30, 2009, 05:20:01 PM
Great idea! I'm late getting involved, because I've been on vacation, but as a result of the vacation, I was actually outdoors more than normal, and got to enjoy some really different "outdoors".
Day 1-A bit of shopping and exploring in Peace River, Alberta; 10 minutes at least in various parking lots, while hubby enjoyed his breaks from a 5 hour drive.
Day 2-Explored the town of High Level, Alberta; 10 minutes was more than enough to walk the whole Main Street!
Day 3-A bit snowy and chilly, but still a nice enough day to be out walking around the hotel property.
Day 4-An adventure to the Northwest Territories! Mostly driving, but a lovely hike from the road down to the fantastic Alexandria Falls. A good half hour of fresh air and partial sunshine (the damp white kind we Canadians call snow)
Day 5-A reverse of the 5 hour drive of Day 1, with a break in Fairview, Alberta...a bit of roadside walking to get a few pictures.
Day 6-Shopping! Wandering about Grande Prairie, Alberta, some indoors at malls, but also out between various shops, accompanied by 2 of my three granddaughters and my daughter, so an energetic outing for sure.
Day 7- Cooped up in various airplanes and airports all day, but managed to get out of Pearson in Toronto for an extended walk in balmy 12oC degree weather.
Day 8- Got my 10 minutes early, if not bright, when the fire alarm in the hotel made evacuation necessary at 6:45AM...Standing around in the parking lot counts, right?
Day 9-Home again, and believe me, tidying up the yard after a 2 week absence, with a wind and rain storm in the middle, took longer than 10 minutes!
Day 10-today-another lovely mild indian summer day, actually BBQd so had a wonderful time on the deck, and put out some Halloween decorations..

I guess this makes me #40, and I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's outdoor adventures. So glad I had my journal, so I could "post date" my involvement.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on October 30, 2009, 08:53:03 PM
Yesterday was a rainy day - I went outside for my daily check around the garden, but not much else.  The biggest flowers in the garden right now are huge clusters of mauve spider mums. Very grateful the person who mows my lawn came by to rake up the leaves the day before!

Tonight was the usual walk through the prison yard to meet with the Friday night group. Much drier than last week - just a powerful wind out there, blowing the leaves around. It was nice not to be sopping wet all evening.

Tomorrow I'm driving over the mountain pass to spend the day in the eastern part of our state. There was snow in the passes a couple of days ago, but it has warmed up to where the snow level is above the pass now, so no problem driving. It should still be beautiful - looking up the slopes of evergreen trees with their dusting of snow. I'll be walking around in sagebrush country during the day.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bernice on October 30, 2009, 09:48:21 PM
Today was simply one of the most beautifulest days I have ever seen. The temperature was around 80 degrees someone said, just enough wind to blow the leaves as I drove. an overcast to the sky. I do not remember ever seeing such a day, have heard many speak of the beauty of fall, but it was all just a blurr for me though. Not anymore. It is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

I did spend some time out, but not as much as I would have liked, by evening when I got off work it started to rain.

I love the fall, before I never got to appreciate it. Spring has always been my favorite time of the year, but Fall is now a very close second. Oh, the colors!!!!!!

I am like a kid with questions about nature. Like, I felt silly asking my husband the first day of sight, if clouds are always out in the sky. I've heard of "clear blue skies", but did not know if it was just fantasies or really truth. I have not seen a clear blue sky yet, but I bet it's just as beautiful as a cloudy day.

I feel like I have gone to heaven.

I hope this weekend is rain free now that I have my house clean I WANT to be outside just looking around.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on October 31, 2009, 08:54:31 AM
Day 11

Happy Saturday everyone.   ;D  Today is Day 11 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date . . . . . drum roll please . . . we have 40 members who are participating in this venture.   ;D  I am so thrilled that we have this many who are willing to participate.  Good job everybody!!   ;D

This morning it's quite windy here (the story of living in Central Illinois . . . it's either windy or rainy).  Bundled up for my 10 minutes this morning as the temperatures are chilly with that wind.  This morning I wanted to finally figure out what it was that was hiding in a spot in the woods on the side of our house.  On the days I have walked past there this week "something" always goes running.  Today I was hoping to finally "see" what it was.   I slowly walked to the spot where it always runs from and focused my eyes on that spot.  Even though I was waiting for "it" to run, it still startled me when it did.  Just as I thought . . . "it" is a wild bunny rabbit.   :D  Awww, Peter Rabbit (or is it Paula Rabbit?) is living in our woods.  Hmmmm . . . if there is one rabbit, maybe there are more??  Where do they come from?  They just "appear" out of nowhere.  For those of you who raise rabbits . . . what can I feed this wild rabbit?  Something I can on occasion throw out there where I know he/she is living.

Then . . . I come inside and am sitting at the computer typing this and I hear a bang on the front door.  Hmmmm . . .  Figured it was just the wind outside.  I decided to go check it out.  There is Spooky proudly sitting next to the mole she had just caught.  She wanted my attention so that I could praise her for her catch.  She will not touch her catch until I have seen it and told her "good girl Spooky".   ;D  Like I have mentioned in another post . . I have one smart cat . . she bangs on the door because she knows someone will come.  That's my girl!!

Those of you living in the U.S.A., don't forget to turn your clocks BACK an hour tonight if you do that in your state (some don't).  Also, now would be a good time to check your smoke alarms and make sure they are in working order.  Replacing the batteries is a good idea too.

Enjoy your day.   Keep up the good work!!  ;D

Bucky
 
"Be grateful when you're feeling good and graceful when you're feeling bad."           Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on October 31, 2009, 01:29:55 PM
Happy Saturday to you too Bucky!

My 10 minutes were spend on the field with Jaffa. We had a lovely time, and both had a rest afterwards.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: harrigan on October 31, 2009, 02:53:24 PM
Chickpea, hope your precious days with your son are a real boost to you all.  Thinking of you as you get to spend time together.  Thanks for the reminder too XX Ailsa
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on October 31, 2009, 04:44:28 PM
My day 11 was windy, but mild, and I walked to my neighbour's houses, reverse trick or treating...I delivered Halloween cookies! The wind calmed for a few hours around suppertime, so we were able to BBQ again, gotta love this outdoor living!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 01, 2009, 06:50:46 AM
Day 12

Good morning . . . happy Sunday to everyone.   ;D  Today is Day 12 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

This morning was quiet outside.  The only sounds were the cows down the street and the birds chattering.  The clouds look like cotton balls all smashed together.  The sun was out too.   ;D  There was a lot of chatter from a group of four birds.  My guess is they were giving directions for their trip today and then off they flew.  LOL

Today is a brand new day . . . I hope you enjoy it and it would even be better if it was a painfree day for you.

Bucky

"We have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime."     Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on November 01, 2009, 11:29:55 AM
Happy Sunday Bucky!

Well here in west Yorkshire, the rain has been pouring down. I only managed a quick trip to the car, then from the car into church. There was too much water for anything else. However, I did have ten minutes in the conservatory with my 3 year old grandson. We watched the wind blowing the leaves in the garden and then, magically, he spotted a rainbow, so we had to sing 'Red, and yelllow, and pink and green - so we sang a rainbow, and really enjoyed ourselves.

After having him and his 14 month old sister to look after for 24 hours, we are all absolutely pooped, so going off to a darkened room ... :)

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: lynnmarie219 on November 01, 2009, 11:59:45 AM
Wow...you all are doing a great job! I have seen this thread going on but never had the time to just sit down and read it all until now! I love this time of the year....cool weather with the leaves all changing and looking so beautiful! I have enjoyed reading all of your posts describing what you are doing each day in your area of the world!


Bucky...you are quite the writer when it comes to describing nature! I can picture perfectly everything that you are seeing  because of the wonderful written descriptions! We have an author in the house!!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 01, 2009, 02:23:45 PM
My Day 12 started out rainy and windy, but cleared midday so I could go for a walk, even hiked off road a bit! To be honest, if not for this thread, I might have given in to the earlier weather and stayed in the house...I'm so glad I didn't!My legs aren't speaking to me right now, (probably a good thing, cause I think they might use some foul language :o ) but I definitely had a lovely walk!
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Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: fluffiebunnie on November 01, 2009, 02:34:58 PM
Its been terrible here today in Kent.  Torrential rain and wind!!! Still had to go outside and see the bunnies though!!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Cheryl on November 01, 2009, 02:38:51 PM
  Didn't Bucky have a great idea!   I just caught up on reading everyone's posts.   It's refreshing to visualize all of you spending time outdoors, especially with nature.  
   Thought I'd share my outdoor time from today:  My husband & I went to Fall Creek Falls State Park (Eastern TN) for lunch and a little walking.   The scenery was beautiful.  Our leaves are still in color, and there is just a little chill in the air.  It was a perfect fall day!
  Hope you all have good outdoor time this week!
Cheryl
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on November 01, 2009, 04:36:58 PM
Well yesterday I didn't get east of the mountains (not able to get up in time for my ride), so my husband and I walked around the neighborhood and spent time at our local bookstore/restaurant, a neighborhood hangout if ever there was one. The trick-or-treating started early yesterday, and we have a whole new crop of kids on the block, so we were handing out candy for several hours that evening!

Today I was in the garden all day, weeding, cleaning up leaves and trimming back the perennials, and I planted 8 new kinds of lilies for next summer. It was a lovely, mild, sunny autumn day, very unusual here as by now it is the rainy season. Now it's time for a  hot bath.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 01, 2009, 05:03:43 PM
Lynnmarie . . . . are you joining us or just reading??  It's not to late if you want to join us.

Bucky
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 02, 2009, 06:17:56 AM
Day 13

Happy Monday everyone!   ;D  (I heard those moans!!  hee hee)  Today is Day 13 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

The weekends go by way too quickly!  This morning as I stepped out onto the back step you could hear the sounds of everyone being busy and hurrying to start their day.  We live about 4 miles off a main road.  Because of the woods and the way our house sits, I can hear traffic (especially the big 18-wheelers) from that road at our house.  Normally, I don't really notice the road traffic.  This morning I could hear all the trucks hurrying to get to their next stop to unload or load and then move on.  My husband used to be an OTR (over the road) truck driver.  They are left with nearly impossible time frames to get their loads from point A to point B.  I always complain to my hubby that those drivers drive way too fast! I was almost creamed by a careless 18-wheeler driver about 12 years ago . . but, that's another story. 

As I look out across our empty, bare back yard, I wish that Genko was my neighbor.  Genko, I have the perfect blank canvas for you to create your beautiful, peaceful, relaxing garden in.  The closest I will get to your beautiful gardens is thru your pictures.   ;D

I hope everyone has a good day.  Keep up the good work with your daily 10 minutes outside.  (You know, I have been sleeping better at night . . . has anyone else?).

Bucky

"Silences make the real conversations between friends.  Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts."    Margaret Lee Runbeck
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: roetta on November 02, 2009, 08:33:47 AM
After three nights in a row of my daughter's dance shows, my body was just worn out. I woke up Saturday morning aching everywhere with a sore throat.

It was hot and dry here in Southern Cali so I'm afraid between just feeling awful and the weather I didn't go outside at all over the weekend. I barely made it off the couch actually.

Will get back on it today!

Roetta
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 02, 2009, 01:13:45 PM
Lucky day 13- since my legs are still annoyed with me from yesterday, I just sat outside in the lovely autumn sunshine for a while. Kind of forgot that the deceptively chilly wind would get to me if I wasn't active, so I was a bit cool when I came in, but since I'm generally overheated, it was a good thing!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on November 02, 2009, 07:58:57 PM
Yes, sitting down outside counts!

Today I was outside for about 90 minutes finishing up tasks in the garden - straining leaves out of the small pond/waterfall, raking, trimming back the irises, and harvesting chard for dinner. Then I took my sister to lunch, and we walked around the university area a bit, looking at the shops. Glad we did it when we did, because the temperature dropped about 15 degrees while we were down there and it began to rain as we were driving home, so we went inside to warm up and have tea.

The next two days are supposed to warmer and brighter, so we'll see.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: eyeamdry on November 02, 2009, 08:51:28 PM
Genko, we are only having highs of 42 for the next few days in Michigan, but the weekend might be to 60.  I'll have to put on my bathing suit.  My luck and it will be raining.  We have been getting alot of that.  Lucy
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 03, 2009, 06:18:56 AM
Day 14

Good morning, Happy Tuesday everyone!   ;D  Today is Day 14 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.  Wow, I can't believe we're almost at the half-way point in our 30 day venture.  I hope everyone is getting outside at some point during the day.

This morning I split my time between the back step and the front porch.  I decided to wander over to the little strip of woods at the North side of our house.  Sure enough, Mr. (or Mrs.) Rabbit was there.   :D  Now that the leaves have fallen from the trees, I noticed the shiny reflection of our neighbors truck windshield thru the woods across the ravine.  Our privacy that the trees and woods provide is gone somewhat in the winter months.  The only time I can "see" anything at this neighbors house is when the sun is reflecting off something in their driveway.  In the front of our house, the cornfield, which is still standing and not harvested yet, blocks the other neighbors house.  Again, now that the leaves are gone off the trees there stands that tall, ugly, blinking cell tower on our neighbors property.  Grrrrrrrrrr  Two years ago I petitioned against it  being built and got 50 signatures from neighbors against it too.  It's almost impossible to win against big corporate America.   :(  But, I taught our son about standing up for what you believe in.  He even spoke up at the Zoning Commission hearing.  I was so proud of him.   :D

I hope everyone has a good day today.  The sun is shining here this morning, hope it is shining for you today too.   ;D

Bucky

"What you make of your life is up to you.  You have all the tools and resources you need.  What you do with them is up to you."     Cherie Carter-Scott, Ph.D.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 04, 2009, 06:28:49 AM
Day 15

Happy Wednesday everyone!   ;D  Today is Day 15 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.  We're at the half-way point today!!!   ;D  We have 15 more days left of our little venture.

To date we have 41 members who are participating in this venture.  Lynnmarie is number #41.

This morning I spent time out in the back yard.  Traffic was very busy today - everyone is in a hurry to get to work (why would anyone HURRY to work??  LOL).  Where I live we're located 3-1/2 miles between too main roads thru Illinois.  Even though it is a rural area, the traffic on these two roads is very busy.  People from out in the country heading to the city and the truck drivers traveling cross country.  I also live across the street from the Caterpillar Proving Grounds (where they test the Caterpillar equipment).  I would love that job . . . driving the big machinery moving dirt around!!   :D  This morning I could hear the beep, beep, beep of them backing up.  Depending on the wind direction, some days you can hear their activity over there more than others.  Plus, it depends if they are working on my end of the grounds or if they are working farther West.

I would imagine the next few days that our field will be busy with activity as they harvest the corn crop (we lease our land to a farmer).  It will be nice to have the corn down - I've been looking at it from my front window for the last six months.  Once they harvest the corn, then the deer will be out in the field eating the corn left behind.  Several years ago there were 40 deer out there all at one time!!   :o  The most I've seen lately is about 15 at a time.  The sun is shining brightly this morning.   :D  Plus we've got the pretty baby blue sky with puffy clouds.  My favorite clouds.   Wish I had time to go for a walk this morning but it's a very busy day and I have no time for a walk right now.  :(   

Have a great day!!   ;D

P.S.  Please also keep our members who are having family health problems in your thoughts.  It is stressful enough some times with our daily lives and then add in other factors outside our control and it adds more stress and worry.   Having support from our fellow Sjoggies is a comfort.

Bucky

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."           Helen Keller
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 04, 2009, 06:44:58 AM
I forgot to post yesterday...I was outdoors! LOL I'm finding this a great excuse to get out and grab some pictures of landscapes that appeal to me, so that's what I did yesterday, and today (when I get finished running errends) I hope to go on another photo jaunt.

Even if I don't do that, my errends will take me to the city, and I do love walking around our uptown area, there's a couple of very old parks and an over 200 year old burial ground right at the head of our main street, and it's always a great place for wandering and people watching. We're still enjoying a beautiful Indian summer, a bit brisk, but sunny.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: roetta on November 04, 2009, 07:58:59 AM
Yesterday was doctor's appointments day for my daughter. (Still trying to figure out why a fifteen year old is having so much back pain.) In between appointments we went to the mall and got some lunch, sitting outside to eat it. I've been feeling so rundown lately it was hard to really enjoy it, but any time I get to sit and just talk to my daughter is a good time.  ;D
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Chickpea on November 04, 2009, 10:36:36 AM
We're having a week of sunshine and showers, with stormy nights.  The sunshine has been lovely: early in the morning it had that watery, wintry quality with a clear blue sky;  later in the day it was warmer as it came through the autumn leaves. 

We're in the process of moving to an apartment and each time we visit it I love it more.  When we popped in today the sunshine was streaming in through the windows and it looked so welcoming.  I think we'll be happy there.  It's been a rollercoaster of emotions deciding to move, finding somewhere suitable, and then the logistics of moving our possessions.  It's good to feel positive now.

Tomorrow both my sons will be home so I'm hoping there will be time for a trundle in my wheelchair along the seafront.  The cliffs are magnificent along this part of the south coast - something I'll miss when we move nearer to the centre of Brighton.

Hope you're all having a good day.

With love to all - Chickpea
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on November 04, 2009, 01:25:38 PM
Bucky, Linda and Chickpea

Thank you for keeping us moving! I managed a 10 minute walk at lunchtime, just to arrange for an eye-brow tidy tomorrow lunchtime. My poor eyebrows are sadly neglected, so I'm feeling very positive to have, at long last made, the appointment.

It's been very wet and cold here in West Yorkshire. I think we are in for a frost tonight, ahead of Bonfire night.

Keep warm everyone.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on November 04, 2009, 01:44:27 PM
It's cold, very wet and miserable here  ::)   It rained so hard last night that the haybarn got flooded - so glad I store my hay on wooden pallets!   I really miss daylight this time of the year, as I go to work and come home in the dark  >:(  My lovely friend came to help with the horses this evening.  When it's winter, I find it hard to muck out both stables plus walk the dogs, when hubby is away on business.  Plus, it's been so wet they had to stay in their stables all day today, so they were a little grumpy  ;D.  I put them out for a while this evening for some fresh air and a wander around, but they were glad to come back in again, out of the wet for a groom and some nice apples and carrots with their tea :D 

After seeing to the horses, I took the dogs for a walk across the crop fields, which are now ploughed and starting to shoot up sprigs of green.  Fortunately it had stopped raining for the time I was out walking the dogs.  Even though we are at least half a mile away from any street lighting, the moon lit everything in a beautiful, silvery light, and I smiled as I splashed through the puddles and watched Chloe race around the fields - she goes so fast you wouldn't believe (but then she is a greyhound x whippet, so built for speed  ;D).  Funny, I never feel worried on my own out there, in the dark.  Maybe because it's home?

I've been quite well today, feeling less tired than usual.  Hope everyone else had a good day  :D      xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Joy Cox on November 04, 2009, 04:43:58 PM
Jaygee, where home is to you is your personal heaven as is evident in your words... Mine is in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smokey Mts in TN. Just stepped outside in my little Garden of Joy to call my 3 kitties in for the night. A full harvest moon is just appearing over yond hill... gorgeous and sooooooooo serene here in my little garden space as I brushed against the rosemary bush and its aroma floats on the nighttime air. Rosemary is for remembrance... and, remember I do all the years I have had SS... while, stepping outside monetarily putting aside E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G, and taking a d-e-e-p breath, gives me a moment to let warm thoughts enter my mind and count my many blessings throughtout my 67 years.................. J   :-*  Y
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 05, 2009, 06:00:37 AM
Day 16

Happy Thursday everyone!   ;D  Today is Day 16 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

IF you are just now joining us in our little venture, and please do join us, the more the merrier . . . . please indicate in your post that you are joining us.  Joy, I'm not sure if you are joining us, or were just posting a reply to what someone else posted. ??  Just trying to keep the number of members participating updated.  Thanks. 

This morning as I was out in the back yard, the sun just barely visible over the tops of the trees, one word comes to mind.  Brrrrrrrrrrrr  It is a brisk 31 degrees out this morning!!  There is frost on the grass and I could see my breath.  Today I was watching this squirrel busy running up and down a tree.  I'm not sure what he was doing - possibly building a nest?  It's amazing how animals can hold on as they run up and down the trees without falling off.  I'm glad my feet are firmly planted on solid ground.   ;D

Short post today . . . have an optho appointment this morning so I have to keep moving along.  Have to have my hot oatmeal to warm me up and get me moving yet this morning.    :D

Hope today is a good for you.   ;D

Bucky

"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"         George Eliot
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Joy Cox on November 05, 2009, 10:19:54 AM
Hello Bucky, nice to meet you,

Thanks to all for allowing me to 'just walk' a few steps in the many paths on your daily ventures...  Daily, I read the posts and enjoy them very much! Last night, got that warm personal feeling inside about my many years as an outdoor's woman and the many special people I met.

These days, being a 'homebody' and going 2-3 times a week to Wellness Ctr. is not l-i-f-e as it has been in the past. Mother Earth's dirt has been my love-of-life and have worn out these old knees and need replacements. Cannot any longer walk my beloved paths. Have spinal issues progressing from sledding accident at 16... that big beautiful oak didn't give an inch  :o

Oops, beginning to sound like a pity party... off to get my bathing suit on and go to Wellness Ctr. to walk in the water for an hour. Thanks for 'spurring' me on today, Bucky, as hubby and son have gone fishing for the day on one of large lakes in our area.

Trust me, there are big windows on one side of the Ctr. and I turn toward them and watch the outdoor activities and appreciate all the GOOD days I have!!!!!

Again, thanks for pausing to let my path cross yours on this road of life...Granny    J   :-*  Y  in the TN hills
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on November 05, 2009, 03:04:03 PM
Joy, thank you for your lovely reply  :-*   Yes, I am very lucky to live where I do - I love the outdoor space around my home, and I love my horses and dogs - they give so much unconditional love and always make me smile, even when I'm feeling low  ;D  Looking after their needs can be hard, when I am having a bad day, but they always make such a fuss of me, they're worth it  ;D

Tonight, when I got in from work later than I'd hoped, I was a little worried that the horses might be concerned about fireworks (it's Nov 5th and bonfire night, here).  Didn't need to have worried - the horses were standing at the bottom of the paddock watching a lovely firework display on the horizon!!!!    They are so brave, they just stood there enjoying all the pretty night sky colours  ;D 

I am really enjoying reading about everyone's days  ;D   xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 05, 2009, 04:09:41 PM
Another day of errends, MIL had an appointment and I'm her driver, so off I went...we arrived at the office 15 minutes prior to her appt time, and the place was locked up! She sat in the car to wait, but I took advantage of the bonus time, and stood outside, chatting with her through the window.

For the rest of the day, I made a point of dropping her at shop doors and parking away from the buildings, so I got to walk a bit, but never far enough to make my legs mad! Another lovely if chilly fall day, but I hear threats of wet white stuff overnight and into tomorrow, so my 10 minutes tomorrow may be spent clearing decks and paths, time will tell.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 06, 2009, 05:58:54 AM
Day 17

It's FRIDAY!!   ;D  ;D  Today is Day 17 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date we have 42 members - I think, who are participating in this venture.  Joy, I'm still not 100% sure you're "IN" - but, I think maybe you are. 

This morning is another "hurried" morning.  I've got things to do, places to go, people to see.   ::)  This morning I walked around the back yard.  Checked on Mr. Bunny - and as usual, he went hopping quickly to a safer place farther in the woods.  I walked along the tree line in the yard and looked thru the woods towards the ravine that is next to our house.  Ahh the memories.  Growing up in Ohio us kids would always be playing in the woods.  I love to hear the snap of stepping on branches, or the crunch of fall leaves under our feet.  I would love to venture into the woods and down into the ravine here.  However, reality says . . . GIRL, KEEP YOUR FOOTING AND STAY IN THE YARD!!  LOL  I can just picture the AFV (America's Funniest Videos) moment as I go tripping, tumbling and rolling down the ravine to the bottom.  Oh my achy breaky body!!  Plus, with it being hunting season the boys aren't too fond of me getting my "scent" in the woods when they are trying to hunt.  So, I will stay in the yard and lovingly "look" at the ravine and remember good times in my childhood.   ;D

Hope today is a fantastic day for you.  This weekend keep getting your 10 minutes outside.  Enjoy your weekend.

Bucky

"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."        Marcel Proust
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Epson on November 06, 2009, 07:43:40 AM
Anyone else getting burned every day.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on November 06, 2009, 08:49:31 AM
Hi Epson:

Do you mean burned by the refrigerator lights, or by that big light ball in the sky?

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Nans on November 06, 2009, 07:35:55 PM
Well - I was outside finishing painting the trim around out garage doors... it took about two hours.  This weekend is supposed to be warm and sunny so I will probably find something else that needs painting!  I also need to treat the fruit trees for fungus before the winter but it is supposed to be rather windy tomorrow so I will wait for a calm day for spraying.  I hope everyone has a good weekend!   ;D
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: kimbo on November 06, 2009, 07:57:55 PM
It's been in the 70s, in my world of out doors.   Great weather in Arkansas.

blessings kimbo
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 07, 2009, 05:29:23 AM
Day 18

Rise and shine everyone . . . it's Saturday!!   ;D  Today is Day 18 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

Things are pretty quiet outside this morning.  Not too much traffic - most people are probably still sleeping.  It's going to be a very windy day here (big surprise . . it's always windy, some days a lot more than others).  We're suppose to warm up to the low 70's today.  Which is great for us in Central Illinois the first week of November.  Just walked around the back yard this morning.  Those pesky moles are making our yard very mushy in some spots with their tunneling.  Spooky has a big job ahead of her to catch those moles.

Today there are lots of activities going on around town . . . open houses, craft shows, photography workshop, conferences, etc.  Myself, I am attending a conference and I better keep moving as I have some food to finish preparing to take along.

I hope today is a GREAT day for you.  Enjoy!!   ;D

Epson, isn't it rough when you get refrigerator sunburn??!!   ::)  LOL

Bucky

"The depth of a friendship ~~ how much it means to us . . . depends, at least in part, upon how many parts of ourselves a friend sees, shares and validates."                Lillian Rubin
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 07, 2009, 10:23:06 AM
Day 17, I spent in and out, mostly around the yard, since I was defrosting my deep freezer and couldn't wander too far, but Day 18 (thanks in no small part to this thread) I took a walk along the highway. I was just sitting at the computer, lazy after a morning of changing beds and laundry, and looking forward to a community turkey supper.

When I read this thread, it reminded me to take advantage of this beautiful sunny (if chilly) afternoon, so out I went.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on November 07, 2009, 10:26:46 AM
Seattle's weather Friday was not real conducive to being outside the house. We had some of the worst thunder/hailstorms I've ever seen, and I've lived on the east coast and in the midwest. I was driving to my usual Friday evening group at the state prison, and had to turn around and go home as several intersections on the way were flooding, from the torrential downpour and hail (2 inches accumulation in spots). Wind gusts 40 mph. I could only see when the lightning lit up the sky, and couldn't hear the thunder due to the force of the hail. After the car floated briefly, I had had enough of the outdoors.

My husband got home from work a couple of hours later, and said the road I would have taken the rest of the way to the prison was closed due to flooding farther up, and I would not have been able to get back out. So it was a good call. Hoping to have a less hazardous day today, maybe walk around one of the city neighborhoods.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on November 08, 2009, 02:57:08 AM
Genko

Your weather sounds awful. We have had wind and rain, but nothing like yours.

Yesterday, I did my 10 minutes walking from the station after meeting my lovely cousin, and then going to a Raise your Banner concert of songs for peace. I've never been to anythinkg like this before, and it was very uplifting.

My cousin and I are the same age, but from there, everything is different. I'm almost 5 feet tall, she's around 6 feet tall. I've been married since 18 and had three children and now grandchildren. She's never been married, and has no children. However, we are kindred spirits, even though we only meet up once or twice a year. We had a really nice sleep over and I've just taken her back to the station. I'm sattered now, so going to  chill a while.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 08, 2009, 06:12:47 AM
Day 19

Good morning everyone . . happy Sunday to you!!   ;D  Today is Day 19 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

I think Sunday mornings are my favorite.  When I step outside the "people world" isn't too active and I get to listen to all of nature as the animals are all busy doing whatever it is they do.   :D  This morning I was out on the back step.  As I looked into the woods and saw all the hundreds of trees before me, some straight as an arrow, others twisting and curvy, the sun which is just making it's appearance is streaming thru the trees.  I love to see sunshine streaming thru the black trunks of trees.  ;D This morning I also heard Mr. Owl hooting away on the front part of our property.  Most mornings we see Mr. Owl as my son and I are waiting for the bus to come.  A couple weeks ago my hubby got an awesome picture of Mr. Owl.  He just sat there on the fence post as my hubby snapped away on his camera.  This morning I also heard some dogs barking in the distance.  Mr. Woodpecker was doing some drilling in a tree too.  I love the sounds and sights of nature (in case you couldn't already figure that out . .  :o).  There are two species of creatures I DO NOT like . . . snakes and spiders!  There are probably more, but those two come to mind right now.

Genko - what is it with Fridays and weather in Seattle??  Glad you stayed safe in the storms and went back home - it must have been a scary drive for you.  Kathyx - how nice that you had "cousin time". 

I hope today is a great day for everyone filled with many blessings.   ;D   We're going to have another 70'ish degree day . . yay . . love it!!

Bucky

"If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening."           Marge Piercy

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: lynnmarie219 on November 08, 2009, 09:37:55 AM
Oh my, what a wonderful weekend it has been weather wise here in central Illinois....sunny...warmer that usual November weather...I just love it!

I spent part of yesterday afternoon outside in the back yard cleaning out Spooky's big tank....he is a huge water turtle and is so happy to be clean again! 

We also went for a little ride later on in the afternoon to get something to eat...I was able to open the windows in the car and breathe in some of that fresh clean air! I could handle having this weather all of the time and all year round!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on November 08, 2009, 10:02:21 AM
It was cold and drizzling here today, and the sun only came out for half an hour this morning, whilst my horses were being shod  :(

Went for a long ride this afternoon, in lots of cosy layers.  Was good to breathe in the fresh air, although everything was rather damp and wet.  Home to a hot mug of tea and currently my toes are being warmed by the dogs lying on them  ;D ;D    xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 08, 2009, 10:02:34 AM
Day 19- what an amazing day! Not every Nov 8 in eastern Canada that you can sit on the deck and read the paper!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 09, 2009, 06:03:31 AM
Day 20

Morning . . . it's Monday!!   ;D  Today is Day 20 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day. 

Today we're at the 2/3 mark of our 30 day venture.  We have 10 more days left.   :D

Not a whole lot going on outside this morning.  You could hear the buzz of traffic in the distance as everyone is heading back to their jobs.  The crows are in the woods squawking away . . . they are very noisy birds!  Our field of corn is still standing . . the boys are saying something about the ears of corn haven't "dropped",  so it's not ready to harvest yet.  Hopefully, it will happen soon though.

To those of you along the Florida, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana coast line stay safe as Hurricane Ida is expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning.  Take all preparations to be ready for the storm BEFORE it gets there.   Be prepared for power outages and flooding.  We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Hope today is a good day for everyone.   ;D

Bucky

" I believe that we are always attracted to what we need most, an instinct leading us toward the persons who are to open new vistas in our lives and fill them with new knowledge."                 Helene Iswolski
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: ruby52 on November 09, 2009, 07:18:56 AM
How many more days?Allergies have come on and I'm having trouble going outside.Fall is the worst for me and it's more of a surprise if I don't get sick.Asthma kicks up and glands are swelling with a drumbeat thumping in my ear.It kills me to not enjoy these last nice days before winter kicks in but hey it's not the flu.Husband raked and mowed all the leaves up and I hung over the deck watching a bit.Even scooped up a couple handfuls for him.Not much help.Round of Drs. next week for the for mo. check-up.Refills time.
                                Ruby
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: roetta on November 09, 2009, 07:50:25 AM
Saturday we went to the racetrack so my husband could drive a race car, a Christmas present the kids and I had gotten him that he was finally getting to use. It happened to coincide with one of the best days I've had in a long time. No aching. An increase in energy. That feeling like you've stepped out of the darkness and back into the light for a little while. He had a great time driving and I had a great time watching him. His parents got to go along too, and I'm not sure who was more excited, my husband after driving or his father after watching him. They were like two little boys on Christmas morning!

Sunday we had a family get-together at his parents house to celebrate the return of one of his cousins who has been living in Dubai for the past year working as a dolphin trainer. It was so great to see her and all of her pictures, and get to hear her stories. She's moving to South Africa in December with her boyfriend to work in a big cat reserve, so the time was precious.

Now, it's Monday, back to the grind, and a realization that because of the fun weekend I got absolutely no laundry or cleaning done...but it was totally worth it!  :D

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on November 10, 2009, 12:20:33 AM
It was a very cold but beautiful day in west Yorkshire yesterday. I walked 10 minutes up the hill, bought kitty a new collar and the old dog a new chewy bone, then walked back down 10 minutes. The fresh air certainly did me good.

Bucky, I think we should extend our 30 days. We need the discipline - or at least I do!

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 10, 2009, 03:51:35 AM
I had a lovely walk yesterday, too. Our little "corner store" is about half a Km from my house, downhill all the way, and a beautiful stroll partly along a babbling brook. Unfortunately, to get home, one has to climb that same hill, but I made it! Half an hour in mid-teen temps (Celsius, so quite moderate) and it made me feel so alive!

I once read that, by repeating the same behaviour for a month, we make it our norm, so maybe we don't even need to extend our 30 day commitment...maybe it's become our new normal!

Today I'm off to the city again, so my walk will be on pavement, near shops (retail therapy?) after a 30 minute drive, but enjoyable just the same.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 10, 2009, 07:52:04 AM
Day 21

Good morning you lovely members of Sjogren's World . . . it's Tueeeeeeeesday (that's how I wake my son up in the morning)!   ;D  Today is Day 21 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

This morning I spent my time outside loading groceries into the car and gassing up the car.  I prefer to do my errands first thing in the morning -  get in and get out!   :D  There was only a handful of vehicles in the parking lot and I can zip thru the store and get out quickly.  There is a crisp wind blowing this morning . . . brrrrrr.  I'll have my hot oatmeal to warm me up here in a few minutes.   ;D  (not a good idea to go grocery shopping when you're hungry!!)

I wish there were sidewalks along my road to walk on.  I live in the country (kinda) and the cars drive pretty fast down our winding, curvy road.  The few times we have ridden our bikes on the road we felt like we were going to get run over, so we don't do that any more.  In an effort to save on gasoline, I try not to make any more trips than I have to.  Otherwise, I "might" drive somewhere where there are sidewalks.  During the summer I got my walking in going to garage sales.  However, garage sale season is over now.   :'(

Roetta - what a fun weekend!!  I bet your husband was just thrilled to drive a race car.  A memory he'll cherish always!

Linda - I know they say if you repeat something for xxx number of days that it becomes habit.  I'm not so sure I agree with that.  At least not for myself.  I could too easily just blow it off and say "I'll do it tomorrow" and then never do it.  By stating my intentions publically it makes me be accountable to do what I said I would do.  I have been faithful for all 21 days to date!!   ;D  Kathyx - In some things I'm not too disciplined either.

Enjoy your brand new day . . . make it a good one.   ;D

Bucky

"Most of us look at the times when we've made mistakes and see they were made because we intellectualized the solution to a problem.  The times we flourish are when we listen to our hearts."                Dr. Nancy Snyderman
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: RobinBat on November 10, 2009, 03:40:50 PM
OK, I am a bit late on the bandwagon as it is Nov 10th but will try for 10 minutes a day...I need to walk, before the accident I walked long distance, trained and walked in the breast cancer 60 mile 3 day walk in 2007 ! Realized after that my joints and bones couldn't do that again so have stuck to working support for my old teammates and short walks 5k, This past year I have barely walked, couldn't for awhile, just starting back when this "flare" started and ended that...will try for 10 min. that is manageable! I take my Vit. D in pill form anyway so not worried about that. I need the exercise, pure and simple!  ;)
Thanks,
RobinBat
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on November 10, 2009, 08:25:35 PM
Nothing much exciting to report except that I've been going outside every day, even with all this rain. Yesterday afternoon we had a nice break from it (what we call a "sun break" here in Seattle), and my daughter and sister and I went for our usual Monday lunch and walk through the funky little artist neighborhood my daughter lives and works in - very picturesque. We had soup and sandwiches at a well-known cafe in an old house by the ship canal. In the summer we bring her little dog along and eat picnic-style on the bank of the canal.

Better than my excursion last Friday into the storm!

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: eyeamdry on November 10, 2009, 10:06:26 PM
We have had a string of really nice days here in Michigan.  It was 70 degrees this past weekend and we went to the Lake Michigan shorline town of South Haven and had a great time.  We walked out on the pier, but the waves were lapping the pier and I didn't want to wash into Lake Michigan.  People drown every summer on the piers because they are not careful to stay on shore when they should. 

We then went to a great pub and had a burger before we came home.  Lucy
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 11, 2009, 07:44:25 AM
Day 22

Good morning . . it's Wednesday.   ;D  Today is Day 22 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date, we have 43 members who are participating in this little venture.  Welcome newbie RobinBat.   ;D

This morning I spent my time walking up and down our long driveway.  I could hear them hammering on a new house being built down the road.  As I walked up and down the driveway I could hear the dry corn stalk leaves brushing against each other in the wind (yep, another windy day here  ::)).  Two geese were honking as they flew overhead.  Hmmm, wonder why they honk . . nobody was in their way!!  LOL

RobinBat - you don't necessarily have to "walk" while you are outside . . just be outside.  There have been many mornings when it was rainy here in IL and I stood or sat on the porch - as long as I was "outside". 

I hope today is a good day for everyone.   ;D

Bucky

I'm going to close with a quote from Linda196:  "Please join me today, November 11, the anniversary of the Armistice of the "war to end all Wars: WW1" in a prayer or positive thought for Peace in our world, our countries, our towns, and our hearts."
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Net on November 11, 2009, 08:34:01 AM
Hi Bucky!I think I'm #44. Am way behind on reading the site and have been working a lot and had 3plus back to back colds and we had been having really crappy weather. Kinda funny cuz after working this 3 day shifts of wonderful weather and missing out on the sunshine I took my lunch in the car to soak up the sun cuz I said that I maybe had been feeling so crappy cuz I was missing all my vit D.  Usually my favorite thing to do when I feel arthritic is to lay on my back on the nice warm wood deck and soak up the sun.I may have to be putting on my winter gear but oh well. So even though I'm late, count me in and I'm on day 3 of soaking up that must needed Vit D. Great job all! I'd read all the sites but my dog is waiting for her walk and me my" D".--Net
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 11, 2009, 10:27:33 AM
Another beautiful day...Bucky, did you bribe the weather department for these 30 days? I've never seen such a run of moderate, sunshiney days in October/November in this area!

After our cenotaph service this morning, which was held indoors in deference to the older veterans and our usually less than "clement" weather, I had another brisk, cheerful walk...sticking to the side of the highway rather than into the woods, since we are in the midst of hunting season here.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Chickpea on November 11, 2009, 12:50:14 PM
Today started grey and rainy in Brighton but then it brightened up.  We marked Armistice day on Sunday but even so most people stopped for the two minutes silence at 1100 this morning.  It's wonderful that we can put aside our daily cares, even if just for two minutes once a year, and think about the victims of wars.  It's also sad that there are even more people to mourn. 

I was outside for the silence, trundling from acupuncture to my car.  And then back to my new home.  The views from the windows of my flat are so lovely especially with the autumnal colours of the trees, the squirrels leaping about, and the children playing in the park.  I feel very fortunate to have found such a lovely new home.  And no stairs!

Buckster dearest - I love your descriptions of the sights and sounds of nature around your house.  You should write for publication - today SjS World, tomorrow the whole world!

Love to all - Chickpea
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 12, 2009, 06:33:04 AM
Day 23

Good morning . . . it's Thursday!   ;D  Today is Day 23 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

Woohoo . . . . to date we have 44 members who are participating in this little venture.   :D

Brrrrrr . . . . I thought I saw penguins waddling across the yard this morning!!  It's cold!!  I usually do my 10 minutes first thing in the morning so I can get on the computer and post.  (Since some of you are already well into your day since you are six hours ahead of me.)  This morning as I walked back and forth on the front porch it sounded like I was in the Amazon jungle!!  (not that I've ever been there, but this is how I imagine it would sound . . . although, I'm sure, the REAL jungle would be MORE noisy.)  The birds were very vocal this morning.  There is some bird that sounds almost like a monkey - I don't know what kind it is.  Some more geese flew overhead again.  You can hear them honking long before they are ever in sight.  Do you know why one side of their flying formation is longer than the other??  ??? I do . . . . because one side has more birds in it than the other!!  HA HA HA  ::)  ;D

Linda - stay on the road and out of the woods . . . you don't need any arrows in you while you're out for your 10 minutes!
Chickpea - are you in your new home now?

Have a great day everyone.   ;D

Bucky

"Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something."          H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on November 12, 2009, 12:54:11 PM
Hi BUcky

My ten minutes today ws spent walking up to the store in my lunchtime for a yummy salad box. The weather was mild, but windy and dry. Tonight it is absolutely pouring down, and quite cold,so I'm glad I got the best of the weather.

I love your updates. I'm not a country girl, and the first time I heard geese down the lane at the farm, I thought it was dogs barking. My sister loves the countryside, and rescues all sorts of animals. When I spent some time with her in Cornwall, I spotted what I thought was a green budgie in her garden. When I told her about it, she laughed her socks off. It was in fact a greenfinch, but what do I know ;D
I also once saw a heron, but I thought it was a stork, yes, I'm blonde ;)

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 12, 2009, 01:46:41 PM
A most amazing day for Nov 12...heavy frost in the morning, but it gave way to mid-teen temps, very little in the way of breeze, and bright sunshine! I was able to do something I haven't done in ages (because I always thought I didn't have time) and sat in the park, sipping a chai, people watching to my hearts content! I live near the oldest incorporated city in Canada, and "King's Square" is a heritage park, complete with turn of the century or older bandstand, bronze sculptures, and surrounded by buildings dating back to 1880...I love it!.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on November 12, 2009, 02:33:29 PM
We had both a heron and a kingfisher in the Japanese Garden yesterday when I was there for my tea classes. Cold, but another beautiful day to be out in the garden.

Today was still cold, but sunny and not too breezy. My time outside this morning was spent walking from my usual parking spot downtown to the county jail, where I meet with folks Thursday mornings. Walking back, I was thinking about how some of the men have been inside, unable to be out in the sun, and unable even to see outside (the windows are above eye level), for over two years as they await trial. Makes me appreciate my own life circumstances. Now I'm resting and reading.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: tribemom on November 12, 2009, 04:52:54 PM
I work at a school with little kids and I'm outside on recess duty for a little under an hour every day. These cool fall days are great for fresh air, although I do get chilled quickly. ;)
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 13, 2009, 06:33:50 AM
Day 24

Good morning . . . it's FRIDAY!!   ;D  Today is Day 24 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

I am thrilled to report that as of right now we have 45 members who are participating in this venture.   ;D  Welcome Tribemom.

It's a brisk morning here in Illinois.  Ten degrees warmer than yesterday morning - which really can make a difference!  I was out on the back step this morning listening to the chorus of birds chirping away.  Just like humans they have a wide octave of sounds - some sweet to listen too and others almost sound like nails on a chalk board!   :o  LOL 

I get "extra credit" for time outside yesterday afternoon.  After the frost melted off the grass I decided to mow the grass one last time in 2009.  It takes me two hours to mow the whole lawn with a riding mower.  Our house sits back quite far from the road (in fact, I can't even see the road right now).  Our front property is riddled with ridges and dirt mounds from those pesky moles who are tunneling thru our yard.  Some members have mentioned how they feel they are here with me from my descriptive posts.  Picture this . . . sitting atop our yellow and white riding mower, mowing the grass.  In order for you to truly get the feeling of being here with me hold onto either side of the chair you are sitting in.  Now, rock from side to side.  Now, every now and then lean to the left (this is when I'm mowing on the little bank in the yard).  Now, duck . . .  or you're gonna get smacked in the face with a tree branch!  You know how people who ride in the rodeo are pitched from side to side, front and back?  Do this for two hours and you've been mowing the grass with me.   ;D  I call this little ride: Duck, Duck Rodeo Mowercoaster.   ;D  If one has a bad back, do not attempt this ride!! (I have thought on occasion to throw my arm up in the air like the rodeo riders do!!  LOL)

All my once beautiful red, orange, and yellow leaves from our Maple trees had dried out and were crunchy as the mower chopped them up.  They ended up being tiny mulch by the time I was done mowing.  We don't rake our leaves, the mower does a good job of chopping them up.  The yard looks good if I say so myself!   ;D

Let's see . . . by my calculations, if I "bank" my total time outside yesterday, I'm done with the 30 day commitment!!  LOL  Just kidding!!  I'll keep at it for the next six days.  Yep . . . . we only have six days left of our 30 day venture. 

Enjoy your day . . . may it be a fantabulous one!!   ;D   ;D    Keep up your 10 minutes outside all weekend . . . don't give up now!

Genko - here's hoping your Friday evening at the jail is weather friendly for you today!!

Bucky

"Remember that the shortest way to get anywhere is to have good company traveling with you."       H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on November 13, 2009, 11:32:17 AM
45 is a lot of people! Especially since it is now November.

Since this is the one Friday a month I am not at the state prison, my Friday walk will not be through the prison yard. A good thing too as snow is possible in the foothills and the mountains this evening, I'm told, and that is where the prison is.

So a more mundane walk in the neighborhood will have to do, while I run errands.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Epson on November 13, 2009, 11:42:28 AM
So far all I have to show is a sunburn every day.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on November 13, 2009, 01:17:26 PM
Bucky

I feel dizzy from joining you on your ride ;D  We have had driving rain, and have gale force winds forecast for tonight. Thank goodness it's too mild to snow. Its my mums birthday on Sunday, and many years we have had snow by now. This year we just have webbed feet!

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 14, 2009, 09:00:33 AM
Day 25

Happy Saturday everyone!!   ;D  Today is Day 25 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

This morning I took advantage of sleeping in . . . ahhhhh . . . . love to sleep in and usually only get to on Saturdays.  Once I was up I headed outside to walk around the property.  You can hear the neighbors busy outdoors getting ready for winter.  Lawn mowers are going, leaf blowers are humming, combines are in the field harvesting crops (although, not in our field yet . . . soon, I hope).  Since the leaves are now off the trees the sound barrier they provided is gone.  It does make a difference when you have woods with leaves on the trees and woods with just bare tree trunks.

This morning I went around the back yard picking up these skinny "sticks" for lack of a word to call them.  They appear to be the stems of something?   ???  Anyhow, I picked them up along with some skinny branches and some brown oak leaves and will use these inside along with some acorns I picked up earlier for some sort of "arrangement".  I figured if I threw in a candle in the middle of all this, it will make some fallish centerpiece on either the shelf I have in the living room or on top of the entertainment center.  I'll go out later to gather some berries I saw and if I can reach the bittersweet berries, I'll get some of them too.  Free decorating from nature.   ;D

I hope today is a good day for everyone.   ;D

Bucky

"A life challenging diagnosis is a reminder that life is not forever.  You can run from it, or you can dive in and live life fully.  I say, live life."  David Kessler
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 14, 2009, 10:02:44 AM
Thanks for the idea, Bucky!
Actually, I do this every year, dried shrubs, leaves, whatnots. Just be careful with candles, because these "natural ornaments" are also tinder dry, and make great firestarters!

I went for my walk as usual yesterday, and then had "tourists" show up at the door asking the way to a nearby waterfall, so I got out again!

Today, I plan to help hubby a bit with some firewood, and clean up the last of my flowerbeds.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 15, 2009, 06:27:32 AM
Day 26

Good morning . . . happy Sunday to you!!   ;D  Today is Day 26 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

This morning I stayed on the porch since it is raining out.  Miss Spooky enjoyed my company though as she got a brushing and some petting.  Brushing a ball of fur since she has her winter coat - I had to be careful and not brush too hard and yank out a wad of fur.  I also got "the look" from Spooky . . . look at me, look at her dish, look at me, look at her dish.  Yeah, yeah, I know . . I will feed you in 10 minutes!! 

It's hard to believe the month of November is already half over!   :o  Time is going by so quickly.

Well, I have to keep moving this morning.  I've got the grumbellies and I need to get dressed for church.

Enjoy your day . . hope it's a good one for you.   ;D

Bucky

"Pay as much attention to the things that are working positively in your life as you do to those that are giving you trouble."     H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 15, 2009, 07:57:31 AM
My Sunny Sunday is taking the form of a monsoon! None the less, I will find a way to be outside for at least 10 minutes. Hubby got soaked to the skin this morning, just getting to his truck, but I'll wait for a lull, and grab my brolly.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on November 15, 2009, 09:03:21 AM
Saturday was a cold, monsoon here, so didn't feel like doing much at all, plus incredibly tired from a very busy week at work  :(   

But this morning there was a clear, blue sky and sunshine - also unseasonably warm - hooray, just like Spring!!!   ;D

Took the chance to do some jobs around the stable yard.  Hubby mended a couple of rails on the fence, and I cut down some nettles that were growing where they shouldn't  ;D   It was so warm outside, that I had to take my jacket off  :D   I turned the horses out into the paddock and watched them play a while, then hubby helped me muck out the stables.  The lady who helps with my horses has gone to Rome for her birthday, this weekend  ;D   It was a surprise trip, and all she knew was she had to be at the airport for 4 am on Friday morning  ;D  I am glad hubby helped out though, as I soon lost all the energy I thought I had  ::)

We had a wood burning stove installed in the lounge last week - the sun has gone down and I am toasting my toes around it, whilst all 3 dogs try to sit on my lap   ;D    Hope we get a few dry days this week.   

Hope everyone else got outside for a little while today xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: lynnmarie219 on November 15, 2009, 12:53:00 PM
When I  went out on my back porch with the dogs today.....it was cloudy outside but no rain yet! I then saw a deer running in the field very close to us...most all I could see though was his big white tail up in the air and then he disappeared into the corn field that hasn't been cut down yet! It was a nice thing to see when first going outside today....I love to watch them run free!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: RobinBat on November 15, 2009, 03:34:44 PM
Well I have spent quite alot of time outside this weekend. We spent a good part of sat. and sun. at car shows(we have a 1957 BMW Isetta) Weather couldnt have been nicer. I had my folding chair and was out in the sun/or under a tree out by Tampa Bay....Was lovely! Restful and the sun felt so good, I think I am solar powered...LOL! :D :D Hope you all had good weekends....Tomorrow I start orientation for my new job.Hope I have a chance to get out in the sun before it goes down....if not will just get moonbeams....
RobinBat
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: lynnmarie219 on November 15, 2009, 07:34:20 PM
Good luck at your new job tomorrow RobinBat!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Gail on November 15, 2009, 08:57:57 PM
It is a wonderful thread, I got to tell you!

I started walking outside in October because the weather got cooler. I started with a half of mile, and now I walk about a mile. I think my body gets ajusted to walking, and it also feels really good to be outside. So, I am outside longer than 10 minutes now walking, but I started with 10 minutes.

I really hope that we can do like 20 minutes commitment for 30 days next time, and then 30 minutes. It makes me feel that I am somehow normal again when I walk outside.

Movement is contageous. I feel like I got to go walking every day now, even if I feel ill. Music helps too. I plug ipod in my ears, and it keeps me going.

Gail.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 16, 2009, 06:55:53 AM
Day 27

Good morning . . . happy Monday to you!!   ;D  Today is Day 27 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date, we have 46 members who are participating in our little 30 day venture.  Welcome Gail.   :D

This morning was another front porch morning as it is raining.  I am thankful I don't like in Denver, Colorado where they are expecting 10 inches of snow!!   :o  I could hear a rooster in the distance . . . he's a little slow in his alarm clock, it's been daylight for a while now.  LOL  Miss Spooky enjoyed my company again this morning.  She adores me . . .  ;D  She is so funny, she will keep nudging me so I will pet her.

I must admit, I couldn't wait for my 10 minutes to be up this morning.  The dampness from the rain just makes my bones ache - I was looking forward to getting back inside the warm house.  Hmmmm, maybe today I will do some baking.  Warm up the house with the wonderful smells and also make some breakfast muffins for the week (yeah, like they will last that long with a teenager in the house!!  ::)).  I wished we all lived closer so we could get together - it would be nice to meet you all in person.  I would even bring some muffins!   ;D

RobinBat - good luck with your new job!

Everybody enjoy your day . . . we're getting down to the last few days of our 30 day commitment.  You all are doing a great job - don't quit now, we're almost at the finish line.   ;D

Bucky

"Remember that everyone you meet wears an invisible sign.  It reads, "Notice me.  Make me feel important." "         H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on November 16, 2009, 02:05:08 PM
Good for you Gail!   Your post really made me smile  ;D ;D    xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: fatburningmachine on November 16, 2009, 07:28:01 PM
It is hard to stay outside when it is freezing and the wind and snow are blowing in your face as it was on mine Saturday---but I am committed and I am grateful for the challenge. We have to keep moving!!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 17, 2009, 06:10:16 AM
Day 28

Good morning . . . it's Tueeeeeeeesday!   ;D  Today is Day 28 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

Once again it is a rainy, windy, stay on the front porch morning.  Ahhh, to be somewhere warmer walking along the beach.  This morning I heard a train in the distance.  I don't hear the train very often - I guess with the leaves sound barrier gone and the wind blowing that the sound carries.  That has always been something my husband has wanted to do, take a train ride out west.  I don't know if I would like all the rocking motion.  I think we'd better try a little "local" ride first.  There is a train we can catch that heads up to Chicago which is three hours away - maybe some day we'll try that. 

I can tell already that it's going to be a "sweater on, sweater off" kind of day.   ::)  I'm going to leave my boots on right now for a while inside the house - my feet were freezing yesterday after being outside and took a long time to warm up.  Time for hot oatmeal . . . come on over and we'll have breakfast together.   :D

Enjoy your day.   ;D

Bucky

"All of us are here on this Earth with Work to do, but your Work has nothing to do with your job.  Your Work Is Your Purpose.  It is learning to treat others with compassion, learning to love yourself even with your imperfections, learning forgiveness, learning courage, learning trust, learning love."               Dr. Barbara DeAngelis
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on November 17, 2009, 08:09:18 AM
Yesterday I had an all-day meeting at the state capitol - drove down and back in the pouring rain, parked a distance from the building and got my walk in going to and from the building where the meeting was held.

Today looks to be a better day for a longer walk - maybe to the neighborhood bookstore.

I hope you all are enjoying these brief out-of-doors excursions! Thanks, Bucky, for thinking of this.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: kimbo on November 17, 2009, 10:30:03 AM
Hey Buckey, you have forged a great journey/thread here.

I really have enjoyed reading it. And I love your quotes at the end.

I probably get my 10 minutes and more on most days. We have had basically great weather.

We had our first fire of the year in our fire place last nite.  Makes me think , I better get my humidifier out before the dry heat attacks me.

Thanks so much for always leading a boost in our moral.

blessings kimbo
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 18, 2009, 06:48:06 AM
Day 29

Good morning . . . it's Wednesday already!   ;D  Today is Day 29 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

It's going to be yet another wet day here in Illinois.  Sigh.  This morning I stood out on the back step to breathe in the fresh outdoor air.   We have a pond down the road and I could hear several groups (I guess the proper word is "gaggles") of geese heading to the pond.  My guess is this is the meeting place for instructions on their flight North for the winter.  :D  I could also hear a cow that sounded like he was very uncomfortable (you know, the feeling when you've eaten too much) . . poor thing was sounding so pitiful.  Maybe "she" needed to be milked??  I don't know if there is a "I need to be milked" sound or not for cows.  ???  LOL  I could also hear the drip, drip, drip of water from the gutter.  We really should clean out the gutters before winter actually gets here.  Ha, I say "we" . . more like ME . . as hubby doesn't like to climb ladders because of his vertigo.  Hmmm, maybe this would be a good job for our teenage son.   :D

I  can't believe that tomorrow wraps up our 30 day commitment.  Back on October 21st, November 19th seemed soooo far away.   In this time frame I have seen the metamorphosis of our trees go from beautiful fall colors to bare branches.  From our grass growing like a weed needing weekly mowing from all the rain - to stop growing and more or less hibernating until next spring when the process starts all over again.  I have watched animals gather food, make nests and prepare for the winter ahead.  We have had a mixture of weather from lots of rain day after day, beautiful sunny days with temperatures in the mid to high 70's, and cold damp days when you could see your breath outside.  Of course, my favorite are the sunny, low 70's days where you don't need a jacket on and you can be outdoors and enjoy your walk, etc.   ;D

Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought of all you fellow sjoggies and the daily journey we are all on.  I hope you continue to find things that you CAN do that bring you joy, happiness and a smile to your face.   ;D  There are lots of little things you can do to make someone else's day special . . send a card and or letter thru snailmail to someone telling them you're thinking of them, make a phone call to say "hi", read a book to a child or to a shut in in the nursing home, make a donation of either money or your time to a worthy cause, buy a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate for the bell ringer collecting  monies at the holidays.  The list is endless.  I have found for myself that if I look for opportunities to help someone else that my aches and pains are bearable and even put on the back burner for a while.  It lifts my spirit.

I hope everyone has a good day today . . . enjoy.   ;D

Bucky

"Yesterday is experience . . . . Tomorrow is hope . . . . Today is getting from one to the other."             Barbara Johnson

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on November 18, 2009, 08:54:59 AM
I haven't been posting daily, but I have had my daily excursions outside. With the exception of Sunday, when we had torrential rains that did let up long enough for my walk, the weather has been most cooperative, and I've enjoyed my highway hikes and city strolls equally.

I just wanted to mention that the geese are heading South right now, not North...they seem to have much more sense than the rest of us Canadians who stay here for the ice and snow!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: lynnmarie219 on November 18, 2009, 07:18:42 PM
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This is for everyone who participated in this little venture!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 19, 2009, 06:28:53 AM
DAY 30

Today is Thursday, November 19th - Day 30 and the final day of our 30 day group commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

As I mentioned yesterday, I can't believe how quickly these past 30 days have gone by.

Aloha this morning as I walk along the beautiful shores of Waikiki, Hawaii.  The icy blue water is breathtaking.  The palm trees are blowing ever so slightly in the breeze.  Today I am going to learn the hula dance . . . shake those hips, baby!!   :D  Wait . . . . ok, reality has stepped in and I have really returned from the chilly, wet front porch of Illinois.   ;D  Hey, a girl can dream can't she??   I've never really been to Hawaii, but would love to go some day.

This morning I saw two gaggles of geese flying overhead heading NORTH.  Linda - their GPS system must be broke as all the flocks I have seen are heading North, not to the South like they should be flying.   ???

I want to thank each and every one of you who stepped up to the plate and joined in this little 30 day venture with me.  I am thrilled that there were 46 members who participated.   ;D  The road we travel is easier when we are united and travel together rather than alone.  It almost makes me feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz as she links arms with the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow and goes skipping down the yellow brick road.   :D

I hope you have enjoyed your time outside for the past 30 days.  I know I heard and saw things that I wouldn't have otherwise seen or heard if I stayed indoors.  Just like in our daily day-to-day lives living with a chronic illness we endured all different kinds of weather (trials) these past 30 days.  We had to adapt to different circumstances when it rained on our parade - yet we pursued.  You should each be proud of the effort you put into this little venture.  Good job!!   ;D

Just because this little group venture is now completed - feel free to continue this on your own.  I'd love to hear your stories.

I'm going to end this post with some words from a book, Real Life - Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life by Dr. Phil McGraw.  "Although a health crisis can rock you to the core of your being, it's not the end, and you need to get a grip on how you perceive, talk about, and act on the situation so you don't run the risk of contributing to the problem instead of the solution."

"Managing this challenging day of your life isn't something you should try to do on your own, and I'm betting you need the support of others to get you through and win this health battle.  The key is to assemble a winning team, and that means making sure all the players are supportive, positive, and helpful.  You need people you can trust and people who can energize and inspire you because there is strength and power in support."

Thank you all for your support through this 30 day venture.  Job well done!!   ;D   ;D

Hugs,
Bucky  ;D

P.S.  Thank you for all your kind comments these past 30 days - I had fun "hosting" this little venture.  Just wondering - how many had perfect attendance participating in these 30 days?
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on November 19, 2009, 12:55:06 PM
Bucky

I have enjoyed my 10 minutes each day, but I have especially enjoyed your daily diaries, and would love for you to carry them on. It's wonderful to get some insight into life 3000 miles away, but from someone who understands the trials and tribulations of all her Sjoggie family, however far away they are. Thank you so much for that.

Your thought for today has touched a nerve - in a good way. Last night I had to see my bowel speciliast again. The last procedure I had didn't do what it was meant to, which was disappointing, but I knew it might not work. However, I was unprepared for the news last night that it looks like I'm heading for more surgery in the spring. It seems the rectal prolapse I had in May is holding, but I have developed another internal one, higher up the bowel.  It will need fixing abdominally with mesh and having some tissue (can't remember what) pinned to my pelvis. Anyway, I can't consider any surgery, physically or mentally, just now, so we have agreed to wait for my next appointment in 4 months, before making a decision. Always, bearing in mind of course, that if the situation worsens, I will contact him.

So, I will take the advice about the 'health crisis' and thank Dr Phil McGraw for his words of wisdom, and our dear Bucky for sharing them.

Hugs
Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: fatburningmachine on November 19, 2009, 12:59:37 PM
Chica a laca!! We did it. Thanks for hosting.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on November 19, 2009, 02:00:49 PM
I have enjoyed all the stories, too.  And thank you Bucky for hosting this and for the little phrases at the end of each day - really lovely to read  :D   xx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Nans on November 19, 2009, 02:38:12 PM
Thank you Bucky, my neighbor to the west (formerly my neighbor to the east).  Do you suppose the geese heading north are telling us we are going to have a warm winter?  We can only hope!   :D
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: lynnmarie219 on November 19, 2009, 04:41:35 PM
I have also enjoyed reading these posts....and I especially liked the quotes at the end of each of your posts Ms. Bucky!

Thanks for being such a gracious host!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on November 19, 2009, 08:45:26 PM
Thanks so much - this has been a lot of fun, and nice to hear what other people are doing outside. I'm going to keep going with this on my own.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 20, 2009, 11:32:00 AM
Good afternoon everyone.   ;D  I have been feeling guilty all morning that I haven't been outside for my 10 minutes and then coming inside to post.  I DID go outside this afternoon and took a walk down our long driveway to get the mail and then walked around the yard.  It figures, today is wasn't raining . . . it rained for almost a third of the time during our 30 days!!   ::)  Maybe Linda was right, it will become a habit for us.   :D  Although, when it gets in the single digits during winter . . . I'm not so sure about that!!  LOL

I have one more quote that I had picked out that I didn't have time to post, so I will do it now.  "When talking to your doctor, don't let him or her interrupt or end the session early.  It's your body and your money.  Stay until all your questions are answered to your satisfaction."   H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I quoted from H. Jackson Brown, Jr. on many occasions during our 30 days.  He has a wonderful book called Life's Little Instruction Book.  This is a book of advice that he jotted down for his son, Adam, who was heading off to college.  I quoted from Volume II - as H. Jackson had more advice to give his son after his first book.   ;D   My copy of his book has all these yellow tabs sticking out everywhere highlighting the ones I really liked. 

Have a good weekend.   ;D

Bucky

Kathyx - I'm sorry the doctor didn't have good news for you at your appointment yesterday.  :(   I will keep you in my thoughts and send you good vibes that time will be on your side and you can wait to deal with this until your next appointment in four months.  Sending you a hug. 



Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on November 20, 2009, 01:57:14 PM
Thanks Bucky.

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 21, 2009, 12:19:33 PM
 ;D  ;D  Do you hear what I hear??  ;D   ;D  Woohoo . . . they are in our field harvesting the corn today!!  Yippee!!  Later we'll go out and walk the field and gather ears of corn the combine missed and save them for the deer this winter.  :D

A beautiful, sunny day here in Illinois!!   8)

Enjoy your weekend.

Bucky

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: jaygee on November 21, 2009, 12:58:47 PM
They harvest the crops next door to us at the end of August, is it still dry and warm where you are, Bucky?.  The field was then ploughed (it's around 65 acres), and now all the green shoots are coming through - the dogs love to whizz around in there, and it's far away from the roads so a good safe place to run  ;D

All we have is rain and cold now  ::)   

Hey, I'm missing your little daily "words of wisdom"  !!   xx

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 21, 2009, 04:04:59 PM
Jaygee - this year the harvesting of crops is way behind schedule as we've had so much rain this year.  Today the temperature was in the 50's.  Not sure what the "normal" temperatures are suppose to be this time of year.   There are still many, many acres and fields of corn still standing that need to be harvested.  This weekend with the sunshine will be very busy for the farmers.

Since I still have all my books here by the computer that I used for my quotes of the day, here's one for you.  "It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves."      Katherine Mansfield

Enjoy your weekend.

Bucky   ;D

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: RobinBat on November 21, 2009, 07:54:40 PM
That is a wonderful quote...As most days if I don't laugh I'd just sit and cry.....
besides laughing is more fun.....
RobinBat :D
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: lynnmarie219 on November 21, 2009, 08:58:57 PM
That is a wonderful quote...As most days if I don't laugh I'd just sit and cry.....
besides laughing is more fun.....
RobinBat :D

I agree with you 100% RobinBat....always good to be able to laugh!
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 25, 2009, 07:42:46 PM
It's been six days since we ended our group commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.  I must admit - since this 30 day journey ended, I have only been outside daily on a few occasions.   :(  Here in the U.S., tomorrow is our Thanksgiving Day.  I hope at some point in the day that we will all get outside (and away from all the food) to get some fresh air and possibly a walk in.  I know being outside DID make me feel better during our 30 day commitment.   ;D

Have a great day.

Bucky

"Your body is your vehicle for life.  As long as you are here, live in it.  Love, honor, respect and cherish it, treat it well, and it will serve you in kind."            Suzy Prudden


Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Ohiocat on November 26, 2009, 07:25:42 AM
even though i did not join you ---  is it time for you to look at the leaves you collect the one day?
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on November 26, 2009, 07:53:20 AM
Ohiocat . . . . oh no, not yet.  That will take place some time during the early winter months of 2010 when we are buried up to our eyeballs in snow!!   :o  LOL  Actually, we don't get as much snow here in IL where I'm at as we used to get when I lived in Ohio.  Being in NE Ohio and getting all that lovely lake effect snow, we'd get dumped on!!  (Geauga County).

So, if you gathered some leaves . . . hang on to them . . . it's NOT time to get them out yet.   ;D

Bucky
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on December 08, 2009, 11:52:43 AM
Is anyone still going outside for some fresh air??  I walked down to get the mail today, came inside, put the mail down and then went back outside for a little bit.  I've been couped up in the house and I wanted some fresh air . . cough, cough, cough . . . well, they must have cleaned the barns out down the road . . . nothing like fresh country air!!   :o  Hmmmm, I only saw one bird while outside . . they must be sensing the winter storm that is coming today and have taken shelter.  Another reason I wanted to stay outside for a bit today is I know the landscape will be changing here by tonight.  Right now, there is just a dusting of snow with green grass showing thru . . this time tomorrow, will be another story!!  I'm thankful for the people who work thru the night keeping our roads clear.  My own Dad, at the age of 82, still plows snow all winter. (Personally, I wish he'd fully retire from that - I worry about him out in the harsh winters that living in the Ohio snowbelt brings.)

I realize some of you are sweltering in the heat "across the pond" . . . want some snow??   ;D

Bucky

"I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence; Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by - And that has made all the difference."              Robert Frost
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: harrigan on December 08, 2009, 01:10:26 PM
Bucky, you quoted my favourite lines of poetry, EVER!  Wish I could see your snowscape, all is dark and damp here and I'm stuck in bed with chest infection and antibiotics which are sending dashing for the loo!  XX Ailsa
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on December 08, 2009, 01:53:23 PM
Ailsa

Sorry you're feeling so unwell. Shall I pop over the Pennines with some nice soothing chicken soup?

Hugs
Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Linda196 on December 08, 2009, 03:25:01 PM
Just for Harrigan... this is the back yard I awoke to Sunday morning, having had NO snow at all Saturday when I went to bed.

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t309/smileyface131/GEDC2622.jpg)
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: RobinBat on December 08, 2009, 07:16:24 PM
Your snow scape is very pretty but you may keep it there! I moved south to Florida for a reason, I HATE TO BE COLD!  :)
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: roetta on December 08, 2009, 07:23:02 PM
It poured rain here in San Diego yesterday. A full 24 hours of steady water falling from the sky. It's the closest we get to winter, which is just fine with me. I grew up in the midwest and do sometimes miss the seasons. I'll content myself with your beautiful pictures of snow; it's not as cold!! Hehe
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: harrigan on December 08, 2009, 11:19:17 PM
Kathy = yes please on the chicken soup, I'll expect you about 1pm.  Kettle will be on  ;D

Linda - how beautiful!  Hope it has stayed so pretty and thankyou for sharing your back yard with me  :)
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on December 09, 2009, 01:03:31 PM
Ailsa

Are you feeling any better today?

Kathyx
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: harrigan on December 09, 2009, 11:56:35 PM
Thanks Kathy, yes I am at last!  Slept without coughing fits most of the night and temperature back to normal again so I think I will brave it back to school tomorrow.  Thanks for asking XX Ailsa
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: JannaLee on December 11, 2009, 08:25:37 AM
Linda!
Such a gorgeous photo!

Janna
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on February 18, 2010, 07:24:49 AM
Good morning from Central Illinois.  TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!  Thursday - Feb. 18, 2010

This post is for the 46 members who took part with me in our little 10 minutes / 30 day adventure back in the fall. 

Remember back in the fall when we collected leaves as they had changed colors and released their hold from the branches and fell to the ground?  Well, TODAY is the day to get those leaves out!!!   

I've had my leaves tucked between several pages of a book.  As I open the book and the pages where my leaves have been hibernating for the last three months I can "smell" fall.  I remember this smell as I picked up these leaves off the ground back in November.  I remember walking thru the piles of leaves on the ground that looked like a sea of oranges, yellows, reds and browns.  I love the sound of walking thru leaves.

I also got my camera out this morning and went back to the pictures I took of the trees in October and November - the trees were so pretty in their fall colors.  Such a dramatic difference from the bare branches I see today.  However . . . . before long, they once again will start producing new leaves - new beginnings and the cycle of life starts anew.

As you have read in my daily journal on our 30 day adventure - I like nature - the beauty of it's landscape and the creatures (animals) of this land.  They too - like us humans - have gone through some rough times these last three months.  Due to the extreme weather patterns this winter, some of the trees and bushes have broken limbs and branches, some have even died.  Some, we don't know yet if they will produce new life this coming spring.  Nobody - human mankind or the animals or nature can know 100% what tomorrow will be like.  What storms of life will come our way.  So live today - make the most of what life deals you today.  Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!!  Live life well!!

I can't wait for the warmer weather to come so I can get outside again to take walks, listen to the birds and watch as nature transforms from the dry browns and yellows to fuzzy buds, lush green grass, tiny shoots of plants rising from the ground.  I promise . . . Spring is coming . . . it will be here before we know it.

Hmmm, perhaps we should all scoop up a couple of snowballs and keep them in the freezer to bring out in the heat of the summer to remind us that life goes on.  Yeah, I think we should do that!!   ;D

Have a great day . . . keep the faith . . .  know that no matter how tough today might be in your health issues and this journey called life . . . tomorrow will be a new day.  Take one day at a time.

In 30 days Spring will officially be here!!  Yay!!   ;D

Bucky


"We don't develop courage by being happy every day.  We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity."     Barbara DeAngelis, Ph. D.
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Joy Cox on February 18, 2010, 11:56:49 AM
Hello from the foothills of TN  :)  The birds are not feeding heavily today which leads me to believe the weatherman that  said on noon broadcast we may see SUNSHINE tomorrow and 40 is right. ;D

Walked down to check pussywillow. Buds are beginning to 'swell' which means Spring is, as you say Bucky, probably 30 days away. Even a yellowish cast to forsythia. AND, the daffodils are are about 2 inches high.


BRING ON SPRING, IT WILL BE MOST WELCOMED AND A JOY FOR JOY!!!! ;D


 

Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Chickpea on February 18, 2010, 01:17:38 PM
Hey Bucky

I got my leaf out from between the pages of last year's diary and memories came flooding back, just as you predicted they would.  Today's been grey and rainy here in Brighton, UK but yesterday we had glorious winter sunshine.  Blue sky and sharp winds but the most beautiful light.  We haven't had snow for a week but who knows what tomorrow will bring?!

We moved from our old family home into a flat/apartment last autumn and we overlook a park.  The branches of trees come close to our second floor windows, and squirrels and birds play nearby.  Now I have my powered wheelchair I'm planning some solo trundles in the park, and down to the seafront only 5 minutes away. 

Looking forward to hearing everyone's spring stories.

Love to all - Chickpea
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: genko_b on February 18, 2010, 04:30:08 PM
Here's what's going on in our corner of the country:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/genko_b/

I've been out in the garden every day for a couple of weeks now, clearing out last year's brush so the new plants can get through. We are a good 2 - 3 weeks ahead of usual here because of the warm weather, which is playing havoc with the Olympic games. I have my pea seeds ready to plant, along with some lettuces. On Monday I went for our weekly walk with my daughter and sister, and we ate our lunch outside in the sun!

It does make it easier to commit to the time outside.

Genko
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Bucky on February 18, 2010, 06:32:00 PM
Genko - as usual, your pictures of your gardens are beautiful.  None of our spring flowers will be up for a couple of months yet. 

Thanks for sharing your photos.

Happy gardening this year.   ;D

Bucky
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: RobinBat on February 19, 2010, 02:33:34 PM
Genko,
Beautiful gardens, where do you live? I am in FL and we don't have too much flowering yet...Thank you for sharing... :)
Robin
Title: Re: 10 minutes / 30 day commitment, who will join me?
Post by: Katybarstool on February 21, 2010, 01:33:18 PM
Hi Mrs Bucky

Thank you for bringing this topic up again. We have just arrived home from hubbies 60 birthday cruise and now I need to get into shape for my bowel surgery in about a month's time. I'm hoping to start walking a little in my lunch time, so long as the new fall of snow doesn't make it too difficult.

Genko - thank you so much for shaing you beautiful pictures. You certainly hae a gift for the gardening and photography. It's been too cold here for any bulbs to sprout yet, but my geraniums in my conservatory are coming on well. It's odd, but they are the only plants I have ever had luck with.

Kathyx