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Title: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 03, 2010, 01:41:31 PM
Hi everyone  ;D

I have been asked to have another 10 Minute /30 Day Commitment adventure like we did in October of 2009.  Last year we had almost 50 members participating in our daily commitment to get outside and get some fresh air.  To get up off the couch, turn off the tv, back away from the computer, phones, etc.   

If you aren't familiar with this adventure, go to the Search box in the top left of this page, put in:  10 Minutes/30 Day Commitment, who will join me?    This will take you to the previous thread about our 30 day commitment.   :D

This can be a fun time.   You only need to spend 10 minutes outside each day.  Even if it's raining (which it did quite a bit last year).  You don't have to be outside during daylight hours . . . if you want your 10 minutes in the evening when it's dark, do it!   :D

I am "hosting" this thread - which means I will post daily, but it is not JUST my thread.  Group participation!!   ;D  It was fun to read everyone's posts last year.  We are a global membership - we can learn a little bit about each other whether we live 10 miles from each other or 3,000 miles apart across the pond.   ;D  The group participation on this board is what unifies us in our Sjogren's journey - no one has to travel this road alone - we're all here to offer support and encouragement.

Ok, this new venture begins this WEDNESDAY - MAY 5, 2010.

How many are going to join me this time?? 

Bucky  ;D
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: jaygee on May 03, 2010, 01:52:18 PM
Me!  ;D
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Navigator on May 03, 2010, 02:04:53 PM
I'm in.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 03, 2010, 03:26:29 PM
It will be a joy to travel with you folks!!!  8)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: evamarie on May 03, 2010, 03:51:11 PM
I'm in
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Post by: shevonne on May 03, 2010, 05:12:18 PM
Sounds good to me!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Carolina on May 03, 2010, 05:13:00 PM
I'm on board!

Carolina
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: YYC_ Mommy on May 03, 2010, 05:55:22 PM
I would LOVE to join in this adventure. I am looking forward to this!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Butterfly on May 03, 2010, 06:23:17 PM
Count me in.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: mac on May 03, 2010, 07:25:14 PM
See ya on Cinco de Mayo!
Gammie
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Harmony on May 03, 2010, 08:10:59 PM
I'm in for going out!

Harmony
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: eyeamdry on May 03, 2010, 09:57:38 PM
Count me in.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: TerriF on May 04, 2010, 09:34:06 AM
I'm in  ;D
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: roetta on May 04, 2010, 09:38:06 AM
I'm in!  ;D
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Suzy on May 04, 2010, 12:17:53 PM
I'll do it! My kids will appreciate it :)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 04, 2010, 01:41:59 PM
Mrs Bucky - THANK YOU!!!

I'm in  :)

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: ruby52 on May 04, 2010, 01:48:13 PM
I enjoyed reading about everyone last time and liked the fresh air so I'm in again.
                                                 Ruby
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: syng4hym on May 04, 2010, 01:48:32 PM
I'm in.  It would do me good to get out in the fresh air 10 minutes a day.  
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Simon on May 04, 2010, 02:15:46 PM
i will join also, I always am outside, 4 horses chickens 2 cats 1 dog and 10 acres, that my therapy, they need me and I need them to keep me sane (at least somewhat). I grow my vegetables and ride my horses even if it kills me trying , sometimes I think I am in denial of how bad I feel some days, but I wont let it stop me as long as I can I will keep moving! I pray that the good Lord lets me. Blessings to everyone.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Nans on May 04, 2010, 02:24:31 PM
Me too!  We still have the livestock and the garden needs to be planted and tended to so 10 minutes will be a piece of cake!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: jessica1104 on May 04, 2010, 07:21:26 PM
Sounds good, often I keep in but this will motivate me to get out
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 04, 2010, 08:40:15 PM
I'm there Bucky. In fact, you may need to start another thread to get me inside from time to time, now that the garden is in high season.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Epson on May 04, 2010, 09:01:47 PM
Now that I found a heart medication that slows my heart down I have been walking from 3 to 8 miles a day.  Some days it's a slow walk because of chest pains, foot pain, knee, well you guys know what I mean.  I usually break the walking up in two sessions and never walk when the sun is a it's peak.

Nothing beats a walk late at night or very early morning, the stars are so bright and all you hear is owls, frogs and kildeer.  I only wish that my joints weren't so tender, but if I stop moving the rust will set in, so all we can do is push ourself.

I found some shoes that help relive some of the stress on my feet and ankles and give them a good soak every night.  If I didn't have a dog I don't think I would be as motovated, but seeing the joy in her eyes every time I grab the leash is most motivating.
She even knows when I'm having a bad day and slows down to my pace, maybe she can hear my heart or creaky bones.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: proudmom on May 04, 2010, 09:09:22 PM
I am in. It will make my kids and my dogs happy.  :)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Shashi11962 on May 04, 2010, 11:04:37 PM
Count me in too!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: BonusMom on May 05, 2010, 01:50:30 AM
I'm all in!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: navydad on May 05, 2010, 06:12:52 AM
I been out chasing turkeys the past few days,,, so I;m getting a bit more then the 10 minutes, but I;m paying for it,, dragging a camo coat full of calls, shells,, candy water,, and coming home exhausted and out of my mind with confusion
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 05, 2010, 06:23:09 AM
Day 1

Happy Wednesday to you all.     Today starts Day 1 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.  We have 27 members who are joining us on our little 30 day adventure.  To those of you who are new to this journey and those who are returning from our fall journey . . . welcome, welcome, welcome.   ;D

Each day I will post after my 10 minutes outside.  I will also include a closing thought taken from books, magazines, etc. that I have come across.

I hope you enjoy your 10 minutes outside each day - there is a lot happening outside your front door in the great outdoors.  For those of you wondering, yes, being outside for daily chores counts as time outside.      

I'm taking some thoughts from Day 1 that I posted back in October 2009 - they still apply today.  "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.  

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 through 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."

Today as I spent my time outside I was listening to all the different birds chirping, squawking (crows), geese honking.  The other day my son was commenting on the time he was up really early in the morning sitting in his hunting blind.  He said when he sat there in darkness, all was quiet.  As the sun started to rise, all of nature was waking up too.  He could hear all the birds - much like I heard them this morning - squirrels jumping in the trees, a rabbit hopping in the distance.  I like to watch the sunrise as it peeks through the horizon and trees - my son does too.   ;D

I hope you find your 10 minutes outside to be a refreshing time for YOU.  Like my quote below, we need to put ourselves as a priority.  I know for myself, I tend to take care of everyone else's needs before my own.  When in reality, we should move ourselves to the top of the list, to refresh our batteries - so to speak, so we'll be able to help everyone else.  It makes sense.   ;D

Have a great day . . . . I'll see you tomorrow.   :D

Bucky

"Before I can take good care of anything or anyone, I must first take good care of my self."          Spencer Johnson, M.D.



Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Linda196 on May 05, 2010, 08:23:48 AM
Thanks, Bucky, that quote really got to me, and I started my 30 days by weeding part of my perennial bed!
I wasn't sure I'd be able to join you all this time around...this is prime blackfly season here, and that usually means hiding in the house for me, or doping out on antihistamines and suffering the additional dryness. The first thing I did today when I went out was to install the bug zapper, and since it's hot enough here today to keep the bugs lazy, I was safe!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: ruby52 on May 05, 2010, 10:09:32 AM
I started out my Commitment day with using the rake to scratch up the soil to plant grass seed in the patchy yard but it took two attempts before I gave up discouraged.After reading through here I realize the point isn't what work I can't get done but that I take the time to enjoy the nature around me.Thanks for reminding me of what's really important.I'm going to go back and start over by soaking in the healing breeze.
                                                            Ruby
                                                               
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: navydad on May 05, 2010, 10:47:37 AM
I am out now on the laptop, I was able to get to the Dollar store to pick up some stuff that my sister will need to watch thehouse and dog while my wife and I are at Mayo next week,, I am going off topic,, but I wouldl ike to ask for all your prayers that a answer can be found and this long long journey wont be in vain,, My wife and I have never been ona journey like this, it was alwyas me driving,, but she wil have to drive,, and its quite a distance,, almost 900 miles each way,,plane tickets were just to expensive,
  I pray the horrible neuroathy will stay atleast incheck while we make this trip,, I truthfully feel sohopeless,, hopeless that the damage is beyond any kind of repair, and that my life will consist of progressing to a point I dont want to think about,, I pray they find the answer to my stomach problems,,that they can offer me some kind of help,, thsaks all my friends,, and I will still get out 10 minutes a day,, I usually do,, I cant sit still for long,, sitting remindsme of the pain that comes wheni try to relax
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: mac on May 05, 2010, 11:46:02 AM
Oh, thanks so much Bucky!  I began thinking I would so some work on curtains today but put on the shades and went outside after reading your inspiration.  Worked a little in the perennial garden pulling some volunteers and planted some beets in the deck planters.  Just enjoyed being outside, listening to the birds.  I love it so much and have missed it with the eyes hurting so badly.  The drops are helping and I feel almost human again as I can actually 'see' things when I look at them.
My hubby and i usually get out for a half to hour walk for the paper and mail each day but I decided this '10 mins' will have to be special Sjoggie time that I devote to thinking about all those who are sharing in this journey.
Navydad, was thinking of you on the paper walk cause we saw no wildlife.  When you were out for turkey did you see any deer?  Your area is a little warmer than ours and I would expect maybe they have started dropping their fawns there.  See any?  And not fret!  You and your wife will be in our prayers as you travel across the states.   My husband rides shotgun usually (unless we are towing the boat)  so it will be a good experience for her.  Be safe.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: meow on May 05, 2010, 01:06:20 PM
I'm in for the 10/30 for sure.
Navydad, are you the father of a sailor, or a former sailor who's a dad? I was a Navy Mom for 4 years.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: YYC_ Mommy on May 05, 2010, 01:34:32 PM
Thanks for this challenge! Today I reflected during my 10 minutes outside about how far I have come. Both what I have lost and what I have gained. The person that I am becoming is not so bad! I think that I am stronger than I gave myself credit for. I have gained this wonderful place and all of you!

I also reflected on the beauty of the world, the small wonderment in my children's faces when they look around at the world around them. I know what is most important to me and thank you for giving me the chance today to remember it all.

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 05, 2010, 04:58:33 PM
It has been a bit cold and rainy the last few days, but I was outside cutting flowers in my garden to arrange in the house. I tour the garden every day rain or shine just to keep on top of what is going on. My sister was a professional gardener and she always says the best fertilizer is the gardener's breath.

Right now there are so many birds in our yard, and several pairs nesting in the various trees on our property. It is quite a chorus when we go outside.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 05, 2010, 06:36:24 PM
Spent some time potting up some of the 'volunteers' that I plan to use in my little Garden of Joy this growing season. The mockingbird sat atop the weathervane and sang to me to whole time! Bet his song of many tunes was really meant for the lady in his life nesting in the nearby Mahonia shrub! ;)

Thanks Bucky, you are a sweetheart!  :-*
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: mink on May 05, 2010, 07:20:52 PM
Navydad, best of luck to you and may you and your wife have a safe trip. We all feel hopeless at one point or another,just know that you are not alone.


And i'm definetly in for 10 min -30 days! ;D
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: binx on May 05, 2010, 08:39:18 PM
i am committed.

i spent some time in our garden today with my little one.  i was knitting while she rode her bike around in circles, watered the plants and played in her sandbox.  it was a beautiful day--not a cloud in the sky and a nice breeze made my low-pitched wind chimes "bing" and "bong" which was incredibly soothing.

thank you for the incentive to break my cycle of sofa-surfing or laying in bed most days.
binx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 06, 2010, 06:07:42 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.

If you are just now reading this post - it's not too late to join.  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.  To date, we have 31 members participating.   ;D

This morning is a little cool outside (48 degrees) - under a light blue, cloudless sky I took my usual stroll to walk with my son to the end of our driveway (we have a l-o-n-g driveway) to wait for the school bus.  Now granted, our son is 14 and doesn't need to be walked to catch the bus.  However . . . he is our only child.  We've had some great conversations over the years while we've been waiting for the bus.  As long as he will allow me to savor the time I have with him, I'm walking with him to the bus!!   ;D

After the bus left, I walked around the yard.  Right now the black walnut trees are a blaze with clusters of fragrant white flowers.  The smell reminds me of orange blossoms.  If I stay outside too long smelling them, it will give me a headache - so I take small doses of them and I'm fine.  I was also watching this worm crawling along the driveway.  How thankful I am that I don't have to crawl everywhere I want to go.

This morning all the different variety of birds where all singing their individual songs.  They sound so happy.   Maybe we could learn from the birds . . . start out our day singing . . . might make the journey a little happier.   ;D

Enjoy this brand new day.   Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday . . . . . enjoy today!   ;D

Bucky

"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."           Joseph Addison
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: bloodless on May 06, 2010, 06:29:28 AM
I got caught by my kids weedwacking and got in trouble. It's hard to take adult children seriously when they fuss at you. It mostly makes me laugh. The yard looks good though. It felt great to have accomplished something! It was the first day in weeks I was able to walk well enough to attempt it. Here's to getting something constructive done! Cheers!

I'm gonna try to make it the 30 days. I forgot how much I love the sound and feel of the wind.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Linda196 on May 06, 2010, 07:10:38 AM
My 10 minutes this morning was a quiet sit on the deck, since my efforts yesterday led to some pretty uncomfortable legs and hips this morning. Oh well, it was worth it!

I did get some exercise though...it was cooler here too, and the blackflies recovered their energies so I was kept busy swatting!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Scottietottie on May 06, 2010, 09:28:44 AM
I haven't been out yet but in the not too distant future I'll be walking to the polling station and back as it's election day in the UK. That will be my outdoor time today.

Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: roetta on May 06, 2010, 09:57:46 AM
Yesterday for day 1 my husband and I went to the nursery and bought plants for the planter he just built me in the front yard. (We've been working on our front yard for about a year and a half now. lol)

It's a beautiful planter made out of rocks that he dug up out of the yard. He built a much bigger one in the backyard as well.

I was having a bad day - been working more than usual and it's definitely starting to catch up with me - but being outside and getting some new flowers for the front yard really lifted my spirits.

Thanks for doing this, Bucky!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: TerriF on May 06, 2010, 11:07:02 AM
For day 1 I spent time walking around the garden and on the swing with my daughter, we spent the time talking and laughing, it was beautiful.

For today, I am just now heading out, have to mow so will be for awhile but I really need the fresh air.

Have a good day everyone!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: navydad on May 06, 2010, 12:18:25 PM
I'm in for the 10/30 for sure.
Navydad, are you the father of a sailor, or a former sailor who's a dad? I was a Navy Mom for 4 years.
Well its complicated,,or maybe not,, My son was in the navy for 6 years,, he was a reactor operator on board a Nuclear Fast attack Submarine,, USS CHICAGO 721

My dad was in the navy in WW11,,, and had the dubious distinction of being on the only ship that was blown out of the water by a German radio guided bomb,,
 As for me,, I had signed up for hte Navy,, took my physical and everything,, then the Vietnam was kinda called off when they stopped the draft,, so I decided not to go,, and made teh foolish mistake of working for a contractor for the princly sum of 2 dollars a hour

I have tried to tak my 23 year old into going in the navy,, hehas a college degree and could go in as a officier,, they dont make bad money,, my son was getting 1000 a month for h9ousing in Hawaii,, him and three other guys got a house,, each kicked in 250,, (rent  was 1000) a month,, and they all pocketed 750 each,, well anyway to answer your question,, I was a navy dad,, hes out now,, been out a few years, but the experience was definately something he can look back at with fond memories,, he still sees some of his buddies from teh sub,, and a few he met on carriers that he went to nuke school with,, they have a annual golf outing called the Nuke Open,, every year a different place,, last year Phoenix,, this year Orlando,, and they all go on a cruis once a year with there wives and girlfriends,, no mine isnt married,, and I dont expect him to ever do it,, he loves money to much,,
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Cricket on May 06, 2010, 12:44:08 PM
I'm in!!  Only a few days late.

Cricket
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: meow on May 06, 2010, 12:59:44 PM
I'm an Armed Forces mutt, I guess. My dad was a USAF pilot in Korea, my stepdad was in the Navy in ww2, my husband was in the Coast Guard in the 7os during Vietnam, my BIL and oldest son both were Navy, my nephew is USAF, an anesthesiologist in Afghanistan.

My oldest was the fist in our city to pass the BUDS in 10 years. The recruiter called us to tell us before my son even got the news. He was in week 6 of SEAL training, past heck Week, and ruptured his eardrum in a dive. They motioned him to the surface and sent him to the infirmary. He asked why, and they had to show him the blood coming out of his ear. He never felt it, it was such a small rupture. They told him he was out, so sorry. He was really pi**ed, and wanted to know why they don't test you for that before you even GO.  The recruiter called us to tell us that, too. Everything went downhill after that. He couldn't get into air traffic control school until the next class formed, so he was deployed on the Sacramento, an AOE1 and went to Japan to replace the Kitty Hawk. By the time they came back from being fwd  deployed, he was told his upper register hearing was shot, and he didn't qualify for ATC school anymore. So he spent the rest of his time as a replenishing specialist,  swinging supplies onto other ships in heavy seas. The whole thing was a disappointment to him in the end--although he did qualify Expert on every weapon the Navy has!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 06, 2010, 01:13:52 PM
Hi Bucky and all my fellow Sjoggies

I'm inspired by your 10 minute adventures. Nature is beautiful, and it's great to hear the stories of nature from so many different places.

I did do a 10 minute walk in my lunchtime on day one. The spring flowers are still in their tubs in ths neck of the world, and I was delighted to see all the different varieties in the estate near work. Unfortunately, I think I've gone back to work too soon following the surgery, and am now in one of those 'too tired to drag your feet' phases , so I might just have to sit outside for 10 minutes over the next few days.

However, your inspirational descriptions about different birds have prompted me to find a bird book, so that I can see what types there are around here. I'm such an ignoramus here birds are concerned!

Anyway, Mrs Bucky, I am truly thankful that you have set us this challenge.

Kathyx   
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: jaygee on May 06, 2010, 01:19:28 PM
I have to be outside, to walk my dogs or see to the horses.  But I do it with a different mindset, thanks to Miss Bucky  ;D

The swallows are nesting in the haybarn again, and they are using the hair from my horses, that they are shedding as spring arrives (late) here.  They seem to prefer brown fur to grey fur  ;D   Maybe Lincoln's fur is softer?

I walked the dogs a longer way yesterday, through the woods near our home.  Chloe ran so much!!!!   It is a delight to see all 3 dogs having so much fun, chasing and playing.   

I am absolutely shattered as my work is way too busy at the moment.  But spring is on it's way, the days are longer and I am going on holiday at the end of May, so I have a nice rest to look forward to  ;D    xx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Pegasus47 on May 06, 2010, 01:31:42 PM
Hi Bucky :
  I am so glad you are doing this.  Exercise and fresh air is so important for the mind and body.  There is no substitute. 

I get out enough to keep my sanity and body moving everyday.  Without it, I don't sleep well, all the clinical symptoms gets worse.

So a big thank you!

Pegasus
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: mac on May 06, 2010, 05:01:41 PM
Had to spend my 10 minutes tonight in the garden, trying to clean up from the winter.  Would have gotten out for longer but we had to unexpectedly go into town today.  Seems just before we got home this Spring a local Grouse decided to fly thru our dining window so today the replacement sash came in and we had to pick it up and install it so took up most of the day.  It is so nice now to be able to sit at the table and see the garden, and hubby can see the bird feeder from his spot which he has sorely missed in the mornings!   :)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 06, 2010, 05:39:43 PM
This was a beautiful day to be outside here. I got a lot of walking in, but may regret it tomorrow.

Good luck on learning the birds, Kathyx. It's a struggle for me, beyond the most common ones. But I do love hearing them and watching them come and go. If you sit still long enough, you can really appreciate that they have whole lives of their own, and see the world in their own way. (This is mostly while I'm weeding.)

Genko

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Cricket on May 06, 2010, 05:48:23 PM
Well for my 10 minutes outside I sat and also watched the birds and squirrels.  I also watched the helicopter seeds falling from the maple tree, it is amazing how nature made them fall and land in the grass with the seed down so they can grow.  Also watched my granddaughter making BIG bubbles, she calls the big ones jello bubbles.  Well I wonder what I will learn tomorrow.

Cricket
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 06, 2010, 06:27:50 PM
Went to a school retirees luncheon today and walked around and looked at the restaurants landscaping while waiting on the others to come. It was high of 83 here in ETN today.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: lori on May 07, 2010, 05:25:39 AM
Im in- I love to be outside.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 07, 2010, 05:59:09 AM
Day 3

Happy Friday everyone.   ;D  Today is Day 3 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date, we have 36 members who are participating in our little adventure.   :D

This morning is a wet one here in Central IL.  Guess we can't have sunshine ALL the time.   ;)  The weeds in my flower beds are growing just fine without all the water, but, I guess the flowers could use a drink.  Hopefully, this rain isn't going to hang around all day.

I spent my time on the porch this morning.  There isn't a whole lot going on outside today besides the rain.  I could hear some turkey gobbling on the far side of our property.  If you have ever watched wild turkey - they are so funny.  Especially, when the Tom turkey is strutting his stuff . . . his belly all puffed out, feathers fanned out and his turning and turning to try and catch the ladies eye.  LOL

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. 

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

Bucky

"Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy."                         Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: harlin on May 07, 2010, 09:00:48 AM
Bucky
Can I still get in?

I have been enjoying the sunshine every day. Planting flowers and getting the yard ready for the summer. I am usually out about 6 hours a day.

I love the sunshine, it makes my soul alive with everything growing and green. It makes me happy to have all the flowers blooming. I love the birds singing and the butterflys flying so free.

I watch my granddaughters 2 days a week and we spend all day outside having adventures in the yard. We have had backyard bug hunts and walking in the forest. We have even went hunting for dinasaurs. What joy and fun.

Love to all harlin
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: roetta on May 07, 2010, 10:01:46 AM
I spent yesterday outside watching my husband plant in the new planter box. Was too tired from working extra this week to be of any help, but we still enjoyed the time together outside. (I'm sure I enjoyed it more than he did, since he was working.)  ;)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 07, 2010, 01:02:59 PM
Hi everybody

I'm loving reading all your posts. Wild turkeys, Bucky - they sound interesting.

Managed my 10 minutes today. Used it to walk to the fish and chip shop at lunch time and had some lovely chips. My friend and I decided that. as we ate them as we walked, they were neutral calories. Does that sound fair?

Happy Friday.

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: jaygee on May 07, 2010, 01:36:45 PM
Neutral chips!  Liking that idea, Kathy  ;D

I haven't been out today.  I worked so many hours this week  ::)  My company is going through a very busy time - will need to sleep a lot this weekend  :'(
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Scottietottie on May 07, 2010, 05:34:57 PM
OOoops! Bad srtart. I wasn't out today after all. Can I count being out nearly all day Monday and walking 4 miles??

Take care - sCottie  :)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 07, 2010, 07:16:48 PM
Scottie, What a feat to have accomplised! Count my vote as YES!!!

Spent the day inside watching hubby mow the hay in the big meadow over from our home. Admired at a distance the little waterfalls I made a few years back in the creek. The wildlife seemed quiet... not sure whether it was tractor noise or possibly wildlife has a tendency to also 'head for the shade' here on very hot days.

Did drive down at dusk to smell the freshly mowed hay; just could not let that pleasure slip by me. The trip across the footbridge allowed me the joy of hearing the water cascading over my little water falls!

Bucky, many thanks for 'heading up' this thread.   :-*   Joy
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Linda196 on May 07, 2010, 07:44:56 PM
I spent the day in the city today, so my 10 minutes (or a bit more) was a walk on a paved sidewalk with traffic at my side...quite unusual for me, being a country girl, but enjoyable as a bit of variety.
Beautiful sunny day, warm where there was no breeze, but the winds blowing in off the Bay of Fundy were downright chilly! Walking in a bustling city, with a view of crashing waves and distant shores, is really an experience!

Scottie...if I had managed a 4 mile walk, I'd consider my whole month's commitment accomplished!  :D
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 07, 2010, 07:59:25 PM
Yes, Kathyx, they are neutral calories if eaten while walking. Also, did you know that if you eat a broken cookie it's OK because all of the calories have leaked out. Likewise, if you eat something on your birthday it doesn't count. I know a lot of good rules for eating.

Today I spent the morning out in the garden planting beets and chard seeds, and also some more columbine and a few cerinthe. It was a beautiful day to be outside here, warm (but not too warm) and sunny, with a nice breeze.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 08, 2010, 08:18:28 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 37 members who are participating in our little adventure.  Harlin, of course you can join in - we'd love to have you along.  Anyone else just now reading these posts is welcome to join too.  I've set my goal for 50 members to have joined us by the time our 30 days is over.  I know, some times 30 days sounds like a long time, however . . . it will go by in a flash!

Saturday is the only day I can sleep in, so this morning, I did!!   ;D  Ahhhhh, felt good!  For my 10 minutes today, I bundled up and went outside and walked around the property.  Today here in Illinois, it is windy, windy, windy and only 44 degrees out right now!!   :o  I had to wear my winter coat, gloves, and ear muffs.  A couple of times I thought the wind was going to knock me over!!   :o  I could hear the trees creaking as they were being whipped back and forth.  Yep, my bones sometimes sound like that too with their creaking.   ;)

I walked to this one spot in the yard that I've seen a rabbit in before - but, no rabbit today.  I don't even recall seeing any birds today.  I could hear one or two in the woods, but no chorus of birds this morning like I've heard the last few days. 

I hope everyone has a great Saturday.  I'm only doing laundry and dishes today and I'm calling it good.   ;D

Bucky

"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses."                Ziggy
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: TerriF on May 08, 2010, 08:27:54 AM
Good morning and Happy Saturday to you too Bucky and to all. Wow, it is really cold where your at right now, I have the opposite end of the spectrum here in Northern Cali, it's probably going to be about 80 degrees again today and the birds wake us up chirping at the feeders around 5:30 am so I've been up for awhile but haven't stepped out yet. I will be going to the doc's in a few to get my shot for my alopecia but will spend the afternoon out and about shopping with the family after that, does shopping count? lol  I will end up in the garden at some point today if shopping doesn't count  ;D

Have a great day all!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Scottietottie on May 08, 2010, 12:21:06 PM
Hi  :)

I go singing every Saturday. Usually I get a lift but today I had to take the car. I parked right at the far end of the car park so it took me about 5 minutes to walk to the building and five minutes to walk back after a good sing! That, however, was it for the day. There's a bitter wind blowing here!

Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 08, 2010, 12:32:02 PM
Hi everyone

It's been very cold and windy here in West Yorkshire today. My 10 minutes outside have been walking from the car to the hairdressers, and walking to and fro in the garden, hanging washing out. I'm wrecked now!

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Linda196 on May 08, 2010, 04:18:13 PM
We've had a dreary, chilly, threatening to rain type day, but I was able to enjoy my tea on the deck, and stroll through the yard a bit, checking on the flower beds and even pulled a few little "interlopers". The neighbours are preparing to replace their roof after the skies clear, and they were piling firewood, too, so I had something to watch while I relaxed.

Work does fascinate me, I really can sit and watch it for hours!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 08, 2010, 07:13:26 PM
Goodness, goodness, where has this day gone?  Today was a 'hurry up' day on the farm.

What is a 'hurry up' day a farm? It is a day when a farmer has a big meadow of hay that is ready to rake just after all the morning dew has dried off and you go like 'mad' to rake and baler tractor makes it into big rolls and another tractor person hauls it and places it in hay barns before evening dew begins to fall.

My beloved three cats and I watched from a distance for quite some time! That's were the day went for me, sitting in the shade of the ole' maple tree. :)

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 08, 2010, 08:42:03 PM
Today was another beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest, sunny, warm and dry, light breeze. I spent most of the day outside in the garden or on the deck. My husband mucked out the pond/waterfall, washed and replaced the stones, and refilled it with water for the season, and I set up the smaller water feature in our shade garden - a big blue ceramic basin with a bamboo drip. If I can still move tomorrow I'll wash off the lawn chairs and continue weeding.

We ate dinner on the deck, and could hear all our neighbors on their decks as well. It reminded me of being in Kyoto Japan years ago, eating on the verandah of one restaurant or another lining the banks of the Kamo River, and hearing people on the other verandahs talking softly. As the sun went down the fireflies came out, paper lanterns were lit, and it felt so festive. Nothing like eating outside on a warm evening.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 09, 2010, 07:19:35 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 busy here getting ready for church, but I did make it outside for my 10 minutes.    The sun is shining brightly, the birds are all sweetly singing, woody woodpecker is drilling in a tree, the deer are grazing in the field, the squirrels are running around in the trees.  Ahhhhh . . . . what a good morning!   ;D   Another bright spot to my morning . . . my husband told me as I was walking out the door for my 10 minutes . . . "honey, today's Mother's Day - I'm going to go to church with you and Michael".  Woohoo!!  He hasn't gone in a very long time and this makes me very happy.  ;D   ;D

May today be a wonderful day for you . . . get outside, enjoy nature.

Happy Mother's Day to all our Mothers, Grandmothers, and Great Grandmothers.   ;D

Bucky

"Many of us have seen little children take their first step in their quest to walk.  We watch them wobble and fall so many times, yet, they are not discouraged from trying again.  In the end, they master the art of walking.  You might fall many times in accomplishing your dreams, but don't give up or give in.  I see success in the air!"        Andrew Effiong
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: jstroble on May 09, 2010, 08:03:41 AM
I'm late but I'm in if it's not too late.  Can I double the time to make up for the lost days?   

Joyce
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 09, 2010, 08:05:25 AM
Bucky

Your thought for today is so powerful. I'm going to steal it and paste it whe I can see it every day. It might just give me the inspiration I need!

Today, as the family had a lie in, I took myself outside, and weeded the border for ten minutes. Wht a difference ten minutes can make. There's a lot more to do, but I'm really pleased I made a start.

Kathyx  
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Butterfly on May 09, 2010, 12:37:30 PM
Hello everyone! Well, I'm getting a late start posting my outings in our "10 minute" adventure. Darn that brain fog!!! I have been outside everyday last week watering my plants in the back and front yards. Actually it's been more like 30 minutes by the time I'm finished. I really have enjoyed being outside. I love the spring time! Everythings turning green. The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. And it's finally warm enough to be outside for a while. We have a family of doves nesting in a bush in the backyard. It's fun to just watch them tend to their brood. It's been in the upper 70's to low 80's everyday here except for today (Sunday). We had a cold front roll thru last night. It's a lazy hazy day today. The temperature is in the mid 60s and feels like it could rain at any moment (great sleeping weather). Yesterday my mother and I went to our local mall for some shoe shopping therapy. I bet we tried on 75 pairs to sandals together (poor sales person). We had a blast!! We both found a pair that we were pleased with. I took her to lunch afterwards for an early mother's day outing. It was great to get out and enjoy some good conversation with my mom. It was nice to be able to forget about this disease raging thru my body even if it was for only a little while. That little trip wore me out but it was totally worth it. I spent the remainder of the day resting. Today my husband and kids went to church. I've been so tired lately that getting up early for church hasn't been in the cards for me. It was great to see my church family. After church my family took me out to eat brunch at one of our favorite restaraunts. My mother and stepfather went with us. The food was great and it was nice to be with family on such a special day. I want to wish everyone "Happy Mother's Day"! I hope you are having a great one!!!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Linda196 on May 09, 2010, 05:43:10 PM
I managed 10 minutes today, but not consecutively...cold, rainy, dull day coupled with achy joints and fever...not a good mix! I did walk from the car to several shops, and we always park away from the door to give a chance at a walk.

I'm hoping the weather improves during the coming week; it's National Nurse's Week in Canada, and there are some events I would like to attend, maybe even some outdoor activities!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 09, 2010, 09:57:49 PM
Happy Mother's Day everyone!

My daughter came over to visit today and our son called for a nice long chat. The weather was beautiful again and so we spent the day outside, watching our daughter's corgi run around.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Suzie on May 09, 2010, 10:47:30 PM
I usually get in 10 minutes a day, even though it's just a slow shuffle down the street after my little dog.

Her big, sad, reproachful eyes get me out there daily no matter how awful I feel. I don't delegate it because her joy at being out makes it worth the effort. I love all the dogs in my street. Boundless enthusiasm for life, nutty amounts of energy. If only!

I don't know if I believe in God, but I sure believe in Dog.

Suzie
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 10, 2010, 08:04:07 AM
Day 6

Good morning . . . it's Monday already - the weekend goes by waaaay too fast!!   :D  Today is Day 6 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

To date, we have 39 members who are on this adventure.   ;D

This morning I had an unexpected diversion and had to run some forgotten homework to the school.  While I was in town, I needed to drop off a payment, so I had to wait for the company to open.   So, I waited on the "square" - which has a beautiful stone gazebo, lots and lots of trees, park benches, flowers, etc.  You could tell it was a Monday . . lots of activity.  School buses heading to the different schools to drop off kids, trucks making their morning deliveries, squirrels with their big bushy tails running among the trees, birds hopping around looking for breakfast.  There was one bird that from a distance looked black.  When the sunlight hit him, he was a beautiful iridescent blue - very pretty.

We have 20 mph winds this morning.  One of the trees on the square was raining leaves like it was fall.   :o  I don't know what's up with that!?!  Here in Central Illinois we have four letter weather:  wind, rain, snow, cold and if we're lucky, on occasion, eight word weather - sunshine!   8)  Storms are moving in tonight - so, I'm going to enjoy the sunshine this morning. 

Have a good day . . . it's a brand new one, make the most of it.   ;D

Bucky

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work:  you don't give up."                   Anne Lamott
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Scottietottie on May 10, 2010, 11:44:29 AM
Hi  :)

Outside to local shops to put money in the bank and to buy some coffee cos I'd run out. It may not have been a whole ten minutes - but it can't have been far off.

Scottie  :)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 10, 2010, 01:36:56 PM
Nothing from me today BUT I did survive several meetings at work, including one to discuss my health problems, and I didn't get upset once, so that's a result !

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 10, 2010, 01:39:22 PM
Spent my time on Day 6 looking through a chain-linked fence at golf carts... closed on Mondays.  Not that I can play golf but am looking for a cart to get around to see all the farm animals and all the wildlife critters. 

Neighbors that live on next farm let me use theirs a couple days last week and its wonderful...no noise, it was battery type.   8)

I do NOT intend to let these decrepit knees be the death of me...can get new knees. Though, if the ole' brain will hold out, I am like Bucky, I so love the outdoors... and, continue to seek peace of mined, even if its from a golf cart seat.   ;)

Anyone like to ride with me, it seats two...?    ;D
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: mac on May 10, 2010, 03:43:39 PM
The weekend was difficult to get an 'extra' 10 minutes outside.  Saturday was so blustry and the eyes were acting up so much but think I managed to squeeze in those almost 10.  Yesterday it snowed!  Go figure.  Mother's Day snow!  But I did the paper walk of the lane, then the ironing!
Watched the birds from the dining table as they vied for the suet.  Rose breasted Grosbeeks deciding who was the Alpha, an Indigo Bunting, the Cardinal couple, the Towhees, the BlueJays and doves.  They all had to compete with the chipmunks as they stuffed their cheeks with seeds.

Today spent an extra 10 at the pond feeding the pond turtles.  Counted up to 11 of them today and I know there are more!  Even the Snapper showed up today and had an 'encounter' with a Bass who was guarding her nest.  I wonder what she thought she was able to do to secure the safety of her eggs from a snapping turtle???
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 10, 2010, 07:09:47 PM
Outside this morning early to get the waterfall and water feature going, and saw not one but two male western tanagers come through my yard. Look them up - they are gorgeous birds. It would be great if we get two nesting pairs, but more likely it will be a battle, with one winning and the other looking for a different tree.

It was another nice day, and in addition to making the garden rounds this morning, my sister and I went for our usual Monday lunch walk with my daughter, who lives and works in another part of town.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 11, 2010, 06:27:29 AM
Day 7

Good morning . . . happy Tueeeeeeeeeesday everyone!   ;D  Today is Day 7 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

It's a wet morning here in IL.   ::)  A lot of the midwestern states are being hit with rain, storms, hail and tornadoes.  Please be careful and heed the warnings if you live in these areas.  Mother Nature can pack a mighty punch with her storms.

This morning I stood outside on the back step - was lucky enough to catch a break in between the rain to do this.   :D  Looked up at the sky - whoa, those clouds are moving fast!!  Couldn't watch them - was making me dizzy since they were moving and I wasn't.   :o  (I usually like to look at the clouds . . . and yes, I still find objects or shapes in them like I did as a kid.  Heehee)

I decided to just close my eyes, take some deep breaths of fresh air and listen to the beautiful chorus of birds singing from all sides in my backyard.  Such beautiful music.   ;D  Genko_b - I looked up the male Western Tanagers - he is a very pretty bird!  Does anybody know of a site on the web that would have birds and the sounds they make?

Joy - I love golf carts . . . I keep telling my family I want one!  mac -  snow??   :o  Hopefully, it is gone by now.  I love turtles too - I've always wanted one.

Have a good day - see you tomorrow.   ;D

Bucky

"Since the early bird catches the worm, it's a good idea to begin your day as soon as you can - unless, of course, you happen to be a worm."      Edwin Bliss
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Linda196 on May 11, 2010, 06:40:04 AM
Try this, Bucky: http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp

I don't know if the tanager is on it, but there are lots of bird calls you can listen to.

Yesterday, dear old Nother Nature made it difficult to get out, and I was having "one of those days", but (mostly thanks to this thread) I pulled myself up but my boot straps and practically forced myself out the door...and felt so much better for it!

Pretty much the same thing today so far, but I will get out, and it will be worth it!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: bloodless on May 11, 2010, 07:22:34 AM
I've only got out twice out of the seven days. I'm so exhausted after work this past week. It's getting hot here in Tx too. I'm gonna try today. I was hoping to cut some limbs off the tree, but if I can't I'm just gonna sit there and think "I need to cut those limbs". I'm getting good at thinking about it. The follow through is the hard part. I can shew away the neighbors cat. He only goes home to eat and lives in my yard. I don't know why.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: RobinBat on May 11, 2010, 07:42:11 AM
Ok, I am in! Was away from the computer for a bit, but I am back now...The dog loves to go for a walk and she walks in slowMo so easy to do(actually walk her anyway, might as well get credit for it! LOL!)
Have a zillion messages to read thru ???, will prob. miss a lot so if I ask someone something I missed sorry!
Robin
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: mac on May 11, 2010, 10:54:42 AM
Bucky,
love your thought for today  :)  Sometimes i do feel I am the worm!  LOL

Well, if I thought Sunday's snow was an anomaly...today is snowing again only this time it is laying and we already have over a half inch on the ground, in just over an hour!  ???   Glad we got over to the dentist and back earlier. 

I will have to put on my BIG coat, gloves and ski cap and walk to the point in the snow.  How often do you get to do that in mid May!!!  even in PA?  Is it Linda who lives up on the Canadian coast?  You are probably laughing at me because this is normal for you!!!  ???

Some of you have been wondering about bird identification and I wanted to suggest "Birds of North America" by Roger Tory Petersen if you are in the States.  Where i learned the most.  Still working on the songs so will check out Linda's link at enature.

Again, thanks Bucky, for hosting this site for us. :-*
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: harlin on May 11, 2010, 11:08:12 AM
No sunshine for me today. Rain all day.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 11, 2010, 01:43:16 PM
Hi

I had to de-ice my cas this morning - couldn't believe it -3 degrees in Yorkshire!

Walked through the small garden where my mum lives this evening. Not 10 minutes, but eery little helps.

You know, I'm not good identifying birds, but the birds around our house whistle and sing all night long. Somone said it was because we have too much light for them to sleep (security lights as we are near a public park). Does anyone know if this is true?

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: harlin on May 11, 2010, 02:24:44 PM
Well girlfriend called. I am going out to walk. Burr 52 degrees. I am a fair weather person but at least I am going out. No sun tho.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Scottietottie on May 11, 2010, 04:48:56 PM
I must have spent at least ten minutes outside trying to retrieve kids who kept leaving the building without permission today. Seems to be the silly season. Once I got home - I went nowhere!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 11, 2010, 07:42:32 PM
I took a long stroll outside in the late evening. All the birds were finding refuge in the trees and shrubs for the night. That is, all BUT the mockingbird. He adorned our weathervane and gave warning ever third tune that the cats were out strolling with me.

You every heard a mockingbird imitate a blue jay?  Well, he was doing a heck of a job of it tonight!!he he

Its been a very quiet day here at Cox Haven. Even the cows were too busy grazing to call their little ones to come back to mama's side.

Off to bed...
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 11, 2010, 10:39:42 PM
Out in the garden again for most of the afternoon, weeding and planting. We are supposed to have four or five more good days like this before the rain sets in again.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 12, 2010, 06:45:37 AM
Day 8

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

To date, we have 40 members who are on this adventure.   ;D

To test you to see if you know anything about Central Illinois . . . . guess what kind of day we're having here today??  Let me just say, the first two guesses don't count . . . . ok, it begins with an "r" . . . .  ::)  Yep, it's a wet one.  I did, however, step out on the back step this morning and was serenaded by a chorus of various birds in the backyard.  I could hear a dog barking in the distance.  Traffic humming along on a road three miles away (probably shorter distance than that if you go cross country through the woods).

Thanks Linda for the link about birds - I haven't checked it out yet, but I hope to some time today.

Yesterday, when I walked down to get the mail in the afternoon, it was so funny watching two Tom turkeys chasing after a female turkey.  They literally run after her!!   ;D  If you have ever seen a turkey run, they can run fast, and at the same time their neck is going back and forth, back and forth (like a swan, but faster).  A guy chasing after a girl . . . how universal.   ;D

Genko - I hope you grace us with some of your garden photos this year.  For those of you who don't know our Genko - she has got the most beautiful gardens (and she's a very good photographer too).  Truly talented master gardener.   Genko, you would just cringe if you saw my yard . . . (as I hang my head).  I sure wish you lived close by, I would love to learn from you.

I hope today is a good day for everyone.  It's the middle of the week - we've already been on this little venture for a week . . . time flies when you're having fun.   ;D

Bucky

"Did you ever notice that when you're truly happy and in your element, time passes so quickly you never have a chance to look at your watch?  And when you're feeling miserable, every minute drags?  Living in the present, making all you can of every blessed moment, is the best way to enjoy the journey, whatever it's length!"                   JoAnna M. Lund
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 12, 2010, 09:23:24 PM
Thanks, Bucky. It does keep me moving to work in the garden. I was out there again today, this time digging out a small sucker from our old lilac bush. My daughter just bought a house and wants a lilac just like the one she grew up with.

Here's the link to some pictures of the garden, and also flower arrangements I do for my tearoom (I teach Japanese tea ceremony). All the flowers are from my garden.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 13, 2010, 07:10:04 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.

Raindrops keep falling on my head . . . .  ::) that's the theme song we're singing around here.  We've had some really intense rains and then they move on until the next one comes.  It's got this misty haze outside right now.  I spent my time on the front porch this morning.  My, my the chatter of birds this morning!   :o  I don't know if they were giving instructions to the little ones or what, but they sure were vocal this morning. 

Oh my, I've sure got my work cut out for me once all the rain finally stops - our flower beds have knee high weeds.   ::)  Ugh.  That's one thing I do not like doing . . . weeding.  IF the outside yard is to look half way decent, it's up to me to make it that way.  My husband could care less about the yard.  If he had his way, he'd let the yard grow up and he'd put out a sign "wildlife preserve - don't mow".   ::)  I should get out there the next few days and "get 'er done" while the weeds will be easy to pull and I don't have to play tug-of-war with them.  Anybody volunteer for the job??   :D

Genko - there was no link in your post.   :(

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

Bucky

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."            Napoleon Hill



Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 13, 2010, 08:51:01 AM
Oops, sorry about that.

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

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Epson on May 13, 2010, 10:19:07 AM
I just got another dog , so being out side and walking is a way of life, so is wind and sunburn.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 14, 2010, 09:32:08 AM
Day 10

Woohoo . . . it's Friday!!  ;D  Today is Day 10 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.  We're one third of the way through our little adventure.

Today, we're blessed with beautiful sunshine  8) - and NO rain!!  Yay!  I spent my time this morning between loading and unloading groceries out of the car and going to a few garage sales.   ;D  I'm debating about going outside and working on weeding and trimming some of the bushes.  The grass could stand to be mowed too.  Hmmmm, what to do, what to do??

Genko - as always, your gardens are so beautiful!   Those Lewisia flowers are very pretty.

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

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."            Dale Carnegie
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Scottietottie on May 14, 2010, 09:38:39 AM
Hi  :)

I went to a Walk-in-Clinic today and instead of paying to park I parked up quite a way outside the grounds. My walk there and back was my 10 minutes outside today.

Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: bloodless on May 14, 2010, 09:56:00 AM
OK, yesterday I cut some limbs from my tree. I did the day before as well. My plan to do just a little bit a day actually paid off with a pretty good size pile of limbs. I'm so impressed with myself! My son came by and griped at me for it though. He then fixed the water dispenser on the refrigerator, something goofy on the faucet, vaccuumed my bedroom, and took a look at recessed light acting weird. That made me so happy!

We have rain coming in, so I think my 10 minutes will be on the patio with a good book! Kinda looking forward to being outside without working. I don't have to feel guilty about it either 'cause I can't work in the rain! YAY!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: YYC_ Mommy on May 14, 2010, 11:11:18 AM
Today for my 10 minutes, I planted my potato plants in the garden and pushed my little girl on her swing. We are planning on walking to pick up my son from school, if the rain stays away so I will be well over my 10 mintues today!

I hope that everyone else is having a "sunny" day where you are.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: meow on May 14, 2010, 03:03:15 PM
I missed yesterday, because I was at work and then being x-rayed...I have a note from the doctor excusing me :)
I did drive with the windows all down, with "Sing Sing Sing" blasting in my speakers, though, and that was pretty fun.
Today I watered all the flowers and the chiles and the tomoatoes. Sunny and 85 here!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 14, 2010, 04:21:35 PM
Just came in from front porch watching the storm come our way. Thought it would come from the North which is VA. Instead it is coming from SW of us that is Knoxville direction. It is reported to be doing damage in VA and KY area with dime-size hail in some areas.

TGIF, and I'm retired!!!!  Closing down computer and 'heeling' in for the storm as all my three cats have come in the cat door. Is it true cats can sense danger? Often, mine have alerted me to situations I needed to be aware of.....BOOM!!!!!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bo9lives on May 14, 2010, 04:31:52 PM
I will join you all in 10 minutes or more each day outside - most especially today, because the weather finally got warm and balmy here in Oregon  :D

I was on this forum briefly a few years ago and finally made it back.  Am 73 yrs old and received a diagnosis of sjogren's quite a few years ago - didn't get much help but still struggled on trying to find answers.  My modus operandi was to try to find a balance in everything - health, attitude, moderate exercise if possible and eating nutritious foods and uising herbs - mostly in cooking.

OK so, to cut a long story short, I had open heart surgery last year and am doing better now.  The cardiologists don't seem to think there is any connection with sjogren's - I shall pass on trying to analyze the pros and cons of that.

I wish everyone well, and if possible, a little sunshine can help the vitamin D load this time of year in the northern hemisphere.  I know that can be hard on some people.

Love and care to all of you.

honey9lives
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bo9lives on May 14, 2010, 04:33:26 PM
Sorry I forgot my name already - should have signed it Bo9lives

 :o ::) ;D
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 15, 2010, 11:07:52 AM
Day 11

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

To date, we have 41 members joining in this little adventure.  Welcome to our newest member, Bo9lives - glad you have returned to the forum after an absence and have also joined in our little 30 day adventure.   :D

Today, I spent my time outside walking from garage sale to garage sale.   ;D  There was a town-wide sale the next town over.  So, I would find several sales together - park, and walk to them all before returning to the car to move it.  I did this for over three hours, so I guess I can "bank" my time outside - which means, I'm done with this 30 day adventure!   ;D  Just kidding . . . .

Several sales were on the outskirts of town - when I was as those sales, I could hear this owl just hooting away.  I don't know if it was a baby owl or not, but it was a continuous hoot.  To me, it sounded like it was saying "mommy, I'm hungry - where's my breakfast?"   :D

I'm still debating on going out and working in the yard . . . ugh, I just don't want to.  Unfortunately, if I don't do it - it won't get done.   :(

Have a good Saturday.  I'll "see" you tomorrow.   ;D

Bucky

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face . . . you must do the thing you think you cannot do."              Eleanor Roosevelt
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 15, 2010, 05:15:34 PM
Watered the flowers as it only sprinkled rain here last night. Fed the birds and put cat food out for cats to eat while we're gone to Duke Med. Ctr. in NC for a few days. Checkup of eyes after 1-yr; their drier now :(         , then followup with rheumy and endo from previous parathyroid surgery and tumor removal.... and, lots of bloodwork.

Promise, to spend time outside as the Sarah P. Duke Gardens are beautiful and love to go there in late afternoon after day in medical center, and just gather my thoughts for the next day. 8)

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 16, 2010, 07:17:47 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, I ate my bowl of oatmeal outside on the back step.  There is a slight breeze this morning and I could see the steam from my oatmeal.  Yum, I love oatmeal . . . I have it for breakfast almost every morning.   :D  This morning the birds were singing as usual and I could hear a squirrel chattering away.  I could also hear a dog barking way in the distance.  I'm fortunate that when I step outside here that the air isn't full of smog, etc. that it might have if I lived in the city.  Just the good 'ole country air.   ;D

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.

See you tomorrow.

Bucky

"Wealth isn't always measured in dollar signs.  We each have time, talent and creativity, all of which can be powerful forces for positive change.  Share your blessings in whatever form they come and to whatever level you have been blessed."     Jon M. Huntsman
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 16, 2010, 08:05:53 PM
Today was another beautiful day here, and I got to enjoy the fruits of working in the backyard for several days, just sitting on the deck and relaxing. It is supposed to rain most of this week, and then I'll tackle the front yard, which has gotten a bit out of hand while I was working out back. Oh well.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: harlin on May 17, 2010, 06:10:31 AM
No sunshine for me today. Rain rain rain
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 17, 2010, 06:13:32 AM
Day 13

Happy Monday everyone!   ;D  Today is Day 13 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 30 minutes each day.

So much for my plans to work outside today - it's raining and is suppose to be rainy all day.   :(  This morning I spent my time on the front porch.  It's chilly out this morning and I could see my breath.  In the realm of weather and Sjogren's - rainy days are the hardest for me.  They make my body ache.  It also makes me want to come inside and crawl back into bed . . . but, I won't . . . I've got to keep moving along.  

I hope everyone has a good day today.  Keep up the good work with your daily 10 minutes outside.

Bucky

"Within each of us is a hidden store of energy.  Energy we can release to compete in the marathon of life.
  Within each of us is a hidden store of courage.  Courage to give us the strength to face any challenge.
  Within each of us is a hidden store of determination.  Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost."
                                                          Roger Dawson
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: meow on May 17, 2010, 01:12:57 PM
Sunny here, upper 80s, everything blooming :)))
I spent an hour outside with my grandson. We put a bunch of plastic dinosaurs up in the oak tree, and when he noticed them, he got this puzzled look, pointed to them and asked, "Kitties?"
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 18, 2010, 07:09:18 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.

This morning after walking with my son to the bus, I just wandered around the yard listening to the serenade of all the birds.  I should take the binoculars outside with me as I don't know what the birds look like (because of all the leaves) that are singing so sweetly.  Miss Spooky (our cat) loves the extra attention she gets when I'm outside (she's an outdoor cat).  If she would just quit weaving in and out of my legs . . . . grrrrrrrr, one of these days she's going to trip me!   :o

As I have mentioned before, I love the time I get to spend with our son.  In the mornings, it's just him and me.  I "let" him sleep in the morning since it doesn't take much time for him to get ready for school.  He's just like me . . . he can get up from sleep and go right to the breakfast table (some people can't . . like my hubby).  Throw some school clothes on, brush his teeth, grab his bookbag and he's good to go.  On the mornings he "remembers" he has some papers for me to sign, or needs money in his lunch account, etc., things can get hurried and rushed (thankfully, there aren't too many mornings like this because I usually ASK him about his school work the night before).  I am not a hurry, hurry, hurry person . . . . it's just too stressful.  I plan ahead (as best I can) and allow extra time to do what needs to be done.  I also don't want our son to fall into that "hurry, hurry, hurry . . . go, go, go" mindset.  This morning as we were waiting for the bus we were talking and laughing.  He has enough stress at school with finals this week, etc. - I certainly don't want to add to it by starting his day off in a grumpy, frazzled, hurried mood.   I think many times OUR mood rubs off on other people . . . and sometimes, NOT in a good way.   ::)  Many mornings if we're sitting in the car waiting for the bus and listening to the radio, I'll be singing and acting silly . . he just rolls his eyes  ::) and laughs.   I always make it a point to tell him to have a good day as he gets on the bus - he tells me the same.   ;D  We both start our day out feeling good.

Do you know when you read an article or hear something and you agree with it, you sit there and nod your head in agreement?  The other day I had read in a book, "Few would disagree that, in today's world, life is complex, busy, and at times, stressful.  However, depending on how you choose to start your day, you can greatly reduce your feelings of stress . . . almost regardless of what your circumstances may be."  I thought about how the mood we start our day off with, usually stays with us for the rest of the day.  What about our kids, our spouse, siblings, etc.?  Do we start out the day grumbling, yelling, rushing, grumpy, barking orders,etc.?   What kind of impression do we leave with our loved ones to start their day off? . . . I'm too busy for you, you're lazy, you're a loser, you're a bother, hurry up . . rush, rush, rush.   >:(  OR . . . can we start off the day with a hug, a smile, a laugh, a compliment and a happy time together.  I'm sure everyone would agree the second choice is more relaxing and peaceful.  It can be done . . . if the kids have their school work, clothes ready the night before, get to bed at a decent time so they have a restful night of sleep.  If need be, get them up earlier in the morning so they can get things done without rushing and creating a stressful morning for them and you.

It's sad to say, but some times, we treat strangers better than we do our own family - the people we are suppose to love.  Life is too short - we need to make the most of each day - take every opportunity to make our stressful lives as peaceful and calm as we can.  We can break the cycle that society tells us is the norm, this hectic "charge and go " beginning.  Once you're in that frenetic mind frame, it's very difficult to get out of it.  Think about it . . . . .

I hope everyone has a good day today.  The sun just popped out from behind the clouds . . . yay, I like sunnier days versus the cloudy, rainy ones.   ;D

meow - how old is your grandson?  Bet he looks in the trees now for "kitties" . . .  :D

Bucky

"The only thing worse than an opportunity you don't deserve is blowing an opportunity."           Michael J. Fox, actor
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 19, 2010, 08:10:58 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 adventure.

To date we have 41 members who are participating in this venture.  Same number we had at this time in our fall adventure.

This morning I spent two hours outside  :o working on trimming some of the bushes.  Now, I've got two big piles of clippings that need to be hauled off to the woods - I think I'll leave that job for the boys!   :D  While outside I could hear the birds singing, two geese honking as they flew by, a rooster crowing, target practice in the distance, township trucks running up and down our street (wonder what they're doing?).  Miss Spooky had to come to see what I was doing.  There is a BIG rock in the flower bed and she perched herself up there and was in my face as I'm trying to trim . . . she just wanted my attention and to point out she hadn't been fed yet this morning.   ;)

The weather is suppose to be nice the next several days.  Yay!   ;D  I would think they will be getting out in our field soon to plant soybeans.  It's still a little wet in spots, but they can work around those areas.

Have a great day!!   ;D

Bucky

"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."                Erma Bombeck
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: meow on May 19, 2010, 02:00:46 PM
My grandson just turned 3. He's the spitting image of his dad at that age.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 20, 2010, 08:28:16 AM
Day 16

Good morning - 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 reading this thread for the first time, please do join us on our little adventure - the more, the merrier.   :D

Oh my, this morning had a rough start to it.  My alarm didn't go off! When I woke up, it was 8:20 a.m. - my son had missed the bus that comes at 7:30 a.m. and school which started at 8:15 a.m.   :o  So, it's been a mad scramble this morning to get up, dressed, call the school to tell them he's coming, have him grab some breakfast and head out the door to drive to school.   ::)  Wasn't it me that posted earlier this week about a "peaceful" start to the day?   ;)  Oops . . some times the crazies hit . . we just have to laugh and move on.

By the time I finally made it outside this morning all I wanted to do is just stand on the back step and listen to the birds singing.  They didn't disappoint.   :D  I could also hear the buzz of neighbors mowing their yards.  We mowed ours last night and it was pretty long from days of rain.  Thankfully, the township mower is out making the rounds today too to mow the grass along the sides of the road.  We have a field next to our house and the grass was really tall there.  When they did road improvements last year they sloped the sides of the road and put in gravel - now, it's too hard to mow up there with our own lawn tractor, so we just let it grow.  Thank you township for taking care of it for us today.   ;D  Now we don't have to get a goat!   :D

Between working out in the yard in the morning and mowing in the afternoon yesterday my head is stuffy and eyes itchy this morning from all the pollen, etc.   That is probably my biggest reason for staying indoors most of the time and not getting outside.  My allergies really act up when I've been outside for any amount of time.  That's why I like to do my time outside first thing in the morning - it seems to be easier for me without all the pollen, etc. kicking in high gear like it does as the day wears on.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!   ;D

Have a good day . . . . see you tomorrow.   ;D

Bucky

"I have seen what a laugh can do.  It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful."          Bob Hope
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Linda196 on May 20, 2010, 09:45:49 AM
Hi to all my fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

I haven't been posting daily, but I have been getting out, and my yard is reaping the rewards! Amazing what a few minutes (usually less than half an hour) can accomplish! Beds are weed free and re-mulched, I separated and shared some perennials, and even transplanted some indigenous plants from around the yard to the beds! Of course, in years gone by this would have been a morning's work, but now I'm taking my time and enjoying the labour of love, not just doing the chores!

Of course in years gone by, the garden was more for the neighbours anyway, since I was always at work!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: bloodless on May 20, 2010, 01:17:16 PM
I'm a failure I haven't even got out half the time. I keep working when I go out and then I'm to tired to go out for a couple of days. I need to force myself to just sit outside with a good book. It's getting awfully warm in TX though.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 20, 2010, 03:37:19 PM
Today I sat outside on my little porch and let my hair dry naturally. The birds were busy at the two feeders. Both mana and papa cardinal came to feed at the same time.

Have not seen the hummingbirds again since April 22. Beginning to think they had just decided to head back south to warmer weather as it was 40 that night.

Used today as a rest day since we just returned from Duke after a three day stay there.  ;)

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: SassieCat on May 20, 2010, 10:38:33 PM
 ;D ;D ;D

I'm fashionably late.... but I'm here!!!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 21, 2010, 06:59:22 AM
Day 17

Good morning . . . IT'S FRIDAY!!   ;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 participating in our little adventure.  Welcome SassieCat . . . better late, than never.   ;D  bloodless - just try to get outside when you can, if you miss one day, start the next.  I've found that the 10 minutes goes by quite quickly.

It's a wet morning here in Central IL, so I spent my time outside on the front porch.  I made it a productive time and washed five windows!!  ;D  Yay . . . they look so clean now.   I've still got that front flower bed that needs weeding . . . . some other day, not today.   ;)

Don't feel you have to be "doing" something outside for your 10 minutes.  Just enjoy being outdoors for the 10 minutes.  If you just want to sit in a chair, go for a walk, sit in the grass . . . whatever, it's just the being outside that is the goal.

Have a great weekend . . . keep up the good work.  Just 10 minutes of your time . . you can do it!!   ;D

Bucky

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."           Princess Diana
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 21, 2010, 05:42:10 PM
Hi All,

Went to Wally-World (Walmart) with hubby. He did the grocery shopping and I got to go the the cosmetic/pharmacy section and just browse... Enjoyed walking at my s-l-o-w pace and looking at some of the items we discuss on this site.

Bucky, Thought about you as I looked at all the different items on the shelves. Thanks for hosting our 10-Minute Commitment...you're truly a keeper!!!    ;) 

Finished shopping early and went and sat out front on bench and 'people watched' for at least 30 minutes before hubby appeared.  :)

It was fun to get out... People do the darnest things!!!!           J   :-* Y

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 22, 2010, 07:21:20 AM
Day 18

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

This morning there was quite a bit of noise outside.  The birds were all chattering, I could hear a rooster down the road, traffic on the main road several miles away, sirens, etc.  It's a tad bit breezy and chilly this morning, but as the day wears on, it's suppose to warm up. This whole next week is going to be in the high 80's everyday.  (My perfect temperature is right at the 75 degree mark.)

We're trying to get some outside work done today - first up, redoing a screen on the front door that our cat, Spooky, has messed up with her jumping on the door.  Bad kitty!  This time, we got some heavy duty pet screen - hopefully, that will do the trick.  Later this morning we will probably make a trip to the home improvement place to get some pea gravel for the flower beds.    Anybody want to come help??  All help gladly accepted - I'll even fix you lunch.   ;D

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

Thanks Joy for your comment.   ;D  I love to people watch too - the things you can see!  :o
 
 Bucky

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."            Helen Keller
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 22, 2010, 06:17:18 PM
It's Saturday evening May 22 and spent quality time with hubby. Went to get us 'take out' at local restaurant and we ate supper at other farm where he had spent the day mowing hay and quit to spend time together...just the two of us alone at our old homeplace. ;)

This is the homeplace where we lived for 33 years and raised our three youngsters until they flew the nest all in their late 20's. Our older son bought the homeplace and they are out of town with grandson's traveling baseball team. hehe!!!!...

SO, we just made ourselves at home by the poolside and enjoyed the scenery that was ours for all those years!

MEMORIES ARE MADE ONE DAY AT A TIME...AND, THIS WAS HUBBY AND MY DAY TO GO 'SKINNY DIPPING!!'  THIS DAY 18 WELL LIVED, HELPS MAKES EVERY DAY A DAY OF HAPPINESS, AND EVERY TOMORROW A VISION OF HOPE...  HOPING FOR MANY MORE GOOD DAYS, JUST LIKE TODAY!!!! ;)

Our young people used to do this when we were away on trips so the neighbors said.... :o

Oh well, they are just "chips off the ole' block" I discovered today!!!!! ;D
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 22, 2010, 10:27:23 PM
What fun to read about your day, Joy!

Since I spent all day outside finishing up some weeding in the front of the house, I can barely move now. Tomorrow will be interesting! In any case, haven't missed a day outside since we started this. It is fun to be out among the plants and birds and bugs.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 23, 2010, 06:51:23 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.

Whew . . . . it's already very humid out at 8:30 a.m. - we're suppose to hit 90 degrees today.  :o  Ugh!  Too hot for me!  I got to enjoy the fruits of my labor this morning.  Yesterday, I spent five hours outside working in the flower beds.  I pulled weeds and then spread pea gravel while my hubby went around the yard weed whacking.  Yay . . . the yard looks really nice.   ;D 

This morning the blue jays have been checking out the cat dish on the front porch.  Many times the different birds in the area come to check out Spooky's dish.  So, when I put her food out, I tell her to eat it quickly before the birds do!!   ::)

I'll be hibernating indoors the rest of the day in air conditioning!!   ;D

Joy - sounds like you and hubby had a good time yesterday!   ;)  Hope the neighbors weren't peeking!!   :o

Genko - looks like you and I were doing the same thing yesterday!   ;D  Weeding is hard work.

I hope today is a great day for everyone filled with many blessings.   ;D

Bucky

"Never decide to do nothing just because you can only do a little.  Do what you can."       H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 23, 2010, 07:11:12 AM
Hi :)

Just checking back in after being away from home for the week. We went to Cornwall, which is on the south west coast of England, and where my sister lives. She's recently inherited a log cabin, in the middle of a meadow. It's run-down, and needs a lot of tlc, but for the first time ever, she's a woman of property.

She's lived nearby for some years in a rented cottage, and along the way has accumulated ducks, chickens, a cockeral, some rescue sheep, a rescue dog, and goodness knows how many cats. She's an artist by trade, and teaches youngsters with life limiting illnesses at the local college. It was wonderful to see her again, as we hadn't been together in nearly a year.

I have been doing more than my ten minuts each day for the past week - mainly in playing with my little grandchildren in the holiday camp where we stayed. They were enthralled with the sea gulls, and loved to feed the 'birdies'. However, I did something rather foolish one day. I took the children up on the sand dunes, with a bag of left over sandwiches for the birdies. Unfortunately, the sea gulls were very greedy, and within about a minute of getting the food out, we were surrounded by dozens of them. The children were screaming, and I must admit to being frightened too. It was like something out of the Hitchcock film, The Birds. Thankfully, we managed to get away from them in one piece. I'll never try that again! Will stick with the little birdies around my home. BTW, I took my bird book with me, and spotted lots of Jack Daws on the dunes.  I'm going to try to be more observant about the ones in my garden now - with the bird book handy, to help to identify them of course.

Today, in West Yorkshire, it's 80 degrees and absolutely glorious. Having been away for the week, we had mountains of washing. Happily, most of it is drying outdoors now. I'm shattered, so am resting my weary legs and feet now - they don't like the hot weather one little bit :(

Happy Sunday, everyone, and thanks once again, Mrs Bucky, for telling us about your days, and encouraging us to get our ten minutes outside.

Hugs

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 23, 2010, 10:25:44 AM
It is cool and rainy today, good for settling in the plants I moved around yesterday, maybe not so good for my joints, though. Still did my daily inspection of the garden, to catch things before they progress into real problems. Also checking my pea vines - we should be able to start harvesting snow peas (pea pods) in a week or so. So that's my ten minutes for the day.

Kathyx, glad you had a good beach vacation with the grandchildren, and visit with your sister. Learning the birds can be a real obsession. It starts with just trying to learn what's in your yard, and the next thing you know you are rearranging your life to look for unusual birds in different habitats. One of the biggest thrills for my husband and me some years ago was a wildlife "safari" on our trip to India. In addition to the elephants and one marvelous tiger sighting, we saw some amazing birds, all colors of the rainbow. I still have the list somewhere. I just have to remind myself that the jays, tanagers, chickadees, and hummingbirds in my backyard look just as exotic to folks elsewhere.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 23, 2010, 01:31:37 PM
Hi Genko

Yes, I can see how the birds could become an obsession. The parents of my grandchildren are not at all interested in nature - too busy, I think. Anyway, I have decided to educate myself and them at the same time. They are very young just now, and so receptive to new things. Logan is 3 and I recently bought him a children's atlas. I showed him where Cornwall is, and where we live, just before we went away. Imagine my surprise when we picked up a leaflet about  a nature park in Cornwall, and he showed my the picture of 'how to get there' and recognised it as being Cornwall. I was so proud of him. I might try to find a map showing where the different bird species are from.

My garden is an absolute mess this year. However, I'm off work tomorrow (trying to take some flex days to get me through the next three weeks before my next surgery) and my son's friend is going to do some tidying for me. He's out of work at the moment, so the arrangement suits us both - I won't be whacked, and he will earn some money. I'm hoping to have it nice for my convalescence, so that, weather permitting, I can sit out. I might even put up a bird box, or bird table. That would really please the grandchildren.

Hope you are keeping well.

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 23, 2010, 07:10:54 PM

   :)  Yes, Day 19 and this day was a beautiful sunny day with high of 80. I got out and watered the flowers early morning when it was cooler.

The whole time I was outside the mockingbird kept singing his personal song...pretty bird...pretty bird...pretty bird. I think I am correct that the mockingbird can imitate 21 calls of other birds though Mr. Smarty Pants was interested in only himself this morning!!!! When I looked up at the weathervane he was grooming himself and then belting out his tune.

In this general area, are three butterfly bushes that will serve as food for the yellow and black swallowtail butterfly during the summer months along with other species. Love the little skippers as they flit to and from the plants so fast. But, my favorite is the swallowtail...so graceful in flight...just glide on the air currents.

Also, planted the parsley seeds that I had soaked overnight. They will serve as the 'host' plant for the late swallowtail butterfly to lay her eggs in the fall. The big pots winter over next to the south wall in my beloved little Garden of Joy.

Genko, do you see the monarch butterfly in abundance in your gardens? We seem not to be on their travel pattern and seldom see them though in town they are in abundance at a friend's home.

Well, I spent more than 10 minutes outside but think Bucky and Genko deserve the gold stars for yesterday's weed pulling in their gardens.  You folks agree?? 

Have a good night; off to bed...   Joy
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 24, 2010, 04:21:46 AM
Day 20

Good morning . . . it's Monday (I heard that moan)!!!  ;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 adventure.  We have 10 more days left.

This morning I was up waaaaay too early, 4:45 a.m. to see our son and hubby off for the day.  As tradition has it here, the eighth grade graduating class takes a "class trip" to Six Flags every year just before graduation.  Well, today's the day they go.  They are headed to St. Louis, Missouri which is three hours away so the buses have to leave the school by 6:30 a.m.  Looks like the weather will be nice for their day and I'm sure the kids will have a great time.

It's going to be another hot day here today.  At 5:45 a.m. the temperature is already 73 degrees with 90 humidity!   :o

I was standing out on the back step this morning just listening to nature as everybody was doing their "thang".  Lots of different birds singing, I could hear several wild turkeys gobbling, a rooster crowing, and something stirring in the woods - couldn't see what. The sky is so pretty this morning.  It's a light blue with a mixture of grey clouds and these white, white clouds with rays of sunshine hitting them.  There is also this light pinkish swirl to the clouds.  Very pretty.  If I look at the tops of the trees with their silhouette against this sunrise background, it's absolutely beautiful.

I kept hearing this one bird, went back inside to get the binoculars to see if I could get a close up of it . . . couldn't find the bird.   ::)  Then all of a sudden, the air conditioning unit kicked on and scared me and made me jump.   :o LOL 

Well, I think I'm going to sneak back to bed for a bit - then get up and tackle my "to do" list for the day before it gets too hot.

Kathyx -  sounds like you had a very nice visit with your sister and the grandkids.  Good for you to show the grandkids some of nature.  Right now in the evenings there are lightning bugs out - all kids (and adults) like those.   ;D

Genko and Joy - sounds like you both had a good day outside too.   ;D

Hope today is a really good day for everyone.   ;D

Bucky

"Learn to compromise.  Compromise doesn't mean being a doormat or a slouch.  Instead, it suggests that not every issue deserves a full-fledged battle, that not every occasion requires you to be the first, the best, the winner.  It's also about sharing control, even surrendering it some of the time."        JoAnna M. Lund
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: mac on May 24, 2010, 06:18:35 AM
Good gloomy Monday morning to ya all. 
It really is supposed to clear here today and become close to hot, but we'll see if the wx man is right.  The wx certainly fits my mood today so I came here to see all the wonderful things you have been up to.

I've been spending some of my outside time cutting back the briers from the lane and weeding out the garden to plant some new perennials and Friday night sat to enjoy TV but kept being bothered by a sore feeling behind the knee.  Finally took a look and a scab was there.  Could not remember such a wild thorn getting me there but figured I was just so engrossed in cutting things back (like the good old days) that I hadn't noticed.  Upon closer inspection I thought, this looks like it might be a tick and sure enough, hubby confirmed, so off to get the needed supplies for removal.  Feeling better now.  I have found ticks on my clothes and skin before but don't think I ever had one embedded before.  Bow I know how patient the dogs were when they had them, and how much pain they felt.

Sure could use some sunshine, even if it hurts the eyes.  Keep up the cheerful messages and thank you Ms Bucky for the inspirations!
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 24, 2010, 01:40:17 PM
Mac

Sorry to hear about the tick. I remember taking one off my dog, and he was good too. Hope your leg feels better soon.

Today I had a flexi day from work. The weather was glorious again, and the chap who came to help clear my messy garden did a stirling job. I spent about an hour outside today, planting bizzie lizzies and petunias in my tubs. I was careful not to go out til after 3 pm though.

There was a bluetit in my garden today. I didn't know what it was of course, but having checked out the bird book, I now know what it was. The gardener said he thought there might be a nest, so I'm going to keep a look out for more.

Back to work tomorrow - groan! Oh, got my confirmation letter for my surgery  -17 June. Will be in hospital 4 days, and a minimum of 6 weeks off from work. I just hope the sun shines for that  6 weeks. It will be nice to sit in my tidy garden and listen to the birds.

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: SassieCat on May 24, 2010, 09:57:05 PM
Saturday was rainy and had thunder storms so I really didn't go out.  ((I know))  But Sunday was beautiful and I spent a few hours outside planting flowers and doing a little weeding.  Today, I feel the joints are a bit stiff, but I still made it outside to water the new flowers and sit and hold the kitty for a spell. 
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 25, 2010, 07:22:46 AM
Day 21

Good morning you lovely members of Sjogren's World . . . it's Tueeeeeeeeesday!   ;D  Today is Day 21 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

Wow . . . lots of thunder last night!   :o   :o  I heard some storms early, early this morning too.  Right now, the sun is shining and the thermometer is climbing.  Ugh!  Yesterday, we hit 91 degrees!!  Waaay too hot for me!  They say we'll have storms on and off today - I bet by evening they will kick in again with all the heat and humidity.  This morning I did my errands - loading and unloading groceries. 

Today is a busy day for me, so no real time to linger outside past my 10 minutes as I have "indoor" things to take care of today.  My Dad is flying in tonight from Ohio to be here for a couple of days (to see him grandson graduate from eighth grade).  Yay . . I miss my Dad - I only get to see him once a year.

Mac - I'm glad you found the tic and got rid of him.  How dare he attach himself to you!!  Make sure you take care of the area where it was - we don't want you getting sick from a tic bite.

SassieCat - seems like this is the time to be weeding.   I wish I could grow flowers as well as I grow weeds!!   ::)  I'm sure your kitty enjoyed the attention you showered on him/her.

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

Bucky

"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."     Robert H. Goddard

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 26, 2010, 07:12:49 AM
Day 22

Good morning . . . it's Wednesday!   ;D  The days are just flying by . . . I can't believe it's Wednesday already!  Today is Day 22 of our 30 day commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

This morning is just beautiful.  The sun is shining, there are big white puffy clouds in the sky, and the birds are singing.  This morning my Dad and I spent some time outside - he gave me some pointers on a bush that I had trimmed (he's a landscaper).  It is so nice to have my Dad here visiting.  My Dad has been an outdoor man his entire life.  He's been in the landscaping business for 67 years  (he's almost 83) - in fact, he's only had one employer all these years!!   :o  I just wish he lived closer to me (he lives 500 miles away) so he could teach me about landscaping now that I'm a homeowner.

Dad was telling me about this book he's seen where it shows a picture of a bird and if you hit a button next to the picture it will give the sound the bird makes.  That sounds neat - I'll have to see if I can find one of those.  Dad's boss, Mr. B, was a big bird watcher.  He would travel around to different organizations giving talks, slide shows, etc. about birds.  I wish Mr. B was still living so I could learn from him.

I hope you enjoy your 10 minutes outdoors today.  We're going to be dodging rain, thunder and lightning today - but, for the moment, it's a beautiful sunny day.  I'll take it!!   8)

Bucky

"You can't hit a homerun unless you step up to the plate.  You can't catch fish unless you put your line in the water.  You can't reach your goals if you don't try."       Kathy Seligman

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: mac on May 26, 2010, 11:36:19 AM
I said I wasn't gonna count the walk to the paper and mail as part of my 10 minutes but it did take us longer today.  I stopped near the spring to see if I could hear the bird call I heard the other day and could not tell what it was.  No luck. 
But while standing there a tiny fawn began meandering about.  It had been behind some bushes where mom probably laid it but wasn't too obedient!  He began baaing and at first we just stood and wathced, but as he wandered further from his hiding place I began to gently scold him and asked if he was hungry, still not moving.  Darn if he didn't mosey on over to me and smell me!  Then he wobbled down the road toward my husband and did the same.  Hubby walked in to where it came from and stiid there as the little guy made his way back in, baaing loudly the whole time.  Then mama snorted and took off over the edge of the pond.  Never saw if she was coming in to it or had been laying there the whole time.  So we thought this was just too much and little guy would follow us down the road so headed back up.  Darn if he didn't come running after us!  We decided that if he were to follow us we would head toward mommy, down hill.  He didn't.   Hope they got reunited as he wasn't around when we came back up.

Now back to the garden.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: meow on May 26, 2010, 12:42:31 PM
My ten minutes a day have all been watering my plants and flowers. It's over 90 here, single-digit humidity, typical May weather. I have some gorgeous minitaure petunias--flowers are about an inch across--and they are YELLOW, which I've never seen in a petunia. The tomatoes are growing, the turtles are wandering around, the cats are stretched out in the shade, so I am happy as a clam.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 26, 2010, 08:17:42 PM
My goodness, where did Day 20 and Day 21 go for me? Yesterday, planted some purple hynacith beans. An old timey bean that is used as a climber and has pretty purple leaves and purple pods. Not for eating, just provides some shade for my little side porch.

Today, Day 22: Oh Bucky, my how time flies... your son finishes his 8th grade year. Proud mama, sure you and hubby are!!!! ;D

We, too, are proud as we went to our, feel sure, last of grandkids kindergarten graduation today. Yes, kindergarten... This little grandson is very fortunate, all four grandparents in attendance along with his mommy and daddy.

Enjoy your visit with your dad as we only get to see our two granddaughters a couple times a year and their mother, our only daughter. 

My, my how time flies!!!!!! One granddaughter finished elementary school and goes on to middle school next year. We will not get to make the trip to be with her as she reaches this milestone in life.

Off to bed....nighty, night.   Joy
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: SassieCat on May 26, 2010, 08:43:16 PM
Took dinner outside today to enjoy on  the deck.  It was beautiful and peaceful.  Then my wonderful cat Weasley started to meow and run up to the door to be let in.  How sweet of him, he brought a squeeky toy for his sister Sassie to play with.  Upon seeing I wasn't going to let him in the house with a live chipmunk, he let it go so the other outdoor kitties can chase after it. 

Poor Sassie, being my one and only house cat, didn't get a little buddy to play with.   :-\
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: harlin on May 26, 2010, 08:51:25 PM
I am headed to the beach in the morning so I will get more than my 10 minutes a day. I love the beach, I just sit in my chair and read, read, read. So relaxing. It is the only place I really feel at peace.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 27, 2010, 12:26:45 PM
Day 23

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

 :o  I'm late to my posting today . . . been a busy day.    Today is a bright, sunny, breezy Thursday here in Central IL.  Plus, they are out in the field as I type -  disking it up and getting ready to plant it.   ;D  Yay!  I think this year it will be a field of soybeans.

While I was outside, I was watching this big wood bee looking for the spot he had drilled in our porch.   ::)  Excuse me, Mr. Bee . . . I really don't want you drilling holes in the beams on my porch!!  We'll have to take care of that.

Also, today my son was showing Grandpa his archery skills outside.  Living so far away, Grandpa misses out on the day-to-day events of his grandson's life . . . it was nice to see them both outside together.   ;D  I have to just smile to myself . . . . my son doesn't know this yet, but tonight at the graduation ceremony, when he receives the American Legion award - it will be presented to him by his Grandpa (who is a member of the American Legion in Ohio).   ;D  I made some phone calls to see if this would be possible to do, and it was, so I'm so happy that this will happen tonight.   I don't think anything could come up today to erase the smile I have on my face and in my heart today.   ;D

mac - awwwww, that little fawn sounded so cute.  We have a lot of deer on our property and I still love to watch them.  If only us adults could be so trusting and curious as little babies, fawns, kittens, and puppies are.

meow - your flowers sound so pretty.  Yellow is one of my favorite colors (along with red and blue).

Joy Cox -  yep, graduations are a special event.  One chapter ends and another begins.

SassieCat - glad your cat left the chipmunk outside!!   :o

harlin - the beach??  Can I come too?  I haven't been to a beach in over 25 yrs.!

Have a great day everyone . . . I'll see you tomorrow.   ;D

Bucky

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.  Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew."          Saint Francis de Sales




Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 27, 2010, 01:01:02 PM
Bucky

What a proud time for you, having your beloved dad and son sharing the limelight tonight. How wonderful. Please pass my congratulations on to your son for his graduation.

I have to confess to not spending 10 minutes outside for the past couple of days. I'm struggling to continue working, and have barely been able to walk after work, so have been horizontal on the sofa when I've not  there. However, I do have some wonderful news - after seeing my bowel surgeon, and having three surgeries over the past two years, yesterday I was discharged! My bowel has some normal function now and 'is as good as it will get' so I don't need to see him regularly any more. Of course, if I have any problems, his door will be open.

As you can imagine, I'm sooo pleased. I just need to get the bladder sorted next month, and then I will be grinning from ear to ear :) 

God bless
Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on May 27, 2010, 03:48:02 PM
Today is my day to visit the county jail and state prison, and I have a ways to walk through the yard to get through security. That's much of my outdoors time today, but also a visit to the garden to check on things, as usual.

Hopeall are doing well. Great news about Kathyx surgery.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 27, 2010, 05:46:18 PM
Here we go with Day 23. MY BIGGY FOR THE DAY IS I RETURNED TO ARTHRITIS KEEP MOVING CLASS AFTER AN EXTENDED LEAVE OF ABSENCE! ;)

And, while spending a short period of time outside early this morning, I heard that darn drilling sound on the front of the house. Walked far enough to alert the redheaded woodpecker that I was near. He just poked his head around the eve of the house and looked at me as what 'the devil' is this stuff you folks put on the eve of your home!   :o  All our house area that would normally be painted is covered with aluminum siding.

Since I have heard this drumming in the past, yes- at even daylight- I'm sure on inspection there will be several dents... thanks to the woodpeckers.   

Thought the mocking bird was such a dude until I got in 'Joy-sized' hot tub in my bath this morning before going to exercise class. And, lo-and-behold that d*** mocking bird had pooped many, many times on my sky window over my tub!  :o

As you can tell, I'm 'at outs' with the birds in my life.

BUT, proud I finally made it out of the driveway today to venture to exercise class!!!! Lordy, I could just sit down and do absolutely nothing anymore... my getup and go has got up and gone!   ??? 
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 28, 2010, 12:09:34 AM
Joy

You are so funny. That made me smile. Mind you, a cheeky bird pooped on my car window, as I was driving to work this morning. I was not a happy bunny!

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 28, 2010, 07:56:10 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.

Wow . . . this week went by really fast!!   :o  Hard to believe it's the last few days of May already.  This morning is a bright, sunshiny day here in Central IL.  It's a little breezy, but not bad at all . . the breeze makes our countries flag that much more noticeable as it blows in the wind off the front porch.  Be proud to show your patriotism for your country by displaying a flag - a lot of men and women have sacrificed a lot to allow us the freedom we have.

This morning I spent my outdoor time split between a few things.  I've already taken my Dad to the airport this morning to catch his flight.   :'(  It's hard to have to say goodbye.  By the way, the graduation ceremony last night was very, very nice.  I was beaming with pride as they introduced my Dad, he walked up on stage and was able to present his grandson with the American Legion award.  We pulled it off and it remained a secret until it actually happened.   ;D

Have you noticed that being outside there are LOTS of bugs this year??  Must be because it's been so wet.  That is one of the prime reasons why I DON'T like being outside . . . all the bugs!  If they are crawling on the ground, it isn't too bad, but when they are swarming around you, it drives me nuts.   When I was on the porch this morning just enjoying the scenery, those pesky bugs were zipping around me so I fixed them . . . I came inside!!   ::)

We only have six more days left of our little adventure . . . keep up the good work.  No slacking off for the weekend!   :D

Kathyx - good news that you can quit visiting the bowel surgeon so regularly.

Joy Cox -  good for you that you went back to your arthritis class, anything you can do to keep moving is a good thing. 

Everyone enjoy your day . . . see you tomorrow.

Bucky

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."         Franklin D. Roosevelt
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: mac on May 28, 2010, 08:06:51 AM
Joy and Katy,
You are just too funny!  Guess I am fortunate that the birds poop on the top of my car and not too often on the windows (no skylights so they manages to bomb as they fly form feeder to trees or roof).  

But Joy, I do know what you mean about the 'peckers!  We have a completely wooden house, mostly cedar sided but the eaves are of pine treated with CWF.  Still have to chase those guys away!  Must give your arthritic arms some exercise shooing yours away!

And Bucky, how do you stop those big carpenter bees???  Hubby has blocked up many of their hoes this Spring.

The 'little fawn' was spotted a number of times yesterday as we had to go up and down the drive numerous times in vehicles.  Tried to go to town but couldn's get out the lane because of fallen tree, so back up to get the truck and chain saw, then back down in two vehicles, all the while mommy deer stood above Jr.  Didn't see them when we finally got home but at evening we were getting an isolated thunder shower and who do we see scampering in and out of the slower bed and at the perimeter of the lawn???  Yep, little Jr.!  Had to go out on the porch and scold him again.  Don't think he speaks or understands English!  ::)   LOL  Back off he went.  Think he was afraid of the thunder and rain, all new to him.

Bucky, do hope that your heart is still jumping with pride and admiration over last night's festivities.  What a blessing!

I am anticipating being outside for much more than 10 minutes the nest few days as my granddog will be here soon for the weekend.  Yes, so will daughter, which delights me no end but she doesn't make sure I get outside!

Happy holiday!
Miss Bucky, you beat me to the post this AM!  LOL So glad to hear everything went well last night but feel your pain of separation.  I will have to do that Monday. 
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: meow on May 28, 2010, 09:17:52 AM
I am headed to the beach in the morning so I will get more than my 10 minutes a day. I love the beach, I just sit in my chair and read, read, read. So relaxing. It is the only place I really feel at peace.
I'll get a beach day after next week...school will be out, my students and my youngest will have graduated...can't wait to dig my toes in the sand. It's worth the whole day in th airplane!!!
Where do you live?
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 28, 2010, 07:38:07 PM
After Thursday, I'm "pooped," or should I be nice a say "tuckered" out    ???

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."         Franklin D. Roosevelt may have said this BUT after yesterday's exercise class and helping hubby do some house chores today...

I'm fit "to be tied." All tuckered out... Where has my energy gone?   :P    Please don't mention that it might be age related!  

I'm off to bed... nightly, night all!   Joy
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 29, 2010, 09:16:13 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.

Getting a late start to the day today.  I slept in this morning . . . ahhhhh, felt good.   ;D  When I was outside I was out there trying to figure out why our cat, Spooky, always sits at the far end of our field.  That is SO not like her.  She's been doing that for about the last two weeks.  So, I walked over to her and she's just looking at me as if to say "what?"  Silly kitty.   I don't know why she keeps sitting there.  ???

Going to be heading back outside here directly as our son is going to mow the grass (only his second time using the riding mower) and I need to be out there to supervise.  Hubby is off taking some photography (he's a freelance photographer on the side that brings in extra money that allows me to be a stay-at-home mom).  I'm "thinking" of having a garage sale next week, so I will work out in the garage getting that ready today too.  Anybody want to come help??   :D

I better get moving . . . have a good day today . . . I'll see you tomorrow.

Bucky

"I've seen extreme bravery from the least likely of people.  Life is about the moments when it has all gone wrong.  That's when we define ourselves."     Bear Grylls
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 29, 2010, 11:46:16 AM
Hi Bucky

Would love to come and help - but only if I can have a ride on that mower :)

Today it has rained from dwan 'til dusk. The gardens are now very green, and the leaves on the trees look plump and lush. I can hear lots of birds singing, but have not been out looking for them today. Will hope for better weather tomorrow, when the little grandies are coming. Then we will carry on with our ornithology lessons.

Happy Saturday to you too :)

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 29, 2010, 05:34:19 PM
Today is Day 25... And, what have you done today Joy???  :(    Really, nothing! Slept late and it's been in the 80's this p.m. and did not even venture to the mailbox.

Hubby came from working on other farm and into my room and suggested we go out to eat in town. We did and then I went to Wal-mart and purchased $66 worth of OTC products to try and help myself feel better.

I spend so much on OTC things for self...do you folks?

Well, that sums up what I have done today.  ???

Believe, hubby deserves an award for mowing the yard! Total of 40 minutes and it's no little yard... and, hear the lower garage door going up and he's DONE!!!! I am going to veggie garden to spend 10 quality minutes with him admiring his beautiful garden. ;)

Catch you later....  
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 30, 2010, 07:31:12 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.

I slept in a little longer than I should have this morning, so I haven't taken my 10 minutes outside YET.  I'm in a time crunch this morning, so my outdoor time will have to wait until this afternoon.   All the time I spent outdoors yesterday mowing and cleaning out the garage should be allowed to be banked.   ;)   :D

I have to keep moving . . . I'll check back in later today.  Have a good Sunday.   ;D

Bucky

"In so many ways, we are the same.  Our differences are unique treasures.  We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts to nurture, to offer, to accept . . . "              Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 30, 2010, 12:32:44 PM
Hi Bucky and Joy

I'm feeling very proud today. I spent half an hour outside hoeing weeds from a small section of my garden. I'm feeling pretty pleased at doing that. I couldn't do any longer, as I was hurting too much, but will try to do a bit more tomorrow.

Looking forward to hearing everyone else's news.

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 30, 2010, 05:47:05 PM
Kathyx - good for you tending to your garden . . just don't overdo it!! 

Well, today I spent my outdoor time loading and unloading groceries, then went outside for a bit this evening.  I really don't like going out in the evening as the mosquitoes think I am their dessert!!   ::)  It seems since we have had so much wet weather that the bugs are out in numbers this summer (although, technically, it isn't summer yet . . it's still spring - even though the thermometer has been reading 90 degrees!!   :o).

Hope everyone has had a good Sunday.

Bucky
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on May 30, 2010, 08:15:43 PM
Day 26 of Our Special Bucky's Red Hot Sale  :P     ... Hotter than xxxxxx here in these hills! Spent the day inside until late evening when neighbor came and brought some of their daughter's HS graduation party goodies to us.  We spent at least 30 minutes  on the porch. It had rained somewhere and I could even smell the 'moisture' on the cool air currents.

You know, our neighbor's daughter even commented about the mockingbird and all his tunes...after darkness even! Hope his brood soon leaves the nest!!!!

Kathy, I know that good feeling when you get to spend time in your flower garden...even if it's hoeing weeds.  Oh, how I miss being outside for hours at a time. Bet you do, too. Right???

Again, nighty night... Joy
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on May 31, 2010, 08:43:37 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.

This morning I spent my time out on the front porch as it is thundering and raining right now.  I could hear the birds singing, turkeys gobbling, an airplane flying in the distance, and cars going down the road.

Today, here in the USA, it is Memorial Day.  A day where we stop to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and to honor those men and women who are currently serving our country in the armed forces.  As I stood on the front porch, I reflected on my own family members who have served and are currently serving our country.  Thank you to all of you past and present who give up time with your families, jobs, etc. to travel to places around the world in the name of peace.

May today be a blessed day for each of you.  See you tomorrow.

Bucky

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."         John F. Kennedy
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on May 31, 2010, 01:47:38 PM
Hi Joy

Yes, I certainly do miss pottering about in the garden. I'm an amateur, but do like to tinker a bit. I think I'm getting used to not being able to do the things I ued to. The problem is, my brain thinks I can, then the body revolts. ANyway, I try to do bits here and there.

Bucky - Memorial day, yes I'm thankful for our wonderful troops. I have an 18 year old nephew who is likely to be sent to a war zone this year. I try not to think about it. Also, my God-daughter and her husband are seeing live action - one in Afghanistan, and one in Iraq. JUst so pleased that none of my sons have been recruited.

Speak soon.
Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on June 01, 2010, 08:10:36 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.

Happy June 1st!   :D  Wow, this year is going by so quickly.  Today is going to be another busy day - I'm having a garage sale Wed. thru Fri. so I am busy setting it up and pricing everything.  It figures that it is suppose to rain tomorrow . . . never fails when I have a sale.  ::)  I don't "have" to have the sale this week, but I just want to get it done so i can clear out some unused/gently used "treasures". and make a little bit of money too.   ;D  It's already 75 degrees with 77% humidity at 10 a.m. . . . going to be another hot one today - climbing near 90.  Ugh.

I've already been in and out several times this morning . . . chased a stray cat out of the yard, keeping an eye on a wasp nest that I have asked hubby to take care of on several occasions (guess I'll have to take matters into my own hands  ;), and get 'er done).  Haven't seen Miss Spooky yet this morning . . . she was looking thinner yesterday, wonder if she has had her kittens??  I'll have to wander around the yard later and see if I can find where she is hiding them.

I better keep moving along.  If anyone wants to come help price, I'll let you have a sneak peek preview of my sale.   ;D

Enjoy your day - we only have two more days of our little adventure left.

Bucky

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.  Some come from ahead and some come from behind.  But I've bought a big bat.  I'm all ready you see.  Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"            Dr. Seuss
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on June 01, 2010, 08:32:42 AM
Hi folks:

This weekend I've spent coming and going from a brief trip to Montana to visit my retired teacher. Two of us flew ourselves in a small (4-seater) one prop plane. The trip took 3 1/2 hours over two mountain ranges going, and 7 1/2 hours returning. We had to fly so far south to get around some weather that we ended up going through two extra states!

When there are only two of you, me and the pilot, it means you have to help out where possible. So at each takeoff and landing I was out there pushing the plane into position to be tied down or started as the case may be. (I just throw my cane onto the wing, lean into it and give it all I've got.) Needless to say, I'm pooped.

But my outdoor time these last few days includes walking around rural Montana - actually all of Montana is pretty rural - and time on the tarmac helping with the plane. I might include the time in the plane as well, as there is not much between you and the elements - so gorgeous flying low through mountain passes to get beneath the thunderclouds, miles and miles and miles of wilderness, open land and crops in Idaho, Utah, Oregon, and our own Washington state, and some amazing rainbows. A little more exotic than my usual weed-pulling.

Hope all is well. I'm looking forward to time outside today picking flowers for tea classes and peas for dinner.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on June 01, 2010, 01:39:33 PM
Wow Genko

What an adventure! That certainly beats pulling weeds. I think I would have been terrified in such a small plane, with thunderstorms nearby! It's wonderful to hear about different activities - and different reasons for being pooped!

Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on June 01, 2010, 05:55:00 PM
Free, free as a bird...look up in the sky, it's Genko!!!! Oh, to do something like this...beyond belief! And, all your beautiful pictures of your flowers!  Everything seems like it's coming up roses for you, Genko.  ;)  Joy

Bucky and All Others: Just feel like I ran into a brick wall!!! Going to 'hit the sack'; catch you later...tomorrow morning, I promise!  :-\
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on June 01, 2010, 08:47:24 PM
Thanks, Joy. Riding in one of those little planes is definitely an adventure, about as close to living a bird's life as you can get. However, even with all the sun precautions and taking meclizine I'm woozy today. My feet haven't stopped buzzing from the vibration of the plane, and I'm still eating only saltines and ginger ale to settle my stomach. Totally worth it in my book, but not for the faint of heart!

It's also nice to be on solid ground.

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on June 02, 2010, 04:50:12 AM
Day 29

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

Wow . . . we had some pretty intense thunder/lightning/rain storms during the night!   :o  The kind of storms that looks like someone is standing there flipping the light switch on and off, on and off, on and off as fast as they can.   Right now, things are calm . . . yay . . . calm is good.   :D  I will be spending lots of time outdoors today . . . I'm having a garage sale (keeping fingers crossed the rain stays away until later this afternoon).  In fact, I NEED to be out there finishing up the last few things before I open, so I'm gonna skip on out.

Genko - your plane ride and visit sounded like it was fun . . . I'm glad you could go and enjoy it.

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday.  I'll see you tomorrow . . . which will be our last day of our 30 day adventure.

Bucky

"When the world says, 'Give up', Hope whispers, 'Try it one more time'"     -     Author Unknown

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on June 02, 2010, 08:28:23 AM
Good Day 29, Here I am as promised before noon! ;D  

And, our sweet Bucky, notice you are up early, too! Got my fingers crossed that your rain leaves and a w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l garage sale is yours with $$$$$$$ being made!!!

GENKO: Neighbor that is a pilot and has small plane flew hubby and me over the two farms we have several years ago. I enjoyed it, though, not interested much in flying any more - REALLY CONTENT JUST GROWNING OLD HERE ON THE FARM. When younger we did a trip each year and it all stopped in 1995 when I had extensive surgeries on both eyes.  No more sunny beaches or windy ships or long air flights!

Hubby decided to wash windows today as it is overcast day in our area. We have a soap dispenser washer that you can stand on ground and wash windows. And, here's my tip for no water spots... get the leaf blower and blow the water off the window pane!!! Gee, am I smart or not????

We finished all the windows and doors and I sweetly asked- ARE YOU READING THIS, IRISH KAT-"Honey, will you please consider washing the sky window over my tub area...?" You know, the one covered with all the bird poop!  :( Will let you know how it turns out. :P

Well, going to rest as have optometrist appointment this afternoon. Did not read the fine print on the info about the Crystalens I had put in last yr. at Duke. Cataract lens that are hinged and you do not have to wear glasses.  

Though, recommends that one wears 400 UVA sunglasses when outside... :(    Did not realize there was such a thing as 400; thought it stopped at 100%.   I see $$$$ 'going, going' gone... Just bet these 'thingies' are pricey.

Had to pay for the two lens myself, but the surgery cost was paid for by my insurance. These are new on the market and I'm usually not one of 'get on the band wagon' early but had to have surgeries on both eyes and Duke corneal specialist said that I'd not need anymore lens, they would do me my lifetime. Ah, looking at the whole issue as an investment.

Well, spend all morning outside...count for my last three days?  Maybe?  And, tomorrow...Day 30, promise I do some weeding- even though most of that one bed looks as if they are small trees!  hehe....      

I'm 'wired' today... last night felt like I had hit a brick wall...and, the secret to a 'good' day today is I SLEPT 7 HRS. STRAIGHT WITH 'MISS WINDY CPAP'!! ;) Joy

Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on June 02, 2010, 01:39:12 PM
Hello my lovely friends!

Bucky, hope your garage sale is good. Wish I lived near enough to com and have a rummage. Bet you're glad those storms have passed.

Genko, so sorry to hear that you are suffering from your flight. Hope it passes soon.

Joy, the leaf vac - what a brilliant idea!

Today has been an up and down day. The weather was beautiful - 10 degrees warmed than yesterday - around the 70 mark. Spent some time in the garden after work, planting out some Marigolds. Oh, and something funny happened - our house is chalet style, with a canopy running between the first and second floor. The living room is slightly below the level of the drive and road outside, so my car is sitting a yard or so from the living room window, and my hubby notices a young tabby cat looking up at my (open) bedroom window. The next minute the cat leaps up on to the canopy! David ran upstairs, just in time to see the cheeky thing nosing through my bedroom window! He went to shut the window, and the cheeky feline jumped down onto the bonnet of my car, leaving four scratch marks. It's a good job I'm not car proud! It was such a cheeky little thing, that we had to laugh.

The down part? Well, I guess you know what it's like trying to pretend you are 'normal' to other people? I've been doing that to most people at work, but today I realized I've only been fooling myself. First thing this morning, I met a colleague as I was starting off up the stairs to the first floor where I work. I have to hold both sides of the banister, and it's a pretty slow process getting up the 15 or so stairs. Today, this lovely chap, asked had I considered going up and down in the lift. I had to explain that I do, sometimes, but I need to keep mobile, so will use the stairs whenever I can. He was being kind and considerate, but I guess you can imagine how I felt.

The second incident really put things in perspective. Two colleagues were talking about taking a walk at lunchtime and one invited me along, as I said I would enjoy some sun. As I was deliberating, a second (much loved) colleague tried diplomatically to tell me that she didn't think I would make the 20 minute or so walk - and I know she was right, but it really hurt to admit that. In the end, I started the walk with them, but just walked a few minutes and then turned back.

The daft thing is, these colleagues were being considerate, but it made me realize what a croc I've become. My next appointment with the rheumy is next week, and I really need to have the confidence to demand the Plaquenil. I think it's my only chance of getting rid of this weakness that hits me from the waist down. It only used to happen after I'd been walking for some time. Last week, I couldn't even walk across the hospital car park without help from my beloved.

Anyway, just thought I'd share with people who understand.

God bless
Kathyx     
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on June 02, 2010, 08:41:12 PM
Today was my day to walk through the Japanese garden here to the teahouse where I study Japanese tea ceremony. It is so wonderful to see the garden at all times of the year, in all kinds of weather. It has been rainy here for a while and so the moss and ferns in the garden are spectacular, plus all the irises beside the pond. The flowers are holding on because of the cool temperatures.

Kathyx, don't worry about me. I'm tired and sore, but the plane ride was totally worth it. I'm sorry to hear about your muscle weakness. My rheumy sent me to physical therapy to strengthen my upper leg muscles, because they had gotten so bad in spite of all the moving around that I do.

It took about a month, but now I'm beginning to see some real results in terms of strength. It doesn't help my balance, of course. But Plaquenil may give you more energy and so more moving around and more strength, so you can move around more and so on. I figure every little bit helps.

Take care, everyone. We're doing good!

Genko
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: meow on June 03, 2010, 08:39:42 AM
My last blood test showed low vitamin D--so my rheumy told me to start taking 5000 mg OTC every day, and that should help with fatigue, maybe some weight loss, too It's been about 2 weeks, and I'm not feeling much difference (supposedly it kicks in around now) but it's the end of the school year, and I am extra stressed, so maybe it's propping me up more than I realize.
I have not been sleeping well. Too hot, too cold, gotta pee, having weird dreams---then there are the noisy neighbors  >:(.
I have been getting my ten minutes--although yesterday it was a fire drill!--- and my flowers are loving the hot weather and lots of water.
I need some cardio.
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Bucky on June 03, 2010, 12:13:38 PM
Day 30

Today is Thursday, June 3rd - Day 30 and the final day of our 30 day group commitment to being outside for at least 10 minutes each day.

There were 41 members who signed up to participate in this little venture . . I hope most of you were able to get your 10 minutes in each day.

Today was another garage sale day for me, so I have been outside for the last seven hours!!    :D  Now, I'm ready to come indoors and maybe take a short nap.    ;D

I hope you have enjoyed your time outside these past 30 days.  I've experienced all different kinds of weather . . . rain, heat, sunshine with big puffy clouds, clear - cloudless skies, and I think we even had some frost in there too.   I'm glad we all participated in this little adventure together . . . it's more fun when you can do things in a group.

I don't have any great final words of wisdom for you, but I will say this:  We each need to take or make 10 minutes each day for "me time".   Think of it this way . . . if you have babies, plants or animals and you didn't take care of them . . feed them, water them, tend to them - they would die.  A short, simple break can go a long way toward refreshing you - to recharge your batteries . . . if you don't take care of yourself, no one else will!  It's NOT being selfish to take care of yourself.

Here are just some quick ideas on how to spend some "me" time:

   *  Keep a gratitude journal
   *  Take a walk
   *  Exercise
   *  Write a handwritten note to brighten someones day
   *  Close your eyes and practice some deep breathing exercises
   *  Listen to music
   *  Watch something that makes you laugh
   *  Blow bubbles  
   *  Look through photo albums
   *  Read a book / flip through a magazine
   *  Sit outside
   *  Take a short nap
   *  Make a healthy snack
   *  Dance like nobody is watching you  
   *  Take a relaxing shower/bath

Just because this little group venture is now completed - feel free to continue this on your own.

Thanks for coming along on this journey.   ;D

Hugs,
Bucky

"You have the duty and gift of living.  You don't have the right to sit on the sidelines - - - use your life and get back into the game."     Dr. Phil McGraw
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Scottietottie on June 03, 2010, 12:14:55 PM
Hi  :)

I've just spent 4 days staying with a friend in London and have been outside more than I have probably been for about a year. I've been walked up Primrose Hill, round Highgate Cemetary and also around Hampstead Heath.  I got home on a train yesterday and I slept for 16 hours straight. Even after 16 hours I was woken by hubby. Don't know when I'd have woken up left to my own devices. Have to admit - I haven't been outside today.

Take care - Scottie  :)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Katybarstool on June 03, 2010, 12:46:26 PM
Scottie

Sounds like you had a brilliant time. Hope you get chance to relax again before work. Is it your half-term?

Bucky

Thank you so much for keeping us on track this past 30 days. You are an inspiration.

God bless
Kathyx
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: Joy Cox on June 03, 2010, 07:22:48 PM
EnJOYed my 30-day outdoor adventure with each of you!   8)

And, Bucky, my deepest appreciation for what you gave back to me in the last 30 days! Stepped out and found a social world that had nearly escaped me after the long, hard winter of health issues! :-*

Today, I went to the garden center and bought some plants to put in my big pots in my beloved Garden of Joy. And, the center had all of them on sale! 

This idea has worked very WELL for me! Please know I feel so fortunate to have all you Sjoggie friends...thanks for being here for me...it does help!!! Me is me, its plain to see...I'm just simply me!!!  Love, Joy   ;)
Title: Re: NEW 10 minutes/30 Day Commitment starts May 5th
Post by: genko_b on June 03, 2010, 09:28:55 PM
Today was a garden day for me as well - I took the afternoon to pull up the forget-me-nots that are now past their prime, trim a few things back, deadhead the irises, and plant a few more seeds. There are lots of snow peas on our vines, and I have been picking them every day. I wish I could offer everyone some lettuce - I have some heads of butter lettuce that look as big as pumpkins, pretty scary. And romaine with leaves that are over a foot long. I grow those in pots on our deck.

I've enjoyed everyone's stories about their outside adventures, and thank you again Bucky for inspiring us to push ourselves a little bit. It makes a difference. It's also fun to do this along with everyone.

Genko