Friday, February 15, 2008

Fashion Find Friday

Apple Green vs Kiwi Green

Here's what I wore for my most recent walks.

Somehow the greens came together in my closet even tho' the items were not bought together.

Here's hubby's green coat on me last February.

I must like green :)

Have you seen this color in the stores?

I was able to log 60 minutes of outdoor walking on Saturday, by dropping my car off for an oil change; walking to the office (15 mins); working for several hours; and then walking back (15 mins).

Finally, at the end of the day, I walked for 30 more minutes...since I'd been doing sedentary work.

You can get a glimpse of me here

as I set off for a short jaunt.

That's the back door of the office.

Notice the blue lab collection box?

By my nose?

Next time I'll post a picture of me in old sweats.

Or whenever I see Carmon in that *yellow* Henry Hazlitt T Shirt :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love Bade Me Welcome

Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack'd anything.
"A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here";
Love said, "You shall be he."
"I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
"Who made the eyes but I?"
"Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My dear, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
So I did sit and eat.

George Herbert

Monday, February 11, 2008

Walking River Green

This past weekend was just too pretty to stay inside, so I walked both days, chalking up minutes for my Idita-walk Challenge.

Here are the photos from a 75-min excursion through a planned community about a mile from my own subdivision. I first visited River Green last September.

I parked at the entrance, not too far from this map.

And found myself staring down this parkway.

The hills are not too steep, but I do get a little out of breath. That's good!Then there's a straight-away where my heartrate can return to normal.

Here is the end of the line - about 3 miles from the entrance.

Turning around and walking back a bit, I captured this vista. Puny hills compared to the ones my walking buddy, Carol, sees in Oregon.

Here's a *roundabout* on your right. You cant see the playground and tennis courts, but they were being enjoyed by the residents.

Heading back up the hill, for the final climb to the car.

Take a walk today.

Show me your pictures.

Here are mine from Saturday.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Manners on Monday

Do you recognize this fellow?

Every now and then we all have bad days.

Thankfully our mothers dont usually write about them.

And if they did, it wouldnt become as public and famous as this dejected lad's fateful day.

Misery loves company, but not that much!!

Pluh - eeeze.

Yet we all know that authors write about who and what is well-known to them, so it was interesting to read about this particular Alexander (Judith's real-life third son) who is all grown up now and having good days.

He even gave his mother permission to write about it.

Judith Viorst (who celebrated her 77th birthday this past Saturday) recently published an entertaining insight into her family life with adult children. Alexander, who initially wanted to move to Australia to escape his bad day, has moved his wife and three small children into with his parents' home while renovations are taking place on his own abode.

This account is delightful and should be required reading for anyone contemplating the housing of friends or family for an extended period of time. It's a much better way to instruct on the rules of living together than assigning a chapter in Emily Post - although that might be a good idea anyway!

For example, for courtesy's sake Mom Viorst (JuJu) thinks she should be telephoned when Alexander et al are not coming home for dinner, but since he doesnt agree, she posts her list of *house rules* at the outset. These rang decidedly true with me.

Quickly review these topics and guess what the concern might be:

1) where to eat
2) white rings on furniture
3) computer use (home office)
4) remote controls
5) dish washing
6) refrigerator organization
7) techno-know-how
8) child-proofing

Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days

makes me remember my blogger friend, Laura, whose son's family is living with her for much longer than one quarter.

I think he's deployed to Korea.

She tells good stories, reads interesting books, and writes about them, too.

I wonder if she would like this book?

I think it would make a cute gift for any grandparents.

I've lived with both my parents and in-laws for short periods of time.

Have you?

Pray tell me a story.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Fashion Multivitamin: Work Boots

Thomas Szasz, psychiatrist, reminds us ~

The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic — in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea — known to medical science is work.

If work is the closest thing to a genuine panacea, then getting dressed every day is comparable to taking a multivitamin.

It keeps the body, mind, and soul vitalized.

Dressing fashionably has even more synergistic results.

It improves my attitude.

I think it affects the attitudes of those around me, too.

How do you dress for work?

Do you wear (army) boots?