Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter K


Good morning class. Welcome to round nine of Alphabe-Thursday!

We will be kicking up our heels for the letter:


Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course.

If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find you easily otherwise.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and visit at least 10 other students (perhaps the 5 students before and after your post). The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please share your killer "K" post now!
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We passed her going up the steep hill...

Her bike glittered cobalt blue in the late morning sunlight.
 
Her muscled arms glittered with perspiration.
 
"Calves of steel," I commented to Mr. Jenny.   "How can anyone ride straight up an incline like that?"
 
We drove to the top of the mountain.
 
We had planned a low-grade elevation climb hike.  No steep incline stuff for us.
 
We're working on strengthening Mr. Jenny's lungs and building my strength up again.
 
We felt virtuous.
 
Hiking in the wilderness.
 
Yeah.
 
That had to be just as good as biking up an intense incline.
 
We got booted and fanny-packed up.
 
And just as we were ready to head toward the trail we heard a shout.
 
"I did it!   I did it!"
 
Turning toward the racket, we saw the same woman we had passed going up the hill.
 
Her jubilant grin dimmed the high desert sun!
 
She rode her bike toward the truck.  "I did it!   Did you see me?   I did it!"
 
"I totally saw you on the way up," I said.   "Wow.  You are in some seriously good shape!"
 
She replied, "I'm getting there.   After three kids I had pretty much given up on biking in these mountains, but I decided it was time and I started training."
 
"I'm really impressed!   Good for you!" 
 
"And good for you for going hiking."   She gestured toward my boots and walking stick.
 
I started to minimize hiking.
 
I started to compare a low-grade elevation hike to strenuous biking up a mountain.
 
And then I stopped.
 
And simply smiled at her.
 
Effort is effort...no matter how dramatic.
 
So I simply smiled wider and asked, "Do you have enough water? I have extra in the cooler if you need it."
 
"That would be great!"   She opened her water pack and I poured an ice cold bottle of water in.
 
We grinned at each other.
 
"Happy Biking!"
 
"Happing Hiking!" she shouted over her shoulder as she rode back down the hill.
 
And it was.



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Monday, July 28, 2014

J is for Just Amazed

This post is linked to the letter J for Alphabe-Thursday. To read other J links, just click here.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

I thought of Ghandi today...

...not that I know him well.
 
Or, indeed...
 
...to be truthful.
 
Not that I know him at all.
 
But.
 
At the recommendation of several of my doctors, I have begun trying to regain my strength and endurance.
 
Today, I met with a trainer.
 
At a gym.
 
Gulp.
 
I was a wee bit afeared.
 
But I sucked it up.
 
And only said, "You want me to what?" three times.
 
It wasn't really bad.
 
It was just something very different.
 
I liked the trainer.
 
She made a lot of sense...
 
But as we wrapped up our one hour session I remembered the quote...
 
And I said to her...
 
"Do you know this quote?"
 
...
 
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
 
She said, "Hmmm.   I don't think I know that quote.   Or maybe I've read it but I just don't remember."
 
She did, though, remember to give me a printout of all the things I'm supposed to do at home each and every day.
 
Hmmm.
 
Good old Mahatma Gandhi.
 
And even though my trainer was NOT impressed with his philosophy...
 
At the end of the day I'm certain strength training will not be the end of me.
 
It will be the beginning of me...
 
Stronger.
 
and with more endurance.
 
My goal for next week with the trainer is to only say, "You want me to what?" two times.
 
Because,
 
I.
 
Jenny Matlock.
 
Have an indomitable will to get better! 
 
Wishing you a weekend that is stronger with more endurance...
 
Or at least the will to resist such things!

 
(PS.   This is soooo not my arm.   Even though I embarked on a 10 day 'get rid of your bat wing' program 11 days ago, they are still with me.  Drats!)


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Like a bridge over troubled waters...

...I will lay me down.

I know times are tough still for so many of us.

This morning, though, I got an e-mail from a blog-friend who told me of another blog-friend in dire need of some assistance.

Here's a link to the cause if you are able to help in any way.

Blog friends have come through for me, personally, in so many ways as I've journeyed through my life for the past several years.

I just wanted to share this in case you are able to contribute to this lovely woman and her family.

Hugs and Happy Thursday.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Letter J


Good morning class. Welcome to round nine of Alphabe-Thursday!

Today we will be juggling the letter:


Please link directly to your Alphabe-Thursday URL (if you don't know how to do this let me know!) and please continue to visit the five links before and after your link and leave a comment. Minimum of 10 links visited please. You can visit more if you like, of course.

I'm finishing up visiting your I's right now!

If you have any difficulties with your link, please make sure to include the number of the link when you e-mail me. It is really difficult for me to find you easily otherwise.

If you have any questions about Alphabe-Thursday or problems doing your link just post it in a comment or send me an e-mail. I'll do my best to help you as quickly as I can.

The McLinkey will be live from 1:00 pm MST time Wednesday afternoon in an effort to assist our lovely "friends across the pond" and continue through 10:00 am MST time Friday morning!

And remember.... link back to this post, you need to be registered as a follower of my blog, PG posts only, and visit at least 10 other students (perhaps the 5 students before and after your post). The links will stay live after the final post deadline has passed so you can even wait and visit over the weekend or whenever you have more time.

Please jump up and post your letter "J" now!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

I is for I SPY...

I spy...
 
With my little eye...
 
And attempt to wink

by a little guy...
 
 
...wiggly worms collected
 
oh me.  Oh my.
 
 
 and

...three Grandlittles at Paris Disney
 
under a raining sky...
 
 
This 'I spy' post is linked to Alphabe-Thursday for the letter I.   For other interesting reads, just click here.
 
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