Saturday, April 21, 2018

#100dayproject#100daysofwalking Days 13 to 19 (April 15 to April 20)

Day 13:  Just another Sunday

A far new of the Mountains

I have been in Henderson for nearly 11 years and I still do not know the names of all the mountains that surround the valley.  I should say that I know the names, just cannot figure out which is which.  I do love looking at them.  Today I walked 2.29 miles.  It was a good walk.

Day 14:  Walking my little legs off

Flowers at Green Valley Ranch

More of the neighborhood

One More

Today was my appointment with my medical oncologist.  Dr. Allison is retiring so I am seeing the new doctor Dr. Tibayan.  Seems really nice and is following Dr. Allison's protocol, so I am happy.  Boy did I do a lot of walking.  It is official that I have lost 33 pounds since last June.  Dr. is really pleased.  I will continue to work, on my goal to get healthy.

Day 15:  Beginning to love walking

Outside of my house

Love the blooms

Day 16:  Walking even when I do not feel like it

Bottlebrush plant 

Day 17:  Wanted to take a photo of the Green Valley Ranch Vineyard

Grape vines and cypres trees

another able of grape vines
Resting spot after my walk

Today was an adventure in walking.  I was going to walk from my house to the district, but I have to cross the freeway and one part of that crossing can be a little dangerous, so I decided to take the bus across the freeway and take a nice walk. Part of that walk led me past the small vineyard owned and operated by Green Valley Ranch Casino.  I have seen it from a far and wanted to take a photo of it so off I went.  My adventure led me on a 2.39 miles adventure around the casino campus.  I also walked .27 miles to the bus stop this morning for a total of 2.66 miles today and 6957 steps.  I am enjoying coming up with periodic adventures.

Day 18 - In Front of the Library

Statue of kids playing in a pool

kid in pool
 In the front of the Green Valley Library there are statues of children playing in pools; however, there is never any water in the pool.  One can imagine why the pool remains empty.  Liability Insurance, danger of children jumping in and falling; water preservation in the desert.  Interesting

Sunny day in the desert

Waiting for the bus

Busy day today.  Church, quick run to grocery store for Sunday Church goodies and then a walk around the complex.

Total for week 16.71 miles

  • So as not to overwhelm myself, I have broken-down this project into 30 day increments.  This sounds a whole lot better than 100 days.
  • It is getting easier to walk 2 miles and it is enjoyable
  • need to start working out plan for days that the heat is high.
  • doctor is pleased that I have started this plan.
Until next healthy my friends.  Pilgrim

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Week 2 #100dayproject#100daysofwalking

Day 6:  Evening Walk

Flowers outside of my complex
Day 7 Walking around the apartment complex
Love Me some Sammys
Flowers at church

Day 8 Meetings and more meetings

Morning Walk to Church

Day 9:  Life gets you miles
Green Valley Ranch the District

Green Valley Ranch Casino

Day 10  Windy days keep you cool

Water Tank my next-door neighbor

Day 11  Working toward consistency

My Apartment complex
Day 12:  Almost forgot to log some miles
Post office run

Observations for this week:

  1. Going to need to mark off days on a calendar to keep up with the numbers of days. Since the project started on April 3rd, it can get confusing.
  2. getting off the bus one mile before my intended location is a great way to get in my miles
  3. I am really sleeping better by getting this exercise
  4. Walked a total of 19.19 miles this week
  5. I am enjoying this project; but, I have to keep everything in perspective. Some days may only be a mile, but as long as I am walking it all counts.
  6. Consistency is the key.
Until next week.....pilgrim

Saturday, April 07, 2018

#100dayproject#100daysofwalking Week 1 April 2 to April 7th

Day 1a: April 2...I think I am starting a day early now that I think about it so this is practice day....

18 Stairs
The stairs in this photo lead to my apartment.  18 steps in all.  18 steps that lead to my participation in the #100daychallenge.  I have to walk down those steps to participate in #100daysofwalking.  This challenge is essential for my life.  So dear reader Wish me luck and I hope you will say a quiet prayer that I succeed.  I will be posting weekly my thoughts on this challenge.

Actual Day 1 of #100dayproject/#100daysofwalking  April 3...

Beautiful flowers on the route.
Saw these beautiful flowers on my walk.  Started out my walk with prayer and the Rosary.  Concluded the walk with a little Pat Metheny, love his music.  I am going to have to make a 100 day playlist.  I am painting in a journal snippet of what I see each day.  May post later.

Until tomorrow.....

Day 2:
I love blossoms
 Went for a wonderful walk this afternoon.  I normally like to walk in the morning, but I had a meeting so I had to make adjustments.  No excuses, this is too important.  There are a lot of nooks and crannies to discover in my neighborhood. Walked 2.09 miles.  Until tomorrow....

Day 3
Shopping buggy
This will be in two parts.  Grocery shopping first thing this morning.  Wanted to see the results  of everyday events in my life.  1.49 miles walk to the store, shopping the store and walking home.  This is good.  I may be able to get in 3 miles today when combined with my daily walk.....

I am now really determined to watch my eating after all of this walking.

See you later.

Day 3 part 2
Leaves are growing on tree outside of my house
2nd walk, really interesting.... 2.26 miles and a total of 10,000 plus steps today.  Oh joy.

Until tomorrow,,,,,

Day 4:  Morning Walk 2.20 miles; 6000 steps.

Tending Flowers

I was curious about the Corporate Business complex across the street from me, it is huge.  There is a cautionary warning here....Walking in parking lots can be dangerous when people are arriving for work...just saying.

Day 5:  Some days you have to fit it in when you can.  2.10 miles:  6000 steps

Roses in Bloom
Had a busy morning at church but was still able to get some walking in this morning and a really good walk this evening.  Walking to and from the Bus Stop really helps with getting in steps.

Observations from this week:

  • 100 days is a long time if you look at it as a whole; just take it one day at a time.
  • Keep it interesting; but don't angst over it.
  • Since this is going to be a way of life, relax and enjoy the process, this is not a race
  • I really like walking
Well, gonna get some rest.  Tomorrow is another day.  until next week.....pilgrim

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Catching up

I just realized that it has been a while since I have written a post.  That is unacceptable and I will have to work on that.  I was watching a Youtube video yesterday and the presenter said she was committed to posting  a new video every Tuesday.  I was inspired to think about making a commitment to myself to post on a regular basis.

For example, certain days of the week are designated projects in which I am involved.  Thursday is write memo to parents of Religious Ed Students; Friday is MOMS preparation and newsletter day; Saturday is empty trash and laundry day. etc.  So I need to pick a day and commit to blogging.  I am going to have to give it some serious thought.

So, to catch up.  What have I been doing artistically?  I have been participating in two year long projects.  Crocheting a granny square a day with the goal of making presents with the squared.  It has been really fun and good physical therapy.
Sample of granny squares

I also have been painting weekly journal spreads based on France Papillon's project paint a layer a day.  The project is designed to encourage daily art work.  It has been a lot of fun.  Some of the completed layouts are below:

These are not posted in any particular order, rather, they represent what I have been creating and let me tell you I am having a blast.

One week I created the cover for the journal.  There is a story about this cover.

The large butterfly was intended for the front and the smattering of butterflies for the back.  Well, I had the book upside down, so the big inviting butterfly ended up on the back and the smattering of butterflies on the front.  Instead of giving up or starting over, I added the word Transformation and some other items to enhance the smattering and it turned out better than I could have imagined.

I hope I can continue to create everyday even if just for 10 minutes because I have another goal that I am not going to talk about now, rather, I am going to let it marinate and I come to terms with what I want to do and how to pull it off.

Until next time,  have a blessed day


Sunday, December 31, 2017

End of 2017 Wrap up and Word for 2018

This is the final post of 2017.  It has been quite the year, lions and tigers and spiders, Oh my.  My year in Photo's

February: 29 Faces painting inspired by Klimt

April I thing, Learning to paint feet

June train ride to Michigan

Lauren's graduation

September the great spider war

October Inktober a month of doodles

November Christmas on a budget, made my wreath

December Christmas ornaments made for Secret Santa Swap, aren't they cute

This was a year of coming to terms with limitations, accepting life as it is, laughing at life and it many changes; trying new things and living.

2017 leaves the Pacific coast in 34 minutes; looking forward to a new year and new opportunities.

Major accomplishment, as of this morning lost 29.2 pounds.  Looking forward to continuing my healthy living journey in 2018.

Each year I pick a word for the year.  Something to be a guiding beacon.  My word for 2018 is a
formula to live by; Vulnerability plus mindfulness = Empathy.

Thank you for following me during 2017 and supporting my blog.  Here's to more posts and more adventures in arting in 2018.  Blessings to you dear readers and Happy New Year,

as always pilgrim.......

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Adventure; Low Cost/No Cost

Christmas Lights at Ethel M's Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden.  

Every year the cactus garden of Ethel M's is converted to a Christmas lights extravaganza with over 50,000 lights covering the various cactus plants.  It is a virtual feast for the eyes and the photo's do not do it justice.

This is the second installment of my Low Cost/No Cost adventures.  Touring the cactus garden is free.  There is a store/gift shop that has all sorts of chocolates.   My friend Marge and I decided to go this evening and just enjoy the sights; it was truly a lot of fun.

If you are a visitor in the Las Vegas Area, you can drive to Ethel M's (it is located in Henderson, NV) or you can take public transportation.  From the Strip you would take the SDX bus to the South transit terminal and transfer to the Sunset Bus (212) east.  Get off the bus at Sunset and Sunset Way; walk across the street and enjoy.  Since some of the Hotels on the Strip are charging parking, public transportation is a very viable option.

I will probably have one more adventure this month as I HAVE to go back to the Bellagio to see the Christmas display in the Observatory.

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Until next time, look for ways to enjoy your city no cost/low cost.  Share what you find out.

 Merry Christmas...pilgrim