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January Flowers

By: GardenGrrl, 8:39 AM GMT on January 23, 2010

It's true, you CAN have bright colorful flowers in the middle of winter. You just have to suspend disbelief and have a broad definition of what defines flower.

I couldn't take the desolate landscape anymore. No one is selling pansies, snapdragons or other hardy cold weather flowers around here. But wait, stacked upon the shelves of the home decor super store are hundreds of silk and plastic flowers. Many in awesome bright colors rarely found in nature unless you are a salt water tropical fish.

Lawn ornaments. Whoa, hold me back, they had lawn ornaments galore. My shopping cart already full of flowers, I only took home a tiny stoic garden gnome named Gopalstein.

With unseasonably warm weather, Roxie and I happily spent the day pushing tough plastic sticks in the ground and pronouncing them flowers.

Peace and winter color from the blog porch :-)

DMA's 107th B-Day

By: GardenGrrl, 8:07 AM GMT on January 16, 2010

The Dallas Museum of Art is 107 years old.
They had their birthday celebration this evening and it was fun.
The nuclear polka band from Denton, Texas; Brave Combo helped kick off the festivites. Nothing like a gigantic chicken dance formation to make everything in the world seem okay.
Every third Friday of the month the DMA is open until midnight. They have a very good but $$$ tapas restaurant called Seventeen Seventeen. Tapas is spanish for teeny tiny yummy snacks that cost a lot of money.
The DMA also has a pretty good art collection.

Take some time to do something fun.
Dancin with Chickens from the blog porch.

Snow pics & Fitness After 40

By: GardenGrrl, 7:56 AM GMT on January 09, 2010

Hi, someone e-mailed that they missed the Christmas "snow storm" in N Texas so I am posting some pics. It was also Roxies first "deep" snow. Mostly she just burrowed her nose through it.

Missing Avatar; has anyone seen where my avatar went. Apparently it is too cold in Lewisville and she just took off somewhere. ??? Check perhaps Costa Rica or Hawaii.

Oh yeah, the original topic. Fitness after Forty.
With the New Year I'm sure a few of you are thinking about gym memberships and such. Here is some helpful advice from a former gym rat when I was in my twenties.

Your older now. Don't try to do the same things you used to be able to do. Period. Being someone who used to carry around things that weighed more than I did all day long, this is a hard concept to swallow. Get a spoon, sugar coat that info and swallow it. You will feel better.

Now that I have given up trying to press even half of what I used to, my body feels better. The joints don't ache, the muscles aren't sore, I feel good. The new fitness mantra for over forty is now "Less is better".

Don't get me wrong, you still need to excercise, just go low impact. Walking instead of running if your knees and hips are starting to complain. Low, low weights just working on range of motion and light toning.

You want to find a work out that gets your heart rate up a bit, has you move all your limbs, works on your balance, and most of all does not make you feel all sore the next day. If you are really out of shape, you may be mildly sore after a LIGHT work out, but that will get better.

If you have the $300 for a Wii console and the Wii fit package (Contains the Wii board that you use in the workouts. It also weighs you, checks body mass and balance)
That is a great program for beginners and those of us with joint injuries etc.

Low budget options are going to Half Price Bookstore and purchasing several different work-out DVD's. Find one you like and work with it every other day. Try to work out three to four days a week. If you like to excercise everyday, just pay attention to how you feel. If you are sore, rest a day or lower your weights, reps etc.

Dumbells are great for toning. Buy a set from 1 to 12 pounds to start if you are female. Guys, from 3 to 20 lbs if you have shoulder injuries etc.

Mostly be sure to listen to your body. After forty, most of us aren't going to bulk up anymore. Go for being toned and pain free.

Good Luck and have a Healthy Pain-Free New Year!

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