Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Good Start to the New Year!

We got our first hike in on New Year’s day.

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Halpata Tastanaki Preserve is near our house and our favorite place to hike.

We’ve taken a second hike already so we’ll be trying to beat the 50 hikes we made last year. Not sure what the weekend will bring though. One step forward…two steps back. (I had kidney stones this week but I’m all better now! That’s a pain, literally!)

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An Eastern bluebird in the oak tree.

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Amaze me Monday and

Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.

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I hope your weekend is sunny! Sun

50 comments:

Shug said...

Oh....bless your heart. My sweet husband has had several bouts with kidney stones....not a fun time! Hope they stay away! Two hikes down? This is awesome and not only does it carry loads of health benefits, but the mind gets refreshed as well. Wonderful!
Have a happy Sunday.

Mimi said...

One of my goals this year is to exercise more and I love your idea of 50 hikes...I may have to borrow that! ;-)

Enjoy the sunshine and have a wonderful week, my friend!

Crafty Gardener said...

I need my fix of Florida weather this morning as we are in the midst of a snow squall. Yesterday was sunny and I hope this afternoon turns sunny too.

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

I love pine trees! Your header caught my eye right away. Some folks don't even notice the pines growing down here, but I just love the scent of pines.
I'm sorry you had kidney stones, I've never had them but they say the pain is terrible!! Glad you are all better!

Sara D.B. said...

So much sunshine in your beautiful photos, Diane!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a lovely new week!

Pat said...

We're sunny here this morning but it's 15 degrees outside. Hoping to get above freezing. What a great idea of 50 hikes...thinking Hubby and I should try that too.

kathyinozarks said...

beautiful walk-Happy Sunday

Terri B said...

I've not had them, but my husband claims they are worse than labor. So sorry- glad you are better. I think you do have a jump on your hike goal.

TexWisGirl said...

sorry about the kidney stones!

Marie said...

Kidney stones! I am so sorry! Glad you are better. Lovely sunny photos. Glad you are getting out to take walks at the Preserve. It's nice to have one so close!

Ariadne said...

Hope you feel much better!AriadnefromGreece!

Crafty in the Med said...

Beautiful clear skies and lots of sunshine I see in these lovely snapshots Diane! Very similar to here in Alicante but we also have to put up with a nasty cold wind.
Sorry to hear you haven't been well...better now I hope!!

Take care now

Amanda xx

Linda Walker said...

Good morning Diane! So glad you are feeling better and got a hike in for the weekend. I am dying to get outdoors, We woke up to 6 degrees below 0 this morning and it is not supposed to warm up a whole bunch and we have some snow coming tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. So happy things got better for you!xoxo
Linda
mysewwhatblog

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Ouch Sis!! Hope you are much better now! I love that you go on so many hikes. It's why you look so good!!
hugs,
Linda

Art and Sand said...

I laughed about the "hope your weekend is sunny". Our weekend is rainy - 24 hours straight and we are loving it!

Inger said...

Kidney stones, that's terrible, glad you are feeling better now. Good idea to keep track of your hikes. It's raining in California today, which is just so GREAT! So no sun here, but rain is what we need, so I'm happy! Dogs not so much.

Diane said...

Glad you're doing better! Lovely sunny pics!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh what a wonderful day for a hike. The photos are fabulous

We've just finished breakfast and ready to start our day. It is dark and rainy and very chilly out today - I think instead of hiking today we'll spend time catching up on house chores.

Glad the kidney stones are gone - have a grand rest of the weekend my dear friend. I have a picture to send you.

MarmePurl said...

Here's to great hikes and a Happy New Yaer.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Some day when I retire--(oh--I am retired) and get rich--oh--that is what I am waiting for--the getting rich part--my goal would to be live in Fl for 6 months of the year and north for 6 months!!
then I could go outside and walk and do hikes and take lots of photos--someday!!!
glad you are better--
smiles, di and miss gracie

Pamela Gordon said...

It would be so nice to get out and hike in warm weather. I hope you're feeling much better. I've never had a kidney stone but my husband did years ago. It was very painful!! It is sunny here today and cold but actually milder than the past week. I'm smiling. :)

Helen Philipps said...

Lovely sunny pictures....and two hikes already!! Sorry though that you were suffering due to kidney stones, and glad you are feeling better now.
Wishing you a happy week ahead, Diane!
Helen xox

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh, Diane, I know that kidney stones are supposed to be so very painful! I hope they are all dissolved and that they won't give you any more problems. This looks like a beautiful place to hike. I have to hike more this year--i could really use more exercise.

Jeanne said...

It is sunny here but very very cold. I opted for a boring treadmill. ick!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images from your hike.. The Bluebird is one of my favorites.. I am glad you are feeling better, I heard the kidney stones can be very painful. Enjoy your evening and the new week ahead!

Arlene Grimm said...

Yikes...those things are really painful! But moving around is supposed to help them move along according to my DH"s urologist. I hope to get in some walking now that it is warming up a tad.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Looks like a pleasant place for a hike Diane. I've heard kidney stones are painful so glad that's over with for you.
Counting the days until we're in the sunny south too.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Lorrie said...

Sorry you've been poorly this week. How great that you've been on two hikes already this year. More exercise is on my list of intentions for the year, too.

Vee said...

No fun! Glad that it is over. It looks like a wonderful place to hike.

Cloudia said...

What a lovely post. Sure hope you feel wonderful from here on out!





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Susie said...

Diane, My computer is still trying to make me nuts. LOL. I came by this morning and it would not bring up any comment spot...so here I am back. I love your new hiking place. You are doing well in to your new year. My walks have only been behind a snow shovel.LOL. I'll be staying in tomorrow...it's getting icy out. I pray that doesn't stay around . Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Julie C said...

Hi Diane, I'm so glad that you have had some nice hikes already. It's too bad about the kidney stones but glad you are feeling better. I have had them and they are painful! Hope this week is better for you!
Julie

Cozy Little House said...

Wish I could hike. The weather here is gray and rainy and cold, but spring will come before we know it.
Brenda

doodles n daydreams said...

What a great hike, lovely views. Hoping you're well and truly over the kidney stones, not nice at all. Both hubby and eldest daughter have been hospitalised with them. Take care.

Diana

Debby said...

Ouch. I know those hurt. I hope that they are gone and not coming back. I'm sure those hikes are fun. Not here, right now, hah.

Stephanie said...

Oh Diane, I am so sorry to hear you had kidney stones, but I am very thankful you are doing better!

Have a lovely week, sweet lady. Hugs!

Musings from Kim K. said...

You poor thing. My husband has had kidney stones. It's so painful. I think we might need snowshoes to do hiking around our snow covered state right now.

cynthia lee designs said...

Oh my...kidney stones are no fun!! I want to walk more this year, but it will have to be on the treadmill until winter is over. Then we can go hiking in the park.
~Cindy

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Oh my goodness! Not kidney stones, I just know they are so very awful and painful. I am so thankful you are on the mend.
You are such a happy little spirit and we don't want you to be in pain ever!
Hugs,
jemma

Kathy said...

Oh dear!!! So happy to hear you made a quick recovery.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Looks like you had a beautiful day for hiking. Love those skies! I'm glad your bout with the pain from kidney stones is over! Have a nice week!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

So sorry to hear that you had kidney stones Diane, they are so painful. Hope that is the last you will see of them. Happy hiking!

Doreen@househoneys said...

My hubby has some kidney stones. They were blasted out. Did you get rid of yours?

(I thought of you driving past Cape Canaveral a couple of weeks ago Diane.)

boopnut said...

So sorry to hear of your kidney stones! My doctor always advises me to drink plenty of water as I am at risk as well. I should listen to him better! I think I would love to hike down there!
Deb

Cranberry Morning said...

Ack! Kidney stones! My former nemesis. I had four different bouts of kidney stones, two that ended in surgery, until I started taking magnesium and B6 and drinking more water. I found the remedy in a Prevention Magazine. The magnesium binds with the calcium, making it unable to bind with oxalate (I think it was), and the B6 acts as a natural diuretic. So far, so good. May you never have another kidney stone, friend. They were worse than just about anything else.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Diane, I heard that kidney stones can be so painful. I'm so glad you're feeling better.

Take care, my friend. I enjoy going along with you on your hikes.

~Sheri

Debby Ray said...

Ooohh...kidney stones...I have never had them and NEVER want them hearing that they are awfully painful! So glad you are feeling better. This certainly looks like such a lovely place to hike!

20 North Ora said...

OUCH!! Those are so painful. Glad you got out and got some fresh air after that. Hope you are all well now.

Judy

Carla from The River said...

Hello Friend,
Oh my, I am glad you are feeling better. Praying all is well and you are truly 100%!!

We got out on a hike on 1-1-15 too. We have a ski goal and a hiking goal this year with our boys.

We will cheer each other on!
xx oo
Carla

Donna said...

What a beautiful spot and such a great goal...50+ hikes.