31 December 2011

New Year’s Resolutions ???

When I was younger, I discovered early on I rarely had the 'willpower' to keep the resolve necessary to follow through with a resolution .... This is not a New Year's resolution! It's past time I quit smoking!

This is something I have to do, have wanted to do, and have been unsuccessful accomplishing in years past. In the days and weeks to come I will be sharing my thoughts while I embark on this process....

What motivations do I have to quit?
1. General health reasons, more energy.
2. My food will taste better and my nose will smell better
3. The cost of supporting 'two' smokers is prohibitive… so quitting will save money for other necessary things…

How will I quit? Persistence and perseverance.
1. I will use a support group like ...  the arizona smokers help line .
2. And ... I will use nicotine patches and/or maybe try hypnosis
3. Continue to have the desire to succeed this time…

Would I try a prescription medication to assist me in the quitting process? You bet I would!

What triggers my nicotine desire?
1. When I first get up in the morning and the first cup of coffee
2. Working at my computer, outside the house, to have something in my hands...
3. Everyday stresses, underemployed, unpaid bills …
            Doesn't matter ..... old habits die hard.

How will begin this process?
1. I will clean the house, myself and roommate of smoke smelling clothes, and nicotine…
2. I will recognize the triggers and do something else to alleviate the cravings.
3. I will use the support group when I’m feeling anxious and stressed…
4. I will stop buying cigarettes on/before or by January 6, 2012 (for both of us)

What are my goals?
1. I will be smoke free in 2012
2. Save money for other things
3. Exercise more and eventually loose the 20+ pounds I’ve put on the last year.
4. I will see an improvement in my overall health.

I can use all the support and encouragement you can give me.
So please post a comment and encourage me to succeed in this endeavor.

27 December 2011

Holbert Trail

Yesterday was such a wonderful day, I decided to get out and revisit some old haunts in South Mountain Park. South Mountain Park is the largest 'municipally' owned park in the United States. It boasts more than 17, 000 acres of rugged Sonoran Desert. Trails are multi-use, shared for hiking, horse back riding, and mountain biking.

This trail is one I've been on many times it leads to a secluded box canyon ... It's a relatively easy trail to walk, though riding Traveler through here would have been more fun... I wouldn't have been able to capture these shots.

Along the short trail into the canyon there are many interesting rock formations.. I have fond memories of leading many horse back riders through this area into the canyon for a private party or a cowboy cookout.

The canyon is deserted today... though I would not have been surprised to see 'cowboys' from the nearby stables setting up for an evening event.

24 December 2011

A 'wee' frost this morning

It's hard to believe the desert gets frost...it's really not so uncommon this time of the year. The sun was just beginning to peek over the mountain when I went to feed Traveler this morning.
I don't usually get to see what his area looks like mornings this time of year, mostly it's still dark when I'm there to feed him. I had the fleeting thought I need to drag out his blanket and have it ready though the local weather forecasters are predicting a warm up for next week, so, chances are I won't need to blanket him, not for a few more days anyway.
There's definitely a chill in the air ...and some say it never gets cold here.. yeah, well it does, but not like some other parts of the nation. One adjusts and this time of the year, desert dwellers put on more layers because we know, it's going to warm up as the sun climbs higher in the sky. By the time I go back to feed and rake this afternoon, I'll be in shirtsleeves. It's going to be a nice day.

15 December 2011

Skywatch Friday ... Season 5 ... Episode 23

Yesterday's sunset...

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Happy skywatching weekend everyone.

13 December 2011

....and was it snow?

                                                    Raindrops through the windshield...

                                                    made for some interesting shots....

08 December 2011

Skywatch Friday, Season 5 ... Episode 22

The other afternoon, I went into South Mountain Park searching interesting shots for this week's  Skywatch Friday . South Mountain Park, is the largest 'municipally' owned park in the United States and access is right outside my back door.

The wind was chill and blowing a good clipper out of the southwest in advance of another storm front.
Of the twenty or more shots ... these were the best.... Alas, I couldn't steady the camera and my hands nearly froze. Well ... all in all ... I think these capture what was to come later in the evening... rain and snow in the higher elevations. Winter is coming.

Happy skywatching weekend everyone! As always, special thanks to the Skywatch Team for hosting awesome skies from all over the globe each week.

01 December 2011

Skywatch Friday Season 5 ... Episode 21

Another storm is brewing to our northwest. It's expected to be a stormy weekend around Arizona. These shots were taken this morning as the overnight clouds began their march from the southwest to the northeast.
The sun had not yet crested South Mountain and made for some interesting shots looking west (as above)
again to the west....
and finally to the southwest ...

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Down Here

I appreciate the guest post, Lindsay Valdez
It took me a while to adjust to everything when I moved down here to Georgia – when I tell people where I live they usually just hear “Atlanta” but I hear “a small town outside of Atlanta nowhere near civilization” which feels pretty different when you’re actually living it, you know? I just have never been so out in the country and I’m having to get used to all this space, things like roosters crowing in the morning and using Hughesnet satellite internet. I came from New York so I can’t really imagine a bigger life change all at once but it’s for my new job which I’m really loving so I guess that helps make up for all the things I’m missing. I’ve got some family in Alabama, too, so it’s going to be nice to have somewhere to go for Thanksgiving and stuff since up in NYC I’ve never really been close to any relatives. I Guess I’m going to adjust to life here in Georgia but I can’t promise it will be easy!