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See this image largerWinter wolvesSee this image largerMeSee this image largerEllen's irises See this image largerNorma's crane and red Bird-of-ParadiseSee this image largerMy mini roses See this image largerMy first irises of 2011See this image largerMy periwinkle 2011 closeupSee this image largerPeriwinkle under treeSee this image largerSunset where I had my first singing gig. Lol. It was a blast!See this image largerMy cactus summer 2010See this image largerThe moon tonight. Not the best photo as it was taken with my phone. Sure is pretty in person, though.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerFairy houses I made out of wine bottles a friend gave me.See this image largerThe beautiful sky today. Mid 70s. I couldn't ask for a more beautiful day.See this image largerLol. I love Stitch, and thought this was cute. Have a great night, Sparkers. Don't give up!See this image largerThis excuse won't work for me because I live in Arizona and we don't observe daylight savings.😐See this image largerHahahahaSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerIsn't THAT the truth! Lol.See this image largerThe scenery on my morning walk.See this image largerA great start today. Beautiful morning.See this image largerBefore 30lb loss(1 comments)See this image largerAfter 30lb lossSee this image largerSpring is here. These are some of my flowers today. πŸ’πŸ’œπŸ’–See this image largerThis is why I pretty much live tethered to my air purifier. 😡See this image largerWhat I spent 4 hours doing today. Left side is before. Right side is after.See this image largerSome of the flowers I got to enjoy today.See this image largerBeautiful flowers I got to enjoy.See this image largerMy iris and portulaca are blooming.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerThe Word of God falls under the catagory of a "good carb." It is the only "carb" we should comsume greedily, and daily, not just as a Sunday "treat." Have a blessed weekend.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerEven if you don't see the immediate results that you'd like to see, don't give up! Have faith that your dedication and all your hard work WILL produce the desired results as long as you keep trying. God bless you on your journey to a better, healthier, you!See this image largerThis made me smile.See this image largerSee this image largerGood morning, Spark family. Have a great day! Don't give up!!!See this image largerThis is where I got to work today. I love nature and plants. It''''s hard work keeping this place up, but I love it. A very dear, 91 yo lady that I love dearly owns it. I''''ve taken care of her grounds for over 10 years, and it''''s still my favorite job. πŸ’ She''s taught me so much about plants, and about being a better person.See this image largerMore flowers at Ellen's.See this image largerA few of my flowers today.See this image largerPlease forgive the typo. I didn't make this so I can't correct it. The statement it true, though. Being alive each day is a special occassion, so live it up and make each day count.See this image largerI tried something new this morning. I usually eat eggs for breakfast (either hard boiled or scrambled) but I am egged out today so chose oatmeal instead. Normally I cook my oatmeal with pumpkin pie spice and add a dollop of agave nectar, but this morning I decided to flavor it with a bit of instant coffee and a splash of chocolate extract, with the usual dollop of agave nectar. It was delish!See this image largerThis would be perfect for an April Fool's Day party!!!See this image largerBeing healthy isn't just about eating right and exercising. You have to care for your mind and emotions also. Relax, and recharge. Even wildlife needs a relaxing "spa day" once in a while!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerI saw this picture on Facebook and thought it was breathtaking, so decided to share it for you all to enjoy. Have a good night and a great week.See this image largerMy pretties. πŸ’See this image largerMy sunset tonight. I do love Arizona sunsets.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerGoodnight, Folks. May you have a restful night, and wake up refreshed and more determined than ever to to meet your goals. God bless you and keep you safe.See this image largerMy ranunculus this morning waving a cheery good morning to me.See this image largerWalked/jogged a mile around our little lake after work this afternoon. I love the little wind ripples on the water.See this image largerThis photo speaks volumes. Never give up...no mater how "big" your problem looks. And when you need support, reach out to this wonderful community of Spark Friends. There are some truly awesome people here. Have a great night, and God bless.See this image largerMy treat after I ate my hard boiled egg for breakfast. A banana with coconut cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It was delish.See this image largerMy first rose of Spring.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerLet your light shine. Don't hide it away. You never know who is watching, and who needs your light to help chase their darkness away.See this image largerDon't quit.See this image largerPost workout photo. I surpassed my goals this week! Yay! We never know what tomorrow holds, or even the next minute, so appreciate each moment, each achievement no matter how small, and be understanding with yourself when you are weak, because NOBODY is strong ALL the time! Celebrate your victories, and learn from your "failures" (which are really just NOT failures as long as you are trying!)See this image largerI know my fur nephew is. He is a gift from God.See this image largerMy roses today. The Joseph's Coat (the two on the left) were my Daddy's babies. I thank God I was able to keep it alive after he died. I never see the blooms that I don't think of him. I love you and miss you, Dad.See this image largerMy sky this evening. It was stunning.See this image largerThis fella posed just perfectly.See this image largerMy town's little lake. It's .6 miles around it. It was so pleasant to do a few laps this evening with my friends.See this image largerPerfection. God gave us so much beauty to enjoy.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerLovely air quality today. NOT. Wind is blowing something fierce today.See this image largerI''ve been told it''s "National Sibling Day." So here are some old photos of my brothers. First one is of my two oldest half brothers Richard Wayne and Joe Jr at Joe''s wedding in the mid 80''s. Second one is me and my full brother Jonathan, taken in mid 90''s. Back when we were all young and THIN. Lol. (I was about 130lbs. I''ll never see that number again, but that''s okay.) Oh, how things have changed for us all since those days.See this image largerThe dirt this morning was unpleasant but this afternoon when I drove home it was unbelievable. These photos were taken about 8-10 miles upwind of where I live. My allergy meds just can't keep up with it. My poor air purifier is working it's little heart out today. (I left a window open, not realizing how bad it was going to get before I got home.)See this image largerI've lost 5 lbs in 11 days. Not bad at all. If I can keep this up, I'll more than meet my goal. And I'm finally learning where to find things on the Spark site, so I can track my measurements(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerHave a great day. Keep your eyes on your goal. You can do it! ❀See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWe breathe in what the trees breathe out, and they breathe in what we breathe out.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerThe sky this evening was gorgeous.See this image largerNot a very good photo, but I love clouds moving over the moon, so I had to snap it.See this image largerSee this image largerMake this the best day possibly can.See this image largerMy Joseph's Coat rose bush. πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’–See this image largerThe desert is so green right now. We got a lot of rain this winter. Sad to think in about a month to 6 weeks it's going to be all brown and dry. It was a beautiful evening last night. I beat the rain to get my walk in. πŸ˜„See this image largerDucks on the lake today. They were so cute.See this image largerI LOVE these clouds.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerI don't know what this rose is called. My dad saved it from the trash at the nursery. I love the swirly centers that some of these have. I've seen some that had double and triple centers. Some of these blooms get huge. I have really enjoyed my flowers and the wildflowers this year.See this image largerThat's a fact! May you all have a life rich with love and laughter.See this image largerFresh cut flowers I gave my mom today.See this image largerWow, the Joseph's Coat rose just keeps getting more and more blooms.See this image largerI couldn't pass up the chance to get a photo of three bees busy at work this morning. They love the Joseph's Coat rose. They were all over it. I didn't see one on the other bush, though.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerBottle brush trees are so cool!See this image largerFinally got a good photo of my salmon colored rose bush. It's about 6 inches short of being as tall as the patio roof.See this image largerI LOVE the Joseph's Coat buds. They are so vibrant. I know I'm blowing the feed up with flower photos, but Spring last such a short time here and this year has been such a beautiful one due to the winter rains we had, so I'm really enjoying it while I can. Before long, everything will be dead and dry and we will most likely be having wildfires all over the state. So I'm beyond thrilled with all the beauty around me now. 😍 This Spring has made this "nature girl" very happy.See this image largerI'm so excited. My third (and last) rose bush is finally showing color! It has gotten quite a few bud. This is the first one to start opening, though.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSee this image largerMy third rose bush finally bloomed. And it has a lot of bud on it.See this image largerHave a great day!See this image largerYesterday's rain clouds. I got a walk in at the lake between drizzles. Even had a dinner picnic. It was so nice and cool, and pretty. The first photo is the sun.See this image largerGood morning, Spark world. May you all have the best day possible. Reach for your goals. Never give up. If you fall, get back up. Celebrate the small victories, for they are what add up to become your biggest victory. Have a blessed day. β€πŸ˜˜πŸ’žSee this image largerStaghorn cholla cacti blooming at the lake.See this image largerHollyhocksSee this image largerHollyhock, gaillardia, and desert verbena (I think.)See this image largerMay you all receive good words today and be glad of heart. Have a blessed Thursday. Keep reaching for your goal. Each day is a new opportunity to grasp them. God bless you on your journey through life. *I took this photo of the birds at the lake. They were so graceful, soaring through the sky, despite the wind blowing that day. It was such a pleasure watching them. They were just stopping for the night on there way North for the summer. I'm so happy I caught a pic while they were here.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerMy third rose bush, this morning in the shade and this afternoon dappled with sunlight.See this image largerThis is my fur nephew politely demanding the first sunflower seed I cracked open. (He got the first five. Lol.) He DOESN'T have his aunt wrapped around his little paw. Really, he doesn't! ...Well, okay, maybe a little.See this image largerGood Morning, Folks! Starting the day with a little humor. 😁See this image largerSee this image largerThis morning's flowers. Cacti, baby morning glories, and primrose.See this image largerI'm pretty proud of myself. I went shopping hungry and I didn't buy any junk food! My lunch is a rainbow salad. Yellow bell pepper, cucumber, green onion, avocado, hot cauliflower/garden mix, tomato, even some grapes and blueberries, and somewhere under all that there is a little bit of leaf lettuce. Oh, and I can't forget the Christ jalapenos! They are so yummy. So much more satisfying than junk food.See this image largerOn my evening walk yesterday, the ore train passed while I was at the lake.See this image largerThe ore train''s engines. Got a pic last evening while walking.See this image largerA friend gave me a bunch of baby morning glories, so I planted them around the base of my mulberry tree. I hope they do well there. I've never grown morning glories before.See this image largerThe sunset tonight. This splendor made up for not having much color the previous two nights.See this image largerStaghorn cholla has a lot of blooms on it tonight.See this image largerThe sky reflecting in the lake. It was dark so I am surprised this actually turned out.See this image largerGood Morning! It's a new day, a new beginning. If you "failed" yesterday, today is another chance to do better. (Remember, as long as you are trying, you have not failed! It's only when you give up that you've failed. Give it another try today. You can do it!) God bless you, and may you all reach and exceed your goals today!See this image largerThe clouds and sun this afternoon.See this image largerThe wildlife. There are a lot of cottontail bunbuns living around the lake. They were out enjoying the coolness today. I love bunnies. πŸ’See this image largerThe staghorn cholla cacti blooms in the daylight. (Vs at dusk when I usually get pictures.)See this image largerThe desert is covered in Palo Verde trees in bloom.See this image largerSome of my new batch of flowers this morning. I have morning glories! πŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’See this image largerChaparral, Palo Verde, Desert Senna, and the sun behind the cloud. Every cloud has a silver lining...if you're going through a "cloudy" spell, don't give up. The sun is there, ready to pop out at any moment! Have a great day!!!πŸ’•See this image largerGood morning! I'm a bit late posting these, but it IS still before noon. πŸ˜€Some of the birdies on my walk this morning.See this image largerOne of the many bunnies I met on my walk. They are so cute. πŸ’œ You all have a beautiful day and keep your eyes on your goals. 😘See this image largerMy friend's flowers. πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ˜See this image largerHave a blessed day, filled with laughter, love and all the good things in life. Work toward your goals, don't allow a slip or a stumble to discourage you from trying as hard as you can to get where you want to be. Make small, reachable goals, and work until you reach them. Then make more small reachable goals. Soon you'll find you have reached a huge goal! Don't give up. You are not alone! Have a great day. β€πŸ˜˜πŸ’•See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWhere I worked today. I love this place.See this image largerMy walking buddy tonight was my fur nephew. I refused to chase the bunnies with him so he had to be satisfied with only running the 12' leash length. The sunset was a strange golden glow. And the fourth photo is a tarantula wasp dragging it's dinner home.See this image largerGoal met...175 BEFORE May 6th. (Barely made it. Whew. Lol.) Next goal, regain my strength.See this image largerI finally got a photo of a Gambel's quail at the lake. I've been trying for weeks, but they are gone before I can get my phone out of my pocket.See this image largerThe sunset was spectacularSee this image largerThese four seem to be best friends. They hang out all the time.See this image largerLast year for my birthday, my Mom made me a blueberry crumb cake. It was delish! Since I'm trying to be a bit more health conscience this year, I requested an angel food cake with blueberries and whipped cream. Similar to strawberry shortcake, but better. It is SOOOO yummy!See this image largerMy first cereus (spelled right?) bloom of the season. I wish the blooms lasted longer.See this image largerMy roses this morning. This one always starts bloom in when the other two are done blooming, so I get to enjoy roses for a longer period of time.See this image largerI love watching the bees on my flowers.See this image largerI love the camera on my new phone. I got a little extra workout today walking against the 18mph wind gusts. Lol. I'm so proud of my Mom. She walked a mile with me this evening. She's been doing 1/2 mile for about a week and a half. The last half mile was slow and relaxing, but that's better than sitting. It has been a great day. God is good!!!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerGood morning 🌞. May you all find something to be grateful for. Wishing you a very happy and blessed day!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerThis hollyhock is HUGE. I am 5' 10", AND wearing a hat, and the hollyhock is at least 4' taller than the top of my hat!See this image largerThe desert is a blanket of yellow. It's so pretty.See this image largerGorgeous hollyhocks.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerStormy sky this evening. Beautiful clouds. πŸ₯°See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerAt the Ray Mine.See this image largerI've always liked the layers of mountains in this view, from the top of the pass. I finally got a photo because I wasn't the one driving.See this image largerThis has been a really nice Spring in the desert, but in about 2 weeks, I'm going to be ready to move to the Arctic Circle.See this image largerGood morning 🌞! Have a blessed week. Keep your eyes on your goals, even if you need to rest. Don't lose sight of them, and don't give up!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerGood morning, Sunshine! When it's 60 at 5:30 in the morning and the forecast is saying it's going to be a high of 99, I get my caboose out of bed and get my walk in early. Have a wonderful day. God bless.See this image largerWell, this morning I had "all my ducks in a row", but throughout the day they've all waddled off again. 😁See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerThis guy was camera shy. Took a while to actually get a photo of it.See this image largerSome very pretty clouds today. I love clouds. πŸ₯°See this image largerPalo Verde blooms, lantana, a ginormous Hollyhock in front of grapefruit tree and last but not least, gaillardia.See this image largerWishing you all a spectacular day, and weekend. God bless.See this image largerThe progression of the sunset tonight. I love Az sunsets. πŸ₯°See this image largerGood morning. Have a blessed day.See this image largerGood morning! Have a beautiful day. Look for the good, acknowledge the progress you have made, see how far you've come and don't be discouraged if you aren't where you want to be yet. Just keep working at it and you'll get there. Don't give up!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerI have a couple tiny green beans on my bean plant. ☺️ And my rose still has a few blooms. They are getting smaller though, the hotter it get.See this image largerMy fur nephew drying off on my couch after his bath. Good thing I have a waterproof cover on my couch. (Which I bought because of him! Lol.)See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerI beat the 🌞 up this morning. Got 4 miles in before breakfast.See this image largerThe left photo I darkened so I could see the actual sun as it started to pop up from behind the mountain. The right photo is with the lighting natural.See this image largerLovely sunset tonight.See this image largerThe question: "How's your summer body coming along?" Answer: ⬇️ 🀣See this image largerThe sunset tonight was amazing.See this image largerI'm babysitting my fur nephew today. I think he's broken! I hope my brother isn't too upset when he returns. 😁See this image larger😳😟😒Well, my town is fighting it's first, and hopefully last, wildfire of the season. Spark from the train started several grass fires. Wildland fire crew, our fd and neighboring town's fds are trying to get it out before it reaches houses. Even have a plane dumping water on it. The wind is blowing it straight into town. I live outside of town, so it's going away from me. God be with the fire fighters, and keep everybody safe.See this image largerThe bottom of the photo is cut off, but you can still see how close it came to the homes along the edge of town. Thank God for that slurry! This is the third time in recent yrs that firefighters have saved our bacon. πŸ₯° Fire fighters are real heroes.See this image largerSome of my flowers that love the heat. I love the red Bird-of-Paradise. They bloom so beautifully all summer, and they draw butterflies and hummingbirds.See this image largerFull photo of the Bird-of-Paradise for those that have never seen one. It is still early in the season, so it's still growing. It will get about 5' tall by fall, then it dies back for the winter. It's about 3' tall now.See this image largerThe moon at 9am. It's showing up really well. I love nature.See this image largerThe moon at 9am. It's showing up pretty well. I love nature.See this image largerSunset last night. That "cloud" is smoke from the Woodbury Fire. 😟See this image largerBeautiful butterfly that I got to enjoy watching this morning at work. πŸ₯°See this image largerI love my job. (At least this one. ☺️)See this image largerTeapot Mountain on the left and the sunset on the right. It was a good day.See this image largerMy squill is blooming.See this image largerMy evening walk. It was perfect weather tonight.See this image largerWeird little clouds tonight. Very pretty, though.See this image largerThree baby ducks.See this image largerWishing for a little bit of the first two pictures. My weather app lies...it was 112Β°in the shade on my patio at 1pm, not 105Β°. The last picture is what it feels like! I would say summer is here.See this image largerMay everyone in the US have a happy and a safe Independence Day. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’–See this image largerCloudy sky this evening. πŸ₯°See this image largerNot my photo, but I thought it was beautiful.See this image largerGuilty. At first glance I DID think it was bread. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSix and a half hours in the kitchen and the 5 gallon bucket of fresh off the tree apples is empty and we have 12 pints of cranberry apple butter, 6 quarts of applesauce, and a yummy apple cake. Oh, and my kitchen is clean again. It makes a terrible mess cooking the cranberry apple butter...but it's SO worth it.See this image largerMy beautiful sky tonight. True color, not altered. Every time I see such beauty, I see it as God saying "I love you, this is my gift to you."See this image largerI finished sewing my fur nephew's bed cover yesterday. The zipper was fun...NOT. Good way to use up scraps. I don't think he was very impressed, but I'm happy with it.See this image largerSee this image largerSunset last night was amazing. ❀️See this image largerThe progression of the sunset. The pictures don't do it justice. It was breathtaking.See this image largerThe sunset started out gold tonight, then went pink and red. So pretty.See this image largerAsking for a friend...See this image largerWhen you stand out in the downpour because your cacti only blooms one night and you don't want to miss it, and you end up getting a photo of diamond studded flower.... So worth it!See this image largerMy cacti bloomed tonight. One of the stalks got beat brown by the rain, but it's still pretty.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerHe's gained weight over the summer, so my brother put him on a diet and "Auntie" is taking him walking with her.See this image largerThat speck in the sky is the moon rising.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerFinished my first mile and started my second just as the sun peeked up over the mountain to greet me.See this image largerSunrise and the moon at sunset yesterday. A couple flowers I have blooming.See this image largerIt's cooling off so my roses are starting to bloom again. The only perk about not getting to sleep at night is I'm awake at dawn to go to the lake and walk as the sun rises. It was so peaceful.See this image largerAnother beautiful evening at the lake. I love Fall.See this image largerDecided to go off the beaten path and go for a hike in the desert today. 2.25 miles. Not as fast as walking on a path, but got a better lower body workout going over hills and through washes. I thoroughly enjoyed it.See this image largerLife and death in the desert.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerTextures in the desert.See this image largerI love when it rains here. Beautiful day today, perfect temp, and a dazzling sky getting ready for sunset.See this image largerMy roses are loving this rain! (So am I.)See this image largerMy fur nephew took me for a walk today between bouts of rain. Some of the view along our stroll.See this image largerThanksgiving Day roses. The bees are really enjoying them.See this image largerThe sky yesterday just before sunset and snow on a nearby mountain. I love Az rain. I missed the sunset because I was visiting friends but I got a glimpse of it through the window. It was amazing.See this image largerIt's "flower" time of year again. 😍See this image largerMy rose bushes today. They love the weather we've been having.See this image largerBeautiful rosesSee this image largerAfrican Daisy, petunia and roseSee this image largerMy roses have turned light pink. The first batch of blooms were dark pink. (Left side of first photo.) This second round are all light pink. I don't remember them doing this before this year. I love both colors.See this image larger1: Lantana, 2: Morning Glory, 3: Lantana and 4: Desert Marigold growing by my "baby" bird-of-paradise bush.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photo

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