Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Catching Up With Betty

Hi everybody!

I have been away from my blog, but now it's time to catch up!

I've have a great summer of traveling.  

My friend Jim and I took a super toad trip up to Ashland, Oregon for the Shakespeare Festival.  Yow!  
It was fun!


We stayed at a great hotel.


We saw a couple of plays, including Richard III.


Here's our hotel at night.  That's my window to the right of the Columbia sign.



There was a great movie theater down the street.


We had a good time taking pictures too!

Hope you are having a great summer!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Something's Fishy at the Hatchery

 Brian and I are on a short road trip right now and we started off with a trip to the fish hatchery!

Talk about excitement!



                  (Since I am doing this post on my I-Pad, I can't enlarge these, but just think BIG, OK?)



                                           Of course we went directly to the food dispenser!



                                                                    Speckled Trout.


                                                                      Speckled Trout.



                                                             More Speckled Trout!

                              Can you guess what kind of fish they produce at this hatchery?

It's back on the road today.  Raise your hand if you love road trips!  Ah yes, that's what I thought!

                                                     You are indeed my kind of people.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dog Park Portraits



My girl, Kia Louise, and I head to the dog park every night to see our friends.



The other night I took my camera along and took some pictures.



Here's Hazel!  She's Kia's best friend.



Eliza



George



Bean and Boone



Sky

We always have a wonderful time at the dog park!

Hope you are having a great time wherever you are!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Blackberry Season

Hi My People!   I have been away for a few days due to a nasty summer cold, but I am baaaaacck!

It is blackberry season here and the bushes in my back yard have been going gangbusters.



Here's one, ready for his closeup. 



I have been foisting them off on friends and neighbors as fast as I can.


I've also been freezing them for use in smoothies, etc, later.  



I love blackberry season! 


Friday, May 30, 2014

Do You Hear What I Hear?





I was wearing my new jazzy spandex jogging capris and my brand new Apple ear buds when I left the house for my morning walk.  It was a bit chilly, so I went back for a light sweatshirt.  I got a really long one since I was not sure the 'hood was ready for the total spandex experience from me just yet.

My ipod was already secure in  the small fanny pack around my waist and and didn't want to put the pack  over my sweatshirt, so grabbed my ear buds that were hanging from under the sweatshirt now and just popped them in my ears.   

I had a full hour of disco hits '70's on my play list.  Yeah, Baby.  Makin' my way to Funkytown.

When you walk at the same time every day, you tend to come across the same people.  Conversations are rare; we morning walkers prefer just waving and smiling to one another. The day was beautiful, I was full of energy and those tunes were good ones. "It's Raining Men!"  "Ring My Bell!"

I had the volume up and may have even broken out into song once in awhile.  (Can you blame me?)  My hips were swaying and my head was bopping along with the tunes,  "She's a Very Funky Girl!"  I waved to all my regular peeps as I dance/walked by.

The only thing that nudged me (and only slightly) from my Dancing Queen reverie was the downward tugging of my ear buds. I reasoned the sweat shirt was forcing the wire down.  Or, maybe the new ear buds were just heavier than my past ones had been.  

Oh well. I was too lost in the music to do anything about it.  "Shake Your Groove Thing. Shake Your Groove Thing. Yeah. Yeah."

I continued to wave at my fellow morning people, including some I didn't know.  It was that kind of morning, you know? I smiled at all the kiddos walking to school.  They looked at me and smiled back, obviously in awe of my super-speedy-groovilicious walking. "Le Freak! C'est Chic!" 

It was on the last block of my three mile tour of the '70's that the tugging on my ears got to be too much, I pulled up on the cord to discover that the wires of the ear buds were not, as I had assumed, just caught on the edge of my sweatshirt.  

Oh my.

Oh no.

My ipod was indeed hidden from public view, but the wires from it had descended down and been caught up in the crotch of the heavy duty spandex before swooping up to my ears again.  Yes, that cord was really worked in there.  

Those I passed by must have thought I had a direct line to my nether regions, and was listening pretty intently.

Judging from my facial expressions and nodding head they could have assumed that the news was pretty fantastic!  

Well, OK!

(Hey!  At least I wasn't listening to a scary novel or a boring news program.  Imagine what they would have thought the report was then!)


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fitbit Fever


OK, OK, here’s that post on the Fitbit you all begged for.



I have been wearing a Fitbit for about three years and am kind of nutso-crazy about it.  It’s like a pedometer on steroids, tracking your steps, activity level, stairs, and even your sleep if you would like it to. 

The best part is it records all this on your computer so you can see your progress over time.  Your buddies can also be on your leader board, so you can see how active you’ve been compared to them.  All four of my sisters have Fitbits and three of them are on my leader board.  These women are beasts about walking and a couple of them are extremely competitive.  (Maybe Betty is too, just a little….) 

Anyone who has a Fitbit can tell you it pretty much rocks his or her world.  My buddies who have Fitbits know what I am talking about.  It’s the first thing I grab in the morning and the last thing I take off at night.  It’s a great way to get your steps in during the day.  You can just plug the sensor into your computer, leave it there and it will pick up your steps whenever you get within fifteen feet. 

If you need some extra motivation or just want to see how far you are walking, a Fitbit might just be the thing for you. 

Happy Walking, My People!  Let’s stay healthy out there!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What Betty's Feet Are Wearing This Season


Oh. My. Gosh.  It's time to take a break from my soul-searing commentary (I hear you cheering out there!) to focus on the really important issues in life like leisure-time footwear.

As many of you know, I love to walk.  Kia Louise and I are up every morning for a three-mile jaunt.  In the past I've had some pretty good shoes and some pretty good socks, but recently the stars aligned and I got new ones of both at the SAME TIME!  Ahhhhhhhhhhh!



This is my second pair of Brooks Glycerin 11 shoes.  The company is coming out with 12 any day now,  but I'm an impatient badger who couldn't wait so I bought another pair of 11's.

I have been a Thorlo girl for years, but these super-duper Distance Walking socks rock my world.  Seriously.

With these socks and these shoes, I am a very happy maniacal walker!  It's like I have tiny mattresses and box springs strapped to my feet.

I don't believe I have every written about my fitbit, but it is an important part of my life.




Do you have one?  Wouldn't you like a long, detailed post about mine?

Wishing you happy, healthy days!