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Friday, June 03, 2022

Work in Progress, Month End Exercise Up and Down

 

Two asymmetrical scarves on the needles.  The smallest one is sock yarn and small needles so it goes much slower, and remains smaller despite it being started first.  The 2nd scarf is worsted weight yarn and larger needles and as you can see is much larger even though I've not worked as much on it.  The two have almost the same number of stitches on the needle, only about 15 more stitches on the larger one (the tri-color) scarf.  This is the same pattern, so it's fun to see how different they look.  Not the best background to see the colors, will photograph on a plain background next time.

 

Well another month has come and gone.  I have some improvements and some backslides:

PLANKS, backslide, went from 9 x in April to only 6 x in May (was surprised to see that when I checked my calendar)  Boo me

YOGA  Improved from 8 x to 11 (yeah me)

WALKS Status quo sorta?  I walked 12 x in May which is the same number as April....but, my miles are down booo.  Dropped from 128.34 miles to 119.62 miles.

I did do some circuit work outs, only twice which was new.  I'm doing lots of yard work, which is probably why my miles are lower.  When working in the yard, I'm not going for walks.  But, the yard work is hard work.

I was out of town a week during the month, and will be out of town a week in June as well, so not sure if that helps or hurts with regard to exercise.

Loved this book by Janet Skeslien Charles.  This book is based on a true story about The American Library in Paris, and how it was a beacon of Hope during the dark days of The War.  What do Odile Souchet in Paris in 1939 and Lily in Montana in  1983 have in common?  Quite an interesting mystery.  Consequences of ones personal choices can alter whom you become.    Add this to your list of books to read folks.  You learn about World War II, and how even a library can join the resistance.  

I have tried to identify this bush growing in my back yard.  Using Google search it seems to be Ligustrum obtusifolium (Border Privet), which originally comes from Japan, China, and or Korea.  It's also called Amur Privet, but....this bush smells heavenly, which doesn't match the description.  The description says it smells bad, and has berries.  This bush doesn't get berries and smells wonderful.  Additionally it says it's quite invasive.  This bush was here when we moved into the house close to 40 years ago and has NOT spread, therefore not invasive.  Several friends have indicated this is indeed a Border Privet, while others have said it's a Honeysuckle.  It doesn't look like pictures of a Honeysuckle.  Someone suggested it could be a White Potted Jasmine.  Well Jasmine smell nice, but all the info I found related to those plants aren't bushes.  Perhaps it's a Star Jasmine- Trachelospermum?  But, it seems they are often vines?  I'm at a loss.  Anyone out there know what this is.  I would love to plant another one.  Easy care and I love the aroma.  It fills the yard for several weeks; but is about done now.




62 comments:

  1. It is so easy to get my walking in every day because it is something I enjoy. BUT it is hard for me to keep up with my light weight lifting. It comes and goes.
    I do stretch every day though.

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    1. Comes and goes, right you are. Some exercise is easier to do than others.

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  2. I love walking so that is easy.... I think doing planks would be almost impossible for this old body.

    I really think that your bush is honeysuckle. It looks so similar to one our neighbour has.

    God bless.

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    1. Some day the planks are easier than others, and sometimes I really struggle.

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  3. Yard work is indeed hard work - and should count as exercise.
    Another book I don't know and will investigate. Thank you.
    I hope you find out what the mystery plant is - and love your knitting. As I always do.

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    1. Totally agree, yard work should count as exercise. And thanks for the kinds words about my knitting.

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  4. Dear Sandy
    The scarves are coming along nicely. That book sounds right up my street - I will add it to the list! As for the plant, it's not a trachelospermum, as you rightly say, that has twining stems, as does a jasmine. I don't think it is a privet either. Is it an evergreen? If so, it could be Osmanthus delavayi. They have scented white flowers. I did think it could be a deutzia, but I don't think the leaves are right. I hope you can find out what it is!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks for the visit and added info on the mystery plant. Will check out the names you suggested.

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  5. Anonymous6:31 AM

    Trying again. Hope this comment goes through. Elaine from My Next 20 Years of Living

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    1. Sorry you're having trouble leaving comments.

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  6. Anonymous6:33 AM

    Well, Ill be darn, it worked on Anonymous! Anyway, great picture of the two knitting projects that are the same pattern but different weights and needle sizes. Elaine at MyNext20YearsofLiving.blogspot. com

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    1. Since you're blogspot, you would think name and url would work well for you. Weird. Must be a strange glich at the moment. Thanks for the visit.

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  7. I did read The Paris Library a few months back. It was a really good book. I do agree with you that yard work can be hard work. It does burn a lot of calories!

    betty

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    1. Yeah for burning lots of calories for us both. I still need to burn more it seems. It seems with age dropping a few lbs is harder to do. Glad you too enjoyed the book. I had no idea there was an American library in Paris so found it very interesting.

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  8. Your bush sounds interesting. You can't complain when it smells good, has low maintenance and looks great. :) The books sounds like a good read, will have to see if our library has it. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Bill, hope you're able to get the book.

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  9. Just placed a hold on the book. :) Thanks for mentioning it.

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    1. Awesome, thanks for letting me know.

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  10. Knitting is something I never got the hang of for some reason.
    You do way better than me when it comes to exercise. I keep saying I'm going to start but then I get home and say maybe I'll start tomorrow :)

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    1. I understand the start tomorrow, but keep trying. I do better some days than others. Best of luck to you and thanks for the visit.

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  11. I hope someone can identify your mystery bush. It sounds like the perfect plant: Noninvasive, easy to care for, has delightfully scented flowers.
    The Paris Library sounds interesting and I just requested it from our local library ( bonus...it comes in Large Print).
    Thanks for mentioning it.

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    1. Let me know what you think of the book. Bonus indeed large print! So much easier on the eyes.

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  12. Hi Sandy... I read that book, so good I followed up with research on the real people. Love flowering bushes
    LeeAnna

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the book so much. What a cool idea that you followed by researching the real people! Thanks for the visit.

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  13. I was recently diagnosed with medial collateral ligament sprain in my right knee. I have 6 pages of exercises.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Oh yes, I'll bet you do. Probably lots of good stretching to get you healed. Best of luck to you.

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  14. So long as you keep stitching, stretching, in reading, you're doing great.

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    1. Thanks Robyn, I keep at it. Do better some days than others; but do keep at it.

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  15. I would think yard work would be an allover good thing for your body. You sound like an exercise machine. =) Another good book to search for and read.

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    1. I think yard work is good too, problem or trick is to not over do one part of the body; so I try to mix kneeling jazz with standing or bending stuff doing yard work.

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  16. Hi Sandy, thanks for the book suggestion. I will add it to my list. I am trying to get back into walking after a long wet winter and spring. I also try to get to the pool at the YMCA and work out in the water. That works pretty well for me as I was injured a few years back and my hip and leg really stiffen up at times. The important thing is not to give up!

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    1. Working out in the pool is great, and better for most joints, it's good you're able to do that. Keep up the good work. We all just have to keep trying.

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  17. The flowers in that bush look nice. I wonder if they attract butterflies and bees.

    God bless.

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    1. I haven't noticed butterflies, but indeed the bush attracts lots of bees.

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  18. The book sounds interesting, one to look out for. I hope you manage to find a name for your mystery plant. I'm glad it turned out to be non-invasive, they can be a pain to get rid of if they are and they take hold. We noticed a bamboo in our new garden which has come straight out, luckily it looks to be newly planted so it hadn't really taken root, thank goodness.

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    1. Right you are Bamboo looks so pretty, but oh my...it's horrible to get rid of and will take over the whole yard.

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  19. Hello,
    I wish I could help with the plant id, it does sound nice having a nice scent. Thanks for sharing the book, it sounds interesting. I am checking to see if my library has the ebook version, Garden work is exercise, house work is too. I have been wanted to start yoga. Take care, enjoy your day!

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    1. Sing out if you start yoga, I really enjoy it. Yard and garden work is indeed exercise.

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  20. Planks and pilates are way down for me of late. I'm working more than before (it's outside and physical), so I'm doing a bit less in my downtime. And, YES, yard work is super hard work. :)

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    1. It's hard to even it all out, isn't it. You just can't do it all, but the important thing is we're still moving and doing, and keeping at it. Good luck to you.

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  21. Sounds like a good book. I might have to reserve that at the library since I am reading a little bit more these days. Good luck with exercises.

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    1. Let me know what you think if you read it.

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  22. We have honeysuckle, privet and jasmine in our yard. That looks like a combination of all - honeysuckle flowers, jasmine smell and leaves and privet growth pattern. Have you tried one of those plant apps? Your scarves look so pretty and are coming along nicely.

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    1. The app wanted me to buy it, so I need to see if there's a different app. Thanks for the added info and kind words about the scarves.

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  23. Do you have the Seek app? It is really helpful with identifying plants! It works with your camera. I use it all the time on the trails.

    I have the Paris Library on my TBR. So many books, so little time...

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    1. Thanks for the name of that app. Will look it up. Had one some time back, but didn't remember the name of it and took it off the phone, at some point they started charging for it. Right you are Wendy lots of books and not enough time.

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  24. The scarfs look very nice...I used to knit but now crochet.
    Yoga is good, but don't do that anymore..take care..

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    1. Thanks for the visit Margaret D, will get you added to my blog list. I used to crochet a lot, now knit more, as it seems to be easier on my arthritis, but still do crochet; just not as much.

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  25. ...your privet has such lovely fragrant white flowers, something that few enjoy because they common shear the plant. Thanks Sandy fir your visit, take care.

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    1. Yes, cutting things back at the wrong time can keep things from blooming the next year.

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  26. Just popping by to say thank you for leaving your kind comments on my blog:)

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    1. Most welcomed, will add you to my blog list.

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  27. Thanks for stopping. I see so many friends here, wonder how I've missed you.

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    1. Thanks for popping in, will add you to my blog list.

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  28. Hi Sandy
    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I also like meeting new bloggers. Good for you doing yoga--I went to yoga classes many years but slacked off lately, I should get back to it! I'm not sure what that pretty flower could be. I know there are a lot of flower identifying phone apps that may be of help.

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    1. Thanks Pat, will get you added to my blog list. Good luck with the yoga.

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  29. Thanks for your concern! Things are getting back to normal here, but we've had a few busy and also sad weeks. We lost two good friends recently, one of which was totally unexpected. Looks like you are making a really pretty shawl. Your exercise routine is impressive! I used to do Pilates, but now my DH and I are trying to walk every day, and pretty well succeeding, even in the rain.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your loss. It's never easy, even when expected. Glad to hear you're walking with hubby daily. We'll keep encouraging each other.

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  30. Read The Paris Library earlier this year and really enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting Buttercupland. Please stop by again and I'll be sure to visit here.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, will get you added to my blog list. Glad you enjoyed the book.

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