Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow #2

yellow tree

the yellow tree in the neighborhood

Yesterday the leaves on this tree were a bright lemon yellow; today a little more orange-yellow. Tomorrow? If it’s like another tree in the neighborhood, they will soon turn crispy brown and fall off.

December in Central Florida. For more weekly photo challenge: yellow, click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

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Getting ready for a Feliz Navidad celebration; looks like the predominant color of packaging for Mexican food items is yellow!

For more Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

Christmas tree

New and old twinkling together on the tree

Love the photo ornaments the grandkids give us! Next to the ancient ceramic Ms. Santa Claus ornament that must be at least 60 years old! It’s a miracle that one is still intact over all the years…

For more Photo Challenge: Twinkle, click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone but Not Forgotten

mom & Santa

Hope you have a happy Christmas in Paradise, Mom!

For more Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone/Not Forgotten click here.

December De-stress If You Can

I won a contest around Halloween, which resulted in my opportunity to get a session with a personal trainer at the gym for half-price. Never mind that I don’t remember entering the contest… I was intrigued, so I accepted the prize.

Yesterday I met with the personal trainer. At the gym where I go, a session with a personal trainer normally costs $70. That’s a lot of money to pay someone who is supposed to help you meet your goals of — just what are your goals, by the way? To lose weight, to become more flexible, to get physically fit? Or do you have to pay someone to carry on a conversation about and act interested in your health, like you do the doctor or physician’s assistant? Because they will make you sign a waiver that says you realize they are not a doctor and that they cannot diagnose anything.

To be honest, I’ve been so busy I don’t remember much of the session. Just that she wanted to see my range of motion so she had me goose-stepping all over the gym in a pair of old workout shoes that had round-bottom soles (remember Shape-ups?) because that’s the only pair of tennis shoes I could find in the closet. Me that morning, trying to get dressed in the dark: “Uh-oh, I’m meeting the personal trainer today, better find some real shoes to wear to yoga class…” and then I couldn’t find a pair of real shoes… Ironic that I found the Shape-up shoes, that temporary fad item: is that what the personal trainer is for me, just another fitness fad to induce me to work out? Whatever it was the personal trainer had me doing Thursday, it’s now Saturday and my sore, stove-up muscles are happy to hide, to cower, far from the gym.

The personal trainer was very impressed with the good state of my joints, which can only be due to years of doing yoga, even though I have arthritis and I’m not as flexible as I was in my younger days.

yoga shorts

selfie in favorite Eco-Flow yoga shorts

Celebrating Cyber Monday score of my favorite yoga shorts on sale. I wish I could replicate this pair of yoga shorts in my own sewing room with the help of some sort of holiday DIY pixie dust.

Reading back over this, I apologize that it sounds so “me, me, me” oriented. But maybe I need to pay attention to myself more often. In this season of shopping, stress, and focus on the materialistic, I hope you find what helps you to feel at peace. What would do that for you? A massage? Get someone to watch the kids while you take a nap? A pair of shorts that are comfy when you’re working out? Give yourself a break.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

Flags

American Flags at Florida National Cemetery

For more interpretations of the theme “Converge” in WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular (2)

angular cat

The cat impersonating a right angle

For more Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular, click here. I have to admit, when I take on the challenge, I don’t feel nearly as inspired as I do afterwards, looking at the sweeping and spectacular entries from fellow bloggers. It brings me lots of joy!

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