Red October (in my garden)

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Nature’s scarlet blush

applied upon leaf and petal

October’s garden

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Wendy ❀ 2014

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I planted the dahlia not knowing what color it would be,

since I’d been given some mysterious tubers,

and all summer I made sure it was watered.

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Red has always been one of my favorite colors.

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Red’s an important color.

The Canadian flag shows it off beautifully.

(Sorry if I startled you with some uncharacteristic Canadian pride—eh.)

It’s also the color of blood.

The human heart works hard throughout our lifetime.

And it’s 80% more likely to suffer disease if we’re sedentary.

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 I don’t want to end up flat on the pavement prematurely.

That’s why when I read the key to a healthy heart

is not a once a day exercise regime,

but a five-minute walk every hour to get the circulation going,

I knew I needed to make a change.

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I read recently on a blog post,

by a thoughtful and helpful literary agent,

 we need to get moving for five minutes every hour,

since sitting for long periods of time

cancels out of whatever exercise we’ve done that day (Double yikes!).

Here’s a couple of  links to a medical report:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140908083748.htm

 http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282194.php

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Writers and bloggers are vulnerable to getting heart disease.

Yet the preventative measure is so simple.

Set your timer (you can get one online) for 55-60 minutes.

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When that ringer sounds,

  get off your chair and do the boogie woogie

 take a gentle 5 minute walk.

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 I go walking around Willow Island (my circular driveway)  for 6 laps

 while listening to birdsong and admiring the reds in my October garden.

My daughter often walks with me,

and we do what gals do best besides shopping (talk).

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 Sometimes  I memorize verses while I walk (double duty). 

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Although I have exercise machines that I faithfully use,

studies show that a once a day workout is not enough

 if you’re spending a lot of time sitting at your computer.

 We need to walk for 5 minutes between each hour that we sit at a desk

 to aid blood circulation. 

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So dear writing and blogging friends,

I’m passing this info onto you because you’re my online family

and families take care of each other.

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A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,

but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

Proverbs 22:3

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Red October Blessings ❀ Wendy

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(Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend.)

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68 thoughts on “Red October (in my garden)

  1. Thats a beautiful dahlia Wendy! And all the photos are gorgeous. As for exercise Im afraid I can no longer walk properly (my right side has given itself over to MS) but when Im on my ipad there is alays an animal who requires feeding or letting out and in so Im up and down all day! Thats all the walking I can do! Apart from my prescribed stretches! 😊 love xxx

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    1. Thank you, Christine. xo We can only do what we can, and I think moderation is the key to physical and emotional health. Pets are so good for us in so many ways. They give us another family member to love and cherish. In our giving we receive even more back from these little ones. ❀

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    1. Exercise, fresh air, and sleep are my favorite weekend pleasures. We slept in today and went for an autumn woodland walk in the rain. Can’t get fresher than that. Blessings on your weekend and thank you for your well wishes. ❀

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  2. Great post as usual and what a good idea about setting the timer and getting up every hour for five minutes. I definitely need to do that. Thanks for the beauty and the tip, Wendy. Your red dahlia is gorgeous by the way. Hugs and love, N 🙂 ❤

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        1. You made me giggle. I’d say that’s even better than walking.

          Don’t wish for bunnies unless all your flowers and vegetables are protected. There seems to be only one around our place. We think the local owl got its friend. Now I understand (Beatrix Potter’s) Mr.McGregor’s concern about rabbits. 😉 Yet I don’t chase it away since we enjoy watching.

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          1. Oh, then I don’t want bunnies for sure. Wendy the arthritis in my feet is so bad these days that it’s really hard for me to walk much. That’s why I got the bicycle. I also ride it when I have to get up at night because of the Restless Leg Syndrome I’ve been dealing with. So I get in a fair measure of time on the thing. 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much Wendy, for your beautiful photos and beautiful advice! As I try to figure out how to work in exercise, this opens up something altogether different that just might work! Yay! God bless you as you bless us!

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  4. Wendy: I like your opening and closing shots the best. And thank you for the gentle, repeated reminder to exercise often. I sit in my “blogging / Picasa” chair too many hours. I often get up to do 25 push-ups, and Mary and I walk 30-40 minutes every-other day. I was a competitive runner for 33 years, but not for the last two years. I lift weights five days a week. BUT… I still need to get off my butt and get that five minutes of aerobic activity in every hour. Gratefully, Richard

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    1. Thank you, Richard. I was disappointed to hear that sitting cancels out the benefits of regular workouts–seemed like robbery. But I really appreciate that studies show how a simple 5-minute walk each hour gets us back on track. Gotta love simple solutions that don’t include the doctor or the taxman. ❀

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  5. WOW, Wendy–I loved everything about this post! That vibrant red flower is so gorgeous–and guess what? I happen to have a red timer sitting on my table, and was wondering why the heck I’d thought I needed to buy it–well, now I KNOW! Thank you thank you thank you, so much, for giving me the nudge I desperately needed. Praise God!! May He bless your weekend abundantly. love, Caddo

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    1. Thank you, dear Caddo. xo I know I needed to take regular breaks. I was binge blogging and marathon writing. The five minute walks clear my head. It was a relief to hear a simple solution to reduce the heart disease risk. Blessings on your weekend. ❀

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  6. I love this post, Wendy. The poem, the beautiful autumn photos, and the advice for staying healthier. I don’t see a Reblog button, but I’m going to share the link on my brand new blog The Write Stuff, which is focused on writers and writing. It’s a hang out for those wanting to share resources, promotions of their own books and work, and make friends with other writers. Would love to have you join us there. It’s only 2 weeks old, so it is just getting started, but I’m planning big things. Writers Helping Writers. http://marciamearawrites.com Come on by and check us out! And keep on gardening (one of the best things you can do for physical AND mental health) and writing. Have a great weekend. Marcia (from Florida, where it is still hitting 80+ every day…longing for cooler temps!)

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. I’ve signed up to follow your new blog. I love the name of it. Would you believe I’m still working on the same MS? I’m learning so much from self-editing books that each time I go over my novel I find more things to fine-tune. It’s getting closer.

      I hope you get some cooler weather soon.❀

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