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Thursday, May 29, 2014


Because I am over fifty and fabulous, I wanted to share some throwback music.  First, I went searching for some music by Emeli Sandé because I love her.  Even though she is not a throwback to the 70's, everyone should know her.  What did I discover during my search, Labrinth singing with her in the two videos below.  What a pleasant surprise.  Point is, sometimes you find joy when you aren't even looking for it so keep your heart open.

The first is the official music video for Beneath Your Beautiful...simple....and I love Labrinth in this hat. 

Same song but an exciting live version.  Labrinth is not wearing a hat but he does have a enticing smile.

Keep you heart open.  Listen and enjoy both versions.

Now for some throwback.  Here are my cats, Girlie and LuLu as kittens.

When they were younger cats, we would dance to KC and the Sunshine band.  I give you shake shake shake your the way I always remembered the song as , "Shake Shake Shake.  Shake Shake Shake.  Shake your bootie.  It's your duty.  Hey what do I know. 

Ya gotta love the outfits.  No doubt I had something similar.  Now if there were only pictures.

If you are local and need some up close and personal throwback, KC and the Sunshine Band will be playing at the Lynn Auditorium. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


"And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling."

Monday, May 26, 2014


At some point in the near future Monday's will be Monday Madness but in honor of Memorial Day and the sacrifices of Monday, it is a reflective Monday in pictures.  The Lynn Memorial Day Parade:

And the young women..the LEHS Junior ROTC Drill Team who competed nationally and came home with 7 trophies.  They performed in front of the viewing stand at the Parade.  I could not get a good picture but I did get their backs.

Want to know more about these dedicated, motivated women.  Please check them out here.

After the parade, a visit to the Civil War Section of Pine Grove Cemetery:

Always remember...

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Part of the reason I started this blog was to catalog my personal work outs, not the work outs I do at

On Saturday and Sunday I create my own workouts or borrow from some online sources or the work-outs of Neghar and Jen Sinkler.

I hope some of my work outs inspire you to move it and create your own:


Rock out a great workout...was even asked if I was a body builder.  Seriously, do I look like a body builder?  Just a 50-something trying to keep on picking up heavy shit.

Here is what I did...

Foam Roll, Stretch, Warm Up

Barbell Deadlift                 3 x 155
                                           3 x 165
                                           3 x 175
                                           3 x 190

Barbell Glute Bridges       8 x 225
                                          8 x 230
                                          8 x 235

Check Glute Bridges that buttocks baby.  Who better to demonstrate than the Glute Guy.

Face Pulls and Squat Pulls...gotta tell you I have no idea how much the plates it makes no sense to tell you what I did.

Then did a rotation of

Skater Squats                    6 x 12.5
                                          6 x 12.5
                                          6 x 15

Double Leg Sit Ups          6 with 35 pound plate (3 times)

One Arm Rows                6 x 40
                                         6 x 42.5
                                         6 x 45

Sit Ups

FINISHER:  Kettlebell Swings with 40 pounds (largest at the Y) and then  one minute of rowing.   I did this four times and called it a work out.


I had limited time today so used a quick work out using kettlebells.  No foaming rolling just did quick stretch and warm up. 

Did 4 rotations of the following:

Clean (12KG)             5 each side
Squat (16 kg)              10 times
Swing (40   pounds )   10 times
Press (12 kg)             5 each side
Deadlift( 70 pounds) 10 with thrust

At the end of each rotation I did one TGU on each side.  The first two I used 12 KG and the second two I used 16 kg. 

I did the Arnold Pump and Run a couple years ago and still haven't let go of doing it again so I did a set of Bench Presses.  Loved the run part of the Pump and Run.


Friday, May 23, 2014


Ahhhh....Friday night.  Some people's drink of choice is wine; other's beer.  After a long crazy week, I want a tequila.  PATRON SILVER on the rocks, lime and a little salt.  No margaritas in this house. 

I do prefer Anejo but lately I've been rocking the Patron Silver.  Set up and ready to go!  LET THE WEEKEND BEGIN.

If you want to learn more about Tequila check out Viva Tequila.  Not only is tequila a great drink but it also has an interesting history.  The liquor itself is complex...silver, reposado and anjeo.  To understand tequila you need to understand Agave. 

Viva Tequila is a complete if not definite book on tequila.  History, drink recipes, food recipes and beautiful pics.   Check it out by clicking on the picture.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Let's be honest here.  If the choice is interacting with people or doing just about anything else, I would chose just about anything else. 

During lunch today I was talking about my trip to the beautiful Isle of Jersey last October. 

My story was not about Jersey but about me and making the decision to move outside my comfort zone.  After attending the service at the family Parish of St. Saviour's Church, the group had lunch and tea with a group of invited "family" and friends at a beautiful local restaurant.  Before entering the room, our guide, Sue Hardy, instructed everyone to sit with people they did not know.  In true Patti fashion, as people were filing in tables close to the door, I went to the seat as far away from the main door as I could and sat.  I waited to see who would sit with me.  I looked around the room and saw Jeremy Johnson, the owner of Swan Farm and Reverend Swindle, pastor of St. Savior's, sitting perpendicular from each other.  Next to Jeremy was an empty seat on the end of the table.  After some back and forth in my mind, I decided I wanted that seat.  I decided to take charge.  I was going to choose who I would sit with at the lunch.  BEST DECISION EVER!.  The conversation was interesting, the wine flowed freely, and the laughter was contagious.  I came away exhausted but invigorated by the experience.  I thought to myself...hanging with people isn't so bad. 

FYI...I went with a group of 12 people associated with the Poindexter Descendants Association.  Pendexters and Poindexters are descendents from the Poingdestres from the Isle of Jersey.  Spending 7 days with 12 people on an almost constant basis was outside my comfort zone but again it was rewarding.

More outside the comfort zone....the Radiance Retreat in Asheville....the first big outside the comfort zone...although it didn't stop me from trying to learn to snatch...

To further kick it the second Radiance Retreat in Santa Monica, I decided it would be a good idea to share a hotel room with someone I didn't know.  Stressed every minute leading up to the Retreat.  Turned out having a roommate wasn't so bad.  My roomie made it easy.  Thank you Autum. 

I am still not entirely comfortable spending extended time with people.  I still want to retreat and be alone.  I am learning and will continue to challenge myself. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Those who know me know I am not a fan of the summer months.  I prefer the cold of winter.  I am passionate about real food.  Good food fuels a healthy lifestyle.  Summer brings locally grown fruits and vegetables which I miss in the winter.   

I want my food to come as close to locally grown as possible  I don't want my fruit traveling from Mexico, California or Florida.  I don't want my fish/shrimp coming from China.  I prefer my meat to be locally raised in New England.

I've done veggie CSAs with the Food Project in Lynn and with Connor Farm.  My early in the year bounty...not only do you get great food but you get to explore the farm whether it be a small urban one in Lynn or a larger version such as Connor.

I've done a meat CSA with John Crow Farm.  (Unfortunately they recently went bankrupt but that is another story).  Let me just eggs ever and I eat enough eggs to know good eggs.  The deep richness of the yolk is...well...yummy and beautiful. 

Love them both but nothing is better, though, than walking out your back door and picking tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, butternut squash, a variety of peppers, watermelon, garlic, corn, zucchini or fresh herbs.  I have deep basil love. 

Supper is whatever looks ripe, beautiful and delicious. 

I decided to get those cold weather veggies out there on time this year...when it was still cold.  This doesn't always happen.  What absolutely fantastic surprise awaited me...


ASPARAGUS!.  They were planted last year.  You get asparagus in the spring of the following year and the year after that and if you cut them back correctly the year after that.

Here is what has been planted so far...broccoli and peas

The peas weren't staked in this pic but they are now.

And the new addition to my fruits is a grape plant.  I would show you a picture but at the moment that poor little plant isn't looking so great.  Stay tuned.

My garden is never the best looking one despite my best efforts.  Yet, it is productive and it keeps me happy all summer long and into the fall. 

Every garden needs someone or something to look after it.  I give you,

And in memory of our cockatiel, Luna, who died this past winter, the boy created this memorial for the garden.

If I can have a productive garden, so can you.  Start small.  Utilize the space you have.  I grow some of my plants in pots.  It works.  It is a great way to get started.  If you nurture your garden, you will not be disappointed.

Good food nourishes the soul.  It brings family and friends together.  Don't you want it to be healthy and delicious?

Please share your thoughts will me about starting a garden?  Do you have family stories to share?  I would love to see pictures of your garden. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Trying to get this blog thing going can be difficult...first, I am not sure where this blog will lead, what I want my voice to be, or even what topics I will discuss.  I am an introvert and sharing information with people you don't know is scary.  Second, I don't always get my point across...what I wanted to make clear in my previous days posting is that the shirt I was wearing makes PRs happen.  Yes it does.  What wasn't clear also is that I didn't just skip 185 pounds.  I said eff you 185 pounds.  I don't need you.  I can just go right past you and pull 190 pound.  Take that 185 pounds!

Helping the boy....please read all the way to the bottom of the blog entry. 

Maybe you noticed the Amazon advertising on my page.  It is for a free trial of Amazon Prime.  As this blog progresses, I will add ads for products and services I use and like.  I have been an Amazon Prime member for a long time.  I hate to go to the Mall.  I hate shopping in general.  I use Amazon a lot.  The initial cost may be expensive but in the long run I save money.

And...the return policy on shipping.  I have a problem with my feet and have difficulty finding shoes.  If I am buying shoes online I need free returns.  More shoes are returned than kept.

The best part turned out to be free video streaming of Season I of Vikings!  I am now officially addicted.  If you sign up for 30 free days of Prime Streaming, you too can become addicted to Vikings.   

I love Lagertha.  I love her power and strength.  She is a physically and emotionally a strong woman.  She is fearless.  She reminds me of all the strong women I know.

Note:  Amazon did not pay me to sing their praises nor do I personally have any affiliation with them.  However, my son is an Amazon affiliate.  If you take advantage of the Free Prime or if you order anything from that same link, he benefits.  So, if you would, please bookmark the link.  Whenever you make a purchase, use the bookmarked link.

Monday, May 19, 2014


Deadlifting is my one of my favorite exercise.  I've worked long, slow and hard to increase my weight.

Thanks to the Radiance Retreat and Jen Sinkler I incorporated Intuitive Training method to my training...okay I only incorporated it for deadlifting but it worked.   

I reached a PR of 185 pounds a couple months ago...excitement ensured.  I felt great.  I felt strong.  Then I couldn't get close to it again.  Most I could lift was 175 and that wasn't every training session.  Damn I was frustrated.  The goal this summer is over 200 pounds.  So last Saturday I put on this shirt 

and I decided to just skipped 185 pounds.  I decided to attempt 190 pounds and I DID IT.  200 pounds here I come!!!!  I didn't mind being a sweaty mess.

Please note...selfies are obviously not my specialty especially after a tough training session.  I hate the pic but I am posting it anyway.
Want to learn more about Intuitive Training?  Check out Jen Sinkler's site at