There are no gray days …

… when colorful leaves are still around!

Over the weekend I hustled down to my favorite nature nook to get photos of what I figured would be the last of the colorful leaves. We have had September-like weather and those still-beautiful leaves added some welcome pops of color in the Park.

It was hard to believe that only a week ago, give or take a few days, the leaves were gently fluttering down, but suddenly they began to drop in earnest, as if Mother Nature had wagged a finger at the trees and set a deadline for them to get bare. Now the squirrel and bird nests were visible, much to their owners’ chagrin I’m sure. If I put down peanuts now, unless my furry friends are paying attention, they’ll likely get lost in the leaves.

I noticed leaves had swirled about and collected near some of the park benches …

… making it look a little desolate to me, especially as I saw no squirrels or birds. Where was everyone? I usually don’t need to announce my presence. Hmm. No one showed up until the second time around – they must’ve slept in.

It was a delightful six-mile stroll and the sun finally peeked through the clouds just prior to leaving the Park, which prompted me to make a detour, as I decided the pileup of chores that awaited me at home could wait because I was making one more stop, which you’ll read about in my next post.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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57 Responses to There are no gray days …

  1. Gorgeous colors and photos!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I could not believe how colorful it was last weekend and also both days this weekend … coupled with the very warm temps, it was hard to believe it is November. Remember my roses I told you about in May? I did not give them much hope in the Spring, but piled all the fertilizer on them I could … rose fertilizer spikes, rose dry fertilizer and Miracle-Gro liquid fertilizer. I have not paid a lot of attention to them this Summer and they were blooming like crazy, huge rose hips – it was a shame to cut them down … I will cut them to one-foot high come Spring. There is lots of dead wood to still get out, but we’ll see how they fare this Winter. They say this La Nina Winter will bring more precip (of all varieties as opposed to Polar Vortex brutal temps) but they were off last year by a mile with the snow predictions. I think this is the last set of pics for Council Point Park – I have one more park with colorful leaves shots left.

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  2. I love the contrast between the yellow and scarlet leaves! The close-ups and the landscapes. Beautiful! I suspect the squirrels are experts at finding treats under the leaves. 😉 Sometimes colors seem all the brighter on cloudy days. What a beautiful park and what a wonderful walk, Linda, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the detour led you.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked these leaf colors Barbara. I took these pictures last week and was there Saturday and yesterday – still lots of colorful leaves on the trees. We had such beautiful weather over the weekend and it will be warm today – 75 tomorrow. Just glorious. It is a gorgeous park, especially in Fall. Saturday I went to another park in the City – all yellow leaves … just beautiful and will spotlight them on Wednesday. I had not seen a lot of orange leaves, but went to Elizabeth Park last weekend and saw orange leaves and some Canada Geese near those orange leaves. I have not sorted through all those pictures yet. I spent most of the daylight hours yesterday walking and working in the yard. I bagged 10 yard waste bags of leaves – not a single leaf was mine – grrr.

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  3. Sandra J says:

    There is just something about the red and orange leaves, those colors are always so vibrant. I love the photos with the park benches, makes me want to just sit down and watch the color swirl around me. We had a bit of a wind yesterday, so that enabled the majority of the leaves to land on the ground.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Those maples are so vibrant but the pear trees are also very pretty. There are a lot of them around the fringe of this Park. They keep their leaves a long time too. I liked the look of those benches too. They did invite you to sit a while and just bask in the beauty and solitude. My neighbor’s tree was about half full on Friday and the leaves all came down on Saturday. It’ll be windy tomorrow before our cold front arrives with rain and a big temperature drop.

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  4. The colors are beautiful. We set high temperature records here this weekend. Crazy! It will be a jolt to go to more seasonal temps later this week but I’m enjoying it as long as it’s here.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, the leaves are amazingly still so vibrant. We got to 75 today and higher tomorrow – then rain, a storm and a cold front will drop us 25 degrees tomorrow night. What a shame. People yesterday were in tee-shirts and shorts. A walker at the Park this morning had a tank top on and shorts on!

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      • We’ve had some of this warm crazy weather too. Hard to know how to dress! (but I’m not complaining.)

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I’m not complaining either – it’s been glorious weather and we are smashing records left and right – had 77 today. I left on my walk and it was 61 already. I was overdressed for sure – people once again in short-sleeved tops, shorts … clearly crazy weather. Sadly, after the storm tonight, we’ll lose 25 degrees.

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    Your colors are amazing. I love those shades of red and gold. It’s warm and brownish here. Nice temps but blah leaves.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I was surprised they were still so vibrant this late in the year – the maples are my favorite as they are beautiful in gold and red. There are plenty of leaves on the ground though, all crumpled and dry. Our temps have been amazing – close to 80 they say for tomorrow, then reality returns Wednesday.

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  6. Dave says:

    Your top photo is a stunner; so vivid it doesn’t look real. Also, “delightful six-mile stroll”? Oh my. I’m guessing you get your 10,000 steps more often than not.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Dave – when I took the picture I thought “wow – that beautiful red leaf with the yellow leaves” and when I saw it on the screen I thought – did you have to pick a leaf that had spots on it?” I laughed that you liked my comment about the “delightful six-mile stroll” … every year I set a goal to walk X miles and this year’s goal is 1,255 miles. That odd number is because a fellow blogger, who is Canadian and uses the metric system, said “why not walk 2,020 kilometers to signify the new year and decade?” At the time it sounded like a fun idea even though I usually only add one more mile than the year before and this was a lot more miles. Who knew that 2020 would be such a horrible year? As of October 31st I have walked 1,102 miles … we’ve had great weather here since then. I usually try to walk six miles on the weekend, weather permitting. I do get my 10,000 steps in daily once it is light enough in the morning. I was happy for the time change last week as I was just getting three miles in if it was a gray and gloomy day. I have worked from home since 2011, but do have to be back for work at 11:00 a.m. I have to get the steps in now before the snow flies and there is ice. I’m fine with walking in snow, but not ice.

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  7. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………………………..Council Point Park is stunning in its autumn colors………………………thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures………………THE best photographer that you are…………………….

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  8. Joni says:

    We went to London today for an eye appointment but most of the leaves are down already, so it wasn’t a very scenic drive, although a beautiful day again. We are getting spoiled. The Canadian prairies had a blizzard with 50 cm of snow on the weekend.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      This is the appointment that your mom finally got done that was scheduled earlier this year? Hope it went well. We are getting rain and a storm with high winds tonight, so likely all the leaves at the Park and in the neighborhood may be coming down. Today sure was gorgeous … we are supposed to be 25 degrees colder in the morning. I didn’t realize they had so much snow already in the Canadian prairies. I know Colorado had a lot of snow a few weeks ago, but that was before the election – the election and aftermath have monopolized the news for the past week (and continue to do so – sigh).

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      • Joni says:

        Yes, her appointment was fine, but we have to go back in May – 6 months which is normal. The hospital seemed to be back up to normal operations, but Dr. said they were still 700 appointments behind from the spring lockdown. COVID cases have really jumped in most of the provinces now, but thankfully not here, just in the big cities. Things do not look good, which seems bizarre considering what nice weather we have been having. The winds are howling out there tonight – so loud I probably won’t sleep. Will the election ever be over, or will they have to drag him kicking and screaming out on Jan 20?

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s incredible – 700 appointments behind. Well those Humphrey Fields tests used to take almost an hour – I think my mom’s were 20 minutes for each eye and a 10 minute break in between eyes. When our eye doctor retired suddenly due to nervous system problems, he refused to let the Eye Clinic practice go on without him not there (he owned the building and everything in the office), so he shuttered the office and no one bought the practice for about 5 years. We could not find another opthalmologist who did Humphrey Field’s tests unfortunately. We went to an eye doctor only, but he specialized in geriatric eyes.

        Things do not look good here either Joni – at least your stats are not bad around you. We have deaths and cases that are higher than at the beginning of the pandemic when they were not prepared nor knew a lot of the info/facts that they know now. Today, one of our large universities (Oakland University) went to virtual learning which they planned to do after Thanksgiving until mid-January (for now) based on numerous students with COVID. I don’t think any of the schools (from elementary to higher learning) should have gone back in the Fall – just my thoughts as they knew it would be problematic with close seating etc. I still wear my mask to the Park every day though it is not mandatory – however, they are thinking of making it mandatory, but not by the Governor as she got so much pushback (including the kidnapping by the disgruntled group) that she will have the Health Department make that determination.

        I will continue at the Park for now as it is not crowded (though it was in the really was in the recent warm spell) but I had a mask on and didn’t get close to anyone. I’m going to assume it is safe as that’s what they said way back in March. I don’t know – maybe I should just just stick close to home, Council Point Park only. I will have to dwell on it a little longer.

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      • Joni says:

        The Humprey Visual Field is a lot quicker now, maybe 15 minutes total. Her eye doctor is a specialist at the Ivey clinic – the cream of the crop and a nice guy too. Her optometrist also does visual fields, most of them here do, and it’s covered under OHIP. Covid stats are even worse tonight….1450 for Ontario. Not sure why – maybe gatherings at Thanksgiving and Halloween? We are lucky here though, but I’m not sure how long that will last. Trying to get stuff done before it gets worse, and get provisions in for the winter.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I am mixed about needing to get out and about … I think it is safe for parks as I am far from people … I am guessing it is safe to get gasoline. It is a Catch 22 as my car is older and better to run it in good/dry weather. It is 11 years old but just 8,800 miles on it – more trips means more gasoline needed. But I have always used rubber gloves when pumping gas so my hands don’t smell of gas. I am weighing options, and think that will be the only place I go. I will go to the allergist one more time before Thanksgiving, then have told them, I will not be back until after Spring arrives – I have Spring allergies. Get your provisions in too Joni so you have very few forays to crowds. Very scary listening to the news every day.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        We had a great opthalmologist too … I was sorry that he closed the Eye Clinic of Wyandotte down so quickly … he gave employees two weeks’ notice. I had to find a new contact lens doctor as well, but they had no specialized tests for my mom. Amazing it goes so quickly now – my mom had a difficult time sitting for it due to various orthopedic problems and had to sit on two telephone books … not very comfortable but she went twice a year like your mom.

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  9. Sartenada says:

    Hello LInda.

    Glowing autumn colors are filling your post. It was a great joy to see all of your photos. Thank you.

    Have a good day!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you enjoyed them Matti – this is why Autumn is my favorite season. I am happy to see you have made a post today – I am about 1 1/2 days behind in Reader and hope to get to it tonight, tomorrow for sure. Hope you are well. Have a good day tomorrow.

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  10. ruthsoaper says:

    I wonder if the time change has anything to do with the missing critters.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      You know I never thought of that Ruth – you have a good point there. I have read that it alters our pets habits, eating habits especially. They probably were still up in their nests. I thought it had something to do with dogs in the Park, but there were none.

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  11. Gorgeous autumn colors, Linda! Nice that you were able to enjoy a walk while the weather cooperates. Do you think the squirrels are already slowing down for the upcoming winter season?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked these colors Sabine – they have been beautiful this season. As of this morning there were still colorful leaves at this Park but we are having a storm and gusty winds overnight so likely that will be the end of those leaves (on the treees anyway). No, the squirrels are still hiding their peanuts, although they were taking the peanuts to hide right away and now they are eating the peanuts, then taking the remainder to bury. I hope they don’t think it is Spring and no more need to hide nuts for Winter!

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      • We’ve had beautiful colors too but rain and wind have brought the leaves down. Now it’s time to rake them up. I haven’t seen many squirrels in my garden, but there have been more at the park. Someone must drop off peanuts for them I have noticed. Whoever it is is not as generous as you are! But of course we don’t have your harsh winter weather.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Originally, maybe back in early September, the meteorologists predicted the colors would not be vibrant as we had a very hot Summer and a 10-day cool spell just before Labor Day. It was in the 50s at night I believe, if not cooler. So they said the leaves would likely drop before they were too colorful – they were all wrong. It has turned cold – normal weather for November, 33 degrees cooler than the last four days – that is just crazy and this morning was not only cold, but blustery. I am glad we had that nice respite. I hope I don’t have another 10-bag cleanup of leaves again as the neighbor across the street’s trees are still full of leaves. I do lavish peanuts on my little pals from September through the Fall and Winter when I can get down there if there is no icy roads or trail at the Park. I still feed them in the Summer, but they forage as well – we have bushes in the Park with berries, also apples and they love soft pine cones.

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      • I hope that you’ll grow sunflowers next year and report about it. You would probably attract all kinds of birds and squirrels.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I hope so too Sabine. I wish you could have seen the look on my face when I went into the backyard and saw that huge sunflower crumpled in two and the squirrels feasting (gorging themselves might be a better description). 🙂 I am going to do a post before year end about the Oxalis (shamrocks) I grew this year. I will buy the plants though if I can because I had to use a jar over the shoots to keep the bunnies at bay. 🙂

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  12. bekitschig says:

    Ah, a cliff hanger! Clever. I wonder if this will an odd detour?!?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, have to keep people engaged! But actually I messed up, as my next post was for Veterans Day and I mean tomorrow’s post, a regular post. I am posting tomorrow since it is the one-year anniversary of a huge snowstorm we had on Veterans Day. It was odd because we had enjoyed great weather (not as great as we just had with the Summer-like temps), but we had an 8-inch (20 cm) snowfall all in one day – other counties got a few more inches.

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  13. where would autumn be with out the humble Maple tree eh! In Alberta they have few Maples,so everything is basically yellow.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      The Maple is always my favorite tree – such glorious shades coming from Maples, those rich reds, golden yellows, even mixed red/yellow. Interesting re: Alberta – do you miss the Fall colors Wayne? I know you said in a comment the other day you missed the snow.

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      • yes,I miss the Ontario Fall time! I use to go to Algonquin on a fall canoeing trip! Every CDN should do this at least once!
        Yes,I also miss the snow. I was a slow driver so when It snowed I just drove slower. Everybody else drives as If there is no snow…..or rain!
        Than they can’t figure out what went wrong and why they hit another car?
        I loved snow shoeing too!. I always adapt to where I live.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        The Fall colors is what I love the most about Fall. I have a post I’ll be doing next week with some bright orange leaves at Elizabeth Park, along with what looked like a Canada Goose convention. Those orange leaves were amazing. I was at Algonquin Park but in the Summer so didn’t see the leaves turning colors. I was young when we went to visit a friend’s cottage while we still lived in Canada. I am a slow driver in the snow too and you have to watch the over-confident drivers who zip past you. Black ice … feared for driving and walking on it. You ARE adaptable Wayne.

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      • your friend must of lived outside the Park as there are no private residences allowed inside.
        You know why they call it black ice? It’s because the car tires scuff the surface sufficiently that there is no reflection like normal ice! With no reflection it appears black.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I will look and see if I can tell where Margy lives and put a link to the pics later for you to see. I enjoyed her moose pictures and said their faces look velvety. Her pictures, which she shot through the window, were as clear as if she was nose-to-nose with them. I didn’t know that, but it is treacherous. I used to walk about 5 minutes to get to the bus stop for years and I can remember sometimes in March, there was a sheet of ice going up the street – that early in the morning, you had to rely on the street lights to see it. I’d step on the neighbors’ lawns, but still had to cross the street and their driveways to get to the bus. I meant to add last night that my father had a VW Beetle when we lived in Oakville and I was young. We lived on a crescent and when we had bad snowfalls, the snow would drift and cover the car … before he left in the morning, he’d have to dig the car out first and it looked like an igloo in the driveway.

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      • Algonquin has two gates, the eastern and western gates. I always used the eastern gate. Your friend might of been around Whitney? It’s just outside the eastern gate.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        No, this fellow blogger who saw the moose lives in Alberta but I searched on her site and she does not pinpoint where in Alberta she lives. She and her husband usually spend the Winters in Arizona, but did not this Winter due to COVID; they have no trouble getting in, but they don’t want to be around there due to the COVID stats here in the States. Here are her two moose posts to see her moose at the house
        https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/140783495/posts/36435
        https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/140783495/posts/36332

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  14. Laurie says:

    Good choice to leave the chores for another time. There will be plenty of time this winter for chores. These gorgeous fall leaves will only be around for a short amount of time. Too bad your usual pals didn’t show up. They will be missing those peanuts come February!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I agree with you Laurie. I put the yard to bed last Sunday and said “if it rains, I’ll get my inside chores done, but not interrupt my walks or long excursions for them.” We have to think selfishly sometimes. Yes, they can’t slip up and sleep in now – wait til you see them, they are butterballs! I’ll have a post in a week or so showing their added girth!

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  15. The colors are gorgeous!! The contrast is stark against the green and brown leaves. Hope those leaves stick around a bit longer for you to enjoy.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I am amazed the trees are still colorful – I was at three parks today and all three still had colorful leaves. The meteorologists had told us due to the high heat and humidity we had, the leaf color would be diminished and the leaves would drop earlier but luckily that did not happen. We lucked out in 2020 – how about that?

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      • We need longer periods of prettiness this year! Usually, the leaves have mostly fallen by then, but they’re still holding up. But after next week’s rain, that may be the end.
        Hope you are having a good Saturday evening!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I think we got treated to a nice Fall and that very warm weather last week to make up for this pandemic. My Saturday evening might be short as I’ve nodded off a few times from all that exercise!

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      • What a year it’s been! CA Covid numbers are rapidly rising again, so I think the governor is imposing a curfew again. ugh, it was getting better and then it’s on the rise again. Don’t know how the winter will pan out with the flu season and Covid. yikes!
        A little bit more of autumn lingering for us. But we can hear leaves fall every few seconds. Will be bare soon.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        The stats are crazy and we have very alarming stats daily, not just cases, but deaths. I am glad I’m done laying in provisions … I think after next week, going anywhere in public will be a hot bed of germs. The are now giving free flu shots here in Michigan, hoping if someone did not have insurance or some other reason, they can get their shot now. Hopefully people don’t let the opportunity slip by to stay safe. I got a pneumonia shot this year, paid out-of-pocket for $215.00 – insurance paid $40.00, just because I have such concern. We have many people calling for our Governor’s impeachment since she is rigid with restrictions and they feel their rights are being trampled on. I hope the vaccine puts an end to a lot of the troubles that surround COVID. Will Ellis be able to get a shot early on – is that recommended by her cardiologist and other doctors who care for her?

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  16. Sounds beautiful. Great miles to get in too ❤

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