April Means Spring

We never had winter in Southern California this year.

Still, it’s been nice to see evidence of spring on my travels these last few weeks.

California is famous for its gold hills.

They’re covered with wild mustard blooming in spring.

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I took the above photo as I was driving through the Napa Valley.

I love the look of wild mustard.

It’s everywhere I go this time of year.

It definitely contributes to spring allergies for a lot of us, though.

Things are blooming at my house too:

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Everything looks so pretty when flowers are blooming.

I took Mocha for a long walk yesterday.

She’s such a funny dog … she loves to bury her nose in flowers and sniff them.

As an aside, while out walking, I noticed my new Jawbone Up24 doesn’t seem to track my “steps” as well as Fitbits have in the past.

I think it uses different technology than a Fitbit.

It must rely more on the swinging of a person’s arm as they walk?

I don’t swing my arms in the same way a person with two healthy arms does.

I’m guessing that’s why the Jawbone seems to under-record my activity.


I’m going to give it a few more days and keep an eye on it.

I may end up passing it on to my oldest son who is a runner.

I think he’d probably get much more accurate results than I’ve seen so far.

If any of you have used a Fitbit and/or Jawbone and/or other fitness tracking device, I’d be interested in hearing about your experience.

4 Responses to “April Means Spring”

  1. Jan's Sushai Bar

    Spring is here in Ohio today, but that certainly wasn’t the case on Sunday, when we got two inches of snow overnight. I guess the good news is that it melted in a hurry and the last two days have just been lovely.

    Do you suffer much from seasonal allergies?

    • Suzanne

      I didn’t use to, but the last couple years seem to have increased my allergies substantially.
      I think I’m allergic to my entire canyon.

  2. Mj

    I had a Fitbit Force. It kept losing time and I agree that your arm needs to move to correctly count steps. It turns out there was a recall on the Force because of the time issue. Fitbit sent me the packaging to return it at full value. I have since purchased a New Balance device at Target that only cost $20. It records how many steps, miles, as well as calories and fat burned. It hooks on so it moves when your leg moves and it works like a charm at $120 less!

    • Suzanne

      I haven’t tried the Fitbit bracelets.
      I felt like the Fitbit Zip was pretty accurate and it doesn’t require arms – it just clips to your pants or belt or purse or bra. The Jawbone is definitely not recording for me though ….


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