CALENSARIEL   33,186
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His lordship and me on a cruise around Nova Scotia in September 2005.





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The Journey Matters

My husband and I recently had a weekend getaway to Jackson, Wyoming. While looking through cards at the Nature Center's gift shop, I ran across one with a beautiful picture of a misted autumn forest on the front and the text "Listen to the Earth... How softly it speaks in the misty, quiet woods." I was touched first by the picture. Trees are my most favorite things in nature. I feel more at home in a forest than anywhere on earth. And I KNOW that experience of listening to the earth, of hearing ...
My husband and I recently had a weekend getaway to Jackson, Wyoming. While looking through cards at the Nature Center's gift shop, I ran across one with a beautiful picture of a misted autumn forest on the front and the text "Listen to the Earth... How softly it speaks in the misty, quiet woods." I was touched first by the picture. Trees are my most favorite things in nature. I feel more at home in a forest than anywhere on earth. And I KNOW that experience of listening to the earth, of hearing the earth speak to my heart in quiet whispers.

But more than the picture and the words on the front of the card, the name of the company on the back of the card took my heart hostage: The Journey Matters...

I NEEDED that confirmation that my life, my journey matters. That irregardless of whether anyone ever reads what I've written in a blog, I've given voice to the unique pilgrimage that has been mine, recorded my wanderings and my wandering-offs, so to speak, so that I won't forget that there HAVE been places on my path, forks in my journey where I've CHOSEN the right paths for me. Including this one at Spark People.

And so I have reset my goals and am recommitting myself to lose a REASONABLE amount of weight by our 40th anniversary in April 2012 when we are going to Hawaii.
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Member Since: 12/6/2007

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My Goals:
I had lost 43 lbs. and was feeling terrific. Having gained some of it back over the course of the last two weddings (I mean years), it's my goal to get back where I was and lose the 20 lbs. I was shy of my goal.

I'm not nearly as fit now as I was before I lost the weight, even though I weigh less, so I need to get back to the place where I feel physically more energetic and have more stamina.

I've realized over the last two years that sweets are my biggest problem. The meds I'm on for hbp and diabetes sap my energy and so I constantly feel like I need the carbs to pep me up. gotta get THAT under control.

My Program:
I'm staying away from soda and other sweets. This is a bad time of year to do that, but I'm giving it my best shot.

I've also gotta get out and take a walk every day. Before the weddings I was walking three miles every morning. Then I just stopped. Not good!

Personal Information:
I'm a devout Tolkien fan! I love to read the classics (Austen, Dickens, etc.), My favorite author is Clive Cussler (adventure novels) followed closely by James Rollins. And I cross stitch a lot.

I've had the luxury of trying my hand at many different things. I've been an office manager for RCA, a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center, A kindergarten teacher, managed a small copy shop, and was a church secretary on the side for 22 years.

I've raised two great kids (Bran & Stef, both married now and relocated to the east coast) and have been married to my college sweetheart for 35 years. All three of them graduated from college together in May of this year. Yep, even my hubby!

I'm tired now. Time to focus on me for a while.

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I ADORE anything Celtic!

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A_RARE_BEAN
7/11/2014 6:05:24 AM

Darn this brain fog, I keep forgetting to say that the link to your friends podcast didn't work... it just took me to gmail, can you resend it please, I'd like to give it a listen and your friends page is private so my investigating skills didn't work ..... emoticon



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7/11/2014 6:03:40 AM

Hola! Yeah I've had numb feet for years... they like to tell me it's stress or tight shoes *eye roll* my blood sugar always comes back normal, so no diabetes apparently. My sugar intake was ridiculous though so I'm pretty sure the doctors were missing something here. I also smoked like a chimney so I put it down to poor circulation from the smoking as well. I am smoke free now though, but shhh don't tell anyone I don't wanna jinx it! I'll celebrate after a month emoticon

ha yeah juice looks amazing with all the colours, you know you want one emoticon



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AANGEL3
7/8/2014 6:19:46 PM

Right now she's saying if you gets some counseling before he comes back, they could try again. I don't know if she'll stick to that though. I talked to her and both kids last night. Told the kids I love them and that they needed to be good for mom. Jason is staying with the kids this week while she's at work. All I can do keep in touch with her and keep telling her she's strong enough to do what she has to do.



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A_RARE_BEAN
7/7/2014 8:50:23 AM

oh did I not say emoticon Yeah I am very much so enjoying spending time with the family. I haven't really blogged about it cause I haven't 'done' anything other than hang out and my family are kinda nuts.... ok well completely out of their treetops emoticon worse than me!

So I kinda find it hard to translate the jokes and stuff we share because they're probably not remotely funny to the rest of the world and the blogs would go something like 'today was great, I was chasing my mum round the house pretending to be a t-rex and I made her be a diplodocus.....' (i genuinely did that this morning, i had a reason though!!) emoticon emoticon Will do a quickie today probably on our family day yesterday which was uber fun, but leave out the t-rex impressions.....and the goat impressions..... and counting to 10 in funny voices emoticon ! emoticon



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A_RARE_BEAN
7/5/2014 9:15:06 PM

Your comment really made me smile, who doesn't need an audacious hat in their life! I've always wanted to be a hat girl, I want a trilby!!! Or one of those enormous floppy sun hats! emoticon Thanks for the tiara, equally audacious emoticon

Thanks for the link to the podcast too will definitely check it out.

Yeah I'm super nervous about the fast... emoticon We'll see if it's a good decision come 30 days from now!

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