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A Glimpse of my Cruise

Monday, October 18, 2010

Here I am at the helm of a sailing ship we went on; this was a tour of Bras d'or Lake in Canada. The weather was a nippy 56 degrees that day, probably a little cooler out on the lake. One of the highlights of this little sailing expedition was when 2 (male and female) bald eagles soared by our boat and as the captain tossed a hamburger overboard they would swoop down and retrieve it. They did seem to understand just what he was saying as he would guide them to first one side and then to the other. After 21 years of doing this I guess they have learned how it does things. I also learned that eagles mate for life, and these two were judged to be about 30 years old. So they had lived a bit over half of their lives so far.

After turning over the wheel to me the Captain (John) suggested that I go to the far end of the boat (no -- I don't remember what he called it) and pose while his helper took my photo; he said it would break the ice and get people started doing it. So here I am up there, and it was a little windy, believe me! And even colder.

Can you see my lips turning blue? lol

Later on we took this photo to show a little of the scenery, but I'm afraid the photo just does not do it justice; sorry about that.

And then this last one was taken as we made a stop on the tour bus we were on. The water behind us was quite beautiful and I wish the person taking the photo had zeroed in on it just a bit more. We will be making web pages a bit later, and I'll clue you in as to locating them if anyone is interested.

All in all it was a lovely trip, and I gained only 2.2 pounds as I think we walked about 5 miles each day and also made it to the gym about every other day. But the FOOD we ate -- well, I guess it's best to gloss over that.

I'll do another segment of the trip later -- hope you enjoyed this.

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STILLFLYIN 10/20/2010 1:11PM

    Wonderful memories! And you can lose that little bit of weight again now that you are back to regular living.

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PSMITH3841 10/19/2010 9:23PM

    Great pictures,,,can't wait to see more.....looks like you had a great time, but it also looked like it was a bit nippy! I think that was one of those once in a lifetime trips, with the kind of scenery you don't see every day, not to mention the eagles...up close and personal...I've only ever seen them at the zoo...WOW! Thanks for sharing...Hugs, Penny

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CATLADY52 10/19/2010 4:48PM

    Way to go! You were probably just thrilled to be there when the eagles swooped in for their treat. There is nothing like being on the open sea.

I'll be waiting to see more. emoticon

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THPEAKY 10/19/2010 10:05AM

    What a wonderful "extra cruise!" A camera, I know, is no substitute for the eye BEING there. I am so GLAD you had a wonderful time.

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TRISTAROSE 10/19/2010 7:26AM

    Looks like you were having fun ... Can't wait to see more photos and hear all about it!


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JUDY1676 10/18/2010 10:29PM

    What a beautiful place to visit!

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    Wow, so fun! I know you will remember it forever. Cheers to many more! Keep having fun and enjoying life.

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BLESSED2BEME 10/18/2010 8:57PM

    What a beautiful trip you took. Can't wait to hear more about it.

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USFBULL 10/18/2010 8:44PM

    Looks like your having fun, way to go emoticon

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Have You Discovered Walden Farms Yet?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Yes, we all know that fruits and veggies are good for you, and very healthy. But sometimes when we make up that big delicious salad to stay on our healthy lifestyle -- we turn right around and sabotage our results by pouring on heaps of bleu cheese dressing (or something equally as fattening!) What to do???

I was browsing through the aisles of SPROUTS one day several months ago and in the salad dressing display there was several bottles grouped together that said on the label "NO CALORIES - NO CARBS - NO FAT" and I thought "It must taste like cardboard." But...... who knows? I tried the Ranch Dressing (with reservations!)

OMG! The dressing was delicious! I checked on my next trip to that store and saw they had Bacon Ranch, Asian, Bleu Cheese, Italian,Balsamic......and the list goes on and on. Also found a chocolate syrup that made the same claim. Needless to say, I have tried most of themby now -- all delicious. In a short, fat jar I also found a CARAMEL TOPPING. Tried it-- didn't like it (aha, all good things must come to an end sometime).

I happened to take 2 or 3 bottles with me when I visited my daughter last time, and when she returned from her trip I received a call from her -- "Mom! Where did you find this dressing with NO CALORIES???" Unfortunately for her, there is no Sprouts store in the Las Vegas area. I live in the Phoenix area and have seen these same dressings on the shelves of Fry's Market Place also.

Hopefully you can find them in your area. Delicious!!

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TRISHN2010 3/2/2011 3:29AM

  So far I have tried the Asian salad dressing and the Bacon Ranch and like both of them. I haven't found any Walden Farms products locally yet, but have made my purchases directly from their website It is amazing the huge variety of all different types of food products they have to choose from!

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STILLFLYIN 10/18/2010 11:35AM

    Walden Farms products are in my regular grocery store. They are too expensive and have ingredients that I'm allergic to so I mix up my own dressings from scratch. I'm glad they work for you!

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THPEAKY 10/18/2010 8:17AM

    The Caramel dipping sauce was good with an apple. The chocolate too...of curse I haven't tasted REAL caramel or chocolate in a while. I didn't like the honey mustard dressing but love the blue cheese...also with apple or on salad.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/18/2010 8:12AM

    I will check next time I go to the stores
Eve hope you stop by the chat room at DWI soon

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PSMITH3841 10/17/2010 10:09PM

    Walden Farms???? Sounds too good to be true! I'll check it out, hopefully it's here in the east!

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Getting to Know Me!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

emoticon emoticon I've read a few blogs lately where the person writing gave some little known facts about themselves -- it was interesting and informative. I really like the Teams that I belong to (or Lead) to be friendly and get to know one another, so I'll start and perhaps this will catch on and more of you will do it.

Places I've Lived (but not all)
Blackduck, Minnesota
Dickinson, North Dakota
San Diego, California
Yokosuka, Japan
Glendale, Arizona

Jobs I Have Had:
Real Estate Agent
Executive Secretary
Telephone Operator

Places I Have Traveled to:
Hong Kong
Nova Scotia

Vehicles I Have Owned:
Mitsubishi Spyder (convertible)
Toyota Pickup
Buick LaCrosse
VW Bud
Lincoln Continental Convertible

Things I am Good At:
Typing (100 wpm)
Interior Decorating

Other Little Things About Me:
My favorite clothing colors are black and white
I have a Wheaten Scotish Terrier named Amber
I am getting married in January of 2011
I have 2 sons, 1 daughter -- all adults
My favorite pie is Pecan
My favorite treat would be cookies and milk
I do not care much for chocolate
Jeans and a T-shirt are my favorite clothing
Classical music or Easy Listening are my favorite music
I go over the speed limit when I drive!
I have a habit of leaving my shoes all over the house

Now tell me about YOU!

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/17/2010 7:17AM

    emoticonto know you better

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ROSY_TIAMO 10/17/2010 6:22AM

    I enjoyed reading this. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage.....
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CBEVNOW 10/16/2010 11:09PM

    My kind of girl, the t shirts and jeans, i always tell every one when i die just put on my favorite T shirt and jeans.Ill tell about me in a blog, later on. Great blog.

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What a Welcome Home I Received

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It's almost worth being away for a few days just to experience the excitement and love that pours forth from your dog when they see you again.

I went to pick Amber emoticon up at about 11:30 this morning and I'm sure she realized it was me at the door, so even though she normally would not bark at me -- she let out a couple of excited barks. The door opened and she came zipping out the door at full speed, with her whole body wiggling with joy!

We walked inside the house and I sat down on the sofa, she jumped up, I hugged her, she jumped down and ran like crazy through the house. Then back up on the sofa again, more hugs -- and she repeated this little scenario about 10 times before she quieted down enough to simply come and sit by me. So much love and joy, and it was so obvious.

When I got up to leave she looked at me, probably wondering if I was going to take her with me. I said, "yes, you get to go for a ride." And those words brought on a whole new set of excited barks and spinning around in circles.


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CATLADY52 10/14/2010 2:18PM

    Welcome back! You have been missed by more than just your pup.

I had a cat once that greeted me at the door. Animals are funny that way. They have ways of greeting us that can be quite unique.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/14/2010 7:37AM

    I know what you mean when I go see the Grand dog or she comes here she goes crazy and I love it - Welcome back hope you stop by the chat room soon and tell us all about the trip.

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THPEAKY 10/14/2010 7:17AM

    Dogs RULE! Welcome back: hope you had a fabulous time. I missed your posts.

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PSMITH3841 10/13/2010 9:58PM

    Don't you just love our Pups' enthusiasm...Zoey acts that way when I come home from work every day...Their love is astounding as well as unconditional...Hope you guys had a great vacation...We will see a posting, won't we? Plus, you owe us pictures of your snazzy dresses...Remember? emoticon

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Sailing the Seas and Staying Healthy

Sunday, October 03, 2010

emoticon I'll have to admit I was worried that I might come back from our cruise looking like the Goodyear Blimp -- and although I'm only on Day #3, I'm no longer worried. Between climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, hitting the gym daily, and just the usual walking to find the spots we are heading for -- well, let me say, I'm walking more now than I EVER did at home!

And as far as food goes -- I have settled into a routine for myself. Fruit only for breakfast (along with coffee, of course) and lunch still is on the light side, fish if I see something good, otherwise a more substantial salad, or if I decide on the buffet I can make my own healthy salad. Evening is when I allow myself to splurge just a little with dessert. If it's fairly low-cal I eat it all, if it is one of my "real temptations" that I only treat myself to once or twice per year, I try to eat only half of it, then ask for a cup of coffee or tea.

All the extra walking is great for me, and while I haven't had a chance to weigh myself -- I feel good about my weight right now. The food on the plane made me feel more full and literally "stuffed" than I ever feel now that I'm on the ship.

Wish me luck and see you in about a week! Eve
PS - Rhode Island yesterday, Boston today -- tonight we sail toward Canada and Nova Scotia, so no more Internet for me. Boo Hoo!

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CBEVNOW 10/6/2010 1:25AM

    Sounds like you are doing good. Have fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 10/5/2010 1:10PM

    Sounds great! Have fun!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/4/2010 2:36PM

    Sounds exciting! I hope you enjoy every minute of it.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/4/2010 8:13AM

    emoticonkeep up the good work and hurry home but have a good time

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THPEAKY 10/4/2010 7:25AM

    ...and never eat stuff you don't like. That vow I made after 40 and discovered the things I don't like are not good for me anyway. Hope you are enjoying everything about the cruise. The leaves should be cooperating along the way to give you some great colors to see!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/3/2010 6:39PM

    You're doing great!!! I had a feeling there would be plenty of good opportunities to keep up with exercise on board! Sounds like your making really good food choices,t oo!! Having fun all along the way!!! WooHoo!!!

Have fun!!!

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PSMITH3841 10/3/2010 5:42PM

    Keep up the good work, just remember moderation not deprivation...this is a Vacation Cruise...enjoy! Waiting for details and pictures! Have tons of fun!

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LIS193 10/3/2010 3:31PM

    Sounds like a great plan...maybe add a little lean protein with breakfast to keep you going? Way to go on all the walking and who needs internet when you're on sucha lovely cruise seeing new places??
Have fun!!

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USFBULL 10/3/2010 3:24PM

    Have a great trip, enjoy yourself , I think you have a good plan.

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