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.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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!!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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 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.
God Bless our pets -- NOW THAT IS TRULY UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
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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