56ROSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=56ROSE 56ROSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Changes in the Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789129 My mother-in-law has been living in a care center attached to a hospital. She has been receiving excellent care for Parkinson's disease. This has given my husband & I peace of mind, knowing that she is getting the best possible care. Unfortunately, we were informed this weekend that the care center is closing. We have less than 2 months to find another facility. My father-in-law is almost 76 years old and is dealing with his own health issues. My mother-in-law needs round-the-clock care for a... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:11:25 EST Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788142 Tomorrow morning we'll be heading to Baker City, OR to visit my husband's family. My mother-in-law has Parkinson's disease so we'll be visiting with her at the care center and then taking her to lunch. My stepson, his wife, and 3 year old son will be traveling with us. Sometimes, it is nice having a change in routine. I will need to stretch and ride my stationary bike before we leave in the morning. <BR> Have a great Sunday! <em>213</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:07:05 EST Moving On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783560 So, I was successful with my exercise baby steps last week.. This week I will aim for that elusive 30 minute daily goal. <em>521</em> <em>311</em> <em>316</em> <em>414</em> <em>185</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:47:23 EST Exercise Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779322 Why can't I be more consistent with my exercise goals? My goal is 30 minutes daily to include stretching and some type of cardio; usually walking and/or riding on my stationary bike. I've been successful with the 10 minute daily challenge but my progress seems to stop there. I know I can do this! Maybe if I take baby steps... so this week I will aim for 15-20 minutes daily. <em>521</em> <em>216</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:24:35 EST Art in the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774251 Tomorrow my husband & I will be attending Art in the Park. This is an annual tradition for us. We met for the first time at this event and we were married in the Rose Garden which is centrally located in the park. Hopefully, we can stick to our food plan while there. So many temptations await! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 22:10:32 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770161 Butters was found this evening 2 blocks South of our home. He is worn out and dirty but seems ok. Thanks so much for the kind words of support. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:17:30 EST Sad couple of Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769932 My beloved cat Butters has gone missing. He is 14 years old and has been part of our family for 11 years. I really don't think he could survive for very long outside so I am very worried. He has the typical signs of aging including arthritis, loss of hearing, and digestive upsets. I miss him! <em>39</em> <em>240</em> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:26:27 EST Bug Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765742 Today was Bug Day at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. We attended with our 2 Grandchildren, ages 8 and 10. The weather was gorgeous; not too hot with a refreshing breeze. It was great being outdoors with the little ones as they discovered the world of bugs. I also got in some walking and enjoyed the garden flowers and plants. <em>148</em> <em>88</em> <em>125</em> <em>126</em> <em>214</em> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:51:35 EST Jackpot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761144 I went to the Goodwill store today with my hubby; not expecting to find much of anything for myself. I have such a hard time finding clothes that fit. I usually walk out empty handed more times than not. Well, today was a surprise! I bought 5 tops that fit nicely for under $5 each. Some of them were new or almost new. It's amazing that a 5 lb. weight loss can make such a difference in the way clothes fit! <em>345</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:39:09 EST Grand Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756589 Today we returned from a 2 day trip to McCall, Idaho. This was our first trip with our Grandchildren, ages 8 and 10. Initially, I was somewhat apprehensive about how this adventure would turn out. Despite a few bumps here & there, I think all went well. The children had a good time and seem eager to make the trip again. <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:22:13 EST Still losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751929 I have lost almost 5 lbs in the past 6 weeks! Although the bloating has subsided, I'm still cautious about my food choices since I'm also dealing with chronic acid reflux. All these digestive issues seem to keep my eating under control most of the time. On the flip side, it is sometimes really hard to know WHAT to eat. Anyway, it is a daily challenge and sometimes my best efforts to pick the right foods doesn't pay off. Last month, I woke up nauseated around midnight, ended up vomiting, and ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:29:17 EST FODMAPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747191 I have been dealing with digestive issues (mostly chronic bloating) all week. After doing some online research, I stumbled across FODMAP diets for IBS symptoms and other digestive issues. This diet addresses sensitivities to lactose, fructose, and other substances. I'm hoping I will find some relief soon. The good news is: I'm losing weight! <em>15</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>41</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:02:37 EST Fair Time Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742063 It's that time of year again when food vendors are everywhere. Pronto Pups, Elephant Ears, Funnel Cakes, Kettle Korn, etc. etc. etc. and, of course, everything is deep fried. <em>24</em> <em>15</em> We attended a Gold Miners Jubilee in the park yesterday surrounded by food vendors. I succumbed to a frozen strawberry lemonade which turned out to be just ok. I think the best defense is to eat a healthy meal or snack before attending these events. I could also choose to eat lightly for th... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:39:59 EST Breaking up with my scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735664 So, I think I've been spending too much time with my scale. I need to let go of this painful relationship. It is a daily emotional roller coaster ride. Instead, I will embrace healthy food choices and consistent exercise. I will visit weekly per my challenge agreement but I will bid farewell to a daily encounter. <em>253</em> <em>193</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:37:17 EST Great Article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731358 Just wanted to share this article... good information for everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditio<BR>ns/cancer/expert-blog/functional-foods<BR>-and-cancer/bgp-20095804/?utm_source=n<BR>ewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaig<BR>n=living-with-cancer </link> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:50:59 EST NSV Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723688 A TCBY treat was calling my name loud & clear today. I was driving home after an upsetting experience (related to my post traumatic stress disorder) this afternoon when I started thinking about how much I would love to indulge in a Cappuccino Chiller. BUT I DID NOT! Instead, I had an apple cinnamon rice cake with crunchy peanut butter at home. It was good. <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>521</em> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:03:47 EST 2014 5% Summer Challenge Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722394 I need to focus on increasing my water intake, limiting meat intake, staying within guidelines for total daily fat, enjoying more fresh fruits & veggies, and avoiding high sugar treats. <em>227</em> <em>495</em> <em>468</em> <em>494</em> <em>521</em> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <em>9</em> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:30:38 EST 2014 5% Summer Challenge Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716745 I commit to 30-45 minutes of exercise daily to include 15-20 minutes on the stationary bike, a minimum of 5 minutes stretching throughout the day, and gradually increasing my walking time to 20 minutes daily. <em>521</em> <em>185</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:32:56 EST Summer Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712100 Now that school is out, I'm adjusting to new routines. I'm also creating goals for myself which include 30+ minutes of exercise daily, Fly Lady missions, and 30 minutes of reading daily. I'm going to organize, clean, and declutter our office (maybe buy a new hanging plant & curtains). <em>41</em> I will do some trial Holiday baking to make sure the new recipes are actually good (maybe I should half those recipes to keep calories in check!) Anyway, I'm so grateful to have this time to mysel... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:49:06 EST Temptation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707059 Today, after 5 meatless weeks, I decided to indulge in a small slice of sausage pizza at my favorite Italian restaurant. I love their sausage and was really looking forward to that first bite. Well, guess what, it didn't taste so great and I ended up giving half of that small slice to my hubby. I went back for a second slice and this time I chose veggies only. It was great! Isn't it remarkable that over time our food preferences can change for the better? Now, if I could just learn to hate b... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:29:53 EST Time Flies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703897 In just 9 days, I will have completed my 6th year as a school crossing guard. I love my job! I'm so grateful that I have this opportunity to interact with the children everyday and to continue to be an active member of my community. Each year seems to go by faster than the previous one. Now, summer is almost here and I'm looking forward to the slower pace but I will miss "my kids". Soon, it will be back-to-school and I will be looking forward to their smiling faces. <em>41</em> <em>150</... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:21:54 EST 51 Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703136 I have been consistently meeting or exceeding my exercise goal for 51 days! This is a major accomplishment for me! I think I have finally established a habit that will stick with me for a long time! <em>521</em> <em>316</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 22:47:00 EST An Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702313 One month ago today, I decided it was time to take Meatless Mondays one step further. So, I challenged myself to a meatless weekend, then decided I could make it through the end of April, soon it was 2 weeks, then 3 weeks, and now here I am at my one month Anniversary! The surprising thing is: it wasn't really that hard for me! I guess because I have gradually learned to replace meat with other protein options and I have come to realize that I prefer these other sources. Also, I'm an animal l... Sat, 24 May 2014 19:02:09 EST Flexitarian? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697243 So, I have been meatless for over 3 weeks now! I'm proud of my success! Lately, though, thoughts of BBQ chicken and a good old fashioned burger have been creeping into my brain. Today, I found myself wandering over to the roasted chickens, just to take a look, hoping for a little aroma therapy. <em>211</em> Anyway, maybe a burger or piece of chicken once or twice a month will satisfy these cravings and, ultimately, keep me on track. Sat, 17 May 2014 20:47:24 EST Streaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691148 Yes, I am streaking! I have logged in 47 days in a row. I have exercised 10+ minutes daily for 34 consecutive days. I'm also meatless for over 2 weeks now! <em>224</em> <em>521</em> <em>250</em> Fri, 9 May 2014 09:16:26 EST 8 Days ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685594 I made it through the last 8 days of April meatless! My new challenge is to continue this streak through Mother's Day. We'll probably eat out with the in-laws Mother's Day so that will test my commitment. <em>521</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 09:11:20 EST Weekend Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682447 <em>244</em> I made it through a meatless weekend! I'm feeling better and have no desire for meat at this point. My biggest challenge is getting enough protein with minimal fat. I will be eating salmon, tuna, shrimp, etc. on a twice weekly basis. My weight was down slightly this morning so I'm feeling very positive about making this work! <em>224</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:30:29 EST A Personal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680251 I have thought about eliminating meat from my diet for a long time now. I have not been successful with consistency over time. So, the challenge is on: Will I make it through the weekend, maybe through the month of April? <em>521</em> <em>253</em> <em>497</em> <em>489</em> <em>261</em> <em>53</em> <em>496</em> <BR> <BR> Day 1 <em>248</em> April 24th <BR> Day 2 <em>248</em> April 25th <BR> Day 3 <em>248</em> April 26th <BR> Day 4 <em>248</em> April 27th <BR... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:57:27 EST Carb Crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675215 I guess I overdid it a little yesterday with the carbs... Over the course of the day, I ate 3 Raisin Bran muffins (homemade by me), a slice of whole wheat toast, a slice of cinnamon raisin toast, and 1/2 onion poppy seed ciabatta roll. Anyway, I was expecting a weight gain this morning but, surprise! My weight was actually down almost a half pound! <em>345</em> Carbs are not the enemy! I love my whole grains! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:36:04 EST I'm JUGGLING!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670359 I'm so excited! I think I've finally learned to juggle! Despite my Birthday week that included carrot cake, ice cream, coconut shrimp, fries, etc. , I've lost almost 2 lbs this week! It is so liberating and motivating to learn that I can still occasionally enjoy my favorite foods (in moderation, of course!) while working to lose weight. The key for me is forethought and planning. The formula looks something like this: 1 day of indulgences = 2 days of deprivation. <em>3</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:30:09 EST Snack Bin Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662681 The Spring 5% Challenge starts this Saturday. I'm trying to figure out how to deal with my inevitable cravings and need to graze. I've decided to create a snack bin with low calorie choices that will hopefully get me through these tough moments. I know this isn't a revolutionary idea but it is new to me. <em>189</em> <em>521</em> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:30:00 EST 5% Spring Challenge Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655332 My exercise plan is to gradually increase my time on the stationary bike from 10 minutes to 15 minutes daily. I will also work to increase walking time from 10 minutes to 20 minutes 5x/weekly. <em>521</em> <em>311</em> <em>316</em> <em>185</em> <em>214</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:50:35 EST I Did It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653225 Yesterday, March 20th, was "Go Meatless" day... otherwise known as The Great American Meatout Day. I took the pledge several weeks ago. I'm happy to say that I followed through with a meatless day yesterday! I'm now ready to take on Meatless Mondays and who knows where I might go from there. <em>521</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262951768.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l101651935.jpg"> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:45:17 EST Another Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648012 As a Community Team Member, one of my responsibilities is to write a weekly blog. Sounds easy, right? Then, why do I struggle so much with this? First of all, I spend way too much time thinking about what to write! When I finally decide on a topic, I worry about whether or not I'm communicating clearly. On & on it goes. I do LOVE to text, though! Anyone interested? Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:56:21 EST 2013 Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500353 I will continue with my goal to exercise 150 minutes/weekly to include stretching, walking, riding stationary bike, and occasional DVD's. I will track my daily fitness minutes (goal is 25-30) for accountability. <em>311</em> <em>414</em> <em>316</em> <em>185</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:08:26 EST Thoughts to Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496186 The Way to Be <BR> <BR> Posted: 25 Sep 2013 08:50 AM PDT <BR> By Leo Babauta <BR> <BR> Last night I received a phone call from a loved one, someone who I love deeply but have struggled with internally because I’ve been worried about his health. <BR> <BR> I want to help him, because I feel I’m losing him. <BR> <BR> I want to show him my habit method, so he can give up smoking and drinking and eating unhealthy foods, can take up exercise and meditation, and all of a sudden be transformed in... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:16:52 EST FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416984 Where is my cell phone? <BR> On the kitchen counter... my hubby & I text during his down time at work. <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Yes, my fourth marriage... just celebrated our 6th Anniversary! Practice makes perfect! <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Colored light auburn <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Died in June, 2010... Took her own life by refusing to eat/drink <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> A good man. He died in 1983 at the age of 58 from cancer. <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> Christmas... is ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:16:29 EST Leisure Time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344552 Just 4 more weeks and I will be a lady of leisure... HA! Some chores are just endless; needless to say! BUT I will be on my summer break. I have already started my to-do list. How many items will I cross off this year? It is always a challenge to get through my summer to-do list. I have learned that more time does not necessarily mean that I will accomplish more... just more time to procrastinate. :( Most of my to-do goals are health related so I WILL focus and make it happen! <em>224</em> ... Fri, 3 May 2013 15:30:29 EST 7th Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337452 My Spark Anniversary is coming up next month.... it has been 7 years since I first discovered this wonderful site! The bad news is I weigh 5 lbs more now than I did then... or is that the good news? At my age, I know it is a battle not to gain weight ( 5 lbs a year is not unusual) so maybe, in some ways, I'm winning this battle. I guess it depends on how you look at things. <em>211</em> <em>507</em> <em>504</em> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:02:27 EST Spark Meal Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328730 I'm excited... I think I've finally found a meal planning system that is working for me! I'm combining Spark meal plans with my own saved food groupings for various meals throughout the day. I've been doing this for 3 days now. My husband & I weighed in today and we are both down! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>381</em> <em>55</em> <em>193</em> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:10:40 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322146 Why can't I stick to an exercise plan?? I developed a simple plan for myself @ 2 weeks ago and stuck to it for about a week. I'm so distracted by daily life that exercise is often put on the back burner. I've never found an activity that I truly enjoy... well, not for the past 2 decades, anyway. I used to take aerobics classes in college... I was in my late 30's at the time. I spent my childhood riding my bike around town, swimming, playing baseball, mastering the hula hoop and jump rope. I w... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:26:07 EST EXERCISE: Priority #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306771 Well, it is time to focus on exercise... something I tend to avoid at all costs! I have spinal arthritis and scoliosis. Lately, I feel like I'm dragging my right leg when I walk because it is almost impossible to walk normally. This is so scary to me... I need to focus, focus, focus... my future health depends on my willingness to do this!! <em>311</em> <em>414</em> <em>185</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 22:18:58 EST It's Me Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280604 I'm down 1.7 lbs this week!! Yippee... Another win for me! Of course, the fact that I've been sick all week may have helped just a little! <em>211</em> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 22:15:25 EST And The Biggest Loser is..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268561 My Hubby! Yes, he is down almost 4 lbs this morning! I think, maybe, he has broken that plateau... I'm happy for him! On the other hand, I'm up .5 lb and trying once again to get motivated! <em>15</em> <em>29</em> <em>249</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:43:43 EST Silver Linings Playbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261574 I finally saw this movie tonight with my hubby. It was an emotional experience for me right from the beginning of the story. My youngest son (he is now 25) has struggled with mood swings indicative of Bi-Polar Disorder as well as Asperger's Syndrome (a form of Autism). Unfortunately, the drama that accompanies many mental disorders rings true to me in this movie. It can be frightening and exhausting! My son now lives on his own; he has chosen to emotionally and physically distance himself fro... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:02:21 EST And The Winner Is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250094 Little Ole ME!! Yes! My dear hubby was up .7 lbs this morning and I was down .6 lbs! I'm really looking forward to my reward... daily massages! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> PS.... I hope he wins next week... since we both need to lose this weight! <em>220</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:27:16 EST Let the Games Begin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243073 My hubby & I are competing against one another again. This is a good thing, though. We are challenging each other to lose weight, one week at a time. We have done this in the past... no major weight losses but, at least, some weight was lost during that time period. Currently, we are both struggling with weight gain. This has to STOP!! <em>227</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 16:24:45 EST Dental Appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234906 Today was my scheduled dental hygiene exam (formerly appropriately called dental cleaning and check-up). Some time ago, I insisted on a numbing agent for my gums prior to cleaning because of the pain & discomfort associated with this process. I have sensitive gums due to aging and periodontal disease. Today, I refused the deep pocket probing for the same reason. Now, they are saying that I HAVE TO have the probings yearly. What happened to the patients' right to refuse treatments?? <em>24... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 20:50:45 EST Crazy Winter!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223091 Yesterday, an early morning ice storm closed some local schools (not mine, unfortunately!) and contributed to numerous accidents and closed freeways/city roads. It continues to be a big mess today! My little corner of the world (I work as a school crossing guard) is a combination of slick ice on top of frozen snow and more ice! I'm fighting back with kitty litter and ice melt! Now, we also have slush to add to the mix! What a crazy winter! <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:09:10 EST Winter Doldrums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213071 So, we are approaching the completion of the first month of winter... One month down and two to go... I'm tired! We've been dealing with single digit temps (yesterday morning it was -1!!) , a polluted inversion, and snow/ice covered roads. I find myself coughing when I enter this frigid outdoor world... poor lungs! On the flip side, the incredible beauty of the glistening snow covered trees makes it all seem worthwhile... for a moment, anyway. <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:26:56 EST