AZURELITE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AZURELITE AZURELITE'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/ Photo Shoot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700786 Last night, my daughter did a photo shoot for me! Can't figure out how to add the photo to my photos section anymore, so I'm just going to add 2 photos here. Why 2? Because I love them both and can't decide which one I like most!! <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of my DD - she is a lovely young woman who is working hard to develop her photography business (9 weddings this summer)! <BR> <BR> Blessings of joy, peace & light to all of you! <BR> Azurelite <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:47:54 EST finally doing better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681506 Been down and out with a nasty bug for nearly 2 weeks. Finally starting to get some energy back ... even did a full T'ai chi Chih practice yesterday. Turned the corner when a friend suggested a mustard plaster... was too sick to think about that. <BR> <BR> DH goes back to the city tomorrow; I'll be staying home... plan is to do some spring cleaning at the farm house...long overdue. Hope I feel up to it though. <BR> <BR> Have lost all the conditioning I'd done to get my legs feeling bette... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:25:06 EST Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671881 Yesterday, we held our Celebration of Life for Mom. A lovely afternoon ... I could see her there smiling, chatting with others and singing along with us as we sang three of her favourite songs! Miss you Mom, but we know you're in our hearts and we carry on! <BR> <BR> Today and tomorrow, I'll be tidying and dusting the condo and running errands. Also, tomorrow afternoon (weather permitting) I'll be out at mom and dad's property as we found someone to take dad's rug loom! Hurray! So great... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:48:26 EST Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663991 Some challenges with spring runoff at my parents' home this week. My sisters and I hope they are all taken care of now as no one can be there over the weekend. We started clearing the basement of it's junk and treasures the last time we were there. We'll meet there again on Monday, but most if not all of the time there will be spent preparing for my mom's celebration of life / memorial on the 13th of April. <BR> <BR> Other than that, been keeping bookkeeping caught up and I find myself wa... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 04:58:51 EST Feeling Euphoric! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658021 My sisters and I have finished clearing all the rooms at my parents' home. We've hauled out recyclables, garbage and many boxes and bags to goodwill. The home and property went up for sale yesterday! There have been 2 agent showings already, and another one on Sunday morning has been booked! <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> There is still much to do: large basement and a 2 storey shed to clear, and we need to go through the valuables that are left in the house and see that things go where they a... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:10:48 EST Friday Jan 24 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604452 Went to Service Canada to start paperwork re Mom's death. Had a mini meltdown there, but that's ok... tears are gonna flow now and then for awhile yet. I seem to need to cry as I realize I'm doing these tasks for the last time for my folks (even just paying a bill). <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Went to T'ai Chi Chih again today (first class this semester). Reviewing the moves and a good solid practice for an hour. Always feel better after practicing this lovely set of movements! <BR> <em>9... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:52:42 EST Monday, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599684 I feel like today is the first day in a long time that will be back to normal. That might change if a Sedona buddy can visit though. <BR> <BR> But for the most part, things are back to normal. It has been a tough couple of months. My Dad died in early Nov, my Mom died in early January, and my mother-in-law died in mid January. Sometimes it seems I've done nothing but grieve for the last 2 months. However there were some lovely times spent saying our farewells to each of them that I wou... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:32:32 EST Quick Catch up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567909 Hello to all my SP friends! <BR> Been a busy time for us (and I'm sure it has been for you as well ... tis the season). <BR> <BR> Sorted out and wrapped gifts (I could just HUG the person who invented reusable gift bags, and most of our still have the stick on gift tags on them.. choose the appropriate size bag of the appropriate person, put gift in, tape shut, voila! No garbage created either Win/Win)!! <BR> <BR> Just finished Christmas baking. Chose only 2 family favourite recipes (Hell... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:20:38 EST A good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561545 Stayed on track food wise, got lots of fitness too. <BR> Met my sister at mom and dad's house. Got lots of things done today. Took another large bin out to the road (recycling), 4 large bags to goodwill and 2 small garbage bags tossed. Whew... we are getting there! <BR> <BR> Enjoying a few moments quiet after supper. Might get some knitting done tonight too. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow off to the nearby Service Canada to take applications in for my mom now that dad's passed away. Knitting gro... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:14:07 EST My Status has changed (but I can't change it on SP)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559531 Thought I would check in with a blog, since no matter what computer I check in from, I can't get access to my status to change it anymore. I put a message on the Tech/Site message board, but so far, no one has answered it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm doing ok. It's been an emotional roller coaster at times since my dad died, but I am making progress. After some floundering, I've finally been directed to a website with a checklist of what has to be done when someone dies... so now I can reall... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 06:08:54 EST Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537979 On Friday afternoon, my dad passed away. He had a heart attack and was gone before my sisters and I could reach the nursing home. The staff was able to get Mom into the 'Comfort Care' room where he was. They told him he was there and he nodded so we know he knew she was with him, holding his hand. And then the staff, whoever was nearby and could leave what they were doing, gathered in the room with Mom & Dad, providing their loving support and comfort. <BR> <BR> Dad will be cremated toda... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:59:45 EST Coping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533009 Well, on Friday night, my sisters and I were called in to the nursing home. Dad was in great distress and really when I saw him, I didn't think he'd make it through the night. However, the great staff at the nursing home pulled out all the stops and got him to calm down so he'd stop hyperventilating, got him a second oxygen machine & wider tubing so he'd get more oxygen at once, and eventually we all came back here to the condo (closest to the nursing home) and slept. We all went back to v... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:53:15 EST Tough Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528953 Another busy week, and an emotionally tough one. We were told that my dad is in one of the highest levels of COPD. His breathing is ragged & he gets out of breath so easily. So we are dealing with the fact that he may not be with us much longer. <BR> <BR> However, we are doing what we can to make his life enjoyable. Last night DH and I bought him a new 32 inch TV with wireless headphones. He was using a very small TV that the home supplied, which would have been fine, except he couldn't... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 07:48:25 EST Catching up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523885 First off, just have to say the rebounding, stretching and T'ai Chi Chih exercise combo, plus paying more attention to how the carbs combine with other foods is paying off! Down another 2 lbs this week, and was finally able to put this in the weight loss chart as I'm .4 lbs below where I was the last time I recorded my weight!! Onward and downward, I'd say! <BR> <BR> Next, to recap an exhaustingly busy week. Having moved Dad into the nursing home on Tues, the 'fun' had only just begun. ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:25:00 EST What a Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520675 Well, it's all worked out so well! We got the call this morning that there was a bed for Dad at the nursing home. This was the only day that I didn't have appointments this week, and I knew my sisters were busy today (and each live about 2 hours away). <BR> <BR> So... I am honoured to have been able to help my Dad. I arrived at his place at 12:30, had him to the nursing home by 2:30 (after several phone calls and loading the car). Got all the paperwork done, unloaded the car & took th... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:23:55 EST Why Seniors Still Need Newspapers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516709 My sister just sent me this story in an email. What a fun way to start my day: <BR> ************** <BR> I was visiting my daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a <BR> newspaper. <BR> <BR> "This is the 21st century," she said. "We don't waste money on <BR> newspapers. Here, use my iPad." <BR> <BR> I can tell you this. That fly never knew what hit him. <BR> *************** <BR> Speaking of iPads, this reminded me of a funny video which I haven't shared here yet: <BR> (nope... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:52:59 EST An Interesting Meal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516164 My Sedona buddy was here this morning. She brought her assessment of my nutrition, with lots of good suggestions.... I now have 25-30 pages to read over and integrate! <BR> We went to Rawlicious for lunch... it was both raw and delicious! I had the Pad Thai, my friend had a sandwich (the 'bread' was sprouts dried on a dehydrator) and we both had a 'bite' for dessert (almonds, cinnamon, etc, ground up together and rolled in coconut. Yummy! <BR> <BR> Now if I had a raw food chef, I could tot... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:58:18 EST A Fun Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514882 Drove back to the city yesterday, then after lunch headed to Dad's house where I met with the real estate agent so she could see the house and property. One of my sisters was there too, and after the agent left, we cleaned out the 2nd fridge and unplugged it. I got to the nursing home in time to have supper with my Mom. Both Mom & Dad looked good ... so nice to see this after the rough patches they've been through of late. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Today I have knitting group meeting, t... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:00:37 EST Congratulations, Alice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510522 A very dear lady has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Alice Munro is a sweet, down-to-earth woman who genuinely appreciates everyone she meets, including me! You see, Alice comes from Huron County, in Southwestern Ontario, and grew up not far from where I was born (Wingham). She and her husband still live in Huron County. I saw her while I was at the Farmers Market in Goderich a few weeks ago. And I'm very thrilled to say that I know her. <BR> <BR> This prize couldn't go to a more ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:23:52 EST Some of my Favourite Songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509646 Just going to list some of the tunes I'm enjoying while having fun on my rebounder: <BR> <BR> Wallflowers: One Headlight <BR> Smashmouth: Walking on the Sun <BR> Eagles: Taking it Easy <BR> Sheryl Crowe: Soak up the Sun <BR> Steve Miller Band: Serenade <BR> Bryan Adams: The Only Thing that looks Good on Me is YOU! <BR> Deep Purple: Smoke on the Water <BR> Elton John: Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy <BR> Mumford & Sons: Winter Wind <BR> <BR> And always finding new songs! I hav... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:41:40 EST What do all these varied musicians have in common? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509300 Question: What do Bryan Adams, The Eagles, The Eurythmics, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, The Rankins, Robert Plant, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and Jackson Brown (and I know there are more but can't remember them just now) have in common? <BR> <BR> Answer: They are in my rebounding playlist! <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm so pleased that I bought my Bellicon! Today I did 3 workouts of 15, 15 and 20 minutes each. I am able to work up a sweat <em>198</em> in each of these workouts by rocking out to ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 20:55:46 EST Tai Chi Chih http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498358 Yesterday I had my first Tai Chi Chih class. And at the end of the class, having learned 4 movements and 1 posture, my legs and hips already felt better - in fact it felt like I was waking up all over! Next week there is no class as the instructor is away, and this is perfect, for I have to be away too!! <BR> <em>355</em> <BR> I've ordered the Tai Chi Chih DVD from their main website, so I will have instructions from the founder Justin Stone, as well as from my teacher. <BR> <BR> Doi... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:16:24 EST Still Bouncing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496313 Up to 40 minutes today (2 x 20min). I'm loving that I can get up and bounce for 20 min while DH is still asleep as this rebounder is so quiet! <BR> <BR> The really deep pain in my hip has gradually disappeared since I got the rebounder 2 weeks ago, and my body is toning up, my balance has improved (so much so that I can do some dancing again). <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm reciprocating a drum healing session for a didgeridoo healing. <BR> <BR> Friday morning is the first lesson of the Tai Chi... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:42:52 EST Life is Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490853 Just finished 20 minutes straight on the rebounder, then did some stretching. Such a great way to wake up! <BR> <em>353</em> <BR> Yesterday my sisters and I met at Dad's for the CCAC meeting. He'll be on the list to get into the same nursing home as Mom pretty soon. The nursing home is aware of this development and is making plans to take him in as soon as they can after he goes of the list. After the CCAC rep left, the 3 of us started sorting out Dad's clothing (for example, he can't... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:21:41 EST Monday Sept 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487670 Have done 35 min on the rebounder in total today + 5 minutes stretching. Feel good! <BR> <BR> Had a friend over for supper, after which we went to the theatre to see Blue Jasmine. Wow, if Cate Blanchett doesn't get an award for that performance, there's something wrong. Amazing acting! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow DH & I head out to a conference. Since we'll be in a city near one of my sisters, we are going to take them out for supper (it's my bro-in-laws birthday tomorrow)! <BR> <BR> Hope you ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:18:15 EST Rebounding Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486005 If you've never considered rebounding, read this list of the benefits: (found on QiBounding.com) <BR> <BR> * Aging process slowed <BR> * Alkaline reserve improved <BR> * Allergies improved <BR> * Arthritis improved and/or goes into remission <BR> * Autism, Dyslexia, Learning Disabled conditions greatly assisted <BR> * Balance and coordination improved <BR> * Bipolar (mania and depression) patients experience improved conditions <BR> * Blood pressure remains at abnormal levels for shorter tim... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:01:53 EST Sunday's Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486001 Started the day with 20 points, 25 bonus points, 40 min of fitness AND discovered I'm down 2 lbs since last weekend!! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> Paperwork this morning, a bridal shower to attend this afternoon, then home for supper & a relaxing evening watching tv & reading. <BR> <BR> Have an awesome day! <BR> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 08:52:32 EST Let the Bouncing Begin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483427 My rebounder arrived last night, delivered to my door by courier. Once DH got home from evening class, we unpacked it. I did 2-3 minutes of the Health Bounce on it before bed. <BR> <BR> Did another 2-3 minutes of the Health Bounce first thing this morning, followed by time on the biomat to help detoxify after the bouncing. Plan to do 2-3 min of Health Bouncing this afternoon when I get back from visiting my parents, then perhaps another 2-3 min after supper. <BR> <BR> So far, so good. I... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:05:37 EST A New Day, A New Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480261 Resumed some exercise yesterday... I have simply been walking up and down our country laneway (200 steps return). A tad boring (understatement) but this way if my legs or back give me too much grief I'm close to the house! Yesterday walked 25 minutes (3000 steps) and today have walked 15 min (1500 steps). Did some leg strengthening with the resistance bands yesterday too. <BR> <BR> Picked pears and apples to take to my RMT. The massage last week was very helpful in releasing tightness t... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 08:02:01 EST What? September already?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477488 It has been awhile since I've blogged. Life has been full - and it still is <BR> <BR> So, quick recap: <BR> Did 10 sessions with Dr. Chousky in TO for peripheral neuropathy. Got some improvement in my legs, continuing to do the daily exercises and plan to go back there for the infrared/red/cold laser sessions monthly for awhile. <BR> <BR> Researching rebounders again. Next time in TO, will bounce on the Bellicon in a showroom there. If I find it to be as good as the over 200 testimonial... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 07:49:01 EST Catching Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431391 Just looked at my last blog. So first off, want to tell you that I did indeed finish the 10 day cleanse, lost 3 lbs and then headed off to Italy. <BR> <BR> And gained 3 lbs back again, but no more than that! Had a great time, walked a LOT (up hill and down dale as it was hilly everywhere we went). At supper time, DH and I would order 1 each of appetizer, first, second, salad & dessert courses and split them all, giving us the perfect amount to eat and allowing us to try many new dishes. <... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 05:58:24 EST Days 7 & 8 of the 10 Day Cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391962 Day 7 (Father's Day) <BR> <em>482</em> <BR> First off, still enjoying spa water! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Smoothie and Millet 'porridge' with added dried cranberries, ginger & cinnamon. Couldn't eat it without some agave syrup to sweeten it (and even then, I'm not a fan). Leftovers tomorrow morning though... <BR> Lunch: Salmon on toasted sprout bread as we rushed out the door! <BR> Supper: Ordered the chicken dinner at the nursing home (easier to digest than the second choice which was be... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:02:20 EST Days 5 & 6 of the 10 Day Cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390179 So, can't even remember yesterday's food LOL! Putting thinking cap on! <BR> oh yes... <BR> Breakfast: Smoothie, toasted sprout bread with almond butter. <BR> Lunch: Huge greens salad with pecans, cranberries, almonds, quinoa & balsamic/olive oil for dressing. <BR> Supper: Another salad, this time spinach with grilled chicken over it (and the balsamic/oil dressing. <BR> Today (Day 6): <BR> Smoothie & toast (I can eat the same breakfast every morning for a long time before I feel the need to s... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:15:19 EST Days 3 & 4 of the 10 Day Cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387709 Day 3: <BR> B: Smoothie & one piece toasted sprouted grain bread with almond butter <BR> L: Part of a smoothie (my Dad made his first Nutriblast with the NutriBullet my sisters and I got him for Fathers Day) and Salad in a Jar with added cooked quinoa <BR> S: Restaurant: Rad Na Stir Fry: Bok Choy, Broccoli, Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms over rice noodles (delicious)! <BR> Snacks: Apple; Smoothie with 1/2 banana, almond dream beverage & 1/2 tsp cocoa powder; two spoonsfuls of cold quinoa & black... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:45:39 EST Days 1 & 2 of the 10 Day Cleanse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385522 Posting these here to help me be accountable! <BR> Day 1: <BR> Breakfast: Smoothie <BR> Lunch: Salad in a Jar <BR> Supper: Quinoa with Peppers & Black Beans (didn't have peppers, so subbed red onion, carrot & celery; Beets, Onions, Carrots ... julienned raw beets & carrots, sliced onions, cooked in water with tiny bit of olive oil (delicious & good for cleansing), and a salad of greens & cucumber slices. <BR> Snacks: Celery (am) and Apple (pm) with small amount of almond butter <BR> Water: ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:11:53 EST Tomorrow ... It Begins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383287 Starting a 10 day whole foods cleanse tomorrow. A friend has done this before and is going to start tomorrow ... I've decided to do it too. <BR> Have my 'spa' water made (2 raspberries (lightly crushed) and juice of 1/2 lime in 2 cup Mason jar. Have made 5 Salad in a Jar ... these will do all my lunches Mon - Thurs and one for DH to try this week too. Dressing in the bottom, then carrot, cuke, radish, red onion, then kale & baby spinach, then pecans, then parsley. These will keep in frid... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 11:03:04 EST Unconventional but it seems to work... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381166 I've discovered that our new recliners are a great way for me to stretch and strengthen my legs. I recline the chair, then slowly push the leg support down to the very bottom (these chairs are stiff so I really have to work). Once down, I let my legs come up ... very slowly and I have to work against allowing the chair to put my legs up fast. Have done this several times in past few days and I notice more strength in my legs, especially when climbing stairs. <BR> <BR> Acupuncture, followe... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:22:56 EST Doing ok! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370333 A combination of stretches for sciatica, acupuncture & radionics has meant that my leg pain has decreased and I've been able to build up some cardio minutes again. Started with the 10 min/day about a month ago and can now do 30-40 min at a time! Hurray! But better than that is the fact that I can walk without pain whereas before every step was painful. Still a ways to go as I get the odd twinge now and then, but all in all, very improved! <BR> <BR> Been watching my food intake a lot clos... Tue, 28 May 2013 11:50:26 EST Starting again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368531 This is hard to admit, but I have gained back nearly all the weight I lost since starting SP over 3 years ago. And so I start again! <BR> <BR> Been doing ok these past few days. It has been tough going through the sciatic pain for the past month or so, but finally I'm able to do 30 to 40 min workouts again. <BR> <BR> Now.. if I could only find away to get over the drudgery of tracking food. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Does anyone use a spark buddy here? Does that help? <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 May 2013 15:56:26 EST Monday's Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355412 Heat exchanger in condo (installed last fall) wasn't working. Repaired this morning. <BR> DH's car ... waited with it for over an hour to be told the brakes need repairing and that they can't get part til tomorrow morning. It will be ready by 2pm or sooner tomorrow ... it better be, as he needs to leave at 3 for evening meeting 1.5 hours away! <BR> Mom's dentures.. let's just say we hope the extra 'creased' lining can be trimmed away tomorrow after breakfast and that they are comfortable for... Mon, 13 May 2013 16:43:50 EST Happy Mother's Day to mothers and others! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354433 The blog title refers to a poem I heard years ago... there are many women who, though they've never had children, have certainly helped us mother our own children... they could be neighbours, aunts, friends, etc. That poem has stuck with me since I heard it and I especially always think of it on Mother's Day! <BR> <BR> Last night my daughter made pasta primavera with asparagus for supper, and rhubarb crepes for dessert. Everything was delicious!! I also got flowers and a book from her & ... Sun, 12 May 2013 21:43:32 EST Didgeridoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350085 Had my first lesson today! What fun! My teacher is a 19 or 20 yr old who taught himself to play. He made the lesson fun, sitting down by a river, not too many people walking by to hear me practice! I was able to make the true didg sound a few times and now all I need to do is practice, practice, practice!! <BR> <BR> Next time I'm taking my drum - he wants to experience Reiki drumming. <BR> <BR> Ohmmmmmm! <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 May 2013 17:09:02 EST Late arrival, early morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339287 Got back to the city condo early this morning, due to flight delays caused by weather in Atlanta (where we changed flights on our way back from Florida). Finally crawled into bed at 3am ... but we sure got a fast paced walk/run in at Atlanta's huge airport as we scurried through the crowds to catch our 2nd flight (only to find it had been delayed so we needn't have rushed) LOL! <BR> <em>54</em> <BR> DH woke at 7 and got up as he had early meeting to prepare for ... so I got up too. <BR> ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:30:16 EST And so to rest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328973 Staying quiet this weekend due to sciatica. Been using ice (15 min on, 15 min off) x 6 today and moving around more frequently. From what I read, it's good to stay somewhat active, yet not overdue it. As a result, I've got a lot of knitting done today - the back of a vest for my latest great-nephew is 2/3rds done now! <BR> <BR> Think I'm going to watch the pilot for Downton Abbey ... many of the women at my knitting group watch and enjoy it. <BR> <BR> DH has headed to the farm for the w... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:18:05 EST Just Heard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324808 A friend and her son were attending the Boston marathon, cheering on her uncle who was running in it. <BR> We've just heard that they are all ok, and they are safely back in Ontario now. <BR> <BR> Sending prayers and healing to Boston & the people who were there. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 07:00:09 EST Excited about Paprika! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322089 Nope, not the seasoning (though I like it too). This Paprika is an app on my iPad (and iPhone and Mac). Here's the link to the 'Secret to Success' I just submitted: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=<BR>40916_paprika_app </link> <BR> <BR> I've looked long and hard at many different options before I decided to jump in to this system. What I like about it is that everything can work offline, as well as on. <BR> <BR> It is taking some work to grab all my recipes ... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:19:16 EST 'Blast' off ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316823 Made another (different) nutriblast this morning... this one with spinach, 1/2 banana, handful of blueberries, a few raspberries, some pineapple, sesame seeds, flax seeds and slivered almonds. Served with 2 slices of spelt bread (toasted) with almond butter. A substantial breakfast to send me out into my day! <BR> <em>265</em> <em>488</em> <em>194</em> <BR> Going to Paris today (doesn't that sound lovely? It's in Ontario, though, not France!!) to meet my sister & cousin for lunch... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:26:42 EST Still here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316328 I can't believe it's been so long since I last blogged. But it has been an incredibly busy time. <BR> Still haven't settled the cottage flood with insurance (tomorrow or Wed I'll call them), but the work there has been done. Heard the tenant won't be there after end of April... his company is breaking the lease & we are actually 'this' close to selling the cottage! <BR> <BR> Back & forth between home & condo, gathering & organizing papers for accountant for taxes, shopping the thrift shops... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 20:19:59 EST March...thus far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288527 Quick recap. March has been a hectic and at times, overwhelming month so far... <BR> <BR> Both parents doing as well as they can be doing in their early 90's. <BR> <BR> I've been home 2 weeks this month and getting things caught up around here. Latest is pulling together facts and figures for tax time ... always like to get this done early! <BR> <BR> Cottage... call from tenant on Tues night ... 4 inches water in basement (main sump pump AND backup pump didn't work .. we put the new back... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:14:24 EST February ... strong finish! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267776 Well, I just realized that today is the last day of Feb! Despite the snow & dreary dark days, the month went by pretty quickly! <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> Looking back, I did ok this month. Walked consistently 10 - 15 min / day, with a few 30-40 minute workouts in there too. And surpassed 500 minutes which I haven't done in a while. Ate more freggies. <BR> <BR> This has been a month of organizing too (kitchen cupboards and dressers at the condo, clearing out my home office (my daughter i... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:34:05 EST