BUSYBRE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUSYBRE BUSYBRE'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/ More Fruits & Vegs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517785 I found this link about vegan and raw foods <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14126/the-7-<BR>habits-of-highly-effective-plant-eater<BR>s.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302757031.jpg"> <BR> Smoothie Soup To Be <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1878037900.jpg"> <BR> Smoothie Soup To Go <BR> <BR> What I like about the soup I made above is that it is super healthy. I made a chaga mushroom tea using a chunk of c... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:48:09 EST Taking Time for Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505507 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l837412413.jpg"> <BR> My friend and I have an annual date to have afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms in Downtown Toronto every September. It forces us to take a time out in September one of the busiest months for people whose lives revolve around the school year. <BR> <BR> September - where have you gone? I think I had my nose to the grindstone and I'm feeling the effects of it. <BR> <BR> I've added a few new healthy habits to my regime. I a... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:36:09 EST crazy pants week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498578 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518201676.jpg"> <BR> I am beginning to feel better. I just have a tickle and a bit of a cough left. Now I am playing catch up on things that fell by the wayside while I recuperated from flu. I decided to dig out my craziest pants and wear them last week so that I felt energized and ready for the tasks at hand. I am still picking up bits & bobs but can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I made it to restorative yoga last Sunday and had t... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:44:13 EST chugging away and chugging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486114 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341422036.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I seem to have had a bit of a setback. I was feeling a lot better and began doing a few things around the house - nothing too ambitious ... a little vacuuming ... and I woke up yesterday with a very sore throat and things seem to have settled in my chest now. I'm taking it easy again today - I filled up the blender with lots of fruits and vegs and I'm drinking my smoothie (spinach, apple, orange, pineapple, pomogra... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:07:37 EST I'm not supposed to be here ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480902 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302336935.jpg"> <BR> I feel like such a Debbie Downer ... what can I say. I have a fever and I'm coughing and not going in to teach this week ... that's all! <BR> <BR> I'll be back next week with good news - hope you at least get a little chuckle at the brave bird who is not supposed to be here either! I think I should have saved last week's photo for this week - heheh. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146861... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 19:17:12 EST Labour Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471681 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1444844960.jpg"> <BR> This is how I feel at the end of my first week back <BR> on Sparks + my bathroom scales broke soOo ... <BR> <BR> I don't know if I made progress eliminating any spare baggage I've been carrying around BUT as you can see I am still moving forward. On Twitter I officially ended the week early and began the weekend so I'd have a fresh start. I think it was a brilliant move on my part and I'm still patting myself on the b... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:29:18 EST ReCommitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465048 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847713724.jpg"> <BR> I've just returned from Ottawa - visiting family. My brother and I had a very special dinner on our own while I was there. What a treat. I hope this becomes a habit we set time aside for from now on. My parents have just put a nanny suite in and there were photos we had to go through as they were down-sizing some dusty storage areas to make space for this. When I found this one, I knew I had to have it. It's a tangible r... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:02:42 EST More Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249336 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1367131172.jpg"> <BR> Check out what $5 worth of flowers can do. <BR> I've made 3 bouquets (one for downstairs, <BR> one for the bathroom & one in the bedroom). <BR> <BR> I'm still recuperating. I've been for follow up doctor appointments and am seeing a specialist on Friday. I had my first treatment yesterday - a 90 minute massage. At first I wondered if I was going to be able to stay but the massage therapist was able to sort things out... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:12:10 EST RESTorative YOGA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214999 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l278368087.jpg"> <BR> Fancy Red Spring Flowers <BR> <BR> I've had a peculiar week. It began really well. We used tone for the first time in class this week and so this was a big deal for students who have been working in line for four months and were chomping at the bit to get into using value on their drawings. I did a fun demo and they followed along with me then we put a spotlight on the model and turned all the lights out (but a few lig... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:19:34 EST Condo Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205968 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l655757125.jpg"> <BR> I got out my aerogarden and planted some herbs ... the seedlings are beginning to grow. It's so nice to have the bright light near my desk in the winter to add some sunshine to the day! <BR> <BR> I mentioned last week that I decided to follow a blog called Apartment Therapy to do the January Cure. <BR> <BR> <link>www.apartmenttherapy.com/join-us-get<BR>-organized-in-2013-the-january-cure-18<BR>1703 </link> <BR> <... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:25:03 EST Winter Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1634733847.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm doing a 30-day on-line home tidy with apartment <BR> therapy and yesterday's task was to buy flowers. DONE! <BR> I've already taken about 5 bags of stuff out already. <BR> <link>www.apartmenttherapy.com/ </link> <BR> I'm providing links to what I'm talking about in case <BR> anyone else is interested in having the information. <BR> <BR> The new year is well underway and I, like many of us, are feeling ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:55:36 EST Happy New Year 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182933 Got to love it - my friends & I decided to cancel our celebrations until a later time when we can all get together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1327107878.jpg"> <BR> No problem - I headed out and got Midnight in Paris at the local video store, made myself a salad and cheese plateand am looking forward to watching it as soon as I send off these best wishes to my friends at Sparks! <BR> <BR> Here's to a wonderful 2013! <em>408</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:46:33 EST Merry Christmas Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175543 Santa Mon, 24 Dec 2012 23:56:37 EST The lights are on ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122668 All my exploding water excitement occurred just before Sandy touched down and was totally unconnected to it. Toronto was largely spared. We had some strong winds. A young woman though lost her life around 5pm when a sign in the parking lot of a mall fell on her. Such a shock to everyone when it came across the news. There was an explosion around 2am on Queen West at the Roots Store - it was totaled by fire within the hour (not sure if it was storm connected) and a car was crushed on Front Str... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 16:15:35 EST It's Been Complicated AND I Want to Walk It Off Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113807 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1026890676.jpg"> <BR> These two tomatoes grew without any help from me. I did nothing to help them throughout the entire summer - oh I might have given them the occasional bit of water but truth be told I pretty well forgot about them after I gave them up for done about a month ago. Yesterday I discovered they were both perfectly ready for picking. <BR> <BR> The day started out as a good one. The weather was more than promising. We were abo... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:29:38 EST Austerity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090045 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l706285030.jpg"> <BR> I've been going through some of my photos from living in Paris last Spring. I lived in a certain amount of austerity while I was there and I am trying to bring that into my life back home. I am really questioning decisions I am making. <BR> <BR> Twice this week I decided to not stop for groceries based on a whim and came home and used food I had and I thoroughly enjoyed what I found and made. Twice though too, I consci... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 13:27:35 EST October is for Austerity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082402 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l712262004.jpg"> <BR> I am posting this photograph of the beach I took when I was on Toronto Island in August. It brings me back to a calmness that I want to remember now. <BR> <BR> The month of September came in like a lion and I'm feeling pretty chewed up after tangling with the overzealous beast. I am trying to get my former schedule back. We are working under a new regime. One that rules by rules and there are no exceptions to any of th... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:59:48 EST Just 1 Post This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072808 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l944613344.jpg"> <BR> I took this photograph of a window display while walking to the Louvre one morning last Spring. I thought it would be fun to show students interested in fashion some of what Paris had to offer on a regular day as well as work it into talks about outline drawings we do at the start of the year. I teach students how we can put down a light drawing with lots of information if it helps us see the big picture and/or the outli... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:20:30 EST Quick Check In - Set for Today (and the Week) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062813 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l651997721.jpg"> <BR> I've made juices for today and tomorrow (kale, pineapple, carrots, apples, ginger and lemon - soOo tasty) and I've got three jars of soups made from roasting tomatoes, garlic and peppers from the garden. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l376866046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week is off to a good start. Today I have another doctor's appointment and after I'm meeting a friend for High Tea which I'm... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:12:15 EST Hanging in ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061088 This isn't a very good photograph. <BR> The glass over it made it difficult <BR> to get the shot but I thought I'd share <BR> it anyway. This is a piece I did, called <BR> All That Jazz. I attended sessions in <BR> drawing studio in Paris last Spring and <BR> I just found out that this hung in the Arts <BR> & Letters Main Foyer this past Summer. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l100550682.jpg"> <BR> [see blog post before this for Foyer Shot] <BR> <BR> I've ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 00:33:42 EST Monday - A Quick Goal-Setting Acknowledgement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052164 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591381889.jpg"> <BR> Friday I wound up my week by heading down to the Arts & Letters Club <BR> to pick up my work (two sketches done in Paris of musicians who came <BR> and played for us in the drawing studio one lovely afternoon as we drew <BR> and sipped champagne). Imagine my surprise when I discovered it had <BR> been hung in in the Grand Foyer all Summer. I almost forgot I'd even <BR> submitted to the jury - sheesh. It's called All ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:06:43 EST Weekend Check In - Rough Re-entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050472 Tomatoes from the Allotment (one of the highlights of my week). <BR> I headed to the garden before teaching on Friday and picked all of <BR> these. It was a really nice way to end my week and start my last day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l751394059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> As well as I prepared to return to teaching - nothing could have prepared me really I realize now - the energy it takes to communicate important first week information to students is thor... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 00:39:03 EST AAAAgghhHhhh - It's the Last Day of My Sabbatical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042265 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430757103.jpg"> <BR> These bike rides on Toronto Islands seem so long ago. I'm not panicking ... I'm not panicking ... what I am doing is realizing I need to consider how to bring my sabbatical with me in everyday life. Kind of like I've done with Paris (as a moveable feast) ... it is going to mean setting my alarm a couple of hours earlier than I need to so I can ease into my day enjoyably. I can do this! <BR> <BR> Today I have a prioritiz... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:37:05 EST The List is Longer Than Both My Arms - WoOpsies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040964 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l385869207.jpg"> <BR> The air show is on this weekend. I could barely hear <BR> myself think as I was packing to leave the Island - heheh. <BR> <BR> As soon as I got home, I began writing my To Do List - yikes - and the longer I am here the more I find needs to be added soOOoo I am all about prioritizing now. <BR> <BR> I managed to get a fair amount accomplished yesterday. I set up a new pedometer. My UPband broke just as I got out of Pa... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 09:54:00 EST Back to Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039929 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950746065.jpg"> <BR> Here I am on one of my bike rides through the Toronto Islands where I stayed for the month of August writing. That's the CNN Tower in the background. <BR> <BR> It was a relaxing month and I purposefully organized this last little hurrah to give myself closure on my year-long Sabbatical. It was a good decision. I got less done than I wanted and so now I am trying to remind myself that reaching for the stars still gets me... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:39:23 EST Studio Visitors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009762 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847786383.jpg"> <BR> This little guy decided to visit me today. <BR> <BR> It's been raining which has cooled off the almost unbearable temperatures we've been blessed with this month. It's now been 10 days that I've been on Toronto Islands Gibraltar Point in a writing studio. I have 31 days to make a dent in this project and then I'll try to find a place to set it up so I can continue to work on it at home. <BR> <BR> It took a day to set... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:08:40 EST Turning this ship around ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986983 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584779305.jpg"> <BR> Can you believe that this is purely frozen organic mango, frozen strawberries and frozen banana - no added sugars nor additives ... and it tastes as good as it looks! I got a machine called Yonanas that you feed frozen fruit into and it grinds it down, whips it around and spews it out the chute at the bottom into your bowl! <BR> <BR> After living in Paris for 3 months and enjoying all the cheeses and baguettes and pastr... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:42:30 EST Taking a Moment to Check Back In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981574 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l477251940.jpg"> <BR> My bedroom has been emptied out, vacuumed from head-to-toe, thoroughly washed and painted bright lime green - now I am slowly moving furniture back in and waiting for my new bed base to be delivered (by a small store that's just taken a 3-week holiday). I chose the green after much contemplation because I think it will be nice to wake up each day and see plants in my little window facing me in the alcove with my little w... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 10:53:39 EST Starting the Week Out RIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921934 The day is getting off to a different start than I anticipated ... my back feels a little fragile so I decided to forgo any planting (maybe this evening if it feels a little better I'll do a little planting in pots on the roof - just easy work - no lifting or carrying). <BR> <BR> I'm about to do some yoga and just finished figuring out my meal plan and making salads for the week. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l866264059.jpg"> <BR> There's enough salad made to feed... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:59:41 EST Winding Down the Week - TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917787 I have finally almost totally finished unpacking and putting things into place. I am going through the downstairs and trying to make room for new things - its a difficult process! Upstairs I will be tackling next week. <BR> <BR> I've had a set back in the garden. When I came back, everything was ready to go. It hadn't rained in a long while but this past week has more than made up for it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861534551.jpg"> <BR> Last Week in the Ga... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 13:31:50 EST I'm Back Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916263 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l193270645.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday, on my second trip to the garden, I found this growing. Isn't it beautiful. It really made me smile. I planted some tomatoes and peppers that were grown and given to me by a gardening friend. I was unable to grow anything from seed this year because I was away until now. <BR> <BR> <link>gardenbre5.blogspot.com </link> <BR> <BR> I have only been home a week now but it feels like a month or more. <BR> <B... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 12:34:22 EST Tuesday, 15 May - thinking about home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4882810 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970231299.jpg"> <BR> Here's a photo from inside the couchette on the overnight train from Milano to Paris as I lie back after a good night's sleep and contemplate the French countryside just before arriving back in Paris after 10 days on the road. <BR> <BR> I visited my friends in their gorgeous home in St. Victor la Coste near Avignon in the South of France for a few days - and flew to Venice for a couple of days then took the train to Flo... Tue, 15 May 2012 15:27:42 EST I am off on my adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799514 These first two photos are for Wanda ... who I am so pleased to say is getting into fermentation. There's an amazing book I recently purchased on this called Wild Fermentation, as well there is a lot of on-line information available too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108033508.jpg"> <BR> Kefir I found in a little health food store near the Louvre in Paris <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l828311700.jpg"> <BR> overripe pineapple that I a... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:15:36 EST Five Days After SUNDAY CHECK IN - Slow & Steady (cont'd) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743138 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646294093.jpg"> <BR> My work is hanging in the Arts & Letters Club in downtown Toronto on the jurors wall. I juried the last show called The Art of the Line with two others last month. I am going to take the work down tonight and will hand it over to the woman who commissioned it tomorrow when I'll receive final payment. Things are all coming together quickly! <BR> <BR> The UP band that I've been using to record daily steps taken to put ... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:09:25 EST SUNDAY CHECK IN - I'm packing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724299 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l558627889.jpg"> <BR> It is getting closer and closer to the time when I will be leaving for 3 months in Paris. I am now trying to get to bed earlier and earlier so I won't have too much difficulty adjusting to the time change. I'm a little late this evening - yikes! I updated that blog the other day ... <link>ruerenebre.blogspot.com </link> <BR> <BR> I spent yesterday sorting through clothing and putting things I thought I'd be bringin... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 23:17:26 EST Sunday - CHECK IN - Meals That Heal Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710574 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39823926.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here we are at Julie Daniluk's Meals That Heal Workshop at the St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto (I'm the one on the far left in the back row leaning in to hear).The workshop was about inflammation and very informative. The recipes that she and her sister made were delicious ... so delicious that I bought the ingredients and will be making them and incorporating them into my meal plans. I have gone to a few ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:12:59 EST Sunday - CHECK IN - Meals That Heal Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710573 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l39823926.jpg"> <BR> Here we are at Julie Daniluk's Meals That Heal Workshop at the St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto (I'm the one on the far left in the back row leaning in to hear).The workshop was about inflammation and very informative. The recipes that she and her sister made were delicious ... so delicious that I bought the ingredients and will be making them and incorporating them into my meal plans. I have gone to a few health... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:12:56 EST Friday Check In - Week 3 - All Blogged Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694000 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l363831822.jpg"> <BR> Here are a few ingredients for tonights dinner. I did my core strengthening exercises on the ball and I got bundled up warmly and walked to the grocery store for them. Lots of healthy living going on here! <BR> <BR> And - I'm going to a healthy food workshop tomorrow and really looking forward to it. <BR> <link>www.juliedaniluk.com/ </link> <BR> The woman who is teaching it has recently really come into her own. ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:57:57 EST Friday - Surprise Purchase http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678397 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465180689.jpg"> <BR> I bought a new SLR entry-level digital camera after calling a friend for advice about how to get my artwork shot for the portfolio I am making. He suggested that I cancel my appointment with the photographer and buy a camera - soOoo - with notes in hand I headed to the Mall and pitted one camera company against another and was home within the hour holding my new purchase. I'd saved $50 and can put the costs of hiring a... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:27:18 EST Sunday Week One Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666556 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l595429402.jpg">This photo was taken by someone's father and was tweeted earlier this morning. It spoke to me and I smiled. I am now likening it to how I've felt this week. Knee deep in a bunch of ... stuff and there have been some annoying but fleeting things weighing me down that I have had to take care of. Next week, I know my load will be lighter. We all know the saying, 'the straw that broke the ... ' and so it is not without great ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:19:28 EST Friday Check In ... on Saturday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4663862 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l470050627.jpg"> <BR> Here I am in my new slippers for 2012. I am multi-tasking without really overthinking it ... see those little pink things on the bottom of my slippers - they are doing all the work - the pressure is on them - not me. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to begin to declutter my life and know it will be a "slow & steady" process. <BR> <BR> This week I dealt with a fair amount of crises management issues. My car broke, my ma... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 11:28:19 EST Sunday HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648870 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783012830.jpg"> <BR> Still Life. The photo was taken at my friends. There are a core group of us who gather on New Years Eve with her and her husband to ring in the New Year. Some years we bring stray friends along who want a safe place to celebrate. This year we had a very quiet gathering of just 5 of us. We ate and talked and laughed and opened the bubbly at midnight and left around 1:30am. I felt it fitting to open 2012 with this vi... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:17:36 EST Closing 2011 & Opening 2012 - Happy New Year Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646703 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364352171.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ringing out the old and in the new ... tomorrow I, and many of you, will probably be pulling out old lists and making a new one. Until then ... wishing everyone all the best to you and yours. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:29:42 EST ... it is The Day Before Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637218 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l91831060.jpg"> <BR> I didn't have our new little Charlie Brown Christmas tree out of it's package a half a minute before the bulb for it jumped up and smashed onto the floor (it's why it doesn't look round). Later Mom tried to straighten the little guy and it will have none of it so I suggested we just leave it tilted - it makes us laugh & 'feel the love' ... heheh! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has been keeping busy in a good way and is ready... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:50:04 EST I'm in Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614934 Just a quick update. I have landed on my feet again finally! What a busy month November was. I put the allotment garden and roof garden to bed, made preserves, finished up the painting portion of the illustration project, packed & moved the studio into storage, and underwent two dental surgeries. I now have my two new front teeth for Christmas along with a couple others, etc. AND now I'm in Florida visiting my parents for the rest of the month! I'm not quite sure how I made it here BUT w... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 13:10:38 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my AMERICAN FRIENDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598161 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l151182558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a wonderful day with family & friends. Thu, 24 Nov 2011 17:48:57 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591246 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l708188266.jpg"> Things have been pretty topsy turvy around here these days. I've been recouping from dental surgery and will be going back in on Tuesday for more work just as I'm coming through one end of it. I did manage to get into the studio one evening and finish this little illuminated Capital for the children's book portfolio I've been working on ... funny how art reflects life - the cracked egg looks like my tooth to me ... (I crac... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 11:42:34 EST Friday check In - too mush lip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568666 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l494015804.jpg"> <BR> I'm writing again [I took this photo back in May 2009 - some tulip petals had fallen on my notes during the night - I used it, too, because my two lips are still swollen from dental surgery and I think it's a funny way to lead into what I'll be talking about today] ... let's just say I've lost the feeling in my upper lip because it's still quite swollen (can't drink from a cup yet) and I'm still eating mushy foods (you'd... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 17:40:04 EST Friday Check In - Finding Balance kind of like finding Nemo - FUN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557783 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l480904989.jpg"> <BR> This picture is worth a thousand words - the garden is in a state of disarray as I dig up some plants to bring inside and try to close it down for the Winter AND my life is taking a bit of a turn for the next week because I'm going in for dental surgery and will need to be on pain medication for a few days SO it means taking the week off and just letting go ... I'll get back on the horse once I'm feeling better. I elimi... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 17:37:13 EST Sunday & Monday all rolled up into One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550881 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l563990041.jpg"> <BR> I was thoroughly surprised by the big pumpkin in the patch at the garden yesterday ... I had no idea it was growing under all the leaves over by the fence until they died back and lo and behold (there's a second one left on the vine to turn orange that is as large). <BR> <BR> I have once again, for the third time this week, switched gears and decided to do something completely different than what I'd scheduled for the ... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:44:39 EST