BUTEAFULL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUTEAFULL BUTEAFULL'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/ another adoption http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730261 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2016801413.jpg"> <BR> here is my Mom (93 yrs young) and my eldest grandchild (18) at her graduation party from High School. Where did the time go, seems like she was just a baby not that long ago and now she's getting ready to go to College. Boy do I feel old. and in other news <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l748423745.jpg"> <BR> this is Bing, about 12 weeks old a real cutie patootie <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:35:13 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635190 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l392920786.jpg"> <BR> on a happy note, IT'S FINALLY RAINING HERE, we have been in a drought for so long I forgot what rain looked like and we need it badly. <BR> this morning I'm having breakfast with the retirees from my old job, tomorrow I'm having lunch with the red hatters and Saturday will be AARP meeting and then a Mardi Gras party at my daughter's house, and then Sunday I'm going to see the play My Fair Lady. Whew another busy week. Oh... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:15:43 EST Happy Birthday Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614370 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1592387737.jpg"> <BR> today is my Mom's 93rd Birthday, we had a family gathering for her at a restaurant, she was so happy to see so many of the family <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l858878652.jpg"> <BR> I knock on wood she is still in good health and even drives herself everywhere locally, and gardens her large yard and does water exercises at the YWCA <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:28:24 EST movie time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591652 as an update, the kitties all got along just fine, TJ even slept between the gals once. <BR> The Oscar nominations came out and I wondered what are these movies, because I didn't seem to know the titles of most of them. I think if a movie hasn't been playing in the theaters for at least 4 months, they shouldn't be qualified for a nomination. So...I have been on a movie binge. I've seen <BR> WALKING WITH DINOSAURS a cute animated film <BR> KHUMBA another cute animated film <BR> ALL IS LOST t... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:05:20 EST new additions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574304 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440381391.jpg"> <BR> meet the newest members of the family 2 rescue sisters Abby, and Cuddlebug <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190119643.jpg"> <BR> TJ isn't too sure what to make of them <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l147105885.jpg"> <BR> at least he's trying to get to know them, but they run circles around him, and he doesn't like to share his food dish with them <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 04:09:26 EST Trip part B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527970 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1240524330.jpg"> <BR> while taking the bus, it stopped frequently for 'powder room' breaks. One of the places we stopped at made fantastic objects from burls of wood, this place was huge with 4 tree houses even <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l509044940.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1547380763.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l564701257.jpg"> <BR> I think t... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 03:14:20 EST trip part A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527553 everyone seems to like photos so I'll add some from my trips <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l984732470.jpg"> <BR> the train took us by the ocean/beach as well as homesteads and farmed land <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l830826941.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1705437588.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l281667799.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177080... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:39:48 EST newest branch on the family tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525985 so here are the pics on my niece and the new baby now that he is 3 months old <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l408807633.jpg"> <BR> meet Evan <BR> here is his Grandpa (my brother) taking his photo <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l69522273.jpg"> <BR> in the background are my Mom, my Nephew and his girlfriend <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l143011805.jpg"> <BR> here is the new mommy (my Niece), of course I took a bunch of ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:40:27 EST I'm absent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525924 I haven't been blogging or logging in any stats at SP for a long time now, I've cut my time back posting here. I used to read so many blogs and post on at least a hundred threads a day....not anymore. I still have favorite blogs I read with email alerts but that's about all. I'm back in my yard doing the Autumn mode thing pruning and planting bulbs and such, running out of daylight time to get done all that I want to do. I did promise some photos from my reunion so I'll do that (I've been on ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:26:50 EST family reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448379 going on a road trip with Mom and a cousin to a reunion in northern Calif, will be gone 4 or 5 days. Hubby is staying home to take care of the cat and our and Mom's gardens to see nothing dies in this heat. Taking my camera in case some fun things arise. Catch y'all later Thu, 8 Aug 2013 04:33:36 EST Tram me up scotty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443797 my red hat chapter took a trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, so I took my camera of course <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l952756407.jpg"> <BR> here we are waiting in the lobby for the next available tram <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1659102742.jpg"> <BR> here is where it starts at the floor of the mountain <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l331114708.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 02:17:36 EST the eyes have it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440521 I'm gonna reveal hubby's surgery photos from his eyes (he had bags that hung so low they pulled away from the eye and made him tear up all day long) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389001170.jpg"> <BR> so this is the BEFORE picture <BR> and now the after surgery picture <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l292683478.jpg"> <BR> then two days later, they did this <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575745993.jpg"> <BR> rhen it pr... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 01:42:17 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433442 I did 2 hrs of gardening yesterday before I had to take hubby in as an outpatient for surgery on his eyes. They sag down so low that (besides being baggy) cause him to tear up all the time trying to make up for the moisture loss from the lower lids hanging out. I took some photos of him as a before and after, and today they are really swollen and red I took another pic, but I won't post them until he heals up and we see a true AFTER photo so that will be at least one week. While he was in sur... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:43:16 EST wt increase http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430605 doing the walk of shame <em>24</em> my wt has ballooned up to 150+ <BR> and I still have parties and events to attend this summer. I know the problem is multifold, lack of sleep too much time on the computer and not getting my 10K steps in per day anymore so cal in is definitely more than cals out. I'm in fact going to a buffet today with relatives visiting for a couple days. <BR> I have done more walking this month just not consistantly. I have also slacked off on my garden since my garde... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:41:10 EST red hatting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423737 catch you up on some more fun I've been having <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1784238864.jpg"> <BR> one of my red hat chapters had lunch at a golf club <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1455685280.jpg"> <BR> look at the interesting bread they made sandwich with. we had a nice view of the golf course <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1979363207.jpg"> <BR> then we went to an Indian casino for a while <BR> <img src="http://... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 03:38:05 EST not much to show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418507 I didn't show the work going on of the kitchen makeover (I don't have many photos), so I'll do that now <BR> first the window was replaced with double-pane and a larger size than the original (later all the windows got switched out, but by a window companies' crew) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l263618264.jpg"> <BR> hubby's workspace, the back porch <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1642626711.jpg"> <BR> and lastly the gutted kitchen being work... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 04:07:34 EST San Diego adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417394 I haven't blogged in almost a month but I have been having my usual fun so I'll share some photos. I invited my friend Chatty Cathy to join hubby and I for a mini vacation in San Diego where hubby is remodeling a kitchen of a home that will go on the market when it looks good. We did some walking, some shopping and plenty of eating. Chatty Cathy was born in Sicily so she wanted to see Little Italy <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l314730069.jpg"> <BR> we had to keep ou... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 01:30:09 EST Tournament House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391313 the same day we went to the gardens, we also went to a tea house in Pasadena for lunch, they served just enough to fill us up each two people shared a tiered platter of sandwiches, scones and desserts <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1174077101.jpg"> <BR> they even decorated the dessert plate with chocolate sauce in swirls <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1035173555.jpg"> <BR> and they served 6 different flavors of teas in these cute teapots <BR... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:35:44 EST gardens of Rancho del Descanso http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389532 I know I'm a long time getting back to my blog (just being lazy about it). So here are the Descanso Gardens pics. The best time of year to visit there is March or April as all their camellias, azaleas and gardenias are in bloom then. Being as how it's June we missed that wonderful sight. At Easter time they have a huge tulip bed and hide eggs for a hunt, they do plant a lot of annuals as well and have a large rose garden, so I can share those. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:21:03 EST June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379838 well my scale is not my friend this week (but I didn't expect it to be after all the parties and such). I have some more parties to go, one grad party down and one to go, two birthday parties and two weddings (it just never ends). I am going to a wonderful place in Northridge called Descanso Gardens with the AARP, another all day event. I'm taking my camera so I'll probably have pics to share with you. I have been keeping my brother's place nice and watered, mowed and weeded, I think he'll be... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 01:34:38 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373619 well yesterday didn't go as I planned, Mom wanted to do some running around so I didn't get the gardening done at my brothers as planned (heck I barely got back to put the trash can back in the gate and lock up). I did some sawing to make mom's limbs small enough to fit into her trash bin (her tree limbs I cut down earlier, not Mom's limbs LOL). Then she wanted to do some shopping and running around, then it was a lot of pulling down boxes from on high and seeing if there were things to disca... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:16:05 EST burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372040 I got my gardening in at my brothers' place today edging mowing and trimming hedges and a lot of sweeping. I put a dent in it but I will have to finish it tomorrow after my breakfast with the retirees. <BR> I put on sunscreen but still burnt the back of my neck and some of my chest (I was wearing a peasant blouse to keep cool in the 90+ temp). Wed, 29 May 2013 23:22:06 EST o bother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370797 I'm ticked off, I do all this walking and watch my diet and how am I rewarded? I gained 1 lb geesh! Tue, 28 May 2013 20:38:59 EST Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368920 with sore legs I planned to take it easy today, but crazy me I put salve on my legs and they felt fine so I walked another 9 miles but I did get my free birthday meal from IHOP thank you coupon. My sleep is vastly improved the last two nights and I have a hunch I'll sleep good tonight too. So far my wt hasn't budged from 150 but with all this walking, I'm optimistic that will change sooner than later. Mon, 27 May 2013 01:19:31 EST sore today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368455 I have been a bit busy again in the physical dept. I have tried to increase my walking time to get back to my 10,000 steps per day (I failed miserably during Winter up til now). One of my brothers is off on vacation and I'm looking after/watering his home and garden. A funny thing there, he emptied his refrigerator but forgot and left a carton of eggs on the counter, but I can't unlock his security screen door to get them out so he might have a stinky kitchen when he gets back (the key moves... Sun, 26 May 2013 13:53:47 EST DWTS finale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363772 when I heard the lineup of stars for this season 16 I figured the Olympian would have it in the bag. After two weeks of watching my opinion changed that it would probably be between Pickler and Zendaya, now that we have come to the end my opinion is still either Kellie or Zendaya to win and runner up, however I have to admit the final 4 ALL did their best to wow us with their performances doing 3 dances no less and an additional one for tonight so 4 in all is no mean fete in one week. The fin... Tue, 21 May 2013 18:07:58 EST tea time again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361706 <em>244</em> final party done. This High Tea was catered so it was a lot easier to do, with the house already clean and the yard in pretty good shape, I got to enjoy this party. This is the one where I use the little dolls I made to be party favors. I got lots of compliments on my creativity, and the yard. Now I'll share some photos. here is my committee <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l92143328.jpg"> <BR> the weather was pretty nice just a tad warm, but a little br... Mon, 20 May 2013 00:19:45 EST hump day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357704 I managed to stay awake during the two dancing programs (SYTYCD is gonna have a great season), but fell asleep during the next show that came on. I woke up with TJ sleeping on my lap, aw he kept me company. So I had breakfast then did some email checking and turned on HULU and went to sleep again. I think I have programmed myself for the TV to put me to sleep. <BR> Today is gorgeous, just have a little clean up from the party to do and mow the lawn then I can sit back until tomorrow when I h... Wed, 15 May 2013 17:27:48 EST boy am I tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356831 second party out of the way, this time the garden club met at my house and though it was hot, we had a breeze that made it tolerable. I didn't take very many photos, I am very tired I was up all night making food items so I only got one hour sleep before my brain woke me up and said 'you gotta clean house and put away dishes'. I tried my hand for the first time at making veggie spring rolls with Thai peanut ginger coconut sauce (it was a learning experience handling the rice sheets before the... Tue, 14 May 2013 22:38:43 EST hot hot hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354660 what a hot day it's still in the 80's and it's 10 @ night thank you anti-perspirant <BR> my trip today didn't go quite to plan...we got off a little late (the tour escort was the last to arrive) then enroute to Julian the bus started alarming (we were never told what caused it), we limped our way to the tea house and the company had to send out another bus to take us home with. Murphy's Law strikes again. I thought I'd show you the scenic view from the bus as we climbed elevation to Julian at... Mon, 13 May 2013 02:30:44 EST H M D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353587 I'm off on another AARP bus trip Chatty Cathy is going too we will be attending a Mothers Day Tea and my Mom decided she didn't want to go on this trip even though I already bought the ticket (so Cathy is taking her place). My hubby and my brother will be taking My Mom out to brunch so she will still be pampered a bit. I'll be going to a quaint town in the hills called Julian, known for it's apple-berry pies. I'll take my camera and see if there is a good shot of things. <BR> Happy Mothers Da... Sat, 11 May 2013 23:52:25 EST back in time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352730 last week I went on an excursion with some of the ladies and their guys to a dinner and show combo (the waiters and waitresses also performed, when not serving the meal). the show was Blue eyes and centered around the Rat Pack and a few others of the same time frame. The lighting wasn't good so the photos are all over the place because of the lighting. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1483898526.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l881223227.j... Sat, 11 May 2013 02:44:57 EST fun day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351547 weight wise this month is a bust for wt loss. Too many parties and celebrations. I went to a party today, another potluck lots of good tasting food. Of course I have more parties I'm hosting myself and more red hat functions to attend and my birthday is this month, so even though my wt went down a little bit, I know it will go back up so I'm not changing my tracker to the lower wt, I'll wait til June. <BR> Anyway at the party today we were asked to bring 1 or more things that we thought might... Thu, 9 May 2013 23:45:22 EST anyone for tea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350410 the day of the tea has arrived and the weather couldn't be more perfect here are the photos <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l989680437.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1530179484.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1027813300.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l687308484.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l558182346.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Wed, 8 May 2013 22:47:30 EST time is drawing near http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348010 I have been trying to get all the last minute details done for my High Tea on Wed. the rain prevented me from doing anything outdoors, so I worked indoors baking blueberry scones and lemon brownies, blueberry meringues shaped like chocolate kisses. Also have been cutting paper doilies to fit my glass luncheon plates, have lots of varieties of tea for the gals to choose from. Have my cup and saucer wrapped for the exchange with a poem. Got potpourri for my potpourri crock to keep the bathroom ... Mon, 6 May 2013 22:56:13 EST more flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342751 more flowers from MY garden <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1921449610.jpg"> <BR> with a whysical peacock to spin in the wind <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1062207154.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2060353155.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l77627104.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l616949319.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Thu, 2 May 2013 02:36:41 EST more fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339866 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1061093042.jpg"> <BR> Eureka it's taking my photos again this was from when I visited my friend Janie for her birthday, we ate at a place called Panini outside on the lovely patio with plants (of course I took a photo or 2) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l130875102.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697900052.jpg"> <BR> I've also been to the Palm Springs Follies with my red hatters. We at... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:01:24 EST more movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337821 watched two movies Quartet with a bevy of British actors portraying over the hill entertainers in a senior residence (with all their problems like dementia, health, loss of talent and looks, and of course love). I liked it a lot and Maggie Smith might get an oscar nomination. <BR> the other movie I watched was The Guilt Trip with Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan. I don't like Seth (I don't know why, don't have a legitimate reason, but I don't), however in this movie he works out but I want B... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 23:50:09 EST Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330549 I am going to Santa Monica today and meet some friends that I originally met on the computer. One lives in Los Angeles and the other lives in Seattle, The one in LA just celebrated her birthday but because of tax season (she works for her father's tax service) we couldn't meet until now to celebrate. Tne other one flew down to have a surgical procedure done and will be leaving soon for Washington and home, so this works out very well to meet up with the both of them. It is a two hour drive fo... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:51:59 EST why me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324717 it never rains but it pours or in other words Murphys Law hit again. I lost my pedometer and had to get another one, er two...the first model was too difficult for the info I needed so I got a simpler model for more $ go figure. Then my TV bit the dust as an early birthday present hubby got me a 22 inch flat screen instead of signing up for a deep sea fishing trip, he's so sweet. <BR> I'm still working on the house and yard so though I'm not doing mileage with walking I'm getting plenty of ex... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 03:18:42 EST oh no http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321698 those who have been with me for a while know I'm electronically challenged, having trouble with my computer frequently and my camera too. Well here is a camera story. I liked my old Kodak but it was getting older and had gotten banged up a bit and was not working half the time so last summer while on vacation hubby got tired of hearing me cursing it out and got me a Fuji camera and it had more features like panorama that I liked, it worked fine up until about four months ago then it started a... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:49:28 EST Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306316 many BLESSINGS to all my friends on this Easter Sunday, I only plan to finish my sparking then take a long walk and then enjoy a fabulous meal with my family for dinner. It's a glorious day weather wise also, hope you all get to enjoy today like me Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:12:28 EST the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305592 I have been working my arse off the last 3 days at my Mom's place so this weekend I'm staying home and doing my own much needed work with some naps thrown in and I'll enjoy <em>451</em> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> Easter with the family at someone else's home not my own ah relaxation Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:03:11 EST I'm pooped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302534 it was a long day today. I helped my mom by scraping paint off her windows (last painter wasn't too careful) and then washing them. then I trimmed her heavenly bamboo hedge, I raked and swept up leaves, I took her to the store to buy some plants to replace the Lantanas I dug out for her. Then hubby dropped me off on his way to Dr appointment and I walked home for 80 min. so guess what? I'm pooped <BR> tomorrow is my retiree breakfast, I forgot about it last month since Feb. is short on days, ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:47:21 EST more movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300256 I have reverted to a kid, watched the movies; Jack the Giant Slayer, Oz the Great and Powerful, Escape From Planet Earth, and I plan to watch The Croods <BR> they were all good but I liked Escape From Planet Earth the best, the aliens of area 51 were pretty funny <BR> I also saw the thriller, The Call, with Halle Berry it was great keeps you on the edge of your seat rooting for the kidnapped girl Tue, 26 Mar 2013 01:20:26 EST red and purple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297860 thought I'd show some photos of our red hat outing to a wonderful store of red hat paraphernalia called R V Casuals, a bit of a drive to get to but well worth it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l912778809.jpg"> <BR> Queen Sophie, Queen Arlene and Queen Dottie from 3 different chapters of red hatters <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1620600344.jpg"> <BR> we were treated to a free lunch <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 02:41:37 EST RIP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289483 today I'm going to a memorial service for a man who was a friend of our family he lived a very full 93 years, accomplishing a lot, he was a health nut which might also account for his longevity. He was a professor and wrote 2 books on botony/biology. The service will be held in one of his favorite places, a botanical garden at the University where he spent a lot of time. My brother spent a lot of time with him and ghosted some of one of his books, and wrote his bio for the newspaper. Oscar Cl... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 05:43:52 EST hiking Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287277 so here is my trek up Blue Mountain, it was a beautiful clear day, it had rained two days before so no smog, just windy. The climb takes you up a mile in elevation with a 3 mile round trip. The Friends of Blue Mountain (a hiking group that is purchasing private land to remain pristine from development) sponsored this one-day-out-of-the-year event to help raise money and awareness. Normally it is a NO TRESPASSING zone, but everyone is invited to climb this one day a year (sometimes falls on Ea... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 03:38:26 EST this 'n that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287111 bet you thought I dropped off the face of the Earth since I haven't blogged in almost a month. <BR> Been doing this and that, watched a bunch of movies but no critique as I didn't get excited by any of them. Saw two plays and enjoyed them both. Been meeting with my Red Hatters a few times. Got my taxes done and am getting a refund woo hoo. Weather went from frost in the mornings 5 days ago to 91 degree weather went from winter to summer and skipped spring. Did my 5K with Cathy and three spar... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:59:40 EST Hello Dolly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253234 this is gonna sound kind of funny, since yesterday I did a blog on dolls. I'm gonna see Hello Dolly today <BR> <BR> We have been having some lovely weather these last couple of days (in the 80's), and I've been making headway in my backyard. The front yard needs a lot of work and I've been procrastinating about doing it, might make that my project for Monday. The other major thing I'm doing this week is the taxes, I procrastinate on that too. <BR> <BR> I have signed up for a 5K in March alo... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:23:34 EST