CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time to fly <img src=""> I just lost the blog I work so hard on about the Bluejay hatchlings. I really don't care for using the iPhone rather than a computer but I do want to post a picture of the hatchlings that are just about ready to fly the nest. This is the fourth or fifth year the Jays have nested in the clematis by our garage. The hatchlings Have been venturing to the edge of the nest flapping their wings preening... Sun, 29 May 2016 18:42:12 EST Check in I just have a moment but wanted to drop in and say HI!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Actually I had a great week. Had lunch with friends on Wednesday and Thursday . . . met up with a couple of Spark buddies on Wednesday. . .. amazing how quickly 3 hours can fly when you're having fun!!! <BR> <BR> Aside from that, I placed more items at 4 of the shops that carry my jewelry. Now I can make more!!! <BR> <... Sat, 28 May 2016 13:36:18 EST Counting down . . . Two weeks down, 6+ to go . . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I had my wisdom highlights highlighted last week. Since my hair is mostly 'salt' now, I just wanted a trim and some darker highlights added. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure it was the hair cut or the bright shade of red that I disliked the most. but I've heard it said that the difference be... Sun, 15 May 2016 13:40:27 EST The countdown begins <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's me, out there sitting under the tree. <BR> <BR> Looks like it'll be a couple months before we get wifi . . . . meanwhile, I'll have to use my phone as a hotspot to check in . . . . and we have already used up half our data for the month. <BR> <BR> So, refusing to give up my goals . . . how to turn this around to work for me??? <BR> <BR> I'm glad you've asked! I've set up a de... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:13:59 EST Trying or doing? Each day we have the opportunity to get closer to achieving our goals. . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not just reaching towards them, but actually achieving . . . it is an achievement because it will take hard work, tenacity, determination. . . . a never give up attitude. <BR> Every choice I make today will reveal my dedication and commitment . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:22:22 EST Forward . . . onward to success Okay, i'm baaaaaccckkkkk . . . at least for the moment, the internet is working . . . <BR> <BR> Update on my goals for this month. I'll admit I haven't been as diligent as I could have been, but thankfully, I'm not gaining. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I won't punish myself if I don't reach my short-term (April) goal as quickly as I'd hoped. . . . I will get there . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:01:36 EST Fantabulous Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a crazy week . . . another crazy week. <BR> <BR> We've been fighting with our phone/internet provider for so many years . . . they didn't even argue the last time I called tech support and told them we were yanking it out of the wall !!! <BR> <BR> Not only does their internet work have the time (maybe) but they kept telling us our phone woes were due to faulty wiring inside our h... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:11:27 EST Mary had a little lamb . . . but someone stole it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I cannot believe it! Someone stole 2 of the baby lambs from the neighbors field next door. <BR> <BR> The two dark lambs in the middle are the two that disappeared. <BR> <BR> No evidence of cougar or any type of predator activity . . . . so they're thinking it was the two-legged variety. <BR> <BR> In order for someone to get to the area where the sheep graze, they would have to g... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:46:48 EST Tuesday Had fun with the girls yesterday driving them up to the Caves with all our lovingly created baskets, jewelry and handmade items . . . but it really wore me out.... <BR> <BR> I'm the youngest among them so I offered to use my 2 wheel cart to transport all their boxes of goodies down the treacherous path to the gift shop so they didn't have to carry them. <BR> <BR> It took about 6 trips and all was going well until the last trip when I was wheeling my two big Rubbermaid tubs of stuff do... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 21:42:32 EST Sunday evening <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Didn't get a lot done today but I enjoyed every bit of the day. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's the big day . . . . I'm driving up to the Oregon Caves. I'll be chauffeuring three of the ladies from our Senior Center beading class so the front will be filled with chatter and laughter. <BR> <BR> The back of the SUV will be filled with goodies for delivery -- our jewelry, baskets and other cool one-of-... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 23:22:34 EST Thank you SparkPeople!!!! -- free workouts available 24/7 Did you know that gives you 24/7 access to free fitness videos??? <BR> <BR> Just type in or on your menu bar on your Start Page, under "Articles & Videos" you'll find a drop down menu where you can click on . . . and you're on your way. <BR> <BR> Thank you SparkPeople!!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 16:16:25 EST Ya know how ya know . . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ya know how ya know if you've learned your lesson about making healthy choices?? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wait until somebody brings home a bucket of chicken from KFC . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:18:48 EST Ewes . . . no kidding <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry, I couldn't resist . . . . <BR> <BR> here are our new neighbors. . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Leroy hasn't been able to get close enough to them to give them an official welcome kiss, yet. <BR> <BR> Four moms and 5 babies.... one of the twins is dappled black and white . . . and it seems to b... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 23:03:34 EST There goes the neighborhood Last year, our neighbor brought in a horse and a few sheep to do some 'natural' weed control on his 5 acre parcel next door to us. Unfortunately, it was too late in the season by the time they arrived and all that they had was dry stubble. <BR> <BR> This year our neighbor is on the ball and surprised us with 4 beautiful adult sheep and 5 adorable baby lambs. <BR> <BR> So far, I haven't been able to catch them close enough to get a picture of them. . . . . but here's a pic from last year a... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 19:58:21 EST Nuff said <img src=""> Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:12:42 EST about turning back the clock <img src=""> Fri, 8 Apr 2016 13:02:13 EST Okay I had a good day. I ran off to the city to 'hunt and gather' as DH calls it . . . girl shopping, mindlessly wandering through shops with no goal or purpose except to clear the brain. <BR> <BR> Since the temp was supposed to be in the 90's (92 actually, and broke all sorts of records!) I decided to wear some capri pants I stuck away a couple years ago because I couldn't fit into them. <BR> <BR> I was absolutely amazed to see how they fit!!! WOWOWOWOWZA!!! <BR> <BR> But when I noticed... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:38:09 EST Wasn't ready for this Well, on Monday I was all set for lunch with mom and sister (belated birthday) . . . but sometimes things take a turn we don't see coming. <BR> <BR> Without going into details, by the end of Monday, I was emotionally bled out. <BR> <BR> To start off, I found out my 20 year old nephew has cancer (in his nasal area . . . some long word that I can't remember or pronounce) and the surgeon says they can't get to it to operate . . . and chemo/radiation treatment will most likely have negative imp... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 00:42:37 EST Ready for a new week . . . Had a busy weekend. Got a lot of stuff done . . . . <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'll be leaving early to go into the city or an alumni lunch meeting with former co-workers . . . but I won't have lunch with them . . . <BR> <BR> Mom just called a few minutes ago and invited me to meet up with her and my sister for a late birthday late lunch tomorrow (Mom turned 86 on the 22nd of March), I have no idea where we're going for lunch but it'll be special. After all, mom will only be 86 once! <BR> <... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:09:37 EST Wrapping up a beautiful Saturday Hope you had a great Saturday!!! <BR> <BR> I had a great day, got a lot of stuff done; <BR> exceeded my step goal and kept within caloric limits. <BR> <BR> I hate to give up on the day, but I'm tired. Let's do it again tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 23:49:22 EST Welcome April! Today could not have been more perfect, weather wise. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The pansies seem to have thrived over the winter but they're really responding to the warm weather . . . like most of us! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I scattered about a pound of sunflower seeds all around the yard and the squirrels, crows/bla... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 23:07:39 EST Ready for Summer?? Let's do April first! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Actually, I'm happy to be 14 pounds lighter today than I was at the end of last Summer! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:59:05 EST I found it!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got the big mojo happening again! <BR> <BR> I sat down with myself and had a long talk. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is not about a number on the scale . . . . <BR> <BR> It IS about being healthy, eating and exercising and doing all I can do to avoid diabetes, osteoporosis, and the long list of g... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:43:02 EST Gotta find my MOJO! Yesterday was a big splash . . . I felt like I hit rock bottom so far as lack of energy and determination. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's be about a week since I set a goal for the end of April, and it seems that I've been pushing a snowball up hill ever since. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nothing seems to be working . .... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:03:09 EST One of those days . . . must be Monday I can't seem to get going today . . . I think I need a shot of Vitamin H (humor) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:57:10 EST Easter Bunny sees the dentist . . . My dentist sent this one yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you have a wonderful Easter . . . <BR> remember the reason for the season. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:13:18 EST Silly bunny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:46:41 EST My challenge -- Breaking down barriers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, I'm down 14 pounds from where I started in December. I give myself big credit for accomplishing that! ...and holding the line firm. (I've been at this same weight for a whole month now .... thanks to a few physical setbacks). <BR> <BR> Now it's time to bust on through the next big number barrier on the scale. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:13:53 EST Happy Birthday Mom! Today is my mom's 86th birthday. <BR> <BR> She's quite a trouper . . . we lost dad back in 2008, and after caring for him and everyone else in her life, she now has her own ideas about how she wants to live her life. So, we're not as close as we once were, but I totally respect and admire her desire to remain independent. <BR> <BR> Not sure when it will happen --- maybe today if I get a phone call -- but sometime soon, we'll have lunch, probably at Olive Garden, her favorite 'fancy' restau... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:06:20 EST A Fresh New Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what happened to the weekend, but I feel like I missed it! <BR> <BR> Actually, I was really busy all week, despite still dealing with sciatica (stemming from last weeks adventure trying to get into the back seat of DD's Mustang!) <BR> <BR> Today, we woke up to rain, and it absolutely poured all day . . . . so, we took a nap. Well, actually we took 2 naps! And both were ab... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 01:42:16 EST Out of the box techniques for relieving anxiety <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Over the years, my stressors have changed significantly . . . as has my way of dealing with them. I stumbled upon this article and thought it held some interpretive value. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ”What’s your best anxiety relieving technique?” <BR> <BR> 1. “Coloring books for adults are seriousl... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:53:19 EST Wednesday Fun day! I had to take a few days off but thankfully my back is better (see previous blog about my adventure getting in and out of the backseat of DD's new Mustang). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While it helped my back to heal, the rest of me really feels it . . . . I missed being able to move about freely. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:59:21 EST My day off I was ready to post my blog yesterday morning about taking the day off when the power went out . . . winds and rain brought down a lot of trees that took out a stretch of power lines about 1/4 mile right around the corner from us. Power was restored in the wee hours of the morning. <BR> <BR> So, my day off REALLY was a day off . . . no internet really brings the social world to a halt. <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to do the things I was planning to do . . . but it turned out to be a very ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:32:32 EST Changes ahead <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's that time again . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This one really spoke to me . . . especially after riding the backseat of DH's daughter's new Mustang. <BR> <BR> Seriously, i finally got all of me in there . . . most of me was in the left side . . . . but I actually had to take my shoes off be... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:50:25 EST Technical difficulties <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't even know where to begin . . . let's just start with a fascinating offer . . . <BR> DH's daughter offered us a new "extra" iPhone 6S. <BR> <BR> Pretty cool, huh? Well, that was the easy part. <BR> <BR> She gave it to us after we had lunch with her yesterday. (A new Japanese restaurant, I had two tempura shrimp and 4 vegetables - yum!) <BR> <BR> Who just happens to have an... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 00:43:42 EST Wednesday, better late than never <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a fun, busy, windy day . . . well, it is March. <BR> <BR> DH has been remodeling his garage/shop, now that my stuff is in my 'studio' in our house. He's been putting up new walls, doing a lot of sawing . . . and it's really affecting his sinus . . . but not he thinks he might have a cold . . . . <BR> <BR> Gotta go to the big city tomorrow, having lunch at a Japanese restaurant... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:33:17 EST Monday ketchup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life has it's ways of keeping us busy . . and having a good 'do-able' LIVE-IT plan in place helps assure us of success, anyway. <BR> <BR> Last week was very stressful, mostly due to Bad Leroy Brown's dental surgery . . . .we almost lost him last time . . . and he had 3 abscessed teeth plus 3 more that HAD to come out, so the surgery really wasn't an option. Thankfully, he came through it... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:21:09 EST Friday Fun Some fun for Friday . . . hope you have a great day . . . and are ready for an even better weekend!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Remember, Summer's coming <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be nice . . . <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 13:42:05 EST The Perfect Day Today was one of those days that make Winter bearable. <BR> <BR> The skies were blue . . . no clouds in sight. Temps warmed up to low 60's. <BR> <BR> DH looked at me, I looked back at him and nodded. Yep! It's time for a ride!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The bike felt awesome . . . no cars in front to slow us down; no cars behind us trying to run us off the road . . . just the sun on our backs and t... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 22:17:49 EST My little buddy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's a cartoon-ized pic of Bad Leroy Brown . . . back when he had teeth. <BR> <BR> Poor little guy has lost about half of them in the past 5 years . . . yesterday he had another 6 removed. And a chest x-ray revealed that his heart is beginning to enlarge. . . . which is not uncommon in Yorkies of his age. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Mar 2016 21:10:36 EST Makin' Plans <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just think what you can accomplish in one month! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:17:14 EST How bad do I want it? Today was one of those days when I had a gazillion things I wanted to do . . . <BR> <BR> By 1:00, when I usually have accomplished at least half my step goal, I was way behind. <BR> <BR> I didn't want to take the time away from the fun stuff I was doing, so . . . I asked myself <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> actually I asked myself that half a dozen times today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 21:37:32 EST I passed!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My goal these past 3 months has been to hear my Dr say "you're doing great, keep it up." <BR> <BR> Well, at my annual eval yesterday, he did say that, well he went so far as to say I'm doing good . . . and then, not being one for settling for 'good' . . . he explained how I could safely kick it up a notch. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:27:17 EST Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a busy week . . but a good one. <BR> <BR> The eye dr released me to ease back into my regular exercise . . . woohoo! <BR> Told me my eye will take time to heal completely, and t... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:59:13 EST Every woman's dream <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Actually, today I want the eye Dr to tell me that my eye is healed and that I can start aerobic movin' again . . . . (nothing strenuous for the past 2 weeks). <BR> <BR> Without the aerobic moving, the scale hasn't moved despite keeping within my caloric range and exceeding my step goals each day. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:00:39 EST Live-it! No more Die-it for me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's the reason I'm not on a DIE-IT . . . This is my LIVE-IT! <BR> <BR> Because this is my LIFE! and I LOVE it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:19:02 EST Saturday wrap up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh, I had fun today . . . DH was in his shop playing, and I was in my studio playing. <BR> <BR> The weather cooperated and we were able to spend some time outside, took a couple 'hot laps' inside the yard . . . and we're already talking about clearing more walking paths around the property. . . that'll be fun. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:40:45 EST Happy Weekend!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:54:44 EST Single Serving Chocolate Brownie Being a chocolate fiend, I have my favorite "go to's" for when the chocolate craving hits me. <BR> <BR> Today, I found a keeper . . . 94 calories, it comes together quick and bakes in the microwave in a little over one minute. And it's delicious! (link at the bottom) <BR> <BR> <BR> Single Serving Chocolate Brownie <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 TBSP whole wheat flour (I used regular white) <BR> 1 TBSP sugar (do not substitute) <BR> 1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa <BR> a pinch of baking so... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 18:38:27 EST Fun Stuff I've been doing In my spare time this past week, I've been playing with fire. . . . well, actually I'm finessing my newly-learned skill of flame soldering links that I've made out of recycled copper wire. <BR> <BR> Ultimately, the links will become jewelry for some of the local gift shops including the Chateau at the Oregon Caves National Monument and Visitor Center downtown. <BR> <BR> I've also been doing research for a display to go along with the copper jewelry. Interestingly enough, just a few miles... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 01:02:40 EST