CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First fire of the season in the woodstove - time to get cozy We had another storm blow in this morning, bringing wind and rain. Hasn't let up at all so no way I'll be going out for a walk in this. <BR> <BR> Decided it was time to make a fire and get cozy. (this pic was just before Bad Leroy Brown's bath and he's not feeling very photogenic.) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great day. . . . I sure am! <BR> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:21:34 EST Sunday . . the end is not in sight By no means is this an "official" rain gauge, but I think you'll get an idea of how much rain we've had since DH put this bucket outside his garage last Friday. . . just 2 days ago. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep, that's 9 inches. <BR> <BR> We are very thankful the 100 mph winds dissipated as they passed over the mountains between us and the coast. The valley we live in was spared the high winds, and our... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:40:44 EST Winter Storm Warning! This might be the streak-breaker Well, I'm at day 477 of my log-in streak . . . . and based on the weather forecasts, I might not be able to log in for a while if the storm is as bad as they predict. <BR> <BR> We live in the woods, surrounded by lots of huge, old-growth Douglas Firs, Madrone, Oak and Pines all around us. <BR> <BR> The power grid to our section of the County is extremely vulnerable on a good day, and to lose power during a 'normal' storm is common. <BR> <BR> However, they're predicting this to be the wo... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:20:04 EST Rainy Thursday We were expecting the rain/storm to come in last night, and it did. It's pouring! <BR> <BR> We weren't ready to pack in the riding season just yet, so we decided to go for one more ride over the hill to see the Fall colors. . . . and Bad Leroy Brown wanted to go too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was the first time he'd been on the Harley, and he wasn't quite sure about it at first. <BR> <BR> <img src=... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:04:19 EST Celebrating my Sparkathon! Just celebrating some fun stuff . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 4 year anniversary! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 475 day log in streak! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 1500 minutes! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:29:18 EST Doing it right again today It seems that it takes a lot more to get back on track than just saying the words. But I'm keeping my eyes on the prize and not giving up. These past two days I've begun to feel the changes and see the scale nudging downward again. Ever so slightly. But it is going in the right direction. And I can feel it!! So woohoo!! <img src=""> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:17:18 EST Feeling a little Husky <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's me, at lunch yesterday. We took the day off and drove up to Union Creek to a little diner we found years ago, and try to visit at least once a year . . . during Huckleberry season because they have the best Huckleberry pies. <BR> <BR> What you see in front of me is a Turkey Club sandwich and fries. No, I did not eat it all. In fact, I removed the middle slice of bread (it's kinda... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 13:03:30 EST Making plans To celebrate Halloween this year, I had planned to go to a 200 year old building that is set up with shriveled up old corpses, dangerous bandits, bloodsucking vampires, hellbent soulless demons, and the like. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, it turns out the Capitol Building is closed for tours until the election is over. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it's 3 1/2 weeks til Halloween, but I couldn't help myself... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 15:12:00 EST Proud of myself First of all, let me say I have been looking forward to seeing my former brother-in-law who I have seen twice in the last 25-30 years. And, today was the day he was passing through my neck of the woods. <BR> <BR> Knowing that we have a difference . . . H U G E difference of opinion on most political issues, I was determined not to get into a debate with him about any of it. <BR> <BR> And I held my ground and did not debate with him despite his repeated provocations. <BR> <BR> <img ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:50:38 EST So, DH says to me . . . He says, I've put on some weight and don't feel good. I need to exercise. <BR> <BR> Would you want to match me, minute for minute on the treadmill and elliptical? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, here we go! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ---- please notice, those are beads in the background :) Mon, 3 Oct 2016 14:17:14 EST No more exercise for me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just kidding. But I am taking it easy today. <BR> <BR> I'll be back on it again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great first day of October!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 19:19:57 EST Saturday check in Hope you're having a wonderful Saturday. <BR> <BR> We are enjoying some awesome fall weather. Temperature in the mid 70s today. Supposed to be closer to 90 tomorrow and hopefully that will give some of the tomatoes chance to ripen. <BR> <BR> Thought I would share a picture of my lunch today. Turkey wraps with fresh tomatoes from the garden. Yum. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Planning to tak... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:45:26 EST Falling all over the place <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Seems like it was just a few days ago that we had super hot days . . . oh wait, it was! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, a thunderstorm blew through and gave us some rain. And today we have snow in the higher elevations . . . how fantastic is that?! <BR> <BR> Yesterday we woke up to 43 degrees and enjoyed a brisk walk. Between the bouts of evening showers, we took another walk to wind down from th... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:25:22 EST Time passes so quickly <img src=""> Time passes so quickly. What are you doing today to reach your short term and long term goals??? Let's make today count. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:38:49 EST Daily Exercize is important <img src=""> With The return of cooler weather, we've been enjoying our morning walks. Knowing there have been a number of cougar sightings in our area help to keep a spring in our step. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:09:35 EST Happy Tuesday <img src=""> <img src=""> Hey!! It's been a couple busy weeks. Tomorrow we have to go to the big city so that means another full, exhausting day. So I thought I better drop in and say hey tonight because I won't feel like it tomorrow night. Hope you're doing well the pursuit of your goals. It's taking me a little while to get back... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:34:57 EST Celebrity siting Well, today we were advised by the probate attorney that the documents have been signed by the court and it is time to take the first step towards finalizing the probate. (DH's daughter was murdered last October.) <BR> <BR> This attorney has been absolutely awesome, going far beyond the call of duty, and knocking off about half of her rightful 'billable hours'. <BR> <BR> So, we dropped by our local vineyard (Foris) and send her some wine. (She had mentioned that as soon as it was over, s... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 22:19:12 EST I still have a dream Last night I had a dream. It was a long one, and rounded several corners . . . but they all directed me to one powerful message. <BR> <BR> In my dad's final years, doctors, physical therapists and family alike encouraged him to do what he could do -- limited though they were -- assuring him that whatever he did would be beneficial to him as the days went on. <BR> <BR> Simply stated -- if he didn't use it, he'd lose it. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 Sep 2016 21:39:39 EST I'm Back!!! and back on track! Well, the installer had to climb 3 trees before he found a signal. . . and it's still not the best, but it's working. . . . and we're thankful!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, this picture is right-side-up . . . the installer is hanging upside-down, relaxing his back. . . Can you imagine climbing 3 trees??? more than 100 feet tall??? in a matter of 4 hours??? <BR> And he was a really nice young man. At... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 19:42:05 EST Welcome September <img src=""> Internet company installer is at the top of our tree installing a receiver. He says reception is a real strong maybe Update. Tree #1 no signal. in process of climbing tree #2 Thu, 1 Sep 2016 15:10:35 EST One more day & update on Bad Leroy Brown It's really funny that last April when I set my ticker to the countdown to internet date, I picked an arbitrary date . . . one that I thought would be way out there . . . <BR> <BR> Today it says one more day to internet install . . . and guess what, tomorrow just might turn out to be the day. We were scheduled for today, but they ran out of cable . . . so hopefully . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:22:38 EST Tuesday check in It's been a tough week but hopefully today's a turn-around-day! <BR> <BR> And hopefully tomorrow's scheduled appointment with the internet dish installer goes well . . . . he has to climb one of our big trees to install a receiver. Keeping our fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:27:44 EST Getting wound up! Not having internet (except on my phone which has very limited data usage) since April has really messed me up. . . . well, no that's not exactly the whole truth . . . . not having access to SparkPeople and the encouragement of my teams and friends has allowed too much space for filling up with other stuff . . . . and I've fallen back into some old habits. I quit measuring and tracking my food and that's a great big no-no for me . . . . I have to be accountable, and tracking keeps me account... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:52:16 EST Make your dreams come true <img src=""> So very true. If it's going to happen, we have to make it happen. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:46:57 EST Need a boost? Do you find yourself doing this??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then, sign up for SparkCoach . . . it'll keep ya moving! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:34:08 EST SparkPeople Premium - I did it! Woohoo!!! Love the new SparkPeople Premium!!!! <BR> <BR> So, I signed up for Premium . . . . and I absolutely love it. <BR> <BR> I too had the adBlocker Plus so the ads were removed, but the main reason I took advantage of Premium was for the SparkCoach feature . . . which takes priority even over the ad-free app . . . which I also appreciate. <BR> <BR> Originally I signed up for a 90 day SparkCoach back in 2012 when I first joined SparkPeople . . . and SparkCoach taught me so much about healthy nu... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 23:38:50 EST SparkPeople Premium - Ad Free Here's a link to the new feature by SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>premium.asp </link> <BR> <BR> It's ad free, and has a number of other advantages. <BR> <BR> Before I sign up, I'm curious if anyone else has, and what you think of it . . . . <BR> <BR> I'm all for ad-free SparkPeople..... <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:58:04 EST Thursday's humor <img src=""> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:44:06 EST Thursday's humor <img src=""> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:43:26 EST Need some comic relief??? <img src=""> And that's all I got to say about that.... Hope you're ready for a great week Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:50:02 EST Chasing turkeys and picking peas <img src=""> Spent about an hour this morning picking peas and beans out of the garden. And that was after herding the turkeys back over the fence so that Bad Leroy Brown would be safe togo out and take care of his morning business. It's going to be hot again today and for the rest of the week so I'm getting my outside stuff done so I can stay in and play with preparations to open my Etsy shop. And I'm happy to ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:26:56 EST Eyes on the prize At least 4 more weeks until we have a hope of getting internet at home. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I need to switch the auto-correct OFF!! <BR> <BR> Fitness minutes, step goal, etc. I'm good with . . . . but I need to start tracking my food again. . . . . at least manually. <BR> <BR> Keeping my eyes on the prize . . . because I want to continue living my life to the fullest! <BR> <BR> Hope yo... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:01:28 EST Fun stuff I've been doing while without Internet <img src=""> Thought I'd show you a couple pictures of stuff I've been doing while I've not had Internet. First of all I've been making more jewelry. And then I've Learned how to preserve feathers Some of these are from the Blue Jays that nested by our garage, as well as guinea hen and wild turkeys from the neighborhood. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:43:52 EST Making the most of it <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I am really enjoying not having unlimited access to the internet. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So many other things to do rather than sitting in a chair looking at a computer screen. <BR> <BR> For example, I've been painting more as well as experimenting with polymer clay for making focal... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:56:59 EST Picture of Our new to us Harley <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finally figured out how to post this Picture from my phone. <BR> <BR> As you can notice Hubby has a peg leg, and the BMW had a very tall seat and high center of gravity, especially with me on back, so this works better. <BR> <BR> And yes I kept my Can Am Spyder. It can out maneuver the Harley in the twisties. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to many miles of smiles. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 23:30:37 EST July 4th Check in Just a quick check in today. Hope you're all doing well.... wow, do I miss my Spark friends and teams. <BR> <BR> The last we heard from the local internet company is that we MIGHT . . . say again M-I-G-H-T . . . see the installer around the first week of August. <BR> <BR> So, cross your fingers and toes, and wiggle your nose..... it won't happen till it happens, but I'd really like for it to be sooner rather than later. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, we have a new ride . . . . DH put his BMW... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 23:26:21 EST Brand new <img src=""> Took a walk last night and noticed this just outside ourback fence. Brand new!! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 11:52:12 EST Monday update <img src=""> Looks like it's going to be September before we get Internet installed. We're going with a small local company -- because that's just about our only option -- and they only have one guy that can climb trees to install the receiver dish. I guess that's the trade-off for living in the woods but that's OK I'll take it. Meanwhile I'm sticking with my program doing OK. We've been having A heat wave in ... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:29:32 EST 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