CELLOPLAYER1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CELLOPLAYER1 CELLOPLAYER1'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/ 2017 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410456 The festival ran from Sep 7 to 10. I took several classes. <BR> <BR> On Thursday I took a class called Exploring the Drum Carder. DH took the class last year and we bought a drum carder then. It is a tool to card fiber mechanical rather then by hand. This is our drum carder. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e95b324-af27-4a12-84e9-5fd9f45fc82d.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91555232-c202-4712-b98f-e4ab6fae9b41.JPG"> <BR> <BR> In my clas... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:58:00 EST 40 things about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343116 Borrowed from MISSDORKNESS, ONEKIDSMOM, POLSKARENIA, ADAKARA, et. al.: <BR> <BR> Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> I love Blue Cheese on salads and in dressing <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> No <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> I don't, but my husband has several <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? <BR> I have learned not to drink sweet drinks. My new favorite drin... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:24:57 EST MyMom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290398 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ec0a9a1-8fe8-48b4-9009-82413e4568e8.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Mary Jo Handwerker <BR> <BR> Jan 14, 1930 - Dec 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> My mom recently passed away. She was remarkable woman. <BR> <BR> She raised 4 children, I was the 3rd and oldest daughter. <BR> <BR> Growing up we always went camping for our family vacations, visiting all sorts of places. Mom and dad planed and went on Alaska for about 8 weeks, mainly sleeping in there van. <BR> <B... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:43:24 EST Ouilts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213757 I have recently gotten a long-arm quilting machine. These are some of my first quilts on my machine plus some I had quilted on my regular sewing machine. <BR> <BR> Olaf, my first quilt on my long-arm. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bed34a49-b119-4515-b47f-04d9374e457d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Shelldon, 2nd quilt on my long-arm <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10231da8-1ff7-4241-b3f8-cca4d6c29c60.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Sheep II: Third quilt on my long-arm, <... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 13:27:12 EST Lambs 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155014 We have a small flock mainly made up of Polypay Sheep. We currently have 16 lambs running around the barn and pasture. We still have one ewe to deliver. <BR> <BR> Pregnant Moms: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4254458c-f2be-4d8b-bd76-2d959ec5e6a7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Nap Time <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3d2e03a-1241-4edb-ac38-b546ff0ba319.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Dinner Time: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a99e3... Mon, 2 May 2016 18:51:48 EST Looking Back on 2015 and Forward to 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057254 Looking back on our main highlights lets starts with our third lambing season. We raised 12 lambs to market in the end of October. This included a set of quadruplets, a set of triplets, two sets of twins and single. We kept two of the ewe lambs and bought a second ram, expanding our flock to 8 ewes and 2 rams. <BR> <BR> I completed several quilts and donated an unknown number to charity. I improved my spinning skills and have been knitting mittens with the yarn I have made. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:41:14 EST I am losing my Mom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039620 Mom is 85 years and has dementia. She was here for a five day visit over Thanksgiving. She was very much disoriented and got very angry. I don’t think she knew who I was most of the time she was here. One night she got angry and told me to stop calling here mom because she wasn’t my mom. She got angry over the fact that my brother didn’t pack her earrings and that someone was going to steel them. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving we went to my nephews in Appleton, WI. As soon as she finished eati... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:24:47 EST Saying Good Bye to my Buddy Murphy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954082 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01c32fdc-33e2-41ac-a156-47e14b79d0d6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I had to say good bye to Murphy today. <BR> <BR> The first time I saw Murphy he was 4 weeks old. I had gone looking at his litter to pick out a brindle and white puppy, but I held Murphy and he snuggled into my arms and my heart. We brought him home about 4 weeks latter. Curled up in arms for the three hour drive home. <BR> <BR> Murphy was a red and white Cardigan Welsh Corgi. I decid... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:08:10 EST Lambs 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945149 Annabelle and babies, Dillon, Duke, Doc and Dolly <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ddbe8a2a-fb41-401a-a44e-5ef6eeb2a15c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Amber and her twins Delta and Dawn <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e68167d-08b9-4255-864a-f8a42a25af40.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Grazing <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7425e42-621a-4b74-8a1a-662fd9e80e88.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/483e8aa9-2f65-400d-a289-9f873af... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 20:13:13 EST Sheep Shearing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895448 We had our sheep sheared today. <BR> <BR> Before pictures of the ewes: Amber, Abby, Annabelle, Clover, Cora and Charlot <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1406223266.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184126555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Amber <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1407192098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ace, our Ram <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l330734804.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The shear... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:54:11 EST Crane, Sheep and Crafts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779273 We had some cranes in our side yard. It appeared to be a mom, dad and baby. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609675719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695175747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I new picture of the sheep. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1455778208.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My sheep quilt. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l516178892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> back of the quilt <BR> ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:31:08 EST A Few Baby Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678926 We had our second lambing season. Everyone is doing well. We ended up with three sets of twins. <BR> <BR> Abby's Babies are Clover and Charlie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1439173152.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ambers babies are Charlette and Cora. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1094510769.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Annabelle's babies are Cheddar and Colby <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1228624682.jpg"> <BR> <... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:28:43 EST Sheep Shearing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645623 We had our sheep seared today. <BR> <BR> Before pictures of Abby, Amber and Annabelle <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1253266217.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1429316897.jpg"> <BR> : <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l33884770.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shearing <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1793585808.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l692908739.jpg"> <BR> <img src="... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:50:31 EST More Quilts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590601 I love to quilt it is my relaxing time. I also love to share them with others. <BR> <BR> This is the quilt I made for my mom for Christmas. It is a Double Irish Chain. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l240448217.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1647863958.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This quilt I made because I liked it. I have called this quilt Fiesta. It makes me smile because of all the bright colors. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:22:25 EST Latest Quilts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517975 Autumn, for my nephew's Christmas Present. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1003137077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christmas Star, This is my only UFO finished this year. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l94628320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pretty in Pink, My personal 2013 challenge for quilt guild. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l643901510.jpg"> <BR> There are 120 stars in the quilt and all the stars are different fabric. I had fun colle... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:22:38 EST The 2013 Crim Festival of Races http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466085 Saturday 24 Aug was the 36th annual The Crim Festival of Race. <BR> <BR> There was over 10000 people entered in the 10 mile race. The paper this morning said about 60,000 people were downtown Flint for the races. <BR> <BR> My family takes part in the races each year. For my brother Dave this year was his 29 year and my nephew Pete it was his 21 year. This was my 4th year for doing the 10 miles plus I have done the 8K twice. <BR> <BR> Going in to this year I wasn't sure I was going t... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:34:14 EST Sheep May Safely Graze http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452045 JS BACH cantata No. 208 <BR> <BR> Sheep May Safely Graze <BR> <BR> Sheep may safely graze on pasture <BR> When the shepherd guards them well. <BR> Where rulers govern well <BR> we may feel peace and rest <BR> and what makes countries happy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1405866786.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l545837898.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1575899930.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 19:38:46 EST Baby Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343660 Proud Papa-Ace <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1336038181.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Alice and Babe <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303780694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Abby with Barney and Betty <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166783196.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Annabelle with Buddy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l810013502.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Amber with Bailey <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Thu, 2 May 2013 20:52:45 EST Getting Restarted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280962 I need to get myself back on track. I have been doing good as far as exercise on the days that I have my classes but haven't been doing much the rest of the week. My weight has gone been going up . This week I am going to track my food just to see where I am calorie wise and then sit down and figure out where I can cut them. I am on drugs that make me hungry so that will add a challenge <BR> <BR> Starting today I am going to get on the treadmill on the days I don't have class. <BR> <B... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:50:52 EST Florida Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266433 I went to Florida the beginning of February with my fiends Connie, Bridgete and Nancy in our String quartet. Connie and her husband have a winter home in Naples so the other three of us went down and spent a few days. We had great weather, It was in the 80's the whole time. <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> <BR> We flew out of Milwaukee to Fort Meyers arriving in the late afternoon. Upon our arrival we headed for the beach changing out of our jeans in the back of the van. We walked the beach and w... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:15:24 EST ABC About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223576 I read Doveseyes blog and I thought I would take a try at answering the questions. <BR> I hope people do not mind that I borrowed the idea to share. <BR> <BR> A=Available or Married? <BR> Married. We celebrated our 30th anniversary back in Aug of 2012. <BR> <BR> B=Book you are reading? <BR> Fox Tracks. It’s a murder mystery by Rita Mae Brown. The series is built up around fox hunting. <BR> <BR> C=Cake or Pie? <BR> Cake, my mom’s carrot cake is the best! <BR> <BR> D=Drink of Choice? ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:10:51 EST Snow Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172406 we are having our first winter storm. A foot already and still coming down. <BR> <BR> Here are a few pictures <BR> <BR> Murfy peeking through the railing of the deck. The snow was up to his belly which doen't take much seeing how he is a corgi and has short legs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l435814096.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Around the yard. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1252714025.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:39:21 EST Counting Sheep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126591 Here are a few new pictures of our sheep. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584744648.jpg"> <BR> Amber and Alice <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1830452878.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Annabelle and Amber Grazing <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l206470874.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ace <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l711982787.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Flock <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Nov 2012 20:25:16 EST Quilt Guild Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110332 Each year at quilt guild we set a personnel challenge. This year I set my goal to make a quilt using my fathers, father-in-law and brothers neck ties. This is what I came up with: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l624664903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A second challenge we were each given a package of seeds which we then used the seed package to inspire us to make some kind of project. I had purple cone flowers (which happens to be one of my favorite flowers): <BR> <... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:27:40 EST The Crim Festival of Races 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035185 Saturday 25 of Aug was the Crim Festival of Races in Flint, MI. The races include a 10 mile, 8K, 5K 1 mile and the Teddie Bear Trot. <BR> <BR> 16000 people took part in the races. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675996337.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weekend was spent with my family. 14 of us took part in the different races. 6 of us ran/walked the 10 mile, 2 the 8K, 5 ran the Teddie Bear Trot and mom volunteered to hand out water at her church which is about thre... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:37:52 EST Our Little Farm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990977 We live in the country on about 8 acres. A few years ago my husband decided to try to raise some of our own food. We started with a few chickens. The next year we raised and kept hens for eggs plus raised birds for meat. Over the next couple of years we added to our hens getting up to around 60 birds. We had eggs filling two refrigerator. <BR> <BR> We added a few turkeys over the next years. Then two years ago we added lambs, but never kept them over the winter. <BR> <BR> Last fall w... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:35:03 EST Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874490 Today during my training session my trainer repeated the fitness test we did when I started working with her about a year ago, plus did measurements. <BR> <BR> I lost an inch off my hips, my waist and bust were the same. I also lost half an inch off each of my bicep and thigh. My weight was up but I just got back from vacation and I wasn't able to eat like I normally due to meal choices plus not much in the way of exercise.. No excuses but also the starting weight was before I was put on ... Wed, 9 May 2012 19:33:31 EST Dawn's Quilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846611 At Christmas I was talking with my friend Dawn, about quilts. She really wanted a queen size quilt for her bed. I told her if she would pay for the materials I would make the top for her and then she could have it quilted and I would then put the binding on it. I gave her a book to look through to get some ideas. She found several that she liked and we sat down one evening and made the final decision of the pattern. The example quilt was really dark and she wanted the quilt to be much li... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:35:34 EST Three Month Check Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797420 I had my three month check with my oncologist today. <BR> <BR> Everything is still looking good. Nothing is really showing up on my chest x-ray. <BR> <BR> He is amazed that the drug I am on is working so well. I have been on the drug for almost 8 months. When we started this drug it was kind of just tossed out there as a possible treatment. My doctor at the time thought it was worth a try. Mainly to see if we could slow the growth of the tumors in my lungs. He said I had about a 1 in ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:37:00 EST A Beautiful Morning for Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793552 I finally got outside this morning for a run. It was a beautiful morning. <BR> <BR> The birds were singing all the way. I saw and heard red wing black birds, robins and sandhill cranes. When I reached my turn around point the Spring peepers were sooo loud. I only met two cars so I was able to enjoy the sounds of spring the entire way. <BR> <BR> I also used my new running watch for the first. It has a GPS. I found out my normal turn around point is a mile out. I ran 2 miles this morni... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:47:52 EST Tough Workout Class Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738959 I take a strength and conditioning class called Master Excel. I attend the class on Tuesday and Thursday morning from 5:30-6:30 am. <BR> <BR> This morning our trainers started a fitness test, we will finish on Thursday. Today is a baseline and they plan on retesting in a few months. <BR> <BR> We did each exercise for 2 minutes and counted how many of each we did. <BR> Today we did push ups, body weight squats, lounges, military press and bicep curls. Plus two 5 minute runs counting the n... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:39:34 EST More Christmas Quilts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652415 I made several quilts for Christmas presents this year. <BR> <BR> I was even able surprise my husband with a quilt of his own. He has been waiting about 25 years for a quilt! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l95765443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I also made a quilt for my good friend Val. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705701083.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made several table runners for friends also. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:46:33 EST Good Bye 2011, Hello 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648271 2011 was a rather stress filled year for me. <BR> <BR> The end of 2010 I found out I had three new small tumors in my lungs. Most of the first half of the year was spent monitoring the tumors. Fortunately they are slow growing tumors and it was not until July that the largest tumor was showing on my regular chest x-ray. In July my doctor suggested trying a hormone treatment to see if they would slow the growth of the tumors. The main side effect of the drug was weight gain. We started ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:12:15 EST Oncologist Appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633154 I saw my oncologist today for my routine three month check up. <BR> <BR> Everything is looking good. <BR> <BR> The drugs I started back in July appear to be shrinking the tumors in my lungs. He said that there is no knowing how long this drug will work, but as long as I'm not having any significant side effects or having any new symptoms we will stay our current course of treatment. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 19:05:00 EST Quartet Christmas Quilts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630565 I play in a string quartet with three very good friends. They have seen me through some rough times and have always been there e when I needed them. This year for Christmas I made each of them a stack and spin quilt for Christmas. It was fun making the quilts. The border fabric of each quilt was used to make the blocks. All the blocks are completely different because the way the blocks are cut. <BR> <BR> 1 st Violin Bridgette's Quilt.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 20:24:35 EST Running Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593058 I like to listen to a show on Doctor Radio on XM radio. On Thursday morning there is a sports medicine show on when I am driving in for my workout class. Leading up to the New York Marathon they had several different athletes on talking about training methods and preparing for running a marathon. One day they were talking about different training program and they really recommended one by Jeff Galloway. I purchased his book called " Getting Started" and after reading it I decided to t... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 21:47:20 EST Vacation Pictures Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525826 I had trouble downing pictrures so teh vacations continues:: <BR> <BR> Seeney National Wildlife Refuge in the UP of Micigan <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l32987989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473560982.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l586880905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fall Colors <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886048568.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Oct 2011 18:24:02 EST Our Vacartion Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524791 SS Badger waiting to be loaded <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l650921619.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SS Badger coming into Ludington, MI <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l67303512.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lake Michigan Sunset with Ludington Light House <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120161443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Driving over the Macinac Bridge <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54310893.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 21:47:02 EST New Oncologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495616 I had my first appointment with my new oncologist Dr. Heun, today. I was nervous about seeing a new doctor being unsure how he will handle my treatments. <BR> <BR> The nurse who checked me in said the doctor was kind of quiet around them but wasn't sure how he was with patients. <BR> <BR> Well my concerns were totaly unfounded. He put me at ease and was easy to talk with. He spent a half hour going over my health history and double checking everything to be sure we were on the same p... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:12:55 EST New Oncologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495615 I had my first appointment with my new oncologist Dr. Heun, today. I was nervous about seeing a new doctor being unsure how he will handle my treatments. <BR> <BR> The nurse who checked me in said the doctor was kind of quiet around them but wasn't sure how he was with patients. <BR> <BR> Well my concerns were totaly unfounded. He put me at ease and was easy to talk with. He spent a half hour going over my health history and double checking everything to be sure we were on the same p... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:12:50 EST Oh What a Week it has Been! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490070 I wasn't to do much sparking this past week it ended up being a lot busier than planned. <BR> <BR> Orchestra rehearsals started on Monday. It was great to see every one but it was along day. We should have at least 6 cellos for the fall concert. <BR> <BR> Tuesday was supposed to be a quiet evening at home. My quartet was not going to meet, but..... my husband truck decided to act up. We had both driven to work because I had my work out class in the morning. On the way to work his truck... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 19:21:32 EST Getting Back to Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4465641 I have been doing pretty well with the exercise portion of my healthier life style but I need to concentrate on my eating. <BR> <BR> Starting on Monday I am going back to tracking my food and get my eating back on track. <BR> <BR> I also will be adding to my work outs. I have been working out four days a week but I am going add two more days of cardio only. I have a class I do twice a week plus work with a trainer once a week, and then run once a week. I am going to add two more days of... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 11:19:28 EST My Trip to Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461509 I just returned from a trip to Michigan. <BR> <BR> The main reason we went this past week was to run in the Crim Festival of Races in Flint. Michigan on 27 AUG. This has become a family tradition. There were 6 of us who completed the 10 mile run, 2 walked the 8K, one volunteered to hand out water mainly to spectator since the church is within sight of the finish line. Then 5 little ones ran the Teddy Bear Trot. <BR> <BR> The Pre-race picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:57:04 EST The Secret Life of Dog and Cat Hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4405391 I just finished picking up and vacuuming for the evening. I have decided that dog and cat hair multiplies all by itself. It doesn't even need to be attached the the animal to increase in volume! I used to blame the dog but I think the cat is as much to blame. There coat colors are pretty similar. <BR> <BR> I am just amazed how much hair my one corgi and a cat can produces. I think I have just as much hair as I did when I had six labradors. It might seem worse because I don't have any c... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 19:37:03 EST Simple Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4368913 This past weekend I took part in my forth Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. <BR> <BR> The past three years I have been on a team through work. As part of the Relay there was an auction. I have made quilts for the auction the past three years. <BR> <BR> This years quilt I named "Simple Gifts". It is made of nine patches and half square triangle two of the most basic quilt blocks. <BR> <BR> As a cancer survivor I have learned to apprec... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 22:20:57 EST Dr Appointment Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358870 After meeting with my DR last Tues I had a call from him on Weds. The radiologist found an area of interest on my chest x-ray. I had a CT scan yesterday and saw my DR today for the results. <BR> <BR> There was minimal change from my January CT Scan. The tumors are growing very slowly. He is also taking into account my original cancer was 10 years ago. <BR> <BR> We talked about our options: Continue monitoring as we have been, going back to chemo or try megestrol, which might slow and... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:19:56 EST Check Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343457 I had my three month check up with my oncologist today. <BR> <BR> I have a couple of nodules they have been monitoring in my lungs. I got the best news I could hope for. Come back in three months, which will be in October. <BR> <BR> This was my last appointment with Dr. Diggs, as he will be retiring in August. I will be a little more nervous at my next appointment as I start with my new doctor. He may have a different approach to how we have been managing my cancer. No need to worry ab... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 21:05:48 EST Pleasant Saturday Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337790 Today we got up and went to the feed store for chicken food and then on to work for few hours. We then went put to lunch and sat outside on the patio. <BR> <BR> We were going to stop and do a little shopping on the way home but they had downtown blocked off for the 4th of July parade so we just came home instead. <BR> <BR> I have to do the program for quilt guild this month so I spent an hour working on my program. <BR> <BR> I then went and sat out side on the deck and watched the birds... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 20:16:18 EST Prayers Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4331507 I met with my trainer this morning and she told me about another trainer and a friend of mine also. <BR> <BR> She had a baby in December so I guess the baby is now around 6 months old. They were visiting friends up north over the weekend. Her husband was walking down the stairs caring the baby and fell putting his arm through the wall trying to protect the baby. They weren't sure if the baby had hit her head or not so they took her in to be checked out at a small local hospital and they d... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:04:15 EST I am Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4326376 Well I have been off line for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Our internet has been out for about two weeks. <BR> <BR> We have a satellite internet provider. Our internet went out after a storm a few weeks ago. We husband called and after spending over an hour on the phone they decided our modem was bad and that they would send us a new one. We were to receive it in 5-7 days. A week latter we had still not received it. My husband called to check on the status and was told they were unable to s... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:30:38 EST