DEBBYFROMMT's SparkPeople Blog DEBBYFROMMT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mountain blue birds We seem to have some of these blue birds all over. It is a good walk to check all the boxes. I love the blue birds, they are like a piece of the sky flew down. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 May 2015 14:23:47 EST Camping in the Mountains This past weekend DH and I spent it at King's Hill Cabin in the Little Belt Mountains. The cabin is just across the road (State Highway 89) from the place we ski at. The ski season ended last Saturday so we went up anyway. <BR> <BR> DH skinned up <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and I snowshoed up <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A great get-away weekend. No cell phones, no computers, ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:16:25 EST Austria Skied my a$$ off in Austria, but I think I gained weight! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:08:39 EST A chilly morning but a beautiful day! On my way to the gym this morn there were 2 bald eagles sitting in a tree on our road. This tree must have been hit by lightening a long time ago because it is alive on the bottom but dead on top. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I never get tired of living up here! (even when it's cold) Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:22:43 EST Happy New Year! So this is my way to start the new year: <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 16:04:01 EST Goodbye 2014, hello 2015 2014 in review: <BR> My short term goals: <BR> Ski 20 times (I only did 14) <BR> Showshoe 5 times (I did 6) <BR> Cross country ski at least 5 times (I did 4) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (My skis) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (HIghwood Mountains from our front yard) <BR> Ice skate at least 3 times (I did 3) <BR> ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:39:00 EST Hello Astro! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hard to tell because it was windy and drifted, but looks like about 3-4 inches of snow last night. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:30:05 EST Another beautiful Morning <img src=""> <BR> Another beautiful morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Alpenglow on the Belt Mountains. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day everyone! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:14:28 EST Sunrise Good morning sparkers!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:49:41 EST Diva Run This morning, here in Missoula, was the Diva Run 5k. I haven't run in 3 weeks and was worried it would not be good. It was 35 degrees when we started, but the sun was out and warmed up just a bit. My time was much better than I had hoped! (just under an 11 min mile average, which is good for me.) 33:46:97 Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:49:36 EST Thurs. nonsense I feel like I'm finally getting stuff done around here! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I found a black widow spider in the garage. I would have taken a picture but it was in a jar and I would have just gotten a picture of the jar. I took to the high school biology teacher. I figured that would be cool to have in his classroom to show the kids who have never seen one before. <BR> <BR> Right now it looks like a snow globe outside. The snow is sticking to the roof and grass but not the driveway or ro... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 15:40:08 EST Portillo Chile (getting a jump on ski season) DH and I went to Chile a couple weeks ago, a much need vacation for him and a great way to start the ski season! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We stayed at the only hotel in Portillo <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A beautiful view of the lake <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 27 Sep 2014 19:06:43 EST Annual Hike in the Snowy Mountains Every fall we try to hike in the snowies. There has been snow and a lot of rain up here so the creek that runs through was high and we ended up wading quite a bit. (cold wet feet) <BR> But we did about 15 1/2 miles! A beautiful day cool in the morning but up in the 70s when we got to the top for lunch. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I need some... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:08:48 EST Chokecherry 2014 Got up early to help Kiwanis to set up for their annual pancake breakfast. It was only 35 degrees when I left the house. After that was done, went to the park and it was up to 43 degrees. No wind, plenty of sunshine. Buy the time the race started it was upper 40s and when we were finished it was low 50s. Perfect running weather!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Didn't PR but was only one minute over my fastest time. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 20:54:53 EST Snow in August? August is suppose to be the hottest, driest month, but it has been raining here for 4 days. The creek is flooded in places and it is very cool. I don't know if it will even make it up to 60 today. Well, ok, it really hasn't snow here, but the mountains behind us got quite a bit! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (it's not a very good picture because it's still cloudy) Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:15:24 EST Hike up Lime Kiln Trail It is just a tad over 2 miles to the Lewistown Overlook on the Lime Kiln trail. It was a beautiful morning and we got up and back down before it started raining. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lewistown Overlook <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lunch on top with my good friend Connie <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> DD#3 <... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:56:16 EST Montana Island Challenge 2014 DD#3 and I did the 9k. (that is 5.58 miles) up a huge hill then another even bigger longer hill, through trees and rocks and everything you come across hiking in the mountains. <BR> But it was beautiful and a perfect day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is the starting line, actually it's the check in before the starting line. They had to check everyone's number before you could start in case someone got lost (which would have been i... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 18:05:27 EST Missoula HM Yesterday was the Missoula half marathon that I look forward to every year! <BR> <BR> We got up at 3:45, on a bus by 4:30. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> There were hundreds of buses. <BR> <BR> We waited in the dark until everyone arrived and they were getting ready for the start. <BR> There were 32 runner from Lewistown there. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The start line was wild! Very e... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:54:11 EST My feet I always thought I had ugly feet, especially since I started running. But Rachel got me a pedicure for my birthday so we both got our toes done last Monday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The color is "Dutch Tulip" <BR> Now I have pretty feet! Thanks Rachel! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:40:22 EST Things I've learned in 56 years: THINGS I’VE LEARNED IN 56 YEARS <BR> <BR> It could always be worse. <BR> <BR> You have to be happy as an individual before you can have a happy marriage. <BR> <BR> Ibuprofen takes care of most pain. <BR> <BR> It’s always coldest right before dawn. <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> <BR> Take your vitamins. <BR> <BR> Floss. <BR> <BR> Get outside every day, if only for a couple of minutes. <BR> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:04:17 EST Spring is here! We finally had a couple of nice days, so I planted a little flower bed <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (hopefully where the deer won't get to) <BR> <BR> But there is still plenty of snow in the mountains. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 May 2014 09:22:19 EST Women's Run 2014 Yesterday was the Women's Run in Billings! Even though they were predicting rain, it was a PERFECT day! The weather was cool but sunny and no breeze until we were done! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fellow Sparkers (and DD) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me and DD <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Great pictures of Trish at the fini... Sun, 11 May 2014 18:01:15 EST 1000 Been with SparkPeople 1000 days today! <em>244</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 11:13:26 EST Spring? Snowshoeing!!! April 23 and a friend and I drove to the ski hill and snowshoed most of the day. Beautiful weather, sunny then graupled and then sun again. The wind wasn't too bad, but then we were mostly down in the trees. I am exhausted but feel good. <BR> <BR> Happy spring everyone! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:14:00 EST April 13 snow Good morning everyone! 9 degrees and the ground is covered in snow. The sun is shining and it looks like diamonds in the snow. April13, Palm Sunday, and there is snow on the ground. Actually shouldn't be surprised, we usually get our worst snow storms in late April. A couple years ago we had snow on the high school graduation. (which is almost always on Memorial Day weekend.) So really no complaints. I'm just ready for spring (which usually doesn't get here until June) <BR> <BR>... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:30:44 EST First 5K of the year Sunday was the Purple 5K in Billings. I have a whopper of a cold and laryngitis. But my feet still worked. I didn't PR but did better than I though I would. It was misting when we started and raining pretty good when we finished. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:57:54 EST More snow? Made a quick trip into St. Louis this past weekend (DH's mom had surgery and is dad cannot be left alone, so DH took his mom to the hospital and I stayed with his dad) anyway, while we were gone it snowed, of course. <BR> <BR> I was out shoveling snow and it must have rained before it snowed because there was a lot of ice under the snow. Will spring ever get here? <BR> I know I'm too early to think that way -- it's usually June before anything really starts blooming. <BR> <BR> Hope y... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:50:08 EST Snow last night We got about 2 -3 inches of heavy wet snow. It was great to cross country ski in this morning <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:56:41 EST More Pics Here are some more pictures from our trip. <BR> <BR> Some American Influences <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They also had McDonalds, Home Depot and Disney Land in Tokyo. <BR> <BR> <BR> We came across some junior high age kids, at one of the castles, who were learning English and h... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:34:43 EST Back from an awesome trip to Japan (with pics) DH and I just spent the last two weeks visiting Japan. We had a ball! Different culture and wonderful food! (yes I now have about 4 or 5 pounds to lose) <BR> <BR> We started out in Tokyo. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then to the island of Hokkiado the town of Niseko to ski. <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:38:42 EST Spark People I started SparkPeople on August 10, 2011. I was going through my Spark Teams this morning and decided to see how many people from the Class of "August 7-13, 2011" are still around. There are so many people who haven't been on in over 900 days. That's a shame. How do you tell someone who is just joining about all the benefits of SparkPeople? I suppose that's our job in "spreading the spark" to tell them about all the information, videos, trackers, and most of all, the support here on Sp... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:56:21 EST Just cold How do you take pictures of "cold"? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The door to the deck in our bedroom <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> bottom of our road <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Spring Creek (a spring fed creek, doesn't ever freeze) <BR> <BR> <BR> It was cold this morning. - 30 F. I think we set a record. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:57:37 EST February virtual race I was afraid I wouldn't get a virtual race in this month since we will be gone most of the month and now have too much snow to run. So Rachel and I snowshoed a 5K! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 18:26:38 EST Llamas Have been feeding our neighbors llamas while they are away. Silly llamas. And some views of up here. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our house from our neighbor's <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Judith Mountains <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:26:40 EST Working on 2014 goals! Whittling away at those 2014 goals! Got out and cross country skied this morning for the first time this year. <BR> <img src=""> (ok it's a selfie, not so good) Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:19:33 EST It's here! 2014 is here! We always try to start the new year (and to detox from last night) by snowshoeing. Yesterday was not a pretty day weather wise, rain followed by just a little snow made things icy and miserable. But we got about 6 inches during the night and snowshoeing was wonderful! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:54:32 EST 2014 here I come! But first a gratitude. I am grateful for SparkPeople, especially the teams that I am co-leader on: <BR> Perimenopause to Menopause, PowerSparkHeroes (class of June 3-9, 2012). and the Montana teams. By being a co-leader on these teams they have forced me to work a little harder and come up with challenges for the teams which I have to participate in. So needless to say it works well for me! So if you want to get a little more involved, get more support, think about becoming a co-leader ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:41:59 EST 2013 in review Looking at my 2013 goals, I think I did pretty well. my goals were: <BR> <BR> Short term goals <BR> 1. Ski (downhill, telemark) 20 times. I did 25 <BR> 2. Snowshoe at least 5. I only did 3. Not a good snow year <BR> 3. Cross country ski at least 5 time. I did 5 <BR> 4. Ice skate when there's ice at least 3. I only did 1, bad ice year too. <BR> <BR> Medium term goals <BR> 1. Run 6 organized runs. I did 8 <BR> 2. Run a virtual race once a month. I did this! Mostly 5ks but a coupl... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:04:17 EST post Christmas Hi everyone! Hope you all had a good Christmas and all you Canucks had a good Boxing Day (I'm not sure what Boxing Day is except a day off) <BR> <BR> Anyway, DH got me a fitbit for Christmas. I didn't even think he knew what that was! So I've been playing with it. It's pretty cool, but can anyone tell me how to connect it to SparkPeople? <BR> I've been syncing it, but I don't know where the information goes. (Ok I'm pretty computer illiterate) Any help would be appreciated! Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:00:19 EST Hello fellow sparkers! Sooo sorry I have been AWOL the last week. But crazy busy it putting it mildly. I have to get back to sparking and will have a couple of days back to normal now. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:20:15 EST Finally nice weather Ok nice as in 30 degrees. Did get out and ran 4 miles. <BR> <BR> We live in an incredible place. <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:12:32 EST Nov 30 - Gratitude I am grateful for a healthy life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:22:54 EST Nov 29 - Gratitude I am grateful this month is almost over! <BR> <BR> Seriously, I got on the scale this morning and actually was down a bit from yesterday. (I'm sure it was water weight) but after last night to be down is something I am grateful for! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:59:42 EST Nov 28 - Gratitude THANKSGIVING Happy Thanksgiving everyone! <BR> <BR> I am grateful for family! My physical family and my crazy lady family and my spark people family. I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. And for all my favorite spark people who are not in this country, I am grateful for you and wish you Happy Holidays and everything good! Thu, 28 Nov 2013 19:21:44 EST Nov 27 - Gratitude I am so excited!! 2 of my daughter are coming home today! Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:40:09 EST Nov 26 - Gratitude (I'm glad this month is almost over, I'm having trouble coming up with things to be grateful for) <BR> <BR> OK today I am grateful for my home. We live in a beautiful area. <img src=""> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:22 EST Nov 25 - Gratitude Wow, one month until Christmas! <BR> But I am grateful for having most of my Christmas shopping done! (will finish it Friday evening at the Lewistown Christmas Stroll!) Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:53:14 EST Nov 24 - gratitude I am grateful for Rachel (RAYRUNSMT) Please give her a goody today! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:18:49 EST Nov 23 - Gratitude Grateful for this beautiful day! It was cold when the Turkey Trot 5K started, but up around 20* when we were done. There is ice on the rink and DH and I will get out the skates this afternoon! Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:29:10 EST Nov 22 -- Gratitude I am grateful for my DH. Although he is a workaholic he is a wonderful man with a great sense of humor (when I can get him to relax a bit). <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:10:12 EST