DEEJON123's SparkPeople Blog DEEJON123's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I lost a dear friend to a heart attack on the weekend, so now I'm getting real again! This past Sunday, I lost my wonderful friend, Wayne to a massive heart attack. He was a very large man, and was constantly suffering from shortness of breath. While outside shovelling the snow from his sidewalks he collapsed and was found by his wife when she went outside to see what was taking him so long. He was only 38 years old and was a wonderful husband and dad to his little 9 year old girl. <BR> <BR> I had been attempting to get back on board with the exercise and eating right thin... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:30:00 EST Back from the Caribbean - so sad! Had a great time ... Hi friends, <BR> Haven't been on here for a while since I left on my vacation - been gone since Nov. 9 and can't believe how much I ate, the food was out of this world --- only put on 2 lbs., I just can't believe it, I'm thinking my scale must be busted ?? !! My clothes don't feel any tighter though, so must be true! <BR> <BR> I shopped and walked miles, so perhaps that's it .... carrying all the extra packages around all the various islands and getting in the walking for exercise perhaps.... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:34:47 EST Another excuse for eating / overeating / what to tell you Dr. ..... (joke) <BR> "Dr.., you have to understand, I have metal fillings in my teeth. My refrigerator magnets keep pulling me into the kitchen. that's why it's difficult for me to lose weight" ............ <BR> <BR> OR whatever story you think will fool your Dr. would likely work as well ... or perhaps worse! Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:50:51 EST Four more sleeps to my vacation --- out of the snow and into the sun It's almost here, after months of counting days, I finally will be going on Friday. <BR> <BR> Off to Victoria, then Vancouver, then the Carribean, back to Victoria, then home on the 28th of Nov. <BR> <BR> I am trying to catch up on work before I go, so that makes the days fly by, and have so much to do after work ttime goes by quickly then too. <BR> <BR> Whether I get everything done, I don't know, but ask if I care .... Nope, not really!! Mon, 5 Nov 2012 23:50:25 EST Is it U.S. Thanksgiving this weekend or next weekend? Whatever the weekend is, my wishes to our neighbors to the south for the holiday season, boy, time goes far too quickly doesn't it ?? !! <BR> <BR> Hope the disaster victims are getting their life back together again. What a horrible experience this must have been. Never get anything like those storms here, it ALMOST makes me appreciate the snow and cold .......... I said ALMOST ... we still get those wicked blizzards that can cripple my area of the world. Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:10:19 EST Great suggestions from Spark friends, thanks so much for helping .... We had a huge supply of Halloween candy, and only got 4 kids at the door due to the freezing cold weather ........ minus 8 with a good strong wind, snow on the ground already, SHEESH !!! <BR> <BR> As a result, I was left with tons of goodies that I don't want around as they are too tempting. I have been more than very good, I never ate one single thing, and I used to be a chocoholic, so I am extremely proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Several of my friends on here suggested I donate to a Food Ba... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 19:22:48 EST What's up with 4 kids showing up for Halloween !!?? My goodness, resulted in too many leftovers Yep, 4 kids, that's it., between my daughter and myself, we have a box of 50 bags of chips, 6 boxes of chocolate bars -- anywhere from 80 - 100 in each box! <BR> <BR> It was 8 below with one wicked wind last night, so I suspect that has something to do with our 'huge crowd' of candy lovers. <BR> <BR> Even my granddaughter only went out for 45 minutes at the most and had enough after this short time. I can understand in her case however, Grandma has so much, it's just too much trouble to b... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 22:08:50 EST Happy Halloween all .... <BR> Hope you enjoy the festivities of the day, and remember .... the candy is for the kids (like me perhaps??!! ) ......... EEKS, oh no! I must not. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:23:01 EST My vacation is where the earthquake was and then onto where Hurricane Sandy was - EEKS !! Just my luck, I am leaving on vacation and I first go to Vancouver/Victoria where they had an earthquake this past weekend measuring 7.7, then I am off to the Caribean where they just got over Hurricane Sandy passing thru to visit this past weekend. <BR> <BR> Is someone trying to tell me I should stay home and not go anywhere? Well, sorry, not going to happen, I will go anyway, after, there is an airport at both places and as long as that still stands, I am having my well deserved holiday!!... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 16:22:15 EST What's with all the zombie movies on t.v., must be Halloween .... chocolate and activities FUN All day there have been zombie movies on two of our television channels, gearing up for HALLOWEEN again. <BR> <BR> Having a pumpkin carving contest at work tomorrow and a huge pot luck lunch on Wednesday (Halloween day). Always lots of fun, always lots of food, all of it fantastic. I will behave and not overdo it though. WISH ME LUCK !!! <BR> <BR> I bought loads of little chocolate bars the other day and my daughter said it's not enough (ONLY BECAUSE SHE WANTS IT FOR HERSELF !! ) so to... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:44:29 EST Was looking at some old photos just for fun, Holy Jeepers was I fat or what !!!??? take a look at my photo's on my Spark People, this was 75 lbs. ago !! <BR> <BR> Oh, My Goodness Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:47:43 EST What a scare we all had today .... diabetes is such a horrible disease! <BR> Tonight I am feeling a sense of relief. Today one of my best friends/coworkers husband went missing. He dropped her off at work, then was to drive to work himself just 3 streets over from us. <BR> <BR> Two hours later his workplace phoned her and told her he had not shown up for work! She went into a panic of course. He is a diabetic and often does not do as he should, eat how he should, test his blood sugar when he should and she worries herself silly over him. He makes me jus... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:52:52 EST A Joke for Women Only, men just wouldn't understand !! OR WOULD THEY? Excuse the final sentence, it's just not funny without it however ....... ENJOY .......... <BR> <BR> Lady's Yearly Exam <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor for my yearly physical. <BR> The nurse started with certain basics. <BR> "How much do you weigh?" she asked. <BR> "135," I said. <BR> The nurse put me on the scale. <BR> It turns out my weight is 180. <BR> <BR> The nurse asked, "Your height?" <BR> "5 foot 4," I said. <BR> The nurse checked and saw that I only measure 5'2" <BR> <BR... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:01:59 EST A good for you treat, try it on your kids, they will LOVE it, I guarantee! <BR> <BR> Light Cream Cheesicles <BR> <BR> This is not just a popsicle, it is healthier and much tastier! <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup well ripened banana <BR> 1/2 cup Light Cream Cheese <BR> 1 cup of either carrot or apple juice <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> Add all three ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth OR put all three ingredients to a bowl and mash with a fork for a more textured cream cheesicle. <BR> Pour into 8 quarter cup moulds and place in the f... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:42:34 EST A 'pork on your fork' recipe that will please anyone This is so good, quick and easy. Serve with scalloped potatoes or mashed potatoes with gravy and a vegetable. <BR> <BR> ROAST PORT WITH FRESH PEAR SALSA <BR> <BR> 16 servings <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS: <BR> 3 fresh red pears (9.5 oz. / 270 grams) <BR> 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted (60 ml.) <BR> 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided (6 ml.) <BR> 1/4 cup Balsamic-Vinaigrette Dressing, divided (125 ml.) <BR> 1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin, divided (6 ml.) <BR> 4 cloves of garlic, finely ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 01:51:24 EST Ah, another weekend, another week passed .... 3 weeks to vacation My mother always said "don't wish your life away" but some things are worth it. <BR> <BR> When I was a kid, there was always something to look forward to and it all took forever to get there. That is why time goes slower when you are young, I am sure. You anticipate so much with excitement, birthdays were fantastic. Christmas amazing and filled with fun, food and most of all presents. Halloween was a blast. Easter is fun, and lots of chocolate, egg hunting, etc. Vacations were so muc... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:07:19 EST great ideas received, thank you; info everyone should be aware of !! In regards to my prior two blogs and the subjects created on ‘post a message’ area, I have received some wonderful info and suggestions regarding this issue, and thank everyone for their replies! <BR> <BR> It appears many folks have experienced the same concern and I am pleased to know I am not alone with this concern. <BR> <BR> The suggestions I have received from other ‘Sparkers’ have been of great help. <BR> It was requested by several people to let them know what I find out, so for thos... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:13:04 EST Thanks for all the replies/suggestions/comments on my last blog, seems same results for other folks Hi all <BR> <BR> As you know from my last blog, I have a bone to pick here. <BR> <BR> I got lots of replies and ideas as to what may be happening with the calorie and nutrition count difference, I am also going to contact SparkPeople and see what they think, thanks to the info. I got from Sandy (thx. Sandy!) <BR> <BR> Someone asked me if the serving sizes were the same, yep they were. Someone else suggested that it may be the same products, but different brands, Hummm, that's worth thinki... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:32:02 EST GRRR; Why is the exact same recipe on one website showing 217.2 cal's per serving less than Spark? So, this is odd, strange, weird, whatever and it is very upsetting to be honest here. I am pissed off and looking for your help here folks ........ <BR> <BR> Made a recipe from (which I love) and it gave me the breakdown of calories and nutrients as follows: <BR> Calories 481 <BR> Carbohydrates 12.2 g <BR> Cholesterol 90 mg <BR> Fat 38 g <BR> Sodium 690 mg <BR> Fiber 2.3 g <BR> Protein 24 g <BR> <BR> So, when I plugged the exact same ingredients/measurements/number of... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:40:47 EST I guess I'm going thru a plateau period here .... Well, I have not changed weight for quite a few weeks, and before that only lost 2 lbs. after a fair few weeks. I don't believe I am doing anything differently, so on the body adjusting time I suppose. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to drop another 5 lbs. before i leave for my cruise in the Carribean on Nov. 9th, now I am wondering if that will happen. <BR> <BR> I was told by the daughter, (medical Dr.) the reason plateaus happen with weight loss is the body takes some time out to adjust to the ne... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:44:32 EST Alberta's weather continues to baffle me! (From Canada) WOW !! <BR> We are well known for our summer thunder storms. In fact, our neighbors are from the Maritimes, and they had no idea until we had one last June. They actually stood outside in the cold rain watching the awesome lightening! <BR> <BR> But this is unbelievable ...... we had snow last Wednesday, and last night we actually had one of our famous SUMMER thunderstorms! It was a great light show, let me tell you. It's always fun for the kids when all the lights turned out and the... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:41:55 EST Oh, My Goodness, now this is a meal (very seasonal, very filling, and so yummy!) Pumpkin Black Bean Soup ........ makes 6 servings <BR> <BR> (370 calories, fat 7, saturated fat 1, <BR> protein 13, fiber 13, sodium 812, carbs 63) <BR> <BR> 2 T. olive oil <BR> 1 medium onion, cut in small dices <BR> Juice and zest of two limes (divided) <BR> 3 cloves garlic, peeled <BR> 2 fresh red chiles (such as jalapenos), seeded and sliced (don't touch your eyes!) <BR> 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stemmed and roughly chopped <BR> 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin <BR> 1/2 tsp chili ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 00:01:28 EST I do really want to escape this winter wonderland they call home <BR> well, yesterday it snowed for the first time this season, fall that is, not winter, still the fall. <BR> <BR> would someone let the weather people know what season it is. <BR> <BR> it is darned cold, +2 Degrees, will be 5 below zero overnight, and snow again tomorrow! <BR> <BR> why is it the weatherman can be so wrong and still keep his job - if I made that many mistakes in my job, I would quickly be unemployed ............ SHEESH ! <BR> <BR> This time next month I will be in the Ca... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:28:45 EST WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO FALL? .... FIRST DAY OF SNOW TODAY <em>444</em> Well, I guess we don't get any fall this year, we have gone from lovely summer days to this morning when I woke up to snow falling. <BR> <BR> MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL !! <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Hope it doesn't stay around, the leaves have not even fallen off of the trees yet, my goodness what a shocker for a Wednesday morning! Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:13:34 EST One month today I will be in the Carribean cruising ... Ah, I can't wait, so looking forward to this trip. <BR> <BR> I leave on Nov. 9th and not back until Nov. 28th ...... and best of all I will miss some of the winter I tolerate every year. It will make the season so much shorter. <BR> <BR> Since it's already getting highs of +2 degrees in the days, winter has started quite early, so this trip will be even more worthwhile to break up the season. <BR> <BR> HOORAY, THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS <BR> <BR> and where are you going for holidays this y... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 22:52:48 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING CANADA !!!! <BR> Well, once again the long weekend is coming to an end, and I feel like I now need a weekend, I am exhausted. I started cooking/cleaning this morning as soon as I got up EARLY. <BR> <BR> Turkey, ham, dressing, carrots, brussel sprouts, scalloped potatoes, cranberry sauce (HOME MADE), sweet and sour meatballs and gravy ....... WHEW! <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a good feast and lots of fun with friends and family too. It was all worth it, everyone ate too much (escept me, I behaved... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 23:22:18 EST HOORAY - Finally I am in the normal BMI range, started end of Jan/12 in the obese range <BR> I started off in the obese weight range when I first started to be serious about eating healthy, taking better care of myself and loosing weight. I can't believe in this short a time I have made it to the normal range (only by one lb. but I'm still there and I ain't ever going back) ..... from 226.4 lbs. down now to 158 lbs. <BR> <BR> I find it amazing how much of a difference this loss has made to my daily life. I can walk further, I no longer have any pain in my knees or lower back... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:56:37 EST From the mouths of babes, these are quite cute (and funny!) <BR> <BR> Bloopers of children <BR> <BR> Some bloopers of biblical proportions written by Sunday School students of both the Christian and Jewish persuasion: <BR> <BR> In the first book of the bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off. <BR> <BR> Adam & Eve were created from an apple tree. <BR> <BR> Noah's wife was called Joan of Ark. <BR> <BR> Noah built the ark, which the animals came on in pears. <BR> <BR> Lot's wife was a pillar of salt ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 17:07:52 EST For all the Canadians out there, HAPPY THANKSGIVING --- Behave yourselves! Well, this weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada, hoping it warms up a bit out there. It is 2 degrees right now, hard to believe it was 25 degrees last week (this is not farenheit, multiply number by 2 and add 30 for the american measurement of temperatures -- easiest way to get an approximate calculation - out by one or two degrees) <BR> <BR> they are saying it may snow, yep, the big four letter word we all dread. we need Thanksgiving earlier than the US, we need something to cheer us up! <B... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 23:25:36 EST This home alone stuff is FANTASTIC <BR> Well, in 1/2 hour, my time alone will come to an end. I had a great time entertaining myself. <BR> <BR> Cooked, read, sat around, watched T.V., danced alone in my living room (teehee), shopped, played with our 2 dogs and now it is coming to an end. <BR> <BR> I will be picking up my granddaughter at her school bus, and the weekend will then begin. <BR> <BR> I have loved the two days off of work, I did no housework ... the only cleaning thing was the dishes after making food. Won't... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:05:36 EST Ah, for the love of long weekends .... long, long weekends ..... Well, been a few days since I was here, been super busy at work trying to keep everything caught up to date so I could enjoy the next four days off and to myself. Everyone will be at school and work, so have the whole house to myself. <BR> <BR> I laugh when I think back to my younger days (about 100 years ago or so!!) ..... when I had the house to myself, it was time to fill it with friends from school and misbehave just 'cause we could. I really don't know how I lived through some of t... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:15:14 EST This is a great low calorie drink recipe for a really tasty Margarita. <BR> <BR> You won't believe how low in calories this margarita recipe is. <BR> Plus, it's loaded with Vitamins A and C and potassium! <BR> But remember, just because it is low in calories and has some vitatmins and minerals, it is not healthier to overindulge, but it is harder to resist. One is good for you, 5 doesn't make it 5 times as good for you! <BR> <BR> Serves: 1 <BR> Prep Time: 5 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 oz carrot juice <BR> 1&#8260;2 oz red grapefruit juice ... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:23:50 EST Can this work day ever end ..... The bad part of Fridays is the work part takes too long to pass by! Love Fridays, but only at the end of my work day. I have never seen a clock move so slowly than on my Fridays! <BR> <BR> Love Saturdays, Love Sundays, but I can't keep up with the clock it goes so quickly! <BR> <BR> What the he**^ll is that all about? ! <BR> <BR> SHEESH !!! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:25:35 EST WARNING ........... A DIRTY JOKE ......... <BR> A vacuum salesman appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her clean carpet. He said, "If this new vacuum doesn't pick up every bit of dirt then I'll eat all the dirt." <BR> <BR> The woman, who by this time was losing her patience, said, "Sir, if I had enough money to buy that thing, I would have paid my electricity bill before they cut it off. Now, what would you prefer, a... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:36:39 EST Any bright and wonderful ideas for supper when the cook (me!) starts cooking at 5:45 pm! Well, I've tried those 30 minute meals they talk about, and I must say they taste for the most part like that's all the effort put into it is only 30 minutes worth. <BR> <BR> Salads don't fill me, at least for more than an hour. I must admit, I get much fuller on potato or macaroni salads, but then the purpose is defeated of course. <BR> <BR> I have to feed two adult girls (my loving daughters, well, for the most part loving anyway) and a seven year old granddaughter to consider as well. ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:20:25 EST Getting my old self and feeling of energy again Ah, what a feeling. <BR> <BR> I just realized today how much energy and motivation I now have. The more I accomplish, the more I am pushed in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I likely always knew that would be the case, but chose to ignore it because it was easier and lazier to take the easy route into denial. <BR> <BR> This has been a great year full of fun and vacations and best of all, the loss of many extra lbs. that were holding me down and tiring me out. <BR> <BR> The best is yet to... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 23:11:28 EST Officially the last weekend of summer ..... Canada's weather is all downhill from here! Well, here we are ending another summer once again, where did it go? The time went so quickly, can't believe we are going to be in the snow and ice in just a few months. Usually by the end of October, it is iffy that it won't have snowed. And for those who aren't familiar with Canadian winters, the snow stays sometimes until April. Driving stinks, the roads are icy, it's damned cold (rarely above the freezing mark, and more times than not, quite a bit below zero! <BR> <BR> I am toda... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:28:04 EST Wow, what a meal .... my friend made me this for dinner today and gave me the recipe, had to share! Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables <BR> <em>498</em> <em>4</em> <BR> 4 servings (2 cups each) Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 6 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti <BR> 12 ounces peeled and deveined raw shrimp, cut into 1-inch pieces <BR> 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced <BR> 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced <BR> 1 cup fresh or frozen peas <BR> 3 cloves garlic, chopped <BR> 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt <BR> 1 1... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:58:56 EST Quotes from my favorite comedian, Steven Wright, king of the one liners and stupid jokes .... <BR> The other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a rabbit standing in front of a candle making shadows of people on a tree. <BR> <BR> Last time I went skiing, I had to get up at 5:00 in the morning. I knew I couldn't do that, so I slept with my skis on. My ride came at 5:30 in the morning, couldn't wake me up so he carried me out of the house, put my skis on the roof rack of the car, and drove to the mountain. Seventeen miles later, I woke up out of this incredibly bizarre dre... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 23:13:24 EST EEKS !! So much to do, so little time Have you ever felt that the faster you go, the behinder you get ? ! That describes my day. Up at 5:10 and out the door to work at 6:10, busier than ever, so very little break time, ate lunch while I worked. I know, don't tell me, this is not a good thing. <BR> <BR> Off work, hopped the bus which took me to my car which drove me to all sorts of places doing all kinds of errands, and between that a bit of shopping for pleasure. I suppose that made me my own worst enemy, huh?? ! <BR> <BR>... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:02:20 EST TOP 10 DENIED COOKBOOK TITLES 10. Getting Even: Hillary's High-Fat Cookbook <BR> 9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches for Dummies <BR> 8. Bob Vila's Sawdust Cuisine <BR> 7. Granny Clampett's "Yer Throwin' Away the Best Parts!" Entrees <BR> 6. Mud, Sticks, and Leaves: Cooking with a Four Year Old <BR> 5. Cooking with Condiments - An Apartment Dweller's Guide to <BR> Making Something Out of Nothing <BR> 4. 101 Ways to Wok Your Dog <BR> 3. Everything's Yogurt... Eventually! <BR> 2. Lions and Ti... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:13:47 EST Funny Food Riddles ............ RIDDLES <BR> <BR> Question: You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat? <BR> Answer: Corn on the cob: You throw away the skin or sheaf, then cook it, eat the corn, then throw away the cob. <BR> <BR> <BR> Question: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? <BR> Answer: Pumpkin pi. <BR> <BR> <BR> Question: What did the grape say when he was sat on? <BR> Answer: Nothing, he ju... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 22:35:04 EST A time long ago when I was fat (fatter?) .......... a thanks and an invitation to a good friend Well, it's been just over seven months and I feel like a new woman. I am down almost 70 lbs and am never hungry. NO, NEVER. <BR> <BR> I can't believe it, and all because of one innocent invitation to be a pal and asked me to join Weight Watchers with her 'cause she needed a buddy. Little did I know that moment would change drastically how well I feel now, I really wasn't even thinking about my health or weight very much at all. I had just lost my husband to M.S. complications after man... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 22:48:10 EST Back to reality, no more vacations until November now .... so sad <BR> Well, here I am, back home from a lovely vacation and getting ready to return to work tomorrow. All good things must end I suppose. <BR> <BR> I do get a 4 day weekend later in the month, so it's some relief until my next vacation in November, going on a cruise around the Carribean. Seems so long from now, but judging by the chili weather I returned home to last night, it will be moving onto winter quite soon and I will have earned some fun in the sun for a few weeks! <BR> <BR> Un... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:58:25 EST I fly home tonight, my vacation sadly draws to an end ..... My goodness time just flies (when you're having fun) <BR> <BR> I can't believe how quickly the past week has flown by, so much to do in so little time. Managed to go to a good friends for dinner and out to dinner to a nice pub with one of my other friends here on Vancouver Island. Did lots (and lots and lots) of shopping, spent probably too much money .... oh well, easy come, easier go I always say. Spent some quality time with my mom and dad. Went to all the favorite places I have on... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 16:33:45 EST We had an earthquake! ..... No, REALLY ! Way to put a snag in my vacation! Oh WOW !! This is the first day of vacation with no shopping, had a great and very exciting day anyway! Went to visit an old friend and her hubby. They have a pub built into their basement, just like the old English pubs were when I was there on vacation ages ago. He used to be an actor and is quite the character, one of the most interesting people I know .... and he is 90 years old! No, really, he is, and he knows everything about everything and what a great life history he has. I just love list... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:35:05 EST I love shopping on vacation, having a fantastic time! More shopping for clothes, I didn't bring much in my 2 suitcases as I have to fly home and wanted to make sure I had room for purchases, now I think I may not ..... and that's after 2 shopping trips only! <BR> <BR> The deals here are abosolutely unbelievable! I will never shop at home again even though the taxes here are more, the low purchase prices make up for it over and over again. <BR> <BR> Having a great tme, and it's only day 2 --- at this pace, I will need to go home and have a vac... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:25:36 EST Finally at our destination holiday spot, AAWWW ! Well, we're finally here -- drove all day yesterday and most of the day today and the a 1.5 hour ferry ride and we have arrived, exhausted but excited. <BR> <BR> We are in Victoria, British Columbia on the west coast of Canada and the weather is beautiful, not too hot, not too chilly. Went for a long walk when I arrived, picked some blackberries on the way, fresh off the bushes, yummy, always one of my favorite things to do when I am here. <BR> <BR> Stopped at a beautiful clothing store o... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:13:49 EST TICK TOCK TICK TOCK .... Come on clock move along already! Leaving for the west coast of Canada in 6 more hours ........ can't wait <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <em>128</em> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 01:20:50 EST Off work at noon, then packing my stuff & going on vacation .. WOO HOO Well, this is it, only working 1/2 of the day, all ready to pack, and leaving at 5:30 tomorrow morning for the coast ........ can't wait, I have so much to enjoy in the one week I'll be gone! <BR> <BR> Anyway friends, in case I don't have an opportunity to email or blog, have a good week .... keep on sparkin' <BR> <BR> And, yes I will be continuing to eat healthy and exercise! Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:09:34 EST