HARROWJET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HARROWJET HARROWJET'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/ Pretty Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967036 On Saturday we visited a garden that is open once a year for the Explore the Shore weekend which took place on Saturday and today. What a garden! I have a hard time taking care of my small plot. This place was wonderful but it must take so much work. Pictures cannot do it justice. The weather was ideal. There were artists set up at various spots. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/996250c5-13a9-4ea7-bc31-f220645cbb07.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:29:38 EST Dogs' Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966009 My daughter and son-in-law are in Boston for a few days. They have tickets for a ballgame tonight. We are looking after their two black labs, Tucker and Dexter. <BR> <BR> This morning I decided to write something for my daughter as though it came from her younger dog, Dexter. I have nothing to blog about, so I am sharing Dexter's thoughts. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/252d9bc8-09fa-4204-a4a0-90a09d5e6fc9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Dear Mommy and Daddy, <BR> <BR> Gra... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:07:37 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962860 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01b2627e-90fe-4410-82b1-547003ff8858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Stop focusing on being skinny. Start focusing on being healthy." <BR> <BR> A friend and I were discussing this topic earlier in the week. She has lost 20 pounds by reducing portion sizes and not eating at night. Neither of us will ever be 'skinny' but reaching a lower weight often helps with staying healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:37:42 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962441 We got home from our vacation Wednesday afternoon. Since then I have been trying to find some energy. After we got here, we had to go pick up our Wiggles. She had stayed with our granddaughters about 20 minutes from here. Then of course there was the unpacking and laundry. I stopped at the grocery to get something for supper. Sleeping in my own bed sure felt good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was prepared to relax on the patio while Hubby went for a motorcycle ride to see some of his friends.... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:07:21 EST Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959750 Monday morning we will start our journey back to Ontario. It has been a wonderful vacation. We were able to spend time with a Spark friend and her husband in Maine. They are wonderful hosts and it was a great time. <BR> <BR> We took a ferry from Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia and spent a night with another Spark friend and her husband. We then spent a night in Lunenburg, NS at a nice motel with a beautiful view. We took the scenic drive along the coast as much as possib... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:12:33 EST My Exciting Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953442 The last couple of mornings I was up early to go for a walk. Yesterday the mosquitos almost drove me crazy before I got back to the house. Today I remembered to wear some Bugzz Away repellant. <BR> <BR> I enjoy my walks. This is the area where I grew up. I like to see the changes and remember the people I knew. <BR> <BR> It is also interesting to observe nature. I saw ears sticking up in a clump of grass and then watched as a bunny took off. There were three yellow birds fighting and ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:31:57 EST It Is Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952245 Coming from southern Ontario where it is usually sunny and hot to an area of the Maritimes that has been chilly since we got here, makes it hard to adjust. Saturday when the sun was out it got warm and it was comfortable. We are staying with my sister in an old farmhouse that is often cold. Today it is cloudy and we are expecting rain at some point. After hearing about the heavy rain back in Ontario yesterday (my son said he was building an ark), we aren't sure what to expect. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:27:59 EST Vacation Going Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951007 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f186275-d751-4c44-a71b-6a8e161a9920.JPG"> <BR> <BR> The view from our motel tonight (Topmast Motel, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia) Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:53:03 EST On Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947600 This afternoon we will leave for the first 'leg' of our much-awaited vacation. We will drive to our daughter's to leave one of our dogs. (The other one will be staying with our granddaughter near here.) After spending the night with daughter, we will cross into the US and head toward Maine. I haven't heard which route we will be taking but we like to get off the main highway and see the real country. <BR> <BR> We have arranged to spend a night or two with a Spark friend and her husband. ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:33:45 EST Supercharge Your Satisfaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940870 (I did not write this but I agree with what Jane Powell wrote in her daily meditation article and decided to share it here. I know that part of my responsibility as an older woman is to share with younger women some of what I have learned along the way. You can check for other meditations here: <BR> <link>www.meditationsforwomen.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Supercharge Your Satisfaction <BR> <BR> “Satisfaction comes from giving your wisdom away.” <BR> <BR> Each one of us can make a diffe... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 19:50:02 EST Just Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940337 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6e11df7-6948-4b7d-80dc-d30d232e15ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fce502c-ebe7-436c-ba7a-1566cb9de509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 17:09:37 EST Stop Waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938092 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63c33eba-aed6-497a-9d51-69770b9ce893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Stop waiting for Friday, <BR> for summer, <BR> for someone to fall in love with you, <BR> for life. <BR> Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it <BR> and make the most of the moment you are in now. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 20:34:20 EST No Effort Is Ever Wasted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936477 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56c277f3-c33e-440b-b371-33d91da1af7e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "No effort is ever wasted, although some pay dividends later than you think. Do not imagine that you "wasted your time" because something didn't turn out right. There is no such thing as "waste" in the Universe. Everything -- everything -- yields benefit. It's true. And your life will show you this. So don't decry the "effort that failed." All things lead to your highest good. You just may n... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:55:37 EST Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934245 I had my exercise class this morning. Friday will be the last one. I will have to stay active on my own. <BR> <BR> After I got home and changed, we went to get some plants for the garden. We have several tomato plants, a couple pickling cucumbers, two broccoli, some peppers and some herbs planted. It was hard work but it will be worth it when the plants start to produce. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2015 22:31:00 EST Geese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930874 I saw this picture today and thought it was cute. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca0458ed-8ea8-48e4-982d-dd98d65827a2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “But John, I still don’t see any sign of a lake. For heaven’s sake, WHY won’t you stop and ask for directions?” Tue, 19 May 2015 14:17:11 EST It Is a Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930410 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72d56a38-b55f-4992-9c9a-23fa3bbc6ca3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27baa252-679e-4a5d-a0de-73c6e5637f57.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a992719f-cbd1-4d44-af55-b1aca8865240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0b20667-695b-4e95-86d2-637b0bce00f2.jpg"> Mon, 18 May 2015 21:22:58 EST I Refuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929730 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ccd944f-ad0f-40f1-9ddf-e3f26c3924c4.png"> Sun, 17 May 2015 18:13:09 EST Cute Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/952ffabc-d31c-49c9-80f4-0c72c1108adf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e66880ea-884b-4b41-a8ab-74735bb54817.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e20007e-0f95-4a36-8f4c-d958c567b8ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43f433c8-2dc9-44ae-a2a4-bd10009c0b11.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/397b6a65-9278-4d7d-b500-fddd25802b07... Mon, 11 May 2015 21:45:29 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925970 It has been a very nice weekend. Yesterday I shared about the first part of Saturday. In the afternoon my son and grandson came over so that Grandpa could give Noah a driving lesson on the truck. It is a standard and Grandpa would like all the grandchildren to at least know how to handle it. Apparently the lesson went well. Brian and I had a nice visit while they were gone. <BR> <BR> Hubby took me out for supper. We traveled between rain drops on the motorcycle. The heavy rain happene... Sun, 10 May 2015 20:31:02 EST Iron Hawk 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925501 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l782450111.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning was the 4th annual Harrow District High School Iron Hawk duathlon and 5K run. My son, daughter and grandson took part in the duathlon. I walked and ran the 5K. I liked the set-up of the course better this year than last. <BR> Hubby took our picture before the starting gun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1841503373.jpg"> <BR> And here we are after we finished. <BR> <B... Sat, 9 May 2015 22:11:22 EST Three Times a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923866 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1440459040.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "The wonderful thing about food is that you get three votes per day. Every one of them has the potential to change the world." <BR> <BR> - Michael Pollan Wed, 6 May 2015 19:42:34 EST Point Pelee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922078 Today was the kind of day we wait all winter for. It was warm but not hot, the sun was shining and there was no wind. We heard that there might be rain on Monday so we decided to take advantage of our passes and go to Point Pelee. Ted wanted to test the new bike rake he got for the van. It worked just fine. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l567224649.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The road is on the left. The path on the right is the bicycle/walking path. It is well cared for.... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:52:36 EST Today's Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920252 In my quest to eat healthier, I am trying to remember to juice more often. It seems to happen in cycles (like everything else). I do it for awhile and then I get tired of cleaning the juicer and stop until the next cycle kicks in. Anyway, today I made this Carrot-Orange recipe I found on-line. I didn't have a full tablespoon of chia seeds so I used what I had and added chia seeds to my shopping list. I suppose for blogging purposes, I could have taken a picture. <BR> <BR> <link>www.f... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:28:02 EST Training Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919880 Today was our day to go to the hospital. I took the quilt top I finished a few days ago. They were happy with it except the sides were not quite straight enough. They managed to get it sandwiched anyway. I finished tying the one I started last week before we had to leave early for the funeral. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681950660.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been looking at different training schedules for a half marathon. The Run for Heroes I signed up for... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:13:30 EST Healthy Thought Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915980 5 Healthy Thought Habits that Super Charge Your Life <BR> <BR> Author: Dr. Adrienne Stewart <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has long been an adage that our thoughts affect our health. Within the last several years, research within the field of psychoneuroimmunology is providing scientific proof that our thoughts and emotions interact with our nervous and immune system. One of the most important findings is that positive thoughts and emotions over a long period of time greatly impact our physic... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:57:48 EST Growing Older http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913956 * Death is the number one killer in the world. <BR> <BR> * Life is sexually transmitted. <BR> <BR> * Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. <BR> <BR> * Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years. <BR> <BR> * Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing. <BR> <BR> * All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pa... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:27:24 EST Bicycle Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913136 On Thursday we loaded our bicycles onto the back of the truck, gathered the dogs and headed to the section of the Greenway we like to ride on. The dogs were thrilled. They packed on some unneeded pounds during the winter so a good run will help them get back to a healthier weight. I got a new bicycle helmet for Christmas and it was time to test it. <BR> <BR> We rode for about 25 minutes. Since it was the first ride of the season, we didn't want to overdo it. Besides, the dogs were runni... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:27:32 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911147 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1582044954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "You have a choice each and every single day. I choose to feel blessed. I choose to feel grateful. I choose to be excited. I choose to be thankful. I choose to be happy." <BR> — Amber Housley Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:28:51 EST More Signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910023 On Saturday, I noticed the daffodils are starting to open. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l441322575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For me, daffodils are the sign that Spring is really here although I do have a picture in my file, of daffodils with a coat of snow. I am going to be optimistic and say that snow is done for this year. <BR> <BR> We have noticed the grass is really starting to get green. Soon we will hear the roar of lawn mowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:36:13 EST Signs of Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906501 Two or three days ago I observed my crocus in bloom. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1997323654.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was so happy to finally see a flower in our part of the world. My poor sister shared this picture <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473406670.jpg"> <BR> with the comment - "here are my daffodils". I think they got more snow after that. I hope it is gone before we go home in July <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I found an... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:36:37 EST Spring Thaw 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901764 This morning was the first event for 2015. It was cold but not as cold as Saturday had been. On Saturday, I was thankful the 5K was happening on Sunday and today was a nicer day. I picked up my number and prepared. My husband took my picture with his phone. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1402898978.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It isn't great but that's me - number 2. <BR> <BR> It took me 49 minutes, 05 seconds to finish 3.2 miles. The return was colder and there was ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:18:11 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900294 It has been a good day. This morning I did some de-cluttering in my daughter's bedroom. I took a full bag of clothing and 'stuff' to St. Vincent de Paul on my way to lunch with my girlfriend. We both had omelets. We always have a nice time together. <BR> <BR> At 2 I went for a haircut and a manicure using the gift certificate my husband gave me for Christmas. Tonight Hubby went to a hockey game, giving me a night off from making supper. All in all, it was a very nice day. We woke up ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:15:02 EST Great Pleasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895530 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1170639917.jpg"> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:51:55 EST Thirty-Three Ways to Stay Creative http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893018 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l86492128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1 Make lists <BR> 2 Carry a notebook everywhere <BR> 3 Try free writing <BR> 4 Get away from the computer <BR> 5 Be otherworldly <BR> 6 Quit beating yourself up <BR> 7 Take breaks <BR> 8 Sing in the shower <BR> 9 Drink coffee/tea <BR> 10 Know your roots <BR> 11 Listen to new music <BR> 12 Be open <BR> 13 Surround yourself with creative people <BR> 14 Get feedback <BR> 15 Collaborate <BR> 16 Don't give up <... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:57:37 EST Stay Young My Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891375 Stay Young My Friend (Author unknown) <BR> <BR> 1. Try everything twice. On one woman’s tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph, “Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!” <BR> <BR> 2. Keep only cheerful friends – The grouches pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!) <BR> <BR> 3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever… Never let the brain get idle. ’An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheime... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:52:25 EST Tonight Is the Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888929 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103520095.jpg"> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:40:58 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887096 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l520264908.jpg"> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:30:13 EST Things To Do and Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886313 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l281939031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> {Eat} Less Sugar (you're sweet enough already) <BR> <BR> Eat More Green Things <BR> <BR> Say Nice Things about Others <BR> <BR> Don't Forget to Breathe <BR> <BR> Ask for Help when you need it <BR> <BR> This Too Shall Pass <BR> <BR> Drink More Water - your body is 55% water after all <BR> <BR> Make New Friends <BR> <BR> Give Yourself a Break <BR> <BR> Talk Less, Listen More <BR> <BR> Add more colour to you... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:34:27 EST Waiting for Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884893 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1039582131.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've packed you a bag, Winter; it's time for you to leave. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:37:55 EST Never Forget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884309 "Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person." <BR> <BR> — Buckminister Fuller Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:53:31 EST Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879930 Absolutely nothing to do with eating or exercise but we have a house full of dogs this weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19842019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday morning and Hubby was the last to get up. Here he is with our dog Wiggles lying next to him, under his arm. I know she is hard to see. Buddy is also our dog. He is part Jack Russell, part Boston terrier. The big black Lab is our daughter's dog Tucker and beside Tucker is his son, Dexter. Dexter m... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:48:43 EST Not Too Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876709 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l621448263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:23:39 EST My Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876254 Before this afternoon, I had not heard of Anne Garrett but she is my new hero. She set a half marathon record. I have read about men in their 80s who run but not very many women. Also, the article says that she didn't begin to run until her 72nd birthday. The lady who taught the 'learn to run' class I took in 2014 told me that I was the oldest person (at that time 68) she has had in one of her classes. Although I don't run much, there is still hope for me and I feel very uplifted by the ... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:55:23 EST Count Your Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874956 Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you <BR> have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence. <BR> <BR> ~ Og Mandino ~ Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:31:18 EST What a Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874714 Monday afternoon my husband was riding his exercise bike. He has it sitting in the living room in case he gets the urge to get on it. <em>108</em> That particular day he stopped and called his doctor's office. In recent weeks, he has experienced shortness of breath. He would always stop whatever he was doing and take some deep breaths. On Monday, he had a pain in the center of his chest. He was advised to go to the hospital which we did. <BR> <BR> By the time we got to emergency, the... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:07:40 EST More Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867797 This storm seems to be over. I got exercise this morning helping Hubby clear our driveway. It is a 'snow day' which means that most schools are closed. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1878657548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The trees are pretty with the snow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2108071041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He used the snowblower on the driveway and I cleared the sidewalk. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1513461... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:46:45 EST Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867364 We got snow today. In fact, it is still snowing. It is the most snow we have had so far this winter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1765393297.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For some, this might not be much but for this area it is a lot of snow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1529234332.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hubby has used the snow-blower a couple times and our neighbour who has a bigger snow-blower has cleared our driveway once. <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:57:07 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864043 These notes are based on an article I read in Prevention magazine. <BR> <BR> Some of the benefits of walking. <BR> <BR> Brain: Just 2 hours of walking a week can reduce your risk of stroke by 30%. <BR> <BR> Memory: 40 minutes 3 times a week protects the brain region associated with planning and memory. <BR> <BR> Mood: 30 minutes a day can reduce symptoms of depression by 36%. <BR> <BR> Health: Logging 3,500 steps a day lowers your risk of diabetes by 29%. <BR> <BR> Longevity: 75 ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:40:30 EST Jan. 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861238 "Don't feel guilty about driving somewhere nice to run. If people can drive to a park to eat hot dogs, you can drive there to run." <BR> <BR> – Bill Rodgers <BR> <BR> This quote spoke to me because I HAVE felt guilty about driving somewhere to walk/run. <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My new Fitbit Zip is eating batteries. A battery is supposed to last for up to 6 months. I got my Zip the first part of November and installed a new battery. On... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:45:47 EST World Alzheimer's Day Run for Heroes Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851880 I will probably be writing about this several times this year because I know I will be thinking about it a lot. The half-marathon will be held September 20, 2015. <BR> ( <link>runforheroes.ca/ </link> <BR> This is a link to the 2013 event. It gives some of the history. ) This year, they decided not to continue with the marathon part of the run because of the expense. <BR> <BR> They opened registration for the half on January 9. The first two registrations were from the Windy City o... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:45:25 EST