HICKOK-HALEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HICKOK%2DHALEY HICKOK-HALEY'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/ MRI? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344809 I had a Mammogram a few days ago, and got a call back today. They said they found something, and wanted me to go back for a MRI. I think that is what she said. To be honest I was so surprised, I can't even remember everything she said. I will be 67 on the 21st, and this is the first time I have ever been called back. I'm sure some of my spark friends have gone through this. Can you enlighten me about your experience? Most of me says "don't worry, it probably isn't anything bad", but then you ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 20:01:38 EST Avacado Humus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344355 Sounds good. <BR> <link>www.yummly.co/#recipe/Avocado-Hummus<BR>-1521654 </link> Wed, 5 Apr 2017 20:19:39 EST Good Day Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330404 The sun is out. It's 71 degrees F (21 C). Ground Squirrels have popped their head out to say hello. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/237e9405-86da-406c-ba57-2bf3f21a7808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cotton Tails are running around, nibbling on shrubs. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43a33d75-c504-4589-b683-e17243accb5b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lizards are basking in the sun <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9add148-eb46-45eb-8a33-67d687036da4.jpg"... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 16:59:35 EST Catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330064 I joined the Winter 5% Challenge. Let me tell you, I have not been a shining star lol. We had a severe drought for a few years, which spoiled me, and this year was the total opposite. More like the winter we are supposed to have, but due to the rain, there were days I couldn't go hiking. It actually affected my mood somewhat. First time that has happened. Therefore, I haven't lost the 5% I am supposed to have lost. Oh well. At least I am on target for my big goal. Which is to be down to 143 b... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 00:29:59 EST I'm getting in the mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327838 To garden that is! <BR> <BR> Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings - sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time. <BR> Peter Zumthor <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05d9724a-ec73-48a6-aab0-c5634aff3724.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 18:33:40 EST Cooper visited us today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322589 <link>www.flickr.com/photos/60439602@N08/3<BR>3117397326/in/dateposted-public/ </link> <BR> <BR> Click on the picture, and it will enlarge for you. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:56:43 EST I can't wait to create my garden! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320507 "I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find sanctuary, to heal, to honor the earth, to leave a mark. Through gardening, we feel whole as we make our personal work of art upon our land." <BR> - Julie Moir Messervy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a67bc9c8-87d0-4798-a767-e22699a2fa64.jpg"> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:32:44 EST Foods that are a good source of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310923 <link>www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slides<BR>how-hydrate-food?ecd=wnl_din_020417&ct<BR>r=wnl-din-020417_nsl-ld-stry_1&mb=ZRro<BR>Cx1ICovMlAXVkhEG3%40HnVev1imbCLY3Q3NKMWG0%3d </link> Sat, 4 Feb 2017 22:04:03 EST I helped someone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303348 This from "ripped goddess" Facebook page. I think it speaks volumes about being positive and helping each other <BR> <BR> *** <BR> I helped someone today. <BR> <BR> I went to the studio early to get my workout in before working the next class. There was a new woman in class who hadn't worked out in a gym before and you could literally see the panic in her eyes from the beginning of class. So I partnered up with her to help. Halfway through every exercise she wanted to stop, even though i... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:32:51 EST Taking advantage of the sunny skies. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299004 For the past month most of our days have looked like this, plus a lot of rain. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7628f9dd-17c6-4e78-825a-dc05a442a115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday was our first sunny day. I had to go for a hike. Munchie saw I was getting ready to go, and he jumped up and down. "take me, take me", I grabbed his leash and said "ok, lets go!". As I was walking out the door, Alice dashed by me. Apparently she had to go too. <BR> I went to a different area this ti... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:19:58 EST Our hike in the hills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294097 Friday was a nice day. The sun was actually out, with just a few clouds. So we took advantage of the sun and took a hike in our hills. About a 2 min. drive from our home. Munchie and Alice went with us. They were so excited. Munchie started barking when we started driving up the road that leads to the hills. Once we got out of the car, Alice ran all over the place. Her birthday is this week. She will be 12 yrs. In the past year we have seen a change in her, walking slower etc. But this day wa... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:43:06 EST Starting the year off with a bang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291638 Ok, maybe not a bang, but a good start. I joined the 5% Winter Challenge. It will officially start soon, although right now we are having a trial run so to speak. It's to get everyone back into gear after the holidays. I feel slow right now, but by the time the challenge starts, I should be up to par. Everyone that is on my team, participated in the Rookies Fall Challenge. I had to leave a couple of my leaders behind since I moved up, <em>39</em> but if I remember right, I am taking 2 lea... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 02:28:10 EST I always have something to photograph http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290884 The other day a Coopers Hawks showed up. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f3a9c53-31b4-415a-bb85-2d378e04359e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Two days after that Cooper showed up in our front yard. We have seen him around, but not in our yard. I was thrilled he came back. The smaller birds were not thrilled though. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5120690b-ef90-4459-b42b-fa1fb04c7cbc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> American Kestrel (male) was in our backyard for the longest time... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 02:47:49 EST 6 Healthiest Protein Powders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289935 <link>www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eati<BR>ng-tips/best-protein-powders-for-smoot<BR>hies?utm_campaign=EUSD&utm_source=prev<BR>ention.com&utm_medium=newsletter&smart<BR>code=YN_0000792886_0001591944&utm_cont<BR>ent=010217&utm_term=hed </link> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:30:52 EST This was a treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287212 We have several Ravens that hang around our house. One of them sings to me. It's not the typical sound of a Raven most people hear. It is actually a song. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a sound bite of it. I will have to tape it myself, and learn how to download it to YouTube. Anyway, a Raven was singing to me in our back yard, and I was singing back to the bird. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/675f65b4-c2e4-42a5-a1c9-138b5fa1012c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:30:17 EST Santa in a Swat Car? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285064 Yesterday afternoon my Hubby was leaving to buy a few items at the grocery store. I was walking to our back door when I hear a couple of emergency vehicles. I thought "that sounds close" Then I hear quick sirens. Woot woot woot. That was very close, in fact, on our street. Then comes a voice on what I call "Mr. Big Horn". My heart dropped at that point. "What on earth is going on out there?" I walked out the front door, and my Hubby was getting out of the car. He stood there, and stared at th... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 02:45:25 EST Beating Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280106 Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. ~ Mark Victor Hansen <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45bb48b1-c671-48d9-9feb-f295e36af56e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think I can, I think I can, and I did it! <B... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:46:30 EST Getting ready for Christmas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272501 Cute idea! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=GszAE9U6JiM&<BR>list=FLK3Arm-bD1huDSEvXGEDCMQ </link> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:49:37 EST Good Doctor visit today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270546 I went to my RA Doc today. He was real pleased with my blood work. My inflammation count is real low, and has been for 2 yrs. So he is decreasing one of my meds again. Woo Hoo. I can take the pill every other day, instead of daily. Also my blood pressure was the best it has been in a long time. Not sure what is wrong with their scale though lol. It said I was 157. I looked at the nurse and said no way. I just weighed myself, and I am 147. So she changed it. She too thinks something is wrong w... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 03:19:31 EST Be careful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270353 This morning we didn't even get our cup of coffee (Hubby), or cup of tea, when our bank called. "fraudulent dept". I thought "oh no" My Hubby checks our bank account daily because fraudulent is so wide spread these days. However, these cowards beat him to the punch today. It has to be a big organization. Someone tried to use a card with my Hubby's name, and info in Portland Oregon first thing this morning. $300.00. The store would not accept the charge. There were 2 other charges made in diff... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:56:52 EST 33 years ago today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270074 I can't believe it has been that long, but 33 years ago My Hubby and I went to Tahoe and got married. We married later then our friends, and family. We were in our early 30's. I'm so glad I waited for the right person. So today was a day of reminiscing. We arrived at Tahoe a day before our wedding. When we woke up the next morning, it was snowing big time.The Pastor that was going to perform the wedding couldn't get to the church, so he called another Pastor, who lived in town, and asked him ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:27:40 EST Tonight's Full Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266495 Standing in my front yard. <BR> <link>www.flickr.com/photos/60439602@N08/3<BR>0937567646/in/dateposted-public/ </link> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:22:45 EST Buyer beware! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261104 <link>www.consumeraffairs.com/news/fda-acc<BR>uses-chinese-drug-company-of-hiding-in<BR>gredients-blocking-inspectors-110216.html </link> Wed, 2 Nov 2016 21:11:50 EST Bobby Vee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256537 Just found out Bobby Vee has passed away. I remember my best friend, from Jr. High, and I not only loved his songs, but had a crush on him. He had great songs. When you have time check out his life story on YouTube. It's interesting. RIP Bobby, and thank you for the smiles you put on many faces. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7154d568-c12f-4450-9dae-1d6dc204910c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVJYiGhW99g </link> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:03:14 EST My outdoor adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241409 I can't remember if I every posted this picture. It was taken in March, when we were having rain off and on. I look forward to having green mountains and hills again. I love the Goldfields mixed in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86de2ace-95f6-4373-a10a-5d1adb10e334.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found a couple of pictures of my boy Sarge. Taken in June of last year. Munchie and I were hiking in this area today. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbf04d25-019d-4... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:19:23 EST A feast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237647 Like a lot of people there are days when I have busy days. Therefore, I don't want to start from scratch making a meal. This Summer my DH grew Zucchini. I was puzzled as to why because I never really cared for it. He brought the Zucchini in, and I debated on what to do with it. Then I thought Spaghetti Sauce. I made a small batch of it the first time, and to my delight I loved it. My Hubby and DD enjoyed it as well. So now I make a big batch of the sauce, and freeze it. This week we made a bi... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:47:30 EST 10 Reasons I want to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236424 I have been with Spark people for a few years now. Yet, my weight has been up and down over the years. Sound familiar? When I first started using this web site, I was about 165 lbs. I did weigh 128 prior to that. I'm 5ft 6", so 165 is heavier then I should be. I hit menopause, and my both my parents died within 7 months of each other. That's when the weight problem started. "What is this?" I asked myself. I used to eat what I wanted, when I wanted. Menopause said "not any more" Wanting to lo... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:25:16 EST Last of our Sunflowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234863 Our sunflowers didn't disappoint us this summer. Finches enjoyed them as well. So did the Bees. We even saw a couple of Hummingbirds checking them out off and on. <BR> <BR> This big bloom opened up in June. The Bees had been all over this flower. Pollen was all over the leaf. (hope it shows up) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ccaca50-47b7-498b-9545-f10b7d5d38a6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4th of July was a spectacular day in many ways. My shots for the day. <BR> <img src="http:/... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:58:28 EST My goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233642 As part of my 5% Challenge I plan to walk more steps. 40 to 60 minutes daily. <BR> Hike in the hills everyday providing weather is nice. <BR> Ride my Cardio Bike at least 10 minutes. <BR> I really need to start doing ST again. <BR> 30 minutes M/W/F. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab8ecfac-3f58-4aed-b28e-6f12a8644e29.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:44:09 EST Join me. It will be fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232366 Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in September 24th. Please click on this link to join the Challenge and pick your team. I am on the Teddy Bear Team and they are the most supportive team ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 15:32:38 EST Mike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204423 I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. Mike passed away peacefully this morning. He never was in any pain, for that I thank God. I know Mike is in a better place, but he will be missed. Please keep praying for my Nieces. <BR> <BR> I have a Doctor appt. today with my RA Doc. My blood work came back good, but I am worried my blood pressure will be up a bit. If it is a bit high, it will go back down. <BR> <BR> Thanks again, Spark Friends are the best! Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:17:48 EST Please pray for my Niece and her girls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202274 I just found out that my Niece's Husband, Mike, had a heart attack Thursday. He had surgery, and the Doctors thought he was improving, but Mike never woke up. They did a brain scan this morning, and Mike also suffered a stroke. That's why he never recovered. Tomorrow they will take Mike of off life support. I can't go down for my goodbye tonight because they live near San Diego, which is 4 hour drive. I feel so bad. Mike has been part of the family before Dennis and I got engaged. Their olde... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:40:01 EST Buyer beware? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197106 I saw this article today, and thought I should pass it along. <BR> <BR> <link>www.consumeraffairs.com/news/how-you<BR>r-fitness-tracker-could-reveal-your-pi<BR>n-070816.html </link> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 17:23:35 EST Starting July off with something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193284 Three years ago one of my Sister's made a journal for me. It is really cute. She used blue and green for the colors. (Two of my favorite colors) She also added my initial, J all over the front, plus my name Jean. On the side, where the metal spirals are, she tied 3 different colors of ribbons. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf5bbc34-4ab1-41a8-a957-6e4028a7ea5c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am not a big writer, and never have been really. Kind of funny since I was always received g... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 22:15:42 EST Lake Sabrina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189959 My Hubby and Daughter took a 2 1/2 day camping/fishing trip. Lake Sabrina is about 4 hours North of us. Such a beautiful area. They put their tents up, and got all settled in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b452276-37da-4096-8c75-83b0de4be6c6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dennis had a extra tarp, and Kathryn grabbed it, tied the strings around the big rock, and WaLa, they had a shady spot to sit under. She has always been innovative, and creative. Even at 2 yrs. old, she helped th... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:31:10 EST I found more Spring pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184994 Going through my files, and making sure I have saved all of the pictures I want. I came across a few more. Starting with Feb... <BR> In the past I have posted a few pics of Lake Una in Palmdale. Shovlers were swimming around. Not a lot of Ducks etc. this time. Made it easier to get a few decent shots. Here is a male and female. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c53a50cf-da50-4d83-96ca-e3d5a08a5c59.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This male has different coloring. Not sure why. It depends... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 04:57:48 EST For those of you who will never get to So. California. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183748 <link>www.flickr.com/groups/socalwildflowe<BR>rs/pool/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm in awe of these photos, and I live here. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:08:39 EST Hike in our hills, and other good stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172090 Last month we decided to hike on the Western side of our hills this time. In that area there are a lot of California Junipers, Manzanita, Joshua Trees, Cactus, and other type of shrubs/flowers. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cdb11bc-084c-4df7-8ef0-86bf4641a246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Alice always has fun sniffing around, and walking with us. Munchie didn't have time for a pic. Henley didn't want to go with us that day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0... Sat, 28 May 2016 20:25:19 EST Drive to Three Points continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168528 We left the trails and drove towards the top of the road. One thing I love about California. There are plenty of Hills and Mountains that surround us. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ccc0fd8-69c8-4afd-8452-2ed9a663d2e9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We drove a ways, and came across Oak Trees. We saw Red Wing Blackbirds, Ravens, and Scrub Jays. But this bird caught my eye, or should I say, my ear. I heard a different song then what we hear at home. I looked up, and here was this tiny ... Mon, 23 May 2016 06:08:59 EST A drive to Three Points. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163180 Oh, was this a beautiful drive. Technically it is only a 45 min. drive to Three Points from our house, but it took us longer, as we stopped here and there to admire the beauty. And of course I had to take pictures. Have camera, will travel. <BR> We were half way to our destination. This is one of the areas we stopped at. So many trees! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4e4afd4-d0bb-4c03-83c2-0d3f2893673b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Sun, 15 May 2016 02:53:59 EST why-buying local-flowers is just-as important as buying local food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161622 I found this article in Care2.com <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8a73bff-dd94-4110-8340-b382612fe3d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> You may not realize it, but flowers are a part of the buy-local movement—and with good reason. <BR> <BR> Seventy percent of the cut flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from Latin America. Though the hot climate is just what the flowers need, those constant high temperatures are also conducive to bugs and disease. Consequently, growers in... Thu, 12 May 2016 16:39:47 EST My colorful yard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158386 Spring was early here this year. Our bulbs popped up, and our roses started getting leaves before we had a chance to trim them back. So without further ado, here are a few of our plants and roses. I will start with the backyard. <BR> I was about ready to give up on our Clematis, and pull it out. We planted two of them for our trellis 3 years ago. I didn't realize they were so slow at getting established flower wise. Last year, barley any flowers. I googled Clematis, and found out they are lik... Sat, 7 May 2016 19:49:34 EST Fun with Cooper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157866 Those of you who follow my blogs know every Fall through Spring a Coopers Hawk shows up. Sometimes daily. Most Hawks are very shy and fly off if you step out the door. Not this Hawk, who I named Cooper. As long as we didn't get too close, he just hung around. One day in Feb. he landed in our tree, in our front yard. He was just looking around, and I stood there taking several shots of him. He didn't mind. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/845186aa-d08b-43df-9bbb-110541ad2... Fri, 6 May 2016 22:15:23 EST Nothing like Spring Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149676 Our hills have perked up a bit. My Hubby and I were walking in the hills, and we spotted beautiful bluish flowers. They are called Bluewitch. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c41408f6-3fb0-46d6-833a-7b0910d8c94a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First time I have seen this plant in the hills near us. I have seen it in Leona Valley. <BR> Douglas Milkvetch <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c725ffb-f4bd-4986-94d9-347d4cfb98ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Close up of the plant. The ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 03:23:35 EST Look what my hubby sent me this morning for my birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147405 It put tears in my eyes. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOK83_0FMB0 </link> <BR> <BR> Still our favorite song! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:33:30 EST Take notice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134206 Make sure you see the beauty around you when you walk. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7c52116-f652-43fc-b38f-5f1a84e1e4d5.JPG"> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 19:38:57 EST Oombrella http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129813 This is interesting. I thought of you Claire! <BR> <link>www.consumeraffairs.com/news/oombrel<BR>la-the-smart-umbrella-that-knows-when-<BR>its-going-to-rain-032816.html </link> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:25:16 EST January was a fun month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124741 The 7th of January we were getting ready to take a drive. The Coopers Hawk was flying over head. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7df61959-0322-4298-967b-b2527e115945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We decided to drive to Elizabeth Lake. While passing through Leona Valley, which is 10 mins. West of our home, we spotted the Bisons. They were fairly close to the fence eating. They usually are way off in the distance, which doesn't make for good pics. I had my Hubby turn around so I could... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:26:28 EST Around town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117656 This is the last of December. We drove over to Lake Una, right off of Sierra Highway. I was looking for birds in the lake. Not many Ducks etc., but I did spot 2 Great Egrets, and 1 Blue Heron. the Heron was entertaining. I wish my pictures were better, but the birds were on the other side of the lake, and I was shooting through a chain link fence. <BR> The Heron had a good stretch,. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/480c85c7-7d84-4370-8bec-0f35d148df9d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:48:29 EST Last of October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109022 Ok, wrapping up October, and next will be December. I'm getting there!! <em>104</em> <BR> We took a drive to Elizabeth Lake. On the way we spotted a Rock Pigeon. They are so pretty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54876a0d-8057-46eb-a8cd-e576e7c8b2ae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We were almost to the lake, and came across some Cows. They were never in this area before, and haven't been in the area since. Then we remembered the bad storms with mud slides. The Cows were put there ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 23:22:52 EST