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/ Harvest Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418550 At times like this I wish I had a professional camera, but my camera is pretty good. My Hubby bought it for me, so it is a sentimental camera. Anyway, here is one of the pics I took tonight. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9949f71-199b-4ba5-b5ad-33caacb596b0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cali, the cat who has adopted us, followed me around the yard. She still doesn't want to be touched, but she is getting more trusting. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/059e2483... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 00:03:36 EST Woo Hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416085 They have arrived!! Last week I thought I heard a different bird call. And at least two has been calling all day. I am thrilled. The birds are a bit early this year. Pics from my yard. Male Yellow Rump Warbler. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8a71eb0-671a-42c4-95f3-d9c2af22eb03.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36ae430e-49f2-4106-a355-fe5f246e7ea9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Female Yellow Rump <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:12:00 EST For Coffee drinkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409828 <link>iheartdogs.com/taiwan-coffee-shop-cr<BR>eates-incredibly-realistic-latte-pup-p<BR>ortraits/?utm_source=IHDS-Email&utm_me<BR>dium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Newslette<BR>r_09-10-17&mc_cid=4353e9c941&mc_eid=0752a65911 </link> Sun, 10 Sep 2017 21:43:48 EST Owner Tells His Dog He Got A New Kitten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403172 <link>www.metaspoon.com/owner-dog-kitten?c<BR>at=canines&fb=15064M1mwr3565aK&utm_sou<BR>rce=15064M1mwr3565aK </link> <BR> <BR> Scroll down for video Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:57:15 EST Poor Henley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400760 Henley's allergies are really bad this summer. His back paws have fungus on the largest pad. Thank goodness, not every pad on his feet. This has never happened before. He has been licking himself like crazy, and put a bald spot on his tail. Therefore, we had to take him to the Vet. The Vet adores Henley, and normally he loves going to the vet. But he came home so upset. They shaved a tiny spot in his tail where he had been licking. That way we can keep the area clean. He has 2 different types... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:48:55 EST Cute Hot Dog Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398346 Might be good for a birthday party, or a family get together. Something special for just now and then. I'm sure you can cut down on the fats. If you don't like this idea, then don't make it. Don't rain on my parade. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.delish.com/cooking/videos/a54780<BR>/garlic-bread-hot-dogs-video/?src=nl&m<BR>ag=del&list=nl_dnl_news&date=081017 </link> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:14:59 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390033 First I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, and prayers. Alice was our special girl, and is truly missed. <BR> <BR> Now for the update. Today I finished my radiation therapy. I do not have to go back. I will start seeing a different doctor here in town for the Hormonal Therapy. My side affects from the radiation haven't been bad. I am so happy about that. I have been lucky from day one. <BR> Our garden is sure looking good. The Sunflowers make me smile. So I am passing al... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:39:10 EST Sweet Alice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386084 12 1/2 years ago we brought home a pup. 8 weeks old. My Daughter named her Alice. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aff3920a-48fb-427b-99c0-2657a168322b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b57e85df-15cd-437d-b300-4e5e9a5c1cf1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When Alice turned a year old she would help my Hubby in the garden. Dennis was pulling weeds, put them in a pile, go back and pull more weeds. Alice watched him a bit, then decided to help. She dug up a ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:43:12 EST I won't be around as much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380843 Today I start my radiation treatments. Luckily, only 3 weeks. I will be commuting down to Los Angeles, so half of my day will be busy. I should be done by the middle of July. Then I can get back to my normal schedule. <BR> <BR> We have been watching House Sparrows feed their babies the last few weeks. They sure have grown, and have become much louder. Sorry, no pictures. The box nest if right by the back of our house, and when we go outside, the parents fly off. I just don't want to stress ... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:39:18 EST Interesting web site http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377126 For my friends who live in the United States. <BR> <link>www.usalovelist.com/states/ </link> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:34:20 EST Sitting outside with the birds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372786 Every evening the birds sit on the wire and poles, and watch the sun go down. I grabbed my camera, and sat in my chair with them around 7:30 pm, and admired the beauty. There was our Sunflowers, with our neighbors flowers and trees in the background. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c46bfcee-c844-40ab-a41d-114ec839715a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took pics of the Doves <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48404873-0aae-4648-8470-90c74cf0bb88.jpg"> <BR> <img src="... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 01:45:38 EST Is this a Cucumber? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371738 My Hubby came in from the front yard this morning, and asked me about the big yellow flower. He thought I had planted it. "Looks like a vine" I had no idea what he was talking about lol. I went outside and looked. Wow, what a beautiful flower, but I didn't plant it. The birds must have dropped the seeds. Anyway, I think it might be some type of Cucumber. Anybody out there know what this is? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/283fe173-1866-4b4a-844d-458127081c43.jpg"> <BR> ... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 15:56:12 EST And the name is!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371268 I contacted a Mr. Thomas who serves the Antelope Valley for plants etc. that thrive here. This is the name of the pretty blue plant. <BR> <BR> Eriastrum densifolium - Giant Woolystars, in the phlox family. <BR> <BR> So now we know! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88e7beb8-4f56-4cac-8459-ab7d96c661f9.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f6a786e5-88f5-4d64-9316-c058e91396eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A bit on info on the plant. <BR> <link>www.calflora.or... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:45:30 EST Munchie and I took a hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370856 It wasn't a long hike, but it was fun. I really should have left earlier then I did. We got to the hills about 10:30, and it was very warm already. Right when we got out of the car I noticed one of my favorite plants was in bloom. I can't remember the name of the plant, nor could I find it on line, but it is beautiful. They are scattered all over the area. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c352398f-78f0-483c-8942-b08fb9b0548f.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 20:14:14 EST Our first Sunflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367781 This one popped up on its own. Left overs from last year. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82986836-baee-4e02-96dd-b9fc602d0f6a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of our Canna's has bloomed as well. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32a95ce5-238a-486f-ae39-e457baeaf6f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walking back to the house I noticed our white Roses. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8dd4cff-7d2e-421f-b4f7-a5ec3f83ecd4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope y'all have a w... Sun, 28 May 2017 16:35:18 EST Can't remember where I left off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366292 I have taken so many pictures, and I don't remember which ones were put in blogs. So I'm starting over. April 7th Munchie had to go outside at 3 am. I opened the door, and let him out. I looked up at the sky, and there was the Moon. I ran back in the house and took a couple of pictures. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/210bb2d0-af32-49eb-8c90-fa87c577337e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On the 9th Munchie and I took a walk in the hills. What a beautiful day. <BR> <img src="http://pho... Thu, 25 May 2017 00:55:44 EST Good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365451 I went to the Surgeon today, who did the lumpectomy. He said he got all of the tumor, and it had clean edges. He also took 5 lymph nodes because they were right next to each other. All of the nodes came back clean. Next week I have a consultation with a Radiologist. I also have an appt. with Medical Oncology. The worst is over, and only looking forward. When ever I get stressed, I look at God's wonders. One of my favorite sunrises! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f64df99... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:54:44 EST Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362441 This is Dennis. Surgery went well. Jeanne is sleeping a lot. It might be a couple of days before she is online. Mon, 15 May 2017 22:08:43 EST Tour around my back yard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359095 First I will give you a update. A couple people have asked if I ever had the MRI. The gal that called me said the wrong test. She probably had told a few people before me that they needed to schedule a MRI, and that just spit out of her mouth when she called me. When I went to my clinic, they told me I was having another Mammogram, and a Ultra Sound. The spot was still on the X-ray, and the Ultra Sound. I then had a biopsy done. I was given the results of that on Monday. I do have stage 1 can... Mon, 8 May 2017 00:21:02 EST 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