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/ 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 Going backwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107881 I had been going through my November pics from last year, and thought "Oh good, December is next". Then I discovered pictures from October I hadn't downloaded. I am going to be here forever lol. Good thing ya'll enjoy my pictures, because I have a lot of them to download. Funny, I thought I was doing pretty good after I lost Sarge, but apparently I was out of sorts. <BR> Speaking of my boy, here he is. Sarge and I took a walk in the hills, just the two of us. We both had a great time. <BR> <... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:59:46 EST Devils Punch Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104927 It was a bit cloudy here at home the day we drove to Devils Punch Bowl, but not bad. A beautiful, relaxing drive. As we got closer to our destination, it was getting cloudier, and no sunshine at all. It made for some interesting pictures. We were almost to the State Park, and we started driving at a higher altitude. I looked to our left and the view was so pretty. It was overlooking Pearblossom area, which is part of the Antelope Valley. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:39:01 EST November 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101583 Still working on November lol <BR> We had a storm, and the Tehachapi Mountains had snow. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47d9912b-340c-4caf-aeac-a529c7d14af8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07de7449-eab1-4500-ae86-d5a8b7ec8e0c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a bit of info on Tehachapi. Well worth the read. It isn't long. <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehachapi,_Cal<BR>ifornia </link> <BR> <BR> I took the pictures of the Mountains from ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 21:04:45 EST Back in November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099320 I'm still finding pictures I downloaded, but didn't put in a blog. I was in a funk back then after losing Sarge. At least my enthusiasm is picking up. Nov. 9th 7:15 am, Munchie and I hopped into the car and headed to a field to view the sunrise. I wasn't disappointed! I was looking East towards Lake Los Angeles. Back in 1938 it was called Los Angeles Buttes. Not sure why they changed the name, as Saddle Back Butte is in the area. It is a State Park. Unfortunately the lake doesn't exists anym... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:42:12 EST Things that make me smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098707 Munchie and I were walking in the hills. I have to say this is our favorite spot. It's a 2 min. drive from our home. Can't beat that. As we start our walk, there is a Anna's Hummingbird that greets us. It chatters away as we walk by. This Hummer has been doing this for 2 years. Sometimes he even followed me around. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df4e60ae-07f4-4301-ab16-716073798f9e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6481fca-9251-44eb-baa... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 02:36:39 EST A little bit of history for the Antelope Valley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097850 Last weeks assignment in Shutterbugs was "something historical". Thought I would share my pictures with you. <BR> <BR> California Aqueduct...It isn't ancient, built in 1963, but the Aqueduct is a popular feature in California. It runs from the High Sierra Mountains, all the way down to San Diego. That is a long ways. It covers most of the state. The High Sierra Mountains usually has a ton of snow, and we get most of our water from there. Here is our section (Palmdale). We often see Ducks s... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 02:30:20 EST End of last year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093935 I found more pics that I haven't shared. At least I don't think I have. If any of them are repeats, hopefully you won't remember hehe. <BR> I have to start off with my boy Sarge..Always had a smile on his face. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0e29d3c-4353-4594-a438-442f2bd71d17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> December I took this pic of a tree up the street. It is the prettiest tree on the block. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61c09643-8312-4022-b890-df1e8d53e5... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:44:54 EST Our last storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088217 We had a bit of snow at our house, but it didn't last long, or stick. However the San Bernardino Mountains look pretty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a29f6ab-753a-4f77-986f-fcc1881fdcd4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These Mountains were closer to Palmdale. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a0ce3f7-42b7-42ee-8836-7f714a04dc13.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We drove over to Palmdale Lake aka Fin and Feather Club. It's a man made lake. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 02:35:16 EST Family Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076752 On the 14th DH, and I went for a hike in the hills with our 3 furry kids. The hills is about a 3 minute drive from our home. It was in the 50's, sunny with just a few clouds. We were half way up the hill. Henley was eager to go. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62bf8765-0409-4e88-9a29-ad11b577d8e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I stopped to take pics of the hills and mountains looking South. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21a99651-d657-4995-b5c2-6f28ab393981.jpg"... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 01:44:50 EST Beautiful Birds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071242 DH and I drove to one of our local store's for a few items. This store has a run off at the south end of the parking lot, which I call a pond since there are Ducks etc. swimming in it often. It also has reed growing by the edges of the pond. Unfortunately I always have to shoot through a chain link fence. The birds are a distance to begin with, the fence makes it that much harder. This day was overcast, so the pictures are not as light as I would want. However, what I thought were Mallards wh... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:39:11 EST Took a hike in the hills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066358 My last blog I told you we were getting ready for rain. We did get rain, and our local mountains had some snow. This was taken from our backyard. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa6d9b02-69d1-4642-8470-588f48507ef2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this is looking at the San Bernardino Mountains. Hi Jackie!! <em>213</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77f78af1-52d9-4a4e-b817-8f29e5ae32ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today Munchie and I hiked in our hills. I walked a bi... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 02:25:02 EST Odds and ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065131 I am going to get caught up with my blogs. However, my pictures won't be in any date order. I am so far behind that won't even matter lol. I ordered a new computer desk, to go with the new computer. The desk just arrived. So there will be a few days I won't be on here as much. When I do pop in to say hello, I will be using my Hubby's computer. So here goes...We have been blessed with free fire wood this winter. My Friend's Willow Tree died, and the winds have been tossing the limbs right out... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 18:36:42 EST Love my Blanket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042583 I was looking at the Shutterfly website, and saw a blanket that was created from a picture of a dog. I thought that would be great to have a picture of Sarge put on one. I Picked out the blanket I wanted, submitted a picture of Sarge, and within days, I had my blanket. It came out perfect. It has been in the 20's and 30's at night, so I am already using the blanket. It keeps me warm. <BR> Here is the picture I used. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdfac70c-7587-486a-906... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 05:01:11 EST Too funny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038852 Man's attempt to kill spider confused with domestic violence, sparks police call. <BR> <BR> <BR> A man's noisy attempts to kill a spider caused his neighbors to call the police, reporting a suspected violent domestic incident. <BR> <BR> Officers in Sydney went to the address after numerous calls were made claiming a woman could be heard screaming hysterically and a man yelling "I'm going to kill you, you're dead. Die! Die!" <BR> <BR> After police attended the address in the northern subur... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:46:54 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038282 This has been such a crazy week, and I am behind with my sparking. If some of my friends didn't get a note from me for Thanksgiving, please forgive me. I do think of you all. We are thankful that Alice is home, and on the mend. She refused to eat while staying at the Vet clinic. She wouldn't eat for Dennis. He went up yesterday morning to try and encourage her, and she wouldn't eat. She finally stopped bleeding, and did pass a normal stool yesterday morning. So last night Dennis and I felt we... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:39:51 EST Alice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037437 Thank you everyone for your concerns. I really appreciate it. I will give Alice hugs from you all when she comes home. <BR> <BR> We had to rush Alice to the Vet last night at midnight. She started bleeding at the rectum. Scared me to no end. It was a lot of blood too. First thing I thought that it might be a tumor. After the Vet took blood test, and X-rays, she determined Alice had inflammation of the intestine/Colon, and that caused her to bleed. She took X-rays from head to toe, since Al... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:49:31 EST Meet Silvi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032125 My Hubby and I went to Walmart last night to pick up a few items. When we got out of the car, I told Dennis I still miss my female cats, and that I probably will hear about someone giving kittens away. And find a kitten, or cat that way. Low and behold. We walked up by the door to go inside the store, and a lady had 4 kittens. One young lady had just taken a male. I asked her if she had any females. She had 2. I took one look at this kitten, and fell in love. Needless to say, we brought her h... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:18:37 EST