HIPPICHICK1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIPPICHICK1 HIPPICHICK1'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/ Six Years Ago - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745108 No I did not give up!! I kept at it because I wasn't on a diet. I changed my lifestyle. I decided I wasn't going to fill up my body with questionable foods like fast food, junk food or food that simply wasn't real food. I decided that a day without exercise was okay, but more than two rest days in a row (unless I was sick) was a slippery slope to three and four days in a row of no exercise. <BR> <BR> From March to July of 2009 I lost 16 more pounds for a total of 58 pounds gone and I wen... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:37 EST Six Years Ago - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744811 Six years ago I joined Spark and I changed my life. <BR> <BR> A Look Back <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l856544060.jpg"> <BR> <BR> July 2008 - At the dinner table. When I look at this photo I can see how uncomfortable I am with my mid-section doing the best I can to hide it with my arm. sigh! That weekend I took control by taking baby steps towards consistent exercise. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l808174526.jpg"> <BR> <... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:33:03 EST Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738961 When my doctor calls me at home it really scares me!! Luckily for me she has only ever called with good news. It's been my experience that when the doctor herself calls, it's going to be bad news. Maybe they do things differently in Quebec or Moldavia (her country of origin). <BR> <BR> Anyway, the blood test results were all normal. The EKG results won't be in until the end of July. I haven't experienced anymore oddities and have been keeping a close eye on my fat intake. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:33:10 EST That Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736644 I thought she was a goner, but the cat came back! <BR> <BR> Ti-min is our cat. She's feral, she's free to roam the great outdoors here in the woods of West Quebec, and in fact would rather be outside than anywhere else, unless it's getting a scratch behind the ears from JF or a good combing from me. <BR> <BR> She's scared of everyone except me and JF. If you're around long enough (like staying wtih us for a week) you *might* see her...through the window before she runs off. I swear she... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:37:11 EST Health Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726660 Thanks for all of your concern about my oddity in the woods, Spark friends! I feel so loved. <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> The Dr's office called and my appointment was moved up from July 14 to June 25 - yesterday. My Dr. and I discussed my scary oddity and the first thing she brought up was having another stress test done, but then went thru her old notes and thought that if the results from 3 previous tests were normal then doing another one seemed like a bit of a waste of time, so she sent ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:25:14 EST Oddity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721228 Maybe it's the dial-up service...but I can not load the Nutrition Tracker. I've been trying in vain to log my food for the past week with very little success. I can not load the Start page at all. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> At this point in my "Spark career" I don't care about points, so that's not the point, but I still track my water *if* I can, and still would like to track my calories and fitness minutes. So far tracking fitness isn't an issue, but tracking food is nearly impossible. <... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:19:34 EST Wow! Just wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715109 As in "WOW, where does my energy come from?!" I can't believe I'm still standing...and working! <BR> <BR> This has been my life over the past week or so... <BR> We knew we had to go to the family farm on the weekend. JF hired a 16 cu/ft moving van. We were going to claim the furniture that was offered to us as the farm has been sold. <BR> It's a happy/sad. The farm was sold to my SIL's sister and her hubby, so we will probably go there again once the new family settles in and makes it ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:23:54 EST Moon, Spoon, June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710686 The pottery is busy <BR> But I'm not in a tizzy <BR> I like my water fizzy with lime <BR> <BR> Sitting on the back porch <BR> Feeling that summer sun scorch <BR> My arms turning brown over time <BR> <BR> Petting my little kitty <BR> Who is always sitting pretty <BR> I tell her "I gotta get back inside" <BR> <BR> I've got pots that need glazing <BR> And if I don't cook we'll be grazing <BR> On whatever in the fridge we find! <BR> <BR> ©2014 LM Serafin <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 17:00:43 EST Curiously Absent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698564 Have I been curiously absent? Well wonder no more. Two weeks without Internet did help with my withdrawal from using my computer and after that period was done (in which we tried to fix the problem, but of course the parts that we used to build our cell phone antenna with booster so we could get pseudo high speed via our cell phone data plan were already 2 years old so of course they don't make them anymore!) there wasn't much more we could do. Our internet connection remains one that is g... Mon, 19 May 2014 15:45:54 EST Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689972 Here are some photos of the evolution of spring here in West Quebec <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l696677059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Wintery Sunset. Just before it began to melt in earnest, I took this photo. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l556004042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Snow on the Pond. The ducks returned to the open water of this shallow pond. Unfortunately I scared them off when I came tromping down the highway... Wed, 7 May 2014 17:40:27 EST not by accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687915 This is a partial comment I left on a Spark friend's blog and I thought it would make a short, succinct blog in itself. <BR> <BR> "And I always, always look to others for inspiration. Usually it is others' bad health or unwise choices that inspire me the most...like that time I saw the crafting couple plow through a box of doughnuts for breakfast and then a McDonald's lunch two hours later. I looked on in amazement saying to myself, "Wow! I'm so glad I don't eat that way anymore." <BR> Does... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:17:36 EST Oh, How Lovely! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686489 Lisa-Marie, here's a clue on how to know when new experiences, like you've never experienced before, are about to transform your life, even though nothing seems to be happening. <BR> <BR> For the first time in your life, even though nothing seems to be happening, you start saying and doing things that you've never said or done before. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, <BR> The Universe <BR> <BR> This is so true for me right now. <BR> P.S. It seems I have internet back...for now. <BR> <em>211</e... Sat, 3 May 2014 13:18:27 EST Survived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682629 I survived more than 10 days without internet service! I was really Zen about the whole thing actually, and I surprised myself. <BR> <BR> I couldn't track food daily but after nearly 6 years of weighing and measuring food and counting calories I did a good job of going it alone. I remember trying to do that a few years back and I promptly gained a few pounds in just a week. But now I had no choice but to go it alone and I actually lost a pound! I think I gained that pound back over Eas... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:17:10 EST Busy spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668458 Boy, am I tired! I have had a whirlwind April so far and today I decided to take a day off...which of course was a day of laundry, dishes, putting away stuff from the weekend of work and a granola baking day. I also went for a walk and am going to do some yoga shortly. <BR> <BR> Today I got my stitches out! My periodontist is very happy with the healing of my gums. Both she and her assistant said "Wow!" when they looked at my gums. I still have to chew on the right side only for anothe... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:22:24 EST March Goals - Revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660930 Here we are; the last day of March. It's a little windy out there, the sun is shining and snow is melting. <BR> <em>67</em> <em>30</em> <BR> Last weigh-in revealed one pound lost and so far, that's all I have to say about that. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> Squat goal - achieved 126 squats halfway into the month. As luck would have it, this squat challenge caused my hip/sciatica to act up so I I decided to keep it under 126 for the rest of the month. I achieved, on average doing 100 ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:08:44 EST Snow, Rain and Gums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658597 Well it sure has been a long, long winter...to say the least. Spring is slow in coming, but I'd rather have it slow than fast. If spring thaw comes too fast there will be flooding, but with all the precipitation these past 5 months I think that rising waters are imminent. <BR> <BR> Our house has never been in danger of flooding even though we live very close to a lake. *knocks on wood* Hopefully it will never happen. If we lived on a river I'd be quite concerned. <BR> <BR> It snowed o... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:50:03 EST Very Busy in the Pottery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654492 Yup. This is the season for me to be busy. I have several spring art markets and craft shows lined up from April 5 thru to the end of May, so if you don't see me around, that's why. <BR> <BR> Gotta head back into the pottery today. I thought I'd have this weekend off, but drying clay waits for no one. <BR> <BR> Other than being busy with work, I'm keeping up with my workouts and good eating. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:37:47 EST Mid-Month Progress EXTRAVAGANZA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647368 Could you imagine how many points you would score in Scrabble on a TW square for a word like extravaganza?!! LOTS!!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I was going to title the blog Mid Month Progress Report, but that is really boring. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> I'm not sure that I would call this little check in an extravaganza though, so sorry if you came here looking for extravaganziness. I guess I lied. <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> Sooooooo, just for kicks I tried to do 125 squats today and I di... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:50:44 EST Twenty years ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644014 Twenty years ago I was living in Nashville. To raise the money to live there for at least six months, I sold everything that I owned except for one suitcase full of clothes, my guitar and songbook. It was a pretty exciting time in my life and I met some amazing people that are so talented it would make you cry. I was probably at my most unhealthy then. <BR> <BR> Twenty years ago I was wearing a size 26 and I don't know how much I weighed but I think I may have been pushing 300 lbs. I was... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 22:59:22 EST Changed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642893 Well I've changed my weight ticker to reflect my weigh-in on Thursday. I'm not too worried about the # as I've been saying all along. I'm especially not worried since I am seeing some pretty amazing muscle definition on my arms, legs and abs. <BR> <BR> I don't have time to measure today, but will next weigh-in. <BR> <BR> Tonight we are having friends over for dinner and I slept in, so I have to get moving or suffer no work out and no yoga if I don't. TTFN! <BR> <BR> Have a groovy weeken... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 12:22:27 EST I Was Just Going to Post a Picture... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641522 ...and it turned into a blog! <BR> You can read all about ancient history and my art here: <BR> <link>blog.lmserafin.com/?p=353 </link> <BR> Have a groovy Thursday...the perfect day for throwing something back, apparently. <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:23:06 EST Pure Awesomeness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639641 Check out this video. <BR> <link>www.upworthy.com/oscar-winner-lupita<BR>-nyongos-speech-on-beauty-that-left-an<BR>-entire-audience-speechless?c=reccon1 </link> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:26:38 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638399 Since December things have been a bit rough. The weather and money play two major roles in my exercise program. <BR> <BR> The weather this winter, as most of us have experienced here in North America, has been really tough to deal with. There was the Polar Vortex of January that broke briefly in mid-month and then rain poured down for a few days until another deep freeze came along making the roads here pretty dangerous. The road I live on turned into one massive slab of ice making it i... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:35:01 EST The Verdict http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635966 The thing that was keeping me from making up my mind was the question that KALIGIRL asked, "How will you feel if you don't go?" <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> It's a tough question to answer. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> How would I feel if the choir actually won a chance to sing with Celine and I couldn't be there? This is what I immediately thought. "How likely is it that the choir will even get that far?" The answer is "It depends on how many votes we get." And that is dependent on the choir... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:35:23 EST I Can't Seem to Make Up My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635248 So...there's this contest that our choir is involved in. Our choir director directs several choirs and he thought it would be a good idea to put all of the choirs together and enter this competition. There will be about 250 choir members altogether and we will be singing a French song and being video taped for our entry into the competition this Sunday. It's a fundraiser for a non-local children's hospital. Celine Dion (or at least her name) is behind it all. <BR> <BR> The choir who ge... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:14:24 EST More on Good Gut Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635080 And I just saw a Spark article on good gut health this morning too! Imagine that. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1975 </link> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:18:34 EST Probiotics and Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632635 I didn't realize that Lachnospiraceae bacteria in the gut has been linked to obesity. <BR> Interesting... <BR> <BR> "The idea that probiotics can help us lose weight and stay slim is not a new one..." <BR> It may not be new, but I didn't know it. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the very short article: <BR> <link>blog.brendawatson.com/general/more-e<BR>vidence-linking-probiotics-and-weight-<BR>loss/ </link> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:56:15 EST Pottery Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630720 I forgot to tell you that I wrote a new pottery blog. <BR> <BR> <link>blog.lmserafin.com/?p=347 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a groovy weekend, y'all! <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:53:01 EST Loving My Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628192 I love my family. It worries me sometimes when I know they are not keeping their own best interests in mind with their food choices...or at least what appears to be their food choices. My beautiful aunt just re-posted a recipe on Facebook called "Monster Cookie Dough Dip." Yes, it's as bad as it sounds. And read that recipe title again. DIP. Yes, you can use this as a dip. Graham wafers and pretzels were two suggestions, you know just to add MORE carbs to this *ahem* tasty recipe. <B... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:15:04 EST Post Valentine's Dinner Menu Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624786 To start off the afternoon of cooking, I decided on making soup. I had some chicken broth in the fridge so made two kinds of soup - Smokey Tomato Soup (JF's fave!) and Curried Carrot Soup, using up that delicious organic chicken broth that simmered slowly on my stove for three days. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> That was our appetizer and now I have two yummy pots of soup in the fridge that will be there over the weekend and then into the freezer it will go if there is any left. <BR> <BR> This i... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:13:21 EST Valentine's Day Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623820 We are staying in for dinner tonight. This makes us happy!! We love our own cooking and both JF and I are quite good at it. <BR> <BR> Since he gets home rather late I will prepare dinner for both of us. Now, what to make? <BR> <BR> Let's see...I have chicken breasts, salmon and ground turkey in the freezer. <BR> <BR> I have fresh spinach, cauliflower, green beans, turnips, broccoli, potatoes, onions and cabbage in the fridge. <BR> <BR> I have brown rice, quinoa and brown rice pasta in... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:07:41 EST Another Cold Day in Paradise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622712 When I awoke this morning the thermometer outside read -35 C. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I was cold and hungry so I wrapped myself in blanket and shawl and JF started a fire. I made a big pot of organic Lemon Ginger tea and had some granola and Greek yogurt. I spent the morning pouring over marketing notes. I'm studying marketing using some free videos on line as well as getting some business coaching from my sister. <BR> You can read all about it on my pottery blog, if you wish. <BR> ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:27:44 EST While I Have a Snack... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616114 While I have a snack I thought I would make a quick post. <BR> <BR> I rarely post photos of my pottery on this blog because I'm sort of assuming most of you are using Facebook and can see my pottery page there, but if I really think about it, only a handful of my Spark friends are also connected to me thru FB. <BR> <BR> So without further ado, here are a few of the latest pieces of mine...and if you *are* a FB user, feel free to look me up there! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I posted a link... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:16:06 EST Artificial Sweetners - Just Say NO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613945 Here's a short blog on sucralose that you might be interested in reading: <BR> <link>blog.brendawatson.com/general/sucral<BR>ose-is-not-the-harmless-sweetener-its-<BR>made-out-to-be/ </link> <BR> That is all. Very busy this week. First art market of the year is Feb 8. Much to do! <BR> TTFN <BR> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>252</em> <em>26</em> <em>247</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:43:04 EST First World Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611113 This month sort of sucked. When I say that I could slap myself because the truth is that nothing about my life is that difficult when I compare it to the lives of others in war-torn countries, for example. My life is easy compared to those who live in dire poverty and with hunger. <BR> <BR> So what was so difficult about this month? <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> Mostly it was the darkness and the cold, cold weather was tough to endure, but endure we did, and with the help of the wood stove ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:49:42 EST Foam Roller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603599 I saw this article posted by one of my massage therapists: <BR> <BR> <link>www.fluidisometrics.com/blog/block-t<BR>herapy-2/solution-to-cellulite/ </link> <BR> <BR> And it got me thinking about my legs, butt, IT band and wanting to live pain free. <BR> <BR> If you've been following my blogs in the past couple of years you know that I have problems with my back and occasionally it "goes out" on me. To feel better I do yoga almost every day. I've been practicing yoga regularly for a ye... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:22:56 EST Some Habits to Avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601387 KALIGIRL has a <em>250</em> blog today! You should check it out. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=KALIGIRL </link> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:04:37 EST Little Black Cloud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600326 It seems to me that there was a little black cloud hanging over my head last week. I truly wonder now if Mercury *was* in retrograde when things started going awry. <BR> <em>411</em> <BR> Okay, I located an Ephemeris and no, Mercury was not in retrograde. It will be in Feb. from the 6th thru the 27th. According to astrologers, "During a retrograde period, it is not a good idea to push forward any practical venture. It is better to prepare for it rather than doing it and to move ahead... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:16:38 EST Approaching Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590151 Every day since early this week I've re-vamped my page in a different birthday theme. It's my way of celebrating on line. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> I think birthdays are important. I'm not sure exactly why, but maybe it has a bit to do with it being a day people celebrate YOU and wish you well, shower you with love and that day they are thinking about you and want you to know that they care. That's a lovely feeling! <BR> <BR> This whole week I've been planning how I will celebrate by writ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:13:23 EST Plateau Busted! (And I'm an Avocado) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586836 After more than 2 years at around 165 lbs, my plateau has finally been busted. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <BR> I've had this idea I had in my head for the last couple of years that I was going to let my body do what it needed to do without worrying too much about it. Sure, I kept up with my exercise and I kept my calories within range most days. On vacations I would traditionally gain a few pounds going up to 172 lbs, but when I returned home the weight would fall back down to ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:00:34 EST Things to Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580692 As if you don't have enough to do!! <BR> <BR> For those of you who are looking for too many things to try and improve yourself. <BR> <link>blog.myfitnesspal.com/2013/12/101-he<BR>alth-fitness-resolutions-that-rock/ </link> <BR> <BR> For those of you who really are tired of reading about how to improve yourself! <BR> <link>https://medium.com/life-tips/494224e<BR>0f983 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:55:08 EST Frightful and Delightful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579502 Yes, the weather outside is frightful and the fire inside is delightful! Yep, it's -38 C out there right now and we have experienced a long string of extremely cold days this winter. Thankfully we have power, wood, food and a cat. What else do you need? Good books! <BR> <BR> I got a lot of good reading material for Xmas this year, including a vintage copy of Rolling Stone magazine, which at the time was a tabloid sized newspaper and nothing was in colour. It is issue No. 70 and dated No... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:34:05 EST Use What You've Got http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572487 You must use what you've got. <BR> <BR> Talent, brains, heart. Instincts, hunches, feelings. Money, health, friendships. Time, space, stuff. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, Lisa-Marie, why would you need more? <BR> <BR> You rock, <BR> The Universe <BR> <BR> A nice message to come home to, eh? <BR> <BR> Still more celebrations to come, but visiting my folks in Winnipeg was lovely and it was freakin' cold there too, but a dry cold! Seriously. I walked out of the airport and my nose hairs stuc... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:55:52 EST At -40, it's all the same! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566283 Woke up this morning to -37 C. The large numbers are Celsius and the small ones are Fahrenheit. And it's all the same once you hit -40!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1315563686.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Baby, it's cold out there! Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:40:40 EST Snowy Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564792 It's been so very, very cold here lately. Today we get a break from the cold to enjoy more snow. When it snows, the temperatures usually warm up a bit. It snowed a LOT overnight and it's snowing now. I think we have gotten about half a foot of snow in the past 12 hours. <BR> <BR> On Friday, one of the coldest days we've had this year, I loaded the bisque kiln to fire the last of the custom ordered pieces. Just before it was finished firing we had a blackout. It was 3:03 a.m. when the p... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:43:17 EST Prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563636 That blog on prevention I keep teasing you with? Well, here it is. I've tried and tired to write it and found that it just wasn't happening. I sat down for the final time today to give it one more go and this is what I came up with: <BR> <BR> Do you remember that old saying? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. <BR> <em>525</em> <BR> It's one of the many quotes from Benjamin Franklin. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l332736596.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ha... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:57:26 EST Still Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559255 I have one outstanding custom order to fill, so I'm working today and taking tomorrow off. I'm typing with very wrinkly fingers (from my hands being in water all afternoon). The pottery pieces are small so they should dry soon enough for me to have them ready by Xmas. <BR> <BR> This week has been one of weird weather. It was very warm on Tuesday - above freezing - and a lot of snow melted then froze again quickly the next day making the dirt roads as slick as a skating rink. I haven't do... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 17:55:08 EST Didn't Want to Change my Weight Ticker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555844 It's December 3 and as I promised myself, I've weighed in and took my measurements. I really didn't want to change my weight ticker to a higher weight, so because I knew I was officially to weigh in today I have been far more diligent with my diet than in recent times past. It worked! I am back down to 165 pounds and 1 or 2 pounds of muscle that I thought I'd gained was no where to be seen on the scale this morning. I may *have* gained muscle - and over the past 2+ years of being at aroun... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:37:09 EST Lost: One Pound. No Reward Offered for its Return! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552137 I've been watching the scale lately, as in, weighing in almost every day. I'm not obsessed with weighing myself, but I am interested to see how and when my weight shifts, whether it's up or down. <BR> <BR> I'd previously reported in another blog not long ago that I seemed to have gained a couple of pounds and I thought maybe it was muscle. Then I decided that I really needed to better watch my portions, measure more carefully instead of sometimes eyeballing and chop a few calories off each... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:19:29 EST Weekend at The Artisan Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550041 I was well prepared for the market. I'd packed 4 boxes of pottery to show and a good lunch for each day along with everything I would need or want to make myself comfortable. <BR> <BR> The venue is a lovely building called The Library and Archives and it is in the heart of Ottawa, right next to our Nation's Capital Buildings, The Supreme Court of Canada and The Parliament Buildings. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1410084770.jpg"> <BR> Library and Archives -... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:28:21 EST