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/ Morning Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922464 It's been a very long time since we were able to do morning workouts. Getting back into them is simply perfect because then all of my exercise is done before 10 a.m. and I can get on with my day. I long for uninterrupted stretches in the pottery studio, but usually only get them when I can get my workout done in the morning. <BR> <BR> The things that prevent morning workouts are cold weather, ice, winter, and darkness. <BR> <BR> Since I naturally wake up when it gets light out, I am up ... Mon, 4 May 2015 13:19:09 EST Celebrating 13 years with JF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920860 Today is our anniversary! We've been shacking up for 13 years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1063397682.jpg"> <BR> Last July at my cousin's wedding. <BR> <BR> Still in love, still making each other laugh, still committed to making a great life together! <BR> <BR> I'm quite tired from the very full week I have had. I'm thinking a quiet night in will be good and we can then decided what to do to celebrate on the weekend. <BR> <BR> The concert last night w... Fri, 1 May 2015 14:29:40 EST Where's My Cape? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919744 Wow! I've been super busy the past week or so. <BR> <BR> JF arrived home last Saturday morning at 1 a.m. from his business trip to Oklahoma City. Every time I think of Oklahoma I remember a girl with whom I used to be in a band. She had dyslexia and whenever she would sing to the soundtrack (cuz they had the LP at home when she was a little kid) she sang it "Amohalko!! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> JF went straight to bed got up around 9 a.m. and we did some errands in town after breakfast... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:46:33 EST Food Porn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917870 Here's a rather interesting article on food "porn" and what it does to our brains. Check it out here: http://www.msn.com/en-ca/foodanddrink/food<BR>news/what-food-porn-does-to-the-brain/<BR>ar-AAbmqPI?ocid=LENDHP <BR> <BR> And remember to delete the spaces between the letters when copying and pasting into your browser. <BR> <BR> Alternately I will give you the linky dink just in case it works this time. <BR> <BR> <link>www.msn.com/en-ca/foodanddrink/foodn<BR>ews/what-food-porn-does-to-t... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:49:03 EST All By Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916933 JF called me early from work on Wednesday saying he had to take a business trip to Oklahoma City to see some of his company's customers who were having problems integrating software that his company makes. They couldn't resolve issues over the phone so he and their customer service rep, Meagan got on a plane at 6 am Thursday, which meant poor JF got up at 2:50 a.m., left the house at 3 a.m. for the hour long drive to the airport and since going from Canada to the U.S. in "international" he a... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:10:59 EST The "After" Myth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916055 My sister shared this blog post on Facebook today. It's a REALLY good blog. I hope you will take a few minutes to read it. <BR> <link>https://cannebodyhearme.word press.com/2015/04/13/the-after-myth/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think the link won't work because when I use the "add link" button it repeats the https:// so just take one of those https:// out of there. <BR> <BR> Have a spectacular Thursday, everyone! <BR> <BR> Looks like there might be trouble with the link or host so here is t... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:27:26 EST Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915119 It's cool and rainy again today, but the sun is expected to make an appearance around 1 pm. I'm going to wait until then to go for my walk. <BR> <BR> Yesterday as I ventured out for my walk my plans changed abruptly when I discovered a tree had fallen across the road. The tree is being propped up by others trees on the other side of the road, so it's not preventing us from using the road, but I first had to cut away all of the branches from the tree trunk, so the car and truck could pass... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:00:17 EST It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914497 The snow has melted off the garden, but parts of the garden are still a bit frozen. Green nubs of daffodils, tulips and lilies are poking through the ground. Perennials are sprouting. Today it's raining. Rain is predicted for much of this week so that will take care of the rest of the snow and the ice on the lake...we hope! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I raked the leaves off of the garden in front of the house and a small bit of my border garden also got raked. Now I have 4 gigantic piles of d... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:49:26 EST Things That Make You Go "Hmmmm..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913698 More sugar in vitamin water than in HOW MANY doughnuts?! <BR> <em>40</em> <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.motherjones.com/environment/2013<BR>/09/9-surprising-foods-have-more-sugar<BR>-krispy-kreme-donut </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not advocating the eating of doughnuts, but the article gives me a good idea that some things we think are "healthy" to "not too bad" really aren't. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:33:10 EST Stop and Smell the Roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913001 Apparently if you do, it will reduce anxiety. I knew that lavender relaxes the entire nervous system, and that orange energizes, but didn't know *why* until now. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sharecare.com/health/stress-redu<BR>ction/article/the-scent-that-soothes-s<BR>tress?eid=1010728749&memberid=25438243<BR>&_sid=9287ba90-2e90-492c-85ab-5af74158<BR>f85d&#cmpid=sceml00 </link> <BR> <BR> Celebrate the weekend with some lovely scents to help relax yourself. <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:30:59 EST Farmer's Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911925 Some of us are lucky enough to live near a Farmer's Market. I adore getting my veggies from Giselle's garden and hopefully I will be able to buy in again this year. <BR> <BR> Wherever you are, it is my wish for you that you have access to fresh, local, and hopefully, organic produce and meat. <BR> <BR> Here's an informative article on the best foods to buy at markets. <BR> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/food/best-foods-b<BR>uy-farmers-markets?cid=socFO_20150415_<BR>43860526&adbid=10153... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:37:36 EST Your Liver on Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910877 Another article on the dangers of sugar. <BR> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/health/how-sugar-<BR>damages-your-liver?cid=socHE_20150413_<BR>43745336&adbid=10153178151691469&adbpl<BR>=fb&adbpr=87494991468 </link> <BR> <BR> Eat your veggies, kids! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:04:31 EST "Trying is lying." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910444 Love what I read this morning in this Spark article. <BR> <BR> Q. What's your favorite motivating quote or mantra? <BR> <BR> A. I always say, ''Trying is lying.'' You either commit to doing something, or you don’t. You don’t try to go to work every day--you do it. Make a solid commitment to what you say you want and just do it! Don’t try to be healthier. Just make small steps every day to live a healthier lifestyle, and it will become a reality. <BR> <BR> Have you seen it? <BR> ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:21:12 EST Feeling Pleased http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910214 This from Dan King, event organizer for Carnaball: <BR> <BR> "Awesome work from you last night! ...your tent and display was so cool! I know you had no obligation to stay as late as you did, and it was so appreciated that you did. You were the talk of the event!" <BR> <BR> I think more Tarot card reading gigs are in my future! <BR> <em>211</em> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:35:38 EST Give A Little Bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909304 Ages ago, when I was in the heyday of my career as a rock star, I attended business conferences for musicians and also a lot of songwriting workshops in Canada and Nashville. I had an odd idea one day - I wanted to teach songwriting to convicts. <em>40</em> Yeah, I wanted go to the penitentiary and hang out with scary people, but try to give of myself by offering to teach them how to write songs. Music therapy. Song writing is very cathartic. <BR> <BR> I don't know where that idea ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:25:15 EST The Awesome DDOORN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907131 The awesome Don put this in his feed this morning: "Your Brain On Sugar" <BR> <link>go.shr.lc/1DbPQRn </link> <BR> I read it and I think it's a great article with information that you need. Education is the shiz! <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:40:27 EST And BOOM! Those extra pounds are gone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906758 Woke up this morning and caught a glimpse of my naked torso in the mirror and admired the curve of my waist and noticed my abs had a little definition. I thought I would weigh in to see if the scale moved down and BOOM! I'm back at 161 lbs. I feel happy and I also feel more confident than I possibly ever have in my life. <BR> <em>334</em> I feel confident that I can tell when I am over eating. <BR> <em>521</em> I feel confident that I can get back on track when my jeans start to g... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 23:39:42 EST Old MacDonald Had a Farm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905411 This morning I had a business meeting at a local farm that produces beef. They're also doing a bit of baking like pot pies and fruit pies and they buy pork, cheese, sausages, eggs and dairy from other nearby farms and sell them in their retail outlet. The store isn't large, but they do have customers! <BR> <BR> Since they're nearby and I did a producers "gig" with them a couple of years ago, I thought I would cold call them yesterday and I got a meeting for this morning! I was kind of sho... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 15:41:49 EST Brilliant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903946 I used to subscribe to Prevention magazine ages ago, and now in this world of online info, I've rediscovered Prevention. Some articles I've seen recently are great and some are just okay, but this workout is pretty darned interesting. I've got to try it. <BR> <BR> "The newest way to shape up your belly, butt, and thighs without stressing your joints: Flip your workout upside down!" <BR> <BR> "The perfect complement to weight-bearing exercises such as walking, inverted moves use gravity ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 01:46:33 EST Yoga is the Shiz! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903457 Yoga can calm you down or fire you up. Here are some poses for both! <BR> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/fitness/calming-a<BR>nd-energizing-yoga-poses/relax </link> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:07:51 EST Are you getting enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902866 Vitamin D! <BR> I was surprised by the many benefits of vitamin D. It's an inexpensive vitamin to buy so if you aren't getting any, think about that sunshine in a bottle! <BR> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/health/health-con<BR>cerns/vitamin-d-deficient?cid=socHE_20<BR>150331_42963966&adbid=1015314691610146<BR>9&adbpl=fb&adbpr=87494991468 </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:19:22 EST Herbcrafting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901653 I've always been interested in herbs for healing. Lately I have rekindled my interested when I stumbled upon Susun Weed on Facebook. Every time I read a post I think to myself, "I've seen that weed in my yard / by the roadside / in the woods. <BR> <BR> I feel so disconnected with the earth right now because it's still very cold here and we have a lot of snow with more coming tonight! The combination of this prolonged winter and the cold has my cabin fever running pretty hot. LOL! <BR> ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:38:25 EST Three Minutes Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900704 <em>224</em> I'm 3 minutes away from 1500 fitness minutes this month. <BR> <em>2</em> I haven't burned as many calories as I would have like to this week because I fell on my butt on the ice on Tuesday and on Wednesday I felt as if I had been in a car wreck. Yesterday I was not fully recovered from the fall, but better. Yoga helped a lot! <BR> <em>40</em> I've been wearing shoes that are a little too narrow for me and I've developed a corn on my toe and it hurts like hell! I ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:02:16 EST Spring Equinox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896655 Happy spring! Finally it has arrived. I went for an hour long walk today after we returned from town and the dealership where we bought our BRAND NEW CAR! ANd TRUCK! Wow! The old smashed up Honda was a trade in and is out of our hair. The cranky old Yukon is being sold for scrap tomorrow. $150.00. Both JF and I couldn't be happier. It's such a pleasure to drive a vehicle that...well, works! <BR> <BR> I drove the Fiesta home and he took the truck. The truck is very big and white a... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:26:24 EST Ford Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895271 For about four years JF has been looking at new and new-ish 2nd hand trucks. My Jeep was starting to rust out and we thought we'd need something better in a year or so. In the meantime we had the crack in the frame welded and we were assured to get 2 - 3 more years out of the vehicle. <BR> <BR> Three years ago we bought a camper and we towed it the first summer to Niagara Fall, NY to celebrate 10 years together. We went stateside specifically to see my pal and guitar player, Laurie (Lawre... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:16:52 EST Happy About This Food Trend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893396 Veggies as a main is a food trend I'm happy to hear about! I don't think we eat enough veg. I try to eat as much as I can. Veggies are almost "free food!" They are high is vitamins and minerals and fiber, yet they are very low in carbs, cals and have almost no fat at all. I just finished my lunch which was mostly vegetables and a teeny bit of protein - 50 g of red meat. I eat red meat about once a month and when I do I can only handle 50 g, which is just under 2 oz. In case you're wond... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:51:08 EST 20 Unbelievable Reasons To Start Your Day With Water and Lemon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892848 Check it out, y'all. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> <link>complete-health-and-happiness.com/20<BR>-reasons-drink-lemon-water-morning/ </link> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:51:39 EST Lazy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890037 The Dancers' Bazaar was held yesterday and I read Tarot Cards at the event, as usual. I meant to get a photo in front of my Tarot Tent, but I am just soooo not the type to photo document myself. I love taking photos of landscapes and cool stuff, like the vintage motel signs of Vegas, and flowers! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1643519127.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The readings I gave at the bazaar went well. I made three people either cry or tear up - a sign that I wa... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 18:39:54 EST Paying for Fast Food Twice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886242 Well, this is interesting! <BR> <BR> Part 1 <BR> TTIP - How We're Lied To About Food: Russell Brand The Trews (E179) <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdp6IAed<BR>WKo <BR> <BR> Part 2 <BR> How You're Paying Twice For Your Big Mac: Russell Brand The Trews (E180) <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbOb0kpY<BR>UTo <BR> <BR> For some reason the links are not working, so I removed them. Now you can copy and paste the URL into your browser and then you can watch them. <BR> <BR> Perhaps t... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:26:03 EST A Few Forgotten Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885655 Here are a few more pics from Valentine's Day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1916976522.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bendable, poseable Jesus of Nazareth and Mary, mother of Jesus. At the world's largest gift shop in Las Vegas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1517947421.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All things bacon! Bacon toothpicks, bacon tape and my fave Slicey the Pig dashboard wiggler! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:15:15 EST Our Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883461 Our Valentine's Day this year was spent in Vegas. Being in Vegas made it seem very unlike Valentine's Day. I've never had a V-Day that wasn't snowy and somewhat cold. I did not even greet my lover that morning with "Happy Valentine's Day Honey," because I just plain forgot! It wasn't until he said, "What do you want to do today? It's Valentine's Day so we can do anything you like." Oops! <BR> <BR> By this time we had been in Vegas for 36 hours and I'd seen a million billboards and ads ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:16:32 EST Last Friday in Nevada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879449 Last Friday we woke up in Las Vegas Nevada for a family vacation (12 of us) to celebrate my MIL's 75th birthday (March) my FIL's 80th birthday (July) and also his retirement, which he took last summer. My FIL is a medical doctor and research scientist in the field of lipids and fats. He retired and took up gardening, a long time passion of his. <BR> <BR> While the rest of the family were traveling to Las Vegas on that day we took Friday to get out of Vegas and go see the desert. A friend ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:27:49 EST Just a Wee Peek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878832 Hello Sparkling friends! <BR> It's true, I have a cold, but am feeling much better today. Mostly I have been extremely tried and that could have been jet lag and cramming many, many activities into our 5 days in Vegas. <BR> I have to go get groceries so I just wanted to drop in and give you a peek into our vacation with a short blog. <BR> We left on Wednesday night and slept over at my MIL & FIL's place so we could catch our 7 am flight to Vegas from Montreal. We had to get up at 4 a.m. t... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:38:27 EST First for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873312 This is a first for me - going away somewhere warm this winter! We are off to Las Vegas for the weekend! We're making it a long weekend too! The whole family is going (12 of us) and we're celebrating my MIL's 75th birthday (March) my FIL's 80th birthday (July) and my FIL's retirement too! He's a research scientist and medical doctor. His field of research was in fats and lipids. He shut his lab down this past summer and took up gardening! <BR> <BR> Anyway, my BIL and SIL thought up t... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:05:02 EST Pottery Blog Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872489 Here's a new pottery blog on time management. <BR> <link>blog.lmserafin.com/?p=441 </link> <BR> <BR> Older blogs you might be interested in: <BR> This one is about those blue spiral pots that I make. <BR> <link>blog.lmserafin.com/?p=428 </link> <BR> <BR> My thoughts at the beginning of the year. <BR> <link>blog.lmserafin.com/?p=407 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a groovy week everyone! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:40:31 EST Last July - My Cousin's Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869722 Here are some more photos that I recently downloaded from my phone. <BR> <BR> While in Winnipeg last summer for my cousin's wedding I went for a walk every day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1080540593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me in my new work out attire courtesy of my fab sister, Canuck_Cougar. I get the best hand-me-downs from my sis! <em>26</em> <BR> Important to note as they figure in the story later - the lilies in the cup in front of me. <BR> <BR> BTW... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 23:22:35 EST Imbolc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867938 Imbolc, pronounced EE-molc, means "in milk," as in ewes starting to lactate. This from <link>www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_<BR>of_the_year/imbolc.asp </link> <BR> <BR> "This holiday is also known as Candlemas, or Brigid's (pronounced BREED) Day. One of the 4 Celtic Fire Festivals. Commemorates the changing of the Goddess from the Crone to the Maiden. Celebrates the first signs of Spring. Also called "Imbolc" (the old Celtic name). <BR> This is the seasonal change where the first si... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 13:44:32 EST The Coldest Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864409 The coldest days are hard. I'm not motivated to exercise at all, even indoors, when it's -35 C outside. I'm just plain cold right to the bone and the only thing I'm motivated to do is wrap up in a blanket, sit by the fire and eat carbs. Oh dear! I know! Well, I will weigh in on Feb 1 so we'll see what that behaviour has garnered, but honestly I am listening to my body! I thought I'd give it a try and see what happens. <BR> <BR> Also I must note that JF and I have both been sick since... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:38:30 EST Dreaming of Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860272 It's not a dream! These are photos from the summer of 2014. <BR> I hope the photos of my flowers cheer you up if you're feeling a little blue and warm you up if you're in the grips of a deep freeze like I am. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1597357465.jpg"> <BR> This one is actually from 2013. It's a pink lily that did not show itself in 2014, probably due to <BR> a.) a deer eating it <BR> b.) cross pollination which made it turn a different colour <BR> <BR... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:26:28 EST I've Got Blistahs on My Fingahs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858576 <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> And the winner is.............. <BR> <BR> TWILAQ1 <BR> <BR> From Wikipedia: <BR> "Helter Skelter" is a song written by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon–McCartney, and recorded by the Beatles on their eponymous LP The Beatles, better known as The White Album. A product of McCartney's deliberate effort to create a sound as loud and dirty as possible, the ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:28:42 EST Too Good To Be True? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857786 For months I've been hearing about how drinking the juice of a half lemon every morning makes your body more alkaline. I wondered how on earth drinking the juice from an acidic fruit could possibly do this and guess what? It's too good to be true. <BR> <BR> In my wondering I tried to find time to research this tidbit that I (of course!) picked up via Facebook, and finally today I had a few minutes after breakfast to read up on how untrue this claim is. <BR> <BR> Here is one article I read... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:22:36 EST The Tips of My Fingers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857555 “I've got blisahs on mah fingahs!” Okay, pop culture quiz! Who said it and where can one hear this line? <BR> <BR> I say this every time my fingertips hurt from playing my guitar. I'm rusty. My callouses have gone soft! And now I have to start almost from scratch to get them back. <BR> <BR> And speaking of starting from scratch, I wrote the original blog (The Tips of My Fingers) around midnight on January 13, the very first moments of my birthday. As I was correcting a typo, my fing... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:49:14 EST Woah! That Felt Like a Close Call. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854432 In short: I was out snow shoeing on the lake. I hit some deep snow that quickly turned into heavy slush under my snow shoes and I started breaking through. I rapidly picked up the pace but I couldn't have run because the snow and slush was deep and I just had to concentrate on moving FAST and not panicking...although I was saying "oh, Fu@&, oh, Fu@&, oh, Fu@&" repeatedly. Yes, I swear like a sailor. It's part of my charm. I have no idea how close I came to actually going through the ic... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:35:03 EST Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852588 I used to post a lot more photos here and I've somehow gotten away from that. Partly it was the "new laptop" thing and partly it was because of the slow internet connection. So now that we seem to have a decent connection and I figured out a way to copy my photos that I post from my phone to facebook to my computer, I can post piccies!! <BR> <BR> Here are a few faves from the fall. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461245518.jpg"> <BR> The bog at the forest res... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:46:43 EST Another Kind of Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849552 Both JF and I felt it coming on yesterday. We caught a cold and I'm starting to cough. I also have DOMS from a tough abdominal workout yesterday so I really feel my abs when I cough. Ouch. Because, Jillian. <BR> It was -35 C this morning at 7:00. I have no idea what the windchill was. Five hours later it has "warmed up" to -23. That's pretty amazing if you think about it. This cold (outside and the one in my chest) is a great excuse to sit in front of the fire under a wool blanket, bu... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:59:15 EST Distracted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846880 I was in the studio photographing goblets and I decided to call my parents. My mom will be 80 in August and my dad is turning 82 in May. They still live in the home they bought as newlyweds in 1955. My mom has had the flu for a week now and I decided to call to see how she's doing. Mom is a type 2 diabetic and a couple of years ago she had a small stroke that didn't do a lot of damage. She mixed up a few words here and there after the stroke, but other than that, she seems okay. My poor ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:36:21 EST Hi-ho, hi-ho! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845541 It's back to work I go, tomorrow. Yep. It's my last day of vacation and the house is a dreadful mess. I did laundry yesterday and cleaned all the bedding. I was going to make a Mexican feast for dinner but around 4 pm I lost the urge to make tortillas from scratch as well as refried beans, salsa, sauteed veggies and spicy ground turkey. Nope. That just didn't happen. Instead I broiled turkey burgers and made steamed broccoli and there were leftover potatoes in the fridge. That was all... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:17:54 EST Year End Stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842027 I finished off this year with 20,084 fitness minutes. When I started here on Spark my goal was to complete 2,160 in a year. That is an improvement of 930% over 6.5 years! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I weighed in at the top of 2014 at 165 lbs. In August of 2014 I broke my 3 year plateau and lost a few more pounds. I weighed in yesterday at 161 lbs! I'm happy with that. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Come February 2015 I will be 2 years sugar free! My yeast beast is not completely gone yet,... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:27:26 EST Quick Health Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841568 All tests came back negative. I'm in perfect health! Yay!! I wasn't too worried but at the same time, one never knows which is why we see our doctors. <BR> <BR> I made two different kinds of soup yesterday - Smokey Tomato and Chicken Rice. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> I also made chicken stir fry for dinner and I added some mysterious Indian spices I found in small tins inside a lovely red box in the spice cabinet. They were a gift from Val to her Dad many Xmases ago. He loves getting thi... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:08:30 EST The Rest of the Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840518 I am having "the rest of the year." My vacation isn't one that I'm taking away from home, it's an at-home vacation during which I am resting, relaxing and taking a much needed break away from work. It really is the biggest rest I've had all year and I think I will repeat it next year too. <BR> <BR> I'm self-employed as an artist (as many of you already know) and so working pretty much all of the time, as well as weekends during spring and late fall when all of the art and craft shows are h... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:17:17 EST