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/ Bad Holiday Movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837897 Oh dear! I have watched some super cheesy and just plain bad holiday movies in my time. This year I decided to revisit some of them just for fun...or torture! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Here are three reviews to help you navigate through the bad holiday flicks. <BR> <BR> Jingle All the Way - Arnold Schwarzenegger. Work-a-holic Dad (Schwarzenegger) keeps screwing up. His kid feels rejected and his wife is disappointed. The kid's favorite TV hero, Turboman is now being sold as a doll. D... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:57:09 EST A Winter Solstice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836827 Happy Winter Solstice to all in the Northern Hemisphere and Happy Summer Solstice to those in the Southern Hemisphere! I know I am a day late with my wishes. I started this blog Sunday morning but I also had guests for Winter Solstice brunch so had to drop the blog and make pancakes. <BR> <BR> For me the Winter Solstice is really about welcoming back the Sun. Welcoming back the hope of spring, the Oak King and Sun as King! NOT to be confused with Louis XIV - the Sun King. No, no, no. ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:02:31 EST Favorite Holiday Movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834860 My top 3 are: <BR> Love Actually <BR> Home Alone <BR> It's a Wonderful Life <BR> <BR> What are your top 3? <BR> <em>272</em> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:42:45 EST Celebrating the Winter Solstice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831468 The winter solstice is on Dec. 21 this year. It is the shortest day of the year. The days grow longer after that until the summer solstice. The winter solstice is the day I celebrate the return of the sun! It's a joyous time that usually comes and goes without celebration of any kind, but this year I have some breathing room and the plans are starting to come together in my head. <BR> <BR> So far I have plans to take a winter vacation (at home) that will start of the eve of Dec 19. and r... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:24:15 EST Late Night with The Choir Ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828094 We had an invitation go to Thurso, a nearby town, to perform at a seniors' residence. There were about 12 people living there. The choir outnumbered the residents! <BR> <BR> Daniel's keyboard was this puny thing he uses for traveling and I believe that it is...dundundundunnnnn!! <BR> Exhibit A in the disaster of last night's performance. <BR> <BR> Yes, dear Spark friends, we sucked. Not every song, mind you, just...half of them. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> My theory: The small keyboard... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:41:17 EST Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826892 I had planned the shopping trip on the weekend and executed the plan yesterday on my way to get a massage, so I wasn't exactly rewarding myself for the 100 lbs gone, but as it turned out it was a nice reward! LOL! <BR> <BR> I've been in need of new pyjamas for a long time and found some! Yay! My old ones are worn right through. Holes everywhere! I need jeans that don't bag in the butt and I found a pair of skinny legged jeans that are gray and a nice gray and navy blue top to match. Th... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 10:01:56 EST A Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826218 I've hit a milestone in my weight loss. After being on a plateau for more than 3 years then losing a couple of pounds towards the end of summer, I hopped on the scale today to see that I've lost another 3 lbs! I weigh in on the 1st of each month (or in this case on the 2nd cuz I forgot yesterday) and today while I was putting on my jeans, I was noticing that they seemed awfully large around the waist. Then I took them off and got on the scale. I looked down and expected to see another pou... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 07:01:32 EST Super Duper Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825733 The only thing that sucked about this weekend was that I didn't get to work out at all. <BR> <BR> I put so much energy into these shows that it drains me completely. I was so knackered on Saturday night it was unbelievable. I was falling asleep on the couch at 9 pm. I went to bed shortly afterwards and my sweetie had to wake me up Sunday morning for another day of work at the art show. Good thing he did! I would have been late otherwise. <BR> <BR> It was a really good show for me, in f... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:45:24 EST I Wish I Had a Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824243 I wish I had a photo of our choir to post here today. We looked fabulous, dahlings! The theme was black and silver. Everyone came wearing something that was amazing, sparkly, glittery or shiny. If there were choir awards we would have won this year for best dressed choir. <BR> <BR> The dress Donna loaned me fit really well and even though I wanted to buy new shoes (and did look and then wondered why everything I saw in the shoe shops looked like only a hooker would wear it) my old black ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:44:02 EST While You Nosh on Turkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823763 While you enjoy your Thanksgiving Day, noshing on a turkey leg or having a dollop of sweet potato pie, I'll be on stage with my choir gals. Our annual Xmas concert is on tonight! I have a solo again this year as do two other members. People are stepping into the limelight. :-) <BR> <BR> This year the colours are black and silver. Donna loaned me a full length black gown with silver threads running through it and bead work on the top. I'm sewing a silver/gray shawl to go along with it. ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:00:33 EST An Old Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822837 You know, the message hasn't changed in decades. It's amazing how we forget. <BR> <BR> Be happy. :-) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5H0HBGTMzo </link> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:23:06 EST To Eat or NOT to Eat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822333 We used to buy this cereal. Thankfully we stopped! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> http://earthweareone.com/exposing-kashi-<BR>cereal-for-the-poison-that-it-is/ <BR> <BR> I'm glad I bake my own granola! <BR> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:51:54 EST Things I'm Practising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820001 <em>521</em> Walking with my head up and shoulders back. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Letting go. (Thinking of having "Let Go" tattooed on my left forearm.) <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Listening to my body...I mean, really listening! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Good dental hygiene <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Singing <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Being on time <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:51:28 EST Toying With The Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819442 I was thinking that I should delete the blog I wrote yesterday. It seems that my venting never changes anything...but suddenly I realize that it does. It makes me take a good look at myself and my situation and can be the start of real change. Blogging is like a pressure valve being released too. I let off some steam when I write. <BR> <BR> Life gets ugly and I share a little too much perhaps, but truthfully that blog I wrote yesterday was exactly how I felt, even if it was TMI. <BR> <B... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:26:06 EST Ouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819055 Driving 13 hours in blowing snow does not make for a relaxed me. I drove for about 9 hours yesterday and gripping the steering wheel for that long made both of my arms super sore, like I'd been doing a weights workout with just my forearms. <BR> <BR> Thankfully JF's sis and fam are moving to CA in mid-2015 and we'll never have to make that 13 hour trek again. <BR> <BR> The weekend was good, but I was/am still recovering from gum surgery. I had some internal (localized) bleeding so got s... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:56:48 EST 9 Things You Don't Want! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814982 An interesting article for you to read: <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15319/9-ingr<BR>edients-you-dont-want-anywhere-near-yo<BR>ur-mouth.html </link> <BR> <BR> Another thing you don't want is to have gum surgery. I had my 2nd one today and am done for now, but I have a feeling I'll have another one in the near future. How did it come to this? Generally I think that it's the snowball effect. It starts when you are young and have a bad diet. You don't know it's bad because everyo... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:44:01 EST Mid-November Already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814251 In four days it will already be mid-month! Where has the time gone? I've been spending it wisely on exercise, cooking fabulous foods (Pumpkin Stew with chicken thighs, homemade soup, homemade yogurt) getting some sewing projects and mending done and of course, working in the pottery. <BR> <BR> This weekend I was in a craft sale. I've been in this sale a few times before and rarely have I even made my table fee back, which is really lame, but it's local and I keep thinking it will pay off.... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:53:44 EST Sometimes It Takes a Lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809929 Sometimes it takes a lot for me to come to a realization about a thing. Like this "working" thing. I'm a self-employed artist and I work hard at it, but often I don't realize how hard until something happens. For example, about a month ago I was really on my last bit of energy working hard to have a successful Fall Open House at the pottery. I had a very good turn out and was happy with my sales, but I really, really needed that week off that I took in mid-October. I needed it so badly b... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:03:38 EST Cave Woman Instincts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806608 My inner cave woman is telling me to eat. Eat fat. Butter, cheese...and carbs. It's nearly the end of October and usually my cave woman comes out in September, so for that I'm grateful. <BR> I've been giving in slightly to what my body is craving, for example I bought some smoked Gouda last week and have had a few slices. The Quick Rye Bread that I made for Thanksgiving came out of the freezer yesterday and I ate a couple of thin slices with a little butter along side my Potato, Kale and ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:34:38 EST Shocking News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802787 There has been a possible terrorist attack on the city of Ottawa. <BR> <BR> It just breaks my heart that humanity is so inhumane towards man...towards all life. <BR> <BR> <link>ottawacitizen.com/news/national/sold<BR>ier-shot-at-war-memorial-in-ottawa </link> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:03:10 EST The Dread Has Set In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800838 It's been a great vacation and it isn't over yet, but the dread of going back to work set in this morning. <BR> <BR> I honestly don't think I am ready to go back to work on Tuesday, yet I have to get back to it regardless. There is no time for extra time off right now. If I look beyond the beginning of December though I can see a bright shining beacon of hope in that there will be more time for me to rest after that last craft show on Dec. 6, unless I have orders to fill for Xmas. Hopeful... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:14:54 EST This is the Sound... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797546 This is the sound of a woman who will be on (and NEEDS a vacation) very soon. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>185</em> YIPPEEE!!!!!! <em>224</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> The pottery open house was great. Not too many customers today but I had a big sale first thing. I'm pleased! I have interest from new customers, a few custom orders and new projects on horizon. <BR> <BR> The past few months have utterly and completely exhausted me. I have put myself on vacation as of 6pm tonig... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:35:02 EST Oh, I Make Myself LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795572 <em>27</em> I forget what an important role humidity plays in every step in the completion of my work. <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> I forget how long certain tasks take. <BR> <BR> <em>531</em> I forgot where I put my cape! <BR> <BR> After lunch today I wrote a blog in which I stated this: <BR> "...so I'm going to sand the pottery that came out of the kiln this morning then wash it . While it dries I'm going to go for a walk. Then I will wax the foot rings of the pots that need to be wa... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:21:34 EST Crossing Off The Tasks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795298 I started the day off with a nice hot shower and a good breakfast of homemade granola while I looked over my list. <BR> <BR> The tasks on my TO DO list are getting crossed off. Some new ones were added yesterday, like cleaning out copious amounts of mouse poop from my linen drawers and laundering all of my table cloths and place mats. The garbage can needed a good cleaning too so I did that after washing the drawers of the kitchen hutch. The kitchen was vacuumed, the pictures over the man... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:38:18 EST Scattered Like Leaves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794623 Tim, a friend of SparkPeople, says: Taking two steps forward and one step back is still progress! <BR> <BR> LM says: BUT if you took the step backwards while facing backwards then it would be a step forward!! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> My brain is scattered. I got a cold last week (thank you JF for that passionate kiss THEN telling me you feel a cold coming on! DOH!) and as a result I went from feeling "meh" on Wednesday to feeling headachey all day and evening Thursday, right thru choir p... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:49:45 EST The Excruciating Wait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787316 That might be a bit of a dramatic title, but it is kind of excruciating to want to get my photos in order. <BR> My Wish List: <BR> <em>388</em> Make photo calendars for Xmas. One for each subject - pollinators on the flowers in my garden, my pottery, a collection of photos of my nieces throughout the years that my BIL and SIL have likely never seen. That last one is something that can be put off until next year. <BR> <em>388</em> Post that damn blog already! Part 3 is way overdue..... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:39:29 EST Adventures in Yogurt Making http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784011 Sooooooo, yeah...I decided to try making my own Greek yogurt because it costs $5 for a 500 gram container. I eat a LOT of yogurt. I have about 120 g for breakfast and sometimes another 100 g or so for a snack later in the day, so a container lasts about 2 days or a little more. That comes to about $15 a week in yogurt alone. Plus I have plastic containers galore. Sure they're recyclable, but really, why not get some plastic out of my life and some homemade organic yogurt into my stomach?... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:08:06 EST Whatcha Readin'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781277 This summer I read all 5 books in the Game of Thrones series, which is actually called "A Song of Fire and Ice"...I think. I'm too lazy to get up and go look at the boxed set my friend loaned to me. I really enjoyed the books and tore through all 5 (4 in the boxed set and one recently released) whenever I sat down to a meal or before bed. <BR> <BR> I know I'm breaking some kind of "food" rule by eating and reading and surely some kind of "good sleep" rule by making my bedroom a library, ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:41:23 EST A Crock of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780372 I've been thinking about using my crock pot again. I think I've used it three times and really, I just didn't see the point. Now I need to free up time from cooking. Throwing a bunch of stuff into a crock pot and turning it on then having it ready to eat for dinner really, really appeals to me. <BR> <BR> Come up to my kitchen and show me your best recipes. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> Any tips welcome. <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> I tried and I tried but I can't save a cent <BR> I'm up after ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:20 EST Ethical Spending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778530 At some point in the past few years JF started getting interested in Buddhism. This rubbed off on me. In many ways Buddhism can be considered a religion and it can also be looked at just as a set of rules for good conduct, much in the same way the teachings of Jesus can be looked at as rules for good conduct. <BR> <BR> Buddhism is different in that it focuses on how we create our own suffering by thinking the way we do. The rules of conduct aren't really “rules,” but rather they are keen ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:50:48 EST Well, I Never! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776838 I never say, “Wow, I really regret having done yoga this morning.” <BR> <BR> I never say, “Gosh, that walk in the forest was such a bummer.” <BR> <BR> I never say, “Man, that swim was total crap!” <BR> <BR> I have said, “Wow, I really regret having eaten the Truck Stop Dude Mega Greasy breakfast special this morning.” <BR> <BR> I have said, “Gosh, that extra slice of cake I ate was not a good idea. What a bummer.” <BR> <BR> I have said, “Man, that fast food I just ate was total crap!” <... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:31:45 EST Experiement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774188 Just for today I thought I would update my status every time my activity changed, or when I was about to do or had done a bunch of stuff. It was interesting to say the least. It made me really see how much I do in a day - all of it important stuff - like laundry. Don't tell me clean undies aren't important. ;-) <BR> Well, my Pookie just walked thru the door and it's 8 pm so time to eat dinner. I still have a bit of work to do after that, but it'll take me just a few minutes. HA! I hope... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:04:21 EST What's on Your Plate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772414 Whenever I go to a restaurant I am always super disappointed to see so few veggies on my plate. Since I rarely eat fruit (it's a Candida thing) getting in 5-10 veggies every day is really challenging, so thank goodness I don't have to rely on restaurant fare to get those veggies in because that would be a total FAIL, but it crossed my mind because this weekend away in Quebec City it was the same thing - not enough veg on my plate to suit me. <BR> <BR> When I first started concentrating on... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 07:30:29 EST Ripples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767178 My thought as I was swimming in the cold, clear waters of Lac la Blanche yesterday: <BR> <BR> With every stroke I make ripples are sent out from my body as it moves through the water, which is kind of like the energy that I can send out into the world. Everything can be affected by those ripples. Maybe the seagulls on the rocks will have their feet covered by a very small wave that I created by swimming. Maybe someone will be inspired to do something active today because they saw me swimm... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:23:32 EST Thought For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766720 My thought as I looked at myself in the mirror today: <BR> I've spent about 30 years of my life not liking what I saw in the mirror, and all because I believed what others said about me. <BR> <BR> They sat in judgement of my weight, bullied me for my girth and shamed me for eating. <BR> <BR> Trying to unbelieve all of those hurtful things is really hard, but I realized today that I really do like what I see in the mirror and always have. It was the damned photographs that I hated!! <BR> ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:18:42 EST Preface to Part 3 or An Ode to Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765238 *Note - this was written on Aug 21. It took more than 24 hours before I could upload this blog because I had no internet connection. Life is tough, people! LOL! <BR> <BR> It's been a very work-oriented summer. I feel as if I've been working for all of it, as in “no days off.” Of course that isn't true. I had a week with my niece and a few days in Winnipeg and then we were in Montreal in early August for a few days. But a few days here and a few days there isn't the same as a 2 week va... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:35:37 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754664 This week and last has been very busy. I'm working on pottery orders due on Sept 6. JF is doing renovations on the weekends. <BR> <BR> We took a short break from Monday until today for a short trip to Montreal to see his family as his sister happened to be in town from the States. <BR> <BR> Last Friday JF's grandfather passed away. He was 98 and would have been 99 on Dec 1, 2014. Grandma is still alive. She turned 99 in May. She can't remember anything except most of her children's ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:58:11 EST 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