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/ The Haps - Blog #998 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483685 I am just 2 blog posts away from 1,000. Woah! <BR> <BR> Oh, the weather! It has been a hot topic for weeks! It seems that April is refusing to act like April all across the prairies, Ontario and Quebec as well as the eastern provinces of Canada, and to the south of the border too. Now I'm reading that even British Columbia is getting some late season snow. Almost everywhere the weather seems unseasonable. <BR> <BR> The Weather Network reports: <BR> "The interior sections of Alaska are... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:51:24 EST Food as Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479965 I received an email this morning from MindBodyGreen about an event that might interest you too. <BR> <BR> Here are the highlights: <BR> Dr. Mark Hyman believes that ‘chronic lifestyle diseases’ -- the accumulated effects of poor diet and lack of exercise – account for about 80 percent of doctor visits and $1.3 trillion in annual healthcare costs. <BR> Soooo.... <BR> We at MindBodyGreen want to create a revolution in the health and wellness space—one that will educate the world about the most... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 10:48:15 EST Playing in the Mud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476541 Playing in the garden is better for us than we may realize! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/gar<BR>den-how-to/soil-fertilizers/antidepres<BR>sant-microbes-soil.htm </link> <BR> <BR> I can hardly wait to get into my garden. Only 3 more feet of snow needs to melt. <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 27 Mar 2018 23:16:02 EST Cold March Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473867 The temps dropped last week and we have been experiencing many cold days all strung together. But it's March so by late afternoon we reach more seasonable temperatures. It's shocking to wake up and see that by the thermometer outside it is -20 C especially after having such a mild precursor to this cold snap. <BR> <BR> Snow has come too. On my feed I'm sure you saw that it snowed and snowed here over the past couple of weeks. There was a 3 day stretch of non-stop snow and then I got jelly ... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:24:39 EST Your Spark Name in Emoticons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469669 I just had a moment of creativity on TEENYBIKINI's page. I signed my post: <BR> <em>32</em> <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Try to make your Spark name in emoticons! Tue, 6 Mar 2018 17:49:06 EST More on Grounding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469034 When I did the 10 day sleep and stress workshop back in August of 2017, I started grounding myself every morning by walking in the yard with bare feet, and taking in the morning sun. I rolled up my jeans and while sipping my first cup of tea I stood in the lake facing east and just enjoyed the morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17488104-ee08-4663-b2f6-5b503e79bf29.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found that I could focus much better when I grounded myself each day. <BR> ... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 23:41:40 EST Best Remedy for a Restless Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466849 I've often heard it said that the best way to get a good night's sleep is to start in the morning. It seems ridiculous to think of sleeping at that time, but it really makes sense when you consider that everything you do during the day sets you up for either failure or success when you finally crawl into your wonderful bed. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about my wonderful bed right now! We are away at our time share place in Mont Tremblant. It's a small one bedroom condo with a teeny kitchen, livi... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:07:43 EST Time is a Fleeting Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464180 Aaahhh, time. Where does it go? Why does it seem to pass more quickly as we age? This past week has flown by. The past MONTH has WHOOSHED right by me. <BR> <BR> My days are filled with various activities that include walking, yoga, cooking everything from scratch, making pottery and taking care of various aspects of my business as an artist/potter that don't include constructing pots, like social media, promotions, dreaming up workshops, sketching/creating new work, coming up with new desi... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:54:07 EST What's for Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455183 This year we are going to give it our best shot to do "Meatless Mondays" here at Chez LM & JF. The reason? Well, even though I have eaten a lot of meat in my life, I had been a vegetarian at one point and it was then that I was exposed to the idea that a plant based diet is better for the planet. If you are buying factory farmed meats, dairy and eggs this is especially true. I recently revisited the idea of incorporating more plant based foods into our diet after watching the documentary "F... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:39:51 EST The Rain, The Freeze, The Birthday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450635 Right now it's +4 C and raining on top of so much snow! It's been extremely cold here as you know, and we've had a LOT of snow. Presently there is no place for the rain to go. The ground is frozen. Some areas are getting flash flood warnings and I wish we had had our roof shoveled, but we didn't and I have been praying to the Goddess to keep our roof strong. I can't imagine the weight it's bearing right now. JF tells me that he will go up and shovel it off himself if he has to. When do you... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:39:12 EST Edumacate yo'sef! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447149 Happy New Year! <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> All the best of 2018 to you and yours. <BR> <BR> Welcome to my first blog of the year. <BR> <BR> I found that, in the beginning, when I visited Spark Motivators' pages, and saw that they either weren't around much, or not really being a role model by their words and deeds, I became disappointed. When I became a Spark Motivator I took it pretty seriously. I think it has something to do with being a Capricorn. I feel loyalties pretty strongly.... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 10:45:45 EST C-c-c-c-COLD!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444538 We have returned from our short trip to Montreal to see our family. It has been very cold since Xmas Day. Today we woke up to a windchill of -31 C, or about 24 below zero F. On days like this, it actually isn't safe to exercise out of doors. <BR> The weather network is reporting this: <BR> <BR> "Issued at 15:07 Thursday 28 December 2017 <BR> A multi-day episode of very cold wind chills continues. <BR> <BR> "Bitterly cold Arctic air combined with brisk winds are generating wind chill val... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 23:31:57 EST Happy Holidays One and All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442749 If you're lazing around during the holidays looking for something good to watch I highly recommend these documentaries for the following reasons: <BR> They are motivating and uplifting. <BR> They make very good points and make you think. <BR> They may change your mind or educate you with factual information and real science. <BR> They will make you wonder if you are doing the absolute best you can not only for yourself, but for the planet too. <BR> <BR> Here's my doc list: <BR> Happy <BR> Hu... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 17:39:35 EST It's a long story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438250 It's a long story, but suffice to say that I tried my best to get the large sculptural piece fired and ready for this weekend's sale...and it's in the kiln now, but I really, really need to make some large tall pieces that fit alongside it because as it is now, there is too much space in the kiln to fire everything properly. The kiln needs to be FULL of pottery so the cool down is very, very slow. Since the heat is turned off when it is cooling, the only way to slow that cooling is if the k... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:06:28 EST Brain Fog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437301 Do you ever get brain fog? I haven't really had an issue with it since I broke up with sugar, but since the onslaught of the holidays are upon us, I thought I would offer some sage advice via an article from MindBodyGreen. <BR> <BR> Here's a quote from the article to which I can completely relate. "It was only when it resolved that in hindsight I could see how impaired I was, and it was scary." <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articl<BR>es/brain-fog-heres-what-health-expert... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:04:23 EST New Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435125 For a few weeks I have been wondering about new Spark friends. I have been "friended" by many Spark members recently and gladly accept friendships after I check out their page to make sure they aren't Trump supporters or religious fanatics. <BR> <BR> Every day I hit the Start page like everyone else here on Spark and I see many posts by many members including my new Spark friends. Some posts are positive and inspiring. Some posts feature crazy ideas about dieting and weight loss. Some are ... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:08:48 EST On Self-Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433151 We talk about self-care and try to practise it, but what does it mean to you, really? I found this article and thought it was fab! <BR> <BR> "True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to not build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from." <BR> <BR> <link>https://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-w<BR>iest/2017/11/this-is-what-self-care-re<BR>ally-means-because-its-not-all-salt-ba<BR>ths-and-chocolate-cake/ </link> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:04:18 EST Potluck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430747 Here's a little bit of everything. <BR> <BR> Pottery - the kiln is firing now so that is why I'm able to actually write a little blog. <BR> <BR> I've challenged myself to make larger pieces and have worked towards that over the past year. Last December, the B&B owner where I sell pottery, suggested that I make some larger sculptural pieces, and so I got back into making these huge textured bowls to start off with.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e196f33b-3c... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:09:53 EST How I Get 5 In The Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427087 Imagine eating 5 servings of veggies first thing in the morning! You would be creating a wonderfully alkaline environment in your gut and giving yourself a great boost of energy too. <BR> <BR> Tons of sugary carbs first thing in the morning is not what your body needs. Never mind that you think you want that cinnamon bun! Your body doesn't want it, and in fact if you eat refined carbs, or sugary breakfast cereals you are likely to feel like that you want to go right back to bed after break... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 09:24:05 EST Gearing Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422014 I'm gearing up for the week! Many things are going on. My friend M is coming over today in the late afternoon. She is a fan of my pottery and has seen Chris and I in concert on an occasion or two. She is now working in the music industry in radio, I believe. When I met her, she was just passing by my pottery shop and came in. We had a great conversation and then she created an event out in our area - Oktoberfest - and invited me to participate as a vendor. We really enjoy each other's com... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:23:38 EST Bruised Ribs (Update) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420386 It's been 4 weeks since I fell and bruised the ribs on my right side. I feel so much better now, but can still feel my ribs hurting just a wee bit, like yesterday when I was digging out some oregano from my garden to make way for irises. It was more the pulling action rather than the digging, but yeah, I'm much better than even last week. I think it is probably safe to go back into the pottery and get on the wheel again! I haven't been on the wheel for nearly 4 weeks now, but did throw on... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:31:34 EST A Simpler Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420026 I seek to live in a responsible kind of way. When I first came to Spark and started to track my food I realized just how much I was eating, which was a complete shock to me because I thought I ate no more than most people I know. Wrong! <BR> <BR> After a while I realized that eating less was better for the planet. By eating less I was reducing my carbon footprint. Eating less means I buy less which means my share of the cost of transporting the food to the grocery store where I shop was ... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:53:31 EST Waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419805 I'm going to start a short blog while I'm waiting for my friend J to show up. She is bringing me a dress form that she has never used and I have never had one so I am over the moon! I will finally be able to alter clothes for myself and use the form when making something new. She s also bringing me the sound system we are going to use at Shimmy Sangha. <BR> <BR> Shimmy Sangha is a dance event that J and I dreamed up as a way to get our dance sisters together once a month to dance in a non-... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:31:38 EST Food Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418033 Food Matters TV is like Netflix for health and healthy lifestyles. I have been given a link to share with my friends who may want to check out FMTV for $1 for 30 days. <BR> <BR> I have seen quite a few documentaries on FMTV and learned a LOT! If you like learning, and have a buck, give it a go! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.fmtv.com/one-dollar-sign<BR>up </link> <BR> <BR> After you sign up you'll have access to That Vitamin Movie (the latest thing I've watched), as well as the rest of th... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:17:17 EST The Viking Wedding!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416161 I've been mulling it over for days - how will I blog about the wedding? Just photos? Shall it be chronological (my fave way of telling my stories)? Should I post photos of the process of making my dress? The helmet? The time that K&K spent here and K helped me make the helmets? How far back should I go? It's been months! <BR> <BR> I think I will just let things flow... <BR> <BR> I will start this story on the day before the wedding. <BR> <BR> Friday morning - 2 a.m. - JF arrives home w... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:19:57 EST Saying No to Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411451 After writing that blog yesterday I realized a few things: <BR> <BR> I am stressed out. <BR> That is not good. <BR> I can not go back to being stressed out because it sucks and it affects every aspect of my life and even my bodily functions. <BR> I'm probably stressing other people out with my stress and that isn't good either! <BR> <BR> My apologies, my dear friends! Please don't take on my stress. <BR> <BR> Other things I realized: <BR> <BR> There is only so much I can do before I brea... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:55:41 EST A Productive Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411121 I'm trying to refrain from using the word "busy" and replace it with productive. I'm sure having a productive week! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> It feels very stressful, in fact. Two days ago, I tripped on a rather large rock that was poking up in the road. I'd just taken a photo of some mushrooms growing on a fallen tree and I wasn't looking at the road, really. I was concentrating on putting my phone back into my pocket and then I was flying thru the air and landed on knees first and was the... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:53:15 EST A Little Peek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405466 Here's a little peek into what's been going on with me. <BR> <BR> As you can see on my feed, we are working on our wedding clothes and my dress is now being embroidered. I have two cloaks to make too so I've decided to embroider just the back hemline and the front neckline and see how I'm doing for time. We are going to try our hand at making papier mache Viking helmets (with horns!), hopefully over the long weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm making Val and Marty's wedding favours - fridge magnets -... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:34:35 EST The 50 Hour Rave That Altered My Forest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402980 I'm not exaggerating. There was a 50 hour rave near our house on the weekend. It began at noon on Friday and went straight through, without a break, til 4 pm on Sunday. <BR> <BR> At first I didn't even hear it. On Friday night I heard it and thought it must be Mayofest, but didn't Mayofest happen 2 weekends ago? I dunno. I put my ear plugs in, turned the fan on and went to bed. The next morning at 7, I could hear music. I thought that was weird. Was I hearing things? Nope. Rave music.... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:21:04 EST Thanks For the Lovely Compliments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401432 Thanks one and all for the lovely compliments on my feed! The dress is coming along. I am experimenting with eyelets and it's not an easy thing to make a round hole in a thick weave linen. Linen is pretty tough stuff! But I finally figure out a way - I used a small screwdriver and hammer to make an X on the fabric and then I pushed the grommet thru the opening. I'm happy with that method. The more difficult part is hammering the underside grommet on (thus making an eyelet) as they are easy... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:47:47 EST Inflammation and Viking Wedding Stuff (and no, they're not related) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399520 The bodies' first reaction to invaders is inflammation. Inflammation can be caused food, and since food is medicine and medicine can be your food, here is a short guide to eating right. Some foods masquerading as healthy foods, aren't so healthy after all! I suspect that my savvy Spark friends already know what's truly healthy, but just in case you are wondering, read on. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articl<BR>es/healthy-foods-that-cause-inflammati<BR>on?utm_source=mbg&ut... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:13:00 EST Last Day of the Online Stress and Sleep Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398310 This day, is by far the most powerful for me. The interview with Chris Wark, a cancer survivor who decided after his diagnosis (at age 26!!) of stage 3 colon cancer, to forgo chemo and radiation therapy (although he did have an operation) in favour of self healing through nutrition and dealing with stress. I'm only 40 minutes into the interview, so there may be more to his story that he hasn't touched on yet, but I was so impressed with what I've heard so far I decided to take a break from i... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:22:24 EST Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397500 I used to post a lot of photos here and I've gotten away from it since using my phone as a camera. Slowly I am getting used to using my phone as a camera, and now I sync my phone more often and download the photos from it more often too. <BR> <BR> I chose a random period of time - spring! There are photos from walks and hikes. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/640e511b-c830-42a1-8d87-8dc5be0d1619.jpg"> <BR> Gorgeous fiddleheads <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 12:24:53 EST More from the Sleep and Stress Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396578 I have to say, I'm so impressed with Food Matters TV that I might buy a year's subscription. It's only $99. I thought it would be much more expensive. The information is really good. It's all science and no VooDoo, ya know? <BR> <BR> I'm into Day 6 of the event now and I implore you to check it out. I had such a good sleep last night, getting up only once instead of 3 or 4 times to pee, and I woke up without an alarm for exactly 8 hours, just by using a few techniques I learned over the... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 08:26:11 EST Sleep and Stress Online Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395478 I'm watching Day 2's talk with Dr. Libby Weaver on Women and Stress and it is eye opening!! Check it out. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.fmtv.com/sleep-stress#.W<BR>YMTkszRXWw.link </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't done the morning or evening meditations yet (yesterday's video wouldn't load), but am going to try again today. <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 09:12:49 EST The Way Life Goes On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395159 I wouldn't say that I have recovered from Ti-min's death, but the tears have dried and life goes on. The week following, I cleaned up her things - litter box, outside shelter, the little mat where I put her food, etc. It was sad, but I got thru it. <BR> <BR> My asthma is definitely better now. I'm not cured, but I am not using my inhaler three times a day either. I'm using it once, every two days now. <BR> <BR> Often when I am doing something I will think of Ti-min, like when I come in ... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 14:25:00 EST Ti-min; The Cat With 30 Lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391517 Ti-min is gone. After missing for 2 days with just one sighting on Friday morning, she turned up Saturday and was in a very, very bad way. I have no idea what happened to her. The poor wee thing showed up on the deck as I was visiting with a friend. She mewed and right away I knew she was in pain and things were bad. I quickly went to her side and noted how she looked - she'd lost weight, her mouth on one side was grey and looked like her gums were swollen or perhaps she'd lost a tooth (re... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:51:29 EST Wowee! What a Little Rest Can Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389779 Resting - a concept I find hard to grasp. <BR> Could it be because if I was idle as a child I was told to "do something constructive?" <BR> <BR> Relaxing - very difficult for me. I feel tense a lot of the time, even when sleeping I can clench my jaw or grind my teeth. <BR> Could it be because of the many traumas I have had in my life so I am dealing with always feeling I need to be ready to flee? <BR> <BR> Your past can sure screw you up, but becoming aware of your challenges is a good plac... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:59:26 EST Vacay - Staycay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388327 Yes, I am on vacation and I really need it! This week is going to be all about resting, relaxing, having fun and getting out to do a few things with friends. Not too much, but just enough. <BR> <BR> So, I've been thinking that the term "adrenal fatigue syndrome," or AFS, is maybe a fancy term for exhaustion. I did some more research on AFS and read some people's stories and I'll tell ya, my life has not been ruined by my exhaustion like some people's lives. If my adrenals were truly fati... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:33:54 EST Adrenal Fatigue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387100 I've researched adrenal fatigue before, thinking that I may have it. For two days I have felt fairly tired. Yesterday I was plagued with brain fog. Couldn't string a sentence together. Today, since lunch I have been dragging my butt. <BR> <BR> So I wondered again about adrenal fatigue and if it's come to that with me and with the very little research I have done so far it seems to me that most people probably have adrenal fatigue just based on how we live these days - caffeinated drinks, w... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:31:51 EST Things I Do to Feel Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384831 <em>524</em> <BR> Well, after blogging and getting all that crap off my chest, I feel much better, thanks to your support and love and caring. I couldn't ask for a better group of Sparkies on this journey with me! Thank you one and all. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Here are some of the things I did recently that lifted my moods from way down in the dumps to actually putting a wee smile on my face. <BR> <BR> Laundry <em>100</em> <BR> I know. Weird, huh? This was how it went. JF dum... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 12:26:01 EST How I Can Go From Okay to Damn Sad With One Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384035 I went for a massage on Tuesday and I was feeling really in need of it. I hadn't been for two months and I tend to keep ALL of my tension in my muscles in my back and legs and I don't even realize it until I go for a massage. Afterwards she said to me, "Are you feeling more tired than usual?" and I said no, not really, why? What do you feel? Then she said, "I feel the weight on your shoulders," and I burst into tears. That's exactly it. <BR> <BR> In all ways I feel like I am responsible f... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:28:29 EST Catch-up Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381697 Thursday Night <BR> It's been a rainy, cool day here on the lake. I spent my time working on cleaning up my kiln shelves. They get marked with glaze spots if glaze is applied thickly and melts off the pot. I clean my shelves by scraping off all the glassy glaze drips and spots with a big pumice stone, made especially for this purpose, and then I apply a fresh coat of kiln wash. I wear protective eye gear and a dust mask for the job. Crap goes flying when I scrape the shelves and it's super... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:18:33 EST A Challenge I Can Get Behind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377077 I wholeheartedly support this challenge! I wish the email would have come sooner, but you can start any time you like if you want to join in. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articl<BR>es/the-10-best-tricks-for-quitting-sug<BR>ar-mbg-no-sugar-challenge?utm_source=m<BR>bg&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emailafriend </link> <BR> <BR> The link will take you to the NO SUGAR challenge and give you tips on how to quit sugar. If you need convincing that sugar ain't all that sweet... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:32:51 EST What About Booze? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371148 I quit drinking when I quit eating sugar and simple carbs, more than 4 years ago now. It was never "my thing," ya know? I never liked getting drunk when I felt the peer pressure to do so as a teenager, and as a young adult I found that going out for drinks with friends was really expensive and not something that I couldn't actually afford to do regularly, although by that time I had discovered sugary, dessert-like cocktails that got me tipsy and it was more fun than "beer drunk". <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:51:55 EST Love This Spark Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363077 I love to walk and hike, garden in the spring, summer and fall, and I practise yoga about 5 times a week, so this article is perfect for me! <BR> <BR> Check it out: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=2258 </link> <BR> <BR> "A few simple yoga poses can help you avoid a sore back, shin splints, plantar fasciitis and fatigued legs, all while boosting your stamina, decreasing muscle tension, improving your balance and strengthening your core." <BR> <BR> A ... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:52:09 EST My Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361410 My friend Rhonda is here on Spark now. She has done a tremendous job of taking weight off by training and eating right. In the past two years she has been under enormous stress and has fallen back into some old habits causing a small re-gain. She could sure use some Spark support and seeing as I have the BEST Spark friends, I thought I would invite you to visit her page and leave a comment, add her as your friend, etc. We need all the support we can get! Am I right, or am I right?! <BR> ... Sat, 13 May 2017 13:48:07 EST One Week Into May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359280 As you probably have noticed on my feed, this past week has been very un-springlike. It is currently snowing! Prior to today's snow, we have had rain for days on end and now the province of Quebec has declared a state of emergency. Floods throughout the province of QC and Ontario continue to hamper everyday life for thousands. We are lucky that we do not live in an area affected by flood waters but we live very close, about 6 km away from a river that usually floods if we have a lot of prec... Mon, 8 May 2017 11:42:29 EST Hot Cup of Tea on a Rainy Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355812 We just got back from a day of shopping. We rarely leave our paradise on weekends for much, so I was pretty surprised at the huge Sunday shopping crowds. Is shopping the new “in” hobby? I honestly thought people preferred to be at home with their families instead of in a mall or big box store. Sunday is the new Saturday. <BR> <BR> First, we went to Lee Valley. It's a Canadian hardware and gardening store with exemplary customer service and great quality merchandise. Besides selling stuff,... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:03:53 EST Two Weeks Until May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349850 I just updated my Spark page and included a photo of the lake that I took last year around April 11. The lake doesn't look much different right now and we are past the mid point of April. With a few days of sunshine and some more rain, the ice may sink by the end of the month or maybe even before, but it has been a very slow spring. The few days of double digit temperatures and sunshine we have had has been lovely. 85% of my flower garden is still under snow but where it has melted, I see ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:40:46 EST