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/ Weekend Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222592 The Art and Yard Sale on Saturday was okay. In terms of $$ I sold 3 things at $28 each and donated $20 to the church for my space. BUT I brought my very orange sign: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c891bc5-38e3-45f1-8eb2-2d3e90d42b2a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> that JF improved by adding a leg to it so I can use it at events just like this one. I just remove the sign from the house, add the leg and I have a sandwich board-like sign. I gave away a ton of business cards and... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:38:41 EST What...Me Worry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219675 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7956c8a4-404c-4f9e-b820-61fae83e3485.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's funny. I used to feel supported here on Spark and now I feel...misunderstood. <BR> <BR> My blogs really are for me, just as your blogs are for you. I'm mostly trying to figure things out when I write a blog, except when it's a vacation blog. Maybe my weight journey experience will help you. Maybe you don't give a rat's a$$ and you're here to see some nice garden photos. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:03:07 EST Making Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218903 Have you seen this Spark article? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=2154&utm_source=spar<BR>kpeople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=<BR>weekly-spark </link> <BR> <BR> I eat a lot of protein but WOW!! Was I ever surprised to see that I am eating possibly twice as much as I need! <BR> <BR> I'm getting a little bit annoyed by Spark. Firstly I have come to realize that my BMR is very, very likely not as high as Spark says. At 175 lbs, my BMR is su... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:11:31 EST A Brief Explanation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217946 On vacation I wasn't eating much and I wasn't doing too much either. We went on the occasional hike and I swam a teensy bit, but not a full-on cardio kind of swim. We walked at folk fest to the tune of well over 10,000 steps a day, but that wasn't a cardio workout either. Snacking was rare. In a couple of cases meals were skipped in favor if snacks. I came back weighing in at 170, the same as when I left, but 5 lbs more than I have been carrying over the past 5 years. <BR> <BR> So, we... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:51:12 EST The Last Leg - Part 2 (finale!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215509 Wowee it's hot out there. Since we've been home the weather has been very hot which is wonderful for me because I live 50 paces from a lake. A big lake! And I swim almost every day. What keeps me from swimming? High winds that create waves that crash into my face making it kind of tough to catch a breath without risk of inhaling water, dark clouds accompanied by thunder and lighting, and temps below 25 C. It needs to be hotter than that for me to swim. I find 25 C (77 F) to be a most co... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:53:42 EST The Last Leg - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212118 Here are a few photos from the last leg of our vacation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63ed3962-89d2-4b8a-a898-ff53765dcdf8.jpg"> <BR> My friends' (Summer and Blue) son. I left Wpg. when he was 5 months old. Now he is 14 and climbing trees like a monkey. <BR> <BR> From Winnipeg we drove further west on the Yellowhead Route to an area near Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba. Manitoba is definitely prairie in the south, but in the middle it's hilly and e... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:21:05 EST The Middle Part - Part two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208797 After folk fest (we lasted only until about 6 pm on Sunday night), we went back to Jacqui and Phil's place and made them dinner. Jacqui bought a capon - it must have been a 10 pound bird! And we marinated it and BBQ'd it and it was delicious! It was a very late supper, but yummy nonetheless. <BR> <BR> On Monday we slept in then went into Winnipeg to set up for the pottery sale that I held at Kevin's clay studio. You met Kevin in the last blog. I worked as his apprentice at his other cla... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:19:57 EST Vacation - the middle part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207778 After leaving Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, it was a 9 hour drive to our next destination - to my friends' farm. Jacqui and Phil are amazingly warm and inviting people. They have 2 kids, 2 horses, a pony, dog and many feral farm cats. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64ec4fbc-4a8e-4e39-9b21-92f31672c213.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I asked Jacqui if we could camp in her yard because there was no more camping available at Birdshill Park - the provincial park in which the Wi... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:24:28 EST What I DIDN'T Do on My Summer Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206554 I didn't weigh myself. <BR> I didn't weigh or measure my food. <BR> I didn't exercise regularly. <BR> I didn't track any exercise at all. <BR> I didn't track any food. <BR> I didn't always take all of my vitamins. <BR> I didn't do much yoga at all for probably more than 3 weeks now. I had this romantic notion of doing yoga in the campground really early in the mornings but the mosquitoes would simply have drawn all of my blood if I'd attempted it. I am so lucky to live in a place where nary... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:58:09 EST Home is Where the Heart Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206119 My heart has two homes now. I've been away from my hometown and province for 14 years and whenever I go back to Manitoba I feel right at home. When I return to Quebec I also feel at home. There is a particular stretch of road that I travel between town and home and every time I am on it I feel I'm in the right place. I dreamed about it and traveling east often long before I ever met JF. <BR> <BR> We are home now and the laundry is two loads away from being done. Everything from the camp... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:05:49 EST Progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191758 I've been wanting to write a blog for a long time to address the responses to the blog "Les Sigh" in which I discuss my frustration with a small weight gain after maintaining for 5 years, and the feeling that I am still not done losing weight. I haven't reached my goal weight yet and I don't know if I ever will. <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> All of the comments got me thinking. The one that inspired me the most and snapped me out of the loop of thinking that I was somehow a failure was this one... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:27:06 EST Working Up To It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190563 I'm working up to writing a blog on my fitness progress, but first I feel I need to go read all of YOUR blogs, so that is what I will do with some of my time today. <BR> <BR> I have a few work tasks that I must complete before I can declare myself on vacation, but after that I will be busy getting the camper ready for our trip out west. <BR> <BR> My annual summer sale was very good and our annual BBQ was also good and lots of fun and because we don't have huge parties anymore I actually g... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:38:34 EST Les Sigh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174332 Good golly, I am fed up! With what? Trying to be smaller and smaller. Trying to lose those last 25, now 30 lbs. I'm tired of looking at 170 on the scale and tired of freaking out about it. I need a break from thinking about these pesky 5 lbs and I need a break from the fear associated with weight regain. <BR> <BR> I retooled my weight goals here on Spark. The day I did that I got on the scale and was back at 170 after enjoying seeing 167 for a day or two. <BR> <BR> The numbers I am s... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:57:58 EST Busy As Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170062 With gardening season and a craft show to do this weekend I have been very busy lately. I was going to write a "May Goals" blog, but May is nearly over! Ha ha! One of my goals this month is to make 2000 fitness minutes and I am so close that all it will take is 37 minutes of fitness every day until the end of the month to achieve. Totally do-able! <BR> <BR> The garden is looking good, but I know the bits that I have neglected. It's because I decide to apply for, and was accepted into, a... Wed, 25 May 2016 10:23:11 EST Cruising New Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165932 I love miso soup, but I have never purchased miso. I ought to try it though. It's a fermented soy bean (or other bean) paste, Japanese in origin. Fermented stuff is super good for your gut flora. <BR> I was cruising recipes and like this one because it has a ton of veg and looks DELISH! It also has miso in it. Check it out. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24961/15-min<BR>ute-healing-meal-roasted-broccoli-tofu<BR>-bowls-with-miso-dressing.html?utm_con<BR>tent=daily&utm_medium=ema... Wed, 18 May 2016 23:17:43 EST Eat More, Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164809 Well, I did it. 5 days ago I wrote a blog on slowing metabolism and my fairly recent weight gain that put me at 170 lbs. I was at 165 lbs for 3 solid years and started noticing at the end of last year how easily I could gain weight just by eating carbs - good healthy carbs, always in whole grain form, but nonetheless carbs. I tried taking carbs out of my diet, but when I do there is little left to eat that helps me remain in balance between fats, carbs and protein. Right now I eat about 4... Tue, 17 May 2016 11:22:02 EST Eat for your Brain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163482 An interesting short video.... <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/revitalize/vid<BR>eo/how-food-affects-your-brain-dr-drew<BR>-ramsey </link> Sun, 15 May 2016 14:39:03 EST Slowing Metabolism? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160956 As we age our metabolism slows. I seem to gain weight very easily and I am not liking what I see on the scale these days. For 3 or more years I was stable at 165 lbs. Now I seem to be between 167 and 170. "It's only 5 lbs," I think, and then I wonder if in another 5 lbs I will be saying, "It's only 10 lbs." Not really interested in going there, ya know? So what am I doing wrong? I keep thinking I'm eating too much, but I might be eating too little. I searched Spark for an article that m... Wed, 11 May 2016 17:09:52 EST Meditation - an explanation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159734 Here's a 19 minute video that gives you some guidance on how to meditate. Also there are interesting benefits to meditation. One of my May goals is to meditate for a few minutes each day. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/revitalize/vid<BR>eo/everything-you-need-to-know-about-m<BR>editation?utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign=160<BR>509-what-i-tell-my-patients-who-want-t<BR>o-fight-chronic-inflammation </link> Mon, 9 May 2016 22:33:55 EST Sound Good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159032 <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24900/a-turm<BR>eric-garlic-naan-recipe-thats-surprise<BR>-gluten-free.html?utm_source=mbg&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_content=daily&utm_camp<BR>aign=160507-9-ways-to-turn-your-bedroo<BR>m-into-an-oasis-for-sleep </link> <BR> <em>4</em> Sun, 8 May 2016 22:27:35 EST The thing about blogging... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154635 The thing about blogging is: <BR> <em>128</em> I don't usually have oodles of time any more to do it. I used to have lots of time, in the beginning of my Spark days, but now I do not. The reasons are many. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> I'm actually avoiding writing in my journal when I blog, which for me is unusual and actually not the best way to use my time. Journal writing can be much more personal than a public blog, much more reflective and much more beneficial in many ways (practising ... Mon, 2 May 2016 09:47:40 EST The Little Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150012 Oh, it's the little things that matter; the incredibly tiny yellow crocus poking through the snow that makes me smile; heads appearing on some of the daffodils in my garden; dwarf irises in bloom and more crocuses; the little birds that flit about and give chase through the bare trees that are still waiting for buds; trickling brooks and little waterfalls glistening in the sun; ducks, geese and loons coming back to the lake to breed and nest. <BR> <BR> Helping people through reading the Taro... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:07:27 EST Happy Earth Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147877 We are being pelted with heavy rains right now. The lake is almost clear of ice. I can see it on the edges in spots where the sun can't get to it. <BR> <BR> There is a lot of action on the lake - geese, loons, ducks, muskrat, beaver, bald eagle...now we wait for the peepers! Oh, I love the sound of frogs and peepers in the spring! Spring is probably my favorite season. Everything is coming up and the water is running. I find it very exciting. <BR> <BR> I adore summer for the heat a... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:21:30 EST Zombies!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144804 I don't run <BR> I can't run <BR> But for those who like to run <BR> This might be fun! <BR> <BR> <link>https://zombiesrungame.com/ </link> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:36:32 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134138 I really need to keep reminding myself of all of the Spark goals I set, so here is my list. Let's see how I'm doing so far. We are 3 days into April but it feels more like February weather-wise. The geese are coming back but there is no opened water on the lake yet. They are honking and walking on the ice wondering WTF? Anyway, I digress. Here's my progress report: <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> April Goals <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> <em>276</em> Play and sing 15 minutes a day. Well I mis... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 17:54:47 EST Afternoon Nap, Here I Come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131026 Yesterday JF called around 3:00 and said he was feeling poorly, maybe caught a stomach bug, and was on his way home. He spent the evening in the loo and felt horrible, but he was coping. <BR> <BR> He called his mom to see if anyone else from the family we saw on Easter weekend was sick. No one. Then his father called around 11 pm and said he too was feeling ill and then all night long Pops apparently spent his time with one end or the other on the toilet. Earlier they wondered together ... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:32:29 EST March Re-Cap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130093 Well, here we are, almost at the end of March. It looks like March will be "going out like a lion" and April will be "coming in like a lamb!" Snow is in forecast for next weekend. Yes, April 2 & 3. Geez! This spring is really taking its time coming. <BR> <BR> It will be as high as +13 C on Wednesday (and raining too) and as low as -12 C for an overnight low by next weekend. Last night it was pouring rain on top of the snow and now the winds are gusting and it's -2 C with a windchill ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:35:26 EST Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121375 Yesterday I was so tired. I never really think about how tired being under stress can make me until I re-experienced it. Yesterday truly felt like I was having a full blown fibro attack. That feeling of being hit by a truck was with me most of the day then something miraculous happened. I went over to Chris' house for our weekly band practise and afterwards I noticed that my body was pain free. It was the miracle of making music and singing and being creative. I went home feeling much b... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:15:26 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120749 Well, I have had a stressful few days and am pretty tired today. Let me tell you about it. <BR> <BR> On Saturday I went for a long walk - more than an hour. It was a beautiful day and I just had to get out. I had been on another long walk both Thursday and Friday. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, my left leg started to really hurt around the hip joint, but on the inside of my leg. I figured it was a muscle thing and that I would stretch it out with yoga after my walk. Yoga didn't really help ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:40:14 EST Flaky February - Renewing my Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108107 February was flaky indeed. It snowed and snowed and snowed and it's snowing right now. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow along with freezing rain. It looks like we have a week more of yukky weather and then it will begin to thaw. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e328d1a8-6a44-43e9-af1b-17c31649247d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The bottom line was that it was difficult for me to get out to walk as much as I wanted mainly because of icy roads. I got to the gym once or twic... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:40:35 EST Great Way to Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100215 What a great way to start the weekend! My Facebook business page just reached 501 "likes." It's apparently a milestone but it isn't necessarily reflected in my sales figures. I recently "attended" a free webinar that outlines some features that I didn't know existed on my FB biz page. Very cool! I learned a lot and will put it to good use this year as I expand my marketing plan. <BR> <BR> I recently watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and I highly recommend it if you haven't already see... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:32:27 EST Love, love, love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093550 JF and I are planning a super groovy and romantic Valentine's Day weekend. We planned it around the weather too. That cold snap I mentioned is here. It was -25 C on the lake this morning with a windchill of "there-is-no-way-i'm-going-out-there." Right now it has warmed up to -20 C and the weatherman says there is a windchill of -27 C. Still too cold for me! I will warm up with yoga though and I do have a roaring fire in the wood stove. It's toasty inside and smells good too. There is ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:45:00 EST Pull Up a Chair and Pour a Cup of Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086807 WARNING: This blog is ridiculously long! <BR> <BR> First of all....I DID IT!!! I met my goal to lose 5 lbs by the end of January. I stepped on the scale on Saturday, the 30th and I had dropped 2 lbs making it 6 lbs lost so far. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> WOW! I'm fairly chuffed and of course I intend of keeping this up because I have never lost sight of my goal. The goal? It's not a number on the scale any more. It's about a healthy BMI. I'm way to close to the “overweight” area of a ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:55:35 EST Excited for Many Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066308 <em>192</em> I'm excited that my efforts to take off the latest poundage is actually working! 2 lbs over 2 weeks. Tuesday is weigh-in. I don't know if it will be 3 in 3, but at least I am feeling hopeful that weight loss is still possible and that I may actually make my goal to shed 5 lbs by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> In order to achieve this I've become more focused during my workouts. For example, when I am walking outdoors, I'm concentrating on keeping my heart rate as high a... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:02:12 EST Making Music While the Lake Freezes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061061 Winter came rather suddenly on Boxing Day or shortly thereafter. We got 2 months worth of snow in 36 hours and it got colder, but it was okay. The temps rose a bit and things started to melt then we got this cold snap I've been reporting in my feed. <BR> <BR> Yes, I am wrapped in my wool by the fire and have happily spent the morning tapping away on my laptop doing various things, like shopping online. Hey, all I can say is that free shipping is a great lure, plus I really needed Sulca ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:56:07 EST Thank you Texas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053921 From the weather website: Hazardous winter conditions are expected. A snowstorm from Texas will bring snow and locally blowing snow over these regions (West Quebec, Canada) beginning tonight. Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 35 cm can be expected by Wednesday morning. <BR> <BR> This means I have to get to town today and get veggies and yogurt. Since I'm going to town and it feel likes a brazillion degrees below zero right now I think I'll go to the gym. I am up too late this morning to g... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:46:36 EST Specifics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051715 Sure, I'm starting my January goals now but I wasn't very specific about what it is I intend to do other than increase my exercise efforts. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to step on the scale because I wanted to know what my starting point is so I can make a realistic goal when choosing how much weight I want to lose by the end of January. I was frankly shocked that I'd gained 5 lbs in the past 5 days! It is absolutely true that I have been eating a lot of carbs, but not a ton of them. I have... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:21:21 EST Starting January Goals NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051428 I have been too soft on myself I think, so I'm starting my January goals now! I have been getting by with a bare minimum of exercise and at this time of year, with all of the celebrations, I succumb to too many carbs at times. I know what I'm getting into and I'm trying to enjoy myself AND be careful at the same time. Balance! But if I'm going to eat a little homemade rye bread with the delicious Cuban Black Bean and Potato soup I made, then I'm going to have to move my butt more because ... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 22:58:56 EST Celebrate Winter by Getting Cozy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048997 I can hardly call this winter, yet the winter solstice is right around the corner. It's not snowed very much at all and it is quite warm (+7 C) for this time of year, and it is raining a lot. The days are grey and today was misty and very foggy later in the afternoon. It can still feel cold because of the humidity, and I get chilled to the bone on cool and damp days, so I treat myself to warm towels after my bath or shower. It's fab! I'm lucky because the laundry room and bathroom are al... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:37:41 EST Been a Long Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044565 ...since I rock and rolled, <BR> It's been a long time since I did the Stroll. <BR> Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back, <BR> Let me get it back, baby, where I come from. <BR> It's been a long time, been a long time, <BR> Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. <BR> <BR> I think this is the longest I have gone without blogging. Ha! Miss me? <em>211</em> <BR> The last 3 weekends I was occupied at craft sales so my weeks were filled with organizing and pack... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 22:52:05 EST Everything is Breaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034698 NOT in the pottery, thank goodness, but I am packing up today for a big 3 day sale, so keep your fingers crossed that no pottery gets broken in the process. <BR> <BR> My stove is very, very old. Probably about 40 years old. It has flip numbers for a clock. Very 70's. Two of four elements are busted and JF can no longer fix them. The oven is about 100 degrees off, so if I want to bake something at 350 degrees I have to crank it up to 450 degrees. Sometimes I forget this and, well, thing... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:15:12 EST It Takes Guts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033013 I just watched a fantastic episode of The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. It's all about how get bacteria can determine if one is obese or not. They player only works in Canada though. :-( But if you ARE Canadian you can see it here. Highly recommended!! <BR> <link>www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/m/episodes<BR>/it-takes-guts </link> <BR> Here are my notes for those of you who can not see this because you are not in Canada: <BR> <BR> Tim Spector author of The Diet Myth was on the show ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:38:33 EST Quickie Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031520 Hey all! I've been busy in the pottery. It's that time of year! <BR> <BR> JF is fine. His nose is healing well and quickly. His neck started to hurt a week after the fall, oddly enough, but he hasn't mentioned it lately so I guess he is more or less recovered. <BR> <BR> Artisan and craft sales start for me next weekend and I'm gearing up for that. <BR> <BR> My fall eating frenzy did not happen this year, but we've had pretty mild weather. No snow yet and only a few mornings of frost s... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:52:09 EST Rough Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024416 Around 11:30 am today JF fell from a ladder just after having felled a tree that the beavers had gnawed down to the core. The tree was headed in the direction of the garage, so it needed to be taken down. I was supposed to be out there with him. I had gotten dressed and was just writing a client an email and just as I sent it I heard a tree come crashing down. <BR> <BR> I quickly went out to inspect because I had feeling JF was not okay, and saw the ladder was down so I called out for JF ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:58:21 EST Passed My Exams! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021465 My dad mentioned a long time ago that he wanted to give my my Gram's shotgun. My dad is a gun collector and was a hunter. He also practised target shooting and won a trophy for it back in the 60's. I remember deer hanging in the basement, being bled after being killed. My mom used to tell us dad was bad because he killed Bambi. I thought that was a bit unfair. I never liked the taste of venison, but I did like elk and moose and I have never disagreed with hunting for food. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:20:33 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018438 Soooo, you may have heard by now that we (Canada) have a new Prime Minister. It is not the one I would have chosen, yet this one gives me a bit of hope that Canadian dignity will be restored...eventually...if promises are to be believed when spoken by a politician. <BR> <BR> I would have like to have seen the Green Party leader Elizabeth May as our PM, but the Green Party isn't as popular as the other 4 parties (The Conservative party led by our old PM who has now resigned from his post, ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 22:01:05 EST Feeling Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012434 The glaze kiln is firing one last time before my fall sale this Thanksgiving long weekend. It should be finished in about 10 - 11 hours. Tomorrow family will arrive for our celebration and everything is ready! Val came home with her dad and she helped me around the house this evening while we were catching up and listening to Alabama Shakes. Check it out y'all: <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-5O<BR>X7CO26c </link> <BR> <BR> This week has been incredibly busy and challengi... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 23:45:58 EST Burning The Midnight Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010155 Finally! I am in bed. It's after 2 a.m., Tuesday morning. What a day. I can't believe I am still awake. <BR> <BR> I started glazing some earthenware pottery on the weekend - wine cups and wine jugs - and it was taking so long to finish. Today I was still working on the jugs and at one point I decided to see how long it took me to finish painting glaze on a series of jugs that are decorated with multi coloured stripes. After timing myself doing a portion of this job I multiplied it by... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:36:23 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007981 October is here and a busy month it will be, but not half as busy as November looks. <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning and another pound is gone. Yay! I'm down to 167. Now that I have reconfigured my diet to include slightly less fat and fewer calories it seems to be working for me. I've also been working out harder and making sure I burn 1800 - 2000 calories each week. It takes time for me to burn them too. Since I can no longer run or lift heavy weights due to back issues, it means... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:53:47 EST The End Days...of My Summer Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004896 Days 8,9 & 10 - <BR> Thursday morning, the 27th, I packed my bags with food for the picnic that was to happen that evening at the park with my girlfriends. These women are the ones with whom I bonded over many years and with whom I am still friends even though thousands of miles and unspoken words separate us. We formed a coven of sorts (for I am Pagan) that I named "Eye of Newt." Some of their partners have joined us in circle, although many times it was just a handful of us - whoever cou... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:21:11 EST