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/ Yoga to Sculpt Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968620 I'm loving these asanas! <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/6-yoga-tips-and-po<BR>ses-for-strong-sculpted-arms-77738/?ut<BR>m_source=DOYOUYOGA&utm_campaign=746138<BR>8f7f-DOYOUYOGA_Weekly_Update_123&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_term=0_77365ebdc2-7461<BR>388f7f-169133145 </link> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:29:02 EST Very Busy Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967512 I'm having a very busy summer. It's been quite social with a lot of music added to the mix. <BR> <BR> Last night we had friends over for dinner and in the afternoon we took in a concert at the local cultural centre. I'm on the board of that organization and I booked the musicians, friends of mine - a Celtic harp duo. The president asked me to MC the show. I've been on stage a lot in my life and so I was okay with that. JF and I also helped the musicians load in their gear and set up the ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:22:05 EST Good Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963706 I'm off to see my doc today. I'm going to ask to be tested for fungus in my lungs. If you've been following my blogs over the past 2+ years you know I have Candida Albicans - a yeast overgrowth. I've overhauled my diet, was on a cleanse for a year and a half and continue to help keep the yeast growth in my gut down by additional cleanses and being vigilant with my diet. I can not/will not eat anything that feeds the yeast like sugar, alcohol, bread (that contains wheat and yeast), all pac... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:41:37 EST Creative People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963147 What an interesting article. I read it and said to myself, "Wow! This is sooooo ME!" And JF often complains about me and #1, 2, 5 and 8. I guess I will have to forward the article to him so he can get on board...if ya know what I mean! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Here's the link!! <link>iheartintelligence.com/2015/07/08/lo<BR>ving-a-highly-creative-person/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:20:02 EST Life is so FULL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960764 There are so many things...so little time! <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> These last few days have turned out to be quite hot! Most of June was not very summer-like. The temperatures were on the cool side and I did not even get into the lake to swim until the very end of the month. Pity! I'm usually in about mid-June. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Swimming has been difficult. I've been struggling with asthma and I have been reading about fungus in the lungs. I think the past 4 years' struggle ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:02:17 EST Firecrackers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954196 I was sitting up in bed with my laptop, logging my food for the day when suddenly there was a ton of fireworks being let off! Holy way to wake the ENTIRE FOREST people!! My cat must be cowering somewhere under the furthest recesses of the house. I don't want to be a party pooper though, so I decided to go outside to see the fireworks display and the forest was in my line of sight. Les sigh. Happy Canada Day! <BR> <BR> Today it rained pretty much all day. It let up around 5 so I too... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:28:04 EST While the kiln fires... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951349 This has been a very busy time for me. Lots of good things are happening (another blog, another day), but the busy-ness of preparing for the sale this weekend is starting feel like stress. <BR> <BR> We were to have our annual BBQ Sunday but the weather looks terrible. I said so on Wednesday but JF said it would be inconsiderate to change the date with only 3 days notice. This morning as he was looking at the weather (which looks worse now than it did Wednesday), he decided to change the d... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:01:20 EST Yes, They Smiled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948129 Here are some photos of the newest pots pulled from the kiln. You can find me on Facebook too. Just look for Poterie LM Serafin Pottery! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb6c8f82-c68d-4737-aba7-f517f88ce78b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37850a8b-4b66-4a08-881f-9854b75db63b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7ed9023-41ba-41b2-9cec-d70f9777bdac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:53:43 EST Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946670 Here are some yoga poses that nourish the heart. <BR> <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/7-yoga-poses-to-no<BR>urish-your-heart-51699/5/?utm_source=D<BR>OYOUYOGA&utm_campaign=a25acba71c-DOYOU<BR>YOGA_Weekly_Update_118&utm_medium=emai<BR>l&utm_term=0_77365ebdc2-a25acba71c-169133145 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I'm up to "Wild Thing" but most of these poses I can manage. <BR> <BR> Operation Clamp Down update: <BR> Weigh in this morning: 165. Down 1 lb from last blog post. How did I do it... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:50:19 EST GAK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945489 It's time for "operation clamp down!" <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> My summer pants don't fit. <BR> I'm still @ 165 lbs. Granted, last summer I was working hard to lose and was down to 160 lbs in August/14. Over the winter I maintained 160 for a while then it was 161, and then 163, and finally 165. I saw 167 once and 166 this morning. I'm not alarmed at the number and not that surprised by the gain. I know that I have gained muscle in my legs from hiking more often. Climbing hills will do... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:07:58 EST Conscious relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941439 I love this article on how to sleep better. The introduction to it sounds exactly like something I could have written. As a child I didn't sleep much either. <BR> <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/essential-advice-o<BR>n-how-to-sleep-better-54153/ </link> <BR> <BR> I especially like the advice in #2 <BR> "Moderate your stress/excitement throughout the day and take a step back from time to time: a walk in the park, a cup of tea, or 10 conscious breaths all provide brain breaks that will imp... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:43:26 EST Just Breathe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938559 I found this lovely yoga website! <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> And this fabulous video on mindfullness and calming down: <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/just-breathe-a-doc<BR>umentary-on-kids-and-mindfulness-31335/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday! <BR> Namaste <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:17:31 EST Time Keeps on Slipping Into The Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937183 Wowee!!! I'm sooooo freakin' busy these days. Yesterday I *had* to finish some teapots because the time was right. The clay was ready to be trimmed from the bottoms of the teapot bodies. I'd made the handles and spouts on Friday and then...the power went out...for 4 hours. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> So JF and I went to a local steak house for supper. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> Haven't done that in ages! I had double salad, baked potato and steak. I brought home half the steak and JF's ha... Sun, 31 May 2015 09:27:38 EST Creating Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931313 These days JF and I have been getting out regularly for a morning walk and it's been great. I have so much energy all throughout the day when I can get my workout in right after breakfast. As a result I'm spending more time away from the computer and more time in the studio. My annual summer sale is scheduled for June 27 & 28, so I really have to concentrate on getting ready for that. <BR> <BR> Chris and I are scheduled to do our first paid gig in September so one night a week I'm over at... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:11:32 EST 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