JOYINKY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JOYINKY JOYINKY'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/ End Of Summer Garden Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983159 Late August and school has started here. Days are getting cooler, it sure feels like the end of summer. There are other signs too. I thought it would be a good time to do a review of some of the garden projects started this spring. The garden itself is not bad, but would have been better if I'd not been slowed down by that fall in May. Mended, but some damage is done to a few of the plants. We'll start and end with something pretty: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 12:08:39 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUGAR! (Better late than never!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977152 Good Morning, I had the pictures lined up for this blog on Sugar's actual birthday, yesterday. But, I ran out of computer time if I was going to get out in the yard on the nicest day so far this year and she loves spending time in the yard with me! We had a good day in the yard together! <BR> <BR> Still, she is such an important part of my life, and my fitness, that I thought her friends here might want to know how it all began. She's been such a gift to me. <BR> <BR> Sugar is 7 as of A... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:53:06 EST August 8 Garage Sale Finds: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974605 It has been a strange, up and down two weeks. Starting with the sudden passing of my SIL in MI and the gathering of my entire family in MI to celebrate her life with both sadness and joy remembering all the good times we had together. My MD daughter stayed a few extra days to help my brother with things in the house that needed to be done. Then, came here for the remainder of her previously scheduled vacation. One of the things we enjoy when she's here is a garage sale day with my other... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 10:13:08 EST WHERE'S SUGAR?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958129 In my last blog, TERRIJ7 asked: "Does Sugar spend a lot of time in her little garden? ". She absolutely does! It's her "safe" place. She's a very timid dog and can hide from anyone anywhere in it. Today, it was the impending storm. We were right on the edge of it and had overcast and a wonderful breeze for working. So, she insisted on being out there with us when normally she would have been on the stairwell. I noticed she was in "hide" mode. Yogis have NOTHING on her for focus! I ha... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:07:45 EST July Garden Review: Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955916 Worked in the yard a couple of hours this afternoon and now have the big garden ready for DGS to finish mulching tomorrow. That and occasional light weeding will take care of it for the rest of the season! :) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4d7a4a0-795f-4698-9bae-059325057e41.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Next will be Sugar's garden, weeding, pruning, and just mulching along the front edge. She loves it back there and in the dark is literally invisible! <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 16:37:21 EST Sugar had her first professional grooming today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949271 From 9 this morning until noon Sugar was at the groomer for the first time. The household has mixed feelings. OK, but not as "polished" as I would have expected; didn't know until I got home. She was anxious to leave. The face is not as neat as I would have expected. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e7ee87a-04f1-46e6-b92d-281f4d392d78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8beff8f-5eb0-4b9c-8e4d-3c89cd8df078.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:51:59 EST Motivation FROM My Brother; Sweet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948150 I received this in the mail from my brother whom I have been encouraging to exercise, walk, container garden, ANYthing he can handle. He received this from his heart rehab therapist. It really made an impression on him! I have not checked the numbers but it sure makes the point! <BR> <BR> "M&M'S ARE REALLY FOOTBALL FIELDS" <BR> <BR> What does this mean? When you eat one little m&m, it takes one football field of walking to burn off the calories in that one sugar-coated, fat filled m&m... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:24:29 EST Good Morning All! Great Grandson is Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946662 So strange, I have a walking talking little boy! Well, almost talking. :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b0c1b52-af8a-4c83-8e5c-a803c5e214b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm so happy he's back! <BR> <BR> This is what stopped him in his tracks in the video: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8692465c-8d4b-421b-948d-ccf2964d6be6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, he's up! Just wanted to share. Smiles, Joy Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:34:03 EST Making Minis - picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941133 I've been missing hooping and my streak is on hold as I have been having trouble with my feet and ankles; injured them last month and they are on the mend. So, I decided it might be time for this uncoordinated Great Grandmother to practice off body hooping with minis; focusing on my arms. That's still the plan, but I'm also having some neck and shoulder pain that I need to have checked out first. Don't need to complicate it and not know if it's a medical issue or using new muscles. Falls... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 11:10:12 EST Container Garden Pictures: what a difference a week makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939014 Been harvesting radishes; past time to plant more! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52c6f9d3-beb0-4fba-909a-4c26ff4ffac6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/215207cd-9016-4b14-8ff8-abd28861de01.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84ea6410-72e4-473b-90ee-443f902c6e6b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4abb9740-70b3-460d-b46d-115078f00586.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:40:52 EST Sugar and Xena, Sweetness and . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935579 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85e10ab0-304c-42d1-8c72-cb4e0cf30391.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed844581-70ec-4c8c-a91c-89862d09f815.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Smiles, Joy Thu, 28 May 2015 08:12:15 EST May 26 Yard Garden Update: Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934489 It's been a beautiful spring. Bulbs and Irises are done and we're heading into summer; Yard is looking good. <BR> What's new: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d54ecc0-94c5-484b-b954-f84d4dcc11e7.JPG"> <BR> With the April rains this spring; the hostas are spectacular! This bed still needs to be edged and mulched. It's in the front yard. <BR> <BR> Also in the front yard is an early spring bulb garden. Something has been in bloom since the last snow. <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:25:32 EST May 26 Yard Garden Update: Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934488 It's been a beautiful spring. Bulbs and Irises are done and we're heading into summer; Yard is looking good. <BR> What's new: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d54ecc0-94c5-484b-b954-f84d4dcc11e7.JPG"> <BR> With the April rains this spring; the hostas are spectacular! This bed still needs to be edged and mulched. It's in the front yard. <BR> <BR> Also in the front yard is an early spring bulb garden. Something has been in bloom since the last snow. <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 26 May 2015 10:25:32 EST Quick Container Garden Update: pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934461 You can back up two blogs if you are interested in how this started. It's doing very nicely: <BR> Deck: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6ff3e75-3ec3-487f-85b2-be4e9ea74c1b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e416d9b-4a83-4eb9-84e5-f1d5c8255fa1.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d49c357c-fe19-4d22-9926-dfa32adc6830.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Gardens: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dbc4ad48-... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:40:07 EST Container Gardening Update: It's been only a week, but things are growing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929560 This is my update on my last blog a week ago to get my brother motivated to try container gardening. Things are going well. It will be time for him to plant at the end of the month. <BR> 5/17 garden: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed1fe984-e0a8-420b-9858-cc94f892c690.JPG"> <BR> Radishes are up and I have a pepper with more on the way! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15da30ee-1fb3-4e8c-937b-9bc64e36b2e1.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 17 May 2015 10:58:34 EST Container Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926470 This past year my brother has had some serious heart issues. Thankfully he was a candidate for a new surgical procedure and successfully is recovering from surgery this spring. He is still limited in what he can do but he's come a long way. Was wanting to garden; but can't get out and garden in a "big way" so I encouraged him to try container gardening and enlist his granddaughter to help. Win/win. <BR> Also win/win is that a garden is a promise to the future and gives you plenty to thi... Mon, 11 May 2015 16:47:15 EST GGS's Box, continued . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922527 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1689914389.jpg"> <BR> "I LOVE MY BOX!' <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1881118092.jpg"> <BR> "WHAT? NO BUBBLE WRAP?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l583220681.jpg"> <BR> "FUN IS FUN!" <BR> <BR> Will continue until the box is no more. <BR> <BR> Smiles, Joy Mon, 4 May 2015 15:46:28 EST Sugar Vs. Salt and Pepper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921404 After coloring my hair for 55 years; I decided to let it go natural. I decided to begin this process right after the holidays. After all, I don't see much of anyone in January, February and March! :) <BR> <BR> All my siblings have white hair like my Mom did. I thought that would be nice. Didn't think I wanted "Salt and Pepper". Now the artificial color is gone and I'm surprised; I like it! But, thinking I'll call it "Sugar" rather than "Salt and Pepper"! <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sat, 2 May 2015 16:28:01 EST Just for Fun: More GGS, After Our First Morning Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920904 GGS woke early from his nap so we had time to try a "walk". Fun, Sugar made him laugh! <BR> <BR> As we were coming in, the FED EX truck pulled up and I was glad to hold the door open for the driver to deposit a heavy box in my living room. <BR> <BR> No pictures of the walk as it was Sugar, GGS in a stroller and me with only two hands. :) <BR> Maybe another time. For now: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1415093409.jpg"> <BR> "Look! A box!" <BR> <BR> <im... Fri, 1 May 2015 16:19:50 EST If you are able, and can't find the time to walk, then . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918555 . . .you must not remember how hard it was to learn! J.W. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1619105560.jpg"> <BR> Will today be the day? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l989669685.jpg"> <BR> "I need a way out Grandma." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2078908674.jpg"> <BR> "Thanks." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l408357457.jpg"> <BR> Moving on . . . <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:19:58 EST Meeting Frog - GGS photo blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915621 If you are new to my page; let me introduce you to my Great-grandson. A joy I never expected to experience; he spends 3 mornings a week with me. What fun we have. He is not yet walking but is VERY mobile. I count part of these mornings as a workout! He will be one in 2 weeks and has been practicing: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l300654934.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I decided Monday that it was time for him to meet Frog. Frog, was his grandfather's, a toy I made my son ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:01:37 EST Today's workout - no yoga tonight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914705 Well, after a beautiful sunrise and a fun morning with GGS: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2027344645.jpg"> <BR> ~A little discovery I wouldn't have minded skipping! :) ~ <BR> ​ <BR> I had lunch and took a break. Drizzly rainy day here. Every time I thought there was going to be a break and put on my shoes to walk Sugar, it would start again! Then around 3 it let up a little and I decided to head out to HD to pick up some landscape block for a nagging pro... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:09:08 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914365 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2145588991.jpg"> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:39:03 EST I Absolutely Love Springtime in KY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913851 View from my kitchen. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953695671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What's not to love?? <BR> Smiles, Joy Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:53:19 EST Spring is definitely here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912897 Just ask Sugar! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1425513633.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l651761093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l447856079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Trust me, this was a workout for us both! Isn't she lovely?? :) <BR> It took 3 hours, with a break between the comb out and the bath and clipping. <BR> We are pleased. Love sharing. Joy & <em>338</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:14:34 EST Thank you faithful friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909269 You know who you are . . . you've been with me a long time. Giving me positive feedback on all kinds of seemingly un-health related activities as watching robins grow to refurbishing refrigerators and cleaning my garage. These things are related to my health! I'm loving the photography, the activity and the fact that I'm living life and not having to focus on dieting, food and weight. I will not starve, I do make healthy choices. Now my mind is otherwise occupied--with life and i... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:03:06 EST An Emerging Morning Workout - GGS pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908170 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> You regulars already know I've been enjoying visits from my GGS on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. He is my sunshine which has been a real gift this past winter! This week we've graduated from the Bear's Room. <BR> <BR> If you are not a regular: you can get an overview of the Bear's room here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849574 </link> <BR> and more recently here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypag... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:00:30 EST Come Walk With Me In Beautiful Tennessee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906604 Come walk with me in the mountains of beautiful Tennessee. <BR> Recently I went on a mini spring break vacation to Pigeon Forge, <BR> TN with my DD and her family. The last full day of our trip <BR> DD and I opted for a beautiful riverside trail to walk. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1618450200.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The rest of our crew chose to walk the tourist strip in Gatlinburg. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l34543074.jpg"> <BR> Seriously?... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 18:33:56 EST Fresh Greens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897422 My girls are craving and searching out fresh greens. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1258198441.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l144774621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Sugar too! I just wasn't camera ready! <BR> <BR> They're pretty smart! How about you? <BR> <BR> Enjoying wonderful weather here. Smiles, Joy Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:36:54 EST Thin Vs Lean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894545 I'm borrowing from a friend's blog this morning. Thanks for the memories TERI-RIFIC! <BR> <BR> You reminded me of a pre-digital time, for me, 1992 when I was just begining to recover from a time when the ONLY thing I could control in my life was my weight and I went down to a size five and a very unhealthy 135. Yes, thin, flabby and looked like I'd been ill a long time. Life is so much better, and stronger today and no longer needing the concealer to cover the circles under my eyes befo... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:33:29 EST I'VE GOT FLOWERS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889991 What kind? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1653347734.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Snowdrops of course! After 17" of snow just 4 days ago; they are a welcome sight! <BR> Other bulbs are also pushing through, spring is on the way! <BR> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:33:03 EST The Storm Is Past-hopefully my last snow blog for this year! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887702 This record breaking snow fall that ended around noon today did present challenges. <BR> <BR> For Sugar . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l884447034.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And for me . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172362844.jpg"> <BR> Actually, I left the deck alone; too much weight out there already! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632523846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did suit up and get outside; eve... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:50:45 EST In the path of this storm? Feed the birds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887460 They were literally at my door this morning! I cannot easily get to the yard feeders; but then neither can they! It's still snowing! This is the most snow KY has EVER had! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146998015.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584455625.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Stay safe and warm and don't forget to feed the birds. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:46:30 EST Good Bye February! I'm almost speechless! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884426 We are saying good bye to the COLDEST, SNOWIEST February KY has EVER had; and we're not alone. <BR> <BR> But it sure felt that way sometimes! When a gal has got to go, she's got to go! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l6766052.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, only certain places will do. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l363217875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Boot Heaven; they stayed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:21:47 EST ANGELS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES/ or, it pays to be flexible! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877470 As most of you know; KY got hit with the 4th worst snowfall ever yesterday! Started early in the morning and never stopped until after dark. The official measure is 10" but I know I had more than that; at least 14". <BR> <BR> This photo was taken at 2:30 in the afternoon, that's a concrete garden bench in front of my house. By night, none of the bench was visible. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1795778704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can see, some shoveling has b... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:22:14 EST Just checking in; all is well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871698 Good Morning All! <BR> Fun family night last night. Ten of us made it to my DGS!'s birthday celebration. Restaurant and service was great, GGS was there to entertain everyone and everyone had a good time! <BR> <BR> You are absolutely right CAT. It is one day at a time. I retired 13 years ago, early, because I really felt I had at most 5 good years left. So happy I was wrong! I've had such a good time since then and no longer have some of the physical problems I did then (+/- an100 extra po... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:13:03 EST Combo: Meet Bear and My Journey; meet all my grandkids along the way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849574 (permission granted) :) <BR> <BR> Bear came to live with MY KIDS a little over 30 years ago. By '93 they were all out on their own and the house was quiet. For a year or two anyway. Then the grandkids started coming! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1895646091.jpg"> <BR> It's 94 and I was perfectly happy to be a "fluffy" grandma! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l818353982.jpg"> <BR> First was a dear granddaughter! This is lat... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:26:48 EST Welcome to Bear's Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848582 This is certainly not the blog I had planned to start the new year; but I promise it's more fun. I will do a journey review blog later in the month; it's bouncing around in my head and won't settle down. In the meantime . . .That little guy in my profile picture is 8 months old today. His arrival is transforming Bear's room once again. He spends 2-3 mornings a week with me which is just perfect. After all, I'm a busy person! :) <BR> <BR> "Bear's Room" would be called a nursery i... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:30:48 EST Christmas Morning 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838845 This great grandma is not being left behind on Christmas! <BR> With coffee in hand on arising the first activity was exchanging <BR> texts of MERRY CHRISTMAS with all my kids and grandkids. <BR> Receiving almost instant replies from some and later replies <BR> through the morning. Fun. <BR> <BR> Next it was time to give my girls their gifts. <BR> <BR> For Sugar, a new bone! Messy! But, It's Christmas! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1296833703.jpg"> <... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:13:39 EST A Christmas Miracle-for X & S fans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836545 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1316754854.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Smiles, I didn't pose them. For once Sugar didn't let Xena have the bed, she squeezed on and pushed Xena's butt over. They stayed until I went upstairs and got my camera. Not because they wanted to be together but because neither wanted to give up the bed! <BR> Sugar eventually yielded as she knew Xena wouldn't. Funny girls! <BR> <BR> MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my Sparkfriends; we've had a very good year! <BR>... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:12:07 EST Just for fun: Xena fans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808556 To see what triggered this exercise check out: <BR> <BR> <link>happyplace.someecards.com/cats/the-i<BR>nternet-comes-full-cat-circle-with-cat<BR>-circles/ </link> <BR> <BR> The easiest circles for me were hoops, of course. It was hilarious; very similiar to catnip. No script needed except to watch what Sugar thinks of this nonsense. Xena would have gone on all night! Smiles, Joy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l255563224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 09:15:44 EST Rainy Morning With My Girls-Pic blog, just for fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799222 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1497887390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1030297012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718109075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1996714630.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l888739642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2113637377.jpg">... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:29:16 EST Afterthoughts of a 9 Year Maintainer: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798353 Ever notice how you can't do just "one thing". Action, seems to trigger more action. That's why 10 minute streaks work so well; mine turn into at least 20! <BR> <BR> I want to thank all of you that responded to my Thoughts of a 9 Year Maintainer blog. I apologize for not reaching out to each of you individually but part of me having time to be "active" is limiting my computer time. If you missed that blog this is the link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:42:09 EST Thoughts of a 9 year Maintainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792881 This blog was prompted by a call from my brother this morning; updating me on his health challenges. He needs heart surgery and it keeps getting postponed in large part because of his weight. He has lost about 100 pounds and told me what he weighs now; I shared that I used to weigh close to that. MY BROTHER was surprised! He said, as many of you have, "I can't believe you could have weighed that much; I don't remember you ever looking that big. Told him I'd send him a picture. :) <BR> ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:51:06 EST Sugar gets her last haircut of the season: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783626 I have a recent picture for "before". <BR> Sugar's been looking pretty shaggy and I wanted to give her one more good grooming and short haircut (sorta) before we lost the warm weather. Today was the first time I used electric clippers on her and it did make it a lot easier; used scissors too. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422691792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is how my girls usually spend a warm afternoon, yard time is in the morning and evening. <img src="http://photo... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:45:36 EST Kitchen P.S. for you faithful friends :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779920 I am enjoying my house and my kitchen more; it's easier to keep clean because it looks nice. Hard to be motivated to clean; when the result just emphasizes other flaws. Not an excuse, just is what it is. <BR> I finally got the tools put away and the kitchen straightened. I still plan to work my way through the cabinets. Again, baby steps. I thought you might like to see the other 3 walls. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1419024161.jpg"> <BR> The wall wt... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:04:12 EST KITCHEN-just "sprucing up" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779070 Not a remodel, not even redecorating, more just sprucing up; yet some of my friends still want to see what I'm doing in the kitchen. Half a kitchen that is. Work is done, tools are put away and I'm done with house projects until after the holidays. Then may tackle painting the kitchen counter, we'll see. You won't see that half of the kitchen; cabinets, appliances and ugly counter of the same formica that was just discarded from the bathroom. <BR> <BR> Sprucing up the "problem" or date... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:45:23 EST Summer Projects = Fitness Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776527 All fitness minutes aren't earned in the gym or strictly fitness activities. I've had quite a workout working on my house this summer! <BR> <BR> Dear Son has been off work this summer and helping me get some long overdue things done to my house. (Circa 1950's) We started with the laundry area in the garage and then went on to do the entire garage. <BR> You can see them at: <BR> <BR> Garage remodel July 27 blog: <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_i... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:36:48 EST Ages and Stages; it's all good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770168 My DGD turned 13 yesterday. It seems in just a blink of time. <BR> <BR> This was 13 years ago; tiny she with not so tiny me: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1749074962.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> All the things that happened between then and now have made her--her; and me--me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1613862680.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wouldn't change a thing! <BR> Beautiful young lady she and great grandmother me. <BR> It's all g... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:30:58 EST The Gift That Keeps On Giving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769396 My garden is truly a gift! Beauty, food and exercise abound. All summer I've been picking peppers as needed. Today I decided to harvest and freeze what was on my two plants. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1147807022.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today they will go into the freezer, along with extra tomatoes. A garden is also a promise to the future! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful holiday weekend! <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:37:20 EST