JOYINKY's SparkPeople Blog JOYINKY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sugar Vs. Salt and Pepper 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 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=""> <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 . . . . . .you must not remember how hard it was to learn! J.W. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Will today be the day? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "I need a way out Grandma." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Thanks." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Moving on . . . <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:19:58 EST Meeting Frog - GGS photo blog 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=""> <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! Well, after a beautiful sunrise and a fun morning with GGS: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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! <img src=""> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:39:03 EST I Absolutely Love Springtime in KY! View from my kitchen. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What's not to love?? <BR> Smiles, Joy Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:53:19 EST Spring is definitely here! Just ask Sugar! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 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 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><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849574 </link> <BR> and more recently here: <BR> <link> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:00:30 EST Come Walk With Me In Beautiful Tennessee! 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=""> <BR> <BR> The rest of our crew chose to walk the tourist strip in Gatlinburg. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Seriously?... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 18:33:56 EST Fresh Greens My girls are craving and searching out fresh greens. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 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! What kind? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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! :) This record breaking snow fall that ended around noon today did present challenges. <BR> <BR> For Sugar . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And for me . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Actually, I left the deck alone; too much weight out there already! <BR> <img src=""> <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! 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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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! 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=""> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, only certain places will do. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Boot Heaven; they stayed. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:21:47 EST ANGELS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES/ or, it pays to be flexible! :) 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=""> <BR> <BR> You can see, some shoveling has b... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:22:14 EST Just checking in; all is well. 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 (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=""> <BR> It's 94 and I was perfectly happy to be a "fluffy" grandma! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> First was a dear granddaughter! This is lat... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:26:48 EST Welcome to Bear's Room 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 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=""> <... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:13:39 EST A Christmas Miracle-for X & S fans <img src=""> <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 To see what triggered this exercise check out: <BR> <BR> <link><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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 09:15:44 EST Rainy Morning With My Girls-Pic blog, just for fun <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:29:16 EST Afterthoughts of a 9 Year Maintainer: 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><BR>urnal_... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:42:09 EST Thoughts of a 9 year Maintainer 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: 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=""> <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 :) 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=""> <BR> The wall wt... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:04:12 EST KITCHEN-just "sprucing up" 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 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><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_i... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:36:48 EST Ages and Stages; it's all good! 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=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> All the things that happened between then and now have made her--her; and me--me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 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=""> <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 A Rare August Garden Morning I kid you not; it was hot/hot/hot! But the humidity had dropped and I really needed to tackle some overgrowth from all the rain we've been having. Usually the garden is burnt out by now. Still, I needed something to lighten the chore. Camera ready, here's what I found along the way: edited from 18 shots to 8. Garden has been a delight this summer! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:38:37 EST Inspiration for Seniors, and the rest of us. ;) You'll love watching this gal who chose to DANCE at her 90th birthday party! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hocks-the-guests-at-her-birthday-party<BR>-men-were-lining-up-to-dance-with-her-wow/ </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:53:24 EST I Live In A Weather Station I was interested recently in a friends comment on their weather station that was peaking the neighbor's interest. So she shared: <BR> <BR> <link> r-usb-wireless-touchscreen -weather-forecaster-n96fy </link> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed seeing it immensely; it made me smile. Far too much technology for me; but it got me thinking about MY weather monitors! <BR> <BR> My lawn tells me when we need rain. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:51:19 EST If you make it fun, it isn't a WORK OUT! ;) By any other name, it's still burning calories. Check out this dancing diva! <BR> <BR> My hat is off to anyone who can make the treadmill at the gym fun! <BR> Enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ys_love_goes_to_nicole_harris_el_pasos<BR>_treadmill_dancing_queen.html </link> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:04:14 EST It's Never Too Late! I find it inspiring when I see stories of "Elders" jumping on the fitness wagon. This episode from TODAY was one of those: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4#55837494 </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:28:50 EST TAH DAH!! The Laundry Remodel Is Done! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lest you forgot, I put the "before" laundry area on my wall and in my gallery. Or, you could back up now to the 7/27 blog on the project or the 7/31 blog on just the table; fun! <BR> <BR> It's important to remember ths is not a laundry ROOM. It's a garage! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I drive in and out almost daily, parking there. So, I need room ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:04:15 EST Should Finish The Table In The Morning The laundry area is about done and I am pleased. Felt like the table deserved a brief blog of it's own. It has spent a year and a half on my patio as a grooming table and potting table. I found it on the curb and recognized possiblities as it was a sturdy table. Just didn't have time to do anything with it. I painted the bottom when I did the cabinets; the top was a different challenge. <BR> Transformation: <BR> Damage appeared to be a melted finish from a hot plates/pots or dishes. <BR>... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:26:50 EST Garage Project IS a workout! This past week my son has been helping me by brightening up the entry to and laundry area in my garage. My house is old, the garage is in the lower level and dates back to a time when garages were just garages and remained unfinished. Still, for my lifestyle, it IS an extension of my house; but remained largely unfinished and unwelcoming. My laundry area is in the darkest corner, washer and dryer on either side of an old worn washtub. A wall down the center of my lower level separates the... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:43:05 EST Just Keep Moving ! At 72 years young, if you know me, you know I'm a firm believer in building a lot of activity into your days. Exercise should be fun! If this clip included hooping it would be perfect! <BR> <BR> I challenge ANYONE to be able to watch this and sit still. Fun! Had to share. Joy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ve-grandkids-doesnt-mean-you-cant-danc<BR>e-go-grandma/ </link> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:51:14 EST XENA, interior designer When you are busy, as I have been with the garage projects this past week, cats have a way of demanding your attention. My Warrior Princess is no exception! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Evidently, she liked the tiny prints on the pet throw on my sofa that she decided to extend the design up onto the white coverlet that was being protected. SHE was pleased with the results! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:40:28 EST Enjoyed Some Yard Time This Afternoon The cooler temps made it so pleasant to be out there longer this afternoon! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sugar enjoyed just relaxing. <BR> Sugar being Sugar . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and watching . . . <BR> <BR> . . . . <BR> <BR> . . . <BR> <BR> . . <BR> <BR> <BR> Bear and Xena . . . <BR> <BR> . . . <BR> <BR> being . ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:32:09 EST Starting A New Streak Today Well, it;s not really new; I had a 6 minute morning abs routine that I did for YEARS, then I added in some fitness ball exercises, then later some yoga, then topped it off with pushups and it was no longer and easy 10 minutes it had become a daunting 45 minutes that became a chore and I just stopped! I tend to do that, didn't cut back; just gave it up. Lesson learned. <BR> <BR> Returning to yoga last week and buying a T shirt dress for a cool alternative at home yesterday both were wake up... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:02:24 EST July Garden Picture Blog or How I Get My Fitness Minutes! First, I want to thank CAZ for asking for some updated garden pictures. I have a tendency to look at my garden with an eye for work to be done! After walking Sugar and Bear this morning I decided to see if, in spite of the lack of rain, there was enough to do this. Pleasant surprise! Some plants are past their prime but others taking their place. I've really enjoyed my garden this year! Both photographing it and working in it. Good day to blog about it as it's in the high 90's now, cri... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:55:59 EST Dog Days of Summer Generally speaking July and August in Central KY are hot, hot, hot. For me and mine that means outdoor time is in the morning and evening. Errands and house activities mid afternoon. Today, after sparking with my morning coffee I walked Sugar and Bear then worked in the garden for 2 hours. All 3 of my housemates were in the yard with me. <BR> <BR> I just now got back from my grocery shopping. This was my greeting (handiest camera was my phone, not good indoors; not that I should worry. ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:32:32 EST Summer Fun - survival reminder I had a wonderful family day today. <BR> <BR> DD is in from Maryland with two of my preteen grandkids (one is in my 2001 picture on my page with me). It will be a busy week but also one that will be hard to fit in my fitness activity. Extra housework is going to have to count for something. But maintenance really is more in the kitchen than in the gym. I'm lucky that this family eats a lot like I do; only some "extras" to tempt me. <BR> <BR> Today we had a family gathering at a local ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:26:11 EST Sugar and Bear are NOT Wimps! Well, OK; Sugar is a wimp. But, she's a very sweet wimp that survives very well with her sister Xena Warrior princess. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bear is NOT a wimp by any means. He doesn't even accept that he is a little dog, as I've witnessed several times on our walks. Still he learned quickly to yield to the Princess. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was t... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 18:23:29 EST MY GIRLS MAKE ME LAUGH DAILY but I don't always have my camera SUGAR WANTS TO COME IN. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WHO GIVES A HOOT?! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> IT'S REALLY TOUGH LIVING WITH A WARRIOR PRINCESS. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DID I INTERVENE THIS TIME? <BR> <BR> Of course I did! <BR> DID YOU SEE THOSE EYES?!! <BR> <BR> Smiles... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:40:58 EST