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/ 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 A Rare August Garden Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767517 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1712687635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:38:37 EST Inspiration for Seniors, and the rest of us. ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764118 You'll love watching this gal who chose to DANCE at her 90th birthday party! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <link>blog.petflow.com/90-year-old-woman-s<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762543 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> www.maplin.co.uk/p/silve 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l673... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:51:19 EST If you make it fun, it isn't a WORK OUT! ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758426 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>colorlines.com/archives/2011/11/toda<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756815 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>www.today.com/id/26184891/vp/5583749<BR>4#55837494 </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:28:50 EST TAH DAH!! The Laundry Remodel Is Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751241 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1477395487.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1633567767.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750689 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747859 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 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746843 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>blog.petflow.com/just-because-you-ha<BR>ve-grandkids-doesnt-mean-you-cant-danc<BR>e-go-grandma/ </link> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:51:14 EST XENA, interior designer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744769 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l327894101.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:40:28 EST Enjoyed Some Yard Time This Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739525 The cooler temps made it so pleasant to be out there longer this afternoon! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1573110810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sugar enjoyed just relaxing. <BR> Sugar being Sugar . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1953121288.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738562 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737383 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736143 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728687 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712974 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1897368075.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l207677018.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712059 SUGAR WANTS TO COME IN. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1567888794.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WHO GIVES A HOOT?! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1237599146.jpg"> <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 May a great month for roses and furry friends. Pics, no story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710142 We'll start with my fur balls first: Sugar had gotten really shaggy; I don't think her coat would stop growing if just left alone. So she got a bath and a good grooming that included a major haircut. I must have taken a bucket of hair off her and she looked and I'm sure felt better. I won't let it get that long again. Maybe 2 major haircuts a year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47203298.jpg"> <BR> Fluffy Sugar only lasts a few days; then her hair crimps u... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 23:43:44 EST Bear's Reward: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696519 Dreary day here; I just can't help myself, they are so darn cute! <BR> <BR> Out for that walk we went! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681472708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then they waited by the back door as I used my key to get in the front: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1855514765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Such good dogs, and so cute! Smiles, Joy Fri, 16 May 2014 16:15:03 EST Bear Presents Another Reminder: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696468 From Bear's last blog: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l35296738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, he's been here awhile; sadly, no end in sight, good or bad. He's getting quite good at coming up the stairs. <BR> <BR> Today, he decided to come down. All he had to do was commit to the first step then . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1270359336.jpg"> <BR> <BR> each that followed! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Fri, 16 May 2014 14:17:19 EST Bear Makes Me Think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688449 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l845131708.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At first this was going to just be a cute picture of Bear blog with an explanation that he's never lived in a house with stairs. He goes up just fine, but to come down; he needs a little help! If he lived here, he would have to learn how. As is, I'm not going to add to his stress by trying to teach him something he'll only need for the short time he's here. I'm also getting a little exercise carrying him back d... Mon, 5 May 2014 22:17:35 EST Just for fun: Meet Bear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687477 Normally my household is Sugar <em>338</em> , Xena <em>239</em> and myself <em>313</em> . <BR> Last Sunday, Bear joined us for a visit. His family is spending a lot of time at the hospital and he needed a place to stay. <BR> He's a cute and well behaved little Shih Tzu <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1689855253.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When you live with Xena, warrior princess, you must learn Royal Protocol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sun, 4 May 2014 20:49:43 EST Duds and Double Mulching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682440 After the last blog about Sugar's Landscape design there were some questions about double mulching. Then a fun chat in my Maintainer's Team about what we wear gardening. Seems anything goes from bikinis to full coverage. Depending on the day and the job I have a wide range too. But for serious digging, planting or mulching. The down and dirty jobs, I suit up in my Down and Dirty Duds! I have shorts and a lighter shirt underneath. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:23:33 EST SUGAR: Landscape designer :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678272 This is MY garden: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1621247000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It still needs recovery time from a hard winter but should look quite nice in a month or so. Today is the first time EVER that I feel I have it under control. This evening I finished weeding it and double mulching it (wet newspaper then hardwood mulch). This blog is not about me other than to point out this garden is completely mulched. <BR> <BR> Now, those of you that have been w... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:45:46 EST Spring Break: A Mountain Cabin, Family, Fitness, Fun and Food. It's about BALANCE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665607 It's really ALL about family! I just returned from a Spring Break trip with one of my daughters and her family. What a fun family and what a fun get away; thought I'd share. She found us a wonderful, welcoming cabin in Sevierville, TN. Near to both Pigeon Forge and Gatlingburg all fun vacation destinations. But very touristy, busy and high traffic. The kids love the fun of that; DD and I love the solitude of the cabin and mountain walks. It took exactly 4 minutes to get from the "strip... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:53:49 EST SPRING FEVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661923 Today has been an absolutey perfect day in Central Kentucky! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l136979806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1712720403.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1963664648.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1761342097.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1901201931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:38:30 EST Super Family Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660608 Good Morning, My Dear Niece and her family are now back on the road and on their way to visit family in Kansas! Wow, what a family filled fun weekend we had. Lots of food, yes; but we weren't just sitting around; lots of activity too!! <BR> Big get togethers were at my DD's. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1409348258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I so enjoyed having all the cousins together having a good time. I think there's a special chemistry with cousins. It may be ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:37:27 EST Just For Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657196 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l469535310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, <BR> it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!” <BR> ¯ Robert T. Kiyosaki <BR> <BR> I hope you are whispering Great and Powerful things! <BR> <BR> Love, Peace, and Ruby Red Slippers, <BR> Joy Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:58:57 EST Winter's Last Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656045 The official first day of spring is March 20, but in Central KY spring doesn't appear until after the daffodils have been snowed on once. Sharing a poem a friend sent: the pictures are mine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1670195221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Daffodowndilly <BR> by A.A. Milne <BR> <BR> She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, <BR> She wore her greenest gown; <BR> She turned to the south wind <BR> And curtsied up and down. <BR> She turned to the sun... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:31:54 EST For My Sugar's Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653511 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l795112127.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Smiles, <em>20</em> <em>338</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:59:03 EST For My Gardening Friends: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653012 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190653787.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1327720870.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's Spring! Get out there and enjoy it! <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:44:18 EST Signs of Spring-or, this week in my yard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648727 With the couple of beautiful days this week I've begun the season of "working out" in my yard! The weather was too nice not to start--even if snow was predicted mid week! <BR> <BR> With lots of winter damage, vine and other ground covers surface killed there is lots of debris to cut and remove. It would seem a dismal job . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l830960317.jpg"> <BR> <BR> . . . On the surface, yes; but as I clear the beds of debris .... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:12:10 EST March 1: The start of Meteorological Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638728 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792008127.jpg"> <BR> <BR> GUESS WHO WENT THROUGH ALL 3 PAIR OF BOOTS ALREADY TODAY?! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1271272872.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "WHO, ME??" <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> We got 6-8" of HEAVY snow early this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2099746177.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A BIG THANK YOU to my good friend and neighbor: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:39:49 EST Ready for Spring? -Xena blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630681 Are, you ready for spring? No more hiding in bulky winter clothes. Favorite outfits going to fit? <BR> <BR> This winter we were exploring new outfits for Xena to wear to make her more visible in the yard with me. It became obvious she was a little more "fluffy" than usual! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1394828834.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Could this be an issue? She got on it! She ate her salads. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:57:05 EST 446/9001 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626276 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1571235866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Absolutely NOT pounds!! <BR> <BR> I've completed 446 days of hooping as of yesterday. Requirement for that streak is a minimum of 10 minutes. But once begun . . . it often is at least 20 minutes and on a good day outside can be 30-40. BECAUSE IT'S FUN! <BR> <BR> Yesterday my odometer rolled over to 9001 miles too. That's the number of miles I've walked since I started wearing my pedometer (I wear it AL... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:55:04 EST Advice from Xena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619258 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736848321.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Enough said. <BR> <BR> Make it a great day! Joy Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:10:38 EST Where There's a Will . . .and what I've learned along the way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606536 One thing I've learned is I function a LOT better when I can exercise outside; I feel GREAT! <BR> <BR> We had a heat wave (seemed like), high 30's today. Sugar and I HAD to get out for our walk. It's been over a week! Until yesterday I was ready to hibernate! <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful sunny day, but the sidewalks weren't clear and the streets were a chemical slushy. Never the less, we were going for a walk! <BR> <BR> I've learned on snow, my hiking boots are superior to my snow boot... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:17:41 EST Today's Fitness Minutes-time for us to come out of hybernation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605468 Yes US! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sugar and I have been cooped up for a week, me getting my fitness minutes indoors and Sugar not getting many at all! <BR> <BR> Woke up to the predicted 4-6" of snow today with a lot of blowing and drifting so it's hard to tell the real amount. No matter, it's a long way from my garage door to the street and if it's not cleared the first day; it turns to ice at the recent temperatures. Waited for it to warm up and out we went! It felt like a heat wave at 30 degrees... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:01:15 EST