KDYLOSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KDYLOSE KDYLOSE'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/ The long view http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191943 Don't ever doubt that our Spark friendships have real consequence. The responses to my last blog really helped me to snap out of my funk and look at things with more perspective. That's part of the problem with spending too much time alone I think - you can become so focused on the trees and forget that the forest is actually kind of nice and it's a nice day out there. <BR> <BR> I talked to my sister about the jobhunting too, and she pointed out that I've moved to a pretty small town with a... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:16:24 EST stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189764 Confession: I've been pretty down in the dumps lately. After spending most of my time alone for the past year and mostly enjoying it, I've been finding myself feeling very lonely and a little hopeless these past few weeks. <BR> <BR> Partly I think that getting ready for my art show gave me something exciting to focus on and work towards, and now that this project is done - and has brought no results yet - I'm feeling let down, a little lost and purposeless. <BR> <BR> Partly there was so mu... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:24:49 EST categories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189516 I mentioned in my status the other day that I'd seen where someone had created a meal category in their tracker called "sweets and grazing" and I decided to do the same. Here's my rationale: <BR> <BR> I already have categories for breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack. (I don't use them all every day, but many times I do.) These are meals and snacks that I think about ahead of time, even if only a half-hour ahead, and eat purposely. But what abou... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:58:10 EST My dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185583 I was inspired by TWEETIE's post to write a father's day blog. <BR> <BR> My dad was almost a stereotypical 50's dad. He went off to work every day in his hat and overcoat looking like one of the guys from Mad Men or a Humphrey Bogart movie. When he came home in the evening he sat in his easy chair reading the newspaper while we scurried around getting dinner ready. He didn't talk much, he wasn't a touchy-feely person, he never hugged me or told me he loved me. And I had my complaints about ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:00:36 EST more adventures in exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185303 So about a week ago I tried swimming laps and noted that it did aggravate my knee a little. It was also the day that I did all the exercises the physical therapist gave me, several sets of each twice a day as he had recommended. Well, by the end of that day I was limping - not something that usually happens - and the next evening I could barely make it down a flight of stairs. And the worst part is I don't know what caused it. Was it the swimming? Did I do one of the exercises wrong? Well at ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:44:32 EST I have a staff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184065 Well, my sister has been acting as my agent and has done a really good job of talking me up, helping me drum up my first commission and helping me set prices, things I'm terrible at, and now my daughter announced yesterday that she's appointing herself my social media manager. <BR> <BR> She's the social media manager for a big corporation, so the kid knows what she's doing. She set me up as a Facebook small business and then bought Facebook ads targeted at people in the DC area who like oil... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:56:50 EST awol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183335 I started feeling under the weather last Thursday or Friday and had to tough it out through the big weekend on Ibuprofen, with my daughter visiting and my family all coming up for the show. It was still great having them all, but I was feeling pretty miserable. Then retreated into my cave for the rest of Sunday, all of Monday and most of yesterday. Emerged yesterday evening for a stroll around the lake, bought a bunch of veggies and made a big salad, trying to return to normal habits. But hav... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:15:32 EST more adventures in the pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179771 I tried water walking and it was incredibly boring, so I went ahead and swam some laps. And the PT is right, it aggravated my knee a little even though I barely kicked. Next idea: I have an old pair of knee braces that I don't use any more, don't care if the chlorine messes them up. Going to try swimming with them on. There's only a few old folks there and I don't care if I look stupid. <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 16:32:01 EST physical therapist says I'm very strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178171 This was my first ever physical therapy session, and possibly my last as he just gave me some exercises to do at home, but very informative. He did a series of tests that were kind of like arm wrestling, where he'd put his hands on part of my leg and tell me to see if I could keep him from pushing it down, and then he remarked about five times after that how strong I was! <BR> <BR> The exercises he gave me to do at home are very simple stretches and leg lifts, nothing I haven't done before,... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 09:04:12 EST and the search goes on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177523 I tried out a water aerobics class last Friday, and I really liked the instructor, she took it seriously and addressed our form - it was a regular exercise class but in the water, exactly what I was looking for. I did wonder why I was traveling so much and bumping into people when everyone else seemed to stay easily in one place, and I did have a lot of trouble keeping the noodle under me in certain exercises, but I figured I'd get used to it. The class is Mon, Weds and Fri and I was very exc... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:50:19 EST mixing it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174951 Once again I find myself looking for new exercise routines that I'll stick with. For a while now I've been settled into ST class twice a week and mountain hiking as my main activities, but now the knee doctor has suggested I do less climbing and more flat walking, (plus I don't like long hikes in the summer heat) and I've been getting some back pain after the ST class even though I pay close attention to form and have talked with the leader and modified much of the workout. Last week in there... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 07:30:08 EST at the beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169444 I drove the 4 1/2 hours down to the family beach house in Delaware to retrieve a painting of my dad that I want to put in the show. This used to be a two-day journey from Ohio that I had to save my vacation for all year, so it's very nice to be able to just casually drop in. But we're planning to sell it in the next few years, in fact I was only able to retire because I'm counting on my fourth of the proceeds. <BR> <BR> Anyway, weird to be here alone - it's been 27 years since I didn't hav... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:11:00 EST knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166170 I'm so glad I decided to go see the knee doctor! It's a relief to know what's going on. She took xrays right there and showed me - I have moderately severe osteoarthritis behind the patella where the cartilage is wearing away, but I'm not at bone on bone yet. <BR> <BR> So I'm a candidate for having some gel injected in there if I decide I'm ready for treatment, but we both agreed that for the time being I can just wait if I'm okay with the level of pain. She said the hiking won't speed up t... Thu, 19 May 2016 09:24:48 EST painting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162099 I think this is finally done. Was nervous about ruining it so I put it off a long time. Glady, the older woman, is a no-nonsense person with a very quiet kindness and a dry sense of humor. I was trying to capture that but I don't know if it's too subtle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/647eaee3-56f0-4a94-961b-48251c6073fa.jpg"> Fri, 13 May 2016 10:50:22 EST postcard for my show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158668 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c53fe9cb-1ec7-4b7e-8d80-2b6f823d9336.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The gallery chose this image for the postcards they're printing up, it's a painting I did of myself in 1982 at age 32. We came up with this title for the show because it's going to feature portraits I did of the same family members over a period of 40 years. I'm starting to retrieve paintings from people's houses and getting ready to frame the unframed ones this week, it's getting exciting! Sun, 8 May 2016 09:04:59 EST dee-vorced http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157694 Almost one year to the day that I left home, I got the papers in the mail today. Got my name back and it's all over! It gets me to thinking about the past year, and one thing I realized: even though I gained a few pounds this winter, even though I so often feel like a screwup with the overeating and the underexercising, when all is said and done I still weigh 7 pounds less than I did a year ago and my blood sugar is going down, almost out of prediabetes. Which means that during a year of emot... Fri, 6 May 2016 15:14:47 EST Well that was interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156742 Today I have my appointment to meet the new doctor that was rescheduled several weeks ago. So again I was playing the "I have to lose weight before the appointment" game at the last minute. <BR> <BR> When I stepped on the scale two mornings ago - after a week of being under the weather and eating a lot of salt, a lot of comfort food that was in my program but way too much of it - I was panicked to see that I was now up 6 pounds from my weight when I moved here last fall. <BR> <BR> So yeste... Thu, 5 May 2016 07:26:54 EST Belated appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151997 About 20 years after injuring both of my knees, one in aerobics and one twisted over a rock, I've decided I'd like to know exactly what's wrong with them. They've been achey for years now, and I just assumed that I'd developed some arthritis where the injuries were, but now that it's moving from achey to burning I think I need to know what's going on. It's been suggested to me that I might have bone-on-bone wear, and if I do, I don't know if that affects the mountain hiking. <BR> <BR> Anywa... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:36:34 EST low on gas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151758 I don't know if it's my age or the pollen count, but after a more than usually action-packed four days - including the painting-and-too-much-coffee marathon on Thursday, my daughter coming for the weekend, a family get-together and all that hiking - I crashed and burned. I was down for the count all day Monday and much of Tuesday, and today I got a lot done but was still dragging myself around exhausted. Where is my stamina? I want it back! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:05:42 EST 104 flights of stairs today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149249 Yesterday the Appalachian Trail, today we went back to the Maryland Heights overlook at Harper's Ferry. Here's my daughter on the rocks. <BR> <BR> She took photos of me but I'm appalled at how fat I still look and will not post them. Will I ever look the way I feel like I look? Oh well, who really cares at this point. How I look, I mean. That's not why I'm doing this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0284876-2ef5-4d41-a244-a3527683cbef.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:34:25 EST What I did today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147459 Drove down to the DC suburb where I grew up and started this portrait of my best friend Judy from childhood and her 95-year-old mom, who was kind of my second mom growing up. Judy lives in France and was just in town visiting, it was so neat to spend time catching up while I painted them. Going to finish from photos. Judy's sister is the one who asked me to do it. <BR> <BR> When I woke up this morning I hadn't slept enough, getting a sinus sore throat, zero energy, thought 'I'll never be abl... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:21:00 EST facing it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144782 Yesterday I did something I never do. I knew by late afternoon I was going to go over my range, even with the generous 1700 I've upped it to, but I went ahead and tracked everything I ate. Normally I just give up on tracking for the day once I see I'm not going to succeed at staying in range. I write it off as a failure, and then this gives me permission to REALLY fail and 'start again tomorrow.' <BR> <BR> I feel like the fact that I kept tracking was important as part of a shift in perspect... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:11:41 EST Interesting thoughts on motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143350 I found this link on a message board to a Spark article I've never noticed before. It talks about some things that I've thought but never articulated as well. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mind<BR>_over_body_fat.asp <BR> <BR> For one thing, she talks about how having good problem-solving skills is important. I think this is so true. Approaching this lifestyle change as a challenge where I have to use my ingenuity to come up with solutions as I identify problems almost makes ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:20:56 EST games we play http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142749 Going for my second attempt at finding a doctor today, after trying out a nurse practitioner three months ago who didn't believe I could tell when I had a urinary tract infection. I've had the labs done that she ordered - was supposed to come back and see her in 3 months, now the results are waiting for this new doctor to see. I've had very good relationships with three different general practitioners over the past 20 years, and now it's seeming hard to find someone - hardly anyone taking new... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:16:23 EST Reconfiguring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141490 So here I am, still stalled in the bottom half of the 150's, losing and gaining the same few pounds over and over, and the excuse of it being harder in the winter is gone. <BR> <BR> I keep thinking back to last summer, when I moved to Columbus, got on a big losing streak and dropped nine pounds. I know it was mostly due to having this great exercise class that I could walk to five days a week, and then in the evenings I was taking lots of long walks around the neighborhood to calm myself do... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:10:35 EST messages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138996 A ring on your left ring finger says you are married or engaged. No ring indicates you are not taken. This ring says: Not married but doing just fine on my own, thank you very much! <BR> <BR> This is just costume jewelry I found the other day at Penney's for 70% off, but one of these days I'm going to find a real turquiose and sterling silver version...maybe bump into one at a craft sale. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9334ded-f42f-486a-ad3d-b4afb8ca2f8d.jpg"> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 09:09:09 EST A little bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135369 Was talking to my friend back in Ohio yesterday and after we'd discussed everything else she asked "So, are you divorced now?" and I said "It's all done except for him signing the paperwork and it being filed with the court. I'm only a little bit married", and we both cracked up. Kind of like being only a little bit pregnant or, if you're a fan of The Princess Bride, one of my all-time favorite movie comedies, only a little bit dead. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:37:38 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133373 Back in late February I attempted to climb the Maryland Heights trail, a steep ascent to some big cliffs overlooking Harper's Ferry. I was discouraged to find I couldn't make it all the way, but I vowed to come back. Well, today I made it to the top, and the view was spectacular! I paced myself and took breaks and it wasn't even close to being as hard as last time, so I can tell my other hikes are paying off. <BR> <BR> I also picked my way down very slowly on the descent and my knees are ok... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 16:13:34 EST This day can only improve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130952 I woke at 4 am and was lying there and it crossed my mind how I keep forgetting to water my patio greens in the morning. So I decided to go get the plastic watering can from under my indoor plants in the livingroom and put it out where I'd see it. Forgot it was full, lifted it and sloshed water all over my wireless modem, which promptly died. So there I am lying in the dark thinking about whether to tell the cable company or just get my own modem and never mention it, thinking where am I goin... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:34:50 EST Cloud bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130343 TWEETIBEAR turned me on to this, you can find it in Spark recipes, and then by googling it I discovered it's all over the internet and has been for months. Some people are claiming it was originally an Atkins Diet recipe under another name. <BR> <BR> For those of us eating very low carb, it's a bread-like substitute made from only three ingredients: eggs, cream cheese and cream of tartar. It's not going to be exciting at all for anyone who eats bread, but I've cut out bread for a long time i... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 18:34:59 EST Success, sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128219 The good part: I made it through the eight miles and 1600 feet of elevation in one piece, and when climbing I wasn't the last person. I was back behind the main group, but there were two people behind me. And my lungs didn't hurt this time when climbing, as I was able to go slower and concentrate on my breathing. So that part was very good. We did several ascents followed by descents - I guess that's the nature of hiking in these smaller mountains - and we stopped at three beautiful cliff ove... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 19:46:10 EST Hike Number Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127486 Hike Number One this week, on Thursday morning, I chose as kind of a warm-up. It was six or seven miles but not much elevation gain - one hill 500 feet with switchbacks, and some smaller uphill parts. They walked at a good pace but everyone slowed some on the hill, so it was just right for me. But I had to drive over an hour to get there, so I probably won't be going with them very much. I get nervous taking my old heap out on the interstate. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I signed up for a more challen... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:48:38 EST What I've been doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125868 These photos get darker and lose sharpness and contrast when I upload them to this site, but here's the general idea. These are all 2 x 3 feet. All but the first, my daughter, are models from my open studio groups. The model in the orange and green sewed that costume herself, it was weird. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7dca05a1-7807-4eb0-817a-37046b0e5591.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ed25381-ec40-4372-8846-6c162545610c.jpg"> <img src="ht... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:39:56 EST solitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123754 Boy, I am really getting into solitude in my old age. I loved having my daughter here Friday afternoon through today, it was a very good visit and we talked about a lot of things. I really wanted her to feel at home and able to relax, since she no longer has the house to go back to where she had lived from age 10; this one-bedroom apartment is as much 'Mom's house' as she's going to get. And she did relax, sleeping and lounging on my livingroom couch, which is actually her old futon from coll... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 18:12:18 EST these darn laptops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120385 Just slipped a finger on a key and obliterated a whole blog I was writing. I hate when than happens. It wasn't much, just musing about walking the neighborhood with the dog. <BR> <BR> As spring approaches I'm missing having a yard, and I have a plan for a container garden. BIL is supposed to come by and help. I have a narrow porch out my back door - about 4 feet wide and 10 or 12 feet long, it faces south and gets good light. He's going to help me build a 2 foot wide table along the railing,... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 06:28:59 EST This is Benny on his way to visit me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114549 He has a big head and little Corgi legs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e4f1834-5a79-48df-a648-89d9af91b73a.jpg"> Tue, 8 Mar 2016 18:49:38 EST looking back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111797 I did an interesting thing this morning. I was trying to remember the date that something happened last summer and started looking through my blogs to see if I could find it. I ended up sitting there rereading many of the blogs I wrote since leaving my husband last May. This divorce settlement marks the end of a 10-month chapter, a time of transition between my old life and the life I'm embarking on now, and it was so interesting to look back and see myself progressing. <BR> <BR> And what wa... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 10:49:50 EST celebration gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110948 To celebrate, I went to this used furniture place I'd been meaning to check out and bought myself this adorable little short-people's rocking chair. My livingroom is small so I need small furniture, and this is so comfortable. Only problem, Elliott seems to think it's for him. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad069c24-0eec-4a26-be47-adfaabd356e7.jpg"> Fri, 4 Mar 2016 08:16:42 EST It's over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110236 I have no idea how this happened, but my husband had a change of heart. His attorney showed up at the second settlement hearing today with a proposal: they leave my retirement alone, and I pay off his credit card instead, which is just $4,400. I could tell my lawyer wasn't expecting this. So the judge signed off on it and all that's left is the paperwork. I can hardly believe it! <BR> <BR> What's really nice is to know that the person I just spent the last 18 years of my life with is not be... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 10:45:57 EST a little in the dumps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108272 I don't know why exactly, but I've been a little down lately. I mean, I do know why, I have ongoing situations hanging over me that I'm aware of - waiting and worrying for this divorce to be settled and going round in my head over whether I trust my lawyer or not and what to do about it; a lot of free-floating anxiety about finances and whether it was totally unrealistic to retire at 64; wondering what kind of health problems are going to hit me, and how soon, now that I've had a stroke in my... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 07:15:44 EST another hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107336 So, I think with this group I bit off a little bit more than I could chew. We started off at a brisk pace that I liked, but then that pace continued when we climbed up a small mountain, when we came down the other side in a very steep descent, and when we climbed up to the top of two more small mountains. <BR> <BR> It was 7 miles and there was no vista, no point where we reached an objective - we just kept going up and down in the woods as fast as we could. Every time there was an ascent I ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:51:23 EST Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101046 I drove down to Harper's Ferry yesterday to take a hike while the 60-degree weather lasted. There are places much closer to hike, but I've decided it feels a little creepy being alone in the woods and at Harper's Ferry you can count on having other people around. (I checked out the area hiking groups too late, they all had hikes this weekend but they had filled up in advance. Lots of people had the same idea apparently!) <BR> <BR> I decided to try this trail called Maryland Heights, which ta... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 07:34:39 EST Feeling good at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095908 So I just started in the fitness room of this new YMCA, and it's much different from the one back in my small town in Ohio. Bigger, newer, more spacious, and especially nice is that it has lots of windows with a view - our gym in Ohio was in a cramped windowless basement, not conducive to spending a lot of time there. <BR> <BR> Also a lot more people, and a lot more men in their 40s-60s. And what was cool was I noticed that I didn't feel self-conscious in front of them. Sure I'm still plump... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:47:56 EST Rescued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090699 Without going into the gory details, suffice it to say that yesterday by two in the afternoon I had probably used up all my calories for the day. Let's call it a cooking mishap. My tendency in a situation like this is to write the day off, just go ahead and eat whatever I want and then start again tomorrow. But I rescued the day. Using the Quick Entry function, I guestimated the damage and added 800 calories, leaving myself about 200. I knew if I left nothing it wouldn't work. <BR> <BR> The... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:25:58 EST the quest continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086578 So I'm still trying to replace the ideal exercise situation I had during my five-month stay in Columbus: a combined strength/aerobics class held every morning a mile's walk away, with an instructor who was very insistent on correct form and who never did anything that taxed my knees. <BR> <BR> First I found a similar but less challenging class at the senior center three days at week, but it's at 1 pm and pretty far away and I found myself not going. Then I thought I found the right class thr... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:37:12 EST reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084567 Well, once again my imaginings don't coincide with reality. The couple I painted the portrait for are professional musicians, and I was imagining my painting hanging in their gallery-like livingroom where lots of artsy people would see it and want one too. The start of great things by word of mouth. <BR> <BR> The reality, as I discovered yesterday when my sister and I drove up to deliver it, is that they are practically hoarders, their old, rundown subdivision house is just crammed everywher... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:31:04 EST more about ice cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082473 You know how certain little moments in your life just stay with you, even though they may not have been anything important? <BR> <BR> It's 1978, I'm 28 years old and have drifted down to Austin, Texas where I'm waitressing. It's still a very cool, hip little college town and has not exploded into whatever it will be in the future. My friend and fellow waitress, Stephanie, is an Irish girl from Boston who has similarly landed here for no particular reason. We work in a historic beer garden wh... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:26:52 EST ice cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082065 Yesterday afternoon I was driving home from a very nice lunch with a woman from my temple, we had sat and gabbed for 2 1/2 hours nonstop in a little Indian buffet and I really liked her. Nothing was particularly bothering me except maybe some background anxiety about the large amount of money it took me to get my car past the strict state inspections here. (It's a 15 year old car and it turned out to have a broken engine mount, cracked tie rod, holes in the muffler, and a couple other things ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:44:30 EST shoveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078600 I watched a little online video yesterday about correct snow-shoverling position. They warn you not to swing the shovel too high when you empty it, just move it sideways. Well guess what, that's not an option when you're emptying it onto a bank that's almost as high as you are. I can feel it aggravating my lower back on one side a little, where I have twinges in my obliques anyway, but just pacing myself. Snow is still very dry and lightweight or I wouldn't even try to do this. Car is halfway... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:45:48 EST snowbound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078496 Well, I had a pretty busy week scheduled. Today, aerobics class and state car inspection so I can get new tags before someone tickets me. Tomorrow, meet with trainer at the Y for the first of my three free training sessions, then meet woman from my temple for lunch. Wednesday, portrait group to finish up the painting of the model I started last week. So the question is, when will I get my car out of that snowdrift? I did quite a bit of shoveling yesterday, hoping to get it out today. <BR> <... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:39:28 EST