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/ tried to put this in my feed but I don't think it worked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247294 Seriously, I hope everyone in Matthew's path is okay and out of danger, but I laughed almost to tears the first time I saw this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d53b0a7c-bcf3-48a5-9a82-070e4b228f12.jpg"> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:24:16 EST and another one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246952 I don't really like the corny costume setups but she did have an interesting, very Italian face. Been down with stomach virus since Saturday, but I did manage to drag myself in to the portrait group and finish this this morning. Now, back to naps. <BR> <BR> This nice lady just got divorced and when I said I was afraid I'd painted her looking mean, she said she was probably sitting there thinking about her ex. So I'm naming this one The Italian Divorcee. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 19:56:42 EST reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238649 I noticed KOTWBB has joined a challenge that poses this exercise: <BR> <BR> "List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks." <BR> <BR> I don't like joining challenges or teams, call me a crabby loner I guess, but I do find this a very interesting topic, so I decided to write an answer. Then I realized my three reasons would have to be: <BR> <BR> 1) Pro... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:07:09 EST latest painting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235916 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7cfe00aa-2a36-4ecf-b5d1-5929b820987d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a model from a portrait group and I added the south american blanket from memory. Trying to work on smaller paintings that someone would want to hang on their wall even if they didn't know the person. Not that small - 24 x 30 inches. She will look better in a dark frame - I've been finding that the frames really add a lot, giving a border to the design. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:04:08 EST the difference between cats and dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234745 KITTY I'M HOME <BR> Oh, have you been gone? I hadn't noticed. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0670b60-bd7e-4a8d-8c14-569e69400eb3.jpg"> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:44:08 EST An interesting book on the food industry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232421 I'm reading a book called "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite" by David Kessler. <BR> <BR> I'm only about halfway through and some of it has been a little repetitive, but he has some fascinating interviews with experts in the food industry about the lengths they go to to engineer foods specifically so that we won't be able to stop eating them. Mathematical algorhythms to add the perfect "spike" of fat, sugar and salt to foods, special companies that des... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 17:49:45 EST good news on mammogram technology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230987 I'm writing this blog in case anyone else has had the same experience. <BR> <BR> About 6 years ago the place where I was getting my mammograms got new digital technology, and all of a sudden I was having lots and lots of false positives. For several years I had to go in every six months, get three complete sets of mammograms taken while I waited in between in the dressing room for them to be read, then an ultrasound, then be told "oh, you're fine." They finally explained to me that they were... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:25:22 EST Thoughts on addiction, continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227056 I've been writing from time to time about trying to come to grips with my compulsive relationship with ice cream. Recently I wrote about how I had gained a new understanding from a Spark article on food addiction. It explained that things we are addicted to light up the pleasure centers in our brain, and we keep repeating whatever does that. It made a lot of sense to me that this is what I'm doing: there's this feeling of bleakness, and then I hit that pleasure center with that ice cream and ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:34:27 EST Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223030 This is always an exciting time of year for me, waking up to cool mornings and a hint of autumn in the air. Because summer is my least favorite time of year, something I endure, and then here comes fall which I love so much, a big treat. And I always find myself thinking Oh, it's going to go by so fast. Better get out there and try to grab it while you can. <BR> <BR> Which is funny when you think about it because each season is about three months long in this climate zone. And yet summer see... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:48:54 EST finished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222028 My lovely niece Anna. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79a996c8-cbc7-4ca9-99c4-ce1fef7876c1.jpg"> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:13:08 EST studio (aka part of my kitchen) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215556 Two paintings underway, with good photos to keep working from and both people coming back for a second sitting. I am a happy camper! Having this to work on just gives me such a feeling of satisfaction. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db9fb6b6-cc4e-421f-b1eb-6ad55849339b.jpg"> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:16:11 EST Anyone else becoming wary of tomatoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214338 I love my homegrown cherry tomatoes and I've been eating a lot of them every day for a few weeks now. Also this week, I had a terrible flare-up of arthritis at the base of both my thumbs. This happens occasionally in one thumb at a time, and usually gets bad in the evening but is okay again in the morning. But this time it was going on for days without getting better, and was at the point where I was giving involuntary cries of pain when I tried to use my hands for a number of everyday activi... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 12:47:35 EST This may be the coolest thing anyone has ever said to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207568 I couldn't wait to come home and tell my Sparkfriends about this one. I tried out a different water aerobics class at the Y this morning, and I went up to the instructor beforehand and asked her what equipment I needed. So she's deciding which water weights I should use and she glances at my torso in my bathing suit and casually says "you look like you work out, try starting with these." <BR> <BR> It took a minute to hit me. I get in the water and then I do a double-take and think "did that ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:58:35 EST new habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205472 It dawned on me today that I've finally reached the point where I just don't feel like myself if I go more than a couple of days without exercise. I don't think I'll ever be as consistent or prodigious as some, but it's definitely become an important part of my life, not just a 'should'. I'm not talking hours here, some days it's the minimum of 30 minutes but it has to be intense and get everything stretched out. <BR> <BR> Also, I've really pushed these last few months to keep a salad in the... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:28:40 EST new painting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205380 I've been taking a little hiatus since my show, mostly because I didn't have anyone to paint - the portrait group where we hire models doesn't meet in the summer. Anyway, found an open-to-all-comers show I want to enter in Frederick, closer in to the DC suburbs, but the size limit is 30 x 30" and all my paintings are 30 x 36. So my sister kindly volunteered to sit for me again and I just finished this one at 24 x 30. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a2ba103-de48-45... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:06:08 EST still ticking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200241 Today I turned 66, and I can't help but find myself taking inventory. As I sit here I'm adorned with my two black knee sleeves that I wear all the time except to sleep, my black thumb brace because the arthritis at the base of my thumb flared up again the last few days, and a piece of stretchy black cloth pulled over the left lens of my glasses, which I wear when I'm at home alone reading to mask the distorted vision in that eye. I feel a little bit like an old car that's been patched togeth... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:54:51 EST 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