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/ Finally some exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473513 Today we had one sunny day in the 50's before another week of winter, so I got out and took my first Appalachian Trail hike of 2018. The place I like to go is a five-mile loop to an overlook, and about a mile of it is a pretty serious climb. I started out slow and paced myself because I wasn't sure I'd be up to it, but did surprisingly well for someone who hasn't exercised since last November. (That's when I tore my oblique muscle and stopped going to ST class.) So apparently if you exercise ... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:41:48 EST This one needs no words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460563 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16c74320-97b4-439e-b342-16ee09943855.jpg"> Wed, 7 Feb 2018 09:37:01 EST Today at the march http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453919 Darn, so hard to upload a decent photo on this site. This one has my favorite sign, Grab Em By the Midterms. It was a respectable crowd, we're thinking maybe 10,000. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b0da4ed-bd14-4020-ab55-a6a14c1d1a62.jpg"> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:53:17 EST adjusting expectations on the weight loss journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452239 I almost hesitate to use the word journey, now that it's become such a cliche of reality tv, but can't think of a better description. I've been thinking about how far I've come - not in terms of losing huge, impressive amounts of weight, basically I've kept 20 pounds off for a number of years and who knows if I'll ever lose the last 15/20 - but in terms of my relationship to eating. <BR> <BR> Though I didn't realize it at the time, I had a full-blown, diagnosible binge-eating disorder for mu... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:43:47 EST Anyone remember sleeping with your hair wrapped around orange-juice cans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450134 It's my 50-year high school reunion this year, and someone posted every page of our senior yearbook on Facebook. This 'flip' took a lot of work and I was very proud of it. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84f94052-87b8-4af5-b953-3ac472edc440.jpg"> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:19:01 EST And the search is on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441519 So it looks like I may never be able to return to the exercise class I've been attending faithfully at the Y two times a week for two years. When I first moved here I tried out several classes before finding this one, the sweet spot where I get a strenuous all-over workout and strength training without aggravating my knees. It kept me feeling strong and flexible and I intended to go forever. <BR> <BR> But this tear in my oblique muscle - which I tore back in mid-October lifting my suitcase i... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:13:52 EST Oh no, not again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439979 This is the second time I've started to befriend a woman in my painting group only to discover that she is a Trumpie. Why do I assume that another artist, being a sensitive and intelligent soul, will of course be on my side of the chasm that is currently America 2017? <BR> <BR> It's true that Western Maryland is a red area, but there is enough of a blue contingent, many of them people who retired here from the DC area, to give me the illusion of being among cohorts. I have quite a few acquai... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:12:45 EST and my other nephew... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438599 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e94d7954-5a99-4276-a47a-31693f351f37.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This kid is so smart he got a free ride to Stanford, then after graduation they found him a job working with artificial intelligence i.e. making computers that can take over the world. Kevin is very quiet but has a subtle twinkle about him and I tried to capture that. Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:55:42 EST Some recent paintings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438025 First one is my nephew Alex, whose parents have been trying to get him to sit for me for several years. He finally did it for their 40th anniversary present (and found it to be surprisingly painless I think.) Second one is a model who I'm thinking of calling "Sean in His Favorite Ratty Sweater." Working on one of another nephew who sat for me when in town for Thanksgiving. Soon I'll have that whole generation of my family. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8bcd8d8-e... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 16:51:21 EST Settling in for the long winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437669 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88784d07-88f3-47f2-bc46-a150055a1367.JPG"> Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:13:50 EST We can be airline stewardesses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425458 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75d9d5f3-fe08-4a75-95b5-e85b419f7201.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just found this picture I took on my phone on my flight out to Maine with the specific intent of sharing it here, then forgot. <BR> <BR> This lovely lady with her oversized pearls is a flight attendant on Southwest Airlines. I didn't get a good shot of her from the front, but she was truly lovely, with delicate bone structure and bright blue eyes - you could tell she had been quite a beaut... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 05:15:31 EST More Maine pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420528 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93b5ad48-3340-4e45-a1b0-93cf417b6c79.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Jordan Pond, which is clearly a lake. We were going to just hike around it after our strenuous climb yesterday, but ended up climbing up one of the Bubbles, those two humps in the middle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5dfa495-996a-405f-82c4-c8db1de23771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here I am on top of South Bubble. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:54:40 EST Cadillac Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420195 Did someone request pictures? Hard to get one that does justice to the vista - ocean and islands on three sides, several granite moutaintops and fall foliage below. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6160b1fc-73e2-4cdf-8514-1fe1b3b268b8.jpg"> <BR> Daughter on the way up <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d45e6119-c0a4-4efa-b198-76af72f6a295.jpg"> <BR> Me near the top <BR> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:43:03 EST Made it to Maine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419486 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51f4deb5-9dce-4c1a-9a27-384d25b7b39d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I'm not actually taller than my daughter, we were standing on a slanted walkway. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 20:43:51 EST scale finally moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404125 I'm finally losing a few pounds, why? Part of it is an inner shift in level of commitment that happens from time to time and is a mystery to me. <BR> <BR> What I haven't been doing: upping my exercise. I do a very intensive hour-long ST class twice a week, I go on mountain hikes sporadically, and I try to take a mile or two walk the other days but it ends up more like twice a week. <BR> <BR> What I *have* been doing lately is not eating at the top of my range most days. My range limit is 1... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:49:31 EST Textures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402744 Okay, this is my third blog today. Feeling very talkative. <BR> <BR> A few months back, I don't even remember the circumstances, but something was going on emotionally and I decided I was going to go to the grocery store and buy whatever I wanted most and eat it, and the heck with my diet for the day. Kind of a pre-planned binge. <BR> <BR> I spent a long time walking around that store, envisioning my choices. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right and make it special. For som... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:46:31 EST Kitty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402703 It's been very interesting watching my kitty evolve. When I adopted him, he was 7 and had never been outdoors. I was in the city at the time so that's what I was looking for, but before that when I lived in the country I always had cats who could roam freely in the fields. <BR> <BR> So then I moved here and acquired a tiny back porch, less than 5 feet wide and about 20 feet long, and I decided to introduce my kitty to the outdoors. I took him out and attached him to a leash, whereupon he imm... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:39:50 EST Coming out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402657 KOTWBB referred to this as my Jew Coming Out and I will always think of it that way now. So the lady in my Y exercise class: I was going to tell her last Thursday but she wasn't there. She came yesterday and I talked to her after class, said "you know how you were telling me about going on vacation to a Christian community, well I'm Jewish and I just want you to know that, because I used to not say anything but after Charlottesville I'm not going to do that any more" or something like that, I... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:51:17 EST About passing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401261 I appreciate your responses to my Charlottesville post, but I couldn't help but notice that when I talked about 'passing', several took it to mean that I just 'let things pass'. I should have been more specific. What I was referring to is when light-skinned blacks 'pass' for white. (There are stories of blacks who did this their whole lives, especially right after slavery when there where many who were half-white due to landowner rapes and then they produced even lighter children.) <BR> <BR... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:01:57 EST Charlottesville http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400898 As a Jewish person, I have to say that the sight of a crowd marching through the streets chanting "Jews will not replace us" has had a real impact on me. I was talking to my daughter about this yesterday morning, and we both feel that we will no longer just keep quiet and 'pass' in situations that we feel might be uncomfortable. We don't have Jewish names or the features these people expect us to have, so it's easy to do. <BR> <BR> Like the lady in my Y exercise class who was telling me all ... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:45:09 EST Seems too good to be true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400119 For around six years now I've been getting A1C blood sugar tests at least every six months, after an initial diabetes reading at 6.8. All these years I've stayed, through strict diet, within the pre-diabetes zone, my results ranging from 5.7 to 6.2 <BR> <BR> This morning I went in for a routine visit with my GP and discover they are now set up to do the test right there in the office with a finger prick. It always involved a full blood draw and waiting for lab results before. <BR> <BR> So ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:37 EST My new son-in-law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397979 Painted last spring when he was the boyfriend, but I procrastinated and just finished it this week. When they announced their marriage on Facebook I wrote "Welcome to the family! You know you're going to have to keep sitting for me, right?" and he responded "I knew what I was getting into." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b6f552a0-2967-41e0-8f01-ddde33dcb3dd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:31:11 EST Hike time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396822 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6bd109a1-e72f-4a14-b2dd-22143ffb7e75.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I hiked a new trail in Catoctin Mountain National Park. It was only a four-mile round trip, and while it had some climbing, it was less steep than some of my other regular hikes. But you know how some days you just don't have as much energy? I notice this in my strength training class at the Y, some days are easier than others. Well this was a day where I felt like I was running out of... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 21:35:16 EST beach paintings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393217 Here's one I just finished of my sister-in-law and one I'm still working on of my cousin and her daughter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c3c27bf-91df-4f3d-89d3-50a60d84085f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4874eeda-d17b-463f-b7ea-47e2e5432095.jpg"> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:34:54 EST Finally back to the outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391976 Sat beside this waterfall today after a hike. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60992883-597f-43ed-9923-35e1e44763c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d6a9b6d-41e9-453f-a8df-7e9c6be32ec6.jpg"> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:17:03 EST I'm a probiotic believer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390886 This is a followup to my last blog, where I was having some strange symptoms that I decided were probably from taking too many antibiotics and messing up my gut flora. <BR> <BR> I've been taking a daily probiotic (Enzymatic Therapy Pearls) for three weeks now and I can't believe the difference in my stomach. Looking back, I see now how many Tums I was taking, how often I had that feeling that something was eating at my stomach lining. It was a faint feeling but it was there a lot and I was t... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:59:16 EST well that was weird http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384554 I've had a very strange couple of days. I'm usually put off when people give long detailed descriptions of their medical problems, so I don't mind if no one wants to read this or comment, but it's been so weird I need to write it down. <BR> <BR> It started yesterday, right after I finished my latest course of antibiotics for a UTI. First, out of nowhere in the late morning I got some very strange chest pain that kind of felt like heartburn but it was different, not burning, just my chest was... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 17:50:41 EST Fourth of Julys past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383386 As I sit here watching one of the extravaganzas on tv, I can't help thinking back to the Fourth of Julys of my childhood in the 1950's. We lived on a court in a quiet, modest wooded suburb of Washington D.C. Every year my father's old army buddy, who had stayed in the service after the war and was now a colonel, would come to visit. It was the only time we saw him - Col. Siebert showing up on Fourth of July was like Santa at Christmas for us. <BR> <BR> In the evening my family would gather o... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 21:23:57 EST and still more paintings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a6f6c85-6e83-4689-ab60-5062f3a3a215.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c497563-99f0-4175-9d49-3437521602b3.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:29:37 EST A strange day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374745 My daughter called me yesterday morning. We are pretty close and she calls me at least once a week to talk so I wasn't expecting anything unusual. Out of the blue she announces that she and her boyfriend Chris are planning to get married at the courthouse the next day, not tell anyone, and have a real wedding later on. Apparently they weren't even going to tell their parents but decided maybe they should. (Duh!) <BR> <BR> A little background: I like Chris a lot, they seem like an extremely s... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:44:46 EST My back porch garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371581 It's small but I'm enjoying it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e15cc7e4-0745-4f5b-8c89-5c59bd3472b9.JPG"> <BR> sugar snap peas, sweet red peppers and eggplant. You can't see in the photo but I have twine strung between the porch columns that the peas are climbing on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d2f174b-df4e-436e-9da9-e1cee7bb8ac8.JPG"> <BR> three ledge containers of salad greens and herbs. That's my trusty 2001 Buick LeSabre in the... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 09:10:38 EST more paintings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370314 Had a busy week... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44e91dc1-f455-4064-8871-964508d75d2c.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89c043bf-ab43-45a1-8f5e-286725c3df8d.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 12:06:47 EST Peter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366095 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/716dd060-28fc-4c2f-b35b-dda8500a488c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An interesting character, he owns a farm and a small printing business and also paints with us sometimes at the YMCA. We just started a new summer painting group in the upstairs workroom of his print shop, (the Y kicks us out in the summer because they need the room for summer camp) and until we get more members and money he's volunteered to model, so there may be more of studies of him to c... Wed, 24 May 2017 13:22:59 EST more men in my studio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365561 My work was very female-heavy so this is nice. Guy on top left is daughter's boyfriend, the others are models. Girl is the one who couldn't come for her second sitting because she got arrested. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9e78970-57d7-438f-85a3-69802421c7c7.jpg"> Tue, 23 May 2017 10:03:24 EST fallen expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355952 I'm going in to take down my show today, this was the last weekend. I gallery-sat for three Saturdays during the month it was up, and it was a disheartening experience. Mostly I just sat there and watched people walk by my work without bothering to look at it, then go to other parts of the gallery where they scrutinized things attentively. I wasn't necessarily expecting anybody to buy my paintings, but I wasn't expecting them to be dismissed outright. <BR> <BR> Sitting there for hours watch... Mon, 1 May 2017 06:42:33 EST I have outsmarted the cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351986 So I'm gallery sitting again today, but this time I drove to Frederick an hour early and visited this cool health food supermarket where I made a big, scrumptious salad at the salad bar with hummus, tuna salad, pea sprouts and edamame beans. For crunchy bought a bag of spiced roasted chickpeas and for sweet, an 80% chocolate bar. This is what I needed to do, instead of bringing the same old foods I always eat from home and then wanting the goodies in the basement. <BR> <BR> Next time, stop... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:04:40 EST motivational surge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351477 After all these years on Spark, I feel like I know exactly what to do and how to do it to lose weight in terms of what foods to eat, tracking, and exercise. For me the exercise component is where I lose motivation and don't do enough to lose, only to maintain. And that's the sometimes missing ingredient - motivation. <BR> <BR> Just this week I seem to have gotten into a motivation groove and am suddenly feeling very in charge and confident about losing my winter weight. What is the change? T... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:16:23 EST doubts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345932 Yesterday was my second shift gallery-sitting at the my show (gallery is open Fri, Sat and Sun and I take my shifts on Saturday afternoons so I can drive back home over the mountain before dark). <BR> <BR> Turnout was pretty low, and once again most people totally ignored my work and spent their time looking at other things. I got one guy who really appreciated it and asked questions but he turned out to be another artist. Then this woman, on her way out the door, turns indignantly to her h... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:46:30 EST Show opening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342561 Well, my opening reception was about what I was expecting. Though unfortunately the turnout was low - the gallery has these receptions each month in conjunction with an event called Downtown Frederick First Saturday, which has live musicians playing on street corners and usually has thronged sidewalks in the historic district. But last night was pretty sparse, and most people think it's because of the Final Four basketball tournament on tv. Still, about 120 people wandered in and out over a p... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 07:59:34 EST Kate 1, mountain 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340896 About a month ago I wrote that I'd gone for my first spring mountaon hike - crazily early- and had to turn back halfway. Well guess where I am right now, at the top of the overlook. Only had to stop for one long break, which I used to download the spark phone app. But I can only type so much with one finger so bye. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:40:20 EST That extra padding I put on that was kind of comfy in winter really bothers me in the spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339600 Yes I'm talking about you, extra six pounds of belly, and it seems like my face is fuller too. It's a good sign when I start to become very discontent, it means I will actually go the extra mile (kind of a pun there) and do something to make it go away. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:57:31 EST My daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338918 I am so immensely proud of her. This is what she posted just now on Facebook. I was worried all day about her being out alone in Death Valley. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hiked DESOLATION CANYON at sunrise (it feels like it must be in all caps). It's the quietest place I've ever been. There are no plants to stir in the breeze, no animals to make noise. Nothing lives here. It's strange to think a place so serene was created by violence - the bright colored sediments were deposited by ancient volcanoes ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:50:52 EST duh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338795 I like my little apartment on the edge of town, it's small but well kept up and has everything I need. My one complaint has been that I can't just step out the door and take a walk. There's a great city park a mile away, but the way there is through an iffy neighborhood where nobody walks and I feel conspicuous. So I've been driving to the park, but that tends to make me procrastinate. <BR> <BR> This morning it suddenly dawned on me that if I walk a block the other direction and cross the h... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:06:43 EST reactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338277 I wrote an entry a few days ago about how I am having a problem when I have to gallery-sit alone, spending hours in boredom and isolation in a building with cookies and candy in the basement. I keep no sweets in my home, as I am unable to control my intake. When I'm around sweets, it's usually at social occasions with lots of people around and I am able to abstain or have a small taste. <BR> <BR> First of all, nobody responded. <BR> <BR> Then somebody gave me the helpful suggestion that I ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:50:31 EST yet another portrait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333495 This is Barbie, my sister's husband's sister. She sat for me late last summer and then never got back up for a final sitting until this week. Barbie's husband died suddenly of a heart attack about ten years ago. She had never worked outside the home. Now she's a manager at Panera and takes in roomers at the home that she's kept up. But last fall at her son's wedding she met a man, the divorced father of her son's bride's best friend, and they are having a big romance. He is well off and has a... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:46:12 EST Start Page - we have won a small victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331471 In case you didn't notice, due to our complaints, now when you go to the Start Page and filter the Community Goal Feed for "People I Follow", after you select that option a teeny tiny box will appear in the top center of the feed where you can check "make default filter" and shazamm, that nasty feed is filtered forever. It's still a totally useless waste of space, but at least it's constrained. <BR> <BR> So much for SparkGuy's glorious vision of one big, happy family singing kumbaya and shar... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:07:18 EST Visited one of my favorite places today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330471 The cemetery on a hill overlooking Harper's Ferry, where two rivers come together. It's so peaceful up here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a00659e7-e6d7-4bcc-8f0b-358c59d0c50f.JPG"> Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:21:33 EST I'm really happy with this one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323452 Now on to framing with my extremely limited woodworking skills. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16b6fed4-bf23-491d-bc2c-afeb40347312.jpg"> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:13:22 EST sunburn in February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320977 Seeing as how the weather today was what it should be in mid-May, I had no choice but to set out on my first hike of spring on the Appalachian Trail. Boy, really saw how out of shape I'd gotten over the winter. The same climb that I could do last November with no rests, I had to stop for two long, sitting-down rests to wait for my lungs to stop hurting and my heartbeat to slow down. Leg muscles were up to it from strength training, but aerobic component is a little rusty! Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:32:40 EST Lot of people staring at me in my kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320899 Maybe I should pretend they're saying Nooo! Nooo! Back away from the refrigerator! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68e81f69-13c6-41e9-baa1-4acb7a645ae9.jpg"> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:59:22 EST