MCFITZ2's SparkPeople Blog MCFITZ2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Arrived safe Home safely. Thank you for all the well wishes. <BR> Cats Have been clingy today. Spent most of the day going through bills and and the rest of the mail. <BR> Much colder here. Did not step outside at all. <BR> Try to check back tomorrow. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:16:10 EST packed Today was warm and sunny. We spent part of the day with daughter, son-inlaw and grandchildren. <BR> Packed suitcases weighed, and need to be up at 5 to go to the airport. <BR> A great time with family, but now time to go home and ride out the rest of winter. All positive thoughts, prayers, well wishes for a safe trip are appreciated. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:08:08 EST Outing to the Tucson Art Museum Started of with laundry, dishes, and packing for our return home. This afternoon our daughter and son in law came and we all went to the Tucson Art Museum. Our daughter is very talented in many areas of art. She has postponed pursuing it to be a full time mom and to help with their e-bay business. They had not been there so it was a first for all four of us. <BR> We had such a good time, but were not able to cover everything in the two hours that we were there. <BR> We came back to the c... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:09:03 EST Looked at some neighborhoods Our daughter and son-in-law went around to look at neighborhoods with us today. They wanted us to look as see where we might like to buy. Hubby had a not so good day two days ago while I was away and now our daughter who saw what a bad day is like for him is really pushing us to sell our house and move. Anyway, here are some scenery photos from their neighborhood. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:53:54 EST Back in Tucson. Drove from Payson to Queen Creek and met up with my niece and her family and then our daughter and her family and my husband. We toured the Olive grove and pressing room. Ate outside there and had a great time. Then I drove my husband and I back to the condo in Tucson. It is so amazing to me how much faster coming back was when compared to going. <BR> Here are some photos from today. <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:34:59 EST more touring <BR> Today we went to the Zane Gray cabin and museum, learned about smoke jumpers and a really bad forest fire in the 90's, walked around the lake, and went for a ride to see another mountain range and valley. Took almost 100 photos. Having so much fun. <BR> tomorrow we will met our daughters and families at the Olive mill. They grow olives and press them, flavor the oil and have it for sale. Mary has been to Italy and says it ranks right up there with the best. Then back to Tucson to ge... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:19:18 EST Natural bridge <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> We had fun Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:19:46 EST Visiting sister in law Drove 3 1/2 hr to sister in laws to visit the next few days. Scenery was beautiful. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:03:45 EST Swimming and dinner at daughter's Today was warm enough to go to the condo's heated pool and swim. I did 60 min. of pool walking. Hubby joined me for a while and went in the hot tub for a while. Tonight we went to our daughter's and had dinner with the family. <BR> We saw our first lizard at the pool. The sunset was beautiful. Here are some of today's photo's. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:20:44 EST Granddaughter's procedure and fun with Grandson Our daughter and son in law dropped our grandson off to spend part of the day with us. They took our granddaughter to the medical center for two procedures. The good news is her esophageal tear has healed. <BR> I took our grandson to the pool and we had a good time swimming. He had a great time jumping into the pool. We walked back and had sandwiches for lunch. I now have some new stuff on my computer. The kind of stuff 10 year old boys enjoy playing. <BR> It was a super day. <BR> Her... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:37:36 EST Open houses, grocery shopping pool workout Started today on the patio. We had smoothies for breakfast <img src=""> <BR> We then went to 3 open houses. Just to see some of what is out there and what some of the neighborhoods are like. <BR> Then grocery shopping and stopping at the condo's community pool for a work out. Busy day. Granddaughter has both an endoscopy and colonoscopy tomorrow. All positive thoughts, prayers and intentions would be appreciated. <BR> Here are some of... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:29:54 EST Sunny and warm Hooray A Sunny and Warm Day. <BR> Enjoyed being outside. We played cards on the patio. I refilled the humming bird feeder. We looked at houses for sale with our daughter, saw our granddaughter, picked up rx's, and went out to eat as a couple for the first time in a long long time. I tried Jambalaya and it was good, I brought half home to have tomorrow. Tomorrow our daughter wants us to look at more open houses. <BR> No new pictures tonight. Left my camera locked in the car. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 01:43:53 EST Errand running and video workout Met my daughter this morning to pick up so mail that went to her house. Around noon went and got my granddaughter at school. First time I drove there and managed to get lost. Did grocery shopping. Worked out with spark videos and a walking video. Made stir "fry" veggies over brown rice for supper. <BR> It is really steamed veggies over rice with Oriental type seasoning. <BR> Not many photos today. <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://p... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 01:11:48 EST Two surprises on our walk We went for our walk down to the condo pool. While there I was watching down in the wash with my camera. I saw an interesting bird. I took the picture and it was a cactus wren. As I continued to watch I heard some noises and though it was a dog in the wash, but no it was a bobcat. Absolutely so amazing. It moved so elegantly paused and at the golf trail till it was sure it was safe to cross , bounded across the path and disappeared in the bushes. <BR> Here a a few photos <img src="htt... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:18:29 EST Day one at new condo Lot's of walking, lifting and carrying today. Condo 1 was three units down from this one so we walked everything over. Hubby had chest pains shortly after we started so he needed to lay down. Got everything moved, did last minute cleaning at condo 1 and then unpacked the kitchen things and set up the kitchen in condo 2, next my clothes, bathroom things etc. <BR> Our daughter and family came over for supper. They brought carry out Polish food and salad makings. Was so nice to have them f... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:19:30 EST Last day at this condo Today is the last full day at this condo. Tomorrow we move three doors down to a different one. This one was already rented , starting tomorrow, when we rented this one. So things are packed and we need to be out by noon or earlier. <BR> We can move in to the other starting at 10. <BR> Today we had breakfast and played cards on the patio. A small herd of Javelinas came by looking for food. We don't feed them for their safety as well as ours. Also there is a good 3 ft. wall around the p... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:53:33 EST We had a nice day <img src=""> <img src=" <img src="">9/l493548237.jpg">We had green smoothies on the patio, played rummy, took a walk, talked to our daughter, and had a healthy supper. <BR> I took some photos and finished reading a mystery. The author is going to have her work filmed by the Hallmark channel. <BR> Here are some photos from today. <img src="http:/... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:39:30 EST Short walk and starting to pack Our lease on this condo ends at noon on Wed. So we need to move to another place. We have a long term hotel booked, but are seeing if we can rent the condo nearby for the last 2 weeks we are here. How is the time going by so fast? <BR> Here are some pictures I took today. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="ht... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:49:28 EST No rain today. <img src="">Yesterday was rain, rain, and more rain. The plants of the desert are looking greener to me than they were before. <BR> Today was sunny. Hubby and I walked to the pool and back. We sat out. Too cool to swim but sitting out was nice. <BR> Saw lots of birds and a pack of Javelinas on the other side of the patio wall tonight. Here are some photos. <img src=""> <img src="h... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 01:10:16 EST A day of highs and lows Good things about today. <BR> My daughter's eye exam showed that the lump was on the inside of her eyelid and not on the eye itself. <BR> My granddaughter was able to be well enough to go to school and make it the full day. She also found out that she will have a role in the Annie production. <BR> I was able to do a short workout in a heated pool with both of them after school. <BR> The not so good about today was that my husband had several bouts of chest pains today. Fortunately his nitro... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 01:50:33 EST Worked out with my daughter Today we went to a fitness center that we had not visited before. <BR> She is looking into a membership in a gym and so we are looking at some. <BR> I have my silver sneakers card so I was able to just go in. <BR> I used a piece of equipment I had never seen before called a lateral stepper. <BR> It was interesting and a lot different that a regular stepper or eliptical. <BR> Then we went to to their indoor heated pool. I was a salt water pool and it felt soooooo good!!!! <BR> Tomorrow I will... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 01:10:20 EST Yesterday we all went to the Tucson Desert Art Museum It was a nice outing. The curator spoke to us about what to look for in the Native American weavings they have displayed. The weavers always wove a deliberate mistake into their work so as not to anger Spider Lady. So it was a lot of fun for all of us to try and spot the "mistake" There were some other interesting exhibits. Here are some of the photos I took. The colors were amazingly vibrant and many are over 100 years old. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:19:27 EST Snow in Tucson This doesn't happen often. People who have lived here for years say it is the first time they have seen it. But this morning This is what I saw. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img <img src=""> <img"> <img src="http://photos-... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:22:35 EST A walk in the park Today our daughter, son-in-law <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">and grandson picked us up around 12:30. <BR> We went to Agua Caliente Park. We walked and visited and I took a lot of photos. We then ate out and I had a baby spinach salad with salmon and balsamic dressing on on the side and water. They then took us back to... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:03:50 EST Click, click, click I spent a good bit of the day watching the bird feeders and taking photographs of the different birds and scenery were we are renting. <BR> Also walked to the fitness room and did 45 min of cardio. Tomorrow we are to be picked up by our daughter and son-in-law and go for a hike. I need to recharge my camera tonight so I will be ready to click, click, click. <em>388</em> <BR> Here are a few from today <img src=""> <BR> sunrise <BR> <... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 22:23:34 EST A nice day A quiet day. Hubby and I walked to the fitness room and I did the bike and rower. We came back and baked chicken breasts in canned tomatoes for supper.' Granddaughter called and wanted to come over to work out so went back to the fitness room with her and my daughter. I did the bike again. <BR> I took some pictures as hubby and I walked down and back. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 01:50:25 EST Another family get together of fun We went to our daughter's for a get together with her family and one of our nieces and her family. Think 4 boys 2yrs to 14 yrs. old. It was funny, noisy and wild. Our daughter made a great meal. <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> We opened presents <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:58:26 EST And a very Merry Christmas it was. My husband and I sat out on the patio and had green smothies for breakfast and enjoyed the sun and birds. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Our daughter and son in law picked us up around 2 and we went to their house. <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:31:16 EST Quiet day We were at the condo all day. Took a walk in the afternoon down to the pool and sat in the sun. I put up a humming bird feeder and have enjoyed the buzzing and squeeks. Presents are wrapped for tomorrow. Not sure when our daughter will come to get us for the day. They have been really busy shipping out orders today. <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:20:52 EST Day with my daughter My daughter picked me up at the condo and we went off for the day. <BR> We picked up a dresser listed on Craig's list for my grandson for Christmas, We went to several thrift stores as well as Kohls and Big lots. <BR> Tomorrow she is to pick me up so we can finish the Christmas Shopping and groceries for the Christmas dinner. <BR> After she dropped me off she went home and came back to the condo and we all went to the fitness room and did a thirty min. work out. <BR> It was a beautiful day. ... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:49:55 EST a small work out Today we made homemade veggie soup with low sodium chicken broth. <BR> It was so good with fresh produce. <BR> Our daughter and granddaughter came by and we went to the complex's fitness room and worked out together. Was so nice have some time with them. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:01:33 EST Finally a good workout The condo has a fitness room near one of the pools. It has 3 stationary bikes, 2 treadmills, an elliptical , a rower, and a weight room with hand weights, and a piece of equipment that has a different set up on each of its 4 sides ; chess press, lat. pull down, leg extension & hamstring curls, and I didn't use the 4th side and don't remember what it was. <BR> Here are a few pictures from today. <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:00:24 EST shopping this afternoon and evening Sat outside in the sun this morning and took some pictures. <BR> This afternoon my daughter and granddaughter picked me up and we went to return grands new laptop. Were able to replace it. 1st Best Buy did not have any in stock and they directed us to another store 20 min away. It took a while to get there and a wait in 3 lines but they were most helpful and she has a new one. Then we were to a Japanese restaurant for supper. I had miso soup and vegetable curry with rice. Water with lem... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:51:17 EST Walked a different direction Today we headed towards the east and then back to the condo. <BR> Not quite a mile. Picked up some interesting stones on the way back. <BR> When I was young and my parents were taking the family for a car trip vacation I was allowed to pick stones and or sea shells to bring home instead store bought items. Guess it stuck. lol <img src=""> <img src=""> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:43:09 EST Rainbow <img src="">Raining again today with bursts of sunshine. Here is one of the rainbows we saw. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Here are some photos from yesterday <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:41:25 EST more Tucson photos <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="" <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:48:15 EST Enjoy being in Tucson Stayed at the condo all day. Daughter picked up so groceries for us and I did a lot of relaxing and reading. My ankles are back. The edema is so much better. <BR> Drinking lots of water to get system back on an even keel. <BR> Took pictures yesterday and today. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 01:11:13 EST Escaped the snow We had some ice and an inch or so of snow and our flight was able to take off after de-icing. <em>535</em> Our area got up to and over 10 inches during the day. Glad we had an early flight out. <BR> AZ is sunny and much warmer that NYS. <BR> Still fighting the sinus infection and the side effects from the antibiotics. The edema is down to almost gone. Hope to hear from Dr. on the blood work I had done the day before we left <BR> Here are some pictures from the flight coming into S... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:43:34 EST Dr. again Went back had blood work and will get results tomorrow. <BR> Took some pictures at the park today. <BR> Tundra Swans and red tail hawk. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:59:20 EST message in to Dr. One of the possible side effects of this antibiotics is swelling in the feet and legs. Have a message into Dr. for advice. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:47:36 EST finally able to get to the fitness center I feel so much better having been able to work out. <BR> 70 Min on the recumbent stepper. <BR> I did not have as much energy as usual but understandable after being sick for 2 weeks. <BR> It is probably the last gym work out until we are in Tucson. <BR> Too much to get done before we leave. <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:05:01 EST On the mend I think Well I have been on antibiotics since Wednesday and I think I am actually better. <BR> We did some errands today and I will be taking my sister grocery shopping tomorrow. Trying to get things organized for our trip. Coming together slowly. <BR> Took some pictures today <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR>... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:42:17 EST Went to Dr. today After trying to ride this out with rest, fluids etc. Went to the Dr.'s today. I have a sinus infection and now on antibiotics . Had to go off one med to be able to take it and have to watch for side effects on one I need to continue to take. <BR> Hopefully I will not have a interaction between the two. <BR> Two cats to the vet for check ups and shots tomorrow morning then cleaning and preparing veggies for a stir fry, truly a stir steam but that doesn't sound as tasty. <em>246</em> <BR... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:19:44 EST Still not up to par Day 12 of this Allergy/cold/virus/? thing. <em>527</em> <BR> It is a gypsy head to throat to head to chest to head to vocal cords and next where. I sound like a croaking frog. <em>201</em> My husband has asked me to stop talking. <BR> WHAT???? Just because I croak alto, croak base, croak cough cough cough. <BR> Actually I do get it. Going to head for bed. Soon. <em>102</em> <BR> Everyone stay well. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:41:13 EST feeling better I have been fighting this cold /alergies for 9 days. I think I am feeling a little bit better. I did get more cleaning done. Busy day tomorrow. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 22:53:59 EST Laid back day Did more paper sorting and read Thur.Fri. and Sat. papers. <BR> Lots of paper recycling. <BR> Cleared one table and washed and polished it. Trying to get things used in the refrigerator and then will take out the shelves and hydrators out and wash them. <BR> Would be nice if once cleaned it would stay that way. <em>334</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:52:00 EST Happy Friday Stayed home today. <BR> Did some sorting and paper work. <BR> Still trying to get over cold. Body is enforcing the rest and liquids routine on me. <BR> Have a good evening. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:47:18 EST Thanksgiving I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. <BR> We did. Here is a picture of a snow coated tree at my SIL house. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The roads were clear to drive and the trees and shrubs were gorgeous. The wind had not blown the snow off the branches. <BR> Lot's to be thankful for. <BR> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:36:30 EST That was yesterday this is now Yesterday was <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today is <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And I do miss <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Did you know the over the river and through the wood song wa... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:49:04 EST Beautiful sun good for taking photos We had a sunny day today <em>224</em> <BR> I did some picture taking, met with friends at the senior center, <BR> did a walking cd for 3 miles and had a good nap this afternoon. Also was able to read more on the book I am reading. <BR> This is one of the earliest homes built in Lansing NY They moved and re-assembled it at the park. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I thin... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:10:40 EST