NIKKILEEG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NIKKILEEG NIKKILEEG'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 final concert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565254 We did our final concert for the winter 2013 season this afternoon. So much fun for me as a singer. The audience seemed to enjoy themselves. It was a great program with good variety. (BIG smile) <BR> <BR> That's it for this evening. I'm tired and off to bed. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:01:09 EST I'm back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563767 It has been several months since my last post. We came through the Rim Fire without any personal damage. The fire did a lot of damage to National Forest and National Park land. It will take years for recovery which makes me sad. <BR> <BR> In order to help with recovery, and to try to mitigate future damage, seeds are being planted, roads are being shored up, erosion prevention work is being done and logging of damaged trees is ongoing. I spoke with a ranger recently who advised one of our ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:21:03 EST Rim Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465411 Boy can things change fast! A week ago a fire started near our town. By Monday, it was clear it would be coming our way. We watched daily to see if it would encroach upon the residential areas near us or if the fire fighters would be able to keep it to the forest. I hear the Rim Fire is the biggest forest fire in the country right now. Between the air attack and the folks on the ground, hardly any structures were lost. It could have been so much worse. But – it isn’t really over yet. ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 03:23:52 EST Return from Paradise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456266 Had a great bike trip in Montana. Got home and: <BR> <BR> Signed the papers on Monday. Recorded on Tuesday. Spent all Wednesday moving stuff. Whirlwind week. Will still have more to move tomorrow and then we have to clean the place we’re leaving. <BR> <BR> The new place is a third the size of the one we were renting so it will be an adjustment trying to figure out where things will go. We also want to paint the master bedroom a neutral color. Right now it is dark blue – all four walls. <B... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:33:09 EST Almost Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424726 Most of today was spent preparing and packing for my trip. <BR> <BR> I seem to be very scatter brained these days. I put all the camping gear except the sleeping bag in one bag. Dan had filled the sleeping pad with air for me yesterday so we could make sure it didn’t leak. After the bag was packed, I saw the sleeping pad. It had lost air but was it from a leak or because the air inside got cool? Oh wait! I already packed a different sleeping pad that does not need to be blown up. Now I ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:48:53 EST Good News on Follow Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422535 Today I took Dan to the doctor for a follow up visit from the airplane accident. Doc says he did NOT have a spinal fracture after all. The ER doc erred. The radiologist says ‘no break.’ That was good news. Next is some physical therapy for his back. <BR> <BR> I was able to get out for a longer ride yesterday. No takers to come with me. Turned out that was better as I went at my own pace and did well (yay). It felt good to not ride today. Tomorrow is my only other chance to get out for a ride... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 01:03:26 EST Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420270 Dan was feeling too good this morning and over did it. He’s resting now and it back on the muscle relaxer. I think he learned his lesson and will take it easier tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Greg & Debbie are back from their vacation. Saw Greg a bit this morning. Good to have them home. <BR> <BR> The aircam fuel tanks are not completely empty although Dan was able to get another 2 gallons out today. He keeps opening Rich’s hangar to try and get the fumes out. Can’t use a fan. Wish there were a w... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:23:32 EST What's up with that?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419154 I went out as planned and had to talk myself into continuing. "Well, I'll just <BR> turn around at Tuolumne Trails." "OK, at the top of the big climb." "Might as <BR> well go down to 120." <BR> <BR> As I was coming back, I met Alan coming up the road! Attitude made an immediate adjustment - I turned around and rode with him out to 120. No feeling sorry for myself, no internal whining...just enjoyed the ride. <BR> <BR> What's up with that?!? Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:54:53 EST Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418425 Although Dan has been moving slow, he was able to coordinate everyone to do the clean up of the airplane and the tree. Since that is done, he can take better care of himself by resting. He is slowing feeling better. I can tell as he is taking fewer of the pain killer and muscle relaxer pills. Turns out Rich had more to his broken back than we first thought. He’ll be in a brace. He had the surgery on his heel yesterday and that went well. <BR> <BR> I’ve been playing nursemaid to Dan but was... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:29:49 EST Sudden Turn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414540 6/29 - Got out for an early ride but turned around early as it was getting hot. Did almost 20 miles but still felt cheated – should’ve been longer. The forecast is for more hot weather all week – bleh. <BR> <BR> Fell asleep on the couch and woke up around 12:30pm. Good thing I woke up then – I wanted to just keep sleeping and sleeping and sleeping. <BR> <BR> I’m so glad we have air conditioning. It was almost 100 degrees outside today but I was comfortable. <BR> <BR> 7/4 – Happy Independen... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:57:20 EST Continuing Dan's Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404904 The weather is not cooperating for Dan’s training rides. We had rain Monday and Tuesday. We did get out on Wednesday but it got up into the 80s. The next ride is for tomorrow and it is supposed to be HOT. Good thing we are leaving early but we may still have to cut it short. <BR> <BR> We did a quick trip to see Julia’s new place yesterday/today. Got to see Jenn and Sam for a short hike yesterday. Tried to connect with Jess for lunch today but that didn’t work (sad face). <BR> <BR> Going thr... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:57:47 EST This 'n That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398656 Cyndy put out a ride for today. Bill was supposed to come but didn’t make it. So, it was just us two. Did 20 miles with some tough climbs. Made it back in two hours so did well. <BR> <BR> Went to the Eco Summit in town for a bit today and heard a speaker talking about water. We all need to conserve as much as possible for it to continued lasting as needed. The more we waste and pollute, the sooner its gone… <BR> <BR> Bob is continuing to bug me about hiking on Thursdays. I half committed to... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 22:29:33 EST and now for the rest of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397887 Attended my first training as WW leader on Wednesday. It is all so new and rather confusing. My biggest fear at this time is whether I will be good at encouraging the members in a way that will inspire them. So much to learn! <BR> <BR> While I was working, Dan and Steve did the ride I’d scheduled for the day. I am so glad Dan is still riding even without me to goad him on! If he keeps this up, he will be ready for the tour (happy, happy). <BR> <BR> Thursday we went to Sonora. One of the cho... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:17:21 EST Father's Day Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392496 Saturday was a resting day for me. Dan and Julie went on another motorcycle ride. He took her around and entered Yosemite on Hwy 140 and then came back on Hwy 120. That is a beautiful ride. Dan said the only mistake was going on a weekend. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I rode with Debbie & Greg on one of our favorite loops. (Cherry Lake Rd/Mather Rd/Evergreen Rd/Hwy 120) It was Debbie’s first time doing the whole route. She did great. Total distance: 30 miles. Total climbing: 2900+ feet. <BR> <BR> D... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:44:18 EST Birthday/Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389540 Rode on back of motorcycle with Dan yesterday morning. So tired at one point, I closed my eyes. I had to force them back open as I wanted to go to sleep. Made it home safe. <BR> <BR> This sounds like a complaint but I don’t know what to do with myself. Guess I’ll take a nap… <BR> <BR> Enjoyed a great ride with seven, count ’em-seven! other riders today. This was great. It isn’t often we get that many people together at one time. Only bad part was Debbie got a flat near the end of the ride. ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:41:24 EST Busy Day in the Valley http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387054 Lost another two pounds – woohoo!!! I ate a small breakfast and then went for a 12 mile bike ride before the weigh in. I went way over my points for the week so am really surprised with this result. I’m guessing it was the consistent exercise that paid off. <BR> <BR> Dan and Carol did the golf ball drop without incident today. All their practice must’ve helped. Now they can be professional golf ball droppers. Don’t know if they sold all 500 golf balls but it definitely made money for the ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:32:50 EST Not a Very Hot Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385336 Here are some pictures from Dan’s flight in the helicopter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1432747681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1454472864.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198553563.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The difference in temperature today vs Saturday is amazing! We may have to add a blanket tonight and we were baking just two days ago. Since we’ve only lived here for a few years, I don’t... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 01:03:09 EST Preparing Dan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382721 We seems to be getting into a routine for Dan to get him ready for the bike tour in July. Three rides this week. Next week we need to work on adding distance. <BR> <BR> I went out by myself early (before it got hot) and did 21 miles. I was hoping for 22. What an inspiring area to live! <BR> <BR> Helped Alan hang Ernie yesterday. Ernie looks pretty impressive in Alan’s front room. I should’ve taken a picture. Maybe later. The reward was a steak dinner – pretty good for a few minutes work. ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 19:03:16 EST A Good Wednesdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372058 Drove into Sonora today for a job fair at the Weight Watchers facility. Ended up speaking with the team manager for about an hour. I think she wants to hire me. I have to go through quite a bit of training but they will pay me for that and my mileage. It’d be great if that turned into a full time position (highly unlikely but who knows?) <BR> <BR> When I got home, there was a message from Debbie about a mid-day bike ride. I called to let her know why I didn’t make it. Turns out, she didn’t m... Wed, 29 May 2013 23:44:55 EST Memorial Day weekend 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370495 5/26/13 <BR> Greg & Bill in Greg’s RV4, Dan & I in the 701. Went over Camp Mather and got pictures of the music festival crowd. Then we flew over Hetch Hetchy and got pictures of the reservoir, Wapama Fall and Kolana Peak. Ended our tour going over Yosemite Valley – saw Half Dome, El Capitan, Glacier Point… <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l748158657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2056316419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 28 May 2013 14:03:21 EST Riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368002 Yesterday I found a riding partner after my own heart. We started out with the idea of a three hour ride but as we went along, he said, “I’d like to go to Mather and see the music festival.” Me too! So, we did. Total time was over four hours (great!) and we got in over 50 miles. I felt so good when I got home!!! <BR> <BR> Today Dan and I went on a motorcycle ride with Charlie. Rode to Cherry Lake and came home through Tuolumne City. Mostly a nice ride but a good portion of the road betwe... Sat, 25 May 2013 23:19:37 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366246 Monday <BR> <BR> We got up and rode our bikes to “Old’s Gym” this morning. Wayne was there using an exercise dvd. So we tried a few of those exercises and worked on the machines. Then we rode up and down the taxiway several times. Total time about 60 minutes. It is a start. <BR> <BR> Even with my bike ride Saturday, I gained weight this past week. Gotta behave myself this week as I do NOT want to have to lose the same weight again and again!!! <BR> <BR> Looked at another house this morning... Fri, 24 May 2013 00:32:36 EST End of Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361436 Thursday <BR> Looks like the house deal is not going to go through. sigh <BR> <BR> We went with our realtor to look at some houses again today. There is one that I like but Dan wasn’t interested. It is inside the Association which means we cannot afford to pay as much for the house. Catch 22. Gotta keep waiting for a house outside the Association in our price range. Not even sure we can qualify for a small loan. <BR> <BR> I went to the sectional today. There is still so much I could impro... Sun, 19 May 2013 19:23:08 EST Mom's Day-good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355515 Had a nice mother’s day weekend. Saturday was a picnic at Garin Park. Lots of family and friends. Nice sycamore shade tree kept the day cool. In the evening, my girls took me out to dinner. Ate too much. <BR> <BR> Sunday I was still so full, I hardly ate anything. Spent the afternoon with J&J – perfect! <BR> <BR> Turns out the seller didn’t just toss our offer, he came back with a counter offer. So we sent off a counter, counter offer today. We’ll see what happens. <BR> Mon, 13 May 2013 18:55:26 EST UP! and down... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350502 At rehearsal, I was chosen to do a mini-solo for one of the songs. I am pleased. It has been a long, long time since I’ve done that. I hope I don’t get nervous for the actual program – it always makes the voice shaky. <BR> <BR> We made an offer on a house yesterday. Today we got word from the owner’s agent that the owner probably will not accept it. Gotta wait to get the official word from the owner. I think we’ve already accepted that we won’t get it. Next! <BR> Thu, 9 May 2013 00:45:46 EST MMRR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347977 I’m back home but today was another great cycling day. I met my friends for the Monday Morning Recovery Ride around Fremont. I did over 37 miles and averaged 14.9mph. It felt real good to ride on the flats! <BR> <BR> I was able to get several ‘chores’ done while in the bay area but I still need to get my super 8 movies converted to DVD. Maybe next time I’m down there. We’re headed back that way next weekend for Sam’s family & friends picnic. <BR> <BR> G&D gave me a place to crash this wee... Mon, 6 May 2013 22:21:37 EST Excellent Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346889 Friday evening, I spent with Jessica and Sam. We had a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. It was good. Then Jessica made a frozen banana dessert which was good too. Next I went to G&D’s house where they put me up for the night. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning I was back in Fremont to join my friends on an Excellent Adventure. It was too. We went almost 50 miles through Livermore, out Tesla and Corral Hollow into Tracy. It was hot as we climbed to the high point of the day but after t... Mon, 6 May 2013 01:10:22 EST The Rest of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346868 Joined the motorcycle gang Tuesday morning. What a fantastic day for a ride. We ended up in Twain Harte for breakfast. Got home in plenty of time to get to rehearsal. Good rehearsal – still lots for me to do – the brain just isn’t working as well as it used to so more work ahead. <BR> <BR> The guys getting ready to depart from Twain Harte: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1266581160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wednesday Dan & I went over to the new gym in the neighborhood. Som... Mon, 6 May 2013 00:36:35 EST weekend adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339711 It was a busy weekend for us. Saturday was the Mariposa Air Fair. It was a nice day but the event itself was very poorly executed. Several listed activities didn’t happen. The PA system didn’t work well. Did see several folks from PML there. <BR> <BR> Sunday Greg and I met at Dori’s Tea Cottage and waited for my bay area buddies to show up. We were there at 9 and no riders showed up until close to 10:30. So we had a relaxing visit while waiting. It was interesting watching all the vehic... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:14:49 EST Groveland - Mariposa - Yosemite: What A Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335834 Last night was not a good rest. Didn’t get to sleep until after 2am – yuck! When the phone rang at 7:15, it was probably a good thing as it got me out of bed. <BR> <BR> The phone call was to let us know there would be a group motorcycle ride today. We went. Another fantastic day in the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Just inside the entrance on Hwy 140 (Yosemite Nat'l Park): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l85163744.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shot this picture looking back while on ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 23:15:57 EST Improvement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334657 Dan is much better. He actually went out for a motorcycle ride yesterday. YAY! The new antibiotics are working. <BR> <BR> While he was on the motorcycle, I was on the bicycle. Alan D and I rode from Miller Ranch to O’Shaughnessy Dam and back. What a perfect day to be outdoors. I’m so glad I can still do this. <BR> <BR> Road to Adventure <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l490602189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2054454915.jpg"> <... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:55:42 EST Dan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330574 I ended up taking Dan back to the doctor on Friday. He is on a different antibiotic and it is working much better than the last one. Although he's not 100%, he is definitely improving - HOORAY! Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:20:51 EST waiting around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327047 Life is falling back into a normal pattern except Dan has been sick all week. We called his doctor’s office today. Doc is out but nurse said come in on Friday unless Dan gets worse – then take him to ER. Couple of things I’m concerned about – he hasn’t eaten hardly anything for three days and his fever is not going away. At least he is sleeping right now. <BR> <BR> Today was a waiting day. I had to wait for the training nurse to show up at our house. She was supposed to be here around 11:30-... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:29:12 EST "Free" Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314021 4-6-13 Saturday <BR> <BR> Today we woke up when our bodies wanted to wake up. So nice! Meandered down to breakfast at the hotel. Saw a few folks from our group. Ken and Linda came by and said if there was a group of at least six, the hotel would give everyone a ride to wherever they wanted to go in town. <BR> <BR> After we ate, Dan stayed and spoke with Larry Jobe while I got on the computer to check email and work on yesterday’s blog. Dan came up and said there is a group going to u... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 21:15:08 EST The Great Wall & China Aviation Museum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314004 4-5-13 Saturday <BR> <BR> This morning we were up early (4:45am) in order to get ready for a 6:00 bus ride to the Great Wall. We went to BaDaLing area to get to the Wall. Elevation is about 1,600 feet. As we left the flatlands for the mountains, it was foggy! When we actually got to BaDaLing, the fog started to lift but it was still not a very clear day. <BR> <BR> In 221BC China was unified by Qin Shihuang (first emperor of the first dynasty), the man who had the terra cotta warrior army ... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 20:56:33 EST Tienanmen Square and Forbidden City http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313963 4-4-13 Thursday <BR> <BR> Because we moved to a new room last night, we did not get the ‘wake up’ call this morning. I got up to find my watch and it was 7:30! We needed to be at the bus by 8:00 so raced around getting ready. Confusion reigned as we tried to make sure we had everything we needed. As we got to the elevator, Dan realized he’d left his inhaler in the room. <BR> <BR> With everything we needed, we took the elevator to the lobby. We still had five minutes so scuttled over to the ... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 20:23:46 EST Summer Palace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309882 4-3-13 Wednesday <BR> <BR> Wake up call was 4:30 but the power went off in the hotel at 3:00. An emergency light came on which woke Dan and then me. Neither one of us got any more rest. Dan said, “I wonder if we’ll get the wake up call if the power is out.” That’s all I needed to keep me awake. We finally got up about 4:10, showered and dressed. By then, the power had come back on. Then the wake up call came through. <BR> <BR> We did get a leisurely breakfast today which was better tha... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:21:12 EST Terra Cotta Warriors and Alan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309834 4-2-13 Tuesday <BR> <BR> Visit to Terra Cotta Warriors. Pretty darned impressive. Took lots of pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1715351443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Visit to art school. We tried our hand at calligraphy. <BR> <BR> Got back later than expected. Alan was waiting in the lobby of our hotel. We ate in the hotel restaurant. It was the strangest tasting bacon cheeseburger I’ve ever had. The fries were delicious. I’ll pay for that on the scale! <BR... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 08:44:12 EST Yangtze Cruise-Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306997 Thursday, March 28, 2013 <BR> <BR> This morning we left the Yangtze 2 for the last time. A ride up the funicular and we were out of the port. <BR> <BR> The first visit was to a ‘square’ where people meet. Some folks were practicing tai chi and others were practicing a fan dance. The grounds were pretty with various plants and flowers. They also had statues and artwork. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1575911066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 04:55:14 EST Yangtze Cruise-Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306991 Wednesday, March 27, 2013 <BR> <BR> I’m still not adjusted to the 15 hour time change. Woke up and it was still dark. Went back to sleep but woke up again and it was still dark. Dan got up at 6am which woke me for the last time this morning. <BR> <BR> Not sure if the day started with mist or smog. Whichever, it restricted the views. <BR> <BR> Today we visited a ‘kindergarten.’ It is actually for children from three to six so is different from my concept of kindergarten. The kids were a... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 04:45:23 EST Yangtze Cruise-Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306981 Tuesday March 26, 2013 <BR> <BR> We were up early enough for ‘early bird coffee and tea’ on the sundeck. The sun is shining on us today! There are a few clouds but the rain and fog are gone. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went through Xi-ling Gorge. Today we went through Wu Gorge and Qu-tang Gorge so we’ve made it through “the three gorges.” <BR> <BR> gathering for today's instructions: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l457965262.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today we also took a ferr... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 04:23:26 EST Ship Cruise - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305627 Monday, March 25 <BR> <BR> Nina had warned us. The beds on the ship are FIRM. I kept waking up with aching hips so had to try to get comfortable all night. Woke up aching all over this morning. Dan had me take Naproxin which has helped. I finally was able to breathe through my nose all night! So, the worst of the cold should be over. <BR> <BR> We went to the top deck this morning to see the landscape. It is beautiful but the area is foggy. We can still see the shapes of the mountains ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:58:31 EST Shanghai to Wuhan to Yichang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305611 Sunday, March 24 <BR> <BR> apt bldgs in Shanghai <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974323382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was travel day. The hotel started the breakfast buffet half an hour early for us (6:00 instead of 6:30) so we could eat before departing. Started out on a bus (left at 7am) to the smaller airport in Shanghai. Flew from there to Wuhan. When we arrived in Wuhan, we were served lunch at the airport. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:42:50 EST Sleep Deprived But Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297001 Tuesday, March 19 <BR> Did not get out for a ride yesterday. Did get to the board meeting for Pine Cone Performers and to rehearsal. As Dan and I were driving down Old Priest Grade, we saw a white Subaru in front of us. It turned out to be Debbie & Greg. They stopped in Oakdale for dinner but we had to go on to pick up Julia. <BR> <BR> Took Julia out for dinner, visited a bit and then to bed. Julia was nice enough to give us her bed but it didn’t help me sleep. I finally ended up taking a sl... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:05:21 EST One More Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291672 One more night at home. Tomorrow we re-pack the stuff we had to pull out to use (toothbrush kind of stuff). <BR> <BR> Greg & Debbie are going to do the maintenance loop and I hope to join them one last time before we’re gone. <BR> <BR> I have choir board meeting, then choir practice and we GO! Sure hope we have everything we need. We’ve been told by several people, we cannot just buy what we forgot. <BR> <BR> The pizza last night hurt me on the scale today. Up one pound but I’m still ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:45:09 EST Getting Closer Getting Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290532 Well, we finally finished packing for our trip. Got our stuff in one large suitcase and our ‘emergency’ stuff in a carry-on. A friend loaned us an iPad but I’m not taking it. I’ll take my mini computer instead. I’m used to it and it has my information on it. I also like having a real keyboard. <BR> <BR> Since we’ll be leaving soon, we’re trying to use up our perishables. So, I made some tapioca pudding. Now we have to eat it. Bonnie is having a pizza party this evening. She’s got a wood bu... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:51:09 EST Sorry Ed Is Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289158 Totally shocking news on Thursday. Our cycling friend, Ed, died on Wednesday. He was on a group ride and just collapsed. He could not be revived. So sad. There are so many people affected – his family, his cycling community, other friends, etc. <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Was supposed to meet Greg & Debbie for the ‘maintenance loop’ yesterday but Dan and I were at the DMV to get our car listed as ‘salvage’ and then to register it as usable. Four hours and lots of running around to... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:54:21 EST China, here we come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284677 Washing up the dishes this morning and sliced the tip of my finger on one of the big knives. So stupid. Bandage makes it hard to do things (including typing) but I’m getting by. <BR> <BR> Dan & I met with Greg & Debbie & Tom (first time I’ve met Tom) at PML main gate for our ‘maintenance loop.’ Did nine miles with 900’ of climbing in 50 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today’s choir rehearsal went well for me. The extra work I did this past week paid off! <BR> <BR> Met at Bob A.’s house for more infor... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:25:25 EST Weekend Wanderings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283363 Yesterday, Gale & I met at Laveroni Park and he drove us to Moccasin. We rode from there to Coulterville. Had the breakfast which supports the Coulterville Museum. Saw Joe & Jo (they were having breakfast too). Also saw Bill (who gave me a ride to the Sierra Club hike a couple Thursdays ago). Bill was the pancake cook. Then Gale & I rode back to Moccasin. <BR> <BR> In the afternoon, Dan and I met Greg & Debbie at the front gate for the 'maintenance loop.' Dan chose to ride back to the house ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:50:05 EST WHEELin' along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279621 Early to rise. Got a nice start to the day. A good breakfast and then off to pick up my ‘client’ for WHEELS. <BR> <BR> When she answered the door, we took a look at each other and knew we’d met before. Neither of us could figure out where. As we were driving and talking, she asked where I lived. When I told her, she asked if I knew Kay. Yes. Kay goes to my church. BINGO! That’s where we’d met before. When Mom was staying with us (over a year ago), I took her to the Lutheran church. <BR> <BR... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 00:48:18 EST