ONESPOTLEFT's SparkPeople Blog ONESPOTLEFT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community the thaw we have been able to walk at the park the sun has melted the snow from the hiking trails and there are lots of warblers, woodpeckers and huge flocks of robins <BR> <BR> the snow has also melted off the plants that were in bud and still are I hope to have blooms today <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:26:44 EST fish sticks the 3 koi are in the deep end of the pond which is 4 1/2 feet and have wintered in the rock caves every year for the past 6 year; the laundry basket n the shallow end (2 feet) has a heater on a timer and we use it to keep an opening so the gases can escape. The fish won't start swimming again till mid April <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a pic of the trio last summer <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we are adding another bog to filter the p... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:07:29 EST pond our koi pond is frozen over <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> the fish are down in the deep end where it is 4 1/2 feet <BR> <BR> I spent an hour out side shoveling snow and hoping the snow plow would come; I checked the city website and our street is not part of the plow priority plan so that explains why we are never had a plow on our street <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> it was ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:27:22 EST walking We just put on the layers; the thermals, t-shirt, wool sweater, sweatshirt and a coat so we could wash all the salt off our car and walk in the city park before we came home. <BR> <BR> we talked with the park ranger and complained they had not cleared the sidewalks off so we walked around in the parking lots. only a few people were their. <BR> <BR> The lake was frozen solid. Several of the paddle boats had broken loose and were frozen in the middle of the lake; they looked like yellow d... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:00:43 EST more snow I really can't complain it's only about 6 inches and has been melting already. It has covered all the bulbs that have started to sprout I can hardly wait for spring <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I miss my garden and the smells of the spring flowers <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I spend a lot of time sitting on this patio and it smells wonderful <BR> I set out a new birdfeeder today I ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:55:27 EST dandolines we have yellow headed dandelions and the puff ones that have already gone to seed. Usually it takes longer for the dandelions to come out. I spent about 4 hours pulling weeds and transplanting bulbs from the area we are converting to a driveway. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:16:42 EST Hampton We walked along the water front overlooking Hampton Roads on the Hampton side watched several ocean liners passing each other in the bay . I saw some Kinglets and flocks of robins on several lawns, a Lenten Rose, a pink one. It was 60 out just a light jacket <BR> <BR> Tomorrow it is suppose to be mid 60 I am going to transplant some day lilies and the blueberry bush. It will be mid 50's and rain on Monday <BR> <BR> I want to get a new camera that is easy to operate any suggesitons Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:01:29 EST spring is showing I picked a mini daffodil from under the bedroom window others have buds as do the lilac bush.... I know the snow will get them we always have Easter snow Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:41:13 EST blue birds a pair of beautiful blue birds were in the top of the lilac bush today; I was so excited to see them, still in their dull winter coats but a sure sign of spring Wed, 4 Feb 2015 21:46:18 EST first snow awoke to a thin white blanket with green spikes poking through; the sidewalks and streets are bald here in Lee Hall. Only two hours have passed and the lawn has patches of green already an it's dripping. <BR> <BR> I ventured out to sprinkle bird seed on the ground and put a fresh pan of water out; now I am sitting watching the junco's, Carolina Wrens, cardinals, downy wood peckers, nuthatches, song sparrows, house sparrows, thrush, bluejays, black cap chickadees, titmouse, grackles, cow... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:27:40 EST hiking we hiked at the lake on a dirt trail it was sunny and mid 50's; there were loons on the lake fishing for their lunch. There were flocks of cedar waxwings feeding on the berries in the bushes. The ducks were happy swimming about the cedar stumps. lots of nuthatches, grosbeaks and great blue herons on the lake. <BR> and then more walking at the supermarket to prepare for the storm. I am freezing quart bottles of water so if we lose power I can keep the food cold. we have the generator an... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:19:19 EST red velvet cake vs celery I made a home made chicken and rice soup for lunch yesterday afternoon and had washed and chopped the celery and carrots for the soup but had also set some celery sticks aside for me to snack on later if I was hungry thinking I could eat them as an after dinner snack, celery really helps my stomach. <BR> <BR> so later in the evening after dinner I was hungry for a snack and in the frig was the celery stick right next to the red velvet cake <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> but I took t... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:01:25 EST shelving today while Michael starts to take the tree down <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will gather the wire shelving from the garage and get it ready to put up in the studio we had built in November <BR> <BR> we plan on using the studio to paint and store Christmas decorations and convert the garage to a guest house Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:10:50 EST ice we had icy rain last night and now its really pretty sitting on the coach looking out the window ...not so much looking out the windshield <BR> <BR> TGIR <BR> Thank God I'm Retired and don't have to go out in this <BR> <BR> It's 39 so it's all dripping now <BR> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:59:47 EST rain 50ish with bouts of heavy rain; just yesterday the pond was frozen over and we were running the heater to keep the breather hole open for the gas to escape. the koi have not been swimming for over a mont now and just sit in the rock caves we made for them to hide in. i just got out a few days ago to bring in the wreaths from the windows and take them to the garage. cranking up the treadmill for later Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:47:25 EST gardening today it was warm today and overcast. and since the RV door lines up in the flower bed I have been moving the end of the flower bed over to another area. The bulbs are poking through about an inch or so ....I moved about 4 dozen daffodils so far and some lilies <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to move everything between the arch and the RV only a 2x2 triangle <BR> and it is still warm enough here to do that. <BR> <BR> and we are doi... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:16:46 EST gardening today it was mid 60's and warm enough to get out there in the garden beds and play in the dirt for awhile. the lilac bushes have buds on them and the crocus are an inch tall; I now the frost and snow will ill them soon enough. but I can get little peeks of spring Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:48:42 EST a blessed year as I reflect on our year; I have been blessed better than most. Not with wealth but with who truly matters to me, my daughter. My oldest daughter has battled cancer for several years now and her latest test results from her doctors this week show my dearest Jennifer is in remission. I am so relieved maybe I can eat because I am hungry and not stressed out. <BR> <BR> My husband is my biggest blessing to my health; he cares for me even when I am irritable; which is often. He tolerates my s... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 08:03:17 EST worn out I have been fighting a cold for weeks now hoping I can recover enough to get a flu shot before the season is over. I heard on tv the flu shot this year is not working anyway but I always had one before.' <BR> <BR> I have been staying in away from crowds and taking naps limiting my exercise so I don't get tired out. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:35:41 EST Thankful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> most of all I am thankful for my husband Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:42:57 EST rain it is cool mid 40's and rain here in Lee Hall Virginia <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:41:33 EST dinner I made rice with pork chop, applesauce, and corn and after a day of yard work we were both starved Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:22:08 EST flower heads There are a few blooms trying to hand on <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> there were a few bees on the blooms that are handing on <BR> <BR> but the flower heads have turned brown now <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like to see the sparrows and chickadees handing on the stems to eat the seeds Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:52:12 EST first frost <img src=""> <BR> <BR> two days ago we were cleaning the yard getting ready for the frost <BR> <BR> so I had to save one for the kitchen window <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I still have some hardy bloomers in the yard even the gardenia in the background has a few blooms <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I like this dark pink one but... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:13:21 EST Veterans Day I am happy to be spending the day helping my husband who served in Vietnam <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I salute all the veterans that have served and are still serving and their families <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For all those and their families have a blessed day Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:48:44 EST the chill so happy not to have had snow! but so much work to do getting all the potted plants in. I want to expand the driveway and that means having to relocate bulbs to other flower beds. <BR> <BR> Great exercise and will be helpful to be able to walk along side the 8 1/2 foot wide camper. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> prepping the yard for the new shed coming next month. It will be shared as a wood work shop and a garden shed. am ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:37:13 EST still blooming you have to look for the flowers now but they are there <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I guess I will pot some of these in the spring to keep them from spreading and give them as gifts <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's not lowering now but the freen and white make it interesting <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I ha... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:16:43 EST garage I spent time cleaning the garage so I have room to put the plants in for the winter; it won't be long now before the freeze starts,..getting some plats put in the ground and getting the beds in shape Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:59:33 EST another walk we walked at the park along the lake and through the Japanese garden in the city park; we are very fortunate to have a very beautiful 8000 acre park less than two miles form the house and we have been going in the evening. <BR> <BR> we were out on the piers and the water was clear enough to see the perch and turtles in the water. There were grebes diving for dinner the ducks along the shore. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to see the herons roosting but did not see any; maybe tomorrow I will re... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:54:16 EST walking we went walking in the park today it was almost 80 and very nice <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we saw some deer they have their winter coats already; we're in for a real winter here <BR> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:18:20 EST our home away <img src=""> <BR> <BR> it has an oven and three burner stove that runs on propane <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> there is a good size frig and counter space; I really like the maple cabinets throughout the coach <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the bathroom has lots of cabinets too <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:49:57 EST on the road <img src=""> <BR> <BR> only $24 a night very quiet we only stayed here two nights <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> found a roadside table on route 39 in West Virginia it was so peaceful <BR> <img src=""> <BR> just found this while we were hiking <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:24:16 EST wading <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> played in the waves today I actually heard myself laugh; it's been awhile. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:48:39 EST beauty <img src=""> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:42:05 EST garden <img src=""> <BR> <BR> lots of weeding having been on vacation the weeds tried to take over <BR> <BR> we had some of the trees trimmed away from the wires and have those to cut up before Thursday Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:14:23 EST another hike <BR> <BR> this was a very quiet morning on the lake <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the water was so clear we could see to the bottom of the lake <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> there were lots of visitors at our campsite <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> it looked like it would rain but we got back to the RV dry Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:20:27 EST vacation <BR> <BR> we hiked quite a bit <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> lots of flowers I did not know <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:34:00 EST Happy Fourth of July Celebrate this day and thank a military person for their service to you and your country <BR> <em>652</em> <BR> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 06:31:33 EST remission <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> glorious news over the phone my daughter's cancer is in remission <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so thankful for this blessing <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:06:16 EST Hurricane Arthur Packing the RV and have reservations at the park; just waiting on the hurricane to pass us by Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:34:54 EST Happy Father's Day It has been many decades since I last hear your voice or saw your face but both have stayed with me all these years; my love for you has never waved. I hold you close to me in my mind with an empty feeling in my heart. <BR> <BR> No one can ever replace you dad <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 07:23:15 EST success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> our new home away from home <img src=""> all new appliances in the kitchen area <BR> <BR> a queen size bed , full size shower lots of closet space <BR> <BR> <img src=""> comfort sitting area <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> indoor dining area <BR>... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 07:49:20 EST garden walk it is suppose to be mid 80s today so I took a stroll around the garden <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> spiderwort <BR> <img src=""> this is a potted plant that I have to keep in the garage over the w... Sun, 4 May 2014 09:29:17 EST How Will Getting Fat (Again) Help? I read this question on another blog and can not stop thinking about the answer... <BR> <BR> I think if I post this message on the frig it will help me keep the door closed <BR> <BR> If I think about it in the grocery store it might help keep me out of the cookie aisle <BR> <BR> my mind has to have an answer for this question and for me there is none . <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 05:20:31 EST spring bit windy yesterday but warmer today <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> more weeding tomorrow <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> even the fish are starting to swim <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:44:56 EST my Jen My eldest daughter came to visit the first in a long time; she has lost over 100 pounds over the past year. I am not use to seeing her so thin. <BR> <BR> She is stage 4 with her cancer now and I struggle with hearing her talk of her death she has come to terms with it; but I have not. <BR> <BR> I have meditated quite a bit and prayed for her recovery but it may not be part of His plan <BR> <BR> The only comfort I can find in all this is that she will no longer be in pain and suffering. <B... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:05:31 EST gardening <img src=""> <BR> lots of weeding today <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> tried to take these with the ipad i got as a retirement gift <BR> tomorrow they say snow Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:25:13 EST bluebirds My husband put up a screen net over our pond to protect the fish from the predator birds that love the bay and rivers that surround us. On each post he put up bluebird boxes and waited awhile and the bluebirds came as did the wrens and song finches. They are quite chatty in the morning now. I sat out near our pond yesterday and hear a frog crocking already it was peaceful after my weeding <img src=""> <BR> this is last summer this yea... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:50:32 EST mall walking spent the day at the mall just walking and relaxing when I got tired. Great vendor show and only spent 6.00 Sat, 8 Mar 2014 08:10:03 EST snow covered all the new sprouts are snow covered <BR> with sleet and then snow <BR> <BR> the gardenia is burnt <BR> the magnolia and azalea have swollen buds <BR> and the tips of the lilac are a bright green <BR> <BR> the sun is out and so am I to look at the Lenten roses poking out of the snow <BR> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:23:20 EST