OVERWORKEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OVERWORKEDJANET OVERWORKEDJANET'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/ Keeping up with my moniker and evasive skills. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955724 Funky word, huh? I like it. <BR> <BR> Moniker <BR> AKA (also known as) <BR> Nickname <BR> Handle (Breaker 1-9; what's your handle?) <BR> <BR> I've become an escape artist of sorts. <BR> I am the supervisor on-call this weekend so need to be ready to find coverage for the inevitable call-outs. Friday may have been the Federal holiday but I chose to work. <BR> <BR> Saturday I woke up feeling a bit sorry for me and wrote a blog. <BR> <BR> No plans for celebration with DH keeping inside hims... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 08:08:17 EST Throwing lemons. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955254 I've thrown them back many a time. I've made lemonade. I'm not able to duck these ones. <BR> <BR> DH had a short, 12 hour short, respite from pain. It came back with a vengeance yesterday and knocked him down. I'm guessing the stent clogged with the stones. Like trying to force sand through a straw. <BR> <BR> When he spoke to his doctor Thursday afternoon, the MD bluntly told him there would be major surgery soon. Since there was freedom (brief) from pain, it proved changes in plumbing woul... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 07:23:37 EST Can I have some seriously reduced-fat cheese with that whine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954278 Last MD appointment found my glucose still on the rise, A1c was still elevated. <BR> Although my cholesterol was 160 (thanks Crestor), the other magic numbers needed some more magic. If I never ate fat again I'd still have cholesterol issues as it's naturally out of control. <BR> Sigh. <BR> I may drink 3/4 to a cup of milk a day depending on what I have for breakfast. There is no routine coffee or milk products after 6 am. We do 2% and someone told me to go skim. I mentally rebel. <BR> Red m... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 05:38:00 EST One day, one procedure at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953537 DH underwent a successful procedure today. <BR> I've been in healthcare for over 40 years and back in the day (yes, I said that) what he went through would have required major surgery and at least 5 days in the hospital. <BR> Fast forward though the technology years and I sit and wait about 2 hours, walk him out to the car and then he's getting his own snack from the fridge 6 hours later. <BR> <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> No cure, the MD placed a stent into the secondary duct in his pancreas using a... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:42:29 EST Night out at wedding reception-my head,ears and feet are complaining. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952556 I keep thinking-no one made me eat, drink and be merry. <BR> I have no one to blame except for myself. <BR> I went to the wedding reception of my employees' daughter. The kids were married in India last month and as part of the highlights they played a video of the wedding and parties. <BR> Wow. <BR> All I can say is, wow. <BR> It was like a rock video (all this Indie techno music) interspersed with interviews with the bride and groom. Parades, fireworks, all the religious ceremonies-it's all... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:44:17 EST Green thumb continues to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951709 Apparently I got the right formula this year, thanks to Mother Nature. The right amount of sun, rain and love! <BR> The squash is about a week from picking. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79df6887-7c96-4187-a65f-ff33ce5a2d21.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Zucchini has a way to go <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec9d8a08-772d-4511-b5d0-f9d680bc72e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And my assistant gardener is being dwarfed by the plants! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:30:15 EST More pictures of Zion National Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950099 Along the Virgin River trail <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70596b67-d0f6-454d-9d3d-9dcb732451d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Watchman <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba7294c9-fc68-456f-9c46-010898d24604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looking into the park from the museum <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bd0e87c-433f-40e2-bf42-3882593a3b31.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Water seeps through the walls and creates hanging gardens <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:03:08 EST On the way to Zion Canyon National Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949347 The last big stop on our trip was Zion. I could spend a week watching the walls age. <BR> <BR> I have tried so long to get pictures of these guys. Slightly disappointed they are desert bighorn sheep but heck, they are cool! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fada6be-2ba8-43f3-afca-30253680cc93.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8b070e8-7dbc-405a-a794-0f7e6d195ef5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They crossed the road as we entered Zion Canyon NP <BR>... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:13:29 EST Be assured, DH had some fun on our trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948518 He was our driver. Here he is not letting his brother drive. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e244ff9b-6713-40b1-921d-3b2685a285fa.jpg"> <BR> Playing in the snow with BIL <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43df7448-0c90-4b65-876a-16b24707a43e.jpg"> <BR> My jokester doing what he does best...annoying artwork <BR> In Jackson with statues of our more illustrious men <BR> Chatting with Abe <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1785dc06-bb8d-... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 07:22:03 EST Visited Bryce for the third time. Nice to be the tour guide. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948509 Bryce is one of my favorite places. The first time we visited was the in-better-shape years and we hiked into the bowl. Wow is all I could say. Well, not really. It was hot. Hot like you were in a dry sauna under the scorching sun hot. Took a 5 hour hike and returned needing more water than I imagined. No bathroom breaks hot! <BR> This time I introduced my in-laws to the breathtaking views. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ede641bd-a952-4ec4-9163-670759a2710d.jpg"> <BR> J... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 06:48:36 EST Slogging through life's muck and mire. Updates on how things are going. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948064 I wish I was back on vacation. <BR> When faced with daily realities I can view my photos. Sigh. <BR> <BR> The good news. I continue to go to the gym; trying to boost my days from 3 to 4. Spending an hour in exercises in the therapy pool then hitting the dreadmill for another 30 minutes. Exercising in the water at 5:30am is no problem for me and I can see and feel the difference in my joints. My diet is so-so but better than it used to be. I see my MD today for annual checkup so I'll see how... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 06:32:14 EST Grand Teton NP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948057 Grand Teton NP is just that. <BR> Grand vistas of rugged mountains. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ed559b9-4ea8-489b-87f6-4d6a05f1891b.jpg"> <BR> I took a solo trail hike and had several hours of fresh air, quiet and reflection. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc761b01-b307-4d73-a113-25ca95845b01.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4abc384e-a492-4a05-aeaa-fc7b6e581ff1.jpg"> <BR> Took a drive with family from the dam o... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:36:29 EST Little things in Utah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945714 I've skipped over Grand Teton National Park. <BR> It's just so large and the vistas so grand I have to pick the right pictures. <BR> I caught the little things in Salt Lake and visitors centers. <BR> Hummingbird battles <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fef442af-8b2b-4b8e-ac14-b969306775e7.jpg"> <BR> Darned pretty flowers <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8810b2ce-8b14-45cb-bf77-1480bfe242d4.jpg"> <BR> Gabriel (?) on the Mormon Temple <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:19:44 EST A visit to the Mormon buildings in Salt Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945058 We didn't visit for religious reasons, heck we needed a break in our drive. So after leaving Grand Teton and dropping off the youngsters, we drove to Salt Lake City on our way to the canyons. Where could we see famous architecture and a bit of history? Mormon Temple, Tabernacle and Assembly. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0931e007-debd-45bb-9248-33489316dab7.jpg"> <BR> Beautiful gardens <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f79988d-2d9b-4b1a-92f2-19472f... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:39:17 EST Got back on the wagon and got my groove on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943639 I hiked miles on vacation. Lots of miles. I also had to show up my husband's siblings or at least show I could lead them to all my favorite places. Mostly I said let's go up there or over there. Steps. lots. Elevations higher than I remembered, but I did it! <BR> Then I came back to a personal fitness trainer and still having sessions of physical therapy for my shoulder. <BR> I've donned my armor against the food in my way. My last cardiology visit sealed the deal. A significantly blocked ex... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:29:53 EST Curious AS SEEN ON TV kitchen gadget may save my fingers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942720 We joke about them, you joke about them. <BR> The pitches, hype and flashy noises. <BR> Buy one and we'll send you a free gift. <BR> Buy one and we'll double the order! <BR> But wait...there's more! <BR> <BR> There was a gadget on TV that intrigued me. Advertised as a veggie "pasta maker", this thing was touted as a way to make food fun and save calories. <BR> Since I've sliced and diced my way to stitches and scars more times than I care to recount, this promised to be a way to get some hea... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:53:27 EST Still more Yellowstone. Remember this was a 2 week vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941308 Morning Glory pool. Apparently needs cleaned as it's usually purple-blue. I noticed coins in it. How sad some people can't leave nature alone. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5963a508-ed74-4d57-a651-4a10c28c472b.jpg"> <BR> I can't remember the name of this one but isn't it pretty? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/854499fc-aadb-4b79-8e83-0d02b613419c.jpg"> <BR> Grotto geyser.(I may have misnamed one as this on another blog; apologies) <BR> <img src=... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 18:18:01 EST Yellowstone 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940569 Since I like to look at them, you get to also. This gives me chance to select my better shots. <BR> Arriving at the terraces in Mammoth <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aafd8097-b82c-49f9-8c72-424f0f62a390.jpg"> <BR> Elk have taken over this area <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7dc14ea-5abe-49a8-b31f-dfc208f54be9.jpg"> <BR> Funny <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23b0fa81-0907-42d9-9387-f3b586d9ff5e.jpg"> <BR> Terrace pots- if yo... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:25:21 EST First few days in Yellowstone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940565 My second visit there so my focus was on, well, focusing! <BR> Here are a few of my favorite things <em>335</em> <BR> Grizzly just finished his bison lunch <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4622cda-eb9a-4d39-b3d5-508797ac3e86.jpg"> <BR> Bubbling pool <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59f50595-f980-4b4b-bfd7-935c46fd281c.jpg"> <BR> My "Old Faithful" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc71d00f-c540-44bd-b899-dc8a9e6f5a27.jpg"> <BR>... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:14:25 EST Back to the business of working, living and getting through the days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940561 There may be routine in my life but nothing is "normal". <BR> Changes at work, changes in my attitude and certainly changes at home. <BR> Still waiting for a final diagnosis for my DH. He enjoyed our vacation from the car, couch and bed. He managed a walk or two but was absent on the hikes. I took some solo hikes to sort things out. I didn't like the emptiness but there's not much I'll be able to do about that. <BR> I told my bosses that when he throws in the towel at his job, I will too. Th... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:01:50 EST I'm back from 2 weeks of little rest and lots of relaxation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937643 I have returned from a wonderful 2 weeks totally off the grid. DH, his DB and DS and the respective spouses took our first vacation together. Between us we have 7 children and 12 grand children. How did we manage no contact? <BR> Go someplace time zones away with no (little) cell service or internet! <BR> My pictures are limited to family photos...the best kind. <BR> We started in Yellowstone. <BR> Old Faithful resting <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23cd4185-d3d3-4b18-9... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 05:13:48 EST Happy trails once again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928968 I'll be off for another long adventure. <BR> This one promises lots of exertion, card playing, eating, pranks, driving, siblings and spouses. <BR> We will be semi-tour guides for what may be our last vacation together. <BR> <BR> So off we go and I'll share pictures when we get back! <BR> Sat, 16 May 2015 06:44:20 EST Making things happen at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928432 I'm getting my @$$ kicked and all I am doing is stretching. <BR> And isometrics. <BR> And the dreadmill. <BR> And the arm bike. <BR> <BR> I hurt, in a good way. It shows already after two weeks of PT for my shoulder and my new daily workouts. There's truth to muscle memory. I have awesome biceps. I hope the rest of my body remembers. <BR> <BR> Back in the day (90's) it was body "sculpting" not building that we did in the gym. There was a time I could bench press my own weight. I wore lycra ... Fri, 15 May 2015 05:28:33 EST Effects of stretch over time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927302 Sag <BR> Stoop <BR> Curl <BR> Slouch <BR> <BR> Stretching exercises? <BR> Ouch! <BR> <BR> If all these ouch places start to tighten up I'll be better. <BR> <BR> Off to the gym before work! <BR> Day 2 Sparkies. Wed, 13 May 2015 05:20:33 EST Funny thing about balance; strike a pose. I have none. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925657 Balance, or lack thereof, really is a funny thing. <BR> In order to assess the damage time and personal stupidity has ravaged on this body, my continually smiling trainer had me complete some basic poses. I started giggling like a school girl. <BR> <BR> "Stand on this board, place your left foot on the zero and your right foot on the 44". <BR> Hard enough on a 6x1 inch wide board. <BR> " Now, reach behind your head with your right hand, Hold this pole. Reach behind your butt with your lef... Sun, 10 May 2015 07:53:29 EST Unhealth in numbers. Getting physicled for exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924638 I did not like the nurse. <BR> Strike that. <BR> I liked the nurse well enough. He was 6 ft tall, very handsome but not at all susceptible to my charm. <BR> <BR> He told me I was only 5'5". Wrong, buddy! <BR> I ran home and had DH measure me I'm still 5'6" (whew) I might carry the weight of the world on these shoulders but I haven't shrunk almost 2 inches, only 3/4". I reached 5'6 and 3/4 inches at a peak height!. <BR> <BR> I did not like the pre-exercise physical for determining all those ... Fri, 8 May 2015 06:09:11 EST The highly anticipated day has arrived. Not the royal birth; I joined the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921163 I do wish Will and Kate well. <em>75</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, Sparkers, I walked through the door yesterday, signed on the dotted line and got my swipe card, free water bottle and all kinds of appointments. Here is what I am doing so I can declare my accountability to all of you who have supported me. <BR> <BR> This Wednesday I see a nurse. <BR> Every 90 days I get to see the nurse to be weighed, measured, BMI'd and whatever else they do. What are the odds there will be no male nurse to flir... Sat, 2 May 2015 06:39:18 EST I CAN have funny moments. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917502 Imagine having your bathroom replaced by a professional. <BR> This was 2002, a month after I started my last job. I couldn't be there and had long days. <BR> We've always had low water pressure and I noticed the shower was less forceful than I remembered. <BR> Days go by, then years. Every once in a while I complained to myself or DH about our low water pressure. <BR> When we'd vacation I'd relish in stinging water streams and forceful showers. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> I soaked my shower h... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:35:11 EST Maintenance and changes in eating. Living in fight or flight mode. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917333 It's not the kind of maintenance I'd jump up and down about, but at least my weight is not jumping up and down! Life's been pretty chaotic. Home sucks. Something at work finally made me cry. The worse it gets, the less I blog. Imagine that. You've read my gory details and find out those are only the tip of the iceberg! <BR> <BR> I've been researching the food choices DH will have to make and they are everything I should be eating. Unfortunately what I can get him to eat is only foods on my "... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:15:53 EST Cheap or frugal? Going out to eat and assessing portions and value. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916765 We went out to eat for my birthday. My daughter and the two little guys were the hosts. She took us to a seafood restaurant they frequent. <BR> I had sticker shock for dinner. <BR> As I viewed the menu, all of it tempting, I tried not to look at the prices. After all, I was a guest and was told to get what I wanted. <BR> Sheesh! <BR> The prices started at $25 and went up. I choose scallops to the tune of $32. With that I got my choice of starch-garlic mashed potatoes. Brussels sprouts were... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:33:52 EST Happy Lab Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914766 Every year we bring out the 3 rings minus the elephants to celebrate the invention of microscopes, discovery of blood types and the science behind all those cholesterol and glucose tests. And to celebrate the modern marvels the lab is now by eating, playing games and having training sessions with snacks. <BR> <BR> I admit I entered the field in the last year the rabbits died. Euthanizing rabbits to see if someone was pregnant was replaced with a host of revolutionary tests to finally develop... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:28:41 EST Sunshine, lollipops and roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913811 It reached 83 degrees yesterday! What an anomaly. <BR> Pure sunshine, light breezes and the smell of fresh cut grass filled the air. <BR> So did the sounds of gas mowers, weed whackers, water pressure washers and a host of other gizmos people bring our to erase winter. <BR> I chose the sound of lightly tapped computer keys searching for the perfect Florida home. <BR> Dreaming in the sunshine-my lollipops! <BR> I trimmed the roses, removing the dead stuff and hips left from last year that look... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:28:18 EST Sleep-over with GSs=tired grandparents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910035 Wow, I got knocked out! <BR> <BR> I played backyard soccer with the 4 yr old. <BR> Run faster Nana! <BR> I did. <BR> My knees feel it today. Here's me and my soccer buddy after a tough battle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071346563.jpg"> <BR> Even though he beat me to a pulp he insisted I won by 10-3 (it was 10-3 his favor) <BR> While I tried to breathe, Pop Pop took his turn only walking around the yard. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:55:47 EST Smart means no excuses. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906844 I've reached my goal. Yeah, me! <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> I spent 90 days contemplating why, how and when to change my life. <BR> No, it's not going to happen overnight. <BR> I needed some breathing space to decide what was important and what was not so much. I set a goal to think about the changes I've made, the challenges I have and a host of other things that affect how I proceed with my last few decades. <BR> <BR> I am learning to avoid food situations, sorry, don't expect me at your coc... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 06:04:49 EST Tomorrow I'll be smart, today not so much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906693 The sun 'll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow... <BR> Phew. <BR> <BR> Today I accidently hard booted my cell phone. <BR> <BR> For those of you who have magical existences and never drop a remote in the trash, fish out a small electronic device from the toilet or have broken an antenna; ignore my cries. <BR> The rest of you know what I'm talking about. <BR> Password? <BR> I have to remember a password I never use? Sure it's in my secret super-duper file on my computer a... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:33:10 EST Days left until I finally get smart. The end of my 90 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904972 SMART <BR> Yep, that's me. <BR> In 4 days I will have completed my 90 day challenge. I will be smart(er). <em>100</em> <BR> It started out as a 90 Mental Toughness challenge but I couldn't rise to the occasion for it again. I decided to think about my surroundings, my family, my fates and accidents. My goals, dreams and aspirations. Past and future. <BR> <BR> Got it. <BR> <BR> It's been tough. I've had to face some prospects in my life which will alter my future drastically and others th... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 20:20:45 EST Passover/Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904406 Lovingly celebrated in my multicultural neighborhood. <BR> Most of us are not so orthodox in our beliefs that we wouldn't cross over to the others' celebrations for some good food and friends. <BR> Our original ovens in this development didn't hold more than1 pan of ziti or noodle kugel. <BR> A ham or turkey without any accompaniments was all that would fit in these tiny wall ovens. <BR> I'd cook the noodles then celebrate the Passover meal with my friend. In turn the Easter egg hunts were sh... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:24:35 EST Visiting Jupiter (Florida) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900880 Here you go. <BR> Right outside my room <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l285654487.jpg"> <BR> Visiting Jonathan Dickenson park <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l569875657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1004346549.jpg"> <BR> We climbed the Jupiter Lighthouse <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1068111666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1109592624.jpg"> ... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:44:54 EST Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900427 It was short and sweet. <BR> First flight Friday was cancelled; we had a 3 hour delay and lots of snow removal on our plane. Landed in West Palm Beach at 9:30pm into 70 degrees. <BR> Ahhhhhhh. <BR> I had 2.5 days of sunshine, 88 degrees, water, dog-loving from Lucy, my cousins' doxie and two nice evenings with my cuz. <BR> DH and I rested, swam, hot tubbed, climbed the Jupiter lighthouse (pictures to follow) and didn't think about anything for two days. Drove by a few houses for sale and my... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:25:34 EST Respite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896096 I will be in warmer weather for a few days. <BR> Working since 1 am, I cooked chicken soup, roasted Brussels spouts. <BR> Worked from home until time to go to work. <BR> DH got up, I said see if you can take off. <BR> He did, I did. <BR> I need a break. <BR> <BR> Happy dance! <BR> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:26:29 EST What goes around...same old day a year later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895011 I could have copied my blogs from this time last year and re-posted this year. <BR> Insomnia <BR> Migraine <BR> Mid-night bathroom breaks. <BR> It seems not much has changed and almost to the day! <BR> 'cept I'm a year older, not much wiser and only a few pounds less than then. <BR> Huh, <BR> I need to get a life. <em>24</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:21:18 EST Some Jersey shore this 50+yr resident hasn't seen. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893729 I get around, a lot. But that doesn't mean I've covered every inch of the state. <BR> Yesterday we took a drive to avoid the boredom of togetherness on the sofa. We shared togetherness in a car after spending some quality time with two squiggle worms for breakfast. <BR> I drove searching for ocean and found Asbury where we flashed by the Stone Pony.. LOL a Springsteen song was on! <BR> Our concern was hitting what was left of the boardwalk and viewing the construction of the Convention hall.... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:47:55 EST Fancy days in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892456 3/13/15 <BR> Friday the 13th! <BR> Not much happened today and since it's almost over, I'll trust no one will meet me in the dark with a chainsaw. <BR> Or will they? <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> 3.1415 <BR> Pi day! <BR> At 9:26 eat some pie...it will be 3.1415926. <BR> <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> 3/15/15 <BR> Caesar beware the Ides of March. <BR> <em>42</em> <BR> Also the anniversary of my grandmother's birth in 1897. <BR> <BR> 3/16/15-Uh, nothing I can think of. <BR> <BR> 3/17/15 <... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:13:06 EST The virtues of apparently good genes when healing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891891 I see not a single bruise. <BR> A slight muscle ache in my triceps seems more like lifting one too many weights. <BR> The scrape on my chin is gone. <BR> Ribs are fine. <BR> My hip feels like it always does. <BR> <BR> So what did I learn from my feet flying out from under me, not having time to react...at all....and laying down the hard way on the pavement? <BR> <BR> I was darned lucky! <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:42:28 EST Olympic bid on ice, body slam. The things you think in a brief second. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890257 No Olympics save this time like the last where I went down on one knee. <BR> Ta da. <BR> I went down like a 216 pound, almost 61, grandmother of two, with my lunch bag and pocket book. <BR> I did a full body slam. Came down on my hip with the bursitis, shoulder and my head. <BR> Don't be scared. I still look pretty. I have a small scrape on my chin. No headache this morning but sure had a good one yesterday. Probably a huge bruise under the fat on my thigh-perhaps this was one time having sad... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 04:49:58 EST Birdsong in the air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889083 Sweet, sweet Spring! <BR> The sound of early campers claiming their territory had boosted my inner self. <BR> Yesterday I spied an old robin's nest in an apple tree which survived the winter. It was piled about 6 inches high with snow. <BR> Great construction to last through the winds, snow and torrential rains we've had. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying (not) the quiet crunch of snow under my feet in the morning and hearing the invisible return of Spring. <BR> I worry about my daffodils. <BR> If th... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:27:57 EST Snow no, no, no, no, no,no more please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887904 I don't have the gianormic, epic, once-in-a-lifetime piles that they have in Boston. <BR> No, thank you. <BR> I do have some chest high piles in front of my house and along the sides of the driveway. <BR> I cannot fathom the ability to sling the snow up and over any higher than this. <BR> It was not the type of exercise I was looking for this winter but I can say shoveling this last time caused no stress on my arms which now have biceps like Popeye. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Come on s... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:55:27 EST Seriously tired of snow and lots of other things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884979 I drove 3 hours on highways today with snow and ice impeding my progress. <BR> I took DH on a drive yesterday and we stayed overnight in Christiana Del <BR> (hello ROXYZMOM) to check out the huge mall. Didn't spend a dime! <BR> Went to the movies and stopped breathing for 2 hours watching American Sniper. <BR> Enjoyed a night away from the routine. <BR> Visited another Cabela's and I got new hiking shoes. <BR> Then the long drive home to NJ. <BR> Pelted by sleet, then snow, then sleet again... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:33:26 EST Happy Friday, next to last day in February; looking for March to march in like a lion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883536 In like a lion, out like a lamb, yes? <BR> It goes along with groundhog wisdom. <BR> I'm more of an April showers bring May flowers girl. <BR> And what to Mayflowers bring?, you may continue. <BR> Well, pilgrim...... <BR> <BR> Today is the beginning of a new era in my department. Yesterday I fired the last of the original staff amid problems of epic proportions. Decisions made on the fly, in my absence using personal opinion instead of procedural science. I'll be cleaning this up for a whil... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:32:08 EST Contemplating a goal. Not quite making my case, but at least I'm discriptive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882893 I am not a goal oriented person. I get flummoxed when asked to define my goals. <BR> I see pictures, big pictures. <BR> Red rock hills and cotton ball clouds in a blue sky. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1227953962.jpg"> <BR> Dusty chocolate bison on a golden sea of grass. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217300442.jpg"> <BR> Rainforest green paths to nowhere. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1818561550.jpg"> <BR> C... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:04:27 EST