RAINBOWFALLS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAINBOWFALLS RAINBOWFALLS'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/ Goodbye August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986343 When I look back at the beginning of the year I started out with some good exercise goals. All went well until the knee took me out for the count. I got a little reprieve with some aqua therapy exercise and then I had to stop that per the doctor. Well today I'm back with some very good news. I had my stitches removed from my knee surgery by a physical therapist today. She has given me the go ahead to start an exercise routine. I can start back with my bike riding (8-10 minutes) which is half ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:22:07 EST I love the Hot Air Balloons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970192 We have an annual Hot Air Balloon and Spedie Fest in our area. I don't always make it to the park, but this year there was a concert I wanted to see so we did go. We have to have perfect weather for all the balloon releases and that does not always happen, but thankfully the first two have gone off well. My son volunteers at the event every year and this morning he got to go in a balloon for the morning launch. I told him that it was a bucket list item for me, but I needed to also make it a w... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 09:33:18 EST New Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967259 I saw this saying today and it made me chuckle. You know what they say, laughter is the best medicine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be1ce9bf-a44a-4ba2-b116-c7e6943da17e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well since I stopped the Aqua Therapy (per doctor's request) the swelling from the Baker's cyst has reduced almost completely. The knee pain and grinding is worse again. Three and a half weeks and I have knee surgery. I'm looking forward to getting back to regular exercise again.... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:50:09 EST Has it been that long? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962206 I stated in my last blog in April that I had put of blogging because I felt out of sorts. Well I have been waiting that long to get some results from my knee/leg condition. I hate having medical issues and I do feel like it is always something. My weight is not making these issues any better and it is time to get back on track with losing weight. <BR> <BR> I have had a torn meniscus that I have finally been given Aqua therapy to help get me moving again. I have had a very difficult time walk... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:43:40 EST Limitations are hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915843 I have put off blogging because I'm feeling a bit out of sorts. Work has been very stressful and I have had some setbacks on my Yearly goal. Every month this year I was adding more exercise. All went well until my strength training exercises caused reoccurring shoulder pain and a pulled muscle. I then had to give those up for a time, but at least kept the cardio going. I was hoping to also add walking to the activities I do, but I have another foot problem that I'm waiting on the next doctor ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:18:39 EST Think Spring... or not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896385 Well that isn't the easiest to do here in NY - we are under a winter weather advisory and it is snowing now. Bah Humbug! <BR> <BR> I have a friend that is suppose to come down from up north this weekend. I hope she can make it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l936866488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l979176502.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know it will come, but I am really, really hoping this is the last snow storm we get for this sea... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:38:03 EST Peace and Bravery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895775 I am feeling a bit down with our work situation still. The big cheese is here and he mentioned to me that he has answers for the factory workers. I don't imagine they have much longer before they are laid off. It is so sad when people leave not only because these are friendships we have forged throughout the years, but it is also my job to remove the security into the computer systems for them. That makes me think I will be around for a while, but I still wish I could find something that I th... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:15:16 EST If only I could http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890408 My husband showed me this cartoon this morning. It was probably because yesterday I changed the scale batteries and weighed in yesterday morning. The results were much worse than the week before. I actually started my strength exercises last week too and I was not looking to see a four pound gain. My husband was so sweet he said maybe it's water. I laughed and told him that no I'm just fat! I then thanked him for always trying to say the right thing. It was a bit funny... I did get my scale b... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:35:59 EST A very stressful week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887994 My week has been very stressful as the only IT person at my location. We have been going through a computer conversion of all our mainframe applications. We basically moved from one parent companies mainframe to new parent company. This parent company also has been telling us that we are closing the manufacturing here in NY. The rest of us are un certain about our jobs too. It isn't easy to stay positive through this, but I am trying to remain positive. Most of my co-workers are miserable. Wi... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:54:14 EST Some strength ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885470 Isn't it amazing how something can almost drop in your lap just when you need it. I've been bouncing around what I would like to do for strength exercises besides the free weight ones that I do occasionally. On MSN's page this morning there was a link to 6 exercise to help you lose inches. I decided to copy them and print them out for quick reference. My goal will be to do these 3 times a week like the article suggests. These exercises are exactly what I was looking for. Here is the link if y... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:56:33 EST Goodbye February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884236 We have gotten so much snow and the temperatures have been below zero so often this month that I'm happily saying goodby to February. I am thankful that I've stuck it out with my small goals that I began in January. There was a bad two weeks when I was ill, but at least I brushed that aside and got back to it. I have been getting more exercise in with my recumbent bike and each month I add a little more time. I didn't even wait until tomorrow to add my additional time I added it today. I have... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:20:34 EST Hopefully Winter is winding down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876637 Well not surprising more snow was predicted over the weekend. All I can say is it is February after all and I am thankful I don't live in Boston. They really have had more than their fair share this winter. I found this poem about NY and I just had to post it since I do live here (not the city). I have also included a picture of my moose that stands with a yard stick that you can't see in this picture. All that is showing is his antlers. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and you have an ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:31:16 EST How you start your day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872515 This spoke to me today. I know our minds can change the way the day goes and I do work on that as best as I can. These last few snow storms or ice and snow have not made my commute to work a very enjoyable one. Even though it was predicted that we would get a whole lot of snow from Sunday to Tuesday morning we didn't get any Sunday during the day. We did get some rain and then in the middle of the night some snow. It has also been snowing all day. Needless to say those roads this morning were... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:28:25 EST The little things in life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867729 I am a quote person, I love the messages that they provide to me daily. It's the little things in life. Yesterday my sons came by to watch the superbowl with us and I am so thankful that I got to spend some time with them. As we age and they grow into their own lives these times are less frequent, and I am always so thankful for those times that we do have. <BR> <BR> We are in the middle of getting 8 - 14" of snow. My drive into work was horrible and this snow is continuing throughout the wh... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:23:58 EST 9 feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866567 Some of you may know that one of my hobbies is making fleece blankets. For Christmas I made a couple with the local Bag Pipe band logo for my sister-in-laws. They are both in the band. My normal size blanket is 2 yards and that is how long I made these. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l944019256.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a close up of the logo. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l46682978.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When my nephew saw the blanket he said... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:36:33 EST The Brightest Rainbows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865025 I saw this and had to share. I love rainbows... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800070846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope this finds you all doing well. I saw a Neurologist yesterday to help with managing my migraines. I have lived with them all my life but only started trying to diagnose the problems over the last year or so since starting with a new doctor. The new doctor search has been a problem in itself and I'm going to switch again. Back to the Neurologist - I wa... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:56:17 EST Halfway there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862782 I just love this saying and the graphic grabbed me this morning. I am sure I have shared it before, but some things are worth repeating. After all repetition is good for us in may aspects of our life. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l294423638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wish I was halfway there with this weight loss, but I must be patient. I did refrain from ice cream and cookies last night even though the hubby had both. One step forward... <BR> <BR> We are getting som... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:43:03 EST It's never too late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859287 My words of wisdom for the day - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122722142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am finally starting to feel better. This cold took a hold of me and didn't want to let go. I hope everyone out there in Spark land is feeling wonderful and still working hard at their goals. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:22:01 EST Eat Less Crap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854216 I saw this and just had to share it with my Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097832240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you know I have started slow this year and I'm going to continue with my next stop being the crap I eat! <BR> <BR> Have a great day. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:44:27 EST A smile for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853344 I have been under the weather for the last few days. I have bad lungs and when I get a cold it tends to go into bronchitis not matter how hard I try to take care of myself. It is very frustrating, but it will not keep me down. I am not currently exercising since just breathing is a chore. I may not make my goals for this week, but as soon as I can I will be back on that bike and ready to make this year a better one. <BR> <BR> I am off to the doctors this morning for a routine check up with ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:17:24 EST Pushups and strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850121 I saw this and it made me chuckle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535361948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I prefer doing pushups on my stability ball, but my husband deflated it. I wasn't using it at the time, but I know that I want to add some new exercises to my regime and the ball is one of my favorites to work with. I took classes a few years back that showed me some amazing cardio moves using the stability ball. I believe that this will be my next small step addition... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 08:57:59 EST I am going to succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848356 I made a Spinach and Spaghetti Squash casserole last night and my husband even tried it. He didn't love it, but I did. He isn't a fan of squash so I'm just glad he ate some. I changed the recipe a little from the one I found. I used fresh garlic, a can of tomatoes and oregano because my search at home brought back different results than the one here at work. Here is the link of you are interested. <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=443829 </link> <BR> <BR> So yest... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:16:59 EST Focus - all things are possible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847644 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613062471.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I saw this and thought it was the perfect reminder that I need to stay focused on what I want and what I need to accomplish it. One of my other small goals is to make sure I get fruits and veggies in each day. Tonight I'm going to try a new Spaghetti Squash recipe. It is so cold here that I look forward to turning on the oven to bake this new dish. As it bakes I will get my workout in. Killing two birds with one st... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:23:21 EST This could be funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846388 It all depends on how you look at it. I have a smart scale that saves the information from each person in the house. I have often wondered how it would determine between two that weighed close to the same weight. At the moment I don't have to worry about that. I have not weighed since last year at the beginning of the year. I have known by my clothes that I have put on weight, but I wasn't sure how much. Well I looked at my last Spark weigh in, which I'm sure I synced from my scale. After rep... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:12:37 EST Stretch that Stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845701 I am doing my best to make some changes this year. I will not call these resolutions, just positive changes for myself. I will be making small changes so that I can make these permanent. One thing that I have always struggled with is eating slowly. Both my husband and I are very quick eaters, so we are both going to be working on it. We have been adding more fork breaks and water to our meals. The good news is we usually have dinner at the table so we help to remind each other. This has been ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:19:05 EST A New Year's Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841889 2014 is the year that will be in my memory as a year filled with many family adventures. I started the year travelling with one brother to see the other, something we had put off much too long. We bonded with family that we missed growing up and ate some fantastic authentic Mexican food made by extended family. Mark and I had a wonderful vacation in England spent with his relatives. Again some fantastic foods were eaten and wonderful family adventures that we will cherish forever. In between ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:46:34 EST Worldwide Candle Lighting is today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832955 The 18th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting is today, December 14, 2014. This is a very special and moving event, when bereaved families join together from around the world in memory of all children gone too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. <BR> <BR> Out local Compassionate Friends Group has a service tonight. I will be leaving for it shortly. I am the newsletter editor and create ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:03:22 EST Poppies in England for the Veterans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814770 My husband and I had saved for years to go to England. He was born there and had never been back since coming to America in 1966. It was a wonderful vacation with one week spent in the country and another week spent in London. The tower of London was one of the sites on my list of things to see and little did I know that they had a display of 888,246 poppies in the moat of the tower. They represent the English soldiers that lost their life in WWI. I am so glad that we were able to see this ma... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:41:36 EST Hippie Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807990 I am a Hippie by day and a Zombie by night this Halloween. When I asked my husband how I looked this morning he said "Junior Year". To tell the truth he is probably right. We have some of our co-workers kids and grandkids coming in to Trick or Treat this afternoon so I couldn't where my Zombie costume and decided I would be a hippie instead. Tonight my cousin and I are hosting a Zombie gathering to bring awareness to organ donations in memory of our children. Her daughter was able to donate ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:51:31 EST October Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790242 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2140041855.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wish you all much success this month. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:16:08 EST Take that Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788865 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1332385573.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You Can Do IT! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:34:02 EST Family time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763113 My brother and his family drove from Mexico to NY to see family. They had moved to Mexico 14 years ago and their youngest Alejandra had never met most of the extended family. They have been using my house as home base so my nephew let us use his camper so they had a place to sleep. We had a wonderful family reunion on Saturday. Here is the group of us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l957778487.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my favorites with me and my brothers. <BR> <... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:27:37 EST The Ballons have landed in our neighborhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752131 We have an annual Spedie Fest and Balloon Rally in our area the first weekend of August. People come from all over the states to take part. Spedie's are a local favorite in our area and are different types of marinated meat that most people eat as a sandwich. During the weekend the balloons take flight at 6 AM and 6 PM depending on the weather. This morning I was lucky enough to have them fly right into our neighborhood and land. Here are some pictures from my driveway and then just down a bl... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:07:20 EST My August Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751576 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2127325312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's make this a Great August! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 09:10:13 EST At some point in life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735161 I just love this saying. <BR> <BR> “At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough.” <BR> ~ Toni Morrison <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595640345.jpg"> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:47:58 EST Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732730 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l698387011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I find this so true. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:02:19 EST Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703268 And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. ~Joseph Drake <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560863050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1392682274.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank You Mon, 26 May 2014 06:08:49 EST The Secret of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698186 I loved this saying and thought it quite appropriate for us here at SparkPeople. Have a great week! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1380026915.jpg"> Mon, 19 May 2014 08:18:27 EST Because I am worth it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686987 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1074669617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great day and remember - You are worth it! Sun, 4 May 2014 08:29:48 EST Have patience with yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685577 Have patience with yourself. Once you decide to change your life to create something more purposeful, more positive, it takes time. The decision was the hard part. ~ Anna Pereira <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1669048342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 2 May 2014 08:52:00 EST Words to live by http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679245 I have been telling my co-workers this lately. We are unsure of our companies future and after being with them almost 27 years that is not a good feeling, but I have been thinking this thought to try and keep myself as positive as I can. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028169605.jpg"> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:16:57 EST Take the Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672045 Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1519317661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These would be a nice addition to my gardens. I also love the saying and am trying to take steps in the right direction. The temperature increase has helped me to get outside and get more walks in. <BR> <BR> I hope your steps are going in the right direction too! Hav... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:15:37 EST Rainbows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663388 As my Spark name suggests I love rainbows. Today on MSN they have a link to 30 Astounding Rainbows. I of course had to take a look. <link>local.msn.com/outdoors/30-astounding<BR>-rainbows </link> <BR> <BR> This rainbow reminds me of my son Joshua, who passed away 15 years ago on May 1st. He has been very heavy on my mind lately. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l772237760.jpg"> <BR> Rainbow & clearing storm over Joshua Tree National Park, California <BR> <BR> And ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:49:00 EST Diet or lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658360 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1593239705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the way to live our lives! I hope you all have a Fantastic Friday! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:34:57 EST Ask Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653119 My thought for today after a very stressful week. I hope you are all doing well and making those choices that matter the most to you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532378315.jpg"> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:22:34 EST When I look inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641105 "When I look inside and see that I am nothing, that is wisdom <BR> When I look outside and see that I am everything,that is love. <BR> And between these two, my life turns." <BR> - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1745691922.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This touched me today when I read it. Work is very stressful and this winter has been long and cold. I have been not making the best healthy choices. <BR> <BR> I was lucky enough to get a break w... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 08:14:31 EST Fat Tuesday Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705123139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, we celebrate Fat Tuesday. My body; on the other hand, celebrates it every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone actually does not indulge too much today! I will start with oatmeal and an apple - Have a great day! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:31:08 EST I'm wiser because of my mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633266 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1949356808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is so true. Have a great day my friends! Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:33:00 EST Saddle Mountain in Monterrey Mexico http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628512 I had such a nice visit with my brother and his family. They took us to different places during the time we were there, so I took pictures of this mountain from varies places. I thought this was the clearest and it also captured the place we ate the last night. That would be the building with the crown. It was quite ornate inside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1262801705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather there was high 80's and low 90's - quite a nice change from t... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:41:56 EST Faith is taking the first step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600143 “Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.” <BR> - Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1580127002.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is so true and relates very well with our healthy life style choice and how far it can take us. I hope all my Spark friends are doing well. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:16:04 EST