SQUIRRELMOMMA1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SQUIRRELMOMMA1 SQUIRRELMOMMA1'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/ It Is Doable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840073 I belong to the 10,000 Steps group here on SP. I am not, by far, one of the leading walkers. But I sure do give it my all each month. My biggest total steps for a month was 516,567 last March. 31 days it took and looking back over my spreadsheet there are a lot of under 10,000 step days. For December I officially said I would walk 480,000 steps but really my goal has always been 600,000 steps. Pretty lofty goal. But I've been getting up early every day and walking for a half hour befor... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:55:57 EST Foot Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839546 I have rested my foot for 3 days now. It feels much better and I am planning on a short walk tomorrow morning. Did some stepping on my mini-tramp today and it was fine. Even putting on the shoes didn't hurt as much as before so it must be healing. I will still take it easy as I don't want a repeat of the pain I was experiencing. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 21:11:13 EST All Dogs Should Be on Leashes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838515 Tuesday I took my friend R's elderly parents dog, Casey, for a walk in town. He is getting much better behaving on a leash. Sticks to my side and only occasionally barks at other dogs. But Wednesday, what a day. We are doing the big loop, I'm listening to a book when across the road (a busy road) comes a little dog. Fortunately for him his owner managed to grab him before it got hit. Didn't grab the other dog that was also loose and it was on it's way across instead. But no, two houses... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:18:03 EST Smaller Jeans - Almost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837002 My daughters and I drove to Ann Arbor today for our annual dental appointments. While we were there I wanted to stop by Briarwood Mall to poke around. It was a slow day (except at Williams & Sonoma - yikes!). I bought some new under eye cream which really seems to mask my huge under eye bags (finally one that works!). I also tried on a size 14 jean since my 16's are a bit loose now. Got them on but couldn't zip them. But I know I am headed in that direction and it makes me feel good. I... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:23:18 EST And we did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836374 21,414 steps is twice around. 2-1/2 hours of constant walking (well except the two times I needed to stop to use a restroom). The last mile was the worst. We were both tired and dragging but we made it. I took a hot shower as soon as we got home which helped energize me. Not enough to go out walking again but it sure made me feel better. Had a nice lunch and now I'm doing my Spark thing and sitting in a chair. It is amazing how good it feels to sit after such a long walk <em>224</em>... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:03:46 EST I Am Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836017 Today DH and I walked the new longer trail today. I have walked it twice before on my own and I like it. One lap is 12,000 steps for me and very interesting. Tomorrow he wants to attempt doing it twice. Twice! I am not sure how it will go. It was cold and slick today from the freeze last night. Tomorrow promises to be warmer but I want to start earlier in the day because it will take a very long time. I am ready to try this. I am ready! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:50:11 EST Walking to Clear My Head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833522 The county added a new wide trail in the park where I walk. 12 feet wide and set like a sidewalk thru people's front yards. But it is a marvel. Now we can go further. One lap on the new expanded trail is like 1-1/2 laps on the old one. Fabulous. DH and I walked two of the longer laps Sunday. Now that is a workout! DH kept up and only had trouble with his foot near the end. We love it. Lots of people walking and enjoying. Took most of the summer but well worth the wait. Wonder what... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:44:56 EST Date Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832562 Great weekend so far. Last evening I needed 6,000 steps to reach my daily goal. It was 7 at night, dark out, but DH suggested we go to the park and do a couple laps. Yep in the dark. We took along a couple of flashlights for safety. <BR> <BR> It was wonderful. No wind. The flashlights provided just enough light. Only one other walker. We parked at the nearby Wendy's (lighted parking lot) and put in 2 laps. It was really fun and he has promised to do it again next Friday too. Kind o... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:19:24 EST I Love Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829839 5,568,551 <BR> <BR> I keep a spreadsheet of my daily steps which I update weekly. Mostly I did it just to make sure I was getting in 'enough' steps to make my monthly goal. I have average step count, a monthly total, how many steps until I reach my goal, my average needed to reach goal, stuff like that. I could see my rest days at a glance because they were always under 10,000. Last winter, when I walked home every day from school but drove on Fridays I can see those Fridays instantly. ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:32:26 EST Wednesday stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827148 Today's movie was The Full Monty. What can I say about this movie? It is one of my favorites and I watch it at least once a year. I absolutely LOVE the music in this movie. I have the soundtrack loaded on my iPod. My daughters make fun of me when I play it in the car (they also do when I play some old Prince music). It makes me feel young and happy. What's not to love. <BR> <BR> I'm really getting into the morning workout. Today I had to fill in for the building secretary for the mor... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 20:01:00 EST War Horse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826545 Today's movie was "War Horse". I really liked this movie. Kind of a 'boy and his dog' type of movie only it was a boy and his horse and how he kept searching, and even went to fight in a war, in search of his horse (who had been sold to the army by his father). There were some incredible scenes during the movie that really moved me. The boy riding his horse so fast that they passed a car. The horse, literally running for it's life on the front line during WWI and getting tangled up in so... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:57:26 EST 7 Day Streak (and counting) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825693 Completed one full week of rising early to exercise. I have to admit that it has been wonderful. I don't even mind getting up early to get in those steps. I am raring to go by the time I get done. Showering and eating breakfast take no time and I am relaxed by the time I leave for work. I arrive and I already have 4,000 steps on my FitBit which makes me very happy. Shooting for 15,000 each day and I'm well on my way there before 8AM! <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving 4-day weekend went well. Had... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:48:51 EST Day 3 Was a Wonderful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823474 Day 3. I am loving getting up early and exercising. It puts me in such a good mood and I am happy (happy!) when I get to work. Today was only a half day for students. Which means only 2 hours for me. 2 hours! I was especially excited. I got off before 10AM. Woo-hoo! Went home, changed my shoes, and went over to pick up the dog. We had a wonderful walk in the park. We were the only ones there at the time. A slight snow but the weather was delightful. I could have walked all day. <... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:56:14 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822956 Today I was suffering from a migraine. Haven't had one of those in years and it put me down. Down for the count. Took a nap and then felt better. But I missed my opportunity to walk the dog so I headed downstairs to get some steps in on my mini tramp. <BR> <BR> Today's movie was "Sparkling Cyanide" with Colin Firth's little brother Jonathan Firth. I actually thought he was the young man who played James Nesbitt's son Nick Monroe in the short-lived series "Monroe," which I dearly loved. ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:57:43 EST Start of a New Streak. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822408 After having such an awful week last week I have decided that I need to up my game. Starting this morning I got out of bed a half hour early to do some walking on my mini-tramp in the basement. 30 minutes walking in my pj's and I started my day with almost 4,000 steps before breakfast. That's what I'm talking about! Told DH to wake me tomorrow too. I'd like to make it a new habit. I have found that I get in more steps and feel better if I do two walks per day. On the weekend DH and I w... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:00:42 EST National Fish Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821641 Yesterday DD asked why we don't have a holiday centered around eating fish. Good question. We have turkey on Thanksgiving, duck/goose on Christmas, ham on Easter. Why don't we have some kind of holiday with fish? I bet the first settlers/explorers to arrive here ate fish. Probably ate lots of fish until they realized what other meat sources there were available (deer, elk, etc). So she and I talked about it a bit and I told her to pick a day and we would name it something and that would... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:04:42 EST Tough Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821257 This week has been tough for me. I don't recall being so depressed over winter before and not wanting to do anything. But all this week I have struggled with walking and wanting to exercise at all. <BR> <BR> Today it finally got above freezing. It was wonderful. 44 outside and I went for 2 wonderful walks and really got to clear my head. That is exactly what I needed to do. I feel so much better and I'm already looking forward to tomorrow's walk(s). Now I just need to maintain that fe... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:19:28 EST Ugh, Winter Came Early This Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819697 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228934617.jpg"> <BR> View out my back window. <BR> <BR> I've had some trouble getting in my steps the last couple of days. The bitter cold (it's only mid-November for goodness sake!), the blowing wind, the snow. Excuses, excuses. But it is dragging me down. I don't want to do anything but sit in a recliner and nap. I'm doing a FitBit Weekly Challenge and I'm failing miserably. Usually I go into these challenges great-guns. But this ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:23:33 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817804 So far no movement on our house. It's a little disheartening but DH doesn't want to move in the winter so I guess it's ok. We recently replaced the front storm door to something nicer. And now we are discussing updating the master bath. New counter, double bowls, wall scones, a little tile. I think it will look very nice. It is long overdue. Doesn't mean we still won't be selling, no we definately will be. But it may make it more desirable (those double bowls) to the next owner. <BR> ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:45:37 EST Movie Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815762 Got my stitches out today (finally). My arms feel much better. The scars look impressive (red) but should heal up pretty quickly. I feel good. <BR> <BR> Had quite a bit of time to kill after my visit to the Doctors office and before meeting R for a movie (Intersteller). Called older DD and she met me at the park and walked 3 laps with me. I think that is the longest she has ever walked with me. I feel so much better since I didn't get in my 10,000 steps yesterday. I always feel kinda ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:49:56 EST Thank Goodness for Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814468 This past weekend I managed to walk over 25,000 steps both days. It felt really awesome to do this and I think this is something I would like to strive for each weekend for the rest of 2014. I know I can do it! <BR> <BR> This morning was a little difficult for me. It is a Monday so I kinda know why but I was expecting to feel so blah after such a successful fitness weekend. But the kids were really bugging me today (I had a couple of argumentative kids and I really dislike that). When I... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:40:45 EST Ahhhh, Nothing Like a Walk (or Two) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813237 Twice I went walking today. And twice I got caught in the rain. Didn't melt (much LOL) either time and actually enjoyed both my walks. Got almost 25,000 steps in because of it and I feel FABULOUS! There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like a walk outside. It really calms me and keeps me focused. <BR> <BR> Older DD has been having trouble with panic attacks for the past few months. Not sure what brought them on but I have suggested, on numerous occasions, that she needs to exercise a bi... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:09:01 EST How Gloom Became Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812154 It was another gloomy day today, but today I decided to conquer my aversion to walking in the rain. It was more of a misty drizzle and actually pretty nice to walk in. I was the only person over at the park but that was nice too. I finished my audiobook (Hamish Macbeth and The Death of a Macho Man). All-in-all a really wonderful walk. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:11:50 EST Random Thoughts on a Gloomy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810809 It is a gloomy day. DH hasn't set up my mini-tramp yet for winter and I've only gotten in 6,700 steps so far today. One of my FitBit buddies asked me to join him to a week-long challenge and I accepted. You would think it would really motivate a person no matter what but walking in the rain is one of my least favorite things to do. Wind, snow, heat; those are okay but rain. Ugh. You get wet and drippy. The leaves are wet and slippery. Just not a good time. But I will attempt to get i... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:34:24 EST Rested http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808344 Because I've been doing extra steps all month to meet my new, higher goal I discovered on Wednesday that I only needed to do 4,000 steps for the last 3 days to get there. And since I have been getting a little burned out I decided to just take a break. So I did not go on any walks except what I accomplished during my normal day. I haven't taken a day off in 491 days (my current log-in streak). I was going to walk today but it was pouring rain this morning, then turned to blowing snow. An... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:38:01 EST This Plateau - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805440 R and I got in a lot of walking this weekend. She is getting faster and keeps up now. She commented to me about her weight - she has been losing since joining me on the walks - and is very pleased. I was kidding her about her extremely baggy pants one day and she admitted that she knows she needs new pants but is afraid to buy them because she always puts the weight back on. Then we talked about making the exercise a daily thing. I never dreamed that I would be talking to someone else ab... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:04:52 EST A Creature of Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803451 Yep, that's me. I put things away 'where they belong' so that I can find them again. Usually. Today I discovered my purse not in it's usual spot. Actually, I couldn't find it at all and I panicked. Looked around the house and then I remembered that I had driven my DH's car yesterday and it doesn't have any hiding places for my purse when I am walking so I stashed it under the passenger seat. And then promptly forgot about it. Out of sight - out of mind. So I phoned DH and asked him if... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:08:31 EST Christmas Shopping (?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802943 Did some Christmas shopping with older DD today. Snuck out of work early and we met up and then drove to Eaton Rapids. I had remembered a small table that younger DD had liked and wanted to get it for her before the weather turned bad. We had a great time, the table fit in the trunk of the car perfectly and is now hiding out in older DD's house awaiting the holidays. <BR> <BR> Friday this week I will be filling in for the building secretary all day. I don't really care to work a full day... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:05:59 EST Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800964 My friend, R, is down visiting her parents again. When she visits I get in twice as many walks. This morning she phoned early (8AM) and wanted to go out. Hot dog! I threw on my clothes and off we went. But it turns out she needed to walk because she and her DH were moving furniture for her parents. Her dad needs to move downstairs now. Still a good walk. But I really needed more than just a couple of laps so I went back home and talked my own DH into walking with me. Off I went for a... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:58:36 EST Family Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799845 My BIL is in the hospital and I will probably visit him this evening. He has been there a couple of days. He and my sister are both 70. Not old by any means. But to look at them, talk with them, you would think they are ancient. It turns out they are both also diabetic and do nothing (nothing!) to change their ways. No exercise, no change in their diet. Nothing. It makes me angry (you can probably tell) that they have chosen to do nothing and then expect sympathy/help from the rest of... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:33:17 EST The Search for Tan Slacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797586 This past weekend I drove to Ann Arbor in search of a new pair of tan slacks. Last week I got rid of a very expensive pair that I just hated. Turns out I may have acted in haste. <BR> <BR> Tan slacks, it seems, are only to be worn by people who are Size 12 or less. I went into 6 stores and it was the same in them all. Us 'chubbies' can only wear black, maybe blue; but definately not tan. Macy's had a pair of oddly colored brown jeans that I considered ever so briefly. But I want tan, n... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:53:50 EST Stuff Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796990 This morning I awoke with a killer headache. Took a couple of asprins but it just didn't cut it. I was nauseous and the pain was centralized over one eye. DH told me I had a sinus headache. But I was needing my morning walk so off I went. 5 miles later my head felt much, much better. Stomach had settled down and my day was off to a great start. <BR> <BR> Couple of days ago I wrote about eating Pop Tarts. Ick. I have discovered that I am happiest when I stick strictly to my ETL diet a... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:54:20 EST How Do American's Eat This Crap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794869 This morning I overslept so I was hurrying around. I always eat breakfast before going but today there was nothing. I had a small amount of salad which I wanted to save for lunch and only 1 serving of my bean stuff to put on my salad. But breakfast - what to eat? Then I spied DD's pop tarts, so I ate one. OMG how can kids eat these things! We serve them to the kids at school for breakfast. So sweet, so sugary, so not healthy. I wanted something else but ran out of time. My lunch, how... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 20:27:19 EST More Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792916 My friend R is in town again at her parents. She tells me the funniest stories about her parents when we go walking. But her father is not doing well and her sister has left everything pretty much up to R and her DH. It is frustrating for her but she knows I am there for her to talk with. This time she is staying almost a full week. Tomorrow we are going to the movies, something neither of us do very often. Her plan is to drop off her car for some repair work and we will walk to the the... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:49:04 EST New Trip Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792418 Today was only 43 degrees. Cool, windy autumn day. It was lovely. Walked in the early morning with DH and then again in the afternoon with my friend R and her dogs. Lots of steps today and it makes me happy. She also gave me a newspaper clipping about a bike excursion that she is interested in doing one day. In Quebec. I looked it up on the internet and it sounds pretty interesting. I guess you can take your bike with you on the train (didn't know that). I will have to investigate fu... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:44:36 EST Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790675 The last couple of days I've had to work the entire day at school, usually I leave at 12:30, so staying until 3 is a very long day. But the one advantage is that I get in a lot more steps. Today I got 9,000 while I was at school so I didn't have to walk as long afterward in the park. That was good because we celebrated older DD birthday today with shrimp fajitas that younger DD made for dinner. They are very good - tortilla, marinated shrimp, cooked onions and green peppers, chopped jalap... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 20:34:39 EST New Shoes (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789841 Last weekend DD and I went to Lansing so I could get a new pair of walking shoes. Seems like I just bought the ones I've been wearing but the tread was gone and they were really hurting my feel. I probably should have gotten new shoes a while ago but I never really noticed that they were tread-bare until they started hurting me (blister city). Anyway I was going to get the same brand and style that I always do. Why change what works right? But on display was a pair of the coolest shoes I... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:42:37 EST Slow and Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789225 Today was my big interview. Not sure how it went but I'm pretty sure I don't want the job anyway. More hours than I want to work at this point in my life. And it would really (really!) cut into my exercise time, which is extremely important to me. I am finally at that point in my life where I want to do what I want to do (if that makes any sense). It was a learning experience so that is okay. <BR> <BR> Only 2 days left in September. Older DD's birthday is tomorrow but she has to work s... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:20:00 EST I've got an interview on Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787550 This week one of the high school secretarys put in her notice. The school posted her job internally on Monday and from what I understand from the other secretary almost all the aide's applied. Today I got my call for an interview on Monday right after I get off my shift. I'm nervous already. I have to type up a resume, which I haven't done in YEARS. I think I will have DD help me with that. The principal said there will be a 5-person panel doing the interviews. Oh my - I hate interview... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:26:26 EST Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786952 Today I went to the park mid-day. It is totally different in the middle of the day than in the early morning or later in the evening. Mid-day, for one, is very hot. The sun is high, beating down on you. Very little shade anywhere to help. I found myself walking slower than usual and I couldn't seem to increase my speed. Lordy I was sweating and actually downed my water bottle in one huge gulp when I was done. And I wanted another one! Came home and drank, and drank until I felt better... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:34:07 EST A Wonderful Day in Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786206 My Spark friend Becky3506 pointed out today that there are only 99 days left until New Years. I hadn't set a goal that I've been shooting for but now I really should. 99 days or 14 weeks until 2015 rolls in. So I'm going to try to lose 10 pounds in that time. Wish it could be more but as slowly as I've been losing lately I think 10 might even be a stretch but that's what I'm going to attempt. <BR> <BR> The weather has been lovely the last couple of days. Weatherman is predicting more of... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:48:35 EST Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783679 Well it turns out I actually did lose a pound (yeah!). And an inch off my thighs. Nothing else but I'll take it. At least I'm still moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Today was a wonderful day. Had a long walk in the early AM then off for my haircut and grocery shopping. Had to really hustle then to make a 1PM appointment to see another house which needs so much work but is still pricey. The yard was very nice though and it had it's own little island in the stream that runs behin... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:51:15 EST What a Weird Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783184 Today was a weird day. Driving in to the Dr's I kept getting behind drivers going so slow I could have walked there quicker. Then I'm driving into work and a semi decides to pull out in front of me while I'm trying to make a turn. Older DD and I went to Red Lobster for lunch and my first choice was unavailable (that's a new one) and second choice turned out to be a cup of salad with 5 small shrimp and a cup of soup on the side. I discussed this with the manager and she ended up comping my... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:19:48 EST I Made It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781905 After 4 days of a horrible cold I am back! Today I took a long nap after work and then changed and laced up my shoes and hit the trail in the park. It was glorious. The weather was perfect for just short sleeves and I was really stepping up my speed. I felt so good. It was nice to finally feel good again. <BR> <BR> I have fallen behind on my steps though so I'll have to step up my game for a few days to catch back up. Tomorrow I bike but I'll try to get in my steps before. I won't ove... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:09:56 EST Cool Weather and Getting a Cold (Ick) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779752 Swapped out my summer clothes for fall/winter ones today. How sad, since officially it is still summer. But since menopause I just can't tolerate the cooler weather and find myself wearing fleece jackets over my clothes in the house and then adding a heavier jacket on top of that when I go outside. The leaves are really changing now too, I saw a sugar maple in full color splendour while walking near the park today. It is gorgeous to look at but I know what it all means - really cold weath... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:55:23 EST Great Biking Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776791 Today was a wonderful day. DD volunteers at our local Goodwill ReStore and the inner-city trail is right next to their parking lot and it connects to the longer trail that DH and I bike on. So today, with 3-1/2 hours to kill, DD and I loaded my bike on the car and I went riding from the ReStore parking lot while she was working. <BR> <BR> OMG I had such fun. Parts of the trail I pedaled my feet off and really got going incredibly fast. Other parts I just pedaled along and enjoyed myself.... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:03:35 EST Insurance Health Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776116 <em>244</em> Got my health score today: -20, which is the best score you can get. OMG I am so happy and I owe it all to Spark and how it has turned my life around. Two years ago I had a 6, last year a 3, but this year all the way to the top! I am happy, happy, happy (you can probably tell). Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:03:16 EST More House Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775995 This house stuff is leaving me spinning. We had originally planned to sell in 2015. There are some improvements we wanted to make to the house (turns out we really don't have to according to a realtor). Things are moving too fast for me and I feel rushed. The house we are interested in has an offer on it currently but contingent on her selling her own house. We would have to do the same sort of offer and hope to sell faster. But what if she sells first? We would have no where to go if ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:36:21 EST House Hunting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774603 I have written about my DH's reluctance to the "downsize/move somewhere smaller plan." Until last week. Last week a house went up for sale on a road that we travel down frequently. It has a couple of lakes on it and a stream that runs behind most of the houses. We know we can't afford lakefront property but would love to live on a stream so we could kayak to a lake. Well last week a house went up for sale that he was willing to actually go look at. And he fell in love! So now we begin ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 13:45:56 EST Hot Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774119 Oh boy, today was a hot one. 88 in our building. Just stifling. I couldn't wait to peel off my clothes when I got home and put on lighter stuff. <BR> <BR> DD cleaned out our fridge today and put lots of misc stuff in a pan and created our dinner. Leftover beans, potato, tomato. Very tasty. I was very surprised. I never would have thought that beans and potato would be so good together. She continues to amaze me with her cooking style. I'm starting to think she should be looking at c... 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