SWEDE_SU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEDE%5FSU SWEDE_SU'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/ morning cuppa spark - road trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392449 one of the plans for this week was to travel to one of the towns where we used to live, with the goal of a visit to a castle outside that town. i wasn't sure if the day would also include hitting the step goal, but indeed it did. and the day included a restaurant visit, which meant making Good Choices, even though it was not a situation where i could locate one online and find the menu and plan in advance. <BR> <BR> here is the castle <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:53:14 EST morning cuppa spark - insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392050 can't seem to get my sleep when it is supposed to be. i fell asleep fairly early, and woke up way too early. one of the reasons that i usually work at night. except i'm not working this week... and the previous night, i didn't fall asleep until 2:30 a.m. ugh. <BR> <BR> i ran four miles on monday and my knee didn't like it after the third mile, so i decided to try staying at 3 miles yesterday. the knee held up fine, but i wish i could say i came back full of energy. but i didn't. still, when ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:57:12 EST morning cuppa spark - living life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391708 small luxuries - no alarm in the night - or the morning. no need to check email every 15 minutes in case a client writes and i need to respond quickly or lose the job. no pressure to be back in time to get work done. just being in the present. <BR> <BR> after the usual morning discussion of where to go for the morning walk we decided to be adventurous and try something new - nature preserve and a trail that we had often passed on our way somewhere else. the nature preserve was disappointing,... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:17:32 EST morning cuppa spark - sleep and the importance thereof... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390825 wow. what a difference sleep makes. my small commitment to myself this summer is to sleep without an alarm while i am in the same time zone as my clients. i thought i was going to have to break this yesterday because we had to leave for the airport fairly early and i was actually worried i might sleep through it - but that didn't happen. so no alarm in the three weeks i've been here. <BR> <BR> but sleep - that has been a bit elusive this week. on thursday i fell asleep quickly enough, but wo... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:19:10 EST morning cuppa spark - rainy vacay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390413 and right on schedule, the rain came to celebrate the start of my first vacation, not associated with traveling, in almost 20 years. but having spent almost 20 years on the we(s)t side of washington state, a bit of rain doesn't deter us from getting out - or we'd never get out. so off we went with the cameras, and although we have been taking walks here for 45 years, we found yet another variant yesterday. <BR> <BR> the sky was moody <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72ba... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:28:52 EST morning cuppa spark - getting 'er done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389640 vacation. such a concept! since we live in beautiful places, i've always taken my time off when i can get it, when my clients don't send work. doesn't happen that often, but that's how i've rolled for almost two decades. this year, though, i've decided to try something different - two weeks!! not that we are "going on vacation" because... well, it's perfect here! but DD is here, and DS#2 is coming this weekend, and i intend to have two weeks of No.Work. i hope... <BR> <BR> and meanwhile, i'... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:42:38 EST morning cuppa spark - the sun is back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389219 a four mile walk with DH in the morning, a two mile walk with DD in the afternoon, and a two mile adventure with DH in the evening - with work in between. talk about a full day! <BR> <BR> the evening walk was fairly challenging - a trail that was marked through the granite, heather covered hills along the sea <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cf4a865-5045-4092-8528-b59f6e5c47c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dbb6216f-cdfb-48d4-9441-d6b6... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:11:05 EST morning cuppa spark - an ordinary (rainy!) day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388366 i didn't write a blog last evening - didn't seem like i had much to write about. after the packed activities of the day before, we waved goodbye to our friends after breakfast, and then settled down to work on a rainy day. i squeezed in a one-mile leslie sansone workout when DH wanted a break from work and said wake me in 20 minutes. (i love the app "yourdailywalk" which lets you pick whatever length and energy level you have time to do). more work followed, and mid afternoon the clouds began... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 02:10:30 EST evening cuppa spark - a full day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387784 argh. just wrote a complete blog and pushed the wrong button. gone. <BR> <BR> it was a full day - awake at 4:30, morning spark, a bit of work, then out the door for a run at 6:30 a.m. - and the first time i felt strong enough to keep going, 4 miles of galloway run&walk. followed by a dip in the fjord. <BR> <BR> back to be hostess, and after breakfast we headed out on the morning's adventure. through the woods: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cec0863e-a161-4430-8fdf-706... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:50:29 EST morning cuppa spark - starting the day right... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387188 woohoo! it is 9:00 - i am about to start work, after getting up at 6 a.m. (that's what normal people do, right?!), working out from 7 - 8 so the sweat dripped (leslie sansone's 4 mile miracle walk with band - yay, strength training too!), gone down to the fjord for a morning dip (had to deal with that sweat, even though it was about 65 F outside and not much warmer in the water, if at all), and home for breakfast. endorphins, anyone?! <BR> <BR> yesterday was family day - DD and DSIL arrived ... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:19:40 EST morning cuppa spark - small commitments work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386739 what must any day include? <BR> - logging in to spark <BR> - planning the day's meals <BR> - steps! <BR> - wellness quiz <BR> - blog <BR> - motivation from sparker blogs <BR> - motivation from sparker teams <BR> - beck basics (eat sitting down, hunger is not an emergency, not my food, strengthen the resistance muscle) <BR> <BR> those are the basics of each and every day. i've missed a blog here and there; i've missed a wellness quiz. but i haven't missed spinning the wheel for 801 days. whic... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:08:22 EST morning cuppa spark - 800 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386291 there you go. another streak: logging in and spinning the wheel for 800 days. some easier, some harder, finding the balance. learning small lessons. and big ones. <BR> <BR> like skipping breakfast. not really intentionally, but days when i slept late it seemed just easier to head for lunch. only one day, i wound up eating everything in sight while preparing dinner. not good. the next day, i was lying in bed, reading, before going to sleep - and realized i was HUNGRY. now i know that hunger i... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:56:51 EST evening cuppa spark - better... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385682 ok. so i was back to my usual nocturnal craziness - slept from 9:30 to 2:30, then back to bed from 6 to 9 and so much happier today. i did some work and a workout in the wee hours, then had coffee with DH (which he loves) and we finally went running for the first time in two weeks. and it was a good, albeit slow, run. followed by the trademark fjord swim - my first for the year. and it was COLD!! but i screamed and we laughed and my endorphins went crazy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:47:47 EST evening cuppa spark - ouch!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385229 ouch. that was me falling off that wagon. not sure what happened. couldn't fall asleep last night; when i finally did i slept until 7 a.m. - which is unheard of. you'd think that's a good thing. but the entire day i have been out of sorts. DH was glad because we woke up at the same time and had coffee together (he really doesn't like it when i have already had my coffee), but then i needed to get to work rather than take the morning walk (after already having put in a few hours of work), and ... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 14:26:42 EST afternoon cuppa spark - sparked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384791 when i came to spark for my daily motivation, i read 2Bdynamic's blog Confessions of a child-thrill seeker <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384349 </link> <BR> <BR> and i have to admit that it lit a spark. how low can you go, she asked... well, just a few pounds need to be knocked off - but i've been struggling with that. would this limbo thang do the trick? <BR> <BR> then i went over to join SparkGuys Small Goals Community Challenge... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 10:40:45 EST afternoon cuppa spark - friday... blink! and jet lag is almost over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384439 jet lag usually has an effect on me for 7 days from the moment i step off the airplane, but it may be that the trip to the east coast and the 3-hour time change there may have helped in adjusting to the last 6 hour change here. i slept until 4:30 this morning - well over my usual 6 hours of sleep, probably pushing 8! i put in a few hours of work, followed by the morning walk, which was nearly 5 miles today. no great photos, it's rather gray. <BR> <BR> yesterday, though, after putting in a lo... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 11:19:26 EST morning cuppa spark - habits when traveling and at home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383923 there was a good article featured on spark today, 5 surprising reasons travel is good for your waistline: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=2270 </link> <BR> <BR> i really find this to be true - especially if you practice beck's "hunger is not an emergency" and "eat only at planned meals/snacks" and "eat sitting down". when you are traveling you don't have the temptation of the kitchen (or maybe the employee goodies if you work outside the home, i work at ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 06:23:57 EST morning cuppa spark - jet lag, day two... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383407 survived another one. back at work, first job delivered. morning walk delayed by an attempt at fixing the shower; two out of three problems solved - the floor had flooded because the drain pipe was not connected; after a lot of muttering (and a bit of swearing) we managed to put the door back on track, and we identified what we hope is the problem of the water being either all hot or all cold. hoping we are right and will continue the repair today... <BR> <BR> by the time that was done, we o... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 22:31:31 EST morning cuppa spark - jet lag, day one... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382979 it's the worst day. waking up in the middle of the night, waiting for daylight. sleeping on and off during the day, having dinner at breakfast, lunch at dinner, and who knows what in between... but looking back, it was successfully survived. we took our first real exercise walk at about 4:30 a.m., a 5.35 mile loop, so we had most of the step goal met by 6 a.m.! came home and made dinner. yep. at 6 in the morning. we were hungry! half unpacked, managed clients, but had wisely not agreed to any... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 21:21:54 EST morning cuppa spark - memory lane part two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382591 sitting here in the middle of the night with jet lag, 3 a.m. in sweden. typical first day. the trip went relatively well, but wanted to show the second part of memory lane - my little neighborhood in queens, not far from brooklyn born's memory lane earlier this month. or was that last month? <BR> <BR> the neighborhood i grew up in was mostly italian and polish, and has changed make-up over the years. it is currently mostly indian (as in india) by way of the caribbean (as in guyana). there is... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 21:53:29 EST evening cuppa spark - memory lane part one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381831 so the past few days have been all about memory lane. on wednesday we took a road trip - first to trenton, where DH grew up, and then to philadelphia, where we met 46 years ago while i was still in college. in between we went to Bowman's Hill wildflower preserve because even though DH and i were both raised in the city, we need our nature fix nowadays - and my Big Bro was the intrepid tour guide and driver throughout. <BR> <BR> here is the pond a block or so away from the school that DH atte... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:24:45 EST morning cuppa spark - flying! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380648 well, flew. yesterday. we are now in new jersey, next leg of our summer journey to sweden. yesterday was airport day - an early morning to be out and about (the shuttle came at 4 a.m.!), get to the airport and wait around for the flight at 7:30. <BR> <BR> in the past, when i thought it was essential to eat every few hours, i would make sure i ate at the airport, bring food to eat on the plane, eat everything that was served on the plane plus everything i brought because.... who knew.... i m... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:12:48 EST morning cuppa spark - airport bound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380230 and so the longest to-do list in this history of to-do lists appears to be completed. and anything that was not on it will just have to wait. <BR> <BR> yesterday was filled from the wee hours of the morning until almost midnight. stores, a visit to an elderly couple, a haircut, dropping claire off at her summer mom, and last minute packing were just a few of the items on the agenda. <BR> <BR> and now the airport shuttle will soon be here. but i have spun the wheel and answered the morning ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:10:32 EST morning cuppa spark - summer in the city http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379808 phew! it was HOT! we saw the temperature hit 98 F as we were taking care of errands and visits yesterday. <BR> <BR> we fit in what was probably one last run before the trip, but i did just about everything wrong - poor nutrition in the preceding 24 hours due to the trip, started out too fast (always do when DH is nearby), and it was hot. even though i was running 30 seconds and walking 30, at two miles i decided it was enough and walked the rest of the way. we ran at green lake, which is gre... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:45:13 EST evening cuppa spark - on the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379353 loooooooong day. did some work in the night and overslept in the morning, but somehow we got it all done and by 3 pm we were on the road. even managed a short walk with claire, her last freedom to roam until we return. she's in a great place for the summer, with other border collies and sheep and a llama for company, but her running days will have to await our return. <BR> <BR> we met friends for dinner in the town where we used to live, and the scale, if one were nearby, would be very happy... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:30:57 EST evening cuppa spark - last night at home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378927 i don't know how we did it, but the last evening walk pushed us over the fitbit goal of 15,000. i couldn't sleep last night, so when i got up to work in the wee hours i had to do just that, without the workout video that i usually manage to squeeze in. we took a 3.5 mile walk in the neighborhood, which gave us a good start, and a couple more walks in the day (and evening) to round it off. <BR> <BR> and what a gorgeous day it was - hardly a cloud, and temps in the upper 80s. may be the last p... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:26:16 EST evening cuppa spark - the countdown is on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378549 just one more day at home. my checklist has grown, and shrunk, and grown... at this point, i don't know what i may have forgotten, but i'll just have to deal with it. because saturday the journey begins. seattle. new york. sweden. watch this space. <BR> <BR> for today - the last official work day until july, though i have a bit of work in my baggage, i won't be taking any on until next month. trying to get as much exercise in as possible considering all the car days and airplane days coming... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:27:50 EST evening cuppa spark - paying the piper, plus self-care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378111 ok. so last night i paid the piper. remember i said i gave in to cravings yesterday? well, by the time i went to bed i realized that i had far overeaten for the day. and i could not fall asleep. payback. lesson learned. do NOT overeat. doesn't feel good. have to be reminded every now and then. <BR> <BR> i skipped breakfast during the night (after sleeping far later than usual for the night shift). didn't have breakfast when i woke up the second time (in the a.m.) either. still wasn't hungry ... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:06:12 EST evening cuppa spark - happy summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377679 the longest day. not long enough, of course, for everything to get done, but still. i chose between sleep and the exercise video during the work night, and sleep won. too much work for the rest of the time. made up for it with the morning walk. we had a fun adventure - drove part way up a road we have hiked many times before, but by starting higher up we got to explore new territory. by the time the walk was over, more than 12,000 steps and almost 90 floors of elevation gain. <BR> <BR> foo... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:40:11 EST evening cuppa spark - running again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377276 well, in terms of exercise and steps, i made up for yesterday - began the night with a 3 mile video, then the morning with a 3 mile run. walked until DH was finished with his run, and by then i had hit the 15,000 step goal for the day. the run went well, not as fast as last time, but a good pace for a run walk that did not put me to sleep from exhaustion for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> food choices went well - stuck to the plan. <BR> <BR> no photos today, but from yesterday morning's wa... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:35:38 EST evening cuppa spark - #901 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376862 sigh. i was really going to skip blogging today. but consistency is important. so the blog will be half-hearted, like the morning video - just 20 minutes - and the morning walk - just a couple of miles - and even the step goal for the day fell short. again. but still. it was something, which is more than nothing. <BR> <BR> quick recap - yesterday we drove across canada on our way home from a delightful visit with friends outside of vancouver, including a trip up to whistler to see other fri... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:25:26 EST morning cuppa spark - 775 days, 900 blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376165 and that's the latest streak - 775 days of logging on and spinning the wheel - and this blog is #900! not sure that i have had all that much to say in these blogs, but it does represent my commitment to keep MAINtaining front and center in my life. practicing the basics that got me where i am, to keep me where i am. <BR> <BR> happily, the sun came in and out of the clouds yesterday, and we took a nice long walk (almost 7 miles!) along the cross country ski trails (now bike and walking/runnin... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 05:56:41 EST morning cuppa spark - traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375785 boy oh boy. when you are someone else's guest, and the weather sucks, it is not easy to get those steps in! we are in british columbia (whistler to be exact), and beautiful though the scenery is, the rain is constant, it is about 40 degrees, raw and pretty miserable out there. we spent two and a half hours in the car driving here, and once we got here - well, let's just say it reminds me of seattle in january, right before we left for molokai, and it felt colder there than it had in winthrop ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:32:03 EST morning cuppa spark - thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375370 taking a bit of a break, visiting friends. yesterday was spent getting ready for the trip and 5 hours in the car. prepared with a good hearty healthy lunch before we left, and practiced "hunger is not an emergency" through the afternoon. we had planned a short morning walk, but it was shorter than expected since the irrigation system was having problems that we tried to fix before we left, and in the end we fell short of the step goal, but that's ok. we'll call it rest day. the irrigation iss... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:54:27 EST evening cuppa spark - running again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374858 it's been two weeks since our last run, with DH not feeling that well, and today he said let's do it. so we did. since it was yet another sputtering start, i decided to use the galloway 30 second run/30 second walk for 3 miles - and wound up having my fastest mile time (12:35) since last august. while i knew i was working hard, it still felt like a "good" run. we'll probably get in one, at most two runs before we travel to sweden via new york in two weeks. <BR> <BR> i also managed a 30 minut... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:12:07 EST evening cuppa spark - 'fessing up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374406 feeling like a bit of an impostor. yes, i have gotten my exercise in, my steps in, day after day. but you can't out exercise your fork. and my weight has been screaming for weeks. <BR> <BR> watermellen's blog today was about the stages of change. i'm somewhere between precontemplation and contemplation. oh, it isn't huge - but 5 lbs doesn't belong here. and it's 10 lbs from my lowest. ok, that was too low. but 5 lbs. but not ready for preparation. yet. i should be. but i'm not. working on i... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:16:23 EST evening cuppa spark - sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373952 once again it is late, brain is dead, need to get to bed. it's a work night. <BR> <BR> we went for a local hike today, our favorite homestead. four mile loop, and claire was definitely into being the "photo dog" today <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a84d5014-695a-4640-a602-fa19e63a5bbe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d0c363e-dcc9-400d-a5f0-15a8e174f3a2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5521ead-f5c... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:23:30 EST evening cuppa spark - saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373540 today was walk at home, then recycle day - the garage was overflowing and it is nice to reclaim it for the car. good sleep, too - no alarm. 30 minute walking video. burn to the beat. or something. <BR> <BR> one final walk before bedtime to fill out the step goal. <BR> <BR> stats: <BR> steps 16,917 <BR> miles 6.98 <BR> floors 29 <BR> <BR> from the morning walk, here at home <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39d4b558-d37a-4f8d-8017-ea7796b5d45d.jpg"> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:11:56 EST evening cuppa spark - blink... it's friday! again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373147 the weeks fly by. no adventures today, just a short walk from the house, then the great adventure of stuffing the car with trash and driving to the dump, with the addition of a few errands while we were out. some work, some gardening. and a few more walks here and there, added to the 3 mile video in the night and the goal was more than met. <BR> <BR> stats for friday <BR> steps 20,565 (without a hike!) <BR> miles 8.6 <BR> floors 23 <BR> <BR> no photos today, but from yesterday: <BR> <img ... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:08:04 EST evening cuppa spark - thursday's hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372738 no excitement today. our warm sunny skies were replaced by threatening clouds, but the rain held off while we took a somewhat shortened morning walk with a friend. combined with the video during the night, step goal met for the day. <BR> <BR> stats: <BR> steps 19,054 <BR> miles 7.91 <BR> floors 74 <BR> <BR> no photos yet from today, but a few more from yesterday's hike <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9fe70826-80e2-4ac5-92d6-5d68289b62cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 22:55:27 EST evening cuppa spark - wednesday's hike and a little extra excitement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372336 we went on what was supposed to be a nice short hike connecting two previous hikes, but when we came upon a downed tree blocking our way, that wasn't there last week, we found a different trail - and instead connected to yet another one of our trails through the many acres of fish and wildlife land in our community. up and up and up it went along a horse trail, and then down - and ultimately, two more miles on a hot dusty road, for a total of 6.5 miles. <BR> <BR> when we returned home, we sa... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 23:53:31 EST evening cuppa spark - tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371864 slow start to the day - a holiday in sweden, so i did not have to wake up during european working hours, but could sleep in a bit. back to my morning videos and a bit of work. nice after a whole weekend off with no work. <BR> <BR> we found three ticks on claire in twelve hours, and since we had not seen more than three ticks in the past 12 years, decided we needed to treat her to prevent ticks since DH has a history of tickborne diseases and we don't need another. off to the vet, then onwar... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 23:04:08 EST evening cuppa spark - home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371391 a long day. we waved our 40 year old son off as he left for the first day of the rest of his life, the 6-month immersion coding "boot camp" he will now be attending, and that hopefully will lead to a job. life is not easy for young people. or middle aged people... and we wouldn't mind if this might bring him back to seattle afterwards, but we shall see. one thing at a time. <BR> <BR> after a lovely morning walk through the neighborhood where we stay, admiring the lush gardens, followed by th... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 22:00:36 EST evening cuppa spark - 30,000 steps in seattle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370955 it's been a lovely day - spent with two of our three adult children, wandering through seattle. we explored queen anne, and saw the sculpture park, and shopped for our oldest who has been unemployed for a while and is about to start a "boot camp" coding program for a career change. fingers crossed. <BR> <BR> it was a fun way to celebrate our 45th anniversary. <BR> <BR> no photos for today, for now, but stats <BR> <BR> steps: 30,121 <BR> miles 12.41 <BR> floors 111 (seattle has serious hil... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:29:13 EST morning cuppa spark - 45 years of MAINtenance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370241 couldn't resist the title after reading brooklynborn's blog this morning: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370224 </link> <BR> <BR> because tomorrow is our 45th anniversary! we were, or at least i was, quite young when we met, i was barely 19. although we met in philadelphia, where i was still in college, our stomping grounds are similar to brooklyn born's and her DH - though our romantic walk was through manhattan, what felt like one end... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 09:17:43 EST morning cuppa spark - tech problems? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369754 i wrote a blog before bedtime. it was not very long because i was tired, but would not post. still won't, but a test blog did. <BR> <BR> briefly, there was no hike yesterday, just a short walk in the neighborhood where we saw some new additions: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71b58fee-c3a8-4373-9fad-1f49f05820a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and the first wild flax of the season <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aed17fef-6663-455a-971d-179cf136b9be.jpg"> <... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 03:20:38 EST evening cuppa spark - claire's hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369256 claire the border collie has been learning that she's come to a pretty good home for a border collie - out on a long hike, off leash, just about every single day (at least, when mom is not glued to the computer with work). most of the hikes she has been on have been "pelle's hikes" - her predecessor, our beloved border collie who went to the rainbow bridge last fall, and who met claire during his last days. each time we have been on "pelle's hikes" we've felt it - but today was the first time... Wed, 31 May 2017 23:24:20 EST evening cuppa spark - today's hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368811 well, as you can tell, our healthy lifestyle involves spending a lot of time outdoors with our cameras. all of these hikes are no more than 30 minutes away, and usually under 15 minutes, like this one. today we returned to a favorite area that we discovered last year. and this hike, like so many others, bring to mind our border collie, pelle, whom we lost last fall. each hike, the first time becomes a "pelle memorial hike" - and now it is claire's hike. she is loving it. the area today was wh... Tue, 30 May 2017 23:00:02 EST evening cuppa spark - a hike, a video, and a run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368317 the hike was sunday - we thought we would find another "unknown" trail where we'd be alone, but that wasn't the case. met quite a few parties, but it was the holiday weekend, and the weather is perfect, so understandable. the river was so loud we couldn't hear ourselves think. since we were up fairly high, we didn't expect to see many flowers, but we saw quite a few, including one new one, Lewisiopsis tweedyi - Tweedy's pussypaws! isn't she gorgeous?! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Mon, 29 May 2017 23:08:58 EST morning cuppa spark - a better day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367563 yesterday was as perfect a memorial day weekend day as you could wish for - warm and sunny. we picked a hike where we knew we would not meet many people (the valley is of course filled with tourists, campers, RVs, etc for the weekend), and were not disappointed. the winter melt has filled the streams - and the waterfalls: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd3e0849-1672-4aee-8dfc-663969d12bfe.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a71ccbd3-87f2-485a-9fd... Sun, 28 May 2017 06:30:28 EST