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/ blog challenge #24 - write about your day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243034 well. my day. yesterday was not your typical day; i was in new jersey in the morning, new york in the afternoon, and seattle by evening. <BR> <BR> as my faithful readers all know, i was in new jersey this weekend to celebrate my dad's (from new york) 101st birthday on monday. yesterday (after getting up at 3 a.m. to work for my clients in sweden), we took dad back to new york, after which my brother and i went for a walk at the jamaica bay wildlife refuge. typical of me - i go to the Big Cit... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:50:51 EST blog challenge #23 - guilty pleasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242460 i wasn't going to get back to the challenge yet today, after yesterday's emotional roller coaster of losing pelle and celebrating my dad's 101st birthday, but today's is such an easy one for me that i think i'll just get it over with:-) <BR> <BR> i'd say two - one is my chick lit/romance novel addiction - you will almost never see me with an intellectual book to read. i want to ESCAPE and enjoy. my guilt? as onekidsmom says, it doesn't fit in with the intellectual image i want to present to ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:10:36 EST blog challenge #30 - free day. goodbye, pelle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241894 i can't concentrate enough to blog any topic today, so i will insert the free day here instead. <BR> <BR> pelle is gone. when sally came to see if she could bring him home, even hooked up to IVs, she found he was receiving oxygen. how he could have gone from climbing mountains 10 days ago to needing oxygen today is unfathomable. the tests showed a severe UTI and pancreatitis - his urine analysis on tuesday was normal, though we had begun to suspect the UTI on friday. not the pancreatitis, th... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:50:47 EST blog challenge #22 - what is my style... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241492 heh. more likely, what style?! <BR> <BR> wysiwyg. hair - wash and dry. clothes - loose comfortable dresses. ok, occasionally tighter ones now that i have lost weight. flip flops, sandals, clogs. life - one day at a time. live it. <BR> <BR> is that a style? what would i know! <BR> <BR> *** <BR> heart is back to breaking on the roller coaster of pelle the border collie's health. waiting for a report from the vet after being up half the night on the other side of the country. while i was fly... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:18:39 EST blog challenge #21 - embarrassing moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240992 why do i start each blog with something on the order of ... uh boy! <BR> <BR> uh boy... what do i write here? i've been sitting over the morning coffee thinking about it. and weirdly the first thing that pops into my mind is back in college. i was in love. really. i thought it was true love. and he. broke. up. with. me. and i cringe to think of the things i did and said back then. absolutely cringe. phone calls. what i said. oceans of tears. depression. weight-loss - and i didn't have any w... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:12:14 EST blog challenge #20 - hobbies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240446 hobbies - this one is easier for me. my main hobbies go hand in hand - walk/hiking and photography. walking is an old hobby, hiking is renewed and photography is fairly recent. <BR> <BR> just to define it, walking is what we do every day, short to long, several times, from about 15 minutes up to about two hours when we get out, sometimes pushing hard but usually just moving along, for exercise, for mental well-being, for border collie exercise, and to "see" what is around us with our camera... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:06:14 EST blog challenge #19 - who is your idol? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239993 uh boy. even when i try to rethink this with strongdawg's suggestion of role model... this is tough.... <BR> <BR> ok. thought of one... her name is bronka sundstrom. she's a concentration camp survivor who climbed mt rainier at age 75 and repeated the feat a few times over the years and this year, at age 91, she hiked to camp muir on rainier. there is a video about her here: <BR> <link>www.wideopenspaces.com/77-year-old-h<BR>olocaust-survivor-climbs-mount-rainier<BR>-video/ </link> <BR> ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:30:31 EST blog challenge #18 - favorite book, movie, song, food, color, animal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239441 why should this be hard? i can't come up with "a" favorite book, but a genre - a well-written romance novel. love it when there is a series that can keep me going - especially if it is an author that i only recently discovered so i can binge read all at once. ok, maybe if i am going to pin it down - nora roberts. guaranteed to be a good read. <BR> <BR> favorite movie - same thing. genre - chick flicks. feel good. happily ever after. preferably of the "indie" variety, but not necessarily. for... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 04:11:23 EST blog challenge #17 - someone or something i miss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238870 drawing. a. blank. looking back at over six decades of life, what do i miss? who do i miss? what does it say that i don't want to go back to any previous time in my life? that we are living the best life possible now? <BR> <BR> i suppose i've been lucky in that i haven't lost many people in my life; my mom, with whom i did not have the best of relationships passed away about 5 or so years ago. she was 95. she had altzheimers/dementia by then, and all the negatives of our earlier years reapp... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:31:19 EST blog challenge #16 - biggest fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238257 i like being a day or so behind the others to get ideas for this blog challenge. <BR> <BR> so what is my biggest fear? as i think about this, i have two fears - one a phobia; the other a frightening reality. <BR> <BR> let's take the phobia first. everyone has one - i know people who are irrationally afraid of mice, spiders, and then - there are snakes. and that is my phobia. at worst, i could not look at a photo in a book, or see a TV show or movie, without reacting. badly. i have been k... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:01:43 EST blog challenge #15 - first kiss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237705 as others have said, blech. boring, or as watermellen commented - not a kiss and tell kinda girl. besides, who can remember so many decades ago?! i have a vague recollection of a spin the bottle game in glasgow the summer i was about 13. <BR> <BR> first boyfriend - i was a senior in high school i dated one of my brother's friends - a college man, considerably older (and i was of course "jail bait" at the time, age 16). we kissed. what is there to tell?! <BR> <BR> booooring. <BR> <BR> *** ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 04:12:13 EST blog challenge #14 - favorite holiday and why... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237212 many might think this is an easy one; there has to be a favorite, right? but i find myself searching for a least unfavorite. you might call me the grinch of holidays. for one thing, most holidays are religious, and since i was raised in a non-practicing jewish household, that left me out of most holidays right there. raising our children, we "celebrated" both holidays in winter - and since our entire "birthday season" falls between thanksgiving and early february, that meant a strain on my cr... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 05:22:48 EST blog challenge #13 - something that happened to me this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236673 what happened to me this week... well, work has been slow, so that "happened." my specialties are financial and medical, and september is an in-between month - no quarterly or annual reports, which keep me busy all winter-spring, and the academic season hasn't started yet, so not much in the way of medical articles or phd theses. <BR> <BR> and september is the peak of hiking season, and we have been taking advantage of it. and "confidence" has happened. all of the strength and balance traini... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:07:11 EST blog challenge #12 - best friend(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236116 the blog challenge really asks "who are your best friends?" but... well, my life the way it is right now really only has one best friend, and that is DH. we have peripheral friends whom we see in various situations (locations), but day to day, since we work and play together, well, we are it. <BR> <BR> in past lives, there have been best friends - while the kids were growing up, while DH was in practice, my walking buddy was *it* - she'd arrive each morning at 5 a.m., we'd share a cup of co... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:14:23 EST blog challenge #11 - what is your school status (nerd, jock, prep, bully) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235573 today's topic shows the focus of the challenge is for those still in school or college, and that was a long time ago for me (i'm not far from my 50th high school reunion!). there were certainly jocks and preppies in my day, and sadly there were bullies - and at least in junior high, i was one of the bullied. but in high school, i was one of the brainy kids; nerds didn't exist back in the 60s. or at least the college-bound. and for some reason i went out for cheerleading in high school; which ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:21:43 EST blog challenge #10 - free day; write about anything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235030 hmm... this one is harder. one of the things i like about the blog challenge is it directs my thoughts about what to write; it is also one of the things i like about being a translator - there is no such thing as writers' block when the author has already written the words and you just have to figure out how to say them in another language, the topic is already there. <BR> <BR> but i digress... (can you digress when you don't have a topic?). spontaneity. i've had a hard time making plans thi... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:45:20 EST blog challenge #9 - what is one thing i use every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234393 so many choices... i could say my laptop, or my cell phone, or my ipad - because i do indeed use them every day. or my coffee maker - can't have a day without that. or books - at least ebooks - because there isn't a day that goes by that i don't read at least a few pages. <BR> <BR> but for now, i'm going to say something new - my camera. a relatively new passion, and a relatively new addition to daily use - but something that is bringing me great pleasure and satisfaction. it's a new shared ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:26:17 EST blog challenge #8 - how did i discover sparkpeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233761 first time around was 2009, i think - it came up in a discussion, probably in the translator community, for tracking food. i joined but was overwhelmed, and really did not do anything with the site other than create a profile. maybe tracked a few days. <BR> <BR> fast forward to 2011, the year i would turn 60, and a colleague, striver57, who is the same age decided to get serious about SP and lose about 50 lbs. by her 60th birthday. she asked for others in the community to join in, but at tha... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 06:59:42 EST blog challenge #7 - music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233233 what kind of music do i listen to? for fun - for running - or for work? <BR> <BR> starting with the last - for work i constantly have classical music streaming on king fm 98.1, seattle's classical music station. especially when i work (the middle of the night) they have soothing calm music playing. and if it gets too disturbing and interferes with my work mode, there is an "evergreen" station that only plays calming music. i didn't always listen to classical while working; before discoverin... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 07:26:48 EST blog challenge #6 - favorite quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232648 hmm.... this one was tough. there is the "quote" we made up for ourselves, over 40 years ago - if we live a life that is good for the bearded collie (replace now with border collie), then life is good for us. <BR> <BR> or the quote in my sig: <BR> "I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far." john bingham <BR> <BR> or the swedish quote that has followed me through the decades: <BR> "bättre lite smuts i hörnet än ett rent helvete" - "better a little dirt in ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 04:52:24 EST blog challenge #5 - obsessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232132 oh my. what are my obsessions? reading. and not just any reading; romance novels. and not just any romance novels; well-written romances that qualify as women's fiction or chick lit or whatever it's called. <BR> <BR> it all began... well, of course it began in childhood. but it wasn't romances then; it was the bobsy twins and nancy drew and a.j. cronin, little women-men-jo's boys, gone with the wind (i was so impressed with myself reading a book that was 1000 pages long that i had to do it ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 07:04:16 EST blog challenge #4 - secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231536 secrets - this is a tough one. my immediate reaction was... i don't have any. and that's true. right now. <BR> <BR> but as i thought about it, i will occasionally keep a secret from DH - news that i know will upset him, which then upsets me. so i keep the secret until a time comes when i feel like dealing with the upset that we both will experience. i don't really like to do this. but there are just some times when i can't deal. and so the secrets develop. eventually the air is cleared, some... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 07:44:51 EST blog challenge #3 - to whom are you closest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230863 blog challenge questions are here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229291 </link> <BR> <BR> ok, i admit it. i am a grammar nerd. had to correct this one... which is relatively simple just because there are not that many people in my life. DH is of course number one. since we live remotely, since he is retired from clinical practice and works with me on medical translations, we live, work, and play together. having even more fun since i hav... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 04:19:14 EST blog challenge #2 - dream job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230356 to shake things up a bit, i decided to follow along with strongdawg's challenge to write a blog for 31 days in answer to a list of questions, which i explained in more detail and posted here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229291 </link> <BR> <BR> and it is day 2 of the blog challenge <BR> <BR> Day 2: Your Dream Profession <BR> <BR> this one was easy. the one i have! which i never could have imagined when i was in college, arguing that ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 06:45:23 EST blog challenge #1 - 10 facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229815 having become a bit bored with myself and my blogs, i decided to take on a 30 day blog challenge, found online by strongdawg, and described in my blog yesterday, sept. 3. it was pointed out to me that the original challenge questions were probably aimed at a younger set, so i may well adapt some of the questions to my more, er, advanced age. but, let's get started... <BR> <BR> Day 1: Write Ten Facts About Yourself. (You cannot do simple facts such as "I like cheese" and "Red is my favorite c... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 05:40:58 EST 93 days - blogstreak is over, writing challenge ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229291 ok. after three months plus a day, i missed september 2 - i actually did wake up with jet lag before sept 2 was over, but by the time the coffee was brewed and i could think straight, it turned into sept 3. <BR> <BR> not a bad streak all in all. but i was feeling a bit at a loss for what to write each day; i pretty much do the same things, day after day, and felt like i wasn't coming up with much original anymore. <BR> <BR> meanwhile my spark friend strongdawg came up with a writing challe... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 04:02:23 EST blogstreak month 4 day 1 - travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228739 wow. i thought i was going to break the streak because i was just too tired to write by the time we got off the plane, home to our friend in seattle, out to dinner, and home again - i went to bed. but jet lag being what it is, it still is september 1 in seattle - so the streak remains unbroken, as long as i post in less than 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> and it is morning for me - almost my "normal" "abnormal" morning when i work from WA state, because i get up a little after midnight to work when m... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 02:50:40 EST blogstreak month 3 day 31 - last day in sweden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227842 and what a day it was. some bookkeeping to keep me busy until DH woke up, then we went on what was supposed to be a 4 mile walk that turned into a 5 mile walk. it was the same place we had walked to on the evening we arrived two months ago, and felt like we had rounded off the summer. <BR> <BR> once we returned home it was continuing with the laundry, and the cleaning out the kitchen. i did a total of 7 loads of laundry in the past two days, and could have done two more but some of the towe... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:55:18 EST blogstreak month 3 day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227217 four loads of laundry. beds to strip and remake. clothes to sort - what comes, what stays. arrangements to pick up the dog on friday. trying to use up the food in the fridge. and finishing up work. picked flowers and went to the cemetery where the in-laws are resting. picked weeds from a stranger's untended grave. <BR> <BR> tomorrow we put the house to bed. clean out the fridge, sort the laundry (which hopefully will be dry). pack. try to remember it all. <BR> <BR> and the stats: <BR> st... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:50:59 EST blogstreak month 3 day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226619 kind of a rest day today - "only" 11,000 steps. it was pouring rain this morning, and i had work to finish off - and by the time i finished and the sun came out it was fairly late. i went for a short walk, and then we walked to neighbors for dinner (and home again). weight is high after the weekend, to be expected, but with "last dinners" with friends tonight and again on wednesday, and traveling to seattle on thursday and home to winthrop on friday, this week is fairly hopeless. i can only m... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:12:40 EST blogstreak month 3 day 28 - goodbye stockholm, hello fall... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226022 we woke to full sunshine this morning, our last in stockholm. it was cooler, too. took one last walk before heading for the station and the high speed train back to the west coast. and rain. and cold. it was hard to believe that we had been out in summer clothes just 24 hours ago, and now rain coats and sweaters. oh well. the advantage of fall and rain - is chanterelles! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/189d5277-881c-4046-a0d1-c3c237a86508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> stats: <... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:15:20 EST blogstreak month 3 day 27 - another stockholm walk plus a wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225515 another beautiful day in stockholm, though just a bit cooler and a lot windier. all in all, perfect day for a wedding. we left on a mission this morning, looking for a card for the couple, and once our mission was accomplished we headed out on a walk - which turned into a perfect figure 8 criss crossing this island for a total of 10 miles. we returned to the flat and got ready for the wedding. taxi took us, and the wedding was of course lovely. we took the subway back to the flat, which mean ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:37:45 EST blogstreak month 3 day 26 - 25,000 stockholm steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225026 gorgeous summer day in stockholm. we spent the day walking - morning, afternoon, and evening. the morning walk was bridge to bridge on either side of the channel that leads out from the inland lakes to the sea, about 4 miles total, stopping to take photos along the way. we returned so i could finish working, then out to lunch on a "thai boat" - one of the boats like the ones in the photos, but decked out with sand and beach chairs and grass huts... sort of:-) and thai food of course (includin... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:51:17 EST blogstreak month 3 day 25 - traveling to stockholm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224402 well, no photos to show yet, but today we took the train across sweden to stockholm. we are staying with friends and on saturday will be attending a wedding. so a bit short on steps, which i am sure we will make up for in the next days since we usually spend most of our time walking all over this beautiful city. <BR> <BR> good choices for food (you are limited when traveling as we never carry snacks and there are only meals, which definitely keeps things under control). more tomorrow. <BR> ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:36:08 EST blogstreak month 3 day 24 - and then there were none... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223840 empty house. i was up at 2:30 this morning to try to get my work done so i could ride to the airport at 6 a.m. with DD and SIL when they left. usually i drive the morning run on my own while DH sleeps, but not when i'm up that early. it was a great visit but always sad to see them go. it feels so natural when she is here, like this is what we always do, but of course we all return to our regularly scheduled lives now. <BR> <BR> returned home and finished work in mid afternoon. we took a wal... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:24:36 EST blogstreak month 3 day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223222 i'm a morning person. really. my brain works best then. i used to write my blogs then. but somehow i have gotten into this evening rut, which is weird because i have trouble putting three words together. but i'll try. <BR> <BR> the day pretended it was summer until it turned into fall this afternoon. DH did not want to run today, and it is DD's last day, so we went for a morning walk together. major deadly lion lurking for tomorrow and i did what i could to get as much done as possible. i wa... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:47:04 EST blogstreak month 3 day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222638 mixed weather gave a mixed bag of a day. didn't get the morning walk until lunch time because of unexpected rain showers. work, and then a trip to the nordic watercolor museum - and exhibit of disney drawings. pleasant outing. before we headed for home some good lighting: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9d7562b-76f0-4507-931d-c8152e968bc2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> score: <BR> steps: 12,305 <BR> miles: 5.07 <BR> floors: 46 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:25:19 EST blogstreak month 3 day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222063 finally returned to strength training today, first time since i hurt my back. a 30 minute video with a total body workout. then the morning walk - a soft gray morning, waiting for the clouds to break and the sun to come out. we came upon a pastoral scene: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d53bf373-f9b7-420e-b27e-98e0023b4c82.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f9d86eb-336d-4561-89cc-1332b89c3b65.jpg"> <BR> <BR> stats: <BR> steps: 15,000 <BR>... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:36:32 EST blogstreak month 3 day 20 - running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221513 it was a good run. i left home thinking if i can do three miles again i would be satisfied. but for once i felt like i could stretch it, and 4 miles was the result - galloway walk run, with an average pace of 12:25. i'll take it. best run since before the back injury. a little disappointing; we have less than two weeks left, and if i am lucky i will be back to 5 miles - which is where the summer started. oh well. most summers by now 6 is the minimum, and i have trained for more than one half ... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:26:46 EST blogstreak month 3 day 19 - blink it's friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221012 friday. again. blink! it goes so fast... <BR> <BR> today was spent getting ready for and then doing some of the cooking and entertaining for guests that DD and SIL have visiting. and reading one trashy novel in breaks. and a little bit of work. and a walk to pick a fresh bouquet (no photo yet). all in all - score for the day (goal met!): <BR> <BR> steps: 16815 <BR> miles 7 <BR> floors 50 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/141cb2dd-b4e8-4c10-bc70-1485fd98795a.jpg"> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:03:51 EST blogstreak month 3 day 18 - rainbows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220447 started the day with a 3-mile run. still trying to recoup from the back injury plus the cold. i'm a long way from the easy 4 to 5 miles of the past, but at least i am running again. <BR> <BR> worked most of the day, and ended off with a sunny rest on the rock by the beach, where we saw the largest school of herring i have ever seen, right along the shore: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a958cae7-fdc3-44bb-b108-752e4494cdf6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> the local cows (from sw... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:04:04 EST blogstreak month 3 day 17 - summer day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219767 we haven't had too many of them - the kind of sunny day, clear sky, no wind day where you go down to the rock by the fjord and roast in the sun and absolutely have to get into the fjord to cool off, no matter how chilly the water is, but today was one of those days. and in the evening, we had friends over for homemade pizza and were actually able to sit out in the garden to eat - perfecty normal some summers, but special this summer when we have had so many cold, wet days and so few real summ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:08:40 EST blogstreak month 3 day 16 - seizing the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219136 it was supposed to be another sunny day, but we woke up to quite the rainstorm and 55F. amazingly it cleared and turned absolutely beautiful by about 10:30 this morning, and my schedule was light, nothing that could not be postponed. so we decided to take a trip north to a fishing village and from there a ferry to an island not far from shore. we wandered across the island, surprised to find it filled with so many tourists - swedish vacation is just about over now, and we heard so many differ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:58:23 EST blogstreak month 3 day 15 - four years of maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218482 it's a milestone day - four years of maintenance. weight this morning was less than two lbs more than it was four years ago, so definitely within range. celebrated with a three-mile run this morning and a three-mile walk in the afternoon. hit the step goal for the day and then some. i'm not sure what the statistic is for how many people maintain weight loss for five years (5%?), but i'm determined to hit it. so many things are full habit now - exercise in particular, but food choices and eati... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:25:34 EST blogstreak month 3 day 14 - half empty house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217832 today the main part of the family left - DS with wife, son and in laws. meanwhile DD and SIL are still here for another week. as our neighbor commented, we must think about what fun that they came, not how sad that they left. <BR> <BR> meanwhile, the weather finally returned to something more like summer - full sun and temps in the upper 60s, which means it was warm enough in the sunshine, but not so warm that you didn't want to do anything. i finally finished the big project i have been wo... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:30:36 EST blogstreak month 3 day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217349 another family day - had to work through the sunny morning while others took a walk, the we went to a museum while it rained. home again to prepare one more family meal, then an evening walk with DH, DD, and DS the younger (DS the older has not been here for years). the weather is supposed to improve for a few days, finally, and i will have a brief work break tomorrow afternoon. DS and family will be traveling on, but DD and SIL will remain. <BR> <BR> food choices were not the best today - ... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 15:42:45 EST blogstreak month 3 day 12 - cooking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216870 today was what DD calls "family fun day" - multiple generations, children aged 1 week to 3 years, and all gathered for a potluck at an old renovated farmhouse. seeing old friends we haven't seen in ages. and food - lots of food - vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, salads, curries, and even some meat for the meat eaters. <BR> <BR> so essentially the day went to work in the morning, cooking in the early afternoon, and visiting in the evening, with absolutely no time for exercise other than runni... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:30:26 EST blogstreak month 3 day 11 - here comes the sun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216253 what a surprise. feels just like a perfect day in april. or maybe late september. but it is august. beautiful sunshine, temps in the high 50s, low 60s. went for a run today - it feels like i am constantly trying to "get back into running" this year. either we have been traveling and need to recover, or the back injury, or the cold, or work. or... something... today i ran 3 miles with a 30 second run:walk interval and actually had one of my fastest times since pre-back injury. then tried to sq... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:52:46 EST blogstreak month 3 day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215650 and the Big Day arrived. last minute cleaning, organizing and arranging - by 10 a.m. i had 2500 steps and a full mile without even walking out the door. they arrived a bit late (thankfully!) and DS was pleased with all that we had prepared. and my little grandson is a sweetie. the weather cooperated - after pouring rain in the morning, the sun came out, though it was still quite chilly. took a walk after dinner, picked a wildflower bouquet: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:27:40 EST blogstreak month 3 day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215032 six hours in the car. 3 hours of shopping and errands. threw in some cleaning and organizing. and not much sleep at all. just three hours, with a couple of hours of work thrown in before heading for the airport to deliver our guest by 8 a.m. <BR> <BR> so we are getting close - and tomorrow i will see my grandbaby - now almost one year old! <BR> <BR> today's stats, solely from cleaning and errands: <BR> <BR> steps 11,387 <BR> miles 4.6 <BR> floors 46 <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 15:44:40 EST