TUDI4480's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TUDI4480 TUDI4480'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/ So, the house-selling adventure begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345816 My partner and I have been involved in the process of selling our house...our home. We're looking to downsize a bit, especially the effort to keep our park of a yard in pristine condition. Most all the credit for our beautiful yard goes to my partner. We had a massive yard sale today and sold, gave away and donated everything that will be good for others but no longer useful for us. With the help of friends, we pulled it off with out a hitch. Our house was listed last week. Our realtor has ou... Sun, 5 May 2013 00:23:32 EST There is some doubt as to whether Voltaire said this.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336894 "I have chosen to be HAPPY because it is good for my health." In any case, I have decided that it makes sense to savor more of the good of this life and to seek joy in each smile I see and each sunset that I am blessed to enjoy. <BR> <BR> Enjoy this day. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:35:07 EST Boston... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327658 I've been struggling with what to say about what happened at the Marathon in Boston. I know that it is far more personal for you who are runners than it is for me. I know some of you are runners who competed and met the Boston Marathon challenge as a personal experience. I have not. I never will. And yet, I personally feel one with you and with the others who run and those who have now faced the ultimate challenge. I am so sorry for what happened. I am solidly with you and with the others who... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:33:12 EST "42"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322260 Run, don't walk, to see this great movie. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:33:12 EST All dogs go to heaven... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293173 And, Smokey made her journey today. To Smokey…Good dog. Good, good dog. Run free… <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018812165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l251618904.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 02:13:03 EST An Irish Blessing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290078 "May your troubles be less <BR> and your blessings be more. <BR> And nothng but happiness <BR> come through your door." <BR> <BR> Remember to Enjoy the Journey!! <BR> <BR> Tudi <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>137</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:58:13 EST Go veggies. GO!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281980 I've gotten 5 + servings of veggies per day this week. Thanks to a new family member, a Vitamix, we have begun making terrific veggie soups in 15 minutes or less most days this week. I like more crunch and chunks in my soup so I added veggies like cauliflower or broccoli florets to the bowl along with diced jalapenos and onions. Yummy. I love the roasted acorn squash soup, the cauliflower/broccoli cheese soup. The butternut squash soup was very bland to my taste. But, I must say that I feel m... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 01:26:50 EST Motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278218 When I need motivation, I look to the STARS!! Go STARS!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 00:11:21 EST What can I improve on??!!.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276492 Seriously? <em>334</em> If I try to tackle too many things to "improve," I find that I get so overwhelmed that I lose my gumption and focus and just give up sometimes. I do better when I "chunk things up" into smaller bits. Maybe trying one or two things and working on them for a longer time. When I do, it seems these new ways are incorporated better and become positive habits, positive aspects of my life. Just an idea, try what seems right for you to focus on right now and go with that. ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 20:43:36 EST Lots of goings on today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275268 I made some great choices today and some not so great. It was a day that unraveled around a few anxiety-inducing happenings and a lack of sleep last night. I'm noticing that a lack of good, consistent sleep really screws up my day to day ability to do what I set out to do. I got some walk time in, not as much as I'd like. Perhaps I would have been better off focusing on achieving better sleep consistently before anything else. Tomorrow is another day. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>102</em>... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 01:04:33 EST I walked today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273683 at the aquarium where I volunteer. I was lucky to spend two stints at the aviary during my shift. It was a beautiful, sunny, very cold windy day. The seabirds loved it. The visitors were happy about the sunshine. And, I was bundled up and delighted to be there. I was able to get in a walk that included a big dose of joy from being at one of my favorite places in the world. Let's keep on keeping on. Go STARS. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1792450832.jpg"> <BR> ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 00:41:37 EST Move more each day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271350 I read an article last night about results from a study about sedentary (couch potato) vs. something more active time during each day. Surprisingly (at least to me), the results show that daily living activities (dla), getting up and washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, making the bed, strolls, walking the dog, and lots of other like movement actually produced better health outcomes overall than structured (30 minutes+ at a time), more intense workouts. For those for whom dla are a struggl... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:59:37 EST One of the simplest ways to stay happy is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270527 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488767181.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 23:58:00 EST What's to like about where I live... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253170 I live in a temperate coastal climate within the sound of the crashing waves of the wild and wonderful Pacific Ocean. The ocean currents bring cool Alaskan water in the summers so that we don't get too hot. The winters bring the warm, tropical currents to keep us from freezing, icing, or snowing. Although, occasionally, we do get some black ice and a few inches of snow that looks pretty and goes away within a few hours or a day or two. The temps here range from the mid 30's to low 70's on th... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 00:06:48 EST My Favorite Quote that I am focusing on right now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244594 Keep Calm and Carry ON. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:01:33 EST I'm still walking across America and I'd like you to join me too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220753 You can do a search for the Virtual Walk/Run/Walk Across America Spark Team under the COMMUNITY Tab in the header. Click on it. In the dropdown, Click on Spark Teams. <BR> <BR> Then, do a search by putting the team name in the Search box. Click search. Type in the Search box: Virtual Walk/Run/Bike Across America. Results come up listing teams from the most members to the fewest. The Virtual Walk team has 555 members, so scroll to the bottom of the page and click for page 2. Scroll down to t... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:18:17 EST I'm still walking across America... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215618 I got an e-mail this week letting me know that I had just crossed into Kansas. WooHoo. <BR> <BR> "Congratulations! <BR> <BR> Your total mileage of 1535.4 mi now puts you in the state of KS on the TransAmerica trail." <BR> <BR> I belong to the SparkPeople Team Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle thru US @ exercise.lbl.gov. When you join the SP team, you can click on the display map and get to the sign up for the free virtual fitness trail across the country from Virginia to Oregon. Try it. You might lik... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:35:35 EST Some thoughts on Vitamin D... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205397 I had a blood test for Vitamin D levels a few years ago. I was very deficient. Very. My doctor prescribed 50000 iu prescription dose 1 x per week + 2000 iu 2 x per day D3 (over the counter). My blood levels were checked frequently. It took a full year of this before my blood levels of Vitamin D reached the lowest minimum level. I no longer take the prescription D. I do continue to take OTC Vitamin D3 and have blood levels checked annually. Vitamin D seemed to help my moods and my energy. By a... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:45:57 EST The Racing Rhosgobel Rabbits Revealed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191862 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1171567789.jpg"> <BR> Wizard Radagast the Brown’s Racing Rhosgobel Rabbits pulling his sleigh in The Hobbit. <BR> <BR> This is one of my most favorite, fun, magical moments in the movie. I loved it. <BR> <BR> For a detailed, informative, and wonderful blog about this, check out the site listed below. <BR> <BR> Go to http://www.theonering.net and scroll down to the article about the sledding rabbits <BR> <BR> or copy and paste this: <BR... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 16:25:25 EST Here's to the Happiest, Healthiest, most Prosperous 2013 to YOU... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184152 and to everyone. Peace out Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Tudi <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:04:27 EST To There and Back Again...Light the Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174564 <em>220</em> <em>437</em> Take good care of you and yours my fellow Sparkers. This is the darkest time of the year. And, this particular Winter season it has been especially dark. But, in the hundreds and thousands of years for those who came before us, they celebrated with bright lights and bonfires on the shortest day/longest night every year. The darkness was lit with joy and the celebration of good across the land and warmth and kindness was visited upon all people and every sentient... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 16:47:26 EST The Mayan Apocalypse is "a fairly unremarkable day on planet Earth... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173006 Just as the Mayans said all along. Today is the start of the new long count Mayan calendar and also the first day of the rest of our lives. How cool is that?! <BR> <BR> We are hosting a "Party Like There's No To-Maya" party tonight at our house. We expect about 20 folks and look forward to being with our friends and finding the things to be positive about and grateful for in our lives. While it is a potluck, I do think it will be very appropriate to eat dessert first! You know, just in ca... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:23:40 EST Be kinder than necessary... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166818 <em>51</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> My thoughts and prayers are with the youngsters, families, neighbors, friends, brave teachers and staff, the survivors and the ones who did not survive the senseless massacre that happened in America today. Yet again. Not again. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:13:24 EST Here are some of the Holiday decorations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160311 we have at our house. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031376691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1335168805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l490573645.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have Department 56 Dickens Christmas Village buildings and accessories. Not everything...just enough! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My grandmother used to set up a little village on top of her buffet in the dining ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 15:19:26 EST I was an Elf at the Sea of Lights festivities... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152896 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium this year. There are beautiful LED lights, lots of new displays. It is AWESOME and lots of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1546171547.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>442</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:55:42 EST Happy Thanksgiving to All... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142860 I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND, <BR> 'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND. <BR> I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY, <BR> WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE. <BR> BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES.... <BR> HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.  <BR>   <BR> MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY, <BR> MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP. <BR> MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP. <BR> MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS. <BR> MAY YOUR PIE... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 20:25:33 EST I seem to be coming down with a cold... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138949 I've got the sneezing, aching, sore throat, tossing and turning blues. I'm going to try to rest and get better fast as we have family and friends from out of state visiting for Thanksgiving. I have a good motive to get well fast. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>273</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 02:04:57 EST Here's a Japanese Proverb to focus on now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129728 and in the future. <BR> <BR> "One kind word can warm three winter months." <BR> <BR> Before the next harsh, mean, angry, bitter word slips out...try a little kindness instead. <BR> Instead of hate, sow love. Instead of separation, unite for good. <BR> <BR> Spark on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1080341681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 15:46:25 EST Remember to get your extra hour tonight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123123 Sleep well tonight. Have an extra good morning. <BR> <BR> To our East Coast Sparkers, family, and friends: Please take care of yourselves and each other. Help IS coming. It will get better. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>220</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 00:58:35 EST Boo-wa-haha... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114782 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l899986618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chuckie and I wish you the Happiest & Funnest of Halloweens. <em>333</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> BTW: SP had an article of the BEST of all snack Halloween candies if you need that one indulgence to celebrate...the winner is Peanut M&M's. How cool is that?! <BR> <BR> US East Coasters...Stay Safe...prepare for the worst, expect the best. I'm sending lots of positive, protective energy your way. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:25:13 EST We went to Las Vegas for a short vacation a week ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106654 here are a few highlights of the trip: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302217767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The tree face was in the Conservatory at the Bellagio. So was the scarecrow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l894088378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We saw a wonderful DaVinci exhibit that included full size models of several designs from his Codices. What a true, timeless genius. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l299... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 02:24:07 EST This irritated me for a long time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090635 We had an addition built a decade ago. Look at this picture to see what it was that bothered me whenever I happened to notice it over the years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175324999.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I decided this weekend that I was going to fix this bit of unfinished business once and for all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895344865.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l63813780.jpg"> <BR> <B... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 23:11:33 EST When I was a child, my grandfather was... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089383 a conductor on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. I was lucky to visit my grandparents often and stayed with them for longer stretches during summer. The village they lived in was a turnaround and maintenance facility for the Chessie System. I always loved to see the trains, hear their whistles, watch them rumble through on their journeys. My grandfather was my hero. He still is. So, I was really excited to find the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad in Garibaldi Oregon. The OCSR is being lovingly reb... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 21:09:21 EST My New, Favorite Quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074499 " What leaves you feeling bad, do less of. What leaves you feeling good, do more of." <BR> by Martha Beck <BR> <BR> Powerful words to remember and live by and, three photos of places I've been recently that bring me peace, calm, and joy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560753330.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l80368532... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:54:20 EST Do you love seahorses as much as I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071022 Then have a look at our new display at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. See the feeder next to the seahorses? Our wonderful aquarist came up with the "seahorse feeder" based on a hummingbird feeder. The aquarist filled the prototype with brine shrimp and the seahorses were all over it. They stick their mouths into the access ports like the hummingbirds dip their beaks into the nectar feeders. The seahorses love this and it is a joy to see them clustering around the feeders for their breakfast, brun... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 00:40:21 EST Photos from Our Camping Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061070 Beautiful, pristine Waldo Lake Oregon... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l949688739.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yummy food... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l752494539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A friend mixed together three kinds of organic squash: pattypan, zucchini, summer and garlic, onions, sea salt, etc and sauted them up into this lovely dish. Super YUM!! <BR> <BR> Another treat: Pretzel Buns <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 00:09:33 EST I love our Farmer's Market... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044901 Check out these wonderful organic heirloom tomatoes and peppers. The very best. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l378758612.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l446002599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l722781746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yum. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 00:34:49 EST More Gratitude to Shout Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031804 I would be remiss if I didn't mention how grateful I also am for my stalwart companions on the Walk to Rivendell Challenge on the SP Message Board. We walk together with the Hobbits, Aragon, Frodo through magical places/situations from the Lord of the Rings. It's a fun way to share our journey and to give and get wonderful support to each other. <BR> <BR> Also, I mentioned previously how much I love the Virtual Walk Across America team. I also enter mileage and it gets logged on an accurate ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 14:32:48 EST Update and Gratitude... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031172 This is a post I made on my Shooting Stars 5% Challenge Team. I'm copying it here for others to see. This is where I am right now. From today...Forward. <BR> <BR> "I appreciate this challenge. I look forward to gaining insights into what worked (my health numbers are still good according to my many checkups lately. So that is still a positive to celebrate. However, my walking has become more difficult because of what my podiatrist identified as neuromas on the bottom of my left foot. He beli... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 00:36:24 EST Rest in Peace Monty 66... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017430 I was saddened by the news that our fellow Sparker Monty 66 had died earlier this month. His illness was quickly terminal. Because of Monty, I found out about the Virtual Walk Across America team and URL. Because of Monty's great encouragement at "just the right time", I've continued on my first trek across America and am currently counting the miles through Missouri. Monty is an inspiration to me and I will continue to take him with me on our shared journey. Monty will be missed by many and,... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:55:36 EST My two favorite images from the 2012 Olympics (so far)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002194 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827821034.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l123852639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Congratulations to two incredible Olympians. Inspiration for everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 16:51:26 EST Imagine well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989660 I love this quote from Albert Einstein: "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." <BR> <BR> It's important for me to remember that seeing my future and framing all that is to come to me in positive ways is not only helpful, but critical to my success and happiness over time. <BR> <BR> Thanks Einstein...you really are! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l125201194.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:07:45 EST Another photo from the Oregon Gardens...Whimsical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971921 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l643725968.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How much fun is that?! <BR> <BR> Enjoy this day! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 21:39:16 EST Finally, some photos from our trip to the Oregon Gardens... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969524 Enjoy the views. I know I did. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l306782434.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126469819.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l74328396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l395505072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579349143.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 02:00:41 EST Be Kinder Than Necessary... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960017 I saw this quote on a little plaque at a coffee shop in Silverton, Oregon when we visited the Oregon Gardens. (I know. I know. I WILL post some pictures soon. I've just been in a whirlwind lately and haven't had a chance to do this yet. Something to look forward to.) Back to the quote. Be kinder than necessary. Imagine if each person did this, each city, state, religion, blogger, talk show host/hostess, banker, country, employer, employee, corporation...What if?!... <BR> <BR> I checked furth... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 02:04:49 EST Oh, I forgot to add the map of my Walk Across America... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939525 Here it is. Here I am...as of today!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l408433258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 22:27:24 EST On my Virtual Walk Across America, I'm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939454 on my way through Missouri. <em>104</em> <em>311</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> As of today, on the Transamerica Trail, I have walked 1266.7 total miles since I started. <BR> <BR> What a joy! <BR> <BR> On the Walk to Rivendell Challenge, I'm making my way along with the Hobbits, Aragon, Frodo, and all the other Sparkers who are on the journey. I'm doubling down on joy!! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 21:28:54 EST Why the dog ate my homework...Or, the saga of a busy week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927147 The Oregon Gardens trip was fabulous. I WILL post photos. However, my partner and I and several friends have been diligently working like crazy this week setting up an estate sale for a dear friend who passed away a year and a half ago. Her partner recently got a position in a different state. She had to move really fast. Like, two weeks to a whole new place, life, etc. Everything had to be moved out of the house. It's going on the market soon. We sorted, boxed, put stuff in storage, got the ... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 01:04:26 EST I'm visiting the beautiful Oregon Gardens... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917075 My partner and I and a few friends are going to make the trek tomorrow to visit the Oregon Gardens which comprises 20 distinct gardens and also has The Gordan House on site. Tomorrow, June 8th, is Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday. The Gordan House is the only Wright designed home in Oregon. Before this home was saved, moved, and restored to it's former glory, there were actually people who were going to have it razed. I'm glad there are visionaries who "get" what genius, beauty, and genuine orig... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 23:55:10 EST Terra Cotta Pots... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908677 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l617726484.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This past week my partner and I and other friends were all helping a woman pack up her worldly goods to travel to another state for a new job and a new beginning. Her partner died a few years ago and they had years of accumulated goods, knick knacks, little treasures, buckets/baskets/containers of shells, rocks, and agates, beautiful clothes, lots of sterling silver, and...terra cotta pots. Lots and lots of terra c... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 11:54:12 EST