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Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:14:09 EST Peregrine Falcons and Baseball Fans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953175 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseb<BR>all/blue-jays-share-rogers-centre-with<BR>-family-of-falcons/article25192972/ </link> <BR> <BR> Loved this story in the Globe and Mail this morning about rescue of three fledgling peregrine falcons which had nested at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. <BR> <BR> And: it says there are only 86 known families of peregrines in the entire province of Ontario!! <BR> <BR> I'm wondering, of course, if the falcon family which has nested for the past t... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:21:40 EST Aga Khan Museum in Toronto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952563 Since it was raining so hard (and we’re so beat anyhow) we decided to go to the special exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: A Thirst for Riches. It’s about Dutch Baroque paintings with Persian carpets as indicators of wealth; and the paintings are interspersed with examples of actual Persian carpets of similar motifs and sizes. Just a few paintings, just a few carpets but a beautiful exhibit. <BR> <BR> The Aga Khan Museum building itself is ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:02:18 EST Ate A Whole Lot Yesterday . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952178 . . . but not over my maximum calorie intake. Although including two (two!) beef (beef!!) meat pies. And: a plain cake doughnut (!!!) <BR> <BR> I don't eat beef, I don't eat pastry and I don't do doughnuts. It has to have been years since I had even a bite of a doughnut. <BR> <BR> But when I clocked in the calories I'd burned (conservatively estimated too) it was clear to me why I'd been just so hungry. Burned waaaaaaaay more calories than I ate, no kidding. <BR> <BR> And did ha... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:59:12 EST A Few More Days . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951485 . . . and the business project I've been working on for well over a year, but most especially over the past 6 weeks, will come to a conclusion. <BR> <BR> Ready or not. Done at the end of the month. <BR> <BR> The pace has picked up this last week. Yesterday and today in particular. <BR> <BR> We have hit multiple snags. <BR> <BR> We have been disappointed by lack of support in some quarters where we would have expected it. And astonished by amazing support from other persons who have no ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:09:09 EST You Gear Up For a Challenging Day and then . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950677 . . . it gets cancelled. Or adjourned. Or settles. Or whatever. <BR> <BR> All that time and energy getting the facts and figures back to top of mind. <BR> <BR> All that mental and emotional preparation too. For self, for client. <BR> <BR> Wasted. <BR> <BR> Oh dear oh dear. <BR> <BR> But it happens. For all kinds of reasons which are out of my control. <BR> <BR> And the preparation is still absolutely necessary. <BR> <BR> But the "mental anguish"??? <BR> <BR> Belongs in t... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:55:20 EST Fall from (Temporary) Greatness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950124 Nope, I'm no longer 100% for June on Trivia. <BR> <BR> Missed a question (ONE QUESTION) the other day and now I'm at 98%. No Trivia A+ Student Award in the works for me!! <BR> <BR> And I'm anticipating more mistakes between now and June 30th. <BR> <BR> (Of course it's a very very rare month when I score even the 90% required for Trivia A: and I could "cheat" by just stopping answering questions right now . . . . coasting my way to the end of the month. Tempting, really it is!!) Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:34:02 EST Big Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949603 Huge crashing and flashing thunderstorm last night. <BR> <BR> They really do terrify poor old Charlie. <BR> <BR> And he can't climb to the third floor to be with his comforting humans any more. <BR> <BR> So: I went down to the kitchen. We toughed it out together. <BR> <BR> And we're both a bit groggy this morning. I had coffee on the verandah with Charlie looking out over the fresh sparkly garden. Charlie propped his chin on the railings and watched the squirrels and birds. Much much... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:43:08 EST In Lieu of Flowers . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948984 Do you ever mentally draft your own obit? <BR> <BR> It's an interesting exercise in determining what matters: what you'd like to be known for at the end of it all. <BR> <BR> Not morbid, really it's not. Just a reminder that much of what we strive for or get agitated about doesn't count for much. <BR> <BR> "Loving wife." <BR> <BR> "Devoted mother who adored her two terrific kids." <BR> <BR> "And also adored her dogs, all of them, all wagging their tails and barking joyously and w... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:51:45 EST Bessie Rose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948517 There's a very unkempt and sprawling rose bush against the south side of my house. It's susceptible to bugs and mildew and it blooms only briefly every season; small floppy palest pink blossoms. They look like nothing much. <BR> <BR> But the scent of these roses is incomparable! I call it the "Bessie Rose" because it's been here since we got the house almost 30 years ago (I actually transplanted it to this sheltered spot). And it's a very very old-fashioned type which I like to imagine mi... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 07:21:02 EST Stir Fry Soup Variation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948123 I saw a recipe for a cabbage stir fry with an interesting combo of sauce flavours and reworked it this morning into a soup based upon stuff in the kitchen past its "salad prime". <BR> <BR> To be used up: handfuls of leftover broccoli and Brussels sprouts, carrots, some bell peppers, mushrooms, green beans and baby spinach. <BR> <BR> And in the freezer to supplement the slightly wilted freggies: a large bag of frozen "California mix": cauliflower, broccoli, carrots. <BR> <BR> So: I simmered... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:32:56 EST What Diet Appeals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947087 There's lots of chat here at Spark about choosing a diet: low carb or low fat or high protein or . . .. We spend a lot of time thinking about what we want to eat, devising new recipes and so forth. <BR> <BR> But there's an interesting article in this morning's Toronto Globe and Mail which suggests that choosing the diet which appeals most may not help us lose the most weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/picking-a-diet-that<BR>-ap... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:35:02 EST Light Destroys Vitamin A in Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946478 I don't drink milk. <BR> <BR> I did not know why milk is packaged in opaque containers. <BR> <BR> And that question came up on Trivia this morning. With multiple equally plausible answers (helps milk stay cooler, helps milk stay fresher etc.). <BR> <BR> But the right answer has to do with the opaque container protecting the nutrients in milk. Which I found out (true confessions) by googling . . . and then answering. Vitamin A in milk begins to degrade within two hours of light exposur... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:33:27 EST Less Junk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945345 What a work out: I called it "house cleaning, heavy" and am not proud to admit that it came up as a "new" cardio activity on my tracker!! <BR> <BR> Worked away at it all day, loaded up innumerable bags of paper. What a treat to have cleared my desk top and drawers and filing cabinets and shelves. Many many boxes of books (which I'll take to a second hand book store) to see of they'd like to recycle: more and more I'm not buying books so much as heading to the library for new recreational ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:20:15 EST Junque http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944859 There is lots of it at my house!! Of the ordinary "junk" variety and even some more exalted "junque"!! <BR> <BR> And it's gotta go. <BR> <BR> Somebody coming tomorrow to begin carting it away. <BR> <BR> And so today: yup! I'm on junk/junque ID duty. Getting it ready. <BR> <BR> The "junque" will go to Value Village: the "junk" to the dump. <BR> <BR> Wish it were as easy as pressing "delete"!! But it's not. More like losing weight, in fact. Simple but not easy. <BR> <BR> Oh well... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:56:24 EST Saturday Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944457 The older I get, the more I enjoy the predictability of those parts of my life which ARE predictable. <BR> <BR> The seasonal sequence in the garden. <BR> <BR> The weekly sequence that brings me to "chore day". <BR> <BR> Yup, routine is not necessarily boring. It can be deeply comforting! <BR> <BR> Particularly when much of the rest of my life can be wildly out of control. Challenging. And unpredictable!! <BR> <BR> (Actually I think most people's lives ARE like that: and how much we a... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:10:16 EST Poppy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944243 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c555fe1-073a-414e-8041-28d1a0008bd3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Evanescent, fragile and yet so flamboyant! <BR> <BR> The watermellen pink poppies are lovely -- and so too the scarlet. <BR> <BR> Our weather has been coolish with lots of rain: so the poppies are lasting longer than usual. When it's hot, they can wilt and brown and fall in less than a day . . . <BR> <BR> But even though no individual blossom endures for long, that predictable sequence ... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:53:09 EST Fierce! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943299 Could be a pretty fierce day. <BR> <BR> I have had a high protein breakfast (egg white omelette with low fat feta and spinach). <BR> <BR> And now: a short stroll around the garden with Charlie enjoying the sunshine and breathing in the fresh air. <BR> <BR> A little Amy Cuddy posing wouldn't hurt (check her out on TED talks if you haven't seen the video). <BR> <BR> And then: I'm off! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:05:53 EST It Doesn't Take Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942738 Even the smallest amount of exercise can boost your mood! <BR> <BR> <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health-advisor/even-the-sm<BR>allest-amount-of-activity-can-boost-yo<BR>ur-mood/article24875879/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don't feel motivated to exercise? Tell yourself you'll get moving for just ten minutes. And then check how much better you feel. <BR> <BR> Ten minutes. Absolutely, I feel better already! <BR> <BR> It's worth tracking: how do I feel before I exer... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 07:01:21 EST Water Garden Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942179 OK, then: got it working! <BR> <BR> But only on reattending at the nursery, purchasing a new deer scarer fountain and pump (I checked, would have cost just as much on line with currency exchange and customs plus the delay) and much fiddling and fussing over installation. <BR> <BR> Ahhhhh. Zen calm indeed, after a little bit of frustration. <BR> <BR> In chatting with others in the water garden section of the nursery there seemed to be consensus: pumps require replacement annually. If n... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 07:27:48 EST . . . and Sundays are good too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941073 Kicking back and taking it easy for another day. My week is jam-packed with appointments upcoming so this is a justifiable break I'm telling myself! <BR> <BR> Sadly, I wasn't successful in getting my water garden fountain (the bamboo "deer scarer" type) functioning. It's not the pump (guys at the nursery got that going nicely), so must be a block in the tubing. I did get some plants (iris, cardinal flower, creeping Jenny, water hyacinth) and have it set up on the deck in reliance on the p... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:51:45 EST I Love Saturdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940626 Laundry done. Newspaper read. Lots of coffee, with some Greek yogourt and fruit: pineapple, raspberries, watermelon this morning. A walk around the garden with Charlie, a fresh bouquet on the kitchen table: allium seed globes and Dame's rocket and Siberian iris. <BR> <BR> Now off to the gym. <BR> <BR> I need to head to the nursery and get some advice on the pump for my water garden which stopped functioning last summer: either replace or get it fixed. Then I can set up the water garde... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 09:38:24 EST Dark and Gloomy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940060 That's the weather today. <BR> <BR> But me? Not so much. <BR> <BR> Bright red ankle pants with white polka dots: yeah. <BR> <BR> A white t-shirt, and a black fitted cotton blazer, to tone it down a notch. And simple flat black sandals. <BR> <BR> But the pants will elevate the gloom all day! <BR> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 07:34:08 EST Twilight on the Golf Course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939464 My golf is not good. I've "played" golf for over 37 years but never with the time to devote to playing it well. In between working, raising kids, going back to school, working more and so on and so forth. And golf is a difficult difficult game, requiring integration of big and small muscles for driving and chipping and putting and . . . <BR> <BR> But even at my level of golf, there is so much concentration required that all worries and work-thoughts are banished. There is room for noth... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 07:51:41 EST Resilience to Wilting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938913 Over the weekend, I'd done quite a bit of planting in my garden, among the perennials. <BR> <BR> The verandah has its red geraniums and a couple of mixed urns, mostly red geraniums and some yellow daisies. So I decided on red and yellow gerberas, some new Shasta daisies (which should actually be perennials) and of course white alyssum and lots of nasturtium seeds. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a very demanding (and interesting!!) day at work. I was feeling pretty wilted. <BR> <BR> The seco... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 08:03:13 EST It Might Not Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938299 So much of what we worry about is in the future. <BR> <BR> The what-ifs? The attempts to control, in advance, the what-thens? <BR> <BR> Which may never happen. <BR> <BR> All that worry drains the pleasure out of the right-nows. <BR> <BR> Wearing my daisy pants. Wandering around the garden to look at the Siberian iris, so delicate and purple, in bloom. For a day. With the giant ruffled Oriental poppies intermingled, about to pop. Because poppies DO pop -- flinging their constricting... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 07:01:36 EST Ate Toooooooo Much Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937661 . . . and I feel lousy today. <BR> <BR> It wasn't a whole lot too much. Not junk food, healthy food. AND I knew that I was doing it when I was doing it. And I stopped myself. Charlie got the last bit of chicken that I knew I did not need. <BR> <BR> But overeating by even a few hundred calories (an extra 100 calories a day is 10 pounds in a year) feels bad. <BR> <BR> Where did the impulse come from? Not sure. Why didn't I stop sooner? Not sure. <BR> <BR> But this morning I'm remi... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:28:10 EST Spark Resources for Dealing With Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937184 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/overcom<BR>ing-depression.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Who knew that there were so many? Not me, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> And they look terrific! <BR> <BR> Given it's pretty well established that treating depression by self-medicating with food isn't an optimal strategy and too often results in obesity, it's great to know that Spark offers so much help. Sun, 31 May 2015 09:29:14 EST Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Health Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936865 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/in-purs<BR>uit-of-mental-healths-holy-grail/artic<BR>le24705010/ </link> <BR> <BR> Canada has been in the forefront of cancer research. And cancer survival rates have improved with recognition of the myriad types of cancer, giving rise to tightly tailored treatment regimes. <BR> <BR> Not so with mental health issues. Right now it's pretty much random description of symptoms and random trials of different treatment regimes, meaning some people spend ye... Sat, 30 May 2015 16:08:03 EST Depression and Cancer Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936123 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/niall-m<BR>cgee-didnt-believe-in-depression-until<BR>-cancer-meds-put-him-in-a-suicidal-spi<BR>ral/article24660218/ </link> <BR> <BR> How many of us here at Spark have gone through a course of treatment for cancer? <BR> <BR> Or live with loved ones battling cancer? <BR> <BR> And who knew that cancer meds can trigger profound depression? <BR> <BR> Not me. But what a choice -- give yourself the best possible chance of preventing cancer recurrence, or ... Fri, 29 May 2015 08:06:13 EST Can Your Diet Shape your Mental Health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935559 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/can-you<BR>r-diet-shape-your-mental-health/articl<BR>e24647105/ </link> <BR> <BR> Yes it can. And most of us have already figured that out actually. We know what we should eat: nutrient dense whole foods. The trick is getting ourselves to do that. And knowing such foods also contribute to our mental health may increase the motivation! <BR> <BR> Leslie Beck's article, part of the Globe and Mail Open Mind series on new approaches to treating mental ... Thu, 28 May 2015 07:23:43 EST Open Minds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934982 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/how-bia<BR>s-hurts-women-from-the-lab-to-the-medi<BR>cine-cabinet/article24622391/ </link> <BR> <BR> I missed blogging about yesterday's Globe and Mail article in its mental health series but it's well worth reading -- deals with lower cost delivery options for cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) using various technologies: phone, online and so forth. <BR> <BR> And today's article highlights the disproportionate drugging of women for depression and anxi... Wed, 27 May 2015 07:07:38 EST Open Minds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934980 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/how-bia<BR>s-hurts-women-from-the-lab-to-the-medi<BR>cine-cabinet/article24622391/ </link> <BR> <BR> I missed blogging about yesterday's Globe and Mail article in its mental health series but it's well worth reading -- deals with lower cost delivery options for cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) using various technologies: phone, online and so forth. <BR> <BR> And today's article highlights the disproportionate drugging of women for depression and anxi... Wed, 27 May 2015 07:07:21 EST Kids and Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933806 The Globe and Mail series (linked yesterday) continues with a whole bunch of articles of particular interest to those seeking mental health help for children -- and cautioning about the serious side effects of prescribing psychotropic meds to kids "off label". <BR> <BR> <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/opposit<BR>ion-parties-urge-co-operation-with-pro<BR>vinces-on-mental-health-services/artic<BR>le24585020/ </link> <BR> <BR> Some of it is peculiar to the Canadian health care system ... Mon, 25 May 2015 06:56:04 EST The Case for Publicly Funded Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933346 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-cas<BR>e-for-publicly-funded-therapy/article2<BR>4567332/ </link> <BR> <BR> Continuing my exploration of issues relating to depression, I've posted above a link to the first article in a series just started in the Globe and Mail, advocating for publicly funded therapy. <BR> <BR> Julia Holland deplores the widespread prescription of drugs directed at "Moody Bitches": women, of course! <BR> <BR> Such prescriptions are equally common in Canada where ... Sun, 24 May 2015 07:06:51 EST Why Am I Hungry? More Dorito Effect . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932968 In continued reading about The Dorito Effect, I came across this gem of an idea: <BR> <BR> It's not JUST that we're eating so much manufactured food (fat/salt/sugar/simple carbs) with artificially pumped-up ersatz flavour, that neon orange coating -- exceeding our caloric requirements. <BR> <BR> And it's not JUST that so much contemporary "natural" food (chicken, carrots, tomatoes etc.) has become relatively "flavour free". Both in comparison with ersatz flavour and for ease of processing,... Sat, 23 May 2015 10:48:57 EST Depression and Insomnia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931808 <link>//www.theglobeandmail.com/life/healt<BR>h-and-fitness/health-advisor/how-sleep<BR>-plays-a-role-in-depression-and-vice-v<BR>ersa/article24517613/ </link> <BR> <BR> Yup, there is a connection apparently. <BR> <BR> And yup: treating insomnia (using cognitive behaviour therapy, which is the basis of the very much beloved series of books by Dr. Judith S. Beck on weight loss and weight loss maintenance) can be equally effective in treating insomnia. <BR> <BR> In the past apparently the... Thu, 21 May 2015 06:50:52 EST New undies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931648 Susan Estrich, in "Making the Case for Yourself" (another fave fave weight loss/maintenance book, even if it's maybe a little dated) advocates buying new undies right away. Pretty undies. Not waiting until you "deserve" 'em. <BR> <BR> Because: we deserve 'em now. Supportive! Uplifting!! <BR> <BR> So recent issue of O mag had a piece on some very cute on-line undies (not too expensive either) in pretty colours. <BR> <BR> (Nope, even though I'm an incorrigible frugalista, I don't do ... Wed, 20 May 2015 22:15:17 EST What a Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930636 It's a gorgeous fresh cool morning out there! These temps will help the lilacs last their longest. Next up: the giant candles of blossom on the chestnut trees! <BR> <BR> We'll be back to work after our long Victoria Day weekend. And although we spent quite a bit of it at the office, I still played some golf, got to the gym (cardio, weights and huge focus on stretching, which I really needed!). Even picked up some bright red geraniums to hang on the verandah. <BR> <BR> There was a water... Tue, 19 May 2015 07:55:06 EST The Serotonin Myth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930097 <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/marketing-the-myth-<BR>of-serotonin-the-happy-chemical/articl<BR>e24457686/ </link> <BR> <BR> This article is a bit "heavy duty" from a science perspective. <BR> <BR> But it's also pretty interesting too. <BR> <BR> Serotonin is the "happy chemical", right? Or so we've been told. And so keeping serotonin levels reasonably constant in our blood streams is supposed to banish depression. <BR> <BR> Anti-depression meds? The... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:37:31 EST Taking a Break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929486 Too too glorious today . . . so there will be a bit more business work on "the project" this morning, and then we plan to sneak out to the golf course. Weather forecast is sunny sunny sunny and mid-20s. <BR> <BR> Yes we deserve it! And given it's Victoria Day weekend, I've broken out the white shoes and cottons -- shorts for sure this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Then we will have fresh zest for getting back at it! Sun, 17 May 2015 08:30:13 EST Just Business . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929311 Many thanks for all the support on yesterday's "changes and challenges" blog! <BR> <BR> It's just business, not personal . . . . so not to worry. I am NOT worrying! Just beset with details, details, details and small disasters and ploughing on. Thinking flexibly, managing emotions, moderating behaviours and listening with empathy, attention and respect. This stuff really works. <BR> <BR> And as DH and I were saying . . . on a scale of 1-10, given all the stuff we've steamed through t... Sat, 16 May 2015 21:44:18 EST Big Challenges and Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928441 Deep into it and pushing through it but still some weeks to go . . . <BR> <BR> NOT self-medicating with food, though. <BR> <BR> And just beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel . . . way off there in the distance! Fri, 15 May 2015 06:12:50 EST Willingness and Will Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927920 Thanks to ONEKIDSMOM's status post I'm thinking about willingness. <BR> <BR> Yup, I too am willing to do what it takes today to be healthy. Today. <BR> <BR> And . . . for me willingness is not so much about will power. Which wears out. Which gets exhausted pretty quickly if challenged too much. When tempted. Repeatedly. <BR> <BR> Not even so much about won't power. What I won't do. Because who knows whether I'll sustain won't power in the face of ongoing seductions? <BR> <B... Thu, 14 May 2015 08:04:38 EST Because Why Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927314 <link>www.magnumicecream.ca/flavours/doubl<BR>ecaramel/default.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> I've been subject to the "Discover Magnum" pop up ad over and over again for the past several weeks. That seductive pour of chocolate and caramel sauce over the remarkably luscious-looking ice cream bar on a stick. And so I finally clicked on it . . . <BR> <BR> "Our silky vanilla bean ice cream is dipped in a chocolatey coating, then caramel sauce, then thick milk chocolate. Because why not?" reads ... Wed, 13 May 2015 06:09:36 EST Rainy Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926782 It all happens at once here. <BR> <BR> After a stark white silent winter, everything blooms. <BR> <BR> I have apple blossom, grape hyacinth, violets, a single pale yellow daffodil in a tiny mauve vase on the kitchen table. <BR> <BR> Soon: lilacs, lily-of-the-valley. They will smell marvellous! <BR> <BR> The chestnut leaves have opened from those tiny hands of May 4 to huge ones, within days. Our maples are leafing out too. The ginkgo is slowest but the leaf nubs are bright gree... Tue, 12 May 2015 07:48:31 EST Kayaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926213 Haven't been out in a kayak since February when we were bird watching in the mangrove swamps: in about 3 feet of water! Lazy meanders, carried along by the current . . . and very low key. <BR> <BR> Yesterday DH took me up to Georgian Bay for kayaking and it was glorious: exhilarating, rainy, cold, blowy and a real test of fitness. <BR> <BR> We passed. But only with considerable grit and determination. <BR> <BR> Nobody else signed up for the trek . . . and apparently there was still ic... Mon, 11 May 2015 08:26:43 EST Happy Mother's Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925633 I love being a mother. <BR> <BR> Undoubtedly the toughest job I've ever done. Didn't get a whole lotta "mothering" experience as a kid (except from my truly wonderful older sister). Which means I've pretty much had to make it up as I went along. <BR> <BR> And yup, I've made a lot of mistakes. But: my kids have been forgiving and resilient and are find fine people of whom I'm very proud. And whom I love fiercely, of course. But whom I also like a whole lot as just the terrific funny... Sun, 10 May 2015 06:36:06 EST Desultory Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925355 What a gorgeous time of the year to be in the garden! <BR> <BR> Charlie and I began our day sitting on the verandah reading the paper and eating raspberries with Greek yogourt. "Charlie, would you like to sit on the verandah?" I asked, as I do every spring. Not a word he's probably heard much for at least 6 months. And he immediately ran to the verandah door, smiling and wagging. I went back and forth, flipping loads of laundry between washer and dryer and taking items out of the dryer... Sat, 9 May 2015 14:31:40 EST Bill Eddy Part Two: EAR EAR and Maintenance!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924692 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887346 </link> <BR> <BR> I'd blogged about Bill Eddy March 5, just providing a capsule of his approach to dealing with high conflict situations (and applying it to the "high internal conflict" of managing maintenance!) Eddy is a lawyer/psychologist/mediator with a unique and integrated approach drawing on all three of these professional skills in a very low-key and calming manner. He tells us to: think flexibly... Fri, 8 May 2015 08:18:02 EST