WATERMELLEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WATERMELLEN WATERMELLEN'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/ Right Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6501513 A low key day yesterday turned out to be just the right thing. It was so hot here that the appeal of exercise outdoors was fairly low! DH opted to spend a good part of his Father's Day watching the American Open (and yes, absolutely he's entitled!!). I read on the front verandah, read on the back deck, accompanied by Charlie. Made a lovely supper of fresh trout with lemon and thyme, roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes and carrots. There was vegan chocolate cake left over from DD's birthda... Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:43:24 EST It will be hot . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6501276 . . . and humid here today: with thunderstorms scheduled for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And I am feeling totally lazy, after a busy week and a busy Saturday (yes: all the usuals --laundry, gym, library, groceries.) <BR> <BR> What's up for today? I still do need to make soup! And a couple of lunch salads for the office fridge . . . <BR> <BR> The "recreational" possibilities include golf, beach, kayaking or a combo thereof. <BR> <BR> And of course sitting on the verandah or the back deck and... Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:00:47 EST Now/I am almost entirely love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6501058 This morning I came across this wonderful poem by American poet Hayden Carruth: new to me (and, I think, quite as marvellous as Mary Oliver -- another great American poet). <BR> <BR> "Testament" captures something of my current mood -- Partially a result of my 3PGC thinking "experiment" of letting the silt settle. And also relating to a particularly difficult situation at work this past couple weeks, now at least temporarily resolved. And, because the professional is also the personal: pro... Sat, 16 Jun 2018 10:48:35 EST Indoor Gardening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6500903 Very little opportunity to garden at my house so far this summer with the major exterior renovations still underway (yes yes: it WILL be lovely!! Eventually!!) <BR> <BR> But gardening (and this is despite my seriously arthritic hands which make me feel a million years old) still remains my central life metaphor. <BR> <BR> I'm a tough love gardener. If it doesn't bloom, I don't have any room: although I'll give it a fair chance. And yup, gotta prune. And also, gotta recognize change: the... Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:26:57 EST How's it Going? 3PGC and Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6500525 <link>/www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497655 </link> <BR> <BR> Linked above is an earlier blog about the application of the Three Principles to weight issues. (And yes, that blog in turn linked to three videos on the topic from the 3PGC community -- Three Principles Global Community: the "three principles" being mind, consciousness and thought, and the "key concept" being that we can return to our innate condition of mental health, confidence and pe... Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:00:50 EST Green green golf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499910 Perfect temperature: slightly cool in the shadows of the trees. And then the warmth of buttery sunshine on the fairways. The smell of freshly mown grass. Bird song: yes, that's the oriole! The sound of water sprinklers and (occasionally!) the click of a well-hit drive or the rattle of a putt dropping into the hole. <BR> <BR> Uphill on the ninth with aching muscles. <BR> <BR> Golf is a feast for the senses. Totally absorbing. <BR> <BR> And after? Soup, toasted baguette, sharp cheese, ... Tue, 12 Jun 2018 06:15:59 EST Mud bath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499634 The kayaking was lovely! Kingfishers and dragon flies and yellow water lilies in bloom. <BR> <BR> But the water level was quite shallow, even for our flat bottom kayaks. When I ran aground, I had to get out. And sank almost to my hips in thick mud!! <BR> <BR> Oh, I was grateful to be in Ontario and not in Florida where (we realize so well) every body of water may contain an alligator. Or two! And very happy I was wearing my water sandals too: not my flip flops. Managed to keep 'em bot... Mon, 11 Jun 2018 06:26:23 EST Kayak!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499426 Warm sunny day . . . and the first real opportunity this spring to get out in the kayaks. <BR> <BR> Here's the plan: <BR> <BR> We'll load the kayaks on the car, head out for a little mooch around with our binoculars in an area just north of the golf course: then head back to the golf course with a change of clothes for some lunch and later afternoon golf after that. <BR> <BR> But first: we've forgotten everything we knew about loading the kayaks on the racks!! Hope it all comes back to... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 11:19:13 EST Mid-Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499139 Really enjoyed the responses on yesterday's EQ quiz blog. <BR> <BR> And (yes, I cannot help but wonder) whether those who were "more successful then me" in hitting mid-point scores WOULD have done so if I'd posted the quiz and only in a subsequent blog disclosed that "mid-point" is deemed "better" than "high"!! <BR> <BR> Which is how that "reveal" worked for me! <BR> <BR> Oh my oh my oh my. <BR> <BR> Aristotle was so right: moderation in all things. Really. The "golden mean" is not ... Sat, 9 Jun 2018 09:44:22 EST EQ and Mindfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6498851 Attended a really interesting professional workshop Wednesday on the relationships among meditation, mindfulness and emotional quotient, with a focus on reducing unhealthy stress. <BR> <BR> The presenter was terrific and had us all try a questionnaire from Richard J. Davidson's book, "The Emotional Life of Your Brain". The questionnaire was intended to help us recognize our own tendencies among 6 different emotional "styles": <BR> <BR> 1. Self-awareness -- do I recognize my own emotional ... Fri, 8 Jun 2018 07:58:19 EST Three Wrong!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6498286 Oh yeah. Three Trvia questions wrong in 1 day before I got three right!! <BR> <BR> Gahhhhh. Junior Mints or Sno Caps: who cares? (I never eat 'em.) <BR> <BR> Gahhhhh again. Pesticides worse on strawberries or grapes: who cares? (I wash 'em.) <BR> <BR> Gahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I can't even REMEMBER the third question I got wrong. <BR> <BR> Was I brilliant in May? I was: squeaked out a (rare) Trivia A student award!!!! <BR> <BR> And have I been I over-confident in June? Yup. But now I... Wed, 6 Jun 2018 07:38:44 EST SO cold here . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497998 . . . anticipated high just 13C (which is only a bit more than 55F). <BR> <BR> Brrrrrrr. Looking for something a bit warmer to wear, pants and a jacket plus closed-toe shoes!! <BR> <BR> Painter guys called last night: not coming today, too cold to work outside (and I sure don't blame them). <BR> <BR> But it's not expected to rain, so probably a good day to get in a lunch time walk!! <BR> <BR> And: work continues on the third floor bathroom shower which is absolutely terrific!! May ev... Tue, 5 Jun 2018 07:33:24 EST The Three Principles and Weight Loss: Shout Out to SERIOUSLIM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497655 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497440 </link> <BR> <BR> I know, I know -- yesterday's PTSD blog was "the last one". <BR> <BR> But: people here are primarily interested in weight loss, right? <BR> <BR> And Sparkie SERIOUSLIM found us 3PGC webinars about the three principles (Mind, Consciousness and Thinking) and cravings. <BR> <BR> Really worth watching, all three of them. But: if you just have a short period of time then the second one (t... Mon, 4 Jun 2018 06:33:57 EST PTSD: 3PGC # 3 Dr. Bill Pettit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497351 OK: last blog for now on the Three Principles: Mind, Consciousness and Thought and the rich rich resources provided free online by the 3PGC (Three Principles Global Community <link>www.3pgc.org/ </link> ). <BR> <BR> The three principles? Mind, Thinking and Consciousness. <BR> <BR> Mind: that formless spiritual intelligent energy of which each of us is a manifestation, eternally vibrating (like the atoms and electrons identified by physicists!) <BR> <BR> Thinking: what every human... Sun, 3 Jun 2018 06:52:02 EST Anxiety: 3PGC # 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497132 <link>www.3pgc.org/photos-videos/details/?<BR>m=1052 </link> <BR> <BR> What's the flip side of confidence? Probably anxiety, or fear. (My big insight for 2017, fuelled by exploration of Jon Gabriel, was how pervasive fear can be, arising from Adverse Childhood Experiences.) <BR> <BR> Here at Spark People there's repeated discussion of emotional eating, stress eating, addictive eating of hyperpalatable manufactured foods comprised of fat/salt/sugar as a means to self-soothe anxiety and ... Sat, 2 Jun 2018 09:47:04 EST Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6496774 A Sparkie friend recently introduced me to the 3PGC community <link>www.3pgc.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> 3PGC stands for "3 principles global community" which has been evolving since about 1972: and the 3 principles are mind, consciousness and thought. At the moment, I'm very much a neophyte just beginning to explore this stuff: but there is a wealth of material on the website including videos, podcasts and so forth. <BR> <BR> Key idea? That the only thing which creates feelings is our th... Fri, 1 Jun 2018 08:11:38 EST Trivia A??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6496424 I started out the month of May, first day, with mistakes on Trivia. And then made more mistakes. <BR> <BR> But but but but but -- I do believe that I have ended the month with something like 91% right!! And that would be "good enough" for a rare Trivia A student trophy!! <BR> <BR> It's amazing how my "academic ego" is on the line, month after month, because Trivia A is very elusive for me . . . yes, even after 9 years here at Spark People. And why do I care (but I do, I do) when so many... Thu, 31 May 2018 08:07:54 EST First Bath!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6496309 Yes, I had a first bath this morning in my old clawfoot tub, newly reinstalled in our partially finished bathroom. <BR> <BR> The tub now is plumbed properly and so it drains properly! <BR> <BR> The new faucets are much more appropriate to the age of the house and much prettier! <BR> <BR> The tub is a tiny bit higher for an even better view out the window! Treated myself to a rather lavish quantity of green Vitabath (always my fave . . . the original made with horse chestnut leaves . . .... Wed, 30 May 2018 22:09:12 EST Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6495744 Painter/restoration carpenter guys have taken a week off to go fishing in the far north: oh well oh well oh well,. After battling black flies, they'll come back with renewed enthusiasm for the job. And it's a marathon, not a sprint for sure. <BR> <BR> But but but: there is an actual toilet in the third floor bathroom. There is a bathtub. There is a sink and yes a vanity! And there is running water! <BR> <BR> No shower for the foreseeable future because tile guy has also gone on holid... Tue, 29 May 2018 07:29:14 EST Totally Lazy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6495396 No golf. <BR> <BR> No kayaking. <BR> <BR> Didn't even take a walk. <BR> <BR> Hauled two Muskoka chairs back onto the verandah -- which is still undergoing repair. <BR> <BR> And spent most of the day sitting in the shade with Charlie. Just reading. <BR> <BR> Me, Michael Ondaatje's newest, Warlight. <BR> <BR> DH, Alexander McCall Smith's newest (in the Bertie series).A Time of Love and Tartan: which I had just finished. <BR> <BR> Ahhhhhh. We needed that!! And before all the lilac... Mon, 28 May 2018 07:48:55 EST Spring Supper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6495105 After my gym workout and trip to the library yesterday, also shopped a bit: my drawers clean-out last weekend meant I needed to buy some new undies and also "basic" white and black T-shirts which I wear very often all summer long under light suit jackets. No point in spending money on 'em: cheap or expensive, by the end of the season the white is greyed and the black is faded . . . but I do like cotton with a touch of spandex for fit and managed to find four bogo. <BR> <BR> Then the groce... Sun, 27 May 2018 10:05:23 EST Weekend!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494766 Got through the work yesterday, even got in a recess walk which helped a whole lot: and here's a weekend! Yay!! <BR> <BR> Laundry done -- heading for the gym where I'll make sure to have a good post-workout stretch too. <BR> <BR> And then: the library!! Sat, 26 May 2018 09:23:03 EST Work!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494466 They call it work because it's work, right? And if it weren't work -- if anyone would do it, for free-- then of course we wouldn't get paid for doing it, right? <BR> <BR> Some days work feels like more work than other days. <BR> <BR> Yesterday? It was work. And today? Looking like work again. <BR> <BR> OK then. <BR> <BR> Also gotta do the work of tracking my food and getting in at least a lunch recess walk: because after work it may be rainy But oh yeah: golf would be good if po... Fri, 25 May 2018 07:27:36 EST Escape! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494178 Progress continues -- <BR> <BR> Our third floor bath has its vanity in place (better it than me, of course) and a first coat of paint (same colour, I love its subtle pink beige which changes in different lights and is very flattering to skin tones!). New toilet is sitting in the middle of the bedroom which makes us giggle: we have never been a fan of "open concept" master baths and would not want it there permanently. <BR> <BR> Front porch railing is looking great. Now to get the floor ... Thu, 24 May 2018 07:27:39 EST Bathroom Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493913 I really enjoyed reading the comments on yesterday's blog from other Sparkies who remember fewer bathrooms during their childhoods! <BR> <BR> My grandfather's house in Haliburton ON had no running water: an outdoor privy, a well down the street from which water was carried in buckets and heated on top of the wood stove for all cooking and washing uses -- <BR> <BR> Of course I loved staying there as a child. But my mother? Not so much with two small children!! <BR> <BR> Our 1889 house p... Wed, 23 May 2018 09:02:02 EST Here We Go!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493623 Four day work week coming up!! <BR> <BR> And yes: I feel refreshed and good to go after the long Victoria Day weekend here No renovations going on at the office thankfully so it's a bit of a haven for sure. <BR> <BR> Cool and rainy out there so I'm pretty sure there won't be any progress on the verandaaaaah project: maybe the bath guys will get a bit of stuff done, sure hope so. But we're waltzing around quite successfully using the second floor full bath and first floor half bath plus... Tue, 22 May 2018 07:21:14 EST White Shorts Weather!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493436 Heading out to the golf course now and yes: it's warm enough for a pair of those white shorts, my go-to all summer long. <BR> <BR> And: my watermllen shoes!! (Not for golf itself of course -- just for travel to and from). <BR> <BR> Oh yes, I'm feeling virtuous: keep admiring my clean dresser top, my clean desk top, my tidy tidy storage closet. <BR> <BR> And I've got my salads made for work too -- so if I get home rather tired, I won't be tempted to skip that task.. All done. Mon, 21 May 2018 15:21:31 EST Cleaned out a closet and . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493100 Our third floor has a storage closet which tends to be a catch-all: wrapping paper and snorkel equipment and out of season stuff of all kinds. <BR> <BR> Beginning to look like a bit of a fire hazard and the chaos on the third floor is sufficiently disorienting so . . . even though I am far from "domestic", I cleaned everything out. Threw out a lot. Organized gift bags, ribbons and tubes of wrap in a hanging zipped plastic suit cover. Stacked up purses neatly. It's looking a whole lot be... Sun, 20 May 2018 14:28:24 EST Pick Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492782 Read a review today of Randi Zuckerberg's new book, Pick Three (and yes, she is the sister of that "other" Zuckerberg). <BR> <BR> Subtitle? you can have it all (just not every day). <BR> <BR> She identifies 5 "buckets": work, sleep, family, friends and fitness. <BR> <BR> And she says: on any given day, prioritize 3. Be an "Eliminator" and consciously leave out the other options, just for today. Not a "Passionista" who's trying to do it all and be it all and ends up exhausted. And the "R... Sat, 19 May 2018 11:17:52 EST Royal Wedding Crazies!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492597 No question, Canada is still a relatively "royalist" country -- and of course the Queen of England is still OUR Queen too. <BR> <BR> And then there's the fact that Meghan Markle lived in Toronto while filming Suits. And her besty Jessica Mulroney is the daughter-in-law of a former Canadian Prime Minister. <BR> <BR> And so: many many many Canadians are following the Royal Wedding news with keen interest. And will get up at 4 am tomorrow morning to catch all the coverage before during and ... Fri, 18 May 2018 18:10:32 EST Perfect Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492145 It had been way too cold for golf Tuesday night -- the temp said 15 C but with the wind blowing it felt much much MUCH colder even in long pants and a sweater. So: we stood on the first tee for only a few minutes before deciding to bail. <BR> <BR> <BR> But: last night was glorious!! <BR> <BR> And of course a great escape from the chaos at the house. The outside painting project is going great -- it also involves a huge amount of carpentry, recaulking windows (and some reglazing), and o... Thu, 17 May 2018 05:06:27 EST Chaos!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491871 Yup, bathroom reno has the third floor refuge in a state of total chaos for sure. Behind me at my study desk is the new vanity (love that word, "vanity" -- saw a sign recently at a bathroom outfitters promoting a sale: "Vanity Blow Out"!! YEAH!!!!) <BR> <BR> And one of the easy chairs from our bedroom is also stuffed into the study. <BR> <BR> And the door from the bathroom is off its hinges and in the bedroom <BR> <BR> But: the new ceramic floor is down . . . looking great (will be grout... Wed, 16 May 2018 08:08:28 EST What is Wisdom?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491262 Again, a summary from a newspaper article I enjoyed over the weekend -- but can't link here. <BR> <BR> Wisdom, whatever it is, is a quality in individuals which is generally admired. And in public and professional life too: we value "wise" politicians and people seek "wise counsel" from lawyers or therapists or pastors. This article looked at "wisdom" from both a philosophical and neurobiological perspective, historically and across cultures, to identify three universal components which ... Mon, 14 May 2018 07:14:05 EST Gastric By-pass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491010 Lengthy article in the National Post concerning gastric by-pass surgery which I cannot link here, sadly. But to summarize: apparently the research confirms now that gastric by-pass is by far the most effective method of ensuring weight loss and weight loss maintenance for obese persons (and in Canada too, that's now close to 30% of the population). <BR> <BR> About 90% of people who lose weight by conventional exercise and dieting gain it all back and more: says this article. (And all of us... Sun, 13 May 2018 07:55:11 EST FINALLY: Sister Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490880 I just love my sister and it's been a LONG time since we've been able to get together . We'd planned to meet in early April but the weather was terrible . . . and really bad since then too, on weekends (or we had other stuff we had to do). But: today was the day!! <BR> <BR> Such fun!! We met in a tiny village with a very pretty café: enjoyed a coffee and pastry, then spent a bit of time shopping in the village's antique and clothing stores: and then back to the café for lunch (squash and... Sat, 12 May 2018 18:10:48 EST If the bathroom is out of service . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490248 because of the renovation starting today: then all the more reason to get to the gym where there are showers and towels aplenty! And/or to the golf course where there are even nicer showers and towels, lots and lots of 'em, and a pretty luxurious locker room too! <BR> <BR> Painter guys are deep into a remarkable restoration of our beloved verandahhhhhhh, oh my: rebuilding it with replica custom milled wood AND repairing shutters AND: they love the place. Their work shows it!! <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 10 May 2018 07:53:03 EST Second Golf!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489948 Got in a lunch time walk AND nine holes of golf yesterday after work. <BR> <BR> It was glorious!! Played (somewhat) better and felt no fatigue at all: so clearly I'd just "overdone" on the weekend. <BR> <BR> Golf is such great stress relief for me. We got there late and finished just as the sky was beginning to get dark with robin chorus singing the sun down. Wed, 9 May 2018 06:17:18 EST First Golf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489669 It was gorgeous on the golf course last night!! The green grass so green, the Canada geese lolling around, pre-parenthood, and wild turkeys gobbling and strutting!! Now the golf itself not so great and I was exhausted by the 7th hole: headed up for the club house while DH played out the last 2. (In my defence, it had been a VERY busy weekend both days with a LOT of physical activity!!) <BR> <BR> I just love the late afternoon and early evening light and the big big sky and the sunset!! <B... Tue, 8 May 2018 07:32:37 EST What a Difference a Week Makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489340 We spent some time Sunday sawing up tree limbs (chestnut, walnut) which fell in Friday's high-velocity wind storm, using our handy little battery pack power saw. I also cleaned some long stalks out of a couple flower beds. There: looking neater!! <BR> <BR> Made a terrific mulligatawny soup (another Sparkie got me thinking about!) <BR> <BR> And went back to the forest for another spring wildflower walk. <BR> <BR> Last week: only a few colts foot and a few spring beauties in bloom. This ... Mon, 7 May 2018 08:02:07 EST Wardrobe Workout!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489074 Oh yeah. <BR> <BR> My third floor will be in SUCH a state of disarray once the bathroom reno starts next week-- and with the rapid change in the weather, I absolutely knew it was time to move out the last of the winter clothes and transition in the spring/summer stuff!! <BR> <BR> What a workout -- even though I had already taken away the woolliest of the woollies in March. And (convention-bound as I am) I haven't yet relocated the absolute summeriest whites (not until after May 24 weekend ... Sun, 6 May 2018 10:11:41 EST Shout Out to 1CRAZYDOG and Change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488795 I really appreciate Sparkie 1CRAZYDOG <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=1C<BR>RAZYDOG </link> and her daily postings: quotations on a huge variety of topics that very often make me think or feel something new. <BR> <BR> And today's quotation is about change: something none of us tends to love very much, but something that is inevitable (like the weather) whether we like it or not! There's the change that "happens to us" because of actions of those in our immediate family/friend... Sat, 5 May 2018 09:44:11 EST Yay Friday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488478 DH was home sick yesterday (and this is rare for him -- negative reaction to a Shingrix vaccination). <BR> <BR> Well, what HE would call "sick". Which still involved going in to the office for a 1 hour consult. And dealing with another matter remotely: multiple "interventions". <BR> <BR> In between those events however he was sleeping quite a lot -- even missing a scheduled late afternoon guys' golf event. So yes, I guess he was "sick". I was certainly worried about him. <BR> <BR> Bu... Fri, 4 May 2018 07:05:08 EST Singing in the Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488190 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ZYhVpdXbQ </link> <BR> <BR> Gene Kelly: isn't he amazing?? <BR> <BR> I stepped outside the door this morning to pick up my newspaper: rainy worm-luscious with robins singing. <BR> <BR> Big puddle in my driveway . . . and I remembered Gene! But I was wearing my LL Bean sheepskin slippers and that's of course absolutely the only reason that I was unable to emulate his wonderful tap dance. <BR> <BR> Tap dancing in my heart, though. Thu, 3 May 2018 06:39:35 EST Rapid transformation!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6487883 No no no: not me. <BR> <BR> I haven't suddenly acquired a fully functioning "self-transforming mind". <BR> <BR> I'm just referring to the weather here!! So Canadian, eh?? <BR> <BR> On Sunday (that was April 29) we had a light sprinkling of fresh snow AND there was still a good sized drift of snow on the deck -- more in various corners of the yard. More in the woods where we went for our walk. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, May 1, my car (an American-built Volvo with temperature in F) said 84!! ... Wed, 2 May 2018 06:57:07 EST First of the Month . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6487550 . . . and, in time-honoured tradition, I've got my first Trivia question for May wrong!! Yes yes yes, we are off to an excellent start in non-qualifying for Trivia A student and keeping me humble!! <BR> <BR> No worries that I'll need to get larger visors for golf or sunhats for kayaking (to accommodate a swollen head) so that's gotta be a good thing! <BR> <BR> And: I've signed myself up for three golf lessons! Having played for well over 35 years, but never (what with raising babies and... Tue, 1 May 2018 07:10:11 EST First Forest Flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6487200 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c32b760-a0d5-45a5-8370-eaaea41b3800.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had a wonderful walk in the woods. The spring flowers are much later than usual after our long winter and big ice storm, but we did find a small patch of colts foot. <BR> <BR> And then just a few buds of spring beauty, with a couple of flowers opened! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8b8d898-c70a-4e37-bf43-428d0940b180.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Plenty... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 06:12:04 EST PHEBESS: Considering Kegan's Evolving Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6486943 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6486245 </link> <BR> <BR> PHEBESS <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PH<BR>EBESS </link> and I have been having an extended discussion back and forth riffing on the Robert Kegan concept of The Evolving Self and his five stages of adult development (Recap: that's the impulsive mind of childhood which cannot postpone gratification; the imperial mind of adolescence which is persistently narcissistic and ... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:15:01 EST Off to the Gym!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6486656 Many new projects going on here AND at work . . . and yup, they're all good but they also and inevitably generate some stress. <BR> <BR> So: I'm off for some Sweat and Socialization at the gym. Cardio, ST and stretching. <BR> <BR> Now: what new Skills could I also incorporate into my day, to hit all three of the Pasricha Happiness Ss??? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6485308 </link> <BR> <BR> Spanish lesson: yes yes yes. Aft... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 10:02:47 EST Faith and Adult Development: Susan Peirce Thompson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6486245 <link>brightlineeating.com/2018/04/faith-a<BR>nd-adult-development/?utm_campaign=ltn<BR>urt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=el&utm<BR>_content=vlog&utm_term=180425&inf_cont<BR>act_key=84a449b88976b08958ea01426c831b<BR>ca3d9655fd0bc1a8cc467ca74de4556ed8 </link> <BR> <BR> I truly thought yesterday's Bright Line Eating vlog was one of the most interesting that SPT has ever posted. It won't be to everyone's taste (she talks about why she has departed from her formal faith group). But, in the co... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:32:47 EST Making Decisions and Mental Toughness!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6485927 Steve Siebold (of www.fatlosers.com fame) sends me fairly regular emails relating to his Mental Toughness Institute. (Mental toughness has MANY applications . . . he's built a $multi-million keynote speaking business out of pitching sales techniques to big corporations . . . the fat loser stuff is just a side-line which many of us here have found helpful: and it's free!) <BR> <BR> And this very short vlog was pretty interesting, I thought. <BR> <link>//mentaltoughnessblog.com/makin... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:56:53 EST