XME501's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XME501 XME501'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/ I Am Addicted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465975 I love to knit - and have been knitting a Fair Isle kep. Well, almost finished one and have started a second one. Got the pattern from the museum on Fair Isle and joined a group of gals on facebook who share their adventure in knitting the caps. Love all the patterns and colors. <BR> <BR> And, with the cold and snow we have here I have an excuse to just stay in and knit. However, there really is not enough snow and it really is not that cold to use it as an excuse. So I am saying the t... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:14:10 EST Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463739 I bought for myself a mini pink rose. Just hope I can transplant and it will grow. And fixed a cherry cheesecake for son, Geoff. And it is almost gone - one of his favorite desserts. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, our YAH (Young at Heart) group had lunch at the church. Jim and Patsy fixed Fettuccine Alfredo, green beans, and salad. So good. And Patsy made mini cream puffs. That gal just loves to cook and we so enjoy her cooking!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ae... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:10:32 EST Thursday, January 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453057 Just enjoying a cup of coffee and thinking about today. <BR> <BR> Later this morning will be meeting with a group at the church for prayer for our church. We have an amazing pastor who is leading us in a study thru the Bible. Last Sunday we started the book of Leviticus - and what a book! It may look on the surface like just a book of rules and regulations - but it is so much more!! So excited to be a part of this study. <BR> <BR> Last night i finished knitting a pair of socks for my Da... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:34:04 EST Sunday, January 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451325 I went to a funeral yesterday for a dear friend - Nick Hicks. He was one of the founders and builders of our church. Such a sweet, honest man - and he had such an influence on my daughter as she grew up. He will be greatly missed. <BR> <BR> Today will be meeting Elaine at church and then lunch out. Yesterday we were laughing at the thought that we never run out of things to talk about!! And then after we have visited for a while we cannot remember what we talked about. Too many "rabbit... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:54:47 EST Saturday, December 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444771 It has warmed up and the snow is quickly melting. So got out to the grocery store to stock up - again. I did enjoy having a white Christmas - but now the snow can go away!! <BR> <BR> No plans for New Year's Eve. I will probably go to bed early and son, Geoff, will be working on his puzzle. That has been his tradition for a few years. <BR> <BR> Now to get moving and do a bit of cleaning - as our apartment has been so ignored the past few days. <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> <em>446</e... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 17:32:47 EST The Day After Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443545 We did not get over to my Daughter's yesterday. The doors to my pickup were frozen shut - and it was just too cold and icy for this old lady to get out. So my son and I had a good quiet day here in our apartment. <BR> <BR> So, today my daughter and son-in-law came over for a bit - bringing some of yesterday's feast and gifts. Eric did get the doors to my pickup opened so we could retrieve son, Geoff's gift that was still in there. <BR> <BR> I had made a quilt for Geoff - and finished ... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 21:07:15 EST Christmas Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443225 Woke to more snow this morning - so beautiful!! <BR> <BR> Across the street: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdff6e16-1078-4869-890a-3e88b013bfce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our view of the river: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2bdf9f1-2b06-4636-8777-b04affa919f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our parking lot. Our manager is so good to keep our sidewalk shoveled. She is the best!! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9f4f872-8ee2-4024-a4e5-93736cf6871... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 15:48:01 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442681 We woke to snow this morning here in Pendleton - so looks like we may have a white Christmas. It really is beautiful - but, I am a summer gal. Cold from the first cold spell until about May!! Is it Spring yet??? <BR> <BR> We, my son and I, will be spending Christmas day at my daughter's home. I was over there yesterday and, oh my, it really feels like Christmas there. So will be a fun day. <BR> <BR> And, a Merry Christmas to all! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:06:06 EST Oh, my, it is cold outside. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439715 Well, we have been below freezing for a couple of days - and looks like the cold has moved and settled in!! <BR> <BR> But, it was warm at Up With DoNuts this morning when Elaine and i met for our Bible study. I am so addicted to their maple bars. <BR> <BR> Then was off to BiMart - had a lucky number this morning - so came home with a bag of Lays Kettle Cooked Mesquite BBQ flavored Chips. These will be for my son, Geoff. Too much salt for me - well, maybe i will have just one. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:55:39 EST Spaghetti http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437103 Have some leftover spaghetti in the fridge and was thinking about making some meatballs to go with it - and that reminded me of a song. <BR> <BR> Do you remember this one: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGBE3eLpvm0 </link> <BR> <BR> On top of spaghetti, <BR> All covered with cheese, <BR> I lost my poor meatball, <BR> When somebody sneezed. <BR> <BR> It rolled off the table, <BR> And on to the floor, <BR> And then my poor meatball, <BR> Rolled out of the door. <BR> <BR> It r... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:20:38 EST Jet Fly Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411864 Well, the jet just flew over - signaling the start of the final day of the rodeo. Not so low this time - last year was a bit too low. <BR> <BR> Have not heard from my daughter - but she did post a couple of pictures on facebook. Looking forward to seeing my grandson next week - and his wife will be coming up too. So will be fun reconnecting with them. <BR> <BR> Whem they were here last year: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/091430ea-f34d-47b6-9702-3eda6bd1dc72.jpg... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:21:45 EST Round-Up 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411780 I do not do the Round-Up "thing" anymore. Just too much excitement for this ol' lady! <BR> But, my Navy grandson is here and having a blast. He grew up here so always comes for all the fun and festivities (whenever he can). And of course my daughter is so glad to have him home for a bit. And posts pictures on Facebook. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a439e329-6e08-4a65-ad56-e22762b976b7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did get to the CowBoy Breakfast Wednesday morning - so g... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:54:56 EST ET the Second! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395558 Got this from my son and just have to share: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9eb3ad1f-0167-4f69-b7c8-964b82567ea7.jpg"> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 12:50:54 EST A Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388167 I keep seeing blogs about having a partner to keep me accountable - but do not really have anyone in my life that I feel I can do this with. <BR> <BR> Then a call from my youngest son. He lives in Seattle area - going to school full time and working tull time. He walks a lot - and has a club membership where he works out As we were talking, I mentioned that i had renewed my membership at the local club and want to go at least 3 times a week to start. He is the only one I have shared this ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:46:11 EST Club Membership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386585 Just ran some errands and stopped at the 24 Hour Fitness Club. Was going to cancel - but decided to renew instead. I have not been going the past few months - <BR> <BR> My BP is up again - and I know that when I exercise regularly it does bring it down. And I can renew at the same monthly - that I can afford. <BR> <BR> So, in order to continue and go regularly am going to schedule 3 days a week to start. Before was going just when I was out and about - and many times would just thi... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:31:30 EST Linda's Poo Bear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375078 Years ago my sister worked at Sears in Medford. One of the displays had this Poo Bear. After the campaign they had a drawing for the bear and he came home with her. This was taken in her living room when she was living in Brookings. Her dream growing up was to someday live on the Oregon Coast - and she did for about 7 years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e0b47d3-ad38-4b03-a095-c29237acfc4f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lost her to cancer December, 2014. Miss her every d... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:02:49 EST A New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374640 Still overcast and cool here in Pendleton! Where are those warm summer days???? I'm waiting - impatiently! <BR> <BR> Going to meet Elaine this morning and then a stop at BiMart to check my number. Not going to go down the yarn aisle - if I do am sure a skein will jump into my basket and I do not need any more yarn right now. A friend in my knitting group spins and dyes her own - and has given me some. Oh, do love it. Have started a shawl and am so enjoying knitting it. Will have to ta... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00:58 EST I Love Camping!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367350 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/539cbd63-b061-47f4-b89a-1611ad478552.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> (No, I am not camping - but sure wish I was!) Sat, 27 May 2017 15:30:32 EST A Bright Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360144 Got to church last night - I do not drive after dark, but it is finally light enough after 7:30 so can go again. Right now we are studying the basics of what we believe - a very good series. It is on youtube - can be found under "The Porch - Pendleton Oregon. <BR> <BR> Today will be playing in the dirt - looked at the plants at BiMart yesterday but they did not look so good. But just as I was leaving another delivery was being unloaded. So will check out the new plants today and see what... Wed, 10 May 2017 11:26:37 EST Our Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351659 Well, an update. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, after Bible study with Elaine, I went to WalMart to pick up a few groceries and then a couple of errands. And just as i arrived home and parked in front of our entryway, the downpour began. By the time, Geoff and I had brought in the groceries, and I had parked my pickup in its spot and got back into our apartment - i was drenched!! Even with my umbrella!! Don't think i have ever seen it rain that hard here in Pendleton - and all in about 5 minutes. <... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:47:29 EST Gotta Get in More Steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339199 I have been trying to get in more steps each day - just can't seem to break past 1000 - <BR> And I blame my pedometer - tell my son it does not record all my steps. But, he tells me that I have to actually take the steps for them to be recorded. So, is that the secret??? hee hee <BR> <BR> But I am doing better - my BP is down from last year - and that is good. So feeling much better and am getting out every day - do love walking in the rain. And we do have a beautiful walk along the ri... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:25:15 EST Our Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329224 Yesterday was really crazy weather wise! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a945c888-7ac0-4d1a-8e28-8849e95a36cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Early in the day it was quite cold and windy. Thinking the cold was in the wind blowing across the snow in the nearby mountains. <BR> <BR> While I was at knitting, it was still blowing and snowing some. Not sticking tho - thank you, God. <BR> <BR> Then later it warmed up and the sun was shining. <BR> <BR> Well, that's Oregon for you!! ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:06:52 EST Continuing Saga of Our CrockPot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321791 Well, just could not have the funeral for our crockpot - it has been in the family too long. I was heading out the door to take it to the dumpster when my son stopped me. He had an idea. Put a plant in the pot!! Whew, that was close. <BR> <BR> Now am on the search for just the right plant. Not much to choose from yet - but know I will find something when our Farmer's Market begins. Need to find out when that will be. <BR> <BR> <BR> And here is our new one - found at WalMart - It is ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:43:12 EST A Death in the Family (Our CrockPot) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318114 My crockpot has died!! This morning I put some veggies and chicken breasts in it and set it . About an hour later Geoff (my son) came in - and told me I had forgotten to turn it on. But, after checking, we found that the pot had actually died. Am so going to miss it!! <BR> <BR> In 1973 when I moved back to Medford, my Mother-in-Law and Mom when shopping for a crock pot for me. They went to a number of stores looking for just the right one - had to be the right size and have a removable... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:31:21 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314177 Well, I think our snow is finally gone for the year - at least, it is warming up some. <BR> <BR> Just saw on Facebook that tomorrow is Peppermint Pattie Day!! That is one of our favorite candies and there is always a package in the freezer. Yes, I know, it is lots of sugar and fat - but they are very small - just a couple of bits - and do solve my sugar cravings!! <BR> <BR> Had a good visit with Elaine today. Now that the snow and icy streets are a thing of the past - we can get back to ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:22:51 EST NO!! NO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312415 And I thought we had seen the last of the snow for this year - but it is snowing again!! Big flakes and they are sticking - had been coming down for about an hour. I don't even want to look out.......... <BR> <BR> I did get out this morning - to the DoNut Shop to meet Elaine. We had a good catch-up - had been too long. Then to get a haricut - I was getting desperate. Had been way too long. <BR> <BR> Now am warm and cozy in my little apartment - plenty of food in the freezer, a warm ... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 16:00:19 EST Thursday, February 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309687 Well, February just slipped in and took over - what happened to January?? Oh, right, we were snowed in here - well, i was anyway. <BR> <BR> It is not snowing today, but it is very white outside - and overcast!! So will be another day to hibernate - and do more sewing - and perhaps some baking. Might bake a pumpkin pie for son, Geoff. And, do need to do some laundry. And, that will just about fill the day. <BR> <BR> Looks like we may get more snow this weekend - so glad i got to the gr... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 13:22:14 EST Poo Bear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308483 Years ago when my Sister, Linda, was working at Sears in Medford, they had a big Poo Bear in one of the displays. Later they had a drawing for it and my Sister brought him home!! He got lots of loving from my kiddies thru the years. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of him and his buddies in a rocker when she was living in Brookings. Her dream had always been to live on the Oregon coast - and she did for about 7 years. And just loved it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:51:02 EST Not Again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307935 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31b6aa79-a9fe-4e37-86fe-c8baba697d88.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Just learned that we may get another 3" or 4" of snow in the next couple of days!! <BR> And I thought we had had our share for this winter. <BR> <BR> So am going to get shopping for groceries - so I can hibernate - again!! <BR> I know, I know - that really is not much snow - but I am truly "chicken" when it comes to driving in it. My neighbor gets out everyday - no matter what the weathe... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:16:07 EST Wednesday, January 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300718 Today we are iced in! The snow is starting to melt but is leaving a sheet of ice. Just talked to my daughter and she was watching a truck do a 180 in front of her house. And she said there was even ice in their mud room. <BR> <BR> So will be knitting and doing Bible study today - Also sewing on the quilt for my son. Just waiting for more material i ordered from the Missouri Quilt Co. Love their "stuff". Just hope tho that the mailmen do not have to get out in this. We can certainly wa... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:43:06 EST A New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299416 Thinking it is time to do some training - - - - - - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c85ce38-b9fc-4775-9b31-5c2e6b195d3e.jpeg"> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:45:33 EST A New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288241 I have jointed the Winter 5% Challenge - I think the idea is to lose 5% of my current weight - - <BR> <BR> Well, that would be about 10 pounds - to me, right now, that seems like a lot!! But, I am game and will do my best. <BR> <BR> My exercise plan is 10 minutes a day exercise, a walk each day (not sure how far, but will at least get outside!!), and 3 times to the club. Have not been going recently - mostly because of the snow. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:33:53 EST A Visitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281363 So I'm normally a drama free person , but I just NEED to vent....I"m so sorry ahead of time, I truly am.... <BR> <BR> I have had enough!!!! We'll never help anyone again......EVER!! I'm too kindhearted, or I'm too stupid!! Yesterday it was so cold out that we took a man into our home out of the kindness of our heart. We felt so sorry for him. Poor thing was trembling out in the cold, but this morning he had just vanished. Not a word...not even a goodbye or a thank you for sheltering him!! Th... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:51:38 EST Popcorn Balls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280029 Was going to bake cookies yesterday - but my son asked for Popcorn Balls - so that is what i made. Such fun but oh, so messy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1165f5f4-3faa-4293-af03-f1dc1dbb6960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night I talked to son, Gordon, in Tacoma, WA and told him what i was going. <BR> He told me that sometimes when he goes to the movies he gets popcorn and red licorice and pretends he is eating one of my popcorn balls. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:23:49 EST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278593 Our backyard this morning - and the thermometer says 22 - so just a bit on the chilly side!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d2e2771-72f1-4cf6-a7a3-5f2a57b520a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A good day to stay in and do some baking!! <BR> <BR> LATER: <BR> Well, have not done any baking yet -- but have Split Pea Soup cooking on the stove. Will fix conrbread to go with it - not Geoff's favorite but he will just have to suffer! hee hee <BR> <BR> Just finished the first finger... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:22:28 EST That Lemon Meringue Pie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275751 Well, here is what is left of the pie after Geoff and I had some yesterday evening. I did not have any cream of tartar for the meringue so Geoff googled it and found that I could use lemon juice. Did not hold up as well - but sure tasted good and lemony!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10df8cd6-f879-4302-a65a-f947f756cd73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I still use Betty Crocker pie crust mix - just never got the hang of making crust like my Mom did - her pies were fantastic!!... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:01:58 EST Friday, December 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275376 Just tracking a yarn order from knitpicks! Today it is leaving Eden, ID - so anxious to receive - the yarn is for fingerless gloves for my daughter. Also, some knitting needles for her. So fun!!! <BR> <BR> Met with a friend this morning for a "catch up". I worked with Marilyn years ago in Medford and we both ended up here in Pendleton only about a block from each other. She knits too - so we share lots of stories. <BR> <BR> This afternoon and doing laundry - and will be getting the pil... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:00:55 EST Chrstmas Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274958 One more to finish - decorating styrofoam balls for Christmas. These will go in little gift bags I am putting together for my neighbors. Such fun to do. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cd7d8cd-c720-4084-823f-8d424b3cd8ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday stopped at Threads and More and picked up material to sew pillowcases for the GrandDaughters: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d46bf2a-92a4-4250-9b73-7ead20bc1f10.jpg"> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:17:20 EST Baking Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272485 <BR> Just took the bread out of the oven - love my home-made bread for toast in the mornings!! With some butter and a bit of cranberry sauce. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee7099c6-59d1-49f4-803c-024e7e13f78c.jpg"> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:06:24 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266211 Not sure where I have been the past couple of months - guess out in left field. <BR> Was having some BP issues but that is now under control as the hot summer days have passed. <BR> <BR> Today will be a quiet day here in our apartment - am thinking about baking bread as just had the last piece for toast this morning - and i do love toast and fruit for breakfast. Also need to bake more poppy seed muffins for my son. Just pop them in the freezer for him - and that is most of his breakfast. ... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:06:26 EST Monday, September 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238604 Oh,my, this past week did pass quickly - was Round-Up time here in Pendleton. Lots of activity!! <BR> <BR> My Grand-Son was here with his wife and his Mother-in-Law. She is a nurse and the company she works for sent her here to work the Round-Up. Got to meet her briefly - sweet lady!! <BR> <BR> This morning finally got to the grocery store - our cupboards were getting rather sparse - but are filled again. Have found a couple more recipes to try. <BR> <BR> This afternoon will be meeti... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:09:23 EST Day Eight - Realistic Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233529 I think today's challenge was just for me - "Healthy Meals in Minutes" - <BR> I just do not enjoy cooking - anymore. Was a single Mom - and I just want my cooking days to be over!! <BR> <BR> However, I did find a couple of recipes I will try. One is Chicken Escondido and the other is Diet Cola Sloppy Joes. Have not fix Sloppy Joes in a long time so will be good to enjoy again. <BR> <BR> Today I have hamburger thawing and will fix meatloaf for dinner - have a recipe that we really enjoy.... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:32:22 EST Day Seven - Realistic Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232851 Had planned to blog every day - but somehow life got in the way. <BR> <BR> However, I have been checking in everyday - and have been keeping up with my daily goals: <BR> to the club 3 times a week and drinking more water. <BR> <BR> Today the topic was setting realistic goals! In the past my goal was to lose some weight - but have put that on the shelf for the time being. Now my goal is just to be consistent on the smaller goals I have set. Then, if I lose some weight that would be a grea... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:50:08 EST Day Four - Realistic Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231406 Had such a good day - met Elaine at the DoNut Shop this morning. We have been meeting there for the past 4 years. For a chat time and a Bible study. We are about half way thru Daniel - <BR> <BR> Then to the club for my walk on the treadmill and a stop at Safeway to pick up a few things. <BR> This afternoon did some knitting on a shawl I am making for a special friend. She has moved away from Pendleton and do miss her and her family - so will be fun to surprise her with a special gift. <B... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 23:55:46 EST Day Three - Realistic Resolutions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230487 Yesterday's challenge - to drink water - oh, dear. That is about my hardest challenge!! Just do not like water. I have tried all the suggestions and they just don't work. About the only one that does - sorta - is Safeway's brand of bottled water. But I just it is hard to justify buying water, when we have a Brita pitcher in the fridge. I have even bought a couple of fun water bottles to carry and that has not helped. So am just going to buy the bottled water - for a while at least - an... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:25:00 EST Day One of a New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229521 I feel like I have gotten so far off track!! So - today am restarting a challenge that I did not finish before. And, this time am going to blog each day - to keep on track. <BR> The challenge is Realistic Resolutions - and one of the goals is to "write it down". So that is my first goal - to write everyday - my goal for that day and how I am doing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06e15eed-9de9-4b58-9a1f-0b2d44dba690.jpg"> Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:15:54 EST A Snow-White Dove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220867 Just listened to this song - have heard it many times before - but did not really listen to the words. <BR> <BR> On the wings of a snow-white dove God sends His pure sweet love <BR> A sign from above <BR> On the wings of a dove <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d151ddf3-1cd6-4e7c-8f99-7d8789486837.jpg"> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:47:28 EST Another Day in Pendleton http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214876 What's with this weather??? It sprinkled during the night and is cool and overcast this morning!! Feels like Fall and we haven't even had Pendleton Round-Up yet - that is not for another month. But, the warm weather will return - probably with a vengeance - it can get quite warm here. <BR> <BR> Going to meet Elaine at the DoNut shop this morning - for our chat time and Bible study. And, yes, I will have my maple bar - they are so yummy. That is my one indulgence for the week. Have bee... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:05:32 EST Another Day in August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214378 So bright and sunny and cooler this morning. Just enjoying our view - lots of beautiful green trees along the river. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20c0595c-93b4-425c-a1f0-67c2bba02302.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gotta get to the grocery store this morning for some meat - our little freezer is about empty. My list: a couple of steaks to bbq, roast for Sunday and hamburger meat for whatever. We do have chicken breasts - get them from Schwan's - so much better than what ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:02:20 EST So Glad it is August!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212153 Have not blogged for quite a while - been in a slump!! <BR> July is a stressful month for me - <BR> My Dad's birthday was the 15th and my Sister's was the 29th. Lost her to cancer Dec. 2014. She was 71. <BR> And my Ex's birthday was the 22nc and our 60th wedding anniversary would have been the 19th. He also lives here in Pendleton so I see him occasionally. And, I was a good girl and took him, with our son, to lunch for his birthday. We did have a good visit and we reminisced about the... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:11:33 EST