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/ 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 Sunday, June 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176972 I know, I know - it is Sunday and I should be in church - but have not gone the past 3 Sundays. I did say "should" - but it is really where I would want to be!! Love my church and all the people - and our pastor. He and his wife are amazing - such open, honest people. And he is sharing thru the book of Luke - always a favorite. <BR> <BR> but, today, am doing some cleaning in my very, small bedroom. One wall is book cases with most of my books - the rest are scattered throughout our apar... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 14:31:18 EST Saturday, May 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162792 I am doing the Small Changes Challenge - do not check in everyday, but am learning as i go. <BR> Today, Day 17, the challenge is to list 3 things I am grateful for. So this is my list for right now: <BR> <BR> 1. a God Who watches over me - all the time. Looking back over my life I can see so many times when He protected me and times when He gave me people, and good health, and times that I so did not deserve. <BR> <BR> 2. 5 awesome children - oh, they had their share of struggles, but ... Sat, 14 May 2016 12:20:33 EST Monday, May 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159519 Today is my older daughter's Birthday. She has been in a long-term health care facility for the past couple of years and was quite ill for a couple of years before that - in the hospitals and other facilities. Not sure of the final diagnosis (some form of prion) - and she will not be coming home. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of my rose from church yesterday - each lady received on with a couple of chocolates attached. And the iris is the last one from my garden this year - my very favor... Mon, 9 May 2016 15:45:15 EST Thursday, May 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156969 We had quite the thunderstorm blow thru Pendleton yesterday evening! I was at a friends' home - they have a large window in their living room so we had a front row seat. Lots of rain, lightening and hail!! Quite exciting. And, it had gone its way by the time we left. And, I did hear that there was some flooding down town. Have not heard yet of any damage. <BR> <BR> No plans for today - except a load of laundry and a "walk" at the club. Do have a couple of other errands while I am out -... Thu, 5 May 2016 13:13:44 EST Wednesday, May 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156224 Sunday afternoon went to my daughter's and we watched the new Moby Dick movie that was just released. Good - but not what i had expected. I think i is worth watching. <BR> <BR> Have been getting to the club more - walk for 10 minutes on the treadmill. Need to go more often - want to go at least 4 times a week. <BR> <BR> Am meeting a friend for lunch today. And this evening will be meeting our small group at church. We have been talking about the fundamental beliefs of our church. Has ... Wed, 4 May 2016 11:56:16 EST Saturday, April 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153412 Another month is history. So looking forward to summer!! <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday. Met Marilyn at Eden's Kitchen to knit and visit. I worked with her years ago at Harry & David in Medford. And we both grew up there - so we always have bunches to share. After lunch there, went to the club and then a couple of errands. <BR> <BR> Today is overcast and cool. So will do a bit of housecleaning and this afternoon will do some sewing. Making some quilt blocks for another quilt. <... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:11:18 EST Tuesday, April 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150726 Oh, my, where has the month gone??? <BR> <BR> Still cleaning up after our fire upstairs. Yesterday they cleaned the glass out of our little garden area so now we can plant - well, not yet. Still a bit too cool. And looks like a cooler week ahead. I am so ready for summer. <BR> <BR> Have not been meeting Elaine as regular - she has been caring for a friend who had back surgery. But, we are meeting for a bit this morning - will be good to see her. <BR> <BR> Then have errands and to th... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:58:25 EST Sunday, April 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144494 Well, I "backslid" today - did not go to church. But, my Daughter, who has not been in a couple of months, did go with her family. So, does that count for me?? I really think not!! <BR> <BR> But I have had a productive day. Got the freezer defrosted - not a job i look forward to. It is small, but there is no place for the water to go to, except a small dip in the bottom. So I line it with towels. Now they are soaked so will wash them all tomorrow. Should launder them this evening but... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:24:08 EST Saturday, April 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143594 Well, Marilyn and Barb did show up yesterday morning. Marilyn is a friend I worked with years ago at Harry & David in Medford. So is good to renew an old friendship. And Barb is a friend from the local knitting group. We had a good visit and did even come up with a few solutions to the world's problems. Now it the "officials' would just take our advise!! <BR> <BR> Was planning to defrost our freezer today - but it is still a bit too cool. Need to be able to open the windows. So will w... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:10:49 EST Friday, April 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142879 I had wanted to do some more shampooing of the living room carpet yesterday, but it was too cool - and is even cooler this morning. Just hoping it will warm up enough so I can finish today. Could not believe how much it needed to be done!! <BR> <BR> Will be meeting friends at Eden's Kitchen this morning to catch up - that is, if they come. Have not heard back from them - so I may be just meeting myself. But, that is ok - they have good coffee and wonderful lemon bars. And, they are next... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:24:05 EST Tuesday, April 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140990 Good Afternoon, Everyone! <BR> <BR> We had some rain last night and it is overcast this morning. But, am feeling "on top of the world" - whatever that means. <BR> <BR> Went to the DoNut Shop to meet with Elaine for our Bible study, but she was a 'no show". A friend of hers had back surgery last wieek and she has been staying with her - so that is probably where she was. But, I did a bit of study on my own. <BR> <BR> Then to the club for a "walk" on the treadmill - and to the fabric st... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:36:07 EST Sunday, April 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139081 My membership at the club was to expire this month - have not gone for about 3 months so was planning to just cancel. However, when i went in, Jenni gave me such a good deal!! Talked to my son and daughter and they encouraged me to continue. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> So i set my goal to go in for at least 10 minutes 4 times a week - and this past week i actually did!! And it did not even hurt - in fact, was feeling much better after each tim... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:31:06 EST Tuesday, April 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135510 Boy, do the days every pass quickly - already the 5th and I still do not have the month posted on the fridge. I put up a calendar each month and list what we eat. Really geat for keeping track easily. <BR> <BR> And, we had some excitement here yesterday. The Schwan's guy was just delivering our order when a gal walked by with her dog - informing us that our building was on fire!! Sure enough, the patio for the apartment just above us was blazing. Quickly my son got a hose going while so... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:30:40 EST Sunday, April 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134351 Had a super day - church this morning - we have such a special pastor. Truly inspired!! <BR> Then lunch out with a couple for friends. And, my 2 hour nap this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Had a bit of supper with Geoff and now am watching my series on netflix - Lost. Watched it long time ago and have forgotten most of it - so is like watching it for the first time. <BR> <BR> Got lots of plans for the week - so will head to bed a bit earlier this evening. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 23:33:40 EST Saturday, April 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133555 Boy, did i ever lose today! Did get to the grocery store tho. Picked up some apples and bananas and some salad makings. Also, some ground beef for $2.99 a pound - could not pass that up. <BR> <BR> This afternoon fixed lunch - baked chicken, mashed potatoes, and salad. Then turned in for a nap. That afternoon nap is getting to be too much a routine - but, oh, it felt so good!! I lay done and read for about half hour on my kindle. Right now am reading The Passage. Not sure how it will ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 21:44:47 EST Apple Blossoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132693 When my older daughter was just a baby, my Father-in-law called her his little Apple Blossom. They has such a close, special relationship. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f81afccf-f650-4d50-9599-1ecb57c5fc41.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He died in 1972 - oh, so many years ago - but i can still see his beautiful smiling face and hear has sweet laughter. He was such a rock for my when his son and I divorced. I remember him coming to my apartment and just crying - he had su... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 16:08:11 EST It's Just Too Cold Today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129349 I love the sunny, hot summers - like 85 to 90 degrees - and my son loves the cold winters!! <BR> Right now it says it is 36 outside and 64 here in the apartment!! Way too cold!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c3ffe07-fc7d-4eb2-b9eb-84671c186238.jpg"> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:06:32 EST Today's Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126717 I went to the club yesterday to cancel - my contract is up this month. But Kelly talked me into continuing. She is going to reduce my monthly fee by $10 - so that will help my budget. I am retired and on SS - and have a bit of retirement from the company I worked for. But living on a set income in this day's economy can be a real challenge!! <BR> <BR> But, God is good and I know He will provide all I need - not all that I may want, but everything I need!! <BR> <BR> Like yesterday evenin... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:06:44 EST Be Positive in 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121710 Saw this on Facebook: <BR> <BR> If you FAIL, never give up because F.A.I.L. means "first attempt in learning". <BR> <BR> END is not the end. In fact, E.N.D. means "effort never dies". <BR> <BR> If you get NO as an answer, remember N.O. means "next opportunity. <BR> <BR> Be positive in 2016. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:25:16 EST A Quiet Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117702 Am enjoying a quiet day in today - it is overcast and has sprinkled occasionally. <BR> <BR> So have baked cookies - Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - will take to church tomorrow for our Fellowship time between services. And have been listening to another lecture at hillsdale.org. The series is about Public Policy - comparing what our founding fathers wrote and where our country is today - quite a different landscape!! <BR> <BR> And am finishing another pair of socks for my son. <BR> <BR... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 19:24:15 EST Melissa, my GrandDaughter-in-Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115381 The book I picked up at the library this morning is "Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness" by Susannah Cahalan. About a young woman who was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain. And now my grandson's wife has been diagnosed with the same disorder. Presently there is little they are able to do. <BR> <BR> Thought to be tied to both schizophrenia and autism, and is perhaps the root of "demonic possession" throughout history. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 18:01:42 EST TREES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083277 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1650701c-30eb-4eec-9e1e-6bd2316d7d7c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Was just looking thru some of my pictures and found this one - it was in the front yard of the apartment where my Sister lived in Brookings (on the Oregon Coast). And it was HUGE!! Reminded me of the following poem: <BR> <BR> <BR> Trees <BR> BY JOYCE KILMER <BR> <BR> I think that I shall never see <BR> A poem lovely as a tree. <BR> <BR> A tree whose hungry mouth is prest <BR> Against t... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:46:44 EST Daughter, Kathi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059105 I was planning to go over to my Daughter's since she is home for a few days - she is a dialysis nurse and is on the road lots. But, she has a bad case of bronchitis. I would be ok, but do not want to bring home any bugs to my son. He seems to pick up any that are around - <BR> <BR> Just talked to Kathi and she is make more chicken noodle soup and then is going to wrap up in her recliner and do some more knitting on a throw she started long time ago. It is the pattern that my Mother did ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 17:13:21 EST Monday. December 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054186 We did have a very special Christmas - went to my daughter, Kathi's. After a fabulous dinner, we opened a few gifts and then played a couple of games. Such fun!! <BR> <BR> I finished the socks for Geoff and he loves them - and, of course, said he will be expecting more. And, i do love knitting them. Am thinking about knitting a pair of knee-highs for myself. <BR> <BR> Now am just enjoying a quiet day at home. Well, did get out a bit to meet with fellow knitters - had to get caught u... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:37:16 EST Thursday, December 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041830 Woo Hoo!! We are above freeing - a bit of a breeze - but much warmer out!! <BR> <BR> Still will probably stay inside today - or may get over to WalMart to pick up a few things later this afternoon. I want to knit more on the socks for my son - and put a few more decorations on our tree. I am so glad my daughter brought us one from their trip into the woods. Had just planned to get a couple of poinsettias but this is much better!! <BR> <BR> Taked to Kathi this morning and be began planni... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 15:20:48 EST Monday, November 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040213 We still have some snow from last Tuesday's storm - beautiful, but very cold for out neck of the woods. <BR> <BR> I had not planned to put up a Christmas tree again this year - our apartment is just too small and would mean rearranging some of the furniture. But, yesterday my daughter and her family went up into the woods and brought me a tree. So Geoff and i spent yesterday evening putting it up. Well, it is a bit spindly - and is actually two-in-one. There are two main branches coming... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:26:22 EST Meal Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039066 I was a working, single parent and did not think much about actually planning our meals. Just had plenty and dinner was "whatever". And we always had plenty. <BR> <BR> But recently have been thinking more about actually planning and then shopping with that plan in mind. For the past month, I have had a calendar on the fridge and have written down what we had for dinner each day. And, found that one of my son's favorite is Salisbury Steak. Most of the recipes are very high in sodium - an... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:34:49 EST My Daughter, Kathi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019377 My daughter called this morning - she was on her way to work - so the conversation was brief. But, she called to invite me to lunch for my birthday. Seems like even tho we live in the same town and go to the same church, we just do not have much time together. I am retired and she works mostly in Hermiston (she is a dialysis nurse) - and Hermiston is about half hour from Pendleton. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was good to connect again. Here is a picture of her family that was taken recently whe... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:16:41 EST Oh, No - Winter is Coming!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013732 I love summer!! - Long, hot days, concerts in the park, and camping. (Well, don't do the camping anymore, but I do have lots of wonderful memories of camping on the Oregon coast). <BR> <BR> Got us this morning and the kitchen window was wide open and it was 64 in here. Needlass to say my son loves the winder - short, cold days, watching movies on netflix, and staying home. <BR> <BR> Now, I am not complaining - much. But I just had a cup of hot chocolate and am still cold!! Have jeans,... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:01:00 EST Greg and Holly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000963 Had a special treat today after church - went with a friend to Shari's for lunch. One of the managers was a dear friend of my oldest son, Greg. They had worked together years ago at the Red Lion here in Pendleton. <BR> Many Friday evenings when Greg and i would go out for dinner we went to Shari's and visited with Holly. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of them not too long before he died. Today we had a bit of a cry together - and soon we are going to get together so i can share some the last... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 18:38:31 EST Family Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000281 Yesterday evening we gathered at my Daughter's home for family pictures - such fun. <BR> <BR> The gal who took the pictures is a dear friend of Kathi's - however, she has inoperable brain tumors - (the kind that took my Son over a year ago). She loves taking pictures and was excited about taking ours. She had it all planned - and now I am anxious to see them. <BR> <BR> We had 2 Great-Grandmothers (and I am one), a Great-Grandfather; a Grandfather and Grandmother (my daughter), their Son... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 13:30:50 EST Round-Up In Pendleton http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999212 RoundUp has arrived here in Pendleton - lots of fun activities: The rodeo, Happy Canyon (the story of the Indians in our area), parades, music, and of course all the booths all over town selling food and memorabilia. I think our population much at least double during this week. <BR> <BR> I have opted not to participate much this year - but we can hear lots of the activity from our apartment. <BR> <BR> My grandson who is in the Navy and stationed in San Diego is here, taking in lots of ... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:35:33 EST A Stressful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977492 Yesterday on the way to the church my pickup "died. After a number of trials to get it started had it towed the garage. The fuel pump had gone out. The mechanic said that a contributing factor was that i was out of gas. That just can't be - i keep it filled every month and i do not drive that much - just here in Pendleton - and it all of about 5 miles across town. <BR> <BR> Last night i kept thinking about it - and i think the gas may have been syphoned off - we do have some questionabl... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:20:38 EST My Motivation Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967954 One of the slides on my Motivation Board is "Commit and Conquer". Have been thinking about this one for a long time but had not really committed to one particular goal. But, had a hard weekend and finally decided to "take the bull by the horns" and do something serious about my weight. Well, not so much about the weight, as with the water-retention that I have been struggling with. I am under doctor's care and do take my meds, but still have some swelling in my legs and feet. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:18:34 EST Morning Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966931 Well, i did take that walk - to the bridge. Really low this year - almost no snow in the mountains so has been a hot, dry summer. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37978fa9-1e64-451b-bc8b-e116e2d588b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then decided to just keep going - so went up the hill and around the block. A couple of houses i passed: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ead7c20-0d91-49d0-a68b-977ac028e2ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then took a couple of pictures of flow... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:42:58 EST Grocery Shopping Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966064 I wrote earlier about by issue with cooking - well, today another of my least favorite "duties"! Grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> I did really good earlier this month - found good sales on meat at Safeway. Picked up hamburger, chicken breasts, and a roast - so we have had meat in the freezer for the past about 3 weeks. And it has made cooking so much easier. <BR> <BR> But, now need more and other staples for the kitchen. So need to get to the store again. Today will probably be WalMart ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:01:45 EST A Cook?? - NOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964332 I DO NOT ENJOY COOKING!! And i had 5 children - but you really do cook differently when there are children around. One of the goals on my Goal Board Check-In: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f252ddd-1b09-409e-b206-a0bd1dc3894f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and I see it every morning. Sometimes it inspires me and sometimes I just think about taking it off. You know - "Out of sight, out of mind". But, i think i am doing a bit better. My goal has been to fix a new recipe ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:45:02 EST Slide at our Church BBQ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962192 Our church BBQ Wed. evening was such fun. Here is a picture of the water slide - the "kiddies" had such fun. I think my daughter went down it a number of times. She is such a dare-devil. She will try most anything - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c841677f-6c6f-4122-8297-e843ce4d5f84.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And, Martha, I don't know if I could have climbed the stairs to get to the top!! They did not seem the most stable. <BR> <BR> And, of course, all the food was... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:21:03 EST The Shape I Choose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959653 Found this on facebook , , , , , , . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58d885d0-50af-4731-b173-c5bbc403a96e.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:04:50 EST National Simplicity Day - June 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959267 Tomorrow, June 12, is National Simplicity Day - in honor of Henry David Thoreau who was an advocate for living a life of simplicity. In his book "Walden" he asserted that as we simplify our lives, the laws of the universe will appear less complex. <BR> <BR> And, oh, how we do complicate our lives every day. What can you - what can i do today to simplify my life?? <BR> <BR> “My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants.” <BR> – J. Botherton <BR... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 21:31:09 EST