_LINDA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%5FLINDA _LINDA'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/ Hike Photos & Wait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413909 Waiting for the caretaker and repairman to come fix my fridge. Water appeared again in my hallway. This time the caretaker pulled the fridge out and found water back there too. Incredible that much water coming from a frost free fridge!! Good news is no smoke since the Wednesday I came home, but the cold temperatures are making her keep her windows closed so I don't get the backdraft effect. <BR> My favorite photo -Mom and Daisy at the off leash park. You can see the love!! <BR> <i... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:02:29 EST News I Could Use From My Answering Machine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412653 I was at Mom's during our bridge club's major regional bridge tournament that was being held as I had no partners for it and wasn't really interested in playing in it (its expensive). But I missed two calls, one from a regular partner who wanted to play and one from the partnership desk who wanted to match me up with a good out of town player. Almost a shame I missed it. But our warm days are coming to an end and I want to take advantage of the good weather while it lasts, enjoying the riv... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:18:34 EST 10.5 Mile Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410386 I did a morning workout, not knowing what the day would bring. The morning was lovely and cool. Then I saw the forecast. Starting Wednesday, the temperature was going to dramatically drop and there would be rain the next four days. I thought I would get a hike & walk in one of my favorite river trails that I don't get to often as Mom prefers the off leash park close to her home. She didn't feel like coming so it was a solo walk. <BR> I always love this entrance: <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:51:55 EST Free Trip To The Football Game! Also Garden and Hike Photos. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408983 I had been to a live Canadian Football League game once before -but it was in their old stadium in pouring rain! In fact, lower areas were flooded trying to get in! <BR> But on this day, it was sunny, but with a brisk wind. The trip was sponsored by a beer company and a radio station. We had to leave at 8 am to get there. Meals and snacks were as given. Breakfast was beer and donuts, no coffee or anything else. I had never drank beer, simply didn't care for the smell, never mind wa... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 10:22:47 EST How Would You Prefer to Contact a Friend? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406636 A poll by a national polling center I belonged had these results: <BR> <BR> Call: 31% <BR> <BR> Text: 47% <BR> <BR> Send e-mail: 10% <BR> <BR> Use social media: 8% <BR> <BR> Meet Them In Person: 5% <BR> <BR> I prefer to meet them face to face. The world we live in has turned electronic. I guess I prefer to be a dinosaur. You won't catch me looking at electronics at the dinner table. Just saying. Fri, 1 Sep 2017 21:07:38 EST WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404054 I can't believe I actually won something! I went way out of my comfort zone to go watch TV in a bar (because I don't have one) to see my Canadian Football League Saskatchewan Roughriders play. The team is in a rebuilding phase and hasn't won an away game since 2014! But lately, they have been showing signs of revival, having won the last 2 out of 3 games. They were playing the top team in the league. They won, dominating, 54 to 31!! A radio station and a brewery were sponsoring a tailga... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 01:38:48 EST Farm Visit & Weave Poles Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400963 My favorite event at the fair is the Superdogs and I just love it when they go through the weave poles. <BR> I spent a day at my sister's farm with my Dad, Mom and brother, first just relaxing: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6b1b146-0ca0-474c-9084-3de0297c6171.JPG"> <BR> My dad kept busy swatting the numerous flies around as my technique wasn't good enough. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3dc97296-4eef-44fb-b74a-e5443c409098.JPG"> <BR> My si... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:14:54 EST BC 4-Polo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400561 Just outside of Kelowna, at the end of the airport, they developed a polo club. It was our first time seeing this sport of kings. <BR> It was a large area. They had a place for the horses to rest and feed: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3318a56-4967-471e-9da6-a5833f3338aa.JPG"> <BR> There were many trailers encircling the area with strings of horses ready to go: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c281b5f5-b7be-4cbb-92ad-3108da1f66c1.JPG"> <B... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:36:40 EST BC 3 Mission Creek Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400132 I especially like sharing photos of green spaces. Nothing is more calming and relaxing than getting out in nature. <BR> This was our one and only trail we got to get on in our BC trip: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5544be7f-ded8-4b28-b018-8c489c881f24.JPG"> <BR> The bridge at where Dad dropped us off: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a263498d-23e4-4f4a-b978-01128346c3b5.jpg"> <BR> There was a trail on both sides of the creek: <BR> <i... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:19:11 EST BC Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399712 In downtown Kelowna we saw these two incredible statues: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23fa64fd-9d7a-4e41-804b-d7505e3cfc3e.JPG"> <BR> I liked the way the cutouts in the statues depicted various animals: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10ab5dd1-75a8-4430-b6f8-9d661c790c90.JPG"> <BR> The other one: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4689ad28-d279-403e-9d3d-f5405eebd649.JPG"> <BR> Walking out to the waterfront in downto... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:00:15 EST BC Trip Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399329 As our elderly father couldn't do much with his bad knees, my sister and I got out and walked the neighbourhood. This is a true suburb with no stores or services. If he wants groceries or gas he has to drive quite far to get them. The place was a former orchard converted to homes. <BR> There were flowers we don't normally see back home because of our short growing season like this honeysuckle: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4049776-a8ee-4742-b457-31779544965a.J... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:43:00 EST It's Complicated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398094 My Trip to BC was a spur of the moment decision by my sister to visit our elderly father. The plan was to drive back with him and visit her daughter along the way home. We had planned to spend two days in the hot springs. But sadly, our Father had to wait for his special order dark German rye bread he gets once a week. But lo and behold we bounce off the door of the Baker's place. He has not come back from his Euro vacation. So we wasted two days there. We were shocked at how bad of sh... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:42:53 EST Leaving On A Jet Plane.. and Misc. Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396232 Today may be heavy overcast , cool with rain clouds, but I am feeling much better after yesterday. Getting packed, doing last minute cleaning. My sister booked last minute tickets to go to British Columbia, Canada on Sunday, the current site of an unbelievable, unrelenting heat wave and serious fires. We won't stay long though, just visiting our Dad and then heading back in his vehicle with a stop along the way to visit my sister's daughter in Alberta and also some hot springs. Its a 2.5 ... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 08:56:20 EST Adventures In Wildlife! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393052 Getting out in nature is so very important to me. Unfortunately, I don't have a car so can't travel out to the woods, an hour and a half away, but our city is aware it needs green spaces and does a terrific job with green spaces in the heart of the city! <BR> Giving my new scooter batteries a real workout, I made three long trips, the last being at my favorite parks. Its been 8 hours and my scooter is still not charged. It supposed to take 12 charges before your batteries are at peak... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:46:29 EST Mom's Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391391 One of the many reasons I love to stay at my Mom's is her beautiful back yard over looking the river. She puts so much effort and hard work into it every year. Orange is one of her favorite colors and this begonia is doing fantastic: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdad5ae5-2491-45e7-a467-4029ee15ebe0.JPG"> <BR> She planted nasturtiums at my request and ended up putting them in several areas in her garden: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c4... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:58:31 EST Caught In a Massive Storm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389987 It was a beautiful warm evening, perfect for a Sum theatre In the Park production. I arrived at the nice green park 20 minutes from home by scooter. The play started and was wonderful. The music and singing were awesome! I always had a soft spot for bongos and stringed instruments. Then we could hear it. The rumble. The horizon was dark, dark even though the sun wasn't set. They quickly cancelled the show and people started moving out. It had been a great turn out. I struggled to ge... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:30:55 EST Ma & Pa Beaver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389527 Pa is busy eating while Ma goes exploring. <BR> The beaver only come out at dusk. The parents first than the kits come out. The parents are wary, but not frightened of humans as they are a common sight. But the kits will slap their tails and go under right away when they spot you, so its hard to get their photo or video. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a419284f-fa29-4cda-a5bd-3236d0441244.JPG"> <BR> this evening was a full moon: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:44:35 EST Wanuskewin Heritage Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381207 Each year on the 21st of June, National Aboriginal Day here in Canada. Mom and I like to make the trek to visit Wanuskewin. Entrance to the park is free at this time. They put on various shows, displays and activities showcasing activities the first people of this land engaged in. Mom's mother was Cree so this place has deep meaning for her as its part of her history. <BR> This park is an ongoing archaeological dig with finds pre-dating the pyramids of Egypt, going back 6000 years! ... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:57:57 EST Riverboat Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375096 It was a very dark and dreary day, but enthusiasm was high as people boarded: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe2b9235-c8b3-436a-ba69-44666910b29a.JPG"> <BR> I snapped the wheelhouse while waiting, amazed that everything was analog and manual, no electronics!: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fec28858-4576-45cf-9bed-a1266ae1af59.JPG"> <BR> Pulling away: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bde3783-4f90-43a1-b0a0-9b3b43a4cbf5.JPG"> <... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:58:06 EST Tick Magnet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371806 It wasn't the best of weekends. Two hikes with Daisy and Mom and I got two ticks each time while they got none. The first was dug in so hard it hurt like heck coming out and left a big bleeding hole in the back of my knee. Mom is an expert pulling them out with lots of experience just using her fingers!! She even got one out of her own ear once! Add to that bad hamstring cramping on my last hike, managing to make it home as neither of us had cell phones (Mom's battery was dead when she t... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 20:16:53 EST Hail Storm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370124 Eight Minutes Of Fury! <em>54</em> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> I was too busy gawking before I thought to get out my camera, so this is the tail end of it. This hail stone was the size of a shooter marble. They actually missed my plants for the most part, but the wind just battered my planter and not many of the flowers are left: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ece28097-07cd-49ac-a2c2-b937ab468b8c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Our spring has been incredibly windy, with strong gu... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 23:47:02 EST On Becoming 55 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368945 I did my first 13.1 mile day. In spite of foot and back pain and other RA elements. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/baab7337-d92e-4f76-8276-946b7c6ad569.jpg"> <BR> Conquered heartburn with the simple home remedy of taking chewable calcium magnesium citrate. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8279c0a6-a155-40cd-a0da-a970c17f4d93.jpg"> <BR> Learned to approach each new day as a canvas fresh to paint on. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/g... Wed, 31 May 2017 08:51:50 EST Just Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367123 A bird we didn't know: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed70821d-5493-4f8e-b6e2-e671fd337a55.JPG"> <BR> Another view: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f82964df-5263-4813-bcb9-45430128847a.JPG"> <BR> Mom's before haircut: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5255bf35-e1bc-40c5-9acd-786858849f89.JPG"> <BR> side: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e15cf1e7-c85e-4ca7-9b8b-091437a33410.JPG"> <BR> After: <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 27 May 2017 01:03:15 EST Neurobics -Are You doing it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357525 Eating healthy whole foods -check <em>550</em> <BR> <BR> Exercising regularly -check <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Meditation -check <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> Sleep -sometimes when not reading a good book into the wee hours of the night <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Neurobics -say what? <BR> <BR> Are you doing all you can to keep your brain healthy? Yes good nutrition, exercise, reducing stress and getting a good night's sleep all contribute to a healthy brain. Bu... Thu, 4 May 2017 09:14:56 EST Cat Lovers and Zoo Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354009 This new creature moved into the 'hood: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04a4adb8-3410-4fd2-91c2-05f8315f6afe.JPG"> <BR> The round pupil blue iris eye and the green iris slit pupil was especially freaky. Anyone know what breed it is? <BR> <BR> I had such a rough day yesterday I didn't want to speak of it. <em>39</em> <BR> Today is not as bad. But there was brain fog. After being 100% on trivia so far this month, I blew it badly getting three questions wrong ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:56:20 EST Transformers Recycle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353574 A recycling company that specializes in metal recently had an open house. It was unusual to see this mountain of scrap metal in the middle of the city. It used to be the north industrial area, but our city expanded out so rapidly it was swallowed up on all sides by retailers. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c624a37-0076-4fe7-b7ec-c21f4a67edc3.JPG"> <BR> We were greeted by friendly dinos: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3c59f9f-3bd2-4025-9eb0-66... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:34:41 EST Awesome Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351802 It may have started out cold overcast and windy but by evening was calm and clear and had gotten warmer than predicted. <BR> Mom and I enjoyed the talk and slides given by the Karpans. It is amazing the places this retired couple have been to. They have kayaked, hiked and driven all over Saskatchewan, finding hidden gems everywhere. Their photos were spectacular!! <BR> Our neighbors have gotten a new cat and I have never seen anything like it. All white, it was groomed to look l... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:39:28 EST Busy Long Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351366 I am escaping my odorific apartment for the next four days. My city is vibrant, jam packed with activities, some of which my Mom and I will share. <BR> Tomorrow we will see a presentation by the Karpans, a couple that has traveled my province of Saskatchewan producing a stunning photographic journey in books. Mom has a book and would like to score their autograph. <BR> Saturday is too busy for words. At 10 am this recycling facility is having an open house and BBQ. They will... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:51:40 EST Vent About The Ongoing Repair Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350395 I got some new challenges in my ongoing disease process -a strange all over body pain from the neck down the made my skin sensitive to any touch. Fortunately, most of that pain has eased up. Also edema on my ankles. A little less than before but still there. <BR> <BR> The leak was fixed in my suite last week, and now the two gaping holes were plastered in today leaving me with horrendous messes to clean up. That fine plaster dust and pieces were on every surface (why don't they us... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:17:10 EST Girl On Fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348868 We have had three days of overcast, some rain and very high winds battering everything around. But that wasn't why I couldn't sleep. I felt restless and like my legs didn't want to lay down. I felt like I was going to cramp up, but I didn't. After several attempts to fall asleep I gave up. I rubbed the back of my neck and was surprised to find pain. In fact from the neck down everything was painful to the touch! It was like my skin was on fire. When I went to sit in a chair I was shoc... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:22:58 EST Winter Wonderland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347009 I was staying at my Mom's for three months this winter and for some reason my old laptop wouldn't transfer my camera photos so I had to wait until I got home to see my photos. I thought I would share for you to enjoy. <BR> Morning sundog! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef408696-a2c2-4af0-bc91-373c2d0e0919.JPG"> <BR> The full shot <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad9342d7-6159-4fc3-b0d1-af797a1144fb.JPG"> <BR> The frosty entrance to the off leash do... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:08:14 EST Water Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346641 The third time is the charm. I have had water seep into my suite twice before. It appeared in the middle of the hallway and they couldn't figure out where it came from. This time there was an obvious stain on my kitchen ceiling and it was wet. The floor must be uneven that it runs out into the hallway. Two young men came in and tore open the kitchen ceiling and discovered the leak was coming from the bathroom -I had mentioned I heard it dripping in there. <BR> They put a temporary patch... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:44:34 EST How 6 common Nutitrion Beliefs Stack Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344344 From Leslie Beck at the Globe And Mail <BR> <link>www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-<BR>and-fitness/health/leslie-beck-heres-h<BR>ow-six-common-nutrition-beliefs-hold-u<BR>p-to-the-science/article34531774/ </link> <BR> <BR> Coconut oil is more nutritious than other cooking oils. <BR> <BR> Pros: 82% is saturated fat the type that raises LDL bad cholesterol but it doesn't increase it to the extent butter does. May boost HDL. <BR> Contains medium chain triglycerides which are metaboli... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 19:53:01 EST Breaking Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342499 Mom and I split a bag of Costco sized pistachios in the shell. So I sat down and tried to get in them. Wow! tough in spite of the shell being split. Mom said I would have to use a pliers. So I dug it out and struggled with a method to get them open. Why was it so difficult when the shell was already partially split??? I must admit it took a while but I was ready to give up the struggle with them when the light bulb moment finally hit. Ask Google. Sure enough, a ridiculously easy met... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 00:58:53 EST Breaking My Silence, Being The Rebel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341781 I usually exercise without fail in the morning. Today I am not. Two possible excuses: very painful foot and upset tummy. I usually don't let much stand in my way. I am not a wuss. I feel like relaxing and going to some movies. I love movies and have been to very few these last years. I use to go to the theater and binge watch all day. The cheap theater makes this affordable and they are the only ones with matinees during the week days. <BR> Its been a rough year. The swellin... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:06:02 EST Tough Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291299 My journey to health and fitness has been jammed with challenges right from the start. I have always enjoyed exercise, moving, hiking from an early age. But I was also cursed with having RA from age six. So there were many peaks and valleys. The lay offs from flares and countless surgeries. The weight yo yo spinning like crazy. Digging deep to exercise through incredible full body pain. Always losing weight during better times and regaining during the hard times. Full on self pitying ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 16:20:22 EST January Jumpstart and Health Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289913 The New Year started off the same as the old year went out -in the deep freeze. It was -34º C (-30º F) this morning so once again confined to the home. I freely admit I was slacking off staying at Mom's. Too much TV (I don't have one at home so was catching up on movies). I sat most of the time, only getting up to do the dishes and eat. I am sleeping on the couch in their living room and have no privacy. I really don't like to workout with someone watching me and because of the open flo... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 21:59:47 EST Daisy's Bath Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286753 Mom has to get in first so Daisy will follow: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b152a7eb-76e9-4c78-97c1-21163dd0f515.JPG"> <BR> Hooks her in securely, while she says 'no mama, do I have to ??' <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d530ec30-6d92-4a79-b38a-41fe87eef826.JPG"> <BR> "What? You are going to use their generic shampoo???" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9803885a-54b4-4a00-89a0-452550d6c99d.JPG"> <BR> 'I REALLY ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:45:20 EST Home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286254 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca8befda-01e7-455d-a7f3-c209addc462f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An entry into a contest for a New Year's Facebook party in one of my health groups... I always try lol. Don't expect to win. <BR> I enjoyed my visit to my sister's, it was nice my niece cooked some awesome stuff for us. I couldn't eat much of it though. it was very, very hard to keep walking by freshly baked ginger snap cookies, my all time favorite -she did large batches ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:32:23 EST Brrr!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281874 I just about froze walking (very fast) back and forth to the bridge club today. Its -23º C (-9º F) but the wind just about rips your face off. I didn't realize it was so windy so I just wore my usual jacket with no scarf. Needed the big Parka and lined pants!! Its going down to -32º C (-26º F) tonight and its fortunate I don't have to be anywhere. Sad that I will miss my last chance for a fitness class tomorrow as my leisure card expires on the 18th and it takes them at least a month to... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:18:33 EST They Are Up! Its Down :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273546 Mom and Angus got my new lights up: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f49f3faf-f4b1-40de-bec7-f10975300257.JPG"> <BR> Love how they look on my workout floor: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15972f3c-0ed0-4db3-9bb4-12c84a34d991.JPG"> <BR> Mom felt sorry that I missed the cheap trees at Dollarama, so bought me this $16 one: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6016f0fa-3b9e-46a8-b77c-56606a232c4f.JPG"> <BR> Looks great beside Yoda: <BR>... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:07:37 EST Photo Vignette http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273013 My brother's new pup Bailee: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13a0199d-17a9-4482-9f0e-5cb296230ed5.JPG"> <BR> Still water (moon shine in middle of tree): <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/560629d9-de03-4473-8035-3422651cedde.JPG"> <BR> Train passing: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71b40541-7aa3-4ef3-b27d-6fa829e2f257.JPG"> <BR> Killing frost: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19d4ce6a-b433-4a6d-b11e-b0cf46dcc7... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:53:31 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269213 Really hurting all over. Just as I was getting ready to leave Mom's, I had another of those horrible foot cramps where it feels like the bottom of my foot has fallen out and is glued to the floor. Yes, its as painful as it sounds. It lasted a good ten minutes :-( I now have swelling on my left wrist, forefinger and middle finger. My left is my 'strong' arm, I do everything with it. I used to be right handed until my right arm was destroyed. With it out of commission for a year while ... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:13:17 EST Of Missed Opportunities... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262536 There was a great turn out of older members at the club tonight. Ones who have stopped playing or play very little. Our club manager did a fantastic job of encouraging them to come out for this special occasion, the burning of the mortgage 40th anniversary. Imagine my surprise when my mentor Barb was there. We gave each other a warm hug. Lots of people were pleased and surprised to see her and I had a hard time getting close to talk with her. She said she thinks of me as much as her own... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 23:01:09 EST Sunshine Returns! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262054 Sunshine, glorious sunshine has once again found dark Saskatoon! I was getting set for a nice hike with Mom and Daisy, it was a sunny morning, but by noon it had clouded over. It matched my mood as I discovered the new monitor did not have a cable that fit my computer and I would have to make another trip back to Best Buy to obtain one. Well, they couldn't find one. Two employees were helping and one looked online and found the cheap plugin was sold out, but they had an $80 one in stock.... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 21:33:00 EST Incompetence Is Contagious??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261071 My specialist's office has twice failed to fax in my medication prescriptions. When I phoned the pharmacy and found out, they said they would fax his office, and I told them that wouldn't work as he just moved to a new one. So I phoned the new one and asked the new receptionist who does not have English as a first language that I needed my medication prescriptions faxed in. The next day I called the pharmacy and surprise, surprise, there was nothing there. This is specialty medication th... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 20:07:25 EST New Month, Same Old, Hike Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260324 So November is starting out just like October with a dark overcast. Started out on the wrong foot. My feet became so progressively painful over the evening by the time I wanted to sleep they were too painful. I ended up getting up to take more pain medication and finally drifted off to a broken sleep. No morning exercise as they were still painful. My Dr. approves of these stiff shoes, but I think my feet just don't tolerate them well and I may have to go back to runners. <BR> I lov... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 12:28:59 EST Happy Halloween From The Mall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260056 Every year a mall gives out candy on Halloween for 1.5 hrs, look out! Here come the hordes! <BR> <BR> Halloween is my favorite celebration! I enjoy seeing people dress up and having fun. <BR> <BR> Seen in Mom's neighborhood: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7f917c4-da52-46d9-b887-6a6f276eda48.JPG"> <BR> <BR> If the resolution is too poor and its too dark, this is a giant spider web: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6101096-98d6-4d8c-b4fe-dc1350... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 23:08:10 EST 4 Mile Walk & Hike From The Farmer's Market Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259557 Mom and I started a hike from the Farmer's market. Loved seeing how Brussels sprouts grow: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e33296b-2dae-4727-8334-f367f790d7d6.JPG"> <BR> Not too many merchants dressed up: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/902133c0-234e-42c1-8ed7-df3173ae85c9.JPG"> <BR> After leaving our purchases with Angus, Mom, Daisy the dog and I headed out, first on the paved path of River Landing: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:00:07 EST Dark Clouds With A Silver Lining! Some Photos.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258097 Its been so dark and dreary here in October with only TWO total days of sunshine. Mom has been sick for two weeks with a lingering bad cold and is not up to her usual stamina so hasn't felt like hiking much. <BR> We did get out: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac70110e-fd23-49a1-9d74-c8376057debe.JPG"> <BR> Some green left: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93fff7ef-6815-4a58-859e-4399f34a7645.JPG"> <BR> This arbor of gnarly old tree... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:57:48 EST