_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/ FitBit Flex and Aria Scale arrived today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744594 Woohoo! My new tech toys have arrived! Had no problem setting them up at all! Then was stymied by the manual problem. I struggled for an hour on each hand trying to get the band on. Couldn't do it! <em>198</em> <BR> But other good news was my leisure card authorization arrived!! So I could go to my low impact & Sculpt and Zumba classes! So I went and asked the instructor of my first class if she could get it on, but no luck, so I held on to it for my class, and then when I wen... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:17:41 EST Worst. Day. Ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743887 It started soon after my exercise was done this morning. Bathroom runs. Managed to shower and make it to the club. Another bathroom run. Phone call that my number one helper (the woman who helps out the most at the club) was not coming to bridge today :-( Got lucky there were two qualified people who could hand out the boards for me without messing it up. Then the director calls started. A steady stream. I am usually able to pick the best time to use the facilities, when the round is ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:14:33 EST Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742101 Its official! Down to 137 from a high of 144! Going to Mom's to help in the garden and to the Taste Of Saskatchewan. I will indulge, but hopefully be able to work it off. May gain a little sodium weight back. <BR> I am going unplugged no computer so see you back either late Sunday or Monday afternoon! <BR> Have a great weekend all! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:38:05 EST Attempted Break-in! I'm Onyx! Ordered Fitbit Flex! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740761 I am furious with my Mom :-( She was hiding an attempted break-in from me :-( A few days ago, when they left on one of their frequent shopping trips for the garden, someone tried to jimmy the back garage door, then noticed the back window was open and took the screen off. Darling dog Daisy must have discouraged them and they took off, throwing the screen in the neighbour's yard. Mom thinks they were watching from the bush on the hill and waiting for them to leave. They must have been jus... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:57:28 EST Good News with Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739230 Yesterday was a great day! <BR> Wonderful weigh-in but because I did not weigh in at my usual time, I am discounting it. <BR> On Monday and Tuesday I take two evening fitness classes. Even though I keep myself well hydrated, drinking four cups of water before I go to the classes, lots during and more after, I weighed myself after I showered but not after I had supper, so I still could have been dehydrated. <BR> Accuracy and honesty in tracking my stats and weighing and measu... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:46:06 EST Identify This Plant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738412 Mom bought this from a greenhouse and the staff member couldn't tell her what it was: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l693093443.jpg"> <BR> Close up of the flower or whatever it is lol: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1511777821.jpg"> <BR> I am guessing its nor for zone 3, but not knowing what it is means we don't know if it likes sun or not and how much to water it.. <BR> Thanks! <BR> Have a great day! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:21:14 EST Tales and Photos From The Gemini Side! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735198 Sometimes I feel like I am two different people, like my star sign! I seem to swing from highs to lows like the monkeys in the forest trees! <BR> I had a nice (but boring) weekend. Two days spending hours in a garage waiting for customers, getting bothered by mosquitoes. A wonderful time when my sister came in and we ordered Asian take out and went greenhouse shopping and had a wonderful lunch at the Berry Barn! Disappointed we had a poor turnout, not selling much except to my pare... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:26:28 EST Happy Independence Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732243 Wishing everyone a happy, fun safe holiday! <BR> Our garage sale was slow today, mostly neighbors and friends, but what you would expect on a working weekday. Hoping for better tomorrow. Poor Mom is tired already, wishing we could put it for on shorter hours. Having our hottest, most humid day of the year, 84 F (29 C) with 100% humidity and being kept awake by a ferocious thunderstorm last night may have a lot to do with it. <BR> On a weird note, Mom asked me to bring my calcula... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:10:14 EST Busy Times Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730641 I gave myself a long and invigorating workout this morning as this was the first time in a long time my pain was tolerable. I did 30 minutes on the Elliptical of intervals and then I did a 45 min Zumba Activate DVD and a 20 minute Rush Zumba DVD. Breakfast got sidetracked when the nurse called to say she would drop by early for my PICC line care! Yikes! Dripping sweat, I was in the process of preparing my breakfast! Scrambled to get into the shower, struggling to get my PICC line cover o... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:06:52 EST Happy Canada Day! Catch up in Photos. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729749 Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian Sparkies! <BR> As the dark clouds and never ending rain finally lift, my spirits rise. <BR> But I did have a bad weekend for eating and a resultant bad weigh-in Monday. <BR> My first trip to a pro football game was a bust. My brother said it was only supposed to be raining lightly there. As it turned out it was raining buckets! Our trip there and back was harrowing with frequent downpours so intense you lost sight of the car and road ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:12:59 EST Lost 2 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724080 Another overcast day, preparing for yet more rain! We have had 75 mL (3 inches) so far this last week when our monthly normal is 55 mL (2.1 inches)!!! Getting waterlogged! <BR> The good news is the scale is showing a downward trend! Lost two pounds! <BR> Not so good news is I don't have a surgery date yet. I will also not likely get in on a cancellation either as the surgery takes too long to fit in from a normal surgery cancellation. It will take four hours!! So I am gu... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:43:27 EST Challenging Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723721 I had bridge every day of the week, including working two games Saturday. I was doing a pile of speedwalking while dealing with a bad GI tract. I bought snacks for the Alzheimer's fundraising games and had three wafers and three chocolate covered shortbread cookies for a total of 300 calories. I was dead tired over the week but unable to sleep through the night due to searing back pain. Even taking five painkillers wasn't touching it. My right arm was especially bad with the elbow hurtin... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:55:20 EST Boogie Race and Zoo Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720672 Last night was the zoo party for volunteers for the Bridge City Boogie race. I both volunteered for the event and participated in the 10 km race. <BR> They had a nice cake made: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1369228196.jpg"> <BR> Craig Peterson, our city's newspaper editor for dozens of years (newly retired) was hosting the event and helped serve up the nummies: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l431989072.jpg"> <BR> There was a newly for... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:50:14 EST Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719050 I had a good weekend. Lots of exercise and kept the calories in range and was even low on Sunday which is phenomenal. Sunday is when I play in the Masters Freecell online tournament that happens once a week. The winner gets their name on the front web page. I usually snack my face off trying to keep myself up for the timed event and also to help with the frustration of getting stuck on a game and not being able to solve it. I always place in the top 5 and have won it once but the competi... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:10:15 EST Climbing A Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717938 I will weigh in once a week on Mondays. That is to ensure any weekend transgressions are accounted for or more motivating to avoid them. I lose weight very slowly no doubt due to my various health conditions and inability to get any real sleep. <BR> Yesterday was a tough day with the GI tract. I was thankful to be able to walk around (I don't drive so my feet are my transportation) to my various tasks without needing a fast bathroom break. Ached all day until I ate a salty snack to r... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:54:53 EST Accountability Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717190 Food: stayed under calorie range for the first time in a long time. Ate no junk and stayed away from grains. When I was at Mom's recovering and unable to exercise, grains were a part of my diet as were calorie rich proteins. <BR> Sleep: two and a half broken. Simply can't sleep through the night with uncontrolled pain. I feel more comfortable moving around. I feel this is a huge factor in making me lose weight very slowly.. My two painkillers don't help so this isn't solvable. O... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:31:53 EST Complete Failure -Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716534 I am a big fat failure. <BR> A disappointment to myself and my circle of Spark friends who say I inspire them, to my family who was so proud of all I have overcome. <BR> I have let us all down. <BR> I succumbed to Emotional Eating during my 5.5 months of recovery. <BR> More like a waiting. <BR> An arm broken in three places that wouldn't heal. <BR> Off RA medications to prevent infection. <BR> Pain from three forms of arthritis all over my body not controlle... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:44:49 EST First 10 km Race & Good News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714129 Touted as a family event, Bridge City Boogie had events ranging from 2 km, 5 km run & walk and 10 km run & walk. I entered the 10 km walk event. My artificial and bad joints will never allow me to run. It was all on pavement as well which is hard on my joints and why I do most of my exercise on soft wooded trails. Clara Hughes fired the starter pistol for the first people to start, the 10 km runners. Clara is a multiple Olympic medal winner in two sports, cycling and speed skating. She ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:21:29 EST Hike Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713799 I wanted to take photos to show Mom as she has been busy getting her garden in and she doesn't usually go this way. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1582438170.jpg"> <BR> It was a lovely clear day: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1108886576.jpg"> <BR> Saw my first garter snake: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l89343072.jpg"> <BR> Tried to get a picture of some colorful ducks in this fallen tree: <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:53:11 EST Birthday and walk photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709104 Mom and I enjoyed participating in our city's nature festival. We got to see a new park: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198350299.jpg"> <BR> It was a wetland themed one, so waterfowl were number one. Unfortunately for me, my camera's batteries went dead in spite of making sure everything was charged up (I think I got a faulty set of rechargeables when I bought them as I noticed this one set seems to go dead quickly :( So this was all I got of it: <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:10:21 EST On The Bubble, Hike Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700914 I don't blog often as I don't have a lot of good to report :P My surgeon has given the go ahead for my arm revision. If there is no cancellation, I will have to wait two months. This may conflict with my planned road trip in August with my sister and her kids. <BR> Mom, Daisy and I headed out for a hike this morning (just over 3 miles) <BR> Still pretty dull here: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2085667842.jpg"> <BR> Interesting growth on this tree... Thu, 22 May 2014 16:30:27 EST Mother's Day Walk Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692929 There is no question Mom and I love to be outdoors and enjoying the river trails. <BR> As its quite far from home, we rarely do the Gabriel Dumont Park walk: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1328582438.jpg"> <BR> I love this entrance its very green in the summer: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1083313969.jpg"> <BR> This park is just below some condo complexes: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1323925158.jpg"> <BR> ... Sun, 11 May 2014 22:41:27 EST Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692162 Yesterday I walked and hiked 8.87 miles in spite of a very painful ankle and toes. It was too nice to stay at home indoors. When I first got my cast off two weeks ago, I could barely hold and use a pen. After my shower yesterday I was able to cut my fingernails! I am comfortable using my right arm, but still only at the level it was with the cast on. There is no strength to bring it up higher to my face or anything like that. Baby Steps! <BR> Today Mom and I did a Mother/Daughter ... Sat, 10 May 2014 19:34:57 EST Tender Tootsies, Fickle Feet, Dr. Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690850 My new rheumatologist gave me some good news and bad news. The good is I have no active RA inflammation anywhere. I can stay off methotrexate, Humira and Plaquenil! Finally, after some 40 years on chemo, my liver gets a break! <BR> The bad news is there is no hope for my badly troubled feet. I have had three surgeries so far on them and my Dr. said I can have surgeries until I am blue in the face but it won't help for very long :( The RA is destroying them faster than they can be fi... Thu, 8 May 2014 21:05:39 EST Three Hour Trail Hike Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689404 After a very darkly overcast start to the day, towards the evening the sky started lightening up so I decided to hit the trails. It looked like the snow was all gone from the East side of the river, a place where Mom doesn't walk often as she prefers the off leash area instead. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1658971670.jpg"> <BR> Most of my photos on this segment of trail won't load, file too large problem again. I am using the same program as before the refor... Wed, 7 May 2014 00:45:59 EST Kinsmen Home Lottery -Mike Holmes Approved with Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687055 I wanted to get some exercise in, so I suggested we go visit the lottery home. It was just over 3 miles round trip and the day had warmed up but the wind was still cold. <BR> There were steps up to the home and the living room was sunken with an abrupt drop off. The kitchen had a large fridge and ceramic stove with an island in the middle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1606460696.jpg"> <BR> The stairs up to the second level had a nice old wood finish: <BR> <... Sun, 4 May 2014 10:00:22 EST Dr. News, Good, Bad and Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684440 The good news is I may go without the cast, but to use it where I might have more vigorous activity like hiking or to protect it from excess movement. The Dr. believes the forearm breaks and drill holes are well on their way to being healed. The humerus head is also showing lots of bone building. But the original compound fracture in the middle of the humerus doesn't show such healing on the X-Ray, but because it wasn't painful on touch and manipulation feels its okay there too. He has bee... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:54:58 EST Snow To Sun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683511 Woke up to snow and then late afternoon it was sunny! <BR> So Mom, Daisy and I set off for a hike. The roads were bad. chewed up with potholes getting to our drop off point: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1109595568.jpg"> <BR> As expected, the trail was pretty sloppy: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2047288580.jpg"> <BR> The upper trail was not so bad: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l340518484.jpg"> <BR> What the bac... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:03:41 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682200 Snow On April 28 2014! After record rainfall yesterday, today is snow! Wacky Weather in Saskatchewan! <BR> How is your weather today? <BR> Have a Great Day! Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:12:39 EST Time To Break Out The Ark?? Soggy Bottom Hike Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681254 Its been raining since LAST weekend when my sister came in. Two days ago we missed a record rain fall by 1 mm!! Woke up to snow blanketing the ground yesterday, but it turned to rain and got washed away. I think Darling Daisy is growing webbed feet!! <BR> The trails on the 'sunny' (What's that?) side of the river were just beginning to dry up, but are now a quagmire: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1976079751.jpg"> <BR> One thing we saw was massive tree ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:51:22 EST Totally Terrific Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678681 Mom and Angus dropped me off at the weir, where I made my way up and over the train bridge, enjoying the view and warm weather: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301963094.jpg"> <BR> It was one mile to get to the meeting point of my campus tour. The museum there had an exhibit of Queen Elizabeth which I enjoyed while waiting for the group to all arrive. <BR> One of the rooms we visited was this large lecture room called the airplane room: <BR> <img src="http://ph... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:19:53 EST Happy Easter All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676691 Hope you are all enjoying a visit with loved ones! <BR> Mom, my Sister, Daisy and I went for a morning walk. We parted company as Mom wanted to walk Daisy alone. <BR> On our way back, Sandy and I noticed a Road Closed sign, so we went up the street to investigate: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1424233889.jpg"> <BR> They appeared to be clearing out a large hole: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870517307.jpg"> <BR> No d... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:28:49 EST Two Hour Trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671322 Mom, Daisy and I took to the trails late this morning. The top trails were relatively clear, but when we hit the lower trail our way was blocked by this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l815481918.jpg"> <BR> After a few days of melting our weather turned cold and the slush had turned into a hard ice pack, so we turned around and went back up to the top. It had been sunny, but now it was darkly overcast and windy. It started snowing lightly by the time we were h... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:29:01 EST Bust A Move! Photos. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670753 Started in Nova Scotia, this was a fundraiser for Breast Health with the idea of promoting health and wellness by having an all day fitness expo. Six fitness classes throughout the day, with healthy snacks and meals provided by generous sponsors. Aerobics and Boxercise to Yoga and Zumba! <BR> Taking over one whole civic fitness facility, they used the track area for the main event: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2002097542.jpg"> <BR> Fitness Icons who hav... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:40:29 EST Windy, Wet Walk with Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668783 Mom and I decided to try a trail we hoped would be passable. With the strong melt the last few days a lot of the lower wooded trails will be under water. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1849017357.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes it was easy to get around the water: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141792733.jpg"> <BR> The only sign of color was this grafitti! We usually walk across the stones to get to the other side, but water was running over them: <B... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:00:36 EST First Bridge Game And Volunteering. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666882 Tomorrow I will try my first bridge game with my mentor. I walked over three miles in an hour today in warm 12 C(54 F) sunny but windy conditions. Lots of snow melt now. <BR> I would have loved to participate in the first ever Bust-A-Move event to be held in our city. It is a fund raiser for breast cancer. Participants fund raise for the privilege of participating in an all day fitness and wellness expo. There will be fitness classes running all day, healthy snacks provided and boo... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:02:13 EST The Waiting Is The Hardest Part! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662982 I have had a cast on my entire right arm from wrist to shoulder since my fall and compound fracture of the humerus December 23. The news went downhill from there. They discovered my humerus was almost completely eaten away and that my three year old elbow replacement had failed :( They did bacterial cultures but nothing showed on the tests but they did a six week regimen of intense Vancomycin infusions twice a day in case there was a slow growing bacteria infection. But now they are rethi... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 21:29:45 EST The Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658259 Unknown to me, my sister and Mom had been trying to do things with their left hands in sympathy to me having not been able to use my right since Dec. 23. They are finding it simply too tough. But necessity is the mother of invention. I am able to do most things with my left that I never thought I would be able to do. I can print and write numbers quite well, but handwriting is still not there and I don't know how to tie shoes with one hand. <BR> The question is, what have you ever do... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:44:04 EST Ice, Ice Baby! Photo Hike!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656799 Mom, Daisy and I got off to the trails in the morning when it was still very cold. We both carried a pole and wore spikes. <BR> Some of the trail was covered in hard packed snow and ice and some of it was clear: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1555637531.jpg"> <BR> The ice has not gone out on most of the river: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l337495124.jpg"> <BR> We hit the lower trail and that is when things got icy: <BR> <img... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:16:52 EST Out & About Wed. Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652820 I had a big outing Wednesday. It was a lovely, warm day, a few degrees above freezing and sunny. Mom and I had lunch first on Broadway Avenue. Asian, I enjoyed ginger chicken with steamed rice. It came with carrot, onion, green pepper and gingers strips, as spicy as they could make it ;) Mom shared it with me. Then we shopped around the bustling street, taking our time and then began the over 3.5 mile trip home. <BR> The paved path was being over run with snow melt run off: <BR> <... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:46:37 EST Adorable Puppy Photos :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650223 It turns out both pups are females and the one with black on the ears actually makes a little growl when approached: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1911931914.jpg"> <BR> My sister Sandy thinks she didn't like the big camera coming close: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84503008.jpg"> <BR> I wish I could be there to cuddle them: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1151058990.jpg"> <BR> Went for a short paved path wal... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:19:42 EST Hike -Frozen to Flood! Photo Journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644785 I was excited to hit the trails on the east side of the river! The first place we went to was the ravine: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1345918373.jpg"> <BR> The path across to the other side was blocked by this ice: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l796256703.jpg"> <BR> Astonishing. In the summer this is a dirt path and the little pond just a brown boggy mess mostly closed in by rushes and cattails: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:22:55 EST Ides Of March? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637466 Well March is certainly coming in like a Lion!! Extremely cold windchills. Never seen a number like -65 F before! <em>40</em> <em>425</em> <BR> In spite of it, my brother came over to take Mom and I to see a Movie, Non Stop. I like Liam Neeson and he makes the movie worthwhile. You don't go to an action movie for the cerebral challenge :P <BR> I didn't have popcorn, but I did have a small order of sweet potato fries. Then my brother dropped Mom off and took me to my bank ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:35:50 EST Not The Best News :( Photos of My Views http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634691 So the incision was healed nicely and the stitches came out fairly well. We were the last ones to be seen, waiting an hour and a half so the casting guy went off shift and Dr. Sauder had to finish up himself. The good news is the cast is removable, so I can now wash my arm when I have a shower. <BR> The stitches: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309466581.jpg"> <BR> View of the bottom: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l566667337.jpg"> <BR>... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:27:46 EST Photos Of Pups! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630369 Cassie is a Great Pyrenees Kuvasz cross and at only 1 year old has had her first two pups. I hope you can see them, my sister's photos were unusually small: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1874761100.jpg"> <BR> Its interesting that one has black markings as the father is the usual white color like her. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1351456164.jpg"> <BR> So happy the Olympics are on to watch during my long hours of infusion. I don... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:16:51 EST Blizzard, Coyote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622519 My nurse was taking blood, changing my dressing on the PICC line and then finally starting the infusion, when the coyote came right past the bedroom window! That was the first time I had seen it come so close! <BR> Enjoyed the morning run of Olympics, in particular the exciting US Canada Hockey game -you would think they were playing for the gold -great game! Felt sorrow for the poor Canadian athletes coming 4th in the luge -so close and yet so far away from giving Canada their first m... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:33:26 EST Can Things Get Any More Messed Up??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619065 I arrived back at home 4 pm, enjoyed a last little bit of sunshine and supper than watched more Olympics. Then got the IV bag out of the fridge to wait. About 9 pm when they were supposed to come to give me my IV, I heard Mom crying out in the bathroom. I found her hunched over hanging onto the sink. She cried out she thought she dislocated her hip as she was getting off the toilet. Told me to get her panties up and I did, and asked Angus to call 911. She was in a lot of pain. The para... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 23:38:46 EST Surgery Notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615878 Hello all, <BR> Thanks for your well wishes and goodies! It was a tough, long surgery -five hours, but fortunately required no transfusion. They got all of the cement out of the humerus, but are not sure about the ulna as it was small and dark and hard to see in there. Unfortunately, the replacement did not show signs of this wear, so they are going with the assumption of an infection. But strange I show no signs of this -no fever or elevated white blood cell count. <BR> They put th... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:58:34 EST D Day: Under The Knife 6 am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613417 The morning started out with my assistant picking me up to take me to the club to complete my month end at the bridge club. We found someone making up the hands for the games so we couldn't use the computer. We went back to my apartment and I showed him how to do some things that I wouldn't be able to do this week. Then we got back and I got everything done and the report is ready for the treasurer to make up checks for. Brian drove me back to my apartment and I finished up the data entry... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:21:36 EST Winter Festival With Sister (Photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612377 My sister Sandy burst into the house saying look what I got for Freddie (Mom's cat) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l796378175.jpg"> <BR> My sister was parking her car in a barn at the farm and the mice thought her car was the better spot to stay :P <BR> The temperature was cold and I struggled taking photos with one hand as this photo of my sister on the ice bench shows: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1377986979.jpg"> <BR> Fish: <BR>... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:01:57 EST