_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/ 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 Movie Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254299 It was half priced movies at the cheap theater, time to binge watch. <BR> <BR> Star Trek Beyond. I love Star Trek. I watched the original series growing up. I really loved how they got back to the basics. Seeing the original crew back in action with the same values, basic good vs evil with a twist. A rollicking good yarn with the old ship back in action on year three of their five year mission. <BR> <BR> The Light Between Oceans. As an action movie lover, I found this was an... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:58:28 EST My Latest Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251353 This is my contest entry, a fake selfie I ended up getting a staff member of the store to take: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d93c79ac-567a-466c-a741-ba13acc37ee9.JPG"> <BR> Looking forward to my trip. I wasn't going to take my camera because I know they don't allow photos in the tunnels, but I will anyway. Up early, at 4 am to get things done. I may snooze on the two hour bus trip instead of reading lol. <BR> Have a Fantastic Friday! Fri, 14 Oct 2016 08:26:18 EST The Incredible Shrinking Woman! Doctor Report. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250674 Yep, that is me! My height, recently measured is, -wait for it- <BR> 5' 3" <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> In my younger years I used to be an average plus height of 5' 6" (was the tallest girl in my class in elementary school and by default the center on our tiny 6 person basketball team!) <BR> Now I am in the short stuff category! Thanks to a badly damaged spine with compressed discs and two abnormal twists shrinking my height from my RA disease. <BR> <BR> My BMI is 22.7 so still in the no... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:13:26 EST Record Snowfall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247235 We absolutely crushed the previous record, set way back in 1916! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/730abde8-513e-48ce-844f-a055a9773902.JPG"> <BR> We got close to 6 inches yesterday (15 cm) and its still coming down. Finally tally will be from 20-30 cm (8-11.5 inches) The system is finally weakening. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bde5b8c2-e9b2-458c-8f80-872c53689113.JPG"> <BR> This will be really beautiful when the sun finally makes an a... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:51:19 EST So Long Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246492 The end of fall comes roaring in like a lion, with fierce winds driving the wet snow sideways. Pillows go flying from a young Mom's shopping cart at Costco and a good samaritan runs after them, getting them back to her as she couldn't leave her baby. A snowfall warning has been issued and my Mom is scrambling to make sure I have enough groceries until the storm passes. She doesn't want her husband driving on his bald tires in this weather. She paid for them to be replaced as he refused... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 22:01:52 EST Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238814 The Cree language is a beautiful language, of Earth and nature. Of peace and animals. There are no swear words or medical terms. It is a pure language. Seeing my First Nation relatives brought back memories of a childhood spent camping and visiting up in the far north of Saskatchewan. <BR> These relatives live in Sucker River, the only access into the deep northern boreal forest a sandy, rutted, rocky road, difficult travel for a low slung station wagon, so we did not get there ofte... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:02:55 EST The Woman With No Voice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233130 I am woman, hear me roar! Doesn't work for me. I have a voice, but it is not listened to. I write, but it is not comprehended or ignored. <BR> I have given up a ten year battle to make my apartment suite a healthier and safer place to live in. I have gone through all levels of housing authority management trying to find someone who would authorize improvements to my suite. As no handrails could be put in for the bath tub and I have difficulty stepping over it to take my shower, I ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 23:01:52 EST The Ride From Hell! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180349 As I type this, looking down and trying to keep my head upright, I am still nauseous :-((( It was worse than I remember. She said I had loose crystals in both ears, but by far the worse was in the left ear. She did the treatment and I was hanging on for dear life things were spinning so violently out of control. Then she got me up and I went for a ride again :-((( She said I was white as a sheet. Normally they test right away to see if the treatment was a success, but she feared she wou... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:47:24 EST Dizzy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179882 I have had a couple of incidents like this before. I would wake up, get out of bed and promptly feel like I am being thrown across the room. I was referred to an ENT specialist who just said Meniere's, prescribed some medication telling me it isn't always effective. Fortunately for me, a woman in his office told me to go to the dizziness clinic. I did and saw a specially trained physiotherapist. It turns out what I had was Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. An article here explains i... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 21:15:37 EST Mouse Troubles!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170758 Computer ones that is!! I have very small stunted hands from the RA, also badly warped leaving me with only two working fingers, one of which is dislocated and the other swollen. So I like to use those small, wireless net mouses. They fit my two fingers perfectly and are easy to maneuver. The problem I am having is they keep dying!! I am on my fifth one now and its frustrating!! This latest one, another Logitech, lasted only three months. I made sure it was the mouse, tried a fresh bat... Thu, 26 May 2016 11:54:41 EST Photo of Mom & I with Mike Jr. & Sherry Holmes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168480 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1778dc7e-ab62-4225-a987-52d6951a8d27.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They did their speeches, a little of their history. Then we endured a long cold morning in an over air conditioned room listening to sales pitches of buying and selling real estate, stock options and buying tax liens. Was very interesting. Had a cold lunch of macaroni salad and a ham croissant. Not what I would normally eat. Bottled water. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed my afternoon with my... Mon, 23 May 2016 01:35:36 EST Body Apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123143 Most of us are on this website because we want to lose weight. One of the hardest things you have to get past to make that happen is taming that monkey mind. That is the self criticism we all have. We don't like this or that about our bodies and we put ourselves down for any number of reasons, thunder thighs, always fail and regain, you are stupid, ugly, take your pick. We cut ourselves down more badly than our worst enemy. We have to learn to love and accept ourselves as we are before w... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:04:31 EST Surgery Date! Winter Photos. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091967 The big machine that is responsible for tearing down the remains of the bridge! <BR> My foot surgery date is March 22! Finally! I was concerned I would lose out on summer if it was too late. My surgeon is removing a bone spur from my left foot and a bunionette and a releasing a toe that is frozen pointing upwards on my right foot. At long last I will get this fixed. Its been pretty sore walking around on these feet so it will be nice to get it over with although the pain of walking ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:33:44 EST Bridge Demolition II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091463 One span of the bridge being demolished <BR> There were no less than four guys operating drones: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/960bce2c-89b3-4985-aec4-2ec9fe273488.JPG"> <BR> We went back later and this one machine had it already torn down! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c67490f7-d250-46b2-b7ef-e783ff3056e0.JPG"> <BR> One guy decided to take a short cut down the slope and fell hard on ice, he was slow to get up and crouched holding his wrist. Ho... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:53:11 EST