_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/ 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 Native American Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071350 10 Tribal Teachings To Live By <BR> <BR> 1) The Earth is our Mother, care for her. <BR> 2) Honor your ancestors through your actions. <BR> 3) Open your heart and soul to the Great Spirit. <BR> 4) All life is sacred; treat all beings with respect. <BR> 5) Take from the Earth what is needed and nothing more. <BR> 6) Put the good of all before your own interests. <BR> 7) Give constant thanks for each new day. <BR> 8) Speak the truth; but only of good in others. <BR> 9) Follow the rhythms of na... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 21:09:06 EST The Miracle Morning -Don't Hit That Snooze!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070197 Are you one of those people that set your alarm for the last possible minute for you to get ready and get to where you need to be, whether its work or school? Do you hit that snooze button for as long as you think you can get away with it? If so, you are wasting one of the most valuable time periods of your life! <BR> Most people are night owls. They stay up late binge watching Netflix, playing games, whatever, their 'me time', their reward for a long, hard day of survival and existe... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:35:17 EST Infobesity And Other Things Holding You Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069021 Sitting is the new smoking is the latest health shocker. Doesn't matter if you work out an hour daily, if you are sitting for the rest of it your health risks are as much as a sedentary person. Didn't like hearing that one. No sir. The fact is we do a lot of sitting. Why? Screen time. TV. Phone. Computer. Binge watching episodic TV. Playing Farmville or Candy Crush into the wee hours of the morning. Checking the phone constantly. <BR> I have been taking a lot of free self... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 02:49:58 EST Bridge Demolition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067430 This video gives a great history of the bridge and several angles of the explosion: <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNTnf<BR>geotTY </link> <BR> My family lived only a few blocks from this bridge. When Mom and Dad built their home the area looked a lot different, the city has grown and expanded rapidly, the fastest growing in Canada now, although with the oil bust slowed down a bit. Mom and I would walk over this bridge to get to our factory job. I had worked at the factor... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:35:14 EST The Secret Of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066213 Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. Money can make you happy, but after your base needs are met, it doesn't make you much happier. It was thought that the more money you have the more possessions you have so it will make you happier. But recent research shows this is not so (poor little Richie Rich was head of his time!) Dr. Thomas Gilovich, of Cornell University has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades. <BR> So how do we use our lim... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 22:13:54 EST Its A Girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064506 Olivia was born by Caesarean Section at 2 am January 8th, weighing 6 lbs 14 oz. She was named for Olivia Newton-John. I liked her music too, and think its a great classic name. Mother and baby are doing well. <BR> Mom did go back to the Medi-Clinic and they gave her a prescription, but she is not to take it unless she starts coughing up junk. Yes, she has a viral infection which you can't do a lot about. I was really hoping they would have given her some stronger cough suppressant... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 00:49:44 EST The Waiting Is The Hardest Part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063622 It was my sister's birthday today (January 7) and she is getting the most precious of gifts. Her firstborn son's girlfriend is in labour with her first grandchild. A first for anyone in my family. Giving my Mother her first Great Grandchild! <BR> Sadly, my Mom is very ill from catching not one, but two infections from her unfortunate ER visit when she dislocated her hip. The catheter they put in gave her a bladder infection and she seems to have a very bad cough. She was awake most... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 23:25:33 EST Two Doctor Visits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062352 Today I had to scramble to back to back specialist appointments, one of which I had been waiting for over a year without hearing from them and had no choice but to take an opening that put it one hour ahead of my already booked a year in advance other appointment. Unfortunately, the first Dr. was running late even though it was only 9 am in the morning. I suspect this was because there was an intern who gets sent in by themselves first to examine me, then later comes in with the Dr., rather... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 17:23:23 EST Bright Line Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055771 Susan Pierce Thompson PH.D. gave a very interesting webinar on her Bright Line Eating program. She had allowed her vlogs to be viewed free for a limited time also. While her program is not free itself, there is plenty of free information on her website. <BR> Essentially, like Sparkpeople, it involves developing healthy habits, tracking food, mega community support and planning meals. It does not depend on willpower as we all know how weak that is. Instead it comes right out and say ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:30:41 EST Gingerbread Houses, Photos From The Festival Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051686 They had a display of Gingerbread Houses at the Festival: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57dada5f-1792-4979-bb66-4ef3f93d50a9.JPG"> <BR> Home Alone: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/964f5be6-272f-4306-887a-12f8b4386e97.JPG"> <BR> Alice in A Winter Wonderland: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ceed471-d473-49fc-9778-98ec1b985fa0.JPG"> <BR> The Nightmare Before Christmas: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f11a4... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:57:40 EST Festival Of Trees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051116 This year's theme was movie magic. They really went all out decorating, even at the front entrance. They had ushers directing people -one line to cash only, other to plastic. The cash only had a red carpet, so I got to walk the red carpet! <BR> The minions made an appearance: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fda6455-d848-4991-b989-5d412bab24e8.JPG"> <BR> Loved the Star Wars idea, half the tree dark representing the dark side (a sign saying its your destiny... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:56:10 EST Mom's Christmas Lights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050465 I was trying to capture Mom's lights as well as geting a nice sunrise in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b95b8a6e-8405-4638-9a4c-e9990429e30a.JPG"> <BR> This one has the moon in it if your resolution is good enough to see: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/619c86c8-afab-497c-9ab2-2845f307a002.JPG"> <BR> The cactus which I won't turn the lights on as both Mom and Stepdad got pricked doing it. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/g... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 23:57:25 EST Winner -Not!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038285 I have been scratching to win an Air Miles contest online for a month now without any luck, so when I logged in to play the daily contest this morning, I saw: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed05c981-309d-40d3-9db0-e55a5c38da48.png"> <BR> It showed me winning five air miles! But, since there was no way I could 'scratch' it, evidently it could not register my win! By some technical glitch, my first and probably only win in this contest doesn't exist!! If it wasn'... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:43:23 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037845 Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I am thankful for this website (Thank you Chris !!) and all the wonderful people who have crossed my path and hung around :-) <BR> <BR> One thing we all strive for is to be happy. Despite the odds against me, I am happy and content with my life. There is, as always, room for improvement and I strive every day to be better. <BR> <BR> Here is some ideas to get your 'Happy' on! <BR> <BR> <link>www.businessinsider.com/ted-talks-fo<B... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:46:45 EST Back To Smoking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036383 ...Or might as well take it up!! After a month of glorious fresh air, being able to leave my bedroom door open, and hanging coats in the entrance area, I came home to that old familiar smell <em>28</em> After a month in the hospital, my neighbor came home, spewing her filth into my air. I was hoping she would learn her lesson what that habit is doing to her health after her critical incident, but she can't give it up! Its a mystery why her air floods my apartment, maybe the shared d... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:09:38 EST Torn To Pieces http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035449 <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8A9<BR>J94UWI8 </link> <BR> As I sit here nursing yet another failing body part back to health, I get yet another look into the darkness that awaits me in my future. <BR> My surgeon confirmed what my physiotherapist said. I should not lift anything remotely heavy with my right arm. That weak, four inches shorter bent arm. No way to make it stronger. The one that hides way up my sleeve like a little kid wearing an adult's jacket.. Said th... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 22:38:46 EST It Can Be Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033382 I recorded my lowest step count last week after my surgery. But my weight remained the same. No excuses. Less fitness = less calories = weight maintenance. I am still dealing with the plugged ears, sinuses and blocked Eustachian Tubes which sometimes make me dizzy and over heated. I am on steroidal nasal spray and decongestants. The Doctor said it may take months!! to recover! But I push on and enjoy whatever exercise I can safely do. I eat lots of fruits and veggies. Because I... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:58:43 EST 6th Year Maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032143 I first joined Sparkpeople May 13 2009, but long before that I was on the old weight rollercoaster of fun, starting in my 20's. Living with a chronic condition and having multiple surgeries over my life lead me to being a real expert at weight loss. But finally, through this website and the amazing friends on here, a goal weight was found and kept. <BR> The Game Changers for me were: <BR> 1. Accurately tracking my food. <BR> 2. Always weighing or measuring anything that goes into my mouth.... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:58:28 EST Halloween Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025003 My first thing to do on Halloween was go to the mall, where a lot of merchants generously hand out treats from 4:30-6:30 or until they run out of stuff which they quite often do as this event is very popular every year. <BR> This family was happy to pose for a photo, they looked great, I love it when everyone dresses up! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96d42f5b-4ae1-461a-ac71-6bc260836413.JPG"> <BR> A shy Luigi, Mario and Saskatchewan Roughriders fan: <BR> ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 22:23:01 EST Incredible Flowers & Waterfowl Of London Parks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023605 It was such a treat seeing the incredible greenery, flowers and birds in Hyde Park and other parks in London. I loved seeing the incredible historical buildings, but needed to have some nature space on my trip too. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba9b5afc-5272-442f-ba3b-76b29e3b36dc.JPG"> <BR> Looks close to a blanket flower: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2d8bc31-7b53-4f81-acac-25dd66f00c9d.JPG"> <BR> Just loved these bright flashes of color: <... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:41:18 EST History, Stonehenge and Sad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023318 In high school one of my worst subjects was history (after math). I found it boring and tedious. The only time I perked up was when they covered WW II. Why? Because that was real and lifelike to me. There was a legion only blocks from my home that I have visited, enjoyed their museum and talking to the vets. But other than that, my city was 'new' Nothing very old or interesting. Modern plastic and glass buildings and houses quite often looking alike. The art gallery featured mostly... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 19:16:56 EST