_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/ Triple Workouts -Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832464 The sidewalks were totally covered in ice, but the streets were okay, so I drove my scooter to the fitness center and enjoyed my three classes back to back, Zumba, Boxercise and Step! Woohoo! <BR> I got my Fitbit July 17 and my notice that I had walked 736 miles Dec 10, so if there is anyone out there who can do math, maybe figure out my average daily mileage. I am having a bit of trouble with it. I had charged it two days ago and it said it was low, so I put it on charge and it showe... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:23:53 EST Glimmer of Hope? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832146 I have said it before, I will say it again, a good physiotherapist is worth their weight in gold! Maybelle gave me a treatment today and suggested I may get nerve regeneration, but that it could take 1-2 years. In the mean time, she is sending me to an occupational therapist get splinted so the thumb won't contract into my hand. She also made room in her busy schedule to give me an extra appointment close to Christmas. They are very busy with several therapists off sick so I am lucky to h... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:40:28 EST Little Frustrations.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831662 I am not progressing with my arm. I can't even budge the yellow band to straighten out my tricep. Two and a half months after surgery and it still doesn't feel like a normal human being arm. It feels weird to the touch. <BR> I have a mysterious rash on my back, so in case it was an allergic reaction, I took a strong dose of Benadryl nighttime. Well, I had the best sleep I have ever had in a long time, in spite of waking up seven times. But unfortunately, I couldn't stay up in spite... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:21:23 EST New Eyeglasses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828686 I purchased two pair, one for reading and close up work, of which I do an incredible amount: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1296548775.jpg"> <BR> They are in my favorite color for eyeglasses, bronze, brown, and gold tones, probably hard to see with Spark's poor resolution. They had a scratch on the frame, so they are actually going to replace them!! <BR> These are my daily, rough and tumble workout glasses, made by adidas. I love the way they wrap around the ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 16:27:54 EST Back Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828313 I am fully moved back home now. Eating a care package of parsnip and carrots from the Farmer's market and some snap peas for supper and Mom's home made lasagna. When they dropped me off with my boxes of stuff, Mom insisted on scrubbing off the tape from a failed attempt at sealing my cupboards from the smoke coming in. It was very hard to get off, they had to use paint scrapers first, then GooGone. The white bits and pieces went everywhere, including inside my cupboards and all over my fr... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:08:43 EST I saw my surgeon today.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826548 ..and as it turns out my hip is fine. My spinal column, not so much. It is an abnormal curve that wasn't there three years ago. I am being referred to a spinal surgeon. Yet another one to add to my speed dial ;-) In our health care system, all the orthopaedic surgeons specialize in one body area. So now I will have one for every body part, head to toe :-P So now I know my bad back pain is, *gasp* really from my back! <BR> Onward the trials go.. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 18:00:00 EST Last Photos From BC: Glacier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825072 The Athabasca Glacier is one of the six principal 'toes' of the Columbia Icefield. It is the most visited glacier in North America because its easy to access. It is close to the Icefields Parkway between the Alberta towns of Banff and Jasper, very popular tourist destinations. <BR> This was one of the many glaciers we saw on our way there: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1837908878.jpg"> <BR> The parking lot was at the foot of the glacier, and there wa... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:04:37 EST Winter Wonderland Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823581 The cold is hard on me, but I wanted to capture all the snow laden trees and bushes in our hiking trails before the winds laid waste to them: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324439893.jpg"> <BR> Snow laden tree: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1098616624.jpg"> <BR> Snow log: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l299208534.jpg"> <BR> Daisy's great recall: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2003874950.jpg... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:17:30 EST Small, But Mighty Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822530 I surprised myself when I was able to cut my fingernails today, on my LEFT hand, by my RIGHT hand. It helped the nails were very soft from the shower. It helped I had a sharp clippers. It helped that nail clippers are spring loaded to go back into a start position because I am not able to open my thumb. Baby steps. My arm still feels like a lump of dead meat but is sensitive to touch. But I was able to do 50 min boxercise with very gentle range of motion with my right arm, and also plow... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:36:28 EST Punch Drunk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820140 I feel like Rocky, having gone ten rounds used as a punching bag. Just reeling from the bad news. My right arm surgery was very complex and had many complications the young surgeon ran into. He did do the very best he could, but working with finicky nerves, tendons and tissues, things can go wrong and did. My right thumb does not work properly. The physiotherapist pointed out how the muscle there was atrophied. This would explain the numbness on the arm. Apparently the nerves that had ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:29:43 EST Masterful Maintenance Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816380 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 ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:50:41 EST Decluttering The Home And the Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812140 I was a serious paper pack rat. I saved magazines, article clippings, whatever interested me. I had a huge metal Office Filing cabinet, three drawers high and three feet long stuffed. Fortunately, when I had to move into a much smaller apartment, I could see this wasn't going to fit, so got rid of it all out of necessity. But some things I kept. Like all my credit card bills, receipts, manuals, warranty papers from anything I ever bought when I first started earning money, at 17. I thou... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:46:35 EST Incredible Bryce Canyon Falls. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805942 This was the most breath taking vista we saw. The bridge entrance over the falls: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l552932810.jpg"> <BR> View from the top: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l367412179.jpg"> <BR> Long view: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l521585739.jpg"> <BR> Just was soaking in all these incredible views: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1300859431.jpg"> <BR> Rooty path down: <BR> ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:37:46 EST BC Trip Into The Clouds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804933 It was still overcast and foggy when we went to see the 2nd longest falls in Canada: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1448580896.jpg"> <BR> We had to go up this very narrow switchback road to get there: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953525559.jpg"> <BR> There had been an avalanche here, always a risk in the mountains: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326554453.jpg" <BR> Takakkaw Falls: <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:16:32 EST Tough Hike Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802881 We started out on a gorgeous well above average temperature fall morning: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2048279556.jpg"> <BR> Scrambling down a boulder and rock strewn steep path to get to the bottom of that bridge where the trail started we looked at the graffiti: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l164906076.jpg"> <BR> The rocks weren't so bad, like uneven stepping stones: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l415613904.jpg"... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:42:04 EST BC Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800971 We went from: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234243161.jpg"> <BR> and this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l290789206.jpg"> <BR> To this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l752031169.jpg"> <BR> rain as we got higher into the mountains: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l573141705.jpg"> <BR> We drove by an avalanche area: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2045585412.jpg"> <BR> ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:14:38 EST Maintenance is Tough, But Its Even Tougher When.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800292 You have chronic health conditions that constantly challenge you, you are recovering from surgery that limits your exercise and you do not have total control over the food you eat. <BR> I am living with my Mom as I recover from major arm surgery. Her husband doesn't eat fruits or vegetables and she eats very little. They are carb lovers -he eats half a loaf of bread every day and she would rather eat her buns, bagels, specialty breads and flat breads for meals rather than any fruit o... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:11:26 EST Turning Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800133 Yesterday I could not even open a scissors. Today I was able to cut open two bags of new rubber gloves for washing dishes. I was able to write with my right hand. It wasn't pretty, but it was readable. I was also able to hold down the M key to post more than one Emoticon at a time. Can't type with it yet though. I was able to lift my arms over my head, but the weak arm almost whacked me one as it fell back. No muscle yet working in the triceps. Big resistance when I try to bring my ar... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:13:25 EST Happy Harvest Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797077 Wishing all Canadian Sparkies a Happy Thanksgiving, and a Happy Harvest to UK and US! <BR> The one thing I really love about this time of the year is the when the root veggies are out. For my dinner, it will be a blue potato and a parsnip to go with my egg whites. <BR> Mom left for the farm by bus this morning and will enjoy a turkey supper with my sister and her family. She cleaned and cut up my veggies before she left. <BR> My brother plans to make a quick trip up tomo... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:49:36 EST Would You Like An App With That? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795824 It seems to be the new age that people are married to their phones so that more mundane old fashioned ideas like sitting down at a computer or only answering a phone that *gasp* has cord are considered to be out of date and a waste of time. Personally, I doubt I will ever get into one of those 'smart' phones. I can see my Mom's resistance to not getting even a computer. Its really a time waster when she prefers to be out in nature, hiking the trails, working the garden and enjoying her lov... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:06:17 EST Franken-Arm and Last Trail Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794968 Imagine my surprise when the young resident cut my cast off and I was told it stays off! I got X-Rays and saw what my arm looked like for the first time after surgery. There were little poles of donated bone all along my ulna and humerus on both sides wire wrapped around. Scary looking. The incision, cut over the old one, had healed well -he didn't even need to clean it -no scabs! But I have to wait two weeks to get the stitches out. I was told to move the arm as much as I could, but st... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 23:33:39 EST Wanuskewin Heritage Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793421 This is a national historic site along the Saskatchewan river 5 km outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada where the Northern Plains Indians used to hunt and camp. Wanuskewin is the Cree word for 'living in harmony' or 'seeking peace of mind'. We wanted to get out onto the trails before my surgery. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l984236982.jpg"> <BR> The first place we came to was this corral: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l18531427.jpg"... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:00:59 EST Fall Walk Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792746 This is another walk I took before my surgery. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l137774174.jpg"> <BR> Some places have turned brown quickly: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675728661.jpg"> <BR> Still a lot of green: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190497883.jpg"> <BR> Leaves mostly on the ground: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1619837976.jpg"> <BR> To brilliant yellow: <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:05:36 EST Pre-Surgery Fall Hike Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791325 Gabriel Dumont Park. We had to cross the foot bridge to get to it: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2088223746.jpg"> <BR> Down the path: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249480152.jpg"> <BR> Trains were long going over the bridge. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l684868676.jpg"> <BR> Park entrance, right from a street with gorgeous million dollar homes: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1121953071.... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:02:05 EST Kelowna, BC, Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787636 Our ultimate destination was to visit my Father. On the road to his house we saw this cloud formation: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l406233425.jpg"> <BR> One of his routines is to tour the neighborhood, handing out treats to the dogs and candies to the kids. <BR> So we walked along and enjoyed the scenery. Loved this plant, but didn't know what it was: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47063394.jpg"> <BR> Admiring this tall plant: <BR> <img... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:11:36 EST Incredible, Magical Forest Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780805 The Giant Cedars Boardwalk was one of the absolute highlights of my trip: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l521618507.jpg"> <BR> It was all boardwalk to make sure people stayed on the walk and didn't cause any damage: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1444848928.jpg"> <BR> Stream running through: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609600455.jpg"> <BR> The height of these trees humbled you: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:47:17 EST Drive By Mountain Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779818 We had a very long trip driving to BC and back, so there was a lot of scenery viewed through a car window. There simply was not enough time to stop at every point of interest along the way: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1952192264.jpg"> <BR> Trying to get a good glacier photo: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1552696347.jpg"> <BR> This wouldn't have been bad except for the tree lol: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:32:29 EST Wild Wetlands Tour Photos and News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776481 On my BC trip, not far from Golden, was this Wetlands boat tour. There was a nice walk up trail to get to the launch: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710052419.jpg"> <BR> But then there was this scariest suspension bridge -looks well built and stable, but as soon as you got on it, every plank shifted easily, and even walking on the center one as suggested, the whole thing was swaying: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233117145.jpg"> <BR> This ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:21:00 EST Banff National Park Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773835 Banff National Park in Alberta Was Canada's first National Park. We decided to start with the World famous Lake Louise: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1518772509.jpg"> <BR> The photo doesn't do it justice, being hazy with the forest fire smoke. The place was so packed with people all along the shoreline, it was difficult getting a picture. On the path to the lake, saw this flower: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l607226439.jpg"> <BR> ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:46:09 EST Hoodoo Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772868 The trail to this landmark was well groomed: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1162051245.jpg"> <BR> A hoodoo is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of a drainage basin or badland. They are usually formed of soft rock covered by a harder stone which stops them from being eroded like the rock around them. These are unusual as they are usually found in hot arid areas. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861946811.jpg"> <BR... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 20:50:32 EST Tunnel Mountain Climb Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768123 This is one of the lowest and most popular mountains in the Banff, Alberta Canada area. It is popular with avid exercisers as we saw many joggers and hikers going up it and it is considered a nice introductory hike for the area.. <BR> Off we go: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l85363296.jpg"> <BR> It started out with switch backs, but got rockier and steeper: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l263799896.jpg"> <BR> Love the smell of p... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:35:49 EST BC Trip Canoe Paddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766893 I was very reluctant to go on a canoe ride because of two reasons: the useless arm and the inability to get up and down from a low position. But my loving sister convinced me they didn't mind hauling me around and the renters had a little chair for me to sit on so it wasn't so bad. <BR> Spencer (my niece) had point in the bow and we had to decide which way, as they presented two different vistas. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675628100.jpg"> <BR> There was th... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:50:22 EST Canyon Hike Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763843 This was our first hike. It was complicated by the fact we kept taking wrong pathways :-P <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1511950877.jpg"> <BR> We crossed a gravely dried out river bed and carried on a well worn path only to find ourselves at the edge of a quarry with no trespassing signs. It was a party site with a blackened campfire behind some large boulders. After exploring around some steep paths that seemed to lead nowhere but up, we came back and had a ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:12:11 EST I am Back! Starting Trip Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762588 My sister did an amazing job planning and getting us to our destinations and hotels on time. She tried to make the trip as comfortable and enjoyable for me as possible. Meals were pretty bad, usually getting a free continental breakfast (hello carbs -where's the fruit??) and eating only one sort of mid afternoon meal with junk food snacking in between. It was hot, 30 C on all days except one, so I appreciated the ice cream breaks. I drank mostly water, but long hours on the road meant not... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:54:48 EST Flower Identify? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756270 We had a good storm last night, but it produced very little rain, just two quick bursts. One lightening strike was close and loud so we must have been just on the edge of it passing though. Woke up to a darkly overcast cool morning only 13 C (56 F) <BR> Mom said she didn't know what some of these flowers were, she just bought them without a tag because they looked nice, they are pink with white throats, the dark overcast is making them look dull: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 10:44:55 EST Friday Flower Photos and News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755919 Some new blooms in Mom's garden: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1969800071.jpg"> <BR> Even the coleus was blooming: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l709280835.jpg"> <BR> Not sure what these purple star like flowers are: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1477767838.jpg"> <BR> Angel trumpet: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l106021983.jpg"> <BR> Not sure what these are either: <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 19:02:30 EST EX Some Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755480 My sister was coming into the city on a major overpass when she saw smoke coming out of her tail pipe and so pulled over and called for help. They came reasonably fast and the tow truck driver said her car needed something to be fixed, but that it was entirely safe to drive. Her car is still under warranty, so she will get it fixed when she takes her daughter home. <BR> She was in the city to pick up her daughter from the airport, but she wasn't due to arrive until 11 pm. So after lu... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 01:24:51 EST Got Lucky and Trail Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754396 I was lucky to get in this morning for a podiatry appointment. The sympathetic secretary put me ahead of a huge waiting list so I could get my toe fixed before my trip! Wonderful of her, they are usually pretty firm with the wait lists. I saw someone new as my regular Dr. had her baby a month early and is now on maternity leave for a year! So I am good to go! <BR> My nurse is brought me a PICC care package for my trip so I should be able to find a nurse to do it for me where ever I... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:03:18 EST Wildflower Walk 2 Photos and Video Woes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753486 When Mom and I went on our long hike, we saw some new blooms. <BR> This ravine was full of baby's breath (tumbleweed) which its normally not <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l189011419.jpg"> <BR> four different colors on this wildflower: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l779954239.jpg"> <BR> Wild liatris: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1150567470.jpg"> <BR> Goldenrod: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:58:50 EST News, Various Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753341 Its official! My sister, her daughter and I will be hitting the road August 10 until August 18! <BR> My Mom's double blue delphinium that just bloomed: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1567361562.jpg"> <BR> One bad thing is I will miss my long awaited podiatrist appointment -I really needed to see her has my bad toe has its nail sticking up and catching on things and has a blood blister under it. Difficult to hike with this and our plan is to hit lots of ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 01:53:00 EST The Crumpled Paper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750448 I was rushing off to my evening fitness class when I saw the free weekly Bridges local newspaper had been delivered. I thought to pick one up, but there seemed to be lots there and surely there would be some left by the time I got back. <BR> Lo and behold, the stand was empty except for some flyers someone had left behind. On a whim, I went to check to make sure. Then I spotted one of the papers, badly crumpled in the recycle bin beside the stand. I snatched it up and saw that all t... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:27:52 EST Garden Tour Photos Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749032 The back yard is huge. They have a 150 foot by 75 foot lot. Lots of ground to cover! <BR> Mom enjoyed creating arrangements: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1323746214.jpg"> <BR> Its simply impossible to get an overview of the yard, but here is the best shoe: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1987998343.jpg"> <BR> Grandma's Parking on the end: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1649492886.jpg"> <BR> We haven't lit t... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:11:22 EST Garden Tour Photos Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748519 Mom really wanted a pot of thistles for a display, the morning of the tour, so off we went: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1180845100.jpg"> <BR> The front yard had things newly put in so was not yet established, as this whole area had been overgrown by a massive fitzer so that you could not see the original sidewalk only two short years ago: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1243726890.jpg"> <BR> This rocky area has been here for a w... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:27 EST Wildflower Walk Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746352 Mom decided to take Daisy out for a quick run and swim and to beat the weather coming in, had Angus drop us off at the start of the trail in the grasslands: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1574912922.jpg"> <BR> Out of the explosion of blue, violet, purple, yellow and white, only saw this one small amount of two tone orange yellow flowers: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1759527953.jpg"> <BR> Then saw only a few plants sporting these very... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:58:54 EST FitBit & GI Frustrations.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744938 Two hours after I went to sleep, I had to run to the bathroom, NEVER had to do that before! It wasn't diarrhea though. I also went again when I finally got out of bed so it would appear things are still moving quickly through me so to speak. Hope I am getting all my nutrients from it at least. <BR> Imagine my surprise when logging into Fitbit for the first time and finding NO CANADA in the list of countries!!!!! <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <em>234</em> <BR> ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:57:16 EST 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