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Vacation in Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, April 30, 2015      11 comments

I was pleasantly surprised by all the culture and history in and around Pittsburgh PA. I flew to Pittsburgh last week to visit my younger sister for several days. My older sister flew there also. We traveled to two famous homes by Frank Ll... Read more

Visit from my brother

Wednesday, April 22, 2015      7 comments

My brother and his wife came to visit this weekend, their son (my nephew) moved to my city earlier this to work as a reporter on our local newspaper. So a nice benefit for me (in addition to seeing lots of my nephew, who is an intelligent and in... Read more

Spark Activity Tracker Review

Saturday, April 18, 2015      4 comments

I finally bought a spark activity tracker, here is my honest review. emoticon Pluses: 1. It is an exc... Read more

Hiking Farewell Bend trail

Tuesday, April 14, 2015      6 comments

Today was my first day of working part time where I actually had no appointments and no work scheduled! So I celebrated with my friend HM by hiking the Deschutes river loop trail (from Farewell Bend park) on this sunny, cold, blowy day. We had a... Read more

Blue Pool hike

Monday, April 13, 2015      8 comments

We enjoyed a lovely hike along the MacKenzie River today. We hiked from above the power station to Tamolich dry falls (also commonly called “the blue pool”). Pluses: beautiful scenery, lush green forest, and huge old growth trees. Minuses: c... Read more

Hiking Otter Bench trail

Wednesday, April 08, 2015      10 comments

I enjoyed a very nice hike desert this weekend, on the Otter Bench trail above the Crooked River. We were lucky enough to have fresh snow in the mountains, we need the snow – but it meant we needed to hike at lower elevations. My nephew ... Read more

Less Concerned About Weigh In!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015      8 comments

I am much less concerned about my bad weigh in results yesterday (up by a LOT). I called my doctor's office and learned that the two medications I was prescribed (to overcome a temporary severe allergic reaction) had a side effect of weight gain... Read more

March Results: Not Good

Tuesday, March 31, 2015      6 comments

My end of the month weigh-in for March is not good: I gained nearly 10 pounds. I did not control stress eating (snacking/sweets). I had several social eating situations where I did not control the menu (4 working dinners catered by others; 4 b... Read more

Two Great Hikes: Desert, then Forest

Sunday, March 29, 2015      8 comments

My home town in Central Oregon is just east of the Cascade Mountains, in the high desert. So this weekend, we took full advantage of the diverse climate zones! On Saturday we drove east to Chimney Rock. Read more

Birthday, Hike

Sunday, March 22, 2015      12 comments

My friends threw a nice birthday dinner for me last night, it was a really fun evening. 10 people attended, including my nephew (which was a surprise). The dinner was very good – coq au vin with potatoes, peas with pancetta, large salad, goo... Read more

Spring hike

Monday, March 09, 2015      10 comments

I enjoyed a lovely hike on Sunday along the Paulina Creek trail. It was cold in the morning when I woke up (below freezing) but it warmed up by the time we reached the trailhead. There was snow along the creek but the trail itself was clear of s... Read more

Exercise DVD review; Deer Herd

Friday, March 06, 2015      7 comments

I purchased the Zumba: Incredible Results set at CostCo before Christmas, and I have been exploring the various DVDs in the set. The set consists of 10 DVDs and a step riser (plus a couple of booklets with diet tips); some of the routines combin... Read more

February Results

Monday, March 02, 2015      10 comments

I met my goal for February, I ended the month with a weight loss of 8 pounds. So I am setting aside another $200 into my reward fund (trip to a spa!). I had some eating lapses (overeating/snacking/sweets), but overall I did well. I met my goal... Read more

Winter Hike: Metolius River trail

Sunday, February 22, 2015      12 comments

I enjoyed a lovely winter hike with my hiking group today along the Metolius River near Camp Sherman. In January, this area was covered in snow, but it was been unseasonably warm for 3 weeks and the snow accumulation is gone. It is turning nippy... Read more

Great vacation. Bad tree.

Saturday, February 07, 2015      10 comments

Im back from a great week skiing in the Methow Valley, Washington. But Ill tell you the bad news first: when I returned home late last night, my home had been damaged by a large ponderosa pine that blew over in a windstorm. I dont have the es... Read more


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