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Excalibur! and a beautiful ski
Sunday, January 15, 2017      11 comments

Do you remember the story of King Arthur, and the sword in the stone? Well I had a perfect image of the sword Excalibur in my back yard! I went... Read more
Winter Wonderland
Saturday, January 14, 2017      11 comments

My friends H & Barbara invited me to join them skiing this afternoon; the timing was perfect! I had already talked to the insurance adjustor and the roof snow removal crew; I knew my afternoon was free to ENJOY the snow instead of stressing abou... Read more
Uh. Home damage.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017      18 comments

There are always unexpected costs with owning a home. Right now I had to initiate an insurance claim for home damage. It began when I noticed moisture seeping up between the planks of the nice cherry floors in my office addition. ... Read more
Blowing the Diet. Overcoming a Binge.
Monday, January 09, 2017      10 comments

SparkCoach suggested blogging about the last time I blew my diet, and how to change the "all or nothing" mentality, where so many of us (me included!) continue to overindulge after we make a minor misstep. The correct behavior, of course, is to ... Read more
Health Improvements!
Tuesday, January 03, 2017      8 comments

SparkCoach suggested blogging about all the ways that I have noticed improvements since living a healthier lifestyle. And Chris Downey's video lecture was on how to stay motivated when the scale isn't budging. BOTH of these topics are certainly ... Read more
2016 -- Goals Revisited. What Were Results?
Monday, January 02, 2017      10 comments

My goals for 2016 were a mixed bag of success and failure. Here's my recap. 2016 Goal: Lose at least 10% of my body weight. Lose at least one clothing size (preferably two), and buy ski pants that fit. RESULT: TOTAL FAILURE on this one. ... Read more
Thoughts on Homeless Issue
Sunday, January 01, 2017      5 comments

While visiting Oakland, my sister and I stayed at a very nice hotel in a beautiful location on the estuary at Jack London Square. But we were somewhat shocked driving to the location when we drove through a huge homeless camp set up on the sidew... Read more
Christmas Trip to California
Saturday, December 31, 2016      10 comments

I had a lovely visit to California for Christmas with family. My younger sister and I stayed at a hotel at Jack London Square in Oakland (my older sister's home was full with her kids returning home). It was great to see everyone! ... Read more
Walking in a Winter Wonderland!
Thursday, December 22, 2016      9 comments

My friend H & I had a great walk along the river yesterday. It was cold, but clear and warmer. We had a massive snow storm a few days earlier. We took both our snow shoes and our yak trax (which are like tire chains for snow boots), and we hiked... Read more
Motivation to Exercise!
Sunday, December 18, 2016      8 comments

SparkCoach suggested blogging about how to motivate myself to exercise when I am tired, bored, or just don't want to do it. Here are some thoughts that inspire me: 1. I feel better after I exercise 2. Exercise can be a social activity and... Read more
Snow Storm!
Friday, December 16, 2016      11 comments

After being snowed in for 3 days and nights, I think I can finally get out of my house and on the road! one lane of our little road is plowed. I am craving fresh salad, and I need other supplies (coffee filters and coffee), so I am headed off to... Read more
What if Weight Didn't Exist?
Thursday, December 15, 2016      9 comments

SparkCoach suggested an blog topic -- if the scales and weight didn't exist, how would you measure success? This was really interesting to me, as I am looking at setting my goals for 2017. Weight loss was NOT a success for me last year, but in m... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Shaking Up My Program!
Saturday, December 10, 2016      15 comments

Today SparkCoach suggested blogging about adding new challenges to my exercise program. And I had just been thinking about shaking up my program overall. Due to health challenges (thyroid levels off) I gained weight over the past 6 months, and I... Read more
Remembering Dad, and Pearl Harbor
Wednesday, December 07, 2016      7 comments

Today is Pearl Harbor Day, and the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is bringing back memories of my Dad. Dad passed away 25 years ago; he died peacefully at home under hospice care. But 75 years ago, he was a new naval enlistee statione... Read more
First Ski of the Season!
Thursday, December 01, 2016      8 comments

Woo hoo, I really had fun skiing today! 5 of us drove to Mount Bachelor in Central Oregon, and we skied out to Dutchman Flat (away from the machine groomed trails). It was a lot of fun, and the snow was great. I took my own car because I wanted ... Read more

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