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Sunday, December 21, 2014      8 comments

For some time now my legs have been achy and painful. I saw my family doctor twice; then did physical therapy; then continued with massage. My legs and ankles swell so much by the end of the day that I had to change my socks: first I got rid of ... Read more

Job Situation/Retirement

Saturday, December 20, 2014      9 comments

I plan to retire on April 1 2015 (I will be 64 then); my employer requested lots of advance notice even though I am required to give only one month notice. But my supervisor was aware that a co-worker who is out on maternity leave wants to move ... Read more

NSV: Project Clean-up!

Friday, December 12, 2014      9 comments

I am wildly, madly, excited that my office clean-up project resulted in MAJOR improvement! Maybe that wouldn’t be a big victory for some of you. But for me, it was HUGE! Mostly my home is pretty tidy, clean, and organized. Even if I am not... Read more

Fun active weekend

Sunday, December 07, 2014      10 comments

Very nice weekend! I enjoyed Zumba on Saturday, and the Jingle Bell 5K walk/run afterward. Many of the Jingle Bell participants were in holiday costumes. I particularly liked the baby Santa, with brother as Rudolph, stroller converted into a s... Read more

The Best Laid Plans ...

Saturday, December 06, 2014      9 comments

I planned a nice weekend away to Portland, but it didn’t happen quite as planned. I expected to be in Portland for a business meeting Friday afternoon, so I expected my mileage would be paid by my employer. My friend is house sitting in Portland... Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 30, 2014      6 comments

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I enjoyed a very nice visit to Phoenix with my older brother and his family. It was really nice to be in a warmer climate, and to share time with them. For the past several years, I have seen my br... Read more

Slow Down for Winter!

Saturday, November 15, 2014      7 comments

Last weekend I let a hike to the Badlands area east of town, it was 70 degrees and sunny by mid afternoon. The canyon was beautiful, and we hiked about 6 miles into a deep gorge carved by an ancient river. Read more

Magical Cappadocia

Sunday, November 09, 2014      10 comments

Cappadocia, a region in central Anatolia in Turkey, was magical! The landscape has towering tufa rock spires and fantastical formations. Many of the tufa formations were hollowed out to become homes. The hollowed spires are still used to keep pi... Read more

Turkey Journey Pt. 2: Archeological Sites

Sunday, November 09, 2014      7 comments

Turkey has more extensive and more complete Roman ruins than Italy. I really enjoyed visiting the archeological sites! We visited the site of ancient Troy. Read more

Turkey Journey Pt. 1; October results

Friday, November 07, 2014      9 comments

October results were not too bad. I lost 2 pounds for the month (from the October 1 to November 3) and lost 5 pounds from my highest weight in October. I improved my strength training and flexibility. I exercised regularly; and met my water and... Read more

Vacation tomorrow. Rocky start!

Sunday, October 19, 2014      9 comments

We leave for Turkey tomorrow at 5 a.m. Unfortunately the last leg of our flights, the flight from Frankfurt to Istanbul, has been cancelled due to the Lufthansa pilots strike. The travel agency is working hard to rebook us; I am so glad that Gat... Read more

Clear Lake Hike, Visit to Sister

Monday, October 13, 2014      12 comments

On Saturday when we (8 hikers) left for our hike it was sunny and clear in town. By the time we arrived at the trailhead, it was raining and 2 hikers forgot to bring rain gear. 4 hikers decided to return to town. The remaining 4 of us had a deli... Read more

Weekend at the Oregon Coast

Wednesday, October 01, 2014      10 comments

I spent a lovely sunny weekend at the Oregon Coast with my friend LB. Our room was right on the beach – this was the view from the window. We really enjoyed walking on the beach. Read more

Rebuilding a Social Network

Monday, September 22, 2014      10 comments

Well it was a quiet weekend at home for me. No hikes or adventures. Which prompted me to think about the importance of social connections. I am looking to retire within a year, and I realize I have let my job get in the way of friendships and r... Read more

Hike, Hike, Bike, BEAR!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014      15 comments

I had a fabulous active vacation in Stehekin WA; 8 of us (hiking friends) shared a lakeside cabin. We traveled on Saturday to Chelan Washington, and took the Lady of the Lake boat to Stehekin the next day Read more

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