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Steens Mountain Camping!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015      9 comments

We spent a long weekend exploring Steens Mountain and surrounding areas in Eastern Oregon. The air was quite smoky from the fires to the north and south; we later learned that the air was even worse in our home city in Central Oregon. The Canyon... Read more

Weekend Mini Vacation with Family

Monday, August 10, 2015      12 comments

Very nice visit from my brother and SIL (from out of state) this weekend; they are visiting more frequently because nephew (their son) is now living and working at his first post-college job in my city. On Friday night, my brother took us to a ... Read more

New Landscaping!

Saturday, July 25, 2015      12 comments

I am very happy with the landscape redesign; I hired a local landscape designer. I had a couple of problems I wanted solved: A large ponderosa pine crashed down during the big winter wind storm and left a gaping pile of sawdust; and my view of m... Read more

Hiking the Ochoco Mountains & Painted Hills

Sunday, July 12, 2015      9 comments

I’m very excited and pleased after my vacation with friends to the Ochoco Mountains (located in Central Oregon)! My biggest thrill was being able to wear my hiking boots again (after May 1 foot surgery), and being able to do some short hikes!!... Read more

Outdoor Desert Museum: Fun!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015      9 comments

My friend and I had a great visit today to the High Desert Museum (in Central Oregon). We started out at the otter enclosure. So cute! We ... Read more

Increasing Exercise: Not optional!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015      13 comments

I usually really enjoy exercise, but with my foot surgery I have been not able to hike for almost 2 months. Well that ends NOW. I had vein surgery today, and the doctor said I need to walk for 10 minutes every hour that I am awake for the next ... Read more

Hart Mountain & Petroglyphs

Saturday, June 20, 2015      9 comments

I haven’t blogged for quite a while. I had surgery on my foot May 1, and the recovery has taken longer than realized. Because of swelling, I am still not able to put on socks, much less wear my hiking boots. But I had a great trip last weekend... Read more

Vacation in Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, April 30, 2015      12 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      8 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      7 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      9 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


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