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This may be the coolest thing anyone has ever said to me
Wednesday, July 27, 2016      9 comments

I couldn't wait to come home and tell my Sparkfriends about this one. I tried out a different water aerobics class at the Y this morning, and I went up to the instructor beforehand and asked her what equipment I needed. So she's deciding which w... Read more
new habits
Saturday, July 23, 2016      4 comments

It dawned on me today that I've finally reached the point where I just don't feel like myself if I go more than a couple of days without exercise. I don't think I'll ever be as consistent or prodigious as some, but it's definitely become an impo... Read more
new painting
Saturday, July 23, 2016      9 comments

I've been taking a little hiatus since my show, mostly because I didn't have anyone to paint - the portrait group where we hire models doesn't meet in the summer. Anyway, found an open-to-all-comers show I want to enter in Frederick, closer in t... Read more
still ticking
Thursday, July 14, 2016      10 comments

Today I turned 66, and I can't help but find myself taking inventory. As I sit here I'm adorned with my two black knee sleeves that I wear all the time except to sleep, my black thumb brace because the arthritis at the base of my thumb flared u... Read more
The long view
Wednesday, June 29, 2016      7 comments

Don't ever doubt that our Spark friendships have real consequence. The responses to my last blog really helped me to snap out of my funk and look at things with more perspective. That's part of the problem with spending too much time alone I thi... Read more
Sunday, June 26, 2016      6 comments

Confession: I've been pretty down in the dumps lately. After spending most of my time alone for the past year and mostly enjoying it, I've been finding myself feeling very lonely and a little hopeless these past few weeks. Partly I think t... Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016      5 comments

I mentioned in my status the other day that I'd seen where someone had created a meal category in their tracker called "sweets and grazing" and I decided to do the same. Here's my rationale: I already have categories for breakfast, mid-morn... Read more
My dad
Sunday, June 19, 2016      6 comments

I was inspired by TWEETIE's post to write a father's day blog. My dad was almost a stereotypical 50's dad. He went off to work every day in his hat and overcoat looking like one of the guys from Mad Men or a Humphrey Bogart movie. When he ... Read more
more adventures in exercise
Saturday, June 18, 2016      5 comments

So about a week ago I tried swimming laps and noted that it did aggravate my knee a little. It was also the day that I did all the exercises the physical therapist gave me, several sets of each twice a day as he had recommended. Well, by the end... Read more
I have a staff!
Thursday, June 16, 2016      6 comments

Well, my sister has been acting as my agent and has done a really good job of talking me up, helping me drum up my first commission and helping me set prices, things I'm terrible at, and now my daughter announced yesterday that she's appointing ... Read more
Wednesday, June 15, 2016      5 comments

I started feeling under the weather last Thursday or Friday and had to tough it out through the big weekend on Ibuprofen, with my daughter visiting and my family all coming up for the show. It was still great having them all, but I was feeling p... Read more
more adventures in the pool
Thursday, June 09, 2016      6 comments

I tried water walking and it was incredibly boring, so I went ahead and swam some laps. And the PT is right, it aggravated my knee a little even though I barely kicked. Next idea: I have an old pair of knee braces that I don't use any more, don'... Read more
physical therapist says I'm very strong!
Tuesday, June 07, 2016      4 comments

This was my first ever physical therapy session, and possibly my last as he just gave me some exercises to do at home, but very informative. He did a series of tests that were kind of like arm wrestling, where he'd put his hands on part of my le... Read more
and the search goes on
Monday, June 06, 2016      4 comments

I tried out a water aerobics class last Friday, and I really liked the instructor, she took it seriously and addressed our form - it was a regular exercise class but in the water, exactly what I was looking for. I did wonder why I was traveling ... Read more
mixing it up
Thursday, June 02, 2016      5 comments

Once again I find myself looking for new exercise routines that I'll stick with. For a while now I've been settled into ST class twice a week and mountain hiking as my main activities, but now the knee doctor has suggested I do less climbing and... Read more

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