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Don't Get Taken in by "Free" Offers
Wednesday, August 24, 2016      8 comments

I've always thought of myself as a smart consumer and careful shopper. Probably most of you would say the same thing about yourself. Whoa... not so fast... if I'm that smart, how come I signed for a free sample, "pay only the shipping", of... Read more
Thomas the Tank Engine & the Carpets are Dry
Friday, August 12, 2016      10 comments

Back in the early 90's Peter was one of the local people who formed the York-Durham Heritage Railway, to bring tourism to our small town. After 3 or 4 years of fundraising and acquiring rolling stock, the railway opened. Peter remained a volun... Read more
Ontario's Algonquin Park
Thursday, August 04, 2016      10 comments

Today we went for a long drive in our '59 Austin-Healy Sprite Mark 1 - Peter's first car, and his pride and joy. He bought this car when he was teaching in Belleville, and took it north with him to Red Lake, where he was principal. He's very p... Read more
Plan for August... Be Strong, Lose 4 lbs.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016      12 comments

Good morning everyone. It's hard to believe that summer is half gone. It's been very hot and humid here. Temperatures often in the low 30's with humidex 37-39. Very unpleasant, and not conducive to exercising outside. To make things w... Read more
DH and I Had Our Check-Ups Today
Tuesday, July 12, 2016      15 comments

And the results were generally good. He was very pleased with my weight loss, and told me to keep doing exactly what I've been doing, except he told me to eat regular whole grain bread rather than gluten free, as he says there is no indication ... Read more
Cham Shan Buddhist Temple, Bethany Ontario
Sunday, June 26, 2016      9 comments

Yesterday Peter and I went to an open house at the site of the largest Buddhist temple outside China. The Cham Shan Buddhist Temple is being built at Bethany, Ontario, about 2 hours north-east of Toronto. It is modeled after one on a Chi... Read more
Home after a rainy 4-day break
Saturday, June 11, 2016      14 comments

Peter and I decided to take a little trip... in between the church activities, the gardening and the many piping commitments... and after checking the long-range weather forecast, decided to leave last Tuesday for a trip to the Eastern Townships... Read more
Why I Hate Clothes Shopping at Big Stores with Thin Salespeople!
Friday, June 03, 2016      11 comments

I am most comfortable in gardening cloths, or in the pyjama pants and loose t-shirts I wear to work around the house. I seldom wear high heels, and even when I do, they are only 1 1/2 to 2" high. The other day, going to a memorial servic... Read more
Acid Reflux...
Sunday, May 22, 2016      10 comments

I've been having some trouble with Acid Reflux (GERD) lately, and have been doing a lot of reading up on the food triggers. If I can, I'd rather control it by diet and lifestyle changes rather than taking more medications. And I know that losi... Read more
Low cost housing options
Monday, April 11, 2016      12 comments

On Saturday I went to a seminar in town put on by Habitat for Humanity and North House, a local social service agency working with the homeless and those in danger of becoming so. I live in a small town town about 50 miles north-east of Tor... Read more
Virtual Walk Around Nova Scotia - part 2
Monday, February 22, 2016      17 comments

I'm finally leaving the suburban sprawl behind as I approach Musquodoboit Harbour. When I was a little girl, people had summer cottages Porter's Lake; now people live there full-time and work in the city. With the new 100 series highways, it's ... Read more
Virtual Walk Around Nova Scotia - week 1
Sunday, February 07, 2016      14 comments

A couple of my Spark Friends have gently reminded me that I promised to start a new virtual walk. Thank you, Kate and Audra, for giving me the push I needed. I grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, a city across the harbour from Halifax, the ... Read more
What's Changed?... Me!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016      14 comments

So what's going on? I recommitted to SP on January 4 after regaining 12 lbs last year. Since then, I've lost 4 lbs and am exercising regularly. I'm switching things around in the house, planning lots of sewing projects, sleeping better and sta... Read more
Pride goeth before a fall...
Friday, January 22, 2016      15 comments

I have to admit I've been feeling really good about my "fresh start" on SP a couple of weeks ago (see previous blog). Well last night I crashed in a big way. I wrote just yesterday to a Spark Friend saying that my binges were fewer and not nea... Read more
Fresh Start
Monday, January 18, 2016      15 comments

For the first time in months, I'm really excited about SP! I feel like I did when I first started the program 5 years ago. I got careless, exercised less and didn't track my food carefully or honestly... a few cookies can't really hurt, ... Read more

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