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4/17/15 12:49 A

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Elk - a bear - a cougar...
All in one drive back to camp. We went to the library to hear and see a slide show about a person who leads biking tours around the the world - while there less than a mile away at the shipping terminals an explosion occurred. I heard the sirens but really didn't pay much attention as I was listening to the speaker - then the librarian entered the room and informed us of a explosion and fire... And we were to stay in.. So much for concentrating on the speaker now.. Concern about toxin in the air..






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4/16/15 5:51 P

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this was my solution to the mattress issue

me cleaning the oven racks and plugging the leaky drain

bacon anyone?

all ready for me to cook bacon

my kitchen is ready for inspection -- if only I can keep it this way..



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4/15/15 5:53 P

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Camp days.. Well the dishwasher is up and running properly. The pot sink is in working order.
My two new dishwasher people seemly are doing well.
The kitchen sink has stopped leaking.. I think I plugged it with dirt when cleaning the ovens.
I did my first official meal last night - chicken cordon blue - wild rice - fresh asparagus with a cheese sauce. And for dessert chocolate chip banana cake. Later for snack we served cookies, a cheese tray, vegi tray.
My day began at 7:30 am and I went home at 8 pm and then... Spent two hours doing my food order on the computer. Longer than normal because most of the history from last year was wiped out and I had to search for things I wanted.
Today I called the rep to order the few things I could not find.. Deliver is tomorrow..

Bed .... You might not believe this but it is true.. I went to the kitchen .. We had a couple of extra metal shelving - so I brought them home to the cabin and lifted the matteress ... Placing between the box spring and matteress went the two metal shelves.
I find it a little hard .. Noni loves it. Our sore backs however seem to be fixed with this solution.

No heat in the lounge ... It is very cold in the evenings and morning for breakfast. Our heater I saw was loaded into the camp truck and taken to the city. Should be back in a few days. I am glad I stay in the kitchen.

Next week we have a new food inspector coming.. .. Inspection - a new inspector I wonder how strict she is going to be.. We are a pretty ruget establishment - I'll be ready as the best we can be...



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4/14/15 2:21 P

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This day is a new day.
Eco lab has been here and we are up and running.
Heater guy is here for the last 2 hours working on the heater
Stove guy came here to work on pot sink - not my stove - came and left --- camp maintence guy is working on plumbing issues
Pot sink should be working this afternoon - I think I heard that stuff had to dry before he could do more to the pot sinks.. All I know is that I see him in the bathrooms right now.
Slowly we keep moving forward
A good thing my tea order has arrived tat I ordered just before Mexico..

The owner is here and frustrated too



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4/13/15 11:12 P

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Today surprised surprise - the plumber showed up, the heater guy showed up, the dishwasher Eco lab person showed up and our fridge / stove maintenance man showed up... You are thinking wonderful everything is now fixed and ready to go -- Right!
Wrong.. I can't believe it.. Nothing is working. Nothing is fixed. They all must come back with parts of this or that so things can work.
We have no heat in the lounge
We have no water to the pot sinks or to the main bathrooms
I only have use of two ovens
The dishwasher is not fully functional and none of our new chemical dispensers are working.
Tomorrow I cook the first official meal for the staff.. Staff training begins.
25 people for the week a week lateral have 161 arriving for the week ..
I sure hope everyone comes back to get us up and running soon.




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4/13/15 10:05 A

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I don't hear any birds singing yet - I am up before the birds.... No - it is cold here at camp yet I think they are still huddled together some place warmer.
Waking up with sore backs my wife and I. The bed mattress is horrid. I am thinking about placing it on the floor direct get it off the old the old metal frame. Do you think this will help?
Should we use the box spring?




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4/12/15 11:07 P

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It is that time of year once again.. Back to work. We moved in on Friday morning and been cleaning the camp kitchen getting ready to open. Today Sunday my two kitchen crew helpers arrived and began cleaning and sanitizing fridges - tomorrow's if our plumber comes the process of sanitizing all dishes and pots and salad bar containers will happen, if the plumber does not show -'I will have them wipe all 200 chairs and clean and sanitize tables (24) hopefully the plumber will show... He was suppose to be here on Friday.
Official meal is Tuesday night when all program staff arrive to camp..
25. Staff for the week then a week later the schools come.. And we are busy for the next six months if all goes as plan.



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3/31/15 8:39 P

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Look what came in my mailbox this day. My lady friend from Ontario sent me a book "Life on Earth by David Attenborough". What I find interesting is that just last night I watched a documentary about said author.. Showing the history of film and wildlife photography from the beginning till now. But look at the envelope.. So many stamps. She had asked the post office to put as many on as possible..
Also I recieved a postcard from her that she bought 40 years ago and was tucked away In a old cookbook from Banff Alberta.
Then I have a postcard from Amsterdam from Mike?

Now my mailbox will have to wait till next Thursday before I can check it again. I think I will be pleasantly pleased when I get home and open it.



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3/31/15 1:41 P

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The bags are almost packed and zipped. This time tomorrow morning 1015 we will be in the air on our way to Mexico. With all the crashes these last 6 months my anxiety of flying has gone up a notch.. However I keep assuring my self - whether in life or death I will be with the Lord... But still I struggle with inner stress... But I really want to go to Mexico.
Dalhouise today wow...he really gave me a hard time as I tried to squirt his medicine in his mouth. Giving him his pills are easy just hide it in a treat, but the syringe is a different storey. Growling, squirming, running away the chase - the calming words and the trying all over again.. Finally I am able to get his mouth open enough to squirt -- done. Tomorrow good luck with the sitter giving hm his last dose. They asked me if it was hard or easy -'I said easy - it was honestly until this morning.. We talked about her two year old who hates the squirt and it is a struggle every day giving him his.. Tomorrow she will have to,deal with two babies... Good luck.
Dalhouse now see two,suitcases - we can't hide it any more - he knows..
- my stress about flying is over riding my stress about leaving him.. Gotta think about the beaches - the new adventures - the food ... Stop Watching the News



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3/29/15 10:28 A

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Dalhouise sure does look sad and sore. He wobbled out of the clinic like a drunken sailor walking along the wooden boardwalk back to his ship on a Saturday night.
I wanted him to have his needles up to date and that spot on his left hind leg that is still bleeding looked at before I took him to the sitters on Tuesday. Well during the examinanation it was clear even to me that he had a tooth infection that had to be dealt with.. This past month I could tell something was wrong - and there is No way possible he knew we are going away. I only took out the suitcase on Friday so that he wouldn't know it... Well he was coming to me wanting to be hugged. - sit on my lap - hitting me with his paw so I would cuddle him and pet him. He wanted me to make him feel better...
The doctor said he would almost immediately feel relief after the tooth was pulled because it was that badly infected - he actually pulled two.. I was told.
The old age lumps - I don't know what they really are - they were refered as that so - that is what I call them were removed as well. One on his mid back near tail and on his left hind leg.
Dalhouise kept biting the one on his leg and it was always bleeding. I was concer about infections after he swims in muddy ponds / creeks or when he gets rolling around in the dirt. Camp life is paradise for a health dog. Dalhouse is turning 13 on his birthday and he is a very healthy - young at heart dog for his age.. All those kids coming to camp must keep him that way..
I am happy to say as I close - this morning he is looking alittle more chipper.

( send him a get well postcard:)




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3/28/15 11:16 A

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Singing to the world that it is going to be my birthday soon ...
I collect postcards from far and near.. If you so wish to drop one in the mail to say Happy Birthday - that would be awesome.
Marty Marquette
C/0 Camp Summit
PO Box 48
St Main. Squamish. BC
Canada
V8B 0A1



( don't worry if this is a different address than before - that was home and this is place of employment. I check both places)



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3/26/15 10:10 P

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Not a lot of hking done today. walked around the park with Dalhouise. Walked to the plaza and back again pushing a little cart.. I had to go buy a new car battery. When I came back from our bike adventure in Surrey I accidentally left the dome light on and so the next day I had a very dead battery. I called the motor club and got a boost.. Dave around for an hour and let the car idle for about half an hour.. Turned it off and went to bed. Next day I go try to start the car it is a no go.. Battery is dead again. I had inklings that it was going before and I think this was the last straw with the dome light left on. Thus the walk to go buy a new battery.. Once I got the batter home the plumber was just about to leave from doing a job here on site.. ( do you remember my last month plumbing bills) well I asked him if he would help me change the battery as I don't have tools.. He agreed - nice guy...
The car works now and so we drove got some groceries and I bought a new hand held GPS.
Remember my GPS died when I tried to turn it on on the bike trip to Surrey. I need to have a GPS for Mexico in five days from now..
I didn't buy a better one - same brand and company as the one I had because it was on sale. Discontinued .. So I got it for 89 dollars.. Regular I see was 199.$. I just didn't want to spend so much money right now. Need it for our vacation and property taxes and ultiities tax coming due in the nex 60 days.
Hopefully it will work ok for a year or so..




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3/25/15 12:33 P

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Thank you..
Yesterday I walked Dalhouise in the morning around the pond for a hour.



Came home ate lunch and drove to Surrey/ Cloverdale area to bicycle 11 miles around the area waiting for our friends to get off work.




They invited us to join them for supper at the fish and chips restaurant. I thought the area was flat.. Boy I was wrong.. Up hill we peddled and down hill we flew over and over.


Luck was on our side... It didn't rain. We had slight winds and sunny conditions with overcast moments. We rode all around the place exploring dead end streets and nooks and crannies...
In the morning I loaded my GPS - I planned to geocache as we cycled. When I arrived and turned my device on - it did not. I changed the batteries - still nothing - it is dead. I have been having issues with it - having to keep hitting the reset button.. Now even that does not work.
So NO geocaching done today.. That almost changed my mood - but on top the hill looking over towards the route I was about to go I see a spot I exspect to see birds - I didn't see what I thought I would but I was hopeful and once I began riding that was enough happiness











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3/23/15 9:52 P

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Today I feel like I accomplished something .. Checking the bank account early I found to my delight that the income tax refund was in.. Hurray... So I was able to pay off the visa and put some money in our RRSP s for next year tax breaks and some into our savings... Then I went and did some banking for my mother at the bank and while I was there I put some money into one of my account to pay for my life insurance policy that is due in April. Next it was a stop at Service Canada to print out the application for my wife's permanent resident card that is due this year and then over to Walmart to get pictures for this application. Did a stop at the drug store to get a copy of Mom's prescriptions tax report receipt and then a drive to the accountants office so that Mom can get her taxes done. Earlier in the day I collectd all her receipts and papers. Now it is out of my hands - hers is more complicated than mine and so I did not want to make mistakes.
I walked Dalhouise to the post office where I mailed a couple of postcards and bought some stamps and postcards already stamped so that I can mail more. (Hint)




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3/22/15 11:44 A

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stellar Jay
Do you have any more peanuts?

walking I go





Salmon berry blossom

Bears will be eating well

ah Spring


How do you like these blooms ?


for most this is a sure sign of Spring

come on let's get moving - you take too many pictures ..

northern Flicker came back today

I really do need to cut my lawn








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3/20/15 8:47 P

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The birds I think are thankful for my food that I provide on these wet - wet days

Northern Flicker

House Finch

Stellar Jay

Song Sparrow

Black capped Chickade

Dark eyed Junco

House Finch

There about ten days before I leave on our vacation.... And return to move back to our place of employment after a six month rest. I am going to miss my daily visitors.. I wonder what birds I will see around camp?

Today is a very wet day .. But I still got out with the Dalhouise








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3/19/15 10:06 A

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The rain has startd here.. It was nice while it lasted - sunny weather..
Last night out of character for Noni and I - we met with camp staff to eat out tougher. We met at an Indian restaurant. I have been wanting to check it out for a few years but Noni has always refused as she said she was not too fawn about this style of food.. Well finally we went. She ate her portions.. I ate my fill. I thonk I will take my mom here at some point in the not to far future. The price is average - it cost me fifty dollars for the two of us.. However I am not minding it so much as I did enjoy eating goat curry stew... Rice, Nana bread, lamb k bob, and chicken k bob, and noni had chicken curry. With that I washed it all down with chai tea made with milk.
Talking and listening to the camp younger staff... It was good .. I think we are going to start the year off on a good right foot.. We have a temporary new office girl too and hopefully this will help us start well together - as the office staff and I some times have these little major conflicts. It was a good time of fellowship - and I was able to make them laugh a coule of times by being just me.. I am a strange one at times - I am old enough to be their fathers.. Noni their mothers.



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3/18/15 1:46 P

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My body is still sore a day after the scrubbing of the kitchen. I cleaned everything including the ceilings, walls and all table surfaces and shelving.
The hardest part now is knowing I have to go back in and reclean it all before I actually start cooking and serving.
Dalhouise is away at the groomers.. I took him out for an early morning walk and then dropped him off. He was so sad and tried to dart out the door escaping from the hug of the groomer when I approached the door. Poor little guy.. He knows..
Now I am home and the house is so empty without him.. I miss him .. Crazy eh!

After dropping Dalhouse off I walked downtown Squamish to the secondhand flea market. I went in and asked if they had any postcards.. The man behind the counter said maybe and pulled out a bundle over four inches high. What I could see - the date of some postage stamps are 1926
I ask how much.. He was not sure.. We browsed through them and he said I could have them all for 25 dollars - I said I have a twenty .. He said OK and I walked out with a bundle of older postcards..
Not sure yet haven't done due dillgence ... But one quick view on Google is that one set is worth 15 dollars alone. And I have several.. So I may have lucked out big time... Regardless I am happy with my growing collection.



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3/15/15 10:47 P

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Going to work.. I havent said that in awhile. But tomorrow morning I must wake up and get ready to go to work. Over the winter the kitchen has grown a covering of mould to keep warm I guess. So before the fire inspector comes in, before the maintence man can come in and repair broken pipes, before the fridge maintence company comes in to do a cleaning -- I must come in and remove the mould..
Wonderful...
Today I went and bought a safety mask because I am going to wash the kitchen with bleach..
I have a solid day of scrubbing to do.. I am going to be so tired tomorrow night...







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3/14/15 4:54 P

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Hello.. I did a blog posting - but not everyone reads my blog..
I have started a hobby.... Collecting Postcards.
I would like to eventually have one from every State and Province.
I love getting snail mail and I am sure my postman would love delivering to my address..
So you get to encourage him and me... That sounds like a good thing to do..
Postcards with anything thing that you think is showing off your city... Or anything interesting to you..
My address
Marty Marquette
301 - 40100 Willow Crescent
Squamish BC
Canada
V8B 0L8

I look forward to checking my mail box and seeing some interesting cards... And if you include your return address I would gladly send one back.

Thank you so much




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3/14/15 12:35 A

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Made time ths day to take the car into the service center for its spring semi annual maintence and winter tires removal.. Shopping for the supplies to cook Mac and cheese for fifty people at church Sunday and to go for a two and half hour bike ride and a visit with Mom. I guess it was a successful day... I even BBQ supper for Noni and I. I did some birding while riding our bikes and came across this unknown duck.. It looks like a Mallard hybrid cross with either a Green wing Teal or Wigeon..


supper BBQ

almost got stopped

spring is here

must not forget winter



come on

Dalhouise next week goes to the groomers




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3/12/15 2:37 P

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Time ... I had so much of it that it seemly stood still. Now the days are beginning to go faster and faster. Yes there is a bump in the race track.. My trip to Mexico can't come fast enough.
However last night I did my taxes for 2014 - been putting it off ... but last night I filed them.
Last week I had my eye appointment and this week picked up my new glasses.
Today I made the appointment at the garage to have my car receive it's semi annual maintence done and snow tires taken off. Next week Dalhouise will be going to the groomers.
Before the end of the month I need to take Mom to Vancouver....
Once work begins I won't have many opportunities during the day to get away from work. I need to cook breakfast, lunch, supper..
So as we put all our ducks in their row.... there are so many little things that need to be done before we move from thenCondo to the little cabin in the woods and Work.



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3/11/15 1:16 P

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white crown sparrow

dove

wigeons

spotted towhee

I think the purchase of the bike rack might be my best decision in a long time. It is easy to put on and take off the car. More importantly is the fact that it is extremely easy to load the bikes onto it and off.
As I drove down the highway I kept an eye in the rear view mirror making sure the bikes were still with us. Stress.. But no need to be fretting about that.. When we arrived at our designation about 43 miles from home.... All was well - fastened just as I left home.

The day was cold and overcast, but there were no uphills to deal with. Yesterday's ride was more up than down and Noni did not like it at all - I was not too happy either but I took it in stride figuring I was burning more calories going up. However it sure was pleasant driving along flat dikes and seeing the sights.










This day was suppose to be sunny and 17c ... I don't know what happened because it was cold and overcasted and slightly windy. The good thing was I was dressed for it.. I was chided by my wife when we left home from Squamish, that I was overly dressed.. I proved to be the one warm and cozy as we biked today in Steveston. I have been wanting to do this now for a few years and with our new bike rack - this was the day to do so with the false pretences of a hot sunny day getting me going. Of course I had the GPS - I get to geocache and bike and do some birding all in the same day... Can life get any better? I ask myself.
The only thing that made it better.. I actually found some caches, and seen some birds and the riding was not all uphills. Life is so good.







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So I bought the bike rack but so far it remains inside my car. But that is ok because I did go for a hour walk with the Dalhouise and then this afternoon went biking riding with my wife for two hours. Man there is a lot of up hills compared to the down hills.
In the sun it was very warm - but the shaded areas sure were cooler.. Should I wear my jacket or not... One moment I was too hot then I was chilled to the core. For awhile I took off my outer heavy jacket and tried to pedal to keep warm but that wind.
Oh that wind howled in my ears... Litteraly howling so loud .. and cold on my chest and stomach.. So back on went my jacket - and it felt so warm and cozy.














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3/8/15 3:16 P

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The sun is shining brightly yesterday and today..
I did cook a breakfast for 30 men on Saturday but only half actually showed up.. So I had lots of left over food that was given away to one of the families that need some extra help..
I was teased about serving the quiche - you know real men don't eat quiche ...
Then I came home and slept two and half hours... I really was not feeling well .. And so once more I lost a sunny bright day.. I manage a short walk with Dalhouise ... Noni took him out earlier in the morning for a long walk..
Today I woke up before the set alarm .. With the time change I wanted to make sure I was not late for church.. Walked Dalhouise then managed to get to church on time.. I think many others did not make the time change as we had a lot of free space today.
Now I am in the process of deciding what to do this afternoon.. I am hoping for a bike ride..
But I am still feeling slightly out of sorts.. But I don't want to waste this afternoon.




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What happened to yesterday? I don't know.. I did go,for a Dalhouise walk, I went to my appointment to the eye doctor for my annual four year check.. Yes I was scolded for that he wants to see me every two years. I went now because I know I needed new reading glasses..no choice. Then the day was gone..
Today I have plans to go to Vancouver .. I was asked by my employer to go pick up at the kitchen supply place the new sink and tables he ordered. My kitchen is getting a face lift.. Hurray! Since I want to get some new pots and other trinkets, I will gladly go especially since he is paying for the gas and items..
I will also stop in at one of the supper stores to buy some food for the men's breakfast I was asked to cook for. I have said no on a couple of occasions ... But the man who was going to do it made other plans and backed out after the church organized this function ... So in desperation they asked me to help -- what can I do? I said yes.. And so now I must shop and prepare this meal. Tomorrow about thirty men will be coming - that is not so bad - but the churches kitchen sucks... That makes it difficult to cook..
I have decided to cook and serve .. Oatmeal - bacon - sausage - hashbrowns - Eggs probably scrambled and pancakes. My wife will make cinnamon buns for me to bring later today.

I need to get ready - gotta go to camp to pick up the camp van as my car is too small for the new tables and sink.. I will bring Dalhouise with me so he can run a it before I bring him back home and pick up Noni. Then into the big city we go..
Have a good day everyone.




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3/4/15 4:34 P

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I was surprised when my wife got dressed and was ready to go walking with me this morning.
Normally I walk alone with Dalhouise around ten.
Well today the three of us went hiking together. Cool at first but soon we boh were unzipping as we warmed up walking in bright sunshine.

The scenery was pretty amazing.
Bird sightings were alittle scarce but still rewarding..












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Today the family - Noni and Dalhouise and I went shopping in Vancouver, eating at our now not favorite restaurant and then hiking with a mission to locate a geocache. Lighthouse Park - a beautiful place but our hearts were going thump thump,thump .. Up up up the trail went, then we took this other path that was not a main trail but the GPS said to go that way.. It was up and over bare rock where both Noni and Dalhouise slipped.. Then we had to go down this slippery steep path that almost didn't seem even like a trail.. Eventually we came upon a large trail .. We walked on giving up the idea of finding a cache as the distance now was indicating further away, and we were not going to turn back I that route we just came from. Just hiked on enjoying the sun and wilderness until we came to the shoreline of the coast.
I have been here before so I knew where we had to go to get back to the car ... Off we go.
Once we arrived at the paring lot I give Noni the keys and tell her to rest with Dalhouise as I wanted to go look for this cache one more time. I move at a fast pace back to the General location of cache where we had became disoriented ... I stop to catch my breath... And the GPS begins to settle down - I am about ten feet from it. I look high and low and zap there it is.









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Who am I? What domI do?

We work at a children's camp. Spring and fall we have school groups come to learn team work and bonding or year end field trip. Summer is straight fun summer camp activities. I am in charge of managing the kitchen the owner just wants to come and eat and pay the bills everything else is left to me. I plan the menu - order supplies - keep a record of stock - cook all soups, sauces, entrees and also prepare and cook all special need menu items such as vegitarian, gluten free, egg and dairy free special needs..
My wife does all the baking and prepares food for a 30 - 40 item salad bar every lunch. I also help her with prep for this too
We make 90% of all our food from scratch.
We have home made bread every day - home made soup every lunch.
Ths sounds like a lot? It is... But we do it for six months with a few days off here and there. I am good at multi taskng but I do become grumpy as I tire out. However it is very satisfing to me to see happy faces eat my food.
We cook roast beef, Turkey, chicken, ham dishes.. Tacos, Mac and cheese ( not Kraft dinner but the real thing) we have a BBQ meal, grilled cheese with tomato soup, chicken fingers ( processed) you get the idea.
I make soup from the stock of the beef or chicken turkey meals and gravy all fresh.
If you are serving beef gotta have some Yorkshire pudding.. Yes I do that too and this is for children ...
I love my job other wise I would not be doing it ... But I get so tired by the end of next fall.



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So today is / was the first day of March.. It came in cold like 4 c and rose to 8 c and it was overcast. I will declare it coming in like a lion so it will end like a lamb...
Living where I do - on the west coast of main land BC this month will usher in Spring - we are always a month ahead of the eastern provinces.. I think...
Today after church and a short visit with Mom I came home and napped for two hours.. I must had been real tired.



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Yesterday I finally went to the George Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta BC. It was a fabulous day birding. The drive getting to it was not the most pleasant but all was forgotten in the joy of seeing so many birds, including three lifers.
I went hoping to see the Sandhill Crane, ( I did) but I also saw the Great Horned Owl and the Black crowned Heron.. Just amazing. My listed bird seen for the day ---- Trumpter Swans, American Coots, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails, Rock Doves, Euraisan Doves, Robins, Starlings, Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks, Spotted Towhees, Song Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Black capped Chickadees, Red wing Blackbirds, Great Blue Heron, Northern Shovelers, Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers , Common Mergansers, Buffleheads, Golden crown Kinglets, Anna Hummingbirds, Cooper Hawk, Bald Eagles, and Greater and Lesser Scaups.
I think that includes my list of the day - like I said it was a fabulous day.




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I contacted my friend who has been posting pictures of the Great Gray Owl. At first he was hesitant of telling me where.. Must have felt guilty because he called me late last night and gave good directions of where he has been seeing it. I wake up several times in the night with anticipation because of this new information. Up at six am - I am out the door just before seven and on the trail by 0710 hr hours. I walk with much hope building and failing as I begin to think I won't see it. I turn my head and there it is... I get two quick pictures before it flies away.. I am so pleased, so full of joy.... I seen it, that is all I needed and a picture as proof.
Later in the morning when walking with my wife we seen it again and Once again I was able to quickly snap a few more photos. I am a happy happy camper...



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Out the door to drive to the Estuary.. I have heard reports that a Great Grey Owl has been spotted in the area. People are being careful not to mention the exact spot.. So I went hiking at dusk last night two trails and then this morning I went out again and rehiked the two and another one. The last trail looked more promising with many ever green trees. No luck..
Nevertheless I enjoyed the hike.
It is a strange feeling last night walking in the woods in darkness. Oh the thoughts of bears, cougars, wolves and other things that go bump in the night..... That entered my mind..
Then I began thinking about the people who are about to through hike the PCT trail or the Appalachian trail. Months of wandering in the wilds - that would be scary..



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Spent several hours walking and sitting in Vancouver. Chinese New Year parade brought us to the big city and then we walked around afterwards looking and investigating different markets. Who needs to travel thousands of miles to get a taste of China when it is right in your backyard. On the other hand... This is only a taste of the real thing thousands of miles away - just wetting the appetite - a tease. Hmmmm I wonder if a future vacation to China should be in the making or not.



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13 February .. The Great Backyard Bird Count has begun.
So since I am supposed to go count birds I need to see them..
I began counting from my Condo armchair
4 Stellar Jays, 2 Black capped Chickadees, 5 Darkeyed Juncos, 1 Song Sparrow, 5 House Finches, 4 Chestnut backed Chickadees

Then when I walked the Dalhouise I observed - 1 Northern Flicker, 2 Spotted Towhees,
9 Mallard Ducks, 1 Common Merganser, 5 Bald Eagles, 18 Canada Geese

Then I returned home ate lunch, became bored watching TV so I went out again to visit the estuary, hoping to see more birds.
I seen - 21 Common Mergansers, 9 Buffleheads, 1 Double Crested Cormorant, 5 Mallard Ducks, 1 Great Blue Heron, 7 Canada Geese, 8 Chestnut backed Chickadees, 2 Golden crown Kinglets - and on the way home my old friend the Northern Pygmy Owl was waiting by the side of the road perched in his tree branches looking for something to eat.
Not bad for day one...

Besides all that I hung up,at the Condo a humming bird feeder and a Niger seed sock feeder ... Let's see if any new birds come to check it out..



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I just came home from the public library 2000 hr hours.. At 1800 hr hours was the start of a talk of a man who has cycled five continents. I was impressed with his slide presentation. He talked constantly ... My butt became a little restless, but nevertheless it was a good talk. I went to his Facebook page when I came home .. Garth Rides for hope
I am encouraged to get out on my bike more..



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Cabin Fever... Finally this depressing winter time feeling is upon my wife and I. We have a vacation planned for the first week of April but that is a long time away.
We are sitting in our chairs bored.. TV is boring, Noni is getting bored watching her YouTube videos on baking.. I get out for walks but I don't stay out all day.. Maybe I ought to stay out longer... But that is selfish.. Noni is at home bored...
Camp our employment start up date is mid April ... Then we will be longing for time off...
Our funds are low right now.. Otherwise I would plan a Road Trip. .. Might go on one regardless because we are bored.



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Swish swash went my shoes in the muck. Every step my feet swish swash along in a very wet muddy trail. So much for keeping my new shoes nice and clean. But I don't care - I am throughly enjoying my walk in the rain.



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The rain is falling, I am drained of all energy and I am sitting comfortably in my cozy chair watching birds come and go at my feeders drinking a hot cup of coffee - life isn't so bad I was thinking to myself... Then along came Dalhouise....



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I took Dalhouise for his walk around 0930 for 65 minutes at the pond in the rain.. I must had been funny looking with camera and binoculars hanging around my neck with a Hugh bright umbrella keeping the steady rain off of me -- and my Dalhouise in his bright red rain coat on as well.. Anyways I recorded in my field note book ..
A Great Blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, two American Dippers, a flock of Mallards ducks about six of them, two Hooded Mergansers and two immature Common Goldeneyes ..
I heard a Bald Eagle but could not spot it ..

I wore my older shoes because it was so wet.. My feet hurt again so now I know I must throw them away.. My new ones might be ok for awhile - but they are heavy I am finding out.. But yesterday my feet did not hurt when I wore them most of the day.



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I checked out a link on the web that was dedicated to identify birds and bird song. I listened to several bird songs and my dog went crazy. First time I played it he was sleeping on the footstool and he sat up and stepped on me to see where the sound was coming from - so I played it again and he stuck his nose next to the speakers of my IPad.
A few times doing this he hops on the floor and looks under my chair ... Then I stopped - it is too early to tease Dalhouise



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Coming from Ontario - I agree seeing the first Robins always to me meant that Spring was not far behind.. Here in BC this does not hold the same truth as I think we are in forever Spring.
However to see more and more lately indicates that Spring is basically upon us.



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Gratefulness
The weekend is over. It is Groundhog Day. I woke up and I am alive so it is a good day.
I have a warm home, a full stomach and more than enough clothing to choose from to wear.
I have had my coffee and my dog is laying at my feet. To add the cherry on top of my cake my wife is preparing breakfast.. Man life is good this day.



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It was a sucessful day. We ate at our favorite restaurant but only order the small portion instead of the large one which we normally do. We had good times chatting and visiting with our friends. One friend even help set up and teach me things about the iPad and cell phone I had no idea about.. I seen an American Wigeon in a pond at the side of the road that I got a photo of. And I found a geocache... A good day...yesterday.
Today 31 January
Went outside to walk Dalhouise and seen an American Robin near the entrance door.
We continued to hike around the " Pond" where I heard an Bald Eagle but could not spot it. I think it is on the other side of the highway. But I did see a Crow, Great Blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, an American Dipper. And a pair of Common Mergansers, ( F/M)
Walk was from 1005 to 1145



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The plan today is to drive to Surrey / Cloverdale to visit a couple of friends and to eat at our favourite fish and chip restaurant Salty's. I have loaded new geocaches into my hand held GPS. I don't have much confidence that I will actually find any but I am hopeful. I think we will bring the Dalhouise dog with us today...




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Oh what a day it was.. I am so thankful I moved from Ontario to BC. We - my wife and I went on a hike, my blog says it all.. But to post on my team page I will limit and reshare.
A two hour hike became a five hour hike ending in sore feet and physical exhaustion but feeling good.
Why am I so thankful - I don't remember too many hikes in a light sweater nor picnics in January along any unfrozen snow covered lakes.
How did a two hour hike become a five hour hike... I blame it on geocaching..

The day ended with my wife holding hands, and still talking to me.. That makes for a good day in my books

Bird sightings 28 January
Condo feeder....
0748 One Song Sparrow
0759. Three stellar Jays
- nothing else came so at 0830 to 0915 I walked Dalhouise around the "pond"
Seen..
Bald Eagles 2
Mallard Ducks 4
American Dipper 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Belted Kingfisher 1

Then it was time to drive to Burnaby Lake and feed the birds there - I have not yet made a list of these.. I need to look at my photos and identify correctly
But there are many to add to my days listing in my field notebook

Just to name a few birds -
Buffleheads ducks, Mallard Ducks, Green wing teals, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Greater Scaup, Red Wing Blackbirds, Black-cap Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco's and Rock Pigeons.




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This morning it looked overcast, grey, not so inviting to go out hiking.. So made the decision not to hike the 10 km trail around Burnaby Lake. Maybe tomorrow, Noni wants to come too.. But we will leave the Dalhouise home.. That is the plan ...
So today it was a walk to Willow Park, and around the bloc, with Dalhousie who seems to be still suffering from yesterday's long walk. After the walk leaving Dalhouise home - it was Noni and my first swim of the year in the local swimming pool. Now my arms are a little sore but I do notice ... I seem to have a spring in my step - I have more energy each day... I don't have this at the end of the day.. It is exhaustion by the time I get in bed and fall asleep when my head hits the pillow




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I hope you don't mind - I am posting one more time about fieldnotes - enjoy as you
BACKYARD NATURE HOME | PLANTS | ANIMALS | FUNGI | ECOLOGY | GEOLOGY | GARDENING | TOOLS

KEEPING NATURE NOTES:
YOUR NATURE JOURNAL
Let me show you something...
I've just risen from my computer, walked across the room to my library, and taken out an old, black, vinyl-covered, three-inch-thick, three-ringed binder from way back in my school days. It must contain a thousand pages of loose-leaf binder paper of the kind highschool students use. Groups of pages are separated by stiff boards with colorful plastic tabs attached. The green tab reads "ferns," the yellow one "insects," and the blue one "RR weeds." This latter topic reflects a special interest I had years ago when I lived in St. Louis and loved to walk along railroad tracks looking for exotic weeds.

I randomly open the notebook, find myself in the red-tabbed "birds" section, and now I type what's on that page so you can see:

April 18, 1976
(Easter Sunday) Kentucky: McLean County;bushy, weedy area around bridge over Cypress Creek on Knobbs/Semiway road 1 mile E of Semiway; 70�, light breeze, clear, from 6:30 to 8:30 AM
1: Mourning Dove
2: Red-bellied Woodpecker
3: Purple Martin
4: Blue Jay
5: Crow
6: Tufted Titmouse
7: Carolina Chickadee
8: Carolina Wren
9: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10: White-eyed Vireo
11: Black-throated Green Warbler
12: Hooded Warbler
13: Myrtle Warbler
14: Yellow-throated Warbler
15: Yellowthroat
16: House Sparrow
17: Cardinal
18: Goldfinch
19: Rufous-sided Towhee
20: White-throated Sparrow

My first sensation upon looking over this list is that it's really neat knowing exactly where I was on Easter Sunday morning way back on April 18th, 1976. I was visiting my parents on the farm in Kentucky. I can visualize that early that morning, perhaps even before my parents presented my Easter basket -- a tradition continued far into my adulthood -- I entered my old Volkswagen Beetle and drove to Cypress Creek a couple of miles away. If I think hard, perhaps imagining more than remembering, I can even remember that early-spring morning, the fresh, pale green leaves unfurling on trees, the odor of moist earth from still-unplowed soybean fields along the creek...

In short, this sheet of paper is a souvenir of a time past. It evokes memories of a life and way of being that exist no more. It feels good to remember those Easter baskets, and driving in the old Volkswagen down the gravel road to Cypress Creek, as the cold air gushed through the rusted-out spot below my feet... And it's even good to see which birds I saw that day.

To tell the truth, the list itself isn't a very spectacular one. Not a single species on it can be considered rare or out of the ordinary. These are exactly the birds to be expected along a bushy, weedy creek bank in mid April, in my part of Kentucky.

However, it's also true that what I now know very largely results from my having compiled hundreds of lists similar to this one. In 1976, I was just learning which migrants arrived first. Once I'd amassed several years of lists, gradually the impressions began dawning: Yes, Black-throated Green and Hooded Warblers, and Yellowthroats, they're the "early birds," the migrating species arriving first during spring migration. If today I'd read that on that Easter Sunday I'd seen a Blue-winged Warbler -- which now I know to be a late arriver -- I'd be sure I'd made a misidentification back in 1976.

In other words, my nature study notes have always been, and continue to be, a real "tool" I use as my insights into nature keep growing, evolving, and branching into new fields of interest. It can be the same way for you...

Now I continue thumbing through my notebooks' bird section. I remind myself that by no means have my birding experiences been limited to weedy creek banks near my childhood home. Many of my lists are souvenirs of exotic places. I've birded in over forty countries, and I have lists from them all.

Ah, here's the list from the time I saw my first Chaffinch, spotted downtown near the University of Santiago de Compestela, Spain, back in 1980, during a visit with my friend Sergio. And here's a good sighting of the Gray-collard Becard, seen in southern Mexico near a town with the jaw-breaking name of Ocozocoautla, and here's the wild peacock seen next to that Hindu temple, in India, in 1996...

Therefore, for me, there are three main reasons for keeping nature study notes:

They are "tools" that help me learn
Rummaging through them evokes great memories of being in the field and doing and seeing interesting things
It's a lot of fun to show your lists to others, as I just did...
Of course, nowadays I keep my notes on the computer (and back them up fastidiously!) You might be interested in the computer-friendly ideas for organizing your notes on our Note Organization Page.

When you get some solid identifications of plants and animals in your Notebook, be sure to consider posting your IDs at the wonderful iNaturalist.Org website.

Cite this page as:
Conrad, Jim. Last updated August 13, 2014 at 11:03:44 PM PDT . Page title: Keeping Nature Notes in a Journal. Retrieved from The Backyard Nature Website at http://www.backyardnature.net/notebook.htm
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I am often - well to be correct I do most of my activities outside. I see so many things that I would like to remember but I have the shortest memory in the world and so I have begun to attempt to write notes in a field notebook. I am not so observant or clear as to what to write. I think it would be a real good idea especially if done correct and during the winter I look back on summer notes or even years later to review them and to be taken back to the time written .
Also I think it would improve my observational skills.
As I keep doing my recordings I think I am getting better at including times, conditions of environment. I don't always include temperature which I want to

Do any of you relate to this?



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Heavy - heavy rain - raining dogs and cats .. It was so heavy I did as little walking outside today as possible. I took out the Dalhouise for a short time - later I took him to the beach and opend the car door and let him run.. He runs down the beach path while I drive on the road..
Lazy me... But it is raining so friging heavy.




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I was away for 2 weeks, just long enough to really get off track. Family, friends and celebrations make it difficult to keep making the healthy choices and to maintain normal routines. I'm determined to use the experience to stay on track through the holidays

" ...what lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies wthin us." (Emerson)


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I MOVED THIS MONTH AND I ENDED UP GOING BACK TO SOME OF MY OLD HABITS. SO IT HAS BEEN HARD TO GET BACK ON TRACK. I BOUGHT A NEW SCALE THAT HAS BMI AND WATER TRACKING ABILITY. I HOPE IT WILL HELP, MY OLD SCALE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. emoticon emoticon I DID WALK FOR AN HOUR TODAY. emoticon

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Hanging in there. Progress is slow.

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how is this class doing? are there many of us still here? I am hanging in there and making progress, I hope those of you still here are doing good also.

My name is Tammy I live in Idaho
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Good morning class of 2013 New Year!

"You'll accomplish more if you start now."


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Thank-you, I am trying. I am trying to be brutally honest about my food intake and I don't count all the minutes all the time on my exercise. That way I have a little wiggle room. I know one thing that really adds up the calories is the oil, butter, salad dressing, it amazes me how many calories I used to consume just in those things.
But I like spark because it helps me track my calories a lot easier than looking up everything, and also my exercise. And its good to have other people in the same boat as I am.
Well have a good evening everyone.

My name is Tammy I live in Idaho
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Easter Sunday weight 194.4 lbs. I have been going up and down in weight. Start weight on 12/30/12 was 195.8 but got up to 198.8 on 3/17/13 and 196.6 on 3/24/13.

I am tracking food on the SP nutrition tracker, exercising 3 days per week at the Doctor's office gym with volunteer fitness trainer and using SP exercise videos on 4 days of the week.

I am tired of the depressing life I have been living so getting out of the funk with good eating and exercise. I also see therapist 1 time per week.

Marilyn

I have "The Spark", "SparkPeople Cookbook" and "Spark Solutions"

I set my ticker to my highest weight of 210 lbs because it gets upset and doesn't want to save when I gain weight instead of lose.
on Dec 30, 2012 I joined SparkPeople and weighed 195.8




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Hello MotelMom
Looks like you are making fantastic progress! Way to go!

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is anybody out there?

My name is Tammy I live in Idaho
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emoticon Good job on the weight loss. I also have a really hard time stopping at one, if they are fresh its really hard. So great job stopping at one.
I lost some weight this week also, I have been in a slump on exercise this last couple of days. My calories have been ok, I just need to kick it up a notch and get moving, it has been colder outside so I haven't wanted to go ride my bike or do yard work. I think I will invest in a stationary bike yet again! I have bought and sold or given away so darn much exercise equipment, that's why I refuse to join a gym, it is a waste of money for me because I go for a month or two and then not at all. Oh well one step at a time. One day at a time. BUT I WANT IT ALL NOW emoticon
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Wishing everyone a great week!

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Lynn - emoticon on the weight loss! Don't think one chocolate chip cookie is that big a deal. Me, on the other hand, has a hard time stopping at one. LOL

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Really long day at work today - very tired (didn't have a good night sleep) tried to stick to my healthy eating, but caved even after giving it 15 mins - worked the first time, but the temptation got the best of me....I can never resist a chocolate chip cookie! Even did a workout when I got home from work after dragging at work - got my second wind. Good news I finally broke that 12 lb mark emoticon weigh in this morning and lost 1.3 lbs!

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Stay healthy and warm!

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krys... I did a little exercise and I was tired at bedtime bu sore so that kept me up some, I am tired again tonight, maybe I just need more sleep. I get 7-8 hours but maybe not getting restful sleep, I will have to ask the Dr. about it if it keeps up.
Slapoutkid...I hope you get it figured out with your husband, maybe if you try some healthy recipes that are really tasty he will come around.
Well have a good evening

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SLAPOUTKID - I agree that you are committing to a lifestyle change not a diet. You might try the meal planner and work around foods he will eat. I sent a link in the email this morning.

MOTELMOM - you did well with that cardio! Don't exercise too late in the evening; it might keep you awake longer than you want!

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Slap.. don't say you are on a diet, say you are changing your eating for life. I had to laugh when you said you were going in for your mammogram, there is an add running around here called squeezing for a reason, its for mammograms. They are going to throw a party and everything. It would have to be one heck of a party for me to go unless of course it was time for my mammogram.

No I never did figure it out Ray I think its just part of old age, you have to catch those thoughts fast, they like to run away.
Well I got up early this morning and did 10 min. of cardio, but now at 6:30 I am ready for bed, maybe I will do some more exercise to wake me up
Well off to find something to do, take care. emoticon

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Hello Everyone!
I have been off and on Spark People for a few years, never seriously though. I hope to visit everyday. I find lots of good ideas and articles here. My problem with eating healthy is my hubby. He just about refuses to eat anything he thinks is "diet food". So when I say anything about losing weight he becomes very suspicious and won't eat anything he thinks falls under diet food even if he always ate it before. Anyway I am going to renew my efforts to eat healthier and exercise. Thanks for all the good tips! Gotta go now...time for my yearly mammogram.

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MOTELMOM - yes we enjoyed the visit, but it IS nice to have my home back! LOL Did you ever figure out what else you were going to do?

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Its always nice to have company, but sometimes its also nice when they go home lol.

Beautiful day here today, got a small bike ride in, and some yard work, my calories for lunch were high, I ate 3 tyson chicken bites thinking it wouldn't be to bad but they are high in calories, I should have looked before eating them. So I will be on the high end of my calorie scale today.
Once I recover from the yard work i will try to get more exercise in.
I know there is something else I was going to do but for the life of me i can't think of what is is.
Well have a wonderful rest of the day

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Took our visitors (sil & her hubby) to a craft bazaar and then shopping at the mall. We had a good day! They leave in the morning; so I should be able to catch up better tomorrow.

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Great job losing 2.8 lbs. emoticon i gained some of the weight you lost, you can have it back. emoticon
My biggest problem is evening eating when I sit down to watch tv and unwind for the night. I actually have been eating fairly light at breakfast just so I can have extra calories at night. I am going to work on not doing this at least 2 nights this week. So that is my goal no eating while watching tv 2 nights this week.
And I have lied to myself about how much exercise I am getting so I am going to work on being more accountable about my exercise.
I enjoy veggies and fruit more now that I am trying to eat them. Junk food has way to many calories for what I am allowed, so I have to be very selective about what and how much I eat of that.
Well have a good afternoon.


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I lost 2.8 lbs this week. I exercised Monday 1 hour and Thursday 30 minutes at the doctors office fitness room. I was going to go on Tuesday but they closed because of the snow storm. I also caught a cold so Thursday was sick but still went and did 30 minutes. I was still sick on Friday so did not work. Did work yesterday 3p-11p. I stood up for part of my shift. Because I was sick I was not able to eat like I normally do so that helped.
This week I am going to try to only eat when my stomach says I am hungry and only eat a small amount at a time. I am going to stop obsessing over what I eat and how many calories. Nothing will be off limits. I just have to be sure I am truly hungry before I eat anything and then measure the amount. I hope this will help me get over the cravings and will want to eat more healthy. The more I tried to watch the calories and what I was eating the more I ate. I am not a big fan of veggies and fruit but I can eat them. If I stop obsessing about substituting veggies for junk and just eat what I want when I am truly hungry maybe I will naturally eat more veggies. I will be buying more veggies tomorrow. I am also going to try to buy less junk to have around. My biggest problem is that junk food is grab and go but veggies require preparing unless all I eat is carrots and celery No more food ( except fruit- so kids don't eat it) in the bedroom. If I want to eat anything I will have to go downstairs to get it. I just have to make sure anything I buy to eat is veggies because the kids will not eat those. They eat fruit and meat. The only veggies they eat is corn and white potatoes.


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You did well! Mine are oral meds so they are even more potent and I think even if I didn't eat anything it eventually catches up to me! UGH!!

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yes its been in the high 40's and no wind some days, In this state high 40's is almost summer, lol, today it was a bit windy and the wind was cold so I did some walking and some yard work for exercise instead of a bike ride.
i just got done with meds for a sinus infection so I know how you feel, I have a steriod nasal spray, i hope that doesn't make me gain weight, I know I was starving the whole time I was on meds, I was trying to not go over my alloted calories but it was hard, the hardest since I started, this week has been a bit better.

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I like how you phrased that - think I'll steal that 'sloppy' idea! LOL My meds are working for the sinus infection, but because it includes steroids, I know weight gain is on its way! UGH!!

Is your weather an early spring?

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How is everyone, are you staying on track? Mine track is a little sloppy at times but I am still pointing in the right direction, the weather is getting better so I can ride my bike that will help with my exercise.
Otherwise life is good.

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You sound like me - no appetite while I'm feeling poorly and then my body wants to play "catch-up" on all the food!
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I broke down and went and got antibiotics, my crud was just moving back and forth between my sinuses and chest. I already feel better after only a couple of days, I hate being sick.
But now that I am feeling better I am alot more hungry, will have to watch myself close now.
Hope everyone has a great weekend, the sun is shinning and for this time of year it is beautiful today.

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Thank you. The power of medicine is slowly working and I'm feeling more human! LOL

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I hope you are feeling better Krys210!! I know it is coming a few days late.
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Crud still hanging on with me. Woke up at 3 am sneezing and coughing, I still think allergies are kicking in early - doesn't feel like a cold! UGH! Everyone else - get/stay well!

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ye I got sick on Friday, and I have been taking everything under the sun to try to shorten the cold, but still feel lousy. My calorie control has been better this week, my exercise, so, so. My husband bought me a podometer for my b-day, and I swear it must be wrong it says I walked 16000 steps yesterday. i had a busy morning but that is kind of crazy.

Hope everyone is mending and getting over all the crud going around.

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emoticon - hope everyone feels better and gets back some energy!

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Same thing here RUNKIMRUN. The flu has hit our house. I'm trying to eat Progresso soup and drink plenty of water. But, I have no energy for anything else. Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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I hope everyone survived the superbowl parties, It was an off week for me on food and exercise, so I want to commit to doing better this week.

My name is Tammy I live in Idaho
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Signature and Ticker:
At the top of this page is an orange tab called MY TRACKERS - click on that. The first item is START - click on that. In the top left hand corner, under WELCOME, is a link called: Account / E-Mail Preferences - click on that. There are 3 tabs, the last is called COMMUNITY - click on that. There are a bunch of green buttons, the last one says: SIGNATURE AND TICKER - click on that. Pick the one you want, scroll down and pick the icon, etc. you want. Signature is down there too.

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how do you get the signatures under comments you post. I see some people have their goals on their.

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