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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
Spark Teams
Sunday, January 10, 2016      8 comments

As most of you know, I've chosen to limit the number of Spark Friends I add so that I can really get to know those I correspond with. Today I've decided to cut back on the time I spend on teams as well. Currently, each morning I spend ab... Read more
Ukrainian Christmas
Thursday, January 07, 2016      6 comments

My DH goes to the Ukrainian Catholic church (he's Irish, English and German, but that's another story), so we celebrate two Christmases each year. Today is Ukrainian Christmas Day, 12 days after December 25. Traditionally the Ukrainian Ch... Read more
Sunday, January 03, 2016      10 comments

Has GOT to be better, weight-wise than 2015. My plan for 2015 went all to heck. No legitimate reasons; I simply ate too much and exercised too little, promising myself that I would "start tomorrow". The holidays were an absolute disaste... Read more
Some people have kindly asked
Sunday, December 06, 2015      9 comments

about our last trip. It had its good points, but was definitely not as good as the spring trip. The good points included a stay at the Opryland Resort (ridiculously large, but worth a visit), attending a service at Emmanuel Baptist Church ... Read more
Disney World with my daughter
Thursday, November 05, 2015      14 comments

When our children graduated from university, I took each of them on a special trip of their choice... all except my oldest daughter, Jennifer, who was starting a job out of town the week after graduation, and who was getting married in the fall.... Read more

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