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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 jo... 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
Two Great Hikes: Desert, then Forest
Sunday, March 29, 2015      9 comments

My home town in Central Oregon is just east of the Cascade Mountains, in the high desert. So this weekend, we took full advantage of the diverse climate zones! On Saturday we drove east to Chimney Rock. ... Read more
Birthday, Hike
Sunday, March 22, 2015      13 comments

My friends threw a nice birthday dinner for me last night, it was a really fun evening. 10 people attended, including my nephew (which was a surprise). The dinner was very good – coq au vin with potatoes, peas with pancetta, large salad, good ... Read more
Spring hike
Monday, March 09, 2015      10 comments

I enjoyed a lovely hike on Sunday along the Paulina Creek trail. It was cold in the morning when I woke up (below freezing) but it warmed up by the time we reached the trailhead. There was snow along the creek but the trail itself was clear of s... Read more
Exercise DVD review; Deer Herd
Friday, March 06, 2015      7 comments

I purchased the Zumba: Incredible Results set at CostCo before Christmas, and I have been exploring the various DVDs in the set. The set consists of 10 DVDs and a step riser (plus a couple of booklets with diet tips); some of the routines combin... Read more
February Results
Monday, March 02, 2015      10 comments

I met my goal for February, I ended the month with a weight loss of 8 pounds. So I am setting aside another $200 into my reward fund (trip to a spa!). I had some eating lapses (overeating/snacking/sweets), but overall I did well. I met my goal... Read more
Winter Hike: Metolius River trail
Sunday, February 22, 2015      12 comments

I enjoyed a lovely winter hike with my hiking group today along the Metolius River near Camp Sherman. In January, this area was covered in snow, but it was been unseasonably warm for 3 weeks and the snow accumulation is gone. It is turning nippy... Read more
Great vacation. Bad tree.
Saturday, February 07, 2015      10 comments

I’m back from a great week skiing in the Methow Valley, Washington. But I’ll tell you the bad news first: when I returned home late last night, my home had been damaged by a large ponderosa pine that blew over in a windstorm. I don’t have the es... Read more
Bad massage :(
Friday, January 23, 2015      10 comments

So after a tough week (included dental surgery) I had planned on a relaxing massage to reward myself. It was a disaster. She was WAY to strong and powerful and left me with bruises. (Sorry the angle on the photo isn't good but you can get the i... Read more
Beautiful Buck
Wednesday, January 21, 2015      15 comments

This beautiful buck with his branchlike antlers has been quietly sitting in my back yard. He's just beautiful.... Read more
Martin Luther King
Monday, January 19, 2015      9 comments

Today Martin Luther King is celebrated in the US. He is well known for his inspiring speeches and his fight for civil rights. I admire him greatly for his commitment to peaceful protests to achieve great social change. He was controversial in hi... Read more
Acupuncture, and Nephew's New Job
Sunday, January 18, 2015      8 comments

I tried acupuncture for the first time, to see if it will help with my circulation system and arthritis. The process was interesting, and for me it was not painful. My skin did feel itchy afterward and I was exhausted. I THINK there was an impro... Read more
2014 Resolutions -- The Fun Part of the Journey
Sunday, January 11, 2015      10 comments

My 2014 resolution was to try at least one new activity per month. It was a lot of fun, and I had some good adventures. My activities included: Kitchen remodel and reorganization ... Read more

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