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Digging Out from Snow
Sunday, February 09, 2014      6 comments

Today I am slowly digging out from the snow. Our street is still unplowed; my neighbor’s high clearance truck got high-centered as soon as he got out of his driveway. Since my car is lower clearance I will wait until our side road is cleared. ... Read more
Kitchen Remodel -- Before Photos
Friday, January 24, 2014      10 comments

It is another miserably cold day here with freezing fog. We are officially having severe drought here in Central Oregon due to lack of snow. Despite no snow, my car slid on the black ice from the freezing fog this morning; luckily I was going ... Read more
Foggy day, packing, worried about mom
Monday, January 20, 2014      8 comments

It is a cold day with freezing fog here. This is my LEAST favorite weather. Freezing rain is more hazardous, but freezing fog tends to hang around for LONG periods of time, and it is bone chilling cold. Last week was unseasonably warm, and ou... Read more
Hiked New Trail at Smith Rock
Monday, January 06, 2014      9 comments

After just one week of eating healthy (after the holiday indulgences), I can already see an improvement in my skin (I tend to get eczema or psoriasis when I eat too much sugar). I am enjoying eating right and exercising. Yesterday I h... Read more
First Hike of 2014, and New Years Resolution
Friday, January 03, 2014      5 comments

I don’t usually make New Year Resolutions. But this year I am! I was inspired by hearing a radio interview with Laurie Cahn, author of “I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day.” MY resolution is to tr... Read more
Christmas Holiday in California
Wednesday, January 01, 2014      6 comments

Christmas with family is always a joy, but this year was mixed with some sadness. My mom is much more frail and forgetful, she has lost interest in eating, she is noticeably deteriorated from 2 weeks ago when I last visited. In addition she wa... Read more
Skiing with Pat
Monday, December 16, 2013      7 comments

I went Nordic (classic) skiing with my friend Pat last week, and we went again today. For our first ski last Sunday, we did an intermediate (blue diamond) trail, which means it has lots of up and down. The trail provided many chances to use di... Read more
Three Years Sparking
Sunday, December 15, 2013      4 comments

Last week was my 3 year SparkiVersary. I have never kept up a healthy lifestyle change for such an extended period! My achievements include: I have been drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day for 3 years. ... Read more
Guilty Pleasures, and Coping with Temptation
Saturday, December 07, 2013      6 comments

I am baking cookies today for my friend’s cookie exchange party tomorrow (I’m making pumpkin hazelnut bars). I am also planning my strategy for coping with temptation. At the party, everyone tastes all the cookies, then votes for each person’s... Read more
Thanksgiving Trip & Mom
Wednesday, December 04, 2013      8 comments

I had a very nice Thanksgiving visit with my family. Mom is very frail and doesn’t have much appetite; it doesn’t help that her nursing home now refuses to reheat coffee or soup in the microwave (it’s brought from a central kitchen and it is ro... Read more
Nice Dinner, difficult guest, sore muscles
Sunday, November 24, 2013      9 comments

Last night I hosted a birthday dinner for my friend Pat. I had 13 guests, which is a LOT in my dining room. I added a small table to form an L shape dinner table (my dining room table seats 10 maximum), it had to go sideways or the table would... Read more
Badlands hike; dessert disaster
Wednesday, November 20, 2013      7 comments

Three of us hiked Dry River Canyon in the Badlands east of Bend on Sunday. It was a lovely clear day, crisp and cold. This trail is only open during late fall and winter; it is closed for wildlife habitat during the spring and summer. The can... Read more
Christmas shopping and Zumba mold
Saturday, November 16, 2013      8 comments

I usually go to Zumba Gold on Saturday a.m. at the Senior Center, it is a very lively and fun class. The instructor (Dick) will put on a belly dance coin scarf and shimmy along with everyone. It is the most successful class in our city, with o... Read more
Ravenna and Dubrovnik
Thursday, November 14, 2013      10 comments

This is the final blog about my cruise! It has been a lot of fun to blog, and it reminds me of the warm sunny days on the Mediterranean and Adriatic coastline. It’s hard to believe it is only a little over a week since I returned – today we ha... Read more
Pompeii and Venice
Wednesday, November 13, 2013      11 comments

Here is a bit more from our Mediterranean cruise. From the Amalfi coast, our tour took us to Pompeii. I was surprised at how quickly we arrived at Pompeii by not going over the windy scenic coast road! Scenic coast road – approx. 4 ½ hours; r... Read more

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