Harbor Cruise Part 2 - Yachts [pictures]
Wednesday, January 11, 2012      7 comments

Yesterday I blogged about going on a harbor cruise in Newport Bay and I'm finishing my description of our trip today. During the second half of the cruise, we got to see a LOT of different types of boats, everything from rowboats to ocean-worthy... Read more
Playing 'Tourist' With My Sister [pix]
Tuesday, January 10, 2012      7 comments

My sister is visiting for a few days and she, DH and I [plus the dogs, of course] stayed at the beach house the past two nights. Even though we all grew up here and have spent countless hours in this particular area, we decided to 'play tourist'... Read more
Do the Dogs like the Beach? O0000h, yeah!! [pix]
Monday, January 09, 2012      16 comments

It's fun to play tag on the sand But Princess is no match for the 'speeding bullet' Moani ... Read more
Wonderful SparkFriends - And Boy Did We Have Fun!!
Sunday, January 08, 2012      15 comments

But hey, don't take my word for it - take a look for yourself! emoticon This is the little family beach house... Read more
Planning a SparkGathering
Friday, January 06, 2012      11 comments

I've invited Sparkers in Orange County, CA, and nearby areas to come to a SparkGathering tomorrow - I'm 'borrowing' a place that's been in my husband's family for generations because it's perfect for this type of thing and it's in Balboa so the ... Read more
How do you define success?
Wednesday, January 04, 2012      10 comments

I personally think 'success' is a matter of definition and it doesn't have to be a gigantic success to be worth of celebration - doing better than yesterday is a huge success, in my mind. I think we sometimes get too obsessed with 'success' and ... Read more
Starting 2012 Off on the Right Foot, Hiking With Dogs [pix]
Tuesday, January 03, 2012      10 comments

We ended 2011 on a 'high' by climbing to 7800 ft elevation on Winston Peak so what better way to start 2012 than to climb a different peak?? For our New Year's Day Hike, we chose Circle Mountain, elevation around 6900 ft, near the town of Wright... Read more
Ending 2011 on a High - The Dogs LOVED it!! [pix]
Monday, January 02, 2012      14 comments

As you can guess from my login name, hiking is one of my favorite activities, although I don't get out as often as I'd like - not really practical since I'd "like" to hike all day every day all the time, haha! So many trails, so little time........ Read more
Happy Sparkly Do-Over Brand-Spanking New Year!!!
Sunday, January 01, 2012      10 comments

2011 is over - no matter how things went, 2012 offers another chance - a do-over, fresh start, wipe-the-slate-clean opportunity to make things better than they have been, ... Read more
The Countdown Has Started! Are you ready?
Saturday, December 31, 2011      4 comments

It's time for the last gasp of 2011 before 'baby' 2012 starts in a few hours - amazing! emoticon Are you get... Read more
Bye Bye 2011 - your clock is running out!!
Friday, December 30, 2011      8 comments

Just a short 48 hours from now, 2011 will be a memory and 2012 will be on our minds for the following 365 days - how quickly time passes!! Here are some vintage New Year's posters to wind up the year - hope you enjoy them! This first one is... Read more
The next time you think YOU had a bad day....
Tuesday, December 27, 2011      11 comments

Watch this clip and see if it changes your mind!
LU8DDYz68kM I've watched that clip about a bazillion times and it's always totally amazing to me - hope you enjoy it, too!! And changin... Read more
The Morning After + Monday - Thoughts on Getting Back on Track!
Monday, December 26, 2011      11 comments

Well, here we are, the Morning After and it's Monday to boot - we could call that 'double trouble' but I prefer to think of it as 'double opportunity for new energy!' The holidays often get me off track - less exercise, more calorie-laden f... Read more
Merry Christmas to all my SparkFriends
Sunday, December 25, 2011      7 comments

I hope everyone has an absolutely perfect holiday - even if it seems on the surface like there are things that could be, um, 'improved,' just let all that go and enjoy the day, make happy memories and be grateful for everything. Here are s... Read more
Christmas Eve Hike Pictures & Christmas Posters
Saturday, December 24, 2011      8 comments

I have had a nice Christmas Eve so far today - slept in a little big [yay], got some grocery shopping done so we're well-stocked for the next few days, went for a short hike [about 3-1/2 miles] at a local wilderness park and dropped off some Chr... Read more

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