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  • Museum day & meal plan

    1/19/2020 11:49:33 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (herbal tea from our cafe date. So cozy!) As expected, nearly all traces of snow are gone, whoo-hoo! We had a relaxed Saturday. Went out to run errands and ended up spending a couple of hours at the bookstore cafe talking and relaxing, then back to the boy for an evening movie (Jo Jo R... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY LOVE YOU ALL

    1/19/2020 10:25:34 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing well beautiful sunday love you all dearly from my heart supporting me and standing by me mean so much to me i am letting tears fall because i have really been threw the ringer but now my aunt going to be the next one continue to pray for my family enjoy your day hugs ... Read more

  • No snow day, but it's the weekend!

    1/18/2020 1:26:10 PM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (View from my perch at a local cafe.) Well, the coastal PNW winter is back -- rain, gloom, and wind. Honestly, it's a welcome change from snow, which is melting fast and will likely be obliterated completely by sunset. I had to get out of the house yesterday. Two of my profs had recor... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS MADE 5 DAYS TO THE GYM THIS WEEK WOOHOO!!!!!

    1/18/2020 9:39:03 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers had good workout this morning getting back with my squats and free weights feeling good hadnt been to gym in one week five days because i was taking care of my mom got there one or two times a week i dont know how to act enjoy your day love and blessings to all of you 247 248 594 30... Read more

  • Snow day #4

    1/17/2020 11:22:20 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (throwback to campus the day before the snow hit.) This is getting ridiculous. Everything is cancelled yet again. No fresh snow to speak of, the campus has been closed nearly all week so plenty of time for ice removal, there's blue sky and temps are going to be well above freezing once the s... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS BSL WAS LOW THIS MORNING 64 NOW 74

    1/17/2020 10:08:56 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had good workout bsl was 64 so i wasnt my best now eating some food i am hypo next month i will be diabetic February 20 years wow it has been a journey and still is so what are you all up to today let me know i wish all good things for all of you my mom doing good ... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS NURSING HOME DAY TODAY

    1/16/2020 11:34:37 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok no gym toay went to nursing home today she doing ok moving her to medicard part at nursing home so she getting good care she eating little better so both of us are doing better felt so good riding by myself no calling anybody stress because she at home by herself ... Read more

  • Yet another snow day...

    1/16/2020 11:22:00 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    This is getting ridiculous. Yesterday I understand -- I had to get out in it and the road conditions were awful. Today though? A vast majority of the snow melted overnight when the warmer winds moved in and even my little forgotten side street is bare pavement. Judging from the campus web cams, e... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS DOING GOOD SON HAD THREE TEETH PULLED THIS MORNING

    1/15/2020 12:35:43 PM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout this morning son had threee teeth pulled this morning got his meds at drugstore he laying down now everyone is doing good all enjoy your day now going to get me some food love and blessings to all of you 247 248 223 304 593 386 593... Read more

  • Snow day, take 2!

    1/15/2020 9:49:41 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (My walk to school through the woods yesterday, before round 2 of the snow hit.) Okay snow, gotcha, you can go now! More came in over night and classes are canceled again. Everyone else is celebrating, not sure why. We still have to do the work, just now we have less time. This ain't hi... Read more

  • Cold day!

    1/14/2020 10:49:17 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    Today is a cold day. Around here, anything below 40 degrees during the daytime is cold and considered a major winter event. Well, it's in the teens and the windchill makes it seem like it's in the negatives. No snow day today, either, even though everything is horribly iced up. I have a mile... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS MOVE IT TUESDAY I FEEL BETTER

    1/14/2020 10:10:22 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing well had great gym workout this morning back in gym with my routine getting back to normal after 4 years i feel so strange like i should be calling my mom three and four times a daybut God GOOD ALL THE TIME i have to keep my faith raining here again today so i have c... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS RAINING HERE TODAY I WENT TO THE GYM TOO!!!!!!

    1/13/2020 10:24:59 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok raining cats and dogs here but i went to the gym body feeling so much betteri stayed on the bike 10 minutes my body was worn out all over i cant get that bad off any more my mom in better place and it was to much for me you wouldnt think but for 4 years i have been... Read more

  • SNOW DAY!

    1/13/2020 10:21:22 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    Snow day! okay, as of right now, it's just half a snow day :) We got about an inch last night here on the coast, so classes are delayed until noon. Seems insane, but when you live somewhere with nearly no snow removal equipment, that's just how it goes! I'm down a couple of pounds this week,... Read more

  • Meal plans and ramblings

    1/12/2020 12:19:16 PM, by WILDBOTANIST

    Meal plan first, my ramblings later :) Sunday: Tofu parmesan & brussel sprouts Monday: Spinach and leek pie with roasted veg Tuesday: Yam and sausage hash with a salad Wednesday: Veggie fajitas with roasted summer squash Thursday: Orange tofu bowls Friday: Veggie bu... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS HAVE PEACE SUNDAY WE ARE BLESSED

    1/12/2020 10:56:02 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok i am blessed my mom in safe place my aunt doing ok her house is cleaned out i am so feeling better i didnt think i ever was going to get any better but God good all the time i am witness to this enjoy your day all of you continue to pray for my family i always pray... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS FULL WORKOUT AT GYM TODAY BODY COMING BACK

    1/11/2020 9:50:11 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had full body workout this morning feeling pretty good these last 4 yrs of dealing with my mom took my health down building back up now stress will kill you i am here to tell you personally i was in bad shape ripping and running all the time i am more calm now and ... Read more

  • A Pretty Big Health Scare

    1/11/2020 9:43:43 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (I'm not ready to stop exploring yet!) I had a scare yesterday. I major, big time scare. It started at breakfast. Right after eating I begin to feel very sick to my stomach. By the time it passed, I had begun to fall into the anxiety trap. My stomach was in knots and the "phantom" pains... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS HAD GREAT WORKOUT THIS IN A LONG TIME

    1/10/2020 10:09:49 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout this morning sweating out of my head this morning felt good to feel good to be back to my routine what are you all doing today cody here rain is coming back so now i am getting caught back up enjoy your day love and bog smiles to all of you 247 ... Read more

  • Everybody's working for the weekend!

    1/10/2020 9:58:28 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    FRIDAY! I have a full day of classes to get through, but not much homework. A simply project for ecology and finishing up the questions in my lab manual from geology. No math, finished that last night :) I'm leading a work party tomorrow to pull out some invasive blackberries along a... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS MOM DOING GOOD AT NURSING HOME BEST THING THAT NEEDED TO BE DONE

    1/9/2020 11:48:29 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing well went to see mom at nursing home thursday is my day to go wow so much stress off of me best for all of us she is getting little bit stronger the lord put me in the right direction thanks for all your prayers support i really needed that so much now i am less stres... Read more

  • Ready for the weekend!

    1/9/2020 9:14:44 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    I know it's only Thursday, but I'm ready for the weekend! First week back after an extended break it's always so.... Tiring. 😊... Read more

  • Welcome 2020

    1/8/2020 3:11:17 PM, by KARENJP2020

    I am back again after a long time away - 1 year to be exact. I am still a work in progress making changes that will lead to a healthy and active lifestyle. This years goals are to eliminate fad diets and to concentrate on a balanced whole food based meal plan that I like and is sustainable. Intro... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS GROCERY SHOPPING TODAY GOT ME SOME CHICKEN TRYING TO GET MORE PROTEIN

    1/8/2020 10:20:54 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok went to gym this morning feeling a lot better then went to grocery store got me a roast chicken trying to get more protein taking care of myself and i am feeling better what are you all up to today let me know enjoy your day love and blessings to all of you when yo... Read more

  • Back to normal

    1/8/2020 10:06:11 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (pretty shot of the sound from across the sand dunes at cranberry lake.) My first day went well :) I ended up having only one class, because we don't have labs on the first day back after break, but I spent half the day on campus getting the beginning of term tasks completed. The weath... Read more

  • ...And Go!

    1/7/2020 11:35:44 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (ain't he cute!?!) Well, that three weeks flew by! It's a go, today I'm back in class! I have a healthy lunch packed (White bean & parsnip soup, corn tortillas with vegan gouda, snap peas, and half a hummus and red pepper sandwich), all my supplies, and I'm ready to go! The adult ... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS OVERSLEPT TODAY NO PROBLEM I GUESS I NEEDED THAT REST

    1/7/2020 10:37:43 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok overslept this morning guess i needed the rest back to gym in the morning and grocery shopping then home thursday go see my mom at nursing home i am doing lot better after got mom house cleaned out worry off my shoulders bp going down and bsl doing better what you ... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS GOOD GYM DAY FEELING BETTER

    1/6/2020 10:23:08 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had good workout this morning feeling a whole lot better now trying to get my schedule back right go to the nursing home on thursdays so that is good came home and cooked shagetti and meat sauce and garlic bread so all enjoy your day love and many blessings to all... Read more

  • Ready, set...

    1/6/2020 9:35:12 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    Today is my last day of winter break. I'm actually a bit stoked to go back to class, although I also wish I had time to work on a few more personal projects. Ah well, hopefully some of the time management hacks I've been working on will give me more free time and energy for hobbies this quarter! ... Read more

  • 2020 FIRST FULL WEEK OF 2020 HERE WE GO LETS DO THIS SPARKERS

    1/5/2020 10:18:37 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok first full week of 2020 lets do this sparkers we got to go hard and focus that is what i am doing in the morning back to the gym in the morning get my body back in shape my physical next month so enough of the pity stuff what are you all up to today let me know enj... Read more

  • I'm not a potato (& menu Plan, too!)

    1/5/2020 8:41:24 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (nurse log 🌲) Yesterday was gorgeous! It always amazes me how different weather can be along the coast. It was gray and drizzly here in town, but we head 27 miles south to Whidbey island. We drove through some even nastier rain to get there. Once at Dugualla state park, though, we had blue ... Read more

  • Business as usual

    1/4/2020 9:53:32 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (the blue steak through the trees it's actually the bay, not there sky!) We are back to business as usual! I feel great again, thankfully. It's Saturday, which generally means the boy, my partner, and myself head somewhere to hike, rain or shine. Only dangerous conditions keep us inside! ... Read more

  • 2020 HEY SPARKERS KEEPING TO MY GOALS RESTING BODY TODAY WILL START BACK AT GYM MONDAY

    1/4/2020 9:34:34 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok my resolution take care of myself i am doing that resting my whole body will be back in gym monday morning and ready to try and get to 70 what are you all doing today let me know all my people right now are doing ok love and joy to all and many blessings 247 304 ... Read more

  • 2020 HAPPY NEW YEAR CAREGIVING DAY TODAY FOR MY AUNT

    1/3/2020 1:31:26 PM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all doing ok caregiving today for my aunt grocery store i dont have to do that for my mom anymore Lord knows best raining cats and dogs here flooding some places but we still here i am tired you all enjoy your day love 2020 wishes for all 247 593 223 304 381... Read more

  • Take me to the forest to heal

    1/3/2020 10:23:22 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    Thank you for the kind and supportive words yesterday :) I'm going to talk a bit more about my anxiety disorder because a) it helps me to think "out loud," and b) mental health needs to be talked about in order to break down the old fears and misconceptions that surround various diagnoses. ... Read more

  • Sickness and anxiety

    1/2/2020 12:38:40 PM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (pretty lichen and moss from yesterday's short hike) Ug. I've been trying to deny it, but I am sick. It's been a couple of years, I think, since I can't easily recall the last time I felt this yucky. Sore throat mainly. No fever. Some body aches. A bit of nausea, but I think that is from ove... Read more

  • 2020 HAPPY NEW YEAR JUST VISITED MY MOM SHE GOOD

    1/2/2020 11:24:35 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok just came back from visiting my mom she good now i can get my body in shape my stress level her house is gone so now my aunt still out here she 92 so things are looking better all enjoy your day love and all new blessings for 2020 come to you love all of you 247 3... Read more

  • 2020 HAPPY NEW YEAR SPARKERS LOVE YOU ALL DEARLY

    1/1/2020 1:03:20 PM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok went to gym forgot they on holidays hours i was that at 6 they open 7 sooo i came back home got back in the bed resting my body today is a good sign for enjoy your first day of 2020 love and blessings to all of you 247 304 247 247 593 386 306 386... Read more

  • 2020 New Year's musings

    1/1/2020 9:53:34 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (worked on some nature journaling yesterday.) I'm starting the new year with a cold. I suspected it yesterday, but was hoping against hope I was wrong. But nope, sore throat and runny nose/congestion. I had my flu shot, so hopefully it was effective against any strains floating around and th... Read more

  • 2019 HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU

    12/31/2019 11:36:17 AM, by MSANN59

    hjey sparkers hope you all are doing well all things gone out of my mom house Thank the Lord keys turned in that was something else enjoy your new years eve love and blessings to all of you be safe and take care out on the streets 247 304 593 594 593 386 593 594... Read more

  • Year End Odds & Ends

    12/31/2019 9:28:59 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    (yesterday's work vibes) I'd tell you what I'm doing tomorrow, but I don't have 2020 vision. *boom tss* Okay, that was a bad joke and I should apologize ;) I go back to class a week from today, so I began getting into my new routine yesterday. I woke up at 5:30 and did yoga, the... Read more

  • 2019 HEY SPARKERS HOPEFULLY THE NEW YEAR WILL BE BETTER

    12/30/2019 10:12:40 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok haad better workout this morning then went and tried on dresses doing real good tomorrow will meet miracle hill at my mom apartment to get all of her donations and i will close it down take keys to the office with her mailbox key wow this have really worn me out no... Read more

  • Word of the Year 2020

    12/30/2019 9:51:10 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    For the last few years I've seen the "word of the year" or "my one word" posts popping up everywhere from Medium articles to personal blogs and even Instagram feeds. The idea is almost as if the word becomes a mantra. You use it to guide you through the year, especially during moments of doubt or... Read more

  • Hiking at the Asylum & Menu Plan

    12/29/2019 10:43:37 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    We visited a mental hospital yesterday....well, it used to be a mental hospital, now it is a state recreation area and ruins to explore! We hiked over 6 miles around the area. Most of the trails are old roadbeds, so it was easy to avoid mud. We did find a few more trail-like trails, especially ... Read more

  • 2019 HEY SPARKERS I AM SOOO TIRED

    12/29/2019 10:02:39 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing well i am so tired my mom apartment not a joke my body aching all over so i am going to rest today you all have great day love and many blessings to all of you 247 304 593 381 386 593... Read more

  • Adventure day!

    12/28/2019 1:00:36 PM, by WILDBOTANIST

    Heading out on a hike today. Back to our regular scheduled programing tomorrow 😉... Read more

  • 2019 HEY SPARKERS CLEAN MOM HOUSE OUT GOT 30 BAGS FOR MIRACLE HILL

    12/28/2019 11:48:16 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok no gym this morning clean mom house out we got 30 bags for miracle hill clothes dishes all kind of things and bed sofa table chairs the man over her low income apartment said he was going to call police on us parking on the grass we left and we have to park in park... Read more

  • New Year's Goals

    12/27/2019 11:38:57 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    New Year's Resolutions....ug. No. Just no. A resolution sets me up for failure. A resolution gives the idea of do or die, there is no try. I resolve to do something! Oops, I didn't do it, guess I wasn't so resolved after all! So as soon as you mess up (and if you are human like me, you will... Read more

  • 2019 HEY SPARKERS EYE EXAM TODAY EYES OK CATARACTS STILL NOT REAL BAD

    12/27/2019 11:07:18 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok no gym this morning went to eye appointment eyes doing ok didnt need new prescription but we got our prescription see how much they are on line so got that over in the morning got to go to mom house almost at the end got to clean the fridge and sweep up papers and ... Read more

  • A very merry day

    12/26/2019 10:34:35 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    We had a lovely day yesterday. The boy woke up and opened his gift -- the only thing he wanted was a VR set, which that and the candy in his stocking was enough to make him happy :) You don't need a pile of presents under the tree for kids to be excited, just one or two carefully chosen gifts is ... Read more

  • 2019 HEY SPARKERS BSL 64 STRESS IN GETTING ME DOWN

    12/26/2019 10:13:01 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing well went to gym this morning did ok bsl 64 not feeling the best then came home and sit down now resting my body hopefully after get mom apartment done after tuesday things will do better hope all had great christmas enjoy your day i am going to rest love and blessing... Read more

  • 2019 MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL LOVE ALL OF YOU

    12/25/2019 11:16:08 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope you all are having wonderful Christmas day just came back from visiting my mom she doing ok she have gained 9 pounds she eating now lotion her down and she ate her breakfast real good by herself she was in good spirits hope all got what they were looking for my blessings was the Lo... Read more

  • Winter Restlessness

    12/24/2019 12:35:12 PM, by WILDBOTANIST

    Does anyone else feel restless this time of year? I know I do. I'm going to guess yes, though. We just got through the hump of the shortest day, the days are getting longer but we have a long way to go, still. Inland it may have been a bit easier. Things are still frozen over, there is no dawn ch... Read more

  • 2019 GROCERY SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS I GUESS REGULAR COOKING FOR ME

    12/24/2019 12:06:07 PM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok no gym went shopping and now going to cook roast mac and cheese and turnips green and brought hubby apple pie i am tired so after this i can rest and going to see my mom in the morning then i will come home and sit down enjoy your christmas eve love and merry chri... Read more

  • 2019 HEY SPARKERS GOOD WORKOUT THIS MORNING DID SQUATS ALSO

    12/23/2019 10:13:50 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope you all are doing ok had great workout this morning and did some squats working on my my knee then came home cooked some marie callender lasngna and garlic bread some comfort food for them rainey here today then i will cook tomorrow when i get back for grocery shopping for christma... Read more

  • Blue Sky Day

    12/23/2019 10:03:16 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    The sun peaked out around the clouds a few times yesterday, so we joined every sane human to walk along the boardwalk and marvel at the weird yellow thing in the sky. It's also the first day in a week where I effortlessly got my steps in. The plan is to head out for a longer hike today and ... Read more

  • Downtown Lights

    12/22/2019 10:57:30 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    Lovely evening downtown. The rain let up to a mere sprinkle by midafternoon, so we decided to run a few downtown errands and soak up the vibe. Picked up incense at a favorite downtown spot, grabbed cards to mail out to the niece and nephew (late but....I do my best!), perused a popup holiday craf... Read more

  • 2019 HEY SPARKERS SLEEP UNTIL 9;30 FEELING BETTER

    12/22/2019 10:25:56 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had good sleep my mom called me yesterday she surprised me i feel so good about that hearing her voice she doing whole lot better that was the right thing to do for all of us so i am enjoying a peaceful sunday love and blessings to all of you 247 304 593 594 3... Read more

  • 2019 HEY SPARKERS DOING GOOD ON MOM APARTMENT WE SEEING DAYLIGHT

    12/21/2019 11:41:35 AM, by MSANN59

    hey sparkers hope all are doing ok no gym this morning working on mom apartment all clothes are packed up for miracle hill now we got to clean out kitchen fridge and living room looking lot better please keep us in your prayers the end for all the things to be gone is dec31 and that will be a relief... Read more

  • Menu Plan & Atmospheric Rivers

    12/21/2019 11:29:01 AM, by WILDBOTANIST

    I'm sure they have them in other parts of the world, but whenever I mention that we have an "atmospheric river" to friends not in the region I get a confused look. What it means, in general, is that it has been really coming down for days, and it will continue to do so for a few more. An at... Read more