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Day 1372 - A Retrospective
Saturday, September 01, 2018      29 comments

Yesterday we received a Facebook "memory" of five years ago when we first started looking for a house up in Lake County. It got me thinking about our time here since we moved here fulltime and how my life has come to land in this magical (and so... Read more
Day 1341 - Fire Update
Wednesday, August 01, 2018      23 comments

The two fires that started last Thursday, July 27, are still burning. This map shows the current burn areas: www.google.com/maps/d/u/
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Day 1334 - Meeting Spark Friends in Person
Wednesday, July 25, 2018      23 comments

On Saturday, July 21, I had the great pleasure of meeting another one of my Spark Friends as we drove through Utah on the way to our vacation in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. I met Paula (LOVELYSPIRIT16) a couple years ago when I participated in... Read more
Day 1276 - Memorial Day Inspiration
Monday, May 28, 2018      20 comments

At our campus graduation ceremony on Friday evening, our keynote speaker ended his speech with some powerful words as inspiration to our graduating students. I thought they were worth sharing as we celebrate Memorial Day and the freedoms we enjo... Read more
Day 1269 - Accomplishments
Monday, May 21, 2018      27 comments

Everyone has been so supportive to me during my time in grad school. The nearly two years that it took to complete really did fly by. It was a great experience, and I'm grateful that I successfully completed the program in the time I had hoped. ... Read more
Day 1215 - A Full and Happy Heart
Wednesday, March 28, 2018      43 comments

I am vacationing in Florida this week with my DH and a close friend of ours from Indianapolis. We are using a condo in Orlando as home base, but wanted to do some traveling around the state to visit mutual friends. One of our friends, Kenny, liv... Read more
Day 1143 - Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 15, 2018      38 comments

Yesterday I had an experience that reminded me of the importance of Martin Luther King Day and why we celebrate the memory of this great man. We were at a fast food restaurant and the woman ahead of us was clearly homeless, she was pushing ... Read more
Day 1129 - Welcome, 2018!
Monday, January 01, 2018      29 comments

I'm not a resolution maker, but I do want to keep some things present as I start this new year... Be more mindful. Be more positive. Be more active. Be more loving. Be more forgiving. I wish you all the best for 201... Read more
Day 1114 - Happy Holidays
Sunday, December 17, 2017      23 comments

At our annual holiday open house yesterday, a few of us were discussing how much we like to embrace the holidays at the end of the year. Our house is decorated to the max (at least on the first floor) and we love spending time with friends durin... Read more
Day 1079 - Kelly
Sunday, November 12, 2017      40 comments

Following up on my last blog entry, there have been people that touched my heart in ways that are hard to imagine. Kelly White was one of those people.... Read more
Day 1063 - Everybody say "Love"
Friday, October 27, 2017      28 comments

I don't often read her column any more, but I've always been a fan of Amy Dickinson. Not only is she a fun panelist on "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" on NPR, she is also a wise counselor to those who seek her advice. I got a chance to read the loca... Read more
Day 1046 - The four seasons of Northern California
Wednesday, October 11, 2017      31 comments

The weather in northern California is pretty predictable. We typically have rain between November and April, and a major dry spell between April and November. That creates major dry spots toward the end of summer that can cause problems for wild... Read more
Day 1034 - Autumn
Thursday, September 28, 2017      21 comments

I'm still here! This has been a busy month of grad school, work projects, and life. There isn't much to report except that I can't believe that it has been over a month since my last blog post. I'm taking three courses again this seme... Read more
Day 1000 - Keep Going
Friday, August 25, 2017      33 comments

If I've learned anything here at SparkPeople, it is that consistency is important. You won't get where you want to go if you don't show up every day, ready to get to work. Being healthy really doesn't take that much more work than being overweig... Read more
Day 981 - Be It Ever So Humble
Sunday, August 06, 2017      19 comments

We arrived home last night about 11:00 pm local time. We had been "up" for about 24 hours, but we did get a few catnaps on the flights home. Our Air France flight from Basel to Paris was canceled, so we had to be rebooked on Lufthansa/Unite... Read more

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