Monday, December 24, 2012

Greetings of the Season!

Greetings Friendly Bloggers!
In the Upper Midwest, it is winter! For snow and cold lovers we have some of both. We will have a white Christmas! I was able to break out my cross country skies and even do some ice skating on our small lake. The ice in the lake is already 8 inches thick which is strong enough for ice skating and cross country skiing. Here are some pictures.
Here you can see how thick the ice is.

Frozen bubbles in the ice

Here you can see how wonderful the ice is for skating. It is like glass!

First ski tracks of the season!

Ice fishing!

I started exercising again after my long fall bout of respiratory grud. I cannot tell you how good it feels to get outside and exercise. Cycling is at a standstill for now until the streets are ice-free. Plenty of outdoor choices though with walking ice-skating and cross-country skiing. 

As I write this I am listening to the Minnesota Public radio holiday stream ( We will have many family members coming and going over the next few days as we celebrate Christmas at our cabin.  We have plenty of good food, sweets and treats too, but, mostly very healthy and good food for all. I am not worried about eating this holiday. I have maintained my over 42 pound loss for quite some time and know I will continue what works for me now. 

Jo, you are in my thoughts every day. To the family's of Sandy Hook~my heart aches for you in this time of sorrow...
See you in 2013 my friends. Be safe. Stay strong in your healthy ways. TTFN, Michele

Friday, December 7, 2012

Snow and ice and other ruminataions

Greetings Friendly Bloggers!
I write this post tonight amidst a gentle falling snow. There is nothing like a little snow to brighten one's spirits. Everything is coated with lovely snow with the most beautiful snow clinging to the trees and plants. It is like magic to me. Enjoy a few pictures of our lake just beginning to freeze.

That leaf is floating on the ice.
Now you are looking through the ice at the rocks on the edge of the lake.
Health news:
After seven weeks of coughing and what seemed like an upper respiratory virus, I finally went into see my doctor.  I was surprised to find out that I actually had a pretty bad case of bronchial asthma. I now understand why I was short of breath and could not really exercise these past many weeks. After a week with a couple of different inhalers I am way better and my cough is almost gone. Hurray!!  Finally. I hope to start slowly to get back into exercise with some walking. Now that it is snowy I probably will not be able to ride  much... 

My friend Jo's husband has just entered hospice for his esophageal cancer. Jo has bravely stood by her love. Each of her updates resonates with her love for him. I can not imagine how hard this must be. My heart is heavy for them both. Please keep them in your prayers and thoughts. 

Life is short.