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My sweet daughter has let me use her Cannon EOS 50D digital camera. Today, we took it out for a test drive. I have even purchased a book, David Busch’s Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Photography. Thankfully, I found it used on Amazon and it was even Prime! So far I am learning all the buttons on the camera and what they do. So please don’t expect “expert photography” YET!

I thought flowing water would be a good test so we headed east on 138 to find us a waterfall. Hwy 138 has many waterfalls as well as the North Umpqua River. This part of Oregon is so picturesque and beautiful. We stopped at Susan Creek Falls trailhead and hiked up to the falls. The weather held here and there but we did get wet by the intermittent rain.

This is Dale’s rendition of “Rain on the Windshield.”

We can’t go by the North Umpqua River without getting a photo! This would have been great if an eagle had come by!

I took a bunch of photos here with different settings and filters.

Susan Creek Trail is a very easy trail. Well maintained and wheel chair accessible. You will agree it is very beautiful.

I can’t go past a flower. I HAVE to take a photo. I used the little flower setting or Macro setting for up close photo’s.

The Trilliums are flowering in pink and white.

It has been so wet in our part of Oregon. We wanted to see how much water was coming over the falls. We were not disappointed.

These were taken with a slow shutter speed 1/30th. A polarized filter was used also.

Walking bridge over Susan Creek by the picnic area.

And finally – are you ready for it! A selfie.

See that big white spot? That is water on the lens. Lesson learned.

A wonderful day with a stop at Steamboat Cafe for a quiet lunch. I encourage you all….get out and enjoy nature! 🙂

Life is good. God’s power in the cross of Christ.

Time To Do A Little Crowing

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I’m not usually a self “horn tooter” but at times it just needs to come out!

Back in August I was determined to lose weight because I did not want to go on meds for diabetes. (the year before I had had enough of many things and ate my way through many buffets!)  At my last check up my blood pressure was up and my blood sugars were high and my weight was up 17 pounds. All  a very serious risk to the old ticker. I was determined to healthier.

The first book I picked up for advice and help was “The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet” by Michael Mosley. This way of eating is only consuming 800 calories a day. I know, for myself, that eating certain foods puts fat on my body; takes my blood sugar up; and generally makes me sluggish. So some of the recipes in this book were not for me. Although, I have seen awesome results for people who follow this plan.

The seconded diet I looked at is called the Ketogenic Diet. This is a low carb, medium protein and high fat diet. What sounded good to me was the fact that when I take my body into ketosis it starts burning the fat in my body instead of glucose. Which means that my liver and pancreas don’t have to work as hard to make glucose.

I chose to keep by carb grams under 30 and have pretty much done that for the last 8 months. I have eliminated fruit and some veggies that have high carb value and are high on the glycemic chart. Of course, no sugar, no pasta’s, no flours (only Almond and Coconut), no rice (only cauliflower rice) and anything high in carbs. It’s amazing how your body fights not having all these carbs but now those carbs only make me sick.

I have found some great tasting recipes that make this way of eating something I want to do forever. Here are some links to the sites I use on the internet.
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  https://www.ruled.me/
 https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/

I’m also on a very encouraging and informational group on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ketoforbadassbabes/?fref=nf   I’m amazed at the results of this WOE from the photo’s posted to this group.

As we all know, exercise is essential to any “diet.” And this WOE is no different. I haven’t been as active this winter because of the cold and rain and I still lost inches and weight. I am now able to get out and walk more and I am keeping my weight at a steady number.

The result: My blood sugars are back to normal and my blood pressure is back in the normal realm of numbers, without meds. I have lost 21 pound with 10 more to go but they are being stubborn. I have lost a combined total of 20 inches off my tummy and hips. Yay!!!!

With these results this “diet” has become my way of eating for life. There will be no going back (yes I’ve cheated and regretted it). My energy level is awesome now and my body feels so good. Healthier is beautiful.

I write this for anyone who is struggling with weight issues or health issues. If I can do this YOU CAN TOO. I had to get in that sweet spot (or scary spot) in my life to WANT to do this. It takes effort and time (I hate planning dinner etc but it is a must now). It is worth it!

Life is good. I love how God gives us direction in our life. I couldn’t do this without Him guiding me.

A New Adventure

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It’s been a rainy, cold winter this year. We decided, after being gone a year from home, to stay home after our Alaska/Canada trip. Boy, did we pick the wrong year to do that!!! Like most of the PNW, it has been wet, wet, wet and the rain hasn’t stopped yet here in April.

We did take a few jaunts to the beach over the winter. My son, David, moved to Brookings, Oregon so we visited with him and his gal, Brook a few times. It is so good to have him back in his home state and close to me. We are about 3 hours away from him now.

While visiting him a last week, we got a call from the guy who bought our BigBlue Dodge Ram a few years ago. The call went something like this: “Dale, this is Tyler. I, with my family, own an RV resort and wondered if you would like to be a camp host. I don’t know any other RVers and thought of you.” Dale: “Tell me about it.” Tyler: Our RV park is on the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island, B.C.” Dale: “I will talk with Gwen and get back to you.”

After several phone calls to his mom who lives there and then to their manager, we received those details and made our decision. We are going to be camp hosts for the summer! We are excited about this new adventure to a place where we have never been. Telegraph Cove RV Park and Marina on the Johnstone Strait. Duties aren’t much at all and we will have time to explore the island. We will register walk-ins in the evening and check the bathrooms and report to the manager if anything needs done and he will take care of everything.

More to come as we don’t start until July. My daughter, Lesa, has loaned me her Canon EOs 50D camera, so I hope to have some awesome photo’s to share. A friend has said she has been there and it is an awesome part of this big world.

Life is good. When God puts something in front of you, grab on with both hands!

Beach Time

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We are at Harris Beach State Park where my son David has volunteered to work here.

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We arrived January 1, 2017. The trip from Sutherlin to the coast (101) was not troublesome, but roads with snow and ice were present. Nothing our Dolphin (Miss Dory) couldn’t handle. It took us about 3 hours which is good to know so we can come visit David and Brook before they head off to another park in California.

It was really good to see the ocean. We watched this storm as we traveled south.

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We came to the highest bridge in Oregon, the Thomas Creek Bridge, and they were working on it. One lane only.

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The Thomas Creek Bridge is 345 feet high and 956 end to end. It is located between Gold Beach and Brookings. My view as we wait for the light to turn green:

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So far it has hailed on us and rained buckets. So no beach walk yet. The sun comes out but disappears quickly. It’s lovely here though.

We are helping David get set up in his “host” space and he is organizing his trailer for living her for a few months. A new adventure in store for the kids and we are so glad to be retired and RVers to boot.

Life is good. God’s word tells us “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Ps. 90:12

In other words – Life is short – get wisdom and enjoy!

2017

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Remember when Y2K was a huge, big deal? Well, 17 years later we are still here and using our computers!

It is going to get busy at our house in the next few days. Both of my children will be here and we will be off to Brookings for a mini-vacation.

I wanted to say Happy New Year to family and friends.

I pray this new year will bring peace and joy to your lives. Good health and many wonderful memories. Remember, life is short so pursue your passion! happy-new-year-linux-fans-413000-2

Family

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October is the time for our annual trip to Reno to visit with the Prohaska family. We stay at the Gold Ranch RV park in Verdi. I’ve posted about our trips here before. You will see how the kids have grown!

This time we got a different space from our normal one. Way to the top of the park in space 31. We had an awesome view of the mountains out our front window. Especially, when the rain and wind storms hit. It even snowed. It rained so hard that water was coming in our bedroom slide. A rubber seal was not in the right spot.

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In the month we were here we did many things with the kids. They are really, really busy kids. Chloe is now 7 and Noah is 5. Lucy will be 3 in February. They are growing so fast.

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We had a really nice day and went bike riding on the trail that goes all the way to Verdi.

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Lucy has a bike that she can walk/ride. No pedals yet. She loves it and like to keep up with mom and dad.

One another nice day, Joe, Ben, Chloe, Noah, Dale and I went to what the kids call Crystal Mountain behind Verdi. The road goes back in the forest with many boondocking sites and campgrounds. The kids can take only one rock home as they come here often. They have quite a collection.

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I filled a 5 gallon bucket with small white rock for our lot in Sutherlin. It was very heavy and the guys carried it. I haven’t had a chance to spread it out front yet as it has been raining since we got back.

We always look forward to October and time with the grandchildren and the big kids!

We also take a couple of weeks in November to visit with Dale’s mom, Doris.

It was her 91st birthday at this visit and we had a party with friends.

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left: Robin, me, Dale, Doris at the head of the table. Right: Dorana, Eddie, Sandy.

Doris took us all to dinner one evening to Pietro’s. Pietros is an upscale Italian restaurant and the food is out of this world. We were not only celebrating her birthday but Eddies retirement.

We are home now. We didn’t head south in November. Decided to stick around the homestead and just enjoy life. Our winter has been very wet (5″ of rain in December and we aren’t done yet) and very cold. We are toasty warm in our Cameo!

Life is good. God keeps my spirits up with all this gloomy weather. His love is awesome.