Scheduled ‘me’ time

Lately, mostly due to various problems with arthritis, I find myself managing my pain with ‘avoidance.’ I still do my stretches and biking each morning, but the rest of my day is about minimizing movement. Short term gain (no pain) for long term pain (loss of flexibility and muscle tone). Not a good approach.


So, I am trying to build some activity into the later parts of my day. At 4:00 every day, I am giving an hour to my health. One of the actives will be to get outside and walk. I have a deck system with four sets of stairs, so a circuit involves exercising muscles to keep my knees strong, a key piece of arthritis management.


You can see by the pile of leaves at the bottom, this set of stairs hasn’t been used enough!


Other things I can do during my ‘me hour’ (some exercise, some wellness time):

1. Research a health topic I am interested in and do an information page in my scrapbook. Perhaps do a blog post!

2. Do 20 minutes of yoga. I have a program to follow or, for variety, I can tape a program from TV.

3. Get weighed. We have a very good quality doctor’s scale but it is in the basement so I don’t weigh myself too often.

4. Do a set of weights for my arms, to keep them strong and help accelerate my metabolism.

5. Foot and nail care.

6. Read or do any sedentary activity on my exercise ball.

7. Take a walk outside, including my deck-stair circuit.


Another deck stairway ready for my circuits.


All my best,



Virtual biking … Phase one, day three

On Day 3 of my virtual bike trip in Southern Ireland, I went from the bridge at Rathmore south along Route 595, a distance of 1.4 km (10 minutes).


Saw a very pretty road to left and some Irish cows.


Drove along Bay, stone fences and lots of yellow gorse …


Feeling great and proud of myself for starting on this journey!

All photos are from Street View, Google Earth.

All my best,



keeping busy …

I haven’t posted in a very long time, but I have been busy. Last November, I decided to take my writing in a new direction. Since then, I have published three books, in a science fiction adventure/romance set on the planet Meniscus, far from Earth.

Book One – Meniscus: Crossing The Churn

the story of the meeting of a young woman, Odymn, and a genetically-engineered Slain whose kindness may not be consistent with his purpose.

Book Two – Meniscus: South from Sintha

the continuing story of Odymn and the Slain. Odymn loves her silent companion, but trying to help his former captives may be a challenge she did not anticipate.

Book Three – Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb

Odymn tries to survive a winter apart from the Slain’s help and protection.


My main character in these books is a young woman named Odymn. She is 28 years old and was brought to the planet Meniscus as a slave. Although she has endured hardships, she has both strength and endurance. The books tell the story of her escape to freedom, to live in the wilderness of Meniscus.




Physically, she is very different from me.

I have arthritis in my knees and have difficulty walking …

Odymn is athletic, an expert at the art of parkour. Parkour is a way of moving through the landscape in a series of runs, jumps and climbs. Parkour promotes strength, flexibility and endurance.

This is me, moving through the winter landscape …


This is Odymn, moving through the winter landscape on Meniscus …

'jump to the stack'paperback


If you want to read my book and others in the series, just click here.


Keep active and follow your dreams, even off-planet!

Best regards….






check-in: almost September

My first check-in on my summer 2016 program has arrived. How have I done? I have not lost any weight, but I have some progress to report:

  • I cycled on my stationary bike every second day (Phase 5 of my virtual journey along the St. John River). Days 5-1 to 5-6 took me from Edmundston to just south of Rivière Verte.
  • I did less eating in the evening after 9:00. It helps that my husband is also trying not to eat after 9 PM.
  • I have planned and started my next six days of cycling – Rivière Verte to Saint Leonard.

I also made three pledges to my son during the summer. Making a promise to my son about my diet is more likely to succeed than a pledge to any other person I know! I have chosen small changes that I feel will benefit my well-being. Also, by keeping these small promises, I give my self-esteem and confidence a boost.

  • July: I pledged to not eat French fries. French fries are not good for me and other choices are always available. In two months I have not had French fries once!
  • August: I pledged to eat only small servings of ice cream. My son said this was not to allow me to eat ice cream every day!!! Actually, I eat ice cream about once a week and a small cone is a much better choice than a large cone! For one month, I have had only small servings of ice cream!
  • September: This could be a hard one. Yesterday I pledged not to drink diet or regular cola. Often it is the easy choice, but I love water and can flavour it with a bit of lime.

I’ll do another check-in at the end of September.

All the best!



drinking water