Fitness Photo Challenge Week 1 – Goals

My Michael and I have decided to participate in this 12 week challenge hosted by As My Camera Sees it.  Michael does not have a blog at this time so we will do it together on mine. We both turned 59 on our birthdays this year.  In order for us to continue with these birthdays some work needs to be done.  Some changes need to be make.  We have no problem getting older, we just want to do it as an active couple. My goals for the next 12 weeks are:

  1. Lose 10 pounds
  2. Run an 11 minute mile
  3. Walk/run/bike/kayak at least 5 days a week
  4. Complete my exercise routine 3-4 times a week (squats, push-ups, planks, lift)

Michael’s goals are:

  1. Lose 30 lbs. (10 per month)
  2. Average 1 hour of vigorous activity per day. (walk, run, kayak, bike, swim, etc.)
  3. Develop a weight lifting routine…lift every other day…at least 3 times per week, depending on muscle recovery.
  4. Strengthen my core.

1/52 – Selfie


I have decided to post a photo a week.  My choice of prompts.  I like to be the boss!!  I may even use the same prompt more than once a year.  This week it is “selfie”.

This is a shot of My Michael taken last year before I had my new camera.  I didn’t even realize that I had taken a selfie until recently when I blew it up and made it B & W.

Ring of Fire or My Love of All Things Spicy!!


I’m not sure when I had my first experience with spicy.  It may have been the weak “taco sauce” Mom used for her Wisconsin tacos.  Or, the fact that my uncle pushed me, or tricked me into trying new foods.  Like the time he gave me a bite of his “sirloin steak”.  We were a family of little money and many children, so sirloin was not on the menu.  I loved the new taste, even when he told me it was actually liver.  With that experience in mind, it may have been Uncle Willy’s trickery that began my journey of fearless food discover, including spicy.

Tabasco is my all-time favorite, with its vinegar taste, a definite plus.  I can’t imagine an egg without it.  It was a requirement when eating in the mess hall.  SOS with tabasco was one of the best parts of being in the Army.

When eating at a Mexican Restaurant, I’ll judge it by the salsa they serve when I first arrive.  It must be tasty, and have a bite.

I keep a huge container of pickled jalapenos in the refrigerator and add them to most things.  There is also a container of horseradish that is used regularly.  I know horseradish is not the same hot as a habanero, but I love its “heat”.

I have even been known to put a touch of cayenne in my brownies.  Just enough to have people wondering if there is something different about them.

I won’t say,” the hotter the better”.  I need to be able to taste it, but I do love spicy

Monday Morning Spring Snow

Last week we had temperatures around 50 – 60 degrees F. Snow was pretty much gone. But today we got one more taste of the beautiful winters here in Wisconsin.


The Footbridge

Robin in Snow

What’s going on?

Snow Skeleton

Snow skeleton?

Picnic Table Icicle

I saw a family having a picnic here last week.

Swan River (with a goose)

They showed up in the morning and stayed all day.  There were 5 geese at one point and a few ducks.  The swans never moved as I went out on the dock to shoot these pictures.  The goose was a little wary and that’s the shot of him alerting.  He took off after that but returned shortly after that.  It was a great day out there, I probably took over 300 shots.  Please click on the picture to see just how gorgeous they are.