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grannyannie - Saturday Aug 01, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Got on exercise bike for 40 minutes.

Had lots of wine yesterday and the day before.  Today is a smallish amount of hubby's brewed beer.  Garden party tomorrow. 


B:  cereal and toast and tea w/soy

L:  6 veg salad and cheddar, quinoa bar, soy yogurt

D:  veg chicken curry

All the popcorn and crisps and nuts are gone.  So no snack foods. 

Some beer but trying not to have too much.  

Some Victorian homes on  my road:

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/01/2020:
I love a deep Merlot or a dry Chardonnay. Rose wines are good but not my first choice. However, I am an odd ball in that all wine must be ice cold.

I like lagers - I've been wanting to try Blue Moon and Stella Artois but then I started abstinence, so I don't know if that will ever happen.

I'd be interested to hear how you do now that the snacks are gone :-)

(PS At the time of typing this, the pictures hadn't gone through...)

grannyannie on 08/01/2020:
I can drink red but more than one glass gives me heartburn. My favourite is a rose' with berries.

I love many kinds of beers. Any except a sour one actually.

Donkey on 08/01/2020:
Ohh the pictures have come through - LOVELY!

grannyannie on 08/01/2020:
I wanted pics of others but people were out front and they get funny when they you taking aphoto of their house.

Maria7 on 08/01/2020:
I LOVE your photos! Thank you so much! Have a blessed day.

grannyannie on 08/01/2020:
Thanks. :)

bearcountrygg on 08/01/2020:
Beautiful pics...yup...people do get funny about that!

grannyannie on 08/01/2020:
I try to be sneaky because I often take pics of the scenery.

Horn_of_plenty on 08/02/2020:
my body / mouth / throat / taste buds luckily do not like a lot of wine / beer / alcohol thank gosh!!!!! i feel you and how hard it is to cut habits!

those homes are just beautiful. i especially like the one in the top photo bc of the ample amount of land around it :) beautiful.

Grannyannie on 08/02/2020:
Wish I didn't like beer and wine. Most of the houses on my road have a big garden. Ours is half acre. Most have a forest in back and the loch in front.

grannyannie - Friday Jul 31, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Cloudy right now but forecast is sunny and 70 for much of the day.  Power walk. Walked not quite 4 miles roundtrip. It was very warm!  Not quite 70 when I went. 

Garden gathering planned for Sunday.  Scotland is opening up more all the time but we still won't go inside a pub or cafe.  A couple of hotspots but overall doing very well.  Nobody has died from Covid for 2 weeks and very few are in ICU.  Schools are opening mid August. 

While watching the John Lewis service yesterday (afternoon for us) I had wine. 


B: toast, cereal, tea w/soy

S: coffee with coconut milk, maybe a quinoa bar or another toast

L:  6 veg salad with 2 sausages

D:  leftover Massaman curry

S:  last packet of crisps, might have beer, might not

Took a short trip to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) during our winter in Thailand.  End of Jan to beginning of Feb. Loved it.




Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/31/2020:
Yay on the power walk! I hope you enjoyed it!

I hope that the weather will cooperate for a weekend gathering. You ARE doing quite well. We continue to open up here gradually. And the way this virus works, there will be spikes in cases, then. DUH. That's just how this works.

I'm sorry I missed the John Lewis funeral, but glad you got to see it. I think having a glass of wine while watching is quite fitting.

Grannyannie on 07/31/2020:
You can see the funeral online. Obama was awesome.

Wish we could keep people from England out. They did a lot worse with Covid.

I did enjoy the walk. Took some pics which I'll share tomorrow.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/31/2020:
LUCKY YOU! Saigon!

that's a very colorful building!

also, nice job on your walk. i am usually in the 2mi range in terms of walking comfortably. after that, i have to push myself. i have to think how to do better with cardio...

Grannyannie on 07/31/2020:
Viet Nam is only a short flight from Thailand where we stay in winter. I really enjoyed it. Lovely friendly people.

4 miles takes me about an hour.

legcramps on 07/31/2020:
Oh that's pretty!

It will be nice to have some sunshine today I bet. Hope you enjoyed your power walk!

Grannyannie on 07/31/2020:
Yes finally sun! Did enjoy walk.

innerpeace on 07/31/2020:
beautiful photo! I glad you enjoyed your walk too. Enjoy your day.

Grannyannie on 07/31/2020:
Thanks. You too!

bearcountrygg on 07/31/2020:
Love the colors!!

grannyannie on 07/31/2020:
Yea, I liked the colours. There weren't a lot of buildings like that. They are very big on bright colours though as there were coloured lights everywhere!!

Horn_of_plenty on 07/31/2020:
WOW...you are fast on your 4 miles! very fit! i couldn't do that at the moment, seriously.

my dad does the four miles like you do. same timing also!

Grannyannie on 07/31/2020:
I dont feel very fit LOL. At least not like I was. But I do the same speed when I power walk. Always.

grannyannie - Thursday Jul 30, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Another gloomy day.  Dreich in Scottish.  This does not make me feel energetic.  Finished another jigsaw puzzle yesterday. Got another to start - 1,000 pieces - various beers.  

Tempted to get on scale because I have been able to get into smaller size trousers. 

Not sure what I'll do for exercise today - should be muscle work. 


  • B:  toast, cereal, tea w/soy
  • S:  coffee with coconut milk, soy yogurt
  • L:  6 veg salad with 2 cumberland sausages
  • D:  Massaman curry
  • S:  packet of crisps

A gorgeous beach on an island in the Outer Hebrides - 2011.  

Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/30/2020:

I'm so sorry that the weather has been dull. After a while, that gets very draining on one's spirit. Is this usual weather for your area at this time? Seems like you're getting a lot of rain.

I need to do muscle work too. Maybe tonight!

grannyannie on 07/30/2020:
Scotland (and Ireland and England) have a reputation for being drizzly and cloudy a lot. Southern England has a lot more sun and warmer/hot temps than us. Plus the fact that we live in one of the wettest parts of Scotland. We normally get a spell of good weather during the spring/summer and this year it was May/June and lasted many weeks. But lately it's been awful. Temp low to mid 60's.

We go to Thailand for the winter to get aways from the dark, windy, rainy and cold weather here.

legcramps on 07/30/2020:
I feel your weather is a lot like some areas of Canada, British Columbia in particular. I have family there, and I know the winters are especially harsh for them. Even though they don't get a lot of snow, they are pelted with constant rain and cloudy weather. It gets to be depressing after awhile, and I know a lot of people suffer from seasonal depression. Even where I am, we have very long winter months, and it can get to be too much at times (which is why a lot of us take to the warmer countries through the winter months as well).

grannyannie on 07/30/2020:
We get very little snow and it never sticks for long. But it still feels very cold - often have gale force winds.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2020:
That beach is certainly gorgeous indeed. I just love the small sandy area and the grass covered mountains in the background just picturesque.

keep up the good work on leaning out and reaching your goals..

grannyannie on 07/30/2020:
There are lots of gorgeous white sandy beaches in Scotland. Too bad the water is always about 52 degrees!

bearcountrygg on 07/30/2020:
Love your menu...it all sounds delish!

grannyannie - Wednesday Jul 29, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Didn't do my cardio yesterday but did it today.  15 minutes step aerobics and 30 mins exercise bike. 

Still not counting calories or weighing myself.  Had some beer yesterday.

  • B:  toast and cerearl and tea w/soy
  • S:  quinoa bar and coffee
  • L:  6 veg salad with 2 boiled eggs
  • D:  Massman curry
  • S:  popcorn, small beer

I have 2 packs of popcorn left and have not ordered any more.  Also have 4 or 5 packs of crisps and will not buy more. It's the one thing hubby can't resist and he gets indigestion from them.  He wakes up at night and has to take a Gaviscon.  I buy them to bring to garden parties with friends but don't really need to. There are always plenty of snacks. 

I took a photo of our house a few years ago and edited it as a pencil sketch.   Also took off our house name and put Home.  When the weather is nice I'll take some photos of some of the houses on our road that are Victorian. 


Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/29/2020:

grannyannie on 07/29/2020:

Donkey on 07/30/2020:
I love that picture! Lovely house!

That might be a good idea not to restock on popcorn and chips (crisps( for a bit. Just to take a break, see how you do without.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/30/2020:
step aerobics, step machine: hardcore and doesn't need to much time! i so agree on that!

i have a stepper, only use it around 15-20 min at a clip.

I enjoy seeing your house design. it's so private with the nice white fence and shrubs and bushes.

grannyannie - Tuesday Jul 28, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Feeling better today so I'll get in a step aerobics/jump rope workout. 

Not counting calories. 

I've been happy with the Click and Collect at our supermarket that they started during the pandemic (stores in the cities have had home deliveries for decades).  I order almost everything online and then just park the car, click on the link and they come out and load the car. No charge. I've only had a couple of small complaints like how they pack things.  I do this on Monday and then Tuesday morning go at 7:20 am and pick up the rest and also for our friends. 

  • B:  bakery bread toast, Crunchy Nut corn flakes, tea w/soy
  • S:  quinoa bar and coffee
  • L:  6 veg salad with chicken breast and cheddar
  • D:  veg and chicken curry
  • S:  popcorn

HOP asked about old houses here. In the UK it's common to have building several hundred years old, and some are 1,000 years old but those are mostly churches, castles, palaces.  And our ancient sites are 4-6,000 years old. 

On my coastal road (14 miles long) many of the house are Victorian so are around 150 years old.  Many of the garages have a door that obviously had been a stable door the their horse drawn carriages.  There is a church built in the 18th century and the ruin of a church next to it that was 17th century.  I LOVE old buildings.  They have character.  

On my road:  


Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 07/28/2020:
omg that's soooo cute, looks like those small hyper-realistic miniatures they sell for decorations. :)

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
There are lots of Victorian houses here I love! Our house is a bungalow and is 93 years old. Funny when my sister visits - she lives in a subdivision house in the US - built in the 1950's. I find those houses totally lacking in character and always have. She thinks these old houses should be replaced by newly built ones. We have a few of those here but I find them boring.

innerpeace on 07/28/2020:
If only they could talk! Looks very big...would love to explore.

I haven't tried delivery yet, I still want to pick out my own fruits and vegetables.

Have a great day!

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
I got delivery when it was new here, but then found you had to wait 2 weeks. And I thought it was unfair to the people who couldn't leave their house or didn't have a car. So pickup is easy. I order blueberries, 1 bunch bananas, and lots of veg, but I pick up the raspberries, strawberries, mushrooms, and another batch of bananas myself. They do fine with all my salad stuff, and curry veg.

Donkey on 07/28/2020:
I have not tried the pickup services, but I have thought about becoming one of the shoppers (at Walmart).

One thing about the older houses is that the ceilings are so low! Probably because people were smaller looking ago. I imagine that the lower ceiling helps keep a room warmer too.

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
It looks like they hired a bunch of high school kids since schools were shut down to do the shopping and putting it in your car.

Victorian houses and even our 93 year old house have very high ceilings. It would have made sense to have them lower to keep them warm. Our doors are all the originals (even have skelton keys) and at that time the handles on the doors were higher. Great for keeping little kids out!

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
Some of the really old houses - like several hundred years old, did have lower ceilings and doors. I've even had to duck to go into a bedroom at a hotel - and I'm only 5'4"

legcramps on 07/28/2020:
Those look so cute! Love the garage with the stable door :)

Grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
I've seen 4 or 5 of those on our road.

Grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
I've seen 4 or 5 of those on our road.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/28/2020:
i love seeing photos of these older structures! even near me, in Queens, in certain historic dictricts (very few), there are those older homes that have also the "stable doors" on the garages that were once used for horses.

the photos you are showing are of buildings that are SO WELL maintained! wow!

it's so interesting about the character you talk about. i feel that even 150 years ago, building's facades were much more decorated and beautiful...especially compared to many of the post WW2 buildings / structures from the 1950-1970s.

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
The old homes have so much character! Newer ones have none IMO. A lot of office buildings here which were built in the 1970s are just hideous!

Most Victorian homes on my road are well maintained but some are in serious need of painting and fixing. I'll take some photos of a few of my favourites when I finally get out for a power walk.

grannyannie - Monday Jul 27, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

It got sunny yesterday afternoon so we went to our friends' house.  The woman's mum was visiting.  Lots of wine, beer, gin and tonics etc.  We did not have dinner, just some snacks.  And I couldn't believe we stayed until 1am!  Had a great time but I'm paying for it today.  Serious hangover!

No exercise yesterday or today.  And I'm going to take a break from counting calories.  I'm really missing bakery bread toast so will buy some tomorrow.  And yogurt.  Also been wanting cereal. 

I'm not going to pig out but I'm not going to stress myself either.  I have enough stress as it is. 

On a good note, I wore my size 12 trousers yesterday! 

Our friends live up a steep drive and this is the view when we were sitting on the patio.  There house was built in 1840ish.  Our bikes are parked there. 


Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/27/2020:
That must have been an interesting ride home!!! In the dark no less. I think we need carbs...I know that isn't always a popular opinion today...but carbs are brain food and they keep the gut happy......I don't think I could ever live without them....they support a happy attitude....I need all the happy I can get.

grannyannie on 07/27/2020:
We have ebikes so they have headlights. But in Scotland it never gets completely dark in summer. Our friends are less than 1 mile from our house. Didn't pass a single car, of course.

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
I've done drunken bike rides before. :)

Horn_of_plenty on 07/27/2020:
Even exercise and diet plans need moderation so good for you!

I love the photo, looks like it could also be framed like your puzzles haha.

do you have photos of their house, like more photos? it's so old, that is amazing it's still standing.

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
In my area we have lots of Victorian houses. Old buildings are always saved in the UK instead of knocked down in favor of modern ones. I'd say at least half of the houses on our road are Victorian. Our other friends house is a bit newer - 1860. They are all stone houses.

grannyannie on 07/28/2020:
I don't have any photos of this house, but I do have some of the houses on my road that are just as old. Our house is rather young - 93.

grannyannie - Saturday Jul 25, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Yet another gloomy day.  Does not help my mood.

Had a couple of gin and tonics last night. 

Might do muscle work today.


  • B:  porridge w/blueberries, 2 tea w/soy milk
  • S:  coffee with coconut/almond milk, quinoa bar
  • L:  egg salad sandwich, pack of baked crisps
  • D:  Massaman curry, tonic with slices of lime
  • S:  1 pack popcorn

Total: about 1400

I've been doing jigsaw puzzles as a distraction for months now.  I'm now on the 9th one. So far 3 have been 1,000 pieces and the rest have been 500.  Here is one of them:  travel guides.


Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/25/2020:
If we had gloomy weather, it would be a difficult weekend. Well... actually, it is brutally hot and humid here this weekend, so while the sunlight IS helpful, it's still impossible outside.

When the weather turns colder, my husband and I do puzzles. It's one of the few things we can do together that we enjoy. I started a puzzle at the beginning of summer, and haven't gone back to it since June. I'll start again, I think once the weather turns. It's a 1000 piece puzzle, which ain't easy! I love the one you've pictured above!

grannyannie on 07/25/2020:
Jigsaw puzzles don't appeal to husband at all. And we don't use the dining room table so it's always covered in a puzzle.

I feel so much better when we have sunshine and can do garden gatherings with friends.

bearcountrygg on 07/25/2020:
Nice puzzle...My Mom and I did puzzles for the 7 years that I took care of her...it was a great passtime.

grannyannie on 07/26/2020:
I hadn't done any in decades but found them nice during lockdown.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/25/2020:
great job on the puzzle, frame it!

grannyannie on 07/26/2020:
My sister has a friend who frames hers and hangs them all over the house. I have photos all over our walls. I take a photo of each puzzler after I finish it, then take it apart and put it back in the box.

grannyannie - Friday Jul 24, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

1,000 cals was fine for a couple of weeks but I'm finding it too restrictive now even with high cal days in between. Need to come up with new plan.  Maybe 1200 cals most days and then one high cal day plus a flexible Sunday. 

Doing 1200 today - a second mug of tea with soy milk, more coconut/almond milk in my coffee, and a quinoa bar. 


  • B:  porridge w/blueberries, 2 tea w/soy milk
  • S:  coffee with coconut/almond milk, quinoa bar
  • L:  salad w/hummus (getting bored with hummus so will use up this container & not buy more)
  • D:  Massaman curry, tonic with slices of lime
  • S:  1 pack popcorn

Total: just over 1200

Cardio - doing a low impact aerobic video and will also do jump rope and some jumping jacks

Wish I was here!  This was 4 1/2 years ago. We spend winters in Thailand and have done since 2014.  Came back March 1st this year.  No idea if we can go this coming winter. 



Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

Donkey on 07/24/2020:
Yes, if you find 1000 to be too low, do increase your uptake a bit. You'll know when you're at the right point for "low" days and then you can adjust for your higher days. The objective is to avoid going hog wild.

Well done!

grannyannie on 07/24/2020:
When I went on a diet at age 40 I was at 1200 calories/day and worked out 6 nights a week after work. Found myself getting light-headed often, so changed to 1500 a day. Worked great! But then I was just a kid then :D

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2020:
Great pic.......!!!! Yes...I'm glad you are going up in cals.....need to stay healthy while doing this!!

grannyannie on 07/24/2020:
I feel healthy - certainly get enough veg and protein. But a couple hundred more calories can make a big difference.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2020:
who knows, you may do even better when you push the lower cal days up a hair with the calories. i used to do a lot of 1400-1500 days once when i was doing low cal eating, and even that got too restrictive after too many days of it...!

you will get back to where you were. can you even go back in your entries to see what you were eating? maybe you are enjoying more indulgences now than then...also you were in thailand in the nice, hot weather. probably was easier to move around more, go out more, exercise more then!

even myself, i am finding it hard to push myself to go out much (some of the responsibility for that is the classes i am taking that are keeping me inside)...but also because of the mask issues, etc, the virus...i just find it pretty hard to be as active as i used to be. for instance, if there were no virus, and i was home this long (hopefully that never happens!), i'd have joined a gym and started (possibly) biking there...i used to try much harder to increase cardio but took a back step this year!

are you still doing as much cardio?

maybe when you are in thailand you eat better / less calories?

grannyannie on 07/24/2020:
I always gain in Thailand, and gained even more this winter. It's actually too hot to exercise there except early morning. I'm very indulgent in Thailand - beer, ice cream etc.

I have been working out 6 days a week but not like when I used to go to the gym. Much more intense at the gym.

Being stuck at home as nice as it is with the scenery etc is depressing as well as grieving. Kinda sucks out my energy.

And at 68 I've gained and lost too many times, so it gets harder each time.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2020:
i totally agree with Donkey. that's my method too. i eat in a way where each day doesn't feel like a stressor in terms of eating - where i can help myself not to binge.

if i start feeling in a binge mode or something, it's because i have (usually) been too restrictive.

again, this is my own experience!

grannyannie on 07/24/2020:
Agree. It's more tempting to binge when I've been too restrictive.

grannyannie - Thursday Jul 23, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Higher calories day.  The weather has been sh*t here for too long.  Supposed to be nice tomorrow - finally.  Might power walk. I've ordered the Samsung version of a fitbit and should get it early next week. Husband has had one for months. 

RE: discussion of REI zip off trousers - I like the secure pockets that you can zip and/or velcro.  They are great for many reasons including being a tourist in big city - anti pickpocket. Also if you get rained on they dry very fast. And if it get too hot, just zip off the legs. 



  • B:  porridge w/raspberries, tea w/soy milk
  • S:  coffee with coconut milk, quinoa bar
  • L:  2 fried eggs, polenta, 1 sausage
  • D:  Massaman curry (chicken, veg, potatoes, sauces), tonic with slices of lime
  • S:  1 pack popcorn

Total: about 1380


  • Upper body with wrist weights, and a few with dumbbells but not for shoulder
  • 2 sets x 10 lower body with wrist weights (squats, lunges, calf lifts)
  • 2-3 sets x 10 bum and thighs with ankle weights
  • 2 sets abs, planks, push ups
  • jump rope 3 x 20 Did yesterday with cardio


This is the polenta I eat with fried eggs on top.  I buy a block of it then slice it. This is 150g and I fry them in 2 tsp of oil till brown.  200 calories. Yum.  Then 2 eggs fried in butter and 1 cumberland sausage is 300 more. Only for higher calorie days, of course. 



Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/24/2020:
My grandma made fried cornmeal a lot when I was a kid....Grandpa loved it maple syrup.......It's a very low cost meal...and great for when it's time to go shopping......good memories with that pic of yours.

Horn_of_plenty on 07/24/2020:
we have polenta in our stores too...i have yet to buy or cook it! you should show us a finished project of the "high cal" meal....whenever you get around to a "high cal" day! hahaha

grannyannie - Wednesday Jul 22, 2020
(Healthy eating, exercise)
Weight: 166.8

Got ambitious yesterday.  After my muscle workout I cleaned the main bathroom, dusted and hoovered the living/dining room.  Trimmed the weeping fig tree that was threatening to take over the dining area.

After my hard work I wanted a beer like hubby was having after he finished working on garage roof - however, I opted for a small gin and tonic with lime instead of the 2 clementines.  Same calories!  And no carbs like beer has.

Back to 1,000 cals today.  MWF seems to be a good plan for me.  I’ve been wearing my size 14 REI trousers when I go shopping (my biggest pair), and tried on my size 12’s and they just about fit - only a wee bit snug in the butt.  My goal is for my size 10 REI’s to fit COMFORTABLY.  I have one pair of size 8’s but I’ll be happy with the 10’s.  I always buy 3 or 4 more pair of REI zip off leg trousers when we visit the US. But of course no trip over this summer and last summer because all of my family came here.


  • B:  porridge w/raspberries, tea w/soy milk
  • S:  coffee with coconut milk
  • L:  salad with hummus and cheddar
  • D:  whatever curry or Thai dish hubby is making, tonic with slices of lime
  • S:  1 pack popcorn

Total: about 1,000


Cardio:  either step aerobics or following a video online.


Browsing through my albums. Australia 2009. 





Progress as of today: 2.8 lbs lost so far, only 21.8 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 07/22/2020:
Great plan- sounds like you are having success! I may try your idea of gin & tonic. I don’t think I can handle 1000 calories though. I have trouble sleeping with low calories. Beautiful photo!

grannyannie on 07/22/2020:
Slowly but surely. 1,000 is tough but knowing I can have more the next day helps. I never end up saving the popcorn for nighttime snack - have it mid afternoon.

grannyannie on 07/22/2020:
That was a great trip to Australia - got lots of in-laws there. We were booked to go this November but of course that had to be cancelled. :(

Donkey on 07/22/2020:
That is quite ambitious! You did efl to accomplish so many tasks.

How nice that you have had the opportunity to travel so much. You will have more travels ahead, once this plague is contained and controlled.

Grannyannie on 07/22/2020:
So far this year we came back from a winter in Thailand as usual, but cancelled trip to London, then cancelled summer trip to Michigan, then cancelled Nov trip to Australia. Up in the air about whether we can spend winter in Thailand. Spring trip to US for family?

Horn_of_plenty on 07/22/2020:
so the tree...the fig tree is indoors?

those REI's sound really comfortable. my dad i know has a pair. i never owned a pair but perhaps if i was into hiking i'd buy them! and they sound perfect for you and all your outdoor photos.

that's a great photo of you :) thanks for sharing! you look very happy and healthy!

grannyannie on 07/22/2020:
It's a weeping fig and wouldn't survive outdoors. I got it as small plant years ago and grows too fast.

Love REI zip offs with loads of pockets. Mine zip off just above the knee and are great shorts. Secure pockets too.

bearcountrygg on 07/22/2020:
Great pic!!

grannyannie on 07/23/2020:
Thanks. Was hoping I'd be there again in Nov. But....sigh.

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