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5/26/20 11:14 P

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Life is chaotic at best these days. The 450 miles between my late brotherís house and mine are getting harder on me with each trip. I got home just before midnight Friday night. My pain levels have been awful. Saturday was a total washout. Sunday was errand day. Home Depot for new deadbolt for the front door and new kitchen faucet plus a riding mower battery. Then to pick up an order at Walmart for a friend. Then the grocery store. Then we had to deliver the order. Sheís like me and doesnít drive. My son got the lawn mowed but not weed eater before the rains started Sunday. Yesterday we had a supercell thunderstorm develop over our County.. my son took our friend to the doctor. She has shingles. Today he got the new deadbolt installed. The faucet is temporarily on hold. Iíve been doing laundry and trying to find places for stuff and losing that battle. I have an old entertainment center that is being used for books, DVDs and my shell collections. It is collapsing in on itself. So Iím trying to safely remove stuff thatís breakable and find temporary homes for them.
Tomorrow is my doctors appointment. Then to Home Depot for a new garden hose. Then to the meat market. Probably need the grocery store again.
Marty thank you for your posts and photos and keeping the group up. I truly appreciate your help. The photos are awesome

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5/19/20 12:09 P

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Covid virus.. what day is it? What time is it! Everything blends together as we stayed home in exile, as the days go on and on same as yesterday and the day before. So after supper Noni and I went for a bike ride.. out after supper again.. blame it on covid..
Actually it was too windy earlier in the day, we deliberately waited till after supper when the wind would die down..
My knee , legs do feel better after the the ride, although I woke up around 6 am with pain. However the good thing, I slept all night through... no middle of the night crawling out of the cozy bed.





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5/18/20 1:51 P

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After supper I asked Noni if she wanted to go for a walk. She was surprised, almost never do I walk in the evening...


Only seen a couple of birds


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5/15/20 3:15 P

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Itís been over a year or longer since I have been on my bike. Last year I wanted to, but because of knee pain it did not happen. Well this week both of our bikes were taken into the shop to get serviced. New tires, lube and a new chain for me.. now we are ready to get on and go go..



My knee feels the strain of the ride, but nothing I should be concerned with. Iím over weight, lacking in exercise.. so what else would I expect.. my butt is more sore than my knee or legs .. I need a padded seat..

our supper was a lamb/ beef donair for me and a chicken donair for Noni. We had a house showing during our bike ride, fingers crossed ...



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5/10/20 1:23 P

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Yesterday after supper we went out for a short drive. With this exile happening we havenít drove outside of Squamish. Condo to grocery store, condo to a trail head in Squamish. Since March 12 I have put gas in the car once of 21 dollars and still weíre full. So last night just for a drive we went to Noni work place, no going in though, turned around and went to Camp Summit. Once again no stopping in, but just a drive pass and to see the results of the forest fire. We did stop to stretch our legs and to take photos at a couple of locations. It was good to go for this drive, listen to the music in the car and see a change of scenery.
On returning home we met our neighbor, he asked if we have been away, hasnít seen us in months now .. no .. just being self exiling at home I told him.





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5/9/20 2:29 P

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Out exploring a different trail just few moments drive from our condo.





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5/9/20 12:20 P

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My mentor, my friend passed away.
Here is a draft of a tribute I will record and send to his family to be included in the memorial

With the news of Jimís passing, the memories, the life lessons and teachings continue to surface as I reflect on the inspiration, the influence, council and the love I received both from Jim and Ruth. In my mind there is no separation of their love for God, each other, their family and their service to Christ and a love for me.

My journey begins with a black lab named Pup, when I was a small lad around the age of eight years old, Jim and Ruth were used of God to help influence the person I have become. They lived on the corner next to a Baptist church at that time, with less children too when I first encountered Jim. I would stop and pet their dog, Pup or was it Puppy at that time.. on the way to school in the mornings and afternoons on my way home. One day Jim was outside and began talking to me, eventually I was spending more and more time within their home becoming a part of the family staying away from mine as much as possible.

I consider Jim and Ruth to this day to be my adopted parents. Even recently I was sharing with my wife about how much influence they both had on my life.

In May of 1972 Jim Kennedy and some other people from the church brought a group of youths to a David Wilkerson Crusade. Jim had worked with me, loved me and taught me things about God, I was ready. At the end of the eveningís message a call was made to come forward.
I was so terrified, but my friend next to me was also wanting to go forward so we did. The transaction was made.
Christ Jesus took my sins and gave me His righteousness and adopted me into the family of God. I became a child of God the Father, brother of Christ and co heir with him.

Jim and some other men continue to mentor and put up with a wild child.
Encouraging me to attend church, Sunday School and attend a program called Christian Service Brigade and a group that he was created call Teen Scene.

I recall a time Jim had me go collect dead fish and seaweed from the shores of Lake Ontario so I could put in and on their garden in the back yard, it was smelly and hard work.

Later in time. Jim helped me set up a garden tilling business. He purchased this monster of a machine, and I repaid him as I dug up gardens in the spring and fall. I also remember that it was Jim who drove me to and from the houses where I was tilling or to Canadian Tire to buy a new drive belt. His generosity and kindness never ceases to amaze me.

Church picnics at Camp IAWAH. Once again Jim and Ruth would pack the van and I would tag along too. This was my only camp experience growing up and from that experience, I have gone on to spend most of my working career at children camps. A thank you for this introduction has to be mentioned.
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I remember the time I surprised Jim, I got into a fight with a girl who was larger and stronger than I, but somehow I managed to get the upper hand and pin her to the ground. Jim reminded me of this a couple of time over the years ..

Who can forget his death hold or his Mr. Spock grab, what did he call it?
It hurt. It was effective.. this I do remember from experience.

Can you picture now in your mind going to a bible study with Jim. He often carried that Hugh reddish concordance. It always looked so big and intimidating.. ( over the years I often wondered if he ever went technical and use a smart phone or iPad instead of carrying that large book) all I know is that over many years if I needed help in finding a verse or verses for a particular topic, it was Jim who would get a phone call.

I have memories of attending a bible study with three or four men in a very noisy church basements as the water pipes rattled with Jim as the leader..

In high school I remember interviewing Jim for one of my courses, not to overly praise him, but to acknowledge his training, I remember filling up a page or two of his accreditations and degrees .. he was a genius and still he made time for God, family and service..

Another project at another time I did something on wolves. I still remember my opening lines somewhat and it comes from Jim. Something along the lines ... I know of no one who has ever been eaten by a wolf and has came back to tell the tale.. a quirky sense of humour donít you think.

Teen Scene .. oh they were rough years. How did we survive? How did Jim put up with me. There was the time I was the reason someone fell from a second floor barn platform and yet only had minor injuries. The time I hid away and made the group return home very late, and the forever battle of who was going to sit in the front seat, and the many other trying actions that I did.
Jim through it all in my recollection did not ever scolded me or loose patience. This is a prime example of Jim showing the patience and love of Christ with difficult people.

My teen years were a struggle and I found my self living in my car for a time. Guess who opened their home and made a room in an already full house. Once again the love and faith Jim and Ruth have for God was put into practical actions. . who does that sort of thing, except through Christís indwelling Spirit.

From the age eight to about twenty my life revolved around Jim and Ruth. At this point life began to separate us and I became so much more independent and drifted away. I do not have many regrets in life, but the one I do have is of not staying in closer contact with Jim and Ruth. But one thing I do hold deep in my heart .. I believe Jim knew I loved him and am grateful for all that he did. Now he is with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our Father and Iím sure he heard the words of Christ ..
Matthew 25:23
His master said to him, ĎWell done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master





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5/8/20 11:32 A

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Today is supposed to be hot. I hope Noni and I can get out for a walk, nothing really is stopping us except laziness.
I feel sad. I received news yesterday my adopted father is dying, and I was asked to prepare a memorial audio .. I was chosen with a few others to do this by him his son says. What a honour and privilege but also sadness. I have been up early writing my first draft..
One problem but maybe not.. any advice.. he and his wife were so influential inspirational in my life, how do I separate his and hers .. I loved these people more than anyone else in my life. Sadly too I was closer to this couple than my real parents..
He passed last night with his wife at his side.,
Now this covid virus really has affected my life, I cannot go to Kingston to bury my mother and now I cannot go to a funeral or hug the people who mean the most to me ..

Side notes .. I take pictures of other peopleís dogs.. we do not plan on replacing our Dalhouise
We think it is best for now now to have another pet, but one never knows.



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5/6/20 2:18 P

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Yesterday was so nice.. decided to go to the river side and have our pandemic coffee break.








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5/2/20 8:51 P

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May first 2020.. Noni and I went to the bank.. Waited patiently in line to go to a teller. Our teller was a little grumpy.. I told her I wanted to pay off our mortgage.. she said it would take a couple of days,,, then she went and talked to her manager.. a few moments later both came to us.. Manager congregated us and did the necessary computer stuff.. later that day the money was taken from our account. Mortgage is paid out..Iím totally debt free .. even during a pandemic.

We afterwards went for a quick walk





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4/23/20 5:04 P

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This morning.. appointment with the accountant, momís income tax completed. Paid and received a form to go to the bank to pay what she owed. Decided to go for a quick walk before going to the bank in case it wasnít open yet. Stopped to collect more boxes at the grocery store, swing over to the bank.. Bank is still closed. Go home and eat brunch, go back to the Bank. Paid Mom taxes, divided her remaining balance between my brother and I.. we are now finished.. her affairs are finished.. I took my bank draft to my bank and deposit into an account I have set aside for paying my mortgage. I expect next week another lump sum .. if all goes as planned .. I will pay off my mortgage.. A 30 year mortgage paid in ten years.. God is so good ..
Todayís bird walk
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4/21/20 9:14 P

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Stay safe.. be strong..
Noni and I went for a walk today in the estuary. Going to make the most of our remaining days in Squamish.. whether it is weeks or months..
white crown Sparrow

spotted Towhee

Green wing Teal

Darkeyed Junco

Mallard Duck

Redwing Blackbird

Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture






















Iím sure Campbell River has all this and more.
Not sure about Turkey Vultures though.



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4/20/20 11:26 P

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Getting ready to leave to go to my brotherís house in Tennessee to take care of more legal matters in the next day or two. I donít know how long Iíll be gone. Iíll try to get online and check in.

Start with small steps and momentum will build. Celebrate moving in the direction of increased happiness now! With a plan and persistence moving towards your goals all things are possible! Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for everything you have. It may not be what you want be show you're thankful for it anyway.
Live, laugh, love and find joy in life, Ramona
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4/15/20 1:02 P

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Marty, loved the bird photos. I saw a bluebird several times at my brotherís house in NE Tennessee. I was sure but my best friend across the street has boxes for the bluebird to nest in and she confirmed they were back. On day he was sitting on a tree branch looking in the storm door. I was afraid to get a photo because I didnít want Hume to fly away. Iíve been keeping track on the Audubon app on my phone.
I wish there were places we walk but all the parks and walking trails are. Loser here and at my brotherís because too many people and not social distancing. I will be so glad to be able to do things again that I took for granted. Trying to support the small local businesses and my friends who have small in home businesses too.
I got a new fitness tracker. I got a Samsung Fit which does everything I want it to do. I need a different band because once this one is on, I canít get it off and I have to have help putting it on. Not ideal at all. At least itís waterproof.
Take care and stay well and safe.
Ramona

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4/12/20 8:33 P

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Stay safe, stay healthy

Happy Easter.
Today Noni and I watched our pastor live stream the Easter Service on Facebook, then we went for a short walk at the Squamish Terminals Estuary. There were many people out and about but more or less keeping social distance. Can you blame them as the temperature was 18c and sunny. The rains will come eventually, then everyone will stay inside except for those who have dogs to walk or are the die hard nature lovers. I met two friends who like me were out with camera in hand looking for Bluebirds.. none were around today unfortunately.
Noni and I went here because, I was looking for the bluebird and also the plan was to stop and buy milk and eggs at the grocery store on the way back. I donít know about you.. went in only to buy two things and walk out carrying four bags and the milk .. 45 dollars spent ...
we eat way too much..
Now for some photos .. enjoy
Rufous Hummingbird.. my first one this year
White crown Sparrow
Song Sparrow
a Swallow... not sure which type
Red wing Blackbird
Great Blue Heron




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4/12/20 12:05 P

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Marty, love the photos! I'm home for now but will be travelling back to my late brother's house in the near future.
I ordered some farm fresh eggs from my friends who raise chickens. There's nothing better than a local farm fresh egg, they taste so much better. She hopes they have some by next weekend. We pre-ordered some barbecue from our local bbq stand in town last Friday and have been enjoying it this weekend. I've ordered some homemade soaps from my cousin the other day. I can't wait to receive them and see how my skin reacts to them. I'm trying to help my friends and family who are really being hurt by this pandemic.
There are so many people around here that aren't self-isolating or doing the social distancing. Some are wearing masks and gloves, others not. I would love to take walks around the neighborhood or somewhere else but that's being frowned upon. Only one person can go into the stores from a family to buy things they need. People are getting really petty and fed up with the smallest things. I try to avoid people except if there are certain things I need and must venture out in to the stores.
It's been a month today since my brother passed away. I'm having a rough time dealing with his death and trying to handle his estate. I have a Tennessee lawyer since he lived in Tennessee but since I'm out of state (I live in Kentucky) it all has to go through the Secretary of State in Tennessee which is currently a non-essential category of workers, it's just dragging out.
I'm so thankful to be home but I really enjoyed my time at my brother's house. I love his neighbors and it's gorgeous there. At home I live near the river bottoms and in a rural farming community. My allergies are horrible and I have so much trouble with my asthma. At my brother's the only problems I have are with everyone mowing their yards - I'm allergic to grass. Even inside it bothers me.
I'll try to pop in as much as possible. So much is going on right now. Thanks for taking care of the group, Marty. I love your photos.
Ramona


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Live, laugh, love and find joy in life, Ramona
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4/9/20 1:52 P

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Slowly this exile is beginning to wear me down.. the days are longer and more sunny and the tv has the same things on over and over. Noni and I are glued to watching the news on three or four channels and this is depressing.. then frustrating as I see so many people coming up to Squamish to hidden camp sites and trails that are not regulated. ( I see on Facebook postings from my friends who live in or near these areas.) STAY HOME and / or Stay in Your own Neighbourhood.
Noni and I have been in exile ( self isolation) .. however yesterday we went for a walk. We drove our car literally 5 minutes from our condo to the estuary. Noni has never been on this trail before, I found it only a-couple of weeks ago.
It was pleasant to see all the signs of spring.. Yellow wood violets, Salmon Berries, Horsetails, Skunk Cabbage, Bleeding Hearts and a flowering Red Currant Bush.
I heard some Canada Goose, but never did see any, however I did see some Mallard Ducks, Common Mergansers, Bufflehead Ducks. Some crows made an appearance and Raven sat in a tree looking over its realm. Dark-eyed Juncos were plentiful however they were too quick for me to get any photos. The Robins were very much camera shy, but their song filled the air waves.
When we drove to the trailhead my car thermometer read 8c and when we returned home 12c. While hiking in the covered part of the trail it felt cool but when we entered open sections we definitely felt the heat since we were dressed for the more cooler temperatures

Now for some photos....
Bleeding Hearts

Skunk Cabbage

Yellow wood Violet

Flowering Red Currant

Horsetails

Salmon Berries

Life from a dead source ..

Common Mergansers

Mallard Ducks

Raven

Bufflehead Ducks















It was hard not to pet this pooch, but self distancing was practiced

So everyone Stay Safe, Stay Healthy




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3/27/20 10:50 P

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For the last 14 days I have been in exiled for the realm. Sounds better than self isolating..
This day after supper I went out into the realm.























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3/11/20 7:41 P

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Noni and I went for a walk.





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3/8/20 11:20 P

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Love your photos as always. I hope things are okay with you. Iíve been watching the birds at the feeder here at my brothers house. Thereís 3 different woodpeckers that that have stopped by, a red wind blackbird, 7 mourning doves plus Cardinals, house finches, robins, mocking birds, common grackles. I see vultures flying around too plus a few ducks and Canadian geese.
My email is rjwysong1954@yahoo.com.
My brotherís surgery is Tuesday. Iím nervous and stressed. Heís anxious for the surgery so hopefully heíll feel better.
Spring is arriving early here. Today was 64 weird because just a couple of days ago we had cold and snow showers. This week is supposed to be rainy.
Iíve been having internet issues but Iíll check in when I can. Thanks for taking care of things Marty. I really appreciate your help.

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Yesterday we had snow unbelievable....
Today sunny and warm so a little walk happened.
Common Merganser
Common Merganser

Ring Necked Duck

Northern Flicker

Bufflehead

Mallard Duck

Hooded Merganser Hooded Merganser

Skunk Cabbage














Hairy Woodpecker





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2/19/20 12:15 P

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Your life has been busy too. Hoping your brother has success with his surgery and bounces back to good health full of energy. You both must be worried.. the doctors know what they are doing and they will do their best.. it sucks becoming old..
Iím so please to hear from you.. send me your address.. Iíll send you a postcard.. that might cheer you up..
Little Guinea pigs are cute but .. you better not cuddle them anymore...

My email is Marquettemarty@gmail.com

Tuesday I went to my employer, had a face to face talk and then handed in my resignation. I was hugged . The residents felt sad, some staff did too. I also had to go to the bank and pay back to the government some money they overpaid my mother for January.. since she passed in December.
Afterwards Noni and I went on an afternoon date.




It was nice to visit winter, but I think prefer spring here below



my first Redwing Black Bird in Squamish.. calling for a girl flashing his red bars to show off how handsome he is.
(To bad I couldnít get a clear photo) but spring here below has come



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Oh my goodness Marty, you have had so much happening. Iím so sorry for your losses. I hope you like your new position and do well.
Iím still with my brother inNE Tennessee. I went home for five days this month to see two of my doctors. I had t been home since September 8th, 2019. I havenít had internet access since we left Florida on November 30th, 2019. While I was home my son and I traded iPads so I could have internet access while Iím away.
I donít know how long Iíll be at my brotherís house. He is scheduled for a carotid enderectomy on March 10th as itís 80% blocked. He doesnít have the strength or eenergy to do too much. I take care of everything. He gets exhausted doing everything, like eating, taking a shower and driving me to run errands. Iím worried as he was forced to retire January 3rd because UPS was buying out his office. He had worked for UPS 35 years. Since heís unable to work he had to retire since his office closed January 3rd. I believe heís depressed too. He had to cancel his five week vacation in Florida for the first five weeks of the year.
Iím doing okay other than a nasty case of hives. Plus another concussion about a moo thing ago. So Iím having problems with my head and balance.
My son has 3 guinea pigs that I met while I was home. Iím allergic to them. My arm broke out more when I held him. I already had hives when I went home.
I hope everyone is okay.
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2/17/20 8:21 P

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Up dating.. I was offered the job to work at camp as the special meals chef. I will feed all the guest and staff who are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, celiac, dairy free, egg free, you name it.. it is my responsibility. Oh how did that happen??
Noni will be second cook baker . Responsible for salad bar and bake goods.
Tuesday I must give notice that I am leaving my present job.. I will miss the residents and most of the staff ... not my supervisor or co- cook. They made life miserable in the kitchen.
Start up will be 21 March.. I need to take a first aid course and get a police report done.
I have been on line looking for menu ideas and recipes and looking in different cook books .
This will be a new challenge for me.. not the actual cooking but the menu planning for each group of people..
I went and had a tour of the kitchen.. keep in mind it is closed for the winter and so itís a mess and out of commission.. but it will give you an idea where Iím going .




my special small kitchen separate from the larger one

I get to serve all my meals here everyone else go to a buffet table and help them selves.
But I have special plates that I serve their complete meal in.. I get to interact with everyone who I cook for. Iím happy with that..

If you have menu ideas or recipes.. please let me know ..
thank you



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The doctor has gave me the note to return to work this Wednesday.. I met with my kitchen manager today handing in the actual form. I sent an email yesterday informing her and her manager of the doctors decision and with the request that I wanted to start any time after and including Friday. Today she said she wanted me to start Thursday.. f I canít start this Thursday then I must wait a week till next Thursday. It will mess up her schedule.. and she does not revolve around my time table.. since I have been off the two cooks work 10 hours per day and the dishwasher does prepping for them. My return messes up their little routine.. ( my manager does not like me .. she has told me this to my face before I went off..) well Thursday I have a second interview.. first one went very well... unless my reference are bad we have the job.
I brought my wife along with me.. not a normal thing to do but .. working at camp they need to know her as well.. somehow during the interview she also was interviewed for a position.
Donít ask me how or why..
The camp director who interviewed us knows well camp Summit owner and Noni boss now..
Our two main references are his personal friends.. this is either going to stop us dead or hand us the job.
Well Thursday we actually go see the camp and kitchen.. our interview was in the main office in Port Moody BC.

Before the interview we walked around near the office and after we celebrate Valentineís Day dinner early




Celebrate love


mixed seafood grill
Lamb Shank





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Today was a good day to be outside. I walked home from church. Gathered my camera and back out I went to the pond .. not many birds around but it was an awesome walk in the sun. I even stopped to build a small fire, not so successful everything is damp to the core.
Monday ( tomorrow) I have an early morning doctors appointment.. hopefully I will be given the go ahead to return to work . ALSO .. tomorrow afternoon I have a job interview at a childrenís camp. Many decisions .. can I actually do the job as a chef ( standing up those long hours and heavy days) or do I need to change careers? Do I stay working at a senior residence or do I go back into camp ministry.. I have unknowns before me..
that is tomorrow for now we will enjoy my walk today..











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Monday was a perfect day to go Birding .. Tuesday was completely different






Blue Hero.


Canada Goose


Bufflehead








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I was awake waiting for the sun to peak over the mountains. As soon as I seen it, I woke up Noni and out the door we went. 2.5 hour car ride to reach the destination Reifels Bird Sanctuary. A quick stop for gas and Tim Hortons ( coffee and biscuits breakfast) we were on the highway 8:05. Left the house 7:43 am.
I seen and identified over 34 species of birds today.. more than all of January. Then there are the ones I seen but could not identify..
Well letís go on a bird walk .. I wonít post all ..
here comes the sun
a mass flock of snow geese.. I wish you see my video..( follow me on Instagram)
Black crowned Night Heron
Blue Heron
Ring Neck Duck
Northern Pintail Duck
Shovler Duck
Sandhill Crane
Wigeon
Trumpeter Swan
American Coot
Wood Ducks
Bald Eagles
Brown Creeper
Saw-Whet Owl

It was a long day, my knee held up ó Iím only exhausted. We arrived home 4:05 in the afternoon



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February first .. I had to get outside to start the month off right.. at first not sure if that was going to be .. Squamish had rain this morning and strong winds..
Noni gave me a haircut.. I prepared supper.. moose short ribs into the slow cooker..
I drew some some names from the postcard website.. and got them all written and stamped..
Noni leaves for work and I walk over to the post office and then around the pond. ( the sun came out) This is so exhausting.. I should be able to do this.. oh well it feels like many miles and hours but it was only just over an hour ..
at first I was so disappointed, no birds at all.. then near the end ( my turn around point ) I was blessed .. as always .. the scenery is beautiful especially when the sun is shining



Kingfisher

Hooded Merganser

Northern Flicker

Crow

Robin
what am I to do? My trail became a pond.. I gingerly walked on a fallen branch using my cane and got across. My balance is still in recovery mode .. I was sure I was going to slip in.. but I survived this challenge.








I must show my moose ribs preparation



6 hours later still not tender enough, but it tastes so yummy




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1/30/20 7:26 P

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Today (Thursday) was an inside day. This might be a good thing as I still have photos from yesterday ...





I have not walked this Trail before as it stands now. I actually didnít know it existed even though itís minutes from my work .





















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1/29/20 1:52 P

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I have been out and about... I have so many scenery photos that are gorgeous, how to choose the few to post. Pushing through leg soreness, itís almost like camp after working several days 10 to 12 hour days.. ( one of the reasons why I did leave camp) My knee is not the issue.. it is the legs, both legs and when hobbling down a incline itís actually both knees, the left one ( surgery one) causing the more discomfort, but both are letting me know Iím not in my twenties.
Bird life and animal life abounds in and around Squamish BC Canada.. where I call home right now.
I hope I donít bother you or cause you to roll your eyes.. here Marty goes again...
I will try to choose .. letís journey together...
(( I must mention this was in the afternoon on Monday.. I had to go pick up my wife ( Noni) from work after my early morning birdwalk. ))


Roosevelt Elk
Looking very pregnant...

House Sparrow











( a favourite)


( another favourite)






But the real delight was seeing these


Then it was a stop at




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This morning very early, sitting in my chair enjoying the quiet time.. Ring ring.. our phone blasts off and my wife is called in to work .. not sure if she was happy about me waking her up and handing the phone to her. Well I decided to drive her to work and keep the car so that I can go for a bird walk a little further from Squamish.
Definitely no place will be as beautiful as this area if I should decide to relocate..
why.. well .. look at my walk this morning.. very early..

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck







cormorant





Common Merganser

Barrow Goldeneye









Spotted Towhee

Blue Heron

Stellar Jay

Varied Thrush





here is a Harbour Seal . It was camera shy!

It was a pleasant walk as far as the environment.. but my legs are very much a concern.. they hurt and Iím becoming anxious about the idea that I should be returning to work in a couple of weeks ..



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I was sitting comfortably in my chair yesterday, the sun was shining and I decided not to waste the day and head out to birdwatch. Well as soon as I got out the sunshine hid .. and it returned shortly after I returned home. Just my lot in life this day..
However it still was a glorious day and Iím so happy to had gone out. I was able to photograph two rare birds for me.. not lifers as I have seen them before but certainly a rarity.. and even more difficult to photograph the one.
Well letís go on a photo journey of my little hobble .. my knee is mending....
Golden crowned Kinglet


American Dipper

Rough Legged Hawk

Bald Eagle

Mallard Ducks

Hooded Merganser

Downy Woodpecker

Spotted Towhee seen just before lunch at my condo

the trail







the trail head



I walked in this








Today being Sunday, itís very overcast, I think Iíll stay in this day.. read, watch TV and have a nap.
Iím restless.. I think a change is or should happen.. I have this uneasy back of my mind that we should move ... leave Squamish.. to where I donít know... what would Noni and I Do? I donít know..
all I do know is there is a growing uneasiness.. an unhappiness ....

I think I posted before.. last year was the beginning of major changes..
Not returning to Camp Summit
Death of my beloved Dalhouise
Knee surgery
Death of my Mom.
All things that were tying me down to Squamish have been removed...




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I went to see my family doctor this morning.. a cortisone shot in my knee.. it hurt. Doctor said Iíll be better in three days.. well I hope so but letís wait and see.
After the doctors visit drove to the estuary










Then it was lunch time


Then time for dessert

Sunday morning breakfast before church














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1/19/20 12:10 A

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If I had a choice I probably would have stayed inside all day. However Noni my wife had to go to work this afternoon. She has almost zero experience driving in snow or freezing rain. There is none of that in Indonesia. So I decided to drive her to and from work. Well Iím out so after I dropped her off at work I went a little further to a bird spotting area I knew about. White knuckles as I drove down a road that was not plowed and a hill that had me worried about if I could get back up. This is a new car to us, no worries .. front wheel drive and new snow tires on the vehicle. It drove through the snow with not a slip and that hill that I was worried about.. well I was on top before I even realized it was there.



Bald Eagle

Blue Heron

Ring Neck Duck

Bufflehead Duck

Mallards

















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This morning is so beautiful with the sun shining. Not walking except at the grocery store for an hour and spending too much money for food. The drive to and from the grocery store was awesome.


























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Another day of -6 c .. mostly stayed in the warm car, however I did step out into the biting wind a couple of times. The sun came out after yesterdayís snow storm and so I just had to go out.
I hope you enjoy ..
Varied Thrush

Blue Heron

Downy Woodpecker

























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Today it is -8c so I stayed in my car to stay warm








variety Thrush

Song Sparrow































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Between Facebook and Instagram, I get inspired and out the door I go.
Sunday afternoon walk was chilly and wet. However this time I wore my rubber boots
Now Iíll share some of the things I seen.
Blue Heron

Mallard 🦆

Common Merganser

Bald Eagle 🦅

Stellar Jay

a squirrel in a hurry























hereís that hill I climbed Geocaching











Well hopefully you enjoy our little walk together



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I was scrolling on my Instagram account and was inspired to get out and go for a short walk in spite of taking some prescribed pain medication. I took it very slow and easy.





Great Blue Heron

Mallards



Common Merganser







someoneís garden









every time I look at this ďhillĒ I remember climbing to the top to those towers to find a geocache



Iím glad I went for this short walk.. but I am also drawn back to remember my Dalhouise who walked this with me or over 8 years




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Today I stopped at a Birding area I have never been too before ... Serpentine Wetlands Management Area. Surrey BC.




























Must fill the belly








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Rain, snow flurries and very dark and gloomy skies makes for a decision to stay in.. the icing on the decision was this road we attempted to drive was one pothole to another pothole and I didnít want to damage our car so I turned around.













Lunch / Supper








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This afternoon I was going to have a nap, as I prepared to close the curtains because the sun was beaming brightly through the bedroom window, I came to my senses and decided to go for a walk instead.




I struggle with this section

my shoes are now a mess





American Dipper











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Went for a short walk today.








as you see it was the brightest sunny day,

walked with friends who are dog sitting Ralph

. Noni






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Times moves on.. emptied Momís room on Saturday and must go to Surrey BC on Tuesday to sign papers and identify her body so that the funeral home can proceed.

Still with that all in my head - I stop and look around me assured that I belong to the Creator of all that is seen and unseen. His love and Mercy and Judgements are right and true, He does nothing poorly or wrong nor unkind .
I am His and He is mine.. Jesus Christ the Son of God..











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Red Tail Hawk ?

Northern Flicker

snow top mountain





Mom.. yesterday she seemed to be a goner, but today she is conscious again and breathing deeply.. yo-yo .. everyday I donít know what to expect when I walk through her room door.
Palliative care nurse says this is often the case..
so hard as this is all new to me..

In remembrance




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Well here it is again the beginnings of a new year.
2019, was not so good
Circumstances led me not to return to Camp Summit,
I had to put my Dalhouise down after 16 years of being together
My mother is in palliative care just waiting to die as I write this
I had the long waited knee surgery, Iím still off work because of that.
And so here we are .. Christmas Eve 2019 ..




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