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Heading Into Warmer Weather

Good evening everyone!  I’m up way too late but wanted to stop in and visit with you a bit.  First, I’d like to share some photos of my grandkids.  They sure have put a lot of smiles on our faces.  Emily says the funniest things.  Jake is about a year and a half so isn’t saying much yet but it won’t be long.

Al and I are going to be watching them for a 2-4 hours, 3-4 times a week.  There is some overlap when Rachel goes to work and LeRoy gets home so she’ll drop them off and LeRoy will pick them up.  We are looking forward to having the time with them.  It will be nice to see them on a more regular basis, making memories.

Tomorrow LeRoy, Rachel, Jake and I are going to the Home and Garden Show at the Convention Center.  Emily is going to have an Emily and Grandpa day.  They are really looking forward to that.  She is very close to Grandpa.  LeRoy is the Garden Center manager at Fred Meyers so he is really interested in the show.  I love these kinds of things and the exercise will be good for me.

Concerning the Message Board, I have just purchased an update to vBulletin 5 Connect (we are using v4) which says it includes chat so hopefully we will be able to bring that back soon. I”m hoping this will also fix a lot of bugs on the Message Board we acquired with the migration to the new server.

I’m really trying to hard to focus on more protein and less carbs (under 200/day).  I’m still not doing great on drinking my water, especially when there is Diet Dr. Pepper is available.  The scale has been moving in the right direction, which is a good thing.

The forecast for the next 7 days is showing us in the low 50’s during the day and above freezing at night.  Hopefully the snow will finally go away until next winter.

Time for bed. 

Until next time…


Moving On Up to Spokane

It looks like I’ve disappeared for the last five months.  Time sure flies when your life has been turned upside down.  As you can see from the the title of this post, Al and I are now back in Spokane.

After my work injury to my right leg (ankle broke, stripped tendons & broken upper leg) I ended up having to leave the job in July.  I am still having issues.  I was depressed most of the year recovering from that accident. Along with losing my job, our income level has decreased.  The housing in Vancouver, WA is out of control and we could no longer afford even the cheaper apartment we moved to.  At the beginning of October, my brother, Bob, offered us his upstairs bedroom until we could get back on our feet.  We used this time to save some money to get moved up to Spokane, where our son and grandchildren are AND the rent is so much cheaper.  We are paying much less for our apartment, and everything else for that matter.  It all helps.

Due to the move here and our change in our circumstances, I have had to move DWLZ and the Message Board, to a much cheaper server in order to keep it online. Please know we will do everything we can to keep it online and available to all who need it and have found a home here. If you would like to help support this effort, please visit my Support page. Thank you.  I would like to thank all of you who have already sent in your support.  It is very much appreciated.

I am hoping to get back to updating my website and continuing to convert the restaurants nutritional info to Smart Points, while keeping the Points+ and Winning Points.

It’s time to get back on my wight loss journey.  I have been pulling back on my food intake and am slowly losing a bit of weight.  It’s time to kick it into high gear and getting back to tracking and getting some exercise in.  I have no excuse in the exercise department.  We have a gym here at the apartments which have ellipticals and treadmills that I can use at no charge.  Our snow is finally melting and hopefully Spring is just around the corner. Now to get moving.

Al and I are having a wonderful time getting reacquainted with our grandchildren. It’s so nice being in the same town as them.  Emily has already had a sleepover and let me tell you, that girl has stolen Grandpas heart (and mine too).  Jake is so much like my LeRoy was as a baby.  He looks a lot like him and it seems everything he does brings back fond memories.  Some of you will recognize Multnomah Falls behind LeRoy and the kids.

I want to personally thank you all for standing by me during all my life changes throughout the years. Life has thrown Al and I a few punches but you’ve always been by my side supporting me. I cannot even begin to tell you how much that means to me.  Leaving you with my New Years resolution.

Here’s to a great 2017!  Let’s make it a good year.










September Already? I Love the Fall Season.

Hope this post finds all of you having a great Labor Day weekend.  Al and I are staying in, not doing anything special.  Vancouver is having some great cool weather this week, which I love.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.

LeRoy, Rachel and the kids made a surprise visit at the end of August.  It was a quick but fun visit.  This is the first time we’ve met our grandson, Jake.  Emily is now almost 5 years old and getting so “grown up”.  What a joy it was having special time with her.  She takes after me, very talkative and loves people.  Jake, who is 11 months now, reminds me so much of my LeRoy when he was little.  He’s very easy-going, loves to eat, and is so cuddly.  He loves to give a lot of kisses.  They both have birthdays in October, Jakes is October 2nd, and Emilys is October 7th (same as my brother Bob.  Mine is October 5th (going to be the big 60 this year).  It looks like we are racking up October birthdays!


I’ve been keeping busy for the last month updating our restaurants to Smart Points.  I have 153 restaurants completed.  You can find all my DWLZ updates at:

Getting back on track on my Journey to a healthy weight has not been easy, to say the least.  But… who said it was going to be easy.  I’m not giving up; it is never an option.  I need to take little steps back to my healthy lifestyle, one step at a time.  It’s so easy to get discouraged on this Journey.

My leg injury is healing slowly.  It still hurts a bit to step completely on my foot and my ankle aches at night but it’s all part of the healing process, I’m told.  I’m off Workmans Comp and not working at Fred Meyer anymore.  I’m moving on with my life.  It’s hard to believe I worked for Fred Meyer from October 14, 2014 to July 2016 and for the last year I cut my finger in the deli, broke my left leg in the deli, and finally broke my right leg in the cooler in the seafood department.  The latest was a horrible accident, leaving my right ankle broke, ripping all my tissue up my leg to another break on my upper fibia.  I guess going to work was a bad idea.  🙁

Al has been busy writing a book, his passion for a very long time.  He has written a book of Five Short Stories, which is now on Amazon.  If you are interested, you can find it on Amazon at:*Version*=1&*entries*=0  Feedback is always welcome.

Fall is upon us, along with pumpkin lattes & pies, and all the wonderful aromas of the Fall season.  I’m loving the cooler temps and not running my A/C.  Al and I hope to get to the zoo sometime soon.  It’s been way too long.

Hopefully, it won’t be so long between my posts.  The months seem to be passing by way too quickly.  Have an awesome day!