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weather wasn’t quite so nice today… it was cooler and rainy for much of the day…

arrived early at The Forks for breakfast with a dear friend, so wandered along the river walk before the rain really got going… took this picture of the newest sign…

  

looks pretty cool, but then I spotted the mallard ducks… 

  
and geese… I do love my birds…

  
also took a few pictures of St. Boniface Hospital… reminded me that George’s bypass surgery took place in November of 2008 and he enjoyed the next four years… seems like a different life ago…

  
then there were the six weeks I spent there in 2010… many hours of looking out onto the river…

  
was realizing how I have grown and changed over the last few years… 

after breakfast I stopped to visit with a former colleague… not something I would have done before without causing a lot of stress…

went to the mall, had a problem on my phone sorted out, and picked up a number of gifts for Christmas… very happy to have that pretty much done… stopped at a few other spots to finish up the shopping… am feeling more excited about Christmas this year I think…

went to the doctor and was thrilled with the report on my A1C and cholesterol… it was so good that we don’t have to think about drugs for at least the next three months…

he was astonished at how low both numbers were… woohoo… I am sure the cholesterol came down due to the Becel Pro Activ margarine I’ve been eating every day…

also feeling less concerned about checking my blood sugar more often… he had me stop testing when I saw him last and I have felt like I lost a crutch… but I can trust that I know what I can and can’t eat…

haven’t lost any weight according to their scale but I think I am actually at about 160… think I have lost about 38 pounds since last November…

during the appointment I realized that it was last November that I was diagnosed with diabetes… lots of lifestyle changes since then…

some wonderful moments to savour today…