Sep

11

Wondering About

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I was looking through some of the old comments on this blog and I came across a few from an old online friend whom I haven’t heard from in many years now. I often wonder what happened to her and have tried on several occasions to look for her but with no avail. The few mutual friends we have also don’t seem to have any idea what happened to her.

“Sunny” Nelson- if you happen to see this- know that you are being thought of and you are missed. I hope you are well.

Sep

11

Sounds of Silence

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There are some days when I crave silence and noise of any type literally tosses my train of thought off the rails. Other days, I can’t wait to check out one of my favorite music places and follow the click here to get to my favorite play list. Music soothes me, but at the same time- sometimes I prefer silence. My husband, on the other hand always needs to ‘hear’ something. What about you? Which do you prefer?

Have a great week!

Sep

11

The last few weeks I’ve had this discombobulated feeling. I have SO many projects and thoughts happening- that I am finding it difficult to wade through them all and actually feel as though I am making any sort of headway. I’ve tried various methods- and I still can’t seem to get ‘still’ with myself, so I’m going to try yet something else.

I believe a full disconnect from everything is in order- with a focus purely on myself and what I need to do- in order to gain balance and structure again in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I have a great life, but things are off balance and I recognize that, so it’s time to do something about it before it becomes too far out of whack.

What do you do to balance yourself?

Sep

11

Who Knew?

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It never ceases to amaze me just how much knowledge Marcel has about music. We were out yesterday and ran into a neighbor, who happens to be a seasoned musician and they started this conversation about ns design which left me in the dust of understanding what they were talking about. When I asked him about it later- as in how and when did he become so knowledgeable, he said that it’s something he has always been interested in and that he enjoyed reading reviews and learning about different products and sound. Who knew? I learn something new about my husband each week.

Aug

24

Since my last post- several weeks ago, Marcel and I have embarked on the Whole 30 adventure together.  It’s my second time and his first.    We started on the 15th, and while he wanted to give it up at around day four-   he decided in the end to stick with it and he’s doing great now.

It has been a lot more time consuming this time.   Mostly because with BOTH of us doing it-  it means a LOT more meal prep time since he can’t take his usual sandwich to work.  That means egg muffin cups for work- and omelettes for breakfast.  It’s time consuming, but definitely worth it.

Plus this week we’ve had some really warm weather and that meant me spending a LOT of time in the kitchen yesterday meal prepping for salads for the rest of the week.    The fridge is stuffed to the brim with various greens, bacon, turkey breast, roasted tomatoes, roasted zucchini and eggplant, grated carrots and beets, boiled eggs and the list goes ON..   It makes it so simple to toss together a salad of our choosing and it’s delicious!

I haven’t asked Marcel many questions on whether he feels like Whole 30 is changing how he feels, because I believe it’s too early to tell.    I’ll give it a few more weeks, or maybe he’ll discover it on his own.   I’m definitely having a little more energy than I was before, but still not at the tiger blood stage I got to at around week 2 before.   I am waking up earlier in the morning and feeling more rested- but not sure if that’s from Whole 30 or the warm weather.   Time will tell.

Have you tried the Whole 30 plan?  What were your thoughts?  I would love to hear your experience.

Aug

24

Learning is Growing

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The other day I was out walking with the dog and passed a new construction site where they are building a new shopping center.   I noticed they were putting something in the ground and the person I was walking with informed me that they were using what looked to be soil gas probes. Since I had never heard of them, I inquired as to what it may mean. I actually started talking at first about how cool I think it is that they would be probing for natural gas sources before they build, but they informed me that it wasn’t exactly what they were doing, instead it was more likely testing for toxic gases in the area or maybe to see if there were any toxic oils or gases in the soil from gas leaks or any kind of other toxic spill.

Since it was something new to me, I paused and observed them for a little while, but couldn’t really see what they were doing. Since it was so close to the ground, I couldn’t really see anything, so I didn’t ‘learn’ much in terms of observation. I did find it interesting though that these things occur and apparently more often than I would have even guessed.

My next question is what do they do when they find something with the probes? That’s a question that I don’t have the answer to yet, but one thing is for certain, I do intend to find out. After all, to know me is to know that I am always curious about things happening around me and wanting to learn something new. Even though this may be something that I never encounter again, having the knowledge and little understanding will satisfy my curiosity and who knows, maybe one day it’s knowledge that I’ll be able to use for something else. One never really knows.

Aug

6

New Month- New Adventures

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It is hard to believe that August is here and Marcel and I recently celebrated our 12 1/2 year anniversary.  I know, that is an odd anniversary to celebrate, but it’s traditional here-   I guess half way through to your 25th is worth celebrating.  Personally, I believe every day is worth celebrating, and I do celebrate every breath- even if some days I’m more focused on it than others.

IMG_7342One thing I did do this week was whip up some biscuits for Marcel.   Occasionally, I really crave a good buttermilk biscuit and Marcel is always game to eat them, as he loves them.    I had some good bacon, so I pre-measured everything the night before, had my butter grated and in the freezer, my dry ingredients measured and in the fridge.   The following morning I snuck out of bed and got everything mixed up and going before his feet ever hit the floor.   He isn’t one to like to ‘wait’ for breakfast, so I was glad  I could get it going before-hand.    He opted for no egg, and gobbled up two biscuits with ham.    I, on the other hand, made a meal out of what you see in the photo.  Add a cup of coffee (or two) and a huge bottle of water, and I was set.

Sometimes you just have to abandon the Greek yogurt and fruit for something a little more indulgent.   This was one of those days.

As this first week of August comes to an end, we are gearing up for a little travel.   A ‘break’ to get away from it all & I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures those few days bring.

This is going to be an amazing year.

 

 

Jul

10

Summer Lovin’

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Aren’t y’all just LOVING the fruits and vegetables available for summer?    I always think each season brings my favorite fruits and vegetables, but truth is-  I believe it’s summer.    I have probably easily eaten 20 pounds of strawberries this summer, and just when I was feeling somewhat saddened that their season was almost gone for the  year-   here come the cherries, peaches, watermelon and nectarines.   I have been enjoying berries and also a few cherries, but this time tomorrow they should be taking center stage in my birthday cake.      I’m not going to spill the beans fully, but I do hear that chocolate and cherries are part of the fun.

I am going to ‘try’ (key word there) to only taste this cake, as I’ve been baking too many luscious goodies for this celebration month, and I know I’m going to be needing to kick up the exercise a HUGE notch.  Thank goodness Marcel and I are going to be starting Whole 30 soon, because I can tell my body is in need of a cleansing and I need to cut the sugar.

That will definitely be part of the gift to myself towards the end of this upcoming week-  cutting out the sugar.  I’ve had more than my share lately, and it is time to find a balance without it.

Our home projects are also about to get kicked up a notch or three-  plus I hear some traveling is in the hat to happen sometime in August-  maybe even September.

I’m sure I’ll be filling y’all in on all that as it all unfolds.  In the meantime-   the bath awaits.

 

Jun

30

Today was one of those days where when I woke up I could hear the rain falling. IMG_5992 It wasn’t stormy, but a constant and steady flow of rain.   Some moments were harder than others, but it never really stopped.    It’s one of those days where you really would prefer to spend it in bed curled up with Netflix or a good book, both of which I happened to have on hand, but at the same time- I decided to get up and do something on my never ending ‘to do’ list.

My big project this week is to get my work supply room completely organized, but today didn’t seem like that kind of day either, so even though I had decided I wasn’t getting out today-  I changed my mind (as us women tend to do) and ran a few errands that needed to be done.   (That actually worked out well, because a package I was waiting on is going to be delivered tomorrow.)  Yay for good timing!

While we were out, we popped in to the local garden center so I could pick up a few things.   I saw this Cosmos in the store and even though I could hear the rain pouring on the metal roof of the garden center, the color made me smile.

It reminds me of life-   how even when we have days that seems dark and dreary- that if we open our eyes and look around, there is always something that can bring a smile to our face.

 

 

Jun

29

It’s hard to believe that in a few days my birthday month begins. One month long celebration of the month I was born. Also, this year will mark the last one in my 40’s. Nine years that have taught me so much, given me so many gifts, wonderful friendships & also hasn’t been without it’s heartache. I’ve lost people who I’ve loved dearly and deeply- been betrayed by people I would have never guessed would have done so, but through it all, I’m grateful for the opportunity to have known them, and also for the lessons that each experience has taught me.

This final year before I enter into the 5th decade of my life- I am going to honor myself in ways that I’ve learned over the past decades and enter my 50th with open eyes and a grateful heart. Life is good and I’m planning on making this last year of my 40’s amazing. Join me on the journey if you will. I’m always grateful for fellow travelers.

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