Archive for June, 2014


Some of my most favorite moments involve spending time out in the yard with my animals. When the weather is warm, there’s typically no place I would rather be.

In today’s photo shoot Tiny Mushroom returns, and brings with her the lovable Moose and his foster brother Moose 2 (aka Slow Mo, aka Donegal). Also appearing is the three-legged wonder of Llewellyn the beautiful black kitten, and the wise old Farmer Ollie.

The other half of the family was sleeping peacefully indoors.

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Happy Caturday.


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I’m not much of a resolution-maker (my 2014 New Year’s resolution was to “work less and have more fun”), but I do find that setting monthly goals for myself has been extremely helpful in gently easing into new healthy habits. A short-term commitment is not only more endurable (and thus more likely to succeed), but it gives me the opportunity to approach the same aspirations from many different angles throughout the year. Trying to eat healthier could mean giving up sodas in April, or pledging to eat two cups of vegetables every day of October, or setting up an exercise plan to keep me warm in December. I find that this approach keeps me more engaged in finding ways to make changes that I want to see. And if nothing else, it gives me something to blog about, right?

This month, I need to tackle two of my weakest spots: sugar, and the internet.

I’ve always had a raging sweet tooth. As a child I would do just about anything to get money for candy, and candy was the only thing I ever bought with my hard-earned (or craftily-swindled) money. I dreamed of the day when I would be a grown up and could eat as much candy as I wanted.Unfortunately, my inner child still calls out for that daily sugar buzz. I’m hoping she will be satisfied with as much fresh fruit and veggies as I can get my hands on.

As for the internet, well, we all know how I’ve struggled with this beast for quite some time now. It’s like the old Mark Twain quote:  ‘Giving up [the internets] is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.’

Or..something like that.

At any rate, I’ve thought up dozens of ways to moderate my internet use, and so far none of them have stuck. So if anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears/eyes. As of right now, my current brilliant plan goes something like this: “I just won’t get online as much.”

In the end, it’s all about the journey. I may never lose my sweet tooth, or the desire to zone out in front of a computer screen after a hard day of work (or as soon as I wake up on the weekends and at least a dozen times throughout the day). But I can keep trying to find ways to be a better, healthier, more satisfied human being.

And I guess that’s what it’s all really about.


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