Waiting for Irma Part 2

photo of hurricane Irma

This is part 2 of my journey living through Irma. You can read part one here Today is Saturday September 9, 2017 and Hurricane Irma is about to reach Florida. Yesterday I was finally coming to terms with the fact that this was really a serious matter and was going to happen, so preparations progressed and I tried to wrap … Read More

Waiting For Irma, Part One

picture of hurricane weather map

Today is Friday, September 8th and we are preparing for hurricane Irma to come on Sunday. I wasn’t taking this very seriously until yesterday, because when we moved to Florida, we purposely chose to live inland to not have to worry about hurricanes. Yet Irma is currently barreling towards Florida like a freight train and is so huge, it encompasses … Read More

My Five Action Steps for Achieving Better Health

A bowl of soup

I want to find a way to live a healthier lifestyle that will be permanent. In my previous post, I talked about the hamster wheel of bad health habits. I am tired of that wheel. I’m tired of being on it, getting fed up and finally jumping off, only to find myself back on it again when I fail to … Read More

Jumping off the Hamster Wheel of Bad Habits

hamster with front legs held up

My life is a continuous roller coaster of trying to eat well but getting sucked back into the bad food habits I’ve developed over the years. I go back and forth constantly from trying to eat healthy, cook healthy and live healthy to being a regular at the drive thru and having something very unhealthy but quick to make when … Read More

The Care and Feeding of a Grown Child

statue of mother and child

One of the hardest things about being a mother is no longer being able to “fix” things when your child gets older. My only child is now closer to thirty than twenty, and I often feel helpless. Gone are the days when a cuddle could cure everything. A hug and a batch of still-warm homemade cookies used to work wonders, … Read More

Cleaning out the Refrigerator

I cleaned out my refrigerator today. This is not one of my favorite tasks. Because I am not very organized, I regularly fail on a miserable level to plan for meals. When I do go to the store, I may have a couple items I know I need, but since I live in a constant state of good intention to … Read More

Small Actions = Goals Reached

girl looking out airplane window

I went for a walk today. “So, what’s the big deal?” It wasn’t a big deal in any way other than I did it this morning instead of just THINKING about doing it. I took an action step towards a vague goal. That IS a big deal because I have a fear of committing to goals. I avoid making goals, … Read More

You Can Gain So Much by Letting Go

woman spreading arms towards the sunset

I have a few previous posts about my struggle with stuff. While I still have too much of it, I have been on a huge downsizing kick lately. Purging, organizing, donating, throwing away, and generally just deciding I don’t need most of what I have! This is coming from a person who has consistently had a small house with lots … Read More

Creativity in the Kitchen

Sometimes you have to get creative If you aren’t able to get what you want, you have to make due with what you’ve got (hey, is that a song?) ANYWAY….. This is another of my old blogs from 2012. I’ll be doing an updated version soon as we’ve added a few other small kitchen appliances. We’ve also donated a few of … Read More

My Story of Stuff…Pausing for Insight

illustration of messy room

I’m writing a multi-part post about stuff, the acquiring, the rearranging, the storing, the organizing, the moving and all of the headaches that come with having TOO MUCH stuff. As I am writing it, I’ve been reliving the past decades of my life and how I related to stuff, and I’ve had some insights. You can always have insight looking … Read More