it’s New Years Eve! Your Xmas card is in the mail…..tomorrow!


Ok… Well maybe Thursday. But, they are done!!,

And, by the way…Just finished the cards and J informs me that flamingos are not native to Florida. He waits until NOW after watching over my shoulder for hours.

Either way, for the less informed, flamingos totally remind me of Florida! So, flamingo that!

Hope you had a Happy Christmas and that 2014 is filled with blessings and good will!



The dog…


The dog…the puppy, she is just 6 months old, is now mine. She was my daughters, but that lasted just a few weeks.

The puppy is work. More work when I already have enough work. She is a dog that needs space, movement , and active learning. She can be sweet and loving and funny. She also nips and chews and jumps when she is bored or wants your attention. She is smart…too much so that I see her watching and thinking of what item to mouth that will get the attention of the person she wants the most. (Right now she has my walking shoes…dork!)

She is too young to really understand, or even care, about the ramifications of what she chews or does. She is young enough where training needs to be daily and came be frustrating, because all she really wants is to be free and just run.

I am struggling wondering if we are the right family, if we can provide her what she needs.

I am struggling because she challenges me to making time to walk, to exert the confidence needed to be her pack mama, and to having the patience to be loving and firm….not just totally frustrated because today it’s all just not working.

I have walked dogs for the humane society and I just can’t bear the thought of her caged and scared.

So as she sits here chewing the robe I now gave her…I somehow know that she is good for me. She is forcing me to be stronger. To excercise, and to learn more patience.


I feel like I am still holding my breath…but either way, it’s time for that walk.


What really matters…

Today my hubby had ankle surgery.

We have been married a long time but there is not a day when I haven’t thought of him and not smiled.

I am also a worrier.

Every surgery has risks and as a medic I could see that quiet reflection on his face as he worked through each one.

I do lean on him a lot…

Trust him to tell me when it’s time to really worry or that it will all be Ok.

As the day approached all went well. As he went in I headed to the stores to get him some guitar picks (he is going to teach himself over the next weeks) and some soda and bread for his stomach after.

As I headed back the sounds of the ambulance became closer and closer. As I reached the surgery it pulled in right ahead of me.

for a moment time stops but thoughts fast forward

For me the news was good. The medics went to the right rather than the left building. I still said a familiar prayer for the firefighters, the injured and both families as I do each time I hear the sirens or see an engine.

This time I added a deep breath and prayer of thanks for a man who fills my heart and soul with joy and who I hope to spend 40 more years with.

I love you this manies …..



Natural Salt Scrub

Day 1: 188 lbs of weight

Made a simple salt scrub to signal the beginning of my journey. – a lot of salt. I mixed coarse kosher salt with regular iodine table salt. – a few tablespoons of olive oil for moisture. – about a quarter of a cup of shower gel for cleansing and a sugary pomegranate smell. I shave after I salt scrub by the way! Enjoy!

Making your own natural spa products is more affordable!

May is the beginning of my WHOLE LIVING…

I have been saving my whole livings…waiting for the right time. 🙂  There is never a ‘right’ time…just moments.

So this weekend I did nothing…just rested.   I opened my Whole Living today and the very 2nd page spoke to me completely.

Mind:  Ralph Waldo Emerson – “For ever minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”  How many minutes of happiness I have LOST!  I feel angry with my mom…even though she died so long ago.  Angry with my dad..because…I’m not real sure why…just because.  Angry because I am juggling so many things when I learned in England the value of slowing down and experiencing life.  But in being angry….Image

This May I am going to focus on the minutes of joy 🙂

Body:  I am a teacher and I constantly carry work back and forth.  In addition, I work at the dining room table, huddled up on the coach.  I do not give my body the exercise it needs or the sense of just taking good care of it when I work.  I have a table set up in my front room to do just that..and I am going to use it…and find a rolling cart.

Soul:  I spent a few weeks ago cleaning out my closet and now need to step back from work and clean out my home!  I set  (re-set) goals I thought up in August of 2011 and have not completed.  It’s time.  I need to learn to cook and need to learn to find balance.  I need a good “Spring-Clean” of my life! 🙂

On to page 3!