Year of the Counts

Happy New Year, friends!  Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know that we plan a set of goals for each year and we name the year to give us a focus. Last year was Year of Health and was filled with doctor’s appointments, exercise, healthy eating and all the things…

Art and Artisans

Some of you who read my blog know that I get weak-kneed at beautiful hand-made furniture. Even simple, hand-made furniture feels special to me. I blame it on the Denver Art Museum which had a beautiful carved Chinese wedding bed in their Asian collection that I visited every week or so. I pretended that it…

Salad Days

In just about two weeks, I’ll be attending class with Kris Rusch for SF Mysteries and I’m low key panicking. Not serious panic, mind you, just a low key question that comes up in quiet moments or while reading the books assigned for the course: “How the hell am I going to do this? I’m…

Berry Power

One of the frustrations of getting older is having to worry about blood pressure, cholesterol, and all those other health-related things. Recently it was brought home to me that my arteries are aging. The doctor was pretty blasé about it She said everyone’s arteries stiffen up with age, recommended a blood pressure pill, and to…

Daily Dozen Challenge

Without really intending to, and surprisingly without too much guilt, I’ve taken about a month off from writing and from social media, and from a focus on the news. I’ve been using my energy for family, for rest and recovery, and to organize my very messy house. I’ve also been working on organizing my life…

Wine and the Wonder of Smell

I came across this list of the Definitive List of Black-Owned Wineries Around the Globe this morning and thought it worth sharing. Far from being only a list of South African wineries with a smattering of others, which I expected, there are also a lot in the United States and in France as well as…

Today’s Nibble

The beauty of my neighborhood here in New Mexico always fills me with joy, which is a great thing since today was a hard one to get up and get out for the morning walk. But once I was out in the sunshine, smelling the sweet fragrance of the trees, I was happy to be…

Streaking Through Life

Dean Wesley Smith swears by the power of streaks. Here is his post on how to make streaks work for you. This morning I completed an eight day streak tracking what I eat and a 6-day streak getting out each morning to add steps. I’m working on my diet and exercise habits, which has been…

Physical and Mental Improvement

This month we’ve had two hikes, which is fantastic! I’ve been struggling with an ankle injury for almost two years. Last year around this time I could barely walk and couldn’t sleep well, so I went to a doctor and he diagnosed me with achilles tendinopathy, gave me a walking boot and a sleeping boot…