Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back, back to blog again!

I'm back.  I had a nice summer break. I hauled hoses around the yard trying to keep my new trees and plants alive during our drought, I neglected my garden terribly, I swam, I played with the Studio Artists on Fridays and just had a summer vacation.

I feel refreshed and ready to jump back into my blog.

I came across a show on PBS during their fund drive, featuring, Dr. Mark Hyman.  He's written several books but his latest and the one that caught my attention was The Blood Sugar Solution.  

I bought it, I read it, I nodded my head when what he was saying made sense and of course, wasn't really new but something I really needed to hear AGAIN.

I started in on his life style program. I am now in the second week of the six week detox, change your eating style program. I've divorced myself from cheese and all dairy products, backed away from the diet soda, only eating things that don't have a list of ingredients that I can't pronounce, etc. 

I'm down 8 pounds and feeling pretty good. Actually, very good. I feel centered and calm. I'm exercising, taking my vitamin supplements, eating wisely for MY body and it honestly seems a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I guess I was ready for this.

This week I did a purging of my kitchen. I have bags of groceries that I will donate to the food pantry. I have clean, organized cupboards.

I've pulled out anything that I haven't used in 12 years and if my daughter can use it in her new apartment, it's hers, otherwise it's off to a new home.

I looked at what I have for decoration, in the kitchen and asked myself, does it serve a purpose?  Do I just love to look at it?  Is it a pain to clean and why have something around if it's just going to collect grease and dirt. 

I divested myself of my cobalt blue glass collection. I once loved it, my first reaction to seeing how each glass bottle needed to be scrubbed and clean was, BE GONE.

Life is short. I DO NOT want to spend my time taking care of possessions. I want an efficient space where I can prepare what I need to feed myself and family.
I need a space that makes me hum.

I now have that space.

Honestly, it amazes me how fast and how easy it is to get sidetracked. To bring into my life things that give a moment's pleasure but little real value. 

I find myself looking for a more spartan space. Less things to take care of.  

I've always had a lot of plants.  Plants are living things and they require attention, maintenance and love. I am cutting way back on them. I need more time for what I really want to do and that is art.  I can tend some because they are good for me but I am not going overboard again.

I guess a month off and I have time to reflect on my life, see what is important, make some decisions about things and move on.

My daughter and her daughter are moving out of the house, after three years.  They will start their own journey, not to far away from us, but on their own. We are still here for support but it's time for them to create their own home.

This weekend my oldest son and his family will come down from Minnesota and stay with us. I look forward to spending some time with  my three oldest grandchildren. Time is slipping away.  It's hard to believe that Hayden is 12 now, Hunter is going to be 10 and Sawyer 8. They got big waaaaaaaaaaay to fast.

I hope you have a wonderful, safe Labor Day weekend.



  1. Anonymous5:04 PM

    Glad to see you back. Congrats on the weight loss.


  2. Glad to see that you found a way to improve your life and your health. Hope it keeps working for you. And glad to see you back in the blogsphere too.

  3. Hi Mama, nice to hear you are back and refreshed!

  4. i am back blogging are doing all the same things i am...howdy pardner :D