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Today’s Special

A creature of habit, I no longer have to write down resolutions, I just find myself doing the same old (new) things every year…re-organizing the closets and cabinets, both literally and mentally, sorting through the flotsam and jetsam of the last year, keeping what’s useful and tossing the rest.

calvin-hobbes-new-year-resolution1We’ve pretty much evolved into a seasonal routine, and winter is for upping the trips to the gym, cooking healthy, cozying up with a book, writing, and reflecting.  The birds must be fed, the gardens planned, and this February we’ll greet our new grand-daughter.

But right Now is perfectly fine; in fact, it’s just Enough..!  Each morning, I resolve to Enjoy Today…

calvin and hobbes new year 1

Enjoy Every Day of 2015, dear Readers!

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The Longest Winter wears on, despite our whimpering and whining.  The gnomes feel the same way we do…


Let’s go back to yesterday and wine instead of Whine.  Casey and I cruised down to the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show/ Wine Festival.  I know it’s going to be a while before we can Really plant anything, but take heart!

I’ve not been too successful at growing orchids, but they always entice me to try…maybe next year?

The wine tasting was tasty…  We got free glass glasses, drank freely from more than a dozen Tennessee wineries, and I must have been buzzed, because I Thought that I bought 3 bottles of wine, but actually came home with some 2 bottles of suspicious-looking ?orange wine and some “kool-aid” to mix with it.  Ah, well, I’ll drink it… The winery area was too crowded to take pictures, so you’ll have to use your imagination…

While we’re worrying that winter will wear us out, think how the birds must feel.  We’ve already used twice as much feed at our feeders this year compared to last…  So don’t forget our feathered friends…


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still riveted

Are you watching the Games?  You really should…

I have never wanted to be an athlete of Any Kind.  It’s not Just that I have no discipline, but also that I might get hurt.  I admire so much the fearlessness of the Olympic Heroes; their hard work and the aforementioned discipline that consumes them stirs something inside all of us.  Come on, don’t tell me you don’t cry, whether  they’re standing on the podium, or if they blow it with one little mistake…

If you haven’t paid enough attention to cry, just use this little ad as a primer…

Now turn on the coverage…  (say what you will about Russia, their costumes are the Best)

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Who knew?

Who knew that Yoga could hurt so much?  Why didn’t you tell me??

ooph, I’m feeling my legs and shoulders today and it hurts so good.  I’ve discovered that I’ve been doing the Sun Salute wrong all these years;  the old way was much easier…  It definitely helps to have someone make you hold the poses, whereas I was rolling through them pretty quickly before.  I shouldn’t have pushed myself, though, because now I’m not feeling too keen to practice them…

Winter has gone all wintry on us again and there’s nothing to be done but hunker down and keep the fire burning.  I saw the eye doctor (new bifocal contact lens) and the MD last week (getting labs drawn tomorrow), so I’ve pretty much no place to go.

Did I tell you that I recently purchased a Kindle Fire HD?  I started e-reading with the Original Kindle, then switched over to Nook a couple of years ago.  I wanted to use the Amazon amenities like Kindle Singles and lower prices on nearly all the books, but was also hoping that a larger screen would be easier on my eyes.     I bought the 8.9″ and it is kinda of heavy, not too portable.  But I do love the Amazon prices and shopping.   (Bargain-brag:  I used coupons and discover points to buy and only paid $75)

Oh, yes, the shopping…  And since there’s yet another storm on the way, I’ll be taking advantage of Prime to spend that overtime that Casey’s out earning.   Really…  a girl’s gotta have fairies…and fairy benches…and teeny-weeny little fairy pets.

Be careful…it’s slick out.

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4th Sunday in January, 2014

I started an Intro to Yoga class today.  It was a spontaneous act and I’m not quite sure what brought it on.  I have known my way around the Sun Salute for decades, but not much else.  My time with Rodney Yee was mostly spent admiring his flexibility—is he a contortionist or what?— and neither Denise Austin nor Jane Fonda kept my attention.   I haven’t had a real burning desire to practice Yoga, though I do know that I feel like I’ve had a massage after I do some poses.   So it might have been a targeted ad that caught my attention (well-done, Adman), but at some point Friday I signed up for this class at Evansville Yoga Center.  Both teachers and students seem very nice, and the challenges were just-enough—I’m definitely going to be a little sore tomorrow.   The benefits will be phenomenal, though, so I’ve high hopes.

The Center has recently moved from West Franklin to North Main, near Garvin Park.  On the way home, I drove through the park and noticed a gaggle of geese walking on the ice over the lake.  It was a beautiful day with highs in the 50’s feeling tropical compared with what we’ve come to expect this winter.  I just happened to have my camera and stopped to take some pictures.


Down by the fountain, on the west side of the lake, it was like a waterpark.  They were hanging out, yakking and visiting like they were at the beach.  Funny…

It was so nice that I walked a lap around the park.  The sun was going down as I left.   Shortly after I arrived back at the Acres, I grabbed my camera again to catch the beautiful sunset…


I hope your day was as nice as mine.  If it wasn’t, then maybe tomorrow will be.  Be ready!!


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blocked…(and happy birthday, EB)

I am well past my self-imposed deadline for blogging, having promised myself to blog at least once a week.   Once a week sounds so easy, doesn’t it?   As a matter of fact, nearly every day I attempt to write Something, but lately it’s read something like crappycrapola crappetycrap and ends up in the recycle bin.   It’s not Only that there’s very little activity here at the Acres, what with weather spoiling even the humble goal to go to work every morning.  It’s not Just that…but that hasn’t helped.

Fact is, I’m planning some big changes for my blog-life.  Oh, there will be the usual seed-starting over at Growing Every Season, even though last year I SWORE that I would not sacrifice seedlings ever again;  I have a  New Plan that I’m sure will work…pretty sure, anyway.  And yes, February will be festive as I celebrate my birthday for at least a week, possibly longer…    The Big Challenge is to find my Voice over at the Mad Woman, and I have some Great Ideas and Lofty Goals, but nothing to show for it, YET.  You just wait, though…

In the meantime, Today is is Eliza’s Birthday;  she is my 3-year-old New York City granddaughter.


Friday is Emma’s Birthday;  she is my soon-to-be-8-year-old New York City granddaughter.


(Those are the hands of the Hot princesses from Frozen, Anna & Elsa)

 As I’ve been downloading and editing the Disney PhotoPass pictures, I’ve been missing them sooo much.  I called Eliza, created some birthday songs just for her and had a grand conversation.   I’ll catch Emma on Friday, before her party on Saturday, and reiterate my love for her.  I can’t honestly say I wish I were there—it’s too damn cold and snowy—but I Do Wish we were all together.  Why aren’t we made of $$$?  

And so I leave you with a couple of pictures I took today, not much else but some more crapesquecrap.  Hold on, though;  the days are getting longer….only 2 more months until Spring!!!