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I’ve had more expensive watches that didn’t last as long as this Timex from Target. One thing I love about it is that the band can be switched in under a minute. I have a black band, a rainbow band, and a teal band. The watch face is big enough I can see it without putting on my readers, the face lights up if I need that (which I never use, but . . .), and as clumsy as I am it still doesn’t have a scratch on it.

I replace the battery about once every 18 months.


Reading:  Walzer in Wien (German), At Home in the World (M Guenther), The Long Way Home (Gamach #10, L Penny)

Listening: Speaker for the Dead

Watching:  Fringe

more wellness (part 2)

A Depth Year: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5


Wellness isn’t just about what you eat and how you move your body.  It includes things like sleep and connection to people.

Sleep: According to all the reading I’ve done, most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep.  Not 7-9 hours of being in bed, but actual sleep.  I fall on the longer end of this spectrum. To operate at my best and not require a nap, I need 8.5-9 hours.

My night routine includes oil washing my face, brushing my teeth, turning on the fan, turning on the salt stone lamp, turning off the light, and turning off my phone. I meditate for 12 minutes, then read a good book. I try for something not too exciting (in fact, if I get the exciting part in a mystery I’ll try to finish it during the day instead of at night) and I read for about 30 minutes. Then I turn on an audiobook (30 minutes using the audible sleep timer) and fall asleep listening. This seems to work best for me. The fan helps keep noises from bothering me and the audio book keeps me from hearing the tv in the living room.

I like the room totally dark, but noticed that Jasper has trouble getting around in the pitch-black darkness and I was waking up to turn on the salt stone when he needed up and about.  So now I am sleeping with the curtains open. It lets in just enough light that he can get around and I am actually sleeping better with fewer wake-ups.

I have become a complete convert to the fitted sheet, sheet, and duvet world. It is so warm and yet so light.  I am wondering about needing a lighter weight duvet in the summer. I think I’ll try just using the cover and see if that works. I also use only organic fabrics on the bed.

As a side sleeper, who rotates onto her back once in a while, I need a fairly firm and tall pillow.  I am petite, so nothing terribly drastic, just a bit of loft. I have a Casper pillow that I love and a Threshold (Target brand). What I love about the Casper pillow is that it is actually 2 pillows in one. When you unzip it you find a slim pillow in the middle.   This means when you wash it, it fits nicely in the washer and dries much faster than a conventional pillow. Each week when I change the sheets, I unzip the pillow, shake all the parts, and then re-zip, and put inside a clean pillowcase. I’ve had the pillow for a year and it continues to be comfortable.

Connection: I’m an INFJ and a 5w4 — which means I am about as introverted as a gal can get. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t want or need other people. It just means that I need plenty of alone time to process.

My small family is my comfort zone.  My husband and children know me, get me, and love me anyway. They provide stability in an overwhelming world.  My husband and daughter work hard to make sure we have the necessities and niceties. They take me where I need to go and are patient with my struggles to remain as independent and autonomous as my deteriorating vision allows. My son has become my right hand around the house. He’s learning to do all sorts of things that I used to do. He’s learning to help me without just doing it for me. He’s also taken on nearly all the outdoor chores (and with 5 acres, there are many many chores).

My faith is very important to me. I am an Anglican/Episcopalian. I use the BCP (Book of Common Prayer) 3 times a day, read a devotional book daily, and worship at St. Paul’s as often as I can. These practices are life-giving for me. They ground me, center me, and also provide the folk I need to feel complete. This is my home. The place where being me is enough. The place and the folk with whom I choose to put down roots.

My other source of “tribe” is my spiritual companion group. This is a group that meets twice a month to discuss a book.  We’ve done everything from C.S. Lewis to Henri Nouwen. In a move of spectacular love and support, they now come get me for our group gatherings and carpool up here on alternating gatherings. This means the world to me!



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I feel like this picture doesn’t need any words. Tree of Life (silver, handmade) on a simple leather cord. Simple and so very me.


Reading:  Walzer in Wien (German), At Home in the World (M Guenther), The Long Way Home (Gamach #10, L Penny)

Listening: Speaker for the Dead

Watching:  Fringe

mud boots

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It is March and we live on a 5 acre property. That means rain and mud. Lots of rain and lots of mud. Jasper loves his daily walk through the property (and so do I). This year I finally have a pair of really good mud boots. They are insulated, heavy duty, comfortable for a 30 minute stroll, and truly waterproof.

They are, however, really hard to get off! Michael usually helps me and when he can’t it means a fair amount of pulling and swearing. I have my eye on a boot remover and may seriously breakdown and buy it.


Reading: Plötzlich in Palermo (German), The Long Way Home (Gamache, L Penny), At Home in the World (M Guenther)

Listening: No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Watching: Fringe


more wellness

More wellness . . . less confusion

A Depth Year: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

This might sound crazy coming from a certified Health Coach, but there is too much information out there regarding diet, exercise, fitness, healthy living, etc.  Way too much information for any one person to take in, sort through, and come to a conclusion — unless you have nothing else to do all day.

In the end, the information overload and information wars just caused me a lot of confusion.  So for this depth year I am pitching it all aside.  No more reading the latest study, no more buying the latest videos, no more bringing home the latest fitness gadget.

No more!.  I am committing to paying attention to how what I eat makes me feel. I commit to listening to my own body about how movement feels. I commit to being gentle with myself about my auto-immune disease and the effects of it.


I started the New Year with a Whole 30.  I followed it like it was a bible command for the 30 days. No grains, no sugars, no dairy, no legumes, no alcohol, no scale, NO CHEATING. Was it easy? Heck no!  It was one temptation after another. It was one small quiet moment of saying no after another.  But, at the end, I felt so much better.

Being honest, this was kind of the opposite of what I wanted. You see I want to be a vegan. I really do. I don’t like the whole meat industry and slaughtering industry. But, and this is the key and the thing I really had to learn for myself, MY body is not built to digest and process carb very well. So I committed to buying the very best meat I can. I stick mostly with fish, chicken, and turkey. Although once a week I make a roast and enjoy it with my family.






phone stand (+phone)

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This little gadget is one of the hardest working things I own. It holds my phone. If I place my phone with the speakers down into the gray part it amplifies the sound. If I place my phone on its side I can watch videos, charge it up, even use it as a screen with a wireless keyboard, or listen to music with plug-in earphones.

I’m on my third phone, but still on my first stand.  The “kickstand” part folds into the bottom so that it fits nicely in a purse, backpack, or tote bag. It is just millimeters wider than my iPhone 7 to give you an idea of size.

It is perfect!


Reading: At Home in the World (M Guenther), How the Light Gets In (Gamache, L Penny), Plötzlich in Palermo

Listening: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, podcasts

Watching: Fringe, Smallville