If only more people spayed or neutered their pets

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A very sad reality for some domestic animals.

I know that pets are so significant in many of our lives. Most give us unconditional love, make us laugh, become integral members of our family, and much more. As a person with bipolar disorder (a mental illness), I’ve also experienced pets as a source of great emotional support. During my life, I have primarily been a cat or parrot owner, but I love all animals. When I see any animal struggling or injured (or dead alongside the road) it breaks my heart. The sad thing is that such observations are far too numerous. Obviously some of these occurrences are just the reality of nature, others are clearly caused by humans, unintentionally, and tragically sometimes intentionally. Though many of us wish we could end humans’ negative impact on animals, often we have to become partially numb to it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do some things that can make a difference. Continue reading

Throwing all of the dishes into the trash

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Not a photo of my kitchen, but I do have dishes in my sink.

My post title today is nothing I literally did, but it is a figurative representation of something I have done today literally, and might do with other things, as well. Have you ever just wished that stuff you needed to do was just “Poof!” done or gone?  Or that a specific time just passed without having to live it? That’s kind of how I’m feeling today. Continue reading

I’m currently on vacation, mentally, and it feels good

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Actually, I do have a real vacation coming up, but not quite yet. My husband and I are going to Portugal to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in the not too distant future. We loved Portugal the first time we went. In fact, it was about the most relaxing satisfying trips I’ve ever taken in my life. Unlike vacations that preceded it, I had no anger outbursts, no anxieties, was motivated to explore, and found pleasure in almost everything. I experienced true peace. I was also not hypomanic or manic. The enjoyment I experienced was pure grounded free pleasure. Though we haven’t yet left for our second trip to that lovely country, I am already feeling that same feeling, even at home. Continue reading

Week 2 – Friday Fitness and Weight Loss Update

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This is how much weight I lost this week.

Well, I made it through the second week of my weight-loss and fitness plan. I’m happy to report that I lost weight again! I’ve also come up with some new ideas for these blog post updates. I hope they will be useful and interesting. I describe them further below. In the meantime, please look at the above photograph of the sticks of butter. They are significant this week. Don’t worry, just looking at them will NOT make you gain weight. Here are my week’s results: Continue reading

“Lightened Up” Almond Berry Clafouti

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Almond Berry Clafouti (w/o confectioner’s sugar)

So I’m almost finished the second week of my new weight loss plan. Many of you know that I enjoy posting recipes on occasion, so I thought I’d start posting some diet-friendly or “lightened up” ones, too. I’ve enjoyed a lot of new creations these past several days, as well as old ones I remember from the past. Continue reading

Dieting while on vacation?

Cafe in France

In the near future, my husband and I will take a vacation to celebrate a special event, but just recently, I started a serious weight loss effort. I still have weeks to go before our trip, but the topic of dieting while on vacation has already popped up in my head. Continue reading

Week 1 – Friday Fitness and Weight Loss Update

Dieting apple measuring tapeThis post marks the end of the first week of my fitness and weight loss efforts. If you haven’t already read it, please see the other post I posted today that describes my weight loss plan/strategy and tool(s). Future posts in this series will only contain the type of information I provide below, which includes my weight change amount, the amount of exercise I did, a reflection of my week in regards to my diet and fitness, and the interim goal I’ve set, and how close I got to it. I will always include a hyperlink at the bottom of these weekly posts to my plan/tool description post. Here’s my first installment: Continue reading

My Fitness and Weight Loss Plan Described

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As I promised in my initial post Long haul healthy weight and fitness efforts – creation of a Friday post series, I would decide on a weight loss and fitness plan, and the tool(s) I would use for those efforts. Actually, I sort of knew what these would be when I posted the above-mentioned. That allowed me to begin my journey the next day. Also as promised, I will post a weekly update regardless of whether I lose or gain weight, exercise up a storm, or lay motionless in my bed. The point will be to reflect on this important journey, and to keep the journey in mind so that I keep at it and/or understand why I’m not. Continue reading

I have always loved a good brew! Reflections of a beer lover.

Beer froth

I remember being no more than four years old when my dad asked me to grab him a beer from the refrigerator. That was way back in the mid-1970s. I’m not sure what inspired me to open the can the first time. Was it the challenge of opening it, which back then had the old pull-tabs? Or the curiosity of what that drink tasted like? Either way, I did taste it, and probably unlike 95% of children that age, I actually liked the way it tasted, despite it being what I now call “cheap American swill”. Dad obviously knew I stole a taste, and got a kick out of it. From that point on (as a child), I’d always take a taste. As time went on the “tastes” grew more substantial. Continue reading