Monthly Archives: December 2013

Won’t Myth 2013

But I will start out “mything” 2014.  As you shall see… (keeping you reading.  See how I did that? LOL)


I am not one to jump on the resolution bandwagon for all the obvious reasons.  That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the satisfaction of turning a page, starting new.  I guess I’m greedy but I want to have that satisfaction more than once a year.

I seem to get the most accomplished when I set a new goal every month. I used to set one for major areas of my life: spiritual, physical, home, business & writing.  That’s a lot of stuff and don’t always see the progress I’d like.  So I think I’m going to pick one or two each month of 2014 to try focus and create some routines that will help me stay on track better or develop new skills that will help me move forward.

One of the things I did accomplish FINALLY in 2013 was to get into an exercise routine.  I found something I like to do and have managed to integrate it into my life to the point of missing it when I don’t/can’t go.

If it wasn’t for the fact that I feel so good and that my clothes fit differently and that I love doing it, it would be easy to be discouraged from a weight loss standpoint.  I have to be healthier, and that’s what I try to keep at the forefront.  But there has to be a reason that the weight is not coming off.  “Oh, it’s what you eat then! Get rid of the chips and soda” seems to be the first response to that delimma, but I don’t have either of those things, nor cakes, cookies, donuts, pies, etc. in my house on a routine basis.  Now on special ocassions, like this past week with family, I eat what I want and I might even have half a can of soda (just can’t drink a whole one anymore).

“Okay, so what about gluten and sugar and dairy and the “wrong” fat and all your gut trouble”  follows response number one.  Don’t have gut trouble which is why I’ve not been too concerned with gluten or dairy. My digestive system seems to do a pretty good job all by itself as long as I drink the water I should. (Hard sometimes in the winter!).

“Must be hormones.”  Seems a credible thing–one I haven’t researched much yet.

So it’s all a big mystery to me, to the point of being tiresome at times because there are so many options.  But I’m going with what caught my interest and have decided that over the next few weeks I am diving into two books:

  • The Great Cholesterol Myth by Bowden and Sinatra
  • The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor

The Great Cholesterol MythCalorieMyth

Both do focus on what food does to hormones and how they relate both to weight and heart disease.  Hope to get both read in January.

It boggles the mind how food has become a politcal issue.  Subsidies and lobbyists, what is financially advantageous and politically advantageous to feed to the public regardless of what research might say. On and on and on and on.  Humans turn such simple things into complicated messes.

Anyway, bring on 2014.  I still have some planning to do, but it wouldn’t take a whole lot to make this year a little less stressful than last. 🙂

I’m thinking about posting my monthly goals at the top of the month so I can get ideas and input on reaching them.  And readers could kindly ask from time to time how I’m doing if they wanted.  (Hint, hint)


December’s Not So Good For Me

photo by chris gilbert

photo by chris gilbert

I have struggled under lack of sunshine for most of my life.  December has short days to start with.  Several of them have been dark.  Several have been bitterly cold.  And for the first time since May I went a week or two without a workout.  Couldn’t get on the road thanks to ice. Ran out of vitamins. Hubby is working long hours and I am working alone in the house most of the day getting all our tax stuff together which means long hours with numbers.

Ugg.  All have taken their toll.

The good news is the days start getting longer here in just a few days! And November is still singing in my veins.  Once this tax stuff is out of the way I have a couple writing classes and projects in mind.  Excellent motivation for getting the numbers out of the way and getting on to letters and words, much more friendly to me.


Photo by Ivan Prole

Photo by Ivan Prole

Photo by Ivan Prole

Photo by Ivan Prole

Yawn! It’s More Interesting Than It Sounds

I have read or heard of a variety of explanations as to why we yawn:

  1. Tired
  2. Bored
  3. Need a stretch
  4. Need oxygen
  5. Need to cool the brain
  6. Need power (make everyone who sees you yawn do it too!)
  7. Nervousness
  8. Changes in the chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain that affect emotions, mood, appetite, and other phenomena.
  9. Health issues such as adrenal issues, diabetes & stroke
  10. Could be a herd instinct that synchronizes mood in gregarious animals. 

Photo by William Stewart

For me right now, I know it’s reason #1.  G’nite!
(Do tell, did you yawn too?)


Hello Again, Hello

All in all, November was delightful, but not for my poor blog. We will do better, starting today.

November was full of family (brother home from Florida for a visit) and a family vacation (my parents and siblings in a lakeside house with a lovely view including tenacious Bradford pear trees still on fire with autumn color, white pelicans, cormorants, bald eagles and one evening, just before dark, a tükörsima lake), snow (which we managed to dodge perfectly as far as travel went), and drama (Not from family! Hubby went toe-to-toe with Dish Network on a crappy installation job on one of our rentals and won!) and achievements and near misses, and proof to myself that I can pull out all the stops and achieve a goal. I had forgotten how much I love getting lost in make-believe worlds of my own making in a way that I can’t in the shorter pieces I normally write.  25,000 words over a 5-day period not only fully immersed me in the story world, it gave me some new characters I can still play with.  And a NaNo win. And sore typing fingers. Sore wrists. Elbows. Arm muscles. Shoulders. 

November was something else.

So here is December when I get all contrary and hole up in my house and refuse to shop. Much. Tonight I have a thick blanket of fog cocooning me.  As long as I don’t have to drive in it, I think fog is fascinating. I can barely see across the street, but the lights have taken on a life of their own. It is eerily quiet, just like it is on an early morning after a heavy overnight snowfall.

Tonight the fog is making me excited about December.

Photo by andytreis