Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Self care

I had tea at a friend's house. We don't know each other that well but we've known each other for a long time. That length of time makes her dear to me. 

She asked me how I am with self care. I look into her searching face and admit the truth. The truth is I take self care to extremes. They are the results of desperate longings from a stay at home, free-working Moogy. 

I remember her slightly bewildered face as I sit at the breakfast date with myself.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A post about hot-ness

There is a whole lot of Spring going on in these parts. Warm sunshine. Ice out on the lakes. Bud bursting in the trees. We even found a couple of wood ticks. I do hope we get a couple of more weekends without many ticks. When tick season hits we stay in the city. And in the city we have projects to complete but also awesome pizza parties to attend (pizza baked in an outdoor pizza oven -woot!).

So what was I going to write about? Ticks always distract from all that's good in the world.

Oh, yeah, so I was going to talk about the new glasses. The Big D finally got new glasses. He's needed them for about 10 years now. I think they are hot! I'm trying to figure out to talk about them and I keep coming back to the idea of a "reverse Clark Kent." With them on, Dave looks smart and a bit menacing. Take them off and he's my fun-loving, wild guy again. I find "menacing" to be very sexy and I think this every time I see him with his glasses on. He, on the other hand, is not happy at all with the fact that now he has to wear glasses. He doesn't believe me when I say they are hot so I'll just keep telling him until it sinks in.

It's too hot to knit but I've managed to find some projects that can be done in warm weather. The best thing is that I'm knitting with my stash.

Finally, the last hot thing about this post. The air conditioning in Dave's Jeep conked out and so we had a very warm drive back to the city. I can't believe how miserable it was with the temps only in the 70s. Can you believe this was the norm just a decade ago? I can't.

I pine all month long for Spring but now that it's here, I'm complaining about the heat. And that's just dumb.

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Friday, April 3, 2015


Fall is apple season, right? So how did I discover an apple that I've never tasted before? A quick search on the internet reveals that this apple traveled all the way from New Zealand to Minnesota. It was found in a high-end conventional grocery store. For some reason I feel a little bit creeped out. I enjoyed eating the apple and looked forward to adding it to my list, but now I feel a bit sullied. I suppose it is Fall somewhere in the world.

To eat or not to eat. Ugh. Another first-world problem identified.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy Little Cloud

I know I should be focusing on subjects that will help improve my photography but I saw this cloud just a few minutes ago and it reminded me of summer. A happy little cloud that just made my day a little happier! Sometimes you just need to turn to the ordinary to make life a bit more extraordinary.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The brown before Spring

The truth is I love cool weather which Spring is finally providing. It is an early Spring and we are likely not out the woods yet but the snow has left the woods of Wisconsin making for a fine weekend. I got a little bit of everything. High winds, warm day, rainy the next with a mix of sleet and snow. A fine mix of weather. There was still mud but not as much as the last time we were at the 4-Acre Wood.

There is this bird that always makes me think that Spring is on the way. I never knew the name of this bird although it is rather common. My daughter informed me that it is a chickadee. On Sunday this bird started singing its song, its call for Spring while there was a still a drizzle falling from the sky. I knew then that the rain would stop soon and that it was time to get the dishes done. I don't mind doing dishes outside even with the long process to get it done (heating water, hauling everything out, lugging the water container to the table, etc).

Aside from the lack of snow, there isn't much else to the signs of Spring. Everything is brown, yellow, dark. Not much is green except the moss that is there year round. I loved that the brown backdrop made all of our man-made colors stand out.

We pass two very different sorts of farms on our way home. One has that cute pink barn. I've always wondered about the people who live there. All the wood trim around their property is pink. Each year I watch their large garden grow and cheer when I see such sturdy, happy stalks of corn and sunflowers. The other farm is a factory farm producing turkey. I've always wonder about the wild turkeys in the area and what they have to say about the operation. We always see the trail of white feathers that lead to the town with the processing plant. Such differing language to describe each farm. Such different sorts of food.

Yes, the season is finally turning. I say "finally" as if this is the usual for Upper Midwest. It is not. Like I said, it is an early Spring. For that I am glad.

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