June 07, 2018

And Then the Rest

Where to even begin? April, May and the first part of June passed in a blur of obligations written in my planner. Some enjoyable, some not, most running together in my memory at this point. I am the type of girl who prefers a lot of white space on my calendar or I tend to feel overwhelmed.  We celebrated an anniversary (18), had a dance recital, orchestra concert, trip to Missouri, went to a play, enjoyed several dinners out, celebrated the graduation of our "adopted" daughter, celebrated Mother's Day, planted so many flowers, had our first official college visit at Butler University and lost a beloved member of our family, my sweet kitty boy, Tummy (Mr. Tumnus).

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But really it was just life. Simple every day life- the good, the bad, the chaotic, the beautiful. Life looked a lot different last year than it does this year and I don't think I will complain about the current situation for a moment. Except for my beloved kitters who was my constant companion and the kitty love of my life.

Life with Clover has improved. I can't believe we are 6 months in. Hang on there puppy mommas! It does get better. She has calmed down considerably but of course still has a ways to go, she is after all, an 8 month old Golden Retriever,  but we have learned how to manage things pretty well. TG for the park in my backyard and the occasional day at puppy camp! I have now reclaimed Sacred Day although not quite in it's previous form. I will get there eventually.

I've been tweaking a few things around the house and am about to embark on The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up. I just crave simplicity. I even gave my yarn stash a good sort recently.  We ditched our cable and home phone this week which I thought was going to be stressful but ended up feeling like a relief. I've been reading a ton, thanks in large part to the Kindle my guy got me for Mother's Day. I have been anti E-reader forever but this allows me to easily read while knitting and makes for much easier night time reading. It's been a game changer for me. I still love the feel of a book in my hands, the smell of ink on paper and I will never stop buying real, hold in your hands and sniff, page flipping books, but I love checking books out from the library, electronically. It's like some kind of voodoo witchcraft. Don't ask me how it works. I actually had to call up there and have them walk me through it due to my lack of technological abilities. If you'd like, you can keep up with what I'm reading here.

I've been cooking a lot of simple, fresh meals. I've been doing weight watchers since the beginning of February and while it's a slow process for me, I've made progress and am down about 20 pounds. All the dog walking and puppy tug of war dance parties haven't hurt either. I'm not sure how much longer I will do it but every time I put on old clothes that haven't fit in years and they fit comfortably, I get a thrill and am filled with disbelief. And you know what? The last four months would have passed the same whether I was eating healthy or not. As a bonus, I have more energy and feel better than I have in years!

 Even though I have more energy than ever, it seems 24 hours still isn't enough time in a day to do all the things I would like to do. I dream of all the new things I want to learn and try or the old favorites that I don't have enough time to enjoy. I try to pack in as much as I can in a day but I could surely use more time for play and less time for the not nearly as fun things. This is not revolutionary, I imagine we all feel this way.

I'm sure there is more to tell but I'm drawing a blank. Here's to a summer full of goodness and adventure. Emma and I have plans to get in the car and drive with no plan of where we might end up. It was our favorite thing about last summer- Mommy, Emma adventures. I love that she has inherited my love of photography which will make it even more fun this year.

It always feels so nice to come back to this little corner and record the events of life. Thank you for coming by and always offering such lovely support. I truly come here to record our lives so that we can look back at it and remember. It's a gift to myself and my family but you lot are the icing on the cake! I hope you are well and if you feel like it, leave me a note telling me what's new with you.


  1. It does seem that there are not enough hours in the day. I just retired and I've already been so busy this week, I already don't know how I worked and kept things going,of course Mr. B. helped as well. I keep telling myself take time and smell the roses. Enjoy Spring and Summer and family. It does seem that you have done some lovely things with your family over May.

  2. I like the gentleness of everyday... but oh, Mr Tumnus. So sad. Hoping that these gentle days continue, though there is a little busy as Patch is in the last few weeks of his amazing school - lots of farewell activities and preparations for the new. Starting next week when Patch is away with school for the entire week. I know he will love it, but I will miss him so...

  3. Your posts are always a bright spot of sunlight for me. I get your ups and downs, so much a part of life. I'm so saddened by the loss of your kitty. Losing a pet is devastating. Your pup is frisky, enjoy that. They keep us moving. And kudos on those twenty pounds. That takes work, pat yourself on the back girl!

    My Milo is going downhill every day and I simply don't know how to judge or know how much pain he might be in. Its a joyful time to have him this long and to see him bask in the sun. Other times his loss of hearing and sight makes me wonder if I'm doing the right thing.

    I know pretty much how you feel about not having enough hours. All the time I spend lying on my bed or giving up on my normally happy interests since my surgery make me feel like a lout. I know it takes time, but I'm inpatient and I can't seem to let go of the 'shoulds'. I think you know what I mean.

    I enjoyed your post, and your pics. Here's to a good six months ahead!


  4. I am so sorry that you lost your fur baby. It's so hard, isn't it! Wow, you have had such wonderful success with your lifestyle change! I've recently started yoga, and it's kicking my butt! Maybe we can encourage each other.

    I hope you have a wonderful summer. I enjoy your posts so much, and it does feel good to simplify. I've simplified by getting off FB and I've never been happier!


  5. I understand your comments on sweet Clover! We adopted a three month old yellow Lab back in March and I only wish I had as much energy as she (Molly) does!! So what I've been doing with every free minute is playing with and tending to Molly. She is a sweetheart though and we love her lots!

  6. I am so sorry about the loss of your precious cat. As for Clover, adorable! We are still in the crazy puppy stage here times two. My boys are 7 months old but still crazy. They about dragged me off my feet this morning when they saw my neighbor. I do love them to pieces.

  7. So nice that things are rolling along for you. I too need a lot of down time. Blank pages. I have been way too busy lately, it will slow down now. Yay!Enjoy those Emma days. Mom daughter days are the best! :) Kit

  8. So sorry about your kitty. Enjoy the summer.

  9. Love keeping up with you and your sweet family! So very sorry about your kitty! Big hugs.
    Your summer plans with your girl and family sound absolutely perfect. Enjoy every minute. So happy to hear that you are feeling well. Big hugs your way!

  10. Sorry to hear about Mr. Tumnus. Critters knit themselves into our souls and it's always hard when they go. It's great that you and Emma are going on a road trip together, wonderful memories in the making for you both.


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