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Showing posts from June, 2015

Curvy New Reality

I am down 23 pounds from last year. I still have about 10 pounds to go. However, I have noticed that with each melting pound, my bust line appears exponentially larger. Back in my 30's, I was so happy to finally get some curves. Now, in my early 40's, I feel as though my body has gone from  curvy athlete straight to pin-up girl status. Which isn't terrible, but, it is definitely a huge difference for me.

I notice it the most when I am working out or trying on clothes. Fabrics cling a lot harder than they used to. I can recall a time when a wrap dress such as the one I am wearing the photo would hang in a way that emphasized my legs more than my bust.

Local Farmer's Market...

Yesterday morning, I headed over to the newly established Farmer's Market. To my surprise, it was packed with families, neighbors, and others strolling along the sidewalk. In my estimation, there were about 5-10 booths and even a guitarist crooning out folk music.

Across the street, I witnessed scores of people sitting on benches and chatting with one another. A local donut shop and the cafe next door were packed with people. Over the past year, my small city has started taking steps to becoming more pedestrian friendly.

Clearing Out The Clutter

We found this assorted clutter in the shed. It has been in there for years...but, not for too much longer.

This used to be the farm's workshop and downstairs is the barn.

I am learning that bringing things back to life is more than just slapping the proverbial new coat of paint on it and throwing in some new fixtures. There is a whole process of removal, cleaning, and stripping things down to the bare bones.

The shed is actually in fairly good condition considering the years of neglect that it has endured. During my visit earlier this month, I did the best that I could to reassure it of my return.

You Smiled In Her Face...And Thought About Your Fallback Girl

You smiled in her face and vowed to never leave her side. Yet, here you are on the phone with your fallback girl begging for another chance. You were wrong to walk out and run to someone else. It's just this thing that seems to happen each and every time you start to experience an iota of personal growth.

Your fallback girl knows the score and is happy to have you back for how ever long that you decide to least that's what she tells whilst scrolling through your phone. She is wondering why your shared history is not enough to keep you chained to her side or at the very least enthralled with the idea of being with her forever.

You married your wife to spare your fallback girl from having to take you back. Yet, your wife (soon to be ex) made unrealistic demands on you. She wanted you to stay faithful and exhibit loyalty. These are not natural behaviors for you but, still you smiled and humored her.

It was the best four months of your life until, you started feeling th…

A Cactus In The Prairie...

As I strolled through our property...I came across a cactus in the midst of the prairie. I wanted to scoop it up and take it back to the city with me. But, my better judgement prevailed and I settled for snapping a photo of it instead.

Open Woods

Open woods in the country. This is the view from the middle of our property.

One Step Towards The Future...

Sometimes, life can feel super overwhelming. You have so much to do and it feels like you will not be able to accomplish it all. I have just returned from that place. I spent the past couple of years fighting my way through it.

Then, I took one step and then another and momentum built up and I can see the blessings more clearly.

Makeshift Vertical Garden

A couple of months ago, I decide to plant a garden in my mother's front yard. For years she has mentioned how it might be nice to have a garden but, she lacked both the time and the inclination to plant one.

I have been an apartment dweller for the past few years and I have been itching to plant a garden. So, I set about figuring out a way to create a simple garden which would look good but, would not require a lot of upkeep.

This inspired me to plant the garden in a vertical manner. The recent influx of almost daily rain and the peat moss soil mix has caused the garden to grow exponentially.

Farm Dreams With A Healthy Dose Of Reality...

Today, I visited our farm property for the first time in a little over 4 years. I knew what to expect and yet it was still more than a little heartbreaking to see the distress and disrepair up close.

This afternoon's rain added to the melancholy atmosphere of today's property walk. Yet, by the end of the day I was filled with a sense of renewed hope and determination. There is a bit of bruising but, overall the dream is still alive.

Makeup-Free and Unbrushed

In this photo, I am rockin' a makeup-free face and my hair is a little on the disheveled side. This photo has nothing to do with a hashtag campaign and I do not feel especially empowered by  it existence. It is a photo of what I look like in the morning...nothing more, nothing less.

Lazy Evenings Which Progress Into Productivity

Tonight started out with me attending a casual BBQ at a friend's house, next I had a long chat with my neighbor about child-rearing, and later on this evening I will do some research on what goes into stabilizing a house foundation. It has been a random evening to say the least.

I had originally planned to spend this entire evening socializing and having fun with friends. Yet, around 7:30 pm, I felt something within urge me to get at least a couple more things done before calling it a night.