Tasty Lunch & Bonus Spa Treatment for Your Hands!

Don’t laugh – it feels lovely. Here’s the “recipe”: Ingredients: 1 baking potato (about 400g) 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp iodized salt 56g roasted or canned chicken 7g lightly salted butter 1 serrano pepper (Okay, this is totally optional –  hot peppers are a stress buster and oh, so tasty, but you Read More …

Gators in the Creek: Not Just an Urban Legend!

Finally, after twenty years of glancing warily at Cypress-Creek, I saw one of the mythical alligators I’ve heard so much about. Twenty years ago, when the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve was owned by Compaq, you could borrow a paddleboat and take it out onto the lake. You had to read a pamphlet about snakes and alligators and Read More …

A Walk in the Rain

Unlike the Wicked Witch of the West, I won’t melt in the rain. I do draw the line at dodging lightning strikes, and the ones we get around here are killer. I never thought much about them, until seeing the horrified looks on visiting Californian’s faces, once, as lightning struck a highway light pole across Read More …

Summer Morning Walk at Kickerillo-Misher Preserve

I don’t know that my heart was really in it, this morning, when I left the house for a brisk walk. The clouds were reminiscent of the dream fragments still clinging, like cobwebs, half-forgotten, in my brain. Tornado dreams, again–a direct hit, but with surprisingly little damage. I glanced at the sky, now and then, Read More …

Eggs

Energizing Eggs I love eggs for breakfast! It’s a nearly perfect protein, and keeps me alert and energized better than a smoothie or a sweet, carb-laden breakfast cereal. I like both, mind you; they’re not “forbidden foods.” But if I need to be on the top of my game, I have to avoid added sugar, Read More …

Letting Go of 2016, Anticipating 2017

Adieu, 2016 “As we get ready for a new year, it’s always good to remember where we’ve been.” Or maybe we need to say to ourselves, “Don’t look back. Let it go. Focus on the future.” I will say this: Like most years before it, 2016 has been unusual, challenging, crazy-making, and bittersweet, interspersed with Read More …

Breaking “Rule 29”: Blogging About Bodily Functions/Fluids

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Were you aware of that? Okay, let’s dispense with all that cutesy pink, and talk frankly. I’m a “survivor.” I feel like cancer took up too many clock-cycles already; it’s not the all-consuming thing looming on my brain these days. But when women ask me, “How did you find it? How Read More …

Another Day of Worldwide WordPress 5k (#WWWP5k)

The grocery list wasn’t long, so I decided to take a tote bag and walk the half mile or so to the store. It was an easy, pleasant walk. Even the return trip wasn’t hard, despite a few pounds of potatoes, bananas, cream cheese, and other produce. Always make sure the tote can be slung Read More …

Worldwide WordPress 5k (#WWWP5k) in NW Houston, TX

Don’t worry if this is the first you’ve heard of the Worldwide WordPress 5k (#WWWP5k) – I just heard about it yesterday! You can still join in the fun until Sunday, September 25, because unless you’re an Automattic employee, there’s no organized event and you still have over 24 hours! I’ve been working to increase my overall fitness Read More …

Collaborative Writing for Fun

Remember those campfire stories, where one person starts: “It was a dark, chilly night…” The next person adds something new: “…when Peter found himself lost in the spooky woods…” And someone else pipes up: “…where the sudden hoot of an owl startled him, and…” “…he tripped, and rolled to the bottom of the ravine…” “…and Read More …

And Then, One Day, They Just Stopped Growing…

The first thing I noticed was the ridges. Vertical lines, from the base of my fingernails to the tips. A bit like the grooves on a vinyl record – nothing too deep or obvious. My nails had always been pliable, bendable, more likely to tear like paper than to break or snap. That had changed; Read More …

Walk-a-Thons Aren’t What They Used to Be

Walking to raise money for charity is nothing, these days. By that, I don’t mean it’s not a fun and worthwhile, healthy activity that does good – just that there’s really no challenge in it if you get the same donation whether you walk or oversleep and miss the event altogether. I remember signing up for Read More …