Three Things – healthy choices

1. I cut way back on my coffee consumption this fall, down to just on small cup a day. This tea with steamed almond milk has been my go to and since it is caffeine free, I can drink it all day.

2. My Fitbit froze in the middle of an update this week and I feel a bit lost without it. I put a new one on my wishlist. I am considering this a challenge. And now I have more Pilates options thanks to this (which btw closes tomorrow).

3. This new to me recipe and blog is a keeper. I think many of her recipes will make it into my meal planning in the next month.

Visit Carole for more Three Things posts.

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Unraveled Wednesday

I have finally begun the color work on my sweater. For weeks I have questioned the choice of blue and contemplated picking up a yellow for the color work but when I was ready to start, I only had the blue so that was it. Now that I see the Blue next to the dark grey, I am very happy. I am 5 rows in, 24 to go. It seems like an easy chart (offset circles) so I am hoping that there will be no unraveling.

I am closing in on the end of The Magpie Murders., listening to the audio book and loving the narrator. It is a good traveling companion.

Just a few days away from Christmas break and I am trying not to create an unrealistic amount of things to keep my busy during the two weeks away from school. January is re-enrollment and open house season, very busy, so I need to take the rest time. I signed up for The Balanced Life Pilates program and I think this will be a good winter solution for me. And then there is my one little word to play with.

Happy Wednesday and be sure to visit Kat’s link-up.

Tuesday on the mat

I am trying to make some new habits. I know it takes weeks to make a habit so, as hard as the holiday season can be on routines, I decided to start on Monday. I was watching a journal flip through and spotted a note about making an appointment with yourself. This is not news for me. We make time for the things we value and part of making time is putting it on the calendar. So, I have put Mat Time on my calendar. Nothing fancy. A yin yoga or stretching video (so much good stuff on You Tube). Baby steps. Habit making.

Sometimes Mondays

are for making soup even when the forecast says the temperatures will climb into the 90’s today. But I can’t stop thinking about soup so I turned on the fan and set to cooking. I made two soups today. First up, sweet potato with apple and ginger. The second soup was a new one for me – butternut squash with sage fresh from my garden. The kitchen won’t be used today since we are hosting a BBQ this afternoon and now I have enough soup for the week!

Hello Friday


There you have it. I have eased my way back into a work routine. Morning smoothies, getting in at least 10,000 steps each day by walking before meetings or during lunch, lots of water and a bit less coffee, getting all those dates on the calendar, making time each day for reading, and checking things off the back to school list. Next week will be a bit busier but everything I did this week has created space for what comes next.
This weekend I am going for a hike with my daughters and doing a harvest/gleening time at a local farm. The temperatures are supposed to cool a bit – oh please let this be true. And I am going to be playing with my traveler's notebook and new workbag. I am trying very hard to whittle down, lighten my load (literally and figuratively).
Step by step.

Unraveled Wednesday – food and health


This morning I have been reading an book that has popped up on blogs and Instagram feeds a lot lately.  I was able to download the Kindle version from my library.  I think I eat well and follow “the rules” but there are some pesky health issues that I just cannot conquer so I figured I would give this a try.  Of course, now is not the time to dive into a full dietary reboot.  That would make traveling much too difficult.  But there are some tweaks that I can easily practice do the next few weeks.

I am almost finished with The Wonder and my fourth Summer Book Bingo square.  And I have cast on a travel knitting project that will use up some more of my stash.  

Hope this first day of summer treats you well and does not involve too much unraveling.  Thanks again to Kat for hosting.

Unraveling – spring break


This week is our spring break.  Last year we were in New Orleans.  This year my plan was to stay home and take a much needed rest from caregiving and work commitments.   I am taking a little break but also chipping away at a few things that have been too long neglected.  It is a week of unraveling here, a great time to link up with Kat.

I am unraveling some questions connected to church and faith.  I finished Anne Lamont’s new book and began After You Believe: Why Christian character matters by N.T. Wright.  I found the audio version at my library and have only just begun but I think there is a message in here that I need to hear.

I am unraveling some health issues by getting my annual exam last week and then some additional tests later this week that might bring new insights.  I met my running buddy at the trail for a run and signed up for a one month trial at a yoga studio.  Last night I went to a yoga and meditation class that was lovely.  I am planning to take two more classes this week and then at least two each week for the next month.

I am unraveling some clutter.  I took one load of stuff to the donation drop off on Sunday.  Now I need to load the five boxes of books into my car and get the to the library donation before the week is over.

I am not unraveling any knitting this week.  I am making progress on my Coddiwomple and have begun the second sleeve on my Annabel cardigan.  

Thanks Kat for a great weekly post idea!