Dietary Update

October 4, I stepped on the scale and knew that I needed to take action to deal with my weight, which had been going up and was now higher than it had been in more than a decade. In fact, I don’t have records that go back far enough with a higher weight than my…

Writing Challenges

I do not yet have a writing challenge for 2021. I have my goals, but no game to go with them. Last year I completed the short story a week and then failed the novel challenge. I also completed 2020’s challenge to send a story to the Writers of the Future contest every quarter. (The…

Tea and Writing

As 2021 begins I’ll return to writing mostly daily entries here. Most will be short. I feel the daily practice helps me. On occasion I’ll review a new tea or a Masterclass or a book. But mostly you’ll just hear from my life. I have one final duty to carry out before 2020 leaves. (Don’t…

Health Update

It’s been a few days since I’ve written anything and this is largely due to experiencing overwhelming fatigue. Since being so sick in February/March there have been times when I’m too fatigued to stay vertical and couldn’t think well enough to write. Fortunately the severe fatigue is rare and I’m lucky that I can afford…

Birthday Tasting

This weekend we celebrate Steve’s birthday, which is planned as a deeply sensual experience with entertainments, food, and wine. We started yesterday with three tastings: a wine tasting, a vegan cheese tasting, and a halvah tasting. For the wines we learned about three Italian wines: a 2010 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera, a 2012…

Bringing in the Lettuce

Where does Steve get his energy to write so much and run so far? Plants. Specifically green leafy vegetables, which he eats enormous quantities of. He is probably half chlorophyll at this point. I affectionately refer to him as my sweet koala bear since koalas are also introverts that eat their own weight in leaves….

Is Steepster Pining for the Fjords?

One of my favorite social media sites, steepster.com, looks like it is pining for the fjords. After a bit of research I found the owner’s July 7 post on Twitter saying that they’d sold the site to “people who will be able to support and grow the site.” Just a month later and the site…

Intermittent Fasting and Steps

I will remain self-isolated until I can re-enter the world without bringing Covid19 home to Steve. Last December I worked up a plan for losing weight. I joined the JCC, got a posh locker, and started my journey to wellness. I planned on daily visits to the grocery store to buy veggies. That plan collapsed…

Bread and Love

Yesterday I ground grain and made a loaf of whole wheat bread. I also made my own soy milk from Laura Soybeans (the absolute best for making soy milk). It felt good. As if I were coming back to my strength. I’ve always been something of a food hoarder. It wasn’t that I was a…

Fitness, Food, and Health

My sister is a yoga teacher and physical therapy assistant. My husband is an ultrarunner. My mother is slim, active, and healthy in her 80s. You’d expect with all those good examples in front of me that I’d be much the same. But I’m not. I struggle. Some folks asked in a private group about…