Saturday, January 26, 2013
Snow. We don't see much of that in Texas.
My hubby and I lived on 10 acres adjacent to a large area of Army Core of Engineers property that ringed Stillhouse Hollow Lake. This is where we raised our sons. It was a wooded area, high on a hill overlooking the headwaters of the lake. We could see the "weather" coming from the other side of the lake, long before it arrived at our house.
On the rare occasions we did have snow, it truly opened up another world. Besides all the usual beauty of snow on the ground, the trees, etc., suddenly there were hundreds of tracks all over the place! What was once invisible was now a clear picture before our eyes.
Hubby was an avid hunter all his life and a Game Warden for 25 years, so identifying the tracks was not a problem. I always knew we had deer and cottontails there, but now we saw the dance they did played out all over the open expanse we called our yard.
And we saw the fox who were drawn by the rabbits, and the deadly game played out there, which we could then track to its final destination, thanks to the snow. Well, the destination was final for the rabbit, anyway.
We found one fairly large cat print, a bobcat who had come in our back gate which opened to the hills around the lake. And racoons, of course, making pawprints everywhere as they "felt" of everything, especially near the pond. We also had a couple of ringtails. In case you've never seen one: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring-tailed_ca
I petted a caged one once and it had fur as soft as my Rosie who gets brushed every day.
This all without leaving our place. Out in the wilder areas there was more, of course, and you could follow tracks and see a story unfold before your eyes. Sometimes a joyful dance of life. Sometimes final fearful minutes for whomever was lower on the food chain.
Wow, someone mentioned snow and I guess I got lost in snowy memories of winters past.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Small floral watercolors are a fairly new thing for me and I'm having a lot of fun with them!
Now and then I'm really happy with some of them, other times, not so much, lol.
And quite a few of them end up in the trash.
I also wish I was good at photography because these look better in person. Cheap camera, unexperienced photographer, improper lighting, and I just have no interest in taking photos.
Anyway, I had a good time. So did Rosie, who sits on the corner of my desk where I paint and, if I don't keep an eye on her, dips her paw into the wet paint. Maybe I could let her create a painting, hmm?
Friday, December 28, 2012
Well, I've made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and all the baking in between with no weight gain. Just a few days to go! The solution for me to accomplish that was ATTENTION. Just staying aware of what/when/why I'm eating and spending a lot of effort to stay focused and aware.
I woke up today thinking about starting a new healthy year. I'm a little early, but it's on my mind. Last year I focused on nutrition until I found a healthy way to eat that brought all my "numbers" into really desireable, healthy ranges. My blood work verified I was on the right track.
This new year I'll be zeroing in on improving/not losing bone density. This is a challenge for me since the common most load bearing exercises result in pain for me due to a bad hip when done in any consistent, effective manner.
So I'll be searching for no or very low impact exercises that are still effective for building bone density. After an entire life of more physical activity (read that "hard labor") than your average woman, I never thought this would be an issue for me. But here I am. Not critical, but slipping some in bone density, and determined to correct that.
If you have a favorite dvd, exercise or any thoughts at all on this, feel free to pass them my way!
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