• Food Love,  Spirit

    Why I am Going Sugar Free

      I am a sugar addict. When I was in high school, I used to buy a twix bar every single day at the school snack bar. That’s when it all began. I was thin and in great shape, rowed on the crew team, ran for fun, took ballet classes and step aerobics in college…on the outside I looked like a healthy, fit young adult. But, I was an addict. I wasn’t able to buy a box of cookies and eat a couple, I ate the box. When my kids were little, I was a good mom who made sure they didn’t eat too much junk food – but I…

  • Spirit

    Thank you, dear daughter

    I witnessed something yesterday that really brightened my day.  Sometimes the youth are many years ahead of us – their simplicity, innocence, exuberance.  Anyway, my daughter had an extremely busy day.  She’s up at 6am, out at the barn to take care of the horses, then off to an AP exam at school.  She got home from school at 2pm, and chatted with some neighbors who stopped over to meet her horse.  Then out again to meet with a local internship opportunity at 2:30.  Back at 3:30.  She got a huge bowl of blueberries and went to watch a show for a little downtime.  (We are watching Madame Secretary together…

  • Hiking,  Spirit

    A Plug for Winter Hiking

    Interesting that as soon as the weather warms up, you see many more people out on the trails.  It makes sense to some people, but to hiking addicts like me – Y’ALL ARE CRAZY!  Where were you when it was cold and just as, if not MORE, beautiful out here? Hiking has a way of creeping its way into your heart and becoming a source of rejuvenation.   I realized that I would feel elated when I was out hiking – soaking in the simple sights of the sun filtering in through the leaves or shining brightly on the river, listening to the chorus of birds overhead.  Really listening, and enjoying…

  • Homestead,  Spirit

    Mistakes Abundant

    I had such a good laugh today.  It was the second day in a row that I made a pretty BIG mistake.  I can laugh about it because thankfully disaster was averted.  (I am grateful that my husband was a good sport about it too!) Yesterday’s Mistake:  This is our first week taking care of our horses on our own land.  And we are trying to figure things out as we go, especially since Ellie is on stall rest and limited turn out.  I picked up some temporary electric fencing to make small paddocks for her to hang out in for part of the day.  Small enough that she can’t…

  • Spirit

    Daily Happiness

    Build a life you don’t need a vacation from! I find that this thought has been ruminating in my head ever since I saw it on Instagram.  I think about it a lot – somehow this saying has hit deep for me.  I absolutely love it.  You want to know why?  If you are a mom like me, you probably already know.  We give everything of ourselves.  We give to our children, we give to our pets, we give to our extended families, we give to our friends, we give to the house, we give to our jobs…and then we crave a vacation so that we can, for once, relax.  I am…

  • Homestead,  Spirit

    Pick-up Sticks

    No, not the fun game where you try to pick up a stick without touching the other sticks in the bunch. Pick up sticks, literally.  That was today’s chore.  The snow is gone, the ground isn’t muddy, and this looks to be the last week of below freezing temps – so everything points toward TIME TO SEED!  Can you tell I’m excited?  I really want to get the seed down because something really odd happens where we go from freezing temps to really warm temps pretty quickly, and no matter how much planning I do, it seems like I just miss that narrow opening when it is best to seed.  This…

  • Hiking,  Spirit

    Fight that Beast!

    Our very own mind can be such a beast!  I’m sure you know what I mean.  There is something that you want to do, you know it is good for you, yet your mind gives never-ending excuses why you should not do it. (Think exercise, uh…yeah)  This happened to me again this morning, and I forced myself out to hit the trails despite my mind’s best effort to convince me otherwise.  Once I was enveloped in the wind, the sunshine and the melody of the birds, I was whisked away to a state of such rejuvenation.  I just stopped and took time to breathe in the crisp air and listen…

  • Hiking,  Spirit

    Can I Give More?

    I saw a quote on the wall of the gym which said, If you ask yourself, ‘can I give more?’ the answer is usually yes.  This struck me in a profound way.  I know that sometimes I get used to my “normal” effort whether it is while I’m exercising or doing some other work that has to be done, but isn’t my favorite.  I would say most people do hold back a little bit, and if we are honest with ourselves, we can give more.  I think it is healthy to push ourselves every so often to expand our self-imposed limitations. I found a way to do this on one…

  • Spirit

    Daily Chess

    Moms, you know how over the years the board games just stop coming out of the bookshelf?  I think back to when my kids were little, and we played games ALL the time.  Sometimes, one too many rounds of Candyland :).  But, now I miss it.  Family game night has faded out as my kids grew up and got replaced by laptops and emails and movies.  I miss it, and I miss the bonding that occurs when I’m sitting around a game with my kids.  So I decided to do something about it.  I dusted off our chess set and set it up on the kitchen table.  And when my…

  • Food Love,  Spirit

    Hiding in the Pantry

    The funniest thing happened last night at my sister’s house.  My 9 year old niece calls out, “Hey, he is hiding in the pantry again!” I turn to see what she is talking about, and there, sheepishly, is my 3 year old nephew peeking his head out of the pantry.  My sister admitted that he does like to sneak into the pantry and eat things that he knows he is not supposed to.  “What! He is just like me!” I exclaimed.  She burst into laughter! It’s true.  Sometimes I stop in at my sister’s house if I have some time to kill before school pick-up time.  She lives near the…