Thursday, May 10, 2018

Stationary Bike



Our cactus with the beautiful white flower keeps blooming and blooming!
I think he's happy in our yard.

He's not the only thing that's blooming;
our allergies are terrible!

I have been working really hard on Chirp stuff (I have new subscribers AND
I'm working towards getting our visuals organized so we can distribute the curriculum digitially AND I'm reorganizing and updating some of the lessons) and have enjoyed having quite a bit of energy.

Until yesterday.  Poo.

But there's still joy in life!

One thing that has been making me happy is this new bike!!!

I was looking for a way I could be gently active and do a little sweating indoors,
since we have a lot of very hot weather here in the Arizona desert.
It reached 107 on Saturday.


This was a great choice!
It folds up so I can stow it away in our master bedroom closet.
Our house is perfect, but on the minimal side, and everything purposefully placed,
meaning that I didn't want to leave out a bulky piece of exercise equipment all the time.
And I don't have to!

I can ride it while reading, while chatting to my Mom on the phone,
or while watching tv/movies.

Allistair likes to sit on the desk part while I'm riding, so computer stuff 
hasn't really been possible.


I don't mind, though; having a fuzzy kitty right there within arms' reach is much better!


I have been pedaling away for one hour each day for the past week and a half (none on Sunday),
and I'm hoping that's not the reason for this energy crash.  With my health issues, too much activity typically leads to problems.  I had reached what I thought was a great equilibrium and had stayed there for a couple of months (minus one little bobble), so I thought adding a little exercise would be a good thing.  I'm a little concerned that it was too much.  I'm always nervous when I add something extra (like a meeting) to any particular week, but I thought that just sitting and peddling wouldn't be a big deal.  Perhaps my sensitive body thinks otherwise.  
I guess I'll ease off for a couple of weeks and see how things go.  

I have some work things I have to get done today, even though I would rather rest,
but hopefully I'll have some time to recuperate a bit after that.

I found some great skirts to be part of my regular outfit rotation this summer
(and into the winter, I'm sure!)

I have four colors: wine, gray, camel, and olive.
I would have black, too, but they're sold out in my size at the moment.




They are a lovely faux-suede fabric that flows nicely and is
very light and comfortable and stretchy.


Here's some cuteness for you:


 Can you count four babies on the couch?


Here I was trying to take a little nap, but Stephen was too excited to
get snuggles.  It was pretty sweet.




 My favorite new meal is blueberry pancakes and potato hash.
I'm very pleased with how it turned out!  I'm going to make it again tonight, I think!


 Enjoy the view from my parents' condo 
(which I check in on while they're away) . . . 


Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring SUNSHINE!




Even though it's getting warmer here, the weather is still VERY enjoyable!
We don't really hang out outside in the afternoon, but mornings and evenings are beautiful.

our new golden barrel cactus



agave blooms

palm trees in the Sprout's parking lot




We were lucky enough to get this pretty storage unit from Greg's friend Joe and his wife Dawn.
We're going to use it for storing outdoor stuff like bird seed, clippers, and other yard tools.
Isn't it nice?


It fits in great with our patio theme, and we have the perfect spot for it.


We had some BIG wind storms over the past couple of weeks, and one of them
blew up the rug and tipped over one of our chairs!
It smashed our little succulent a bit, but he's recovering.



Get ready: here come MANY cute cats!

Allistair was very relaxed on Saturday.
He was happy that I was sitting on the couch.




His head was upside down, drooping off the couch, watching Columbo.


I love his sweet little belly!







He likes doing yoga with me, too.


Stephen has been hanging out with me more often.


Actually, all four of the cats have been spending a LOT of time
wherever I am!  Right now I'm typing this on my desktop in my office with Juvy on my lap,
Claude on my desk, Allistair on a chair right next to my chair, and Stephen on the bench at the end of the bed in my office.  

They love their Momma and they keep me smiling.

It's hard to make the bed after washing sheets because 
they always snuggle in before I get the sheets on!


Allistair also watched TV like this on Saturday - ha!



But there's plenty to do when Columbo is over - like SLEEP!





Stephen & Juvy like rugs.
When I wash them, they end up being inhabited by cats pretty quickly!





If not snuggling or sleeping, they might be hiding . . . 

Allistair



Claude

. . . and drooping!
Stephen




. . . or doing Qigong and yoga with Momma!
Juvy

Allistair & Juvy


I have gotten a few things lately to share with you.
First, this gold branch frame!


It's from Target.
LOVE IT.
I put a picture of my family in it and it makes me happy every time I see it.


 Cindy bought me a bunch of Wes Anderson movies!  

I think The Royal Tenenbaums might be my favorite . . . 


but Moonlight Kingdom might be tied.
Moonlight Kingdom was the first one I saw and I really dug it.

 They're definitely not for everyone (they're quirky and funny in a quiet odd way), 
but they were right up my alley.


I poked around on eBay, searching for Maison Jules stuff,
and I found some things BRAND NEW WITH TAGS that were a fraction of the price
they were when I was watching them on Macy's website!


Look at this cute, light sweater with bows!
It's very lightweight, so it's great even for warmer days.


This top I bought at Macy's -
I love the little dots


and there's a big black chiffon bow on the shoulder!


At Ross, I found these amazing treasures!



I put the blue & gold speckled vase on the kitchen table.


The straw cat bag was a true find.
Right now round bags are a trend and straw bags are a trend - 
and this one is the best of all because it's also a CAT!!!

The little pouch I will use for my camera and batteries 
or other things I need to carry inside a larger bag.


Here are two outfits with the cat bag.
Isn't it CUTE?!






I also bought these shoes from Target.
(Please ignore the sock lines on my ankle!)
They are slides with huge ties on the top.
Now that my heels have healed up and are prettier, I needed sandals!

Also, I'm going to use one pair as house shoes.



Lately, as usual, I've been eating lots of colorful food.
Here's lunch from earlier this week.


Brown rice crackers, hummus, pickles, red cabbage, carrots, cucumber.
Yum!


Banana, strawberries (I have to be careful with these), walnuts.



Spring greens, carrots, red cabbage, cucumber, strawberries, green olives.
Dressing of mustard, maple syrup, lemon juice, chia seeds.


Enjoy a lovely and happy day!!!