Because It’s Friday and You Should Start Your Weekend With a Laugh

In my non-existent free time, I like to play the piano. And I like to listen to others play, for inspiration.

I think this guy is ridiculously talented.

As I was thinking that I wished I had half his energy, I noticed the first comment.

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Life with Geriatric Animals

So. Life in the very slow lane. What does that look like?

Graidy is 18ish, Finn is 15 and Wink is 12. All are still going strong-ish.

But all now have heart problems. And Finn’s about to go get nuked with a radioactive shot to the tune of $3k to kill a benign tumor that’s making him hyperthyroid.

I know. It’s nuts. But I’m pathological. I can’t not do it, because Finn isn’t ready to go yet. These animals have … Read more

Maple Sugaring Season Just in Time!

So it seems that tapping 2 maple trees gives us just enough syrup to get through until the next maple tap.

But I knew as soon as my family got a taste of this, I’d have to be making more. So, along with their annual garlic allotment,  I’ll be adding 2 more trees into maple production for this year.

Though, at the moment, with daytime temps in the minus digits, it’s looking like we’re still a few weeks away. It’ll … Read more

Egos Everywhere

It’s hard to listen to the news without being aware of leaders with rampant egos running amuck. I think this sums up a significant part of the problem:

The ego is set up to

defend, protect,

and attack.

Defend and protect

one’s fabricated identity,

and attack anyone

who would question the authenticity

of this fabrication.

It’s tiring. All this puffing up and positioning. And constant lying. It’s shocking that more people don’t see through it.

“Us” against “Them” can never … Read more

Crowd-Sourcing Finding Lost Pets – Brilliant!

instagram post of lost Aussie

 

There is nothing more heart-wrenching than losing a beloved pet.

When I was 5 years old, I remember spending hours walking around and tacking flyers to every outside flat surface I could find when we had lost a beloved dog.  Then the world evolved to also placing lost and found ads, and so on.

Now there’s a much better way. You can reach potentially tens of thousands of people through social media.

Just came across this well-done example on … Read more

With all of the Holiday Love Going Around – Food for Thought

white paper cut out pine trees In this season of giving and thinking of others, I came across this quote (can’t find the original author). It brought me up short.

“And if I asked you to name all of the people that you love, how long would it take you to name yourself?”

My holiday wish for you is that not only do you make it onto your list but that you decide to land at the top.… Read more

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

maple leaves blowing in wind
I overheard Cait explaining to someone recently that what I do for fun is to spend time outside, especially on windy days.  I intuitively understand the benefits of being out in nature—I don’t need scientific proof.

But if you do, there is actually a word for this: uitwaaien. “It’s basically the activity of spending time in the wind, usually by going for a walk or a bike ride. Today, the practice is so common that it’s known as ‘uitwaaien.’ … Read more