I have always been an animal lover. As a kid I almost always had a dog in the house and we always played with most of the neighborhood pets, but we never had a cat in the house because my mom hated cats. But I, lover of almost any kind of animal, broke away from the all dog idea when I first moved out on my own. I got a Siamese cat who I loved. But of course when I fell in love and decided to marry I had chosen not only a “dog” person, but had a man who did not understand cats, nor trusted them, I believe. So my lovely little Siamese cat had to be given away and I again became a dog person.
When I went out on my own again recently I knew I had to make a choice of a very small dog, or a cat. After exploring the various shelters and playing with both I discovered the cats were by far the most prevalent and the quieter of the two. Apartment living does not work well when you have noisy neighbors, be they dogs or humans and though the small dogs can be taught not to bark, most of the dogs found at shelters are larger breeds or tiny barkers.
After my third visit I discovered I was drawn to the funny felines that I began to encounter. I had totally forgotten their penchant for destroying paper bags and boxes and crazy cat-astrophes they often can create in a home. Humor and silliness are often traits I find the most endearing in my animals. I’ve had my share of crazy dogs that would often have us laughing at their antics over the years, but by far in my opinion a cat can more subtly grab attention and make you question if there is a mini human within those furry bodies. It is said that Jim Davis loved cats so much but because of his allergies could not have one of those little furballs so he created Garfield as a cartoonist to fill us with all the laughter of what never could happen with a cat – right?? We who know cats have a secret. Often what he shows daily in his Garfield strips is total truth about our furry feline friends!!
It is almost 15 minutes into the new year. I am listening to the music I love most Irish music of course, and sipping a wine glass of Summer Sunset. It certainly isn’t Summer, nor is it sunset but it is a new beginning, and as the sages tell us it is a new blank page to write you dreams, your hopes, and even a few of those lovely musical tunes down on to pass the moments you have in the coming months and days of joy too.
Happy New Year to all and many wondrous days to explore to you all!
I have tried for 5 full days to get to my blogger site Journaling my Life Away and I have now finally given up. I have not been able to get to the dashboard – unless I create a new one of course and it isn’t worth it there. So the aforementioned blog as well as Writing and Beyond are at an end and this is my new venue. I had planned on adding a new article there but it will be here instead. Thanks to all who shared comments and thoughts on my pages and I have almost finished a new article here so come on back soon!
The sad thing is you have a Blogger account – I cannot sign in to actually COMMENT on you blog! Double UGH!
Have you noticed that
Some people’s lives
seem blessed while others
Seem overdosed with pain?
Everyone has it
But some find a cure
And it dissipates,
while others struggle on.
So many positive things in life
I AM thankful – MANY days.
But some days when the sky caves in
I simply must be a bit thankful
that only HALF of it came down
where I now stand.
For those looking for a good diet there are many out there and many of us are fighting those few pounds (or lots, in my own case!) to get back to a healthy comfortable weight. There is one weight loss program that no one needs to consider, though. In my last few years the basic stress in my life has doubled, or tripled and though until the past year there was no noticeable change in my life even though I seemed to eat more as the stress level grew. But about 9 months ago for what ever reason the reverse in size and weight began happening at a rapid pace. Add to the melting process, the fear of, “Why in the world am I losing so much?” drove the stress level up.
After consulting my doctor and having some tests done we both agreed that the loss was due to the ever present tension in my life. As I worked to eliminate that elephant in my life one thing did not change – the weight loss. It kept coming off. But off course as you work on one tension, more surface so though I felt some of the stressers going others were charging forward. As I faded down 2 full sizes and then three I began to run out of clothes to wear from my closet. Like many who change weights I had my size layers in that small space I call my closet, and all of a sudden I had almost nothing to wear. In fact until I level off, I am living in one pair of jeans and only a few shirts!
So what the in the next months and years are for me is a mystery, but instead of facing it with fear, I am beginning to face it with a sense of wonder. I mean who else can lose almost 40 pounds in 6 to 9 months (Sometimes up to five pounds a month!) at the age of 62! I am stepping into a new life at a new weight – whatever it ends up being. I am changing my diet and amounts that I use to eat to work at keeping the weight off and taking it all one step at a time! It’s a strange walk for me, but I am doing it!
Life is never easy….but if you look carefully you can always find it full of beauty that can get you through any major, or minor catastrophe!
America has become obsessed with the food from around the world and have take it to the crazy degree that fresh is king – which is great for those monied few who no matter the season can afford. I’m not mocking the craze because we all need good cooking, and veggies to our diets. Food is the center of every home, and of course we often eat boxed lunches at work. But it usually isn’t very fresh. So how can you do both? Well one way that is quite common along ALL U.S. coastlines – it’s the fabulous food trucks. If you don’t believe it check out the show Eat Street on the Cooking Network! But the small towns in the Midwest have somehow lost out on this often chef driven food that is above and beyond in taste.
So why have we missed out on this food phenomenon? One of the reasons has to be the MANY food laws that are different in both towns, cities, counties, and townships. Though there are reasons of health food laws are necessary I certainly wish they State could get together on the laws to facilitate the food trucks that populate our nations big cities! If you think I am a foodie, you’re right. Good food from all over is a great way of sharing our cultures.
The great thing about food trucks is it expands ANY local food scene and keeps all the area restaurants on their toes. So why are they seen as a passing fancy? They have certainly been around for ages as much as fast food has been and have fed people around the world. if you think of food in the Asian world you see food being sold out of little family restaurants or off carts and bicycle driven trucks. People KNOW the good ones and always frequent the very best ones.
But one of our biggest communities in West Michigan has a strong history of the food vehicle lunch. The Hispanic food found here comes from so many cultures within these communities, and I would love to see great food trucks in our business districts as well as downtown in the cities along Michigan’s West Coast. Is this a cultural need in our area? Probably not. I it something that might expand our lives as well as our tourist base? Oh, YES!