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F is for Frog

I read Sara Stein’s “Noah’s Garden” the first year we moved to Racine. She was (is?) an expert gardener with decades of experience landscaping every kind of flower, shrub, and tree. Her gardens were so beautiful they were sometimes featured in magazines and newspapers.

Except one day she realized that she had no frogs. Much of the lively fauna that ought to among her beautiful flora – was missing.

How we woke up last Thursday

We were sleeping ever so nicely, the little old woman and the little old man, their little old cat snoring in the quilted valley between their warm backs.

Suddenly there was a Ka-Boom! The little old aforesaid humans sat bolt upright!! The cat disappeared to wherever shy cats with bad breath go when they are super-startled.

Len and I both said, and I quote: ‘What was that??”

The Mindful Chicken

Cheap: Sometimes I’m as cheap, cheep, cheep as a chicken.

Mindful: I like to think about how to live the best life most simply, enjoying life on earth without assuming it’s all here for me. You know; like using ALL the water and never sharing and buying whatever is cheapest without regard to how it got to me and where it’s going when I’m done with it.

Which would be a good mascot for me and many of you, too. Mindful chickens.

This is what I did this morning.

Getting Wealthier and Wealthier

I love to read almost anything that promises me “5 (or 11 or 27) Ways To … get thinner, fatter, smarter, thriftier, cleverer, MORE beautiful (because it’s hard to be MORE gorgeous than we already are, right?), be a better parent, take better care of my house, and/or increase national security and world peace from the comfort of my side of the bed. I love lists. Not sure if I am proud of this, but it’s the truth so let’s go with that.

I decided that within my new and improved website I will have lists, from time to time, about how (through much hard work and steadfast discipline, you’ll see) I am getting Wealthier and Wealthier.

Getting rid of 30-some years of stuff. The How’s and the Whoas!

Photos and writing:

It was time to attack Len’s college and early adulthood photos; my files and piles of early writing. This was a stunning chore to do. Both Len and I have reams of writing and he has/had boxes of old photographs from his college and early adulthood years. What does one do with all that? He’s worked at this more than me, but I have spent hours at this also.

The Adventure of Less

In the past few years, of all the adventures that I have had or which have presented themselves and I had to deal with, I think the experience that changed me most was getting rid of so much of our stuff. We moved from 2300 to 1400 square feet. Even before we knew what house we would buy we were sure it would be smaller since that was the objective! So when we were clearing/cleaning the old house in order to sell – we didn’t just organize and compact our belongings … we got rid of things.

Retirement, Day 2

I am officially in my 2nd day of retirement. My how time flies when one is having fun...

I announced my retirement on Facebook; it’s been a kick how many people are saying celebratory things. Interesting that of all the things that divide Americans, we seem to all be on the same page about the glorious difference between getting up in the morning and going to work – and getting up in the morning to do whatever we think we want.


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