Natural Art

Meridian, Idaho

I’m missing living in the mountains. I miss the natural beauty that provides art everywhere…

Until we can go for a drive in the mountains, or better yet, go camping, I’ll get my natural art fix from Andy Goldsworthy.


Andy Goldsworthy (born 26 July 1956) is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland. (Wikipedia)ag-5

I somehow stumbled across his on Netflix and watched the amazing documentary Rivers and Tides. Fascinating man and fascinating work.

He only uses materials found in nature.


The documentary is a perfect watch for a hot summer’s day…

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20 in 20

Meridian, Idaho

Tami, a wonderful friend (and fantastic pickleball player), told me about a ‘diet’ that she created and I thought I’d share it with you.

It’s working for Tami. She’s lost nine pounds since the first of June. And she’s eating whatever she wants but follows a few simple rules.

She calls it her 20 in 20 diet.


The four diet rules are so simple that even I could follow it.

Here they are:

  1. Eat for no more than 20 minutes at each meal.
  2. Eat no more than one bite per minute.
  3. Focus on eating healthier foods first.
  4. Place your dessert on your plate if you’re going to include it in your meal.

That’s it. It’s that simple.

It’s not really a ‘diet’ per se, but following the rules is changing Tami’s behavior of eating fast. So this is more of a new pattern for her that will help her become healthier (and thinner). 🙂


For example, the other night she had salad and a corn dog. She focused on the salad, and only ate two bites of the corn dog.

She still got her corn dog taste to satisfy that craving while she filled herself up more with the healthier salad.

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She found an app for her phone that counts down minutes by showing each second. She places it where she can see it and references it to know when it’s time for her next bite.

Tami even follows her plan when she goes to restaurants. She only ate a couple of bites of her apple pie while dining out, and it took her two more meals to finish that apple pie. 🙂


I haven’t decided if I’m going to try it yet or not, but I will be slowing down while I eat so that I overeat less.

Jamming Cookie Jam

Meridian, Idaho

I’m addicted to an app on my phone.

It’s called Cookie Jam.


It’s very similar to Candy Crush Saga, but I think it’s a bit easier to play.

I play about 10 rounds total a day. Usually I run through the five maximum lives given at one time fairly easy. Then I have to wait either 20 or 30 minutes to get another life.

checkbookSo then I can move on to something more important like balancing the checkbook, answering emails, paying bills, whatever… until I have all my five maximum lives built up again before I go back to the game.

But this weekend, all Candy Jam players have been given an INFINITE number of lives! Instead of the number 5 showing how many lives I have, there’s an infinity symbol.


That’s never happened before. Ever…

I  can keep playing and playing and playing.

But here’s the thing, I have noticed that part of the fun is anticipating playing again.

It’s not as much fun and I thought it would be to play over and over and over again.

I’m not enjoying jamming Candy Jam as much as I thought I would.

Alone Time for Introverts

Meridian, Idaho

I read an article almost seven years ago and part of the article still resonates with me and provided me with one of my favorite quotes.

The article, written by Ellen Tien, first appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine and was entitled She’s Happily Married, Dreaming of Divorce.


While the article primarily addressed the author’s “Mid-Wife Crisis”, the part that stuck with me for so many years is about alone time.

Here’s the line that hit me the hardest and the quote that I love:

Our mothers feared being left alone. We crave time alone. Alone time is the new heroin.


Cell phones, email, cable television news, etc. combine to instill a sense of immediacy for everything in our lives and everyone else’s lives. It feels like we all have less alone time and even less down time than we ever have had.

I crave alone time like a junkie craves his/her heroin fix. Always have, and always will.

A recent article on CNN ‘Alone Time’ is Really Good for You talked about the benefits of alone time.

The article includes these reasons:

  • Being alone will make you more creative.
  • And probably make you work harder.
  • Spending time alone can help with depression, especially in teens.
  • It helps clear your mind.
  • You get to do what you actually want to do.

And the most important one for me:

  • If you’re an introvert, alone time is key to your happiness.

downloadIt’s no secret that introverts interact differently with the world — and one of the most important things to introverts is their solo time.

“Think of each of us as having a cup of energy available. For introverts, most social interactions take a little out of that cup instead of filling it the way it does for extroverts. Most of us like it. We’re happy to give, and love to see you. When the cup is empty though, we need some time to refuel.”

Like many introverts, I can pretend I’m a ‘shy extrovert’ for short periods of time to be ‘relatively’ socially acceptable. But those periods produce a need to cocoon in our comfortable introversion and regroup.

That’s our fix and it’s as important to us as heroin is to a junkie…


Angry Yoga

Meridian, Idaho

This video is hilarious!

It’s called Angry Yoga, and it’s less than two minutes long.

The parody is from a show called “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”, a long-running Canadian comedy series on CBC.

Thanks to my twin sister, Carol, for sending this to me. 🙂

Be sure to watch until the very end…

“Sometimes yoga doesn’t cut it. Ask your doctor about marijuana.”

And if you liked it, here’s the sequel: Angrier Yoga.

Car Free Day

Meridian, Idaho

I had a totally car free day yesterday. No, not a care free day, but a car free day. 🙂


I didn’t drive anywhere. I didn’t ride anywhere. I just stayed home.

And, my oh my, did I get lots done.

Cleaned my filing cabinets (which is the job I hate the most), caught up on bill paying, and other tasks I’ve been putting off for way too long.

Overfilled file cabinet

And then the best part of the day:


A 90 minute nap with Sophie. Lovely! 🙂

Tipped Too Far

Meridian, Idaho

The Tipping Point is an excellent book written by Malcolm Gladwell. “The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”

We witnessed the tipping point recently in regards to the feelings of the Confederate flag since the Charleston shooting travesty.

While there have been movements towards removing the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina capital for years, the scales just tipped towards removing it and it will be a huge surprise if their legislature doesn’t vote to remove it.


But has the issue tipped too far?

The city of Boise has a display of the flags from all fifty states at its city hall building.

Boise City Hall

Mayor Dave Bieter has asked that the Mississippi state flag be taken down because it contains the Confederate emblem . “Bieter felt it wasn’t appropriate for the city of Boise – with its welcoming reputation and immigrant population – to fly that state flag.”

Flag_of_Mississippi.svgI get not flying the Confederate battle flag on state property, but I don’t get not flying a state’s flag within a display of all fifty states’ flags especially when there are six states in the South that live in the shadow of the Confederacy and have purposely designed state flags with that in mind.


Alabama: Designed to resembled the flag of the 60th Alabama Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.


Arkansas: Top star added to show state was part of Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.


Florida: Cross was added in 1900 by suggestion from Gov. Francis P. Fleming, a Confederate soldier.


Georgia: The state has a complex history with several flags. This was the flag from 1956 – 2001.


Georgia: This is current flag. Resembles the first national flag of the Confederate States of America.


Mississippi: This has been the flag since 1894 and attempts to change it in 2001 failed.


Tennessee: This is the flag since 1905. Slightly resembling the Third National flag of the Confederacy.


Pickleball Time Won!

Meridian, Idaho

I faced a dilemma this morning and had to make a hard choice.


Should I stay home and enjoy some alone time or should I go play pickleball?

Rich is off to build shelves at our friends’ new home this morning.

And my favorite pickleball group is playing at courts less than two miles as the crows fly from our house.


I LOVE alone time. (More about that later this week…)

Pickleball(Yellow)2But apparently, I LOVE LOVE LOVE pickleball even more because I’m off to play pickleball.

There’s nothing like the sweat and euphoria pickleball induces.

I’m shocked that alone time didn’t win, but I gotta go…

Pickleball awaits. 🙂

Dog Days of Summer

Meridian, Idaho

I used to ride my bike to and from work when we lived in Fallon. My route was about seven miles, so it was a relatively easy commute.

Easy, unless it was during the dog days of summer.


The morning commute was lovely–temperature below 80, little wind, and car drivers were polite.

The afternoon commute could be a nightmare…

If the temperature was below 90, the dogs might bark but they never came after me.

If the temperature was between 100 and 105, they’d snarl from their place on porches or under trees in the shade.

dogIf the temperature was between 90 and 100, watch out! They were vicious and would come after me and attack my legs with teeth barred.

I started carrying a squirt gun filled with ammonia to ward them off. After I squirted them a few times, they’d usually stay away.

That worked until it got really hot and the temperature was above 105.

Nothing kept them away then…


So I kept a close watch on the weather and wouldn’t ride my bike if the temperature was predicted to be over 105.

Looking at our forecast for the next ten days, I wouldn’t be riding much if I were commuting here in Meridian…


Fathers and Their Children

Meridian, Idaho

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

A father’s role in his child’s life is so critical. Too often our society places too much emphasis on only the mother’s role. Both parents can and should provide valuable life lessons and help build healthy self-esteem.

I heard this song (Daughters by John Mayer) while driving the other day. It seems appropriate to listen to it on Father’s Day because it warns of the effects of an absent father. While the song is about daughters, the song’s message applies to both sons and daughters–the importance of a father’s presence and role in his children’s lives.


I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
But she’s just like a maze
Where all of the walls all continually change
And I’ve done all I can
To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
Now I’m starting to see
Maybe it’s got nothing to do with me

Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Oh, you see that skin?
It’s the same she’s been standing in
Since the day she saw him walking away
Now she’s left
Cleaning up the mess he made

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Boys, you can break
You’ll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without the warmth from
A woman’s good, good heart

On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the god and the weight of her world

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too