Life in the Slow Lane

Thursday, February 5, 2015


Some of my very best memories were made alone. Exploring the woods and pastures of my childhood home as a little girl, riding my horse across the countryside of northwest Kittson County, Minnesota, many walks through parks and woods and hills in Minnesota, North Dakota, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Manitoba noticing small aspects of my surroundings and glorying in them on the many beautiful sunny days, rainy days, blizzards, desert hot, cave darkness, dark of night, dessert skies so inky black with stars so bright it hurt the eye to look at them...oh yes, do many amazing memories because...I was alone.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thiefin' Varmints!

Bill went out to get root veggies from the garden today (yes, ours are STILL in the ground this late...) and found out *someone* has been very busy since the last time we checked - A fellow like this one has absconded with all of our carrots!!

I am all for being kind to animals, but I think the gophers would have gotten along fine this winter without our carrots. Oh well - whadda do?!

Not only do we have wiley gophers avoiding traps and absconding with our carrot crop, but now we have mice wandering the house at will. We have caught about 5 so far, but this 6th fellow (of how many more, is unknown), was too smart - he came up, sniffed, and then left.

I must admit, I kinda like that he knew better.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Knock! Knock!

Depression is knocking at the door.  I'm fighting it tooth and nail.

A friend posted a link to this tonight.  I related to all of them.  I told her it was like getting a big hug from her.  She said to keep hanging on right along with her.  Winter is coming...

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Beekeeper Apprentice

I love the 'Caution' sign...
This year, I only observed Bill while he did his beekeeping. Even only doing that, I did learn a few things. But I admit you don't truly learn until you DO. I am hoping to do just that next year. As a life-long fan of Doctor Who, I have become very inspired by this T.A.R.D.I.S.-inspired hive I saw online.

I'll be leaving soon to visit my daughter. When I come back, I intend to buy hive body kits and build a complete hive top to bottom. In spring, I'll paint it like this one. The weight on top will be in the shape of the T.A.R.D.I.S. light - I'll paint it in iridescent paint so it glows at night!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's That Time of Year Again

Not feeling well. Having a rough "break-in period" into fall. I really, really hate this time of year.

In the last few years, it's when I seem to get sicker than a dog, or at the very least feel like shit.

I was up most of the night - again - with severe GERD, then hacking and clearing throat and having a feast of Tums and milk (despite taking anti-gerd medication) and having to try to sleep sitting up. I gave up after 2 hours and surfed the net as a bleary-eyed zombie until dawn, then attempted to sleep again. Then, my bladder woke me up every 2 hours until noon.

This is all an added bonus to my Fibromyalgia, which is kicking into high gear (more pain) this time of year.

Housework will not get my full attention for another day; it'll be hit and miss, mostly miss

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Yoga: Then & Now

I learned at the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo from Dawn Morgan - what a wonderful, gentle teacher!

I learned about mindfulness of my body, becoming aware of how tense I was, how to consciously r e l a x my muscles from head to toe, how to b r e a t h e, how gentle slow stretching releases toxins from lymph nodes around the body. It was all an incredible revelation.

It helped me immensely, enabling me to take care of my body in a way I didn't know about before. I was in far less pain and discomfort at work and home once I began my own yoga practice.

Nowadays, I still practice, but I cannot handle an hour at a time like I once did.  Instead, I do shorter sessions, and do them whenever I need to.

While it helps me cope with my Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Sjogren's, it is just one of many therapies that help me.  I also go to my local health provider's rehab center twice weekly to participate in Silver & Fit.  That said, yoga is incredibly important to my ability to cope with my pain and discomfort.

Thank you, Dawn, for teaching me something that has been such a blessing in my life.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bullying in the Farm Yard

"Guard" Dog

Just got back from breaking up another fight. Was just in from taking clothes off the line when I heard a horrific hullabaloo coming from the farm yard. I looked out the kitchen window and saw the turkey Jakes ganging up and attacking a single goose again (not sure, but think it was a gander).

I grabbed my staff and ran out to the corral area where the action was. I ran at the bully Jakes, Gurl barking at them by my side. I swung the staff at the group and it landed on the backside of one of them, dispersing the group in all directions. One was still chasing the gander. I cut it off near a corner, trapping it and giving it a wallop to teach it a lesson. I looked around quick to see the third Jake making a move on the gander as it headed north. I ran up between them and walloped that one, too, then herded the gander out to the yard and steered it towards the rest of his flock, to safety.

Gandalf comes up with a happy grin on his face, and I look down and said, "Where were you? You're the livestock guard dog here, aren't you? You are supposed to guard against all enemies, foreign OR domestic. If you didn't know that before, you know it now!"