60 Days…Day 16

““It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.”  ~ Albus Dumbledore I have been a bit of a slacker since I returned from Christmas in Georgia.  In my defense, getting the farm and the Sloughis organized and the Sloughis settled back at home is a little time consuming.  I…

60 Days…Day 15

“Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”  ~ Captain Jean-Luc Picard Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!  Seasons Greetings!  I am not a wordsmith about holiday greetings and I welcome any good wish people want to send my way. I did not exercise today, but I stood in the kitchen cooking for about…

60 Days…Day 14

Merry Christmas Eve! Since my last post was 6 days ago, I have a lot to catch up on. I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on December 18th and I was filled with a sense of loss.  What an incredible world J. K. Rowling created and what an incredible privilege it is to experience…

60 Days…Day 12

Palomo embarked this morning on his long journey to Florida.  I was sad to ready him for this trip, but I know that Jamie will take good care of him and he and Endel will work hard to find him the right match.  We will both miss him. I rode Marcos and Filigree this morning…

60 Days…Day 11

I neither exercised nor weighed myself today.  Instead, I cleaned the house and got ready to ship Palomo down to Jamie in Florida for training and to be sold.  He leaves early tomorrow morning.  I am sad, but we need to make some changes. I was interviewed yesterday by Cole Lauterbach at the Illinois News…

60 Days…Day 10

For almost 15 years now, I have driven past a neighbor’s farm and observed with keen interest his two longhorn steers.  They are really magnificent animals, and these are somewhat elusive, preferring to stay indoors when it is hot or raining.  Over the years, I have developed a relationship with these animals.  I feel affection…

60 Days…Day 9

I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this morning.  I wept when Dumbledore was murdered and spent a good part of the day mourning my loss.  I know I have said it before, but J. K. Rowling is brilliant.  The first book (Sorceror’s Stone) did not impress me that much, but by the second book…

60 Days…Day 8

Something fun happened today.  As I mentioned yesterday, I was interviewed by Mark Brown at the Chicago Sun-Times about the new “pet custody” statute that goes into effect in Illinois on the first of the year.  The article was published today on page 2 of the paper  and he selected a photograph of me with…

60 Days…Day 7

My last post (Day 6) was posted on December 7th, and here I am, four days later, getting around to writing Day 7.  I had a big dog show this weekend, with friends in town from Georgia, Wisconsin and Springfield, and I literally had no time to write…or to go to the gym…or to ride…

60 Days…Day 6

We got our first snow last night!  I took that photo at daybreak with the sun rising over the eastern edge of our property.  It was beautiful, but cold.  Drago was so excited to get up this morning and ran with alacrity to the sliding glass door.  When he saw the snow, his whole body…

60 Days…Day 4

Today was an unabashedly good day. I exercised.  I did a continuous three mile run, and the first 2.5 miles were effortless with the remaining 1/2 mile slightly more challenging, but definitely manageable.  And I walked 1/4 mile on either side of the run on an incline.  I am super happy about it.  See how…

60 Days…Day 3

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down… Like everyone else, Monday is my least favorite day of the week, and this one had a few extra strikes against it. After getting out of work later than I had hoped, I did make it to the gym for my run.  It was not one of…