60 Days…Day 13

The scale actually moved down a pound today.  I could not believe it. I had just finished telling Andrew, “If this thing refuses to budge again today, I am throwing it out and buying a new scale.”  Begrudgingly, I guess I must admit that my scale works. I was unbelievably sore today from the horsey…

Butterscotch Pecan Blondies

Butterscotch’s primary ingredients are butter and brown sugar.  What’s not to love?  Because I am a cook, I always notice the foods characters eat in books that I am reading, so much so that I am right now on my third revision of a lamb stew with prunes, inspired by the sponsor gift that Katniss…

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 5

Today involved quite a lot of chaos – challenges at work, challenges working out, and then getting ready for a big dog show weekend. I only had time to briefly stop in the gym and tried to fit in a quick run.  I confess that I made it one tiny mile before my right achilles…

Salad: The Holy Grail of the Human Diet

Salad, at its most fundamental level, is that unassuming concoction of produce, tossed together with a dressing, whose prominence is so frequently overshadowed by its richer, fattier or more sugary meal time companions.  Even the venerable William Shakespeare’s Cleopatra lamented, “My salad days, when I was green in judgment,” and thereby coined the term to…

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…