Archives for the month of: October, 2015

A few weeks ago, while hubby was driving us back from dinner, I rolled the window down and kept snapping photos of this gorgeous sunset. The beauty of iPhone photography is that is convenient and allows one to stare right into the sun and capture some beautiful photos. As I swiped through the many photos that I snapped, I hadn’t realized or seen the bird flying by, but my camera did.


All powerful Sun, you warm this great Earth,
not only with your energy, but with your beauty.
Your glow is ever present and shines down upon us.

Otto Radio is my new favorite App, and I can’t get enough. I was recently searching the App store for news Apps, so that I could stay up to date, since I haven’t been watching the news.

I found a few, but Otto has stolen my heart. It has a simple interface and I feel positive vibes each time I open the App to an upbeat greeting to my morning or evening.

Once you download the App, you select from a variety of interests and choose the timeframe, then Otto scours the web to find news clips, podcasts, and articles just for you. The news clippings are just quick summaries that are under 1 minute each, podcasts can range from 7 to 12 minutes and the articles, between 4 -7 minutes. These are rough numbers, but you get the idea. You can swipe through the articles that don’t interest you and can press a thumbs down or up to let Otto know what you like and don’t like.

As Otto evolves, as most new Apps go through changes, I hope it retains its simplicity, friendly tone, and quality content.

Awesome, free App!


Pants that were loose don’t fit,
Pants that were just right are now too tight.
Months ago three bagfuls unloaded that I couldn’t snap closed.
The weight has gradually spread.
What could I expect? Less exercise, more sitting and eating.
Arms, stomach: less muscle, more fatty.
I’m still petite; I don’t actually look overweight, but I feel it,
and, of course, I see it. Hubby sees it too, but
we try to laugh about it.
The proof is in the pants that no longer fit.


And with that, I had to donate another batch of clothing this weekend. I suppose it’s not all that bad. I couldn’t expect to stay the same size forever. I then went to a few of my favorite thrift stores so that I could find some more bargains. I needed to act fast, since the bottom half of my wardrobe is greatly diminished, and means I have to make sure I don’t run out of pants by laundry day. I don’t wear skirts or dresses often, hardly really. I did find some great pants. I haven’t had a pair of jeans that I fit into for months; I sorely miss wearing them. It’s more comfortable with my changing, middle-aged body to opt for a little bit of elasticity, so the jeans that I found in Ross, for quite a bargain, did have room for movement and slight expansion–and yes, I do like a good bargain! And I was happy with the fit.


I wish everyone that lands here, a very happy Friday and much positive light and balance!
: )

The rays of the sun pushed
through the clouds–
broad, downward brushstrokes
filled with the energy of the sun.

Trying to stay in the calm
amidst the chaos; one final hurdle, deadline looms, short-staffed, technical issues, transition a rocky road, like a large  conglomerate  rock thrown together clumsily, rough. 

Outside, a little sparrow flits to a nearby tree, sun on my face. I slow my walk, I feel anxiety, acknowledge it and breathe in deeply as I walk to lunch–
a much needed break in the day.