Change is Good

I decided a month ago to make a change regarding sweets and candy to have a simple way to reduce carbs and sugar in my diet.    Sort of my own version of a Whole 30, I suppose.  I determined that I was not going to eat sweets for 30 days (a re-boot, so to speak) – with an exception of Christmas and New Years weekends.  My main motivation is to attempt to prevent development of  diabetes.  Based on what I read, this can be avoided by simply making  changes that may yield a 10% weight loss.

There is much that confuses me regarding how to best lose weight for my body and metabolism and what changes to make.  There are many products to consider that supposedly help.  But this change was free, not easy but doable for 30 days, changes that no one disagreed with as a way to improve diet.  Eat more protein, avoid simple carbs, reduce carbs in general, eliminate added sugar.  So let’s begin and just do it.

“But it’s the holidays!”

The holidays are indeed filled with junk and so much sweetness – as I was reminded many times.  Why this particular time?!  Why not?  As a person who enjoys baking sweets and eating out and socializing around food, it does not take the holidays to cause the endless flow of sweets in my life.

In the past 30 days, I have had one gingerbread cookie, 1 small slice of a Yule log (Christmas Eve), and one tiny piece of cheesecake (New Year’s Eve), and yesterday at my daughter-in-law’s baby shower, I had a small piece of cake and the smallest scone I’d baked.

Observations I’ve made in this dramatic (at least for me) change:  I did not die.  It was not as hard as I thought it would be.  Yes or No decisions are easier than HOW MUCH and HOW OFTEN.  I ate a lot of fruit and it tasted very sweet.  I can have a cup or coffee or tea and do not need a cookie but it feels weird.  I tried not to talk about it much but enough to keep me accountable.  I lost a couple of pounds.  (Obviously this is not a “lose weight fast” plan.)

A friend and I are signed up for an 8 week class on how to avoid developing diabetes.  I’m going to get re-acquainted with MyFitnessPal.  I have a treadmill.  More changes are coming, 30 days at a time.  Baby steps.  I can do it.

 scales dietNot my feet – and I think half of me weighs this much.  🙂


Published in: on January 9, 2017 at 7:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Reading 2016

I read 3 out of the 10 books I’d listed as “intend to read” for 2016.  I set one on the list aside.  I changed my mind on what to read.  You can do this. Here are my five favorite reads from 2016:

1. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

3.Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

5.Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey

Favorite Podcast on books: What Should I Read Next?

Favorite Book Blog: Modern Mrs Darcy

Favorite Book Site to keep track: GoodReads

Goal – read 25 books in 2017!

Extra: Lousie Penny series – starts with Still Life


Published in: on December 13, 2016 at 8:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Ten Books I want to read in 2016 (plus one)

1.For the Love – Jen Hatmaker

2. Coming Clean – Seth Haines (Finished)

3. Out of Sorts – Sarah Bessey (Finished)

4. Wild in the Hollows – Amber Haines

5. Vanishing Grace – Philip Yancey

6. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

7. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel (Abandoned audio version – loved DVD)

8. Jayber Crow – Wendell Berry (Finished)

9. Faithful Place – Tana French (Book 3)

10. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley


Written in my Own Heart’s Blood – Diana Gabaldon


Published in: on January 7, 2016 at 9:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Favorite Reads from 2015

  1. Rare Bird – Anna Whitston-Donaldson   A memoir of loss – which sounds depressing, but it is not.
  2. Searching for Sunday – Rachel Held Evans  Spiritual memoir.
  3. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gwande Exactly what it sounds like it’s about.
  4. The Likeness – Tana French Second in her series of mysteries.  Good stuff.
  5. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Enjoyed this one, too.



Published in: on January 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Life is nothing if not an interesting adventure.”

One day,  age and gravity will conspire against you.

Your soft and lovely loose parts will sag and wrinkle.

You will become shaped differently.

Your body will fatigue easily.

Your life will change…

And when it does…. Remember that this does not stop you from being who you are.

~~~~~~Linda Anfuso

Published in: on November 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Northumbria UK


Ruins on Holy Island Lindisfarne

Land of my fathers,
how I long to return,
to touch thy earth,
and find again thy sacred paths,
well-walked with the Gospel of Peace,
veiled now in the shadow of mediocrity.

‘What mean these stones’
which beset thy coastline,
who in twisted agony cry out
in praise and supplication of Him
and the renewal of the faith
that bled to secure them there?

Yet we would walk again
thy sacred paths,
repair thy ancient ruins,
restore thy broken altars,
raise up the foundations
of many generations.

Hear this, you lands of the South
who hold many in captivity
by your empty words
and well-worn myths,
who neglect to see justice
for the poor, the widow,
the fatherless.

Look to the North –
for lo your Redeemer comes,
clothed in the poverty of the few
who dare to speak His name,
without vanity,
in a whisper,
lest the earth should tremble
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord.

Poor of Yahweh, arise,
take up the ancient mantle
which has awaited your day;
clothe yourselves within its humility,
for you have been set
as a stumbling block for many.

Fr John Skinner – 1985

Published in: on October 10, 2015 at 9:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Favorite Books in 2014 – in no particular order


  1. 7 – An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess – Jen Hatmaker    Challenging. 
  1. Still Alice – Lisa Genova  Emotional but in a good way.  
  1. Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson Eye Opening. 
  1. In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness, and Heart of Christianity – Jim Belcher    A Journey. 
  1. In The Woods – Tana French  Mystery.  Irish. Want to read her others now. 
  1. Girl at the End of the World: My Escape From Fundamentalism in Search of Faith With a Future – Elizabeth Esther  Interesting – in the list of many memoirs I read.  
  1. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell  YA – good read. 
  1. Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer – Micha Boyett   Benedictine practices for a young mom – wish this was around in my day as a young mom. 
  2. Interrupted : When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity – Jen Hatmaker  How God can change your life. 
  1. Spiritual Misfit – A Memoir of Uneasy Faith – Michelle DeRusha  Another “wish it was around to read a few years ago.”
  2. The Husband’s Secret – Lianne Moriarty  Interesting story – a bit of a twist. 

So – onto 2015.  Any recommendations?



Published in: on January 9, 2015 at 4:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Favorite Blogs

Since I’m not really blogging at this point – here are some to try.  In no particular order – and this is how the Internet can be like reading a very large magazine.

Kate Baer

Modern Mrs Darcy

A Cup of Joe


Deliberate Reader

Addie Zierman

Internet Monk

Hollywood Housewife

Caris Adel

Karen Spears Zacharias

Rachel Held Evans

A Holy Experience

Published in: on January 7, 2015 at 7:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Evening Prayer – Celtic Book of Prayer


Lord, You have always given 

bread for the coming day;

and though I am poor, today I believe. 


Lord, You have always given 

strength for the coming day;

and though I am weak, today I believe. 


Lord, You have always given

peace for the coming day;

and though of anxious heart, today I believe. 


Lord, You have always kept me

safe in trials;

and now, tried as I am, today I believe.


Lord, You have always marked 

the road for the coming day;

and though it may be hidden, today I believe.


Lord, You have always lightened 

this darkness of mine;

and though the night is here, today I believe. 


Lord, You have always spoken 

when time was ripe;

and though you be silent now, today I believe. 

Published in: on August 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm  Comments (2)  

May 31, 1980

May 31, 1980

We were children. But so in love. And we didn’t really know what that meant. But we learned. And are still learning.

Thirty four years!

Published in: on May 30, 2014 at 6:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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