Good morning readers! I'm writing this on Sunday afternoon (maybe someday I'll get ahead of the game, but probably not), and I could've been done earlier, had I not innocently picked up this book that had been on my pile for a while. I was just going to read for a few minutes while enjoying my after-church-coffee. Three hours later I was half-way through and couldn't put it down! It was a treat because this was the first fictional book I've picked up in a long while – mostly I've been skimming homeschooling books for months. Sapphire Ice, by my friend, Hallee Bridgeman, is a refreshing love story void of smut. I quit reading the smut stories years ago (they're so lame compared to the real thing) and switched to more suspenseful books whenever I'd have time to pick up a novel, like this series or this series – which were really good. So a well-written page-turning love story was a nice change. It's part of a trilogy so I'll get to read two more next! (Let us know if you've read any good fiction lately?)
- As a little update to my post, The Scales Slapped Me in the Face, I've been doing good and eating well, but the stupid scales have only tipped in my favor by 3#. Oh well, I'm exercising more, and avoiding sweets, so it'll come out ok. I do miss my occasional glass of wine, though… but it's just for the time being. I went rollerblading on the trail yesterday for the first time in a looooong time. I absolutely love it, but since I saw that snake last year, I've been a complete wimp about going. Pretty dumb, huh? So because it had been a while, I felt exhilarated for the first 4 miles, but on the return trip I started pooping out and the prevailing thought in my head was, “Would it kill them to put a stinkin' bench along this trail somewhere?!” I've got some good meals planned for this week, here are a couple of them: Fried fish with garlic pesto (to use up more of my basil) and Yakisoba – I'll use Einkorn pasta and have a little of that along with lots of chicken and veggies, but not my usual PIG OUT portions.
- Feel like going on a rant? I've got one for you. Have your kids ever set up a lemonade stand out in front to earn a few bucks? Well you'd better watch out, because many have been shut down in recent months. Yep, it's true. If you're near Washington, D.C., you may want to go show your support this weekend for the Lemonade and Raw Milk Freedom event.
- You may remember a while back when I wrote about the ordeal with our doctor's office and then the school regarding immunizations and well child checks we hadn't gone in for. That was probably why the title of this New York Times article really caught my eye, Let’s (Not) Get Physicals. For decades, scientific research has shown that annual physical exams — and many of the screening tests that routinely accompany them — are in many ways pointless or (worse) dangerous, because they can lead to unneeded procedures. The last few years have produced a steady stream of new evidence against the utility of popular tests… The author, a doctor herself, also says later in the article, “I respect my doctors, but I see them only when I’m sick.” I can't wait to hear what you think.
- Have a great week!