Archive | February, 2012

Big Bouncy Balls and Open Sky

29 Feb

The weather was just right today, and I took Logan and Aubrianna outside to play.  I’ve been in a rut, you see, and haven’t been doing this.

Aubrie was happier than I’ve seen her in a while.  I think she’s been bored lately because she doesn’t go to preschool anymore.  This morning she got a big bouncy Dora ball from her Mom.  When Logan got home from school is when we had our playtime, and he got out his Spongebob “tennis” set.

Aubrie and Logan last spring

We played pretty hard.  Logan practiced his tennis moves, and Aubrie practiced dribbling her ball after I taught her how.  It was really nice.

Getting outside to play is so important for all of us.  Even here in the heart of a metropolis, the great outdoors dwarfs everything else.  There’s more air out there, and the plants that survived the drought are a feast to these eyes that have been staring at a computer too much for too long.

We’re moving into a bigger place soon, and there’s an excellent walking/biking trail a block away from our apartment.  I look forward to walking with the kids there and letting them ride their bicycles — Aubrie will have one by then because her 3rd birthday is 3 days before we move.

There’s also a wide covered porch at our soon-to-be home, with a view of the swimming pool.  I can just imagine now how nice it will be to work on the porch and see the kids playing because there’s a wide enough area for them to play and still be in my vision.  The new apartment complex also has a playground.  So we’re all set to get outdoors more.  Let’s just hope that in my lifetime there’s never another summer as hot as the one in 2011.  Here in Texas, it was an inferno.  Of course, we can just jump in the swimming pool.

It was definitely a better day for having enjoyed playing outside with the kids.

But I love to be outdoors. I prefer being outdoors to, you know, being inside.
Keith Carradine

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Turn on the Dang Music!

27 Feb

This is a sad thing to admit but here goes.  I’ve gone literally for years with very little music in my life!  It’s not that I don’t have a stereo and CD players and radios everywhere because I do.  But…

  • In the car I usually opt to listen to talk radio because I’m truly concerned about the direction our country is headed in
  • In the house my excuse forever for not having music is that my Christian station can’t be picked up in the house, but I do enjoy other types of music.  Just despise all those many commercials!
  • I don’t have a music iPod.
  • I don’t buy CDs because I usually like only 1 or 2 songs on each.

Then about a year ago I discovered Pandora at  I have these very nice Bose speakers hooked up to my computer.  So why haven’t I been turning the music on?  One reason was that I’m almost always working, and I needed a “station” that was jazzy instrumental but had trouble making that happen.

The rhythmless era of my life is over, though.  Yay!  I’ve got Pandora really figured out, I think.  Now I have a great instrumental station to work to called Indra.  (I can write with music on, but if there’s singing, it’s distracting.  Some of the music on the Indra station seems like it’s for people of other religions, but, oh, well.  It’s all good.)  I also have an upbeat Christian station (Love Song for a Savior) and an Extreme Ways station, inspired by the theme song of the Bourne Identity.  The music is filling my home, and it is just lovely.  I’m also moving my body a lot more because I can’t help but get up and dance to some of the tunes that play.

Music is one of the simple pleasures of life that no one should be without.  It stirs the spirit and enlivens my whole existence. So glad to be out of that stupid rut!

Where to Begin?

26 Feb

I’m going to throw myself a line here and blog the pep talks I give myself in order to pull out of the rutted areas of my life.  I need to enjoy the outdoors more and let the kids do the same.  I need to eat healthy foods and lose a whole heck of a lot of weight. I need to pursue my dream of writing inspiring books.  I need to pray more and worship God more.

Encouragement Comments

The longest journey ever taken began with that first step.  So my first step in this journey toward rutless living is to remind myself that life is short and I shouldn’t sacrifice the joys of life that only balance can bring.  I can be healthy and fit, and it’s a  wonderful thing to get hooked on physical exercise of one kind or another.  I bought Michael Jackson the Experience for our XBox 360 Kinect because I always thought it would be fun to have Michael Jackson moves.  I love to dance, and it’s the best way for me to exercise.  But the experience isn’t all I hoped it would be.

So what do I need to do to get moving?  Whatever it is, I absolutely must spend 20 minutes minimum every single day either walking, following along with my old aerobics tape that helped me get fit in the past, or dancing to tunes.  Okay?  So starting today I shall make excuses no more.

□  Done!  I went walking, pushing Aubrianna in her stroller.  In 30 minutes, I feel better already.  You’d have to know just how sedentary I’ve been and for how long to understand!