Monday, May 30, 2016


I am...

... purging, paring down, decluttering. It's becoming natural instead of occasional, more the realization that "I don't need this to make me happy" than "How can I live with less." It's empowering.

... constantly amazed at the power of ten minutes. Ten minutes spent cleaning, praying, stretching.  The gains seem so much greater than the time investment.

... sad. Trying to honor this "down" period in my life right now by making room for it. Recognizing that it's not the end of the world if I need to cry for a bit to let off some stress. Realizing that with change and new starts come endings, and endings are allowed to be bittersweet. Mourning the endings of some things that I loved.

... counting my blessings. Thanking God for the grace that has poured out and so thoroughly saturated my life as of late. Praying. Praising. Playing praise music and being absolutely floored in the melodies, harmonies, and lyrics.

... planning - for summer with Abigail, for next Fall with the triplets, for next month (and next season) at swim, for next weekend (travel with Mags and Cris). There's a certain comfort to be taken from the acts of planning and tidying up.

(And a picture of Zipper sleeping. Just because.)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Ceremonial A/C

I used to joke that I had a "rat thermometer" - when it was cool, the girls could be found curled up on the bottom level of their cage, but when it was hot, they would rise to the top (I always assumed to get closer to the a/C vent). I fussed and worried over them, always running the heat or a/C more for their benefit than mine.

Zephyr seems immune to the heat or cold.  Neither seems to affect his behavior much.

But poor Zipper. He really,  REALLY doesn't like the heat. Poor little guy.

For the record - I turned on the A/C on May 26th this year. I was trying to make it to June but temperatures inside the trailer topped out the thermometer and even the open windows and fans couldn't keep up.