I Love to Cook

You would think that, as a creative person, I’d be one of those people who just loves concocting all sorts of new dishes in the kitchen. I’m not. While I enjoy the fruits (or vegetables and grains) of my labor, especially when they’re shared with special people, the process of cooking a meal is among…

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Loving Your Vitamins

For many years, I’ve added a daily regimen of vitamins and supplements to my diet, but with my recent health challenges, I’ve been taking more than ever. Every Sunday or Monday, I dissemble my stackable pill sorter and replenish each compartment with my morning doses. It’s not a particularly unpleasant task. It’s just another new “something” I have…

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I’m an Artist

I thought it would be fun to hand-paint my signs for a couple of Renaissance-style fairs I planned to participate in, completely oblivious to the fact that painting is a bit more complicated than I remembered from my high school art class days. As therapeutic as it was to spread vibrant colors of paint across…

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We Don’t Have Spots

I stumbled downstairs a little later than usual this morning and found Quincy curled up on the back of the couch where Puff loves to sleep. The window behind it gives her prime access to what’s going on in the northern section of our neighborhood. “Aww, are you in Puff’s spot?” I asked. “I’m in…

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Yes!

Feeding time at our home is always a bit of a frenzy. Since Holly and Quincy prefer Puff’s grain-free kibble, Puff prefers Holly and Quincy’s premium wet food, and Quincy and Puff aren’t exactly best buds, it’s a challenge to make sure each animal gets their appropriate diet–without any bloodshed. It’s become even more difficult now…

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Just Visiting

It had been unusually quiet in the house for a while. If you live with animals, you recognize that silence usually means one of two things. Hoping the odds were in my favor, I stuck my head out from my office. Holly and Quincy were perched on Dan in the living room. He wasn’t holding his…

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Something Better Might Come

The summer squash salad recipe we picked up from the Syracuse Regional Market on Saturday seemed like a perfect dish to bring to a cookout hosted by my uncle and his girlfriend last night–especially since we had an abundance of veggies from our weekly crop share to use up. As an added perk, it was also…

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Something of My Own

I started some new remedies in my treatment protocol and, as with each new adjustment, I’ve been experiencing a bit of a healing crisis as my body reacts. I was still feeling heavy and lethargic as I stumbled around the kitchen this morning, trying to wake up enough to be sure everyone (including me) was…

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Can’t Rest on Yesterday

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my home office lately. Since it’s usually while Dan is at work, Puff is my best company. She shreds a paper tube, gnaws on her antler chew, or, most often, sprawls out flat on the area rug to sleep next to my chair. Since I didn’t see…

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Because I Don’t Like Her

Rrrraaaaoooorrrwww. It’s a sound I hear almost every day, but this one seemed exceptionally menacing. I got up from my desk to see what was wrong this time. Quincy and Puff were squaring off over a crate of empty glass water bottles at the edge of the kitchen. The path is too narrow for them…

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