Cherry Picking Time!

Northern Ohio offers several pick-your-own-fruit options, most notably strawberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, sour cherries, and apples.  Picking these for myself gets me out of the house, puts me right into the great outdoors, saves me money, and allows me the absolute freshest produce possible.  It was also a nice couple hours with the bro. It’s Read More…

Summertime Strawberry Ice Pops

I simply love fresh-fruit season!  One of my faves is a versatile strawberry concoction I came up with (as did many other fruit lovers, I’m sure). I choose to make the mixture taste both sweet and tart and rather concentrated since the cubes are often used in a full glass of water.  Here are the five Read More…

I’m Not a Minimalist, but…

In recent years, I’ve done two major unclutterings and both times it was exhilarating to get rid of SO MUCH STUFF.  (I’ve still got plenty of stuff, though!)  I also came across a book that I really appreciate called “Debt-Free Living” by Anna Newell Jones. All of these, individually and combined, have allowed me to Read More…

I Super Juiced Myself!

Today is Day 28 of my Super Juice Me adventure.  I didn’t do it perfectly, but nearly so! I appreciated: 1. the Jason Vale instructional videos; 2. feeling my joints release crud and loosen; 3. sleeping well and comfortably and through the night; 4. using my organizational skills to streamline the purchase of fruits and Read More…

Thirteen Things to Do When the Power is Out

This topic seemed both playful and practical, so I thought I’d see what I came up with, especially since we occasionally have blackouts (no power) and brownouts (really low levels of electricity) in Los Angeles.  Having a brownout the first time is sort of cool since everything is cast in sepia tones, but once really Read More…

Kind Gestures from My New Auto Mechanic

There’s a new guy running the shop I’ve gone to for years.  I recently took the car in because I’d been told my brake pads were down to 35%.  He took a look at them, had one of his mechanics clean debris out from around the brakes and, voila, I have 40-60% still available!  I Read More…

Why Such Extreme Emotions?

This is a non-biased thought about why there were such extreme emotions following this month’s presidential election. I once took a 6-week commercial acting class (designed specifically for acting in TV commercials).  One of the few things I recall from that class was about reactions in relation to expectations.  For example: If I’m going to Read More…

Hopping Off the Hamster Wheel of Worry

Do you ever find yourself worrying, re-thinking, re-stating, then worrying some more about one particular issue – perhaps even arguing with someone on the topic?  All this is done loudly inside your own mind.  Crying may also be involved.  Internal escalation of the matter is a given to the point of worst-case, apocalyptic outcomes. This Read More…