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Snowy Sunday

We’re under yet another winter storm warning, but I’m not complaining.  I think my husband and I need a day to relax. I’ve realized, since my weight loss, that I’ve become quite accustomed to my days being filled with a constant flurry (no pun intended towards the falling snow outside my window) of activities.

In fact, with my birthday being a month away, I was mentally comparing my life now to a year ago:

  • Nearly a year ago today, I was excited to be wearing a brand new pair of size 18, skinny, jeans to my birthday party.  This was a welcome change from the size 24 pants that I’d worn to my first weigh in at the bariatric center.
  • As only a  three-month veteran of my weight loss program, I cautiously approached every sip, or bite, of food that I ingested and monitored every calorie I burned at the gym.
  • My self-confidence was a newly burgeoning entity experiencing so much for the first time.
  • My main goal was to get healthy and stay that way.

Now, my life is vastly different.  As a fit and healthy person, I look at life through new eyes, seeing every bright possibility.  It’s not just because my body is fit, it’s because my mind is clear and my soul is free of the baggage of anxiety and food addiction. I love my life and the people in it so much.  I quite honestly never imagined being so happy.

I think the secret to life is as simple and pure as the snow gently drifting in my driveway; see life as a series of possibilities and believe that the odds are in your favor, because they are. Take care of yourself. Feed and exercise each part of your body, mind, and spirit with good things, because that’s exactly what you deserve.  Practice kindness, caring, patience, and love daily. It just feels right, and you’ll mostly always get each in return.

Deep thoughts on a snowy Sunday! 🙂

Hope everyone is having a phenomenal day! 🙂

My kitty says, "It's time to relax!"  (Photo by me)
My kitty says, “It’s time to relax!” (Photo by me)
blogging, cats, Uncategorized

A Tail of Two Kitties

I’m sure my title’s been used a million times, but I thought Sunday would be an appropriate time to share the two fluffy, quirky, shedding, seat-stealing loves of my life with you.

This good-looking girl is Sophie.  I first met her when a handful of students ran my way on the playground, excitedly insisting that there was a snake in the grass by the fence.  That “snake”  was a very tiny kitten who had been scraped up by a lawn mower.  A quick run home during my planning period to get my cat carrier, and a night spent at our vet for fluids revealed only superficial wounds.  Twelve years later, she’s top cat of our household.  She certainly lets us know if things aren’t going her way!

What?  You'd like your desk chair back?  Perhaps you need to redefine "your."
What? You’d like your desk chair back? Perhaps you need to redefine “your.”
No, I won't move so you can do your silly ritual of making the bed. The wrinkly quilt feels fine to me!
No, I won’t move so you can do your silly ritual of making the bed. The wrinkly quilt feels fine to me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahh, your lap is the warmest, comfiest on in the house.  Oh, you have to pee?  Did I mention how warm I think your lap is?
Ahh, your lap is the warmest, comfiest on in the house. Oh, you have to pee? Did I mention how warm I think your lap is?

 

 

This dashing young gentleman is Porchie.  He’s a transplant from my daughter’s first two years away at medical school.  He was a stray, who hung out on her porch (mostly because she gave him plenty of wet food).  Eventually, one day he wandered into her apartment and decided to stay.  We find his kittenish antics endlessly entertaining and are hinting that we’d like for him to stay after my daughter and her husband move into a new home.  I hope you enjoy a glimpse into the lives of my two special furbabies today!  Happy Sunday!!

I'll gladly play dress up if they insist.  After all, they do keep the chow dish nice and full!
I’ll gladly play dress up if they insist. After all, they do keep the chow dish nice and full!
I'm sometimes nicknamed "The Count" because of my distinctive smile.
I’m sometimes nicknamed “The Count” because of my distinctive smile.
Yes, I specialize in being cute!
Yes, I specialize in being cute!
blogging, cats, dealing with food cravings, enjoying family, Food Addiction, Having fun, losing weight, Maintaining Weight Loss, Travel, weight loss journal, Writing

Temptation

I walked along the windswept shore among the broken fray.

The angry sea, she call to me and begged for me to stay.

The cloudy sky, he beckoned,  too, and filled me with his lies.

I trudged a few steps closer, despite the wise gull’s cries.

‘midst stormy waves, and blowing sand, I stood there all alone,

Then thought a bit, and changed my path, and headed back towards home.

~ by The Ravenously Disappearing Woman

This poem was inspired by my very windy evening beach walk.  After I writing it, I realized that it could be interpreted as a seaside version of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.  I assure you, it’s not as dark as all that!  This vacation has been relaxing, amazing, refreshing, and deeply laced in temptation. My husband and I love it here, so there’s the temptation to chuck life as we currently know it; say goodbye to family, friends, and his very secure job and start over in this new, fresh place. That’s not at all like responsible us, but it’s so very tempting.

There’s, of course, the continual temptation of food here.  Everywhere I look, a restaurant sign or billboard beckons.  I actually had a dream last night about putting my mouth on the nozzle of  one of Sweet Frog’s frozen yogurt dispensers and sucking down the sweet stuff until my stomach nearly exploded.  I had a similar, but very awake, dream about spending the day eating McDonald’s French fries.  These are not healthy thoughts.

It’s not quite time for a move, and definitely not time for me to slurp up the contents of  a frozen yogurt machine, or consume a heart attack’s worth of greasy fries.  I need routine and accountability.  I need to hug my kids, pet my cats, and sleep in my own bed.  So, after one, last, perfect sunny (or even not-so-sunny) beach walk today, it will be time to pack our bags and head back towards home tomorrow.

What are you tempted by?  Have you ever wanted to start over in a new place?  How well do you handle temptation? Tell me about it.

The path to the shore from our rental condo.  This picture looks calm, but the wind was really blowing! (photo by me)
The path to the shore from our rental condo. This picture looks calm, but the wind was really blowing! (photo by me)

 

 

 

 

 

blogging, cats, enjoying family, Having fun, photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing

Why are Alligators so Ornery?

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

We all know that  famous line from Adam Sandler’s, The Water Boy, “Mamma say alligators are ornery cause they got all them teeth but no toothbrush.”   However, I’ve spent a good bit of my day pondering their orneriness as I searched for them in the lovely, squishy ,marshy places of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

My first stop was a lovely seafood restaurant called, The Crazy Crab. Their food was amazing, as was our wonderful waiter, Rob.  I had about 2-3 ounces of crab meat, along with a very nice tossed salad, minus the dressing.  My husband had an enormous portion of shrimp and grits, along with my remaining crab legs.  My loss is proving to be his gain on this trip!

After our meal was finished, I did some gator hunting around the periphery of the eatery.

I’m pretty certain that I found Nemo in the restaurant’s entryway, but still no monstrous, sharp-toothed reptile!

Nemo?  Is that you?
Nemo? Is that you?

 

This little beggar is certainly sharp-toothed, but lacks the scales and enormity of a gator!

Grover, one of the rough and tumble kitties of The Crazy Crab! He really knows how to use the charm!

Next, I scanned the marshes for a rascally reptile.

Nice view, but still no luck!
Nice view, but still no luck!

Later, at my father-in-law’s house, I braved the heat to search the ponds around the golf course.  This is where I saw a big one yesterday.

I saw an 8 footer on the banks of this pond yesterday!
I saw an 8 footer on the banks of this pond yesterday!

He was still hiding, so I took the time to stop and enjoy the gorgeous scenery from my late mother-in-law’s back yard.

Geri certainly had an eye for landscaping!
Geri certainly had an eye for landscaping!

And so does Mother Nature!  Check out this Spanish Moss!

The older trees here are covered with this ethereal stuff!  I love it!
The older trees here are covered with this ethereal stuff! I love it!

While I’m enjoying the yard, something catches my eye!  Suddenly, there’s scurrying and the flick of a tail!  I ready my camera and capture this beast…

Yikes!!  Guard your appendages! He's fierce!
Yikes!! Guard your appendages! He’s fierce!

So, today I really did figure out why alligators are so ornery!  They refuse to leave their cool, watery marsh when you finally have your camera ready for the perfect shot!!

When have you missed the perfect shot?  What would you like to see on the other side of your camera’s lens?

**  All uncredited photos lovingly taken by me, Sherri, The Ravenously Disappearing Woman :)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blogging, cats, Exercise, Friendship, Having fun, losing weight

Everything is Better with a Buddy

You can bet your last cat treat that I don’t help with working out!

Today, I took my best girlfriend to the gym with me. We spend every Tuesday together. She hadn’t been to the gym for a while, but she has two very furry trainers that make her walk long distances while they pee in public places.  The furry trainers in my house don’t tolerate leashes, pee in a box when no one’s looking, and the only workout example they show me is eating a sleeping. (Two things that I’ve already proven to be excellent at!)

We spent 40 minutes on the recumbent elliptical, walked two miles around the track and then did the 60 minute water workout that I do with my non-furry, human trainer.  When we got back to her house, the four-legged ones needed walking.  They’re big, and fast, and a good part of our walk was actually a run–a really lengthy run!  Still, we had enough breath to chat and laugh.  Honestly, everything is better with your buddy!

Pffft!  You won't catch me working out!
Pffft! You won’t catch me working out!

Tomorrow is weigh in day.  I’ve worked out really hard this week, and I hope the scale shows it!  Hope everyone is having a lovely morning, day, afternoon, evening, or sleep–depending on where you are in the world! 🙂

 

 

 

blogging, cats, Pet Rememberance Day

Pet Rememberance Day

Is this your side of the bed? Well, I got here first and I'm NOT moving!
Is this your side of the bed? Well, I got here first and I’m NOT moving!

I had no idea that today was Pet Remembrance Day until I checked out Kitty’s blog, Kitty Here or There, Anywhere.  Although I’ve not had a plethora of pets, due to allergies when I was young and living in an apartment that didn’t allow animals for many years, I’ve enjoyed several wonderful feathery, scaly and  furry companions since I’ve been married to my husband.  Our first pet was a lovely parakeet named Ollie, then some beautiful anoles named, Lucy, Bill and Ted.  Our first furry friend was Pixie.  A gorgeous tuxedo cat that I rescued from a horrible pet shop that was going out of business.

Pixie was in terrible health when we first brought her into our home, but with lots of vet visits, love, and affection she soon regained her vigor and became our first furry daughter. However, instead of a subservient daughter, she felt that she was ruler of the household.  Pity to the fool who tried to move her from their seat or bedside.

Apart from her normal feline training, she excelled at many hobbies.  She carved artistic etchings on all of our door trim and created enormous hairball sculptures perfectly placed for stepping on the middle of the night. Her athletic abilities included human tripping and seat racing; it was impossible to beat her to your chair!   She was a champion eater and managed to grow quite plump on weight management cat chow. Her inability to be picked up and moved by humans earned her the coveted Scratch and Hiss Award ten years in a row.  Though she was a bit slow on the stalk, her ability to chatter at birds outside of the window was unsurpassed, and she never met a moth she didn’t eat.

In spite of her natural cantankerousness, she had some sweet, sleepy moments each day when she’d climb aboard my lap for a cozy catnap. In those moments as I’d drowsily drift off with her warm purring figure on mine, she was just the kitty I’d always dreamed of having.

This past October, Pixie lost a hard fight with inflammatory cancer.  Throughout her illness, she still maintained her feisty nature and funny personality.  Her pictures grace our walls and her silly antics are forever etched in our minds like the scratches on our door trim.  My lap is cold and empty without her, but my heart is warm with her memory.

Such a silly girl!  She loved to recline on her back, but don't dare try to pet her tummy!
Such a silly girl! She loved to recline on her back, but don’t dare try to pet her tummy!

 

 

blogging, cats, Thankfulness

I’m a Happy Blogger

Roses are Red Violets are Blue Cats make me Smile And so do You!!
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Cats make me Smile
And so do You!!

Happy Sunday night, blogging buddies!  I was just having a conversation with my husband about how much I’m loving blogging in this wonderful community.  In just six short weeks of having my blog, I’ve met so many terrific, loving, positive, supportive people, and I’m so thankful for you all.  The friendly atmosphere on here is even further proof to me of the goodness of mankind.  Thank you all so much for being so wonderful! 🙂

In other blogging news, I decided to customize my blog a bit this evening and experiment with color and fonts. I may dabble with all of my color choices before I settle down with this one.  Don’t laugh, but the main reason that I chose to customize was that my husband and I were having trouble seeing the smaller font on my blog (our glasses are obviously flawed–we’re not getting old or anything).  How does the font style and  size look to all of you?  Is it easier to read?  Any color suggestions?

I hope all of you have a peaceful night–or day–depending on where you are in the world! 🙂