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Just opened a small yarn shop in Gaylord, Michigan. I'm a complete and TOTAL KNITAHOLIC!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Life really does begin after 45, it seems.

And if you want the proof, here's a recent report from the Journal of Advanced Nursing, in which researchers from the College of Nursing at Arizona State University measured the stress levels and personality traits of 299 women of various ages.

What they found is encouraging:

  • Women between ages 18 and 29 were under high stress, and had poor personality traits. Result: poor health, both physically and emotionally.
  • Between ages 30 and 45, stress levels generally went up, but women with strong personality traits saw their way through it all, and they were healthier than when they were younger.
  • Once past 45, emotional stress levels declined, while the healthy personalities became better still.


Meet Sadie (above photo album).

Meet Sadie, (above) the newest member of our family! We rescued Sadie from the local shelter. She's a four-year-old Spitz mix (which would account for the wolf-like appearance) who was not treated well by her former owner. She was left outside on a chain and has not been socialized at all. She is timid and fearful of strangers, loud talk, big men, and unfamiliar noise. She doesn't bark, doesn't know how to play, but she has a heart of gold and has stolen mine. She's totally devoted to me and is at my feet constantly, mostly lying down keeping my toes warm. I know she'll eventually come around, because her need to please is more than obvious. She seems eager to learn, and every day she opens up a little more. It hasn't even been a week, and already our cat, Cali (see other posts), has accepted her, which is amazing since Cali hasn't accepted another animal in the house in over 14 years. Could it be she senses a wounded soul?

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Andrew, this one's for you!


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Galveston, Oh Galveston (to music...) !!!

So, hey! We did the Houston and Galveston, Texas. thing. It was kinda nice. Not that Houston is necessarily anyplace I would 'vacation,' but it sure was nice to get out of the cold and snow and into some warmth and sunshine. We were even able to stick our feet in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and see how people live in the winter when there's no ice and snow to contend with. They live nice! (See short photo album.) BTW, can anyone tell me what that is on the beach in Galveston? (See photo #5.)

Yes, I'm afraid I could get used to not hauling layers of Thermafill in my outerware. And sandals! You could probably wear sandals MOST OF THE TIME! (Think of the money I'd be spending on pedicures, though.) You're outside more, too, and that HAS to be good for you. Where we were in Houston (right by the airport) the scenery left a bit to be desired, but I'm sure once you head north a ways past the 'burbs, it's probably quite nice.

Anyway, though the time was short, it was well-spent. I needed that. And I could use it again.
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