Monday, May 23, 2016

Evening Walk at the Buffer Preserve

Had a really nice 3 mile walk out at the buffer preserve this evening. Got some good looks at deer. And LOTS of water from the recent rains. If you didn't GOYB and join me, here's what you missed:

This beautiful doe came out to say hi and pose nice.
This was a row-picnic table. Kinda like a row boat, but more picnic-y. There is a LOT of standing water out there.
This is a terrible picture, but I think it's a baby deer. The color is bad, but you can see he is spot, doesn't have the same solid color coat as the grown ups.

Hope to see you out there with me soon! There's always something cool to see out there, you just have to GOYB!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Taste of Tuesday: Spice Primer

I got one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever received for my birthday from Heather. She made me this awesome chart so I could learn how to use spices. Hope you find it as helpful as I do!

Send me an email if you would like a PDF version of it.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

5 Miles in the Stick Marsh

I was joined today by the divine Ms. H for a 5 mile jaunt through the stick marsh. Weather was perfect, and there were tons of critters out there, including tons of alligators (including 8 way too close to the bush that I usually use for a pee stop - wound up holding it today :-), lots of white pelicans, black-neck stilts, bobolinks (which turned out to be a life bird for me!) I didn't take a ton of pictures, but if you didn't GOYB and join us, here's what you missed:

Terrible iPhone photo, but trust me, it's a Bobolink, there were a zillion out there.

A HUGE soft-shell turtle who was kind enough to pose for us before he meandered off into the grass.
Fun in the sun, great conversation, and lots of wildlife.

Be sure to check the schedule for our next trip. Remember, you can see cool pictures here on the web site, but you can only see a soft shell turtle in person if you GOYB and join us!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Restarting the Blog!

Back by popular demand! Ok, no one demanded it, I just wanted to start this up again... I am restarting this blog and once again scheduling events and outings to help you (and me) GOYB.

So, what have I been doing for the past year? Well, last July I was alone and bored 4th of July weekend, so I started reading a book that's been on my shelf for a long time but I never got around to reading, called "Rational Recovery" This book is about alcoholism, but it clearly related to my issues with food. I know now that there is only ONE single reason that I eat crap: Because it tastes better than broccoli. It is not because of depression, or loneliness, or boredom, or any of the other 10 million bullshit excuses I've used over the years. The book was simply the kick in the head that I needed.

I've lost some weight since reading it - numbers don't matter - but what does matter is that I recognize that my eating habits are mine and I am in control of them. If I eat a bunch of cookies - I ate them - I put them in my mouth, and I was in control of the action. Is eating cookies a wise choice? Nope, but it was mine. It's funny how crap doesn't taste as good now that I don't have depression or anxiety or 1,000,000 other excuses for eating it.

In other news, I've been walking pretty regularly all this time, still with camera in hand, but just haven't been updating this blog.

So what's the purpose of this post?  It's time to start scheduling walks and getting other people out there with me again. Check out the events list on the left side of this page, and come out and join me. Please shoot me an email if you plan to join me so I know to wait for you.

My motto is still the same: You can see pictures of cool stuff on the internet, but you can only experience it if you Get Off Your Butt and join me!

Hope to see you out there.