Somebody Out There Is Making Prickly Pear Candy (But Not Me)

We’ve got a pretty big prickly pear cactus out in the front of the house — you can see it there on the right hand side, in front of the gate — and in my enthusiastic appreciation for the lovely house and getting to live in Albuquerque again, and in my desire to really appreciate all…

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Oh, Logistics.

We spent about an hour this morning discussing the issue of lamps.  In order to make it safely to ABQ, the lamps need to be packed.  All of them need to have their bulbs removed and their shades packed separately; in the case of the floor lamps, I gather we don’t pack the long stems…

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Teddy Now Scheduled for Surgery; House Getting Further Packed Up

We’ve given the go-ahead to the English Teddy Bear Surgeon, who is going to patch up Teddy’s ancient sheepskin so that his stuffing isn’t coming out of his head.  Dr. Dave (the Teddy Bear Surgeon), says that it’s not moths that got to Teddy — it’s sheer old age.  This makes me feel so much…

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Secrets and Keeping Silence

It’s been a week all about secrets, for me.  First off, we listened in coven to a story from Diana’s Grove Mystery School, which included Cynthea’s brilliant work on secrets:  “The sin that haunts a secret,” she writes, “is not found in the desire for private sharing or the need to keep a confidence held tight.  The sin that…

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On Not Being Productive

  I’ve started taking an online course from Pace and Kylie,  called “Peaceful Productivity.”  I love Pace and Kylie’s work; they’re funny and smart and loving and Full Of Good Ideas. So one of the first Good Ideas in the Peaceful Productivity course is to live through an hour of UNproductivity.  And Pace and Kylie will be…

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Welcome to Albuquerque, New Tenants!

In the process of the Giant Big Aventure concerning leaving tenure track jobs and moving to Albuquerque, we bought a house there.  And since we’re not actually going to be there till next year, we found tenants.  And they are lovely tenants.  We haven’t met them but we know they are lovely tenants because they…

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Fun With Corgis

You want to know what’s exciting?  I’ll tell you what’s exciting.  Exciting is when you’re on your own, so you need to walk all the dogs yourself, but there are three of them, so you really need to do two dog walks, on account of the extreme stubbornness of Australian Cattle Dogs and Welsh Cardigan…

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Robins:1. Corgi:0.

Usually when Gryffyn catches wildlife in the backyard, which is more often than we’d like, the wildlife is down her throat and gone before we can do anything about it.  Or we do try to help, and then it drags itself off to die sadly under a tree.  Given that, we’d rather she ate her…

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It’s Raining

We woke up this morning to the sound of alarms on all the iPhones, alarming us with the news that we should watch out for the flash floods. EJ said he wouldn’t have minded the alarms if they hadn’t gone off so early. I said that it would be sorta useless to get alarms later,…

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On Not Starting New Projects

I’ve been thinking about Marie Forleo’s post on how to start following through on projects, since I linked to it on Friday.  She’s got excellent advice on creating the follow-through habit, but I’ve been most intrigued by her last hint: don’t start new projects till you finish the ones you started. What.  The.  Hell. Now, this…

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