Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 2017: Life List

Looking Out My Window I see nothing but blue skies. The weather here in eastern Washington has been fickle this spring. The first day of summer is next week. Bring on the 100's, I say.

As I Ponder My days go by so fast I can barely keep up with my own life. I prefer it this way. But once in awhile a down day is needed. I don't know when that will be. I feel like summers are so short that I don't want to waste a minute of it doing nothing.

What I'm Learning I downloaded a new book this week at the recommendation of a friend. Learning about dog language. Did you know dogs can learn/know up to 200 words? I realize as I'm reading it that I don't know which words my dogs know but that we have to spell a lot of things around our house like w-a-l-k and s-q-u-i-r-r-e-l.

What I'm Creating I've been planting a little bit and out taking photos as much as I can. I took a road trip to Spokane with my photo-walking buddy on Sunday. We had a blast going to the botanical garden and Trader Joe's. We took a picnic and ended up in front of a coffee shop eating our lunches as she had prepared a nice one but left it sitting on the chair at home. She was able to buy a nice little salad and a tin can of smoked trout for her picnic lunch.

What I'm Reading How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication by Stanley Coren.

What I'm Watching It's summer! No time for sitting in front of the boob-tube.

What's On My Camera From my cell phone a look at some items I bought at Trader Joe's! The cookies are for the hubby.

What's Happening in My Kitchen I have purposely not written much about the program I've been following since May 1st. I am now on Day 44 of Bright Line Eating. I plan a very simple menu for what I'm going to eat today and stick to it. I've lost 11 lbs. and finding I am enjoying the loss of my obsession for sugar. It has made shopping so much easier and faster. It is a plan for living I think I can stay with the rest of my life.

A Quote I Want to Share  This is from the book I mentioned above:

One must not underestimate the receptive language ability of dogs.
The fact that they are not able to produce human sounds to
communicate with us doesn't meant they
do not comprehend human words.

A Peek Into My Week I don't have anything on my calendar this week and that's okay. I'm up for some random fun.

A Final Thought Because I was running all weekend, I didn't get anything done at home like laundry and food prep. I will have to fit that in early mornings every day this week. It reminds that I get to decide how I want to live my life.

love, susan


  1. I'll have to look into your eating plan. I need to drop some pounds really bad! But it seems whenever I try to follow a plan all I do is obsess about food!!

    1. I think I was ready for this. The name of the book I purchases is called Bright Line Eating. In a nutshell, I have cut out ALL, and I do mean ALL, refined sugar and flour from my diet.
      I wasn't sure I'd be able to follow through with it but I am on Day 45 today and can tell you that I have zero craving/obsession for sugar. For me, it's all or nothing. When I eat refined sugar, it trips a switch in my brain and I can't think of anything else but getting more.

  2. No way could I ever give up flour - or sugar. I think I could easily live on bread. Which is why I no longer bake my own.

    1. I didn't think I could do it either but I'm now, today, 47 days into it. For me, it is much easier to quit both of those things altogether than to try to modify them. I really needed to do something as my weight has gone out of control and my eating habits are worse than out of control. I thought it would be difficult but have found just the opposite.


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