When I was working the days where always too long, too much time for work and chores and too little time for rest and fun. It was not that I didn’t like to work, I loved my job, it was just that I had to work with very toxic people and that ruined it for me. Completely. I never managed to get some sort of balance into it. Now I’m retired and something funny happened. The days are too short, there is more fun stuff than day. *gasp* Ya I know, right? We get up at around 7 (no alarm clock, we just wake up) and first thing we do even before the first coffee is walkies, then coffee for me and breakfast for the dog. After that it’s usual chores, whatever pops up. Around noon we have some sort of lunch (Ami gets her cow ear) and right after we go on walkies again. The noon walk is usually the longest walk of the day. When we come home it’s about 2 pm, I get a coffee and think, heck where did the day go. Time for other fun stuff, and that is where the trouble start. What do I want to do? Crochet? Knitting socks? Pixel some? Play a game? Fool around in Inkscape for a bit? You see where that leads, right? Around 6 I start dinner and after food it’s walkies again. Poof day gone.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I actually feel blessed to have a life filled with so much fun stuff and activity, I’m just amazed how things can change. From meh way too long to yay can I have more hours. If I find another hobby I’m in trouble simply because I have no idea where I should stuff it. Maybe stop sleeping?
Every Sunday morning I draw one single tarot card for the new week. I write down what I got and at the end of the week I can check back and see if it was a match or totally bogus. It’s fun and brings a positive aspect to the week. Now this morning I was told “Do what you love”. I took that advice to heart and decided to start pixeling again. Yes I know, nobody is into this cute country stuff anymore or even just pixel painting. But that is not the point. The point is, that I enjoy it very much and I love cute stuff (there is enough harsh dark stuff out there already, we do not need more of that). Before we where hit by social media these kind of graphics where a thing. We did our WP themes with them, sigtags, avatars, some used them for scrap booking or to print stickers and I even knew one lady who turned them into cross stitch patterns. The pixel community was large, creative and vibrant, social media just killed it off. I miss those days and I wonder what happened to all those girls.
Well, I drew this lil guy a few years ago but never really put him to use. He might end up as a header piece for next summer. Be safe and have a pawesome day.
So, what the heck has my smart phone to do with this photo you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya! In 2005 I got rid of every phone in my life along with the TV. Then about 4 years ago I figured it could be time to get a new cell phone. My bank told me that I would need one sooner or later because the law would now require another security step for credit card users. Also, mobile banking would hit us all (ya by now they closed the locale branch just to make sure you have no choice). So I gave in and eventually got a cell phone (brand does not matter here). Now what? I had a phone but beside banking stuff and audio books (you bet, I got quite the collection by now) I didn’t really have use for it. Nobody to communicate with, beside getting a doctors appointment ones a year or yelling at the insurance now and then. I also don’t do social media. Nope, not at all. Well I tried FB and Instagram just to see if I was right but the entire concept is so absurd to me. People fill that guys website with content (most of it trash), give him their data and get annoyed by advertisements about things nobody really needs. Seriously? Why should I do that?
So what else are these phones good for? Well I love my weather app and there is a very useful app for knitting (helps you to count your rows and stuff). Also there is a Mahjong game I really love. But all this is just secondary because the one thing I really really use my cell phone for is to take photos. I never thought I would enjoy it so much. Since I don’t stare at FB while we are on walkies I have plenty of time to look around and discover all sorts of photo worthy things. Nothing, really nothing, beats the beauty of nature.
I live sugar free for about 4 years and I have no intention to go back to sugar ever (hell might freeze over and the governments might stop to collect taxes from us, but I will never go back to sugar). Now, the story how I got there goes not like you now may think. It was not because of weight issues, not due to allergies and for sure not because of diabetic. And if the following can help just one person, it was worth the entire blog thing.
It all started back in 2005. I was diagnosed with a severe chronic depression. It was a long dark road but eventually I got through it. I started to feel better but the one thing I couldn’t get a handle on was that constant fatigue. I never had enough energy for not even the most simple things, like household chores. I’m sure, if you ever had to deal with depression you know exactly what I’m talking about. However, as long as you are still stuck in this really depressive phase, you don’t give a fuck about how your home looks, but as soon as you feel better you start to care just that you do not have enough energy to fix things. So you have to find a way to fix your energy level first, right. But how?
I started to do some research and so I ran into Keto (ketogenic diet – high fad, medium protein, low carbs) and that changed everything. All old food items had to go (gave it to a friend) and I switched my diet to keto without any exceptions. That also meant no more sugar. Did that mean I had to abandon all the yummi stuff? Hell no, I just replaced the really bad stuff with healthy alternatives. And it fixed just everything. It fixed even things I didn’t know could be fixed. I have more energy than ever before, no more brain fog, my skin is looking great, my joints don’t hurt anymore (there is a story about the hurting joints, but that is for sometime later), I feel so much better in general and my family doctor (who never heard of keto) can not believe how awesome my blood test results are.
I lived strictly on keto for almost 4. I still eat healthy and sugar free. It is important what you eat because what you eat will influence how you feel. Be safe and have a pawesome day.
The problem with those provisional solutions is, that ones they are in place you can almost never get rid of them. They sit there like forever, you keep telling yourself to finally fit it but hey, it works and there is so much else to do. Just look at the header of this blog. The photo is just a provisional solution, a placeholder if you like, for the real header. Since a photo is way to chunky for this theme I plan to draw a some pixel art. I know exactly what I want, the draft is done but there is where I get stuck. First there was this crochet project I was working on and now there is this other crochet project I had started before I finished even the first project. And well, there is nothing wrong with that photo, beside it being to chunky, it will work for some time, right?
I’m not even sure if that is pure laziness or some sort of universal law. I can remember that my parents had it with those provisional solutions too. My father was a master electrician, don’t ask how the power outlets in our house looked. And when I now think about it, I remember I ones told my ex father in law, who was fixing something in our house, “Nooooo don’t do that, I would have live with this makeshift nonsense forever, fix it right now.”. And don’t get me started on the dentists with their horrible “I put in a provisional solution now, for the real fix you have to come back next week”.
Oh well, I should get going and work on that header graphic now, so I can get rid of the provisional solution before fall. Have a pawesome day!