Blog 11 in the series of 14, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part my BHAY

The cats are suspicious, they’ve been both more interested in me and clingy than usual and also more skittish, shying away if I move too fast. I have recruited a friend to help me wrangle them into the car. People who don’t know my cats have many suggestions on how to get them moved. ButContinue reading “Blog 11 in the series of 14, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part my BHAY”

Blog 10 of 14 in my series, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part of my Big Hairy Audacious Year!: Taking Hold in Order to Let Go

In the movie, “The World According to Garp”, young child Garp climbs out onto a roof. He begins to slide down the roof and is soon hanging onto the gutter to keep from falling. The gutter begins to pull away from the roof, and the little boy clings to it to keep from falling. HisContinue reading “Blog 10 of 14 in my series, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave” as part of my Big Hairy Audacious Year!: Taking Hold in Order to Let Go”

Blog BHAY, #9 in series of 14 about “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Letting Go to Take Hold

I’m moving in stages. I’ll be creating my new home carload by carload, and then in one big truck load. Today I’m making room for the first carload: the cats, their letterboxes, litter, food, and scratching post, plus my bedding, towels, some cleaning supplies, kitchen goods, just enough clothes to see me through my firstContinue reading “Blog BHAY, #9 in series of 14 about “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Letting Go to Take Hold”

Blog for my BHAY, day 8 of 14 in my reflections of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: DeLallo’s and Peach Pie

My friends Sue W and Matt very kindly hosted a “so long’ gathering for me at their home. We sat on their deck, under the darkening western PA sky, watching chickens do their chicken thing in the yard. The conversation ebbed and flowed and wove us together as a group. We enjoyed grilled vegetables, greatContinue reading “Blog for my BHAY, day 8 of 14 in my reflections of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: DeLallo’s and Peach Pie”

BHAY Blog 6 of 14, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Course Corrections – Tweaks Happen

My car’s navigation system is not yet synced with my phone’s app, so I haven’t used the car’s system for directions yet. But that hasn’t stopped by Navigation System from providing directions: it will tell me, turn left in 1. 4 miles, turn right in 15 miles, continue straight for 20 miles … I haveContinue reading “BHAY Blog 6 of 14, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Course Corrections – Tweaks Happen”

BHAY Blog: Day 5, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”. Getting By with a Little (Actually, a Lot of) Help from My Friends

One of the loveliest things about moving is that it makes time spent with friends more precious and appreciated. Although they will still be within reach of a phone call, text, email or Zoom meeting but the easy visit on a porch or over a cup of coffee is over. Even though I know I’llContinue reading “BHAY Blog: Day 5, “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”. Getting By with a Little (Actually, a Lot of) Help from My Friends”

Blog for my BHAY – Day 3 of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Cats!

There were apartments available with more amenities, there were little charming houses for rent, there was an airBnB that would have been perfect for the long-term, but none of these are my future home. The cats are coming with me. Coming up this week is the the two year anniversary of them becoming part ofContinue reading “Blog for my BHAY – Day 3 of “Good to Go, Hard to Leave”: Cats!”

Blog for My Series on”Good to Go, Hard to Leave”, Day 2: Spiritual Yoga

In my limited experience of yoga, I’ve learned a few things.One is that it is not competitive: when doing the exercises, you are not trying to do it better than anyone else; there are no winners or losers, there are just folks trying to maintain their balance while moving their bodies. Second, breathing is central.Continue reading “Blog for My Series on”Good to Go, Hard to Leave”, Day 2: Spiritual Yoga”

BHAY: Putting the Big in my Big Hairy Audacious Year

In order to discern my path to reach my goals for this year, I need to know my starting point. So I got on the bathroom scale to write my current weight in my planner.  I also wrapped a measuring tape around my waist so I could my starting number in my planner. The numbers are recorded, and I know now my starting point.  Later that night , while waiting for sleep it occurred to me to find out my BMI, the Body Mass Index.  So, I found my height on the chart, and then traced the path of the weights listed until I came to the one that was closest to what the scale registered.  Turns out: it’s going to be a daunting journey to get ready to climb that hill on Iona.   I think the phrase “Morbidly obese” is inaccurate. I may be obese, but I’m not morbid, I’m cheerful, resilient, generally optimistic and hopeful. I know, I know the phrase “morbidly obese” refers to the impact the excess weight is having on my health. I was just messingContinue reading “BHAY: Putting the Big in my Big Hairy Audacious Year”

My Big Hairy Audacious Take on Lessons from Carols: BHAY Blog #9

Underneath Yellowstone National Park a plume of magma moves up from the earth’s core, superheating the underground water table so that on a  very regular basis a geyser shoots up through the crust, delighting onlookers at the Park. It’s a tourist attraction, and a reminder that there’s more happening under our feet than we canContinue reading “My Big Hairy Audacious Take on Lessons from Carols: BHAY Blog #9”