Jan 14, 2015

Why do it if I don't have to?

I am fortunate to not be celiac or gluten intolerant. Some friends — suffering from celiac disease — have legitimately questioned why I would eat gluten free when I don't have to. Well, having lost weight by cutting out gluten, I reintroduced small amounts of wheat products during Christmas of 2014. I gained weight faster than a chicken lays eggs! I immediately experienced major bloating, discomfort, and sluggishness. My body put me on alert. 

I am definitely gluten sensitive. As long as I don't replace gluten with unnecessary carbs, I enjoy greater health, energy, and sharpness. Plus, eating whole, organic, and locally sourced food is quite satisfying.

I have ridden the diet roller coaster. It had its ups and downs and when I got off, my weight mostly went up! I want to eat real food. I just need to listen to what my body is telling me.

X-glutton for gluten,



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TIMBER! My 3 and 1/2 week old Christmas tree is just now beginning to stiffen. As I began to take it down, I had to snap this photo. These ornaments remind me of tender-hearted son, Bryce, when he was young. I especially love the one where he is holding my heart.

I hope your 2015 is off to a glorious beginning,

Jan 3, 2015

The Best Tree

Nordmann Fir
For the first time in 30 years of marriage, Barry could not go Christmas tree shopping. So, Brock and I set out together on December 20th. It was a cold and rainy Idaho day. 

Barry and I usually examine the entire lot before selecting a Douglas Fir or a Noble Pine, but I was drawn to a tree that was tightly bundled with string. I had chosen a Nordmann Fir (Abies normanniana) and it fit my budget. I had no clue as to what would unfold. Other than being weighty, it was easy to load and haul.

Being unfamiliar with this species of tree, I looked it up. It originates from the Caucasus region of Europe. Known for its rustic appearance, it is also sturdy and long lasting.

When the string was cut, the tree bloomed into the prettiest tree I have ever had. It has ample room for my many ornaments and easily supports the heavier ones.

Two weeks later, the tree remains supple and green — enough so that I cannot take it down just yet. Honestly, I scarcely mind that Christmas lingers a bit longer. It went by too fast.

NOTE: Since it was raining and our tree was wet, I borrowed this photo from the web. It's a perfect match.

Merry Christmas,