Category Archives: Unchained Observations

Ode To My Friend

I miss my friend. As the memories come tumbling back, in no particular order, they play out as scenes from yesterday. From fifth grade on, we rode the bus to school and away games, we pedaled our bikes down dusty … Continue reading

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It’s Almost Halloween – How to Avoid Becoming a Zombie.

So what’s my plan? How do I protect myself? Paul did a frightfully good job carving this pumpkin one year.   Step 1. Remember the good times when there were no Zombies in sight. Over the years, I’ve had some really … Continue reading

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Honey, I’m home!

I am now officially retired. Yippee! Just a girl and her dog, and some buckeyes. My work-from-home husband is likewise “officially” happy, yet at the same time I sense he’s a bit terrified/concerned/cautious that I might rock his world. (Yes, … Continue reading

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It’s Time.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. In fact, it was December 4, 2016. I’ve missed sharing my observations, so I decided it’s time to return with an updated perspective. What is life like when you retire in the midst of … Continue reading

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I never said I was Popeye.

At least I don’t think I did. Sure, I’ve been showing off with all my triathlons.  I mean, wouldn’t you if you did five triathlons and got four medals?  (Even if they were basically for showing up because there’s almost … Continue reading

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Silver Bells For Nine Red Birds

I always postpone taking my birdbaths down until the very last moment.  But, in the middle of December, with snow and ice finally predicted, I couldn’t wait any longer and take the chance my beautiful bowls would crack from the … Continue reading

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How To Gain 9.4 Pounds in 13 Days. Really.

Let’s get right to it: 1.  Go on vacation to somewhere like… sunny, carefree Florida.  2.  Pack only drawstring or elastic-waisted baggy shorts.  And flip-flops.                                            Loosen up–literally. 

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Remind Me Not To Eat 5 Brownies… Again.

It’s almost noon and I’ve already walked 7.9 miles, moved fifty-one bricks to different locations, and done three loads of laundry which entails traversing many, many stairs. So why am I not losing weight?  It might be all the food … Continue reading

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We’re back (to reality)… or How walking 10 miles a day on a beach is different than walking 10 miles a day at home…

Whenever I return from a vacation break, lots of feelings and thoughts flood my mind.  One, I’m re-invigorated to jump back into my life and wipe the slate clean.  I mean really clean.  After spending two weeks in an easy breezy condo … Continue reading

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Ringing My Bell On Valentine’s Day: The Morning After

  For moi?   Valentine’s Day has always been my favorite holiday.  Some years it’s been high and some years it’s been low.  I still remember the shoeboxes I decorated with paper doilies and red construction paper in grade school … Continue reading

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