Blanco County News
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 • Posted February 13, 2015
This last rainy Tuesday we used the kitchen mill to grain some hard red wheat berries into flour. We then used that fresh, warm, whole wheat flour to make bread, following a recipe given me by a dear friend in Canyon Lake. The simple recipe calls for only water, oil, yeast, salt, honey, and of course, the whole wheat flour.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 • Posted February 6, 2015
Today my 10-year-old daughter came to us with excitement about a swimming hole that only she and her sister knew about. She wanted to share it with us and pleaded for us to follow her so she could show us where it is. It never occurred to her that she isn’t the first child to explore Sleepy Creek and the hills of Sleepy Hollow.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 • Posted January 30, 2015
My 23 year old son, who lives in San Marcos, came for dinner so we had a big feast, including a dessert. My 6 year old son decided he didn’t like any of the vegetables that were on the table; he only wanted meat and the dinner rolls. I told him it was fine if he didn’t eat anything except a piece of meat and a roll (at first, he refused even the meat), but he was only allowed to have one roll and he would have no chocolate pie afterward.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 • Posted January 23, 2015
My Cowboy told me a story this evening about an old man who tripped over a piece of iron at Mobley’s Welding a couple of years back; The man made a big circle and came back around to the same spot, but the second time passing the iron, he stepped extra high and extra long to make sure he cleared the thing over which he first stumbled.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 • Posted January 16, 2015
Many of you know I’m one of the activities directors at the Henry House, here in Blanco. One of the activities I’ve been conducting with the residents there is to read from a book entitled “Just Visitin’” by Maxine Blackburn. Mrs. Blackburn used to write for the Blanco County news (like I do), and the book is a compilation of some of the best of her writings.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 • Posted January 9, 2015
Saturday, I basked in the sun beside Sleepy Creek, west of Blanco. It was warm and wonderful. My dear friend and I lay on a blanket, atop a flat-topped boulder and soaked in the rays, pretending it was summer already. This, the day after a cold, stormy night, during which rain pelted and thunder rolled (and I shivered beneath the quilts!).
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 • Posted January 2, 2015
“To navigate this world’s dietary indulgences, a person needs to learn to switch gears from being blindly restrictive to being thoughtfully reductive.” (Yoni Freedhoff, MD, CCFP) I like that. My clients and class participants have heard me speak to that very subject on many occasions. Many people ask how I lost weight.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 • Posted December 31, 2014
As we were in the parking lot, putting several bags into the truck, a gentleman from across the way called to Wilson, "Hey! Is that a half gallon of eggnog you're about to chug?" (Yes, it WAS) which Wilson called out in reply, "Mind your own business!" HAHA!! He was joking, of course!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 • Posted December 31, 2014
My friend, Kim and I like to run a five mile route a few days a week, the mornings I don’t teach classes at the Gem of the Hills. As we pass through the State Park, on the home stretch, I sometimes feel inspired with an idea for your fit tip.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 • Posted December 31, 2014
My teenage daughter asked me to help her lose her belly fat (like she has any to lose). I’ll tell you what I told her. Nothing can take the place of healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Get good cardio three to five days a week and eat well. What is good cardio?
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
I spent a few minutes with one of my favorite clients yesterday. She is 97 years old. We worked to increase core strength and stability, and practiced standing and walking without lateral support. My little client and I have been working together for nearly three years. She is amazing and wonderful.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted November 28, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to you! This week, most of us will sit down to a feast; we’ll have turkey and dressing and all the trimmings…and many of us will gain a few pounds between now (well…since Halloween for some of us), and the first of the coming year. (I know the holidays are near when eggnog appears on the shelves at the market; eggnog- one personal weakness of mine…and this year there was eggnog even for Halloween!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 • Posted November 21, 2014
My granddad used to tell a story about an “Indian boy” who was descending from the mountain top when he passed a snake who spoke to him, saying: “I’m dying here in the cold. Please tuck me into your warm vest and carry me down to the valley where I can be warm and live.” The boy said he wouldn’t for fear of the snake biting him.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 14, 2014
I come from a family of 350lb people. I used to be very close to that, myself. Why? Partly, genetics...mainly, choice. Let me tip you about choice this week. One of my favorite authors is the late William Glasser, noted American psychiatrist and developer of Reality Therapy and Choice Theory.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Posted November 6, 2014
There were two tractors. One was shiny and clean; and was housed in a little garage to keep it that way. Once in a while it came out to break up and haul away fallen branches or broken tree trunks…mostly, it was an amusement to the man who owned it…a toy; and owning it made him feel more like a man.