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Hunger Games

Welp, my dog is obese. I can’t say I’m surprised. Appa was already a bit on the chonky side, probably about 5-10 pounds over her ideal weight, but after being diagnosed with epilepsy and starting on phenobarbital, she’s gained another 15 pounds. And while I love a bit of gush on a dog, the reality …

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Hang-ups and personal growth

A year ago, there was a hush over my world that seemed to have no end in sight. We weren’t sure if things would ever go back to normal, or when. We circled the wagons. We counted our blessings and washed our masks. We were relieved that school would be virtual, and remote work was both possible and plentiful. We lost track of time, and an entire year of milestones passed us by with little fanfare or holiday spirit – except the fact that we were decorated for Halloween for most of September, October and November, and our Christmas decorations stayed up until mid-February.

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Basic beach

Three teenagers on rocky beach

We celebrated the first summer Saturday with a quick jaunt to the beach. The kids clambered over the same rocks they’ve been scaling since they were babies (and the same rocks I also climbed as a baby) while I stared out at the waves and contemplated how the beach has eroded. The waves at this …

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Sprang

Spring has sprung, and I am realizing my gardening goals one day at a time. Last year, I bought new raised beds and then just stared at the boxed parts leaning against the wall of my garage and… nothing. I did nothing. The effort required to make a garden area seemed insurmountable, and we would …

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