Slow Start

I’m off to a slow start into my year of whipping myself into the best sixty-four I can be.  Yoga most everyday is my start.  This yoga DVD is an old standby for me: A.M. & P.M. Yoga – Conditioning For Weight Loss.  It became my favorite yoga workout back before DVD’s when you could only get it on VHS.  I’ve tried other routines, but keep coming back to this one.  It has two routines on it, but I only like the A.M.

Since the end of tax season, I’ve felt like a slug.  Last week I started feeling a spark of life in myself.  I think the yoga is helping.


I planted my herbs!   Each year I fill a couple of pots with my favorite herbs and then enjoy them all summer long.  Too much neglect last year (and a hot, dry summer) killed my faithful perennials – rosemary, sage, thyme and tarragon.  I had to plant new ones.  In addition to the perennials, I fill in with several annuals.  You just can’t have too much parsley and basil.  This particular pot is right outside my front door, so it’s easy picking when I’m cooking.


I love my herbs.  And it seems that my herbs love me too.  This heart within a hickory nut must have been buried by a squirrel, and was a nice surprise.

Planting a few pots with herbs doesn’t seem like much of a feat, but I can’t tell you how many little pots over the years have wasted away and died without being planted.  I love the planning and the purchasing of supplies.  It’s the execution stage that stops me.  Maybe I’m lazy or a procrastinator extraordinaire.  And the wanting things perfect malady which of course is just another form of procrastination.

Here’s what happens.  Say I want to organize my pantry.  First is a shopping trip to get all of the supplies needed which always includes containers and labels and whatever is new.   Back home, the job seems overwhelming, and I’m tired from all that shopping.  Where do I start?  I know the solution will come to me, and of course if I’m organizing, I want it perfect.  So, I put it off.  Now I have a messy pantry and a stack of new containers/labels/etc.  Crazy isn’t it.  I should have just jumped in and made some improvement!

Sadly this applies to most everything I do in my life, including this 64th year of improvement.  I have already been tempted by e-courses, books, journals, DVD’s, magazines, organizational systems for my plan, and on and on and on.  And of course, I MUST have some of this stuff — it’s totally ingrained.  Next blog post will be what items I’ve decided are essential.  Stay tuned.


  1. I probably could have written this myself for the last 10 years (at least!) And at pushing 61 – hard – 60 is not going to be the magic year. Maybe 61 will be (she suggests timidly and with not much hope of success.) I think, dear friend, we already know what we need to do, we just need to do it. When you figure out how, let me know!

  2. you would think with all of the years of wisdom we have attained we should have this one figured out by now. I’m right there with you!

  3. I’m turning 64 in a month…and I so resemble your remarks, particularly feeling like a slug! My big lettuce bowl is planted with 5 varieties of greens. It sits on the front porch with my pots of parsley, chives and basil.

    Thank you for a fun post!

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