Apr 19, 2017

Something Different-A Book Review

Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our LivesFacing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great precursor to the author's workbook-'Breaking Free: A Recovery Workbook for Facing Codependence'. This book fully describes what codependency is, where it comes from, and different kinds. I gave one less star because half way in the book I just felt more shameful (as it described, at length, basically, how you mess up your own kids if you don't put your codependency in check! ..and that the concrete ways to start recovery are not in there! Wrong book-that's in the workbook, but I still valued the information and made numerous highlights and personal notes. (only about 10 pgs in the last section that point you in the right direction) If you can't exactly pin point what a codependency behavior looks like and how it 'rears it's head', I would still absolutely recommend this book! It goes into detail of the different abuses that may of caused your codependency behavior...from very serious abuse (physical/sexual) to 'minor' shaming because Johnny spilled the milk. A very dynamic topic.

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Apr 18, 2017

Birthday of Sorts


Please meet, Sarah Bernhardt!  I'm so excited for buying my fragrant peony! I think back to the other house in the Springs that was sold....I remember planting a peony and that winter I thought it died! I was so excited when it had the most beautiful blooms that next Spring. My cottage approves. 

 Enjoying the strawberries lately from King Soopers (Colorado grocery store...aka City Market or Kroger) Banana/strawberry/pineapple smoothies YUM
It's just true happiness..that very first growth. I'm trying Shasta Daisies!

Feb 27, 2017

Long Overdue

 Need to get back to my blog. I miss it. Haven't gone anywhere, but just enjoying my life! Colorado sunsets are as beautiful as ever.
 This is the view from the front of the cottage. Winter is great...no leaves! Summer? Well, they wouldn't miss a tree would they? (just kidding)
 My scale-baby, Bingo, is doing fine! I bought her (a red and blue FEMALE Betta) right after Nugget had passed. So, Bingo is now 1.5 years. Yes, she posed for the photo!
..and then there were TWO!  Snowflake (left) almost 1.5 and Candy Cane (right) 7 months!  She was a rescued kitten from a feral mother. She was fostered and then up for adoption at Cat Haven here in Colorado Springs. They were all named Christmas-like as I got her Dec. 15th.  I now have Double Luck! This is it..I'm not going to be one of those crazy cat ladies. Two are Plenty! ...and Snowflake is a better cat having her! ..and, yes, I get them confused, but as they are getting older I can see the subtle differences. (this photo was right after the New Year)  
I'm kinda getting tired of fakebook...I mean facebook. I miss the 'old fashion' blogging...more personable, more effort, less pretentious! I foresee more posting for me. AND getting back to reading others! By the way, Happy New Year! I would prefer the year of 2017 to be boring! ...pluuease from around 2010 to 2016 was just too much. So, far 2017 is starting out really well!

Oct 29, 2016

Land that is Beautiful

#2341  is 3.75 acres butted up to common land and lake (common land)
From wood teepee which is on a cal-de-sac down towards lake another wood teepee and turn right into forest.    (a previous fall photo)

after Fall photo

^This is the cal-de-sac looking away towards the north along 'Kevin's Place' (yes, it's a 'road')
On the extreme left of this photo is the other lot #2340 a steep wooded  5 acre lot.
the house (on another lot) was behind the big group of aspen trees on the left which, of course, has electric box...so it wouldn't be too too expensive to carry it to the next lot.

^^This is another angel looking south on Kevin's place and the woods of #2340 which goes up the hill and all the way back to half of the back of the cul-de-sac. with the further trees mostly on lot #2341.
[In other words, they owed all the lots on Kevin's place!  with the house being on one lot that is in the middle.]

# 2338  is a 6 acre lot. Imagine going down this road to where it starts to curve (lot marker) and goes all the way to the corner of this road and 'Kevin's Pl' road.  Electric has already been brought up to the lot before the curve. I believe the land on the left side of the road is 'common land'. Behind the hills on the left you would see one of the Spanish Peaks (west one).

The land behind all these lots is common/national forest land. Behind these lots is wooden mountain that you basically 'own' ;) My brother and Dad did hike to top a couple of times.
^I believe he was almost to the top
^ this is a trail my Dad made on # 2340 (among other trails he made on other lots)