Mar 13

After a couple of months of ignoring the weight loss thing, I gained back about 9 pounds.  Last week I lost 3.6 of them, so I still have over 5 pounds to go to be back where I was last fall, but with Sandy working out at the gym with me, my workouts have gone from 45 minutes to 90 minutes three days a week, from 30 minutes to 60 minutes two days a week and to 30 minutes on each of the weekend days.

I almost lost 5 pounds last week, but in a moment of weakness, I had some Chinese food Sunday.  Chinese food is full of sodium and that made me go from 4.9 pounds lost to 3.6.  Grrrr!!!  It’s a good thing this is a new week.

I am using the www.myfitnesspal website to help me track everything and I love this!  For once I can add in calories burned during my cardio training sessions, which I had no clue about before.

Also, I am going to revamp and restart the 10,000 Step Club.  I’ll admit that I’ve let it go over the past couple of years, but beginning March 5th, I started purposefully to get in a minimum of 10,000 steps a day.  On the days I go to the gym, this is pretty easy, but on the days I don’t, I have to put in the steps on the treadmill or take a walk elsewhere in order to get the steps in.  I made it most days, and this week I intend to make it all days.

So, with this relaunching of the 10,000 Step Club in mind, and in order to help you dedicate yourself to getting fit and healthy, I am asking you to pledge yourself to walking a minimum of 10,000 steps so many days each week.  Below is a poll asking you how many days you intend to meet the 10,000 step minimum.  I am curious as to how many days a week people think they can do this.  And, let’s face it, I work at a desk all day, and my hobbies are weaving, spinning and knitting, so I sit doing those as well.  If I can get in 10,000 each day, then so can most people out there.

Also, let me know if you are interested in the 10,000 Step Club T-shirt. 

If you are, I’m thinking about putting it up on Cafe Press so you can get the shirt in the color of your choice and maybe add in tote bags, coffee mugs, etc.

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Feb 28

A new side to Lindenwood is their MoonTree Studios.  Last year, when we were there, the facility was still under construction, but it is finished now.  And it is beautiful.  The three main areas it supports are Art, Ecology and Spirituality.  I could live here, and you will see why.

There are two main buildings – the Residence Lodge and the Art Studio.  Let’s start with the Residence Lodge.

This is what you see when you walk in – warm, cozy, comfortable and peaceful.  I didn’t catch the cat’s name, but he reminded me of a larger version of Dylan. 

The details in this building were amazing and many artists contributed their talents and time to create it.

The bedrooms are simple, but comfortable.  This is where the resident artist would be staying while teaching at the studio.

One view of the living area from above on the balcony.

And another view from above.  The minute I stepped into this building, I felt peace wash over me.  Yes, I could live there.

This is the outside of the art studio building.  Check out all of those windows!

The natural lighting in this building was amazing and made the whole place feel light and airy.

I have always loved exposed beams in a building.  These are peg-joined in the good, old-fashioned way.  The barn on the farm I grew up on was peg-built, and the construction of the studio reminded me of that.

And then there is the weaving studio!

The sigh of contentment I took when entering this room – well, the opportunity to teach here is going to be welcomed, indeed.  Look at all that natural lighting!   I believe the room faces south and east, and to not have a dark space in which to try to discern colors and patterns is a blessing.

Another view of the weaving studio.  This was not the only studio space in the studio, either.  There was a painting studio, a pottery studio and another space that I believe was for the enameling classes. 

And speaking of classes, they are beginning to bring in artists from all over the country to teach here.  The following is their schedule for the near future with more classes and workshops being added all of the time.

If you have any questions or would like more information about MoonTree Studios, their schedules and teaching opportunities, please contact Sister Nancy at  She is a delightful person who will be more than happy to tell you more about what moonTree has to offer.