As I said, he changed our lives! The show we watched on PBS was featuring his newest book at the time, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health. We followed his advice chapter by chapter for 8 weeks and then continued to read his books and follow his discoveries. We went to see him in person at UCLA where he gave a lecture about healthy aging about three years ago. The next thing we knew we found ourselves in our 60s and pretty darn healthy. If you're not familiar with Dr. Weil, 8 Weeks to Optimal Health is the book to start with in my opinion. You can also catch his online newsletter at drweil.com.
Not only is reading a wonderful pastime but it keeps the ol' brain cells buzzing --- a good thing at any age but particularly as one grows older. Between September 2009 and December 31, 2010, I read 60 books! I kept track for the first time in my life to gauge my reading and to keep track of book titles so I can share with my sisters and friends who are readers. Sharing book titles generates great discussions and also opens the mind to new ideas and different worlds.
I used to buy books but when we retired and moved to the ranch, the cottage wasn't big enough to hold them all. I sorted through what I had and donated many boxes of books and sold many to the used bookstore. I keep my bookshelf full because I love to be surrounded by books but I'm not buying books anymore. These days, one of my favorite places is the local library. We are lucky here in that the community combined the public library and the school library into one. Consequently, the building is beautiful, the library is well used, and the librarian can keep a good supply of current books available. It also has an area with large windows, a fireplace and comfortable couches and chairs. Oh my, it's a bookworms dream.
If you are in the reading mood, here are a few titles you may wish to check out this winter.
Friends will often say that they just don't have time to read. I understand that; life can be very busy. I read every day for my pleasure during my years of working although I was incredibly busy. It was such a positive thing for me that I read every night before I went to sleep. I still do that. We find time for those things that mean something to us. Some of us though make time for everyone BUT ourselves. Reading may be a way to start taking care of yourself. It's not a selfish thing to do. It is actually good for your health...so says Dr. Weil!
Back to health and food. Since I live with the Cookie Monster, I made 7 dozen oatmeal cookies today. I froze most of them so he can take them with him when he is out working. Now the question is... how can he remain so trim, with virtually no paunch in the middle, and eat this many cookies? It's not fair....it's... just... not... fair. (It feels good to whine occasionally!!) I don't eat the cookies and I'm the one who needs to lose weight. go figure.
Around the ranch.........
Since the big snow, we've had lots of deer in our yard. There isn't much of anything to eat but we noticed deer tracks to our bird feeders so even they are trying to get a bit of the seeds
This small buck showed up one day this week;
we've also seen a doe and her twins around the
yard foraging for food.
|The colts enjoying hay snack on beautiful winter day|
|Feasting during the snow|
Don't forget to submit your name suggestion for our new puppy! She should be arriving sometime this week. We'll send an announcement with pictures as soon as she arrives.