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Happy Monday, everyone!

Can it be otherwise, when it is sunny and mild outside, the dogwood and azalea are in bloom, and there's banana chocolate chip bread in the oven? I think not.

I have started my day with meditation, as part of my goal to be more mindful. I cannot say with certainty that I am doing it right, but I do feel some benefit from the meditation thing, so I am planning on sticking with it. I have also been listening to far more music, both because I enjoy it and because it is supposed to be helpful in reducing pain levels. Win-win, say I.

Speaking of music, on Saturday night, my sweetheart and I went to see Straight No Chaser in concert. Talk about a really great performance! Such a great mix of music, all of it done a cappella, each of the singers doing their part as either lead singer, backup singer, or "instrumentals" as the case may be. And they all have pretty great stage presence, too, plus they had good staging and lights (which the folks next to us said were new since they last saw them in concert). We really had a wonderful time!

Today, I'm going to tackle my to-do list, which includes some of the things (meditation, banana bread) I've already mentioned, as well as others that require me to sort through things I own to put them in the following sorts of piles: keep, throw away, give away/donate. This is the beginning of a many month project that will culminate in me downsizing, and I'm getting a head start on it before my nest is actually empty. But it's bound to keep me occupied for a long time, and will eventually have its own series of posts.

Meanwhile, I have to move the two-year old who has fallen asleep in my lap so I can get moving. (No, not a two-year old child. Kismet the kitty turned two yesterday, according to my vet's estimation. You may recall when I found her in July of 2011.) Here she is a few weeks ago, sleeping on an afghan on my bed:

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May. 13th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oh! Straight No Chaser is such a fun show! My girlfriend and I saw them two years ago and it was a great time! Slice me a piece of that bread.... :)
May. 13th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Got your bread right here!

And they were tremendously fun. Oddly enough, until we started dating, my sweetheart had never been to a concert. This was his second, and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
May. 14th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
Nice to see a photo of Kismet - what a pretty girl she's grown up to be!
May. 14th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
She is a very pretty, very funny kitty. She will play "fetch" with one of her toys for longer (and with more diligence) than most dogs I've met.
May. 14th, 2013 09:47 am (UTC)
Such a beautiful kitty! Straight No Chaser is fabulous! I saw them on the Today Show Sunday morning covering Jason Mraz's I Won't Give Up on Love. I was practically in tears. Good luck with the downsizing! I started cleaning out last summer and have hardly made a dent. It's so hard to get rid of things.
May. 14th, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
Catherine - It can be very hard to get rid of things. May I recommend checking out this website? It's done by a Canadian woman named Lisa Patriquin, who specializes in helping people to downsize. She runs a sister site that helps people figure out how to let go of their stuff, I think. Her motto is "Love Your Life, Not Your Stuff", and she offers tips on her blog, plus a free e-book on downsizing.
May. 15th, 2013 09:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I'll look into it.
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