It’s my birthday, and I’ll walk if I want to, or not …

Photograph by Carol Hathaway - 2014

Photograph by Carol Hathaway – 2014

Once upon a time it was my birthday … a few of us wanted to go out for a walk.  The other two said, “are you NUTS!”

Me:  go out for a walk.  It is sunny
Self:  it is cold.  Don’t want to go out.
Me:  so you’re going to keep us cooped up inside all day?
Self:  uhm, that was the plan, yes.
Me:  I won’t have it.  Get moving.
Self:  no.
Me:  yes.
Self:  noooooo…
Me:  now you’re whining.  It’s NOT attractive.
Self:  FINE!

Dust Bunnies, a Fairy Princess and Sims …

Photography by Carol Hathaway - 2012

Photography by Carol Hathaway – 2012

Once upon a time our Fairy Princess absolutely had to do some housecleaning. She knew this because the dust bunnies were running around like they owned the place. It was scary.

Now if we know anything at all about the Fairy Princess, we know she HATES to clean. But today, she came up with an ingenious plan. Very clever indeed. She likes playing Sims on her iPad. Soooo, she set her Sims on a 20 minute task. Then she set the timer on her iPhone for 20 minutes.

She cleaned for 20 minutes, tended her Sims, then cleaned again. This plan worked for the WHOLE afternoon.

And at the end of the day, the house is clean, the Sims were productive, our Fairy Princess is happy and the dust bunnies have been vanquished.


If your house is really a mess
and a stranger comes to the door,
greet him with,
“Who could have done this? 
We have no enemies.”
~ Phyllis Diller

Princess gets a cold …

photograph by Carol Hathaway - 2014

None Shall Pass
photograph by Carol Hathaway – 2014

Once upon a time our Fairy Princess caught a cold.  She just wanted to sleep and sleep and sleep.

As many well know, our Fairy Princess has a dog.  A tiny bundle of poodle who fancies himself her prince.  It snowed during the night that the cold percolated.

It snowed and snowed some more.

Our Fairy Princess woke up whiny and sniffly.

Her prince wanted to relieve himself outdoors but sadly for said prince, the snow pile in his yard had grown well past his ability to lift his leg.

So, in her jammies, she trudged out to shovel a path to the yard.

The poodle arrived outside, looked at her all squinty eyed, and tried to go back inside.

What happened next doesn’t bear repeating.

Precious made his smoothie and is currently hiding out in the man cave where it is safe.


Moral of the story:
1.  It’s possible to get a Princess cold (these make you whine a lot)
2.  Shoveling a snow path so a poodle can go relieve himself sucks wind, especially in one’s jammies
3.  … hmmmpfh …
4.  The men get to shovel the path next time the prince wants to go out

Dawning cold and clear … keeping a promise

Each day I walk ... from the past and forward to the future.

Each day I walk … from the past and forward to the future.

Coming up on today’s show …

Dr. U. R. Whining discusses the cold wind and blowing snow with our guest Fairy Princess.  Ms. Princess claims it is far too cold to venture out, her hair might get mussed.  She might get cold fingertips and frost-bitten toes.

Dr. Whining will remind our Princess that she promised a walk every day, rain or shine.


The ancient phrase, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” has many paraphrases and dates back thousands of years, and takes on a special meaning in contemporary society. The actual quote is attributed to Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher who wrote the Tao Te Ching, born 604 B.C.

In this quote, Lao Tzu is trying to express that great things start from humble beginnings.  In the original, the text refers to “1,000 li journey”.  A li is an old Chinese measure of distance which converts to 360 miles or 576 km.e.

Quote information obtained from BBC Learning English

Walking Distance …

She stares longingly into the distance ... the GO Sea is, for the moment, at rest ...

She stares longingly into the distance … the GO Sea is, for the moment, at rest …

Once upon a time our Fairy Princess started a new job.  A new job in a city far, far away.  So far away in fact, that she was forced to find a means of transportation faster than walking.  And so began her daily commute via train to a much bigger city.  When she arrived in the city she, along with all the other lemmings, walked to an office building where she was assigned a cubby, a computer (or two, okay, maybe three) and a somewhat comfortable chair. And in this cubby, in that chair, she spent her day.  She was content.

Until she wasn’t content.

And so begins a walking quest.  Short walks throughout the work day.  Rain or shine.  Along with her trusty cell phone camera to document tidbits of interest.

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
~ Steven Wright

Fairy Princess and the case of the missing teeth …

In Other News …

Contract talks broke down today between our Fairy Princess and the tooth known only as 16. The situation had been tense for days, 16 caused dissent among neighbouring teeth, with 17 complaining loudest. Several attempts had been made to accommodate 16’s demands, sadly without success. Shortly after talks broke down 16 was forcibly extracted from the premises. At this time, the situation is calm but authorities believe there could be flare ups throughout the day.