Blog update and a big Hello!

Disgruntled blog reader

Good morning! I’ve gained quite a few new followers in the last few months and while I don’t have as huge a following as some blogs, my readers are important to me. So this is a shout out to All of my readers. Welcome to all and I sincerely hope you find something here you like. As you may be aware, or not, I write poetry, opinion pieces, fiction, and non fiction about nearly anything. I welcome all comments and am not afraid to discuss any subject. So bring it on!.

I’m still on my diet, hoping to lose about 30 pounds. I started at 200 and I’ve lost 5 pounds in two weeks. It would be great to see the weight just melt away but that’s not how it works I guess. I haven’t started exercising so I can’t expect things to move quickly. Changing your diet can be one of the hardest things to do. I quit eating pasta, bread, ice cream, (except maybe a little) soda pop, processed foods like sandwich meats, pepperoni, cheese, (except maybe a little) fast food, and more. So my sugar, sodium, and fat intake has been reduced. I’m eating chicken breast and fish for the most part, and frozen and fresh vegetables. Healthy snacks like popcorn and fruit with a little trail mix thrown in. And I’m drinking tea with honey. I’ve cut my calorie intake by nearly half and I’m trying to eat high protein foods. That includes peanut butter which is loaded with sugar of course, but I discovered powdered peanut butter. Powdered peanut butter has most of the fat removed so the calories are much lower. I use it in a protein shake that I have for a meal replacement every day.

Tarot cards

I started blogging about my diet here on a separate page but it’s not too popular so I’ll probably just give you updates from time to time. In other news, instead of blogging about how fat I am, I may start a Tarot page here on the blog. I’ve been interested in Tarot for years and I have a few decks of the cards and a book or two on the subject. I don’t believe in magic or telling the future but Tarot reading is fascinating for a number of reasons. It goes back to at least the 1500’s and has been incorporated into many different cultures around the world. Kings and Queens, presidents and dictators and even a Pope or two may have had tarot readers and astrologers in their employ. So it’s a hobby I have, among others.

Ogham stone

Something else I’m looking into is Ogham writing. Ogham (pronounced O-em) is the earliest known Irish Celtic writing. Consisting of lines drawn or carved, and extending from or crossing a central vertical line, the writing was mostly used for personal names. Some examples of Ogham have been found on wood but because wood deteriorates over time, most of these have been lost. Most of the examples found today are on stone and are found all over Ireland, with some in Scotland and Wales. There are also examples that have been found that depict other than personal names such as news or information. It is thought that messages were written in Ogham on short pieces of wood and carried by hand between recipients. Ogham writing was used from about the 3rd to the 5th centuries. So I’m learning a little about that and may try doing some of my own.

So once again, hello to my new and old followers. I’m thrilled that you’ve joined me and I hope to keep you informed and entertained. Please feel free to leave comments, ideas, arguments or whatever you have. Thank you very much for reading because without you, there’s no point!

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