dry july (happy soberversary)

today is canada day. first day of july. it’s moving day in Quebec. it’s a day for fireworks and corn on the cob and watermelon (let me know if you’re having all three). you will have strawberries still in canada, in france we’re into peaches now. today is also my soberversary, not because i wanted my day 1 to coincide with canada day (though i like it!), but because of something called Dry July, a cancer fundraiser based in australia. technically you’re supposed to sign up on their site, let your friends and family know so they can sponsor you, and you give up drinking for a month to raise money. i didn’t do that part. to be fair, i didn’t do any of it except the sober part. I didn’t tell friends, i didn’t even tell my husband. I was too terrified, because my previous longest was 9 days, so going for a whole month seemed impossible. sure, i could have raised a few bucks from my facebook friends, and my generous uncle if i had shared what i was doing … but you know what? i couldn’t share. I couldn’t fundraise. i couldn’t deal with any questions, because i was barely holding on — going to work, not getting fired. that’s it. that’s all i could do to begin. any mild joking on my FB page? i wouldn’t have been able to handle it. i did ask for support online but only from other sober people, and before that moment where i reached out for support i had no faith that it’d even work. i just knew i was stuck. It was day 9 of dry july, when i realized i was going to fail if i didn’t try something else. so here’s my message for today. try different. if today is your day 1, and maybe you’d like to do dry july and we can be soberversary twins, then try different. if what you’ve been trying ins’t working, try something else. if you’ve been ‘waiting for a few clear days on my schedule’ you can try something else. if you’ve been ‘waiting until the vacation and the funeral are over’ then try some else. if you’ve been waiting (for anything), then you begin now and add in new supports. new things. try different. oh and p.s., it’s entirely possible to quit drinking, tell no one, say ‘no thanks it was giving me headaches,’ and go on your way without large declarations. sometimes people like announcements — and you should do you. but me, i liked doing it under the radar. I still do. #dryjuly – that means today is day 1 if you’re not already underway. you’re ready. today’s the same as any other day. it’s a day you don’t drink. hugs xo

send me a picture of your summer fruit – whatever you’re eating today. strawberries, peaches, watermelon? if you’re in tasmania, send me a picture of your lovely root vegetables 🙂 I’ll share some of your photos in my long-weekend emails, today and tomorrow.

 


my favourite canadian breakfast, photo taken last year when i was in canada having cheerios and fruit from the market. today i’ll be having french granola and peaches 🙂 well, as soon as i drag my lardy ass out to get some peaches! my husband just left for a walk, i gave him cow eyes, but i don’t think he’s buying any for me…

this is for you (re: anthony bourdain)

the truth is
i've been feeling off all week. this thing with anthony bourdain has occupied my thoughts quite a bit. what a fucking tragedy this is.
and i've been waiting, as i often do, to know what i think before i speak.

i know this.

we have a head that lies to us and feeds us misinformation.
we often aren't aware of that, and think that the voice is 'true' or 'real'.
we add alcohol to that and then voice is very loud, dark and insistent.

His gilfriend's friend, Rose McGowan, wrote:
Bourdain reached out for help before his death, “yet he did not take the doctor’s advice.”

this is the part that flattened me, i think.

that for whatever reason, he couldn't hear the thing:

you have a voice in your head that lies to you. it tells you to drink. it tells you it won't get better.

you could remove the alcohol and see what happens to that voice.
and if you can't remove the alcohol easily, or on your own (i couldn't) then reach out for help and open the top of your head and let the advice in, even when it sounds ridiculous to your wolfie voice.
remember that your wolfie voice is lying to you.

any voice you hear that ISN'T saying "take good care of you" is wolfie.

i feel like i could say this every day, forever, and it wouldn't be enough. and it'll be just the right thing at the right time for someone else.

It'll be both. not enough.
and enough.

this is for you.

hugs

Let’s see how this goes

from me: do you quit drinking 'forever' or is it an experiment? what are the advantages of framing it as an experiment? I asked, you answered:

J: "If you can say ‘I choose not to drink’ it’s easier than saying ‘I can’t drink’ which can then start feelings of deprivation and the Wolfie voice. Framing it as an experiment should make it more achievable mentally than forever, your explanation of running as an example made sense, if you said that you were going to run x amount every day for the rest of your life ... what would happen? :)"

Flo (Day 47): "Hi Belle. I think framing it as an experiment an making it a choice. 'I'm choosing to go 100 days sober' is a whole lot less confronting than 'I'm going to give up alcohol forever', which frankly seems kind of unreal. I think if I say i'm giving up forever, i feel a fear in my solar plexus area and sick or maybe that's the hole i think needs filling up with something (alcohol). Saying that i'm choosing to do this for 100 days feels like i'm easing myself into this whole concept of finding out how my life will be sober, and will it be better? Let's just see how this goes and make a decision later. So less confronting."

~
Question: what do you think about quitting drinking as a choice ... you know, a choice that supports you to be your best you (this is a trick question)​.


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from my inbox:

Rambling Rose (penpal #2512): 

"So something has been bothering me for a few weeks on the issue of readiness when it comes to being sober. I've heard on a number of occasions "in the rooms" that you just have to be really ready to quit drinking before you stay with recovery. I have heard it mostly in the context of people relapsing. It almost comes off as an accusation that he/she just didn't want it enough (recovery). Another thing I hear often is, "In your heart of hearts, do you want to quit?" UGH. YES.

There's something very flippant to me about this. I know people, myself included, who have wanted to quit for years - sincerely, in our heart of hearts - and hate being in addiction/excessive drinking limbo. It hurts. It isn't even enjoyable. It's not to "feel better" - for me, it was to feel less bad. But, of course that less-bad feeling starts to turn into a consistent and repetitive horror.

Drinking is the worst kind of hell, and it isn't that I (the true me) wanted to keep drinking, not when it got bad. I just didn't know how to stop it. I think that's why we surrender or reach out, because of course our brains will want booze.

I've brought it up to people (sponsors, sober women, etc.) before, and I usually get the same answers about not wanting it bad enough or not having some God moment where all of my sins, er, sorry, cravings (hah) were magically lifted.

It scares me when people say things like this, because I do want to stay sober, with all of my heart. But there hasn't been some God moment or change in my thinking. Not yet. Isn't that where the work and the supports come in?

Anyway. What made you know that you were totally done for good?

Do you think it is different for everyone?

Thanks. Whew, good to get that out of my head. It was upsetting me today, and kind of freaking me out."


me: I think that the idea of readiness is sort of like the idea of willpower. it’s assuming that the tool is in us. I think that the tools are outside us and that if someone is relapsing, they don’t have enough tools/supports/accountability. Us alone in our heads has us all drinking, me included.

but with the right amount of supports (different for each person) we can do this sober thing.

the challenge is getting people to try different supports when the original ones aren’t (or have stopped) working. we’re so stubborn and wolfie wants to keep us stuck, so that’s the hardest part of this. it’s not that rehab doesn’t work, it’s that no one wants to go. it’s not that antabuse doesn’t work, it’s that it’s hard to convince someone to take it because if they take it they can’t relapse and wolfie hates that. wolfie will argue against most supports.

wolfie wants you alone at home with a bottle. that’s the challenge as far as I can see: helping people to see that wolfie is bullshit and that there’s sunshine OUT HERE.

​~

​You might not agree with my advice to Rambling Rose. How do you feel about being 'ready'? Post a comment below.


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Wednesday Celebration Roundup

If we are sober penpals, then we email all the time and I keep track of your dates. Then i can celebrate you online (here) when you hit the big milestones. like these ones:

Happy Day 50 to SoberSeasideSally!

Happy Day 50 to Flamingo Legs!

Happy Day 50 to Sunshine!

Happy Day 50 to Twisty!

Happy Day 50 to Cellocat!

Happy Day 100 to MaryElizabeth!

Happy Day 180 to MindfulMe!

Happy Day 180 to Ishmael!

Happy Day 200 to Sauvignon Sober!

Happy Day 200 to Shel!

Happy Day 200 to mamabird!

Happy Day 200 to Elated, Confident & Proud!

Happy Day 300 to LD4ME!

Happy Day 300 to Mlodius!

Happy Day 300 to Frog!

Happy Day 300 to Bug June!

Happy Day 300 to MiMoMa!

Happy Day 365 to BalanceBeam!

Happy Day 365 to Mia!

Happy Day 400 to Auntimame!

Happy Day 400 to Renne in Rochester!

Happy Day 500 to Loz!

Happy Day 500 to Buttercup244!

Happy Day 500 to Undrunken Dan!

Happy Day 500 to SoberinVa!

Happy Day 500 to Jaylee!

Happy Day 500 to MrsRoberts!

Happy Day 500 to Lizzytish!

Happy Day 600 to FlightPlan!

Happy Day 600 to Inspired!

Happy Day 600 to Calypso!

Happy Day 600 to Allie!

Happy Day 600 to Bunnie!

Happy Day 600 to Liz!

Happy Day 600 to Girl Named Sam!

Happy Day 600 to Meadowmuffins!

Happy Day 600 to Jeans!

Happy Day 700 to JT Weir!

Happy Day 700 to Edi!

Happy Day 700 to Leftcoastgirl!

Happy Day 800 to CaseyM!

Happy Day 800 to Surfrider11!

Happy Day 800 to Runnergirl!

Happy Day 900 to Trueleah!

Happy Day 900 to Phoenix!

Happy Day 1000 to Linley!

Happy Day 1100 to Inky!

Happy Day 1200 to Coffeecuphead!

Happy Day 1200 to Kitkatpaddywack!

Happy Day 1200 to 1035!

Happy Day 1200 to Frankie!

Happy Day 1300 to Elly!

Happy Day 1300 to 19Cathleen!

Happy Day 1300 to Rexytime!

Happy Day 1300 to Cocomac!

Happy Day 1400 to Paulita!

Happy Day 1400 to Artsmommy!

Happy Day 1400 to Ish!

Happy Day 1500 to IrishGirl!

Happy Day 1500 to Janett!

Happy Day 1600 to OneDayAtATime!

Happy Day 1600 to KateF!

Tuesday Celebration Roundup

If we are sober penpals, then we email all the time and I keep track of your dates. Then i can celebrate you online (here) when you hit the big milestones. like these ones:

Happy Day 50 to SunshineStace!

Happy Day 50 to StayingAlive!

Happy Day 50 to Hat trick!

Happy Day 50 to Keyles!

Happy Day 50 to C-J!

Happy Day 50 to Gippy!

Happy Day 50 to Jacci2!

Happy Day 50 to Sober in St. Pete!

Happy Day 50 to Kathyb!

Happy Day 50 to Sparky!

Happy Day 100 to SandraS!

Happy Day 100 to Lovinrunnin!

Happy Day 100 to Dani!

Happy Day 100 to i.t.!

Happy Day 100 to Da!

Happy Day 100 to SerenityNow!

Happy Day 100 to Ana Maria!

Happy Day 100 to Sargent!

Happy Day 100 to Junie B!

Happy Day 100 to Prissy!

Happy Day 100 to Terry Kate!

Happy Day 100 to Lhaschnoodle!

Happy Day 100 to Pat!

Happy Day 100 to KB!

Happy Day 100 to Wildflower!

Happy Day 100 to Emsyface!

Happy Day 100 to Jenwithoutwine!

Happy Day 100 to hernoodlyness!

Happy Day 100 to Trishy!

Happy Day 100 to Freedom!

Happy Day 100 to LittleRed!

Happy Day 180 to Ishael!

Happy Day 180 to Lex!

Happy Day 180 to Kay!

Happy Day 180 to ShelD!

Happy Day 180 to Mamabird!

Happy Day 180 to ECP!

Happy Day 200 to Sobersusie!

Happy Day 200 to Katrinka!

Happy Day 200 to Hidcote!

Happy Day 200 to Liquidtracy!

Happy Day 200 to Trigirl!

Happy Day 200 to Rehc!

Happy Day 200 to Sadie2015!

Happy Day 200 to vstuart!

Happy Day 200 to RainyPNW!

Happy Day 300 to Lars!

Happy Day 300 to Flyaway!

Happy Day 300 to Dry Ace!

Happy Day 365 to Sobriety Unlocked!

Happy Day 365 to Auntiemame!

Happy Day 365 to Renne in Rochester!

Happy Day 400 to Karebear!

Happy Day 400 to RRH!

Happy Day 400 to Goldie!

Happy Day 400 to Newg!

Happy Day 400 to Leigh Ann!

Happy Day 500 to Peaceable J!

Happy Day 500 to Mindful Monica!

Happy Day 500 to SarahJune31!

Happy Day 500 to Lime Tree!

Happy Day 500 to Wynn!

Happy Day 500 to Sophiestar!

Happy Day 500 to Jazzie!

Happy Day 500 to Missmeliss!

Happy Day 500 to Gem64!

Happy Day 500 to Bruna!

Happy Day 500 to Princess Buttercup!

Happy Day 500 to Nowinemom!

Happy Day 500 to SueW!

Happy Day 500 to RoadtoSoberVille!

Happy Day 500 to Lacie!

Happy Day 600 to Sallyd!

Happy Day 600 to AmandaJ!

Happy Day 600 to Jena14!

Happy Day 600 to Gene!

Happy Day 600 to Lola4126!

Happy Day 600 to TJS!

Happy Day 600 to RubyHarper!

Happy Day 600 to Poppy!

Happy Day 600 to Topo Chico!

Happy Day 600 to Ruby!

Happy Day 600 to Holly!

Happy Day 600 to Reg!

Happy Day 600 to Bemmy girl!

Happy Day 600 to BattleMatt!

Happy Day 600 to *Maverick!

Happy Day 700 to Dry ginger!

Happy Day 700 to Miss Kell!

Happy Day 700 to Reenie!

Happy Day 700 to Imara!

Happy Day 800 to Auds!

Happy Day 800 to KaffyB!

Happy Day 800 to Debbie!

Happy Day 800 to KLC!

Happy Day 800 to Country Pat!

Happy Day 800 to Lanza!

Happy Day 900 to ChellyBelly!

Happy Day 900 to KAB!

Happy Day 900 to Hughie!

Happy Day 900 to JP!

Happy Day 900 to Thirsty Iris!

Happy Day 1000 to Linley!

Happy Day 1000 to Cal!

Happy Day 1000 to Gordon!

Happy Day 1100 to Graceful!

Happy Day 1100 to Grateful Girl!

Happy Day 1100 to Jenuhful!

Happy Day 1100 to Cheaton!

Happy Day 1100 to Tk!

Happy Day 1200 to LJ63!

Happy Day 1200 to Sean!

Happy Day 1200 to Indian Lake!

Happy Day 1200 to MelP!

Happy Day 1200 to Sober in Richmond!

Happy Day 1200 to Summer Walking!

Happy Day 1200 to Turcotte!

Happy Day 1300 to Cocomac!

Happy Day 1300 to NewChris!

Happy Day 1300 to Jas!

Happy Day 1300 to Canadian Girl!

Happy Day 1300 to GG!

Happy Day 1300 to Festie!

Happy Day 1300 to Graceb!

Happy Day 1300 to Paris!

Happy Day 1300 to Shout444!

Happy Day 1300 to Midwestveggie!

Happy Day 1300 to Rah!

Happy Day 1300 to RoseMarie!

Happy Day 1400 to Bekki!

Happy Day 1400 to Meagan!

Happy Day 1400 to Lara!

Happy Day 1400 to Sharlotte!

Happy Day 1400 to Mizgabz!

Happy Day 1400 to sanfransober!

Happy Day 1400 to Sarah72!

Happy Day 1400 to CassieB!

Happy Day 1400 to Roisin!

Happy Day 1500 to tlecompte!

Happy Day 1500 to hcasstevens!

Happy Day 1500 to otehrjosh!

Happy Day 1500 to RunnerMom!

Happy Day 1500 to JLynn!

Happy Day 1500 to Julie-Joy’s Dad!

Happy Day 1500 to Jessi!

Happy Day 1500 to Heike!

Happy Day 1500 to Isabel!

Happy Day 1500 to Daybird!

Happy Day 1500 to Connie!

Happy Day 1600 to Wanting to be a Sober Mom!

Happy Day 1600 to Tammi!

Happy Day 1600 to Shell Bell!

Happy Day 1600 to Janet!

Happy Day 1600 to Denise!

Happy Day 1600 to TheFun4!

Happy Day 1600 to Terence!

Happy Day 1600 to Clear Eyed Girl!

Happy Day 1600 to Hazeleyes!

Happy Day 1600 to Tim!

Happy Day 1600 to Primrose!

Happy Day 1600 to Sadie!

Happy Day 1600 to SignGurl!

Happy Day 1700 to DianeLouise!

Happy Day 1700 to LD!

Happy Day 1800 to Original Beth!

Happy Day 1800 to Leah!

Happy Day 2100 to me!

 

Duck Ponderings 007 – The Bracelets

Duck Ponderings 007 – The Bracelets. It started with me wanting a bracelet that I could wear (and that I did wear), and the second one came about because I heard a voice while flying (no shit). And there’s a video I filmed at the end, with the man and his yellow bucket, bailing out the boats.

 

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video here [click to begin!]:

 

 

Links mentioned:

  • Elle Schoenberger podcast episodes 71-74 and 96-99 > link
  • All bracelets — Fuck You Wolfie in both aluminium and silver, the Stay Here bracelet in brass and silver, and the Not Today bracelet with the good capital “O” > link
  • The Stay Here original story which WAS just after my one year soberversary > link
  • Stones fundraising page (with all proceeds going to a homeless shelter that accepts, men, women, gay, straight, transgender, and their dogs  > link

Music: “Acoustic Blues,” thanks to Jason Shaw, https://bit.ly/2pZvbyu

Donations to support these audios and keep them free 🙂 https://gum.co/DuckPonderingsaudios

Monday Celebration Roundup

If we are sober penpals, then we email all the time and I keep track of your dates. Then i can celebrate you online (here) when you hit the big milestones. like these ones:

Happy Day 50 to Ree67!

Happy Day 50 to Simon’s Mom!

Happy Day 50 to MaryElizabeth!

Happy Day 100 to Magitinto!

Happy Day 100 to MimiDonna!

Happy Day 100 to Greenyj1!

Happy Day 180 to Liquidtracy!

Happy Day 180 to Bean7!

Happy Day 200 to Nell !

Happy Day 200 to Stanley!

Happy Day 200 to Leener!

Happy Day 300 to Leila!

Happy Day 300 to maggie Mo!

Happy Day 300 to lmichel!

Happy Day 400 to Alicat!

Happy Day 400 to RossFSU!

Happy Day 500 to KiKi72!

Happy Day 500 to Honey Bear!

Happy Day 500 to Resiliensea!

Happy Day 600 to April!

Happy Day 700 to Conn!

Happy Day 800 to Chell!

Happy Day 800 to Joziegurrl!

Happy Day 900 Gypsygirl!

Happy Day 1000 to Unwinedgal!

Happy Day 1200 to Southern Magnolia!

Happy Day 1300 to Janna!

Happy Day 1300 to Jacqui!

Happy Day 1300 to Kelz!

Happy Day 1400 to Shelby!

Happy Day 1500 to Hank!

Happy Day 1700 to Laurie!

Monday Celebration Roundup

If we are sober penpals, then we email all the time and I keep track of your dates. Then i can celebrate you online (here) when you hit the big milestones. like these ones:

Happy Day 50 to Pumpkin Water!

Happy Day 50 to SandraS!

Happy Day 50 to Lovinrunning!

Happy Day 50 to Dani!

Happy Day 50 to I.t.!

Happy Day 50 to Sandal!

Happy Day 50 to Fatgit!

Happy Day 50 to SerenityNow!

Happy Day 50 to Ana!

Happy Day 50 to Sargent!

Happy Day 50 to JunieB!

Happy Day 50 to Prissy!

Happy Day 50 to Therry Kate!

Happy Day 50 to Lhaschnoodle!

Happy Day 50 to KB!

Happy Day 50 to Wildflower!

Happy Day 50 to Emsyface!

Happy Day 50 to Jentwithoutwine!

Happy Day 50 to hernoodlyness!

Happy Day 50 to Trishy!

Happy Day 50 to Freedom!

Happy Day 50 to Sober July Mtl!

Happy Day 50 to LittleRed!

Happy Day 50 to Magitinto!

Happy Day 100 to Lightning Bug 45!

Happy Day 100 to Coffeegirl!

Happy Day 100 to Julianne!

Happy Day 100 to Jennifer 2.0!

Happy Day 100 to Fluffy Polite!

Happy Day 100 to Jaded!

Happy Day 100 to Lotus Lady!

Happy Day 100 to MindfulMe!

Happy Day 100 to Ina!

Happy Day 100 to Ishmael!

Happy Day 100 to Lex!

Happy Day 100 to Kay!

Happy Day 100 to Shel!

Happy Day 100 to Mamabird!

Happy Day 100 to ECP!

Happy Day 180 to trigirl!

Happy Day 180 to Rehc!

Happy Day 180 to Sadie2015!

Happy Day 180 to vstuart!

Happy Day 180 to RainyPNW!

Happy Day 180 to Nell!

Happy Day 180 to Stanley!

Happy Day 180 to Leener!

Happy Day 200 to Sobe the Lion!

Happy Day 200 to IC Momentum!

Happy Day 200 to Ket!

Happy Day 300 to LinZeeLou!

Happy Day 300 to BalanceBeam!

Happy Day 300 to BirdSetFree!

Happy Day 300 to Mia!

Happy Day 300 to Hellacious!

Happy Day 300 to Sobriety Unlocked!

Happy Day 300 to Auntiemame!

Happy Day 300 to Renne in Rochester!

Happy Day 365 to Karebear!

Happy Day 365 to RRH!

Happy Day 365 to Goldie!

Happy Day 365 to Newg!

Happy Day 365 to Leigh Ann (penpal #3)!

Happy Day 365 to Alicat!

Happy Day 365 to RossFSU!

Happy Day 400 to 35&changing!

Happy Day 400 to Honeybadger!

Happy Day 400 to Sobersparkles!

Happy Day 400 to MrsWooly!

Happy Day 400 to NaturNancy!

Happy Day 400 to Aimee!

Happy Day 400 to Kaycee!

Happy Day 400 to Blou!

Happy Day 400 to RetiringPartyGirl!

Happy Day 400 to Stefanie!

Happy Day 400 to IngridandMac!

Happy Day 400 to Peewit!

Happy Day 400 to Lavender!

Happy Day 400 to Gina!

Happy Day 400 to Helen!

Happy Day 400 to Gomez!

Happy Day 400 to Mummabear!

Happy Day 400 to Wanda T!

Happy Day 400 to Loz!

Happy Day 400 to Buttercup244!

Happy Day 400 to SoberinVA!

Happy Day 400 to Jaylee!

Happy Day 400 to MrsRoberts!

Happy Day 400 to Lizzytish!

Happy Day 400 to Peaceable J!

Happy Day 400 to Mindful Monica!

Happy Day 500 to Stillbridge!

Happy Day 500 to Tru.d.true!

Happy Day 500 to Becca1978!

Happy Day 500 to Blondie!

Happy Day 500 to Jamie-Tampa!

Happy Day 500 to Capt. Unwined!

Happy Day 500 to Tiger2017!

Happy Day 500 to Honoring Grace!

Happy Day 500 to Boozy Betty!

Happy Day 500 to A+Sober+Cannibal!

Happy Day 500 to Shannon A!

Happy Day 500 to Sisty!

Happy Day 500 to SohoCat!

Happy Day 500 to Ashley!

Happy Day 500 to Grace514!

Happy Day 500 to Indy!

Happy Day 500 to Pwhims!

Happy Day 500 to Rahcel E!

Happy Day 500 to Flightplan!

Happy Day 500 to Inspired!

Happy Day 500 to Calypso!

Happy Day 500 to Allie!

Happy Day 500 to Bunnie!

Happy Day 500 to Liz!

Happy Day 500 to Girl Named Sam!

Happy Day 500 to Meadowmuffins!

Happy Day 500 to Jeans!

Happy Day 500 to AmandaJ!

Happy Day 500 to Jena14!

Happy Day 600 to Froggy Google!

Happy Day 600 to AustinHappy!

Happy Day 600 to Frupa63!

Happy Day 600 to Tsilver!

Happy Day 600 to vmd free!

Happy Day 600 to Lippy!

Happy Day 600 to Tierrazul!

Happy Day 600 to Nomobsing!

Happy Day 600 to HolyKate!

Happy Day 600 to JT Weir!

Happy Day 600 to Edi!

Happy Day 600 to Leftcoastgirl!

Happy Day 700 to KatieMay!

Happy Day 700 to Clearlee!

Happy Day 700 to Patten!

Happy Day 700 to KT Web!

Happy Day 700 to CaseyM!

Happy Day 700 to Surfrider11!

Happy Day 700 to Runnergirl!

 Happy Day 800 to Franny!

Happy Day 800 to Husband #1!

Happy Day 800 to TJ!

Happy Day 800 to Binkles!

Happy Day 800 to Elis!

Happy Day 800 to Lydster!

Happy Day 800 to TrixeeK!

Happy Day 800 to Fern!

Happy Day 800 to Coco!

Happy Day 800 to ShellMN!

Happy Day 800 to Suzie Jay!

Happy Day 800 to SarahBee!

Happy Day 800 to NS Runner!

Happy Day 800 to Mamafergs!

Happy Day 800 to Case Study Michelle

Happy Day 800 to Trueleah!

Happy Day 800 to Phoenix!

Happy Day 800 to ChellyBelly!

Happy Day 900 to Tree!

Happy Day 900 to Lucia!

Happy Day 900 to JulieJean123!

Happy Day 900 to Ami!

Happy Day 900 to Sooz!

Happy Day 900 to EMJ001!

Happy Day 900 to Lavenderzone!

Happy Day 900 to Linley!

Happy Day 1000 to Meraki!

Happy Day 1000 to Heya Monster!

Happy Day 1000 to Shorttermnoterm!

Happy Day 1000 to AnnieB!

Happy Day 1000 to Whitbell25!

Happy Day 1000 to Ginette!

Happy Day 1000 to Lilac!

Happy Day 1000 to ElizabethDC!

Happy Day 1000 to Silverbirch!

Happy Day 1000 to Seeking Peace!

Happy Day 1000 to Yoda!

Happy Day 1000 to VT girl!

Happy Day 1000 to MJP!

Happy Day 1000 to Inky!

Happy Day 1000 to Graceful!

Happy Day 1100 to Oz!

Happy Day 1100 to Julie-Joy’s Sister!

Happy Day 1100 to Faye858!

Happy Day 1100 to me-fixing-me!

Happy Day 1100 to mythreesons!

Happy Day 1100 to Honner!

Happy Day 1100 to Gingerade!

Happy Day 1100 to Sophiesomething!

Happy Day 1100 to Jock!

Happy Day 1100 to Sea Turtle!

Happy Day 1100 to Miss M!

Happy Day 1100 to Coffeecuphead!

Happy Day 1100 to Kitkatpaddywack!

Happy Day 1100 to 1035!

Happy Day 1100 to Frankie!

Happy Day 1200 to Maureen!

Happy Day 1200 to Library Girl!

Happy Day 1200 to Joannie!

Happy Day 1200 to Chace!

Happy Day 1200 to Junebug!

Happy Day 1200 to Frenchie!

Happy Day 1200 to Gabbygirl37!

Happy Day 1200 to Elly!

Happy Day 1200 to 19Cathleen!

Happy Day 1200 to Rexytime!

Happy Day 1200 to Cocomac!

Happy Day 1200 to NewChris!

Happy Day 1200 to Jas!

Happy Day 1300 to Happy Day 1300 to Petunia!

Happy Day 1300 to Dancing Rabbit!

Happy Day 1300 to microlady!

Happy Day 1300 to AlexP!

Happy Day 1300 to Cheffstarr!

Happy Day 1300 to Monique!

Happy Day 1300 to iphonebonnie!

Happy Day 1300 to chachi!

Happy Day 1300 to nomorepinot!

Happy Day 1300 to fleur!

Happy Day 1300 to Chatsworth!

Happy Day 1300 to Cricket!

Happy Day 1300 to Shar!

Happy Day 1300 to Kenney!

Happy Day 1300 to Paulita!

Happy Day 1300 to Artsmommy!

Happy Day 1300 to Ish!

Happy Day 1300 to Bekki!

Happy Day 1400 to Weenie!

Happy Day 1400 to 1111!

Happy Day 1400 to manda!

Happy Day 1400 to Sober Lemon!

Happy Day 1400 to PP!

Happy Day 1400 to Foxie!

Happy Day 1400 to Battersea Park!

Happy Day 1400 to Welles!

Happy Day 1400 to Gra!

Happy Day 1400 to SusieQ!

Happy Day 1400 to IrishDee!

Happy Day 1400 to GW!

Happy Day 1400 to JustHadToHaveIt!

Happy Day 1400 to Apprentice Annie!

Happy Day 1400 to ParisienneKnitter!

Happy Day 1400 to Run Dontwine!

Happy Day 1400 to IrishGirl!

Happy Day 1400 to Janett!

Happy Day 1400 to Tlecompte!

Happy Day 1400 to hcassstevens!

Happy Day 1500 to Emery!

Happy Day 1500 to Going2pieces!

Happy Day 1500 to Apprentice SoberP!

Happy Day 1500 to Blake!

Happy Day 1500 to DeeN!

Happy Day 1500 to FitFatFood!

Happy Day 1500 to Moore!

Happy Day 1500 to Abwalsh!

Happy Day 1500 to Crispy!

Happy Day 1500 to Jacques!

Happy Day 1500 to Rose!

Happy Day 1500 to Cruz!

Happy Day 1500 to Phoebe!

Happy Day 1500 to Doll Face!

Happy Day 1500 to Telling The Words!

Happy Day 1500 to Sherri!

Happy Day 1500 to Lurking with Intent!

Happy Day 1500 to Libby!

Happy Day 1500 to Choutyfruity!

Happy Day 1500 to Winkle!

Happy Day 1500 to Challenges!

Happy Day 1500 to KateF!

Happy Day 1500 to Margy!

Happy Day 1500 to Wanting to be a sober mom!

Happy Day 1500 to Tammi!

Happy Day 1500 to Shell Bell!

Happy Day 1500 to Tuomas!

Happy Day 1600 to Jilly Bean!

Happy Day 1600 to Mylene!

Happy Day 1600 to InNeedOfGrace!

Happy Day 1600 to Jeroen!

Happy Day 1600 to Lucy!

Happy Day 1600 to TipTree!

Happy Day 1600 to Cat Girl (Catherine Gray)!

Happy Day 1600 to Carolyne!

Happy Day 1600 to DianeLouise!

Happy Day 1700 to Durff11!

Happy Day 1700 to KC (Kristi Coulter)!

Happy Day 1700 to C How!

Happy Day 1700 to Sarita!

Happy Day 1700 to Ingrid!

Happy Day 1800 to Sober Journalist Kate!

Happy Day 1800 to JM!

Happy Day 1800 to Rebecca!

Happy Day 1800 to Digs!

Happy Day 1800 to Carrie is sober (penpal #6)!

happy Day 2000 to Katherine!

duck pond video

if you’d like a sober pause, something to help change the channel, i invite you to listen/watch. you can come with me for a few minutes. I often record one-minute audio messages from the duck pond, but yesterday when i was there, i filmed a few seconds of it for you 🙂

video here [click to begin!]:

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sample audio recorded at the duck pond here:

to access the 200+ free one-minute audio messages, go here.