Grow Your Own Passion Fruit

My life is no Disney movie, but little woodland creatures taught me a lesson this weekend. Based on discarded rinds littering the garden, it’s time to eat. Thank you, furry friends; I’d been clueless about passion fruit. Passionflower: More than Pretty About a year ago, I planted a passionflower vine in a sunny spot along my… Continue reading Grow Your Own Passion Fruit

New Sidewalks to Make a More Walkable Cherrywood

An avid trail runner, I travel by my own two feet whenever possible. Nine years ago, when my husband and I were deciding where to relocate within Austin, walkability was a primary concern. We settled on Cherrywood, an established neighborhood in central east Austin, where three different grocery stores, numerous parks, banks, the public library,… Continue reading New Sidewalks to Make a More Walkable Cherrywood

Can Gardening Count as My Workout?

Last week, I was at Davis Mountain Fitness & Training Camp, where I hiked, ran, yoga-ed, water aerobicized, and swam to my heart’s content. I even had a lovely walk to and from meals. My body was almost always in motion. This week….well, I’ve avoided my regularly scheduled exercise. Confession: I’ve skipped all of it.… Continue reading Can Gardening Count as My Workout?

It’s Hot and I’m Drinking

What a beautiful Sunday evening (even though it is 98 degrees at 8 p.m.). I’m sitting outside under the porch fan, enjoying another Bulleit Whiskey and ginger ale, my new go-to summer drink (thank you, Illinois cousins). Nibbling on snap peas, cucumbers, apples, and cornichons, because who wants to eat a full meal when it’s… Continue reading It’s Hot and I’m Drinking

Revealing All in a Cup of Coffee

This real world scenario and your reactions to it can uncover the inner-most leanings of your psyche. Or perhaps not. But I’m curious…how does my coffee quiz speak to you? Cup of Coffee Personality Test The scene: the Nyfeler kitchen, some early weekday morning. My husband, a passionate patron of a local independent coffee shop, gallantly offers to… Continue reading Revealing All in a Cup of Coffee

What Vacation Taught Me about Real Life

We watched the sun sink down through the pink- and orange-tinged clouds, our hands clasped, until it finally dipped below the horizon. Whether I said it out loud or not, my mind automatically supplied Holly Hunter’s line from Raising Arizona: “That was beautiful, H.I.” My entire being felt at peace, still, relaxed, refreshed…the kind of perfect… Continue reading What Vacation Taught Me about Real Life

This Summer’s Favorite Recipes

The other day, one of the trail runners in the Tuesday night group posed a question: “What’s your go-to post-run snack, especially if you just want something small?” Evening runs pose problems when it comes to a meal. Most people head straight to the workout from their job. By the time we’re done traipsing around that night’s selection… Continue reading This Summer’s Favorite Recipes

What’s Got Me Really Excited about Female Viagra

Being over 50, my spouse and I still watch TV network news. And each time we watch ABC News, I eagerly await a certain moment. Here it comes, like clockwork, and so I exclaim, “Hey, honey, there it is — the painful female intercourse commercial!” This is the point at which we know we are halfway… Continue reading What’s Got Me Really Excited about Female Viagra

Sloppy Work, Sensational Titles–What’s Wrong with Fitness Articles

Cue eye rolling. These are actual titles from a daily blog digest I subscribe to. Google them if they grab you, because I’m not linking. “Top 10 Things You Worry About When Working Out” “18 Moves to Terrifically Toned Inner Thighs” “Don’t Waste Calories at a Bar: 5 Low-Calorie Cocktails to Order at Happy Hour” “This… Continue reading Sloppy Work, Sensational Titles–What’s Wrong with Fitness Articles

Kickstarting Change with a Cleanse

Springtime in Austin means bluebonnets. For my fun workout group, it also means a bluebonnet run. Each spring, one of our founding members always puts together a route from her home followed by a lovely group breakfast. One of the beautiful things about our group is its athletic diversity–younger/older, runner/triathlete/walker, experienced/newbie. You don’t always see… Continue reading Kickstarting Change with a Cleanse