Monday, January 02, 2012
No, no, no. Not "ARMS" as in military or weapons.
I mean the arms that are hanging off your shoulders.
How long, you might ask, has it been since I did an honest arm workout?
Good question. Wish I knew the answer!
It's obviously been a long time.
But TODAY, I decided to change that, and did some arm workouts.
I did 30 wall push-ups, slowly, the way we are supposed to do.
Then I did 15 windmills, slowly, to loosen up my shouders.
Then I actually got on the floor and did 30 modified push-ups.
My arm muscles are quaking. They are really out of shape, and are protesting being used again.
But you know how busy we get. Or at least how busy I get.
I convince myself that, because I am doing a lot of walking that I don't need to do the strength workouts. (Actually, I don't LIKE doing them, because I don't get as many points from them.)
But this is a new beginning for all of us, right?
I mean, I have to get in shape so that when that new set of dance workout videos arrive I will be able to do them without collapsing in a heap.
So why not get back on track, and do this thing the way it is meant to be done??
I can't come up with a reason.
So, it is now Holidaze over, and time to become disciplined again.
I will actually do some strength exercises three days a week during the month of January, along with the walking Winnie.
Heck. I just might even get my body into better shape. I just may decide to extend those strength exercises into February.
Remember, I said "MAY DECIDE".
It is an open option, and I like open options.
No time like the present!
What are YOU doing for your arms today???
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Ah, New Year's Eve, FINALLY! I am not sad at all to see 2011 fade into the dusty history.
I think we have all about had it with all the political nonsense, lies, avoidance, delays, threats, dire warnings, chicanery and outright deciet.
Our politicians, all of them, have proven they really don't give a damn what the people in this country want. They are busy feathering their own nests with all the trickery they can come up with with absolutley no regard whatsoever for the well being of our nation.
I would love to see them at least feel guilty, but truly believe they are incapable of any feelings of guilt or shame.
I very strongly feel we should vote every single one of them, other than the Freshmen, out of office WITHOUT pensions, deluxe health care and NO Perks.
Many of them should be jailed for the criminal acts they have done, but no one seems to get it that they break the law, they go to jail, no matter who they are. Oh, I forgot: THEY are above the law, and can do whatever they want to.
Their scare tactics are ruthless. They have the maturity level of 2 year olds. They throw temper tantrums and vile threats to each other.
We have had an absentee President who thinks it is perfectly okay to spend tax payer's dollars to campaign with and get himself elected. He has been away from office more than he has been present.
His foreign affairs policy is abysmal. He and his wife spend fortunes traveling all over the globe on money the rest of us have had to borrow from China.
He claims victory is HIS in getting Bin Laden, when the real fact is that it was our TROOPS who got Bin Laden, WITHOUT ANY HELP FROM THE PRESIDENT or any one else.
Our country is more racist now than it has been since the 60's, thanks to him. We had come a long way, and were nearly completely color blind until he started pitting blacks against whites, and yelling "Racist!" all the time things didn't go his way.
America is tired of the racist crap, tired of the lies, deceit and embarrassment.
This coming year is a chance for us to get things turned around.
I am talking about becoming INVOLVED with our nation, not just griping and talking about what we don't like.
I am talking about STANDING UP, GETTING OUT OF OUR HOUSES AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
We can do it, if we all put our shoulders to the wheel.
But we NEED to DO IT!
Let's bring prayer back to our schools and public places. Let's put all of our politicians on term limits, with the same health care and retirement the rest of us get.
Heck. While we are at it, let's put music and gym back in our schools too. I, for one, am not capable of teaching music, but I COULD teach workout routines! And, being a Sr. Citizen, I am not under time constraints, nor would I expect union wages or benefits.
A lot of us are Senior Citizens who could go far in bringing back morality and respect to our schools.
But we must become INVOLVED. If WE don't, we LOSE OUR NATION!!
All that's left of 2011 now are hours and minutes.
The new beginning is coming.
Let's make it COUNT!!!
Stay safe and healthy. Stay involved. Stay active.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Good Morning Everyone,
It has been a while since my last blog, so I guess I better get with the program and catch you all up with my life.
I have ALL of my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and mailed off.
That is a very good thing, because I really fall prey to all the pretty trappings in the stores at this time of year.
It seems I can't even go grocery shopping without looking for seasonal wonders that I don't need but am tempted to buy anyway.
Yesterday I went to my small Applique group's Christmas party. We had a wonderful time.
Irene showed us all how to make these little pincushions and then hot glueing them to golf tees so they fit on top of a spool of thread. Really cute little things.
I, being the klutz of the club, had a heck of a time with them. I kept looping my threads and making my petals in a line rather than a circle, but my darling friend Irene saved me from myself and got them all where they were supposed to be. She got the leaf petals in a circle, and then I did the flower petals.
Again, I didn't do it "right", but Irene, used to bailing me out, saved the day again and got them all in a circle. ( I had managed to get them into TWO lines this time! Don't ask.)
We had a potluck for our lunch. Everyone brought yummy stuff, most of which they made.
I HAD planned on making a Trifle, using a store-bought angel food cake, but can you believe it? None of the grocers had any Angel Food Cakes, so that idea went by the wayside. I have a wonderful Trifle recipe from Weight Watchers, so that would have worked out well.
At least I had the good intention!!
I, being the lazy one, decided I didn't have time to cook anything, called Subway and ordered a variety sandwich platter. That went over very well. Expensive, but was worth not having to take the time to cook anything.
I even had a small piece of apple pie Loretta made, but didn't eat the crust.
There were even two sandwiches left so I could feed the bear......otherwise known as my DH.
I am a slow eater, and Irene finished before me. So, being the kind and generous friend she is, she finished off my pincushion.
Our applique group is very talented. Actually all of THEM are very talented when it comes to applique, but I am the Klutz of the group. They don't seem to mind, and at least I bring smiles and challenges to the group. I guess that is a good thing.
Did I tell you that I have all my Christmas gifts completed, wrapped and sent on their way?
That isn't because I am so organized. It is a life preservation measure. I really fall victim to all the seasonal trappings the stores have on display.
I am better off staying out of the stores during this time of year. I will buy "for next year", and come home with all next year's gifts, hide them somewhere and then don't find them for years.
Can you relate?
I have found doll houses and doll house furniture 7 years after I purchased it for my granddaughter for Christmas. She was too old for doll houses by the time I found it again.
I have given away small children's socks and clothing because I couldn't find them until the kid was already grown and driving.
I found a set of Lincoln Logs and a Beginner's microscope purchased for my Grandson when he was younger. But I found them when he was in high school.
I have found crystal vases meant for weddings years after the couple divorced. I have found completed hand made afghans made for people I haven't seen in years.
I have boxes and boxes of "Oh, won't he or she just LOVE this!", found in very weird places and years after purchase.
I have uncovered purchases and then wondered "Now why in hell did I ever buy THIS thing!?".
When I moved from CA to WA, I loaded up my trusty F250 pick-up truck with seven loads of new stuff, all purchased between November 20-January 5 (must take advantage of the after Christmas sales, you know!) and taken the loads to the Cancer Discovery Shop.
I have three artificial Christmas trees. Two of which were bought during the after-Christmas sale days. Good prices that should not be ignored, right?
Good Will shudders when they see me this time of year. They know I will be off-loading on them a whole bunch of Christmas stuff that they are already inundated with.
The Post Office sees me coming and know they will get their Christmas bonuses due to all the mailing of packages I do.
Ah, Christmas. The most wonderful time of year. Right?
Only if I stay the heck out of the stores!!!!!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all, wishes you can manage to stay within your budget, or at least find all the gifts you have hidden from past years!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
This is certianly a busy time of year, isn't it!
That's why I call it the "holidaze". We all have so much decorating, baking, cooking, cleaning, schedules to keep, gifts to get all in order and wrapped....you know the drill.
I will have you all know that I am FINISHED with my Christmas shopping, and have sent all the packages out. I'm glad to strike THAT off my list!
But I still have a long list of Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers requests to fill, which I would very much like to complete by Christmas. I know the kids would love to have a nice cuddly quilt for Christmas, and between me and God, we are trying our best to do it.
Honestly, at my age, I can't for the life of me figure out why I do so much decorating!! I mean, once we become Senior Citizens, don't we get a decorating pass?
Mine has not arrived.
Therefore, I drag out all the boxes of too many decorations, get the step stool and ladder, wash the windows, put up a tree, get the Christmas towels in the bathrooms, hang wreaths, Cinnamon spray pinecones for the basket, fill stockings and all that other STUFF!
Once it all gets up, I love it. I turn on Christmas music, light candles and really enjoy life to the fullest with the beauty of the Season.
It's funny, though. I spend weeks getting everything done, and then on the day after New Year's, (typically January 2) can't wait to get them down and return my home to "normal".
"Normal" to me means cobwebs become Dream Catchers, dust becomes slates for guests to leave their messages, dirty floors are proof that I get outside. Piles of ironing prove I have an abundance of clothes for which I should be grateful.
But for now, I am much much too busy to sit and eat cookies!!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I am thankful we don't have to wait in long lines for shoes in our country.
I am grateful for our military.
I am grateful for our border patrols.
I am grateful for weather reports.
I am grateful for charity organizations, and the ability to volunteer to help.
I am grateful for an over abundant pantry that I can clean out and take good healthy food to the food bank.
I am grateful for the spontaneous energy of our Teen-agers.
I am grateful for artists that beautify our world.
I am grateful for the beauty of the changing seasons.
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