Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I'm feeling stagnant, just don't feel like eating right, weighing in, exercising. Bored with it I guess. Bored with the effort I made last year and not losing. This weekend we are flying off to Niagara Falls to freeze to death. Actually I am looking forward to it, to experience the cold, briefly, see the falls in their frozen glory, walk on ice. Maybe it will snow a bit and then I'll return to sunny Florida where each day is a different gift, one cold, one warm, one sunny, one rainy, never snowy.
I know what' s wrong with me. It's worry over my oldest son. He takes after his mom and doesn't want to talk about his problems. He has depression also and periodically goes on and off medication. He's a good worker, always has a job but struggles with finding himself and getting the job of his dreams. Now, he has a good job on the local Air Force Base but he is totally burned out and fed up with it. He has decided to leave it (5 years) and go to EMS school and then to EMT school. He has a friend who did that and evidently is happy in his job. On the one hand, I am happy he has made this decision to go into a career he has aspired to. But I worry in this economy, in this job environment, if there will be a job waiting for him when he finishes his schooling. I ask him and all he says is they have a job placement program at the school. He will stay at his job until June but I will worry until then. He is 35.
I think they will be okay money wise as they are due to get an insurance settlement from auto accidents last year. If they manage wisely, they will have the money to get through this training period. In the past they haven't been known to be wise in their money situation. And he doesn't want to talk about it. Takes after his Mom in that sense. A lot of times my husband will ask me about things and I just don't want to rehash it or talk about it. Makes him mad.
On the other hand, they have beautiful children. His son is walking or teetering across the room and is really happy with himself. And my granddaughter is beautiful. I hope things work out for them. Last year, my youngest son lost his job and I prayed really hard for weeks for him to get another, and he did. A good job in sales and he likes it. Now, I guess I will have to start praying on the other side for things to work out for my oldest and his family.
I hope I get out of this stagnant feeling soon.
Friday, January 21, 2011
All the news is about snow now and boy is it ever snowing! However, I live in NW Florida on the Gulf Coast and we don't have any, just beautiful white sand and blue water.
Last April the oil spill hit the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida. I've been fortunate that I have a long standing business and prior clients and referrals so I was okay. I also started collecting social security this year so that helped. However, Wed morning there was a meeting at the convention center for those with claims. Mr. Feingold was there to speak and the room was packed with 600 or more people. Let me tell you, it is a sad situation and it is not going away for a long while.
There was an established Contractor who spoke about cancelled contracts for construction right after the explosion. He has been unable to find work and is about to face foreclosure. The claims process is difficult and stagnant. Another business owner with 4 locations, is about to go under as well. Story after story from fishermen, waitresses, workers in the tourist industry, realtors, etc. etc. were heard. MAny are desperate and about to lose their homes, while others can't seem to get a payment. The man next to me said there were 4 people where his wife worked, 2 got payments, 2 did not. Doing the same job?
It's not only claims for last work for 2010, but the lost work will continue into this year. Our Real Estate market was heavily reliant on condominiums and second homes. That segment is dormant. It has led me to think that I will review my situation and be ever so grateful for what comes in. I will also think about the others that I work with. One woman who makes draperies for me is really in a bad situation. I told her I would help her fill out her paperwork when she comes to having to write up the situation. I believe that many who have not been paid, do not have good records or are not skilled in writing and describing their situation. I almost wanted to put out a notice that I would help those in need. I will help this woman and I hope she gets some money soon. And others too.
The economy in the whole country is suffering and it is hard when you see people you know in that situation. I've got a lot to do. Later.
Monday, January 17, 2011
I am back from the Atlanta Merchandise Mart and I had a fabulous time! A lot of walking around the showrooms. This is the place designer's go to see what is new in the market place and place orders for new products. I will be writing a blog about the new trends and will post it here. But in the meantime, the buzz words are neutrals, birds, washed grey furniture, and unfinished but polished furnitiure!
Small birds were everywhere, on candlesticks, mirrors, lamps, pictures etc. And I mean sparrows and chickadee small birds. You could see the emphasis from the green movement in the natural linens and colors shown. I'm very excited about it but most regular people, like my clients and those of you who are reading this, will never see the washed greys in furniture as it will be a high end look. Painted furniture is still very big, a lot of distressing and soft colors! The greys and beiges were accented with a new color called plum raisin which is a soft purply plum and was often mixed with teal. Later.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!
I struggled with a blog title today and finally ended up with the above, because today I am calm and happy! It is good to read other peoples blogs, how frustrated they are, how happy they are, disappointed, struggling, whatever is going on. Some things you can relate to, others not. I read a blog today from a young woman who is extreme in her low opinion of herself. So sad. At 62, if I could only redo parts of my mind throughout my life, I would have been a lot less stressed. But now, at 62, I'm happier than I have ever been.
I have learned not to worry but to give my worries over to God. Let him handle them. My oldest son has decided to leave his job in food service and get training as an EMT. It is very worrying in this economic client but I am happy that he has a goal and is striving for it. This doesn't happen until the summer so I have a lot of praying to do so that God can handle it. I just hope we don't have to contribute to the education. We did that already.
I'm not going to worry about losing weight. I am going to apply what I know about healthy eating to each meal and try to make the best choices available. I've learned a lot in the past year with sparking and I will continue to learn from all my friends.
I'm going to crank up the Wii fit as often as I can. In fact, after I finish here I'll go do a few. When the weather gets better, I will walk outside and take the dog. When things settle down and I have more time to make the effort, I might resume my WW efforts. Right now, I have too much other stuff on my plate, like clients needs, going to market in Atlanta tomorrow and Niagara Falls at the end of the month. Filling Mom-in-laws pill boxes, taking her for a hair cut, keeping up with kids and grandchildren, etc. etc.
Social activities get in the way but like I said, I'm having more fun than ever. My sister wanted me to join the Yacht Club for years and we finally decided to do so this summer. ANd we have had a great time! Last night we went to game night with them. They are trying to get more people to come out during the week. So we played pinochle, had 3 beers and pizza. The pizza was homemade and delicious. Very thin crust and fresh veggies. WE talked about our upcoming trip to Niagara Falls and we are all looking forward to it! I'll tell you about that when it happens! Later. Got to get going!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Just imagine, we are the only state in the nation with no snow! Even Hawaii has snow according to George Stephanopoulis on GMA! It's cold enough here for snow so I'll bundle up anyway. Would love to just stay home but not to be. I've been going back and rereading my blogs from last year at this time. I had just returned from DIsney and while writing, this came out of my fingers:
"YOU CANNOT LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF! "
Whoa, did I really say that? You cannot lose weight and keep it off without changing yourself!! It just rolled off the keyboard and it's my new mantra!!!!!!!! I believe it!! For the first time in my life, I KNOW I have to change to be thin! I understand, I get it!
Losing weight is not depriving myself of the pleasure of eating anything I want. If I want to lose weight, I have to give up some foods temporarily and then learn to eat them in moderation, for the rest of my life! "
Okay, I still believe it but I guess I haven't decided to change myself enough to lose the weight. Or I am too busy with extracurricular activities to give it the time. I did set up my Wii fit yesterday and I did 35 min and I was told I was in pretty good shape, even though obese! Looking at my picture, do you think I am obese? I said yesterday that I would devote more of my time to exercise and still try to eat healthier and make good choices. This past year I've done little to increase the exercise while trying to stick to some sort of diet. Maybe if I concentrate on more exercise, the weight loss will happen. I'll try it.
At least I am still here. And cold! Later
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