Friday, December 05, 2014
Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for December is to review November and set our December goals.
I never got around to setting goals for November, but I feel overall it was a successful month. I pretty much maintained during the month.
I am keeping my December goals simple:
1. Continue the healing process of losing my best friend and husband on November 12, 2013, by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow, but also continuing to make the effort to get on with my life by getting out and doing things and also enjoying a new relationship with Bob who is also going through the grief of losing his wife.
2. Be consistent with exercise despite the cooler, wetter and more depressing weather. My goal is to do yoga at least 2 days, but hopefully three days per week; do top it off strength two days per week, do lower body strength 1-1/2 days per week, and QiGong one day per week plus fit in cardio 3 to 5 days per week.
3. Incorporate more cooking into my week.
4. Have healthier snacks and limit unhealthy snacks to no more than once per week.
Friday, November 14, 2014
My assignment for Week 2 of Aspire and Inspire's BSG Challenge is to answer the questions: Are you ready for the holidays? Have you prepared your menus? Have you started shopping yet?
Simply put I am not ready for the holidays nor have I prepared menus. I have done minimal shopping only because I give a lot of gift cards and purchased them through a fundraiser site for my grandson, Zachary, for his gymnastics team when they were running specials and het got extra money from them.
This year is going to prove to be a challenging holiday season. First my daughter in law's birthday is on Thanksgiving day and she doesn't like to share her birthday with the holiday. They wouldn't commit to what the plans were so my good friends, Paula and Knud, invited Bob and I and others for dinner. However, that is up in the air because Knud's sister just died in Denmark and they are unsure if they will be going there. So, all I know is that Bob and I will be spending it together, but not really sure right now where. If the invitation doesn't work out then it will be a simple menu or going out to dinner.
Then Bob's youngest son is going through a divorce so their family holidays are also up in the air. His youngest son and his kids/grandkids plan to get together at Bob's on Saturday and I am invited, but that too is up in the air depending on my grandson, jerry's, football time. if they make it that far, the finals are on Saturday, November 29th.
As for Christmas, I haven't even started thinking about that. My daughter wants me to come down there, but I don't really want to. Bob and I are trying to make plans to go down for some time the week after Christmas and celebrate my daughter's birthday (December 29th) and possibly New Year's with them, but we shall see how that works out.
As for shopping, I will most likely start thinking about that after Thanksgiving.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Our blog assignment this week for our BSG challenge is to write about Halloween - if we celebrate, how, etc.
Well, I love seeing Halloween decorations and costumes and handing out candy to the kids, but this year that will not be how I will be spending Halloween. This is my grandson's senior year and he's on the football team which is doing quite well so on Halloween we will be attending a football game which is the play in game to determine whether their team will be in the State playoffs.
This is exciting because last year was the first year they even came close. Right now they are placed 9th in the state of about 50 teams.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Our Week 3 blog assignment for theAspire to Inspire BSG challenge is to write about some of our favorite things about Fall. Well, for anyone who knows me very well, you know that I am definitely a Fun in the Sun Type Girl and love everything about summer including the extreme warm weather and while I do not look forward to the cooler, wetter and drearier days of the other seasons, I guess if I really think hard I can find things I do like about Fall. So here is my list.
The first thing on my list is that I love watching my grandson play football. I have never been a fan of the sport and even after about 7 years of watching my grandson play and having Bill try to explain it and having purchased me a beginner's book explaining it (Snot Bubbles?????), I still do not understand or particularly like the sport, but I enjoy watching my grandson and his teammates play and have definitely enjoyed watching the improvement they have made as a team, having made it to State playoffs last year for the first time in more than a decade. It is awesome to hear my grandson's name announced which is a frequent occurrence.
Next I would have to say that I do enjoy seeing the beautiful colors of Fall and taking walks, hikes and bike rides enjoying that beauty.
Next up comes Halloween and everything related to Halloween. Of course, the pumpkin patch, and I loved seeing all of the creative ways Bill decorated his little pumpkins and will definitely miss having them decorating the house this year.
This is more along the lines of what I had been used to before meeting Bill.
And, of course, seeing the little ones dressed up in their costumes, especially the cute little ones like this, my almost granddaughter.
I also enjoy Oktoberfest and the German music associated with it.
And, last but not least, Thanksgiving and the time spent with family and friends. I am not sure how much of this I will be able to enjoy this year without Bill, but I have so many memories of the time Bill and I were together of these things that I will bring out and enjoy.
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