Monday, January 25, 2010
I'm feeling my youth slip away. That's little dramatic I know, but these last few months have taken a toll. We took on a project which has taken longer, cost more and involved way more work than we had originally planned. I gained some pounds and am not getting enough exercise, which seems to happen almost every winter. The dreary, cold days are getting on my nerves and I am CRANKY. Like some OLD person.
We bought a foreclosure house right across the street from our own home last October. I call it....HGTV HELL. It's been convenient to work on but, also a constant reminder that we can see out our front window. We've done this a few times before but, we were A LOT younger. And no matter how hard we've worked these last few months, it's not the same as a good cardio workout. The good news IS...it's almost done. It can't be an excuse anymore.
A few months ago, my mantra was..."Time To Quit Wasting Time". I was determined to get the scale unstuck and start losing weight again. Plans have changed slightly. The scale moved...but, in the wrong direction so, my new mantra will be Stop Whining, Get Moving and Shut Yer Piehole!
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Just a little though....but, enough to let loose a flood of emotions that need a place to land.
This next week will mark one year since the my cousin Kristine's passing. Tonite we spent the evening with our cousins and she was here I know, in faces of her children and in our thoughts that speak louder than conversation....in our hugs that last just a little longer.... and in our tears that start on the way home.
Life moves like the river flows. It catches on the branches and arcs around curves and bends. We remember the path it took but, we can't go back upstream to changes the way things are. We meander along, giving way to the next circumstance, the next happening, the next stage of existence. She is forever on the bank....way back in time, waving us on.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Since it's come up on one of our teams, I've been giving some thought to this process getting rid of the junk that clutters up our life. The excess paper, collectibles, furnishings, clothing, etc. that we find so hard to part with. It's hard work, slowly purging the unnecessary from our path.
I wonder sometimes, if we clutter up because, we are afraid some part of ourselves will get tossed with the trash? To be honest, some of me DOES need to get tossed with the trash.....Stinking baggage! It clutters my mind. All that stuff that doesn't matter anymore. I guess that means it's time clear the metaphorical as well as the physical clutter. Time to quit wasting time and clear the past, from my path.
Friday, December 25, 2009
This has been a most enjoyable Christmas holiday. We usually have the whole family over and little time to accomplish the extreme makeover our house always needs this time of year. The busier we get, the messier the house gets. The messier the house, the more stressed I become. By the time company arrives, I'm spent and the rest of our family is annoyed.
We spent the day differently this year. Due to a family wedding less than a week before Christmas and a house project which has become our new part time job, we had to forgo hosting the annual Christmas gathering. We still saw one side of the family on Christmas Eve. We'll see the other after Christmas for sure, but today, was simply a simple celebration of peace and quiet. We enjoyed the company of our own adult children without the stress of cleaning, cooking and wrapping for everyone else. It's the first time in over 20 years that we've had the day to ourselves. Peace and Quiet on earth.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Lets face it. We can always say that we'd do things differently if we were the President and had the power to make the big decisions. That's a hypothetical and we are armchair warriors. There isn't any way to test the hypothesis so, we can safely and smugly sit in our chairs and pretend to know how to proceed with, running a war or revamping healthcare or responding to global warming.
As smart and smug as we are....we just don't have the big picture, nor do we have the weight of all these conflicting expectations on our shoulders. Even though these big decisions impact us greatly, we don't have what it takes to make the sacrifice it takes to be tested to the limits of our wisdom.
If we did, we'd be sitting in that chair behind the big desk facing not only the big decisions but also, a lot of big talkers telling us h0w to run the country.
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