Sunday, December 02, 2012
Before I start with all of my blog, I want to let you know I'm taking another blogging challenge. This time it is for Advent. Since I found it this morning, I am already one day behind! However, I know some of my followers did the Nov Thanksgiving one at the same time as I did, so I thought I'd link you to the site for the Advent prompts in case others would like to do the same challenge. Here you go: adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com/
I was able to follow all the goals I set except for one. I wasn't able to add any new foods. I did try, oh how I tried!! Everything that I tried either burned or was too difficult to chew and swallow. I am very happy that I have stayed on track another month and logged my exercise and foods for each day!
1. Continue with my program to maintain
2. Keep on with my exercises as much as possible
3. If I can't keep up with exercise, reduce food intake
4. Keep doctor appointments better, even if I'm not feeling well!
5. It will never be a problem, but keep on drinking water 8-12 glasses a day.
6. Continue weighing in on Friday mornings to keep everything under control
7. Keep nutrition and exercise logs each day.
8. Do everything possible to live as well as I can.
9. Be sure to get enough fruits and veggies as possible.
10. Keep trying to add better foods to my daily intake. Nutritious and fun!!
I'm content with how my personal goals went, too. I didn't follow the exact word count, but I did complete my word count and verified as a winner! I took good care with Bob and I stayed in touch with my regional group. In the end, it WASN"T my turn for Program for sorority, so I didn't have that concern. I checked in with Spark all but one day, I believe it was. I made it after midnight, so it went to the next day. All in all, I am very happy.
1. Set daily writing goals at 1700 words/per day
2. Just do it!
3. Write in gratitude journal each day - 3 things a day
4. Make sure Bob is eating as he should and taking care of himself. He's too precious to lose.
5. Check into Spark people each day AFTER getting writing quota finished.
6. Keep from playing too many games while working on this 50K+ challenge.
7. Stay in contact with regional members and with ML liaison.
8. Get a fantastic program for sorority this month since it's my turn!
9. When NaNo is over, continue to write as often as possible. Ask Spark Buds for prompts if necessary,
10. Be gentle on myself if I miss a day writing. Do some more each day until I catch up.
11. Continue to compliment and always SMILE!!!
For December I have one goal - to make it through the month the best I can, including the Advent blogging.
ACCM: December 1, The Christmas Tree
Our Christmas tree while I was growing up was always real until I was about 10. That was when my mama and I both discovered we had allergies to Pine! As a teen, we attempted to return to the tradition several times wearing gloves. After toomany broken beloved ornaments, we gave up. My mama went to an aluminum tree with a colored spotlight shinning on it and I went the way of an artificial with decorating as usual. I still have several ornaments that were family ones that I remember always being with us. I also have several plastic Santa and Santa boots that held suckers given to me by my dad's last partner at the Sheriff's Office. They remained good friends the rest of their lives, but these are from sometime up to me being 6 when we moved to a different house. My mama used to put "Angelhair" on the tree when it was the popular thing to do. We were both happy when the fashion went away, as it was too easy to get cut using it which meant I couldn't get too far under the tree to check out anything that was there. You know - stuff
Santa didn't bring but family friends and some relatives, too. While we still believed (and in a some way I still do - at least the magic of the days and celebrating Christ's Birthday) my brother and I would be awakened in the middle of the night to go to the tree because "Santa has come!" Mama also had us string popcorn to circle the trees. That was always a fun project because she would make hot chocolate and give us a bowl o popcorn and the needle already to go with the string. i think we would eat as much of the popcorn as we strung! Of course I'm sure that was her plan all along! She also had us string the tinsel over the branches one at a time to look like real icecicles. I still hang them that way. I would rather leave them off than to see them bunched all together looking like a big ol' lump!! We also had a red star that was sparkly and shone with a light in the middle as a tree topper. Today, we use one that had been used by Bob's parents when he was a child. With that and the ornaments from each family, we have a lovely mix of family on our tree. My maternal grandparents had stopped celebrating Christmas by the time I came along, thus no memories to have there. My paternal grandmother died the year before I was born and my aunts took turns doing my Zeddo's (grandfather in Slovak) tree, so they were different each year and difficult to remember other than they were always real until I was older. Zeddo passed away in September of my freshman year in college. I was 17 and I can't recall him having a tree up for several years before that. Since he was in his 80's, I have to believe it was because of his age.
Since the prompt for today is Food, I'm going to wait until tomorrow to blog that entry! There is just too much to write about it. My paternal grandparents brought a lot of tradition with them when the came to the states from Slovakia. We used some of them and others not. My brother and I still follow some of those same traditions in our own families today. We have made others, but there are some that remain precious to us from our childhood that came from their 'old' country. I'm not sure about my niece and nephew as they spend Christmas with my brother each year.
No matter your beliefs or even non-beliefs, I am wishing all my Spark People family a wonderful holiday season. For me and my fellow Christians, Jesus' birth is the reason we celebrate. Even if this isn't what you follow, I have respect for your personal reason, too. We are all brothers and sisters occupying our earth together. This internet thing has made us even a smaller world and I believe in order to exist we must be respectful to all. I have love in my heart for all of my Spark friends whether they believe as I do or not. I hope that by my example those who do not, can see there are good people who are not hateful nor judgemental of others , and Christian.
Peace Love and Joy always.
Friday, November 30, 2012
30. Today I'm grateful for the ability to continue to be able to communicate with my own voice and not with the aid of a machine or tube. Each day given to me is a blessing and I'll never take it for granted. Each day brings another chance to be happy, do things that I enjoy, helping others and giving a lift to their lives., and try to smile often. When I do these things, I am living life to the fullest. But taking care of my body the best I can, is the greatest gift I can give myself.
Great news for Bob today. All of his tests turned out wonderful. He has no heart problems at all!! He really didn't want to go, but I talked to him about how much I have been concerned since his chest pains. Now we know for sure and we both feel so much better.
There is a creative site that I joined several years ago. There are very few members and participation like there is here. But it is fun, none the less. I chose to finally participate in a swap there. Those who are participating received three names to send to while three different people got our name to send to. What we are exchanging are handwritten letters with the theme of "A Christmas Memory". I have been thinking about this all afternoon. I have two very vivid memories. One is really more like a tradition and the other is a memory. I haven't been able to make up my mind, so perhaps I'll use both. If anyone would be interested in checking the site, here is the link: coachcreativespace.ning.com/
All this has brought two questions to my mind that I would like to ask my Spark Buds.
#1. Do you have any family traditions that you learned as a child and have incorporated into your own family as an adult?
#2. Do you believe the art of letter writing is gone for good? Do you enjoy writing letters and receiving them, too? It seems I write so little anymore that when I must, my handwriting is awful. But i do enjoy both. And yes, I believe computers with their instant replies appeal to those especially, who desire instant gratification. I also think it is too bad. I have letters from long ago that I have saved and cherish.
Everyone enjoy their weekend.
Peace Love and Joy to all my Buds. I love you all.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
26. I am thankful for all of my friends but mostly for those that helped me out when I was going through my divorce over 20 years ago. Also the one who helped get Bob and me together. Then there are the ones that have helped me on this journey along with my 2 cancer fights.
27. I am thankful for the love I receive and give. From my Lord and my fur babies, it is unconditional. I often feel it is that way with Bob and my brother, too. No matter what, they don't get angry with me, forgive me, and support me. How blessed am I??
28. I am thankful I learned how to turn my attitude around to become much more positive. Part of that was learning to forgive. It has made such a difference for me. It makes me feel better because in asking for forgiveness myself, I know I am heard and forgiven. Another part is learning how to set goals and achieve them. I was never able to do this when I was younger, even several years ago!!
29. I am thankful for the times I got to spend with my family and friends who are no longer with us physically. Someone asked me the other day if I believe in angels. I sure do! Both those who walk here on earth and those who have left but look after me. I don't think it is so strange to feel an intervention just when I need it. That comes from my angels.
Well, here we go again. This past week I have found two solid lumps. One is in my right arm and the other is on the right side of my neck. I know in my heart most likely they are nothing out of the ordinary, however with my recent background it isn't 100%. I have "talked" with God about this and I know His will is to be done. I can't change anything but to make sure I get them checked. Even if there is something from this, I'll accept it and do what I have to do. It might not be easy, but we can't control such things. Besides, I know God has His plans for me.
Bob and I went target shooting today. He took several pictures, but hasn't gotten them into the computer yet. When he does I'll be sure to post, if I think they are any good! The wind was blowing at the time he took them and they might show that!!
Tomorrow Bob is going to have a Pet scan and I think a CT, too. They are wanting to check his heart after the pains he was having. hey wanted to set it up right after they got his blood work back, but that was when he had to have the emergency surgery. So tomorrow is the day.
It would seem we can both use some prayers and good thoughts!
About my NaNo book - I finished up in the wee hours on Monday. I verified at 53,707!! I can't believe it was that much when just last week I was unsure I could even finish. As always I love this challenge. Bob was able to finish another story in his architect/medical examiner series. I'm not sure what his count was for verification.
That's it for today. When I know what is going on, you can be sure I'll blog it here.
Peace, Love, and Joy to all of my Spark Buds.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
24. I'm thankful for so much help being given to those with illnesses and challenged that wasn't available that long ago. My step-daughter's son (Bob's only grandchild) is autistic. There is help for her because she stays home to help him. She works from home making graphics and web pages. She couldn't have been able to have that help 15-20 years ago.
25. I'm thankful for all three step children and step grandson. Today is the oldest one's (Rob) 43rd birthday. He is such a nice guy. He always remembers me on special days and checks on his father a lot. It seems we got along from the first time we met. He loves to read and write, too. He has had some of his work appear on several ezines. The middle child is Tracy (the mother of the grandson). Her birthday is December 31st!! There was a boy between those two that died. His name was Danny. The youngest of the three is Rich. He was 35 this past September 3rd. He has ocd and rarely leaves the house unless it is to visit his mom or sister. He doesn't drive. He lives with Rob and Rob more or less looks after him. He also gets seizures once in a while. Then there is Nic, the grandso, he is 15. He is the sweetest boy and told me on the phone one time, did I know I was his other Grandma? Isn't that the best? It was for me to hear it.
Well, I had my hair cut a little shorter and with layers. I think it's cute and Bob says besides when we went our honeymoon this is the cut he likes best. For my nails I took the advice of some of you. I have mostly red, then a thin strip of gold sparkle, then green. In the picture of the thumb by itself, the red looks a different shade. The other picture shows the true red.
Now y'all have to tell me what you think, OK? Did I make a good choice? I love how she does my nails. I tell her basically what I'd like and then she's free to take that and run. I trust her and if something isn't right to her or me, she'll take it off until we are both happy. I remember a lot of the nail clients I used to have that wanted the same thing every time. Even the same color and would never try anything new. I try to be as easy as I can and I love trying new colors and new patterns. I'm the same with my hair. I'll ask, do you think such and such would look good on me? and Wendy is honest enough to tell me yes or no. I even thought about going very, very short again, but decided to go with the layers. As I told her, if this is too hard for me to care for, I'll have her do it very short.
What are you - a client who likes to try different things or someone who never changes ??
Yesterday Florida beat Florida State on the Seminoles' home field!! We were so so happy. Go Gators, indeed!!! So far today, Jax is ahead of Tenn. I hope it ends that way. Poor Jags have only had one win this season!! But so many of their "stars" are out with major injuries. That's my football news!!
The weather has been cooler than normal. We have our heat set at 68 degrees F and last night it came on once or twice. But the sun has been shining and it has been perfect walking weather. Bob also made some turkey noodle soup and is it ever yummy!!
I have been asked how my nano novel is coming along. I should have it finished by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. When I'm finished, I'll let it sit until January then start to edit it the first time and change some things to make it tighter. As of now, I have just a little less than 5000 words to write.
Wishing a happy week ahead for all my Spark Buds.
Peace Love and Joy to all.
Friday, November 23, 2012
20. I am thankful for a home, a dependable vehicle, and enough to eat. Many don't have those things.
21. I am grateful for finding Spark and that we are able to use it for free.
22. I'm grateful for "The Spark" that Tom wrote, and for the Spark cookbook that Chef Meg worked on so hard.
23. I am grateful for having such wonderful neighbors. Three of them are here year round and we always look out for each other. If anyone needs help, they know they can call on Bob. He can do most anything with so many things. He always has such great ideas to solve problems, too.
We had an exceptional Thanksgiving here. Bob made a turkey, cranberry sauce from scratch, and stuffing. He has a special way of injecting the turkey with wine. He puts a little olive oil on the outside and the meat is always so juicy and tastes good. The wine evaporates and leaves a nice taste. The stuffing this year was simple and good. He dried the bread and made cruetons and added mushrooms and spices. The cranberries were sent to us from Wisconsin and the sauce he made was super. I think he may have followed the Spark recipe with the orange. All and all it was all very good and low in calories, good with nutrients, and tasted good to boot!
My brother called just before we ate. It was nice to hear from him, as always. His son along with his children and SIL, joined them at the cottage. G's wife had just returned home from Denmark where she has family. She and her sister are the only ones in the States. With the total of 8, they were having a great time, too. They have room for it, too.
Bob took a plate to our neighbor who is alone. He wouldn't come for dinner as he said it was family time. It didn't matter to him that we have no family here and we think of him as family, he was adamant. After several times of asking him, we didn't insist on it. His wife died a few years ago and I think the holidays are difficult for him.
After that, we watched movies for awhile. Let's see if I can remember them!: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; 2012 - ice Age; and a comedy with John Candy. I can't remember the name of that one, but it was so cute. He plays an air traffic controller who must take a vacation. He and his family go to FL and then the fun begins. All i can say is it was so very funny. We watched it last so we would have something light before bedtime.
Today I am getting a manicure and my hair cut. I am worth having those things done and I deserve it for maintaining since July. Perhaps I can have Bob get some pictures like he did of my last manicure.
I don't know how I'll have them done this time. Perhaps red for the holidays. That would be pretty with a sparkle top coat, don't you think?
We stay away from the stores for Black Friday. Neither one of us can stand to be in huge crowds. We both have PTSD and that's part of it.
So what are your plans for today? I think we all should do something nice for ourselves if even writing a note to ourselves saying all the things we like about ourself with the reminder of how much we are loved.
Peace Love and Joy to each of you. I love you one and all.
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