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Control

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Today (and last night) I had a lot of thoughts about organization and I really thought about how it boils down to my very all consuming need to have control over my life. Rather than dislike this need I am going to embrace it and work with it. My philosophy goes like this (not really new) What I can control I will and what I can't I will just let the Almighty take care of. After all I can't control the weather, how others feel and act, the political landscape, etc. So what can I control that I need to work on? Firstly I have most of the activities in my life organized, house cleaning is in progress, being accountable is also but I have a hard time with what to eat to keep the scale going down in #s. So I have decided to make a list of veggies I enjoy and I will go out and buy them and prepare them. I need to buy zuchinis and prepare them with parmesan cheese and onions, green beans and cook them with onions. These are just a few of what I want to always have on hand and prepared. I love vegetables and nothing makes me happier than a green salad with surimi in it. I can prepare that salad for under 200 calories easily. I do get hungry so it is imperative to prepare lots of stuff to eat that will keep me in my 1200-1500 calorie limit. It is also better to stay on the light side of that. Being only 4'11" doesn't allow me a whole lot of calories. I once figured it out and with a regular life I can only ingest approx. 1800 cals a day and stay the same. No wonder it is hard to get below 145 lbs.

  


Need Results

Monday, November 26, 2012

Today I am up early with the goal of getting a lot done today in mind. By 6 I will get going and walk the dogs. On the way back I think I will pick up another pc. of plastic for the back window of the car. Last week Charlie backed into a tree which he did not see and it shattered. It was shocking and the "friends" whose home we were at said the husband would line up a new rear window for us but it is now Mon. and if nothing develops by tonight we will go a different route. We have an excellent mechanic who can deal with it for us so we will see. I hate being in a foreign country with this sort of problem but we are so we need to deal with it. If the first people are miffed so be it. We can't bow to others desires just to make nice. I am so tired of misunderstandings and their results. We do not need this kind of stress.

  


English Lessons

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Yesterday I did the first English lessons for several teens who are children on Mexican friends. First of all I had a short lesson on dinosaurs. I did not know that all dinosaurs have legs that extend straight down rather than out form the creature's sides. That is the difference between dinosaurs and reptiles of today. Interesting! Instead of writing my own material this year I am using a book by ........... and taking stuff out of it. This is an excellent author and he writes so much better than I. I have to edit the material though as I have to eliminate the swears and sex. I make them concentrate on the basic story, pronounciation, contractions, tenses and general meanings. It is a slow go but I know when I did this last year they were all so much better by the end of 6 months than at the start. They have lost a lot in the last 6 months that I have been gone. A friend in Canada gave us a bunch of Nat. Geo magazines to bring with us and the homework is to find a picture in a magazine and bring it back with an English description. We'll see how that works out.
Still no progress on getting a rear window glass for our car. Patience, I guess. If Manuel does not line one up we will do it ourselves through Rigo our miracle mechanic. He always comes through.
Today we will visit with our mexican Bahai friends and do Devotions. It is also a Feast Day so we will take care of that.
I did not take the dogs for a walk this morning but will do so again tomorrow. I felt tired so I slept in. Occasionally that is the case.

  
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WALLAHALLA 11/25/2012 11:29PM

    rest is an important component to our health, too often overlooked

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Shattered Back Window

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sometimes I worry about my husband but then it all seems to work out. Yesterday he backed up into a tree and claimed he did not see it. I guess that is possible if it is too high but still touches your back window. Anyway the back window shattered into a million pcs. Holy moly! We were at a friend's house and they helped us get a pc. of heavy plastic to put over the hole. That actually worked out well. The plastic cost just under $2 and we already had the duct tape. We checked with our insurance but we had been cheap buying mexican ins. and had no collision coverage. It is shocking to me that a replacement for it only costs 2500 pesos. That is barely $200. I am very pleased with that and the only thing better would have been not to have it happen in the first place. It made for an upsetting day though. My husband seemed to think I could have prevented this, HOW? He is 70 and sometimes I do wonder about him.

  
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WONDERFUL2BME 11/24/2012 4:51AM

    That had to scare the heck out of him (and you if you were in the car). I can't even imagine how that sounds. It is hard as people age, to give up and let others do the driving. I know I will miss the independence it gives me when I have to give it up some day.

Haha, I guess you could quit leaving your trees in the way! Have a great day.

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NESARIAN 11/23/2012 12:01PM

    Oh my! Prevention is necessary and maybe hubby no longer driving is the prevention needed. Good luck.

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GARDENCHRIS 11/23/2012 11:18AM

    glad you're all ok .... but maybe he should not be driving anymore ...

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Cleaning House

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I am starting to clean this house which is not really mine. It is a little Mexican house all built of concrete and she has lovely furniture and decorations. It belongs to our Japanese friend and she is in Japan right now. I will not truly be comfortable till I clean it from top to bottom. So I broke down all the different tasks and numbered them on paper. My husband thinks I am kind of wierd but I like to do things that way and then as I do the tasks I cross them out. Yesterday I did 3 of the tasks which were to sweep 3 different outside areas. Today I want to take down dusty curtains and wash, starch and rehang them. I will vacume and wipe the walls with a damp cloth soaked in bleach water in those areas and then wash the windows involved. I may start to feel more at home that way. I am contemplating eventually tanning out on the back patio, just half hr. a day for a while. The ozone is much better here than in Canada and I sure will not need to take vitamin D.

  
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WONDERFUL2BME 11/21/2012 8:44AM

    I love organizing and I love cleaning so I can totally understand your approach. You will be able to kick back and suntan knowing the tasks are all under control.

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JUDYAMK 11/21/2012 8:44AM

    what ever works for you go for it. Here is what i do i put the timer on when i do cleaning . I break the room down in sections I divide it in fours When I dust I put the timer on for an hour & try to beat the timer. I know sounds crazy but it works for me. (. I have a very bad back where they want to put rods but I am holding off ) So I do one section take a break & go back 7 put the timer on when i do the windows etc. it all works for me 7 the room is all done.Take care & Happy Cleaning!!!
Judy

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1935MARY 11/21/2012 8:05AM

    Nothing wrong with a plan when cleaning or anything, I clean houses for a living , and for each one I have a routine, if I get off my routine I will miss something. I hope you get a nice tan. You have a good one.

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ELRIDDICK 11/21/2012 8:01AM

  Thanks for sharing

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