Thursday, January 06, 2011
Some melting today and it was welcome. Got to have the dog outside a little bit more today. He is afraid of the dark, strangers, and noises. Don't know if he was neglected or abused before we got him. We've had him since a couple days before Christmas. He is a very sweet dog, and is no trouble at all. The boys are loving him and that is what it's all about. When the weather gets nicer and I can actually do some walking outside, I plan to take him with me. He will be a good companion and walks fast so I'll be pressed to keep up. LOL
Before the holidays got into full swing I made a commitment to swim several times a week. It hasn't happened much. Being so susceptible to illnesses, my Dr. thought I should wait awhile before getting started. Not so much because of the cold, which doesn't hurt anyone, but the germs in and out of the pool from folks that may be coming down with colds and flu was his concern. I catch everything, so I plan to follow his advice. He's been giving me good advice for many years now, so there's no reason to question his thinking now. So back to the LS walking tapes, and the hand weights and stability ball I got for Christmas. Now there's an interesting item. I checked out all those ball exercises on this website before I got it and thought....piece of cake.....I can do that. You probably know where this is heading....it hasn't been a piece of cake....more like a clumsy clod. It is getting easier, but my 40 year old thinking and my 65 year old body are in direct conflict with each other. Would that be considered a split personality? Naw.....just an old body that isn't in anyway, shape, or form, in a hurry to co-operate with my mindset. whew.....what a mouthful.
There are so many workout videos on this website, and available to buy that I have plenty of outlets for workouts. it's kindof sad when you have to give yourself pep talks to get busy with a workout, but maybe I should try it by looking in the mirror. That should do it! LOL
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Yesterday I wrote down all my goals for the new year and divided them into months. Then I reread them and divided them into weeks, and then I looked at the clock.
Well, needless to say, allot of yesterday was spent thinking and writing, and so today I begin. A little late, but this is week one. We'll see. I got on the scale and started out the new year without a weight gain. I made the challenge that Monty gave us and for that I'm pretty doggone happy!
Mostly I don't make resolutions because I never keep them so my resolution this year was not to make any. LOL
No really.....how can you help from making them. I didn't make my goals for 2010 but maybe they were too big, and maybe I have to be more realistic.
Having read a dozen or more blogs from people who started the year off with a bang, I just have to say that I'm very happy for them. School starts tomorrow and I'd be lying if I said I'm sorry about it. God knew what he was doing when he gave kids to the young....I am most certainly not that, and I love my grandkids bunches and gobs, but they have been driving me crazy for almost 3 weeks now and maybe Tuesday, ....maybe Tuesday afternoon I can say, oh ya, what was I going to do before I was interrupted by life? And they are good kids, no problems there, but between them and the new puppy, and the holidays, and my daughters resolution to get more organized...which I didn't realize included me. (go figure) I need more than resolutions.....I need a vacation. I was thinking New Zealand?
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Today has been a day filled with new things. First of all, we started the day off by driving across town to meet Reagan. Reagan is an 8 month old Sheltie. He is beautiful and he's only been "ours" for about 6 hours,. It's kindof funny how it came up. I mentioned (be careful of that) that the boys wanted a dog. I immediately put the kibosh on it a whole....whole week a ago as I knew I'd be the one taking care of a dog, just as I did when the kids had theirs years ago. Then I thought about a little harder and discovered just how selfish I was being. There hasn't been a dog in this house for eons. I think Reagan is going to fit in nicely. He seems to have good manners, he's not a barker, (yet) and we've all already fallen in love with him.
So really, Santa came early this year, but the boys are both happy, and the smile on Michelle's face tells me she has been wanting a dog too. So I'm glad I caved. I have a very happy family!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
A very dear lady from Australia sent this to me this morning on my page. It is the most beautiful Christmas poem I've ever seen. So beautiful in fact that I wanted to share it with you. I hope that Aria won't mind.
My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun
I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer
May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought
May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold
I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas friend
And a happy New Year, too
This whole week will be so hectic for everyone, but on Christmas eve and Christmas day when you are with your loved ones, it will all be so worth it.
If you are spending the holiday alone, I wish you peace and love in your heart from the child Jesus. During the years when my kids were young I had to share them with their Dad on some Christmas' and they would go out of town. I had no family in Casper and didn't want to intrude on friends. So I was alone on those Christmases and remember vividly how I felt. If you're in those shoes, I wrap my arms around you this moment and send you love. I know how hard it is. In retrospect, I am glad that I did it for my kids because they grew up knowing that we both loved them, and really, what more can a parent do then to make sure their kids reach adulthood without loss of love, pain in their hearts, and with a sense of who they are. It was the best gift I could have given them and the rest isn't important anymore as that was a long time ago.
If you have lost a loved one this year, and especially recently, I pray that the peace of knowing that they are with Our Lord and not suffering any longer with give you some condolence. It is so hard. My parents both passed in November, of two different years, but I still remember how difficult is seemed then to celebrate without them and my dear sweet sister. It is all a part of our life's journey. What more can I say because it doesn't make it any easier.
Our parish has a celebration every November to remember those from the church lost during that year. This year there were 42 people and more since then. Loved ones are given a large white glass votive candle and a procession starts at the back of the church. When you reach the altar you place your candle in the holder with your loved one's name on it. Then the service begins and it does bring peace to your heart.
So to all the elves, cookie crunchers, nog drinkers, and Santa lovers like myself, may all the celebrating along with praising the reason for the season, Baby Jesus, give you a fantastic holiday season. Thank you all for being such good friends to me this year. I wish that I could meet you all in person. This is really a family of special people.
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