Monday, January 09, 2012
Why do we so often persist in doing things to ourselves that can't possibly have good outcomes? My 'baby' brother's drug of choice has been alcohol for over 35 years. Now he is soon to succumb to liver failure, renal failure a d blood that no longer clots properly. As I helped him get more comfortable at the hospital for the umpteenth time today I prayed and wondered why he had come down this road. Helping him through this has presented me with an odd sort of diet. It has made me desire less of my drug of choice - food. perhaps I will meet a goal or two as we travel together down this difficult path. Disappointment and sadness are tempered by love, but any hope for a different outcome has flown away. I pray this will remind me often that we have just this one body and it is up to us to treat it as the temple it was intended to be. I wish us all much success in our own personal journeys of 2012!
Blessings and hugs to you all!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Today I have lots of cleaning up to do ... I also need to res a bit from a really full weekend. It was such fun. Friday was a lot of racing around to plan a birthday party for our two year old grand daughter. Decided on Dora the Explorer and fond all sorts of decor, puzzles, blanket, pjs, socks, panties, toys and dolls. I'd already gotten her too many presents so this was a bit insane, but it all made for an amazing sight when she arrived for dinner party. I also did a cute cake all about Dora using bath toys, adding some cupcakes, candles and the actual cake was not too big. I cooked tur-duck-hen for the first time and filled out the meal with broccoli, green salad, sugar free jello with berries, mashed potatoes, pumpkin rolls, cranberry sauce and choices of light ice cream. Yum! Saturday I went to 2 basketball games to watch grandsons play, went to dojo to watch their tae qwon do class, and shopped for a fridge for our house that our daughter's family is living. Though not very old, the other one died on Friday ... Ouch! After that it was party time and so much fun. Ziva loved that it was all for her! Late that night we had bed and breakfast guests arrive after a wedding. I was so tired, but managed to be sociable and visit with the lovely couple before we all crashed. The money paid for this goes to scholarships tha a women's group I'm part of helps fund. Sunday morning I had to be up before our guests to get offe going and a nic breakfast prepared. The timing was such that I had to midd worship which felt like such a loss. I rested a little by starting a Christmas jigsaw puzzle while watching football with my dh. But the quiet didn't last as we had committed to babysitting 3 grandkids for the evening. We never expected that we would be stuck there until nearly 3:00a.m. Dh had to arrange to take the morning off from work to sleep. He is very unhappy with our daughter and son-in-law right now. Oh well, it was a fun weekend. Now it's onwards to Christmas ... Party and dinner here on Friday and a late flight out that night to spend a week with more family. Can't wait!
Monday, December 12, 2011
I never realized that I've been ruining my metabolism and losing all my muscle by all my yoyo dieting through the years. Now I wonder if I will ever have optimum fat/muscle ratios to best burn through the foods I eat. This is so discouraging. However, knowledge is power so I will investigate how I can turn this around. I know I must give up the yoyo life I've lived for all my adult life. I hope I can truly turn this around and repair the damage I've no doubt done. So, today has begun a hopeful new chapter in which I will focus on strength training more than aerobics for awhile. Hopefully, I will see a difference in how my body uses fuel in the not too distant future. Some may think this is an odd time to begin with Christmas right around the corner, but I say there is no time like the present and tomorrow will only be better if I begin today. As that little engine so eloquently put it, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!"
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
For the next few weeks I will be very busy making decorations for a special tree we're donating in honor of our granddaughter. So, to fit in a bit more exercise I do some stretches, squats, jumping jacks and balance work every time I finish an ornament, thread a needle, answer the phone, etc. Whenever there is a break in activity I use that to get a little extra exercise into my days. It is a different way of managing my time so it will take some practice to become habit, but my hope is that it will become a habit that will stick. We'll see. Have a great day everyone.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Our darling granddaughter is nearly two years old now. She started out in life with a fused skull that had to be cut to ribbons, spacers inserted and much remodeling work done when she was just 5 months old. Her eyes, nose and forehead were adjusted then as well, but she will need more surgery at some point to better align her mouth. Still, she is the happiest, most energetic and loving little girl. Her brothers are ages 7 and 8 and just adore her. They are amazing athletes - the oldest a past state champion in Tae Kwon Do. There is lots of jumping, kicking, running in that household. Ziva dances and sings, talks constantly and gives the most wonderful hugs and sloppy kisses. We decided to make a large Christmas tree to donate to the hospital's big Festival of Trees this year. When I took this on I had no idea just how big a project it would be. I'm making ornaments and other decorations every day now to meet the end of November deadline. Ziva's mom and dad are helping and I know it will be very beautiful. Ziva fell in love with dominoes when she was very small and so I decided that would be our theme - "Domino Dance". It will hopefully reflect the joy, the lightness and the enthusiasm with which this little one greets every day. We are so blessed to have her in our lives and we are eager to see just where the Lord leads her. We know her life was spared for a reason and for that we will be ever thankful. It seems so right to be doing this project at this season of Thanksgiving. Life is so good!
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