Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Someone pointed out to me that Resolutions and Goals aren't really the same.....resolutions are more quickly and easily forgotten, while goals are something you keep, and keep on aiming towards. I like her thought. : )
I've recently joined 2 teams, one is the Knitters team and we're doing a stash-busting challenge this month. The second one is the January Jumpstart Challenge (I think I left out a word there). I've only done 2 days of that, and BOY! is it ever a challenge! That's good.
DH and I finally got the last of the outdoor Christmas decorations taken down and put away today. Then I took all the ornaments off the indoor tree and packed them away. DH took the lights and tree apart and all that is in the basement. Since we bought some plastic totes this year, I have yet to transfer some fragile things into one, out of the old, old cardboard boxes. I'll feel so much better about them being safe.
I also put all the Li Bien ornaments in another tote, and as I pointed out to DH, now we have lots of room (in it) for lots more Li Bien. He wasn't nearly as amused as he should have been.
I had a hugely-full inbox in my email, and am still trying to work that in. But I really must work more on busting my stash of yarn! Fortunately, we aren't planning to go anywhere the rest of today.
Love you all, my Spark Friends, and I hope you are doing well. Those of you who are sick: QUIT IT! I hope you get well quickly. : )
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Well, I don't normally hold with New Year's resolutions. For one thing, I'm like most people and find it impossible to carry through.....hence the fat I'm still lugging around.
Anyway, I made "goals" instead. Ok, semantics. But leave me alone!
I'm going to read the Bible through again this year. Our church made special Bibles available to us, whereby we read a bit from the Old Testament, a bit from the New Testament, and a bit from Psalms or Proverbs.....gets us through the whole Bible in a year.
I have joined a SP team designed to help me kick start weight loss, and toning of my bod. It's the "Official January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge". I'll be using their videos for my exercise instead of my own regimen. I followed the 8 minute cardio video today, and boy! am I out of shape or what! I couldn't keep up, or even DO all of what she did. My arms going this way and that while my legs were doing something else altogether was too much for my brain. And here I thought I could chew gum, talk and walk all at the same time!
Anyway. I'm going to give it a shot. Perhaps I'll keep it up even after the challenge is over. So, one of my goals this year is to tone my flabby body. Another, is to lose an average of a pound a week (without being sick to do it, like last week). I have about 40 pounds to lose, so it's going to take about 40 weeks, or, mid-October. I will, of course, spend some time on the treadmill (leg-willing) and perhaps do some other 'regular' things for cardio as well as what they suggest.
I'm also planning to substantially reduce my yarn stash - I have 3 large and 4 small tubs of yarn, plus a few bags tucked away, too. Time to get it knitted and crocheted and on to people who need things. Also, I have a few kits I bought at my local yarn store, of things I want for me. So you see, I give away a lot, but I keep some for me, too. : )
In order for me to reduce my stash, I'm going to have to stay out of certain stores, be careful when I read email, and avoid yarn catalogs as much as possible for awhile; unless there is a need for me to make something particular for which I can't find enough or the right yarn in my stash. But I don't really anticipate any loved one requesting anything. I've made hats for my grandsons, a sweater and vest for my DH, sweaters for all my grandkids, gloves for a dau., stuffed toys for one grandson (he now has about 5) and so on. But you never know.
Have a safe, happy, healthy new year, Y'all.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
God has a sense of humor. Have you looked at some people? They look like their dogs. What about ostriches - when they get upset they bury their heads in the sand. Now THAT makes things go away - NOT! And when I prayed to get out of the 170's, He allowed me to have a stomach/intestinal bug. Yep, I'm in the 160's now.....at least until I resume regular eating. I'm not blaming God for the nasty bug, I'm speaking tongue-in-cheek. (I explain because the written word doesn't properly convey tone and inflections)
I am grateful that the illness seems to be passing, pardon the pun, and I've survived. I'm grateful that it wasn't something truly serious. I'm thankful because God loves me very much and sometimes allows things to happen that are thoroughly unpleasant because they are a part of His overall plan. He is in complete control and everything that happens to me is filtered through His loving fingers. I am engraved in the palm of His hand - what a wonderful image!
We are currently getting our 3rd snow storm of the week...highly unusual for us. Earlier this week the storms mixed with rain, etc., and were particular ugly for driving. Today's 2-4 inches of snow are supposed to be just snow. We don't have any plans to go anywhere, and thus can just look out the windows and enjoy the sight.
Last winter we got a total of about 12 inches of snow - again, very unusual. It looks like we're going to have an entirely different kind of winter this year, and frankly, I'm glad. Last year was so mild it didn't kill off the ticks, etc., and we really didn't get a good start on the needed precipitation. I think that's ALL going to change. Brrr.
Mind you, I love living here (in spite of a state legislature that resembles our national one that does nothing), and I absolutely love having four real seasons, including a cold winter with snow, but I'm not fond of BEING cold. Call me a hothouse flower. Haha.
My DD and her family drove home in one of the ugly storms earlier this week (from Christmas down south). I'm thankful they were safe. I was also thankful we were able to give their dog back to them....like fish, he'd overstayed his welcome. Oh, he's a cute little beastie, but has some tendencies that get on ones nerves after a little while. He's best taken in smaller doses.
DH and I had Christmas alone - the kids were all working or out of town. That was very strange, but we managed. First we went to the no-kill animal shelter (not our usual day) and helped with the dogs. Then we found a restaurant open for Christmas dinner (lunchtime). Except for the mini pincher, it was a quiet rest of the day. : D
The night before, we attended a very moving Christmas Eve service at our church. It was packed, in spite of the weather. Our pastor told the real meaning of Christmas, including an explanation of the need for accepting Christ as our savior. No Bible-thumping, brow-beating - just a clear explanation. There was plenty of beautiful music, both by the congregation and by soloists. And everything was topped off by the traditional lighting of candles that we all held, while we sang Silent Night.
Enough rambling, my friends. Have a great weekend.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
I KNEW my stitching group would come through for the kids. (See my blogs from Nov 14 and 16).
Last Thursday night I picked up hats, scarves, (wide) headbands, and gloves; varying quatities of each. There were 131 hats (a few with scarves or gloves or both). We're in email touch with 'our' teacher (the one we helped last year and again this year), and plan to get them to her Monday, probably after the children's Christmas program. I want to cry from joy for how much we're able to help this year.
Next year we may resume giving to a couple of other local elementary schools, but I'm hoping we can also give more to this school even though our grandson will be in Intermediate school next year. It just pained me something fierce to learn that his elementary school (K-3) has a poverty level of about 60%.
Our group is also giving hats (various sizes) and other things to a local food bank that has at least 400 local families it's ministering to. This is what we live for: sure we do some personal knitting/crocheting for ourselves or gifts, but mostly we donate to various charitible places. I have some things I'll be giving to the battered women's shelter in York, and one of the ladies took a bunch of chemo hats the other night that she planned to take when she got chemo yesterday.
I just wanted to share the 'success' story after having shared the need last month.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
I didn't realize how putting up outdoor Christmas decorations could be so hazardous. Each year, we put up plywood candy canes (painted red/white stripes) around the entire perimeter of the yard and string lights on top of them.
Today I helped DH by holding the canes in place while he used a 3 pound hammer to drive the stakes into the ground. We'd gotten maybe 1/3 of the way around the yard when the hammer slipped out of his hand and gave me (thankfully just) a glancing smack on the head. DH felt awful, and I didn't feel so good myself : ) as he practically carried me into the house. When we got there I took my hands away from my head and saw blood. You know, a head is skin and bone, so you bleed like crazy.
We got the bleeding stopped, then I put an ice bag on my head, took Tylenol and rested a bit before we went out and finished putting up the candy canes. DH is going to do the lights himself.
I actually feel a little bad for DH, as I know it was purely an accident. I obviously don't need stitches or other professional care, and I'm so thankful that DH hadn't lifted the hammer to take a blow on the stake - now that would surely have knocked me out. So I'm fine, or will be.
Yesterday (when we started outdoor decorations) and today the temps are in the 60's - a real heat wave for us, as our normal is something like the low 50's. We're real grateful for the warm, sunny days to get our decorations out.
I trimmed our tree on the weekend - took a couple of days, and have a wee bit of inside decorating left to to.
I have several presents to wrap, some of which will be mailed and a couple more to buy (tomorrow afternoon, I hope). But the Christmas cards are all addressed and waiting for stamps. Yes, we still mail a number of cards every year.
Tomorrow I'm going back to the oral surgeon. I think I'll be getting the screw set in my jaw. This started several months ago when I had a badly abscessed tooth that was pulled/cut out and cadaver bone implanted. Now that that's healed, I should be able to get the screw, and once the bone grows around that (a few months) I'll get a new fake tooth from my dentist.
I'm going to get my ice bag again, and rest a bit. Wishing you all a great day.
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