Monday, March 21, 2011
I came across the following thread:
I wanted to give credit where credit is due. The thread was started by 'GEMINI-SKY' who posted the following.
The ABCs of a SPARKling PAL--
ACCEPTS you are you are...
BELIEVES in you...
DOESN'T give up on you...
FORGIVES your mistakes...
GIVES you support...
HELPS you when you need it...
INSISTS that you continue...
JOINS you on your journey...
KICKS you when you need it...
LOVES you as is...
MAKES you laugh when you need to...
NEVER lets you down...
OFFERS you support...
PICKS you up...
QUIETS your fears...
RESPECTS your process...
SUPPORTS your efforts...
TELLS you the truth...
UNDERSTANDS your frustrations...
VALUES who you are...
WISHES you always the best...
X-TENDS you their friendship...
says YES you can...
ZAPS you into reality when needed...
I thought that was very clever - wish I'd come up with it, lol! I usually call all of you 'Sparklers,' rather than 'Sparkers,' and it was nice to see this tie in to that.
Update on today: just more of the same, really. Postponed grocery day as we had fish'n'chips for supper last night ('m I bad, but they were deelish!) and I had some salad veggies and fruit to use up. I have my office about half finished - did I tell you I usually refer to it (ahem) as the library? It was a bedroom, and a few years ago Himself fitted it out with a desk, storage cabinets, and one wall of bookshelves. The shelves are full, way full. For the last several weeks (months? lol) I've had a couple of small piles of books on the floor. Um... maybe more than a couple. Maybe not so small, either. Say... several medium-sized piles of books.
So today I sorted thru some that were on the shelves, setting different ones aside for my daughter-in-law (cookbooks, mostly, as she has requested 'old' ones - she was born in 1983, so they aren't 'old' in my estimation, but I guess they are in hers - makes me laff) and some aside for my daughter (who, like her mother, will read just about anything). That enabled me to get the books off the floor, which in itself was A Big Deal. (And oh yes, the bookshelves are full again!)
Am I forgetting anything--? Don't think so.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I'm not caught up, you understand, but I am catching up, both on SP and in Life. At least, I think I am. I HOPE I am--!
Today was mostly finishing up the several cleaning projects I've had going on. The guest room and both kids' rooms are now complete finished, linens 'n' all. The hallway is cleaned and vacuumed (at least, as clean as I'm going to do it: I'm still planning on a cleaning company). I emptied out two totes of 'skinny' clothes, and was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few of them fit; those that don't are snug but fit just well enough to make me think it won't be too much longer and they will fit then, so I'm putting them in my clothes closet rather than storing them again.
Wrote a card for my son and daughter-in-law's anniversary... a card to my daughter-in-law for her birthday... a sympathy card to an old friend... had a couple of drop-in visitors this afternoon so had a good 'natter' over some coffee... and really splurged tonight with fish'n'chips for supper. (Not a splurge on the budget, but definitely a calorie-splurge!) And it's 11 PM so I am heading to my well-earned rest.
I feel as tho I'm forgetting something, but if I am, it'll just have to stay forgotten. Darned if I have so much as an inkling what it might be.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
...and no, I don't think it's an oncoming train, lol. I didn't quite get the guest room finished, but washing the bedding and vacuuming the floor are all that's left. Both kids' bedrooms are now done and dusted (literally) and I moved my sorting - packing - eliminating - organizing ops into one of them. Himself has a cousin who's coming to visit for a few days the week after next, so for once I have guest room ready in advance.
Another week should see all the 'keeps' ready to go. It looks as tho I will end up with about a dozen totes, two sets of luggage (for the clothes), kitchen items, and the 'everyday essentials' that wait till the last minute. We will be keeping only a few of the bigger pieces of furniture (like the dining room table and chairs). Oh, and my BOOKS--! But I will let (hah) movers take care of those and spare my aching back.
I still plan to have a cleaning crew come in and scrub the corners. That way the carpets will be shampooed plus kitchen and bathroom walls washed, windows, things like that. Then all we need is a buyer. Fingers crossed.
Nothing interesting, exciting, or even noteworthy, for the most part. Today was very much the same as yesterday (except no formal exercise class), and once again, I'm tired but the good kind of tired from knowing I've accomplished a lot.
So that's it, people - I'm outta here. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Today was the second week of our senior fitness class. They had about a dozen stations set up and did a kind of 'circuit training.' No equipment needed except for some resistance bands, which they supplied. This is so much better planned and organized than the diabetes class I attended a couple months ago. Each exercise is explained and demonstrated, and each has several variations, from a simplified 'chair exercise' version up to moving both arms and legs and fairly fast. No matter how old or out of shape someone is, they can still find a method that will help them improve their fitness but which they can do without risk of injury.
I suppose in some ways we don't quite belong in this group. I'm 58, Himself is 65, and the next youngest class member is 70. The age limit is supposed to be 60, but my guess is that most of the 60-65 crowd are still working so probably attend an evening session. Other criteria have to do with physical conditions. People with diabetes (now you see one reason they thought I could benefit from this class!), or who have heart disease, or have had knee or hip problems... just about any of the conditions that can be improved with more exercise are on the 'allowed' list.
The class is a mix of men and women. One man - who seems quite fit - has had a heart attack and takes all the fitness and exercise classes he can. (Good for him, sez me - he works at it and pays attention to the instructors.) There's a woman who has had a stroke; one man who's 90 (!) and who has arthritis; several of the people use canes. The attitude in this group is fantastic, and I think I get as much out of being around their infectious spirits as I do out of the exercise itself.
This morning I woke up before the alarm, had a quick breakfast, and jumped right into the cleaning / sorting / packing regimen, so this afternoon's fitness class was a welcome break. One of the instructors said 'Do you think this is hard work?' I said 'Not nearly as tough as the cleaning I was doing earlier today - this is R&R compared to that!' That's when I realized that this class is going to benefit me way beyond teaching me some useful exercises for fitness and flexibility.
When we got home I had about an hour before it was time to start supper. It was a glorious spring afternoon, warm sunshine, gentle breeze, not a cloud in the sky. So we went outside and did some sweeping and tidying up. It was so nice to get some fresh air. I don't know what the weekend forecast is, but I hope it stays like this for a couple days.
Supper, then back to packing etc. I've got one of the kids' rooms thoroughly clean now, with everything out of it, vacuumed and dusted and washed top to bottom. I've got the guest room about half done for the heavy-duty cleaning, and tomorrow morning should see it off. I've packed the last tote I bought the other day, so now I'll wait till next weekend when they go on sale before I buy a few more, but in the meantime, I've got plenty to do for other cleaning, and there's always papers to sort.
That's it. Another day where I'm tired-but-it's-a-good-tired. You all know how much I miss keeping up with your blogs and comments and even the status updates. My cyber-socializing isn't on Facebook, it's here on SP, lol. But there's brighter days coming, ain't?
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Mostly not enough of this and too much of that, lol...
'That' is the never-ending packing, tho to be honest, I might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for 'that.' I have four good-sized closets cleaned out; one stands empty, one has things flagged for eBay (anybody wanna buy a punchbowl?), and two have piles of neatly stacked (filled / labelled) totes.
When I started I had pulled things out of various places and laid it all out on the bed in the guestroom. Well, I have the bed almost cleaned off, so things are definitely getting organized. I got a flyer in the mail this afternoon and the brand of totes I prefer are on sale next week, so we will be getting more. The real problem is fitting them in the Smart car. But we managed four the other day at a go, so even if we have to make a couple trips, it's doable. Took some thinking outside the box to arrange them, however!
Took piles of magazines (Nat'l Geos and Smiths) to a local school... more things (clothes, games, some kitchen items) to the charity shop... grocery day... nice chat with my daughter... and packed 'n' cleaned 'n' cleaned 'n' packed. I can't believe this is doing much, but I see progress right in front of me so it must be working. One of you Sparklers pointed out what I'm doing is a lot like losing weight: it doesn't feel like you're achieving anything, but when you keep chipping away at it, after while you do see a difference. As WINE4GIRL and my children have said, 'How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!'
Back to this'n'that: 'this' is Sparking, and there just isn't enough time - something's got to give, and my priorities are (not by choice) elsewhere. But I'm getting there, and that in itself will earn me more time to do what I want, so it's a great carrot on a stick.
And with that, I think I'm done. Happy St Paddy's day, and goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
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