Saturday, March 24, 2012
I'm a "homebody." I love our home, love to stay here and just putz around. At one time in my life, I wanted to work and have the respect and competence that comes from being a professional. With that in mind, I got a degree in accounting at age 37. However, by the time that arrived, I also had a 6 month old baby. Since I hadn't worked when my older two (then 11 and 14) were babies, I didn't want to work with this one, either. My degree has been unused, with the exception of the growth involved in working hard for a goal..
Now I'm grateful I don't have a job. It would get in the way of my Sweet Adeline involvement, my gardening, our frequent travels, quilting (both sane and crazy), and the ability to read all day if I want to. I would not have been able to spend an entire month with my mother, either.
Sometimes when I have an appointment or a job to do with one of my hobbies, I dread having to find something to wear and drag myself out of the house. But the stimulation is good for me. I love people and always come home with a new strength of purpose for whatever I need to do. So much of the good things in life come from simply disciplining yourself to do it whether you want to or not. There's always a reward.
Right now for me, the BIG reward is in exercise. It's incredible how much better I feel now than 20 years ago! At a time of life when a lot of people are really slowing down, I'm getting stronger and more fit. It feels good.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I've had trouble adding another blog here. Within two hours of my last one, my mother died, and I've had this odd feeling I wanted to leave it up for a while, as though there was a tiny piece of my mother still there. Kind of foolish, but I don't care. Caring for her and having her still trying to be a 'Mom" was very precious.
Moving on, though.... I'm grateful for RichTones and their winning attitude, especially that of our director. We spent last rehearsal telling old war stories of early Richtone life, when they (I wasn't in then) established their reputation as wild and crazy .. And really, really good.... We got a good review at the Regional competition, but have some definite stuff to work on.
(congratulations to Becca and her chorus), and especially congratulations to the New regional champions, who sang with 41 on stage which included 16 newbies. Unbelievable!
I'm grateful for my new kitchen, which my husband mostly did while I was with my mother. We didn't plan it that way, but it was certainly a treat, after a month's absence, to come home to NEW!!!!
Grateful for my aging body, which is capable of a lot more hard workouts that I ever thought possible. It's fantastic to feel stronger and have more stamina. I wish I could do jumping jacks without leaking. It's embarrassing!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Here with my mother in snow country. We experienced zero degrees a few mornings ago. Fresh snow yesterday, gone today (though the old snow is still here). I get to wear sweaters every day, which I love.
I'm eating regular meals, little snacks. Staying active, though not exercising other than yoga in the morning. Since there are three of us taking care of Mother, and my sister, husband and visiting daughter are nearby, our days are rich with love and laughter. I have a wonderful family, for which I have our mutual faith to thank.
There are a few frustrations. I long for my own home and my brand new kitchen, which I have yet to see. My husband has been getting the appliances set up and all the hard work that entails. I miss him and my three cats. Still, I'm aware of the precious value of being here with my mother as she ends her life. My own life is very, very good. I appreciate every day.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
in December. I hesitated writing this blog, but continued as a way of being accountable. Sad to say, I get some comfort when I read of others packin' it back on so that I don't feel so alone. It may be better though to read of the ones who did NOT fall out of their good habits and maintained their weight. One SP friend even lost a pound over Christmas. Our son was with us and we just kept eating and eating. Frankly, I'm glad it was just two pounds. I seem to be vowing every morning to change my ways today, and then closing out the day with three cookies (my nemesis).
The good news is that I've continued to exercise, so I feel pretty good. No walks, though. My son and I made plans to walk every day, but it just didn't happen except on our shopping trips. Now I'm telling him he owes me, and I'm coming to see him and collect. He lives in San Diego, so it's a GREAT place to visit!
Today is the turning point. He's on his way to the airport as I'm writing this. Today is vegetables instead of cookies to satisfy that carb urge. I know I can lose those two pounds before the end of the week. I'm saying that with my fingers crossed... here we go!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I get lazier each year, it seems. This is the 13th of December, and I’ve accomplished almost nothing: a few presents purchased for parties (thus “required”), a few decorations placed, but no serious work done yet. There seems to be an internal shift to doing just what makes me feel good, and less of doing what other people might think I need to do; that’s not my family expectations – we all enjoy the very simplest things. It’s more the perceived expectations of those “out there.” I suppose I’m thinking of the magazine articles and all the beautiful decorations everywhere that made me feel in the past that I should be doing MORE!!!! Maybe I’m finally learning some balance between what I think I should be doing and those things we deeply enjoy.
We had a guy here yesterday for 6 hours, measuring the house and evaluating what we needed to do for foundation repair. I did just one strength exercise, no cardio, but I'm pleased the habit of exercise is ingrained enough that I did that one thing. The break in our routine, and having a stranger in the house for so long got in the way for some reason.
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