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An Aha Moment

Thursday, May 22, 2008

times 2... for those that have not read the Daily Reflection email from spark people..here is what it said:

The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.
- Unknown

Believing in yourself no matter what

On July 24, 2004, there was a 0% chance of rain in Cincinnati. No way was it going to rain, according to the people who should know best. You know what? Despite millions of dollars worth of sensors, computers, and forecasting systems, the weather experts were wrong. It rained, against all odds. This is not a criticism of weather people. It's just a reminder of all the people who were given 0% chance of making it by the "experts," but who succeeded anyway. Whenever accomplishments are on the line, there are always voices whispering, preaching--even shouting--that it can't be done. Sometimes, that voice is coming from inside our own heads. If you're having doubts about your abilities, just remember: How many times have the naysayers been proven wrong? No matter what anyone says--no matter what you might believe--it can be done. The nut can become a tree. There's always a chance of rain.

*kittys note: i think back of a very special uncle who, back in the 50's, was riding his motorcycle. I wasn't alive then, but have heard the story many times. The motorcycle was already suppose to be in storage, but it wasn't. And that day, was a very nice day, so before putting it up for the season, he went for one last spring fling. While sitting at a red light, another driver, admittally not liking motorcycles nor people that drove them, ran into him. This was before medicine was as far advanced as is today... he was givin no hope... he showed them..he lived.. they said he would never walk again... no way...no how...no chance at all... he showed them...he not only walked...but ran...and played on a bowling league... he was a nut that stood his ground...

then there is my father... he had a heartattack on my 13th birthday...through tests, they found his artieries were blocked.... too far gone to do anything about it... he was literally on his death bed...my mom talked the doctors into doing the surgury... either saving his life or putting him out of the pain he was in.... they didn't want to do it...but did... with warnings that he would not make it through... he did... lived to see both my brother and i graduate..and get married... he then was on his death bed again... same scenerio... again..they did the surgery with no hopes of him coming through it... he lived to see all his beautiful grandchildren born and in school.... now there were a couple of nuts that stood their ground...

then there was my middle child... a beautiful baby girl... born 10 weeks premature... a whole 3 lbs... they had to do emergency c-section cause her heart stopped... during this time, i also almost died...asthma attack in the middle of surgury... i was given 50/50 chance...daughter even less...much less...of survival... and even after she proved that part wrong...she was suppose to be a vegetable with no hope of a normal life.... again... 2 nuts that stood their ground....obviously i'm still up and around...lol... and as for my little bit as we call her... oh yea...she is up and around alright... even at 16, she is dynomite in a small package... straight a student and into everything....lol...

and then my cousin...3rd or 4th...not sure...just know a distant cousin... he is the grandson of the uncle from the first story, the one in a motorcycle accident... some of you, especially those that live in ohio, might have even heard this story... young man... only about 20-21...was making extra money for college... him and his brother was cleaning an industrial shredder... one that should of been unplugged...obviously... it wasn't.. and he was in it.. he was literally shreaded from waist down... nothing was left... no one can live through that....but he did... how...no body will ever know.... but he did...and is..and active as he can be despite he doesn't have anything below the waist..including a butt to sit on... he, and his family, were nuts that stood their ground....

if you know me, you know i'm a nut... goofy and silly...my whole family is..it runs in the family...lol.... including all that i have spoken about here in my blog..each one came through their trials with a sense of humor intact.... so with that family line running rampet through my veins... i realize... i can lose the weight...i can become healthier...i can do anything i put my mind to doing.... i am a nut that is standing my ground... you don't have to have my blood line... you can do it also... you can reach whatever goal you put your mind to doing.... yes...it's tough... very very tough at times.... as it was in all 4 of my families stories... but each one, went through it, kicking and screaming, and when they had an off day...got back up and did it again... and so can YOU!!!

Todays daily affirmation fit in so perfect with todays daily reflection..and my own reflections of the day... "I realize that my life has no limitations. Anything is possible. I allow my imagination to soar to the highest skies."

Today..make it your day..stand up... and tell yourself-you have no limitations, ANYTHING is POSSIBLE. YOU can do it.

  
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AMGRANAT 5/24/2008 5:51PM

    Thanks for the positive message!

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MARTINIGAL413 5/24/2008 4:34PM

    I'm such the emotional one... you brought me to tears!!! Thank you for your story.
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STARTSPARKING 5/24/2008 5:41AM

    What a wonderful blog of inspirations! You should be so proud of your family of fighters!

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W8WATCHER4LIFE 5/23/2008 11:47PM

  I, too, was touched by that daily reflection e-mail, and your blog on it was precious... what a testimony! I'm lovin' it! Thank you for sharing!

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FROGSTYR 5/22/2008 11:17PM

    Honey, I adore nuts, and I love you. So glad mom adopted you. You're an incredibly, remarkable and strong woman! I'm thankful every day that I met you. You always inspire and motivate me.

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VELRENO 5/22/2008 7:29PM

    Great testimonies. Thanks. We need to hear things like that more and more. I believe we make our destinies based on our thoughts, feelings, words, and deeds. Our words are most powerful and we often think what can I do. When often all we need to do is Speak Up. Great affirmations.

PS. Watch the squirrels. They try to eat nuts. But the silly creatures bury them, forget where they bury them and then we grow into that mighty oak. If it weren't for the squirrels, we might not get planted. But just don't become their food.

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100LBLIGHTER 5/22/2008 1:37PM

    Amazing! Sounds like you all had help from above. 100lblighter

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KYLIEMC8 5/22/2008 1:06PM

    Yes we CAN! emoticon

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WILDCARD1 5/22/2008 12:56PM

    Wow Kitty, you have a family of fighters! Great blog and good reminder that we just have to do it!

Have a great weekend!

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KATBOX86 5/22/2008 12:07PM

    I needed that. Thank you!

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Having One Of "Those" Days

Thursday, May 22, 2008


have you ever had one of "those" days... you know...those days, where nothing is really wrong... but nothing is right either... it starts with "ok, i'm here, now what" kinda feeling... maybe the hair isn't just right...or your face just seems off...maybe bags under the eyes making you look different...not so much "bad" per sey..but..well..not hot hot hot either... well...yesterday was one of "those" days... lol... by the time it was lunch time, i went to get daughter and take her to work, and i even succeeded in spilling coffee right down the front of my cream sweater..so i run home to change.. put my hair up that had all of a sudden developed a mind of it's own... and back to work..where i then succeeded in getting into a spat of sorts with supervisor...after telling him to bite me...twice... he stomped off to his section of the office and i off to mine... he yells...i hiss... he fumes...i give the look... he then tells me after next week, i am going back to days...wohoo!!!! does this mean we are getting a divorce???? lol... yes..it seems like we are married...we're not...but we fight like it... i told him that this marriage might just be saved...as soon as i don't see him all the time...lol... it worked well the last time... and here... all i had to do was be me :) geeze..where was he months ago when i first went to nights??? oh yea..getting prepared to come back to make my life a living...uh...yea... one of those place...lol.... he's a great guy... wonderful boss....for the most part... but oh..there are those times...i'm just thankful he don't use the term "bite me" cause i probably would...lol....

  
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STARTSPARKING 5/24/2008 5:37AM

    Great days are rare, and really bad days don't happen too often thankfully. That leaves a lot of mundane days. I'm glad that your boss is a great guy in general and that the two of you patched things up in the end.

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W8WATCHER4LIFE 5/23/2008 11:49PM

  I have those days all the time... especially at work! Hang in there, girl, and make the best of it!

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KYLIEMC8 5/22/2008 9:03AM

    You crack me up girl! Keep em coming! emoticon

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SHELLY0011 5/22/2008 5:32AM

    You make a bad day sound so amusing, I almost want one.
Your writing style is super....I feel like I was there.
xxx

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This Week Is Done...Over...Finished!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

And i have to wonder if that poor girl i have been training all week will be back?!?! her first day had her seeing a supervisor walking out in the middle of a shift...leaving me to figure out how to get 10 truck drivers out on the road...let's say... panic and humor was in order that night....lol...but she came back...after we assured her things like that never happened.... sooooo what happens last night??? one of our drivers takes an attitude and walks out?!?! what the heck... i really would not blame her if she did not show up next week..disappointed..yes..but not suprised... it's been a wild week... to say the least...but really...this doesn't happen...in fact...this is the first time in 4 years i have ever seen this in the company... we have gone through rough times...but never like this... really!!!! lol... of course...the more i said it... the less believable it was.... even to my own ears... emoticon

  
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AMBERROGUE 5/20/2008 3:10PM

    Interesting Times, indeed! Hopefully this week is going better for you!

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WILDCARD1 5/17/2008 10:07PM

    and the drama continues Kitty! Hope you are enjoying your girls weekend!

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EMMASMART 5/17/2008 10:03PM

    Did you ever here the curse: May you live in interesting times!

I wish you some nice Boring times!

Emma

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KYLIEMC8 5/17/2008 7:51PM

    As for the truck driver..with the price of gas these days..even if you don't have to pay for it..whew!! Sorry things are going haywire around there..One door closes and another opens..right?? Good luck with the new girl! Hugs!! Kylie

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STARTSPARKING 5/17/2008 4:13PM

    Wow, there sure was plenty of drama at your workplace this past week! Good for you for hanging in there and getting through with your wonderful sense of humor. I hope next week will be much calmer for everyone in your company.

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FROGSTYR 5/17/2008 11:08AM

    You certainly can't say life has been borning this past week. And to think some people think there's no excitement in trucking! Hopefully the new girl will decide to give it another week. Your sense of humor will see you through.

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Seeing And Hearing The Beautiful

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


For those that know me...i'm not always a perky kitty.... i don't always see the humor (though i try) i don't always see the beauty of life (though i try) i don't always hear the beautiful life songs (though, again, i do try) sometimes i have to really look... and look hard...it's sometimes turns into my best excercise...lol... well, today, i didn't have to look all that hard... this past weekend we found a nest on our porch, the main entrance mind you, with freshly hatched baby birds... my first though was aw great... this could get fun trying to get in and out of the house... my kids ask what we should do...i tell them, to leave nature alone...it will work out... so we are making it a habit of being a little noisy when we come or go so that the birds won't get startled and come after us...lol... this morning, not too long ago, i was taking a break from my posting to get some coffee and do some stretching before i clean up the kitchen and get ready for work...and outside i saw a beautiful blue bird....running.... not flying...but running...i was happy cause they don't run as fast as they can fly...so i got to enjoy watching the blue bird for a little bit longer than if he had flown to his destination. and then i hear it...baby birds singing... ok..to me it was singing...to mama bird, it was probably hunger cries...lol...but to my ears..it was beautiful. though, i will admit...i couldn't just stand and enjoy... i had to be thinking....thinking what the mama bird was thinking...was she happy her babies were moving around.... twirping...or was she thinking, quiet down in there...you'll get those humans up and moving again...lol....i was also reminded as i looked out my window..that man..i really need to clean that window... so..off i go to clean the kitchen window so i can view the birds better :)

  
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NELSON071 5/15/2008 2:20PM

    How awesome is that! I love watching the butterflies, humming birds, and the birds play in my water pond. I live in the city, however, I am so fascinated when I look at all of the nature living right in my back yard. Life offers some unexpected gifts when we need them the most. Happy Bird watching. jurline

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NITAINMN 5/15/2008 1:29AM

    How lucky you that the blue bird of happiness came right into your porch!! I am very happy for you that this will certainly bring some good news soon!!

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KYLIEMC8 5/14/2008 6:03PM

    Ahhhh the blue bird of happiness! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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AMGRANAT 5/14/2008 10:34AM

    Thanks for the reminder to remember those little good things in our days!

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WILDCARD1 5/13/2008 11:36PM

    Great reminder Kitty! I am trying to teach my kids to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the day!

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FROGSTYR 5/13/2008 10:32PM

    I too have to work at seeing the beauty sometimes. I have a family of birds that nested in the "v" formed where the air conditioner comes out of my window and the side of the house. They have baby birds too and the whole family "sings" me awake in the mornings. I must admit, it doesn't always make me happy...sometimes I wish they'd wait until a little later in the morning to start singing!

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KALISWALKER 5/13/2008 9:52PM

    What nice thoughts Kitty. It can take work to see the better side of life, but it is so worth it!

Lynn

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THENEWKAREN 5/13/2008 9:39PM

    Sounds like the blue bird of happiness came to visit you! I thought you were gonna say you and the rest of the family were getting more exercise now because you have started going in and out the back door so as not to disturb the new family!
Sounds like that running bird was very motivational! emoticon
Thanks for sharing!


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Gathering The Essentials

Monday, May 12, 2008

I wanted to share an article i wrote yesterday.

Gathering The Essentials
by playfullkitty

Lately I have been setting aside a time for me. As many of you know, it's called my mental health day. For this, I have to gather the essentials, to include special bubble bath, candles, all the stuff for a facial, my shaving equipment, a good book, moisturizer and lots of water to drink.

My daughter and I have since added a spa night, to happen the night before my mental health day. This is to now include the facial stuff, and everything needed for a manicure and pedicure. And of course, again, lots of water to drink. While coming up with this, we came up with an idea for a pajama party for the girls in the family, to include my mom (their grandma), my nieces, my daughters, a friend or two of theirs and myself. Again, getting and putting all the stuff together so we are ready for this to happen.

Do you see a theme here? I am gathering the essentials. For a true treat to ourselves, it helps to have everything we need, together and accessible. It dawned on me, the weeks I do best with my lifestyle change of getting healthy and losing weight, is the weeks I have all my essentials together, to include lots of water, meals planned and not only my exercise equipment ready to go, but planned into my day to use.

Think about this, when you are cooking dinner, isn't it not only quicker, but easier, to have all your essentials on hand and ready to go? Isn't it easier to fit in some me time when whatever helps you is on hand and ready to go?

Same goes for anything in life, including what we eat and what we drink. If there is tons of pop in the house, but not alot of water, what are you going to grab when you get thirsty?

What about your foods? You have bags of chips, brownies already cut even, or those unhealthy packaged snack foods just waiting to be grabbed and ate but a few fruits and vegetables that sit in the refrigerator, needing cleaned and cut up; what are you going to grab when you are rushed and hungry?

And then there is that exercise we never seem to have enough time to do. If I have the resistant bands and dumbbells under the bed, out of sight, then they are also out of mind. When I do have a few minutes to get some exercise in, I am less likely to get under the bed to grab them, but if they are out, and ready to go, I can quickly grab them, get in a few sets of exercise. I also have in mind a couple exercises I can sneak in while this equipment is not available, like a quick walk, marching in place, shadow boxing or even squats or wall push ups.

The point is, we need to gather our essentials. There is a commercial that says "Life comes at you fast" and it's right, it does. By being prepared, gathering the essentials, preparing for the day or even the week, prepares you for a healthier lifestyle and helps you not only get to your goal, but maintain it long after you reach it.

Take the time today to gather your essentials. Life of course, can be ever changing, but by being prepared, you are more likely to stick to your plan.

  
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100LBLIGHTER 5/16/2008 3:11AM

    Playful Kitty. You are so right, we only plan for things that are important to us. If we don't plan maybe it's not that important? I needed this. A lot of the time I just let things happen and guess what .....Sometimes they just don't! Thanks 100lblighter emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TREPPILS 5/13/2008 9:12AM

    PJ parties for the girls is awesome! I have been doing one for about 7 years now. We all get together, eat, drink and be merry. Everyone spends the night and in the morning we do it all over again. Not very diet friendly, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices to bond with the girls. I highly recommend it.

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FROGSTYR 5/12/2008 9:08PM

    Great blog! I need to gather my essentials so that I can make my life's journey just a little easier.

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KYLIEMC8 5/12/2008 3:14PM

    emoticon I'm gathering !! Excellent advice! You're one smart cookie!! emoticon

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WILDCARD1 5/12/2008 2:19PM

    Great blog Kitty and great reminder. You are so right! We have to have the essentials in order to get to our goals! Thanks for the blog!

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NITAINMN 5/12/2008 1:20PM

    Family and friends fall into the essentials too! For a cook like me someone to enjoy my preparation with us is an essential tool. Can I join in on your spa night? Hehehe!!!! Great blog kitty! emoticon

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CELEST 5/12/2008 12:20PM

    How absolutely true. Haven't seen your blog for a week....you been okay? I'm so used to seeing your blog every day. You have a responsibility to US who love what you write you know. lol. Just kidding, about your having a responsibility.....not about loving your blogs. Keep it up.
xxx

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