Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
OK, I admit it -- this week I've been in a real funk. Bad mood, depressed mood, cranky mood, unreasonable mood -- all of those and more! Poor DH! And he has bent over backwards trying to make me happy !
I've eaten the wrong things, gained weight, lost my activity tracker, pushed myself to the limit with work (not exercise) stressed out over things of which I had no control whatsoever and anything else you can think of. Oh, add lack of sleep to that agenda!
This was supposed to be my new motto, but of course pity-parties win out over logic any day of the week. Why do we have pity-parties? Because it feels good to wallow in self pity and we use that as our excuse to eat the wrong things, to forget about doing our exercise, and anything else that we should be doing, but don't. Come on, you know this is true -- admit it.
One of the easiest ways for me to give my spirits a boost is to invite a favorite couple over for dinner. An evening with friends, perhaps a glass of wine and small talk, it sets the mood to smooth over all those annoying little irritants we let cling to our psyche. You can almost feel them falling away as the day goes by, and anticipation for the evening grows near.
I have my menu all planned. I've already set the table (small as it is). A fresh pot of gardenia's are the centerpiece (a gift from DD in Italy) and I'll move them when we serve our food. Music on the TV, the home is ready to show off. Maybe even sit out on the patio with our new table and chairs out there. It will be a lovely 70 to 75F so it would be ideal.
Next time your spirits are low, lift them up with this easy-to-do plan! And enjoy!
Friday, September 12, 2014
Take the stress out of your life and everything else will fall into place!
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Ever watch the sand run through in an egg timer? It seems to be running through fast, but as you watch it, it takes a long time for 3 minutes to pass.
I kind of felt that way tonight and I went over the events of my day. The day went by rapidly, but each hour that passed seemed to be in slow motion.
First off, I didn't wake up at 6:00 a.m. to go for my early morning walk. Just as well, as it was still kind of rainy out. Cloudy and overcast, my sleep remained uninterrupted until 7:30 when either the dog woke me, or it was light enough for me to realize it was well past my usual time to get up. So no walk for me this morning.
I missed that because when you get only one walk in each day it's much harder to get to your goal of steps. My goal is a measly 6500 steps right now, but secretly in my heart I always hope for 10,000! I could raise my goal of course, but I kind of like getting those glow getter awards, vain of me, I know. But doesn't everyone secretly hope they are succeeding somewhere in this journey to good health and fitness?
And my goal used to be 6,000 steps, which I recently upped by 500 steps per day. They call that baby steps of progress. In a month or so perhaps I will up it to 7,000. Of course when winter hits my area it will again be difficult to bare the elements, heat is one thing, freezing temps chilling you right down to the bone is another.
There are little choices we make all day long. The morning walk was the first, then comes "what will I have for breakfast?" Hopefully it will be healthy and filling. Too often we find ourselves reaching for something definitely on the "no-no" list around 10:00 a.m. or so -- and is it because we are truly hungry, or just bored. Sweets have a way of weaseling their way into a persons head, making you think you need that one cookie or muffin to go with the cup of coffee. And you open your desk drawer to get a stick of gum, and spot the bag of chips. That's what I mean by choices.
Luckily for me it was overcast and I was able to get a walk in around 11:00. My eyes are very sensitive to sunlight, even with sunglasses, so I generally walk very early, and then again just before dark, as the sun is going down. The rain had stopped by dusk, so I was able to get in a nice walk before dark also -- but again, it was a choice, and you all know the right choice is paramount to your success. The TV program did not win out tonight. It's the little victories that count. The yogurt instead of the cookie or the walk instead of the TV show. It all adds up.
So when you look back over "your" day, stop and think about your choices. If some of them were not the right choice, let it be a lesson learned and do better tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
As you drive up to our new home everything looks so new! Freshly poured driveway, nice clean landscaping rock newly spread giving a terrific contrast between the reddish-brown rocks and the dull grayish/brown boulders. Giant oak trees were all lost in the fire and now a brave little Maple is thriving in the front yard, not much to look at so far, but one day it will be majestic!
We've taken full advantage of the crevices and valleys formed by the boulders on the left-hand side of our lot as it proves to be beautiful spots in which our flowers thrive. Besides adding a bit of color to an otherwise dull pile of rocks, the flowers remind us of the current season, and I hope to refine these over time. Right now summer is defined by roses and petunia's, and my canna's are doing better since the fire than they ever thought of doing beforehand. (that's the silver lining) I've always wanted to grow sweet peas and miraculously, I now have them in the little spot where Asian Lilies used to prosper. Guess it is true that as 1 door closes, another opens -- so it is with my flowers. Wonder where those Lilies went??
Behind the home we wasted no time in replanting our grapevines and apple trees. So they have a whole year head-start, as it took that long for the home to be built. One of the apple trees actually has a few apples on it!
Inside the home looking toward the front door you will see I carried the bright red boldness of the door right on into the home. I love red and you'll see touches of it everywhere! To the right of the front door is our "Kitty Kloset" home of Luci & Holly, the two resident kitties. It took them about a week to learn this is where they would eat and also be given their daily "kitty treats." But they have it down pat now.
As you enter the front door, this is your view of the GREAT ROOM, and, as you can see, the entertainment center is the focus of your attention. Our new 50-inch TV is dwarfed by it, but we will make do. So far this arrangement has proven comfy. And the kitties love looking out the front window.
Looking toward the kitchen corner of the Great Room ~~
And turning slightly to look toward our Island, and small dining area. The door leads to the Utility Room (which doubles as Amber's (the dog) room)
Here's a close-up of the Kitty Kloset,
Hall leading to bedroom/office area. I marked the "Bath" for the convenience of guests, and although it's hard to see, I have one of those 'written messages' on the wall facing in toward the Great Room.
End of hall left me a nice area for a bookcase and a few family photo's.
Corner of our bed on the left looking toward the master bath
Small bathroom, but you can get a glimpse of my new fancy mirror and the granite counter.
And here is our Amish-made bedroom set with the new foam mattress. Comfy!
Thought I had one of our "unfinished" office, but all I could find was this one of Holly watching me as I worked on my computer.
Thanks for taking a look at the project that has kept me occupied for so long. I will post the Office and Hobby/Guest Room as soon as it's complete, which is estimated for mid-September! Have a great day everyone!
At the urging of friends I have to include pictures of my two other pets, so here are Lucy and Amber, respectively.
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