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Thursday, January 07, 2010

I never realized it before, but the more I do, the more energized I get. I'm a procrastinator by nature, but once I actually get out and start something I love it, enjoy myself and generally feel a lot better by the time I have finished. Today was no exception.

I was scheduled to record books for the blind this morning. Knowing I did not have a set time that I had to do this caused me to delay, delay, delay! But finally at noon I had myself in the office and was ready to get down to work. I recorded for about an hour. Then it felt so good outside I decided to drive over to the Library and introduce myself to the afternoon volunteers so they would know who I was. I have recently taken over the position of Volunteer Coordinator, so each of them would be talking to me on the phone from time to time. When that was finished, I was really getting energized and I went home and worked for about a half hour trimming branches (with a saw) off a mesquite in my front yard. I let my dog come out with me, and she liked it so much that it softened my heart enough to give in and take her for a 1-1/2 mile walk. Wow! I love it when the energy just flows like it did today!

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ANNANN63 1/21/2010 6:38PM

    I am currently putting off a job that I don't want to start. Once I start it will probably be interesting so I don't know why I don't just start. I am reasonably well organized and I get all the important things done but sometimes things wait because they "haven't become important yet."

I used to work really hard every day to get everything done so I could have the rest of the day to myself. Years ago my life got too busy for that to happen. There is always something more to do. Right now I have:

Organize tax return documents
Sort filing
Purge Files
Do a volunteer accounting task (the one I am currently avoiding)
Do a bunch of research on the internat
Plus a ToDo List for things around the house--none is urgent

By the time all my tasks are done, there will be more. So I stopped rushing to finish everything and I take time to do things I want to do and sometimes I put things off until I can't do that anymore.

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CATLADY52 1/9/2010 12:21PM

    I feel energized just reading about your day.

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DEBBIER9 1/8/2010 11:20AM

    emoticonI feel your energy. emoticon
For now my dogs and I are enjoying the snow we have .
Glad you enjoyed the walk with your four legged kid

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/8/2010 7:34AM

    I would love to just have sunshine and no more snow.
Enjoy your weather wish I was there with you

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USFBULL 1/7/2010 10:14PM

    Great way to spend the day, way to go. emoticon Jeff

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Yesterday .... and Then TODAY!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

emoticon Tuesday is always a busy day for me as I'm a Caretaker in the afternoon. I try to get things done in the morning, but I'm a procrastinator and somehow it slips away and suddenly I find it's time to shower, shampoo my hair and get presentable. And what have I accomplished thus far? Not much..... sometimes nothing! Oh I've read my emails and diddled around checking out things that were time consuming, I've drank coffee and eaten a healthy breakfast...... and all those things include the way I enjoy spending a morning. But the way I enjoy my morning doesn't include getting much done.

Yesterday was no exception and when I returned from my good deed of visiting with my 92- year old friend, I did my usual, ate dinner and sat down at my computer. I found to my disappointment that I had not made a dent in the 50 Spark Points I set as a goal to achieve each and every day..... I had not made a single entry/post..... I had not answered a single note from friends..... and of course I hadn't done any work either. All I had actually accomplished that was on my "to do" list was pick up my prescriptions from my health care facility. At least I had accomplished one thing. Unfortunately it took me until after 11:00 p.m. to get my 50+ spark points and get everything done that I considered necessary. A good book was waiting by my bedside also. Would I have the energy to read for a bit before falling asleep?

As I entered my weight on "Daily Weigh In" I lamented the fact that the scales had gone up from 145.4 to an even 146. Depressing in itself, and as I had not so much as taken a walk around the block I figured I see an even bigger increase in the morning. Well, I'm happy to report that I was wrong. God must have figured it was time to give me a little motivation by lowering the scale instead of raising it -- I was so happy when the scale showed over a pound loss this morning! Miracles do still happen. If you don't expect big miracles you can see them happening everywhere in your life, so do keep an eye out for them. And don't get so wrapped up in the petty little things of life that you fail to notice them. For me it's what makes it all worthwhile!

Hugs to all, may your day be as great as mine! Eve

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ANNANN63 1/7/2010 7:03PM

    I think you should give yourself extra credit for caregiving. I have been in that position three times in my life and now I have a few things that I need to do for DH-quasi-caregiver. It is rewarding but it is not easy. Anyone who does it is a hero. Bless you for being such a good friend.

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LUIGIE 1/7/2010 6:16PM

  I feel like I could have written this too! I do have days like that when the morning disappears and I feel like I have done nothing. Yet we have. I think we are doing the things we want to do, and at this point in life we are priviledged to be able to do that. Isn't optimism wonderful? emoticon

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As we Begin a New Year!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

emoticon A new year always seems to make us take the time to ponder about our lives, our accomplishments, our goals, where we've been and where we're heading. As we look back over 2009, try not to beat yourself up if you didn't make all of your goals. If there was improvement over the prior year -- REJOICE!

The new year is a time for NEW BEGINNINGS! But it doesn't take a new year, or any other milestone for you to make a new start. You can do it anytime, anyplace, anywhere and for any reason! Why not now? They always say, why wait if you can do it now!!

You know, it's never too late to improve your current situation. If you are looking for a new romantic interest in your life - rejoice that you are still young enough either in age or heart to want someone in your life! If you are mourning the loss of a loved one - rejoice for all the time you did have with that person, and remember how they enriched your life! If you are rich give thanks for your good fortune, and if you are poor, think of all those who are even worse off than you! Each night as it is time to go to bed, take a few minutes to just run through your mind some of the blessings you had during the day. There is always something you can be thankful for -- for example, today I was thankful that I met a friend for lunch, that the weather was so beautiful (75 degrees) and that I was feeling wonderful. When I returned home I did not have a significant other to greet me, but my dog was really happy, and I was glad to share our reunion by going outside with her for a nice walk!

I did not reach all of my goals that I had set up for 2009; but I do not lament this fact. I am glad that I made headway -- moving ahead is the positive thing to do, and as long as I am able to move ahead, I know I will creep closer and closer to my goals! Things do not just "happen" so when the scale reads a higher number than it did the day before -- do not kick the scale, but take a look in the mirror if you're wondering about the reason. Did you eat right? Did you get in some exercise time? I'm a real fan of giving in to temptations on a regular basis, but the key is to do so in moderation. For me, one or two bites of ice cream will make me happy; sure an entire bowl is great -- but then you suffer the consequences! But if you know there is NOTHING that you can't have you are not as likely to feel depressed about your healthy lifestyle. Remember the portion control and those goals will suddenly be right at our fingertips!

Stay Sparking Everyone!


New Year's Eve!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

emoticon It's 7:10 p.m. on New Year's Eve! No -- I'm not partying at a posh resort, or even having a happy get-together with a group of friends. I'm doing pretty much what I have been doing the past few years. I ate a good, but healthy, meal about 5:30, and before that I took my dog out for a walk. The temperature was a balmy 68 degrees! Nice, huh?

It really made a point in the generation gap when my daughter phoned me from Las Vegas. She was at a penthouse suite (complete with 8 TV's no less) and she told me all about the fabulous decor! There is a posh formal dinner (black tie) at 8:00 p.m. and she is excited and pleased about the evening! It seems like a lifetime ago when I went out drinking, eating and being in a party mood to celebrate the new year coming in -- or lamenting about the old one going out -- whichever!

I'm happy with 2009! The lawsuit with the malpractice on my eye care has been settled, and it was a favorable decision in my favor. I have lost more weight -- slow but sure is my motto so I haven't taken it all off in six months, but it's OK. What's come off is staying off and that's the important part. I have been busy doing volunteer work and living a peaceful, fulfilling life. There is no important "someone" in my life, but if it's meant to be it will be. In the meantime, I am happy and content. Life in a nutshell is good!

There are significant changes I could make to my life, but the question is: do I really want to? I am quite content the way things are. Thank God I am healthy, financially OK, and I am quite healthy with life as it is. Living alone with my dog, Amber, is not all that bad.

Happy New Year to all! Eve

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LUIGIE 1/1/2010 10:37AM

  Happy New Year to you. Congratulations on having a good 2009 and coming to a place in your life where you feel healthy, useful, and enjoy your own company. What a blessing. Hope 2010 is equally good for you. emoticon

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After The Company Leaves......

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Yes, the company left in the wee hours of the morning and all is quiet around my house. I had a rare spurt of energy this morning and took my Christmas tree down and it's all stored back in the garage again! I have only to vacuum the great room and it will look like Christmas never happened.

I will be ready for the new furniture on Monday! And maybe by then my weight will also be in line with the pre-holiday reading on the scale. Oh happy days!!

Is there a letdown when the company pulls out of the driveway, happily waving goodbye? Yes, of course. Christmas would have been very lonely here by myself. And why be alone when you can be with good friends? So to leave the freezing weather and snow of Montana and spend a couple of weeks with short-sleeve weather was a blessing for my company and for me it gave me a much needed change of routine. Nicer meals rather than just poking my head in the refrigerator to see what was available (more planning ahead too). OK, I did put on about 2 pounds, but I'd gladly do it again and again rather than spending a holiday alone. And you know what, nearly a pound is gone already, and I have no doubt when I step on the scale in the morning a few more ounces will have evaporated!

Life is good, routine is great, but the chance to punch it up a little once is awhile is a great change of pace! Great way to see the end of 2009. And next summer I will not have to melt here in Phoenix in the middle of summer -- I can go visit in Montana!


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LUIGIE 12/28/2009 8:53PM

  Another reason to tell that this is a huge country. In New England, it looks like Christmas for quite a while, so many of us keep the decorations up to keep a likely gray January away. Wreathes are on doors until March some years! But we can always hope for an early spring

I hopeyour January is warm and balmy.

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/27/2009 9:11AM

    Glad you had a good time.
Enjoy your new furniture
Think my tree is going down Monday and I really have to get this Christmas weight off by Friday.
Happy New Year all

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TUNI212 12/26/2009 11:27PM

    I'm glad the visit went well, and cute picture of the pup!

I'm in total agreement with you about putting away the decorations. Once the holiday is over, I feel good getting things tidied up right away. You're ahead of me though... tomorrow is my clean-up day. My family has a hard time understanding why I don't want to leave it up until after the new year. It's nice knowing there are other people out there who "get it"!

Take care,

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NANCYCA555 12/26/2009 7:58PM

    Wow, that's impressive that you got your Christmas tree put away already! I'm so glad you got to spend quality time with good friends. That's what it's all about.

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STOOKY1 12/26/2009 7:01PM

    Good for you. Glad to know you enjoyed your christmas. Hope the new year brings you all you desire.

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