Thursday, April 05, 2012
As I lay on the driveway leading up to the house, I saw this squirrel jump on the porch and then up to the eaves -- from there it made it's way to the window and carefully walked all the way around the window, looking for an opening so it could get inside my house!
There are all kinds of small animals and it's my job to guard the house! I don't know if Mom and Dad realize how hard it is to watch for all the things waiting to get into the house and in the yard. It's why I have to take so many naps every day, it's very tiring!
Well, I'm going to go chat with some of my "catty" friends now -- it's been nice talking to all of you.
Anber (Eve's dog)
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
How do I know this? I had myself a nice little "pity party" yesterday. I was mad at something my dear husband had said and decided I "didn't care how fat I got" and to prove it, sat down with a container of ice cream -- yes, the carton! Of course I didn't eat it all, but that just shows you my mentality.
I also stuffed my face with peanut squares as I watched a TV show. And did I try to offset this absurd behavior by going to the gym and getting in a good work-out? Of course not! I did take my dog out for a walk because it was a perfect day for it.
I paid the price for this childish behavior when I stepped on the scale this morning! My weight was up 1.4 pounds. The ice cream and the peanut squares were definitely NOT worth that kind of gain! Now it's back to the grind. Easy on -- hard to come off!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I was just now reading a blog about a woman who had handed out a lot of advice to a lot of people. Some of it was things she had read, some was tips she had gotten from other members, maybe some was just plain common sense.
When it comes to writing blogs I know I'm pretty good at writing motivational blogs -- or at least that's what I've been told. But looking back over some of my best blogs, I suddenly realized that I'm better at "giving" advice than I am at "following" it. If I followed all of my own advice I'd probably already be into the coveted 130's instead of yo-yoing in the low 140's. Hindsight is a great thing, but the scale is not impressed by it. Writing good blogs is a good thing -- but only if that blog is adhered to. Good intentions never lost you a pound. Good old hard work, action (like getting out there and DOING IT) and walk the walk and talk the talk is what really counts. It does no good to suggest a dozen healthy, delicious, low cal snacks and then reach into a bag of candy for yourself. Or describing how a person needs to try a new tactic with exercising, move it up a notch, change things around -- and then for yourself watch a TV show and eating chips as you veg out on the sofa.
It's hard work to get toned up! It's hard work to do it instead of procrastinating! It's hard to pass up the temptations! And it's hard work not to let yourself fall back into your old ways! But if you stop and think about some of the jobs you have held, do you also realize that the jobs where you were promoted and were the most successful with, were the very jobs where you gave 110%, consistently. No one is handed a Vice-Presidency on a platter and it works the same way when it comes to your personal achievements. The less you work, the less you have to show for it. The more you do, the better your success rate.
It's up to you. You can give advice but not follow it, or you can do what needs to be done!
Monday, March 26, 2012
I've finished my second acrylic painting. A completely different subject matter than my first one was -- and I'm giving it to my daughter. I like it, so I'm sure she will too as we think so much alike in many things.
I've put it in twice as the coloring seems a bit different:
and again --
What do you think? Shall I give all this up? Or is it a hobby worth continuing?
Saturday, March 24, 2012
While most of those flowers aren't in bloom yet -- at least not up here in the mountains as we are at our summer home, there are other benefits. The cherry, plum and pear trees have started to bloom out with their beautiful pinks and whites framed against a very blue sky! I see daffodils and iris in bloom, and the hearty little flowering bushes we just planted have not been taken down by the freezing weather and snow, they don't look quite as perky, but the lavender blooms are still there. And the roses are beginning to show signs of life.
As I took my dog on our usual 1.2 mile loop around the neighborhood she loved it all. She acts like she has never been on this route before, and it's all filled with new and glorious smells and new things to be discovered. It's the highlight of her day, and seeing her so happy and excited makes it the highlight of my day too!
It's like seeing things through the eyes of a child -- sometimes we forget the wonder of the blue sky scattered with fluffy white clouds. Or to look up and see a jet leaving a trail of white across the sky as it breaks the sound barrier. Or watching the tiny blooms and leaves as they begin unfolding into the lush fullness that will be summer. It's exciting to walk with it being only 68F instead of a sweltering 102F, so I can actually enjoy my walk, and not come home with water dripping down my back. As cool as it gets at night we are not yet bothered by flies, so sitting outside with a beer or green iced tea is pleasant too. And if 68F seems cool, just try working in the yard raking or blowing leaves, or turning the dirt in the flower beds -- soon you will feel it is VERY WARM and you'll enjoy that iced tea!
It's so peaceful and quiet, and if you want to be lazy it's the perfect place. You can sit quietly and watch as a cardinal comes swooping down from nowhere, a squirrel may appear on the top of a rock, eyeing you critically as though you are invading his space, and if you are quiet enough and still enough, soon the birds will be busy at the feeders and not even notice you are there. SPRING IS THE SEASON, THIS IS THE REASON!
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