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It all seems so fragile

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The memories of christmas of my younger days are of a large number of assorted relatives getting together in loud boisterous groups. Smashed together in small houses with lots of food and cold winter weather. Now the holiday get togethers are small with polite adults eating fewer rich dishes and drinking a lot less alcohol. The connections between many of the family have either been broken by death, moves to cities far away, changes in interests that make conversations awkward, divorces or just getting older. The connections seem so fragile and each year seem to decrease so that it is memories of people that christmas brings back to me. I make some phone calls just to hear voices to help me keep the past alive with people who are special. Then the people who are very close arrive for dinner and I am happy in my present connections and grateful they are in my life. The memories slip away into the shadows of christmas and wait to be revived again next year.

  
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CAT-IN-CJ 12/25/2012 4:18PM

    Yes Christmas brings back so many memories. So much loss, so little remains the same. Even values we once held dear.

It seems a lot the "good ol' days" can be chalked up to "euphoric recall". Nothing was as perfect as the memories. But yet they remain.

This year, due to splinters and conflicts within the family that can't seem to be resolved without bloodshed, we decided to remove ourselves from the stress. This has been without doubt the most peaceful Christmas we've ever had. It's given us the opportunity to cherish the memories of loved ones no longer with us and look with hope towards a brighter new year.

Let's make 2013 our best year yet!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2012 4:00PM

    I think many of us can relate to everything you said. I know I can.

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WEARINGTHIN 12/25/2012 5:26AM

    Very poetic. Glenn

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Watching my Health

Friday, December 14, 2012

Actually I feel like I am watching my health deteriorate. At the beginning of November I came down with a rally bad sinus infection which lasted for several weeks. Now of course, I was really starting to feel better and along comes really bad cold. As a generally healthy person, I have taken for granted that I can do a fair amount of exercise each day and be very active. These are minor ailments but they have stopped all my activity. This makes me a lot more sympathetic to people who have serious physical issues and have limited ability to get up and go. Although the unpleasant things in life are not something you go looking for, it seems that it is an opportunity to appreciate what you do have. This time of the year is especially stressful on people so looking for the happy, cheerful and grateful parts of my life is going to be my goal for the rest of December. Have a great holiday season.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/14/2012 9:49PM

    I have been critically ill before so I know the importance of good health and don't take it for granted. It's wonderful to have the energy to do what you want.

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BARBANNA 12/14/2012 1:23PM

    I have a sore throat that's been nagging me for a couple days, so I totally understand. I'm still doing my usual activities,but it makes life more difficult.

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THEEXERCISER 12/14/2012 1:02PM

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Breaking down

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Breaking down bit by bit and I didn't even know it was happening. I don't eat fast food french fries. People say they don't and then they sneak them, but I don't go to fast food more than once a month and never order the fries. So why is my body causing me problems. Serious problem with a tooth, a funny pain in my left side and if I don't wear my orthotics my knees hurt. It seems that you have to take your body more seriously after you turn 60. Don't want to be really focused on the small aches and pains but it is clear that I should not ignore the small signals. So even though there are issues, I can't imagine how much worse it would be if I ate the french fries. Taking a nice walk this afternoon.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/27/2012 7:06PM

    As we age our bodies let us know that they are no longer 25 but we can still have a good quality of life. My doctor has helped me to set realistic goals for my health and I'm very satisfied with how things are going.

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Trying to regain ground lost

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holidays and family are tied to food. Not necessarily the food you regularly eat each day. No this is the lots of starches coupled with fat and often sugar food that raises the daily calorie count to numbers I don't even want to record. Just one more helping of mashed potatoes made with cream. Gravy that is so tasty and sweet potato casserole that just drips butter. The one rule I made was no alcohol until the family had all left. Did really well except for two small glasses of wine. This was just to keep my willpower available, not necessarily working, but not totally impaired. The other trick was not to buy an butter. That way the food did not have a high fat content. It was wonderful and now I am back to the healthy food list. Christmas will be easier but the menu is must less proscribed and more flexible. On to December!!!

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/26/2012 7:50PM

    I love Thanksgiving and make my meal as healthy as possible.

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RAPUNZEL53 11/26/2012 5:45PM

  Good Luck!

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Revised plan

Monday, October 29, 2012

It started Saturday night with a barbeque party. I did manage to keep my choices under some control but the chicken legs were just too good to pass up. Sunday was hard. The problem is making chicken enchiladas and not nibbling. Then there were the pumpkin mousse cups with whipped cream. And the salami is still in the refrigerator. At least there was broccoli and spinach salad for dinner.
I love food. There is no way around it and I get such entertainment from cooking. Oh well going home and will go back to the exercising and watching what I eat closely. Still thinking about the CHO numbers. Maybe just giving in and taking medication would be better.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/29/2012 7:09PM

    I love food and love to cook but think it's important to fix healthy food for my family and friends as well as eating it myself. So I would revamp the recipes to where I could eat them as well. I have used recipes for things like the chicken enchiladas and pumpkin mousse that are diet friendly.

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BATCHICK 10/29/2012 1:05PM

    Just get back on your plan. We all make poor choices (the weekends are so much harder for me) but people who are successful don't stop there. They get right back on track!

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