Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Thank you for all the encouraging comments. I know now that I`m not the only one struggling with the winter this year.
Today was a "warmer" day, in the 40s, so I got out there and walked, breathed in the fresh air and shed some stress. It felt great! It will turn cold again but with a nice day or two it gives me hope that Spring is trying to break through, and it will!
I hope you got to enjoy your day today too!
Saturday, January 11, 2014
The Holidays are over. How did you do? I managed to eat my way through them and put on 6 pounds. Now I am that much farther away from my goal, which was only 5 pounds away.
How did it happen? I remember the tricky message my brain was sending out...it`s only a couple cookies, chocolate covered cherries, pie, ect. It won`t hurt you. It`s a special time, how often do you spend time with all these people altogether?...... Everybody else is eating it......
And the worst part is I KNOW BETTER! I read all the Spark articles on holiday behavior, and it even ran through my mind while I was eating all that stuff. But my other, evil self convinced me otherwise.
Since the beginning of the New Year, I have been watching myself carefully. I have been noticing when I would snack unnecessarily and what I would eat during the day. BINGO! I`m paying attention again! Six Oreo cookies is NOT a power breakfast! Three gingerbread men and 2 coconut cookies is not a healthy snack. And more Oreos at bedtime doesn`t help me sleep better!
Good sense pushed it`s way back into my head and I have been having whole grains for breakfast, a sensible lunch, like home made veggie soup, and supper is a small bit of meat with lots of veggies as a side. Snacks are fruit or a cheese stick. I was snacking 4 times a day. Now it`s once when I need to.
The nightime snacking I have noticed is the biggest problem. But I also discovered that the healthier I eat during the day, the less I need to eat after dinner and before bed. It has been a week with no night time eating for me, and I haven`t missed it at all.
I have found new and healthier foods to keep in the house, and I won`t be buying those Oreos that were at such a terrific sale price again.
I have probably told you stuff that you have heard before and already knew, and it`s maybe something that you already do. I heard it and knew it too. But untill it really sinks in and hits home, it all was just words to me.
Here`s to a new and more enlightened year!
Sunday, December 08, 2013
I finally am feeling settled enough to write a post.
We moved into our new home on November 5th. We went from a 2700 sq. ft. home to a 750 sq. ft. mobile home. I think we donated more than half of our possessions and things are still a little squeezed in here, but we are enjoying our new simplicity and location.
All that is needing work are the kitchen cupboards and the closets. Hubby will be buying shelves and brackets for them next week and then we should be super organized. And we were talking today that as much as we gave away, neither one of us has really missed anything yet. I think that means that we had WAY. TOO. MUCH. STUFF!
I will post pics of our new place after New Year`s to show you what it looks like just regularly decorated.
I lived in this mobile home park 40+ years ago and liked it then and it feels strangely nice to be back again. It is in the country where I have wanted to be for a very very long time. There is a creek running through the park and I love to walk around and look at the other homes and listen to the creek run and babble. I think the first time I walked and listened it said "Welcome back, I missed you!".
And the other terrific thing about this country setting is that there is a church right on the corner and I can walk there. I miss the church that I left behind with the move, but I am excited about checking this one out and hope to do that soon!
And one more terrific thing....even though it`s a beautiful country drive to get here, it is still only exactly FIVE minutes to the Mall and lots of restaurants and shopping plazas. I have the best of both worlds here and I am so happy and love it.
Now for the Christmas tree picture. Because of our smaller living space, we needed a smaller tree. So we got a pencil tree. I call it Pine on a Diet! It`s country cute with all my hand made ornaments on it, plus other special ones.
So that`s a complete up to the minute report. I hope to keep updates more often, but time sure has a way of getting away from me!
Monday, October 14, 2013
The house sale is still going strong! We had the house inspection on Tuesday and it went great! Now we need the appraisal and survey done.
Things are stalled though, due to the government shutdown. The buyers have to wait for finalizing their financing till the government reopens. Please pray with me that things get resolved NOW and we, with millions of other people can move on with their lives!
I just saw on the news tonight that retailers are pushing Christmas even earlier this year. Stores that weren`t open on Thanksgiving are now going to be open for 24 hours over that holiday. You can see Christmas decor in a lot of the stores already!
I always put my Christmas decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving. But I think now, because of this big retail rush, that it would be a wiser thing to wait till sometime in the first of December, and an even better idea to not go wild with the shopping, making these greedy retailers rich and giving us empty pockets.
We never go overboard with shopping anyway. In fact, we only have a few to buy for, and we set a spending limit, which is very modest. In these times, it`s just not a good idea to spend carelessly anyway.
I want to make it an old fashioned Christmas this year, with simple decorations, homemade goodies and gifts, and most of all, loving time with family.
Sorry, I just needed to vent about this.
What do you think?
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