Tuesday, January 08, 2013
My mother loves to write letters the old fashioned way with pen and paper.
Each week, my 2 sisters & I and my daughter get a hand written letter from Mom. Mom turned 80 on November 30, 2012. She grew up in the era of 'penmanship.' Her hand writing is steady and very legible.
In this week's letter she informed me that she has written 239 letters to my daughter, since she went off to college on August 31, 2008. She promised my daughter that she would write to her each week while she was in college. Kate graduated last spring and is now working in Washington DC and Grandma is still writing a weekly letter. Grandma also informed me that she has spent $107.55 on postage writing to Kate. LOL! My husband said I should tell Grandma that email is "free!" My mom isn't into anything related to using a computer.
Anyway, she always writes her letters on cute little note papers. She always requests that we give her 'stationary' for her birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day, etc. Today's note came on a cute little card she got from my sister for Christmas, with a very nice verse that I would like to share today.
May God give you...
For every storm a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise
And a blessing in each trial,
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
Have a wonderful week, Spark Friends!
P.S. I decided to put this week's note into my 2013 Memory Jar!
(See earlier blog for details on what that is.)
Monday, January 07, 2013
"Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you
and help your SparkFriends get to know you."
A SP friend THINRONNA shared this on her page and it was really nice getting to know her a little better. So, I thought I'd share it with any of my friends who would like to know me better, too.
Where is my cell phone?
It’s sitting on the dining room table.
Yes, I'm married to Steve & we have a daughter that will be 23 in March.
Medium to Short. Dyed “Clove” to ‘blend away the gray.’
Ruth, a former High School Music Teacher, turned housewife. Mother of 6, grandmother of 7.
Bill, a retired farmer.
Your favorite thing?
Being with my family: husband, daughter, parents, brothers, sisters & their kids, & extended family of aunts, uncles & cousins.
Your dream last night?
I don’t remember.
Unsweetened Iced Tea.
What room are you in?
Between the dining room & the living room sitting at the computer desk.
Walking, cooking, baking, gardening.
Being alone when I am old.
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Still living on our farm. Growing vegetables in our High Tunnel Greenhouse and growing grapes in our vineyard. Raising cattle and poultry.
Where were you last night?
Home watching Oprah interview David Letterman on OWN.
Something that you aren't?
I’m not very adventurous. Need to take more chances.
Morning Glory or a good, fresh blueberry muffin.
Wish list item?
New flooring in our kitchen & dining room.
Last thing you did?
Made “Baked Ziti with Pumpkin & Sausage" for our evening meal tonight.
What are you wearing?
T-Shirt, hiking shorts (Yes, I know, I live in Minnesota & it’s winter, but I run hot!) tennis shoes.
We live on a farm. So we have outdoor dogs: 3 basset hounds: Zoey, Sophie, Boris; 2 yellow labs: Max & Lily & 2 Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Micky & Teddy. Lots of cats, a miniature horse named Sissy & a miniature donkey named Claire. And several indoor cats: Parti, Dottie, Lucy & Dewey.
I have a few close friends that I either knew growing up or worked with over the years. My sisters are my closest friends.
My life is good. I am happily married with a grown daughter. I live in rural Minnesota that fits me to a tee. I love being able to go outdoors and have lots of space. I work part time as a Library Assistant. I left a banking career several years ago (30 years in accounting/banking). My husband & I are developing second careers for when he retires…hopefully growing vegetables for schools, restaurants, individuals. We built a high tunnel greenhouse, but lost that to a tornado in 2011. We are rebuilding this spring. We grow wine grapes. We raise beef & poultry for consumers, too.
Winter leaves me in a depressed state. I have to work on having a positive mood.
Today, I had a diet Pepsi with lime.
I drive a Ford F-150 Pickup truck.
Something you're not wearing?
Your favorite store?
I enjoy going to Trader Joe’s but the closest one is over 100 miles from where I live.
Your favorite color?
When is the last time you cried?
Tuesday, January 1st when I said ‘good bye’ to my daughter at the airport as she left to go back to work in Washington DC.
Favorite place to eat?
A little Chinese Restaurant or a little Mexican about 20 miles away from where I live. They are both excellent!
Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
I enjoy going to Rapid City South Dakota and seeing to Mount Rushmore.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
I saw this on Facebook the other day and decided to start a Memory Jar today.
I am trying to be more positive and I think this little exercise might help!
“Start on January 1st with an empty jar. Throughout the year write the good things that happened to you on little pieces of paper. On December 31st, open the jar and read all the amazing things that happened to you that year.”
I took a quart size Mason jar and made a cute label and tucked it inside the jar so that it would peek out.
Here are the instructions:
1. Repurpose an empty glass jar.
2. Add a note every time something good happens.
3. On 12/31/13, empty your jar and read how amazing your life was in 2013. :)
I hope my jar fills up quickly, so I can find a nicer, larger jar! LOL!
Happy New Year to all of you! I wish you good health and much happiness in 2013!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I read an article on-line this morning from Prevention Magazine and thought it was worth sharing.
I don't exclude any of these foods from my diet. The key is moderation.
The Truth about 12 Confusing Foods
Even the most nutrition-savvy women can get lost in the headlines. Here’s what you really need to know:
By Sharon Liao
The foods discussed in the article include:
6. Chocolate - there it is again!
7. Red Meat
You heard that eggs can be high in cholesterol, so you dutifully switched to whole grains for breakfast. Next, you swapped out red meat for fish—only to later learn that fish can contain dangerous levels of mercury...and eggs may not harm your heart after all. “With all of the different reports and headlines, it’s no wonder that many people get confused,” says Angela Ginn, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and owner of Real Talk Real Food in Baltimore. To help you make sense of these and other health head-scratchers, we consulted our experts and sifted through the research. Here, the new bottom line on 12 “healthy” foods.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I am exploring ways to deal with stress in my life, WITHOUT reaching for food.
Also, ways to treat myself without using food as a reward. Little indulgences. I am working on my personal list of 'go to' items.
I came across this article today from O Magazine and wanted to share it with you.
* Reader Beware! CHOCOLATE does show up TWICE in this article!
Number 1 was to "Create a Pleasure Drawer"
Desks are usually receptacles for utilitarian paraphernalia. But in the interest of slipping a little self-nurturing into your days, it's time to turn one into your own on-the-spot spa. "Stock your drawer with personal mementos or simple indulgences," suggests Barbanel. Gather your favorite scents, textures and tastes so you can create your own multisensory stress-relief treatments. Our suggestions: tiny scented candles in beautiful tins; pop-art-inspired beanbag sachets scented with invigorating grapefruit and peppermint; Hershey's Kisses; tiny self-massage tools that slip onto your fingertips; a silky jasmine-laced hand lotion to soothe skin; eucalyptus and mint room sprays to combat midafternoon energy slumps; and a lavender facial mist to perk up your complexion.
Chocolate was the final item on the list in this article.
Go Ahead, Have a Bite of Chocolate
"Chocolate is better than a martini," says Oz Garcia, director of nutrition programs at New York City's Equinox gym and spa. "It contains alkaloids and magnesium, copper and other minerals that regulate and stabilize brain chemistry." It also creates a natural high, according to Harvard's Sichel. "Chocolate causes a serotonin surge in the brain, so you get an instant wave of euphoria."
Clearly, happiness can come from stimulating our senses– with short, but frequent, moments of pleasure.
You have dozens of little opportunities every day to indulge yourself–so do it.
11 Ways to Lift Your Mood (or Someone Else's) ~ O Magazine
By Christine Fellingham
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