Friday, July 05, 2013
We had a great holiday celebration--our community has fireworks on the 3rd to be out of competition with other communities around here. (Being the Quad Cities with each of those four cities having partner cities and feeder towns can make dates pretty busy!) Anyway, I had frustration with the lack of help I got from my family in such things as menu ideas and the like, but I decided to order a few pizzas online and let them pick them up while Miles helped me to select a nice place in the park and I set things up. It was a lovely sunny day; we had about 10 minutes of light sprinkles, but then, it was beautiful although I got a bit chilly as dusk came and we watched the fireworks. We played some nice games together and I designed the next afghan I am making for Mason--a die hard Cubs fan. I am going to make crocheted hexagons to create their fairly simple symbol. I'm glad it is an easy one--all red, white, and blue with easy to find bright colors.
Anyway, we have done yard work since then and will have our own little fireworks tonight after everyone is home from work. Usually, we go to a pool on the 4th, but of course, I cannot do that--argh, I miss the pool!! Anyway, we have grilled chicken outside and have just had routine days.
EXCEPT, of course there's an except--car issues. Miles' truck has been a problem since Tuesday and the guys have tried a number of things. They also have been working on minor issues with our car and a big possible way to fi the jeep. The bottom line is that they got the car stuff taken care of. The work they did on the jeep seemed like it helped, but Megan ended up stranded at the movie theater. The truck issues have went on and on and a few hours ago, they determined that the engine was "dead," and that there was a crack in it. Just awesome--so the guys have been hunting one down and want to replace it, but that isn't going straightforward either. We are trying to find someone with another truck who can help pick up an engine out of town. Arghhhh...
The point of this is that there is always a possible problem going on in our lives and they can drive us crazy and push us into emotional eating. It is important that we take control over ourselves and find an alternative if stress and nonsense get to be over whelming. I have a plan and it includes healthy alternatives to eating junk, no junk around, activities to do such as crocheting and reading that takes both hands, talking to others, sparking, and chores such as things in my house and yard work. I have learned a lot of tricks and I use them when I could be over eating and doing things that would make me feel disappointed in myself. It is important to have these kinds of things at arms' length.
As a reading teacher, I refer to my collection of strategies as part of my toolbox. I think I have a toolbox of strategies here at SP as well. The more that we have in our toolbox, the more success we have. Each of us has a different toolbox and different tools in it, but the best toolbox has a lot of tools in it.
I'm sure glad I have mine--and I'm glad that it changes frequently and just gets bigger and better all of the time. Sparking regularly makes this happen!