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Sunday, December 13, 2009



STRESS...what is that?

This Christmas was going to be different for me..I had made up my mind and put my foot down..LESS STRESS...
And this is what I got...

I have all the lights to decorate the outside of our home 3 times over..I bought them all at an auction for $12 and believe me there are GOBS of strands of lights in those totes...They are still in the shed..instead I have construction/remodeling debris as a lovely decoration for my front porch and part of the yard. Then there is that sack of trash that I set out there yesterday to be put into the back of the pickup to haul off that the neighbors dogs tore all to heck but that adds some color to the drab look of the boards and sawdust. The cute little trees that I did set out there to try to add some festive look to it all are "moved outta the way" and just sitting hither and yon now, less stress, breathe deep....

OH..let's step inside shall we?

There is the tree..over in that corner..it was hidden by the bathroom cabinet that sat in my living room for over a WEEK and then a couple of days ago I looked so pitifully at my DH and asked him if he had a clue how soon Christmas was and that we had family coming over and so we moved the cabinet into the bathroom..I got my hopes up but alas...it still has no sink in it...but he did get the toilet installed in our ONLY bathroom so I did not have to go build an outhouse, and I do have a washer and dryer that works and we did get the new flooring in and the new tub is GRAND..that disastrous mess in the hallway right outside the door though...that is another thing entirely! Apparently men need to have their "stuff" left RIGHT WHERE THEY LAY IT and not moved. I guess they do not have long term memory and need the tools close so they can remember what it was they were doing.. There in the den is the trim boards and some overflow that the hallway could not handle anymore...follow me though this little narrow foot path through the living room, don't step on those gifts please..I still have to wrap them and find my way to the tree to put them under it. Now here we are in the dining room, yes I know..there is my Christmas art project all piled up there on the table and I know I know I have to finish that painting for my little nephew before Christmas..thank goodness for acrylic paints..they dry fast...time is passing quickly though..I need to get on that...

And now let's step into the kitchen...
Ok now look out for that HUGE roll of linoleum that is laying right there in the MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR cause I moved it away from the sink. It is hard to cook and do dishes leaning over BUT on the positive side it is a good core workout for your tummy muscles...you have to use every one of them to help hold you up as you lean over!! The trim boards are off the doors..yes I have 2 doors in the kitchen--I guess when they built old old houses they needed lots of escape routes! I am wanting one of them built in and made into wall...there is that sheetrock mud ALL over the place since they need to REPAIR the walls and that is a part time worker cause DH told him " No hurry" and then there is..........

And so it has been, the stress goes on in my LESS stress Christmas.
How have I handled the less stress December? I have NOT turned to chocolate or ice cream. I have stayed away from sugar and white flour and continued to STICK to my low carb diet faithfully. When the "Oh my gosh I need something's" hit I eat a couple of pieces of Russell Stover Sugar Free Candies and I am good to go.
Have I exercised? No..unless you wanna count leaning over that roll of linoleum...I seem to be VERY tired (mentally I know)...a LOT..and sometimes I look around at the mess and feel sort of hopeless from it but then I STOP and I count my blessings
My Lord and Saviour, my loving WONDERFUL husband that He blessed me with.
Our health, we have a roof over our heads and we are warm and dry, we have food in our pantry and fridge, we have water and electric and all the creature comforts, we both still have jobs and are able to keep our bills paid on time, we have good trucks and our kids are doing good. Our grandkids are well and feisty. My dear friends that I have here on Spark and my church family and friends here at home
AND I have the wonderful blessing of being able to have this stress and feel it and know it is a work in progress....so all in all I guess....

I really am having that STRESS-LESS Christmas this year!

So..look for the BLESSINGS in everything this year as Christmas approaches and the New Year gets closer...cause it's right there..under that stress-er..see it?
It is laying there beside that unfinished project you have been worrying about...
Isn't it just GRAND???


Merry Christmas everyone!


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  • CATIATM
    Chaos seems to go with Christmas. I try to focus on what really matters to me and skip the rest. I almost get paralyzed by all the chaos around me, and I don't get anything done. I hope you handle it better!
    4208 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I live in complete chaos. We have been remodeling for years. After a while you learn to ignore it. LOL.
    4209 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1315172
    Oh I so hear you, that is my dh you are talking about! Still waiting for him to finish putting up the molding when he replaced windows. I finally took them out to his shop. Then you are in trouble because the stuff was not where he left it and he can't find it.
    4210 days ago
  • JOLOWE56
    Joyce...you need to write a BOOK!!! That was soooooooooo well written and so easy to see the "visual" unfolding...from room to room. Thank you for reminding us that we really need to see the positive in EVERYTHING! Thanks so much for this blog...and..have a Wonderful (Stressless, if you can) Christmas!
    Love ya,
    Joyce : ) emoticon
    4210 days ago
  • SHAWNRDH
    Hey is there such a thing as a STRESS-LESS Christmas?
    But I do agree we need to look at the positives more than the negatives which can be hard at times. Good for you on turning to the Russell Stover Sugar Free Candies....maybe you can do a commercial for them!!!

    Happy Holidays
    4210 days ago
  • MEME102
    What a great blog -- turning your lemons into lemonade!! Bless you dear Joyce for writing this -- b/c I want to be able to think and do the same thing and take the stressful things in my life right now and turn them around into blessings! You have helped me to think differently.
    But I DO hope that lineoleum gets laid soon!!! AND you get a bathroom sink!! So Santa - head over to Joyce's house first and get that done for her....
    Hugs
    4210 days ago
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