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Tidbit Thursday

Just another sloppy, unedited installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

The weather is so crazy lately – upper 50s, low 60s over the weekend and now it is trying to snow. I did some cleaning up that I didn’t get to at the end of the fall season, weeded some of the beds and pruned some catmint and clematis. Need to decide what to do with the orchard area and then make plans to do it or get it done. Would like to put a bench in somewhere but I’m not really sure where or what kind.

Still having trouble dealing with the changes that school breaks bring. Can’t seem to get myself to stay on schedule when the boy is home. I need to start getting ready for the first hundred day challenge of this year. I’ve been doing fairly good with my walking but my sleep has been all over the place and I’ve gone back to eating way too much sugar.

My dad went back into the hospital -some major infections and he has not been taking care of himself. There is only so much my sister can do – if he refuses to eat/drink/take his meds properly then he isn’t going to stay well. I wish I was closer but honestly if he isn’t going to do it for her he probably wouldn’t do it for me either. It’s hard to be a parent to your parent.

 

I’ve done some decluttering – need to get that posted. I’m going to try to get rid of at least 365 things this year. There is a lot that I can remove and there is certainly a lot my family can get rid of. I’m going to try and get them on board as well. We’ll see how it goes.

Hope you are having a great day wherever you are and I’ll try to be back again soon.

One Word 2017

Last month I was contemplating what I might choose for my word of the year and I decided to look back over my past choices for inspiration. Unfortunately what I discovered is that I seem to have no staying power. Most years my efforts did not last more than a couple of months before fading away.

Another thing I discovered is that there is still a lot of work to be done in each of the areas I have chosen in the past. Work that I really would like to master/complete. After much thought I’ve decided that I’m going to divide the rest of the year into three sections of 100 days. Each section of the year will be devoted to a separate theme and hopefully the shorter period will keep me focused and on task.

I’m going to start with my original one word theme – health. My goals for those hundred days are to get to bed by 10 pm, walk for at least 10,000 steps each day and limit my “dessert” to 250 calories each day. I’m also going to try to incorporate some other activities like less processed food, more vegetables, more water, and some strength training.

Because my son’s schedule is going to be a bit crazy for the next two weeks I’m going to wait until January 29th to start. That means my first hundred day period will run from January 29th until May 8th. I’ll take a week or two after that to review how things went and decide what the next focus will be.

How about you ? Has anyone chosen a word for this year? Please share in the comments – I’d love to hear what you are up to.

 

Tidbits

Just another sloppy, unedited installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

This will be a short one because I don’t have much time but I want to post something because one of my 2017 goals is to be more consistent in posting at least weekly.

It was a busy week with celebrations for New Year’s and my birthday, the boy starting back to school, the girl starting to work in the family business and me organizing a event for a church group.

Since it was my birthday, I got several coupons and decided to do one of my least favorite activities – shopping. I wanted to shop for a pair of pants because my favorite pair have become too big and my other ones are still a bit too tight. I also wanted to get new bras. The ones I got last year ended up being too uncomfortable to wear all day. I thought I’d be able to deal with the underwires but I couldn’t.

First off was the Lands End shop in Sears – didn’t find any pants I liked but did end up with a flowered cardigan. I do wish I could find long sleeves that actually fit and didn’t need to be turned up.

Then it was off to Kohl’s for their intimates sale. I lucked out – I was standing in the middle of the lingerie section looking lost when Leeann came by and asked if I needed help. She turned out to be a bra fitter and made the experience so easy. She took my measurements, asked me what I preferred and brought me several styles to try on.  If it had been for the power failure I would have been in and out in less than half an hour. A far cry from the last time when I couldn’t find any wireless bras in my size and ended up trying on dozens of bras.

Now the only question is what to do with the old bras. My really old bras I tossed but I hate to toss the underwires I got last year. I hardly wore them – I would usually opt to wear the old ones and left them in the drawer. I just don’t know about donating them. On the one hand, there are women who would probably appreciate not needing to spend $40 or more on a bra. But on the other hand there just seems to be something a bit weird Not sure what I’m going to do.

Okay enough for now, need to get moving on some work. I’ll be back next week to update my goals for this year. Until then, enjoy your day wherever you are.

Tidbit Thursday

Just another unedited, sloppy installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I put out three large bags and two small containers of stuff for pick up by the Viet Nam Veterans of America. It feels so good to get those things out of the house.  My daughter took her snow board and a painting she had done and I tossed a Christmas dish towel that I couldn’t get clean. That brings my total up to 129 items! Unfortunately there is still a lot that could be cleaned out so I am going to continue working on this challenge next year.

We had a very nice visit with my dad, my sister and my niece and nephews. We took the cat which was an experience. He “talked” for almost all of the four hours we were in the car. He was not a fan of my niece’s dog – he would arch his back, hiss and put up his claws when the dog got too close.

As I suspected the girl was not able to make it but we had a nice visit last night. I finally got to meet the boyfriend. He was rather quiet but seems nice.  They got a pair of young cats for Christmas. Now the boy is wanting to get another cat as well. Not sure how I feel about that.

The boy got everything on his list but is still not satisfied. He is very happy with what he got but still wants more. He got some cash (in addition to the gifts) from his grandparents and is upset that we won’t take him shopping. He hasn’t even had time to explore everything he got and he wants more. Definitely need to work on this attitude.

I’ve been thinking about plans for next year but I haven’t settled on anything yet. What are you hoping to accomplish in 2017? Let me know in the comments.

Tidbit Thursday

Just another sloppy, unedited  installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted -there has just been a lot going on with all of the end of the year activities and I haven’t taken the time to sit down and type up a post. I have been thinking about how the year has gone and how I would like next year to go. I’ve got lots of ideas but I need to try to figure what makes sense and is within the realm of possibility.

We’re headed to my Dad’s for Christmas and I don’t think the girl will make it. She has to work Christmas Eve  and doesn’t have adequate transportation to make the distance.  Plus she wants to spend time with her boyfriend and I’m not sure she’s ready to expose him to the whole clan.

I added two tank tops, 15 children’s books, a pair of snow boots, a pair of dress shoes, two hats,  and two pillowcases to the donation pile and I tossed two expired supplements. That puts me over the one hundred items decluttered mark which means I met my hundred day challenge. Or did I?  I started thinking about things and I’m wondering – if I bought something to replace something I got rid of(a new tree to replace the old one, a new topper for the tree to replace the broken one, a better fitting hat), should I really count those items?? If the goal is to simplify and have fewer possessions then the answer is no but if the goal is to only have things I love and enjoy then the answer is yes. Something to ponder for the new year.

I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing you have a wonderful end of this year and a great beginning to the new year. See you in 2017!

Really slowing down as the year comes to a close. Not a lot of items to report this week but I hit  the 100 item mark.

Trashed – my husband’s artificial tree – finally got him to agree to let go of this and a handmade angel topper for the tree( I never really cared for this but I thought it was one of hubby’s treasured family heirlooms then this year it finally fell apart and he said it wasn’t really special so we tossed it)

Donating – a hairbrush, a sweatshirt, a sweater, a pair of dress socks and a fabric bookcover

Still have lots of areas to go through so I’m going to keep on plugging along.

How is your challenge coming along? Have you started thinking about a challenge to start off 2017? Let me know in the comments.

Tidbit Tuesday

Just another unedited, sloppy installment of the random thoughts running around in my head today…

Another holiday come and gone. We had two thanksgiving dinners this year – one with the in-laws and one with the girl.  The boy made a pumpkin pie but it fell on its way out of the oven. What a mess but it will be  a good memory in the years to come.

Nice visit with the girl – no arguments or heated discussions. Still haven’t managed to meet the boyfriend – hopefully it will happen some time soon.

Finally convinced the hubby that it was time to retire his artificial Christmas tree. We got a new one from Target and put it up the day after Thanksgiving. The boy decorated it and now we are just waiting to see how Marco will react to it. I need to get the other decorations out, check and see what is in need of repairs or is no longer something I want to have, and then put them out.

Starting to look ahead to next year – thinking about what I might want to achieve. Lots of ideas – need to really consider what is most important and choose just a few to really focus on and commit to making progress.

Progress – that was supposed to be my word of the year for 2016. I didn’t do very well with that. I started out strong but quickly faltered and then it just faded away. I stopped keeping track and gradually it just became “out of sight, out of mind.” I need to develop a better system to keep my goals in front of me.

That’s it for today – I’ll be back later in the week with another declutter update. Until then, have a great day wherever you are.

 

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