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I am…

I am trying to get back on track after a major disruption to my life(more about that in a future post)

I am listening to the wind chimes and enjoying the sound

I am seeing bright sunshine after morning thunderstorms

I am looking forward to our church’s Ash Wednesday dinner and service

I am planning to focus on the discipline of prayer throughout this Lenten season

I am enjoying the smell of the lemon tree blossoms as Marco, our cat, brushes up against the tree

I am savoring a Hershey Kiss – trying to make it last as long as I can to enjoy that chocolatey sensation

I am working on a plan to make some progress with my one word 2017 challenge

I am reading  The Power of When by Michael Breus, PhD and trying to decide if I am a Lion or a Bear although with recent events I have been a Dolphin


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.


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.


Tidbit Tuesday

Just another unedited/sloppy edition of the thoughts rolling around in my head today…

Had lunch with the girl and learned that she went ahead and got her GED. She is applying for some jobs and wanted to be able to say that she had a high school education. She is still considering getting the diploma but we don’t know if they will allow her to go just in the mornings. Have to wait and see what happens with that.

“My 2016 starts on February 1, this was just a trial period.”  Saw this or something similar on several facebook posts yesterday and I’ve adopted  it for myself.  January was a bit rough but I think I’ve got myself ready to commit to my one word for 2016 and get things moving. My word for this year is PROGRESS.  I am going to continue to work on last year’s completion list and also work on doing a better job of taking care of myself and my home.

Last year I would look at the list and become overwhelmed at the number of tasks and end up doing nothing. This year I am choosing two tasks to focus on and when they are completed I will add two more. Hopefully this will keep me from being overwhelmed and giving up. This month I am going to a)make a appointment to get my vision checked which means new glasses, and b) get new bras. Both of these tasks should have been done ages ago. I hate shopping – too many decisions and I’m cheap(am I the only one who thinks that bras are way too expensive?) but it’s time to bite the bullet and just get it done.

The second part of PROGRESS is to do a better job of taking care of myself and my home.  I have really fallen off the wagon(for those of you who have been reading for awhile this is familiar territory) when it comes to my self-care and I need to really commit to doing a better job. I’m not getting any younger and I need to work on making better choices with my diet, exercise, sleep habits and grooming. I can not keep making poor choices because the consequences are adding up. I’m  close to my heaviest weight again – a consequence of my foot problem and too much stress eating. I’m having some dental problems – too many sweets and not enough flossing. Add in dry skin, white patches/blotches on my skin, hair growing where I don’t want it, brittle nails and a general lack of energy and it’s time to start taking better care of myself. This month’s goal – getting at least 7 hours of sleep and 8500 steps a day.

The last area I’m going to focus on is taking care of my home. I’ve finally been released from my volunteer job(working at my husband’s business) and that should take away a lot of the stress I’ve had over the past decade. I didn’t work that many hours but I never knew when I might get a call asking about something which would distract me and often set my entire day upside down.  I worry and stress too much about the possible negative outcomes of decisions to be good at being an entrepreneur. Anyway, I hoping that I will now be able to do a better job of sticking to  household routines. I’m pretty good at keeping the place tidy but keeping it clean is a completely different kettle of fish. The amount of dust/dirt/grime/grease in some areas is really too much. My hubby did a ton of work in the kitchen to get rid of some of it, so this month’s task is to stay on top of it and keep it under control.

Well, that’s my update for now. How about you – are you participating in the one word movement. Share your word and how you’re doing in the comments. I’d love to hear how things are going for you. Until next time, have a great day


Tidbit Tuesday

Just another unedited/sloppy edition of the thoughts rolling around in my head today…

The boy and his friends built a snow ramp down the front steps and then added a bump and had a great time sledding down. So nice to see him outside away from a screen for awhile.  Sad to see that it is melting away already – we hit 45 degrees today.

I’m learning a lot about cats.  Marco, our cat, is a very snuggly cat which was a surprise to me. I’ve always thought of cats as not wanting much attention but Marco loves being around people. He also loves to jump on the counters and drink from the water spigot, any cup of water left out and my husband’s water bottle. We have a cardboard box full of scrap paper that we store under a bench and he loves to get in it and go to sleep.

We were turned down for a transfer to the online school but the guidance counselor is trying to work out a deal for a shortened day. Hopefully it will work out and the girl will be able to graduate. It appears that she is beginning to change her mind and wants to get the diploma – thank goodness.

I still haven’t done anything about determining my one word for 2016 or setting goals for the year. I’ve been trying to set up some daily routines but lately it hasn’t been going so well.  Need to get my butt in gear and make some decisions and then start working on things. I’ve spent too much time waiting till I feel like doing something which means nothing gets done. I just need to get started on something – anything! Right now it is getting the sheets out of the dryer and onto the bed.

Hope you are having a great day  wherever you are.


Tidbit Tuesday

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

I’m looking out at the bright sunshine and thinking I should take a walk but I don’t feel like bundling up and braving the cold – maybe later…

As much as I complained about the hubby wanting a carport over other home improvements, I must agree that it is nice not to have to scrape off the ice/snow in the morning.

I’m another year older and hopefully I’m becoming another year smarter. Got a lovely birthday surprise from my hubby to start the day and then spent a relaxing day at home. We went out to lunch the day after and it was very yummy.

There was a lot of family drama over the past two months and the short story is that the girl turned eighteen, moved out and now is thinking about dropping out of school. She is only 6 months from graduating and being eligible for $30,ooo towards further schooling. I’ve been trying to get her to go back to finish and just might have convinced her to do cyber school. I’m hopeful but I’m also coming to terms with the fact that I have no control over this decision and I have to let her make it and face the consequences on her own. Tough thing for this mommy to accept.

As usual Monday was a productive day – several financial tasks done, laundry and some cleaning done, decluttered and tossed one shelf worth of stuff, got information about a possible way to get the girl to graduate, got closer to being caught up with my email, set tentative lunch dates with two friends and most surprising made five phone calls!

To some of you that last item may not seem like much but for me it is a major milestone. I have a serious phone phobia – I absolutely hate to make phone calls. I get all nervous and frazzled, thinking I’m going to interrupt someone, be a bother to someone, say something stupid, forget something important, etc. I write out little scripts so I don’t forget things, call when I know I’ll get an answering machine, try to use email whenever possible or try to get someone else to do it for me. The ability to text is about the only good reason for having a cellphone! Anyway, I bit the bullet yesterday and took care of a few things that had to be done by phone. I’d like to be able to say it wasn’t that bad but it was. I had to make three calls to set up an appointment for the cat because I got frazzled the first time and then didn’t check my calendar the second time.

Unfortunately, I’ve fallen into the Tuesday slump. I have a tendency to be productive on Monday and then turn into a sloth on Tuesdays. I got everyone out the door but haven’t really accomplished anything since they left. In the past I would have a long list of things I would say I wanted to do but would end up doing very few. This year I’m trying to stick with three task along with my daily stuff(laundry, tidying up and dinner). If I do more than that(like I did yesterday) well that’s great but if I only do the daily and my big three that’s okay.

Today’s tasks are – writing this blog post, getting a blood test and picking up pet supplies. I can’t get my blood test until 1pm and there’s no sense in making two trips out so I’m waiting to pick up pet supplies till after the blood test. I should have started the daily stuff but I can’t decide what to make for dinner and I don’t feel like tidying up or stripping the bed to do laundry.

One thing I’m trying to remember this year is to accept the feeling and then go ahead and do the work anyway. Sometimes the feeling comes after I get started and sometimes it never does come. It doesn’t matter if it does or not because the tasks need to be done either way. One of the changes I need to make if I’m going to make progress on my goals. Still haven’t decided on my one word but these two – changes and progress are leading the pack.

Wow, this is becoming quite lengthy – time to get away from the computer and get to work. Until next time – have a great day!

One Word – Looking Back/Looking Forward

In 2014 I had two words for the year – my originally chosen word was space and then I added love after reading other people’s choices. For space,  I started out strong by cleaning out the loft but as the year went on, other people’s stuff starting creeping back in and it is back to a bit of a mess again. I did continue to clean out my closet and tried to keep my commitments to a minimum but there is still work that could be done.

As for love, I definitely have work to do in that area. I read something in Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider that helped me to understand the problems I had in this area. She wrote   “…spiraling down a lifestyle habit of chronically not taking care of yourself, to the point where you’re apathetic or overwhelmed at the thought of making little choices that would help your family live more intentionally.”(page 202) That’s where I’ve been and I need to be more intentional about taking care of myself – not feeling guilty for taking time to do the things that I like, the things that refresh me. To stop feeling like I’m not worthy of the time to take care of myself.

Looking back over the years, I can see my pattern – starting strong and then not completing/following through. This will be my goal for 2015. I’ve compiled a list of projects that I’d like to follow through to completion – well some will not ever be completed because they are routines for things that need to be done on a continual basis. However, there are a lot of projects that can be completed and I’m hoping to finally get them done. In my next post I’ll write down the list – later I’ll add notes as to how/why they came to be on the list. My word for 2015 is Completion and I hope to be able to cross quite a few of the items on the list before 2016 rolls around.

Did you have a word for 2014? How did it turn out for you?  Have you chosen a word for 2015? Don’t have a word? What about a goal or resolution? What will you be working on in 2015 – please leave a comment and let me know.


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