Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
- A good book, a comfy chair, and a warm drink
- Evan's grin
- A warm spring day with sunshine
- Watching the birds at the feeder
- An email from a friend
- A free afternoon
- Having all the bills paid!
- Writing in my journal
- Telling family stories
It will seem VERY strange to come straight home after school....for 8 years I have worked an extra job anywhere from two-four nights a week. And for the 3 before that I was working on a Masters degree with classes one night and papers and homework the others. I'm not sure I remember how to have my evenings free. Needless to say I am looking forward to it. This is a very real SIMPLIFY for me that has impact on several aspects on my life. But with hubby only drawing 80% of his pay during his recovery I have discovered that THERE are ways to simplify and still have everything we really NEED and a lot of what we WANT. I am also trying to pay down some debt over the next few months and take some other steps to get back on the track of financial freedom. I KNOW I can do it...!
Monday, February 25, 2008
- First of all....going on what is it now three weeks? without soda...I've lost track! The cravings for it are less. I must say I have not done quite as good as NO sugar but I have cut way back and my energy level seems to be much better
- Although I have stayed up too late a couple nights I have been getting to bed earlier and this has helped bunches.
- Drinking more water for sure not sure if it has an effect. LOL... Other than going to the bathroom more!
- Following routines better. I can't say I have been following my mornings and evenings routines perfectly but I have been getting some things done and it is making a difference. It's easier to do things around the house when things are caught up.
- Decluttering more...which is making a difference slowly but surely and I just feel more "in control" of life.
So those are the things...simple, little, but still starting to have an impact. Hopefully off to a great week...hope you all are on journeys toward feeling better, both physically and emotionally! More later!!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
For those of you that have read the front page of Magical Holiday Home recently, you'll know I have up an piece about being frugal, cutting back, repurposing things etc. The flea market is one way I help curb my "decorating" habit. It's so easy to find cute pieces to use at just a fraction of the cost. But even with flea markets you have to be careful or you will go over your budget or end up with stuff that just ends up as clutter. I am working toward limiting myself to things I LOVE...and it doesn't have to be a life time love affair even though some are. If the price is low one can afford to buy something for use for only a short time, a season or two. Then giving it away or throwing it away isn't all that painful.
My house is full of "stuff" and as I continue the decluttering journey, when I bring something in to the house something has to leave the house...and no letting the dog out doesn't count!!! I'll try to post tomorrow and let you know if I found any treasures....might not cause it is early in the game....but the fun is in the hunt. So check back and I'll give you a brief update!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I remember one spring when I was about 14 and hanging out with friends...we decided to take a road trip over to see the river which was flooding. It was about an hours drive. We just hopped in the car and took off. Yes, I had some older friends who could drive and nope didn't ask my parent's permission. Back in "the day" , living in the middle of nowhere, you could do such things without fear of turning up a missing person.
We drove with the windows down, not overly fast...we were RESPONSIBLE back then! The warm fresh spring air blowing in the windows, listening to the radio, and talking with friends (both male and female) I remember distinctly that feeling of wild freedom. As if the world was ours for the taking. As if no matter what the wonderful feeling of freedom would last forever and the days lay before us like a golden path. I wonder if young people feel that now days or if the crazy fast pace of the world has robbed them of that rush!
Well anyway I transgress....journeys.....take as many as you can...the real ones (trips) and the other kinds (adventures). Live life and enjoy!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
girlsinmo had an awesome goal for herself which is about recognizing that effort is more important that results. Boy, can I sure use that one this week. Lately without feeling well, I started to become overwhelmed. Can't give up, I kept telling myself. In home (not really work) I have always struggled with letting things pile up and then wishing I'd stayed on top of them. It's just so much easier when I do keep on top of things daily. I have made a lot of progress with this in recent years but there's still lots to do and learn. So this week my journey is toward forming habits...things that just become second nature. So onward with my efforts! Wish me Luck!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I just realized I needed to update my list for reading...I still don't have all the categories filled but I'm doing a little better.
Category One: Creativity and Spirit
- God is in the Hard Stuff
- Hugs for Grandma
- If Life is A Game These are the Rules
- Simple Abundance
- Live And Learn and Pass It On
Category Two: Favorite Authors:
- The Sixth Target: READ
- At Risk: READ
- Book of the Dead
- One Shot
- The Hard Way
- Back Luck and Trouble
- The Mephisto Club READ
Category Three: New Authors
- Ark Angel: Alex Harwicks
Category Four: Mysteries/Thrillers
- ALL TBA
Category Five: Eight from 2008
- ALL TBA
Category Six: Read it Again/Old Favorites
- ALL TBA (but I have some in mind)
Category Seven: Holiday Themed Novels
- Trick or Treat Murders
- Turkey Day Murders
- Valentine Murder
- On Strike For Christmas
- Candy Cane Murder
- REST TBA
Category Eight: Non Fiction
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Straight Talk: Joyce Meyers
- REST TBA
Thursday, February 14, 2008
So today's entry is my pledge to healthier eating habits. I am on day three of the journey of eliminating soda. This is day three with no pepsi...lol. So here are my journey goals for healthier eating.
- Sleep: Get into a regular schedule.
- Sugar: Eliminate as much as possible.
- Soda: none
- Healthier foods: more fresh fruit and vegs,
- Water: 8 a day!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
She is just getting it started but let's all give her a warm welcome to the world of blogging. She joins us at Magical Holiday Home and here at blogspot from My Merry Christmas.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Here's another little thought to ponder: " I've learned that to accomplish much is to accomplish a little each day."
And so it is in my life...a little each day...be it housework, my Triple 8 challenge, daily writing or whatever.
So those of you that struggle with the daily writing challenge...remember a sentence or two counts!!! Even a word that describes your day!!! It will get us all thinking if we see just a highlighted word for the day and we will want to know the mystery surrounding that word.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
This little book by H. Jackson Brown Jr is a gem. As I flipped through the pages I decided I would write about the first one that resonated with me. And here it is:
"I've learned that old age is not a defeat but a victory, not a punishment but a pivilege." page 15
So it is, so it is. A few years ago a young male teacher in our building was talking with me in the hallway. It was his first year in our building and somehow the year of highschool graduation came up. When I said I graduated in 1976. He asked me if it bothered me that I had graduated from high school before he was born. I told him that it didn't bother me because you either have to grow old or die young. Since I was still enjoying life I thought I'd stick around for a while if God allowed. By the way, his wife just had their first child last month, and I still rib him about "making me feel old"! It's always a good laugh at staff gatherings.
Yesterday (Sat.) I did manage to get in my write daily entry, just on a different blog. Month x Month.
I'll be poppin back in later today and writing a bit of new stuff for Ginger's Journey. Don't give up.....KEEP BLOGGING. I am loving reading all the blogs!!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday evening in Kirkwood Missouri about 40 minutes from my home, a lone gunman ended the lives of two Kirkwood police officers and three city officials before being shot and killed by police. He also wounded a reporter that was covering the city council meeting and the mayor, who is still listed in critical condition. That my friends is life in 2008. As reports unfold about the long standing disagreement between the shooter and the city of Kirkwood, it is easy to feel the frustration and mounting anger that preceded this event. Not that anyone in particular is to blame. I wonder if there were rights and wrongs on both sides of the feud. In the end that hardly can be used to justify this horrific act. It just brings us to a great sadness.
Which brings me to LOVE. On Thursday, not one family member of those killed had one iota or inkling that as their loved ones left for work and meetings that it was the last day of their life. None of us will know that and so LOVE is the one thing that is constant and can not be ignored. It is one reason I am a strong believer in CELEBRATING! Life on earth is not a given and it is not forever. Use every hour, every minute wisely. Speak the truth, celebrate life, and express love at all levels.
Finally it brings me to WHY....every tragic event is always broken down, examined, analyzed and never can anyone say for certain what key turning point resulted in the events that unfolded. The factors involved in this tradgedy will be no different. Put it under a miscroscope and you still will not be able to definatively answer WHY.
Since I'm normally upbeat, I don't want to end this post on a negative note. Instead the focus should be on the fact that each of the people that died (even the shooter) were part of the circle of life, contributed to the ebb and flow of this world, were loved by others, and will be missed. It can be said that it is not for us to know the why but to move forward, doing the best we can with both the common and the extraordinary aspects of life.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
What I really need are some suggestions for new books....I like mysteries. I also need a few books with a holiday theme....I want to read The Trick or Treat Murders but I haven't bought it yet. I was hoping the library would have it but no luck!
So if you have any suggestions for new books to try, mysteries, holiday novels, or even inspirational ones....please post a comment with title and author so I can get going....Time's a ticking and its February already. I've only read 31/3 books this year so far!!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
1. I grew up on a haunted farm.
2. I hate spinach, asparagus, and mushrooms.
3. I am addicted to writing and blogging (well at least it's a "good" addiction)
4. I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.
5. I HATE romance novels.
6. I love the ocean but hate sand.
7. I love autumn and spring more than summer.
Okay now my tags of other bloggers...hehehe...this is the best part...
Tales From the Fridge
Christmas Creations Corner
Uncommon Artistic Endeavors
You have all been tagged....here are the rules:
1. Once you are tagged, link back to the person that tagged you.
2. Post THE RULES on your blog.
3.Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag 7 people and link to them.
5. Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
- Time: I enjoy cooking. I even like chopping fresh, colorful vegetables but not at 6:00 pm on a work night after a hectic day.
- Ingredients: Did you ever notice that most of the yummy ingredients that really "make" a dish are not low cal? Also the expense and availability of quality ingredients have caused more than one turn around and go back on my journey.
- Spices: How can 1/4 teaspoon full of basil or garlic salt make or break a recipe? For years I would skip these tiny add ons. Sometimes because of expense or sometimes because I was in the middle of a recipe to find my spice cabinet bare. Lately I have started to appreciate the finer points of spices. And YES....a 1/4 teaspoon can be the difference between a good dish and an awesome one.
So the journey with cooking has been like wandering lost in a desert. I have found a few oasis along the way but am still searching for that paradise. In other words, my journey continues.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I will post updates on progress here at Ginger's Journey....feel free to add comments to let me know your progress and I will hop over to your blogs as much as possible to get some inspiration to keep me going!
Start Date for My Write Daily Challenge is February 1st.
Goal=4/4 days so far.
Don't forget to post your start date on your blog or in a comment here...and at least once a week post an update....
Friday, February 1, 2008
- Writing on any of my personal blogs
- Writing on any of the Magical Holiday Home blogs (forums don't count)
- Writing in my journal
- Writing things for my Celebrate Me art journal
- Writing any drafts of stories/articles on my home computer
If I think of other writing that "qualifies" I will update the list later. So all you writers...join me in this 2008 writing challenge!
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