Wednesday, January 31, 2024

One Word to Describe This Month

           Long would be the word to describe this month. It seems to have gone on forever. It also cannot figure out what season it is. We have done all of them it seems LOL my leaves have all fallen to the ground. It has been so cold that I lost a few plants and had to turn on the heat. We have had sunny and cold mixed with rainy and warm weather, and days that were hot enough that I had to turn on the air conditioner. It is all so confusing LOL.

          I did not do all I had planned to this month, but it is okay. I am learning to be patient with getting things done, well as long as they get done. I did not get to my backyard, but I will as soon as the weather cooperates. I did not start eating healthier, but I did increase my daily step count. I did not do some deep cleaning I wanted to, but my house is still tidy. I will keep working on every thing.

          I have a whole brand new month starting tomorrow. It even has some holidays to play with like Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, and Mardi Gras. I plan on celebrating them all in some way. I also plan on making my plants all pretty again, finding me some shrubs for side of house, and seeing if I can plants some seeds to grow. I also might do another pineapple plant out front. The last one never produced a pineapple, but it got huge. It is now planted in the back yard. Inside I need to clean out all of our closets and donate a bunch of stuff to Goodwill. I am telling kids if it hasn't been used in past year, it goes. We have way too much stuff in the closets. I don't even know what is in most of them LOL.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

What Have I Accomplished This Month

           Well, I haven't accomplished it yet, but I will today. Today is when I have to renew my BLS and ACLS certifications in order for me to continue on as a nurse. I have my class at 10:30a.m. A group of my fellow nurses and I are all going to the class together. It is my fourth time going to this place, On Call Training Solutions and using Tony (the owner). He has definitely made ACLS less intimidating. I used to freak out over the thought of that certification, I did not think I was smart enough for that, but he gets me through the class. I just have to remember the answer is always epi LOL. I always laugh at medical shows. They love to shock people in codes, but in real life, that only happens when there is a crazy heart rhythm. If there is no rhythm, shocking will do nothing. That is when you need epi and CPR. Also the TV codes that last less than a minute are ridiculous. Doctors would never call it after just a minute. I have seen codes that seemingly go on forever. Doctors do not like to lose to a code at all.

          Brrrrrr it is once again cold. I do not like this type of weather. I moved away from the cold. Later though, it is supposed to be almost 70 degrees, so perfect weather. Maybe I can convince my kids to go out with me later. We all have the night free, which is a rare occurrence these days. I also have to get the normal stuff I do on Wednesdays done today, since I work tomorrow. Good part about that is I get Saturday night off and we are going to see the movie "Argyle". It looks funny.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Life in a Year

           I am supposed to envision the person I think I will be in a year, all I am hoping for is to be alive and healthier. It is a real concern now. My dad died in his late 50's I think, but that was due to kidney complications and non-compliance, and my mom died suddenly at 64 years old. I want to live lots longer, like into my 90's like my grandmother. So, I am trying to become healthier. Not succeeding every day though...yet.

          Okay, is too cold inside right now, but my son just came out and complained he couldn't sleep because it is too hot. Now I am confused LOL. Maybe I am not cold and just sick, cause all I want to do is bundle up and go back to sleep. Instead I will get my school work done, then go back to bed LOL. I will rest easier knowing I have nothing looming to do.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Five Favorite Songs + Latest I have Read

           I missed the prompt yesterday about songs LOL it is hard to have a brain at home when I work LOL. The prompt was list my current 5 favorite songs. They aren't current, but if they are playing I listen:

          1. Flowers by Miley Cyrus

          2. I will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

          3. Another One Bites the Dust by Queen

          4. Tainted Love by Soft Cell

          5. Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley

          Today's prompt is something I learned from latest book I am reading. Since I am currently taking a Civil War history class, everything I am reading involves the Civil War. So I am learning a lot about that. My son and I just had a great hour long conversation discussing they what ifs regarding the Civil War. That was fun. I miss having him take classes with me. He even reminded me that in our box of family history records, we have actual journal entries from family members who fought in the Civil War. We have records that go all the way back to the American Revolution. Those are pretty cool to have.

          Oy my morning was yuck. I came out of work to find my brand new car completely dead!!! I had to call Kia to come jump me. That was after I had to go on YouTube to find out how to break into my own car. I had to find the hidden keyhole. I had to break poor Remi's hand :( I must have looked pathetic standing in the misting rain, because even the birds felt bad for me. They dropped a hamburger down for me LOL I actually have no idea what was going on there, but a random hamburger just dropped down from the sky about 20 feet in front of me LOL. I figured a bird lost his Big Mac, but I couldn't see one flying at the time. I have heard saying raining cats and dogs, but not burgers LOL.

Friday, January 26, 2024

The Most Inspiring Place I have Ever Been.

            I think the most inspiring place I have ever been was Muir Woods in California. It just looked like something out of a dream. The redwood trees were massive and the whole place has ladybugs everywhere. My mom, son, and I hiked all over it, just in awe. That was over 20 years ago and I still have the walking stick I purchased that day. It was a great trip.      

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

A Favorite Memory

           Today's prompt is to write down a favorite memory. I have too many, all involving my kids LOL. They both were such characters. They each laugh when I tell them tales of all the adventures they caused me LOL My son and his little red chair would get into all sorts of forbidden places, he also would take care of me, often ending up with me having to clean up huge messes because of his "help". My daughter wasn't a mischief maker, she was just too cute and would use it against me LOL. I can never tell her no. When I think of my memories of her, I just picture her in different places looking so adorable. I can't think of any one specific memory that comes to mind. Of course that isn't surprising as I have the memory span of an ant LOL.

          Today I am certain to get Spring fever. It is sunny and warm today. So, into the backyard I go, pulling up weeds, and plotting where I will plant flowers and such. I also already did mine and my son's taxes, we both get money back, all of which will go to paying off some credit cards. Laundry, recycling, and meal planning are on tap as well. It is forecasted to be a nice day :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

You Are Doing Better Than You Think You Are

          I am supposed to give myself three sincere compliments with this prompt. People have such a hard time giving their selves compliments or even taking a compliment. I remember when I was a teenager a guy told me I was pretty. I immediately began to deny it, saying he was just being nice. It offended him that I would not just say thank you. He said I was basically saying his opinion did not matter. So I learned to just say thank you. I still try and deflect compliments. I follow the saying "no blame, no fame". I do not want any blame for anything, nor do I want any fame. I like to stay out of the limelight both ways. It is easier.

          Okay, back to the compliments. hmmmmm I like how my nails are looking these days LOL. My daughter got me back into painting my nails. As a nurse, long nails can be a problem, so I started keeping my very short and unpolished, but nowadays, everybody seems to have these intricate manicures. I don't have that, but they are longer now and I like glitter nail polish on them LOL. 

          Second compliment would be I like how I decorate my home. It is colorful and put together. Each room is decorated fully. My bathroom is Pooh Bear, my bedroom is flamingos, my kitchen is veggies, living room/dining room has sunflowers and farm animals, guest bathroom is seasonal, right now I have farmhouse decor with cotton branches, and hallway has birds. My kids rooms are whatever they wish to have in them.

          Finally, I like how well I can stay organized. I make a list of what I need to do, when I need to do it, and then I get it done. I do not like to procrastinate. I find that keeping myself focused on accomplishing tasks gets more done. Otherwise I am just doing nothing LOL I do this at home and at work. It keeps me from being overwhelmed. 

Monday, January 22, 2024

I Feel Like My Best Self When

           I feel like my best self when I can create or make a recipe that both my kids like to eat. As a mom, it is so hard to make sure your kids eat right. Sometimes they can be so picky, each of them like different things. So when I find something they both like, I am thrilled LOL. My latest creation they both like is chicken breast, smothered in aioli sauce, then coated with seasoned panko breading, sprayed with butter cooking spray, they baked until tender. They both go crazy for it. Doesn't matter the flavor of the aioli, any kind works with them :)

      OMG I am not awake yet. I couldn't fall asleep yesterday. I think I got overtired. I am going to attempt to get stuff done today LOL already fried brain doing finance homework. I will work on the civil war stuff later. I also want to make some soup today, most likely rice based since son made way too much rice yesterday LOL then if weather will cooperate, I plan of getting into backyard. I just need no rain and at least in 60's. We have the no rain part, now just has to get out of the 40's. BRRRRRRRRR

Sunday, January 21, 2024

The Biggest Lesson I learned Last Year

           The biggest lesson I learned last year was that I am getting old. I am starting to feel my age physically. My mind is definitely not as sharp as it used to be and that is freaking me out since my grandmother had dementia. I so do not want to forget my kids. So, I am trying to exercise my mind with puzzle games and taking a multivitamin since that is supposed to help. Whenever it stops raining, I will try and get outside for some exercise and vitamin D. The exercise will also help with the aches and pains LOL.

          Work this weekend was a nightmare. I even had the police up there asking if I wanted to press assault and battery charges against a patient LOL. If I was not not lazy about going to court, I might have just to teach them a lesson about how it is wrong to assault your nurse. We are not punching bags either mentally or physically. I said no though LOL they were lucky.

          Sunday afternoon here, and the sun is attempting to shine, but the temperature isn't even in the 60's. It was 39 degrees when I left work this morning. Florida weather is broken. So, inside I remain, cleaning, laundry, and cuddling up under a blanket. I also need sleep LOL could only manage 2 hours before a charlie horse hit my leg and rudely woke me up with pain. Must remember to get some bananas to help with that :)  

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Five Things That Bring me Joy That Money Can't Buy Are:

          1.  Seeing my kids interacting. They can be sharing memes on phones, watching a series on TV, playing video games together, or just talking about some random topic LOL seeing how well they get along and how similar they are makes me so happy inside.

          2. My animals. Every morning when I come home from work, they all run to greet me. They are all so happy to see me. My dogs in particular. They cannot stand still for me to even pet them, they are so excited. They make me feel loved.

          3. A nice sunny morning. Waking up early, the temperature nice enough that I can open up the back patio door and let fresh air in. I can hear birds and the sounds of the world waking up. It is so peaceful and the time I feel most productive.

          4. Finding a new TV show to binge watch. Something that captures my interest enough to distract me from my step exercises. Sometimes it is a new show or an old show, if it has multiple seasons, I am thrilled. I love shows that keep me guessing.

          5. Getting enough sleep in one shot. So many times I can only sleep 2-3 hours at a time. If I am comfy and can stay asleep for a full 6 hours, I feel so much better. It does not happen often though.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Season of Life

          I have no idea what season of life I am in, so really not able to do this prompt. It is too confusing for me in my state of mind today. I had a horrible dream where I was coming across as crazy because nobody would believe me about something. It sucked, that is all. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Things That Make Me Happy

           I did not like today's prompt, so I am doing my own LOL. Things that make me happy are:

My kids.

My pets.

My home.

My car.

A clean house.

Warm, cuddly blanket.

Finding a good movie to watch.

Finding a good series to binge.

Fresh cup of coffee in the morning.

Hot cup of tea at night.

Flowers like sunflowers, daffodils, tulips.

My fresh, cut lawns.


Hearing my windchimes.

Extreme weather.

Disney stuff.

Recipes turning out tasty.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Something I Achieved Last Year That I am Proud Of.

           Last year I bought my very first, brand new car. I have always purchased used cars. This was my first brand new car. It is a 2023 Kia Forte. I named it Remington Steel since it is steel gray and I had just binged watched the TV show LOL it has now been shortened to the nickname Remi. My kids keep saying it is my rat car after the movie Ratatouille. I fully intend on it being the last car I have to buy LOL.

          The sky here in Florida has disappeared. It is just fog outside. Very humid. I am ready for a bit of sunshine so I can start on the yard. Currently it is too soaked out there to do anything worthwhile. So, yesterday I slept and slept LOL. I am actually feeling a bit better since I am rested. We will see how long this lasts. Today not a lot planned. School work, I want to try making yeast rolls, and some Italian chicken soup. I need to find recipes though. So, will be another cozy day indoors.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Write and Process a Troubling Event

          This prompt is way too personal. The only event I can think of that bothers me, is one I will not share. I would spiral into a deep depression if I think about it. I will let it continue to haunt me in my dreams. I try and not let things bother me. I once here somebody say that worrying about something does no good. I cannot change the past. The future is not yet known. All I can do is focus on the present. Worry will solve nothing and often will make a person physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged when it is time to deal with the issue. 

          Today I have no clue what the weather will be LOL I forgot to look. Currently it is still dark outside. I am hoping the sun will peak out later. Today the yard waste bin is due to be picked up *fingers crossed* then I can finally start pulling weeds up in the backyard. It is a jungle back there LOL. I have school work to do and I am going to attempt meal planning. I also have aims to do my son's taxes so the money can get back to us ASAP. It is going to be used to pay off credit cards. I think I have a couple of Reacher episodes to watch, so I will put one on and do some steps. So far I am hitting my daily goal with that. Now I just have to figure out how to get my calories under control. It is so hard to do so. 

Sunday, January 14, 2024

If I Could Live Inside a Movie it Would Be...

           Now this is a tough prompt LOL. I am trying to think of a good one. Groundhog Day might be fun, just because you get the opportunity to fix things you mess up, but there is too much cold and snow in that one. Definitely not a scary or sad movie. I think I would prefer to live in a TV movie from either of the series "The Good Witch" or "Gilmore Girls". This is entirely because of the towns. 

          I like the town Middleton from Good Witch because of all the festivals and cute shops they have. They really celebrate Halloween and Autumn. The town looks adorable. The people are all go gorgeous LOL. There seems to always be something going on. It looks like a really fun town to live in. I like Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls because of all the townspeople, they are all so goofy. Each one has such a strange character LOL. They all act like family. People watching there would be a hoot. Any movie that puts me in one of those small towns to live would be fun.

          I survived the weekend. It was out of control at work, thankfully not with my patients though. Other nurses and their patients all were crazy. It was so loud. I was so glad to be done this morning. Now, I am cleaning up all the messes created over the weekend by my kids/pets. It is just the usual stuff. Laundry, sweeping, picking up trash, making beds. Stuff like that. I keep a to do list so I know what needs to be done. By the time I go to bed tonight my home will be back in order.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Haiku About My Day

Today's prompt is to write a Haiku about my day LOL so here it is:

 I get no good sleep

The coffee is hot and fresh

Off to work I go

Friday, January 12, 2024

My Home

           Well, I accidently broke my streak LOL went to work yesterday and forgot to write a blog. Oh well. The prompt was to write about how my home looks and feels, and what I like about it. My home is my happy place. I have named it Casa Bella which to me means pretty house. It was an impulse buy back in 2017. I mean totally impulse LOL I was taking some school books to UPS to send back and I saw the new construction homes. I thought I would just look. Alex, the agent, offered me a really nice lot for free, and then I picked out a 1973 square foot style. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. A big great room that encompasses my kitchen, living, and dining area. I have a back patio with a large, fenced in backyard. A front porch, and a garage. I had to pick out everything in the design center. I was stunned at how many things I had to decide on, Even corners LOL I had to choose did I was them rounded or sharp. My mind was blown LOL. My kids did not believe me when I said I bought a house. I had to drive them to construction site and introduce them to Alex before they believed me. My son actually was crying a bit because he was so happy. He had never even dared to dream we would ever own a house. The construction site was so close to where we were living, that every week we would drive by to see the progress. It went from an empty lot, to pipes sticking out of the ground, to a foundation, to walls, a roof, windows, until finally landscaping. It was so fun to watch it come together. Inside it is decorated to make me happy. I have bright fun colors and everything is comfortable. It is not a show home, it is a haven for us.


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

One Tangible Goal to Accomplish This Week

           One tangible goal I can accomplish this week is getting mine and my daughter's school assignments done on time. She and I both started our Spring semesters this week, me on Monday, and her today. I cannot believe we are halfway through her freshman year of high school. She still seems to young for high school. Tonight is her church youth group. It is Fuego Night, which is their theme night. Tonight's them is "Level Up" and it is all about games. So she is wearing her Minecraft shirt she designed at Disney Springs.

          The storm yesterday was not as bad as they were predicting of course. No idea why they even shut schools down, unless they were just looking for excuse LOL. It was mainly just very windy. It brought the chilly weather back. I am disappointed I cannot open the back patio door yet. The cats and dogs are not happy.

          Today is a chill day. Just laundry and getting everything ready for work this weekend. I think my new bathroom decor arrives today, so I might get to do that later. The guest bathroom is going to be white and rustic with cotton stem accents. I am hoping it turns out cute.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Books I want to Read This Year

           Okay, this is an easy I am not a reader. I used to be when I was younger, but now no free time. If I am sitting still, I tend to fall asleep. If I am at my computer, I am doing school work. Plus my eye sight not so great any more. When I was younger I liked silly, harlequin type romances. In my 20's and 30's I preferred mystery types or biographies. Now, I just cannot find the time to get into anything.

          It seems there is a storm coming today??? It does not feel like it. Temperature is nice, yesterday was cold. It is windy but that isn't unusual. Just in case, I best get my grocery shopping done early. I am out of veggies for salads. Steps are also on track, my average is over 8000 for past week. Nine days into the new year and I am still behaving. 

          My cats are swarming me LOL I have patio door opened, yet they are both up here  on the table, getting into my way LOL. Goofy kitties :)

Monday, January 8, 2024

Write an Encouraging Letter to Yourself

           Okay the actual prompt is an encouraging letter to parts of yourself that might be hurt or disappointed. That sounded silly LOL am I supposed to write a letter to my hurting feet or aching back? We will stick with just a letter LOL 

          My encouraging letter is "B" LOL yeah, I am being sarcastic. I have been doing school assignments all morning, so my brain is a bit tired. Be sensitive to my feelings, I am my own worst critic. Be patient with yourself. Bad habits take a while to overcome. Be careful when changing up diet and nutrition. Find something doable. Finally, Be willing to change. Change is scary, even when you know something is bad, it is still somewhat comfortable to stay there. The what ifs are terrible to face.

          That all makes sense to me, so I will leave it at that. Again, brain tired. I started a personal finance course today and a civil war history course. The list of things to do was a bit overwhelming. I like to get as much done as soon as possible, so I sort of over did it. I need to learn to pace myself better.

          Well all the sticks in the backyard were picked up and it sounds like the truck is outside collecting them. Now I just need some nice weather to start the task of pulling up weeds. Is too cold right now. I just had to go turn on my heat and grab a shawl. If I am cold, then I know my kids will be freezing. Not a lot planned for today. I got my steps in yesterday, I am doing well on those. I am working on the late night snacking. I have been trying to stick to salads and tea or cocoa as a snack. Today I am making me some deviled eggs and spicy chicken nuggets to eat. I am out of salad fixings, so I need to go get more. Not feeling very active yet though. Maybe once I warm up :)

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Three Qualities I'd Like to Strengthen About Myself

           Three qualities to strengthen hmmmm...I definitely would like to strengthen my body. I don't want to be a body builder LOL but I would like to feel stronger. Research seems to show that people who are stronger have less risk for dementia and stronger bones. Both are concerning for me now. I would also like to strengthen my bond with my family. My kids and I are great, but I wish I could see my brother more. I haven't seen him in six years. Lastly, I would like to strengthen my traditions I suppose. I want my kids to feel a connection to their past, one that they can share in the future if they ever have kids. Not that I see that happening LOL both dislike idea of having kids, so I am doomed to never be a grandmother.

          The rain yesterday made it impossible to get any yardwork done, and it is currently raining again. So, yardwork seems to be out once more. Perhaps later there will be a break where I can at least put the sticks in one pile. I did not waste the day though. I cleaned up and fixed up my bathroom closet. It was a mess. I threw out some stuff, but mainly organized it. I washed all of the towels that I did not even know I had LOL they are now neatly folded on the shelves, even sorted into colors. The irony of all of it was after I was done cleaning, and the towels were washing, I needed a shower badly, but no towels LOL. Anyway, I felt so accomplished and proud of myself once it was all done. By the time I went to bed, everything in my home was all nice and neat. It made me very happy to just look around and sip some tea before bed.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Something I'd Like to Try This Year that I've Never Tried Before Is...

           Good grief this is a hard daily prompt. I am a wimp, a coward, I like to play it safe. There is nothing I want to try LOL. I am not going to try anything scary, because, it is scary LOL There will be no sky diving or swimming with sharks for me LOL I have no bucket list. I have embraced my nice, calm, safe life. It keeps everything nice, calm, and safe :)

          So much for getting the tree branches picked up today. It poured rain all morning long, so the backyard is soaked. Perhaps tomorrow I can get a bit of the smaller ones picked up to be hauled away with trash. So instead I am doing laundry and relaxing. I might go to Hobby Lobby to see what they have put out for Spring. I keep forgetting it is Saturday. I am ready to stop being confused LOL now it is time to go back to my regular schedule.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Five Bad Habits I'd Like to Get Rid of This Year

           Bad habits are the prompt of the day. Choosing five to focus on getting rid of is no fun. Usually bad habits are the fun ones LOL. One bad habit is late night eating. It seems I do great all day, but once the sun goes down and 9pm hits, I lose all self control, not good. Two is going to be talking bad about myself, I am my own worst critic. Three will be yelling at people from my car LOL my daughter thinks I do that too much. It is not my fault they gave idiots licenses. Four has to be putting off dusting. It is so bad with the dogs and cats. I swear there is a naked one I don't know about running around here. Finally five is ordering delivery. I spend way too much ordering food because I have not planned ahead. That definitely needs to stop.

          Off to work for one night, then back to my regular schedule I hope. Did not sleep very well last night. It was cold, so then I worried kids and animals were cold. So I turned on heat, then I was too hot to sleep LOL. Hopefully night goes by quickly and smoothly. This weekend I need to try and pick up those branches in backyard. Perhaps I will even try meal planning LOL. Hard part is sticking to the plan.

Thursday, January 4, 2024

My Top Ten Goals for the Year

           LOL I swear they are beating this goals and resolutions into me for these prompts. I guess that is a good thing. I do not like to lie, so if I type it in here, I have to do it, or I have lied. At least in my head it works that way. Okay so top 10 goals:

1. Move more.

2. Eat less sweets.

3. Don't order delivery so much.

4. Limit TEMU orders LOL

5. Pay off as many credit cards as possible.

6. Get backyard looking pretty again.

7. Plant some hedges along my house.

8. Make healthier choices.

9. Celebrate holidays.

10. Learn to love and accept myself.

          I am on track with my steps so far. I have to do some extra today to supplement tomorrow, since I have to go to work for one night. Then five days off. Yesterday I also managed to get outside and trim the trees. I did not pick up the branches though LOL I told my kids they are going to help me with that this weekend. Yard waste pickup is on Monday. Once the branches are gone, then I can start pulling weeds. I need to focus on the back and side of my house. Those areas are in most need. Along the side of the house I have decided I want to plant some hedges, that way come Christmas I can light them up with all the lights I got on clearance LOL.

          I did not make the chicken yesterday, the kids wanted jambalaya, so chicken and salads on for today. I also found out I like Rizzoli and Isles so now I have another show to distract me while I get some steps in. I also have another episode of Reacher to enjoy today. I swear that Alan Ritchson is a Greek god come to life. OH, I was good yesterday LOL I managed to take my dog in to the groomers and get her nails trimmed. She needed that badly, so now no more tippy taps as she walks around. She hates going for car rides or we would go more often.

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

This Time Next Year I will Be...

           The only thing that comes to mind is 56 years old LOL so far all of these prompts seem to be goals and such for the year, so I guess this one is for what I hope to accomplish. Let's see...I want to get to 56 years healthier than I am now. I want my kids to also be healthier. My daughter can get her driver's permit this year (HOLY CRAP!!!) and perhaps my son can find a job that makes him more money and/or happier. My backyard will look decent again LOL that is a big one. Finally all of my pets will still be healthy.

          So far, I am on point with my steps average. I am shooting for average of 7500 steps/day. I know I have to do more during week to supplement work says. I took my vitamins already and I found a new low carb recipe for chicken that I think my kids will really like. Pair it with a salad and dinner will be yummy. I also think I will boil some eggs to use in salads. I have aspirations of prepping lots of salad fixings so that salads will be easier to assemble and be more appealing. I need a few more veggies though like celery and bell peppers. I need to learn to cook more at home and not order so much delivery. I would save a fortune LOL

          Weather permitting I am going to start on backyard. My crepe myrtle trees need to be trimmed. I might also start pulling up a few weeds. It really just depends on how sunny it gets. The high is supposed to be 68 degrees. If it is sunny, then that is perfect weather for yardwork. 


Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Word for the Year - Peaceful

           I found my prompt page LOL it was under my laptop LOL that is how tired I was. It literally was under my nose. Yesterday's prompt was supposed to be "What was your first meal of the year?" I am Southern, I had black-eyed peas and collard greens for luck. One of these years it will pay off LOL my daughter did not want to partake because she dislikes both foods, but she did manage one pea and a bite of greens LOL.

          Today's prompt is to choose a word for the year and explain why. I do not really understand how I can choose a word for a year that has just begun. In my experience, the year kind of does its own thing, no matter what I want LOL. If I choose, then I am going to go with "PEACEFUL".

          I would like a drama free year, nothing crazy or sad happening. I would like to become at peace with my health and body. I would like to be at peace in my backyard, surrounded by a beautiful lawn. I would like to look around my home and be peaceful and proud of all that it symbolizes to me. I would like to be at peace knowing my kids are both happy and healthy mentally, physically, and emotionally. I would like to have peace in knowing all of my pets feel loved and cared for. Peaceful just means I have no major worries in my life. I think that is a good word for the year:)

Monday, January 1, 2024

Happy New Year

           Already one day into the new year and I lost my prompts LOL I am sure they are around somewhere, but right now too tired to look for them. I woke up with absolutely no idea what day it was. I know the date, but not what day LOL so confused. I changed out all of my calendars, so the year has a fresh new feel to it. My mind is already thinking of all the small projects I was to get done this year. Knowing me I will smash them all into the next two weeks LOL most involve cleaning.

          Health and fitness are also big on my to do list. I need to look into natural cures for arthritis. My left hand/thumb really bothering me. I apparently need to also do some strength training to help keep my mind sharp. Somehow I need to be selfish in the morning and ignore the pitiful pleas of my doggies, and just go walk by myself. Or just be mean and only take one out. I managed to average over 7100 steps/day last year. This year my goal is to get somewhere between 7500 and 8000 steps daily. No more Disney trips to help get those big days though. I am going to have to find something else or just hit 7500 daily. Work days that is hard to do.

          One more night at work, then off three. Those days are to be filled with finishing up my post holiday cleaning. Time to get my home back to every day status. Last year we celebrated every holiday. This year, right now, only planning on Halloween LOL. Perhaps that might change in future when I am less tired LOL. My kids are older, so they do not seem to mind if the holidays are low key. I love my kids.