Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Stepping into the future

Tonight we leave behind another year and look toward our future. I wish happiness for my family and all my friends (blogging friends definitely included in this) in 2009.
Open the door of your heart; try new things, meet new people.Today, focus on your health. What will you eat?
Tonight, near midnight, I'll serve Italian sausage and green lentils (Italian new year food for good luck). For tomorrow I will cook Hopping John Black-eyed peas, cornbread and cooked kale for good luck and good health.

Tomorrow, for the first day of 2009, wake up and have some refreshing Vitamin C packed grapefruit. 10 minutes walking, outside if you can - on the treadmill if you have one. Nothing too overwhelming. slow and steady, I'll increase my exercise time day by day.


Nick, I love you and miss you.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Goals are Good

Have you started thinking about 2009 ? I have. The beginning of each year brings a promise of hope. A hope of a brighter future, a closeness with family and friends and a chance for happiness.
I read a Navaho Prayer a few days ago and the gist was --

Grieve for your losses, but only for awhile. Remember good times with a smile.
Comfort, care and share.
Don't live in your past and get stuck in your memories, be with your loved ones and make new memories. Friends and family need you, live every moment you get.
My goals for 2009
Exercise every day. I will start out with baby steps - I'll drag my blog through it every step of the way.
Cook more. Back to a healthier lifestyle. Eating out is easier, but cooking at home is healthier.
I will put my new eating habits, ideas and plans also into my blog.
Be more creative. I found a joy in polymer clay. I'm going to try to incorporate more design work in with my beadwork.
Take work less seriously. After all - it is a 4 letter word and shouldn't be used around the house.

My blog will change with me. It wasn't real exciting before, it may be less so now. It will be a focus on my daily life. Just a journal for me of what I did for myself. excercise and healthy eating is the foundation a strong, happy mind and body.
Follow along if you want, join in would be better yet.

We start Jan. 1 - get ready.

How about a Sunday morning blog-hop ...

A Whimsical Bohemian
Chez Sacred Suzie
Pieceful Afternoon

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Stray Kitty Update

We are still feeding the stray cats that wander by.

The smallest one that I named Baby is growing up to be a gorgeous ALL black cat with gold eyes. Baby actually comes inside the house now for longer and longer visits. G bought a soft round baby blue kitty bed and the first time the kitten came in he walked over and curled right into it. amazing. The sliding door has to stay open or Baby gets extremely nervous so G make a cardboard slat to cover up most of the opening with a small cutout at the bottom so the kitty can come and go when he wants to. Our heater problem runs more often than it normally would but they are so helpless and cute.

The Cat Condo that G made has been claimed by our other favorite stray that he has named 'Chops'. shhhh... It's early morning and he is still curled up inside...Chops is older and we feel better knowing that Chops stays dry and relatively warm in these cold winter days. We think Baby sleeps under the chimney in the crawl space - we had a fire going last night so I'm hoping it was a bit warmer under there. When it's snowing or really cold we keep checking up on him and he is usually inside peering out of the windows G had smartly put into the Cat Condo. We'll be changing his sheets this weekend :) Clean towels and bedding. :)

Opening the curtains in the morning is a signal that it's time for breakfast. Meow.. I'm hungry..Yesterday during our ice storm I kept the curtains closed so they wouldn't come out of their protected spots and get iced up. Yep, see I just opened the curtains and out pops Chops...good morning Chops. Breakfast? is the coffee ready?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Silver bells, it's Christmas time in the city....

I love this season, everything about it. I actually enjoy shopping for a gift that I can give to someone else. It doesn't have to be expensive for me to feel good about giving it. Just wrapping up a fun small toy brings joy.

I love the anticipation of cookie baking day. This saturday my sister and I will bake cookies together. Her 2 sons and our niece will join us this year and help with decorating the cut out cookies. I hope it snows ALL day saturday. that will make it even cozier!

I love coming home from work and lighting up the tree, the mantel and the outside lights. I even have one of those small flicker tea light battery candles for my manger. The statues stand around it and pretend it's a roaring fire to keep them warm. What ? statues pretending? ok, I have a good imagination. It keeps me entertained.

I love listening to Christmas songs. The same old songs year after year - it just doesn't get old for me. we have a station here that plays Christmas music 24 hrs a day now. they still have advertisements, but all the songs are Christmas songs.

I love writing out Christmas cards to family and friends. I don't write much in them. I just like to send them - who doesn't like getting a Holiday wish in their mailbox!

Hope everyone is enjoying the sights and sounds of the season as much as I am !!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Beating the Frizzies

It is amazing what a good haircut can do. I finally got my haircut on Friday - my hair was so dried out I could no longer control the frizzies. I looked like I was in a constant state of mess so I went to my favorite hair dresser for some hair TLC.

It feels so good when someone else scrubbs my scalp - why is that. The sensation of being shampooed just makes me smile and relax.

I love my new hairstyle. I found if you put the right kind product in your hair, you can look as good as the models in the books. I mean my HAIR can look that good - no hairstyle can make me look good enough for the movies. However, there is a cost to beauty. I almost fell over when I found out how much good hair product costs! I bought some small sizes and the good news is all it takes is the size of a pea for good quality product to get my hair to listen to me.
ok then, so I'm starting from the top down. Now, what can I do with these extra chins. :)
Fiddle de dee, I'll worry about that tomorrow.

It's time for Sunday morning blog hopping!
Wives with Knives (I just love this name)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I need a plan - yep, me and Oprah

I need a plan. and apparently I am not alone. I just saw Oprah on TV and she's a little heavier too! At least I'm in good company. We know how it happens and how to avoid weight gain. and every time I say, I'm not going to let myself gain again and go through all that torture to lose the weight - and yet... here I am. again.

I am going on a vacation cruise at the end of June and I would very much like to be 18 lbs lighter than I am now. YIKES! is it possible to lose that much in 6 short, very tiny, fast moving months. 3 lbs / mth is a lot to me !

So her conscience asks.... what have you done for yourself lately?? hmmmm??

Are you exercising ? No, not lately. I'm very much out of shape. I haven't even gone walking.
Do you eat healthy ? mmmm, not really. I fell off the healthy food wagon a while back.
Do you drink a lot of water ? uhhh, no, not enough, not even 6 glasses/day, definitely not 8/day.

Sound familiar. oh ya. I've got to find my motivation. I lost it along the way. Has anyone seen my motivation?

Monday, December 08, 2008

12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women

I found a great blogging book club to join. It will follow the book 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin. If you would like to know more about this go to Jamie Ridlers Next Chapter blog. It sounds so interesting, I love fresh starts in January. I love the whole idea of getting healthier, fitter and more creative. This book club will fill me up for my Creative resolution.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

I dropped off a dozen of my bracelets to sell at our local Chinese Restaurant. The owner liked mine so much, after she bought 3 for herself, she asked if I would like to sell them at her store. I hope they sell well there!!
On the ongoing kitty saga....
G finished his cat condo creation last night and just in time too. It started snowing again yesterday and continued on through the night. We ended up with 2" of white stuff.

While G was putting the last touches on his home made cat shelter, I made a huge pot of spicy chili. Then I hung multi colored lights in the kitchen window, lit the tree and lights on the mantel while G got a roaring fire going. We then took the new cat house outside and hoped someone would have sense to use it for shelter in the swirling snowstorm.

By the time we finished eating our chili in front of the roaring fire, Chops and older hobo cat that visits us daily (G named this one - tried to get him to come up with something fun but he stuck on Chops) - anyway Chops had found his way in and was tucked up warm out of the wind and snow looking out the window G had put in. It was so comforting to see.

We got Baby (the little bitty one I named) to come inside a couple times last night to warm up. The problem with that is that if you try to close the door while Baby is inside she runs out before the door can close. So we had to keep the door OPEN -did I mention there was a snowstorm going on- but we did, we kept the door open until I got too cold. Then we'd open it a bit later and Baby would come back in to warm up. Who knows - someday maybe they'll trust us enough to stay inside. At least they get warm for a bit and some food in their belly.

Time for some Sunday morning blog hopping! There is nothing like blog hopping to get inspired.

A Charming Life
(ps. she's having a giveaway)
A Whimsical Bohemian
ColoradoLady (********** ps. another giveaway*** This one is BIG - very cool stuff *****)
Raised in Cotton

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Top 10 Fav's

I completed a reading challenge in 2008. The challenge was to read 52 books in one year with requirements. 26 books started with each letter of the alphabet from A - Z and 26 Authors (last names) started with each letter of the alphabet from A - Z. It was quite a challenge, not only reading and reporting on them, but keeping them all in order. It was fun, but I'm not ready to do it again next year. Out of all that reading, I've come up with my favorite top 10 books that I read in 2008. Don't get too excited, they may not be your style. After a hard days work, the last thing I want to do is get into heavy reading so I most enjoy light, chic books. Fun entertainment after heavy duty brain work for 8 - 10 hrs./days.

In this list are my favorite authors, Nora Roberts, Susan Wittig Albert, Nancy Atherton and Donna Andrews. A couple of classics slipped in, ones that I hadn't got around to reading, but proved their worth in the end.

I could easily have come up with a top 20 list! I read many great books this year, but then it wouldn't be a top 10 list !

"Aunt Dimity Goes West" by Nancy Atherton
"The Tale of Hill Top Farm" by Susan Wittig Albert
"Blood Brothers" by Nora Roberts
"The Hollow" by Nora Roberts
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
"Savannah Breeze" by Mary Kay Andrews
"The Tale of Holly How" by Susan Wittig Albert
"Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter" by Nancy Atherton
"Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls
"The Year of Pleasures" by Elizabeth Berg

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

On Twilight and kitties

I've heard so much about Twilight lately that I've decided to read the series. I want to read the first book before I see the movie so I can have a better understanding of what is going on with the characters. I placed my request online from my local library. I am number 281 on the hold list. That is crazy! Guess I'm not the first one to decide to get the book from the library huh.

I'm in no hurry. Heck, I still haven't seen the Sex in the City movie. I'm planning to rent that sometime this month.
The only movie I've bought in the last few years was The Grinch with Jim Carey. I love that movie. The humor, colors and costumes make it a classic. We watch it every year and it hasn't gotten old yet.

We are still feeding the kitties outside. somehow they are spreading the news, we now see 5 different cats show up from time to time. how do they send messages to each other? It's 27 degrees outside and they are starving by the time they show up at our house. G even heats up the food a bit in the microwave to warm up their tummies a little. They eat up every morsel we give them. None of them fight over the food if more than one shows up but they won't share the bowl either - they have to wait and take turns.
It's fascinating to watch. There are 2 that are so feral, if I make eye contact, they run away..... but not for long.