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Jan 1, 2018 Intentions for Happy & Healthy

Monday, January 01, 2018

My daughter blessed me greatly yesterday. She decluttered the garage, and now I can park my car in the garage. It was -5 degrees so that is a real blessing. She also gave me a lateral file cabinet for my room. Now I can unpack some more paperwork. It is the small things that make life beautiful.

I don't make New Years resolutions, because I find, like most people, that they only last a few days. So I set a direction with intentions.

The word for this year is Simplicity, I will remain Mindful and continue on my Spark Journey to the corner of Happy and Healthy.

I saw this meme and loved it. Staying in the moment, not wishing my life away. It is appreciated every moment, even the ones that aren't so good. That kind of destroys the idea of keeping a wish list doesn't it. I will have to think about that one.

I haven't been mindful that last few weeks, and the scales are a reminder of that. It isn't the end of the world, but I do have 5 lbs that I need to lose to be where I was before the holidays. Or in my case Holly Daze.

In order for me to stay between the lines and feed myself good healthy food, I have decided to cook for myself separately. Well, I don't know that it will be cooking, but having foods available .
Keeping it simple!! Breakfasts: Peanut butter toast with bananas, or a quick egg dish.
Lunches- Soup Dinner- Lots of veggies, and a protein. Snacks- air popped popcorn, veggies and fruits.

In my minds eye I see me staying in Nebraska for three years. That gets the kids into Middle School and High School. The thought is that I will still continue to stay here in the summer. The kids will be old enough to handle their responsibilities and the eldest GD will be a driver, so I won't need to be the Uber-Granny. As I ponder this I am drawn to having a portable home. The reality is that I am not getting any younger and traveling in an RV may not be feasible. In any event I need to start saving $ so that I have something available in three years just in case I want to do this.

I have always been more of a grasshopper than an ant. Fiddling my life away and not worrying about the future. Unfortunately, life didn't work out that way. I don't have a spouse that will be taking care of me in my old age, and if it wasn't for social security, I would have no income at all. But I trust God, and he has always provided what I NEED! But I remember the story- he may provide the boat, but he expects you to row it!!

So the Intentions are
1. Stay between the lines with my food and exercise choices.
a. Start Chantix and quit smoking ( again )
b. Continue to use the gym three times a week
c. Stay on 1500 cal per day.
d. Add multi vitamin to daily intake.

2. Get out of debt, including car. Live Simply on a cash basis. Since I am not paying rent, I have taken the amount I was paying and have used that amount to pay down debt. Another Blessing from my daughter.

3. Bless others-
a. Help GC develop good personal routines and responsibilities. I am their anchor when Mom is working. They love helping and have embraced the chore routines. No more than 20 minutes a day and pick up after themselves.
b. Allowances

4. Stay mindful and know the difference between wants and needs.
I really don't need much!
5. Develop a social life in Nebraska. I love my GC, but I am a better person when my needs are being met. Life isn't all about kids.

Short term goals- shop some thrift stores and get WARMER clothing. My wardrobe prior to moving to Nebraska was capris and flip flops. Not too great for the climate here! LOL. My GD grew out of her boots and they mostly fit me. A dear friend from High school sent me a pair of crocheted slippers that are toasty warm. I also resurrected a wonderful neck scarf that I purchased years ago in Alaska. It is made with qiviut (pronounced "kiv-ee-ute"). My family gave me a gift certificate to Maurice's. They have stretchy jeans, I don't want to use it right away, since I do have two pair of long pants and access to a washing machine. Maybe in another 30 lbs I might NEED two more pair.

I have been sleeping on an old mattress, and while not horrible, I do wake up stiff and sore. So this month I bought a new mattress ( had to save up for it). And I bought a HEATED electric mattress pad for it. The family joke is that you need to be careful with the old mattress- five children were conceived on it! I am not taking any chances! LOL

I am an introverted extrovert! I love meeting new people and trying new things. I am not very good at putting myself out there and haven't had great success with dating matching. Most men my age are looking for a nurse or a purse. I don't have the desire to fill that job description. I would like to meet someone who has similar interests and wants companionship. That is a "wish" and I am not going to spend a lot of time dwelling on it.

Yesterday I went to a brunch with the Omaha Social Sandbox. It was fun and I met some interesting women. Because of the cold weather it wasn't attended well. The biggest functions are based around the Husker football program. I am not a sports nut, but will attend an occasional event and who knows, I may even like it! My younger grandson is a football fanatic, so I understand the basics! His dream trip this summer is to go to a Kansas City Royals game.
According to Chase ( GS) his best present ever were his football trading cards. LOL

Well, I am burning daylight so enough for now.

Wishing every one a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


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    Like Lynda, giving up cigarettes was one of the hardest things I've done. But it was well worth it.

    You have a great plan, sound goals and well thought out strategies for obtaining those goals. I have no doubt that you will achieve them.

    By the way, this is the first time I heard the phrase "nurse or purse." Interesting!
    1126 days ago
    I love yer blog--a lot!--Yes quit smoking--I too used to smoke and it was the hardest thing I ever did to quit-- Eventually it was the coughing in the morning that got to me but I know I am one cigarette away from being a smoker again--- Declutter--Yes--I too am trying--Its hard tho--- I love to read hope yer daughter and yu are adjusting to life together--I said, "It couldn't be done" and YU ARE DOING IT!-- If you ever become mobile, I want to meet yu--- Hugs, Lynda
    1126 days ago
  • 1958TMC
    Love your blog💜💜💜💜💜
    1146 days ago
  • AURA18
    Fantastic reflection & future intentions. Love the writing and quotes.
    Time alone is a gift. emoticon emoticon Prosperous New year to Sunny & Family emoticon Maribeth
    1146 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/9/2018 10:53:29 AM
    Great post. you find the most interesting quotes-the first and last one especially. I need to jot those down. I giggled at " a nurse or a purse." Your grandchildren, daughter and SIL are so fortunate to have you there.
    1151 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268
    wow an amazing, loving and Touching post, sincerely thank you for sharing such an INSPIRING blog,

    1152 days ago
    Your blogs make me think. My only resolution is to write 2018 instead of 2017. I don't like pledges or resolutions because something will likely come up to make a liar out of me by not keeping them.

    I think your daughter and grands are blessed to have you helping out.

    We have a full size mattress on a queen bed frame. Hubby has to cover the gap. I have the mattress aligned with the bed frame on my side of the bed. We were in a mall and he stopped in at a Sleep Number bed store. The price for one is expensive. We didn't go back to the store. We have a Tempur-pedic mattress that is too soft for my joints and we put it on the bed in the guest bedroom.

    I think I live a mindful life. I don't want for anything. I just want to be a better me.
    1153 days ago
    Great blog!! I just had to come by and reciprocate the visit and I'm glad I did! Declutter, mindfulness, living in the moment - all good things!! Wow- Nebraska!! And I was saying I was cold here in NY! I can't imagine NB! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1153 days ago
    I hope the new mattress gives you better sleep. That's one of the best gifts you can give yourself! I like the idea of "intentions" rather than "resolutions" - but the goal is the same, to make changes in your life that you know are better for you. I hope your grandkids enjoy every day with you up until you decide to do something different - they are blessed to have you! Big hugs.
    1153 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    You have very good ideas. I like that you bought yourself a mattress, that was a very smart move. It’s a great idea also to check out the thrift stores, you can find some really nice things there and it’s handy when you are transistioning through sizes. Check out store sales as well. Another great move on your part is the focus on removing debt as fast as you are able to. My husband and I applied the same technique and it worked very nicely, and virtually painlessly and we haven’t regretted it one bit. It's awesome to be debt free. Your health plans sound very productive with the best thing alone that you can do for your health is smoking cessation. Think of the money you’ll save. I promise your body will thank you! Here’s hoping you find a companion that’s worthy of you. Happy New Year, Happy New You! emoticon
    1153 days ago
    Thanks for the update.... you are doing great and while your daughter may be a blessing to you; I'm sure you are a blessing to her!

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    1154 days ago
  • LSIG14
    Love the MINDFULNESS Meme and need to keep it in mind. I am grateful for this New Year to keep improving my health. I wish you a wonderful new year - may 2018 bring you every blessing you could ever wish for!
    1154 days ago
    LOVE the mattress caution! LOLOL

    HUGS and a happy, healthy, peaceful and GRATEFUL New Year.
    1154 days ago
    Happy 2018! emoticon
    1154 days ago
    Sounds like great goals! LOL carpi's and flip flops in this weather would be mighty chilly!! Happy 2018!
    1154 days ago
    As usual, you inspire me to reach just a little higher on my list of things to accomplish!

    Fantastic blog and thank you for sharing with us!

    Happy New Year and New Future my sweet friend!
    1154 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Have a Happy & Healthy 2018!
    1154 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    If everyone did like the first poem, it'll be a much better place. We all can do our part, emoticon These can be looked at as resolutions as I call them goals as they are replaced as one is reached. Doing better so that we can be better. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1154 days ago
    Nice Blog; thank you for bringing up subjects that will be on my mind all day and maybe even all week. I think your goal of giving up smoking is a great one that fits well with your other goals. I really think you will feel healthier AND your budget will get a break too.

    I remember when my husband could buy a pack of cigarettes for 25 cents back in the 60's. He quit smoking in 1986 when he was spending a lot more but now my son and daughter in law pay 5 dollars a pack sometimes; and continue to smoke even though they are always broke. They say they smoke (only) a pack a day each but that adds up to a lot of money in a month.

    My worries for them are emphysema, cancer; the money is theirs to spend.

    Happy New Year! I'm still in awe of this big adventure you are on!
    1154 days ago

    Wishing you a Happy Healthy 2018, & 19 & .....

    1154 days ago
    Sounds like you are settling in to your new life pretty well. But adjusting to this cold weather, lol, can be a little difficult. Nothing like -25 to make a person cherish a nice warm scarf. lol
    1154 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Happy decluttered New Year.
    1154 days ago
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