January 5 2018

Motivate (Five Minute Friday)

This time of year seems to motivate everyone to think about their goals for the new year and what they would like to accomplish. I too struggled with what goals to choose and what word I would pick to motivate me throughout the year as the word FEARLESS did in 2017. I chose the word CONFIDENCE to be my 2018 word of the year. It was very hard to choose this year. You see, last year was the first time I had done this word of the year thing and though I went into it half-hearted last year I tried my best to think about being fearless whenever I found myself with a tough decision to make. I think I allowed the word FEARLESS to guide me very well last year and it only seemed fitting to follow my year of being FEARLESS up with a year of CONFIDENCE.

You may ask yourself why I need confidence, after all, I am writing and putting my work out here on the blog for the whole world to see. Continue reading

January 4 2018

2017 Goals Wrap Up

Way back in January 2017, I shared my 2017 SMART Goals. The year has flown by and it is time to see how I did on those goals.

Here are the goals I set at the beginning of the year:

1) Do a cabin weekend DONE!
2) April trip DONE!
3) Annual Hockey Trip for the kids’ birthdays DONE!

FITNESS GOALS: (These are examples of how NOT to set goals.)
1) Get 6 hours of sleep a night (170/365 = 46%) See tracker below.
2) Drink 6 cups of water a day (273/365 = 74%) See tracker below.
3) Continue using MyFitnessPal app (323/365 = 88%)

1) Clean out my home office (3/4 done with pics to prove it!)
2) Declutter the landing DONE!
3) Declutter my clothes DONE!

1) Do some genealogy DONE! (One of the writing classes was called “Saving Your Family Tree” so I am counting that.)
2) Take three writing classes DONE! (I actually took 9 paid classes through the local writers center and 5 free ones at the local library)
3) Read for thirty minutes a day DONE! Read 93 books! (It is a rare day when I don’t read!) See Books Read 1 & 2 Below.

1) Pray daily DONE! (It is a rare day when I am not praying off and on all day.)
2) Read 15 inspirational fiction books DONE! (34 read)
3) Crochet 26 hats to donate to charity DONE! (52 hats total) See tracker below.   

1) Finish one of my previous NaNoWriMo novels (1st edits done)
2) Publish something DONE! (Guest Post on NaNoWriMo Blog 8/21)
3) Participate in NaNoWriMo DONE!

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December 28 2017

Craft Plans for Winter

What plans do you have for crafting this winter?
Me, I almost exclusively make hats to donate to charity or someday sell on my own website or through an Etsy store. Not that I have done either yet, but someday I will, maybe.

Take a look at your yarn stash, you know you have one! Figure out what project you want to make from some of your stash yarns.

Unless you are making a tried and true pattern, like the hat pattern I use constantly, you might want to watch this video from Lion Brand yarns.

6 Bad Habits Every Knitter and Crocheter Should Break!

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December 21 2017

The Joys of Aging

Getting old is NOT for sissies! I have heard that for years and never really thought about what it meant. I know the older I get the more aches and pains find their way into my body and aggravate me at the most inopportune times.

The most difficult change I have had to deal with thus far is the changes in my eyes. It seems as soon as I turned fifty my eyes developed cataracts. I didn’t know what the problem was but when I complained during my annual eye exam that I was having trouble driving at night because the glare was almost unbearable, the eye doctor told me I had the beginnings of cataracts in both eyes. What?!? Cataracts are for old people. I can’t have them I’m not old enough. Did I do something to bring them on? Is there anything I can do to get rid of them? The eye doctor tells me that everyone eventually gets them if they live long enough. Really? That makes me feel only marginally better. How do I fix them? They are messing up my life.

I have trouble when the cars coming at me have their high beams on, that almost blinds me. I have learned a few tricks for coping with the problem because I refuse to give up driving at night which would mean staying home from many of my group meetings, And I refuse to give those up. In case you are also experiencing similar difficulties, I will share the ways I have learned to cope with my aging eyes.

I try to get where I am going before it gets completely dark, because for some reason getting home is never as difficult as getting there is, not sure why, but getting home is easier.

I have found that if I stay out past ten or so there is less traffic to deal with on the way home and I can often use my high beams if the road is deserted. Using the high beams really helps a lot, but I try to be very conscientious of other drivers who will either be blinded through the rear-view mirror or by coming at me.

Another thing that helps is staying on well lit main roads that I am very familiar with. With enough street lights, driving at night is almost like driving in daylight. It also helps if I keep the lights inside my car as dim as possible.

I wish I had better news about getting older. I will most likely get the surgery at some point but that is probably years off because right now my cataracts are just beginning and not bad enough to warrant surgically fixing them.

More info here: https://www.visivite.com/night-vision-condition.html

What changes have you noticed as your body ages? Care to share them with me? I’d like to be informed rather than surprised by the lovely little changes my body will throw at me.

If you have any suggestions for dealing with aging, please let me know in the comments below or send me a message using the contact form.

This is the first in an ongoing series about the joys of aging. More joys will be shared as I discover them, so be sure to subscribe so you won’t miss them.

December 15 2017

Different (Five Minute Friday)

If there is one thing I have always been, it is different. I was never thin like the other kids in school. I never really looked like my siblings, at least not in my opinion. We all had differing hair colors and heights. I have never had the same hobbies as most people, especially my siblings with the exception of reading. I have always loved to read, but I used to read very slowly. When I went to high school, rather than take the required speed reading class for a single grading period like most of the kids, I had to take an entire semester. It is probably just as well I did because it did help me to read much faster.

I never liked dressing like all the other kids, not that was really a choice growing up since we were too poor to buy the “in” clothes. I have always enjoyed going to Goodwill or some other second-hand store and choosing the clothes I liked because they were different. I have never liked the idea of being a cookie cutter and going along with the crowd. I wear what I want, what I like, what fits at the time, what I could find cheap that fit my budget.

I even raised my kids differently than most parents at the time. When they got to have candies like Skittles or M&Ms, they couldn’t just eat them like other parents let their kids do. Nope, we sorted them all out by color and made bar graphs out of them. Then we talked about how many would be left if you ate two blue ones. We discussed which color had more and which had less. We did all sorts of fun things with them as we ate them.

We read to our kids, we read with our kids and had them read to us. We let them see us reading and enjoying reading. We let them take books with them when we went out to dinner. The only rule was that they had to close the book while the waiter or waitress was there to take our orders and once the food arrived, but they could read again once they finished eating their dinner. We almost always took them with us when we went out to dinner unless it was our anniversary. We would eat out usually on Friday nights and we took turns choosing where we would eat. The kids knew they couldn’t choose any place that was expensive or fast food, but pretty much anything else was fine. We taught them to read the menu and choose their own food, but they had to eat what they chose and it had to be a balanced meal. We made them try new foods, usually, the rule was that they had to eat the number of bites of something that matched their age. A four-year-old had to try 4 bites before getting off the hook.

We took our kids on vacations with us and we usually went to science museums or children’s museums because that is what they wanted to do.

Being different isn’t always bad, sometimes it is a good way to get to know yourself and an excellent way to raise very smart kids.

Embrace your different-ness! It makes you unique and memorable.

This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up!
The prompt this week is: Different
The assignment: Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.