Anniversary, Gratitude, Laughter

A sweet anniversary gift from my kids.

25 years ago a young guy decided to take a chance on a single Mama of two young girls.  25 years later he’s still here — with two more wonderful kids, two sons-in-laws and five adorable grandkids added to the mix.

My daughter put together this compilation of pictures taken over the years.  What a wonderful love story it’s been.

Joe – Thanks for taking that chance…here’s to another 25!

 

Gratitude, Meditation, Yoga

Making lemonade out of lemons.

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It’s been a very stressful two months, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to this ‘new way’ of living.  I’m sad I can’t travel next month.  We had been planning our anniversary trip for two years.

Travel had become such a big part of our lives.  It was fun to dream of all the trips we would take.  I had a whole room in our home dedicated to our travel, which included all of our suitcases, toiletry bags, snorkeling equipment, and cruise gear.  We called it ‘the travel room’. (Not a very creative name, but it worked. 😉 )

Yesterday, I reorganized it all, and stowed it all away in the back of the closet.  All that was left was an empty room.  Looking at it just made me sad.

I decided to move our bedroom Smart TV, yoga mat, and weights (for Yoga w/Adrienne),  into the room.  I’ve always wanted a place that I could use for yoga and meditation…a personal space for when I wanted to escape the outside world for just a bit.  Now all that’s left to do is put on a fresh coat of paint (with paint we have on hand) and add some plants and I will have my very own retreat!

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When times change, you have to change along with it, or at least make the best of it.  Just as lemons are tart to the taste, you can still use them to make delicious sweet lemonade if you add the right ingredients.   I know I will travel again.  But until then, I will take care of my mind, body, and soul so that I will be ready for that next adventure.

Gratitude, Laughter, Quarantine, Staying healthy

Making the best of a Stay at Home Order

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{I originally wrote this post in the beginning of March when I thought we would be home for 14 days.  Things certainly have changed, and we are now going on 6 weeks.  Good grief.  These ideas are still applicable, so I thought I would post them now.}

                                10 Ways to make Staying at Home More Enjoyable

  1. Read.  Read. and Read some more.  How many times have you told yourself you don’t have enough time to read?  I think now is the time to get through those novels on your bookshelf!
  2. Plan your spring and summer gardens.  Thankfully the worst of winter is behind us and we have bright sunny warm days to look forward to.  Now is the perfect time to plan what you are going to plant in your gardens.  Even a simple planter on your front porch can be a mood lifter.
  3. Spend lots of time outdoors.  The whole idea of a quarantine is to stay away from other people, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fresh air.  If it’s a sunny day, sit in a lounge chair and soak up your Vitamin D.  It’s great for your immune system.
  4. Practice Yoga.  It’s a stressful time, and we all know stress lowers your immune system.  Yoga can help.  There are tons of videos that you can follow.  My favorite?  Yoga with Adrienne.
  5. Lift weights/Work-out ProgramsMoving and staying active will help you feel better.  Once again, there are plenty of programs online to help you.  Search YouTube and you will find a bunch!  This video on walking indoors is a great way to get started.
  6. Meditate.  I’ve often wanted to start this practice, but never felt like I had the time. I know there are plenty of free meditation apps you can download.  I’ve tried several walking meditations and they’ve proven to be very helpful in calming my nerves.
  7. Bake Bread.  Baking bread can be very therapeutic.  It takes time to have the dough rise, and time to knead.  But the smell that will come from your oven when it’s baking?  Of course, the taste isn’t bad either!
  8. Pop some popcorn & binge-watch a TV series.  Is there a series you’ve been meaning to watch?  Now is the perfect time.  Since recently getting rid of cable and having purchased a Roku so I can watch apps I’m subscribed to, there are a bunch of series I can watch.  However, The Office, on Netflix, has provided the necessary laughter during these times. 😉
  9. Have a spa day. Start with a deep soak in a hot, bubbly tub.  Give yourself a mani-pedi, taking your time to make sure you let the polish dry.  Time is on your side, right? Have face masks just sitting in your drawer?  Take them out and try one a day!
  10. Declutter & Spring Clean.  Okay, so this one isn’t that much fun.  But you’ll probably have to do it eventually, so why not now?  Having a clean, neat home will make it much better to hang out in.

A Bonus tip:

  1. JOURNAL! It’s been imperative for me to document this time in my life.  My feelings, my goals, my gratefulness.  Retrospection has been key to keeping me sane during these scary times.

I hope these tips and ideas can help you during these unprecedented times.  Now I’m off for a walk in the sunshine.

Stay safe and have a great day!

Gratitude

I was surprised.

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Your response to this post was most heartwarming.  I had no idea that people actually liked my posts.  I’ve received many e-mails and comments saying that they will miss this blog which surprised me.  So… I’ve decided to keep this blog up, for a bit longer, and try to come up with something to write.  I have been experimenting with saving more money in ways I should have thought of years ago.  I will share them.

If I can help even one person, then this blog site will be worth it.  Thank you to all that commented.

Stay tuned.

Gratitude, No Buy Year 2020, Winter, Activities to do in Winter

30 Free Things to Do in the Winter Months (while keeping $ in the bank)

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Here are some of the things I plan on doing this winter season that don’t include spending money.  Feel free to add yours in the comments!

  1. Create a winter capsule wardrobe with what I already have.
  2. Find and donate/sell 100 items.
  3. Paint a room with paint I have left over from a previous project.
  4. Declutter and deep clean each room of house.
  5. Walk outside in nature.  Hike the local parks.
  6. Practice taking pictures with my IPhone.
  7. Learn how to use my Nikon camera.  Finally.
  8. Meal plan a month at a time.
  9. Learn how to make a new dish every week.
  10. After decluttering, inventory EVERY thing in the house.
  11. CVS coupon for household items that need replaced.
  12. Clean up emails on all Apple devices.
  13. Start a yoga routine with free online videos.
  14. Work-out on treadmill, lift weights.
  15. Have a spa day.  Use up beauty products that I have in my stash.
  16. Watch a Netflix series (The Good Place,  Virgin River).
  17. Have a Gilmore Girls movie fest with my daughters.
  18. Write a blog post daily.
  19. Binge watch minimalism and low buy videos to stay motivated.
  20. Delete social media apps that are time sucks.
  21. Read books on my bookshelf, then donate.
  22. Give my dog a bath.
  23. Do a household maintenance walk through. (In preparation for Spring).
  24. Have a bill-reduction day.  Analyze all insurance and utility bills and try to lower them.
  25. Learn how to sell on Facebook Marketplace.
  26. SELL 10 items.
  27. Attend a religious retreat.
  28. Learn how to get free Walmart gift cards.
  29. Order groceries online for pick up to avoid impulse shopping.
  30. Write in a gratitude journal daily.

YOUR turn.  What do you do in your free time without spending money?

Gratitude

I’m grateful for….(Thanksgiving edition)

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“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

I’m grateful for:

  • My soon-to-be Navy Ensign son being home for a whole week.
  • A warm bed to crawl into at night.
  • A warm husband to sleep next to.
  • A hot cup of brewed coffee to wake me up.
  • The ability to walk 4 miles every day.
  • Spaghetti. With Meatballs. And Cheese.
  • A clean home.
  • Thanksgiving cooked by my husband!!
  • Grandbaby laughs.
  • Money left over from a Christmas budget. 😉

Your turn.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Gratitude

Weekly Gratitude

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“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis

This weeks’ gratitude (in no particular order):

  • Time alone with my husband 😉
  • Time with my whole family
  • My health
  • My children’s health
  • My grandchildren’s health
  • A ‘free’ dogsitter (thanks to good friends and family)
  • Hair color
  • Red, gold, orange leaves
  • Doctors I know and trust
  • Vacations.

Your turn!