Thursday, November 27, 2014

Resolution 33

Say "Thank You" or "I'm Thankful" or "I Love You"

Today is Thanksgiving.  This year has been one of the hardest to coordinate and it weighed so heavy on my heart.  But a few days ago, I decided to buy cards and send them to the family that I won't be with this year for Thanksgiving.  I appreciate that we make the effort every other year to get together and this year while we are apart, I want them to know that I am thankful for our Thanksgivings at the beach.  I am thankful to have them in my life and I love them.  I remembered that the true meaning of Thanksgiving Day is to set aside time to give thanks for our blessings and to let go of the stress that can be involved in coordinating a 3 day feast, such that the Pilgrims had.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Resolution 32

Make a Dream Come True

You know you have talked about it.  Dreamed about it.  But what is stopping you from doing it?  It might be something insurmountable.  But how will you know unless you try...

I was worried about how much money it would take because it would cost a lot to take all of us.  Then I worried about when we would do it and how I would coordinate three different school schedules with two different work schedules.  However, when I said, "I want this to happen!" I began to look at the problem through different eyes.  Why are we all going when I really only want to take one of my children?  Oh, that sounded harsh to my mother's heart, but it was true.  I looked back over the big boys first 10/12 years and the trips we took prior to having "the baby".  Then I looked back over LRHB's trips and I decided that although I am not a mom that believes that everything should be balanced and fair, I am neither a mom that believes that it should be too out of balance.  So when I readjusted my expectations for this trip, it became more affordable, easier to coordinate and a reality.  Where are we going?  Disney World!

Perhaps, if you look at your dream through different eyes, you can make it come true, too!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Books 48-51

The Lone Star Sisters is another series from the summer's most read author, Susan Mallery.  This had mystery and intrigue plaguing three VERY different sisters and their bestie.  The story continues through all four books, Under Her Skin, Lip Service, Straight from the Hip and Hot on Her Heels, while each woman gets her man in their own book.  I struggled because the antagonist throughout the books appears to be family, and I didn't love that.  But, once I got past that, I loved the series.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Resolution 31

Are you a HOARDER?  That word has such visual connotations for me... I picture the house with narrow paths to walk, with newspapers piled high, and old appliances and boxes of stuff.  I know people who have cleaned out such homes and I have heard their stories.  There are TV shows devoted to people with this affliction.  

However, I would venture to guess that we all "hoard" something.  Maybe you call it a collection and others call it out of control.  At one time it was catalogs.  I made a resolution and took myself off of all but one or two mailing lists.  I think it was magazines and I set aside every Sunday to go through a few until they were gone.  If only I hadn't kept all of those interesting recipes that I haven't tried.  Which is why I looked around and decided that I was a hoarder of recipes.  I have to tell you, I don't need three pages from a magazine explaining step-by-step how to make a lemon souffle.  If I haven't made it by now, I probably won't.  You know what else?  If I changed my mind about wanting to make it, I am pretty sure I could find 100 recipes with just a few Google clicks.  I cleared an entire notebook AND reduced an word document from about 12 pages to just 5 (it would have been 4, but I added 2 recipes this week - I can't help myself sometimes!).  Now, I have actually tried 2 new recipes just this month, so I do actually put them into action.  Just not quite as quickly as I collect them!

Look around and simplify your life, one obsession at a time.  I promise, you'll feel better for it!

Books 44-47

I read another series by one of my favorite authors, Susan Mallery.  This series revolved around restaurants and family in Seattle and is titled The Buchanan Saga.  I love food, foodie shows and romance so this was a series written for me.  With titles like:  Delicious, Irresistible, Sizzling, and Tempting, these stories deliver!  But don't fear, these books are not carbon copies of each other.  The characters are different and entertaining with plots that are unique to each book.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book 43

Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich is the next in her series about a bounty hunter chick and her adventurous life.  I love these books.  I don't know why I go so long in between them.  I had this one on audio-tape and if I just read them in the future, I will now have a voice in my head to go along.  These are funny crime books laced with foul language and larger than life characters.  I am gonna request another one a the library now!  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Resolution 30

Talk to your kids about risky behaviors.  

As August rolls around, the beginning of another school year, I am reminded of my friend who lost her son in 2011.  I think of her a lot, but especially in August when it is the anniversary of his accident, the week we prayed for a miracle and the subsequent mourning that happened next.

Watch.  Our sweet boy is one of these.