Monday, January 26, 2015

Dedicated to someone I know that has fallen on a dark path of despair.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Please pray for my crazy-ass sister who has taken on a too heavy school load... she's losing her mind and not in a good way.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Working out with Hubby

Gary and I worked out on Friday.  I've been going to a personal trainer since October twice a week.  I have lost quite a few inches around stomach and hips and several inches around thighs and arms. However, I feel great.  I want to strengthen my back muscles and regain movement and flexibility that I have lost throughout the years.  I'm also trying to eat more healthy.

Gary is participating in a "biggest loser" contest at work so that is why he decided to join me on Friday.  He wants to start working out and really seemed to enjoy his time with my trainer.

This photo was taken by our trainer after the workout.... and yes, I'm wearing clothes that are too big instead of going out buying "workout clothes".

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Guy Fieri Sausage

After workout on Thursday I stopped at the Xenia Walmart (I know, I know, I rarely ever go into a Walmart) to pick up some tangelos.  I browsed around the food section and came across these:

There were several other flavors, but I picked up this one because it was fajita seasoned and because it was chicken sausage.  I actually thought I could eat one for breakfast with scrambled eggs (trying to get back to the Weight Watcher's tracking).

Anyway, last night after having visited the dentist I didn't really want to make supper but Gary and I couldn't decide where to go to eat.  I then remembered I had picked up the sausage and told Gary I could whip up supper.

So I took a can of black eye peas, rinsed them off thoroughly and left them to drain while I fried up 2 slices of bacon, adding a whole diced onion and 5 mini bell peppers.  I also added a half bag of frozen yellow corn and let that all simmer before adding the black eye peas.  I stirred up a pan of cornbread and I fixed some Tex-Mex rice.  Of course I cooked the sausage according to the directions.

I must say supper was pretty tasty and only took about 25 minutes from start to finish.  The sausage was just a tad too spicy for me (I have a sensitive mouth) but eating it with rice really zapped the heat. Gary enjoyed it and said he would eat it again.  So I'm going to check out the other flavors available.  I guess this product is exclusive to Walmart so I'll be heading back (but only to the Xenia store which seems normal and not crazy like the one in Miamisburg which always has police cars in the parking lot).

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Meditation - A Quote from Albert Einstein

"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle."

Friday, January 16, 2015

Flowers for Grandma

It's funny, before the death of my Grandmother, I never really understood why anyone would really decorate a grave.  I only went to cemeteries to admire the stonework and to take photos of the angels.

But now that Grandma is dead; Becky and I visit her grave at least once a month to change out the flowers.  Becky had made a promise to Grandma that she would do this.

These are the flowers I picked for late January to early March.  Since it's been so cold in this neck of the woods I have to wait for a little warmer weather so we can pull out the previous flowers.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Meditation - A Quote from Audrey Hepburn

"You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him."

I find the above statement so true.  Have you ever been around someone and they are just talking about everyone in a negative manner?  They seem to delight in someone's pain and suffering making sure to embellish the tale along the way.  I use to sit there; zoning out and wondering what they would tell someone about me.

But now when I here someone gossiping about another; I try to change the subject.  And if that doesn't work; because let's face it, some people don't get it I then have to tell them that I don't want to participate in gossip.

Our society is so gossip ridden.  Look at the reality shows.  They thrive on making others look stupid. Then in the lunch room at work you have groups of people talking about what they saw.  And before you know it the room is filled with all this negativity.  And personally that shit is just toxic.

Talk shows and magazines also thrive on this mentality.  It simply drives me crazy at times.  Does this drive you bonkers too?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Old Habits Die Hard

Today I went out to run some errands before the Ice Storm of 2015 hit our neck of the woods.  First stop was the carwash.  And yes, even though it was going to start raining 6 hours later, I wanted to get all the salt off my car for now.

Then I went to Target.  Valentine's Day cards are out in all their pink and red glory.  As I began flipping through the cards, I suddenly realized I was looking at cards for Grandmothers.

I found the perfect card and placed it back in it's slot.  That made me so sad.  I was always buying my Grandma a card.  I actually have a small collection of cards I had purchased to send to her; you know like thinking of you and you're my best friend type of cards.  Every time I go to a store that sold cards I would always look for a card to send Grandma.

And Grandma kept all those cards.  Upon her death my Mom gave me a packet of cards I had sent Grandma throughout the years.  Inside some of the cards were photos, or letters but each of them were sealed with hugs and kisses and mega love.

I'll never buy a card for a Grandmother again.  And that makes me sad.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Living a Simple Life

I saw this video posted on Facebook and it slapped me in the face.  I keep saying I want to live a simple life.  I want a small home.  I want to grow my own vegetables and eat healthy.  I always enjoyed yoga but it's been 35 years since last doing it and now my body is so big and clumsy I don't even know where to begin.  And then this video pops back online.

Last night I watched several episodes of "My 600 Pound Life".  That was also a wake-up call.  I had gastric bypass in 2001 and I'm back on diet coke which I'm not suppose to drink because of the carbonation and then I wonder why I'm so hungry.

So today I'm going to start making a few changes to my everyday routine:

  1. Back to the personal trainer next week.  
  2. Drink 2 bottles of water before I allow myself a Diet Coke (goal is to be off Diet Coke by month end).
  3. Prepare a meatless meal once a week for my family.
  4. Eat fruits and vegetables daily (alas we are really bad with this especially during the winter)
  5. Start Stretching
I know these changes are small but I want to live a big life.  I want to be healthy and fit and flexible. I do want a bicycle and I want to grow my own vegetables and we are starting to look for land where we can build a tiny home (although our condo is tiny by many standards... we have a neighbor below and beside us.  Although we never hear them I want land to sink my toes in and have a plot to grow vegetables in the ground and not in a pot on my balcony).

More to follow.  I hope you enjoyed the video.  To be 95 and to be that flexible?  Sort of amazing....but highly improbable in the life I'm leading today.

Happy Thursday my sweet petunias.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Monday Meditation -- A Quote from Maya Angelou

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away."

I came across this quote last week; and it has glued itself in my head.  I get stuck running on that daily treadmill that makes up one's life; and I don't take the time to really appreciate what I have and to celebrate it.

I've been off work eight months and haven't done any of the things I had planned to do.  I'm wasting so much time on stuff that really has no meaning in my life; wasting time in trivial pursuits.  And I wonder why I'm doing that?

A new year has begun and I realize I need to wake up and begin again.  I don't want to waste any more time.  I want to have spectacular moments that make me gasp for breath and I know it's not going to happen if I continue on the same path I'm currently treading on.

Go back to school?  Start looking for a new job?  Learn how to use my Canon Rebel?  So many things I can be doing to be more fulfilled.

January is always the perfect time to reflect on your previous year and to plan on what you want to do in the new year.  Coming across this quote was important.  It captured my attention.

I hope this year is the year you have moments that take your breath away.  And when that happens, please let me know.  Of course I'll also share my moments.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

A Glimpse of What Might Have Been?

I woke up this morning, wondering if the Arcanum Police had arrived.  Then I realized I had awaken from a dream.

Grandma was coming to live with me.  I finally purchased a home close to the ocean and she and I were moving in together.  Grandma was excited because she had never seen the ocean and was also excited about eating fresh seafood.

We had just gotten home from the closing of her house.  She had 30 days to move out.  However, the new buyers of the house were already there ripping out cement sidewalks.  I went out to explain to them they couldn't do anything for 30 days and they got upset.  I finally called the police.

That's when I woke up.

They say "life is but a dream" so perhaps in another universe Grandma and I are by the ocean; having great conversations; eating lots of shrimp and just enjoying the sounds and the smell of the ocean.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time".  -- Abraham Lincoln

Goodbye 2014 -- You were the year with probably the most change in my life.  My 30 year career at JPMorgan came to an end.  Gary and I finally purchased our first home.  And my beloved Grandma died in a car accident.

I'm looking forward to 2015.  First on my list is looking for a new job.  I recently went to New Orleans and I had my palm read (a first).  The palm reader said I would have two major careers; so duh I don't think I'm going to looking for jobs in the banking industry.  This time around I want to work in a job where I feel like I'm helping people.

Secondly I going to continue meeting with a personal trainer twice a week.  I've had some amazing results for the several months I've been working with her.  I'm getting strong and building up endurance.  I actually enjoy the workout sessions.  However, my eating habits have to change.  I need to get back on a plan.

With the death of Grandma coming so quickly and without warning; I do want to spend more time with family and friends because you just never know what tomorrow will bring.  We all have a tendency to take others for granted.  I know with my Grandma, she had been with me for 58 years. She was very healthy and I just didn't expect her to leave my life so quickly.  I wish I had done more with her.  I'm not going to let that happen again.

New Year's eve was different this year.  Alex went to a party at a friend's home and Gary had to work; so I went to my Mom's house to play games with her and my sisters.

We got my Mom; and she lost it for a moment.  It was a good thing.

What's in store for your New Year?  Please let me know...

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