Crafty weekend

I finally had some time to work in my craft room. I chose a Cricut craft that would take some time – engraving. While I waited the two hours for this engraving to complete, I worked on getting my craft supplies more organized. I also made some earrings. I had fun!

This is part of a sign I made with three bicycles and the phrase “I want to ride my bicycle” on it. Still trying to get a good picture of the whole sign.
Engraving on a cookie spatula
Earrings made with faux leather and faux suede
Detail on one of the earrings

Review – In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Dannie has a 5 year plan. In 5 years she will be a partner in her law firm and married to her fiancé. When she has a dream vision about her future, it is quite different from her 5 year plan.

Will Dannie marry her fiance? Or will the dream come true? To find out you will have to read the book. You will meet family, friends, and coworkers from Dannie’s life and see what actually happens In Five Years.

I really enjoyed the book. It touched on all the feels. The book releases on March 10, 2020, so keep an eye out at your local library, independent bookstore, or preorder at Amazon.

Thanks for reading.

Public Service Announcement!!! YOU ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY

Tourist/snowbird season is in full swing. I can tell, due to the number of times I’ve almost died because of the lack of parking lot etiquette. I borrowed this info and photo from: https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Parking-Lot-Etiquette

PAY ATTENTION

If there is an arrow on the driveway, only drive in the direction the arrow shows. You can also tell which way to drive in a parking lot by looking at the configuration of the parking space lines.

Please, for the love of puppies, we need a REAL public service announcement or a pamphlet handed out as snowbirds and tourists enter Florida. PLEASE?!?!?!?!

Thanks for reading!

Happy New (YOU – ATTITUDE) Year!!!!!!!

So 2019 is now a thing of the past. The fireworks are over. The resolutions have been made (or not)! On New Years Day I like to think of a list of words that represent the previous year and my chosen replacement word for 2020. Are you ready for that list?

Move over 2019

Resilience – Normally my first word each year is CHANGE but that one has been over used. I chose resilience for 2019 because was a year of change that I had no control over. I’ve handled all those changes (mostly good changes but some were tough) with resilience. The challenging changes made me a stronger person. The positive changes have made me a kinder, more patient person. For 2020 I will take this resilience and help others to find their own STRENGTH.

RESILIENCE

Divided – I am NOT a big politics fan. I will NOT talk about politics. What I will say is that ALL of our politicians are doing us, and the world a disservice by fighting and not working together. I don’t care which side of the aisle they are on, all of them need to grow up and do their jobs. That’s all! For 2020, I will work hard to be an example to my fellow humans and treat everyone with KINDNESS.

I wish they would GROW UP!

Hate – I was going to use the word anger but there was so much hate this year that I had to use hate, mostly due to the word above. I’ve heard so many people (liberals, conservatives, activists, regular folks, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, socialists, radicals – you get my point —EVERYONE!) say the word HATE this year that it made me sick. It’s hard to not fall into the same trap – and I have. For 2020 I plan to be more LOVING to all.

Haters gonna hate!

Humor – I needed to use my sense of humor a lot in 2019. It was part of my resilience! As long as it isn’t cruel humor, I find that humor gets me through a rough day, week, month, and yes — year. For 2020, I will continue to use HUMOR to make myself and others smile.

The best medicine!

And so…I am ready for 2020!

I wish you a KINDER, LOVING, HUMOROUS 2020 and the STRENGTH to overcome any obstacles that come your way.

Please feel free to share your goals for 2020.

Notes from Christmas Eve day and beyond…

Merry Christmas to all! I hope Christmas morning finds you healthy, happy, and surrounded by those you love.

I went to Christmas Eve Mass at St. Maximillian Kolbe last night and it was wonderful. The place was packed to the rafters! There was even an overflow Mass occurring in the next door parish center!

Since Mike was at work (see note below), I was alone. I found a seat and shortly after a couple came and asked if the seats next to me were saved. Before I had a chance to think about it, I said “Yes, for you. Today you are my family!” The couple sat next to me and thanked me. Next thing I knew they were quietly chatting and fiddling with their watches. The wife looked over and asked “Is that and Apple Watch? Do you know how to silence it?” So we went into a short lesson on how to use the Apple Watch. (This was about 20 minutes before Mass started). We then talked about our families, how all of mine, except my husband, were far away up North. Their children were driving down from Michigan that night and would be there in time for Christmas morning. Without even know each other’s names, we had both helped each other. They made me feel like part of their family and I helped them with their Apple Watches, which they had just bought for each other for Christmas.

Mass started and some of the children staged a live Nativity. They were adorable. From the golden shining star to the lowly donkey, the kids in costume put on a beautiful Nativity scene. Afterwards, Father Teo had all of the children take a bow. His sermon was about being kind and finding ways to make a difference in the lives of others. How you never know when you will be able to help another person. The couple with the Apple Watches both raised their wrists and nodded at me. WOW! At the end of Mass, I thanked them for allowing me to be a part of their family, even if it was just for an hour. They thanked me for being there and helping them learn about their Apple Watches. (To my fellow library employees, I did tell them to check with their local library to see if they have any technology help.)

After Mass, Mike and I had a nice dinner and went to bed early so Santa would have plenty of time to do his thing and move on. Of course we were both…

So we woke up at 7am and took care of the pets. While the coffee was brewing and the Marion berry sweet rolls (Thanks Mom and Dad, they were delicious. Check them out here https://www.wolfermans.com/w/pastries-baked-goods/sweet-rolls/51635) were heating, the pets received their Christmas goodies. Mike and I exchanged our gifts (thank you Mike….I love you always).

Now we are watching Christmas movies and snuggling with each other and the pets. All-in-all it has been a wonderful Christmas, so far.

I hope all of you are having the most wonderful day ever. I hope your blessings are abundant. Merry Christmas to all….

Note: Please be patient and kind to people who have to work on Christmas (or any other holiday). They are already stressed and you can help make their already crazy day a little less stressful by being kind. Thank you.

How my healthy journey is going on WW

Back in July 2019, I bared my soul to the world (at least those who read my blog) about an upsetting visit with my doctor. I had gained a lot of weight, by blood pressure was up, and was not handling the stress of my job very well. I went with the doctor’s advice and joined WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers). I wanted to give an update on how I’m doing.

On the Monday after Thanksgiving, I stepped on the scale and had lost a pound. Now this may not sound like much but THANKSGIVING IS MY JAM!!!!! I love the food prep, the coziness, and most of all GRAVY! I was pretty excited to go to my follow-up doctors appointment to get the official doctor’s office weight. (Keep in mind that on top of Thanksgiving – we had gone to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and had Halloween (the candy holiday) in October. So what were the results???

My blood pressure was down and so was my weight. I lost 17.5 pounds since joining WW – and that’s with two food holidays and a trip to a FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!!! The doctor was so happy with my progress. I asked about my horrible body and joint aches. He said this was normal. I asked about joining a gym and he told me to “save your money. Do yoga and Tai Chi to improve the joints. Just search on YouTube for some easy to follow videos.” Have I told you how much I love my doctor??

So, here I am contemplating baking some Christmas cookies, thinking of searching for some yoga videos, and pulling out the pants I couldn’t wear in June that I can now wear again. Life is good.

Thanks for going on this journey with me and thanks for reading!

Giving Tuesday

I am so thankful. I have a wonderful husband. I have a job. I have a roof over my head.

This year, I am participating in Giving Tuesday. If you can, please join me in raising funds for Unbound. They believe the smartest path out of poverty is a self-directed one. Their team listens to the children, elders and families served and help them develop personalized plans based on their unique challenges, needs and skill sets. 

You can join my fundraiser by clicking HERE.

Thank you!