Sunday, August 10, 2014

Goal - to reduce stress

Living in these modern times can make anyone feel stressed out.  We are plugged in 24/7.  We have constant access to the whatever number of friends we have through social media like facebook, twitter, etc. Which always leads me to worry why didn't they respond?  Our children are involved in extra curricular activities and we are the taxis that must get them to those destinations.  We grab meals through the drive through all the while watching the clock.  Hurry, hurry, hurry!  Then at home the t.v. blares, the computers, iPads, and X box are sucking electricity until bleary eyed we stumble into bed.  ENOUGH!

Again, I say ENOUGH.

But just how will I manage to reduce stress in my life?  Over the next 21 days I have some ideas I wish to try.  I want to know which things work for me and which don't.  "To thine own self be true" a famous quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet.  If only I knew myself  then I could be true to myself.  So here goes

1.  Walk early every morning.
2.  Drink a cup of tea in the afternoon.
3.  Eat one sit down meal slowly every day.
4.  Read a real book with the smell of paper pages.
5.  Set a limit to aimless computer time.
6.  Turn off all media an hour before bed.
7.  Set a nightly routine.
8.  Meditate or do yoga daily.
9.  Be at home at least three nights and one weekend day.
10. Crochet, paint, or quilt each day.
11. Wash the dishes.  (Seeing dishes in the sink really stresses me out!)


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year

Well, another year came and went.  We let it go very quietly.  We sat at home and watched a movie with the kids and ate a slice of cheese cake as has become our family tradition.  There were no horns to toot or confetti to shoot.  I can honestly say I wouldn't have it any other way.  Being in the comfort of our own home surrounded by the people we love the most is truly the way to end and begin a new year.

I stopped blogging part way through the year last year, and yet here I am again.  I enjoy blogging, but sometimes I feel as if I get carried away and lose sight of why I blog in the first place.  I enjoy writing.  Last year I was thrilled to see all of the views on the different blogs I posted, but then I realized that most of them were some kind of computer phishing.  So, I just stopped.

So if anyone is reading, I hope you have a comfortable year. That is my wish for my family as well.  A year where we enjoy the little things.  A year where we explore art and hobbies.  A year where we take time for each other.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Carrots from the Garden

Today I pulled the carrots!  Yeah.  It looks like we will be having carrots for dinner.  I couldn't help but think of the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as I tugged the carrots from the ground.  Some of them were too big and they had split open, some of them were too small, and some of them were just right.    All in all, I am pleased.  These are my carrots.  They were planted by me.  Tended to by me. And pulled by me.  What satisfaction!


Google Chrome

Everyone has a favorite browser and for the most part people tend to prefer the one they used first.  Years ago my husband convinced me that Firefox was better than Internet Explorer.  So that is what I have been using. I am such a creature of habit.  Of course, he has been through multiple browsers since that time. 

This morning when I wanted to look for a typing instruction program for my daughter he nonchalantly said, "Just go to the Chrome store and get an APP."

I responded, "Huh? What? Do I have to pay for the APP?"

Long story short - No, I didn't have to pay and now when I open the extra tab on the Google Chrome home screen, voila there is the APP, Typing Club! 

Looks like I'm switching browsers.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

My Redneck Clothesline

Did you know that it costs about $100 to dry your clothes in a clothes dryer per year, assuming you do 3 loads per week?

Did you know that is costs $0 to dry your clothes on a clothesline outside?

I am sure you did!  But life is complicated and busy, busy, busy!  Who has time to wait for the clothes to dry?  What if it rains?  These are all powerful arguments for using the clothes dryer; however, I really enjoy the smell of clothes fresh off the line.  I have never found a dryer sheet that could replicate that smell.  One whiff and I smile.

I don't have a real clothesline.  My husband tied a rope from one tree to another.  It does the trick - helps me save a few bucks, conserves some energy, and makes me smile.

Here is my redneck clothesline -


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Going Blueberry Picking

We are off bright and early this morning to go blueberry picking at Mason Beach Farm.  It is about a 45 minute drive to get there and the farm opens at 8:00a.m.

I just hope it is worth our trip.  I want to be able to go and fill up our buckets quickly.  Our days are sweltering right now.  High humidity and mid 90 temperatures are keeping us close to the AC.

If the berries are plentiful this year I can see lots of blueberries in our future - pie, muffins, jam, bread, crisp, and so much more. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Schedule

As a teacher I am home for a chunk of the summer.  Not as much time as what the vast majority of the  country thinks!  Today I have to go in to work as well as several other days this summer.  But, I am so thankful for all the days that I can stay home.  It gives me a chance to see what life as a stay at home mom is like.  I value this extra time I have to be with my family.

I am the type of person who really needs a schedule or a checklist to really function at me best.  I don't see this as a short coming.  I look at it as my way to stay on track and keep focused on my family.  I don't want regrets when the summer ends. I want to look back and smile as I think of all the time we spent together doing a variety of wonderful things.

I sat down yesterday and made a list.  It is a list of the things I feel are important to my family.  You will notice there are no set times.  I just wanted to have this visual so that each and every day we could try to do at least 7 of the things on it.  Some days certain activities will take longer than others.

Here is my schedule -