Friday, January 19, 2018

When Breathe Becomes Air - A quick book review

I have never been one to read autobiographies but I am glad I have read this one. Had it not been on the Paper & Glam Reading List for 2018 I would not have.

If you have looked back you will have noticed that I accept death and have been prepared for it for awhile though I really need to do the money stuff. This man's courageousness blew me away.

A Teaser:

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. 

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all.

I hope you read it! 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 14th

Do you remember the flylady? I got so angry with how I was not taking care of my home that I decided to go see if she was still there. She is! Check it out FlyLady

FlyLady cartoonThis web site helped me take care of a huge 3 story house so I am sure she will be more than helpful with my little bachelor. Yesterday I "shined my sink" for the first time in ages. I like the daily theme and I love the daily missions. It will feel great to have my mess back under control again.

She also has a section on self care so that was a bonus as that is one of my main goals this year. I realized near the end of last year that I run to help others all the time but I seldom take the same care of myself as I do others. This year I want to do that!

I have been going back and looking at several self help books I have. I want to start using them again. Oh FYI Kindle has a free reader for computers, you don't have to buy a tablet, I use it all the time.

The Artist's WayI have the Artist's Way by Julia Cameron which I completed several years ago on my Kindle but I am thinking this year I may do the second one Walking in the World which I have in paper form. I have also been thinking I'd like to go back and redo some of the homework questions again from the Artists Way. I do not think I have forgotten any of the lessons it taught me but it never hurts to take a refresher now and then






19370865The Crafter's Devotional is a year long program that gives you a lift when you are having Artist block, this year I am reading it again as I feel I've lost some of my creative juice over the last few years. It like the Flylady has different themes, in this case six as the weekend is combined. Each one focuses on a different part of being creative like learning new techniques and occasionally new to you crafts.






6921303The Spark is a 28 day program that will help you along the weight loss path. I was a member for a year and lost 20 lbs but then I stopped going. This year I will begin again by reading the book then go back to the web site and begin keeping records and getting advice again. The have a strong, enthusiastic membership that helps each other and I miss that.







748862Simple Abundance I come back to year after year. Sometimes in the middle of the year I'll open it to that days entry and find comfort in the words. It is also a day by day reading and activity book that will help you simplify your life and find more joy in it. Yes I am a devotee. She has others but I have yet to read them as this one suits me. You know all that stuff about living seasonally that is suddenly the new thing well guess what she was there first.






1452834And the last one "The Woman's Retreat book by Jennifer Louden. Again there are other books by this author but this is the one I wanted. I can't afford to go on a big spiritual retreat much as I would like to, this is the next best thing in my opinion. The paper version is a bit easier to use but as a Kindle book I can take it anywhere and it doesn't take up any room. It offers ideas for simple half-hour retreats to 2 day long ones that you can do at home. Sometimes you just need to spend some time with yourself.





Guess I better stop there I still have a ton more things to share but I figure this is enough for anyone for one day. Hugs!

Monday, January 8, 2018

January 8, 2017

Hmmm a word of warning friends, CRA reads blogs and Facebook and other social media looking for cheaters.

This evening I received a call from The Professor because they had called him. Seems that if he is my husband they can make him pay back all of my ODSP for the last four years. I mean really?

We never even had a wedding though we did live together for a few years except that I left in 2007 and haven't been back. He was and is my best-friend and we talk nearly every day on the phone. I call him my ever-lovin' cause he is always there when I need a hand with things. He does the same for my daughter and grand-daughter because he is a caring person and me and mine are one of his projects.

Now this has made me actually think about what I'm writing instead of going with the flow. I wish the government stayed out of our bedrooms and our blogs.

What I can't figure why they were even looking at me, I've only been on ODSP for four years before that I was on welfare because I've not been able to get a job for ten years due to the Fibro and depression.

It makes no sense what-so-ever.

OK turns out this is a scam of some sort. If you get a call from someone purporting to be CRA and they give you the number of a lawyer to call it is a scam. CRA doesn't do that. Just a FYI

Thursday, January 4, 2018

January 4, 2018

Did I try to do this last year? I'm not sure.

I'm getting tired so I'm going yo be playing my dailies from Microsoft Solitaire soon, right after I take my night meds. I pulled out an old journal today, one I started maybe 15 years ago but never filled. I did three pages in it today and I'm hoping to finish it this year. Today I did three snowmen. One made with crayons, one made from washi tape and one from newspaper. I'll note it in my bullet journal to take a pic of them to share here. I'll upload them tomorrow.

Its only 8:30 but I am tired. I figure I'll be in bed by 10 or so.

January 3rd 2018

I am tired so I'll be going to bed soon. just a few things on my mind.

1) Babysat for 8 hrs today and the hospital is no closer to figuring out what is wrong with my daughter. At least the boys are simple to look after these days.

2) Both of Drakes eyes had broken blood vessels in them, I think it is from staring at the computer screen for 8 hrs without a break and in dim light yet. I will mention it to my daughter tomorrow if I remember.

3) Drake fussed about going to bed so Sara made up his bed in the bathroom, in the bathtub. After about an hour of that he willingly went to his own bed.

4) Aidan is a real worrier, I hope he can learn to control it better as he gets older.

And that was my day!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2nd 2018

Not sure I'll be able to keep this going on a daily basis but I'm going to try. Today I made my comfort food for the first time in several months.

Why you ask? Because I am feeling like I already failed this year and that nothing will change. Perhaps things should change before I start feeling bored again.

I ate a pound and a half of Jelly bellies since Christmas and perhaps a dozen sugar cookies quite obviously compromising my weight loss plan before the year has even properly got underway.

On the upside I did move around a lot yesterday going to nearly every floor looking for the owner of a letter that was in my mail box.

I have two swaps to finish but they are already in progress its just putting the final touches on them and other than a couple of e-mail swaps I've found nothing I want to do right now.

Did I show this to you guys last year? There are no instructions with it and I was unable to find the original source but I have no intention of just copying it any way. I have a lot of loose squares that were due to be sewn together to make a blanket. I didn't get them all done so I am going to use the ones I have to decorate a hardwood chair that lost it's seat cushion. It will not be neat and probably not pretty but it should make the chair more comfortable.

Anyway I started it today and will be adding one or two pieces each week during the year until it is done. I will take a photo each week to show my progress.

Does anyone know how you can add an instagram photo to a blog post? Using the embed code won't work for me.

I had to download it from my phone then upload it here.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcome 2018

So another year has come & gone and what do I have?

A bed I can't use
A bookshelf & desk that I adore
No new grandchildren
Another bad year with my son though it seemed to start out well enough
A maturing daughter who seems to be trying to be more responsible in her life.
A husband recovering from a heart attack
Two friends that moved out of this wing into the other for more space.
Gained 3 pounds after losing 10
An apartment that is comfortable
My health is still the same which means no deterioration over the last year which is always good
The same list of unfinished items plus a few more I started in 2017
Realization of a couple of goals in particular the use of a bullet journal that has turned into a god-send
A return of my curiosity
A new interest in going outside regularly

In all not a bad year.

What do I want in 2018?

No resolutions just plans to follow and goals to meet
More time outside
Much less dependence on the computer
A return to handiwork specially knitting and patchwork
To eat healthy three times a day I miss fresh vegetables
Answer my pen pals quickly
Consider new venues for increasing social interaction

Yee gads it is hard not to make a list of resolutions instead of a path to follow.

I will weigh 177lbs by December 31, 2018
I will go out to local events once a month
I will prepare 3 meals a day
I will spend 4 hours each day on the computer
I will make 12 knitted items and 12 patchwork items
I will read 104 books this year
I will spend 30 minutes a day outside
I will move my body for 30 minutes a day
I will answer all letters within 5 days of receiving them

What do you think? Should I will be my word of the year?