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New Year Thoughts…

January 2… already into a New Year…k28342311

I look ahead on my calendar…

I always have a calendar handy… One I keep on my computer deskOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  …

and one on the wall in my kitchen… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I like the idea of starting fresh…

although some things I will write in those little squares are repeats from the year before…

Pay days… they are important!… k6992898

Appointments… k21567258

Hopefully… Bobby’s last scan coming up on the 11th… and then our last conversation about his cancer…

“Dear Lord… I hope!”… on the 13th…

Birthdays… k5148361

The 15th is shared with my son… (and a cousin) with our birthdays…

We’ve made plans to get out-of-town (Bobby and I) with my sister and a friend on that day…

for a couple of days…

Hope to just enjoy the time to walk and shop… relaxing…

We will celebrate with my son maybe on the weekend… with dinner and presents…

He works on “our day”… as I call it… anyway…

My oldest Granddaughter will be turning 21…

She is making strides with her education and working…

Blessed with her smiling face and sweet attitude…

Right now… after celebrating a little New Year’s Eve… with a trip to the casino…

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Loud music… couples dressed up… laughing… and very crowded…

I am ready to get my routine…(whatever that is)…back…

A new beginning for sure…

Oldest son having moved out…

Empty nest as they say… that I thought I would never experience…

I might like it…

Right now… tears fall at least once a day…

going over all of the life’s trials with my son who has a diagnosis of bi-polar/schizoeffective disorder…

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http://www.obad.ca/   (If you want the diagnosis description)

I want people who have traveled this journey with me and Bobby…

to know…

He is doing well…

We see him…

more visiting… which is different…

Shop some of our thrift stores antiqu_c… as we always did…

Have met lots of folks that live where he does… making relationships…

and having a pretty good feeling at this choice of living arrangements…

knowing my Lord had laid His Hands on our situation…

The prayers that I know were lifted up with sincerity…

We have some challenges to work through this year…k2469824

Some adaptations…

Some acceptances…

but, I think I feel the strength coming back… to face these issues with help…

God be with us…

You have guided us these last months so much…

that it’s just unbelievable…

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Praise be to You!

 

 

 

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Time to GO!

Christmas is down and almost put away…

It had to go… it was depressing me…

and I like things back in order after the Celebration time is over…

Much more fun putting things out… decorating the tree…etc. …

than wrapping and putting up everything for safe keeping until next year…

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I do clean out some stuff though as I am putting away…

Like a purging of all of the unwanted things… or things I have grown tired of…

k7998526Boxed and bagged for another year…

The thrift store… and my YMCA folks will receive some items… and if they don’t want… they can throw away…

Finishing some projects that have been put on hold for a few  months…

We had painted the main bathroom… and put up a border…

A new mirror was purchased today…  and Bobby is getting the wall ready to hang it…

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Pretty… I think…

I need some new pictures or decorative items…

and that will be fun to look for…

Mint green, pale lilac and a pale rose is in the border… so quite feminine…

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My cousin sent me new towels for Christmas… wasn’t that sweet…

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Bobby gives me free rein on the decorating part… and I love him for it…

because I get great pleasure from finding the colors, wallpaper and accessories…

 

and then totally enjoying my time in our new freshly painted bathroom…

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His expertise is the manual labor of hanging… painting… etc. …  k17635060

we do good together…

As of tonight… we are meeting up with my sister to go to the Casino Boat over the Ohio River in Indiana… Play a while, have a drink…

maybe a bite to eat… and welcome in the New Year of 2016… k16447034

I feel it will be a better year…

and I plan on using my new words for the year…

Acceptance and Resiliency…

 

 

 

Beginning My New Year

My head is spinning with new thoughts on what the New Year may hold… and things I want to accomplish!k5436749

Some things I have done already!…

Made a new resumek6543634

Emailed it to the YMCA for a job openingYMCA-SVG-Common_International_svg

I’ve started my Good Things in 2014 List… (will be daily)

Todays good thing was our invitation to my nephew’s home for a wonderful New Year’s Day meal… all foods included for health… wealth… and good luck…

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Roast Porkk9507312

Corn Beef

Mashed Potatoes

Fried Corn with Bacon

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Greens

Cheesy Cabbage k13643706

Corn Bread

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Pecan Pie

Cake

Wasn’t that deserving of my “Good Things List” item!

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I want to save some money this year… k14001119

I will follow this chart…

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Something I feel I can manage…

I will have to do it monthly instead of weekly… because of how our money comes in…

I will also put aside in a container of some sort… 10% for God… each month… to be used for whoever or whatever I see fit at the end of the year…

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HE doesn’t ask for very much!

I always keep a calendar… to keep track of appointments and fun stuff!… already bought and hanging… One in my kitchen 140101_006 … one from my cousin on my computer desk 140101_007

I will share more later… my list is a long one… some leftovers from 2013… hanging around… to complete… k9486576

But, I feel good about my start…

Blogging Anniversary Begins a New Year!

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Yes, I feel that’s an accomplishment!

I’m not after numbers… ubr0016

I began writing to share my experiences with the “Special” kids I worked with for 30 years… k0662770

and I did that!

The next 2 years have been a hodge-podge of my life… k10511640

Things from the past…

Things I was doing in the moment…

Things I have dreams of doing…

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The friends I have made…

The interesting topics I’ve read…

The ideas that have influenced me… k7119491

The more I write… the more comfortable I become… k15769928

I love sharing…

I love listening… k5542596

People I have found are just extraordinary!

I choose who I will follow as to the connection I feel with their world…

I look at them… and I see a part of me…

Same ideals… same dreams sometimes… same good times… same bad…

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I wish all a good New Year

that you may achieve a few goals you have set… as I have…

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The number of the year has changed… but, our lives are just continuing on from day-to-day…

No, miracles yet…

but, I hope some will happen… some will be fulfilled…

I think the most important thing in people’s lives is that…

 we try to do our best… k12837689

who can ask any more than that from us…

From “Simple” to “Courageous”!

I am so ready for the start of a New Year!…

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I have made some strong goals for myself… k2313589

and my new word ( neologism) for the year “Courageous”… has me biting at the bit k8965957 with a squeamish feeling inside…

I’m going from “simple” last year k14272361… to what I feel is an opposite goal this coming year…

Why? … you ask…

Because my years are passing by way too fast!…

I’ve got lots that I want to achieve…

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Will I achieve them all?

NO!… of course not!…

We never are finished…

We are always wanting more…

to see things we’ve never seen…

to interact in things we’ve never done…

to meet more strangers and have them become friends…

To relate more to the ones we have…

To change ourselves inside and out…

I hope people are like this…

because, if not… I feel they have given up… sfo0303

Not a way I want to go!…

I want to reach some of “my” goals…

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To experience that free feeling that makes me smile… makes me laugh… makes my heart beat wildly…

I still will take some of the “simplified” things I learned from my word this past year and apply to this coming year…

I don’t want to undo what good I have learned

I just want to add to my life …

So, we will see…

What does 2014 hold for me?

the unknown for sure…

but, my goal is to be courageous!

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and if I achieve one or more of the things that I want to expound on…

I will feel contentment, happiness and be proud!

Contentment

I get up to two kitties greeting me… with this new addition… I never know if the older kitty will have a good or bad day… she is quite jealous szo0016of the little one…

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so far… so good.. .although the younger one decides to try out Jill’s favorite sitting and viewing site… by the window…

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and then of course there’s the feeding bowlk5896998

I have a grandson on the couch in the living room… sleeping… I steal a kiss… which he ignores… meaning he doesn’t mind…

He stretches and I cover him up better… and back to sleep he goes…

The house is quiet… leaving me to my thoughts…k14786957

the mind is funny… jumping from one thing to another…

My hot tea is soothingEMO0003 … later… coffee… and pancakes for my little visitor…k3554426

Jill comes by for a pet as I sit here writing…

The world is good at this moment…

I’m so content…

Later… Christmas get-together at my nieces house…

My contribution will be dressing to go with the turkey and ham she is baking…

and I need to decide on an appetizer…

I just can’t decide… but, it will be done…

We will take a $10.00 boy/girl gift… and play a “Dirty Santa” game of gift exchanging … that the guys just love!…

They tickle me as they exchange with each other… taking away and getting back some gift they all have decided is the best!…

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Ladies are more discerning… How pretty it’s wrapped… what they have decided is in it!…

Tomorrow… cousin and husband arrive for a week… from Tennessee…

outings are planned…

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and then it’s done…

All of the looking… gift buyingk7841113 … parties… baking Christmas-Cookies-Cutters… being with friends… Christmas cards u29520791 and music k7456554

and remembering of that tiny Baby that began this festive time so many years ago..k15617269.

I believe He smiles at our antics at times… and then can get sad at times… like we do when we remember times that have come and gone… with people who have come and gone…

Christmas… a memory maker for sure!…

God Bless Us Everyonetinytm_c( http://youtu.be/CC_lwk0UCe4 )

Enjoy what it is you do during this time…

will see you in the New Year… 2014…k16156552

New Year’s Day… Not bad!

Memory… in the making…

Ok… I’m going Simple… as I said…

Today… the Grandkid‘s went home… after me making cinnamon rolls k10313372for them…

I straightened up the house

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Jill lays where it was… so sad… she misses it!…

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I cooked a Simple lunch of traditional New Year‘s food

Hoppin’ Johnblackeyed peas… tomatoes… onions… chili peppers… Cooked in my new sauce pan…

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I dcided on Reuben Sandwiches which had the typical Saur Kraut for a New Year’s meal…

Rye bread… Swiss Cheese… Bavarian Kraut… Corned beef…

Grilled in butter in my new skillet…

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They turned out perfect…

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Simple meal = YUMMY!

Met my son, wife and two of the kids for a tour of their new house they are buying…

Alas… no key… to get in… k4292997but, did get there with the directions given… and got to see the front/outside of the house… Very pretty… a dark red brick… with white trim… Hope to explore and have more photos soon…

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My son and wife with two of their 3 children… It is on a hill with a walk out basement in the back with woods… brand new… so no grass as of yet… and will be about 30 days before they will be able to move… They love it!… and we are happy for them!

Arrived home… TV u13052281is too boring k10236304as my Granddaughter would say… so writing my second blog of the day…

Hope you have enjoyed your first day of 2013 I have!