Monday, February 1, 2016
Since we are starting a brand new year, I thought it would be a good time to think about our lives (YES---even those of us who are retired can be very busy) and find ways to 'unplug' from some of the craziness at times...
My sons (in their 40's) stay SO busy and the stress can be great... I used to be the same way when I was raising kids alone, working fulltime, working on my Master's Degree, etc. etc. etc. Life wasn't always easy --but I just had to keep on keeping on! But --even back then, it was important to 'unplug' at times..
HERE. Danielle gave 27 ways to re-charge --but I won't talk about all of them. IF you want more info, be sure to click on the link.
While unplugging, do something that makes you happy... Maybe you love to COOK --and can make a fantastically delicious dinner. OR--maybe you want to READ that book on your night-stand --which you have never done... OR---why don't you LIGHT SOME CANDLES and take a leisurely Bubble-BATH???? There is so much you can do simply AFTER turning off those devices!
One way I re-charge (both George and me) is to get out most every day (no matter what else is going on ) and take a walk. Just GETTING OUT IN NATURE is SO refreshing ---and makes us feel good all over. Even if you can't walk, just get outside some --and smell that air!!!!
Another thing you can do is to VOLUNTEER somewhere --especially if you are lonely, or feeling sorry for yourself. I worked with lots of volunteers when I worked in the church for many years. We couldn't have existed without those wonderful volunteers.
Another way to 're-charge' is to PLAN something upcoming. It may be a trip to see family far away, or maybe a special vacation to an area where you haven't been. Doing some planning will make you feel MUCH better.
One of my favorite things to do is to sit in my recliner, drinking a cup of hot tea or coffee, enjoying a fire in the fireplace on a cold, winter day, and watching my little birdies come and have a feast at the Bird Kitchen....
Another option would be to TRY SOMETHING NEW. Maybe there is something you have never done --but want to try it... For instance, take a paining class if you are interested... Step out of that comfortable box and do something new and different.
One way to get that light shining again is to PLANT A GARDEN... We do that -and there's so much joy in seeing plants grow that YOU have planted!
Want to really make your light 'shine'?????? Then CLEAN OUT A CLOSET or get rid of the CLUTTER around you.... That will help SO MUCH.
LISTEN to MUSIC... That always help me to feel better when I am stressed or feel overwhelmed... OR--if you are married or have a special person in your life, enjoy a DATE NIGHT.
You have heard of "Unplug the Christmas Machine"..... WELL--how about unplugging yourself ---and re-charging your batteries! I am writing this for ME as much as I am writing it for YOU.... Just DO IT. AND--check our Danielle's list to see more... You might even add some to this list for others to read.
Check out my other blog, Betsy's Photo Blog, today. Click HERE.
Monday, August 3, 2015
We now follow a fairly regular routine ---walking about 30 minutes each morning, then working in the yard or in the house during the afternoons, and then taking a 2.5 mile walk each evening just before dark. In fact, it is usually dark by the time we get back home, but we take our little headlights with us for the last part of the walk if needed.
Because we live on a Golf course (NO--we do not play golf---ha), we have a perfect place to walk AFTER the golfers finish for the day. We walk the back nine holes along the cart path --and it is a gorgeous place to walk. It is very hilly---but even our morning walks are up and down steep hills. We live in the mountains --so there's not many 'flat' places around!
One thing we love to do is to take pictures along the way when we walk. We've taken a bunch since we began about 2.5 months ago ---so tonight I will share some of them with you. Hope you enjoy our walks as much as we do! Don't you love the sky in the picture above, with the reflection in the water?
|This is a beautifully landscaped golf course!|
|Sometimes we stop and pick some wild blackberries to put on our breakfast yogurt/cereal.|
|This little area is called Sneads Canyon --and a little creek flows through this area --especially after a big rain!|
|We see gorgeous sunsets ---and every night is DIFFERENT.|
|This was taken one of the FEW times we got up at the crack of dawn and walked in the morning.. It is pretty that time of day also --but since we stay up late at nights, we prefer walking in the evening.|
|We have watched two little fawns grow QUICKLY the past couple of months. I love the deer --as long as they don't feast on our flowers!!! ha|
|We even walk in the rain and FOG ---as long as it is not storming!!!|
|Another beautiful sunset picture|
|Sunbeams behind the clouds; I love skies like this!|
|Then on July 30, we had the gorgeous "NOT-BLUE" but Beautiful FULL MOON to follow us all along our path.... How awesome is that!!!!!|
|This is how dark is was that night (July 30)--as we made our way home. See the moon glistening in the water???? Made me think of the song: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"!!!!!|
|Then on Friday, August 1st, we enjoyed that full moon for one more night... Sorry the picture (with my iPhone) is a little grainy/noisy ---but I wanted you to see how beautiful it was that evening.|
Hope you are all well and staying healthy also!
Monday, January 19, 2015
|Two Bloggers meet: Ruth and Betsy together AT LAST!|
The picture above was taken on December 29, 2014 at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. Ruth Heibert (Ruth's Photo Blog) and friend Gwen came to Nashville to attend a special Gospel Music Convention. SO---since we are only 2.5 hours from there, George and I drove over to Nashville, picked them up at their hotel and took those two Canadian ladies to the Cracker Barrel for a good ole' southern dinner..... They both enjoyed Chicken and Dumplings for the first time ---and CORNBREAD. (Can you imagine ANYONE going through life without cornbread????? ha ha ha)
I have met LOTS of bloggers (and I love all of you) --but Ruth and I have been very special friends for many years ---back when we both started blogging... To say that finally getting to meet her was special is an understatement. She is EXTREMELY special to both George and me. We love her so much---and are already thinking about when we will meet again. Thanks, Ruth, for coming to Tennessee!!!!!! Come back SOON.
|Landon (college), Avery--age 16, Bay Lee (college) and Brooke (graduating from high school in June)|
|George with his little girl (Kelly) and her hubby (Chuck)|
|George enjoying his new camera lens, a Tamron lens, 16 to 300mm|
I gave George this nice lens ----but somehow, his bride has already taken it away from him... He 'wants' me to use it so that I won't have to change lens so often... If I like it, I may just have to buy another one for his birthday for HIM.... ha ha
|Willow Figurine named HERO|
|Three new ornaments on our Christmas Tree this year depicting our 2014 trips|
|Mama Says: "Now Sweeties, SMILE for the camera!"|
|Two crazy people on Christmas Morning at our home!!!!!|
Speaking of a Nutty Mama, I was barely standing and not doing much walking on Christmas morning... But---how could anyone keep a crippled girl from dancing on Christmas? (I do think that George was there to catch me if I fell!!!!! ha)
|A very happy Mom and her Three Sons (on January14, 2015)|
What brings families together more than anything else? FUNERALS..... My sons' wonderful Grandmother died and her funeral was that day in Knoxville, TN. Laura Wilhite (age 99) was loved by all, including me (since she was my ex-mother-in-law) and my sons and grandchildren.
Even though I was still re-cooping after surgery, I cleaned up and we went to the funeral... I did great that day --but really felt the pain the following day... BUT--it was worth it and I am very glad I went. Just having my sons with me for a few hours was worth everything.
|Hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas.|
I will try to be back to blogging again sometime the first week or two in February. In the meantime, be sure to check out my January quotes on my sidebar. There are some good ones...
Thanks for all of the comments/emails/Facebook comments/messages/texts, etc... George has even had people asking about me on his blog. That is SO sweet that so many people care. God Bless You ALL. I have so many wonderful friends.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I already had meniscus-tear surgery on that same knee in 2010, so I know what I'm getting into.... AND---I'm 'okay' with this surgery. It's out-patient and the recovery time is not too bad... As you know, I've had LOTS of pain with the knee this past month and a half---so I'm ready for ANYTHING to give me some relief. AND---since I'm an active person, I am ready to get out there and do some HIKING again!!!!!
Again, Happy 2015 to you! Check out my new January Quotes on my right sidebar. And---there's a new post on my other blog, Betsy's Photo Blog, if you have time to look at it... Thanks!!!!
Thanks for all of your prayers for me during this time of my knee problem... God Bless ALL of You.