Friday, January 16, 2015

A Simple Woman's Daybook~January 16, 2015

Our lives pass swiftly by! I want to do something to remember
the everyday moments and my thoughts about them.  
That is what this Daybook is all about.
Focusing on the little things that become my life.
One entry at a time.

Just for today~Friday, January 16, 2015
Outside my window...It is pitch black out and 6:06 am.  It is cold in the house still and I need to get my socks on.  Burr.  I cannot believe it has been over 2 months since I did a daybook entry.  That is probably the longest time gone by between two entries since I started doing these years ago.  What I learn from that is that a whole lot happens in a couple of months that is forgotten without writing it down.  

Here a few highlights.  Hazel had her back surgery and there were complications so she went back into surgery just a few days before Christmas.  She just went back to school for a half day and is regaining her strength but is still working on healing. 

The holidays were wonderful as always and a whirlwind of activities. Thanksgiving dinner was spend with our cousins. We had great times at annual parties and seeing our Sacramento cousins as well.  

Christmas decorating that was something I really enjoyed.  I went all out as I usually do when I'm asked to participate in a Christmas Home Tour.  I do something festive in all our rooms. I love doing it and getting back into my design work a little.  As I do it I think about how much people enjoy that evening on the multiple house tour with friends and how I want to enhance their memories by doing the best I can.  It absolutely poured that night but somehow it added to the whole thing in a good way.  I find it gets harder and takes longer than it use to but it's still important for me to do.  But even though I am getting older, the experience brings renewal to me and I will do it as long as I can.  Of course Jim helped me so much.  It really has become a joint project.

We took a fantastic get-away trip to southern California to Long Beach the week before Christmas.  We stayed on The Queen Mary for a few nights and had a great time.  It was all decked out with dozens of big trees.  It was just spectacular and so festive. What a treat  to stroll along the promenade deck and see each one.   We went to the Big Chill.  It was a gigantic ice igloo with ice sculptures that were unbelievable.  There was a life size nativity scene carved from blocks of ice.  Very impressive!  It was an event right next to the ship so we didn't get in our car at all the whole time we were there.  There was an outdoor skating rink and live music, food venders, etc. 

 Sometimes we just work too much and we are going to do more of this kind of thing because it is wonderful and just pours new energy into these two aging souls.  It was lovely and great to be on an ocean liner that stays in port. No seasickness.  We were celebrating our 50th Christmas as a couple.   They upgraded us to a fabulous state room that was like an apartment.  Loved looking out the portholes to the water.

Christmas was so nice.  I felt the spirit of it quite keenly this year and I think that few days away helped.  One has to consciously eliminate some of the rush and stress.  I felt relaxed as I took time to study and ponder the gifts of the Savior in our lives.  We did not want to it end.  Proof of this...the last Christmas item was tucked away just yesterday.  We completely reorganized everything as we put it away for an easier time next year. 

We also had a beautiful little boy born to our sweet nephew the day after Christmas.    His name is Caden Nicholas and he is a handsome little man. He is the first boy of this generation on my side to carry on our family name.

I am thankful for...the knowledge that Christmas does not have to be hidden away by New Year's Day.  Who made that idea fly?  Some of our same age friends discovered the same lovely thought this year.  They are finishing their way, by taking down their tree today.  It is such a lot of effort to get ready for Christmas, there is no crime in taking time to enjoy it after the hustle and bustle.

From the learning room...writing is very therapeutic for me.  I need to do it.  I am now back on it.  I actually did a lot of writing over the holidays but most of it was on our Christmas blog. 

I am reading...on the Internet mostly trying to get ready for two teaching assignments coming up.  

From the kitchen...eating simply and moderately now after the craziness of the past weeks.  I have been blessed to be steadily losing weight since September so trying to keep that going.  One pound a week has been just right and no gain during December. Trying to stay healthy with wholesome foods and way less sugar and refined carbs.  Coupling that with Weight Watchers has been great.

Some spiritual thoughts I have been having...Feeling the LOVE...

Someone I am praying for this week...Hazel and all the kids' families struggling with various seasonal illnesses that are mostly respiratory. Robert is at the doctor as I write this checking for mono and pneumonia. Chris and his family have had lots of UK viruses wreaking havoc on their family.  Missy's father has been gravely ill but is seeing some improvements finally.  Jennifer injured her knee. Even Jim has been battling a respiratory thing on and off for most of the winter.  Not serious just persistent.  I have been blessed so far..knock on wood.

I am hearing...Kate Davis one of my favorite new music discoveries.  This young woman is amazingly talented.  She plays the standing bass, sings beautifully and composes some great songs with clever lyrics.  Her genre is primarily smooth jazz but she does other things as well.  You can find her on Youtube and of course in the iTunes store.  "All About That Bass" is a fun one on Youtube and "Movie" is another one I really like.  She has a little bit of an Adele quality to her voice on some songs like "We Are Growing Old."

One of my pleasures...Having a day all to myself to catch up.  I'm having it today and I am thrilled to get more organized for presentations on genealogy topics coming up.  

Pet clothes that fade.  Like pants.  Annoying.  And speaking of pants why are they all of a sudden so dang long?  I have never had to shorten a pair of pants in my life at 5'8" until this past couple of years.

Past Remembrance...I am thinking about Rootstech 2014 (genealogy conference) and how much I enjoyed it.  Now I am on the brink of going again in February and I am truly excited to be going with my good friend, Carol.  We are going to have a super time.

If I could change one thing it would be...that there could be more happiness and less suffering in this world.  If people would accept the gospel of Jesus Christ this would make all the difference.  Why? Because then people would be kinder, more forgiving and would make an effort to choose what is good and right and healthy.  People would love others and live by faith, not fear.  There would be a lot more of thoughtfulness and less selfishness. People would live by the Golden Rule.  There would be less fighting, more peace.

An enjoyable movie/ TV show we have watched lately...5th season of White Collar.  Loved it.

I am curious about...lots of things that distract me from my work.  Hehe, that's life right?  Do we not all have a little ADD?  So many wonderful things in this life to be curious about.  So little time.

Plans for the rest of the week...In the next few hours I will be updating my PowerPoint for a 90 minute class on Tuesday night.  Date night tonight, WW meeting in the morning, taking a class tomorrow.  Then a baptism, birthday party and dinner.  Sunday church, Monday more prep for Tuesday, that is about as far as I have taken it so far.  I think I'll still be working though as I have an all day seminar I'm teaching on the 30th.  And then poof it will be February.  Valentine's day and a trip to Utah. Warp speed life, isn't it?

One of my favorite, my family and good friends.  You mean so much to me I cannot imagine my life without any of you. You are the reason I love getting up each day.  And you are the people who have taught me how to love. Thanks for the happiness and more importantly the joy you bring, the examples you are, and the smile that you put on my face every single day. 

One thing that made me so happy this past week...we found and bought a crystal chandelier for our dining room.  It is a vintage one and so perfect for our space in the cottage.  I have been looking for a couple of years for the right one.  I took Jim to see it because I loved it and right away he said "That is's perfect!"   I cannot wait to show it to you!  It makes me twice as excited that he loves it too.  It looks like we will be nesting all of our lives.  Home just keeps getting better and more comfortable all the time.

The most surprising thing this past week...a thousand dollar car expense for a smog clearance.  Ugh...not a good surprise.

Just a little souvenir from our faux cruise
 on The Queen for our Christmas Tree. 

This is a section of Long Beach that is called Naples.  Oddly it is more like Venice than Naples but that is OK.  Venice doesn't really look like this either.  It is a neighborhood where your backyard is the dock where you keep your boat.  It is quite beautiful and one of the prettiest places we been in Southern California.

Ah, now I feel I can get to work.  Thanks for coming by!

Take Care Of You For Me!


Sister Susie Says said...

Happy New Year, Bonnie! is raining and cold (56 degrees!)
HIGHLIGHTS...I'm praying for sweet Hazel! I was in rehab for Thanksgiving. Praise the LORD I was home for Christmas (got home Nov. 30.) I am now doing well, but am going to see the same doctor Jan.30 about my left knee. Your highlights share the joy you have had!!! Most happy 50th! Kiss sweet Caden for me! be home and my hip all healed up!
LEARNING...I'm studying on Christ's Sermon on the Mount for my blog.
READING...Matthew 5-7
KITCHEN...I had frozen pizza, yea ;-(
SPIRITUAL...His Love is so good; can you imagine when we are in His presence forever!!!
PRAYING...for the sea of people in this world that show no hope for themselves. If they only would humble themselves to the LORD, He would open up a world to them that only Christ's salvation can bring!
HEARING..."Jeopardy" in the background, ha!
PLEASURES...walking again, even if I have to use a walker right now!
PET PEEVE...powder and black clothes. I wonder if powder comes in black! I guess not. It may work on not showing on your clothes, but just think about your skin, lol!
PAST REMEMBRANCE...Oct. 11th, when I fell! I can't believe how fast the months have gone for it to now be January!
CHANGE...that there would be no cruelty in the world, for man against man and man against animals. The ASCPA commercials just breaks my heart.
MOVIE...Earth, it follows the life of three animal families; polar bears, whales, elephants.
CURIOUS...why I now can only do one thing at once!!! done, video taping the church service.
FAVORITE...BLOGGING with my friends and family! hear the running of little feet in the dark (my two cats deciding it's time to play!)
SURPRISE...How fast time goes. It seems like someone else's story of hip surgery, rehab, and now home for 7 weeks! To look back it's like, "Did that really happen?" But, all I have to do is stand up and my knee reminds me!
Love to you all, Susan