Category: NEW YEARS
Oh my, can you believe it’s the first day of 2020? HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU! I cannot believe how fast time goes, not just this past year, but this past decade! We are 20% done with a century that seemed unimaginable when I was a girl! My plan is to go simpler in ALL things. I started awhile back and have even donated MANY Christmas decorations and such already. I LOVE streamlining my life.
This was a tough year, but not as tough as many have been. And I’m so blessed to still be here and more so to actually realize that. Many say it was a bad year and I agree there were MANY ups and downs, but you know what? That’s life! It’s NEVER ALWAYS up or always down and our ability to ride this roller coaster we call life with a smile on our face is what makes it worth living – knowing there is ALWAYS good to come our way.
In 2020 my wish is to accomplish my list of goals, which is NOT a resolutions list, but a realistic list of things that have needed done in my life to uncomplicate it and make it more enjoyable. Many of the things on that list just happen to mean doing things simpler than I’ve done them before 😀 My wish is that others realize that simple IS BETTER also. Our world has become so unnecessarily complicated! It’s time we uncomplicate it and get back to the JOY of living it!
Every year I plan on getting more organized than the last. 😀 That said, I’m actually a fairly well organized person, a list maker and love things clean, but sometimes I do give in to the clutter when I’m not feeling great. The one thing I do religiously though is meal plan.
To start the year off right I sat down and made my January meal plan and even part of February. I organized it right down to the cookbooks I’m referencing during the month for new experimental recipes and even color coded them for ease of use. Thursdays are traditionally my C.O.R.N. (clean out refrigerator nights) because it’s also trash night, so the timing is perfect! If I happen to miss a meal I will simply add it to an upcoming month in an attempt to clean out all my recipe scraps and notes. My ultimate goal in 2020, at least for meal planning, is to have a WORKING menu planner full of notes that make an easy reference for future meals.
It’s the last day of 2018. Can you believe we made it? Sometimes I really wonder how we made it through the last several years with all the ups, downs and challenges thrown our way. Many times it actually felt as if actual gauntlets were thrown down in BOLD FACE challenges.
There were heartbreaking losses of loved ones and fur children, major surgery and life adjustments, a MAJOR move brought on by family betrayal as well as many other happenings that have taught me just how strong I really am. ALL and ALL I am grateful to be alive and here to learn from those lessons. I am declaring 2019 the year of POSITIVITY and am going to embrace it with an open heart AND an open mind to learn from the lessons of the past. That said, I obviously don’t know what is in store for me this next year, but I’m praying for a much easier and productive 2019.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and I pray your year is also filled
with JOY, HAPPINESS, HEALTH and FAMILY!
May 2018 be what 2007-2017 were supposed to be!
Honestly, I’m looking forward to better things in the days to come.
I’m not going to dwell on the past, BUT I am certainly going to focus on making 2018 the best year yet!
OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE
It’s 22 with the wind chill and I’m staying inside! Highs this week are only supposed to be in the 30’s before wind chill so I’m avoiding the outside except for my follow up with the surgeon later this week.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE
Green Tea and Banana
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE / WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS
- LAUNDRY… quite a few loads this week, towels, bedding and clothing
- LIVING AREAS… hubby is planning on doing a deep clean today and tomorrow – I can’t wait until I can do it again (the way I like)
- KITCHEN… pretty clean
- STUDIO… is mainly storage these days so nothing going on there
- YARD… nothing much after the weekend storms, just too wet to do anything
- BLOG… some recipe updating, future post planning and holiday post planning
CURRENTLY READING & TELEVISION / DVR
- BIG BANG THEORY, YOUNG SHELDON
- THE GOOD PLACE, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, GREAT NEWS
- MACGYVER, SCORPION, BLINDSPOT, ORVILLE
- NCIS, NCIS NEW ORLEANS and NCIS LA, CRIMINAL MINDS, S.W.A.T.
- MADAM SECRETARY, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, WISDOM OF THE CROWD
- CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO MED
- BRAVE, VALOR, SEAL TEAM
- LAW & ORDER SVU, BLUE BLOODS, HAWAII 5-0
- Z NATION, WALKING DEAD, FLASH, DC LEGENDS, SUPERGIRL
- THIS IS US, ONCE UPON A TIME, THE GOOD DOCTOR
- GUY’S GROCERY GAMES, BEAT BOBBY FLAY, BOBBY AND DAMARIS, BAKED IN VERMONT, KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, WORST COOKS IN AMERICA
- WHEN CALLS THE HEART
MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK
LOL, I get to “switch” diets midweek, but I have to tell you there isn’t much difference between them. And honestly I’m (well, my body) NOT ready for regular food despite the cravings for it.
SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK
- ALMOND WALNUT DANISH
- ASIAGO SHRIMP RISOTTO
- TEX MEX MEATBALL SOUP
- PIQUANT CHICKEN with CHARRED TOMATO SAUCE
- CANDIED MAPLE THYME CARROTS
- BEST HOMEMADE DINNER ROLLS
- SWEET ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE
- EGG NOG CUPCAKES with RUM CARAMEL
- SLOW COOKER BARBACOA
- SWEET ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE
- BBQ BACON ROAST CHICKEN
HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS
ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY
On Christmas eve at a party we go to every year that has tons of scrumptious food that I couldn’t eat, a friend asked me if I had hit the depression yet. I just stared at her for a few minutes and thought what are you talking about? Then it hit me, what I’ve been feeling is a form of PTSD, especially after the hospital stay from hell starting with a recovery nurse that deserves to be fired – I did speak with the patient liaison about the major mistreatment that occurred. But, the reality is MY life was completely upended while I slept through surgery. Decisions were made I was not a party to and when I woke up from surgery and was told EVERYTHING about how I lived would be completely different for the rest of my life I have to admit I didn’t even know how to process that information.
Fortunately, I refuse to get depressed. There are some bad days, but I am coping and will continue to think positively, take it as a challenge and adjust.
FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA
Hubby set Ava up to guard the stockings on Christmas Eve. 😀
Make most, if not all of next year’s Christmas gifts by hand and tailored to each person’s likes/dislikes
Get my kitchen in order ~ I used to (before the nightmare of the house came to life) make my menus a month in advance. This was really helpful to our budget also. If a recipe called for half of an onion on Monday, I’d make sure to follow it with a recipe on Tuesday that called for the other half. During that time we tried at least 1 new recipe per week so I could try to empty the shoebox (my husband just reminded me that there 3, not “1” of these) FULL of recipes that I’d cut out from newspapers, magazines and such. That never worked because I always filled it right back up, but now it’s overflowing and desperately needs thinning out!!!!!!
Limit my craft & fabric purchases to ONLY the items I need to make things using mostly materials that I already own and finish ALL the quilts that are already started.
Take a walk daily (weather permitting or not) OR AT LEAST use the treadmill, it’s already here after all!
Force myself to eat breakfast ~ today was a bowl 1/2 Cheerios & 1/2 Special K with bananas.
- Continue my volunteering efforts, even if it’s just a home project for something I already support.
Write some freelance newspaper/magazine articles
(Here’s the big scary one I’ve avoided for more years than I care to admit) I will write the novels that have been swirling in my head and doodled on paper for years. I have the plots, characters, synopsis and the settings. I’ve conversed with the characters like they are old friends and family, I’ve developed the towns, supporting characters and walked through the houses and buildings like I built them myself. I know everyone’s likes, dislikes, personality traits and idiosyncrasies. I know all the dogs in town and who rides their bike to work or walks. I know how deep and blue the lakes are and how clear the night sky is so much so that all the stars sparkle bright and appear as if you can reach up and pull them down. All I need to do now is capture it all on the blank pages between the colorfully bound covers that I can see so vividly
Try to sell my screenplay (inquiry letters are written and the 1st couple dozen rejection letters are making for a great book).
Find a publisher for the cookbooks I’ve written.
- Try a New Recipe each and every day.