A Bride for the Sheriff

A Bride for the Sheriff

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Days twenty-thirty

Day Twenty- Add some variety to that daily walk.
As you get stronger, go a bit further. I’ve been slowly increasing my time on the treadmill. I started at twenty minutes and now I’m up to thirty minutes and I’ve increased the incline a bit. If you are walking outdoors, take another route, go up and down hills, anything to keep it fresh. Walk with another person if you can. Take your children. The time goes so much faster and it’s a good way to hear what’s going on in the lives of others.! And the sense of well-being is great!
Day Twenty-One- Try a new grocery item.
Check out the organics section of your grocery store and buy one new item to try. Today I found an organic brand of tea that looks delicious. It was only a few cents more than my regular brand. Next time I’ll try a different type of yogurt. Couldn’t hurt and it was fun to wander through the aisles.

Day twenty-two Turn off the cell phone.
Go outside to play with the kids or the dog. In an old episode of M*A*S*H Dr. Sydney Freeman advices a grumpy group of medics, “Take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice!”
Day twenty-three- Chuckle at the antics of others.
Grab the daily paper and read the comics first. Peanuts always makes me smile with Snoopy’s antics and the gang playing baseball. I love the wisdom of Linus. Maybe you prefer Garfield or Dagwood Bumstead. 
Day twenty-four-Call an old friend from high school.
Share a good laugh over the silly things you did together.  Hearing their voice is better than reading their words on a social media site. Guaranteed to make you smile.
Day twenty-six-Dust off your wedding album and look through it with your spouse.
The memories of that special day might just bring a few smiles. Who says you have to wait until your anniversary to reminisce?
Day twenty-seven-Invite friends over for a casual evening.
Make a pot of stew or chili, heat up some crusty rolls and plug in a good movie. We enjoy classics from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Casting was suburb! Or pull out the board games or cards if you prefer.
 Day twenty-eight- Write a note and mail it.
In this day and age of tweets, emails, Skype, and Facebook people rarely get paper mail yet I still notice they comb through the mailbox looking for something good. So jot a postcard or scribble a couple of paragraphs to someone who’d love to hear from you. You’ll have fun imaging their smiles when they read it and you’ll make someone’s day. Not a bad trade-off for a couple minutes of effort. 
Day Twenty-nine.Do something fun for you!
Sleep in, stay up late, take a bubble bath, go window shopping. Whatever  you want.
Day thirty- Reflect on the past month.
If you kept a journal read back through it. Take stock of where you are. I expect my clothes to be a looser and my muscles to be a bit firmer. I also expect my eyes to be clearer and my smile a bit wider.
THE REST OF OUR LIVES  Review notes as needed, write our own assignments. We are in charge of making ourselves happier. Not our spouse, not our children, not our friends, Us. And now we know how! Class dismissed.  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Days eighteen and nineteen

Day Eighteen-Commit to healthier eating with a partner.
Statistics say we are more likely to stick to a plan if we have to be accountable to someone else. I plan to call a friend today and ask her if she’s willing to go along with me. Maybe that will work for others too.
Day Nineteen-Add some light weights to your walking routine.
I’m not a personal trainer and I don’t claim to know what’s best for you but there is a lot of info available on weights, repetitions, specific exercises out there. I’ll be asking my school’s physical education teacher. I’ll bet you know someone too. It’s just not necessary to join an expensive gym.

New lower prices on e-books!

One of my goals this year is to save money. I figure others might want to do this too so I have lowered the price of my e-books to $2.99. Now you can own all three for under $10.00. So if you've been waiting to buy now is the time. Thanks and tell your friends. I'd also appreciate you  posting reviews if you've enjoyed them.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Days Twelve through Seventeen

Yup- I got behind again. here we go...

Day Twelve- Discover a new recipe and teach yourself to prepare it.
 If you’re like me you have several cookbooks but make the same thing over and over again. Recipes are everywhere- cookbooks, magazines, internet, food packages. Last week I was staring at a pound of ground beef,  my eyes glazed over. I stepped into my pantry and somehow my hands grabbed onto a box of onion soup mix I don’t even remember buying. On the back was a recipe for meatloaf. I made it and my husband raved. Cha-ching! Another recipe for busy nights. I can throw it together and do something I want while it bakes. Throw in potatoes to bake while you’re at it. Happy, happy!
Day Thirteen-Unclutter one small area of your house (and your mind while you’re at it.)
I know, I know, all these women’s magazine tell you how to simplify your life by uncluttering your entire house and then provide links to buy expensive storage boxes and baskets. Whew. I’m more stressed then when I started. Forget that. In five minutes you can clean out that kitchen junk drawer or your dresser drawer.  Just do one small area. The sense of accomplishment will amaze you. Give yourself permission to stop there but I’ll bet you’ll keep on going…
Day Fourteen-Learn to say a prayer at all meals.
 We should be thankful for all graces given to us. It’s a nice way for our families to appreciate all God has done for us. Children need positive examples .Try it, we all need to give appreciation for our blessings.

Day Fifteen- Start a food journal.
Write down everything you eat for the next two weeks. I tried this and was amazed at all the candy I was consuming. No wonder I have a muffin top. I put away the candy dish. Hey, it’s a start.
Day Sixteen. Decide to take a walk after dinner. Every day.
As I write this it’s 20 degrees and there’s snow on the ground so I’m heading downstairs to walk on the treadmill. I don’t like doing it but I will feel better once I am done. You will too. 
Day Seventeen- Consider your portion sizes.
The women’s magazines are full of articles on how to lose weight. Lately the advice is that we should view our plate as divided into sections. One half of the plate should be leafy greens and fruit, one fourth lean meat, one fourth whole grains. I’m going to give that a try. Oh yes, I’ll fill my plate at the counter so I won’t be tempted to take seconds.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I'm catching up on posts.

Okay, I knew it would happen. I got behind on posting and reflecting so here we go. Reflections for day seven-I suggested going to a new place in town so I did. I stopped at a small antique store called Murphy's Bay in Council Bluffs. It was delightful as was the owner, Becky King. If you live near there, stop in. It is located off Madison Avenue near the Goodwill.

Day eight-Break the reading rut. As a writer I try to learn about my craft. I started a great book by Omaha author Cheryl St. John called Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict. Already it's been helpful.

Day nine. Operating your vehicle. I learned how to operate the seat warmer. Very nice in this cold weather!

Day ten. Exercise your creativity. I'm enjoying cross-stitching again. Evenings stitching are good for lowering blood pressure too.

Day eleven. Change in style. By shopping in my closet I have put together a couple of new outfits. Cost=$0. That makes me happy!

Days Nine through Eleven

Day Nine. Operate your vehicle more effectively.
Do you know how to use all of the features of that car sitting in your garage?
I bought a new car this summer, the first one in ten years. It has so many features and technologies on it I can barely operate it. I was feeling overwhelmed the other day when it dawned on me. I don’t have to learn everything about it all at once. Now I have the owner’s manual on my nightstand. I try to read a little about it each night. Eventually I’ll know how this big machine operates. Today I actually turned on the cruise control and used it correctly! Hurrah! It’s the small victories!
Day Ten- Exercise your creativity.
If you’re like me you have several craft projects in a box somewhere. I can think of three in-progress cross stitch projects and at least two embroidery projects I’ve started. Now that it’s winter I spend more hours indoors parked in front of the television. I’ve started working again on some pillow cases that I’m making for a relative’s vacation home. I’m learning to relax and letting my brain be creative. When the cases are done they will be a nice thank you gift for letting me use the place. This makes me happy thinking about it.
Day Eleven- Learn to accept something a bit different.
 Change your style of dress a bit. Try a color you don’t usually wear. Or that accessory someone gave you but you haven’t worn. I’m not a big fan of scarves. A couple of years ago I received a bright colored one as a gift. It hung in my closet for well over a year. One drab February day I needed something to cheer me up. At the last minute I threw it on. I got so many complements at work (that felt good) that now I’ve been wearing a scarf about once a week. My style is more polished and I feel more pulled together. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Day Eight

Day Eight. Break the reading rut.
Are you a romance reader? Crazy for mysteries? That’s great but for today try reading something you don’t usually reach for. Try buying or borrowing a different newspaper or book .I picked up a copy of my husband’s Air & Space magazine last week and read and enjoyed a story about an early aviation pioneer. I learned something new!