Hump Day, 2022

So here we are, the middle of the first week of 2022. How does it feel?

I’m pretty tired today. I woke up at 4:45 (yes, a.m.), and the restless night I had is catching up with me . . . at 8 a.m. It’d be easy to give up and lounge on the couch today. I have to resist that at this early hour, as I’d like to keep with my idea of having the house undecorated by Sunday this week. It was sweet, I asked granddaughter Addison if she’d like a couple items I’m not crazy about anymore. And she wants them! I’m happy I have something she’d like to have. It’s important for kids to have some thing from previous generations. I hope granddaughter Kayla will someday want something of mine.

I have a Grandma Book that poses questions for me to answer for one of them, maybe Addison will want it. We’ve had 14 years together, going on 15. I tell her how I’ll never forget Grandma Sandy handing her to me right after she was born. Grandpa’s and Grandma’s had the opportunity to hold her. Sandy brought this beautiful baby to me and said, “It’s your turn now, Grandma.” She smiled, and her brown doe-like eyes with awning-length lashes shone with her tears of joy. She was beautiful. And her heart was, too. I am so grateful we had a strong friendship, not the usual problem between the ex-wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. It was a gift for both of us. Sandy died of lung cancer about eleven years ago.

And now, this young woman is about to turn 15 years old. Wow. What memories! All good ones. She amazes me with her confidence. She’s all about sticking up for herself. I wish I had known about how to do that. It’s a gift to me at this point in my life. Yes, I say I’m late to the party. At least I made it. I’m grateful for that.

The Raabe/Shuck family up in Sioux Falls is about to grow again. Alex and Meagan Shuck will have another baby girl in May! We have so many birthdays in that month! The Babe’s Mom Liz was on the 5th, Mine is the 22nd, the Babe’s is the 24th. I better get to the fabric store for this little one! I think I owe Kenna a quilt, too (and Cory and Amber Davis’ Trisha, too). This Grandma loves to make stuff for babies. And toddlers. It’ll all get done some time.

Psychologically, we know if it’s cloudy outside, that makes a dome over this part of the earth and the weather becomes a bit warmer. It defies logic how our moods lift with sunshine and blue skies; after all, the cold deepens with clear skies! We have sun, blustery winds, and WCI’s of minus to minus 15 below zero. Wow! Lots of people go to Arizona, Texas, Florida or Mexico during this time in a Nebraska Winter. I don’t blame them, really.

These temperatures don’t do a lot for my arthritis, my broken ankle hardware, or my ailing shoulder. At the same time, I’m grateful I don’t have Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s terribly crippling. See? Yes, we can find positive things when we’re not feeling well, we are tired, we feel the ravages of aging and injury. I’ll be fine. I’m certain of it.

I want to straighten up the area around my sewing machine today. I didn’t quilt my cardinal quilt but want to get it done and displayed this weekend, too. Goals, all help a lot. I’ll get stuff done. We’ll be ahead of the game before we know. Small steps. Patience. It’s all part of our process of the word for my year. “Progress.” I have lots of ideas, lots of plans. Stick around, and I’ll share them with you! Stay warm today, stay inside if you can. We’ll see each other tomorrow!

Wow! Progress Continues!

Sometimes you just have to tell yourself you are doing a great job. It helps a lot to make yourself work harder. I may be on to something that could help my writing. My motto from before was “Write First.” It seems the past couple days, I get a lot of cleaning up tasks completed before writing. It’s when my energy is at it’s highest and I get quite a few things done.

When I start to be tired, I can sit down and write then. It may now be “Write Second.” I’ll have to try it for a week or so and see if that’s what my new answer is to making more progress than I have been. Life is a series of adjustments and it doesn’t stop when you retire.

As human beings, we are programmed to work. This includes not only earning a living to provide for our care, but also the work of creation by our minds and hearts, our imagination and visions. Creating art, writing, composing, it’s all part of the work that satisfies our need to work and create.

Once I set my new daily priorities and they become habits, it will be much easier to do everything; clearing clutter, keeping ahead of caring for our home, enjoying my creative pursuits (quilting, writing, etc.). What are you doing differently than last year? Is it drastically different? Is it better? Or do you need to try something different?

I have some cute decorations of snowmen, shovels, etc. I’ve decided to use now since it’s still winter. It keeps the house from looking so bare, and it’s fun for the rest of the season. Yes, most folks talk about hating snow. I do love other seasons than spring and fall. Winter has it’s merits.

We have a coyote inspecting his territory the last few days. On Nextdoor App, the Babe told me someone mentioned a coyote was curled up on their back deck. They scared it away, but these guys must be cold. A few years ago, someone left a small (tiny) dog outside alone, and a coyote grabbed it and ran off. That’s a shame. I don’t worry about our dogs, they’re pretty sturdily built girls, and would put up a struggle. Before they ran away. So happy we had the yard fenced when we moved in. It was a very good investment, especially being wrought iron.

As we try and get the swing of things, remember; you can always modify your plan for the next year. Tweak your tasks. Make them work for you and what you need to do. It’s you plan, do it how you need to. Let’s have a great evening and see each other again tomorrow. Be safe out there.