A to Z Blogging Challenge: F is for Fasting

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

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It took many years and trying many different eating habits before I learned that fasting is the best, healthiest weight control method for me.  It is easy, doesn’t cost anything, can be done anywhere and best of all, for me it works.  I only eat between 0900 and 1500.  It is that simple.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: E is for Elephant

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

At some point in my young, adult life I began collecting elephants. I think the first was a heavy, stone bookend from Korea. I have many elephants from many places made of all different kinds of materials.  I have inadvertently passed on my elephant love to my son in the stuffed animal version.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: D is for Dappled

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

I am not a sun person but I do love to be outside.  I like walks in forests and roofed front porches.  In the summer my favorite place to picnic is in the dappled area under a big, leafy tree.  I love the gentle, balanced mix of shade and sunlight; warmth and coolness.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: C is for Chocolate Chip

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

I doubt my cookies on the island would be this fancy though.

I am pretty open-minded and adventurous and like trying new things. I find it hard to pick favorites. But if I had to hang out on a dessert island (see what I did there?) for days with only two desserts I know they would be chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: B is for Brownies

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

Brownie with dried cherries and pecans, my favorite stash for the freezer.

Brownies are the ultimate all seasons dessert. 

Spring: serve cake like brownies with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Summer:  top a fudgy brownie with mint chocolate chip ice or orange sherbet.

Autumn:  make turtle brownies swirled with caramel and pecans.

Winter:  bake a brownie crusted cheesecake topped with cherry sauce for the holidays.

The recipe says an 8 x 8 pan makes 24 brownies? Ha! Even cutting them into sixteenths seems kind of tiny.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: A is for Autumn

This month I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. Enjoy!

No doubt autumn is my favorite season.  The perfect indoor season for hot tea, candles, movies, books and afghans.  The perfect outdoor season with crisp blue skies, colorful leaves, hikes, football and apple picking.  And the smells… wood smoke, roasting turkey, apple pie and simmering crockpot chili as rain plinks against the windows.

Happy A to Z April!

A to Z Blogging Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

I participated once before in the A to Z Challenge and while I found it fun, it was a challenge as I waited until the last minute to start. You really have to do at least some homework ahead of time and be organized. So this year I am ready! I am using my joy list as my theme. A little over a year ago I started a Joy List in my BUJO conveniently arranged alphabetically. In January I started writing posts. Somewhere along the way I decided each entry should be 53 words long. Yes, I totally borrowed this idea from Carrot Ranch and I went with 53 because that is my age.

In February I built the posts adding pictures along the way. In early March the A to Z badges became available and I was able to finalize and schedule the posts, finishing just before starting another round of census work.

I mostly used my own photos but for a few entries it was easier and made more sense to use the free WordPress photos.

And here we go!!

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Theme Reveal

In April I am participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My theme is my Joy (sometimes Gratitude) List and each entry will be 53 words which is my current age. I mostly used my own photos but for a few I used stock photos. The posts will be Monday through Saturday each week for the whole month of April. I hope you enjoy!

But fun too!

Happy A to Z April!

Here and Now

A few months ago I read something to the effect that looking back makes you depressed and looking forward makes you anxious. To be content you have to be in the here and now. This concept really hit home for me. I have put my focus on staying in the present and I have to say I feel so much happier! Now some of this may be due to the settling of the ol’ hormones but really I feel like keeping my attention on today, right now, has been a big difference maker.

I am finding contentment in getting up and seeing what I need and want to do. And then I do it. I don’t worry about tomorrow’s grocery shopping or the school event at the end of the week. Sometimes I make a list for the next day or two to get things out of my head (so I don’t forget about them but it doesn’t mean I have to do them), but overall I have become pretty good at happily being mindfully in the moment.

Gratitude heart I drew. Making the orange part I went into a kind of meditative state and then for each purple heart I thought of someone or something to be grateful for.

I would say the most important thing I learned from my “Magical Mindfulness” 21 day on-line retreat (from Kim Strobel) was that we have control of 40% of our happiness. Fifty percent is genetic and only ten percent is external/environment. I can do a few simple things and be forty percent happier! I say that is worth staying in the moment for.

While Kim gave us six things to think about doing I am sticking with three daily items: gratitude, meditation and exercise. And I’ll do a fourth, random acts of kindness, as often as possible.

My ombre gratitude leaf.

I have to confess that I was really surprised to learn that I have complete control over forty percent of my happiness. Am I the only one who had no idea about this?

Joy List: Summer Solstice Style

Here it is, the longest day of the year. I like to celebrate the solstice because it means now the days will start to get shorter, a good thing for me as I am not a fan of the desert sun. Let the slow creep to autumn begin!

But I still find small ways to enjoy summer:

  • The soft evening sunlight on and through the trees during my end of day swim.
  • Tangy Lemon Italian Ice. Hits the spot in the heat (and during a hot flash).
  • Listening to Cubs baseball on the radio.
  • Finding a glue pen which works great. So much better than the glue sticks which dry out crazy fast here or gummed up Elmer’s glue bottles.
  • Two really good random picks from the library in a row. The first was “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton and then I read the “Long Drive Home” by Will Allison. A short, intense, thought provoking read with a great last sentence.
  • Painting my toenails hot pink.
  • Finally fixing my bedside lamp. The switch has been wonky for months. The lamp is more than 20 years old and I think the switch was getting stripped. I finally took it apart, bought a new socket and swapped it out….all by myself. Didn’t need a Youtube video or any help finding the right socket at Ace. The hardest part was getting the socket in and out, wiring was easy-peasy!
  • Working on getting caught up organizing my digital photos, a lovely trip down memory lane.

Welcome Summer!