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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 ~ Here I Come

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season,  I for one did and hope for many more great holidays.

At the beginning of each year I try to set goals for myself.  No resolutions - GOALS.  Many times I come no where near reaching my goal but I have found that eventually over years I reach each goal.

Here is my list of my goals for 2020 ......
  • Spend more time with family and friends 
  • Be Frugal with money and resources
  • Walk daily - even in terrible weather - this one is going to be a real challenge :)
  • Be Kinder
  • Work harder at accepting what I can not change
  • Eat healthier 
  • Be more thankful for what I have
  • Volunteer more at Cancer Center performing Reiki
  • Meditate daily

WOW while reading my list it seems very simple....

I need to be kinder, forgiving, and pay forward my blessings.  Take control of my health and finances. Only deal with what I have control over.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Happy Holidays

Diesel and I want to Wish 
Everyone 
Very Happy Holiday Season

Our wish for all is that 
2020 
brings you 
Peace and Joy.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Thankful December 2019


For December, I have decided to be Thankful for a different thing each day of the month.  Each day being a different thankful.
Related image I am hoping that each day when I wake I will know what I am thankful for that day.  

I am looking forward to a month of thankfulness.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Pink Christmas Tree ................

Every Thanksgiving after our dinner at Cracker Barrel - Isa, Dawn and I head out Early Black Friday Shopping.  This year we really did not have much on our list to buy.  
We went to Ulta – Isa’s favorite store. Then we headed to Michael's for f crafting items, then onto Big Lots.  
While checking out Big Lots Isa my 16 year old granddaughter sees this PINK Christmas Tree  She loved the PINK tree!  I was like no way!!!   Isa asked “Nana do you think they will have the tree in stock?”  I say “of course they will. Who wants a PINK tree?” 
Well guess what!  Nana was WRONG – The PINK tree is the most popular tree in 2019.  They were sold out and so was every Big Lots in a 100 mile radius.  Isa was heart broken.  Dawn, my daughter told her to go ask if she can purchase the display tree.  Isa took off to find the sales clerk that helped her look for the tree. She found him – he went to the store manager - the store manager said “Sure” - Isa was able to buy the PINK tree floor model.
Isa owned a PINK Christmas Tree!  
After Big lots we headed to Michael's to find ornaments that Isa thought would be pretty on her tree.  A hour later Isa had a basket full of adorable ornaments.
  Nana was WRONG!!!!  
Everyone would love a 
Pink Christmas Tree!

Isa's Pink Christmas Tree 
is adorable!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The holidays are here

I don’t know about you –but I love the holidays.  I love everything about them.  Over the years the most important thing I have learned is 
“Don’t Stress the Small Stuff”. 

What about those family traditions that have been around for years and years?  They no longer fit into your life style – it is time to start new traditions.

Here are a few easy ways to make the holidays stress free: 

  • I hate to cook – so making a huge turkey dinner was extremely stressful for me.  It took me about 30 years to realize no one really cared where we ate.  About 10 years ago we decided to have our Thanksgiving Dinner at Cracker Barrel.  We love it!!! My grandkids think this is the only way to correctly celebrate Thanksgiving.  We turned a long time tradition (my mother – my grandmother) all cooked Thanksgiving Dinner into our own tradition.    Some say to me – that is terrible you expect people to have to work so you can enjoy your Thanksgiving Dinner.  Well let me tell you the staff at Cracker Barrel are fighting for hours on Thanksgiving.  Every year our waitress or waiter has told me they love working Thanksgiving. They are only allowed to work 4 hours because so many staff want to work. Last year’s waitress told me she is a single mother and she earns enough in tips during the 4 hours that she totally pays for Christmas for her family.  She was so thankful that we have make Cracker Barrel our tradition Now I am not sure what my Grand-kids are going to do if they get married or if Cracker Barrel closes. Guess it will be time for them to make their own traditions.  If they want to change when they get married and have a family - count this Nana into their plans. Nothing in my life is set in stone.
  •  Set spending limits and stick to them.  My spending limits change from year to year, just like my life.
  • Make your gifts – I start thinking about what gift I am going to make right after the holidays. My gifts are small but they are made with love. 
  • Let someone else do the cooking – this year I am ordering hot beef as the main course.  Each person has a favorite side: green bean casserole – mac n cheese – mashed potatoes – cheesy hash brown casserole and ice cream cake. So every year I buy the main entrĂ©e and make the sides.  Saves me lots of time.
  • Cookies – every year I used to make cookie – fudge – all kinds of treats. Everyone loved them but they do not miss them.  Instead of taking all kinds of homemade sweets to my daughter’s family – I started buying boxes of fruit from the local high school band.   For the last 7 years I have been taking a box of grapefruit, apples, oranges, and pears to my daughter’s home about 2 weeks before Christmas.  My grandchildren LOVE it!!  My daughter is an excellent cook and they always have plenty to eat. Her cupboards are always stocked with sweet, snacks, and fruit.  The fruit is the biggest hit – no idea why – maybe because it is only a Christmas thing?
  • Say “NO” – I plan my Christmas outings.  I try not to overdue and I always keep days just for me. Saying “YES” to everything is extremely dangerous – many times you can overbook yourself and that is a definite STRESS builder.
  • I always send Christmas cards to my family and close friends.  I start the week of Thanksgiving placing the cards on the counter in my card box – in
    between doing things in the kitchen I will fill out a card and sit it in a pile. Before you know it I have all my cards ready for mailing. Makes it much easier than sitting down and trying to do them all at once. 
Even Diesel dresses up for the holidays. He makes a very cute reindeer.   
These are just a few of my ways to make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable.  Please remember no one expects perfection. NO ONE!!!  
If someone does – maybe delete them from you holiday list!!!  
Just sayin!!!

Have a Very Blessed Thanksgiving