12 Things to Share is my first post in a long while, and my writing soul is not happy because I love to share, but I have been too busy working and play and planning (so that I can travel later) to write very much. I need to re-prioritize my life again which I think happens to us all on a regular basis or it should. I am happy that I recognize that, so we will see what life unfolds.
What I have written is in notebooks and scraps of paper on planes or late at night and needs serious revision. (Yes, I need to re-think this and write more because it soothes my soul and allows my small spark of creativity to flow.)
- If you are packing for two trips simultaneously, make sure you put the right things in the right suitcase.
The contact cases that I have mentioned before are the most wonderful liquid traveling accessories for flying. I use the cases for liquid make up, moisturizer, retina A, toothpaste, etc… I can do the quart flying limit with a little space left over by using the hotels shampoo, conditioner and lotion.
- Michigan and Indiana people are very nice, kind and hospitable. (Their ancestral lines must be Southern or either our folks came from the North.)
Great places I have eaten in these cities:
South Bend, Indiana: Rocco’s Pizza
Battle Creek, MI: Clara’s on the River, Malia’s, Addington Hills Café
St. Joseph, MI: The Boulevard Inn &Bistro
The Michigan shoreline is beautiful, and I have only seen one area. I hope to see more soon.
- Ole Miss is everywhere– planes, meetings, airports!
Tailgating family is family even though you may only spend seven Saturdays a year together. We will miss Ms. Peg’s laughter, hugs, chess squares and smiles so much this year.
- The history of Notre Dame is impressive, and the dome is unbelievable. Touchdown Jesus was pretty awesome also. The three Notre Dame Football players that I met were nice, polite and respectful guys.
Glenn Simmons via Compfight
- I am thankful for the disappointments and failures and the successes that led me to where I am today!
- Gigi Land is a happy land. When my grandson reaches for me or when he sees me and his eyes twinkle, it makes the heart happy. How do little ones know where “their bread is buttered”? Unconditional love is such a rare and precious thing.
- I love being the passenger on a motorcycle. I will not or should not ever be the driver, and my friends are saying, “No, you should not.” Lester Public Library via Compfight
- To be physically fit, I must have a trainer/coach. I am unable to push myself beyond my comfort zone. It may go back to the eight years of basketball or track when someone told me to run this amount, and I knew I could not stop, but I need someone to tell me what I am going to do. The warm-up in Fit Camp would be my entire work out if I was in charge. I have never felt better! It makes me feel strong and confident and not just physically- it makes me feel mentally stronger. The participants also make it great. There is no judgement, and there is no negativity: it is a positive part of everyone’s day. If one participant can do 50 burpees and I can do 15, it is ok.
Food Prep is the key as Casey our wonder woman trainer tells us! Having almonds, beef jerky and cauliflower with me on a driving trips helps. Convenience stores and fast food restaurants are bad places to fuel your body.
- Doing a good deed makes you feel good! Remember to Pay It Forward!
- I do not like yard work anymore and that is ok. I had rather work more and pay someone to do it. I want my flowers to look beautiful, but I do not want to pull the grass out between the flowers.
- House renovation project #47 was a success. It is amazing what new doors, light switches, and a new coat of paint and new cabinet doors will do for your home.I mixed three old paints and came up with the color in my living area and kitchen. It was perfect: I think it was divine intervention.
The decorating is another story; I was not given that gene. It is very much like fashion to me. You were blessed with it or you were not.
What do I keep? What do I give away? What do I buy? How do I utilize what I have? I have been looking at the collection of “do not wants and do not know what to do with” for a month… Maybe this week.
Caution: I wanted new paint, new doors and light switches and electrical outlets then I looked at my horrible white enamel cabinets with a red thing down the front. They had to go! There is a domino effect… I want to do this, so now I want to do this… Add money to the projected cost when you are financing a renovation, but oh, it is so worth it.
Now for #48- the big den—the football watching party room! This will be next.
- Read Four Friends by Robyn Carr. It sheds a new light on friendships and menopause!
Have a great week!