Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sesonal Attitude Adjustment

I had been going great guns since my birthday several weeks ago and then something happened. I found it hard to get up and by evening I felt kind of lost. Well I guess my memory isn’t what it used to be because it finally dawned on my that this happens every year!  In the northeast October/November/December bring the darkest days of the year. And every year it takes me some time to get adjusted. So as much as I can, I will try to hold on to my regular routine and remind myself that it really doesn’t last long. December 21st is the shortest day and then it starts getting lighter every day. So if you are like me, hold on and find enjoyment in these days. Maybe a bit more meditation, quiet thought, sleep! Lots of activities that don’t need daylight. It’s yet another reminder that nothing lasts for ever!

It’s Never Too Late

Tonight on the news there was a story about a gentleman who left community college in the late 1960’s to serve during the Viet Nam war. When he returned life happened. He married, raised a family and now has grandchildren. Several years ago he was laid off from his job and couldn’t find work. So he began visiting the local school football field and kicking the ball. He had been a kicker in college. Anyway he continued to practice and then decided that he might as well go back to school. When he enrolled he went to the football coach and asked to try  out for the team. The coach asked if he was sure that this is what he wanted to do and he said yes. He is now the oldest college place kicker ever at 61! His message was that it’s never to late to complete what you started! Great message.


Pre-Occupied by Craft

As you all know I blog about my love of knitting and crochet at This evening at our regular Wednesday gathering of the Bergen Crafters, someone said that a man watched her knit at the laundromat and said ” I haven’t seen anyone do that in years. People around here have better things to do”. Well I thought about that and decided that you may have better things to do but not many that are so satisfying and mind calming. When I am a bit on edge I find knitting/crocheting very soothing and when I finish I have something that some one can use or wear.

Relax I’m not recruiting we have tons of crafter’s out there. What I am suggesting though is that you pick up that hobby and give it another try. You don’t have to spend a lot, start with an inexpensive project. Satisfaction has no dollar amount attached. So buy some crayons, paints, yarn or fabric and get to working. I bet you will feel a real sense of accomplishment when you finish. So okay it’s not the vacation that you wanted or the new car but just for a short time you can enjoy yourself. Try it and see!

I Love the Fall – How About You?

I haven’t had much to say in the last two weeks. Had a cold last week which occupied my body and brain. I am much better this week and again assuming a full schedule. Anyway I have included some pics of my birthday flowers and probably the last harvest of my garden except for my collard greens which will continue to grow to at least another month. I love the fall and all the things that come with it. The beautiful second act of our parks and gardens, the pumpkins, apple picking, an excuse to knit sweaters and shrugs and of course my birthday! I enjoy every day of it. Hope you do too.

Our Garden Produce

My tomatoes, bell peppers and jalapenosBirthday FlowersBirhday Flowers

Still Celebrating my 60th Birthday

All I can say is that I’m blessed. Family was here for my 60th Birthday and even though they were only here over night I am always happy to see. It’s one of those days when I can only say be thankful for what you have. Hope you had a good weekend!

Me (60) and Mom (95) Not bad for old girls!

Me and the Husband

Sixty years of Wisdom

So I turned sixty today! That even amazes me. So here is sixty years of wisdom. Don’t look back. You can’t relive the past,  and quiet as its kept as they say, you can’t change it! Let it go and concentrate on today. There is so much left to do and thinking about what you didn’t do just gets in the way. I am thinking about my next knitting/crochet project and what I can make for the kids for the holidays. I’m thinking about taking a class and there is always my teaching. So look in the direction you’re moving and make sure that’s forward.

Find Something to Celebrate Today

At my age I’m happy to be able to get out of bed and get moving quickly. For many of you that doesn’t seem like much but folks my age and older get it.

Yesterday a helicopter crashed in the Hudson River in New York City and a young woman celebrating her 40th birthday died. Her father celebrating his 71st birthday survived. I felt sad when I heard it and of course her family and friends must be overcome with grief. It was my reminder that we don’t know how long we are going to be here. So don’t wait for birthday’s, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, I could go on.

Find something to celebrate today. Woke up, yeah! Didn’t kill your annoying boss, glass of wine at dinner, yeah! Baby used the potty and not the floor, yeah! You can read my silly post, yeah!

Happy Wednesday.

Stop Looking and Start Receiving

We become so anxious about the search for the next job, next home, whatever that we may miss our blessing. No matter what your  belief system, if you think there is order to the universe, take a deep breath, find your faith and stop looking.

I stopped looking for a full-time job several years ago. I have an interview this week. May not lead to any thing but who knew.

Let go, you really can’t do it.

If you live long enough you may need a hand

Among other things that I did this week was check on an elderly relative who is temporarily in a nursing facility. At least she wants it to be temporary. The bottom line is that she isn’t really capable of taking care of herself any more and since I live in another State, and am responsible for my 95-year-old  mother I can’t do much for her.  No one wants to think about a time in the future when they may be alone. Unfortunately, for many that time comes. We are living longer and through medical advances, we are able to outlive diseases that took our lives in the past.

We hope that there will be someone there to take care of us but no one can be sure. Kid, grand kids, spouses maybe they will be there maybe not. Some of us don’t have them.

So today I am asking everyone to take a look at that senior citizen on you block, in your building, or church and see if you can do anything for them. Your concern may make a world of difference to them. Hopefully someone will do the same for you if the time comes.

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