Category Archives: The Main Idea

The main purpose of this blog is to share ideas of reinvetion and transformation for all.

How Much Can I Remember in the Pool?

Keep your face in the water, don’t hesitate  when you breathe, elbows high, glide.  Did I mention that I’m slow as all get out? Oh for goodness sake. Once I start swimming I can barely remember where I am. The coach is having no mercy and that’s what I wanted but yesterday and today I am exhausted. I guess there is progress but it’s not much at this point. I’m not exactly discouraged but… So this evening I’m saying to myself SUCK IT UP and just continue to do what you’re doing. No sympathy needed. Just perseverance on my part. What do you say?

Triathlon Training — The Saga Continues

Did I mention that my Triwomen group will begin a 13 week training program  in June. The Danskin which is now the Irongirl will take place at Sandy Hook in New Jersey on September 8th. They say that to take part in the training we need to be able to swim for 20 minutes, ride for 30 minutes, and run/walk for 20 minutes. Well I’m working on the swimming and if I don’t do freestyle I can swim for at least 30 minutes. Haven’t started the other two yet. Since I haven’t written in close to 20 years I am most concerned about that. In about two weeks I will be back in the park walking and hopefully that will improve monthly. I should be good for at least 45 minutes to begin. Just do it keeps coming to mind. What do you think Triathletes?

Is It All In My Head????

Today at the pool Corey (our coach) got in the water with us. There were only a few of us so he could spend time looking at our strokes and making suggestions. So I have talked about my lack of stamina and how I do 25 yards  freestyle but half way back I start gasping for air. So Corey asked me a series of questions. Do my arms hurt? No. My legs? No.  How often do I take a breath? Every four strokes. I told him I am not sure I am out of breath but I start having difficulty maintaining my rhythm about half way back. He thought about it for a minute and he said ” do your lap and when you get to the end of the pool turn around and swim back to the first line”. Do that until you are comfortable and then go to the second line etc. until you are back at the other side. The man is brilliant. I believe that the problem is psychological and we will see. I have a plan for tomorrow. Yeah!

Best coach on the East Coast

Best coach on the East Coast

Thanks for Following Me!

I write two blogs for anyone who doesn’t know and at one point I was trying to do both every day. That’s tough. I decided to only write in this one when I have something that I feel I have to say. My knit/crochet blog gets a post every day. It is wonderful to be able to express one’s self and I really appreciate those of you who read my words.

I want to offer hope when you need it and a laugh when you can use one. What we have in common should outweigh our differences and sometime you just need to know that someone else shares the same things that you are going through.

So I want to thank those of you that follow me and I hope that we’ll be together for a long time.

Happy Monday!

Your First Responsibility This Year – Yourself

I went to a wake today. I have known this young woman since she was a child. She died Christmas day of complications of a life with diabetes. She was 41 years old. She was a wife and mother and one of the nicest people you ever want to meet. It was really sad. Her mother said to me please take your diabetes seriously and do every thing that you can to keep it in check.

Point well taken. None of us know if what we do will be enough. Enough to prevent, enough to reverse but one thing is for sure. Doing nothing will get us no where. I must be my priority to be of any use to anyone else. I wanted to mention this to all of you.

I know that many of us are going through financial ,  relationship, family, school, job traumas but you have to suck it up and make sure that you are first. No guilt. Take care of yourself. Need to visit the doctor, do it. Automatic withdrawal  for the gym and you don’t go, start now.  Need a time out take it. I scheduled my workouts for the next eight weeks. Can’t forget, it’s on the calendar. Hope some of you will join me.

I’m Going to Live like a Doozer in 2012

Fraggle Rock was one of my favorite kids shows ever. Can’t say that my son shared my love for the show but I never missed it. My favorite characters were the Doozers. These little guys spent all of their time mining, designing and building various structures. They use radish dust to create these structures which it turns out was the Fraggles favorite food.

So what’s my point? If you ever watched this show you know that in the middle of construction the Fraggles would just walk up and break a piece of Doozer construction off and eat it. The Doozers would stop for a moment and then just return to their task. Rebuilding what had been eaten. Wow! That’s the lesson. When somebody rains on your parade, just keep working. Take a breath and pick up where you left off. I won’t be daunted this year. I may have to restart a few times but so what. Good enough for the Doozers, good enough for me.

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

‘Obituary for Common Sense”

One of my friends sent this to me. I can’t give credit to the author because I don’t know who it is. If you didn’t see it please read it here:

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:


– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

– Why the early bird gets the worm;

– Life isn’t always fair;

– And maybe it was my fault.


Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies –  don’t spend more than you can earn and adults, not children, are in charge.


His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.


Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.


Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.


Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.


Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.


Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.


Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason.


He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, I’m A Victim.


Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, do nothing.


What Does It Take To Appreciate the Nice Days?

Today was a beautiful clear day in New Jersey. The humidity was low, the sky was clear and there was a pleasant breeze. Everyone I met today commented on how nice the day was. This evening I stopped to consider how really nice the day was and I wondered if I had truly expressed my gratitude at such a lovely day. For many people it was just another busy work day. If they didn’t get out at lunchtime they may have only caught a bit of it going to and coming from work. Busy working people  may not have really had a chance to consider how nice it was. For the under and unemployed it may have just been another day that didn’t see end meet.  My pastor often says that we can only appreciate the nice days because we have experienced the bad ones. While you may not see celebrating the cloudy, stormy days they are necessary. Believe me they make the nice days so much sweeter.

My Garden Pays Off

My Garden results

I am very proud of my garden. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment. How wonderful it is to go outside and pick a tomato or pepper and make my own salad. Yesterday I made a wonderful casserole with my tomato and summer squash that was wonderful. I would love to see pictures from your garden. Let me know what you have grown.