Monday, December 10, 2018
Today is the 10th day of Advent. It is flying by which makes me sad because I am really having a good Advent.
What makes this Advent any different that any other? I believe attitude. Things are different for me this year and I am not sure why but my priorities are changing and I am taking a good, long look at my habits and seeing where some changes need to be made and I am making a plan to change them. I am not looking long term, though, I am looking one day at a time.
The first thing that I have changed this year is shopping. I decided that my gift giving would not require me to enter a mall, buy wrapping paper or find the scotch tape. That decision has made me infinitely happy.
My husband and I do something a little different for each other and we have done this for a couple of years. I buy what I want and he buys what he wants -- with a limit, of course -- and then we open each others gifts. Silly? Yep. But it is fun and we usually buy online so we don't wrap, we just stick a bow on the shipping box.
I have multiple health "issues" -- they sort of all build on each other -- it is like skipping a rock across water and the ripple effect that occurs. None of these issues are life threatening yet but could be when I get old. Hahahahaha -- she laughs maniacally.
So, I was reviewing how I spend my time. The majority of the time I am sitting with my computer on my lap. I complain I have no time for exercise or devotions. I am my own worst enemy. So, I decided to make a mental list of the things I want to do that I feel like I don't have time for and this is what I did.
I let my computer battery die.
??? you say? Well,when I get up I make a cup of tea and then plug the dead computer. It takes a while for it to recharge so I take that time to read my devotional and start my day in prayer.
The devotional I am using is called "Jesus Calling". It is a collection of dated, daily devotional readings. I need to do more but this is a start.
The next issue is exercise. My knees are bad which is in turn making my ankles bad. I need to exercise. I have a little peddler that I sit in a chair and "ride" so I after I got up this morning and read my devotion I limped upstairs to ride the "bike". I am not even thinking about tomorrow, I accomplished it today and that was the goal. Living one day at a time -- I understand it is a good thing to do.
I am reading a book by a favorite author, Jennifer Chiaverini, titled "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker". I am not enjoying it. It is a lot of military history and I am finding that boring. I won't give up on the book, it will be the last of my challenge for the year, I think. I might manage to squeeze in another offering in the Made In Savannah series -- the new book #11 but they are easy reads. I am also reading a book recommended by my granddaughter. It is part of the I Survived series and is titled "I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967". Yes, it is for ages 9-12 but I don't mind telling you it is well written and more than a little scary. Not something I would have picked up at age 8.
A few months ago I tried "keto" with my daughter and managed to eliminate sweets from my diet. I have a huge sugar craving -- maybe not a true addiction -- but a definite preference. I decided to introduce a few cookies back into my day and bam! will power gone and the sugar taking control again. I need to work on that so starting today I am fighting the urge to grab a handful of Hershey kisses as I walk by the kitchen. Again, one day at a time. See if I can get through today. I bet I can!
Ok, my allotted computer time is up, my second cuppa is gone and now I am off to the kitchen to deal with dinner early. That is another bear I need to wrestle -- food prep. Let's see what I can come up with today!
Have a wonderful day!