My last post I emphasized how I will never need a prompt to write anything in my blog/journal. I write crazy stuff and probably quite-a-bit of crazy inappropriate ramblings for anyone to see and read. I figure that it's my blog, and those who visit.. can just move on. Today, I changed my mind on prompts, because I need this. I don't want to set New Year's resolutions, but I'm all for changing in a good way no matter what time of year it is. This is a "Note To Self." I love this because today I actually thought I had to remember making mental notes of quite a few things, as I sat by the side of the road and calling my husband. I never thought of writing it down today.
I went to my usual "swimming class" for exercise, stress-reducer, psychoanalysis, and deep-breathing exercises that our Tai Chi and aerobics provide for me... my classes were canceled! My Steve.. who watches me from the fire station with Google maps go off to swimming about 10 miles away, wondered why I parked outside the facilities. The pool was closed. It happens sometimes and unfortunately our class didn't get the email until we had come to participate. I was going to get a new birdy-friend for my canary so I had my cage. I loaded eggs from our hens to share with everyone, and I'm sure I had egg cartons set-aside for me. Others bring really lovely treats- like fresh fruits. We even bring extra water to share with each other during swimming exercises. It's become part of fun experiences of close friends. I was disappointed. My "note to self" is that I want to remember this is all so good for me. I don't want to find myself not only out-of-shape, but I love my dear, dear friends.
I can do this because it's already a habit, but if something happens that I can't go for awhile, I want to remind myself to go back!
I have to remember as a "note to self" to paint my outdoor furniture in the Spring. I've always waited until just before Fair, which has always been first part of August. I took a lot of my furniture and decorations to enhance our animal stalls. I very ardently fix-up and paint all our metal tables, wooden tables, and benches and even our flower cart, and garden arches at the same time. We don't do Fair anymore and last year I didn't paint because we didn't have another wedding reception. There wasn't the motivation this last year, but this year I want lots of out-door firesides and fresh paint. I want to include the repainting of my porches and our long old-fashioned donkey wagon. Honestly, sounds like work... but I'm really, really getting excited to paint for us at home for our family to gather, use, and not only have great memories, but our pictures will be lovely. We could have our large movie theater from the big projector and lie on the grass and giggle. I might just hang-up all our outside lights. Living outside in the summer is just normal for Southern California when the house becomes hotter than outside. We are those that do without air-conditioning. The redecorating of our outside space gives us more rooms; under a whole ceiling of stars.
I read this prompt on Facebook and wanted to just do something very productive today. My pet-peeve was my Rolodex File with all my passwords, addresses, and phone numbers. I needed to redo all of those so I just began without even writing all this in my blog. I'm almost half done and I'm entering everything and even cross-referencing in an real, retro 1960's address book. Feels good to get that accomplished. Why did I keep that empty, unused, silly address book? The "A-ha Moment" it's for now and I need it. No more flipped file cards ALL over my house.
I want to remember how absolutely grand my life is for me and be sure to thank everyone for making my life beautiful. My attitude and conversation needs to be more optimistic and uplifting. I want to be grateful and appreciate all that I'm so greatly blessed with each day. I want to really "mean it" when I am thankful in my prayers. I also want everyone that blesses me in any little way to know how thankful I am for them. I need more stamps for sure.
Lastly, as a "note to self" I want all my family and dearest friends to know how much I love them and what a great blessing they are, not just to me but to their own family, their friends, and how beautiful they are to everyone. Sometimes I just take model pictures of each one of my grandchildren (snap, snap, snap and flip your hair) and then we sit and I talk about how beautiful they are just between us and how important their lives are here on earth. I NEED to do that MORE! And say that they're beautiful in front of everyone, all the time. My children and grandchildren have so much to give, so much to learn, they're great examples to others, and so there's much to love about each of their lives. I know my picture looks like a Valentine Card, but that's another holiday we need to extend to year-round.
"Note To Self" I need to taste toasted marshmallows tonight and scrub my kitchen floor before my husband gets home. I just dropped a plate of hot dogs for our puppies. That will be a "fine fragrance" for our early morning breakfast! Thank you Cutest Blog On the Block--Great blog post idea, for me.
**Added Feb. 7th 2012:
I have an appointment today and I lifted my purse. "Woe Is Me..." I HAVE to clean my purse. There's a FEW....? "Notes To Self" battling for attention and priority in there. Yes, it's completely heavy and full of sticky notes that jump on my hand saying, "Me, first!"
Diagnosis: Purse is suffering from edema, remove 2 bottles of water & don't call me in the morning.