Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Daybook

 "Every day is a blank page."

FOR TODAY, January 20, 2015

Outside my window . . .my neighborhood is enveloped in fog.  The air is cold and frosty. The dogs beg to be let outside, only to turn around and scratch at the door to be let in again.

I am listening to . . . iTunes.  The soundtrack to Cider House Rules.

I am thinking . . . that I have a lot to do this morning to get ready to leave for a trip tomorrow.  I need to make a list!

I am thankful . . . for our brand new coffee  maker and knowing I can count on a good cup of coffee in the morning. 

In the kitchen . . . grilled cheese sandwiches and clam chowder for supper tonight.

I am wearing . . .  my PJs.

I am creating . . . a blanket for my new granddaughter, due at the end of March!


I am going . . . to Palm Springs to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday!  Dan and I leave tomorrow.  Our son and his dog are housesitting.

I am wondering . . . if I should clean the house . Naahh.

I am reading . . . Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

I am looking forward to . . . six days in Palm Springs with my husband, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law and mother-in-law! 

Around the house . . . I found a bookcase on Craig's list, so I've started unpacking some of my books.  Some have been packed for over a year.  It's like meeting old friends again:)

A favorite quote for today . . . 
Be Brave.  Do not pray for the hard thing to go away, but pray for a bravery to come that's bigger than the hard thing.

Some of my favorite things . . . the Downton Abbey series, beautiful movie soundtracks and toast with marmalade.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . see above;)

A peek into my day . . . keepin' it real!


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Word for 2015

Every day is like a blank page.  What is it about snow days that make that ring especially true, other than the obvious white canvas that lays outside my window?
The day isn't completely empty.  I'll go into work in just a little while, for just a few hours.  Then on the way home, I'll stop at the grocery store to pick up a few necessities.
There's been a trend that I first learned about from fellow bloggers a number of years back, to choose a word for the year, something to focus on in lieu of New Year's resolutions.  I've been hit or miss on this, but I did choose a word for 2014 and it was 'intentional.'  I tried to be more intentional with my time, my words, and especially in my actions in achieving some goals.  I have to say that just planting that seed and being reminded of it throughout the year makes me think that I really was more intentional in my life and, I'm happy to report, I achieved some of those goals.  I joined a writer's group.  I went to a writing seminar.  And I have a proposal for a project that's been floating around in my head for a long time, and now there's a plan.
So this year, I've thought about it, and went to this website to do a little exercise to help me come up with my word for 2015.  And that word is Courage. 
Wow! So unexpected that I would come up with a word like that!  Now that I've been intentional about planning for my goals and surrounding myself with people that will help me achieve them, I need to find the Courage within me to set out and put it all on paper.  And even accept that I may fail at it a few or a hundred times, if that's part of the plan. 
"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."
John Wayne
There are so many areas in my life where I can apply this word.  I am going to try to be more courageous about not expecting perfection, from myself or from those around me.  There are so many things I put off doing, because I'm afraid that it won't be 'just right.'  Or afraid of what people might think. 
So, watch out 2015, here I come.  And, just for the record, if a certain friend is reading this and thinks that my idea for Courage might apply to zip lining . . . NOT.  That's still SO not happenin'!