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Week In Review~10/26/15

Another Week…Another Week in Review hostessed by the lovely Meg at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  I was all organized last week and had things planned out for my review.  This week I’m flying by the seat of my pants trying to remember what the Heck I did with SEVEN DAYS!  Guess we’ll Both find out!!

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1. My Gym time was cut short this week.  I worked out 3 times as opposed to 5 last week.  As much as I enjoy the gym and I know the benefits I get from it, some days life gets in the way and I just don’t get there.  Next week will be tricky too because we’re going to be away, but I’m going to try to do my best to get activity in even though I’m not at the gym.  I’m in control of my activity level and I need to make the most of it.  A friend of mine started a FitBit challenge last week and it’s great to be competing against others.  It makes you keep going.  I’m going to suggest we do it again this week!

2. For many years I’ve been collecting antique dresses.  I haven’t done much with them over the last 10 or 15 years.  They sat in storage boxes.  About a year ago I had contacted someone who buys and sells antique clothing.  I wasn’t ready to get rid of them at the time but this week, I decided it was time.

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I took photos of all of them (believe me, this is just a few!) and sent the info to the lady interested in buying them.  Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll have them all packed up and shipped off to her.  As I said on Instagram, it’s like parting with an important piece of my youth.  But I’m doing this to raise money for our move to New Mexico.  To me it’s worth it.  I’m trying to sell anything I can.  Next is my pottery collection!

3. I’ve been doing a lot of reading.  Started and finished Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.

Really enjoyed this.  It was one of those books that starts slowly but once you’re into it you can’t put it down.  I like that.  I’ve enjoyed all of her books.  Only problem is that since the beginning of the year I’ve read ALL of her books.  This is her newest one and now I’m finished.  She better get writing so that I have something to read!

4.  I thought I was doing a good job on Weight Watchers this week but I had a gain anyway.  At this point in my life I don’t really worry (well not TOO much) if I have a gain.  I’m 14 pounds under my Weight Watchers goal and I pretty much stay there regardless of what I do.  I’m pretty good at writing down all of my foods and staying on track.  It’s just frustrating and I guess it always will be when I have a gain and I can’t pinpoint the reason.

That’s my week.  Not very interesting but that’s the way it is sometimes.  I’ll try to make next week more Exciting.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other listers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  It’s always a lot of fun!

Happy Monday!

Thinking Out Loud #6

I can’t believe that I’m writing Thinking Out Loud #6!!  Thinking Out Loud, hostessed by Amanda at Running With Spoons gives us all a chance to speak our minds and get things off our chests.  I like it because I just like to babble on about things.  Check out what the other bloggers are thinking about when you’re finished here.

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It seems like I just wrote my last Thinking Out Loud post.  Time is flying and I’m starting to get those old pre-Holiday nerves.  I have to keep my craziness under control.  I think I can do it this year.  It has gotten the better of me in previous years, but now that I’m feeling so much better, I’m feeling more positive about so many things.

~I am feeling so good and I’ve been doing my best to be active.  I had been going to the gym with my best friends Gail and Alice and using their guest passes.  No longer!

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I am an Official Member!!  I’m so excited. I’ve been enjoying it.  I’ve set up a routine for myself, based on things my physical therapist told me before I finished my sessions with her.  I walk the track for one mile.  Seven times around the track is a mile.  I usually do four laps, then work on the machines then the other three laps.  It’s not so boring that way.  I do five minutes on the stationary bike.  I plan on increasing that as I work at all of this and get stronger.  For now, the five minutes feels good.  Then I do a series of upper body and lower body machines.  I have to say that I am Amazed at what I’m able to do while I’m there.  I’m feeling very good about the whole thing.

They gym also offers classes which you usually have to pay for, but they were offering a special that I could get free classes for the rest of the year.  Then I’ll have to pay, but the good thing is that I get to try out the classes and know what I actually want to pay for after January.  I think it’s a really good deal.  I’m hoping to take the tai chi class.  I have to miss it this week because of a doctor’s appointment, but next week, I’ll be there at 8:30 ready to go!

~There are So many things that are So much better now that I have had the surgery and I’m well on my way to recovery.  Just regular day-to-day activities are better.  Sitting down and standing up from a chair, getting in and out of the car,  grocery shopping…Going To The Gym!!  There is something that is really making me happy about this whole thing.

Last year in the Summer and Fall, I was talking about all of the progress I was making with sorting out things that I wanted to be rid of.  Things that I did not need for our move to New Mexico.  I was accomplishing a Lot!  Then late Fall and Winter came along and I felt as if I’d aged 20 years.  That’s all changed now and I’m back to work.

I spent Sunday afternoon at my sister Ele’s house going through things I have stored there.  I filled one box of things to go to the thrift store and three bags of books to go to the town library.

On Monday, I got to work here at home.  I was proud of myself for being unsentimental about books and I’m happy for what you see in this photo.

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Four bags of books to go to the town library.  They’re still sitting in my bedroom, but they’re ready to go.  I’m glad to be contributing to the town library and I’m Very Glad that they will soon be Out Of My House!

I’ve got so much to do regarding this clean out, but if I work on it a little a day, I know I can get it done.  It’s crazy how you can pile things up, even when you try to stay on top of it.  Believe me, when we get to New Mexico…this will NOT happen again.

That’s Thinking Out Loud for me for this week.  Makes me feel good to post an overall positive post.  I like that! Be sure to stop over at Running With Spoons to see what they all have to say.

Happy Thursday!

Thinking Out Loud #5

Thinking Out Loud has become an important part of my week.  I feel I’ve really found some like-minded “Thinkers” here. Created by Amanda at Running With Spoons, Thinking Out Loud gives us all a chance to get some things off our chests.  Check out what other bloggers have on their minds (or off their chests!) when you’re finished here.

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I do wonder how it is that I have SO many things going on in my head throughout a given week, but when I sit down to write my Thinking Out Loud post, it all goes out of my head and I find myself sitting here going “uuhhhh” and “uummm.”  Oh, well, as always, I still seem to be able to come up with something.  Here goes.

~The news in the background just told me that Prince has just taken his first Selfie…should that be capitalized?!?  Don’t know but anyway, he took it with an actual camera instead of a cell phone.  He’s banned the use of cell phones around him.  Quite a quirky character.  Back to Selfies…I’m not good at them.  I keep practicing but mercifully, no one sees them except me…Occasionally I’ll show one to Ralph.  I keep practicing, though.  One thing I don’t get about selfies, is why do people insist on posting selfies either making a duck face or with their tongues sticking out.  Is that supposed to be alluring or enticing?  I don’t get it.  I’ll keep trying and I may post one but feel safe in the fact that there will be no tongues or duck faces.

~It’s been a good week in general.  I’ve been getting to the gym several days and I plan to join this week.  I’m pretty excited about the whole thing.  Feeling so good is almost scary.  I go for my last physical therapy session today (it’s actually Wednesday as I write this.)  I’m glad and a little sad at the same time.  I’ve truly enjoyed the physical therapy process.  My therapist, Donna is wonderful and she seems to get my strange sense of humor.  I’ll miss her.  I will continue to be a good patient, doing my exercises at home and of course going to the gym will be a big help according to Donna.  Thanks, Donna!

~I’m excited to say that I’m getting back on track with my sorting and packing projects.  I was able to sort out 3 bags worth of Stuff that doesn’t need to be here anymore and take them to the thrift store.  There is truth in the idea that if you work for just 15 minutes, you can accomplish a lot.  I did that several times in the past week and I’m happy to say I feel I’ve accomplished things.  I was feeling a little down about how much time I lost during my recuperation, but I decided that it was something I couldn’t take a chance with.  I had to be totally up and around before I started getting into things again.  I really feel like I’m on my way again.  Now if I could only get Ralph on board with this clear out idea.  We’d be a lot closer to moving to New Mexico if he would.  But I’m not going to yammer about that right now.

~I’m trying to wrap my mind about the fact of the impending Holidays.  Driving home from a coffee date with a friend on Monday night I saw a house all sparkly with Christmas lights.  I was not happy to see that.  I’m trying to make peace with the Holidays this year.  I’ve had several very bad years regarding that and I’m planning on more Spirit and more Cheer.  We’ll see how it goes.

~I’m happy to say that I’m getting back to reading.  I finished off Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere earlier in the week.  I’ve moved on to this…

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It took me a bit to get into The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, but now I’m enjoying it.  I try to read a little several times a day.  It really is a calming thing for me.  I’m glad that I’m getting back to one of my favorite pastimes.

~Heard some sad news this morning…Carol Ann Susi who was the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory has died.  Even though you never got to see her on the show, she played an important part.  That’s a shame.

~I don’t want to end this on a sad note.  Last week Ralph and I had the chance to have breakfast with two of his granddaughters. Chelsea who is the older of the two, decided we need to take a selfie (back to selfies again!)

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We had a great time.

That’s it for Thinking Out Loud this week.  Be sure to check out the other bloggers linking up at Running With Spoons.  It’s always fun!

Happy Thursday!

Thinking Out Loud #4

Another Thursday…Another Thinking Out Loud! Hostessed by the lovely Amanda at Running With Spoons.  This is our opportunity each week to stammer and yammer and get things off our chests without anyone being annoyed because everyone in the link up is doing it!  If you like to hear what other people are complaining about, head on over.

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~One of my points is exactly that-Complaining!  I suppose that one of the reasons I feel so at home at Thinking Out Loud is that I feel like I’ve been a big complainer lately.  If I think about the really important things in life, I have nothing to complain about. But I realize that every day, I find myself complaining to my to best friends.  I’ve told them that I’m going to try to correct that. We were together yesterday afternoon and I think I was able to keep it under control.. I think that what I need to do is ask them to tell me if I start doing it, especially if I don’t realize it and don’t stop myself.  I’m so lucky right now.  Up and around and feeling so good…to quote our Governor…”shut up and sit down!”

~I do have reason to complain in some areas, but they are not areas over which I have total control. I’m working to get this house in order so that we can get it sold and we can get to New Mexico.  I’m not talking about it any more.  I’m just going to start working at it, chip away at it a little bit at a time.  The disarray is frustrating and debilitating sometimes, but I’m going to work with it.  Yesterday, I was able to get a few things done, mostly because I was alone and I made a nice dent in things.  I feel good about it.

~One of the things putting me off track is sleep.  I have been up at all kinds of crazy hours.  3 am, 4 am.  This morning it was 4 am.  Frustrating.  I got up, made the coffee and read.  I’ve been complaining that I haven’t been reading, so I put this time to good use.  I think I knocked out about 25 pages.  Pretty good.  I’m going to try to do that more often.  My total on Goodreads this year is abysmal.  Maybe that’s why I’m cranky!

~Oh, Joy, Oh Rapture!!! The election is over!!  No more political commercials about people I don’t care about and can’t vote for anyway-the curse of living “near” a big city with lots of people running.  They’re all over the river and have Nothing to do with Me!  Of course, as I listened to the news this morning and they were reviewing who won and who lost-they were starting to talk about the Presidential election in two years.  At this point, I DON’T CARE!! I was hoping for a few months before that started…I didn’t even get a couple of days.  I used to be such a news junkie, I loved watching the campaigns and the conventions, but it’s so different now.  That however, is a topic for another day.

~Thanks to my best friend, Gail (again!) I’m getting to go to the gym.  She has guest passes and is sharing them with me.  I will be joining probably in a couple of weeks.  I am enjoying it so much.  I’m doing things that my physical therapist has told me I should be doing in order to strengthen my muscles after the surgery.  I really feel good.  Just to be sure I’m not doing anything I shouldn’t, I’ve taken a series of photos to show her which machines they have at the gym to be sure I’m not doing anything I shouldn’t.

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I’ve got a series of them, so I’ll have options.  I’m already doing the upper body machines.  No need to ask about those.  I’ve also been walking the indoor track.  I walked a mile two days in a row.  It does feel good to be getting some exercise!

~I’m back to blogging and I’m enjoying it so much.  I am so grateful to all of my readers who have come back since my return and I’m happy to see new readers as well.  It makes me feel good.  This is such a great way for me to express myself, and now that I’ve found Thinking Out Loud, it’s a great place to get all of this stuff out of my head.  I don’t need it in there any more!

Be sure to visit Running With Spoons to check out all of the Thinking Out Loud posts.  If you feel like getting something off your chest…Join In!

Happy Thursday!

 

Week In Revew~April 14

Holy Cow it’s April and I can’t remember the last time I posted! Of course, I could just look at the date on my last post but I didn’t think of that before I started typing and I’m already typing so why go back?!

Hi Everyone! I was away in Florida for two weeks.  I had a wonderful time while I was gone.  While I was there, wonderful things happened both in Florida and in New Jersey, none of which I can talk about.  Let me just say that so far so good and there are exciting things happening.

This will not be so much a Week In Review as a catch-up ramble.  I’m still going to link up with Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets just because I love her and I miss being part of the fun!  Be sure to check out what’s happening over there.  It’s always a party.

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I have no real direction in this post.  I want you to know I’m back and I will be posting on a regular basis.  I realized during this hiatus that I miss blogging when I don’t do it.  I miss the typing, the linking up and the general experience.  I’m hooked even though there are some time lapses when I don’t post.

I had a wonderful time with my friends Gail, Alice and Margot.  We also spent a lot of time with Margot’s sister Mary Lynn which was great fun.  We ate out a lot but I have to say that Gail (as a fellow vegetarian) has done an excellent job of finding places where we can all eat.  There is a wonderful place that she found called the Green Market Cafe. It was started by a young man, I think he was 24 years old and it’s wonderful! Incredible soups and salads and you get free frozen yogurt with your meal!  I thought it was a national chain but apparently it’s not.  Someone needs to market this and make it national.  It’s wonderful.

I’m facing a Very busy day with lots of things to catch up with, groceries, laundry, banking, sorting and packing.  All of that! I am back and I promise not to be a stranger like that again, especially without warning.  So here’s to a good week with lots of lists so that I can update all of you Next Monday!

Happy Monday!

Week In Review~February 10

It’s time for Week In Review! Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets thought up this idea and I love it.  As I get further and further into the idea of lists (she says bowing slowly toward Cleveland) I like it and I really think it’s helping me to develop the focus, clarity and organized thinking that I’ve been searching for.  Each week, each day, I feel more focused on what I need to do.  I have to say, I Like It!!  Here’s my review.

~I wrote three blog posts this week.  One short of last week but I’m not pointing any fingers at myself.  I enjoyed the ones I wrote which is the whole point.  I’ll go for four in the coming week, but no pressure.

~Around the house, I cleaned my microwave inside and out.  Ok, does that count as an accomplishment? Yes it does because I’ve been trying to get to it forever and I haven’t.  The top of it becomes a catch-all for some reason and it’s not now.  Call me happy.

~I reorganized my utensil/kitchen gadget drawer.  It was a the point where it would get caught on something every time I tried to open it.  I cleaned it completely, cleaned all of the little plastic basket organizers I use in there And weeded out unnecessary things.  The things I don’t need are already in the thrift store donation box.  The finished product…

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I’m very proud!

~I was finally able to get to my The Artist’s Way meetup this week.  No weather issues, thank goodness.  It was a great meeting.  Very motivating for me.  I left there very enthused about The Artist’s Way process and my own writing. I wrote my morning pages every morning.  One of the things I realized at the meeting was that when I finished my three pages, I felt like writing more.  Since you’re not supposed to do more than the three pages I made a logical decision.  I would keep writing other things.  I’ve been struggling to write poetry in the last several years.  I concluded that if I drag out my notebook when I’m finished my morning pages, perhaps the flow will continue.  The answer is Yes!!  Since Thursday, I have written nine poems!  They’re short ones but I did it.  I’m quite excited about it and I’m going to try to keep this going.  As I said…Excited!  Also regarding The Artist’s Way, I downloaded to my Nook and read an essay by Julia Cameron called The Miracle of Morning Pages.  It was interesting and I learned some things.  One thing is that I’m using too small a notebook for my pages.  Maybe that’s why I keep feeling like I should write more. I don’t think I’ll change though because it’s keeping me writing other things!

~I had a doctor’s appointment for a general checkup…yes I’m still breathing.  Need to have some blood tests done next week but again, just routine.

~We had lunch out with our grandson, Alex and his Mom, Heather to celebrate Alex’s birthday. It was great fun.  In other food related news, we had lunch with my sister, Ele on Saturday, again, great fun.  Weight Watchers was kind to me on Saturday also, I lost a quarter pound.  I’m really just trying to maintain at this point but if I lose a few more pounds I won’t complain.  I’ll show all of the wonderful food on Wednesday for What I Ate Wednesday.

~I feel this was a very good week for me in a lot of ways that I can’t actually put into words.  A great deal of it is attitude.  I think that these changes are coming from doing my morning pages (I’m learning a lot about myself and what I need to change) and Yes, my lists are a Big help.  They are giving me focus and also allowing me to acknowledge what I do each day.  Thanks, Meghan!

Be sure to check Clean Eats, Fast Feets, to check out what the other Reviewers have been doing all week.

Happy Monday!

Week In Review~February 3

I am excited that it’s time for Week In Review.  Having taken Meghan’s advise, I have been making those lists that she loves so much and I’m starting to get a handle on things.  Be sure to stop over at her blog, Clean Eats, Fast Feets when you’re finished here to see what everyone else has accomplished.

I’m really into this list thing and I’m serious! I’m even going to steal a great image from Meghan…

I mean it I love lists now…This will prove it…

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This is my new day planner all listed up.  I had a different type of planner, but it didn’t work for me.  This type has always been my favorite, giving me a full-page for each day.  I thought I was going to have to order it, but I walked into a local stationery store and there it was…On Sale!  Ok with me! The front is covered in dragonfly stickers because…well, I Like dragonflies! Maybe I’ll show you next week!

On the day itself, I list what I do so that I can actually acknowledge that I have accomplished things.  On the left, I found a large graphed Post-It that I use for my things to do for the week.  Each thing gets checked off as I do it.  Whatever I don’t finish that week will be transferred to a new Post-It for the next week. I’m feeling great about this plan and I think I’m feeling better about getting things done.  So in Meghan style…Here it comes!

~I did four blog posts this week! I’m very excited about that because I have been lacking enthusiasm and focus with the blog.  I’m feeling much more back on track with it now.

~I wrote my morning pages for the Artist’s Way every day.  I also accomplished my Artist’s Date.  I went to Michael’s craft store.  This doesn’t mean much to anyone who doesn’t know about the Artist’s Way but this is great.  If you don’t know about the Artist’s Way and you are a writer, artist or any type of creative person.  Give it a try.  It’s great!

~Cleaned out two kitchen cabinets.  Ear-marked a Lot of things to go to the thrift store.  I don’t need them anymore!

~Organized things to go to the thrift store.  More to be done here and I can’t wait for the weather to clear up so I can actually accomplish getting to the thrift store.  I don’t want to slip and fall trying to get rid of this stuff.  From the weather report, doesn’t sound like I’ll be doing it this week.  Guess I’ll just have to work at adding to my pile!

~Cooked beans in the crock pot twice to help keep myself on track.  Crock pots are the best.  I think I’ll be making more soup in there in the coming week. I am the Crock pot Queen!

~Spent Saturday afternoon with Ralph’s sister Maddie and her husband George, his niece Marie, her husband Paul and the ever adorable Jesse and Trevor.  We had such a good time.  Perfect finish to the week.

So how’s that for really getting into the List Life?! I’m liking this.  I’m feeling good about the whole process.  Perhaps I can end up being Meghan when I grow up!  Don’t forget to check out the other reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday! Now…Go Make a List!!