All in all, this has been a successful week. It’s necessary to look back on it as a whole though. Picking it apart makes it possible to focus on what didn’t work…and more things worked out than not.
I have followed through with my plan to eat a more healthy diet overall this week. Lots of veggies and fruits and whole grains. More plant based protein and less meat. Cutting out sugar and anything overly processed. My neighbor did make us a deliciously awesome, totally homemade, absolutely decadent cake this week. I may have had more than one piece. She is the best cook ever and does everything from scratch. And the cake had fruit in it and maybe some carrots, and nuts…so it wasn’t a total oops.
This is lunch.
Ummm. I have to say the picture on the box looks better than the food in the bowl and it smells a little funky, but it tastes ok. It’s not a Sonic cheeseburger or a chopped bbq baked potato from Smokey-Mo’s, but I am learning to like it. There are some good flavors in there. Old habits are hard to break. And I was drinking a big glass of ice water with it, but I set it down somewhere and now I can’t find it. Sigh.
The decluttering effort is back underway. This all went to the thrift store yesterday.
Most of it is from my youngest daughter’s room. She is growing up and parted with quite a few of the formerly cherished toys from the back of her closet. I had more problems with it than she did. When I asked her if she was sure about such a drastic purge she replied, “Mom, some little girl is going to have so much fun when she finds this stuff at the thrift store.” True words and ones that I will replay in my head as I tackle my stuff.
Speedy, the dog is recovering from his back injury. It only cost $200 (sarcasm intended here) and he is almost back to his old (slightly annoying) self. He is not yet following my every footstep, but he does manage to whine when I move out of his line of vision. He has a lesion on his spine and is basically “a ticking time bomb” according to the vet. Bassets are prone to back problems so we will just make sure his remaining time is good and take each day as it comes.
The rental car is being returned today although we haven’t actually gotten a check from the insurance company. I’m not sure what they think we are supposed to drive while we wait for dispensation, but I guess it’s not their problem…in their opinion. We do have my sister’s car to use, but one car for 3 drivers who all have different schedules is not fun. We can make it work, but it’s still extremely frustrating.
I am still making paper and having a lot of fun doing it. It’s become my “go to” thing when I’m feeling overwhelmed by life. This is just part of what I’ve created so far.
Some ideas for using it in projects are percolating, but real life is taking a lot of time and there hasn’t been much left over for artistic pursuits.
I haven’t heard from my son in over two weeks. Last time I talked to him he was still in the hospital. He said the medical discharge from basic training could take up to a month. I’m assuming that he is doing okay. It’s hard not to know what’s going on.
I keep telling myself to be patient.
Things will work out.
The healthier diet and regular exercise will improve my health and the way I feel in noticeable ways.
The house will become even less cluttered and easier to manage (and maybe I’ll find my missing glass of water).
The vehicle situation will work out even though it seems hopeless right now.
There will once again be time for art and creativity.
And all the other realities that are crowding in and making things challenging will be dealt with and resolved…
some to my satisfaction and some in ways that I will learn to deal with.
Patience brings peace
and peace births happiness
and happiness brings joy…
and none of it comes easy, but it is doable.
Life is good and all shall be well.