January 2018

January 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

What's Going On?

We were babies
at 21 years old.
Wow! It's been a long time since I posted. I give regular quick updates on FaceBook but haven't had the time or desire to compose a blog entry for a long time.

Our holidays went well. I simplified Christmas which made it much more enjoyable for me. I don't see going back to a more elaborate celebration ever again.
Overstock.com for the win!

Then on January 5 hubby and I celebrated 45 years of marriage. Besides a nice dinner on Christmas, which we always spend just with each other, I got a new wedding set to mark the occasion. It's tradition to give sapphires for a 45 wedding anniversary and I was all for that. I didn't have any sapphires and always loved Princess Diana's ring. I'm proud to say I worked all sorts of online deals and the set ended up costing a third of retail!

We barely got through the holidays and we were off to see our granddaughter, in Jersey City, NJ, over the MLK holiday weekend. We traveled with my daughter's family, staying in a rental within walking distance of my son's apartment I found on VRBO.com. It was a packed five days, with trips into Manhattan daily, and weather ranging from 61 to 15 degrees. Nevertheless we survived and had a good visit. But I miss my granddaughter even more now.

Reya (18 months), Elliott (11), and Jonah (7).

Since we've been home, I've been concentrating on tackling the weight I gained over the holidays. That means low-carb grocery shopping and meal prep plus counting calories. So far so good.

I've also begun my yearly whole-house purge and re-organization. Today I started tackling my clothes closet and drawers and plan to finish that project tomorrow. Next up will probably be the home office.

That's all for now. Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

White Christmas

Woke up to this. . .
View of our backyard from the three-season room.
Our backyard is a winter wonderland!
More snow is predicted tomorrow with temperatures remaining in the 30s. That means a white Christmas! And this is how we feel about that. . .

Jonah, my 7-year-old grandson, in his backyard.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Not New Year Resolutions

To me new year resolutions are the introduction of new and improved habits. With that in mind, what I'm planning to start the first week of the new year are not resolutions. Instead, they'll be a welcome return of good habits established in the old year.

Since Thanksgiving I've been indulging in sugary treats daily. It's been fun, but I'm beginning to feel overdosed. Yet, even though I'm not getting the same pleasure from a piece of candy or cookie, I can't seem to stop. My goal is to rid the house of all sweet treats by the end of next week.

Lately I've also not been deligent about my daily water intake. I'm still drinking more than I did a year ago, just not as much as I was last summer and early fall. My goal is to start drinking an additional glass of water every time I feel the need for a sugary treat after all the candy and cookies are out of the house.

I'm also looking forward to getting back to a low-carb high-protein diet, which I started last fall. That means I somehow need to get motivated again to cook more vegetables and prepare a bigger variety of proteins. Within the next couple of weeks, my goal is to clean out the refrigerator and pantry; pull favorite recipes that fit our diet; check my inventory for ingredients; and then shop for what I need. Hopefully all of that will motivate me to get back to consistently preparing healthier meals.

In mid January hubby and I, along with my daughter's family, will be visiting my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in New Jersey. My goal is to be well back to eating healthier and staying hydrated by the time we board the plane.

Now that I've written it all down, I know I can do it. If nothing else, I love a good plan :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Favorite Holiday Event

On Sunday hubby and I did the 2017 Holiday Parlor Tour, my favorite holiday event in Lafayette Square. It was a beautiful day. And it was the largest crowd we've experienced in the eight years we've been going. But we always get there at the start, so we didn't have too long a wait for any of the homes.

I posted some images on FaceBook. Just click these links and enjoy!

Part 1 and Part 2