What Now?



So I am feeling a little better- not perfect and perky mind you, but okay. I still like to spend too much time on the couch and I don’t shower like I should, but I am faking life.

Last night we had 10 people over for a little dinner/ wine party. This group stems out of my women’s support group.

I did well. I made two kinds of chili and baked cornbread. I set a festive Christmas table. The house looked great with the holiday decorations. And I got a shower! I looked pretty good and even got compliments on my hair. (This reminded me that I need to compliment others more because it feels so nice.)

I got through the wine hour and dinner pretty well but then my husband wanted to play party games and I was worn out. Another woman (an angel) came and helped me wash all the dishes and clean the kitchen while the others played games. Then I just sat in the den, visited with my daughter and rested.

They were here from 5:30 till 9. I think they all had a good time. They all know I struggle so that part worked out.

Everyone kept asking what I am doing for New Year’s Eve. NOTHING! I plan on drinking some cheap champagne and watching TV. Then taking my meds about 9 and falling asleep. Pretty exciting, huh?

So it is 2016 almost. I’m not big on resolutions, but I do like lists.

Wait, back to resolutions. I want to continue my weight loss and get a walking program going.

So I’ve been thinking about what I should do with my life this year and I came up with some ideas as to how I could spend my time. Some of this might seem lame, so don’t laugh.

COLOR: I keep hearing more and more about coloring as a therapy for adults. I think doing some every few days or so might be good. I’ve got a book and a big box of crayons and have done some pages. It’s not bad.

WALK: Everyone agrees I need to exercise. I found this walking program schedule where you start with 15 minutes and work up. I was doing this before I had my setback recently and I was getting to enjoy it. We have a nice neighborhood to walk in and nice weather so really no excuse other than ick! I’d have to get off the couch.

DRIVING: I’ve had driving anxiety and am starting to limit where I will drive. I need to drive more…even just driving for errandswriter (sorry this image is here again, don’t know how to delete it )and all will help. By the end of next year, I’d like to be back to driving wherever…on freeways, and night, and all around town. I’d like to be able to drive to neighboring towns, like maybe three hours away. This is going to be hard, but it’s important.

SEWING: I am working on a quilt of my own design. I am taking it very slow. I sew maybe a half hour or hour a day. I have seen some interesting looking quilting classes so I might take one. I also want to do some charity type quilting/ sewing.

FRIENDS: I cut my friend list down to 10 great friends. These are the people I want to focus on and do things with pretty regularly. I’ve neglected some people and I know I have lost one friend because of my illness. I will still text on occasion with some of my “less than great” friends, but I want to just spend time with certain people who understand and are fun.

CHURCH AND MISSIONS: I’d like to be at church pretty much every Sunday. I’d like to work more on the missions team and do more for the homeless and hungry. Our church has groups that do this and I know I could do one-time things. I just have to start signing up. I also want to be at my women’s support group pretty much every Monday. My prayer life and meditation need some help.

BLOGGING: I need to get back to this. I’m going to hit it every Wednesday. I have been having some trouble with changes WordPress has made. I need to figure out what I am doing and where to go for help.

LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS: This a good “rest on the couch” activity.

COOKING: I can try some different main dishes for the family and watch the calories so I can keep losing weight. I can even bake and eat just a little. I have to learn how “normal” people eat.

MOVIES: Would love to go to more movies. And I should drive there!

WRITING: I have two books I have written. One is long enough but needs an ending and lots of editing. The other is about half done. I’d like to get book #1 on its’ way to being self-published. I’ve had several friends do this, so I think they will help me with the steps.

So there you have it. Some ways I can spend my days productively. I just plan on looking at the list every day in the afternoon and picking out a few things to do the next day. Today I am writing to you, sewing, and going to a movie. That is enough.

I love all you guys and appreciate you reading and those of you who take your valuable time and comment. You are the best!

love, lily





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