Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thinking Thursday: Winter Whisperings

As I look out my back window overlooking the neighborhood, this is what I see. Yes, winter hasn't given up yet.  In fact, it has just begun. I like the words from another blogger :  Winter Whisperings. Such a gentle gift.
The beautiful signs of winter mask the brutal cold air that hits as you walk out into the winter world. Perhaps this is a way of keeping all of us inside, just looking out at the wonderful scene.
My quiet thinking this morning is...Thank you, God for the beautiful seasons. Our blessings are numerous as we take the time to: "Be still and know that I am God." Psalms 46:10

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Slice of Life Tuesday: Novel Tea

This year for Christmas, I received the nicest gift. It was from one of my book club buddies.  She gave each of us a couple packages of Novel Tea.  The tea is wonderful, but what makes it special is the quote that comes on each of the tea bags. It is a quote about reading from authors. It is such a surprise each time I open the tea bag for the day. I love them.
I have been taking pictures of the tea which I put in a different mug each day. Then I post it to my Facebook page.  Today, I thought I would share my quotes and pictures in my blog. By the way, I ordered more Novel Tea via Amazon.  I'm hooked!
"A novel much be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat." Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
"If you believe everything you read, better not read." Japanese Proverb
"Books had instant replay long before sports." Bert Williams
"Read books. They are good for us."
" When I got my library card, that was when my live began." Rita Mae Brown
" The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones." Joseph Joubert

Thanks, Julia!!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Celebration Saturday: Facing the New Year

Starting off the new year sometimes brings resolutions to make changes in life. As I was thinking on that subject lately, I decided I wanted to work on four major areas to focus on becoming a well-rounded individual.  Now that I am retired, I have more time for projects like that.  Here are the four areas: HEALTH: Fitness and Nutrition; SOCIAL: Friends and Family; MENTAL: Challenges and Brain Power; SPIRITUAL: Prayer and Bible Study.

My workout routines as well as preparing for future races will be the focus of the fitness area. Watching what I eat including the cutting back on sweets, comes with the nutrition area. Sweets like candy, cake and cookies are my weakness!

Spending time with friends is so important to all round health. I love my lunch dates, book club and special outings with friends. Having Gramma Play dates, lunch outings and Day Away for the parents give me that perk I need to get through the tough winter days! Visiting relatives in other cities and states is high on my list, too.

Working in several classrooms with top-notch teachers, gives me challenges to keep aware of the new practices in education as well as staying in tune with the old ones. I also need to go back to working on my brain training exercises to stay mentally sharp.

Having a wonderful church family helps to keep me spiritually alive. I will be working on my Bible reading time and making it more meaningful in my daily life. Prayer time is something I can never do without. It is what keeps me grounded and totally in touch with the God I serve.

There, you have it: my plan for the new year. Hopefully, as the year progresses I will be sharing in my blog about things I am doing in all areas to become a well-rounded individual!

What are your plans?