• teklawa1
    teklawa1 Posts: 532 Member
    Betsy in NW WA
  • SophieRosieMom
    SophieRosieMom Posts: 2,752 Member
    Machka9 wrote: »

    Machka - I love this. Thanks for posting, I'm saving it.

    Lanette B)
  • cityjaneLondon
    cityjaneLondon Posts: 11,177 Member
    edited March 25
    Sometimes we say, "Hove, actually." Except we say it like a much younger Queen Elizabeth, "ectually". :p

    Loving all the children and grandchildren stuff. Evie , that was some long day!

    Had a chat with my butcher and he is going to see if his wholesalers stock guanciale and pecorino. Worth a try. Bought pork pie, Scotch eggs, and game mix for a stew.
    I popped into the off licence next to the newer grocer (which I haven't been into for years!) And was surprised to find the grocer in there. I had no idea they owned it! It burned down a few years ago and was closed for ages. I bought our favourite Breton cider.
    The deli yeilded more delights, including smoked chicken breast for sandwiches.

    Just about to poach the smoked haddock and boil a couple of eggs.

    Then rowing! :D

    Love Heather UK xxxxxxxx
  • pipcd34
    pipcd34 Posts: 15,232 Member
    Sophierosiemom thx! I’ll b looking out for it
  • kevrit
    kevrit Posts: 2,927 Member
    March, 2023 Action for happiness.org

    Word of the year: Appreciate : today I appreciate the sun.
    Exercise goals added
    Yoga 10 mins 3 times a week 9/15-(100%,100%)
    Walk 7,000 every day 21/31 (84%,86%,)
    Arm weights twice a week 3/10 (100%, 60%hurt my elbow, hurt my shoulder)
    Meditation: daily. 21/31 (82%(started Feb))

    1. cut back drinking and limit to 2 days a week. 9/8–(100%,100%)
    2. Average 7,000 steps a week. 9484, 9104, 9417 (7,700,100%-9851,100%)
    3. Update budget every 2 weeks 1/2 —(100%,100%)
    4. Contact close family every week (4x) 14/158/ —(100%,100%)
    5. Contact Donat and sibs once a month (8x)26/64–(100%,100%)
    6. Weigh less last day of month compared to first until I reach 140. Start at 178.6,176,174.2—(100%,100%)
    7. Develop a journaling practice by aiming to journal at least 5 days a week. 15/20-(100%,88%)
    8. Read 12 books at least this year. 10/12 (100%,100%)
    9. Pay off credit card debt by January 2024 by making monthly payments to NDR——3/12—(100%.100%,100%)
    10. Continue building emergency fund at SLFCU (min$25 a month)$25+$25+$71(100%,100%,100)
    Decided that if I do more than stated I will not grade higher than 100% 2/5/23

    January Met —100%
    February met —-90%
    March met met
    April met
    May met
    June met
    July met — met
    August met
    September met
    October met —
    November met—
    December met—

    1. Set an intention to live with awareness and kindness. I intend to live with more awareness and kindness every day.
    2. Notice three things you find beautiful in the outside world. The blue water of Lea Lake, Snow on the mountains at a distance, walking a nature trail. All at Bottomless Lakes State Park.
    3. Start today by appreciating your body and that you are alive. I am healthy and above ground. I can walk,talk,hear, see, taste, and smell (mostly). I appreciate that I alive and have a healthy body.
    4. Notice how you speak to yourself and choose to use kind words. I will try…
    5. Bring to mind people you care about and send love to them. I sent texts to my long distance friends to send them love.
    6. Have a ‘no plans’ day and notice how that feels. Most days are like that for me. So much less stress!
    7. Take three calm breaths at regular intervals during your day. Sounds like a plan.
    8. Eat mindfully. Appreciate the taste, texture and smell of your food. Started at breakfast.
    9. Take a full breath in and out before you reply to others. I will need to keep this in the front of my mind all day.
    10. Get outside and notice how the weather feels on your face. Every day!
    11. Stay fully present while drinking your cup of tea or coffee. In the process of doing that right now!
    12. Listen deeply to someone and really hear what they are saying. I will have to really try to get this done today.
    13. Pause to watch the sky or clouds for a few minutes today. I love doing this!
    14. Find ways to enjoy any chores or tasks that you do. I made a necessary task to go for a liver scan enjoyable by buying lunch for myself for a change.
    15. Stop. Breathe. Notice. Repeat regularly. I really need to do this today! Didn’t remember to do this.
    16. Get really absorbed with an interesting or creative activity. I have stones to paint. Will be distributing along the trails in exchange for free peddle boat and paddle board rentals. Didn’t do this. Too windy out. I colored instead.
    17. Look around and spot three thing you find unusual or pleasant. Will do. 1. Lady wanting us to cut a lock off of her propane tank. 2. The rock formations around the park. 3. The lake surface when wind blows over it.
    18. If you find yourself rushing, make an effort to slow down. I will consciously try to do this. I completed this!
    19. Appreciate nature around you wherever you are. Easy here. I do it every day! Appreciation list in spoiler
    20. The blues,of the lake
    21. BirdsTweeting in the sky and trees
    22. Birds drinking water out of a plastic cover
    23. Kids laughing
    24. Salty look of the sand
    25. The piles of dirt along dug out canal
    26. The blue sky with wispy clouds
    27. The strong cold wind
    28. The boardwalk
    29. The hides to watch birds
    30. The blue ponds made by the canal
    31. The ducks swimming in the ponds
    32. The quack of the ducks
    33. The snow cap mountains in the distance
    34. The white dry spots of salt and Lyme along the trail
    35. The dead branches and bushes along the budding ones
    36. A spot of green here and there
    37. The red of branches preparing for spring
    38. The bubbling water in the canal
    39. The beginning green of the salt Cedars
    40. The baby fish in the puddling waters of canal overflow
    41. The mud sludge gathering under the bridge
    42. The brown prairie grass bending in the wind
    43. The tall swamp grass bowing down
    44. The bubbling water as it splashed out from under the bridge
    45. The white salty mounds along the dirt trail
    46. Holes dug by animals for burrows
    47. Tumbleweeds trapped in the brush
    48. The coo of a dove welcoming me back from the walk
    49. 20.Focus on what makes you and others happy today. Going to try!
    50. 21. Listen to a piece of music without doing anything else. I listened to music while walking, but not just sitting still.
    51. 22. Notice something that is going well, even if today feels difficult. Doing the wash and calling my mother.
    52. 23. Tune into your feelings, without judging or trying to change them. I try all the time since I’ve been meditating. Working well since I started in January.
    53. 24. Appreciate your hands and all the things they enable you to do. They do too many to list!
    54. 25. Focus your attention on the good things you take for granted. Even the little things like sunshine, a cup of coffee, you are alive, nature, etc. These are some of mine.
    55. 26. Choose to spend less times looking at screens today.
    56. 27. Cultivate a feeling of loving-kindness towards others today.
    57. 28. Notice when you are tired and take a break as soon as possible.
    58. 29. Choose a different route today and see what you notice.
    59. 30. Mentally scan your body and notice what you are feeling.
    60. 31. Discover the joy in the simple things of life.
    Barbie's Happiness Commandments

    Be Barbie
    Lighten up
    Do it now
    Dance more
    Choose strategy over willpower
    Cultivate an attitude of gratitude
    Come from a place of love
    Stay in the moment
    Act the way you want to feel
    Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good
    Don't expect praise or recognition
    It is what it is
    Don't take things personally
    Treat yourself like a toddler
    What's fun for other people may not be fun for you, and vice versa
    You can choose what you do, but you can't choose what you like
    Be kind, no exceptions
    Ask always, how could my life be better with less?

  • pipcd34
    pipcd34 Posts: 15,232 Member
  • minicooper452
    minicooper452 Posts: 597 Member
    Welcome newbies and returnees! (((hugs))) to those who need them.

    That knife case is really cool, Pip! The whole display is wonderful. I'm sure Kirby is very pleased.

    Scary how they grow up, huh Kylia! She is beautiful. I hope she had a great time. Kolten will be 13 in a couple weeks too. smh.

    I'm so sorry Terri. As you say, Carpe diem. Good luck with Jack. I'm sure he'll enjoy his time with Grandma. lol

    What a FUN reuse of a cake tin, Heather! Edie and Johnny will love that.

    25. Focus your attention on the good things you take for granted... I try to every day
    Love and Blessings, Carla, in MN
  • dlfk202000
    dlfk202000 Posts: 2,225 Member
    kevrit wrote: »
    Gardening My DH was going through his ‘might need this someday’ pile and found a box with potatoes in it that had grown sprouts! So, I took and planted them all in one of my buckets and will see what happens. I’ve grown potatoes this way before but never in a container. I also planted some pepper seeds yesterday. I got 2 new buckets from the rancher we are friends with along with manure, so will freshen my other pots and start 2 more. Surprisingly, The pot I had lettuce in last year sprouted red and green lettuce already and enough for us to eat! I had a salad one day and we used some in sandwiches another. I only cut them down and low and behold, they have re-sprouted and growing new leaves! I also planted more lettuce seeds in that same bucket. Obviously it is perfect for lettuce! LOL. Another bucket I have a mini-carnation that a camper left on a table about 2.5 years ago. Put it in bucket and thought whatever happens, happens. This too has gone crazy! Stays green all winter and is full of buds again this spring! That bucket I have mums from last fall planted in which have grown new leaves, oregano, which has leaves but doesn’t look too healthy, and some parsley that made it through the winter!

    In two weeks, I buy 3 tomato plants, 1 pepper plant, and Italian herbs for a mix, also more parsley. When that is all planted, I’ll take pictures. By then the carnations should be blooming. I’ll take a pic of the lettuce later today.

    Enjoy the spring! And be thankful for the little things!


    I look forward to seeing your pictures. Carnations are one of my favorites but only the old fashioned ones that smell amazing. I have one plant but have seeds to plant more.
    I will be ordering a little greenhouse tomorrow- trying to decide which one I want. Wish I had more room. The two I am looking at are both the same price but one is twice as big. Will keep looking for a better price on the smaller one.
    I usually just plant my stuff in mom's greenhouse but that has been a huge disappointment the past few years so just decided to take my birthday money and buy one to have here. I will still get plants from her if they do well. Planning on going up next weekend and if she is ready to plant, I will help her.
    All my garden is in pots or two raised beds that mom and dad built for me for my birthday years ago.


  • Whidislander
    Whidislander Posts: 2,640 Member
  • dlfk202000
    dlfk202000 Posts: 2,225 Member
    love all the talk and pictures of grandkids- None in the near future for me. Son will turn 25 tomorrow, has a girlfriend but no where near ready for anything more than that. Still lives at home which I am totally fine with. Works full time and has a great group of friends that he has had since elementary school. A few are in the Navy and others have moved away but they still stay in touch, online with the ones far away and in person with the ones still here.

    Have a ladies luncheon with the ladies from church. They used to have them once a month but now about every 3 months. I missed the last one which was right before Christmas- really wanted to go to that one but it was two days after my reconstruction surgery from the melanoma. They asked us to bring desserts this time(usually a potluck). I made a blackberry cobbler, using up berries from the freezer and mini cinnamon muffins with struessel on top. Used applesauce instead of eggs in the muffins and they are a bit sweeter than I would like but great to see the substitute works and with eggs going for at least $6-7 a dozen, I will use the applesauce I got free when I helped at the food program. I will pick up eggs next weekend when I go up to see mom(at least that is the plan as of now)
    Need to pull more things out of the freezers and get them cleaned out- too full and most needs to be jut dumped if no one is going to eat it so I have room for what I do want. One thing I pulled yesterday was another corned beef. Cooked two this last time and none got froze for quick meals for me.

    Tonight I need to bake some brownies for my son. I asked him if he wanted brownies or chocolate cake- he said neither. Told him I was going to do one or the other so he picked brownies. He doesn't like a big deal made of his birthday. Never has. He lucked out in school, he was always on spring break for his birthday or it was on the weekend.

    Napa Valley,Ca