My Star Word for this year is “Encourage”. The internet says “encourage” means to give support, confidence or hope to someone.
Here are my intentions for 2020.
NOTE: We opened up a little and now we’re closed down again with the rising COVID-19 rates. The Wellness Center is open, but you have to sign up for a time to use the equipment – only one person at a time and only 30 min. three times a week. No fitness classes and no personal training. Still no dining rooms open, no Happy Hour because it’s too cold to sit outside. Still no gatherings, including Senior University, Gazebo Group, although we meet by Zoom. Still no visiting in any of the other buildings. Masks at all times outside the house. Shopping is still of the on-line variety. I go to Trader Joe’s about once a month, and to the commissary about once every six weeks – otherwise, I order from Safeway and they bring it out and put it in my trunk – no contact, or from Amazon – again no contact.
- Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 15 more pounds this year. – I’ve lost 4.4 pounds since 12/31/19. The weight loss in the last month is directly attributable to worry about Big Al.
- Minimize chocolate, including mochas. – I’m trying to limit my consumption to no more than 3 or 4 a week, but Starbucks keeps luring me with specials and “free” stars.
- My endocrinologist wants me to get more calcium (preferably from food or drink) and she told me it’s okay to count the mochas towards my calcium intake.
- Be sure to get 25 grams of fiber every day.
- My cholesterol was a little high when I had my blood tests for my annual physical. I cut down on the number of eggs I eat weekly – no more than 4 per week, and I’m keeping the cholesterol under 350 gms on the days I eat eggs, and under 150 gms on the other days.
- Continue to work with my personal trainer for strength, balance, and endurance.
- Still no personal training but my trainer worked up a routine for strength and balance that I can do by myself – I managed to do that routine for about a week before they shut us down again, and cut access to the Wellness Center to three times a week. Hopefully, I’ll get a new routine this month.
- I’m walking outdoors when the weather is decent, although now that it’s turned colder, I have a hard time encouraging myself to go outside. Because of the new schedule I can’t walk the indoor track at the Wellness Center.
- Notice and report any unexpected physical changes (rashes, bumps, etc.) to my doctor. – my dermatologist diagnosed rosacea and prescribed a cream. She also froze several places of precancerous actinic keratosis.
- My mammogram was completely clear. The bone scan showed that I have a little bit of osteoporosis in my left fibula – 1.7% chance of a broken hip in the next 10 years.
- In the light of COVID-19, I’m trying to be much more intentional about washing my hands regularly – ALWAYS after I’ve been out of the house. – Wash Your Hands, Don’t Touch Your Face. We carry Lysol wipes in the car for complete sanitation for our hands.
- A third case of the virus was reported by a staff member at Franke Tobey Jones, one in July, one in September, and one in October. We’ve had a total of 11 cases here, all limited to either staff or residents in the Skilled Nursing facility. They have a quarantine wing there, and everyone who was infected is now moved out.
- Remember that excessive encouragement can be nagging. – I’m trying to remember.
- Say it with a smile.
- Al knows what he should do (he has exercises to do between PT visits) but he is unmotivated to do them. I’m having a hard time NOT nagging him.
- I’m becoming more resigned to this enforced confinement. The promise of vaccines is wonderful, but I’m trying not to pin my hopes on that with case counts and deaths rising.
- Continuing to post “Five Things that Made Me Happy Today” every day on my blog helps me.
- I’ve returned to my Meditation practice, daily. I’m using the Oak app. It fits my needs, and helps with my mood.
- Expand my leisure reading. Read 50 books this year (not just “fluff”). I don’t think I’m going to make it.
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – finished
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo – finished
- Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy – finished
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson – finished
- On the Bright Side by Melanie Shankle – finished
- 142 Ostriches – by April Davila – finished
- Pretty Girls – by Karen Slaughter – I gave myself permission to quit after 25% of it
- The Tuscan Child – by Rhys Bowen – finished
- The Victory Garden – by Rhys Bowen – finished
- Carrying Albert Home – by Homer Hickam – finished
- Clair de Lune – by Jetta Carleton – finished
- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – Kim Michelle Richardson – finished
- Educated – by Tara Westover – finished
- Shameless – by Nadia Bolz-Weber – finished
- All American Boys – by Jason Reynolds – finished
- When We Believed in Mermaids – by Barbara O’Neal – finished
- How the South Won the Civil War – by Heather Cox Richardson – finished
- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson – finished
- The Lakehouse by Joe Clifford – finished
- The Sentinel by Lee Child – finished
- The Wonderboy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg – reading
- Keep up with the national news daily without obsessing over it.
- Listen to NPR. I’m a member of my local Seattle station, and have started taking advantage of special on-line interviews they offer to members.
- Watch Rachel Maddow
- I subscribe to The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and CNN’s 5 Things You Need to Know, and I try to read most of the important news once a day.
- I’ve subscribed to Heather Cox Richardson’s daily letter. It’s helping keep me sane.
- I’ve also recently subscribed to WTF Just Happened Today? A daily newsletter that arrives at 3:00 pm.
- Participate in Creative Writing classes here at Franke Tobey Jones. – Creative Writing is on hiatus until sometime in the new year.
- Participate in Great Decisions here at Franke Tobey Jones. – The new season will start in January or February.
- I’m listening to Heather Cox Richardson on Facebook on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’m excited to learn what she will talk about now that the election seems to done and dusted.
- Participate in virtual weekly Bible study on Zoom.
- Participate in virtual weekly Worship on Facebook Live.
- Our interim pastor’s last Sunday was yesterday. We’ll be fine through Christmas with our parish associates. Our new transitional pastor will start with the new year.
- Participate in Interfaith Dialogue – No meetings because of COVID-19
- Continue with General Assembly Nominating Committee – Nothing happening for a while
- Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones.
- Wellness Center – The center remains open, and I use it. No other people there.
- Gazebo Group – We continue to meet weekly on ZOOM.
- Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church.
- Bible Study – Fewer people attend via Zoom than attended in person.
- Earth Care Congregation – we have been certified as an Earth Care Congregation.
- Keep up with family.
- My sisters and I have an Instant Messenger group set up and we check in on each other every morning, and through the day.
- My sisters and I continue to do a Zoom call every Sunday afternoon. I’ve seen and talked to them more since the COVID than in years. I hope we continue that even after all this is over.
- Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials. I try to participate when there are virtual meetings.
- Support the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, and MoveOn.
- I have regular donations going to my US Representative, and to the Democratic National Committee.
- Support the election of officials who are champions for Social Justice issues.
- Climate action
- Racial justice
- Health Care Availability
- Wealth Inequality
- We vote by mail, exclusively, in Washington State.