While the news often features the worst of humanity, there are a billion acts of human kindness every hour of every day! Take another breath and sense this truth.
1. It was 32 deg and purportedly snowing when I got up. I saw the snow once it got light enough to see anything. It quit before 9:00 am. Now it’s just plain cold – 40 deg – and the sun is shining sporadically.
2. We’re continuing in the Sermon on the Mount in Bible Study. We had a good discussion about what the people listening understood as “The Kingdom of God.” (This is a really old painting, but, unfortunately most people still think of Jesus and the disciples as light-skinned.)
3. I got most of my steps in at the Wellness Center, and picked up a tuna fish sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie for my lunch. (I PLANNED for the cookie.) While I was gone the housekeeper came and changed the sheets on the beds, cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms, and vacuumed and swept and mopped the floors.
5. Greisser Girls Gab is in a few minutes. It will be nice seeing the sisters and learning about their activities and lives. Although we’re all three in our 70s, I still feel like they are a different generation.
I’ve been struggling with setting some intentions this year. After my heart attack on December 21, 2022, I realized that I really don’t know what I want for this year, or even for the rest of my life. At age 78-and-a-half, I could have another 20 years left, or I could easily not even have another year.
I’m tired of the pandemic, I’m tired of politics, I’m tired of pushing myself to DO SOMETHING. I’m ready to just let life happen and observe for a while. I’ll keep on writing my “5 Things”, and I’ll stick with my regular groups and activities, but I’m ready to find out why I’m REJOICING. Maybe I’ll try just REJOICING about my regular, ordinary life.
Therefore, I’m leaving the same general categories that I had last year, and I’ll use them as a wish list and fill in markers for a “diary” of events and activities.
Health and Fitness
Recovery – I’m feeling fine after my heart attack. Next is a blood test to make sure the meds aren’t bothering me
Exercise – I continue to work with my personal trainer, and try to spend 55- 60 minutes a day, five to six days a week on the NuStep
Diet – I’m trying to be much more proactive about the kinds of things I eat.
The dietitian who counseled me, said the same things the dietitian said when I lost the 70 lbs back in 2014. It was good to have a reminder.
Carbs, carbs, carbs
I’m keeping steady on the .9 lbs per month that I was doing in 2020
Friends and Community
Gazebo Group – We meet regularly once a week
Greisser Girls Gab – This is sacrosanct time for me
Other Residents at Franke Tobey Jones
Lunch with Jett Brooks
Learning and Knowledge
January – we met and got out assignments for leading the discussions
Creative Writing Classes – None scheduled so far
Travel and Culture
Visit Harriet (upstate New York) and/or Betty (Texarkana)
Visit Kennewick and Bill’s Family
Visit Chicago and Ray’s Family
Visit Victoria, Canada
Hobbies and Creativity
This Body of Death by Elizabeth George – finished
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver – reading
I am still writing, but more sporadically. I’m noodling over a story about a 99-year-old friend who recently died
Blogging – 5 Things that Made Me Happy Today continues daily
Bible Study – I attend regularly on Tuesday mornings – We are studying the Sermon on the Mount right now
Bethany Presbyterian Church – I attend via Facebook Live every Sunday
PCUSA Nominating Committee – No meetings scheduled
Money and Finances
Quit obsessing – I’m just about ready to start the 2022 Taxes
Keep Al informed – I try to let Al know where we stand. Next month may be a challenge