Take Ten and Live Better

We are all short on time but we all have the same 24  hours  in a day no matter where we live or how.  So, my idea is take 10 minutes before you jump out of bed and stretch from head to toe and flex your feet and keep your arms up overhead and gradually you will see how much further you can stretch after a month or two.   During the day see if you can walk around your office your building around the rest areas for just 10 minutes  and smile.  Smiling is relaxing and it does keep the wrinkles away (I know it works).   In the evening see about spending 1o minutes listening to some relaxing music or hearing a child tell you about his day or your honey giving you a big hug and saying hi, I missed you.  These are 10 feel-good minutes.  At the end of your day and before you close the lights look up and take 10 to say thank you for a great day and look forward to tomorrow.

Each day plan to spend your 10 minutes any way you want that will bring you calmness, happiness and thankfulness.  Your body and mind will love these treats….Happy New Year………Take ten and think of me…I will be listening for your 10 minute ideas!!

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Two Days and Counting

2010 is only two days away and the sound of twenty ten sounds like a promising number and I prefer it to saying two thousand and ten.  It  kind of gives me “me an optimistic feeling”  that the world and the economy and our wonderful families of friends and loved ones will fare better in this new year.

Perhaps,  we will count our blessings first be grateful second and share our bounties and love to those who need us.  To be kinder and more understanding.  To be a better listener and talk less.  To be more complementary and less critical of ourselves and others. To find time for a bedtime story, help a senior with a chore, volunteer at the school or hospital.  To be more useful and cherish our days.  These are few of  my aspirations for the 2010 year coming and I would like to ask  “What are yours?”

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All I Want

Strange title to a post but it is what I so much to express to all who might feel the same way and need to vent a little.  I have never asked for diamonds, pearls, fancy smancy unaffordable gifts, money, vacations and such.  But I have always stressed that a  handmade card or a drawing or a gift from the $1.00 store would be fine and appreciated by me.

Yesterday I spent the better part of the day making and receiving calls from and to  sons, brother, sisters and long term friends with each of us laughing and wishing each other a Merry Holiday and a wonderful New Year to come.  We laughed and thought of holidays past when I hosted the Christmas dinner party of  an Italian platter of assorted salami, cheese, olives, red peppers, anchovies to be followed by Stuffed shells, meatballs, sausage (hot and sweet) garlic bread (lots of it) and then a Baked ham with sides of breaded fried artichoke hearts, cauliflower rolled in egg and flour and fried golden brown and maybe a tomato salad drenched with olive oil and oregano.  Hmmm that all brings forth a yearning for these foods that today are too heavy for me to digest and I really  don’t have the huge family locally to partake in this festive feast anymore.

I wonder now where this whiz of a woman with boundless energy went as I recall doing all of the  cleaning, shopping preparation even though I worked full time and was a single parent.   But I fondly  remember my nieces making an assembly line of washing and drying dishes and stacking them for me to put away once everyone had left.  This was a big help as we had lots of fancy platters and special dishes that I used just for special occasions.  There are some days now when I treat myself to a nice place setting instead of a paper  or plastic plate.  When you dine alone, simplicity makes more sense.

For the past twenty years I have lived out of state and away from my family so that the mailman and I have become good friends as I recall birthdays, graduations, special occasions.  Checks, cash and gifts and yes,  I pride myself on never having missed a birthday or anniversary of anyone in my family.   And so as my grandchildren became of adult age of 18 I stopped the birthday and Christmas presents and just sent my cards.

My gifts in return were from everybody and never a gift from a grandchild that they alone had bought and sent.  Each passing year right around my birthday and Christmas I would hope  a trinket or  a pair of earrings, perhaps a puzzle book or an exercise tape, a CD by one of my favorite singers would come in the mail, but nothing, nothing.

Yes, by the way I did allow myself to have a glimmer of hope that just maybe this year I just might cross one of their minds and say “hey, what about my Nana”?’

Well what do you know! No card and no phone-call and no present from my adult grandchildren.  Yet,  my ten year old Joey that lives with his Mom remembered to call and to thank me for his gift and tell me how much he loves me and that I always buy the right size and color and know just what he needs.   I know his Mom has been teaching and reminding him to say ‘thank you” and it is heartwarming and loving to hear Joey on the phone.but to hear nothing from the other grandchildren set me up for tears on Christmas Day.  As the hours passed and still no phone call I tried to hide my disappointment as I dined and went to a movie with my son and wife but still hoping there might be a voice mail or email from one or all of them. But there was no message of any kind and so I am seriously thinking about just giving up as it only hurts for a little while and just practice starting now to remember to forget.  Perhaps I am becoming over-sensitive but I do have feelings and I still tear up when I am hurting and I really don’t feel a person of years should be getting hurt.

Do you?   Besides, I would so much rather be laughing at loud and smiling from happiness.  So I am thinking Ms Millie has to toughen up and like I said earlier “Just remember and then forget” as you turn the pages to a brand new year.  I know my teachings to my sons were to be thoughtful of their grandparents and so who got lost along the way?

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Happy Holidays

Wow!  It is Christmas Eve and only two little stocking’s are hanging on the wall.  All of my favorite people are up North and busy with their families and friends.  But I do have all of the treasured memories to think about and smile with appreciation and love for the many wonderful people that helped to make my past years of Christmas a joyful loving occasion.

With only a week left for 2009 and then onward to a brand new year, it is time to make our resolutions to have a promising healthy happy year.  2010 sounds like it will be a winner for all………Happy Holidays!

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The First Day of Winter

Today was officially the first day of Winter and although it doesn’t mean too much to me living in Florida temperature wise, it plays an important part in my thinking ahead.  Today was the shortest day of the year as far as daylight goes and from hereon in, each day brings another minute of  daylight so that by the end of January it is safe for me drive until darkness at 7 p.m.   You see I have night blindness and so this time of year is frustrating until today when I count ahead and compute when I can plan events in the next 2 or 3 months  and be able to drive myself.  Once Daylight Savings time comes in March I am a happy camper and can stay out till 8 or later.

Almost like being a teenager with a curfew!

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