Thursday, January 12, 2017

Now the Resolve

In 2017 I Resolve to Never…

…wear Spandex in public.
Now, I have never done this in the past, and for everyone’s comfort and sanity, I will continue to not do this. Even if this was the last thing in my closet and I HAD to go to Walmart, I would sooner wear Marv’s floor-length bathrobe than go out in Spandex.

…wear pajamas in public.
Same as above. Now, you might say that Marv’s robe would be included in the category of pajamas, but you’d be wrong. If I was wearing his robe I would say I was a Jedi and to get out of my way. And I bet people would get out of my way…

…drunk dial an ex.
Mainly because I don’t HAVE an ex!! Marv is and has always been the first for EVERYTHING in my life!! Makes things so much easier. And if I did drunk dial him, we’d both be at the same party, so I don’t think he’d mind…

…eat an entire container of dip in one sitting.
I only did this ONE time in my life, and I learned my lesson! I was pregnant with Paul and had just made some yummy onion dip and decided to cut up an ENTIRE stalk bunch of celery and sit and watch TV while munching on this. Cream cheese and celery is healthy, right? Boy, was I sick. Marv had NO sympathy for me, either…

However, I DO Resolve to…

…learn how to work the remote for the DVD player.
I had this down cold before we got Uverse and hooked things up with the computer. Now it’s all different and involves 3 remotes. I don’t do different very well. I’m a Lutheran…

...learn how to move pictures from my phone and put them on the computer.
You would not believe how difficult it was for me to learn the basic stuff on my new phone. I went into the whole thing knowing that the phone was already smarter than me. Sad.

…start using my good china again.
Growing up, I learned that part of being an adult was having a full set of good china that was used for holidays and special occasions. In the first few years of marriage I got the china. I can probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve actually gotten it out, dusted it off and used it. This will change.

…make an altered book for ME
Over the years I’ve made at least 24 altered books for various people. I still have people on my list to make ones for, but I think it’s time to make one for ME. Pull out the stops and go wild. I would like to incorporate some of my poems and short stories into one and see where it goes.

…try at least THREE (3) of the one million recipes I’ve collected from Facebook.
I’m trying to be a bit more discriminating on the ones I save now. I look at the directions and list of ingredients and ponder if I REALLY think I want to do that recipe. I probably have at least 10 slightly different egg and hash brown casserole recipes. Same with beef stew. Same with certain desserts. I could probably DQ half of them right now. But they LOOK SO TASTY in all the pictures!!
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P.S. Whoo-hoo, I’ve already knocked 2 off my list here since writing this:

I have CONQUERED the DVD player. It involved sitting down with a paper and pen and listing each freaking step while Marv went through the steps with me. I even had to draw a picture of one of the buttons on one of the remotes because the button didn’t have a name on it, just a picture. BUT I DID IT!! “Veni, vidi, vici!”

I also learned how to put the pictures from my phone in a computer file. I did the same thing with this as with the DVD player. Copious notes for each freaking step while Marv talked me through it. Now I got swagger, yo!

So this old (Lutheran) dog has already learned TWO NEW TRICKS this year!! Look out, 2017!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year’s Revolutions

Yes, I spelled that correctly! It’s a revolution, baby! I read a great saying on Facebook about being a prisoner to stuff you cannot change. The Serenity Prayer talks about that too. I have been beating my head against brick walls most of my life, and at 63 years of age, I’m kinda sore.

I have always had a tendency to brood about stuff and hold grudges. I make up scenarios in my head about retribution concerning all the wrongs I’ve felt have been done to me and/or the ones I love. At one point I was referred to in my little stamp group as The Smite Queen, because I was always offering to ask God to smite someone, either on my behalf or a friend’s behalf. Most people have some sort of “S” list, but in my case the “S” stood for “Smite”. You do NOT want to get on that list!!

Since 2016 sucked big-time, I was really looking forward to starting a new year. But what was I bringing with me into that new year? The same old garbage I’ve been dragging around this past year! Not helpful!! But it’s SO HARD for me to just “let it go” like Elsa recommended.

And that is where the Holy Spirit had to step in and try to pry that garbage out of my clenched fists.

There have been big changes in my life that have made me very unhappy. I have to deal with it in a manner befitting a daughter of the King of Kings, not a whining child. “It’s not fair, God!” We were never promised “fair” and that will never happen. What we are promised is Life Eternal with Jesus. And we’re sure not going to be allowed to bring all our earthly garbage with us! Why not get rid of it NOW?

SO…time to put on the big girl panties. It will take time to get rid of the garbage, but I can start acting right now like it’s not there. Eventually it will be taken care of. Time to get hard-nosed. Time to pare down the physical “stuff” and get rid of what is no longer relevant. Whether it’s books I know I will not read again, craft stuff for projects that I know will never take place or clothes I know I will never wear again—they are GONE.

The emotional “stuff” will be much, much harder. I have a certain amount of control over the physical “stuff” but the emotional arena has a tendency to reach out and grab me at times. That’s where the Holy Spirit will have the most work, I would guess. But our wonderful and loving God is way bigger than ANY amount of “stuff” I might have kicking around.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.”

And a clean closet wouldn’t hurt either…and yes, God does have a sense of humor…look at me! *wink wink*

Thursday, December 29, 2016

December 2016 Book Report and Recap

In this Year of Our Lord 2016 I reviewed 59 books. Not too bad.

The Thousandth Floor (2016) by Katharine McGee

Very interesting idea. Way in the future, Central Park in New York is covered by an enormous building. Inside is basically an entire city. Stores, apartments, parks, etc. Weather is controlled. The higher up in the building, the wealthier you are to afford the fabulous apartments. The richest family lives on the thousandth floor. Luxury unlimited. Everything is also very high-tech. The story is basically about typical teen angst, but in a setting that is unique. I loved the idea of it and would love to see a movie made from this book. I believe this is the first of a trilogy.
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Muddle Earth (1993) by John Brunner

Cute little sci-fi book about a man brought out of cryosleep in the far future. He didn’t even know that he was going to be frozen in the first place. He discovers that Earth is now solely a tourist destination. It’s sort of like Disneyland with many themes in various parts of the planet. You have the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, the Stone Age, etc.
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The Falling Woman (1986) by Pat Murphy

Liz is an archeologist that can see the people that inhabited the digs she goes on. She can see the ancient Mayan woman making bread, the stone worker making a grave marker. No one else can see these people, just Liz. And the ancient people don’t see her. On the latest dig, she realizes one of the long-dead women CAN see her and can talk to her.
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To a Tea (2016) by Vera Dodge

A tearoom mystery. Jan and Elaine are preparing to host a wedding when the groom disappears shortly before the big day. The side story is trying to find another person to help out at the tea room.
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Frozen in Time (2015) by Emily Thomas

Blue Hills library. Ben decides he needs a metal detector so he can find treasures and get rich. The community is about to have a special event to honor a famous architect who is now deceased. His son is to accept the honor.
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Those Who Trespass (1998) by Bill O’Reilly

Top notch mystery by the co-author of the “Killing” books. New York police detective O’Malley tries to pin down TV celebrity Shannon Michaels for the murders of several back-stabbers in the TV industry.
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That’s it for this year. Happy New Year and keep on reading!!