After leaving the Gila Cliff Dwellings we headed to Arizona. I decided that we were so close we should stop at Tombstone. Gas is starting to go up it was $3.35 in Wilcox, AZContinue reading “Tombstone, Arizona”
I know that this is a strange question but the saying is, “Running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.?” I don’t know if you have ever seen this happen but it is pretty funny. I have to tell you a little story about this before I continue on with my point I am getting to.
Years ago I had a friend with a bunch of chickens that needed to be butchered. We had a friend who was a really city girl. She wanted to help. Her job was to hold the chicken while I chopped its head off and then she was to hold it over a trashcan to let it bleed out. Don’t want to have blood all over the yard because that will bring the bears into your yard.
She is holding a chicken as I grab its head and stretch out its neck then chop it off. When the body of the chicken starts wiggling in her hands she drops it and it starts running around. My other friend and I are laughing so hard we about pee ourselves, which doesn’t take much because we both had a bunch of kids.
Anyway read on to see what my point
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How is your new year going? Mine has been a little crazy but I have been getting things done. I kind of fell off track a few times at the end of the year with all the kids here. I am now back on track and have accomplished many things. See what I have done this first month of the year. Read on if you would like to know Continue reading “Crazy Life”
I have been babysitting my twin granddaughters, Becca and Kate, for the last few days. I love getting to do this. They are 9 months old now. They are totally different. I love watching as they get their own personalities. It is so wonderful to see the ways they are to be able to watch as they learn new things. To see the little smiles on their faces just melts my heart, so yes I am going to show you more photos that I took of them.
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This review is for a book I read on NetGalley. I really enjoy getting new books to read for free.
This is what they said about the book.
The highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, Moloka’i
Alan Brennert’s beloved novel Moloka’i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth.
The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi’olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II—and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel.
Daughter of Moloka’i expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka’i. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. Told in vivid, evocative prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Moloka’i have been awaiting for fifteen years.
This is one of the best historical fiction I have read lately. I really enjoyed this book. As you follow Ruth through her life you see the many hardships she encounters like not being adopted because of being half Japanese and half Hawaiian. You also follow Ruth through the good things that happen to her. Ruth also learned that there are always people who have gone through worse things than she had. This is a lesson I think we could all learn from.
I now have to read the first book Moloka’i. You can get either or both of these books by following the links to Amazon on my page.
Has anyone read these books? If so let me know what you thought.
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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park who is a Newbery Medalist for A Single Shard. This book is based on a true story.
The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
This was a wonderful book that I think is good for children to read. They can see how life is in some countries with luck they will learn to appreciate what they have. The story is about two children who the main thing in their life is survival. You read what they have to do to get water and food to survive. I think it is good for people to see that this still goes on today. It is a must read so you can find out how Salva’s life intersects with Nya’s.
If you are interested in this book just click on the link above.
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Is it rude if someone takes a seat you were sitting in without asking if it is all right? I will explain this more as if you care to read on. Continue reading “Rude or Not?”
How many times have we tried to change something in our lives and fell off the horse? Why didn’t you try getting back on? It takes time to change a habit in our life; whether it be eating, smoking or exercising. I know I am bad about this. I read today that it takes person 66 days to change a habit. I would think it would be the same with changing to a healthier lifestyle.
In Master Class Module 7 Robb talks about getting into the right mindset. I did agree with what he had to say about that. I do believe that if we change our thinking we change our life.
You have to decide what kind of person you are. Are you the competitive person or are you the person who cares about others but not them? I know that I am the person who has trouble taking care of myself but am always there when I am needed. He talks about you can’t help others if you don’t take care of yourself.
His five mindset strategies are:
#1: Know your process is unique to you.
Sometimes the thought of going from point A to point B is daunting. Overwhelming even. Maybe you don’t feel like you’re ready or that you have enough information.
Perhaps there are perceived obstacles in your path: non-supportive family members, friends, or coworkers.
Or maybe you feel defeated even before you start—which is understandable if previous lifestyle changes didn’t yield the results you were after.
Or maybe you’ve already started, but you feel like you should be further along. You see others who are seemingly light years ahead of where you are today….how can you possibly catch up?
Remember, you’re not them. Your process and your path is unique to you.
#2: Understand the power of small, consistent action
Everyday we have choices…lots of them.
We talked about epigenetics in Module 1 and learned that how your genes are expressed— everything from your health circumstance, the level of body fat you carry, your ability to concentrate and focus—are the result of the inputs your cells are receiving from your environment.
In other words, when you take an action (or don’t) or make a choice, you literally tell your cells what you want them to do.
And, therefore, what you want to look like and who you want to be.
So, even if you just made a less than ideal choice, don’t throw in the towel! Consciously make your next decision one that supports your goals.
Burn this into your mind: You are always one choice away from a different life.
You’re on the right track and you’re going to do great!
#3: Understand human nature—fight OR flight
People are resistant to change. All change. In fact, any sort of change, good or bad, is perceived by the brain as a threat.
Being aware of this now helps you squash any of those pesky thoughts about failure that creep into your head. Don’t. Let. Them. Win.
#4: Relax into your success!
Starting a new program, especially if you’ve tried many in the past, can be daunting.
A hard truth: Results are not always quick.
Play the long game—don’t get discouraged if you don’t see quick results. Real change takes time so be patient. Your body and mind will thank you.
Stay the course, celebrate the small wins, and relax into your success. You didn’t arrive at your current situation overnight, did you? You can’t expect to reverse it overnight either. Only with patience and consistency will you get to where you want to be.
#5: Make good micro decisions, even when things don’t go as planned
So much of success with anything in life—whether a skill, career, or diet and lifestyle— is how you frame your circumstances.
We all know the adage ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ But it’s far more than that.
It’s not just being able to do something positive in an otherwise challenging situation. It’s the thoughts you have daily. The thoughts you may not even realize you have—often they’re so subtle you may not even realize how they’re affecting you.
Let’s say you had every intention of working out this morning. Your alarm starts blaring but you’re exhausted. So you roll over and hit snooze. Finally you got up, showered, grabbed a quick bite, and raced out the door.
You didn’t make it to the gym.
Do you write the day (or the whole week) off as a failure and throw in the towel all together? Have some doughnuts at the office?
Do you figure out a way to get some movement in at work? Take a walk around the building on your break. Try working in a standing position instead of sitting the full day. Take the stairs where possible. Park further away from the entrance and get in some extra steps. Do three sets of three push ups in the living room when you get home.
Feeling good about myself is something that I have been working on before I started this way of life. I always think I am not good enough or that I’m not smart. I don’t understand why people want to be my friends or why anyone would want to love me. David is always trying to help me think better of myself. You wouldn’t believe how many times I tried to run him off before we got married. He is the best thing that ever happened to me.
I take care of other people because it is what I do. I am need to take care of people. I take care of my family, friends, and even the homeless on the street who I feed sandwiches too. The only one I have trouble taking care of me. I am going to change that now. I am going to make this change in my life, so I will be here to enjoy my two little twin granddaughters grow up. I want to be able to play with the older grandkids. This means I need to get healthy.
I know that I may fall off the horse but I will get back on and go forward.
I affirm that I am changing my thinking, changing my life and so it is!
I got a couple things done this morning on my list like make breakfast. While on that subject I have to say that I made some pancakes with flax meal, coconut flour, and a lot of eggs that turned out not to bad. I will make them again.
Then I had to go out to Heather and Dan’s to babysit. Dusty and David couldn’t do their paint job because it was raining, so they came with me. Dusty had to fix the two upstairs toilets. Grandpa David had to put together the girls new toy.
Becca really like it.
I was downstairs doing a little cleaning with the help of Kate.
The girls were so good today that I got a lot done.
That means I didn’t get much done on my checklist, but it was worth it to spend time with my two little girls.
Well at least I got this checked off today.