Sunday, November 11, 2012

Gotta pay the Blog Bills. ;-)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Day 4 - Gratitude Project

I was about to shut off my computer and head to bed.  I ran down my task list one more time before hitting the Shut Down button... and was reminded I needed to do this!

Today I am thankful for my electronics.  As a busy homeschooling mom, they make my life easier in many ways.  And less cluttered as I just got rid of several LARGE craft books, knowing I'd have an easier time finding what I wanted on Pinterest.  I guess I'm thankful for Pinterest too.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day Three - Gratitude Project

1) I am thankful for Lee's Summit - I love my little town in the 'burbs.  We live in the Downtown area... where you know your neighbor and the business owners and the civic leaders.

Day Two - Gratitude Project

1) My health - I may have a bad back and hips... but I can mitigate a lot of that with the choices I make.  Working out and staying strong keeps them strong and me pain-free.  I have low blood pressure, low cholesterol and other ideal internal health.

2) My family's health - My husband and kids are all very healthy.... especially when the cow-intolerant of them remember to not contaminate themselves.  My mother-in-law and in-laws are all doing well. My own parents struggle a bit with their health but they are managing and my mom still has a happy, active social life with all her friends.

3) My friends' health - By my age, my mom had already lost many friends (to polio and cancer to name a few). While illness has come and gone, my friends are all a fairly hale and hearty lot.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day One - Gratitude Project

I may add some craft project(s) to my gratitude project, but in the meantime, I'm going to try to share three things I'm grateful for each day.

1) Warm chocolate chip cookies (they are SO good for the soul... my soul anyway)

2) 13 years with an amazing, loving husband, who actually listens to me even when he doesn't want to.  ;-)

3) My sweet, adorable children.

Happy November!

Happy November and welcome to my favorite month.  It's ushered in by the fun of Halloween, contains my birthday and my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  Plus, every where you look, the trees are turning to one of my favorite colors, orange.  And it's ushered out by a season of generosity and goodwill.

I've decided to challenge myself a bit this month... you know... because I didn't already have enough to do.  I decided I am going to create a 30 Days of Gratitude Project.  As this idea just came to me tonight, inspired by other friend's gratitude posts, I haven't entirely decided how I'm going to do that yet.  It will probably be me posting here in a gratitude-journal sort of way but maybe I'll get crafty with it too.

The other challenge I gave myself is to participate in NaNoWriMo (how do you pronounce that?).  I'm blaming all 3 of the Three Blind Wives, not just Lara, the author of the "offending" blog post.  I have never really written fiction.  I am inspired to write the occasional poem or song... usually dark, angry and cathartic. But a NOVEL?!  Never.  It was a dark and stormy night... or an unseasonable warm and sunny autumn day... when I decided to stretch my brain a bit and try my hand at writing fiction.  I've already named by two main characters!  I'm also dragging my 9 year old homeschooled son along for the ride.  He tells me the most entertaining, extravagant stories, but it's like trying to pull teeth to get him to write them down. NaNoWriMo has fantastic workbooks to help kids (and adults like me who have no idea where to start).  I printed the book for elementary school for Jasper (all 126 pages) and the high school workbook for myself (91 pages).  I figure it's been at least high school since I wrote any fiction that ran over one page in length.